Thursday, April 26, 2012

LIMBO


CONTAINS SPOILERS


                        For those of you that don't know, LIMBO is a side-scroller game with a minimalistic noir design and a simple controller, being Left, Right, Jump, Down, and an Action button. Its description doesn't help you interpret it much. It simply says: "Uncertain of his sister's fate, a boy enters Limbo". The game's deaths are pretty gruesome, and in fact, its gameplay is called by some "trial and death". 



                        So, basically, you start on a forest on the edge of hell. You go through the forest, and you have to run from a giant spider, go through puzzles, and avoid a group of a few humans who are trying to kill you. You can find corpses, which sometimes are necessary to go through a puzzle. At one point, there's a girl standing there, who disappears. 



                        After the forest with its creatures of doom, you go through an abandoned city. There's no tribes and shit there, but there's more hazards. After that, you go through a sort of factory, where there's more things to activate. That's the point where the game gets really hard, but also pretty lonely. Also, the noises in the game make you feel even worse; it's eery. When you finish, you go flying through glass and land in the forest again, where you wake up like in the beginning of the game. Then, you see a girl kneeling down. The game suddenly ends there. 


                         What can the game mean? There's a lot of interpretations. Some say that the Limbo represents Nature and City, showing the evils of the two. Some think that the boy is looking for his sister to climb into heaven. Others think he's trapped there, doomed to become insane like the other humans, who have possibly become insane because of the horrors in Limbo. 


                          What I believe is the deal with the game is that the boy was really dead the whole time. To rest, though, he needed to find his sister. He had to go through everything in Limbo to finally get to the girl. In the end, he wakes up again, and sees the girl. I believe that he would go through it again, and again, being in a sort of hell of his own, doomed to fight off horrors for eternity. Whatever interpretation you have, you'll love the game and you'll find that there's really nothing else like it. It's a real piece of art. 


Monday, April 23, 2012

International Book Day

                         Today's a beautiful day. The International Book Day. I want to dedicate this blogpost to my favorite books, as they have completely impacted my life, and many others' lives. They're not going to be in any order, so ther can be grotesque changes from book to book. 


The Cat In The Hat

                 This is a good starter. It's a simple book, albeit fun. It shows you the wonders of rhyming, and it's a great book for kids. A new classic, if you think about it. The staple of Dr. Suess, the book's been an incentive for many to read and write. 

Yeah, I just went there. 

The Giving Tree

                 Another children's book. This other classic, by Shel Silverstiein, is a true example of a very, very short story. This book is one of the most important for me because it's an excellent metaphor for a caring, nurturing mother. They give, and give, and are able to give until they have naught to give, but they will love you, even if your departing ass doesn't take them into consideration. The book can bring even the most hardened drama veterans to cry (if they have a conscience). 

I uh... I have something in my eye.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

                Now, the fact that this was made a movie (which was actually pretty good), shouldn't make you judge this book if you didn't like it. It's one of the best books I've ever read. The story of how a boy's life is completely changed after his father's death in 9/11. It's full of raw emotion from a kid with mental problems, so yeah, it's an interesting mix. 


Inferno

                  Dante's inferno is on a whole different level. I'm not including the rest of the Divine Comedy, because I feel that you can learn more from Inferno. One of the things is that a man ends up living the life he chooses. Every man ends up facing his sins. That, my friends, is responsibility. Also, the inferno is awesome. 

I'd post the book but this looks more badass.

Romeo and Juliet

                  This masterpiece by William Shakespeare is possibly the best play I've ever read. It has everything. Two rival families, swordfighting, religion, love, sex, and roofies. There's uh... not much more I can say, so, yeah. Read it, bitches. 


Harry Potter Series

                  Any hipster-ass punk who wants to say that this series sucks can blow me. Why? Because, even though it's not the most sophisticated of books, Harry Potter has something that no other book has ever done. It broke records. It created another universe, for my generation, those of us who as kids, loved it when we started reading it, and as teenagers, cried when it all finished, because you can't stress enough how much we love it. 


The Old Man And The Sea

                 This book by Ernest Hemingway is one of my favorites, because it shows how the will of a man can mean his survival or death. His strength to overcome his troubles is something that impressed me when I read the book, and it teached me a lesson: Only the quitters stay behind. 

This dude can gut a shark with his broken hip.

                  There's maybe a hundred books I could write about, but if you're willing to participate, then write a book and why you think it's awesome in the comments section. So, grab a book, read it, expand your knowledge, trust me, it makes your life better. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Thoughts On: Abortion

               One of the most debated topics in the world is the topic of abortion. Is it right or wrong? Is it shameful? Is it murder? Well, this blogpost is going to view each one of those questions. The first thing I'm going to mention is that you can't place the same moral weight on an unborn fetus than on a living person's life. Because you call them fetus, not baby. A person doesn't gain human rights until the moment he/she is born. 


                Many people argue that abortion is murder. If it is done before the fifth month of pregnancy, it cannot be considered murder, as the embryo is not a sentient being. After that, the fetus develops a survival instinct, and although it cannot be considered a sentient being, it can be considered a living parasite [Parasite: An organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutrients.] Basically, until a fetus is born, it is a parasite. 


                Is abortion morally right or wrong? There's not really a reason for abortion to be right, unless it is a case of a severely undeveloped baby. You know the type. Those little guys who are born weighing a pound and a half, red, tender skin, undevelloped brain, organs, etc. The kind of kid that gets to live a few hours, suffering all the way. That kind of baby should be aborted in the first three or four months, so it doesn't suffer when it gets to be born. You'd think that this would justify the abortion of anybody who's going to be born with a disorder, but that's not the case. If the kid is going to die in a few hours, better not let him feel pain at all. 
Basically, prevent the child's pain. 
                 Now, if a person is going to abort a fetus, that's her choice. Why? Imagine that when the child is born, she dies. Would you choose an unborn organism, or the woman you love? Also, let's say the woman is maybe a teenager or whatever, but she's unable to care for the baby, economically. That justifies her choice. Of course, women who are able to care for the baby abort. It's still their choice. It's better not to have a neglected child. And if the baby is given away, well, Earth is overpopulating, and we don't want more orphans. This sounds cruel, but if we're already driving the planet to destruction, the little things add up, and it makes more sense than the voluntary extinction movement
These guys are weird.
                 Abortion is not something to be ashamed of. It's a new idea, like homosexuality, and it will take time for people to accept it. Many, religious people are against it, but the institutions respect the woman's decision. Why? Because it really is her decision, not anybody else's. What if she was raped? What if she can't take care of the kid? What if she can die at the kid's birth? Of course. If the man wants to keep the baby, then by all means, he should talk and discuss it with her, but her decision is final. 
It needs to be a serious, serious discussion. 
                  I know that by this point, many of you should be hating this post. I know that abortion is not a beautiful thing, but sometimes it's necessary. Bad things happen in the real world, and many people aren't ready to deal with it. Still, something that has to be known is that many of the women who resort to this method aren't harmed psychologically in any way. That's a myth that's spread around by the same religious organizations that are pro-life. 

                   A lot of people who are pro-life also say that the operation is unsafe. Well, in real clinics, the method is secure and mostly women who get the abortion illegally get an infection or something. This usually happens in third world countries where women can even be stoned if they are caught. 
If your doctor's using one of these, he's not a doctor. 
                  Now, this isn't a nice topic to discuss, I agree, but it's one which has to be taken seriously. If politicians won't treat this properly, women may never be able to do this without feeling some sort of shame or guilt. We have to be open to the possibility that it isn't all that bad, and in some cases is even helpful. This is a right women should have, and the prejudice against it should not be here anymore. 

They need the freedom to choose. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Are we on the brink of war?

                   This has been my first post in a while, so first of all, sorry about that. Now that we've got that out of the way, there have been rumors that North Korea is planning a missile launch. What would this mean? This would mean that Kim Jung Un violates an agreement to halt nuclear missile test and other things in exchange of 240,000 tons of food aid. 

But missiles, man! Fucking worth it!
                   Still, regional tension has been arising and countries around North Korea are taking measures to protect themselves already. China and Russia, both from the few of the allies that the screwed up country has are opposing the launch. Also, South Korean intelligence reports that they're possibly going to do another nuclear test, which, of course, will also cause an explosion of revolts worldwide. If the ICBM can be launched thousands of miles away, they're implying that they can send a nuclear missile far as well. The agreement of the 204,000 tons has already been revoked, and Obama is threatening a complete cut-off as well. That would mean that we would have another Cuba, basically, but without the gambling. 

And who doesn't love gambling?
                    Basically, what we've got here is that in one of these next few days, the missile would be launched. An atomic bomb will probably be tested, and it's said it's a uranium device, which would mean that they have a basic uranium facility, too. The North Koreans say they're sending a satellite to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth, but officials fear a rocket is attached. 

Keep telling that to yourself...
                    So, what do you think? A war be possible? The launch is most likely to happen on Thursday, and if it happens, we will be sure that the U.S. will reciprocate, and when the U.S. gets mad, the beast comes out. So basically, Kim Jong Un goes with this, he's screwed. 

Oh god...