Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review of the Week: Daredevil Vol 4 #6

During the Original Sin mini series a villain called the Orb hit several heroes with a psychic "secrets bomb" which revealed to each of the affected heroes a hidden secret from their past. And in Daredevil's case it was that his father wasn't the stand up guy we all were lead to believe, but rather that he used to beat the hell out of his wife. This revelation leads Matt to look up his mother, who had long ago become a nun, only to find his mother caught up as an innocent by standard in a conspiracy involving the African nation of Wakanda.

All and all the plot involving his mother and the mess she gets caught up in is actually pretty interesting and I suggest checking it out. I really don't want to ruin anything for you so I won't go into detail about it, especially since it really isn't what I feel like talking about in this issue. I want to talk about Matt's father.

I don't want to overreact or have go knee jerk on this, Lord knows there is enough of that lately involving the new female Thor story coming up, but this really doesn't sit well with me. First of all the idea that Daredevil's mom had, for lack of a better term a mid life crisis which lead her to leave her family and eventually become a nun, is a pretty important part of Daredevil's character. It is the ultimate source behind his complicated relationship both to his faith and the women in his life. Once you reveal that his mom only left because his dad beat the shit out her, it not only smears Daredevil's father, but also undermines a very interesting aspect of the character that has been a major part of his background since the Frank Miller days on the book. Suddenly her actions in leaving her family become so much more justified and it can't help but shift the anger in Matt's heart away from his mother and to his father. I don't want to throw around any hyperbole and say this "ruins the character" but I definitely fear it may take away one of his more interesting aspects.

All that being said, this was a decent enough story, and were it not for the initial revelation that lead Daredevil to this unfolding mystery I would wholeheartedly say check this book out. As it stands I still liked it, but I think this revelation was a pretty big mistake.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Separating the Game Boys from the Men: Donkey Kong

As I was digging into the Game Boy library to do these reviews there have been a couple of games that really surprised me, maybe none more so than this one. I just picked it up figuring it would be a port of Donkey Kong, with maybe Donkey Kong Jr. also on it. It turned out to be much much more.

This game starts out with the four levels of the original Donkey Kong arcade game, albeit a little bit simplified for the Game Boy's tiny screen , then when you rescue Pauline at the end Donkey Kong grabs her again and the real game begins with 97 stages over 9 worlds of puzzle platforming to rescue Pauline. The game play is similar to the original Donkey Kong, although this time Mario has a few more tricks up his sleeve. Mario can stand on most enemies and pick them up Super Mario 2 style and trow at things. Another handy trick is when Mario has the hammer he can throw it up, allowing him to either ditch it, or throw it up right before climbing a ladder, which if timed properly allows him to then having on the next platform.

This game would be the beginning of a game play formula that would become the Mario vs Donkey Kong series on Nintendo's handhelds. Also as far as I know this is the first we see of Pauline's modern look with the brunette hair and red dress. Donkey Kong Jr. is in it as well, which I find a little confusing as I thought it was official Nintendo lore that the Donkey Kong in the red tie actually was Donkey Kong Jr all grown up. Perhaps Nintendo hadn't decided on that at this point.

This is a fantastic game and is a bit of a hidden gem in the Game Boy's library. I think a lot of people overlooked it thinking it was just a port, but it's actually one of the best original games on the system. It has tons of levels, addictive and challenging game play, solid graphics and sound, and yes, a save game system. I can't recommend this game enough. I give it five barrels of monkeys out of five.

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 15

In the latest episode of my podcast I laugh at the debacle that was Dashcon, explain why the new female Thor and black Captain America are no big damn deal, share some thoughts about the whole breastfeeding in public debate, and talk a bit more about retro gaming. Check it out here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dissecting Dashcon with Aurini

I was on Aurini's Podcast yesterday and we talked about the epic Tumblr convention known only as Dashcon. Also we discussed a woman's razor commercial Aurini had a morbid fascination with. Check it out here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review of the Week: Mega Man #39

Really not a lot happens in this issue. There is some solid action, but not much plot. Basically Mega Man is fighting the Wily Walker in his time, and X, Zero, Vile, and even Sigma fight in in their time, while trying to make sure the chemical weapons on it don't spill out. Then X encounters the time traveling Xander Payne, has him arrested for obviously being a member of the anti robot terrorist group the Emerald Spears, and then Xander shifts out of X's time, bouncing around the time stream some more.

So far we're three quarters done with this crossover and there isn't much crossover going on. It's not a bad story, but like I said, it barely qualifies as a crossover. But that being said, it was a damn fun read, the action was a blast and there were some good character moments with pretty much everybody involved. All and all this is probably the most enjoyable comic on the shelves today, and if you're not reading it you're missing out.

Geeking out with Matt Forney.

The most hated man on the interwebs, my friend Matt Forney, had me on his podcast to chat about the state of the video game industry and the feminists and social justice warriors who are poisoning geek culture. Check it out here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Let me explain Nash Grier's HIV video to you leftists

For those of you who don't know, Nash Grier is a teenage boy who became famous for posting videos on Vine and making teenage girl's vaginas tingle. A while back he and his buddies posted a video where they talked about things they like in girls, all basic stuff like good hygiene, nice personality, cute looks, and they were attacked by feminists for it because feminists are insane. Internet Aristocrat did a great video on the subject you should check out. Well now he really pissed off the leftists with a video in which he watched the "public service" ad in which some gays guys say testing for HIV is not a gay thing and Grier screams "Yes it is! Fag!".

Now, all you leftists please walk with me on this journey and I'm going to explain how this video that so upset and offended you, well it's really your fault. let's look at this for a second. Grier is kinda right. No matter how much gays say otherwise, HIV is and always has been a primarily gay disease. Can straights get it? Of course. Should sexually active straights get tested? I suppose it couldn't hurt. Is HIV a real major concern for heterosexuals? Not really. And that's the cold hard truth. Now why did Grier make this point in such an abrasive way? Well leftists, first of all you demonstrated to Grier that you will attack him for simply stating his preference in romantic partners. Simply for the crime of stating what he personally finds attractive in a woman you sought to crucify the boy. Also, like many people, he's just sick of you lying to him. Well all know damn well that HIV is and will always be primarily a homosexual problem. Also, to all the gay men out there, you are bringing this sort of backlash on yourself. Be it Orson Scott Card or the Mozilla CEO, you repeatedly try to destroy the professional lives of people who disagree with you on things like gay marriage, despite the fact that you're winning that fight. You're sore winners, and there's nothing worse than that.

So given the fact that you leftists will viciously attack a boy for saying what he likes in a woman, given that the homosexual mafia tells the public at large ridiculous lies to our faces, and given that you punish those who disagree with you even when you're getting your way anyways, you can expect a whole lot more Nash Grier style backlash in the future, and probably far worse as time goes on.

So you can whine about how Nash Grier hurt your feelings all you want, but you brought in on yourselves.