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Coffee Talk #288: Another Crazy Videogame Dream


Posted on January 21st, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Game Developers, PC Gaming, Today's Specials, Videogames. 55 comments

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Sorry for the late start today! I had a wacky dream about game developers. You see, I was at some fancy cocktail party (accompanied by my sidekick Zoe Flower, naturally). Some of the best developers in the world were there. BioWare’s Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk were hanging around, being awesome. Double Fine’s Tim Schafer and Gas Powered Games’ Chris Taylor were cracking everyone up with their sharp jokes. It was a fantastic scene…until the incident.

As Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto was chatting it up with Konami’s Hideo Kojima, a waiter accidentally spilled a drink on Miyamoto-san. He tried to laugh it off, but the waiter kept trying to dry his face. All of the sudden, a bit of skin peeled off and it was clear to everyone that Miyamoto was actually a Terminator! The waiter screamed…and screamed even louder when all the game developers in the room peeled off their faces to reveal Terminator skulls. As the Terminator game developers proceeded to kill all the humans in the room, Zoe and I ran out a service tunnel.

So yeah! This nutty dream is why I started things late today. What do you think it means?!? Have you had any funky videogame dreams lately? Any chance that Miyamoto-san is actually a Terminator?





  • smartguy

    No dreams like that…but after Wii Music was shown off by Miyamoto I kept picturing him as Bob Ross.

  • smartguy

    The new Duke Nukem trailer is awesome. The ESRB disclosure really sold me as well

    Blood and Gore

    Intense Violence

    Strong Language

    Mature Humor

    Nudity

    Strong Sexual Content

    Use of Drugs and Alcohol

  • smartguy

    So the Mac App store has been out 2 weeks now. I decided to look at it again today. They are selling CoD4 MW for $50 on there. WTF?

    • smartguy

      I went and looked and Steam does not sell MW for OSX. Interesting.

      • http://twitter.com/Sandrock323 Sandrock323

        Activision is probably going to say EA stopped them from putting a Mac version on Steam next lol

  • tokz_21

    it means that you must be taking some good prescriptions right now!

    no seriously idk what it means. i've never had a dream like this. i've had dreams where there's a zombie apocalypse or some type of end of the world scenario. i've also had lots of deja vu moments but it doesn't hit me that i dreamt about it until im in that moment.

  • bsukenyan

    No dreams like that for me either. but if you have any prescriptions to help I would be interested. haha.

  • SlickyFats

    I have had video game related dreams after playing Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory for 20 hours straight. My ex-wife told me when I was asleep I would call for a medic or ammo and then say thanks, just like I would do in the game by pressing V45 or something like it.

  • Iceman

    Wow… your dream actually explains a lot.

    -M

    • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

      More please! My dream just confused me and made me miss Zoe more than I usually do.

      • Iceman

        Well, think about it:

        Your longing for your dream job of mixing and mingling with developers surfaced as the setting for your dream. Add to that, Zoe was there as a representation of past events that you still long for and wish to continue. You were surrounded by people you wanted to be around and possibly idolize. This would be categorized as your nirvana.

        Underneath the surface of this, there is a sense of deception. Deep down, you know that developers are not really who we think they are. They present a "face" as they have to, in order to sell us products, but in reality, they are doing more than that. They are actually collaborating to enslave us. They create great games after great games and we all feel compelled to play them. On our deathbed, we will look back on our lives and realize just how much time we wasted in front of the TV instead of doing something more meaningful. In a sense, you discovered the secret of how developers want to enslave us by sucking as much money and time away from us as they can. Sure we all want to believe that game creators are making games for artistic or altruistic endeavors, but at the end of the day, it’s all about money and money is the root of all evil. This evil represented itself as T-100s out of the Terminator movie.

        On a personal level, you experienced how your personal paradise has been ripped away from you. Zoe, which is actually a manifestation of your past happiness, was with you at the event and you tried to flee with her as things started to get ugly. You did not leave her behind because subconsciously, that is the only part of your life you did not want to leave behind. Nor would you want to leave your happiness behind, so you fled with her (and it). Running away from this, in itself is also interesting. It could be that fear of some component or another of the game industry is what is keeping you from achieving the greatness that you know you are capable of. Oh, sure, you can attribute that to lack of funding, but deep down inside, you were scared of those "disguised Terminators" just like everyone else. I would have liked to know what were to happen if you were to stand your ground and "fight" those automatons in your dream. Would you have died? Or would you have found a way to defeat all of them, thus, facing your fears?

        It's also interesting to point out that your dream sounds like a cut scene out of a video game.

        -M

        • Big Blak

          Nice thats what I was going for to but I hate typing lol, but I completely agree.

        • bsukenyan

          Wow, a pretty interesting and in depth analysis.

        • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

          Ha! That's definitely deeper than what goes on in my head.

          • bsukenyan

            deeper than what you think goes on inside your head…

  • Big Blak

    I think you think that most people, deep down, are machines. No matter how much you adore them at the end of the day they are programed a certain way and look out for other machines. Except for Zoe, she can do no wrong in your eyes.

    Machine is a metaphor.

    • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

      I sincerely doubt my dreams are that deep. Ha!

      • Big Blak

        Everyone's dreams are, especially if you remember them. Ha! Lol

    • Iceman

      Uh… it's not a metaphor, Big Blak, we really all are machines. What? Aren't you?

      -M

      • Big Blak

        Does not compute.

  • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

    Wow. Pacquiao Mosley will be a Showtime/CBS PPV. Bob Arum managed to screw Golden Boy Promotions and HBO in one fight!

  • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

    Wow, Keith Olbermann "left" MSNBC.

    • Iceman

      Good riddance! That guy is the "Glenn Beck" of MSNBC. Sure, he's not as crazy-sounding as Glenn Beck and actually comes off as intelligent sometimes, but he still part of a huge problem that plagues cable (and other) news outlets.

      Now all we need is for Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Rachel Maddow to all "leave" their respective companies as well.

      -M

    • Nightshade386

      Wish it had been Ed Shultz frankly. I can't stand that guy. At least they're bumping up Lawrence O'Donnell and keeping Maddow where she is. But looks like I'll be changing the channel when The Ed Show comes on….

      • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

        Ed is pretty out there. I disagree when people say that Maddow and Olbermann are the same as O'Reilly and Hannity. As someone that watches all of their shows, I think that's just an uninformed statement. Saying Schultz is along the lines of those Fox personalities is a fair judgement.

  • thundercracker
    • smartguy

      @Thundercracker

      That's pretty impressive and gangsta. I wonder if she is actually reading it or doing a good job of making sounds? Doesn't matter if she cheated. I don't think I could do that if I tried to cheat.

    • tokz_21

      that's a pretty good video. i wonder what else she could do with that talent!

      • Iceman

        Uh… give head and sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the same time, maybe?

        -M

  • Nightshade386

    Just got home from seeing Disney on Ice with my little boy. My mom bought us the tickets for his birthday. 2 hours of skating princesses. I feel like calling her up and saying, "You know you don't have a grand daughter, right?!?"

    Quite frankly, I think Disney on Ice must be where Olympic dreams go to die. "Oh, you finished 6th at the U.S. Nationals? Well, we've been looking for a new cast member to play Ham from Toy Story. No wait, don't slit your wrists here….we have more interviews to do….."

    • Iceman

      LOL! Why does that scenario remind me of that movie, "Blades of Glory?"

      -M

      • Nightshade386

        In all comedy lies a glimmer of truth.

  • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

    Playing DCU Online on the Crisis server. N8R should be joining soon. I think a few of my gaming industry friends are around too.

  • smartguy

    This looks like a fun fight:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmcO4G6I0jA&fe

    • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

      When did those stimulants wear off?

  • Nightshade386

    @N8R: Good luck today. As the husband of a Pittsburgh native, I'm contractually obligated to root for the Steelers from here on out.

    @tokz: Good luck to you to.

    • Iceman

      Our company's CFO is a Jets fan and our in-house lawyer is a Steelers fan.

      I hate the Jets, but I said to the lawyer: "Don't you think Pittsburgh has enough Super Bowl trophies? You people are such greedy bastards to want another one. Why don't you guys just spread the wealth around?"

      -M

      • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

        NFL socialism?

        • thundercracker

          "You people are such greedy bastards to want another one. Why don’t you guys just spread the wealth around?”

          iceman, you anti-semite

          i mean im assuming hes jewish, he IS a lawyer in Miami, after all

          • Iceman

            Yes, actually, he is Jewish. Wow, profiling does work…

            -M

  • smartguy

    @Ray
    4am my time.

  • smartguy

    Sucks for Chicago

  • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

    Anyone else think that Jets will be totally outclassed today?

    • bsukenyan

      Yeah it isn't looking too good for them at all…

      • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

        Wow. If the Jets pull this off….

    • N8R

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h8fLlWrDU0

      And we're climbing the Stairway…. to Seven.

      • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

        Congrats N8R!

  • Nightshade386

    Congrats N8.

    (Has anyone checked on Tokz?)

    • bsukenyan

      good news, he is still alive!

  • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

    Playing DC Universe Online…with my friend from Marvel. That's pretty funny.

    • bsukenyan

      Apparently they don't frown at that at Marvel, lol. That is pretty ironic, especially if they had a lot of people from Marvel who played the game together. haha.

      • Iceman

        There's absolutely nothing wrong with someone scouting out the competition or conducting reconnaissance on a competitor.

        Wal-Mart employees routinely go to Target and vice versa to see what they are up to at the retail level. Studying what your competition is doing is a smart business tactic.

        Well, that's how I'll justify it, anyway.

        -M

        • http://rpad.tv raymond padilla

          You're absolutely correct. The one difference here is that he's something of a public figure, so it doesn't look…the best. Ultimately, he's a gamer enjoying a videogame. He played loads of games before he worked at Marvel and he'll play loads more if/when he leaves.

  • smartguy

    @Iceman
    Indeed. A guy at the Ford Dealership this past weekend asked me if I worked for Toyota. Guess I look like someone he saw there recently as a spy or customer.

  • smartguy

    In MMOs and other games we lose our real identities in the games. I don't think it is a big deal really.