I am currently in the middle of playing Fallout 4 and it is the furthest that I have made it in any Bethesda game so far. My biggest problem often is that I get distracted by the side quests or I get so overwhelmed with what it is possible to do that I just never seem to get anywhere. My problem is that I like to complete all the quests and find all the things, which could practically take forever in most Bethesda games.
In Fallout 4 they have really given me a sense of purpose both in the main mission and with the side quests. The people of the Commonwealth trying to carve out better lives for themselves and their family. Then there are all the people, creatures, and things trying to make those lives a little more difficult. It is driving me to want to do more, but it can get so easy to get distracted. I am curious how much further I need to go on the main quest because there are so many other things that can be done! For someone who likes to complete all the quests it is a real struggle.
Obviously this is continuing in the grand tradition of end of year best of overviews. David did his yesterday and pointed out correctly that this year has not been quite as productive as last year. Although this year has also been a big year because the arrival of Geek Baby made this an exciting and interesting year. When we did have time this year we were able to consume a few things and so with that in mind here are my “Best of 2015”. Continue reading
Posted in Comparative Opinions, Lists
Tagged Fallout 4, Fantastic Four, Good Mythical Morning, Insurgent, Jessica Jones, Kingdom Hearts 1.5, Mad Max: Fury Road, Mockingjay, Parks and Rec, Persepolis, Tragedy Looper
It’s that time of year again – the best of the year reviews! This year we’re going to have three of them, so let’s get started 🙂
Holly and I at least missed a number of things this year, with all our Geek Babying and such, so there’s things that are missed that were perhaps awesome. There’s also some things that are more about them being good for us this year, or discovered this year, or what have you. It’s personal, it’s ours – it’s the best of 2015.
Posted in Comparative Opinions, Lists
Tagged Daredevil, Doctor Who, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Fallout 4, Fantastic Four, Jupiter Ascending, Kingdom Hearts 2, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Philip Defranco, The Force Awakens, Understanding Comics, Warmachine
War never changes. That’s the opening sentiment to Fallout 4, and it’s maybe an underlying concept in War-based Science Fiction. That we can take the way War functions now, and place it somewhere – somewhen – else.
In other words, War is like the scene in The Avengers, when Nick Fury agrees that War isn’t won by superheroes – it’s won by soldiers. And it’s not like the scene in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (the book, the prologue), when the Prime Minister says they should have no problem with the Death Eaters because they have Magic – and they remind him of the problem, that the enemy does too.
In other words, in Science Fiction, the focus on War tends to still be on the experience of individual soldiers, fighting in scenarios we might recognize or understand of War. In Fantasy, you tend to get whole societies going to War – all the elves, all the dwarves, all the wizards, etc. Because they all have powers, or are just all that badass (they’re elves!). Or else you have peasants and such joining in, rising up, becoming heroes. But not your typical soldiers – they’re in Science Fiction.
I feel like a lot of the fighting over things like Science Fiction and the Hugo awards lately has a lot to do with wanting to continue this War-based, kinda-realistic-but-in-space sort of Science Fiction. That it is what Science Fiction is. That novels like Starship Troopers, while good, somehow defined the genre forever.
Okay, so I’ve defined War in Science Fiction separate from Fantasy, and said a piece about how it has existed in history. So for this Science Fiction Today post, I want to go on to look at how the realistic-War type stories can be important for looking at War in a different way from an actual real War, and then I want to talk about how Science Fiction can also step back from War entirely, look at the idea of War itself and take it apart and define it.
Posted in Fantasy, IRL, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Today
Tagged American Sniper, Doctor Who, Fallout 4, Hugo Award, Jean Luc Picard, Miles Teg, patriotic movies, The Forever War, The Zygon Inversion, War, We Minored In Film
This is a bit later than we like to be finishing up our week of blogging. I had the idea for this all the other day… but have been busy. Happily, I got it together! As I’ve said before, I really like Rush, and listening to the 40th Anniversary Tour (R40) album on Apple Music, I thought of these.
So here are some things from our life lately, in pictures and with lyrics by Rush.
Yep, back at work… I’m the “Working Man.”
Posted in Catching Up, IRL, Lists, TV Shows, Video Games
Tagged 2112, Doctor Who, Fallout 4, Immortality, Rush, Weekend Coffee Share, work, Working Man, Xanadu