Today was a day of freedom. A day of rest and realizing that having a job was not nearly as important as I thought it was. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to work very hard to get a new job but I’m not going to tie up my identity with my occupation like I did for the last seven years.
Dragons and Warrior Daughters – Ed. Jessica Yates , a collection of short stories all featuring prominent female characters or protagonists, some of which have dragons.
I picked this book up for two reasons. It has a story from Robin McKinley, one of my most beloved authors, and I am trying to populate my daughter’s bookshelf with positive stories about women and girls.
I got exactly what I was hoping to find. The stories were varied in tone and the role that each woman played. What did not vary was that each protagonist was faced with difficult choices that had no pat answers. Even more than their being women, I enjoyed that each heroine had to choose from imperfect solutions to their problems. Some of the stories had slightly improbable, happily ever after conclusions, others were ambiguous, and others downright depressing.
Some stories had more of a moral than others. The last story, a very dark revenge tale, is a caution to be careful, let we get what we wish for. A story set just after the fall of the Roman Empire illustrates that glory follows those who seek it and true heroes act out of righteous purpose, not a desire for fame. McKinley’s story, which led me to the book in the first place, is about the power of love but also shows how our greatest proponent and and also our greatest critic lies within and that your life will follow on which you choose to listen to.
I’m happy I picked this up and I will be setting it on the shelf for my daughter to investigate in another 10-12 years. Heck, I might even read it again!
Yet another stupid stupid STUPID premise from Polygon, home of the scored console review. Guess what: the WiiU proves that if you are interested in next-gen gaming, and particularly in the IPs locked up by a certain console, YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY BUY THAT CONSOLE OR NOBODY WILL MAKE GAMES FOR IT. The damned thing came out, sold OK on goodwill from the original Wii, and once everyone realized there was nothing to play except ZombiU and ports of 360 games, sales tanked. Once sales tanked, WiiU games started getting canceled left and right, and then you have a death spiral. Nintendo is making heroic efforts to finally drag the WiiU up out of the basement by cranking out their own games, but it’s a solo effort; 3rd party enthusiasm from big companies like Activision and Ubisoft has all but dried up.
Yes, the consoles will be cheaper and will have more games worth playing later on. Sheeeeit, they’ll probably even have revised hardware with better failure rates, smaller cases, more sensible features, you name it. Waiting has its benefits. But early adopters drive trends in tech, you cannot argue that. If you want to see electric cars, AR glasses, and proper console gaming then you need to vote for that shit with your dollars or the companies who are putting out the early tentative models of those things are gonna look somewhere else to make their money. Industry cannot read our minds and does not owe us the future we don’t ask for.
Sassy Bobcat: quick: make up funny weed-names for weed from the north pole Thief of Dream Women: Ho Ho Humboldt Heirophant O’Tacobell: Red-Nosed Reindank? Thief of Dream Women: Santa Kush Heirophant O’Tacobell: Blitzer. (too easy) Thief of Dream Women: I’m mad I didn’t see that right away Sonic Rob: Blow, yay, flake, candy, base Thief of Dream Women: That’s… not weed Heirophant O’Tacobell: That’s… that’s coke Rob. Sonic Rob: Cause snow looks like all those things Sonic Rob: Wait what
Sig Fem Seks: This PS4 launch is kind of a mess, yeah? Sig Fem Seks: Knack: 59
Killzone: 74 Sig Fem Seks: Pretty shaky launch Sonic Rob: oh FUCK Sonic Rob: I feel bad for all the shit I talked about Knack now Sonic Rob: but anyhow, that’s only 2 games Sig Fem Seks: That’s the two exclusives Sig Fem Seks: But yeah Sonic Rob: I can’t remember the last launch exclusive that was seen as a great game for the ages Sig Fem Seks: CONDEMNED Sig Fem Seks: CRIMINAL Sig Fem Seks: MOTHERFUCKING Sig Fem Seks: ORIGINS Sonic Rob: it’s Be Nice Day, let’s be nice about this Read the rest of this entry »
FyreHaar: http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Green-paint-splattered-on-the-Lincoln-Memorial-4688315.php FyreHaar: fucking heathens SonicRob: in re: lincoln, paint is a valid and largely non-destructive form of protest when applied to stone SonicRob: better than chisels or bullets FyreHaar: yes FyreHaar: but still SonicRob: presuming any intended speech act, and not mere vandalism SonicRob: mere vandalism is always deplorable
Sig Fem Seks: Oh wow, I forgot how excited I am about Destiny Sig Fem Seks: aka Halolands Sonic Rob: you forgot that you were not excited? Sig Fem Seks: I forgot that I really want to play it Sig Fem Seks: and that it exists Sonic Rob: um Sonic Rob: oh Sig Fem Seks: There’s a new video out for it that I’ll need to watch at some point Sig Fem Seks: but they’re basically talking about the MMO aspects of “All the stuff you can do when you don’t really want to do anything.” Sig Fem Seks: Which is one thing I felt that Borderlands lacked Sonic Rob: well, Borderlands is about shoot n loot Sig Fem Seks: Sure Sig Fem Seks: it’s like Diablo in that way Sonic Rob: they don’t really water it down with crafting or anything like that Sonic Rob: I guess my attitude is “If I don’t want to do the main thing in this game, I’ll be not playing the game”, not “I want this game to have something for me to do no matter what I feel like” Sig Fem Seks: That’s a fair point Sonic Rob: which is why GTA 5 maybe doesn’t excite me, now that I think of it Sig Fem Seks: Well, the missions are the meat of that game Sig Fem Seks: You don’t have to do anything else Sonic Rob: I just can’t see myself thinking “man, I really like the avatar I use to steal cars and shoot stuff. I wish I could make him play golf.”
SonicRob: we are going to hire another dude named Rob :/ FyreHaar: then you are Original Rob! SonicRob: R1 SonicRob: Rob’ SonicRob: This is a bad environment to go by Sonic – people will think hedgehog FyreHaar: hmmmmm FyreHaar: I like RobPrime SonicRob: makes me sound like I lead the AutoRobs FyreHaar: hell yes SonicRob: Just a bunch of Robs that try to turn into cars SonicRob: but we end up breaking our legs and organs FyreHaar: awwww SonicRob: could be worse – the Rob-Bots are unspeakable
FyreHaar: pronunciation question FyreHaar: if you saw this name FyreHaar: Lirael FyreHaar: would you say it FyreHaar: Leer-ayl FyreHaar: or FyreHaar: Leer Ay El SonicRob: LEER-e-ul FyreHaar: cool SonicRob: ? FyreHaar: that’s what I have defaulted to FyreHaar: it’s the book I’m reading her right now FyreHaar: it’s about a necromancer FyreHaar: but the good kind! SonicRob: You mean Jesus? FyreHaar: LOLOLOLOL SonicRob: oh God, is that ok for a chat? FyreHaar: I don’t know SonicRob: hahaha FyreHaar: it’s got religion SonicRob: it has FyreHaar: LOL
Sig and I just got back from E3, so in the spirit of Games Journalism(tm), here are some awards that I am giving for the games I saw there.
Best Game in a New IP – TITANFALL
I was never a big fan of the Modern Warfare games, and I tend away from military shooting generally, but the move into balls-to-the-wall sci fi seems to have freed the people at Respawn to create a really bonkers team shooter. The action looks fast and frenetic, the guns look weird and varied, and the whole thing looks gorgeous.
Honorable Mention – MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT
Sig and I are going to have to agree to disagree on this one: he thinks Murdered looks linear and dull; I’m intrigued by the premise and characters. I guess we agree that it might not be that fun to play, but disagree about whether that’s a dealbreaker.
Best Game in an Existing Series – ASSASSIN’S CREED IV
A bigger world, seamless travel through all of it, a boisterously badass Kenway protagonist, smoother multiplayer and YARRR pirates everywhere. What’s not to like? Maybe it was a bit unnecessary given that I was gonna buy the game anyway, but Sig and I went to see the short trailer in the Sony theater, then the longer version in the Ubi booth, and then waited in a good long line right next door to play the multiplayer for a bit. I’m even more hyped than I would have been before – if there’s any one reason I’m thinking about buying a next-gen system it’s to play the proper version of this game and not the cut-down 360 version.
Honorable Mention – THIEF
I never played the original Thief games from Looking Glass, but all the beardy old PC gamers tell me they were thecat’stits. The new game looks like Dishonored but with all the wacky superpowered combat trimmed out and more powers for sneaking and avoiding detection. The level we saw in the demo was titanically labyrinthine, and ended with around twenty minutes of constant explosions. Worth investigating for insanely patient stealth nuts like me.