Reposting a recommendation for a great game. You should play it.
There are a bunch of movies that are coming out that I want to see! I will detail them below, in order of release, and why I think they might be awesome. And if I remember, I’ll make an update a few months from now, adding new ones and commenting on how the movies actually turned out, if I saw them.
November 2 (My birthday!):
Wreck it Ralph- This is a given. Any video game fan ever will want to see this movie, and I am almost certain that it will live up to the hype. There’s a football game that night, so I won’t be able to see it on my actual birthday, but I will definitely see it as soon as I can on Saturday.
The Man with the Iron Fist: This movie looks like it’ll have some of the best fight scenes out of any movie for the rest of the year, and the soundtrack is already out (http://soultemplemusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-man-with-the-iron-fists-deluxe-ultra-pak) and is great.
November 9 (I will be in New York City this entire weekend, so I won’t be able to see any of these until later):
Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning- Universal Soldier is back! Let’s see if this thing ends up being a decent action flick, because I love the premise. (Fun Fact: I always get this and Full Spectrum Warrior, a game by Pandemic Studios, mixed up.)
and luckily, there’s a break in December, with relatively few movies coming out for most of the month. This will mean that I can see maybe even most of these in theaters!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey- I don’t have to explain this.
Django Unchained- A western movie plus a 70s Blaxploitation flick, directed by Quinten Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson. I can find nothing to not be excited about in this.
Kick-Ass 2: It’s going to be good. Don’t worry. (Fun Fact: I am a Mark Millar Fan. I may be somewhat biased.)
That was really long and took several hours. I feel like I just went through the future, from next week all the way to 3 years from now.
I never thought I would say this, but there are some good things happening with Sonic lately. While his games have been lagging in quality for years, his comic series, made by Archie Comics, is pretty brilliant.
There are currently two series in the franchise; Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe. The first is obviously the main title, which has been going on for very nearly twenty years. It started out as a comedy sort of comic for its first several years, mirroring the SATAM and Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons, but slowly began developing a plot, and by issue #50, it grew into something completely different than the games or shows as Robotnik was finally defeated.
After this point in the series, it began worldbuilding, introducing new villains, and developing the quite large cast that had grown due to the introduction of characters from the other continuities. During the 2000s, it used this to incite a crap ton of plot, including events that still have an effect on the comic today (unlike superhero comics where the events rubberband except for series launches and some temporary C-list deaths if we’re lucky) It has still remained lighthearted of course, being the Archie Comic it is.
Sonic Universe started out as 4-issue story arcs, usually consisting of independent backstories or side-stories of different Sonic characters or groups. This has grown over time to the point where it is almost a second comic in the series, especially with the two of the more recent story arcs about the Babylon Rogues and the Secret Freedom Fighters, the latter of which actually has the current focus of both series, with the main comic acting as the prologue/epilogue chapters to the arc.
The comics in the past few years have been exceptionally strong, in my opinion. The continuity is very solid, with more editors’ footnotes than I’ve ever seen in another comic, yet it isn’t incomprehensible to someone just starting out. I’ve only partially read the series and I feel like I understand most all of what is going on. Even though it is a family friendly comic, it still deals with deaths of major characters (the word death is never said of course), who don’t come back in less than five years, and some fairly interesting politics (wow I can’t believe I said that).
Another thing I really like about the Sonic comics is the lack of extreme decompression that is also prevalent in modern comic books. Even with Sonic Universe’s strict 4-issue story arcs, it doesn’t needlessly stretch out the story to fit the graphic novel. Instead, it actually has 4 issues’ worth of material, and just a couple issues of Sonic can outmatch six issues of Avengers (because for some reason Avengers-related series are insane about 6-issue story arcs, which are kind of excessive except in the case of a huge arc).
I haven’t read the entire series; this is related to the series’ major fault; Archie has only very recently begun collecting the comics into graphic novels. And the worst part is that they are in digest format, so there are only 4 issues per volume (even if the arc is longer than that). It’s up to Volume 18, though it’s only up to issue 70, so there is a huge gap in the story between there and the current issues if you want to read the complete story instead of jumping right in. There are Sonic Selects volumes which collect the miniseries, specials, and etc, but those are progressing slowly too. Even Sonic Universe has only collected 3 of its 11 story arcs so far.
EVENTUALLY you will be able to very easily read through the entire series (and for cheap too; each volume is only 7-10 dollars new, less on Amazon), but for now it is very difficult. But if you are not daunted by a 350+ combined issue continuity, you’ll find that this series does nearly everything right in terms of comic storytelling, and it still hasn’t been stricken with comic book deconstruction syndrome, so it’s still “approved by the comics code authority”.
Over the past 3 or 4 days, I have just been playing games left and right like crazy. Here is a list:
Sonic Generations (360)
Sonic 4: Episode I
Fallout: New Vegas
Spelunky (Both versions)
Sin & Punishment Star Successor
Namco Museum Megamix
The Last Remnant
Super Mario 3D Land
And I am going to do reviews on a couple of them. Leave a comment to suggest which ones!
It’s my second album; a 14-track rap album. And it is amazing in the worst ways possible. Listen to it, and download it, because there are 4 bonus tracks, including an alternate mix of the ever-popular “BOHEMIAN RAP-SODY” track.
Also: Features a song written by upcoming hit artist Wert_Ac, called “EMO SANTA”, performed and produced by me.
Stay chillin’, y’all.
Avengers West Coast #69
Honestly, the only reason I bought this is because it has USAgent in it. But this comic is good; it covers a bunch of backstory, exposition, and character development, along with a cool fight scene all in about 20 pages. Comics today could not do that. Something about comic decompression has made it to where everything has to be fleshed out so slowly! That is not a particularly good thing all the time. For the fight scenes it is, but for the story… not always!
Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn
It’s a… one-issue TPB, I guess? Not sure, but I got it for just one dollar. It is an intro to the X-men team Excalibur. They all get together after some really creepy alien things attack them. It’s cool I guess. I just realized though that there are 3 girls and 2 guys; when does that ever happen in superhero teams? :0
Darkhawk fights Savage Steel, some ruthless guy who thinks he is a villain for some reason! And he takes off his mask while transformed into Darkhawk for the first time. Apparently it is really scary and stuff. So lesson is… Don’t be Darkhawk.
Dumb boring Punisher comic. shoot shoot shoot
Then there’s a backup story about a bar fight. punch punch punch
Then another backup story that has no purpose and terrible art. shoot shoot curb stomp heads shoot
Punisher: War Zone #1
Less shooty I guess. Punisher actually spares a guy and tortures him with a popsicle stick (though he makes the guy think it’s a blowtorch). The next issue is probably shoot shoot shoot though.
Amazing Spider-Man #365 (30th Anniversary Issue)
The cover is very reflective and probably cost Marvel a lot of money to produce! Why don’t they do that any more 😦 But in this issue: A bunch of stories. This comic was $4, back in the day when comics were normally $2.50! The main story is the Lizard finally being cured (also Peter Parker’s parents), but there’s also recap stuff for Spider-Man’s origin, Gwen Stacy, and the publication history of the series. There’s also a dumb Prowler backup story and a preview of Spider-Man 2099, which I shall prattle on about at a later date.
No covers this time because I am a tool and I am lazy.
Ultimate Spider-Man Premire Comic (FREE)
It’s a free preview comic thing. It has a short story and then character introductions in the back. I am… wary of the comic. There are cutaway gags and that concerns me. But this is a kid’s comic; maybe that is what the kids are into these days.
Massacre, the villain, has somehow gotten to Gotham City (something I believe we discussed before) and is trying to kill this Kone dude. Also exposition on what exactly the hero guys did, which is cool. I also miss the old artist. 😦
Finally, the conclusion to Batwing’s first story arc! It is a pretty awesome ending, as all of the loose ends are tied up. Also a shocking revelation of who Massacre is… Except that I realized who it was just a couple pages before. Just try not to guess and it won’t be too obvious 😛
Justice League #7
Justice League vs. the US Government Bureaucracy! Also a Shazam backup story, which is cool except why didn’t they wait a couple months and put it in DC Universe Presents? I guess to keep Justice League’s price at $3.99 instead of $2.99…. 😦
Justice League #8
Green Arrow is a douche. Not like Guy Gardner level, but he is pretty bad in this issue. Also apparently Martian Manhunter used to be a member of Justice League! When was there a random timeskip?
is the greatest site for finding new music and new artists to enjoy. I know I sound like a huge hipster, but mainstream music is just not that good, generally. ESPECIALLY in the electronic genres. Good dubstep is almost a paradox in regular music, but I have actually found some that is enjoyable, along with a bunch of other stuff.
(hint: click on the album covers to go to the albums)
Screamcatcher aka KalibrationLTD aka Robert Blaker is really good at basically every electronic genre ever and it is so cool to listen to. He makes the grittiest dubstep still somehow sound listenable. All 4 of his albums are of a very high quality.
Sojourn is an awesome orchestral soundtrack in the spirit of every old fantasy game that you could imagine. It has pretty mid-quality MIDIs as the only instruments, but that is the whole point. It is sickeningly nostalgic, almost. Also, these pieces are so long! Like an average of around 5 minutes per song.
This is some weird fake band thing like the Gorillaz, except with a video game theme. Their album Pixelated Planet is apparently for a future game they are releasing, but I like it just for the music. The music is great is why.
Apparently the Marchfourth Marching Band is pretty famous! It is not actually a marching band but a big band; do not be fooled. But the band’s variety of styles makes it unpredictable for every song, and the whole thing is just damn fun to listen to. I recommend this band more than any of the others on this article, as a matter of fact. Too bad each of the albums is like 15 bucks 😦
This is just some of the music that I have discovered recently. There is more that I may post in the future!