Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sudden Change Of Plans

So a couple changes are coming... and none of which include the countdown.

Today was supposed to feature a new episode of the DTM-Cast... but instead, I opted for a new House Show instead and I might do another one somewhere along the week. So instead, the next episode will be up next week, which is when the site "relaunch" or whatever it's supposed be will be taking affect.

This week may very well see two new reviews up; one lingering on the back of my mind for ages and another one cooked up on the fly that will serve as the first Switch review... don't get too excited on that last one; the game of choice isn't exactly the highest of caliber.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

DTM House Show - Febturday Bites (Feb. 22nd, 2020)

Sick video... as in I'm sick and making a video for some reason. Dr. Mario, Mega Man Maker, and even a dabble of that one Street Fighter game nobody likes... which one I'm not sure.

And yes, I'm sure she said turd.

Friday, February 21, 2020

BOOM Studios Staff Says There's Too Many Comics On Shelves


Came across a rather hilarious piece of business recently that I thought was worth talking about briefly here.

A Newsarama interview with BOOM! Studios' President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik and Retail Sales Coordinator Morgan Perry revealed their beliefs that there are too many comics on direct market store shelves and that publishers need to earn their space on said shelves. Now, to clarify, the interview itself isn't too bad - they did mention that BOOM had to reduce the number of titles they have in the works to focus on the quality of their remaining books. That's actually something to be commended upon and an attitude most publishers should take on. Instead of releasing a billion books to the market, just release a few that are going to sell and focus on those.

However, BOOM! Studios is also the company that has a billion variant covers for each issue of their Power Rangers comic, which no doubt contributes to there being too much product occupying store shelves. Quite frankly, there's no reason to have a billion variants to what would've been an otherwise run-of-the-mill comic when one or two would suffice. And some of these alternate covers are just the laziest things ever conceived, whether it'd be the "action figure" covers or the Cardzillion-based card covers. Not to mention... are the stuff they're currently running with really worth occupying that precious yet overcrowded direct market shelf space?

As an aside, I want to also post a transcript of a speech given by Image Comics publisher Eric Stephenson during the annual ComicsPROl membership meeting. He's got an interesting and refreshing take on the ailments of the comic industry as well as offering some possible solutions on how to fix it. There're some points that I agree with and some points that I don't, but it's a fascinating read, regardless.

Said transcript can be found here:

Thursday, February 20, 2020

AEW Dynamite (Feb. 19, 2020) - Dat Dere Is A Tall Kage, Kid

AEW debuts a steel cage match and two big hosses are in matches against the hot babyfaces in AEW... also, the continuing adventures of Hangman Page... yeah, that's all I got for this one... but hey, it was a fun show, at least.

Sorry For The Lack Of Posts... Been Sick

So I want to apologize for the lack of material this past week or so, but I've been fighting off a cocktail of winter ailments - tension headaches, common colds, heavy coughing, practically no voice, and even the one-off nosebleed that probably won't scratch any Muta scales - and I spent most of my free time in bed recovering.

All the while having to partake in a Sunday dinner that I somehow survived and didn't make anyone else sick.

Fortunately, things are starting to pick up. I'm feeling a little better (not great, but better) and just recently got my voice back, which means I can start dubbing the next bunch of videos and even the next DTM-Cast, which should be up this coming Sunday. Things are going to be slowly, but surely returning to normal... but I've also got some other bits that need tending to.

That's it for now... later.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Mega Man Maker - Wily Challenge 2020-02-15

Repeat level in the middle, short pointless level, sandwiched between two solid romps.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Vintage Doggy Photo - Doggy In A Box

There used to be a time when Doggy had no problems sleeping a box. Now she stays on a bed or couch to sleep.

And no, she doesn't stay in the box. She went in for a photo and got out. Humans can stay in the box for all I care, but Doggy stays outside.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Ataribox Delayed Again... This Time Due To Coronavirus


Anyone remember Ataribox? Of course, you don't, but here's the latest update for those who care.

IndieGoGo backers who contributed close to three million dollars to the Ataribox crowdfunding campaign and hoping to receive their brand spanking new systems next month after several delays... will have to wait a little longer since the release has been delayed again. This time due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak that has claimed over 1000 lives to date and it'll be a while before the production plants will resume operations.

This is not the sort of thing you'd like to make a joke around; clearly, this latest delay in a series of them is out of the hands of Atari. It's nature at work in this regard. But if the Coronavirus is a legit reason for the delay and not just a cover story for a delay that was going to happen anywhere - because I'm sure some folks will feel that - but I will give Atari the benefit of the doubt and assume the delay is nature's fault.

So, hopefully, once everything is settled, Atari can get to release the console that they sold to people... and hopefully not delay the thing again because they need to defer money to their hotel business.

Think I'm joking? Boom.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Fired Up The WWE Network For The First Time In Weeks

Much to my personal astonishment, I have not spent much time on the WWE Network as of late. The last item that was on my watchlist was a WCW All Nighter special uploaded as a hidden gem, which was basically a five-hour long look back at the top matches of the various Clash Of The Champions network specials.

Also, much to my personal astonishment, I did not have to sign in to WWE Network, which had been case every time I'd load up the app on my Apple TV. So there was that.

So I made a point to sit down and watch this year's Royal Rumble, which I've heard was alright for the most part... however, my mind strayed and I ended up watching an old WWF Pay-Per-View event called "The Wrestling Classic."

At the end of it all, I almost regret not watching the Rumble like I planned.

Monday, February 10, 2020

AEW Dynamite (Feb. 5th, 2020): Whip 'Em, Boy.

So this will be brief... because I really only want to touch on a couple quick bits. For the sake of disclosure, I thought that last week's edition of Dynamite was top-notch stuff from top to bottom, beginning with a match to build one top-level feud and ending with one of the best non-wrestling wrestling segments I've seen in years to build another top-level feud.

So I will bring up five random points about the show overall after the break.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Latter-Day Posting

So this isn't necessarily anything worth making a big deal over, but this week's round of daily posts will be uploaded around 8 p.m. rather than as early as possible. I'm out during the day this week and I won't be able to provide timely posts during the day, but even a late post counts as a daily post and that'll be something.

In any event, nothing really major. I've got some belated AEW Dynamite thoughts that I'll get around to posting tomorrow and there might be a video or two along the way as well.

Meanwhile, background work continues on the blog so that by the time we get to the end of the countdown - which won't change now, I promise - everything will be ready to go. And the next step can continue onwards.

Sunday Gimmick Table #11 - ATGames Blast NAMCO... Round 2

So whatever happened to that ATGames Blast thing I did a video on once upon a time? Well... I don't know, either... but here's another video about it, so... yay?

Friday, February 7, 2020

IMPACT Wrestling's HARD TO KILL (January 2020 PPV)

WWE names one of their PPVs after an classic old song. Why not have a PPV named after a Steven Seagal movie?

And how apropos is Hard To Kill for a title of an Impact PPV, because it perfectly fits with the company's identity. No matter how many fuck-ups have occurred, the company continues to survive to see another decade. Yes, it has produced countless hours of horrendous television and PPVs. Yes, it has made some questionable decisions for the sake of cheap publicity that fizzled out quickly, but no matter how bad the mess-up, the former TNA somehow finds a way to survive another year and for that alone, it deserves a modicum of respect.

Which is why I'm doing a very quick write-up on this show.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

COMIC REVIEW - Superman #19 (Jan. 2020)

This comic book is also a piece of shit.

Continuing from last issue's ridiculously retarded plot thread where Superman reveals his identity as Clark Kent to the world, we have the very unrealistic reaction of everyone being happy for him and his brave act, Perry White "firing" Clark Kent and hiring Superman as a staff writer... because that makes sense. And then he gets into a fight with Mongul on the...

You know what? I don't care. This whole thing is fucking stupid.

Anyone remember when DC tried this outing of Clark Kent/Superman a few years back with that equally shitty TRUTH story arc? Anyone remember the reaction to that sort of thing. Perry fires Clark and Clark goes down on his luck... and that's before shit hits the fan. Anyone remember when Marvel outed Spider-Man for that Civil War garbage and then everything went straight to hell with him? Does this fucking hack that people still believe is a good writer forget about the time he outed Daredevil and the consequences that came afterwards? Now, all of a sudden, Supes publicly does away with the whole secret identity thing and everyone is... happy for him? Why?

If this were a realistic situation, people would be genuinely pissed off about this... because the guy who was writing the news in their favorite newspaper was really the guy making the news this entire time. It makes you wonder if anything out of that newspaper could be considered legitimate news since they've been harboring someone who has been making the news that made the newspaper what it is, today. Honestly, that should've been the take we'd go with here. We're living in an age of fake news this and sensationalist media that where everything is questioned and debated... why not play up on that by having people question the integrity of the Planet?

It wouldn't have made this story any better, because fuck, nothing will... but it would've been an interesting take, at least.

The artwork in general isn't anything worth mentioning. It's fine for what it is and quite frankly, anything that doesn't look horrendous is fine by my book. However, even if this had some of the most beautifully-drawn and colored comic panels in the history of comics, it wouldn't be enough to turn this turkey dung into something worthwhile.

In conclusion, Superman's current arc is still a piece of shit and I've spent enough time on this crap.