Saturday, May 3, 2014

The left has lost the young generation

The explicit distrust of power and implicit libertarianism of the new Call Of Duty trailer is an effect, it's not a cause.  But the two are twinned in a self-reinforcing cycle of anti-authoritarianism.  That's a big problem for the left.  As they used to say, how you going to keep 'em down on the farm when they've seen Paree?


8 comments:

Graybeard said...

The graphics of these games never ceases to blow me away. But Kevin Spacey? Is that the future for actors?

(Obviously, I don't play games like that. Or at all, really.)

libertyman said...

Is that a "game" ?

Dave H said...

Graybeard: Yes, that's the future of acting. You'd be surprised how many names you'd recognize in the voice credits of recent games.

It's already spilled out into motion pictures too. Andy Serkis played the role of Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films, and as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He's won numerous awards for those roles, even though his visual characterization was motion-capture CGI. (You got to see his real face once in a brief flashback in LotR.)

People have been talking about computer graphics putting actors out of work for years, but I think what's really happening is it's putting the set builders and costumers out of work. And it's opening up opportunities for people who can really act, but don't look good enough on camera to star in a traditional film.

Cormac said...

I had a very similar thought when I saw it. Almost made me wish I played video games...

AndyN said...

I wonder if they went with him because he's Kevin Spacey, or because he's Frank Underwood. The CoD character seems to have the same respect for democracy in other countries as the House of Cards character has for democracy in the US.

Ken said...

Call me cynical, but I think it's even money they just say, "Chimpy McHitlerburton von Kochtopus!!!1!!leventy!!1!"

Michael said...

Democracy is a big fat fail. The assumption that the average citizen has the intelligence and capacity to actually make good decisions in the voting booth is a fairytale. Just picture buses of welfare recipients coming and going from the polling place all day long and tell me how well you think democracy is working. The forefathers at least limited voting to landowners.

HlynkaCG said...

You're more optimistic than I am.

That said, in regards to games, and the production values there of. Major franchises like "Call of Duty" and GTA make as much as much on a opening weekend as any summer block-buster, so it's no surprise if the resources brought to the table end up comparable to those of a major Holywood studio.

Hell, GTA V holds the world record for opening weekend sales volume for an entertainment product.