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9:40 PM on 07.12.2009

How do YOU Spell Relief?

Everyone has something that helps them unwind at the end of a long day. Whether its gardening, shooting some hoops, or basket weaving...some activities are just relaxing to certain people. For many of us though, it's video games. What can be more satisfying that killing a few zombies and pretending they're those bastards known as 'customers' know... the ones that 'are always right'?

My favorite stress relief video game has been the same for pretty much as long as it's been released. Diablo 2 is probably the best game for stress relief in my book. It's a simple format, so there's little thought involved, I can pretty much stop whenever I really feel like it (no pesky save crystals or quest time-outs to worry about), and best of all: I get to kill shit! I can totally just take my frustration at the world out on Fallen Ones and Dark Lords with no consequence other than a few thousand gold in my stash and a couple flawed emeralds. Plus I can either play solo or invite a few friends to join in the fray if I'm feeling like company. It doesn't get much better than that.

Anyway. Here's my question for you: What is your ultimate stress relief video game? I wanna know!   read

2:53 PM on 03.27.2009

FFXII and "A Song of Ice and Fire"??

Alright. So I've been playing Final Fantasy XII lately and I've also recently read the "Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R.R. Martin. I've noticed some uncanny similarities between some of the concepts. I'm just wondering if there's anything really too this, or just just coincidence. For example: there are a bunch of the same terms used in both stories. The "Hedge Knight" class, and "Mummer's farse" are just two that I can think of off the top of my head. Basch from XII is considered a "Kingslayer" as is Jamie from "Ice and Fire". Both characters were prestigious knights whose names were slandered by their actions (or supposed actions), and both characters are of roughly the same physical appearance. (specifically the longish blonde wavy hair). On top of these random similarities, you also can see the plot lines roughly coming together. Both consist of power hungry political figures out to control the world for a slew of reasons. Both involve a 'legendary power' (dragons/nethicite) that whoever controls it will pretty much win the endgame.

*shrugs* I just found it interesting to find random bits of congruency in things like that. Either way though, FFXII is AMAZING, and "Song of of Ice and Fire" is one of the most epic book series I've read in ages, so I'm not complaining at all. I wonder what else is out there....   read

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