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Posted on Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Dave!I am staying all alone. In a huge house. On a dark street. In rural Georgia.

What's the worst thing I could do right before bedtime? Watch the latest creepy episode of The Walking Dead... which is taking place just 15 minutes from my bedroom, that's what!

Now, I am not one to scare easily. I could sit through a marathon of horror flicks before bedtime and not give it another thought. But tonight every creak in the floorboards... every leaf scuttering down the roof... every branch tapping on the window... every noise in the night... it all added up to make me, well, not scared really... but uneasy.

Needless to say, last night was rough going in the sleep department.

There may not be any real undead wandering around Georgia, but I certainly feel like a zombie today...

DAVETOON: Lil' Dave Zombie Head!

   
In other news, LEGO Harry Potter (Years 1-4) for iPhone is pretty sweet. And I don't even like Harry Potter! But I do like the LEGO games (LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Batman, and LEGO Indiana Jones are awesome!). In the game you can play Harry and dozens of other characters you unlock, then run around solving puzzles and collecting LEGO studs to buy stuff. Just like all the other LEGO titles, you can play through each level multiple times as different characters to unlock even more secrets with their special abilities.

The game looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g, taking full advantage of the Retina Display resolution of my iPhone 4. The cut-scenes are all extremely detailed and well-thought out...

LEGO Harry Potter for iPhone: Load Screen
Get used to this load-screen, you'll be seeing it a lot.

LEGO Harry Potter for iPhone: London Cut Scene
A lot of work went into this London cut-scene!

LEGO Harry Potter for iPhone: Hagrid has the keys at Gringot's Bank!
LEGO humor in full force: note the Harry Potter mini-fig on his keychain!

The game screens are no less detailed, but you're viewing them from rather far away, so you're not seeing game elements at their fullest. Still, an impressive picture...

LEGO Harry Potter for iPhone: Game Play Screen

Zooming in, you can see the clarity of the hi-res Retina Screen graphics (I'll bet the game looks incredible on the iPad!)...

LEGO Harry Potter for iPhone: Screen Zoom

Despite the fun I'm having with it, there are some problems, however. First of all, the load screen comes up A LOT, and scenes take a while to transfer. This results in a lot of staring at the load screen over and over again. It gets old in a hurry. But the biggest (and only major) offense is the control system. You control characters and interact with objects by dragging your finger across the screen... effectively covering up what you're supposed to be looking at! It's tough to solve puzzles when your finger is obliterating them. It's hard to control Harry when your finger covers him up. It's a heinous oversight that I don't understand. I can only hope that they eventually update and give you the option of controlling things with an on-screen D-pad. It would improve the game 200%.

All-in-all, you can't beat the mind-boggling price of just $4.99. It's a fraction of what you'd pay on the Nintendo DS, Wii, XBox, or Playstation versions! If you have a supported device to play it, LEGO Harry Potter (Years 1-4) is well-worth the download.

I just wish I had the time to actually play it. :-(

   
And lastly...

These "It Gets Better" videos just keep flooring me. The crushing despair, fear, and pain that people go through every day just for being "different" is almost impossible to believe. If we weren't seeing the tragic consequences of the bullying in the news, it would be impossible to believe. I just can't fathom how somebody could intentionally make another human being feel as though their life was worth so little that death is the only option left. It's sickening on a level that makes my heart ache just to listen to it. But we must listen to it, because things have to get better. For all of us.

This video from people at Disney/Pixar is pretty amazing and hopeful...

I wish I wouldn't have to keep wishing that all the bigoted assholes who make this world such a horrible place would hurry up and die so we can have a world I'm not ashamed to live in.

Because, in truth, it makes me no better.

But I'm somehow okay with that.

Comments

  1. A. Lewis says:

    I could come and stay with you in the big scary house. (Talk about scary….!!)

  2. Poppy says:

    LEGO HARRY POTTER!!!!!!! *FAINT*

    WooooooooT!

  3. Michelle M. says:

    You are the cutest little zombie. Are they on a break from filming? It would be cool if you could sneak on as an extra.

  4. B.E. Earl says:

    I thought this last episode of The Walking Dead was the best one yet. The last 10 minutes was freaking nuts! Loved it! I can’t believe this first “season” is only 6 episodes. Such a tease.

  5. claire says:

    The Pixar “It Gets Better” is amazing, heartbreaking and hopeful. Thanks for sharing it. Of course, my face is covered in streaks of tears now…

  6. Sybil Law says:

    Yeah – fuck the bigoted assholes!

    And get some sleep tonight! Think of happy, happy pudding.

  7. Sarah says:

    Oh that zombie Dave. He’s so sexy.

  8. Alan Labovitz says:

    Thanks so much for posting the Pixar video. I couldn’t imagine having to live my life apologizing for my sexuality and I’m thankful I don’t have to. I have only admiration for those who must and hope that will not always be the case. Keep spreading the word that all people deserve the right to live happy and productive lives without having to hide parts of their lives.

  9. martymankins says:

    As a fan of all the other LEGO games, I may end up with the Harry Potter series, too.

    And great to see the support from a company like Pixar.

  10. the muskrat says:

    I don’t like zombies, so I don’t watch them. Except, I like the one on the “dave” app just fine!

    I like seeing these videos, too.

  11. josh says:

    This video had me in tears. For serial.

  12. carlos m. hernandez says:

    That video made me cry. Thanks for sharing.
    Here’s hoping that it helps someone out there.

    I’d like to “come through the screen and give a big hug” to everyone there for putting this out. (No pun intended.)

  13. delmer says:

    The other night I was in a home, all alone, when the alarm chirped in an unusual way and woke me up. I stayed in bed for a few minutes trying to figure out what it was and then, finally, wondering just how many people got killed by knife-weilding home invaders as they lied in bed wondering what was up with the alarm.

    I finally called the alarm company. The told me I could go back to sleep.

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