Monday, May 9, 2011

Issue #5: Reiteration: Thor plus Other Mortal Matters

So I got to see the new Thor movie on Sunday, and I must say that I was very surprised. With every superhero movie, I end up enjoying myself watching the tales of action and such. But I still find that my nerdy, critical mind fills up with inaccuracies and complaints about the movie that don't really pick out the flaws, but the minor touches made to make a better movie as opposed to a frame for frame remake of the comic books.

However, with the movie Thor, I found that these matters meant little to me. Sure Jane Foster wasn't a nurse in love with his cripple-doctor counterpart. Sure the cripple-doctor wasn't even present. Sure a certain character of a certain racial background was of another racial background. But none of it phased me. I think I might finally understand that movies exist within their own universes and that bickering about the problems of transition do nothing to improve the film.

All in all, I loved the Thor movie and I cannot wait to see how the Avenger's story unfolds. On another note: Kat Dennings's character was downright stupid.

Question to the readers: What do you think of Hero films? (Either in general or about specific ones)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Issue #4: Regeneration

So looking back at what my viewer's comments had to say, readers enjoy it when I talk about video games and television. I guess thats a good thing, because those are some of my favorite hobbies. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to look at other stuff, just that I'm going to stop writing about "I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DOING."

On to the interesting stuff. I want to talk about extended edition movies. I was able to, in the past week, watch all three Lord of the Rings movies in their special extended cut versions. Each movie was cut into two discs each, and each dvd had about two hours worth of glorious, medieval fantasy action. These versions are in no way new to now, and it might not be very relevant to current trends, but the idea of re-releasing movies full to bursting with extra content seems too good to not be a common thing. These pieces of removed content are just as polished as the rest of the scenes, and in some cases, it improves the overall plot. And even when the previously-cut scenes weren't important to the plot, they ended up being interesting. And often enough, they were funny. I can't even imagine what person convinced Peter Jackson to cut out the scene where Legolas drinks Gimli under the table.

Every other movie released on DVD and Blu-Ray advertises extended openings or content that wasn't in the theatrical version, but more movies should be released with their full content. Could you imagine if Kick-Ass was an hour longer because of more antics of trying to be a super hero? Or maybe a re-release of the Matrix trilogy, full of new scenes of Neo kicking ass?

Comment with movies you think should be released with extended content. Or say why you think they shouldn't be.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Issue #3 The Continuation of the Startening

So maintaining a blog isn't one of my strong suits. I have infrequent posts and I have trouble knowing what to write about. But I am still here, and I still want to write. Maybe I will just talk about some of the things I have enjoying of late.

The Game of Thrones series is even better than I expected it would be. It stays very true to the books thus far and there is very little that is censored from the original series. I guess that is why HBO took it up. The first episode had four sexual scenes, two of which were incestuous. And, of course, the episode was rife with murder. I can only imagine the reactions to this series were it on a more household channel. But for all of my ranting on the mature content, it is still just a by-product of the realistic fantasy that I know will have some great plot further into this season. Even for someone who hasn't read the books, I strongly recommend this show.


On the video game front, I have little to report of late. I have been indulging myself of my library's older games due to a lack of funds. But that didn't stop me from finding a way to play Portal 2. Not an illegal way, mind you. This title has had a great amount of confidence, from advertisements and promises, to the way the game is built. The first time around, it was a small title that ended up being a giant success. This time around, the development team had money to throw around. This ended allowing them to have a greatly expanded campaign, much more in depth level design, and even a cooperative mode. And while all of this is fine and good, the level of confidence Valve has put into their product let slip one bad touch: The store for aesthetic changes to the cooperative mode models. This isn't just a point buy system that you earn up during level, Valve is accepting payment of actual money for in-game hats and "gestures." Now, I am the kind of guy that thinks that its okay to do this because some people will want to pay for it and the others can just skip it. But another part of me thinks about how this "extra" content was made at the same time as the game and how this is the exact same scheme that has ruined Team Fortress 2. But besides the bad points, the game is still very fun and deserving for whatever praise you hear about in the advertisements.

Now, here at the end of my post, I want to ask the readers some questions if they want to answer:

1. What would you like to see more of in these posts? Is there a certain thing you don't like about them?
2. What Video game releases are you looking forward to?

Friday, March 4, 2011

2011: There Is No "Im" For "Possible."

Well, everyone knows that reality has already been shattered with the announcement of Duke Nukem Forever. Its impending release must have opened the way for other events of the supernatural nature to occur, because George RR Martin has finally released a concrete release date for A Dance With Dragons. After years of general "maybe next year" statements, author of the The Song of Ice and Fire series is boldly announcing that July 12th will be the date his novel can be picked up in stores.

Any one familiar with the Game of Thrones fanbase knows that the past few years have put everyone on edge. They have survived on a slight hope that Martin will finish his series, although many were afraid that Martin, in his older age and heavier lifestyle, would perish before anything happens. There are two more planned books in the series after this fifth one, but many are delighted to finally just get there hands on A Dance With Dragons. For fans that now feel pumped for this epic release, I suggest rereading the series and catching the HBO series A Game of Thrones. These next few months should prove interesting.



I mentioned the release of Duke Nukem Forever earlier, and I thought I should also touch upon that and share my own insight. After all of the years of screenshots and news about a possible sequel for Nukem, it is certainly great to see this announced the way it was. Instead of sending out a trailer or great-looking pictures, the makers brought the game to PAX west and let people play it. I would like to see more people do this with their games. Showing a cool trailer definitely grabs people's attentions and hypes up the game, but announcing it through gameplay? That is the true way to gain support and attention. This way, the fans KNOW it will be fun. They could have just made another standard brown first person shooter with action movie one-liners and it would have sold for Duke, but instead they actually put in the effort to produce a fun game with a legendary figure from gaming history. I eagerly await this game, and hopefully things like pigs flying don't happen just yet.



To anyone who doesn't know about either subject I talked about in this post, do yourself a big favor and read the Song of Ice and Fire series or download Duke Nukem 3D. They're a good time killer, and worth the effort.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Braking Nuews on the Sony Front

So everyone knows that Sony has gone through a rough patch of sorts with the PS3 recently. Video game piracy has knocked a large dent in potential sales the company could have made. But now a battle between companies could possibly cause Sony to pay royalties on every console and blu-ray player sold since its release.

After an attempt to get LG mobile phones banned in the US, it seems Sony has been subject to a little revenge. LG has taken Sony to court on several accusations of infringement of LG's patents on Blu-Ray playback technology. And apparently, the first case has been lost by Sony, to which LG has used to ban Playstaion 3s in Europe for a short time. Many consoles have been seized at customs, and LG is working to extend the ban.

Many rumors can be interpreted from this piece of news, most of which can already be found in online communities all over. One of the wildest rumors seems to be that Sony is going out of business. You can often hear this from anti-Sony fanboys, who think that the console is Sony's only source of revenue. If the next few  trials don't fall to LG, everyone will forget about this and continue on to the next video game market scandal. Otherwise, we may see a drop in the amount of quality and quantity of Playstation games.

You can probably find some better sources then what I have here, but this is one that I thought captured the argument well:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/feb/28/playstation-3-lg-legal-dispute

Sincerely, a common man with a common dream. To sleep, IN SPACE.

P.S. I am in no way an expert and many things with this post may be wrong. Try no to call me out on it too hard.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Issue #2 The Return of The Start-Up

It has been weeks since that first night. The sounds and the noises haunt the man's mind. Not five minutes into a tussle and his body is broken. The screams of that woman drew him, but it wasn't a trap until he made it one. He had never felt so much pain. But now his mind is re-focused and willing. The night calls to him again, and this time, he WILL make a difference.

Alright, so I'm back after a few weeks break. Not that I have anyone really reading this thing just yet. I guess the problem is finding a purpose for this blog. I want to write about something, but what? I can't just post writings, that well would run dry quick. I am asking for a call to arms, an open forum, if you will. Anyone who wants to suggest something to test my writing skills, go ahead and ask. So long as the story's mindset is outside of the gutter, I shall make an attempt at most suggestions.

And while I'm waiting for people's feedback, I shall be spreading word of this blog to promote traffic and such.

While all of what I wanted to say has been posted, I guess I might take a whack at reviewing some video games I have gotten my hands on recently. This will not be a regular thing, but I thought it would be a good way to flesh out this post.

Bulletstorm:
To anyone who is a bit bored with the current slew of carbon-copy first-person shooter in the industry lately, EA's Bulletstorm is a fresh piece of work that offers fun for the player that isn't tied to progressing through ranks. The campaign is packed with innovative violence and hard humor that makes many wonder why there aren't more like it. It is my opinion that the game industry has gotten itself stuck in a rut of "realistic" shooters that are focused on multiplayer mode time-sinks. Bulletstorm makes the shining focus of the game its campaign mode, which can also be played in a pseudo-cooperative mode.

The amount of time someone can spend playing the main campaign can still be likened to the other popular shooters, so anyone who has a grudge against the shooter "scene" might not see it for what it is. However, I recommend that everyone should at least try out the fresh gameplay that has many people learning to "kill creatively."

Dragon Age II demo:
Okay, so this might not be a full game and it only comes out in about a week from now, but I wanted to offer my two cents on the matter.

The demo tries to offer short looks at certain sequences to showcase how the gameplay will work, and it is that way that they implement this that makes it fall flat on it's face. Even if the game will be fun and the features work well, the demo Bioware has released may not provide an accurate glance at it's true potential.

That said, the combat has a greater flow and a quicker tempo. The special moves that the fighter and rogue classes receive make the fights much more interesting that in the previous title, Origins. The speaking system is much more like Bioware's other product Mass Effect, but many see this as detrimental to the players way of effecting the world. I believe, however, that this new way to have the character voice the players choices will have no actual affect on how the plot would play out. If anything, this should give the player more chances to play Hawke as the character they want.


And as a final note, I wanted to let everyone who hasn't yet heard know that Elder Scrolls V game footage has finally been released:
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/02/24/mindblowing-new-skyrim-trailer-shows-epic-dragon-action.aspx

Sincerely, The Super ASB

P.S. Post ideas for short stories if you want, or just post ideas for me to talk about in the blog. Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Issue #1 The Beginening

The glow of the evening sunlight dwindles on the horizon. Dark storm clouds blot out the remaining light as the city loses its vigor. No one ventures out in the night. It has been this way for some time, but a new hope offers solace in a candle's fight against the shadows. The time isn't right. The odds are overwhelming. The fight is much more psychological in a social aspect than it is a physical brawl. But none of that is going to stop this man.


Hello everyone. This is my blog and it is here for me to post whatever the hell I want to. I guess I have some creative writing stuff I wrote years ago, and talking about other stuff might be interesting. I have nothing to really say right now, but I wanted a beginning post before working on anything else.

Sincerely,

The Aqua SpiderBat-Man that is (Quite honestly) really Super.