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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Album Review:Fallen

Artist:Evanescence

Songwriters and composers:Ben Moody, Amy Lee, David Hodges, Rocky Gray, John LeCompt


Genres:Rock, nu-metal, pop


Notes:Album art taken from the official site.

General thoughts:Having heard Evanescence was all about angsty rock (something I will never tire of), I decided to check it out. And sure enough, there is not a hopeful song to be found here. Soul-rending agony is the star, sung in Amy Lee's (mostly) good vocals.

Three tracks are quieter and slower than the rest ("Helloand the two versions of "My Immortal"). Those are better when they don't immediately follow a louder song. The whole thing is emotional, kind of creepy (just look at the album art), and worth a listen.

P.S. Before anyone mentions the whole Christian band controversy, I don't think Evanescence is one nor that they are anti-Christian.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Artistic Disagreement 2

All right, all right. I know I've already talked about this, but it bothers me enough to say some more. Why are people so sensitive about other people not liking the same entertainment?  If you haven't seen Awesome Movie X or if you disliked Great Film Y (or liked Unpopular Flick Z), you're an idiot with horrible tastes, or so some would have you believe.

Whatever happened to "To each their own?"

Believe it or not, opinions on movies, music, etc. are subjective. There is no "correct" opinion. Not everyone is going to think that Recent Superhero Film sucked or Rock Hit of the Week was any good. Acting like they should is pointless.

Image credit:stillphototheater's deviantART
You look like this when you do that.

There are trillions upon trillions of movies, TV programs, internet videos, books, games, blogs, pictures, comics, and songs out there. More are being made as you read this. I (along with everyone else) simply don't have enough time to watch, read, play, or listen to them all. And I (along with everyone else) don't really want to, either. It's silly to hate someone for that.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Decay and Mortality


Original


Everyone dies.

This is a fact of life. And "everyone" includes you. But you already knew that.

Something you may not have realized is how close you come to dying every day. Think about it. Do you know how many germs (some dangerous) are on every surface you touch? How many your immune system is fighting off every day? How about the number of reckless drivers you risk running into on your way home? Have you thought about what would happen if you tripped or fainted on a hard surface? What if the roof above you isn't stable? How do you know there isn't a serial killer hoping to make you his next victim? Are you sure that meal you're eating isn't poisoned or spoiled?

Decay and Mortality


Original


Everyone dies.

This is a fact of life. And "everyone" includes you. But you already knew that.

Something you may not have realized is how close you come to dying every day. Think about it. Do you know how many germs (some dangerous) are on every surface you touch? How many your immune system is fighting off every day? How about the number of reckless drivers you risk running into on your way home? Have you thought about what would happen if you tripped or fainted on a hard surface? What if the roof above you isn't stable? How do you know there isn't a serial killer hoping to make you his next victim? Are you sure that meal you're eating isn't poisoned or spoiled?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia on Batman:Arkham Asylum

This was a little hard, since much of what I thought up would work better when I get around to reviewing the sequel. Oh, and the quotes here are from Joker except where noted otherwise. (I can't help it; he got the good ones.) Click here to read my review.



Come on, boys, he's just one man. One man dressed like a lunatic and armed to the teeth. (laughter) Go get him!
-The Joker really isn't helpful when Batman is about to knock you out cold.


  • Victor Zsasz appears as an enemy in several challenge maps.


Joker:Note to self:Need to order more henchmen. Good ones this time.
-Ya think?


  • A few statues of Quincy Sharp have plaques that say "Sanity fighting the madness." Yeah, right.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Game Review for Batman:Arkham Asylum

Premise:The Joker breaks out of Arkham Asylum and takes over the island, leaving Batman to fight the escapees.

Cast:Kevin Conroy as Batman and Thomas Wayne, Mark Hamil as the Joker, Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn, Wally Wingert as the Riddler, Kimberly Brooks as Oracle, Danny Jacobs as Victor Zsasz, Steven Blum as Killer Croc, Dino Andrade as Scarecrow, Tasia Valenza as Poison Ivy and Martha Wayne, Tom Kane as Commissioner James Gordon and Quincy Sharp, Fred Tatasciore as Bane, Cree Summer as Dr. Penelope Young, Duane R. Shepard Sr. as Aaron Cash


Available On:Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC


ESRB Rating:T for alcohol and tobacco references, blood, mild language, suggestive themes, and violence


Genres:Action-adventure, stealth, beat-em-up


Notes:I played the Game of the Year Edition. Images taken from GameSpot and belong to Warner Brothers.


Pros:Gameplay is a lot of fun. Great voice acting for the most part. A story that doesn't suck. Good graphics. Plenty of cool stuff to unlock. You'll want to play it more than once.


Cons:Once you've beaten the game, their isn't much to do. Challenge maps don't tell you which medals you've earned. A little of the voice acting is poor. Frustrating boss battles.




 So you've just taken Joker back to Arkham. Again. And now he's escaping for, what, the third time this week? But this time, he's taking over the island, letting everybody loose, and now Batman (who else?) has to stop them.