Tl;dr: 5 stars. Get it now. Longer Review. Spoilers, obviously Brief introduction: In the first book, the protagonist Jason is kicked out of school after being beat up by a school bully named Alex. He begins playing an online game that is run by an AI (Alfred) that is interested in human behavior and follows… Continue reading Awaken Online: Precipice. Short Reviews
Tl;dr, he didn't act like scammers I have met in the past. He was polite and seemed sincere. Most of the scammers I've met in the video game industry go into full-blown histrionics about how they're great artists when they're stealing assets or pumping out 32 games a year that are often re-skins of other… Continue reading A Conversation With Michael Chatfield
Today we will be meta-reviewing Cindy Koepp's review of Edward Brody's Eden Gate. There was some kerfuffle over her review, and I haven't reviewed anything in forever, so this is a good time. In review news, I'm going through the new Awaken Online: Precipice book by Travis Bagwell. It's amazing thus far, I have only heard… Continue reading Cindy Koepp reviews Edward Brody’s “Eden’s Gate” and cursing as an expletive and explanative power
Tl;dr: This movie fails because there are no characters. No one has any motivation for what they do. Superman has no motivation to fight Batman, but it's in the title, so he does that. Lois Lane is trying to solve a crime where Superman is accused of murdering people, but instead of saying, "Hey, these… Continue reading Batman V Superman: Crafting a Horrible Movie
Housing and work updates: Work is great, but looking for a house sucks. The average time from market to buy is around five days thanks to new development, so that means it will be two months or so before I'll be able to go back to the long-form reviews. If I was going to say… Continue reading More Short Reviews – Skeleton King and Luck Stat
Moving! So I'll be out of town for a few days and I don't know how long until I'm really up and running, so this is just a quick review. Quick Reviews: I read two books that almost have the same plot in some major ways, Level Zero: The Next World Series and The Feedback Loop. It should… Continue reading Moving to Nevada and Quick Review
In the previous discussion of antagonists, there were a few take-home points. The villain or antagonist should be specifically geared towards the protagonist. The antagonist should hit the hero in his weakest points. The side characters should serve to highlight the moral dilemma of the main character. The main character should want the same thing… Continue reading Man of Steel: Crafting the Average Story
A tale of Two Batmans If you were to ask, "Who is the most memorable recent movie villain?" most people would point to Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. If you were to ask, "Who is a decent villain in a Superman film?" the answer would probably be Zod from Man of Steel. And if you were… Continue reading Building the Antagonist: LitRPG Analysis. Or why Batman vs. Superman Fails
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