As I built my outline for this editorial, I nearly halted the piece altogether because of a little known gentleman named Sun Tzu – you may have heard of him. While The Art of War is sitting on my home office desk’s bookshelf right now, I decided to follow through with this article because while there will be similarities, I am writing this through my own lens – a lens which arguably pulls the worlds of business and war together perfectly through maybe my most beloved gaming series of all-time, Command & Conquer. While I am still a fanatic of the series, this post could easily be re-titled to encompass the entire RTS, or real-time strategy, game genre since fundamentally they are all pretty much the same. That being said, as I approach the end of my MBA, and having been in the business world now for nearly six years, I bring you six key tenants that Command & Conquer has taught me about business – there are actually dozens more, but I’ll leave those for the comments!
Alright fellas, raise your hand if you ever built a fort in your living room or basement when your buddies came over as a kid. Yeah, we all did; ladies, many of you probably did the same. We also probably both played a crap load of video games when we had our friends over. Since I am now at the ripe age of 30 years, it was primarily the NES, then SNES, Sega Genesis and N64 which carried the bulk of the gaming load, with quite a bit of PC gaming in there as well, courtesy of the entire Command & Conquer franchise (which I dominated, naturally). But when does the slumber party/fort building/male or female bonding go a little too far? Oh, there are lots of ways; I won’t let your imagination stop running. If you really want do laugh, or maybe shudder is a better word, then click below for the oddest slumber party/male bonding experience you will likely ever witness in your lifetime.
I have been a gamer since my grandmother bought us an NES for Christmas back in the late 80’s, and it’s been a passionate hobby ever since. Sure I don’t get to play nearly as much as I did when I was a kid growing up (I miss summer break), but that’s life, and I couldn’t be happier right now. That being said, it’s always fun to get a little nostalgic, especially when we’re talking about retro gaming. Now that I’m pursuing my MBA, and taking school seriously (thank you Marine Corps!), it makes me laugh pretty hard at how much gaming took priority over my grades, whether I was in eight grade or a senior in college. Narrowing my list down to the most influentially, GPA-degrading games from my past was hard; my initial brainstorm list totaled 12 pretty prominent games from my school days, so it was pretty tough to pick a Top 5. But enough with the intro; let’s check out the games!
I love me a good RTS game. My addiction began with the legendary Command & Conquer series, as I pretended to have the flu in grade school so I could destroy a motherf*cker on Heat.net (you’re probably too young to remember that; I’ll do a feature on it soon) with swarms of Soviet tanks in Red Alert. I was pretty darn good, and my uber C&C skills carried over nicely to just about every other game, until I started playing StarCraft II. Maybe it’s because I don’t have nearly enough time as I used to, or maybe I’m just getting old (30 in t-minus one week), but I am getting absolutely destroyed on multiplayer, specifically by the damn Zerg. Thankfully I am not alone, as it seems to be the one rush that has defined the StarCraft series, much like the 8 Soviet tanks in Red Alert. Although StarCraft fans will truly appreciate the following hilarious Zerg rush funny pics, if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of an RTS multiplayer rush, then you’ll likely get a kick out of these as well. So without further adieu, I present the top 8 Zerg rush funny pics just to remind us all how much we all suck at StarCraft!
I’ve been historically late to Blizzard games. In the late 90’s, this guy was obsessed with anything on store shelves with a “Command & Conquer” label, so Diablo 1 & 2 never made it on to my hard drive. Once Diablo 3 launched, I decided to buck the trend and grab a digital copy online, only to realize that my laptop may not make it a worthwhile purchase. Bummer. Thankfully, Starcraft 2 is fucking amazing, so I’m pretty happy about that one. Regardless, I’ll be picking up a copy of Diablo 3 for my PS3 the day or week it gets released, which to the best of my knowledge and Interweb research ability is still TBD. The footage looks awesome, and according to Blizzard, it “sizzles”! Hit the link below for the Diablo porn, and stay tuned to SQ for more Diablo 3 goodness!