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Happy Fourth Of July (2013)

By the time most of you read this it will actually be the day after the Fourth of July, so my hope is everybody is safe and sound and had a great day. I had a wonderful day with the family which included a big parade, way too much food, a PPV movie, a little gaming (played the New Super Luigi U DLC) and some fireworks. Of course, fireworks. Anyway, as I often do whenever a holiday rolls around, I looked at last year's blog to see what I posted. Well, in 2012, I didn't post a blog on 4th of July. So I checked 2011. Nothing. Now, this was a little baffling to me, because I knew I posted a blog about the Fourth of July because I remember searching for games with fireworks. Well, once again Google delivered, and I found my old Fourth of July blog...dating back to 2010. It was...interesting reading something from that long ago. So, I decided to dust it off and repost it again in its entirety with a few new comments for good measure...

 

(Originally Posted July 04, 2010)

 

It will be the Fourth of July very soon, and while I understand that not everyone that comes here might live in the United States or be interested in the fact that some of us will be celebrating Independence Day, the truth is…a lot of us will. So, Happy Fourth of July…or Happy Independence Day…whichever you prefer. (UPDATE: Funny seeing a reference to the Independence Day movie because I read this interesting article just today about a "Mystery Intergalactic Radio Bursts Detected"...could it be the start of the alien invasion? Nah, couldn't be.)

 

 

The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.


So, how can I tie Fourth of July or Independence Day into a video game theme…hmm…let’s see.

Well, I don’t really want to use Independence Day, the video game based off the very popular and successful movie of the same name.

 

 Independence Day is a 1997 video game based on the movie of the same name. It was released in 1997 for the PlayStation, PC, Sega Saturn, and Mobile. The gameplay is a 3D flying, shooting game comprising 13 missions with time limits; failure to complete a mission in the allotted time will result in failure.

I’ve never played it…and based off the subpar review scores including an average score in the 40-50% range…that’s probably a good thing.

Well, if you want to see some fancy fireworks…there is a time in Splinter Cell: Double Agent on the Shanghai map. If I recall, it was the Chinese New Year and tons of fireworks are going off in the background while you’re doing what Sam Fisher does best – climbing up the outside of a building getting ready to break in and do your dirty work. This was a beautiful and visually stunning level, and the fireworks certainly added a certain flavor to the map. (UPDATE: See! I told you I remembered video games with fireworks. Man, that was such an awesome scene!)

 

 

I’m not a World of Warcraft player…but apparently fireworks are popular in this game and actually serve a purpose, although I don’t know what it is. I stumbled across this video showing a fireworks display that would rival shows put on by most major cities. Interesting.

 

 

Okay…so there you have a fireworks connection…what about a fight for independence?

Hmm…well, I’m sure there are a number of games where the plot can be broken down into a matter of fighting for independence...but when I think of games that deal with independence…I am reminded of a classic way back from 1988 that I played on my Amiga 500.


 

Carrier Command is a cross between a vehicle simulation game and a real-time strategy game where players control a robotic aircraft carrier. The carrier is not based on any real-life aircraft carrier but has been designed specifically for the game.


 

The game is set in the near future, where a team of scientists have developed two robotic aircraft carriers to colonize an archipelago of sixty four islands. Unfortunately, the more advanced carrier falls into the hands of a terrorist organization, and they plan to conquer the archipelago for their own evil ends. It is the player's job to use the less advanced carrier to colonies the islands and destroy the enemy carrier.


It really comes down to a battle of player vs. AI controlled islands and fighting for their independence and joining your cause, or at least that’s how I always imagined it.

 

(UPDATE: Coincidentally, there is a remake of this game available now, which I've blogged about before. You can read about the game at the official website located here, if you're interested.)

And there you have it…a video game connection with fireworks and independence.

Have a Happy (and safe) Fourth of July / Independence Day, no matter if and how you celebrate it.

 

Still a mostly relevant blog fitting for this 4th of July. To all the men and women in uniform, and to those who support them, thank you for your service and for our freedom. Take care, be blessed and have a great weekend. Peace be with you.

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