(via who killed bambi?)
In my never ending quest to find high quality web-comics, I present one I recently came upon: Wondermark. The video game references earns extra bonus points, but that’s just icing on the cake. You should be reading this one if you aren’t already.
As I usually do, I’ll keep this short and simple, in bullet form. Since the missus wanted to watch The Biggest Loser, I get to blog. So here are a few impressions I’ve had. For context (generalized to avoid spoilars) I recently got my ship and started exploring planets. I think I’m about five hours in and have already explored three planets.
What I like:
What I don’t care for:
The conversation wheel also stresses me out because I feel like I’m going to miss something if I don’t make the “right” choice to move the story along. Sometimes options disappear after you’ve got done a particular path. The obsessive in me wants to see it all!.
So yeah, the good outweighs the bad by a huge margin. Mass Effect has been very food thus far.
We had a crazy weekend of winter weather here in central Ohio (if you caught a glimpse of the Browns/Bills game on Sunday, that’s a little glimpse we had here on Saturday) but there were lots going on at the Casa Buttonmashing.
Even with the horrible weather conditions, my brother-in-law (here on referred to as the BIL) and I still braved the nasty roads and made our way to the theater to check out I am Legend. I recently finished the book last month (in preparation for the movie, of course) and was very excited about the movie. I enjoyed it. Will Smith does a great job of playing Robert Neville, a man all alone. People are giving the movie bad marks, saying it isn’t like the book. This isn’t fair. The movie, in my mind, is a reimagination of the book. There are a lot of similarities, but things happen in the movie that don’t happen in the book. That is not an indictment of the movie, though. It still explores many of the same concepts the book does: solitude, companionship, despair, horror. They’re all there and they’re done very well. Maybe a little heavy on some of the CGI and some of Will Smith being Will Smith, but it all works in the end. I wasn’t a huge fan of the way the movie ends, but it was still somewhat true to the overall theme of the book.
I got an early christmas present from the Sis and BIL, hooking me up with Age of Empires DS. I had played it previously but never made much headway in the actual campaigns. It’s great turn-based strategy goodness and I’m looking forward to some more time with the game.
I’m still playing Mass Effect – Impressions will be up soon. I am loving this game.
Finally, a hand update: I am able to play games now, (obviously) but I haven’t braved anything fast-paced (read: Halo 3 on Live). I’ve been training my hand with Geometry Wars but I really want to get back to some Halo 3 multiplayer. I was really enjoying it before the “incident” and was having a pretty good go at 2v2 matches with n0wak. Now that the BIL will be back on Live, I should be back and fully operational rather soon.
On a side (and perhaps gross) note, I was instructed by my doctor to begin doing some therapy on my fingers, so scar tissue doesn’t build up or my tendons tighten up. Well today I was working my pinkie finger, which wasn’t bending very far before it got tight and painful. The therapy consisted of bending the individual fingers until it got uncomfortable and then holding it at that point for a ten count. Well today, while doing said exercise, I felt and faintly heard something tear. Actually, it felt more like something gave out. The sound it made is hard to replicate, but it didn’t sound normal and I got a pit in my stomach, thinking I had done something bad. I can still move the finger just fine, but now I’m nervous to do my stretching again.
So, how was your weekend? Any torn tendons? 🙂
I haven’t downloaded the Burnout Paradise demo yet (Mass Effect is too good, must not neglect it for some little demo), but two separate posts showed up today in my feeds that are conflicting, to say the least. I’m a huge Burnout fan (have been since I played the heck out of Burnout 2 on the Gamecube and haven’t missed one since). I have been looking forward to the newest iteration of the series. The newest addition is an “open world” type of racing game. The 1UP Yours guys love it. So does N’Gai
Matt Brett, not so much.
Have you given the demo a try yet? What do you think? Me, I’m going to play some Mass Effect. I’ll give the demo a try in a couple weeks!
(One broken hand, one whole one):
Some people seem to think it’s already done. Does it look like this:
Of course these are not super seekrit drawings stolen from Nintendo’s HQ. They showed up in some random guy’s Flickr feed. Still, it’s fun to speculate and wonder what the new DS will look like and if Nintendo will be going the PSP/iPod Touch media player route. Not that that would be a bad thing.
MEGATONik has a humorous look at some of the “casual” games offered on the Social Super-Network, Facebook.
Of the games they reviewed, I’ve only played WarBook. Probably for a sum total of about eight minutes. It’s a horrible and boring clickfest. One game they didn’t list that I have actually (and tragically) played was Pirates, which I was tricked into playing by WarBook. It’s more confusing and less fun than WB! No thanks.
If your looking for casual gaming or time-wasting (that’s redudant, right?), Kongregate is the place to be.