This Nun Of Mine
The fabled Eastern Beast is around us and our city crouches in fear. Don’t get me wrong, I like snow under a strict set of conditioned parameters, those being that I am indoors, away from the snow with a mug of something spicy and little elsewhere to be. Our transport infrastructure still doesn’t seem to know quite what to do with it which seems odd because, you know, it’s weather and weather has existed for a few years now. It makes getting anywhere an unpleasant, slushy gauntlet of unpredictable misery and I struggle to be a fan.
This definitely came up not that long ago - whilst on the subject of both sex and/or education - and now it is here like Babcock. Billy Ocean’s 1984 LP with Epic is a really excellent piece of vinyl. It also contains that song, which is easily the happiest take on a sad number yet conceived by man. Ben Findon is the man who did a bang-up job on production; not only that but he wrote the aforementioned track with Ocean, as well as The Nolan Sisters’ 1979 chart buster, ‘I’m In The Mood For Dancing’. In all honesty, the man is something of a ghost and looks to have preferred life out of the limelight, much like J.J. Cale but to the Nth degree. Regardless, I am dancing and that should tell you most things.
EA cancelled their Starwars game that they commissioned to replace the other Starwars game that they cancelled in 2017. There may even be another one that we shall never see but I begin to lose track. Gary Whitta (Rogue One, Gears Of War, The Walking Dead) has been doing the rounds in recent weeks following his interview with Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller and he makes some fairly astute points. We’re this far into EA’s agreement with Disney and we have only…two distinctly average [at best] games to show for it? My only conclusion is that Disney gives no cares about the games market and is sleeping on a monster trick with a large number of zeros attached to it. It’s also possible that there’s more to it on the developer quality control/motivation side of things, as Daniel from Polygon pointed out. I don’t know. The Hennig one was apparently cancelled because they were worried that it was too much like Uncharted. I’m not sure what they expected that project to look like other than that but I would absolutely buy into a franchise of that ilk set in the SW universe. Now this one - more of an open world, microtransaction heavy affair - has been axed because it was taking too long.
From what I understand, video games are things that take time to make and patience is a necessary virtue. SWG is the historical wise man’s lesson for rushing these things out the door. Jedi break everything and that’s why we can’t have nice things. That and inverstor call sheets. If they could just make up their minds then we might get a game three years from now. In all likelihood, we will actually get one even sooner than that and it will be rushed AF. Come back Amy, you are our only hope.
Doreen Fletcher is an example to those of us who occasionally (read daily) feel like throwing in the towel / packing away our brushes / tossing the camera / burning notebooks / putting our collective feet through the body of every guitar we’ve ever owned. Delete as applicable for your creative toil. Having been ready to do just that, her work was spotted by The Gentle Author a few years ago and now she has an exhibition at The Nunnery Gallery. The paintings depict London’s East End in all its fast-fading ordinary glory. She shares my obsession with brickwork and the awkward angles at which light that falls on that brickwork. It is a story of bus stops, lost little cafes and laundrettes. It’s really quite something, on ‘till March the 23rd and totally free. You should go see it.
Look mum, I can see my house from here.
JD - TACOCAT