Sep. 27th, 2015

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So MGS 5: The Phantom Pain just isn't doing it for me. Went into GameStop today to trade it in (along with Ground Zeroes, Arkham Knight, and some TellTale games) for some walkaround money.

What did I ultimately think of it? I don't know - I mean, I guess it'd end up being pretty fun if you had the spare time to dedicate to it as well as the inclination to take the initiative in varying the gameplay, but I don't. Part of it has to do with the plot. To me, Kojima has always seemed like he’s trying to pass judgment on things he’s not really qualified to pass judgment on - stuff like war, soldiering, and the ethics thereof - and maybe this is just a byproduct of my upbringing in the American style of storytelling, but some of the stuff that he seems to think is profound has always seemed long-winded and melodramatic to me.

Aaaaand then there's how he treats his female characters.

(Yeah, this is about Quiet again. Am I going to eat my words? Yeah, a little bit.)

I don't know really what to say except that I find it frustrating that it seems that Kojima decided that overtly sexualizing Quiet was somehow vital to the themes of the game. He can spout all that "BUT SHE NEEDS TO BREATHE THROUGH HER SKIN" stuff all he wants, it doesn't make it any less of a gigantic leap of logic for me. Call me cynical, but it feels more like her aesthetic came about as a result of a directive saying something to the effect of "BY GOD WE'LL HAVE A HALF-NAKED WOMAN IN THIS GAME OR DIE TRYING" than as a result of any serious brainstorming regarding the themes of the game.

I don't think Kojima's a misogynist, I just think he doesn't know any better and mistakes "shock value" for "artistic merit". It’s like getting mad at your dog for licking his balls, or your demented grandpa for forgetting it’s uncouth to drop racial slurs in polite company. You really wish he’d stop, but nothing you do gets through to him, and at the end of the day, as much as you wish it were otherwise, that’s just who he is and what he does.



The knee's a lot better. I've been working on hip adduction/abduction exercises, along with some IT band stuff on the foam roller, and it's gotten to the point where I can barely feel it on my bike anymore. Hopefully by mid-October I'll be able to get back to the squat rack and start loading up on plates, but I'm in no rush to re-injure it. Fortunately, I have blessings to take it slow at boxing conditioning tomorrow.

Went on a little bit of a shopping spree on Optimum Nutrition, too - snagged their Platinum casein and whey lines, along with some fish oil and 2,000 grams of creatine. It's a regular Barry Bonds Starter Kit.

I'm kind of frustrated that I seem to have plateaued at 180 pounds, but I can at least take comfort in the fact that my bodyfat is down to around - I don't know, 17%? 18%? Somewhere in there? Whereas back in February I was at 200 pounds and close to 30% BF. I think part of the reason for the plateau is because I stopped logging stuff in MyFitnessPal - which I will persist in saying I was entirely justified in doing, because there were annoyingly persistent bugs that switched around calories and macronutrients to the extent that the whole exercise was rendered moot. They say that's all fixed now with some new updates.

We'll see, MFP. We'll see.

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