Busy, busy, busy…sort of…

I’d like to say that I have not had time to blog due to the following factors:

1. I have been spending a lot of time doing mission work.
2. I won several million dollars in the Florida Lottery.
3. My invention of a combination perpetual motion machine and ice cream maker has just begun production.

Yes, I’d like to say that (especially the lottery part), but none of it is true. I have, instead, been wasting my time playing games.

Actually, even that’s not 100% true. During Holy Week (from Palm Sunday to Easter, ye of little faith), I was just too tuckered out!

Mrs. Rasreth and I are members of a small Presbyterian church choir.

On Saturday before Palm Sunday, our choir had practice for our cantata.
On Palm Sunday, we sang an Easter cantata.
On Wednesday, we practiced with the Seventh Day Adventist church community choir for their Friday and Saturday services.
On Thursday, we sang at our Maundy Thursday service, then practiced for our Easter service.
On Friday, we sang at the Seventh Day Adventist church service, then practiced for their Easter service.
On Saturday, we sang at the Seventh Day Adventist church for three Easter services.
On Sunday, we sang at our Easter service (plus, I organized and sang at our sunrise service).

So, after I woke up a week later, I began playing games. Unfortunately, the first one I got sucked into was Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (MOHAA). This game is evil. Stay away, if you ever wish to see daylight again!

MOHAA puts you on a landing craft, headed for Omaha Beach on D-Day. Remember “Saving Private Ryan”? Remember the Walter Cronkite TV show “You Are There”? Put them together. That’s MOHAA.

Then, just as I thought I was shaking off that evil addiction, Irrational Games did what I had given up hope of anyone doing–released a superhero game! After Hero Games’ Champions, Bullfrog’s Indestructibles, and Microprose’s Agents of Justice bit the dust before seeing a single cash register, I had grown to accept the superhero curse as fact. No game company would ever be able to make one. But Irrational has released Freedom Force, and I am hooked.

Freedom Force has Jack Kirby-style art and Stan Lee-style dialog. It looks and feels like a Marvel or DC comic from the late 50’s and early 60’s (just before Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers and the X-Men ushered in the modern age of comics). The leader of the Freedom Force, Minuteman, spouts off phrases like “Right makes might!” and “For justice!” like Captain America and Superman used to do. Best of all, you can customize them to your heart’s content and create Batman, Spiderman, Wolverine or whomsoever your ink-stained heart fancies.

I’ve wasted enough time, citizen. I must save Patriot City. Excelsior!

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