Preamble: Bethesda kicks things off this year. The newcomer has a lot to prove, and they certainly seem to be heading that way. They’re coming in on three main prongs. Starting early and surprising pretty much everyone, they unveiled Fallout 4 earlier this month, showing off a teaser that will probably lead to a gameplay reveal during the conference. Secondly, the DOOM reboot has been teased, and gameplay is all but certain, lest we riot. Thirdly, and most recently, an open mic leak on a twitch test stream on Saturday accidentally revealed Dishonoured 2. Not that shocking as a sequel goes, but that’s a welcome addition. So three games at least, hopefully all showing gameplay, to get things started. As for other stuff, I’d assume Elder Scrolls online will be due for some sort of gameplay expansion, especially as the console versions only launched a while ago. As for anything else, not a clue. Wolfenstein making an appearance maybe?
Well then, now we’re alone, let me explain why Princess Shireen Baratheon had to be burned alive. And yeah, I’m aware that her death was suggested by GRRM and this means Shireen is not going to long for the print canon either, I get that, it makes sense given her situation in the books. I don’t particularly think that it was massively out of character for Stannis to do this either. Admittedly, coming off the father/daughter scenes in previous episodes, it’s a little hard to see that change so quickly. And of course, that sequence was horrifically brutal to watch. Even so this all makes sense when you consider what Stannis’s narrative is about, and why this is actually retelling a much older story. It actually didn’t click with me till this last episode of Game of Thrones. With Shireen’s death, it finally let the penny drop for me about Stannis and why his storyline always feels so disconnected and off compared to everyone else. You know how there’s that idea that Game Of Thrones is the War of the Roses but with dragons? That’s pretty accurate for how things started out, but Stannis isn’t part of that. Stannis is in his own Greek epic, travelling Westeros to build an army and conquer the kingdoms. He’s even got his own personal oracle telling him his future. Melisandre is the Cassandra of this story, offering her version of the future. Stannis is the warrior king with his epithets and his journey. Read More
I think some of my favourite types of story are the ones where you take a character who is fundamentally good, then you throw a cynical, uncaring and frankly horrible world at them, and watch how they react. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is this idea down to a tee. One of Netflix’s newest Original Series, it’s the brainchild of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and the 30 Rock influences are very much noticeable in the writing and comedic style. The programme follows the titular Kimmy Schmidt, played by Ellie Kemper, as she tries to bring her small town sensibilities and earnest nature to New York City so she can survive and thrive. It’s a lovely, conventional and heartwarming story. Except that the title is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And it’s named such because when Kimmy was 15, she was kidnapped by an Apocalyptic Preacher and forced to spend the next 15 years underground in a bunker with four other women before being rescued. Which understandably, could be pretty dark as a plot line. Repressed trauma, flashbacks, deep rooted issues and all that.
So Adventure games. There’s gonna be some spoilers here, I’ll try and keep them light for Life is Strange, but you should really have played The Walking Dead by now. Both are excellent, go ahead and play throughout them and then come back. This will probably make slightly more sense to you. If you just want a review, go play Life is Strange. It might not seem like your thing, but it’s fantastic because of that. This is a concise, focussed experience where character is king and the ordinary becomes extraordinary.