The Coming Aparkalypse
We have referenced Linkin Park once before, in another strip, which resulted in the kind of hurt one typically associates with the butt. “LP” is like a test strip for age; I can put it in my mouth, take it out, compare it to the color chart, and it will say “YOU ARE TOO OLD.” I was starting to think I had reclaimed some measure of my former vigor, in accordance with theory that age can fluctuate as it pertains to cultural product, but then I saw a sign someone had stapled to a telephone pole and the urge to tear it down was overwhelming. “Nope,” I said. “Still old.”
There is always a point in a song from The L to the P where I want to hurt one of the people making those sounds. I wouldn’t be able to pull that off, obviously. Look at them in the video; they are clearly wererats. It typically has something to do with this awful mephit they have what does their singin’. I don’t know what elemental plane he hails from, or what ritual is required to summon him - which of his dark appetites must be appealed to. Vis a vis Age, there is always the suspicion that a young man might be a wastrel, and one’s wastrel-guage is ever ready to make firm these doubts. We learned that there was a Linkin Park related “opportunity” to be had as regards Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, and locked the strip on its coordinates.
As you are aware, because I am constantly telling you, I try not to use the fearsome weaponry of this fully armed and operational battle station unless I really, really want to. Then, I use it. I did so in order to secure X-Com: Enemy Unknown for some reason, even though I am already playing three games simultaneously and not progressing terribly far in any of them. I’m obsessed with it, though. Until my last move, I had a fossilized disc of X-Gum somewhere that I was saving for a special occasion. X-Com: Terror from the Deep very nearly destroyed my budding union with the woman who would eventually agree to marry me. Well, I agreed to marry her. It’s complicated. Anyway, X-COM.
The version I was able to finagle has a locked Tech Tree, which seemed to me Unlike the Real Game, i.e. One Whose Content Would Mirror Your Own Experience, so I stopped playing it. In fact, I didn’t get much farther than you’ll be able to get in the demo that was just released - a demo which you should download immediately. There would be no new X-Com for PC stalwarts if they couldn’t ablate these costs with a multiplatform release; that’s what we call “mathematics.” And certainly, what I’ve played would be marvelous couch-wise. But no, no, no. I could never.