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Butch:

Our delve into history continues:
http://kotaku.com/the-1980s-game-that-predicted-the-internet-1737519681 (Neuromancer)

That game changed my whole world view. It was the first game I played that had a story worth a damn. I must’ve spent hundreds of hours with it. Of course, it was on the C64 so most of those were waiting for it to load, but damn. And the creepiness of it coming true in a lot of ways is creepy. This, Fallout, the memories this week!

Feminina:

Interesting. You know, I have yet to actually read that book. I still might, though, whereas I’m pretty much never going to play that game, however intriguing bits of it sound.

Butch:

That’s one of those modern books that everyone should read. It always bugs me when people are listing the must reads of literature and no one puts anything on it newer than Catcher in the Rye. Nothing against the old classics, but there’s stuff being written, people!

Neuromancer is one of the very few books that gets more relevant as it ages. Even the great works, sometimes you have to say “Well, historically this mattered because….” whereas with Neuromancer, each day we get closer to what it predicts. Literally. Indeed, I could make a case that it’s a much more important book today than it was in 1984, but that’s another blog.

As for the game, you’re not going to play it as the only machines that can are all in museums. But it’s always nice to give you, a johnny come lately to games, a glimpse into what was cool back in the day.

(Interesting sound fact: Neuromancer was the first game that brought in famous musicians to make what one might call a score, if one can apply that to C64 sound. New wave band Devo (of “whip it” fame) did the music.)

(Interesting bit re games and narrative: Remember when I said that was the first game that had a story worth a damn? Well, it was made by the now defunct Interplay, but before Interplay went bust, several of the folks who did Neuromancer would come up with a couple other games. One you may have heard of: Fallout. Full circle!)

Feminina:

Yeah, there are many interesting and ‘classic’ books that were written quite recently. Sadly, you can’t make people read everything.

Butch:

Yeah. Plus schools are so afraid of sex and bad words that we’ll never really teach anything good. Sigh.

Feminina:

It’s true, that is another good reason to stick to the OLD classics. Clean language and no explicit naughty behavior!

Butch:

Indeed! We can’t have people learning about sex and violence! That’s why we stick with Madame Bovary and Crime and Punishment.

Feminina:

Yeah! Nice, wholesome tales, where all the bad stuff is concealed behind obscure prose. It’s not that we object to sex and violence as such, you know, there wouldn’t be any reason to judge our neighbors otherwise and what fun would that be? Just don’t talk about it in language that people can easily understand, that’s all I ask.

Butch:

Exactly! All that frilly Shakespeare stuff! I mean, it’s about talking to skulls and that’s it, right? RIGHT?

Feminina:

Shakespeare! Perfect example. Those stories are basically nursery rhymes, safe for all ages. More Shakespeare for everyone!

Butch:

They totally are. History (which of course had no sex or violence at all) and humor no one gets. Yup. Nothing so offensive as underage sex and suicide. I mean, if they had that, would that fourth grade class at Alcott Elementary be able to put on Romeo & Juliet every year? Of course not.

Feminina:

NO WAY would Romeo and Juliet be so universally hailed as great art if it had any unpleasant things in it. Shakespeare has got our backs in terms of inoffensive content. As far as anyone can tell through all that old-fashioned poetry talk, anyway. Everything said by old-timey folk in charming old-timey speak is automatically unobjectionable!

Butch:

Exactly! That was all before we had gay people and internet porn, so of COURSE everyone was chaste and kind and happy.

Speaking of swords (as we so often do), swords are nasty things. I took Butch Jr. to fencing yesterday, and two of the real top notch olympic hopeful pros were in there going at it before Jr.’s class. It was the first time I had seen, or more to the point HEARD fencing at that level. It is fast, brutal and loud. He loved it.

And then he hurt himself. Yup, first sports related injury. He fell during warm ups and fucked up his right thumb real bad. His coach told him to sit out the real sword drills, which made Jr. think he was in trouble, so instead he said he was fine, suited up and fenced (see that brutal loud thing above?) with a sword in his bad hand for 40 minutes. It swelled up so bad he could barely get his glove off (which is why no one noticed that he was hurt. They were BIG fucking gloves.) He couldn’t unbuckle his seat belt when we got home.

Sigh.

Feminina:

The 17th century: when goodness, morality and common human decency ruled!

OUCH, sports injury. Working through the pain is a good sign of determination, but not good for feeling better in the long run. Hope it improves quickly. Sore thumbs are no fun.

Butch:

He’s not too heartbroken, as I had to send him to school with a note explaining that his writing would be affected.

Watch he’ll come home and bash it with a hammer just to make sure that continues all week. And then it’ll get miraculously better on Saturday when he’s allowed to play minecraft.

Feminina:

Milking it for all it’s worth! An important skill.

Butch:

He’s good, he is.

Learned it from a master.

Feminina:

He’ll go far in life. He’s got all the important stuff down already. Milking injuries, swordplay, looting, video games…

Butch:

All by the time he’s nine. Welp, my work is done.

Feminina:

Turn him loose! Get him a house with a bed in it, have Lydia drop in once in a while, he’ll be fine.

Butch:

I fear what he’d do with an alchemy table.

Feminina:

Just start him off with a basic forge, then. No one can get into trouble with a forge!

Butch:

Have you MET my son?

Feminina:

Oh, come on. Blazing hot fires, molten metal, giant hammers…what could possibly go wrong?

You know, he’s never going to be able to fully claim his status as an adult by impaling you on a stake if you don’t let him live a little now.

Thank you: I will accept points for that extreme callback.

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