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Another Video Game Idea

My supervisor keeps making fun of me for wearing non-practical hats like berets, so I can going to make a game called “Richard the Scab”.

The point will be to break through a picket line and do work at a university while a strike is on. More to follow. I think the game should be pretty simple. You just have to avoid moving blocks of obstacles in order to get to the top of the screen. The final boss battle will be against a giant beret.

Music Cassette Review: A Band Called Horse

“Shooting Up – Is Fucking Cool”

This is a terrible music cassette. Both sides of the tape have strange ambient humming. There is no discernible music or structured content on this entire tape. It feels as if this tape was recorded while some people strummed a guitar and played electronic sounds across the other side of the room. It really feels as if the noise was recorded on the other side of a living room because the audio level on this tape is very quiet.

I would not recommend buying this tape. I assume you’re meant to do some drugs while listening to this tape because the sounds on the tape seem pointless. There does not appear to be any discernible meaningful content on this tape if you listen to it while you are sober, which is what I did.

The cassette shell has some interesting colourful artwork, so that’s a plus.

Personally, I think this cassette was a waste of money, and I would not recommend anyone to buy it.

The cassette was distributed through Albert’s Basement. Apparently it was recorded in 2004, by the band A Band Called Life, as a promotion for one of their album or single releases. You can find the listing on the website in the website’s store.

A Game About Mega Churches

This will be a game about reversing the indoctrination of people as they exit mega churches to vote NO in the marriage equality survey.

  1. People will spew out of a moving mega church in a circular motion in 8 directions.
  2. You must use a Cultural Marxism Ray to change the colour of the “pellet-people”.
  3. When the pellet-people reach the edge of the border, a good colour will increase the player’s score, a bad colour increase the NO-vote score.
  4. There will be Catholic Archbishops moving around the screen laying Incense Mines to slow down the player.

More Detailed Ideas for a Game About Revolution

  1. Quick skill tester game to determine the initial strength of your revolutionary forces
  2. Your guerrillas follow you in a line, and the length of the line is determined by the skill tester
    1. OR the guerrillas could be displayed as icons on a panel on the bottom of the screen
  3. You’ve now landed on a beach. You need to avoid detection. This is a stealth mini-game. You need to sneak past Batista’s soldiers combing the beach. You have three grenades you can use to stun guards and sneak past them. It is a maze.
  4. Next you must attract a peasant guide. There will be several screens you can traipse through, and you will come across a randomly generated number of peasants. Each peasant you come across will have a randomly generated level of sympathy for you.
    1. Most peasants will not trust you, and will transform into a group of Batista soldiers you need to run away from. The soldiers will chase you until you run through three screens. You can use grenades to slow their path.
    2. The number of revolutionaries you have with you will determine the average level of sympathy peasants will have for you. This is just a guide. The lower the number of revolutionaries you have, the more erratic the distribution of sympathy will be among the peasants.
    3. Peasants will be coloured according to their sympathies. The more red their colour, the more sympathetic. The more brown, the more likely they will be to be an informant.
    4. There will be randomly generated groups of Batista soldiers in the mountains, and these soldiers you can defeat. If any kind of Batista soldier touches you, you will lose HP on your guerrillas. Each guerrilla has 3 HP.
      1. If you touch a group of roaming Batista soldiers, you enter another skill tester game.
      2. Your number of guerrillas will face off against the randomly generated number of soldiers.
      3. You face off as two snaking single-file lines of soldiers. The point of the game is to shoot the other line of soldiers starting from the end of the line. The soldiers snake from the top to the bottom of the screen, and then snake around the screen. You can move your line of guerrillas anywhere around the screen, and you shoot in the direction you last moved.
      4. When you shoot the end of a line of soldiers, they break off the line and then fire at you when you enter their 90 degree field of vision.
      5. There will most likely be anywhere from 3 to 5 soldiers.
      6. Once you have separated all the snaking Batista soldiers, you enter a new phase and must grenade them. Once they are grenaded they disappear and you re-enter the jungle.
      7. Each soldier you have has 3 HP. If they get hit they turn progressively black, and when they lose all their HP they drop off your line, and it becomes one soldier shorter.
      8. If you lose all your soldiers in this mini game, you are returned to the jungle with one of your soldiers having lost 1 HP
      9. If you manage to beat all the Batista soldiers, you have the chance to recruit a new revolutionary from the jungle.
    5. The lower down the mountain range, the more Batista soldiers. The distribution of peasants will be even, however.
  5. A peasant with high affinity will lead you right to the other side of the Sierra Maestra, to the next battle, the Battle of Las Platas
  6. A peasant with a low amount of affinity will take you part of the way there before ditching you. There will be an animation showing the peasant guide ditching you, and returning you back to the Jungle, where you must repeat the process of finding a new guide.

THE BATTLE OF LAS PLATAS

  1. This will be like a tower defence game.
  2. There will be three waves.
  3. First wave: three snake/lines of Batista soldiers. Second wave: three snakes, then two snakes shortly afterwards. Third wave: A very strong/thick snake that takes three times as much damage.
  4. Defeating a snake of soldiers will add bonus guerrilla sentries.
  5. You will use a cursor to

Video Game Ideas

  1. The debates on Facebook with men who use millions of simulations in their minds as evidence for arguments.
  2. Extortionate landlords, and fighting back against extortionate landlords
  3. Fetch quests
    1. A Game about smuggling weapons
  4. Something about the Cuban Revolution.
    1. Landing the Granma
    2. Chavatos betraying the revolutionaries
    3. Che unifying the various groups of revolutionaries
  5. CIA plotting to overthrow the Arbenz government in Guatemala in 1954
  6. Marching after a demo/rally, and having to avoid the cops
  7. An adventure game about rallying the nation to have a revolution
    1. Different stages of the revolution are:
      1. Winning reforms
      2. Defeating a coup
      3. Expropriating the bosses

The Best Games I Can Think Of

These are the best games I have ever played. I only included games which I have actually played!

  • Yar’s Revenge (2600)
  • Berzerk (2600)
  • Commando (2600)
  • River Raid (2600)
  • Dark Chambers (2600)
  • ADOM (PC)
  • Crash Bandicoot Series (PlayStation 1) (Although I hated the games as a child because they were far too difficult. It took me half a decade to complete the game. I thought that there was something wrong with me for not being able to master the game. It took until my cousins from overseas came for me to progress to the next world of Crash 2. I couldn’t believe my luck when they completed the first world for me.)
  • Yoshi’s Island (SNES) (Was way better than Super Mario World)
  • Red Faction: Guerilla (PS3) (Possibly my favourite game)
  • Banjo Kazooie (N64)
  • Banjo Tooie (N64)
  • Yooka Laylee (XBONE)
  • Digimon: Rumble Arena (PS1) (Not actually a good game, but I still had loads of fun with it)
  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) (I loved the open world feeling to this game. I spent so much time in this game doing nothing of consequence. For most of my childhood I never got past the first three dungeons. My brother completed the game several times, however. The artistic direction in this game is simply amazing.)
  • Exhumed/Powerslave (Saturn) (An amazing Doom clone)
  • Mischief Makers (N64)
  • Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX (GBC)
  • Double Dragon 2 (NES)
  • Mega Man 2 (NES)
  • Shenmue (DC)
  • Day of Defeat 1.6 (PC)
  • Day of Defeat Source (PC)
  • Adventure (2600)
  • Mario Kart (N64)
  • Super Mario 64 (N64)
  • Ikari Warriors (NES)
  • Earthworm Jim (Megadrive)
  • Magic Carpet (Saturn)
  • Sonic Series (Megadrive)
  • Sonic CD (Mega CD)
  • The Division (XBONE)
  • DOOM (XBONE)
  • Destiny (XBONE)
  • Pokemon Gold (GBC)

That’s all I can think of!

My Old Laptop

The portable computer I carry around with me isn’t a tablet, it’s an old laptop from 2011. It’s a Dell Inspiron. It has quite possibly been the most reliable computer I have ever had in my life. It has had multiple Linux distributions on it, and I have brought it with me to multiple different countries and continents.

I have a consumerist streak in me, so I was thinking about replacing it the other day, but the more I contemplated the issue the less I supported my original intention. This laptop has served me well, and I’d be very upset if it ever stopped working.

The last laptop I had was the exact same model, and I had to replace it with this one in 2014 because I dropped it and the screen ssmashed. I had an embarrassing moment at the repair shop when they linked the broken computer to a monitor and saw all the communist websites I had been browsing. Very funny.

In any case, I am now exhausted. I just had a long party branch meeting and I am getting up early tomorrow morning to hand in my nomination forms to go on the ballot paper for the local council election I am running in.

I should probably write more about that.

Linux and the GNU Project

I recently watched an hour-long documentary on YouTube called The Code. It was a film about the creation of the Linux kernel, and the problems and political issues associated with it up until 2001.

I was dismayed to find out that Linus Torvalds did not originally intend to release the Linux kernel as free software. He had to be convinced by one of his collaborators that releasing it under the GPL v2 was a good idea.

I was also very disappointed to find out that the success of the Linux kernel owes a great deal to the GNU project. Despite the importance of GNU, it was sidelined by the success of Linux, and its contributions were ignored.

Furthermore I was very upset to see that in that documentary Torvalds did not take a positive orientation to the GNU philosophy of free software. Torvalds does not imagine the meaning of Linux to represent a political statement like the GNU project.

The documentary made it seem that Torvalds was sympathetic to the “open source” philosophy, where the GPL is not meant to stand antagonistically towards capitalism, and is instead meant to facilitate technical superiority. In fact the “open source” philosophy is imagined to be completely compatible and interdependent with capital accumulation.

I feel like my trust in the phrase “open source”, and my original belief in the ethical and political superiority of Linux has been completely shattered. I never knew Torvalds had such poor politics.

He can be quoted towards the end of the movie: “I want to be the guy everyone/everybody likes…”. I feel like this is the attitude or image that McDonald’s and Coca-Cola puts forward, the neoliberal image of perfect acceptability and permissivity.

I am going to investigate the GNU project much more…

Found Some Doctors

Today I found a good GP and a good psychiatrist to go to. I initially had no idea where to go or who to see about my mental illness, but I now have a couple of good professionals who can support me. Thank goodness. I was so worried. My psychiatrist back in Perth told me he knew no-one here in my new city of Sydney. I couldn’t believe that he would say that, and I was beside myself: I have absolutely no advice to act on.

Well all that has changed now. Thank goodness.

A Bit of An Update

I am going to start using this blog for more personal topics. I am in the process of deactivating my Facebook, and probably moving off Twitter too. An open source microblogging platform called Mastodon seems to be becoming pretty popular, so I may move onto there. Even then, I think might not even conduct an online presence on that platform.

Getting Rid of My Smartphone

I have been struggling with some pretty bad social media habits for a long time, and I am going to do my best to expunge myself of them. Frequently, when I am out with my fiancee, I will be glued to my phone, and will only respond to her with grunts. I have an almost smoker-like addiction to checking my phone on the bus, while sitting, while standing, while talking to friends… I need to change this behaviour. So I have a few resolutions:

  1. Eventually get rid of my smart phone and start using a phone that just makes calls and sends SMSs.
  2. Until then, leave my phone at home for the vast majority of the errands and trips I have to make out of the house.

I frequently find myself scrolling through endless posts of meaningless content, and I don’t remember or cherish the time I spend uselessly using my phone.

Trying to Get Secure

We now have a metadata retention system operating over the entire internet in Australia. For Communists like me, this isn’t a good thing. I want to make sure I keep my privacy while I communicate and organise online. I have a comrade back in Perth who knows a lot about cyber security, so I am going to ask him to help me secure my internet connection and try and reduce as much of the surveillance and data collection on my online activity as possible. To this end I have a third resolution:

  1. Become as secure as I can online.

Use This Blog as Much as Possible

I am finding that many of the interventions I make online only have temporary significance, and end up getting washed away in the huge sea of information that the Facebook or Twitter newsfeed aggregates. I’d like my comments on political issues to have a more permanent effect, and be easier to find and return to. This blog is a great platform for achieving this intention. I can locate every post I make in chronological order in the WordPress dashboard, which is something you can’t do on Facebook or Twitter, or any social media platform, for that matter.

I am working on a lot of projects at the moment, and I’d like to be able to keep track of them all, and reflect on them a little more carefully and rigorously. I can definitely do that on this blog. Perhaps for my own peace of mind, I can list the projects I’m working on here:

  • My PhD thesis
    • I need to finish the 6th chapter.
    • I need to go through my supervisor’s comments fix the first two chapters.
    • Write a chapter to go in before the first dealing with Simon Blackburn and Subjectivism.
    • Write an Introduction and Conclusion
  • My RAFFWU work
  • The Inner West Council Election — I’m running in it
  • Find a psychiatrist
  • The two video games I am working on
    • The destructible environment one
    • The tamagotchi one
  • The theoretical article for Links on Spinoza and Lenin’s conception of the state
  • Learn programming: Python, and whatever language I need to program microcontrollers
  • Find a part time job
    • It needs to cover my PhD scholarship of $500 a week
  • The cassette tape project
    • Find blank cassettes
    • Find speakers
    • Link AV receiver to Xbox digital output

Conclusion

That about covers it. The projects I am working on don’t have to become formed into resolutions, because they don’t necessitate big changes in my day to day habits. They’re ongoing commitments that require occasional attention. The resolutions I am committed to require constant attention and radical departures from my old ways of behaving.