underworldThis is a review of the XB360 version of the game.

Crystal Dynamics and Eidos did something that is nearly impossible for the fast-moving world of video games, where top-notch production and great story, gameplay, and innovation don’t secure success. That said, it’s harder to start a franchise and keep the quality up – which accounts for the declining quality of the Tomb Raider during the late 1990s/early 2000s. The “high low” of this decline produced Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness (2003), one of the worst games to grace the gaming world in terms of the disparity between money spent and the product itself.  With the franchise flatlining, there were only two options: let the series go down in disgrace, or reinvent Lara and her tomb raiding adventures.

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broken_social_scene_album_coverArtist: Broken Social Scene

Album: Broken Social Scene (2005)

Song: “Hotel”

Cool, laid back, vague.  “Hotel” whispers to you from the dark in the beginning, building.  It’s smoky and blurry, coming from between sleep and wake.  When it focuses, like a sleepwalker coming to, it becomes clear that it’s all sex, whether or not that was the intent.  The bass is a lure, a promise of what will happen if you follow.  The vocals ask you gently to close your eyes with sultry soft breath and effortless seduction, while the lyrics make the song feel secretive and mysterious.

First Listen Setup: In the dark, or, if you have the luxury, with blue or red colored light – eyes closed either way.  If possible,  listen to while driving at night at least once.

Click “Pop-Out Player” below to listen.

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conundrumIt’s good to be in the groove of Christmas break, and I hope all of you out there who are on some sort of break are enjoying it as much or more than I am.  I’m hoping I will be able to use what free time I have left to give some much needed attention to VDCC and Adamant’s Fire.  In the few free moments I had in the last semester, I began contemplating the scope of VDCC very seriously.  This contemplation fixated almost immediately on the two most underdeveloped categories of this site: books and music.

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My third review is up at ObsessedwithFilm.com.  Please give it a click, a read, and some suppport.


Also, if you are here because you clicked on the trackback link at OWF, here’s my Twilight book review.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here is some reading material.

Chuck Klosterman reviews Chinese Democracy.

For more on my impressions of Chuck Klosterman and getting to meet him, as well as lamentations at the chance I let slip through my fingers, see my blog post at Adamant’s Fire.

Awards and Recognition

Echoes in the Coil


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