Mass Effect 3 – Looking Back on the Trilogy

As you know from my prior blog posts, I recently went through and played Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3 on the PC. In fact I just finished ME3. I’d like to write a bit about my whole Mass Effect experience. I’ll keep spoiler-ridden discussion separate at the end, and mark it clearly. To recap, … Continue reading Mass Effect 3 – Looking Back on the Trilogy

Pay-to-Play Roleplaying, Are You Kidding Me?

The first I’d heard of this concept was a couple of years ago on Roll20.net, a site for hosting roleplaying games. To take a step back, roleplaying games are games. As in sitting down with your friends and family to play poker, or Trivial Pursuit, or Settlers of Catan. And maybe as in playing the … Continue reading Pay-to-Play Roleplaying, Are You Kidding Me?

Mass Effect 2 Transition to Mass Effect 3 – A Follow-Up to my recent “Bait and Switch” Post

After over six weeks of somewhat negative feelings every time I thought about trying to continue playing ME2, I finally mustered up enough motivation and switched it back on again. I had a saved game from just after finding two of the necessary three doors that needed to be closed in the midst of my … Continue reading Mass Effect 2 Transition to Mass Effect 3 – A Follow-Up to my recent “Bait and Switch” Post

Tom Hank’s Greyhound versus Neil Jordan’s Ondine – Of Ships and the Sea

I just finished watching these two very different movies within the past twelve hours, and I feel compelled to comment. Yes I know, apples and oranges, right? Not really. We watch movies to be entertained, so when it comes to entertainment value I can compare any two films legitimately. Spoilers for both movies below. I … Continue reading Tom Hank’s Greyhound versus Neil Jordan’s Ondine – Of Ships and the Sea

Bait and Switch? Or, Compulsive Behavior — My Reactions to Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2

It's about Story. I played Mass Effect and I really loved it. It looked good, and the cut scenes were good. I liked my character (John Shepard), and I generally liked the choices I was given (not so sure that my choices made too much of a difference, but oh well). I liked the NPCs, … Continue reading Bait and Switch? Or, Compulsive Behavior — My Reactions to Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2

Fantasy Movies: Conan the Barbarian

Fantasy movies have struggled for respect. Unlike science fiction, it’s been difficult for fantasy to find its feet and be taken seriously. And the culprits would appear to be the writers and the production companies. You can point to award-winning science-fiction movies like 2001, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Terminator or even Back to the Future, but for … Continue reading Fantasy Movies: Conan the Barbarian