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The Queue: Self Motivation

One of the most common questions you get as a professional freelancer is how you can stay motivated. I have to confess I’ve been having some trouble with this lately — I always tend to get a little sluggish at this point in the year due to the lack of sun, but the general, you know, everything right now has made this winter especially trying. I do tend to do better with staying disciplined and in a routine rather than trying to work up the motivation, because I usually don’t want to do anything. However, I’ve found a little lifehack lately that really cuts through that 2:45 brain fog.

It’s coffee. The lifehack for staying awake is another cup of coffee.

This is The Queue, where you ask us questions and we answer just as soon as we’re done brewing this cuppa. Yes, another. Don’t judge me.

The Queue: The music in Mass Effect 2 was the best

Whether it’s the Suicide Mission music from the suicide mission at the end of the game, or the music from the Overlord DLC, or even the music from the final confrontation with the Shadow BrokerMass Effect 2 had by leaps and bounds the best music in the series and possibly one of the best scores of any video game. It just manages to perfectly encapsulate the emotion of the scenes you’re playing through. Honestly, I’m almost enjoying listening to the game as much if not more than I am playing it. One of the best things about it is the way certain themes and motifs come back in different ways throughout the score, and I’m finding new ones as I listen to it.

Anyway, it’s Queue time. It’s very dramatic from my end due to the music, so imagine yourself as an action hero as I answer your question.

The Queue: btw, THIS-IS-A-QUEUE

I’ll be honest, I don’t quite understand where this one came from — but that won’t stop me from using it in a Queue title! (Unless it’s, like, actually mean-spirited or something.)

Anyhow, it’s Thursday and we’re here to Queue what we Queue best: The Queue.

The Queue: One step closer to Demolition Man

Demolition Man suffers from the same self-satisfied smugness that a lot of 90’s era satirical comedy does.  It posits the radical idea that gasp people in the future will be different and act differently! And they might thing swearing in public or eating meat is bad so really they’re going to be complete wimps who can’t stop one guy from running amok. It even has Dennis Leary in it as a brave freedom fighter holding out against the tyranny of social politeness gone too far. So in that regard, it fails pretty hard at predicting where we were heading as a country.

But the San Angeles of the movie’s 2032 — a mega-city consisting of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Diego all smushed together — does have some cool satirical moments. One is that, in the future, every restaurant is Taco Bell — not that every restaurant serves Taco Bell’s brand of ‘Mexican’ food, and yes the italics are on purpose, but that every restaurant from the quirky breakfast diner down the street to the fanciest French-Hawaiian fusion bistro are all owned and operated by Taco Bell. There is but one restaurant conglomerate in 2032, and it’s Taco Bell.

I can’t stop thinking about this in the wake of Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard. By 2032, everything might be owned by Amazoisneysoftoogle. Or, heck, maybe Taco Bell? Who knows anymore?

The Queue: Vacation mode

Well after my guild’s second kill of Dormazain Mythic for our bench — it’s officially break time until the next tier comes out! Time to kick back on a beach sipping drinks with tiny umbrellas in them and putting my feet up. I liked the tier pretty well overall, although I do think that Kel’Thuzad is a fight that works better on paper than he did in actual practice. Fighting the same encounter three times in a row before killing it for a final fourth time didn’t hold up as a super fun fight in the long run.

Onward to the Sepulcher!

While I try and flag down a bartender for another margarita, it’s time for — the Queue.

The Queue: It’s speedrun week again

Hello and happy Thursday, friends! As is tradition, I’m going to be leading off this Queue with a reminder that we have a few days left of Awesome Games Done Quick 2022, and if you haven’t checked it out, you should do so! Anna W. and I even wrote a piece on our favorite runs! It’s rad, wholesome, and it raises a lot of money for a good cause.

I won’t dwell on AGDQ here, though — we’re here to Queue.

The Queue: I have no idea what this is

Look, all I know is every time Commander Shepard is going anywhere, these guys are in the way, and I feel ridiculously guilty if I run them over in the Mako or the Hammerhead. Why are they on so many different planets? Why do they have weird little arms up front of their legs? Can they pronate or supinate those arms? How useful are they, can they grip tools? Are they sapient beings? What’s the deal with them? They’re apparently called Space Cows, but… I mean, that’s not a cow.

People eat these things. That feels like a mistake.’

Anyway, this is the Queue. I don’t think that’s what a cow should look like.

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