Queen’s Gambit Senator Lindsay Tom Walker V Impressions and Review – Spoilers

Oh, my dear MC, you have no idea.

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If you’re looking for my thoughts on the game in general, please read the first section of my Joao Morais review.

The Good

The MC gets to operate almost completely on her own in this particular spy plot. It’s pretty cool.

Several characters from To Love & Protect are weaved into the story.

I like Tom. He’s not as subtly written as I wanted, and his simplistic views made me sigh at times, but he’s fun to challenge. And the route usually lets the MC do that.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between the two leads when the MC isn’t being inconsistent. They’re equals intellectually and professionally, and it shows.

The rookie ending made me laugh SO HARD after playing Emmett’s route:

Seriously?  That’s all it took?  HA!

The Bad

  • The MC says she won’t sleep with Tom.
  • The MC and Tom are fighting. She gives no indication that she is attracted to him.
  • The MC jumps him in Chapter 3 without any option for me to stop her.
  • Me, yelling at the screen: “WHAT ARE YOU DOING, GAME? He just KILLED somebody for the first time, and I don’t even like him yet! STOP IT!”

It doesn’t go with the story, it’s particularly jarring after Joao’s and Emmett’s routes, and I wanted a CHOICE not to jump Tom. I wanted to see a bad-ass, professional spy, not somebody who would take advantage of their charge. Blargh.

The Ugly

If only the writer had done the same…

Nobody who comments upon the subjects has views on politics, government, bureaucracies, cabals, PMCs, America’s two party system, media, social issues, or businesses has nuanced or consistent opinions. Not the MC, not Tom, not the President…

It made my brain hurt every time it’s brought up. Swapping “democrat” and “republican” in the conversations wouldn’t help the story either (third parties aren’t mentioned at all). I’m baffled as to where the grayness of the setting and room for different opinions present in Joao’s route went.

And then having Tom and the MC go on like they’ve got it ALL FIGURED OUT with no options for the reader to express their opinion.

And then they’re not even consistent.

It’s rough, guys.

Oh, wait. I nearly forgot Emily. She’s consistent – completely bitter, but consistent. I cheered her speech near the end when she starts calling everyone on their crap:

At this point in the story I was actually okay with the worst ending in which Emily wins.  Yeesh.

Bottom Line: If you can ignore the lack of nuance in the political/world view sections, this is a fun read. Try Act 1 next time it’s on sale and go from there.

Voltage Entertainment USA’s Queen’s Gambit is available on iOS and Android.

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JURASSIC WORLD musings

So Jurassic World.
Yeah.
Let’s….yeah, let’s talk about it.

First and foremost, this isn’t going to be much of a review. More of a list of collective thoughts I’ve been able to awkwardly slap together so I could get it out of my system.

- It’s been a good while since I’ve felt the same raw, unfettered childlike fervor as I had felt in JW. My jittering legs, restless hands, and strained facial muscles were all testaments to just HOW EXCITED I was. I literally hadn’t realized how badly I wanted another Jurassic movie until mere days before the release, when I realized that, due to my trip to Atlanta for Shatterdome I would be waylaid in my viewing of the film until the Monday following the weekend release. Thus I spent the weekend in a perpetual storm of frustration rivaling that of the sexual variety.

- The most recent time I had the same crippling elation was during SXSW when Gareth Edwards showed off the partially-finished clip of Godzilla’s arrival in Honolulu. Granted that was on some other nigh-spiritual level of personal awakening than pure nostalgic childhood bliss.

- My initial impressions was one of being impressed with the direction, the relatively snappy, fun dialogue, and the characters, though archetypal, are handled reasonably well and are at least entertaining archetypes. Not unlike Pacific Rim. Though UNLIKE PacRim, these archetypes don’t exactly break new ground. Still, everyone is clearly doing their damndest in their roles and having a wonderful time playing these comfortable, unchallenging characters.

- There have been quite a few accusations of sexism leveled at the film, and while they’re not entirely unwarranted, I do feel that the tropes presented are neither malicious nor hurtful. Though Claire is something of a Sandra Bullock-esque archetypal career woman, she has plenty of quirks to make her endearing and entertaining, despite not being terrible well realized. She also becomes a 100% legit badass by the end so let’s at least give her that.

- On the subject of sexism, there were some reversals on the tropes that were present. Though Claire has some unfortunate tropes thrust at her, Vincent D’Onofrio’s character was presented as an somewhat witless member of the patriarchy by refusing to internalize the concept that the dinosaurs are all female. It wasn’t conscious, but it was a funny character quirk that, if only a little, helped balance it out somewhat.

- Chris Pratt as Owen “Best Human” Brady is a pure male power fantasy wrapped up in a sex symbol. And dammit, it was glorious.

- There were a few welcome surprises in how characters and plot threads were handled. I particularly enjoyed the new park owner (Simon Masrani) and his somewhat foolhardy but well-intentioned hands-on attitude.

- I was honestly surprised at the violence and horror movie elements present in the film. It’s kind of easy to forget that the last 3 films contained some rather terrifying moments, even though they’re all fairly tame looking back on it. Somewhat appropriately, the terror is ratcheted up and the kills climb to new levels of intensity.

- There WAS a scene towards the latter part of the film that I was decidedly against. It was extraordinarily violent, and borderline fetishistic in how incredible obscene it was. It was unnecessary, served no purpose, and was unwarranted. I understood why they WANTED it, but it went on way too damn long.

- There was also a superfluous and melodramatic subplot that did nothing other than remind me how much more deftly Fury Road handled character motivations and backstory.

- The dinosaurs. OH THE DINOSAURS. Now, much ink has been spilled over the presentation of the characters and the insistence of making the beasties appropriately JP-branded, and personally, I’m taking the approach of understanding that Jurassic, as a franchise, can’t innovate like it did in the 90′s. It’s a slave to its own branding. Still, a Microraptor or two wouldn’t have been missed.
Thankfully there IS a wonderful line in the movie that addresses these inaccuracies, and is almost delightfully meta in its addressing of how marketing is presented as a concept in the film.
Ultimately, the dinosaurs look fantastic. There’s a sore lack of puppetry in the film, but there is at least one Apatosaurus animatronic that is GORGEOUS in its execution.

- Doctor Wu presents perhaps one of the juiciest, most fascinating character motivation and potential sequel set-up I’ve seen in a while. Love the Magical Unicorn B.D. Wong.

- DAT. ENDING.

Just preordered the special edition blu-ray with the dino statues.

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Etrian Odyssey: A series overview from the #1 fan ⊟ 

[Ahead of Etrian Odyssey Untold 2′s release, TinyCast contributor Francesco Dagostino shares why the Etrian games are his favorite modern RPG series.]

I still remember the first time I ran into Etrian Odyssey. It was a late mid-November night in 2006, and I was helping a colleague write news for an Italian game site. We couldn’t figure out what an “F.O.E.“ was, so we spent an entire night spelunking online for videos and rare English news, hoping to understand.

Being a fan of games such as Wizardry or Eye of the Beholder and of superkawaii anime (I think Lucky Star was airing at the time) I immediately fell in love with the art direction. I was also very into the idea of playing a first-person dungeon crawler on a portable system, and into the idea of drawing my own map while exploring, so I obsessively kept an eye on the game until it was eventually confirmed for a US release.

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So I just watched this for the first time and there’s so much to yell over…accents/impressions (Orson Welles, anyone?), self-fondling, he looks like he’s watched The Avengers trailer 63 times, he says “I am a fanboy first and an actor second,” AND I NEED TO PUNCHHUG HIM.

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