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Thursday 24 March 2022
Has it really been three weeks since I last mentioned movies? Let's fix that!
25/2034. Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Haunted by Murder (2022)
Oh, no, is the murderer a... g-g-ghost? No, Shaggy. No it is not. Mom solved this one in the first thirty minutes by simply identifying the least likely suspect. I'm thinking maybe this series is running out of steam.
26/2035. Viva Knievel! (1977)
Have I really not reviewed this movie yet? I feel like I have. And if I haven't, shame on me. It's everything you could want in a Dukes of Hazzard episode plus Gene Kelly in his single worst on-screen performance ever. (When you are being out-acted by a motorcycle stuntman, it's time to hang it up.) The perfect example of a movie so bad it comes out the other side.
27/2036. Free Guy (2021)
I liked it. The script and the director (and Ryan Reynolds) were aware enough of the hows and whys video games are made to maintain their strong satirical point amid the excesses and oversimplifications necessary in crafting a "blockbuster" comedy-actioner for mass market audiences. Kudos.
Gaming goes better with Coke!
28/2037. Mortal Kombat (2021)
This, on the other hand. I mean, it doesn't have an exemplary plot or action sequences, there's no significant characterization, the actors are made of wood, and the dialogue couldn't be worse. On the up side, it was helpful to be reminded why I don't play the Mortal Kombat games anymore.
More to come.
Friday 16 April 2021
For the record, Keith, I've found an RPG I hate more than any of The Witchers.
Final Fantasy XV suuuuuuucks.
In the mood for a story-driven RPG and a fan of previous games in the series, I picked it up on in a recent digital sale. The story setup is good. The environment is pretty. But the disappointment set in pretty quickly because those are the only two good things I can say about it. It has terrible gameplay and worse storytelling.
According to online game guides, the game has 15 chapters. I put the game down at Chapter 6. Then, a month later, I picked it back up and slogged on, much to my own detriment. Each chapter proved dumber and more frustrating than the one before it. Final Fantasy XV isn't a game but a psychological experiment in masochism. I finally threw in the towel at the end of Chapter 13 (and deleted the game and all my saves from my system) despite realizing that both Chapters 14 and 15 must be better if only because they couldn't possibly be worse.
Oh, well, they can't all be winners. At least I know that the next game I play can't be worse.
Monday 8 March 2021
Remember that Kickstarter I linked to back in August? Well, that game is done. Here's a trailer for the completed project:
Kickstarter backers already have their copies, and It's getting a public release later this month. I'll post a link to that when I have it.
Thanks to all who helped support us.
Friday 28 August 2020
Taken 38 years ago today in a K-Mart photo booth:
I sure did like Pac-Man.
Wednesday 26 August 2020
I don't just stare at the sky! Sometimes I work on coding video games.
For example: Legends of Draxia, a mobile device video game that has just been announced on Kickstarter!
I'm not saying you have to support it, but if you do, thanks in advance.
Saturday 8 February 2020
Enough politics. It's time to dance!
Those of you who know what this is know why it's here.
Tuesday 22 October 2019
Do you love fantasy? Do you love playing mobile games on your smartphone? Do you love supporting programmers who need to pay expensive veterinarian bills for an aging poodle?
Then have I got something for you!
Cutthroat Canverns, the competitive cooperative multiplayer dungeon crawling card game is now a single player phone app coded by yours truly.
Thanks for your support.
Sunday 20 October 2019
As I type this, I have exactly 100,000 Xbox GamerScore.
You might think that's a pretty big number. It is.
You might ask what that's good for. Not a damn thing.
You might say no sane person would willfully spend so much time accruing meaningless statistics. That's a fair point.
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go check Google Maps to see how many more miles I have to drive before I would have reached the moon. (Only 192,000 more to go!)
Monday 27 May 2019
I've been playing a game, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. I've beaten all the story and bonus levels, but I haven't unlocked all the bonus characters yet. To do that, I have to play all the levels again. Although I want all the characters, I'm not sure I want to play it all a second time through. Should I keep playing, or should I move on to a new game?
That's what I'm thinking this Memorial Day. Thanks to all the service men and women who sacrificed their life to give me the opportunity to have such a First World problem. I play on in your honor.
Wednesday 24 February 2016
It was about this time of the month in November when I started playing Fallout 4. November! That means I've been playing the same game for three full months now. One quarter of a year. I might be setting some kind of personal record. Honestly, I can't remember any game taking up so much of my time since Grant Theft Auto: San Andreas, and I didn't even like that one that much. Do I like Fallout 4 better? I'm not sure.
Without a doubt, Fallout 4 has more than its share of flaws. There are several quests in my queue that I can never resolve because they are bugged. (Sorry, robotic captain of the U.S.S. Constitution. If you're counting on me to get that navigation array working, you'll never set sail again.) Wearing an upgraded suit of X-01 power armor is the equivalent of the in-game god mode. (Ha! Your energy weapons merely tickle, silly synth!) Worst of all, companions are incredibly stupid and aren't any more able to detect land mines than I am. (Legs. Who needs em?) And yet I keep playing.
I don't think I'm addicted. I haven't had a single Fallout 4 dream, the usual cue that I'm too invested in something. I have no personal attachment to my player avatar, the "Sole Survivor" who I've named Nate Danger. I certainly don't enjoy seeing the collapse of human civilization. So why am I still playing?
I think the reason is because I enjoy exploring. After hundreds of hours, there are still places I haven't visited. Even places I've been two or three times or more can be entertaining anew when I'm searching for new approaches to killing the same old enemies. Yes, I recognize the irony that while I'm enjoying exploring a virtual environment, I'm really never leaving my couch. But how much of the world do you really see when you read a book? And no one would argue that watching television is any better.
So thanks, Fallout 4. For an imperfect game about the apocalypse, you're all right. Now bring on the DLC!