Attic Cleanup – 12th February 2014

Hello everyone!!!

As you may have noticed, activity in The Attic has been nonexistent and what posts there have been haven’t been from yours truly but by the awesome Kim from 1001up.com, who’s now my first contributor, with others to follow, wanting to use the The Attic as what it’s always meant to be, a space to vent whatever the hell’s going through the minds of the writers.

So, there’s a reason there haven’t been any posts lately, and that’s my mind being too preoccupied with the one plan I’ve mentioned in the past but never got into details. Now I can talk about it.

For the past three years, leading up to today, I’ve been in the immigration process to Canada. Today I finally entered the country as a brand new permanent resident! I hadn’t mentioned it before for simple superstition. You should never talk about your plans until they’re at least close to fruition. Counting on them before the time and talking about them just invites a rug being pulled from under you. So I kept my mouth and my fingers shut 🙂

But now things have come to pass and I can finally talk about all of this. I will have a post in the coming weeks describing the whole process, the “ordeal”, because sometimes it felt like it.

With that weight off my shoulders, I can finally think clearly again and more importantly, I can get back to the writing! So, expect the numbers of posts to pick up in the coming weeks, as I get back into The Mental Attic groove.

Speaking of writing, you might have seen I’m now part of 1001up‘s staff! You’ll see more than a few reviews on that site from moi, more than a few focusing on the real classics: Super Nintendo games, some of the absolute best there are, which I think a lot of you can agree with me.

Recently I played the Elder Scrolls Online beta, but as much as I’d love to talk about, I “signed” an NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement), which prevents me from mentioning anything about my experience, and it would be highly unethical and frankly illegal of me to say anything.

In the past weeks, while I haven’t written anything, I have read more than a few cool posts. You need to check out The Archaeology of Tomb Raider for Kelly’s latest articles and spot-light interviews! V has risen from the dead and posted on the topic of Valentine’s day and the horrible, horrible rom-coms she’ll watch and review for our pleasure. I gave her a weak and cruel blow and told her to watch Gigli. I can be a real bastard sometimes. My good friends at 1001up.com have been maybe a bit too excited about us joining and have put out a slew of posts about those, from the video announcement, to the blooper reel, to the staff interviews. Go check them out ASAP!

My current obsession though is Yahtzee Croshaw & Gabriel Morton’s Let’s Drown Out videos, and you should see them too, and read their blogs, Fully Ramblomatic and “I’ll think of something later“. I find Gabe’s posts fascinating.

What’s coming to The Mental Attic? A few interviews from Phoenix Online Studios, about their origin game The Silver Lining, and their upcoming and almost assured hits Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary Edition and Moebius; as well as a shorter one focusing on the role of a PR Director in a videogame company.

I’ll try to get the ball rolling on Urban Arcana again and of course, more reviews and other random crap, as usual!

Finally, with the power of Canadian internet, I’m going to start doing more playthrough videos! Maybe drop in a podcast or two too. The first one will be a Testament of Sherlock Holmes “Speed Run”, followed by a series of Dark Souls videos 🙂

See you all around the corner, and if you’re in Canada, let me know and we’ll set something up!!

Attic Cleanup – 12-01-2014

Hot damn, 2014!

In case you’re wondering about the Featured Image, yes, that is an Angel Witch with horns riding a mechanized broom. It’s from the anime adaptation of a series of novels caleld Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere), a fantastic story with one of the most convoluted plots ever conceived. Both the novels and the series deserve a watch, so go see it! Trust me, the witch you’re seeing doesn’t even crack the top 5 weirdest stuff you’ll see in Horizon. Continue reading Attic Cleanup – 12-01-2014

Attic Cleanup – 2013 and Special People!

It’s been an interesting year, with ups down, monkey wrenches in plans and some truly fantastic, borderline epic moments, and I just can’t wait for what 2014 will bring, because I have the distinct feeling that it’ll be awesome.

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Attic Cleanup 15-12-2013

Another week gone! Just a few short ones until this kickass year ends. Kim, from 1001up.com, asked me about two things I thought made this year amazing, and I had no problem coming up with something to say. As for what I said, well…don’t be so nosy.

This week’s image is a bit of a pun, if you know your Hellboy, you’ll get it!

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Attic Cleanup – 08-12-2013

This week’s feature image comes from To Aru Majutsu no Index’s Academy City’s Cleaning Bots, aren’t they cute? You need to all check out that series, it’s fantastic.

This has been an interesting week, more on the personal side than The Attic. Continue reading Attic Cleanup – 08-12-2013

Attic Cleanup – 01-12-2013

I really should’ve written this a few hours ago, but gaming tends to make time go away in a hurry.

So, November’s gone, good riddance, and it’s time for the last weeks of this year.

So, how has the week treated me? So-so. Let’s start with me:

Continuing from last week, I spent most of this week, when I wasn’t working or WoW-ing, playing Black Flag, A Link Between Worlds and Pandora’s Tower, making significant process in each. In fact, I think I’m close to the end of Zelda, but there’s still one heart piece that eludes me and I don’t want to finish it without getting it…I’m kind of a completionist when it comes to Zelda.

The week was stressful, but thankfully I found the pleasures of Celtic Woman, an ensemble of fantastic Irish singers. While Youtube-zapping, I found myself listening to an entire concert, and it was awesome!

This week, Black Friday happened and tomorrow (technically today by the hour I’m writing this) is Cyber Monday, so there’ll be even more chances to ruin my economy with good deals, no that my economy needs more help in being ruined hahaha.

I saw Thor: The Dark World on Thursday and as I tweeted after seeing it, I thought it was “meh”, nothing special, not good but not bad, just average. I have too many issues with the game in terms of plot, characterization and even aesthetics. I’ll probably post a review for it this week, but I can’t promise anything.

This week, I finally finished Phoenix Online Studio’s Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, a fantastic Point & Click adventure game I tried my best to hold off finishing because then I wouldn’t have more Cognition to play. It happens with good games and good books, you want to get to the end, but you also don’t want it to end.

On Saturday I took advantage of my dear sister’s Credit Card and bought Saint’s Row IV at a high discount on Steam and I’ve been playing it since, and while I’m enjoying myself, I find it lacking a bit, and I question some design choices.

Today, after weeks of trying, I finally got my Garrosh Normal kill on World of Warcraft’s Siege or Orgrimmar raid, so I’ve officially cleared the content, and Ahead of the Curve. It’s a pretty damn good fight, with a level of difficulty comparable to the Lich King, my favourite fight in the entire game.

On the Attic side, I had my review of Almost Human up and I recommend you all watch the series, it’s very good and has a lot of potential.

Kim, from 1001up.com, posted a fantastic Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned review, so if you’re interested in the game, go check it out, and don’t forget to read my rant about the game in the comments. Kim certainly wrote a nicer review than I would have.

Finally, after maybe a couple of months of promises, I finally wrote and published my Xenoblade Chronicles review, giving it the highest rating I can give, which made me think I should post my Rating system, which varies from TV & Film to Gaming, although both share the same lowest score rating of “OH HELL NO!”, which is a reference to Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias’ 6 leve-ls of Fatness. Look it up, it’s fantastically funny.

For this week I’ll have the review for the Cognition season. I think it’s easier than going into each episode separately, as they share many common traits, both good and bad, though mostly good hahaha.

I’m about 50% done on a piece on what makes good horror. It’s already been looked over/beta-read (the writing equivalent of Beta-testing) by my sister and a certain mysterious Dubliner, and neither thought it was garbage, so I think that part is solid.

Today (or yesterday if you’re keeping track) I recorder the 2nd of the reworked Deus Ex Human Revolution Director’s Cut boss fights, and I’ll have it up sometime this week or maybe I’ll hold off until I’ve seen all of them and post them all as a feature. I’m still deciding on that one.

On the stories side, I’ve been working on the characters and plot-lines for Igniters. I “retired” my Star Wars alternate-future diaries and journals. I’m going to do something interesting with that setting in the future, just don’t know exactly what yet.

Roberto’s next story is still in the works, I’ve been doing some mental-writing, building the first few scenes and running the plot in my head, and I’ve identified possible holes and some better ideas, and I’ll start putting it to MS Word either this week or the next.

 

Attic Cleanup! 24-11-2013

This has been an interesting week to be honest. Work is still as annoying as ever but the week has had some major events, and I’ve had a lot of fun. Continue reading Attic Cleanup! 24-11-2013