Sunday, July 12, 2020

Daily Postings On Hold Until September

Make a long story short; I'm forgoing daily posts until September.

That means videos or anything else that pops to mind.

But that's about it, really.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Mega Man Maker - Wily Challenge 2020-07-11

Returning to the usual Saturday slot with one LONG ASS level among many shorter ones.

And struck by Content ID for Bionic Commando... yeah, that's coming out of circulation then.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

GUEST VIDEO - UrinalTree's 2020 Video

From perennial shitposter UrinatingTree comes a 2020 video that sums up my feelings better than I ever could.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Nintendo Life Commenters Confound Me

So every once in a while, I frequent the news site known as Nintendo Life... because it has Nintendo news and I obviously own a current Nintendo system, so this sort of thing is relevant.

Every once in a while, Nintendo Life will post news about Brie Larson (she who played that Carol Danvers person in a couple Marvel movie and the one with the unicorn) and her love for Nintendo. This causes people to throw a fit because she is a meanie in real life. Also, every once in a while, Nintendo Life will post news about a new emulator gimmick and people will complain about things playing ROMs and stuff. And then sometimes, they'll post a fluff piece about a glitch recently uncovered and people... well, you know.

I admit some of the things they post on their could hardly qualify as newsworthy, but seriously, fellas? If you don't like the fluff pieces, don't touch the fluff pieces. Sometimes, the HEADLIE is all it takes to decide whether a post is worth your damn or not.

Yeah, that's all I got.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Mega Man Maker - Wily Challenge 2020-07-05

Medium-length run, this time around to make up for lost time. I would've gone for a long run, but then I get stumped on some level and toss the whole thing out. Oh well... one of these days...

Saturday, July 4, 2020

DTM Rambles #23: Irate Vee Nerd

The crossover supposedly thirteen years in the making that only a minute number of people would care about these days is finally happening. And my interest is surprisingly piqued.

For those wanting to check this out on Youtube (and no doubt read all the hilarious commentary that will follow), that'll be up tomorrow... followed by the week's worth of Super Mario reviews done right because all that stuff is done.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Mega Man Maker Level: DTM19 - Sprays And Storms

Click on the link to play:

It has wheels, it has things that shoot, it has fire storms, and it has Mega Man 11 stuff... a somewhat tricky level at times.

With only one available slot level on the server, the time may come to clear away some of the less desirable levels. However, they won't be going away forever... more on that later.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Videos And Stuff

Some quick updates regarding video... and such...

BLOG Video Output:

Thursday, July 2nd - Mega Man Maker Level Video
Friday, July 3rd - Review #739 - Star Trek Pinball (MS-DOS)
Saturday, July 4th - DTM Rambles #23: Irate Vee Nerd
Sunday, July 5th - Mega Man Maker Wily Challenge Video
Tuesday, July 7th - Review #740 - Yie Ar Kung Fu (Famicom)
Thursday, July 9th - Slideshow Movie Review #42: Snakes On A Plane (2006)
Friday, July 10th - Review #741 - Riot Zone (TurboGrafx-CD)
Saturday, July 11th - Mega Man Maker Wily Challenge Video

*Yes, the above keeps changing... but I think we're good to go now.

- Next week will be nothing but SMB reviews on the Youtube page. And then if all goes according to plan, it'll be followed by three weeks worth of Monday To Firday reviews (while the blog gets three per week after next week), which should result in both blog and Youtube channel reaching #750 before the end of the month.

That's it for now... later.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Welp... Here We Go Again...

You know... I whipped this banner up a year or so back when an issue of the now-cancelled Go Go Power Rangers comic book teased this image of Lord Drakkon - Boom Studios' woefully uninspired and hackneyed take on the whole "Evil Tommy" idea that had been the subject matter of most of the wankiest of wankfest fanfiction. My disdain for this worthless character was such that when his presence was teased as such, I ceased giving these people my money and stop reading the comics altogether.

Now, in fairness, Drakkon's appearance in that issue of Go Go Power Rangers was nothing more than a flashback scene to the comics' bloated Shattered Grid wankfest and he appeared to play a minute role for the most part. Did this change my tune? Nope, I continued to step away from the comics, figuring that sooner or later, they were going to bring this sorry sap back in an attempt to rehabilitate him or whatever the case may be.

Well, it's been a while, but that banner is just as relevant today as it was when I made it.

Boom Studios' Mighty Morphin comic book just put out its fiftieth issue and it featured - to the surprise of absolutely no one - the return of that ever "popular" and "thought-provoking" fanwank character, Lord Bad Tommy Boy Drakkon. I thought that Kyle Higgins stopped writing this book, but somehow, it turns out the new writer, Ryan What's His Face, is just as much a member of the JDF Wank Club as the other guy was.

As I review the storylines that have played out, other concerns come to mind. Another tired idea that seems played out is that when a Ranger gets written out of the main run, they don't just ride off into the sunset and move on with their lives. No, they just get new Ranger powers and continue like nothing happened. It's a trend that started with that MMPR: Pink miniseries and apparently continued here when they needed to explain the abrupt departure of half your Ranger team. According to TV lore, they went to a peace conference. But according to the comics, that was just a front so that they can go to space and become Omega Rangers or something.

Then there's the relationship between Kim and old boyfriend Matt, which got, what I felt, was a fine enough closure in the Go Go series, but apparently, he's still a thing for some reason despite the fact that she and Tommy are now a couple. The really sad thing is that in introducing all these new characters, the comics do not give me ample reason for me to care about any of them. Why should I care about Grace Sterling and her super science base? Why should I care about these Solar aliens beyond their sexual preferences?

It seems that, despite being touted as the most developed and structured incarnation of the Power Rangers comic book, it ends up being the most shallow... which is a shame because there are some bits that I do like. The character development has been something of a high point with these comics, with the friendship among the Rangers being one of the things that get strengthened quite a bit. And from what I read, the transition between old Rangers and new Rangers isn't quite as smooth as the show makes it out to be, with there being some tension between the newbies and the veterans that results in a team that doesn't quite gel yet.

Honestly, a focus on that piece of the puzzle - as well as Tommy coming to grips with his new leadership role - are probably the best things this comic could have done. If you dig deep enough, there are enough little plot threads that the show just gloss over due to time constraints that you could easily expand into compelling stories without having the need to introducing boring new shit or alternate dimensions or that kind of bullshit. When this started back in 2016, I didn't come into it expecting to hate it; I came into it hoping that this would provide some deeper character development and storytelling that the old show never could.

Instead, what I got was a comic series that was so concerned with its own bloated sense of worth that the few high points of the series became muddled with the overwhelming amounts of garbage that got tossed in. Suddenly, I'm longing for the days when Hamilton Comics were publishing these books and the most development they got was getting Lord Zedd to act like Lord Zedd and not some swap-in for Rita Repulsa.

Enjoy your MMPR comics, folks. I'm not sure that I can.