Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review of the Week: Mega Man #36

So last issue Mega Man, long with Dr. Light and some other friends traveled to South America to see if Ra Moon was truly destroyed as well as gather evidence regarding Dr. Wily's claim that Ra Moon was responsible for his going evil. This issue we see Wily on trial in which he claims that before his first Robot Master attack he was upset that he had been banned from working on robotics due to past crimes and that he wanted solve the mystery of the forbidden zone around Ra Moon he could win back public good will and that Ra Moon took control of him then. The court finds him innocent of the attacks but guilty of breaking the U.N. quarantine and sentences him to five years house arrest under the super vision of Dr. Light, and orders him to pay damages for the attacks. So Dr. Light and Dr. Wily are working on the latest project, Gamma, all the while Dr. Wily is of course plotting against everybody. He has his Robot Masters in a secret location and orders them to steal publicly from Dr. Light, all the while acting like they are still corrupted by Ra Moon and won't respond to his orders. Also as the cover says there is one of two alternate endings, I'm guessing depending on which cover you get. It's just a one page epilogue and the one I get has Wily's Robot Masters returning to the secret base with Break Man talking about his plans to take out Mega Man.

This was a pretty damn good issue and it's interesting to see Wily take advantage of the situation but it also serves to show what a damn fool Wily is. He has the perfect out, the perfect second chance, and yet he just can't wait to fuck it all up again. Granted he is showing some hesitation as he is genuinely touched by Dr. Light's forgiveness of him, but still, it won't stop him. Wily's pride will force him to squander this rare second chance. That's the thing about evil, ultimately evil is pathetic. Evil is taking the easy way. Evil is blaming others for your own faults. Evil is coming up with excuses as to why you don't need to do what's right because you're a special little snow flake who is above it all. And Dr. Wily demonstrates this perfectly.

My only real fault with this issue is that Dr. Wily is found "Innocent" instead of "Not Guilty". I realize this is the future and changes to the legal system could have happened, but there is a reason we use "Not Guilty" instead of "Innocent". Being found "Not Guilty" doesn't mean you were proven innocent, it just means you weren't proven guilty, the whole reasonable doubt thing and all. And blaming things on Ra Moon might be enough for reasonable doubt but not enough to prove Wily "Innocent". I realize some might see that as a nitpick, but the writing on this series has been by and large pretty smart so I expect better than that. Still this was a damn good issue to a damn good series and if you're not reading it you should be.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 5

Once again I had a guest on the podcast this week, indie game developer Jennifer D'aww. She talks about what it's like to be a woman in the video game industry who isn't a feminist. I apologize that there's a bit of an echo on her end that we didn't hear when recording, but it's still a pretty good conversation so check it out here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review of the Week: Original Sin #0

By now you probably know that the basis of this Original Sin mini is a murder mystery and the Watcher is victim. This prelude issue however serves as a character piece for the Watcher and new Nova Sam Alexander. Sam offers the Watcher the gift of a rock that was a chunk of the battlefield where the Avengers and X-men stopped the Phoenix Force. Apparently touched by the gift the Watcher shows Sam the history of his people and how his father so many eons ago had given a species vast technology only to see the species destroy itself with it. We also see that the Watcher observes parallel universes in hopes of finding one where his father hadn't made that mistake. The Watcher then tells Sam that his father is still alive.

This was a pretty damn good character study for the Watcher and even for the new Nova. Marvel has said this will be a more character driven event and so far this seems on track to be just that.  Strong start to this event and hopefully it will keep up the momentum.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 4.

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

A possible new missing link found.

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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

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

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

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Manoshere is dead, long live the manoshpere.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast Episode 3

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

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review of the Week: All New Doop #1

In this issue we see how Doop acted behind the scenes in the whole Battle of the Atom X-men story line and at the end of the issue he asks Kitty Pryde to marry him. Yeah, that's about all I got for the plot synopsis, there's a bit more to this but I honestly didn't care.

There really wasn't much out this week,at least not anything I really had anything to say on. I almost just put up "Review of the Week: I got nothing people." with just "..." for the text of the post. A while ago I talked about an issue of Wolverine and the X-men that spotlighted Doop, and I really liked it. Indeed I really like Doop in general, but the very thing that makes Doop cool is the very thing that means he shouldn't have his own book, the less we really know about him the better.

I can't even say I hated this issue, but nothing about it makes me want to get issue two. Hopefully next week something more interesting will be out.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 2.

So the second episode of my podcast is up. I talk about why I think the video game industry is headed for a crash and why the social justice warriors are partially responsible. Also why you should be reading the Mega Man comic if you're not already. Check it out here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Review of the Week: Deadpool vs Carnage #1

I've talked before about how much I love Carnage, so you might think I was really looking forward to this mini. Well, I was actually kinda worried it would suck to be honest. But I guess before I get into any of that, I should do a plot synopsis first.

It's pretty simple really, Carnage is out killing people, as he tends to do, Deadpool hears a news story about it and how the cops can't track him as he pops up so randomly, Deadpool figures he should be able to figure out where Carnage is since they're both crazy and therefor on similar wavelengths, Deadpool does indeed find him, they fight, and then Carnage's girlfriend Shriek shows up to help him.

So why did I fear this might suck? Well, because I'm getting real sick of Deadpool. Not so much Deadpool himself, he's actually a pretty damn cool character, but the way he's been written. There's too much joking, too much stupid crap, and way too much 4th wall breaking. Half the time Deadpool feels more like an issue of one of Marvel's extremely unfunny comedy books like from the 90's. This however was damn good. Both Carange and Deadpool were written perfectly, the book had just the right amount of action and humor, and the humor was actually funny and not just the lazy "comedy" of Deadpool winking at the reader, and the fight between these two was fantastic. Frankly I really have no solid complaints here, I give it five murderous symbiotes out of five.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Separating the Game Boys from the Men: Catwoman (Game Boy Color)

I didn't want to get into the later versions of the Game Boy in my Game Boy reviews this soon, but when I saw this game for the Game Boy Color I just had to check it out. I had no idea this game existed. The only Catwoman games I ever knew of were the ones based on that terrible Halle Berry Catwoman movie. But that's not Catwoman, the character in that movie had as much to do with Catwoman as Ken Ham has to do with an actual scientist. But this is the real, right from the comic book, purple costume wearing Catwoman, the way God intended. Too bad it's not really any good.

The story is that Ra's Al Ghul's daughter Talia tries to hire Catwoman to steal a crystal skull from museum but you refuse because she wants to steal it for herself. I have no idea why she wants it but apparently Catwoman is 5 years old and wants something the moment she finds out Talia wants it. I'll be honest, I really don't know much about the story beyond that because I didn't get far. The game isn't all that hard, but the controls are ass and nothing about it really made me want to keep playing.

It's kind of a shame, I mean on one level kudos to DC for licencing out a second stringer character for a game, and not just Batman or Superman (although this is sort of a Batman-ish game) but putting this on the Game Boy Color was a mistake. If you would have put this on the Playstation you might have had something. You could even have kept it 2D, in fact most of the 2D PS1 games like Mega Man 8 or Castlevania: Symphony of the Night have aged better than the clunky polygons of their 3D contemporaries.

This game isn't awful, and it's certainly not a bad as it might have been, and I guess if you're a hardcore fan of the character it might be worth checking out, but for me the fact that they made it was far more interesting than the game itself.