There are pitfalls to making assumptions. I’m sure every one of you can recall at least one instance where an assumption you’ve made has led to unforeseen consequences. Hopefully, it hasn’t led to you being kidnapped at gunpoint by someone you thought would be an easy date. On the other hand, if more fellas were pistol whipped for assuming a scantily clad lady would go home with them, maybe bars would be friendlier places sometimes.
I’m going to change gears here a bit and talk about video games.
A few weeks ago I made the scheduling error of finally finishing Mass Effect 3. It was my second run through, and I hadn’t really been paying attention to the timing. The elation of finally synthesizing organic and synthetic life to cohabit peacefully throughout the galaxy, faded quickly as I realized that I was in a pickle. I had no new games to play, and it was 30 days until Christmas, a time period that I’ve been forbidden to buy anything for myself.
After some moaning and whining, and a few drinks, I recalled that my latest Xbox had come with a few games I’d never played; Fable III and Halo: Reach. Hurrah! Disaster averted… oh, wait. I’m not sure I like these games. I know they’re by no means new games and I’m probably not breaking any new ground with my observations. Halo:Reach appears to be a pretty bog standard shooter of the type that Halo pioneered. Space Soldiers wander around shooting space people with space guns, and there’s very little deviation from the narrowly scripted missions.
Conversely, Fable III is so open ended that if it wasn’t for the sparkling golden path telling me where to go, I might not ever find the next petty task I need to accomplish. Like, wearing a chicken suit and playing pied piper to wandering village chickens. No, really. That’s a mission in Fable III. For some reason, dressing like Burt Reynolds in Stroker Ace convinces the villagers to send supplies to another nearby village. It’s like Peter Molyneux is trying to subvert our understanding of human relations as opposed to simply reflecting choices.