You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to log in, update and tune out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on adam and skip,
Skip out for beer during load screens,
Because the revolution will not be gamified.

The revolution will not be gamified.
The revolution will not be brought to you by EA
In 4 sequels 6 months apart.
The revolution will not show you pictures of ladies
hoisting large guns and leading a charge in underwear,
high boots, ammo belts and smeared makeup to eat
turducken liberated from a Nazi stronghold.
The revolution will not be gamified.

The revolution will not be brought to you by indie
developers and will not star pirates, ninjas, zombies,
robots, monsters, vampires, werewolves, cyborgs or soldiers.
The revolution will not give you character customisation.
The revolution will not give you a high score.
The revolution will not give you any extra lives
to use, because the revolution will not be gamified, brother.

There will be no pictures of you and Alyx Vance
shooting down that antlion from the back of a broken jepp,
or having one-sided conversations while learning to use the gravity gun.
You will not be told when your armour has critical damage
or when your friends have died.
The revolution will not be gamified.

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of Gay Tony being
run out of town as you launch a tank into the air with the cheat code.
There will be no slow motion or still life of a large-shouldered
man strolling through an explosion in a pair of tight leather
chaps and aviator sunglasses that he had been saving
For just the proper occasion.

Networking, marketing and Facebook games
will no longer be so damned relevant, and
homophobes will not care if Shepard gets down with
blue aliens on Mass Effect because game designers
will be in the street playtesting a brighter day.
The revolution will not be gamified.

There will be no screenshots on the official moderated
forum and no congratulatory GUI text telling
you your position on the international leaderboard.
The theme song will not be written by Jonathon Coulton,
Yū Miyake, nor sung by hundreds of fans ironically
after the key phrases become widely-circulated memes.
The revolution will not be gamified.

The revolution will not be right back after a cut-scene
about a white wizard, white lions, or white people.
You will not have to worry about a dove in your
bedroom, a tiger in your tank, or the red under your bed.
The revolution will not be better in widescreen.
The revolution will not bombard your position with waves of AI army troops.
The revolution will put you in the driver's seat.

The revolution will not be gamified, will not be gamified,
will not be gamified, will not be gamified.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live.

With sincere apologies to Mr Scott-Heron. RIP.
 


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