As many of you already know, we lost famed actor Leonard Nimoy today. This doesn’t just impact me as a Trekkie, but hurts even deeper. From the letters Nimoy sent (in character) to frustrated and anxious youth, to his many awesome accomplishments outside of television alone, there is tons of things about him to celebrate. A lot of the amazing contributions he’s made to media have effected me, whether directly or indirectly. His portrayal of Spock alone helped to push the “to what degree is non-human” trope that authors love into the limelight. In fact, one of my favorite Trek quotes acknowledges this. While I was planning on writing a long post dedicated to Nimoy, I just don’t know if I can right now. But, none the less, he will be missed. Despite that, let us remember him as a both a cherished part of our ever growing fandom and as an incredible person in general.
A couple months ago, that silly South Park finale with popular youtube personality, “Pewdiepie” got me thinking about some things. And no, this isn’t some elaborate shitposting thread dedicated to “how Youtube users like Pewdiepie are polluting the site” or whatever. To be honest, I don’t really care about Pewdiepie or others like him. Now, I’m sure Felix and whatever other popular examples out there are fine people and I hold no grudges against them. But, today I’m here to ponder about what makes these videos so enjoyable. More jumbled thoughts and random rambling after the jump!
I see the bad moon rising… falling!
Just like its predecessor, The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask received an upgrade for the current gaming generation. This game adds significant adjustments to gameplay, graphics, and even quests. While there isn’t too much “new” content, it still feels like a slightly different experience. This title, based on the 2000 title for the N64, is one of the most beloved in the Legend of Zelda series. Like previous entries, this game radically changes up the norm for the Zelda universe; the plot does not involve a fight between Zelda and Ganon, the antagonist is the Skull Kid you sought out in the introduction, and the stakes go beyond apocalyptic! Combined with the existential and occasionally macabre themes, this could very well be the darkest entry in the series. Combine that with unsettling fan theories and notorious fan fiction, and you get a celebrated game for the ages. However, we’re not here to talk about the original game so much as the “Enhanced Edition” (see what I did there?) for the 3DS handheld.
You’ve probably seen the name from time to time but wondered, “what exactly is The Kingdom of Loathing?” As someone whose played the game myself, I’m glad you asked! In short, “An Adventurer is You!” Now, that might suffice for a few folks out there, but for the rest? Well, let me explain!
Kingdom of Loathing is a relatively long running MMO game released by Asymmetric Publications back in 2003. It’s also a free to play game, before free-to-play was cool! Most of the revenue comes from merchandise as well as a donation box fueled by gamers like you! So, while donating gives you cool stuff, it’s not mandatory and the game stands up well enough without it. However, I wouldn’t discover this little gem till mid-2005 and again in mid-2006. The gameplay is based upon choose your own adventure and text-based game mechanics, with stick art sprites as visuals. Adventuring is done through clicking various locations and performing various actions (many of which are displayed in an MMO combat menu). However, the writing is driven by nods towards various popular culture works, clever meta-humor, and amusing jokes in general. So, what makes up this world of stick figures and surreal laughs? Let’s find out, shall we?
So, I’ve been considering moving my weekly reviews to Tuesday/Wednesday for a long time. As such, expect my next true post to be today or tomorrow.
This past year has proved that I am indeed a big fan of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition! Quite a few of my rambling posts involve D&D as do quite a few of my reviews, to be honest. But hey, it’s always been a favorite topic of mine since I first discovered the game as a wee lad in ’95 (’94?). Granted, I was extremely young and didn’t understand what was going on. The few times I played AD&D, i was hooked! Then 3e rolled around and it was cemented as a part of my life! But, we’re not here to talk about my history with the game. And as much as I want to talk about Games Master Appreciation Month (which is certainly something all GMs deserve for hours of volunteer service, haha), I’m gonna talk about my experience with the current game so far, bits of news (or lack of there for), and other hubbub involving the game! Now, this is in part because there aren’t any new movies, games, or whatever that fit the bill of this blog. And if there are, I don’t know about them yet! (So by all means, flood me with ideas!) In the meantime, pull up a chair and grab some funny shaped dice, because there’s tons of geeky rambling after the jump.