Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, May 30, 2016

VGM Monday: Central City

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. So to celebrate, from now and throughout Sonic’s birthday this June, I’m going to be highlighting some of my favorite Sonic music for VGM Monday.

If Sonic 06 was the worst Sonic game, then Shadow the Hedgehog was the worst spin-off game, but not for lack of trying. Shadow had all the potential to be a great game, especially with its branching story lines and alternate endings, but it completely fell flat with its poor controls and unnecessary game mechanics. (Seriously, why does a super-fast hedgehog need a gun or a jeep?)

But as with most bad Sonic games, if there was one redeeming grace, it was the game’s soundtrack. As the game starred the dark and gritty Shadow, it only made sense that the soundtrack was more dark and gritty with a greater emphasis on metal music. This can easily be heard with the music to the opening level, Central City:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

SU Recap: Super Watermelon Island

You wouldn't think that the big bad guy of the series would be defeated with the help of walking watermelon people. Or at least you wouldn't think that if you were watching Steven Universe. And in Steven Universe, such a possibility is...well...quite possible.

While Steven's new "take-over-the-body-of-a-watermelon" power is something that should seriously be questioned, everything else seems to fall into place just nicely, especially the rescue of Lapis and the defeat of Jasper.

With such an epic ending like that, you'd think that would be the end of the story arc. But then you remember that this is only part one of a two-part episode. The good stuff has only just begun. And what a beginning it was!

Read the rest of the recap after the break:

Monday, May 23, 2016

VGM Monday: What U Need

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. So to celebrate, from now and throughout Sonic’s birthday this June, I’m going to be highlighting some of my favorite Sonic music for VGM Monday.

Sonic Rush is my absolute favorite Sonic game, if for no other reason than it has my favorite soundtrack of all time. Unlike previous Sonic games, the music for Sonic Rush has a very grungey techno discopunk sound to it, almost like something you would hear at a rave or night club.

The music is very reminiscent of that of another Sega franchise, Jet Set Radio. In fact, the composer for that game, Hideki Naganuma, had collaborated with the composer for this game, Teruhiko Nakagawa. So it only makes sense that there’s some cross-pollination between the soundtrack of those two games.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Disney Sunday: Every Pixar Easter Egg Ever!

I don't have anything big planned for this week. I promise to have something bigger next week. Until then, here's Channel Frederator with a video listing Every Pixar Easter Egg Ever:

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Shameless Plug Saturday: Crash Course Games

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop—and while our public school system may make learning an unpleasant experience, there are plenty of more pleasant, if not fun, ways to learn.

The Crash Course YouTube channel does an excellent job of disseminating information on a variety of topics such as history, science, and even philosophy, with videos that succinctly cram hour-long lecture’s worth of material into ten-minute videos, allowing even the most casual viewer to learn a lot and fast!

If their channel can make learning otherwise not-so-fun subjects fun, they can make learning very fun subjects even more fun. Which brings us to this week’s Shameless Plug Saturday: Crash Course Games.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fan Art Friday: Avengers Assemble!

Last night, my friends and I got to watch Captain America: Civil War. It. Was. AMAZING! If you still have a bad taste in your mouth from watching Batman Vs. Superman (which I'm fortunate enough not to have), this movie will more than wash it out and leave you feeling minty fresh.

The movie isn't perfect by any means. It has it's flaws. But honestly, it's better than a movie like BvS that's nothing but flaws. Captain America was amazing. Iron Man was amazing. The Avengers were amazing. And Spider-Man? Not Toby McGuire, but still more amazing than The Amazing Spider-Man "what's-his-name?"!

So because I'm in such a Marvel mood, here's some Marvel fan art with plenty of Team Cap and Team Iron Man:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

AVGN Refuses To See New GB Movie

James Rolfe, the Angry Video Game Nerd, recently released a video announcing that he wasn’t going to watch or review the new Ghostbusters remake. He didn’t think the movie was going to be any good, so why bother seeing it?

Personally, I’m going to reserve my judgement until after I’ve watched the movie for myself, or at least read other people’s reviews and reactions to it. But I understand where James is coming from, and I respect his decision.

Quite frankly, nothing he said was that radical or controversial. He’s not doing anything that no one else hasn’t done before with other movies. We’ve all seen trailers to movies that we didn’t want to see and decided not to see them because of it. The only difference is that James announced to the world his intentions.

So obviously such a milquetoast and otherwise reasonable reaction to the movie will elicit an equally reasonable response from people on the inter—BWAHAHAHA! Who am I kidding? Of course people are going to overreact to it!

SU Recap: Log Date 7 15 2

In my previous SU Recap, I commented how Peridot’s reformation and redemption happened so quickly. It seemed like quite the 180 for her to go from singing praises to Yellow Diamond one minute to calling her yellow long-necked overlord a “clod” the very next. This episode, “Log Date 7 15 2”, even revealed the very cognitive dissonance that Peridot has been experiencing in the very first scene.

But as this story arc has shown, while her ultimate reformation was quite sudden in that one episode, the Road that led to her Damascus in the previous episodes was not. We’ve seen firsthand how Peridot has warmed up to Steven and the other Crystal Gems, and how she inevitably went from being their enemy to their newest ally.

This episode especially gives us a better look at her getting used to both her new surroundings and to her new companions, from learning that not everything on earth can fly, to experiencing the joy that is “mindless entertainment”, to ultimately why Garnet, much to Peridot's confusion, remains a fusion. This episode may be filler, but its filling proves to be quite substantial.

Monday, May 16, 2016

VGM Monday: Crisis City

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. So to celebrate, from now and throughout Sonic’s birthday this June, I’m going to be highlighting some of my favorite Sonic music for VGM Monday.


Yes, it was only a matter of time until this retrospective touched upon the biggest blight in the Sonic franchise: Sonic 06.

As it was released for Sonic’s 15th anniversary, the game was rushed through development in less than six months—and it really shows! The story? It’s no use. The controls? It’s no use. The glitches? It’s. No. Use. There was literally nothing redeemable about this game.

Well, actually there were two things: there were the many humorous reactions to the game, and there was also the soundtrack. Yes, despite everything else about the game being of no use, the soundtrack was actually quite decent, especially with my favorite song track, Crisis City:

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Disney Sunday: Shanghai Disneyland Sneak Peek

Shanghai Disneyland, Disney’s newest theme park, is set to officially open within the next month on June 16. Until then, the park has been hosting a six-week trial run in order to test out the new attractions.

Since then, photos and video footage of the new park and its many attractions has leaked to the internet. What’s been revealed so far is nothing short of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!