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by Nick Dinicola

14 May 2009

When Six Days in Fallujah was announced a few weeks ago, it received considerable backlash for a variety of reasons. Some of those reasons were valid (“It’s too soon for a war game in Iraq,” “It could be disrespectful to soldiers”), others were not (“Games are only for escapism”), but what surprised me the most was the amount of backlash from gamers for the regenerating health system.

I admit that regenerating health is out of place in a game that’s supposed to be realistic, but also I think the word “realistic” has been unfairly applied to Six Days in Fallujah. The word “realistic” creates (ironically) unrealistic expectations for a mass-market war game. Gamers now expect their avatar to die easily; after all, it often doesn’t take more than one bullet to kill someone in real life so it shouldn’t take more than one bullet to kill our avatar. However, this kind of one-hit kill system would make the game dangerously difficult, and because of its broad intended audience, Six Days in Fallujah has to be accessible to all gamers. The subject matter itself is guaranteed to limit sales, so why further that with punishing gameplay? Concessions to reality must be made for playability. At least that’s the argument the developer made, but I believe the case for regenerating health goes beyond mere accessibility.

by Sarah Zupko

14 May 2009

Nine is Chicago director Rob Marshall’s eagerly awaited musical version of the classic Federico Fellini film . The Weinstein Company is releasing the flick into theatres on November 25th around the time of year people start looking in earnest for classy art films. The stellar cast will bolster that prestige. Check out this line-up: Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, and Sophia Loren.

   

by PopMatters Staff

14 May 2009

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry?
Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster. And when I saw Mulholland Drive for the second time.

2. The fictional character most like you?
Popeye.

3. The greatest album, ever?
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel. Ridiculously beautiful psychadelic monster.

4. Star Trek or Star Wars?
Neither actually. I quite liked Quantum Leap though.

by Sarah Zupko

14 May 2009

Miranda Lambert is a huge favorite around these parts and we are eagerly awaiting her new album in the fall. Back in 2007, Lambert appeared at #2 on our year-end list of the best albums of the year and last year she answered our 20 Questions. Lambert’s new single is “Dead Flowers” and she recently performed it on the ACM awards show.

by PopMatters Staff

14 May 2009

Faux Hoax is an indie rock collaborative project with Danny Seim (Menomena), Dave Allen (Gang of Four), John Askew (Tracker), as well as Joe Haege of 31Knots and Adam Gnade of Asthmatic Kitty. Polyvinyl is releasing the debut EP Your Friends Will Carry You Home next week on 19 May and are offering up a free track.

Songs
1. Your Friends Will Carry You Home
2. Hippies Will Rule
3. Foxworthy
4. Underwood
*Digital Bonus Tracks

Faux Hoax
“Foxworthy” [MP3]
     

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