Destiny – Dinklage Ex Machina

So, it has been some 4 years now since Bungie last released a game, and ever since the mention of a new IP being developed by one of the great titans of the industry, people have been eager to see what was in store.

(Console-exclusive content! Pre-order bonuses! The firing of grizzled ancients!)

The beta was a phenomenal success, I enjoyed it very much, and Bungie has allegedly made back the entire $500 million budget that was pumped into this Triple-A development juggernaut in a single day. Suffice to say, regardless of the game’s quality, enough people were nipped by the hype machine to make Destiny an instant success – so well done, Bungie. You’ve not only made your cake and eaten it, you created a trans-dimensional machine that has allowed you to get the cake back before it has even been digested.

However! Let’s not get our heads in a tizzy over this, let’s not get so hastily swept up in praise and merriment just because Bungie has crafted a success (did anybody even doubt this would happen?), for there are things that need criticising to keep us humble. With the help of my objectively correct opinions, let’s take a look at one of Destiny’s biggest stinkers.

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Doctor Who, Into The Dalek – Review & Analysis

The Doctor: “Clara, be my pal, tell me… am I a good man?”

*40 minutes later*

Rusty: “You are a good Dalek.”

Well… bugger!itd1

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1 Year, Marching On…

A year is the period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun. It’s a division of time equal to about 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds – representing the interval between one vernal equinox and the next.

That’s the length of time you’ve been stuck with me…

In the course of that year, I think I’ve achieved rather a lot with this blog. Back pat-worthy stuff, really! I started this up because two friends of mine would spend a good bit of time talking about how they were going to start up their own blogs to indulge in various creative endeavours, and at the time I thought little of it. But then other people I knew were starting up their own blogs and I caved into the demand to get one too.

So I thought to myself: “Okay, let’s see where this goes. Maybe I’ll try to stick with this?”

Next thing you know, I’ve got almost 100 articles written – including a 30 day challenge, various reviews, and a 50,000 word long dissertation written. The Halo 4 dissertation is by far my best accomplishment in writing so far, I’ve had a whole load of feedback from people on various sites (Reddit, Tumblr,, Waypoint, Rooster Teeth, and more), somebody told me that it was going to be presented in a lesson at their school, a friend of mine said that she was on the train and saw somebody reading it on their laptop… The response was overwhelming, and I’m definitely going to try and do that again when Halo 5: Guardians comes around (hopefully, it will have the same level, if not a greater level, of thematic depth to it for me to analyse).

So, what’s going to happen with the future of this blog? Business as usual, really. It’s Doctor Who time right now, my brain is engaged in Doctor Who mode, so every week I’ll endeavour to post up reviews/analyses of each episode.

But, in the meantime, I’d like to give a very big thank you to the 67,146 people who have tuned into this blog over the past year and read the drivel that I put out.

To another successful year of writing!

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Doctor Who, Deep Breath – Review & Analysis

Eight months…

It’s not a particularly long hiatus for a television show (ahem, hello Sherlock!), but I have to say that it was a particularly bloody painful one to endure. As far as New Who goes, the wait between Eccleston and Tennant was six months, the wait between Tennant and Smith was only four, and now we’ve had to wait double the latter for Capaldi. It’s all going to be worth it though, as we’re finally back to getting a full series rather than the split runs of Series 6 and 7.

Eleven’s hour is over now and the clock has finally struck Twelve, so let’s get stuck into this very spoilery review…db1 Continue reading

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Halo and Disabled Representation

Here’s something a bit different…

You may recall back in January that I mounted a feminist defence and analysis of Cortana (something which I ardently stand by), and the other day I was thinking about other societal issues and how they’re presented in Halo. Of course, one of the main ones that came to mind was disabled representation – something that has been a point of some contention in media.

So how exactly does Halo fare?easpart

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Destiny – Beta Impressions

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, bridge, or some variation of the sort, you’ll be well aware that Bungie released a beta for their upcoming game Destiny. Having invested a significant amount of time playing it, and having had a few days to collect my thoughts, I thought I’d write up my impressions of what Bungie put on offer.

They are a great deal more positive than I thought they’d be.

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The Reclaimer Saga and the Future of the Domain

Flashback to November of 2009, about five years ago.

It has been a hell of a year for Halo – two whole games (Wars and ODST) have been released, Halo 3 still dominates Xbox Live and you’re playing on the second batch of Mythic Maps with your friends. The anime series Halo Legends has also just begun to air on Waypoint, and a book is on the way – Halo: Evolutions.

This was 343’s first literary foray into Halo’s lore, the beginning of Bungie passing the torch on to the franchise’s new custodians. As with Halo Legends, I think that at this point it would be remiss of me if I didn’t look back at some of these pieces of fiction to see whether there are any potential pieces of foreshadowing.

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