I won’t lie, I was super stoked to see the Tomb Raider film this weekend. I am a huge fan of the video game series, both the original and the reboot. Of course I had to see the new movie.
I enjoyed it. I really did. They cast an awesome lead, who not only looked the part, but is also a long-time Tomb Raider fan. My wife teased me during the movie when I made a big deal about how Alicia Vikander got the”movements” of the character right. If you want to see an action movie with a badass chick as the lead, definitely go see this movie.
But don’t go watch it as a gamer.
I almost fell into that trap while watching the movie and afterwards when I started to replay the 2013 reboot of the games. No, the movie is not exactly like the game. No, it probably isn’t even close. There were a lot of things I was hoping to see in the film version that were missing because the film went in a different direction. I started to get a little frustrated about it but then I had to rememeber the movie isn’t just made for people like me- the hardcore Tomb Raider fan from the beginning of Lara Croft.
The movie serves as a good introduction to Tomb Raider for people not sure familar with the game or those who haven’t seen the original films. My hope is someone sees it and decides they want to try out the game, so they can experience a more in-depth version of the story. My hope is that we continue to get more badass women role models like Lara Croft in our entertainment. And I hope this inspires more gamers to get into film because we need more video game movies from people who actually know video games.
So go see Tomb Raider. Give money to Square Enix and let them make a another film so video games get positive media exposure and more people want to play them.
Over the weekend, the wife and I finally watched the two Kingsman movies. If you haven’t watched either of them, you’re missing out. The story, the characters, the cast- all excellent. I was surprised to see Colin Firth, the guy from Bridget Jones Diary, kicking some was. Then there was Samuel L. Jackson playing a villain with a bad lisp. I didn’t know I needed that in my life until we watched the movie. It is a blend of silly and serious and the second movie is just as great as the first. If you have a few hours to spare, check out both of the Kingsman movies- you will not be disappointed.
Kingsman: The Secret Service IMDB Page
Kingsman: The Secret Service Trailer
New Year, New You
At least that’s what they say
Imagine it, if you will,
You start fresh every January 1st
A new person with a new life
Everyone always wants to be a new person
Why not redefine the life you’re living
You are you and I am me
But I’ll toast to better decisions than in 2017
Every year I make the mistake of making New That’s resolutions. I call into the trend and make a list of everything I want to accomplish for the year. Why should a specific day signal a dramatic change from not-so-productive to super productive? Why should I feel obligated to do something in January that I wouldn’t do in December?
Okay, December is a crazy time at my job. Nothing gets done in December, but anyway. Maybe I’ll wait until February to make my demands of myself. Or maybe I won’t and just do my thing.
Has a good ring to it.
So last Saturday I participated in Extra Life’s Game Day. It was a 24 hour gaming marathon to raise money for local children’s hospitals. I place for a total of 20 hours. It was both fun and intense.
Every year, you can set as goal of how much money you want to raise. My goal this year, since it’s my first, was $100. I am terrible at fundraising and thanks mostly to my wife, I raised $145. I am super stoked- I got to do sso me I love and help out the community at the same time.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Extra Life, you can click here. If you want t o check out my personal profile, you can visit here.
Happy Halloween everyone!! Trick-or-treating was yesterday, which was super successful. Tonight was the Halloween parade. A first for us. We had tons of fun and the Peanut had an awesome Halloween this year. Here’s her from tonight as Woman Wonder.
So, I decided to put my gaming skills to better use by utilizing them to raise money. Not sure how many of you have heard about Extra Life, but was established in 2008 with the purpose of blending gaming with fundraising for sick children. On November 4, I am participating in a 24-hour gaming marathon. I am hoping to raise at least $100 since this is only my first year.
Since Game Day is almost here, I am trying to put together a schedule of games and get my streaming set up, so I can hop on at midnight on the 4th and go. I’m not sure how success I will be at playing for 24 hours straiught, I’m sure I’ll plan breaks every once in a while.
And although I am streaming all day, watching isn’t required. Please consider donating though. None of your donations go to me. They all go to a local hospital.
My profile at Extra can be found here. Check it out.
In honor of October and Halloween, I have been finding a spooky game to play. I started on Amnesia: The Dark Descent, but I haven’t quite gotten into it yet. Instead, I decided to start one I have been wanting to beat. Dead Space is a pretty awesome series. I have watched gameplay from each of the games and have briefly played the first. Started on it again last night. It’s a lot of jump scares, nothing super scary yet.
For anyone interested in playing something spooky, here are a few suggestions that I’ve played:
- Fatal Frame
- Resident Evil series
- Left 4 Dead series
- The Last of Us
- Slender: The Arrival
- Dead Rising
- Dead Island
- Dying Light
- P.T. (If you scored the demo before it vanished from the PS Store)
Played something super scary? Leave a comment below!
You know, like the Yeti’s that came out? Well, first of all the RTIC and Ozark brands work just as Well? Why does it sound like I’m trying to sell you something? I’m not, I just wanted to share something awesome that my lovely wife does in her spare time.
My wife customizes tumblers. And they look amazing. See below:
Those are just a few of what she’s made. If you to see more of the tumblers she’s done, you can check out her business Facebook page Kreative Storm. She is extremely creative and crafty and I wanted to brag on her a little bit. So, make sure you give her page a look and if you’re interested in buying one, that’s cool, too.
So, you want a SNES mini? Maybe you had one of the original console or you just think it’s cool. It is pretty amazing. It is a great splash into some of the great games the console had to offer. Unfortunately, it is missing some of the other amazing SNES games.
So, once you finish beating the games on the SNES mini, or if you haven’t gotten your hands on one, you should look into downloading an emulator. There are tons of sites to get the emulator, as well as the games to play on it, dubbed ROMs. My go to site is Emuparadise. If you have a Galaxy smartphone, you can actually get an emulator from the Play Store for free. My favorite is the ZSNES, but there are several. Once you get your emulator, check out these awesome games.
- Chrono Trigger
- Illusion of Gaia
- Super Mario All-Stars
- Final Fantasy IV & V
- Secret of Evermore
- Zombies Are My Neighbors
If you only play one of those games, my recommendation is Chrono Trigger. It has a great story, awesome characters, and a pretty great sequel that came out on PSone (Chrono Cross).
Well, just wanted to throw my two cents out there. I wish you luck if you’re trying to get your hands on the SNES Classic. And if you’re doing some emulator gaming later, have fun!