A few “U Fail It!” awards to hand out today.

First, a “U Fail It!” to Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama for insinuating that John McCain would be the Robin to George W. Bush’s Batman…and thereby playing right into McCain’s hands. The implication, as the link says, was that McCain would be another four years of what we as a country have had since 2000. Only problem: As this comic points out (And as anyone who even watched the great Batman: The Animated Series would know, let alone anyone who’s a hardcore comic fan), Robin actually does get mad at Batman pretty frequently–one Robin actually quit entirely and went on to become Nightwing. Whoops! Barack Obama: Wrong on Batman, failure at analogies.

The second “U Fail It!” probably marks the start of my descent into becoming a Stop Having Fun Guy, but oh well. It concerns my recent obsession, Rock Band, and more specifically, the album version of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” that you can buy at the XBOX/PS3 store. Suffice to say that roughly half the bass notes (On Expert) are simply missing, and the ending is, as a result, a lot easier than it would be on an actual bass (Which is something I have some experience with, both in a general sense and in the specific case of “Tom Sawyer”). Granting, Harmonix have said before that they place “having fun” over “100% musical accuracy”, but considering how utterly ridiculous some of the Expert charts are for other songs, would it have killed them to get this right? I submit that it would not.


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    • James on October 28, 2008 at 11:16 am

    What Obama should have made an analogy for was McCain as the Joker, since McCain picked a comically underqualified characature as a running mate ala the Penguin. Seriously, Palin is like Evil Hockey Mom, a hate filled conservative with time to make brownies for her bizarrely named redneck kids. Of course, I’m referring to the cool, campy Batman of the 60’s where in the end, they’d all end up dancing to hip surf music.

    When I see people who have mastered the expert versions of say, Dragonforce songs on Rock Band/Guitar Hero games, I’m convinced the games are actually much harder to master than the actual guitar!

    • emptyeye on October 28, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I’m guessing that either A. Obama takes his image of Batman and Robin from pretty much anything other than the original source comics (Indeed, the various adaptations shows Robin as either the agreeable Yes-man to Batman, or simply absent altogether), or B. He’s smart enough to presume that most Americans probably do the same, and have no idea that the Dubya:McCain::Batman:Robin analogy really fails at its core given the implication he’s trying to make.

    As for fake plastic instruments versus real ones, I won’t get into that.

    • James on October 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Also, the Stop Having Fun Guy is a funny article–and way true! For a while, there was SHFG’s all over the F-Zero GX boards (these are also the guys who effectively ruin online play). It makes me wonder how Civ SHFG’s would react to your “conquor all GRAWWAAAA” method of playing.

    • emptyeye on October 30, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Yeah, TV Tropes (Though it’s long since grown out of covering exclusively TV, obviously) in general is a great site that I look at more than I probably should.

    Off to get some food now.

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