January TV

February 5, 2017 at 15:08 (Misc, TV) ()

I thought it felt like I hadn’t watched much this month, I think there were some other one off things from Christmas which I haven’t tracked but nothing is standing out in my memory.

  • Sherlock (S4)
  • Uncle (S3 1-5)
  • Planet Earth II (3-6)
  • Full Frontal
  • Bojack Horseman (S2 1-8)
  • Homeland (S6 1-2)
  • The Goldbergs (S4 1-3)
  • The Daily Show
  • Timeless (S1 1-7)
  • The Code (S2)
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine (S4 1-8)
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Arkham Knight

June 20, 2016 at 14:09 (Games, Misc, PS4)

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I think it’s fair to say I hated Arkham Knight but with a huge caveat of I also really enjoyed it. This was the first game of this generation in which I had any interest but so-so reviews weren’t enough to make me purchase hardware. When Arkham Knight picked up the Best Game Bafta it felt like a good time to give it a go. By the time my end credits rolled I thought it was embarrassing that this game had won the BAFTA. I didn’t take to the game at all and certainly not as much as any of the other games in the series including Origins. The controls have been mangled so so actions learned over three other games now open pointless menus and makes it so much harder to do simple things like switching gadgets so they just don’t get used. Another button quickly calls the Batmobile which is also something you’ll hardly ever want to do because that is another huge problem with the game. Perhaps it’s because I don’t like driving games but everything about it feels wrong and doesn’t feel like Batman. Any Batmobile section brings the game to a grinding halt and destroys any momentum and forgiveness of other flaws that may have developed.

The story is another big problem. I didn’t like it, it’s uninteresting and didn’t make much sense and was full of pointless and obvious twists. It always felt like it was the story that was getting in the way of the game an idea that was only solidified after probably spending as much time in the game after completing the story. Because when it boils down to what the game actually is, it is still great fun. It’s great to be Batman, everything about the other games is still great here. It just gets interrupted by a car chase, race or shoot out. I did keep coming back for more, it’s unlikely I’ll get to 100% but it felt like it was worth working towards it and again apart from the Batmobile sections (apart from the Riddler trophies the only other part I’ve yet to complete are the mines) they are more fun than the story. It made me realise that nearly every open world game has it the wrong way around and it’s all the smaller side quests that should be the focus. A story could come along and interrupt things and that would make much more sense. The Riddler’s presence is much more prominent than any of the other villains in the game and that should have been the focus. As you’re trying to sort him out other “plot” could happen around you. I thought the same thing about other games such as Tomb Raider where exploring and collecting trinkets was more enjoyable than the story. It’s something I hope the new Zelda game will get right.

So a love/hate relationship. The mechanics (once you get over the dodgy controls and stop opening menus) are hugely enjoyable and the reason why I kept coming back. Definitely more fun once the story was out of the way and the Batmobile was never required.

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May TV

June 5, 2016 at 11:41 (Misc, TV) (, )

Last month’s TV in rough order of preference:

  • The Good Wife
  • Last Week Tonight
  • Togetherness
  • Follow The Money
  • Marcella
  • Vinyl
  • The Goldbergs (S3)
  • Gotham
  • Silicon Valley
  • The X-Files
  • Agents of SHIELD
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Wallander (2/3)
  • Undercover
  • The Last Man On Earth (S2)
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Indian Summers
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine
  • Plebs

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March TV

April 4, 2016 at 15:34 (Misc)

  • Vinyl
  • Parks and Recreation S4/5
  • War and Peace
  • The Night Manager
  • Master Of None
  • Cuckoo
  • Agent Carter
  • Happy Valley
  • Gotham
  • Cradle To Grave
  • Walking Dead
  • Trapped
  • The X Files: The Essential Collection
  • The Good Wife
  • Marvel Agents Of SHIELD
  • Stag
  • Inside Amy Schumer S3
  • The Goldbergs S3
  • Making A Murderer
  • The People V OJ Simpson
  • The Muppets

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Aaaaaaaah + Q&A with Steve Oram

October 24, 2015 at 11:00 (Misc)

Hyde Park Picture House

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Gruff Rhys

February 17, 2015 at 20:00 (Gigs, Misc, Music)

American Interiors at The Brudenell, Leeds.

With support from Gwenno.

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Music Shoebox June 2003

June 23, 2013 at 21:27 (Misc)

Music Shoebox June 2003.

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The End?

June 16, 2013 at 20:08 (Misc)

So I think this is the end, not of the Blog but of forcing myself to try and write something every week. It’s just not working out anymore.

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The End?

May 19, 2013 at 20:42 (Misc)

As I stated last week trying to post to this blog every week is becoming harder and harder. It’s not that I don’t have things to say but I’m struggling to find time, mainly because I’m (not) doing other things.  I’m trying to clear down some of the many things I’ve recorded, read some books, watch some DVDs and play some games and all the time thinking I’m supposed to be doing something much more important.

My other projects have also ground to a halt. Music Shoebox isn’t as interesting as I had hoped mostly down to some fairly boring music selections I made 10 years ago. I’ll try and continue, I do like the idea and hopefully something more interesting will turn up further down the line. At the moment it’s just a last minute rush at the end of each month to listen, rip, tag and write about 10 year old music.

The Numbers photo project was always going to get harder and I’ve been struggling with the post 50 numbers. The gap between each photo is getting bigger and bigger. I’m currently on 72 and have been for three weeks which is odd because I could get the number 73 bus to work and see it most days, just never at a right time to grab a photo. The endless nature of this project and no time constraints means this project can just continue and so it will.

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Blogging

May 12, 2013 at 22:08 (Misc)

I think it was sometime early in 2011 that I decided to try and write a blog post of some kind every week. I’ve more or less managed to maintain that schedule even when I didn’t have time or inspiration to write anything of any real worth. This week I’ve ran out of time, I’m supposed to be writing about Lovefilm and Netflix or 10 Things I Hate About The Internet or perhaps the TV BAFTAs or any of the many other vague ideas I occasionally have. Instead I’m writing for the sake of writing and ticking something off a rather pointless list of things to achieve. Mission accomplished.

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