Yes, friends, The Wire could be the greatest MMO of all time. The Rakim of all TV shows could be the illest game of all time but its not likely to happen. Think about what ills of society it would spread and make cool to all the kiddies of the US (I mean the world). You could take up being a stickup kid and knocking off drug lords ala Omar. Be a fiend like Bubbles. Shit, anyone want to be WeeBey or Chris? Bodie? Brother Mouzone? Cheese? Start a clan and take over territory and strive to be like Avon, Marlo or Prop Joe? How about a cop in one of the districts? Want to work The Ports? It could be the deepest nihilistic endeavour ever. It would be what all these kids who arent from the other side of tracks want. Who wants to really sell drugs? Just do it in a virtual environment! Think The Sims meets WOW meets GTA.
If something like The Wire were dumbed down into a great game, it would lose its importance, no social commentary. It would become just popcorn.
Im glad it wont turn out to be that. But maybe this is what something like GTA should try to become.
The Real World Version of WCW's Goldberg. Who's next?
Unfortunately, he isnt gonna be on the show. Though I'd buy that for a dollar (obligatory RoboCop reference so you can get a flavor of what the set from the show would look like -- broken fathers and broken kids). I'm glad Kimbo is on slightly less than pay per view (aka Showtime) because I dont want to pay 50 bucks to watch him rub out an old head like Ray Mercer or Tank Abbott. I first heard of the man at Thanksgiving when my cousin just keeps pulling up clip after clip saying he is the best fighter in the world.
Best fighter... not quite. About a dozen other cats to rumble with before he could claim that crown, as well as needing to jump to the bigtime of MMA. And ready for Fedor he aint!
Granted Slice is being protected in his latest fights (as much as a pro fighter can be) by fighting people who are past their prime or just not real threats so he can be more of a beast in the eyes of public but there will be the day when he fights a legit threat and hopefully headed for a decent payday. The man is 33 so his time table to get the top is a bit limited in the MMA world.
Hopefully, at that point, he will go past the Showtime fights and hop over to the UFC so we can see him knuck with legit knuckers. He damn sure looks the part and got the understudy role but now he's gonna have to break the next fighter's face and the next and the next.
This is like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly except it is more like The Good, The Bad and The Really Fuckin Bad. The good shit should be held high. Here is a quicklist of some of the better classic HK flicks out there that you should check out and ones you may know if you got the usual suspects down...
The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter
You really want to fuck with The 5th Brother??
Mystery of Chess Boxing
Cheese factor high and the comedy sucks but Ghost Face Killer is one of the best shit talking badguys ever (and for you KoF XI and Garou heads, he kills one guy like Gato's super). Trailer makes it way more serious than it actually is.
Another awesome indy. Soundtrack is as great as the kicking of Wang Jang Lee. A spaghetti western with Iron Finger and Iron Armour techniques instead of rifles and chewing tobacco.
Who doesnt like Alexander Fu Sheng? The master is ill in this and the idea that he has a bunch of orphans he is making into live action Dyntasy Warriors crews is a KRS One moment.
The Secret Rivals
Took a while to find a R0 or R1 version of this beast but damn Hwang Jang Lee is the a kicker like none other.
The Seven Grandmasters
A Joseph Kuo indy classic this one is on par with any great Shaw Brothers flick. The DVD release the other year was of exceptional quality.
I still haven't bought into the next gen. Can't decide but I think it is just that I am not inspired by what is out there:
- BC gone except in older models
- price point high
- PSN network (some good stuff Castlevania and MK2 but not enough of anything)
- Online gaming free
- Games seem ehhh so far
- Just seems to break every time someone in the world dies
- Live costs
- Price point is ehhh
- Games are kinda whatever
- Live games seem good (UMK3, Quake 3 etc)
- Price is good
- Games are non existent except for Mario Kart and Smash Brothers
- VC stuff seems dope and will probably get better (hoping for Super Tecmo Bowl and Pro Wrestling)
I think my main concern is that money isnt plentiful and any one of these I would consider a major purchase given Im buying it myself and Im taking care of my family. Im okay with my PS2 and dropping 15 on an these SNK releases so someone somewhere gets the picture that Mark of the Wolves needs a proper US release (someone has heard the prayers related to Sam Sho). I mean, after what they have coming to the US this year, there isnt too much left in the pantheon. My DS does me fine too and I get my fighting online fix from UMK3 and Bleach. Maybe the best thing to do is just wait these fuckers out and watch for prices to drop, hope more games that I would check for come out and see if the Wii will actually get Street Fighter 4.