While I’ve been paying so much attention to the 2017 March Mammal Madness and my fantasy baseball leagues, things have still been happening that I wanted to pay a bit of attention to.
Relaunch of TSW
First up is the relaunch of The Secret Wold as Secret World Legends. I’m kinda of mixed feelings on this since I’ve been meaning to head back into the wonderfully fun and creepy world of TSW for a while now. I’m wondering what this relaunch means and how significantly things’ be changed. I mean, sure, I’d like to see updated and refined combat and improved graphics to go along with the great story of the game, but I’m not really sure what they mean when they say it’ll be a “Shared World Action RPG”. Does that mean it’ll be more an MMO any further? Or more like Marvel Heroes or Destiny? Will the still be raids and dungeons? Or just the quests?
I certainly hope they are able to keep the MMO flavor and not get rid of the group and raid content while adding in more action elements, but I’m not gonna hold my breath.
Justice League Trailer
The trailer for Justice League is out and…where’s Superman? He’s conspicuously absent from the video but we do get to see the other big players. I think with Wonder Woman, Superman, and Aquaman, the DC movie universe is a lot more ‘demigod’ heavy than the Marvel cinematic universe so it’ll be good to see how they do things differently. I’m really hoping DC gets it’s act together for this movie and for the Wonder Woman movie coming out soon.
My big fear from the trailer is that not only did they not show Superman, but I don’t know who the bad guys are. Are they gonna have a real bad guy with good characterization or are they gonna cop out and go the Suicide Squad route by just having humanoid shaped targets for the superheroes to pummel? As I’ve mentioned before, I really believe that the measure of a hero is how well developed the bad guy is.
And I hope they dont do the Suicide Squad thing where we are forced to sit through the heroes’ dossiers listing off their likes and dislikes. The trailer doesn’t give me much confidence for this.
While everyone in Hollywood is gathering to spout their political ideologies at the Oscars, I’ll be going through my very long list of movies and TV DVDs from one of my favorite actors. I don’t know what his political leanings were and like the rest of the actors in Hollywood, I really don’t care what they think about anything other than acting and maybe fashion. But I am honesty shocked and saddened to hear that Bill Paxton has passed away.
As I looked at his IMDB page, I actually see he was in the Texas Rising TV show I recorded but haven’t gotten a chance to watch yet. I’m sure he’ll be great.
I don’t think he ever won an award, but the movies he was in were some of the most memorable and I grew up watching them. He did get a nomination for Big Love, and I loved him in that series. Hell, I loved him in everything he was in.
According to the Terminator wiki, he’s one of only 2 actors to have been killed by a Terminator, and Alien, and a Predator – three classic SciFi movies.
He will definitely be missed. I mean who can forget some of his best lines…
As a Punk in Terminator…Nice night for a walk, eh? – before he teaches the Terminator to curse – Fuck you, asshole!
Or as Private Hudson in Aliens – Game over man, Game over!
Or when Ripley talks about how Newt survived – Why don’t you put her in charge?
Or as “super spy” Simon from True Lies – I have to lie to women to get laid. And I don’t score much. I got a really small dick, it’s pathetic.
So many memorable roles…he will be missed. I pray for his family and friends and know they will miss him more than I do. I’m mostly sad I won’t get to see his iconic acting in movies to come.
Morning Ramble January 23, 2017 in which the new Star Wars movie gets a name and I make progress in Destiny.
Star Wars VIII
I was going to simply post about my progress in Destiny, but when I got online this morning, I saw this from Starwars.com…
Is this the story of the end of the Jedi Order? Or is this the story of Luke as the last of Jedi remaining and the start of a new Jedi order?
I am so looking forward to the continuation of the long running story. What’s Luke been up to all this time? Will he teach Rey to be a Jedi? Or Finn? Will we get a real villain rather than an pale emo imitation of Darth Vader?
I can’t wait!
Now I want to get back into SWTOR.
Destiny: My first Archon
So apparently the first boss I faced in the “tutorial” was easy. He was the first opponent that had a shield, but Rahn, the Devil Captain was not to difficult to take down even with the weak weapons I started with. I guess I was supposed to upgrade my abilities before facing him anyway so I could have used my grenade. Either way, he wasn’t too difficult and I was able to get my ship and head to the city.
Afterwards I had to figure out where everything was and follow the steps to get my first “real” mission – Restoration. Basically, I had to head back to where I found my ship to see if I could get a Warp Drive. Fortunately before I started out, I attained level 3.
After figuring out how to get back to the planet and locating where I found my ship, I quickly dispatched the general mobs. There’s a learning curve to following the mission tracker, but I think I figured it out. It’s more difficult to understand where I need to go at the start of a mission than while I’m moving through the quest, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it soon enough.
I had a few wrong turns but eventually the tracker lead me to my main objective. The Fallen had taken my Warp Drive and I had to face off with Riksis, a Devil Archon, in order to get the vital piece of equipment. This guy was the real thing…at least for a level 3 hunter like me (and one with middling shooter skills).
Riksis was tough. He had a shield but he also had a pretty powerful gun and a ton of hit points. I was so glad he moved slow and I was able to hide behind things to kite him pretty well. If this battle took place in the open, I’m pretty sure I would have been a sitting duck. As it was, he kept summoning minions which became a pain. Every time I would kill them all off, he would call another bunch that would keep me pinned down. The cover mechanism worked well for me, but it was taking forever to bring him down. The frustration was increased by the fact that my “new and improved” gun turned out to be a single shot automatic rather than than the full auto machine gun that I started with. I suppose I should read up on the quest rewards before I make a selection…my bad.
My 2nd bad was becoming impatient and running up to melee range on Riksis. Ouch!!!! He hits hard. The fact he just summoned a bunch of friends before I ran into his fist was not good either.
It was only one death, and my first on top of that, but I should have know better. The guy was at least twice my size and had some serious armor on…I should never have gotten anywhere close to his fists.
On the second try, I swapped out my “new and improved” gun for my beginning machine gun. I also used my sniper rifle to take down the minions faster. Finally, I remembered I had grenades…DUH!@#!
If I want this to be fun rather than frustrating, I gotta pay more attention and understand my abilities and weapons better.
In the end, I defeated the Archon and got the Warp Drive I needed for my ship…Mission Accomplished.
Alabama has had a monster of a football team for the past decade. They’ve won 4 of the last 8 NCAA football championships, but last night they met their better. Last night, in a rematch of last season’s championship game, Clemson beat Alabama 35–31. It was a fun game to watch and I was surprised that the underdogs, that I was rooting for, managed to pull off the upset. I suppose, maybe, I shouldn’t be though since practically every college game I watched this year saw the favorite lose – including the Rose Bowl which was another great game. It’s a game like last night’s that really has me enjoying college football more than the pros. Congratulations to the Tigers!
March Vol 3
The NCAA football championships also has ties to my recent reading in graphic novels. About a month ago, I read through the first volume of Southern Bastards which features a high school football team that is a conduit to getting into Alabama for college ball. But not only that, the current book I just finished deals quite heavily with Alabama, though not on the football field.
March volume 3 deals with the March from Selma to Montgomery Alabama in 1965 and the trials and struggles of African American civil rights leader John Lewis. The 2nd volume of the graphic novel won an Eisner this past year and I am pretty sure this 3rd will take home a prize in 2017. This book has it all – soaring highs and devastating lows, inspiring sacrifice and horrific brutality, saintly non-violence and ugly intolerance and racism. I think this entire series, co-written by Representative John Lewis, who was the main character in the book, is something everyone should read to gain insight into the reality of the civil rights movement. When you hear about the riots caused by the likes of Rodney King, the Freguson shooting, Black Lives Matter, and protesting the election of Donald Trump, I really think these people should take a break and read about how real civil rights leaders made a difference and changed the world – not with violence, but with love.
This 3 volume series is definitely worth a read.
Just saw this trailer and am looking forward to the movie. I enjoyed the Lego Movie, so I think this one should be good as well.
In the final installment of the 4th episode of 6° 2.0, I take a look at Leaflocker who unfortunately hasn’t posted since the Blaugust event.
UnwiseOwl over at Leaflocker made a successful run at posting for each of the 31 days of Blaugust. The last one posted on August 31st, was also the last post that he’s put out so far. I’m hoping he’ll pick things back up now that 2017 is here as I think the blogosphere needs more creativity like his. This last post puts together a ‘quiz’ that is pretty cool. In it, he has a series of videos in which he sings a song with lyrics that relate to a best picture Oscar winning moving to the tune of a song that most people would recognize. While the singing could be better, I like the idea and was able to figure out each of the tunes, bands, and movies he was referencing. You should give it a try – if I could do it, it’s not too difficult, but it was fun. Hopefully he’ll be back to Leaflocker in 2017 with more creativity.
My 6° posts will be back and hopefully more regular in 2017.
Finally I’ve found an app that will help me find movies and TV shows on all of my streaming accounts. It’s always been such a pain in the butt to try to find something…anything to watch from any of the 5+ services I am a member of. For so long if I wanted to see if something was on Amazon Prime I had to go to their app (or web site)…for Netflix…their app…for Hulu…their app…HBO Go…you get the picture. It’s such a time consuming and tedious task.
And even when I get into these apps, they hardly provide a decent UI to see what’s available. They may show a few selections that are “popular” but these are usually NOT what I am looking for. Or even worse, they’re ad sponsored.
TiVo is somewhat better – they at least show if something is available on the various services, but you have to search for things pretty specifically. And Tivo pretty much only works when I’m sitting in front of the TV, not when I’m trying to see what to watch when I get home tonight or over the weekend.
Well, somehow I got on Forbes.com earlier today and found this cool article – Find The Best Movies On Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, Every Day.
I downloaded the first app listed, Just Watch and it looks great…at least at first. I’ll let you know how it works as I use it, but right away, it let me find over a dozen movies or TV seasons that I’m interested in. And that was only in the first 10 minutes I looked at it during my break.
Not only does it show movies and TV season, it can break them down by cost…only want to watch something you don’t want to pay for…no problem. A lot of time, I’ll go to Amazon to see what’s available, but they make it nearly impossible to see what’s free and what’s rent or buy. Just Watch makes it simple.
Want to see something from the 1980s? Just Watch allows you to focus on a time range…I don’t even know how I’d do that in any of the other interfaces.
This is definitely something I’m adding to my standard apps on my iPhone and iPad.
Hawkeye Issue 1
A few years ago, I read and enjoyed the 2012-2015 version of Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja and I really enjoyed it. I was sad to hear it was stopped when some Marvel “event” happened that changed all the titles and moved the writers and artists around to other books – so much so, that I’ve basically held off reading most of the Marvel line until it shows up on Marvel Unlimited.
I decided to change that with the most recent Hawkeye title and at least for the first issue, I am not disappointed.
I haven’t been keeping up with all the happenings in the Marvel Universe, but this issue starts with Kate Bishop, not the other Hawkeye – Clint Barton, moving to Los Angeles and trying to make it as a private investigator.
She’s still a superhero though as she breaks up a bank robbery, and she’s still a young woman as she repeatedly points out 6-pack abs in her inner monologue. I found her post-grad, current day, witty commentary refreshing after having read so many 1960s comics recently.
The art is very refreshing as well. Romero gets quite a bit of detail into each panel and the layouts nicely pace the story…quick in some areas, and drawn out in others.
The stalking creep angle is something that I think can resonate with many readers and is a common one for P.I. stories and the ending leaves me ready to grab the next issue when it hits the shelves…which it already has so I’m gonna go read it.
I give this issue a solid B+.
Too Many Passings
The world is a lesser place today…
These three had an impact on the current society in many ways.
Fisher brought a strong female presence to a science fiction universe and helped make Star Wars what it is today – a multibillion dollar franchise that has featured women in prominent roles for decades. She also put a spotlight on bipolar disorder and manic depression which many are still struggling to learn about and deal with.
George Michael won a Grammy with his music and shined a light on the gay community in a time when the world needed to come together to fight AIDS and discrimination.
Richard Adams wrote a lovely children’s book – Watership Down – that introduced many to the fears and anxiety, heroism and sacrifice of the real world through the guise of simple rabbits.
All three touched many lives that are better for having experienced them.
2016 has seen quite a few impactful people pass on (some are mentioned here and here) but at least we’ve been able to have them in our lives in one form or another, and these three will be around for years to come…Carrie Fisher was prominent in The Force Awakens, George Michael was brought up in Deadpool (which I just happened to watch on Christmas Eve), and Watership Down is coming to Netflix as a miniseries.
They’re still part of our culture even now that they’ve passed on and are in a better place.
I just saw what I expect to be one of the best, or at least one of my favorite, movies coming out next year…
I certainly am looking forward to this and can only hope that it meets expectations.
Today was crazy for some reason so I didn’t have any time to put anything together. I do have a few movie trailers I’ve been meaning to comment on so here goes…
The First is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a new SciFi entry based on a series of French comics from the 60s.
The second is hopefully the redemption of the DC cinematic universe…Maybe Wonder Woman can pull DC from the crappy films they’ve been putting out.
Finally, Marvel brings back the musical success of Guardians of the Galaxy.
I’m looking forward to all 3 of these and think they’ll make 2017 a fun year at the movies.