In Games, Trailers on
June 12, 2016

Watch: New Mass Effect: Andromeda Teaser

So I may have been a bit late joining the Bioware fanbase, but it’s worth knowing that Mass Effect is currently my all time favorite game series. It’s for that reason I have a high level of investment in the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda. This new game takes place galaxies away from the previous trilogy and Commander Shepard, following a new group of adventurers in the vastness of space. We have yet to receive much more information, other than that the crew is on the search for a new place humanity can call home, but it certainly has my attention regardless. We now have new (albeit blink-and-you-miss brief) footage of the game released at E3 earlier. Amidst all the devastation today, news of this game has been a bright spot for me so I wanted to share it here as well. Watch the behind the scenes teaser below:

In Film on
May 20, 2016

Celebrating Jimmy Stewart

So today, May 20th is classic actor James “Jimmy” Stewart’s birthday and I have decided to celebrate by sharing a few of my most favorite films of his. I encourage you to check them all out if you haven’t already! Or you know, indulge in a marathon to celebrate a delightful actor and his contributions to film.

5. The Shop Around the Corner, 1940, dir. Ernst Lubitsch

4. It’s a Wonderful Life, 1947, dir. Frank Capra

3. Rear Window, 1954, dir. Alfred Hitchcock

2. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939, dir. Frank Capra

1. The Philadelphia Story, 1940, dir. George Cukor (also a top film of all time for me)

In Film, Games, Trailers on
May 12, 2016

Watch: Michael Fassbender in First Trailer for ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Film

So I’ve dabbled in the Assassin’s Creed games on and off – mainly I played through the famed Desmond “Hey Wassa-Matta-You” Miles saga. Overall I enjoyed these, and intend to play more when I have the opportunity. When I heard there would be a film adaptation, as with any adaptation these days I was skeptical. I will fully admit I loved every Mortal Kombat and also the Tomb Raider films with Angelina Jolie, okay. Don’t judge. But it’s tricky to recreate the experience that goes with playing a game through just watching.

I thought at first for sure they would adapt Desmond’s story, and obviously there will be similarities regardless, but my interest was especially piqued when it was confirmed the film will feature original characters within the verse. I’ve since followed news for the film, which boasts a cast including star Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and my personal favorite Michael Kenneth Williams.

Today the first trailer has been released, and I feel compelled to share it here.

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April 15, 2016

Girl Meets Game: Lingering Glances and Country Dances in Visual Novel App ‘Regency Love’

So about two weeks or so ago I stumbled upon a little gem of an app called Regency Love. After a while of self debate, I decided to give it a go for a few reasons. First, I always love a Regency romance. I had played another game called Matches & Matrimony, inspired from the works of Jane Austen, that captured my heart but in comparison now seems a bit formulaic. Also, I figured I could use something easy to play during breaks at work and in the waiting room for appointments. Little did I know the game would end up occupying so much more of my time, because it is just that delightful. So much so, I’ve decided to make it my first review and real post here at the new blog.

captionIn Regency Love, you play the role of a young lady coming to terms with life after her father’s passing and perhaps finding marriage to secure your future. To start, you are given the chance to name your protagonist or you can go with the default offering which was Catherine Fairchild, nicknamed Kitty. Coming up with names for my characters in games has always been my biggest struggle, so in an attempt to not put off starting the story any longer I stuck with Miss Fairchild. I was immediately struck by the beautiful art – especially considering I play this on my tiny iPhone screen, and soothing music. But my favorite part of the game has to be the rich assortment characters. The charming town of Darlington hosts a number of citizens, each with their own fun personality and story. I found myself eager to talk with everyone – even poor Mr. Digby, stressed as it seemed to make him. There is your concerned but well meaning mother, your longtime best friend and confidant Miss Earlwood, the meddling and melodramatic Mrs. Norris, the town’s bickering champions Mr. Winslow and Miss Ingram, the fragile and sweet Miss Ashcroft and finally but more importantly Lord Fat Cat himself, of whom I will speak no further to not spoil his enigmatic role.

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