This past Sunday, October 7, the 13th Doctor debuted in the 11th season of the Doctor Who revival series. In order to catch it, I signed up for a 7-day free trial of Sling TV to get access to BBC America.
Rooster Teeth’s RWBY is a show I first heard about maybe a couple years ago. Having recently met two people who were familiar with the show — one a fan, one not — I decided it was finally time a few weeks ago to sit down and give it a shot.
Over the summer, TERA, the MMORPG developed by Bluehole Studio and published by En Masse Entertainment in North America, celebrated it’s 6th Anniversary. This was a game I played a lot in 2012 when it first released, but had only sporadically picked up since then largely due to not really liking any of the classes in the game. However, back in 2017, the female-only, Castanic class Valkyrie was released. I think I tried it out back then for a few levels, but this summer is when I really gave it a chance. Due to changes in XP, I quickly leveled to 45 before I moved on to other things, namely a focus on Final Fantasy console games. Valkyrie is a class I love to play in TERA, and I was disappointed when I found out it wasn’t yet available on consoles. Unlike Wildstar, TERA is a game I definitely plan to return to. Logging on today, I found that servers had merged since the summer, which allowed me to grab a bunch of names I’d lost or wanted over the years. Though it’s not a game I can literally come back to today, with any luck I’ll get some game time in with it this Christmas season.
Anyway, this is to say my gamelog has moved over to cablepunk.wordpress.com, so please keep up with my gaming adventures there.
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“Oh shit, what are we going to do now?” are the words Spike Witwicky yells beside Bumblebee after their failed attempt to damage the monster planet Unicron with the detonation of Moon Base Two in the 1986 cartoon film, The Transformers: The Movie. That line was removed for the film’s VHS home release in the United States leaving some of us with no option in the ’90s but to bootleg the Canadian version in order to hear the complete film. Thankfully, the line would return in subsequent home releases this century. This past Thursday, September the 27th, the crowd gathered at the nearly sold-out Fathom Events screening of The Transformers: The Movie gave a collective laugh as Spike yelled the line, the first time most of us had probably heard it in a movie theater since 1986.
Watching The Transformers: The Movie on the big screen as an adult was not something I was going to miss, and I was amazed at how many people likewise felt the same way. Seeing the film so very, very large on the big screen was an experience I thought I’d never have again. I found myself noticing the sides of the movie frame, watching the facial expressions of Constructicons and Seekers as Megatron and Starscream bickered, and picking up little details in the design of the robots that I never really noticed prior, like Kup’s belt. Quite a few children were present with their parents at the showing. These caring parents were no doubt making sure a whole new generation of kids experienced the trauma of Optimus Prime’s death in the dark displayed on a gigantic screen in a room full of strangers.
Overall, though I’d seen the film numerous times, I found myself enjoying the ride. It’s a film that, thanks to its Star Wars-like story, never gets old. The movie itself was preceded by a preview of the forthcoming Bumblebee film. In it we saw a longer (though probably not complete) version of Charlie Watson and Bumblebee’s first encounter in the garage, and if that scene is anything to base the movie on, it’s going to be really, really good. The Transformers: The Movie concluded with a mini-documentary on Stan Bush’s work for the film which left me humming “The Touch” on the way out to the parking lot clutching my unexpected movie poster. All in all, a pleasant experience which has me looking more into what Fathom Events has to offer.
So the Bumblebee trailer dropped this morning, and at first, in my morning stupor as I sipped my coffee, I was like, “Nah. This doesn’t look like my thing,” which is fine, but then I was like, “Oh, Shockwave,” and then I was like, “HOLY SHIT THAT IS GENERATION 1 SOUNDWAVE AND OH MY GOD RAVAGE!!!”
Ravage, ejecting, transforming, and looking all badass is what sold me on the Bumblebee movie. Granted, I would rather watch an entire film of the Transformers on Cybertron than Bumblebee on Earth, but I’ll take what I can get here. They didn’t have to include that fan service. The movie could work without it, and I hope it succeeds in courting a new generation of Transformers fans, but I’m glad they’ve put in some material for us older fans to get excited about even if it only ends up being a few minutes of screen time in the theatrical film.
You can catch the trailer below, and yeah, I admit it, Bumblebee is so cute.
Having heard NCSOFT and Carbine Studios plan to shut down Wildstar, I recently re-downloaded it to say farewell.
Wildstar never really was my thing, but it was a quality game, and I’m sure some people really liked its style and tone. So, this shuttering of the game is a shame.
I know I must have rerolled a few times. My current character of Xylene Nox only made it to level 11. Apparently, based on my achievements, I played some PvP at one time. I do recall a giant pit in the ground as part of a PvP stage. What I remember most, though, is PvE leveling in some frozen area. Like I said, Wildstar was never really my thing. Had it managed to stick around, it’s something I might have gotten back to eventually, but very doubtfully.
Anyway, goodbye, Wildstar.
Please keep up with my gamelog at its new home here.