Let’s talk Ninjago

First off, I’m sorry that I’ve been away for so long. I have no excuses, and I hope that this blog can somehow continue to grow.

That out of the way, let’s get into the meat of this thing.

I got to see The Lego Ninjago Movie. After seeing The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie, I came to the conclusion that this Lego film franchise is my favorite film franchise. Why does this take the cake over the stuff offered by the likes of Marvel, Dreamworks, and the Disney Animated Canon?  Mainly the fact that every movie in this series is a movie I look forward to seeing as soon as I can, and this was no different.

What’s this movie about, you ask? The Lego Ninjago Movie takes place in Ninjago Movie where a teenager named Lloyd leads the charge to protect the city from the evil Lord Garmadon as the Green Ninja. There’s a little wrinkle to this: Lord Garmadon is Lloyd’s father. That’s a big source of humor for this movie, although that aspect can take a while to see some payoff. Also, as the movie goes on, the interactions with Lord Garmadon and Lloyd lead to the emotional moments that this franchise has beneath the comedy. These emotional moments also take some time to show up, although when you see them, you’ll probably get the feeling that they’ve been earned given what you’ve seen Lloyd and his friends have gone through. The other thing I can say is that if you’re going to mix comedy and emotional moments, you need to know when to apply each, and this movie knows when to do that most of the time. I’d say that this franchise knows how to do that particular skill pretty damn well.

And now let’s talk about what I loved the most from this movie: Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Lloyd’s teacher in all things ninja. Jackie Chan had the best lines in the movie, I was just smiling in every scene he was in, and in terms of the best character, I’d say it’s a toss-up between him and Lord Garmadon. When I walked out of the movie, I told my mom that I think Jackie Chan makes everything better, while my mom said that Jackie Chan was the best part of the movie and was pivotal to the movie’s success. I will say that I came into this not knowing who the cast would be, so I don’t think I’m in a position to talk about this aspect, although I will say that Jackie Chan was a good call to have in this movie if I could say so myself. I don’t think this is one of those things I can explain. I honestly can’t think of someone who could take that role and play it as well as Jackie Chan did.

In terms of how good this is compared to the other Lego films, I’d say that it’s not as funny as The Lego Batman Movie, but it’s still pretty good when it comes to providing laughs. Compared to The Lego Movie, I’d say that it’s kind of a different situation in that this movie is more for the Lego connoisseur as it’s based on a particular Lego line instead of something the general public such as the fun of playing with Lego blocks or Batman. I honestly don’t know anyone that knows Ninjago, though that may have to do with the fact that Lego Ninjago started when I was in high school, and I don’t know anyone that plays with Lego, let alone knows of the Lego Ninjago franchise.

As for score? I’m going to give The Lego Ninjago Movie a 7/10. This movie may take a while to find its groove, which may have to do with the fact that it kind of needs to establish the world it’s in, but once it does hit its groove, it’s super enjoyable. Also, Jackie Chan is the man. Jackie Chan is a treasure. Jackie Chan is the best part of this movie.

And now, I leave you with Jackie Chan singing “I’ll Make A Man Out of You” from Mulan. In Chinese.  

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How Star Wars can explain Vince, Roman, and their hate

I don’t think I’m breaking new ground when I say that people on the Internet hate Roman Reigns. A lot. To the point where Wikipedia has an article dedicated to what people think about him. That is a level of hate that I never thought possible. And as I thought about all this hate, a thought came to me, and the more I thought about it, the more it makes way too much sense:

Roman Reigns is the Star Wars prequels of professional wrestling.

Let me explain what I mean by this. I believe the Star Wars prequels are the most hated things on the entire Internet. Even with things like Nickelback, the Michael Bay Transformers movies, and Michael Bay himself, the prequels stand alone on their own tier of online scorn. Trying to say even one positive thing about these films is like climbing Mount Everest and then having to fight Braun Strowman inside Hell In A Cell when you reach the top.  When I saw what people have to say about the Star Wars prequels, a weird kind of Poe’s Law comes into play: when I see these people put these three movies to the sword complaining about things like Midochlorians, Darth Vader’s “NO!”, giving shitty backstories that ruin how you see anyone that could have been described in the original trilogy as “a mysterious badass”, an overabundance of CGI, or saying that the person sitting in their chair taking it in needs to just watch the original trilogy like a real fan, I can’t help but think “do this complainer really think that, or are they trying to obliterate the easy thing to hate so the cool kids can like them and maybe even invite them to sit at the cool kids table?” That’s what I feel when I see Roman Reigns hate. People bash him for what could be legit reasons (his booking from 2015, his mic skills, Vince’s insistence to groom him to be the next face of WWE).

That’s what I feel when I see Roman Reigns hate. People bash him for what could be legit reasons (his booking from 2015, his mic skills, Vince’s insistence to groom him to be the next face of WWE), although the vitriol makes me think that the Roman bashing could be so they wouldn’t get picked on by r/SquaredCircle and be invited to watch New Japan with them while they talk about how Big Bad Vince is keeping guys like Sami Zayn down.

And the more I think about this, something else came to me. If Roman Reigns is the Star Wars prequels of professional wrestling, Vince McMahon is its George Lucas.

The reason for this line of thinking is that George Lucas went from being one of the most beloved directors in Hollywood and creators of what could be the greatest universe ever to the man that was so stuck in his vision that he ran the franchise that’s loved by so many people into the ground.

Let me list my parallels:

  • The fact that any good booking (such as last fall’s Smackdown Live) brings up the idea that Vince had absolutely no involvement whatsoever is like George Lucas getting no credit for anything good that’s happened in Star Wars. Think about it, when was the last time a Star Wars fan had anything nice to say about George Lucas and/or his contributions to the franchise? When was the last time anyone had to say anything nice about Vince regarding the in ring product since his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin in 1999? This may be a stretch, but I have more.
  • The complaints people have over Roman, like his mic skills and his 2015 booking leading to the seemingly never-ending push? Those are like the complaints lodged toward the prequels over the CGI and the Midichlorians. In both cases, the same complaints have been made numerous times.
  • Vince’s micromanaging and changing the booking at the last minute brings up the Star Wars special editions and Lucas’s constant alterations for these special editions.
  • You ever get that feeling that Vince does stuff that makes you go “Fuck This Company”, complete with the GIF? You know like not giving Sasha Banks a meaningful title reign, running CM Punk out of professional wrestling altogether, canceling Talking Smack, not pushing guys like Sami Zayn and Finn Balor into the main event picture, not making Bray Wyatt into the next Undertaker as many feel he has the potential to be, making the Undertaker’s last opponent Roman Reigns instead of John Cena, or just any booking that feels like it was done by Vince out of spite because he hates the fans and spends every minute he’s awake thinking of ways to give them both of his middle fingers? I may be exaggerating, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Star Wars fans felt the same way when it comes to not being able to see the original trilogy in glorious high definition Blu-Ray because the one called Lucas is a dick.
  • All the Vince hate gave me the morbid thought that people were waiting for Vince to die and hope something would change in the meantime. That’s like something else unthinkable but which actually happened: Lucasfilm and the Star Wars IP being sold to Disney, and George Lucas going away, and any future ideas he had being thrown into the garbage…and if HHH or whoever else is in charge puts Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania instead of Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles in an epic storyline that involves The Club or Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE/Universal Championship or whatever dream match you can think of, that is a level of disappointment and betrayal that Star Wars fans once felt. They felt it when the Star Wars Expanded Universe was declared to be non-canon by the mouse, which led The Force Awakens to be accused of being a retread of A New Hope instead of a potential epic new saga rooted in the worlds and concepts introduced by those that wondered what happened after the end of Return of the Jedi.

I know that this is weird. I’m aware that this line of thinking will probably go over like a lead balloon. But at the end of the day, this line of thinking makes too much sense to me. Also, the complaints that have been lodged have become so common you can predict when they’re going to be presented. If I’m able to present a different way of thinking about the hate toward Roman and Vince and convince people about my line of thinking, I think I can consider this a successful post.

Remembering NCAA Football (and maybe looking forward)

When I was in middle school and played a lot more video games than I do now, there was one series that I could play like it was the last series of video games on the planet: EA Sports’ NCAA Football video game series. It was simple and straightforward: college football that could rival any game in the Madden series, and even ESPN NFL 2K5, which I consider to be perhaps the best football game I ever played. My favorite thing to play was the Dynasty Mode, where you can take a team and lead them to greatness. I did this with my Oho State Buckeyes, although the popular thing among many players would be to take a program that nobody cares about and lead them to greatness…which I also did by taking the Ohio Bobcats from the MAC to a victory in the Rose Bowl (it was the BCS era).

However, following the release of NCAA Football 14, the video game landscape was changed forever. The NCAA became tangled in a long legal battle over players being compensated for the use of their likenesses in the game. At first the NCAA announced that they wouldn’t renew their licensing deal, meaning that the NCAA wouldn’t put their name in the title. Later, the SEC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 confrences announced that they wouldn’t license their trademarks for the next game in the series. As a result, there would be no NCAA Football 15, and a game series was pretty much dead and buried, leaving only memories and dynasty stories. (Thank you, Wikipedia for all those details.)

I was in college when the death bell rang. I kind of fell out of playing video games during my sophomore year because of the workload taking most of my time, so the reason for this post is me going back and watching dynasty playlists on YouTube which caused the memories to come back. What are my thoughts? I want college football to come back so freaking much.

This series perfectly captures what college football is about, from the atmosphere to hitting the recruiting trail to make a name for yourself as a coach. As for 14? I’ve seen it being played, and honestly, it shows how a new game could be greatly welcomed. It’s stuck in a time warp. NCAA Football 14 was the last game of the BCS era, and while that may be a nitpick, it’s just something that’ll date this game greatly. Also, they didn’t bring back the team entrances that were featured in some games prior. (Here’s a collection of entrances from NCAA Football 12, and while it’s not exact, it’s pretty damn good for a video game. While that may be nitpicking, I think that’s important because of the fact that presentation is a big deal in college football, and college football is one of the most atmospheric sports out there in that going to a game at the stadium will blow watching the game on TV out of the water.

Not only is the last NCAA Football game a permanent reminder of the BCS era, but the legal trouble had caused the series to miss the explosion of sports games on YouTube, so the Dynasty mode and Road to Glory modes this series had to offer wouldn’t be able to achieve the views that grace the playlists of Franchise modes in Madden, the MyGM and MyLeague modes of the NBA 2K series, and the career modes (both manager and player) of FIFA. How unfortunate.

So, now what? What is there to do if you’re a college football fan looking for a video game for your sport? Well, there is one option. A company called iMackulate Vision Gaming is working to build a college football game of their own. And while they admit that they won’t have NCAA licensing right away, they’ll be able to let the game be customizable to a player’s content. Here’s their FAQ list if you want to know what their gameplan is.

What would I put in my own college football game if I had the knowledge and funds? While I’m going on imagination and assuming unlimited funds (think of those “where would you go to college if cost wasn’t a factor?” lines you probably got asked in high school), here I go:

  • An emphasis on presentation. While the gameplay is key in any video game regardless of genre, I really think that college football is a type of area that can really benefit from putting a little extra in the presentation. As I said earlier in this post, college football is an experience, and capturing the gameday experience can go a long way with a lot of people, myself included.

One of the things I would like to see is a well established dynasty mode. Dynasty mode was my favorite thing to play in the NCAA Football series, to the point where I wouldn’t play anything else So, these bullet points are dedicated to my hypothetical Dynasty mode:

  • A way for storylines to be created This’ll help a lot with those who consider themselves storytellers through sports games. You can have people build a program from literally nothing, create a coach that can build his name through the ranks of college football, and even take on the task of rebuilding a program tarred by scandal, even it’s for something unspeakable like the dark clouds that loom over Baylor, which many people felt should have been given the death penalty by the NCAA. While I wouldn’t do something that morbid, I’d be surprised if somebody would try to do that kind of storyline in a dynasty mode.
  • Helmet stickers. A lot of colleges have them, and maybe you can determine what earns a helmet at your school. It’s just something that could help make your school be what your vision is, especially if you create a school from scratch.
  •  A new look at recruiting. If I remember correctly, EA Sports has a create-a-recruit feature for their dynasty modes, meaning you could create a recruit and put him in that season’s recruiting class as one of the many that your program could pursue. And with that, you can even design the high school uniform. And with that comes with creating a backstory and what type of player the recruit is. (And you can even do something like creating reels of recruits for each year of your dynasty that you may pursue. Here’s an example: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, and Year 4.) Also, you can even make a sort of high school type of Dynasty mode where you compete for state championships and the prestige of producing top tier recruits on a yearly basis.
  • Player personalities. Previous NCAA Football games had this with recruits had desires (for lack of a better word) such as playing time, proximity to home, and the potential to go to the NFL. This also was seen in promises you could make for prospects, such as giving them a certain amount of playing time or giving them a specific jersey number. You could also have some players be subject to the injury bug, presenting a risk as to if you want to pursue that particular player in recruiting. These would be awesome to bring back. However, there is one other thing that this could play into…
  • Discipline. I remember in the PS2 and Xbox eras, I would occasionally have to deal with a disciplinary issue involving one of the players. Granted, it was nothing as big as what happened at Baylor or Penn State or North Carolina; instead, it was small things such as cheating on a test, cutting class, or one of those “conduct detrimental to the team” things. And all those times it was a player with a discipline rating of a “D” or something.  I’d have a certain number of points if I chose to take action (oh yeah, you’d have the option of if you want to take action or not), to spend on suspending players, be it for a quarter, a few games, or even the entire season. It’s a matter of how lenient or strict you want to be. Though if you’re too lenient, you can find yourself on probation and being doomed to be put on probation, not be in the postseason, have scholarships reduced, not be on TV…and those were the only things I remember. Looking back, that was something that put a level of authenticity in the experience. Maybe you can even do something bigger. How about have the recruit discipline be a factor, such as “your recruit is known for being a headcase, such as having problems like grades that make them barely eligible or they’ve been ejected from a few games (hey, maybe that new targeting rule can be a thing in a new college football game), and you have to decide if it’s worth it to pursue someone that comes with baggage”. How about even kicking someone off the team? That could be even big and even be one of the actions that can develop a reputation for your coach, and maybe attract or drive away recruits (among other things). For a series that releases annually and can easily receive criticism for being the same game year after year, that would be a way to stand out from the competition.
  • The coaching carousel. This was something that was featured in the last few NCAA Football entries, and it was meant to simulate the real world of college football coaching, where head coaches and offensive and defensive coordinators were fired and hired by other schools. In what I’ve seen, this only happens in the offseason though, in real life, head coaches are fired in the middle of the season, and interims are put in place, and sometimes interim coaches become the permanent man in charge. This could be cool, especially if you have…
  • Integration with Madden. Granted, this can probably only happen if EA Sports comes back into making NCAA Football, since they have the exclusive license to NFL games, have had it for over a decade, and most likely won’t relinquish it anytime soon. Still, I think that something can come from this. You could have the coaching carousel involve Madden with NFL coaches taking college jobs and vice versa. You can have every Dynasty week play into the big board for the NFL draft in a Franchise mode, which will play into some of the players on your team that mull over going pro; one of the things that you could do to convince your player to stay was that you could say that if they stayed, they could increase their draft stock. It could be like my idea where you have high school games impact recruiting. I’m sure EA Sports could figure out this complicated system, even if it takes them several years. I wonder what would happen if a rival company approached them with the concept if they don’t think of it themselves.

I know these ideas are out there, but honestly, every time the new round of sports games is released, an annual reminder that there’s a void in that universe. And that void is the lack of a great college football video game. And that void grows bigger with each passing year. Here’s to hoping that void gets filled before we all die.

The Disconnect Between WWE and Sports

I found this video on YouTube showing the most iconic moment for each MLB team. And while I’m not enough of a baseball watcher to judge, I did have one thought: How can “Daniel Bryan winning in the main event of WrestleMania 30 compete with any of these?” And that led me to think about something that’s been on my mind for months: How can WWE compete with actual sports?

So, there’s a critic I follow on Twitter that also talks about WWE pretty regularly (I won’t name him because I don’t want to drag him into this if it gets messy.) Whenever his favorite baseball team loses, he always tweets about it saying “This is why I don’t complain about the current state of WWE”. His line of thinking is that WWE, no matter how good it is, can never compete with actual sports like football, basketball, or baseball because no matter what, you can’t hide the fact that pro wrestling is fake and it always has been, even way before Vince McMahon started branding WWE as “sports entertainment”. He also stated that the reason that WWE is looked down on is because in the promotions before the McMahons, promoters would present the scripted product of pro wrestling as real, which caused people to think wrestling fans are stupid hicks. Also, the fact that the results are pre-determined can turn people off from appreciating the supposed artistry and ability of people like Sami Zayn, Finn Balor, and AJ Styles (even though a lot of people in the industry have skills, even experience in actual sports) because they can’t get into something where the result is decided ahead of time when they can just watch a sporting event where the result ISN’T predetermined and anyone can win.

To the critic I’m talking about: the preordained result is the thing that’s the rub to people. Think about some of the biggest scandals and controversies in sports and you’ll notice one thing they have in common: the notion of trying to manipulate the result a certain way. Whether it’s the Black Sox Scandal of 1919, point shaving in college basketball, match fixing in boxing, Game 6 the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings or the fact that the NBA Draft Lottery is the sports equivalent to The Kennedy Assassination, fixing/rigging/cheating/whatever you want to call it is seen as the cardinal sin of sports, regardless of what sport it is.

Do I agree with this? I’m not sure?

Which brings me back to Daniel Bryan. I’ve said before that I feel that the reason a lot of people get over and loved is because of meta reasons, namely that Braun Strowman destroying Roman Reigns is catharsis for Roman being shoved down fans’ throats, and that the pop for Shane-O-Mac’s return was partially for the fact that Shane represented a chance for change in the way WWE was being run, and I think one of the reasons that moment resonates with people is that it was what people love about sports: the underdog winning it all.

And since then? ESPN is following WWE to the point where you can get notifications about matches on your phone (though on TV interactions I’ve seen are non-kayfabe things, such as Seth Rollins talking about being the cover boy for WWE 2K18, or Stephanie or HHH talking about WrestleMania or SummerSlam), and some of the biggest rumors here on Cageside that gets people talking is UFC and WWE crossing paths, especially when it comes to Ronda Rousey. So, it seems that actual sports are starting to take WWE kind of seriously, even if it’s as a company and not as an in ring product.

As for scripted vs. unscripted? While real sports aren’t scripted, they can present stories that can be as compelling as WWE on its best days, if not better. Remember when Seth Rollins turned on The Shield? Do you think that can compare to the pain that Cleveland Cavaliers fans felt when LeBron James said he was joining to the Miami Heat? And while I’m a huge Becky Lynch fan, I’ll be the first to tell you that the title win at Backlash can’t hold a candle to seeing the Cubs win the 2016 World Series after 108 years of pain, heartbreak, and being a punchline and I’m not even a Cubs fan, and the critic I talked about earlier in this will say because the Cubs’ win wasn’t “booked” and no team the Cubs beat en route to their titles “put them over”.

To add onto it, LeBron James’s move to Miami and his return to Cleveland is, in my opinion, the closest thing actual sports has had to a heel turn and a face turn. And then Kevin Durant joins the Golden State Warrior, which was also seen as a heel turn, to the point where John Cena joked about it when he hosted The ESPYs. And I think nowadays, the Warriors are the NBA’s stable of monster heels. As a result, I can see the idea of a sports fan turning off of WWE, or any other wrestling promotions, if the storylines and feuds are garbage, because their favorite team may be in a storyline of its own.

The last angle of this relationship can be best summed up by one man: Lavar Ball. Remember how outlandish he was when he was on Miz TV? If you don’t watch basketball, let me tell you, and he’ll tell you as well, that’s not something he plays up for the cameras. When Lonzo Ball was drafted by the Lakers (my favorite team), Lava was interviewed and said that he would lead the Lakers to the playoffs, and when that happens, he’d have a hat on that said: “I told you so.” And that’s when I told myself, “I’m never going to complain about a bad promo ever again because I have to deal with the crap that comes out of this guy’s mouth.” The thing is, that what makes Lavar Ball so newsworthy whenever he talks: it’s not scripted. That’s why whenever you see a coach’s postgame meltdown in a press conference (here’s a good one), it’s so gripping. It’s raw emotion, no wondering if it’s a work or a shoot, and it leaves such a scorched earth that even the most diehard CM Punk fan would have to admit that his pipe bomb can’t compete.

Speaking of CM Punk, I think there’s another way that WWE can’t compete with actual sports. Looking back, do you really think that CM Punk, a guy that moved to UFC in his late 30s after being in the pro wrestling business for most of his adult life, stood a chance in the octagon? Compare that to Brock Lesnar, who’s kicked ass in both the WWE and the UFC. One could say that his MMA success could be attributed to the fact that he spent two years prior to his UFC debut pursuing an NFL career, which helped him adapt to actual and unscripted competition before he put on his gloves. Or Brock Lesnar is just a freak of nature that makes everyone shit bricks. Either way, he’s always been presented as a UFC fighter first and as a WWE Superstar second, and I think there’s a reason why.

This isn’t to take away from the accomplishments of those in WWE, nor is it to say that things can go horribly off-script in WWE (Owen Hart and Tyson Kidd are two examples of shit going sideways and things going HORRIBLY south). I love WWE, and I watch it every week. I love the characters that the wrestlers are, I love the action, and I love expressing my opinions on the product in my own way. I just think that comparing WWE to actual sports is just a confusing mess that probably shouldn’t be tackled except by those that can be considered those wise sages that live alone at the peak of a snow capped mountain. And I’m not one of those wise sages, and I never will be.

Grease Is The Word

Believe it or not, I’ve never seen the movie Grease. Well, now that’s changed (thanks, Netflix), and I can actually say that Grease is actually a pretty damn good musical. The story of Danny and Sandy and how they get together is a tale that’s been told at theaters of varying levels across the entire country, and watching the movie I can see why. A lot of the songs in this film are just so good. “Grease”, “You’re The One That I Want”, Greased Lightnin”, “Summer Nights”, I never came across a song I didn’t like while watching this movie. I think the next thing I’m going to do is put these songs through my “ultimate soundtrack test”:  listen to them devoid of any context from the movie and see if I would be willing to buy them on iTunes and listen to them when I’m just chilling. Isn’t Spotify a beautiful thing? And if you have a better name for this test, I’d love to hear it.

The other thing about this movie that I loved about this movie is that it feels pretty real, albeit a 1950s version of real. What I mean is that I can see this as an actual high school that actually has these groups of people as friends and it was written by somebody that went to a school like Rydell High, unlike Mean Girls where it feels like it was written by somebody who’s going by some exaggerated  horror stories they hear from their friends or by what they see on TV…or from a movie. Is this some kind of “full circle” thing? All I know is that I’d rather go to a high school where the popular kids go out for burgers and shakes and wear leather jackets than a school where the popular girly-girls take pride in spreading dirt behind people’s backs. And where one of those popular girly-girls is just SO STUPID. ( -.- Sorry, I just really, really hate that movie.)

Anyway, I’m not into the “theater scene” or “musical scene”, if you want to call it one of those things. What I do know, however, is that Grease is held in pretty high regard when it comes to musicals and musical movies. And now I understand why. Everything about this was fun. Great songs, great acting all around, there was great choreography in the sequences for the bigger songs (especially for “Beauty School Dropout” and “Greased Ligtnin'”), the world felt real, the songs are freaking amazing, and I’d watch it again.

I realized that this is going to be in a section called “Martin’s Reviews”, and when I talked about Wonder Woman, I never gave a score. I’d say that this is an 8/10. It’s really good, but I never really found myself thinking that this breaks into that upper echelon of greatness.

But anyway, you should watch Grease sometime. You’ll be glad you did.

As a parting gift, here’s a funny Grease video from CollegeHumor.

 

 

DEATH BATTLE!

As a writer, and extension, a creator, I think it’s safe to say most in the field have dreams and goals that they wish to achieve, and I consider myself to be no extension. At the top of my list of goals of I wish to reach as a writer is two things:

  1. Be a guest at a fan convention
  2. Be featured on the Web show DEATH BATTLE!

DEATH BATTLE! is a web show done by the website ScrewAttack and the point of the show is to take two fictional characters and have them fight to the death to determine who’s the better of the two. I’ve been watching it for a few years now and there are a lot of good episodes and some bad ones.  The reason I see this as one of my ultimate goals is because of the fact that my character was requested by fans to be on that show. DEATH BATTLE!‘s matchups are the requests of fans (or at least most of them, from what I’ve heard), and if a character of mine was to be featured on that show, it meant that a title I’ve created has developed such a following that a whole bunch of people want me to be on a show that I consider to be one of the best Web shows on the entire Internet. That kind immortality is freaking awesome.

If you want to see the episodes, here’s a playlist. They go from most recent to the first episode.

If you want my personal opinion on DEATH BATTLE!, here are mine:

  • My favorite episodes are (in no particuar order): Goku vs. Superman, Power Rangers vs. Voltron, Scrooge McDuck vs. Shovel Knight, Joker vs. Sweet Tooth, Batman vs. Spider-Man, Iron Man vs. Lex Luthor, Guts vs. Nightmare, Amy Rose vs. Ramona Flowers, and Ratchet & Clank vs. Jak & Daxter.
  • DO NOT WACH THE EPISODE Justin Beiber vs. Rebecca Black. It’s just an excuse to see Internet versions of Justin Beiber and Rebecca Black to both die horribly because they were both the cool things to hate on the Internet when that particular episode was released in 2011 (Rebecca Black’s Friday was huge, and the Internet’s hate levels for Justin Beiber was at its peak.) Personally, I don’t care for either of them and the reason I hate that episode because it was just a stupid episode that was the Internet equivalent of saying you hate something just so people can think you’re cool and you can get the admiration of the cool kids.
  • At the end of Boba Fett vs. Samus Aran Remastered, there’s a song that was muted because of copyright issues. Here’s that episode that someone uploaded to DailyMotion that has the song intact. 

 

So there you go. When it comes to me being a writer, it’s DEATH BATTLE! or bust, at least when it comes to my long form work that features a lot of action. Wish me luck.