Check out this lil’ comic strip I made with the aqua-version I doodled of myself, (your good ol’ admin Starling.)
Bad guy: “Muahahaha! Join me and we shall rule this dark world away from the tyranny of the angels and demons!”
Me: “Well, that actually doesn’t sound all that bad. Sounds pretty damn sweet, actually. I guess I can-“
My Character: “I am sick of your putrid words! Never will I join with a traitor!”
Me: “I mean…I am sick of your putrid words! Prepare to digest this metal from the wrong side!”
Master Betty: “What does that even mean?!” *sigh*
I love Godzilla.
It’s true! He’s so, so, so awesome!!!! If Godzilla was the true end of civilization, I don’t know how I could not secretly enjoy running through the streets in a panic screaming, “AGH! Gojira! GOJIRA!!!!” Good times.
Have you heard about the new US Godzilla movie that’s scheduled to hit theater’s on May 16th, 2014? Oh, yeah! I saw a teaser trailer and it looks awesome! Way more awesome than the 1998 version of a US Godzilla. In fact, though I enjoyed watching that one, in the Japanese Godzilla Final Wars movie it’s clear that they don’t accept the US one as a real Godzilla in the canon, but they did include him as one of the monsters that Godzilla has to fight when he arises to find that every monster he’s ever faced is up and trying to move in on his turf. He didn’t have much trouble with New York 1998 Godzilla, and I found that a very humorous way to let us know they thought the US failed at trying to make a worthy Godzilla to rival the Japanese versions. I can’t find a teaser trailer out there yet. Not even the one from Comic Con. *sigh* I’m so excited! It seems they’re going to be true to his original Japanese shape, size, and even have radioactive breath! The trailer I saw awhile back before it disappeared even had his roar perfect…though chilling! Ermegerd! Check out this movie poster. It gives me the shivers!
Godzilla Final Wars, by the way, is my favorite Godzilla movie other than the very first one, (Japanese and English versions.) It is the most action packed, Godzilla glorifying, pleasantly cheesy yet hard-core Gojira movie EVER!!!!! It is definitely a to-own movie.
My favorite monster that Godzilla faces is Anguirus. He reminds me of a hedgehog. He runs on all fours, and then he can curl into a big ball of spikes and keep smashing in a chosen direction, leveling everything in his path!! That would be a useful skill to have during Black Friday sales.
There’s a Godzilla animated version, and I tried watching a few episodes, but it’s way targeted for kids. I almost feel guilty as a Godzilla fan for not watching them all anyway. Almost.
Something I really would like to try are the Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters comic books published by IDW! It seems there are several runs of Godzilla comics out there, and as a comic book lover it would probably be a great new hobby to try out. I’ll let ya know how it is when I finally get around to ordering them.
Oh! Something I can NOT forget to mention: They have these Gojira-like PJ sets on Etsy for under 40 bucks! They also have kewl house shoes that match and many other adorable ones you might want to surf through! I’ll link the picture to the Etsy store:
Speaking of the big green, I think my butt wants to be Godzilla. You see, I’m not clumsy. I’m an artist and I pretty much always have extra fine control over my limbs and digits, but for some reason my bottom has a mind of it’s own. It’s not like my booty is huge or something. I’d say it’s an average woman’s healthy hind-end. Maybe that’s why it goes out of it’s way to knock things over and cause such carnage and chaos. I can be shopping through art supplies at a flea market, thinking about all the intricate detail I wanna add to my next painting while in the back of my head I reflect over how well I did on piano practice this morning, [You’re so great, fingers!], when all of a sudden I hear a Godzilla chair-scrapping roar and turn around to realize that my butt has demolished a shoe table behind me! It’s anarchy! The shoes and the merchant are running in a herd to warn the next booth! *sigh* I make my way along, expertly placing my feet while I dance around piles of cluttered crap in the next booth, but if I don’t pay attention to Godzilla butt for two seconds, “Wham! Screeeeeech!” Gojira has leveled another town!
I suppose that’s it for my Gojira-luv rant for now! Feel free to comment your favorite monster, movie, or book!
Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood (The New 52)
Confession: I used to avoid Wonder Woman comics because I was afraid it would be filled with sexist-against-guys femi-nazi hatefulness. If that’s the way it used to be, (I don’t know), then it sure isn’t now! I would not be ashamed for a man to read this comic at all! The story of Wonder Woman’s plight, the vicious, back stabbing nature of the gods, and the strength and loyalty of the Amazons makes a story worth getting lost in whether you’ve been a previous comic book fan or not! It is one of the greatest examples of the DC Comics New 52 reboot at it’s finest! I have been impressed with the fresh perspective and beginning feel of so many DC titles so far, but Wonder Woman really takes the cake! (Make your own Wonder Woman cake here.)
It really feels like a lot of research and thought went into creating the gods for this story. They are deliciously selfish and make very hateful, unique, and powerful villains. (Not to mention there seems to be some god for every type of fan to relate to! Take your pick for your favorite!) I am excited to turn the page just to find out what god may be introduced next and what awesome way they’ve chosen to portray them! The way they interact with one another seems natural and very psychologically deep. As a writer with interests in mythology, ethics, and morals it is very intriguing to study this particular spin on the world of the gods and their role in man’s world. They’ve taken the already existent mythological stories and blended them into a very nice ongoing soap opera for us to enjoy!
Now to speak of villains! Though Hades, Strife, Poseidon, War, etc…are very thrilling, wicked bad guys to contend with, the one that makes me shudder the most is Hera! When she is against someone she is everything dangerous to fear from a woman scorned, and the Wonder Woman comics are the perfect place to have such a strong, beautiful enemy. I find myself empathizing with the jaded queen of the gods, desperate to find a way to make Zeus love her the way his man-slut-self seems to spread his love out to everyone else. With Zeus’ disappearance she has the weight of the world, (and more), on her shoulders. I can really appreciate and respect her as a villain even though I can understand that Wonder Woman is in the right with her duty to her own conscious and her own self respect.
Hermes is my favorite so far! He is super cool with his talon feet!! I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll say that one of my favorite lines is after he asks a girl what shape Zeus disguised himself as to get her to want to have sex with him. (That’s a thing Zeus does. He’s always shape shifting to woo chicks.) The girl lists off several different men because she gets around and isn’t quite sure which one Zeus might have been. The look on Hermes’ face is priceless!!! The girl then says, “I like men, Hermes, and I’m not gonna apologize for that.” Hermes says, “As you shouldn’t.” Such a great guy! No judgement from him!
Wonder Woman is drawn much more feminine that I expected, though she is in no way dainty or meek like a Victorian lady. I love how being a woman, being a girl, is not frowned upon here! Wonder Woman and the Amazons are women with purpose and are very much people to admire. They are not jaded and living their lives the way they do out of fear or anger toward men, but rather that they are embracing what it is to be a woman. I have seen Amazon-type stories completely ruined by making the women all victims acting out of vengeance or fear, but Wonder Woman is no wallowing victim! She is a woman to be respected and she shows this by the way she values herself and treats others with respect as well. (When it is due them, of course. If they don’t deserve respect she lays the painful smack down on them! Yes!)
The artwork is very pleasantly colorful, shifting from light settings to creepy dark settings as needed to very efficiently set the mood. It seems like all the characters are very, very flawless and beautiful for the most part, which is understandable sense they are all gods, mix breed gods, or people the gods are coveting/consorting with. I very much appreciate how the sad/crying/anger faces in this are also decent to look at and beautiful in their own pitiful way, unlike some comics which make their heroine a snotty pinch-faced ugly mess when they’re upset. *Cough* Catwoman New 52 Vol 1: The Game. *Cough*
The drawings are not super detailed on every page, meaning that the light and shadow are sometimes simply outlines rather than catering to every muscular curve and crevice of a body, but I like the affect it has, so it’s a good thing! The background in places also looks like it was hurriedly added in at the last minute as filler, but it wasn’t distracting. What WAS distracting was the way Strife was drawn. Maybe she’s supposed to look unnatural and like she just doesn’t belong, because she’s strife, after all, but that’s just what it looks like. Her character seems to float on the pages as if she was drawn by a completely different artist and just penciled in on top of the story. The way she stands sometimes, it’s clear in real life she should just tip over. There’re several panels of her walking through the forest at one point, and her arms and legs do NOT remind me of something walking, but rather she seems to be a manikin posed to pretend she’s moving. It’s a consistent thing throughout the comic that the way Strife is drawn is a tic distracting.
Something I really don’t like, though, is the way I see feet drawn in here from time to time. They do it nicely all the time, so I know the artist(s) know how to do it! Then out of nowhere they revert back to High School concept are and have these triangular cartoon feet that give the limbs a swollen allergy appearance. It’s just a pet peeve of mine, and I bet most people don’t even notice. I, on the other hand, am looking at this powerful image of Hera standing over a shamed worshiper, looking down at her disapprovingly in all her naked, confident queen-of-the-gods glory, and I scan down her lovely frame and cringe when I see those doofy feet they added at the end! *Miff* It doesn’t match the detail of the rest of the body art.
This New 52 comic has really wet my appetite to read much more Wonder Woman! I’ll be getting the next volumes as they come out, and at some point I may even start back tracking to the older comics to compare. I highly recommend it! I give Wonder Woman Vol 1: Blood five hearts! You can click on the picture of Vol 1 up there and it will take you to the amazon link where you can buy your own copy! (Or you can just click here.)
Name of game: Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Developer: Gaijin Games
Rating: T (for crude humor) I’d personally let much younger kiddos play it because it’s not offended me in any way and this has to be a game that’s good for their hand/eye coordination. Yay, brain food for the young and old!
Platform: PS3 (We got it on our Play Station Plus) and available on many other platforms. You can click on this picture to take you to the official site:
This is a very, very, very, addictive single player game with lots of replay value! It’s just as addictive as Tetris, but without actually being anything like Tetris. It’s a free running game where you try to jump, dodge, attack, slide, etc…and collect piles of gold setting and floating around throughout each level. It’s a rhythm game inspired by the Bit.Trip series originally released on Nintendo platforms. Imagine those moving screen sky levels on Super Mario 3…the ones that will keep moving without you and you die…but without all the things that make people say, “I hate these moving sky levels!” There aren’t constant drop offs, no time limit, and the controls are super responsive.
It’s challenging without annoyance because the controls are responsive and smooth so that the character moves predictably. (Which is really, really needed for this game!) This means that if you fall off a cliff or bonk your head on a rock you don’t feel like throwing the controller because it’s not your fault he didn’t jump when you pushed the button, rather you can laugh because you shoulda remembered that from the first run! (And then you try the level again because you CAN’T FORCE YOURSELF TO STOP!) You don’t have to collect all the bricks to progress to the next level, you only have to make it through alive. This offers a nice variety of challenge levels for the player. If you want it more simplistic, then just get through the level alive. If you want a harder challenge then try not to miss any of the bricks throughout the level.
The replay value comes in here: You can replay any of the levels you’ve finished and keep attempting to collect all the bricks for a perfect score! If you do you can unlock extra levels, so there is incentive to do so rather than just assuming we’re all perfectionists! (But I am…so I’d probably play them over again anyway.) Even after getting a perfect score on the levels, then you can play them again after you beat the newly unlocked levels to collect things along your path that weren’t available the first time you played through! Once you finally unlock a key vault, for example, you can go back and collect treasure chests that were locked before, and these will unlock new costumes for your characters. (You also unlock lots of new friends/characters to play as you go along!) Another thing that keeps me freshly entertained with each level is how they introduce new moves to dodge/attack different obstacles as the levels increase. This effectively keeps the game from being repetitive because there is something new dotted throughout each little world. Also, all the different characters respond the same way to the controls, so if you want to switch up characters for variety you don’t have to relearn the controls for a new character, you can just enjoy the new pal and any number of the unlocked outfits for each character. (There is a lot of fun stuff to unlock. I know I said that already, but it’s worth mentioning again.)
The creative, lovely, and artsy backgrounds sure do a great job of giving a fresh, new feel to each level as well! I think my favorite part, however, is how the music caters to your game play! There is way more than a few bleeps and honks thrown in there for noise filler! The music and how it works with the game is creatively and intricately planned out! The songs are bouncy alone, but as you jump, kick, and collect bricks they are positioned to where you just so happen to create music of your own to flow with the beat! It’s a lighthearted game, and not frightening or shadowy at all. The animations are crisp and pretty large. It’s easy to see when a bad guy is coming up or when you need to hop around and collect the golden bricks. That is important when you’re forced to go/think so fast. If all the colors were blending or the bad guys/objectives were blending together, you’d be jumping up right into a monster thinking it was gold! There is no such problem here. The characters, background, and platform are all great for the intense interaction that the game demands.
Overall I’d say it’s fun, pleasing to look at, has a killer awesome soundtrack, responsive controls, and is super addictive with plenty of replay value. I give this five out of five hearts! Starling approves!!!!
Name of the game: Deadpool
Publisher: High Moon
Date of Release: June 25, 2013
I have never laughed during a game so much as I did with Deadpool! They portrayed Deadpool’s character perfectly! I don’t even want to quote any of the one liners or hilarious stuff he did because I recommend that everyone play this game simply for the happy factor that comes with moving along in the game!
The gist of the story is that Deadpool is wanting a game of his own and he’s having a blast living it up on the screen. He’s not interested in the story line much, so as the players we also miss a lot of the purpose of why he’s going where he’s going, fighting who he’s fighting, etc…but this is very uniquely okay! Deadpool seems to know just what we want! Explosions, tacos, action, glory and bewbs!! During the entire game he never seems to run out of fresh material for laughs and entertainment.
This is a single player game, and it is not a stealth game at all, though it is soooo funny when he sneaks up on an unsuspecting bad guy! Deadpool isn’t that worried about damage to his body because he regenerates. He tells us to barge right in headlong and make some noise! If you take too much damage you can just run over to the side and wait for his health to return. I have to say that it makes much more sense for Deadpool to act this way than it does in games where human soldiers get shot in the head and then stand there and wait for their health to regenerate. It is mostly fighting lots of bad guys, and it can get a little repetitive in that aspect, but again the one liners and Deadpool’s personality give fresh perspectives and new things to cackle at throughout the entire game.
The controls were smooth and responsive so that nothing to complain about stood out in my mind. There weren’t any races or puzzles to solve. I’d say that it makes the game one-dimensional, but a lot of times I feel like game creators try to stuff a little bit of everything in their game in the hopes of catering to every type of gamer. This game focuses on a target audience of fun-loving, easy-going, action hungry, fighting fans without cramming random things those people wouldn’t like in here and there. The fighting style in the game reminds me of God of War in that Deadpool decides to get to some place or another and has to fight his way there. He walks awhile killing random badies as he goes along, and then there’ll be one place he stops at that hordes of villains come out of the woodwork so he can smash, slice, kick, teleport around them, and belittle them in wave after wave of glorious bloody battle! (And the blood does get everywhere!) To do this, Deadpool has a nice stash of weapons to choose from that you can upgrade throughout the game. Whether your style is guns, hammers, or swords, he’s got you covered! (I wouldn’t recommend buying the other guns, though. Just upgrade the pistols you start out with. The other guns seem just for show, and some of them only fire once before you have to reload.) Speaking of guns, the gun-toting enemies are the only annoying part of this game! By the time you catch up to them most of your health is gone…or you die! Even the exploding enemies don’t deal as much damage as the ones with guns! I enjoyed using the hammers through most of the game. They have pretty good upgrades. If you have trouble reaching the guys with guns, though, then it’s time to use those pistols.
The graphics were pleasing. There was a lot of detail that went into background, the characters, the explosions (especially), and the carnage. Some of the background was actually very beautiful, and there was plenty change of scenery for each of the missions. The interaction with the surroundings flowed very smooth. Like, I wasn’t accidentally walking off of half created cliffs and crap like that, or trying ten times to pick up an object I was after by circling around it and cursing. There was none of that annoying stuff!
Even though it was very repetitive, this game is pretty easy to play. This is a good thing because, though I’m very entertained during these repetitive parts with Deadpool’s shenanigans, I found I was more interested in the hilarious cut scenes after a while than the game play. It was super fun in the beginning, but then became more of a means to move the story along. That was okay for me since it was easy to play and moved fairly quickly when I wanted it to. Loitering is fun too sometimes, I might add, because it seems the longer you wonder around not staying on task, the more Deadpool comes up with creative talking-to-himself-and-us things to chuckle about. My curiosity and how entertained I was with Deadpool’s personality kept me hooked long enough to play through the entire game, so the repetitive thing wasn’t enough to cause me to feel negative toward it.
The bad part is that there are no side quests, and the game only has like…maybe eight acts? Not very many at all. It’s way too short. I can’t see there being much replay value in the game once you get through it the first time. Maybe it would be worth it to play through it slower the next time to see how many humorous things you might have missed, or perhaps it’s a good game to keep around for when you need to get some aggression out while lifting your mood at the same time. In that aspect, it would be a good game to own.
I would say that this game is totally worth renting, and if you’re a fan of Deadpool it is definitely a buy. The game was so fun, and I find that games are lacking in that area lately. They’re all super serious (Call of Duty/Battlefield 4), angsty (Batman), dramatic (Beyond Two Souls/Heavy Rain), or fun in an adorable kind of way (Lego games/Little Big Planet.) With those cute types there isn’t enough carnage to sate the bloodthirsty appetite while making you smile. Deadpool is a unique game in a good way. Laughing out loud is one of the things I appreciate most about the Deadpool comic books, and they have managed to channel this atmosphere into a game impressively. Though the story is not extremely detailed, the feel of hanging out with Deadpool is a great experience.
I give this a three and a half heart rating, and a green heart fan favorite! To get your copy click here.
Did anyone freak out when the PS network crashed last night do to the high volume of us all hooking up our new systems? I had expected that, so we weren’t biting our nails thinking that something was going wrong. I think it was clear to most everyone what was going on, so I didn’t notice widespread panic or anything. You have my sympathies if you had a heart attack during the wait, though! It was really cool of them to be prepared in the middle of the night to start troubleshooting and fixing things for us! They knew we’d be excited, and it felt like they were just as excited for us! Way to go, PSN!
Master Betty updated his Facebook status from the PS4 this morning! Oh, yeah! That’s possible! “What are you doing right now?” “Oh, nothing, bitches! Just updating my status from my PS4!!” Though clicking each letter to post might be tedious, with minimal knowledge of texting lingo this should turn out to be most convenient, (and fun.) The mouse is surprisingly easy to navigate with the joystick, too!
Oh, this super sweet controller is so sleek and it’s functioning so smooth!
It’s clear that Playstation is competing with the popular movie and music apps out there. I have to admit I was convinced to try out Music Unlimited and see how that goes. I’ll let you know! I don’t think I’d stab poor Netflix in the back, though, by switching. They’ve been really, really good to us for years and I have no complaints!
Master Betty ordered Killzone Shadowfall from Gamefly and it got here this morning! The only game we see available for free for the PS4 on Playstation Plus is Resogun. The free games on the Playstation store are DC Universe online, Blacklight Retribution, Warframe, and Contrast. We’ve downloaded them all and plan to try them out soon!
The first game we’ve tried out so far today is Killzone Shadowfall, and it is so beautiful. I never thought I’d find a rusty construction site so fascinating as when I realize the world looks more beautiful from the eyes of a PS4 than it does in real life. The people in this game are a little lacking in their facial muscles when they talk so it doesn’t look like it flows as well as it could, but how the hell am I supposed to complain about that when I can’t stop staring over their shoulder at the dusty detail of a blue plastic tarp? This feeling I’m getting sounds a lot like I’ve heard people describe an ecstasy drug trip.
I have to mention, though, that it is so real that even the things that annoy me in real life are existent here too. Such as how when the sun is so bright when I try to leave the house I have to dive and crawl under the nearest rock. I don’t wanna have to wear sunglasses to play my games! I don’t know yet if this is a normal PS4 thing, or if it’s only going to be a personal issue for me in random games.
Oh, yes. So far I have high hopes for the PS4. It is pleasing me so, so, so, so much! Approve!