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Twitch’s Top 5…and bottom 5 of 2015

2015’s almost done.  It’s been a whirlwind year.  There have been some awesome highs, and some indescribable lows.  Time to put it all out there, so to speak.

Let’s start with the lows.

1. Konami

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Wow.  Where do I even begin?  From the rumors of Hideo Kojima’s employment status, to the reports of their management skills and treatment of Kojima-sensei’s employees prior to the release of Metal Gear Solid V (being demoted to janitorial work, limited access to the company intranet, and even the removing of Kojima’s name from his magnum opus, Konami tops SSB’s list of 2015’s lows.  You can’t get much lower than they did.  They tried pretty fuckin’ hard.

2. Valentine’s Day

Going on a Valentine’s date with your arm in a sling due to an accident during MMA training sucks hard. And it’s pretty embarrassing. (Sorry E!)

3. Ronda Rousey

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Ronda’s place in the UFC hall of fame is pretty much guaranteed.  She’s blazed the way for all female MMA fighters in the public eye and there isn’t a damn thing anyone can do to take away her legacy.  The legacy however, can be tarnished a bit.  And that’s exactly what happened to her.  It took 2 rounds for Holly Holm to systematically dismantle the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion.  2 rounds and a head kick.  She probably wouldn’t even be on the list, but since the fight was anything but close, here she is.

4. The San Diego Chargers

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Come on Chargers, you can’t be doing SD dirty like you are right now.  Then again, it’s kinda hard to argue throwin’ more money for a new stadium when y’all haven’t won a super bowl like ever.  I did learn that there are a bunch of loyal fans that are gonna be mighty sore if/when you do leave.  Fans including my legs.  My Muay Thai coach threatened leg conditioning days if they leave.

5. The UFC apparel deal with Reebok.

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From shitty designs to an apparent apathy for all things MMA-related, it’s hard to suck harder than Reebok these days.  How can they release a shirt for a fighter named “Anderson Aldo”?  Or a fight kit for a fighter named Giblert Melendez?

And onto the highs!

1. Conor McGregor

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He was riding on an 10 or 11 fight winning streak when he stepped into the octagon against Jose Aldo a couple weeks ago.  He’s proven every single naysayer wrong (hell, even me).  Now, after his 13-second dispatching of Jose Aldo Jr., nothing seems impossible for Conor McGregor.

2. ONE PUNCH MAN

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Saitama is a superhero for fun, and he’s capable of stopping most monsters-of-the-week in one punch.  Fucker’s gotten so strong that he’s bored.  ONE’s webmanga about a bored superhero spawned one of the most visually satisfying anime series ever seen in a good long while.  Props to MADHOUSE for animating this series, and you bet there’s gonna be a second season.

3. Metal Gear Solid V

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Sure the ending may have been rushed (thanks KONAMI), but this game really was Kojima-sensei’s magnum opus.  I loved every minute of this game, and I haven’t even started playing Metal Gear Online yet.  The way that the game ended was mind-blowing at best (especially for veterans of the series), but mind-scratching at worst (if this was your entry game in the series, you’ve got some lore to catch up on).  The FOX Engine really brought Afghanistan and Africa to life, and didn’t drop in framerate or lag during any portion of the game.  Yeah.  That’s how you do open world and not fuck up.  I’M LOOKING AT YOU BETHESDA.

4. Sony Computer Entertainment

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The PS4’s been kicking ass in the market, and they’ve left the Microsoft PR guy saying the classic “Hey we’re in it for the gamers” line.  Meanwhile, Sony’s helped SEGA bring the rest of the Yakuza game franchise to the rest of the world, helped Hideo Kojima relaunch Kojima Productions as an independent creative studio, and just been awesome all around.  Oh, and there’s that Final Fantasy VII remake too.

5.  Rooster Teeth/RWBY

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Monty Oum’s untimely passing earlier this year was a tragedy nobody could’ve foreseen.  The future of his brainchild was in question, but Rooster Teeth, the production company responsible for RWBY, Red Vs. Blue, X-ray and Vav, and a few other shows stepped to the plate and continued production of the series.  Worries of whether or not the series would live up to the standards that Monty put on the series were laid to rest when Volume 3 started earlier this year.  Not only has the animation quality vastly improved, the rest of the production also improved as well.  They scored some high quality voice actor talent and it shows.

I had a chance to go to the Rooster Teeth panel during comic con 2015 and my Lie Ren cosplay went over really well.  I hope to do it again next year.

And that’s my 2015 in a nutshell.  Bring on 2016!

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HUVr – The Future has arrived

It’s 2014. We’re only one year away until the zenith of technology: The year 2015 (thanks Back to the Future II).  A very interesting video popped up on the Net a few days ago. Roll footage:

HOLY HOVERBOARDS! CELEBRITIES? WHAT THE HELL!?
A company called HUVr recently posted this video featuring hoverboard technology. First reaction: HOLY CRAP! Did they really nail the technology!? Celebrities such as Tony Hawk, Moby, Terrell Owens and Doc Brown himself, Christopher Lloyd, are all featured in this viral video. With all this star power, it looks like HUVr is out to give Mattel a run for their money.

An interesting point out about HUVr’s website (link) is the countdown. The “destination time” countdown on their website points to December 2014. Ultimately, what’s being promoted with these videos is anyone’s guess at this point but this proves that we’re not the only ones dreaming of the future. Next thing you know, Nike will make self-lacing shoes…

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Find more information about HUVr at huvrtech.com.
All images and video courtesy of HUVr Press Kit.

Give Kick-Ass 2 a chance!

Give Kick-Ass 2 a chance!

FACT: The number of movies based on comic books grows larger by the day. Films that deserve your attention are often overlooked during their box office run.

Give Kick-Ass 2 a chance!

Enter Kick-Ass 2. The first film, Kick-Ass, is based off the Icon title with the premise of ordinary teenager Dave Lizewski becoming a real-life super hero. Kick-Ass 2 takes that premise and murders the living shit out of it. The majority of the story focuses on the parallel between Dave’s journey to continue being a superhero and Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl’s assimilation as a normal teenager. The two tales provide an interesting commentary about the duality between our internal and external struggles.

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Conventional wisdom dictates every super hero has a “real world” identity and the super hero identity. It fascinates me when the audience can’t tell which identity is the mask and which one truly embodies the character (i.e. Batman). The Kick-Ass franchise proposes that every action in the super hero world, just or unjust, has “real world” consequences. Lately, “superhero films” have exposed this premise. We can easily forget that “living in the moment” has long term implications. Dave/Kick-Ass pays a higher price for continuing to don the mask.

Recently, Kick-Ass 2 was engrossed in controversy when Jim Carrey distanced himself because of the gratuitous violence. But come on! The franchise is called “Kick-Ass.” What else would you expect but “sickening violence: just the way you like it!” There are plenty of, “OMG! Really?” moments to enjoy in this one. If you love larger-than-life action, this is definitely one for you!

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THE VERDICT: Definitely worth the rent. It serves as an interesting societal commentary, not to mention the violence and humor are top-notch! It will make you laugh and think (if you let it). Give it a chance before you write it off as “just another comic book movie.”
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Kick-Ass 2 is distributed by Universal Pictures. BD/DVD release was Dec. 17, 2013. The Kick-Ass 2 comic was published by Icon Comics, a subsidiary of Marvel Comics.

Ben Affleck; John Goodman; Kyle Chandler; Barry Livingston; Tate Donovan; Alan Arkin; Victor Carber; Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochran

Ben Affleck is the new Batman!? I’m not worried.

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HE’S THE GODDAMN BATMAN

Ben Affleck’s the new Batman.  Is he the first actor to jump from Marvel to DC?  I don’t know.  Daredevil wasn’t that great, and don’t get me started on Elektra.  Still, I have hope for Bats.  Wanna know why?

Holden McNeil breaks it down.

SDCC 2013: Friends, Family, Geek Nirvana.

First off, thanks to my friends, family, and all you cool geeks that made it out to SDCC 2013.  You all deserve a round of applause.

Go ahead, I’ll wait.

*waiting*

Okay, good.  Here are my pictures from that fun-filled nerd orgy.  Special thanks to my crew, Jabronie Pictures, Detoonified, The Stunt People, Almost Good Films, RhythmEmoti#n.net, and the #HLGKTA.

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Geek Eek!!!: Comic Book Universe Dissected

In the July/August 2013 issue of Maxim (in case you were wondering, I get this magazine for free), I surprisingly stumbled upon a tiny column of information regarding a statistical book about the comic book universe. Naturally, I was intrigued as I have always found statistics illuminating and my interest for comics (as well as animes) grows with each passing day. This delightful book is called Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe, by Tim Leong. It is set to be released online July 16, which is of course the intelligent thing to do since that is right before the Comic-Con International: San Diego (fka San Diego Comic-Con International). Which, I just realized that they totally changed the name of the convention. Where was I when this change occurred? Haha.

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Moving forward, I unfortunately was not privileged enough to receive an early release copy of the book since I am not yet classified as a reputable source for book reviews, but I was able to do some Google searching and found a couple blogs that posted snippets and excerpts from the book.

Blogger Meighan O’Toole, an old coworker of Tim Leong at Wired Magazine, was fortunate enough to get her hands on a copy of the book and shared her review on her blog site My Love For You. Below is a small excerpt from her blog:

Leong diagrams such topics as the obvious to the most obscure comic facts. From secret identities, to the evolution of Superman’s logo, to how to read a comic book (both in English, and the Japanese Manga). What makes the book so deligh[t]ful and unique is Leong’s quirky sense of humor and obvious deep interest in comic books. Along with the above, he creates hilarious and completely unexpected charts. You’ll see rap stars influenced by superhero[e]s, 70 years of Wonder Woman’s legs, Scrooge McDuck’s family tree, to ten years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pizza combos. You’ll even find Leong’s own downward trajectory of his faith in humanity mapped out when he sees a Calvin peeing on a car logo sticker of Calvin & Hobbes.

I seriously want to see this book. I may not know much about comic books and all the universes that are involved, but there is just something about the statistics of it all that I find intriguing. Meighan also posted a few pictures of the inside pages of the book that are definitely interesting. Like “Rappers who take their names from comics” graph or “The Walking Dead Kill Counter”. Oh the topics that are possibly covered! So amusing!! So much awesome statistical information I want to know!!

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In addition to the concept of the book being awesome, I found an article (link here) by the New York Post which not only reviews the book but also Tim Leong. He seems like a pretty down to earth guy and I am curious to pinpoint his humor throughout the book. New York Post columnist Tim Donnelly describes the book as “…nearly 200 pages of Venn diagrams, Pantone style costume color comparisons and insanely complex family trees, the kind a crazy person stalking Stan Lee might draw on their walls.” Love it!! =)

When asked how he first got into comics, Tim Leong eventually goes on to say “…The fun part of all of this is that I’ve only read a fraction of the comics that have come out in my life, and I’ve obviously missed so much before that. That’s kind of the great thing about comics: no matter how much you’ve read, there’s always something really cool out there you haven’t read yet.” So very true, which means I have A LOT of catching up to do. Here is a picture of the genius himself below. You can follow him on Twitter @Tim Leong or you can visit his site here.

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Click on any of the below links to pre-order or purchase (after July 16, 2013) his book online.
In stores August 1, 2013.
Amazon  |  Chronicle Books  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Indie Bound

Follow me on Tumblr and Twitter @Duhlissafied for more geek life stuff.

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Side Note: For anyone that knows me in real life, is it just me or does Tim Leong look strangely familiar in the picture below? Brother from another mother? Please tell me I’m not crazy! Haha. =P

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WonderCon 2013 Days 2-3, ‘cuz we’re all about that geek life.

WonderCon 2013 wasn’t that bad at all.  It reminds me of how San Diego Comic Con used to be.  Smaller, more intimate, and a helluva lot easier to get into.  That being said, I was able to get through the entire con floor within the span of a few minutes.

The size of a con doesn’t really matter though.  Having friends to meet up with and hang out with makes the difference between an okay con and a great con.  As you can see by my pictures, I had plenty of people to meet up with.  So for my list of shoutouts:

It was definitely great to see all of you guys at WonderCon.  Gives me hope that there really are people that are all about that geek life.

Last but not least, biggie ups to my fambam and crew that made it out with me, and got drunk off moscato, jack daniels, and shock top.  FRONT DESK?! BANG BANG!

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You asked for it, and here are the pictures from the con!

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