Monthly Archives: July 2011

Jumping Around with My Tongue Hanging Out

One of the things that has bothered me since getting the PS3 is the serious lack of games for more than one player. After watching The Bride become mindlessly addicted to Portal and listening to that machine voice taunt her about cake repeatedly for four to five hours at a time, I became even more bothered by this fact.

My friend Crystal, trying lighten the tension of the Portal-divided household, mentioned that Little BIG Planet 2 was a game we could all play. I jumped up and immediately said (as loudly as I could over more electronic cake teasing), “Let’s play that!”

I’m really not sure what the point of the game is. You get to play a creepy little crochet/canvas doll that looks like it escaped from a Jan Svankmajer movie and then you run around. Yeah, at first glance, that’s about it. There’s also the peculiar factor of dressing up your canvas doll. Then you run around these various worlds and play various games within the game, like racing mice or shooting cakes for instance. You are accompanied on these treks by bad disco music most of the time.

Little BIG Planet 2 should have all the charm of other no-rules-just-play games like the Grand Theft Auto games, and it does to a point, but it feels more like an acid trip than anything else. Trying to hold on to what sanity I had left, I made the most bizarre outfit for myself, and stuck my tongue out as far as it would go – mostly so I could differentiate myself from The Bride and Crystal.

In a group, you have to have first multiple controllers, and second you have to catch up with each other. No stragglers, or you’ll die when the others leave you behind. You kinda all have to either be at the same skill level, or have a pro like Crystal telling you what you need to know and do. But then again, that’s what all PS3 games need apparently. Perhaps there’s a PS3 mentoring program?

So I spent an afternoon and a night of running around with my tongue hanging out. What it means, I still don’t know. What I accomplished, I still don’t know. If I can get them to eject this disc though, I want to shoot something, preferably zombies – because isn’t that what videogames are all about anyway?

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The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for 7-27-2011

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live in a real comics and gaming store in West Berlin, NJ – All Things Fun! – co-hosts Ed (schism) Evans, Allison (what’s your problem) Eckel and Glenn (get off my lawn) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, now in high definition, and also available on YouTube. See it here!

The first segment includes discussion of the following topics: The Flashpoint comics of the week, what is your problem, the Fear Itself comics of the week, the Defenders, Ed’s leftovers, Batcave for rent, Allison’s Green Lanterns, FF holding pattern, Captain America quiz and film talk, and the big Halo segueway.

The discussion continues in segment two including: Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man #666, Paul Cornell’s Action Comics #903, Deadpool saves the comics industry, Ed’s X-books, Glenn’s indies, DC Retroactive 1970s Green Lantern and Justice League, Crisis on Earth-Prime, Allison’s DC leftovers, Wonder Woman – not quite done yet, Ed’s indies and trades, Superman Blue vs. Spider-Man Blue, and more Green Lantern toys.

In our special summer third segment with Thomas, the All Things Fun! Kids Vidcast features a kid’s opinions on comics and toy-related genres. This segment includes his thoughts on: Futurama Comics #56, Richie Rich #3, Indiana Jones, pyramid theories, Young Justice #6, Simpsons, Muppets, wallets, and Captain America action figures and more movie reviews.

Be sure to check out the All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

And be back here every Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM EST to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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French Fry Diary 249: Iron Hill Brewery, Maple Shade NJ

Sing It

I mentioned before that my first solo purchase for the PS3 was Marvel Ultimate Alliance, but I haven’t talked about The Bride’s. Whereas my obsessions run toward comics and monsters and the like, hers tend in other directions – Disney and singing just to name two. So it’s no wonder that her first purchase was Disney Sing It Family Hits.

This ‘game’ came with a microphone and from all indications was no more than a glorified karaoke machine – or at least it seemed like it turned the PS3 into one. But it’s more than that. Yes, it is essentially karaoke, with at least two dozen animated videos of songs direct from the Disney features along with sing-along lyrics onscreen.

That’s not all it is however. You also get warm ups and lessons and tips from Anika Noni Rose, Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, so you’ll be able to sing and enjoy these songs better. And there are other editions, including High School Musical and Pop Hits with more songs available, among others. Each edition also features singing lessons from other Disney singers.

It’s great fun for the family and kids of all ages, especially Disney fans. I know The Bride enjoyed/enjoys it.

Rango

Rango ~ The first animated feature from George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic is a disaster.

Take Don Knotts, pump him full of hallucinogenics, and have him play a computer animated lizard. Yeah, that’s what Johnny Depp as Rango is like – and none of it in a good way. This is an ugly film with a bare skeleton of a plot that pretends to be much more than it is.

There are some interesting visuals done with the CGI, clever angles, different textures, but mostly a whole lot of ugly as it’s about desire dwelling creatures. It’s like bad scary cartoon taxidermy, and it’s hard to watch.

The bat-riding hillbilly varmits arrive much too late to save this flick. The western character templates (like Eli Wallach and Clint Eastwood) and cliches, and the Chinatown comparisons and parodies can’t save it. Even the Hunter Thompson cameo in the beginning can’t save it. Avoid at all costs, unless you are a die-hard Depp fan, or need a nap.

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French Fry Diary 248: The Oregon Diner

RIP Amy Winehouse

In early 2007 friends were chattering about a stunning new voice in music called Amy Winehouse. By the summer of that same year, the single “Rehab” was everywhere and she was a superstar. And by the end of 2007, and through to the end of her life, due to her erratic and self-destructive behavior, she had become a punchline to a bad joke.

Amy Winehouse passed away yesterday, at the age of 27, due to unconfirmed circumstances. Her interesting past with various illegal substances lead many to believe it was drug or alcohol related. The singer/songwriter was a fresh new voice crossing genres and garnering multiple awards and nominations. However you see her, talent, train wreck or media target, Amy Winehouse will be missed.

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