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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Morning Update #46

Holy cow fans wen't crazy this week! First, details for DICE and EA's Star Wars Battlefront II came out and they were full of pay to win nonsense that lit the internet on fire. Calculations ahve estimated it could take over 6000 hours to unlock everything. Or you could just pay $2000. I am not a fan of online-centric games. If something is online-only it's an automatic 0/10 for me. And even then I'm not a huge fan of the way single player games go these days. However, retro and modern gamers alike have to agree that loot boxes and this pay to win crap is the worst thing ever. I'm not even sure when online gameplay became about leveling up and unlocking things. Last time I played an online game all players were on an even playing level. Actual skill was what mattered.

And then, just as the Battlefront II drama was settling (it picked up again like a day later) the Power Rangers side of Twitter got its first look at the Zeo Gold Ranger figure from the Legacy line of high quality collector's figures. The gold armor peices of the Ranger's amazingly iconic suit is neither high quality nor is it anything a collector would want. It looks like uncooked macaroni. This wouldn't be a problem if they hadn't shown off a shiny gold prototype before. Collectors have been told that in order for the next waves of figures to be released they have to buy the current ones. But obviously collectors are upset because they shouldn't have to buy more just to "unlock" new ones. Sound familiar? There's also the "just paint it" crowd. They're dumb. If you're paying $20 for a figure you shouldn't have to paint it so it looks good. I have two Power Rangers figures in my collection and they're both basic $9 ones. The Legacy figures are, to me, overpriced and feature bulky muscley versions of the show's slim characters. This is also not the first problem with the line. Previous figures have had inconsistent belt colors and lacked iconic weapons.

Yeah it's been a pretty crazy week with lots of fans angry about lots of things. In both of these cases I agree with the angry. Vote with your wallets (which in this case involves not opening your wallet at all) and let the people know what you want!

Photo by: sanchosfunkos

Monday, November 13, 2017

REVIEW: Marvel x ThinkGeek Gear Up Collection

I love ThinkGeek. I really do. If I could fill me entire wardrobe with stuff from ThinkGeek, you bet I would. This time around they sent me some pieces from their Gear Up collection, a partnership with Marvel to create an entire line based around the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Check it out after the jump.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturday Morning Update #45

This week I finished reading the Death Note manga. I started this ages ago, after getting the whole thing for $8 at a flea market, but kept taking mini breaks due to reading other stuff. I've seen the anime a bunch of and have watch every live action adaptation, but this was my first step into the original black & white version. I gotta say a lot of it was waaaaay better than any other version I've seen, but there were still some moments that the film school graduate in me thought were better in the adaptations. It does have a lot more detail so confusing stuff from the anime is explained way better, but that unfortunately means a loooot of pages where one character is just talking which results in almost nothing but text boxes. But it's still one of my favorite anime/manga series of all time. As of now all I need to see is the 2016 movie for completion sake.

What did you do this week? Is there a series that you just gotta read and watch everything from?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

REVIEW: The Magic Misfits

This was one of the first freebie books I picked up at New York Comic Con. It came in a box with a small art print. There was so much going on that day that I didn’t think much of it. Until I got back to my room and noticed the name of the author: Neil Patrick Harris. He is an awesome and hilarious actor and part of me knew, hidden in the back of my mind, that he was a great magician too. Not to mention he is known to be an awesome father. In short, Neil Patrick Harris is the perfect person to write a middle-grade novel like this.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Saturday Morning Update #44

NaNoWriMo is here! Every year I've attempted National novel writing month, but things always come up (November is seriously the worst time to do it.) October this year was especially difficult for me in my personal life, so when I realized NaNo was coming I gave up before it even started. Then I wrote a movie. In one day I had a first draft of a feature length film and was full of motivation to bring it to life. I'm not going to jump to shoot it right away, so I thought a fun exercse would be to do a novelization. It could also be an extra way to make money (package it with a DVD collector's edition, for example.) and having what is basically a complete outline has been pretty helpful. I'm just converting the screenplay into prose and adding some more detail and flair here and there. And it's working. I actually feel confident that I'll do it this time. I'm going to write a book. And then I'm gonna write a movie.

Friday, November 3, 2017

REVIEW: Stitch Head

In the vein of Tim Burton and other Frankenstein-esque gothic fantasy, Stitch Head is a wonderful story about a mad scientist’s forgotten first creation: a tiny patched up ragdoll that wants to be both left alone and unforgettable. With a story by Gus Bass and illustrations by Pete Williamson, Stitch Head is a (hilariously creepy) fun read.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saturday Morning Update #43

I don't talk about this much, but I work at Victory Pointe! Just one shift a weekend right now but it's been the best job ever so far. VP is an arcade and gaming cafe (read more about it here) but so far my part of the job is less about gaming and more about customer service at the bar. No alcohol, just ice cream. Milkshakes, floats, sundaes, splits, and so much more. I honestly enjoy making milkshakes and decorating them and being surrounded by games and talking about games with the staff and customers. The moment Katrina gets a full time job I am quitting mine so I can work VP more because my god is it the best.