Archive for November, 2013

Bioshock Infinite: Post-Script.

I decided to wait on doing this review until I actually finished the game, but my workload backed up, and playing games took a backseat to… everything else. The sad part was that I was so close to completing it, had I pushed on for another two hours, I could have finished weeks ago. But finish I did, and here is that review.

Bioshock Infinite doesn’t take place in the underwater city of Rapture as found in the first two titles. While I was surprised to see a revisitation in the second game, this one takes to the air in the floating city of Columbia, and is set even earlier in the timeline. For the third game in the series, the relation to the first two games is not apparent for a long time. Sure, there are upgrades that alter your character’s DNA with unnatural abilities, and the game itself plays out as a first person adventure, but the similarities seem to end there… at first.

Booker DeWitt is a detective sent to find a girl named Elizabeth. There are mentions of “wiping away debts”, and a sense of vaguery found in the previous two titles. Read the rest of this entry

No Longer A Blockbuster Night.

If you’ve been following entertainment news lately, Blockbuster Video is closing.

Realistically, it’s simply a sign of the times. Every year, physical media (movies, games, music, books) dwindles smaller and smaller as it all makes way for an eventual digital format. 10 years from now, we may not even have “physical copy” anymore. Even five years from now, it may be possible. It’s hard to say.

And it makes sense. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video…. And for those who still want a physical something, there’s Redbox. Mom ‘N’ Pop video stores have been dying out for years, having been slowly edged out in the past by the tsunami known as Blockbuster, and now in no small irony, Blockbuster is now feeling that same pain.

This is the actual Blockbuster Video from my small hometown, taken in 2009. Between that and another big local video store called Movieland, they were the “Coke and Pepsi” choices in my town. And I actually worked at this store in the mid 1990’s.

Before then, I went to Movieland to rent my NES games (not to mention they had one of the best arcades in town). There was something so magical Read the rest of this entry

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