Today's trip down memory lane is courtesy of WRDX ("The River"), my husband's favorite radio station*. Our clock radio came on to wake him up at 6:30 this morning, and at some point after that, I woke up to the song by Simple Minds that is mentioned in the title of this entry. I am probably about to show my age, but that song is the inspiration for the following bit of bloggy weirdness:
What if MMORPGs were being cast for The Breakfast Club?
- "The Jock", Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez): World of Warcraft. It's popular. It's the "big man on campus". If a game were going to tape another game's buttocks together, it would probably be WoW doing the taping.
- "The Princess", Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald): EverQuest 2. It's pretty, and some people think it is shallow, while others see that there is substance behind the graphics.
- "The Brain", Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall): EVE Online. It's smart and popular with its fans, but compared to WoW, it's still a nerd. Also, there's something about being a ship that suggests failing shop class to me, but I can't quite figure out why. Maybe it is because it is one of those things that looked like it would be an "easy A", but turned out to be a bad point for some people (like me).
- "The Rebel", John Bender (Judd Nelson): Shadowbane. Carebears beware. (Suddenly I have a commercial for the Honda Fit in my head... Werewolves beware. The Fit is go. Darn you, Honda! Darn you to heck!)
- "The Basket Case", Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy): The Saga of Ryzom. It's quirky and not as popular as other games, but there's something interesting there if you can get past how different it is.
I am tempted to cast EQ1 as Principal Richard Vernon (Paul Gleason), for being a middle-aged pompous ass, and Asheron's Call (1) as Carl (John Kapelos), the janitor, but I'll have to think on that. I considered DDO for the nerd role, as well, for being the kind of game that would plan to commit suicide with a flare gun. And I was tempted to cast Star Wars Galaxies in the role of Bender because it seems to be what you'd get if devs thought burning their game with a cigar was a good corrective measure for disappointing performance.
I am sure other people would cast things differently. Feel free to drop a comment with your suggestions if you have ideas of your own. I don't bite much. Or very hard.
*re: Radio Stations: WRDX is not my favorite radio station. Despite their claim that "It's All About Variety!", they don't play enough They Might Be Giants, Jethro Tull, Sarah McLachlan, or Cypress Hill for my tastes. I like variety with my variety. I think my radio recommendation du jour would be 'Groove Salad' on SomaFM.com. It's ambient music, good with a cup of coffee and excellent background music for writing, if you're into that sort of thing.