Actor, writer, occasional dumbass.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Xenoblade Chronicles on the Nintendo Wii was one of my all time favorite games, probably in my top three, even. I couldn't wait for a sequel, but unfortunately I was among the 7.7 billion people to not get a Wii U, and so I missed out on Xenoblade Chronicles X. But then I got a Switch in 2017, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was the first game I bought, alongside Breath of the Wild. And it was... alright. I returned it a few months later because frankly I just wasn't that into it. And then three years later, the Xenoblade Remaster came to the Switch and I played that all summer. And I thought, maybe I should give 2 another chance. So I did, and it's been a trip. Here are my thoughts. There will be spoilers.
Why Are The Republicans Trying to Blame Antifa(Again)?
We all know what happened on January 6th. I don't feel like I need to lay it all out for you for the billionth time. But I definitely want to, so... On January 6th, the day after Georgia's special election and the day of Congress' certification of Joe Biden's presidential win, hundreds or thousands of Donald Trump's supporters gathered in Washington DC to protest Trump's loss. The Capitol police opened the doors for the protesters, and they quickly rioted and invaded the Capitol Building. Congress evacuated to safety, but the insurrectionists broke into their offices, their gathering spaces, and went wild. At least five died, including two cops, and on that day, maybe 13 arrests were made, although a few more were made in the following days.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Back in 2018, we finally got a new, good, Spider-Man game from Insomniac Games, exclusive to the PS4. It had crisp, clean and satisfying combat, a fantastically personal story, and most importantly: web-swinging was fun again! We also got some promising, but not fully realized stealth sections, and several levels have you playing as Mary Jane, or a pre-spider-bite Miles Morales. While those sections may have been polarizing, I personally enjoyed them as character-driven subplots if not as riveting gameplay.
Back in 2010, Amnesia: The Dark Descent was released to immense acclaim. Before Amnesia, the survival horror genre seemed to be in a bit of a slump, with some... divisive Silent Hill games since 3, and Resident Evil moving more and more towards action shooter than survival horror. Amnesia: The Dark Descent's effect on the genre and the industry was incredible. It took a neglected, some might even say dying, genre and injected it with new life. Amnesia: The Dark Descent revitalized survival horror with its tight writing, effective creature design, and creative use of lighting. After its release, it seemed we were flooded with new survival horror games every other week! Games like Outlast, Slender: The Arrival, and Five Nights At Freddy's followed in Amnesia's footsteps, presenting games that cultivate a sense of dread by combining limited resources and management with an inability to fight back against the monsters. In short, the first Amnesia game sparked a wave of imitators and successors both good and bad, and its influence on the genre is still felt today.
Stochastic Terrorism and You
“Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to stir up random lone wolves to carry out acts of violence or terrorism that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable”. In other words, a public figure demonizes a person or group repeatedly, and then that figure’s followers take it upon themselves to do something about that person or group.
It Can Happen Anywhere
On Tuesday, August 25th, a 17-year old boy drove or was driven across state lines with an illegal assault rifle and shot three protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, killing two of them. Videos on social media show the shooter getting up and walking away, toward the police, who did nothing to stop him. In one video, the police are no more than maybe two hundred yards away, in the street. There is no way that they could not have seen what happened. But despite the shouts from protestors saying that he shot someone, the police just told him to get out of here. They didn’t even so much as slow down.
Marvel's Avengers is Bad and Here's Why
Marvel's Avengers was maybe my most anticipated game of 2020. I grew up reading the comics, still collect them today, even, and I like most of the movies. The recent Spider-Man game on the PS4 is probably my favorite superhero game of all time, and Ultimate Alliance 3 was an absolute joy. It should be no surprise that I'd be excited for Crystal Dynamics' new title, a multiplayer action game where I can play as two of my favorite heroes(Thor and Ms Marvel) on launch, with two more following as free DLC(Hawkeye and Spider-Man). I could not wait to see what this new imagining of the Marvel Universe might bring: an Ultron story, maybe? Or, since the Inhumans are involved, the Kree? And then it actually released, and it turns out, it's a pretty terrible game.
Shadow of War Review
Reviewed by Some Guy Monolith's New Stealth/Action RPG Shadow of War is an open world action/stealth game by Monolith Productions. The “open-world” of the game is made up of several areas, all in or around Mordor. You start the game trying to track Celebrimbor’s kidnapper through Cirith Ungol. You may recognize this as being the area from The Return of the King where Sam fought Shelob the Spider and rescued Frodo from the Orcs. After a quick tutorial here, the first real area of the game is Minas Ithil, “The Tower of the Moon,” as you help the Gondorian defenders hold the city against the Witch-King’s forces. And after the first cutscene explaining that… Yeah, you can pretty much do whatever you like, it throws you into a sandbox.