Posts Tagged ‘2008’

Gaming: World of Warcraft: 5) Death Knight

The Scarlet Enclave

This isn't how the area looks when you first start playing. Phasing in action!

The death knight isn’t a unique race, they’re a class, but with several key differences. They start at level 55 and can only be created if you already have a high-level character, and they have their own starting area and opening questline which means they qualify for this series (though I played through the whole opening, level thirteen not being a valid milestone here). Freshly created and sworn into the service of the Lich King – this is the one opening that can’t take into account the changes of Cataclysm – new death knights are tasked with mopping up the last remnants of the Scarlet Crusade. They were introduced in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion and were therefore Blizzard’s first chance to show off their phasing technology.

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Film – Quick Thoughts: The Machine Girl

February 22, 2012 1 comment

The Machine Girl
The Machine Girl, directed by Noboru Iguchi
Written by: Noboru Iguchi
Starring: Minase Yashiro, Asami and Kentarô Shimazu
My rating: 3 of 5

When her brother is killed by the son of an important member of the Yakuza, Ami sets about killing everybody involved to avenge her brother, and is soon joined by a woman who lost her son in the same attack. When Ami’s arm is cut off she has a machine gun fitted on the end of the stump.

The Machine Girl is a violent Japanese revenge movie, but as the above synopsis indicates it doesn’t take itself wholly seriously. The violence is ridiculously over-the-top, blood spurting out of wounds in massive pumps, the gore being graphic but silly enough not to be offensive. It’s the kind of movie where everybody in the whole town seems to have martial arts skills, but it’s a lot of fun for that. It knows what it wants to be and just runs with it.

Film: June 2011’s Films

July 30, 2011 1 comment

Almost a month late, we have the June round-up posts. Having covered games, television and books, next up is the month’s film viewing:

It almost seemed silly to make a portrait image with just one person in it.

Image source: Vivian

After last month’s decent innings we’re back to another poor showing, just a single film. There’s no real reason for it, save that I didn’t feel like watching a film so didn’t make the effort. What was the one exception then? Read on: Read more…

Film: March 2011’s Films

Here we have the last of the March round-up posts. This month we kicked off with the books I read, followed by the games I played and the TV I watched. Now it’s time for the films I viewed.

As ever, watching so few films does mean that making the title image is pretty darn simple.

Image sources: Ponyo, Shaun, Ben, Partridge and V.

Five films then, two more than February’s meagre haul but two less than January’s, which was already a little on the low side. Oh well, here’s what they were:

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Gaming: March 2011’s Games

April 15, 2011 2 comments

On time for once (and coming straight on the heels of February’s), here we have the March round-up posts. This month we kicked off with the books I read and now it’s time for the games I played:

Squashing twelve separate images into a 425x90 image is kind of difficult. Its also incredibly time-consuming, comprable to the amount of time it takes to write the entire post. In fact I spend a fairly ridiculous amount of time assembling the images for each blog post.

Images sources: Conan, Donkey Kong, Benny, Trip, Kane, a wizard, Liu Kang, Tommy, Nathan, Randy and Father Mother.

I think I’ve got am okay system in place now for gaming, but I’ll cover that in the goals section at the bottom of this post. Let’s get straight to the gaming then:

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Reading: March 2011’s Books

April 10, 2011 2 comments

On time for once (and coming straight on the heels of February’s), here we have the March round-up posts. This month we kick off with the books I read:


Pratchett's out this month and Follett is joined by three newcomers, making it the largest selection of authors so far this year.

Image sources: Ken, Cory, Stephen and Arthur.

In the title images like the one above I give everything/everyone a picture of equal size, even when the books are a collaborative effort (as is the case with one of this month’s books and Good Omens back in January) that maybe should mean each author gets a half-size space. If the image sizes reflected the amount of time each author’s works occupied in the month then January’s would have been a huge image of Terry Pratchett and a sliver of Neil Gaiman at the end because I mostly just read Pratchett’s books, while February and March have also both been dominated by one author.

In those cases though it’s not because I’ve been reading lots of books by one person but because of the sheer size of the individual books. When I’m only reading about an hour a day an epic like The Pillars of the Earth or World Without End takes up most of the month, and while that comes at the expense of other books it’s very satisfying to feel immersed in one place for so long (which is what can be so great about jumping in late to an epic series like Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, as I mentioned last week).

On to this month’s reading:

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Film: February 2011’s Films

I’m still catching up with these, but unless procrastination gets the better of me March’s posts will arrive promptly in April once I’m off work (so probably the 6th onwards). This month the first monthly review post covered gaming (which was last  in January), the second was television and now it’s the turn of February’s films, and we’ll end with the month’s reading.


Three images are much easier to fit into the header, so that's a plus of sorts. Can you guess what the films are?

Image sources: Jake, Ray and The Operative.

Yes, just three films this months. That’s daft and I have no excuse, so I’m just going to jump straight into talking about the films themselves:

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