This week has been a flurry of Pokemon news, and a pure wave of nostolgia for those of us who have played Pokemon since we set out on our own adventures back in 1996. From the upcoming release of Pokemon X and Y, to the news of a Charizard becoming a dragon type, and finally, with the release of Pokemon: Orgins, which focuses on Red’s adventures in the anime. Previously, we had covered what to expect from this amazing series, and finally, the first episode (with subtitles) has finally been released!
For years, it has been a strongly debated issue over the Ash vs Red character within the Pokemon world, and as a fan who has always believed that Red was the far more superior trainer than Red, I was bursting with curiosity as to see how Nintendo and GameFreak would handle this once and for all. For those fans unfamiliar with the character Red (Get out of my sight right now, you sicken me!), he is the original player character who made his debut in 1996, when Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue first dropped. Red would later go on to make a special, guest appearance in the sequel, Pokemon Silver and Pokemon Gold, in a cameo that shocked players all over the world:
As the final test of the player’s skill, atop the fridged mount silver. Continue reading ““Pokemon: Origins” Takes You Back To The Beginning!” »
I have been a diehard Pokémon fan for as long as the franchise has been around, starting with my very first adventure in Pokémon Blue Version in 1998, and over the past fifteen years, have stayed playing and training to be the very best like no one ever was.
I’m definitely no amateur. Over the years, playing through the generations, building up the perfect, balanced dream team for myself (Vaporeon (Water/Ice moves), Serperior (Grass), Plusle (Electric), Charizard (Fire/Flying), and Arbok (Poison/Dark Moves), and when X and Y comes out, I’ll hope to finally complete my team after fifteen years of mixing and matching.
…But wait. Did you notice one of my Pokémon was a Charizard? And did you notice that Charizard doesn’t fall under the Dragon/Fire category like logically, it should? This is something that has left Pokémon fans scratching their heads over for years–moreso than the fact that even though Charizard had wings, and could fly in the anime, prior to Pokémon Yellow, Charizard couldn’t learn fly.
Well, Pokémon (and Charizard) fans, our moment has finally come. We’ve all heard about the new Mega Evolutions, in which some of our old favorites get brand new, kickass makeovers. One of these “old favorites” was none other than Charizard. Fans were stoked when Nintendo revealed Charizardite Y–showcasing everyone’s favorite, orange dragon (not Dragonite!) in a new light:
…But, the type was still Fire/Flying. And you know what? Fans were like, “Okay, that’s cool. He’s not Dragon, but he still looks like a boss.” And continued to wait with bated breath for X and Y to drop.
And then…this happened:
Which caused this reaction for Pokémon fans…
Fans around the world lost it, and understandably so, because come on…look. at. it.
As you can see, Charizardite X (which, one can only assume will be Pokémon X exclusive), has his original design taken from its Shiny form. The design looks far more menacing, and comes with a brand new set of unique moves, and a new Special Ability.
Then we found out Charizardite X…was a Fire/DRAGON type. And all around the world, this happened:
(Or, specifically, this was the gif out of millions that perfectly captured the joy-seizure I, and hundreds upon thousands of fans are having at this very moment.)
So, Pokémon fans, rejoice! Finally, after fifteen long years, GameFreak did it right, and gave us not only a brand new, bad ass version of Charizard–but now, our favorite dragon is finally a DRAGON. Congratulations, Charizard–welcome to the big time at last (and a word of advice: Avoid the new Fairy-types).
Do you love gore? Do you love zombies? Do you love feeling as though behind that door is a half-dead, rotting corpse ready to te–ar you into oblivion? How about shooting things? Do you love horror survival games, but feel as though they are lacking in…realness? Do you also happen to live somewhere in California?
Well, look no further. Allow me to introduce you to Operation: Biohazard; the unique, real-life experience of hunting and killing zombies, hosted by the National Airsoft Magazine. Continue reading “Operation Biohazard: The ULTIMATE Zombie Hunting Survival Game” »
There’s no words for the amount of joy I experienced at hearing that everyone’s favorite Witch of the Wicked Weaves is getting her own anime. That’s correct: Bayonetta will make her big screen debut in anime form this coming November, being released in Japan, in ten select theaters, for a two-week run. However, is that joy wholesomely justified?
Let’s take a look at what made Bayonetta so successful as a game, and discuss how that this movie will stay true to the original plot of Bayonetta, while also doing it justice as it makes it transition onto the big screen. Bayonetta had more than just a head-turning protagonist: The game is rife with heavily religious undertones, deep, cultural impact, a new spin on how you see Witches, and the different arcana that Bayonetta had at her disposal, including the fact that her hair was a source of her power (Similar to the old bible character of Samson). The themes of Earth, Heaven, and Hell are prominent, including a rare glimpse into that world where Bayonetta’s powers come from. Moreover, Bayonetta herself took the “typical” female protagonist and spun that archetype on it’s head: Bayonetta is not only exceptionally tall, but her attitude is that of both loving, sensual, and somewhat of an antiheroine as well. Continue reading “How Should We Feel About Bayonetta as an Anime On The Big Screen?” »
Analogue: A Hate Story, is an incredible work of art with Manhwa-styled characters, designed and written by the very talented Christine Love, a Canadian visual novelist who has received countless praise for her works known as the Love Conquers All game series, including, Digital: A Love Story (2011), don’t take it personally, babe: it just ain’t your story (With the title stylized in all lower-case letters, 2011), Analogue: A Hate Story (2012) , and it’s sequel, Hate Plus (2013).
Most Visual Novels run through a basic formula: You are slowly introduced to the characters, including your own, and what the world in the story is about, as well as the plot. You interact with the characters, often being asked questions (in that they are multiple-choice), with your responses being what will set the story down individual paths, leading to different endings of the game for better or for worse (IE: “Good Ending”, “Normal/Neutral Ending”, “Bad Ending”…Well, bad if you’re a straight dude playing the game, but funny as all hell if you have a great sense of humor), and “REALLY Bad Ending”). Continue reading “Far From Your Typical Visual Novel — Analogue: A Hate Story Will Make Your Jaw Drop” »
Radio DJ Floyd Blaikie was getting bullied by people who alledged that her food allergy was an eating disorder.
“…trust me if I could eat pizza I would eat it for every meal every day. Yeah (the bullying) can be a little bit harsh, especially as a female in the media,” said Blaikie.
Instead of allowing the negativity to seep more negativity, Blaikie channeled it into a campaign to do good. Basically, she reached out to twitter and encouraged people to do good deed and tweet her back using the hashtag #hugsnotshrugs. Continue reading “Radio DJ Overcomes Bullying, Starts National Campaign” »
First they gave us expansion packs. Then it was DLC. Now, it’s ALTERNATE UNIVERSE Downloadable Content that revamps the core mechanics of our favorite games into different settings and aesthetics. And personally, this is one trend I’m a big fan of and would love to see more games take for a spin.
But Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed 3, and Bioshock Infinite (3?) aren’t enough. With this week’s announcement of the Burial at Sea DLC for Bioshock Infinite, I talked to some of my fellow gamers and came up with a list of awesome alternate universe DLC I’d love to play for some of gaming’s most notable titles. Continue reading “9 Alternate Universe DLC We Want To See For Our Favorite Games” »
NASA and Rovio have teamed up to put an Angry Birds exhibit in the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando Florida, centered around the Angry Birds in Space theme and complete with B-movie esque moniker Angry Birds Space Encounter.
The exhibit was first announced about a year ago by astronaut Donald Pettit when he was living aboard the International Space Station — and while we were first apt to attribute such an idea to space sickness, Rovio and NASA officially opened the exhibit at Cape Canaveral last Friday. Both companies are launching the exhibit with the hope that it inspires more kids to get excited about space and want to explore it. Continue reading “Rovio and NASA Hope to Jump-Start Space Race With New “Angry Birds” Exhibit” »
He’s back…albeit this time Charlie Sheen is covering a different subject matter. The man who set the world record for the fastest to 1 million twitter followers once again returned to the online platform to make this following statement regarding his daughter being (in his words) forced out of school because she was incessantly bullied: Continue reading “Charlie Sheen Asks Fans On Twitter To Rise Up, Send Dog-Sh#t to Daughter’s Bullies” »
Sure, movies and shows like The Walking Dead and 28 Days Later are good, scary fun, viewed from the safety of our cozy homes, where we can go to sleep knowing it’s all B.S. Right?
Apparently it’s not that simple. Much in the way that Stephen Hawking recently joined a robot awareness think-tank — just in case the robots we manufacture end up getting too smart — academics and intellectuals are calling for some real research into the zombie world.
“You know that day that you once told me about, when Gotham would no longer need Batman? It’s coming.”
…But it’s not here, yet.
A truism the internet proved again today, as a video of a man disguised as The World’s Greatest Detective, has gone viral.
West Yorkshire Police in the U.K. reported that the man handed over a wanted suspect, then promptly disappeared.
Police said, “The person who brought the man in was dressed in a full Batman outfit. His identity remains unknown.”
Witnesses say the man dressed as The Bat, dropped the suspect off at the front desk and said, “I’ve caught this one for you.” He then vanished and up to this point has not been seen.
The apprehended suspect appeared before a court for charges stemming from handling stolen goods to various fraud offenses.
Out of all of this, we certainly know there is one man who is not a fraud…because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A dark knight.
You can’t make this stuff up (chances are if you did you’d probably get suspeneded)…
A 7 year old boy was given a two day suspension for shaping his lunch pastry into a gun and reportedly making “bang, bang” sounds with it (it’s been at least a decade since I’ve typed the phrase bang, bang sounds).
The tragedy of it all, according to the boy, was that the pastry was shaped to originally fashion itself after a mountain. Continue reading “7 Year Old Boy Suspended By School for Shaping Pastry Into a Gun (Update: Letter To Parents)” »
Earlier this week, we told you about the BBC Series that is aiming to put America’s zombie apocalypse (and most popular cable) TV show, The Walking Dead, to shame with their horror driven series “In The Flesh.”
Now it looks like the BBC is going one step further in making a mere announcement for the show – they’ve created a PSA warning you to stay away from zombies, you know, in case you happen to be confronted by the dead (type that last phrase in and this will come up as one of Google’s top search results). Continue reading “BBC Makes Actual PSA To Keep You Safe, Advise You How To Avoid Zombies” »
Judy Viger from South Glen Falls, New York, only wanted to give her son a gift that would both a)eliminate the need for her to ever give him a gift again and also b)make him the most popular kid on campus, which might have been two huge problem solvers for both of them.
Sadly New York State police didn’t see it quite the same way, and have arrested Ms. Viger for endangering a minor. Continue reading “‘World’s Greatest Mom’ Hires Strippers for Her Son’s 16th Birthday, Arrested by Cops” »
College of New Jersey students who find themselves caught up in the heat of the moment now have an option: emergency condom delivery, courtesy of Kyle McCabe and his handy (ba-dum!) website, CondAm.net.
You phone in a message to the guy via his site, he hits you up, you’re bagged in no time. Continue reading “College-Based Website Offers Speedy Emergency Condom Delivery” »
Apparently Iceland Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson isn’t satisfied with his home country’s ban on the printing and circulation of pornography. Now he’s taking extra steps to ensure that, in addition, Internet pornography ceases to exist.
While such a move in the U.S. would no doubt entail hours and billions in legal and fiscal complications, Jónasson’s seriously close to executing his plan — and he’s got plenty of lawmakers to back him up. Continue reading “Iceland On Mission to Ban Internet Porn; Will it Do More Harm Than Good?” »
With DC focusing its attention on the Man of Steel and Justice League movies, auto-makers Kia and DC Entertainment have collaborated on a brand new car known as the Optima Hybrid Superman One, a self-explanatory environmentally conscious Optima, painted to look like Supes himself.
While Clark would certainly approve of its green theme, really, what’s the point IF IT CAN’T FLY? Continue reading “Kia and DC Comics Build Hybrid Superhero Car for a Good Cause” »
If you were one of roughly seventeen people tuning into (living?) in The Great Falls, Montana today, you were treated to a bit of an unusual message on your TV.
The above video depicts a couple of pranksters (we hope) taking over the emergency broadcast system and declaring “residents have risen from the dead and are attacking the living. Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous.” Continue reading “Pranksters Take Over Emergency Broadcast System, Declare Zombie Apocalypse in Montana” »
Japan will soon be introducing the Ju-C-Air, a(nother) penis-powered controller that soon will allow horny gamers everywhere to play completely in the nude and without the risk of damaging those already-sore wrists.
Sort of like existenZ, the wireless and muscle-responsive controller will be packaged specifically with a game. In this case that’s the virtual sex Custom Maid 3-D. Continue reading “The World’s Most Perverted Game Controller Allows You To Play Video Games With Your Penis” »
Now manga artists have designed a series of posters featuring Matsumiya in sorta-revealing police outfits and wielding a very big baton (or taser maybe). Continue reading “Japanese City Uses (Real-Life) Manga Character to Fight Crime, Sing Songs” »