Sunday, April 20, 2014

Separating the Game Boys from the Men: Wario Blast featuring Bomberman

So here we have a Wario game guest starring Bomberman. That's kind of interesting, you don't often see Nintendo do crossovers like this outside of the Smash Bros. franchise. And Nintendo doesn't even own Bomberman, Hudson Soft does. So why would Hudson license out their flagship character to be a guest star in a Wario game? And even odder, the game play of this is pretty much identical to a classic Bomberman game. You either play as Bomberman or Wario and fight against the other. So why is this not Bomberman featuring Wario instead of the other way around?

As for the game itself the story is that Wario has discovered Bomberman's world and intends to loot it, thus providing the conflict between the two. And like I said, the game play is essentially just like any other classic style Bomberman game, so really not much to say on that.

If you have a Game Boy and you like Bomberman this is probably worth getting. It's fast paced and challenging, but I really don't think the game is anything all that special when you get down to it, it's just a decent time waster. I find the fact that it even exists to be far more interesting, I would love to hear what went on between these two companies that made this game happen. Makes me think of other video game crossovers I'd like to see happen. Sonic/Mega Man anyone? How about a Mortal Kombat X Street Fighter? A nerd can dream I suppose.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 4.

Episode 4 of my podcast is up, which means this podcast has already gone on longer than that Getting Gibbed podcast I co-hosted last year. Anyways, Aurini was kind enough to join me in this episode to talk about the current state of the Manoshpere, as well the need to get some red pill into both geekdom and Christendom. Check it out here.

A possible new missing link found.

It's long been thought that feminists and social justice warriors are just a degenerate subspecies to homo sapiens, but a startling new discovery in the insect kingdom might just point to a whole different explanation. You see, it seems scientists have discovered a type of insect in which the female posses a "penis" and impregnates the male who seem to posses a "vagina" of sorts. Given that the feminist usually fucks her effeminate boyfriend with her clit, it seems likely to me that while humanity at large is descendant from apes, the feminist is descendant from this little critter. Plus being descendant from an insect would explain the feminist/social justice warriors tendency to swarm and destroy things like locust. But that's just my theory.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review(s) of the Week: Superior Spider-man #31, Deadpool vs Carnage #2, and Mega Man #35.

It's been one hell of a run folks. Last issue Doc Ock allowed Peter to regain control, erasing himself so Peter could save the day as Ock admitted he just couldn't. In this issue Peter deals with a lot of the fall out of Ock's actions on his way to deal with the Goblin and save Anna Maria. We come to find out the Goblin is indeed Norman Osborn but with a surgically altered face so as to assume new identities. Peter manages to defeat him but he gets away with the help of his daughter in law Liz Allen. Once Anna Maria is safe she asks if Peter is OK and Spidey realizes that the man she truly loved is dead, which of course bums old emo Peter Parker out.

Obviously there was more to this issue than that, a ton more in fact. I could probably spend a week going over it all but these Wednesday reviews aren't meant to be that in depth. I loved when Spidey confronts the Goblin, he of course assumes it's still Otto, but one well timed quip from the Webhead convinces him otherwise. This Ock-Spidey saga has been one of the best eras in the wall crawler's history and it had a fantastic conclusion.
If you haven't already check out my review for issue 1. In this issue Deadpool fights Carnage and Shriek for a while but they get away. Then Deadpool heads to a storage locker nearby where he keeps some weapons only to find he had missed payments and the contents had been auctioned off to a rather overweight fan of Deadpools. But this guy is about as crazy as Deadpool so he is actually rather useful at locating Carnage again. Our heroes (more or less) catch up with Carnage and it's time for round two.

This series is just fantastic so far. It made me literally laugh out loud a few times, but it doesn't use humor as a crutch the way many Deadpool books do. If you're not reading this you're crazier than the two stars.

Last issue Mega Man, Dr. Light and some friends went to South America to investigate Dr. Wily's claims about Ra Moon. This issue we find that Ra Moon is indeed dead as the crew gather evidence regarding Wily's claims he was just a puppet of Ra Moon. Meanwhile Break Man has a long talk with Quake Woman about how she can trust her "mother" Dr. LaLinde after she removed Quake Woman's personality, only to recant and later restore it.  Also we continue the Mega Man X back up origin story in which we learn about Sigma and his Maverick hunters.

This book is fantastic. Seeing Mega Man deal with all the conflicting emotions, fear as he approached Ra Moon's temple, happiness that Ra Moon was dead and even guilt that he felt happy over the death of another being, was just quality well written stuff. And the back and forth between Break Man and Quake Woman was downright touching. This is just a fantastic book filled with complex characters and if you're not reading it you're just wrong.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Oh those evil older men and those poor sweet innocent young women.

It's that time of year again, Spring Break! Although that feels odd to say as it's currently snowing outside as I write this, what the hell nature? Anyways, Mr John Stonestreet over at Breakpoint has news of an alarming new trend regarding Spring Break, apparently it's not just college students heading to Spring Break, but "predatory older single men" also follow along hoping to score some fresh young tail. I'm a little confused as to how exactly they're "predatory". Are they raping these girls? Because that would be terrible and somebody should alert the authorities. Surely Mr. Stonestreet wouldn't just throw words like "predatory" around to men engaging in consensual sex with adult women right? I mean, that would be idiotic misandric nonsense akin to something you would hear from a radical feminist. And surely a conservative God fearing man like Mr. Stonestreet wouldn't be known to find himself on the same side of things as, say, a Marxist feminist like Gail Dines for example, right? Right?!

OK, so even though these girls know exactly what they're doing, are completely willing, and more often than not simply using these guys for their money and status just as they use the girls for sex, the guys are evil "predators"? So, I guess the girls are what, poor innocent little flowers here? And Churchianity wonders why young single men are the demographic they have the hardest time reaching.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Manoshere is dead, long live the manoshpere.

For about a year or two when I was a kid, Pogs were all the rage. I remember I finally decided maybe I should get some and start playing and it seems like soon as I decided to get on board the Pog train everyone got off at the next stop. Pogs were no longer cool and I was stuck with pieces to a game no one wanted to play anymore. History may be repeating on me. You see, last year I decided this blog was part of the Manoshpere. Well, not so much decided as was accused of it by some people who were none too happy with my rather politically incorrect views. But after being accused of it I looked into the Manoshpere more and discovered guys like Aaron Clarey and Aurini and decided if I was going to throw my lot in with anybody, I could certainly do a lot worse than guys like that. So here I was, the nerdiest blog in the Manosphere, and then Matt Forney went and declared the Manoshpere dead on me. Son of a bitch this is the Pogs all over again. I just can't catch a break.

Matt's article was about some of the frauds in the Manoshpere, pretending to be something they're not, specifically some guy called Danny from 504. I gotta be honest, I had only barely heard of this guy, but apparently Matt seems to think he's a cancer on the Manoshpere that has metastasized. I don't know, maybe he's right. A quick look at Danny's blog doesn't impress me much, as it seems like just another guy talking about how many chicks he's fucked. The Manoshpere could certainly use a little less of that, that's for sure. I don't know if Danny is indeed the fraud Matt makes him out to be, as I said I don't know much about him, but there certainly are some frauds running around in the Manoshpere.

But I don't think the Manoshpere's best days are behind it, at least not quite. Certainly with it's recent surge in popularity there have been problems. Parts of it are becoming an echo chamber, parts just a flat out circle jerk. And as with any male space you have attention whoring females coming in. Not to slam on every female red pill writer, but some of these "Red Pill Women" are clearly just shilling for attention. But that just tends to happen to male spaces, as I said before geek culture is also suffering from an influx of ill behaved females, the only solution is to hold them as accountable as you would hold the men in your ranks, although that's easier said than done for some of the white knighters out there.

I think reports of the Manoshpere's death are greatly exagerated, but it does need a bit of house cleaning. I said that I had barely heard of Danny, and that's because I don't read that type of Manoshpere blog. I read red pill blogs that are about something, not just blogs that are about the red pill. The red pill isn't something you write about, it's a perspective you write from. Aurini writes about metaphysics and philosophy and theology from a red pill perspective, Aaron Clarey writes about economics from that perspective, I write about mostly nerd culture from that perspective, Dalrock writes about Evangelical culture from that perspective.

I know there are a lot of frauds in the Manoshpere, but I don't think those bad apples really spoil the whole bunch. There are still so many brilliant and stand up men in it. I know I'm not going to bullshit you. I'm not here to lie to you about how awesome I am. I'm just a guy trying to better myself who loves nerdy stuff. And besides the Manoshpere being the very lose confederation that it is, it isn't killed that easily. It's hard to kill an idea after all, especially a good idea. Maybe we'll just have to start calling it something else.

Well, in any case I'll be here, blogging and podcasting, telling you the truth as best I know it, and talking about movies, comics, and video games.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast Episode 3

My latest podcast is up. I talk about why the New 52 DC reboot is a disaster and other comic book related ramblings, and a little advice for the graduating class of 2014 that I wish someone would have told me when I was that age. Check it out here