Same-Sex Marriage: The Video Game Boss Battle the Right Cannot Win
I tend to think of things in video-game terms. That's understandable since I get paid to review and cover the video-game industry, but sometimes I find that there are certain aspects of modern life that are just best expressed through the lens of digital play.
Let's take same-sex marriage, an issue that is particularly hot right now as the Supreme Court considers whether to uphold or strike down California's Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. As a passionate supporter of my many gay friends and colleagues, I'm obviously hoping for across-the-board marriage equality. Many of my conservative and religious friends are not.
The fight against same-sex marriage continues, but frankly it's beginning to manifest itself in very strange ways. What was once an over-leveled juggernaut charging against easily defeated opponents has become and constant pwnage at the hands of the previously easily pwnded. The resulting counterattacks have all the madness of desperation.
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For instance, recently Sue Everhart, Georgia GOP Chairwoman, took on the boss fight that marriage equality is to her party. She's obviously seen that spammable attacks such as the Leviticus spell and weapons like Save the Children (Holy elemental, and +50 percent deniability stat) no longer have the power to defeat this beast they quest against.
Instead, she told the Marietta Daily Journal that homosexuals would take advantage of marriage equality to commit benefit fraud.
You may be as straight as an arrow, and you may have a friend that is as straight as an arrow. Say you had a great job with the government where you had this wonderful health plan. I mean, what would prohibit you from saying that you're gay, and y'all get married and still live as separate, but you get all the benefits? I just see so much abuse in this it's unreal.
If that sounds like the plot of an Adam Sandler movie that's because, well, it is. It's such a flailing and ridiculous attack to make, and I knew exactly what it reminded me of.
My current favorite role-playing game of all time is Final Fantasy XII, which is the closest thing to an MMORPG that I get to because, ironically, I don't like being called faggot by 12-year-olds hopped up on Red Bull. Since I have spent my life playing fairly linear RPGs, I was very surprised to discover something I didn't understand.
On your first trip out in the game from the city of Rabanastre, you end up hunting low-level enemies in the Dalmasca Eastersands. Yet among all the wolves and a sentient tomato you have to kill, there's a giant T-Rex. If you don't bother it, it won't bother you.