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.