Glad to have a place to write my thoughts down
Lately I’ve been pairing up Sony video game studios with Marvel franchises to discuss hypothetical PlayStation games I’d like to see alongside Insomniac’s Spider-Man. Most recently I wrote about Santa Monica Studio here.
A little while ago I wrote about how much of Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man seemed like extensions of concepts they had established in their Ratchet & Clank series here: https://vocal.media/stories/insomniac-s-spider-man-shouldn-t-have-surprised-me
When Insomniac studios revealed they were making a Spider-Man ps4 game I was excited but surprised. I was confident they would make a great game but them making a Spider-man game was something I would have never predicted. In hindsight, thinking about insomniac’s history makes Spider-Man seem like an extension on a lot of concepts they’ve used within their previous works. Specifically my favourite Insomniac series Ratchet & Clank.
Ghost of Tsushima is one of the most anticipated games of 2020 yet I’m still hoping for another game in the infamous series. While I enjoyed infamous second son and seem to be biased towards all super hero media, I have issues with parts of it. Infamous second son was followed by a shorter spinoff game called infamous first light but would like to see at least one more full length infamous game right some of the miss-steps of second son.
For a game I haven’t played in years, I think about Shadow of the Colossus a lot. Shadow of the Colossus gets nearly universal praise for its story, gameplay and visual style. However, I don’t think its main character gets enough attention, even if part of what makes Wander great is the story he’s involved in.
Sometimes the way we perceive art can change over time. Creative works can be praised when they are released but then forgotten or be less appreciated in years to come. With that said, I don’t think it’s too soon to say that 2017 was an incredible year for film. Every year will have some films that are disappointments, but 2017 had many amazing standalone, series starting and sequel films.
Her Lineage With title being The Rise of Skywalker it’s safe to say Episode 9 will revolve around members of the Skywalker family or their legacy being carried on by their apprentices. I also would not be surprised if Rey turns out to secretly be a Skywalker. However, since seeing The Force Awakens, I have suspected and hoped that Rey was a descendant of Qui-Gon Jinn. For starters I think it would be boring if 9 movies spanning nearly 70 fictional years and over 40 real years revolve around one family. Therefore I’d prefer Rey to be anyone but a Skywalker but her being related to Qui-Gon Jinn is my first choice. The first and most obvious reason is because their long dark hair and the robes they wear make them look similar. Secondly I think this could also work from a story perspective as Qui-Gon Jinn was known to be a somewhat controversial Jedi who often disagreed with the Jedi council. So even if Jedi were forbidden to marry, it wouldn’t have been out of character for Qui-Gon Jinn to start a family in secret. This would lead to Rey’s humble beginnings and would explain why Kylo Ren believed Rey’s family was unimportant. Finally having Qui-Gon as her ancestor would be interesting as he is one of the few popular Jedi to only appear in one live action film. Plus 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of his first appearance so it would be nicely timed.
The final season of Game of Thrones has been disappointing and with one episode left, it is hard to imagine the finale will do enough to win over frustrated fans. However, even if season eight has been weaker than previous seasons, it is still some of the best TV to watch right now. That being said, I’ve had issues with parts of this season, especially with Daenerys becoming “the mad queen.” I’m obviously not the first to have this view but I’d like to explain it considering my expectations going in to season 8, Daenerys’ character history and the timing of her becoming a villain.