Gettin’ Stuff Done

I may not have written as much as I’d care to over the past year or so of my hiatus, but you can bet your sweet bippy I haven’t been sitting idle either.  Between 56 games, 15 shows or movies and 16 books, I’ve been consuming fiction like it’s going out of fashion.

All with the help of lists!  Yeah, not every post here is going to be a winner.

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Hiatus? More like Got a Job

So it’s been awhile since I’ve updated this blog.  A lot has happened in my life since I started it some two years ago.  I got a job, got promoted, moved, a whole slew of important things were going on.

And you know what wasn’t happening?

Writing.

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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Doesn’t start with a Z?  And it’s two days late?

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is an anime about a wildly over reactionary high school teacher who has to teach a classroom full of anime cliches.

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Yakuza (3/4)

Gangster games kind of blur together to me.  Escape prison/have dreams of money, then a guy says “do an illegal thing” and you shrug and do that illegal thing.  Plus more illegal things because mreeehhhh.  They’re always open world, feature someone who will betray you because the plot says they have to, there are drugs, mafiosos and everything just goes through the motions.

Yakuza though stands out for me though.  Why?  Because every fight ends with people spitting their broken teeth fragments out while sobbing for forgiveness into your leather shoes.  Plus it’s intensely Japanese, which is refreshing in that not once does someone reference The Godfather. Continue reading

Xenogears

For those who recognize my title, congrats!  I can hear your mixture of euphoria and dread from here.  But nevertheless, I’m here to tell you about one of my favorite games, warts and all.  So join me on my little trip back to 90s jRPGs!

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Man, I can hear the music now.

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Warhammer 40k

It’s not really seen as cool to like Warhammer 40k by a lot of sci-fi purists.  It’s too dark and too grim and too full of BIG TUFF GUYS FIGHTING BIG TUFF BATTLES.

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Vastness

Space is really cool.

Really, it’s super cool.  It’s actually one of my favorite “settings.”  It has pretty much all the elements of a good setting and really gives you room to tell a great story.  I’ll tell you why it’s in quotes though, since it takes a bit of talking. Continue reading