Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Monday, July 22, 2019

Hooligan Vasja: Christmas (Steam) Review.



It's Christmas in July and what better way of celebrating this pointless (but fun) event then by reviewing a pointless (and not so fun game).  This is Hooligan Vasja: Christmas. (Click on "Read More" to read the full review).

Friday, July 19, 2019

Green Phoenix - 1632 Review

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In the year 2000, Grantville is just your run-of-the-mill West Virginian coal mining town. Filled with good-natured and hardworking Americans, but otherwise unextraordinary. But when a strange alien artifact sends the entire town 300 years into the past - into the heart of Germany in the middle of the Thirty Years' War - the Grantvillians will find themselves in a world that is both alien and all to familiar.

A world of hatred and romance. Where people are still burned at the stake and Galileo yet lives. Where murder and rape are the laws of the land and mercenaries roam the countryside with impunity.

In such a world, these ordinary Americans will have to keep their wits sharp, their guns drawn, and their values exceptionally American in order to survive.
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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot Episode 03: Gargoyle Vine - A Space Plant



Tired of his lackeys failing him, Emperor Guillotine summons the most feared profession in the field of science: a botanist. Doctor Botanus, to be precise, has concocted a plan so diabolical that it is organically genius. By planting a seed of the most vicious plant from planet Gargoyle onto Earth, the plant will devour all life as it expands across the land. Will Johnny Sokko and his flying robot be able to stop this vine of doom? Click 'Read More' to find out!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Detonation (Steam) - PC Game Review



Well, this is an interesting scenario to be in as a reviewer. Detonation is the current game, but this title is so short that beating it may take less time than actually reading a fleshed out review. So, let's keep things nice and simple. Click "read more" for my review.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Disney Classics Removed From Steam, But Not Impossible To Officially Obtain.


Out of all the games to receive the delist treatment on Steam, I did not expect them to be classic Disney games.  The Jungle Book, Aladdin, and The Lion King have all been delisted from Steam's shop.  Why only these games and none of the other Disney titles?  I'm not sure.  The only other connection that these games had is that they were old PC games that used the DosBox emulator.  So maybe that has something to do with it, but that's only lite speculation.  I'm sure that there's a better reason out there.  Anyway, the point is that these games are gone and there's no way for people to buy them ever again... Or is there? (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Echo Royale - Steam Review

Ready to take a trip into sadness? Let’s explore depression as if it were a dark cave in Virginia that we could visit for the afternoon. Don’t stay too long, or you won’t be able to get out. (Also bring sandwiches and toilet paper.) Readers, I bring you the budget title Echo Royale.


Friday, July 12, 2019

Green Phoenix - The Lion King (1994) Review

In 1988, during a promotional tour for Oliver and Company in Europe, a meeting was held between Jeffrey Katzenberg, Roy E. Disney, and Peter Schneider to discuss future projects for The Walt Disney Studios.

Among the projects discussed was a desire by the three to create an animated film set in Africa. The project was handed over to the vice-president of creative affiars, Charlie Fink, who developed the project further. Katzenberg would later add his elements, creating a coming of age story and some elements that he would later credit to his own life.

In 1991, the film, tentatively called King of the Jungle, was put into production, though many animators and directors wanted to work on Pocahontas (which was considered the more prestigious and likely to be successful of the two) instead, with The Lion King representing the lesser of the two projects.

In spite of that; by 1994, King of the Jungle, now renamed The Lion King was released to critical and financial acclaim and has since gone down in history as among Disney's greatest animated films. With a "live-action" adaptation of the film expected for later this year, I felt it only fair to take a look at this legendary picture to see if it still holds up.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot Episode 02: Nucleon, The Magic Globe



After a humiliating defeat at the hands of Johnny Sokko and his flying robot, the Gargoyle Gang will stop at nothing to get that machine back in their possession. Unable to fight the robot directly, they stoop to a new low by planning to terrorize a town and ambush Johnny during the chaos. Will Gargoyle be able to get away with such a devious plot? Click 'Read More' to find out!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger en Film - Summary/Review



It's movie time! This 29 minute film was one half of a double feature along with Kamen Rider Build: Be The One. Continuity wise, this film takes place before episode 26. Also, historically, these half hour films from double features have not been great stand alone films. Will this movie continue that bad tradition? Click "read more" and let's find out.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Headliner: NoviNews Review (PC)

       
 The news isn't always printed in black and white, Headliner. Hit "Read more" for my full review.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Attack of the Random Singles! - OWC #4


In this edition of Obsessions With Cardboard, there's no mystery, no suspense, no education value. Nope.  For you see, in this edition of OWC, I'm just showing off single cards that I have bought off the internet with my pocket money.  What kind of cards did I frivolously spend my money on? Click on "Read More" to find out. C'MON! DO IT! DO IT NOW!


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Red Prime Shard: Surge Soda pop (Amazon) - Review



Anyone remember when the Coca-Cola drink: Surge was available in the 90s and for a while in the early 2000s?  It had a very 90s logo that came off as graffiti and hand painted, and it was delicious.  It was one of my favorite drinks in the 90s.  The commercials were weird with single can or bottle of Surge being set up as a prize, someone yells “SURGE” and then we see people race and compete for the drink, and it was advertised as a fully loaded citrus soda with carbos with the tagline being “Feed The Rush” and using signs of extreme sports to really make it an EXTREME drink for a 90s audience.  Honestly, I think a whole fridge or cooler of Surge would make more sense for these if we were to “Feed The Rush.”  About a year later, the logo changed to a more digital one that would clearly be made in a computer and for the most part, I think that one would work for a more mainstream audience, but there was a special charm about the original, and it seems Coca-Cola thought so as well since they used the old logo for the revival.  The drink was made as a competitor to Pepsi’s Mountain Dew and originally created with the codename MDK (Mountain Dew Killer), and for a while, it had a following, but then was eventually discontinued in 2003.  So with the revival version released, I wanted to try it again, but didn’t get the chance until recently.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Green Phoenix - Disney's Dark Age

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Imperial March playing in the background
Between their ownership of Pixar Animation, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the entirety of Star Wars, the Walt Disney Company has become a nigh unstoppable juggernaut of the entertainment industry. Disney has become successful off of decades of successful branding and marketing their most popular entertainment properties until they have become staples of our childhoods.

And when one takes a look at the greater portion of these properties, a pattern emerges. The majority of them belong to a specific period of incredibly high-performing and critically lauded animated films released between 1989 and 1999, more popularly known as in cinematic history circles as the "Disney Renaissance".

But what about the period before the Renaissance? What was the state of Disney animation in the decades following the death of their founder, when the Nine Old Men began to pass and new talents rose and fell to eventually define my generation's childhood?

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Castle Woodwarf 2 (Steam) - Review


Red Diamond here again with another indie game review. What we have this time is a casual, yet intense, strategy game developed by Domo Games and published by Sedoc LLC. Castle Woodwarf 2. Interestingly, what we have this time is a sequel to a free flash game by Armor Games that has found itself released on Steam. What does this Dwarf & Dragon title hold? Click "read more" and let's take a look.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Monday, July 1, 2019

Witch Thief (Nintendo Switch) Review.



YAY! It's time for a review of a shmup game, a 3D shmup game at that.  That's all that I need to say to get your attention.  This is Witch Thief for the Nintendo Switch.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)

Friday, June 28, 2019

Green Phoenix - Dune (1984) Review


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Based on the best-selling novel by Frank Herbert, Dune has been widely regarded by many as the one book that would be impossible to effectively adapt into film. Published in 1965, Dune became an instant best-seller and a staple of the science fiction genre; which meant that efforts to adapt it into cinema began almost instantly.

The first serious attempt to adapt Dune began in 1973, when a consortium of French filmmakers and producers hired on Alejandro Jodorowsky. Despite a great deal of enthusiasm and a star-studded cast, the story quickly ballooned into a 10-14 hour epic and the funding quickly dried up.

The next attempt occured in 1976, when Dino De Laurentiis bought the film rights from the consortium. He began looking for directors, with considerations given to Ridley Scott (who thought to hire on H.R. Giger and split the book into two films) before finally settling on David Lynch, whose vision was eventually manipulated to such a degree that he would later deny the film entirely.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Out of the Park Baseball 20 (Steam) - Review


Ever have that fish out of water feeling? Well, that is me since I am not a huge baseball fan. With that in mind, does this game have anything to offer someone outside the baseball fandom? Also, how does it hold up to the other 19 installments? Click "read more" and let's take a look.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Revenge of the Unbroken Bonds! - OWC #3


On the first edition of Obsessions With Cardboard, I opened up some Unbroken Bonds Pokémon cards (among other stuff).  It's a very good set but sadly I didn't really get any of the super hard to get stuff.  Maybe this will change in this edition of OWC because I have more Unbroken Bonds to open.  This is also an opening that's a bit more special than opening a standard pack.  What I've got to show today is the Unbroken Bonds Build and Battle deck.  What's inside? Click on "Read More" to find out.


Friday, June 21, 2019

Green Phoenix: Gray Tide in the East - Book Review


August 1914: On the eve of the German invasion of Belgium, Kaiser Wilhelm II receives a telegram promising British neutrality in Germany’s war with France if Belgium is left be. Over the objections of German High Command, Wilhelm send the German armies preparing for a Belgian invasion east to deal with Russian forces.

With Germany focusing on the east and British forces never joining the war, how will the world in this alternate Great War fair when the Gray Tide finally settles?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot Episode 01: Dracolon, The Great Sea Monster



What would normally be a routine trip across the sea turns into a frightening ride for Johnny Sokko. Attacked by a giant sea monster known as Dracolon, Johnny barely escapes death only to find himself washed ashore onto the heart of evil itself: The Gargoyle Gang. As a survivor of happenstance, will Johnny be able to return home in one piece?

Find out in this action-packed thriller of colossal proportions.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger Number 33: We're The Kid Phantom Thief Club - Summary/Review



Beware of child actors! It is the 33rd episode of this cops and robbers season putting us nearly 2/3 of the way through this season. Let's keep that momentum going by clicking "read more" for this episodes review.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Monster Puzzle (Nintendo Switch) Review.

Hush little monster, don't you cry.  Emerald Rangers has a new Nintendo Switch game review from Retrokai.  Now will this game be a hit, or will it be a little shhh.  The only way to find that out, click on "Read More" to feed this trout...  Yeah, I couldn't find anything else better to rhyme with "out".  I guess that I could've said scout, but I like the idea of being a fish better.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Green Phoenix - Ore Monogatari!!

Originally running as a Madhouse production from April 8 to September 23, 2015, Ore Monogatari!! (Translated as My Love Story!!) is an adaptation of the shojo romantic comedy manga of the same name, written by Kazune Kawahara and illustrated by Aruko. 

The manga series ran for 13 volumes between October of 2011 and July of 2016, and was published by Shueisha. You can find the manga in most bookstores, and the English sub of the anime can be found on Crunchyroll.

  • Romantic Comedy
  • Produced by Madhouse
  • Written by Kazune Kawahara
  • 24 Episodes Long
  • (English Sub available on Crunchyroll)

SUMMARY

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Uchuu Keiji Gavan Episode 14 Review: Time-Traveling Hindsighter in...The Finishing Blow!!!



Cow abductions, whimsical music played during a zoo trip, TWO TRAINING MONTAGES!? This can only mean one thing: Gavan and Double Monster are about to have a winner-takes-all, Texas Deathmatch, live at the Omni Coliseum! Tune in to learn the exciting conclusion of this two part episode.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Choushinsei Flashman Ep. 1: Hurry! Save the Earth - Summary/Review


Well this is different, a request from Orange. Choushinesei Flashman or Supernova Flashman, the 10th Super Sentai (counted as 8th before 1995) and one I actually know nothing about prior to going into. A small amount of research shows this is the first season to have more than 1 giant robot which is, sort of groundbreaking. Enough guessing though, click "read more" and let's find out what this season has in store.


Sunday, June 9, 2019

Fatal Labyrinth (Sega Genesis) Review

Not everything needs to be fair. Fatal Labyrinth is a fantasy dungeon crawling game for the Sega Genesis in which the player explores randomly generated dungeons in a top-down layout. Everything is turn based. Nothing on the screen moves unless the player moves. This gives the game a bit more of a table-top Dungeons and Dragons type feel. Players have all the time they need to obsess over the randomly dropped gear before taking the next step into combat.


Friday, June 7, 2019

Green Phoenix - Aladdin (1992) Review


  • A Walt Disney Pictures Production
  • Produced and Directed by Ron Clements & John Musker
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Running Time: 90 Minutes

BACKGROUND
In 1988, Disney lyricists Howard Ashman and Alan Menken proposed a musical adaptation of The Book of One-Thousand and One Nights. Though initially rejected in favor of an adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen fable called The Little Mermaid, the two would continue to develop the idea through 1989 and 1990.

Following Ashman’s death in 1991, The Walt Disney Animation Studios found itself riding high off the recent financial and critical successes of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast and ready to begin production on Ashman’s passion project.



Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business (Xbox One) - Review


Hello all, Red Diamond back in the game review scene with a simple little point and click adventure game. What we have here, is the first episode in The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle, a very simple title that makes a promise for a series with its name alone. (Telltale style.) What does this title hold? Click "read more" and we shall find out.


Monday, June 3, 2019

Wordlase (Steam) Review


If you are a fan of word based puzzle games then here is a game that you may want to be aware of.  This is Wordlase and it was released on Steam.  Yup, no deep intro here, although I can already tell you that this isn't a very deep game.  Will it be good though?  Find out by clicking on "Read More" to read the full review. Yee-Haw!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Pokemon Sky Legends Booster Box Opening (Japanese Set) OWC #2


Time for another article about Pokémon cards.  This is Obsessions With Cardboard issue #2.  You know when you are deep into the game, when you buy yourself a Japanese booster box just for certain cards that would've cost more than buying the booster box itself.  Thankfully, I'm not that deep into the game. No! I bought this booster because the series itself looked very nice and couldn't wait for the English edition to come out.  That's not to say that this whole set will be released in English.  Some of the cards are very "interesting" to say the least, to the point where I doubt that they'll get released outside of Japan.  I purchased this set from an independent Australian card shop called Collectable Madness.  (Check them out.)  Anyway, enough time wasting, let's see what I got in this Sky Legends booster box. (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)


Friday, May 31, 2019

Why I Hate Awareness Months

As the end of National Sadness Month draws near, I'm reminded of a distant past known as my own depression. My life would have been very different if I followed the typical road these awareness events encourage because my mental illness wasn't based on 'erratic chemicals' in the brain. I was being eaten alive and nobody knew what was wrong. I hope this story will help you understand that there is more to mental health than throwing your life at a pill pusher and hoping for the best. Sometimes, something is actually wrong and YOU need to fix it.

Uchuu Keiji Gavan Episode 13 Review: Plot-Twist Procrastinator in...Retsu In Peril!!!



Imprisoned for a crime he sort of committed, a Doubleman is given one chance at freedom. Kill Gavan, or die trying. Yeah, that's it. This episode is 22 minutes long and the entire premise is a Doubleman, the kind you've seen easily die for the last 11 episodes, somehow has a plan to potentially defeat Gavan. Will he be able to do it? Probably not, but let us humor the show and find out.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Red Diamond: 5 Hobbies I Use to Cope With Racing Thoughts (Anxiety)


Have you ever felt like a burden? Like everyone around you would be better off if you disappeared? I could explain to you why that isn't true, but will your mind let you hear it? I know what causes this, your memory is too good. Every little regret flashes before your eyes constantly and the mind cannot stop thinking about "what ifs" or an "if only". Self esteem is almost non existent so you're as nice and giving as possible because you crave praise or approval. No, I'm not describing you, I'm describing myself. My gem is red for death. Frequent thoughts of disappearing, but at the same time, fearing it, hypocritically.

This is a taste of my story of mental illness. My mind never slows down on its own, but through therapy and personal hobbies, I have managed to live with it this long. Right now, I'm gonna list 5 of these things/hobbies that help me cope with my anxiety and a brief explanation why.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019

Depression and Gaming: Five Games That Help to Calm Me Down. Uncensored.



You know, depression sucks, it really fucking sucks.  Fucking abusive humans, life, internet rivals, nasty flashbacks of my childhood in Tasmania, nasty flashbacks of when I was nearly murdered a few years ago, annoying trends, shitty ex-co-workers (who are probably cumming in their pants just from reading that), ignorant people that just tell me to just "get over it" without having a slight understanding of what depression is, all this really stresses the fuck out of me.  It's no surprise that I suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD.  I really find it hard to relax but if there's one thing that does calm me down, it is video games.  Despite certain people (mainly doctors, therapists, and teachers) telling me that playing games won't do anything (those people are fucking wrong by the way) it gives me a calm sense of tranquility.  Something that makes me briefly forget about the stresses of the world and all of the fucking bullshit that I've been through in life.  Okay, obviously not all video games calm me down but there are a bunch of games that I go to for the feeling of heaven in this hell that's called Earth.  Hi, I'm James T... No, I'm my real self today.  Hi, I'm Samuel James Absolom and these are five games that calm me down when I feel depressed. (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)


Sunday, May 26, 2019

VR Troopers Episode 11 Review - The Virtual V6



I don't know about you guys, but when I think of saving the environment, I think of flying kites. Who would have thought that Carl Ziktor, bad guy extraordinaire, hates kites as much as he hates the environment? Determined as ever to be king of the malcontents, Ziktor unleashes a plan so evil that it can only be described in a big and bold broken sentence: DESTROY NON-POLLUTING ENGINE, RUIN KITE FLYING FOR ALL!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai Ep. 1: 4 Cards!! The Trump is J.A.K.Q. - Summary/Review



Well this is different, time to look at the second installment in the Super Sentai franchise and the last one to simply be referred to as "Sentai" without the "super". Airing from April to December in 1977 with 35 episodes makes this the shortest Sentai incarnation by far. Long before any type of standards or traditions were established, what will this late 70s deck of cards themed Sentai have in store? Click "read more" and let's find out.


Saturday, May 18, 2019

OWC #1 $200 Pokemon Card Mystery Box Unboxing.



Hello, ladies, gentlemen, and un-binary.  Welcome to the first edition of OWC with your pal, I, Kaiser Sensei.  What is OWC? It's not a backyard wrestling federation or the band that peformed How Bizarre.  (That was OMC.)  OWC stands for Obsessions With Cardboard.  This is the place where I talk about card games.  In this edition, I'll be typing about something that I had recently bought.  Yup, I've done the crazy and spent $200 on a mystery box full of Pokémon TCG products.  What's inside?  Click on "Read More" to read the full article and find out.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Uchuu Keiji Gavan Episode 12 Review: Chronic Repeat Offender in...The UFO Boy Is In Trouble!



You ever get that feeling like you've seen something before? The kind of image where a boy sees a Makuu spaceship and is kidnapped for telling his friends about it? What about the feeling of confusion when a monster doesn't match the theme of the story? Well, prepare your butts, because all of that and more happens in the first twelfth episode of Space Sheriff Gavan!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

TOMORROW DON'T COME (Steam) - Review


Hello my good people, Red Diamond here giving my support to Mental Health Awareness Month. As someone with mental illnesses myself, it felt important to me find a way of promoting this attempt on awareness. While I'm not ready to tell my own story just yet, I decided to cover this little indie title that someone made while in a dark place as my way of saying, "you are not alone". TOMORROW DON'T COME, developed and published by Peace and Love Games. Obviously, this was a personal project not created just for profits. So, click "read more" and let's see what this title has in store.


Monday, May 13, 2019

Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. Volume One and Two DVD Review. (German Release)



It's always refreshing (and easy on the wallet) when any of the Kamen Rider shows get a home release outside of Japan.  Although, this isn't one of those times.  Today, I'll be covering some home media releases of one of the English Kamen Rider series.  Don't worry, it's not Masked Rider... Yet!  No, it's Kamen Rider Dragon Knight.  A show that should've had a complete DVD box set in America, but it didn't.  Instead, we got two volumes released on DVD in Germany.  Okay, they came out in Japan too but those releases are crazy expensive.  The German releases can be found for cheap and they are in English.  How are these releases?  Find out in this special edition of Kaiser Sensei's Kamen Rider Summary and Reviews.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full review).


Sunday, May 12, 2019

∀kashicforce (Steam) - Review





∀kashicforce is a verticle scrolling puzzle game that looks closely related to Puzzle Bobble or Tetris Attack. It's developed by Endless Shirafu, and it’s selling for 12.99 on Steam.

It’s like Tetris Attack on crack! I don’t mean that to say that it's amped up and exciting. It’s more like Tetris Attack with a debilitating drug addiction that’s causing it to hurt it’s friends and family.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Nova Drift (Steam) Early Access - Review


Red Diamond back again covering the early access of a game called Nova Drift developed by Chimeric and published by Pixeljam. Things cannot get any more simple than this game so click "read more" for my full review.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Top 5 General Differences Between Power Rangers and Super Sentai



Hello, Red Diamond here doing something a little different. This is the first countdown on the website and a pretty broad topic at that, however it is something I have a desire to cover. Power Rangers is a show creating using stock footage from Super Sentai, so naturally the two shows have a lot in common and have the same target audience. However, besides language there are some noticeable differences between the two franchises that fans love to debate. Every season can be compared to a great deal with its counterpart, however this list will be more general topics. So, without further delay, click "read more" and lets get the list started.

Disclaimer: This list is purely opinion based and is not to be taken as fact. Also, this picks will be things that apply to each show as a whole so no differences that are season exclusive.


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