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9:38 PM on 04.20.2010

Today was 4/20 for some...

But for M.Bison.


9:57 AM on 04.20.2010

E for Effort: Gamecube's Gladiators

While there's been quite a few great Musings this month, and I've been posting all about Movies for the past while i figure it's about time to show that I'm not just a Film geek stuck on a Gamer's Website.

Due to the huge nostalgia blast from the past that is Pokémon Soul SIlver, and one of my bro Genki-Jam's articles from over at DamnLag, I'm reminded of one of Pokémon's more interesting entries: Colosseum

It wasn't the epic expansive story based Pokémon game we clamored for, but damn if it didn't try to be. Let's enter the arena, or should i say Colosseum!

Pokémon Colosseum fits into an odd mold you can say. As anyone who has played Pokémon knows, back on the N64 we were able to hook up our pokémon to battle with them on the big screen. Many people expected something to come eventually letting us battle with the new, abet somewhat lackluster by comparison 3rd Generation of games, on the screen in a similar manner. Nintendo had bigger plans though.

It had all the on TV battling that Stadiums 1 and 2 had but it had something more too. An Actual Adventure as well. This would mark the first 3D Pokémon adventure ever, and it wasn't quite what we all expected of such a step. This is where perhaps some of the more interesting additions to the world of pokémon would ever be introduced.

Instead of choosing our starters, we're given 2, Espeon and Umbreon. And all the fights were 2 v 2, One of the 3rd generation's new addition to the game mechanics. This way of battling basically gave rise to new moves as well as opening the landscapes to new styles of battling.

Along with that, we couldn't just find wild pokémon to catch either in the wild like we used to be able to. Now there was a new and different way. "Snagging them." This was near the same way except it involved stealing Pokémon from other trainers. Now sadly we couldn't just snag any old pokémon from trainers. We would be no better than the newest Evil Team in the Pokémon realm,Team Snagem. (Subtle I Know...)

So what can we Snag? Well Shadow Pokémon of Course! You used the fancy "Snagging" machine on your arm which converted any Pokéball into a Snag ball, capable of taking the other trainers' Pokémon. These Snagged Pokémon had a unique move but were unable to level up until "Purified," Where they got back the earned experience, attacks and other shenanigans.

To go along with all these snagging and double Battling shenanigans, we had a serviceable story that shook up the formula just enough to be different, if still feeling familiar. With no gyms, no wilds, and just a story to carry the game, it's probably the most streamlined Pokémon game ever made too.

The Story isn't too deep, but it isn't bad by any true means. You're character Wes (Oldest playable character too btw) was teamed up with a Girl who could sense the Shadow Auras of the Shadow Pokémon to take down his former comrades in Team Snagem. Fairly straight forward, and not super memorable, aside from 2 other things.

1 The bitchin ass Hog you used to get from Place to Place, in place of routes. Which did shrink the world to not many locales at all, leaving little to no exploration

and 2...

Miror B.

He had his one theme music and even summoned it when the battle began by yelling, "Let the Music Play!"

Just listen to the awesomeness of his music here:


He even appeared in the Sequel with even more awesome music to boot, this time more funky:


anyway back to Colosseum...

It may not have been the epic Pokémon fans clamored for from a true Console Pokémon Game, but it was a truly Solid Effort and I loved it, in spite of the weak story, and the very limited world...

It also brought us some disturbing fanart like this:

And that alone might have been effort enough   read

10:00 PM on 04.12.2010

Trailer Park Gems - Birdemic:SHOCK AND TERROR [NVGR]

Welcome back the the Trailer Park and this time it's a doozy.

I can't intro this to prepare you all properly for this So just watch the Trailer and see what may Challenge THE ROOM as the most amazingly awful movie ever made.


The trailer has so much going on that to take it apart would be a feat unto itself. Nearly Every line is quote worthy, not to mention at the halfway point we get the epic song start up....


The so amazingly awful birds just plastered on frames, it's just pure glory everywhere
Most of it defies true description, though if you like THE ROOM, Tim And Eric, SYFY Channel Original Movies, then this is a must see i guarantee it.

Here's the Movie's screening list, perfect for NARPing:

and be sure to check out the downloads and other factoids happening

Also If you haven't seen THE ROOM, You best should get on that.   read

5:08 PM on 04.08.2010

Trailer Park Gems - Mega Piranha [NVGR]

Once again it's time for TRAILER PARK GEMS!

This issue we've only got a single trailer but if you aren't Laughing I'll Eat my hat.

I'm not going to spoil it so watch the video first then read on...


Perhaps the most lulz inducing SYFY original film i've heard of since Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus. The
ShiMuNi squad should know how amazing that was. You should catch it if you can. (it's on netflix watch now!)

But seriously we got FLYING GIANT PRIANHAS That are smashing into buildings, taking down choppers, and swallowing up bystanders. A man rapid kicking the flying piranhas away. Gunships firing all over the place.

Not to mention some of the epic catch phases such as "It wasn't an explosion. It wasn't Terrorists. It was Giant Piranha." Delivered in with pitch perfect seriousness. And the epic trailer capping line, Ÿou're fish food!"

I don't know what else i can say about it aside from how this will most defiantly be better than Piranhas 3D coming to Theaters will be.   read

9:23 PM on 04.04.2010

[NVGR] Antwhan's Trailerpark Gems - Aliens vs Ninjas and Human Centipede

Here's yet another dose of trailers from the corners of the internet

First off, Human Centipede.

It is what it sounds like. A Demented Surgeon kidnaps people and fuses them ass to mouth to make a human centipede...

let that sink it...

He sews people into a fasion where you are perpetually stuck eating another's shit...

(I threw up a little at the first thought of that)


Look at that Poster. 100% Medically Accurate is one of the taglines...just wow.

I warn you this trailer is sickening in ways I don't think words are appropriate for. They also cocktease the final fusion...


But yes that was appropriate for Easter wasn't it? And the sequel is already green lighted...Yes there is going to be a sequel to this...


Now on to something completely Different and wholesome. NINJAS

But not just any Ninjas. Alien fighting ones.


In what looks like Fudal japan, Aliens crash land and start wreaking havok and it's up to Ninjas to stop them. The Aliens seem a lot like a Mr. Jim Sterling's Favorite Xenomorphs from the trailer at least. Except that they are acting like Predators too... But whatever it looks pretty AWESOME.

Also the studio is called Sushi Typhoon. which has an exploding sushi roll logo

Anyway I'll hope to keep posting trailers and many other Not Video Game related posts inbetween my epic Video Game Related ones.

See you REEL Soon!   read

8:38 PM on 03.25.2010

[Short Blog] Aliens vs Pooh

Ever wonder what would happen if Jim Sterling's Favorite Xenomorphs wound up in the 100 Acre Wood?

Well now you no longer have to, because someone is far more creative that you and drew a colorful comic depicting such an event!

It's really quite beautiful and feels like a Winnie the Pooh Story, though full of chest bursting goodness!   read

12:03 PM on 03.25.2010

Scott Pilgrim is the Movie We've All Been Waiting For

Well as of Today, the Trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is up on Apple Trailers, iTunes and Youtube. I have to say this, it's looking like the Video Game movie we've all wanted to see.

Here's the Trailer to see for yourself. Hopefully Youtube doesn't pull it...


If youtube does pull it, check

I know that may sound odd, give a film geek living in a gaming community, an ear would ya?

For those that Don't know, Scott Pilgrim is a currently Running comic that is almost done and the movie shares in many of the same respects except for the ending I'm told. It's the story of essentially a geek whose trying to get the girl of his dreams...only he needs to defeat her 7 deadly Exes. And no i didn't make that up.

It's considered to be one of the best comics on the market today, and even though I'm not hugely into comics myself, the little I've read of Pilgrim really encourages me for the adaptation. I plan on checking it out more when I have the cash to buy them.

Anyway moving on to why it won't be a failure of a film, Edgar Wright, the director behind the film. Don't know who that is? Shame on you. He's the 3rd musketeer along side Simon Pegg and Nick Frost brilliant Acting chops. Meaning that the movie has perhaps one of the best and most creative film makers on the market especially considering the well directed action scenes of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Now Pegg and Frost aren't in Scott Pilgrim, they're working on other films during the shooting so who is playing the Titular Scott Pilgrim? Michael Cera. Now he may be known for just one style of acting, namely scared confused and wimpy. But Youth in Revolt showed that he does have acting chops to pull off other types of characters.

From what this short trailer has shown, why we'll see Cera tearing up the screen in over the top Action scenes, complete with hyperboles and that just makes me giddy. So maybe it's not just the perfect video game film. It's also the perfect comic book film too then.

Well whatever we end up calling it, it's going to be a marvelous over the top film in any regard.

I can't wait for this Epic of Epic Epicness to hit Theaters.

(edit fixed the trailer from youtube. the apple link should still work considering that's the only official vid hosting as of now)   read

11:28 AM on 03.21.2010

Modern Warfare 2, I won't miss you.

Well it's done. I've mailed off Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to the man chosen by Goozex.

And I couldn't be happier.

It was a tough decision to make I think, considering I usually like to save games like a certain editor *cough*Sammit*cough* But I couldn't stand playing it anymore. The fun of the game was drained out faster than Vampires Badass Status thanks to Twilight. It looked like a Roller Coaster on the Horizon before launching, but after I got off I just felt like i wasted a chunk of my Day at a theme park to ride the underwhelming ride.

Maybe I should explain a bit on how I treated Cod4 first off. It was the first, first person shooter I played consistently online for a long while. I never got into Halo or the WW2 era cods, So when this game came out i was uber excited for it. It's hard to explain how I played the game without sounding crazy, I mean I didn't camp like most people who played it. Basicly I ran around with RPGs, Knives and Martyrdom, Essentially a Suicide Bomber.

I didn't mind dying a lot. Because it was FUN still, and i took people with me to the grave usually.

But come MW2...the fun wasn't there anymore.

I mean I was able to improve on my strategy even more, with the advent of perks that can make the player essentially a Predator. But damn if I didn't get sniped every spawn.

The camping had skyrocketed since launch, to the point where I've seen about on average 2/3 in Free for all, and 5/6 in team games who are not camping. About 1/2 the matches i played in the last 2 weeks ended with a nuke, Which for those who don't know requires an insane number of kills in a row to get, which really can only be gotten if you're camping, I don't doubt it's possible to get it without camping, but it damn hard to do so, considering the huge amount of camping going on.

Now I know i sound a bit like a Broken Record, but like hell I'll keep the game if I can only enjoy 1/2 my time playing the thing. Camping is a consistent problem with most shooters of this ilk so calling this game out is maybe borderline silly. But like hell if whenever i played Halo at a friend's place, at least Camping was only a minority of players...

Don't get me Started on Glitches either but damn there's a metric ton of them that seem to pop up. The exploding one I didn't mind though because it was funny most of the time.

And with the upcoming Map Pack which is like 1200 points for 2 new maps and 3 old ones....BULLSHIT I SAY. The first cod had a rip off over priced pack too that I never bought, so I'm refusing this one too.

Now I wait for for my shot to get Bad Company 2 from goozex, and see if it fares any better...if not i'll be swearing off Army shooters for a long time. Maybe i'll break down and get Halo Reach later this year even...O well...Either way I'm going back to Deadly Premonition now   read

5:36 PM on 03.16.2010

Some Cakes and a Poem for Dtoid's Bday

It's perhaps the BEST cake i could find googling cakes...aside from this one to give Brad

Enough carboloading for now, onto some sappy stuff.

I came across Destuctoid over 3 years ago, and became a member a little over 2 years back. Don't recall how i came across it...Probably linked to by Kotaku and i was hooked. The articles felt real and from people who got it, not to mention full of humor and personality. I got welcomed in near instantly and try to do the same myself when i get the chance.

So here's a look back at some favorite memories I have here in Poem form...

An Ode to Destructoid

Destructoid was here, long before I joined
The backstory was clever and very well coined.

The fresh nature made me care about gaming again
Since G4 had become shit in a can.

Joining Genki and Kraid for Shitty Movie Nights.
Enjoying myself Fighting on Friday Nights,

Tweeting with the Dtoid Twittering Crew,
Sharpless and Electrolemon and Gatorsax too.

Entering contests to try and win Swag
Never got the Brutal Legend Prizes, but it's not a big drag.

Laughing with Sterling and Wardox on Podcastle
Before it collapsed and left many a bruised Asshole.

Listening to Podtoid and laughing out loud,
Hearing Samit defend Sports and sounding proud

Watching The Burches, Asking what Ash is playing,
Loving Geraldo Beedog's Journalism Show lack of Journalizing

I would do more shout outs,
but I don't think i can rhyme much more.

A few names do come to mind, Such as Conrad, Hamza, Grim, Neiro,
the Brads, the Jonathans, Nick, Collete and Chad Concelmo

I love Destructoid and can't wait to meet
anyone here in the flesh on the street.

We're like a family here.
One gaming community to beat.


Hope you liked that, and if not o well.

Dtoid feels like family to me and I hope to be here for a long time   read

11:49 AM on 03.14.2010

NVGR/Shortblog - Lunch Time, my new Short Film

Even though this is Not Very Game Related, I figured to post it here for people to catch if they got a few minutes and want some lulz.

Chronicling the Continuing Adventures of Detective Rebus Lex and his Consistently Kidnapped Partner Curtis Mathers. This time they're hunting down a missing lunch.

We've got Witty banter, gags, everything you could want in a comedy short!

I'm the Hungry Man if you were curious.


It's a psedo-sequel to Sour Bananas which you can find here. (i posted it a while back i think when i first started c-blogging but failed at it)

here's the first film if you want to catch it again. It's not needed to enjoy the sequel but you can see the improvement

[embed]166936:28236[/embed]   read

3:56 PM on 03.12.2010


Bulbasaur (フシギダネ Fushigidane) is a dual-typed Grass/Poison Pokémon.Acording to the Original Pokédex entry: A strange seed was planted on its back at birth.

Most commonly seen rocking around with Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town, or chilling with his Homies in the Secret Garden.

He also is no stranger to a good time.

He is also the 1st Pokémon thus he wins at everything forever!


3:58 PM on 03.03.2010

Steam on My Mac? It's more likely than you think.

In Late Febuary people with far too much free time dug deep into the Beta version of Steam's new client. Revealing some mac interface resources were hidden among the files such as window buttons, and a snazzy dock icon.

Well today Valve has sent out new images featuring Valve gaming icons inserted into classic Mac advertisements. coupled with GDC on the horizon and Valve mentioning it has something to announce there, this seems like a sure bet...

But Half Life 2: Episode 3? way

Anyway Here are the ads that I found over on Gizmodo who found them throughout the interwebs...

Personally the Francis and Heavy ads are my favs.

I agree with this man.

Nothing sells a sanvich like a giant man eating one.

Wish this one wasn't so tiny, otherwise i would love it.

I See what you did there Valve.

Smug hipster and John Hodgman sadly don't hold a candle to these guys dynamic.

And classy Mr. Freeman has shown up in Old School iMac colors.

Anyway This all looks like Valve is bringing not only Steam to Mac, But it's heavy hitting franchises as well. Which I'm all for!   read

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