Edgy Campy and Corny

Was reading an article that talked about a recent interview with Ben Affleck about his response the bad reception from Batman Vs Superman.

I’m not going out of my way to get the quotes, but you can read the interview HERE

In short it goes on to talk about how being a darker/lighter tone how it’s subjective.  Honestly, you can’t please everyone and if your primary fan base is set on a opposite tone than the movie, maybe there should be caution in writing it that way.

HOWEVER, going bold and making a great stride to execute it well is fine in my book.  Even though, I’ve yet to watch Batman V Superman, I’m going in with a blank slate.

Honestly, I never was a big DC fan, so it doesn’t hurt my expectations.  Something about how they write all of their characters who are pretty much godlike and attempt to humanize them.  That in itself bothers me, as emotional vulnerability just lets them to A) destroy themselves or B) everything in their path.

Currently, as a writer, I can’t see too many ways that you can take those stories.  Feel free to prove me wrong…as a matter of fact I welcome some of you DC fans to.  I’d like to hear a better perspective from their fans.

Another thing that came to mind was how so much writing these days is about either about being edgy, gritty, corny, raunchy, etc.

So much writing is bent on remaining that way.  It’s all about keeping the same thing going to capture that interest in readers and viewers.  Why should we?!  I never understood that.

This kind of relates to what I’ve been writing and you’ll soon enough.  I’m not trying to be one thing, I’m writing everything and anything that I like.  Some may like it, others…well get over it.  I’ll be writing something else another time.  Hopefully, there will be something for everyone.

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C’mon! Let’s a hear good one!

A few days ago, Gene Wilder passed away and I was watching a feature on 20/20 or one of those evening shows.  While they were showing clips of his best performances, one clip really stuck in my head.  It was a clip taken during an interview with Wilder.

“Ya know, I’m not really funny in real life, I’m actually pretty boring.  Most of my jokes in person come off as cheesy.  A lot of times, people will run into me and say, ‘Hey!  Let’s hear one!’, and I can’t.”

It struck me hard!  I’m that way too!

At work, I’m usually known as the guy, whose “crazy” and “funny guy”, always the guy who says “funny shit” or you’ll “just never know what he’ll say” type of person.

Which I’ll admit, my responses at work are quick and witty and make people laugh or shake their head with a smile on their face.  But my biggest critic is the one I love the most…Louie!

At home, my wife more or less has known me to have little success with my jokes, it’s usually her giving me a silent big thumbs down or a funny “booooooo!” response.

Thought that would be funny to share with you, RIP Gene Wilder, you will be missed!

Upcoming Games Share – Get that Christmas list done EARLY ladies and gents!!!! SOURCE (Gamespot.com share)

Was browsing through Gamespot and the many other game sites and noticed a very nice new upcoming games list!!  This also kind of coincides with me and Louie’s urge to get ALL of our Christmas shopping for us and our daughter NOW!  (With gradual amounts spent each month, vice the mad stacks EVERYONE puts down now!)

I haven’t made my wishlist YET, but here is a MASSIVE LIST, as of today!

 

All links will take you to each respective game page.

Hopefully, this will simplify everyone’s early wishlists for any holidays, birthdays and Christmas.  It sure as hell will be useful to me and I hope it does the same for you!

 

AUGUST

Game Platform Release Date
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Xbox One, PS4, PC August 23
Hue Xbox One, PS4, Vita, PC August 23
The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse PS4 August 23
Inside PS4 August 23
The King of Fighters XIV PS4 August 23
Madden NFL 17 Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3 August 23
Metrico+ PS4 August 23
Prominence Poker PS4 August 23
Valley Xbox One, PS4, Steam August 24
The Other 99 PC August 25
Assetto Corsa Xbox One, PS4 August 30
Attack on Titan Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Vita, PC August 30
The Final Station Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac, Linux August 30
Champions of Anteria PC August 30
God Eater 2: Rage Burst PS4, Vita, PC August 30
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X PS4, Vita, PC August 30
Nebulous PS4, PC, Mac August 30
Resident Evil 4 Xbox One, PS4 August 30
Strike Vector Ex Xbox One, PS4 August 30
The Turing Test Xbox One, PC August 30
Verdun Xbox One, PS4 August 30
World of Warcraft: Legion PC, Mac August 30
RunGunJumpGun PC, Mac August 31
Shiny Xbox One, PC August 31
Tahira PC, Mac, Linux August 31

September

Destiny: Rise of Iron
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Game Platform Release Date
Just Sing Xbox One, PS4 September 6
Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet PS4 September 6
XCOM 2 Xbox One, PS4 September 6
MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death Vita September 13
Nascar Heat Evolution Xbox One, PS4, PC September 13
Never Ending Night PC September 13
NHL 17 Xbox One, PS4 September 13
Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness PS4, Vita September 13
ReCore Xbox One, PC September 13
Adr1ft Xbox One September 16
Dragon Quest VII 3DS September 16
Air Conflicts: Double Pack PS4 September 20
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors Vita September 20
Destiny: Rise of Iron Xbox One, PS4 September 20
NBA 2K17 Xbox One, PS4 September 20
Darkest Dungeon PS4, Vita September 27
Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One, PC September 27
Shantae and The Pirate’s Curse 3DS Retail September 27
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice 3DS September 27
Yo-Kai Watch 2 3DS September 30

October

The Last Guardian
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Game Platform Release Date
Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 Xbox One, PS4 October 4
Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2 Xbox One, PS4 October 4
Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide Xbox One, PS4 October 4
Mafia III Xbox One, PS4, PC October 7
Paper Mario Color Splash Wii U October 7
Rise of the Tomb Raider PS4 October 11
Gears of War 4 Xbox One October 11
Dragon Quest Builders PS4, Vita October 11
WWE 2K17 Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3 October 11
Moto Racer 4 Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac October 13
PlayStation VR PS4 October 13
Rollercoaster Dreams PlayStation VR October 13
Thumper PS4 October 13
World War Toons PS4 October 13
Disney Magical World 2 3DS October 14
Exist Archive: The Other Side Of The Sky PS4, Vita October 18
Battlefield 1 Xbox One, PS4, PC October 21
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI PC October 21
Darksiders Warmastered Edition Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC October 25
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Xbox One, PS4 October 25
Farming Simulator ’17 Xbox One, PS4, PC October 25
The Last Guardian PS4 October 25
World of Final Fantasy PS4, Vita October 25
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 PC October 28
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition Xbox One, PS4, PC October 28
Titanfall 2 Xbox One, PS4, PC October 28
Yomawari: Night Alone Vita, PC October 28

November

Call of Dury: Infinite Warfare
Call of Dury: Infinite Warfare
Game Platform Release Date
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Xbox One, PS4, PC November 4
Mario Party Star Rush 3DS November 4
Dishonored 2 Xbox One, PS4, PC November 11
Gran Turismo Sport Xbox One, PS4, PC November 15
Planet Coaster Xbox One, PS4, PC November 15
Pokemon Sun / Moon 3DS November 18
Killing Floor 2 PS4, PC November 18
Watch Dogs 2 Xbox One, PS4, PC November 18
Final Fantasy XV Xbox One, PS4 November 29
Star Trek: Bridge Crew Rift, Vive, PlayStation VR November 29

December

Game Platform Release Date
Gravity Rush 2 PS4 December 2
Dead Rising 4 Xbox One, PC December 6
South Park: The Fractured But Whole Xbox One, PS4, PC December 6

CREDIT GOES TO GAMESPOT.COM, Matt Espineli (the author of said article)

LINK TO ORIGINAL PAGE  HERE

Great Swords in Video Games w/REBLOG

This guy made an EXCELLENT TOP TEN on SWORDS!!  My honorable mentions –

The Buster Sword – Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud (Really?!  I’m sooooo tired of FFVII) is by far pretty bad-ass.  It’s big, its a bastard sword and it splits into many other swords and kills anything.

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Dragon Sword – Ninja Gaiden.  This sword cuts through anything LIKE BUTTA!!  Nuff said on that one.  That…and demons wet their paints when they see it!

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Soul Edge – Soul Calibur’s Nightmare signature weapon ain’t pretty.  But’s its got a fucking living giant eyeball in it.  Also, it takes half of you life away in one hit…Seriously OP’d.

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Crissagrim – Castlevania series – Alucard gets this bad boy by surprise after killing some serious baddies.  It slices so fast, that one swing, makes FIVE slashes.  OUCH!!

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Ultima Weapon – ALL Final Fantasy – If you’ve got this, everyone dies!!  But not everyone really lives!  (In Scottish accent, quote from the movie Braveheart! *sniff*)

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Keyblade – This magical sword from Kingdom Hearts is great!  Why?!  Because it SLICES, it DICES and UNLOCKS ALL DOORS KNOWN TO MAN!!  (Even your car door, SO WATCH OUT!!)

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Shishkebob – What do you get, when a kitana and a gas tank have a baby!!  A SWORD!      ON FIRE!!

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Valentine – Soul Calibur’s masochistic chemist, Ivy created this chain-whip sword, that pretty much goes from being a short sword to a projectile weapon.  With both long range and short abilities, this girl is one rough customer!  (The blade)

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Lucien Maverick's Den

When I was playing the last big fight in Uncharted 4 (which I won’t spoil here), I was thinking about just how many cool swords there are in gaming.  I already made a list of cool swords that I love in video games (linked here), but then I realized that that wasn’t enough.  I need to make another list where I talk about even more of the awesome swords in video games, that I desperately wish I was able to have.  I hope you enjoy.

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Perhaps it’s only fitting that such a cool weapon end up in the hands of a bumbling idiot who just so happened to get it by sheer chance.  Now, this death-dealing monster is helping him climb the ladder of killers, in his goal to get to the top.  A weapon that you use to dismember the living…

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Artist Feature!!!: Apterus

 

Today, I have APTERUS, whose an Acyan_by_apterus-d7a478cMAZING painter!!  As you can tell, much of his work is either inspired by the undead, mechs and Evangelion!  Which I’m a fan of all three, so this one was a no brainer!!  (get it, NO….BRAINER. I know, but I think it’s funny)  His colors truly to come out, and look so nice against the dark, earthly backgrounds.  Anyhow, enjoy the colorful, yet lifeless art I have on display for you today!

 

Be sure to LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT in support of this artist and myself!

Be sure to visit him HERE!

 

 

VIDEO GAME MUSIC???? Wow…NERD!!! Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse

I was reading some articles this morning and alluva sudden, I started hummin’ Castlevania 3 music in my head.  So it sparked inspiration for yet another entry into my love of VGM!  Boxart courtesy of Crapnami and Nintendo!  (Nintendo I still love, you!!)

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Many years ago, back in 4th grade art class, our art teacher let us start using his tracing lamp, when we finished our classwork.  Despite its positive effects on teaching me how to draw; which I can, but rarely do it anymore…  Regardless, I saw that one of my classmates brought in a game box from Castlevania III.  During that time, I was familiar with the game, due to watching my older brother and his friend playing it years before.  At the time, it was way too difficult for me to even enjoy it without walking away pissed.

This time, however, I mustered the courage to rent it from Video Frequency.  (Oh yeah!!! THROWBACK!!)

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*crying right now*  Gone!  But not forgotten!  – SOURCE

What I got, changed my view gaming for good.  Castlevania 3 was challenging, dark and EVEN let you play as different characters!  (Which was something pretty new, then.) Each Castlevania has its own unique twists and quirks, if you pay attention; very much like in the story how Castle Dracula always changes its form, every time it reappears.

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With that said, I’m featuring some of the best Castlevania remixes out there!

Hope you enjoy them!!

All music was retrieved from the AMAZING site, DWELLING OF DUELS!!!!!!!

 

Artist is BONKERS, support his work if you like it!!

 

This one gets you right into that nostalgia, for those that have played it!  I love how it tends to give a Sega Genesis-kind of sound to it!

Next are a couple from GOAT, whom I had heard of back when he featured his work on a Overclocked Remixes.

This one gets you pumpin’, as it has those high intensity pipe organ and tempo starting right away.  This is from the Clock Tower area, which is USUALLY the hardest stage in Castlevania games.  (They always seem to be the more memorable ones, too!)

I believe this one is from the final battle with Dracula.  Not quite sure!  But who cares, it sounds pretty bad-ass anyways!

Last, is from CarboHydroM, who is an awesome artist!

Hope you enjoyed the tunes!!

What’s Old, is New!

Now that I’ve wrapped it up with Batman and its safe to say, I’ve moved away from Gotham City. During my few days off and over the weekend, Grace and Louie were out of town; while did the normal work thing. On my downtime, I took some time
getting into several games. For this, I’ll be doing some general impressions, as usual.

Tekken Revolution (PS3)

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Many of the more powerful forward push moves have a pretty blur effect to them in this Tekken! –SOURCE

A co-worker piqued my interest into trying it out. First off, its a free play version of Tekken (Yay! Gaming with a carrot hanging in front of me!), which seems to blend Tekken Tag 2. Despite it’s limited playability, its feels a little more arcade-ish, which seemed to be a good thing. If you don’t mind playing a little bit each day, its a good, free time killer; this is one of the better FTP games out there for the Playstation.

Shovel Knight (Multi-platform)

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This game is essentially an homage to many of the great NES sidescrollers.  SOURCE

Picked this lil-guy on a nice sale and I’d been waiting on this one for a while, as I’ve been seeing the buzz for several months. It’s a nice little 8-side scroller, gives nods to NES games like Super Mario Bros 3, Ducktales and Zelda II. In terms of difficulty, it’s just right if your accustomed to 8-bit classics. Otherwise, it may be a bit more on the
challenging side. Did I like it?! So far, it’s kind of “meh”, although I can see why many look at this as a gem. Personally, I’m not seeing why there was a big fanfare on being a 2015 “Game of the Year” candidate. It wasn’t Earth-shatteringly original, nor did it “wow” me. I know many guys out there that LOVE 8-bit and sell a kidney to ensure that it would be GOTY across the board. Check it out, it might be just what you’re missing!

Dragon Age: Inquisition

So far, I’ve got 35 gameplay hours into this. Ya know what, it’s shit. The story is almost non-existent, with the exception of the playable characters putting out the work on the narrative. (Yet it has such a mundane setting!) Once you get the intro, I was like “Damn! This is going to be good!” kind of feeling. Then I starting customizing my main character, like you ALWAYS do in Bioware games.

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For some reason, the song “Toy Soldiers” by Martika, popped in my head.  Odd reference, I know.  –SOURCE

There were almost no options for ANY of the characters. It was like going into a third-world communist bakery. (What do you have today?! -We have butter cookies and…butter cookies.) There were seriously between 3-5 options! I’ll admit, when you play games like Fallout 4 and Saints Row 4, your gonna get spoiled by the variety. But come on!! Regardless of those things, there aren’t many ways to shine a turd, but I’m gonna try! The scenery is amazing in this game! Some areas are dynamic with crashing waves, arid deserts and rolling hills. Questing-wise there is plenty to do, with filler content GALORE! Personally, I wish I’d be able to avoid the collectibles, but it seems to be where the better gear is.

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Many have said that this was a middle ground between 1 and 2, I think for the exceptions of the pretty scenery, there isn’t much of an improvement here! Much of the side quests from the previous entries had dialogue, mystery and intrigue. So far, I’m not getting any signs of it here. I’m gonna soldier this one out and keep playing it until finish! Don’t get me wrong, in terms of playability, the game works fine. I’d say, if you’ve never experienced Dragon Age, play the first; it’s the best out of the three!

Zombi

Picked this bad boy up for free, thanks to PS Plus. It’s a blend of many of the things that work, with a little bit of its own twist. It’s pretty much a first-person action/survival game. I love that they emphasize item management and force you,
not to be a pack mule, with an arsenal in tow. The game feels very much like a slower paced version of Dead Island. Areas are cramped, with you having to think on your feet, in order to survive. In terms of story, it slowly grows on you, but it isn’t anything new to those familiar with the dystopian/zombie apocalypse mythos. This game has its bread and butter centered on the table and I LIKE IT! Not finished with this, but I’m getting through it on a steady pace.

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Some very tight and tense moments.  Believe or not, one or two of these guys could put you down, EVEN WITH a shot or two the face!! – SOURCE

Grand Theft Auto III (PS4) (PS2 Classic)

Yep, Good ol’ silent Claude! I figured I was gonna give this one a swing for nostalgia’s sake. I remember playing this on PS2, and I’ll admit it hasn’t aged like cheddar cheese; but with a fresh coat of paint, it doesn’t look bad! I didn’t remember the missions in the game, being this DIFFICULT!

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I got to the third mission and died like five times, because the damn pimp would always out-gun me with his damn shotty. The material in the game is seeing its age, that’s for sure, but it still is funny! How the rain affects driving in this, is ridiculous! I thought GTA IV’s was bad! NO! It felt like I was driving on BUTTER! Imagine having to do a race in those conditions! UGH!!!!! If NEVER got into GTA and like a challenge, start with the one that made it a household name.

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Video Game Music??? Wow….NERD!! – Final Fantasy VI

For many years, I’ve been an avid fan of video game music (or VGM).   To be precise, my love started with Square’s Final Fantasy VI, back when it first came out.  During my experiences as a young boy, wandering through the enchanted forest, interrupting a live performance and saving the world from a psychopath.  I steadily grew to appreciate the various synthesized sounds; how well they matched the classical music I’d been learning, as a musician in middle school.  I loved it so much, that I recorded it and using a Playschool audio recorder.  (C’mon, I was 11 years old and on a budget!!)

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THAT’S SO GHETTO!

 

But I didn’t record any old songs.  I recorded “Dancing Mad” and “Balance is Resored” which I recorded for a 32-minute track on a cassette tape.  What’s that?!  Look it up, in the dictionary!  What’s THAT?!?!  Oh FML!  Google it!!

Regardless, I was so excited, that I took the cassette to my music teacher.  Whom at the time, was very influential on my expansion into bolder and lesser known music.  Eventually, he did listen to it and gave the music compliments, despite it being from a video game.  Which was considered mostly laughable by adults and parents.  At that time, I thought he really liked it; but now that I look back he may have been doing it to be nice to me.  Who knows.  Despite that, I continue to be a fan of video game music.

So guess what?!

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I’m going to share with you!

Here is Nobuo Uematsu‘s Dancing Mad and Balance is Restored.  Both redone in a full symphony orchestra!  From me, you’re only going to get the best!  ENJOY!

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Title image  – by Yoshitaka Amano (A nice gallery of his works)

More of Mr Uematsu’s works are HERE

 

CHECK IT OUT!!! Reblog share! “Today I Played!”

About a month after I had started my blog, I came across this guy’s page during the early hours of that morning.  It’s called,  “Today I Played!” His self challenge for this year, is play a different game EVERY SINGLE DAY of the year, and write on it!  For the most part, he’s done that!

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Its really an interesting concept, taking an avid gamer’s perspective and gear it towards casual gamers.  If I had reservations about trying ANY new titles, this would be the first blog to get your feet wet on.  I feel he kind of gives you that brief snapshot needed to get you interested in something new!

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There is so much quality content and nostalgia, (covering all gaming generations!) to be had here and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you go check it out!!

HERE IS THE LINK TO HIS AMAZING PAGE!!

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