By BiggerBomb 8 Comments
So, yeah. I haven't blogged in awhile. The last time was on February 28th, my birthday. The followup on March 1st about the Luchacake doesn't count. My writing mojo has been gone, my muse isn't speaking, my brain and fingers aren't connecting, etcetera-etcetera. I don't know why, but I have these extended phases of extreme apathy; applicable to both writing for pleasure and homework. It's not a good thing. It's a really, really bad thing. I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to writing, something that I am trying to control. Because of this, in an attempt to give this shitty "condition" the finger, I am going to write this without exerting much effort. This is likely not to be of great quality (read: crap.) Keeping this in mind, let's get started.
"What have you been up to, BB?" you ask. Thanks for your consideration, figurative listener. For the last 10 days (10 if we are to count today) I have been on my surprisingly lengthy Spring Break. Although this is the last day of the break, I'm nonetheless grateful for such a great reprieve from the intravenous dosage of insanity, that is my Jr. year of highschool. I don't know if those of you across the pond call the four years of highschool as freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. So if you do not, junior year is 11th grade. *A quick aside, my mom has just informed me that highschool is actually two words. Well, fuck that. It should be one word. I'm adding highschool to the spell-check's dictionary.*
Anyway, over this vacation, I have been sitting around and loving it. I haven't gotten all the work done (read: none of it,) but I'll deal with the repercussions when they present themselves. Now's not the time, I'm trying to blog. What I have done, however, is played video games and watched movies. You know? All that good stuff. For the shits & giggles, I decided to watch some classics. These being...wait for it....wait for it......The Fast and the Furious (screw you if you don't like this movie, it has Vin Diesel for fuck's sake.,) Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (I know it is a bad movie. But it's one of my guilty pleasures. We all have 'em, eh?,) The Dark Knight (I know it's not a classic. But wutevz.,) Lethal Weapon (there are few things better than an 80's action movie,) and The Matrix ('nuff said.)
I also watched some new'uns. One of these being Appaloosa, which is just g'damn weird. I do not reccomend it. I also saw Quantum of Solace. The latter received some rough reviews. But, you know what? I have not had so much fun watching a movie in as long as I can remember. For those dummies out there who say it's unrealistic, I ask, "Do you know what franchise we're talking about? Since when has James Bond been at all realistic?" But even if you're one of those whom did not like Quantum of Solace, you shouldn't take that out on Daniel Craig. Even the best Bond's have had their fair share of decent to awful movies. Plus, Daniel Craig isn't starring in crap like Moonraker, now is he?
Yeah, Sean Connery was AWESOME. But as a James Bond aficionado, one whose seen every James Bond movie (thank you Spike TV's 007 Days of Christmas Marathon,) I feel I can say in good conscience that Daniel Craig is the best Bond to date. If you watch the original 007 movies, James Bond wasn't the do-gooder that can be seen in the later movies. He was a chauvinist, reckless, trigger-happy, and an all around badass mofo. For those who disagree, go watch Goldfinger. Shortly after that really badass infiltration scene (the likes of which is responsible for the whole tuxedo under the wetsuit thing,) Bond is at a beach-side resort getting a massage from a beautiful woman. When Felix Lighter from the CIA appears, James Bond goes to welcome him and the masseuse follows. Then Bond says, "Well hello there, Felixsh. Let me introdush you to Tammy (I think was her name.) Felixsh, thish ish Tammy. Tammy, thish ish Felixsh. Now run along, Tammy." *Bond puts his hands on her shoulders and turns her around.* "Man talk." *Bond slaps her on the ass and pushes her away.* Oh yeah, what a charmer, eh? =P Anyway, yeah. QoS is awesome.
And I've been playing games. I started off with playing GTA IV: The Lost and Damned. I would give you my impressions, but that would take awhile. Just the other day, dankempster gave his impressions and they pretty much sum up my feelings about the game. It's both a time-saver for me, and a good read. If you haven't made up your mind about whether to get it or not (assuming you have played GTA IV already - there are some GTA IV spoilers in there,) or you're wondering if anyone else might share your view of it, I'd check it out.
That's not all I've played, however. Currently I'm digging into Prince of Persia (the new one - that is.) I checked out Brad's review, for shits & giggles (I do a lot of things for those reasons,) and therein I saw a game that might be right up my alley. Let me just quickly say that the whole "reviews don't make up my mind, they shouldn't, and never will because I am my own man," is idiotic. Reviews don't brainwash me, and I have bought games that I knew I would like despite poor reception; but by the same token, there have been times when I had made up my mind about a game, but then a reviewer who I tend to agree with showed me a review that changed my mind. Case in point, Prince of Persia. I'm by no means an easily manipulated person, but I'm more open-minded than some might lead you to believe.
Well, I'm glad I went out on the whim and purchased the game. I am having a blast. The art style is beautiful, the puzzles and combat, though easy, are very enjoyable, and the game is all-around fun. The "Prince" is, as Brad aptly put it, a very Han Solo-esque character. He is witty, lighthearted, and crafty, but there is more to him than meets the eye. Through revealing little about him, and only doing so in ambiguously phrased and innocuously vague bits, the game does an excellent job of making you want to learn more about him. This also applies to your companion, Elika, whom you have the option to speak to very frequently (read: whenever you feel like it) and there is an immensely surprising amount of fresh dialogue. And did I mention that you get achievement points for doing so?
Speaking of which, you get achievement points left and right for the most ridiculous things. Bing! Achievement Unlocked: Congratulations, you watched the first cutscene; Bing! Achievement Unlocked: Congratulations, you jumped; Bing! Achievement Unlocked: Congratulations, you blocked; Bing! Achievement Unlocked: Congratulations, you striked; Bing! Achievement Unlocked: Congratulations, you asked Elika a question. Seriously, I shit you not, it's both funny and gratifying.
Anyway, the game is a blast. I am having more fun with the game than I have had in a good while. I highly recommend it.
That's all in the way of games. Next up at bat I have Dead Space, then The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. After that...well, we'll see. I'll take it from th-woah, this was not a quickerblog. This was more like biggerblog! My bad. =P
Hey! At least, I actually got something down! Anyway, my mom is getting pretty PO'd. I've taken way too long, I have some Ernest Hemingway to read! xD
Be good, GiantBomb.