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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!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hyped About The Hyperloop

I'm sure most of you have heard about the Hyperloop. If not, by all means, read up on it! It's a proposed high-speed transportation system that's essentially what you get if you were to place a bullet train inside a pneumatic tube. In other words, it's the coolest thing ever!

The proposed super train is expected to span long distances in really short amounts of time. Imagine traveling the same distance of a six-hour car trip in less than half an hour!

Not only that, but this train will be powered solely by solar energy and constructed from super affordable lightweight material, making it faster, cheaper, and greener than the average plane or train.

Right now, a prototype is being tested out in the Nevada desert. The first phase of testing was conducted just a day or so ago, where they were able to launch a test aluminum sled along a 200 foot track at 120 mph in a second.

The results are nothing short of amazing. You have to check it out for yourself:

Throwback Thursday: Trump’s House of Wings

With the very last Republican having dropped out of the race, it appears that Trump will be the GOP presidential frontrunner. We very well may have as our next president a reality show star who appeared on Saturday Night Live—and not just last November!

Yes, before his controversial appearance last year, Trump hosted SNL eleven years earlier in 2004. I actually remember watching that episode, though the only skit I remember from it was a parody commercial for “Trump’s House of Wings.”

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SU Recap: Message Recieved

Who would have thought that one year after being introduced, the former villain Peridot would become a Crystal Gem? Many fans had entertained the idea of having the green space Dorito join the crew, and that idea finally came into fruition with the episode “Message Received.”

I’m rather mixed about this episode. On the one hand, it’s great that Peridot has come to the light side; but one the other hand, her sudden reformation was that: sudden. Yes, the past few episodes were meant to show her slowly warming up to the others, but only mere minutes before telling off Yellow Diamond, she was singing her praise and allegiance to Dear Yellow Leader. If anything, her redemption seems much more realistic than any of the villains in MLP!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Best. Honest Trailer. Ever!

What’s cooler than an Honest Trailer for Deadpool? How about one staring the “Merc with the Mouth” himself? Get ready to go meta with meta!

Why I'm Team Cap

"Holding a gun to everyone on earth and calling it protection...This isn't freedom. This is fear" – Steve Rogers (Captain America), "Captain America: Winter's Solider."

Both Iron Man and Captain America are my favorite Avengers. Both represent libertarian values in the opposition to big government through free enterprise (Iron Man) and individual liberty (Captain America). So having the two clash with one another placed me between a rock and a hard place deciding which one to side with—that is, until Salon published an article decrying Cap as a “douche libertarian.” Now I’m Team Cap all the way!

Captain America is a true American patriot, not simply because he’s garbed in the red, white, and blue, but because he stands for the principles that those colors stand for. When his country was at war in his first movie, like any red-blooded American, he wanted to join the fight for truth, justice, and the American way in the battle against tyranny.

However, by his second movie, he discovered that his country, through expanded mass surveillance and paramilitary powers, was turning into the same tyranny that he once fought against; and now by his third movie, he has to make the tough decision between fighting for his country or fighting for what his country is supposed to stand for, as now the two are at conflicting odds with one another.

The Independent Journal Review further elaborated on this in their Winter’s Solider review:
In a day where our own bureaucracy is tantamount to tyranny, Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) is the action hero the country needs. Captain America and his team do not fight bad guys with sternly worded letters from the United Nations or by telling them they are crossing “red lines.”

...Unlike most of Hollywood elites, Captain America does not submit to mob-mentality thinking. He is an individualist who holds freedom in the highest esteem...Captain America believes in universal truths, not relative ones. He speaks to villains in the only language they understand, instead of giving them more “flexibility.”

While most Hollywood movies glorify left-wing themes, the Winter Soldier focuses more on pro-conservative and libertarian ideas. It covers the trouble with things like increased government surveillance, drone programs and NSA data mining. It reminds you of the follies that mankind can make when it aims for utopian solutions instead of realistic ones.

...Above all, it promotes a message of “freedom over tyranny” and stands up for what is right, even if it means standing alone or against the government you've sworn allegiance to.
In other words, despite what leftists and neocons claim, Captain America is neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but a hardcore libertarian, and that’s good enough reason to be Team Cap!

Monday, May 9, 2016

VGM Monday: Sonic Heroes Theme

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.

One of the biggest complaints with the Sonic games since their transition to the third dimension has been with the overabundance of characters. There are just so many Sonic characters now, so how can fans possibly play as all of them?

Enter Sonic Heroes.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day 2016

You created me Mom, so I guess you're to blame,
For the love that I feel just from hearing your name.
You're as tender as corned beef, and as warm as pastrami...

Have you wished your mother a Happy Mother's Day?

Disney Sunday: My Magic Kingdom Visit

I've lived in Florida for more than ten years now. My folks and I live only an hour away from Disney World. And yet, since we've moved down here, we've only visited the parks twice. That’s since changed last week, when my folks and I purchased annual passes.

The only downside to these passes is that you can’t really visit anytime you want. We can visit anytime except for weekends, most of July, and major holidays like Christmas. But otherwise, we have access to all four parks.

We were originally going to visit Epcot (my favorite park), then Hollywood Studios, and then finally we settled on the Magic Kingdom. It’s still as amazing as I remembered it, perhaps even more so now that they have the New Fantasyland expansion.

Obviously, we didn't ride every ride while we were there, but I think the best part about having annual passes is not having to worry about seeing everything. You get to see what you want at your own pace, and if you don’t get to see everything, you can come back the next time.

For this Disney Sunday, I wanted to share with you my experience at the Magic Kingdom park with photos and casual observations of the rides I went on:

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Shameless Plug Saturday: Top 10 Worst VG Worlds

No proper Shameless Plug Saturday this week. So I’m just sharing Peanut Butter Gamer’s newest video, “The Top 10 Worst Video Game Worlds To Live In”:

Friday, May 6, 2016

Fan Art Friday: Welcome To The Space Jam!

With Space Jam 2 having been recently announced, what would be more appropriate for this week's Fan Art Friday than Space Jam fan art?

So everybody get up, it's time to slam now. We got a real jam going now. Welcome to the Space Jam. Here's your chance. Do your dance with some Space Jam fan art!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Space Jam Music Video

Warner Bros. recently announced that it was going to create Space Jam 2. I don’t care if the premise of Michael Jordan helping the Looney Tunes win a basketball game against space aliens is absurd. I don’t care if the entire movie was a huge Nikes commercial. I don’t even care if the Nostalgia Critic hates this movie.

I loved this movie as a kid, and I still love it now—albeit ironically!—and you bet your exposed alien butt that I’m going to see the sequel when it comes out. And you have to admit that the theme song is just as awesome today as it was back in the 90s.

So everybody get up. It’s time to slam now. We got a real jam going on. Welcome to the Space Jam. Here’s your chance. Do your dance with the Space Jam music video:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May The Fourth Be With You Fan Art

Today's Star Wars Day! To celebrate this great holiday from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, allow me to showcase some really awesome Star Wars crossover fan art. Enjoy, and May the Fourth be with you!

Monday, May 2, 2016

VGM Monday: Radical Highway

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 Adventure 2 is considered by fans to be the best 3D Sonic game. The original game may have helped Sonic the Hedgehog transition to the third dimension, but it’s the second installment that helped complete that transition.

While admittedly many aspects about the game have not aged well (such as the graphics and voice acting), the music remains just as awesome as it was fifteen years ago. Most fans love “Live and Learn” or “Escape from the City”, but my personal favorite will always be “Radical Highway”:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Disney Sunday: Robin Hood Fan Art (Belated) Friday

I wasn’t able to post a Fan Art Friday last week (for reasons I’ll mention next week), but since the fan art was all Disney related, I decided to feature it for this week’s Disney Sunday instead.

A few weeks ago was the deadline for us all to pay our taxes. As such, I couldn’t think of a more apropos movie for a fan art feature than Disney’s Robin Hood, one of my childhood favorites!

So let’s all sing “oo-de-lally, oo-de-lally, golly, what a day” as we dream of having our taxpayer money inevitably refunded to us as we showcase some Robin Hood fan art.