Tomb Raider and Pop Culture Explorer (film, comics, cosplay, gaming and general geekery)
Geekmas Advent Calendar: Day 18
Throwing a big gathering these holidays? Wine charms are a handy way to prevent glasses from being mixed up. I love both of these geeky options... plus those Pac-Man cherries can pretty much pass for holly.
As some of you know, I’ve been fangirling hard over the new Tomb Raider, the first entry in the video game series since 2008, and ostensibly a reboot for the entire franchise. Taking the form of an origin story, Tomb Raider 2013 depicts the events that transformed a beautiful, if bookish, archaeology graduate into a pistol-packing adventurer with a devil-may-care attitude.
We meet Lara Croft as a pretty, fairly ordinary 21 year old, brooding over her work notes, listening to her mp3 player and very much confined to the shadow of her male mentors. By the end of the game, however, she’s taken charge – she’s had to! – and, battered, bruised and bloody, she’s both a survivor and hero, right down to rescuing the princess and carrying her away in her arms.
Yeah, this is probably the best point to mention that there will be some Tomb Raider 2013 spoilers in this post, so read ahead with caution.
Anyway, I loved the game. Technically it’s near faultless, it looks beautiful, the overall expe…
So what has been my writing output during the first two months of 2017? I can't show any of my novel progress - although I do now at least have some sweet commissioned art to help with the eventual promotion process.
Otherwise, it's been the usual combination of cross-media-spectrum reviews, features and fan fiction. Here's the full set of posts, articles and stories, and where to find them.
P.S. January started with the birth of all-encompassing entertainment and lifestyle website Critical Hit, the product of a merger between specialist sites TheMovies.co.za (who I was associated with) and LazyGamer.net. Check it out sometime.
I've always said that should I ever be in the position to interview or hire someone, I would totally make them do a Myers-Briggs Personality Type assessment so as to check their suitability for the position. Sure there are many people who dismiss them as being about as reliable as horoscopes, but I find the Myers-Briggs classifications incredibly accurate, insightful looks into an individual's personality. Not to mention, they're loads of fun.
Well, some bright/bored online folk have taken the 16 personality types from the Myers-Briggs system and applied them to some of the biggest pop culture properties of the past 30 years or so. The question is, who are you? Personally, as a "Mastermind" INTJ, I seem to be lumped with the Big Bads, evil geniuses and arrogant unlikeables a lot of the time, as the following classification choices reveal.