Wednesday, 9 April 2014

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea

Yesterday I played the second part of Burial at Sea DLC.


Burial at Sea connected Infinite to the first BioShock in a beautiful way. I don't want to spoil anything, but it was amazing how it all connected.

The general idea is that the events in BioShock Infinite happened first, then the events in Burial at Sea, and finally the events in BioShock and BioShock 2 happened in consecutive order. The final scene you see after the end credits in Burial at Sea episode 2 gives you the idea that the beginning moments of BioShock have just happened.

And everything evolves around...
Would you kindly...?
Screenshots from Burial at Sea episode 1:

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Farewell to the First Doctor

I have now come as far in Classic Who that it's time to say goodbye to William Hartnell and his First Doctor. The prospect of it was heartbreaking, similar to when 10th left. I liked 1st! I liked him a lot! And I didn't want him to go.

Hartnell's Doctor was childish, mischievous, cute, clever, stubborn, and funny. He had no time for ignorant 20th century humans, and got easily annoyed when Barbara and Ian didn't understand something to do with technology. He was stubborn enough to always try to get his way. He always took everything in his stride and watched in amusement while historical events unfolded. He also had a sentimental side and was always sad to see his companions go - even those that he didn't ask to come along to begin with.

The companions:
Susan. I never liked Susan. She was too childish, too loud, too pushy, too needy, too clingy. Susan had her prime time during the story The Sensorites, where she showed she could actually do something other than cower. I was actually relieved when the Doctor dumped her in 22nd century London after she had fallen in love.
Barbara & Ian. I didn't like any of them to begin with. They were too cliché 60's for me. But Barbara grew on me and she became someone I became attached to. She showed some self-confidence and ability to act on her own in the story The Aztecs. Ian had a big case of Macho and Manlyman and he never really grew on me. Though I was sad to see them both go. Barbara and Ian belong with 1st in the same way that Rose belongs with 10th and Amy and Rory belong with 11th. It doesn't feel right to have one without the other.
Vicki. She was my favourite 1st Doctor companion. Cute and very young, still she understood things and could easily get along both with 20th century Ian & Barbara and the Doctor. Being from 25th century Earth she called The Beatles classical music and she understood much more of the Doctors technological dravel and could translate to Ian and Barbara in a manner they understood. Vicki had a great relationship with the Doctor, and I really liked her. I was so sad when she decided to leave the Tardis and stay in Ancient Greece because she had fallen in love.
Steven. He never grew on me either. Steven had a big case of Hubris, and I don't think he was ever allowed to really shine in an episode. Felt no real sorrow when he left to help lead the recently united people of a planet (very Tin Woodman).
Katarina. It was obvious it would never work out long-term. Katarina was from Ancient Greece and she never really understood anything that happened around her. She seemed like a sweet girl, but she thought she moved among the gods and travelled with the gods.
Sara & Bret. Brother and sister. Only part of one single adventure and I never got any real picture of them. They seemed rash and haughty, both of them.
Dodo. She was obviously supposed to replace Susan and Vicki. I liked her more than Susan, but Vicki was my favourite. I think my favourite story with Dodo was The Celestial Toymaker. She was in too few episodes to leave a very clear impression.
Ben & Polly. Ben is the first male companion that I've come to like. He seems like a nice boy. He isn't macho and he doesn't believe he knows best all the time. I like Polly a lot. She seems like a practical woman who can think for herself.

Favourite creatures: Daleks, Cybermen and Sensorites.

Favourite stories: The Aztecs, The Sensorites, The Reign of Terror, The Romans, The Time Meddler, The Celestial Toymaker, The Tenth Planet
Least favourite stories: The Edge of Destruction, Planet of Giants, The Web Planet, Gunfighters, The War Machines
“The Ood-Sphere. I’ve been to this solar system before — years ago. Ages. Close to the planet Sense-Sphere.” — Tenth Doctor,Planet of the Ood
TENTH DOCTOR: Ancient Rome, anything goes.  It’s like Soho…but bigger.DONNA: You’ve been here before, then?TENTH DOCTOR: Hm, ages ago.  Before you ask, that fire had nothing to do with me…well, a little bit.— The Fires of PompeiiHistory According to Doctor Who: The Doctor accidentally gave Nero the idea to burn down Rome. (The Romans)
History According to Doctor Who: Guess where Odysseus got the idea for the Trojan Horse. Go on, guess. (The Myth Makers)

Monday, 31 March 2014

The Elder Scrolls Online Imperial Edition and Early Access

After my first beta session back in January I immediately pre-ordered the Imperial edition of the game, and today it arrived. The box was huge xD But the contents are just so awesome :3

Opening the box the first thing I see is the figure of Molag Bal, along with the metal case containing the discs as well as some codes for exclusive content and a map of Tamriel.

The map is huge and puts my old map from The Elder Scrolls Anthology to shame. Though my old map includes country borders and cities.

Below the first layer of Molag Bal and the discs was the book. Omg, the book. Leather bound and full of concept art from every single region of Tamriel. Pictures depicting both landscapes, armour, weaponry, architecture, creatures, mer, men and best men, along with some nice snippets of lore. I'm in love with this book.

On top of the Christmas-y feeling from the box, Early Access started yesterday and since I pre-ordered I got the codes for Early Access and signed up for it as soon as I could. This time I've abandoned the Ebonheart Pact, which was the only one I played during beta sessions. Along with Ebonheart I've abandoned the familiar landscapes of Skyrim and Morrowind. Now I belong to the Aldmeri Dominion and I love the scenery of the Summerset Isles. Though I do have mixed feelings belonging to the Dominion seeing as they are the horrid Thalmor in Skyrim that outlawed the worshipping of Talos with their White-Gold Concordat :/ There will always be Nine Divines.

Now there'll be food and then there'll be gaming.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Oz is following me

So last week I started reading the book The Wizard of Oz. I have never seen the movie or Sound of Music, so I thought it was finally time to see why the story had lasted over 100 years. I also learned that there are 14 books about Oz, but it was only the first one that was made into a movie and a musical. The book I have is actually a collection of three of the books of Oz: The Wizard of Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, and Glinda of Oz. Since I had a total of 8 hours on trains to look forward to the past weekend I decided that I'd make that book my train entertainment.

The Oz-books were great. It was obvious that they were written for children, but they were really well made. It was also obvious that Baum took a lot of inspiration from Alice in Wonderland. There are only two things that bother me. In the first book, The Wizard of Oz, the Tin Woodman wants a heart so that he can remember how to love the girl he used to love before he was made of tin. But when he gets his heart he doesn't go back to the girl (he also assumes that the girl is still waiting for him), but instead he becomes the Emperor of the Winkies and builds a castle in the West. Dafuq? The other thing is that in the second book, The Emerald City of Oz, Dorothy is travelling around Oz and meeting a lot of interesting people. One of them are the Cuttenclip people. They are all paper dolls. One of the people in Dororthy's company asks what the paper doll people does when it's raining and they answer that the witch Glinda the Good cast a spell so that it doesn't rain in their country. Two paragraphs later Baum claims that it's always nice weather in Oz. So how would anyone in Oz know what rain is?

While I was reading the book I started to feel followed by Oz. About halfway through the book this picture shows up on my Facebook wall:

And Once Upon a Time started again only recently and they introduced who? The Wicked Witch of the West and Flying Monkeys. I'm prepared to see a lot more from Oz in the coming episodes of Once Upon a Time. Looking through the promotional pictures on Once Upon a Time's Facebook page there'll be a whole lot of Oz elements coming round soon.

Oz is following me around. But I don't think I mind. It's kind of like being followed around by Wonderland - totally awesome.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Recent readings

I decided to actually deal with my backload of unread books this year and I'm off to a good start.

In January I finished Lord of Souls by Greg Keyes. It's the sequel to The Infernal City. Both of them are books set in the Elder Scrolls universe, and I had a lot of fun reading them!

Then I read my first Swedish book in years. Read all about that here.

Now in March I've been on a roll this far. I read the fourth volume of Sandman and now I can't wait to get my hands on the fifth.

I also read the first book in The Undertaken Trilogy called Death Watch. I'm not sure how I feel about that one. It was painfully obvious that it was the prelude of a series and most of the time it felt slow. But at times I loved it and the excitement was on top! I'm still not sure whether I should get the second book of the trilogy or not. There's a risk the second book, Mistle Child, also will be a prelude to what happens in the third book, and also will be mostly slow. The third book isn't even available at the Sci-Fi bookstore and it was released last year :/ So if the second book also is a prelude then I won't be able to buy the third book easily to get the conclusion. But I have time to think about that. The first book did offer a sort of sense of completion in the end, so I can wait.

Yesterday I started and finished a Death Note novel. Death Note is an immensly popular manga that I read and loved years ago. I also bought that short novel years ago. It's only 200 pages so it didn't take me very long to finish it. Mostly I sat there aggravated that the main character was so painfully slow in realising things. I connected the dots way before she did and I just sat there reading and waiting for her to catch up. Not the best read I've had :P

Today I only just started with Steampunk Poe. It's a collection of the most popular Poe stories and poems accompanied by steampunk illustrations. I know steam technology hadn't even reached it's peak by the time Poe died, but I love Poe and I love steampunk. This book was just too good to pass up on. I've read a fair few of Poe's tales before, but I have no problem re-reading them. You can ask my Harry Potter books how I feel about re-reading ;)

All the while I was reading these books I was also reading short story after short story in Necronomicon. I'm not easily frightened, but reading At the Mountains of Madness was nerve-wrecking, to the point where I became paranoid and had to look over my shoulder after every paragraph to make sure there was no one there. I was listening to music while reading and the drums in the beginning of a new song made me jump. I also had trouble sleeping that night cause all I could think about was gooey monsters with tentacles yelling Tekeli-li. That was the first of his stories that actually affected me in a way I think horror is supposed to affect people. I bow to thee, Lovecraft. All due honour to you.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Elder Scrolls confessions

I was looking for something on Google (don't remember) and came across one of those confession images from tumblr. About Skyrim. I wondered if there were any for Oblivion, and there were. I wondered if there were any for Morrowind, and there actually were. So here goes a post about my own Elder Scrolls confessions, told to you through the images of others.




I'm too tired to play now, but I think maybe this coming week I'll play a lot of Morrowind.