Thursday, September 22, 2016

YPB: Vidya Game News – September 22, 2016

- Ohmygodness: A mock 1996 infomercial for the upcoming Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition is incredibleeee.

- From PopSugar and a bunch of other sites, Laurie Hernandez did a routine based on DuckTales on Dancing With The Stars. You can see it here! And check out our episode on DuckTales here!

- Game Rant has an article on the six biggest gaming breakups, in “honor” of Brad and Angelina.

- Nintendo News and other sites note that The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 is now available on Steam.

- Divine Divinity from Larian Studios came out for the PC in 2002. The action-RPG was well-reviewed when it came out, and it remains a bit of a cult classic.

- On Sept. 23, 2002, Star Fox Adventures was released for the Gamecube. It was the first game to take the series in a weird, non-space sim direction. (And hey, check out our episode on the better, original game and the N64 game!)

- On the same day, Tekken 4 came out. Namco’s fighter was considered very good.

- Capcom’s Mega Man 9 was released for the Wii in 2008, followed shortly by the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. It was a well-received continuation of the series, the first game in 11 years.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Inexplicable TV Review: Gilmore Girls, episodes 10 to OMG THE BREAKUP

Warning: Spoilers follow for some episodes of the hit new original show Gilmore Girls.

The thing about Dean from Gilmore Girls is that he’s really just a crappier version of Rider Strong from Boy Meets World. I think they kind of look alike, although Dean has a tiny bit of Fulton Reed in him too. (Side note – I didn’t realize at all that Foggy Nelson and Fulton Reed were the same guy! God, I’m a horrible TV aficionado.)

But anyway. Dean seems like the cool, tortured type who’s secretly an intellectual, but at least through THE BREAKUP, we don’t really learn that much about his background. Well, except that his mom stays home and cooks, from the episode where Rory channels Donna Reed. He seems like a nice enough guy, but pretty undeveloped as a character, and his reaction to Rory not saying “I love you” back seemed unrealistic to me. It’s fairly well-established that Rory is inexperienced when it comes to relationship things, so it’s not outlandish to me that she would freeze and need to think about that. Her reaction to her first kiss was “thank you,” after all.

THE BREAKUP episodes produce the most cringe-worthy moment of the first dozen or so episodes for me, which is Rory sucking face with Tristan. Yes, he had a humiliating breakup of his own that humanizes him slightly, but I still considered it something of a stretch that Rory would be vulnerable enough after her own breakup to have that happen.

I enjoy about 75 to 90 percent of Gilmore Girls, but the parts I don’t like are when it becomes a conventional TV show. At certain points, you can really see the seams when it comes to the writing, since the traditional TV tropes seem out of place when confronted by otherwise rational folks.

The most jarring example to me in the recent run of episodes we watched was Rory volunteering their house as a hotel for her motorcycle-riding dad. Rory is 16, she can drive, she’s dating a dude. It struck me as ludicrous that she would think it’s OK to have her dad – her mother’s ex – stay at the house for a couple days. It felt like a heavy-handed Traditional TV Plot, especially since Lorelai runs a friggin’ inn.

Other thoughts:

* Paris is a bright shining star and steals every scene that she’s in. Although I’m sure that there will be absolutely no fallout from Rory and Tristan kissing. And hold on, let me try to pick up my eyes, now that they’re done rolling out of my skull.

* Madeline and Louise kind of get the somewhat thankless role of being Gilmore Girls’ version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. However, even minor roles like theirs get some humor and savvy imbued in them, as they’re consistently taking jabs at the anti-social Paris. In the first few episodes, it seemed like Paris was a Regina George, Queen Bee type, but as the first season has gone along it has established better that she’s more of an intense, focused nerd who’s forced to socialize.

* Max Medina is still kind of oily to me. I can’t explain entirely why yet though. He just seems… meh. I don’t trust the dude.

* Luke is slowly growing on me. You see, he’s gruff, but he has a heart of gold. (What a unique concept!) However, I like that they actually had him makin’ time with his ex, instead of just turning her down and pining for Lorelai.

* Emily and Richard Gilmore are still hot fire. Richard dressing down Lorelai at the end of the episode was a Grade A “the reason you suck” speech. And I’m excited to see the next episode, which has Richard’s mother, apparently the one person in the world capable of making Emily frazzled.

* Melissa McCarthy, Lauren Graham and Kelly Bishop (Emily) are still the best actors on this show by far.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Steveats: Dunkin’ Donuts offers middling Reese’s, David Ortiz products

Debuting a new, semi-regular feature! I tryout questionable food items so that you don’t have to in… Steveats. (Note: Title developed in about 10 seconds of brainstorming.)

The inventors at ole Dunkin’ Donuts have been hard in work at the lab lately, trying their best to create all sorts of weird flavor combinations. I’m not sure why – Maybe they’ve been looking at the “success” of Taco Bell and Burger King in splicing established junk foods with junky fast food. The two items I’ve seen at their
shops this month have been the Reese’s peanut butter cup donut square and the David Ortiz donut.

The first is self-explanatory. It’s a donut square that’s filled with a chocolate and peanut butter-like substance. It’s not especially tasty, but it’s not bad either. The filling is clearly cheap and calorie-filled, kind of like their previous attempts at a cookie dough filling. The cookie dough donut was far more disgusting and disappointing, though. The Reese’s donut square costs more than a regular donut, and while it’s OK, I’d much prefer a double chocolate or Boston cream.

The David Ortiz donut is a regular shell with white chocolate frosting, his number in chocolate frosting, and jelly filling. It’s a kind of bizarre combination. Again, it’s not bad, but the odd flavor mixing isn’t exactly good either. It was a bit easier to eat than a normal donut jelly coated in sugar, but I prefer the jelly sticks, whether plain or glazed. (By the way, Dunkin – Almost everyone else has switched over to the glazed jelly sticks, and it’s a great decision.)

So, while Dunkin’ Donuts experiments are a mixed bag to me, they aren’t disgusting fast food abominations, like some of the offerings from Burger King. Dunkin’ Donuts is like the Dr. Frederick Frankenstein of fast food experimentation, whereas Burger King is like Dr. Moreau.

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