Backseat Gaming

My girlfriend is definitely more of a gamer than I am.  I don’t really pay much attention to what is coming out, or what makes the “best of” lists, and rarely do I care!  But my girlfriend does.

When she plays, I usually sit next to her and watch.  If I can co-op play with her, then I’ll try, but that’s a rare thing for games to have these days.  Lately she’s been playing Dragon Age: Inquisition.  It’s the first Dragon Age game she’s played, and I find myself getting drawn into its mythology.

I kind of want to play the earlier games!  But that may require a bit too much investment of my own time.  But that doesn’t mean I won’t check up on it through the games’ wiki.  I’ve even made my own chronology through the Dragon Age Keep, too.  The question remains, though:  will I ever actually play any of these games on my own?

Brick a brac

We got Lego Marvel Superheroes for Christmas. Much like Lego Batman, it’s a fun game that meshes well with my sense of humor. Sure, the formula’s pretty established by now with the other Lego game I’ve played, but it does make for an interesting variation on the theme. Plus, how could you hate a game where the side quests are saving Stan Lee from all sorts of peril?

Personalizing

Over at the apartment, we’re still moving stuff around from the move. Yes, we’re taking our sweet time, but I keep adding stuff from the L.A. house, and the girlfriend’s been preoccupied by Artist Alley preparations. But the other bedroom’s been cleared out, and some of my bigger items have gotten nice, prominent displays. We still need to get a dining room table, though!

Quarter Alert

I got to see Wreck-It Ralph today!  It was certainly up to the expectations I had for it, and I’m looking forward to watching it again someday.  The story was solid, the acting was good, and the in-jokes were awesome.  It’s hard not to like this movie!  And yes, I probably would consider this the video game equivalent of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  I just don’t think this film would have been as effective if they couldn’t use licensed, established characters – the familiar characters help provide the transition into this new and strange world.

Holiday Frenzy

Another Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone.  I had some nice birthday money, so I did trek out to see some of the Black Friday deals, though mostly during Friday proper.  My girlfriend and I did try to do some Thanksgiving night shopping, but it took a few tries.  The first place we went to was a Walmart that, for city ordinance issues, was not starting their sales until 4 in the morning – 8 hours later than we arrived, and 6 hours later than other Walmart stores.  We found another Walmart with no such issues, though it provided its own problems.  The line we were initially shown to was the incorrect one, and upon learning where we were supposed to be, things started getting ugly.  People in the existing line started arguing with the confused newcomers, prompting the relocation of a security guard to our area.  As soon as he left, shoppers descended like locusts upon the vacated DVDs, tearing down the plastic covers faster than Walmart employees could act.  We decided the extra savings for the video game we wanted weren’t worth the trouble.  Eventually we decided to go to a GameStop for its midnight opening.  We arrived half an hour early and were out within 15 minutes of the store’s opening.

I think you better call

I’ve been on a Ghostbusters kick this week, and I wanted to see if anyone had edited the 2009 video game into a watchable film. 30 seconds of searching showed me it was on youtube in 720p, and only two parts!  I downloaded the mp4 files, loaded them up an a USB thumb drive, and it’s been tonight’s entertainment.  I just popped the thumb drive into the blu-ray player, read the video file off of there, and watched it on the big screen!  We may not have a Ghostbusters 3 yet, but this is pretty damn close!

Back to Back to the Future

I’m a little late in getting to this, but if you can, give Back to the Future The Game a chance.  It’s an entertaining puzzle game that takes place after the events of the movies.  Several of the original cast are involved, as well as one of the writers.  It’s a little goofy, a little cartoony, but it feels like BTTF.  And it’s cheap!  How can you go wrong?