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Stupid blog title.

First, the Bioshock movie is pretty much dead. Bummed about this. Bioshock is one of the greatest video games of the last few years and would have made a killer movie up there with The Dark Knight and other action pyschological thrillers. Ayn Rand level philosophy with a super creepy aesthetic and environment. And a hard R, too.

According to Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, who was attached to the BioShock movie before jumping ship two years ago, no Hollywood backers wanted to keep the movie aimed at adults.

“I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, ‘Jesus Christ!,’” Verbinski said to over the weekend. Since he couldn’t find a studio that would fund an R-rated version of BioShock the project never gained much steam, he said.

“I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version,” he told the website. “Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing.”

So that’s a crying shame. Watch this to see what we are missing out on –

Rock Paper Shotgun is doing the Very Important List of PC Games. Reading this is pure nostalgia that hurts a bit. We may never have the chance to relive some of these great games due to technological and software challenges. Video games truly seem to have a half-life at times, and in the meantime Valve still hasn’t released Episode 3.

Let’s see…on List #1 I’ve played 10 of the games, and on List #2 I’ve played…10 of the games again. Not too shabby.

And this is sadly depressing in it’s truth.

Over the past weekend, I had a long conversation with a man in our community who was nearing retirement age. He felt comfortable about his own coming retirement, but he seemed very pessimistic that his children would ever be ready to retire. “They just don’t know how to save money,” he told me.

I told him that, although I agreed with him that young people should save more, there is also a strong case that it is much more difficult today for a young person to establish themselves financially as he did when he was a young adult.

You’ve got to make money to save money. If you earn $200 a week and have $200 in expenses, you can’t save any money. And most of the time, if you earn $201 a week and have $200 in expenses, you still can’t save any money, and will probably have a debt of $150. Sad truth.

Related, I’m growing really tired of all these pastors and leaders jumping on the rhetorical bandwagon that people today aren’t growing up or getting married or whatever. Blah blah baloney. Read that link above. Other studies will show the desire is there stronger than ever, but the ability and means to achieve that are missing. It’s not for lack of desire that lives aren’t progressing as we’d like. It’s because of the world you and your generation created for us. Quit passing the buck and grow a pair. Accept responsibility. The children of the boomers will surpass you in every way.

My friend Jeffrey Overstreet wrote the introduction to Image’s Top 25 Horror Films. Every Christian should embrace the horror genre. Read to see why.

That’s all for tonight.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. i82much permalink
    02/15/2011 10:23 pm

    Darn, this is the first I’ve heard about the Biohock movie cancellation. Ah well, I guess it’s better to the brand for nothing to come out than something that compromises their artistic vision.

    Nice find on the list too, I’ll have to check that out. I’ve definitely played a lot of the shooters on the list, but other than that I’ve missed out on some.

  2. Eagle permalink
    02/15/2011 10:58 pm


    Agree with you bro. It’s like social security…I’m not expecting that to be there. I’m 36 and I find life today difficult and hard. I ran up debt just going through grad school in Wisconsin and the type of jobs that exist require more and more education just tp get. And the other problem is that becuase you have a degree that doesn’t guarnetee one person a job either. Also remember pensions no longer exsit with a lot of employers. And many people are staying in their jobs longer so that means younger people are going to have a difficult time finding such work. I’m not expecting to retire…it just wont happen. I think the norm one day will be that people will work until they are incapacitated to do so. My focus is on paying down debts (my car loan is almost paid off!! =) but remember you will always have bills and always have debt. Thoughts…?

    • stuartblessman permalink*
      02/16/2011 10:07 am

      Agreed, it’s difficult out there. I’m still mostly living off of a credit card I maxed while going to school, and maxed primarily on groceries! (and maybe an xbox…lol). Goals are just to pay off that credit card, pay off a car, and find a somewhat decent apartment to survive in.

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