Snow Crash

Snow is cancelled is a story with confirmation of the cancellation of this planned simulation of the life of a drug kingpin, though the game was pretty obviously mostly dead already (story). Though they get a confirmation from Take Two that Snow is off the forecast, they were not able to wrangle whether this was due to problems with the game, corporate restructuring (developer FrogCity was recently folded into Firaxis), or the game's potentially controversial subject matter.
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Jun 7, 2006, 12:09
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The book, Snow Crash rocked!

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Jun 7, 2006, 09:40
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Re: Snow Crash Jun 7, 2006, 09:40
Jun 7, 2006, 09:40
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Informer licki boom boom down.

When I was in high school, I had a class with this stupid fuck that thought that was the coolest song evar.



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Re: Snow Crash
Jun 7, 2006, 09:12
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Re: Snow Crash Jun 7, 2006, 09:12
Jun 7, 2006, 09:12
 
# Cryptonomicon
# Quicksilver
# The Confusion
# The System of the World
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They're not quite the same thing as Snow Crash, but a lot more involving and I think more enjoyable.

Eh, I disagree. Snow Crash and Diamond Age (I prefer Diamond Age, but by a hair; many prefer Snow Crash) are very different from the more recent works. And while I enjoyed Cryptonomicon, I merely plowed through the Baroque Cycle books out of sheer determination. They're only enjoyable if you're into historical fiction (I am, somewhat) and a view of 17th Century European politics with a focus on mathematics. Seriously.

His purely fictional works (in which I include Cryptonomicon) are much more readable and enjoyable IMO. And nearly as edifying.

BTW, there's also Zodiac, which is about eco-terrorism, although it's not as good as either later novel. He's also published a couple novels under the name "Stephen Bury" which are passable, but not great.

There's also a great deal of non-fiction, in particular "In The Beginning...was the Command Line" which is popular in geek/unix circles.

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Re: Great
Jun 7, 2006, 09:08
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Jun 7, 2006, 09:08
 
But don't let me confuse you with facts that aren't politically correct.
War you get confused with facts that are correct, never mind politically correct.

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Re: Snow Crash
Jun 7, 2006, 09:05
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Re: Snow Crash Jun 7, 2006, 09:05
Jun 7, 2006, 09:05
 
Actually those all pretty much suck.

This coming from the guy who doesn't decide to troll until he posts.

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Jun 7, 2006, 07:54
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Re: Snow Crash Jun 7, 2006, 07:54
Jun 7, 2006, 07:54
 
Ironically, I'm reading the actual novel "Snow Crash" right now and it's an absolutely compelling read! I highly endorse it for sci-fi/cyberpunk fans!

It's by all means my favorite book of all time.


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Re: Great
Jun 7, 2006, 07:14
War
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Re: Great Jun 7, 2006, 07:14
Jun 7, 2006, 07:14
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Another crappy game gone? Lucky gaming industry!
I guess only black people sell drugs, right Einstein?
You're right. There's also hispanics, chinese, and if you really really really want to dig, there's whites. Somewhere. Although it might just be in books and Hollywood movies/TV series.

'Cause we all know that the average drug dealer isn't black. (You should know, Elcabong.)

But don't let me confuse you with facts that aren't politically correct.

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Re: Great
Jun 7, 2006, 06:20
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Re: Great Jun 7, 2006, 06:20
Jun 7, 2006, 06:20
 
Wtf? You make no sense, your reply doesn't even match up to what venomhed posted.



Now that people are starting to get tired of the over glorification of blacks and the Thug life, games like this will start to dissapear. Move on, theirs definitely nothing left to see here.



I guess only black people sell drugs, right Einstein? If you knew anything about the book or the movie you would know it's a white protagonist. But don't let me confuse you with the facts.
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Re: Great
Jun 7, 2006, 05:00
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Jun 7, 2006, 05:00
 
Now that people are starting to get tired of the over glorification of blacks and the Thug life, games like this will start to dissapear. Move on, theirs definitely nothing left to see here.

I guess only black people sell drugs, right Einstein? If you knew anything about the book or the movie you would know it's a white protagonist. But don't let me confuse you with the facts.

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Re: Great
Jun 7, 2006, 04:56
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Great
Jun 7, 2006, 02:44
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Jun 7, 2006, 02:44
 
Now that people are starting to get tired of the over glorification of blacks and the Thug life, games like this will start to dissapear. Move on, theirs definitely nothing left to see here.

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Jun 7, 2006, 02:05
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Re: Snow Crash Jun 7, 2006, 02:05
Jun 7, 2006, 02:05
 
"What other Neil Stephenson books do people recommend?

# Cryptonomicon

# Quicksilver

# The Confusion

# The System of the World"

Actually those all pretty much suck. Neal Stephenson lost the plot with Cryptonomicon. The book started out OK. He lost his way and just wrapped it up by the end. I didn't even bother with the Baroque cycle. It seemed like he ran out of interesting Sci Fi so he went back in time. Everybody goes back in time these days. Somebody should slap those guys at Star Trek for starting that shit.

Snow Crash and Diamond Age are Neal Stephenson. The nano tech ideas in Diamond Age were truly incredible when the book was published. I would bet the virtual reality part of the book will be reality in a decade or two. I can't remember a better entry into a novel than the Skateboard delivery chick harpooning cars for a ride.

Snow Crash was at the time stunning. The descriptions of cyberspace etc were very cool. The real gem in this book is the idea of "Nam Subs". That is real. That is true. People can really be programmed with words. That is the "science" behind magic incantations. Certain sounds and combinations of sounds in words have specific effects on any human being. If you know the sounds and the effects they have, you can make people dance like puppets. I had never seen that spelled out so clearly until I read Snow Crash.

Too bad he went downhill. I liked his work.

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Jun 7, 2006, 01:08
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Jun 7, 2006, 01:08
 
First of all, Blue, kudos on the headline. Second, yes, the Baroque Cycle is excellent...one thing to be aware of, though, is Stephenson's tendency to take long asides to explain this or that about the world, or a character, or a place. If you consider the book to be a walk through a park, stopping frequently to smell roses, skip rocks, and so on, you'll enjoy it more. All the details are what makes his world so amazingly rich and vibrant. If you're expecting fast-paced action-movie plots that barrel along, you'll find yourself frustrated and disappointed. Your mindset and expectations coming into the books is important to your enjoyment.

Snow Crash is still my favorite

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Jun 7, 2006, 00:37
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Jun 7, 2006, 00:37
 
What other Neil Stephenson books do people recommend?


  • Cryptonomicon

  • Quicksilver

  • The Confusion

  • The System of the World

Those are essential if you really want to read Stephenson at his best, I think anyway. The last three books on the list are actually a series called The Baroque Cycle, which are actually eight books published in three volumes. They're not quite the same thing as Snow Crash, but a lot more involving and I think more enjoyable.

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Jun 7, 2006, 00:33
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Informer licki boom boom down.
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Jun 7, 2006, 00:18
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Diamond Age is also a superb book, IMO. What other Neil Stephenson books do people recommend?

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Jun 6, 2006, 23:30
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Jun 6, 2006, 23:30
 
Yes, it is my first time reading it and I'm enjoying it a helluva lot - primarily for its humor!

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Jun 6, 2006, 23:21
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Is it your first time reading it?

That's not even among Steal Stephenson's best work, but then again it doesn't even fall into the same category!

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Jun 6, 2006, 23:11
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Ironically, I'm reading the actual novel "Snow Crash" right now and it's an absolutely compelling read! I highly endorse it for sci-fi/cyberpunk fans!

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Jun 6, 2006, 23:03
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Jun 6, 2006, 23:03
 
Wow, haven't thought about this one in a long time. I seem to remember there was a discussion here about it, but it could've been Shacknews.

Sid Meier's Crack Dealer...heh.

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