April 30, 2008

Bad Country: Trash Everywhere

Read from right to left.
I just wanted to post this real quick prior to my next big article (full of blext), because it fit into the theme.

If I was living in China I'd be dead by now.

April 29, 2008

Laugh No More: Halo Edition - German Assault

Alhough I just started this little blog and no one knows me now or ever will, I was already "featured" on Kotaku with a little story. I did not come up with anything on my own, I just stumbled upon this antithesis of comedy gold, translated it and submitted it. Kotaku Editor Michael McWhertor then invited everyone to rescue the picture with jokes on their own in the comments, which led to even more completely ridiculous contributions.

The original joke was:

Woman: "...Our new neighbor supposedly works at a company that develops video games."
Man: "He definitely has a cool SUV.

No, not much is lost in translation here. As someone wrongly thought, a "German mindset", whatever that is, doesn't help either.

Here's something the Kotakuites came up with:

Woman: Is that master chief?
Man: Forget about that! We still need to decide what we're going to bring to our posh European rave party because we are German!

Wow, maybe you need an American mindset for that one.

"Doesn't that look distinctly phallic? Because I am a German and thus a sexual deviant!"
"Nah, it definitely looks vaginal. Because I am a German and thus a sexual deviant!"

I'm intentionally just picking the especially (false) clich├ęd ones, because that what this is about, isn't it?

Woman: "Oh my God! Fritz, look at our new neighbor. Isn't he strange? Fritz, how many jews can you fit into a banshee?

Man: Honestly, Agnes... Everytime?

Nazi jokes are always hilarious, right? Right?

It just went on and on and from bad to worse. Then, finally, a fellow German posted this:
In case you missed it: the whole point of the cartoon, and I really hate to explain that, is, that this elderly couple don't even care about Master Chief's outfit or the gun - they merely run their mouth about his supposed employment (computer games, how odd!) and how big his car is.

Thank you! I have to shamefully admit I did not think of that, it makes some sense even saying something true about Germany. Gaming is still a huge unknown territory around here for the most part and even though you don't see people with futuristic guns (or any guns for that matter) running around, ever, and even less Banshees are on the streets, being a video game developer is what really is odd to the couple in the picture.
Maybe far-fetched, I like this explanation and it sets me up for future posts, as this is one of the topics I hopefully will come back to because it's part of what makes it not as enjoyable to be a passionate gamer in Germany, for me at least.

There are other interpretations behind this work and supposedly if you follow Marunde's other work closely there is a theme behind this, but I chose to disregard this for the topic at hand.

Now here is what I learned for myself:

- Stupid stories get the most hits (It was the #1 most clicked and commented "story" of that day)
- Kotaku readers aren't much more funny than Germans are said to be
- I'm not good at interpreting arty jokes printed in TV-guides for the older demographic

April 28, 2008

Gaming in Germany: Commence Operation

As I finally thought about doing something with my momentarily abundant time reserves, I decided to create a blog. And so I did! "Gaming in Germany". Other ideas included "DeutschGamer", "Gaming Galore Germany" and "Gaming Ghetto Germany". The title is still tentative (and bad). It'll probably change very soon.

Whatever the title may be in the future, here I will (in the best case) regularly post about my world and interests, the gaming world, news that I deem important and especially share my views about gaming in Germany, which is one of the the worst places to live as a person who likes games, right after North Korea and Australia.

There will be a lot of game talk, translated articles out of the German gaming press to hone my language skills (and hopefully spark some discussion) and more. You can also expect the odd LOST post or just about anything that strikes my fancy.

All of this is still BETA, as I indicated in proper Web 2.0 style at the top of my page in my hastily thrown together and shabby logo. What that means is that everything and anything can change at any second, or get scrapped altogether. Today alone I changed the layout maybe a hundred times, and I'm far from satisfied. I'm picking up some basic html knowledge along the way though, which is nice. I'm known to not follow through with most things that I do but I shall do my best to keep this site alive and lively.