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Fable 3 [Nov. 14th, 2010|02:50 am]
Alright, finished Fable 3 tonight, and while as a whole, the game was good times, the conclusion has left an extremely sour taste in my mouth.

The plot of Fable 3 is divided into two categories - The first, in which you, the prince/ss of Albion organize a rebellion to overthrow your brother, who is currently king, and is not so good at it.

The 2nd is when you are king/queen and are struggling to protect your kingdom from an impending evil while trying to financially support promises you made to key figures when gaining their support for your rebellion and rise to power. Cool concept, tricky to pull off.

Essentially, if you don't have enough gold stored in the treasury to fund guards and military power and what not, your citizens die. The less gold you have, the more citizens you lose. To save the most citizens possible, you need a treasury with 6.5 million gold. The fun comes in the idea that making "good" or "popular" decisions as a king always costs you money, and puts you in a defecit of around 3-3.5 million. You can fill the treasury from your own pocket, of course, but it takes a -lot- of effort to get that kind of scratch together. So it becomes a moral balancing act...committing evil deeds/rulings in order to protect "the greater good".

Now me? I'm an idealist with this series. I want to do everything good AND still kick ass and take names, so I was working on raising 10 million in personal funds with which to fill the treasury.

As king, I had been keeping promises, and maintaining the integrity of the land on a day-to-day basis. You are given one year before the attack on Albion. So you do a day which consists of several rulings and generally one big quest, and the day ends. When the day ends, it doesn't go to the next day, just skips ahead in time a month or two. No problem right? You're allowed, between rulings, to go do side questing and build up whatever resources you need, so I'm laughing.

With 151 days left, I decide I'm tired of side questing for the moment, and do the day's rulings to see what the next day holds. I go to sleep and wake up, and suddenly there's 1 day left. Quite the leap. But I think "That's alright...this must be the point where they let you know that the point of no return is coming". Yeah...no. Suddenly it's 1 day left and then the battle begins for some reason, and I, with a total of negative 1.7 million in my treasury, lose just about every bloody citizen in the country, and go down in history as the king who damned the land.

A little warning would have been nice, I think. Like "Hey, finish up anything you've got to do, because there's no turning back!" Hell, the game did that earlier for a sequence when you left on a voyage. It said "we'll be gone for a while...wrap up anything you want to wrap up here." So why not for endgame? Especially if you're going to be thrust into a situation where you, in planning a full on super-good-guy win, are suddenly cast as the worst idiot king of the century.

That makes it sound like I'm taking it personally...I'm not, really. But this was a poor decision on Lionhead's part. What the hell were they thinking with a move like this? Did nobody stop to think "Hey...we should tell them that 151 days left means the battle's tomorrow..." That's a 5 month period for christ's sake. Almost half the year you were supposed to be given.

Beyond that, the ending sequence is a big disappointment...unexciting climax, dull boss fight, and uninspired conclusion, all made a little worse by the annoyance that I didn't want to be finishing this up yet. With all the thought and work that went into Fable 2, I expected more from Lionhead for this game.

Don't get me wrong, they delivered up to this point. The story had been really cool, the actual rebellion attack was a load of fun, and the mid-section of the story in which you meet the "impending evil" is one of the creepiest scenes I've ever seen in a video game.

In the end, it feels like this could have been the best Fable yet, were it not for an end sequence that feels incredibly rushed and poorly thought out. And considering this is the first video game I've been able to afford in over a year, I'm a bit miffed, but c'est la vie.
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Poetry and Spoken Word [Jul. 27th, 2010|08:06 pm]
As some people may or may not be aware, I've started participating in monthly poetry slams, reading spoken word in the hope that I'll win me some cashmoney.

Anyways, I've started up a blog site for said poems and pieces to go, and you can find it at http://mainlandpoetry.blogspot.com/

Any time I can get a video of myself performing one of the posted poems, I'll attach it.

Go check it out, and tell all your lame poetry friends to come read my lame poetry!

-D
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Upcoming Project [Jul. 12th, 2010|12:38 am]
Hello everybody in journal land, I have a question for all of you.

I am considering doing a web-based show called "unsung" reviewing the overlooked gems of film history. The idea is to focus on very good films which have either flopped in the box office, or have been forgotten entirely by the movie watching public. With this, I hope to expand on the cult followings that many of these films already have, and hopefully bring their contributions to the medium to the attentions of as many people as I can.

I have yet to tear through my collection and devise a full list, but a few examples would be Mystery Men, Unbreakable, or Death to Smoochy.

I would like to know if any of you have any unsung heroes of film that you would like to see some light shined on. I'm not guaranteeing I'll do an episode about it if you post it, but some starter ideas would be nice, and I'd like to give everybody a chance to get some of their favourites out in the open. If I haven't seen the film(s) you suggest, I -will- watch it/them at the very least. Some may become episodes of Unsung, some may not.

Anyways, hit me with your best shot folks!
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Missed Musicians. [Jul. 10th, 2010|12:28 am]
7 years after he dies, and I suddenly become massively obsessed with Warren Zevon. Funny how that works out.
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I have a problem. [Jun. 26th, 2010|02:42 am]
The Terminator, Aliens, Terminator 2, True Lies.

Common link? James Cameron, director.
It's no word of a lie that this is a man who, in his career has known what makes action films and thrillers good. Christ, T1 was his FIRST FILM, and he wrote -and- directed it, and it still stands in my mind as one of the best science fiction/action flicks ever made.

His career built up to a point in 1997 when he released Titanic.

Now, let's try to forget that time, when so many people hated the film because the girls loved Leo. Hell, tons of us hated Leo for that and now LOOK AT THE ACTOR HE'S BECOME. There was a lot of hatred geared toward the film because of its popularity, which is a fairly common occurrence in this generation - the anti-pop culture, as it were.

So let's forget that and think solely on Titanic. I've never been able to honestly say that I disliked the film. I won't mention the Academy Awards, because I understand the controversy and questionable standing of said academy, and that the Oscar argument really doesn't hold water anymore. Altogether, with Titanic, we had a well-written, well-acted, well-conceived film. And no, it's not about the ship. We all know the ship sank, but THAT WASN'T WHAT THE STORY WAS ABOUT! It was a story about a romance flourishing amid a barrage of classism, and ultimately improving the life and demeanor of one woman. It just -happened- to take place on a ship that sank.

In either case...I consider Titanic a very good film, and worthy of its awards. We all know how it did at the box office. $200 million budget, profit of over 1.8 billion dollars. THAT'S OVER 900% IN PROFIT!

Then James Cameron went all Jimmy Hoffa on us and disappeared.

Then Avatar happened.

I'll put this out right here. I saw Avatar. Once. I enjoyed what I saw. It was an absolutely gorgeous leap in the realm of digital film and special effects. I did the whole 3-D thing, got the whole experience, because that's what it was. It's an experience in technology.

THIS DOES NOT MAKE IT A GOOD FILM.

I'll put a link up here to Red Letter Media's review of Avatar.
http://www.redlettermedia.com/avatar.html

While his character, Mr. Plinkett, is...let's say, dark and terrifying, and the reviews done on this site are very much pieces of humour and satire, it provides an outstanding breakdown of the problems with this film as a film.

As far as I'm concerned, everybody should have seen it. In theaters, in 3d. BUT ONLY ONCE.

The story, characters and writing were flatter than a 3rd grade choir. There was zero substance in anything non-visual in this film. The story was a hackneyed copy of Dances With Wolves, and the characters were completely banal and one dimensional.

So what happened? How did this guy, who has written and directed some absolutely stellar films, end up creating something like Avatar? I mean, you can say that he put all his efforts into the visual aspect, which is fine for your average film/filmmaker (read: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.) But this is JAMES FUCKING CAMERON! This is not a one-trick pony! This is not a Hollywood hack! This is a great filmmaker! And he phoned in everything non-shiny?!

What this suggests to me is that he's gotten cocky. Like Marlon Brando, or George Lucas, he's gotten to the point where he feels untouchable based on his past accomplishments. Is he right? I mean, if that wasn't true, Avatar would have flopped, right?

Budget - $237 million
Gross Revenue - OVER 2.7 BILLION DOLLARS!

Not only has this film earned over ONE THOUSAND PERCENT of its budget in profits, it has almost passed Titanic's GR by an entire billion dollars. When Avatar came out, it was the 5th film in history to earn over 1 billion dollars, and now it's capped that number ON TOP of the previous highest grossing film of all time.

Of the (now 6) films that have passed 1 billion, It's my belief that only half of them deserved it. And guess what? Avatar is not part of that favourable half. People are giving James Cameron too much fucking money. That's all there is to it. There is nothing to be gained from seeing that film a second time. Absolutely nothing, because it's barely a film to begin with. It's a dancing light show.

Now...Avatar is, by this point, old news. So why am I going on about all this? Well, like the title of this entry suggests - I have a problem. And the problem is this.

James Cameron is converting Titanic, his Academy Award winning film, to 3-D for the purpose of re-releasing it theatrically in 2012.

Is this man really so bereft of ideas that he, immediately after releasing one clusterfuck of cashgrab tactics, has to re-release a film that was originally made to ACTUALLY TELL A STORY in the attempt to haul another few billion out of the moviegoing public? This man is actually in competition with himself for the top spot in terms of gross revenue.

I'll say that once again:

James Cameron holds both the #1 and #2 spots for highest gross revenue in film and is now theatrically re-releasing the #2 film to, as the only logical conclusion, re-take the #1 spot from himself. Maybe he's ashamed that the best selling film of all time is just kitten-faced blue-titted schlock that makes me think less of Giovanni Ribisi.

This man has enough money. We've all seen Titanic. Lots of us own it, and we can rent it easily. I am begging people, PLEASE don't give this fucking leech another 12 or so dollars. All it's going to do is re-affirm his belief that people will eat whatever the fuck he feeds them. And hopefully, if enough people spit it out, he'll give us something good again, like he used to.
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The tunes of our youth [May. 26th, 2010|11:05 pm]
So, boredom and a lifelong love of music lead me to create this list...it's essentially a mixed cd of the top 20 songs that take me back to being a kid.

I suggest everybody try it! Even if you can't do 20, I'd love to know what you were listening to in those double-digit preteen days.

For reference's sake, I'm sticking around what I was listening to in say, 1995 or so. When I was 10.

This isn't in any particular order. I'll post a youtube link below every song.

The list!Collapse )
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Drive Like Maria [May. 26th, 2010|02:10 pm]
After listening to a few songs, I'm fairly intrigued by this band. Simple stuff, sure...but it's like this weird cross between Monster Magnet and Queens of the Stone Age. Just very, very cool. Also, drummers who are singers = awesome.

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Spoken Word Stuff [May. 20th, 2010|04:19 am]
I've been writing a lot more poetry lately, some spoken word pieces and what not. Found out there's a monthly poetry slam about a 45 minute walk from my apartment. Colour me happy.

So I'm gonna share one! Though I warn everybody, this contains some ideas which could be considered "Ideologically sensitive." For consideration's sake, I'll be putting it under a cut. It can get a little angry from time to time, and is religion-themed.

My GodCollapse )
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RJD2 [May. 16th, 2010|11:44 pm]



This is my favourite song in the history of Black Sabbath. Introduced to me through everybody's favourite animated film - "Heavy Metal"

(And Doug, try to tell me that Ozzy could make this song work. Could not happen!)
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RJD [May. 16th, 2010|05:35 pm]
Ronnie James Dio died today. This guy was an absolute fucking staple for heavy metal. Introduced one of the most powerful voices to the genre and turned Black Sabbath from a slow, droning jar of flies into a brilliant neon fucking war machine.

Youtube is being dumb, so I can't embed a video right now. I will ASAP.

So long Dio, go kick Satan's ass.
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