11
Mar
2010

Heavy Rain

Posted by Cha

Last weekend there were crazy storms in Melbourne. There was flash flooding, and large hailstones fell in several areas.

This was also the weekend I chose to pick up a copy of Heavy Rain. Almost as soon as I got home the skies opened. Since I was lucky enough not to have any roof leaks or power outages, it was possibly the perfect time to curl up on the couch and give it a go.

Heavy Rain has its flaws, but I seem to be turning into some sort of pathetic David Cage fangirl, and I loved it anyway. I don't recommend it to anyone with triggers, mind.

I don't want to talk too much about the game itself, because I don't want to spoil the experience. Since most of game stores in Melbourne's CBD sold out on release day (unless you know where to look) there are plenty of people who haven't had the opportunity yet.

11
Mar
2010

Romance

Posted by Cha

Recently, I had a nice, relaxing evening to myself. I caught up on The Guild, played some Dragon Age, and generally bummed around. Sometimes that's all I really need.

I'm not very good at motivating myself to cook for one, so I wandered down the street to get a veggie burger for dinner. All well and good, until someone decided to pester me on the way home. It's quite common for people to stop and ask for directions from their cars. I get flustered because I'm not great at directions, but I usually do my best. I really did not need an incident to put me further off the experience.

10
Mar
2010

Dragon Age Origins: Initial Impressions

Posted by Cha

I love character creation. I can happily fiddle with sliders for hours trying to create something I'm happy with (and get a sense of their personality while I'm at it). Dragon Age is a good place to look for customisation, though I gather some other games have recently done an even better job.

We have the usual starting point: male or female? I've recently been spoilt by Demon's Souls which has a slider bar for gender, allowing you to be androgynous or anywhere you like along a spectrum. I thought that was pretty awesome, and I sighed a little at returning to the binary choice here. It was expected, though.

10
Mar
2010

Adult Entertainment

Posted by Cha

I've been pondering some ideas about mature entertainment. In particular, about people who will argue that something simple containing a lot of sex and/or violence is far more childish than a deeper story that is suitable for all-ages. The word "vacuous" gets used a lot to similar effect, as people glorify their own more-refined tastes.

This feels a bit inadequate to me. I see the distinction, but the value judgement included in the classification bothers me. There are a lot of multi-layered or otherwise complicated creations that I have very much enjoyed. At the same time, there is a lot to be gained from simplicity. I also find a lot of interest in things that appear simple, but looked at from another angle really are not. It's amazing how often people fail to look for that other angle.

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