• Late to the Game: Dishonored

    I’ve been playing a game that’s very different from my usual MO — a stealth game. My usual style is a run-and-gun, but I’ve had enough of that lately. Especially after playing Doom 3. Agh, those endless corridors. All the same. So many Imps. Off the bat, Dishonored reminded me of Bioshock. The graphics are gritty and realistic. The story is shown through audio and text diaries (but punctuated by the occasional first-person cutscene a la Half-Life). There’s health and magic, and they’re both replenished through vials of “elixir”. You’ve got magic powers in one hand and regular weapons in the other. There are safes with combinations, caches behind locked…

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    The Books I Read: July – September 2009

    Tokyo Zero by Mark Horne(unfinished) This was the last of my free ones I gleaned from, I think, Scribd. I searched for top 10 free eBooks. I’m not sure if I ever finished any of them. You get what you pay for. This one was no different. It never gets to the plot. It has no characters, no motivations, no clear objective. I think it was supposed to be a cyberpunk/spy novel, but it felt like, if they were playing football, the characters would be running around in a circle instead of heading towards the goal post (and not in a good way). It was self-published, no one’s heard of…

  • Too Many Vampires

    Inspirational link Vampires are everywhere. They’re in gangs. They’re in business. They live next door, hiding things in their basement. They’re in high school, snogging by your locker. They’re in college, living in an abandoned fraternity house. They’re in the cupboard. They’re in my wife’s jam. I can’t get in the bathtub without three or four of them jumping in with me. What is it with vampires? I mean, I understand their appeal – what they represent – sex, seduction, blood diseases caused by something forbidden, all-around bad boy naughtiness. But why now? Why are there so many of them? They’re as common as cockroaches. And they’re so… weak. Not…