Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Final Fantasy VII Playthrough: Part 3 - Attacking the Second Reactor

First, a recap.

"Hell Bubbles"?
Cloud (a mercenary), Barret (a terrorist) and Tifa (a woman), are on their way to blow up the Sector 5 Mako reactor. Mako is a powerful energy source being used by Shinra, a large and most likely malevolent corporation, to provide the planet's energy and make lots of money. According to Barret, their activities are putting the planet in huge danger, and so he and his band of fellow environmentalists, AVALANCHE, decide to blow up Shinra's reactors.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Francis "York" Morgan and other things I don't understand

My latest Character Select is an examination of Deadly Premonition's Francis "York" Morgan through the prism of David Lynch. It's pretty spoiler-heavy, so if you haven't played the game and want to, I'd suggest not reading it until you do. For everyone else, here's what went through my mind as I wrote it.

My favourite part of writing the article was the research; I watched Mulholland Drive three times, every time looking at it from a different perspective, finding another potential meaning in its strange events. Before the Deadly Premonition article, I hadn't seen the film since I was a teenager, when I hated it. That was a time when I thought everything had to have an answer, that only lazy or incoherent writers failed to tie up all the loose ends in their narratives.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Final Fantasy VII Playthrough: Part 2 - AVALANCHE and the Slums

Having blown up a Mako reactor, it's up to Cloud, Barret, Wedge, Biggs and Jessie to escape the explosion, and anyone who might be coming after them.

Cloud is propelled out of the exploding Mako reactor.

As soon as they emerge, Cloud asks Barret for his payment, exhibiting his mercenary tendencies. What childhood trauma left you so cold, Cloud? Don't you know the fate of the planet is at stake, and that Avalanche is trying to stop Shinra Electric Power Company from polluting it further?

Thursday, 1 November 2012

National Novel Writing Month

Back in 2010, I took part in National Blog Posting Month, in which I posted one blog post a day for a month. Nearly. It was quite difficult to do every day, and I'm not sure what I gained out of it. Slightly more blog posts than I would usually publish, about rather more throwaway things.

This year, I'm taking part in the altogether more scary-sounding National Novel Writing Month. Guess what that entails. One of the instructions is to "tell your inner editor to take a hike" so your inner writer can run naked and free through the fertile pastures of your imagination. I've just written 1,000 words before work (another 600 to go today), and it's incredibly difficult. My inner editor said she was going on a trip but she keeps popping back because she "forgot" something.

"Just checking you're ok... Oh, you don't want to put that there, it doesn't make any sense. Why don't any of the places have names? You can't just put them in later, or you'll forget what you're talking about. I think you're being too ambitious, why don't you sit down and have a proper think about it. Maybe write out a plan, like you learned to do at school. Should you be eating that, by the way? Just a thought..."