Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A happy coincidence

There I was, making my nightly rounds on this big thing we like to call the "world wide web". And by "we", I mean "dorks". Most of us normal people call it the Internet.

In any case, I first played Kingdom of Loathing before it closed for nightly maintenance. Then I checked the weather for tomorrow and went on to check some websites and blogs I read regularly. I browsed the new pickings at jayisgames.com and then stopped short after reading the first post on 4colorrebellion.com. Since I just mentioned the Watchmen in my last post, I was more than surprised to find that a big screen adaptation is in the works for the classic graphic novel! How spectacular is that?

That was a rhetorical question. It's spectacular. Really spectacular. Check out the official blog for the Watchmen project here to track the movie's progress.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Good things come in threes

So I’ve not posted anything in a long, long while.

I’ve been here for the most part, right where I usually sit, but three very important things have been preventing me from updating Marvelous Diversion.

Very Important Thing Number One: the TV show Heroes. A friend at work lent me the first season of this spectacular show. As always happens when I get my grubby little paws on a season of a great show, I tend to spend all of my time either watching or wishing I were watching it.

I’ve always loved comics. In recent years, many superhero movies and TV shows have been made, none of which has quite had the depth of NBC’s Heroes. Now that I’m all caught up, I can’t help comparing the first season to the classic graphic novel “The Watchmen”. While the first season had a more compelling storyline than the second thus far, I still can’t wait till next Monday night to find out what happens next. Yay for beautifully crafted TV!

Very important thing #2 was Final Fantasy 12 going on the cheap-o rack at Target. There I was, minding my own business, sifting through the pre-torn (distressed, they say) hoodies trying to find one that didn’t look like it came from the bottom of a dumpster. I didn’t have much luck in menswear, so I thought I might as well see if there was anything new on the video game bargain rack. Man, was that a good choice.

FF XII is a tie with FF VII for my favorite 3D final Fantasy. Introducing a lot of MMO elements and customizable AI for your party members, the twelfth installment in the glorious Final Fantasy series has been a joy to play. The only time I felt regret about any piece of the game was when, 25 hours in, I find out that I can’t get the ultimate weapon anymore because I opened a chest earlier in the game that I shouldn’t have. According to the walkthroughs, I’m a little more than halfway through right now and loving every minute. In any case, FF XII is the best 20 bucks I’ve spent in a while.

Thing Number Three was the release of a tiny little 2D platformer/open level editor by Nicklas Nygren, better know as Nifflas. You may have read my review of Nifflas and his amazing little platformers, Knytt and Within a Deep Forest. His newest game, Knytt Stories, came out a few weeks ago out and, until tonight, has been distracting me from updating this website. Check out the review by following the Games link above.

In any case, I should be back on track now. Let the regular updates recommence!