Mass Effect: Romance X Morality

I’ve found it’s hard for even seasoned pundits to predict future trends in games, whether it’s an overestimation of Shadow of Mordor’s Nemesis system or dialogue wheels, the latter of which did persist through the odd (and odd) title for some time but has at least shifted function in the modern RPG space, with its loot shooting and open worlds. I have a feeling this is also the case with Bioware’s signature morality system. … More Mass Effect: Romance X Morality

The Ghost in the Shell Committee

The second episode was not supposed to take that long. And it wasn’t gonna be this, either, but I’m glad it was. Ghost in the Shell is something I can talk about endlessly, on command, so if you ever see me guarding some valuable relic in, say, an Indiana Jones or National Treasure kind of situation, remember I can be easily distracted by phrases like: “Ghost in the Shell’s legacy doesn’t extend beyond The Matrix” or “I kind of liked the American remake.” … More The Ghost in the Shell Committee

Media Criticism: Definitive Snapshots

Recently, I was watching a review of a new movie when I heard something odd. This was, let’s say, a citizen critic YouTube channel guy, which is a label earned exclusively by his sudden insistence on “critical objectivity” in the year of our Lord 2018. Apparently, the gamers of 2005 are old men, and a new generation is taking their place, enjoying zero institutional memory. This old line is stereotypically trotted out in response to others’ disagreeable opinions, that if you, professional critic, didn’t like the movie I liked, you need to be more objective. … More Media Criticism: Definitive Snapshots

Notes on Instagram

I posted my first photo to Instagram late last night, after having used the platform unfortunately for years: let’s not apply scientific rigor, but I posit my following 50 people (mostly women) and never posting anything is the creepiest thing I do. Or, did, now. Blank page on creepiness. But it’s the first time I’ve thought about Instagram, on top of why I’d never uploaded anything. That’s twofold, that I don’t actually do anything to take pictures of, and plus, it’s a girl thing. … More Notes on Instagram

Knowing When to Not: Discretion is the Better Part of Opinions

I went into Mad Max: Fury Road a little bit too strong. Looking back now, it was 100% a nerd territorial thing. In 2015, I loved the idea of Mad Max, despite that I’d only truthfully enjoyed about five-twelfths of the existing films: let’s say half of Mad Max, three-quarters of The Road Warrior, and zero of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. But along with John Carpenter movies and the Verhoeven scifi trilogy, it was part of the canon of the science-fiction cinema I loved dutifully. So much so that I excused the rape scene in The Road Warrior, simply because it was part of my identity to have said “this movie is important to me,” like others did. … More Knowing When to Not: Discretion is the Better Part of Opinions