I’ve been pondering a subject lately that I think you might find interesting. Secrets. Particularly government secrets. When I started my career in journalism I saw it as my solemn duty to ensure that my government kept no secrets from the public. That is after all the whole reason the first amendment was created, so we don’t go all U.S.S.R. or D.P.R.K. and establish a state controlled media that keeps the voting public in the dark. But I worked for pre-information age editor at a pre-information age newspaper. Those dinosaurs have been persuaded by politicians that there are some bits of information that put the public at risk if made common knowledge. During the Cold War I have no doubt this was true at the highest levels of government. But the wall fell more than a drinker’s age ago. So what is the point of secrets in the modern world? What if we could bring to light all secrets simultaneously with some sort of magic enigma machine? Why don’t we ask Robert Redford and his Sneakers. (more…)
Who doesn’t love Ghostbusters? The cheesy 80s music, the ridiculously over-the-top special effects, and the bumbling antics of Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz and Winston… Churchill? (IMDB says his last name was Zeddmore. Do they ever say that in the movie? I certainly don’t remember it.) quickly became cultural icons from 1984 and well into the nineties. Cartoon shows were created. Delicious flavors of Kool Aid were spawned. The merchandising potential was endless.
So then fast forward about twenty years when Ghostbusters writers Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd got the old team together and decided to produce a game as a sequel to Ghostbusters 2. Aykroyd, Ramis, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson all gave eachother one final high-five and teamed up to do some of the best voice acting available in current generation games. But don’t go busting out the proton packs just yet. Ghostbusters has its share of problems as well, and you’re not going to be able to make them go away by stashing them in a containment unit.
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