Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Comic Con Experience

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8BITDO NES30 Gamepad. This Bluetooth-powered, iOS, Android, and Mac/PC compatible gamepad was designed to look and feel like the NES controller we all know and love, but with the extra buttons necessary to control more demanding modern games. If this isn't the best controller for NES emulating on the PC I don't know what is. Just look at that thing. My right hand is trying to launch FCEUX all on its own.

Son Finds His Late Dad's 'Ghost' In A Racing Video Game. OMG the Feels!

Coolio Has A New Record Label. Coolio will be releasing his music on because he's Coolio and the only way anyone would listen to a new Coolio record is if they also got to see Gianna Michaels' boobs. Even then, that's what the mute button is there for, right?

Newbee wins $5 million, the 2014 championship and redefines Dota 2's metagame. I don't play or follow or barely understand what DOTA 2 is but the world championships were in town the other day and it was a big deal. Like broadcast on ESPN2 big deal. I kinda wish I had gone just for a few hours. Watching a professional video game tournament seems like the kind of thing that a nerd like me should at least experience once.

The local morning news did a story on the tournament this morning and I was impressed at how even handed it was. With a new sport like this there's always going to be a bit of a man bites dog element to the reporting, but for the most part they showed a healthy respect to the new found sport of professional video gaming. Cool stuff.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Star Wars: Rebels

Star Wars: Rebels has had a few teaser trailers but this is the first full length trailer (don't let the label fool you, the first one didn't show a whole lot). It looks fantastic. I like that they've sort of split the difference between the realism of the movies and the very stylized look of The Clone Wars. I'll be interested in where they go with the plot and how it ties itself to the new films. Unlike the Clone Wars which took place between Episodes II and III, Rebels takes place during the large gap between Episode III and A New Hope. When you think about it 19 years is a long ass time, There's plenty of room for the writers to really flex their creative muscles.

Of course what sucks here is that this is on Disney XD and I don't get Disney XD. Hopefully this will go to Netflix or Amazon prime. I don't mind having to wait a year to see it and most other Disney XD stuff has made the transfer. If not torrents here I come!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

JJ Abrams standing in front of a spaceship

Technically it looks to be a Z-95 Headhunter, but the official Star Wars twitter account said it's an Episode VII X-wing, then they deleted it. Now the word on the net is that this is a Prototype X-Wing. Which would make a bit more sense seeing how it looks like it might split the difference between the X-95 and the traditional X-wing. Of course why would the movie use a Prototype X-Wing when it's supposed to be set 20 years after the end of ROTJ? Looks like the ship is kind of beat up, so maybe its a salvage job? The much beloved Millennium Falcon was an old ship when it was introduced to us in ANH, maybe this is the same kind of deal. I don't know, I don't care. It looks a thousand times better than any ship from Episodes I-III.

Oh yeah, and there's some sort of contest going on. Enter it, don't enter it. Whatever.

Kre-O Devastator: The Toy Review

Sometimes my wonderful son can be a big pain in the ass so I've found it's good to have a few cheep toys stashed away in case I need to bribe him into doing something. With that in mind I bought the Kre-O Microchanger Devastator for around $5 on closeout at Target. Long story short this thing blows. As far as I can tell it's main feature is to blow apart on any kind of contact. The pieces aren't as hard as legos are so there's a lot of inherent springiness to every piece (especially the small unique shapes). You can't touch the thing in Devastator form without the chest piece popping off. The mini robots look like garbage and the vehicle shapes are even worse.

This hurts because on top of the Transformers license Kre-O has Star Trek and the GI Joe licenses. I really wanted to give them their fair shake but man they are terrible. I guess it was worth the 5 dollars to get my kid to sit still for his haircut but as far as actual playable toys go, stay away.

On a scale of Wheelie to Optimus Prime the Kre-O Microchanger Devastator doesn't even rate. It's like a Gobot, but not even the cool first series Gobots like the terrible modeled after the tv show Gobot.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Future Batmen

I don't have a lot of time to blog about comic books and toys today so here's a video from FOXADHD on future batman movie castings. I saved it a couple weeks ago so I don't really remember anything about it other than it was funny enough that I bookmarked it. I guess that's something.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hey Hey, here's the new Captain America

As comic book artist and writer Cameron Stewart said yesterday on twitter "This is a very sad time indeed to be a racist, misogynist comic book fan. Sorry fellas".

Last night Marvel head honcho (official title) Joe Quesada went on the Colbert Report to announce that Steve Rogers was stepping down from the mantle of Captain America. He would be replaced by Sam Wilson, Steve's best friend and previously the superhero known as Falcon. Now this has hardly been the first time that Steve Rogers has stepped away from being Captain America. Off the top of my head I think he's done it 4 times now in the last 30 years. Sam Wilson wouldn't be the first black Captain America either as that honor goes to Isiah Bradley the first super soldier who was retconned into Marvel history about 10 years ago.

I guess what I'm getting at is we're not exactly going over new ground here. Still an African American Captain America is a big thing and it's cool that Marvel is making some national news over their creative decisions. I probably won't be picking up the book, I find the writer to be really hit or miss and I didn't really like his first few issues of Cap. Still if this gets a few more people into the comic book shop that's a good thing. Sam Wilson being Captain America doesn't ruin the character, it doesn't do anything to damage his 70 year history. It's just a new chapter in the constantly growing mythology and it's an exciting one at that. Before RDJ made Iron Man a household name the 3 most recognizable Marvel characters were Spider-Man, Hulk and Captain America BY A MILE. One of those three characters is now a minority, that's not pandering that's just cool. It just so happens that it's also probably going to be very good for business.


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