Top 5 worst comic book movies

There have been so many movies based on comic book movies over the past ten years that it’s like a plague that has spread throughout Hollywood, but with every big fad, there’s always somebody trying to cash in on it. It just so happens that I’ve seen plenty of bad movies based on comic books, and this post is about the absolute worst of them all.

Before I start, let me clear up a few things. Firstly, this countdown has nothing to do with my new series of video game countdowns, which are exclusively about video games. Secondly, not all of the films listed here are based on American-made comic books. Some of them were based on foreign comic books, which I’ll mention as I go along. Thirdly, this list can only feature movies I’ve seen, so much as movies like Superman IV, Howard the Duck and Catwoman might deserve to be on this list, I can’t put them on this list. Finally, I’m not a comic book specialist, therefore I won’t be talking about the comics themselves. This is about bad movies, not whatever inspired them, so without further ado, let the countdown begin.

#5 – Priest

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As if a movie called “Priest” wasn’t edgy enough.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Priest was originally a Korean comic book (or manhwa) that was published between 1998 and 2007. It was notable for fusing the Western genre with horror and dark fantasy themes, but if you mention it today, there’s a good chance that, unless you live in South Korea, most people might think of the god-awful movie that came out in 2011.

Unlike all the other entries on this list (which you’ll see eventually), I actually think that this movie could have been good. There was plenty of potential in this movie, but the film-makers squandered it. Almost as soon as the movie starts, you’ll notice that it opens with an animated prologue. If the whole movie were animated, I’m sure it would have been better. Making a live-action movie out of this premise just seems pointless, especially since we already had the Underworld films milking the same style and premise.

With that in mind, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this movie was basically a rip-off of the Underworld films, and I’ve heard that the Underworld films weren’t exactly stellar either. That’s not the only reason why Priest made it on this list. It’s also plagued by clichéd characters, dull action, poor amount of lighting, and atrocious writing. Suffice it to say, it’s so bad that you wouldn’t wish this movie on your worst enemies.

#4 – Elektra

More like electro-gonorrhoea.

From the director of the soul-crushingly dreadful Reign of Fire, we have Elektra, who was based on a forgettable Marvel character. I swear this movie only exists because Ben Affleck’s sweetheart wanted a movie after he already made Daredevil, which somehow became a box office success. I’ve never seen Daredevil, but I can safely say that Elektra was just garbage.

The main reason I hated this movie was because it just felt like I was watching a cliché martial arts movie with low production values, and no charm whatsoever. Elektra herself is basically a stereotypical femme fatale, but believe it or not, she isn’t the most poorly written character in the entire film. Every other character is written and portrayed so poorly that you probably won’t even notice their existence.

To be fair, this movie isn’t nearly as bad as movies like Reign of Fire and Season of the Witch, but it still cements Rob Bowman as a hack director. Thankfully, this was the last movie he ever made, and at the very least this isn’t the worst comic book movie ever. Unfortunately, there are three more movies that are far more deserving of the title.

#3 – Dragonball Evolution

a.k.a. Dragonball without balls

What happens when you take Dragon Ball, one of the most famous and beloved Japanese manga/anime of all time, and put it into a cliché story? You get one of the worst movies ever made. If you’re reading this, you probably know what I’m talking about.

Dragonball Evolution distorted the plot of the Dragon Ball series in so many ways, such as turning Goku into another cliché high school underdog, turning Bulma into a character I didn’t even care about, and making Piccolo look like the Green Goblin from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. Looking back on it, it’s even worse than what Ninja Theory did in DmC: Devil May Cry, because nothing about Dragonball Evolution was enjoyable whatsoever.

If its blatant lack of respect for the Dragon Ball franchise wasn’t enough, this movie is also plagued by putrid writing that’s even worse than Priest and Blade: Trinity put together, and the acting was so incredibly hackneyed that it takes you right out of the film and makes it impossible to take the characters seriously.

For all the flaws I mentioned, the reason this movie is only #3 on this list is because I’ve seen movies that were far worse than this. I should also not that whenever I bring up this movie in conversation at home, my brother makes it plainly obvious that he hates this movie with a burning passion for the same reasons I put this movie on the list, but for him, it’s even worse.

#2 – Batman & Robin

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Too much silver can’t be good for you.

By now, everybody knows about Batman & Robin, and pretty much everyone can agree that it sucks. With that in mind, you might be wondering why it’s only #2. I’ll give you three reasons why.

  1. There’s a movie that’s much worse than this.
  2. In a way, it’s become something of a punchline.
  3. Everyone says it’s the worst.

Those reasons aside, this movie stands out as the worst Batman movie ever made. At least Batman Forever was fun, but this movie took the camp atmosphere of Batman Forever to uncomfortable levels. The props were downright horrific, the costumes were so flashy it’s stupid, and acting was cheesy to the point of it being downright insulting to the ears. Honestly, I’m surprised that the whole script didn’t consist of lame ice puns from what is possibly the worst performance in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s entire career.

Let’s not forget about the script, which was so bad that it dragged down every character in it, and believe it or not, it’s even worse than any episode of the 60’s Batman TV show. Speaking of the show, it’s pretty clear that the film-makers tried as hard as possible to recreate the camp atmosphere of the 60’s Batman TV show, to the point that they actually added Batgirl to the cast. All Batgirl did was make the film longer in the most stupidly pointless way.

Perhaps the real reason why Batman & Robin sucked is because it ruined what could have been a classic anthology of films. The first Batman movie starring Michael Keaton was great, Batman Returns was better, and although Batman Forever wasn’t as good, I enjoyed it. Batman & Robin, however, was a stain on the Batman franchise. Let’s hope I never have to talk about this movie again.

#1 – The Spirit

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If that’s “The Spirit”, then that city is doomed.

If you thought Batman & Robin was horrible, you’d be right, but that’s nothing compared to The Spirit, one of the worst movies ever made. It tried to simultaneously revive an dated DC superhero and copy Sin City’s style and atmosphere, but unlike Sin City, The Spirit failed miserably.

The film’s style is a bastardized version of Sin City’s unique visuals, but apparently they didn’t shell out the cash for good special effects, and so they apparently made this film look even worse. It looks like an even campier version of Sin City if the whole film revolved around one unlikable lead character who pretentiously monologues about “the city needing him”. There’s so much melodrama that it’s almost tongue-in-cheek, and that’s not a very good sign.

Everything about this movie was horrendous. The story made absolutely no sense whatsoever, the characters were stereotypical and hackneyed beyond belief (the result of which is Samuel L. Jackson’s worst performance yet). The special effects are terrible, and the action scenes were choreographed so badly, that they’re viewed from the most ridiculous angles just to hide how much of a terrible job they did.

Say what you will about movies like Batman and Robin, Superman IV, Spider-Man 3, and Ang Lee’s Hulk. As bad as those movies are, The Spirit sets the bar so much lower than all of them put together. Without a shred of doubt, I can say that The Spirit is the worst comic book movie you could possibly find.

My thoughts on Pokkén Tournament

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Does anyone remember back in 2013 when mysterious footage of a game featuring Blaziken and Lucario was leaked at the Pokémon Game Show? Well, that mysterious game has now been confirmed as Pokkén Tournament, a collaboration between the Pokémon and Tekken franchises. From what I can tell, it’s basically a fighting game where you get to play as Fighting-type Pokémon, though my suspicions haven’t exactly been confirmed as of yet.

As of now, very little of the game has been, and the only two Pokémon shown in the trailer are Lucario and Machamp (although I’m certain that Blaziken will be in this game). Also, Pokkén Tournament won’t feature any Tekken characters, which makes sense because I don’t imagine Nintendo making a Pokémon game with Tekken characters in it. The only other thing I know is that it’s going to be released for Japanese arcades in 2015. No Western release dates have been confirmed as of yet, and the possibility of a Wii U release has neither been confirmed nor denied by the publishers.

I’ve seen the trailer for this game, and it honestly looks like it could be a good game. Unfortunately, some of the comments on YouTube don’t agree with me. Don’t get me wrong, there are positive comments, but a lot of the ones I’ve read are stupid. One YouTube commenter even bashed Nintendo just because they aren’t going to release it on the Xbox and Playstation consoles. Why should they? It’s a Nintendo-developed game. Why would Nintendo not protect the console exclusivity of its franchises if they wanted you to buy their consoles. Most of the other comments are stupid too, with a lot the commenters just being mad at the fact that this game is even being released Japanese arcades.

Where some of these people expecting 7th generation Pokémon? That would be redundant seeing as we already had Pokémon X and Y announced and released last year. To be fair, I was hoping for a Pokémon Battle Revolution game for Pokémon X and Y, but I’ve got to give The Pokémon Company some credit because I didn’t expect them to announce this as a full-fledged game.

I’ll admit that it might be too early to judge, but I think that it might actually be a really good concept for a Pokémon spin-off, and it may provide new possibilities. Yes, it’s likely that we may only be playing as Fighting-type Pokémon, but that’s kind of the point. Also, if Lucario could Mega Evolve in Pokkén Tournament, and if Blaziken could Mega Evolve in Pokkén Tournament, then I think that opens up the possibility for more Mega Evolutions. For example, Machamp was featured in the trailer for Pokkén tournament. I can’t help but think that there might be a Mega Machamp for Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, along with various other Mega Evolutions for any other Pokémon that might be in Pokkén Tournament. Is Medicham going to be in this game? It already has a Mega Evolution, and is more than ideal for this game, so why not?

Well, I think that’s enough of this rant. As with any Pokémon game, I’m going to keep my eye open for new details of this fascinating new project, and as always, I have faith that it’ll be a Pokémon game that’s worth my time, like a true Pokémon fan would.

When gaming franchises stagnate

Whenever a popular video game evolves into a video game franchise, it’s only natural that all subsequent games would fall into old patterns, often repeating the same gameplay formula over and over again very little differences. The odd thing is that some franchises are singled out because of this, while other franchises can get away with blatant repetition.

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I’m looking at you, Mega Man X6.

There are quite a few franchises that suffer blatant repetition, but when I think about stagnating gameplay, there are four franchises that I think of:

  • The Mega Man franchise
  • The Dynasty Warriors franchise
  • The Call of Duty franchise
  • The Mario franchise (yes, I said it)

One thing I’ve noticed is that most Mario games follow pretty much exactly the same, especially in the 2D platforming titles, but nobody really seems to care that’s the same formula, which I guess is excusable since Mario still plays well. One thing I don’t get is how the Mario and Call of Duty games keep getting glowing reviews from critics even if it’s just the same game every year, but when Mega Man and Dynasty Warriors fall into a stagnating pattern, the critics aren’t as flattering towards those games.

Meanwhile, ordinary gamers on the Internet still praise the Mario and Mega Man franchises despite subsequent games growing stale, but Call of Duty meanwhile has become the most reviled video game franchise on the Internet for more than that exact reason. It’s gotten so bad that some people hate Call of Duty games just because it’s a Call of Duty game.

Doesn’t it seem really bizarre that some video game franchises are allowed to stagnate just because of their status as “classic games”, while other game franchises like Call of Duty and FIFA receive tons of hate for falling into the same pattern just because they’re popular today. There’s one word for this sort of mentality – hypocrisy.

Seriously, it’s as though both critics and gamers selectively decide which franchises have gone stale based solely on their popularity. Critics seem to give Mario and Call of Duty nothing but praise, while on the Internet, we have an army of cynics who’ll spam hate on the popular games for no good reason other than the fact that they’re popular, or because they hate the fanbase.

Another thing odd I notice is that whenever the next entry in an established video game franchise does something new and risky, there’s a good chance that the fans of that franchise are likely to hate on it before it even comes out. The two best examples of this are Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure and DmC: Devil May Cry.

dmc devil may cry
Haters gonna hate.

Are fans really unable to tolerate change whatsoever? Having not played any of the Devil May Cry games first hand, I don’t see how Dante’s design is really horrible. Yes, he looks worse than the old Dante, but at least he still has personality. Is that not enough for one of the most implacable fanbases in the history of gaming? It’s just as bad is basically saying it’s okay for the Devil May Cry franchise to repeat the same formula over and over again, and we all know how good Capcom is at repeating the same game over and over again.

Through all this, I’m trying to say that we shouldn’t forgive one video game franchise for stagnating while criticising other video game franchises for the same reason. Not only does this make no sense, but it’s also a blatantly illogical double standard.

Why any “immigration debate” is one-sided

Often we’ll hear about politicians rambling on about immigration, and how it’s supposedly a big deal. Is there any real issue with immigration? Of course not. Immigration is basically just a scapegoat that the jingoists in Westminster use to divert from the nation’s real problems, such as an unpopular, incompetent coalition government. Unfortunately, since these politicians know how to tap into people’s nationalistic sensibilities, we now have an army of idiots who know nothing about how immigration or the economy works, but still ramble on like mindless drones.

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They clearly have no idea.

Even sillier is the notion of a debate on immigration. One side believes that immigration enriches British society, while the other side believes that immigration should be halted. Obviously this is a hot-tempered response to the number of immigrants who migrated illegally, but conservatives don’t just want to deal with “illegal immigration”. They’d rather block all immigration, and trick people into thinking that there’s no difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration.

For me, the whole notion of an “immigration debate” seems rather silly because it’s mainly opened by xenophobes who want to bring Britain back to a state of Victorian mentality because they’re nostalgic for the days of the empire. Also, whenever the media talks about immigration, they never ever show the opinions of actual migrants, and this makes any “debate” inherently unfair.

Any debate on immigration can be dominated by either side, with nasty consequences either way. If a right-wing nut job dominates the debate, it’s because he/she uses a bunch of jingoistic rhetoric and logical fallacies (such as the false dichotomy) to cancel any semblance of debate.  If a left-wing nut job dominates the debate, it’s because he/she can use liberal guilt to make it sound like you’re being racist for even bringing this up to begin with. If you happen to argue with any of those people, you can’t win.

Honestly, I think it’s insane that we’ve made a wedge issue over whether or not a foreigner should have the basic right to live and work here, in the 21st century no less. Personally, I think that there’s no reason why we can’t let immigrants live and work here as long as they’re not doing anything wrong. I also think that any semblance of debate on this issue has become nothing more than a platform for people’s single-minded political views, and it serves no purpose other than to distract from real issues. If you got sucked in, then you’ve effectively fallen for what is essentially a government distraction campaign, and that’s all I have left to say on this topic.

Sitcom logic explained

Ever noticed that most, if not all sitcoms feature storylines, characters, and jokes that all follow the same formula? If you haven’t, then I really would be surprised. If you have, it shouldn’t surprise you that much, since the sitcom is the single most repetitive genre in TV history. Every cliché of character and plot development in sitcoms is part of what I call “sitcom logic”.

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If everyone in the cast being an idiot is a sitcom writer’s idea of logic.

Despite me having seen numerous sitcom episodes over the past three years (for reasons I still don’t understand), this is something that’s actually quite hard for me to explain, because sometimes it doesn’t seem that way, but I think I can break it down.

The most glaringly obvious trait about sitcom logic is the depiction of men. According to every sitcom ever made, men are idiots. Not only is it flat out insulting, but it’s also terribly sexist. It’s not as though sitcoms treat women much better. In fact, sitcom writers always seem to make women look vacuous, self-indulgent, controlling and/or shallow, but in every sitcom, they have to get their way, or else it seems sexist. Even The Simpsons isn’t immune to this inane false logic, because in every episode where Homer and Marge have some sort of dispute, it ends with Homer and Marge getting back together under the most impossible circumstances, and with Marge always being right.

Whenever a sitcom centres around a family, it always tries to promote familialism (a.k.a. “family values”) even if they portray an unrealistically dysfunctional family. I don’t think the doctrine of familialism even has a place in this century, and yet there are still sitcoms that still have the nerve to insist that normality can only exist in the outdated patriarchal family unit, and that’s in spite of every time they portray even a shred of dysfunctionality within said family unit.

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Any family with Tim Allen in it is probably screwed.

Another aspect of sitcom logic is that everyone who’s open-minded about sex is a pervert with psychological issues. In Two and a Half Men and in the newer episodes of Family Guy, the womaniser always has a psychological issue which, according to the dumbass writers, is being compensated for by chasing after pretty girls with daddy issues. Did it ever occur to people that you can be a womaniser without it being just a way to hide deep psychological issues? I guess that’s just a way of demonizing anything other than a traditional family lifestyle, because according to sitcom logic, the traditional, patriarchal family is the only acceptable lifestyle.

One thing I really hate about sitcoms is that they’re almost always from the perspective of an idiot. Are they saying it’s cool to be stupid? That’s sitcom logic, dumbing down the populace since the 1950’s. You’d be very naive if you think that sitcom logic has changed in any way. The only difference is that people’s tastes have changed, and we now have vacuous garbage like Big Bang Theory2 Broke GirlsModern Family and Mom, all of them tailored for an equally vacuous society. The thing they have in common is that they all embody the same awful stereotypes and sitcom logic as all the older sitcoms do.

At this point, I should probably wrap up this rant on sitcom logic. I find it baffling that it still even exists, even more so that it goes unnoticed. If sitcoms can’t survive without that lazy false logic, than I say sitcoms are doomed, and may they rest in agony.

Top 10 upcoming games I want to play

This is a very special post, since this is the first of what I hope will be a series of video game countdowns. I originally wanted to make video game countdown videos on YouTube, but I eventually lost enthusiasm for that project, and when this site was made, I eventually thought it would be useless to make videos.

Anyway, this first video game countdown is about upcoming games that I’m looking forward to playing when they come out. It’s similar to a post I already wrote, but last time, this was about E3 2013. This time, I’ve thought about ten games that I think have potential. As usual, I’ll be doing this in descending order, with #10 being the game I have the least expectations for, and #1 being the game I have the highest expectations for.

With all that out of the way, let’s get started.

#10 – Final Fantasy Explorers

final fantasy explorers

  • Console: 3DS
  • Release Date: Winter 2014 (Japan)

After the huge disappointment that was Bravely Default, I almost thought that the Final Fantasy spin-offs were doomed, until two months ago, when an interesting new title called Final Fantasy Explorers was announced in Japan’s Shonen Jump magazine.

Simply put it, Final Fantasy Explorers is a quest-driven action-RPG where you can fight classic Final Fantasy monsters and summons. Your main goal in the game is to gather crystals that have been scattered across the world. Like in the classic Final Fantasy games, you can give your character a job class, but so far, nothing has been revealed about the job system. I just hope it’s better than Bravely Default’s disappointingly limited job system.

The reason why it’s only #10 is because not much can be said about it yet, and I’m a little worried about the online multiplayer aspect, mainly because this means I may only be able to play as one character. Also, no European release date has been confirmed as of yet, and given that it’s a JRPG, it might take a long while before it comes out here in Europe.

#9 – Mad Max

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  • Console: PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One/PC
  • Release Date: TBA 2015

Does anyone remember that Mad Max video game that was announced at E3 2013? If you’ve been following that game, then you’ll probably already know that the release date for this game has been pushed back to 2015, the same year that Mad Max: Fury Road is set to hit theatres. Already it’s beginning to seem like a tie-in for the new Mad Max movie, which seem ridiculous.

As I mentioned last year, the main selling point of this game is that you can customize your vehicle into a veritable war machine that’s fit for survival in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. One other thing that attracts me is that you can choose how you complete objectives as opposed to being forced to complete objectives in a certain way.

The last game I played that involved vehicular combat was Jak X, which came out nearly 10 years ago. In theory, this game sounds so good on paper, but just how well will it be implemented in practice?

#8 – Destiny

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  • Console: PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One
  • Release Date: September 9th 2014

Even though this was made by the creators of Halo, I am actually really interested in this game, mainly because of the prospect of a first-person shooter game where you can choose a class, much like in a Final Fantasy game. Coupled with the ability to pick your character’s race, this provides a lot of much-needed depth to a genre that’s been going stale for seven years.

I can just about tell that there’s a sense of originality in this game that’s not like most other sci-fi shooters out there today, and with the game’s impending release just 22 days away, I can’t wait to get my hands on this high-concept FPS game. Will be the first truly ground-breaking FPS I’ve seen in a while? I can only hope so.

#7 – Star Fox

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Image of actual game not found.
  • Console: Wii U
  • Release Date: TBA 2015

Two months ago, Shigeru Miyamoto unveiled a demo of the first Star Fox game in 8 years. Today, there’s still a shortage of information, but at the very least we got a technical demonstration of what Nintendo’s planning for this game. Even if I’m somewhat sceptical about some of the gameplay elements, I still think it’s great that one of Nintendo’s most important franchises is going to make a comeback.

For this game, the developers clearly want to shake things up rather than just developing another old-fashioned Star Fox game, and I think that a shake-up of the old gameplay might resurrect the franchise. However, I think Nintendo should at least be careful about whether or not they alienate die-hard Star Fox fans. After all, they’re the ones who’ll be interested in playing this game more than anyone else will be.

#6 – Broforce

Welcome back to the 80’s!
  • Console: PS4/PS Vita/PC
  • Release Date: TBA 2015

Indie game developers know how to bring classic side-scrolling gameplay back to gaming, and that spirit, we have Broforce, a tribute to action movies of the 80’s and 90’s.

In this game, you can play as a “bro”, a parody of a famous action hero. As part of the game’s style, the bros are basically hypermasculine action heroes who fight terrorists and rescue prisoners of war from captivity. It sounds as though this was inspired by Rambo: First Blood Part II, and that’s one of the most awesome things about this game.

Another thing to get excited about is the destructible enivornments. Think of this game as like Contra, only you get to destroy parts of the level. How could I not want to play this game? It’s everything I could want in an 80’s-style action game.

#5 – Azure Striker Gunvolt

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  • Console: 3DS
  • Release Date: TBA 2014

From the makers of Mega Man, we get an entirely new concept for a classic-style side-scrolling action game. In this game, you play as a psychic who is part of an organization whose goal is to bring down the Sumeragi Group, who subjugate psychics and perform cruel experiments on them.

The game is highly reminiscent of Mega Man X, but has plenty of original ideas of its own. It’s also worth noting that the game is heavy of the anime visuals, with colourfully drawn characters. The game also looks like a really shiny 2D game. It kind of looks like it was made for the Game Boy Advance, which makes sense because it’s being made by the same people who made the Mega Man Zero games.

It’s going to come out in Japan on Wednesday, and it’s due for a US release on August 29th, but so far, no UK release date has been confirmed. I’m hoping that it does get released here, because if it doesn’t get released at all in Europe, I would be severely disappointed.

#4 – Hyrule Warriors

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  • Console: Wii U
  • Release Date: September 19th 2014

This is one of the games that’s making me want a Wii U so badly. It’s basically a Legend of Zelda game with elements of Koei’s Dynasty Warriors series. Seeing Link hack and slash enemies in a more action-oriented Zelda game sounds like an awesome concept, and all those trailers that showcased the different characters’ fighting styles sealed the deal for me.

Of course, the game isn’t simply mindless action. There are RPG elements, such as equipment and character level-ups. Also, you get to use items like bombs from the original Zelda games. Though some elements of the plot might not make a whole lot of sense, it’s only the action I care about, and it’s going to be awesome.

#3 – Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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  • Console: 3DS
  • Release Date: November 28th 2014

I’m pretty sure this one’s a no-brainer. I’m a die-hard Pokémon fan, and Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire are my favourite Pokémon games, so naturally, I’m very excited about the new Pokémon games coming out this November.

As excited as I am, however, these games only get the #3 spot because I know that, by-and-large, they’re basically going to be remakes of Ruby and Sapphire with the X & Y engine. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I think they’re actually going to be better than Pokémon X & Y, mainly because I don’t have to expect lots of new Pokémon.

I’m also interested in all those new Mega Evolutions, although giving Audino a Mega Evolution was a monumentally stupid idea.

#2 – Mighty No. 9

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  • Console: All contemporary consoles
  • Release Date: April 2015

While Azure Striker Gunvolt is similar to Mega Man, Mighty No. 9 literally is Mega Man. This is basically Mega Man for a whole new generation, complete with new ideas, a fresh face, and a new name. If that’s not enough, Keiji Inafune is also interested in expanding Mighty No. 9 into it’s own new franchise.

I’ve been a Mega Man fan for five years now, and with the absence of any new Mega Man games, and not to mention the cancellation of Mega Man Universe, I was completely excited about this game as soon as it was announced. This is a game that aims to show the world that good-old fashioned 2D gameplay can never truly die. In fact, it could just turn out to be better than ever.

#1 – Super Smash Bros. 4

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  • Console: Wii U/3DS
  • Release Date (3DS Version): October 3rd 2014
  • Release Date (Wii U Version): Q4 2014

If Hyrule Warriors made me want a Wii U, then this game made me beg for one. Ever since Mega Man was confirmed as a playable character, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the new Super Smash Bros. games, which I think they should have called either “Super Smash Bros. 4″ or “Super Smash Bros. Universe”.

It sucks that I can’t get the Wii U version yet, but I’m at least looking forward to the 3DS version, mainly because I won’t be missing out on too much. As soon as I get the Wii U, I swear that this will be one of the first games I get for it.

Besides, I’m highly confident that, even though the 3DS version may be the inferior version, both versions will be incredibly fun games. Even better is that there probably won’t be a Subspace story mode as there was in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Why can’t we just get rid of computer viruses?

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The 21st century is an age of fear and paranoia, and computer viruses are among the things that fuel this seemingly neverending fire. Computer viruses are one of the things I hate about the modern world. All they do is make using computers and the Internet seem riskier than it really is, and the worst part about it is that computer viruses really do not need to exist.

The whole mess started because some prankster thought it would be a good idea to make a program that messes with your computer. Why would anyone do that? When Richard Skrenta made his Elk Cloner program back in 1982, he probably didn’t realize the full extent of what he was doing. He basically showed the world that you can make programs that mess up other computers, but just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.

Flash forward to the year 2014, and we now have to keep our eyes open for all sorts of viruses, and we do this because we’re afraid that when our computers become infected with a computer virus, it wreck the computer, possibly render it unusable, or even steal our information. What angers me about computer viruses is that nobody is working towards a plan to permanently wipe out computer viruses, as though it really is a nihilistic situation.

It’s not as though the anti-virus companies are any better. In fact, it’s just as likely that a lot of viruses were actually created by some anti-virus companies so that they can be zapped by them. The fact that there’s an industry for anti-virus software is actually something of a worrying sign, because for most anti-virus companies, getting rid of viruses is actually their second-highest priority, the highest being the profit motive. In a world where there were no computer viruses or malware, anti-virus companies would stop seeing profits.

For me, eliminating computer viruses should be the one of the most important things that governments should be working on. Instead of bickering about who’s right about what, maybe they should get off their asses and actually do something, because the fear of computer viruses makes people unhappy.

I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t be working to eradicate all computer viruses, because I don’t want to live my life having to worry about my computer being infected by a potentially destructive computer virus, and I’m sure nobody else does either.

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