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Fairy tales are amazing. I love stories about the supernatural. I love stories about darkness and heroes overcoming obstacles. I also love sarcasm, dry humor, and bloodshed. For some reason, I have only recently found out about the Witcher franchise. I have started with Witcher 3 on Steam and I am so enamored. This game has everything I love, and so much that I wasn’t expecting out of a video game experience.

I have even begun my Ciri cosplay, including figuring out how to use makeup to look like scars and bruises, even though I am mostly clueless regarding all things makeup related. I am holding off on the hunt for the books that the franchise is based on, so I can enjoy the game for what it is. I may hold off on the books until after the Netflix series is completed.

I am a firm believer in not ruining the video by reading the books second. …That doesn’t make much sense. You get what I mean though, right? I mean, I read this one book about the feywild, a boy, and a star, and it was amazing. So many things about it worked because it was written like a fairy tale. In fairy tales, things happen a certain way. For instance, prophecies are made and then fulfilled. In the movie, and most movies based on stories like this one, there is a tendency to make things go a certain way to pacify the masses, or dumb stuff down so you don’t have to be paying full attention to all of the details. While this movie had its moments, I was saddened by it overall because it had ultimately taken out all of the fairy tale elements that I had so enjoyed in the reading of the book. Everyone who has seen a movie based on a book has had a similar experience. Reading creates the world inside the mind. Having that translate to the screen doesn’t always result in the same world for everyone. But, I digress. The point was that I will not spoil the experience by doing things out of order. This is not the Game of Thrones. That will be a different post entirely. For the GOT, I have read the books and watched the show. Each is good in its own right and I love them both. If more books could transition to the screen like that, it is possible that people would read more books. Or fewer, because they would be able to watch the stories unfold before them. Or more, to see what is different between the screen and print.

To get back on why I started writing this post at 11:30 at night, I am enjoying playing Witcher 3. It is very similar game play to Skyrim in that it is an open world and the actions that you take, the decisions you make, the way you interact with the people and environment around you, all have an effect on how the story progresses. The amount of detail in everything is staggering. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already. I don’t want to give away any spoilers. There is so much game, and I have only barely scratched the surface. It is a dark world, filled with shadows and monsters. I enjoy spending my time there. People are people. Monsters are monsters. People are monsters. Monsters are people. It is fantastic.

I hope this post makes sense. I think I might need sleep. I’m headed off to bed. Until next time.

Update: Here are some links that I should have included earlier. This is the Reddit post with the casting scripts for the 8 episode Netflix series coming soon – https://www.reddit.com/r/witcher/comments/8xhn79/netflix_here_are_the_casting_scripts_for_two_yen/

Here is the link with more info about the Netflix series – https://www.pcgamer.com/netflix-witcher-series-date//

Also, I found out today that there are 36 different endings to Witcher 3. It will be interesting to play through and see what actions cause the different outcomes.

 

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Greetings, Programs!

Over the weekend, the Mrs. and I went to see Ready Player One!

I am planning on doing a more in-depth review of it later on (after I re-read the book) but, I will give a brief review here…

It was OK.

It was maybe 4% of the book with about 2% of the pop culture references that are in the book, and they didn’t explain why the movie title was Ready Player One like they did in the book.

But, it was a fun adventure, and if you never read the book (for shame!) you will still be able to enjoy the film, maybe even more so than those of us who have read it.

Holy frak… I’m now in the same boat as the LOTR fans…

Anyway, enjoy this Side Quest podcast, and let us know what you thought of the movie!

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