If you have looked around yourself and seen the world for the empty husk it truly is, and you have desired more; if you have an unquenchable lust for real adventure and overcoming in an age where the word HERO has become meaningless; if you would make an outlaw of yourself, and go against…
As the guy in the photo, I second everything said in this post. Grimnir speaks ancient truth.
Excellent weekend at Ulfheim. Much cider, mead, merriment, and a groundfighting bout with Grimnir, who’s gainz out-natty’d me this time. Woke up today sore, smelling like wood smoke and covered in dirt. Still sore as hell. Tired, and going to sleep now.
Photo from last October when I met up with Jack Donovan. Really cool guy. He writes about man things.
Watching all the news about Ukraine and Russia right now tells me only one thing, that somewhere in the Russian Army there is some nerdy Private named Ivan who’s getting sweaty palms as he syncs 90s videogame music into his iPod, sensing that his childhood dream of taking part in a Russian invasion while listening to “HELL MARCH” is about to come true.
From my Dec 2012-June 2013 deployment. I’m settled in RVA now, but never really went through my Afghanistan photos or posted many of them. So you’ll be seeing them from time to time on this page as I sort through them.
Finished playing The Banner Saga. I don’t have time for videogames like I used to, but I make rare exceptions for games that are true works of art, and Banner Saga was the best I’ve played in years. It’s like if you combined the Oregon Trail with the 2D animation and brutality of Myth: The Fallen Lords, all wrapped up in a beautiful Norse fantasy world on the brink of doom.
Basically I judge entertainment media by Inspiration vs Distraction. Media that has more Distraction points is stuff that may very well be fun, perhaps even too fun, for it arrests your time and attention for hours, maybe even days or weeks. And when you put the thing down, you don’t feel like doing anything new or interesting. You probably just want to go play the damn game or watch the TV series some more, because it hits all those narrative or interactively addictive sweet spots. Distractive Media is electronic nicotine, basically.
Media that Inspires is pretty self-explanatory. At the end of the game you should have a similar feeling you get when closing an excellent book that taught you something and made you chomping at the bit to do a new painting, or a movie that inspired you to do go make yourself sweat and toil (ie: powerlifters and their motivational Conan The Barbarian memes).
Banner Saga definitely falls into the second category. It’s short enough and easy to pause that I never looked at the clock and felt like I wasted a whole afternoon, but just plain beautiful enough for you to let yourself get sucked into it for a while, like a good painting or well-done concept album.