Friday, September 21, 2012


I remember that episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when she learns her mother died. All the times she had feared her mother would be attacked or killed from the danger of being close to her and death came from the simplest of human frailties, time. It set reverberations through television, an entire episode with no music as if the natural death of her mother was so shocking that music was stripped from the show. It should have been hokie, it should have been cheesy but the fans had such respect for the show that it turned into one of the most memorable episodes ever for Joss Whedon and Co.

Drs. Ray Muzkya and Greg Zeschuk retired the other day, and the collective agreement from the internet was ‘who cares’. Nearly singlehandedly these two men were instrumental in making western RPG’s what they are today. Forgetting the popular sentiment today for the better or for the worse video games would not be the same if they hadn’t decided to start making video games with Augustine Yip.

I’ve been watching Newsroom, lately; my younger brother got me hooked. In it, the main character likes to say that he’s going to bring ‘civility to the internet’. It’s a bit of a running joke, but in it is a grain of wistfulness. Whatever you might think of BioWare today, tomorrow, or even yesterday; there’s no arguing with the fact that you have benefited from them being around. Children are always told that ‘if you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all’. This is the internet, I rather don’t expect that civility will ever be a part of it, but for once it would have been nice to see someone tip their hat and say ‘well done’. I don't want saints, and I don't care if you're a sinner; I'd just like for people to act in a way that lets me proud to be human. Ray Muzkya and Greg Zeschuk deserved at least a day of good cheer and thanks, or at least silence.

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