Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Sonic 4-Never

Sonic 4: Episode I was released as a downloadable game for the three main consoles and various mobile devices in late 2010 to... mixed reviews. Much of the criticism came from the game claiming to be a sequel to the classic trilogy, despite having completely different physics which ignored basic ideas of momentum, inertia and gravity. It also drew criticism for being more of a love letter (read: Rip-Off) to the classic games rather than a continuation, as none of the levels or bosses were not heavily inspired or just copypasted from the classic games. While this wouldn't be a problem in Sonic Generations, which is supposed to be a tribute, Sonic 4 raised lots of hopes for a sequel and failed to deliver. Episode II, released earlier this week, sought to address issues fans had with the first episode. While they did address some of the issues, I still think they have failed to deliver a good game.

First off, don't expect much from the story. Despite being the game which links Sonic CD and Episode I into the series' continuity, this game doesn't really do that. It links all three (and possibly Episode III) into a little mini-saga revolving around the Little Planet, Metal Sonic and the revival of... something bad. The few cutscenes in the game remind me of the ones from Sonic 3 in their simplicity, and I enjoyed them for the most part. Don't tell me you were playing a Sonic game for the plot, though! You've come for the super fun, physics and momentum based platforming! Well...

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

So I got bored in the RE Exam...

Like many people, I took the WJEC Religious Studies paper earlier this ‎afternoon. I thought I did rather well. The test was a lot easier than I expected, and I played the marking game on most of the questions... Except for the one on Same-Sex Marriage, which pissed me off a little. 

I thought the exam itself was really boring. Every section has exactly the same questions, and most of the questions themselves I have seen many times before. Wouldn't surprise me if the entire exam had not been completely recycled. Outside of that, however, was a much larger issue I had with the Exam and (more specifically) the syllabus itself. I had around 15-20 minutes to spare after I had finished, so I turned to the first page and I wrote this:

"I just wanted to mention that I completely disapprove with this syllabus's glaring bias in favour of answers based on the monotheistic religions and the idea of God as described by the three Abrahamic religions. 

Religious Studies is - unsurprisingly - supposed to educate people about religion, not just the positive aspects of Christianity and Islam. As an exam board, you have failed to effectively assess students regarding their knowledge of religion. Go ahead and dock marks for this if you want; any grade from such a shoddy board means absolutely nothing to me."


Friday, 4 May 2012

God's gonna turn you gay

I was going to post a blog about misinterpretation of scripture tonight, but while doing a bit of research I came across this really interesting verse from The Bible:

"Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."
- Romans 1:26-27