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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

World of Warcraft Cataclysm

Just when you get out, you get sucked back in.. I took about a month off last fall. And I was kind of hoping to stay out of it. But, economically MMOs are a pretty good bargain for their cost. But that is inversely proportional to the amount of time it sucks out of your life usually.

For $15 a month play as much or as little as you want. Which is basically skipping one trip to McDonalds a month. But your time just evamporates into this netherworld of digital addiction.

Well, Blizzard has done it again. I logged back in with a 10 Day Cataclysm Trial to have a look at the new stuff. I'm not very interested in starting any new characters. Even though all the low level content has been redone pretty much. I would like to have a high level Priest and Mage for Horde. But I already have Alliance ones. I guess this is the best time to do it again, seeing as the content has changed. And with about two years between expansion maybe I can squeeze in a Hunter as well. Or just spend the money and transfer them over. But at about $55 a pop that isn't likely I don't think.

Anyway, back to my point.. The new zones I got to look at being Mount Hyjal and the underwater zones have been pretty good. The usual hunt this, collect that. But they look fantastic. And I haven't gotten to play underwater really since EQ 1. And the mechanics they added really took away the annoyance of being underwater. The Sea legs buff, letting you walk on the ocean floor, and still be able to lift off and swim. And the quest chain that gets you a Seahorse mount. Which Is awesome. Too bad you can't use him in any underwater environment.

Archaeology I only started to get into, but was interesting. But I was finding it a little sparse looking for dig sites.

Overall, I was finding it more entertaining than I did TBC or WoTLK when I first started those expansions.

At any rate I don't expect to see Blizzard get any real serious competition until Bioware releases Star Wars The Old Republic. But, then that's also two different genres. So, may not be a head to head much anyway.


Well.. after watching the bulk of Season One this weekend I don't think I will ever be able to watch Law and Order ever again. Not that I've watched it on some time anyway.

But if you have any interest in a legal drama / Mystery / Thriller at all then this is the show for you. It took a few episodes for me get going with it. But I like the cast, Glenn Close is great, and I'm just loving Ted Danson as this slimy dirt bag character. And there are enough strings and threads going on, that I hope they get wrapped up at the end of the season. Because I'm not entirely sure who is working for who, and doing what exactly.

Not recommended for people who don't like to think much or need their answers hand delivered on a silver platter.

Watch it now

4 out of 5 stars

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Tron : Legacy

It's been so long that I no longer clearly remember what the original movie was like. But I can say that the sequel was basically a summer FX popcorn movie released at Xmas time. The is little to no substance to the movie. And a great deal that doesn't make a lot of sense.

We know why people had to eat and drink in the Matrix.. But it seems to make no sense why they would do so in the Grid. And the Portal that the movie seems to be centered on, that Clu doesn't want them to reach, or is so dangerous and heavily guarded to reach.. has a train that runs straight to it..

Anyway, enjoy it for what it is.. A Sci Fi version of 2012.. eat your popcorn and enjoy the ride. Just don't think a lot about it after you leave the theatre.

Rent it..

2 stars out of 5

Little Fockers

I don't see too many comedies these days that actually make me laugh. They just don't make them like they used too. Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Midnight Run, Meet the Parents, Austin Powers I even the original American Pie..

Well, this isn't one of those movies. It was interesting to say the least, as the characters move along through time since the first one. But, little seems to have changed. I haven't seen much of the second installment. But, Jack is still spying on Greg. Has his secret basement spy lab, and now we see that like Inspector Gadgets Arch Nemesis has Jinxie sitting there with him.

Suffice to say, the best parts of the movie are the very end. And that wasn't Dustin Hoffman deciding he made a mistake by turning down the job and then getting it back. It was DeNiro getting loaded into the Ambulance shouting Focker to get Gregs attention only to have the EMTs wondering why he was cursing. The best was during the credits.. The Jack Byrnes Remix.

Wait for a Rental..

2.5 stars out of 5