Pacific Rim is a good movie. A really, really fucking good movie. Whatever you thought of it, it is that and so much more. Hell, it even made me tear up during a certain father-son moment that I will not discuss any further. But for all of that, that’s not what stuck with me the most about it. That’s not what made this movie unique when so many fail. To explain what made it so good, and so cool, I first have to explain what it means to be an Infantryman.
One common example people like to use when arguing the DRM is that of physical books. By illustrating the absurdity of adding any sort of DRM features such as identity validation or restricted access to books they hope to use it as an allegory for why DRM itself makes no sense on physical products.
The problem with this argument is the fundamental differences between books and the products DRM are applied to.
Every so often I run into someone who thinks that video games don’t matter, that they are just trivial pieces of fluff that really don’t mean anything in the big scheme of things. While this may be true for some, the truth is that people are complicated and that people are more than capable of finding meaning and forming emotional connections with just about anything. While I know a number of people who have found strong emotional ties to video games, often to specific moments, I generally think these ties wind up being held secret for fear of reprisal and for fear of external judgement. The world is kind of a shitty place so I entirely understand why people do this - if for no other reason that I am generally that person too.
Fortunately, I am in a unique position of not only giving precisely zero fucks what the world thinks of me, but also having an abundance of emotional burdens that I need to give up. As a result, I’m going to take a few moments and wax poetic about how a video game changed my life for the better, and what it means to me today.
Without breaking NDA, here are some random opinions of what was announced WWDC.
In an effort to realign some of my social media stuff, I’ve swapped the backend for this blog in order to separate out my technical and professional writing from my more personal presence. Right now this is slightly empty, but more is on it’s way.