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2008 Media Scrapbook

On 09/28/2020 at 07:49 PM by KnightDriver

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2008 was about the end of my music career, if I can call it that. We still jammed a lot but we only played one summer pool party gig. Even though the band was fading, I was still heavily invovled with various media, mostly gaming and reading. Here are five of my favorites from five different media formats. 

TV: Star Wars Clone Wars (animated)

I wanted to really love this show, but I found it very derivative of previous Star Wars stories. I didn't much like the lead characters either: Anakin, a prideful, unlikeable snob; and Snips, who was likeable, but was a little too passive to Anakin's will. What I liked, though (and this is true for me even with bad Star Wars films), was the design of the visuals. The worlds are amazing, the space ships really cool and the orchestration of all that stellar.

FIlm: Tropic Thunder

I remember when this movie released that summer. I was ambivalent about seeing it, and so I didn't. I watched it later on DVD and kicked myself for not seeing it then because I enjoyed it so much. Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Rober Downey jr are really great in this sendup of triple-A actors and big budget films about serious subjects. One of my favorites.  

Game: Valkyria Chronicles

I was hooked on the first demo I played on my recently bought PS3 that fall. At first I was in love with the visuals. It has a hand drawn look. It's very detailed and the colors are earthy like a watercolor painting. Then I was wowed by the combat system. It's turn-based but also includes limited free roaming and real-time enemy return fire. You get both a 2D overhead map view to plan strategy and a 3D third-person view to execute it. You can upgrade and develop new equipment and you can cultivate relationships that improve performance in combat. It's like my dream-come-true strategy game. 

Music: Wall-E soundtrack

Thomas Newman composed the soundtrack, and it's fine, but what I loved best was the collaboration with Peter Gabriel on the song "Down to Earth" that plays over the amazing title sequence at the end of the movie. I was in high Pixar fandom at the time and loved every minute of this movie, but that 2D animation with the credits, and this great song, cemented it as one of my favorites. The finale of the film is a wonderful moment of hope with intent to renew Earth. I wish we would now do the same and come back "down to earth". 

Book: Conan: The Cimmerian

In the midst of my return to comics , I read some Conan The Cimmerian. Timothy Truman has written Conan for Dark Horse from 2006-2014. I think his stories are great. Conan is a smart calculating barbarian, not just a thug. Tomas Giorello, who has worked a lot with Truman, is an amazing artist. I loved the lush natural environments he created for Conan. He really made the worlds of the stories come alive with his densely detailed scenes.  

What was your favorite media of 2008?



Cary Woodham

09/29/2020 at 08:04 AM

Only media thing about 2008 that I remember is that I named Super Smash Bros. Brawl my GOTY that year.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

09/29/2020 at 10:24 AM

Was that the Wii version? I played WAY too much of that game. Laughing

Cary Woodham

09/30/2020 at 08:04 AM

Yes, Brawl is the Wii version. I actually played more of Melee and Brawl than I did the Wii U and Switch versions of Smash.


09/29/2020 at 05:39 PM

We had tournaments for Super Smash Bros. in my library, before the pandemic. I used to hear them cheering from the stacks where I was shelving books regularly. I'd like to play it mysefl sometime. 

Cary Woodham

09/30/2020 at 08:05 AM

You know what's funny is that this past weekend was one of my brother's wedding.  At the wedding venue, they had a 'groom's house' where the groom and groomsmen could change and hang out.  Someone brought a Switch and they were all playing Smash in there!


09/30/2020 at 07:45 PM



09/29/2020 at 12:52 PM

I really liked the presentation of Clone Wars, it reminded me of Starship Troopers with the news updates at the beginning of each episode. I can't remember if I had a PS3 at this point but I do remember playing the hell out off my PSP and upgrading to a 1GB card for $100. Crazy that now a 128GB micro SD card is under $20 now.

I think my favorite media during this time was It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and having an iPod. I tried gaming on the iPod which was hit and miss. The Lost game was fun.


09/29/2020 at 05:43 PM

I think I got my PSP around this time too. My friend and I played Untold Legends co-op through the wifi (or was it bluetooth) connection on two PSPs. It worked most of the time. We got through the whole game with only a handful of dropped connections. 

Oh geeze, the Lost game. I forgot about that one. I forget if I finished it or not. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

10/01/2020 at 04:35 AM

I like the visuals of Clone Wars, but otherwise I detest that show. 


10/01/2020 at 03:04 PM

Ha ha, That's sort of how I feel, in the end, too. I'd like to watch some of it again, though, just to make sure. 

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