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This is the personal Web site of Robert Wm. Gomez. I am an artist, musician and nerd living in Chicago, Illinois who has been maintaining this site (in one form or another) since 1996. Enjoy your visit!


Bayonetta on Nintendo Wii U (6/10)

Bayonetta Box Art

The WiiU is not known for much other than being a failure. The whole two screen thing doesn't make any sense. Bayonetta is the first game I have played through on the system and is one of the few WiiU titles that was held in high regard. This game is part of a two pack that includes the sequel as well. I have only played part one.

Bayonetta is a spazzy game for spazzy people. After playing Devil May Cry 4 I was pretty sure I disliked this style of fighting game. There's just way too much going on and it feels like button mashing after a while. I was ready to give up and then things sort…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 04/14/2020 - 18:41

Legend of Grimrock on PC (8/10)

Legend of Grimrock has crabs

Legend of Grimrock brings the real-time dungeon crawl formula of Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder to the modern age. Perhaps the best single improvement is auto-mapping. I know that filling out that sheet of graph paper was half the fun in the originals but I really didn't miss it here. You are still exploring the layout and looking at your map to guess where secrets might be located. You can even jot down notes if you want to be thorough. But because I was not constantly having to look away from the screen, I was able to get a feel for the spaces much more quickly and look more…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 19:00

Tireless Work During This Crisis

This quarantine has been hard on all of us, but let us not forget the dedicated work that still continues for our nation's homeopaths. They're out there in the middle of the fray insuring that the correct dosages in parts per million are being applied to their tinctures. All this despite the disruptions in the world-wide rhinoceros horn supply chain.

Hug a Homeopath

 

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 03/17/2020 - 16:40 in

The City and the Stars/The Sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke (4/10)

Why do I do this to myself? I am always disappointed with classic science fiction. This stuff is so boring. Of the two books, The Sands of Mars is the better one. It is wildly off-base with its depictions of Mars. He just nonchalantly assumes there is plant life everywhere and you can walk around without a space suit. Many of the plot points from the film 2010 are in this story and the ship's description is very much like that of the Discovery. I don't remember much about the first story except that it involved the last city on earth or something.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 03/11/2020 - 12:38

Transistor on PC (4/10)

Transistor sister

The only thing Transistor has going for it is a beautiful art style and high-quality voice acting. The rest is an exercise in tedium. Despite the artistic detail there is little interactivity to the world. The level designs are dull. The combat tries to be original but is just frustrating in that it lives uncomfortably between turn based and real-time. Plan your moves, take your actions, then run around. Boring. All this might be forgivable if not for the deliberately obtuse story telling. You're a singer in a computer or something? With a talking sword that speaks in circles. It's…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 02/23/2020 - 21:02

Gangs of New York (6/10)

I appreciated the 19th Century art direction, especially the hats, but it was way too long for such a simple story. Kid tries to make it at a gangster only to confront the gang leader is like the plot of half of all kung-fu movies. Also, there was some really sloppy editing throughout the early parts of the film. That's the sort of thing that normally doesn't bother me, but I kept being jolted by actors' heads being in different positions as shots switched.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 02/09/2020 - 12:14

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (7/10)

While I think it is a reasonably good wire-fu martial arts movie, Sword of Destiny isn't really a worthy sequel to the near-perfect original. For one, the decision to film in English is regrettable. The native English speaking actors seem out of place and the Chinese speaking ones have trouble delivering. Second, there's also a bit too much of those made-for-TV CGI effects. Finally, it tries a bit too hard to hit the same beats as the original but doesn't quite understand why things like the extended flashbacks worked in Crouching Tiger. But, it's easy to look past its flaws and just enjoy it…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 02/07/2020 - 08:35

Haunted House: Remastered

Haunted House: Remastered

Followers of this site (ed. yeah like that's a thing) will remember a few years ago I created a in-browser playable version of the Applesoft BASIC game Haunted House for this site. Over the past month or so I got it in my head to push my skills as a programmer and make a much more fully realized version of the game. Today I am releasing my new version of the game, Haunted House: Remastered! It's a vast improvement on the original in almost every way possible. In other words, it's actually fun to play.

While it's nowhere near the level of sophistication of an Infocom game, I think it does some pretty impressive stuff (for my skill level as a programmer). It's still a two word parser, but the vocabulary is increased. There are full-page help screens, triggered story events, a retro…

Mind Hive
Wire - CD (8/10)

Wire has been on autopilot since their 2015 self-titled release. There's nothing wrong with the records, just none of them rise to the brilliance of Change Becomes UsMind Hive starts off with some pretty good rock songs. There are some strings buried in the mix and other nice touches but the record looses steam by the end. That said, Wire remains one of the few bands left whose albums I will still buy without question (5.6.7.8.s and the various remnants of Cabaret Voltaire also included).

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 02/05/2020 - 18:03

Cultist

This was the last of the ink drawings I created for the Nox Archaist game manual. At the time of this writing I don't know whether any of these will make it in to the final printing, but we'll see. This is supposed to be a "cultist." I tried to make him look a little like one of the healers from The Bard's Tale. I own a know that looks like that.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 02/04/2020 - 19:49