Category Archives: Talking Forever About

E3 2016: Crabs and Grappling Hooks Edition

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the 22nd annual Hunger Games Electronic Entertainment Expo!

As always, I’ve spent the last few days glued to my PC monitor, watching live-streams of all the conferences and feverishly updating my RSS feeds for the latest news. Here are all of the things that stood out to me, for good and bad reasons.

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Talking Forever About Harry Potter

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Here at Doing In The Wizard we pride ourselves on only talking about two kinds of books: the newest, hottest releases and the obscure and little-known. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to cover a little book series you probably haven’t heard of by an author named JK Rowling.

…okay seriously, why now? Well, for one there’s a prequel movie series coming out and a sequel story that’s a play for some reason starting up next year, and between those and the new illustrated editions going into print international advisory committees have issued a category 6 Pottermania warning.

But the main reason is that I’ve been meaning to do this for a very long time, ever since I spotted similarities between the Potter and Kvothe books; that led to a wiki binge to fact-check some stuff, which in turn got me wondering how the books would actually hold up if I revisited them. At the same time there’s been a metric shit load of ink spilled both praising and damning this series, and I wanted to be sure I actually had something vaguely interesting to say. Also, I hadn’t actually read them in a long time and my memory of the series, particularly the earlier books, was pretty hazy.

Over the last several weeks I dipped back into the series, looking through detailed plot summaries and re-reading parts that I had forgotten. I also revisited the movies, so we’ll be talking about them as we go. When I was a kid and in my teens I was a fairly enthusiastic fan of the series (to an extent; I never fell head over heels for them like a lot of people did during those heady days), so a big part of the exercise was seeing if they still held up nearly ten years later.

With all that exhaustive research done, we can start answering a few pertinent questions: are the books any good, and to what extent? Do they deserve the fame they attracted? And just why were they so popular in the first place?

It’s going to be full spoiler territory within, so if you want to read these books and for some reason have not done so yet, go grab them. I believe Harry Potter paperbacks are abundant enough that the UN will, in the event that all the oil runs out, be able to keep civilization running for the next 100 years by burning them, so they should be pretty easy to find.

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Talking Forever About Star Wars

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LET’S JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON

THINK PIECES AND HOT TAKES FOR CLICKS

It’s Star Wars Trailer Day– the one cultural event that truly unites all of humanity– which prompted me to scratch out some rambling, slipshod thoughts about the franchise that I’ve been kicking around for the last few years. You know, take a different approach from how we usually do things around here.

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Talking Forever About Bioshock

It’s time for the second installment of my long-winded wafflefest posts! I said these were mainly going to be about anime, but actually I lied. This one is about videogames.

Earlier this year Bioshock creators Irrational were gutted, leaving behind a small team headed by series creator Ken Levine, intended to work on smaller (read: cheaper) projects. The Bioshock IP is still owned by publisher 2K and I’m taking it as a given that we’re eventually going to see another game made without Levine’s involvement, but this seemed like a good time to take a look back at the entire franchise, unpack its themes and try to figure out if the series actually deserves the amount of acclaim it received.

(Full spoilers ahead)

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Talking Forever About Haibane Renmei

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(There were a bunch of names mixed up in the original version of this; Big thanks to Braak for pointing it out)

Welcome to the first of a new series of posts here on Doing In The Wizard- Talking Forever About!

A few times over the years I’ve gotten self-indulgent enough to go on long-winded screeds about some of my favorite media, whether they be children’s book trilogies or horror games, and I’ve decided to make a semi-regular (as in once every few months) feature out of it.

I’m going to start out by talking forever about anime, but after that well has run dry we might end up talking forever about other things as well. Who knows what you’ll get! Even I don’t know!

A warning up-front: these posts will contain varying degrees of unmarked spoilers. While I’ll be giving my honest critical appraisal, this isn’t intended to be a straight forward review and I’m going on the assumption that anyone reading this is looking for something other than a recommendation.

Therefore, if I cover something you’ve been meaning to get to yourself you may want to give that post a miss. That said, let’s talk forever about the 2002 series Haibane Renmei- or to give it its full title, “Haibane Renmei, une fille qui a des ailes grises” which apparently translates to something like “Charcoal Feather Alliance, the girl with grey wings”. Yes, it’s a weird title. The show itself is pretty weird too. Continue reading