Sunday, November 3, 2013

Rant #001: Why I Love (and Hate) Minecraft


For those of you who have not yet caught on to the cultural phenomenon that is Minecraft, allow me to save you some money and A LOT of time: just don't do it. Why? You remember those other things you were going to do? Mow the lawn. Hang out with friends. Be productive in some other capacity. Yeah... no. You're not going to get to them today. Minecraft will literally suck you in and keep you engaged for hours at a time. I'm not even exaggerating. I sit down for like a minute and suddenly, it's 3AM and I've got to work the next day. Seriously. I haven't played a game this much since I discovered the Elder Scrolls! (and that is an entirely different can of worms)

I'll be honest, the first time I saw my little brother playing it, I was like, "that looks stupid". But no. It's like playing Legos... but in a Lego world with monsters and blocks and frequent patches and upgrades. Minecraft is something for people who have wayyyy too much time on their hands or literally no friends... or friends who only play Minecraft. That's how stuff like this happens:


I don't care who you are: that sh*t is impressive. Do you know how much time it took to make that? Hours. Days. Weeks. Why? Because they could.

Of course, stuff like that makes my own attempts at architectural grandeur seem weak by comparison. I mean, look at this:



Sad, right? That whole thing took me HOURS to make and it's nowhere near as impressive as that other dude's stuff. That being said, I pride myself on efficiency and my building designs are targeted towards that goal (mostly).

Anyway, for the aforementioned reasons (and many more), I both hate and love Minecraft. If you want to discover the hate/love for yourself, visit: www.minecraft.net

Here are a couple of other impressive shots from around the interwebs:



LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This review is an opinion piece provided for your viewing pleasure. It does not replicate, in whole or in part, any body of work that I know of. Any and all subject matter is the intellectual property of the aforementioned author/artist and I'll be damned if I'm going to try claim any of it as my own (which I'm not)! If anyone has any legal issue with my review, please contact me before unleashing your lawyer(s)!

Book Review #012: Galaxy In Flames

Galaxy In Flames
 Black Libraryby Ben Counter

Taking into account that Ben Counter is one of my favourite Warhammer 40,000 authors, I enjoyed this novel much more than the second installment in the Horus Heresy series. It actually made me invest more in the characters and events that were going on. It also introduces several key characters (e.g. the primarch Mortarion, Khârn the Betrayer, etc.) and elaborates on the history and mythos of the Death Guard and the Emperor's Children.

It is grandiose in scope (as are almost all Warhammer 40,000 novels, I think) and does a great job of tying in characters, places, and elements from the Warhammer 40,000 universe at large. All in all, the third installment of the Horus Heresy series does not disappoint!

Find more Warhammer 40,000 action at http://www.blacklibrary.com!


G.A.S.P.:
Character Development - 10
Dialogue - 10
Plot - 10
Overall: 10

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This review is an opinion piece provided for your viewing pleasure. It does not replicate, in whole or in part, any body of work that I know of. Any and all subject matter is the intellectual property of the aforementioned author/artist and I'll be damned if I'm going to try claim any of it as my own (which I'm not)! If anyone has any legal issue with my review, please contact me before unleashing your lawyer(s)!