Surf Report – 5/6/2013

Surf Report

Welcome to the Monday edition of the Surf Report.

.: God :

Ever since I can remember, my wife has told me that her dream was/is to be a stay-at-home mom. I knew this before I married her. This spring, after 8 years of teaching–I don’t know if she’ll ever know how proud I am of her–, we started praying over whether she should continue teaching or not. A few months later, the deadline for her contract renewal came up. We had to make a decision. Oddly, we both felt like she needed to stay home with our son. Now, what is odd about this is that we both crave comfort; we both crave the security that her job provides. Well, we ended up deciding that she won’t be teaching next year. This means big changes for the Hall household.

Last night, my pastor mentioned the above “balance beam” sermon by Francis Chan. Even though I have peace over the decision my wife and I made, I still feel like I have been desperately clinging to the balance beam of life. Not wanting to let go of the safety and comfort the balance beam provides. Sure, I’ll let go and tell God that he can have my stress, fear, and worry. Almost immediately though, I grab back onto the beam.

Following Christ is all about stepping out of our comfort zones. I know this. I don’t want to live a life of sheltered/calculated risk. I want to go and do what God is calling me to do…even if that means moving forward and letting go.

I don’t want to go where the majority goes…

.: Life :

See above.

.: Gaming :

I went out and bought 3 games on Saturday:

  • Trauma Center: Trauma Team (Wii)
  • Dragon Age 2 (PS3)
  • Metroid: Other M (Wii)

Trauma Center: Trauma Team – My wife and I fired up the Wii and immediately dove into surgery–once we figured out how to set up the controls for co-op–. Overall the game looks and plays like a Trauma Center game, no surprise there. I’ll keep ya’ll posted on this one.

Dragon Age 2

Dragon Age 2 – I am not the biggest fan of Dragon Age Origins. Origins is one of those games that I really want to like but just can’t seem to get into. Dragon Age 2, on the other hand, has been pretty awesome so far. I love the fluid magic system (I’m playing as a mage) and the character interaction. DA2 plays more like an action game with RPG elements versus DA1, which was an RPG with action elements. The $10 price tag makes the game even more awesome.

Metroid: Other M – Universally hated by reviewers due to it’s portrayal of series protagonist, Samus Aran. Metroid: Other M, features tight gameplay mixed with cutscenes that depict Samus as a girl with daddy issues. The disconnect between the Samus portrayed in the cutscenes versus the Samus I’m playing in the game is jarring. We’ll see if I keep going. My Wii’s disc drive was making some pretty crazy sounds while I was playing. If the Wii fails, this will be the second time I’ve had to send it in for repairs. Lame.


That’s it for this weeks Surf Report. Make sure to comment below and have a good week!

7 thoughts on “Surf Report – 5/6/2013

  1. Very cool stuff! I like the Francis Chan life lession about letting go and letting God.

    I liked Dragon Age 2 more than 1 because it did a great job of character development and not shoving everybody into a typical fantasy stereotype. Definitely one of my favorite RPGs for those reasons. Though, it was a lot easier to enjoy when I accidentally skipped the slutty pirate character on my first play-through. She’s kinda distracting. Fair warning.

    A lot of reviewers actually liked Other M. Joystiq gave it a 90. IGN gave it an 8.5. It’s got a 79 on Metacritic, not a terrible number by any standard. Team Ninja isn’t exactly known for storytelling consistency and subtlety. So I don’t mind how they did things in it. Maybe one day, I’ll actually boot up my Wii and get that game. Sheesh. I’ve totally become a downloadable-only guy. It’s kinda sad. I can’t remember the last time I bought a hard copy of a game.

    Okay, just remembered I got XCOM as a hard copy through Glyde. Oh! Ditto for El Shaddai. Do you use Glyde? Recommended.


    1. “The baby”, “the baby’s cry”, “the bottle ship”… 🙂

      Never heard of Glyde. I used to use Goozex quite regularly until the site tanked. Going to check Glyde out.


    1. I enjoy almost everything we play together. But for her, that list is really slim. She really dug Rayman: Origins. We played that for over a half hour. Jess doesn’t usually make it past 15 min. As was the case with Little Big Planet and many others. The only two that she REALLY got into were Critter Crunch and Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes. Oh, and she really liked the Sims. But in her own words, “Games bring out the worst in me.” So maybe that’s why she dislikes them so much?


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