What I’ve Been Reading: August 2, 2015

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This week’s What I’ve Been Reading is brought to you by the letter J. Or pretty much any other letter of the alphabet. Go ahead and choose one. I’m not picky. More

Game Review: Batman: Arkham Knight

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This review assumes you’ve played Batman: Arkham Knight, as well as all previous main entries in the Batman: Arkham series. Therefore, spoilers abound. You’ve been warned!

It’s impossible to assess the Rocksteady-developed Batman: Arkham Knight independently from the controversy surrounding its release on Windows, the platform on which I played it. It’s also impossible to assess Knight independently from the previous three games in the series, each of which is worthwhile in its own right. Knight, in many ways, is the culmination of the series, at times playing like the most refined version of what a Batman game can be. But in other ways, it tries to be its own beast, and it’s usually in those instances that it fails. The end result is a competent but mediocre game whose flashes of brilliance come from shining the series’ long-established mechanics to a diamond sheen, and whose flashes of originality are misguided at best, downright hilarious at worst. More

What I’ve Been Reading: July 26, 2015

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Reading is hard. Let’s do it anyway! Links after the jump. More

Pushing Daisies Rewatch, S2E10, The Norwegians

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“Young Ned realized that his father was not going to fight his battles for him, for in jail – as in life – he needed to take responsibility for his actions.”
– The Narrator

“The Norwegians” is about taking responsibility for one’s actions. Thus far, Ned, Chuck, and Emerson haven’t faced much in the way of consequences for Dwight Dixon’s death. But that might change now that Charles Charles has left and a crack team of Norwegian PIs is looking into Dwight’s disappearance. More

Pushing Daisies Rewatch, S2E09, The Legend of Merle McQuoddy

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Chuck: We need to talk.
Ned: You don’t want to hear what I have to say.

Chuck has always been an idealist. She sees the good in everyone, and her relentless optimism leads her to believe that best-case scenarios are probable outcomes. Part of why she decided to keep her father alive after Ned brought him back to life was because she honestly, truly believed that she could make it work. But realism has never been Chuck’s strong suit, and realistically, there was no reason to believe that Charles Charles would ever want to stay put. More

What I’ve Been Reading: July 19, 2015

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Let’s get our reading on with a weekly dose of linkage. No links about the unfolding Gawker scandal this week, because 1) it’s still developing; and 2) I plan to write something about it myself. But there’s plenty more stuff on the Internet that we can talk about. More

Pushing Daisies Rewatch, S2E08, Comfort Food

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“The longing and homesickness, which filled the school like a plague, was magically lifted with every bite, and the party began.”
– The Narrator, on Young Ned’s pie speakeasy

A lot of decisions that seem like good ideas at the time end up looking like stupid mistakes in retrospect. Take homesick Young Ned’s decision to bake pies at the Longborough School for Boys, for example. At first, it seems like a cute way for him to reconnect with happier times. But soon, other boys follow the scent of pie to the kitchen and join in on the fun. It’s not long before Young Ned is running a full-blown pie speakeasy, complete with dancing and jazz saxophone. Unfortunately, the fun is short-lived; a school administrator promptly shuts down the operation, leaving Young Ned even more homesick than he was before.

Meanwhile, in the present, Chuck is experiencing a similar situation. Keeping her father alive after Ned brought him back from the dead seemed like a good idea at the time. But now, she has to deal with the fallout. More

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