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    Late to the Game: Transistor

    I really liked Bastion. I liked the atmosphere. I liked the art style. I liked the fantasy-Western aesthetic. I liked the music. I liked the simple hack-n-slash gameplay combined with the “earn upgrades to get new moves”. I’m a sucker for that kind of game–where the objective is “grow stronger to defeat your enemies”. So when I learned the same developers were creating a follow-up to their breakout hit, I jumped in feet first. It was going to be a little different–a computery cyberpunk feel and starring a slender well-to-do woman. But good art begets another. This game was called “Transistor” and released in 2014. I’ve attempted playing it three…

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    Late to the Game: Bioshock: Infinite — The Wrap-Up

    It’s not been too long since I wrote my “Initial Impressions” but I had some vacation, and this was a much shorter game than I thought. I’ve had some time to think about it, and I don’t think I’ll be saying anything new, but here’s my two Silver Eagles anyway. Why do I keep playing games like this? Here’s the thing. Bioshock games are well-put-together. You can tell someone thought about them. A lot. You can tell there’s a singular vision behind them, an author’s voice. You are promised a story that’s more complex than “Save the Girl, Kill the Big Bad”, and it is delivered. But that’s all content…

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    An Unscheduled Rant about Direct-to-DVD Sequels

    I really have nothing to say at the moment.  I just finished a hardcore reading session for some catch up, and I’m ready to get back to the business of writing.  Got to finish up two short stories and make them presentable for publication, and then it’s onto composing some new stuff.  But besides that been busy with work stuff.  So let’s talk about stuff that irritates me. This past week, I had the TV on in the background, and saw that the sequel to Beverly Hills Chihuahua — Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (Chihuahua Harder) was coming out, and I could only think one thing. What the hell are you thinking? Seriously,…

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    Top Five Movies That Need to Be Remade

    These days you can’t get ten feet out of your driveway with running into a movie remake, either one in progress or one that’s already released. On the day that every single movie in a cineplex is an original film, not based on anything, not a sequel or a remake, I will futterwacken… vigorously. But while people talk about the influx of remakes and crap films based on movies or TV series that were popular in the 1980’s (I know there’s a Munsters movie someone’s thinking about somewhere), fewer people remember the movies that deserve to be remade. Movies that had great, original concepts, but fizzled due to ignorant directors,…

  • Science Fiction Movies

    Sci-Fi Movies! Yay! Nothing beats some good science fiction movies, but what do we have today? Babylon A.D.? Ultraviolet? Push? Unless its a cartoon or based on a comic book, don’t even bother. Remember the good old days when science fiction was fun and exciting? The film genre was like a teenager – dark and moody one minute, and cheerful the next. I want to take a look at some of my favorite science fiction movies – nay, my favorite movies – from childhood (and it’s a break from me yapping about video games). I was partially inspired to write this by Scalzi’s “Notes from the Monolith” column in AMC.…

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    Late to the Game: Bioshock: The First Impressions

    I bought Bioshock on Steam for five dollars a week or two ago. I remember it won the GameSpot story of the year award, so I thought “Hey, five dollars. Can’t pass that up.” (Portal was $2.99. Jesum crow, now you have no excuse!) Unfortunately, my five dollars only went so far, as I found out my computer was too old for the game. So I had to buy a new video card to play the game decently, which cost me as much as if I’d bought the game new. Oh well, at least I’ll be able to play new games as well (where’s HL2: Episode 3? Come on, I…

  • Ghost Stories

    Interesting thought occurred to me today – nobody writes about ghosts anymore. I’ve been reading through magazines and webzines, looking for good places to submit to. There’s quite a bit of the horror genre out there, and judging from samples, there’s not a lot of ghost fiction. Vampires, scary clowns, demons, and nightly bumpers. No ghosts. At first I thought, well of course, ghosts aren’t scary. Ghosts can’t hurt you, ghosts don’t have claws or fangs. They can’t hurt you. When I think of ghosts, I think of Casper or Beetlejuice or Ghostbusters. So it’s obvious why ghosts aren’t used. Then I remembered my wife is terrified of ghosts. I…

  • The Storytelling in Half-Life 2: To You I Say thhbppt

    Let’s talk about Half-Life 2 for a minute, and hopefully its still current enough we don’t have to jump into the Wayback Machine. I bought The Orange Box as my reward for getting a new job. I really just wanted to play Portal, because the Internet community can’t shut up about it, and I know they’re offering the individual games up soon, but I didn’t want to wait (I couldn’t since I have a two month old and no time), plus it was a hell of a bargain – Half-Life 2 + Episode 1 + Episode 2 + Team Fortress + Portal. I just got finished playing all the Half-Life…

  • Writers are a good position if you want to be in a story

    Guess what the most popular profession in stories is? Give up? Suprise, surprise, it’s “Writer”. Seems like five out of eight stories (short and long) I read, the main character is a writer, but not just a writer. A writer who’s hasn’t managed to write anything for months or years. A writer who can’t make the payments. A writer who’s dream has dissipated because either his wife died, he’s not “edgy” enough, or the kids are watching Survivor and playing that thar PlayCube games (they’re the devil). I suprised, out of all the cliche lists I read, that this isn’t on there – the main character is a bohemian, studio…

  • Goddamn, It is long

    Goddamn, It is long.…I guess I could elaborate.…Well, for all Stephen King talks about story, I sure see a lot of places where things could be cut and it wouldn’t sacrifice any of the actual plot. It reads like an epistolary of sorts – most of it is just kids telling their encounters with It, and King tries to scare you through this. Killing kids and old ladies is his bread and butter after all. Seeing the mini-series would fool you. There’s very little of the adult side of the story, maybe only 20% of the pages focus on their adult situations. And with six characters, you’ve got to do…