(A word of warning: Nikki, do not read this post. Close the site now. You have been warned.)
(Another word of warning: This post has nothing to do with Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. If you came here looking for information on said book, I would kindly refer you to someone else. Perhaps Nikki. Despite getting halfway through it last summer, I stopped reading and am unlikely to start up again for a very long time.)
It turns out I did have pride left to lose, and it was all whisked away at exactly the same time the new Harry Potter game was placed in my hands.
I’ve always had something of a disdain for the Potter stories. I read the first book after the coaxing of a friend, and I highly disapproved; and yet I tried reading the second book. I made it halfway through before flinging it across the room in defiance. I would not be put under this book’s spell.
You see what I did there? I made a reference about a book casting spells when the book is about magic. F-ing genius. Moving on.
I watched all of the movies, usually during times when I was either terribly bored or somewhat curious. Movie quality aside, I did not like the general stories. I absolutely despise any story where the actual villain (as opposed to a perceived villain) is not revealed until the very end, and I further loathe when a perceived villain turns out to be a significant ally in the end. I also dislike when children are depicted as much more intelligent than children actually are. I don’t know when the last time you interacted with an eleven year old was, but it’s a safe statement to say that they are stupid. Combine that with the general plotlines not interesting me much, and you’ll understand why I wasn’t really too inclined to go back and grab the books. And don’t try to convince me that the books are better; you’ll be wasting your time.
The last movie entertained me a bit more, and the trailer for the next movie looks really good. I got bored one day and looked at a nearby bookshelf and saw the fifth book laying there. Believe me when I say I was really bored and looked hard for something more interesting, but I eventually decided to pick the book up and start reading. About halfway through, this one warmed up to me. It had an interesting antagonist, and Dumbledore (who was always by leaps and bounds my favorite character) stepped up his game in one scene. Apparently I’m in the minority liking this one, but that’s never bothered me. I just finished up the sixth book tonight, which I think I liked a little less. It had some good backstory and a solid climax, but it felt more like a segway into the next book than a story of its own.
At any rate, I got the game, despite my old defiance toward that Potter boy. For free, no less (apparently EA is not content with paying me a ridiculously large amount of money; they have to give me free stuff too. It’s a cursed life I lead). The reviews are pretty good and I want to see how the Wii controls work out. That still didn’t stop me from feeling a tiny bit ashamed of myself.
But I’m going to move away from Harry Potter now. There are other things to talk about, and this post is big enough as-is.
We have new spammers! People posting on random comments that were left ages ago. If you need some cialis, just go looking through the archive and you’ll find a link in there. I can only assume from their presence that this site has become hugely popular, and nameless spammers flock here to make a fortune posting advertisements in the depths of the site. Or they’re wasting time, but it looks like nobody has told them that. It is so hard to reason with bots these days.
Seal’s music video for Future Love Paradise is the worst music video I’ve seen in a long, long time. On the spectrum of good/bad, it wraps around bad to hit “comically good” but then goes straight past that into “horrifically bad.” When I want to listen to the song, I crank up YouTube in a seperate tab and never open that tab again. And I want to listen to that song relatively often, because Seal is awesome, and if you don’t agree you’re just dumb.
Real-Time Rendering is one of the best graphics books around, which explains its status as the book for serious computer graphics developers. Despite being old, most of the concepts included are still very relevant. Next I want to find a good book on shader development, though I fear I’m going to have to buy one of those online.
Die Hard was a pretty cool movie, if not incredibly over-the-topo at times. Some pretty wicked scenes, though I have to wonder how much John McClain can take before, y’know, getting injured. Definitely funnier than the previous offerings, and it really seems like they’re taking themselves a lot less seriously, which is all good and fine. Kevin Smith’s character might’ve been pushing it, but I haven’t decided yet.
I really wish I had a PS3 so I could play Folklore when it arrives. Seriously, look at the trailers. It’s one of the coolest looking games I’ve seen in a long, long time. Someone pulled out the big guns for this one, and they fired recklessly until they hit solid gold.
Huh. And apparently I’ve inadvertently stayed up all night. Nice.
And the riders will not stop us.