When Avengers Became Game of Thrones

When Avengers Became Game of Thrones

You may have noticed this, but I love Marvel movies.

In fact, usually, I’m such a nut for them that I go to see them at least within a week of opening night.

Avengers: Infinity War was the exception to the rule, for a few reasons.

It was a little bit because it wasn’t quite in the budget when the movie came out, but it was mostly because emotionally, I didn’t think I was quite ready to see it. Continue reading “When Avengers Became Game of Thrones”

How Geeks Inherited the Earth

How Geeks Inherited the Earth

Have you ever opened up a book, read the first few pages, and silently had the revelation that you had just read about your own life?

This past weekend, I read a book that did exactly that. It was magical.

Usually, when I get absorbed in a book like that, it’s some sort of fantastical adventure where the protagonist has a personality or worldview similar to my own. This time, though, I went a little out of my comfort zone with a social sciences book called I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture by A. D. Jameson. Continue reading “How Geeks Inherited the Earth”

The New Superstars: Mario and Luigi’s Remade RPG

The New Superstars: Mario and Luigi’s Remade RPG

About two months ago, my sister asked to borrow my DS Lite. She was on a nostalgia spree, and wanted to replay Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga, but well, since her GBA went the way of every console whose buttons ceded to the hands of less-than-gentle kids, that was the only way she could.

About three weeks ago, I got a very enigmatic message from my sister the night before she was to come for a visit, saying she had something new to show me.

The next day, she showed up with my DS Lite, her copy of Superstar Saga—and a 3DS cartridge with art that looked suspiciously similar to the GBA cartridge. Continue reading “The New Superstars: Mario and Luigi’s Remade RPG”

Black Panther: A New Type of Hero

Black Panther: A New Type of Hero

I do, and always will, love Marvel movies.

Ever since my introduction to Iron Man 2 just a few years back, the studio’s many works of superheroian shenanigans have been among my favourites. It doesn’t matter that I’ve seen them all so many times; I’m always happy to watch them again.

Every now and again, Marvel likes to throw unexpected heroes into the mix. The first experiment, with the vaguely niche Guardians of the Galaxy, went over so well that they actually became a pseudo-flagship for the comic brand’s movie franchise.

Now, just a few months before Thanos touches down in Infinity War, Marvel is doing it again.

Tip: If you haven’t seen it yet, stop what you’re doing, go see it, and then pick up reading again at this point. There be spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Black Panther: A New Type of Hero”

Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World: A Delightful Yarn

Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World: A Delightful Yarn

When I was a kid, my sister had a GameBoy Advance. She also had a copy of the GBA version of Yoshi’s Island.

Although I wasn’t a super-keen gamer when I was a kid, sometimes, when she wasn’t using it, my sister would let me play. I fell in love immediately.

I loved the tiny green dinosaur and his adorable noises, running around gobbling up baddies, turning them into eggs, and throwing them at other baddies. I played that game until I could speed-run the levels, and had found every last secret. Continue reading “Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World: A Delightful Yarn”