Minor spoilers for Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Got nothing. The kids had SOOOO much homework. Had to teach Nugget math, how to write a paragraph, had to teach Junior the finer points of ending on a cliffhanger….
Crushed my soul.
I mean, who has the energy to talk about narrative structure all damn day?
But I’m gonna play today. Soon. After I take them to the bus. And vacuum. I want to get to hard parts where they take away my gear!!!!
Man, I don’t look forward to homework. All that narrative structure! It sounds exhausting!
We just had to figure out how to get school pictures retaken, because he looks like a member of Future Sullen Hoodlums of America in the one we got back. So hopefully that works. Otherwise, whatever, it’s those precious memories for later, right? The memories of all the snide faces they were always making? Good times.
Go play! And remember, they’ll always give your gear back!
Ah, the sullen hoodlums pictures. Good times, good times.
Though, gotta say, the camera LOVES Nugget. Kid is a spaz, never sits still, yet the moment a shutter snaps is the instant he’s a damn model.
Anyhoo, just played. Watched Queen and Baddie bicker. He’s…got a point. If he wasn’t, you know, evil. I do like that they’re playing with the idea that hey, maybe raiding tombs is…bad?
Got the note that they’ve recruited Amaru, and I feel like I should know who that is, and that that should be a moment of gravitas, but I forgot who that is.
And then got to the bridge, and Jonah called, and I said “That was a foreshock. The devastating, world ending earthquake will be here any second and oh hey challenge tomb.” As one does.
And then spent the rest of the session playing raft soccer. As one does.
But finished! On my way out.
Silly tombs. Getting in the way of themes.
Ha! Raft soccer. Very true. I do like the way some of these tombs play with the environment by having you raise and lower the water level to reach different things. It’s an interesting use of space.
And yes, an interesting question about the moral value of all this…tomb raiding…we’re doing…so morally…
Amaru was Sayri’s brother. (Sayri was Unuratu’s husband, the one who went hunting during the famine and died tragically. I think.) I think Amaru is also Dominguez? Right? And also the head of the Kukulkan cult. The insider who was successfully recruited (as you saw in the note) and has been working with Trinity to find the box, each for their own reasons.
It’s a tangled web.
I figured you’d know what I was talking about.
My own fault. Took me for damn ever to figure out that I had to kick the fucking thing through the door/gap in the wall, which really wasn’t all that hard to figure out.
It was a good tomb. Just an odd place for it. The narrative is moving along rather well at that point, relatively speaking, and not only is there a tomb there, it’s a LOOONG tomb. Many phases and facets.
We blogged a ways back about why they put the “you can now fast travel” where they did, and we didn’t get it. This game puts odd things in odd places, that it does.
The moral questioning is kinda cool. Dominguez does kinda have a point. There really is no way to protect Paititi long term unless he does something batshit. I liked the bit where he says to Unuratu “that will only protect us for a little while.” We’ve played all these games where we save whatever and there’s a big PHEW and credits, but here Dominguez is making the point that five years after the big PHEW then what? After all, Unuratu’s the good guy. We help good guys in games. And if all good guys have been doing is postponing their doom, then have we been all that heroic in all these games? Not just TR, all of them?
It’s sort of like what you said yesterday: “Ok, saved Hakan so…he can run into the jungle and get eaten by a jaguar?” Games often don’t make you think about what happens after you’ve saved the day. Well, saved THIS day. What about tomorrow?
See? It was good bloggage. And then raft soccer.
Wait, he’s the head of the cult? I thought Dominguez was HEAD of trinity? He recruited himself? I’M SO CONFUSED!!!!!
I liked the way the note came up: “Kickable raft.”
Hmmm…I guess I should probably kick this raft.
No, Dominguez isn’t the head of Trinity. I don’t think. We ran into him back in the beginning right after we grabbed the Forbidden Blade or whatever and started this whole catastrophe, but I don’t think we were told that he was the head of Trinity, just part of it, and the main guy on this particular project. (So…head of one section maybe?)
But even if he were the head, heads gotta get recruited sometime too, you know. They start out in the mailroom, delivering green feathers to Serpent Guards for their uniforms, and work their way up.
There’s also a guy named Roark in here somewhere that we’ve heard of. HE’S maybe the head, or at least the head of South American Operations. Or something.
I won’t lie, it is a mite confusing.
When a game says “kickable,” gotta kick it.
Games should say “kickable” more often.
Dude, no! She’s all “HE’S the head of Trinity? HE’S THE HEAD OF TRINITY!” He so is!
One section. Head of finance, say. Maybe operations. Or the library. Don’t trust librarians.
Fair. Leapfrogging over all the poor Kevins. Maybe that’s it:
R: Here’s your nondescript outfit. Name?
R: Outfit. Name?
R: Outfit. Name?
R: ****long pause**** You, son, are GOING PLACES!
I’M SO CONFUSED!
Which is too bad, because otherwise this story makes perfect sense.
Ha! That’s totally how it works, no doubt.
Dad of newborn baby: I want to name him Kevin, after myself!
Mom: Uh, no thanks. I have higher ambitions for him. No offense, dear. Have fun getting mowed down by the hero!
Wise. Even Meatball gets it.
Today he came home with two balloons. He drew a face on one. He says, pointing to face balloon, “That’s panda balloon.” I say, “What’s the other’s name?” He says “Kevin.” I say “Why?” He says “Because it has no face.”
I swear I am not making this up.
And you know my parenting well enough to know I’m not making it up.
That is eerie. Eerily true!
I did sorta explain the concept of Kevin. I’ve gotten to the point where I’ll say “get over here Kevin” and stuff while playing.
You have too, haven’t you?
Hm…I think I mostly just call them all ‘dude,’ actually. I am not spreading the good word the way you are.
I just can’t help it. Kevin gonna Kevin.
I’m stuck in the van while junior does chorus and the others play iPad. I hate life.
Aw, man. You can’t even iPad yourself? Why do they get all the fun?
Cuz life sucks.
You’ll figure this out when Blasto and Grigio are older sullen hooligans and you have to drive them around.
I keep telling you: Pokemon Go. Then at least you can be busy catching Pokemon on your phone while you wait. Even leave the car and go walk around a bit to catch more! Make the kids exercise AND get in some productive monster-capturing.
You’re missing very exciting developments in the field of Pokemon science. New creatures! Even though you missed Santa Hat Pikachu.
If that’s all you got to make me feel better, I feel worse.
That’s a pretty good t shirt.
But you probably only feel bad because you don’t have a smiling Pikachu in a Santa hat to cheer you up.
Think about it.
Ok, I’ve thought about it and I stand by my previous T SHIRT!!!!!
That’s fair. I respect your consistency.
Enjoy the consistency while it lasts cuz I’m going insane.
Dude. Take the iPad away from the children. Or get yourself a Switch. Or something. Your need is obviously great.
Wanna borrow my PS Vita?
This got no better.
I have an Assassin’s Creed and an Uncharted for it! It could be your salvation!