Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pokemon Game Idea.

    So, in a discussion with one of the people I live with, the topic of a complete Pokemon game came up.  Here is how I believe it should work.

1.  It is a MMO.
2. Wii U Game.
3. You pick the region you start in.
4. Pokemon XD style graphics.
5. You choose between the option of being a master at gyms, a master contest coordinator, or both.
6. DLC.  And lots of it.

Here is an example.  You start the base game with it connected to your Mii, preventing the "Are you a boy or a girl" awkwardness.  You then get to play through Kanto, remastered on the Wii U, in stunning HD quality with an expanded story.  Then you beat the game.  Now what?  DLC of course.  There are missions available like aiding the Pokemon Rangers or stopping an onslaught of Shadow Pokemon. There would also be DLC of further regions, such as the Sevii Islands and the Orange Islands.  Still bored after that?  Download the Johto pack where you can play through another whole region.  Now to prevent the overpowering, force the person to start over each region with their Pokemon in the boxes.  It would function like the Prestige system in Call of Duty.  The final option would be for a person to pick up to six Pokemon to bring to the next region where they have their levels and stats returned to the level they were caught at.

Comment your thoughts.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Review: Power Rangers Megaforce "Stranger Ranger"

     Now that we have five episodes, we need the obligatory "fake ranger" episode.  Basically, this guy is pretending to be the Red Ranger and there is a monster attack.  The Ranger prevent the poor asshole from being killed.  Then they fight the monster, it gets big, they kill it with the Megazord...and that's it.
     I want to review this, but there is nothing to review.  It is, once again, predominantly Sentai footage (poorly cut Sentai footage at that) with voice-overs.

I'm going to give this episode a 7.5/10 only because the footage was very poorly cut.  Other than that, Samurai had better plot development.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Seth MacFarlane, Women, and Why this Debate is Ridiculous

     I'm not going to say "Oh, what did you expect from the guy who created Ted, Family Guy, etc." in response to Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars, but seriously, why are we talking about feminism after that?  What if Sarah Silverman did the infamous song at the Oscars?  What about Joan Rivers?  Hell, what about ANY female comic.  Even Al Sharpton and the NAACP knew to sit down at the Jon Hamm Black-face incident of 2012.  And here, I seg-way into tonight's topic: The double standard, and how bad Women actually have it.
     There are two groups that should really sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up for a bit.  The first is the LGBT community.  They speak of oppression and how the world is biased against them because they are gay and all manner of things.  Answer me this, how can you be discriminated for being gay unless you openly kiss another man while in Stop and Shop or during a job interview.  That is for another day (and I think I covered LGBT).  The second is feminists.  As I type this, I can hear the guns clicking ready to hear what I have to say.  I'm going to say this right here, I don't give two fucks about your opinions, I don't care if I don't change your opinion, this is a place for me to vent.  First of all, domestic abuse, double standard.  You must be thinking, "Wait, a double standard?  Can't be.  Double Standards can only harm men."  Well, you are wrong.  Did you know that 40% of domestic abuse claims are from men?  So of the two million Domestic Abuse injuries, 800,000 are to men and of the 1,300 domestic abuse deaths, 520 are men.  Sure, it may not be the majority, but it is still a large amount of the population.
     Second, and most shockingly in my opinion, is the statistic about how much less women make than men.  Statistics report that women make about .77 cents per dollar a man makes.  Wow, you would think that this would signal a sea of lawsuits because this is illegal.  It turns out, this is not true.  Well, it's not that it isn't a fake statistic, it is misrepresented.  See it implies that a man and a woman in the same job make different salaries.  This statistic is average yearly income for men and average yearly income for women.  What might cause this?  Well, men tend to hold higher ranking jobs.  Men are also less likely to take off time for extended, unpaid medical leave such as maternity leave.  The easiest solution to this would be to guarantee indefinite paid maternity leave, however this would be abused.
     In conclusion, why is this debate still going on?  There is nothing that women have that men don't, and let's just pretend for a minute that women have to do the draft.  Yeah, where's your equality there?  And to those of you who say that Seth MacFarlane "objectified women," I have two statements.  All the women objectified consented as they prerecorded the skit and consented to be objectified when they put themselves as sex objects in international media.  Key example, Kate Winslet "Draw me like one of your French girls."  She wasn't forced into the role.  She took it willingly.  Second, what about Bill Maher?  Here is a list of his misogynistic comments just in regard to former Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin:

"MILF is an acronym used in pornography for Mother I'd Like to Fuck"-After calling Sarah Palin a MILF
"Dumb Twat"-Called Sarah Palin that
"Whoops, There's a Dick in Me"-Name he came up with for Bristol Palin and Sarah Palin's TV show

But Sarah Palin is a Republican, so that's OK.

Baseball Predictions

Here's hoping that I don't get a C&D from the MLB, but here are my predictions for the MLB in terms of standings for the 2013 season:

AL East:
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays

AL Central:
Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers
Minnesota Twins
Cleveland Indians
Kansas City Royals

AL West:
Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Angels
Seattle Mariners

NL East:
Washington Nationals
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves
Miami Marlins
New York Mets (And no, this is not Yankee Fan bias)

NL Central:
St. Louis Cardinals
Pittsburgh Pirates
Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers
Chicago Cubs
Houston Astros

NL West:
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres

Playoff Teams:

American League:
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays (Wild Card)
Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers (Wild Card)
Texas Rangers

National League:
Washington Nationals
Philadelphia Phillies (Wild Card)
St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants (Wild Card)

ALDS:
Texas Rangers v. Detroit Tigers
New York Yankees v. Chicago White Sox

NLDS:
Los Angeles Dodgers v. Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals v. St. Louis Cardinals

ALCS:
New York Yankees v. Texas Rangers

NLCS:
Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals

World Series:
New York Yankees v. Washington Nationals

Winner:
Washington Nationals in 7 games.

These are my predictions.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Announcement

     I just announced that, in addition to running this blog, and taking 15 credits in Political Science/Psychology, I am writing a movie.  It is called Family is Forever and it is currently in the writing stage.  It is the story of the Masten family one holiday season and, well I don't know what else to say without spoiling the movie too much in the first draft stage but I'm enjoying writing it, and hopefully one day you will enjoy watching it.

On an unrelated note, am I the only one that thinks that the 37th Super Sentai, is a massive amount of trolling on Toei's part.  It's synopsis sounds exactly like Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, and the abbreviated English name for Power Rangers would, very easily be Dino Thunder.  Well done Toei, well done.

Review: Adventure Time "The Great Bird Man"

     For the first time since "Little Dude" in early February, we get an actual Finn and Jake-centric episode that doesn't make me feel like I was forced to take Nyquil.  In this episode, Finn and Jake meet a reformed Goblin King in the Badlands who claims he has changed.  This is due to a wizard stealing his eyes.  Finn and Jake, thinking he is reformed, give him his eyes back and he relapses like a meth-head on Breaking Bad.  In a semi-anticlimactic ending that still retained the Adventure Time charm, the Goblin King retreats.
     The episode was good and it was very similar to the old style of Adventure Time.  My only complaint was the ending.  The Goblin King manages to go through all these dynamic stages and manages to end with "Oh, well, I fucked up."
     Sorry about the short review, I have a Political Theory test tomorrow as well as the fact that I have a Power Rangers Megaforce review, two Pokemon reviews, an announcement, and two op-eds to do.  Plus, I really don't see that much recurring from the story here in the long term considering it wrapped up the story with the Goblin King nicely.  On the 25th however, with "Simon and Marcy," that should, SHOULD, be a good review.

Final Rating: 9.25/10 (Holy shit, he went to the hundredths place)

Review: Adventure Time "Vault of Bones"

     Well, this was a nice recovery from "Bad Little Boy."  This episode was the most recent to address Flame Princess and Finn's relationship and, it did a pretty good job.  It picks up with Finn trying to change Flame Princess's alignment to good from evil, despite her father trying to keep her evil.  So Finn decides to take Flame Princess into a dungeon so she could get interested in Finn's interests.  However, she gets bored and does not find the enjoyment that Finn does at these tasks.  Eventually, after Finn tells her to do what she likes, she starts burning things down and destroying things with fire.
     It was a cute, well timed episode, intended on keeping the whole Finn/Flame Princess relationship relevant to the viewer.  It was also interesting because it showed the whole conflict of personalities between Finn and Flame Princess.

In all, it was a good recovery from the episode with Fiona and Cake and thus is rated a 9.5/10

Final Rating: 9.5/10
Rating Compared to other Flame Princess episodes: 8.5/10

General News

     More news today:

     Adventure Time episode "Simon and Marcy" will air on March 25th.  No other information is known about the episode except the name and the fact that it will feature Simon Petrikov and Marceline 996 years prior to the current time period.
     Today during Japanese television show Oha Suta, a new trailer for the movie Extremespeed Genesect Mewtwo's Awakening.  It shows actual footage from the movie, and the Pikachu short with Sylveon, including a scene where Ash and Mewtwo recognize each other.  This has been a fan-gasmic week for Pokemon anime fans as this trailer shows the mutual recognition of the great from Pokemon the Movie and Ash while in the television show, Ash's Charizard has returned.  Yes, that asshole is back.  However, the movie trailer has lead to speculation that there may be an evolution of the third generation Pokemon Sableye, as Sableye is featured in the movie in some capacity.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Review: Silver Linings Playbook (movie)

     Today, I decided to go and see just why Jennifer Lawrence deserved her Academy Award for best actress.  Granted, if she didn't win, I would seriously doubt the legitimacy of the system if she didn't win, purely based on who the other nominees were.  I'm not saying that Naomi Watts is a bad actress, I'm saying that movies such as Zero Dark Thirty are not the kind of movies that spring winners in the "Best Actress in a Leading Role" category.  Now, as for the movie, it is about a man who's wife cheated on him, and he beat up the man she cheated with.  He is put into a mental institution as a result and he is released.  He meets a girl who has issues of her own, and they help to rehabilitate each other through dance.  I will break down the rating of the movie into categories and average it for the score.

Plot-9/10: The movie, despite taking place over months, does a good job pacing the movie so there isn't a lag moment.  The flashbacks are well timed and are used to illustrate the back story.  My main complaint is the fact that there is, to a certain extent, an element of unrealistic situations when the same police officer always deals with him.  To a point, such as domestic disturbances and other calls to the house are understandable, however the same cop responding at the movie theater on Halloween came off as either the cop is stalking him or all of Philadelphia has one police officer. Also, at the Eagles/Giants game, the police took far too long to respond to a brawl at a tailgate.

Acting-10/10: Everyone has already beaten to death how good Jennifer Lawrence was in this movie, so I won't spend too much time on that topic.  She did a good job portraying a depressed widow and she does a good job conveying emotion, something that most current actors cannot do.  She has command of the stage when she is on it as she demands all the attention.  Bradley Cooper does a good job portraying the crazy guy fighting to get his wife back.  However, when he is in a scene with Robert De Niro or Jennifer Lawrence, he is overshadowed.  Robert De Niro is great in this movie.  He plays a bookie who is trying to make the money to open a restaurant.  He does his usual style of acting, making him appear as if he is in a continuation of Goodfellas.

Characters-8/10:  The characters are deep.  We get extensive knowledge into their back-stories and why they act as they do.  They are not stock, static characters, they are new and exciting and dynamic in their personalities.  My issue is the amount of drive that Pat has toward his ex-wife.  Personally, if my wife cheated on me, I wouldn't try to get her back.  I accept that the man is insane but still, there is not enough effort on the part of everyone else around him to try and make him accept the fact that, while he was in a mental institution, she moved on.  Also, the fact that no one says "Listen, she cheated on you, move on" bothered me a lot.

Final Rating: 9/10

This was a great movie and, at this point, wait for it to come out on DVD.  There are too many fans of The Hunger Games going to see this movie now.