I Fought the Law…
By Dwip March 21, 2004, 5:45 pm Comments (9) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I didn’t really, but one sec on that.

Let’s see. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything of substance. Got my grades back, and I did about like I expected: bombed the one class, barely passed the others, waded through my 407 class. That having been done, I’m on track to formally graduate in the spring. Life is good.

The orgy of computer gaming has succeeded beyond my wildest dreams, almost. There will be new Civ by the time I leave on Saturday, and I’ve played a whole bunch of other stuff, including the newly acquired Battlefield: Vietnam. It made me buy a new video card to play it, and I must say that so far it’s been worth every bit of it.

On the off chance you have no idea what BF:V or it’s predecessor BF1942 were about, think lots of people with guns online shooting at each other. In this case, it’s in the jungle, and there sure are a lot of tanks and helicopters and things running around, which leads to a situation I was in, where I’m this tower dropping Communist infiltrators with my sniper rifle, listening to the Armed Forces Radio in the background, when I miss one of the Communist infiltrators, who runs up, leaps in my side’s Cobra gunship, takes off, and promptly collides with somebody’s jet fighter. Or the one where my and my guys are holed up in this temple, and there’s NVA pouring through this door and dropping to my M-60, and there’s this highly annoying PT-76 outside blowing us up.

I think my favorite, though, is a story of Marechal’s:

“It is nice listening to the music in helicopters… and in jeeps and such… it’s so damn funny … I was sitting in the brush sniping the enemy base and my brother drives past me with a jeep and you can hear “I fought the law, and the law won” blaring from there as he drives by, machine gun blazing, as he tears through the enemy village.”

Yes Virginia, you can blare music from your combat vehicles. Super Sounds of the Sixties and Seventies, as it were.

And never mind that every time I play the game, I have this strange little internal moral conversation with myself over it, which I don’t really have the words for, but will represent with this Penny Arcade instead.

Too, I finished Truman finally, after like 3 months or whatever. We went to visit relatives yesterday, and we all know how spending like 4-5 hours in the car gets you all up into reading exceedingly long books. So that’s that. In other news, I have a huge stack of airplane reading, which lacks only Ender’s Shadow to be complete.

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Comments on I Fought the Law…
avatar Comment by Regina #1
March 21, 2004 at 5:51 pm

Leaving Saturday, eh?

I’ll be in NYC. Wave as you fly over, or something. :P

avatar Comment by Regina #2
March 21, 2004 at 5:54 pm

Oh, and interesting strip. Speaking of ‘Nam, I’ve been watching The Deer Hunter recently, in small portions.

avatar Comment by Dwip #3
March 22, 2004 at 12:33 am

Deer Hunter…one of the ones I missed, actually. Sniper, isn’t it?

Also, I’d like to note that I’ve shot a LOT of Communists today. A LOT of Communists.

avatar Comment by Regina #4
March 22, 2004 at 9:38 am

Meanwhile, I beat the last easy scenario in Zoo Tycoon. (See Whir’s blog.)

As for Deer Hunter: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077416/

avatar Comment by Whir #5
March 22, 2004 at 1:36 pm

WE shot a lot of Communists. I really owned that one map we did near to the last. REALLY owned. Man am I good with the sniper rifles.

avatar Comment by Dwip #6
March 22, 2004 at 1:47 pm

How you do it with the asstastic M-16 w/scope, I have no idea. Because the M-14 conversion is much better.

Me, my role is apparently “that guy who takes down tanks. A lot. Like, every single tank that needs taking down, because hey, nobody ELSE wants to do it.”

avatar Comment by Dwip #7
March 22, 2004 at 1:48 pm

Which, incidentally, is pretty entertaining when it takes 3 shots with a LAW to kill anything, and there’s a fully-loaded BTR with 5 guys gunning for you. Or a ZSU. T-54s are almost trivial in comparison.

avatar Comment by toasty #8
March 22, 2004 at 2:00 pm

Wait, you play BF? I’m shocked :o

avatar Comment by Whir #9
March 22, 2004 at 6:58 pm

Ya, the T-56s are weak compared to those damn 8 wheelers. The M16 is easy, I don’t go for headshots. Two shots to the chest usually works. With the M40 and the M21 I go for the head because it’s usually one shot kills that way.