Thursday, November 4, 2010

Reason #4,342 Why My Wife is Hotter than Yours

The wife is recreating The Cask of Amontillado on The Sims 3. Damn, that's hot.

She's made evil versions of us -- with long black hair, unnaturally thin and/or bosomy proportions, and several dead cows worth of black leather. Basically, Evil Jeremy and Evil The Wife look how the average Goth imagines they look, instead of the actual horrible, amusing truth.

Each time a sim stops by to greet their new evil neighbors, the Ivels, Evil Jeremy, the charismatic one (of course), will lead them into their imposing manor, amuse and regale them, and loll them into a false sense of security. Then, at the witching hour, he will escort them down to the basement, a carefully laid out and aesthetically pleasing (after all, even evil Sims need to maintain their happiness levels) chamber of horrors.

I assume the wife will start with the traditional horrors found in Poe's story, but from there...

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of physicists on a sugar high from leftover Halloween candy?

I don't. But damn, it's hot...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Walking Dead: Episode 01 -- Days Gone Bye

Mixed feelings on this one. I'm disappointed by the series premiere of The Walking Dead, yet can't wait for next week's episode. There's a lot potential here, but there's also some problems that are most likely due to the television format, a medium I have quite a few reservations with.

Frank Darabont's adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comic is a curious thing -- absolutely faithful to the story's basic plot points, but with the characters and events playing out in wildly different ways. It's almost as if Darabont and Kirkman were handed the same paragraph synopsis in a writing workshop and came up with similar stories that fit the chosen mediums and the author's personal passions and fears.

Personally, I'll take Kirkman's version. I don't mind that Darabont made changes to the story, but they make what was already a pretty traditional opening act...