Bring on the blacklight…

A few weeks ago, Kotaku ran a post on whether readers preferred digital, in-game content or solid, tangible stuff with their collector’s edition purchases. (I would link to the post itself, but am too bewildered by Gawker Media’s horrible new redesign to search for it).

I fall squarely into the “I like STUFF” camp. I don’t want some mediocre, ugly in-game armor that my character wouldn’t be caught dead in, but I luuuurve collectible figurines, posters, and the biggie—art books. I treasure game design art books like few other possessions. In the case of a fire, I would certainly save my limited edition art books before the games they came with. Hell, I’d snatch them up before I grabbed the console the games are played on. Game discs and consoles are more easily replaced than my precious art books (except for Jade Empire, perhaps. I’d make an exception to grab at least one of my two copies of JE).

Bioshock 2, followed by runner-up Fallout: New Vegas, is the best money I’ve ever spent on a collector’s edition video game. In a 13″ x 13″ box graced with awesome (if somewhat confusing to my Dollywood-loving soul, what with that butterfly) artwork, the collector’s edition contained three posters featuring vintage ads from Rapture, a vinyl 180g LP featuring the orchestral score from the original Bioshock, a CD containing the Bioshock 2 orchestral score, and a 164 page 8″ x 11″ hardbound art book. I was blown away when I opened it. I framed the posters and decorated my bathroom in a Bioshock theme—if the sink springs a leaky faucet, it’ll fit right in, ya know?—and they have hung there unmolested since….UNTIL I read an interesting comment on the previously mentioned Kotaku article, which mentioned a surprise if one shines a blacklight on the three Bioshock 2 posters. Of course I went home and tried it (with my laptop sitting on the floor playing the song from the Sea of Dreams teaser trailer for maximum effect), and…



Well, I suppose I missed it for so long because I have moved past the stage in my life in which I thought it was cool to have blacklights hanging around my house. I was so excited to discover this real-life easter egg, however, that I am now prepared to put a blacklight nightlight in the bathroom so guests can be awed/creeped out, according to their preferences.

More fun after the jump:

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The last time I posted about Bioshock 2, I was royally disappointed. I revisited it a million years (read: a couple months) ago and gained a whole new appreciation for it. That post is still forthcoming, but while the love (and continued annoyance with Sofia Lamb) is rolling over me:

Sofia Lamb = Joan Allen in the movie version, yes?


In defense of Carth

If you’ve poked around a bit on this blog, you may have noticed that I’m a fan of Bioware’s roleplaying games. A huge fan, in fact. One of the things that drew me into Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (and my subsequent Bioware love) back in the olden days of 2003 was KOTOR’s inclusion of romance quests. While watching my ex-boyfriend play KOTOR, bored nearly to death (KOTOR is one of those games that’s so much better to play than watch, no?), a lightbulb went off in my head.

“Wait, there’s a romance element to this game? You’re going to hook up with that Bastila chick?”

“And you can make a female character, right?”

“If you make a girl character, do you get to hook up with one of the dudes?”



Well hello there, Mr. Onasi.

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On Geek Goddesses

Olivia Munn’s (of G4’s Attack of the Show) star seems to be on the rise these days. I noticed her brief cameo in Iron Man 2 a few weeks ago, and now she’s apparently got a gig with The Daily Show. Today Jezebel ran a piece on Munn’s “geek goddess schtick” that I found interesting.

It seems like women in technology-related media can’t win. They’re wildly discriminated against if they don’t meet a conventional standard of attractiveness, but if they are considered “hot,” their geek or gamer cred is constantly called into question.

I’ve never been a fan of Munn’s marketing of her own good looks, because I feel that it encourages viewers to look at her (and by extension, other women) primarily as an object to be looked at, rather than an intelligent human being with something to say. Since I graduated from college, got poor, and stopped paying for cable television, I haven’t kept up with Attack of the Show, so I can’t personally verify some of the Jezebel commenters’ claims that Munn routinely makes misogynist jokes and mocks other women’s looks. If those accusations are true, I find them highly distasteful. All I’ve got to say is this:

Though I was conflicted about my girl-crush Morgan Webb’s bikini-clad appearances in FHM and Maxim, I have never, EVER heard accusations or seen recorded evidence of her bagging on another woman.

You’ll always be the Tech TV goddess of my heart, Morgan.


Nostalgia time with Pokémon Snap

Real world stuff has taken over my life a bit lately (boring!), but I did have time to play an intense session of Pokémon Snap recently with a friend. We dusted off the N64, blew on the game cartridge, and went to it.

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…and my love for Dragon Age continues unabated!

My Dragon Age crisis is over!

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Bioware! Don’t kill my love in (or of) Dragon Age!

I haven’t yet written about Dragon Age: Origins on this blog. To be succinct, I absolutely adored it. I snatched up the expansion pack, Dragon Age Origins: Awakening, this week.

Thus far I’ve only played the very beginning opening sequence, but I’m in a state of high dudgeon. SPOILERY SPOILERS AHOY! Continue reading ‘Bioware! Don’t kill my love in (or of) Dragon Age!’


Resident Evil 5, you disappointed me.

The recent release of Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition made me remember: oh yeah, I played Resident Evil 5. That’s never a good sign.

I recall being terribly excited to play Resident Evil 5, because I loved Resident Evil 4 so much. I watched early trailers of the game with bated breath; I could hardly WAIT for it to come out.

Then it did.

I played it. I remain decidedly underwhelmed.

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In the world of unfortunate names…..

This exists. Just thought you should know.


Resident Evil 4

How much do I love this game? SO MUCH.

Growing up, I wasn’t interested in shooters. Goldeneye left me cold. I played Halo’s campaign on co-op and enjoyed it, but never felt a burning desire to pick it up again. I didn’t start playing Resident Evil 4 until 2006, but as soon as I began, I fell madly in love. Continue reading ‘Resident Evil 4’

April 2021