Checkpoint: Weekend Movies Edition

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We started watching Blade Runner on Friday. I watched the movie for the first time a few years ago but I watched it on DVD. I thought the movie was good but watching it on a 55″ HDTV was a bit too much for the 480p movie. 

I enjoyed the movie but the grimy and unclear image of DVD left me wanting. This Blu-ray remaster of the Director’s Cut is very impressive. The CG hasn’t aged particularly well but I’m still impressed with how clear everything comes through. We’ve only watched half the movie (GF got sleepy) but I’m finding it a more enjoyable watch this go around. I’m hoping we wrap it up sooner rather than later. 

The girlfriend’s enthusiasm for the Marvel Cinematic Universe™ resulted in us watching Thor: Ragnarok on Sunday. I found it entertaining but it will likely fade into memory as “just another” Marvel movie in my mind. My problem with the Marvel movies (and most superhero movies) is the lack of weight for many of the actions. They seem to treat death in a very Disney manner which is to say: they give it screen time and quickly move on. They don’t seem to care about who lives or dies (except for the faceless innocent masses) so why should I care? I know Thor isn’t going to die; he doesn’t even seemed to be phased by the loss of an eye.  

Speaking of eye: I don’t know if I grew a more discerning one for computer generated imagery or whatever but I found much of it in Ragnarok to be poor. Any time the CG interacts with humans, it stood out. I’m very curious to see how all of these movies stand the test of time.  

I finally saw the credits roll for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There’s still more to do and I didn’t see the true ending yet but I’m currently satisfied with what I’ve played. I’ll be summing up my thoughts with a review shortly. Up next? Super Mario Odyssey. 

 

Checkpoint: ResetEra Edition

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Last week it was the death of NeoGAF. This week, it’s all about the birth and rise of ResetEra. ResetEra is essentially the successor to NeoGAF – in name and in technology. The ethos behind the forum remains; don’t be a jerk. The strict moderation and registration processes continues but now the forum is powered by XenForo which coincidentally is the successor to vBulletin which powered NeoGAF. 

I still find myself tempted to visit NeoGAF out of habit and morbid curiosity. It is all but dead with the mass exodus that took place. Some forum members traverse both ResetEra and NeoGAF but the community threads I followed are virtually lifeless on NeoGAF. While it is certainly possible that 24,000+ members are new comers or previously banned GAF members looking for a fresh start, a large contingent of the active community migrated over to ResetEra

I’m flabbergasted with how quickly ResetEra ramped up. The technical team over there have done a marvelous job standing up the website and its influx of members. NeoGAF was notoriously spotty with availability during E3 times so it will be interesting to see how ResetEra will fare under that load. That is: if they manage to draw that kind of traffic.

I’m content with the new “home”. I see a lot of familiar faces in my usual hangouts and all throughout the site. 

Super Mario Odyssey is here but I also have a fair chunk of Breath of the Wild to play. What do?!

Also, Metroid: Samus Returns is a very good video game.

Checkpoint: Death of NeoGAF Edition

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So NeoGAF is essentially dead. NeoGAF will never fully recover from the mass exodus of members and moderators after its founder was accused of sexual misconduct. This Waypoint article by Patrick Klepek details the events that transpired over the past weekend. I will miss the community but I won’t miss the site or its owner. Apparently some community members and former moderators are putting together replacement forums but what will emerge as the true successor to NeoGAF will not be known for some time. 

I loved NeoGAF for introducing me to so many games, stories, music, movies, and wonderful people. The wonderful community even helped me get GameDealsCanada off the ground and introduced me to GiantBomb. 

I love the community’s restrictive application process and lean interface. It wasn’t perfect by any means but it kept a lot of nonsense at the door. I loved the idea behind these strict and lean approach because they wanted to distill the forum to its essence: the discussion. It’s why so many developers and industry professionals dared to wade in and participate. The moderation team — for the most part — kept discussions on track. 

So while we all wait for the dust to settle, I will continue to hit the shortcut on my web browsers like I’ve done so for so many years. Old habits die hard.

I was fighting a stomach thing for the past few days and as a result I’ve made significant progress on Breath of the Wild. I can probably beeline it towards the end in preparation for Super Mario Odyssey but I haven’t felt that urge to do so yet. 

Checkpoint: Buff It Out Edition

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Well, it finally happened. I scratched my 2016 Chevrolet Volt. It was a very dumb mistake on my part. I was careless and didn’t account for a concrete wall. I buffed most of it out by hand but I don’t have the tools to finish the job properly. I brought the car in for maintenance and asked for a quote. I’ll see how much it will cost me to get this properly fixed.

The SNES Classic Edition is a charmer. It needs controller extension cables to be remotely usable in a modern setting. My brother and I relived our child hood and played a bit of our old favorites at my folks’ place. Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Street Fighter 2 Turbo were played.

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