Monthly Archives: April 2015

Hunting the Nightmares

Bloodborne. Yes, Bloodborne. I began playing From Software’s games with Dark Souls. I was hooked in a second back then. Dark Souls II? I played that game four about 2 months straight all day every day when I was really sick. Bloodborne? Yea, I was hooked, but I have to say it’s beginning to lose it’s flair.

From Software’s games will always be high on my list for the simple reason that they actually challenge you. This should come to no surprise to anyway as it’s their main selling point. I grew up with the classic games and like to be challenged; which can be pretty hard to find now-a-days. In fact, I find myself playing most games out of the box on SUPER-EXRA-HARDCORE-PROFESSIONAL mode or whatever and it’s still not very hard. A terrible trend we’re on that I hope changes.

So, yes. That’s the good of Bloodborne and we all already know that already. The part that’s getting old? The story is too vague. I can’t really remember if it was so sparse in the Dark Souls series, but in Bloodborne it’s almost completely not there. Sure there are tidbits here and there and if you read the item descriptions you pick up more and more, but even at that I had no idea what was going on the entire time. Just a vague reference of this huge dream thing and me being a hunter hunting demons or nightmares. Heck, I didn’t even realize it was Love Craft based until I read a great write up on it done on Reddit. I’d link to it but I feel lazy right now. Just search Bloodborne story on Reddit.

If other people have understood what was going on and such then props to you, but to me it was too sporadic to follow.  It’s disappointing really. The gameplay is fantastic, but I found myself asking constantly: why I am doing this? What do I care if I slay this beast. Sure I get further in the game but what’s my purpose? Was I actually enjoying it? Or just blindly running around murdering things.

Is it too much to ask for great challenging gameplay and a story? Maybe.

Either way, if you enjoy their previous games, you’ll like Bloodborne. But if you’re like me and thrive on story, then you’ll probably find it lacking. Still it was fun to play. So, go play it!

NOW!

-Your Noble Vileblood

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Daredevil

By now it should come as no surprise that I love superheroes. Yes, I’ve never been a huge fan of comic books, but Batman and Spiderman TVseries growing  up were great! And I really think Marvel is on a roll right now.

With Age of Ultron on the horizon, there hasn’t been much new to watch in the Marvel universe. But then I found it. As I was trawling through Netflix, I came upon Daredevil and laughed. I laughed because every single one of us thought it was that bad Ben Affleck one from so long ago. But it wasn’t.

So naturally I watched the first episode. And another. And another. Until Netflix asked me if I was still watching and I clicked yes so that I could binge watch even more. I guess you could say I was hooked.

I’ve never known much about Daredevil growing up so the entire story was pretty fresh. It was also more brutal than I thought it would be and that was a good thing. I also think that the two big forces, Daredevil and Kingpin, are very interesting together. They both have the same end goal but with very different means to an end. It’s a fantastic story. And spending half of your screen time with Kingpin was great too. You learn to feel for the guy and understand him.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should. From start to finish it’ll get you on the edge of your seat.

-Your fellow hero writer

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Fit Bit Tid Bit

That’s right, people. I got a Fit Bit Charge HR. And it’s … alright so far.

So, for a while now I’ve been looking for a way to track my workouts. As you may or may not know, I’m a huge fan of being fit. Well, I was and got sidetracked hardcore with Hypothyroidism, but finally I’m getting back into the swing of things slowly but surely. How do I work out? Beachbody videos.

You can hate if you want to, but I think they’re very well done. Being someone who spent the entirety of their childhood through college being completely inactive,  Shaun T’s Insanity whipped me into gear. I then decided to try out Tony Horton’s P90X and well, the rest is history. I owe those two a lot. Both changed my complete outlook on life and helped me form a better version of myself. So naturally, I’ve turned to P90X3 to get me back up on that horse. And man has it been hard after 16 months of sloth-ing about.

But that’s all besides the point.  Back to the Fit Bit. During these programs I’ve always found it hard to track the data. Sure, Tony always pushes we track the number of push-ups, reps, and pull-ups you do ( which is all great and good), but I’m still part engineer and I need data. I feed on it. To be honest, crunching numbers and making graphs and such has always been kind of zen-like for me. And this desire has turned me to Fit Bit.

Fit Bit is made to track all sorts of healthy data. It’s tracks my heart rate, my steps, my calories burned, my hours slept. All great things to know. But the issue so far? What do I do with this data? Sure, I’ve received it a very streamline fashion, but knowing what my resting heart rate is or how many hours of sleep I’m averaging; is that actually helping me? So far, not so much.  I’m hoping I figure this out as I go, but for now I’m at a bit of a lost.

The only info I’ve found a tiny bit helpful so far is how many calories I’ve burned. But it’s a little strange that it gives me all the calories I’ve burned in a day. I mean, I suppose that’s good, but I wish it was just my calories per workout. I guess it might be better if I took the time to input my food and water intake. But I’m far too lazy for that. Maybe I need a mouth Fit Bit for that.

At any rate, I hope this thing works out.  And if anyone has any tips, let me know!

– Your P90Xer

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