Monday, December 10, 2012

Unplugging the Power

In the summer of '88 Nintendo of America published the first issue. In the winter of '07, issue #222 was the first published by Future US. Today, on December 10th, 2012, I hold in my hands the very last issue of Nintendo Power.


Perhaps it's just my love of Mario, but there's something genuinely depressing about this concept. My subscription dropped a couple years back, but Nintendo Power, like the big N itself, has always seemed almost eternal to me.. unwavering in the face of whatever circumstance the market finds itself in. Obviously it's all just a big show; Nintendo's just as much a money-grubbing corporation as Microsoft or Sony (alright, well maybe not that bad) and Nintendo Power, despite any other appearance, was always one giant advertisement. But they're so endearing in their presentation. You can flip to any given page in any given issue of Nintendo Power and just feel the passion.

I'm not sure what kind of point I'm trying to get at here, but I think what I'm feeling is understandable to just about everyone with pleasant memories of the NES, SNES, N64, GB, GBC, GCN- whatever. It's just sad to see a piece, regardless of how significant, of that joyous nostalgia fade away.. I've never been good at good-byes, so I hope that if anyone reads this they can grasp how difficult is has been to articulate all this...

Good-Bye, Nintendo Power.
Thank you for 24 way cool years.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Feel the fury of the mountain!

Ladies and Gentlemen; Falvar Duergrim of Buron-Atori!


Painted by my friend Nick. The quality of the photo really does no justice to his amazing talent. It looks absolutely fantastic.
So yeah. That's a thing.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I might have laughed, if I had remembered how.



This game.
This fucking game.


Rockstar, if I wanted a complete and total bastardization of Max Payne; I'd watch the fucking movie.
At least that TRIED to be noire...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Too legit to quit.

Majestic.

It's been 6 years since The Pick of Destiny rocked our socks off, 11 since JB & KG's self titled debut made us cream our jeans, and now, nearly 20 years since the band began, Tenacious D proves they've still got plenty of rocket sauce in Rize of the Fenix. The album doesn't technically come out until May 15th, but as of right now the entire thing is free to listen to at RizeofTheFenix.com, so I'm going to give my thoughts on it.

First of all, I feel that I must divulge that I am, in fact, a fan of both Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, and the corresponding album. However; I'm well aware that neither are critically acclaimed masterworks, and that the album doesn't stand very well sans movie. Jack and Kyle are also aware of this, and instead of simply sweeping it under the rug; they make it the theme of the first (titular) track. and another song called 'They Fucked our Asses'. Kyle's relative obscurity in these last few years, along with Jack's film success, is also made light of in the fantastic 'Ballad of Hollywood Jack & Rage Kage'. These are, in my opinion, two of the best songs in the album, which says something because there isn't a single track that falls flat. There's a few comedy segments (ala 'Drive Through', and 'Inward Singing'), and while I wouldn't say they're as memorable as those two examples, I got a laugh from them, and if you're a fan of The D's style of humor, than you probably will too. Aside from that, it's just sex, drugs, & rock 'n' roll. and I wouldn't have it any other way.

My only real complaint of sorts is that both Tenacious D and The Pick of Destiny have really climactic album enders in 'City Hall' and 'Beezleboss'. Comparatively, Rize of the Fenix ends with '39'; a song about sex with someone coming on 40. It's a great song, don't get me wrong, but with the way it sorta fades out it seems like one of the earlier tracks like 'Rock is Dead' would have made a better last track.

In the end; Tenacious D can still bring the thunder, so open up your ear pussies, and let the fenix rize.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Just nod if you can hear me

Oh my god, January. So busy. So very busy.
I've got six family member birthday's to worry about, not including my own, snow is an ever prevalent problem and then there's the Clock Crew's Flash Flood.

To assume that you're uninitiated; every January the Clock Crew (a flash animation group who make games/cartoons about living inanimate objects with clocks for faces) has a month long event wherein you're supposed to make 1 flash a day. So that's 31 movies over 31 days. That's alot of work. And it requires some degree of consistent creativity. This is a problem, as I am both lazy and uncreatively so. You can check out everything I've made thusfar at http://theicecubeclock.newgrounds.com/flash/

I recommend watching "The Decision: Part II" & "Winter Wonderland, eh?", because as of now, they are the only ones worth a toss.

EDIT - New shitty ass comic!

And that's all for today.
Check in for my next unscheduled update at some undetermined point in time.