Tales from the Borderlands Impressions

by Matthew Thompson

In my quest to fall for one of Telltale’s newfangled, choice-based adventure games, the third time is apparently the charm. When I tried The Walking Dead a few years back, I didn’t quite get what all the fuss was about. When I played Game of Thrones, I was disappointed with how boring I found it to be given how much I love the world of the TV and book series. I still remember questioning the very idea of a Telltale game set in the Borderlands universe, but it was from this unlikely source that I would finally find something from the developer I could love Continue reading

Ratchet & Clank (PS4) Impressions

by Matthew Thompson

The newest Ratchet & Clank, released on PlayStation 4 this past April, is many things. It is sort of a remake of the series’ first game (many of the level layouts are ripped straight out of the PS2 original from back in 2002). It is partially a new game (brand new levels, bosses and weapons are present that weren’t back in the duo’s first adventure). It is a movie tie-in (a number of cinematics are scenes pulled directly from the this year’s CG movie). It even feels like a greatest hits tour for the franchise (incorporating many innovations and mechanics that have been added over the 13-plus years of the series’ history). And it is without question a whole lot of fun, a title I would recommend to just about anyone. Still, I couldn’t help but feel there were some missed opportunities that could have made Ratchet & Clank’s PS4 debut that much more special Continue reading

The New Shows of Fall 2016

by Matthew Thompson

Last week I talked about the games I’m looking forward to playing throughout the rest of the year. Today I will be taking a peek at what the Fall TV season has to offer with a look at the new series I plan to sample over the next couple of months. Here are some quick thoughts on ten shows I think will at least be worth a shot (listed in order of premiere date) Continue reading

The Liberating Feeling of Dropping TV Shows

by Matthew Thompson

The last decade has seen more and more cable networks launching their own TV series. It has seen places like Netflix and Amazon producing original content and providing an easy way to catch up on classic series we’ve never seen. All the while DVRs and OnDemand services made it possible to save stuff we missed live for viewing later. As a TV junkie, I have done my best to keep up with all the shows I could, sampling new ones liberally and seeking out hidden gems that had initially slipped by me. Over the years, the amount of shows I watch has piled higher and higher… and this year I finally reached my breaking point Continue reading