Happy Halloween!!!

(BTW, not my pic, but an AWESOME share none the less!)

Out with Grace and Louie for some trick or treating!  (Grace is Pikachu and she’s loving every moment just to be in costume!)  She’s a huge fan of the cartoon.  (The first two seasons only, “because Brock and Misty are in it!”  Her words, not mine.)

Tonight will be our usual stomping grounds in the local historic district.  Last night, we didn’t see many houses decorated, so we’re hoping for a nice lil’ bundle of goodies for us to share together.

On another note, Grace, whose 4-years old knows what a zombie is…it’s as household as the Pillsbury dough-boy now.  Ugh…

Anyways!  Have a safe and Happy Halloween!!

Here’s a nice lil throwback treat from me!

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When should sequels end?

Tonight I was browsing through a Mortal Kombat Wikia, just because I was kind of bored and did some reading.  Throughout this, I thought about how many of the characters either die, come back and kill each other. (It is MORTAL Kombat, after all!) Which continues throughout the ten games, bolstering an EXTENSIVE storyline.

Fans of the series know, that of all the fighting games; Mortal Kombat has the biggest and best storyline. HOWEVER, what doesn’t bother me about Mortal Kombat is, that each story revolves around a power struggle between good and evil. That’s obvious, what does, is that there has to be so many sequels to it!

My problem isn’t directly with the writers of the MK series, it’s with sequels period. Back when I was a kid in the 80s and 90s sequels were considered low-browed and lesser successors to their previous title. Just look at this vid here and you’ll see why.

Bad movie sequels – Great site of all those movies that were so BAD THAT THEY STAYED THAT WAY!!

Now there were exceptions, such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park and the such. Pretty much if it was a HUGE hit right away, you COULD make a solid sequel. But in most cases, it went B-movie and was a VHS tape collecting dust on your shelf. (Ghostbusters, Revenge of the Nerds and Evil Dead were RARE exceptions.)

In regards to games, sequels are almost a guarantee, when you talk about Super Mario or just anything Nintendo puts out for its major title releases…they go GOLD. Third party companies like the now defunct Konami, 2K, Squar-Enix, Capcom and WB Games feel they MUST put out sequels to maintain a fan base.

While partially true, it doesn’t have to be the case. Not everything needs a reboot, sequel, prequel, spin-off, Super-Turbo edition every two years. Gamers like myself, are tired of this!! One, our wallets can’t take the stress of slamming 60+ dollars for that new title, just to end up with a poorly written sequel to an okay title. (Sometimes more than once!)

Obviously, like films, there are exceptions. (Borderlands 2, Resident Evil 2, Shadow Hearts, Uncharted are a few to mention.) Yet companies ruin those exceptional exceptions and they too fall victims to monotonous. Then, in the words of BB King, “the thrill is gone!” We’re left with a sour taste in our mouths and a hole in our wallet.

I’d hate to say this, but game developers are taking less time to create something new and wonderful by welcoming more talented writers and less of the same ol’ thing. (I’m talking to you Gears of War 4!!!)

I started off talking about Mortal Kombat X. Don’t get me wrong Mortal Kombat has always been one of those exceptions. Why?! Because they maintain that creative element in most of their titles. From its deeper storyline established with the previous generation’s titles to the authentic motion capturing of actual martial artists. Sure, if you look at Mortal Kombat 9 and X, they share a ton of similarities but X takes everything they did and makes it better!

Here is a video, if have the time that shows you!

 

For Mortal Kombat, I kind of feel this is their last hoorah. Sure there is ways to take the story further, what with the newer generation of characters and how MK can easily kill off characters by writing them out. But how many times can we perform fatalities and not say…I’m tired of this. This also holds true for the Arkham, Street Fighter, Call of Duty franchises and anything zombie related. (Let’s admit, TWD has numbed us by now, rotters need a break after the TV series ends!) We can only kill the undead and gun down the competition for so long. Yet I digress,

Maybe this coming out of me because, I’ve played enough zombie games to the point that I need a break…for a while.

That’s what I need!!  MUCH BETTER!!

 

So my ultimate question is, when should sequels end for a story?! Can a story be never-ending like so sci-fi series and comic books; by getting new writers and better ideas?! Should we keep things simple leave a story to be appreciated like a fine wine or revive it with a reboot for newer generations?

Fan Art Features!! – Jiggah

As a regular post, I’ll be featuring video game fan artists, as well as other artists I find that are pretty awesome out there.  A distinct selection of their works are featured for your enjoyment, please know that all of these works were allowed to be posted, with their consent.

Please take the time, to enjoy their works; be sure to stop by their page if you’re interested and show your support for their talents.

Today, we have Jiggah, who focuses on fighting games and anything Capcom related.  From what you can see, there is an homage to many arcade games and just about every fighter known to man.

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He’s so badass!  Shame he doesn’t realize, that the moon is about crash into the Earth! – SOURCE

 

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(Frank on Day 7 in overtime) – I’ve over 53,5oo zombies!      Only 94 to go!  *Looks at you*  Hey, you okay buddy?!        Looks like your coming down with something!!    SOURCE 
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Arther: I HAVE THE POW- *ahem* sword Excalibur.  – SOURCE
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Foot beats shield!  So?!  Sword beat FACE!  *Batman dies*  SOURCE
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Bet you can’t figure out what game he’s from!  *HINT* Sega CD – SOURCE

 

 

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Tweaks and Rage, how we f*ck up fiction!

Following my completion of The Witcher 3, I moved back onto Arkham Knight.  So far, I’m almost done.  But I have a few issues with the whole Arkham series and just comic adaptations….period.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m lovin’ this like Mickey D’s, and I’ll elaborate a little more on my perspective later.

The narratives in the story for comics are always the standard that these adaptations adhere to.  This bothers me, BEYOND ALL BELIEF!!!!!   Why?!  Aren’t the fans getting enough homage to their favorite characters just by making the adaptation?

First is TWEAKING; which is when movie/videogame/tv adaptations change the story to suit the audience.  Why must they only tweak it?!  Why can’t the writers just do something dramatic and just …WRITE!  I’m so tired of seeing people complain about the movies, game or show not following the “CANON” story.  Who cares?!  Really!  Okay, Okay we know that nerd rage is out there and sure, it’s as big as a Mack truck.  But here is the funny thing; I think tweaking is pissing more fans off than actually changing the story!

Take for example, this whole bitch and complaining about Marvel and Disney changing the character in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie.  They are changing the character in order to take the character in a different direction, as opposed to Batman Begins, that seems to have a similar storyline to the new movie.  (which makes sense, if you’re a writer!!!!)  However, there are the ragers out there and conspiracy theorist that are saying they’re doing this to appease the Chinese audience.

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(Nerd rage!) Okay, put the guns DOWN, I mean UP, okay.  1..2……………..3, you win!

 

You see, the character they’re changing is Tibetan, which we all know wants nothing to do with China.  People believe that China will ban it, thus Disney & Marvel losing major cash profit from Chinese viewers.   I get it, Disney/Marvel are greedy SOBs and want to get as much as they want.  That and appeasing to the Chinese censoring, by changing your writing is pretty much like a writer becoming China’s bitch.

Whatever the case, maybe it’s like that or the companies ARE just doing it to prevent foreign censorship.  (This is the total opposite of creative writing or just creating period.)  Yet, it’s tweaking that bothers me overall.  Why can’t writers, keep the basic premise of the characters (how they got powers, supporting roles, setting and villains), but WRITE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, be BOLD and SURPRISE the audience!  How would it be, if certain characters got killed off, others changed affiliations or some made different decisions?  It would be dynamic!

Look at the Resident Evil movies, fans don’t like them as much as the games, for obvious reasons, they WERE different!  But most non-gamers liked them and if you ignore THE RAGE on metacritic, it’s a fairly good title.  This holds true for most of them.  Yet, I found that the writers kept trying to please fans and general viewers.  This is where they failed HARD.  You either do one or the other, NOT BOTH!!  The further they went in different directions, the worse these titles got!!

In Arkham Knight, they did it right!  They took the stories from the comics and took it in a different direction.  Yet, does it still have to affect the canon, if it’s different? Depends, but I think that’s up to the writers at home base, not up to the fan base, if you follow my meaning.

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Perfect example of coming with something new!

Second, is OVER-EXPOSURE; which does nothing but make viewers tired of the same things fans have experienced.  Once you’ve done a trilogy of something, stop making origin stories in the productions, if they’ve already been told.  If you missed it, go watch the earlier movies; plain and simple.

Throughout the Arkham Games, it seems your always fighting a lot of repeat villains; while iconic, is repetitive and gets old.  Despite this, there were some great moments in many of the returning ones, while others just should’ve omitted from being filler content.  Batman has a vast array of characters to work with, draw from them?  Knight did this, keeping too many familiars in the game.  Sure, they were side quests, but did we need them, debatable.  (They are optional, after all)

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Results from over-exposure can result in death.

Last, is PLAYING IT SAFE!  The Walking Dead, both on TV and the comics have HUGELY successful simply because they do the opposite!  Despite as to how much fans hated this recent television cliffhanger, the writers have us HOOKED!  The reason is, “NO ONE IS SAFE”, which is what the theme for the season was.  As far as we know, we could see the main protagonist be nixed!  What would happen, if it was done major characters…perminantly!  Comics do this way too much!  In fact, they abuse it to the point that fans expect dead characters to return, in some way.  Personally, I hate that!

It’s great to do fan service, do Easter eggs and references.  But catering to a certain crowd, just ends up looking like either too much editing or an excuse to be lazy with writing fiction.