Looking Back On Spider-Man: The New Animated Series

As much as I appreciate what was attempted, I think mixing CGI and traditional elements would have made for a better lasting impression. The music follows in a similar pattern, sounding good for a few scenes, and being a little too much in others, but it works best when the beats attempt to flow with the action on screen. The sounds ramp when they need to, but they are a little too noticeable in other moments—oddly placed and less memorable.

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Also, I have this one in video form, after collaborating with The Dali Popka.

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Retro Review: Space Jam – PS1 “Jordan’s Motivation To Return To Basketball?”

This game is based off of a movie by the same name that I am pretty sure I saw in theaters and remember very little about; partially because that was the only time I saw it, and I know very little about Michael Jordan or basketball as a whole, so it never kept my interest. I considered re-watching the movie for this review, but couldn’t find anyone I knew that actually owned a copy, so not sure what that says about the movie, or my friends. It is a simple concept though, with the world famous Looney Tunes meeting real life NBA players—mostly just MJ after he decided to do baseball—and play a game of intergalactic proportions: Tune Squad vs Monstars, where the stakes are…I honestly don’t recall, but I’m sure they’re big. The movie however was a hit, to the point that Hollywood is still talking about a sequel to this day, so I’m a little surprised there is only one Space Jam video game.

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Is Double Kick Heroes Worth Playing?

Double Kick Heroes is a simple set of ideas: mixing heavy metal and zombies, and the rhythm game genre with a shooter, all in what feels like a lost episode of Metalocalypse. Sometimes it is the simplest ideas that create a great idea, and, along with an excellent trailer, certainly had me pumped for the game. I knew I was in for sure, though, when the blurb used the term Gundillac. It’s the vehicle of death the player rides in while raining down mass destruction, but also my new favorite name for anything.

This adventure is about survival on the highway while monsters give chase, and the introduction promises a high-octane ride, but it could be overrun by a few small problems other than the undead.

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Asuka: How the Empress Failed Tomorrow

In what was possibly the best competitive showing of the night, a bout that seemed like it would have a surefire outcome for many, there was a shocking conclusion. These types of swerves are often welcomed in a time when WWE feels so predictable, but the biggest night of the year had plenty of other moments to lean on. I wasn’t ready for the streak to end, especially before the Empress claimed a crown.

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Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties 2: A Redemption That Almost Was

In my writing about games I have covered the beloved, the hated and unique titles that come across my desk, in an attempt to share experiences, to expose others to great stories or create memories, and in a hope to find out something new to share about the titles. There has always been a desire to do more. Readers have asked me to uncover information, discuss what happened behind-the-scenes, and find the unknown. Now, thanks to a random encounter through a professional wrestling forum, I may have stumbled onto the jackpot.

Women’s wrestling is a frequent topic with friends and colleagues, but in a recent back-and-forth about GLOW(Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), we landed on Jeanne Basone, better known to her fans as incredible Hollywood. The former stuntwoman and athlete had several small roles on shows like Married with Children, In Living Color, and Saved by the Bell, but I couldn’t resist taking my shot and mentioning her most memorable and tragic work from my writing exploits, as Jane in the infamous Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties. I thought this would be a short joke, a good chuckle for later, and we would move on, but that was when one of the users began to talk about the game in detail, and I was hooked.

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Blasto: Pulling the Trigger on an Old Hero

[Editor’s Note: Blasto celebrates its 20th anniversary today! As such, we had retro writer extraordinaire Stephen Wilds take a look back at the game.]


They say never meet your heroes, and Captain Blasto is a potent example of that. It has been twenty years and yet, he hasn’t grown up at all. Looking like a mound of muscles who forgets the gym has leg day, this dim-witted blowhard fancies himself a Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers type when he’s a lot closer to Zapp Brannigan from Futurama or Duck Dodgers. I can’t say he isn’t a hero though, since no one else is out here doing anything about extraterrestrial threats. Someone has to step up, because Bosc has escaped from the 5th dimension and took over Uranus—because of course he did. Left unchecked though, he is not only going to destroy Earth, but have his minions kidnap all of the Space Babes as well, which we just cannot let stand. It sounds like a cool adventure with some classic themes, right?

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Heroes Wanted: The Marvel Video Games That Need to Happen

The wait for Spider-Man is unbearable. I’ve been reading up on and writing a lot about that game in the past few months, but the recent news that Insomniac picked ol’ web-head instead of being assigned him was interesting. It made me feel better about their approach to the character. They had free reign, though, able to pick whomever they wanted from an incredible catalog of characters, and that has me thinking. Wracking my extensive reservoir of useless comic knowledge, I wanted to think up some characters who need their own games, some that have been out of the spotlight for a generation or two, but most importantly that could generate interesting ideas and opportunities. I would be shocked if Black Panther didn’t have his own game soon after its success. As much as I would love an updated version of Hulk: Ultimate Destruction or the Punisher to get another game like he had back on the original Xbox, I think those types of games will happen eventually, so they aren’t a priority here.

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