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Best of the Year 2012 Awards (Games, Movies, Music, Comics, Etc.)


2012 sure looks like it was a really great year for a lot of stuff! What did I think was the best of the best? Well, let’s see!

Games

I did not actually play very many games in 2012. And I didn’t play any bad ones, so this list is far from complete. However, I am confident this does encompass some of the best games of the year regardless.

Game of the Year:

Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS)

As you may have read in my absolutely glowing review of this game, I find it hard to believe anybody could think that this isn’t one of the best games of this year. I find it to be the best; I even still play it today, playing my favorite chapters, grinding away to finally get the perfect weapon, and then battling out in multiplayer.

Runners-up:

Mass Effect 3 (Wii U, PC, PS3, 360)

Despite my negative opinion of the ending (that was migitated by the Extended Cut, but my main complaint was far from erased), this game was an absolute masterpiece, and one of the greatest experiences of my life for 90% of it. Playing three games in a row where your choices matter and everything you do carries over is brilliant; I encourage all story-based games to do this, as it really makes the series experience that much more worthwhile!

Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)

This game, even though it’s on the Wii, is gorgeous, has great voice acting, an even better story, and an almost-addicting battle system. Everything I hate about JRPGs is addressed here, and I love it to death.

Honorable Mentions:

Spelunky (360), Fez (360), Nintendoland (Wii U), Pikmin 2 (Wii re-release) (yes I’m counting this, it deserves it)

Movies

This category is a bit bigger than the others, due to the fact I’ve seen a ton of movies this year in theaters; 18 in total (okay that doesn’t sound like much but it’s 15 more than I usually see). So There are a couple awards I will give here.

Best Picture

Avengers

I don’t feel like I need to say anything, really. Avengers was one of the most perfect films I have ever seen, and I’ve never met a person who says much differently.

Runners-Up

The Dark Knight Rises

It was everything I had hoped for and more; the most satisfying ending to any trilogy, really. I actually thought it was better than The Dark Knight, which is a very unpopular opinion, but it is mine. Bane didn’t top Joker as a villain, but the overall plot was fantastic, and the ending was so brilliant that I almost stood up and clapped after it was all over.

Looper

While the time travel mechanics were frustrating at times, they worked well, and they told a beautiful story of a man, his future self, and the fate of the planet. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis both did standout jobs here.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

While I simultaneously think it was one of the biggest pieces of trash this millennium so far, Ghost Rider 2 was absurdly entertaining in all the best ways. Even if it isn’t categorized as one, it was by far the best comedy I’ve seen in a long, long time.

Les Misérables

Having not read the original material or seen the musical, I had no idea what to expect in this film, and wow, I was impressed. It was much closer to an opera than a musical, but that’s not a bad thing. Everyone in the film gave their best performances, especially Jean Valjean himself Hugh Jackman, and Russel Crowe was totally a good singer. I don’t care what anyone says.

Honorable Mentions:

Prometheus: Grand in scope, and the best kind of scary.

Dredd: It’s like a generic cop movie… but with great gritty comic book-vibes. My favorite action movie in a while.

Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: The much more light-hearted feel than Lord of The Rings makes everything much more fun to watch, with much less drama. It certainly isn’t better than Lord of the Rings, but it’s still a great film, and I expect the next two to be even better.

Skyfall: The best James Bond movie in years! And I never expected them to actually delve into the origins of the character. Woah.

Man With the Iron Fists: It was cheesy, it was violent, and it was a damn fun movie to watch. RZA’s Director/Actor/Writer/Soundtrack debut was great, and I hope he makes many more movies.

Other awesome movies: Men in Black 3, Amazing Spider-Man, Resident Evil Retribution

Best Actor/Actress

Joseph Gordon-Levitt- Looper – A fantastic performance in a fantastic film.

Runners-up:

Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables

Michael Fassbender – Prometheus

Tom Hiddleston – Avengers

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – The Dark Knight Rises (Yes, again)

Nic Cage – Ghost Rider 2

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: It was easy to forget that in most of the scenes of the movie, two of the main characters Iron Man and Hulk were just CGI creations.

Hobbit and Dredd are the runners-up. Both were certifiably amazing, as well.

Best Score

The Hobbit wins this, which is easy to say considering it’s a Lord of the Rings movie. Man with the Iron Fist had a very unique and well-crafted soundtrack as well, and Avengers was top-notch.

Music

There were an incomparable amount of amazing albums this year; I can barely pick my favorites outside of the top two or three. Hopefully I don’t forget any!

Album of the Year

Preschtale cover art

Preschtale – C-Jeff

This musical odyssey was the most pure fusion of Prog Rock and Chiptunes, and some of the most fun stuff you’ll ever hear. It came out on January 1st, 2012, and it has been the by-far winner of this award for me ever since. Only one album reached its status, and got this award as well in an awesome tie:

One Year Older cover art

One Year Older – Jit

All Homestuck albums are great (you’ll see more later, I promise), but this one…. (pff)… takes the cake. The closest any music has ever made me to crying. The Scratch and Skaian Shrapnel are the best of the album.

Runners-Up:

Induction – Svix: Wow. This thing is awesome, and is a great use of musical motifs. I usually am not a fan of autotuned/robot singing and all that, but Induction is completely different.

Comfortable Bugs – Bowman: Barely released a couple weeks ago,

Ithaca – Bowman: Bowman’s debut solo album didn’t make as much of an impact as Mobius Trip & Hardon Kaleido, but it was sure as hell great.

The Earthen Scar – Eidolon Orpheus: How Eidolon Orpheus could make an album out of a few original songs and some songs from a scrapped album is beyond me, but he pulled it off, and this fantasy journey is totally rad.

Blueshift – Protodome: Another late release, but this third entry in Protodome’s series of chiptune jazz albums is the most polished one yet, and even has vocal songs this time!

Fez – Disasterpiece: Atomspheric, ambient, and very peaceful. I love it.

We Are All Sattelites – Clark Powell: Plazmataz sure has a way of making music amazing, and this album is no exception.

Honorable mentions (No particular Order):

I Miss You: Earthbound 2012 – Ubikitune

Do Without – Screamcatcher

Homestuck Volume 9 – Homestuck

Omegalodon – RJ Lake

Genesis Frog – Albatross Soup

Nightlife Nightlight – hrmnzr

ColoUrs and Mayhem A– Homestuck

Stray Cat ~Walkabout~ – Cat Boss

ColoUrs and Mayhem B – Homestuck

Starhaven – Block Monster

Spelunky OST – Erik Suhrke

Chiptune Inferno – SuperVolcano

Spiritwake – Solatrus

Jazz and Masks – Cat Boss

Make Music, Throw Music: A Yoshi’s Island Tribute – Ubikitune

And a super-special shout out to Chiptunes = Win and its first three albums this year. I am looking forward to seeing the group expand this coming year!

Comics

2012 was a huge year for the comic industry, with the Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, and The Dark Knight Rises all coming out this summer, and in the comics themselves, DC’s New 52 relaunch completed its first full year, and Marvel’s Avengers vs. X-Men shocked the world. What were my favorites?

Comic of the Year

Homestuck

Yeah yeah, I had no indication that I was counting webcomics, but I am. Homestuck has only gotten better in its third year, as the end of the comic draws nearer and nearer, With its insane fanbase, monumental Kickstarter, and more storytelling scope than anything I’ve ever seen, Homestuck is the winner of this award for good reason.

Runners-up:

Gunnerkrig Court: It’s slowly building itself up towards a gigantic climax, and though it isn’t quite at Homestuck level, it’s getting there. Tom Siddell’s writing is top-notch, and his art is beautiful.

Dinosaur Comics: Still the funniest comic ever, even with its gimmick being almost a decade old.

Honorable Mentions:

Amazing Spider-Man

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

Green Lantern

Hawkeye

Darths & Droids

Moe

Red Lanterns

Avengers vs. X-Men

Romantically Apocalyptic 

Best Events of 2012

Not really in any particular order, nor are they actually the best things that happened this year.

Act 6 Intermission 3 (Homestuck)

Three nearly hour-long (each) flash games, along with one ten-minute ending movie, all released this fall in Homestuck, expanding the lore of the comic tenfold, introducing twelve new characters, and giving tons of character development to some of the major characters. I wouldn’t be surprised if these games alone convinced tens of thousands of people to start reading Homestuck, after seeing so much about it on tumblr and other places.

Humble Indie Bundle V

Yes, there had been many Humble Bundles before it, but this one was the one that catapulted the service into gigantic popularity. Four of the best games of this generation (Limbo, Bastion, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Swords & Sorcery) and one of the best games of last generation (Psychonauts) were on the table to start with, and it later expanded to include Super Meat Boy, Braid, and Lone Survivor. All for around 8 bucks, and it included their complete soundtracks and everything. I don’t think this bundle will ever be topped for several years, if ever.

The World Didn’t End!

Of course, this is the greatest thing to happen to us! The Mayans spared us…. Now, what other doomsday prophecy is about to pass that will definitely never come true?

This is… all of the awards I have. Thanks for reading, and have a happy 2013!!!!

Slender’s Game


Originally written for a Halloween Special; now available in much-improved status here on the Backblog!

Slender’s Game

By Thedude3445

Slenderman woke to a start. What a nightmare!

It was a horrible slumber, this past night was. Dreams of dead children, bones scattered across the landscape, and the rotting carcasses on the ground, their faces withered to dust—it all felt so real. Slenderman did kidnap young children at one time, but that was in the past, and he never did anything like what was in his dream!

“Slenda, wake up,” Slenderman nudged his wife, who was still peacefully resting away. Agh, dammit. His head was pulsing violently. It was so hard to focus…

“What is it?” Slenda asked, barely conscious.

“I had the worst dream. It was… horrifying.”

“Well, it is Halloween today. Maybe it’s some sort of psychological thing.”

“Yeah, but Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday! Why would it cause me to dream such unspeakable things?!”

“Honey, you need a cup of coffee. Here, I’ll go get it for you, Slenderman. It’s time for me to get up and get Slendy ready for school anyway.”

“Thanks.” But Slenderman knew the coffee wouldn’t help. This was going to stick with him like a tentacle to a tall guy. It was so gruesome, so despicab-

He figured it out. It was a premonition! Oh no—all that stuff he saw in his dream was… really gonna happen!! His suit already on, Slenderman hopped out of bed and dashed down the stairs with extreme haste.

“Hey!” Slenda shouted as he opened the door. “Didn’t you want some coffee?”

“No time! I have to warn the President!” And with that, Slenderman was gone.

 

***

WASHINGTON DC, 10:25 AM

 

Slenderman ran as fast as he could in the 3 hours since he left his house in Charleston, but he had to parkour over some very heavy traffic on the way, slowing him down quite significantly. But now that he finally reached our nation’s capital, his frenzied sprint had finally caught up with him. He was exhausted. Even with the White House just in front of him, it was too much. His quest…. Was….

Slam! Slenderman passed out on the cold ground of Washington, D.C.

 

***

 

Where am I? Am I… asleep? Oh goodness, I’m asleep! I’m asleep! Not again!

“Do not concern yourself with having another one of those dreams, Slenderman. I will see to it that you never experience one again.”

Who are you? Why can’t I see anything?

“You are in my domain now. I can unleash whatever horrors I wish upon you. But I do not.”

I don’t understand.

“Of course you don’t, my dear Slenderman. You simply cannot fathom the true nature of your own power, much less my own, perhaps due to your… human origins.”

!!! How did you—

“Maybe you ought to see one of my faces. The one that you are able to comprehend without going mad… at least, completely mad.

And then he revealed himself. It was a grotesque and monstrous face, green with tentacles squirming all over from where his mouth should have been. His eyes could pierce souls.

Cthulhu.

“Correct, Slenderman. I am who I am. And who I am is the Lord of All Terror, of which you could not hope to understand.”

Maybe you underestimate how scary I can be.

“No, I don’t. You are certainly creepy at times, I will give you that, but if my night gaze was enough to penetrate your deepest fears, then you are surely not scary. Not even close.

Why not just kill me now, Cthulhu?

“I want to offer you a challenge, to see you suffer more and more before your final demise. If you can defeat me in the next 60 minutes after you awaken, I will leave you and the rest of your kind alone. This is something you cannot refuse, I know this.”

I will definitely not refuse it. You’re on.

“I will enjoy every moment that I can further decimate what little soul you have left, before I finally devour it. This hour shall be my most exciting in millennia.”

“Don’t disappoint.”

 

***

 

Slenderman woke to a start once again, this time for a much different reason. As he sprang up and hopped over the fence towards the White House, he knew that time was of the essence. He couldn’t even stop for security checks, despite the Secret Service’s shooting at him.

“Sorry! There’s no time!” he told them as he sped by. Their shouts were many, and their bullets were even more, but none came even close to hitting Slenderman.

Finally, he entered the oval office, and, panting, turned to warn President Barack Obama (or Mitt Romney, depending on who when you read this and depending on who ends up winning the election).

“President Obama [Romney]!” Slenderman began. “You need to leave, right now! Cthulhu is coming!”

But there was no response. Obama [Romney] simply stared, his eyes widening and hands twitching. When he spoke, all that came out was, “Ugthologleonekthoggguueeeee” and his body began to disentigrate. Piece by piece, the President disappeared, leaving behind only his blood, which flowed plentifully across the carpet. The desk transformed into all the souls that Slenderman had ever haunted, and engulfed the tall man completely.

His tie began to squirm around as it transformed into an infant’s head and roared. It stared straight at you, and its beady eyes reminded you of the first time you saw a dead animal, welcoming you to your new home inside its mind. How are you, by the way?

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Slenderman began to grow

something

on his neck. Out of the flesh on its head, a nose burst forth,

a dark olive color,

and with a putrid odor.

This nose

grew and grew, until it sprouted eyes, and a mouth, and a nose of its own and a tail to match its splendor.

 

There were no teeth in its mouth; those made a ring around the nose in the shape of a smiley face, winking at Slenderman in

his gross horror.

The nose exploded, sending Slenderman back in time, repeating the moments of the President’s death over and over again for the next eight minutes. Before it could drive him completely insane, our hero whipped his tentacles in a fury and defeated these cursed souls that had been attacking him.

Slenderman was barely able to break free of the cursed swarm, and now he could only watch as the White House rotted before his very visual receptors, where his eyes should have been. Mold sprang up around him almost instantly, and in the sky formed the being known none other than…. Cthulhu.

“I see your sanity is still palatable. And I am famished.”

“You won’t be getting any of this. Not today, not ever.”

Slenderman launched into the sky and swung all of his arms at the beast in rapid succession, each blow pushing the monster further towards the ground. Cthulhu shot back with his own face tentacles, grabbing our hero and bringing him in for the final feast. When all seemed lost, Slenderman executed his secret move: the EMP!

The EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, normally wouldn’t affect non-electric beings, but Cthulhu was a special case, being the Dark Lord of All That is Horrible. Slenderman took advantage of Cthulhu’s peculiar situation and blasted him with anti-electric waves, sending the beast crashing on the ground where the White House used to be.

“Ah, so you think you can stun me with a little static?” Cthulhu seemed undaunted, despite his plummet onto the ground. He stood himself back up, and flexed a hand. Chunks of ground began levitating into the air and spiraling around the dark monster, and then closed around him, creating a gigantic shield of dirt.

Slenderman pulsed and pulsed as hard as he could, but it was no use. The orb surrounding the fiend was too thick for his electric attacks to pierce. And no amount of physical force could destroy the barrier, either. As soon as he could land a strong enough punch to make a sizeable dent, Cthulhu was able to summon the dirt back and reform his sphere of invulnerability. It was useless, as long as he stayed dormant like this.

So instead of attacking, Slenderman waited. And waited. A silence resounded over this battlefield, where the White House once stood in its stately manner. A tumbleweed passed by. This standoff lasted several minutes, before Cthulhu’s shield began to crumble. He was ready to make an attack. But he wasn’t ready enough. Slenderman jumped into the sky and blasted him with an EMP using every single bit of his power. He held nothing back in this final blast, and it knocked Cthulhu completely unconscious.

Slenderman fell as well, but hit the ground running. He uppercutted his fallen foe with grace. Then came a headbutt. Then a high-kick. Then, finally, he finished Cthulhu off with another EMP blast, sending him skyrocketing into space.

 

It was done.

 

***

 

Back in Charleston, the Slender Family celebrated the victory over Cthulhu with a hearty cake. It had strawberry icing, custard filling, and just a hint of bonemeal flavoring. To top it off, there were some Reese’s peanut butter cup-flavored cupcakes along with it. All of this was served with some good old-fashioned Sweet Tea, just like his mom used to make.

“You were soooooooo cool out there, Dad!” Slendy shouted with admiration. The little kid was so proud, and Slenderman would have given his biggest grin, if it was physically possible for him to do so.

“I was just doing the right thing,” he told his child. “Maybe one day you’ll get to do something just as heroic.”

“Oh yeah, cooooool!” Slendy began jumping around, reenacting the battle at the White House with a rambunctious flair.

“Now now,” Slenda scolded, playfully. “Don’t be giving Slendy all these grandiose ideas. Slendy’s still got to go to school; no real hero would skip school, because learning is knowing, and knowing is 75% of the battle!”

Suddenly, the phone began to blare. “Honey,” Slenda told her husband. “it’s for you.”

He picked up. “Who is this?”

“This is President Biden [Ryan]. Thank you for defeating Cthulhu.”

“You’re welcome. Any time.”

“I would like to inquire you about your services on another task. It would only be for a few days, and the pay is good. You are the first person I have called about this.”

“What is it?”

       “We’re not sure yet. But the project is codenamed….. Tumblr.”

No Christmas Crossover Adventure (yet)


I had a long discussion with Ktalaki last night about the Christmas Crossover Adventure. The story is still on, but he would prefer I wait to post it anywhere online until he revises RRUS, one of the main stories that this is framed around. And I myself should probably finish more of the stories that I am crossing over, considering only about half of the characters in the story actually appear on stories in the Backblog. So, even though I have already written much of the Christmas Crossover Adventure already, I have made the decision to hold it off, presumably until next Christmas.

 

Instead of CCA, I will publish something completely different, though also a Christmas special. Stay tuned.

Spooky Halloween Stories: Labyrinth of the Nun of Madness


(sorry about the delay. I had hoped to publish all three stories on 10/31, being the Halloween stories that they are, but my week has been extremely hectic, and at the worst time too, considering that nanowrimo has just begun! Anyway, enjoy:)

Labyrinth of the Nun of Madness
by Thedude3445

Welcome to my lair. You see, you are currently trapped, but this will not remain so. I will let you go. If you can find the exit, you can gladly leave. I would be happy for you if you were able to.
Why are you here, you ask? Do you not remember last night? An offer too good to refuse, an offer too good to be true– you knew you shouldn’t have accepted, but you went against your conscience and followed the old lady into her house. And now you are here, seemingly trapped in the iron bondage in which you are contained.
These chains, however, are not to restrain you. They are to keep you high enough above what lurks below that you will be safe. My realm is one of treachery; you should not wish to discover exactly what I mean by this.
Once I emancipate you from the bonds that are at the moment holding you in the safety of captivity, I would highly suggest you begin running. Quickly. Desperately. I cannot stress how imperative this is, for to describe the urgency is to exceed the capacity of what words can convey.
Lest you be trapped in the maze, it is also very nearly completely necessary that you memorize your path. It is a twisted one, and you may become lost many a time, no matter the caliber of your skill. A superb memory is one that will help you escape.
Ah, but do not forget! There will be hurdles along the way; hindrances to the chances of your success. A few spiked, a trap-door here and there, some pitfalls– You must keep these things in your mind, or risk being startled by a quick demise, which none of us desire.
Another thing: I have three pets. Their names are Olthgoton, D’i-raem and Uggunok. Do not encounter them during your attempt at escape. Trust me. You will not perish upon meeting them, not immediately at least– but you will wish it so. Their words and actions of dark horror hurt even my soul, already eternally damned as it is.
If you wish to be armed, however futile the notion, I will abide by your foolish request and supply you with the bones of my previous subject, if any still remain. Make with them what you will; whatever helps you.
Now…. Goodbye.

And good luck.

Spooky Halloween Stories: Let’s Write A Story While Giving Blood!


(first of three spooky Halloween stories I have written that I will publish on here.)

Let’s Write a Story While Donating Blood!

I gave blood on October 31, 2012, and because I was giving double red blood cells, it took quite a while, so I wrote this story on my leg while a pint of blood was taken away from my body and I became increasingly light-headed.

This is a picture of what the original transcription looked like:

 

Jason’s chainsaw entered Frank killing him instantly. But what about the blood itself? The body? What were the reactions within Frank himself?

***

Osmosis Jones was having a nice day. He was about to go to the liver and celebrate Frank’s birthday with the FPD, but he stopped over by his apartment to go grab some enzymes. A few chemical reactions couldn’t hurt anything, he thought….

Then he saw Drix’s photo.

“Oh Drix!” he cried. Drix had been lost 3 years ago during a battle with the ferocious Meningitis. He sacrificed himself to destroy the very last virus and end their scourge in the City of Frank forever. Ozzy just wished he was the one…

Oh Drix… Oh Drix…

But… he shouldn’t have been thinking of such things. Tonight was a night for celebration, not mourning! He was sure he was going to have a splendid time down in the liver.

Or was he?

***

At the party, Ozzy met quite a few of his old friends that he hadn’t seen much of since he retired from the force last year.  He did see that one girl that he dated back after the first movie, and even though they had broken up long ago, it was still nice to see her.

The sheriff was still the same, disgruntled old man that he always was, and he didn’t show any signs of shutting down his career any time soon. Nobody would have had it any other way, either.

That was when the chainsaw hit.

Nobody could have possibly expected something so gruesome, so vile—how could they expect something like this?!

Blood cells from the head began rushing into the brain, flooding it and destroying the entire organ. The mayor and his secretaries attempted to evacuate. They were not able to; they were all killed by the rush of their brethren.

The entire brain was eventually wiped out as the whirling blades of the chainsaw entered it. The entire head would eventually be sliced in half, but none of the FPD had any idea what had actually gone on; how could they have? All they understood was that the brain had shut down contact with the rest of the City of Frank.

All power was lost as a result. It was almost impossible to see, it was so dark. It was absolutely frigid. But these were not the worst of problems after the brain’s destruction. There were no new nutrients being created in Frank anymore; there was no food left.

What would happen? How would the citizens of Frank survive without any food? Nobody knew.

Ozzy went to the slums almost every day, handing out every scrap that he could to the women and children, but the supply was diminishing rapidly. There would eventually stop being any, a fact that most everyone was well aware.

Wars broke out, with dozens of factions fighting over the few remaining resources on Frank. Some resorted to cannibalism, even. It was too much for some people; autocytosis was a common option among those.

None of it mattered, Osmosis Jones realized near the end; it became obvious what had happened. Frank had died, just like Drix.

And soon, so too would he.

 

Read the fanfiction.net version here: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8674190/1/Let-s-Write-a-Story-while-Giving-Blood

Star Wars x Disney: What Could Happen From All This


Everyone’s heard the news; Disney bought Lucasfilm. And Star Wars Episode VII is coming out in 2015. Rather than go on a stereotypical fanboy rant about how the Original Trilogy was the only good thing to ever come out of Star Wars and now it’s just the bane of existence, I’ll focus on the positives and the possibilities that stem from this acquisition.

 

#1: How Awesome Can Episode VII Be?

I’m having a hard time deciding how Episode VII is going to go, considering how few details there are. Will it be an all-new story that contradicts the entire Expanded Universe? Will it be an adaptation? Or will it take place in the Legacy or KOTOR eras to flesh out a new portion of the mythos?

I think I’m all for adaptation. Heir to the Empire or Dark Empire or even Jedi Academy Trilogy (or a combination of all 3) would be the best bet for a solid story, but all of the actors are now pretty old; Mark Hammil’s what, 56 or 57? But skipping to a later story like New Jedi Order wouldn’t work, because most viewers would be very confused about where all these new Jedi came from after Episode VI ended.

Adapting Legacy or KOTOR era stories would be really cool too, and would barely need any of the old actors in any instance, but moviegoers would be more resistant to an entirely new cast and setting than anything. And we all know where this resistance leads (annoying whining about how Star Wars is ruined forever).

Fanboy outcry towards ignoring the EU and going forwards with Episode VII would be large, but not nearly as large, since the EU fandom is much, much smaller than the rest of the Star Wars fandom.

Whatever the outcome, I’m sure that I’ll see it opening night, and I’m sure it will be good. The franchise desperately needs some good media attention!

 

#2: What Can Disney Do With Star Wars?

 

 

Disney likely won’t try and put too much force into the creative focus of any part of Star Wars; as long as it makes money. This is just like what it did with Marvel. People shouldn’t freak out too much about what they could potentially do to ruin the series forever. Remember, this exact same thing happened with Marvel, almost exactly 3 years ago. And look what happened to it:

If anything, Disney can provide the spark that will bring Star Wars back as the blockbuster franchise it hasn’t truly been since 2005. With its nearly unlimited budget, maybe we can actually see the Star Wars Live-Action TV show in the next few years! It airing alongside S.H.I.E.L.D. would probably destroy television, and help bring back actual TV shows on TV, instead of just reality shows and family sitcoms. (Now I’m getting geek visions of all the other shows could come out in the next 5 years that would destroy television; Star Trek by J.J. Abrams, the new Muppets show, among others. )

 

#3: Crossovers?

I know, I know. This is silly. But now that Disney owns Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm….

 

What about Kingdom Hearts 3? Development on the game is just about to start after Final Fantasy Versus XIII releases (okay so not just about to start… more like, start in a couple years….), and with all these insane acquisitions  plus the fact that it will inevitably end up being a next-gen game, could make for more worlds than ever before. Don’t act like you would hate an X-Men World or a Star Wars World or a Toy Story World. Nobody could hate that.

 

What do you think? Comment below; you can even rage about how ruined Star Wars will be if you want.

 

Instant Consequence: A Short Tale by Thedude3445


(Kind of just wrote this in a couple minutes on some note cards. I just wanted to make a piece of fiction of any sort that is under the same name as my amazing song (http://datastuck.bandcamp.com/track/instant-consequence))

 

Instant Consequence

A Short Tale by Thedude3445

Mumford & Sons blasted through the small speakers of the alarm clock, and Vriska Serket woke up on the floor of her bedroom, apparently having tumbled off of her bed in her slumber. Her groggy eyes slowly began opening themselves, despite her best efforts to prevent it.

Ugh, morning already?

She had been dreaming such a fun dream; life felt dreary compared to the blissful Alternian moons of her subconscious. What good was life, anyway, when the best part of the day was the time when you weren’t even awake?
Nevertheless, Vriska sat up and stretched her arms. A yawn came out of her mouth. Finally, she punched her alarm clock and silenced Mr. Mumford for good. Or at least until tomorrow morning. What a nice man. Always timely.
Scratching her butt, she looked around her disorderly room. The one office chair was propped against the door, done so in the hope that it would block her younger brother from barging in and stealing her CDs while she slept, something that seemed to have not been successful anyway, as there were discs scattered all over the floor, and several of the best Slipknot albums were missing completely.
The desk itself was covered in a black-and-white mess of her unfinished homework assignments, many of which were already late or due today. Ignoring that, Vriska gazed up at her wall, with the many pictures nailed to it. The beautiful eyes of Skrillex looked down on her in poster form, making Vriska feel completely at ease.
Finally, she spotted the items of her desire; some dirty clothes strewn across the floor on in one corner that she could pick up and wear to class. Vriska knew she needed to do her laundry, but there were more important things to do during the day. Honestly, she didn’t really even care that much how unclean her outfits were at this point.
Getting ready was her number one priority at the moment. In said bathroom, Vriska was able to secure a toothbrush for dental hygiene, and a brush to tame her wild hair, apparently possessed by a demon over the course of the night, by the way it looked now.
Even so, she looked into the mirror and stared into the the face that appeared. It stared back.
I am so beautiful.
Vriska was going to make the most out of this day no matter what anybody else thought or did. She was going to make it awesome.

 

(Anyway, you are going to like a few upcoming posts of mine. A comic review or two maybe, and an overview of my homecoming week costumes. I may review Super Mario 3D Land as well, and I could post a story or two….. maybe.)

 

 

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