The more I think about this, the more the Anakin Skywalker / Richard Garriott de Cayeux parallel fits.
So here we are. As I posted yesterday, Lord British acknowledges that Zynga is evil, or at least really annoying. And since they are annoying not only purpose, but to their own material benefit, how does one distinguish that from evil? (See Tobold definition.) And what is the Lord British response?
I’ll use this knowledge for good!
Knowing the truth, and even acknowledging it publicly and repeatedly, Lord British has still partnered with, and has been accepted as the apprentice of, a card carrying Sith Lord, the man who has admitted in the past that the ends clearly justify the mediocre means (the ends being increasing his wealth and power, as opposed to, say, making good games), Darth Pincus.
(Not to be confused with Greg Pincus, though the methods may sound similar.)
In the words of Lord British, when reflecting on the evil of Zynga:
Yet, it’s still really important to learn those lessons, and there’s no better place to learn them then by having Zynga as a partner.
As a rabid consumer of crap science fiction and fantasy in my youth… and my relative youth… and, well, into middle age frankly… I know that this can only end one way.
Offensive monetization strategy? Sounds great!
So the immediate next question for me is, what name will Darth Pincus bestow upon his new apprentice?
And here is where things get a bit fuzzy, as the whole Sith naming structure is pretty opaque to me. Do they have some deeper meaning? Are they some sort of subtle mockery of their past, pre-Sith life? Are they just supposed to sound badass so as to strike fear into their enemies and make it easier for movie goers to figure out who the bad guy really is when they are off screen?
So I can only guess how Lord British will be restyled once his transformation has begun.
What do you think it will be. Who will rise up to cast down Darth Pincus and redeem our misguided hero? And will George Lucas get involved somehow and screw the whole thing up?
This whole thing needs a web comic or something. And a better version of Darth Vader’s head pasted on Lord British. I was short on time before work this morning.