Beyond: Two Souls [PS3] and Gravity [Movie]

Day 4 of 365 Days without Facebook

Thursday night, I saw Gravity with Jesse and Craig. (Or, they saw it with me?)

It was a movie I really wanted to see, and at the same time, was really scared to see because of the trailers. I thought the trailers were quite terrifying (haha).

Arff, I just realized I cannot log in to my IMDB account because it was connected with Facebook. True, I could log in with other accounts (e.g. Amazon or Google) and create a new account – but SO MANY aspects are attached with my Facebook account. So, I guess I will just have to wait until next October.

Anyway, I think the movie is perfectly made. Music is cued when it is just right, and I could tell I was only shown what was absolutely necessary with no filler. Everything was that is in the movie is there to create atmosphere of what the characters are experiencing.

I was not terrified – and I doubt the filmmakers aimed for it to be terrifying (I mean, you wouldn’t dub the Taken movies as terrifying, would you?). I think it is a beautiful movie, and you should go see it so that filmmakers are encouraged to make more movies of this caliber.

After we watched the movie, I finished my Redbox rental of Beyond: Two Souls

Now, reviewers for major websites are weird. I played 40 hours into Grand Theft Auto V last month, and hated it. That game received a 10/10. It absolutely does not deserve that rating.  It is not life changing, and its characters are annoying s***bags. I can understand giving it a 6 or a 7 – because it is a huge game. If it were not for some major story and character flaws, I would probably love it.

Then these same reviewers give Beyond: Two Souls a 6. The graphics are amazing – in some scenes, super amazing – and I really enjoyed the cinematic feel. A lot of the reviewers chastised the makers of these game for being “wannabe filmmakers”I thought this made game play cooler. For example, there is this one scene in which I am walking down the side of the road in the desert. That is the only action I can do in this scene – walking. However, as I walk, the camera angle changes as I walk further like it would in a movie. This “movie camera angle” is featured throughout the game, and I think it is a nice touch.

Another reviewer said that he felt that he was just passively playing the game, so he purposefully screwed up what he was supposed to do in one scene, and the military came in and saved him – finishing the scene. Having finished the game, I know where he was, and that is what they are supposed to do. You do your mission, you get injured, the military extracts because you are working for the military and you just completed your mission and now you are extracted because that is what they are supposed to do because you are in a tumultuous area because that is what they are supposed to do /rant.

I tried screwing up non-intentionally in another scene, and my character ran out of the building because she was scared and that mission stopped. The game story went on. I redid the chapter before I went further.

Sure, it is not the greatest game ever – thought I at least had the desire to finish it. Whereas, with GTA V, I wanted kill the main characters. I wanted to kill the protagonists.

These games are completely different and many would say incomparable. However, my point is, game site reviewers were quite lenient when reviewing GTA V compared with Beyond: Two Souls. It is irksome.


365 Days Without Facebook: [Official] Day 1

Quick update before I go further:

I am not in Korea anymore. I have returned to my pseudo-home turf of the U.S. (not exciting) and am spending an obscene amount of time critiquing the video games I have been playing and music videos I have started watching.

I have also decided to go a year without Facebook.

Technically, it has already been two or three weeks. However, since I do not recall a definitive date – I am starting today.

This was a whim decision. I was looking at my Facebook News Feed one day and thought, “Wow, I feel really bored doing this. Why am I continuing to scroll down? I have seen these same ten stories about five times now.” Rather, I usually felt either bored or irritated when looking at my news feed (especially due to the political climate, hehe).

Then I realized I had essentially replaced the Facebook News Feed with the Google News Feed. You reading this are probably thinking, “Wow! That’s great! Filling your mind with real world current events and not with all of that social gibberish of Facebook.”

Well, you, the one who is thinking that, need to know two things about this:

1.) I had already looked at my Google News Feed daily. I mean, it is one click over from Gmail.

2.) You seriously underestimate how often the average person views his/her Facebook News Feed. Once you put that in perspective, what actually has resulted from me swapping Facebook for Google will not be that surprising.

The First Days

“J*** F***** C**, this STILL is not over? SERIOUSLY? I am tempted to go over there myself to get them out if it were not for my current fear of being in a war[ish] zone.” -on the Westgate Mall siege in Kenya

“Some of those Greeks need to stop blaming Angela Merkel for – oh really? They’re still doing that.” [followed by lots of sarcasm] -on the comment section for articles revolving around the German Chancellor elections

I felt like one of those old people who only watch TruTV all of the time and take a vested interest in all of the court cases.

This is how they watch TV.  Source: commons.wikimedia.org

The Prediction

All in all, I think I will make it to the 365 day mark. I expected to not last longer than a day. However, I found it oddly refreshing. I have noticed already a few odd things are not as easily done without Facebook (more on that later), but I will get over it. I expect that I will find random other variables affected. This is, in some way, a test to see what is. I am also quite curious what it will be like when I log in again a year from now.

I think it will be quite a treat. (So long as everyone else continues to use Facebook.)
Anyway, the music videos I have been looking up belong to bands I liked, though have not caught up with in a few years. It is fairly interesting…

 Until tomorrow.