Now Playing: Soul Sacrifice Delta (2013)

This has been hyped as the #1 game on Vita by just about every place I’ve seen. It sure looks fun. Lots of relatively nice looking and explosive combat against crazy horror-ish monsters. Even though it’s apparently a Monster Hunter clone, doesn’t this look fun?

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Well…it’s not.

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Now Reading: Thor (1983-2015) Part 1

As far as I’m concerned Thor begins in the 80s with the essential Walt Simonson run, which covers roughly issues 337-382 and a Balder mini-series.

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Most conveniently collected in the Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus (in theory anyway. good luck finding a copy at a reasonable price now!)

This classic run features the first appearances of Beta Ray Bill, the Casket of Ancient Winters, Malekith, and Kurse. Also featured within are the short-lived 80s Thor armor and even more short-lived frog Thor. Interaction with the general Marvel superhero world is pretty minimal. Most of the run focuses on Asgard and/or very Asgard-specific themes and threats. I don’t know well this art and writing would hold up to a modern audience, but if 80s comics are your thing, this is a must-read.

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Now Playing: Star Wars – Jedi Knight – Dark Forces 2 and Star Wars – Jedi Knight – Mysteries of the Sith (1998)

This is actually the only one of this series I had never fully played before. I remember downloading a shitty ripped version of it on dial-up back in the day, and without the cutscenes or a proper 3dfx card it was just too ugly and confusing to get into at the time. I think I tried one more time later and again just found it too ugly to mess with. This time, after over an hour of fucking around trying to get the game to run with 3d acceleration on without lagging or crashing, I finally got it running at max in all it’s 90s 3d glory. Yeah, this was right at the awkward dawn of the age of 3d, back when everything had just made the leap from 2d into a disgusting, blocky mess of polygons.

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Movie Night VI: Movie Night Takes Manhattan

Gravedancers (2006)gravedancersStars off a bit slow but turns into a pretty amusing ghost movie. The effects are pretty reminiscent of poltergeist and house. Gets a little goofy in the end with the giant ghost chase, but enjoyable overall.

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Now Playing: Star Wars – Dark Forces (1995)

The Star Wars bug has not quite left me yet, and so I am forced to choose between the many excellent old Star Wars games out there to play again. I could have gone for the original Battlefronts, or the old Super Nintendo trilogy, or maybe Republic Commando, but in the end I decided to go with the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series.

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Movie Night V: The Moviening

Ok, this is going to sound crazy, but hear me out…

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) “Anti-Cheese Edit”phantommenaceI haven’t seen this for 15 years or so. Not since a friend gave me his VHS copy in disgust, which I watched, and then ejected and smashed on the floor, never to be seen again. All the recent Star Wars mania got me thinking though. I had heard that there were edited versions of the prequel trilogies, but never bothered to check them out.

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Now Playing: Call of Duty – Black Ops III (2015)

Yes, another Call of Duty game! Say what you will, but I still love these things. Been playing them since the first game and have never touched the multiplayer in a single one of them. I WAS PLAYIN THAT SHIT BEFORE IT EVEN HAD MULTIPLAYER YO! Seriously though, to me, Call of Duty has always been about the crazy, explosive, well produced blockbuster action/thriller story campaigns and this one delivers on that once again. This one is set in the near future again in a world sort of similar to that of the one we saw in Advanced Warfare, but in some ways a little more advanced in technology. Also much like in Advanced Warfare, your first mission goes really, really well.

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Now Playing: Ziggurat (2015)

Not usually big into roguelike games, but this one seemed like an interesting mix of Heretic and Painkiller with a kind of World of Warcraft-ish visual style, and it was only sale for only a few bucks so what the hell. It’s pretty fun actually. Very short and actually pretty easy for only having a single life, at least if you’re experienced with first person shooters. Some of the rooms can get pretty nutty.

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Movie Night IV: Son of Movie Night

Star Wars: A New Hope Despecialized (1977)starwarsMan, I don’t even remember the last time I watched these. Saw them so many times back in the day that I got kind of burnt out on them. If you haven’t heard about these Despecialized versions yet, they’re high end fan edits of the original movies in near high definition, but minus all the fuckin awful special edition additions. These are the highest quality versions of the original unaltered trilogy there are. While the effects in this one are noticeably weaker than the sequels it still holds up pretty well for how old it is. There are some minor issues that is completely forgotten about like Luke being so whiny, Leia having a bad British accent for some reason, and an embarrassingly bad Obi Wan/Vader light saber fight, but it’s still a fun movie overall.

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