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Given the scathing reviews of the new Sonic Boom WiiU game, one's got to question if Sonic is a franchise that is worth Sega's time and money anymore. I mean, they've been trying to reinvent him for over a decade now, and the very best of those games received mediocre reception. And some of them being so poorly designed and programmed that they are held up as examples of what not to do for game development.

So, maybe Sega should pull the plug on their original mascot and shift focus onto developing a fresh new IP. It's not like they'd be losing too much if they sold the rights of Sonic seeing as how they've been reinventing him so much that there isn't anything consistent to the franchise other than a few reoccurring characters. And honestly, I'm sure that whatever company would buy the rights to Sonic couldn't possibly do worse for him than Sega has already done.

What do you think? Still holding out that the next one will get it right)? Or would it be better for Sega to stop polishing this turd and move on?
I recently ordered online a Megaman Zero model kit. Or at least I thought it was, it said "model kit" in the description. Well, it wasn't. It was a figure. A pretty basic one by Japan's standards (minimal accessories, no stand, basic paint job). So I did research, and turns out that despite what sites call it, S.H.Figuarts makes the figure version, and Kotobukiya makes the model kit. Which get even more infuriating because I've found pages on Amazon where the figure is called a model kit, and the model kit is called a toy. I know, first world problems. But it's the bloody principle of the thing.

Well "when life gives you lemons" I suppose. At least I can repaint it to make it look better. I've got this metallic red model paint that looks awesome which I've been wanting to use on more stuff. Plus this pretty good gold paint that I can use on his yellow trim to make him that much more dynamic.
As much as we love to hate the Michael Bay Transformers movies, I do appreciate them because each film means a new line of Transformers toys to collect. And the film toys have been some of the coolest looking and complex figures in the franchise. Well, expect for this time around. I don't know what it is, but they decided to make the toy line focus a lot more on young kids this time around. See this… This is not a Tranformers toy because it does not tranform, it looks like it can barely move. It doesn't even look like a real Transformers toy, more like some dollar store rip-off. And even the proper figures are smaller, barely painted, and the transformations are insultingly simple. Heck, many of them make the simple transformations a special feature.

Bonus complaint. You know how Grimlock is like on every movie poster, in every commercial, and the majority of the toys are merchandise centered around Grimlock? Yeah, he was barely in the movie. It takes over 2 hours for him to even appear (that's in the last 5th of the film), and the plot has nothing to do with him. The movie would have been no different without any of the Dinobots.
Why is double jumping so inexplicably common? It's become such a trope of video games that we don't even question it. Press the jump button once and you leap into the air, press it again and you break the laws of physics. I mean, some gameplay mechanics have become accepted as common because they improve the player's control and experience, such as the ability to steer your jump in mid air. But double jumping? you may as well have the regular jump arc be twice as high and save you the trouble of pressing the button twice. Or at least supply an explanation why the character can perform such a feat.
First episode of season 6 aired. I was pleasantly surprised to see it start right off the heels of last season's finale, usually shows take up to a year between seasons. I'm also glad that they took a moment to cement things between Penny and Gumball, given how the last season ended. I always like it when shows have progressive character development rather than always returning to the statuesque. And it's even more rare to see a kid's show actually have two characters enter a relationship rather than string along the "crush you're too shy to confess your feeling for" gag indefinitely (I'm looking at you, Phineas & Ferb). Though, is it just me or does Penny sound different? The show has been known to change voice actors and fitting that change into the story (reference: "the Kids").

As for the actual plot to the episode, once again AWoG takes what you would expect to be a cliche story and twist it just enough to make it new. The old "take care of pet that you thought died but actually didn't" cliche is spun around by the boys realizing quickly that the ball of hair was not the hamster. Turning this into a hilarious game of cat-&-mouse through the school. The "90's internet speed" gag really cracked me up.

What are your thoughts on the episode? Any hopes for what to see in the new season?


Ryan McCarty
Well, after spending a few years in art college, I tried to get into the animation industry. Realizing after a while that being an animator by far not the most stable career choice, I joined the navy. But my passion is still drawing and animation. I have a superhero comic called "Chillin' Civilians" that I've been working on for a number of years that I think you'll enjoy.
I don't know how apparent my absence has been over the last month on account of how infrequently I add to my gallery. But I've been on deployment in Hawaii for this year's RIMPAC. If you're wondering what that is, it's what was going on in the movie Battleship minus the space aliens. I'll be back in Canada in a couple of weeks (counting down the days) but I thought I would just give a journal update since I've got some shore leave and a decent internet connection. While I've got your ear, a lot of you will be very happy to hear that My Little Mages the video game is back in full production with a full engine change. The alpha was made in Gamemaker Studio, the new version is being made in Unity. We actually have a small team of people offering their time and skills this time around. I was keeping it on the down-low for a while but I'm pretty confident in the production of the people involved, especially how they've been chugging along very well while I'm on deployment. I'd like to thank my friend Andy for this people skills in that regard. Still in the early stages of program and design, so don't hold your breath on any kind of release date.

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Sora200 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Also, your MLP pictures are awesome. I too am a fan of the show. :)
Sora200 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Really wish that our debate didn't end on a sour note. I'm sorry for anything I did that puts Christians in a bad light for you. I'm sorry if I offended you. Also, I didn't mean to sound sexist. If your female friends from the army are reading some of the stuff I said, please let them know that I'm sorry for anything I said that might have offended them.

I hate saying things that make others angry at me especially on the level that you said it would make your friends from the army feel. Even if I probably won't ever see them.

My deepest apologies for troubling you. Hopefully you don't think of me as unintelligent.
Mark57Raider Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool page. Never thought a military man would be interested in My Little Pony... Interesting combination here. Really though, I just never....ever...thought... a navy hardened ship guy would be interested in My Little Pony. Maybe if you had some daughters or something and then gotten into that from a family point it's just very hard to fathom, but wow what a world. ...Then again maybe you do have some kids that got you into My Little Pony...
Didj Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
It's not really as unusual as you would think. Firstly, the stereotype that all military members are the hardened grunts you see in American movies is not true. Or at least it doesn't apply to all military trades. Being in a logistic trade, my job deals more with accommodations and paperwork. And even when you take it to the American army "woo-rah" types, you see Bronies there too. Just look up "military bronies" on Google. It's really not that hard to see why. For people who live stressful lives being away from home for months at a time, something like My Little Pony is a good stress reliever. It's something lighthearted and fun in a career that is anything but that.

Plus it's just a really good show that breaks gender boundaries. Kind of like how Powerpuff Girls was a fun show to watch despite it's girly exterior. Let me put it this way, you like Disney movies like Frozen or Tangled, right?
Mark57Raider Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Some Disney movies I like yeah. I enjoyed Tangled and some of the others. My favorite disney movie of all time is probably still either Mulan or Lion King. Both very superb movies. But yeah, I didn't know military guys were into MLP, given the stereotype.
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