Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In Another Castle

Friday, April 21, 2017

These Teens KNOW NOTHING ABOUT 90'S HIP-HOP AND SHOULD FEEL BAD!

Here's one of those videos where a bunch of teenagers don't know about something that happened 20-30 years ago and everyone is either supposed to be shocked or feel old. I mean sure I guess it does that. What it really highlights is something I've been thinking about a lot lately while stuck in traffic listening to my old man jams.

My generation (gen-X) is going to be the first generation of grandparents who were really into hip-hop, right? Sure, there were probably some really hip 30 or 40 year olds that loved Run DMC when they first came out but for the most part Gen-Xers are really the first generation raised in a culture where hip-hop was fully accepted and incredibly popular. How weird is that going to be? Bunch of super old dudes just chilling at the retirement home bumping Enter the Wu-Tang or Ready to Die. Hopefully they'll have a really big screen tv with a killer retro-game emulator, maybe some Surge on tap.

Welp, I'm ready to retire now.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap - Launch trailer

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap was a game released way way back in the late 80s for the Sega Master system. From everything I've heard and read about it, it was one of the best games for the Master System but since it was for the Master System pretty much no one has ever heard of it.

Well some crazy genius decided to dust off the old Sega IP for 2017 and they just released a new updated version of the game for all the new shiny systems (except PC, which doesn't ship until June). It looks really fun. I've been playing a lot of Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theater lately so these kinds of updated 2-d side scrolling fight em up games is right up my alley. I can't wait to check this one out.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Tribute To Carrie Fisher

Today started the big old Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, if you're not familiar with Star Wars Celebration it's like Comicon but just Star Wars and they don't exactly have it every year. ReedPop the same people that own and run NYCC and ECCC run it. Whatever, that doesn't really matter.

Today they premiered this really nice tribute to Carrie Fisher, they also announced a bunch of other stuff like new toy lines and books and a cartoon. The thing that made the most hay on the internet was this tribute. It's all Star Wars, so it doesn't cover her writing career or anything, which I guess is to be expected. It's nice that even though she did a lot of other things in her life she's perfectly fine with being remembered as Princess Leia. It always kind of sucks when a celeb becomes really resentful of their big break. It's also impressive that she remembers all her dialogue, I bet you money Harrison Ford couldn't recite more than 3 lines.

Hey Brain....

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

KILLING IN THE NAME OF- played with toys

The Wackids (they're a real thing I swear) just posted this clip of them playing Rage Against the Machine's Killing In The Name Of on a bunch of kids toys and it's kind of fantastic. In a weird way it really captures how I've felt the last couple weeks at work learning the new computer systems. I really want to Rage but what's the point.

I hope they do No Shelter next.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer

Did you know that Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by one of the screen writers for Moana? Also did you know this new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok looks amazeballs? Because it does.

Even though I loved it, I know a lot of people felt that Thor: The Dark World was a bit of a misfire. Here's hoping Ragnarok catches some of that Captain America Winter Soldier lighting in a bottle and everyone both loves it and it makes a ton of cash. Just going off the trailer his movie looks like it introduces us to quite a number of classic Thor characters, Hela, Skurge the Executioner, Valkyrie, which I love. In the comics Thor has a really great cast of friends and enemies. Maybe not Spider-Man or Batman level but way more interesting than say Iron Man or Doctor Strange. It'll be fun to see a few of those classic characters get their time on screen. If for nothing else so I see more Hela cosplay at ECCC next year.

Oh yeah, Thor is going to fight Hulk too. That's cool.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel's Tribute to Don Rickles

Jimmy Kimmel had a really nice tribute to Don Rickles last night. Normally I find Kimmel a bit too cool for school as far as late night talk show hosts go but this was really heartfelt and moving. It's not exactly in my normal blogging wheelhouse but it was nice enough that I thought I'd share.

I spent a lot of time as a kid flying around visiting relatives, since my mom worked for an airline flights were pretty much free. When I flew I used to listen to the comedy channel a lot (this was pre-fancy in flight entertainment of course) so I became very familiar with the stand up acts of a lot of classic comedians like Don Rickles, Bill Cosby, Rich Little, Stephen Wright, George Carlin etc. I don't know what it was but United Airlines comedy channel was stuck like 10 years in the past so it was a lot of guys from the 70s and early 80s with like a single Seinfeld set thrown in their seemingly randomly.

I don't know, there's no real point to this it's just weird when celebrities you've grown up with die. It's like I've never known a world without Don Rickles busting peoples balls. I assume he's probably called St. Peter a hockey puck like 30 times already.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

Part of my new, I don't have any time to blog, blogging schedule is going to be posting and commenting on stuff that's already WAY to old. This new Spider-Man trailer came out two days ago which is like 7 years in internet time. Most of the comic book geeks I follow on twitter are pretty hyped. I'm a bit more ambivalent.

I like Spider-Man, and I'm all for the further adventures of him even if they're on their 3rd actor in the last 10 years really I'm just tired of RDJ and Iron Man. Especially this new do as I say not as I do because I've screwed up so many different things, Iron Man. Get bent Tony and let Spider-Man be Spider-Man. He's never created a robot that almost killed the earth.

If you go by the trailer Iron Man is all over this, hopefully that's just trailer magic and he's in the movie for like 3 seconds.

Also, did I imagine it or did this trailer pretty much give the entire movie away. Like I'm pretty sure I know the entire plot now, and if we accept the fact that Spidey is going to beat Vulture we pretty much know everything. That's not good is it? A trailer should make you want to see a movie not outline the entire plot? I don't know, I'll probably wait for reviews. If it gets killed by critics this might not be a must see for me, sort of like Amazing Spider-Man 2 was. If everyone goes LA LA Land for it I might be able to fit a couple hours into my precious schedule.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What do you call.....

Friday, March 24, 2017

Cosplay Melee: The Review

First I'd like to start with a quick programming note. Haven't had much time to blog lately and odds are that's going to get worse before it gets better. At work we're moving to a new inventory/ordering system and I've spent tons of extra time in training and blah blah blah. Things should get better in late April but until then posts are going to be even more sporadic than usual.

Cosplay Melee is a show I watched! It's true, it was on TV and everything. I think this is the 2nd Cosplay show SyFy has tried to get off the ground and I can definitively say it's much better than Heroes of Cosplay. Yes, it uses a tired competitive format that really isn't what Cosplay is about but as far as entertaining TV it works so much better than the artificial drama of Heroes of Cosplay. The format is familiar to anyone that's watched TV in the last 15 years, it's essentially Chopped for Cosplay.

Its not groundbreaking TV by any means, and yes it's all very silly but watching the skill and work the cosplayers put into their outfits and props is really interesting. The first episode included just enough personal history of the contestants to keep it interesting without having to get into any sort of artificial personal drama that Heroes of Cosplay tried to play up.

If you like watching people build stuff, especially foam suits of armor, it's well worth checking out. It's not going to bump Legion off your DVR or anything but it's the perfect show to have on in the background while you're playing Overwatch or something.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Katsucon 2017: A Cosplayers Paradise

That's the name of the video, not my made up description of the video. I just wanted to make that clear. Cosplayers Paradise sounds too much like a low rent Coolio Parody to me.

Katsucon is a big convention over in DC that mostly focuses on Anime, Manga and Video Games. Here in Seattle we have a similar convention called Sakura-Con that I've thought of going to a couple times. I'm not really that into Manga or Anime but it's in Seattle and what else do I have going on? Wait a minute... I just checked out how much it costs. That's a big nope for me. I'll just enjoy these cosplay videos. The Anime, Manga fans really put a lot of effort into these things. Frankly I expect to be pretty busy at work this week so this whole week might just be 5 straight days of cosplay videos.

If you're lucky one day I might include the story of how I lost my wallet on the light rail this weekend.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Southpaw Regional Wrestling - Episode 1

Over the last couple years the WWE has really pushed to deliver more #content to it's subscribers and fans. Some of it has been really good but a whole lot of it has been complete drek. I'm not 100% sure what category Southpaw Regional Wrestling falls into yet. I think this is amazing but I'm not 100% sure. I feel like I could be convinced either way. Whatever it is it's definitely mesmerizing.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

American Gods, Official Trailer

Yesterday saw the release of the first "official" trailer for Starz new series American Gods. It's super bloody and sort of crazy looking. I think I like it?

It's been a few years since I read it but I remember liking American Gods, just not loving it. I do remember thinking it would make a really great movie. Frankly there were a lot of ideas in the book that I didn't think were fully realized so I thought a 2 hour adaption to sort of trim the fat would be good for the story. Here we have the exact opposite, I have no idea how they're going to draw everything out to a 10 episode series. I can't imagine there being a season 2 unless they really go off the reservation.

Whatever the end result might be the trailer is good enough to have me check out at least the first episode. I'm already crazy behind on every TV show I watch, what's one more added to the list?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Star Wars Battle Pod: The Review

A couple years ago Bandai/Namco introduced a big fancy new Star Wars game for the arcade market called Battle Pod. I think I did a post about it but don't quote me on that. Well, thanks to a doctor canceling an appointment same day, my son and I spent the afternoon at an arcade and got a chance to check it out.

The arcade that we went to has a lot more classic games than new ones (with the exception of all the fancy new pinball machines) so I was surprised to find it there. It wasn't cheap, $2 a play, so we only played it a couple times. If the levels weren't so short and you didn't have to pay to continue to the next level we might have played it more but it was worth giving it a try. It's a bit hard to tell by my crack photography here but the screen is curved and wraps around you somewhere around 180 degrees. It's not total immersion but it's pretty close. Close enough that when you're making that trench run you definitely feel like you're Red-5 and Darth is on your tail. It might not be the best Star Wars game I've ever played but as far as feeling like you're in a movie I don't think it can be beat. It's a rail shooter so you don't have much control over where you're flying. I feel like if they took the same screen and graphics and just made it a full on space flight sim you'd really have something special. Maybe save the rail shooter stuff for the trench run but also have full space battles where you're actually piloting the x-wing.

Just throwing some ideas out there.

If you run across one of these in the wild I heartily recommend you try it out. It's worth the couple dollars just to experience once or twice. Or if you're a millionaire and had $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket this would make a real nice cornerstone of a home arcade.


UPDATE! These things cost $100,000, that's a lot of wampa pelts...

Monday, March 13, 2017

New Wonder Woman Trailer

Hey kids, this last weekend a new Wonder Woman trailer hit the webs and lets just forget about all the rumors that this movie is terrible and WB/DC is seriously stressing out about it.

Ok, to be fair that rumor started on one blog and has snowballed to the point that most people can only point to other blogs that are reporting that other blogs have reported on the rumor. Real through the looking glass kind of stuff. All three of the big trailers look pretty good and not in a Suicide Squad, all we've done is set random footage to a cool song, kind of way. I'm going to continue to be cautiously optimistic about this one. Unless the early review are that it's absolute garbage I'll try and check it out opening weekend.

You know, just like I did with Logan which I still haven't seen yet! I might just call in sick on Friday and go to the movies alone like a chump.

Friday, March 10, 2017

TrumpCare

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Woo Woo Woo ECCC 2017

Welp, another year, another Emerald City Comicon in the books. Lots of fun was had and plenty of money was spent. I'm not 100% sure I'm ready to claim it as the best ECCC I've ever been too but I know I had as much fun at this one as I have at any of the other ones I've been to.

I'm one of those weird people that actually go to conventions for comics and and while the nerds on facebook did plenty of handwringing over the celebrity guests this year, you could not argue with the selection of comic book creators they had. This year they moved all the celebrity signings out of the convention center and to a nearby hotel. It opened up a lot of space in the convention center and made it way easier to move around. I heard some grumbling from the people who actually wanted to see the celebs but almost everyone agreed the effect it had on artist alley was super positive. I kinda screwed up a bit and didn't manage my time very well and I missed quite a few artists and didn't pick up as many sketchbooks and prints as I wanted. I still walked away with plenty of stuff and it's hard to complain about not blowing my budget entirely.

One of the things I did do this year is check out more panels. Outlander, Stranger Things, The Image Founders, Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker, Timothy Zahn, 10 minutes of boring ass Jeremy Renner, I saw them all. I can't remember going to an ECCC where I checked out this many panels. It was definitely a nice change of pace from just walking the show floor looking at pikachu shaped pillows or laser printed metal portraits of Jean Luc Picard.

The big highlight of this year was that I won this lottery thing where I got to go to a special signing with the founders of Image Comics (minus one Jim Lee). Yes, I understand that if you're not into comics that doesn't really sound as cool as it was but whatever, it was really cool. All the founders were super nice, I got to talk with each of them for just a couple seconds and I got this pretty awesome poster out of the deal. For a frame of reference the line to get just Todd McFarlane's autograph (he was only signing one day) was about 3-4 hours long. I got his and like 5 other super cool guys.

The whole thing got a little Troy Meets Levar Burton when I got to meet Rob Liefeld. Man when I was 14 I was such a huge Rob Liefeld fan, his art is the thing that made me want to start drawing comics way back when. I got a book signed, the poster thing and a picture with him. Plus a fistbump and a handshake, it was crazy. I'm just glad I wasn't a complete blubbering mess.

Anyhoo, that's about all of it. I'll try and get to a cosplay roundup next week. I took a few pictures but not enough for like a real gallery or anything, I'll probably just post a bunch of links to some good galleries. Next stop Rose City Comicon in September.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Big Bang Theory but with Ricky Gervais as the whole studio audience.

You know how sometimes you'll be dinking around on YouTube and you'll come across a video where the title doesn't actually match what is going on at all? This is not one of those times.

I'm working on my ECCC recap post but it doesn't look like I'll get to it today. Stupid real work. Hopefully I'll have it up tomorrow and by tomorrow I mean Friday at the latest. Spoiler: I had a fun time.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hello ECCC

Welp, it's that time of year again. Tomorrow is the start of the 15th annual Emerald City Comicon. As you might have guess I'm looking forward to it greatly. I even took the day off to prepare for it. Sounds silly on its face but I've got stuff to do and it's hard to get stuff done with kids. Big important stuff like change the oil in my car and shave in a fresh mohawk for my Quentin Quire cosplay on Saturday.

This year I'm going to try and catch more panels, some celebrity some comic book industry related. When they expanded the convention to 4 days it really allows you to slow down and take in more scheduled stuff without losing time on the show floor. I've got a pretty big stack of comics I want to get signed so with any luck I'll get a good portion of those done tomorrow when there aren't as many people there.

I thought for a few seconds that this might be the year I finally jump into collecting some original art instead of just prints but man... Most every one I would really want a commission from would mean blowing my entire budget on one picture. We'll see, maybe I can just get a couple head sketches or something. Or you know, I'll just blow all my cash on churros and N64 games. We'll see!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Today

Kong: Skull Island - Rise of the King

I guess we're going all in on movie trailers. Here's the greatest and latest for Kong: Skull Island. I really dig this trailer and pretty much everything I've seen about this movie for the last year. Like in 2015 if you had told me they were rebooting King Kong again I'd have rolled my eyes so hard toilets would have exploded. But here we are in 2017 and this movie looks killer....

...almost too killer. They sure are showing us a lot of the plot and the monsters in this trailer. This better not be a scenario where they really only have about 3 minutes of cool stuff so they're showing it to you all in the trailer. I mean, I'm not expecting The Sixth Sense here or anything but I'd like there to be a couple surprised in the movie.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bright, The Trailer

Will Smith as a cop with a sword fighting trolls in a modern day Los Angeles? Yeah I think I can find 2 hours in my precious schedule to watch the hell out of that. Good work Netflix.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Kinda New FF8 trailer

The international trailer for The Fate of the Furious just popped up in my YouTube feed so I thought, why not? FF7 was on this last weekend so I'm sort of in the Fast and or Furious mood. This international trailer has like 7 seconds of new footage over the last one they released last month so I guess that's something.

BTW, there's a scene in FF7 where Ludacris modifies a grappling gun with a NOS canister. That is not how any of that works. If I didn't know any better I'd think the producers of these movies aren't that interested in a realistic portrayal of the LA Street Racing scene.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rough Night: Archer Season 8 Trailer

Woohoo new Archer is right around the corner! Sure I'm wildly behind on all my regular TV watching but why not add a bit more to the pile. Actually Archer is good enough, and it's only a half hour, so it'll probably get watched way before Luke Cage or Legion or Better Call Saul. I mean I love all those shows but man an hour where I actually have to look at the TV and pay attention, that's tough. Its way easier to keep up with The Curse of Oak Island or something where I can watch it while I smoke fools on Overwatch.

Anyway, new Archer. Yeah it's another gimmick season but that's ok with me. Even the most mediocre Archer episodes are better than any other comedy I'm watching right now.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

No Problem

This is me at work for the last 4 weeks. We're migrating to a whole new computer system and the transition has been ROUGH. We're 6 weeks away from going live with the new system and I haven't used it at all yet. I've barely been able to keep up with all the extra work involved with getting the old system to talk to the new one. Ugh.

I guess there's a silver lining, if I get fired or quit I'll have way more time for blogging.

Via James of No Trades

Friday, February 17, 2017

Blizzard Shuts Down SEXY Playwatch Magazine

So you are away, I copied the title of this video direct from YouTube so the fact that SEXY is in all caps was their decision not mine.

Also it should be noted that I'm posting this video without having watched it. It just popped up in my subscription feed and it's mostly relevant to my Overwatch interests.

This is 1000% no surprise to me. Blizzard has been very active at trying to squash all the porn associated with Overwatch, League of Legends and World of Warcraft. I mean they're not doing a great job of it. It's still everywhere, but I'm just plugged into the digital art scene enough to know that they'll get your tumblr or twitter account shut down for a while. The funny thing to me here is that Playwatch wasn't porn, again I have no idea if the video points that out or not. Yes Playwatch cribbed their name from Playboy and the while the cover to the magazine (which is being generous, it was just a fanzine you could download as a pdf) did usually feature a character from Overwatch in a suggestive pose the inside of the magazine was pretty innocent. It had interviews with cosplayers, and some fan art and articles on gameplay. Typical fan-zine kind of stuff.

My guess here is that the magazine was just a bit too polished for Blizzard's liking. It certainly looked like a real magazine and while it was free the creators were "cashing in" on Blizzard's intellectual property. I'm never a big fan of some big fancy moneypants corporation getting all bent out of shape over fan created stuff but at the end of the day they own Overwatch not the guy drawing D.Va in a her underwear.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Reportedly Links

Ben Affleck Reportedly Doesn't Want to Play Batman Anymore. Are we at full on crisis mode over at the WB/DC yet? Around the time when Ben Affleck was first announced as the new Batman he went on record saying he would direct a stand alone Batman movie as long as the script was right. First it was announced that he wouldn't be directing the movie now everyone and their grandma is reporting that he doesn't want to do it at all. That's not good. Combine that with how poorly Dawn of Justice was received by critics and the rumors that Wonder Woman is a mess and everyone at the studio hates it, and you're left with a less than rosy outlook for the DC Cinematic Universe.

Oh yeah, it's also been reported that they're trying to get Mel Gibson to direct Suicide Squad 2. Can't wait for the scene where Joker calls Harley sugar tits.

Kate Upton lands 2017 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit issue cover. I thought we were all over Kate Upton, so congrats I guess, for getting back in the public eye. I think she's tied a record for most cover appearances. I guess I could google it but that seems like more work than I want to go in on this. Someone on the radio mentioned this was some kind of record so lets just go with that.

Also Angie Everhart is the greatest former SI model no one ever talks about. #fact

Inside the Booming Business of Adults Who Play With Toys on YouTube. Oh man, my daughter is all over these stupid videos. She will hand me the kindle and ask to watch "let it go", which doesn't mean she wants the song from Frozen. It means she wants to watch one of these Youtubers that always plays with Elsa and Anna dolls. Next to Paw Patrol and waking up in the middle of the night, it's like her third favorite thing in the world.

Hero Coder Adapts 'Portal' for the Apple II. I don't know if I'd call him a hero, that doesn't look like a ton of fun to play. I'm surprised more of these kinds of things don't exist. Sure pretty much no one has an Apple II in the house but getting your hands on an emulator is super easy. How come there aren't more SNES and NES games. If I was single and had freetime you know I'd be coding up some mods for SFII, sexy mods. Like Guile without a shirt on.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

One Million Pageviews (does the Dr. Evil pinkie raise thing)

A couple days ago the old blog hit one million pageviews. Now, I'm pretty sure I started this stupid thing in 2009 so a million pageviews over 8 years isn't exactly anything to crow about BUT I remember how few hits my first couple websites got and a million might as well be a billion. Seriously those first couple websites I built in, I want to say 1996, would get like one or two hits a day. I think my main website which this one replaced had something like 4,000 hits when I retired it. My Pimpbot 5000 site actually did quite well, but that was back in the day when if you could get your website listed by Yahoo you were gold.

Anyway, if you're one of those one million, thanks a bunch. If you're a bot in one of the million, BEEP BOOP BEEP BEEP.

Friday, February 10, 2017

New Iron Fist Trailer

A couple days ago Netflix released a new trailer for Iron Fist. It's pretty good. I mean on it's own, in a vacuum, it's fantastic but I have a few minor issues with it that probably aren't really it's fault.

The biggest one is the Might Whitey trope. I've talked about it a bit here before but in case you're unfamiliar the Mighty Whitey essentially refers to a type of story where some white guy is placed in a different culture and suddenly becomes better at everything that culture does, often he becomes an exalted hero or leader. It's a story telling trope that was big in the 18th and 19th century but is still plenty popular today. I mean when I think of famous Samurais, Tom Cruise is the first one to come to mind...

Anyway, the story of Iron Fist is a product of it's time and by that I mean it's kind of a rip off of the TV show Kung-Fu. White kid is stranded in a Mystical Asian city, learns super Karate, becomes the most powerful Karate guy on the planet. It's fine, I mean it's lazy but its fine. If you want to complain about Asian representation in Superhero movies and TV shows ask someone why there's no Kamala Kahn/Ms. Marvel movie, or an Amadeus Cho Netflix series. Iron Fist has a long history in the comics and they're sticking with the original origin. It's like a B- move for Marvel. They did hire RZA to direct an episode so it's not like it's all bad here. Also Iron Fist is far better know as being part of Heroes for Hire with Luke Cage and that book actually had real cultural significance in the 70s with it's portrayal of a pair of black and white superheroes who were best friends. If Marvel/Netflix decides to go that route and once those two characters are paired up, the Mighty Whitey/cultural appropriation stuff starts become less and less of an issue.

My one other knock here on this specific trailer is the whole, hey kids here's the last of the Defenders. I'm totally over the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe stuff. I think it worked fantastic in Captain America and Thor for the build up to the first Avengers movie but it kinda ruined the Iron Man movies. Also obviously Avengers two was a loosey goosey mess and Joss Whedon directly blamed the insistence from Marvel to add a bunch of cinematic universe nonsense into the story. I don't really think any of the Netflix shows have really suffered in the build up to the Defenders but that doesn't mean I'm still not wary of it.

Ok, this is way more that I had planned on writing about this trailer. I'm sure the show will still be good, if nothing else it's probably going to have a great soundtrack.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bill Nye Saves The World, Trailer

Hey kids remember Bill Nye? Sure you do, he was on The Nightly show just about a year ago talking about global warming while a couple really bad comedians shouted over the top of him some stupid sex jokes. In related news, Hey kids remember the Nightly Show?

I'm not super into Netflix bringing back shows that were canceled over a decade ago. Fuller House is terrible and from everything I've seen the new Arrested Development season was a disappointment, but this new Bill Nye show doesn't look much like the old Bill Nye the Science Guy. Quite frankly this reminds me a lot more of the science segments he would do on Almost Live with John Keister. I'm all in on that. Sort of like Mythbusters but with an occasional celebrity guest.

WWE Smackdown Live: The Review

My son and I went to WWE Smackdown Live last night. That's me in the circle holding a sign. I'm super famous now.

A couple months ago It came up randomly in a conversation with my son that the next time the WWE was in town he wanted to go. It was weird because he really doesn't have much interest in wrestling. Whenever I'm watching it he's usually got his face buried in his Kindle watching youtube or playing Roblox. So, when it was announced Smackdown was coming to town I jumped all over a couple tickets and we made a fun day of it. We visited the Space Needle first, checked out the EMP (Mo-Pop now), got a huge thing of french fries and some french fry only place at Seattle Center.

This was only my 3rd live wrestling show and the first one in about 15 years. I was expecting the experience to have changed a bit but it really hadn't. Same mix of drunk guys and families yelling at a bunch of sweaty dudes pretending to beat each other up. If you're into the pro-graps it's definitely worth your time and money to check it out. I had forgotten how loud everything is. The fireworks, the guys hitting the ring, the crowd. Oh man, the crowd. There were several time the crowd got really loud and tried to drown out the wrestlers while they were on the mic. The Miz in particular was having a lot of fun with it. Holy cow, that guy is fantastic at what he does. I think I had forgotten how much fun it was to boo someone in real life.

Anyway, we had a ton of fun. WWE puts on a good show. Key Arena is still a pretty good facility to check out small events like this (assuming you were in the lower bowl and not in the nose bleeds). Seattle Center has a lot of fun stuff to check out, it was more family friendly than I had remembered. All in all it was an A+ kinda day.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Super Bowl Movie Trailers, all of them

Ok, so this probably isn't all the movie trailers you'll see during the Superb Owl but it's a few of them. The big two holdouts right now are expected new Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy II trailers. It's probably a pretty significant sign as to how confident the studio is in their movies as to whether or not they feel like they need to leak their big trailers early.

There's also a chance we'll see new trailers for Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok and a big big big maybe that we'll see something for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. All three of those movies have been shot and are to be released later this year. None of them probably need the hype machine started this early (with the exception of Wonder Woman, there are a lot of bad rumors surrounding that one) but hey a guy can dream, can't he?

Oh yeah, I can't believe they still make live action Transformers movies. Who watches these? Kids?



Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Pressure

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Game Links

Skin In The Game. You guys know I normally throw a few links up here covering whatever noteworthy web articles I've stumbled across over the last day or two but today all I've got is this one long form article by ESPN. I actually read it in ESPN the magazine last night, which is something I don't ever remember subscribing to but just started showing up at my house last year. It's a staggeringly good article, and is a real insight to a side of eSports that I've never really heard about, unregulated gambling.

Specifically this article deals with all the gambling that goes on related to Counter Strike: Global Offensive. I knew CS:GO was a popular game, I know there are professional players with twitch and youtube streams that rake in the bank. I even knew the game had micro-transactions where players could pay for and trade in game items. What I didn't know is that there is a huge gambling market related to those in game items. Players won't just bet unique gun or knife skins on professional Counter Strike games, they'll bet them on online slot machines or coin flip games (yes, apparently these on-line gambling sites were inspired by Vegas Vacation).

I'm telling you this is the kind of thing that scares the crap out of me as a parent because by the time you actually learn about what's going on your kid can be neck deep in a $10,000 gambling problem. They could be 12, they could be 20 the trap is there and from the article there's a ton of youtube and online personalities out there that make bank off these gambling sites. It's like the 1960s, when Robert Mitchum would be telling all the cool kids how great smoking is. Most kids are stupid they'll do anything their heroes tell them to do. Last year an estimated 5 Billion dollars worth of in-game content was gambled on these sites. 5 billion. That's absolutely insane.

It's a long article but trust me it's well worth the read. Unless you're too cool for school and you already know about all this stuff but if that's the case why didn't you tell me about it already? I thought we were friends.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie - "Behind the Bricks" Featurette

I'll be honest when I heard that the sequel to The Lego Movie was actually going to be a Lego Batman movie I was sort of underwhelmed. I really, REALLY like the Lego Movie and while Batman in it was funny, he was sort of a one trick pony, I was afraid that an entire 2 hours of his schtick would get real old real fast. Well, I am no longer afraid. Everything I've seen on this movie (including some of the tie in merch my son is already enjoying) is fantastic. This might just be the best version of Batman that DC/WB has ever put on film. It's certainly miles ahead of anything they've done int he last 15 years.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Logan Trailer #2

This new trailer for Logan came out last week while I was home sick with my sick kids. That's a fantastic time I tell you, being sick and trying to take care of someone sick, ugh never again. I'll just die next time, it'll be way less painful.

Hopefully that won't be before Logan actually comes out. Holy cow does this movie look good. I know there's some speculation that this might be Hugh Jackman's last ride as Wolverine but I hope that isn't the case. He's just now at the point where he's got the old grizzled warrior thing down, it would be criminal for them to recast the part now. We need at least 5 or 6 more Wolverine movies.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Triumph Attends Trump’s Inauguration

Conan was smart enough to send Triumph the Insult Comic dog to Trump's Inauguration last week. It's probably a bit too easy for Triumph but what else are you going to do? Sit there and do nothing? You've gotta get those youtube hits son.

It's not exactly as classic as the time Triumph roasted those kids camped outside to watch Star Wars but it's still pretty good. I give it like 3 out of 4 alternative truths.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Game Changers of the 1980's

The fine folks at Machinima put together this list of Game Changing video games of the 1980s. It's a pretty good list. I can think of a couple games I would add to it, Adventure or Zork probably deserve to go on there, maybe Metroid. Also the first Madden game came out in 1989 I think so I'd put that in the running.

I just now realized after watching this how little clothes Princess Daphne wore. I doubt that was an accident, I'm sure there was a whole slew of kids that thought if they just kept feeding the game quarters they'd get to see some boob. I know that's what I would have done but I think I only saw Dragon's Lair in the wild once. It was an expensive game because it ran off laser disc, I think I saw the price and noped my way on over to Gauntlet or something.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Beard Hunk - SNL

I wanted to post last Saturday Night Live's cold open with Alec Baldwin as Trump but I figure that video has probably already been posted to your facebook feed like a thousand times. This Bachelor skit, Beard Hunk is every bit as good, maybe even a bit better. That's Ashley, Ally joke is gold Jerry, gold!

It's really weird that I've been enjoying SNL so much this season. I don't know if it's that my expectations for comedy have been beaten to death by years of Big Bang Theory of if SNL really has been that good. Probably a little for column A, a little for column B.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Nintendo Switch. I'm still very interested



Yesterday Nintendo held a big press conference where they finally divulged a few details on the upcoming Nintendo Switch. Here's the quick deets I was most interested in:

The Price is $299 and it launched March 3rd. You get 32 gigs of storage and you can upgrade that through standard SD cards. Games will be sold on memory cards the same they're been selling portable games for years. It has a USB-C charger and they say it gets anywhere from 2.5 to 6 hours of battery life depending on the game. So honestly you can probably count on the 2.5 hour thing. For $299 you get the basic system which comes with the docking station and two joy-con controllers. If you want extra controllers or something that resembles a standard controller you're going to have to pay extra. You can use up to 8 joy-con controllers, no word on how many standard controllers you can use but I'm guessing at least 4. You can also wirelessly network 8 Switches together for old school lan like gaming.

The quiet kicker here is that on-line gaming will require a subscription service, something that's new for Nintendo. No price announced yet. Sounds very similar to the X-Box gold/silver subscriptions in that you can use it on-line for free but if you want to play games you have to pay. They'll be kicking in a free game from their virtual console every month to help ease the pain.



There was a lot of info on the new joy-con controllers. As some speculated they do have motion sensors in them and an infrared camera. They also have some sort of advanced accelerometer and rumble feature for more feedback when you're swinging the thing around like a goofball. Sounds like some games will use these features and some won't. You can probably count on all the Nintendo published games will take advantage of it and all the third party games will ignore it.

I didn't see anything on the price of games but it's been my experience with the WiiU that you're going to be paying $59.99 for all the new hotness. There's always some deals to be had out there but some Nintendo games retain value like crazy. Pretty sure Mario Party on the Wii still costs $49.00 at gamestop. Skyrim was confirmed as were the usual Nintendo staples like Mario, Zelda, Splatoon 2 and an upgraded Mario Kart 8. EA said a version of FIFA would be available and the fine folks at Sega said "we'll get back to you, but we're working on something". That seemed to capture the 3rd party support sentiment pretty well. It's getting versions of Rayman, Street Fighter II and Bomberman but it's not like they announced Call of Duty or Assassins Creed or anything. Without having to program for the extra screen like you have to with the WiiU I would expect 3rd party support to be better, but it's still Nintendo and I don't see it being 100% embraced by game makers.



So there you have it. On paper (and in youtube clips) this looks like a fun system. Yes it's going to be underpowered compared to the Xbox One or the PS4 but you can't play either of those on the bus. Nintendo is definitely pushing innovation and functionality over graphics and horsepower. You listen to old school gamers and they talk about how graphics aren't as important as gameplay and having fun, we'll good news Nintendo has a new system just for you. Hope you remember how to play 4 player split screen, no peaking at someone else's screen.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CHIPS - Official Trailer

Hey kids remember C.H.I.P.S? Well ask you parents then. Specifically your mom, trust me, she remembers Erik Estrada. Anyhoo, they're remaking it into a Movie. I guess that's fine. I mean 21 Jump Street was actually pretty good and this looks to be in the same vein. Plus there's Michael Pena and he's a national treasure. I'll probably check this out on some HBO or Starz free preview weekend. That's as good of a commitment as you're going to get from me on anything that stars Dax Shepard.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Expanse: Season 1 Recap. With Cats

The first Season of The Expanse was pretty fantastic, especially considering it came from SyFy who hasn't really put out a good Sci-Fi show since BSG. Defiant was almost there but not quite. The Expanse feels like it has a bigger budget and a bit more of a coherent narrative. If you missed the first season never fear, here's a bunch of cats to recap it.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Nestled Links

Xbox exclusive action game Scalebound has been canceled. Well this is too bad. Scalebound looked kinda cool, Skyrim but with friends and floating castles, what's not to love there? It was from the studio that did Bayonetta which I just picked up for like $12 on the WiiU and that game is the bomb.com. Hopefully this doesn't bode poorly for other hotly anticipated Microsoft studios titles. I'm excited for this whole PC/Xbox synergy thing they announced last year. Get me some semi-exclusive PC titles stat.

People still use the Amiga today, and new Viva Amiga documentary shows why. I'm pretty sure I've never used an Amiga before. I'm familiar with the computer and I remember people who had them really liked them, but I'm near positive I've never had the pleasure. Still, I'm all in on this documentary. I'm a sucker for anything about old technology like this and the people that are obsessed over it.

All the Major Star Wars Cameos and Connections You May Have Missed in Rogue One. I know this is like 3 weeks old but who cares? My wife still hasn't seen Rogue One and I'm really eager to see it a second time in the theater. In fact now that I'm typing this out there's a small chance I posted this already right before I went on vacation. Oh well, no stopping now!

The Rock’s 2017 Fitness Regimen Includes A Toilet Nestled Among His Weights, Possibly Sparks New Trend. People who lift weights, are weird.

Save The Phone!

You know what used to be fun? Unexpectedly pushing someone into a pool or a lake. You can't really do that anymore now that everyone has a $600 minicomputer in their pocket. I saw a couple girls push some guy into a fountain a couple years ago and he was LIVID. I guess that's just the price of progress, Pokemon Go doesn't come without a cost.

Friday, January 6, 2017

More Or Les - Cuppa

Holy crap kids, never go on vacation and then have your kids get sick when you're back from vacation. I'm just now crawling out of the pile of crap I've been buried in all week. I SHOULD be back to regular schedule of half ass bloggery next week. I have zero clue though when I'm going to get my big fancy year end recap done.

In the meantime enjoy this new single off the new More or Les album, BLOW THE FUCK UP BUT STAY HUMBLE. It's pretty fantastic.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

I'm on Fire

I'm back at work and far far too busy to blog. At least I'm far too busy to do anything other that post this cartoon and talk about how busy I am.

Merry New Year!
 

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