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El primero de enero y las cosas raras

No one, no one is available on the 1st of January. It’s always like that. You go out on the street and you see people, but you wonder: are my friends particularly affected by the 1st of January, or are these people extras, going around town paid by some obscure interest to make people feel like their town is not a ghost town?

That means that you must find yourself some occupation. And in my case, by complete chance, and just like last year, I am going to review a nerdy videogame. Only, you know…. nerdier than last year.

Let me introduce you to Open General.

I can imagine that the guy who does this, he’s a big Panzer General fan. Big one. You are about to discover just how deep his rabbit hole goes. Remember how last year’s game was essentially Panzer General with new scenarios (WWI) and PG2’s system to upgrade and buy between scenarios?

Open General is not just that. The UI is improved, it has the best features of all Panzer General games, and lots of things like better graphics, scenario sounds (ie. when it rains or snows)… and that’s just the beginning.

Open General was made so that it was easy to develop your own campaigns. That means that practically anyone with free time, some computer skills and time can make their own campaigns and scenarios.

I can imagine what you are thinking. “But hey, that’s… good… isn’t it?“. Well, on the face of it, yes. Many talented people have created lots of campaigns, many of them with interesting settings, stories or gimmicks. Every user can customize the UI, and it isn’t even an enormous program, it automatically downloads missing maps from a repository in the internet. Fascinating stuff huh?


I mean, fuck.

I mean, fuck.

But then, and as usual, every time mankind develops a new instrument, specially elegant and well built platforms like this… you have to wonder what will people do with it. Because damn, I feel like half of the people doing campaigns are rabid nationalists that have a point to prove about their country. Estonian Nationalists who create the (really interesting, btw) Estonian Independence campaign, people who re-do the Spanish civil war so you have the chance to kill some more reds, people who are actually convinced that the German campaign in Africa during WWI never received enough attention, or the Hungarian struggle for Independence in the 19th century has to be re-enacted this or that way… and stuff like that. It’s quite sth to behold. So yeah, with the good campaigns come the suspicion: what agenda did this guy have? Why did he or she (hahahaha who am I kidding) think that such a campaign was the best way to uphold his national values?

The other half of the campaigns, though, seem to be done by military history enthusiasts who think that this particular and obscure battle in history hasn’t been properly represented because paratroopers should roll 4, not 5 dice when defending. Which isn’t necessarily better.

But the short on this game is: It’s a really good game if you liked Panzer General. Whatever war you like, you’ll find it and have fun replaying it.

Seriously, I find no better example than this game of the old proverb:
Mental conditions suck for the person suffering them. Doesn’t mean the rest of us shouldn’t put them to good use.


The last movies of 2012 were good, weren’t day? Red lights started a little slow, but it picks up the pace then blows your mind with the ending. And also, Sigourney Weaver. Fuck, she ROCKS. Also I love that they make movies where atheism and science are the focus.
I just wonder… Does Christopher Brookmyre approve of this movie? Because it essentially rips one of his novels.

Eva: Spanish cinema, and good cinema at that! Cinema about robots, science fiction and moral dilemmas, in the best Isaac Asimov style. I loved the movie and I just wish they had dwelt slightly more on the moral conundrums of the film. Why? Because that’s what the film is all about. I’ll say it right now: No one dies in that movie. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a child killed in it.

I also enjoyed to see that the old rule holds true: “In any movie about robots, even if they are not mentioned explicitely, Asimov’s three laws are implicit”. And boy were they there.

There, make yourself smarter:
Three laws


3 comentarios to “El primero de enero y las cosas raras”

  1. Dude, where/when did you smoke up that old proverb? ^o^

    Did Asimov create the three rules? Or did he distill them from commonly held beliefs? Much like Tolkien and the vast majority of fantasy novels that followed.

    About the first of January: I was on a plane. Then sleeping to recover, then savouring jetlag. The streets were strangely (yet pleasantly) empty upon my return. Of course, empty for Paris, so there were still people.


  2. Dude, are you insinuating that the proverb is a product of my sick mind? It is not. Nothing is better than living with a roommate that has OCD. I can tell you 😉


    Also, Asimov developed them himself, with his editor.


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