It’s difficult to be surprised when you’ve become risk adverse with how you spend your time. Like I spoke about before I started my game of the year lists, my approach to consuming media has changed. I value my time more than I used to, and while movies aren’t quite the same time investment that video games are, the same rule has applied to them in 2018, maybe even more so.
I still found myself surprised by a few of the movies I saw, and pleasantly so. Which is always a good thing. But really, the most surprising thing about all of this was that I had low expectations for a Star Wars movie at all. I hope it isn’t a sign of the mass push back against the franchise isn’t having an effect on me… nah.
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Recently I went back an watched Rogue One, the first of the Star Wars Stories movies. And after much thought and soul searching, I think it might be my favourite of the modern Star Wars movies. It feels like the one movie of the franchise that understands why the series was fleshed out as much as it was in what was once known as the expanded universe.
In my mind there are two kinds of “hardcore” Star Wars fan. There are the people like me who have spent the last few decades of their lives buying terribly written novels, collecting comic books and playing all of the games, simply enjoying spending time in the world and getting an increasingly complex sense of this fascinating setting.
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Continuing my journey through as many Star Wars Video games as I can get my hands on, we move onto the second game made and distributed by the Parker Brothers for Atari: The rather lengthily titled Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle. In the first part of this series, I repeatedly spoke about how difficult it was for me to judge a game on a platform as old as the Atari 2600, while nothing has changed since then, the more games I can play, the better I can compare and contrast them on these older platforms.
After getting my hands on this one, I think I appreciate Empire Strikes Back a little more, which isn’t to say this game lacks creative ideas…
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