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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Review: Gears of War: The Rise of Raam

Gears of War: The Rise of Raam by Kurtis J. Wiebe My rating: 3 of 5 stars This comic compilation was fine.  In the game, I don't recall really getting a ton of the backstory for the locusts given that the entirety of the story gets told from the human perspective. As such, I found it a little hard to care a ton about the story in this collection.  Interesting,
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Review: Gears of War Omnibus, Vol. 2

Gears of War Omnibus, Vol. 2 by Karen Traviss My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed both volumes of the Gears of War omnibuses.  The first omnibus bridges the gap between Gears of War 1 and 2, followingMarcus Fenix and Delta Squad in the battle against the Locusts! Find out what happened after the Lightmass Bombing and how the Locusts will react to this devastating
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Mirror Incursion Critical!

Woohoo!!! It took a while...but I finally got all of the Mirror Incursion Research DOFF (duty officer) missions completed with a critical rating! As a result, I got the nice little title of "Mirror Infiltrator" in Star Trek Online (and around 50,000 dilithium, which I don't have much use for at the moment).  This DOFF accolade had 10 missions to complete, and when I originally tried to play through
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Back on the Mac!

 Well, to be fair, I was never gone, but my "daily driver" for the past 3 years (during the early days of COVID) has been an aging Dell Optiplex 9010, which was a hand-me-down. When my work-issued Surface Pro 3 died an untimely death in 2017 (and wasn't replaced), I refurbished the Optiplex which I had saved in our equipment closet for just such an emergency occasion. The original use case was
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Risa 2022 - STO

 With the summer winding down, I guess it's time to leave the summer vacation magical island of Risa. Interestingly enough I did not spend a ton of time in STO this summer. I did log in once a day for a quick "Fly High"mission to get this summer's freebie ship, but there wasn't much to keep me around.  I don't think I participated in any other Lohlnut gathering activities.  I had stacked
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Lost Planet: Extreme Condition | Done

OK, here's a game I completed back in December 2021 but I didn't have a lot of mental energy to write about it. I was planning on working on the trilogy, but after I read some reviews of the sequels (and how the first one was the better of the trilogy), I decided to set aside the sequels, for now :-)True to Kojima games, this was very Japanese in its art style, a type of game I haven't played in a
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Star Trek Online: Shadow's Advance

 For the past few weeks, I've been playing the newest episode in the current mirror universe story arc, and the latest TFO (TaskForce Operation) to get my hands on this year's anniversary ship giveaway.  For free-to-play players, cryptic really gives away quite a lot of free ships (to those who grind anyway).I was surprised to see Janeway (and mirror Janeway) in this episode, and I loved
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Zone of Enders: Second Runner | Tried

This one is back from December of 2021. Once I finished the first ZoE, I thought I'd jump into the second one.  After about 5 hours of game time, I reached section 6.3 (of this walkthrough),o r 70% through the game, I ended up rage quitting 🤬🤬🤬 (also 😂 because I don't often rage quit).The thing that finally did me in was trying to bring Ardjet up to the surface and the stupid
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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams (Director's Cut) | Tried

Alright! I think I made it to the end of the gamepass games that I tried (and attempted to finish) before my gamepass expired in 2020 😂. It only took me a year (and a half) 😂This is the Director's Edition of Giana Sisters (which I always expect to be spelled as Gianna but anyway...)Plot (from wikipedia):Maria is abducted to the Dream World, where the wicked dragon Gurglewocky holds her prisoner.
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De Blob | Tried

Tried in gamepass in May 2020This seemed like an interesting game - at least in premise. You arrive in a city that's just totally gray and devoid of any color, and you bounce around and make things more colorful.  In premise, it seems like a   nice game to get into a zen zone and just enjoy it, but in May 2020 I was working on finishing up my dissertation (or was I done?) and I
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