His Holiness Pope the Rev The 28th. Is a Gamer, Anime fan. Comic lover Film Analyst, Psychologist and Porn star you have my seen His holiness in Sister Kabob and Sister Kabob 23: Kim and Katie ******ed by an Angel. Currently his Holiness creates You Tube content in the form of Shmup the F**k up and Them's Fightin' words. Prior to those shows his eminence did Retrocade Fantasia and Tales from the Arcade. His next Project is said to be something called Console Nightmare.
His Holiness hopes you enjoy his teaches though his spelling and grammar is not the best. We do hope you enjoy his works, In the Name of the Hedgehog, The Plumber and The Blue Bomber Amen.
The other day I purchased or should I say Repurchased Persona 4 Arena. If it's remembered for anything it's that it's the only Region locked PS3 game. Now in the year or so I had it on the XBOX 360 I didn't find it to be all that great a game. 1 button combos made it out to be a mash fest. I hate playing on line in XBOX Live despite that I am in the words of an XBOX Customer Service Rep "the most tenured player on XBOX Live" None the less as a Persona fan I picked it up again after trading the 360 version in. This time I actually did the tutorial I tried to use all the tools the game gives me rather than just mashing A (X Button on both 360 and PS3) for the auto combo. I hopped on line for a bit too and found online to be a bit smoother on PSN than XBOX Live. AND I GOT MY ASS KICKED I got my ass kicked alot but it helped me learn the game and the subtleties of it. Playing Persona 4 Arena on PS3 has made me appreciate it alot more than if I just stuck with it on 360. Dare I say the PS3 version is the definitive one. Load times are faster the sprites are smoother as is the online. But I digress. Getting my ass kicked in Persona 4 Arena like Soul Calibur, and Street Fighter has made me a better player in this game over all. You can't truly evaluate how good a fighting game is until you get your ass handed to you online or better yet in person. That is not to say Guilty Gear sucks, I dominate in that game with Sol but have started to make more of an effort to learn the subtleties to make humiliating people with Sol more enjoyable since my Sol works on a pattern I need to learn to mix it up. Next up in my PS3 Fighting game o rama will be Aquapazza and Arcana heart 3. I really don't like Examu however Playing Arcana Heart 3 on my lap top showed a game with promise So hopefully Examu has created a better fighting game with these two. Also on tap is Gundam Extreme VS A game I'm not entirely sure would count as a fighter.
On the Anime front I started watching Michiko To Hatchan, Great show thus far I watches the first two episodes then stopped as I plan on buying the Blu Ray set Next month. I also just started watching Kids On the Slope an anime about kids starting a Jazz band from the Cowboy Bebop team. It's not Cowboy Bebop, or Samurai Champloo and it's not a downer like Wolf's Rain. It's a slice of life show I'm really enjoying but due to my had two energy drinks and 40g of sugar high I had trouble paying attention.
Now on to the meat of this entry:
AJ Lee, she makes watching Raw Akward as I have to fight getting a Hard on anytime she's on Screen. With AJ Us geeks finally have an Icon to call our own, a really fucking hot one too. AJ Likes comics, she's a gamer, and unlike most Divas was a wrestling fan growing up. Did I mention she's fucking hot? I'd love to give her a pile driver...if you catch my drift. Now before I go any farther I should mention that outside of gaming and anime. I have two other passions that are a bit understated, Film as Art and Pro Wrestling. I am a HUGE fan of Pro Wrestling I have no idea why ever since I was a little kid and I copy catted Super Fly Jimmy Snuka by doing the Super Fly Drop on my dad. I've seen legends in person, I've met Don Muraco and didn't know who he was. HUGE FAN. I also have since 1999 been continuously writing my own promotion EFW it's style and roster usually reflecting whatever trend in wrestling I enjoy most. I don't do E-Feds
I never saw the point of those. I'm not a writer but I enjoy Wrestling and for the last 14 years EFW has been my creative outlet. Many homegrown EFW Stars are fictionalized versions of friends of mine. My character The Rev is more or less the persona I use online as me in real life is far too chill to actually be all that interesting. My PSN and XBOX Live names in fact allude to my Wrestling character Pope The Rev XXVIII is my Ring name and God Of Hardcore is my nick name. I'm pretty obsessive about EFW too I spend HOURS each week just thinking and visualizing things in my head, obsessively. If I'm not working or gaming EFW is probably on my mind. That said I don't really share EFW with many people I don't want it to be some huge phenomenon. It's just this thing I do for me and maybe I share it with a few friends.
Ok so that said. A few years ago I started losing alot of friends they were moving out of state and in some cases out of country. Gaming was in a bit of a dry season so I started doing more stuff in wrestling I started by antagonizing TNA fans on Dixie Carter's fan page. It was there I met my new Frienmy Primetime, And Fellow game Freak Liam. Currently my two best friends though one is in Miami and the other in Birmingham UK.
This also allowed me to befriend a few Wrestlers. At first I would just follow ones I liked on Twitter and found them to be really boring people. Then as I got more and more into Indy Wrestling, starting with CZW I started finding more wrestlers I had things in Common with. Rich Swann a very talented high flyer who now works almost full time in Japan is a huge gamer and I actually convinced him to buy a Saturn and Fire Pro Wrestling S. When John Laranitus was featured on Raw I would point fans and wrestlers alike to the All Japan Wrestling games on Saturn and Dreamcast so they could beat the ever living shit out of Big Johnny with Vader. I also found my self befriending the likes of Johnny Gargano who I haven't spoken to in a while but used to have really fun chats with. Ricochet a REALLY talented wrestler and somebody I hope becomes a huge star I also got chummy with and actually spent a good chunk of last Christmas chatting with, he's a gamer and though he spends alot of time in Japan these days with Dragon Gate. Has not had anytime to grace a Japanese Game center. Though would like to. I've even had Fruitful e-mail talks with Gabe Sapolsky co founder of ROH and current booker of Dragon Gate USA and EVOLVE. I'd like to think my suggestions have helped DGUSA become a better brand. This is all just the tip of the iceberg, Wrestlers on my XBOX live friends list include, Samoa Joe whom I used to play unreal with back in the day. B-Boy,
and a few CZW guys. Including Drew Gulak who'd if I wasn't pressed for space I'd write more about. He's a guy I befriended not over Wrestling but over Mortal Kombat. We're both HUGE MK fans.
Now taking this whole thing full circle I opened this longer than I expected section of this entry mentioning AJ Lee the current geek Icon of wrestling she's hot she's a gamer, she likes comics. She gives me wood. Kenny Omega may not give me wood. But if any wrestler I've gotten friendly with deserves to be the Geek Icon of Pro Wrestling it's him.
He's Legit. Working for Ring Of Honor and PWG for awhile as well as JAPW he found his nitch in the amazing DDT Promotion in Japan. An indie that has been around a long time
which has some insane matches of the comedy variety as well as some good high flying, hardcore and mat wrestling work. Currently DDT occupies a good chunk of a 2TB Hard drive with matches and events I haven't found time to watch yet. But DDT is a great promotion and one that I feel would appeal to gamers and Anime fans and to us Geeks Kenny Omega is akin to a Stone Cold Steve Austin, a John Cena, or Sting. (Also Fuck Hulk Hogan, Egomania runs wild BROTHER) He's a huge a gamer the Hadouken is in his freakin move set. He comes out to Dr Wily's stage from Mega Man 2. Outside wrestling he is a huge anime fan helping me somewhat in reviewing High School of the dead, He is a comic reader and I've had good talks with him about DC and like I said he's a gamer and he even has friends from Capcom, No I'm sorry he can't help you guys in Getting Mega Man Legends 3, then again I haven't asked him. I'll get on that, if any one from Capcom is reported as hurt and Mega man Legends 3 is back on track you can thank me.
Kenny is the real deal and as hot as AJ is he is the real geek icon of Pro Wrestling.
So to wrap this whole thing up. I talked about wrestling, fighting games. A bit about the anime I'm watching and EFW the promotion I write. It's been my dream ever since I got out of High School in 2000 to combine my love of Video Games, Wrestling and anime into some sort of project. With the Rise of pro gaming and pro gaming being as boring and souless as it is I have a vision to combine it with Pro Wrestling. Last year I created a championship the Open the Dreamcast championship, which comes from my freaquently typing Dreamcast when I tired to write Dream gate (Open the Dream Gate being Dragon Gate's #1 prize) I think the market for Pro Wrestling style Pro Gaming is as ripe as it's going to be. I have buddies in the wrestling business on board with this, I have the vision, what I don't have is connections in TV, and the money to get this off the ground. But who knows maybe in the next few years you'll see an Indiegogo or kickstarter for a Pro Wrestling style Gamer league.
So that about wraps it up I have alot more stuff to talk about on the topic of geek trends in wrestling, as well as how much I want to bitch slap Pinkie Shanchez in to Oblivion, Kick Chuck Taylor in the Nuts and give Half Breed Billy Gram a black eye. But that's for another day. I don't think I'm done talking about where Wrestling meets gaming.
Now I have a pretty capable lap top however as time goes on I'm using it less and less for emulation and even the simpliest games I tend to not really want to play. The Monitor has a few dead pixels and right now I can't really be arsed to replace the screen. In 2 years it's going to be time for a new system anyway.
With the Retron 5 I have the NES, SNES, Genesis and Gameboy advance covered Plus Famicom. I have a disc of NES games to play on my Dreamcast. But for collection sake the Retron 5 will be heaven. I don't need SSF Anymore, I have a real Saturn. Project 64 has no reason to exist I have an N64. So really this laptop as an emulation machine is numbered With really the only systems left to emulate are the PC Engine and Neo Geo.
With the PC Engine I'm not too sure what to do. I could go hogwild int he Japanese PSN store. I could BUY a PC Engine duo, Burn some discs and get a Turbo Everdrive. OR I can load the roms into a Raspberry Pi. As the title suggests my current idea is to load Neo Geo Roms on to an SD Card and run an emulator though the Raspberry Pi. Since the Neo Geo X is Linux based I can use the Neo Geo X Sticks with the Raspberry Pi as it too is linux based.
Things I'm going to need
-Raspberry Pi ($35)
-USB HUB (maybe $15)
- A PSU to power it (I guess about $6)
-enclosure (Cost unknown)
- remote keyboard with touch pad for navigation through menus and such (Cost unknown)
- 2 Neo Geo X Sticks (about $100 for the pair)
- Neo Geo Rom (Already got em)
- A Linux Distro
- some kind of emulator to play the Neo Geo Roms.
I know basically jack and shit about Linux so that might take some getting used to, Ben Heck has a similar project where he built a MAME Handheld. What I learned from that
was that you can program things in Linux to boot on start up so I would have to do that first in order to truly have a console feel to my project here.
So that's my vision all things considered this project should cost me less than an Actual Neo Geo X and everything in theory should look better than on the Neo Geo X.
If I can build a PI Geo. then a PI Engine might be next. with those, plus the Retron 5, My Saturn, Dreamcast, PS3,PS2, XBOX 360, An Eventual XBOX Classic, Gamecube, N64 and Next gen Consoles (Probably just a PS4) I will have the perfect gaming set up with no need for a PC.
I'll keep you posted. I've never embarked on anything like this before, but the rewards should be worth the effort.
It's been a rough day for me in Social media land. A bullshit Forum ban, being logged out of Facebook of some spam bullshit. Some points lost on an adult forum I post on. Stupidity pure stupidity. Forum bans over Nintendo hate are not new to me but once I was actually banned for was the possibility that Nintendo had Gunpei Yakoi murdered.
Yeah BANNED Ip blocked even. usually people just think I'm nuts.
Is suggesting Nintendo could resort to Murder really that crazy? If people can claim that Kinect is an NSA Spy tool, then why can't proven Yakuza linked Nintendo, be capable of Murder? Both are pretty absurd the Kinect thing is far less feasible than Gunpei being whacked.
Now Brian Ashcraft on Kotaku has Written on the subject BUT HOW DO I KNOW HE WASN'T PAID OFF BY NINTENDO? The article even links to a thread I STARTED.
I was not (keyword WAS) the first person to think his Death was fishy and I'm not the last. Now Can I say YES I for sure know can prove and have evidence that Gunpei Yakoi was murdered? DO I actually believe he was murdered? Yes and No. Thing is though if you look at how shady Nintendo has acted in the past. It's entirely feasible. Nintendo is rather litigious. They will sue anyone, they almost sued the Suicide girls More recently they tried to shut down Smash brothers Brawl at Evo and tried to get a piece of the Let's Play pie. They won't get rid of Region locking, They have locked out the R4 from various countries (By the way that is completely justifiable but stick with me here) They sued (unjustifiably) over the Game Genie. Nintendo is way more controlling over it's property....like a Gang is over it's turf than most companies are (Not including some Sega employees abusing You Tube Copyright). Nintendo used to run Love Hotels, where some shady dealings can go on. So can we really rule out they'd whack a long time employee over a massive fuck up like the Virtual Boy? That it would be cheaper to snuff him out rather than Keep him on board and pay him royalties from his creations. Seems odd Nintendo won't fire anyone...they whack em!!!!!!!!
Stupid no? Far fetched? no True? Probably not I don't think Nintendo would have anyone killed, but they've done enough shady shit like I said that is as least feasible and it's far less stupid than say Pokemon being Satanic.
Everyone enjoys a good urban legend and the house that Mario built having a disgraced ex employee snuffed out is a good dark urban legend a nice dark urban legend gives Nintendo that much needed Street cred.
Then again this gives Nintendo Street Cred too:
THUG Life Mario
Hey maybe Gunpei is still alive and he's Chillin in Cuba with 2 pac and Biggie.
Yeah, the 360 was turned back on today I wanted to play some Virtual on. Instead I ended up spending an hour deleting unwanted Rock Band songs. I finally did Play some Virtual On Force. AND the game kicked my ass. I don't know what it is about this game. I enjoy it but it's so complicated I have no idea what in the blue fuck I'm doing. I really REALLY Hope Gundam Extreme VS isn't this complicated. I'm in the mood for a good Mech Combat game.
Then again I can just play Tech Romancer on Dreamcast.
Who ever is playing here makes it look way easier than it is.
What got me on this mecha game kick is Infinite Stratos A really interesting mix of archtypes. It's a High School Harem Anime, With Mech suits. It has nudity so it's fine by me (unlike some anime though, the nipples are actually drawn well not just two dots... STRIKE WITCHES I'm GLARING RIGHT AT YOU) Nicely drawn nipples aside the show is pretty cleche' if you had a Harem anime drinking game by Episode 9 you'd be dead from Alcohol poisoning. What saves this show is the combat scenes the action in this show is really good and well animated. This show just screams for a VS game based on it but so far to my knowledge there isn't. I have 4 more episodes, and I am enjoying the ride even if I have trouble paying attention during the non combat scenes.
The last thing I wanted to touch on before I head off for the weekend is Nintendo more so why I have so much trouble talking about Why I hate Nintendo. I have been attempting to work on a blog about Nintendo's dick moves through out it's history but it's really hard to write without sounding like a complete lunatic. I've also noticed aside from here Nintendo Fanboys will jump all over you if you even attempt to hate on Nintendo. I've had Forum bans, thread separations, and all out word assaults rained down upon me at even the slightest attack of Nintendo. These are clearly the minority of Nintendo fans but they are the most vocal and militant. It makes it very hard to make any argument for why Nintendo are such scumbags. The Other reason is just when I think I have a complete list of why I hate Nintendo,Nintendo goes and fucks up again.
It's a never ending cycle.
I would hate Nintendo slightly less if there were More Nintendo fans like Sam.
I stated in my last two blogs just how affected I am By the Last of Us. It's a game I still can't stop thinking about. Ideas for sequels, reading how people felt about the ending. I'm obsessed. No Doubt I'll buy the DLC. On the other hand I wanted to write a Blog about why I hate Nintendo. But I can't start writing it without new reasons popping up almost every day now and I really want to be convincing in what scumbags Nintendo really are. It's really hard to write without showing bias. So that's on hold with a few paragraphs done.
I'm still at Holy Jihad with PC Gamers, NOT ANY PC GAMERS ON DESTRUCTOID if anything PC Gamers here have been pretty civil. I thank them for that and while I could just go on and on about it but there's nothing to say really, I might write about DOS Games in the future though.
So what am I going to talk about today? Well about deciding what to play next. After an emotional impactful game like the Last of US what is the next game to invest several weeks of your time in? Technically My next big game is going to be Dragon's Crown but that just appears to me as a pick up at any time Beat Em up. FINE BY ME! I'm also Importing Gundam Extreme VS, Aquapazza and the UK Release of Arcana Heart 3. But as far as narrative to invest in. I don't know so let me look at the candidates and why I'm considering them.
First up in What on earth do I play next is LA Norie. I like Film Noire. Chinatown is one of my favorite movies and a Video game version of Old Detective movies that isn't
Shadow gate:Noir version is pretty appealing. I don't really know anything about this game though I know it's very linear, there are no real consequences to screwing a Case up but I also know it's a Large and ambitious game. It's pretty far removed from mushroom people at the end of the world. So LA Noire is considered but I need to learn more about it before I make my choice.
The Last of Us pans out like a Western. Like a Video game version of John Wayne's The Searchers. I do have a recently found love of Westerns out of of the Sunset Riders and
the Capcom Classic Gunsmoke Western Video games aren't all that common. I never got to play the first Red Dead I wanted to but I never got around to it. I know more about this game than I do LA Noire, I know it's Open World I know it has a great story but that it also takes place in a Post Western era the early 1900s not the mid 1800s like so many classic Westerns. For that Reason I'm not really sure if it's worth it. Since technically it's a Post Western.
I'm not sure if you can get farther removed from The Last of US than Kingdom Hearts. You have sexualized teenage boys running around with Disney characters. "BUT YOUR HOLINESS." You shout "What is so sexualized about Sora and Roxas." WELL... I've been around awhile kiddies. I've seen enough fan porn and Yaoi to know that the character archtype of Teenage boy on a quest are almost ways packin elephant penis. But that disturbing mental image aside I skipped this game back in the day, It did not appeal to me in my 20s but now that I'm older a bit more into RPGs and a HUGE Disney fan I'm considering giving this one a go. Action RPGs are a thing that I can plunk a few hours into at least.
AND LASTLY the Front Runner:
Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite animes. The Idea of what makes us Human has always been something I think about. This game from what I understand asks that issue and others. It's also probably the Starkest contrast to the Last of Us because it takes place in just about the same year the Last of Us does. It's an RPG that plays like an FPS but also has Stealth involved, It has you making moral choices. Plus frankly from what i've seen it looks bad ass. I initially held off on it due to it having DLC that more or less was required, but now with a Director's Cut coming to PS3, 360 and Wii U (PS3 is the version I'll get) with the DLC and some of the game's problems fixed It seems like a No brainer plus the Month's span between Dragon's Crown and this should give me plenty of time to beat monsters up as Boobie lady.
OH and I haven't forgotten about you 360. Someday soon I'm going to have to play Alan Wake with you. It's the only interesting Exclusive you have.
But anyways there you go. A look into my through process in what to play next. I have plenty of Games and Anime to Play/Watch but that next big time investment it's a tough decision and I still have 7 years of PS3 games to catch up on too.
Last night around 10 PM I beat the Last of Us. I don't have much more to add to my previous blog about the game and it's Narrative other than the ending sort of reminded me of Oldboy's ambigious ending. Now comparing The Last of Us to Oldboy opens up an entire new world of fucked up (If you've seen Oldboy you know what I mean if you haven't SEE IT it's one of the best movies ever made) But the the way it was presented and ambiguously ending did envoke Park Chan Wook's Cinematic masterpiece.
If there is one thing I took away from the Last of Us it's that Games can impact us the same way film can. It's been some 12 hours since I beat it and I'm still thinking about it. Something a Good Film or anime does. I remember earlier in the Year when i watched Fullmetal Alchemist brotherhood my reaction was similar I was thinking about the show long after it had ended for at least a week after. I'm sure I'll be thinking about the Last of Us for days maybe even weeks to come if the shows in my anime backlog don't amaze me in the same way. The Last of us is the first game I've really played that has all the elements of great film. There's a human story underneath all those murderous mushroom people.
If the Last of Us is Casablanca. Then Shenmue is Citizen Kane. Every modern film owes a bit to Citizen Kane it invented alot of the techniques still used in film today however as a story Citizen Kane falls flat and I never understood why it gets the acclaim it did. Shenmue is the same only we don't know how it's narrative would have panned out it's an unfinished story but in terms of gameplay and how it told that story you can see elements that many games still use today. Shenmue was not the first game to use QTEs but it was the first to implement them the way modern games now do. The semi openness of Shenmue most defiantly paved the way for what a few years later Grand Theft Auto III did. I don't think We'd have Assassin's Creed without Shenmue and I don't think the Last of Us would have been as powerful had there never been a Shenmue.
From a Gameplay standpoint you can see how influential Shenmue was, as Citizen Kane was to film. I'm not saying Shenmue is overrated Citizen Kane most defiantly is, but you can draw the comparisons in their influence despite their narrative flaws.
But games are unique they can be interactive moves that challenges your congition
and ability to stratagize, or they can just assault you with visuals. One of the most amazing moments in gaming to me is the final level of Rez. The Level of Beauty tenseness and crypticness is something I seldom find in games:
Rez has an understated story and it's not a game that takes an incredible amount of skill to complete but the sensory blast if gives you at the end is just a beauty few mediums can really bring. Games like Journey too where it's an understated narrative but a pure work of beauty and wonder. How can you look at these games as is and say games are not art? How about NIGHTS? Nights is short on narrative but playing it delivers a real sense of wonder and amazement.
Then of course there are games as a test of Skill, Fighting games, Puzzle Games and old school platformers. Games that may be thin on Narrative or sensory stimulation but they test your reflexes and reaction. They rely on player skill for a full experience the GAME part of video games. The Challenge of a Mega Man or a Ninja Gaiden. Beating an SNK Boss or getting as far as possible in Tetris. While they require you the player to actually do the work to progress the game (and sometimes there's a story there too) they envoke an art style all their own. Look at the rash of NES style Retrogames coming out now. You can't say that is not an artstyle. How about Chiptune bands? That's an art to have come out of games such as this.
Video games are unique in that they can bring you a variety of experiences. They can tell a story, challenge you to think and challenge you to react (Bioshock, The Last of US, Metal Gear solid). They can be as advanced as Chess (See:RPGs, RTS and fighting games) or they can be simple yet complex (Platformers and Puzzle games) No other media has more variety in experiences than video games. Of course like movies gaming does have it's mindless blockbusters that require no more than 3 braincells to enjoy
but that's a big part of art too, crap that appeals to the masses. Books and film have been doing that for decades, in the case of books centuries.)
When I want an opinion on a film Roger Ebert is the first person I look to his means of analyzing film was unmatched by most film critics. However once I started following him on Twitter my opinion of him as a person waned and ideologically we were very different people. But what strikes me is how he could see all the little things in films that we might miss and yet NOT view games as Art. Maybe it was a generational thing. Maybe he felt films were threatened by games. MAYBE based on negative press he felt games are just mindless schlock making kids violent. I don't know, the man was a great film critic. It is however fitting a game like the Last of US comes out after his death. A game so powerful, that yes, it does prove video games are art on the level of film. Since Roger is gone, we might never know if it would have changed his mind on games or not. Personally I doubt it. But with so many different games, so many undiscovered so many feelings and experiences and different means of expression. You'd either have to be a stubborn old fool, or a complete idiot to not see games as art.
Remember, Comic books and Film it self were once dismissed as mindless schlock.
Sorry Roger, Video Games was just one of many non film subjects you were wrong about.