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Jul. 25th, 2017 07:38 pm
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Playing Superhot some more, I'm starting to get the hang of it. Despite the time slowdown, you can sometimes paint yourself into a corner and be totally effed- particularly if you have too many enemies on you at once. Then you get into a situation where there's no where to move to dodge. And occasionally I don't see the trajectory of the incoming bullet right and dodge wrong.

Like sometimes the natural inclination is to continue dodging in the same direction, but since the enemy continues to aim at you, zig-zagging back and forth seems to yield better results.

Also, I've noticed that sometimes its quicker to toss your current gun at a baddie and grab theirs instead of waiting for it to reload. Which does make for dynamic combat scenarios. I like that things aren't set. Like the opening scenario seems to always be the same, and the baddies appear in the same places, but they can end up wielding different weapons. So its not always a matter of following a script and replaying the scenario until you get it exactly right, since one time they might show up shooting you with a shotgun, other times they'll come at you with a katana. So you react differently, which in turn causes the bad guys to act differently.

Of course, the more annoying thing is I looked at a faq to see if there was anything to those various menu options, and learned there are secrets in every level. So you're apparently not supposed to kill everyone until you find a computer terminal you can interact with.

Argh, sounds like I'll have to beat the game to unlock level select to replay those levels. Not that I mind, its a fun game.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 08:23 pm
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So [personal profile] clevemire was telling me about Superhot, and it actually ended up coming out for the PS4 this past Friday, discounted for PS+ members. Had it set to download while I was up in NYC, so it was ready to play when I got back this afternoon.

Its pretty fun. Its a shooter where the premise is time only moves when you move. So you get to plan out your strategy and be where the enemies' bullets aren't. There are two things I quickly had to learn- one, since time only moves when you move, that applies to your shots as well. So you can't actually fire off another shot until your gun has finished firing. Second, its easy to get tunnel vision and not realize some guy has come up behind you. But once I realized that was a thing, I got used to having to check my surroundings to make sure I'm not about to get blindsided.

TV commentary:

Game of Thrones- Some interesting happenings. spoiler cut )

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:07 pm
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TV commentary:

Orphan Black- Ah, I knew they were working towards that! spoiler cut )

This is an anti-rec!

Jul. 20th, 2017 09:38 pm
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I watched Anne With An E, and I absolutely loathed it. I watched the whole thing, because I accidentally started it with my mom, who kept insisting it might become better (it didn't) or, later, might be a decent show if we pretended it had nothing to do with Anne of Green Gables (nope).

The production value is great - I was able to enjoy the costumes and set designs and authentic food, although eventually it became weird how the characters were constantly eating or cooking. The problem with this show is that it is REALLY BAD fanfic. Jerry Boute is made a major character, and from episode 1 it's obvious that Moira Walley-Beckett is trying to set him up as a romantic interest, for absolutely no fathomable reason. Maybe she wants to emphasise the French presence in Canada by foregrounding one of the only French-Canadian characters in the book??

I might easily be able to forgive a change like that, but it proved to be a foreboding of how Beckett approaches canon: imagine her just gleefully tearing up the original books and tossing them across the room. Again, if she changed things with some sense of respect for the originals, in an endeavour to make the stories more suitable for television, that would not automatically be a problem. But Beckett seems to inexplicably think that L.M. Montgomery's original novels were boring and devoid of plot, so she freely invents conflicts and challenges that never would have belonged in quiet Avonlea. This short first season (first? I hope last and only!) contains: a dramatic horse racing scene, a cliff-hanger, a pedo!threat, a housefire, the death of a major side-character, the attempted suicide (WTAF I could scream!) of a major character... and these are just the ones I can mention without really spoiling the plot. So. Many. Unnecessary. Changes!

The actors are very good, not least Amybeth McNulty who plays Anne with an impressive amount of talent - she's the perfect fit - and she does an admirable job of acting out Anne's verbosity, mood-swings, and many many honest-to-god anxiety attacks and flashbacks because this is a "psychologically realistic" production, apparently. But the actors can't save the atrociously melodramatic plot, or the fact that this has very, very little to do with Anne of Green Gables. I hate it! Don't bother with it!

(This review by Sarah Larson is good and only a bit more spoilery than mine.)

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Jul. 18th, 2017 10:20 am
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TV commentary:

Game of Thrones- Lots of setup. spoiler cut )

The Strain- Also setup. spoiler cut )

Preacher- Wow, Jesse's kinda nuts. spoiler cut )

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Jul. 16th, 2017 02:33 pm
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People surprised at the announcement of the new Doctor must not have been paying attention to this season of Doctor Who, since they pretty much foreshadowed the change.

And its weird to me that there are people whining, how is this possible? Gee, its not like we had Missy for the past couple of seasons showing this situation is entirely possible. Heck, there was also The General at the end of season nine. So that's at least two time lords we've seen prior to this who've regenerated into women!

TV commentary:

Orphan Black- Krystal! She's always a fun clone. spoiler cut )

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Jul. 15th, 2017 05:37 pm
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Back in the ATL after the annual HH trip. Its kinda annoying that on the way home, things flow smoothly for most of it (save for the occasional torrential downpour) but as soon as I hit 75/285 things grind to a halt. I shoulda been back before 2pm, but was stuck in traffic for an hour.

TV commentary:

Killjoys- Ah, finally, they address that! spoiler cut )

Dark Matter- ojv('Man, its obvious!') spoiler cut )

Wynonna Earp- Heh, it can't be, because the eps where already filmed, but its funny how these eps seem to answer the criticism/worries people had in previous eps. spoiler cut )