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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
Friday, 13 November 2009
1205 - It's Friday...
Topic: Rants
Happy Friday The 13th, kids. New review coming soon.

Posted by dtm666 at 6:42 AM EST
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
1188 - REMOVED POST
Topic: Rants
I had a post on a certain YouTube internet celebrity and his hated status here, but I took it down because I really don't want to drag myself into the spiralling flame war of utter stupidity. My thoughts on the matter will be posted soon enough.

Posted by dtm666 at 6:43 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 2 October 2009 6:26 AM EDT
Friday, 18 September 2009
1185 - Repost - Thoughts On Castlevania The Adventure ReBirth
Topic: Rants
Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth, the third in Konami's series of classic remakes for WiiWare, is a bit of a revelation, as it officially confirms the proper name of the title. Besides that, the general belief is that it's going to be a remake/remix/upgrade/whatever of the Game Boy title of the same name.

It sort of makes sense when you think about it. While I can't necessarily speak for Contra ReBirth since I've not played it yet, it seemed to me like Gradius ReBirth is sort of a spritual remix or upgrade of the Game Boy version called Nemesis, as both games seem to have similar levels.

In any case, it'll be interesting to see how this game turns out. I'm hoping it'll be a return to form similar to Super Castlevania IV and not another "Metroidvania" game that seems to be the norm these past few years... then again, anything is an improvement over what we got on Game Boy.

Posted by dtm666 at 6:43 AM EDT
Sunday, 19 July 2009
1158 - Momentarily better for the moment.
Topic: Rants

Effective pain relievers and herbal teas are helping with my recent episode of torture - and with two weeks off, I'll have plenty of time to get some personal projects done... because I'm apparently not well enough to travel.

In any case, to make up for lack of regular posts, expect a whole bunch of them in a very quick amount of time. Starting... now


Posted by dtm666 at 7:49 PM EDT
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
1157 - I'm starting to feel like Troi...
Topic: Rants

You remember "Encounter At Farpoint", the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Remember when they're down on the planet and Deanna Troi is suddenly whimpering "Pain! Pain! So much pain!" Remember that?

Yeah, that's what I'm starting to feel like right now.

Pain... so much fucking pain...


Posted by dtm666 at 6:56 AM EDT
Monday, 8 June 2009
1144 - Street Fighter IV PC requirements
Topic: Rants

So Capcom released the specs for the PC version of Street Fighter IV. For those who don't have gaming consoles of the hi-def variety, this would seem like a suitable replacement. My only concern is the SECUROM protection that's going to be employed. I don't know if my love for the Street Fighter series will be enough to overcome my disdain of modern PC game security measures, a contributing factor to me not getting involve in PC gaming... well, that and the fact that the games are either too demanding for my rinky-dink PC or they just don't seem to be worth my money. But we'll see.

Anyway, courtesy of this site, here're the specs:

Minimum

OS: Windows XP
CPU: Intel Pentium4 2.0GHz or higher
RAM: 1GB or higher
HDD: 10GB of free space or more
Video Card: DirectX 9.0c/Shader3.0 or higher compatible, NVIDIA GeForce6600 series, ATI Radeon(TM) X1600 or higher or higher, VRAM i?š256MB or higher
Sound: DirectSound compatible, DirectX 9.0c (or higher) compatible
Input Devices: Mouse, Keyboard


Maximum

OS: Windows Vista
CPU: Intel Core2Duo 2.0GHz or higher
RAM: 2GB or higher
HDD: 10GB of free space or more
Video Card: DirectX 9.0c/Shader3.0 or higher compatible, NVIDIA GeForce8600 series or higher, ATI Radeon(TM) X 1900 or higher, VRAM i?š512MB or higher
Sound: DirectSound compatible, DirectX 9.0c (or higher) compatible
Input Devices: Gamepad i?šXbox360 Controller for Windows
 


Posted by dtm666 at 6:36 AM EDT
Saturday, 6 June 2009
1143 - E3 has come and gone...
Topic: Rants

...and I didn't go. Shame.

But in any case, some strange has happened as there are actually some games worth my attention these days. Go figure. Here're the ones worthy of my attention:

New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Seems to be a follow-up on the similarly titled DS version that was released years ago. Neat 4-player function with gameplay worthy of having Screwattack rename it Super Mario Assholes. Let's put it another way. Remember playing 2-player games in the original Mario Bros. and playing all sorts of dirty tricks to get the other guy killed? Well, almost the same deal here. Can't wait to play this one.

Metroid: Other M (Wii)
I'll be completely honest: I haven't really cared for the Metroid series ever since Zero Mission. I've tried the first Metroid Prime, but it really didn't do much for me and therefore I had no reason to pursue the rest of the series. Having said that, this game sort of peeks my interest, but I'll have to wait and see where this one goes.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (XB360/PS3)
Comments on this title has been refering to this as a God-of-War ripoff. While I can't really comment on that (I never really played God of War - I haven't been keeping up, have I?), it does seem like a nice, quick-paced and frentic action game - something I felt Castlevania really needed in its transition to 3D rather than the previous offerings. While I regret not being able to play this game - lest I somehow conjure up a PS3 or 360 out of thin air - I do look forward to what other people think. Who knows? This might be the game that has been going for a stronger machine.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (Wii)
So I don't need to import this game? Cool... I mean, the game looks really, really slick. Should be a frantic game indeed.

That's about it, really... Yeah, that's it. Bye.

 


Posted by dtm666 at 9:04 AM EDT
Friday, 29 May 2009
1139 - Consider me a Trekker (not that kind anyway)
Topic: Rants

So last night, I went on a long audious trek by foot from downtown Montreal to slightly home... in the suburbs. Most Montrealers probably heard about the mysterious package that was left in one of the metro stations and forced almost the whole system to be shut down. (Here's the story so far.)

While people were waiting for buses, I was walking home and making due progress. By eight o'clock, I took the rest of the way home by bus. Of course, around that time, things were slowly returning to normal. In any case, I made a long Trek, so that makes me a one-time Trekker.

But I still consider myself a Star Trek fan and refuse to get into this stupid debate about which pet name is preferable and accurate.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:49 AM EDT
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
1120 - Do Your Scans And Be Safe
Topic: Rants

Tomorrow the superworm known as Conlicker strikes and so to be safe, better run your security checks on your systems. Hope everyone makes it out alive.

Right now, I can hear the minority number of Mac users laughing at our stupid asses.

Yeah, I know what day it is. No excuse for not protecting your shit.


Posted by dtm666 at 7:33 PM EDT
Friday, 20 March 2009
1115 - Dents and Oysters
Topic: Rants

So tomorrow is officially spring... although some people will say that today is officially spring. I say it's officially stupid that we have such an argument and just check the frickin' calendar, which says... spring starts today...

Awkward...

What does this have to do with oysters and dents?

Hey, I haven't posted in a week. I don't know what else to call it.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:47 AM EDT
Friday, 16 January 2009
1091 - Street Fighter... EXTREME Blu-Ray edition
Topic: Rants

Just in time for the new Legend of Chun-Li flick coming out in February, Universal is also re-releasing the old Van-Damme flick next month too... but this time, it's an EXTREME edition. It's got some special features here and there... and there's some content on Street Fighter IV in there too, so there's new stuff.

So if you haven't bought the movie when it was last released on DVD, here's your chance to look back on one of the more campy films out there... and then shed a tear as you realize that this film, while not exactly top-of-the-line in the Street Fighter mythos, has way more personality and life to it than the Chun-Li flick... which looks more like a generic Hong Kong flick than a Street Fighter film.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:53 AM EST
Monday, 5 January 2009
1080 - A good fruitful rest
Topic: Rants
So today's the first day back to work, struggling to get from point a to point b in the horrid dangerzone known as downtown. No doubt clean-up crews have done very little in making the sidewalks safe for the pedestrians who wished they had driven to work because at least the streets are better maintained. Oh well. It was a good rest.

Posted by dtm666 at 6:36 AM EST
Wednesday, 31 December 2008
1078 - A lookback on 2008
Topic: Rants
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Generally speaking, 2008 was a bit of a mixed bag. If you were a political history whore, something magical happened down south. Otherwise, you were a Quebecer voting twice in a calendar year within a three-month span. But let's not dwell on that... the year's done. Let's move on... but not before looking back on this past year of mediocrity and historical crap.

THE YEAR'S WINNERS
Some good stuff has happened to or involving these particular targets during 2008.

BARRACK OBAMA
Newly-elected president of the United States is HALF-BLACK... he's not a BLACK MAN... he has a WHITE MOTHER... with that having been said, the election of Obama is one of historical significance and if you really need me to elaborate on this further... man, you just haven't been around here much, have you? Congratulations to Obama for the win... now let's see what he can do and then judge his worthiness to clean Bush's shit up.

COMIC BOOK MOVIES
Out of all the Marvel movies released, Iron Man seems to be the best one. Despite not reading the original comics, I enjoyed Iron Man. It was a very slick, polished, and kick-ass movie. It's too bad Marvel's greatness with the Iron Man movie doesn't translate to their comics, which continue to suck hard. Meanwhile, I also enjoyed the Dark Knight, which seemed like a good follow-up to Batman Begins. Again, it's too bad this awesomeness wasn't around a decade ago when comics were hitting their stride (and tumbled quickly after).

WII
Yes, Nintendo. I ponied up the cash to buy one of your cutesy machines... and I gotta say, I enjoy the Virtual Console, I enjoy a couple of WiiWare games available, and Wii Sports is much more enjoyable and fun than EA Sport's annual recycled fuckfests that somehow sell a gazillion copies simply because people are stupid. While some will claim that the Wii is nothing more than a slightly better Gamecube with gimmicky controllers, the gimmick is actually a step closer to that evolution in video games than the other two systems are. Yeah, the console doesn't have any worthwhile retail releases (or at least, anything that you can't get cheaper on a PS2), but once people see the potential, they'll start churning out games... too bad the only reason I bought this was because of one game.

(On a sidenote, most hardcore gamers will cry foul at the Wii's entry onto the Winner's list when it's clear that the X-Box 360 and even the PS3 have much better games than the Wii, which mostly comprise of shovelware. I'm not going to dispute that... however, I didn't buy those systems. I bought a Wii - therefore, it's on the list. Maybe when the PS3 has some decent games worthy of my cash and when the Red Ring of Death becomes a near-permanent footnote in history, I may consider picking one of those systems up and they'll probably be on the list then. Until then... not on the list.)

MEGA MAN 9
I'll be honest. The first time I saw the trailer, I shed a tear of joy. I mean... look at it. It's 8-bit Mega Man, just the way I remember it. It's fucking awesome regardless of what anybody says. A classic return to what made Mega Man great without frivolous use of high-end graphics, sound, and stupid gimmicks like the fucking snowboarding sequences in 8... Best part is that it plays great and would have been a worthy addition to the NES library had it been released back in the day. In addition to the main game and challenges, downloadable content also included a playable Proto Man, harder difficulty settings, and an endless attack mode which places you in an endless stage to see how far you can go. Truly a wonderful piece of retro greatness even though it was made in 2008. Simply beautiful.

THE CHRIS JERICHO/SHAWN MICHAELS FEUD
For the most part, wrestling has been abysmally boring this year. But if there was any one single wrestling feud worth watching and making a DVD out of, it would be this one. Undoubtedly a candidate for - if not the undisputed - Feud of The Year, Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels not only kicked ass with their fantastic matches together, but also made you care about the angles with a cleverly booked storyline and really deep emotional stuff. It didn't have the drive or hype of another major feud that kickstart the promotion ten years ago, but it's still a wonderful story and it was very much a classic wrestling archtype instead of... whatever WWE produces these days. I have to say that there hasn't been anything this good in years coming out of the WWE braintrust - congrats to Chris and Shawn for a kick-ass storyline... keep up the good work and hope to see a sequel.

CM PUNK/JEFF HARDY
During the summer, CM Punk captured his first World title on Monday Night Raw. Just a couple weeks ago, Jeff Hardy won his first WWE title. It's absolutely amazing that despite nothing particularly special happening this year, we got new blood holding the gold. Tis a shame Punk's reign didn't last long (although longer than most people thought) and it looks like Jeff's reign won't be a long one either.

THE AVGN vs. NOLSTAGIA CRITIC DEBATE
A series of insults, fights, and reviews has resulted in a great 'Net production pitting James Rolfe's popular Nerd character against Doug Walker's newcomer Critic character. If anything, it made people more aware of ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com and the wonderful stuff to come out of Doug's mind. Speaking of which...

THATGUYWITHTHEGLASSES.COM
Truly fucking genius, the site (and the man behind the site) has so much funny material going for it that I can't really sum it all up properly. Whether it's a critic ripping apart a nolstagic movie or a clueless bum reviewing the latest new movie, you can't go wrong with the reams of material leaking out of this site. Pure fun.

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

SARAH PALIN
Sarah Palin's bid for the Presidency was thankfully thwarted by Americans when they voted back in November. No doubt the world is ready for a woman to take office - imagine the support Hilary got during her campaign - but Palin's lack of knowledge on various issues makes us wish McCain picked the most stereotypically-offensive gay man to be running mate. Also, there's something about her that just irks me... oh well, we won't have to hear from her for another four months.

JOHN McCAIN
Forget the fact he lost the election - that's not why he's here. He's here because he ditched Letterman one night... and that's just bad.

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
Oh poor Dr. Jones. Once a proud and legendary icon, he came out of cinematic retirement to be involved in a really lacking film featuring alien skulls, fake Russian villainesses, nuclear refrigerators, and finding out that banging Marion Ravenwood produced Shia LeBeouf - or however the fuck you pronounce that name - as an offspring, who is called Mutt. Yeah, that sounds... wrong. Just... no. On the other hand, it's still better than Howard The... no, I'm not playing that card.

PETA
Don't these guys have anything better to do than to do a really bloody version of Cooking Mama - you know, the one that has you beat the shit out of a turkey before cutting off his head? I mean... seriously? Cooking Mama? There're tons of other "big game hunting" simulators out there that slaughters more animals than in real life and you go after a game where people prepare meals from processed meats... seriously? I think MovieBob a.k.a. The Game Overthinker said it best: "Fuck that and fuck you, you hypocritical, sprout-mongering, bomb-throwing, people-whoring wastes of skin."

IRATE GAMER
This guy's on the list because he missed a few typos on his videos... you know, minor stuff that shouldn't happen when you're putting in two months of working into one skit that lasts roughly ten minutes. Yeah, I know he was on the winner list in the 2007 lookback, but a year of long delays and really subpar episodes that I could have done easily with Windows Movie Maker (just without the special effects and bluescreen crap) really turned me around on this guy. Also, the guy seems to be the inspiration for something called Bores 'N Doors, which has a bunch of YouTubers making their videos based on a scene in one of his videos... it seems to me that these guys desperately need to get a life which doesn't involve them making videos about Chris Bores and rather requires them to concentrate their efforts on making their own effective products.

ANY FUCKING CANADIAN/QUEBEC ELECTION IN 2008
Seriously, enough! The only time I want to think about an election is in four years. Maybe five. ENOUGH WITH THE ELECTIONS. When some of our forefathers died for our right to vote, I don't think they meant for this right to be abused so some moron can win a fucking popularity contest in the hopes of getting a fucking majority government. There's a reason you suddenly have high approval ratings; because you're doing things that isn't going to defeat your minority government and also because people like keeping you on a leash. Two elections passed by and NOTHING CHANGED! Enough already!

FRANK MILLER
Listen, Frank. You know how much your classic stuff is adored, but after Dark Knight Strikes Again, IDW's recent adaptation of your version of Robocop, and even your recent flick based on Will Eisner's classic Spirit comics (which I sadly admit to not seeing, but reviews have been brutal, man)... I think you can forget about anyone having anything good to say about your work these days. You have definitely lost your marbles, sir.

BRUCE KALISH
I haven't seen Jungle Fury, the latest Power Rangers series, simply because this man was involved. If that isn't enough to earn a year's worst, then I don't know what is. The good piece of news I could force out of this is that he's not coming back for the next one... which may either be a good thing or not.

NICOTINEALIEN/ARMAKE21/WHATEVER HIS NAME IS NOW
Ooh... blasphemy, right? I'll admit it; I enjoy some of the guy's work, even though I feel he swears a bit too much. But I enjoy it... but he's already has two YouTube accounts suspended already and trying to find all his stuff is practically a full-time job in itself. Dude, you've got some good stuff there and you can take your time making top-quality stuff, but for Rolfe's sake, man, get a fucking site and consolidate everything there. I don't care if it's a page with links to the video pages, just... something! You got a ton of fans, just have something out there to let them know you're alive; not just some account on a little-known video site where the videos hardly ever load half the time.

Oh, and keep up the good work.

THE MIDDLE GROUNDERS
Yes, it's the return of the middle grounders (not quite winners, not quite losers either) after making a hiatus in 2007.

NEW TMNT COMICS
Yay, Volume 4 is being started up again! Yay, it's free online! Boo, it's ten bucks (American) for a printed copy! Seriously, I don't know, but okay... whatever works.

THE FORCE UNLEASHED
Closest thing I'll be playing is the PS2 version and to be honest, the game is just ok. I mean, the story is fairly good, the action is decent, it's fun killing things, but the main gripe I have is that your character - who is supposed to be this bad-ass apprentice to Darth Vader - ends up turning good and getting killed at the end... sorry to spoil it for anyone who still hasn't played or heard of it, but I play a game expecting to slay Jedis on a regular basis and I end up fighting stormtroopers for the most part... still, it's a fun game - just not deserving of the hype.

SCREWATTACK.COM
Masters of the Internet? Um, yeah, okay. As much as I enjoyed their old stuff, their newer stuff is really not up to snuff. I don't know, maybe I expect too much. Oh well, at least their Video Game Vaults and Top 10s are still good... and thank god for AVGN, huh, fellas?

THE GAME HEROES
I gotta admit... there's a lot of reservation of even posting this here, but it has to be done. Honestly, TGH has done some entertaining stuff and most of their videos are actually more personable and more enjoyable than the Screwattack stuff, but these guys have got to separate their videos into individual pages. I don't mind the long loading of the videos, but whenever there's more than say one, it tends to hang my browser. Lots of win here, but that one nagging flaw kills it for me. Sorry, guys.

Anyway, that's it for 2008. Here's to a more-than-average 2009. Happy New Year, kids.


Posted by dtm666 at 9:55 AM EST
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
1076 - This sums up Final Fantasy VII best
Topic: Rants
This absolutely sums up the movie (and the original game) for me.

Posted by dtm666 at 8:29 AM EST
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
1066 - Yep... yep, Captain Canada prevails indeed...
Topic: Rants

Congrats, Jeanny.

You got your fucking majority.

Now do us all a favor and do your damn job.

Please?

No?

Oh, OK.

Later.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:16 AM EST
Monday, 8 December 2008
1064 - Mega Review #1: Mega Man (NES)
Topic: Rants

Released in 1987, the original Mega Man game for the Nintendo Entertainment System was known for its horrible box art. I mean, seriously, if I was a working father back then and my kid wanted this game for his birthday, I'd have his brain transplanted. It's no secret that the game's box art was one of the most horrible pieces of art ever made. Never mind the fact it had nothing to do with the actual game, but just as its own independent piece, it makes you want to puke.

Okay... so to be honest, when I saw the box art for this game back when I was a kid in 1991, I had wondered if that's how Mega Man started off with... around that time there had been three Mega Man games available with number 4 looming ahead. I was still a relative newcomer to Nintendo games, oblivious to all the wonderful franchises out there... but not oblivious that I didn't know what everything was. I've heard of Mega Man, I've played Kid Icarus and stumbled across one of those weird passwords, I've played through Castlevania 1, 2, and 3. I've touched on these more than enough times back then.

But then I look at this and wonder... "Mega Man had a gun? He wore yellow? I thought his hand was a gun?"

Anyway, all the stupid childhood memories aside, several months after that rental, my parents bought the game and I got a look at the funny instruction booklet... which had told the story of Dr. Light (then known as Dr. Wright - not Dr. Right) creating seven robots, Dr. Wily reprogramming six of them, and Mega Man being declared defender of the universe. Yeah, that's right. DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE. Don't believe me? Here's some of the story taken from the original NES manual (faithfully translated by someone else whose link I regretfully forgot):

It's MEGA MAN versus the powerful leaders and fighting forces of Monsteropolis -- that strange multi-faceted land of robot-like Humanoids. Brilliant scientist Dr. Wright conceived the construction of fully-operational human-like experimental robots to perform specific everyday duties. Dr. Wright, and his assistant Dr. Wily, encouraged with their very first near human robot -- MEGA MAN -- proceeded to develop six additional Humanoids, all programmed to perform prescribed rituals.

But, with the exception of MEGA MAN, all of Dr.Wright's near-human robot experimentation went awry. Assistant Dr. Wily turned disloyal, re-programming Dr. Wright's Humanoids, now bent on destroying opposition so Dr. Wily could control the world and its resources.

Resisting re-programming, MEGA MAN is chosen the defender of theuniverse and its inhabitants. MEGA MAN dares to single-handedly penetrate seven separate empires of Monsteropolis, eliminating the leaders and followers of these sovereignties.

Neat-o.

Mega Man is a fairly simple platform game that gives you the option of choosing the order of six initial stages you wish to progress through. Nothing special now, but back in the day, this type of thing was rare for an action game of this style; only RPG or adventure games would feature this kind of open-endness and flexibility. Not only that, but you get their special powers too. Yay.

USELESS TRIVIA: The first boss I ever killed was Fireman. The method was just to shoot and take the heat.

Being as this is the first game in the series, Mega Man has very limited abilities at first. He can run, jump, and shoot. That's it. It sort of pissed me off when I realized he couldn't duck, but eventually I got used to it. Once he defeated bosses, he gained their weapons.

Bombman's weapon is the Hyper Bomb, which is a classic bomb that explodes after a short delay. Doesn't really do much damage and never saw much use for it because it never blew anything up.

Gutsman's weapon is the Super Arm, which allows you to pick up blocks and hurl them at enemies. Other than that, you have nothing else. No heavy earthquake landings or anything cool like that... you just pick up blocks when they flash and you chuck them... lame.

Cutman's weapon is the Rolling Cutter, a scissor boomerang. This weapon is actually kinda useful and it can be used to take out a few enemies at once from the right angle.

Elecman's weapon is the Thunder Beam, which allows you to shoot electric beams in three directions. This is pretty much the strongest weapon in the game, as far as I know.

Iceman's weapon is the Ice Slasher, which freezes stuff... and that's it. Doesn't do any damage to anyone except Fireman... a damn shame.

Fireman's weapon is the Fire Storm, which allows you to shoot a fireball... kinda lame considering he shot fire waves. On the other hand, every shot summons a temporary shield which defends against enemies (but not projectiles).

Along the way, you'll find something called a Magnet Beam, which allows you to create platforms you can climb on before they fade away forever... let's just say that after playing with this thing, I was more than happy to get something better like a Rush Jet with limited maneuvering abilities.

Once you clear the initial six stages, you get to face off against Dr. Wily... provided you clear three more stages comprising of Yellow Devil rock monsters, Mega Man clones, and those weird things in the bubbles that roam around the room and shoot pellets at you.

Some of these bosses will give you a hard time... in fact, Elec Man and Ice Man are most dangerous considering their attacks can kill you in three hits... that hurts. No other bosses will be that damaging... ever. Don't even get me started.

USELESS TRIVIA: I never knew about the Pause trick until much, much later... that is to say, when I first stumbled across the Mega Man page or something similar. For the most part, it didn't really bother me since I never needed the Pause trick to beat the game.

With ten levels total, Mega Man is the shortest of the main titles, but even so, it's a pretty hard game. None of the later extras can be found here, you have somewhat poorer traction here than you do in the sequels, and perhaps most frightening of all, the spikes will kill you... period. Doesn't matter if you're flashing or not. You land on a spike, you die. That simple.

USELESS TRIVIA: The soundtrack kicks ass. Not one lousy tune in this entire game.

So now that I'm done rambling...

Mega Man is worth a try if you want to see where it all started. While it is generally difficult and not that refined, it's still a decent title and is only a sample of great things to come out of this franchise.

STORY: 6/10
GRAPHICS: 8/10
SOUND: 7/10
GAMEPLAY: 8/10
CHALLENGE: 10/10

OVERALL: 8/10


Posted by dtm666 at 8:09 PM EST
1061 - Quebec votes... again.
Topic: Rants

Dear eligible Quebec voters... or at least the ones that speak English and read this blog,

Our democratic right to vote has been put to the test once again as we select a new premier minister of Quebec. On behalf of all who are tired of elections (and are bracing for January where we might get ANOTHER FUCKING FEDERAL ELECTION), please exercise that right and vote. It doesn't matter who you vote for, but let's hope whoever wins gets their nice majority government so they can leave us the fuck alone and do their fucking jobs... amazing concept, I know.

So we'll see what happens, right? Yep.

Thanks for listening.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:36 AM EST
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
1057 - A Three-In-One console! TAKE THAT, TWO-IN-ONE.
Topic: Rants

The above video brought to you by videogamecentral.com's Old Skool Fool
 
I've gotta admit. That thing looks ugly, but for what it does, I'd overlook the aestetics of the whole thing. I mean, come on. It plays NES, Super NES, and Genesis in one system. And if you have a Super Game Boy hanging around somewhere, that's FOUR different possible formats you can play on it. All things considered, it's a pretty neat little space saver.
 
I do have a couple minor concerns, though. One is the NES emulation and whether it'd be like all the other clone hacks (inferior sound quality, some color differences and other garbage issues) or whether it will be like the FC Twin's NES mode (accurate sound quality, some color differences, and noticable scanlines). In the case of the current Genesis/NES 2-in-1 clones and based on the few video reviews posted on these products, it seems like the NOAC is of a lower quality format. If the FC3's NOAC is based on the one that's on the FC Twin, then it might make it a bit better.
 
The other issue I have is the controller and this is more of a legit issue, as other video reviews of older GEN/NES clones confirmed that playing NES games with the way this thing is mapped is awkward. I can't really explain it properly without visual reference, but think of it as playing Mega Man Anniversary Collection on Gamecube... you know, with the A and B button roles reversed from what they originally did on the NES (similar to the included NES Metroid in the original Metroid Prime). Looks clearer, right?
 
Anyway... I'll wait and see with this one. Probably won't pick it up considering I already have a couple good clones and a perfectly functional Genesis laying around, but for those who don't, it's worth a look.
 
2011 Update: If you want to check out an overview video that I did on the console a short while ago, just click here. 

Posted by dtm666 at 6:57 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 16 December 2011 1:48 PM EST
1056 - You Yanks Think Your Politics Are Fucked Up?
Topic: Rants

More crap on Canadian politics... maybe I should make this a separate blog or something, because this subject matter is really starting to disturb the inner sanctity (sp) of my blog.

Anyway... here's a CBC report on the current happenings in Ottawa and a bit of opinion. Of course, there's only one opinion I can sum up on the whole matter.

ASS!


Posted by dtm666 at 6:53 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 3 December 2008 6:57 AM EST

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