Friday, February 04, 2005

Video Games Vs. Reality

Ok, so today I was playing a new video game of mine, and it got me to thinking. Wouldn't life be more interesting if it was a video.

First of all, it comes with instruction manuels or a tutorial. You can even buy those strategy guides that tell you where to go. Wouldn't these be handy in real if? Finally we don't need to find a purpose in life. We look in the strategy guide and make the right moves.

Multiple lives-Hell I could you that. Screw the idea of only living once, let me die a couple of times and after game over just push the reset button. It would save a lot of money of funerals, thats for sure.

In video games, the most mundane job will become glorious. A good example of this is our good friend Super Mario. The man is a plumber, there is nothing special with a plumber. Yet look at his woman, Princess Toadstool. You can't tell me a girl like her is into plumbers, seriously.

Police brutality would be a thing of the past. Look at any video game that involves the police. There is always at part of the game were the police try to destroy your game or beat the crap out of you. The last I checked, in reality, the 5-Oh can't do that.

Imagine a world for Mushrooms and Leaves. I think Super Mario was also on crack. The guy has 'Shrooms and weed. Plus, he has to have the munchies once in a while. No plumber is THAT fat. But still, who wouldn't want to live in a world full of drugs...and it's legal.

So that is how I figure video games are WAY better than reality. Later everyone.

-Brother Punk-

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Ok, whoever you are, trust me. You do not want to get in an arguement with me reguarding music alright.

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Though it lagged behind the other search engines in this competition, MSN looked brilliant on one question that stumped all the other search engines: What company was acquired in the biggest leveraged buy-out deal of all time? The first link on MSN's results page took me to a site that correctly listed RJR Nabisco.

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