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v6.2.3 - moving along, a point increase at a time

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!Well, this one is going to be odd!  We had our first snow yesterday, it's cold out there, the coronavirus is still looming, and Salem is closed for Halloween.  I guess it's going to be quiet today...Google's doodle this year is pretty fun.  You play a browser game as a little black cat who tries to rid the land of ghosts, only to inadvertently cast them off to sea. So,
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TV Binging and Series Finales (part II)

The other post was getting a bit long, so I am continuing it here (who knows, there may even be a part III!)Marvel's Agents of SHIELDI rather liked this series. It follows a group of SHIELD agents who are protecting the earth from whatever big bad happens to exist. All events take place after the first Avengers movie, so the big bad that kicked it off was HYDRA, and Agent Coulson was brought back from
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Review: How to Be Black

How to Be Black by Baratunde R. Thurston My rating: 5 of 5 stars I won this book at a conference a few years back (Baratunde was one of the keynote speakers) and I finally had a chance to read it.  For someone who didn't spend all of my formative years in the US, I think the subject is approached in a humorous and approachable manner. Heck, in some segments,
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Review: Star Trek: The Stardate Collection Volume 1

Star Trek: The Stardate Collection Volume 1 by Scott Tipton My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was fun to read. This collection puts together comics in chronological order, so we get to see the original commissioning of the Enterprise 1701, we are introduced to "Number One" as a cadet, and later on we get to see Captain Pike and some of the "original" crew, pre-Kirk. Some
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TV Binging and Season Finales (part I)

Well, the one thing about this COVID-19 crisis hitting in the summer is that we have a lot of television to catch up on. This year is also the year of many final seasons of television shows.  I don't know if this was planned, or it was a good opportunity with the on-going pandemic.  I suspect a little bit of both (depending on the show).  Here are some quick thoughts on some recent finales
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Review: The Orville #4: The Word of Avis Part 2 of 2

The Orville #4: The Word of Avis Part 2 of 2 by David A. GoodmanMy rating: 5 of 5 stars More of a comment on both parts of this story: Interesting commentary on religion (in a way that only a comedy can do it). I did find the story a bit unbelievable - anthropologists converting from (essentially) atheists to the religion of the Krill just by studying their sacred writing, but it was
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Review: The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1 of 2

The Orville #1: New Beginnings Part 1 of 2 by David A. GoodmanMy rating: 5 of 5 stars More of a comment on both 1+2 of this series.  Interesting story. Gives a bit of background on the "federation" equivalent in the Orville universe.  It's interesting that the old-style uniforms had rank insignia like TNG ;-). We also get to see sentient fowl, which was very Mighty Max :-). Some
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Review: DS9: Hearts And Minds

DS9: Hearts And Minds by Mark A, AltmanMy rating: 4 of 5 stars It's interesting how much play the gamma quadrant gets in the comics, yet in the series I don't recall them ever making such a big deal of it (most issues on DS9 seems alpha and beta quadrant related).  This mini-series is all about the Klingons and the Cardassians butting heads because the Romulans make it look like a
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Far Cry 6 trailer

Another Ubisoft trailer, this time for Far Cry 6. I finished Far Cry 2 a while back, and went back to the original before I retired my Xbox 360.  I guess  I need to catch up with the games (probably after my dissertation is done).  Giancarlo Esposito makes for a good bad guy (at least in this trailer).
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Watchdogs Legion trailer

Seems like it's video game announcement time, and even though I have quite a few unplayed games left, I am always looking toward what's coming up next!  Heck, I haven't even started Watchdogs 2 yet!    Anyway - Watchdogs Legion is coming out sometime this year and the cinematic trailer looks pretty good!  There's something very  "V for Vendetta" about this game.
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Star Trek Lower Decks trailer

The trailer for the new animated star trek series is officially out (with the series premiering in a few short weeks). I wasn't really sure about this series when I first heard about it, mostly because it was associated with Rick and Morty (another animated series which I don't particularly like - the dialog is not for me). After this first official, full length, trailer, I am cautiously optimistic
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Review: Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors and Smoke

Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors and Smoke by Paul AllorMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I always enjoy a good mirror universe story.  Voyager (like TNG) didn't have an on-screen mirror universe, but it's interesting to see that even in the mirror universe Janeway and crew were stranded in the Delta quadrant.  Faced with the prospect of returning to the alpha quadrant to fight a losing battle
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Review: Star Trek: Discovery - Aftermath

Star Trek: Discovery - Aftermath by Kirsten BeyerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars It was a rather interesting epilogue to the most recent season of discovery.Synopsis from Memory Alpha: Many Klingons, including Kor's father, decry L'Rell’s position and actions as chancellor as well as her self-appointed nickname of "Mother." Pike contacts L'Rell in an effort to build a lasting peace atop
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Assassin's Creed Rebellion | Endgame Reached

One of the games that I've been playing periodically while watching TV, is Assassin's Creed Rebellion. The game is a mobile strategy RPG with all the regular fixings of a free-to-play game: a limited in-game currency that you use to play missions. The currency replenishes at fixed time intervals, or you can pay to get more of it ahead of the full replenishment time.The game draws from the story of
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Review: The Maquis

The Maquis by R.A. JonesMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This is one of those stories that I could see being adapted to a DS9 episode. Bashir takes some well deserved R&R to Risa (the number of days he takes off seems ridiculously low, but whatever), but he gets abducted by the Maquis because they need a doctor. Of course, this isn't the real reason, one Maquis is trying to get her relative
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Review: Star Trek Deep Space Nine - Worf Special #0 : Bonds of Honor

Star Trek Deep Space Nine - Worf Special #0 : Bonds of Honor by Dan MishkinMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Not a bad main story: Worf has been accused of sabotage on Starbase 113. Sisko is instructed by Admiral Nechayev that Worf must be arrested immediately upon his return to the station. Instead of returning directly, Worf follows another vessel, the one that left immediately before him. He trails
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Review: Star Trek: Picard - Countdown

Star Trek: Picard - Countdown by Kirsten BeyerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I think this was a good companion to the Last Best Hope novel.  This comic follows Picard on another Romulan colony world that needs evacuation, only to discover that the Romulans have only given estimates for Romulan beings to be evacuated, not the additional 5 million people of the native sentient species that
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Review: Star Trek Sonderband 06. The Next Generation/Deep Space Nine. N Vector

Star Trek Sonderband 06. The Next Generation/Deep Space Nine. N Vector by K.W. JeterMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This was not a horrible story.  It's a story set after the events of the DS9 finale.  There is Romulan scientist that has discovered a "viroid" that can take over someone (or something inorganic).  First O'Brien is implicated for sabotage (even though he was in at Starfleet
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Double Dragon Neon | Tried

When Double Dragon Neon came out on gamepass, I thought I'd give it a try. When I was a kid, I rather enjoyed playing double dragon on my monochrome Gameboy, and it always seemed like a fun game - even though I never think I beat the original.  Since it was practically free to try on my Xbox, I thought: why not?On the surface the game seems like a nice reboot of the original.  Updated graphics,
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Some more STO accolades

I've been saving this post and keeping track of accolades I earned since the last time I posted about my accolade hunt in Star Trek Online.  Since a few of them are now collected - here is what I've earned. These are in the order I got them (2019-2020).Time BanditThis was one of the few Red Alert accolades I was missing.  To earn this one you need to save the entire cargo fleet from being
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Review: Star Trek Blood & Honor

Star Trek Blood & Honor by Mark LernardMy rating: 4 of 5 stars A good story that takes place early on in DS9's run (Sisko is still a commander). It's interesting to see a Romulan-Bajoran cooperative that seems to start to take place. I wish we had seen more Romulans in the actual show. Anyway - an artefact is found in the gamma quadrant, quite a few want it, and it's assumed that it
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Review: Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Assassin's Creed: Revelations by Oliver BowdenMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This was a good ending to the Ezio storyline (and it wrapped up the Altair line as well). It follows the events of the game with the same name, but I think the author adds some more details to fill out the story. I like that they've also added the events of the short film "embers" in this book, but again - lack of modern-day
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Review: Double Time

Double Time by Peter DavidMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Not a bad story. It involves the timey-whimeyness of time-travel, and a crew that I am not all that familiar with, but connector characters like the timeship Relativity and Captain Braxton make an appearance which make it feel more connected to other parts of Trek. I was way more excited that I probably should be when I turned the page and
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Review: The Looking Glass War

The Looking Glass War by Mike W. BarrMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This was an interesting mirror universe (but not THAT mirror universe) story. Mirror Odo is murdered and this kicks off an armed conflict between the dominion and the federation. Someone comes from the mirror universe to enlist Odo-prime's help to stop the war, and to unmask the murdered. Who dunnit?View all my reviews
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Review: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Celebrity Series, The Rules Of Diplomacy #1

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Celebrity Series, The Rules Of Diplomacy #1 by Aron EisenbergMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This is more of a review for the collected story (not just #1).  I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this much, but it was a rather fun tale of Nog playing host to a Klingon ambassador's kid (an ambassador in training?) and showing him around Ferengi culture on DS9. Not
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Review: Lightstorm / Terok Nor

Lightstorm / Terok Nor by Mark A. AltmanMy rating: 4 of 5 stars One of the stories was about the building of Terok Nor, a joint effort between a Bajoran prisoner and a Cardassian architect, brought together by their interest in building things. A tentative "friendship" (perhaps understanding is the word?) flourishes, and in the end they both die. The Cardassian having been erased from all
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Guacamelee 2 | Done

I rather enjoyed the first Guacamelle, so since Guacamelee 2 was available on GamePass, I thought - why not?This sequel picks up the story after the first one ends, and it's not just a rehash or reskin of the first one, but rather it adds a variety of new game mechanics, such as being able to launch yourself from different areas of the wall so you can hurl over dangers on the ground or reach new heights. 
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Klingon Concertina Festival | STO

Another belated April Fool's joke.  The Artisanal Sonification System came back this year (I always look forward to it), and apparently this year many headliner NPCs were playing the concertina wherever you usually found them.  I did come across a download of all Artisanal Sonification System sounds, but I forgot to bookmark it...d'oh!  I would have liked to add those sounds as alert
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Crackdown 3 | Done

I've been making my way through GamePass games lately. One of the benefits of the Coronavirus lockdown is that you get to use the time you would have used for commuting more productively.  For me, this means video games and reading.Even though I own the other two Crackdown games, I didn't want to buy Crackdown 3, mainly on account of the bad reviews, and because the price (on sale) has not dipped
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Review: The City on the Edge of Forever #5

The City on the Edge of Forever #5 by Harlan EllisonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars More of a review for the entire series than just this one issue. Interesting story. I don't recall if in the episode the substance abuse was so prevalent (or even a factor at all). It's interesting to see the difference between the TV show (guardian of forever/gateway) vs the comic as far as the time travel mechanic
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Review: Star Trek: Gold Key Archives, Volume 5

Star Trek: Gold Key Archives, Volume 5 by Arnold DrakeMy rating: 2 of 5 stars Not bad, if you consider that it's a product of its time. The "Death of a Star" story reminded me a bit of elements of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda with the whole avator of the sun this :) View all my reviews
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Review: Star Trek: Gold Key Archives, Volume 4

Star Trek: Gold Key Archives, Volume 4 by Arnold DrakeMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Mummies, forgotten asteroids, and brain dumps into cylon-like bodies. Yup. It's more 60s Star Trek comics! View all my reviews
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Review: Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade

Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade by Oliver BowdenMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I actually enjoyed this one more than the previous two in the series. This book follows the story of Altair through the events of the first Assassin's Creed, as well as the follow-up game Assassin's Creed Bloodlines (for the PSP). The thing I appreciated about this novel is that it fills in Altair's story between
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Review: Star Trek Gold Key 100-page Spectacular

Star Trek Gold Key 100-page Spectacular by Dick WoodMy rating: 2 of 5 stars Select stories from volumes 1 through 3. I wish the spectacular had stories that weren't already in other volumes. View all my reviews
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Review: Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 3

Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 3 by Len WeinMy rating: 2 of 5 stars Definitely another product of its time. I did enjoy the camp-factor a bit, but it was definitely a skim-read to get a sense of the story instead of a deeper read, taking in more details like the drawings and inking. There is something interesting in reading this now, as a retro-futurist type of comic. Kirk gets cloned
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Review: Assassin's Creed: Renaissance

Assassin's Creed: Renaissance by Oliver BowdenMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Not a bad adaptation of Assassin's Creed 2. It's been over 10 years since I played the game, so this was a fair memory jogging device of things that occurred in Ezio's timeline in that second game. The writing wasn't bad, the main characters we good, and (if you're like me) you were reminded of some of the happenings
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Review: Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, Volume 2

Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, Volume 2 by Anthony G. PiccianoMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting read. It's the next volume in the series on Blended learning.  This one was easier to find, but I still got it via ILL - same research project as I mentioned in my blog post yesterday.  I've often wondered why books like this exist in this day and age. Each chapter is basically
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Review: Blended Learning: Research Perspectives Vol. 1

Blended Learning: Research Perspectives Vol. 1 by Anthony G. PiccianoMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Not a bad read if you want some historical info on Blended learning.  I had a hard time finding this book, so I got it via interlibrary loan. It may seem a little dated, but I think it's useful for setting the scene for Blended learning.  I went through this with a specific research topic
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Review: Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 2

Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 2 by Len WeinMy rating: 2 of 5 stars OK, this is a product of its time. It's more like Flash Gordon with a Star Trek gloss. Some of the odd things in this volume: space voodoo. Space hippies (to be fair, this was also true in TOS), punchcards and tapes and computer storage, a "brain drain" device (along with Spock's Brain, before Spock's Brain!).
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Review: Star Trek: Discovery: The Enterprise War

Star Trek: Discovery: The Enterprise War by John Jackson MillerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I rather enjoyed a glimpse into what happened to the Enterprise during the year that they missed in the Klingon War. They were involved in another war, albeit, without really wanting to be in it. There were quite a few moments where I said: "oh man, I wish I could see this on-screen!" This novel also fills
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Guacamelee | Done

Here's to another completed game :-)  After the odyssey that was Assassin's Creed Odyssey this one felt like a light breeze!  This game was another GamePass game that I decided to try out, and I rather liked it.    I wasn't sure if I was going to like the Metroidvania-style gameplay (sometimes I love it, sometimes I absolutely hate it), but this hybrid brawler-Metroidvania game
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10 years of Star Trek Online!

Well, it's no small feat for an MMO to make it 10 years!  So cheers to you, STO!  I didn't start playing until it became Free-to-Play (so I've only been playing for 8 years), but it's still an amazing game.  As is customary for the STO team, they released an anniversary infographic.I only wish I had started a Klingon and Romulan Delta Recruit back in the day so I could claim those account-wide
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My Friend Pedro | Done

Hey!  I finished my first Game Pass game!  yay!  And, it's already paid off given that I got GamePass for a year for $1 with that lifehack back in September ;-)Anyway, this game as a  platforming shooter, which apparently is based on a Flash game. The graphics in this version are far superior to the flash-based game, and so are the controls.  You wake up as the protagonist
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Review: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive by Scott TiptonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting cross-over between Rodderberry-TOS Kirk (and crew) and the Planet of the Apes. The Klingons find a way to get into an alternate universe (where the Planet of the Apes takes place) as a means of getting around the Organian treaty and start colonizing that universe. Kirk and crew find
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Review: Star Trek: Waypoint Special 2019

Star Trek: Waypoint Special 2019 by Matt SheeanMy rating: 4 of 5 stars A good collection of short stories set in the Trek universe. The first season or two of TNG gets some attention in this waypoint collection. I think this would have made good "short treks" View all my reviews
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Review: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Fool's Gold

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Fool's Gold by Scott TiptonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Someone shares a story that some Cardassian bureaucrat had been siphoning off funds from the Cardassian occupation of Bajor for his own benefit (plausible!). He left clues on Terok Nor as to where those looted Bajoran treasures are hidden on Bajor. Hence, every self-proclaimed treasure hunter comes to DS9 to
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Xbox decade in review

Well, I guess that there was one "x in review" that I missed.  TrueAchivements did the Decade in Review if you have an account with them.  The Rarest achievements were a bit of a surprise for me (especially for Defiance and Zombi, which were sort of palate cleanser games for me).  The most-played series was not a surprise, even though there are some errors in it (I've actually
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Assassin's Creed Odyssey | Done!

I feel like I've been playing this game forever but I can say that I am done with it (for now anyway).  While I haven't finished the 3rd (and final) chapter of The Fate of Atlantis, I'd like to savor the final 8-10 hours of gameplay without rushing through it.  I also feel like I need a bit of a palate cleanser.The short version of the story is this: You start off a child (although
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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Space Between

Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Space Between by David TischmanMy rating: 4 of 5 stars A good combination of TNG stories. Some are early in the series' run (Worf and Troi being a couple king of points to that), and the set of stories continues into close to the end TNG. From what I can tell we got a hint of Section 31 looming in the shadows, which would have been an awesome continuation
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Year in review: xbox

Unfortunately this year the Microsoft Xbox team didn't do a year-in-review graphic for their plays 😢. It would have also been an opportunity to do a decade-in-review, but oh well.  Missed opportunity.  I guess they are working hard on the next Xbox, which is slated to be released December 2020.I connected my Microsoft account with True Achievements to get a sense of what was played last
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Review: Star Trek: The Q Conflict

Star Trek: The Q Conflict by Scott TiptonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This issue of IDW's star trek comics brought together 4 supernatural beings (Q, and a 3 from the TOS era) as well as the crews of 4 series (TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY). The supernatural beings are warring. What VOY taught us is that extradimensional wars affect our universe. So... the superbeings decide to let humans complete tasks
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Review: Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment

Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment by Yanis VaroufakisMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I wasn't really sure what to expect reading this (having read some commentary from online friends who read it as events were unfolding), but I read it anyway. I think it's a valuable read for individuals who want a glimpse into how large systems function, and how there are (potentially)
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Bionic Commando: ReArmed | Done

Oh wait...I guess I forgot one. This was truly the last of my xbox 360 games that was not backwards compatible that I completed (I guess I can now put my 360 away for now...)  This game was completed on June 15, 2019The plot from Wikipedia:Rearmed centers around two warring factions: the Federation and the Empire. It begins with the Imperial forces discovering classified documents regarding the
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Kane & Lynch | done

Wow!  I can't believe that I made it to the end of my non-backward compatible reviews on the 360!  And, my 360 is now safely wrapped up, protected from dust and water.  This mini review is for Kane Lynch: Dead Men on the xbox 360. This game was completed in March 2019 (so I hope I remember much of it)The plot from Wikipedia:The game opens with a voiceover of ex-mercenary Adam 'Kane'
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Batman Arkham City | Done

Here's another game a finished a while ago.  This is a mini review of Batman Arkham City for the xbox 360  which I finished back in November 2018.I am always reluctant to start a new Batman game, but I am (constantly) surprised as how much I end up enjoying the game in the end. This is one of the reasons I left this game for the end (or close to it) when I was going through my remaining
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Review: Auberon: An Expanse Novella

Auberon: An Expanse Novella by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars An interesting, short, novella about the newly minted governor of Auberon - Auberon being the breadbasket for the Laconian empire (sort of a replacement for Ganymede). I'd love to learn more about the characters in this book, both the "mafia" and the government side. I liked the saying near the end which was an offshoot
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Remember me | Done

Another one of my "finish before putting the 360 away" games.  This game is Remember Me  and I finished the game on "script kiddie" (easy) back in January 2019. This game is not backward compatible to the xbox one (yet), but I think it would make a nice addition.The plot from wikipedia:The game begins as Nilin (Kezia Burrows), an Errorist imprisoned in the Bastille Fortress, is having almost
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Robotech Battlecry | Tried

Earlier this year, before I put away my xbox 360, I decided to try out Robotech Battlecry for the original xbox - which is backward compatible with the 360, but not the one (come on Microsoft and TDK!).  I ended up trying this game but I didn't finish it.The plot from wikipedia:The game follows the exploits of ace pilot Jack Archer. After serving as a mercenary in the Global Civil War, flying
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Review: Tiamat's Wrath

Tiamat's Wrath by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Another fast-paced installment of the series (hard to believe that there is only one more left!!!). This one jumps a bit into the future with a slightly older crew, with different responsibilities. Some of our crew die, and some make miraculous comebacks! The bringing together of former crew members reminded me a bit of Star Trek
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Bionic Commando xbox 360 | done

One more game from the "completed a while ago" pile that I have not written about.  This one is Bionic Commando for the xbox 360, and I completed it on 5/18/19.  This video game felt like a sequel to the NES version of the game (which I haven't played a ton).The game is a 3D world interpretation of what the classic bionic commando game. You use your bionic arm to attack and swing around
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Titanfall | Tried

Before I put away my xbox 360 (hermetically sealed to keep the dust out while it goes on cold storage), I had an opportunity to try Titanfall. This was back in September of 2018 (yeah, this review has been in my drafts for a while).Originally I was a bit reluctant to get this game because it can only be played online (so no single-player content) and at the time I didn't have xbox live.  Fast
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Batman Arkham Original Blackgate Edition | Done

This is another game I completed back before I put my xbox 360 away for a while.  This game was completed 10/20/18 (also this review has been quite a long time in my drafts folder 😜)This game took 8 hours, 40 minutes of playtime for me to complete, according to in-game clock.  For the rundown of the game's story check out the wikipedia article (here).  The game was pretty interesting,
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Review: TNG/DS9: Divided We Fall

TNG/DS9: Divided We Fall by John J. OrdoverMy rating: 5 of 5 stars The art style is definitely of its period in comic books, but the story was rather enjoyable. It gives us a look within Trill society, and what happens when the unjoined Trill look upon the worm-trills as parasitic and controlling of a society (definitely some stargate overtones here). It would be interesting to get
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Review: Star Trek Prometheus: In the Heart of Chaos

Star Trek Prometheus: In the Heart of Chaos by Christian HumbergMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Overall, not a bad story. The crew is likable and they could easily be an on-screen crew if this story is adapted for television. I wish we saw more of the EMH in this story. My only critique is that the plot feels like something that was done in Prey. Not the same details, but the overall plot. This
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Review: The Hall of Heroes

The Hall of Heroes by John Jackson MillerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars The exciting conclusion to the trilogy. Too bad most of the unsung perished, but given the events of this story it's nice to see that the Klingon Empire is reconsidering its views on what it means to be discommendated. Now to go back and fill in the story with the reboot series...at some point :-) View all my reviews
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Review: Star Trek Prometheus: The Root of All Rage

Star Trek Prometheus: The Root of All Rage by Christian HumbergMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Well, the twist at the end of the book was not something I was expecting. Interesting! Looking forward to the third book. I still find the pronunciation in the audiobook version a bit silly. Trek names of places and things (like Khitomer, VGER, and Roktajino) are butchered. Overall a good read View
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Review: Fighting Fire with Fire

Fighting Fire with Fire by Christian HumbergMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An enjoyable story featuring the voyages of the USS Prometheus (as seen on ST: Voyager). The story sounds a bit familiar (Prey, and Star Trek Online) in that some third party is working behind the scenes to attack the federation and the klingon empire, but just go with it. It was a good first novel. The only complaint is
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Operation Racoon City | Done

Another one of my quick-runs through xbox 360 games to get a sense of the story and the game.  This one is Capcom's Operation Racoon City, which is a game that falls into the Resident Evil franchise.I think this game did multiplayer co-op much better than Crackdown 2. I played the campaign part of this game back in January of this year. From what I can see you can only play this game online (maybe
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Legend of Korra | Done

Another really quick review of an xbox 360 game that isn't backwards compatible to the xbox one that I did a quick run through in December of 2018.  This time the game is the Legend of Korra on the xbox 360 (I am surprised that it's not backward compatible!)I know that this is based on a cartoon, which I haven't watched.  But it is a brawler so it looked like fun.  The game resorts
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Crackdown 2 | Done

Back in December of 2018, another game that I tried to play through on my 360 before I packed it away was Crackdown 2 (funny thing is that after I completed it it became backward compatible...)  So here is a brief review of Crackdown 2 on the xbox 360:As you can see from my gamerscore, I didn't really go after all of the achievements. Part of the reason is that the achievements were (like in
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Dark for the 360 | Attempted

Back in November of 2018 I tried out a game called "Dark" on my xbox 360. I had been going on a binge of games that are not backwards compatible to the xbox one, so I thought I'd give this a try.The reviews for this game were bad...quite bad! (Metacritic score of 38%).  But the price was right (next to free...) and the concept seemed like an interesting concept: The game follows the story
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Review: Hell's Heart

Hell's Heart by John Jackson MillerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This book had me reacting out loud while I was listening to it. It was a rather interesting story of succession in the house of Krug (from Star Trek IV), and a rather interesting tale of discommendated, and what happens when the children of those who are no longer considered part of the community refuse to accept a system that is
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Review: Defiance:The Essential Guide

Defiance:The Essential Guide by SyfyMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I was reminded of this ebook while rewatching Defiance this summer. This was a "getting to know the world of Defiance" sort of book.  I think it mostly focused on the TV show, even though Defiance was originally envisioned as a transmedia type of franchise (with the eponymous MMO still running/limping along to this day). Too
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Review: Star Trek vs. Transformers

Star Trek vs. Transformers by John BarberMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Another cross-over, this one a bit more recent I think compared the DC Legion of Superheroes one I read.  An interesting Star Trek: The Animated Series cross-over with Transformers. A bit campy for my tastes, but if you view it from an animated series perspective it ain't half bad. I guess Transformers is now in the official
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Review: Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes

Star Trek / Legion of Super-Heroes by Chris RobersonMy rating: 3 of 5 stars I've been making my way through various star trek comics and books this year.  This one I got from Humble Bundle (I think) a while back and it's a cross-over between TOS and DC's Legion of Superheroes.   It wasn't a bad story, but the DC Superhero part didn't really grab me all that much. I guess
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Review: Star Trek: Save What From Heaven is With the Breezes Blown

Star Trek: Save What From Heaven is With the Breezes Blown by Mark LargentMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I came across this comic on Facebook recently.  Since it wasn't available as a CBR, I downloaded all the images from the facebook group and packaged my own for reading. This was not a bad fan comic. Some of dialogue needed a little tweaking, but the artwork was awesome.  The story doesn't
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Review: Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made

Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason SchreierMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I rather enjoyed this book. The video game industry has been getting a lot of attention lately, and this book contributes to shedding some light into the working practices of this billion dollar industry. While I am not familiar with some of the game, from
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Mortal Kombat 9 | Done

This is one of the games that I had gotten on a (summer?) sale a few years back on my xbox and had never gotten to it.  I was a fan of Mortal Kombat when it had come out in the arcades in the 90s but I hadn't really revisited the franchise since then. The sale seemed like a good opportunity to do so.I played this game on Story Mode and completed the main story, but as with any game of this type,
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Assassin's Creed Origins | Done

I don't know when I started this game (sometime last summer), but (for now) it concludes my binging of the assassin's creed series on the Xbox (and I can say that I am 'all caught up' - at least as far as video games go - yes I wrote this last summer and I didn't bother updating this initial text 😝).  The game starts off with the last of the Medjay -an elite group of warriors who were serving
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Review: Λόγια της πλώρης

Λόγια της πλώρης by Andreas KarkavitsasMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Μια συλλογή από μικρές ιστορίες που έχουν ως θέμα την θάλασσα, και την ζωή βγάζοντας το ψωμί σου από την θάλασσα. Αν και η γλώσσα είναι εντυπωσιακή και όμορφη, που μου θύμησε
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OK, maybe a few more accolades...

Well,  summer 'vacation' on Risa is upon us in Star Trek Online, and has been for a while.  This gave me a bit of an opportunity to claim a few more accolades that are Summer Event accolades (as well as go back for a few more Breen ones that seemed 'easy' to get)Unauthorized beach party - Basically come back to one of the beach-front spots after dark to join a fire-side party.  Ever
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Review: Star Trek: Khan

Star Trek: Khan by Mike JohnsonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This takes place after the movie Into Darkness.  I think that the reader gets a sense of the backstory to Khan - starting in the pre-TOS timeline (where things are the same between the prime and kelvin timelines) and moving across into the kelvin timeline events that got us to Into Darkness. Through this story we see where Khan
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Review: Star Trek, Volume 13

Star Trek, Volume 13 by Mike JohnsonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a review more of the entire "Star Trek: Ongoing" by IDW than just this volume.  In this particular volume the TOS crew meets Kelvin-timeline crew. It's an interesting way to see the aesthetics of the two timelines juxtaposed and people and their respective lives compared and contrasted. Throughout the series it
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Review: Star Trek: Discovery: The Way to the Stars

Star Trek: Discovery: The Way to the Stars by Una McCormackMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Probably my favorite Discovery-era novel thus far.Some might say "oh, it's Just a Tilly story..." but I saw it as both a story about families, and a story about education. Tilly's mother basically wants to create a mini-me clone for herself, having Tilly follow her footsteps into the diplomatic core, without
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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror by Scott TiptonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Mirror Picard and crew are looking for resources given that the Terran Empire is a little short on them. How does one get them? Incursions into parallel universes (including the 'prime' universe) to collect resources, especially variants of the Enterprise D. This was an interesting story - with
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Review: Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures

Star Trek: Discovery: Drastic Measures by Dayton WardMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Rather interesting read - Enjoyed this one much more than the other DSC novels thus far. This was an interesting story about invasive species, refugees, and crimes against humanity that took place 10 years before the pilot episode for DSC. Here we see Georgiou and Lorca as commanders (we even get to see a little
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Review: Star Trek The Next Generation: Mirror Broken - Origin of Data

Star Trek The Next Generation: Mirror Broken - Origin of Data by David TiptonMy rating: 3 of 5 stars I got this one as part of a Lootcrate. This comic traces the origin of data in the mirror universe. I do find the borgification of data interesting. I'd love to know more about the borg in the mirror universe in subsequent comics. View all my reviews
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Review: Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018

Star Trek: Discovery Annual 2018 by Kirsten BeyerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I rather enjoyed this short trek into how Stamets discovered the spore transportation technology and how he got into starfleet. A little bonus at the end you get to see how Tilly comes on-board the Discovery. I got the impression from the TV show that cadets see now part of crews as some sort of work-study but apparently
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Review: Fear Itself

Fear Itself by James SwallowMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This book felt very much like a TNG episode in DSC skin.It was a fine book to explore a bit of Saru's background (but I think some things in the book were in conflict with what we've learned of Saru on the show. There are Trek episodes that I put on in the background (they are fine, I just do other things while the show is on), and episodes
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Review: Star Trek: Discovery - Succession

Star Trek: Discovery - Succession by Kirsten BeyerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This comic gives us a glimpse of the mirror universe, specifically what's happening with Mirror Burnham. Georgiou is gone (she's in the prime universe), so people assume she is dead. Someone else is, Michael's "cousin" is on the throne, but there is treachery afoot. In typical mirror universe fashion there are lots
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End of Backward Compatibility Program

During this year's E3 conference Microsoft announced the next gaming console (Scarlet) which will debut next year (which means that I'll get in in four years from now...).  It will be backwards compatible with the original xbox, the 360, and the One.  In order to achieve that, the Backwards Compatibility team for the Xbox One is stopping their work on the current console in order to focus
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Review: Desperate Hours

Desperate Hours by David MackMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Interesting story set one year before the "vulcan hello" pilot for the series. It includes the Enterprise and Pike (and Spock). Having seen Anson Mount as Pike really helps visualize this story in my mind's eye. There are some inconsistencies with the series - e.g., Saru's planet referred to "Kelpia" instead of "Kaminar" and getting the
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Review: Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many

Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many by Michael A. MartinMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was an interesting read, and it definitely adds some more context to STO's Undine arc (which made the Undine Infiltration in the game make much more sense. The book is told from the lens of Jake Sisko who is interviewing many well-known (and not so well-known) characters in the Star Trek universe about
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On an accolade roll! -- well... I was...

I was in a bit of a roll with accolades on Star Trek Online; Accolades I hand't earned on the first play through.  For some of these missions I haven't gone back to them in years.  That said, I think I am done with the accolade hunt for now.  Some are event-specific accolades (Summer event, or Arena of Sompek) that come around once in a while (summer even should be here "soon"), and
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Review: Patterns of Interference

Patterns of Interference by Christopher L. BennettMy rating: 5 of 5 stars What bums me out the most about this book is that there is no "Star Trek Enterprise will continue..." at the end of the book. I wonder if this series will come back in the future.Anyway - even if it is the last book to come out (certainly hope not), this was a rather fun book to read. I was hoping that Trip would come
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Review: Live by the Code

Live by the Code by Christopher L. BennettMy rating: 4 of 5 stars A good conclusion to the "ware saga" (or so it seems). Of note in this book, we see Archer coming around to the Vulcan's "logic" of non-interference (aka, the "prime directive") based on the events that happened with the Saurians. We also see Trip seriously looking to take down Section 31 (which we know doesn't happen
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Review: Uncertain Logic

Uncertain Logic by Christopher L. BennettMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This novel continues with the parade of worlds that are joining the federation: in this book we see the Deltans, and we continue an exploration of those "Ware" space stations which we originally saw on screen in Enterprise. Meanwhile on Vulcan the Kirshara is stolen and people try to use it to overthrow the new Vulcan government.
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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ghosts

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ghosts by Zander CannonMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Not a bad story. Basically a story of a planet who wants to join the Federation, but there are two rival factions on that planet (basically a no-no for membership in the Federation). One side invents a device that moves you into another sub-space type of universe (basically looks like the Matrix's loading
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Review: Tower of Babel

Tower of Babel by Christopher L. BennettMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a good continuation of the first book in the series. Here the federation is encouraging the aligned systems of Rigel to join the federation. I always thought that the Rigelians were a homogenous society, but apparently not. Also interesting that they were currently ruled by mobster families. Overall an interesting story,
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Review: A Choice of Futures

A Choice of Futures by Christopher L. BennettMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This was a good start to the Rise of the Federation series. There is an interesting description of where the TOS uniform colors came from, an overview of what's happening to the fleet, the growing pains of getting different alien peoples to work together, and so on. On top of that, the federation is already being seen as
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Review: The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm

The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm by Michael A. MartinMy rating: 5 of 5 stars A satisfying end to the Earth-Romulan war. When all is said and done Trip is still out in the shadows, Archer is now a commodore, and the Vulcans, Telaraties, and Andorians finally came back to the table. Archer is hinted at becoming president of the Federation one day. There was also a nice little epilogue years
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Got some more accolades (STO)

It's been a while since I played Star Trek Online with the intent to be on the accolade hunt.  I actually I thought I had most of them, but then I came across a list created by one of the game's other players and saw that I was missing a considerable amount.  After clearing out the retired accolades (ones that you can't get any longer), and the ones that you can in theory get, but you need
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Review: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing

The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing by Michael A. MartinMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This book continues on from the previous couple of novels and explores the first year of the Romulan war. Archer becomes a Commodore (interesting how they say it's an archaic title, but still used, perhaps foreshadowing the change of the rank name around TNG). Trip's alive (yay); there are heavy losses
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Review: Kobayashi Maru

Kobayashi Maru by Michael A. MartinMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I actually liked this book more than I thought I would. The description from Memory Alpha is "Captain Jonathan Archer's Enterprise and Captain Erika Hernandez' Columbia become embroiled in the shocking events that became the infamous Starfleet Academy no-win scenario." I always took the Kobayashi Maru to be a theoretical simulation
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Review: Star Trek: The Manga Ultimate Edition

Star Trek: The Manga Ultimate Edition by David GerroldMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This is really a collection of the "ultimate" (I guess) stories from the other three separate volumes of the TOS manga. I did like the colorized version of the borg story, but I don't know what rubric they used to select stories for this volume. Maybe they should have just picked all stories from the previous
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Review: The Good That Men Do

The Good That Men Do by Andy MangelsMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Quite an enjoyable read. I would have loved to have seen this on-screen. Section 31, Romulan mystery, spycraft, and Trip is alive and spying on the Romulan Empire as a section 31 operative. The pacing of this novel was pretty good. I didn't feel lost, or bored, or wondering "what the heck is going on now?" Need an adaptation for
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Review: Star Trek: The Manga, Volume 3: Uchu

Star Trek: The Manga, Volume 3: Uchu by Nathaniel BowdenMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Not a bad collection of TOS stories. This book had a similar feel to the other two volumes in the series.  Too bad the manga didn't have as much of a following and Tokoypop decided to cease producing it.View all my reviews
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Review: Star Trek: The Manga Volume 1: Shinsei/Shinsei

Star Trek: The Manga Volume 1: Shinsei/Shinsei by Chris DowsMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This was actually a fun read, and many of the stories "felt" TOS-like in their telling and execution. The final story was a little too Mecha/Gundam and it kinda felt like it didn't connect with TOS, but it was a fun nevertheless. Who says there can't be mecha in the Star Trek Universe? After all, there was
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Review: Star Trek: the manga Volume 2: Kakan ni Shinkou

Star Trek: the manga Volume 2: Kakan ni Shinkou by Wil WheatonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Not a bad set of stories. Compared to the TNG Manga the stories here really felt more like original TOS, with a manga aesthetic. View all my reviews
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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Volume 1: The Manga: Boukenshin

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Volume 1: The Manga: Boukenshin by David GerroldMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Not a bad attempt at TNG stories in Manga-style comics. Although I do see why Tokyopop didn't continue to produce these. While the stories were enjoyable they didn't really 'feel' very TNG. The characters were a bit off in the dialogue they used. The facial expressions sometimes also
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STO: The Gorn Discovery

Along with the "artisanal" soundtrack for the game this year (something that seems to have become an annual tradition in STO), there was an announcement for a new (April Fool's) expansion of the game titled "The Gorn Discovery"There are a lot of humorous puns here (see announcement below) , but in all seriousness this would have been an interesting expansion.  At the very least it's another starting
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Review: Star Trek: Discovery: The Light of Kahless

Star Trek: Discovery: The Light of Kahless by Kirsten BeyerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Not a bad comic, and one that brings forth a bit of prequel mythos into Star Trek Discovery. In this one we see the origins of the Sacrophagus ship, and T'Kuvma and Voq themselves, and other Klingons who are acting...dishonorably...to say the least. I am wondering if there will be any references to this
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Review: Narrative Inquiry: A Dynamic Approach

Narrative Inquiry: A Dynamic Approach by Colette DaiuteMy rating: 3 of 5 stars 3.5 stars. Not a bad book, and not bad in structuring a methodology for researching a narrative inquiry. The approach given, however, makes me a little perplexed as to what separates this type of narrative inquiry from something like Discourse Analysis. View all my reviews
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Review: Artemis

Artemis by Andy WeirMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Since I liked the Martian, I decided to follow it up with Artemis.  I wasn't sure if this was going to be a sequel, or something totally different.  Basically: Moon smuggler, on a moon base, fitting the "young professional" category of employee tries something new. Royally messes up but survives. Walks away an entrepreneur.Fun novel.
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Review: The Martian

The Martian by Andy WeirMy rating: 5 of 5 stars After a lot of hype I decided to read this book. It was quite a fun book to read. MacGyver, on Mars, becomes a potato farmer to survive until he can get rescued. Snarky MacGyver on Mars - which makes it more fun. Now that I've read this I do want to see the movie version, just as a comparison.View all my reviews
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Review: Rosetta

Rosetta by Dave SternMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Back to Star Trek novel reading.  This was the last novel before the 'relaunch' of the enterprise series. Not a bad story - plus brownie points for some contemporary linguistics peppered in. That said, it felt a bit slow to begin (so much so that I lost the plot a bit while listening to it via TTS).View all my reviews
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Star Trek Online 9 years

It's been a while since the actual anniversary date of STO, but it's been busy, so this draft has been sitting in my...drafts...for a while.  This year Cryptic broke up the pieces of the infographic and released them a piece at a time on twitter, before putting the entire thing up on their website at the end.  I am not surprised that Tactical captains are first in the list, and I am also
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More Tardigrade news...

email update from STO - for those like me who got Lt. Tardigrade as their nouveau tomagochi ;-)Thanks to some generous donations from the local shipyard, the Lieutenant now had his very own starship bridge, of sorts, in his enclosure. We managed to secure three decommissioned consoles, and his very own Captain's chair. It's a little beat up, to be sure, but he doesn't seem to mind, and he's been running
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Star Trek Online: Age of Discovery

  Last fall, in what seems like the heels of  the "Victory is Life" expansion some new content dropped on STO, titled "Age of Discovery" which seems to be content for the game that runs concurrent with the show that started yesterday evening, and perhaps with the on-going IDW series on Star Trek Discovery.  With this new content you start off as a cadet in the Discovery era of Star Trek
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Xbox year in review

The year-in-review notifications that various social media sites provide can be quite fun.  This year's year-in-review for xbox is a custom made snowball (too bad you can't order one!) based on the various statistics from your gaming preferences.It seems like 2018 for me was the year of Assassin's Creed, with over 200 hours logged into  Origins Syndicate, and Unity.  While this might
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Review: The Vital Abyss

The Vital Abyss by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars An interesting short story from the perspective of a protogen researcher. All throughout I was trying to figure out if this is someone who will be (or was) in one of the main novels, or if it's just world building and expansion (no pun intended). In the end (once I was done reading) I read through the summary on the wiki and I had
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Review: Nemesis Games

Nemesis Games by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 4 of 5 stars And here I thought that this was going to be a 'simple' version of: crew goes on holiday while the ship is in dry dock so that they can take care of personal stuff (and of course learn some personal stuff from the past). Did that happen? Of course, but around half-way ... BAM! all hell breaks loose! The final line of the previous
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Review: Cibola Burn

Cibola Burn by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting continuation of the series. We've now moved onto a more colonial part of the adventure (new worlds to explore an colonize), and all the perils that come with it. I do wonder if we'll find out what happened to the old civilization that built the portal system and the protomolecule. Part of this book reminded me a lot of the
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Review: Abaddon's Gate

Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Interesting story as it has unfolded. The thing I don't get is this: are these gates to other galaxies (think Stargate with the Ori supergates)? other parallel dimension (sort of like sliders)? or just other dimensions period? Seems like there is plenty of work for the crew of the Rocinante to go around after this book ;-)  A
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Return of Castle Wolfenstein | Done!

Before playing the latest and greatest in Wolfenstein gaming, I ended up (last summer) playing through an original xbox era game (thanks, Backward Compatibility!) titled "Return to Castle Wolfenstein".  This game was originally released back in 2001, and I had tried playing a demo of it on my Power Mac G3 at the time, but the thing was so choppy I, disappointed, put it down (and totally forgot
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Review: 24: Legacy - Rules of Engagement #5

24: Legacy - Rules of Engagement #5 by Christopher FarnsworthMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An enjoyable prequel to the TV series 24: Legacy. I guess I should have read this before seeing the show :-) The five part series of comics (reviewing the last one, but it really covers all of them) is the story of the protagonist of the show, jumping back in time to two times in his life (one as a drug
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Halo Infinite - what am I missing?

Another E3 2018 announcement - Microsoft's Halo Infinite. I've liked all Halo games I've played up to now, even though I have not completed all of them, and I have yet to play Halo 5: Guardians, so I was pumped about Halo: Infinite.  I didn't know it was coming, I was surprised and elated at the existence of an announcement trailer...and then it tell flat.  The trailer tells me nothing of
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Assassin's creed Odyssey trailer

Just by luck yesterday YouTube suggested the Ubisoft livestream from E3 (oh internet overlords, you know me so well!), and I tuned in just as the trailer for Assassin's Creed Odyssey came on screen.  I love the trailer, I love that I am able to pick a character, I love that it's going to be set in Greece during the  peloponnesian war, I think I like the Bioware RPGness of the game. There
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Cyberpunk 2077 trailer

Seems like some big announcements were made today and yesterday at this year's E3.  I hadn't even seen anything regarding this game in the game press (not that I was paying particular attention) but this game looks likeit could be a lot of fun, wrapped up in an interesting story.
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Victory is life is here!

Well, the fourth expansion of Star Trek Online, which brings us a sliver of the Gamma quadrant, gamma recruits, and the Jem'Hadar playable faction is here today! I had an opportunity to play a bit today as a new Jem'Hadar "first" (aka captain) under the name of Arak'Ouzo (yes having some fun with the name).  The first couple of missions were quite fun to play, and flying a "bug-ship" is quite
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Review: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World

The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World by Steven L. KentMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Not a bad book. I always expect something with the word "ultimate" in the title to be the one definitive source for all things for that topic, but that isn't always the case. Lots of good early history of companies (Coleco
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What do electric sheep dream of?

I guess the answer is "androids" :-) .  A little humor from this weekend's Kotaku Sunday Comics (and an obvious take on "do androids dream of electric sheep?" by Philip K. Dick.
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Loaded with Latinum!

Man...after close to 6 years of play this accolade is finally complete!  The other day I had the Dabo table going at DS9 on STO while having my iPad read back articles to me (some supplemental readings for the dissertation).  It's pretty mindless to click and bet on Dabo, so while reading I just kept hitting 'play'.  Well - finally I hit the 1,000,000 mark!  I've won 1,000,000
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Incredible adventures of van helsing III | done

A game I was playing concurrently with Zombi was another freebie from the free with Gold program.  This game was the Incredible Adventures of van Helsing III.  I am not sure if it was integral to the game for me to play parts I and II (I didn't), but even if it were, this game stood pretty good on its own.The game takes place in the fictional eastern european city of Borgovia, and the main
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Zombi | Done!

The most recent game I finished (right before I headed off to the annual MTA conference the past two days) was Zombi on the XBOX One.  This was originally a WiiU game (a horror game on the Nintendo???) but it made its way to the xbox a few years later.  It's an ubisoft production and it's something I got for "free" by subscribing to Gold (since my membership is expiring soon I thought I
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May the Swartz be with you!

I guess this is for all the Star Wars fans ;-) I think I discovered this on Reddit somewhere.
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Overload is coming!

It took a while, but this kickstarter is almost here (to be released at the end of May).  I haven't been playing the betas (even though my kickstarter pledge allows me to) to get totally immersed when it's released. It's been a while since I played a game of this sort (since Descent, actually!)
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Assassin's Creed Unity - Mobile Companion | Done

LOL, I am not sure why I am writing about the mobile companion app...but I am (so...deal with it? :p).  Anyway, yesterday the final side-mission of the companion app cleared and I got all my little lovely check marks across the map of Paris.   In this companion app you recruit Assassins from across Paris, and as you send them away on missions to control different locations in Paris
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Trials of the Blood Dragon | Done

Recently, another game I 'completed' was Trials of the Blood Dragon. While I did get through the story of the game, I am not sure that this is one of those games that you 'complete'.  When I got this game for free through xbox live 'games with gold' a number of months ago I thought that it was more of a Far Cry game, but it's basically a Trials game with Far Cry highlights.  I had actually
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Back to the Future: the game | Done!

I've been debating which game(s) to move onto next on the xbox now that Assassin's Creed Syndicate is (mostly) done.  I realized the other day that the "free" games that we get on xbox live gold aren't really totally free.  You can claim games for free when they are available, and you can enjoy them, for free, so long as you have an active xbox live gold membership.  Considering that
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Same thing we do every night...

...try to take over the world!  A little humor retrieved in today's comics. I don't know what the video game is that is the original reference, but anything with The Brain will most likely give me a giggle :-)
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Stripping away the nerd-cred

A recent comic I came across this past weekend. It made me laugh a bit, but it also made  me wonder: when did we turn a page as a society where we broadcast our every move... How did this happen? (not an "oh the horror!" type of question, just curious)
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Assassin's Creed Syndicate | Done!

Well... I should probably say "mostly done".  There is the Jack The Ripper expansion story that I haven't played yet, but considering that it's almost a separate game, I thought I'd write about the core game (plus "the last maharaja" missions). So, after I finished Unity I jumped right on to Syndicate (and with the xbox spring sale going on now, I actually picked up Origins...but I think
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Bartender Elbow? - get Jagerbalm!

OK, this is the last of my April Fool's posts!  I've never had Jagermeister, but this fake ad was pretty funny (another one I've shared a few times this week).
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4d6&Me - What's your character?

Continuing with the parade of silly April Fool's Jokes, another one that I've watched, and shared, a few times already on other social media - genetic testing to show you what your character's abilities are in real life.  It's a take on genetic testing that shows where your ancestor's are from, but with a D&D take on it.  Go for charisma and intelligence!
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Quest Management Kit

Another April Fool's joke product from ThinkGeek I've watched at least 6 times thus far! I think the fact that it combines DnD and Office Space makes it hit the sweet spot of comedy :-)
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Cobra Kai Returns - wait...what?

Now THIS is interesting. It's both and underdog story, and a redemption story, and potentially a role reversal story, all steeped in heavy vats of nostalgia. When the "youtube red original" logo came on screen I immediately wrote this off, BUT I was hooked and needed to see the rest of the trailer (you know, the car accident rule, you know it's gruesome, but you can't look away).  I am glad I
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Unity...so very...very...true

I came across this comic on Reddit the other day.  I both laughed, and wanted to throw a controller at the screen :p  While I did want to complete all the option pursuits and co-ops and such, this is one issue that made me want to break the screen :-) Imagine trying to jump (or heck go down and not jump to a 'random' location) and being on a timer. eff this :p
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Section 31, yo!

A deleted scene from Star Trek Discovery's season finale his the netwaves the other day where Mirror Gheorghiou is recruited into section 31 (which also answers all the questions on the web about that little black starfleet badge).  Effin' awesome is what I have to say!  I hope that the fact that this was deleted does not mean that this plotline is killed off... This would be a totally awesome
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Colony Season 3 coming soon!

May seems a little late, but it will be here soon enough!  So will Colony season 3!  The trailer for it came out a few days ago and I am all excited about it! My only worry is that we're treading into "Falling Skies" territory here. Falling skies started strong and it really fizzled out.  It's as if the creators didn't know what to do with the series.  A protracted war would be
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