I knew it was only a matter of “Time”

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600px-SDCC_2014_-_Masters_of_the_Universe_(7752978172)Sometimes the only thing it takes is just time for all of the things that you dreamed of getting as a child, to be available to you when you are older. Unless you dreamed of owning a dragon or wanted to become a super hero, then you can pretty much fulfill your childhood dreams. GI Joe fans can join the Marines. Masters of the Universe fanatics can purchase He-Man’s power sword or Star Trek’s Trekkies can learn Klyngon while wielding the infamous Bat’leth. We can cosplay as Deadpool all day long while visiting our favorite Con. If we have the money can rock a mustache and black cowboy hat while driving 100 MPH in a black 1977 Smokey and the Bandit style Pontiac Firebird or sit back playing an Atari in a 1986 KITT Pontiac Trans Am. Carpentry ready fans can build a TARDIS in their backyard. Or those of us with a big imagination can travel back in time after they hit 88 MPH in their own Delorean. Is it exactly the same as we dreamed? Definitely not. But things usually are different than they seemed when we were little. Reality usually sits in but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun a little!

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For those of us born in the 80s, the realization of fulfilling our dreams is a little bit closer thanks to O’Reilly Auto Parts. Well….kind of. Anyways, go to the O’Reilly Auto Part’s website and search for Part #121G. Trust me!!! You won’t be upset that you did.

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Nacho Libre and the real Priestly Luchador

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In the summer of 2006, the world was introduced to a half-Mexican priest who secretly wrestled as a masked luchador to raise money for the orphans at his monastery. The sports comedy starred the always funny Jack Black in a movie written by Mike White, Jerusha Hess and Jared Hess (yeah…Napoleon Dynamite). My family and I fell in love with the simple, family friendly comedy; but recently I unexpectedly found out that the movie is loosely based on a true story.

320px-Jack_Black_(25747103295)Nacho Libre, though loosely based on the life of real-life Catholic priest in Hildago, Mexico, centers around a priest who works as the monastery’s cook but dreams of being a luchador. The priest, Ignacio, loves the orphans that he works with but the orphanage does not respect him nor do they give him money for the quality ingredients needed for good food. This causes his food to become more and more inedible (much to the literal and metaphorical distaste of the head priest). One night while collecting the free leftover chips from a restaurant in town, he was jumped by a street vagrant named Steven. He and Steven eventually joined forces once Nacho had reached his breaking point the next day when the already terrible meal was without the only redeeming factor…the chips. Even though he is losing almost every match, Ignacio is enjoying the fruits of being a semi-pro 640px-Jackblackandtomhowardluchador. To keep his identity secret (because the monastery thinks that wrestling is a sin), Ignacio adopts the name “Nacho” and Steven becomes “Esqueleto” (Skeleton in Spanish). The reason that wrestling is a sin? Because they are wrestling for vanity. When Nacho finally realizes that the Lord will bless him if he wrestles for the children…he becomes a professional luchador and even beats the greatest wrestler to ever live.

The man who inspired Nacho Libre, Sergio Gutierrez Benitez, got his inspiration after watching two Mexican wrestling movies in which the protagonists of the stories are poor priests who support the children of their orphanages by becoming lucha libre wrestlers. Sergio went to Rome and Spain to train as a priest and even taught in many Roman Catholic universities when he got back to Mexico. After a time, he became a priest in the Diocese of Texcoco and founded an Orphanage; just like the movies that had influenced him to become not only a priest but a luchador wrestlers. He founded “La Casa de los Cachorros de Fray Tormenta” and he became the masked luchador Fray Tormenta. He hid his face, much like Nacho Libre, because he was afraid that no one would take him serious in the wrestling ring if they knew he was a priest (and vice versa).

180_FrayTormenta-01Fray Tormenta retired from the wrestling business in 2011 after a 23 year professional wrestling career. He still works passionately with the orphans as a priest. The soft spoken Fray Tormenta has lived an epic life but humbly still preaches in a simple old church in Mexico. The larger than life character has influenced movie writers to create amazing characters; as well as comic book, cartoon and video game creators. The Mexican padre might not be exactly as Nacho Libre portrayed him to be but this loyal luchador did what he had to to provide for the orphans. Which just happened to allow him to intertwine the two things that he was truly passionate about: wrestling and his orphanage. He managed to bring his beloved religion into the sport that he loved and even managed to bring some of his sport into the church. Fray Tormenta still dons his lucha libre mask while carrying out his priestly duties. Seriously, did you think I meant that he would throw an unrelenting church member into his the figure four leglock called “the Confessional” if they weren’t listening to his sermon? I do know that I would never fall asleep in his church. 🙂

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Logan: My new favorite movie (spoiler free review)

As the last minutes of Logan flickered on the movie screen ahead of me, tears strolled

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down my face. I didn’t try to wipe them away because I knew I was not alone in my complete emotional breakdown. From the grown, middle-aged man behind me sobbing uncontrollably to the woman in the row in front of me puffing on her inhaler after her crying had induced an asthma attack to my son sitting beside me with tears welling in his eyes or my 65 year old father who sat with a somber look of disbelief; it is needless to say, the movie touched everyone in that theater. Despite hearing the F-bomb 7,010 times; Logan had everything that I would need or want. It made me laugh, cry, and I was entertained to a point where I verbally expressed my amazement. (Yes I’m that guy.)

 

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I won’t post spoilers because my wife didn’t go with us to see it; and since she reads my blog…I will refrain from giving any spoilers. I merely wanted to take this time to say that over the past 17 years, Hugh Jackman has theatrically represented a character that I have loved since I first started reading comics in the 80s. Wolverine even gets his own special
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has taken its spot at the top of my ‘favorite movie list’ (A slot formerly held by the 1993 Western Tombstone); was replaced Sunday afternoon when the credits started to roll after the completion of Logan.

As I said earlier, Logan was the perfect blend of action, CGI, emotion and comedy…this movie has it all. I urge everyone to go out and see Hugh Jackman’s final portrayal as our

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favorite Canadian mutant, Wolverine. Go experience the roller coaster of emotions that is Logan and bear witness to some truly amazing acting from both Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart. The storyline may not completely follow any of our previously loved X-Men comic book story-lines or necessarily be a direct link to any of the previous movies (despite slight nods throughout); the movie is beautifully well written.  The Western-esque film tells a truly personal story about a flawed hero who is suffering from the wages of the war that was his life who is taking care of the ailing Professor Xavier in a Mexican border town hideout. His attempts to stay low-key and away from the world are thwarted when a young mutant comes into his life and how he must venture out into that world once more to save an innocent life from a new villainous team.

You can come with me to see a movie that truly honors the on screen death of Wolverine if you’d like; because I’m sure that I’ll go back and see it at least two more times before it leaves the theater. I hope to add to the already clocked in estimate of over $88 million in its first weekend sales; which has caused Logan to become the 4th best R-rated domestic opening of all time. If you’re going out…go out in style. 🙂

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Top Cat’s Top 10: Best of 2016 and Most Anticipated of 2017

As I looked glanced to the bottom of my MacBook screen the other day at work, it occurred to me that we are almost through the first month of 2017. SO much has already happened within the first 24 days of 2017 but this doesn’t take away from the memory of the most memorable events of 2016. From North Korea conducting missile/nuclear tests to the Donald quite controversially being elected our 45th President to the Chicago Cubs winning a World Series after a 108 year drought. (Glad the curse of Murphy the Goat was finally lifted.) We had a lot of ups and quite equal amount of downs, so I think its important to now look back at the Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in Pop Culture that happened in 2016. These lists are completely based on my opinion….so, here we go. 🙂

Top Cat’s Top 10 Most Memorable Moments of 2016: Pop Culture edition

10. Carpool Karaoke – It doesn’t seem like that long ago that James Corden was the reluctant flat mate of Matt Smith’s Doctor in the fifth series Doctor Who episode “The Lodger”. As we not only have a new Doctor Who, it seems that James Corden has done very well for himself since his short stint on one of my favorite TV shows of all time: Doctor Who. Corden succeeded Craig Ferguson as host of the Late Late Show. Corden’s Late Late Show’s popular segment Carpool Karaoke tipped the scales of popularity in 2016 when the sketch with pop singer Adele became the biggest YouTube viral video of 2016. The segment which aired in January of 2016 was viewed over a staggering 135 million times! I say that the reluctant companion of Doctor Who has done well for himself and doesn’t look like he shows any signs of stopping.

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9. Leonardo DiCaprio gets an Oscar – Dare I ask if there is a more versatile actor in Hollywood than Leonardo DiCaprio. I didn’t think so. Leo has been everything from a booger eating mentally challenged boy in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape to the reluctant lover boy in the Titanic to a broken father in the movie that would bring him his Oscar: the Revenant. The movie which gives us a glance inside of the dark window that is our nation’s past. Besides the amazingly written script, the spectacular cast, the breathtaking scenery or even a completely terrifying showcase of what it would be like to be attacked by a bear; the movie allowed us to see just how dedicated to his craft that Leo was and is. Leo deserved his award and his Oscar win most definitely deserves a spot on the top 10 memorable events of 2016.

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8. Ghostbusters – The Cultural icon that is the Ghostbusters brand was rebooted with an almost exclusive Saturday Night Live, all-female lead cast. Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig did their respective nod to the original Ghostbusters movies while cementing their own legacy as the ‘new’ Ghostbusters. I’m still not sure how I feel about the movie it was definitely memorable.

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6. Fantastic Beasts and where to find more Harry PotterHarry Potter fans around the world rejoiced with the release of the first companion (or prequel if you will) book to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them allowed Harry Potter fans to delve deeper into the wizarding world. The movie which showcased a world that took place almost a century before Harry Potter was even born, allowed us to fall in love with new characters and fill the void that has been in fan’s hearts since 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

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5. Stranger Things and the year of the Woman – 2016, could possibly go down as the year of the woman. From Hillary Clinton to both DC and Marvel Comics putting a woman in the forefront of their own show (both Jessica Jones and Supergirl) to the almost all female ghost killing ensemble in Ghostbusters (who are helping to redefine what it means to be a leading lady) has help solidify the influence of women in the world and Pop Culture. We are seeing women discussing Hollywood wage gaps based on sex and seeing more and more parts being written for women. In the case of Millie Bobby Brown’s character Eleven from Netflix‘s Stranger Things, the psychokinetic preteen impressed us more and more with each episode. The 80s sci-fi series truly set itself apart from anything else out at the time. Thankfully for us, Netflix renewed the show for a second season so we can witness the strange story unfold even further.

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4. Civil War – To we ‘geek types’ the term Civil war doesn’t refer to the Boko Haram conflict in northeastern Nigeria or even the American Civil War fought from 1861 to 1865..no no…to we geek types Civil War is Team Captain America or Team Iron Man. A decision that is harder to make than trying to figure out what to put on  your Subway footlong. I, of course, followed blindly to whatever side that Scarlett Johansson would meander but it did cause quite the stir to movie goers and serious fans. The controversial ‘ownership’ of certain characters caused the original Marvel Comics storyline  to be altered but despite the set backs, the movie was a box office success.

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3. “Where have all the cowboys gone?” – After losing the lead singer Lemmy Kilmister ,of one of the most iconic rock bands of all time, it would seem like losing the singer of Motorhead was the hardest thing for us to handle but it was not the end…it was merely just a break until the beginning of 2016. 2016 was not an easier pill to swallow in regards to losing some of our most loved celebrities. I don’t know whether we had a lot of celebrities die, or if we just have a lot people famous for a lot of different things. But most notably we lost some musical icons that have shaped the face of music for decades: Prince, George Michael and David Bowie. In their respective fields, each of these entertainers have been and will continue to be innovators. As the pantheon of celebrities gone too soon would be done due to the end of the year coming soon; we lost Carrie Fisher and her mother, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds.

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2. Suicide Squad – Much like 2014 was the year of the Guardians of the Galaxy for my family, 2016 was definitely the year for Harley Quinn. I mean the year of Batman’s bad guys. I mean Suicide Squad. The now Oscar nominated film (despite any and all negative reviews) dominated the box office, DVD sales, digital downloads and merchandise throughout the pop culture world. This antihero team not only unveiled a new Joker, but this blockbuster hit gave us our first glimpse at the big screen version of everyone’s lovable yet psychotic hottie: Harley Quinn. Suicide Squad was not only one of the highest grossing movies of 2016 but it has made DC comics A LOT of money in merchandise. I’m pretty sure that my family has watched it 6 times since it was released for Digital download and that was after the initial time at the theaters. As a matter of fact, just talking about it makes me want to watch it again this weekend. 🙂

1. Pokemon Go – Okay, so I won’t deny the fact that I am a grown man that has chased digital Pokemon down the street. I’ve ridden in the passenger side seat while my wife drove Daniel and myself to Pokemon gyms or to catch another Dratini. It seemed like everyone in the world became completely engrossed in Pokemon Go. It seemed like everyone you saw walking down the street had their phone in their hand. People who had had nothing to do with Pokemon in their whole entire life suddenly knew Bulbasaur and wanted the illusive Pikachu. Alas it seemed that Pokemon Go faded just as quickly as its popularity skyrocketed. People got tired of not being able to find 25 Squirtles much less a Pikachu. I still pull it up every now and then for nostalgia purposes but its short lived. I’ll see a Weedle or maybe even a Rattata on a good night. I don’t think I can ever delete the app from my phone based on how awesome the memories were and how much time was put into it but 2016 will be remembered as the year of Pokemon Go. Just thank God its 2017.

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Wonder what fad I’ll get into next. From a new President to Amazon delivering food via drone; we’ll have a really entertaining year.

I mean look what we have to look forward to: Lego Batman: The Movie, Logan, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Taboo (TV Show), Ghost in the Shell, Fast and Furious 8, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Game of Thrones (TV Show) – Season 7, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Legion (TV Show), Wonder Woman, Cars 3, Despicable Me 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.

The Obligatory Thanksgiving Blog

Thanksgiving is a time of mixed bag of emotions for most Americans. There are those of us who are privy to the ugly truth of the original Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t that pretty for the Native Americans. Then you have the sadness of loved ones that aren’t with you this year. Ultimately Thanksgiving time should be a time of giving Thanks. A time to realize the blessings that have been bestowed upon us and spend time with those that we love.

This year, I make a choice to say some of the things that I am truly grateful for…since we know that I love to make a list of things. 🙂

I am thankful for my salvation and for God. Whether you are a Christian and believe in the Judeo-Christian God as I do, a Pastafarianism who worships the Flying Spaghetti monster, or if you are an atheist; I respect your belief in something (or nothing at all) and I hope that you respect mine. God has blessed me beyond belief and I would be remiss to not include God in this list.

I am very blessed to have a lovely family (both immediate and by marriage). I am very thankful for them and the beauty that they bring to my life. I am thankful for a beautiful and supportive wife who has blessed me with a son that no one could have ever told me would bring so much pride and happiness. I am thankful to have parents who are not only wonderful, supporting people but they are my biggest fans. They are proud of everything that we do and support the decisions that we make.

I am thankful to have a small yet amazing group of friends and acquaintances that bring a joy to my life that is inexplicable. Their presence in my life brings balance to anything else that might lack. Over the years, we may not always see one another like we want to but know that I love you all and do thank God for you.

I am thankful to be an American. I am thankful to be an American despite any embarrassment that I am might feel due to the negative political climate in this country. I feel that I am blessed to be able to enjoy these particular set of freedoms that I think that we sometimes take for granted.

I am thankful for relatively good health and sanity. I may not have the perfect body but I am so blessed and so glad to have my health and sanity. I never look down on anyone with a disability but it makes you realize just how lucky we are…..just being able to wake up and walk around. These little things are taken for granted and it is a blessing and a privilege.

Along with being thankful for sanity, I am thankful and oh so blessed to have had an education. My parents worked extra hard to send me to college and I am so thankful for that. I am thankful for the education that I received which fueled a lifetime love for reading and writing. For the education which led to a degree that allowed me to work in a job that stresses me to no end….but I do love it.

I am thankful for entertainment. As corny as that may sound; I am thankful for the things that I have in my that make me happy. Without He-Man,  Washington Redskins football, music, comic books, Doctor Who, Wrestling (aka Sports entertainment), and any other random fandom or part of pop culture that entertains me; just imagine how boring life would be. These forms of entertainment help keep me sane and gives a welcome break from the mundanity of our every day lives.

I am thankful for you. The select few that chose to read these blogs. No matter how few of you that there are….I am thankful you. I am thankful that you search for knowledge and entertainment in other places. I am thankful that you believe in me. Thank you for allowing my voice to be heard!

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Top Cat’s Top Ten: Video Games (Chris edition)

If you were a kid that grew up in the 80s then you were able to experience some amazing things. I mean we had: MTV, amazing toys (MASK, He-Man, GI Joes, Star Wars, Transformers), ground breaking clothing styles (black high top Vans, cutoff half shirts, light up LA Gears, tight acid wash jeans and The Pump Reeboks), the movies (The Karate Kid, Back to the Future, The Goonies, Star Wars, The Neverending Story), TV shows (Perfect Strangers, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Alf, Who’s the Boss?, Saved by the Bell), your mom’s mini van, and who could forget the mullet. Most important of all, the 80s and into the 90s brought something that would literally change the world forever: video games.

Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘but Chris, video games were made as far back as the 50s and Pong was made which was the most popular video game of its day was made by Atari in 1972’. I know all of this. I know about OXO that was created by Alexander Douglas in 1952. I know about William Higinbotham’s Tennis for Two. I know about Pong. I know about Space Invaders and the Atari 2600 but I’m referring to the home and handheld video game systems/games that has caused the zombification of kids around the world. All the eyes bloodshot for hours, fingers riddled with carpal tunnel, bellies full of hot pockets and Doritos…..just to get in more time with your favorite game. Everyone had their favorite. Kids today have their favorite. Daniel (and other kids his age)’s list will be VERY different from my generations because the generation that I grew up in had the pleasure of seeing and playing everything from the NES and the Sega Genesis to the current Xbox 1 and Playstation 4. So since I have had the pleasure of playing video games since I was old enough to hold a joystick at the arcade, corded or wireless controller or handheld device; I am going to list my favorite games of all time.

Chris’s Top Ten Favorite and Most Influential Video Games of all Time

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10. Tetris – The 1984 time sensitive puzzle game had me hooked as a kid. I had just got a Nintendo Game Boy in 1989 and Tetris was my favorite game. I remember the times that I wanted to throw my Game Boy out the window because of the complexity of the falling shape variations; but all in all it was and still is as simple and addictive as it was 30 years ago.

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9. Killer Instinct -By 1996, the video game industry had completely revolutionized gaming and changed the landscape for the better. Killer Instinct followed a lineage of fighting games, which at that time had failed in comparison to Killer Instinct. The arcade style fighting game had a huge push from Nintendo and I even purchased one of the limited edition black cartridge with remixed game soundtrack CD that was included. I would turn on my black-light in my bedroom, turn on my fan and blast the game’s soundtrack while playing the game. The game was pushed by Nintendo enough that it got my attention and was able to keep it for years to come.

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8. WWE All-Stars – I have been a wrestling fan for as long as I can remember {I even blogged about my love for wrestling here} and by the time 2011 rolled around, I had had many years experience with wrestling related video games. I remember wrestling video games all the way from Wrestlemania for the NES system back in 1989 to one of my favorite video games of all time (this would have made the list at around 12) WCW vs nWo World Tour for the Nintendo 64 to the current WWE 2k?? games. There was just something special about WWE All-Stars though. The larger than life, muscular characters could throw their opponents higher, hit harder and almost possessed super human abilities. It was a perfect blend of a great wrestling game and Mortal Kombat. What could go wrong there?

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7. Batman: Arkham City – As a comic book lover, I have also been intrigued to play comic book related games so I had no doubt that one of my favorite superheroes would have an amazing video game. After the immense popularity of the first two movies in the Dark Knight trilogy and the award winning Batman: Arkham Asylum game, it only made sense that DC Comics would continue spewing out action-adventure video games for our favorite caped crusader. The graphics and storyline of Batman: Arkham City are as spell-bounding as the Dark Knight himself.

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6. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – After Sega asked their creative team to create a mascot for their company (like Nintendo has Mario, Disney has Mickey Mouse, etc); the creative team created Sonic: an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog with super fast speed. Sonic allowed Sega and their Sega Genesis to lead the way through the early 16-bit era. Sonic the Hedgehog had his own cartoon voiced by 90s icon Steve Urkel (yes I know his real name is Jaleel White). The coin grabbing hedgehog’s was joined by a double tailed friend and this second game was by far my favorite at the time.

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5. Super Mario Kart – Oh the hours…oh the hours spent playing the 3rd best selling Super Nintendo game of all time. In single mode, Super Mario Kart allows you and seven other computer-controlled Mario series characters to race around tracks on your souped up go-kart. In a multi-player mode, you and a friend can simultaneously take part in the cups and race one another while the third multiplayer mode is Battle Mode. The Guinness World Records has chosen Super Mario Kart as the top console game ever and my 10 year old self can reassure you that it is deserving of that title.

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4. Super Mario World aka Super Mario 4 – By the time Christmas of 1988 rolled around, I had been playing video games for more than half of my life, thanks to a hand-me-down Atari 2600. When I tore open the wrapping paper to reveal my “Action Set” NES which included the normal game controllers, NES Zapper and a game containing Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt; I think I shed a tear. I plugged in the appropriate cords and begin to journey on my quest to save the Princess. Well years went by and Super Mario Bros 2 and Super Mario Bros 3 came and went. Also the Nintendo NES became obsolete because the new “Super” Nintendo had been released in a bundle package with the new Super Mario World aka Super Mario Bros 4. This game brought about all the things that you loved about the original three games and jumped them into the 16 bit landscape. The  joy of riding Mario’s newly found dinosaur friend Yoshi was reason enough to have this game Spin Attack itself into my 3rd slot.

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3. X-Men – I have always loved comic books and the X-Men have always been some of my favorites but when the X-Men video game was released around the same time that my second favorite cartoon of all time was released……both had me hooked immediately. F0x’s X-Men cartoon was a huge hit and the X-Men video game followed suit. The side scrolling video game allowed you to take out Mutant frustration on all sorts of evil villains and live our your X-Men related dreams. From the Optic blasts of Cyclops to the claws of Wolverine…your favorite X-Men was available at your finger tips.

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2. Mortal Kombat 3 – Mortal Kombat was a phenomena. First beginning as one of my favorite arcade games, the Mortal Kombat fighting games came spinning wheel kicking its way onto the Nintendo Entertainment Systems. By the time the fanfare of the release of Mortal Kombat 3 had ceased, I was enjoying the new Fatality finishing moves and all of the new characters. The fighting seemed smoother and I got better at it the long that the game stayed inside my Nintendo; which was a really long time.

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1. Injustice: God’s Among Us – To say that a game is your ‘favorite of all time’ is saying a lot but DC Comics released a video game in 2o13 that completely blew my mind. There had been games where you could play as your favorite comic book super hero before but this game brought the DC Comics legends to a Mortal Kombat style arena. In the Injustice storyline where Superman from an alternate universe goes a little crazy after the Joker tricks him into killing Lois Lane and destroying Metropolis. In an effort to stop Superman, Batman comes to our reality and enlist the help of our superheroes. Of course you can follow the storyline or you can just go straight up and fight. You really want to find out who would in an all out, battle to death between the Joker and Batman? Well…now you can live out your fantasy. You want to find out who can punch faster: Flash or Superman? Well now you can. The game and the storyline are intriguing and I am definitely looking forward to the sequel which will be released next year.

Honorable mentions: Shadow of the Colossus (2005), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (arcade game), Street Fighter II: The World Warrior 

Geek Fuel: Exclusives

I have been a Geek Fuel subscriber for a couple of months now and have been pleased with all the items thus far. If you’re into Pop Culture, movies, comic books, TV shows or whatever then Geek Fuel is for you. If you decide to get Geek Fuel use this address and we’ll both get something great. Rainbows will light up in the sky. Unicorns will start stampeding in your living room. Batman will be your dinner guest.

Okay, so none of that is true but just go to:  http://www.geekfuel.com/PUYyNy

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Pokémon GO tips from my son; the Pokémon Master: Part 1

025pikachu_xy_anime_3.pngHello guys it’s me, Daniel. Well recently I have been out a lot, like for months. Let me simply say… Sorry. So that is all behind us and now lets talk about what is coming up. Yes, this is a Pokémon blog! With Pokémon GO already being a big hit and the new Pokémon Sun and Moon games coming out November 18, 2016 a few months from now; Pokémon is getting a lot of attention. And what better time to do a Pokémon blog than RIGHT NOW!

Lets talk about Pokémon GO’s hidden things. Hidden things are what we are doing first and are pretty self-explanatory. So one is how to get Pikachu as a starter Pokémon. So what you have to do is when Professor says “look some wild Pokémon already, go catch one.” And it will show you the three first/main Starter Pokemon. By first, I mean in the first games that Game Freak and Nintendo made (Pokémon Red and Blue); Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle were your choices. pokemon-go-smartphone-aplicacion.jpg{IGNORE OTHER POKÉMON IF YOU WANT PIKACHU. DO NOT TAP.} So what you have to do is simple, walk away and let the Pokémon Re-spawn 5 times. Disappear then Reappear 5 times. Then you get Pikachu when he pops up. So I have a lot to say, so it will be in a couple of parts.

Sadly you have to wait for Part 2 before you can read more, so.

Until part 2, Goodbye fellow Pokémon Fans. 🙂

BYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEE!!!

 

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Pokemon Go 

Since Daniel has been a HUGE Pokemon fan for many years, I receive the Pokémon letter to my email. I opened up the newsletter earlier last month to read about this new Pokémon Go app. I didn’t think that I would download it because I…..don’t like playing Pokemon. I know, blasphemy right? Pokemon started as I was entering adulthood and I was interested in two things at that time: pretty girls and working out. BUT now my work out time comes before I go to work, I have a beautiful wife at home and I have an amazing kid ; I guess I can accept Pokémon into my life. (Not just in the form of buying Pokémon cards and video games for Daniel.)

I downloaded the Pokémon Go app for Daniel (since we don’t allow him to have a cell phone yet) and I figured it would be fun for us both to play around with. Well little did I know that I would end up spending more time finding Pokémon than Daniel would. Best place that we found Pokémon was in the Hooters in Wilmington, NC. Conveniently we were already there eating supper. 🙂 

The moral of the story is that people are doing things together. People are going out and exercising. We’re getting together as a populous (whether in person or via Social media) and communicating about a common thing. So is a somewhat nerdy thing like Pokémon bringing people together? It would sure seem so. And with as much drama that we have going on in this world; a little comradery could be a great thing. 

Happy Masters of the Universe/National Superhero Day


In 1987, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley, decreed that April 28th (a mere 4 months
before the premiere of the the Masters of the Universe live action film) as Masters of the Universe Day. Coincidently today is also National Superhero Day. In 1995, some employees from Marvel Comics created National Superhero Day, but this day has become a nerdtastic celebration of all things superhero. Is it a coincidence that comic book writers nominated the day that celebrates one of the greatest super heroes of all time to be National Superhero Day? I dare think not.

Either way, Happy Masters of the Universe Day and Happy National Superhero Day!

Remember that you are a superhero every day and that you have the power.

Love, peace, and chicken grease,

-Chris

superhero dy krispy kremeBy the way…. Krispy Kreme is giving away a dozen free donuts in celebration of National Superhero Day while I’ll be giving away hugs and high fives in celebration of Masters of the Universe Day. Both are just as sweet and awesome to receive.