The Road to Mel is Paved with Games: Pre-Memorial Day Edition

 

 
 

Edit:  I just discovered Giant Bomb TNT

 Whoa... so I clicked the button since we have that new thing that shows when the TNT is playing live.  I didn't know there was a chat that goes with it.  That's very cool and yet scary.  And I would be down for watching the TNT's but I'm afraid to stream too much at work....  Yeah, I'm a wuss.

 Game of the Week!

          It's still Risen.  I'm truly impressed by this RPG.  It's like an Elder Scrolls RPG only better in some ways (and of course, lacking in others).  One thing that I prefer about Risen over Morrowind or Oblivion, for example, is that the world is certainly open, but it's not nearly as overwhelming as the ES worlds.  Maybe this is because the world is much smaller?  Less quest hubs and such.  There's a good degree of difficulty and dedication needed for this game, but not so much that it would make me throw up my hands in frustration and give up.  I played the game for a few days before I finally got to be a real mage with fireballs and stuff.  

Then again, I didn't take the "short" route to magedom, which is to get yourself arrested and conscripted.  I even enjoy alchemy in this game more than I did in ES.  Maybe it's because there's a smaller variety of plants/potions.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I loved my ES games, but they just got overwhelming sometimes!  I'm not a completionist, but I always had to work on my faction with all the guilds, plus there's the main questline, and whatever else Bethesda throws in there for fun.  This game, there were two basic factions, and you choose one over the other.  One of the things I do wish this game had was a mount of some sort.  But I did finally get to a point where I'm collecting "teleport stones" which allow me to instantly teleport to specified locations around the map.  Pretty darn handy.  I do really like that stuff respawns after a while too.  And I kinda dig that mobs sort of level up as you do.  For example, hungry wolf becomes wolf becomes black wolf as you level up.   And the artwork.  I can totally deal. 
 
 
I don't usually go on about games, but it just feels like it's been a while since I've found an RPG that really hit the spot like this one.  I feel satiated almost in that after-sex way.
 

Bacon! 

So there was some thread about bacon-related foods and it got me to thinking.  I just don't understand this huge bacon fascination.  I mean don't get me wrong.  I love bacon.  Bacon totally belongs on my burgers and club sandwiches.  I can eat, and often have eaten, just a few strips of bacon for breakfast and been perfectly content.  
 
But there is taking it too far.  I'm looking at you, Denny's, with your Baconalia.  I dig some bacon.  I love ice cream.  But the two just do not mix in my mind.   
 

TV/Movies

I finally saw Scott Pilgrim vs. the World yesterday.  Yeah, yet another party I was totally late to.  I'm not sure why I hadn't seen this sooner.  And I wish I had seen it in the theater.  It seems like it would have been a great theater movie.  I was truly entertained.  The movie was over-the-top, sure, but that was part of what made it good.  And it was a coming-of-age movie, sure, but it also had lots of action. 
 
 
I also watched Cirque de Freak recently and that wasn't really terrible.  Wasn't fantastic, but coulda been worse.  Actually had a pretty (surprisingly) good lineup of actors. 
 

Funny Kid Story

Sometimes our kids do things we have to share.  These things may be cute, or make us proud, or may be embarrassing for our kids.  It's part of being a parent.  This particular anecdote is one of the embarrassing types that my husband relayed to me when I got home from work yesterday. 
 
My daughter, 11, in 6th grade which is middle school for her.  Yesterday she comes home from school, and her father asks why she appears to have a tail.  I was afraid that this story was going to have something to do with some symbolism of the tail that I don't want to think about for my 11 year old.  But that wasn't the case.  Our daughter was confused by what he meant about the tail.  She looked, and saw she did indeed have a white tail.... of toilet paper... hanging out of the back of her pants.  No exaggeration here - she rips the toilet paper off, says, "Awkward!" and walks away.  My husband was kinda surprised (and highly entertained) that she had the where-with-it-all to toss the "Awkward" out there with just the right inflection and timing.  And then he and I had a discussion about why guys and girls might wipe differently to cause a toilet-paper-tail.  Ah married life. 
 
 
And I guess that's it for this week's late edition.  Thanks for reading :) 
 
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Edit:  I just discovered Giant Bomb TNT

 Whoa... so I clicked the button since we have that new thing that shows when the TNT is playing live.  I didn't know there was a chat that goes with it.  That's very cool and yet scary.  And I would be down for watching the TNT's but I'm afraid to stream too much at work....  Yeah, I'm a wuss.

 Game of the Week!

          It's still Risen.  I'm truly impressed by this RPG.  It's like an Elder Scrolls RPG only better in some ways (and of course, lacking in others).  One thing that I prefer about Risen over Morrowind or Oblivion, for example, is that the world is certainly open, but it's not nearly as overwhelming as the ES worlds.  Maybe this is because the world is much smaller?  Less quest hubs and such.  There's a good degree of difficulty and dedication needed for this game, but not so much that it would make me throw up my hands in frustration and give up.  I played the game for a few days before I finally got to be a real mage with fireballs and stuff.  

Then again, I didn't take the "short" route to magedom, which is to get yourself arrested and conscripted.  I even enjoy alchemy in this game more than I did in ES.  Maybe it's because there's a smaller variety of plants/potions.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I loved my ES games, but they just got overwhelming sometimes!  I'm not a completionist, but I always had to work on my faction with all the guilds, plus there's the main questline, and whatever else Bethesda throws in there for fun.  This game, there were two basic factions, and you choose one over the other.  One of the things I do wish this game had was a mount of some sort.  But I did finally get to a point where I'm collecting "teleport stones" which allow me to instantly teleport to specified locations around the map.  Pretty darn handy.  I do really like that stuff respawns after a while too.  And I kinda dig that mobs sort of level up as you do.  For example, hungry wolf becomes wolf becomes black wolf as you level up.   And the artwork.  I can totally deal. 
 
 
I don't usually go on about games, but it just feels like it's been a while since I've found an RPG that really hit the spot like this one.  I feel satiated almost in that after-sex way.
 

Bacon! 

So there was some thread about bacon-related foods and it got me to thinking.  I just don't understand this huge bacon fascination.  I mean don't get me wrong.  I love bacon.  Bacon totally belongs on my burgers and club sandwiches.  I can eat, and often have eaten, just a few strips of bacon for breakfast and been perfectly content.  
 
But there is taking it too far.  I'm looking at you, Denny's, with your Baconalia.  I dig some bacon.  I love ice cream.  But the two just do not mix in my mind.   
 

TV/Movies

I finally saw Scott Pilgrim vs. the World yesterday.  Yeah, yet another party I was totally late to.  I'm not sure why I hadn't seen this sooner.  And I wish I had seen it in the theater.  It seems like it would have been a great theater movie.  I was truly entertained.  The movie was over-the-top, sure, but that was part of what made it good.  And it was a coming-of-age movie, sure, but it also had lots of action. 
 
 
I also watched Cirque de Freak recently and that wasn't really terrible.  Wasn't fantastic, but coulda been worse.  Actually had a pretty (surprisingly) good lineup of actors. 
 

Funny Kid Story

Sometimes our kids do things we have to share.  These things may be cute, or make us proud, or may be embarrassing for our kids.  It's part of being a parent.  This particular anecdote is one of the embarrassing types that my husband relayed to me when I got home from work yesterday. 
 
My daughter, 11, in 6th grade which is middle school for her.  Yesterday she comes home from school, and her father asks why she appears to have a tail.  I was afraid that this story was going to have something to do with some symbolism of the tail that I don't want to think about for my 11 year old.  But that wasn't the case.  Our daughter was confused by what he meant about the tail.  She looked, and saw she did indeed have a white tail.... of toilet paper... hanging out of the back of her pants.  No exaggeration here - she rips the toilet paper off, says, "Awkward!" and walks away.  My husband was kinda surprised (and highly entertained) that she had the where-with-it-all to toss the "Awkward" out there with just the right inflection and timing.  And then he and I had a discussion about why guys and girls might wipe differently to cause a toilet-paper-tail.  Ah married life. 
 
 
And I guess that's it for this week's late edition.  Thanks for reading :)