Saturday, July 30, 2016

DOOM Review

A single, three letter, word can completely and utterly sum up my experience so far in playing DOOM, and that word, ladies and gentleman, is FUN. I don't remember playing the original DOOMs when I was but a wee mole, but I do remember playing Wolfenstein 3D and such so I wasn't really feeling nostalgic or anything like that. I don't remember the actual difficulty I've been playing it on but it is set to being harder than I generally play games and I haven't been rage quiting frustrated (almost was there a few times) yet. From the map layouts, the different strategies you have to come up, the different monsters, the graphics and music, the suspense of battle, and definitely the glory kills are just, to me, so friggin FUN. In some cases the glory kills are even therapeutic after taking on a lot of big guys that made you work for victory and you get all angry and pumped and are just like DIE! and then can kill them in such a bloody, rewarding, and body breaking fashion.... -cough- sorry, got a little excited there. I have been playing the game on and off since it first came out and recently made it back to mars after getting out of hell, so I haven't beaten the game yet, but so far I feel that I may even go back and play again to try and find all the secrets and this is one of the very few games that I've felt like doing so with. I generally can't replay games out of boredom (made my MMO life horrible btw). All in all, the game is simply FUN.

One Part of the Freezing Anime I Found Despicable

I really enjoyed the anime Freezing. I thought the action, story, and animation was good. I gave Freezing and Freezing Vibration, season 1 and 2 respectively, 9/10 on though I still keep jumping from 7 to 9, sometimes even as low at 5, when I consider how the anime handled the mental, physical, and sexual abuse Satellizer experienced at the hands of Louis. It actually made me physically ill when they simply had Satellizer forgive him and move on after a single battle between her, Louis, Holly, and Kazuya. Even if you consider the six stages of grief/loss and say she was in denial the anime never again touches on the effects of having such horrors done to her, nor does it ever dwell into how horrendous it truly was for Louis to do the things he did to her. I don't understand, and have trouble accepting, how the anime could brush off something so vile and damaging so easily. I'm not sure if the Japanese culture looks upon sexual abuse so differently from Western societies that the way it was handled would be culturally acceptable, or normal, but it just makes me so angry that the anime portrayed the acceptance of such a terrible act. Excuse me while I go vomit after thinking about this particular situation for as long as I have.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Why Windows 10 Can Suck It

When I think of Windows 10 many, many thoughts come to mind with frustration over the dishonest, forceful, and generally unacceptable ways Microsoft has pushed the upgrade to Windows 10 probably the most prevalent of them. I have two Windows 7 machines, and a Windows 10 Surface Pro 3 (more on the Surface Pro 3 experience during another post) and honestly I don't usually mind  upgrading operating systems if the one I'm upgrading to is decent and gets good reviews. I had Windows XP, skipped the hell out of Vista, went to Windows 7 (Vista Service Pack 2?) and then stayed the hell away from Windows 8. Windows 10 seems decent enough, at least from an operating standpoint but in addition to the underhanded antics of Microsoft in regard to the upgrade, the inclusion of the information tracking and data mining for Cortana and the mobile version of Windows 10 (even though it was a desktop/tablet installation) just rubbed me the wrong way. I found a way around that though, in that I decided to install Windows 10 on a separate raid in my main PC and only have it look at the main raid drive where I would install Windows 10 specific games and dual boot between that and Windows 7. Perhaps not 100% full proof but it alleviated most of my concern and frustration. That was, until, I read an article about how Microsoft lost a lawsuit for making their Windows 10 update prompt accept the BIG RED X as acknowledgement that the user wanted to install Windows 10. Yes, the "Close" X suddenly became "YEP, DO IT" for the Windows 10 upgrade prompt only. Sorry for my language but that is bullshit. Once I read that, my other frustrations such as the idea of yearly OS upgrades that force subsequent hardware upgrades, just like the loop today's mobile industry is in, and the supposed concept that suddenly I'm going to be lugging my desktop around in my pocket like a phone, flared back to life and I decided that no amount of future games is worth becoming another "successful Windows 10 upgrade" stat for Microsoft. So no, it won't make any difference to them, or their bottom line, but damnit, this mole will not be bought and will stand firm against such tactics and corporate policy!