Media Recap: July 2013

Posted on Tue 06 August 2013 in media recap

Summary: 15 podcasts, 1 let's play, 4 novels, 2 videos, 1 album, 5 games and many articles saved to Pocket while commuting.

Podcasts

Commuting gave me many opportunities to catch up with stuff I had long postponed. I've listened to the non-music related podcasts on the train while I used my big headphones in the office combined with the Secret Archives of the Vatican podcast to drown the construction site noises when working. Focussing on one's task is quite hard when there's the sound of a drill coming into your office from two different directions.
I highly recommend listening to the 44th episode of the Talk Show with John Gruber which is incredibly funny and worth every minute of listening time.

Let's Plays

  • Zelda: Majora's Mask
    Majora's Mask is a great game. In fact I believe it's one of only two video games in which I've ever put the effort to obtain everything and achieve 100% completion. Watching the LP and reliving some memories felt good, even though the LPs by Ambisagrus and A Wooden Palisade are certainly not for suited for everyone's taste. They hardly talk about the game they're playing but make a lot of funny references, compare the game to other video games and are definitely NSFW.

Novels

  • Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep
    Spartan Frost is an interesting short deviation from Estep's norm; written from the perspective of the male lead instead of the female heroine. Short, concise and perfectly fitting into Estep's little world.
  • Mr. K by J. A. Konrath (German)
    Amazon Promotion. A slow, not terribly interesting thriller around mafiosi and cruel killings of prostitutes. - MISS
  • Pandämonium by Alexander Odin (German)
    Amazon Promotion. A raw, gruesome, terribly brutal book. Written by an author whose usual target audience are teenagers, which makes me worry a little bit. - MISS
  • Die Tote am Watt by Gisa Pauly (German, unfinished)
    Amazon Promotion. Detective story with the detective being the Italian mother-in-law. Exhausting, not my kind of story. - MISS

Videos

I've found some really old episodes of The Untouchables of Elliot Mouse and watched those. I have fond memories of watching that series when I was a lot younger and am now wondering whether it is common to consider the TV series of one's youth vastly superior to the ones that are airing after one has grown up.

  • Mouse 5 (German)
  • Mouse 6 (German)

Albums

Games

  • Mass Effect 3
    Companion Gaming with my girlfriend, we're almost done by the time of this writing. We're back on Earth, heading towards the final conflict. And I'm really looking forward to playing another game now.
  • Halo 3: ODST
    Played ODST with Ron when he was in Austria.
  • Soul Calibur IV
    Played Soul Calibur with Ron when he was in Austria. We talked a bit about the differences between the newer versions and the Gamecube version he has played.
  • A Dark Room
    I had to try this little HTML5 and CSS supported browserbased game but lost interest when things started to slow down and exploring got tedious.
  • Trapped - The White Rabbit
    Incidentally I remembered the beautiful and intelligent Trapped Flash game series and showed it to my girlfriend.