Posts Tagged ‘2012’

Quote of the Moment: On Not Belonging

September 4, 2013 Leave a comment


“We’re outsiders, you and I, on the periphery. Watching everybody else, pretending we’re just like them but knowing we’re not. The best we can hope for is to find a place where we don’t have to pretend.”

Isaak Sirko (Dexter, 2012)


Reading: The Books of 2012

As with the film list I’ll keep this post updated with each book I read in 2012, including links to the opinion posts and their ratings. I think it will work better than 2010′s efforts (assembling a list at the end of the year without any real opinions) or 2011′s (monthly recaps).

Film: The Films of 2012

January 1, 2012 1 comment

I’ll kept this post updated with a list of every film I watch this year, including links to the opinion posts and the rating I give them. I think it will work better than 2010’s efforts (listing every film at the end of the year, by title and in order of viewing) or 2011’s (monthly recaps). I’m going to try three separate lists here: by title, by rating and in order of viewing.

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Reading: Non-NaNoWriMo 2011

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment
NaNoWriMo Logo

Click the image to be taken to the NaNoWriMo site.

National Novel Writing Month is a worldwide project where people aim to write 50,000 words of a novel in November. In 2009 I didn’t officially participate but did piggyback on the goals of NaNoWriMo in an attempt to complete a novel I’d be working on in fits and starts for years, and succeeded. I had a lot of fun too and would have done it again in 2010, but at that point I’d just started work at a new job and couldn’t justify (or even had) the time to participate.

In 2011 I had plenty of holiday through the month and was much better adjusted to the unusual hours, so figured I’d give it another try, starting a new novel (though again not officially being part of NaNoWriMo, for some reason). It was another success but not by the amount I’d expected it to be.

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Gaming: Hitman: Arkham Conviction

October 15, 2011 Leave a comment

This footage for Hitman: Absolution is odd. I mean, it’s really looking rather good (brilliant, in fact), but it’s clearly working from the Batman/Conviction template of directed, linear, heavily scripted stealthy takedowns. That’s not really anything to do with Hitman.


Heck, 47 killed more non-targets in those seventeen minutes than I did in the whole of Blood Money (which actually might have been zero on my best playthrough). IO have said you can play it like a Hitman game but it’s hard to see that being possible here, as all the dialogue and scripting seems tailored for the way they approach it. Maybe it’s just the introduction though, or the tutorial for the new mechanics.

I don’t mean to sound negative as from that it’s already better than the entirety of Splinter Cell: Conviction and stealthwise it looks deeper than Batman: Arkham Asylum, which is a damned impressive achievement. It’s just not playing much like a Hitman game yet.

At 16:17 there’s a wonderful bit of IO just showing off, which they’ve absolutely a right to do. They already achieved crowd effects similar to that in Hitman: Blood Money (an Xbox/PS2 game) and nobody has replicated it, including games that desperately needed it, so the more fuss they make of it the better.