Posted in Confession

Confessions of a Bookworm

reading-book-rainy-day-cozy-animated-gifI wasn’t sure whether or not to make this a confessional or a sequel to an older ramble I first penned back in 2016, so I decided to do both. I would recommend you read that one first before continuing this one.

I was also torn on the title as while I do love reading, I don’t read as much as I used to. I considered naming it Confessions of a Former Bookworm but that isn’t true. Let me explain.

When I was little, my parents were very strict with what I was and was not allowed to see or do. I dare say more than most parents as I was so sheltered I didn’t find out about YouTube until my first year in High School, even then they kept an eye on what I watched.

I also didn’t have any game consoles until I was 12 bar a Gameboy Advance SP, even then I only had two games for it. It wasn’t until later that I became a gamer.

So, my passion was reading. I would read for hours on end and I was at the library pretty much every weekend picking out a new book, after it was approved of course.

When I started playing games and watching anime I didn’t spend as much time as I used to reading, but I still read a fair bit. When I got to college I made an effort to try to rekindle the old flame.

U8EPZmEven then as I was getting back into it I found it harder than it used to be. Back then I could just pick up anything and get immersed from the first page, now I have to somewhat force myself to read and I either give up half a chapter in or I sit there for hours reading.

As I talked about back in the previous ramble I still have a bad habit of buying books then never reading them. The book situation has gotten so bad I have filled up half of my wardrobe with books, my bedside drawer is covered in them as well as filled with them and one of my desks is almost hidden under the growing pile.

Yeah, its a problem.

I wish I had a bit more self-control but when I read the blurb of an interesting book I can’t seem to stop myself from buying it. Maybe it wouldn’t be as bad if I read all of them but even if I do end up reading one it tends to be months later when I stumble across it.

It sucks because I wish I could read as well as I did back then but now I get distracted or decide to do something else. Don’t get me wrong, I still read and currently, I am reading more than I used to a few years back but not as much as my younger days.

If you have any advice about how to get back into reading, please let me know!

 

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Posted in review

Incredibles 2 Review

The_Incredibles_2Man, I have waited so long for this film.

While writing this review I wondered how old I was when The Incredibles came out, so I crunched the numbers. I was eight years old. I’m starting to feel my age just thinking about it.

My existential crisis aside, We have waited years for the continuation of the Parr family’s story. In fact, when I went to see it yesterday there was not a single kid in the cinema, it was 20 somethings and up!

Incredibles 2 picks up minutes after the first one ended with the Parr family facing off with the Underminer. After the fight, Elastigirl, Mr Incredible and Frozone are approached by Winston and Evelyn Deavor who want to help superheroes become legal again.

Elastigirl is given the chance to spearhead this campaign, leaving her husband to look after their speedster son Dash, Teen daughter Violet and baby Jack-Jack. While she fights crime, he is faced with the hardest mission yet, single parenting.

Since this is a sequel the main players are already established characters and I was a bit worried that they were not going to get development in favour of giving new characters extra screentime.

tumblr_ozmvsbyojX1r9dm6no2_540I am glad to report that this is not the case. While the new characters get enough time to fully flesh them out, or at least as much as they needed for their role, we see the Parr family learn and grow.

Needless to say with this being a Pixar movie, the animation is amazing.

What impressed me the most were the action scenes. Since there are more heroes there were more powers to play with and the animation team did not hold back. I thought that since this is a family film they would be limited in what they could show but I almost forgot how creative Pixar is. Good work!

Going in I heard that the plot twist was fairly obvious from the get-go but if I am going to be honest here, I thought I saw it coming but I was partly wrong so I was pleasantly surprised. Also, it didn’t take the route I suspected either. It was well written and a rather strong story too.

tumblr_p8v8kzOn8T1w7d305o2_400.gifFollowing its predecessor, Incredibles 2 has a lot of heart and some great comedic scenes. Sometimes the jokes in family films can be, well, childish. I wonder why. With that being said that wasn’t the case here. As I mentioned earlier when I saw it everyone was 20ish and the cinema was filled with laughs.

For a family film they talk a lot about death, like a lot. Though considering the events of the first film it isn’t that surprising.

Overall, I really enjoyed Incredibles 2, I mean I would have liked more Edna but I’m satisfied with what I got. If you liked the first one you are going to love it. There are already talks about a third film and I won’t lie, I really want it.

I just hope we don’t have to wait another 14 years for the next instalment.

Posted in Opinion Corner

Level 22

 

wV1eWS7Somehow I have made it to Level 22 in this game we call life.

Too bad this game sucks. Yeah, I know the graphics are incredible but there are no save points or even a main story.

Jokes aside, A lot has happened in my playthrough, ok I’ll kill the joke here, and I feel that for better or for worse these experiences have shaped me into who I am.

Take this blog, for instance, this will sound sappy but it is my pride and joy. That being said I will be the first to admit that my earlier work, well if I am being honest here, sucks.

The way it’s written is bad, the layout and even how I use images suck. Some of these early rambles are a block of text with maybe one pic in the middle. Yeah, that is really bad.

My newer content is so much better, at least I like to think so. That being said this is still a work in progress. My content is improving with each and every ramble I post and I am continuing to learn and grow.

tumblr_mw0qizYt371rc93aro1_250Writing is my passion, whether it’s in the form of a short story, a poem or a blog post it is all the same to me. As a kid, I used to write little stories and dreamed of being an author. I guess this is as close to being a successful authour as I can be.

Maybe good old Nerd Rambles will take off in the future, I kinda doubt it but it is fun to think about nonetheless.

On that note, I want to thank everyone who has helped me on this journey both inside and outside of this blog.

My friends who I pestered to proofread my posts, those who have given up a bit of their time to answer some questions such as the witty Kacper Kwiatkowski and most recently the one and only Arkada.

Most of all I want to thank everyone who has read this little blog of mine. Whether it was just one ramble or if you, yes you, are a frequent reader or follow my blog. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support! I hope my rambles will continue to entertain you!

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Posted in What Do We Know?

We Happy Few: What Do We Know?

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It’s nearly time to take our Joy.

I have kept a close eye on the drug-riddled dystopia of We Happy Few for about two years now. I have written about it a few times so I will take care to not repeat myself. Needless to say, I am glad that it is almost here.

So, what do we know about Compulsion Games‘ latest survival game?

Set in an alternate timeline 1960s England, to try to forget the horrors they went through and did, the residents of Wellington Wells escape reality by using a drug called Joy.

You can play as three characters, the main character and the one we know the most about is Arthur Hastings. He has lost his brother and is keen to figure out what exactly is going on. Another playable character is Sally who appears to have a past with Arthur.

Then there is Ollie, and thank the gods my prayers have been answered! Finally, after what feels like forever we have a Scottish character in a video game! I know that sounds like a small thing to get excited about, but I have been complaining about the lack of my countrymen in gaming for quite some time.

joyLet me have this, okay? Thank you.

Outside of his nationality, we don’t know much about him, but he seems to know a bit more about the situation if the trailer is to be believed and is Arthur’s neighbour.

In terms of Gameplay, you need to blend in the drug-addled locals by taking small amounts of Joy, too little and you stand out and paint a target on your back, too much and you join the madness.

On top of that, each character is going to have different playstyles. For example, Sally is “stealth-focused and relies on sneaking around and using syringes to take out enemies”. But whatever you do, you need to be aware of your surroundings less you get beaten senseless by the brutish Bobbies.

We Happy Few is due to be released on the 10th of August this year for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

As I said in the beginning, I have been looking forward to getting my hands on this game for years, so I am overjoyed that it is just around the corner. The more info they tease us about We Happy Few, the more excited I get.

Looking forward to strolling into Wellington Wells!

Posted in drinking game

Achievement Hunter Drinking Game

tumblr_mna574otCX1qhkbteo1_500I have fallen head over heels with Achievement Hunter as well as Rooster Teeth in general. I started watching their content about three months ago and since that day I have been hooked.

So I figured, why not make an Achievement Hunter Drinking game?

Before we start I need to remind you to drink responsibly, don’t sue me. Are we clear? Yes? Great! Leeets play!

Take a shot when;

  • Micheal loses it, take an extra shot if its because of Gavin
  • Gavin squawks or makes any kind of weird noise
  • Lindsey spreads chaos, take an extra shot if Micheal calls her out for it
  • Gavin is extra British
  • Jack laughs
  • Ryan kills someone, take an extra shot if he wasn’t meant to
  • Geoff messes with someone, take an extra shot if it is Gavin
  • Ryan shows off his knife skills
  • Micheal judges everyone

BONUS RULE

MOON BALL! Take an extra shot if it hits someone, drink for everyone and everything it hits.

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Posted in Opinion Corner

Unplugged

PlainPettyGossamerwingedbutterflyI hope everyone’s wallets are doing alright after this year’s Steam Summer Sale. I only spent £6.52 on two games. A personal best!

That is the happiest part of this ramble over.

You see, for the past couple of days and for the next week and a half I am staying away from home. Meaning I am apart from my beloved PC and PS4.

In short, I am cut off from gaming. I’m unplugged.

Well, not completely, I have my 3DS with me and my laptop. That being said my laptop is around six years old, crashes almost every 15 minutes and can barely run any game that is more complex than Pong. I wish I was joking. On top of that, I barely have time to play on my 3DS. Joy.

It doesn’t help that this month’s PS Plus games are now available. Kinda adds insult to injury. This might be the longest time I have spent apart from my consoles and I am already suffering major withdrawal.

The most notable symptom is my aggression. See, I normally take my anger out in a quick match of Overwatch or two, but that isn’t an option now. Without that outlet, I am more irritable than usual. That and sunny weather makes me crabby too so this is the perfect storm.

wzxgFP4The game I’m missing the most is without a doubt FF14. I miss playing with friends and exploring the vast world of Eorzea. I am starting to count the days to get back home so I can fire up my PS4 and return to that wondrous world.

Heck, I’m even starting to miss being mocked over voice chat by senior members of my Free Company for my idiotic mistakes in dungeons.

I feel like I’m started to fall out of the loop. I’m doing what I can to try to keep up but since I hardly have time to myself it is harder than it should be.

I knew I spend a fair amount of time gaming but I didn’t realise just how hooked I was until I got cut off. I know how this must sound but I am desperate to get home mostly to get reconnected. Well, that and I’m homesick too.

Posted in Opinion Corner

Overwatch is having a ball

MessyFearfulCondor-max-1mbOf all the possible heroes to join the Overwatch fray, I did not see this one coming.

Hero 28 has been revealed and unlike previous heroes, I don’t think anyone saw this coming. I mean, a hamster in a mech? Really?

Well, I guess it doesn’t come entirely out of left field since the defacto leader of Overwatch is Winston, a talking gorilla. In fact, Hammond, also known as Wrecking Ball comes from the same research facility as Winston. According to the Overwatch Wiki, they were pals.

I guess when you live in a confined space in outer space you are limited in the type of friends you can have.

What do we know about this little guy?

For starters, Wrecking Ball is the newest Tank in the roster. Like most tanks, he has 500 HP and 100 Armor. His primary weapons are Quad Cannons, and the second one is a Grappling Claw. His abilities include Roll, Piledriver, Adaptive Shield and Minefield

Roll allows Wrecking Ball to transform into a ball and increase maximum movement speed and this can be used in midair and you can still reload while in Roll.

Piledriver let you slam into the ground below to damage and launch enemies upwards. it has a 10-meter minimum cast height and knocks enemies 10 meters into the air if within impact radius.

ballWith Adaptive Shield you create temporary personal shields. The more enemies nearby the more shields are generated.

Blow your opponents sky high with Minefield, which deploys a massive field of 15 proximity mines that explode on contact with the enemy. Wrecking Ball can regain ult charge while Minefield is deployed.

oh, and his death animation is pretty funny.

He is now available on PTR but as far as I can tell there is no official release date for him to be added to the game.

All in all, I personally think he is rather promising. With an interesting backstory and abilities, I’m looking forward to giving him a go to see what the wee guy is truly capable of.