Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Terminator in WWE 2K16!

I'm a huge fan of wrestling games with ridiculous characters, stories, and/or abilities, such as WWF Wrestlemania by Midway. The game featured digitized sprites, popularized by Mortal Kombat, and was more of a fighting game than an actual wrestling game. Razor Ramon had arms that turned into actual razor blades, Doink the Clown pulled a giant mallet out of thin air like a Looney Tunes character, and The Undertaker would hit people over the head with tombstones. Wrestlers would also "bleed" objects that represented their characters like hams and fish would come flying out of Yokozuna or dumbbells from Lex Luger.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Combining to Make Bigger Robots! Part 2

As a follow up to my first Giant Robots that Combine to Make Even Bigger Robots! post, I decided to dig a little deeper into some of the giant robots that I glossed over very quickly the first time around. I do not consider myself to be an expert in this subject so please excuse any details I may have left out.

Astro Boy - Combining robots can be found as early as 1963's Astro Boy series. In episode 15, Gangor (a.k.a. Gademu in the manga) consisting of 47 separate androids that combine to form a giant centipede, first shown terrorizing an ocean liner. Normally, they're disguised as "wrestling robots" but commit crimes in their centipede form. The episode ends with a fierce undersea battle, where they're swept up by an tropical storm and Astro Boy destroys each individual piece of Gangor.

In the 2003 remake of the Astro Boy series, Gadem also appears as a sophisticated electromagnet used in bank robberies to reshape gold bars into a giant centipede.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

DEATH BATTLE! - Goku vs. Superman [REMATCH]

Since the first time Goku fought Superman, there have been two new Dragon Ball Z movies, a new Dragon Ball series, and Goku has a new Super Saiyan mode. While I'm sure this will FOREVER be debated by fans, I always enjoy Death Battle's take on these fights because they analyze the facts as opposed to picking a winner by fan polls. Also, this is assuming the two characters fight to the death rather than setting aside their differences at some point.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Comic-Con Trailers!

If you've been following the Comic-Con news, then you've probably already seen these trailers. Although if you haven't, please go follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. I know this probably just sounds like a shameless plug or me asking for more followers but sometimes I post things directly to social media when I don't feel like writing a post about them. (Like a trailer or a single picture for example)

Like these trailers for example, I've been excited about them and I shared them after watching them myself. I didn't even think to post them on this blog until today. So if you want to get these updates in your feed, go ahead and follow me. Otherwise, I'll try to do posts like this one that gather things I didn't do a write up on before.

[Warning: My Twitter is a shared account that I also use for my Z-portal blog, so there may be some horror stuff mixed in with my Retrospective Geek stuff. I haven't felt the need to start a separate Twitter account specifically for this stuff... yet!]

Suicide Squad Trailer

Today we got our first look at the Suicide Squad! And the always beautiful Harley Quinn <3

Monday, July 13, 2015

Wrestling Isn't Wrestling

I've been a fan of professional wrestling since I was about 10 years old. A buddy came to my house with a VHS tape that he recorded 1996's Halloween Havoc on. This was my first real exposure to pro wrestling and what an event to start with! Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Dean Malenko for the Cruiserweight Championship, DDP vs. Eddy Guerrero, Chris Jericho vs. Syxx, Steve "Mongo" McMichael and Chris Benoit vs The Faces of Fear, and The Outsiders vs. Harlem Heat for the Tag Team Championships?! The event ends with the return of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper following the Heavyweight title match between Hulk Hogan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

Before that, the only bit of wrestling I ever saw was a match between Bam Bam Bigelow and Doink the Clown while channel surfing when I was much younger. I remember wondering who this large man with flames on his head was and why he was fighting a clown. Doink the Clown cheated by spraying Bigelow in the face with a green mist and I was traumatized, thinking Bam Bam would be blinded for life.

I've loved wrestling for nearly two decades now and while I don't watch as much of it as I used to, I still try to keep up on everything that's going on in the world of pro wrestling. Earlier this year, Max Landis posted a video on YouTube that affectionately pokes fun of and examines professional wrestling through Triple H's career. Check out the video below, it is BRILLIANT and absolutely hilarious.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Google's homage to Eiji Tsuburaya

In honor of Eiji Tsuburaya's 114 birthday, Google's homepage Doodle includes 10 mini-games about creating special effects for a Tokusatsu film. From helping an actor get into his costume to lighting a set, even setting up pyro effects.

Regarded as the 'Godfather' of Japanese special effects, and sometimes referred to as the Master of Monsters, Tsuburaya worked on approx. 250 films over the course of his 50 year career. Tsuburaya is the special effects director behind many of Toho's kaiju films, his most notable works being Godzilla and the Ultraman series.

Tsuburaya was a fan of the original King Kong movie and after the success of Godzilla, he said, "When I worked for Nikkatsu Studios, King Kong came to Kyoto and I never forgot that movie. I thought to myself, 'I will someday make a monster movie like that.'"

While working at Toho, he brought many monsters to life including Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah, Varan, Gaira and Sanda from War of the Gargantuas. He even got to work with the character that was so inspirational to him in King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes.

Yes, King Kong fought a robot double called Mechani-Kong

So to honor Tsuburaya's contribution to Japanese cinema (and geek culture), Google paid homage to the SFX legend with a 10-part mini-game.

Where you build props:

Help an actor get into his costume:

Destroy the miniature buildings with a Godzilla-like tail:

Light a scene just right, with a monster that's a cross between Zoidberg and a Baltan from Ultraman:

Stomp miniature tanks like Godzilla:

Setting up the pyro effects for a scene with a giant robot:

Smash containers as a monster that's reminiscent of Gan Q from Ultraman Gaia:

Swat model spaceships out of the air as a giant orange:

Hook up the hero (who is obviously a homage to Ultraman) to his harness, so he can fly:

And center the camera to catch all the action!

Happy Birthday to Eiji Tsuburaya! And thank you to Google for honoring a true visionary who pioneered suitmation and some of the sweetest SFX that Japanese cinema has to offer.