I'm not watching the Marathon so I had no idea it was time to update!
In a hypothetical scenario, where you had no need for a job, lived alone and had exactly the same commitments you had when you were a teenager, do you think you're view on and passion with gaming would likely change as you got older?
Fair point. I think I'd play them more often than I do now, but I think I'd still make more room in life for my other interests as they developed. Kind of hard to say for sure, but I think my brain/tastes have changed a lot since I was a teenager. Most people would say the same. I agree with your overall point, though. It's pretty frustrating that people still view games as childish, and as something that we're expected to move on from due to, you know, being adults or whatever.
Like with anything, your relationship with gaming can change as you grow older and your life changes. I haven't played about 95% of the major releases from this generation, but I know that if I were in high school that would not have been the case. That doesn't mean I don't love video games anymore, it just means that I engage with them differently now. I listen/watch EZA stuff, play retro games because a lot of them are now available in a portable format, and am inarguably more engaged in the video game community more than I've ever been (that's a big reason why I like these forums so much). It's just that my life has swerved in such a way that I'm constantly moving and rarely financially stable enough to play games in the same way I used to. I'd wager that from an outside perspective, a lot of people would say that I've grown out of games, even if I don't personally view myself that way. So yeah, I think the phrasing is pedantic, but I do think it is possible to an extent.
Finally got around to Game Night, a movie I missed during its theatrical run last year. Easily one of the best comedies I've seen in a very long time. Great writing, some really impressive physical comedy, and it's shockingly well-made. I don't know if I've ever seen an elaborate oner in a comedy before this movie. The jokes are also surprisingly fresh, and frequently subverted my expectations. Highly suggest everyone gives this one a watch. A-
Felt like a movie last night, so popped on last year's version of Murder on the Orient Express. I think the best word to describe it is "fine." You can tell Branagh has an affection for the character, but the movie as a whole just feels so thrown together. The cast is stellar, but the performances get downright cartoonish at times. Many of them felt like they would have been more at home in a stage production instead of a film, which I guess speaks to Branagh's career as a thespian. Pacing-wise the movie is also a mess, and could have been trimmed a solid 15-20 minutes, and the opening scenes in Jerusalem should have been removed altogether. Still had fun with it though, and I can think of worse ways to spend a couple hours. C+
@brannox I really want you to try 5 and 3! They're the two most overlooked games in the franchise, and they're very much evolutions of the original Final Fantasy. I go back and forth on whether or not I like 5 more than 4, even though I think 4 is objectively the better game. 4 also has a lot more goofy elements than people remember, and I don't think the story holds up as well on second viewing. 5 is more traditional in its story, but I think it works in its favor. 3 pretty much takes the purity of 1, adds in a bit of the more "complex" story from 2, and then jacks everything up by introducing the job system. It was my introduction to the franchise, and is the game that got me into RPGs beyond pokemon. But this isn't a Final Fantasy gush list! This is about the best of 2000. My list:
FF9 is arguably my favorite game in my arguably my favorite franchise, but Pokemon gold/silver is just my favorite game period. It was a hard choice between them for my #1, so I'm glad they both made the list!