RAVE and WRECK of the week: Nov 17, 2010

By on November 17, 2010

RAVE of the week: “Call of Duty: Black Ops”

Last Thursday was Veteran’s Day – a day to honor the troops who have bravely served our country to uphold democracy and the American way. How did many QU students choose to celebrate this national holiday? By engaging in “Call of Duty Mania.”

“Call of Duty: Black Ops,” the seventh installation of the best-selling game series, hit shelves at midnight last Monday, causing students to neglect class ever since.

The first-person shooter game is filled with somewhat accurate Cold War events like the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Audiences may be familiar with the commercials for the game involving everyday individuals and celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel and Kobe Bryant taking part in realistic combat scenarios to the backing of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” and culminating with the phrase, “There is a soldier in all of us.”

The game’s release on Nov. 9 sold an estimated 5.6 million copies in the U.S. and U.K., beating the record set by the previous game in the series, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” by 900,000 copies, according to gather.com.

Equipped with a Chuck Palahniuk-esque storyline and updated online play, “Call of Duty: Black Ops” is sure to be a favorite until the next installation in the “Call of Duty” saga. -RE

WRECK of the week: Tra$hy Ke$ha Lyric$

“Dirty Picture,” “Sleazy” and “Cannibal” are the perfect words to describe Ke$ha, and they just so happen to be the latest singles from the frizzy-haired bit of trailer trash who calls herself a pop star.

What happened to the good old days of pop when *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and Jennifer Lopez ruled the airwaves?

Ke$ha may produce danceable songs that are perfect for a night in the club, but her lyrics resemble the rhymes of a perverted fifth grader.

Ke$ha’s lyrics in “Cannibal,” her latest single: “I think you’re hot/I think you’re cool/You’re the kind of guy I’d stalk in school/But now that I’m famous, you’re up my anus/Now I’m gonna eat you fool.”

Ke$ha truly expands her musical creativity in her new songs. In “Dirty Picture,” her duet with Taio Cruz, she describes herself as a charitable woman. She sings, “When you’re all alone boy, I got something to give ya/ Will ya play along if I take a dirty picture?”

Newsflash! Just because you can rhyme doesn’t mean you can call yourself a singer. Ke$ha fans can look forward to her second album, “Cannibal,” to be released Nov. 22.

The album title makes sense, since her lyrics make people want to gnaw their ears off.

It looks like Hannibal Lecter has some dirty competition. -NF

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