Monday, September 29, 2014

Rethinking The Lord of the Rings

Ah, The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien. One of the first novels I ever read, thanks to my father. I loved it as a child, and I still love it as an adult.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Baltimore: The Infernal Train

When last we left off in Baltimore...

A fridged woman managed to some extra plot devicing in with a curse, which we will shortly see is even more of a failure on her part than just dying would've been.

The story actually improves for this one, although it's still not that great.

The Reconstruction Part 50 - "Stalker" (Guest Review)

Hey everyone, there's a kickstarter to remake Pathologic (including a translation you can actually understand!) so check that out.

I'm aiming for a completion run, so before I start chapter 5 I'm going to take a look at some of the sidequests that pop up over the course of chapter 4. Our first stop is Nal. (Lots of images today.)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dresden Files Storm Front Ch7

Have you ever been approached by a grim-looking man, carrying a naked sword with a blade about ten miles long in his hand, in the middle of the night, beneath the stars on the shores of Lake Michigan? If you have, seek professional help.

Preferably from a Freudian.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dresden Files Storm Front Ch4

Last time, Harry plays with mobsters.

Today, "hoarse cheerleader voice" lady is already there and about to leave.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Bravely Default: First Impressions

edit II: Ohmygod the next plotline is how an evil powerful woman moved in and turned all the chaste nuns into shallow vain wanton sluts by turning them away from their religion. HOW DOES THIS KEEP GETTING WORSE.

edit: Christ on a bike, why did none of you warn me about the Sage. How does this keep getting worse. I am going to finish this game whether it wants me to or not.

Sexual harassment is not my fucking power fantasy.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Depression Quest

Depression Quest is a short but wordy browser game. I'd strongly recommend it, with the caveat that it should be avoided if reading about someone trapped in a depressive spiral sounds like it'd just get you depressed.

The degree to which it's a "game" is pretty limited, but it works as a narrative you get invested in. At each page, you read another bit of the story, followed by picking several choices. Eventually, you reach the end. Depending on how depressed the character is, some or even most of the choices will be unavailable. This limits your impact on what happens, but I thought it was a really striking illustration - after picking several bad options to find out what would happen, I ended up trapped for a while with no options but to plod along miserably to the next section and hope eventually things would get better. I felt the writing did a wonderful job of conveying how the character felt - this isn't a dramatic story, but an ordinary one of an ordinary person surrounded by other ordinary people who don't understand what's happening or know the right solution. And I liked how it struck a balance of not having easy solutions while still showing that there was hope.

The Reconstruction Part 49 (Guest Review)

Battle time! Keeping with the theme of the difficulty ramping up after chapter 3, this fight is actually hard. I barely won on both my first playthrough and this one.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fate/ Stay Night - UBW - February 9

Last time, there was some horrible editorial crisis and also evilteacher is Neo and also Shinji has Gold Archer.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dresden Files Storm Front Ch2

This chapter, we're introduced to Harry's long-suffering sort of partner. Karrin Murphy is the police officer who has to deal with weird stuff, like mysterious killings and Harry.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The World Ends with You

This game consumed my life for like three weeks. I'm lucky I didn't just look up from my DS one day and find Boyfriend had taken the dog and left. BUT IT'S THAT GOOD.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dresden Files #1: Storm Front Chapter 1 Redux

When I read Farla's post about this in the queue, I immediately devolved into an incoherent rageful froth and emailed her insisting I put it in my two cents. I then went on to write a five page essay about mid-20th-century detective fiction. Enjoy.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dresden Files #1: Storm Front Introduction & Ch1

Before we begin, let me say that I have read this book, or more specifically, I listened to it. Don't do that. While the audiobook is done well, it meant I was listening to a man say the lines in the book, and it did entirely too good of a job at replicating the feel of actually standing next to a man who, mid-conversation, added that by the way, all women are gold-digging whores who don't appreciate what a nice guy he is. It's amazing how much worse that makes it.

Supposedly, the misogyny in this series is just in the first book or two, but any time I said, "Oh good, so you mean XYZ stops?", I just got people saying they didn't see how that was misogynistic, so from my standpoint, the series looks to be shit all the way down. And honestly, anyone who could read the first book and find it good enough to keep going to reach those supposedly non-misogynistic ones is someone already numb to misogyny.

So - that's what we're doing, everyone. This is going to be unpleasant for women and a hatefest for fans. The only consolation I can give is that we're coming up on October, when I'll also be reviewing carapace fanfic again as well as a bunch of short horror games.


Rarely has a cover quote been so useful. If you found the basic premise of Buffy the Vampire Slayer an enjoyable one, but didn't understand why it wasn't about a guy like all proper media, this book is for you.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Reconstruction Part 48 - "The Great Flood" (Guest Review)

Last time, I would have been very pleased with the quest if it wasn't for how callously it treated women.

Let's keep moving.

Higurashi: Time-Killing Arc

This was a surprisingly boring and predictable arc. I believe I saw something (in the cast review session thing maybe?) about it having just survived the chopping block, and I totally buy that.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fate/ Stay Night - UBW - February 8

Captive audience: Any thoughts on Ghost Trick? I've heard good things about it, but also people never say anything bad about anything. Boyfriend found it in his games as we were packing and I figure if it's not awful I'll add it to the list.