January 8, 2004

That which I would not, I do constantly

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomemos @ 2:58 pm

Sorry about the long gap there, and the massive white expanse that was my page for a few days. That’s what happens when I don’t post an entry for a week. I thought about fixing it so it doesn’t do that, but this keeps the pressure on me to keep updating. Plus I don’t know how.

So, happy New Year, everyone. I’m back in Irvine, after a great (but short) spell up north. It was hard to leave, but at the same time it’s good to arrive–I missed the folks here, and I’ve got a lot of big things happening this quarter. The biggest, of course, is teaching, which I start TOMORROW. It’s dominated my thinking about this quarter, to the point that I’ve thought almost not at all about my classes, or about finishing my blog paper. I got my class roster yesterday, which was a trip. 23 names that mean nothing to me now, but that represent a good deal of work, satisfaction, and frustration over the next three months. I guess that’s probably what my name means to all of them, too.

Between my teaching, my classwork, and my blog paper, I’m going to be pretty busy this quarter. Good thing I thought ahead and bought a Gamecube last night, huh? Yeah, I really did. Pat and Joe kindly (though not selflessly) contributed to buying two more controllers, and we rented Mario Kart and had ourselves a time for a couple hours. Then they left and I sat down to play some more. The next thing I knew it was four a.m. and I had a Gamecube controller in my hand. Whatever I said about pleasure reading being my next big thing, I take it all back.

The first game I bought for this thing is called “Beyond Good and Evil,” which is also the name of a work by Nietzsche. It occurred to me that Nietzsche’s books–The Will to Power, Thus Spake Zarathustra–make better video game titles than, say, Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason.” Any other great works of philosophy, literature, or art that should be game titles? I’ll give you “Crime and Punishment”; you come up with the rest.



  1. Anne of Avonlea!

    Comment by julie — January 8, 2004 @ 8:38 pm


    Comment by kindle — January 9, 2004 @ 7:40 am

  3. The Tempest

    Comment by Brian — January 9, 2004 @ 9:48 am

  4. first of all julie gets many many points for her answer. second of all Bridge to Terabithia.

    Comment by ariela — January 9, 2004 @ 12:49 pm

  5. Can’t think of a game, but I did see an adult feature called The History of Sexuality…

    also: How did you pick the gamecube? I’m at a loss for ideas on which of the three big systems to buy.

    Comment by drew — January 9, 2004 @ 1:53 pm

  6. Three words should convince you to buy the gamecube: Zelda, Metroid, and Starfox (although if it’s actually Star Fox, that’s four words.)

    Comment by julie — January 9, 2004 @ 8:34 pm

  7. “good in bed.” the pat conroy fave “lords of discipline.” infinite jest. finally, the feminist historical survey NO TURNING BACK. shockingly anti-canonical i know.

    Comment by alex — January 9, 2004 @ 8:54 pm

  8. About chosing a game system:
    If you like the kind of games Nintendo makes–well fleshed out, often groundbreaking, unquestionably solid adventure games–then Gamecube is great.

    If you like other kinds of games, like Capcom fighting games, Sqaure RPGs, etc., then perhaps PS2 is for you.

    And if you are a 13 year old boy who doesn’t know better, maybe Xbox is for you. (apologies to all the 40 year old women to own Xbox, but you are a rare breed)

    Me, I’m a PS2 guy myself, but I wish Tom much happiness with his Gamecube.

    Comment by Pat — January 10, 2004 @ 12:47 am

  9. Don’t forget PS2 if you’re a fan of the DDR. Nintendo 4eva for me. When people ask me what my favorite genre of game is, i say “Zelda”.


    Comment by Brian — January 10, 2004 @ 11:01 am

  10. I chose the Gamecube for a combination of reasons: price ($99), games (Zelda, Mario), brand loyalty (Nester, I’m sorry I never bought an N64; hope all is forgiven), and particular circumstance (Julie owns one so last summer I got a few games for hers; now I can play them here). Oh yeah, and it’s really easy to transport, something that fits with my current lifestyle. There are disadvantages, though, as it seems to me that more games (e.g. MVP Baseball) are unavailable for the Gamecube than any other system. And, despite Pat’s sniping, the XBox has its advantages–the ability to save without memory cards, for instance. So, you know, see what games you want to play and make your decision that way.

    Comment by Tom — January 10, 2004 @ 3:08 pm

  11. Actually, The Will to Power is already a game title… well… a sub title. Xenosaga, Episode 1: Der Wille zur Macht; for PS2.

    And Star Fox is NOT a reason to buy a gamecube… it’s a reason for Rare to have strict sanctions placed upon them.

    Comment by angel23 — January 11, 2004 @ 2:23 am

  12. I was talking about the fanchise as a whole, not just Dinosaur Planet. There’s another SF game coming out by Namco that, so far, looks quite good. I’m not giving up on them yet.

    Comment by julie — January 11, 2004 @ 3:37 pm

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