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Pub Games (from Melbourne Australia) got its company name when the guys working there discovered that they did their most creative work after they rang out for the day and adjourned for the day to the local pub.   (What about a combination video-drinking game for use in pubs?)

 

On Wednesday, while we were exploring the Game Developers Conference the pundits were reacting to Senator McCain's suggestion that the USA unleash a wave of drone attacks on Syria to help protect that country's citizens.   Apparently he, like most members of the Republican Party, think that collateral deaths is a virtual entity in a video game and not a country full of real life dead and wounded civilians.

 

Speaking of the nasty Republican Party, since we are big fans of Ernest Hemingway, and since the 75 th anniversary of the bombing of Guernica (April 26, 1937) is coming soon, perhaps we should have looked for a Spanish Civil War Game?   Even whilst it was happening many Americans couldn't figure out which side deserved cheers for being "the good guys."   Were the Republicans also called "the Falangists," or was that the other guys?   Essentially it was the Commies vs. the Nazis, wasn't it?   Which of those two opposing factions would you pick as being "the good guys"?

 

We didn't see a video panning for gold game, either, come to think of it.

 

[Note:   there were problems regarding adding photos to this column and so we will refer the readers to our photo blog:   http://floppyphotos.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/photo-from-gdc-in-sf/ for photos taken at the GDC event.]

 

What's not to like about a game where Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart), in the "Treasure of the Sierra Madre (at the very top of our list of best movies of all time)" offers this challenge:   "I'll bet you . . . $150,000 you fall asleep first."   Now there's a game!

 

Now the disk jockey will play the theme song from the movie "The Vikings," the theme song from "El Cid," and the theme song from "The Twilight Zone."   (Is there a licensed Twilight Zone game?)   We have to go investigate some schools offering a degree in game design.   Have a "U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!" type week.

 

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