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September 7, 2012 7:34 AM   Subscribe

The Wire, summarized, as an 8-bit videogame. Does what it says in pixelated graphics.
posted by PapaLobo (42 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
16-bit. I assume this is from the same fellows who did the Breaking Bad one, where the same mistake was made. ;)

Fight against The System was amusing.
posted by curious nu at 7:42 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Level 2 was my favorite.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:43 AM on September 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


The System wouldn't let me use 16 bits.

The System always wins.
posted by PapaLobo at 7:44 AM on September 7, 2012


Now do it in Atari!
posted by "But who are the Chefs?" at 7:45 AM on September 7, 2012


warping from the docks lol
posted by 12bits at 7:45 AM on September 7, 2012


It's pretty well made and has some funny parts, but holy crap does it misread The Wire as a TV show.
posted by codacorolla at 7:55 AM on September 7, 2012 [9 favorites]


Highlight was was the level 1 Fight The System! sequence. It wasn't your turn to give a fuck!

It makes me want to drink whisky when people use the level 2 warp.
posted by Drastic at 7:58 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


holy crap does it misread The Wire as a TV show.

Have you seen what they did to Minesweeper?

Shameful.
posted by R. Schlock at 7:58 AM on September 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


Was there ever an in-show explanation for why Daniels was that ripped? Those scenes always took my wife straight out of the narrative - you know what I'm saying?

And I actually think about Ziggy a lot. His seems one of the sadder character arcs on the show.
posted by Egg Shen at 7:58 AM on September 7, 2012


Yeah, am I the only one who liked season 2?
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 8:06 AM on September 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


See also: Breaking Bad RPG
posted by dgaicun at 8:11 AM on September 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


Philosopher Dirtbike: I was about to post the exact same thing. Aside from the fourth, it's actually my favorite.

But anyway, that was pretty awesome. Wasn't expecting it to be nearly that good.
posted by graphnerd at 8:11 AM on September 7, 2012


After the working, fun NES-style The Great Gatsby game, I was kinda disappointed to see this is only a video.
posted by cribcage at 8:12 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


WANT THIS! Someone please Kickstart this.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:14 AM on September 7, 2012


This made a very stressful Friday significantly better. Level 2 is amazing.

Thanks for posting.
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre at 8:19 AM on September 7, 2012


Yeah, am I the only one who liked season 2?
No you're not. I liked Season 2 because it broke the show wide open. The first season was a fairly slow paced (yet well-told) cops'n'dealers tale. But when David Simon pulled the camera back to show us from WHERE those drugs were coming from in the second season the show became more than a cop show.

Season 1 was excellent, but Season 2 is when The Wire started to demonstrate its right to the title "Best. Television. Ever."
posted by PapaLobo at 8:27 AM on September 7, 2012 [9 favorites]


Crack?
posted by Sys Rq at 8:30 AM on September 7, 2012


I think that Season 2 is great -- in fact, the only Season that I don't really like all that much is Season 5, and that's just because at 10 episodes it feels a little underdeveloped compared to the rest. I can see why people who aren't Uber-Fans wouldn't like it, but it's such an amazing tragedy.
posted by Saxon Kane at 8:53 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


As timely as a 10-year-old tv show.
posted by crunchland at 8:55 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Egg Shen: Was there ever an in-show explanation for why Daniels was that ripped?

None explicit, but it's hard to find a cop on The Wire who isn't strongly devoted to some coping mechanism. McNulty and Bunk have booze. Greggs has women. Freamon has boxing. It wouldn't be too much to extrapolate that Daniels (whose far more level headed than the above) is just super devoted to working out.
posted by Apropos of Something at 8:57 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Season 2 is my favourite Season

(Wire, perfect as it was, clearly missed having a Dark Wizard)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 8:58 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Was there ever an in-show explanation for why Daniels was that ripped? Those scenes always took my wife straight out of the narrative - you know what I'm saying?

I don't think it's a stretch to think that someone as woundly tied as Daniels would be a stickler for just about everything, including what he ate and how he worked out. Didn't really need an explanation, in my opinion.

Also, shirtless scenes with Cedric Daniels are as close as I've ever been to drooling over a man. It's part jealousy and a blip on the Kinsey scale for a predominantly straight guy like me.
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre at 9:03 AM on September 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


shirtless scenes with Cedric Daniels are as close as I've ever been to drooling over a man

I like to think that in real life a woman's pleasure with DEMIGOD BUTTOCKS would be at least slightly diluted by a concern that the man was trying too hard or overcompensating for something.

But no doubt that's my own coping mechanism.
posted by Egg Shen at 9:11 AM on September 7, 2012


Was there ever an in-show explanation for why Daniels was that ripped? Those scenes always took my wife straight out of the narrative - you know what I'm saying?

I don't know the answer to that, but I have a sort of almost related observation:

There's one season of Dexter that starts out exactly where the previous season left off, but one character, Quinn, is noticibly ~30lbs lighter despite the ostensible passage of zero seconds in the storyline. (This is made all the more noticeable by seeing his heretofore puffy face in the "Previously On" just seconds prior to seeing his alarmingly gaunt face in the opening scene.) Kinda took me out of it.

Sure enough, scene two, nude scene.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:18 AM on September 7, 2012


DANIELS' ABS, UNIQUE ITEM, +2 TO KINSEY
posted by Sauce Trough at 9:22 AM on September 7, 2012 [7 favorites]


Freamon has boxing.

?
His only connection with boxing that I know of was finding the Avon poster. Otherwise, outside of police work, he's sitting there sanding his doll furniture all the time.
posted by LionIndex at 9:46 AM on September 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


Loved it more than the little things bugged me, but man, how did they get those wrong? Crack? McNulty looking in the vacants instead of Lester? And what the hell was going on with Level Five? How do you do any sort of summary of season five, regardless of the brevity, without mentioning the Baltimore Sun?
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:08 AM on September 7, 2012


I just finished season 3 - do I go back and start watching from season 1 again, or do I move on to season 4?

If only this was a real game, it might help me decide.
posted by betweenthebars at 10:12 AM on September 7, 2012


Goddammit, Kenard.
posted by Chichibio at 10:24 AM on September 7, 2012 [3 favorites]


I just finished season 3 - do I go back and start watching from season 1 again, or do I move on to season 4?

Oh, indeed move on to season 4. It's the most heartbreaking.
"Keep the heat turned up. It keeps them drowsy."
posted by PapaLobo at 10:35 AM on September 7, 2012 [2 favorites]


His only connection with boxing that I know of was finding the Avon poster. Otherwise, outside of police work, he's sitting there sanding his doll furniture all the time.

Have you forgotten Shardene? Freamon has other things to do in his spare time besides make furniture.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 10:36 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


"It's pretty well made and has some funny parts, but holy crap does it misread The Wire as a TV show."

Yeah: "the bad guys go unpunished"? The whole point of the show is that there are no "bad guys".
posted by jiawen at 10:50 AM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's pretty well made and has some funny parts, but holy crap does it misread The Wire as a TV show.

Man, I had typed out a big long rant about the whole "Omar and Brother Mouzone join Marlo's Party" bit, but then I realized that to get into too many details might ruin it for those who haven't made it that far in the series yet (as I see a couple in this thread). Suffice it to say, that scene in the "game" is...not accurate.
posted by mysterpigg at 11:19 AM on September 7, 2012


That ending to Snoop's arc isn't exactly canon either! I loved the Lakitu Chris Partlow though.

Was that Police boat a re-colored asset from one of the Metal Slug games?
posted by cobra_high_tigers at 2:28 PM on September 7, 2012


Season 2 has my wife's favorite bit, when McNulty does a bad fake British accent to get into the brothel. I like the way Simon brought in Officer Russell and even though she had no background, training or skills made her a partner in the team.
posted by billsaysthis at 2:38 PM on September 7, 2012


Freamon has boxing.

Surely you misspelled "making doll house furniture," no?
posted by ShutterBun at 4:58 PM on September 7, 2012 [1 favorite]


Season 2 has my wife's favorite bit, when McNulty does a bad fake British accent to get into the brothel.

That's especially funny since the actor who plays McNulty is Irish and is faking a Baltimore accent. I didn't know that (although I did notice something slightly odd about his accent) until I saw the documentary on the DVD at the end of season 5. I nearly died when I heard him talk in his real voice.
posted by Mcable at 5:02 PM on September 7, 2012


If you get a chance, I highly recommend watching Season 2, Episode 6 ("All Prologue") with audio commentary by Dominic West and Michael K Williams. (the episode which features Omar's infamous courtroom appearance.)
posted by ShutterBun at 5:07 PM on September 7, 2012


That's especially funny since the actor who plays McNulty is Irish a Yorkshireman

... sorry, couldn't let that stand
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:12 AM on September 8, 2012


(although I did notice something slightly odd about his accent)

Slightly? That accent is a trainwreck.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:43 AM on September 8, 2012


The best part of this little video was that Omar has the ability to equip "HONEY NUT". It would have been better if he tried to equip HONEY NUT and then it was grayed out and said "you don't have the HONEY NUT!" or something.
posted by King Bee at 6:03 AM on September 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mcable, that's why my wife thought it was so funny--she knew he was English.
posted by billsaysthis at 9:40 AM on September 10, 2012


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