Checkpoint: Bach & Dates Edition

Checkpoint: Bach & Dates Edition

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If someone told me last month that I would be attending Johann Sebastian Bach recitals with a female friend and by lonesome, I would have my doubts. If I someone told me last month that I lined up 3 dates in 5 days with hopes a 4th date sooner or later, I would have called them a liar. 

I attended the first two of Angela Hewitt’s Bach Odyssey recitals. Thursday was with a friend and while it was a bit of a slow start, it ended strong which left me wanting more. The majority of Bach Odyssey I consisted of Bach’s “inventions” which were interesting at times but ultimately very erratic for someone who’s looking for something livelier and more substantial. Inventions were made for students to practice and it was evident why they’re not normally played in public. The two-part inventions were a bit boring at times. The three-part inventions were livelier. 

The recital ended on a high note and left me wanting to attend the second recital. Unfortunately the friend whom I attended the first one with had to go home for her friend’s wedding. I didn’t want to go solo but fortunately, I had a first date lined up on Friday who may have been open to the idea. To my surprise, my date was well versed in classical music and a big fan of the arts in general. Unfortunately she had a prior engagement and couldn’t attend. But she did insist that I attend by my lonesome regardless and I’m glad I took her advice. 

Bach Odyssey II consisted of the composer’s “French Suites” which were a whole lot more entertaining and intriguing than the inventions of the first. My appreciation for the piano and pianists grew ten fold after watching Angela Hewitt crush each and every suite. I never fully appreciated how a single person can play such complex music with just two hands. It was an entertaining performance throughout. 

Friday’s date was overall a success despite my doubts of a romantic relationship developing. I found her fascinating and we had some very thought provoking conversations about our lives and perspectives. I have every intention to see her again; I hope she feels the same — if only as friends. My doubts for something more stems from the fact that we’re just so different in our thinking and our lifestyles. Seemingly the only things we have in common are the fact that we’re both asians and a bit introverted. I have additional dates on Monday and Tuesday. I honestly don’t have high hopes and neither are with the one I’m keen on meeting but instead of dwelling on that fact, I just gotta keep moving. 

I’m still playing Yakuza 0. If I’m going to finish this game, I ought to stop doing the lengthy but enjoyable side content. 

Checkpoint: Trading In Edition

Checkpoint: Trading In Edition

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How much longer will I be able to do this? How much longer will EB Games be around? How much longer will physical games be around? Who knows but this is why I like physical copies still.

I just traded in the following games to EB Games: 

  • Gears of War 3 – $1
  • Super Mario Maker – $26
  • Killer Instinct: Season 1 – $3
  • God of War 3 (PS3) – $0.50
  • Uncharted – $2
  • Uncharted 2 – $1
  • Uncharted 3 – $2
  • Valkyria Chronicles (PS3) – $7
  • Halo 4 – $3
  • Gears of War 2 – $0.05
  • Gears of War – $0.05

I took advantage of EB Games’ “double trade credit towards everything Switch” promotion and got rid of titles that I had HD remasters for. Until yesterday, they allowed PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 titles and I rather have the empty shelf space so 10 cents for Gears of War 2 was better than nothing. 

Now EB Games are giving a minimum of $10 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One titles which means I can get $20 for titles like Metro Redux, Rare Replay and Halo 5 if I trade them in towards the Switch. 

It’s been Picross 3D and Yakuza 0 for most of the week. My brother and I have played the Puyo Puyo Tetris Japanese Switch demo for a couple of days though. What a great game. Looking forward to picking up that digital version.

Checkpoint: Goodbye Drew Edition

Checkpoint: Goodbye Drew Edition

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Many of the long time fans of GiantBomb have a relationship with the site and its personalities that can only be categorized as weird. We’ve grown to know Jeff, Ryan (R.I.P), Vinny, Brad and Drew like distant buddies. They entertain and enlighten us with video game coverage and then some. We’ve seen them change, get married, have children, get bought out, moved offices, moved to different parts of the country, hire new people and see people leave. Aside from Ryan, the core group remained intact throughout the years.

But now the time has come to say good bye to one of the earliest members of the GiantBomb crew, Drew Scanlon aka whitemanblinking.gif, who started out as a video intern, became a video producer and then one of the faces of the site. GiantBomb made this week’s Unprofessional Fridays free and put together a nice little retrospective on Drew starting here.

It’s going to be weird not seeing Drew often (we all know he’ll make regular appearances) but I’ve always felt he was held back from wackier and more interesting things than video game coverage. He did visit North Korea after all. I hope he’s able to live his dream with whatever he ends up doing next.

A Nintendo Switch is in the house and I’m liking it so far. I have lots of little issues with it but as a whole, I’m digging what Nintendo has put forth. I’ve played a bit of 1-2 Switch and took  a whiff of Breath of the Wild to make sure it works. I don’t believe I’ll put it any time into Zelda until I wrap up Yakuza 0 which continues to entertain me. 

Checkpoint: Too Many Games Too Little Time Edition

Checkpoint: Too Many Games Too Little Time Edition

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We’re 3 months into 2017 and I already have a surprisingly long list of games that I want to play:

  • Resident Evil 7
  • Nioh
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda

I had Horizon and Mass Effect pre-ordered but I have cancelled them in order to clear way for other titles like Yakuza 0 (which I’m still playing), Nier: Automata, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Persona 5 not long after.

And I still have this pressing backlog to get through that includes:

  • Pokemon Sun
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
  • The Witness
  • Firewatch

There are just too many games.

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