Attested Development

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Arrested DevelopmentWith the fourth season released thus completing the long-awaited return of a fan favorite, we are now faced with all the things we are both happy and unhappy with about the latest installments of Arrested Development. I’m not going to try to convince anyone that the newest episodes are as good or better than the old episodes. These episodes offer their own charm and their own problems.

The same crafted humor and layered set-ups that made the original series classic are still there. Old jokes and gags are used just as well as they were previously. Along with the old, new gaffs as well as new tie-ins to old ones are riddled throughout. Almost the entire ensemble of characters makes at least a cameo return. Some memorable characters have larger roles than others and some go almost unnoticed except to a keen eye.

The problems start to become apparent with…

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Past Effect

One of my favorite series in video games.

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Mass EffectWhy post about a game that was released in 2007? Because it’s a great game. Plus, I just finished playing it….again….twice. The reason? I wanted to play the PlayStation 3 version. Mass Effect was originally released as an Xbox 360 exclusive. The Mass Effect universe did not appear on the PlayStation 3 until after the initial release of Mass Effect 2. Then Mass Effect 3 was released on both platforms simultaneously. Finally, the original Mass Effect was released to PlayStation gamers.

This was strictly a port and re-release. This was not an HD remake like other games have had. You will still encounter glitches but that is inherent in any game. One of the funnier ones that seems to happen a lot is when you or a teammate get caught in an environmental object and start convulsing and jittering as if you just smoked crack while in the midst of…

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Grandma’s Joy

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Grandma's BoyHollywood can’t seem to make a decent movie based on a video game but a movie about people who make video games is another story. Grandma’s Boy was released in 2006 and quickly disappeared from the theaters. Although the box office numbers don’t look good, the movie has gone on to becoming somewhat of a cult classic.

Alex, Allen Covert, is a video game programmer that ends up moving in with his grandmother because his roommate was spending their rent money on Filipino hookers. The entire movie is constructed of zany happenings and antics such as this. The movie follows Alex as he tries to not let people know he lives with his grandmother and maintain his job. There is a love interest in the movie for Alex but don’t worry about this movie being a romance film, it is pure comedy.

The movie holds up to this day because of…

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Fast & Furious Sux: The Game

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ff6Do you like cars? Do you like fast cars? Do you like cars racing? Do you like loose plots of people racing cars and fighting crime? Then you are a Fast & Furious fan. While you wait for the sixth movie to arrive, take some time to download this game but set your expectations appropriately.

Let’s take a look at the good and the bad things about the game.

Good things – it’s free, great graphics, and good controls. The base game is free but it uses micro-transactions(more on that later). I played this game on an iPad 3 and was very impressed by the quality of the graphics. Every car looks exactly like its real world counterpart and as you add upgrades the detail is shown every time you race. You don’t steer your car in this game. The game is based on drag racing so your controls are…

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Lust In Translation

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lostinTake one of the great character actors of his time, pair him with an up and coming starlet, put them in a foreign land, and you get a great movie. A rare combination of things that shouldn’t fit but happened to come together and create an unexpected gem. It’s not for everyone though, it is a somewhat a of a romance story but not too much. The story is more about two people at different points in their life both feeling lost.

The movie is set in Japan with Bill Murray as Bob Harris, a washed up movie actor, there to do an ad campaign for a whiskey. Scarlett Johansson, as Charlotte,  is in the country with her husband who is a photographer. They happen to be staying in the same hotel and end up meeting by chance. Skipping most of the details of the plot, they end up spending…

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Everybody has s…

Everybody has something to say…it’s not necessarily something anybody wants to hear.

The base philosophy that I plan to use and encourage others to use. With the age of immediacy being ruined by the Internet and all of its misuses, a slower pace to distribute content should be used to allow for logic, reason, and levelheadedness to at least have a chance. Far too often has a person posted a statement or photo to a social media outlet only to immediately regret it. Unfortunately by the time that point has come the damage has already been done and deleting the post does not erase it from the memories and minds of those that saw it. There is no delete from the court of public opinion.

My plan is to write the content I post prior to the actual post. The urge to post instantly is hard to resist as there is always “an app for that”. However, I would like to give the opportunity to time and thoughtfulness. Additionally, I’m not racing against anyone but myself to post any content.