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Quick Thoughts: On Game of Thrones Season 1.

I was never really into the Game of Thrones hype, but recently a friend of mine finally convinced me to watch it, and while I wasn’t hooked, I have decided to finish the series. I have a few thoughts I’d like to throw out there about the first season, and there will be spoilers of course, honestly if you are reading this right now, and haven’t seen it… wtf bro? With that let’s get into the first round of quick thoughts.

Why can’t Sean Bean stay alive in something? I mean, c’mon! For fucks sake! He was like, the only person I gave a shit about in the whole show! To be fair as soon as I saw him on screen my first thought was “Ahh, so there will be a main character death early in the show.” For real Sean Bean is a great actor, but his mortality rate in films, and shows is terrible.

Next up is Jon Snow. The on again, off again Stark. I know where the show is going, I’m not blind to the posts about it on facebook, and spoilers, but can I just say Uuugh. For now I don’t like him, and I’m glad he’s stuck on the wall dealing with the real problems to come when winter also inevitably arrives. His wimpy friend Sam kicks ass though. I expect great things from them both in the future.

I feel like a lot of plotlines either won’t get picked back up again, or won’t happen until way later, and everybody is saying Winter is coming far too much, and I see now why it had such meme presence throughout the years. I’m not shocked seeing all these plots happening that it’s taken 7 seasons for people to get the kinda payoff they have been clamoring for since season 1. Oh, and the baby dragons at Aquaman’s death were adorable. I don’t know if there was much worth mentioning from me other than that stuff… So…

Some people I’m generally okay with

Tyrion Lannister
Robb Stark
Arya Stark
Daenerys Targaryen

People I wanna see dead.

FUCKING, NO GOOD, JOFFERY
Every Lannister that isn’t Tyrion
Sansa Stark
Catelyn Stark

After that I really don’t care what happens to anyone else. There were a lotta tiddys, and some brutal deaths, and that’s probably why so many people like it. All the fucking people, and fucking up people. As someone who is not very into the middle-earth, and Medieval themes normally, I actually kinda dig this. Ordinarily my limits span from Narnia, to Dungeons and dragons, and then nothing… I read The Hobbit once! This sort of thing isn’t in my wheelhouse, so I’m admittedly surprised that I plan on continuing onward with this show past season one. I’ll let ya know my thoughts once I get past season 2, until then, caio!

-Rob

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Beer Review: Sweetwater Brewing “Blue.”

 

It’s time for another beer review! Out of Atlanta Georgia comes Sweetwater brewing company, and the current apple (or blueberry in this case) of my eye. A pretty deep, but minimalistic titled beer; Blue. Simple name for a surprisingly complex beer. Sweetwater brewing company’s Blue is a blueberry wheat ale that comes across at first as your normal, everyday wheat ale, but finishes with it’s own style.

Commercial Description: A unique light bodied wheat ale enhanced with a hint of fresh blueberries! The euphoric experience begins with an appealing blueberry aroma – take a good whiff and you’ll know. The taste is extremely subtle and finishes extra clean. This ain’t no fruit beer, but it is our breakfast beer, and so delicious with pancakes!

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It’s light bodied, and goes down like a standard wheat ale, but once the aftertaste hits that is where the blueberry hits you, and it hits you square in the jaw! The beer can really trick you, and personally, that is what I’m down with. The aroma is very blueberry, if you’ll forgive my rhyme. Wheat ale beers normally leave me feeling a little dry in the palette, but with Blue I feel impressed, and refreshed. It’s the kinda beer I could easily have more than one of with little deliberation, which works out, because it only comes in at a 4.6% ABV (although I’ve seen online that it clocks in at 4.9% so it might just be the current brew I’m drinking.) It’s certainly a beer that was accurately described by its commercial description, gotta give some extra credit for honesty!

 

Overall this was a solid beer, and I could see myself buying this one again, granted the price was a bit steep (It was $12 USD for a six-pack where I picked it up.) it’s still a totally worthy addition to anyone’s night. Pick it up if you get the chance, it gets my recommendation for sure.

 

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Game Review: Sonic Mania

Wow it’s been 23 years since Sonic 3 & Knuckles. 23 mixed feelings years for fans of the blue blur, but with the newly released game “Sonic Mania,” there is a reason to celebrate once more. Pulling the retro style into the modern age this new outing for Sonic the Hedgehog pulls from the original 4 games, and adds new twists for the player to discover.

So let’s get right to it, the gameplay. Controls feel pulled right from the classic series, anyone who has played the games of the past will feel right at home, which also means that new players will find it easy to learn. Mania features 3 playable characters. Sonic has the classic jumping, rolling, fast speed action you know him for, but also has a new move at his disposal, the drop dash! While jumping in the air you can press the button again to start spinning, and when he lands it’s an automatic spindash! Of course Sonic’s pal Tails is along for the ride with his traditional flying skills, and Knuckles also returns to glide and climb through the levels with ease.

The remixed music, and levels from the classic series are fantastic renditions of the games of old, and the newer levels are… few in number, and actually the more interesting part of the game. Hopefully this game will merit a sequel so that we can see some more original levels from the developers. Not only are the new levels good, but there are a few new features that add to the gameplay. A new collectable blue ring power-up that allows you more ring retention when hit, and tons of collectable, and bonus features send the replay value skyrocketing in Sonic Mania.

Overall, this is the Sonic game that fans have been waiting for. You don’t need me to say that, the whole internet is chanting the same thing, but now I am among the chorus singing the old school bit chipped SEGA tune from the beginning of many a genesis title. If you are into Sonic games this is a no-brainer, and if you have been disdainful of the newer entries in the series this harkens to the days of yore. Pick it up as a digital download on Switch/PS4/XBOXONE for $19.99 USD.

Unfortunately it’s gonna be later for Steam users (Aug. 29th) Sorry gang.

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Beer Review: Emergency Drinking Beer.

Today we’re trying something different! A written review of booze instead of a video with Ben! The beer? Emergency Drinking Beer brewed by Wild Heaven Beer in Avondale Estates, Georgia! Let’s get right to it!

As you can see from first glance the beer is certainly playing up the title, giving off a caution tape vibe. Straight faced humor is always a favorite of mine, but can it back up the humor with a beer worth drinking? The short                                                             answer is… Kinda.

Commercial Description: A one-of-a-kind session beer reminiscent of a crisp pilsner married with a traditional gose. Brightness and complexity come from additions of citrus zest, Portuguese sea salt and lemongrass.
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A Pils-style Session Ale at 4% ABV, that definitely has a citrus taste to it. I can’t say for sure I’m tasting lemongrass, but that could be my philistine tastebuds. It’s a light refreshing taste that isn’t unlike a common pilsner beer, but it has its own unique flavor that sets it apart.  Overall if you are a fan of pilsner, or session beers this should be on your list of beers to try. It’s a beer you could drink all day while out fishing, at a barbecue, or tailgate party.

Personal opinion? Not my kinda beer, but it was worth the cost of admission ($10 USD where I picked up a six-pack of this stuff.) As the kinda guy who likes to try new beers I found this one surprisingly refreshing. I expected a rather generic experience considering the labeling, but I was happy to find it had it’s own style beyond your average budweiser.  Do I plan to pick this up again? Not likely. It was a one shot for me. It has a nice light aroma, and the aftertaste leaves you feeling just a little dry, but that is by no means a bad thing. For a beer out of my wheelhouse I still enjoyed it, but not enough to consider it a continual purchase.

If you’re down in Georgia, or happen to run across this in your travels, pick it up and try it for yourself! That’s all for now, but soon enough I’m sure I’ll try another beer, and maybe I’ll review that as well.  Thanks for reading, and as always, have a safe drive home!

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Avenging The Szechuan.

So much has happened in the world of nerds recently.

The trailer leak for Infinity War, which I’m sure will vanish right after I post it, so instead I’m just gonna post the poster instead.

I dunno if the comic-series franchise thing is gonna keep going for much longer after the Infinity War films, but the general vibe I get from the internet is that people are starting to get tired of it. I guess we’ll just have to wait for that post credits scene that sets up the next story arc, and see where the fans stand after the dust has settled.

Speaking of the internet, and what it does, or does not like. Rick & Morty season 3 premiers literally tomorrow at 11:30 PM on Adult Swim. If you have somehow missed the trailer for this insanity then you’re in luck right now!

It’s gonna be a season of szechuan sauce memes, and adding the name Rick to things that rhyme with the word pickle (Seriously, go look at the Rick & Morty Subreddit if you don’t believe me.)

He’s prickle Rick!

Moving onward! Sonic Mania comes out in about 2 weeks! The sonic game we’ve been waiting for since Sonic 3/Knuckles is finally upon us thanks to sega, and modder turned actual sonic game maker Christian Whitehead! It looks great, and I’m super excited to give it a go!

Sonic Mania comes out August 15th, 2017 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, & Nintendo Switch.

Other than that you’ve got trailers for  Ready Player One, Happy Death Day, and the latest saw film Jigsaw

I almost forgot, there’s a new Child’s Play movie coming out, and I can’t wait to see that shit!

Not only that but we’re getting a new Tales from the Crypt series on TNT soon!

I’d love to tell you even more stuff that’s on the way that I’m excited for, but for now this is where the post must end. Don’t forget to check back later for more!

-Rob

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That Hollow Feeling.

So just because I wanna keep it short and sweet, well not that sweet, perhaps even just a little sour.

I’ve been down in the dumps a little since I moved. (Oh I moved btw, if you didn’t know) Since I’ve been so busy trying to get my life together I haven’t had time to do what I need to here. Now I’m thinking I need to do something on the site to fix that, because I haven’t been keeping a story going, or doing anything site related beyond doodling for the sake of keeping content coming. I’m gonna be doing some more comic based stuff shortly here, and I’ve been thinking about extra stuff to put up on the site, but I can’t imagine what yet.

I just wanted to have a post up so people might understand what’s up with the nonsense going on lately that is totally not the usual format around here for anyone who wasn’t in the know.

Anyway, Ramble over.

-Rob.