Steve Rudzinski here of Dark Mullet Cinema. I make movies and shows and I'm kind of a big deal. Not really. You can check out my online series at www.vgspoofs.com
I currently own a PS3 for the current gen, but I still often play my NES, Genesis, 32X, PS1, Dreamcast, and PS2. As all gamers should. I play all kinds of different games, RPGs and Action at the top of my list of genres.
Xenogears is my top game hands down, I love it very much. My favorite franchise is Metal Gear Solid, with 3 and 4 being my favorites.
I'm a Transformers geek, Jazz is totally the best. And yes, I liked the live action movie. I hate the crazy Gee-Wunners.
I'm also a huge comic geek, I read almost everything that comes out every week. My fav heroes there in order are:
2: Captain Marvel/Shazam!
3: Moon Knight
4: Flash (Wally)
5: Green Lantern (The Corps. as a whole, not just one)
I listen to all sorts of music, but I love Hair Metal the most. It's so ridiculous it's awesome.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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
Notable character parodies/homages: Superman, Goku, Cyclops, Ryu
Episode 2 - That's What She Said:
Notable character parodies/homages: Burger King, Cloud, Terminator, Magneto
Episode 3 - Great CGI:
Notable character parodies/homages: Silent Hill, The Crow, Deadpool, Optimus Prime
Episode 4 - Horribly Offensive:
Notable character parodies/homages: The Matrix, Immortal (300), Highlander, Captain America, Galactus
Episode 5 - Scumbag:
Notable character parodies/homages: Galactus, Joe Q, Batman, John McClane, Jack Bauer