On Tuesday, August 25th, a 17-year old boy drove or was driven across state lines with an illegal assault rifle and shot three protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, killing two of them. Videos on social media show the shooter getting up and walking away, toward the police, who did nothing to stop him. In one video, the police are no more than maybe two hundred yards away, in the street. There is no way that they could not have seen what happened. But despite the shouts from protestors saying that he shot someone, the police just told him to get out of here. They didn’t even so much as slow down.
Marvel's Avengers was maybe my most anticipated game of 2020. I grew up reading the comics, still collect them today, even, and I like most of the movies. The recent Spider-Man game on the PS4 is probably my favorite superhero game of all time, and Ultimate Alliance 3 was an absolute joy. It should be no surprise that I'd be excited for Crystal Dynamics' new title, a multiplayer action game where I can play as two of my favorite heroes(Thor and Ms Marvel) on launch, with two more following as free DLC(Hawkeye and Spider-Man). I could not wait to see what this new imagining of the Marvel Universe might bring: an Ultron story, maybe? Or, since the Inhumans are involved, the Kree? And then it actually released, and it turns out, it's a pretty terrible game.
There are five wagons in our group winding slowly through the forest on a dirt road. Ours is the last in the line of covered wagons, made of old ruined automobile parts. The three of us sit in the bed of our wagon in brooding silence until Amy, the more talkative one of our group, speaks.