Monthly Archives: July 2012

1K Crew Episode 20: April Fools!

1K Crew Episode 20: April Fools!

In this cast, we decide to get Vaderfan’s hopes up, just so we can bring a hammer to them.

Topics:

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Mass Effect

Hunger Games

Google Play Store

Onza Controller

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1K Crew Episode 19: The VaderFish

1K Crew Episode 19: The VaderFish

Without are other third, we are left to have Vaderfan complain about everything.

Topics:

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect vs Mass Effect 2

Dead or Alive 5 Demo

Blades of Time

Plus, special guest!

 

Samifish

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1K Crew Episode 18: Endings

1K Crew Episode 18: Endings

Some hard topics today. So of which I couldn’t listen to. Hope you enjoy!

Topics:

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 3

Issues with ME3’s Ending

Kickstarter vs Publishers

BATFA Awards

Would you pay for a new Steel Battalion controller?

 

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1K Crew Episode 17: The Mass Effect 3 Cast

1K Crew Episode 17: The Mass Effect 3 Cast

Something special in this cast, I hope you enjoy!

Topics:

Halo 4

Mass Effect 3

First game that made you cry.

The Game Developers Conference

Battle Tech and other table tops

Intro Music: Arashi no Saxophone 5- King of Fighters XIII OST http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKo6lzpYw-k&noredirect=1

 

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1K Crew Episode 16: Facejobbing

1K Crew Episode 16: Facejobbing

In this cast we talk about video games. Just not entirely

Topics:

BlazBlue:CSE

Masters Program

Crazy Girl stories.

Mass Effect 1 Ending

Mass Effect 1 vs 2

Assassin’s Creed 3

SteamBox?

Teacher Turns Classroom to MMORPG

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1K Crew Episode 15: Girl Problems

1K Crew Episode 15: Girl Problems

In this lovely episode we share are real-life girl problems… well some of us do.

Topics:

Mass Effect 3: Space Edition

Borderlands 2 Trailer and why it’s so amazing.

Pokemon Black and White 2

Chrono Trigger coming to iPhones and new Kingdom Hearts for DS

OST for Blazblue:CSE and talking about Daisuke Ishiwatari’s greatness

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1K Crew Episode 14: Woop

1K Crew Episode 14: Woop

In this podcast!

-Kingdoms of Amalur,

-Blazblue: Continuum Shift Extend

-Mass Effect 3 Demo

-Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus

-Blazblue vs Street Fighter

 

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VaderFan at the Movies: The Amazing Spider-Man

Here it is, the reboot that we’ve all been waiting for–except for me, since I’ve completely forgot this movie even came out. Normally I’d be super excited on a new Spider-Man movie, especially with Marc Webb as the director, but I never got that excitement that I normally would have. Now, the bad taste from Spider-Man 3 is still in my mouth, and it’s really too soon for a reboot to come, so I’m pretty sure that’s the main reason why I wasn’t that excited about it. Now, finally seeing it a week later, all I can say is that it’s just a good movie, and nothing really amazing, spectacular, or sensational, just a good movie.

The movie didn’t start out bad. It starts off with Peter Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, as a kid, and we get to see his parents for the first time. Apparently something happened and the parents have to go, so the mystery behind their disappearance became a catalyst that ends up Peter going to Oscorp, being bitten by a spider, and becoming Spider-Man. The only problem is that the origin story took way too long. It’s something that I felt I’ve just seen this story, and I just wanted them to go straight to Parker wearing the blue and red tights, and start beating up bad guys. This goes back to what I mentioned before, it’s just too soon for a reboot. If this movie came out two years later, it’ll seem more fresh and enjoyable, but I just got bored throughout the beginning of the movie, despite Martin Sheen playing as Uncle Ben. It wasn’t until Peter Parker puts on the suit, and starts kicking ass that the movie became really enjoyable. Also, seeing the relationship between Peter and Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone, also made the movie good.

Marc Webb brought in his excellent directorial style in the movie when it came to the relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Seeing them two together, I couldn’t help but feel loved and touched, like I wanted them to be together. Webb really brought that feeling out, since he’s been directing indie romance movies before this film. The action scenes were really cool, since many of the poses that Spider-Man does really looks like something that came out of a comic. Spider-Man also cracked up many jokes in the movie, like the one in the trailer, but even against the Lizard, he’s still cracked up jokes as he’s being thrown around and beaten to a pulp. Speaking of the Lizard, the CGI that was done on him was really impressive, but I couldn’t help but notice the grin that’s on his face. The movie also has everything a fan of the comics would want to see, such as the web shooters, the poses, and the jokes that Spidey cracks, as I mentioned earlier. Andrew Garfield also played a great Peter Parker, since he really brought out the troubled teen that we would see in modern times. However, the story plot of Peter’s parents just seem to be thrown out the window. It was the main catalyst for Peter, and it seems like the writers just completely forgot about it, and just went straight into the Lizard.

Now, I’ve said a lot of good things about the movie, but it followed a basic summer blockbuster movie. It didn’t have the same formula as the Marvel Studios movies, so it didn’t look as sensational as the other Marvel movies that led up to the Avengers. Marc Webb did as a fantastic job when it came to the relationships between the characters, and he did pretty good with the action scenes. As I mentioned earlier, if this movie came out two years later, it’ll been amazing, but since it came out now, it fell short of being spectacular. The 3D effects were pretty cool, but seems unnecessary to have. There is one thing that’s been bugging me, and it’s the end credits teaser. *SPOILERS* There is a moment where we see Curt Conners, the Lizard, in a prison cell, and a mysterious figure pops out of nowhere, asking if Conners told Peter about his parents. So, the plot that the writers just seem to forget all the sudden came back, and a mysterious guy teasing for the next movie. The movie didn’t really need that ending, but the adventure was good.

VaderFan signing out, and swinging away.

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I’m VaderFan, And I Might Be A Brony

Ok, before anyone judge me and this blog, I feel like this is something I should write about, but let me start from the beginning of what mainly influenced me to write about this. I was listening to the new Kevin Smith’s podcast, Fatman on Batman, where he interviews people that was involve with Batman, and they talk about Batman. He interviewed the amazing voice actress, Tara Strong, who played Batgirl in the Batman animated series, and many others, including Bubbles from Powerpuff Girls. She also played a character named Twilight Sparkle from the new My Little Pony series, subtitled Friendship is Magic. Before I go on, anyone should check out the interview: http://smodcast.com/episodes/tara-strong-batgirl-bubbles-and-bronies. I can’t say how amazing it was listening to this interview which is almost an hour and a half long, but what mainly caught my attention was the discussion on bronies. For those of you who don’t know, a brony is a guy who watches My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Now, I knew about bronies for a long time, but the conversation they had about the community just fascinated me, since they made fan fictions, held conventions, and even raised charities to help sick kids. As I continued listening, strange memories came back to me, and I figured out they were from the original My Little Pony series way back in the day. I soon thought to myself, am I a brony?

The memories I’ve been getting didn’t feel like something that would be for girls that catered towards little girls, since what I remembered involved a little purple dragon, who talks, and a bunch of ponies turning into giant demons. I thought to myself that there is no way it can be a girl’s series, so I asked my older sister about those strange memories, and if they’re really part of the series. She told me that the memories I had were part of the movie, and I loved playing with the toys that she had. At that point, I was in some sort of denial. No way I can like a show that catered towards little girls, but as I started thinking, the purple dragon was a boy, and the demons did look pretty grotesque. Maybe that’s why I liked it as a kid, but still, it’s a series for girls, right? I continued listening to the podcast interview, and Tara Strong mentioned that the new series has an actual good story, with great characters and development, and it is a reason why anyone, doesn’t matter what gender, can get into it. But it’s still for girls, right?

So, after some thought, I decided to give the series a shot, just to see what the big deal is. Not only did I sat down through one, not two, but five, five freaking episodes! Now, to be fair, four of the episodes were two two-parter episodes, so I had to stay and watch to get the full story of each arc. Now, what really got my attention was that the director and producer was Lauren Faust, who also directed Powerpuff Girls, and one of my favorite cartoon series, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. My first thought was, “Ok, if she’s in charge of the series, then this must be decent,” and the fact was, it actually is pretty good. The first thing I noticed was the animation, which is the same flash animation tools used for Foster’s, and the second character that was introduced was the purple dragon, named Spike, from my memories, who is the best character in the series, by the way. As I continued watching the episode(s), I noticed all the things Tara strong point out in the series. There was actual character development, interesting characters, and an engaging plot. There is also a moral lesson that the character(s) learn at the end of each episode, mainly revolving around friendship. That is something that can be appreciated, since there aren’t many modern cartoons that caters towards children that has a moral lesson behind it, at least none that I know of. 

Now, I continued doing research on the brony community through the very reliable web sites wikipedia and knowyourmeme.com, and I am quite astonished by the community. Take note, the brony community consists of guys from the 18-35 age demographic, most of them in college. These guys create fan fiction, art, video game mods, and memes that actually affect the series. The bronies made names to a couple background ponies, one called Derpy Hooves and another named DJ PON-3, which they eventually got their own screen time and lines. It’s great that the writers and producers are bringing in fan made jokes into the series, it shows how strong of a community this fan base is. They even made an animation based on a freestyle rap that Tara Strong voiced as Twilight just for fun. There are even brony conventions, which reached up to 4000 attendees, and they held charities that raised up to $21,000 within a month for the Children’s Cancer Association. These guys hold a very strong community, and it obviously shows how passionate they are about this show. Also, some of these guys range from high career fields such as doctors and lawyers, which makes the community even more astonishing.

Now, it may seem creepy that the brony community consists of adult male who follows a cartoon, which its main demographic is little girls, but here’s the thing, I think it’s what makes the series great. The creators of the series made it appeal to a more general audience because if you think about it, what if a dad has to watch this show with his daughter? The father can enjoy the show with his daughter, since it has that appeal to an older male audience. After sitting down and watching the five episodes, I can see why there is such a big fan base, and I can also see why the series can be appealing to an older male audience because it’s that good. And here’s another thing, why is it okay for some girls to watch a boy’s cartoon, but it’s not okay for a boy to watch girl’s cartoons? Think about it. So, I thought I was a brony, and perhaps I am. I enjoyed the five episodes I seen, there were parts that I laughed really hard, but I’m not going to make an effort to watch more episodes. I will, maybe, watch it if it comes on, if there’s nothing else on, and Spike still makes a regular appearance. I guess I’m just a casual brony, a low level/tier brony, if you will.

VaderFan, signing out, and leaving you with this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSVBcm_BZRs.

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