Saturday, June 2, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY! 6/2/12.

aegis [ee-jis]
1.Classical Mythology . the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena, bearing at its center the head of the Gorgon.
2. Protection, support, auspices, sponsorship, etc.

EX. Ladies and gentleman, may I present the most elite armor that the Pokojin Co. has every produces based on new technologies recovered from a long-lost society. A combination of this mysterious nation's cultural style mixed with out own aesthetics to make the Power Initiative Killer Aegis Construct Homing Unit.

Friday, June 1, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY! 6/1/12.

fap [fap]
1. The onomatopoeic representation of masturbation. Often used to suggest that something is attractive or, when used ironically, extremely perverse and/or unattractive. On the internet, it is most commonly used as a simple response to an image or video.

EX. Warning. Today's link may be too mature for some audiences. 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY! 5/31/12.

game boy [geym-bohy]
1. Video Games. The first handheld electronic device for playing cartridge style games. It was the second handheld, after the Game & Watch series, combining features from the NES/Famicom and their previous handheld effort into a simple and successful device. It was followed by the pocket model, a smaller model, and then the Game Boy Color, with a broad color pallet and, eventually, the true successor the Game Boy Advance. The best selling titles in the console's history, which had a quite large catalogue, was Tetris (1989) and Pokemon Red & Blue (1996). It succeeded over its more technologically advanced competitors by being cheaper, more battery efficient, and having the Nintendo line of software title

EX. Future generations may never understand the simple genius of the Game Boy. Some of my earliest memories are of playing Super Mario World and Tetris 2 in the back of my Dad's "hot rod" (actually, a smoke-colored and cigarette-infused sedan). I wasn't very good at video games and, to be honest, I don't think most little kids are very good at them. It requires a bit of dedication for a five year old to sit in a car seat and figure out how to get Mario past the ridiculous obstacles you encounter in the title. Remember, we didn't really have game guides back then. Heck, the only game guide I ever had was for my Super Game Boy, which, by the way, is one of the most incredible cartridges you could buy for you SNES.

Pokemon, of course, was the title that changed everything. I remember when I got Pokemon Blue, I weaseled my way into getting it, if I remember, at the end of one summer. I became obsessed after getting a book about the original generation and learning all of their names, types, abilities, attacks, etc. in ad nauseum. I was pretty obsessed with Pokemon, but I wasn't ever really that good at it. For example, I don't think I've ever used a Master Ball, caught a Mewtwo, or exploited any of the glitches. Cuz I am a dork.

Today, portable gaming feels like it is being ruined by two factors; the industry, which makes poor decisions that focus more on hardware than software, and age; I find I have less and less time and compulsion to play portable games. My PSP is collecting dust and my DS consoles are lucky to get my attention for Mario titles and every new Pokemon installment.

Is the magic gone?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012




Imagine a world where DC Comics wants to try and create a new type of super hero; heroes of various genders, races, and sexualities. Such heroes would be chosen, from Earth's stock, by the Guardians of Oa to start a new master race and replace them. After all, the Guardians have screwed up a lot and have made more super villains than ironic names (with a name like Chris Cretin, you're kind of fated), so the idea of replacing them seems natural. The potentials stories to be told with this diverse cast could change comics forever.

If this comic was done competently and not in 1988. Instead of a stirring comic worth reading, we get some of the most bizarre scribblings ever. First of all, as pointed out by Linkara (his reviews of the first two issues, linked below), out of the potential breeders for this new master race; one is made of disembodies cosmic energy, one is a stereotypical gay Doctor Strange, one is a plant man super villain, one who was already married, one who was a robot, one who had aids, and, basically, we're left with a cyborg who, as far as we know, doesn't have a working piece of wiener, and three females, two of which have the same super powers. The Guardians suck at their job.

Yet, the series lives on infamy for one awful super villain and one awesome super villain. Issue #1 sees the heroes fighting a vampire with aids created by white nationalists, "The Hemo-Goblin". He is killed off and never brought back again. The DCU is a better place for it. But the other villain? The other villain got robbed. The other SNOW-FLAME!

Holy crap! I don't do you even...Let me retype what this guy is saying, just in case your eye-balls don't work. "I am Snow-Flame! Every cell of my being burns with white hot ecstasy. Cocaine is my god and I am the human instrument of its will!"

Snow-Flame is a drug lord super villain who's powers are literally fueled by cocaine! the link to Linkara's review of New Guardians #2 to check it out and, if you like it, click #1 for a look at the pathetic Hemo-Goblin.



And arguably, even cooler? How about a fan comic about Snowflame fighting the Justice League?

DC needs to reboot this character, today.

WORD OF THE DAY! 5/30/12.

psycho somatic [sahy-koh-suh-mat-ik]
1. Of or pertaining to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors.
2. Pertaining to or involving both the mind and the body.

EX. Sometimes, psycho somatic reactions don't have to involve an illness, mental or physical. My favorite sort of reaction is those caused by simulation of digital or imagined actions. Pictured above, the young man is reacting to the turning of his wheel in the game, by turning his entire body. This is a common experience in gaming. Unfortunately, with the advent of motion controls, this sort of motion is usually a hindrance.

More common examples of such reactions are the physical reactions people have to cultural memes, especially popular ones. Like when someone hears the "Macarena" or someone says the word, some people place their hands out and do the motions.

A great example of these empathetic experiences would be in my A D & D group. A character, in game, was using a crystal ball. One of the other characters asked to look at it. In real life, the first player actually handed an invisible object to the other person and, when done, the other person handed it back; and they laughed at their dorkiness.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

WEEKLY ROUND-UP! 5/21-5/27/12.



7. WORD OF THE DAY! 5/23/12. Swagger.

Simply because swagger rhymes with Mick Jagger we have already had to put up with one of the dumbest funk songs of all time. Nobody wants "moves like Jagger".
6. WORD OF THE DAY! 5/24/12. Agalmatophilia.

"That's not my name! My name is Tootsie Mega-Girl! Because where I come from, on farm planet, your first name is what you do, and your second name is what you love!" -The Starship Trooper formerly known as "Tootsie Noodles"
5. WORD OF THE DAY! 5/27/12. Diligence.

Because...I've been trying to play my way through Skyward Sword and what keeps bringing me back are the satisfying boss fights and the moments when I really feel like the "Hero of Time". You get several moments like that in the game.

On the other hand, they give you dialogue choices in the title, and it is stupid. Don't give me dialogue choices if they don't really matter.

It is intellectually insulting, Nintendo.

"In America!" -Bandit Kieth, Yui-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series

"In Japan!" - Ninja Kiba, Magic the Gathering: The Abridged Series

To Zombie Walk in 2013, or not to Zombie Walk in 2013.

The premise is simple. You are an elementary school child, trapped in a zombie filled school, and you and your friends have to fight to survive.

And the kick-starter still needs $60,000 to get off the ground. If you donate $15, you get a copy of the game.

After a whole semester without a new chapter in any of my fantasy serials, Sci-Fi Fantasy Friday, Saturday, Sunday etc. articles return with a new series about my newest A D & D experiences with the Stanifer family. I have really enjoyed the campagin and we've only played one session.

The advantage of playing with a DM whose played A D & D longer than I have been alive is always a plus.

WORD OF THE DAY! 5/29/12.

entelechy [en-tuhl-eck-ee]
1. A realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality.
2. A vital agent or force directing growth and life.

EX. Unfortunately, the entelechy of  this pubescent werewolf or wolf-person shall never be fully realized due to the inadequate glorification of the sciences.

Monday, May 28, 2012



Time to talk about a very special production from my favorite musical production team, Starkid's "Starship." I don't think its a coincidence that the name of the show shares similarities to the name of the team; after all, this production, though silly, has earned its place in my heart for a number of reasons while playing homage to the tropes and strengths the team built over the other projects.

This musical takes place on a bug-infested planet that is a twisted and delightful amalgam of Pixar's Bug's Life and the cult classic Starship Troopers. The insectoid aliens are a mix of puppets and cut-outs that form a slightly disgusting, but mostly endearing hive of creatures. Among them is one bug named, well, Bug. And he too lives up to the Disney parody that is a light frosting in this sci-fi horror satire cake, as he wants that classic "something more". Specifically, after viewing some videos from a wrecked human ship, he wants to be a "Starship Ranger".

Speaking of Starship Ranges, the other half of the cast is made up of carefully stitched together caricatures of all our favorite cliche characters; from the Latina badass to the "rough" Commander to the country bumpkin to the nerd to the whiny red shirt to the killer robot and of course the evil company guy.

And as these two groups clash, the only thing standing between peace and war is our loveable hero, Bug.
To watch the entire musical, you can click the link below. Make sure to subscribe and share Starship with who ever you can.

And a definite must-see for fans of Batman, fans of Starkid, or fans of musicals is "Holy Musical B@man!" their latest and most awesome show. You can watch the whole thing by clicking the link below.

Or if you want some Harry Potter, check out A Very Potter Musical and/or its Sequel. They have a number of other productions that are definitely worth seeking out, as well.

You can also download the Album at the link below

 A link to Starkids: TEAM STAR KIDS!

WORD OF THE DAY! 5/28/12.

freedom [free-duhm]
1. The state of being free  or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint.
2. Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
3. The power to determine action without restraint.
4. Political or national independence.
5. Personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery
EX. Never forget the soldiers who died for the freedoms we enjoy today. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

WORD OF THE DAY! 5/27/12.

diligence [dil-i-junhs]
1. Constant and earned effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body and mind.
2. Law. The degree of care and caution required by the circumstances of the law.

EX. A virtue that cannot be underestimated is diligence.

When you're stuck between a Goomba and a Koopa, you keep going.

When you've only got half a heart left in your meter, you keep going.

When you're party is down and you're out of phoenix down, you keep going.

When you're the last Spartan left in a lonely universe, you keep going.

 When you're companion cube is killed and the cake is a lie, you keep going.

As long as there is a princess to save or a world to fight for or an evil to defeat, you keep going.

You keep going, because someone needs a hero.