Assynt

Assynt is a loch in northern Scotland that I have not been to. What I have done is seen the video Rapha Continental did to promote cycling, and it was filmed at Loch Assynt. The backdrop to the video is the Shipping Forecast to begin with which changes into a Scottish legend. I hope by this point you understand that there are very few things as amazing as this video.

The video has made me want to visit the far north, including Assynt, to see it all with my own eye. And it has made me want to cycle there.

‘Game of Thrones’ [Season 3 Trailer]

There’s a trailer for the Game of Thrones soon-to-debut season 3, finally. It looks promising.

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What makes me like the show so much is that they seem to have kept the majority of what is good in the books. In this trailer we see the best of that side by the philosophical saying that Bronn puts forward, and I am sure there’s plenty more to come in the episodes when they start. The best part about them: they’re memorable and true, generally. Maybe somewhat harsher than we like our truths, but that doesn’t make them any less true.

In addition to that, the soundtrack seems very good — I truly hope that song (from the trailer) is somewhere in the series.

There’s a beast in every man, and it stirs when you put a sword in his hand.

Darkfall: Unholy Wars Trailer

As mentioned above (or is that considered below? =P ) in the ‘Faces of Rome’ post, I also saw a really underwhelming trailer earlier on today. That one is for the upcoming game Darkfall: Unholy Wars, and by god even if I had had some interest in it before watching this, the trailer effectively destroyed any hope of that for eternity.

Here it is:

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It honestly has to be the most uninteresting trailer posted. Would you recommend this game to anyone after seeing *that*? Can you think of any possible worse depiction of ‘Stomp’ or ‘Stampede’ than *that*?

Just to finish on a positive note, this probably belongs to that category where after watching it once it starts to amuse.

‘Faces of Rome’

Despite this being a measly trailer for Rome 2 Total War (or as they like doing it these days, Total War: Rome II), I really enjoy ‘Faces of Rome’. It has this dramatic appearance plus the very excellent music… and how brilliant are those few keynotes in the end!

The end makes me so want to see the next day in Rome!

[This also makes me wonder whether I should post a really bad example of a trailer I saw earlier on, which I might just do for the fun of it. Then people can see how a dramatic and striking appearance that can generate interest is set contrary to a base idea of what people could like.]

The music for ‘Faces of Rome’ was done by Jeff van Dyck, and he is also the composer/author for the Rome: Total War soundtrack. Admittedly, I can’t remember much of it, but people seem to say it was good. This here is a link to his own blog/site where he has a more thorough video of this trailer. Enjoy!