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Tycho / on Fri, Jul 12 2002 at 6:03 am

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I’m not sure what this shit is meant to accomplish, Apple, aside from pissing me off.

The Mac users I know don’t like the Switch campaign any more than I do.  And, I’ve got to be honest with you, I didn’t know this kind of crap was still going on - indeed, I thought it was over.  I thought that the front in the techno-cultural war had progressed to moving between Windows and Linux, God knows I must endure hearing about it, and that human beings by and large simply purchased a PC or a Macintosh based on personal preference or prior experience or whatever else.  Anything aside from the implied difference between what a “real” or “smart” person would do, which has been Apple’s motif for as long as I can remember.  I don’t find the neurotic caricatures selected for these ads compelling in the least, they’re not realer, they’re people I want to avoid at all costs, examining my own life to systematically eradicate any similarities I might find between us.  They are avatars of a corporation, not some kind of social movement, inheriting at full volume the smug superiority that Windows users seek to return in kind. 

Everyone who has ever brushed up against this issue is well acquainted with the major arguments for each side, but I’m simply not fascinated with the prospect of investigating it here.  I think it’s boring.  I’d imagine most people just think it’s boring.  And if people on both platforms can play Warcraft III native, well, what the fuck are we talking about this for?  Mac gamers are no longer martyrs, and it’s actually possible to enjoy using Windows anymore.  The whole thing is stupid.  If Apple really wanted to sell more Macs, they should just show people how it looks when you minimize shit in OS X.  I thought I was going to pee my pants. 

It ought to be a hell of a weekend on the gaming front, which now strikes me as a particularly apt descriptor, given the things I am about to announce:  The acclaimed Day of Defeat mod for Half-Life just hit version 3.0, and rooka very nice.  Also, though it’s not up as of yet, I see that they plan to release the new Army Game files today, three days in advance of when they were supposed to, which pleases me to no end.  I’ll actually be at the Ministry of Peace LAN party for most of the next two days, a fact which is delicious to me.  It’ll give me a chance to flex this Unreal Tournament 2003 shit I didn’t download off of the web somewhere.  I’ll be showing off my precious Moonbase Commander.  Also, Porkfry has assured me that - as last time - he will have a ready supply of scrumptious XTZ Herbal Energy Whatevers that I eat about fifteen at a time.  Along with the Turbo Truffles, which taste like complete shit, I was up until four-thirty in the morning before could feel the passage of time.  Huzzah!

I was going to talk about Unlimited SaGa, but I’m going to let Gabe talk about Unlimited SaGa.  His malfunctioning Wacom still vexes him, and I’m sure he needs something to pass the time.  He wrote in to Wacom Central or wherever they make these things, asking if he could “try” one their eighteen-inch Cintiq writable displays, which is rather like writing the Vatican and asking if they have an extra Jesus.  I doubt his request will be met with success.

And yes, I play DDR pretty much every day now, Chasing Cuties and Looking At The Sky.  It’s who I am.  Who would have thought moving could be so rewarding!

(CW)TB out.

and there’s never no answer


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