||[Nov. 26th, 2005|10:25 am]
Saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire last night. I liked it, overall, though I did have a few complaints. The movie adaptation definitely suffered from lack of time - I think some more time spent on transitions between sections would have helped its continuity. I heard people complaining that there wasn't much of Rita, they cut the Quiddich World Cup out almost completely, etc., and I was disappointed about that too, but it didn't kill the movie for me. After all, the important thing in the book is really the Tri(Quad?)-Wizard Tournament, and I think they handled that quite well, overall. Oh. And we saw it on IMAX, but it didn't look like it was IMAX quality. That was sad.
I am currently trucking towards the end of Star Ocean 3. Actually, I've been impressed with the recent things that have happened in the plot. While a little mind breaky, I'm sort of interested to see where they're going with it. froborr, did you finish the game? Was the part at the end where you learn more about the Executioner what you didn't like?
Enjoying Amped 3 on the Xbox 360. Amped is quite possibly the only sports game I've ever enjoyed. It is a snowboarding game, and the entire point of it is to do tricks. Now, Amped 3 takes the series in an entirely new direction - Amped used to be a Microsoft property, but they disbanded the team and Amped 3 was done by 2K sports. It now has a very retro feel to it, and the menu systems and story-telling sequences are, to put it mildly, derivative. Also, I'm tempted to load up Amped 2 and compare the draw distance/detail across the two systems. I know that the 360 is beautiful, but I don't think I can entirely appreciate the changes without a comparison. Maybe I should load up Amped 2 on my Xbox and Amped 3 on the 360 and see how they compare more directly.
Only two more weeks to my 360. We're probably going to pick up Everybody with it, but I am still going to be disappointed at the absense of [eM]. Oh well. I do have plenty of games.
As for writing - it feels quite strange to have written such a long entry without mentioning writing yet, after the last twenty-five days+ of almost nothing but. I'm still trying to decide how I want to handle editing. I'm a little tempted to make prodding motions at The School while I wait for Familiar to cool down so I can edit it with an open mind. After all, The School has been cooling down for years.
If anyone wants to take a look at the first rough draft of Familiar, you're welcome to. Just comment to this entry. It's very rough, though. Eh, the truth is that I want opinions on how I ended it. In some ways, I feel like I shouldn't be asking opinions on the 'design' of the product, but instead on the 'details', but Familiar was hard to end. It wasn't that it was begging to be continued for more pages, it was just that the situation I had set up didn't ask for an easy ending. I am worried about burning out the people who might be editing it, though, so if you think you could provide editorial comments on an over 80,000 word piece of work twice, that's great, but if you can't, don't bother with this draft. I still have to go back and clean up for the magic changes, add some scenes, and make some other semi-plot related changes. There's going to be a decent amount of churn.
Well, anyways, off to Star Ocean for me. Maybe I could finish today! (It's only 8 dungeons/fields between me and the end? - wait. That's like the equivalent of 8,000 words.)