2017 has been a year of all-time favorites (when I couldn’t have needed them more)

2017 has been a tough year, for a lot of reasons that don’t need to be rehashed here. On the flip side of that toughness, though, is one of the best years I can ever remember for movies and video games. Over the past 11 months, there have been two new entries on my all-time favorites lists for movies and video games* with other possibilities still on the way.

*These lists do not actually exist in any fixed form. Maybe I’ll write them up soon.

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An Update, and Some Things I’ve Enjoyed

If you’re among the ones of readers I have for this blog, you may have noticed I took last week off. After a long, sleep deprived weekend in Austin for the Austin Film Festival and Conference, I needed a break. It was nice to not worry about what I was going to post on here for a few days, even if I was sick the whole time. I’m still sick, by the way.

Moving forward, I’m going to be putting a little less time into blogging and more into my creative writing. Posts here are still going to be (fairly) regular, but they’re not going to be daily. I’m thinking it’ll be in the two to three times a week range, but I’m not promising anything.

That’s not quite true. I am promising I’ll be posting some bits and pieces of whatever creative work I end up doing, and I’ll be posting any short stories I write in their entirety for the foreseeable future.

That’s enough housekeeping. Let’s get to the entertainment I’ve been spending my time with.

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A Quick Update

I’m not going to be writing reviews anymore. Not formal, analyze every aspect of a piece of media and throw a rating on it reviews, anyway. I’ve been moving in this direction anyway, but it’s time to make the call and make it official.

I love movies. I love video games. I love TV (when I actually get around to watching it). I’m going to focus my writing on those topics on that love more often than not. I’m not saying I’m only going to say good things or I’m only going to write about things I like, but there’s something to be said for reacting to something, to anything, emotionally and leaving it at that.

There’s a place for the technical, detail-oriented discussion, but I’m realizing that place just isn’t for me. Maybe what I’m writing could still be considered reviews. Maybe it would still be possible to slap a score on them and call it a day. To be honest, I don’t really care about that.

Movies, games, and TV (not to mention everything else) would be nothing without emotional impact. I’m going to see and play things, and I’m going to have reactions to them. I’m going to try to capture those reactions, those raw emotions, as often as I can. I’m going to try to focus my writing on here on those emotions, and on the works that really draw those emotions out of me.

I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

 

 

On The Most Important Part of Travel Planning

Traveling is great. Going new places, having new experiences, getting out of your comfort zone. Traveling is also terrible, for pretty much every other reason out there. That’s why proper pre-travel planning is incredibly important. Not flights, hotels, and ground transportation. All of these are important parts of planning for any trip, but they’re not important. They make travel possible, but they don’t make it bearable.

Travel, like so much in life, comes down to a single question: How will I keep myself entertained?

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Too Much Driving Weekend Recap

I spent the entirety of this past weekend driving to, hanging out in, and driving back from Vermont with my wife and dog. Nature’s really beautiful sometimes, but it’s just not the same as staring at a screen for an extended period. Good thing I still found some time to do that.

Here’s everything I watched and played this weekend (including an incredibly enjoyable second time watching Wonder Woman, this time at home in glorious 4K):

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Friday the 13th Weekend Recap

We’re officially into the second half of October, and I’ve once again become painfully aware of the speed of time whipping by and the crushing relentlessness of adulthood. Or maybe I’ve once again realized we’re closing in on the end of the year and that’s it. There’s really no way of knowing which it is. Here’s everything I watched and played this weekend to stave off the advancement of time:

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2017: The Year of Playing Games I Hate

We play games for a lot of reasons. Sometimes we play for fun. Sometimes we play to turn our brains off and relax. Sometimes we play to experience a story. Sometimes we play to get lost in a fictional world and escape from reality, which I’ve been doing a bit more than usual this year.

2017 introduced a new wrinkle to my gaming habits, though: I’ve played more games I hate this year than I ever have before.

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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Review

I’m deep into my second time through Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. I’m playing the game’s Original Game+ mode, which replaces Billie’s powers with three from Dishonored 2: Blink, Dark Vision, and Domino. There are three NPCs in front of me, and let’s just say the discussion they’re having isn’t a friendly one. Having linked the three characters with Domino, I’m standing on a nearby rooftop to figure out my plan to take them out and avoid detection—when one shoots another, which in turn kills all three characters. Problem solved.

It’s moments like this one that I’ll remember most about Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.

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