Top Five Games I’d Like to see in the style of Skyrim.

Friday, January 10th, 2014

I’m a fan of video games.  I remember my first Atari and playing these incredible pixelated games with much joy.  For me, video games are such an escape.  It transports you to a different world and allows you to do things that, well you just can’t do in the real world.  I remember when I first played Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and absolutely fell in love.  I loved the customization power you had when it came to your character and the world you were a part of was so vast and so detailed and so fun to explore.  The things I loved about this game only improved with the creation of Skyrim.  When I play these games, I always daydream about how cool it would be to see certain franchises making games in this kind of style.  So therefore, here is the top 5 games I would love to see in the Oblivion/Skyrim style:

5. Superhero: This has been done before in various MMOs but I still like this as a Skyrim style game.  Your character gets into an accident where he or she develops powers.  When you are discovered by your mentor, this is where you can customize your character’s looks, powers and superhero costume.  From there, you travel the world doing good deeds or maybe your turn and become evil.  It’s all up to you.

4. Urban Fantasy:  This would be a lot like Skyrim or Oblivion but it would be in a city setting rather than some Middle Earth setting.  Your character could be anything from a mage or a warrior or a vampire or werewolf or maybe some combination.  From there you travel around your city, doing missions, exploring the world and having adventures.

3. Zombie Apocalypse:  Zombies are in.  I’m a fan of the Walking Dead and I would love to immerse myself in this world.  The game would start off with your character coming out of a coma and the world is different from the world you remember.  When you meet someone who tells you what’s happened, this is where you customize your character.  From there, you have just one mission.  Survive.  You can explore the world around you, try and find supplies and shelter.  Will you align yourself with a group or do it alone?  You decide.  If done right, this could be a game that I could see myself playing for hours on end.

2. The World of Harry Potter: This is another one that I think would be awesome.  I see it like this.  Your character goes to platform nine and three quarters.  Someone greets you and shows you where to go.  It’s there that you decide what your Hogwarts wizard looks like.  From there, as you ride the train to Hogwarts, you can do some actions that will shape your character and more importantly decide which class the sorting hat puts you in.  From there, you attend classes, have adventures and explore the world of Hogwarts.  Make friends and enemies.  Join the quid ditch team and more importantly, learn spells, potions and learn how to duel.  The world of Harry Potter is steep in history and it would be fun to run around it .

1. Green Lantern: I have been thinking about this one for some time.  Probably since I was knee deep into Oblivion.  With this game, I could see it like this.  You’re an unnamed recruit brought to Oa after being selected to become the newest member of the Green Lantern Corps.  You’re greeted by Kilowog who wonders how someone like your character got selected.  This is where you get to choose, your race, gender and customize your character’s look.  Then you get a tutorial of how the mechanics of the game works and you can decide how you want to wield your ring.  Once you finished the tutorial, you’ve become a full-fledged member of the Green Lantern Corps and you go on missions to different planets and complete random quests and it would be awesome and I would be playing it way too much.

So those are my picks for games I would love to see.  Got your own ideas?  Post then in the comment section and until then, game on!

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A Review (Nightwing #24), An Apology (I’m looking at you DC Entertainment) and of course a slight rant. (Still looking at you DC Entertainment)

Friday, January 10th, 2014

So.  You have to be big enough to admit when you’re wrong and in this particular case, I was wrong.  I read an issue with Nightwing where the ending had him come face-to-face with the man who murdered his parents.  Suddenly, I am reading an annual and then issue #26 which seems to start a whole new story.  What happened to the conclusion of the story I was reading and so I wrote about it.  You know what happened?  The comic book store I go to didn’t put the issue in my folder.  That’s what happened.  So I finally read issue 24 of Nightwing and read the conclusion of the story I wanted to read and you know what?  It was pretty good.  You get the revelation of the Trickster’s motivation.  You get a conclusion to Nightwing’s first adventure in Chicago and it was really quite good.  You do get two setups for future stories.  One is where Tony Zucco becomes the crime guy again and the Chicago Detective is revealed to have secrets of his own that would have been amazing to see and all of that will not come into fruition.

You might be wondering why?  Well the answer is simply that DC Entertainment has some big news for Nightwing.  In case you don’t know, Nightwing’s identity has been revealed in the story called “Forever Evil” and it’s been hinted that his life is in great peril.  I have got a feeling that Nightwing could be no more by the end of this story or at the very least, we may have a new Nightwing going forward and I am not sure how I feel about this.  Now remember, this is all just speculation but like everything else, I will wait and see what DC intends to do and like everything else, if I don’t like it, I can just drop it.  So don’t mess up DC.

Change (Or getting older)

Monday, January 6th, 2014

“We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s okay. That’s good. You gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.” —The Doctor.

I’ve seen “Time of the Doctor” now about three times.  I’m a fan of the episode if not in love with every waking moment.  There are things about the episode that bother me.  Mostly the nudity which in Doctor Who seems weird.  However, one of the things that I love, that I simply adore is the regeneration scene.  I especially love the speech that Matt Smith gives about change and that we change all through our years.  We are not the same person now that we were ten or even five years ago and that’s okay.  I’ve been thinking about change a lot and this scene really brought it home for me.

At the end of this month I turn 40.  I have been sort of dreading this ever since I turned 39.  I remember a time when I was younger and I thought being in your 30s was being old and now here I am, a few weeks of turning 40 and it scares me a bit.  Who will I become?  What kind of person will I be?  I have over the past few days tried to remember the kind of person I was when I was younger.  I sometimes wish I had a time machine and could go back and talk to my younger selves just to get a sense of who I used to be and for them to get a sense of who they will become.  I saw a YouTube video where some guy actually did that.  It was pretty neat and I sometimes have dreams of having adventures with my younger  selves sort of like a multi-Doctor story.  I wonder if my younger selves would be proud of the person I have become?  I hope they would be.

So as I write this, I am 20 days away from turning 40.  Who will I become on this milestone?  I know I have less hair then I did and I have a beard.  I’m not in as good of shape as I was but I also have so much more that I didn’t have when I was younger.  I’m actually more confident than I was when I was younger and as I look back on my past, I like myself more now than I did when I was younger.  For the first time in my life, I’m looking forward to seeing who I will become but I will always remember the people I used to be.  Every second of every day of my life has led me to this place and I am looking forward experiencing the person I will become.  Life is about change and I’m looking forward to the journey.  Allons-Y!

The Geek Seat

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

So, I enjoy podcasts and one of them I like to listen to is Earth Station One.  They talk about all kinds of geeky stuff that I enjoy.  One of the segments they like to do on the show when they interview someone is they put that person in the Geek Seat.  Once the subject is strapped in, the hosts of the podcast ask the a series of questions that I will now answer.  

  1. What was your favorite geek out moment?  I’v had a lot of geek out moments but meeting George Perez still stands out for me.  I’ve always admired him as an artist but when I finally got to meet him and he was just as awesome in person, my admiration only increased my fandom.
  2. What was your most disappointing geek out moment?  I have a few of these but I think the one that sticks out for me was seeing Superman Returns.  I wanted to like this movie and I was looking forward to this movie but in the end, it just really disappointed and it really bummed me out.
  3. What geeks you out the most? This is simple.  People who are excited about whatever fandom they are into.
  4. What turns your geek off?  This is also easy.  When people judge others on their fandom by how much they know.  Everyone at some point, starts out in a fandom and when they do, they don’t know much and they learn it over time.  Nothing burns me more than when someone who knows more than someone else is smug about it.
  5. What fictional character would you like to meet the most?  This one is very easy.  The second Doctor.  I am such a fan of the Patrick Troughton Doctor and would think meeting him would be so amazing.
  6. What fictional character would you like to meet the least?  Simple.   Darth Vader.  I used to have nightmares about Darth Vader.
  7. What is your favorite geek word, phrase or quote?  May the Force be with You.
  8. What is your ideal geek occupation?  Now, I have two answers for this.  One is a real occupation and one is fake.  Try to guess which is which.  For one, I’d like to be a graphic designer for a company like DC Comics, or BBC America  or Sesame Workshop or some kind of publishing company.  For my other occupation, I would like to be a member of Rogue Squadron.
  9. What geek occupation would you not like to do?  Again, two answers.  One real and the other fake.  The first one would be customer service.  Did it before.  Don’t like it.  The other one would be a Rancor Keeper.  I think that would just be awful.  Cleaning up after a Rancor?  Ugh.  
  10. What is your ultimate geek fantasy? This is also an easy one.  I would want to travel through time and space with the Doctor.  It almost really doesn’t matter which one but I would love it to be the 2nd Doctor.  That would be amazing.                                                             

    So, that’s it for me.  I would love to see how you would answer these questions.  So, until next time, get your geek on.

Top Five New Year’s Resolutions

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Happy New Year everyone.  So with 2014 almost a day old, I am wondering how many people have kept their New Year’s Resolutions.  Did you make any?  I have over the years made resolutions for the new year.  Some I have kept and some I have not.  It doesn’t stop me from trying to keep at it though and so I thought I would list my top five New Year’s Resolutions I have made over the years.

5. Read More.  I remember reading a lot more when I was younger.  Granted, most of what I read was novelizations of movies or Star Trek books but it was still reading.  Not much has changed really.  I still read although not as much as I’d like to and so I try to get myself to read more just as a change of pace from watching television.

4. Spend less money.  This is a hard one although not as hard to keep as I get older and have more financial responsibilities.  As much as I would love to get that new Doctor Who Vault book, I know I can’t always get what I want to get when I want it like I did when I was younger.  However, there are times I’ll see something small and think to myself, “It’s not that much.  I should get it.”  However, you do that enough and it begins to add up so I always try to be more responsible with money.  I’m a work in progress but I’m getting better at it.  If anyone would be kind of enough get me that Doctor Who Vault book though, I wouldn’t complain.  It is my birthday this month after all.

3. Get Organized.  This one has eluded me for so many years and it’s mostly because I lack the self-motivation.  I also need to make myself more assertive in getting organized and this pertains to things like making lists, having a place for my stuff so I know where things are and stuff like that.  I’ll get there.  It’s just a matter of doing it.

2. Lose Weight.  This one I’m sure a lot of people have on their resolution list.  I’ve succeed at this and failed at this over the past years and it’s always one that I’m working at.  There’s a lot of reasons for this one.  So my clothes look better on me.  So I can have the energy to play with my daughter.  Mostly so I can feel good about myself and so I’ll continue on with this and hope I can reach my goal to look and feel better.

1. Be Happy.  It may sound obvious but sometimes it’s hard to feel happy.  I have my moments although not as much as I used to when I just don’t feel happy.  Like I said, it’s not often but when it comes, I sometimes feel pretty low.  There are ways for me to push through it and doing some things to help me out with resolution #2 helps at times.  Also, reminding myself of all the things I do have is very helpful.  

So that’s it.  It’s a short list but one I try to work on and not just at the beginning of the year but all-year round.  Do you have a list of things you try to improve when the New Year begins?  I’d love to hear about it so let me know in the comments section and until next time, Happy New Year.

A Slight Rant about Comics (I’m looking at you DC Entertainment)

Friday, December 27th, 2013

So.  I feel I need to start off by saying that I like DC Comics.  I feel I need to say that because mostly this post unlike the majority of my posts is going to be at least partly negative.  I don’t like being negative.  I was hoping to make this post about a comic review but after reading the issue, I was very confused about something which will bring me to my rant.  

So, I read Nightwing #26.  It was a pretty good issue.  It has Dick Grayson set up in Chicago in an apartment with roommates, money problems and a new set of supporting characters that I am looking forward to learning more about.  Now you ask, what seems to be the problem with this issue?  Well, I was reading a great story in Nightwing where Nightwing moved to Chicago because he discovered that Tony Zucco, the man who murdered his parents was still alive and living in the Windy City under a different identity.  We learn that Chicago doesn’t like vigilantes, the mayor of the city might not be on the up and up and we are introduced to the New 52 Trickster.  At the end of issue #24, it looks liked Nightwing might even have to team-up with the man who killed his parents.  I was so looking forward to the next issue of this story about Nightwing’s first story that relocates the hero in a new city.  Instead, with issue #25, I got a freaking “Zero Year” crossover story.

For those that don’t know, Zero Year is a Batman story that is sort of a New 52 retelling of how Bruce Wayne became Batman.  It’s a year long story that I guess was deemed worthy of having tie-ins with other comic book series.  I have to say that I only read three of them and while they were good stories, I have no idea what those stories actually had to do with the Batman: Zero Year story itself but what I do know is that these crossovers interrupted the flow of a story that I was really enjoying and it wasn’t just the Nightwing story.  Issue #25 of Batgirl should have been the last part of an amazing story that had Commissioner Gordon chasing after Batgirl for the murder of his son and Batgirl’s brother. (In case you didn’t know, Batgirl is Barbara Gordon.  Commissioner Gordon’s daughter)  In any case, these Zero Year stories were okay but I wanted to read the last part of these incredible stories and so I had to wait until issue 26.

So when I finally read issue 26 of Batgirl, I was happy to see a resolution.  It didn’t lessen my annoyance that I had to wait for the ending of this story but  still enjoyed it.  Then I read Nightwing and I got this new chapter of a story that while I enjoyed, where was the ending of the previous story that I was reading and enjoying?  I was so confused that I decided to text Kyle Higgins, the writer of Nightwing asking him what the heck happened.  The answer I got was that the story was dropped and they (the-powers-that-be) just decided to move on.  So I am reading this new part of an on-going adventure without knowing how the previous story ended and it bothers me.  Maybe more than it should but it bothers me.  By making this decision, the people who have are in charge with this comic series is telling me that they don’t seem to care about the comic book readers.  I don’t know if this was just bad planning or a bad judgement call or whatever, but to just scrap a story that looked I thought had one more issue left to it and move on doesn’t do your fans any good.

Now maybe I’m being harsh.  I can’t believe whoever is in charge would just scrap the last issue of a story without reason.   Maybe whoever is in charge needed to have Nightwing in a particular place by a particular issue and so they couldn’t afford to tell the last issue of the story I was enjoying.  Most likely I will never know the real reason why the story I was interested in and invested in was scrapped and I don’t blame the creative team.  I’m sure they are as bummed out about not being able to finish the story as I am not being able to read it and I hope at some point, I get to find out what happened to this story.  I want to know how it ends.  I hope at some point in time we’ll see what happened when Nightwing and Tony Zucco teamed-up.  I want to know what happened with the mayor.  I want to know why vigilantes are outlawed in Chicago.  I sincerely hope that Kyle Higgins gets to tell his stories.  I hope he gets to tell them and I hope that editorial allows him to do so.  So until next time, be seeing you.

Top 5 Superheroes

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Superheroes always fascinated me.  I loved the costumes and the powers that they had.  I loved their morality and the codes that they upheld and more than anything else, I really loved the duality.  The hero and the average joe that the hero was pretending to be.  When I was younger, I could get lost in the pages of a comic book.  The adventures these characters would have were amazing to me and no matter how many books I read I just could never get enough.  Over the years, I have enjoyed the adventures of so many different heroes but for this list, I am going to put down my top favorite superheroes.

5. Cyclops. I don’t know why but there was alway something about Scott Summers that drew me to him.  I think it had a lot to do with his backstory.  He was Professor X’s first student and probably one of his best and brightest.  Scott, in turn became one of the Professor’s greatest successes.  I also liked the irony in Scott’s powers.  He has so much power that comes from his eyes and yet it’s because of those powers that he can’t even look at people with his own eyes.  Cyclops for the longest time was in my opinion one of the most essential members of the X-Men and why he’s always been of my favorites.

4. Superman.  I remember my some of my earliest memories were reading about the adventures of Superman.  He had all of these cool powers and he used them for good.  Superman was the ultimate hero but the coolest part about him wasn’t the super part but his humanity.  I could read an entire issue about the Kents and want more.  There was something about the human part of Clark Kent that just made Superman so much cooler.  To me, Superman is the complete package and I’ll always consider him the benchmark in which I will judge all other superheroes.

3. I remember reading some of my earliest Spider-Man comics that my uncle owned.  There was something just so much fun about the character.  I loved the costume he wore and his powers.  Seeing Spider-Man swing around the city seemed so cool and it was something that I wished I could do.  More than that, Spider-Man was a kid and he was funny and he had problems that he had to overcome.  Also, I loved Spider-Man’s duality.  I enjoyed reading about Peter Parker and his trials and tribulations just as much as I enjoyed reading about Spider-Man’s exploits.  I remember a time where I was getting a whole bunch of Spider-Man comics and I couldn’t get enough of them.  But above all else, the best thing I love about Spider-Man is his mantra of great power and responsibility.  It just made the character, well amazing.

2. Dick Grayson (Robin, Nightwing)  For a lot of people, Batman is their favorite superhero and he’s cool and all.  I like have enjoyed reading Batman adventures over the years but for whatever reason, I always liked Robin.  It could have been my age but to see a kid superhero hanging out with the likes of Batman and Superman was just so awesome.  The cool thing about Richard “Dick” Grayson was that he seemed to grow up with me.  He evolved from a boy wonder to his own man when he stopped being Robin and became Nightwing.  He stepped out of the shadow of the Bat and became his own kind of hero and for me, it was simply an amazing journey to experience and one of the reasons that Dick Grayson was one of my favorites for such a long time.

1. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) For those that know me, this isn’t a huge surprise.  I remember first reading stories about Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern and remembering how much I loved the power of this ring.  What could be cooler than a ring that could do just about anything you can think of and make real using your will?  As much as I loved some of the earlier stories with Hal, it was during a particular arc where he was actually banished from Earth and Hal had some amazing stories in space traveling from planet to planet.  Superhero science fiction.  It was like two loves collided to make one amazing smörgåsbord comic and I loved every panel.  Hal Jordan was like a superhero Captain Kirk.  He was dashing and adventurous and he seemed to always get the girl.  Of all of the superheroes  that I enjoyed reading, it was Hal Jordan that I wished I could be and so that’s why he tops my list.

Well, that’s my list.  My favorite superheroes.  I hoped you enjoyed it and if you have a different list, please share it in the comments section.  Until next time, Up, up and away!

Teens React to…..Doctor Who

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

So I love this video and wanted to share it. Also, to check out other videos from The Fine Brothers, go here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheFineBros?feature=watch

My history with Comic Books

Friday, December 20th, 2013

My love for comics go back a long time to the point where I’m not entirely sure how old I was.  I would say I was around 4 or 5 years old but I do remember how it happened.  I went to my grandparents house and I went into my Uncle’s room and in two drawers were a whole bunch of comic books.  I remember reading them all and just being enthralled in the stories that were inside these books.  It was in these books that I was introduced to characters such as Batman, Robin, Superman, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four to name a few.  As much as I loved visiting my grandparents because I wanted to see them, I loved reading going to my uncle’s room and reading his comic books.

At some point, my dad started taking me and my brother to the U.S. #1 Flea Market.  It was there where I first found a place that sold comic books.  It was awesome.  There were a bunch of different places that had these long boxes full of comics in them.  I remember going to as many of these shops as I could and just check out all of the covers and get as many as my dad would allow.  My favorites back then were Green Lantern, anything that Spider-Man and Batman inside as well as Superman and others.  I loved reading the adventures of these larger than life characters who had these amazing powers and abilities that were told in this very colorful and fun method of storytelling.

Over the years, I have been shocked, dismayed, angry, heartbroken to name a few emotions when it comes to reading comics.  Favorite characters have died and come back.  Characters had costume changes.  Heroes became villains and in some cases villains became heroes.  More than anything else though, these stories and events entertained me and I always wanted to know what would happen next.  The creative people who brought me these stories made me care deeply about the characters within these adventures and kept me coming back for more every month and I couldn’t wait to see what awaited my favorite hero.

I find myself reading a lot less these days mostly because of time, space constraints and monetary reasons.  Comics are expensive.  Not like they were when I was younger.  However, when I can and I get a chance to read something from Green Lantern or Nightwing or Batgirl, I remember what it was like when I read my first comic and for that short amount of time, I feel like a kid again.  I’m sharing an adventure with my favorite hero and at the end of the book, I’m always wondering what’s going to happen next.  For me, that’s the power of  comics.  It’s the way that a 22 page book with words and pictures can make me feel young again and how the content of that story can make me feel excited about something.  If you’ve never tried a comic book before for whatever reason, try this.  Go to a local comic book shop and tell someone what you like and what you’re interested in.  I can guarantee you that he or she can show you something in comic book form that will grab your interest.  Give it a try.

Vs. (Kirk vs Picard)

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

So this is my first Vs. post and yes, it’s a pretty easy one.  Or is it?  Trek fans have debated this one since the beginning of TNG (The Next Generation) and it’s more or less never stopped.  It’s a good comparison to be honest.  Both are distinguished fictional characters who commanded the U.S.S. Enterprise and while both are great characters in their own right, who do you prefer?  Which one is the better Captain?  I’m going to give my opinion on these two characters and see where what conclusion I wind up with.

I was no older than five when I first started watching roughy around the age of five.  There was so much about it that I loved.  The ship was cool.  The aliens were cool.  The Starfleet uniforms were cool but more than anything else, the Captain of that ship was cool.  Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise.  He was the man of action.  The guy who had the answers to all the problems and always got the girl.  Back when I was younger, I thought Captain Kirk was a superhero ripped out of the pages of a comic book.  He always won the fight and knew what to do.  For a lot of people he was the complete package and who didn’t want to be like Captain Kirk?  Here’s the thing.  As I got older, and re-watched those episodes, I saw something in the good Captain that I didn’t see before.  That same heroic nature I used to love suddenly seemed boring and bland.  Captain Kirk always won.  ALWAYS.  What I saw as exciting and thrilling suddenly seemed about as predictable as a WWE match.  It wasn’t until the movies really that I saw something else in Kirk.  Something deeper.  He was human.  Watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and you’ll see what I’m talking about.  There’s regret and a vulnerability in Kirk that made me fall in love with the character once again and it’s because of made me a fan of the character again and it’s why Kirk will always be one of the greatest characters in Sci-Fi history.

Then there is Captain Jean-Luc Picard.  Now, with him, it took a bit of convincing.  I remember when I first heard that there was a new Star Trek show coming out, I was so excited.  When I heard it was called “The Next Generation”, for whatever reason, I thought it was going to be the Next Generation of the original crew.  I don’t know why I thought it but my excitement dashed very fast when I read the details of the show.  The Enterprise looked nothing like I remembered.  There was a freaking Klingon on the ship.  What the hell?  And more importantly, instead of having a strong, action-oriented Captain, we had this bald frenchman with a English accent.  I remember watching the first season of TNG and wondered, what was so great about this character?  He was stand-offish to the point that he needed a first officer to make up for his lack of personality.  He was career driven and simply boring.  However, just like TNG, time did nothing but allow me to see what a complex and interesting character Picard was and it was in season 3 that he started to shine.  Picard got a personality.  He was charismatic and poetic and he made the unknown adventurous in a way that reminded me of another science fiction character who traveled through time and space that I liked so much.  There was just something about Picard as the seasons went on that drew me to the character and over the years as the seasons went on, it was apparent that Captain Picard would become just as classic as the original Captain of the Enterprise.

So there you have it.  Oh.  Were you expecting a winner in this one?  Sorry to disappoint.  I mean, if you really need a winner, then I choose Picard.  It’s not that I like one more than the other but for me, it was all of the things I began to like about Captain Picard that made me see Captain Kirk in a different and more bland light.  As of now, I like both characters for a variety of reasons and very different from one another.  Well, that’s it for now.  I’ll do more of these soon and maybe I’ll even do one where I pit two characters together and give you my opinion as to who would win in a fight.  Until then, be seeing you.