Sunday, September 28, 2008

RE: Toonami Canceled

Otaku website Japanator also did a post on the cancellation of Toonami, along with several videos of the old Toonami, mostly when the original TOM (the robotic host who went through several revamps) was around. Watching the videos brought back so many memories...I knew Toonami was prominent as a kid to me, but looking over this post really put it all in perspective...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Video of the Week: Meet the Spy Checker

Do you know Team Fortress 2?

Have you seen one of Valve's "Meet the..." segments yet?

Then sit back and enjoy.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Game to Buy: N+ (PSP)

If you are a fan of platformer games, and you own a PSP, you deserve to have this game in your collection. N+ is a pure side-scrolling platformer, pure and simple. Your goal is to finish the level as fast as possible, while collecting floating squares that give you a time boost. The more time on the clock, the more you can boast about it on the online rankings. Oh, and you can make your own levels, as well as download others from the internet. That's pretty much the entirety of the game, and that's all you really need in a simple game like this.

N+ started out as a Flash game called N. Besides the music and graphical updates, the ports remain identical to the original Flash version. For good reason too: there's nothing to change. The formula has always been there, and it serves its purpose very nicely from the get-go. This is what made games like Super Mario Brothers and Sonic so famous. Hell, seeing your character die is fun, too, especially when his body parts start hitting mines and end up on the other side of the stage. And while I haven't played with the level editor yet, for a simple game like this, who can't love a level editor? I'm sure there's already been a level shaped like a dong made by some idiot, but that just means that the editor, like any other level or object editor in any other game, works. Infinite levels...very nice, especially when you can grab levels from other players. There's even multiplayer...which I also couldn't try out, but the the fact that it's there is icing on the cake.

There's not really much you can find fault in the game, mainly because there isn't much there in the first place. The game is priced at a discount $20 too, so unless platforming just isn't your thing, go out and grab it while you can. There's a good reason the game's been getting high marks on other review sites, and I feel the same.

N+ gets 5 out of 5. If you have a PSP, pick the game up, you owe it to yourself. There aren't many good PSP games out there right now, and this is one of them.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

An Otaku's Interests: Toonami Canceled...

This is a true shame. After 11 long years, back when Moltar of Space Ghost ran the show, the anime block run on Cartoon Network known as Toonami has been canceled by Cartoon Network. The final showing was September 20th. This was the block where many US anime fans got their start, including many of my friends. While my first animes weren't on Toonami, I loved coming home to watch great anime like Ruroni Kenshin, Gundam Wing, and of course, Dragonball Z. The show evolved so many times in its heyday, and its weekend showings always ensured there was something on that day I wanted to watch. I even got into Hamtaro when it premired on the network, and I still look to this day to any episodes posted online...

The show's block shrunk more and more in the recent years, though, to the point where the block lasted only 2 hours on Saturdays, almost half of which was just showings of Cartoon Network shows. By this point, the only anime in the block was Naruto. It makes me wonder where Cartoon Network is going with this, as nothing on the network in the past or present has had as much presence as Toonami: it was a true staple of the network, with several promos of the block itself bringing people to interest, such as the appearance of TOM, Moltar's replacement announcer, and the storylines that began to surround TOM, including his supposed destruction.

Not only does this make me worry about Cartoon Network, I'm now worried about the state of anime as a whole. Cartoon Network was one of the few networks that showed anime in the US, and while I hope Naruto isn't going anywhere (that would be way too much money the network would be letting loose), the removal of the Toonami block means less interest on anime premieres on the network, if any do premiere in the first place. This means less people will notice the anime and thus less people will buy products of the anime, both of which would cause decreases in profits for anime creating companies and their distributors. While I'm not suggesting that this will kill the industry, this is going to smart at least a bit. Cartoon Network's Saturday block, like the WB and FOXBox blocks of before, feature 1 or 2 anime shows (mainly Pokemon), and more of their own show premieres.

Just a real shame...

Video of the Week: Daft Punk Cover

Spotted on Destructoid.

I'm a big fan of Daft Punk. They have some of the best electronic music out there, and the remixes people do with them end up being amazing (just look at Kanye West's Stronger). You don't see many covers of their work, though...actually, I've never seen one. Until now that is. Here's Daft Punk - Something About Us - Daft Loop Love by Randy George. And just look at the variety of instruments he uses!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Still Frame: YTMND

"You're the Man Now, Dog!"

While you won't see too many still images here anymore, YTMND was a internet phenomenon in its glory days, and still is a comical goldmine today. The basic premise is this: you find or make an image that's funny, you combine it with funny audio, you post it. If it's good, you may get some good comments and views. That's basically it.

The site started with the very words stated at the top of the post. The line was from Sean Connery in the movie Finding Forester. The original website, before the community came to be, was just a picture of the actor and a sound clip featuring the line, repeated over and over again until you closed out the page. People found the page and suddenly wanted to do something similar, and we start finding classic pages such as the Jean Luc Picard remix start popping up. Max, the creator of what would become YTMND, decided to link these kind of sites together (they were seperate domains of basically one webpage only), and YTMND evolved from there.

Enough of the history lesson, though. To get YTMND, you have to look at the good sites. The classics, of course, but there's real gold on there. Often, the pages work off of media already created, and parodies it from there, so some things you may not get if you don't actually get the refference. That's one of the few problems with the site, but there are so many pages that you're bound to find something that you know about and find hilarious. There's definitely NSFW content there, but let's post some examples of the clean stuff, shall we? Oh, I should mention this though: the site's friendly with IE, but if you're using Firefox, you'll need to have the Quicktime plugin installed...or something similar, there may be an alternate I know. Max is planning to fix this with a new all-flash plan he's working on right now.
Check out the site for more. Just be careful you don't lose your entire day browsing the funny.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Video of The Week: The Combine Interview

Spotted on Kotaku.

Kotaku makes the best articles sometimes.

You remember those Tom Cruise Scientology interviews? Creepy stuff. They've been remade countless times by comedians, we know, but this is the first time we've seen them remade in the Half-Life 2 universe. Which makes it just as creepy, if not more so, because it's not too big a stretch imagining the Thetans being a part of the Combine. Which would make Tom Cruise, big-name Hollywood star, the harbinger of our ultimate destruction. Food for thought, no?

Unfortunately, you have to know a bit about Half-Life 2 to get this one, but I don't think it's anything Wikipedia can't handle.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

An Otaku's Interests: Damn You, Hollywood!

Spotted on Kotaku.

Oh, if only I found this out yesterday. For those that don't know yet, Dragonball the Movie is being made live. I had hope, a tinge. And then I saw these shots.

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This is supposed to be Piccolo. This is obviously a vampire.

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No. Seriously, Chow looks pissed.

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...This cannot be a Dragonball. I refuse to accept this.

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Either this movie will spite me and every Dragonball fan and actually be awesome, or it will crash and burn in a blaze of sadness and fail. I'm voting the later.

Hate to do this...

I've got to give myself another hiatus from the blog. College life is more intense than I'd thought it'd be. I'm not sure how long this will last, but I'll still be posting random tidbits every now and just won't be a scheduled thing at this point. Except Video of the Week. Expect that one.