A couple of weeks ago saw the launch of the discovery channel's Future Weapons series. At first I was wondering what the future did hold for the weapons industry and what exactly technology was going to provide for us. Many of my favourite games are based on advanced weaponry, such as Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, and Gears of War. As such I took an interest in the new TV show and began to read up on it, but soon found I was becoming disinterested. There is of course a fascinating wealth of new weapons out there from the clever to the disastrously destructive, but do I really want to know of all the ways people are going to die in the future? I'm just not sure that I do.
What I do want is to be able to kill a lot of people in the fantasy realm created with in my sitting room. This is of course one of the many reasons I love gaming. It's just your own world. No real harm comes to anyone - unless they get in the way of a flying Wii remote...
So when I found out that the new Gears of War map pack was free to download I thought this was great. Here was something to further everyone's enjoyment of this wonderful game without wasting away those precious Microsoft points. However they are free because Future Weapons is sponsoring them. I am torn by this, is it good that TV and gaming can collaborate, or is it wrong that games and reality are crossing over more and more on a daily basis?
The discovery channels web site informs me that the presenter of the show, Richard "Mack" Machowicz, "has over 20 years experience in the martial arts, studying such systems as muay thai boxing, Jeet Kune Do, kickboxing, aikido, jujitsu, savate, arnis and karate. He was a certified instructor in the Naval Special Warfare Combat Fighting Instructor Course, a Naval Special Warfare Scout/Sniper and has received multiple black belts. Machowicz also served as a personal protection specialist for many high profile individuals within the political arena, business world and entertainment industry."
He doesn't really sound like someone I want to annoy, so for now I am going to agree that more Gears of War is a great thing, and that free downloadable content is also wonderful. Let's raise our glasses to the first of hopefully many happy collaborations, and then get back to our live gaming.