It’s only been less than a week since the release of Gears of War 3, but the highly anticipated trilogy-ender has already made the jump from video game phenomenon to parody fodder. In the last couple of days not only Funny or Die, a mainstay of the parody genre, but Conan O’Brien have poked fun at Gears of War 3 in their own ways.
While Conan’s take on the title focuses more on the violence that has long been associated with the franchise, the Funny or Die piece uses Epic Games’ shooter as a jumping point for another joke. Both are pretty entertaining, but personally Conan’s strikes the right balance between reflecting the true nature of the video game and poking fun at it.
While the multiplayer participants featured in the video clearly are more concerned with personal problems than a high kill-to-death ratio, they don’t forget to focus on eliminating the Locust invasion.
Check out Conan’s look at the violence, or lack thereof, in Gears of War 3:
The other humorous video of the week comes to us from Funny or Die who take a humorous look at a father’s desire to meet Carlos Ferro, the voice of Dominic Santiago, even at the sacrifice of his own son’s dying wish. While personally I would have opted for meeting the gravelly voice of Marcus Fenix, and mainstay of the voice actor profession, John Di Maggio, Dom is clearly the next best option.
The most important thing to derive from these videos, besides the obvious entertainment value, is the place video games have begun to occupy in popular culture. In the past, looking at the nonsensical violence of a video game like Gears would have been considered deplorable, but now, with huge steps being made to preserve the craft, it’s much easier to see the humor in it.
If you could use your dying wish to meet just one noted voice actor who would it be? Do you think that with the recent first amendment rulings that it will be more acceptable to comment on violence in video games in a humorous way?
Gears of War 3 is available now for the Xbox 360.