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Couple of updates from yours truly. Firstly, Happy Victoria Day to those calling the Great White North their humble abode. Secondly, my Thief: Deadly Shadows retrospective article will be finally out sometime before the 25th.


 
 
 

I feel like Epic Mickey served as the catalyst for Disney's decision to have the Mouse go back to his mischievous and adventurous roots. His most recent cartoons never cease to put a smile on my face with their jokes, references and sheer energy.



 
 
 

The corners of my lips are still aching from the unremitting smile I bore yesterday while playing Epic Mickey. Its dark whimsy (getting mobbed by compsognathus-like bunnies never loses its charm) is something Spector and co. should be proud of.


 
 
 

Thursday evening mood.



 
 
 

Part of me wasn’t surprised by the replies I got for my thoughts on Detective Pikachu, but I’d be a liar if I said that they didn’t lack civility here and there. It’s one thing to be sarcastic or politely dissenting, it’s another to attack me.

 
 
 

Detective Pikachu is what happens when your standards are shackled to gaming’s in terms of storytelling. As a movie, it fails to clear its medium’s barrier of quality. The “let people enjoy things” argument won’t work if you want art to evolve.

 
 
 

When the stars align, one may stumble upon rare riches such as the art book for Epic Mickey. The sheer level of imagination and passion that went into conceiving the title’s premise, motifs and character is something that most artists would envy.


 
 
 

Know that feeling you get when you realize that you have more in common with something/one than you thought? That’s what Gibran’s The Prophet did to me. Bursting at the seams with Emerson-like wisdom that mirrors the things I believe and jot down.


 
 
 

Attended Sunday service at St. James United Church. Always been curious about Protestantism, especially in the context of Catholic Quebec, and came away pleased with the congregation’s down-to-earth aura. Doesn’t hurt to try out new experiences.


 
 
 

Cracking the Quebec Code boasts a smorgasbord of juicy data and facts on one of Canada’s most unique provinces. One of my favorites is the bit detailing how Anglo-Quebecers are considered a hybrid of Franco-Quebecer and English Canadian values.


 
 
 

Bump for the weekend folks. Last update, promise! Got the chance to be interviewed alongside film/TV industry veteran Bob Keen and Gunfire Games’ Ashley Ruhl as part of an academic project on the merits of CRPG storytelling. Feedback’s welcome!



 
 
 
 

St. James United Church, one of my favorite places of worship to frequent and walk by (even if Montreal’s annoying roadworks spoil the mood). Reminds me of Thief’s Haunted Cathedral.


 
 
 

ICYMI this morning, I got the chance to be interviewed alongside film/TV industry veteran Bob Keen and Gunfire Games’ Ashley Ruhl as part of an academic documentary on the merits of CRPG storytelling. Feedback’s welcome!



 
 
 

Pleased to reveal what I had been up to lately. Got the chance to be interviewed alongside film/TV industry veteran Bob Keen and Gunfire Games’ Ashley Ruhl as part of an academic documentary on the merits of CRPG storytelling. Feedback’s welcome!



 
 
 

Received neat news in my inbox lately. If you’re into RPG storytelling and gaming narrative in general, then you should look forward to my next Qtoid update(s) within the next few days. I MAY’ve something to do with it, wink wink nudge nudge. 😉


 
 
 

The more I learn about Kunihiko Ikuhara, the more I realize that transgressive shows reveling in their quirkiness can make for entertaining and symbolic commentary. I'll admit it makes me wish to tackle other sociocultural rigidities surreally.


 
 
 

I seldom shed tears when watching movies, reading books or playing games, but the few works that do will always find a home in my ticker.



 
 
 

Just watched Penguin Highway. I’m incredibly thankful that Montreal held screenings for it since I was utterly impressed with its premise, audiovisuals and narrative. I sincerely look forward to seeing what else Studio Colorido has in store.


 
 
 

TIL that the Simpsons cheekily depicted Canadians, particularly Newfoundlanders and Quebecers. Some, however, had their feathers ruffled over the former.



 
 
 

Rewatched Rango the other night. The last non-Disney animated flick to have won the Oscar before Spidey swung into the scene, Verbinski's 2011 Western has aged well, with the wit, voice acting and audiovisuals always putting a smile on my face.



 
 
 

With the news about assailed houses of worship making the rounds lately, I'd like to point out a recurring theme: Folks who can't imagine existing without a cultural identity to latch on will always seek themselves outside themselves... lethally.

 
 
 

This here piece by Angelo Badalamenti (of Twin Peaks fame) sounds like something right at home in the likes of Jacob’s Ladder and the Evil Within. Gets me in a contemplative and reflective mood.



 
 
 

Been thinking about it for nearly a year now, but it looks like I’ll be touring Newfoundland for two weeks shortly after my birthday (6/03). Always wanted to visit Canada’s youngest and, next to Quebec, most unique province for creative reasons.


 
 
 

As divisive as Epic Mickey was back in the day, looking back at it made me realize just how bewitching its darkly whimsical presentation truly is. I've lost count of the number of hours I spent treating my shell-likes to the peerless soundtrack.



 
 


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