Thursday, January 31, 2013

Video Games and Violence. A Rant

     Alright, I am getting sick and tired of hearing about how video games make people violent.  Let's think about this logically, if a person plays Call of Duty, it will make him want to kill people in real life.  First of all, this implies that the whole population of the world is stupid and sheep that does what they are told.  Second, how has there not been a massive rise in the amount of shootings.  Now, here is the measures I would take just to shut the media the fuck up.

1. Make the MPAA and ESRB federal agencies and make their ratings binding.

2. Revise the ratings system.  Remove the PG-13, E10, and T ratings.  This streamlines the system.  Remove the E rating and replace it with the K-A rating for video games and replace NC17 with NC21 so that the ratings would be as follows:
     Movies: General Audiences-Parental Guidance-Restricted-No Children Under 17
     Video Games: Early Childhood-Kids to Adults-Mature-Adults Only
Now that you have actual ratings, create selling guidelines:
     Movies-G and PG: anyone can see.  R: Over 18, and NC 21: Over 21
     Video Games-EC and K/A: Anyone can buy, M: Over 18, AO: Over 21

3. Criminalize the sales outside these parameters on both parties.  How do we do this?  Simple.  Create a license to sell entertainment media.  Without this, a business cannot legally sell/rent/sell time playing video games or show/sell/rent movies.  If they disregard this, they lose their licence to conduct business.  Then, require the production of a valid ID to sell.  This is proven through the requirement of the cashier to put the license identification number into the computer at the point of purchase.  It even would work on Amazon or other online points by requiring that you input it.  Identity theft would be prevented by requiring it is inputted through the system each time a purchase is made.

Any comments?  Post below.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Entourage Movie Green Lit and other news.

     It is official, the movie based on the hit HBO television show Entourage has been green-lit.  So it will not be long until the cast will be gracing the silver screen.  Mark Wahlberg is confirmed to be involved (considering I received this news from his Facebook.)

Other news: Sorry about the lack of review for last week's episode of Adventure Time, there was an issue with the stream from Cartoon Network's website.  Power Rangers Megaforce and Pokemon Black and White: Adventures in Unova start this Saturday and reviews will be posted as soon as possible.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pokemon Red Version: Retrospective and Modern Review

     Today, I am going to review Pokemon Red Version.  The game, and its sister game Pokemon Blue Version were both released in late 1998 for the Gameboy handheld entertainment system.  This game is truly unique in its style and mechanics.  The game's premise is that you are a boy named Red who is going about to start his journey along with his rival Blue (who goes by many other more colorful names) to become masters of creatures called Pokemon.  Your Pokemon are your weapons for defeating enemies and they level up through battle and evolve.  You're job is to defeat all eight gym leaders of the region and then travel to the Indigo Plateau to fight the Elite Four. Along the way, you meet the sinister Team Rocket and their leader Giovanni who are basically the Pokemon Mafia.
     Now, this game's review in its time.  In 1998, it was an incredible spin on the traditional RPG game where there were such a wide array of weapons at the player's disposal and even between the same species, gender, level, and move set, they were different.  However, the game had its flaws.  Out of the 152 Pokemon programmed into the game, only 151 had sprites and 150 were obtainable between the two (with Mew and an unknown Pokemon related to Kangaskhan excluded).  The Psychic type is broken as only Bug-type affects it.  The game had game breaking glitches to get infinite items, making it easy to get the three birds with Master Balls or level up all your Pokemon to level 100 and destroy the elite four without even trying.
     Based on today's games, it is severely lacking.  The colors are limited, the front sprites are off and not alike the official artwork.  This is most noticeable on Pikachu and Koffing, where Pikachu is fat and the skull is on top of Koffing instead of under it.  There are no natures in this game, no breeding, no EVs, and many of the pokemon (roughly 400) are not in it.  This would make the game hard to sell.  Plus the HM mechanic makes the water type in your party know surf while you always have two HM slaves.

Rating 9/10.  Nintendo shouldn't try to sell this game on the eShop.  It won't sell.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wii U News and Predictions

     Today, like a few weeks ago, a Nintendo Direct was held that fundamentally changed the landscape of the dedicated console market.  While last time, Pokemon X and Y were announced\, complete with trailer for the 3DS, this time the focus was the Wii U.  The information given was that there would be a new Legend of Zelda title that would return "back to basics", Windwaker will be released for the Wii U complete with gamepad support.  The Virtual Console will go live with all games having gamepad and Miiverse support.  There will be a Yoshi title, Super Mario title, and Super Smash Bros title in the near future (at E3). I believe that we will also in the near future have some announcement relating to Super Mario Sunshine.  Why?  When the 3DS came out Luigi's Mansion 2 (Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon) and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time came out.  We now have Windwaker, where is the Mario title other than the ambiguous 3D Super Mario title that was unveiled.  Recently there have been Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Galaxy 2.  Unless it is something totally new, I am going with Super Mario Sunshine 2.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pokemon's Next 10 Years

     I saw this on the forums and (considering the thread was closed) I figured I would post my thoughts on the next 10 years for the Pokemon franchise:

2013: Pokemon X and Y (Generation VI)
This is a given because this has been announced.

2014: Pokemon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow Remakes and Pokemon Ranger Game
I believe this because I believe that Gen VI will be known as the Generation of the Remakes.  Plus, the genetics theme of X and Y will fit in perfectly with the Mew/Mewtwo arc.  However, this will not be a traditional version where it is the same game.  I expect a large amount of story development including Mewtwo gaining Exoskeleton form from the movie and the protagonist having to fight and defeat him.  Also, Mewtwo could say his famous quote from the movie at the end.  The Ranger game will be the last in the series as this will sell as poorly as Guardian Signs did.  It will achieve most of its sales from the ability to get an event Pokemon in it such as Meloetta.

2015: Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald Remakes
Continuing the theme of Generation of the Remakes, Ruby Sapphire and Emerald will be remade here.  This will be a traditional remake where in Ruby you get Groudon and in Sapphire you get Kyogre but there will be the Rayquaza inclusion of Emerald.  Also, the Hoenn Region will retain the changes in Emerald (Battle Frontier, Battle Tents etc.)  Due to the hype, they will only release this.

2016: Pokemon X 2 and Pokemon Y 2
Continuing the precedent set by Black 2 and White 2 (and a Z version would not fit the Genetics theme) X 2 and Y 2 will be released here.  Some form of Battle Frontier will be introduced somehow and the story will be drastically different.

2017: Pokemon Pinball X/Y and Pokemon TCG 2 (3 in Japan)
This will be done to test the sales of these games, TCG will do better than TCG 1 and Pinball X/Y will sell terribly

2018: Pokemon RPG Wii U, Pokemon Stadium 3, and first indications of Gen VII
A Pokemon RPG set in Orre will be released along with a Pokemon Stadium 3 that will reveal two new Pokemon for the next generation.

2019: Generation VII (Pokemon Night and Pokemon Day)
Generation VII will be released with a theme of Life/Death (illustrated by the names Night and Day).  It will cause much controversy and will be the first generation rated "T"

2020: Pokemon Snap 2 Wii U/Pokemon Trozei 2
After enough fan pestering, NOA will relent and create a Pokemon Snap 2 for Wii U.  This will fail miserably as the gimmick of being able to take pictures on your own is lost to the current generation of children (at this point would be born between 2010 and 2015) causing the decision to NEVER do this again.  Pokemon Trozei 2 will be released despite NO ONE requesting it.  This will be the worst year for sales in franchise history.

2021: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum Remakes
Because they can, these games will be remade.  Despite the "15th Anniversary hype" the sales will be lower than remakes of Gold/Silver/Crystal.

2022: Pokemon Dawn and Pokemon Twilight and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon
Continuing the theme of Life/Death, these games will be sequels to Night/Day.  These games will be reviewed horribly by fans and critics alike for the lack of originality that Black 2/White 2 had.  Mystery Dungeon 4 will sell terribly as the gimmick of being able to play as a Pokemon will be lost.  That series will end.

2023: Pokemon Company will put the entire collection of Game Boy games on the Virtual Console in an attempt to save them from bankruptcy.  Due to the fact that the graphics will not be up to par, many of the Pokemon fans have come to know and love will be gone, abilities will be lost, natures will be lost, breeding will be missing etc. these will be received well by critics but horribly by fans.  One last effort to save the franchise will be lost and that will be a new stadium fighter for the Wii U (or what ever the home console is) to attempt to create support for a Gen VIII.  This will not work and the last thing released will be Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald for virtual console.

I will be playing loyally to the end.

Do you have an opinion?  Share it below.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Adventure Time "Mystery Dungeon" Review

     Another week, another Adventure Time episode.  This week is the episode "Mystery Dungeon."  The premise is NEPTR, the Ice King, Tree Trunks, Lemongrab, and Shelby wake up in a Dungeon and they must progress through it using their particular skills. Eventually, they reach the last room which should be opened by BMO and the Ice King's plan falls apart.  It turns out he knocked out everyone and used them to get to the prize, a man who can make anything real.  The Ice King wants to use it to make Fionna and Cake become real.  This fails as the wizard turns the book containing the story real, not the actual story.  It ends with the Ice King saying that he will never give up bringing Fionna and Cake to life.
     This was an alright episode until the end.  I believe that this will open up a new arc with Fionna and Cake allowing for the story lines there to gain more traction.

Final Rating: 8.75/10

Sorry about the length, I feel like death.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans...

     Hey Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans, tune in next Friday at 5 for an announcement, right here.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Power Rangers Megaforce Premier

     Today, Nickelodeon aired the first promos for Power Rangers Megaforce and confirmed a few things.  First, it will air at 1 PM on Saturday, February 2nd.  It will feature "It's Morphin' Time" at least once in a cheesy, full cast exclaimed battle cry.  A re-version of the MMPR theme will be used, if not the whole original theme.  The phrase "Earth's Defenders, Never Surrender" will be used instead of "Rangers Together, Samurai Forever."  Also, the sixth "ranger," Robo Knight will be introduced in episode six.  I would also like to point out the vague similarities between the command center in this and the MMPR command center.

Tune in to Nickelodeon on February 2nd at 1 PM for the premier episode of Power Rangers Megaforce!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

California School Shooting

     For those of you who don't know, today at roughly 12 pm local time, a 16 year old student in California shot a classmate in school with a 12 Gauge shotgun. He attempted to shoot another student and accidentally got a teacher instead. I say for those of you who don't know because this story is not a headline on the local news by me (I cannot testify for the local news markets outside of New York City) and was shown 15 minutes into a news broadcast. This leads me to this weeks question of the week. For those of you who don't know, the question of the week will be a question about something in the news that will lead into a full article about it the following Wednesday.

     This week's question: Which is worse for children to watch on television, violent shows based in fantasy such as Dragon Ball Z or Avatar: the Last Airbender or shows for kids rooted in reality where the protagonists are rude and borderline bullies such as on Victorious or Hannah Montana?  Leave your response in the comments section.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pokemon Direct Announcement

     Pokemon Direct has ended a little while ago, and in it Pokemon X and Pokemon Y were announced as the Generation VI games.  First and foremost, the main character has an anime look, similar to games like Tales of Xilia.  The world is in full 3D and the game is for the 3DS. Also, it appears as though your character has roller skates instead of a bike.  The starters were revealed to be Chespin the grass type, Fennekin the fire type, and Froakie the water type.  Sprites have been replaced with 3D models for battles and it illustrates that old pokemon from the previous generations will appear in these games.  Two of the legends appear too, both unnamed so far.  The first is a flying demon/falcon creature.  The other is a deer like creature with rainbow antlers.  The games will be released in all markets in October of 2013.  The video of the announcement can be found here:

     At this point, the games look good, but that is to be expected from a reveal trailer.  As a huge fan of Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, I find this as good news because I hope to see the Hoenn Region rendered to full 3D.  Now, it is time to buy a 3DS and wait the 10 long months for the game to come out.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Review: Adventure Time "Jake the Dad"

     So, Lady Rainicorn had the puppies. Five to be exact.  After Finn and BMO leave Jake behind to live with Lady and the pups, Jake begins to be stressed out by the pressures of fatherhood.  He starts to read them a book about a wolf that eats babies and discovers that it is not age appropriate and throws it out the window.  Foxes discover it and decide that they are going to start eating babies, just as Jake takes the pups for a walk.  Jake falls asleep on the walk and the pups start playing.  Jake freaks out and Lady calls back the pups.  Jake gets mistaken for a baby and gets carted off by the foxes and the pups come to his rescue.  They share a heartfelt moment and Jake returns to live with Finn saying that the pups have aged enough to take care of themselves.
     I feel that it was a good episode, with a small reference to the three episode Lich arc a few months ago with the barn being the same as the one in the Farmworld (correct me if I am wrong).  I think that this wrapped up the pregnancy line too soon and removed what would have been an interesting dynamic on the show.  It could have been written as the pups would be cared for by the Candy Kingdom or Lady herself, but aging them to the point where they can take care of themselves removes them as a factor.

I rate this episode 8.5 out of 10 because the episode itself was good, however if they ended them still as pups it would have made a longer story.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

Tune in next week at 7:30 for "Davey."

Sunday, January 6, 2013

General News

Due to family circumstances, I will be unable to make fairly regular posts. I will still do weekly Adventure Time reviews starting this week with "Jake the Dad" and I will review every episode of Power Rangers Megaforce.  Just a quick note, Pokemon of America and Japan are both having big announcements on Tuesday.  Considering international syndication I think it is most likely to be Red/Blue/Green/Yellow on virtual console or a Pokemon Snap Sequel. It is possible but unlikely to be a generation 6 Pokemon/game or Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald remakes. I will post news as it comes.