Friday, April 19, 2019

4171 - Review #665: Moon Patrol (Atari 2600)

A better game that I would've expected.

4170 - Review #664: Star Force (NES)

Not what I had planned... but there you go.

4169 - Braun Is The New Show

I want to revisit the blurb that I wrote back in February 2008 regarding a WWE PPV that saw the return of the Big Show and his first act is to get punked by Floyd Mayweather... this after, well... here's the blurb.

"So last night, Paul "Big Show" Wight made his return to WWE, only to get punked out by a boxer. Word has it Wight was supposed to make his return last month at the Rumble, but some creative forces thought it would be a bad idea to have him lose the Rumble. But getting punked out by a boxer is a good idea?

"Whose bright idea was that? Meh..."

Moral of the story? If you think WWE fucking up someone as big as Braun Strowman and turning him into just another geek is anything new, you clearly haven't been watching this company for as long as I have.

4168 - Power Rangers Reflections #21: A Friend In Need

It's A Friend In Need! It's the Season 3 premiere of Mighty Morphin! It's a 3-parter! It's the first time we're introduced to The Masked Rider before his eventual short-lived television show! It's the first crossover between Power Rangers and Masked Rider, long before Super Sentai and Kamen Rider would do such a thing decades later! It's... not worthy of a full write-up.

So we're doing the points system here... but a bit differently, because this multi-part episode has three different plotlines going on and the points system is the way to go since we can focus on each of these plotpoints separately.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

4167 - The Full List Of Eight Games On Anniversary Collection: Castlevania

For curious parties, news broke as it relates to the full game listing of Konami's upcoming Castlevania collection that is due for release May 16th. The eight games to be included are:

- Castlevania (NES)
- Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES)
- Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES)
- Super Castlevania IV (SNES)
- Castlevania: The Adventure (GB)
- Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (GB)
- Castlevania: Bloodlines (Genesis)
- Kid Dracula (Famicom)

Purchases are region-specific, so if you buy this in Japan, you get the Japanese releases while non-Japan purchases gain the English versions. So, a fair standard lot of games, with the only real standout being Bloodlines seeing a re-release for the first time in decades as well as the first time non-Japanese audiences (who wouldn't have resorted to imports or emulation, that is) will experience the Famicom Kid Dracula... although in hindsight, I would've preferred the MSX Vampire Killer instead. Still a fairly basic collection for those who never experienced the early games.

For the record, I've yet to play Konami's recent arcade collection, but I might give it a shot somewhere down the line. If nothing else, it should be a good indication as to how the rest of the collections would turn out.

4166 - Special At Walmart

The Emoji Movie and Poop Combo for less than eight bucks! What a deal.

And no, I didn't buy it. I'm not that guilty.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

4165 - Coming Plans And Things Of That Nature..

So, this Easter weekend will be packed with stuff, mostly due to the fact that other stuff came up and plans will go awry as a result. A couple reviews up this weekend, which will bring the count up to 666. Contrary to what some people will undoubtedly perceive, this wasn't planned out. It just happened... and everyone can relax. It's just a number... it doesn't mean anything... except for maybe a hokey skit or two because what the hell do you do with SLOT MACHINE?

In other news, a new Sunday Gimmick Table in two weeks, which will also coincide with a new Pick-Ups video. And then maybe, somewhere along the way, I'll try and knock a DTM Rambles video or two out because they are long overdue.

A PR Reflections will be up this week, focusing on the three-parter Masked Rider infomercial disguised as an MMPR Season 3 premiere. Also, next week will see a couple write-ups: one on the NXT Takeover show, the most recent Black Label Pro show, and finally the long enough Ramblemania 35, which I should be able to finish this week and turn it into some semblance of a write-up.

And that's it, everyone.

4164 - Death, Taxes, And Just Dance For Wii

Three things are certain; death, taxes, and an annual Just Dance release for the original Wii.

Even Atari 2600 and Playstation 2 didn't get this kind of limp dick support after many years of service.

4163 - Flash Fiction #20: The Stars Beckon

(The return of Flash Fiction... or is it a prelude to something else? We'll see... or maybe not.)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

4162 - Our Lady...

So I just heard the news as soon as I got back late last night.

For those who haven't heard, a fire broke out at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. The fire had been contained, but not before causing considerable damage that resulted in the spire and roof collapsing in on itself. At the moment, there have been no fatalities; although one fire fighter was injured in the fire control.

It's difficult to put into words what one feels when they hear something like this happen. It's not just a fire taking out a building, but something that has existed for hundreds of years. It's not an iconic structure, but a piece of history lost to the whims of nature. And while the main structure has been saved and there will undoubtedly be efforts to rebuild the structure, the sad reality is that you cannot replace what has been lost.

The Notre Dame Cathedral will survive, but it has been drastically changed from this terrible tragedy. Whatever they rebuild in the place of what's been lost might look similar to what came before or it might even be completely different, but it will not be the same as what was once there. It can never be that.

We mourn what is lost... but then we get together, we grow stronger, and we continue onwards. Life goes on.

So, that was my sad attempt at being inspirational. I'll resume the usual senseless ramblings tomorrow.

Monday, April 15, 2019

4161 - A Change of Plans for Next Week

My ol' buddy Ralphie - who often supplies some spare games for the purposes of review - had suggested that I rethink the whole "Earth Week" thing and instead opt for an "Earth Day" approach; basically take the few recycled reviews I have in the tank and upload them all on the same day. In all honesty, it would be a better idea since I don't have to worry about finding seven days worth of reviews to fill the void. I could go less... or perhaps even more.

Don't worry too much, though. I don't see this going too much higher... after all, I need material for next year if this becomes a thing... which I suspect it won't.

The way this is going to work is that late-viewing Youtubers can watch a compiled special of all eight recycled reviews that will be individually posted from 12 P.M. to whenever the last review is posted. The individual reviews are for those who prefer to watch just the individual reviews and not the special with extra bits.

The only justification I can give for people to watch the compiled version to sit through all the recycled bits and skip a good chunk of them on Monday. A new review will probably follow on the Wednesday or Thursday after.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

4159 - No One's Ever Really Gone

Red Letter Media letting us know that no matter how many nameless stormtroopers get killed off, they're never really gone.

Yeah, in retrospect, this is souring me on the teaser even more.

4158 - Mega Man Maker Test Level #14: Buzzard Bait

This outer space colony has good taste in music.

4157 - Teasing The Rise Of Hamill

In case anyone remotely cares... it's the teaser trailer for the next and final chapter in the much-maligned sequel trilogy of thrown-together feature films with no cohesive thought behind it whatsoever.

I won't say much here - I'll save my thoughts for tomorrow's DTM-Cast episode. The only thing I will say that after the time wasted on The Last Jedi and the less than enthusiastic impressions of Solo, my reaction is simply... meh. For what it's worth, there's a good chance I'll probably watch it with my older bro, but in terms of excitement, optimism, or anything resembling an emotional response or the slightest hint of interest... meh.

Oh well... let it play out and see where it goes, I suppose.