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New Year, Old Habits

d62383e23db54076675baa896c93fe786aeb45f5290c063ceb96a893f7e5d218Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope you had a great holiday season and spent time creating fond memories with friends and family.

That being said, I hate January. As far as I’m concerned its the worst month of the year. The holidays are over and everyone is trying to keep their resolutions even though we know at the back of our minds that they won’t last.

At least, that’s what my opinion used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I still hate this depressing month but I did manage to keep a few of last years resolutions. I was able to lose weight and continued to post twice a week. My others went out the window real quick.

My other resolutions were to exercise three times a week (unless you count my hour and a half walk to work) and to read at least 30 books. Yeah, nope. This year I’m setting the reading challenge to 20 but I fear history will repeat itself.

tumblr_oavryva1j91v1ndxmo1_500In fact, while I had been losing weight, I have fallen into my old habits of overeating and barely sleeping. In the past year, I have been drinking a lot more than I used too which doesn’t help.

So, here is my main resolution for 2018.

Try.

That’s it. I am going to try my best this year, as that is all I can do. Simple as. I’m going to try harder at work, try harder to improve my content and try harder to get into shape.

Good luck with your resolutions and I wish you all the best for 2018!

 

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Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017

OVR_WinterWonderland2017_009.jpegThe air is getting colder, ice coats the ground and the shops are mayhem. Let’s just stay indoors and play video games.

For me this year the Winter Wonderland Event skins are a bit of a mixed bag. While I love all the skins, particularly Beachrat, the only heroes I play as who got skins are Hanzo and Soldier: 76.

Right, I’m starting to get angry about this. Another event and no new D.Va skin? Are you kidding me, Blizzard? In fact, she got nothing. The last time she got a skin was at the anniversary event!

I hope she gets something cool in the next event at least, don’t let me down, Jeff!

With new events, come arcade modes. This year saw the return of Mei’s Snowball Offensive as well as a new mode called Yeti Hunter.

Last year I didn’t Mei’s Snowball Offensive as I thought I was horrible as Mei, but now I am far more confident playing as her so I gave it a shot.

It’s a straightforward mode, you have one Snowball and you need to take down the enemy team. Once you use your snowball you need to reload by finding a patch of snow. You need to be quick, as the enemy can strike at any moment. It can get intense but I like it.

OVR_WinterWonderland2017_016Yeti Hunter is a cute quick mode in which you either play as Mei the Yeti Hunter or Winston the Yeti in a 5 V 1 match.

As Winston, you need to collect meat scattered around the map, once you get five pieces you have a limited time in primal rage. Your goal is to take down all the hunters. As Mei, you must work together with your fellow hunters to catch Winston.

I prefer playing as Mei, as I am terrible as Winston. Plus I am better on a team than playing solo.

The only downside is you get little to no EX from this mode, although for me that isn’t really a dealbreaker.

Of the two modes, I have to say that Yeti Hunter is my favourite. I find it way more entertaining that Mei’s Snowball Offensive but that is just my opinion.

Do you have a favourite skin? Which mode do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!

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Overwatch Halloween Event 2017

lantern-boxAs much as I love video game events all year round, my favourites are more often than not the Halloween ones.

Partly because the holiday allows devs to get really creative, and Halloween is my favourite holiday in the first place.

Here is the question of the day, has the Overwatch Halloween Terror event delivered this year? I know has only been out for five days, but I wanted to talk about it, so let’s do just that.

I didn’t start playing Overwatch until last November, so I missed out on the first Halloween Terror Event. This means I can’t compare this years to last years. I regret not playing it sooner, but there is no point in dwelling in the past.

Junkenstein’s Revenge is a fun game mode, that is if you get a decent team. This might just be me, but quite often when I play no one selects Ana forcing me to play her. I am horrible as Ana. The only Sniper I am decent as is Hanzo.

However, thanks to this game mode I discovered that I am really good as Soldier: 76 and passable as McCree.

There is another version called Junkenstein’s Revenge: Endless Night which gives you four more heroes to choose from but I am not that keen on it.

Oeo8knfI am not a big fan of wave combat nor ranked/leaderboard games, but I can see how others would get a kick out of this mode.

In all honesty, I am a bit miffed about the skins. Don’t get me wrong, the ones we got look cool and all, but I don’t play as any of them! I am a D.Va main for life, and she got nothing this year. She rarely gets anything for the events and it is starting to get on my nerves.

I am a D.Va main for life, and she got nothing this year. She rarely gets anything for the events and it is starting to get on my nerves.

That being said, I like what they did with the maps. Nothing ground-breaking, but a touch of Halloween flair is always a good thing in my books.

All in all, it’s a decent event. I will admit that I am disappointed by the skins but that is just my opinion. I got caught up in the hype so its no wonder that I feel let down by what I got, and what I got was a fun game mode and that’s all I really need anyway.

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Why So Serious?

giphy-downsizedRecently, I wrote about what we knew about the Joker origin movie. If you haven’t read it, here you go.

In it, I mentioned that I am not in favour of this film being made and that I would restrain my rant about it for another time.

So, here it is.

Since writing that article, more information has come out. The most noteworthy piece is about the leading role.

According to several reports, it seems that Wanner Bros has their eye on a certain somebody for the role of the Clown Prince of Crime.

Leonardo DiCaprio.

Yeah, you read that right. Leonardo DiCaprio.

I will be totally honest, I don’t know how I feel about this casting choice. I also don’t think that should form an opinion until it is confirmed that he will play the Joker.

Frankly, I don’t really care.

tenor (1)Here is the thing, I love the Joker. He isn’t Batman’s arch villain for nothing after all.

However, I do not want a live action movie about his origin. We already have The Killing Joke, which is one of my favourite comics of all time. It is the perfect version of his origin, in my opinion.

They even tried to bring The Killing Joke to life in an animated movie, look how well that turned out.

Not to mention, one of the best parts of The Killing Joke hints that even the Joker himself doesn’t know his true origin story.

“Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… if I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!”

The only time we have seen the Joker’s origin in live action, as far as I know, is 1989’s Batman. Even then, it was not the focus of the film. They showed us what we needed to know and the connection between Joker and Batman.

I don’t think you can have a live action movie solely about Joker’s origin. Going back to The Killing Joke, the animated film was one hour and 26 minutes long. Most Hollywood movies are at least two hours. Heck, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was three hours and three minutes long!

giphy (2)I understand that there might be a bit more in this film that just his origin, but to make the focus of a live action film his origin is not a good idea, at least in my opinion.

On top of that, several people on Twitter pointed out that one of the reasons that Joker is so beloved is that we know next to nothing about him.Even in The Killing Joke.

In fact, it is an established trait in many iterations of the character that he lies about his background. Whether to scare people like in The Dark Knight or to gain sympathy from people like Harley.

I’m sure there are several fans out there who are looking forward to this film, I for one am not.

I do have one question for DiCaprio, or whoever they get to play Joker, are you ready to dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight?

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Let the games begin!

Mercy.pngOverwatch‘s summer event is already off to a good start in my book.

The event kicked off a few days ago and every since I have struggled to pry myself away from my PS4. I am on a mission to get every single skin from this event.

Can you blame me? They are awesome! While I love them all, my favourite has to be Grillmaster:76 with Mercy’s skin a very close second.

To be completely honest, I am a bit miffed that Ana and D.Va didn’t receive any skins. However, I’m willing to overlook that since the skins we have been given are fantastic.

I am having a ball playing Lúcioball. It is the most fun mode I have ever played in Overwatch. I’m surprisingly good at it, despite the fact that I rarely play as Lúcio. If anything, this game mode has taught me how to play as everyone’s favourite video game DJ.

I have played a fair about of the competitive Lúcioball, but it is a lot more fun when you team up with friends in the regular version. In fact, bring at least one friend to competitive, It helps take the edge off.

Here is a warning if you haven’t played Lúcioball that I wish someone would have warned me about, own goals count. If you accidentally nudge the ball into your goal, your opponents get the point.

JunkratI don’t want to admit how many own goals I have made, but it is an embarrassing experience. Especially if your friends take the mick out of you for it.

Side note, I love the music that plays during Lúcioball matches.

This has to be my favourite Overwatch event yet. Well done, Blizzard. Keep up the good work.

Just give me some decent items in my Loot Boxes, ok? I don’t need any more voice lines, thanks.

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Doctor, Doctor

giphy (7).gifIs it safe to talk about this topic yet?

Like many from the UK, I grew up watching Doctor Who. I stopped watching after the second season of Matt Smith’s run, but I have watched several of the newer episodes.

So, as a female fan of this show, who grew up idolising and wanting to be The Doctor, what is my opinion on the new female Doctor?

Meh.

To be completely honest, I was never begging for a female Doctor in the first place. For me, as long as the writing was good and the actor brought something new and interesting to the iconic Time Lord I was happy.

Not to mention, everyone has a favourite Doctor. Everyone has their own opinions on what makes a good Doctor and why their favourite is the best.

giphy (11).gifFor example, my favourite is David Tennent. He brought a lot of joy to the role but could deliver dramatic and even heartbreaking performances. Matt Smith never clicked with me the way Tennent did, which was why I stopped watching the show.

Do not get the wrong idea, I am happy that Jodie Whittaker landed the role. I can also understand why a lot of people are ecstatic about our new leading lady. 

However, I don’t think it is fair to put Whittaker on a pedestal for the sole reason that she is female. I also don’t want her to face an uphill struggle to meet the fandoms high expectations for her.

I have seen some pretty nasty complaints (If you can call them that) about the casting, yet I fail to see the problem. It has been hinted in the show for a while that Time Lords can regenerate into the opposite sex, in fact, The Master became The Mistress Aka Missy.

Not to mention that the show has had its fair share of social and political commentary over the past 50 years. Covering topics such as corrupt governments, genocide and racism. Of course, let’s not forget Captain Jack Harkness, who flirted with both males and females.

Really, it was only a matter of time before a female piloted the TARDIS.

Whittaker, I wish you all the best. I am rooting for you!

giphy (8)I will end on this note. If they really wanted to go all the way to please the die hard fans, they should have cast a ginger woman.

I’m just saying!

 

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Welcome, Doomfist!

tenorAfter a long wait, Doomfist is finally here!

However, before we go any further let’s address the elephants in the room.

Firstly, you can only play as Doomfist in the PC PTR. If you are a console peasant like me, you are going to have to wait a little longer before you can test out the latest hero.

Secondly, he isn’t voiced by Terry Crews.

Now that I have got that out of the way, I am already in love with this guy.

In my less than humble opinion, he has the best Origin animation of any Overwatch character. If you haven’t seen it, it is at the bottom of this ramble, you are welcome.

I have to say, while it would have been awesome for Terry Crews to provide the voice for Doomfist, it didn’t take long for Sahr Ngaujah to win me over. His deep calm voice is perfect for a powerful and intimidating person like him.

doomDoomfist also adds to the lore of the Overwatch universe. A high-ranking member of Talon armed with charm, intelligence and determination, he climbed the ranks after killing his teacher, the former Doomfist.

I am interested to see what his relationship is like with fellow Talon members, such as Widowmaker and Reaper.

I really like his design, he has an intimidating presence, unlike any other character in the game.

I’m sorry, I can’t take Reaper seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I like him but come on! He is such an Edgelord, I can’t help but laugh at him.

I am looking forward to playing as him and seeing first-hand what he is capable of. I am interested in learning more about Talon, so hopefully with Doomfist now in the game, we will get a better look into the inner workings of the criminal enterprise.

Welcome to Overwatch, Doomfist!