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As things stand, these pieces of hardware seem to have little long term excitement around them. I wouldn't mind modable consoles. I'm hoping VR has a place in the future of this industry. Right now, I'm more than content with what I have.
Another thing to keep in mind is that as the medium gets older, more developers are exploring and melding. It’s why RPG leveling mechanics are so commonplace today from The Witcher III, to Far Cry 4, to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. This is natural. It happens to literally every other medium of art and entertainment. Movies, television, books, and music. Imagine trying to delineate all the different forms of rock from punk, to classic, to psychedelic, pop punk, alternative, and countless others. It’s not a hill anyone needs to die on, but if you want to just know I’ll be stepping right over your decaying corpse as your crusty lips mutter “Mass Effect 3 is too shallow to be an RPG.”
I know I have some differing tastes, but that’s because open worlds are one of my favorite genres. To see such an increase in bad ones ripping on the GTA or Ubisoft formula that I don’t find all that great in the first place, is aggravating. I want more developers bringing unique ideas to the table. Horizon may riff on Ubi-worlds but it improves so many of the little things while making a gorgeous world populated by countless natural wonders. Breath of the Wild is sold on the idea of being one with nature. Yakuza and the early bits of Sleeping Dogs accepts that gamifying an entire modern city is a near impossible feat, so there is a focused vision to provide quality over quantity. Final Fantasy XV runs with the idea of a road trip though clever limitations. Open worlds can be great and revolutionary as they were when the genre first started. We just need more visionaries behind the wheel.
If anything, all of this should be a testament to why you should be mercenary in your allegiance to consoles and massive corporations. They offer a lot of cool shit, but not without plenty of faults. Given the chance, they’ll fuck you right in the wallet if they think they can turn a profit. But yes, the Xbox One isn’t complete and utter shit. Bravo.
Still, I want to finish it. I want to see how it all ties together. It seems unfair not to, and some part of me is hoping I’ll have some sort of revelation and at least come out the other end with some semblance of enjoyment.
Coming off Rogue One I was reminded a great deal of KOTOR II. It’s a darker, more grounded and thoughtful take on a series often filled with more family friendly adventures. Certainly terrific adventures, but I have a preference for heady fiction. Also, I quite like the notion of training my own force users and moral ambiguity provided by the smaller narrative details such as the grey jedi. It's been a long time since I've done as much
I do enjoy writing for myself. With every group I’ve worked with there has been issues. Some large, others small. Early on the first couple places I wrote for lacked identity. Writers met weekly quotas, and I occasionally spoke to an editor for simple corrections before publishing or obtaining review copies. Speaking of which, getting my first review copy was pretty great. I was “lucky” enough to cover a terrible Deadliest Warrior game and had a physical copy sent to my house from the publisher. Review guideline sheet and all. Considering most places send out codes theses days, it’s kind of neat piece of history I have lying in a drawer filled with mementos.
Mushi-shi takes place in a fictitious version of Japan during the later years of the Edo period. That’s roughly the mid-1800’s for you, a time where Japan was firmly isolationist and the industrial revolution had not taken hold. In Mushi-shi a wandering medicine man of sorts named Ginko travels the serene countryside, encountering creatures known as mushi. Essentially ethereal beings that most humans can’t perceive and can often cause supernatural happenings. The show takes on a very calming tone, where Ginko is wandering in gorgeously animated landscapes solving the problems of small villages and discovering the mysteries of the natural world. It’s a methodical, relaxing watch with little traditional anime action or melodrama.
“This year, Road to the Show will now sprinkle in true-to-life interactions in a documentary-style presentation. As your career unfolds, you will occasionally interact with coaches, managers, representatives, and more, facing choices that can influence your future path and your road to the show. Your actions, their effects, and the narrator’s insights explore beyond not only your on-field performance, but also your off-the-field aspects of being a professional ballplayer.”
You might think that means I hate it, I don’t. It’s a good game, just not up to the standards I hold Bethesda to.
Not to sound like a miserable alcoholic, but I do partake in a good drink at home alone every now and again. Mostly while writing, but in general, drinking helps me relax. Breath of the Wild is relaxing all alone. It’s really easy to soak in the utter beauty and tranquility of its world. Throw a few beers into the situation and I’m particularly at ease. In fact, that's actually what I'm going to do right after I post this blog.