Saturday, May 30, 2009

Infamous

Infamous has come out for the Playstation 3. I honestly wasn't that excited about it, as the open-world type games can sometimes become repetitive or too vast and can burn you out on the genre.

X-Play kept hyping the game on their show, but I still wasn't impressed, as (before a game is released) they are usually pretty kind to the creators that come on their show. (Swearing them off the set before the game is released just wouldn't be tactful.) So I take their "hands on" segments with a grain of salt and wait for the actual review - because that's where they are unrelentingly brutal if your game is actually bad.

Well, the review came out and Infamous got a glowing review. Now my curiosity is peaked, so I downloaded the demo off of the PS3 Network to try it out. I have to say I'm absolutely stunned. The graphics are amazing, the game play is spectacular, and the world is both gritty, imaginative and challenging. (I might have to play the game on easy, because you can die pretty quick. Your simply not the Hulk in this game.) But this gives the game a very visceral sense of action. And boy does it become fun when you successfully can blow away enemies.

Also, the demo isn't cheap either - as it has more than 3 missions to play through (I didn't actually finish them all, though) I was able to run around and have some fun in a rather nice size of the city.

I'm going to have to wait to get this game, probably, just because of money - but this is definitely a game I'm going to pick up. Check out the reviews of X-Play and Gametrailers.com.

X-Play's Review


Gametrailer's Review

Thursday, May 28, 2009

80s Cartoon Openings

Here are the openings to some shows I use to watch back when I was a kid. The 80s really delivered some of the best cartoons.

Silverhawks
I remember this show mainly because I had some of the figures. The opening is really fantastic, even if it features a cyborg flying cowboy.


Centurions
I absolutely loved the toys of this show. I remember wanting so bad to get all the figures from the show, but the toys where off the shelves by that point, and I was forced to settle for pencil holder figures made of rubber.

You can see the opening here: Centurions Opening

Visionaries
I don't actually remember watching this show, but I must have at some point because I had some of the figures (which had these cool holograms), and I also vividly remember having a terribly prolonged nightmare about space and skeletons and all sorts of weirdness, and I see at the end of this video where that skeleton came from.
The quality of this video isn't great, but it was the best one I could find.


Voltron
The importance Voltron had to my childhood cannot be over emphasised. It was my absolutely favorite show. I in fact have a funny story about trying to get the figure. My Mom and Dad bought it for me on Christmas, but, being a kid (and it being made of die-cast) I ended up breaking it. So it was sent back. (I now realize they might not have been able to get their money back, probably explaining why I never got a replacement.) So we try again next Christmas - but it's not the right Voltron, it's the vehicle Voltron. Back is goes. Next Christmas, third times the charm, right? Well, it's the right Voltron, but the exact same thing happened again - it broke.

Three attempts and I never got that Voltron figure to keep. It's only until I'm older and re-issues are released that I was finally able to get my beloved Voltron toy. And this time I haven't broken it!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kamikaze Girls

I watched the movie Kamikaze Girls today. I was told it was a really funny movie, and it was. It was also a very nice story about these two girl's friendship. The two characters couldn't be more polar opposites - as one is Lolita Girl (they wear fancy cloths from the french Rococo Period) and the other is a Yanki, or delinquent girl which seems to be a step below Yakuza.

Anyway - even if you have no interest in Lolita or Yanki (I didn't) it's still a fascinating subculture of Japan, and helped really illustrate the differences in these two girls.

I also have to praise the art direction of movie. The landscapes and locations of the movie are stunning. I don't know how they got so many shots with such a beautifully styled sky either bright blue or setting in dawn or dusk - it just looked incredible.

Anyway, it was a very cool movie. Very different, but I think that was the entire point. Embracing differences.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Earth: Final Conflict



Earth: Final Conflict

Earth Final Conflict was a show based of the ideas of Gene Roddenberry. After his death Majel Roddenberry, his wife, discovered notes and ideas for another TV show.

The first season of EFC was simply incredible. The quality of music was mesmerizing, the plots where intriguing, and the aliens where magnificently conceived. Beings made up of pure energy, the Taelons came to Earth with the message of peace. They helped eradicate war, starvation, and any number of social ills facing society. But, all this generous help from the "Companions", came with an unknown price tag. While helping humanity, they where also experimenting on humanity, both to fight their own wars in space, and also to help stop their inevitable extinction.

The show was a refreshing concept, putting Companion Protector Daniel Boone in the middle of this struggle between the Taelons and the Human Resistance. They put a cyber-viral implant into his brain, which expands his mind but also is suppose to make him loyal to the Companions. The resistance recruits Boone, and alters his implant so he can think for himself. Now while working undercover for the Taelons, he also seeks to know their secrets.

The two main alien Taelons where Da'an (played by Leni Parker) and Zo'or (played by Anita La Selva) Both where incredible talents, exuding truly alien movements and expressions.

The show, sadly, went through numerous alterations as the series progressed. After season 1, cast changes where frequent. The actor who played Boone left the show, but was replaced by Liam Kincaid, a half human/taelon/ and Jaridain who sprung to adulthood in a matter of hours. Acting as a bridge between the two races, Liam served as Da'an's protector, and even brought Da'an onto the human's side. Zo'or quickly became a major character, becoming head of the Taelon Synod, and changing the Taelon's course of actions from subversive to outright aggression.

The show could go from an awe inspiring vision of the future, to a cheap action show within seconds. After season one the show simply was never the same, as it bounced back and forth between intrigue and discovery to action and explosions. It still remains a fascinating show, but was quickly degrading with increasingly complex plots and plot threads that went nowhere.

The final nail in the show's coffin was in season 5, when all the Taelons (what actually made the show good) where completely removed in favor of these dumb sudo-vampire Atavus (early Taelon/Jaridians) Liam Kincaid, while not a perfect replacement for Boone, was still good - so his departure from the show after season 4 really hurt.

Regardless of the ups and downs of the series - it still remains one of my favorite Science Fiction shows. I don't know how much of the show was what Gene Roddenberry actually envisioned, but it gave us a glimpse of how wonderfully intriguing and worrying first contact with an alien race could be like.

Here is a clip of the opening sequence for the TV show. As I said before, the music was simply incredible, when first watching the show I repeatedly wanted to hear this very song because of how beautiful it was.





















Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Kamen Rider Decade - Destroyer of Worlds

Here are some images of Kamen Rider Decade. There's also Kiva, and Naomi from Den-O.

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

What Did They Do to Deadpool?!

I just got back from the Wolverine movie. It was good. It didn't completely wow me - but it was a good prequel to the X-Men films.

But, the one thing I had a big problem with was Deadpool. He seemed fine at the start of the movie - just without a mask. But then, at the end of the movie, he's this grotesque freak. Yes, I know Deadpool isn't suppose to be pretty to look at without his mask - but not like this. Not with his, well, mouth sewed shut. And, worst yet, they gave him all these powers, like teleportation, eye beams. The only power he needed was regenerative powers. He got that, but along with 3 odd-ball powers to boot.

They say they want to make a Deadpool movie - but what's it going to be like when Deadpool has all these weird powers. I'd rather they scrap all of this and just do a real Deadpool movie, without any of this Wolverine-movie stuff.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Battle Royale


I just finished watching the movie "Battle Royale". It's a Japanese film, in a dystopian alternate-time line Japan where, every year, one class is chosen to participate in Battle Royale - a game where all the kids are dropped on an island, told to kill each other, and whoever survives wins.

It's a brutally hard movie. Even though the violence isn't, for instance, like Saw movies - it's pretty horrific to watch teenager kill each other one by one.

This movie was largely criticized by the Japanese Government as being cheap and exploitative. I can certainly see why - but the movie isn't as shallow as that. It has a point. I read on Wikipedia that it is somewhat of a social commentary on the competitive nature of people in Japan. Or something like that.

It was a good movie - but I would not recommend it to anyone who has a weak stomach. I only rented it, which is good, because I don't think it's the type of movie for repeat viewings.