July 2, 2010

I saw this last night.

It was acceptable.

Things happen.  The interesting parts of the book are given prominence over the “no, I love u more” dialog that eats up so many pages of this series.

I had forgotten that the Twilight vampires shatter like marble when killed.  An elegantly hokey solution to a gore-issue that the story will need to compensate for, as the action of the plot centers around War!  A gruesome battle between good, also good, and generic supernatural menace.  So the vampires shattering into marble looks and sounds pretty cool.  That is as much of an actual horror movie as they’ve deigned to go for.

I ain’t the target audience for this stuff.  Why do I insist on following it?

Shock Value is my prized commodity.  The eyeroll and “huh?” when a guest sees the Kiki’s Delivery Service wall scroll in my living room (ladies, form an orderly queue), or when someone spies Gay Sex in the 70s on my NetFlix stream fuels my willingness to experience media that might not be of obvious interest.  It is asinine and juvenile, but to love me is to reconcile with this.  “Let’s watch CSPAN!” or “Let’s watch TBN!” or “Let’s Watch a Left Behind movie!”

I’ve now seen all the Twilight movies, and I’ve read all the Twilight books that have been thus far made into movies.

What am I holding out for?  I’m sure it will be the same misshapen page turner the other three are.


Chrono Trigger XL

April 5, 2010

New DSi XL?

Meet fifteen-year-old Super Nintendo game.

If you’ve never played a Japanese role playing game, you’ve never played Pokemon.

Chrono Trigger  It features refinements on  genre mechanics.  If you are versed in Mass Effect, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, or BioShock, but no exposure to a Final Fantasy game that wasn’t on a PlayStation, Chrono Trigger is an exemplary offering.  Chrono Trigger also  innovated mechanically  in ways that are still present in modern RPGs–even Western RPGs like Mass Effect 2–while refining an existing formula popularized by the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games.

I am a retro-gamer, specializing in late 80s to late 90s.  My preferred platform is the portable remake.  This lets me support work I generally know to be worth my money, as well as freeing me from the anchor of a home console.  The Nintendo DS is the superior device for my endeavors, particularly with the introduction of the DSi XL.  Dual-screen and touch-screen refinements to classic formulas are not always foolproof, but the role playing and adventure genres benefit from a more intuitive “point and click” interface that a touch screen provides, while the bottom screen for statistics, maps, equipment screens leave the top screen free to portray the action.

Upon finally starting a game of Chrono Trigger on a hacked Xbox after over a decade of laudatory praise from anyone I came across who had played it,  I knew what I had before me was worth experiencing in a superior format.  Chrono Trigger DS is everything I could want.