Virtual Tourist – GRIS 3/10/19

Well, between the health stuff, company merger, and daylight’s savings time, my plans today were put in peril. But I will persevere!

Mini Movie Review

Captain Marvel – Depending on who you are and how deep you are in comic book fandom will make a HUGE difference on what you’ll think about this film. It’s a popcorn flick, entertaining with a lot of cute moments. As long as you don’t look below the surface, it’s enjoyable. Seeing a young Coulson totally did it for me. 😛 I thought Brie Larson did a great job. There’s been a lot of flack about her not being able to act, but I didn’t see that. If anything, I have to give her kudos for not just acting with words and expressions but her whole body. Carol Danvers’ confident and easy attitude screams from the character just by how she walks down a corridor after the first escape.

While the errors regarding canon are many and various, some of the other problems were just lazy. For example, the Skrull Talos spoke like some punk out of the ’80s and ’90s when, if you take into account the timeline as presented, he had not yet spent much if any time on Earth. (If he had, there would have been several critical bits of information he would have already known about and therefore made the movie moot!). Another big one was with regards to the Kree. All Kree have blue skin, and all the movies and TV shows have presented them that way. The only exception is sometimes some have patches of pure white skin (which makes them looked down on). Rather than try to come up with a plausible reason to tell Carol why her skin was different, they just turned half the Kree population Caucasian. Lazy.

If you can ignore stuff like that, you should enjoy the film. It had a nice pace, cool effects, excellent combat sequences, and Goose. I did love that they let the Skrulls have their super funky chins. Rating: 3.25 out of 4 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission.)

Virtual Tourist – GRIS

GRIS - flower gardens

The gardens are a wonderful area. It is also where you pick up the ability to SING!

GRIS - the power to sing

Singing affects things and is also visual. The rings you see here are from her voice. It also makes flowers bloom!

GRIS - garden

Love the luscious colors.

GRIS - fog

The unknown. Look a the gorgeous pastels!

GRIS - garden hallway

An underwater hallway in the gardens. You can’t sing as a fish.

GRIS - flip zone

The bush is made of water, so I can swim in it. The yellow line flips the gravity. Gliding past the top drops you up to the floor/ceiling of the other side. Lol.

GRIS - moonlit garden

I love the colors, the implied textures, even the depths.

GRIS - final song

A half inverted area and major singing spot.

GRIS - meeting the self

The star path to the meeting the tortured self.

GRIS - a tomb

It is just darn pretty!

Hope you’ve been staying warm out there. Winter is still trying to hang on, but it is a losing battle. 😛

Virtual Tourist – GRIS 1/27/19

Greetings!

It feels like forever since I’ve done a post. To say 2019 has so far been an insane roller coaster ride is an understatement. Between gallbladder surgery, year-end/ at work, the audit, some medical scares with hubby, and more, my tray has been more than filled. I am ready for things to slow down!

I did get a steam card for Christmas, so I bought several games to keep me occupied. GRIS is a platform game in 2D with lovely visuals, many giving a 3D impressions. It’s filled with puzzles and colorful changing vistas and no words. One neat thing about the game (aside from its evil imagination and lovely presentation) is how things that are a hindrance in some sections you end up having to use to help you finish puzzles!

GRIS

GRIS beginning

You begin the game just as you see above. No explanations.

GRIS landscape

You wander through a desolate landscape.

GRIS flying creature

Loads of interesting fauna and flora.

GRIS discovering RED

Once you find some stars and are able to follow the path, you will discover the color red.

GRIS - RED

You find yourself in a harsh and angry land. Yet one still filled with beauty.

GRIS columns

There are neat formations everywhere. The one constant in all the lands are the various statues of a woman crying.

GRIS duality

Neat images like this one abound.

GRIS weeping

Emotionally moving images abound.

GRIS discovering Green

Once you discover Green, the more colorful the world becomes. Each color discovered adds new depths to the surroundings.

GRIS spiritual bird

This large bird recurs many times and is one of the giant animals spurring the girl forward. It isn’t always friendly.

The music in the game is also lovely. It enhances the mood and even hints at coming changes. A super imaginative game, leaving you stumbling around much as the main character is, yet with discovery and wonder around every corner.

I hope 2019 is treating you well!

Virtual Tourist – Witcher 3 11/18/18

Morning!

I fell off the planet again and will most likely fall off again next week.

I had a gallstone attack a couple of weeks ago. First time I’ve had one! At least to where I knew something was wrong. I had some scans, and they found the stones. Now I am going to have my gallbladder removed. Whee! (Thus the reason I’ll be falling off the planet again.)  Wish me luck!

Virtual Tourist

Witcher 3

Witcher 3 - magic portal

Yennefer has opened a magic portal for travel. Whenever you interact with someone long enough or learn a lot about them, they get entered into the character entry book. (Yes, I forgot to hit the Home button to get rid of the UI. DOH)

Witcher 3 - palace

One of the large rooms in Emhyr var Emreis’s castle.

Witcher 3 - Northern Temeria

View of Northern Temeria and one of the villages.

Witcher 3 - Members of the Wild HuntMembers of the Wild Hunt looking for clues to Ciri’s whereabouts.

Witcher 3 - Leader of the Wild Hunt

This is the leader of the Wild Hunt and supernatural bad guy. Mean looking guy!

Witcher 3 - Ciri

This was an unexpected surprise. In certain points of the game, when getting information about Ciri from those who’ve seen her, you get to be her to reenact that particular set of events.

Witcher 3 - magic portal

The women mages are in hiding as their’s a price on their heads. This temporary portal belongs to Keira Metz.

Witcher 3 - Keira's secret place

This is Keira’s secret place. It’s where she goes when she can’t stand being the village witch anymore. Lol.

Witcher 3 - ruins

A gorgeous view as I approach a set of small ruins.

Witcher 3 - closer look at the ruins

A closer look at the ruins.

Wish me luck! Hope to be back to soon!

Also, next Saturday is Small Business Saturday. You can help small business and small publishers by shopping their wears.

ChibiChains - Small Business Saturday Small Business Saturday - Zumaya Publications Small Business Saturday - Yard Dog Press

Virtual Tourist – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 10/28/18

 

Morning, all!

Mini Movie Review

Hunter Killer

Hunter Killer – a sub movie! Woot! Hubby has been chomping at the bit to see this one. 🙂 The film has all the submarine movie tropes and then some. Some of the big pieces on the plot don’t quite fit or point you in directions never followed up on, but ignoring those, you’re in for a fun ride. Multiple groups are involved in the mission, so you get action from several directions and by various groups. Rating: 3.25 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

 

Virtual Tourist

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - subway trakcs

No subways are running from the station, so Jensen has to make his way over on foot.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - newspaper

The electronic newspaper in the game. Headlines and stories will change as the game progresses. Nice way to give players more info.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - main suspect

Look at the awesome wrap around screen! Sweet!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - cabal

Close up picture of the augmented troublemaker following the orders from the cabal. 😛

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - chandelier

That is one cool chandelier!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - cool room

The rest of the place is nice, too! This one gives a better view of the room.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - underground

A meeting underground

Deus Ex: Mankind DividedCulinary delights – grilled mouse on a stick.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Aerial view of the city of London!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

The DNA strand buildings are too darn cool!

That’s it for this week. Hope you have a marvelous day!

Virtual Tourist – Witcher 10/21/18

 

Morning!

Weird week. All the rain and cold were trying super hard to make me sick. I muddled through – yay! But somehow though we thought we had Fan Days this weekend, we did not actually have a booth. Boo! But it’s given me time to fight against catching a cold. Yay! But I didn’t get much done this weekend. Boo! Lol.

Mini Movie Reviews

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians – this film has been out a while, but it’s still going strong. The preview clips I’d seen were awful, but hubby had read good things about it, so we took a chance. Glad we did. Most of the film is in English with a dabbling of subtitles here and there. It’s a love story as well as a clash of old vs. new, familial responsibilities vs. self, rich vs. poor, and other clashes. All the little details and side characters made the film adorable and quite funny. There are a lot of lovely views of Singapore as well! The film was a lot of fun. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

 

Witcher 3 – White Orchard

Look at that gorgeous sky! Lots of beautiful scenery abounds!

Witcher 3 - White Orchard

As you can see in the picture, the flora is super detailed. Lovely!

Witcher 3 - White OrchardGorgeous! I could look at the clouds all day. Lol

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - horses

I took this one because of the free-roaming horses! The game also has deer, rabbits, and other fauna running around.

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - Griffin

My first main Witcher contract. Hunt down and get rid of a Griffin running rampant through the countryside. Not an easy task!

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - Griffin

An actual sacrificial lamb.

Witcher 3 - White Orchard

Geralt has been looking for his girlfriend Yennerfer, but she finds him instead.

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - YenneferYennefer – Geralt’s girlfriend before he lost his memory in the original game.

Witcher 3 - White Orchard - Yennefer and GeraltYennefer has convinced Geralt to go with her. His foster daughter Ciri has been seen and is in danger from the Wild Hunt. (I love the look she’s giving him! Hee!)

Witcher 3 - royalty and Geralt cleaned up

Geralt after a mandatory bath and shave. (Hilarious situation, really.) Emhyr var Emreis, the ruler of Nilfgaard sits in the back. He wants his daughter Ciri found. His reasons are not quite the same as Geralt’s.

Stay dry! Stay healthy! Have fun!

Virtual Tourist -Wither 3 10/14/18

Morning!

Between quarter end at work and all the rain, I have no brain cells to rub together. Wheee!

Mini Movie Reviews

Venom

Venom – the film is a bit slow as they set up the pieces, but once Venom connects with Eddie Brock, the wild and fun ride begins. Full of snark and adorable bits, it plays down on the horrific elements of what Carlton Drake and the symbiotes have done and are trying to do. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

 

 

Virtual Tourist – Witcher 3

Witcher 3 - view from a dreamStill, inside a dream, this is the view from Yennefer’s apartment.

Witcher 3 - Kaer Mohren in the dream

A view of Kaer Mohren in the dream.

Witcher 3 - Arrival of the Wild Hunt

The dream turns into a nightmare. The Wild Hunt is here, breaking the dimensional barrier to come into our realm.

Witcher 3 - Geralt wakes from the nightmare

Geralt wakes from his nightmare to frustrating reality. He’s been trying to chase down Yennefer for over six months now that his memories have returned.

Witcher 3 - dawn on the first day of the game

Look at that gorgeous sky!!!!!!

Witcher 3 - tavern

Loved the little details in the first tavern we visit. Beautiful colored flowers painted in the walls. A bit of color to push away the dreary existence in the middle of a war-torn area.

Wichter 3 - tavern

More of the tavern and a view of my mentor.

Witcher 3 - Nilfgaard  outpost in White Orchard

Nilfgaard outpost in White Orchard. The conquering side. Locals are not thrilled at their presence.

Witcher 3 - Nilfgaardian captainCaptain at the Nilfgaardian outpost. He’s trying hard to be patient with the locals, but that patience is being tested.

Witcher 3 - a new dayA new day? Could be the end of one as well. Lol. I can’t remember. But a lovely view either way!

Obligatory Promotion Section!

If you’ve not seen it yet, please take a look at the first book trailer for Alien Redemption!

If you like what you see, please consider”liking” the video. Sharing it would be even better! I need to start getting the word out, despite the book release being months away. Promotion is the hardest part of being an author. So any help would be much welcomed! Thank you!

Feel free to sign up to receive blog posts straight to your inbox, so you don’t miss a thing! 🙂

Virtual Tourist – Witcher 3 9/30/18

Morning, all!

Let’s do this!

Mini Movie Reviews

SmallfootSmallfoot – an unexpectedly deep film. They tackle some tough subjects. The animation was great. There are loads of cute and amusing moments. Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

 

 

 

The House With A Clock in its Walls The House with a Clock in its Walls – The film has some great special effects. The story is told from Lewis’ point of view, (the boy) so there is a lot we see coming that he doesn’t. In that respect, it made the movie somewhat predictable. Still, it was a nice bit of fun. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

 

 

Virtual Tourist – Witcher 3

Hubby had Witcher 2 and 3 from sometime back. I tried doing Witcher 2 but the dizzying factor was too high, and no means to tone it down in the options. I moved on to Witcher 3, and have had little problems in that respect. YAY!

Witcher 3 - The Beginning

The beginning sequence is done in a 3D coming book style. Worked very well! Dark times are upon the land as old evil has come through the veil.

Witcher 3 - beginnings

They mention the origin of Witchers. Children mutated through magic to make a breed more suited to fight against ghosts and monsters.

Withcer 3 - The Wild Hunt

The Wild Hunt has come through the veil. The land is in the midst of war, so the Wild Hunt is roaming the countryside for their nefarious purposes unchecked.

Witcher 3 - Start Screen

Start screen for the game. Hubby bought a season pass with the game when he brought it, so it shows two add-ons at the bottom there. The image moves. Also, whenever you hit escape to save a game or pause it, it keeps a picture of where you are at the time. I thought that was a nice touch!

Witcher 3 - Geralt

This is Geralt – he’s the Witcher who is the focus of the games.

Witcher 3 - war

War is everywhere. Things that have happened in the previous games have led to the current bad situation.

Witcher 3 - YeneferGeralt’s lover Yennefer. This is a dream he’s having while searching for her. He’d lost his memories at the end of the original Witcher game and had forgotten all about her. Some mild nudity shows up here and there.

Witcher 3 - YenneferYennefer – she is a sorceress. Geralt and his teacher have been looking for her for the last six months.

Witcher 3 - room

Lots of lovely details! You can also see the minimap and active quest on the right.

Let the games begin!

Hope you have an awesome week!

 

Virtual Tourist – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 8/26/18

Morning all!

Mini Movie Reviews

Alpha Alpha – There is a lot of gorgeous cinematography in this film. They start out us out with the crisis point then go back a week earlier. It’s a gimmick they could have left out and made a better film due to it. It was nice to see some of the culture of the tribe, though the whole beating of the kids was not explained and didn’t make much sense, especially the night before a long excursion. Several instances of anachronism, which were odd. Several cases where the boy had a chance to make things better for himself and didn’t. (Hunter tent, sabertooth tiger pelt.) Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

Continuing the dog theme…

A-X-L A-X-L – Adorable premise, blossoming AI escapes and gets adopted by a boy after getting bested by him. (Alpha dominance also showed in Alpha.) But a lot of problems with doing things for convenience and plot manipulation. Example: We see AXL use intelligence in evading pursuers and not being found, yet later he doesn’t move back even though we see in his sensors he is aware of the weapon the person is pointing and the pool for gasoline at his feet. He claws things, but we never see the claws. Lots of little things that added up to take away from the film. Rating: 3 out of 5 Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission.

One funny thing was that in A-X-L they show pics of man and dog over the years and of course had one for ancient man and dog. Tying it back to Alpha. Heh heh. Oh, and today is National Dog Day! So you have doggie movies you can see to celebrate. 🙂

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - GARM

Left for dead, Jensen has made his way inside the GARM facility where the trap was spring.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Inside GARM View of the inside of GARM.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - GARM bridge Moving from building 1 to building 2 of the GARm facility. It looks so cold out there!

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Waterfalls at GARM There be waterfalls at GARM. Used for power generation?

Deus Ex: Mankind DividedSlowly working my way to possible escape from this place.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Helipad viewView of GARM from the helipad.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - GARM from a distanceView of the whole compound as I make my escape. Impressive looking, no?

Deus Ex: Mankind DividedGood to be back.

Deus Ex: Mankind DividedCrime waits for no one.

 On the book trailer news – I’ve picked three possibles for the music for the trailer. As I’ve done in the past, I look to Kevin MacLeod for excellent royalty free tracks. Will I use Black Vortex, Phantom from Space, or Voltaic? Too soon to tell. 😛

Virtual Tourist – Wolfenstein II 7/29/18

Morning!

Mini Movie Review

Mission Impossible: FalloutMission Impossible: Fallout – the film is a rollercoaster of non-stop action. They also throw in nostalgic bits which were excellent. Loved the mission recorder, which was a mix of super new tech (DNA matching) and original TV show (tape wheels and smoke!). Twists and red herrings abound. They also added things going wrong, annoyances to the protagonist, and other bits making this feel more like real life. Many things come back full circle. Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Paying Full Price to See Again.)

 

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

Yeppers, finally playing the third installment. Hubby finished it way back, but I’d not gotten to play. I bit more dizzying than the previous two, which is why I stayed away for a bit.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Blazkowicz Mom

Blazkowicz’s Mom – he’s having a dream/nightmare. Not a good family life as it turns out.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Save Blazkowicz

The game picks up moments after the end of Wolfenstein The New Order. Blazkowicz is messed up. It’s a miracle he’s alive at all!

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Resistance Leader

Our ragtag team’s leader. The suit allows her to walk and fight.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - doctorBlaskowicz wakes up fully when the stolen ship gets boarded. Finally finds one of the others. B has mad skills with his wheelchair. Lol. This boat is not made for the disabled.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

The Doc has set up some nasty traps for the soldiers. Very nasty traps. 😛

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - posters

They always have such lovely details! B pics up bits of info about Nazi America as he wheels himself through the sub.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Anya

A bittersweet reunion with Anya!

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus

B isn’t doing good. Half hitpoints are the best he gets! But he’s still tougher than anything out there. 😛

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Anya 2

She has so much faith in him. Got to cling to what you can.

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus - Kissing

Love in the midst of carnage. 🙂 Pregnant she still kicks buns! Heh heh.

Hope your weekend has been fab! Next week I will be at ArmadilloCon! Hope to see you there. 🙂

Virtual Tourist – My Time at Portia 6/3/18

Morning!

Windows did an update last week, and it took all the time I had to do the Sunday post. Boo! The update did warn me it would take longer than usual, but it went on way longer than I ever expected. Oh, well…

Mini Movie Reviews

SOLOSOLO – Meh. That was the feeling we walked out with after the film was over. Just meh. With the millions of dollars they are spending on these movies, you’d think they’d make sure they had a decent script. This was another “let’s grab scenes from the originals and use them again because fans are stupid and will watch anything.” There’s no reason for it. They pretty much lost me when they had Val commit suicide for NO REASON! They’d already been discovered, so blowing up the bridge was unnecessary by that point! Hello?

I also thought it was a bad idea making Han be in love as fervently as he was with Qi’ra. It belittles what he has later with Leia. And have you noticed that the farther back in time we go the smarter and more independent the androids get?  The only bright point was Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian – he was fab! Rating: 3 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

 

My Time at Portia

My Time at Portia - grave for dead station people

The gravesite for the people who’d been dead 300 years but had been Ack’s companions up in the space station that fell from the sky.

My Time at Portia - Winter

Winter around the area of the Hazardous Ruins.

My Time at Portia - Llama statue

Inside my Level 2 House – During the weekends the Commerce Center now has inspections rather than commissions. That giant Llama statue is one of the gifts you can get (they seem to be random) for helping out. Suckers are HUGE!

My Time at Portia

In winter, towards the end of the month, cute decorations and snowmen begin appearing. It is all leading towards a Hot Pot celebration. (The first year I did not realize when they said Hot Pot they meant hot pot! The spicier, the better. Eek)

My Time at Portia - The Cutton Llama

There are a couple of higher end animals that will randomly appear (often after a massive culling). This is the Cutton Llama. Note his spiffy sunglasses, antlers, and fake bunny ears. Lol.

My Time at Portia - field with sprinklers

The game has added a photo-taking mode so you can take photos of yourself, with NPC’s, and also with no one in the frame. When you take the pic, you can add a caption, and the game puts it into a photo album you have inside the game. This is Sophie’s Ranch wheat field after I’ve installed a sprinkler system.

My Time at Portia - construction for the new museum

Construction of the town’s museum. Once built, you can donate equipment you’ve made for display and also reconstructed artifacts.

My Time at Portia - museum closer to final contruction

Here’s the museum construction further along. You can also see Pinky the town’s cat.

My Time at Portia - Museum construction is complete

The finished museum building. It went up pretty fast! (Martha and Carol are performing their morning exercises.)

My Time at Portia

The main room of the level 2 house after I’ve applied new wallpaper and flooring. You can see the red clock (found in mines), the reconstructed telephone (4 pieces from the mines), a tea set (huge!), the music box (built it myself!), a small painting, and the Rat Prince’s ratty pink couch. You never know how big something will be. Always a surprise!

There probably won’t be a post next week. Chibi Chains and I will be in the Artist Alley at A-kon! We’ll be in booth I25. Drop on by and say hello!

Artist Alley A-kon 2018 - we're in I25

Have a great week!