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Nintendo Announces Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for 3DS; Fans Proceed To Shit Their Pants

January 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata  announced at this morning’s Nintendo Direct video press release (which he called a special “Pokémon Direct, a pair of brand new main series Pokémon games–the first to be developed for Nintendo’s current-gen handheld console, the 3DS.

What made this announcement so interesting and so revolutionary was that it was targeted at Pokéfans internationally; in a trend-breaking first, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be released simultaneously in Japan, the Americas, Europe, and Australia in October of this year. Pokémon series games are typically released in Japan first, finding their way to foreign shores only after lengthy localization processes that average about a year.

So, what are my thoughts on this? My initial reaction is that it seems pretty cool. After nine full-scale RPG releases on the outgoing DS, a Pokémon game on the newer 3DS platform, first launched nearly two years ago but seemingly ignored by Pokémon‘s developer, Game Freak, Inc. (until now, that is), was vastly overdue. I’m glad to see that Game Freak chose to use cel shading rather than take a more photo-realistic approach; it makes the Pokémon “come alive” without sacrificing the look we’ve grown used to in the anime, the older sprite-based games, and Ken Sugimori’s artwork. The gameplay itself looks interesting, too, but I’m not sure I’ve seen enough to really make a solid decision yet.

What worries me are these new Pokémon, five of which were introduced in the Nintendo Direct release (and three of which, the grass type starter, Chespin, the fire starter, Fennekin, and the water starter, Froakie, were named). They look… Terrible. Cheesy. Stupid. Chespin, in particular, is nothing short of an abomination–perhaps worse than Oshawott.

Anyway, I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more about this games in the coming months. Until then, I’ve posted a link to the games’ trailer below.

The Geek

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Awesome video game themed halftime show by the Ohio State University marching band

October 9, 2012 Leave a comment

As both a former high school band geek and a… umm… well, geek, I find this performance by the Ohio State University marching band to be awesomely awesome. Probably one of the best halftime shows I’ve ever seen.

The show begins with the band shooting targets a la Space Invaders before transitioning to the “wild encounter” theme from Pokémon Red and Blue, during which the band forms two PokéBalls that eventually transform into a giant Pikachu. From there, a giant game of Tetris ensues!

Following that, the band honors Super Mario Brothers with a display of the franchise’s well-known coin boxes. Then we get some star power! There are even a “Mario” and “Luigi” out on the field jumping and punching the coin boxes, though they’re a bit difficult to make out in this video unless you’re paying careful attention.

After Mario, there’s a small tribute to the Halo series, though I’m not much of a Halo fan. I’m more interested in the next part—the Triforce from the Legend of Zelda series, which transforms into Link’s horse, Epona. And then Epona literally gallops across the field!!! It’s freaking awesome! My high school band certainly never did anything like that!

Anyway, as things draw to a close, we see Princess Peach’s castle complete with Mario sliding down the flagpole, finishing the level. The show closes with one of my personal favorites—Pac-Man! He’s heading for a cherry, but is being chased by a ghost (the classic sound effects play at this point—nice!). Finally, the band spells out “GAME OVER.”

But don’t just take my word for it! Watch this awesome video!

– The Geek

Star Wars (John Williams Is The Man) A Cappella Tribute Medley

October 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Just rediscovered this after a couple of years. It’s definitely one of my very favorite YouTube videos ever.

New trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

September 19, 2012 1 comment

New trailer for The Hobbit released today. Looks good.

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Some Prime Pokémon Parodies

August 23, 2012 Leave a comment
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Prometheus Unbound: What The Movie Was Actually About

August 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Prometheus movie poster

LiveJournal user Cavalorn has posted an interesting take on the mysteries behind Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s recent prequel to Alien. The YouTube videos embedded at the bottom of the page are also worth watching–particularly the one by comicbookgirl19.

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“Pac-Man: The Movie”

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Amazing what fans can do these days—really high production value!

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