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C Blogs of 05/14/13 + Wrenchisms

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Rolling right off of last weeks Wrenchism, lets talk about another comic book icon clad in a stompy robot suit – Iron Man.

I Finally got out to see Iron Man 3 last night and I'm taking some time to digest it. For a Marvel action flick it was a very strange movie in some ways. I think I got a little head-faked by some of the pre-release chatter. When I heard the movie only had Tony in the suit for about 20-25 minutes, that he was coping with PTSD from the events in New York during The Avengers, the idea of the Mandarin being re-cast as a sort of Bin Laden/Bane character contrasting against the re-branding of the War Machine as Iron Patriot, I thought Iron Man 3 might be a slightly more cerebral or introspective Iron Man flick.

Suffice to say, it isn't. In fact, "a more cerebral Iron Man" sounds pretty dumb now that I think about it.

Not that it's a bad thing. I'm all for watching Robert Downy Jr fire off smarmy dialogue and blow stuff up with repulsor blasts. Just felt like they missed a few tricks. Not bad or anything, it just seemed like maybe they set some stuff up in earlier drafts that they got cold-feet on and back off of.

Have to give some credit to director/co-writer Shane Black for pulling off some stuff that sounds terrible in isolation. "Wait, your going to give Tony a kid-sidekick?" Yes, and it's actually going to be fairly charming. Black wrote the fantastic script for Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang another RJD classic, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he can write some loveable characters with great back and forth repartee.

But then there are some other things. The climatic fight scene and some late-developments with Pepper Potts characters both stood out as "yeeesh" moments for me. I don't want to spoil anything so soon after release, but I'll be interested to see if some of the late-events in the film are ever referenced again in the next Avengers or Iron Man film, or left to drift into obscurity – just like so many abandoned comic book plot threads.



We are officially a week away from the big Xbox unveiling event. I imagine my next Wrench-ism is going to be MEATY. I can't wait to finally see what Microsoft has up their sleeve to take on the PS4. They've had plenty of time to adjust to Sony's hand, lets hope the next console generation is a real horserace to the coolest and least expensive system possible.

* - Get. Your. Pitchforks. This MONSTER hasn't played some of the same games you have, clearly the heretic must be purged.

* - It's amazing how the simple top-down view and fisherprice-esq characters of FTL can pull you into that world. Great blog, just needs some pictures to break up the text a bit.

P - Some sweet Communitoid action this week. Snatcher-themed werewolf game? I'm in.

A - Hurmp, OpiumHerz's latest instalment in the censorship series looks at a bizarre example. I would never think friendly fire in a multiplayer game would be such a hot-button issue with a ratings board.

A - Gather round and read the tale of SigfriedLion's brave Arisen and his adventures through Dragon's Dogma.

E - Joseph Ohagan wants that capture card!

E - Genki is Mr.Video, makes a strong case for winning the contest!

I - A lovely introductory post by MrRumblebee70. Nicely done!

R - You get what you pay for sometimes, and nothing proves the adage more than these "free" android games TheKodu reviewed.

R - A video review of Metro: Last Light by new blogger MrRumblebee70. Looks great, but I couldn't watch it for fear of spoilers!

R - SirAlex thought the Knife of Dunwall was pretty dull (doh hoho)


V - I've played a hell of a lot of weird obscure NES games and even I didn't recognize some of these crazy titles. Unlike a lot of "you never played these games" lists, some of these actually look like a lot of fun!

F - Viral advertising for bespoke arcade machines disguised as a blog. Not horrible offensive, but still spam. At least it isn't machine scripted. The sad part is if he just wrote up an article on the machines I'd probably sauce it, they look fucking cool. I'd love a cocktail style arcade machine to use as a coffee table.

F - Well, if this is the first and last one I better not miss the chance to fail it.



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