I guess it’s our tradition to do comics about employment for the first strip of the new year? This was unintentional, but it seems it worked out that way. We had a guest writer this week: my good friend, Emrys Smith. Normally his name would contain a link to a website where you could check out a different project of his and lob your digital underwear upon his stage as you would a rock star, but that scalawag has nothing to link to.
At any rate, Happy New Year. I decided to get the year started off right with massive sleep deprivation at the annual New Years Eve LAN party I attend. I’m not sure if it was the lack of sleep, the epic amount of caffeinated beverages I consumed, or just the fact that it was the end of the year, but in between games, I spent some time reflecting on the past year. Of course, I was playing games nearly the entire time, so my pondering of 2010 was constantly interrupted and never shifted from my favorite entertainment, but who comes to Sunday Smash to read inspirational messages?
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: I feel bad for everyone involved with this movie, because this is one example of where a film deserved so much more than it got. It barely spent any time in theaters and most people didn’t bother to see it, but it was easily the most fun I had watching a movie this year.
The Walking Dead: I only read this series in the hardcover collections that come out, so I am never current with it, but the sixth hardcover is another great addition to my book shelf. The TV series had an incredibly promising start, but the momentum steadily tapered off as the season continued. It’s still worth watching, even if it’s nowhere close to as good as Robert Kirkman’s comic series.
The Amazing Spider-Man: The Brand New Day direction continued to be impressive, especially considering that a new issue came out three times a month. When my DCBSshipment arrives monthly, the hardcover collections are what I anticipate reading the most.
The more I play League of Legends and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the more I think 2011 may be the year where I switch back to single player/offline games exclusively. I enjoy playing LoL with my friends, but I weary of randomly assigned teammates not playing their roles appropriately and then behaving as though it’s a travesty when we lose. It’s an excellent game, but its hostile community brings me ever closer toward playing only once a week on our LoL team night.
I’m beginning to have the same feelings about Cataclysm. I am sick of higher level Horde players attacking me while I’m trying to turn in quests. Seriously, Blizzard, World of Warcraft has been out for six years now and you care so little for your story that you do nothing to protect players who are trying to enjoy it? There needs to be some kind of penalty for attacking players at quest turn in points. Either the quest giving NPCs need to deal instant death to the attacker, or a massive debuff needs to be applied to the offending player; I’m thinking something to the effect of a 20% stat decrease that lasts for a period of 24 hours. The debuff is probably the best idea, because it would hit them where it hurts, preventing them from raiding or being effective in battlegrounds. I’ve just about had it with having to examine item stats while keeping an eye out for 14 year-old morons who think it’s hilarious to kill people trying to play the actual game.