Saturday, September 14, 2019

Pokemon TCG - Unified Minds. OWC: The Lost Episode.


Unified Minds has been out for a little while now.  So, this post is late to the party.  There's a very good reason behind that.  What is that reason? Most importantly is what juicy pulls did I get from this set?  Find out in this special lost episode of Obsessions With Cardboard.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)


Friday, September 13, 2019

Green Phoenix - Star Wars: Attack of the Clones Review

Film poster. A young man is seen embracing a young woman. A man holds a lightsaber. In the foreground, there is a man wearing a suit.According to the Machete Order, following the conclusion of The Empire Strikes Back, we as an audience are expected to go back in time and watch Episodes 2 & 3, in order to see the fall of Anakin Skywalker, the rise of Vader and the Empire, and the collapse of the Jedi Order, so as to see the connective tissues and elements that will be critical for Episode 6's story when we come back to it.

With that in mind, we now move to the second film in the Prequel trilogy, skipping The Phantom Menace due to its narrative superfluousness and will instead treat Episode 1 as if it were a supplemental film like Solo or Rogue One.

Released in 2002, Attack of the Clones acts as a reintroduction to the characters introduced in The Phantom Menace and shows the start of the Clone Wars and the beginning of the relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala, a Senator in the Galactic Republic.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger - Ep 1: Fireball Newcomer - Summary/Review



SPD Emergency! Or rather, Emergency, Dekaranger! Yup, the Special Police Dekarangers is our next Sentai to look at. Special Investigation Taskforce DetectiveRanger. I loved the Power Rangers incarnation Power Rangers SPD and have always been curious about its origins. So, with expectations are a bit high, go ahead and click on "read more" for my full coverage.




Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Yeah, This is Modded: KontrolFreek Omni Performance Thumbsticks for Xbox One Controllers



Do you think those thumbstick grips you see at GameStop worth your hard earned moolah and really up your game? Read my review on some entry level thumbstick grips by KontrolFreek!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Kamen Rider BLACK! Episode 17 - Kyoko's Mysterious Dream. Summary/Review


Do you like to have dreams stolen from you by weird pig men? Well, that's what I had to deal with in this weeks summary and review of Kamen Rider Black.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

Friday, September 6, 2019

Green Phoenix - The Silmarillion Review

Image result for The SilmarillionThe Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The literary legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien has become legendary and an inspiration for almost all modern fantasy. But before either of these stories, Tolkien had a dream.

A desire to craft a mythology for Great Britain which didn't rely upon French influence (like the Arthurian legends did). To that end, from 1917 until his death in 1973, Tolkien slowly crafted a series of mythological stories that would, in time, be combined with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to craft a single cohesive legendarium.

Though many of these stories would never be released into canon (eventually being compiled into the Unfinished Tales), Tolkien's son Christopher began the painstaking process of compiling and editing the largest and most cohesive stories into a single genesis story.

This would become The Silmarillion.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Castle Woodwarf (Steam) - PC game review


Red Diamond back again with another game review. This game is actually a former flash game now free to play steam that I wanted to review after already covering its' sequel Castle Woodwarf 2. Probably the wrong way to check out a series, regardless, click "read more" for my review.


Monday, September 2, 2019

Kamen Rider BLACK! Episode 16 - My Friend! Go Beyond the Sea! Summary/Review


Kotaro's mission to save his brother continues.  As does my mission to cover all of this season of Kamen Rider.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

Friday, August 30, 2019

Green Phoenix - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Review

. This poster shows a montage of scenes from the movie. Dominating the background is the dark visage of Darth Vader; in the foreground, Luke Skywalker sits astride a tauntaun; Han Solo and Princess Leia gaze at each other while in a romantic embrace; Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO round out the montage.Following the massive success that was the original Star Wars (later retitled as Episode 4: A New Hope), George Lucas found himself swamped in cash and ready to deliver a powerful new addition to his Star Wars mythology.

Teaming up with director Irvin Kerschner (who would later direct films like Never Say Never Again and RoboCop 2) to deliver a film was hopefully superior to the original film in every way.

Kershner had a tall order to fill in not only surpassing the original which was already being considered a classic and the start of the blockbuster era of American cinema, but also had to build up elements which would have to be paid off in the already planned third and "final" film in the Star Wars trilogy.

And Kershner succeeded in just about every way.

Up next in the examination of the Star Wars franchise by going in Machete Order, the film widely considered to be the greatest film in the Star Wars saga.

Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Ep. 1: The Space Pirates Appear - Summary/Review


Red Diamond here with a different take on a season. The famous pirate season, one I actually have fond memories of watching when it was new and decided to re-visit it in hopes of feeling some of that goodness again. Was that just warm fuzzy nostalgia and this season is actually terrible? Click "read more" and we shall find out.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Dorke and Ymp (PC, Steam) Review.


Sometimes a game gets cancelled.  Whether it's for the right or wrong reasons, it sends our minds going crazy with thoughts of what could've been.  You also have your zombie games that get dug up, finished, and released to the public.  This is one of those games.  This is Dorke and Ymp, a game that was supposed to have come out for the SNES back in the day.  Should it have stayed in its grave? Find out in this exciting review of Dorke and Ymp for the PC.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)

Friday, August 23, 2019

Green Phoenix - Building Better Backstories I

Welcome to Building Better Backstories.

The premise behind this series of editorials will be amending or transforming the backstories behind famous fictional characters, events, or organizations to fix issues that I see with them. This could be something as complex as a complete rewrite of a backstory, to a simple retexturing of the overall lesson.
Today's Subject? Batman

My aim with this series is for you to join me in considering why fiction utilizes certain backstories and how those stories and the changes we make can have a fundamental impact on the overall "feel" of the character, event, or organization in question.

And for our first post in this series, let's take a look at one of the most famous superheroes, with one of the most well-known backstories of all time.

He is "The World's Greatest Detective (in the DC Universe)", He is Vengeance, He is the Night:

Bruce Wayne, otherwise known as Batman.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Uchuu Keiji Gavan Episode 15 Review: Very Important Sacrifice In...The Makuu City!



In honor of the 26,000th anniversary Beast Empire was founded, Don Horror decides the perfect gift to celebrate the event is a sacrifice. Not just any would do. It needs to be someone special, like perhaps Gavan. Will the Makuu finally get off their butts and actually try to kill Gavan this time? Click 'read more' to find out (Answer is likely no.)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

10 Ways Youtubers Get Away With Stealing Videos




Well, this is an unusual topic for this website. However, being an advocate of watching YouTube and amateur uploader of content, video theft is something I have seen personally on more than a rare occasion and it bothers me. So, in order to help bring awareness, I've decided to count down 10 ways I have seen YouTubers steal videos. My one regret sadly, is that I will have to give examples. While I loath the idea of giving any type of promotion to stolen content, it is necessary to prove my point, but I will keep it at a minimum. I'll say this now, it is not an innocent "tribute" to someone once you hit the monetize button. That being said, click "read more" for the full list.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Alien Rampage (PC, Steam) Review.


Previously in the Kaiser Sensei Piko Parade Saga, I reviewed Hostage: Rescue Mission.  You can read what I had to say about that in my review. (Link found in article.)  Now we shift into the realm of bloody sci-fi action with another review of a retro game released by Piko Interactive.  This is Alien Rampage.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)

Red Prime Shard: Dora and the Lost City of Gold - Review



So I watched two special double length episodes of Dora the Explorer before going to see the movie Dora and the Lost City of Gold, and I was going to see this movie regardless of the reception since I found it absolutely absurd that Nickelodeon wanted to replicate the videos that CollageHumor made with Ariel Winter that made fun of the idea of a more mature live action Dora the Explorer movie being made.  I was going to see it anyway and I know I would like it ironically just because of those CollageHumor videos and also AOK’s Dora the Grown Up videos, but what I was NOT expecting was the movie to get GOOD REVIEWS and even more so, it’s CERTIFIED FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes!  So I went into this movie even more unexpectedly due to it. (Click "Read More" for the full review.)


Friday, August 16, 2019

Green Phoenix - Star Wars: A New Hope Review

Image result for A New HopeIt's Star Wars.

I don't think I need to go into too much detail as to the cultural and historical significance behind the first episode in this cinematic saga. It is the first true blockbuster and the film which, along with Jaws, helped to create the modern summer movie season.

After last week's editorial on the Machete Order, I thought it would be fun to examine all of the films in the Order from a critical standpoint. I will be skipping every other week (with the occasional literary suggestion or editorial) and will also have to give myself some time in October for the "Halloween" review season.

So let's start our Star Wars run with the first film in the Machete Order, Episode 4: A New Hope.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

VR Troopers Episode 12 Review - No One's Friend



It seems like every episode of VR Troopers is an incursion into insanity. SOMEHOW, Carl Ziktor figures out how to mind control anyone who makes contact with a special Skug. His first victims of this scheme are J.B. and Kaitlin. How are they going to botch this episode? The world will never know...until you watch it or at least read the summary.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Battle Fever J Ep. 1: Assault!! Run to the Ballpark - Summary/Review



Time to look at the 3rd Super Sentai that was at one point considered the first. At first glance, these are the ugliest costumes I've seen in any of these shows, but grow on you. It is dance themed team with each ranger representing a different country. With that in mind, let's take a look at this 1979 episode.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Fenris Talks About: Five Detectives in Video Games


In today's article, we look at some of gaming's interesting and unique long arms of the law. Get your trenchcoat and cigarettes.

Monday, August 12, 2019

16 Classic Games That Are Coming To Steam. RETRO! REMAKE! REMASTER!


There's a lot on Steam.  Sadly, a lot of the good stuff is buried underneath all of the cheap cash grab games.  There's also a lot of good stuff coming soon to Steam.  This list will cover some of those said upcoming releases.  What's even better is that all of this stuff is retro gaming related.  Here are 16 classic games that are coming to Steam.  Think of reading this list as watching an old gaming VHS full of trailers and a cheesy voiceover. Those are what inspired me to write this list afterall.

Note: Release dates are based on what's written on their Steam pages.  Also, I have included remasters and remakes, not just straight up ports of old games.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full article.)

Hostage: Rescue Mission (PC/Steam) Review


From the secret files of the Emerald Ranger Police comes a review of an old school police game from 1989.  This is Hostage: Rescue Mission.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Nimbatus: The Space Drone Constructor (Steam)

Did you ever watch that show where people build robots and have them fight each other? Today’s game “Nimbatus: The Space Drone Constructor” is like a single player version of that show …. “IN SPACE!”

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Red Prime Shard - Splatoon 2 Final Fest (Splatfest)



So we’ve had the final Splatfest in Splatoon 2 which was known as the Splatocalypse as the theme was Chaos vs. Order.  In story, we had a debate between Off The Hook members Pearl and Marina on which they preferred.  Pearl wanted Chaos to win as she didn’t want to live in a predictable world where everything was boring and too much the same, where as Marina felt more comfortable with Order as she wanted to live in a world where she could feel safe and secure where she wouldn’t lose what she loves, namely Off The Hook which means everything to her, especially as it saved her from a dark time in her life, especially when during that time Pearl being protective of her despite Marina’s dark past.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Green Phoenix - The Machete Order

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I am a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise. Despite the many issues in the prequel trilogy as a result of George Lucas in his later life and the strange decisions of the Disney trilogy (ahem...The Last Jedi...ahem), this series remains a quintessential part of my childhood and a tie between mine and my parents' as well.

But with that fascination, there comes a critical question which must be asked, especially if you decide to introduce someone to the new series.

What Order Do You Watch the Star Wars movies?

In today's editorial, I will explain my preferred watch order and what I like about it.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Iron Commando (Steam) - Review


Originally a Super Famicon exclusive game known as Koutetsu no Senshi from 1995, Piko Interactive developed an english version of this game for Windows in 2016 and an official SNES port in 2017 known as Iron Commando. But, that's history, click "read more"


Monday, August 5, 2019

Chibi Volleyball (Steam) Review.


Do you like beach sports games with cute girls in bikinis?  You do? That's swell! Because today's game just happens to feature those things.  This is Chibi Volleyball for Steam.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Uchu Sentai Kyuranger Space 1: The Super Stars of Space - Summary/Review



Time for the 41st Super Sentai. This time around, we have a space theme with 9 rangers to start with. Uchu Sentai Kyuranger or Space Squadron Kyu Ranger. With the stars as the limit, go ahead and click "read more" so we can see what this massive team has to offer.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Green Phoenix - Violet Evergarden Review

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I tend to be something of a snob when it comes to the anime I watch. I enjoy watching them, but many animes require such a massive time commitment (see One Piece) that is often impossible to motivate myself to commit to it.

In order to get around this, I actually rely on the opinions and reviews of individuals like Glass Reflection, Mother's Basement, and Anime America to give me a jumping-off point. And it was from these two channels that I was introduced to what has easily become not only among my favorite anime of all time but among the most emotionally and technically complex anime, I have ever had the joy to experience.

Based on the light novel by Kana Akatsuki and developed by Kyoto Animation, Violet Evergarden is, without any doubt in my mind, a masterpiece of the highest order.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hero Mama League "Episode 1": Solved in no time! The Path to Glittering Hero Mama - Summary/Review


Well, this is an odd case. What we have here is a special for Mothers Day that was hyped up to be a spin off series staring 3 past female Sentai actresses reprising their role and trying to juggling being a hero and a mother. Unfortunately, only one episode was made and it was just used to promote a Kyuranger movie, Uchu Sentai Kyuranger vs. Space Squad. Well, let's click "read more" and see what this one off had to offer.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

First Look: Peace Island

Do you like cats? Do you like when cats have to solve a massive mystery of great importance? This might be the game for you.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Mr. Boom's Firework Factory (Steam) Review.


Don't worry! I'm not going to waste this intro by being a Poochie*.  This is Mr. Boom's Firework Factory for Steam. (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)

*Note: Poochie was an infamous character on The Simpsons who was famous for c*ckblocking Itchy and Scratchy from getting to the fireworks factory.  DON'T BE A POOCHIE!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Bubble Ghost (Steam) - Review


Well, this is easily the most old school thing I've covered so far. Bubble Ghost, released originally in 1987, then 1990 on Game Boy, and finally found its way on Steam in 2018. It is a  simple game that will yield a simple review so click "read more" and let's take a look.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Green Phoenix - The Car Review

On a Saturday a few years back, my family and I were watching MeTV, a Chicago-based television station specializing in classic television shows and movies. That night, I was introduced to a show which has quickly become a personal favorite.

Svengoolie is a hosted horror movie show, in the style of Elvira or Dr. Creep. The host, the titular Svengoolie, takes a comedic take on B-movie, classic horror, and science fiction movies. The show is an absolute blast and I highly recommend that you guys check out the show when you get the chance.

But the first time I ever came across Svengoolie, he was hosting a rather campy killer car movie from 1977.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot Episode 04: The Strange Monster, Ligon-Tyrox



Where there is oil, there will be blood. This time however, the blood will be spilled over the destruction of oil instead of the squabbles with harvesting it. Emperor Guillotine wants to destroy all of the Arabic oil supply and cause an energy crisis to cripple the world's military forces, making it easier to conquer Earth. His avatar to enact such a plan: The Ligon-Tyrox.

Find out if Johnny Sokko can defeat this strange monster by clicking the "Read More" hyperlink below.

Wednesday, July 24, 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.

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