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Community Season 6 debuts!

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The six seasons achievement has officially been unlocked and the first 2 episodes for the newest season of Community are now available for viewing on Yahoo Screen. New episodes will debut every Tuesday. Click the links below to watch Episodes 1 and 2.

Episode 1: Ladders

Episode 2: Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care

 

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Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling

Max Landis (writer of Chronicle and The Death & Return of Superman) has released his newest short film titled “Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling”. Beginning with his debut in the WWF in 1995 as a Connecticut Blueblood to his current role as Chief Operating Officer and leader of The Authority in WWE, Landis recounts all of the major arcs in Triple H’s career over the past 20 years. Furthermore, Landis uses this film to demonstrate that while wrestling may not be “real”, wrestling is something much more grand. As Landis states, “Wrestling is melodrama. Wrestling is mythology. Wrestling is action. Wrestling is comic books. The only thing wrestling isn’t is wrestling.” Check out the video below and be on the look out for all of the amazing cameos.

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“Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F” Trailer

Freeza is back! (and is now apparently a Lakers fan). The newest Dragon Ball Z film (following 2013’s “Battle of Gods”) will debut in Japan on April 18th, 2015.

Also, a fan film titled “Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope” recently debuted. It’s a live action adaptation of “The History of Trunks” and certainly trumps the abomination that was Dragon Ball: Evolution.

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Destiny Digest #4 – The Kutaragis

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Atheon ain’t got shit on us!

The Kutaragis, the handsomest clan in the galaxy!

People are still kinda on the fence about Destiny.  I guess I’m either a shitty gamer for liking Destiny, or I have friends.  I’m fairly sure I fall in the latter.  To that end, longtime friend of SSB and sometimes striking-disciple Fernando formed the Kutaragis.  The Kutaragis are the handsomest clan in the galaxy.

We’re a clan more focused on raiding, though if the Iron Banner is up, we’ll do PVP.

To that end, I’m going to be featuring each of our clan members in future installments of SSB’s Destiny Digest.  For now, this is our active roster.  You can find us all on the PSN, on the PS4 version of Destiny.

Team Leader – Fernando Jay “silentjay64″ Huerto
Lead Strategist – Jairus “ONYXRage” Francois
Lead Breakdancer – Virgil “PapasPotatoes” Papa
1st Commander of the Japanese Armed Division – Thanh “AgentG55″ Hoang
Lead Mechanic – Cristian “Gouki84″ Cervantes
Raquetball Wizard – Sherwin “Santoku1″ Ginez
And the SSB members part of “The Kutaragis”
PR wizard and bullet sponge – Francis “lulz1″ Bautista
Networking mage and head of HR – Abe “happymexico” DelosReyes
Our allies:
Lester and Mylene Aslarona – “lenejenius”

If you ever see us in game, don’t be afraid to say hello!  Drop us a friend request if you’d like!

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Yakuza 4’s “For Faith” finally deciphered!

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Thanks to youtube user “jackisarocknroll”, here are the correct lyrics for the theme song of Yakuza 4.  Apparently he got it on a soundtrack CD that came on a preorder of Ryu Ga Gotoku:Ishin! (the samurai spinoff game)

I figured I’d post it here just in case that youtube comment gets lost.

Violence is meaningless.
You have to see that.
So now we’re all so gracious.

But it doesn’t come to actually feel it.
The thought is raised to real world.

If you had the love somewhere
to protect and you can survive.

Selfish deed is not freedom.
Even if it falls down.

Selfish deed is not freedom.
Can’t justify.

Selfish deed is not freedom.
Even if it’s so sad.

Now walking ahead
with pride
to the next stage.

Guess that about covers it.

 

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Destiny Digest #3 : I kicked Atheon’s ass.

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On Friday night, I earned the “Raider” trophy as I finally beat Atheon.  I was in a 6-main raid with an acquaintance of mine met through our own Jonathan.  I was brought in as a ringer, since their slot was open.  How can I sum up my experience running the Vault of Glass?

Intense.  From opening the vault door, and making my way to Atheon, the entire raid didn’t drop in intensity.  It simply changed form.  From defending, attacking, hiding, and even platforming, the entire dungeon blended seamlessly to form one of the best MMO dungeons I’ve played in a long time.  Not to mention I got 2/3 raid gear armor pieces on my first try :).

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Loitering. Because.

With that in mind, I can probably say that Destiny is the standout GOTY for me.  I haven’t had this much fun playing a shooter in a looooooooooooooong time.

In other news, my Extra Live team, “Team Kupo Yo”, reached its fundraising goal!  We raised over $1000 for the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.  Big shoutout to our very own Abe, who was participating in the actual stream from the get-go, Jennice for being the team captain and getting the whole thing organized, Thanh for running the away operations, and to all the teammates and people that donated money, thank you!

What’s next for SSB?  More Destiny, more humor, and hopefully more comic.  Admittedly, I’m still working on the last part.

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-Francis

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SSB’s Destiny Digest #1 – A New Loot Cave?!

As we all know, Bungie’s hotfix 1.0.1.5 closed off the “Loot Cave”, a hot area for farming drops.  Leave it to the boffins at IGN to discover a new farming area.  But does it work?

Yes…and no.  Yes in the the fact that the loot cave does spawn enemies at a pretty crazy rate.  No..because you’ve gotta get it set up just right.  Here’s a breakdown.

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As pictured above, the loot cave is located in the Rocketyard, in Old Russia.  It’s tucked away in a corner, away from everything.  Moreover, the distance away from the spawn point is quite far.    On top of the spawn point’s position, there are numerous other spawn points near this optimal vantage point and they have to be cleared before the loot cave can spawn monsters.  It’s advantageous to go as a group, so one person can camp the point, and other people can clear the mobs in the Rocketyard.  And there are quite a few of them.

Also, Xur’s location this weekend is in the Tower Hangar, in the back of the bar.  Sounds like where I’m gonna be tonight.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with another Destiny Digest.  See you soon!

-Francis

PSN ID: “lulz1″

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SSB vs. Destiny. (Spoiler: It’s not pretty)

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It’s been a little more than a week since Destiny dropped into our hot little hands here at the SSB-Zaibatsu, and well….sorry.  Ferris and I have been playing this game non-stop.  Big shoutout to Thanh, the Aslaronas, SvN, Fernando, Joseph, and anyone who I’ve rolled with.

Yeah.  Sorry for the lack of updates again, this game has sucked up nearly all my free time.  My life has become a cycle of work -> Destiny -> Sleep -> Destiny -> work.  So is the game worth it?  What do you think?  It’s a shooter X MMO hybrid made by Activision and Bungie.  I can’t really think of how it would suck.  You play as a Guardian, fighting to save earth from aliens and THE DARKNESS.

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Rick James tried to warn us, but we didn’t heed his warning.

I’m a level 27 Human Titan with some pretty sweet gear.  20 is the hard cap, and anything higher than that (for now) is due to equipment EXP and light levels.  Most of that stuff I got was through strike missions, which are 3-man maps where you go from one end to the other, and kill the boss at the end.  It seems generic, but Bungie absolutely kills in the presentation and gameplay departments.

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It’s been a nonstop rush ever since I put the game in my PS4.  Strikes, Raids, Missions, drops, it’s every bit as addicting as WoW was, but since it’s in a FPS form, it feels accessible.  Streamlined.  And most of all…fun.  Playing with your friends only multiplies that effect.

You may remember from my earlier Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance entry my criteria for reviewing games.  Is it fun?  YOU BET YOUR ASS IT IS.

With that in mind, we of SSB hope to see you here, or in Destiny.  Hit me up for a game.  My PSN ID is….on our FB page.  Check it out!

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Top 5 Most Anticipated New Shows of Fall 2014

1. The Flash (CW, Tuesday October 7, 8 p.m.) – I had the opportunity to catch an early screening of the pilot episode and The Flash definitely lived up to the expectations. Set in the same television universe as Arrow, The Flash certainly feels grounded in that reality while maintaining its own tone and idiosyncrasies. Grant Gustin is admirable as the titular character/Barry Allen but the real casting highlight for me is Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Cavanagh since NBC’s Ed and am looking forward to what he’ll bring in the coming weeks.

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2. A to Z (NBC, Thursday October 2, 9:30 p.m.) – Seemingly the heir apparent to How I Met Your Mother (even going as far to include narration from another iconic 90’s parent – Katey Sagal), this show stars The Mother herself Cristin Milioti, and Ben Feldman previously of Mad Men. Of all the new rom-com shows debuting this Fall season, A to Z appeared to be the most promising based on preview trailers alone. And luckily after viewing an advanced online stream of the pilot, I was able to confirm those assumptions. Milioti and Feldman have an undeniable charm and chemistry as Andrew and Zelda. My hope is that the writers will be able to sustain a consistent engaging narrative while further developing supporting characters like Stu, Stephanie, Lydia, Lora, and Dinesh into individuals we can invest in as well.

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3. Black-ish (ABC, Wednesday September 24, 9:30 p.m.) – Some of my favorite shows growing up were family comedies primarily starring minority actors. Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and The Cosby Show were all programs that engaged me in a socially-conscious way and as pure entertainment. Over the years, however, there has been a sharp decline in programs predominantly starring diverse lead actors on all networks. Fortunately, ABC has remedied that this coming season and is coming out with 3 new comedies focusing on Mexican-American families (Cristela), Asian-American families (Fresh off the Boat), and African-American families (Black-ish). The story of Black-ish is described as “A family man (Anthony Anderson as Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.” And on one of the preview clips we see Andre’s son discussing his desire to convert to Judaism in order to throw a bar mitzvah. Black-ish also stars Tracee Ellis Ross as Andre’s wife Rainbow and Laurence Fishburne as “Pops”. With a great time slot following Modern Family, a loveable cast, and a take on the family comedy looking at the ever-evolving meaning of being a minority in America, here’s hoping Black-ish can connect with all audiences like The Cosby Show did 30 years ago.

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4. Gotham (FOX, Monday September 22, 8 p.m.) – I wasn’t sure what to expect from this show when it was first announced. Christopher Nolan’s trilogy recently finished and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a short couple of years away. And despite The Dark Knight being one of my favorite super heroes ever, I’m a bit fatigued with Bruce Wayne and his alter ego. Still, serving as an origin not only for how James Gordon would become the Commissioner we know but also for the various villains Batman would one day combat, there is certainly a lot of fascinating material to be covered. Moreover, as a self-professed fan of The O.C., my interest was certainly piqued when Ben McKenzie was announced as Gordon (although Donal Logue signing on to be Harvey Bullock is my favorite casting choice). And as clips were released and reports began coming in about every episode in the first season featuring a character that could potentially become The Joker, Gotham eventually became a must see show.

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5. Star Wars: Rebels – (DISNEY CHANNEL, Friday October 3, 9 p.m.) – It’s a new dawn for the Star Wars universe. With the previous established Star Wars Expanded Universe now no longer canon and new shows/books/films coming, we find ourselves in a period of civil war endless story possibilities. One of the new stories that will be told revolves around a “crew of the starship Ghost — cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the muscle Zeb, warrior firebrand Sabine, and cantankerous old astromech droid Chopper” set 14 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and 5 years before A New Hope. Now one of the reasons I’m really excited for this show is that the animation style is inspired by Ralph McQuarrie original Star Wars concept art. That sets the animation apart from the previous (and unjustly canceled) Star Wars: The Clone Wars series that was on Cartoon Network. Nevertheless, the style and tone of Star Wars: Rebels is a welcome one.

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Also recommended:

Foo Fighters Sonic Highways (HBO, Friday October 17, 11 p.m.)