Tuesday, January 15, 2019

4008 - Royal Ramble: 1989

On this day, exactly three decades ago, the 1989 Royal Rumble took place on Pay-Per-View. And so, consider this a bonus of sorts as we touch on this event that shaped the Rumble into what we knew it as for a couple decades before it went to shit.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

4007 - Febtober Bytes... A DTM House Show Coming Soon

Even though "proper" blog operations resume February 10th, there's no reason to delay doing a quick house show before proceedings. Hence, Febtober Bytes... yes, we are bringing back the gimmick names akin to the old DM-exclusive specials from years ago and that's probably the best way to do these things until I've got the live set-up figured out well enough.

The show will open with an encore presentation of my old Outrun 2019 review from 2012, now with a new opening. Then it'll be followed by a fresh play of Outrun 2019 in semi-tolerable higher than usual definition. I don't know what else we'll do, but it'll be better than nothing, I suppose.

Other than that, background work on the blog in terms of both replacing old material and prepping new stuff has been slow moving, but otherwise moving along just fine. February might be when things start rolling again, but it'll probably be another month before everything is in proper working order. And there may be something... nah, I don't want to jinx it.

That's it for now, folks... later.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

4006 - G. Raffe, Future General Manager Of RAW...

Maybe if that happened, the show would stop sucking and I'd start watching.

Then again, maybe not. Chances are WWE would ruin him too and have him job to Baron Boredom or something.

4005 - Mega Man Maker: Medium Normal Wily Challenge (RAW Footage)

My medium Wily Challenge run played on Jan-09-2019; no commentary or text pop-ups. Only gameplay.

I'd normally post this on the Archive channel, but I forgot to switch channels and just posted here. So there you go. Normal operations resume in February.

Some notes worth mention: one level gets skipped and one level loads twice.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

4004 - Royal Ramble: 1996

Last week, we did 1995 and got a so-so show kick off an otherwise shit year for wrestling. This week, we do 1996 and get... well, more of the same, I suppose.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

4003 - Bob "Super Dave" Einstein

So around the same time that news of Mean Gene's passing broke, there was also news that Bob Einstein, old Super Dave Osbourne himself, has also passed away due to his battle with cancer and that's a childhood passed away. Back when I was a kid and even a teen growing up, I'd be watching the family-friendly iterations of the Super Dave show where they bleep out all the swearing with funny duck quacks and things of that nature, which actually made it funny, but watching this alleged stuntman with this seemingly endless Super Dave Compound showing off all these gimmicks going wrong and performing all these stunts that turned out badly... man, you couldn't help but feel for the poor guy, but first let me laugh at the compressor turning him into a little head with two feet.

I recently found a Youtube channel that had most of the old Super Dave clips uploaded, all uncensored with all the colorful metaphors intact and just the fact that I remember most of these like they happened yesterday just shows how much of an impact and an affect that Super Dave had on my cumulative years. And those clips still hold up. When I got news of his passing, I loaded that page and binged on all those clips. And it was all due to SD, his deadpan, straightfaced reaction to all the stupid going on around him.

Bob Einstein did other stuff; he did Officer Judy in the old Smothers Brothers show, he was a recurring character on Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, and a few other things... but to me, he'll always be Super Dave. And his being gone makes the world a less appealing place.

Godspeed, Super Dave Osbourne. May your stay in the ol' Super Dave Compound in the sky be free of accident... or anything made from genuine Saskatchewan Seal Skin Bindings.

4002 - Mean Gene

Only a day or two in and we've already have our first deaths... legendary wrestling announcer and WWE Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund passed away on January 2nd.

Mean Gene... everyone has said their words on the influence and the aura that this man projected with his segments better than I could properly put into words. Mean Gene, in his best days, whether it'd be in the seventies where his best stuff resided, or during his WWF and WCW stints, would conduct the best interviews because regardless of whether he was interviewing Hulk Hogan or any of the big stars, or if he was interviewing some lower tier guy, he was able to make those interviews seem important and made you pay attention. Hell, if you weren't sold on a show, those Mean Gene segments would sell you those shows.

Gene Okerlund brought an air of legitimacy to his segments... not quite legitimacy, but rather importance. His presence, his quick wit, his tone, his timing, his deep voice, his professionalism made those interview segments that would be skippable fare if they were done by anyone else seem important and worth watching. Whether it was cutting interviews, hosting television segments such as WWE Confidential or the various retrospective specials... or whether it was being a character on something like the short-lived Legends House, Mean Gene brought the goods and that's what made him great.

There will never be another Mean Gene Okerlund.

Godspeed, Mr. Okerlund. And thanks for the memories. You'll be sorely missed.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

4001 - Royal Ramble: 1995

Even though the blog is supposed to be on "hiatus" this month, the Royal Ramble continues onwards... because they're already written and automatically publish on schedule. So enjoy some content on the blog, even if it's based on play fighting.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

4000 - Happy New Year Everyone... And Remember...

Until then... expect sporadic postings in the former of pre-written, scheduled Classic Wrestling Musings and other minor bits here and there. One might be coming tomorrow.

Monday, December 31, 2018

3999 - The Winners And Losers Of 2018

Happy New Year, everyone.

Before we begin, I'd just want to give everyone a heads up that I'll be taking this month off from material and that we'll resume this journey in mid-February. While 2018 has had some highs and lows on a personal front, I'm pleased to say that the blog and subsequent Internet presences have seen a significant boost in content and with material lined up for the future, things are looking up. But I need a cooling period, folks, so check back in about a month and we'll start things up again real soon.

This isn't a full-on "closure" of the site or anything. There will still be stuff coming up, like the Classic Wrestling Musings every Wednesdays and maybe one or two other things along the way, but it'll definitely be a much leaner month compared to the past few, which have been pretty heavy. Hopefully, things will be back to full force come February, where I hope to have a regular schedule of sorts, as it relates to content.

3998 - Pick-Ups for December 2018


3997 - Mega Man 11 (PC)

This is the first time I've attempted one of these 1080p 60fps videos and probably the last time since it's been a colossal pain in the ass. There's some bits where the frame rate is kinda wonky and that's due to early footage recorded that ended up getting used due to time constraints. Sorry about that. Will do better next time... if there is a next time.

The Dailymotion upload is a lesser 720p due to upload limitations on the site itself, hence why you're getting the rare Youtube upload since it's the only one (at the moment) at full resolution.

3996 - JDF Apparently Is A Pro Rassler Now

Well, that's a thing that happened.

Let's let it play out and see where it goes.

Never been the biggest JDF fan, but if this is something he wants to do, then all the best in his future endeavor. Maybe now he'll get Punk's attention... or is it Van Damme? I don't remember.

3995 - The Krion Conquest (NES)

A video review of Mega Man: The Krion Conquest for NES... oh wait.

3994 - Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters (arcade)

A video review of Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters arcade game.

Played off the Mega Man Anniversary Collection.