I'm so sorry, man. Just want to say that, after I lost my mom and brother, you really helped to me to continue to laugh and be happy through the years proceeding. Thank you for that. I hope you're doing well.
No. I am 24, male, and from British Columbia Canada.
I was one of Jehovah's Witnesses until recently. Not "disfellowshipped" but very purposefully inactive. After years of unexplored doubt I finally started researching all I could about the religion from outside sources (highly warned against by their publication and public talks) and came across a number of unreconcilable things throughout its history that are confirmed by references to their publications. It has been a very troubling time and still is. There is no dignified way to leave the religion. Once you confess any disbelief you are labelled as "mentally diseased" a term applied to "apostates" which is to say anybody who criticizes their "Governing Body's" claims to be appointed and directed by Jehovah. Any relationships I have with the people I've known my whole life are pretty much bound to end. It's taught that they must shun even their closest family members, should they become disassociated.
@Animasta: YES! That is my favorite film as well! You are great, Andrei Tarkovsky is great, the end. The Mirror is another one of his that I loved just simply from my own opinion. I came to love Stalker from the super positive review that it had. I basically loved it before I watched it, but then I watched it and I absolutely loved it.
The pacing looks painfully fast. It seems, so far, that they traded in any potential for artifice for simply doing things that seem shallowly interesting (e.g. the extending hallway). All this is pretty normal for a game, but under the Silent Hill name it is pretty disappointing.
I don't really see this as an anti-video-game article; he is speaking of the violence of it. Although some details are inaccurate, most of what he says is true. It's a video-game where the point is to shoot, stab and blow up guys. Just because so many modern video-games are built around that, doesn't make it something a person should defend.
It really is a ridiculous concept; with all of this new technology and ability, the most popular games are the ones that are used to depict pointless death, gore and violence. Imagine all of the beautiful things that could be made using all of these peoples talents. Imagine what could be created to speak to the human condition. It seems as though people are tired of hearing a moral to a story, and would rather have their ears tickled.
I know that by saying this I'm not taking the popular route. But it's something that I've begun to feel more strongly about.