While we Americans continue to make video games about sex, violence, cars and other such nonsense, the Japanese are apparently making PS3 Railfan games. Not only that, the game quite prominently features your Chicago Brown Line in unbelievable detail.

I can’t get over how well the designers capture both the majesty of Chicago…


…and the insanity of the Loop Elevated track structure.


They even remember to refer to the Brown Line as


(Btw, you know these are game shots because there are a) no homeless people, b) the Brown Line runs on schedule, and c) no one would ever graffiti something nice about the CTA)

More about the game (which is sadly available only in Japan) here. Still, it’s probably time for me to buy a PS3 and an import of the game.

Beaten to the Punch

February 27, 2007

I was going to mention this last week, but I forgot, and now the nefarious Annie of Jewbiquitous fame has beaten me to it. Click here for a description of the funniest moment in last week’s 30 Rock.

For this week’s installment of Who Should Write Superman? we at Yesterday’s Salad would like to welcome Zadie Smith to our pantheon of new Kryptonian Scribes. This might seem to be somewhat of a controversial choice among the Saladeers, as not everyone here at the Salad is enamored with her works, as at least one of us has openly referred to White Teeth as merely “okay,” (note: not me), and as devotees may have noted, we’ve already had a woman, and featuring more might be seen as overcompensating for something. However, many of the criticisms which are frequently lobbed at her oeuvre are in truth strengths dearly needed by the aging Superman franchise.

1. Hype. Much ado was made about Ms. Smith’s debut work, White Teeth. While the sheer volume of this hype and the total silence of any criticism toward the novel was enough to turn some new readers off of the book (viz. impossible expectations, as above), it also left the novels that Smith wrote afterward in the lurch, as if all of the criticism that had been owed to the former was being launched altogether against her sophomore works. Yet, unlike many of the other young authors whose debut novels have been met with similar acclaim, Smith’s following books, The Autograph Man and On Beauty, are actually pretty good, unlike the grand swan-dive come nose-dive that Jonathan Safran Foer took from Everything is Illuminated to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Thus, we are ensured that even though Smith’s first issue of Superman: Metropolis’ Lonely Hour might be hailed as a sure sign of the Second Coming, at least the rest of the series will be pretty good.

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