Among the Samurai epics available on U.S. shelves, possibly only Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai is more familiar than the Lone Wolf and Cub series, which began in 1970 as a Manga and has branched out into movies, books, American comic books and graphic novels, a television series and even a video arcade game. Chock-full of violence and pithy wisdom, Lone Wolf and Cub has become synonymous with "Samurai" the world over. In this first movie in a series of several, the story is set up and much destruction occurs.
In film, it is common that sequels are inferior to the original, and only in certain rare situations do they ever surpass their inspiration. The constant march of technology that enables us to realize ever more complex worlds inside of the computer, however, has brought us a number of titles which have tended upwards as new titles are made. One such series is Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto, and one such title is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
While browsing the ol' dot I saw a link to an article in the beeb about the Rockstar game Bully in which a spokesman from Beat Bullying, a british "anti-bullying" charity was reported as saying something that I personally found both offensive and downright stupid. This prompted me to write the following letter to email@example.com: