Hunt the truthNovember 1, 2015
I’d like to say that a long awaited game was released this week. But for me, I haven’t actually cared that much until the absolute last moment (I pre-ordered it two days before release).
I’m obviously talking about Halo 5: Guardians. Last weekend Paavo “Paavi” Niskala attempted, and succeeded, a Guinness World Record playing through the Halo games for 50 hours and 4 minutes in a shopping mall here in Helsinki. And that’s basically what made me a bit enthusiastic to play Halo 5. I had actually decided to wait and buy the game when the price would inevitably drop, because 70€ is a tad much to pay for a game.
Anyway, I pre-ordered it, just because the Xbox will start downloading it so it’s ready to play on release day, which was Tuesday. When I got back from work Tuesday afternoon, I spent the evening playing through the campaign missions. I almost got through the whole game in one session, but since I had work the next day, I decided not to stress it and left the last levels to Wednesday.
All in all, the game was a lot better than Halo 4, but still not nearly as good as the first Halo, nor Halo 3: ODST, but it was pretty darn good.
Microsoft (or rather the Xbox department) had a really large gaming area in the expo.
My brother Alexander came over for a visit during the weekend, he had planned to attend the Digiexpo here in Helsinki, and seeing as I usually find these kinds of events fun, I decided to join him.
Though I have to say I was a bit disappointed about the size of the expo, it wasn’t really that big, and most of the vendors were just large consumer electronic chains that were selling the same things that they have at their stores. But nonetheless, it was fun hanging out with Alexander.
Do not be fooled by the size of the floor, it wasn’t only the digiexpo going on, but also a snowboarding expo and a skiing expo.
I was really close to buying a lot of crap, mostly because, eh, when in Rome? But I was able to control myself, and left without buying any unnecessary crap (i.e. I didn’t buy anything).
From one subject to another
After a couple of hours going through the Expo we went back to down town Helsinki. We had planned to go visit Ateneum, which is an art museum here in Helsinki, because they currently have an exhibition by Henri Cartier-Bresson, the famous Magnum photographer.
But because of All Saints’ Day, most of the stores in the city were closed, and we were unsure if the museum would be open. But lady luck was on our side, and we got a good couple of hours going through the exhibition. I would’ve loved to share some pictures, but since Ateneum doesn’t allow cameras inside, I decided not to break the rules.
The exhibition itself was really nice, or the images, but sadly they had decided (or just weren’t able to find) to write any context for a lot of the photographs, which meant you didn’t really get the what nor why something was portrayed. One could assume that they’ve left it this way, because it’s a lot more artsy and cultural to let the viewers decided what the picture is all about by themselves.
In all honesty, I think I would’ve preferred having less number of images, and more accompanied text to each work of art.
The museum was also really crowded, and the air inside was anything but good, so a lot of the time you had to queue in order to see an image, which sucks. But on the other hand, this gives me a good excuse to visit the exhibition again before they end it (which is sometime in January if my memory serves my right).
After the museum we went home to, you guessed it, play halo and just hang around, which was really nice after all the walking and all of the impressions we had gathered throughout the day.