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Doodle A Day: Day 79 Iroh

April 29, 2012 2 comments

I’ve spent the majority of my weekend re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender on Netflix so I decided to do a quick doodle of my favorite character from the show, Iroh.  The tea-loving firebending master is never without some words of wisdom or a good laugh which is part of what makes him such a good character.  But when push comes to shove this goofy old man suddenly becomes a roaring dragon which have left many to learn, you don’t FUCK with Iroh.

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Doodle A Day: Day 59 Flame Man

Flame Man is awesome. Why is Flame Man awesome?  Because Flame Man is the only Robot Master in existence to have a mustache.

Question: Why does a robot need a mustache, and what function can it possibly serve?

Answer: He doesn’t and none.  But that doesn’t make a robot with a mustache is any less awesome.

Mindless Recommendation: We’re Alive

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Mindless Recommendation but I’ve come across something in the past two weeks that I like so much, that I want to promote it and hopefully introduce some new people to it.

That something is We’re Alive.

We’re Alive is a radio drama set in LA during a zombie outbreak, and follows the ongoing tale of a group of survivors.  For fans of The Walking Dead this is definitely something to check out.

Everything is extremely well done in We’re Alive, from the acting to the score and sound effects.  All of this helps in creating a very engaging story and world, thats very hard to stop listening to once you’ve started.

We’re Alive is currently available for free on iTunes in the Podcast section.  So if you’re looking for some sort of zombie fix to hold you over until season two of The Walking Dead starts or if you just like zombies check out We’re Alive.  You’ll be glad you did.

For more info you can visit We’re Alive’s website at zombiepodcast.com

Categories: Awesome, We're Alive, Zombies

Sony’s next handheld revealed: The NGP

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Last night at a press event in Japan, Sony revealed it’s newest handheld device codenamed the NGP or next generation portable.

First off I want to say the NGP is damn sexy.

So damn sexy

Secondly it was announced that the NGP will support Playstation Network Trophies, which is great news for me since I’m a massive trophy whore.  So now I can take my trophy whoring out on the rode with me, HORRAY!!!!

Thirdly since I wasn’t at the event I can only go over what I’ve hear from other sites, but it’s being claimed to rival the PS3 in graphics, it will have an area dubbed LiveArea which seems to function like PS3’s XMB.  There will also be two analog control sticks, a touch screen on the front, and a touch pad on the back.  Games that were shown include Uncharted Portable, LittleBigPlanet and Resistance. No price point was announced but a release window of holiday 2011 was given.

The NGP's LiveArea. Note the two most important pieces of this photo, Trophies and Uncharted Portable.

I didn’t think  I would get this excited about the NGP but it just looks so damn good, and the addition of trophies really peaked my interest.  The real question is what Sony is going to do to get people interested in buying it, with the 3DS coming out most attention will be on that.  Hopefully they learned their lesson from the PS3’s launch and won’t charge to much for it scaring potential buyers away.

Categories: Awesome, News, NGP, Trophies, Video Games

Mindless Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The Donkey Kong Country series on the SNES was one of my favorite franchises back in the day, so when the announcement came that a new Donkey Kong Country was coming out for the Wii I was over joyed.  Now that Donkey Kong Country Returns is here, is the return a welcome one?

Taking the helm of DKCR is Retro Studios, the folks behind the Metroid Prime series, but instead of reinventing the formula like they did in Prime, Retro instead chose to take DK back to his platforming roots and build upon the formula that made the series such a success in the past.

The story if you want to call it that centers around Donkey Kong having his famous banana hoard stolen by a bunch of tiki creatures (in place of the series mainstay villains the Kremlins) and Donkey Kong must go through hell and high water to get his precious bananas back.  The story doesn’t really matter here because it’s the gameplay where it counts, but at least the story explains why a bunch of tiki creatures are stealing DK’s bananas.

So DK will journey through 8 different worlds, with about 8-10 levels in each.  Gameplay is very typical for a platformer, you move from left to right, using the buttons to run and jump.  Other actions, such as rolling and stomping the ground come into play by a shaking of the wiimote.

There are two options for control, playing with the wiimote on it’s own for a more classic feel, or by playing with the nunchuck.  The wiimote on it’s own is the best way to play since it’s like playing with an NES control which is best suited for this kind of game.

Many of the series mechanics returns such as barrel blasting, mine cart riding and vine swinging, and there’s enough new added to the mix to keep the experience fresh.

One notable absence in the formula are the underwater levels, which where a game staple in the past.  It’s disappointing that not one underwater level shows up in DKCR, cause in most cases I hate underwater levels, but the ones in Donkey Kong Country where actually really good.

Two new additions are the ability to grab on to grassy areas to climb them, and rocket barrel levels where you navigate DK through a a bunch of obstacles by raising and lowering his flight path.  The rocket barel levels are a great new addition to the series and prove to be some of the game’s most challenging levels.

Speaking of challenge, DKCR is hard. I mean really hard.  If there’s one thing I can guarantee about DKCR it is that you will die… a lot.  One level I started out with 40 lives and by the time I was done I was down to 5.

Don’t let the challenge discourage you from playing this however because it’s the challenge that makes the game so damn good to begin with.  It harkens back to the Golden Age of gaming where it actually took skill to beat a game.  It’s rare to get such a high sense of accomplishment for beating a level these days, but it’s something that DKCR offers a lot.

Visually the game looks really good, there is a lot of variety in the stages in not just how they play but how they look.  The silhouette levels in particular are some of the more visually stunning levels in the game.  DKCR also does a lot with perspective to make the action seem more intense and it’s something that just couldn’t be done back on the SNES.

There is also an option for 2 player co-op where the 2nd player takes control for DK’s long time pal Diddy Kong.  While playing solo Diddy hangs onto DK’s back to give him some more hit points, and extend his jump due to his jet pack.

There is also some incentive to go back and replay levels, each level has for letters that spell Kong, and puzzle pieces.  Collecting them all unlocks bonus content like galleries and extra levels. There are also Time Trials for those who want a real challenge.

Donkey Kong Country Returns, stands out as one of the best games of 2010, and it’s a definite buy if you’re a fan of the older Donkey Kong Country games, or if your looking for a game with an extra bit of challenge.  Simply put, if you have a Wii buy this game, because for my money Mario isn’t the king of platformers it’s Donkey Kong.

Donkey Kong Country Returns: 9.5/10

Categories: Awesome, Review, Video Games

The Movember Diaries: Day 23

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment

So I’ve been looking into why I’m getting so many references to my blog because of the King of all Cosmos and it turns out if you search for him on Google images one of the first images that pops up is the image I’ve been used in the diaries.

So a bit of advice for those who want to boost the traffic on they’re own blogs, include a reference to the King of all Cosmos and you will enjoy a nice boost in page views.

So to test my theory even more I’m going to include another picture of the King and see if it does anything.

"Hey, ladies. Come lay down with me and enjoy some Mindless Babble one of the classiest blogs in town."

The Movember Diaries: Day 12

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The Mustache Report
It’s a short entry today, but it’s big news.

WE DID IT PEOPLE!!!!

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

I’m happy to announce that I’ve reached my fundraising goal off $200 for Movember.  So a big thanks to everyone who helped me out and donated to the cause.

But just because I’ve reached my goal that doesn’t mean you can’t make a donation still.  So to those who still haven’t donated, what are you waiting for? DONATE!!!

Categories: Awesome, Movember, Mustache, News
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