Thursday, 29 July 2010
Author - MrCraiggy
Okay, firstly, a couple more apologies that weren't mentioned in the video. Apologies for the video being updated today instead of last night. As you can see, my mind was dead due to fatigue and because the video took a fair while to convert to flash format, I just went to bed, and have been out all day again, so only now am I finding time to upload it.
Also, forgot to mention the winner of our pageview contest was Dev, so expect a guest review from him in the future. Well done Sir!
Also, apologies as it appears the sound drops out of sync about halfway through the video, the audio slips like, half a second behind the video, but hopefully its not too much of a distraction, so here we go, enjoy:
EDIT - It turns out I uploaded the unedited version of the video, so guess what, another apology there. This is the final edit.
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Author - MrCraiggy
Okay, so, once again we're back to NXT. And after last week's disappointing show, I'm hoping to see something of a better lineup this week. It seems we're off to a bad start. First off, Matt Stryker demonstrates the assault course that the Rookies will have to complete as their challenge next week, the winner gaining immunity in next week's poll, so fair enough, this might be good for a chuckle, especially as some of them are vault obstacles that I think Eli could just step over... But then we're on to the proper opening segment, and MVP is in the ring hosting his own talk show slot, the V.I.P. Lounge. His guest? *shudder* "Showtime" Percy Watson... I hope upon hope each and every week that he'll just drop the act, or even downplay it a little, and maybe this will finally be my week?! Nope. Same moronic shuffle, same awkward clapping, same stupid glasses... Okay, let's get this over with...
So MVP's chewing him up about trying to start a Rookie revolution on last week's show and you'd expect Percy, if supposedly having any respect for his Pro to look sorry, but no, he just looks bored and fed up. Anyhoo, MVP then commends these actions, saying that he'd have done the same when he debuted, but has learnt blah blah blah, then asks if Percy has learnt anything from this. So Erkel gets his time to speak... Is there any way I can write this update post while having the show muted? No? Fine!
So Percy's sucking up by saying how much he's learnt and, is anyone else worried that he constantly calls MVP "baby"? Just me? Really? Ugh, fine... At least he's speaking at a tolerable speed this week, but that's because he's all sullen and sowwy, n'awwwww... Right. Professional! Enough Percy bashin unless desperately unavoidable! So Stryker comes out onto the stage and asks MVP why, with the poll next week, people should vote Percy as number one. Athelticism, appearance, verbal skills and charisma. These are the four things MVP says a superstar needs. Agreed. And Percy is athletic, I've never denied that. If he lost the glasses then yes, he'd looks the part too. If he slows his speach down, yes, verbal skills. Charisma? He captivates a crowd, but I don't know, this whole dancing thing, it just looks awkward to me... This would all be well and good if he had a nerdish gimmick, and even the glasses would work then too, but he doesn't, he's supposedly a partying playboy. I don't buy it for a second. Thankfully Stryker cuts Percy short before he speaks for too long. Have I mentioned how I love Matt Stryker?
So anyhoo, Cody and Husky come on to the stage and Cody does his whole "Dashing" mirror bit while Husky just looks menacing, speaking of charisma... Stryker asks Cody the same question about Husky who basically works in his current "How great am I?" heel routine whilst also making out Husky to be great, as a representative for the average American, pointing out his size, but also his remarkable speed and agility. So Cody gets the "You suck" chant, but hey, he's a heel, he's supposed to, s he's doing his job right. Husky then gets his own spot, saying how the WWE has been filled with bodybuilders, six-packs or gimmicks (His example is a miniature midget ninja), and he is none of those, claiming "All I am is real", thus making him fresh and exciting.
So we get our first match of the night, Husky and Cody tag teaming against MVP and Percy. This is where I hate Percy less, and almost like him, because he can actually work the ring really well, but I still can't enjoy his gimmick, and naturally with Husky as one of my picks to win, naturally you can tell how I want this match to go.
Oh, no, spoke to soon. WWE once again are delaying the wrestling, on a wrestling show... We get a video segment talking about Lucky Cannon... General consensus from the Pros is, he looks good, he moves well, but he's plain, nothing stands out about him, which I agree with sadly, as I do want Lucky to do well.
The match now please? Thank you! Also, after the camera panning over the pros, we see that of them, only Kofi is in ring gear, so he'll be in a match later, watch this space.
So Husky and Percy start the match and after some solid strikes, Husky immediately rips off those glasses and throws them out of the ring. I love this guy.
The match progresses, nice bit of back and forth action before Husky and Percy are outside of the ring and brawling amongst the obstacles but are broken up by their pros. Nice, bit of tension built, I like it. So after the commercials it's Cody in the ring with Percy, and Cody's working away, laying in the strikes (He's annoyed cause MVP punched him in the face, afraid his 'dashing' looks might be ruined.)and then Husky's back in and kills Percy with a huge NFL style rush in the corner (He's got a college football background, so this is a nice touch). Pro vs Pro had to happen at some point, so here we go. It's not bad, but we know these guys can wrestle, they're Pros, I wanna see the Rookies! But then, the audience want a show I guess. Rhodes nails his jumping kick he's been using a lot, sometimes billed as the "Beautiful disaster" and then tags in Husky for the big finish. So we get Husky's running senton (With a guy his size, you'll believe it hurts.) and Husky gets the pin over MVP.
This isn't a clip from the above match; it's from Husky's first match, coincidentally also a tag match between these two teams. It's his running senton on Percy. I could watch this all night.
So now we get another video segment, this time about my other pick to win, Michael McGillicutty. General Pro's opinion, he's good. He's passionate about wrestling, he's skilled, but does he have personality? Arguably not seen yet because he's not been given much chance to talk.
Next match: singles action between Lucky Cannon and Alex Riley, this promises to be decent. Before the match, the Rookiea are given a minute to say why they shouldn't be voted off next week and Lucky gives a nice talk about having the time of his life and how it's a dream come true to be in the WWE. Alex Riley just rants about about how he doesn't like the audience and they don't like him but that they care about the WWE doing well then they'll do the right thing and vote for him and The Miz throws in a bit about the reason you should vote for Riley is simple, because the future WWE champion told you to. So, wrestling now? Yes, thank you! Wait, the match is over already?! The hell was that?!
Okay, rewinding the video to the start of the match, from the moment the bell run to the moment the referee counts three, I make it 58 seconds... Less than a minute! Cannon was laying out some nice offense, goes for a flying cross body, misses it and then Riley hits the TKO that he's been using as his finisher. Talk about a throwaway match...
Again, not from the above match, but just to show you the finisher.
Disappointing match. But then, I guess there's still the assault course challenge, and whatever Kofi's in his ring gear for, so I guess they had to rush things. Anyhoo, Miz then pummels Cannon with his Money in the Bank briefcase, why? I dunno, because he's The Miz (and he's awesome). We then get a slot for Morrison and Laycool to talk about Eli and Kaval. Morrison tells a story about sitting in the airport and watching as the NXT Rookies walked past and a kid asked his mum who Eli was. Morrison explains that there's something about Eli that makes him stand out (No kidding, the guy's huge), then Eli takes the mic and asks Stryker who he's gonna vote for, intimidating him into saying Eli, which was nice, I actually liked this bit (And for those paying attention, Eli's grown a moustache as promised, hurray!)
So then Laycool get the mic, and I have to admit, I'm warming to Laycool, they amuse me, especially with Stryker pandering to them as he does. They do their usual 'flawless' routine and then the little man with the big voice gets a say. A lot of people were angry when Kaval came onto NXT and started talking as much as he is doing. Let me give you a brief history: Kaval wrestled a lot on the indie circuit under the name Low-Ki and never really spoke much, giving him that sorting of menacing, cold edge, but now he speaks, that illusion is taken away, and a lot of people didn't like that. I however love it. He's still the same guy, still the same gimmick, but now he talks, and talks well in my opinion. It's a whole new depth that the Low-Ki character never got. He says we should imagine matches with him against the likes of Evan Bourne, Randy Orton or Rey Mysterio, saying that he has the ability, but the audience has the power to make this happen. Clever.
So, challenge time. Not much to say here... It's an obstacle course. Fastest time wins. But, oh, wait, more talking. Kofi talking about MMG, saying how he now calls MMG's fans McGillibuddies... *facepalm* As much as I like McGillicutty, I will never refer to myself as that! MMG then talks about how he has the best pro, is the best rookie and is currently 4-0, a 'perfect' record ('cause his dad was Mr. Perfect). So, now the challenge. MMG set's a very quick time of 26.7 seconds, then Riley throws a tantrum at being made to do the balance beam twice, blaming a ref. Remember I said Eli could step over these hurdles? He did the first one and then just died on the next two... Ugh. And I had faith in the big guy for once too. He gets disqualified for refusing to go back and redo two obstacles, nearly 'attacking' the refs. Cannon comes close with a 28.2, just losing it on the box push. Kaval again stumbling on the box push for a 29.1 but practically flew over the hurdles! Percy's turn, and I love how there's a member of the crowd yelling at him on the balance beam "Slip and fall, oh yeah!" glad to see it's not just me. Husky finishes up with a fun display of tackling the last hurdle, literally ploughing it over and then walking the rest of the course with that cocky strut of his for a 50.3. The slowest, but boy was that fun to watch. So Michael McGillicutty wins immunity on next week's vote. Time's up, so why was Kofi in ring gear for crying out loud?!
Voting is open now at www.wwe.com so go and vote for Husky!
This is Mr Craiggy, signing out.
NXT and all characters and gimmicks are property of the WWE.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
The Dave's review on Inception
Every once in a while a gem of a film comes along and at first I pay little interest till I just make a dive and decide to see it, often not expecting much. Those films that actually surprisingly make you feel glad that you went to see that said film are normally one of the best film experiences you can have , the joy of taking the dive, Inception was one of those films to myself.
I was wary at first the trailer looked ok (more like an apocalyptic film by the trailer) and it was often given a tag line which was 'It is like the Matrix and James Bond' upon hearing those fatefull and scary words they not only raised the bar but lowered my expectation. No one should relate to those films its a dangerous game of playing with fire, but you know what I actually felt I prefered this film to the original Matrix (a contraversial statement I know) allthough the Matrix defined a certain 'you cant believe everything you see feel' and the whole sci-fi modern outlook, it didnt feel it had as much substance as this latest critic raving machine.
The plot seems more fluid in comparison to the matrix and the unique features of the film are well executed and made perfect sense, and allthough it is a long film it wasnt too bogged down by too much unneccessary details. I was a little biased at first, I was a sceptic of any film featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, I certainly wasnt his biggest fan, but hand on heart I felt his performance was actually quite a good standard apart from one scene where he's meant to scream out in sorrow which I will be honest wasn't at all that great in fact that one part spoilt his acting a little. The other cast wasnt too bad but I felt Joseph Gordon-Levitt was acting a little two dimensionally allmost too much like a Neo personality, barely showing much expression in anything, allthough this does add to some light hearted comedic moments.
I was expecting a very complex plot and allthough it is, its soo well executed that its not too hard for the head to get around. The plot itself is incredibly well thought out, its a rare movie that allthough could have been very pretentious, turned out to be a very enjoyable and fluid film. The long length of this film made me at first dread the fact that I may become uncomfortable and fidget, however after watching it, not a second of that time felt wasted, it was a great film and truely has become one of my top five films of all time and you may disagree (your entitled to, it is your opinion) I will still stand by my guns and say this is one of the top in its genre, Christopher Nolan has done well with this film.
I may re-visit this film at a later date and review it more fully but seeing it has only recently been released I felt I shouldn't spoil it and just simply state my opinion and to tell you all to view it and you won't regret it.
Thanks alot Dave
Friday, 16 July 2010
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Author - MrCraiggy
Okay, so, once again Tuesday has passed us by and it's time for my next NXT update.
This week's show is an interesting one, as not only do we have our usual Pros and Rookies, but also we have the Rookies of season one, currently involved in a storyline on WWE's Raw show where they are a heel (Bad) stable (Group)called the Nexus. So first, a little backstory on this. Wade Barret won the first season of NXT, which made me happy as not only is he English, but from the best part of England, the north. And not only is he northern, but practically a neighbour to me, being from Manchester. Hurray for local talent! Anyhoo, after season one of NXT finished, Wade Barret and the other NXT rookies came on Raw and started some trouble, Wade claiming that WWE management treated them unfairly and how they all wanted contracts. This story has progressed and now they all have contracts and are focussing on kicking seven shades of the brown stuff out of John Cena, which I am very much enjoying.
So here they are, back on NXT and claiming they want no trouble, they just want to enjoy the show... We shall see.
So, on to our first match, a tag match between The Miz and Alex Riley against Mark Henry and Lucky Cannon. Now, the previous night on Raw, Mark Henry was announced as the final participant in Raw's "Money in the Bank" match this coming weekend and so had to wrestle a match against The Miz. So this is kind of almost a grudge match, but not played up on at all... Because NXT's all about the Rookies after all.
Alex Riley started the match off against Henry and got thrown around a bit whilst spouting about getting through him to get to The Miz. I'm warming more to Riley, but I still think his gimmick is too similar to Jack Swagger's at the moment for him to go anywhere currently. Henry finally throws Riley out of the ring and then starts shouting at Miz, reminding everyone that these two have issues, but I just want to watch the Rookies... Is that so much to ask in a show about them? So, seeing that The Miz is reluctant to tag, Henry tags in Cannon who hopefully will have a chance to show off a bit more after some tough breaks these past few weeks. Needless to say, we get this. Cannon gets some nice offense in, showing both some technical and striking ability and knocking Riley outside again but then it goes horribly wrong as Cannon tries to dive out after Riley with a 'Plancha' (Nothing difficult, just jumping out over the top rope and landing onto your opponent) but coming a bit short and, from the camera angle, it actually looks like he caught his head on the 'steel' ring steps... If that was a genuine mistake, that'll cost him...
Genuine mistake or not, the match carries on and The Miz is tagged in to beat on Cannon some more. Once again, Michael Cole is annoying as ever with his commentary, making cultural references, likening The Miz to other sporting coaches to try and sound cool... Guh, I wish they'd fire him... Anyhoo, we get a brief bit of Miz and Henry, blah blah blah, Miz sneaks a tag to Riley who then gets beaten by Henry, match over. Not bad, but nothing special.
After this, we get a video segment of the Pros talking about Riley, same story, Morrison and Rhodes making me chuckle as usual. But back to the action! No WWE, I said action, not a recap of Nexus pounding on Cen- Oh, okay, but only because I like watching Cena get beaten up. No, no, NO! I said action! Not Percy Watson's talk-show segment that he questionably won in last week's "Talk the Talk" challenge... Ugh, this is going to be painful... Oh, look, they called it "Showtime", how original, because that's his ring name... I can feel the aneurysm forming already. Oh well, let's get this over with. I hope he interviews the Nexus and gets beaten up...
I can barely understand a word he's saying and from the sound of the crowd reacting when he gets them to spout his "Oh yeah!" catchphrase, I'm pretty sure hardly any of them can either... Slow down when you speak! Honestly... How did he win this again?!
So, his guest is his Pro, MVP. *sigh* And I was hoping for another six-on-one beatdown on someone I hate from the Nexus.
Wow, the crowd really don't know what to make of this... And I can't blame them. Seriously, MVP just asked them to give Percy a pat on the back for learning so much and doing so well, and like, barely anybody clapped or anything... Are you watching WWE? Are you learning? I hope so! And so the segment continues, degenerating into an en masses Rookies VS Pros brawl, again... But wait, oh no! Matt Striker comes out and makes it an official match, Rookies and Pros, every man for themself in an over the top rope Battle Royale! This could be fun! Oh, this is getting even better, Wade Barret jumps in and gets the Nexus involved, making it a 20 man Battle Royale. So, this is apparently the big match of the night, I'll try and keep up and point out the good bits.
The match starts with Nexus clearing the ring and letting everyone else wear each other down and thin the field first. Clever, but expected. So, Mark Henry gets eliminated first and Nexus pounce, kicking him while he's down. Eli's out next and Nexus do the same. Beginning to see a pattern?
MVP's out, then Kofi and Morrison come to his aid, but didn't eliminate themselves so promtply get back in the ring. Aaaaand Percy's out, hurrah! Sadly Nexus are back in the ring, so no beatings for him... Husky Harris has a valiant effort of taking Nexus on 6-on-1, but promptly gets eliminated, around the same time as Alex Riley and Kaval too. Oh look, all of this season's Rookies have been eliminated and it's the remaining Pros against Nexus... Come on WWE! This is NXT, it's supposed to be about the development of the Rookies, not your storylines! Anyhoo, it's 6-on-5, Zack Ryder starts mouthing off, which is kinda funny, but then gets eliminated by The Miz who then gets a telling off from Morrison, but this kinda works, as Miz was a Pro on season 1 too, and he's talking about that, yadda yadda yadda, I don't care now, I wanted to watch the Rookies. Miz eliminates himself dropping it to 2-on-1 odds for the Pros, Morrison, Kofi and Rhodes. Rhodes does nothing, Morrison fights back (Because he's ace!) So Kofi and Morrison get eliminated leaving Rhodes 6-on-1, we've seen it all before... And then another issue with this match that I had was, it's supposedly every man for himself. Wade Barret even said before the match that he was going to win it, but once Rhodes is eliminated, the bell is rung and Nexus are declared all winners... Wha?
So, the show ends with Nexus boasting once again how awesome they are. Blah blah blah. For a show supposedly about the next generation of the WWE, they did nothing this week... Very disappointed, not with the Rookies (Aside from Percy) no, but the WWE in general... Yes, understandably, they want to get Nexus more screen time and establish them as the new villains etc. But do it on their own show! Now, arguably, NXT was their show first, but they moved on, they're on Raw now, and they should stay there in my opinion! I don't watch NXT for the Pros or Nexus, I watch for the Rookies, and as such am sorely disappointed by this week's episode... Anyways, Money in the Bank pay-per-view this weekend, and two weeks til the next elimination, so here's hoping we get some better performances between then...
This is Mr Craiggy, signing out.
NXT and all characters and copyrights belong to the WWE.
Monday, 12 July 2010
Author - MrCraiggy
Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen, online heroes and villain alike. I would like to take a moment to talk to you about a long standing Japanese franchise, Kamen Rider.
Kamen Rider is a Japanese "Tokusatsu" (Live action drama, often featuring superheroes) series that started off in 1971 and was created by Shotaro Ishinomori and progressed throughout the years with various incarnations until the late 80's and the debut of Kamen Rider: Black RX, which some of you may recognise the costume from, as we got a version of it over here as the poorly received "Masked Rider"
After RX, there were no official Kamen Rider series, but there were movies such as "Shin" "ZO" and "J" but this marked the end of what is referred to as the "Showa" era of Kamen Rider. Now, my knowledge of the Showa era is patchy at best, having only seen bits of "Black" and "Black RX", and watching "ZO" and "J" with Siddd (I still prefer Sidders) so there's really not much I can say about it.
Sadly, in 1998, Ishinomori died, but during 1997, he had been working on a new project to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kamen Rider. Upon his death, production was sped up and this led to the creation of the modern age of Kamen Rider. This is now affectionately referred to as the Heisei era of the Kamen Rider franchise.
The Heisei era began with the release of Kamen Rider: Kuuga in January of 2000 with the tag line "A new hero, a new legend." and it is with Kuuga that my Kamen Rider journey properly began. Having only been properly aware of the existance of Kamen Rider for around three years now, I decided that it was best for me to start at the beginning of my generation's Riders, and that led me to Kuuga.
Kuuga continued on the trend of Kamen Riders having multiple forms, first started I believe with Kamen Rider Stronger's "Charge Up" mode and then continued in Black RX with "Roborider" and "Biorider" forms, Kuuga himself having a total of 11 forms!
After Kuuga followed a series called Kamen Rider: Agito, which was the official 30th anniversary show. Agito was the first series to feature multiple Riders within the series, Agito having a total of three, "Agito", "G3", and "Gils". Agito is also a semi-sequel to Kuuga in that the G3 suit was developed as a countermeasure by the police to fight against the "Unidentified Lifeforms" which was the term used for the Grongi, Kuuga's foes. Also, the monsters in Agito are referred to simply as "Unknowns". Another similarity was in the primary rider costumes, Agito's armour looked very similar to that of Kuuga with the bulky chestpiece and crested helmet.
The Heisei era progressed successfully, with each new series bringing in a steady amount of viewers and maintaining ratings. In my opinion, as with all franchises, some series' were better than others; for example, my particular favourite Kamen Rider series to date (Though Double comes close) is Kamen Rider: 555
555's main Rider was called "Faiz", a Japanglish pun on the plural of the number 5, or literally, fives. I could literally talk about 555 as a series all night, but I'll save that for another review. Needless to say, I love it, but even 555 had it's moments of sheer annoyance.
In 2005, Kamen Rider hit the big screen once more with Kamen Rider: The First. This movie was a reimagining of the original Kamen Rider series and revitalised the old Showa veteran with a shiny new look and in my opinion, a great movie. Now, some parts of the movie did seem a little redundant and pointless, but still, some top notch action! This shall be reviewed at a later date, probably with myself and Siddd as this is another of the Kamen Rider areas we've co-watched (He's going to hate me someday for getting him into Kamen Rider) and this was followed in 2007 with Kamen Rider: The Next, introducing Kamen Rider V3 into the movie storyline and following almost directly from The First.
2007 also brought about perhaps the most loved of the Heisei Rider series', which, at first, I could not understand, because upon first trying to watch the series, Kamen Rider: Den-O failed to impress me... I have however gone back and tried to watch it again and must admit, it does have it's charms as well as it's flaws, as with every series. The fact that still to this date, three years on, they are still expanding Den-O as it's own sub-franchise with the new movie triple bill is testament to it's success.
In 2009, Japanese viewers were gifted with the debut of the Heisei era's 10th anniversary show, Kamen Rider: Decade. Now, here's where things get interesting. The whole premise of Decade is that, all of the universe's of the previous Kamen Riders are collapsing in on each other and it is up to Decade to travel between them and stop this. Throughout the series he is heralded as a destroyer of worlds, but then goes on to save the world of whichever Rider featured in that episode. He would then gain the abilities of that Rider and add them to his own repetoire. Now, my main argument with Decade as a series is, continuity... For starters, every single Rider's backstory is changed within Decade. Now, this can easily be cast aside as a temporal distortion caused by the collapsing of the universes, but also, Kuuga and Agito both get their own episodes. Kuuga infact decides to follow Decade along on his mission and travels to the different worlds with him. Now, if Agito was supposed to be a sequel to Kuuga, why do they both have different worlds? Needless to say, this annoyed me. Siddd can attest to how angry I got with Decade as a series, especially with the 555 episode...
Now, our current Rider series is Kamen Rider: W, or Double. Double has taken on a completely new dynamic for a Kamen Rider series, having two primary heroes, Shotaro (A nice little homage) and Philip (His real name's Raito, but go with it) who, when they transform, actually merge to become one Rider, hence the name Double, the 2-in-1 Rider. This series is, quite frankly incredible. I was dubious at first, I saw the promotional photos of Double's outfit and I hated it! But I gave the series a chance and boy was I surprised... Even the costume's grown on me! Double mixes the classic superhero-fights-monsters format of every Kamen Rider series, but also a funny detective story too! I'm sad to say that this series has only around eight weeks left on air before it finishes and we get our next Rider series, Kamen Rider: OOO, or Ozu, again a Japanglish pun of the plural of the letter O, or O's.
Ozu, I can't say anything about yet aside from what the previews have revealed. There seems to be a traffic light theme to the Rider's costume, which I assume is strengthened by the OOO logo, looking like Japanese traffic lights. But there also seems to be some kind of animal theme too, but at the moment, things are still pretty unclear. They've even managed to keep their second Rider hidden and secret, but have revealed all of Ozu's forms already, which is interesting.
So I shall leave you with that, and the parting words of Kamen Rider Accel, the second Rider in the Double series. "Saa, furikiri ze!" or for those without a translator "Now, let's break away!"
This is Mr Craiggy, signing out!
Kamen Rider is currently the property of Ban Dai and all copyrights belong to them so far as I'm aware.
Friday, 9 July 2010
Author - MrCraiggy
Okay, so, a few exciting new developments.
As you may have noticed, there's a new segment started up, the "Retro Retrospective." Big plans for this segments with lots of ideas on what to review such as cartoons, and even old toy crazes, so if you have any ideas, please voice them either as a comment here, or on the shoutbox, or on the e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
That brings me on to the new 'gadgets' on the site. Two of which were previously mentioned on the Retro Retrospective video, those being the shoutbox and our fishies. These are fun little additions to just add a bit of extra flair to the site. Also, not lying when I said you can feed the fishies, go try, go click on the box and it drops food for them which they then swarm around and devour, it's kinda neat. Also, a note about the shoutbox, you'll see three boxes at the bottom, one for name, one for URL and one for message. Please please please change your name from 'Guest' as anonymous messages are never fun to work out.
Our final update (Aside from the obvious change in colour scheme) is the addition of our good friend Sonic. That's right, everyone's favourite blue hedgehog is now a part of the Three Guys team down at the bottom of the page, so go play and enjoy!
Finally, just an update on reviews. Until a time comes where the three guys of Three Guys can properly reconvene, I am unfortunately alone, and Dave and Sid are all the way in Worcester, our base of operations, so may work together on some reviews, but until September at the latest, it's seperate reviews, and unless they figure out a way to 'make the magic happen', I'm the only one able to make videos...
So that's just a brief update on where we stand with regards to the site, thank you for your loyalty, and we look forward very much to your feedback
Mr Craiggy, signing out for now.
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Author - MrCraiggy
If the video box comes up blank, click it a few times, that should work.
Okay, so it seems that not all of you are wrestling fans, and I understand this, so I made this quick little video for you guys of what I hope will be a regular feature which I have lovingly entitled the "Retro Retrospective" though I only thought of this title after editing the video and setting it to upload... Oh well, live and learn.
This is M.A.S.K.
Now, I looked online and found that m.a.s.k. stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand (Spelling error for the sake of coolness makes me cry) and v.e.n.o.m. stands for Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem. Yeah, vicious AND evil...
I also did a bit more digging and found that the guy who turned invisible was called Jacques, and one of the characters, Buddy, had a mask called Penetrator which allowed him to move through solid matter, and there were just a load of other fun mask powers too, like another character, Brad. His mask could create realistic holograms to trick people. These are to mention but a few of the more fun masks.
Also, this had like one of the catchiest songs ever, as did a lot of kids shows from the mid to late 80's! Check it out!
And as with all cartoons, it was all about the toys!
So that's the Retro Retrospective! Hope you enjoyed it, now feed our fish!
Mr Craiggy, signing out.
M.A.S.K. is published by and copyright to DIC Entertainment.
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Author - MrCraiggy
Okay, so, Tuesday has once again been and gone, and that means another episode of WWE's NXT program. This means it's the second part of my NXT play by play updates.
I'm writing this as I'm watching the show, so everything I write is as it happens in my eyes and there may be contradictions to things said previously in this update. That being said, I am also issuing a SPOILERS warning for this update.
So, last week's show ended with Titus O'Neil being eliminated, and my man Husky Harris is now trailing in 7th place after the poll last week. Needless to say I'm a little curious to see if he's going to actually stay on the show, being one of my two picks to win (Michael McGillicutty is currently 3rd.)
Okay, for starters, our host Matt Striker is asking the Pros what they thought about last week's elimination. Obviously, they ask Zack Ryder, as it was his rookie that was eliminated and I have to admit, now that Zack Ryder's gimmick has been explained to me (Thank you Jon) I do have a bit more respect for the guy, but still not wowing me. Then they ask John Morrison, who as mentioned in the last update, the crowd (and myself) adore. He takes a verbal shot at The Miz (They used to be tag team partners/friends but then Miz turned heel(bad)) and Miz bounces back with some mock laughter, which is fun. The Miz incidentally is really impressing me at the minute with his heelery.
Then our Rookies are introduced and make their way to the ring, now with their rank on their name when it comes up on screen too. This is also met with Michael Cole spouting his apparent catchphrase for this season when referring to Eli Cottonwood as a 'strange dude'. A little on this before we continue; myself and my friend Sam (Check out his blog at http://glassbeard.blogspot.com) have come up with the WWE drinking game, and one of the rules for Michael Cole is whenever he spouts his catchphrase of "Vintage", take a drink. This phrase of "strange dude" seems to be creeping in as a possible future rule.
Striker talks to a few rookies about their ranks, including Husky, who talks about Striker of all people knowing how dangerous he is (Husky attacked Striker two weeks ago as the show was coming to a close.) and if Striker thought he should be 7th. The mic then passes to Riley, who kinda fluffs his slot by saying Mr. MacMahon (Owner of the WWE) is his boss, when technically speaking, none of these rookies have officially been hired by the WWE yet, well, storywise anyway. This is actually picked up quickly by Michael Cole, so points to him there, for once. Also, Riley plays up the bully angle again by mocking Kaval's height (Kaval's our current #1 slot). Kaval then gets a chance to come back on the mic, and seriously, I want to take this moment to make a point. Even if you're not a wrestling fan, watch any of this series of NXT and pay close attention to Kaval. Like I said last update, this guy is tiny. I mean, he's shorter and lighter than me! But when he speaks, he's got this deep, echoey voice that you just do not expect to come from a guy that small. Check it out! Anyhoo, he takes a shot at Riley by saying that it's the fans who voted too, and all those people can't be wrong, yadda yadda, usual face mic-work, which is good to see, but nothing special.
Now, this is interesting. This week's challenge is to cut a promo, which basically means the rookies are given only forty seconds each (Ten to think, thirty to talk) where they're given a random topic which they have to then talk about. This was hit and miss last season, as a lot of last season's rookies didn't have much microphone experience, but this season has a lot of potentially good talkers, so I'm excited now.
Oh dear. Percy's up first... *sigh* Okay, here we go. His topic: Glasses... Meh, okay, he worked he mic okay, but we knew he could do that already. He still annoys me though. "I've got two words for you" Yeah, and I've got two words for you Watson, and they're not "Oh yeah!", they're the ancient words of D-Generation X, so Percy, my two words for you, suck it!
Right, Kaval, not the best talker in the business, but not bad, and as mentioned, awesome voice! His topic: Chicken. This should be amusing... Not a bad little spot (Sorry, short jokes aside) talking about how the WWE has no room for chickens, and how he's not one. Again, it's what I expected, but nice.
Eli's turn. Not got high hopes for this... But he may surprise me. His topic: Moustaches. Okay, that was funny. Eli, who's not struck me as much of a talker, turns the topic of moustaches into a bit about how moustaches are for real men, and how he can grow the best moustache of the rookies. Nice!
MMG next. His topic: Breath. Okay, not a bad little spot, talking about his background again, Grandson of a legend, son of a champion, by the end of NXT, he'll take our breaths away. A little bit of a copout, but they let it slide.
Now it's Husky, so I'm obviously excited. His topic: Doorknobs! (I should probably explain this, but I won't.) Okay, more of a rant about being 7th after saying he used a doorknob to get into the building. A little shaky on his delivery... My high hopes for him are not boding well, I think he actually may be voted off people. Thankfully this isn't an elimination night.
Okay, Lucky Cannon's turn. He won last week's challenge, so here we go. His topic: Deodorant. Not bad! Not bad at all. Saying how deodorant is for smelly, sweaty people, but how deodorant also needs those people. He then says that he is the deodorant and the WWE is the sweaty person, how the WWE needs him and he needs the WWE, not a bad little bit.
Okay, A-Ri, Alex Riley. His topic: Pidgeons. We already know Riley can talk, so this should be funny. More witty banter, more bullyish put downs. Yep Riley's good on the mic.
Ugghhh... Percy 'won', despite the crowd cheering a hell of a lot louder for Kaval... Great. This means that on next week's NXT, Percy gets his own chat-show segment... Somebody find me something solid to hit my head against please?
Anyway, on with the show! And we have our first match of the night, Percy against MMG. No prizes for guessing who I'm voting for... I'd like to take this moment, to say once again that Percy is good in the ring, and on the mic, he is a good worker, it's just that he annoys me. I can acknowledge his ability, and do infact respect him for it, but my personal opinion prevents me from liking him.
Okay, as expected, a good match from two good in ring workers, and thankfully, MMG won. Percy got in a little bit of offense, but it was pretty one sided. Neither rookie used their finishers (Percy's DDT or MMG's swinging neckbreaker) and MMG won it with a very athletic sunset flip. This raises MMG's stats to 4 matches, 4 wins.
Then we have a video segment of the Pros talking about Titus including a few of them mocking his trademark call, which you may remember I referred to as sounding like a horny wildebeest. This got me laughing as John Morrison says it sounds more like a Walrus, and The Miz went along the lines of "Really? that's his highlight reel?" and then back to John Morrison mocking his field goal taunt, again something I pointed out last time. Needless to say, I liked this segment, beautifully capped off with "Dashing Cody Rhodes saying that Titus should brush his teeth. Priceless!
We then get a replay of Titus' leaving words to the WWE Universe, which, say what you want, I feel was actually probably the most genuine and inspirational segments I've seen in a long time, telling people that yeah, sure, life is hard some times, but we still have to do what we can to, as Titus puts it "Make it a win". For what it's worth, we all know that Titus did not impress me, but his ideals, his message to the fans, that was admirable, and so credit where it's due for that.
More singles action again, this time Pro vs Rookie, The Miz vs Kaval. Now, unless WWE are going to really put a lot of fuel for a push behind Kaval, it's safe to say that Miz is going to win this. But here we go anyway.
Yep, Miz with the win, though Kaval got in some nice offense and almost hit his finisher, but it was safe to say that they're not letting a rookie beat a pro just yet.
One thing I have noticed this episode is actually letting whoever's by ringside cheering on, they've actually been standing on the apron of the ring instead of on the floor outside. Odd. Serves no real purpose. Just pointing out the difference.
We now have a video segment where the pros are talking about Eli, and much of the same thing, the pros are saying what I did last time. Sure he's big, but he's clumsy and awkward. A good bit of mentoring from my man John Morrison will sort that out though.
Okay, so now we're on to our main event of the night, a tag team match between the team of Mark Henry and his rookie Lucky Cannon and "Dashing" Cody Rhodes and his rookie, Husky Harris. This is probably going to be an above average match, and hopefully Husky'll continue to show his stuff. But first, we get the usual plug of what's happening in the rest of the WWE world, sorry, Universe... And then another video segment, this time about Husky Harris. Needless to say, most of the pros are saying he's great, so I dunno, this one could go either way people. I hope things change around and he does a lot better.
Anyway, the match! Short. This would be the word to sum up this match. Short... But good. Cody and Husky showing some good team psychology, Husky getting some solid moves in on Mark Henry, Cody getting the win on Lucky Cannon.
All in all, not a bad show. Could still go anyone's way. As for this style of review, the 'as it happens' style, I'm not sure it works textually, so if I was to do this again, I'd definitely have to do a video segment... Something to consider for the future...
This is Mr Craiggy, signing out.
NXT and all characters and trademarks are property and copyright to the WWE.
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Spoilers Alert- I will referance some in-game moments
So basically this is 'the Dave' doing a written review of Alan Wake and im going to have to really be brutal to myself, because I will be honest I dont enjoy picking holes into games I actually really enjoy. That being said there are moments that even I can see why people would get a little irritated, this was to be the next beloved offspring to Remedy Entertainment. Can I just say that this is the company who made Max Payne.... firstly does something strike you..... for one the title of both the games are the main protagonists. Secondly they hint towards the theme of the game 'Max Payne' sounds like 'Max Pain' which seems to be some referance to the undercurrent of the game, revenge, suffering and general action focused game.
'Alan Wake' is no different, with 'Wake' in his name suggesting he's got to try and wakeup from a nightmare which will seem never ending or to be precise a darkness.
Im all up for title relevance in fact I applaud it, but when it is also a protagonists name and not just for one of your intellectual properties but both... it may seem quirky to you but to us it seems lazy. However put this ridiculously over used title element aside and lets delve into it.
Now if theres one thing this game managed to achieve was alot of pressure, pressure to get it right. Remedy was hyping the game up badly and what made matters worse was that Max Payne was a highly popular intellectual property, which had fans begging for this to be 'The Game!' (sorry everyone)to top even the Max Payne franchise. It was hoping to be the game that defined Xbox 360, much like how Halo influenced Xbox sales to a degree back in the day, and much like how we connect certain characters with certain consoles/companies Mario with Nintendo, Master Cheif Xbox, Sonic with..... enough with sonic allready Sega!!! your only destroying him!!!
unfortunatly it did not achieve that, however they did create in my opinion a damn fine game and I will tell you why...
I may be a sucker to thrillers, but this really does feel like a fluid psycological thrill ride and allthough not the scariest of games you can buy, the darkness does throw you into slightly tense moments. It does however get bogged down to the fact that the game screams out 'Stephen King!!!' as if this one game was purely made as a hommage...hell on numerous occasions the protagonist...Alan...*pause*...Wake *sigh* mentions how he was allways inspired by Stephen King. "You and all the Stephen King fans out there Al!", it does often confuse me on whither the developers wanted to purely make this game a homage to Stephen King and basically call the game 'Stephen King....true story documentary' What it loses with the Stephen King esque loose plot it gains with good implemented results.
Its anouther adult title for a maturer audience, I would say comparable to the matureness of Heavy Rain maybe a little less so, its nice also to view a game which dosn't have the main protagonist as a pumped up action man and as a character who stands as a believable middle aged adult, dealing with problems in his life.
The episodic nature was very unique and characteristic of the game, and grabbed my attention on numerous occasions it also acted as 'put the controller down and relax moments'. The whole music at the end and re-cap at the beginning was a nice touch, I felt like I was participating within an actual thriller tv series and it actually works, only gripe is that later portions of the game become longer so its not allways a great estimate to when to put your controller down to take a break.
A gripe that a number of people state is that the environment becomes too similar after a while, particularily the beautifully rendered Woodland/forest scenes. I disallow this argument, everyones entitled to an opinion, however I feel that you cant argue about the featured environments because it stayed fitting with both plot and the isolated tense atmosphere. It wasn't at all possible to change locations too much without it seeming surreal and losing its isolated feeling. The woods seemed to go on forever, but that is a brilliant atmosphere, its exactly how I feel when I go into the woodland or I start watching a good horror film.
Anouther gripe that angers me is when people argue that due to the finding of pages you could tell what was about to happen which killed your fear factor...(aka.Yahtzee haha) well your partly right but it still dosn't change the fact that none of the pages declaire when that event or enemy will actually occure, so the element of surprise is still present. Its like if you went into a cinema to watch a horror film you know there is going to be an attempt to scare you, hell there are moments where its painfully obvious something is going to go wrong, but you still jump. The pages were a big plot element and to get rid of them or just simply replace them with unreadable pages would of been unbeneficial.
So we come back full circle to mention the plot again which does feature some twists allthough the twists are a little predictable and you can work out a few things from the offset. The characters themselves are relatively well developed in this game, there are the odd few characters who seem a little stale, but in comparison to some games of this generation, it does quite well to develope characters in what could be a restrictive means of any form of character development.
The action itself is unique and people could argue its a gimmick and if so its the only gimmick of this generation that has actual reason to be present. Motion sensing wii remotes have less purpose to be present in any game, so in comparison Alan Wake shows the wii how things should be implemented within reason. The gimmick was light being used as a weapon and it fits in nicely with plot, gameplay and general visual design. The light generally didnt kill some of the opposition bar a few, hence why you also carry a handy gun, ammo is reletively restrictive at times depending on the difficulty, I found that on normal I had a fair amount of ammo and there really was only one single part about halfway through where I completely lost ammo, however thats partly due to reckless shooting.
Finally I will put this review to a close even though I could say plenty more, the worst aspect of this game is the mouth animations, they still seem to suffer from the same horrid mouth problems in Max Payne (maybe they dont have a proper dentist and their mouths are constantly in pain...still doesn't explain the geometric mouths though haha) seriously, these are up there as the worst mouth animations for a realism game I have seen for quite some time, but put aside the minor faults and look at the great benefits and you have quite a good underated action game which will satisfy you for some hours, it may not be the longest game, but it certainly adds a fair whack of gaming hours, and also implements a nice story, maybe not the most memorable game, but worth experiencing.
Thanks for reading and generally being allround good guys, from 'The Dave'....stay awesome viewers!
Author - MrCraiggy
SPOILERS!! - Some people reading this may not have seen NXT and will not know some of the events I am referencing, and so I post this spoiler warning.
Okay, so, for those of you who know me, you'll know that I am a HUGE wrestling fan. But, to the extent that I actually want to wrestle, and have trained to do so in the past, and do hope to do so again in the future (Watch this space) and so I understand a lot about the business and how it works. This being said, I've always found shows such as WWE's NXT program, and it's previous incarnation "Tough Enough" as a little confusing. I've never understood how much is legitimate reality tv, and how much is already decided beforehand like in other shows such as Raw and Smackdown.
So, the premise for NXT is 8 "Rookies" compete against each other over several weeks, the winner getting themselves a WWE contract (Or with the first season, everyone getting a contract, aside from poor Daniel Bryan). They are accompanied on their journey through this exhibitioning process by a WWE superstar assigned to them as a "Pro" mentor. Now, this is a fun idea, as it allows for bonus interactions between rookie and pro, which can make for some good TV. I refer again to last season with The Miz and Daniel Bryan.
So, this season's rookies are as follows:
Alex Riley - Riley is your classic 'Jock' character. A brilliant college athlete who thinks he's better than everyone else and plays up the bully aspect of his character. Now, Riley is very entertaining in my opinion. He's good both in the ring and on the mic. His character comes over very well and it just plain works... However, that being said, at the moment it just feels like it's a little bit too familiar... Can somebody say "Jack Swagger clone"? I knew you could... I've noticed recently, he's played up the prementioned 'bully' aspect of his character, which draws away from the Swagger similarities, so I'm hopeful for Riley, but I'm not sure he'll make it all the way. Riley's pro is The Miz, the only returning Pro to season 2, and they work very nicely together.
Eli Cottonwood - Well, what can we say about Eli? He's BIG standing at seven feet tall, he is a giant in the ring. So why doesn't this work for him? Well, as far as giant characters go (Like Andre, Big Show, Khali) Eli's tiny! Not in height, oh no, but he's pretty thin for a big guy, and so just doesn't carry that same intimidation factor that other big guys seem to possess... Plus, I dunno, he just moves awkwardly in the ring. Also, his Pro is John Morrison, who I adore as a Superstar! But, again, Eli's going for a sort of sick, twisted, destroy everything in his way gimmick, which just doesn't gel with Morrison's flamboyance and entertainment factor. Not a good pairing, despite Morrison's awesomeness. I expect Eli to be voted off soon.
Husky Harris - This guy is one of my picks to win! I love him right now. I've loved him since the end of season 1 when they showed promo videos of the season 2 rookies. As soon as I saw his promo, I knew I'd like this guy. Husky Harris is what is referred to as a 'Legacy' wrestler, meaning that someone in his family, usually dad or grandad, was a professional wrestler. In Husky's case, both! This makes him a third-generation wrestler, but recently he's taken this down the heel (bad guy) route by trying to, and I quote, "make an impact" by proving he's not his daddy/grandaddy, he's his own man, and he's better. This works excellently with his Pro, Cody Rhodes, who has a very similar angle, also being a Legacy wrestler. Husky's a big guy, weighing 295lbs (That's 21 stone people) he's no lightweight, but DAMN can this guy move! I have a huge amount of respect for him, not being the smallest guy myself. Husky's fast, agile, and jumps like a cruiserweight should, much like myself, so VERY high hopes for him!
Kaval - Kaval is this season's top indie worker (The indie circuits in wrestling basically being the smaller companies that don't get TV time often but have big cult followings) who the WWE are trying to make look rubbish. Last season's being Daniel Bryan (Or Bryan Danielson as he was on the indies). Kaval (Or Low-Ki as you may know him) is a martial arts, striking master in the ring and is, quite frankly, tiny. His motto rings true though: "It's not the size of the fighter, but the size of the fight he will bring." Secretly, I want Kaval to do well, and so does everyone else who has any knowledge of wrestling outside of the WWE, but deep down I feel he's just going to get brushed aside. His pros are the diva team of Laycool. Now, Divas are the title given to the WWE's womens wrestlers. That's right, he's being mentored, by women... The ridicule begins... Don't get me wrong, Laycool entertain me, but no, just no...
Lucky Cannon - Lucky, a very fitting name. He was saved from elimination this past week by winning the rookie challenge and thus gaining immunity from the poll. Now, Lucky's another guy I like. He's the epitomy of the babyface, or 'face' (good guy). Handsome, clean shaven, athletic... He's not had much luck (ironically) in the ring so far though, but has shown some decent in-ring ability. His Pro, Mark Henry, I think is just happy of the extra screen time... Nothing to say here. This Pro/Rookie team doesn't do anything good or bad for me, he's just there...
Michael McGillicutty - A long name, granted, but MMG is our second Legacy rookie this season, and is showing the other side of the legacy coin by dedicating his wrestling and doing it for his dad, the late "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig. I like MMG. Like his dad, he's an excellent in-ringer and can work a mic too... His Pro, Kofi. Well, I like Kofi, but sadly, this is just another throwaway pairing I think. Kofi's huge right now, the fans love him, so I think WWE just put him as a Pro to pull in more viewers. Michael McGillicutty is my second pick to win!
Percy Watson - Oh dear... Remember Erkel? Right, now imagine Erkel but bald, athletically built, and with a slightly less annoying voice. That's Percy Watson. Honestly, I don't know how he's doing so well... Sure, he works well, he's very athletic and pulls off some very nice looking moves, but he prances around like a Night Fever reject and insists on wearing the stupidest glasses and always bearing his teeth in a goofy grin... Seriously, he annoys me, and I hope he's voted of very very soon. His Pro is MVP and, sure, they work well together, but I just can't get excited about this teaming as Percy annoys me so much!!
Finally, there's Titus O'Neil, but I'm not going to say anything about him, because he was the first to be eliminated, and rightly so. He's a former NFL player who thinks he can get by in the wrestling business because he's muscular... No! Stop it! Bad WWE! Tie this in with his stupid pose of sticking his arms up to look like the goals of an american football field and then braying like a horny wilderbeast, this just didn't work... So I'm glad he's off. His pro was Zack Ryder, who again, does nothing for me. He's entertaining-ish, in the sense that he's a good heel (bad guy) who the crowd enjoy watching lose, and can work, plus has some very interesting ring attire, but it just felt like the WWE ran out of mid-carders (a term used for wrestlers who's matches are in the middle of the show, or 'card', often good, but not great, or not great yet) to use as Pros so just slotted him in.
So, that's my first rundown of the current season of WWE's NXT. Finally! A reality show that excites me! But again, is it reality, or is it just a work?
To conclude, Husky Harris or Michael McGillicutty to win!
I hope you've enjoyed this. It's a break from the norm I guess, and I know you're not all wrestling fans out there, but this is something I'm very passionate about and again, for those who know me, you know how I love sharing my passions.
That's Mr Craiggy, signing out for now!
NXT is the property of the WWE and all character gimmicks and everything else, just to be on the safe side, is copyrighted to them. Please don't kill me Vince...
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Author - MrCraiggy
Okay, so, we have a video review, hot off the press. Hopefully this works, as I'm trying out a few new things, like a new host for starters.
Also, for the record, the spinning finger gesture is a 'secret sign' if you will between a few of my friends that essentially means "That's what she said" or is just generally used to point out innuendos. So now you know, and knowing is half the battle... So here we go, again, hoping this works, enjoy myself and my good buddy Jon.
Also, if you can't get the video to work, here's the actual link to the host site: http://www.blip.tv/file/3833360
Also, apparently I, the English student of all people, have spelt 'potential' wrong... Remind me again why I'm taking this degree?!
And you have to watch til after the credits!
Also, apparently if you're using Firefox, the sidebar covers the video, so Jon's been censored out. So, we're gonna break the online trend of pretentiousness of people saying "Use Firefox" by saying use Internet Explorer instead.
Tannhauser is the property of Fantasy Flight Games and all copyrights belong to them.
Thursday, 1 July 2010
ok i am apparently an online reviewer....with dyslexia so forgive spelling and gramma mistakes please.
in all honesty i have no clue what is going on so i shall randomly be posting vids when craig gets back to the woo and we can met with Dave to start this shiz.
games, manga, anime, places and films...esspecially films :D
(MrCraiggy would like to point out he neither endorses the use of the nickname Siddd with the triple d - as he much prefers Sidders - nor does he endorse the use of "The Woo" when referring to Worcester...)
('The Dave' would also like to point out the irony that it takes someone from outside Worcester to mention, to not use obscure slang about our great city....brilliant thanks MrCraiggy youve done us justice :D )
Author - MrCraiggy
Okay! So, we have video!!
Admittedly, it's Youtube, which was not my first choice sadly. Not gonna lie, Youtube are good at what they do, but I wanted to play around with shiny new software... There were however audio issues, so for now, it's Youtube. In the future, hopefully we'll be able to provide better quality videos independantly hosted elsewhere, but for now, thank you Youtube!
And yes, I said follow up, as Punisher: War Zone is not a sequel...