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< Piro >

news is good for you

"your perception does count"

Sunday - November 5, 2006

[Piro] - 15:09:00 - [link here]

Over the years, I've been pretty circumspect about the kinds of opinions i give in my rants. Rarely do i flame or lambaste others, aside from the occasional chiding for things i feel strongly about (like the whole Chibi Vampire thing) or defending myself against what i feel are inaccurate accusations (like my last rant). I pour a lot of myself into this comic and the world of Megatokyo, so it's pretty hard to not have some of my personal opinions or views find their way in. No matter how objective I try to be I have my own perception of the world and my work and words will always reflect that. However, I always keep in mind that other people may have different perceptions than I do. While I may not agree with, support or understand those perceptions, i at least try to understand and respect them the best I can. It is something i wish was a little more common in this world.

I've often been tempted to be more vocal about how i feel about about many of the things going on in the world today. Like many of you, i have some strong opinions, but i've always felt that this was not the place voice them. My goal with this comic is to entertain you, to make you laugh, cry, think, feel... I'm not of the belief that because i give you something good, you should listen to what i say (a sadly too common practice in the world). Even when i have voiced (what i considered) respectful opinions on something, I get emails from people telling me that they come here to read a comic not hear about my views. A part of me does bristle at the audacity some people have, that i should know my place, do the comic, shut up and keep my opinions to myself. They refuse to give me the courtesy of allowing me to speak my mind openly. It is not for these people that i am circumspect. It is out of respect for those readers might not agree with me but would listen to me. You don't come here to find yourself at odds with my feelings about something that may be important to you. It is out of respect for you that the main focus of this site will always be the comic, no matter how strongly i feel about something.

I don't feel like the following violates this respect. Yes, it is about politics. Yes it is about the election that will be held here in the United States on Tuesday, November 7th. No, i'm not going to tell you how to vote, or try to encourage you to vote one way or another. I simply ask that you vote.

I've heard just about every argument there is about why people shouldn't vote. My vote has no impact on anything, I don't like any of the candidates, i don't know who to vote for, i don't understand what is going on, i don't have time, It's not like it really matters, I'm protesting the political system by staying home... there are tons of them. Of course it is your choice, but you should think carefully about this before you decide not to participate.

Many elections across the country this year are very close. The impact of these elections will have major effects on the balance of power in the United States and will have a serious impact on its future direction. These things do effect you, they effect all of us - including those of your fellow MT readers who don't live in this country. They can't vote here. You can.

Even if you feel like your vote wont help the people or ideas you support, not voting does nothing but help people and ideas you may not support. It's not easy figuring out who best 'represents' you, especially these days, but you should try to educate yourself. If you can read the archives of a webcomic like this, you can hit a news site and browse for news about your candidates and get a reasonable feel for the choices you are being asked to make. Don't vote for someone because someone tells you to, because you just 'don't know' and you need an opinion. Make your own decisions.

There are those who argue that many people shouldn't vote because they don't understand what they are voting for. They say that encouraging people to vote only helps one group or another. Elections unfortunately are not a real representation of what the majority of people in this country feel... not with over half of the population not voting. It has become a game in which the side that is most successful in getting 'their' people out to vote wins.

That's pretty sad.

Don't just blow voting off like its a game you just aren't interested in playing. You are in the game, whether you like it or not. Not voting makes you an Non Player Character. Do you REALLY want to be a NPC, letting others decide what happens in the game?

Think about it before you skip on voting.

If you have any problems, issues, complaints or questions about voting, you can call the MyVote Election hotline at 1-866-MyVote1. Do some research. Google and news sites are your friend.

Thanks for reading.

< Dom >

Nintendo!

"Nunchucks and Strife"

Monday - November 20, 2006

[Dom] - 11:59:00 - [link here]

November 17, 2001
It's a night I'll remember forever, and not necessarily for the right reasons. I was visiting my best friend Victor for a week, back in the dark ages when he was attending Georgetown and he lived across the country instead of living up the street.

We were hanging around his room, idly talking about life while he experimentally strummed his guitar and I sang along to the parts I knew. We started talking about video games, since any conversation with me inevitably turns to video games, comic books or porn (sometimes all three at once, I'm talented). I then pointed out, "Hey, Victor, isn't the Gamecube coming out tomorrow? Maybe you should get one, we'll play around for a while."

So, we started looking up places nearby that would sell Gamecubes. Most places in the Washington DC area were out of the question, so we decided that we'd hop a train to nearby Virginia and camp out at a Target there for a Gamecube.

We made two critical miscalculations.

First, the Target we camped out at was on the coast.

Second, we were in Virginia in November.

Long story short, it was a miserably cold night. We spent a good 8 hours shooting the breeze and talking to each other about life, love, and all things in between.

We also froze our asses off, and at the end we asked each other, "Wait, why did we do this again?"

Neither of us truly wanted a Gamecube, and since people hadn't started showing up to line up for the GC until around 4 in the morning, most of our efforts had been for naught.

November 18, 2006
So five years later, I had to look around and ask myself "Wait, what am I doing here again?"

Yessirree, last Saturday I was outside of a coastal Target waiting for the Wii, this time with Suberunker at my side. And you know what?

I hadn't learned a thing.

There I was, in a hooded sweatshirt and a jacket, and it was still cold - Suberunker had chosen a Target right on the Bay to be his camping spot, and we had a great little breeze to keep us company.

He had lined up at around 6 PM, so it was about 3 and a half hours before I joined him in line (I stayed home to watch the Cal-USC game, about which all I have to say is 'sigh'). We sat down thinking that we had everything covered - extra jackets, some entertainment and snacks.

Sadly for us, it was California cold, which, dammit, is cold to me. It was, what, 40F (something like 2C)? Something like that. My fingers went numb quickly if I played Elite Beat Agents for very long, so there wasn't much of that while we waited. We just sat around and talked for 10 hours while waiting for the Target to open.

Of course it was uncomfortable, but you know what?

In the end, I didn't care. I didn't line up for the Wii, really, I lined up for the company.

It may sound crazy to you, but I actually like sitting in line with a friend and a few like-minded people. It's a chance to have a pleasant conversation with people you may never meet again (note that this would never have happened in a PS3 line, since people were much more possessive and frightening in those lines). It's the same reason I sat in line for the MegaTokyo panel at ACen this year, which is the reason I sat in line with Victor five years ago. For some reason, the knowledge that you're gonna sit in line for another few hours leads to a kind of camaraderie you usually find among prisoners of war or the cousins who also had to visit the distant relatives and are marking the time until they can go home.

It's a great experience, really. Well, minus the temperature discomfort and the lack of sleep.

Note to self: Five years from now, bring a sleeping bag. But more importantly, make sure to bring a good friend.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I now own Zelda: Twilight Princess (I don't intend to play it myself, I intend to lend it to people), Rayman, and Super Monkey Ball.

The system has not yet been turned on, because I'm still playing Gears of War and Elite Beat Agents, with Castlevania coming in a couple weeks!

Ah well. It sure is a great time to be a gamer, isn't it?

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