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The Evil within The Evil Within

It's the Wednesday before my week's vacation, so I need a little bit of active engagement to get me through the day.  Let's talk about The Evil Within 2.  Below there will be spoilers for both it and its predecessor, so be warned!

When I first heard that there was going to be a sequel to this franchise, I was surprised.  The game was directed by the creator of the first Resident Evil game, and it leaned heavily on this fact in order to promote the game.  It was marketed as a return to true survival horror, rather than the "action horror" games that have been more prevalent over the last several years, such as the Dead Space franchise or more recent incarnations of Resident Evil before the reboot with Biohazard.  This was all fine, and the game was certainly rooted deeply within the survival horror genre.  Aside from this, though, I found most of the game to be rather forgettable. 

The problem isn't that the game contains more bad pieces than good.  The entire c…

Tired

A few weeks ago on a Monday morning, I climbed into my car to head to work.  As I turned on the key, I noticed that I had a warning light on the console.  Tire low, add air.  I checked the PSI monitor, which informed me that my left rear tire had a total of 0 PSI.  I got out of the car to ensure it wasn't a problem with the sensor.  Sure enough, the tire was flat.  It happens, and I wasn't all that stressed out about it.  I was actually pretty thankful that it was something that I had to deal with in my garage, rather than out on the road.  I took the tire off and sent it to work with my mom, who is the receptionist at my brother's garage.  They replaced the stem on the tire, as that's where they determined it was leaking.  Things seemed fine after that for a few days.

A few days later, the low pressure light came on again as I was driving to work.  It seemed to be a slower leak than before, so I stopped and put some air in it, and then took it back to the garage.  The…

Another Guild Wars Post?

It was been nearly five years to the day since I made a post about Guild Wars 2, back when it released in 2012.  Reading this post got me thinking about how much the game has changed, and how much I have changed, too.  Aside from my writing becoming slightly less terrible from five years ago, my opinion of the game remains essentially unchanged.  If anything, it may have improved a bit.  My gaming preferences have been the thing that I think have changed the most over the course of half a decade, and I've grown more fond of games with a deep sense of progression that doesn't feel superfluous.  This is why I ended up adoring Stardew Valley.  This is also one of the reasons why I drifted away from World of Warcraft.  In GW2, the progression systems are intricately tied into the game itself.  The game awards you with a chest of goodies each time you reach a milestone of achievement points.  This happens about every 500 points that you earn.  Additionally, some achievements have m…
As with most liberal minded Americans, the national news has been one constant horror show ever since the orange baboon was sworn into office.  Never in my life has my president so reviled and disgusted me.  Sure, I hated George W. Bush's policies -- most of them, anyway -- but with that did not come the revulsion for his person that I get when I think of the Cheeto Nazi.  I can't even use his real name.  My fingers forbid me from typing it out.

This has left me with a constant sensation of helplessness.  What am I to do?  I didn't vote for him, yet now he's in power. I didn't vote to give the majority of congress to the conservatives, yet now they have it.  I contacted my representatives and told them that I did not want them to vote for the president's appointments, but it didn't matter because even if they listen to me, they still don't have the majority and thus are powerless to stop any of these confirmations.  And every time I see a bit of politic…

OC Height

I have always considered Ma'tiki, my Troll, to be above-average in height just like I am in real life.  He's always been sort of an extension of me, in a way, as original characters tend to be.  He's a better version of me who's smarter, kinder, and better.  And of course, in better physical shape, too.  Since I'm about seven inches taller than the average human, I consider Ma'tiki to be seven inches taller than the average Troll.  Now, it's sort of difficult to canonically determine the average height of a Troll male.  Some simple research on WoWwiki provides information gleaned from the World of Warcraft:  Official Beginner's Guide, and states that the average height of a Troll male is between 7' and 8'.  However, it also states that the average Tauren is between 9' and 10'.  This is a conflict in some regards, because in-game you can determine that when a male Troll is not slouching, they are taller than Tauren males.  So, one of thes…

Longterm Storytelling

Overwatch is a rousing success for Blizzard, and not in the primary ways that everyone expected.  Yes, the game is being praised for its gameplay, style, audio, music, and Blizzard's may-as-well-be-patented "easy to learn but difficult to master" formula.  However, I feel that there's one certain part of Overwatch where Blizzard took a bit of a gamble, and from what I can tell, it seems to be paying off in spades.  It's also got me thinking about the concept of something I like to call "longterm storytelling", which will be the entire basis for this post.

People are fascinated by Overwatch's cast of characters, which is something of a misnomer when it comes to a game such as this.  It's a multi-player only, team-based shooter with MOBA elements.  We're talking about a specific set of genres that are known to have either sparse or completely non-existent story to them.  Let's look at the precedents.  The major behemoth on the field is Lea…

Lifesuck

My blog posts have been very inconsistent over the last several months.  I was giving this some thought this morning, though my actual thoughts on it aren't all that clear to me.  That's one of the reasons why I'm writing about it, because that always helps me to compartmentalize my thoughts and put them in order.  As with everything, the reasons for my erratic posts are complicated and multi-layered.  The reason "I just haven't been inspired to write anything." is not a reason at all, but a symptom of other things.

Lack of time is always the first reason most people give for no longer partaking in an extra-curricular activity, but I see it as more of a scapegoat.  Or an escapegoat if you're my boss.  It doesn't take long to write a blog post.  If I've got a good topic that I'm really interested in discussing, I can knock out several good paragraphs in a very modest amount of time.  The actual issue that a lot of the time, there are simply oth…