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03 February 2016 @ 02:27 pm
So, I've been really slack in keeping this blog thing going.  Mostly I think it's because I really have no idea about what to write, and I always doubt anyone is actually reading this stuff anyway.

Meh.  First order of business it that I wanted to mention that Skyrim kept killing my screenshots.  Literally.  I'd take one, and then go to view it later only to find that it couldn't open in anything and was basically corrupt.  It was driving me nuts, and so I spent ages trying to find out what the problem was, only to realise once finding it that it was something pretty simple.  Apparently, Skyrim hates taking screenshots at a resolution of 1366x768, which just so happens to be my resolution.  It was simple to fix by changing the resolution to 1360x768 in the options menu.  Voila, all fixed!  I could finally enjoy my screenshots.

I'm currenlty playing as a female Nord who is too busy running around doing bunches of side quests to even bother about all the dragons invading Skyrim.  Go me!

I also saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens recently with my mom and baby sister.  I was so happy to see a new Star Wars film, but at the same time I felt that they couldn't quite compare to the original three movies.  On a similar note, I heard that George Lucas was pretty upset about the new movie; saying that Disney wanted a retro remake rather than something new, and didn't want his input.  Though, later the same week he backtracked a bit on what he said, probably from company backlash.  In my personal opinion, I believe that any Star Wars movie would have done so much better with George Lucas, because it was all his vision to begin with.  Nothing compares to the original three in my eyes.  Lucas stated that he sold of the franchise because it takes about ten years to do a trilogy properly, and at 70 years old he's not sure if he'll be around when he's 80.  Here's the news links:



Despite everything though, we all still enjoyed the film.  Since this is a Disney film, and not one done by George Lucas, I'm going to file it away under "alternate dimension" and not part of the canon universe.
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Current Music: Lightsaber by EXO
Queen of Procrastination
26 November 2015 @ 11:14 pm
So just recently I decided to watch Jurassic World, and I was actually pretty excited to see it since I really liked the original Jurassic Park. First up, I want to mention that I may be a little biased because... DINOSAURS! Ahem. The movie itself was directed by Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow), and the official release date was the 11th of June 2015. It stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, and Nick Robinson. I'll post up the small synopsis from the IMBD website.

A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park's newest attraction--a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine--escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Chris Pratt (@prattprattpratt) plays Owen Grady, the fearless Raptor Trainer and proclaimed "Alpha" of the Raptor Pack. The pack itself includes all females, named: Blue, Echo, Delta, and Charlie. Owen seems to have a bad relationship with the antagonist Vic Hoskins, played by D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio). I won't mention why exactly, since that would mean spoilers.

The two cuties in the top image are two of the main characters in the film. The older brother, Zach Mitchell (played by Nick Robinson), and his younger brother Gray who is played by Ty Simpkins (@TYSIMPKINSactor). They both do a marvelous job in the movie, and I was rooting for them the whole time. Nick really brings out the character of Zach, such as when Gray is mentioning about their parents "getting a divorce" - Zach sort of closes off and tries ignore it in his own way, but you can see from his facial expression that he's cut pretty deep about it as it hits him out of nowhere.

The boys aunt is actually Claire Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) who is pretty much in charge of the park under Mr. Masrani. Her character goes through a pretty good evolution, and there's some really neat parts. There's this scene where she rolls up her sleeves and ties her shirt differently, and apparently it's the universal symbol for being "ready to go". It's kind of funny, especially since she spends the whole movie running in heels...

The park itself was absolutely stunning, and I actually watched some behind the scenes footage just to find out more. Apparently the entire main stretch of the park was built, mostly as you see it, as well as a few other locations like the Raptor pen. I found out that the main street of the park that was built was torn down shortly after the movie finished; in my opinion, I think it would have made an amazing attraction to visit. You should really look out for the behind the scenes information, because it's pretty neat and worth watching.

I won't get too much into the movie itself, because that would spoil all the fun if I mentioned everything down here. However, I will say that I had a great time watching it. Seriously though, when there's dinosaurs, there's bound to be trouble right around the corner. I'm really interested to see what they do with the sequel (Jurassic World 2), that they're already organizing. Hrmm, I really hope they bring the kids back because they were honestly my favorite people in the movie. It was great to see such a brotherly bond.

It will definitely be a movie that I'll be bringing out regularly to enjoy, and I'll probably even watch some of the older ones while I'm at it. I'm still kind of wondering what happened to Blue after the movie though, that was kind of sad in a way (and no, I'm not telling you what happened, you'll just have to watch it!).

Official Site: http://www.jurassicworldmovie.com/
Jurassic World Twitter: https://twitter.com/JurassicPark
IMBD: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369610/
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Queen of Procrastination
25 May 2015 @ 04:47 pm
I recently purchased the Humble Bundle pack, and one of the games that it included was The Novelist.

Now, I had heard of the game. Only a little mind you, and I was interested in seeing what it was like. A story about a novelist? Awesome. The concept of the game was really intriguing, and so I buckled down to play it.

I would play in little spurts, and ended up thinking way too deeply about the choices that I was presented with. I wanted to win this game, but each time I made a choice, someone ended up disappointed. That really got to me. Why couldn't I just make everyone happy? It wasn't until I sat back after finishing the game, and realized that it wasn't about winning or losing at all. It was about choices. Good choices, easy choices, hard choices, bad choices, and everything in between. It was a game that really made you think. It was about trying to reach a happy medium. Because isn't that what life is all about? Making choices? Trying to have a life of balance?

I wouldn't pay full price for this game, so I was really happy it was part of the pack I got really cheap. That being said, I did actually enjoy the game. I felt, in a way, as if it were me in a tight spot and trying to work my way out of it. I got disappointed when one of the characters were disappointed or upset, I was happy when things went well. All in all, the creator did a really fine job on this game and I recommend playing it if you can get it on special.

The game itself was created by Kent Hudson, and is available for purchase on Steam, or on the official website http://www.thenovelistgame.com/. Also, if you're quick, you'll be able to purchase it very cheaply from the current Humble Bundle.

I liked the feel of the game, and overall I think that I would rate it about a 7/10. I don't normally play these types of games, so that's a pretty good score for me. The atmosphere was nice, and the house was pretty awesome. I also like the little secrets you can find out about the house's history. The choices were very interesting as well, since you kind of have to juggle things like you would in real life. You constantly keep asking yourself: did I do the right thing? Did I make the right choice? What would have happened if I had made a different choice?

In the end though, when I had finished the game, I had a pretty good outcome. Dan's book didn't sell well, and he only wrote one other after it, but he spent a lot of time with Tommy and helping him with his school work. Dan's wife joined an art group, and had a steady art career while helping a support group, Dan was supportive of course. Little Tommy went back to his old school as practically a new kid; he became one of the most popular kids in school, and went on to become a famous graphic artist. Dan and Linda's marriage was deeper than ever before, and they lived as though it were a life-long honeymoon.

Good outcome right? Despite some of my choices, I was pretty happy with the outcome, though I really wished Dan's book had done much better. If you are interested in another review of the game you should read Am I the Novelist? by Jill Scharr.
Queen of Procrastination
29 April 2015 @ 06:54 pm
So, I'm currently on my first playthrough of Dragon Age 2 for pc. I'm playing as a female Hawke who is a mage, and I'm currently only about seven hours or so into it. The first thing that annoyed me though, was the fact that it wouldn't let me tweak the default face. How rude! However, I heard that this Chargen Revamp Mod allows you to do just that. I haven't tested it myself yet, so I'm not sure how good it is, but it has reached the lists of top mods out there for the game.

I'm pretty happy with the gameplay so far, and the voice acting is pretty good. I've read a lot of good and bad reviews of this game, but I'm just going to try and enjoy myself with it. I am a little annoyed that they seem to recycle maps though, because then it confuses me if I want to go back to a certain area. The developers could have spent a little extra time on the game before putting out on shelves, as there were tons of areas they could have expanded on. It's still a good game though, don't get me wrong. I enjoy playing it!

I also have Dragon Age: Origins for pc now too (it came in the Humble Bundle I got), even though I already have the collectors edition for Xbox 360. Coolies, now I can play on my computer! I love getting games through the Humble Bundle, because it's really cheap and you can get some really awesome games. You just have to check the site regularly until something pops up that you like; and you can donate as little as $1. Not too shabby.

So, when I'm not playing Dragon Age 2 (which is pretty often at the moment), I'm lazing about on Pottermore where I'm admiring the artwork of the chapters and wishing that I could really truly go to Hogwarts. I also like how the art of the chapters reflects what you would imagine from the books, rather than using the movies as reference. I like the artwork a lot, and I like poking about and finding things. Or even making potions if I have the patience. I'm PotionProphecy8360 by the way, just in case anyone would like to friend me; not that you can actually communicate on the site other than sending "gifts" or dueling. But still, as I said, I like the artwork. Mind you, at this point in time I've finished all of the chapters and am awaiting the last "book". I also hope that more things will become available once it's all done, such as the shops we can't currently access. The Pottermore Insider insists that there will be more to come after the chapters have finished, but they haven't said what it will be.

Ugh, I'm going to go play some more Dragon Age 2, and when I've had enough of that for the night I might wander around in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which I have for pc. Or something. Maybe I'll read? I'm sure I'll figure out something...