Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Review of the Week: Sonic Universe #59

Just like last week, we got comics on Tuesday this week. Unfortunately not a lot of comics. I had actually given up on Sonic Universe and was only reading the main Sonic title, but there wasn't much this week and it was part 1 of a story arch featuring Team Dark, and I'm a sucker for Team Dark.

So the story here is that a Black Comet is heading for Earth carrying on it Black Doom aliens from the Shadow the Hedgehog game. The comic actually makes an editorial reference to this having happened in that game despite the fact that the games and the Archie comic universe are two very different continuities. Team Dark and some GUN agents take a space ship to go on board and destroy the aliens, and Shadow encounters this guy.
That sorta looks half Black Doom alien and half echidna like Knuckles. Anyways this issue was pretty weak. I wanted to like it, I like Shadow, and I like Team Dark, and I even like the Black Doom aliens. Hell, I'm one of the few people that kinda liked the Shadow the Hedgehog game. It wasn't great, but few modern Sonic games really are in my opinion. This book had some solid character moments with Team Dark, but the story felt a little sloppy and I don't referencing the game rather than past issues was a stupid and confusing editorial choice, especially since you're referencing a rather unpopular game. I give it two Chaos Controls out of five, and that's really only because I like Team Dark.

Monday, December 30, 2013

The best Land Shark Attacks of 2013.

Well the year is almost at a close, it's a time to look back, so I figured I would select a few of my favorite blog posts over this past year in case you missed them. I know a lot of you are new after all, so here they are, in no particular order.

I talked about the Church's glorification of Down Syndrome.

I talked about how feminists and social justice crusaders are ruining geek culture.

I figured out this blog is apparently in the 'manosphere'.

I explained why I'm not a feminist.

I looked at the anti-porn alliance between social conservatives and feminists

I showed you can find sexism anywhere if you want to see it.

I read, reviewed, and recommended Enjoy the Decline by Aaron Clarey and The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics by Anonymous Conservative.

I explained why girl geek culture needs to stop whining.

I talked about why I think the video game market is going to crash and why console gaming might die.

I looked at the possible extinction of the pubic lice, and what it says about the modern environmental movement.

I mused a bit on the tension between homosexuals and Christians.

And of course I explained why single moms are trash.

So there you have it. That's what I think was my best work on this blog this year, and I didn't even include any of my reviews of comics, games, and movies on there. Here's to another year and even better things to come.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bechtloff Book Club: The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics

It's truly amazing when you come across a theory where a number of little mysteries suddenly make sense in light of it. For years I have found myself puzzled by the modern mainstream conservative movement. One of my earliest posts on this blog was asking the question what exactly is conservatism. This book poses the theory that conservatism and liberalism are just intellectual manifestations of the r/K mating strategies that we developed as a young species.

For those of you unfamiliar, r/K refers to the different breeding strategies animals adopt, the common example for r being rabbits and for K being wolves. The r strategy is used in creatures who's populations generally never exceed or even reach the environment's carrying capacity, who never have to compete for food, mate indiscriminately and put little investment in their offspring. K refers to animals, usually predators, who are at or near their environment's capacity, who breed selectively, invest heavily in each of their offspring, and must compete very rigorously for the limited resources. Now obviously these two strategies exist on a spectrum, all humans are K compared to say a Sea Turtle, but humans can be r or K relative to each other.

So the theory holds that early in the history of our species we would reach carrying capacity of our environment, the K humans would stay and compete for resources and the r humans would migrate and head towards newer areas, until their numbers expanded starting the cycle over again. So if you accept the idea that conservatism is just an intellectualizing of the K strategy and liberalism just the r, suddenly so much about both sides makes a lot of sense doesn't it? Why do the K types favor capitalism? Why do they favor war? They are competitive. Why do they support socially restrictive laws of the type that the religious right loves? Because they are extremely protective of their offspring and feel the need to restrict their sexuality as long as possible so they can pick the fittest mate.  Neither the pro war foreign policy or the Rick Santorum style social conservatism make sense if you take conservatives claims of being "small government" at face value. But if you understand these are not logical thought out positions but rather just intellectual manifestations of the K strategy it makes sense. Likewise liberals and their lose sexual morals, tolerance for crap like single moms, and love of the welfare state make sense when you consider them in light of the r strategy. They don't produce, they just consume. Also their taste for novelty makes sense when you consider the r strategy is always looking for greener pastures to graze on. Likewise the conservative clinging to traditionalism is the inverse of that.

I could go on and on, but I'm not here to rehash the whole book, I'm simply here to tell you that you should read this book. This is not only a good book but an important one and has to potential the completely change how we view the both politics and the cycles of history.

This is why you fail DC.

So it seems any hopes of DC making a Shazam/Captain Marvel movie are dead now that Superman is hot again. According to director Peter Segal, who was once in line to do a Shazam movie:

“Now that Superman is being invigorated and going up against Batman, I think it’s difficult for DC to figure out how to launch this character in the wake of Superman’s resurgence.”

I mean, you can't have two similar movies out there, that would totally not work. This is why you can't make shit happen DC, this is why Marvel keeps spanking you at the box office. You just don't try. Sure you FINALLY are going to do a Superman/Batman movie, but Marvel as at least tried to get damn near every major franchise out there. Yeah the results have been mixed at times, but still you have to look pretty hard to find major Marvel characters that haven't been on the big screen.

This is why when I heard that Wonder Woman would be in the new Superman/Batman movie and played by Gal Gadot I wasn't upset. Sure she's a horrendous cast choice, but I'm just happy to see DC is at least daring to put the amazon on the big screen. At this point I'm just happy with effort from Warner Bros when it comes to these movies. I mean if Marvel is willing do a freaking Guardians of the Galaxy movie then you got no excuse to for this kind of cowardice.

So make a damn Shazam movie already. No reason not to.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Review(s) of the Week: Forever Evil #4 and Justice League #26

Comics on Tuesday? It's a Christmas miracle. If you haven't already, check out my reviews of issues 1, 2, and 3. This issue starts out with Batman and Catwoman in the Batcave getting some weapons Batman has to take out the Justice League should they ever go bad, among them a Sinestro Corps ring. We also see that Grid of the Syndicate is spying on them through a still activated surveillance camera. Then we cut to Luthor using electricity to try and revive Black Adam as Captain Cold is building a new Cold Gun using some of Luthor's tech. Superwoman reveals to Ultraman that Owlman is planning to betray him and that she's pregnant with Ultraman's child. Before she had told Owlman it was his baby so just who's is it? Does she even know? Does she even care? Luthor's gang of villains eventually run into Batman and Catwoman as both are gathering supplies to take on the Syndicate. The two groups are about to fight when Power Ring and a few villains working with him burst in. Batman uses the Sinestro Corps ring against him but Power Ring manages to remove it from him. Just then Sinestro shows up to challenge Power Ring.

I'm really liking this series so far. There were a few decent character moments between Batman and Catwoman, even if it does kinda show how much of their history has been lost due to the reboot, and even Luthor and Bizarro had a nice little bonding moment. All and all I think that, so far at least this is the first worthwhile story to come out of the New 52 that couldn't have been told in the old pre-Flashpoint universe.

If you haven't already, check out my reviews for issues 24 and 25.  This issue starts with Grid's inner monologue, apparently he was present in Cyborg from the moment he first became a Cyborg and had been growing in him since. Grid can't feel emotions but desperately wants to. So he is reviewing files on Syndicate members hoping something in it entices a feeling out of him. So he watched the origin of Power Ring, which is much like Green Lantern's origin except that Hal was a spineless coward who was chosen by the Volthoom entity that lives in his ring that was once worn by Abin Sur. We also see the origins of Johnny Quick and Atomica, apparently they were lovers and serial killers and were cornered by cops at S.T.A.R. Labs when lighting stuck the lab creating explosions that gave them their powers. Grid tries to access the file on Superwoman but finds it blank.

I really liked seeing the origins of the various Syndicate members, as a long time fan of the Syndicate I wish their origins had been done in greater detail before. This is a really enjoyable tie in to a very enjoyable event. Also I love how Superwoman is clearly playing everyone. Obviously she deleted her own file. I wonder what she has up her proverbial sleeve.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Girl geek culture, you need to put your big girl pants on already.

Some of you girls are just outright ruining geek culture. Not all of you. Not even most of you, so don't take this as me throwing a "No Girls Allowed" sign outside my clubhouse or any other typical Sarkeesian style accusation. No, I love girl nerds. And on behalf of all of us guy nerds, we're happy to have you on board. But a small but very loud and annoying minority of you need to knock off your shit and the rest of you girl nerds need to police your own because they're making you look bad.

For instance, I'm sure a lot of you already know about Mighty No. 9, the spiritual successor to Mega Man pitched by Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune that was funded through Kickstarter. Well, an interesting little controversy has erupted. It seems that one of the staff on that project, a lady by the name of Dina Abou Karam, who by her own admission got the job through nepotism and isn't even a Mega Man fan, has made some fans and Kickstarter backers uneasy with her Tumblr style feminist politics and praising of that scumbag Sarkeesian. Now it is questionable as to how much influence she might have, she is only a community manager after all, but still, that's the bridge between the fans and the creators so it is a concern. And Mighty No. 9 fans rightly voiced their concern over this pointing out some of her tweets about not playing Mega Man before and being a social justice retard. Her response was to lock her Twitter and only unlock it once she had deleted some of those more troubling tweets. All this is pretty well documented in a video by Internet Aristocrat. So a social justice warrior who doesn't even like Mega Man gets a job through nepotism on a project meant to be the long awaited spiritual successor to Mega Man and when the fans very rightly are displeased by this, what does The Mary Sue, the self proclaimed guide to girl geek culture do? They point to this as part of a pattern of "harassment". Because pointing out very very legitimate concerns about a person involved in a project you helped financially back is harassment. What was the rest of the "pattern"? Apparently some armature game designer named Zoe Quinn created a game called Depression Quest. It's a text based game about having depression, you know, in case Gone Home was too much of an actual game for you. She was being "harassed" because some people thought that was a stupid idea for a game and weren't afraid to tell her.

Oh I'm sure some people called these ladies names. Boo fucking hoo. That's the internet. But girl geek culture really needs to excise the word "harassment" from its vocabulary. Because all it does is make you look like a whiny little twat crying "victim". You'll get the white knighters defending you sure, but more and more you'll just lose face with the rest of us. We're all nerds after all, we've ALL faced bullies at one point or another, so we really don't want to hear it. And it's just online, they're just words on a screen. Woman up and deal with it. If you pitch an idea for a video game, some people are going to say it sucks, especially if it's as fucking stupid as Depression Quest. If you end up working on a project like Mighty No 9 when you clearly have no business on it, and might infect it with your Sarkeesian style views, some people are going to call you on it. Legitimate criticisms are not harassment. And the fact that you have to face a few trolls here and there, like EVERYBODY does, is not an excuse to ignore criticism.

So ladies, I'm happy to have you in geek culture. But I need you to put your big girl pants on because this incessant whining has got to stop.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review of the Week: Superior Spider-man #24.

               
So last issue Ock-Spidey tricked Flash into letting him remove the Venom symbiote from him and then it jumped onto Ock-Spidey making him the Superior Venom. Ock-Spidey takes control over the symbiote, or at least seems to, and decides to bust up some crime to show the world he's in control of it. Meanwhile back at the lab Flash says he's been using a drug to keep the symbiote under control and without it it will overtake Spidey, and the doctor there informs him that he's become dependant on the symbiote and without it he will die in a few hours. During his rounds Ock-Spidey gets a call from his midget girlfriend Anna still upset over how bad things went when she met Aunt May. Peter decides to confront Aunt May about how she acted around Anna and while there MJ shows up to confront Peter over how he's been acting. Ock-Spidey has to split and he reveals to MJ that he has the symbiote, which she of course freaks out over. Meanwhile Green Goblin is impersonating Hobgoblin to steal Hobgoblin's cut off of his underlines. Not because he wants the money, just to screw with Hobgoblin. Our issue ends with MJ calling the Avengers to inform them Spider-man has been taken over by the Venom symbiote.

This was an interesting issue. The Goblin king subplot with Green Goblin is progressing nicely, and there were a lot of subtle character moments here and there. MJ's reaction to the symbiote reveal was great, you could tell she was instantly reliving a lot of horror right there. Also when the symbiote is first on Ock-Spidey it comments that the old host "tastes bad" now. The fight with the Avengers next issue should be pretty interesting, but I was a little disappointed with the last Avengers clash in this series back in issue 8. All and all this has been a great series and this Venom stuff is one of it's better story lines.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Blur Bomber by Mega Ran and Mister Wilson.

So someone actually made a rap album based on the Sonic/Mega Man crossover comic story? Sonic? Mega Man? Rap? That's like three of my favorite things right there. Mega Ran and Mister Wilson both rap over mixed up Sonic and Mega Man game tracks, in the first one for instance the two rap, each one in the persona of Sonic and Mega Man respectively about how they will defeat the other in a rap battle style. The album tells the story of the crossover through the tracks and remains reasonably true to it. It would be easy to dismiss this as just a novelty album, because it kinda is let's face facts, but this is damn solid underground rap too. The rhymes are clever, the flow is solid, it's just very well done, and it easily could have been a cheap cash in. A few of the tracks like "Love is..." are pretty weak and didn't do much for me, but most of the is just great.

I bought the CD off of their site, because I prefer to have a physical hard copy of things, but while the CD won't ship until January, it came with a free download so I got to listen to it that way and I gotta tell you I've played it over and over several times since then. If you're a fan of Mega Man or Sonic you should definitely get this. And if you know someone who is a fan of either of the two blue heroes this would make a perfect Christmas gift.

And while we're on the subject of the Mega Man/Sonic crossover if you haven't already you should check out my reviews of parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The death by suicide of console gaming?

This has been a pretty pitiful roll out for the next gen consoles, mostly due to the absolute train wreck that was the XBox One debacle. I mean, tying games to your system thus crippling if not killing any sort of used game market? Damn. Sure PS4 has benefited from it, and the WiiU has more than a few games I look forward to playing once I get one, but I can't help but feel it sucked the air out of the room. The overall mood of the gaming community seems pretty dour right now. In fact, I and a few others think the whole industry is headed for a crash in the next year or so.

So with this mood in the air I keep hearing that maybe this will be the last generation of actual consoles. Now I've heard this for the past three generations now, mostly from PC gamers. PC gamers can be insufferably smug sometimes. "Oh, you play on an XBox? How cute. But my PC version has much better graphics." And they're right. PC games have better graphics than their console counter parts. I remember years ago getting Activision's Spider-man game from 2000 back when it was new for the PC because I didn't have any consoles at the time. Years later when I got my PS2 I went and got the PS1 version of that game and yes, the graphics were indeed better in the PC version. But do you know what makes the Playstation version superior in my eyes?  I can still fucking play it. Having dug the PC version disk out recently I can tell you it is not compatible with any computer I have now. But I can just pop the Playstation version into my PS2 and play it well over a decade after its release. And that has always been the main advantage consoles had over PCs. You could keep your games forever. I still play my Genesis and SNES all the time. But consoles are throwing that away.

It started with the last gen abandoning memory cards. Why the fuck did you abandon memory cards? They were the greatest damn thing to happen in gaming. You had your saved game right there on an easy to store little card. Why save it on the console? Let's say I want to take a fighting game over to a friend's house to play. Well say goodbye to all the characters I've unlocked. And forget about if your console breaks (red ring of death anyone?). My Wii just shit the bed recently. Sure it's easy and cheap enough to get a new one thanks to all those non gamers who bought it years ago for Wii Sports and got bored with it, but goodbye to all those characters I unlocked in Mario Kart. Goodbye to all my saved games on there. And then there's the shift to online modes, DLC, and games only available through XBox Live or PlayStation Network accounts. In other words, much like the abandoning of memory cards we're moving away from physical copies to just digital. And the online stuff, sure that's great for the six months you're average game is popular, but then those servers dry up and you have a hard time finding people to play with and eventually the servers go offline completely. And if the developers put more effort into the online shit than the game then the stuff you're left with is pretty poor. And the digital only games. Ugh. I would love to play Sonic 4, Mega Man 9 and 10, and the new Rocket Knight, but I'm not going to get a pay a monthly fee to get an Xbox live account, buy those games, have to keep paying a monthly fee to have access to them, and eventually lose them when my system breaks or the servers go offline or something. This sort of atmosphere might be great for the hardcore PC gamer, who spends tons of money to get the best and newest equipment, gets the newest game, is fine with a monthly bill just to play the damn thing they already bought, and plays the hell out of it to the point where they're fine with moving on to the next thing in a year. But I'm a casual gamer. I play video games SOMETIMES. And when I purchase a game I want to keep it until I'm done with it, not until the general gaming audience is done with it. This shift to a PC style gaming atmosphere is making it seem like if you're not willing to pour your every bit of your free time and money into this hobby, then you just aren't welcome anymore.

So the real advantage that consoles had over PCs is disappearing. Consoles are trying to become little PC's. And they're never going to win that battle. They can't out PC the PC. So it seems to me entirely possible consoles might die with this generation. But it will be a death by their own hands. Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'm going to play a little Sega Genesis.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Review(s) of the Week: Justice League #25 and Mega Man #32

Last issue of Justice League we did an interesting character study of Ultraman. This issue, despite the misleading cover, we take a look at Owlman. We see that in the Crime Syndicate universe young Thomas Wayne Jr. actually killed his parents as a boy along with the help of Alfred as he feared they were squandering the fortune. Young Bruce was suppose to go along with that but betrayed Thomas at the last minute and eneded up killed along with their parents. We then flash forward to now and Owlman is on the main DC Earth consolidating the mob families under his leadership by killing all but one of their leaders and then making it clear to him who is really in charge. Then he later has a talk with the captured Nightwing. He tries to tell him to work with him just as Dick Grayson did in his world. Nightwing initially refuses but Owlman tells him he wants to destroy the rest of the Syndicate and tells Nightwing that at this point it's either going to be him ruling the world or Ultraman and our issue ends with Nightwing reluctantly agreeing.

This issue was a little better than the last one, as Owlman apparently has a much more nuanced character than Ultraman's blind social Darwinism. I thought it was interesting how Alfred said he Owlman was constantly trying to replace the dysfunctional family he murdered. Also keeping with the theme of family we see a cameo of Superwoman, who as we found out in Forever Evil #2 is carrying Owlman's baby, listening in on Owlman and Nightwing's conversation, seemingly in approval. As I said last issue these Forever Evil issues are some of the best New 52 books I've read yet, not that that's saying much though.
So last issue Dr. Wily brought out his secret weapon against Ra Moon, a robot he built based on Ra Moon's tech, Ra Thor. And then Ra Moon promptly took control of it. This issue we see the huge battle with the Robot Masters not under Ra Moon's control battling the ones that are and Mega Man battling Ra Thor. Mega Man throws every thing he's got at Ra Thor, including the several Robot Masters weapons he has copied and finally takes him out only to have Ra Moon send out a Devil robot combined with Ra Moon tech, Ra Devil. Dr Wily tells Mega Man that controlling all these Robot Masters along with powering Ra Devil has left him slightly vulnerable so Mega Man converts both him arms into cannons, which is really more than his power core can handle, looks at Dr. Wily and tells him to please take his remains to his father Dr. Light, and lets Ra Moon have it full blast taking him out. After a few panels of seeing the reconstruction efforts worldwide from the damage Ra Moon caused, Dr. Light gets a few visitors.
 I complained that this storyline drug a little in the middle parts, and it really did, but the ending was very satisfying. We got to see Mega Man throw everything on the line to do what needs done, and even earn a great deal of respect from his enemy Wily. This will be interesting to see just how this will effect their battles in future issues. As I've said before this is the best all ages comic out there, and if you're not reading you really should give it a shot.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Retro Review: What If Vol 2 #66

So this little What If branches off during Rogue's first appearance when she was fighting the Avengers as part of the Brotherhood of Mutants. In this universe Rogue holds on to Thor long enough to completely drain all his power and life force thus killing him. This apparently allows her to carry Thor's hammer, despite supposedly not being worthy. During the initial battle with the Avengers she also ends up destroying the Vision, and later in her confused state destroys her fellow Brotherhood members. We cut to Odin outraged over the death of his son and we find out he cannot remove the power from Thor's hammer Mjolnir, speculating that it's due to her power. Loki decides to take advantage of Rogue's confused state and uses her to attack Asgard. Eventually Thor's spirit, or memories, or whatever in Rogue's head tells her she needs to be the hero he knows she can be and that even Mjolnir knew she was worthy. She turns on Loki saving the day, Odin weeps saying he lost a son but gained a daughter, and Rogue is basically the new Thor.
This issue was pretty good, but the resolution was far too rushed. It just felt like Odin in particular was far too quick to accept Rogue-Thor once she went good. And if left far too many questions, yeah she went good, but how long does it take her to gain the confidence of her fellow heroes? I mean she had quite the body count in this story. This was a common problem with the second volume of What If, since they were regular sized issues and not double sized like volume one, they tended to have a lot of lose ends at the end and the story wrap up too quickly. It's a shame this was never followed up on, they should have made her a member of Exiles or something. Still all and all it's an amusing read and definitely worth checking out.

Friday, December 6, 2013

An open letter to Leif Erikson.

Some of you are probably asking who the hell is Leif Erikson. Well, Leif is the soon to be ex-husband of mommy blogger Jenny Erikson. Jenny has long blogged about marriage and family as the token Churchianity girl amongst the Mommy bloggers, constantly talking up the importance of marriage and that divorce should only be reserved for cases of abuse and adultery.  Until, that is, she got bored with her husband of over a decade and "changed her mind" regarding the importance of marriage. Poor Leif actually got a heads up from their pastor about Jenny's plans to ambush him with a divorce, a fact which greatly displeased her. For more on this unfolding and amusing saga check out Dalrock. So with that out of the way:

Leif,

You don't know me, but I know you. I know a lot about you actually. Frankly, I know too much about you. And why is that? Well, it's because your soon to be ex wife is making a public spectacle of her destruction of your family. I know that you were sniffing around this girl, stuck in the friend zone, for a long time before you finally got the green light. I know that you were a good little hubby who helped out with chores and gave foot rubs and tolerated your wife's borderline alcoholism. And I know that despite all that, she still tossed you aside.

Pretty harsh.

And how do you respond? You try to keep the high road, this is the mother of your daughters after all. So you "remain friends", you retweet tweets from her, you take this raping with a smile. Hell, she even accuses you on her twitter of being guilty of sins so great she dare not speak of them aloud without causing harm to your daughters. And you just let this slander roll off your back. What sin could that be? Well, a careful reading of her twitter feed suggests maybe it was a pornography habit. If that's true Leif you really should cut it out, but of course I'm betting it only started because she cut you off. But even if that's true, and it's doubtful it is as in an earlier blog post she said "nothing happened" you two just grew apart, it's still not Biblical grounds for divorce. Or even really remotely reasonable grounds.

But you know all this, no need to rehash it further. Leif, I'll tell you what you did wrong. You were beta. Or to put it in a more Biblical term, you were never the leader that you needed to be with her. Leif, I was like you. I went through two major relationships both of which blew up in my face and it wasn't until I discovered red pill philosophy that the ups and downs of those relationships made sense in hindsight. So here's what I want you to do, first brace yourself for the absolute raping the California family court is going to do to you. Second, fight for full custody of your daughters. You won't get it, but those girls need to see you fight for them. And third, get some game man. Read some manosphere Leif. I know you won't agree with all of it, there is a lot of over simplification and over generalizations on these sites I know. But it's still good information man. Read up on some Chateau Heartiste, especially the articles on body language. And definitely read some Dalrock to get some solid Christian manoshpere goodness. And this great video by my man Aurini on good little Republican conservatism vs red pill virtue. Leif, you're a smart guy and a decent looking guy, no homo. So get you some game and I guarantee you'll end up with a girl a decade younger and 20 pounds thinner than Jenny. And Jenny will slowly crawl into a wine bottle after a few years of being pumped and dumped. And your daughters will see you the winner and they will know what their mother did is not the way to go. I know, some of what you see and read on these sites might rub you the wrong way, but tell me, was the way you were doing things really working out for you? As my favorite preacher Steve Brown would say "You think about that, Amen."

-Your brother in Christ
-The Bechtloff

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Review of the Week: Superior Spider-man 23

So last issue Ock-Spidey and the new Venom end up butting heads with Ock Spidey pretty much looking to kill Venom. We the fight doesn't really go anywhere this issue, with Venom getting away. After that Ock-Spidey and his midget girlfriend Anna end have dinner with May and her husband Jay Jameson right after May received the treatment Ock-Spidey came up with to allow her to walk without pain. Before dinner Flash (AKA Venom) drops in to say hi to Peter and he stays for dinner. Peter asks Flash if he'd like to volunteer for his new artificial limb experiment and Flash agrees. Ock-Spidey shows up the the experiment as Spidey claiming he's a consultant of Peter and uses a sonic device to remove the symbiote, which backfires when the released symbiote takes control of Ock-Spidey.
 Hmmm so the Superior Venom now? Well, if the symbiote does end up back with Flash then won't he know all about Ock-Spidey's deal? Though to be fair, Marvel has been a little blurry on whether or not symbiotes retain knowledge from the hosts after the whole Spider-Carnage thing. Still I hope this doesn't spell the end of Flash-Venom, I really rather liked him. All and all this is still an entertaining series, although the Ock-Spidey sage is starting to wear out its welcome a bit with me.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Retro Review: Primal Rage #1

Ahhh Primal Rage. I poured many a quarter into this arcade classic. Primal Rage was just your standard fighting game, but with giant ape monsters and dinosaur like beasts. Sort of like a fighting game version of Rampage. The story to the game was that natural disasters had rocked the world back into the stone age and awoken these ancient monsters, who all now each have their own cult of humans worshiping them. One of the things I remember from the game was there were people in the background worshipping you as you fight and you could eat them to regain strength. That always amused the hell out of me. Anyways the game was popular enough to get a comic book, so let's take a look at issue one.

The issue starts with a quick recap of how things got to this point, as told by the leader of the cult that worships Blizzard, the white Yettie monster on the cover. He says that the "Maker of all" saw the wickedness of man and sent various natural disasters to send man back to the stone age. Then He awoken from the Urth (Earth's new name) the various monsters of this game and comic to rule over man as gods.
The rest of the issue centers around a conflict between the cults of Armadon and Diablo resulting in a fight between the two.
Diablo ends up winning and our issue ends with the leader of Blizzard's cult begging him to get involved to stop Diablo.

This was a pretty solid issue with decent writing and art. Fighting games aren't the easiest to translate into more linear story structures, but this did a decent enough job. Really the biggest flaws were with the monsters themselves, they looked cool, but even the ones showcased it was hard to get any real feel for their motivations as characters. Sure we have the human cult leaders speaking for them. but I wonder at least if they're just putting words in the mouths of creatures who might not even be that intelligent. It seems like it could be that these "cult leaders" are really just manipulating these monsters for their own ends. But perhaps I'm putting too much thought in a comic book based on a fighting game I remember mostly for being able to eat people. Still if you have fond memories of this game you should check out this comic. Also on the back was a pretty damn cool ad for the game's soundtrack.
Holy shit how can you not love that 90's style order of extra cheese. He's got sunglasses and a boom box for Odin's sake. I wish I could get that on a t-shirt.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Retro Review: JSA #54

Well happy Thanksgiving everyone. And what better way to celebrate than a Thanksgiving get together with the JSA and the JLA. So the two teams are getting together and the issue starts with Batman and Mr. Terrific talking, Batman stating that this social gathering is a bad idea and as having all these heroes together would be a magnet for a villain attack. And sure enough the building is attacked by two loser villains I've never heard of, Kulak the Sorcerer and Ys the Warlock. Their attack has destroyed the table with all the food so the heroes beat their asses and then order several dozen pizzas. And of course at the end Batman says "I told you so.", because Batman is kinda a dick like that.

And that's about it. There really isn't much to this issue at all plot wise. But that's not to say this is a bad issue, it's full of several wonder character moments, such as a drunken Wildcat mouthing off to Wonder Woman for example. Geoff Jones did some really amazing things at DC during the 2000's and this issue is a damn good place to start and see why so many loved his JSA run.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review of the Week: Superior Spider-man #22

If you haven't already you should check out my review of last issue. This issue we mostly see Ock-Spdey as Peter starting up Parker Industries and giving an opening speech to his employees that sounds delightfully Bond villain-ish. Also we see Venom AKA Flash is in town and is after the Crime Master, who turns out to be just some guy who bought the franchise off of the Hobgoblin. Ock-Spidey busts in on that and starts attacking Venom. Flash realizes that Spidey doesn't know he's a hero and reveals who he is but Ock-Spidey doesn't seem to care.

This was a pretty solid issue, not much really happened but it's clearly a set up for a larger story arch. I'm curious as to what exactly "Darkest Hours" means. Maybe Ock-Spidey's charade will finally unravel, but they've fooled me before on that. Also I loved the "old person moment" Aunt May had as she was touring Peter's business and saw his midget girlfriend (or little person, or whatever) and commented on how wonderful Peter's "commitment to diversity" is. Also a minor complaint, while I like Ock-Spidey's costume, I hate the boots. It looks like he's wearing slippers. All and all though a solid read.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Porn, social conservatives, feminists, and seemingly strange bedfellows.

As the old saying goes, politics makes strange bedfellows. Case in point would be an issue where third wave feminists and Evangelical social conservatives, or tradcons as Aurini likes to call them, walk hand in hand, the issue of pornography. Now before I get into this let me be clear on something, I'm not celebrating or condoning porn. As a person of faith I feel it's not something one should indulge in. But as someone who believes in individual liberty and small government I'm convinced that any sort of attempt to ban it would be harmful and a violation of people's natural God given rights. Also, while I don't think porn is good for you by any means, it's not nearly as harmful as my fellow Christians have made it out to be. It's more like a mental and spiritual junk food, relatively harmless in small doses, but too much will rot you from the inside out.

So you may have noticed that there is a large potion of the feminist movement that seeks to outright ban pornography. The most well known of this group being the infamous Gail Dines.
By the way, ever notice that these women leading the anti-porn movement tend to be women no one would ever want to see naked. Like ever. But these misandric critters are not the only ones leading this assault on free speech. Many of my fellow Christians also fight along side them. The Churchianity version of Oprah Dr. James Dobson was actually on some government task force against porn in the 80's. Regular listeners of his might notice he rarely misses an opportunity to steer a conversation on sexuality to the "scourge" that is dirty movies. And after Iceland enacted some anti-porn legislation John Stonestreet praised the move on Breakpoint. I have tried to explain to my fellow Christians that if they keep cheering this type of legislation on, which is much more about getting control of the internet than porn, they will be in for very rude awakenings when these powers get turned on Christian sites, like Breakpoint for example. That usually falls on deaf ears.

But why has this seemingly strange alliance happened? Well, because once you get past the surface it's not all that strange. Aside from a few issues, mostly abortion, there's very little difference between Churchianity and the feminists. I had this hammered home to me a few months ago when commenting on a Breakpoint thread about declining marriage rates. I made the following common sense point.

There is a reason men in my generation, the Millennials, are opting out of marriage. Due to the misandry of the family courts marriage is unquestionably a raw deal for men. Make no mistake, having a Y chromosome makes you a second class citizen in family law (and many other areas these days). Beyond the religious obligation what possible reason would a man have for legally tying himself to someone who, on a whim, can throw him out of his home, take half his money, and turn him into a life time wage slave in the form of alimony? Until this is addressed and reformed in the family courts system marriage will continue to decline.

And then I got a whole bunch of non arguments like  It's sad that you have such a low opinion of women. Basically they argued like feminists. And that's kind of what Churchianity is, basically a religious version of the misandric feminism in our culture. Look at the movie Fireproof that came out a few years ago, in this movie we are meant to see the husband as a scumbag for looking at porn, but we are meant to be sympathetic to the wife who almost has an actual physical affair. The whole crux of the movie was that everything was the man's fault, even when it wasn't. I could go through tons of examples of how feminized Churchianity is, but I would suggest checking out Dalrock for more on it.

So as the saying goes, politics makes for strange bedfellows, but sometimes those alliances reveal that the groups in question have far more in common than either would admit. I've called these left wing social justice crusaders "The Left Wing Moral Majority" on here before, and it's becoming more and more obvious that Churchianity is basically just feminism with a thin layer of Jesus on top.  Perhaps this just shows that a moralizing statist is a moralizing statist no matter how they spend their Sunday mornings. Perhaps it just goes to show there is really no difference between the liberals and the modern conservative movement. Perhaps strange bedfellows are rarely so strange once you really look at them.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Bechtloff's Book of Genesis: Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition

A while ago I looked at the first Jurassic Park game for the Genesis. It's a great movie tie in game to a great movie and easily one of the best games in the Genesis library. Well, hold on to your butts, because they naturally made a sequel, even before the movie got a sequel.

Despite absolutely loving the first game I never played this game as a kid because I didn't know it existed. I mean, I saw it a few times at the Toys R Us, but just figured it was a re-release with maybe a little bit of extra content. I mean if you call it "Edition" what am I suppose to think. This game is both very similar and very different from the first game. Like the first game you can play as either Grant or a Raptor, and it has pretty similar game play mechanics from the first, but that's about where the similarities end. The first one remained somewhat faithful to the story of the movie, but this one goes in a completely different direction. Also while the first one was mostly about figuring out how to get places safely, avoiding pitfalls and whatnot, this is pretty much just balls to the wall combat. In Grant mode you fight dinosaurs AND humans, and gone are the PETA friendly pussy non lethal weapons from the first one, in this you kill damn near everyone and everything you see. Raptor mode is pretty similar too except the Raptor can do a spinning double jump, and again, it's balls to the wall combat. In fact in Raptor mode it's best to run past as many enemies as you can rather than fight.

The graphics are similar to the first game, using pretty much the same sprites, but things are a lot brighter and more colorful. Also the sprites have a weird extra thick black line about them. This game was pretty obviously forced out the door so I guess odd stuff like that is understandable. Also Grant can ride some dinos now. So there's that.
 This game was...well it was kind of better and worse than the first game at the same time. The first game was dark and creepy, and in Grant mode had shades of survival horror, before that was even really a thing, this one is just mindless action, truly just a rampage. But it succeeds in that beautifully and is a lot of fun. So I would say it's definitely worth checking out.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review of the Week: Mega Man #31

So this issue Mega Man and his Robot Master friends continue to try and storm Ra Moon's temple. Break Man AKA Proto Man gather the Robot Masters still loyal to Wily and not Ra Moon and Wily finishes the robot he hopes will defeat Ra Moon, Ra Thor, only to have Ra Moon immediately turn it against him. Meanwhile Dr. Light passed the anti-EMP coating formula onto other scientist so other Robot Masters are trying to keep things from falling apart all over the world.

And that's about it. There were a few good fights in this issue but must like last issue this really felt like padding. It looks like both the Sonic and Mega Man books are suffering from a problem that has plagued Marvel and DC over the last decade, writing for the trade. This story arch should have been three issues tops. This is still one of the most enjoyable books out there, and easily the best all ages book, but this story arch has been kind of weak.

Monday, November 18, 2013

How dare you think differently! That hurts my feelings!

That scumbag Anita Sarkeesian put out another video today. I might take the time to point out all that's wrong with it in another post, but that's not what I want to talk about right now. As you might know one of Anita's allies is Lindsay Ellis AKA Nostalgia Chick. I talked about that before on here. Well she had this little tweet today.
Oh man, you mean that there are people who would dare to disagree with Ms. Sarkeesian? But...but...don't they know that makes them sexist? Those assholes need to check their privilege. Just to make sure no such evil mean "opinionz" make it to her twitter feed Lindsay followed it up with this tweet.
A "blockin' sorta mood"? When are you not in that sorta mood? Isn't that just how you leftists and especially feminists roll? This is very telling of the kind of people these social justice crusaders are. Don't ever think they're just well meaning people who have a different "opinionz" than you. I've made that mistake before and you'll only be disappointed. They will "debate" in the most personal and vile ways possible, but they sure as hell can't take like they give. If you dare to criticize them in the slightest, even as politely as possible, they'll scream, call you names, attempt to shame, and of course block you, ban you, whatever. Let Lindsay's "blockin' sorta mood" here serve as an example of just what sort of vile degenerate people these leftoids are. Completely unable to debate their side in an adult manner.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Top 10 Mario Games.

Good old Mario. Easily one of the best video game franchises of all time. I tend to think you have to be a rather joyless bastard to not enjoy Mario games, especially if you're a child of the 80's or 90's. This was a hard list to do, Mario has had so many games and so many were just awesome. But here are my ten favorites.

10) Donkey Kong. The first game ever to have Mario in it, and back then he didn't even have a real name. I had this on the Donkey Kong Classics cartridge on my NES and even though it was rather primitive compared to some of my other NES games I found myself going back to it a lot. It's just a damn fun game and is even fun to play to this day.
9) Super Mario Bros. The first game to establish most of the main mythos behind the Mario franchise, it would be impossible to do this list and not include it. Some might wonder why this isn't higher, well this game didn't age all that well to me. After playing Mario 3 I found I never really went back to this, and when I did it would be fun for like a level or two then I would quit. It's very repetitive. I mean in later Mario games levels would have different themes, but this was just the same looking levels over and over again. Still, an amazing game for the time, and who doesn't remember the music from it?
8) Super Mario Bros. 2 (American). This is one of the oddest Mario games. The real Super Mario 2 was basically part 1 but on hard mode. Nintendo realized Americans might not like it as it was the same game but obnoxiously hard so they took another game called Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and turned it into a Mario game. The interesting thing about this game was you had four playable characters, Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess and they all played very differently. I personally played as the Princess a lot just because of her gliding ability. Sometimes I wish more elements from this game would have stuck around. We tend to see things like the Shy Guys or that crazy tranny Birdo pop up in Mario Party and Mario Kart games, but never in the more mainline titles.
7) Super Mario Land 2. I feel like the Mario Land games for the Game Boy were pretty underrated in general. They had some rather creative game play and enemies compared to other Mario games at the time. The first one had Mario riding airplanes and submarines and this one has Mario as an astronaut. And this one also introduced Mario's evil double Wario. That lead to an interesting boss fight as Wario duplicates all of Mario's power ups in this game. It wasn't a very difficult one but it was interesting.
6) New Super Mario Bros Wii. While this game did introduce something kinda new to Mario in the form of the four player mode, it was more about going back to basics and giving people a classic Mario game experience with modern graphics and sound and it did that perfectly. This game was an absolute blast but my only real complaint was I wish Princess Peach had been a playable character instead of just two different color toad men. Maybe we could have been rescuing her sister Princess Daisy. Still this game was a blast.
5) Super Mario Galaxy. Not only was this Mario game just gorgeous in it's design, but the planetoid gravity system provided a really interesting new dimension to the old Mario 64 type formula. This is the game that when I first played it I knew I had to get a Wii.
4) Mario Kart Wii. You know, I pretty much love all the Mario Kart games, but decided to only put one on here or they might dominate the list. This one is my favorite, not only does it take advantage of the Wii's gimmick to let you steer by actually steering, but it also featured not only new levels but levels from past Mario Kart games with updated graphics. Truly one of the best multiplayer games of all time.
3) Super Mario 64. A lot of characters from classic 2D games had rather bumpy, if not outright disastrous jumps into the third dimension, but Mario hopped right into it like he was made for it. Mario might have saved the Princess by the end of this game, but I can't help but wonder if he ever got that cake he was promised.
2) Super Mario Bros. 3. It takes a special kinda game to have it's commercial be disguised as a theatrical movie. Super Mario 3 was, not only one of the best Mario games, but one of the best games period. And I would say easily the best in the NES library. Nothing like getting the Hammer Bros suit. Those hammers could kill anything, even send already dead enemies like Boo Ghosts and Dry Bones back to 8 bit hell. Ahhh memories.
1) Super Mario World. This was hard, I had to really think about my number 1 and 2 placement here, but I think this is ever so slightly better than Mario 3 and not just for the jump in graphics. This game introduced so many things that ended up sticking around the franchise like the spinning jump, Ghost Houses, and of course Yoshi. And what kid didn't love Yoshi? It's a dinosaur you ride around on who eats your enemies.

So that's my favorite Mario games. I doubt the top two are any surprise to anybody. Now if you'll excuse me, I think I have a Princess to go save. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The video game crash of, let's say 2014, maybe 2015?

I'm not the first guy to notice or mention this, but it seems pretty apparent to me that the video game industry is headed for a rather nasty crash, probably in the next year or two. Now there are a number of reasons I and many others think this is coming which I will touch on here, one of which I really haven't heard others talk about but I think is a major factor, but first a little disclaimer and a short history lesson.

First, I'm by no means a hardcore gamer, and unlike that scumbag Sarkeesian I'm not gonna lie to inflate my gamer cred here. I play video games, but I tend to like more retro and "casual gamer" games. I love the stuff I grew up on, Sonic, Mario, Mega Man etc. That's the main types of games I like, although I do play other ones. I'm a fan of video games, but by no means a hardcore gamer.

Second let's take a moment to remember the first video game crash, back in '83. I'm not going to go into great detail, just a quick somewhat simplified look to better understand where we are now. Back then the idea of a home console for video games as opposed to arcades was still relatively new and Atari was hot shit. Now the thing is anybody could make an Atari game. Anybody. And everybody did. Companies that had nothing to do with electronics farted out garbage games and flooded the market. And back then, there was no such thing as video game magazines, or any other media devoted to it so there were no game critics. If you were lucky maybe you could get some word of mouth on what games were good, but for the most part it was a guessing game when buying a game, and if you shelled out money for a game that was balls, sucks to be you. Hell there weren't even places like Gamestop with used video game markets so you couldn't even unload the damn thing. You were just stuck owning garbage like the infamous E.T.: The video game. Se eventually people just gave up on it and the game industry all but died.

Then along came Nintendo, and thanks to some clever marketing, fantastic games with memorable characters, and at least a little bit of quality control regarding its third party developers (although LGN games still make me question how much the Nintendo Seal of Quality ever really meant) the gaming industry rose from the ashes like a Phoenix, stronger than ever. By the way on a side note, it absolutely pisses me off how some of these hardcore gamers sneer at Nintendo. I can't tell you the number of times I've heard, for example, that Mario Kart isn't a "real game", and that's usually said by people who couldn't beat me at it to save their immortal souls. But even if you are enough of a joyless bastard to not enjoy a Mario or Zelda game, you better at least realize you owe Nintendo both respect and gratitude for saving the industry.

So that was the '83 crash. Now where are we today? Well, let's consider a few things. First of all, Capcom is nearly broke. Capcom is arguably the greatest third part developer in the history of the industry. They own such memorable franchises as Mega Man, Street Fighter, and Resident Evil, and they're nearly broke. It's not just Capcom, that's just the most extreme example, but how in the hell much mismanagement does it take for Capcom to nearly be bankrupt?

The second biggest thing is DLC. Now, I've said before I dislike digital content in general, not just video games but all media. If you don't own a physical copy, you simple don't really own it, you're just renting it. But DLC is a pretty blatant fucking rip off. Rather than take the time to actually finish a game developers are rushing out unfinished crap and then making you pay for additional DLC to get extra levels, characters, what have you that should have been in the game you already bought to begin with. Hell sometimes they just make DLC to fix flaws and glitches, although to be fair those are often offered for free. Still shouldn't be needed and finally gamers are beginning to wake up to how badly it's being run up their collective ass on this one.

Then there's the XBOX One debacle. We all know how they were trying to make it so you had to register a game with your console so that a friend couldn't borrow it and it couldn't be sold as a used game. Now XBOX did a 180 on that and changed their mind, but what's to really stop them from going back on that? There are even hints that Sony might end up going that way. Now the damage this would do to the game industry would be devastating. How much of Gamestop's income is from used games? I've heard it's as high as 70%. And things like GameFly would just vanish. So this move would wipe out whole sections of the industry's infrastructure. And they want to do it. They want to do it so badly. Media outlets in general are dying to get rid of your physical copies. They want to control where you get it and how long you have it. They don't want a used game market, because they see no direct income from that. Are they smart enough to realize the harm it would do to the industry as a whole and the subculture? Or will greed get the best of them?

And finally, and this is the one I haven't heard talked about all that much, the sorry state of gaming media. One of the things in the '83 crash was you had no reliable way to know whether a game would be good, there were no game reviewers and critics. Well now there are tons, but most of the more mainstream ones kinda suck. My friend was telling me about a game called Gone Home about a girl who comes home to find her family is missing, but it turns out they were just at the store or some shit. This game is getting some pretty rave reviews from some major sources. Meanwhile Grand Theft Auto V, probably one of the most ambitiously immense game ever made is criticized by a tranny on GameSpot site for being sexist. And that's the thing about the gaming media, it has been pretty well taken over by the social justice leftards, or the "Left Wing Moral Majority" as I like to call them. Look at that scumbag Anita Sarkeesian. Aside from her piss poor arguments, she is an absolute PROVEN liar, and yet mainstream gaming and geek media still kisses her ass. You have to go to youtubers like Jordan Owen or Aurini, or that fat borderline autistic asshole Amazing Atheist to get any sort of truth about that slimy bitch. When you have the supposedly mainstream game critics praising Gone Home and only begrudgingly praising GTAV you got problems. And if these people can't or won't see through Anita Sarkeesian they simply can't be taken seriously. Which leaves people having to swim through youtube to try and get an opinion of a game before they buy it.

So you have companies in serious financial trouble, you have an audience waking up to the fact they are getting ripped off, and you have, instead of no gaming media an untrustworthy gaming media. Seems like all the ingredients are there. Storm's coming folks. Meantime I'll be here, playing some Sega Genesis.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review of the Week: Superior Spider-man 21

Remember Stunner? It's OK, most people don't. She was Doc Ock's girlfriend in the 90's. She was this fat chick who would get in this device that would create an energy construct avatar called Stunner. Back when Doc Ock was being brought back from the dead by the Hand, they used her avatar as the sacrifice. It worked but rather than kill her it just put her in a coma. Well when Ock died this last time with Peter in his body it woke her up, and now she's out to avenge her old boyfriend. Also last issue one of Ock-Spidey's teachers, Dr. Don Lamaze, accused him of stealing his thesis from Doc Ock.

Well this issue Stunner and Ock Spidey fight and Ock-Spidey uses his spider-bots to find out where Stunner's actual physical body is and then gets himself into one of those devises to create a Dr. Octopus avatar for himself which he uses to convince Stunner that he's secretly alive and to stop trying to avenge him and Dr. Lamaze that Peter actually helped him come up with the subject of the thesis, which Lamaze agrees to keep secret. Also Carlie Cooper visits the grave of Doc Ock, knowing it was really Peter and finds the body is missing, she is then kidnapped by the Goblin King who finds her journal about who Ock-Spidey really is.

Pretty good issue. I was impressed to see Ock-Spidey actually think up a peaceful way to handle Lamaze, I was convinced he might actually resort to violence, maybe taking him out in secret. Also I'm really curious to know what happened to Ock's body. While I do think Ock-Spidey is in danger of wearing out his welcome and this saga needs to start wrapping up, it is still a thoroughly enjoyable book and is easily some of the best Spider-man stuff since that One More Day abortion.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Don't thank a verteran, apologize to them.

Today is of course Veteran's Day. And if you should see an Iraq or Afghanistan vet today don't thank them, apologize. Apologize that our country so callously took advantage of their willingness to sacrifice by sending them to risk life and limb in such pointless and fruitless wars.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bechtloff Movie Night: Thor: The Dark World. (2013)

Now as with most of my new movie reviews, I won't go into a full plot synopsis to keep spoilers to a minimum, but there will be some spoilers so be warned.

As with Iron Man 3 I wondered if a Thor solo movie would really work after Avengers or if it would feel like a step back. Well, as with Iron Man 3 they do a decent job of showing why other Avengers don't get involved, in fact in this they do a little better job as by the time the threat reaches Earth it's dealt with before someone like Iron Man would have time to fly over to help. Also there is a rather amusing Chris Evans cameo as Loki takes the form of Captain America to mock Thor. Pretty much the whole supporting cast from the first Thor return, including Jane's intern Darcy who consistently makes me laugh. I love how the comedic elements work so well in these Avengers universe movies without turning these movies into a farce. The story is an amusing fantasy epic, nothing amazing but it gets the job done. Where this movie really shines is the the characters and the actors portraying them. Chris Hemsworth is an amazing Thor, Anthony Hopkins is great as Odin, and of course there is Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Hiddleston has absolutely melted into that role and you can tell he just has a blast doing it. And damn do the fan girls love him, I swear when we first see him I could feel it get more humid in the theater. As with many Marvel movies the post credits scene was amazing. This time not for what it revealed but the performance. In the scene we see the Elder of the Universe called the Collector played by Benicio del Toro. Now in and of itself that's not a huge reveal, I mean we already saw Thanos at the end of Avengers. But I was just amazed at the performance Benicio gave in just that short scene, so creepy and foppish and just freaking perfect. I can not wait to see him play that character more down the road. I will be very disappointed if that's the last we see of the Collector or if he's recast.

So what else can I say, go see this movie.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Petition to Present Legitimate Criticism of Anita Sarkeesian

I thought some of my readers would want to get in on this. Youtuber Jordan Owan started this petition to get various mainstream and geek culture media outlets to "Acknowledge and Present Legitimate Criticism of Anita Sarkeesian".

Given that both gaming and mainstream media outlets have extolled Ms. Sarkeesian’s viewpoint uncritically, we feel that it is time to demand that our voices be heard.

Go sign this petition. Tweet it to others, put it on Facebook, email it, just sign it and pass it on people. The time has come to hold this lying scumbag accountable.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The left wing "Moral Majority" marches on.

It seems the left wing version of the "Moral Majority" is at it again. I first heard about this nonsense on the radio this morning. It seems Sweden is going to start rating movies based on "sexism" using a bullshit metric called the Bechdel Test. What is the Bechdel Test you ask? Well, it's a test named after this shitty cartoonist of indeterminate gender.
Seriously, is that a man or a woman? I'd put money on the fact that you wouldn't know if you didn't look it up. It's like an amalgam of Rachel Maddow and character actor Alan Ruck. Well this sad specimen is a woman, or so it claims, and she came up with a test to see if a piece of fiction is sexist.

Do two named female characters have a conversation about something other than a man.

Now if that sounds stupid, simplistic and asinine to you it's only because it is. Let's put aside for a moment that this is a system that gives films like Lord of the Rings an F and gives an A to films like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Let's put aside that women tend to be more personal than men and thus will talk about other people more than men. Let's put aside whether or not there should even be this insane feverish crusade against "sexism" in the first place. The fact remains that this is a stupid fucking metric. Here's an example: Say I make a movie about a woman who gets shipwrecked on a deserted island. Damn near the whole movie is her fighting for survival in this harsh wilderness. She talks to no one but herself. And in this theoretical movie we see this woman survive using nothing but her will, strength, and wit. And at the end she sees a boat going by the island and swims with all her strength and the final scene is her being brought onto the boat. Bechdel says that movie is sexist. And you leftoids actually take this test seriously?

I tell you, the intellectual bankruptcy of the modern feminist movement is amazing. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Review of the Week: Forever Evil #3

If you haven't already check out my reviews of issues one and two. So this is a bit of a misleading cover. I mean all these guys are featured in this comic but they aren't fighting each other. Anyways our issue starts with Batman and Catwoman at S.T.A.R. Labs with what's left of Cyborg. Then we get flashbacks to when the Syndicate showed up and took out the Justice League. Apparently Grid's body is the robotic parts of Cyborg that split off once Grid took them over and the rest of the heroes were trapped in Firestorm's matrix by Deathstorm. Then we cut to the Rogues being confronted by Deathstorm and Power Ring as we saw in the end of Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #1. Deathstorm manages to remove Captain Colds powers by using his molecular control to remove it from his DNA and the Rogues escape to the mirror dimension, but the portal is disrupted by Power Ring leaving all of them trapped in there except Cold who ends up near Luthor. Meanwhile Ultraman and Black Adam are fighting and Ultraman beats him and leaves him for dead in the ocean. Black Manta finds him, wounded but alive and catches up with Luthor. By the end we have Luthor, Bizarror, a beaten down Black Adam, Black Manta and a depowered Captain Cold as apparently man kinds best hope.

This was a pretty good issue to a damn good series, and it pains me to admit that about a New 52 book. The part with the Rogues seemed a little inconsistent with the tie in mini, at the end of that Deathstorm is announcing out loud that the Rogues have been sentenced to death by the Syndicate for their defiance, where as here Deathstorm is questioning them as to why they haven't destroyed Central City yet. Those little inconsistencies in big event always bug me a little and makes me wish editors would do their jobs better. But then this is DC under Didio, I guess I should be thankful it's just a little error. All and all though a solid event and a solid book.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Bechtloff's Book of Genesis Sonic 3-D Blast

I've been a bit of a Sonic kick here, looking at Sonic 1 and 2 recently, so let's take a look at what I'm pretty sure was Sonic's last game on the Genesis, Sonic 3D Blast. I was pretty amped when this came out, I mean Sonic in 3D? Back then this seemed pretty bad ass. The game isn't a true 3D, as this was just the Genesis, but rather uses an isometric perspective to give the illusion of 3D. In the game you have to rescue little magic birds called flickies that Robotnik has turned into robots because that's kinda his thing. You can only complete each part of the stage once you found all the birds. Neither Knuckles nor Tails are playable in the game but rather are hidden in certain spots and will take you to a special stage to get a Chaos Emerald if you have 50 rings. The special stages are easy as hell but getting all the emeralds doesn't give you Super Sonic.

A lot of people didn't like this game and I can see why. The controls are awkward and the game just feels slow and at times tedious. I don't think it's as bad as Sonic Spinball, which I think is virtually unplayable after the second level, but it does feel like a chore at times. I liked it a lot when it first came out, but that was mostly from the novelty of playing as Sonic in 3D, or at least as close to it as the Genesis could muster. This isn't an awful game, and is maybe crapped on a little too much, but it's not very good either. I could only recommend this to a hardcore Sonic fan.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Bechtloff's Book of Genesis: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

A week ago I took a quick look at the first Sonic game, so let's take a look at the sequel. Sonic 2 is in many ways the perfect sequel, it took everything about the first game and multiplied it. For example I thought the best level was Spring Yard Zone, and Sonic 2 took at and added a little ring gambling to make Casino Nigh Zone. This of course added Sonic's buddy Tails, which the computer controls, but if you have a second controller he can be controlled and is pretty much immortal. Also the checkpoint ring posts lead you too the bonus stages where you can get Chaos Emeralds. If you're good at the special stages you can get all of them which allows you to turn into Super Sonic, another thing introduced in this game. Unfortunately unlike Sonic 3 you turn into Super Sonic the first time you jump after getting 50 rings which means you can't really save up before you turn. You can also play as just Tails but he can't fly when you're controlling him so he's kinda worthless as a main player. Also if you have Sonic and Knuckles, which you should because it's one half of the greatest Sonic game ever, you can play as Knuckles in this game. His gliding can allow you to skip over a lot of some of the levels, and his climbing comes in really handy in levels like Chemical Plant Zone and Mystic Cave Zone.

This was a solid improvement over the first game, introducing new moves, new features, and a new sidekick while keeping what made the first game so fun and distinctive. And much like the first game it still holds up amazingly well today, and if you have a Genesis, there's no reason not to have this game.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Review of the Week: Superior Spider-man #20

Well this might be one of the most misleading covers of the year. You might think that Ock-Spidey would end up being seduced by Black Cat or something along those lines in this issue right? Nope.
And then he leaves her webbed up for the cops with her vowing revenge. I gotta admit it was pretty gansta of him the way he made such short work of her. As for the rest of this issue Ock-Spidey is close to getting his doctorate and even gets a loan to start a company but his professor accuses him of stealing his thesis from the late Otto Octavius. Also Carlie is about ready to go to the Avengers with the evidence she has that Ock-Spidey is really Doc Ock. Things are unraveling at all ends for poor Ock-Spidey, and if that wasn't bad enough Doc Ock's old girlfriend Stunner is looking to avenge her fallen lover.

This series has teased for a little while that things were coming to a head, but it's about time they really do. I'm enjoying the Ock-Spidey saga but it really needs to start wrapping up, this can't go on long term, nor should it. I hope this has a satisfactory conclusion to it. Mean time it remains a fun ride. And seeing that hobag Black Cat get a tooth knocked out just made me laugh.

Well, that answers that question.

I'm a pretty big fan of the Hellraiser movies. Sure some of them kinda sucked but I feel like the mythos and concept on the movies is pretty brilliant, the way it delves into the boundaries between despair and ecstasy. But when I saw there was one out without Doug Bradley as Pinhead I figured it probably wasn't worth seeing. Well, over at The Null Zone, Cameron seems to think the same thing after watching it. Good to know, guess I'll steer clear.

Oh who am I kidding, it's Hellraiser, I'll probably end up watching it anyways.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The lies just aren't working anymore.

Sometimes I just love the internet. I swear it's gotta be up there with the wheel, fire, and the gun on the list of game changing inventions. Thanks to the magic of the internet the lies of our media and our elite just don't hold the sway they used to. Recently eHarmony put up a list of the 15 reasons you should date a single mom. Now, I've already made my contempt for single moms clear, but what struck me about this wasn't the typical horseshit in the article itself, but rather the comments below it. A few choice comments were.

 Maybe she'll spend food stamps on you

 I would rather be prison raped.

 Article brought to you by the author of "15 Reasons to Purchase a Car That's Been in an Accident"

There were a few commenters agreeing with the article and trying to shame all the negative commenters, but the vast, and I mean VAST majority were negative. Despite a massive medial campaign on the part of the blue pill swallowers, most men instinctively know to flee from a single mom. It seems that the past few decades of brain washing, impressive though it's been in scope and intensity, ultimately just can't compete with a powerful combination of millions of years of evolution combined with thousands of years of Judeo-Christian Western morality that tells a man deep in his soul that a woman who gets herself knocked up by some asshole is not a suitable long term mate.

The red pill revolution continues to pick up steam, trampling all the pretty lies and feel good bull shit in its path.