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5:20 PM on 11.08.2012

Halo 4 Review (Video)

Just my thoughts on the new PS3 exclusive from Valve, Halo 4.

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12:02 AM on 02.20.2011

How I Made Money Off of Pokemon in the 7th Grade

I think people here would really appreciate this.

I made money off of Pokemon cards twice in middle school. Both were similar yet different and both times, I made money off of my classmates.

When I was in 7th grade I had a bunch of Pokemon cards. Like a LOT. So many that I knew they were worthless and I should sell them. But they were so available now they were worthless. Even the holographics I had were only worth like $5 each tops. So I, the little businessman, came up with the following scheme.

I would take my opened, saved, card packs. Come up with two different card sets made up of Commons, Uncommons, Rares, and Holos. Then I would print my own covers for the packs, fill them, then sell them for $2 a pack. I DID pack in holos, I wasn't cheating anyone I just wanted to get rid of my countless useless Commons and Uncommons, while also dropping rare doubles I had.

I explained to my classmates what this was. That they WERE cards, that each one DID have a rare, and there WERE holos. I just made a custom set and printed out covers.

I made about $50 off of this. My one marketing ploy worked, one of the pack covers had Charizard on them, so one girl bought like 10 packs thinking Charizard was in that set. She did get a holo she didn't have, like Venusaur, so it wasn't a waste for her thankfully.

That was pretty straightforward. Honestly a brilliant idea to get rid of extras, especially as a kid.

The second way I made money though is even more amazing. Not so much the plan, just the fact it made me money.

This was before the internet was readily available, computers were still young. I had some Pokemon program filled with a bunch of art and pictures which you could edit.

I made my own Pokemon cards. With their own HP, powers, energy requirements, bios, levels, the whole thing. I printed them on card stock. I put them in opened card packs with a printed cover and sold them for $1 a pack. IT was just for fun.

I explained to people that they were NOT real cards. That I made them, they were custom, they could be used between friends but wouldn't be able to be used in a tourny since they were fake.

They took off like wildfire. I made 20 packs worth, all made up of commons, uncommons, rares, ultra rares, and one Uber Rare. All 20 packs sold in the first two days. They liked my take on some Pokemon and were going to use them in fights in our grade. But they especially were interested in the Ultra Rare "Mew and Mewtwo" card and the Uber Rare "Mew2000."

I made 30 more packs and brought them in the following week. It took a few more days but once again, they all sold. I made $50 off of TOTALLY WORTHLESS cards that couldn't be used outside of our grade. It was amazing to me. I didn't make any more packs because I knew they wouldn't sell as well, I sold a couple singles after wards for a few bucks but seriously. $50 for selling packs of fake cards.

If you liked this you should check out my totally unrealted webseries because it has like no hits: www.slasherhunter.com   read


11:54 PM on 05.22.2009

Green Lantern Fan Trailer

I usually don't promote videos other than my own, I'm kind of a jerk like that (speaking of, did you watch the season finale of VG Spoofs yet? GO OVER TO VGSPOOFS.COM RIGHT NOW THEN!!!). But once in a while I see something on YouTube that not only deserves the views it gets, but also deserves WAY more views than my videos.

Now there's an entire ocean of fan edited trailers of movies that haven't come out yet/never will. Sometimes they're horribly edited, obviously JUST taking bits and lines from other movies. Other times they are painstakingly edited and touched up in Photoshop and special effects to actually make those clips look totally new to you. And once in a while, you will see a fan trailer so good, one that understands the source material so well, and one that uses great casting choices that you WISH Hollywood (in in this case, WB) would see it just so they have a better idea of what they should be aiming for.

This, without any exaggeration, is the best one of those I have EVER seen.

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Everything looks great, the story set up is fantastic and done in a way to bring in people who never heard of Green Lantern, Fillion is the perfect choice for Hal Jordan (and I never even thought about him until now), and the score from Star Trek adds the feeling of hope/uplifting/wonder/a bigger universe that Star Trek itself had (and Green Lantern should also embrace).

I hope the real Green Lantern movie is as good as that trailer was.

PS: VG Spoofs is awesome. <3   read


3:59 PM on 03.05.2009

Pictures of Live Action Deadpool!





I hate you Fox.   read


8:47 PM on 02.27.2009

Why I Don't Like Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

I know that I'm not the only one posting a review for this. I know that others are probably better written. But I left the movie with a lot on my mind and I want to share my thoughts here.

To start off, I give the movie a 4/10. If you're just looking for a number score, that was it. But that doesn't sum up anything about the movie. It doesn't really tell why it's both a horrible movie AND a horrible adaptation. So if you want to kill a few minutes, the thoughts are next.

So one would think that this movie would be more accurate to the video games and Anime movies since Capcom had direct hands in this. Nope! This is even worse than the 1994 film. But unlike that one, this one isn't fun. This one isn'y laughably bad. It's just bad. I'll basically go through it, so spoilers if you actually wanted to be suprised.

I went into it expecting crap based on the trailers. But at first, I'm pleasantly suprised! Duncan is Balrog and portrays him very well. Big black boxer, working for Bison, enjoys killing people. Spot on characterization and acting. The opening fight with Chun Li's dad against Balrog and his henchmen was good fun all the way through. I was having a great time!

Then M. Bison comes in. Who appears to be the nicest British man in the world. I don't think he's actually British, but that's how he feels. He is not fueled by Psycho Power, he is not the be all end all badass. He's a guy in a suit. Now at first I thought this is how he would start, then later in the movie he would get his Psycho Powers. This never happens.

Chun-Li's actress isn't a bad actress. She plays the role very well. But there's a big major problem, she looks nothing like Chun-Li. This is a glaring issue if for no other reason than it being so distracting to a fan of the games. She's barely Asian, more meek than the most powerful woman in the world, and her legs are NOT super duper awesome. Speaking of which, Chun Li never does her kick attack in this movie. Her trademark move is nowhere to be seen. She does something similar to a Spinning Bird Kick and a Kikoken. In fact, the focus of making Chun Li so awesome in this movie is her learning and performing the Kikoken. Nevermind that this move has never been the focus of Chun Li's character ever, it's her lightning fast kicks. But I'm glad there was a fireball in this movie, that was the main down note of the original live action Street Fighter movie. Also she's not a cop. At all.

Robin Shou finally pops back up into movies playing Gen. Of course, the character is portrayed completely wrong. He's not an old assassin, he's a middle aged former criminal. He also teaches Chun Li the Kikoken. But since Gen hasn't been such a staple character like say most of the SF2 characters, it isn't as obvious. It's nice to see Robin again, as well.

Charlie Nash appears in this as well. The name is pretty much all you get though. He doesn't fight, doesn't Sonic Boom, and doesn't really look like Charlie.

Vega is a waste of Vega. He's dressed in all black and has long black hair, making him look like a ninja as opposed to a Spaniard fighter. Sure, he's the "Spanish Ninja", but his costume is ridiculous. The mask looks like a really cheap prop, especially even compared to the 1994 film. The actor, as well, is a horrible cast for Vega. Vega is beautiful. The Vega in this movie is a tough guy and sounds more like a black man than Michael Clark Duncan. Plus his appearance is horribly short both times, which is worse the second time around. You expect Chun Li vs. Vega to be the first really big fight and it's actually the shortest.

The movie itself has serious pacing issues. Chun Li starts fighting about 15 minutes too late. A large chunk of the first act is based on Chun Li "living amongst the people of Bangkok". Something which could have been wrapped up in a few minutes, we would have gotten the point. Instead we're treated to what feels like a half an hour of boring narration and Chun Li walking around streets.

Most of the time when Chun Li is kicking ass, it's entertaining. The problem is how little it happens. And how boring the rest of the movie is. Whenever we cut to Nash, we just don't care about that storyline. When Chun Li dances, it's un-needed, as is the borderline lesbian scene. The movie just crawls along trying to make its way to an ending you probably don't care about anymore.

When we finally get to the end, Bison starts kicking ass. He is able to punch Gen across a room with little effort, but never does anything you would expect M. Bison to do. He fairs more poorly against Chun Li, while in a very nice suit, but keeps the upper hand until Chun Li performs her epic Kikoken technique, which hurts him way more than it should. And after it's been drilled into our heads that Bison put his soul into his daughter and that's his ONLY weakness, Chun Li kills him by snapping his neck 180 degrees. Thus adding another weakness Bison has, having his neck snapped 180 degrees.

So both Balrog and Bison are killed in this movie, before the tournament even occurs. Sure, as a fan I know that Bison can switch bodies, but we aren't told that at all in the movie.

The film ends with Gen meeting Chun Li with an ad for the "Street Fighter" tournament, hinting that Bison is behind it even though he was (seemingly?) killed. He mentions that there's a great fighter in Japan they must recruit, "His name is Ryu...something." And the film ends.

So instead of properly making a Street Fighter movie, the filmmakers behind this opted to make a prequel to what the audience would care about. A poor prequel at that, which nobody will like, so we may never get a real/good Street Fighter movie (with Ryu as the main character). I would avoid this in theaters, or giving it money at all. The only reason to give it money would be so there's hope of a sequel about the tournament.   read


1:59 PM on 02.23.2009

Deadpool Toy from Wolverine Movie Makes Me Cry



The Good News: The Deadpool in a tank top IS Deadpool pre-Weapon X screwing with him.

The Bad News: What we see above. What the fuck is that. I talked to Jeff Katz at NYCC and he told me that Deadpool DOES wear a mask, so there's hope we see that toy's basis on screen for very little time. But what the hell were they thinking? I'm also hoping the blades coming out of Deadpool's forearms are taped on like they appear to be, which means it's just Wade making fun of Wolverine.

But since this is Fox we're talking about, I think they gave Deadpool internal forearm swords. To make him cool for general audiences.

I hate you Fox. I hate you Hugh Jackman. Ryan Reynolds, I know you'll still try to sell this character the best you can, please try to make me ignore the bad stuff with your delivery.   read


3:36 AM on 01.22.2009

Online Comedy with NES Love in it's Season Premiere

Yes, it's self-whoring. Yes, most of you don't care probably. And yes, the Link costume is horrible (as if we don't know when we're filming this stuff). But since it's so NES heavy, between Mario, Link, and the Game Genie, I figured it had a small place here. Plus there's no forums for me to whore this out on for right now.

So I bring to you this low budget live action online comedy series that's an homage of Power Rangers, VG Spoofs Episode 6 (02.01): Cheaters Never Win.

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Shawn is back, except he finds a most deadly alliance with the immortal GAME GENIE! They kidnap Sarah, Ryan's sister, to lure the heroes into a trap. Can Ryan and Steve fight something that can change the rules as he sees fit? But it doesn't matter, having super powers is totally sweet.

www.vgspoofs.com You can download commentary or the full episode there!

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5:03 PM on 01.19.2009

EGM is Gone, Who's Next?



We have all already paid our respects to the late EGM, destroyed before it's 20th anniversary. There's a lot of people we can blame; the jerks who bought the magazine just to shut it down, the fools who sold it to begin with, the public for not buying enough copies, whatever you cry about as you hold your back issues of Electronic Gaming Monthly.

Don't take offense to that last statement, I'm crying too, if for nothing else than nostalgia reasons. But I'm not blaming any of those (well, maybe ugo a bit). I think everyone knows the real reason why EGM is going away.

The Internet.

Yes, that's right, this handy thing you're using now that doesn't cost money to print. With the ads that you don't have to skip over to get to articles. Hell, with the articles that are online without needing to wait for the next issue. The wonderful technology that gives you both professional write-ups as well as total amateurs.

Yes, the interwebs is a blessing and a curse. A blessing in the sense of being much cheaper for us and giving lots more people a chance to share their opinions. Not to mention reading review sites that give you a user-average is usually more helpful than a max of four paid reviewers. Unfortunately, the curse is the horrible truth that caused EGM to be a victim. Just too many people have this handy thing called the internet.

EGM isn't the only magazine that's dying this year. There's lots of them, just we don't care about them as much. Fashion magazines, hunting, car, I recall just recently reading an article that listed at least two dozen magazines that are being shut down due to lack of interest and profits. And our generation is to blame. Not that it's completely a horrible thing, as technology evolves so does the media with it. But if things keep progressing like this, I have to wonder, how long until print (at least in the form of magazines) dies completely?

Books are safe, electronic reading won't catch on in a huge way anytime soon. Comic books are already being downloaded the same day they come out, but sales seem to still do pretty strongly thanks to collectors, bathroom readers, and loyal comic fans that want to support what they like. But magazines? Why SHOULD they stay around? Like it's already been said, by the time you get your issue in the mail it's all old news. Sure the editorials are neat, but in the world of blogs, they're not unique. What is going to have to happen to get people to still like paper-news?

So the question is who's next? Will GameInformer's higher ups finally realize how useless it is? Will GamePro become online only? Will OPM update itself via PSOnline? I'm worried for nostalgia reasons, plus I personally like print. There's something special about getting your issue in the mail as opposed to just clicking a link. What do you guys think?   read


11:42 PM on 12.05.2008

Ravage and Megatron from TF2: Revenge of the Fallen





Personally aside form Ravage not being black enough, I like the designs. Megatron looks way more armored.   read


10:27 PM on 12.04.2008

VG Spoofs - The Best Free Live Action Online Show for Geeks Everywhere

I'm Steve Rudzinski and starting in June, and wrapping up in August, I released the first season of my online show, VG Spoofs. I'm currently working on Season Two, which is shaping up to be higher quality and much funnier. But I figured that it wouldn't be a horrible idea to try to advertise Season One a little more!

To let you know ahead of time, Episode 1 has been everyone's least favorite episode. So if you're wary of starting new things, PLEASE start with Episode 2. It's much better than Episode 1.

As the evil Shawn tries to take over the Virtual Galaxy (and then the world), the benevolent Admin of the VG chooses two complete geeks to save it from evil. They are then given the power to merge with any fictional character to become Super Powered Officers of Fictional Stuff.

Steve and Ryan get thrown into an epic adventure that pales in comparison to HOW TOTALLY COOL IT IS TO HAVE SUPER POWERS.

Five episodes total with character parodies/homages from comics, video games, movies, and Anime while the show itself is a complete homage to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Check out the show and tell me what you think! (the following are YouTube links to every episode)

Episode 1 - Shoes/Watch Episode 2 Instead

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Notable character parodies/homages: Superman, Goku, Cyclops, Ryu

Episode 2 - That's What She Said:

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Notable character parodies/homages: Burger King, Cloud, Terminator, Magneto

Episode 3 - Great CGI:

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Notable character parodies/homages: Silent Hill, The Crow, Deadpool, Optimus Prime

Episode 4 - Horribly Offensive:

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Notable character parodies/homages: The Matrix, Immortal (300), Highlander, Captain America, Galactus

Episode 5 - Scumbag:

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Notable character parodies/homages: Galactus, Joe Q, Batman, John McClane, Jack Bauer

www.vgspoofs.com   read


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