February 24, 2011

Thanks to the wonders of Gamefly I rented and am currently playing Marvel vs. Capcom 3. It’s a beautiful game and a lot of fun. But the drawback to rendering all the characters so beautifully is that the game features fewer playable characters than earlier games.  Here are some left out characters I would have liked to see:

Capcom- Megaman, Captain Commando, Leon Kennedy, Cammy, Lancelot (from Knights of the Round), Poison, Regina (from Dino Crisis)

Marvel- Psylocke, Crossbones, The Mandarin, The Enchantress, Hawkeye, Namor, Scarlet Witch, The Vision, Hercules, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Black Widow, Gambit, Cable, Captain Britain


February 24, 2011

So really, who hasn’t thought about a dream match between Little Mac (from Punchout!) and Big Mac (from MacDonaldland)?  Okay, maybe I’m the only one.

Speaking of Punchout!, I loved that game in all of it’s iterations but most especially as Mike Tyson’s Punchout! What elevated it above a boxing game is the quirkiness of the characters.  In addition to a trainer that looked like Carl Winslow, the game featured a super easy-to-beat Frenchman, a drunk Russian, an Italian with a hairpiece and a big fat dude with shorts that keep falling down.  Love, love, love this game.

And seriously, how many gamers out there still know how to do the special punch to beat Bald Bull? That’s what I thought.


February 23, 2011

I used to love Veruca Salt. The band, not the whiny rich girl from the Willy Wonka films.

I miss them too.  After two and a half albums (American Thighs, Eight Arms To Hold You and the Blow It Out Your Ass It’s Veruca Salt EP), the duo of Nina Gordon and Louise Post split up (over reasons that, rumor has it, make the rock soap opera of Fleetwood Mac seem light by comparison), I was bummed out.  Nina Gordon went on to release two really good solo albums while Louise Post reformed Veruca Salt with new members.  And while I love Gordon’s solo stuff and a couple of the second Veruca Salt’s songs were good, I miss the early lineup.  I’m not one of the type of people to get really worked up over music but the early Veruca Salt stuff made me love music in a way that only the work of the Beatles, Johnny Cash and Kasey Chambers ever has.

I miss them.


February 22, 2011

On the subject of today’s comic (Darth Maul)…

I always thought that Darth Maul was one of the most visually interesting characters in all the Star Wars films.  However, ‘Phantom Menace’ being the story-impaired (but visually gorgeous) thing that it is, Maul isn’t given any more to do than act menacing, jump around in lightsaber fights and get cut in half.  I feel that if he had been given a better story then the whole film would have benefited. It seems Lucas wanted a different Sith apprentice for each of the prequels and so Darth Maul was never intended to be as interesting a character as he could be.  His successor Darth Tyrannus (aka Count Dooku) was also cool.  Really, you’re at 98% percent awesomeness just by casting Christopher Lee, but imagine if Maul had remained the apprentice all through the second film until finally being killed by Anakin in Episode III.  Thats two movies (and some 15-20 years or more story-wise) where he could have been around, serving as a living, breathing reminder that the Sith murdered Qui-Gon Jinn.

Just my thought.


February 18, 2011

No idea, i mean NO idea, what to write about. So here are my favorite Dr. Whos, in order:

5) Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor)- The scarf guy.

4) Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor)- The flute guy.

3) David Tennant (Tenth Doctor)- The blue suit guy.

2) Matthew Smith (Eleventh Doctor)- The bow tie guy.

1) Christopher Eccleston (Ninth Doctor)- The big ears guy.