Homefront: The game where North Korea rules the world

So I keep seeing stories popping up about an upcoming game known as Homefront. Being developed by Kaos Studios, whose previous work includes the dud Frontlines: Fuel of War, the game takes places some 27 years in the future, where North Korea rises to become a world super power and defeats Japan, China, and the United States of America. Don’t laugh just yet: this is after the fantasy of the Korean Unification happens, and apparently in light of the US economy completely tanking (I guess it was the Greater Depression), the North Koreans are able to use an EMP weapon to knock out all communications and military hardware in the United States.

Now, the game creators have been throwing around some fancy words like “plausibility.” They even hired an ex-CIA agent to do consultant work for the developers, who also claims that all of this is “plausible” through “plausible baby steps.” The domino effect, apparently, where one action leads to another, and another, and so on. It’s an attempt to appear smart and provide intelligent substance to suspend disbelief in what is an utter shit plot. See, you actually have to have substance under a plot for it to actually stand up on its own, or else you just have a rickety house on stilts that’ll get destroyed when Hurricane Logic makes landfall.

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Meinkraft

So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about this thing called Minecraft. Google should immediately yield results to you that should probably incite an eyebrow raise as your first reaction when you hit the Google Images. “That’s Minecraft?” may be your first thought. And yes, indeed it is. That blocky game that looks like a throwback to 16-bit games is Minecraft.

Anything farther than a Google Images search will probably take you to the Minecraft home page itself, where its creator, Notch, lets you try a free version of an earlier release of the game where all you did was place blocks of crap all over the place. And, like me, if you first started to play the free Java version, you were probably thinking, “Well, I don’t see what all the fuss is about.” But you keep on playing. And you keep on laying down blocks. And then you build yourself a little house. And soon the house becomes a tower. And soon the tower becomes a fort. And soon the fort becomes a castle. And soon you have a lava moat surrounding your castle and you’re busy building the rooms in it.

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