Underneath my yellow skin

Forever a weirdo

I am a weirdo in almost every facet of my life. I don’t drink at all and I don’t want to be around other people who drink. For the most part. Most people vastly underestimate how drinking affects them, and it’s not pleasant to witness. It doesn’t help that because I am empathic, I absorb people’s emotions–especially the negative ones. People are much less able to hide or mask their emotions when they are drunk, which doesn’t help matters.

In addition, I don’t like any of the pop culture that other people like. I saw the Red Wedding episode of GoT and HATED it. Not just because of the brutality of the episode (especially the killing of the dire wolf), but because it just seemed…torture porn-y is the best way to put it. When I watch something that is gritty and realistic, my body doesn’t distinguish it as being made-up. Therefore, I have the same reactions I’d have if it was real. That’s a me-thing, but it’s one of the reasons I don’t like movies/TV.

It’s relevant in talking about games I like because I was watching the Summer Game Fest, and I was bored out of my mind. Granted, I was waiting for the Elden Ring DLC that never came, but it wasn’t as if I was really hyped for the event. I don’t get hyped about much of anything in the first place because that way lies madness. Geoff tried to keep expectations down by saying there wasn’t going to be any surprises this year (not like last year and Elden Ring).

Which, fine. No surprises. Whatever. But everything was tepid. Even things I was mildly interested it bored me. The vampire game was one I had an eye, but it didn’t really do anything for me. Same with most of the rest of the trailers. And it held true for the individual company conferences as well.

There was one game that intrigued me–it was called Pentiment by Obsidian Entertainment and came out of left field. Nobody knew it was coming, and it has a distinctive art style that just grabs you. It’s a medieval murder mystery that is very charming-looking. Do I get exactly what is going on? Hell, no! Am I going to download it on Game Pass Day One? Hell, yes! This was in the Xbox/Bethesda showcase.

Other than that, though, there was nothing that caught my interest. There were so many Dead Space rip-offs, I lost count. I don’t care about sci-fi or horror, so it’s a double no, dawg, for me. Plus the multi games. Don’t care about those a lick, either.

I know it’s not for me, so I don’t get too riled up about it. Nothing is for me. That’s what I’ve learned in my 51 years here on earth. I am not the target demo for anything, and while that can be frustrating at times, it’s also freeing. I don’t expect to like anything, so I’m pleasantly surprised when I actually DO like something.

There’s a movie I actually want to watch called Everything Everywhere All at Once, starring Michelle Yeoh and directed by the Daniels (Kwan and Scheinert). Watch the trailer above. It was mentioned in the weekend thread at Ask A Manager, and I was immediately into it because I love Michelle Yeoh. It reminded me of The One with Jet Li because that was about a man who had to hunt down different versions of himself in different universes to take their power. I think? It’s been a long time since I’ve watched it and I can’t be stuffed to look it up. So this is my memory of a 20+-year old movie.

In this case, it’s a woman, Evelyn, who is, ah, I’m not sure? Needed to go to different universes to get the powers of the alternative Evelyns? To defeat a universal evil? Dunno. And by the review from the person who posted it in the weekend thread, she wasn’t sure either–but she loved it.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about a movie. I was hyped for Knives Out because it seemed like a modern day Poirot movie. Instead, it was a bunch of hyper-cuts and a really weak plot, with the perp being painfully obvious from the start. There was a really ham-handed attempt to make a point about immigration, but then it was glossed over because it’s not the point of the movie. In some ways, it was worse than if it had never been mentioned in the first place.

The constant quick cuts were really hard to watch. It bothered my brain and I spent a lot of time not actually watching the movie. The quips were not as funny as the director thought they were, and I couldn’t understand if the Daniel Craig character was supposed to be the smartest guy in the room or the most ignorant one. I got the feeling that was supposed to be the case, but it wasn’t done well. I kept expecting him to figure things out much sooner than he did, which frustrated me no end.

The only thing I liked about the movie was how the stars absolutely chewed up the scenery. Jamie Lee Curtis is a goddamn treasure and I loved every minute she was on screen. I really liked that she looked her age and didn’t seem to care about her image at all. She was someone I could hang out with and not think of what a fake she was.

There’s a sequel to it announced, and I don’t know why. I don’t get why people rave about the original movie as I thought it was just a slick, shallow, modern take on a Poirot novel.

When we talk about video games, I like FromSoft games. I like some cozy games. I like a few rogue-like-lites. That’s about it. Oh, yeah. RPGs are ok–at least a few of them. But I like 1 game out of every 20 or 30. And loving a game? Yeah, there’s a handful outside of the From games.

I’m fine with it, really. That I don’t like what other people like. I just wish there was more that I did like, but I guess that’s too much to ask for. It’s one reason when I find something I like, I glom onto it. It’s so rare and I don’t expect it. At all. Same with people. same with just about everything else. I like very little in this world. I want to say, it’s not the same as hating everything. I’m mostly indifferent to popular things because they don’t interest me one way or the other.

That’s one reason FromSoft is my barometer for my interest. If there is something that gets me going more than a FromSoft game, then I know it’s the real deal. Nothing has happened like that so far, but hope springs eternal.


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