Blake Professional Idiot

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    • DOOM (2016)

      3 years ago

      Blake

      When you look at a studio like iD or the creative energy of John Carmack, only one word is needed to describe the combo. Legendary.

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      Originally posted by 0verwatch

      As a franchise, DOOM is not perfect. The series suffers under the weight of it’s own legacy. For awhile, the only game that offered a first person ultra-violent experience was DOOM (preceded by Wolfenstein of course). The original DOOM was the inspiration for the modern first-person shooter: it was the catalyst for a new generation of game programmers, artists, and writers. Most, if not all, modern shooters pulled inspiration (i.e. the entire formula) from the game. This would normally be a compliment, but due to the fast paced nature of the gaming industry, where the latest and greatest is king, DOOM struggled to maintain a footing in the genre it created.

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      Originally posted by autonomous-geordie

      Without dwelling on the missteps, so many games took the formula that gamers started to describe first person shooters as a “Doom-Clones” (Rise of the Triads, Duke Nukem, and Dark Forces come to mind). Following the many clones, the series needed to reinvent the wheel with the release of DOOM 3. An atmospheric horror take on the original storyline, the game was initially met with good reviews but technical issues left DOOM 3 treading water with mediocre sales. The series then laid dormant for close to a decade.

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      Originally posted by kinsie

      But DOOM is back in a big way with the most recent iteration. A gore-filled, brutal, heavy metal experience that takes the original formula and throws it into a mosh pit of next-gen development.

      There is no better description for this game. Doom’s aesthetic of hardcore futuristic spaces on the red expanse of Mars isn’t exactly unfamiliar, many games have a space marine on a foreign planet. But this is DOOM, a game that doesn’t need exposition or cutscenes to tell its story. In fact, you don’t have much by way of a story at all, the game starts by immediately putting a gun in the Doom Marine’s hand and away you go. There’s no larger crisis, the demons aren’t motivated by politics or terrorism. Instead, you have a satanic invasion from the denizens of the pit and a fistful of bullets. The bloodied walls, glowing viscera graffiti, and bloody, well... everything are weirdly comforting given the trend of bland brown military shooters that followed the original DOOM and in 2016, it feels refreshing that a game embraces the absurdism of satanic runes, heavy metal, and the grotesque.

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      Originally posted by ultraviolencegaming

      The game gives you no information about the character you play, and it’s great. You learn why humanity has been toying with hell, attempting to control the darkness and chaos for (as usual) selfish reasons. You actually get to learn why the horde fears the Doom Marine as well. There are interesting tidbits distributed throughout the main campaign, but the point of the game isn’t to provide an awesome narrative, it tells a better story through it’s environment and gameplay.

      iD outdid themselves with the levels. The traditional hallway to open room progression is somewhat dated, but compared to the single-lane checkpoint-to-checkpoint mission structure every other shooter uses it’s a breath of fresh sulfur-infused air. The game uses modern interpretations of each demon and even some of the classic environmental touches like pentagrams, eviscerated (almost comical) victims, and demonic iconography. The unabashedly arcade-y ammo/armor pickups are bright, cool, and fit the fast moving gameplay.

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      Originally posted by runningwithhelicopters

      The gameplay itself is incredible. DOOM has always had some quirks : you never reloaded, you couldn’t aim freely, and you held ten weapons at once. Granted, the only thing that’s changed is the ability to aim/move at the same time and a nifty double jump. The movement and shooting is quick, if you are used to ducking behind cover to take out enemies, you’ll have a bad time. The key is constant movement, and always go for the glory kill. Glory kills are new to DOOM, but the basic idea is that an enemy can be stunned, then brutally executed with multiple gory animations. My personal favorite is shown above. Keeping the glory kills rolling, mastering the moving/shooting technique isn’t everything though, you need to explore. In classic DOOM, there were fake walls and extra keycards. In the newest DOOM, it’s about paying attention. The game will always show you something worth hunting down, it’s up to you to find the path towards it. Most times, it’s not just extra ammo or health, you can get some weapons a level early or you can upgrade your armor/health/ammo capacity.

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      Originally posted by kinsie

      In short, this game kicks ass. Admittedly, it’s not going to be everyone’s favorite game and it might even miss the mark of a wider audience. But any new fan who gives this a chance will love the wild gameplay and nonstop challenge, and any lifelong DOOM fan will be happy that the series has finally entered a modern age while still being the same great, bloody mess that it always has been.

      The Highs

      • bullets, blood, brains
      • intense immersive graphics
      • glory kills
      • fast fun gameplay
      • just enough nostalgia

      The Lows

      • no real story
      • level design progression is dated
      • difficulty for the average player
      • bullet sponge bosses

      Bottom Line: Buy this game if you want a crazy, fast, fun time. Rent it if you haven’t played another DOOM.

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    • Deadpool (2016)

      3 years ago

      Blake

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      Originally posted by fuzzygardenerhideout

      The foul-mouthed, crimson cockroach, spewing shitty one liners and borrowed catchphrases is none other than Ryan Reynolds own alter ego. It's a glorious outpouring of obscenities, gratuitous violence, and bitter superhero critiques.I am of course, talking about Deadpool. As a character, he's dynamic and feels new. Providing scathing commentary on the cheesy ultra-dramatic world of superheros, using fourth-wall breaks and language that would make a sailor blush, Deadpool is a character that is extremely difficult to portray accurately on the big screen. Luckily, the world has Ryan Reynolds.

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      Originally posted by michonnedixons

      After his terrible experience as the Not-Deadpool in X-men Origins: Wolverine and the dreadful CGI monstrosity that was Green Lantern, the world gave up on Ryan Reynolds playing a truly great hero role. However, much like Chris Evans jump from terrible CGI Johnny Storm to Captain America, Ryan Reynolds surprised the world in some test footage for a then-unannounced deadpool project, leaked online after rumors circulated about a possible adaptation for the red smart-ass character. After a public outcry demanding a silver screen feature for the perpetual pain-in-the-ass, the heavens parted and Deadpool was announced.

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      Originally posted by maryjosez

      The film itself is not a shy, "maybe we can get away with this" sort of flick. It's raunchy, filled to the brim of clever jokes, and several severed limbs. The story does get bogged down with a cause of "origin story" but it's told in a not-quite chronological order that does the story justice while at the same time being entertaining, and not overbearing. The R-rated aspects of the film are justified, as a comic with a Mature label, Deadpool has never been about downplaying the reality of mercenary work. What sets the film apart from other superhero movies is that instead of trying to play Wade Wilson as "the hero the city deserves", Ryan Reynolds makes it clear what his motivations for each action are. Even if its just revenge. We see the panic attacks, the jokes as defensive mechanisms, the incredible loneliness, and the uncontrollable to-pissed-off for proper sentences anger. This isn't something you see often with the "hero" genre of film. If Deadpool delivered his one-liners and made his referential jokes without the added emotional depth, he would feel like a cardboard cutout hooked up to a speaker.

      Ryan Reynolds stellar performance aside, the supporting cast of characters taken directly from the comic is just as awesome. Most comic adaptations have a few cameos from beloved side characters, but the greatest hits of Deadpool all have roles in the film. Weasel, Wade Wilson's best friend, confidant and sometimes-employer graces Wade with the brutal honesty that his face looks like "an avocado had sex with an older, uglier avocado". A disappointment, the villain Ajax was sadly a very flat, weak character that seemingly only existed to be an asshole, with no larger aspirations.Vanessa is a three dimensional love interest, very capable of taking care of herself and not at all the typical female "damsel" of most modern hero stories. Strong, confident, and bad-ass enough to go toe to toe with the main villain, she steals several scenes from Reynolds. Enter the X-Men! Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are a student/teacher duo that fit with their comic counterparts to the letter. Teenage Warhead is the perfect example of her namesake, snarky and moody while showing some genuine warmth towards the other lovable idiots. As a longtime fan of Colossus it was heartwarming to see him portrayed as the hopeful, optimistic father figure that he is in the comics. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all.

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      Originally posted by bokumetsu

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      Marvel universe is a minefield of characters and movie licensing, making it a miracle that Deadpool was even made. Containing characters from the X-men universe and participating in the larger Marvel universe as a whole, Deadpool shouldn't exist except in the wet, wild dreams of many a comic book nerd. Ryan Reynolds being that particular nerd. According to industry insiders Reynolds reportedly rewrote sections of the script, directed several scenes, and had so much input on the film that he was awarded a producers credit. Reynolds remained humble, simply stating that he was interested in protecting Deadpool at all costs. 134 Million dollars in it's opening weekend is nothing to shake a stick at, especially considering its the largest opening weekend for a rated R movie, ever. Fans of comic books and movies alike have taken to the internet to propose that more R-rated adaptations take place, and it looks like they've been successful so far as the next (and last) Wolverine film now has an R rating for it's content.

      Overall the film is a fun experience with dark humor and extremely raw emotional impact. Deadpool manages to make audiences laugh while not being too intense of a film in the more serious, darker scenes. In fact, one of the only disappointments for me personally was that the film felt so light hearted there was almost zero worry for the outcome of the film. You know that there is no real risk of permanent problems for the "good guys". Rather than feeling like an intense thrilling "what happens next" situation, I knew throughout that the film was going to have incredible dialogue and action. Additionally the odd pacing of the film works to fit the narrative, but makes the film feel shorter overall.That being said, I'm interested in seeing what happens to the super-mutant d-bag now, there are hints of another beloved Deadpool character making an appearance in the sequel. Let's just say there's a cool Marvel signature post-credits scene. I now have an insatiable need for a Voltron ring and maybe a red suit. Maybe a Hello Kitty Sports bag with guns.

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      Originally posted by deadpoolbugle

      The Highs

      • incredible action scenes
      • truly funny
      • heartwarming characters
      • real emotional depth

      The Lows

      • weak villian
      • feels very short due to pacing
      • no tension

      Bottom Line: Go see this movie (leave the kids at home)

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    • I started writing stuff again

      3 years ago

      Blake

      Hey guys! Been awhile. Never really could justify spending as much time on the site as I wanted, but that's about to change. Every so often (every 4-5 days or so) I'm going to be writing articles about games, movies, music, art, etc. It's an exercise but it's meant to keep my occupied and it's fun. I'll be cross-posting them here but they'll live on my blog here!


      Thanks for taking a look, I feel like this will be fun.

    • RTX 2015!

      3 years ago

      Blake

      Whew!


      I knew bringing along the guys from Twin Stick Radio to RTX this year was going to be an undertaking by holy crap! We were busy all weekend, and we've got some great stuff to show off as well! Make sure you guys tune into our youtube channel here for more from RTX 2015 and other awesome bits of content!

      In actuality though I really just wanted to apologize to anyone who came to RTX this year and didn't have a chance to hang out or see me! I always feel awkward having to explain to people that I was working the whole time, but I really was I promise! That being said, I am so so so sorry if I seemed busy or like I had not a lot of time, or anything else guys, I loved seeing everyone that I did and it's important to me that you guys know I wasn't purposefully leaving you hanging!

      I'll be posting a few interviews and videos I am in over the course of the next few days here and other social media platforms but like I said the best place to check everything out is our youtube channel or our weekly podcast (that you can conveniently find, here.)

      Thanks so much for an awesome event and I look forward to working on the next one!

    • I am constantly overwhelmed

      4 years ago

      Blake

      With a need to make shit. Like right now I should be sleeping but I've written ten new outlines for content on my channel, registered four urls for other stuff, drafted some plans for a shelf/desk to stream from, drafted a new bedframe design for the new apartment, put together a parts list for my bicycle, and sketched out a motorcycle I want to build. And it's frustrating as all hell because these are all things that interest me but my funds and time are at zero because I'm no longer young, and I don't have as much time, but I am not old yet which means I have no money. I want to be retired and have the time and money to do things I want to do, not sit here and twiddle my thumbs waiting for stuff to get better. I should be writing a commerical I got hired on to produce, I should be updating my resume for a sales job that I was offered, but I am not as passionate about these things because I am not making them the way I want to make them. I'm annoyed and frustrated and inspired all the time and in all honesty I need to sleep more, create more, stream more, record more, but the lack of time, money, and materials is wearing me out. I also need to get rid of so much of my shit, honestly.

    • Up at 5 AM.

      4 years ago

      Blake

      See, thing is. No one likes being up early. In fact, most people hate it with a passion, me included. But I realize that with what I want to do every day, coupled with my lack of time, waking up at 5 AM seems to be the easiest solution to my problems. As it is, I've already been to the gym, planned out my diet, sorted my clothes for donation, written my grocery list, looked up what I need furniture wise for a new studio, and written a new segment for youtube. It's 630. I don't wanna say it works, but it does. When you focus on not being pissed off at being awake early, and you look at the things you need to do, it's a lot easier to get shit done. And that's what this spring/summer is all about, getting shit done. I still have a lot of stuff to get done today, (make a podcast, record, record, record, edit, edit, budget, donate plasma, etc.) but knowing I'm a third of the way done after being up for an hour is kind of awesome.

    • Obsolete Tech.

      4 years ago

      Blake

      It's crazy that when I started out making stuff that I had the best laptop I could buy, I had the best capture card I could buy, and now its obsolete. I didn't realize that the laptop was 5-6 years old until I started up my new machine and saw the massive performance gap between the two. Now I'm having that same issue with my capture card, and I realize that it's time to upgrade. I'll be using an El Gato as a cheap bridge but it looks like I'll need to pick up something from Black Magic here in a few weeks to actually do what I need to do. Kind of nuts that my 200$ capture card needs to be replaced by a 200$ capture card, but so it goes.

    • Age of Ultron.

      4 years ago

      Blake

      Good. Not perfect, but good. I think a lot of details slipped through the cracks, and it's important that they are addressed given a good amount of thought. Certainly leaves things open for more movies, sure.

      Also, RDJ really feels done with the whole Iron Man thing. Like, I understand if they bring him back for more movie appearances, but leave the man alone. I'm sure he want's to have a year as not a superhero.

    • Social Media Detox

      4 years ago

      Blake

      I'm killing off all the various tumblrs, faceballs, and twitters I have for the moment. Using the RT site more has been a big goal of mine for the last few weeks and I'm pretty determined to knuckle down and use it. So, HELLO.

    • 4 years ago

      Blake

      Hey! I'm going to be streaming in like 10-15 minutes if you guys wanted to check it out?

      twitch.tv/superblake

  • Comments (10)

    • FischerX FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      Hey dude, you were pretty fucking awesome this weekend. It was really cool getting to work with all of you guys. Thanks for pseudo-adopting me into your team.

      • Blake Professional Idiot

        5 years ago

        No problem Troy! You'll always be our kickass RWBY Game booth Guardian.

    • JustinMS

      6 years ago

      Hey Blake!

      You, Josh, Robert and Jeremy have any plans this Friday or Saturday? Thought we could all or some of hang out. Haven't chilled you guys in awhile. P.S. I'll likely send them the same message, haha.

      • JustinMS

        6 years ago

        Yeah.

      • Blake Professional Idiot

        6 years ago

        I'm down for Friday, I'll be in town anyway.

    • zap45

      6 years ago

      hey i look forward to playing some games with you bro

      • zap45

        6 years ago

        hey i also invited you to some groups you may enjoy

    • JustinMS

      6 years ago

      Hey Blake. How's it been going, dude?

      Some of us have been getting together online for Spartan Ops and War Games in Halo 4. Have you gotten a chance to play much or are you still pretty busy these days?

      • Blake Professional Idiot

        6 years ago

        I have gotten a chance to play man! Just shoot me a text at 972 207 8764 and let me know when you guys are getting on and I will play with you guys. Its been a hectic few weeks, but Ill be alright.

    • preston

      7 years ago

      Welcome to the site! smiley0.gif If you ever need any help, just send me a friend request and message and I will help you whenever you need it! smiley13.gif

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