RRC Digest 9/20/16 – Internet Outages, Rapture Revelations, and My Favorite Movie of 2016

Week 2! RRC Digest is officially underway. It’s a shame I had such a poor week for media consumption. Thanks to a relentless battle with my home internet, a lot of my gaming time has been limited and sporadic. But I did manage to play some of the Bioshock Collection, finally getting around to completing the Burial at Sea DLC episodes.

I’d include the collection as a proper recommendation here, but I’m not sure about it yet. Digital Foundry will likely have a thorough breakdown any day now, but anecdotally I’ve hit some unwanted framerate issues and a few annoying glitches. For example, Elizabeth seemed to get in my way constantly — an issue that I’m not sure happened as often in the original game. Others have reported their own issues, especially on PC, so I think I’ll save the recommendations for when I’ve had more time with it.

Burial at Sea itself is an interesting beast. It came out in two parts, well after the initial release of Bioshock Infinite, and well after the relentless barrage of op-eds deconstructing the game. Season pass promises aside, it felt like something no one really wanted by the time it came out. That it dares to play with the fiction, entangling the characters of Infinite even deeper into the original Bioshock, likely ruffled even more feathers.

Personally, I liked it. The story walked the perfect line of allowing fans to return to both worlds for a bit, without retconning anything too serious. It’s fun, and half of it is a pretty decent stealth game to boot. It’s just a shame that it seems like most people moved on before Irrational could get the whole thing out.

I may have more to say about the collection as I return to the original and replay the divisive Bioshock 2 (which I didn’t like at the time either). For now though, I’d like to turn the clock back a few weeks to talk about the best movie I’ve seen this year.

Green Room – A desperate punk band performs for a Neo Nazi crowd, stumbles upon a crime scene, and ignites a bloody standoff. This horror/thriller is simply perfect. It’s this year’s Mad Max Fury Road in terms of movies I will relentlessly recommend to people without hesitation.

What makes Green Room so special is that it pits two groups of fully coherent, capable humans against each other. Sure, the punks are in over their heads, but they aren’t hopeless by any means. The result is something that has the tone and violence of a horror movie, but the tension of a truly intense thriller.

After subjecting myself to dozens of horror movies where the protagonists conveniently alternate between incompetence and heroism as the plot permits, Green Room is so refreshing. It’s probably just a really great genre film, but compared to its peers it’s a must-see and my favorite movie this year.

So yeah. If you made it to the end of this, my challenge and plea to you is to watch Green Room and report back next week. Until then, Destiny: Rise of Iron awaits!

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