Thursday, October 20, 2016

First Look at the Nintendo Switch

It is no big secret here that I'm not a big fan of the current consoles. I wouldn't say I hate them or anything, I just don't have any need for them. Other than to play Red Dead Redemption 2 (shakes fist at the sky). There's nothing either the PS4 or the Xbox One do that I can't already do with my computer and frankly my computer does it better. Yes, it's frustrating when I miss out on a few exclusive games but I can wipe away my tears with Overwatch at 1080p and 60fps.

Now with all that being said, throw my logical reasons out the window and let me tell you all about how much I love my Nintendo Wii U. It has family friendly games that are exciting and challenging that you can't find on any other system. Games like Super Mario 3d World, Captain Toad's Adventure, or Pokken Tournament. There's even a few grown up games like Bayonetta 2 of Xenoblade that snuck in there for when the kids have gone to bed. I love the goofy ass controller with the touchscreen, you have no idea how much I play this thing without even turning on the TV or while letting my kids watch crap cartoons.

The only bad thing about the Wii U is that I got it for my Birthday this summer. So of course here's the new Nintendo hotness the Nintendo Switch. I think this thing is brilliant. Like I said before I play the Wii U with just the screen built in all the time but the range from the home base is only about 20 or 30 feet. With the Switch all the processing power is in the screen so you can take it anywhere you want. When you get back home, you pop the screen in it's base and you can use your regular controller or the weird ass hybrid controller the Switch comes with.

Now, while I believe this thing is a thousand times more innovative than either the Xbone or the PS$, a lot is going to be riding on just how easy that transition from portable to home machine is. Also that controller doesn't look like the most comfortable thing in the world and what about 3rd party support? 4K? DRM? A lot of the things "hardcore super gamers" complained about when the Xbox One had its first couple reveals absolutely apply to this thing.

Just a couple paragraphs ago I took an indirect shot at Sony and Microsoft because they can't keep up with my $200 video card, there's ZERO way this little piece of magic is able to keep up with it. Nintendo hit a huge homerun with the Wii by appealing to a market beyond the "traditional gamer" it will be interesting to see if they can replicate that same sort of success with the Switch. I imagine that a lot of mobile gamers will just stick with their phone, since it's easier to carry just one device. But if you regularly carry around a tablet which tablet would you rather carry around, the one that costs $600 just so you can play Candy Crush and browse the web or the one that lets you play Mario Kart 9?

Logan: Official Trailer

Lots of good movie trailers being released this week. Yesterday it was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and today it's Wolverine 3 Logan. There's not a ton to the trailer, although I'm sure there's a half dozen youtubers searching for easter eggs right now. It's mostly tonal in nature, showing you Wolverine and Professor X as old men. There's a guy with a robot hand, a little girl and Professor X says all the mutants are "gone".

Really they could have showed Hugh Jackman washing his car and as long as they set it to Hurt by Johnny Cash it would feel super dramatic and important. Man that's a great song. If I was ever going to be an MMA fighter, that's the song I'd come to the ring to.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Official Sneak Peek

I don't have sound on my computer at work so I haven't actually watched this Teaser/Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 yet. I'm waiting until I can get to a computer or tablet with actual sound to watch it. Tell me, it's fantastic isn't it?

Progressive Links

Bill Belichick hates the NFL’s tablets so much he ranted about them for over 5 minutes. It's unfortunate for Microsoft that their name has been featured prominently in most of the articles and tweets I've seen about this. If these were iPads the great Grumblelord Belicheck would still hate them. I mean look at this guy, you know he still has a Thomas map in his car because Siri gave him the wrong directions once. I guess that's the chance you take when you make a big splashy product placement deal, it's great when everything is working but the second something goes wrong every sees it.

5 Bizarre Realities Of Video Game Universes We Just Accept. A couple days ago I mentioned that Rockstar was teasing a Red Dead Redemption sequel. Well they made it official with a release date of (to lazy to look it up) sometime next year. They confirmed it will be available on the PS4 and the Xbox One and.... yeah, there's no PC port. Sons of bitches.

There's a Bizarre Reality I can't accept.

The Weirdest, Most Disturbing 'Sexy' Costumes of 2016. I don't know. Call me old fashioned but the Sexy Hamilton costume is hot. Maybe it's just that I appreciate the theater (not true) more than the fine folks at Gizmodo.

Marvel Has Been Ignoring Fans Telling Them to Stop Being So Progressive Since Forever. Every once in a while Marvel does something that people read as being very political and a certain segment of readers get all bent out of shape. Sometimes it's something big and flashy like a gay wedding or a new POC Spider-Man, sometimes it's something I think is fairly innocuous like having a superhero battle a hate group (they look like trump supporters!). I always think its funny when I read these protests, like have these people never read an X-Men comic? Marvel has been political pretty much from the get go. The earliest Fantastic Four comics were blatantly anti-nuclear power and often very anti-war, two big political issues in the 60s.

I could understand how someone that's really conservative could bristle at the idea that most comic book creators lean heavily towards the left but I refuse to believe their supposed shock. You're surprised that people who gravitate towards the arts are liberal? Have you ever met any human beings?

Anyway, somehow last week I got slightly drug into this "SJW are ruining comics" debate by responding to a tweet from a relatively famous comic book artists. He claimed that Danny Rand (Iron Fist in the upcoming Netflix series) had to be white because being white was central to his character. I quickly (and I thought very politely) mentioned that I believe you could tell a similar Iron Fist story with a non white Danny Rand. I'll admit it wouldn't be the same but I think it wouldn't stray too far from the heart of the character AND it could still be compelling TV. Turns out there are a lot of comic book readers that are NOT ok with changing the race of a character for the big screen. From now on I'm ending all my hot twitter takes with "don't @ me".

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Who is Alex Trebek?

Last week something happened on Jeopardy that I haven't gotten around to talking about yet. In one of those awkward Alex Trebek gets to know the contestants segments Susan Cole professed her love of Nerdcore Hip Hop (swoon). After describing what Nerdcore was and who it was for Alex Trebek called everyone involved losers. Or maybe he just called the rappers losers, I don't know, sort of seems like splitting hairs.

Susan Cole and Trebek shared a chuckle and the earth kept on turning. There were a couple short think pieces on the internet and a bunch of tweets of the "what the hell Trebek?" variety, but my guess is if you're not actively following the Nerdcore scene you might have missed all the hubbub.

Luckily for you I'm very much actively following the Nerdcore scene. Over the weekend MC Frontalot, Schaffer the Darklord, Beefy, MC Hawking, Richie Branson, Mikal kHill, Sammus, YTCracker, Dual Core, Jesse Dangerously, MC Lars, Mega Ran, & Dr. Awkward put together the best diss track you'll ever hear. Or at least it's the best diss track directed squarely at an elderly Canadian trivia show host. It's incredibly catchy.

Also whatever Hotel YTCracker is staying at looks dope. I want to go on vacation. Spending a three day weekend in the Tri-Cities doesn't count.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Red Dead Redemption 2 ALMOST CONFIRMED

Rockstar tweeted this image earlier today and most people see it as a "soft" confirmation that we're getting a new Red Dead Redemption game. Red Dead Redemption is actual a sequel to Red Dead Revolver so this new game will probably be called something else. Red Dead Revolution, Red Dead Resolution, Red Dead Rubby Baby Buggy Bumpers... I don't know. Lots of words star with the letter R.

I'm pretty excited. Red Dead Redemption is one of my favorite games of all time, in fact I think the last time I actually tried to sit down and make a list it was number one. HOWEVER, I have one big worry and that's that this thing is only going to be available on console. Rockstar doesn't port all of their games to PC and when they do sometimes it can take years. I'm not buying an XBox One or a PS4 just for this game. If I'm going to spend $300 on something fun for the basement I'm buying a large format scanner. Oh man you know how nice it would be to scan comic pages without having to do three individual scans and stitching them together in photoshop? Living the dream man.

Joe Exotic For President

If you're undecided on who to vote for this year, what's wrong with you? Yes all the candidates for president are terribly flawed this year but what's the hold up? If you identify as a democrat or are left leaning in general, you pretty much have to vote for Hillary? What's your other option the guy that wants to build a wall to keep China out? If you're conservative or a republican, you're stuck with Trump doesn't matter how much pussy he grabs. Remember those supreme court nominations?

What about a third part candidate? Sure throw your vote away! And as long as you're doing that might I suggest throwing your vote away towards Joe Exotic. His Pro-Tiger, Pro-Fringe platform is very appealing. He doesn't have the same kind of money Trump and Hillary have but with the internet everything is possible. Remember how we got Kony a couple years ago? Lets make American mullet again.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Twirling, Twirling, Twirling Toward Freedom

I've had this picture of Kang and Kodos on my desktop for a couple weeks now just looking for an excuse to post it, so here we are.

When did it become accepted fact that Bill Clinton is a rapist? I listen to way to much right wing radio and if you listen for more than like 10 minutes to any station you'll find out that Bill Clinton is not just a molester but a straight up rapist. It's like the whole Indian shooting the star on the Tootsie Pop wrapper gets you a free Tootsie pop thing, if you repeat anything enough people will just start assuming it's true.

Kind of funny how Trump is in the position of saying "don't listen to these women, all these accusations all false" when just last week he was trotting out Juanita Broaddrick at the debate. I really wonder if Anthony Weiner is looking at all of this thinking "I haven't done half of what Trump has, there's still a chance for me!"


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