Tuesday, July 19, 2011

'Sploding bank accounts

Been a few days and there is much to catch up on. Some now, some later as time permits.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Now Rowling has all your money warranted a trip this weekend. I have read none of the books and have only a cursory knowledge of what happens, so I went looking for nothing more than a good summer movie. Deathly Hallow Part 1 was actually pretty good, so imagine my surprise when Part 2 wandered around for about two hours and got the ending wrong. I don't mean that the ending was not accurate to what was in the book (for all I know, it was), I mean that it was handled poorly and the movie was not very good. At all. In case there are any other luddites out there just like me I will try to explain this without spoiling anything: Harry kills Voldemort.

Shit, that didn't work.

Regardless of the size of the rock you live under, you knew this was coming. It was anticlimactic. It was boring. When I got home I laid out how the final battle could have been exciting, tense, had more gravitas, something like this:


What I described turns out to be exactly what happens in the book. Maybe I should read those things one of these days.

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Ms. 'Splosion Man is indeed awesome, and no matter how many people but it not enough people will buy it, but Twisted Pixel has tuned up the difficulty one notch too high. 'Splosion Man was a solid ten the standard scale, but the difficulty always came from getting the timing right on your 'splodes, not figuring out what needed to be done. Ms. 'Splosion Man still has that, but it also has sections where the way to move forward is so obtuse that I ended up dying in the same place, in the same way, for over half an hour. It has gone right past ten, right on to eleven, and I don't think it was a good idea. 'Splosion Man is all about momentum; always moving forward with proper timed 'splodes over increasingly ridiculous obstacles. Continuously dying in an area and having no clue how to get past it kills the momentum. If I wanted to be frustrated I would play I  Wanna Be the Guy.

I have never played I Wanna Be the Guy.

Also, it really doesn't help the best videos of Ms. 'Splosion Man stop one level before the one I cannot get past. I don't care if it is an optional level, I am going to beat it. Eventually.

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