Thumbnail review, Berlin Babylon.
It's a German drama on Netflix. I found the setting interesting, Berlin in 1929. The Weimar Republic is tottering on it's last legs. It's really only a matter of who is going to take over, either the Nazis or the Communists, there is no real if. The country is in a state of extreme moral collapse due to the devastation and social upheaval that losing World War One brought down upon Germany. It does actually seem to be a bit worse than today because there are no social safety nets, it's bit more savage because literal survival is on the line.
Nihilism is once again at the core of this story but for once it's appropriate. All of the characters are pretty much impossible to like, yet even the designated villains come off as rather sympathetic at times. The fact that I don't like the characters doesn't mean that they aren't well constructed, they are.
It has a Mystery Box opening but I can forgive that as there is something inside the box. The show opens with a train robbery or at least that's what it appears to be. But after the train robbers have murdered the crew, they add a tanker car to the train and then the train continues on it's journey. It was a good start.
Our heroes are a drug addled detective and part time sectary/part time prostitute who wants to be a policewoman, (decent overlap with both skill sets so it's not unreasonable).
This show is very, very gritty. If you are looking for light entertainment look elsewhere. But if the period of Wiemar Germany interests you, it's worth a look.
I'm done with Overwatch.
I was a wild enthusiastic player of it for the game's first year but the constant changes in character abilities have exhausted me.
What really drove home my ennui was the last special event. They had changed the rules (of course) for Capture the Flag. But for once I was enjoying the change. I had been a Lucio main before his pointless and unnecessary redesign. So, when Capture the Flag started up, I was really enjoying the game for first time in a long time. I was doing stuff with Lucio that I hadn't done for a while, riding around at the top of the map, Dodging shooters, weaving in and out of columns. CTF had Made Lucio Great Again. And then it didn't. A week into the event Lucio got nerfed so that he would drop the flag if he WallRides. Which meant if you had the flag as Lucio, you didn't dare jump and down to avoid a headshot for fear of accidentally WallRiding. Consequently you are moving in a way that is just perfect for target practice.
I wasn't mad about this change, I was just completely drained by it.
That nerf is what has happened to the entire game in miniature. Get gud with one character, then start to climb in the ranks with it and sure as every new Star Wars movie sucks, that character is going to get nerfed. Or a counter character is going to get buffed up so much your new main is dead in the water. Or a new character is introduced that throws off the whole meta.
At first keeping up with the changes was fun and challenging but now it's become clear that it's because the dreams Blizzard had for this game are failing. I think they actually planned to try and have a balanced game but it proved impossible with as many characters as they have. Now the constant and apparent random changes in order to force the game to be something it isn't are taking it's toll.
Blizzard won't admit that Overwatch is dying but a good metric is YouTubers. Muselk, had been getting around 400K views per Overwatch video before he switched to Fortnite. Now he is getting around 2 Million per video. Where as Stylosa the former king of Overwatch vids is getting an anemic 50 -100K, I'm not sure how long he can keep the lights on with numbers like that.
This latest hero Brigette was the last nail in the coffin for me. She is now doing old Lucio's job and not doing it all that well. Just another weird hybrid character. I'm done. I'm freaking done.
I'll be shutting down this blog later in 2018...
...and opening another.
I'm getting tired of waiting for the Google axe to fall. Also, this year, I am going to start taking my writing quite a bit more seriously than I have in the past. I'll need a better platform than Blogger to help support that endeavor.
Look, forward to seeing you all at the new place.
Okay, we're done here.