Infinite Excitement

Booker Dewitt is in debt. To people that you don’t want to owe money to. Next thing he knows he is given a box and a message “Bring us the girl, repay the debt”. The year is 1912 and Booker is taken out on a rowboat to the middle of the ocean. Dropped off at the lighthouse he finds an elevator and takes it…Where it leads is Columbia: A city in the sky, a Utopian society floating above the earth. He soon finds the girl he is suppose to bring out of Columbia, Elizabeth who has strange and mysterious powers yet has lived in a tower her whole life. Catch is that she is protecting by the “Songbird” a giant, mechanical, winged beast intent on keeping Elizabeth in Columbia and away from Booker. Not only that but the people of Columbia are split in a war against “Outsiders” to the city.

Who is Elizabeth? Who does Booker owe? Why do they want her? Why do the people of Columbia hate her?

Those are a few out out a million questions to be answered in Bioshock Infinite. The game is out this Tuesday (March 26th) and is one of my most anticipated games of 2013. The original Bioshock was set in Rapture: an underwater city and is one of the best games ever made. This is a game to look out for.

Comparing Fandoms: Avatar versus Harry Potter

Mixin' it up

Mixin’ it up

The fandoms of Avatar (consisted of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: The Legend of Korra) and Harry Potter are two of my favorites for many reasons. However, I have to admit that I like the former better, especially Avatar: The Last Airbender. Why? I’d like to answer that question in this post.

A few things to note before I start:

  • I’ll compare the Harry Potter series and The Last Airbender.
  • I’ll leave Korra out of the picture, because it wasn’t nearly as awesome as The Last Airbender.
  • I love the Harry Potter series, but I will be honest in expressing my opinion about why I like The Last Airbender more.
  • I’ll refer to the Harry Potter fandom as “HP”.
  • I’ll refer to the Avatar fandom as “ATLA”.

By the way, I was curious about which one others liked best, so I made a poll and put it on the blog. So far, the Avatar fandom is in the lead, but it’s almost a fifty-fifty tie. I should mention that only seven people have voted, so the statistics probably aren’t all that accurate, but it was still interesting to see the results. Anyway, let’s get crackin’.

Comparing the Plot

Both: defeat the bad guy and save the world.

I think the plot in HP was more complex, which I like.  I like stories that are complex and realistic, with clear and understandable plots.  On the same note, HP’s plot was a lot darker, which I like, too, because it often means it is more realistic.  However, the plot in ATLA was dark and realistic in its own way.

One more note: I loved the fillers in each story.  ATLA’s elaborated on the characters, leading us to love them even more (I’ll elaborate on that later).  HP’s…well, I wonder if HP actually had fillers.  Every time it seemed like something was going to be a filler, it wasn’t, although I think it had a few.  When it did, it did the same thing as ATLA.

Overall, each plot had its own complexity and realism.  Neither was dumb or childish, but focused on deep and serious issues.  They focused on mature philosophical matters, as well, teaching great morals and leading fans to become better people.  And they had a fair amount of fun and humor to not totally depress us (unlike Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood*; am I right?).

Conclusion?  HP wins.

Comparing the Main Character

Both: a legendary boy with great expectations placed upon him.

Let’s look at Harry and Aang’s similarities.  Both boys:

  • were young when they learned about who they are
  • had a clear destiny
  • worked to restore balance and harmony to the world
  • heavily relied upon friends and allies
  • knew when to be serious and when to relax; well, most of the time

Now let’s look at the differences.

  • Aang had a fairly easy childhood, while Harry’s just plain stunk.
  • Harry was more serious, while Aang was a more goofy kid.
  • Harry had to go to school, while Aang didn’t.  Bummer, Harry.
  • Aang never experienced much physical pain, but Harry did.  Again–sorry, man.

I just realized how much worse Harry had it than Aang.  That makes me sad for him, but I feel like he had more serious flaws than Aang.  Harry could really be a jerk and was often jealous, cocky, and prideful, although he was awesome in many ways.  Granted, Aang had flaws, too, though (to prove my bias) I can’t think of many right now.  I didn’t like how Aang was kind of a wimp concerning certain issues, but I liked a lot of other things about him.

Overall, each boy had many similitarities, but a number of substantial differences.  Each hero of the story underwent tremendous trial and put forth extreme effort to overcome terrible things.  They were both amazing in their own ways.

Conclusion?  ATLA wins.

Comparing the Other Characters

Both: strong friends, incredible allies, and wicked villains.

This is one of the strongest factors in why I like Avatar better.  For one thing, I’m in love with Zuko.  Literally.**  I would marry him if he were real.  That seems to happen to me a lot with fictional characters.

The comment says it all

The comment says it all

The fact that the picture is of David Tennant may be confusing, but the same concept still applies.  (And, plus, I really like that guy).

I liked the other characters in HP a lot, but the characters in ATLA were awesome.  They were hilarious, infuriating, real, deep, and emotion-provoking.  They simply meant more to me than the characters in HP.

Conclusion?  ATLA wins.

Comparing the Special Abilities

Both: abilities that are granted to certain individuals; often hereditary, but not always.

Essentially, it comes down to magic versus bending. Tough call.  It would be pretty awesome to be able to bend, but I think that I’d rather have a wand.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but couldn’t you sort of bend the elements with your wand?  I don’t know if that’s accurate, but I do think that having a wand would be more practical.

Conclusion?  HP wins.

Well, that’s all, folks!  In writing this post, I realized that each of these fandoms have a lot of similarities, but it also reaffirmed my belief that ATLA is more dear to me than HP.

I was going to compare each fandoms animals and physical environment, but…I’m feeling lazy.  It’s spring break, after all.  Speaking of lazy, I obviously got really lazy as I wrote more and more of this post.  Oh, well.

What do you think?  Am I totally off?  Express your opinion below.  Remember to keep it friendly.

*I just started to watch that show.  It is my first anime and I love it, even though it is really depressing at times.  And, I take it back; it has its own share of fun, but not as much as its share of depressing-ness.  Seriously, though–I have never been on a more extreme emotional roller-coaster ride, which is saying a lot because I am not an emotional person.  At all.  I am Mai in the flesh.

**And now it should make sense why I love Zuko.  I am like Mai.  Zuko is emo.  Opposites attract.  I’m going to keep telling myself that.

“A Survivor is Born”

 

Lara Croft is back….well was a week or two ago. In a reboot to the old Tomb Raider franchise we got to see Lara’s origin…and what made her the treasure finding, gun shootin’, platforming pro we know her as.

When the game starts off your on a boat. Boat crash (Rip boat), and  your stuck on an island. When you wash to shore your kidnapped by a hobo and tied up in a cave somewhere on the island. Like I said this is an origin story and one of the coolest things about it is that you go almost an hour into the game before you even handle a gun. When Lara finally does have to pull a trigger its in a life or death self s\defense moment and it effects you just as much as it does her. It does move on a lot faster after that point with Lara shooting people with a bow and arrow left and right though. The island Lara’s stranded on is huge and beautiful. Tomb Raider is probably one the best looking games on PS3 right now and there are some moments that make you step back and just take it all in. 

On the flip side the story isn’t quite what it wants to be. The characters (except Lara) are all rather one dimensional and stereotypical. Its also pretty predictable to the point that you’ll figure out the twist at the end halfway through the game and everything else leading up to it will have you sitting there saying “right i know lets move on.”. Lara’s character on the other hand is handled masterfully. With some really fantastic voice acting and events that take place you genuinely care about what happens to her. Besides looking pretty she is never presented sexually or objectified in any way. In fact after your seen her get washed down a river, fall into an abandoned airplane, grab a parachute while falling through the windshield, crash into a tree, fall to the ground, and then subsequently trip on a rock and hit the ground as if the game is saying “OK that’s enough.” you can’t help but cringe at the pain. The best (and worst) part about this is that directly following this she doesn’t simply shrug it off. You have to stealth your way through the next sequence because your so battered you can’t jump. Lara’s character is handled so well that its a shame the others weren’t given as much attention.

The biggest part of any game is the game play  And Tomb Raider is a blast to play. There really isn’t much to say about this other than giving an example. You zip-line down to the ground from a tower and walk into a shack. All of the sudden your foot is caught in a snare and your pulled upside down while enemies approach. You have to shoot them while upside down and then shoot yourself down. Once your down you take cover behind a boulder and find a roll of rope. You use it to create “rope arrows” that you can use to create a grappling hook effect. Suddenly you realize that you can reach areas you never could before without those rope arrows prompting you to backtrack just to play around. The game really doesn’t let up…ever. You’ll be interested and your blood will be pumping from start to finish and you’ll wish you had more of it to play.

 

9.4 out of 10 for Tomb Raider from this guy. With so much of a focus on this being an “Origin” I can’t wait to see what Lara does next.

 

MISNOMER: The game IS “M” for violence. There are a few VERY graphic scenes in the game that are pretty cringe worthy. Check “commonsensemedia.org” for a family friendly low-down on what’s in the game

The Legend of Zelda Explained

A fan of Zelda? Of course you are. If you have 30 minutes to burn Gametrailers released a new installment of “Timeline”. That’s right. Turns out EVERY Zelda game is part of a timeline and has a specific order. If your a fan of the lore its definitely worth your time. I give you…Timeline

inFAMOUS Second Son

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I’m a huge fan of the inFAMOUS franchise. If you haven’t played the first two installments then I recommend you stop reading this immediately, go play inFAMOUS 1-2 and come back. I’ll be waiting. If your too lazy to do that i’ll give the rundown. Cole McGrath is a bike courier in Empire City. One day he delivers a package and gets a call telling him to open it….BOOM and explosion levels 6 blocks and he is the only survivor. Not only that but he can control electricity. Now Empire City is under quarantine and multiple factions (gangs, cults, etc) are vying for control. Its up to you as a player. Will Cole be a Hero? Or will he become Infamous. That’s as much as I can tell you right now without spoiling the amazing narrative.

During the reveal of Sony’s PS4 they also released a trailer for “inFAMOUS Second Son”.  

Second Son takes place 6 years after inFAMOUS 2 and whether you were a good guy or bad guy stuff went down to make people angry. Cole McGrath’s story is more or less finished and we are getting a new hero. “Delsin Rowe” is a big underacheiver. Till one day he saves some children from a burning bus. After the fact he somehow has the power to manipulate and “phase” into smoke. How did he get his powers? Who is responsible?

 

Regardless the Government is cracking down on anyone with powers in an attempt to wipe out any threats…and that’s all we know. Seriously. Play inFAMOUS. Play inFAMOUS 2. And get a PS4

What Kind of Bender Are You? (An Avatar Quiz)

Water, Earth, Fire, Air

Water, Earth, Fire, Air

I just took a quiz that determines the bending type of an individual (based on the bending types from Avatar: The Last Airbender and
Avatar: The Legend of Korra). It was actually kind of fun and really accurate!

I was an airbender, which surprised me–I thought I would be a waterbender–but, after I read the results, it made a lot of sense and described me well.

Take the quiz by clicking here and tell me what kind of bender you are!