07/22 Good Game, Old Sport
07/24 The Half-Read Prints
In addition to my resurgence in watching anime, I’ve taken up the first season of Hannibal. I’m nearly done with Season One already and I am really enjoying it. This show’s dark visuals are horror movie quality, to say the least. A few were more stomach-churning than any of the blood and guts in any horror movie I have seen in recent memory. The acting is also solid.
Other than the sporadic ARAM, I’ve been working on Cook, Serve, Delicious and Shinobi (PS4). I also have tossed in some Hearthstone. All are fun, but nothing worth discussing.
For my next read, I am working on The Girl with All the Gifts. It’s a fairly recent science fiction book. The plot on the back of the book was sparse, but I picked it up anyway after a strong review from io9 (which previously gave me Ancillary Justice, which I loved). I’m only a few chapters in, and I think it’s going to be really good.
Ride in my #Blogysphere
Doone’s “Game Guys That Straight Guys Would Date” will likely be an odd duck for many of my fellow heterosexual comrades, but I am quite fond of the subject. Nothing annoys me more than a typical male who is all for shameless female eye candy or blatant faux-lesbian scenes who can’t handle male eye candy and who gets offended at the mere suggestion of another male’s attractiveness. I know I am not alone in voicing my sexual reverence for the beauty that is Monsieur Hugh Jackman. Would I sleep with him? Probably not. Would I giggle profusely and feel a tinge of jealously that his beard his better, his abs are more cut, and his singing voice is better than mine if I saw him IRL? Definitely.
Scott Rankin recently published a very fun poem over on his blog. Being the peculiar person that I am, I decided to read it aloud for all to hear. Since the poem reminded me of my Southern roots, I decided to use my accent. Check it out:
My pal Eri is back again. This time, she has a compelling rant about how so many MMORPG fans cower back to the safety of their factory-manufactured gameplay, constantly wishing for the next new MMO to change its ways to accommodate their every need. MMORPG Gamers: A type of gamer whose exposure to infinitely mutable, changeable games have rendered them all into entitled assholes.
A final shout out to Liore who shared with me that WildStar’s tumblr had reblogged my Gameranx review. THANKS LIORE!
Let’s Hear That Again
On my gaming as sports post, Jeromai laid down his own personal definition of the word:
“I guess to me the definition of a sport is on a fairly broad scale. It has a bit to do with athleticism, a lot to do with competition, the idea of mastery gets involved, which includes both mental (morale, dealing with stresses) and physical (fine tuning your body to do what it’s being asked to do) and if it allows for spectators and vicariously putting yourself into a ‘champion’s’ perspective or cheering on for a chosen flag/team/color for the sake of entertainment and catharsis… it’s more or less a sport to me.”
Words Gamers Use
It’s not live yet – I am still writing my initial batch and finalizing formats – but I thought I would throw down a public preview of a new side project I hope to launch very soon. Basically, it’s a ‘word of the day’ Twitter account for game, gaming, and gamer-related words, but done in the style of one of my favorite works, The Devil’s Dictionary. If you are unfamiliar with Ambrose Bierce’s masterpiece, it is essentially a dictionary, though the definitions are all quite cynical and often humorous in their honesty.
Here’s your sample:
— ©™urphy (@ctmurfy) July 26, 2014
This must be one of the greatest episode titles in anime history. pic.twitter.com/8hXZIgebwY
— ©™urphy (@ctmurfy) July 23, 2014