I never played God of War, but from what I hear it's pretty impressive. You play Kratos with a mission to kill some gods or something, along with everything else that deigns to share this plane of existence with you. From what I hear the violence is almost excessive (I have never hit my personal limit for violence in a video game, so I can't ever actually use the term excessive without qualifying it), as well as bloody and fun. Most of the video game advice on games I never played I get from Zero Punctuation, but he never did the first God of War. Here is a good review he did for God of War III. Be warned, he does not hesitate to cuss.
The actual Greek god of War was Ares (Mars was the Roman one). Son of Zues and Hera. Actually he is considered the god of the violent aspect of war. His sister Athena was the goddess of intelligence, military strategy, and generalship. He was kind of the outcast god for the Greeks. In the Trojan war he sided with the Trojans while Athena was with the Greeks.
Kind of makes me wonder. Did Ares start out a violent sociopath and was therefore ostracized by the other gods, or did a lifetime of being the outsider aggravate his natural sociopathic tendencies and make him the nut job he grew into? According to this interesting article on Serial Killers, lacking a loving or nurturing childhood with parents detached or absent can contribute. I think Zues probably qualifies. Also inconsistent discipline, which I think Zues as the serious authority figure and Hera as the cushion might well contribute towards. I think a case could be made that Ares is a case of environment rather than heredity.
Ares is an open source file sharing program. I guess it is used to pirate music around? I have a bunch of friends who all work for Mozilla, so I have heard enough about the wonderful nature of open source software to choke a goat. It all sounds pretty hippy-ish to me, and during Burning Man the office is a ghost town.
Ares is also a Capital Management firm that recently won the bid to buy the discount chain 99 Cents Only. The irony of a multi million dollar equity firm buying a store that sells everything for under a dollar has me giggling in my office chair. They apparently bid $22 a share. If I were in charge, even if it cost me the deal I think I would have had a hard time not bidding $.99 a share and laughing myself stupid.
You know, that just reminded me of something annoying. What ever happen to the cents sign? You know. It looked like a dollar sign but instead of an "S" with a line through it there was a "C". As far as I can tell it is not on any keyboard I have. I guess we needed to make room for the Windows key. The sad part is I guess kids today will grow up never knowing what the hell it is.
Hmm. There is also an Ares Corporation that does something in engineering or project management. The site isn't really clear. The funny thing is the site shows a slide show of nuclear power plants, stealth fighters, EVA astronauts working on a space station, and overall looks like the biggest company ever but honestly, have any of us really heard of them? Through the magic of the internet these guys could be two recent college grads working out of their parents basement. There is news about them winning contracts and stuff from NASA, but honestly, how do we know?
October 9th, 2011
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