Game Night, Video Games

The Return of Movie Tie-In Games

Back in the early days of video games, tie-in games were a common thing. If a big blockbuster film was coming, it would almost always have a game connected to it. Unfortunately, these games would often be of lackluster quality. Which is putting it lightly. The king of them all is, of course, E.T. for… Continue reading The Return of Movie Tie-In Games

Anime, The Mind of a Character

Trevor Belmont: The Vampire-Slaying Drunk (The Mind of a Character)

*Note: I'll be talking exclusively about the animated series version in this post. I love Trevor from the games, but I find the show's take on him to be more interesting and likable. Don't be mad at me, game fans!* Trevor Belmont falls into one of my favorite categories of character: the reluctant hero. It… Continue reading Trevor Belmont: The Vampire-Slaying Drunk (The Mind of a Character)

Books, How's This Book?

Edgedancer: The Only Short One (How’s This Book?)

Written By: Brandon Sanderson Published By: Tor Books Publication Date: October 17th, 2017 Page Count (Hardcover): 272 Narrated By: Kate Reading Link to Purchase Finally! A book in 'The Stormlight Archive' that doesn't take me a month of pure devotion to finish! How refreshing! 'Edgedancer' is the smallest and most digestible book in the series.… Continue reading Edgedancer: The Only Short One (How’s This Book?)

Best of the Beastiary, D&D

Couatl: Your Smarter, Cooler Serpent Buddy (Best of the Bestiary)

Credit where it's due: putting this guy next to the Cockatrice really highlights this monster's divine beauty. The Couatls are one of the most interesting creatures in the entire book! They have intriguing lore full of creative possibilities, a truly beautiful and intriguing design, and some incredible abilities that lend themselves to interesting combat opportunities!… Continue reading Couatl: Your Smarter, Cooler Serpent Buddy (Best of the Bestiary)

Books, Movies

The Many Challenges of Adapting a Book to Film

A common complaint about Hollywood (and an entirely justified one) is in regards to a total lack of originality. Reboots, remakes, and sequels are cranked out practically every month. Among all these complaints, one that has recently gotten much quieter is adaptations. Specifically, book adaptations. These are incredibly hit or miss. There are some adaptations… Continue reading The Many Challenges of Adapting a Book to Film

Energia

Chapter 2: The Mountain Built Atop Glass (Energia: Titans of Verità)

Energia: Titans of Verità Prologue Chapter 1 Anna didn’t remember leaving the police station. As far as she was concerned, her body had simply lifted itself into the air and floated out of the holding cell, through the hallway, into the lobby, and out the door. The sound of officers busy at work surrounded her… Continue reading Chapter 2: The Mountain Built Atop Glass (Energia: Titans of Verità)

Anime, Video Games

The Ups and Downs of Anime Video Games

Video games are an interesting art form when it comes to appearances. Mario has a bright, carefree and cartoon-like aesthetic. Meanwhile, Naughty Dog games like Uncharted or The Last of Us prefer a more realistic graphical style. Many games share the same style, but no two styles look similar. Anime games are an odd exception.… Continue reading The Ups and Downs of Anime Video Games