Seaman: Day Twenty-Five

Avatar image for johnthegamer
Posted by JohnTheGamer (444 posts) -

Upon entering today, Leonard Nimoy tells me that the tadmen have developed arms. I’m wondering if what I was talking about yesterday, the legs, are truly their arms. It turns out those are actually their arms although they look like they should be legs.

One of the tadmen asks what next generation game console I’m looking forward to; I keep in mind that the answer should be a console from the last generation as this game came out in 2000. I answer the GameCube first but I guess that wasn’t announced by the time this game came out. The second time I say Playstation and he says that is all he hears about lately, he advises me to just buy a second Dreamcast. He then asks what kind of games I’m into and I respond role-playing. He guesses that when I was born, they rolled an eight sided die and I got a twenty-seven for charisma, ha ha.

He also asks what my favorite Dreamcast game is and lastly, whether I think he exists or not. I reply no and he describes why he is alive. He thinks, he breathes and tries with all his might at what he does. My answer disappoints him and he wishes to be left alone to think. I didn’t mean to be rude, but depending on most criteria we use for describing the term “alive”, he is not alive. Although he does respond when I talk to him, he is only “alive” when I play this game and his answers are already predetermined; there is no thought behind them. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate his “company.”

I begin talking to the podmen again after spraying down the insect terrarium and one of them wants to tell me why he is alive. He asks whether I think John F. Kennedy or the Beatles were alive. I say yes. He tells me that my only knowledge of them probably comes from seeing them on TV and in magazines and the same goes for him. He does have a point here, but this is not how I would describe something as being “alive.”

His last comments to me are about existing. He tells me that measuring most anything is impossible. When we stick a thermometer in the water to check the temperature, the thermometer has an effect on the temperature of the water. That being said, we measure something as being alive by being able to talk with it and think about it among other things, so by keeping seaman in my thoughts I am perpetuating his existence. At times, the game will offer deep thoughts and philosophical wonderings, and this is what I enjoy about it.

Avatar image for johnthegamer
#1 Posted by JohnTheGamer (444 posts) -

Upon entering today, Leonard Nimoy tells me that the tadmen have developed arms. I’m wondering if what I was talking about yesterday, the legs, are truly their arms. It turns out those are actually their arms although they look like they should be legs.

One of the tadmen asks what next generation game console I’m looking forward to; I keep in mind that the answer should be a console from the last generation as this game came out in 2000. I answer the GameCube first but I guess that wasn’t announced by the time this game came out. The second time I say Playstation and he says that is all he hears about lately, he advises me to just buy a second Dreamcast. He then asks what kind of games I’m into and I respond role-playing. He guesses that when I was born, they rolled an eight sided die and I got a twenty-seven for charisma, ha ha.

He also asks what my favorite Dreamcast game is and lastly, whether I think he exists or not. I reply no and he describes why he is alive. He thinks, he breathes and tries with all his might at what he does. My answer disappoints him and he wishes to be left alone to think. I didn’t mean to be rude, but depending on most criteria we use for describing the term “alive”, he is not alive. Although he does respond when I talk to him, he is only “alive” when I play this game and his answers are already predetermined; there is no thought behind them. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate his “company.”

I begin talking to the podmen again after spraying down the insect terrarium and one of them wants to tell me why he is alive. He asks whether I think John F. Kennedy or the Beatles were alive. I say yes. He tells me that my only knowledge of them probably comes from seeing them on TV and in magazines and the same goes for him. He does have a point here, but this is not how I would describe something as being “alive.”

His last comments to me are about existing. He tells me that measuring most anything is impossible. When we stick a thermometer in the water to check the temperature, the thermometer has an effect on the temperature of the water. That being said, we measure something as being alive by being able to talk with it and think about it among other things, so by keeping seaman in my thoughts I am perpetuating his existence. At times, the game will offer deep thoughts and philosophical wonderings, and this is what I enjoy about it.

Avatar image for danieljw
#2 Posted by DanielJW (4932 posts) -

This game just got heavy. I only want a good time, I didn't know Seaman were so serious about relationships. 

Avatar image for claude
#3 Posted by Claude (16648 posts) -

Buy another Dreamcast, in his dreams. Wait, they don't dream, noooooo!

Avatar image for ajamafalous
#4 Posted by ajamafalous (13083 posts) -
@DanielJW said:
" This game just got heavy. "
Exactly what I was thinking.
Avatar image for ajayraz
#5 Posted by AjayRaz (12759 posts) -
@ajamafalous said:
" @DanielJW said:
" This game just got heavy. "
Exactly what I was thinking. "
same here, hehe. 
Avatar image for dalai
#6 Posted by Dalai (7860 posts) -

I just wish Leonard Nimoy told me things... anything at all!

Avatar image for johnthegamer
#7 Posted by JohnTheGamer (444 posts) -
@DanielJW: Haha, I like that it is going down a more serious route, but that's just me apparently. 
@Claude: CONUNDRUM!
Avatar image for claude
#8 Edited by Claude (16648 posts) -
@Dalai said:

" I just wish Leonard Nimoy told me things... anything at all! "

He talks to you in spurts in Civ IV, well, when you progress.
Avatar image for regularassmilk
#9 Posted by regularassmilk (1693 posts) -

I wanna play Seaman.
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON.

Avatar image for skald
#10 Posted by Skald (4419 posts) -

Those are some current fucking events. 
And a second dreamcast? Seriously?

Avatar image for destruktive
#11 Posted by destruktive (1116 posts) -

I am getting a second dreamcast :P wish he told me this, because then I could tell him yes.. and then he would be happy. it would be so nice.
 
 
oh. I really want seaman. I found a copy of it without the mic :|

Avatar image for emilio
#12 Posted by Emilio (3581 posts) -

Awww, poor guy. :(

Avatar image for bigandtasty
#13 Posted by Bigandtasty (3145 posts) -

Second dreamcast? He should have been like "save your money for the next sega console, it's gonna rock your socks"

Avatar image for hatking
#14 Posted by HatKing (7169 posts) -

What did you say your favorite Dreamcast game was? 
 
Also fantastic episode.  I'm totally enjoying these.
Avatar image for johnthegamer
#15 Posted by JohnTheGamer (444 posts) -
@destruktive: I first got Seaman w/o a mic then bought a copy of Alien Front which came with a mic. 
@HatKing: I said Skies of Arcadia but I don't think he understood me. I'd like to see all the possible responses, like Phantasy Star Online, Sonic Adventure and so on.
Avatar image for hatking
#16 Posted by HatKing (7169 posts) -

Maybe I should go down to the local second hand game store and buy a dreamcast... I wonder if they have any copies of Seaman... I know they used to.
Avatar image for zmilla
#17 Posted by ZmillA (2396 posts) -

This is one of my favorite journal entrys

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.