At church I was greeted by many lovely friends with equally lovely birthday cheers. Justun, Danielle, Chippy and Melissa took Bethany and I out to lunch at the Iguana Grill for some awesome mexican food. After the socializing we returned home and I spent many many hours playing my birthday present, BIOSHOCK.
Bioshock is a great game, an fps for people who don't really like those kind of games. I tend to get really bored and find most first-person-shooters underwhelming, but this game had me riveted the entire way through. I took me about 15 hours or so to get through it and I plan on going through again at the hardest difficulty setting and making different choices. The interesting thing about this game is that it actually causes you to think about the morality of your actions and the actions of those around you. And really, any game that take a pretty square aim at Objectivism is A-ok in my book. Being a long-time sideline-heckler of anything Ayn Rand-ian, I ate this up. I must say, though, it is respectful enough of the Objectivist philosophy to work as an actual critique and not an out-and-out effigy burning.
The art direction may be the best I've ever seen in a game - it's steampunk-art-deco-sci-fi and no, I don't think that it's ever been done this way in a videogame. I actually spent more time than I needed to in each level just to run around and look at the posters, art and neon signage. The graphics are also most likely the best 3d I've ever played with... there were moments were I just stopped and looked around and marveled at the whole thing. Fighting mutated, self-medicating and violent archetypes from the first half of the 20th century is cool enough, but the main attraction to this game has always been the giant, lumbering bodyguards known as Big Daddies. They are huge and awesome and can destroy your sorry behind in short order. And now one is one my desk!
By pre-ordering the Limited Edition of Bioshock, we received a dandy keepsake. See if you can pick out which one!
Another piece of awesome I've been rabidly anticipating is the new album from The World/Inferno Friendship Society, one of my favorite favorite favorite bands.
And in FURTHER geek news, you'll all be happy to know that my hobbit minstrel has crested level 22 and is doing well. I took this majestic photo to commemorate my awesomeness.