A Change in PaceSo after my little spiel on Religion I decided to make my next entry on something that is dear to my heart. That is Video Games with one series in mind. Now I need to say that I only have a PS3, I'm no Sony fan-boy but it is my console of choice. I like both the 360 and PS3 I just like the PS3 more. That being said there is an approaching game that I've been anticipating more than when I lost my virginity. That game is God of War III.
Now the God of War series and me go way back to its first release in 2005 and it has changed my life, literally. When I first played the original God of War I was amazed by the Greek mythology that was present in the game. I wanted to learn more about the Gods, the Titans, the creatures etc. So I started to research them and became fascinated in the mythology but I also discovered the History of Greece, which fascinated me more than the mythology. I became more and more fascinated by it, took a class or two in High school on Ancient History and became more and more interested (mind you this was all before 300 came out). When I was deciding to make my choice for my University Major I did a victory lap to make sure I knew what I wanted. When I was choosing my major the second time I choose becoming a Classics Major (which focuses on studying on the History, language, culture, art, architecture and archeology of Ancient Greece and Rome). I can trace my fascination of Greece back to the original God of War and I have not regretted my choice in my major. Classes are fun (with the exception of Latin, learning a dead language is always difficult) and they have always been insightful and been very informational (as they should be).
With God of War III out in less than a week I can't wait to see how the trilogy concludes and the fun that will be had in slaughtering the Olympian Gods.
P.S. I am aware that in my previous post I stated that I was a History major. The two are often confused and integrated and it's easier than constantly explaining what a Classics Major is.
Oh Me of Little FaithI've never really touched on this subject as it is a very touchy one. Most people try to avoid it and avoid confrontations about it. I'm just here to discuss it, and that subject is Religion.
Now I have been an atheist for as long as I can remember. It was never from some revalting book or movie (most people seem to think that Zeitgeist is the doctrine for atheism, which it isn't) but more of an upbringing. I was raised by two scientists who often used facts to prove points. I was introduced to religion fairly late (which was around 6) and had already had a firm set beliefs. I thought that it was preposterous and did not believe it and have not since. I have given religion chances though, I've been to Catholic Church for Sunday mass, I've attended a Synagogue, attended a Pentecostal Church and attended at Buddhist Temple, but none have convinced me to change. Now understand I'm not anti-religion, it has inspired many great things in the world (one of my personal favorite being Renaissance art, I am a History major after all) but I cannot deny that it has been the source of great pain and suffering (the Crusades, the Inquisition, Witch burnings, A large part of the trouble in the Middle East etc).
That being said I do love to learn about religion and the myths surrounding them. I love the myths of ancient Greece, and found the stories in the Old Testament to be quite fascinating, but that's all I see them as, myths and stories. I have studied various religions (Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Greek and Roman Polytheism, a bit of Islam and of course Christianity) and have enjoyed learning about each one. I am quick and firm to stand by my beliefs and I have a kind of live and let live policy when it comes to religion. If you don't come knocking at my door at 6 in the morning, then I won't answer the door with a glass filled with something that looks strangely like blood (really corn syrup and food coloring).
I believe that all faiths should be respected and this does include my own which has been under attack of being in-morale and 'a threat' since the time of Socrates. Now I say this understanding that many religious people are very tolerant of people who have different lifestyles or beliefs and I'm writing this more as expression of my beliefs (something which I've been meaning to write about somewhere for quite sometime now). Any who I feel like I've rambled on enough here, feel free to post comments about whatever you believe.
PainThis will be a quick one and just really an update on how I'm feeling. I got my wisdom teeth pulled out yesterday and I have just been great (insert sarcastic tone). I can't chew much and the painkillers don't relieve a lot of the pain. Again just a quicky.
I Be PissedSo.... I was planning on making my next entry to be on my views on T.V. (namely my praise for 24 and utter distaste for most T.V.) but that will have to wait. It has recently come to my attention that one of my possessions has gone missing. Not only is it missing but it may well have been stolen. Needless to say that I am less than pleased (hell, you could even say pissed) about this. What went missing was my 30 G iPod which I have had for years.
Now I know iPod's go missing all the time and one that's stolen isn't a big deal, however, the way in which (at least that we speculate) it was taken is what pisses me off. On Friday night my roommate had a few friends over in our room for some drinks and to have a good time. Those friends then invited some of their friends (whom we did not know) over and it was starting to get crowded. Now I've got a bit of a problem with tons of people in a tiny space, jumping around (and nearly jumping on my PS3) and just straight out pissing me off. Eventually I had enough and went out for a walk (that lasted around an hour and a half) and hoped that when I got back that things would have calmed down. When I got back things were quiet and I crashed pretty hard that night (it was past 3 am when I got back). Saturday was calmer and I didn't notice anything.
However this afternoon when I was looking for it I was dismayed that I could not find it. I started to search every place in my room searching for it and began to ask around to see if anyone knew what might have happened to it. Then I was told that one of the guys that was over on Friday had a history of stealing things. So at this point it has just been speculation that he might have taken it. Either way my iPod is missing and I'm not happy. I have had one ray of hope, an iPod fitting what mine looks like was found by a Don and was taken to security for the lost and found. So I'll be heading there tomorrow (when it's open) to hopefully claim what might be mine.
Update timeNew Year new entry. This one's gonna be a bit scattered because of several new things that have happened to me. First I'm back at university suffering through my classes. Second (and probably what i'll be talking most about) I finally saw two movies that I've been waiting to see for a while.
First I saw Avatar. Now I must say that my experience was diminished by the fact that I had to sit basically at the front of the theater (not my fault, I didn't expect it to be very full on a Wednesday afternoon). I saw it in 3D (of course) and I throughly enjoyed it. The 3D was beautifully done with it thankfully being subtle as opposed to being all in your face. I was however less than impressed with its plot. I'll admit that it was well adapted into a futuristic setting with the Navi taking the place of natives but overall it's Dances With Wolves in Halo. That being said it was a fun filled 2 1/2 hours that was worth every one of the $14 (I hate movie ticket prices).
Second was the very entertaining Sherlock Holmes. While it did not have the 'wow' factor that Avatar had I still enjoyed the just as much if not more than Avatar. Funny script, good historical recreation of Victorian London and Robert Downey Jr. is just too good to pass up. The way he depicted Holmes was genius (so much so that he got a Golden Globe for it, Here's hoping for an Oscar) and the need to pay attention to the small details was very useful in it's 'What the hell is going on?' moments. Overall I'm not sure which movie I enjoyed more, Avatar had amazing visuals and the 3D experience was amazing but it fell a little short on its plot. Sherlock Holmes on the other hand had a terrific plot, amazing acting and RDJ. I can't say for sure which one I enjoy more but I can tell you this. When these movies come out on DVD (Blu-Ray for my PS3) I'll be first in line to get these both.
P.S. Feel free to post which one you enjoy more, if there's another that you like more, or even if you don't like either of them.
Web comicsWell it's that time of year again where everyone's happy and joyful (or at least pretending to be) in the spirit of whatever holiday the celebrate at this time of year. However (judged by the title of this entry) I'm not here to chat about our winter celebrations. So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and a Happy Life Day (I apologize for the nerdy Star Wars reference).
What I'm going to be writing about is a phenomenon that has greatly shaped how I enjoy the internet. That being said it's web comics that i'll be talking about. Now I have to say that I'm relatively new to the web comic scene (started following it about 3 years ago) but I have enjoyed the entire process. I started out with VGCats which, like pot, opened up a whole new world for me. Through that I discovered many other sites that I have incredibly enjoyed (including RvB). At the moment I have two favourite comics that I read like an addiction. They are Tim Buckley's Ctrl Alt Del and Ryan Sohmer and Lar DeSouza Least I Could Do . Both of these comics have been extremely enjoyable to read and I always look forward for when they update. These comics contain what I truly enjoy in reading comics. First they both have a regular posting schedule that they follow. They are never late and maintain a steady amount of comics for the week (LICD updates everyday and CAD updates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Secondly, and this is the things I enjoy most is that there is progression throughout the comic run. They aren't all one shot comics (although they do make a few) and the storyline builds on itself with its progression. Now there has been some criticism towards this (namely with CAD) as the characters become older and in many cases more mature, which makes a select few people believe that the comic is no longer good or 'funny.' One of the best examples in this is in CAD when one of the characters had a miscarriage. This caused a backlash against the comic as people believed that he had gone too far or that he created sadness some place where it didn't belong. This I openly disagreed with and sent Tim an e-mail (along with many other supporters) stating how this kind of creation makes better and more human characters than the ones who never face hardship. It was his comic and he did have the right to create what storyline he felt like and have it take whatever direction he felt like. Myself and other loyal fans have continued to ready the comic and have enjoyed both the progression and the one shot gags.
The comics that I recommend for anyone looking for something to read are Ctrl Alt Del; A comic about gamers, Least I Could Do; the adventures (often sexual) of Rayne Summers, Looking for Group (made by the people who do LICD); Fantasy adventure comic with a sarcastic wise cracking undead warlock, VGCats; funny one shot but be prepared for missed updates RT Comics; because they paid me to say it and finally Ball 2 That; A comic about Balls.
Anyone who wants to talk or make a comment feel free to make a post.
What a New Entry?Well it appears my effort to update more regularly hasn't come to fruition since it's been a whole month (right down to the day) since I've last posted. As a part of my life side not much has changed. Exams are coming up and new classes start after the Winter (also known as Christmas) Holidays.
My new entry is about something that I touched on in an earlier post, gaming. More specifically grand releases of November. I'm happy to say we had the stupendous releases of Left 4 Dead 2, Assassins Creed II, Dragon Age Origins and grand daddy of the all Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. While I enjoyed all those games I'm going to be touching on MW2 as it has been the most 'news worthy' so to speak.
MW2 has easily been one of my favourite games of the year and I've been enjoying my time with both the single player and multi-player experience. My friends and I enjoy our time playing Spec-Ops and on-line over X-Box Live (I believe I stated in one of the earlier posts that I own a PS3, I'm happy enough to say that one of my friends on my floor also has a 360). What I want to 'discuss' is a mission that occurs in the Single player Campaign. This mission (in case you can't guess) is No Russian. Anyone who hasn't played it just ignore this post as this gives away some spoilers. In this mission you play as a deep cover CIA operative who infiltrates becomes part of a Terrorist organization, the leader of which is the games main antagonist. In the mission you participate in a terrorist strike in a Russian airport. Most of the mission is spent shooting any civilians who are in your way. Now I must say that I don't have a problem with the mission, I feel it was a brave move on Infinity Wards part, stepping into the realm that very few game developers or even media outlets won't touch with a ten-foot pole. There has been a backlash against the game because of this mission as it "encourages Terrorist activity" which is of course complete bullshit. First off, you aren't a terrorist but a CIA agent who is forced to do this act. Secondly, and probably the point thats most relevant, is that it's a game. No actual people were harmed in the mission, and while yes you may feel a bit when you first open fire after you look at some of the people you'll notice that a lot of the sprites look exactly the same. Anyone who is convinced to commit a terrorist action after playing the game A. they should not be playing it and B. they should probably be put into an Asylum. My final point is that there is an option of skipping the mission, which was a wise decision on Infinity Ward's part. This mission is not for everyone and if it's too much for you than skip it. If you want a professionals opinion see Adam Sessler's segment on it Sessler's soapbox (a lot of the points I bring up he does as well)
Enough for now, this entry has gone on long enough. Feel free to post your comments if you agree or disagree.
P.S. I know I'm fairly late in getting in on this whole discussion.
Big Ol' Me is Falling DownSo.... a month huh? I really need to get used to updating this more. Well not much to say is new I'm swamped in University work and I'm starting to feel the pressure. Sure I knew that university was going to be tough but I have an inherent disorder and that is gaming. Now I know anyone in my age group will qualify themselves as gamers but I'm kinda on the next level up. Whether it be challenging my mind with solitaire or going treasure hunting with Nathan Drake at some point in everyday I play games at some point. Now I'm not saying this is a bad thing, for from it. It gives me a chance to relax (for a change) and let my mind wander. My work has not been hindered (yet) by it and I really only do it in my free time (which my parents say I should be using to get a job). I truly love the time i spend gaming and appreciate the down time.
That being my touchy-feely kinda thing on gaming I'll rant a bit now. Recently we had a little holiday (more like festival) called Halloween. On said event I dressed in costume (along with everyone else) an attended a kick ass party in another residence. Afterwards I headed back to my residence alone (needed some food) and lord behold i was literally tackled from behind. Next thing I knew two guys were trying to kick me (my costume was fairly baggy so it was difficult to tell where one body part stopped and one began). I pushed them off after they landed a few kicks (most notably to the head and neck) and they ran off. Under normal circumstances I'd kick those kids asses but I was still hungry (and those kids could run pretty fast). I wasn't hurt (except for a bit of swelling on my forehead) and wasn't overly pissed off. That being said when my friends (both girls and guys) found out they made it their mission to hunt down these pricks and beat the crap out of them. Now this was a surprise for me. I told them what I remember they looked like (my mask was knocked loose and I couldn't see for most of it) and they set out to find them. They were unable to do so but I appreciated the help. Now we're searching through Facebook pictures in order to get a match.
I just have one final message to the douche-bags that attacked me, we will find you, we will hurt you. You hurt one of us, we destroy you all (I am fully aware that chances are they aren't members of RT but it still feels like it needs to be said).