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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
Sunday, 1 November 2009
1197 - The Bite (October 31st, 2009)
Topic: Writings

I rarely do this, but since I'm going to be taking down the temp site, I might as well post the entirety of The Bite here. A DTM Blog Classic exclusive for one month only! ENJOY!

Decided to wait until Halloween to put this up... welcome to another wonderful edition of the Bite, where I just ramble in text form. Until recently, I was going to start up by posting a new video llog (so you can HEAR me ramble about random shit rather than READ my ramblings), but things didn't go ahead as planned and so things will have to wait until I'm good and ready.

A couple things to point out:

I've teased it on my DTM Blog Classic and linked to the site, but outside of a very casual "Fuck you, TNA" comment, I haven't really shared my thoughts on the matter. And now that a couple days have passed since said comment has been posted, I should bare my feelings.

As you are probably already well aware, TNA Wrestling has signed Hulk Hogan... there, I just said everything you need to know. Next...

Obviously, you are also aware of the massive press this signing has gotten... and you know what? Despite my overreaction (or underreaction) to the news initial, I've come to realize that this might be a good thing for TNA. Getting a big-name WWE guy like Kurt Angle or Mick Foley hasn't done much to change the fortunes of TNA. Getting a hybrid pro-wrestler/MMA guy like Bobby Lashley created initial buzz that has since fizzled. But getting one of the biggest names in professional wrestling? That could actually have a profound effect on TNA's fortunes.

And make no mistake - despite anybody's feelings on the man or performer, Hulk Hogan IS one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, name in professional wrestling. He personified professional wrestling for a good long fucking time. He still has a good grip on the media despite being at a point of irrelevancy.

This isn't the first time TNA has tried to court Hulk Hogan either - some wrestling fans will recall an angle that happened some five or six years ago when Jeff Jarrett attacked Hogan while the latter was in a press conference in Japan. It was supposed to lead to some big angle where Hogan gets revenge, but it never followed through. Now that Hogan and TNA have married each other, it will be interesting to see whether Hogan adds to the promotion's fortunes or manipulates people around him to benefit himself rather than the company that signed him.

Most probably, it's going to be the latter.

Now much like any former WWE star who gets involved with TNA, WWE gets a hissy fit and takes down their profile from the Alumni section of their website. But apparently, there's an additional issue - as WWE also has a Hulk Hogan DVD set due to be released in a couple weeks time. This puts them in a very precarious situation, as they don't want to promote a star who is working with their "non-competition" TNA, but they also have this DVD set that is set to be released and dumping that would no doubt cost the company quite a bit of cash.

I'd say release the DVD regardless, but don't promote it as much. If anything, WWE will have something sell like hotcakes and they get to keep most of the monies made. So whatever...

In slightly more happier times, I saw a couple videos on YouTube regarding the upcoming Castlevania Rebirth title for WiiWare. I know someone posted the game in its entirety, but I didn't see that yet - not wanting to spoil myself and all, but from what I saw, it seems like a fairly enjoyable romp that harkens back to old-school Castlevania and that's already good enough for me. I certainly can't wait to check it out.

Couple quick updates:

- I've decided to delay the website another month. It was supposed to be up this week, but then I tinkered with a new layout and so months of work down the drain... Actually, getting stuff to work with the new layout isn't going to take long - it's a matter of making sure everything DOES work... and trust me when I say that when the site goes live, every link you click on is going to fucking work. That's always been the constant with most of these upgrades: something has a broken link somewhere. Not going to be the case here, I promise you that.

- Review output has been slow as of late. I'm presently getting some final touches on a couple games and stuff, but hopefully there will be a steady stream of reviews in the coming months. I'm also working on the back catalogue so that I can post at least one review a week, either on the Blogs, site, or GameFAQs.

So that's about it for now. Until next time...


Posted by dtm666 at 10:36 AM EDT
Saturday, 15 August 2009
1171 - New Bite Commentary
Topic: Writings
A heavy weight off my shoulders in this one. Click here for my sad story. Another commentary will be posted in a couple weeks.

Posted by dtm666 at 8:28 AM EDT
Friday, 24 July 2009
1162 - Because you so wanted it right?
Topic: Writings
As you could probably tell, there hasn't been a Bite commentary in quite some time. Well, the long hiatus is over. I'll be posting one next month and will explain why there hasn't been one in months. It was also go into great depth as to what's been going on with me as of late, because presumably I'll have my answers by then.

Posted by dtm666 at 9:19 AM EDT
Monday, 29 June 2009
1148 - RIP Billy Mays
Topic: Writings

Billy Mays, the energetic bearded pitchman who appeared in six hundred commercials to promote a whole bunch of stuff like Oxi-Clean and Orange Glo, passed away yesterday. The world has lost a talented salesman and a true, hard-working professional in a world that is lacking of such people.

Rest in peace, Mr. Mays. Hopefully, the afterlife will take heed of your loud sales pitches and buy the products you advertise.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:58 AM EDT
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
1033 - Sizzler07 - Part 2 of 5
Topic: Writings

Note: Scroll down for Part 1.

Now let me be clear on a couple things. In terms of the actual reviews, I seem to be the only one to get some semblance of enjoyment out of them. Don't get me wrong, I disagree with him on the two games and to be fair, they're not entirely great reviews. Somehow, I seem to enjoy seeing kids not know what they're talking about and act like complete idiots. However, let's be fair. The kid was doing one of two things; either giving his true thoughts (dispeled as VIB did an actual review of Contra and had some good things to say about it) or attempting to be like an anti-AVGN who bashes good games as a joke.

To be honest, this was something that I had actually thought about doing, but then I saw all the responses these reviews were getting and none of them were exciting kind to the guy. Responses have ranged from typical disagreements to cursing to unwarranted insults to full-fledge parodies. Now I'll admit that some of these parodies are amusing (NicotineAlien has a particularly good one), but these are all parodying and insulting a kid who just posted a couple videos.

To be continued...


Posted by dtm666 at 6:49 AM EDT
Monday, 27 October 2008
1032 - Sizzler07 - Part 1 of 5
Topic: Writings

Anyone who browses YouTube on a regular basis knows the name. The supposed account belonging to a kid was home to two "infamous" reviews in which the kid bashed Contra and the Genesis version of Mortal Kombat. In trying to be another AVGN knockoff, he ended up opening a can of worms and gotten many other posters to post parodies and really vile comments.

Goes to show you can't have opinions on the Internet, because just anybody who disagrees with you can and will bash you because your tastes don't match up with theirs. It's a damn shame...

Turns out the kid featured on those videos are NOT that of Sizzler07, but a guy by the name of VIB(x)00. The story so far is that the Sizzler07 took videos the guy made years ago and posted them without permission. VIB had recently made a video addressing this, saying that he regrets making the vids and that he's putting out a warning to anyone who uses the Sizzler stuff for their own warped purposes.

To be continued...


Posted by dtm666 at 6:48 AM EDT
Sunday, 1 June 2008
898 - The Bite - May 31st, 2008
Topic: Writings

Note: Yeah, I know it's a day late, but I was busy yesterday and it's still valid in either case. Because I'm preparing to upload shit back to the Webstation's dormant state, I'm posting this commentary on the Blog. This isn't going to be a new feature... just this once, you don't have to go to some other site to read my award-not-winning thoughts on random stuff. Enjoy.

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

WARNING: Contains language and some material unsuitable for younger readers. Discretion is advised.

Magical stardust and the like. Welcome to the Bite. Aside from some minor blog reposts, I also got some stuff to mention, such as noteworthy additions to my gaming collection (which currently has a count of 260 entries - a modest number to say the least)

Possibly the one major thing advertised ahead of schedule was my comments on John Cena's latest attack on the Rock. You know? The constant bitching about Cena which says "If Rocky claims to love wrestling, why doesn't he come back and do some stuff for us?" In this latest escapade, Cena claims that "Rocky used wrestling as a stepping stone for acting." It's kinda funny that people in WWE would try to spin this as something negative when it could very well be the best inspirational message out there. Consider Chris Jericho: who had taken a 2-year hiatus from wrestling to do other stuff because he did all he thought was needed to be done and not because some injury or old-age forced him out. Sure, he came back, but the point is that unlike Hulk Hogan or all these other older stock folks past the point of relevance, he came back relatively healthy and interest in him was still relatively high.

But with the Rock, there's not even that aspect of him coming back. Possibly because he's too busy making movies and staying healthy enough. So in some respects, I can understand why Cena is a little pissy about Rocky. On the other hand, to claim that Rocky used wrestling to get into movies? Sorry, man. That sounds like bullshit to me, because I've been watching most of Rocky's stuff during his day and I felt the passion through his funny promos. Rocky's promos could have been pedestrian stuff, but he seemed to take it a step further rather than phoning in a performance and calling it a day. It's this raw passion and charismatic variable that makes Rocky's stuff a joy to watch even longer after he left wrestling. None of that looked like he was using wrestling; it looked like he was actually enjoying himself. It's a tangable element that, quite frankly, I have yet to see in any of the current crop of "superstars" who think they have what it takes to be the next big thing. Cena may be the big guy in WWE, but the Rock he will never be.

So let's talking about who's using what now: what's the point of having Cena make these movies if he's never going to leave wrestling? If he shows no passion for that particular adage, why do it? It seems somewhat hypocritical of Cena to say these nasty things about this big-time wrestler turned big-time Hollywood actor when he's doing the exact same thing, only on a somewhat less successful scale and with as much originality as the current trend of Hollywood remakes. So the message being brought about in wrestling circles is this: it's not okay to be in wrestling for a good while and then leave to do other things while you're relatively healthy and a hot commodity, but it is okay to stay in wrestling and retire when injuries become too severe or when interest in you wanes severely, all the while doing some movies funded by a wrestling company who makes it a point to shoot down the success of one of their former stars who had managed to break through the wrestler stereotype and actually become a mainstream success. Perhaps if Cena makes a couple movies that make as much money as Rocky's movies has, then he'll be in a position to talk. Until then, shut the fuck up and go back to wrestling your crappy matches and doing your generic promos.

Couple movies worth watching this month: Iron Man and the new Indy flick. Iron Man is actually one of the better Marvel movies and is so damn good that I'd probably enjoy even if I wasn't a comic reader. And of course, you can't really go wrong with Indy. Even at his late age, Ford's still got it.

So for a lark, I picked up three cell phone games: Street Fighter II CE, Mega Man II and Castlevania: Order of Shadows. As expected, neither of them play as well as their console counterparts - I can't imagine how you'd get Street Fighter to work with this thing - but for a couple bucks, they aren't too bad. And there have been worse-playing games than these. One thing I do have to say with regards to Mega Man II is how they managed to get the game to fit rather nicely on my narrow phone screen and how most - but not all - of the sprites and backdrops are nicely retained from their NES original. As for Castlevania, well I'll give it some time before I lay final judgment, but let's just say I bought this by accident when I was actually looking for the port of the original Castlevania, which seems to have been retired because I can't find it anyway. Tsk, tsk.

On the bright side of things, Street Fighter actually plays rather nicely on the cell phone. Color me surprised when Capcom had managed to make pulling off moves such as a Dragon Punch easy and intuitive on the phone's mingy keypad. Nice job there lads.

Another thing I picked up was a Neo Geo Pocket Color. No doubt most of you are wondering just what the fuck that is, but some of you probably do know what I'm talking about. It was another color handheld console by SNK which enjoyed a nice library of games before being recalled due to SNK being bought out and the arrival of the GBA. The unit I bought came with six games, each of which I will be reviewing at a later time. I'll probably post my thoughts on the NGPC soon enough, but here's a review by YouTuber TolstoyKafkaEvsky which pretty much explains the system better than I could in a short span of time. Also, check out some of his other stuff too.

Finally, through sheer lucky and a heavy hit, I snagged the limited Zelda Collector's Edition disc for Gamecube. Most people don't know about this, it was a special disc that was gained through pre-ordering something or other that contained four classic Zelda games: the two NES Zelda games and the two N64 Zelda games. They also slid in a Wind Waker demo, but the actual game is pretty cheap these days so I'll just pick that one up. The two NES games play fairly similarly to their originals, although I'd kill for an actual Select button instead of this weird crap on the Gamecube, but I digress.

Click to view AkewsticRockR's Irate Gamer parody, which is actually pretty funny. It's basically a commercial for a non-existant DVD, which doesn't really sell me on the DVD. I'll wait for the Christian Nintendo Nerd's DVD to come out. I don't know what's more amazing: the fact that I remember his first YouTube video or the fact I actually spelled AkewsticRockR's name correctly without checking it beforehand.

In addition to making Smackdown vs. Raw games which seem to get prettier as well as crappier, THQ has recently announced that they are currently developing WWE Legends of Wrestlemania for the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles. No doubt it will be using the same engine as their other game, but anything they put in has to be better than the abomination that was the Legend of Wrestling series from Acclaim. Those games were absolutely pitiful and the third game in the series, Showdown: Legends of Wrestling, was such a bug-ridden mess that... well, I have a review written, so go read that instead.

It's generally considered a dull month overall, but living in Quebec, you'd probably heard about the famed Bouchard-Taylor commission's highly-anticipated report on what it is generally referred to as "reasonable accommodations" to minority folks. Now, I made mention of this in my 2007 in Review article by listing this commission as losers for going around the province and basically promoting xenophobia and racism through their public forums, but after reading this report, I'm afraid I have an advance candidate for two-time losers in 2008, because the commission's final report was downright disappointing, with few meager recommendations regarding religious symbols (nothing totally groundbreaking that would make this province less of a Special Olympics to the rest of North America - and I don't mean that in a nice way either) and the government reportedly shooting down a number of them. I'd say regardless of what happens, this ends up being a total waste of taxpayers' money and nothing will come of this. It will be business as usual.

What was Jean Charest's tagline when he was a Conservative leader? Let the future begin? Well, I'm still waiting for it to begin.

Later,
Dave.

 


Posted by dtm666 at 9:49 AM EDT
Thursday, 7 February 2008
728 - Accidental?
Topic: Writings

A snippet from this month's Bite, to be posted on Feb. 29:

So it was determined that what caused Heath Ledger's death was an "accidental" overdose of prescription drugs. For those who don't know, the actor was found dead with some pills spilt over the floor. Someone please explain to me what an "accidental" overdose is exactly. It's not exactly rocket science, but please enlighten me. I don't know about you, but whenever you hear the words overdose and drug abuse, accidental doesn't figure into any of it.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:59 AM EST
Wednesday, 27 July 2005
105 - The Death of McWrestling - Episode 1
Topic: Writings
Sometime in March 2001, World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc. (now known as World Wrestling Entertainment) had purchased all related assets of World Championship Wrestling from AOL-Time Warner after the company had lost close to $60 million in the previous year. I'm not going to tell the story of how the company, who had reinvigorated the wrestling industry with the creation of the New World Order angle, went from top of the world to the bottom of the comode, since that story is well documented in the book entitled The Death of WCW by RD Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez. However, let's go on with the fallout of that purchase... based on various internet sources, said book, and my own (vague) recollections. Some of this might be inconsistent, but I'm not in possession of a time machine.

Prior to the airing of the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro, there were some speculation that a WWF superstar would appear on the show. The most common guess was Triple H for some reason or another, but I can't say I remember for sure. As most of us know, that WWF superstar turned out to be Shane McMahon, who was revealed in WWF storylines as the new owner of World Championship Wrestling. And just like WCW had done to WWF in the past, Shane would kick Vince's ass at Wrestlemania. In that one promo, the last WCW Nitro basically became a footnote and the purchase of the company was delegated to nothing more than a chapter in the on-again/off-again McMahon family feud, which most people are getting tired of.

Despite that, the bigger picture was realized. Now that Vince owned his competition, the wrestling fan's wet dream of a WWF versus WCW supercard was going to be a reality. A lot of people truly believed - and yes, I swear to God they truly believed this - that there was no way in HELL that Vince could possibly screw this thing up. What do they know?

First off, the acquisition of WCW resulted in a massive tape library that never saw extensive use until 2002 or 2003, all the trademarks and copyrights, and the contracts of about twenty or so mid-level wrestlers, including the WCW champions who had held on to their belts on that final Nitro. Major stars, such as Kevin Nash or Bill Goldberg, were expensive and thus they sat at home collecting their checks from AOL-Time Warner. Of course, we got Diamond Dallas Page... but still.

Long story short - the WWF-WCW invasion ended up being a bust. Mostly because the WWF guys were always beating the shit out of the WCW guys. They threw in ECW as a means to make things interesting. And you know what? It could have worked, but on the same night, they killed that advantage dead when Vince McMahon's other brat Stephanie was introduced as the new owner of ECW - yes, they brought in more McMahons. The WCW/ECW alliance became simply known as the Alliance, and had gained great stars such as Steve Austin (a guy who was screwed by WCW early in his career) and Kurt Angle, who had only worked in the WWF in his active career, thus watering down the Invasion to the point where it meant nothing. It was a bust when it should have been the biggest (not to mention the easiest) moneymaker the WWF could put together. And so after several months of the whole invasion fiasco, the storyline ended with the Alliance being put out of business.

Over the next couple of years, the WWF (later renamed WWE when they lost a court case against the World Wildlife Fund - yes, Vince McMahon got his ass kicked by a f***ing panda) would attempt all sorts of crazy stuff. Guys like Ric Flair, Scott Steiner, Goldberg were some of the WCW big names they couldn't afford for the invasion.... and yet they were signed and in some cases, misused. Heck, they even managed to bring in Eric Bischoff and made him useless. They managed to get Shawn Michaels out of retirement and had Hulk Hogan wear a mask and call himself Mister America. They divided their roster pool into two brands. They tried obscene angles such as fake gay marriages, old guys dying from too much sex, necrophilia angles, and other ridiculous stupidities. They tried all these things and none of it worked.

So why am I recollecting about past times? Find out the answer this coming Friday, when I talk about the boring wrestling programs as of late.

Posted by dtm666 at 8:55 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 7 April 2010 12:45 PM EDT

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