Game Zone: Vintage videogames

Review of videogames from back in the dayโ€ฆ

A-Z: Videogame reviews

More like A to Y, actually. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Music, music, music

I’ll be updating this page periodically to include music that’s piquing my interest at the moment. What’s that you say? Some of this music is old? Well, so am I. ๐Ÿ˜›

“Boys Over Flowers” (๊ฝƒ๋ณด๋‹ค ๋‚จ์ž)

I had a difficult time reconciling myself with the fact that I enjoyed “Boys Over Flowers,” while being disgusted that the showrunners never addressed how cruel the main characters were to kids outside of their circle.

Game Zone: Blast from the Past

I’m not sure what happened, but this latest entry in 989 Sports’ football (as the rest of the world calls it) franchise kicks major butt over the previous installment.

“Big”

Let’s cut to the chase: the plot revolves around a high school student and a doctor who switch bodies after an accident. Yoon-Jae, the 30something doctor is in a vegetative state in the body of 17-year-old Kyung-Joon. Meanwhile, the teenager is alive and well, but he is trapped in the buff body belonging to Gong Yoo, er, I mean Yoon-Jae. Caught between these two is Gil Da-Ran, a wet dishrag of a woman, who (despite her beauty) has absolutely no confidence in herself. When she realizes that Yoon-Jae really isn’t Yoon-Jae and that it may take a while for the two to switch bodies again, she plays along with the charade.

“Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo” (์—ญ๋„์š”์ • ๊น€๋ณต์ฃผ)

If I were to rate this series, I would give it a ๐Ÿ‘Ž for the first half. But the second half … wow. It was worth sitting through eight hours of meh to get to the satisfying ending. Bok-Joo is the top female wrestler at her school. In order to give the other women on her team a chance of medaling, her coach asks her to go up a weight class. The 5-foot-9 athlete weights roughly 127 pounds and must go up by about 10 pounds. Bear in mind that by U.S. standards, she would be considered thin. But much is made of the fact that she’s a big, overweight girl.

“Goblin: The Lonely and Great God” (์“ธ์“ธํ•˜๊ณ  ์ฐฌ๋ž€ํ•˜็ฅž-๋„๊นจ๋น„)

There are few things in life that would be more difficult than to watch generations of loved ones grow old and die, while you live on for centuries without them. Such is the case with Kim Shin, a dokkaebi (goblin). For more than 900 years, he has been cursed to live a life of loneliness as atonement for all the enemies he killed during his days as an unbeatable general. Yes, his victims would’ve slain him if they had the opportunity. But, as God says in the narration, they were all precious creations, as well.

“Cinderella and Four Knights” (์‹ ๋ฐ๋ ๋ผ์™€ ๋„ค ๋ช…์˜ ๊ธฐ์‚ฌ)

There are a some really great moments in “Cinderella and Four Knights.” But there was an element that made me uncomfortable. When we meet the female lead, she is not yet 18 and is a few months away from her high school graduation. Itโ€™s vague how old the Knights are, but since they are all clearly out of college, Iโ€™d guesstimate that they range from mid to late 20โ€™s. Ten years isn’t a big difference when you’re a 30-year-old dating a 40something. But when one half of the duo is 17 … I don’t know. It just detracted from my enjoyment of the series.

“Heirs” (์™•๊ด€์„ ์“ฐ๋ ค๋Š”์ž, ๊ทธ๋ฌด๊ฒŒ๋ฅผ ๊ฒฌ๋ŽŒ๋ผ-์ƒ์†์ž๋“ค)

Set in a high school populated with the children of the rich — and therefore — powerful, “Heirs” introduces us to teenagers who live by a strict caste system. Tan, followed by Young-Do, are at the top. The scholarship students are at the bottom. They are bullied and beaten mercilessly and even those who’d like to help won’t, because they don’t want to align themselves with the unwanted.

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