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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Radio Melancholy

I often feel a strange sense of melancholy when a story I like ends. Books and games seem to have this effect on me the most.

I Love Bees finally came to an end on November 9th. For those of you who missed it, the game had a substantial audio component which actually works very well as a standalone sci-fi radio drama.

Download it while you can.

Their budget was about a million bucks. Apparently they spent most of it on studio time. The acting is good quality but the writing is truly superb. I've been playing it to my fellow carpooler (who didn't play the game) and he seems hooked so far.

Of course, there's a lot of Slashdotters etc. who think of the ILB game just as a big advert for Halo 2. Which it was, of course, albeit a subtle and well-crafted one. That's not to say that it wasn't also a wonderful story.

I read an interesting post the other day that pointed out that almost all media are really just there as ads for commercial products. TV is just a hook to get you to sit through the ad-breaks, commercial radio the same way, newspapers exist due to print ads, etc. All I know is that if all ads were of the ILB quality the world would be a nicer place to live in.


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