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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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VaderFan’s Happiness Towards Battleship’s Failure

So, the other day I was looking at the weekend box office, and I noticed something that really made me smile. The big budget movie called Battleship, ranked number two in the box office, only made 25.5 million dollars. It’s budget, 209 million dollars. When I first heard there was going to be a movie based on the board game, battleship, I raised an eyebrow, just like anyone else would. I first I thought, “why?” But the movie can actually be good, if done right. Then, I saw the trailer, and I thought this movie looks so stupid, it’s retarded. Hasbro is just trying to capatilize on the Transformers movie fanbase out there by making another movie that kinda looks like it. The thing is, why would anyone make a movie that is based on a board game of naval warfare, and have the plot be about an alien invasion, where the aliens’ starships kinda looks like something you’d see out of Transformers?

Now, as we all know Transformers is quite a successful movie, at least financially. Dark of the Moon made 350 million domestically with a budget of 195 million dollars. So, why wouldn’t a movie that is just like Transformers work? Because the movie isn’t Transformers. Michael Bay, even though so many people hate the guy, is a great action director. He knows how to make things look cool, and even having them look freaking awesome. The movie also follows the basic story of the cartoon/comics/toys, which is alien robotic races battling it out on Earth. Battleship is a board game of naval warfare. It’s two players with a bunch of naval battleships, guessing where their opponents ships are, and destroying the opponent’s fleet. It does not have aliens invading Earth, in fact, it never really had a story behind it, other than two fleets battling. Why couldn’t they make an alternate reality where it is about two countries at war, and the navy was the main focus of the movie? Because Hollywood just can’t make anything original. They mus copy off of other very successful movies.

I’m hoping this will be a wake-up call to Hasbro. With only making 25.5 million dollars on its opening weekend, and with the Avengers still number one in the box office, along with movies such as Men In Black 3, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Prometheus coming up, the chance of the movie even making its 209 million dollars back looks really slim. They should just make movies that is actually based on their products rather than recycling them and putting different labels on them. However, knowing Hollywood’s infamous history for the past twenty years, they’ll most likely not pay attention and make a chutes and ladders movie that involves climbing to the moon and fight some martians.

VaderFan signing out, and choking the hell out of Hasbro.

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VaderFan at the Movies: Dark Shadows

… OK, so my friend texted me during work to see a movie, and I said sure. He sent me a second text a few minutes later, but I didn’t get it until after work. It said “I’m thinking of Dark Shadows”. I cringed at the thought of this movie, since I just don’t like Tim Burton. Don’t get me wrong, I liked some of his early works like Beetle Juice, and all the claymation he’s done. When I saw the Dark Shadows trailer some time ago, I’m just thinking how bad it’ll be, but I’m always willing to give someone another chance.

The beginning of the movie got me hooked. It was dark and gritty, and when Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) turned into a vampire, the imagery was like an omage to the classic vampire films, back when they were cool. Not only that, the very first scene was in Liverpool. So, I’m just thinking this movie was actually gonna be good, and it’s a good thing that I give people extra chances. I couldn’t be more wrong.

After the beginning, the entire plot of the movie was just scattered, it’s almost like Tim Burton has ADD. First I thought it was about Barnabas, then I thought it was about Victoria Winters (Bella Heathecote) and her connection between Josette, Barnabas’ love of his life, and seeing ghosts, then it’s about getting the family business back, to revenge, then the father cheating on his wife, and a werewolf, it was all over the place! There really is no plot at all in this movie, and the jokes were just chuckles, if not just plain dull. The parts I did laugh weren’t even jokes, just something stupid I saw in the movie.

Johnny Depp’s performance did make the movie, anyone can tell he had fun playing as the character. Eva Green, who played the jealous witch, Angelique Bouchard, was also funny in the movie. She played that hot sexy bitch, that any guy would like to bang, but never want to be with her. Other than the two actors, nothing else really was that good in the movie. If the plot was more steady, instead of being scattered, it’ll been a whole lot better. Only see it if you’re a big Tim Burton fan, and must see every movie that he made. Other than that, it’s no that much worth of a watch.

VaderFan signing out, and choking Tim Burton

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VaderFan’s Distaste Towards Century Link

So, recently I just moved into a new apartment. A great apartment compared to my last one since it’s much bigger, has a better kitchen, and it’s walking distance to King Soopers and other restaurants. Now, moving into a new apartment, I have get cable and internet, something that all of us in this day and age must have. So, my first choice was getting Dish satellite, and I was up in the air with Comcast and Century Link (formerly QWest). I asked the lovley ladies at the leasing office on what I should get, and gave me a pamphlet with the deals I could get from Direct TV and Century Link, but I didn’t really want Direct TV.

So, I called Dish to schedule a time for the installer to come in to hook up the satellite, since it was my first choice. Well, the guy showed up, and as it turns out, the direction my balcony was facing prevented the sattelite dish from receiving any signal. The guy also explained that the apartment complex is only built for Direct TV, and Century Link. I thought it was weird for an apartment complex to only have one service provider, but I shrugged it off, as long as I was able to watch Game of Thrones and access the internet to finish my Master’s Degree.

It was a hastle to get the Direct TV installer to come, since they’re only available Monday through Wednesday, and only during hours that I work, but I manage to get that issue resolved real quick. However, Century Link was the biggest problem. As I try to set up a schedule, I told them I have my own modem and wireless router, and I told them what it was. Apparently they DO NOT support the modem I have. It took me awhile to have this information sunk in, since I have never, NEVER, heard of an ISP (Internet Service Provider) that won’t allow a customer to use his/her modem of choosing. I asked the reason, and the guy explain to me that I won’t be able to get troubleshooting asistance from them, which I didn’t care about.He then explains to me that I have to choose a small selection of modems that they provide, and pay either $100 or an extra $5 a month.

Now, many of you may be thinking that it’s not too bad, paying an extra $5 a month, but the thing is that I just bought my new modem and a new wireless router two months ago, with the intention of using it in my new apartment. More than likely, I can’t take the modem and router back, and they also cost about $150 total. So, I continue talking with the agent over the phone, and I explain to him the same things I metnioned above, but he won’t give me a straight answer. He metnioned something about programs, viruses, and other things that I don’t care about. All I wanted was why I can’t use my modem, since every other ISP I know of can use the modem.

So, I hanged up, and discussed my displeasure with the lovely ladies at the leasing office, and they are working on it, along with getting a deal with Comcast. That is why they’re so lovely, they work for their customers. I then get a call from the Century Link representative of the apartment complex, who pretty much gave me the same answers as the customer service agent I was talking to earlier.

Now, I’m pretty sure many of you who are reading this rant may think I’m just coming up with 1st world problems and I should just suck it up, and go with Century Link. The problem is, what kind of service provider won’t let the customer get what they want, and have a customer service that just don’t know what they’re talking about. I don’t want to pay money to a company that gives me everything I don’t want, it’s like going to a dirty restaurant with a terrible waiter, food that takes forever to make and is just god awful. Would you pay for that food? Probably not, and Century Link, is that dirty restaurant.

Right now, I’m stealing the internet from the leasing office, and it’s slow, but good enough to finish my Master’s.

VaderFan signing out, and choking Century Link

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VaderFan at the Movies: The Summer of Nerds

ImageSummer has started, and that means it is time to see all the mega hit blockbusters with super awesome action scenes, big name stars, and hopefully a somewhat decent plot. However, this year is quite different from other years, being that there are a ton of movies that are mainly directed at the nerd/geek culture.

Hunger Games came out during April, and it is a nerd movie, being based on a novel set in an alternate reality with some sci-fi elements, and a cult following. But, I don’t really consider the summer of nerd really starting until The Avengers, which came out not too long ago. I’ll put it down and say this movie is freaking fantastic, and if you haven’t seen this movie, then stop reading this and go watch it RIGHT NOW! A mega blockbuster hit, made 200 million dollars over the weekend, and I had the ultimate nerdgasm just watching this movie. But, that is just the beginning of the nerdgasm I’ll be experiencing this summer.

The next movie to be mentioned would be Prometheus. Any nerd/geek will be watching it for only reasons a nerd/geek would know for at least two reasons: 1. It’s the prequel to Alien, and 2. Ridley Scott is returning to sci-fi. If that is not a good enough reason to see the movie, well the latest trailer that was showcased before The Avengers should be enough. Ridley Scott, as many should know, directed the mega-cult sci-fi film, Blade Runner, and Alien. Both films are what put him on the map as a director, which led him to direct Oscar worthy films. Now, having him coming back to sci-fi is a dream come true for any sci-fi fans, especially those who is a fan of the Alien series. This movie will solve all the questions that were left unanswered in Alien, such as the origin of the space jockey, and maybe where the xenomorphs came from. This’ll definately be another nergasm that’ll blow in people faces.

Of course, we can’t go talking about nerd movies this summer without mentioning The Dark Knight Rises. Many considered The Dark Knight to be the greatest comic book film ever made, except for The Avengers, but the thing is, it actually be argued that it is still the greatest comic book film ever made. It was dark, gritty, it had great character development not just from one, but all the characters, an overall theme, and nobody can’t argue with the exceptional performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker. This is all due to the fact of the great directorial work that Cristopher Nolan brings to the table, combining his background in making artful movies to bringing realism and believability to the comic book film. And the trailers, the latest also being shown before The Avengers, shows nothing but promise. It’s going to be more dark, Bane may be a much bigger villain than the Joker was, explosions, people dying left and right, Catwoman, and the only thing I can think of just watching these trailers is Batman’s downfall.

The films I mentioned above are the three biggest this summer, and it already kicked off with the incredible showing of The Avengers. Now, we got some other honorable mentions such as Men In Black 3, Pixar’s Brave, GI Joe, and Total Recall. Believe me, by the end of summer I’ll be lipping for many months. I’m pretty sure I didn’t forget to mention any other nerd movie this year, but if I did, please comment.

Oh, screw Battleship!

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Finally, Samifish’s Bio!

Bored out of my mind in my math class, I finally thought of some decent things to write about myself. My name is Samifish. The reason for my name is unknown, but it just stuck with me since I was in middle school. I would say that my only contributions to the podcast would be me crying about how Capcom Vs SNK 2 isn’t ported yet and just fighting games in general. Other than that, I do most of the editing and account holding for our podcast. Like most people, the game that brought me to hardcore video games is Halo back in the day, when Vaderfan took me to Koshr’s house to have a massive LAN party, which still is in my top 3 video game moments. Although Halo is dear to my heart, it is possibly the only shooter that I am insane about, being the universe Bungie has created is magnificent. I did really like Modern Warfare 1 and Gears of War, thought I feel the latest installments of both are too tailored to the casual audience. This is sadly being the case for many games, including the MMO World of Warcraft. Making a game more casual means making it easier, and being a man looking for challenge, I went back to my PS2 and my favorite games, Guilty Gear. With me still playing days and days of a game that was fabled to be dead, the news of Arc System Works reacquiring the Guilty Gear IP revitalized my love for the game, and therefore, my love for fighting games. Also, the more recent news of Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus being ported to the new generation of systems made me almost faint from excitement. I picked up Street Fighter, and instantly new that this is my true genre of choice. Now, with the addition of King of Fighters XIII, Blazblue: CS Extend, and Street Fighter AE, I am very deep into the genre.

To be honest, that’s really it. Anything else that is worth of note about me should eventually be heard in the casts. This will mark the beginning of the reign of the cast on this site, and I will be working on that in the near future.

Take care friends,
Samifish

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1K Crew

Hello my fellow gamers, nerds, socially awkward whatevers that you may be to be reading this,

As one of the members of 1K Crew, I am here to publish our first post on WordPress, which hopefully will be used more and more often. You may be wondering as to the  reason for 1K Crew’s existence. We created 1K Crew as a way for the three of us, which I’ll get to soon, to talk about video games(among other things). I am personally hoping for people to follow us and to eventually send us/me tons and tons of hate mail/trollspace nonsence.

1K Crew consists of myself: @KoshrFstsOfFury, @VaderFan, and SamiFish(who at this moment is not yet on twitter). To keep the brevity of this post, I’ll only do a somewhat thorough introduction for myself(while leaving the others to post their own intoductions). I have been an avid gamer ever since I got my original Xbox with Halo: Combat Evolved with funding from my bar mitzvah. Okay now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been a gamer since I received an N.E.S. for my exceptional first report card, but i don’t consider myself a gamer until the wave of joy that was the first Halo. I spent many weekends enjoying and hosting Halo LAN parties, and furthering my personal gaming community. In high school, I quit baseball to be the founder and elected president of our video game club(yeah, I’m a nerd and probably should have stayed in baseball :/). More recently than high school I’ve struggled with being able to pay for college, being an employee for a major video game retailer. I’m also teaching myself to program for video games and am currently learning DirectX programming. As far as games go, I am a big fan of roleplaying games. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was the first video game RPG that captured me so thoroughly to continue to play through multiple times. Before SW:KOTOR I had few experiences with Dungeons and Dragons, which I rely heavily on as a creative outlet. For now, I’m using 1K Crew as a way to output my fueled opinions on gaming and gaming culture. So that’s me, in a nutshell of sorts.

You can follow us here on this page, over at onekaycrew.podbean.com, on facebook by searching up 1KCrew, or my own personal twitter @KoshrFstsOfFury…

Thank you,

Koshr

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