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    Holy shit! Seph posted a blog!

    Capcom released some gameplay showing off Vergil in Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition. I sent a tip to Destructoid about it, but nothing has popped up on the front page about it and I'm impatient as hell to talk about some of this crazy shit.

    And here's a couple of GIFs I found from the video, because I'm a nice guy.

    Hey everyone!

    In case any of you have noticed, I haven't been active in the cBlogs for a while. Yeah I had two blogs where I pimped my Streamtoid stream and another where I said Godzilla 2014 was awesome, but those don't really count. I'm talking a traditional cBlog. My last one was from December 21st of last year (!). Yeah, I've been a presence on the front page still but I feel like my contributions to the site have kind of tapered off (I used to cBlog a lot). I figured I'd write a blog about something just so people can find out what's been up with me lately and how things are going (because I know you all really give a crap about what I do ;) right?).

    The big thing going on, and probably the main reason I haven't blogged in a long ass time, is that my job has gotten busy in the last year - pretty damn busy. I kind of laughed when I realized my last blog was from December, because that was right around the time I got pulled into a big website rebuild project for the company I work for (I'm a programmer, and our website has a lot of programming behind it that goes on behind the scenes) and ever since then it's been a revolving door of big projects being thrown my way. I've been getting a lot of compliments from bosses at multiple levels the last few months for all of the work I've been doing, so I'm actually hoping a raise or promotion is coming. But yeah, work's been draining me a lot lately and honestly it's resulted in me going home and relaxing with my girlfriend (because she's awesome) - which in turn has also kind of killed my incentive to keep sitting in front of a keyboard typing away for my cBlog.

    I kind of feel like the "big projects" stuff is starting to ease up a bit, so I'm kind of wanting to get back into doing more stuff around here. I still do my weekly Thursday streams on Streamtoid, which reminds me - you all need to show up and watch me more often. I get fuck all for viewers during my stream (is Thursday just a bad time slot?). I'm actually contemplating starting up a Youtube channel and doing lets plays / reviews and what not. I'm actually kind of nervous about doing this, because (believe it or not) I actually hate the sound of my own voice and I'm not sure if I'll be good at this sort of thing. So if I decide to give this a try I might pimp myself around here for some opinions.

    In more direct gaming stuff, over the last year I've acquired all three next gen systems and I've been happily gaming in my free time. I currently charged through both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 on my Wii-U and I think Bayonetta 2 might be my game of the year right now, supplanting Mario Kart 8 from that throne. Speaking of the Wii-U, I think my enjoyment of that system has been the biggest surprise of mine in the last year. The GameCube and Wii were big let downs for me that ended up gathering dust, but I've gotten a ton of mileage out of my Wii-U already. Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and New Super Mario Bros. U were all fantastic. Wonderful 101 was plenty of fun too. I still need to get my hands on Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and Wind Waker HD at some point too.

    The game(s) I'm most currently looking forward to is the Master Chief Collection. I've never been one to deny that I've been a huge fanboy of the Halo franchise, but my enjoyment and excitement of the franchise has tapered off with Halo Reach and Halo 4. Watching the old school gameplay of the original three games return and get a 1080p/60FPS treatment has set a wildfire of nostalgia ablaze within me though. I like to pretend that I was pretty god damn good at the older games back in the day, so my Twitch and potential Youtube stuff is going to be constantly full of Halo related stuff I'm thinking.

    I still think the DmC reboot was a mediocre at best game with some of the most laughably bad writing I've ever seen in a game.

    Over the summer I watched the first season of Arrow, finished up Star Trek Voyager, and started/finished Star Trek Enterprise. Voyager took effort to finish because the last two seasons are so wildly inconsistent in quality, and the series finale is bad and completely unsatisfying. I went into Enterprise expecting it to be worse based off of the reputation it had, but I actually thought the show was pretty good. Seasons one and two are kind of mediocre (but so were the first two seasons of Next Generation and Deep Space Nine), but the third and fourth seasons of Enterprise are some of the strongest seasons in the entire history of the franchise. I was legitimately sad that the series got cancelled prematurely. 

    Going away from Star Trek, Arrow is pretty fucking awesome. The first season gets a little too soap opera at times, but the second half of the first season really fires on all cylinders and makes for a great finale. Arrow is easily the best live action production that DC Comics has going for them right now (Man of Steel was okay, Batman vs Superman sounds like it might be a fucking train wreck). I started the second season of Arrow and it already seems better than the first season, just to note. Arrow's existence and it being so good almost makes me upset, because Stephen Amell (the guy who plays Oliver Queen/Green Arrow) would otherwise make the perfect Batman. 

    I've also been trying to keep up with WWE (on the WWE Network for the cheap monthly cost of $9.99), but it's been kind of rough because the modern WWE product is pretty fucking awful. Despite having probably the best talented roster they've had since the late 90s, the product feels like everything that was bad about the 80s and early 90s rolled into one. John Cena hogs the spotlight so much that even Hulk Hogan would probably blush. New upcoming talent is constantly being held back in favor of keeping Cena and Randy Orton in the spotlight. Undertaker's Wrestlemania undefeated streak was ended by Brock Lesnar - a part time wrestler who's only wrestled in 2 matches since (both against Cena, go figure).

    WWE Network is running a series called "The Monday Night Wars" where they talk about the late 90s WCW/WWF ratings war. It's awkward to watch for two reasons; first, WWE is using a lot of revisionist history in order to make them look better than WCW. Secondly, it's weird hearing WWE people talk about the things WCW screwed up and then watch WWE make the exact same mistakes on their current product. Basically Vince McMahon is completely out of touch with modern audiences and I can only hope it's a matter of time before Triple H takes over as the guy who has final say in everything. For those who don't know, HHH is Vince's son-in-law who's being groomed for the job, HHH currently runs NXT (WWE's show for developmental talents) and it's a way better product than Vince's shows - so I hope that's a good sign for the future.

    I'm running out of things to talk about, but I just wanted to post something and give kind of a rundown of where I've been and what I've been doing. I guess this was partially inspired by Dreamweaver and Brittany's blogs, but in general I've just had the itch to want to do something. Hit me up in the comments, I'll probably say something.

    Here's a RoboCop gif, because this movie is awesome.

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    It's alive! It's aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

    I'm tentatively excited, because it seems like my PS3 has risen from the dead and is functional again. After dicking around with it again last night I noticed that it's abrupt shutdowns seemed to happen when it was trying to make a few reads from the hard drive. Curiosity made me wonder if my PS3 was simply suffering from corrupt file issues, so I booted the PS3 into safe mode, ran a file restore, rebuilt the database, and did two more file restores just for safe measure, and before I knew it my PS3 was running in seemingly perfect health. Still don't wanna give it a full bill of health yet as the issue could still be a dying hard drive. I was relieved as fuck to find out my PS3 wasn't dead, but simply in a coma. Now I need to break the news to my PS3 that he's been asleep for 7 days, his wife has moved on, and he's probably pissed himself.

    The bonus result of this is that I'll get to do what I wanted my original debut stream to be - a new game run of Revengeance mode in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. For those of you who do not know, at the title screen of MGR you can enter the Konami code and it will unlock all of the game's difficulties for you right away. This means that you can start a completely new game with no upgrades or unlocked moves and jump straight into the hardest difficulties in the game. Translation - this is something made for people who absolutely hate winning.

    Revengeance mode is pretty much built around the player being at "new game plus" level upon entering it. Enemies deal fucking crazy levels of damage, the window for parrying attacks is smaller, the Zandatsu squares (red squares in blade mode) are smaller, and most encounters either have different enemies or additional enemies (or both!). Jumping into Revengeance mode without any new game plus enhancements is borderline suicidal; the amount of damage every enemy does will kill you in either one or two hits and you'll also be missing a few almost essential upgrades.

    In short - on this stream I'm going to be dying a lot so I hope you have patience for seeing a lot of game over screens. I did a brief test run of this a few weeks ago and managed to get decently far into the second mission, so this isn't completely impossible. However I died a fucking ton during it, enough times to make Dark Souls even blush. My goal for this stream will be to at least make it up to Mistral, which I think is entirely possible, but hopefully under 50 deaths.

    In other news, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend. As you may have already heard from pretty much everyone else, it's a great time. It's easily in the upper tier of Marvel movies. Not sure if I'd rank it better than Winter Soldier or Avengers, but damn I want to see it again.

    It's Almost The Weekend
    Thursdays 8:00pm Eastern / 7:00pm Central / 6:00pm Mountain / 5:00pm Pacific
    Streamtoid Schedule
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    As many of you may know, the Destructoid Community driven Twitch channel Streamtoid is back up and running. Yours truly has Thursday afternoons booked for a 3 hour block I'm dubbing "It's Almost The Weekend", because Thursdays have sucked ever since WWE moved SmackDown to Fridays and I can't think of anything more original for a title.

    Translation: You should all fucking watch Streamtoid tomorrow because I'm so politely asking and I want viewers, damnit. Actually, watch Streamtoid all the time because then you'll earn your way into the League of Extremely Cool People.

    So what's going to happen on this Thursday 3 hour program? Um... video games, obviously. If you're expecting a theme or gimmick or something like that, sorry that's probably not gonna happen. The only gimmick will probably be "I really don't know what I'm going to do from week to week". I'm going to play games while talking on my headset and we're all going to have a merry old time. I'm still kind of new to streaming while trying to talk to my (small) audience, so I'm going to try to overcome my ability to go lengthy amounts of time before remembering to speak.

    For my inaugural show I was originally planning on playing Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, starting a new game, and jumping straight into Revengeance mode. However, my PlayStation 3 picked the worst time to die, thus ruining my original plans and leaving me scrambling to think of something else to do. I was thinking about streaming The Last of Us Remastered, but I'd rather not stream my first playthrough of the campaign in order to avoid spoilers / people telling me what to do (gotta preserve all dem emotions), plus I figure the PS Friday Night Fights crew will be streaming that game anyways. This means there is only one logical option left.

    Yep, that's right. It's Waluigi time, motherfuckers. You're getting three steady hours of Mario Kart 8 online multiplayer, or some other Wii-U game in case I decide to rage quit (Mega Man X is always on stand by, forever). Mario Kart 8 is safely my favorite entry into this series, it's crazy fun to play, and it's a gorgeous game to look at. If you're interested in racing against me, drop your NNID in the comments below or something and if enough people want in maybe we can do a private lobby and avoid the need to race against the unknown masses in the online world. Racing against me will earn you the prize of being able to say you're almost as good as Waluigi.

    It's Almost The Weekend
    Thursdays 8:00pm Eastern / 7:00pm Central / 6:00pm Mountain / 5:00pm Pacific
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    Keiji Inafune's latest game, Mighty No. 9 definitely has a lot of hype following it. The internet video game community has seemingly appointed it as the successor of Mega Man, which I feel is a bit premature, and Inafune has been put on a pedestal for giving us a Mega Man game when Capcom has seemingly shunned him. While I hope that Mighty No. 9 does well enough to hopefully shake Capcom up a little and remind them that the Blue Bomber is a profitable franchise, there's voices in my head that are preventing me from jumping on the same hype train that everybody else is on.

    4- Capcom could still shove their nose into this

    Let's be honest here, Mighty No. 9 should really be named Copyright Infringement No. 9. This is a Mega Man game with a slightly different paint job on it in order to try and sneak one by on Capcom. I'm excited for a new Mega Man game as much as the next person, but when I first heard about this and saw some stuff about it my first thought was "Holy fuck, Inafune is really pushing his luck here".

    It's another robot built by a professor (who likely will have either a big bushy beard or white hair) who's considerably more human in design compared to some of his peers, instead of Rock & Roll it's now Beck & Call, even the Mets now have traffic cones on them instead of hard hats. If Beck in Mighty No. 9 doesn't get a red-colored ally who uses a green laser sword, I will be legitimately surprised. Inafune is trying really hard here to make it obvious that this is a Mega Man game, and that's obviously the point.

    And I'm okay with him trying to stick it to Capcom. However this is also one of the reasons I'm trying to not get excited about Mighty No. 9 just yet, because who's to say that Capcom might not try to metaphorically give a "fuck you too" to Inafune and try to take this to court for copyright infringement? I'm no lawyer and I'm not what you'd call familiar with copyright law, let alone Japan's versions of them, but I can't believe that nobody over at Capcom isn't even looking into what their legal options are. I'd rather get excited about this new game when I have a little more concrete knowledge that Capcom won't be able to shut this game down.

    3- Keiji Inafune

    This one will probably raise a few eyebrows since Inafune is one of the, if not only, biggest reasons Capcom became so awesome for a couple of decades stretching all the way back to the NES era to the late PS2 era. That being said, Inafune could also be pinned down as one of the biggest reasons Capcom has stunk it up this generation.

    Remember when Capcom was fresh of off the heels of the very un-Resident Evil like Resident Evil 5, announcing DmC, and laying the seeds for Resident Evil 6 and Lost Planet 3? Take a guess at who one of the big shot decision makers for Capcom when all of these were in their early stages. You guessed it, Keiji Inafune.

    Does it really come as a surprise? Keiji “West is Best” Inafune had a ton of power at Capcom just as Capcom is announcing a bunch of games that seemed to be chasing the tail of the west, games that ultimately soured a lot of Capcom's once pretty loyal and dedicated fanbase. And I didn't even mention the aborted Mega Man X third person shooter where X was redesigned to look unquestionably similar to Iron Man not long after Iron Man fucking exploded in popularity in America.

    Point is, I'm not entirely keen on trusting a person who thought completely revamping the Devil May Cry franchise at the peak of its popularity was a good idea. Inafune has a storied history in video games, but I'm starting to think he's been swapped with a Mirror Universe duplicate who's more concerned about chasing the all-powerful American dollar. Inafune without any kind of overhead control makes me a bit nervous, which leads to my next point.

    2- The George Lucas / Vince Russo Syndrome

    Most great creative minds are that, great creative minds. However, lots of those creative thinkers or entertainers tend of have some outside force to act as a filter, so that the best ideas reach the public while preventing worse ideas from fostering. I'll bring forth two examples that best exemplify this.

    The first is George Lucas, the man who gave us Star Wars and Indiana Jones. This man has pretty directly touched uncountable numbers of people spanning multiple generations and has guaranteed us that plastic swords and fedoras will always stay at least somewhat relevant in society. What helped make him great with his original projects were others around him who kept him on the right path both as a writer and director. Lucas had people around him who would call him out on something that looked pretty clearly stupid.. This is why, for example, Han Solo is Harrison Ford instead of some crazy space lizard man.  

    However after Star Wars had exploded into the worldwide phenomenon, eventually Lucas decided to make the prequel trilogy. Along with that, he removed most of the original people who conflicted with him when making the original movies in order to let him fully make “his movie”. The end result speaks for itself, when Lucas had full control over his own production he delivered a series of movies that were substantially below his original works and were generally poorly constructed movies overall. The same result happened with the fourth Indiana Jones movie as well.

    If you're a fan of professional wrestling, you most likely know who Vince Russo is and will immediately understand what I mean. Vince Russo is the man who made professional wrestling cool in the mid to late 1990s. He is what led us to things like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and “the Attitude Era”. He was one of the behind the curtain guys who kept WWF alive when WCW was beating them in weekly ratings, and eventually pushed them back to the top.

    When Vince Russo left WWF for WCW, he no longer had Vince McMahon (WWF/WWE owner) above him to filter out his ideas. The end result was that he became one of the cancers that led to WCW's demise, leading to such ridiculous wrestling story lines as David Arquette and himself as WCW World Champions. Long story short, Vince Russo was the George Lucas of professional wrestling.

    I'm worried that Inafune could potentially go down the same path without having Capcom or some larger company overhead pushing back at him and keeping him in check. His history near the end with Capcom speaks for itself, when he finally got a lot of say there he planted the seeds for what many will say were a line of pretty boneheaded decisions for that company. Hell, part of me wonders if one of the reasons he left Capcom was because someone finally told him to shut the fuck up.

    1- I'd just like to see the game, first

    I don't think this is exactly a bad thing to list for why I'm not excited yet. Obviously the idea of a new Capcom-free Mega Man is appealing, but I'd rather see some of the game before getting sky high with hype levels for it. I'd rather see the game in action before I say that Mega Man's spirit lives on. By the way, am I the only one who thinks it's a little premature to pass the torch from Mega Man to Beck?

    Plus given my two previous reservations about Mighty No. 9 listed above, just seeing the game in action will help alleviate those two earlier fears that are holding me back. After that, I'll probably be there on the hype train just like everyone else because I fucking love Mega Man games and consider Mega Man X the best designed video game in history.

    So yes, I still have reservations about Mighty No. 9. I really do hope I'm wrong, but there's enough evidence on the table for me to look at this game and be a tad pessimistic.
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