Blog 556: Torchlight

They say that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. I was vaguely interested in Torchlight at the time, but based on its status as a digital-download-only title and rumours that it was just a cash cow for an eventual MMO, it fell by the wayside (ain’t no way I’m funding an MMO if I can help it).

Then offered it to me for free. Free. What kind of man would I be if I refused?

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Blog 555: Movie Night V – Part 2

People make this “living alone” lark look easy. Spoiler, pal: it ain’t.

With Prince of Persia last week and a Princess of Mars (John Carter) plus new BBC drama The White Queen this week, it seems like this year’s theme is “royalty”. I guess  Robin Hood: Beyond Sherwood Forest doesn’t entirely fit that theme, though it had a side character prince in it.

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Blog 554: Movie Night V

I’m sure that, when I finally leave home, I’ll just not watch television at all. Instead, I’ll spend all night on the computer, lapsing into fitful and uncomfortable dreams. But hey, since I’m still here and full televisual control is a rarity, I’m just going to keep on buying trashy DVDs whenever I get some time alone.

This year, in my first week alone I ended up watching the original Superman, bought Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and continued watching current BBC crime drama series The Fall

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Blog 553: Blog-Life

I remember the first, and only, time I played Half-Life. It was Christmas — I got it along with Starcraft (another disappointment), The Very Best of the Human League and A-ha’s glorious Scoundrel Days.

I had a horrendous allergic reaction to it. I absolutely hated it. The nonsensical story, that nasal suit voice, the lack of music… It basically managed to rub me up so completely the wrong way that I buried it, relegating it to the hidden DVD rack along with Neverwinter Nights and Invisible War. Yes, that bad.

But that was… oh, five years ago? Six? Seven? Maybe it’s time to give it another try. Will the hate disappear, be reinforced, or simply turn to abject apathy in the face of aging mediocrity?

Spoilers in here. Do I need a spoiler warning for a 15-year-old game?

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Blog 552: Inhale

It seems like you just can’t pre-order a limited edition Marsheaux album without a crisis. Bonus track compilation E-bay Queen is Dead took ages to arrive because of some quibbling with the manufacturer, and the same thing happened all over again with the limited edition version of their new album Inhale that I gleefully pre-ordered.

Sure, it’s a small run, but once the factory has committed to producing something they kind of have a duty to do so without constantly displacing it for larger clients… right?

Oh, the things I do for autographed loot.

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