Oh, Hey There.
Wow. It has been a whopping four months since I’ve posted anything on the Rebellion. Life is hard for a geek with limited internet! Fellow Rebellion Brass, Robert Palmer, kept telling me that the site is still generating views, and politely suggested that I get off my ass continue my efforts in bringing my geek-opinions to the table. So, here are a few things from the last few months that I missed out on.
This game, while rumored for months, was announced at this year’s meh-worthy Comic-Con. Since these two games have somewhat competed against each other in the past (Street Fighter’s obvious rival is SNK and their various fighting games) it is interesting to see them come together.
I’m not particularly excited for this title, as it is based on the Super Street Fighter IV engine, but am more interested in Namco’s upcoming version, Tekken X Street Fighter. I cannot wait to play as my favorite Street Fighter characters in a full 3D arena, by a company that has been doing 3D gaming right for well over a decade. I’m also looking forward to the character design itself, seeing as how the Tekken characters are more realistic than the cartoony SSFIV characters, and especially for the women of SSFIV, who were previously portrayed by beefy drag queens.
Months before DirecTV pulled the rug out from under me, I had pretty much stopped watching G4′s Attack of the Show!. Why? Well for starters, the format is tired. “Intro, ATN 5-2, skit, commercial break, ATN 1, tapepiece, break, filler, The Feed…” you get the picture.
I started watching AOTS right around the time Olivia Munn started co-hosting. The show seemed very fresh and had an almost early 90s MTV-like feel to it. Kevin Pereira and Olivia were always on hosting duty, and had support from regulars like Layla Kayleigh, Zach Selwyn, Wil O’Neal, and Blair Butler. The show had a relatively small audience, but remained vibrant. As the years passed, some familiar faces left, and were replaced by the likes of Chris Hardwick, Alison Haislip, and Cheats! host, Kristin (Holt) Adams. AOTS settled into a format, and started gaining large audiences with its 420-themed episodes filmed in Amsterdam, and the following year in Jamaica. Things were great! Rappers names mispronounced! Hot dogs swallowed! Fatties! Balloons popping! Pies devoured!
And then. It happened. The Fame Monster.
No, not Lady Gaga’s album, dummy! Olivia! As her star began to rise, so did her absences from AOTS (in fact, hosts missing from the show became a regular thing, and shows with both hosts were rare and celebrated. It is a guessing game now as to which new talent will co-host the show and/or segments daily). As a result of her schmoozing with Hollywood insiders, Olivia scored small cameos in movies such as The Slammin’ Salmon, Date Night, Iron Man 2, she became a correspondent for The Daily Show (to which she now credits herself as, not an AOTS co-host) and got a starring role in the upcoming NBC sitcom, Perfect Couples. She has been absent from AOTS for months now.
Despite my disappointment regarding her treatment of AOTS, I am happy for Olivia and her successes. Believe me; I wouldn’t mind having her career, I just wish she would cut ties with AOTS and let it move on. As for me, I think I have moved on from the show. I loved my time with it, and have great respect for most of the talent involved, but it just doesn’t strike a chord with me anymore. And, also, DirecTV is a dick.
“Oh I’m the controller! This is so much fun!”
I give it four “Mehs” and one “Gaah!”
SQUEE! Finally, a show about zombies! The vampire craze is over-blown, and the zombies are over-due!
The first episode surprised me; I was creeped out, and on the edge of my seat the whole episode. I love horror movies, and rarely has a zombie flick made me so lock-the-doors-where-is-my-sword antsy. I really hope that the show keeps delivering, and that it doesn’t fall into the category of “awesome first show because some really talented guy wrote and directed it, then had nothing to do with the rest of the series.”