Is Microsoft spying on me and toying with my emotions?
So this week has been a fairly annoying week for me. I’m in the
process of buying a new car (a 350Z) and trading in my old car
(an 01 Maxima SE). Nevermind the fact that dealerships are
annoying, scummy bastards who think the everyday car consumer is
an idiot (hint: I’m not), and that they think they can actually
feed me their B.S. and make me believe. My inner monologue when
listening to these people ramble usually goes something like
this: “ROFLMAO!” with the occasional “OMG
So it’s bad enough that I still haven’t bought my car because
dealers in NYC are nothing but con-artists, but dammit…must I
be toyed with this intolerable teasing in videogame commercials?
I open up my Car and Driver…and there’s an ad for Forza 2, and
the main car featured? A 350Z. I turn on the TV to watch repeats
of Scrubs on Comedy Central, and there’s a Forza 2
commercial….the main car featured? A 350Z. I’m convinced that
Microsoft has planted spy toys in my office and are reading my
thoughts, and are attempting to psychologically coax me into
playing Forza 2 as a means of suppressing my urge for a 350Z by
driving around their virtual re-creation.
Moreso, other car related advertisements also feature the
350Z…it’s driving me nuts. I feel like the world is screaming
“Lalalalalala lalalalala, you will never get this, you will
never get this!” But I will not cave, dammit. I don’t need
Forza to quench my inevitable purchase of a 350Z. And while I
wait for my new car, Gran Turismo 4 via the PS3’s new enhanced
output does the job for me.
Videogame developers next on MTV’s Cribs.
Speaking of Gran Turismo, the creator (Kazunori Yamauchi) owns a
track tuned 350Z, but more importantly also owns a Porsche GT3
and two Ford GTs. Yes, that’s right, the guy owns $500,000 worth
of Ford vehicles. He also has a nice little Spoon S2000 and that
makes the car collection of a videogame designer worth more than
most people’s houses. Oh what it is to dream…
Though, Kaz isn’t the only pimp-daddy with a garage of dames and
beasts – but Co-founder of Naughty Dog (Jason Rubin) has been
seen hopping around in a Ferrari 355, back in the day. Nice. So
what is the point of this? Well, I guess you could say the point
is that you don’t have to be a celebrity to roll around in wheels
that break neck everywhere you go. You can actually do something
you genuinely love, and not have 3000 cameras in your face and
eight pounds of coke up your nose.
Give me the real thing.
On the topic of sim games, how many of you guys prefer the real
thing over a videogame? For instance, I can’t be bothered to play
a game like Guitar Hero. I’d rather pick up one of my guitars
instead and play that. Sports games? I enjoy them quite a bit,
but I’d much rather go outside and play sports rather than a
videogame. Racing games are a little different, you can do things
in a racing game that’ll normally leave you imprisoned or dead in
real life. Extreme sports games like Tony Hawk, SSX, and (to a
lesser extent) NBA Street are always much more enjoyable than
simulation based sports games. Once again, these games suspend
your beliefs and allow you to perform actions and maneuvers that
are otherwise impossible to do in real life. These types of games
convey the idea of a videogame to me.
But don’t get me wrong, I am in no way saying that sports-sims
are bad or something like that, I just prefer the real thing.
Either way, sims still have a very long way to go as far as truly
capturing the feel of a particular sport. We still don’t have a
proper basketball game (NBA 2K7 was riddled with issues), we
still don’t have a proper hockey game (ditto for NHL 2K7), and we
still don’t have a proper football game (thanks a lot, EA). So
far, great strides are being made in baseball (MLB 07: The Show)
and in soccer (Winning Eleven series). But of course, there’s
always room for improvement.