A Books & TV Diversion

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I don’t normally talk books, TV or other forms of entertainment outside of the internet and video games, but I’m having an off day where I cannot find anything tech or gaming related to post about.

The Hobbit

I just finished reading J.R.R Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Having finished reading The Hobbit, I have no interest in watching the upcoming Peter Jackson epic.

Ever since I started playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and reading The Hobbit, I’ve been trying to figure out what kind of fantasy I enjoy. It turns out that it’s not one with wizards and  short people with hairy feet.

I want my fantasy with a bit more grit, morale filth and political turmoil.

The Game of Thrones

I watched first episode of The Game of Thrones via The Movie Network free preview. It was a fantastic first episode. It started off with a bit of a supernatural element and quickly found itself in a whorehouse with a midget.

After the initial shock of violence and nudity, political maneuvering was afoot. Learning the characters, how they were related to one another and what roles they played in the political game was part of the fun that continued after the final cliffhanger.

It’s a shame I’m a wee bit late to this party. HBO produces some great shows, but I’ve only taken to a handful of them. I blame myself for looking into these things.

Does your fantasy title feature whores & whore houses?

This may seem crude, but I guess you can determine if I will enjoy a fantasy title.

The seedy side of man makes these fantasy titles much more interesting for me. Take The Witcher, for example. It dealt with racism and the struggles of every day life during those times.

The history books have documented how medieval life wasn’t a black and white world filled with elves and dwarves against the evil orcs and goblins, so I appreciate it when authors mix in a little gray in their fiction.

What’s in My Backlog Right Now?

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Having just finished my second run through Mass Effect 2, I’m left pondering over what game I should be playing next.

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
  2. Darksiders (PC)
  3. Shadows of the Damned (PS3)
  4. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (360)
  5. Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition (PC)
  6. Ico & The Shadow of the Colossus Collection

Seven games if you break it down. Seven games that I’ve purchased recently or have upcoming sequels.

The most obvious answer is to start Darksiders because of Darksiders 2 later this year, but I have Skyrim here and cannot let it stay unfinished like Fallout: New Vegas. To avoid this situation in the future, I’m just going to stop buying Bethesda published role playing games. These games cannot keep my attention.

What should I play next then? I haven’t touched the PlayStation 3 in awhile, so maybe it’s Shadows of the Damned? I hear it’s funny and I wouldn’t mind more funny in my gaming right now.

Checkpoint: Holiday Gaming 2011 Complete?

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I just wrapped up Modern Warfare 3’s campaign which leaves me with just two more “Holiday 2011” games to “finish”: Dark Souls and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

I’ve been playing Battlefield 3’s multiplayer, Modern Warfare 3’s Spec Ops and pondering revisiting Uncharted 3 after the supposed aiming fix drops.

So far there hasn’t been an outright dud which I’ve stopped playing like last year’s Fallout: New Vegas. Hopefully Skyrim doesn’t become that, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case.

I’ve picked up Dark Souls again and my feelings towards that game haven’t changed a bit. Despite not finishing it yet, I may go ahead with a review.

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