Game Grind: Ninten-DAAAAAAAAAMN DANIEL

Happy Saturday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Game Grind, the place where anything related to video games or video game news is enthusiastically obsessed over. I know that it has been a while since the last post, and for that I am deeply sorry. However, I hope to more than make up for that today by going over the wealth of information presented in Nintendo’s most recent Nintendo Direct. With that in mind, let’s dive headfirst into the House of N’s latest announcements.

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon

Pokemon Sun and Moon

While this information was not included directly in the most recent Nintendo Direct, it was reveled in a Nintendo Direct only a few days before the most recent one, and therefore merits being discussed. PokemonPokmeon Sun and Pokemon Moon have been confirmed as being the seventh generation of Pokemon games and will be released in time for the 2016 holiday season. Very little is known about the games right now, other than they appear to take place in a tropical climate and that there will be a new flying type Pokemon introduced. While I am crazy excited for this news, I am a bit curious what happened to the all but confirmed Pokemon Z? Gen. 6 really felt like it was gearing up for one more installment. Oh well, only time will tell how this is going to play out.

Bravely Second 

bravely second

It’s finally coming!!! I have waited (mostly) patiently for years for Bravely Second: End Layer to be localized, and now the goal is finally in sight! The squeal to one of my all time favorite JRPGs is coming to America on April 15th. I am crazy pumped for this game; it is a wonderful time to be a JPRG fan. That being said, I do have some concerns. What kind of role is Tiz going to play in this game? He was my favorite protagonist in the original and, going off the trailer, it feels like he’s being swept under the rug in favor of the new character named, Yew. Which is weird considering Tiz is on the games boxart. I’m sure SquareEnix won’t let me down, but I’m still concerned about the game’s story and characters.

Tokyo Mirage Session #FE

Fire Emblem Shin Magami Tiensen

Speaking of JRPGs, this stylish Fire Emblem crossover received a new title and will be released on June 24th of this year. Which coincidentally is my birthday! I know I’m weeb trash for playing this game, but I’m going to reveal in it anyway.

Star Fox Zero and Star Fox Guard

Star Fox Zero

One of the last big pieces of news in the announcement that Star Fox Zero is going to be released on April 22nd world wide and that it will come bundled with the game Star Fox Guard. This side game appears to be a blend of Five Nights at Freddy’s and tower defense games. Star Fox Zero, as it always has before, continues to look like an incredibly fun and well made game.I’m really excited about the fact that the game’s main story has a co-pilot function. I think it would be incredibly fun to play through the main story together with my roommate.

Alright, that just about does it for this Nintendo Direct. There was a bit more information, but these were the big stories that I really cared about. Oh, I almost forgot, Kirby has a mech in his upcoming game. So if you love that adorable pink blog, check that out. If you enjoyed this post, please leave a like and a comment down below. It’s greatly appreciated. If you want to stay up to date with this blog, you can subscribe to it via your email in the upper right tab. Alternatively, you an stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you all have a great weekend and be sure to stop by here on Monday for the next installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday.

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Game Grind: Ninten-DAAAAAAAAAMN DANIEL

Game Grind: Thank You Pokemon

Happy Saturday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! I do not have a lot of time to write a post today, but considering that it is Pokemon’s 20th anniversary, I felt the need to write something. Sooooooo, here it is.

Pokemon Artwork 1

I have been a fan of Pokemon, well, ever since I was self aware enough to be a fan of thinks. I’ve played every generation of games, I watched the show for way past the point where it stopped being good, and I collected the cards for a good long while. I just want to take a brief moment and thank everyone who created this franchise and everyone who has ever work on any part of it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing me countless hours of joy and fun.

Pokemon Artwork 2

I can think of no series that has better captured the feeling of childlike exploration and imagination. Pokemon has become the massive empire that it is today because it really is a perfectly executed marvelous  idea. Once again, thank you Pokemon for existing and consistently filling me with unrepresented amounts of childhood glee.

Alright, thanks for letting me gush. Have an awesome rest of the weekend.

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Game Grind: Thank You Pokemon

Game Grind:Trendy Opinions About Trendy Games

Gooooooooood morning BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Game Grind, the place where any and everything video game related is discussed with vigor. Today’s article is going to be a bit different. Rather than talking about one specific topic, I’m going to be giving my opinion on a bunch of popular games. Not unlike a lighting round. So with that in mind, here’s my opinion on a bunch of games that I may or may not have played.

Five Nights At Freddy’s Series

FNAF

I have never played a Five Nights at Freddy’s game, nor do I ever want to. It really does not seem like my kind of game, although I appreciate how quickly the creator, Scott Cawthon, cranks these games out. I think the most enjoyment I have gotten out of this series is watching MatPat explain and analyze the lore of the games on his YouTube channel, Game Theory. Apparently the RPG is pretty sucky, though.

Flappy Bird 

Flappy Bird

Is Flappy Bird game still popular? Does it still exist even? I don’t know, and I guess I really don’t care. I played this game once and I think I got like a score of 8 or something. I don’t really care for this game, but I find it awesome and hilarious that the game’s creator made an obscene amount of money off of it. Props to you Dong Nguyen.

Undertale

Undertale Logo

I have not played Toby Fox’s Undertale. Which apparently means that I am not qualified to have any sort of opinion on video games or call myself a gamer. I think I would like Undertale quite a lot. It has a quirky charm that has not appeared much in gaming since the Mother/Earthbound titles. Undertale is indisputably a good game, but I do not think it is the best game ever made. Perhaps time will prove that statement wrong, but I’m doubtful of that.

HuniePop

HuniePop

…………………Nice.

Yandere Simulator

Yandare Simulator

………Huh, also nice.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Tom Clancy's The Division

This game is not really in my wheelhouse either. It seems like it’s trying to be a new take on a more or less played out genre, and I commend it for that. However, from what I’ve seen of the game, I don’t think it is going to be quite unique enough to set itself apart from fps games that have been seen before. This game seems like a mix between Black Ops. Three and Destiny, which is by no means a bad thing; however I don’t think this game will sell as well as people want it to.

Alrighty, I think that’s a good stopping point for the first ever installment of the Trendy Opinions About Trendy Games series. I do plan on updating this sub-series regularly, as every couple of months the “popular” games seem to change. I really do want to regularly give these games the praise that they deserve, or call them out on their BS. Also the topical/click bait views are nice. :p  If you liked this post please leave a like and if you want to yell at me about my opinions, you can do so in the comments section down below. As always, if you want to stay up to date with this blog, you can subscribe via email in the upper right tab. Alternately, you stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page, or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you all have a great weekend and be sure to come back here on Monday for the next installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday. It’s gearing up to be a good one. ;D

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Game Grind:Trendy Opinions About Trendy Games

Manga (And Also Anime) Monday: Platinum End

Happy Monday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Manga (And Also Anime) Monday, the place where any and everything related to anime and manga is eagerly analyzed and critiqued. Today’s topic is going to be a new manga by two of the best creators in the industry: Platinum End by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Platinum End 1

Platinum End is a new and interesting manga from the creators of the illustrious Death Note series. There are only a few chapters of this series released right now, but it is already gearing up to be a great manga series. The story follows Mirai Kakehashi, a student who is going into High School who tries to kill himself. He tries to off himself because, well his life basically sucks a lot. His parents died when he was a young child, his guardians are abusive, and he finds out pretty quick into the series that his guardians actually murdered his parents for the insurance money. We find all of this out in the first chapter after Mirai jumps off the top of the tallest building he can find. How does he survive the fall? His guardian angel rescues him!

Seriously, he is literally rescued by his guardian angel. After Mirai is saved, his angel, Nasse, tells him that God is essentially retiring. To determine the next God, a competition is being held between thirteen individuals on Earth over a period of 999 days. At the end of that time period, whoever is most fit to be God will replace the current one. Nesse then gives him the white arrow, that can kill anyone, the red arrow, that can make anyone fall in love with him and do whatever he commands, and the angel’s wings, that allow him to travel anywhere in the world with ease.

Platinum End 3

The tension in the series begins to emerge when other members of the competition decide that rather than risk not becoming god, they decide to kill all other participants in order to be the winner by default. This leads to a massive cat and mouse game between all of the God candidates and creates a host of ethical dilemmas for Mirai. Now that he no longer wants to kill himself and has been given the opportunity to live freely, he wants nothing more than to be happy. The story has not gotten their quite yet, but I feel as though its going to get progressively darker as it goes on as well as explore the nature of happiness and a person’s fundamental right to it.

I really recommend to anyone reading this that you start reading the manga. It is only a couple chapters in and you could probably get caught up in less than two hours. As expected form the team that created Death Note, the art in this work is exquisite, the characters come to life almost immediately, and  you will be compelled to read on after only the first few pages. Platinum End may still be in its genesis, but I can confidently say that it is going to quickly and powerfully establish itself in the manga world.

That just about does it for this week’s installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday. If you enjoyed it, please leave a like or a comment down below. If you would like to be notified when new content appears on this blog, you can subscribe to it via your email in the upper right tab. Alternatively, you can stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page, or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you have a great week and be sure to check out the next installment of Pop Culture Wednesday later this week.

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Manga (And Also Anime) Monday: Platinum End

Game Grind: Down-Loadable Content

Happy Saturday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Game Grind, the place where the vast and magical world of video games is examined and explained with little more than a seeing stone, ink and pen, and a trusty raven flock ready to deliver the message to you at home. Today’s topic is a relatively new one in gaming. It’s also a topic that has also pissed people off quite a bit during its small lifespan, but is generally improving. Today’s post is going to be all about downloadable content, or DLC.

DLC 1

Downloadable content is additional gameplay that can be added to a video game after the game was intentionally released. This can result in the continuation of a game’s story, an expansion of its world, the introduction of new gameplay modes, or just about anything else. DLC is generally meant to supplement the original purchase of a game and enhance the experience of playing it. It is a relatively new phenomenon in the video game industry, as it began appearing widely in the last generation of consoles. The reason DLC is so new is because the last generation of consoles was the first to make the practice practical, as it was the first generation to be able to easily wirelessly connect to the internet.

As expected with a new concept and business model in a relatively young industry, DLC took off unbelievably quickly. Which resulted in some awesome practices and some lackluster occurrences. As we at BaddaBing BaddaBlog strive for, yet often fail at holding, optimism, we will start with the positives of DLC. The most obvious benefit of DLC is that it extends the amount of time and fun you can get out of a game. The first example of this to come to mind for me is in Skyrim. That was already a massive game to begin with and the three DLC that were added to it consistently expanded the game in a fun way. The other, less obvious, benefit of DLC is that it provides the developers of a game with a new revenue source. It is insanely expensive to make a quality game today, and charging for DLC is an easy way for a development studio bring in some extra cash for their next project.

Skyrim

Okay, now for the crumby stuff that has happened with DLC. Game creators know that DLC is a very safe way to bring in extra profits. The majority of people who care enough about a game to buy it in the first place are going to be willing to pay fifteen or twenty extra dollars for more content. A good number of developers realized this and started selling games that were ultimately incomplete, and then sold the finished version of the game in the form of DLC. This essentially required people to buy two games for the benefit of only owning one complete game. Not only that, but the coast of DLC has varied widely. Obviously if a DLC contains more content it can get away with costing more, but there really is not any kind of industry standard or agreed upon average cost. The biggest offenders I can think of in regards to these poorer practices would be Destiny and Call of Duty.

cod

All in all though, DLC is getting better. The practice today feels much less like extortion than what it did five years ago, and you hardly ever see DLC today that some people are not genuinely enthused about. I would have to say that my biggest gripe about DLC is how some companies are still not utilizing it. Looking at you EA Sports, you don’t need to release one game every year, just sell a roster update. In short, DLC is not perfect, but it’s still growing and getting better all the time. Much like a lot of the gaming industry. You could say I’m fairly…content…with it.

We’ve got puns for days here at 4B.

DLC 2

Alright, that just about does it for this week’s installment of Game Grind. If you enjoyed it, please leave a like or a comment down below. If you want to stay up to date with BaddaBing BaddaBlog, you can subscribe to it in the upper right tab by entering your email. Alternatively, you can stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page or by following me, Lucas DeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend and be sure to check out the site again on Monday for the next installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday.

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Game Grind: Down-Loadable Content

Pop Culture Wednesday: The Extravagant Galavant

Happy Wednesday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Pop Culture Wednesday, the place where any and everything in the world of media is eagerly examined and critiqued. Today’s topic is a low budget television show that no one thought would get a second season, not even the writers. However, it easily and quickly proved itself to be a quirky gem and just wrapped up its second incredible season. Today’s post is going to be all about ABC’s original program, Galavant.

Galavant 1

I am not going to spend much time talking about the plot of Galavant because, frankly, it doesn’t really matter. Nobody is watching Galavant for the plot. People watch and love Galavant because of how well it parodies and pokes fun at tropes in the increasingly popular fantasy genre. I would go so far as to say that Galavant’s plot only exists so far as to move the characters into a new fantastic situation that they can make fun of. This is in no way a weakness of the show, however, as Galavant should first and foremost be thought of as a comedy in a fantasy setting that makes fun of those very settings.

Oh! There is also singing. Like, a lot of singing. It’s probably clocking in at around two song and dance routines per episode. These are usually fun and sometimes travel into the territory of being both great and hilarious. My personal favorite number involves Weird Al Yankovic in the first season. I know that singing and dancing may seem a bit out of place in a very meta fantasy comedy, but this series is made by Disney after all. It also helps pad the run time a little bit.

One of the biggest compliments I can give the show is that it is perfectly cast. Every character in Galavant feels incredibly real and natural. It may just be because I’m such a big fan of meta humor and the fantasy genre, but I really suggest that whomever is reading this go watch the program. It’s on Hulu for free and totally worth the time sink.

Still skeptical? Alright, that’s fair. Here’s a litmus test.

Tad Cooper

That is a GIF of a dragon that was purchased by the One King to Unite Them All from a traveling merchant. The King bought the dragon by giving the merchant the most valuable jewel in the entire kingdom. A jewel that was supposed to be used to help his best friend, the titular Galavant, purchase an army so that he could rescue his one true love. That dragon’s name is Tad Cooper. We super believe in him.

If you got even a chuckle out of that last paragraph, you would love Galavant. 

Alright, that just about does it for this installment of Pop Culture Wednesday. Now go watch Galavant! Actually, hold off on that for a second. First, you should like this post or leave a comment if you feel so inclined. You can also subscribe to this blog by entering your email in the upper right tab. Alternatively, you can stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. Alright, now go watch Galavant. Or just go and have a great day, or both!

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Pop Culture Wednesday: The Extravagant Galavant

Manga (And Also Anime) Monday: Sunshine Award!!!

Happy Monday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Manga (And Also Anime) Monday, the place where any and everything anime/manga related is examined and discussed with feverish vigor. Today’s post is going to be a little different, this is because I WAS NOMINATED FOR AN AWARD!!!! 😀  I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award by the awesome and fantastic krystallina, who is the operator of the very cool and informative Daiyamanga blog. She writes incredibly authoritative and eloquent manga reviews and recommendations that are a joy to read. I am beyond grateful to her for nominating me for this award and am more than happy to accept. Therefore, this post is mostly going to pertain to me going over the rules of the award and answering the questions proposed to me by krystallina.

Sunshine Award

The Rules:

If you have been nominated for The Sunshine Award and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Sunshine Award in which you:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate a few other bloggers.

4. Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.

5. Notify the bloggers on their blog.

6. Put the award button on your blog.

Pretty straight foreword, but still really fun.  :3  Now to answer some questions. BRING IT ON!

The Questions: 

1. If you could go to a host club or maid cafe from any anime or manga, which one would you go to and whom would you request?

If I could go to any host club or maid cafe from any anime or manga….I’m honestly not sure where I would go. I haven’t seen to many anime or read to many manga that feature either of those very prominently. However, if I can cheat a little bit, I would love to go to Anteiku or :re from Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul: re, respectfully. I know that neither of those places are technically a made cafe, but they do serve coffee! Also I would not be opposed to seeing Touka in a maid uniform. Or Hinami. Or Kaneki. Probably getting my ass on all three of those, though. WORTH IT!

2. Which anime or manga character would you NOT want to be?

I desperately would not want to be Saitama from One Punch Man. While it is super awesome that he can kill anything with a single punch and the story of how he got to that level is crazy inspiring, I do not think I could handle the amount of depression and apathy that he deals with daily. I love Saitama and I adore One Punch Man, and I feel a part of my love is due to me being able to relate to Saitama so much. I know first hand how it feels to slowly have something you used to love doing become tedious and mundane and I hope to never get to Saitama’s point of being unfulfilled.

3. If you could talk to any one person that is in the anime, manga, or video game industry, whom would you pick and why? (Assume you could bring a translator if necessary.)

If I could talk to any person in the video game industry it would easily be the creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, Hideo Kojima. I would probably spend the entire time thanking Mr. Kojima for the marvelous works he has created. I cannot understate how much Mr. Kojima’s creations have influenced me and how grateful I am to him for everything he has done.

Nominations and Their Questions: 

I am incredibly sorry, but I do not really know of any blogs or writers to nominate.  D:  I have not been doing this for very long and I have done basically zero networking. I would love to meet other people who are doing this and, if that happens, I would gladly nominate them this award. Actually, if you are interested in starting what could some day turn into a rapport, please leave a comment or a like and I’d love to get in touch.

Since my lack of connections pretty much limits my ability to do the remaining rules, I think that is where I’m going to end this installment of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday. Once again, thank you so much for nominating me krystallina. If you ever want to do anything collaborative or just talk about wonderful world of manga, I would be completely down for that. As always, if you enjoyed this post, please leave a like or a comment down below. If you would like to stay up to date with this blog, you can subscribe in the upper right tab via your email. Alternatively, you can stay up to date by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope all of you guys have a great rest of the week and be sure to come back here on Wednesday for the next installment of Pop Culture Wednesday.

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Manga (And Also Anime) Monday: Sunshine Award!!!

Game Grind: Bested by the Best

Happy Saturday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Game Grind! The place where we either rage or geek out to anything having to do with video games or the video game industry. Today’s post is going to be a little…….different. There is not a ton going on in the video game industry right now, at least nothing regarding stuff I care about, so I’m a bit short on content. I could post something regarding everyone’s favorite legendary Pokemon, Mewtwo, as today is coincidentally his birthday, but that’s been done before and done way better than I could ever hope to. (Check out this video by the incredible YouTuber TheJwittz, for more info. on that.)

So to fill this lull, I decided to dive into the rich history of gaming. Today’s post is going to be a completely arbitrary list of some of “best’ moments or aspects of various video games as determined by me, Lucas DeRuyter. Here we go, bitched!

Best Game Ever! 

LoZ OoT

Screw you Undertale! (Just kidding. I love you but I cannot in good conscious say that your are the best game ever. Suck it Gaming FAQs.) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is, in my humble opinion, the best video game ever made. I say this not because you are my favorite Zelda game, nor because I have an intense nostalgia filter, but because Ocarina of Time changed the face of gaming in a way that has never since been matched. This game raised the bar for video games in a way that has never really been matched in the nearly twenty years since its initial release.

Favorite Game Ever!

Metal Gear Solid

The original Metal Gear Solid is probably my favorite video game. It would be my pick for the best game ever, but I think there is more of a community conscious on LoZ: OoT. Metal Gear Solid is my favorite game though because it is one of the greatest video games every made and because it shaped me as a human being. I watched my Dad play this game as a four year old and it BLEW MY FREAKIN’ MIND! This game introduced me to video games, this game introduced me to science fiction, this game is the game that I have compared all other video games for the past sixteen years. I know I probably should not have experienced this game as a four year old, buy I am incredibly grateful to Papa DeRuyter for letting me watch him play it.

Best Sequel Ever!

Pokemon gold and silver

The second generation of Pokemon is easily the greatest sequel in all of video games. Pokemon Gold and Silver not only improved upon the original games in literally every aspect, but it also allowed you to travel back to the area from the original games after you had essentially beaten the game. Also, at the very end of the games you get to battle the player character, Red, from the first generation of Pokemon. That’s right, at the end of the game you are beating the character that you spent dozens of hours playing as and turning into the biggest badass in all of Pokemon. It was god damn epic!

pokemon vs red

Best Indie Game Ever!

Shovel_knight_cover

If you have followed this blog for essentially any amount of time, you should know that I absolutely adore Shovel Knight. This independent gem is one of the first crowdfunded games to really demonstrate the quality of games that can come out of that funding strategy. This game is incredible not only because of how well done it is, but also because of the sheer amount of heart the developers put into every aspect of this game. I also love how much this game made me feel. Sure, it’s not as much of an emotional gut punch as Undertale, but Shovel Knight gave me the feels first and because of that will always win out in my opinion. Plus DLC!!!

Best Final Fantasy Game Ever!

FF7logo

Sorry FF6 fanboys and fangirls, my favorite game in the series is Final Fantasy VII. I will admit that I have not played the sixth installment in the franchise, but I do not think that it would change my opinion. I love this game. I love the story, I love the characters, and I love the setting. I lost my shit when the remake was announced and I am still giddy as hell for it. FF15 might cause my opinion to sway, but it’s going to have to go well beyond the hype to do so.

Alright faithful readers, that wraps up the first installment of Game Grind: Bested by the Best. This was actually pretty fun to think about and write; I’ll have to do this again the next time a slow news week comes around. If you enjoyed this post, please give it a like. If you have any strong opinions on my choices, please leave a comment down below and I would be more than happy to respond. If you want to stay up to date with 4B, you can do so via your email in the upper right tab. Alternatively you can stay informed by liking the official BaddaBing BaddaBlog Facebook Page or by following me, @LucasDeRuyter, on Twitter. I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend and be sure to stop back here on Monday for a very special installation of Manga (And Also Anime) Monday. 

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Game Grind: Bested by the Best

Manga (And Also Anime) Monday: Naruto, Naru-toppled

Happy Monday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty bitchin’, and now I’m eager to start my week and make the absolute most out of it. And what is a better way to start the week than by examining an abused, almost corpse like state of a once great anime so that future shows can learn from its incredibly obvious mistakes. What fun! 😀  Here’s how Nartuto became shitty and how other anime can avoid this happening to them in the future.

Naruto 1

Even if you do not watch anime, you have probably heard of Nartuo. It is arguably the most popular shonen anime globally right now, and, in many ways,  is anime’s lowest common denominator. It was created by Masashi Kishimoto and plot revolves around the titular character, Naruto, as he attempts to becomes the strongest ninja in his village and overcome the demon fox sealed within him. The show became popular globally due to a main character having an appearance that could be identified with in the west, fights and plot lines that continuously grew in complexity and scope, and a universally appreciated message of never giving up and trying to achieve your dreams. Naruto’s popularity really cannot be understated. This program introduced a lot of people into anime and is at least partially responsible for anime becoming more popular in the west in recent years.

Despite everything good that Nartuo has done, both as a show and for the anime industry as a whole, there is no denying that it is inexcusably bad today. Like, REALLY bad. Like, the most recent episode got a 0.8/5 stars on Anime News Network bad. I believe that the cause for the show’s massive decline is threefold: the plot took a weird turn, the people behind the show got greedy, and there is an overabundance of filler.

Naruto 2

The plot of Naruto is fairly straight foreword, until it gets to the last boss fight; then it gets weird. The anime is just now depicting this part of the story, when it’s not showing filler, however, I have read the now complete manga (partly because I’m a weeb and partly because my internet struggles with playing videos) and have had a good while to ponder the ending. Without spoiling too much for perspective readers, Naruto ends with the reader and characters finding out that the person they though was the main antagonist was actually being manipulated by previously unmentioned even more evil character and the protagonists have to beat this new character up. This ending left a sour taste in my moth both because Naruto pulled this narrative twist a couple times earlier in the series, to much better effect, and because the new mastermind evil character really is not well developed nor is her motivation made very clear.

Poor endings for a series can be forgiven, though. Now that I think about it a bit, for a series that is a popular as Naruto there really was no possible way for any ending not to upset at least a small portion of the fandom. However, what cannot be forgiven is the way this series has continued to be milked for profit ever since it became popular. The Naruto franchise is never going to die, which is impressive in some ways and concerning in others. Now that the manga has ended and the anime will be ending in the near future, it would make sense that content regarding the series would stop being released, at least for a while. That is not happening, however. A movie about events that take place after the end of the series has been released, a string of Naruto video games is set to be released in the near future, and the anime is going to be extended for as long as feasibly possible via filler episodes. Normally this would be a good thing, the more Naruto the better, right? However, the quality of this extra material is severely below even the lowest points in the cannon and really only brings the franchise down while simultaneously making money for the owners of it.

Naruto 3

My last criticism of the Naruto anime is easily its most sever. The anime has far too much filler. Filler is the term used to refer to additional content and episodes used to extend an anime’s run and, usually, give the series’s creator more time to continue the manga so that the anime does not move past what it is being adapted from. Naruto is notorious for its extensive amount of filler as, during the series’s halfway point, it had nearly caught up entirely with the original manga. This resulted in dozens of filler episodes being created and the series being re-branded in its second half. Now that the manga has ended, the show theoretically has no more need for filler as it cannot move past the ending point. However, filler continue to air in a very poor attempt at extending the shows run and making more money. I honestly cannot describe here awful and annoying it is to watch a series I used to love be slowly ruined each week by poorly written extra and unnecessary episodes that contribute noting to the series overall.

Naruto was a good anime. There is no way it could have become as popular as what it is if it was not. However, it has since become a shell of its former self. What was previously a boiled down version of some of the best elements of anime has now become a combination of some of the worst practices in the industry right now. Naruto will always be respected by me for what it was originally and for sparking a lot of new interest in anime, but it has since then betrayed me far to many times for me to fell much beyond contempt for it. So, in short, Naruto is the “Better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all” of anime, and that’s kind of a bummer.

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Manga (And Also Anime) Monday: Naruto, Naru-toppled

Game Grind: Crowd Failed

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Mighty No. 9 Putt Off Again – Release Date Delayed

Well shit….

Looks like today’s article is going to be about crowd funded video games, the problems that they can suffer from, and the impact that has on the gaming industry as a whole. Cheery  -_-

Mighty No. 9 is a game that I, and many other people, were looking foreword to playing in the near future. Mighty No 9 is a game that very heavily resembles the Mega Man series of games and is the product of Keiji Inafune, the primary illustrator for many of the Mega Man games, Inti Creates, and is being published by Deep Silver. The game was revealed as a kind of spiritual successor to the Mega Man series of games and received funding through the crowd funding website, Kickstarter. The game shattered its funding goal back in 2013 and was expected to be released in mid 2015, but then it was delayed to late 2015. It was then pushed back even further to early 2016, and now has been delayed even further back into the second quarter of 2016.

So the first question that should probably be answered is, how could this happen, how could a game be delayed like this? The answer to this question varies greatly in a case by case basis, but in MN9’s case, I believe that the development team got a bit too ambitious and bit off more than what they could chew. This game is being released on essentially every platform and has a wide range of bells and whistles that I do not think the creative team was expecting to have put in. A lot of these extra features were stretch goals, additional items on the Kickstarter that are only added if additional funds are received, and I am pretty sure the development team was not planning receiving as much money as they did and having to add these extra features.

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It should also be noted that it is fairly common for video games to be delayed or cancelled all together. For me the first one that comes to mind is Capcom’s Deep Down, but it is a bit different when a Kickstarter funded game is released. A Kickstarter game is being created directly with player’s donated funds. A bunch of gamer’s give the perspective creator some money, they make the game, and then the public has the opportunity has the chance to buy the game and if you donated you generally receive some kind of perk or reward. When a Kickstarter game is delayed it causes the people who donated money to the project, or I suppose they could be called investors, to loose faith in the project and perhaps regret their investment.

So yeah, people are pissed off at MN9. Justifiably if I can add my own opinion. The bigger issue that results from this unfortunate situation is that people loose faith in Kickstarter video games. When very publicized problems and let downs like these occur, it makes it seem as though games that are trying to be funded through crowd funding are not good investments or worth the money. Even worse, it makes the people who are trying to make these games seem like cheats. While people have been ripped off by Kickstarter campaigns in the past, and most definitely will be in the future, some truly great games have come out of this method of funding. Shovel Knight and Undertale are two incredible and refreshingly different games that were both created through crowd funding and are regarded as some of the best games to come out recently and really validate the funding method.

I personally believe that the video game industry is entering a kind of revival right now, and that crowdfunding is the medium through which that revival can occur. Right now, most major game publishers and studios are making games with very similar mechanics, like some kind of shooter/rpg. They are making these games because they are incredibly popular right now and tend to sell very well, making them a lot of money. Crowdfunding allows developers to make less common and more unique and creative games. These projects not only bring back some practically abandoned genre of gaming, but also help validate the medium as a creative and artful. While Mighty No. 9 Might be bringing crowdfunded games down right now, I definitely think they are the future of gaming.

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Game Grind: Crowd Failed