Thursday, October 23, 2014

The most expensive DLC of all time

For me, getting two versions of what's essentially the same game has always been a no-no. It's true for Pokémon, it sure as all hell is true for Sonic, and it's true for Smash as well. So from that point of view, in order to have one extra character in my game, I'd have to shell out $45. NO THANKS. Not even Mewtwo is gonna sell me on this. I have so many better things to do with $45. Food, the rent, electricity, cable bills, saving up for my old days... screw you Gandalf, I'll pass.

As for the Ridley thing... well, it's a nice way to have him play a role in the game despite not being playable. Too bad most people will see what is actually a gift as a kick in the nuts. By the way, if you KO him, he has his own image in the results screen. Imagine if THAT leaked before the game came out, convincing everyone Ridley would be playable, and this is what we'd get. Holy shit, Sakurai wouldn't only get death threats, at least one crazy would actually kill him.

Regardless, they knew all along about how much people wanted Ridley in, and while this is a nice workaround to the size issue (along with everything else), this basically means that his odds of making it into a future Smash game are about the same as those of President Gerald Ford.

Scratch that, you can make a Gerald Ford Mii if you really want to. So make that LESS likely.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

M. Night Shyamalan would be ashamed, Koei.

Truly, whenever you do a crossover with a Nintendo franchise, you prove every time that you are the masters at crafting plot twists everyone already knows. You mean Sheik is Zelda? OMIGOSH! Only people who've played OoT or any Smash since Melee know that, and that's gotta be ten people at most! Seriously, the bigger surprise was that not even Impa was in on it this time, whereas she clearly was in OoT. The only thing more blatantly obvious than that would be to pass off a historical fact as a major twist. But that'd never happen, right? OH WAIT. (That'd be the shocking surprise of learning Oda Nobunaga and Oichi were siblings in Pokémon Conquest, for those who've never played it.)

The true nature of organic food

As someone who studied in biochemistry, I've always had the impression the organic food industry was Apple-like marketing at best (charge outrageous prices for products that are debatably worse than the competition), but this video (turn on the captions unless you're Dutch, of course) just showed how brainwashed some people can be. Seriously, organic food is so not-superior to any other food that one can pass off McDonald's - FREAKING MCDONALD'S - as organic food by just saying it is. "Organic food is tastier, it's better for your health, you're a fool if you don't eat some", they say. Well, I think we have at least some evidence that it's not the second coming of Jesus.

Side note: To be fair, I'm not sure what kinds of recipes Dutch McDonald's use, because it's clear that they vary depending on the country. My parents who went to Boston this summer told me American McDonald's tasted like garbage compared to Canadian McDonald's, so something to keep in mind.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The mystery of Hyrule Warriors

Seems like a LOT of people bought it and ended up being disappointed because they thought it was going to be a traditional Zelda game. Well, in this era of the internet where nothing's a secret to anybody, why would you expect that? From day one it was marketed as a Dynasty Warriors game with a Zelda-esque presentation, period. How could you know about the game's existence and ignore that?

By the way, I bought it the other day, and I'm enjoying it a LOT, despite having never played a Warriors game before in my life. If you haven't checked it out yet, I strongly recommend that you do.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Christian Weston Chandler can suck it too.

If you don't know who he is, great, keep it that way. If you do... well, I'm currently going over a reading of his masterpiece of shit, Sonichu, and it's just frightening me in ways the normal human mind cannot comprehend. And it goes far beyond the mere idea of "wow, this is shit". The guy's defining trait, as far as I'm able to tell, is that he's somewhere in the autistic spectrum. Well, so am I (though considering this blog and my previous works, you probably don't need me to tell you that). And it horrifies me that this guy would have the exact same disorder I do. I have that much in common with him. Like if I took a single wrong turn somewhere in life, I would've ended up like this guy. I'm eternally grateful to my parents for pushing me into making the efforts needed to turn up relatively normal (which only really happened because I was diagnosed at age 21, to be fair).

Wanna know the most bone-chilling part of this whole thing? Skip to 10:25 of this video (then feel free to watch the whole reading if you feel like you have too much faith in humanity). Also, look at the ID of the video in the URL. It LITERALLY reads "holy fuck". Even YouTube's random ID generator knows what's up.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Terrible drivers can suck it.

In reaction to the news that many new photo radars are going to be installed all over the province, angry drivers everywhere are in an uproar over what they call "ticket traps". Well if you drive correctly, these won't do anything to you, am I correct? So if you really have a problem with this, it's because you drive like you're playing GTA or something, at which point you're a threat to competent drivers (and yourselves, but I don't care that much, social Darwinism and all), and thus you need your wallet drained for you to (maybe) get the point.

Ideally, these things need to be plastered over every intersection and NOT be announced ahead of time, to really instill terror in the hearts of those who found their driving licenses in cereal bags. Of course it's not cost-effective, but I can't sympathize with people who can't be assed to stick to the speed limits, stop at red lights (and even yellows, as much as possible), or lay down their phone for a bit. Make those imbeciles pay!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pokémon soundtrack opinions

Why? Because I can.

Wild battles:

5 > 2 > 3 > 6 > 1 > 4

Trainer battles:

2 > 1 > 5 > 3 > 6 > 4

Rival battles:

Silver > Cheren/Bianca > Serena > May > Barry > Hugh

Gym leaders:

5 > 3 > 2 > 1 > 4 > 6

Elite 4:

5 > 3 > 6

Champion battles:

Blue > Steven/Wallace > Lance > Cynthia > Diantha > Alder > Iris

Villainous teams:

Galactic > Magma/Aqua > Rocket > BW1 Plasma > BW2 Plasma > Flare

Villainous bosses:

Cyrus > BW1 Ghetsis > BW2 Ghetsis > Maxie/Archie > N > Lysandre

Cover legendaries:

4 > 5 > 3 > HGSS > 6

What about you?

Mossdeep, we have a problem

So it seems like while Primal Reversion works just like mega evolution, it doesn't actually count towards the limit of one mega, meaning you can potentially use BOTH Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon, and still use a mega evolution on the side. Now the question is, would you want to use Primal Kyogre? The big difference in terms of ability is that Kyogre gains a relatively useless Fire immunity, but the stats are very questionable, with no less than 50 extra points in the useless attack stat. It basically boils down to a 15% boost in special attack and 13% in special defense - and no extra speed. Nowhere near the Choice items it's using so much right now. For Groudon it's really a no-brainer, though. It'll be interesting to see where it all goes, but the fact that you can use Primals at will without taking your mega slot is certainly going to make an impact.

It's also pretty much confirmed that aside from evolutions to old Pokémon (such as Gallade, Dusknoir, etc.), there is indeed no Dex expansion. While people argue that HGSS didn't have one either, not only was the Johto Dex bigger than Hoenn's, but the main game made much less of a percentage of a whole thing than RSE used to. This is why it's so much more of a problem now than it was then.

Finally, the new Hoopa is confirmed to be an alternate form, with the transformation triggered by a key item. So Magician actually makes some sense after all... too bad there's still the major issue of it being a terrible ability even when it works properly.