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Tuesday, 12 January 2010
1226 - Old Stone Steve Austin To Host RAW in March
Topic: McWrestling

Word has leaked that former WWF champion and WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin is set to host RAW a couple weeks before Wrestlemania 26. One has wonder how tame Austin is going to be considering that WWE is now "family-friendly" entertainment. No doubt his promos will consist mainly of WHAT? every five seconds.

Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson's Tooth Fairy movie is coming soon.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:58 AM EST
1225 - Tyson
Topic: RAW Bytes

So last night's show featured Mike Tyson as a guest host, which made this the second RAW show that I stayed up until the end to watch. Of course, next week's hosts prove that this is going to be the last one until Shatner comes along a couple weeks later.

Some quick thoughts:

- Tyson opens things up, where Sheamus comes out and tells Tyson to call the match off. This is quickly followed by Randy Orton, and John Cena, and Coffee Kingston retorting that they deserve com. Somewhere along the way, John Cena references the various characters of Mike Tyson's Punch Out, which actually made me smile a bit... although these days Tyson looks less like Tyson and more like Mr. Sandman... oh well.

- They have a match in the Divas tournament that I don't really care about. Seriously, TNA's show was shit, for the most part, but at least they have a couple women who can actually perform good matches when they get the chance.

- Hey, by the way, nice crack by Cody Rhodes on The Marine: "My fifth-grade graduation video is superior to the Marine!" I haven't seen the video and yet I'm tempted to agree.

- HBK and Tyson talk and somehow this gets turned into a tag-team match between DX and Jericho/Tyson. Jesus, didn't they do a fucking match LAST WEEK where if Jericho lost, he's gone from RAW FOREVER? What's the fucking point of having a stipulation match if he's NEVER going to go the fuck away?

- [Who The Fuck Is] Jack Swagger challenges anyone to toss him over the top rope. Challenge accepted and won by Santino Marella of all people. Good show, Santino. Definitely moving up in the world...

- Randy Orton wins the Triple Threat match over Cena and Coffee, thus earning a shot against Sheamus for the title at the Royal Rumble... lame.

- DX beats Jericho after Tyson reveals a DX shirt and knocks out Jericho. This was almost predictable the minute the match was announced, but it came off good so no real complaints.

So overall, this show was okay-ish. Not much more than that. 


Posted by dtm666 at 6:43 AM EST
Monday, 11 January 2010
1224 - RePost Review - The Condemned
Topic: Black Hole Reviews

Note: This review was written a year or so ago and might/might not have been posted on the old Webstation. Since I've posted a new review of 12 Rounds, I'd figured that I repost this out of mothballs. There's a reason this isn't on IMDB, kids. Discretion is advised.

The Condemned is the third WWE Films release and the trailers made it seem like it was going to be different from the previous two WWE films in that there was a chance of it being a good ol' no-frills action movie starring Steve Austin. While Austin has done some acting before, this was his first chance to show his range and presence on the big-screen in a starring role.

The good news is that Austin has a on-screen presence - that much is known when you see his guest-stints on the Nash Bridges television show as well as the recent remake of The Longest Yard. And for the role of Jack Conrad, Austin plays the role of a no-caring bastard rather well. It's based off something familiar (his wrestling personality) and it works. The bad news is that the film then tries to add another layer of Austin; the fact that he's a former FBI agent left in prison when a previous mission went bust. Whatever happened to Jack Conrad, the man without a past? Flushed down the toilet, along with any remaining appeal left in this piece of shit.

I mean, the premise is simple enough. Ten murderers are dumped on an island and are forced to kill each other until one remains. Sound simple enough... it almost makes seem like Battle Royale, a Japanese flick with the same basic concept that was pretty successful. However, what should have been a straight-forward, take-no-prisoners actionfest ends up being a convoluted message of moral ambiguities and the whole thing becomes a depressing venture. Are we the condemned for watching this... or are we the condemned for getting more moral messages shoved down our throats? It's getting ridiculous.

Of the three movies WWE has released thus far, this one had the potential to be something different. Not so much good, but at least something that can be enjoyed without the use of your prefrontal cortex. But instead, it's just a thinly-disguised commentary on reality-TV and the media moguls who produce them. Hey, we already have a movie like that; it's called Series 7: The Contender and it does a better job than this shit does.

Steve Austin deserves better than this. And so do we. 


Posted by dtm666 at 10:07 PM EST
1223 - 12 Rounds review added to IMDB account
Topic: Black Hole Reviews

It's okay. Read more here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1160368/usercomments-68 


Posted by dtm666 at 9:47 PM EST
1222 - Review: Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen
Topic: Black Hole Reviews

I hadn't seen Revenge of the Fallen in theatres. I waited until it was on DVD.

 

And before watching the DVD, I watched the first Transformers flick for catch up. While the movie was lacking in depth and wasn't really good, it did managed to keep me awake and it was a fun movie if nothing else. So despite all the bad reviews and word-of-mouth (which did nothing to prevent this movie from making a shitload of cash), I went into Fallen with the optimism that it'll be somewhat shallow fun if nothing else.

 

Two and a half hours later, I suffered irreparable brain damage that may last a lifetime.

 

This movie is an abomination; there is no cohesive story to follow, no interesting characters to care about, no fun moments to be had, and ultimately nothing of substance that could contribute to the enjoyment of this thing they call a motion picture. This is visual pollution in its most literal form, bombarding you with a powerful exposure in a long winding dose.

 

Cohesiveness and plotting are not the movie's strong points. There wasn't any one time through the movie where I wasn't scratching my head in confusion, wondering what the fuck was going on. Yeah, I know that a popcorn flick isn't supposed to be heavy on story, but then again, popcorn flicks are generally entertaining. 

 

This movie lacked decent action sequences; they're all really hard to follow and actually caused a bit of eye strain. It's just a very unappealing movie to look at.

 

The acting in this movie isn't the worst I've seen, but it certainly helps in not making me give a damn about any of these characters. They're all seemingly impervious rag dolls that can walk and talk, yet can't do either of them right. It's almost a sign of epic failure when the most robotic thing in a movie about robots are the "human" characters.

 

Just about the only thing I could say good things about is the soundtrack; it's actually not that bad. It's a shame that I can't hear enough of it amid all the loud, ugly explosions and piss-poor dialogue.

 

Bottom line, this movie sucks ass. It is perhaps one of the more putrid attempts at a motion picture that I've ever seen and I've seen a lot of really shitty movies. If you're one of the few people who hasn't seen Revenge of the Fallen, do yourself a favor and don't watch it. You're not missing a damn thing and quite frankly, you're much better off.


Posted by dtm666 at 1:40 PM EST
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
1221 - TNA Fails - Vince Screws Bret's Balls
Topic: McWrestling

The rating for the live 3-hour TNA Impact featuring Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, and a bunch of other old guys is in. According to rajah.com, reports have come in that TNA pulled off...

Wait for it...

A 1.5 RATING!

*applause*

A couple notches over their usual ratings range, but NOWHERE near the 3.0 that Hogan was arrogantly predicting. Goes to show that in this day and age, people still want to see a wrestling show for...

Wait for it...

WRESTLING!

*applause*

I only sampled a bit of Impact; the skit where Hogan is talking with Hall, X-Pac/Syxx/Kid/Whatever The Fuck He Calls Himself, and Nash. Even Bischoff shows up for the fun (although he apparently forgot to dye his hair). If this is the new direction that TNA is headed... then I'm glad I don't watch TNA.

Brutha.

So with ten minutes of my life never to return watching the brain drain that is a bunch of old farts talking, I proceed over to Monday Night RAW, which opens up with another segment featuring two old farts talking... followed by a couple matches here and there... and capped off with two old farts talking... and one of them kicked the other in the balls.

Somebody hates me... that's the only possible explanation for Seniors' Night in Sports-Entertainment.

Brutha. 


Posted by dtm666 at 6:57 PM EST
Saturday, 2 January 2010
1220 - Quick Notes And Updates
Topic: Web Presence News

Hope that everybody's got a good New Year. Now it's time to get back to work, I suppose. Hopefully, that means a new focus on the various web-projects.

Regarding the remainder of fanfiction "remastering" updates:
I still have two more updates left to do, which I'll posting one story a week throughout the rest of this month. Next Thursday will see Plague re-uploaded with a new ending, followed by Eighth Coin a week later. As for the 2010 Final Cut edition of Beginnings, I'll hold over on that until I get a chance to see the "reversioned" MMPR that aired... presumably when it eventually gets uploaded on YouTube.

Speaking of which, I saw the new opening on DailyMotion and I've got to give Disney credit; they've somehow managed to make an opening to a cheesy show from 1993 even cheesier. I cringe for the final product, but as long as the younger kids get into it (after all, they are the target audience) and some older folks manage to check it out, I suppose it's okay.

Regarding the "new" fanfiction:
Seems like I've been touting this forever... say, wait a minute. I HAVE. Wait until March. I mean it, this time.

Regarding the Twisted Realm website:
Planned on getting it up today, but decided to hold off another month to make sure everything works and stuff. This is directly related to the fanfiction re-upload delay as well as... you know, THE HOLIDAYS.

Regarding the YouTube Channel:
Some minor game-related stuff has already been uploaded to the channel. I'm presently getting some quick material ready for the site which will possibly see regular updates in a couple months. What kind of stuff? Well, just wait and see.

I had some other ideas, but I can't get to them right now. Will follow up with another "news update" or something later.

Until then... enjoy 2010.


Posted by dtm666 at 10:19 AM EST
Thursday, 31 December 2009
1919 - A Quick Look Back At 2009 - Rough Cut -
Topic: Rants

This list is nothing major, nothing special. A bunch of stuff which peaked my interest in 2009 (whether in a positive or negative light) can be found here. Nothing more noteworthy than that. And so, let's get this over and done with. Just to show hastily done this is, improper and unstable formatting is in place... and also this is a partial list for the most part.

THE YEAR'S WINNERS
Some good stuff has happened to or involving these particular targets during 2009.

STAR TREK
Trekkies will debate the temporal peculiars until the end of time, but there's no doubt in my mind that this is one of the best Star Trek flicks I've seen in recent memory. Hell, even my brother thought it was excellent. Everything about this movie, from the visuals to the casting to the overall story, seems to be pretty spot on and has earned multiple views on my part. Good job, JJ. Here's hoping all of this good will I've placed on you won't be flushed down with the sequel.

TERMINATOR
I gotta be honest. After people had trashed this movie, I had some reservations. But after watching the movie, I gotta say that this one is actually not too bad. Let's be honest: no Terminator movie is going to compare to the first two, but drop those expectations and what you'll get is a fairly servicable action flick that does a good job of entertaining the audience. And for that alone, it's on this side of the list.

CLASSIC GAME ROOM HD
A spin-off of the old-school Game Room webshow that originally aired in 1999-2000, this HD incarnation actually started in 2008, but I only caught wind of it this year, so it's on the list now. In fact, what a great review show this. Aside from being able to watch the old-school stuff from the earlier incarnations (which are really good), the new HD series is also good, calm, and informative with some witty moments. A top-notch show that I recommend for all your gaming reviews.

PS3
What a change of fortune for the Playstation Triple, huh? It's got a new model, a new lower price, and a selection of pretty good games that can't be found on the other system (yet)... not to mention that they've got the prepaid PSN cards out, which I've used to buy some online PS1 classics for my PSP. Okay, Sony. You've sold me on your PS3 - this one actually looks nice. I'll probably pick one up... next year... for Christmas... or something. First, I'm going to invest in some Wii games that seem like they're worth the money, like...

NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII
A bit premature since I don't have the game yet, but having sampled it for a bit and judging from the positive praise it's been getting, I'd have to say that it's well earned its spot on this list early on. Besides, it's classic 2D Mario at its finest and you can play four players, so that's a win-win right there.

THE YEAR'S LOSERS
Quite a few losers this year...

MARVEL
A black hole of creativity - there's about one or two series that's actually worth my time at the moment and you're almost left wondering when the Powers That Be will fuck those up as well.

POWER RANGERS
2009 will be the last year that new PR will produced and that's a bit of a shame. While I've seen very little of RPM - mainly the first couple episodes and some tidbits afterwards - what I have seen is very good and perhaps fitting that it should end on a fairly high note. This is one that I was debating putting on here at all, but the fact that new episodes are being cancelled and replaced with reruns of the original MMPR, however, is enough justification to make it on the Losers side of the list.

WOLVERINE
Your movie was a giant MEH. All I can say is that at least it's better than X-Men 3, but that isn't saying much. This one is just... MEH.

TRANSFORMERS
Your movie sucked even more.

Oh, and keep up the good work.

THE MIDDLE GROUNDERS
Only a couple this year...

NICOTINEALIEN/ARMAKE21/BOXED ENTERTAINMENT/WHATEVER HIS NAME IS NOW
He's started up another account and towards the end of the year began uploading some of his older stuff, some of which I still find entertaining despite them just being mindless screaming matches. Of course, it'll be a matter of time before some schmuck decides to heckle him and he takes the videos down again, which makes me want to reiterate my plea from last year to find a suitable site to host his videos at. I hear Blip isn't too bad for your needs, dude. Think about it.

GERALD TREMBLAY
Managed to stick around as mayor of Montreal for a third term. Too bad he sucks, but by default compared to the other candidates in the recent urban election, he was the best choice. So congrats, Mr. Mayor. Now please, please, PLEASE give us snow removal services that doesn't suck... because that's most important at the moment.

TMNT
Ended their 25th anniversary with a decent (if disappointing) video game for Wii (and PS2) as well as a surprise sale of the franchise to Nickelodeon. Not sure what to make of this, but for the most part, the Turtles are still (somewhat) marketable. So Middle Ground for you guys.

Anyway, that's it for 2009. Here's to a more-than-average 2010. Happy New Year, kids.


Posted by dtm666 at 11:14 AM EST
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
1218 - Krion Conquest works on the FC Twin (So Far)
Topic: FC Twin Tribute

Here's video evidence...

 

I had filmed a sample clip of me playing Krion Conquest as visual evidence that the game indeed does work. I might do a similar visual clip with Dragon Warrior II, which is another game disputed to not work on the FC Twin (but it does).

It can be argued that it might have to do with the individual cartridges, similar to certain . I'll give it a go on one of my lesser NES clones to see if it works there, but for the most part, it works fine.

Maybe it's a glitch later in the game. I'll have to find that out by playing further. 


Posted by dtm666 at 8:41 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 22 December 2009 8:50 AM EST
Monday, 21 December 2009
1217 - Fanfiction Repost Session
Topic: Fanfiction

A bunch of stuff to make up for the past week of inactivity. Also, this Thursday's planned update has been postponed to Monday for obvious reasons.

PRDT: The Will To Live
- Some minor edits and typo corrections

PR vs. SF: A Parody In More Ways Than One - "10th Anniversary Edition"
- Originally conceived in comic form in 1999, scripted format in 2003
- Despite being a 10th Anniversary Edition, no changes

MMPR Versus The Phaker Rangers
- No changes

Ranger In A Box
- No changes


Posted by dtm666 at 10:39 PM EST
Friday, 18 December 2009
1216 - Cogs of War Blog Update
Topic: Fanfiction
First "report" in - http://dtm666.tripod.com/prcogsofwar/

Posted by dtm666 at 11:58 PM EST
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
1215 - Damn you, cold.
Topic: Fanfiction

Damn cold has caught me once again, which means I missed a couple intended updates (and will miss another one tomorrow). Sorry about that, kids. To make up for it, come back next Tuesday where I'll be reposting a good chunk of material as well as possibly add a surprise or two.

Again, sorry for the lapse. I'd say this won't happen again, but... well... 


Posted by dtm666 at 6:51 AM EST
Thursday, 10 December 2009
1214 - Mega Man 10 is coming...
Topic: Random Stuff

According to this article on Joystiq.com, the latest issue of Nintendo Power has revealed that Capcom is working on Mega Man 10 and releasing it to WiiWare. No more details than that. Like the previous mega-outing, this is a retro-styled game that plays like the classic NES titles. But this time, it includes three playable characters, including Mega Man (obviously), Proto Man (no longer an extra you have to pick up), and a third character. Possibly the sheep man that's on the cover.

More news to come, but... thanks.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:45 AM EST
1213 - Fanfiction Repost - Zero Hour
Topic: Fanfiction

You've seen this on FF.Net, but here it is again:

Zero Hour
- Originally written in 2004-2005
- One scene dropped, three scenes altered/extended
- Some minor edits and typo corrections


Posted by dtm666 at 6:40 AM EST
Monday, 7 December 2009
1212 - Fanfiction Repost - Breakdown and Death of GR
Topic: Fanfiction

Today's (punctual) offering:

PR: Breakdown

- Originally written and posted in 2004.
- Two scenes have been added and one scene is extended
- Some minor edits and typo corrections

MMPR: Death of the Green Ranger

- Originally written in 1999. Posted online in 2004.
- No changes


Posted by dtm666 at 7:30 AM EST
Thursday, 3 December 2009
1211 - Fanfiction Repost:
Topic: Fanfiction

Late upload, sorry about that. Click the story title to head over to the reposted story:

Power Rangers Zeo: Shadow of the Dragon

 - Originally written and posted in 2003
 - Remastered version contains some minor text revisions, typo corrections, and two scene extentions (not major)

Castlevania: In Death's Lair

 - Originally written and posted in 2007
 - No changes made

Did not upload the Fallen story yet. Sorry.


Posted by dtm666 at 8:31 PM EST
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
1210 - ECW on its last legs
Topic: McWrestling

According to rajah.com, WWE is planning to make major changes to the ECW brand. One of these changes could possibly be a rebranding - dropping the ECW name for another.

Here's the page in question for you to copy and past:
http://rajah.com/base/node/17761

I, for one, welcome the day WWE rebrands ECW with another name. In fact, my belief is that they should have done it already. As much as the show has improved since its early inception in 2006 - and if you were watching the show during the first couple years, you'd know how hard it is to sit through - it's unfair and wrong to associate a young brand with the name of a niche wrestling company whose overall product and style was a different beast from the stagnant WWE product offered.

I'll probably have more to say on this in a future Bite commentary or something. 


Posted by dtm666 at 6:34 AM EST
Friday, 27 November 2009
1209 - Writing from someone else's computer to bring you this important update
Topic: Web Presence News
I've been infected with rather nasty malicious software. Thus I'll be busy for the weekend and won't be able to make any scarce updates. Apologies.

Posted by dtm666 at 6:58 AM EST
Thursday, 26 November 2009
1208 - The Tablets will crumble soon and future PRRs
Topic: Ranger Restroom

Haven't been in the Restroom for a while, so let's get this over with...

- For anyone remotely interested in good fanfiction, better go over here before the site closes. It's not obviouisly mine, but it does contain some wonderful material that has been around for years. If you want to check out fics and grab pics, do so now before the site is gone.

- Retrospectives on Power Rangers have been abandoned for quite some time. It's a matter of severe writer's block at this point. Right now, though, I've got a couple planned, but am not sure as to when they'll be ready. Will keep in touch soon.

- As promised, next Thursday will be the first "remastered" update of fanfics. I'm due to begin posting "new" material in February 2010... maybe.


Posted by dtm666 at 7:11 AM EST
Saturday, 21 November 2009
1207 - First Grumble Grumble Post
Topic: Writings

A series of thoughts and comments on a number of video reviews by certain video reviewers. These were going to be in video form in the form of counter-reviews, but I'd figure since I'm going to be a long while before videos start appearing, I just post the text files.

First up, Irate Gamer's Super Mario Bros. 2 video.

Click here for the post... on the other blog.


Posted by dtm666 at 9:54 PM EST

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