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I'm a bit late to the party on this one. Or to be more precise I was on my way to buy food for my pet unicorn when I saw two dudes fighting and third one vomiting over petunias in front of the house where said party was held and decided to pop in uninvited.I didn't want to blab about games twice in a row and even had all brand new and shiny „Hollywood, TV and Internet“ rant almost done and ready when this bug crawled up my ass and hatched eggs and got all comfortable and stuff so I rearranged my bitching priorities a bit. Said bug even had nothing to do with „MGS:Ground Zeroes“ but with re-release of „The Last Of Us“ for PS4 but more about that later on.

 Firstly here you wont find me screaming betrayal over the length of the „MGS:Ground Zeroes“ and honestly I think parties on both sides of that particular dead horse have ,by this point, crawled so far from reality that average consumer should stay well clear of them.There are some that claim that there are „hours upon hours“ of content in game and there sure are, but only if you lick each and every speck of dirt in that micro-cosmos, then send it for analysis,then wait for results and then frame said results and hang them on the wall next to your degree from Bullshit University.Others scream on how „game can be beat in under 10 minutes“ and they are also correct, most of us interested watched You Tube videos of people doing it. However most of the people don't play games that way and well,in my humble opinion, they shouldn't.At the end of the day you could speed run Skyrim in few hours and miss entire point of the game in process. In my estimate,depending on skill level and interest of each player, there is on average 3-6 hours of playtime in Ground Zeroes and (again in my opinion) while it falls really close to the unacceptable considering price point it's still not there yet. Sad fact of the matter is that this is not only unprecedented but actually pretty common occurrence these days, there is number of titles out there that sport lofty name of full fledged release (read 60$ or your local equivalent) and are around 4 hours long. That is something we need to get up in arms a lot more often if we want industry to pay attention, not only when it happens to one of few franchises we give damn about. Still while Ground Zeroes stand head and shoulders above competition there, mere fact that there could be drawn any kind of parallel between it and shovelware dirt like, say Battleship the Game feels like punch in the face.

 So where length of the Ground Zeroes is controversial it's presentation is anything but,even most bitter haters of this release can't deny that it's damn gorgeous looking game. First time in over five years I was drooling over graphic, pretty damn embarrassing if you consider that I played through Metro:Last Light twice and I haven't noticed how good it looks. More important then look of the game (and again in my opinion) is that damn thing actually works smoothly and for most part without any glitches, also I recognize that it's pretty damn sad I need to praise the game for not crashing on me once. Something that should be considered normal is pushed, by common industry practice of releasing near unplayable schlock that is patched post release, to praiseworthy feat.Pathetic.

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Hey guys its Justin again welcome to another side blog the blogs between the blogs. This week we’re looking at the badass AI girl herself Shizuku.

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So hey, sorry about that. To quote Soundgarden, "I've been away for too long". But, nonetheless, I have come back! I've come back to lay out a few changes and things, hence the title. So, before you all collapse at your keyboards from boredom, let's get on with it...

First I just wanna say thanks for reading these blogs. I'm guessing since the numbers have been fairly steady for the most recent blogs (Bar a couple) that it's the same people each month, which (I guess) means I've developed a kind of fanbase. So, if I am right about that, thank you to my fanbase for reading. If I'm wrong, then how much of a fool do I look now?

The changes that are coming are quite big, come to think of it. From now on pretty much all my blogs will be music-based with only the occasional movie or TV-based blog here and there. If this has annoyed anyone that reads my blogs, then I apologise. The reason for my change of blog subject is pretty much just because in the months since my last blog I've become more interested in music to the point of writing more than twenty songs (Might be twenty on the dot, not sure) and trying to form a band, the latter failing miserably. I've become friends with people because of music, some of my mates are actually in a band together, and now buying a record or CD has become a much bigger thing for me than going to the movies. Plus, I can get around three records/CDs with the same money I'd have to spend on a single movie ticket.

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Hey guys Justin here welcome to another side blog the blogs between the blogs. Seeing as how we’re in the AI arc I thought it be a good idea if I introduce the AI girls to you and go more in-depth into explaining their personalities, what inspired them, what they represent, and what they look and sound like. Since I just got done doing a review with Mira let’s take a look at her first.

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News of „Irrational Games“ downsizing (or disbanding whichever you prefer) was kind of a big deal few months ago, their last game was both critically acclaimed and sold reasonably well so Ken Levine's decision to break off with 15 chosen members and work on smaller projects was a bit of surprise. Of course critics and fans over the globe cried out in unison only important question. What does that mean for Bioshock franchise? I imagine that question certainly weighted heavily on minds of many people that lost their job that day, unemployment would be so much duller without prospect of next Bioshock entry. Our fears were quickly dispersed by publisher who assured us that their money making machine will certainly see it's next entry and that will be labor of love... love for fans not that dirty, dirty profit of course.And I asked... Why?

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It's the Chinese year of the crank.

I sometimes wonder what kind of people does my blog reach. Do they quickly scroll down to that picture of  Lady Yoyoboing and then quickly hit back? Does anyone even read this shit? Do I suck? I'm not insecure. Knowing how much I such is essential to reduce my suckage output.

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You may have seen a few clips of mine in the community videos over the past seven months. A two part review of Starship Troopers, a 'lot' of StarCraft clips..and to my embarrassment, I've only 'just' realized there was a convenient blog section to this website. Probably should have done something similar to this seven months ago.

I'm an LPer and reviewer who's trying to get more recognition. I'll give my two cents on anything that catches my interest - from an old game with iffy gameplay to a blockbuster that sticks in your head.

I'll see what I can come up with for future posts on this blog, and I hope people find what I have to say entertaining and interesting.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) Review

A new TMNT movie is due for release some time next year, needless to say “Turtles” fans are skeptical and they have every right to be. The production house in charge of the film is Platinum Dunes that belongs to none other than Michael Bay. Seriously, Bay? What the hell has he done to deserve the responsibility to produce a "Ninja Turtles” movie? He is still in charge, despite the fact that he turned the “Turtles” into space aliens. Thankfully that draft was scrapped but the question still remains why does it have to be Michael bay? I still wonder if this is the same dude that gave us The Rock, maybe he stole someone else's script. Bay has absolutely no respect for a classic franchise as evident from a certain movie series he has created that do their best to abuse the transformers franchise. It would appear that he aims to ruin every franchise we hold dear.

It was stated initially that the movie would be closer to the source material. Well then it seems that someone forgot to tell him that the Turtles originated from the 1983 comics that were dark, complex and gritty, not the campy and goofy 1987 cartoon. That's not to say the cartoon itself is bad. It has its own place but that's not the direction the TMNT want this franchise to take. We have seen how spectacular the franchise can be thanks to the excellent 2003 series by 4kids. It can be fun yet complex. As good as the Fred Wolfe series, is it does not compare to the 4kids show in terms of complexity, character development, story arcs, humour and action? So why pick the 87 series as a template when you can pick the 2003 series or even the original Mirage comic books? I guess because no one wants to take the story of 4 anthropomorphic Turtles seriously and I ask why not? We know so little about our universe who is to say it can't happen one day, I'm not expecting godfather material but at least we should get something like the blade movies or daredevil. That is a discussion for another time.

As you can imagine I am not a fan of the direction the franchise has taken, so I figured that now would be a good time to reflect upon the 2003 series that truly respected the Ninja Turtles. A lot of the fans of the 87 series were turned off with the 2003 show because of the change in tone. I am not one of them. I welcomed the change. The show looks amazing, it is really colourful but the artists ensure that most scenes are brimming with shadows keeping with the ninja feel. The Turtles themselves look very impressive, instead of the tiny sleek designs that most fans are used to we get brutish, muscular and menacing Turtles, in fact most of the designs are well done and can easily surpass the designs of some of the Warner brothers animated series, they're that good, opting for a more realistic look.

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