So, this post has been a long time coming since it’s been a while before I last posted and even before that my posting was scattered. I’m not even sure who will read this but I figured any stray reader and the few returning readers who venture cross my blog deserve to know. I’m calling it quits.
Hello, faithful reader! Yes, you!
I figured I’d do a quick little update about where I’ve been and where I’m going. Since it’s been a while since I wrote here.
This last year or so, roughly 14 or 15 months, I’ve been staying in Spain, working on a contract. For most of the time, I just didn’t have the facilities to comfortably play and write about games so I only occasionally, when the urge for HOPA grew too strong. Instead I’ve been focusing on clearing out a bit of my old catalog at work, playing through quite a few of the Artifex Mundi games I’ve accumulated on Steam over the years but never played. Including a few old ones that I just wasn’t very sure whether I had played and if I had, it was a very long time ago.
Perhaps in more interesting news, I haven’t given up on my reviewer dreams, though. Instead I’ve been reviewing books over at Goodreads. You cand find my profile here. If you’re interested at all in books and my review, I highly recommend you go over to read about them. That site really did change my reading habits as it opened up the world of books to me as I before saw its a rather dreary world, filled with fantasy and dull books about reality.
So go check that out if you’re a reader like me! If you’re on goodreads and want to friend me, go right ahead! I might eventually start bringing over my reviews of books here as well but for now I’m gonna keep it over there.
So that’s where I’ve been most of the time. But where am I going? Well, the truth is I’m not entirely sure.
As of right now I’m only indefinite vacation, aka unemployed. I’m taking the time to catch up on a few other things in my life that I couldn’t maintain while in Spain and it’s taking me a while to pick up all the pieces.
But I will definitely be continuing on with my blog as it was for now, getting back into HOPA significantly more but I also want to get back into tokusatsu and Doctor Who, a post I’ve been ignoring to write on for more than a year now. It might even be two years as I’m too lazy to check when I started writing it right now. But it’s been keeping me from watching more classic Doctor Who which is a bit of a sore spot for me. I still have a lot to go on Kamen Rider Gaim as well so I should definitely take a look at that. Literally.
I am also looking into a few other projects I may or may not start depending on various factors in life and my own laziness.
So in short, I’m back home and I’ve improved my conditions at home enough that I can regularly work at home which I couldn’t before so from now on it should be somewhat more regular with updates.
Alright, so as that one steady reader I have may have noticed, my blog posts stopped coming a while back and there’s a very good reason for that. Actually, no there isn’t but I’d like to think that there is.
I apologize for being so late with posting. As I reported a while back, my computer broke. Ironically it was in the middle of me rendering a video that would announce my return to Youtube in a small capacity and all my hard work on that video (it wasn’t much) is now gone in the wind.
The computer breaking basically means I lost everything. I was working on a review of Nevertales: The Beauty Within but all screenshots and such are now gone and it’s been far too long since I played it to give it a fair shake unless I were to replay it which… I’m not about to do. Sorry. Great game, check it out, Mad Head Games deserve all the cred and love they can get.
Hopefully I’ll be able to review another of their games soon.
I’ve also decided to scrap the anime reviews I was working on as they too are simply too faded to remember accurately anymore and thus I don’t feel comfortable reviewing something a month old in my head. My recollection of Wolverine (the anime) was already pretty old when I started the review as I had watched it in chunks over a one year period so that decision was a pretty simple one to make.
The second review I was working on was for Gantz and while fresher in my mind, having watched the entire series in a day or two very recently, I’ve since started reading the manga and seen the two live action movies which at this point would have started to meld into one.
Simply put, I want to give the best review possible, both for my readers’ sake and the product in question. Had I been further along in the review process, I would’ve tried to finish it either way, I’ve done so in the past, but I hadn’t finished putting my thoughts in black on white yet so it would’ve required extensive backtracking to get back on the right path and I’m the kind of person who would much rather go forward.
But my thoughts in a nutshell were:
Wolverine: Fun little romp with a somewhat odd take on a well known character. Much better than its predecessor, Iron Man, but at times the animation was very lackluster and it suffered from poor pacing and uninteresting side characters. It was also a bit too Japanese even for Wolverine’s best. Not entirely unpleasant but nothing I’m gonna rewatch.
Gantz: Very good anime based on a very good manga. Follows the plot pretty much down to the letter for most of it. Has some very good action scenes and characterization but completely stumbles at the finish line and never finishes the race. As I’m now reading the manga, the last and finishing arc is an entirely original creation meant to tie everything up before the series ended prematurely. Which is a shame, there was a lot of potential here, it took a lot of risks and it would’ve been fun to see it come to fruition but oh well. Worth a watch but maybe not watch the last part.
So what’s to come instead? Well, now that I have my computer back it’s time to get back to playing a bunch of HOPA. Doubt I’ll have another Casual Friday out in a week but hopefully I’ll be ready with another one around Christmas. I also have a big review project currently underway that I started while computerless. It involves Asia and drama and spies. Yes, it’s a big one. I’m also gonna try to get back on Youtube as I mentioned before but I have some rebuilding to do on my computer before I can get back to that. I’m lacking a lot of programs so first I need to install all of that again and make sure it’s working like it should. Then we’ll see when I have it up.
But I guess that covers it for now. I hope you look forward to more stuff from me very soon!
Nothing fancy today, just a quick personal update on my current status: I’ve been reduced to a caveman. My computer broke two days ago and today I sent it off for repair… in Germany, it seems. And since that was my main tool for writing, it’s gonna be weeks until I get anything written again. Not that I can play or watch movies or anything so… not much to write about. Guess I’ll just have to read a lot.