This is the quadmonthly happiness report for June 2022. Our belief here at FirewaterCorp is that happiness is defined as always having something to look forward to. In our world, choices in entertainment play a huge role in this pursuit. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.” […]Read more "Looking Forward (June 2022 Update): Are You Not Entertained?"
I watched the 2022 movie Uncharted, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, on board the Carnival cruise ship Vista, during a vacation cruise to ports in Belize, Honduras Bay and Cozumel in February of this year. The ship had an IMAX theater, and this was the only movie showing that I had any interest in. […]Read more "Uncharted (2022) — a movie review (plus some stuff about cruise ships, the cubing prewriting process, and what pairs best with Good & Plenty licorice candy)"
The last time I wrote about earning a platinum video game trophy was in December of 2019. That was for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. Great game, and Platinum Trophy #5 for me. I’m going to play it again someday because I only skimmed the surface of all of the game’s content. I recommend the game to […]Read more "Humblebrag About New Platinum Trophies (Plus: reviews of the video games Mass Effect: Legendary Edition and Far Cry Primal)"
This is the quadmonthly happiness report for February 2022. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And, then, of course: “Write About It.” “Read” Since the October 2021 update, the following books were completed: Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, by Keith R.A. DeCandido (urban fantasy/media tie-in) Big Damn Hero (Firefly #1), by James Lovegrove […]Read more "Looking Forward (February 2022 Update): New Year, Same Pathology"
I almost didn’t write this review. I’ve made a big deal in the past about how I rarely write unfavorable reviews. It’s not that I don’t make entertainment choices that I later regret. I do. I don’t like every book or comic that I read. I certainly don’t like every movie or television series that […]Read more "Days Gone — a video game review"
Do you like video games? I do. I am a middle-aged man according to the kindest charts I’ve seen, but, physically, I’m beginning to feel pretty old. Mentally, I never progressed much past twelve-years-old, which is around the time I first began playing video games seriously. I made my gamer bones in the video arcades […]Read more "Far Cry: New Dawn — a video game review"
The Western-themed video game Red Dead Redemption 2 offered a New Orleans analogue it called St. Denis. Sharon and I have travelled to New Orleans many times over the past couple of decades (it’s not that far from central Arkansas), and St. Denis captured New Orleans—or at least the spirit of New Orleans—so much so […]Read more "Mafia III: The Definitive Edition — a video game review"
What can I say about Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare? Like all of the Call of Duty games of recent vintage, the one-player campaign was too short. I realize that more gamers are interested in the multiplayer aspects of these games, but I am not one of that number. I like the story mode of […]Read more "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare — a video game review"
In my most recent quadmonthly “Looking Forward” report, I listed the video game BioShock as a replay. When I began playing it again, I quickly realized that, while I had played the beginning of the game before, I must have abandoned it pretty early on. I soon found myself in sections of the underwater city […]Read more "BioShock: Video Games as Art — a review"
You probably don’t have to play the rest of the Uncharted video game series in order to play and appreciate this one. But, I recommend that you do. Playing the four games that led up to this standalone adventure would give you history and character backstory to add a little more depth and texture to […]Read more "Uncharted: The Lost Legacy — a video game review"