08/31/2004: "Songs of the Doomed (3)"

Listening to: nothing
Current mood: annoyed

So, I just wrote up this whole long post and it was nice and shiny and had all sorts of wittiness in it, and my hand slipped on the touchpad and closed the window. Meaning that my post has been dashed back into the ether out of which it was formed and I'm left trying to recreate it best I can.

Well, first thing is that it's only about 4 days until I am no longer what we call single. One would think that I might be out howling at the moon or some such thing, or that I would at least have something to talk about. But really it's just been pretty mellow around here. We've been working at moving into our apartment over the last week (although I have almost nothing moved or indeed packed yet) and most of the wedding plans have coalesced. At least I think they have, there's actually a wedding-related meeting going on right now that I'm not actually at, which is part of the fun of being the groom in this situation, no? So yeah, things have been proceeding in a chronological way, which I'm told has something to do with the nature of space-time. But I didn't come here to talk about that. I came here to talk about the draft. I mean Doom 3.

Now, I apologize for boring you by talking about this, but Doom 3 is the possibly the most heavily hyped game computer game of all time, and, being a gamer, I can't really go and not even mention it can I? I will not question why it's so heavily hyped. The original two Doom games were, in my opinion, really only remarkable as a showcase for new technology and for being one of the first and most important first person shooters out there (although I trace my FPS roots back to Catacomb Abyss 3D). The content, however, was unremarkable enough to make most Roger Corman flicks look like Citizen Kane. I mean, so you're this guy. On Mars. And you kill like, zombies and demons and stuff with chainsaws and guns. And there's heavy metal playing. Genius. Anyway, but despite the teeming hordes of reviews out there, I haven't found one that tells you quite easily and simply just what this new technological marvel known as Doom 3 is. Admittedly I only just got it and have probably only put a little more than an hour into game, but it seems so simple that I just can't figure out why none of the reviewers out there have said it. They've described it again and again, but nothing I've read has put it in these terms: Doom 3 is a haunted house. You walk through nearly pitch black corridors with a flashlight and appropriately spooky sounds play, and things jump out at you from time to time. I hear that in one of the later levels you have to put your hand in a bowl of eyeballs that's actually just peeled grapes. No, I kid. But really that's what Doom 3 reminds me of. And really, it's pretty fun. I just wish I had some candy corn and cupcakes to make the whole experience that much better. Like, you know those cupcakes and they're chocolate and they have the white frosting that has all those colored dots in it? Those are good. Man I'm hungry. What was I talking about?

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