Airing of Grievances

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Lets get the video game portion of this blog out of the way first.  The other day when I was visiting the Sega Dude, he gave me a physical copy of the PS4 game Mighty Number 9… thanks man!.  I knew it began as a Kickstarter campaign, and that it is basically an homage to Mega Man.  Same style of game play, etc..  In fact some of the music that I’ve heard could easily have been produced by Capcom.  Now I don’t play many video games anymore, but as this is one I’ve had my eye on for a while now I figured I would give it a try.

This game was poorly reviewed for the graphics/artwork, available useful weaponry, and annoyingly long dialogue scenes.  I must say that I agree with the last complaint… wow are the cut scenes poorly done and annoyingly long… especially in the opening level!  I’ve not played a lot, but I really hope it doesn’t get worse as the game moves forward.  I hear it is a short game… does that mean it could have been really short if you could skip the cut scenes (another shortfall).  I don’t have enough experience to comment on the available weapons, but as for the graphics I don’t really see what people are complaining about.  While perhaps not the best, it is what I would expect from a good 2D platformer.

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Some are complaining about the artwork and how it isn’t realistic.  For example that this dude has legs way too small to support his body.  My response to this; since when has anime ever been realistic?!  No one has eyes THAT big!  Nor do we bleed that much when we are wounded!

Some complain that the “dash” ability is over used, but I mean you get it within the first two minutes of game play so obviously you were meant to have it as a major part of the game.  It’s rather essential… unlike the gravity/platform cannon from the original Mega Man… you didn’t need it, but damn was it ever helpful in an otherwise very difficult game!

A couple of other issues:  What’s with the points?  Who cares how many you get?!  Also there is a bit of lag at times, but you know in a way I don’t mind as it is rather retro of most NES games when there were too many sprites on the screen.  I’m sure this wasn’t the intention though so I get why some might not like it.

Overall I like the game so far, and while some of the complaints are valid, others must be made by crazy people.

As far as a Mega Man clone/ripoff… that’s really what we wanted.  I think a better comparison can be made when Mega Man 11 is released on October 2nd (less than a week from today!)  This is clearly a cash grab, but I’ll happily pay as Mega Man is one of my favorite Nintendo franchises!

Okay, now onto other other thoughts:

Who do you think would win in a fight, Nicky Manaj or Cardi B?  Apparently they are having a war of words on social media!  They’re just crazy nuts!  If your answer as to who would win the fight is “who the hell cares”, then we would be in agreement.  I care for nothing for either of their music, and as with most celebrity’s, REALLY don’t care what their opinion is on absolutely anything… just put the ball through the hoop like you are paid millions for and shut up!  But then what do I know as these dudes have millions of downloads, and views on YouTube.  Rock/Metal is a dying art and you know what, I’m going down with the ship!  Any rock band (even Blur or any other band Cory likes) would eat these two for breakfast!  Metal rules!

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In other news, I had a view the other day from Australia!  Welcome to my world of retro video games.  As your Australian ambassador Paul Hogan once said, “how a’bout we toss another shrimp on the barby?!”  I would love to eat some prawns, have a few beers, and play some Super Metroid… mmmmmmm BEER (Homer Simpson)

That brings me to my next point.  As some of you know I barley earned my B.Sc degree, but that makes me a genuine scientist!  My latest experiment has been to test which light beer tastes has the fewest calories, yet offers maximum taste.

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There were five contenders:  Coors, Busch, Michelob Ultra, Miller, and But Light.  Which offered the most flavor and fewest calories/carbs, yet cost effective?!  We used the same sized can (473mL), and all had the same alcohol content (4%).  In other words, the only variable was the brand of beer.  This is a mystery that needed to be solved, and thus I put my scientific mind to the task!

Coors Light:  $2.60 per can, 5/10 taste, and kind of felt like a normal beer

Busch Light:  $2.60 per can, 2/10 taste… it was basically water with some alcohol hiding in the corner

Michelob Ultra:  $2.75 per can, 4/10 taste, and brings back memories of Washington D.C.

Miller Lite:  $2.60 per can, 6/10 taste, and kind of felt like a normal beer… plus the Dude in the Big Lebowski drinks this at the bowling alley, so that’s an added plus!

Bud Light:  $2.60 per can, 4/10 taste, even though it is the official beer of the NFL, I can’t help but think this brand just has the most in-your-face advertising.

Winner… Miler Lite.  Best tasting light beer that makes you feel like your a real human-being.

Now all that being said, there are many other cheaper options that are pretty good and available at your local LCBO (Gosser isn’t bad for $2.10 a can… plus it is the name of the evil god in Ghostbusters!), however it is a full on calorie/carb beer.

I have much more to complain about, but we’ll save it for the next blog.

Until next time,

Nintendo Joe