Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Posts

Thanks in part to this blog, I've been able to get a few writing gigs set up. Unfortunately that means new posts here might slow down a bit. Don't worry though, once this stuff I'm working on starts hitting the web, you guys will be the first to know.

Also, Captain America is really good go see it. Hopefully I'll have a chance soon to tell you why.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

On Phone Gaming

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now so I figure I should write it down somewhere. So sales of the 3DS have been softer than expected. Some are using that as the first major sign that as smartphones like the iPhone become more and more capable game devices they will take over the handheld market because, you know, everyone will have a phone.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Comic cartoons and the movies they exist solely to promote

This summer saw the release of a lot of comic movies (and there are still more coming) and you know what that means, cartoons based on comics designed for coasting on the new found popularity the movies bring to a franchise.

Now while making cheap cash-in children’s cartoons based on movies is nothing new (see Beetlejuice, Ace Ventura and… Robocop) with comics it’s a little different. Because so many comic book movies come out and get sequels, I’ve noticed this strange phenomenon where a series will get created to follow-up on one movie, go through its run, and end before the next sequel comes out which then requires another series be made.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Why Do I Own This?: Pearl Harbor Poster

Man, I can stop bringing things back to Transformers.

So Giant Bomb has this weekly live show for subscribers and one of the segments allows viewers to call in and answer trivia for prizes. When Dark of the Moon came out the theme was Transformers and because I know too much about that franchise I called in and won.

My prize? A high-quality poster of a terrible movie: Pearl Harbor directed by Michael Bay who also directed Transformers.

It's the translucent kind theaters use so they "pop" more in the back lit display cases.So that's two movie posters I've acquired over the past few months, the first being this poster of The Room that I got signed by Tommy Wiseau,who also harassed me, when he hosted a screening in Chicago. That was way better than being on Slimetime Live or meeting Stephen Colbert. If you love ironically bad movies and  haven't seen The Room fix that. It's impossible to spoil because every scene is magical.

"Jordan, may all your dreams come true. Love- Tommy"

But that's a poster I'll cherish forever. The Pearl Harbor one...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Octodad 2 and more games you should support

When I interviewed the developers of cult-hit DePaul student game Octodad a few months ago they hinted that we hadn’t seen the last of our favorite sea creature what pretends to be a father.

Well the time for hinting is over. Octodad 2 is happening but it needs your help. Follow this link to donate to the project and get some neat stuff in return like t-shirts, pre-orders, or my favorite, virtual high fives. And if you need a reminder of how it’s your civic duty to support this sequel, go download the original for free and give it a shot.

Thanks to Sam for this tip.

It’s worth mentioning here that you should probably also check out Operation Rainfall, a underground movement dedicated to bringing three cool-looking Wii RPGs (Xenoblade, Pandora’s Tower and The Last Story from the creator of Final Fantasy) over to America, Europe is already getting them, since the system is in such need of content. So far their results have been pretty impressive not the least of which being pushing one of those games, Xenoblade, to the top of the Amazon video game charts.

Here’s hoping that if they succeed the games won’t sell like garbage because if they do Nintendo will never pay attention to internet fans ever again.

So yeah support Octodad 2 and support Operation Rainfall. They’re pretty cool.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

G Gundam Abridged Episode 1

Making an abridged series, for those of you who don't know, is the process of taking a show, usually an anime, editing it down and dubbing over the dialogue for comedic effect. The most famous of these is probably Yu-Gi-Oh The Abriged Series.

Anyway, a good friend of mine, known on Youtube as "TheHolyEpic" decided to get in on the action and make his own abridged series based on "Mobile Fighter G Gundam" (fighting robots). He collected the footage, edited it, and did the voices. But being the egotist that I am I've decided to post it here not simply out of selfless desire to promote my friend's material but also because I helped write the script.

Seriously though he did a good job. Check it out

Also, despite my feelings on Twitter, I do feel "obligated" (get it) to remind you guys that I do have one and It'd be cool if you followed @JordanWMinor

Hint: the W makes me more like Batman

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Alien vs. Predator… vs. Starcraft vs. Game of Thrones

After that Transformers-fueled negative tirade, let’s talk about something do I like. This post is about three things I like actually and some of the amusing and surprising similarities between them: Starcraft (it bears repeating every time, an amazing PC real-time strategy game and one of my favorite games ever), the Alien vs. Predator franchise, and the show/book Game of Thrones which just ended its first season on HBO.

Monday, July 4, 2011

“Runaway” from Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The title is referring to what you think

Happy Fourth of July! My "review" of the latest installment of this cinematic ordeal known as the Transformers franchise is after the jump. I use quotes because this is more of a structured rant that's been building for four years as opposed to a more objective assessment. If you really want to know if you should see this or not you'll find more useful pieces elsewhere on the internet.

But first I just wanted to share this video I’ve created that far better encapsulates my feelings, particularly towards the creators of these things, through images and music rather than the following absurd amount of written text.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Themes That Go With Things

I’m not sure how to feel that so far my most popular article has been a short-essay on a dumb internet joke. But give the people what they want. This time I'm talking about themes that go with certain situations. For example, Guile’s theme from Street Fighter II, well, it goes with everything. Just look.

"Go home and be a family man"- Guile