You know when you face a long week of living, and expect certain things to happen, but they don’t? It's nice to have expectations countered when those expectations are of let downs and disappointment. So let's revel in the fact that the world can still continue to surprise us, no matter how well we think we know what's going on.
I knew the day would eventually come when I'd be ready to tackle the controversial existence of No Man's Sky. I've been following the game's story and keeping up with the good and the bad, the lies and the hype. Oh, and you might be surprised to know that I've actually spent a fair bit of time playing the game as well.
I'm pleased to report that Inktober was a bit of a success this year, as I managed to do all 31 drawings without many hiccups. Of course, there was a wide range of quality and execution, so the main achievement to be had was fulfilling a prompted drawing every day for a month. I've tried it before, but this is the first time I've made it all the way, which is pretty cool.
Let's do something a little different this week and have a look at books instead of the sketches. I've still been drawing a whole lot, but I was putting my books back on their shelf, and I remembered how much I love a good notebook for writing or drawing. So I scanned the ones I have on hand and the doodles can wait until next week.
One of the coolest things about any form of art, is that it often defies any rational justification for why we like it. Sure we can point to likely culprits, such as quality and detail, but sometimes something hits you harder than expected. I often think that these odd connections with creativity are all the more powerful, as they defy logic and rationale.
Lately I've been thinking a bit about the difference between sex and violence in our society, but I think I'll save that for next time. Truth is that I just couldn't be bothered right now to get stuck into something that should by all accounts be an obvious assessment of something so ordinary. The world works in messed up ways, which is one way of saying that the world kind of sucks sometimes.
There's a short list somewhere of super hype crazes that I completely missed out growing up. I never knew what a Pokémon was until recently, I've never played a Metal Gear game, and I've never played either a Metroid, or Castlevania game. It's funny how even though I've been playing games since the 80s, there are some major mainstream holes in my experience.
This will be posted a little late due to some technical difficulties, which is kind of cool because it fits with this week's theme. I've been getting to know technology again, and reaffirming how enjoyable it can be.
Having a large backlog of games to get through means that every now and then you come across something that you wish you'd found much earlier. It's the whole reason I'm determined to play every game I have access to, because there's no telling how many gems are hidden away in the pile.
I should probably attempt to draw a link between existential tangents and the pursuit of creative practice. At least then I can make excuses for why I tend to go off the rails a bit in these posts and get all abstract up in this blog.
Why has our society evolved to a state where sexual themes are feared more than violence? The other night I started watching The Revenant, which is a good movie, but there's a scene near the beginning (minor spoilers ahoy) where Leonardo DiCaprio's character gets mauled by a bear. The scene was shot really well and with subtle effects and camera trickery, it really looks like this massive bear is tearing into the man. Bones are broken, flesh ripped open, and it's altogether a brutal depiction of violence.
Much like the Farming Simulator series, Euro Truck Simulator 2 has to deal with being a decent simulator game amongst a gallery of jank. Thankfully though, there's enough simulation here to make it interesting, while cutting back on some of the more tedious aspects of driving a truck around Europe.