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Got bored reading Cloudstreet -anyone else read it?
April 14, 2009
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The following may contain spoilers fundamental to the storyline of Far Cry 2.

[u:3cfbvbv8]Far Cry 2[/u:3cfbvbv8], one of the more ambiguous PC gaming titles to hit the shelves in late 2008, boasts an open-for-interpretation conclusion to its storyline. As the story unfolds, it becomes evident that only the player sees The Jackal, which leads the suspicion that the notorious arms dealer and the main character are one and the same.

The protagonist, having served as a gun for hire throughout Africa in the civil war, begins to see the light between the shades of what is deemed within the realms of moral unacceptability. Being a gun for hire, he is presented with the situation; choose to continue in his profession (the immoral act), or end the bloodshed (the morally correct path). This is where the significance of The Jackal is understood; eventually comes a mission where the protagonist is sent to deliver a peace offering, where he finds The Jackal has killed the character on the other end of the peace deal. The morally right view states the peace offering was a smokescreen in order for the UFLL and APR to be able to continue their conflict, avoiding global scrutiny. The Jackal, having delivered his viewpoint in the meeting where no-one else is present, promptly knocks the protagonist out; a delicate visual metaphor for the mercenary beating himself up over the immoralities present.

Other meetings with The Jackal sees the protagonist either incapacitated with malarial symptoms, as is the case in the initial act in a burning-down house (where The Jackal escapes without anyone seeing him, despite a raging firefight outside), wounded in the middle of the desert (evident during Act 2), or experiencing level 5 malaria with feverish symptoms and all-over shakes.

A series of events follow after breaking out of a prison, and you rendezvous with Reuben the journalist. He informs you of an uprising that The Jackal has organised. More than likely, this uprising was caused by the protagonist killing the guards and escaping himself. Once you meet The Jackal with not another soul in sight, his plan is revealed. This is the first confrontation with The Jackal where the protagonist is not physically handicapped, and is able to complete his underlying mission; to kill The Jackal; yet he opts to trust The Jackal, having previously regarded him as “the bastard that armed both sides”, in effect originating the civil war. The only answer to this is that The Jackal and the mercenary are the same character.

The plan is carried out, where The Jackal gives the mercenary the choice of blowing up some explosives, or bribing the border guards; paving the way for a significant populous of civilians to escape. Both choices end in suicide; either blowing yourself up or shooting yourself. Whichever task the mercenary chooses, The Jackal will carry out the other. The ambiguity is magnified here; why must the briber “put a bullet in his own head”, as instructed by The Jackal, rather than fleeing the country with the rest of the civilians? This can be explained with this split-personality theory; the mercenary hands the case of diamonds (the bribe) to the border guards, and then blows up the overhang, cutting off the pursuit of the rival factions. In doing this, the player rids himself of his inner turmoil over his past deeds as he completes his fundamental mission; to kill The Jackal.

[u:3cfbvbv8]Far Cry 2[/u:3cfbvbv8], published and developed by Ubisoft, begs the responders to consider an in-depth, entirely different viewpoint by offering these abnormalities to its storyline. Evidence points to a split-personality trait shared by the mercenary (the immorally-viewed character) and The Jackal (the morally acceptable). Open for interpretation.

April 14, 2009
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I'd have to be stripped of my material goods, my sanity and live in the jungle without anything else anywhere to be BORED enough to read or watch anything an Australian did. The writings of many Aussies have soured my taste buds.

And lets not talk abot Shows like Neighbours, underbelly, movies like Australia and so many ETC's.

Then they produce and throw accolades at singers like Guy sabastian and that other dude with the Goaty!!... Bah! All Cheap talentless blech's!

There's a couple of real good Aussie actors out there.

What a great story youve given us though.. I always enjoy your typings Daedalus... Now i dont have to finish SP mode.

April 15, 2009
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Neighbours for the win 🙂

April 16, 2009
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haven't read any of tim winton's books and these days I don't read a lot of fiction as most of my reading time s devoted to work related journals and articles; although I did re-read Brideshead Revisited just recently Embarassed

regarding The Jackal, he's characterisation is designed to turn black to white and bleed them to shades of grey as the story unfolds, reflecting the truth of all conflict. The first metting with him you're presented with his true humanity, letting you live when he could have easily killed you.
He uses you later in the story much as you use the conflict to gain profit from the civil war. He's motives are genuine as he attempts to destroy each warring faction through a series of double crosses playing on each factions greed.
The ending, although lame, is a feeble attempt to describe the futility of war and the business that it is.

there is a back story to the Jackal and that is that the Jackal is Jack Carver ...and this back story forms the sequel to FC1 and a prequel to FC2 and expect it may be FC3.
In synopsis; after FC1 Jack is employed by the cia and heads to africa where it is believed Kreiger industries still has a research facility and where the initial experiemnets where carried out on the monkeys. Jack uncovers and plans to destroy the trigen research but is double crossed by the cia who wish to take control of the research, something that Doyle alludes to in his final statement in FC1.
So Jack is abandoned by the cia in Africa and all that is left to him is to trade arms and create unrest in an attempt to destabalise and destroy the cia's ability to continue the trigen research. However, what Jack learns is that all the cia really care about is to perpetuate war, fuelling the business of war in an effort to generate profits. This leads us back to FC2 and that lame ending.

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November 21, 2010
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I haven't read it, but i am reading Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan...its a fun one indeed

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