Do you ever have a friend that you just love, but keeps . . .I don't know . . . literally setting you on fire? I mean, you want to be friends with this guy. You like having him in your life, but . . . there comes a point where you have to say, "Hey man, I don't appreciate you burning me."
Well, I have that friend. His name is Tony. Yes, that Tony. (more after the break!)
It's like the picture above, but with more fire. You see, as I may have mentioned, Tony, Hai, and I have been playing through the Left 4 Dead games. We had a great time with the first one. It had been years since I'd played it and let me tell you, the game really holds up. We had a few problematic levels, like when the tank kept swatting us off the roof of the hospital, but other than that, it was a breeze.
Then came Left 4 Dead 2.
To say it's more challenging isn't doing it justice. In my mind, it was pretty much the same as the first in every way. Now that I've played them back-to-back, I realize just how wrong that is. The sequel is challenging. Many of the levels end with screaming and the gnashing of teeth.
That said, it's amazing we've gotten anywhere because Tony is a God damned pariah when he has a Molotov cocktail. It was a funny, 'ha ha' joke for a while. "Oh, that Tony! Always setting his friends ablaze!" Now, whenever we get set on fire, no one says a word. There is only silence and shame. I don't even know that he really understands what they do, because apparently, when our backs are against the wall, Tony thinks they work like ninja smoke pellets that you throw down at your feet.
Maybe we'll finish it in time for Left For Dead 3.
Rumors are flying that the Punisher could get his own series on Netflix. As with most dumb-ass, regurgitated entertainment news, it's being treated like fact. But . . . just read what was said. It's not confirmed. Not even close.
But of course they want to make a Punisher series. He's got more name-recognition than any of the other characters they're dealing with. The problem is that the Punisher usually isn't written very well. I won't go so far as to say he's inherently boring, but at his core, the idea is pretty one-note. It's just a guy who is really mad at crime, so he shoots bad guys. That's some 70's wish-fulfillment banality right there. He really is kind of a relic. He's been written well. There are some fantastic Punisher stories out there, like Nathan Edmonson's recent, under-appreciated run.
Admittedly, I'd do a terrible job writing him, as well. Kind of like Superman. Not a bad character. Just a challenge to write for.
I just hope they turn him into an angel. Or an African American.
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