9 Books I Read in 2020

9 Books I Read in 2020

Reading is a pastime I’ve come to enjoy more as I’ve grown older. And with my renewed appreciation of the medium came a goal to read more in 2020. For me, digital mediums like film and video games are often more stimulating than books (my blog archive is proof of that). But my entire working…

Beneath its Presentation, Cyberpunk 2077 is a Cybermess

Beneath its Presentation, Cyberpunk 2077 is a Cybermess

After seven years, CD Projekt Red’s highly-anticipated action RPG Cyberpunk 2077 is here, and it’s a cybermess. And I’m not just talking about the apparent lack of polish or abundance of bugs. Cyberpunk 2077 is foundationally flawed: a bizarre Frankenstein monster cobbled together from elements of other, better, games. Many of its gameplay systems are…

Cinema Quickie: Second Skin (2008)

Cinema Quickie: Second Skin (2008)

My nostalgic thirst for all things World of Warcraft has hit hard this year. It’s a pattern that’s repeated nearly every autumn since 2010, wherein the colder weather and dreary days send me spiraling in search of fond memories. And Blizzard’s decade-and-a-half-old MMORPG must be something special because my mind seems to pull me towards…

Bummed About Shadowlands Being Delayed

Bummed About Shadowlands Being Delayed

This is ancient history by internet standards, but Blizzard has delayed the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Shadowlands. Originally, Shadowlands was scheduled to launch on October 27th, 2020. But, citing quality concerns, the studio made the decision to delay the game. I’m assuming all is not well with Shadowlands, because Blizzard hasn’t even set a new release date. As of…

Wrapping Up in Battle for Azeroth

Wrapping Up in Battle for Azeroth

With World of Warcraft: Shadowlands set to drop in just under two months, I’m running out of time with the game’s current expansion, Battle for Azeroth. Such is the case in an MMORPG. Although WoW’s world is persistent, the game’s content ages like bread. Stale content needs to be regularly refreshed and replaced with new offerings.…

Cinema Quickie: Puppet Master II (1991)

Cinema Quickie: Puppet Master II (1991)

Over the last few years, I’ve developed an appreciation for schlock movies. If there’s a periodic table of film, schlock has earned its place alongside the likes of tasteful drama and big-budget action. My reasoning is this: not all films have to be insightful, and schlock movies aren’t lesser for not having high-minded ambitions. Rather,…