Martialartfruituser’s Live Fanfic Readings
Well, since the guy just finished doing live readings of one of my fanfics, I figured it was fair that I give him a shout out here. Martialartfruituser, also known as LegendBringer, is a writer of fanfics, and also does live readings of other people’s fanfics. And, for the past 10 months, he’s done live readings of Power Rangers Guardians of Gaia Season 1 (and yes, I swear to God, more of Season 2 IS coming, folks, lol). If you’re into fanfic readings, check him out. He mostly does MLP fic readings, though he’s gone outside that realm more than once. And if you do, by all means, drop him a line and tell him J.A . Phillips sent ya. ^_~
My Niece Has A YouTube Channel
…My 10-year-old niece has a YouTube account where she’ll be talking about games and doing vlogs… … …Kill me, I’m ancient. XD
And why does her phone record so much better than mine?! ROFL
Jyger and N. Harmonik’s Blind Reaction To Pokémon Generations Episodes 5 & 6
Same deal as always! Here’re the original videos…
And now, here’s our blind reactions to them!
…Seriously, I CANNOT be the only person who noticed that sign. lol
Jyger and N. Harmonik’s Blind Reaction To Pokémon Generations Episodes 3 & 4
Sorry this is a little late, but it totally dropped my mind to post this the past couple of days. 😛 Anyway, same deal as always. If you haven’t seen the original videos, here they are:
And now, here’s our blind reactions. ^_^
Jyger and N. Harmonik’s Blind Reaction To Pokémon Generations Episodes 1 & 2
Well, N. Harmonik and I were having our weekly hang out yesterday, and wouldn’t you know it? Episodes 1 & 2 of Pokémon Generations came out! So, if you haven’t watched them already, do so here…
…and now, our blind reactions to the first two episodes of this show. ^_^
…Say…We’ve now reached 899 blog entries on this site, haven’t we? As such, next time will be our 900th, and… … …Meh, what the hell. Next time, Jyger’s Favourite 5 episodes of my new favourite cartoon, Steven Universe. Ja né!
Where’s The Fair Use? #WTFU
… … …Just show the video.
So, as you may or may not know, because I don’t know how long some of the people who read my blog nowadays have been doing so for a long time, I used to be an internet reviewer on YouTube. I wasn’t very good, and I’ll be the first to admit that, but having been one for a short time, and also having made videos on YouTube in general, I know what everyone in this video is going through. In fact, part of the reason I don’t make videos on YouTube anymore (aside from lacking any kind of movie maker outside of YouTube’s own pathetic one) is because I’ve been taken to the point where I’m scared to death to post anything on there anymore, partly because I don’t want my channel and all the videos I’ve favourited taken away to where I have to start over completely, and partly because I never want to have to sit through that stupid fucking video from the Happy Tree Friends ever again, which is so bad that it actually ended up on an episode of Animated Atrocities!
In fact, because I’m SO scared of that happening, most times, when I see a copyright claim on one of my videos, I just delete it. I don’t even WANT to go through the stupid processes that YouTube makes me go through anymore. It’s why you’ll see a lot of older articles on my blog that used to have videos present that don’t anymore…Well, that and the videos once being on Blip, which no longer exists.
Still, I think we should probably remember that it’s not entirely Hollywood or various companies and corporations that are at fault here. One of the biggest contributors to this rising issue is the simple fact that YouTube isn’t monitored by a human being. And if you want proof of that, here’s one of the more hilarious stories I’ve heard recently regarding copyright claims.
If we’re to believe this story, and trust me, I do, that means we can never be 100% sure who is making these claims from one to the next: An actual human being from an actual company, or YouTube’s automated processes. I’m almost certain that it’s the latter in this case, by the way, because as bad as things have been over at the WWE, I sincerely doubt that they’re so desperate as to claim ownership and monetization from something like this. But even if it’s the latter, there still may be no way to dispute it. How do you dispute something with a robot who believes there’s nothing wrong with what it’s doing?
Still, there is one good thing about this: With things growing to this point, where now everyone is talking, sharing stories, and just overall laying out how utterly broken the system is, MAYBE we’ll see some improvement. Until then, lemme know what you all think of this, if you have any similar stories, and let’s just make it clear that this has gone on long enough. Ja né, and where’s the fair use?
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers – How To Unlock Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel) by DarkZone
Okay, so if you’re like me, then when you see people playing LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, you think “If/When I get this game, the first thing I wanna do is unlock all my favourite characters”. Well, on the off chance that your favourite character is one of the newest members of the Avengers, Kamala Khan, here’s exactly where/how you can find and unlock her.
How to unlock Kamala Khan (the new Ms. Marvel) in LEGO Marvel’s Avengers and some open world free roam gameplay with her are shown in this video. Kamala Khan’s character token can be found in the South Africa Hub where you have to escort her on a mission to take the best selfie with Hulk.
More character unlocking guides and free roam gameplay can be found in the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlrg0heA7D47GFJyGj1wWOPOCl6frUGKo
Deadpool (2016) Romance/Drama Movie Trailer
I-I didn’t make this. I just thought this was fucking brilliant and wanted to share it with the masses. Enjoy! XD
Chuggaaconroy’s Best Team of 6 Pokémon
…Yup, I’m doing this again. lol Since Emile’s newest Let’s Play, Pokémon Platinum, has started today, I thought I’d look back at his previous Pokémon LPs to determine, if it were possible to get six of his older Pokémon onto a single team, who would I consider to be the best choices for it? Keep in mind, this team is accounting for various strengths, weaknesses, past showings, and is generally judged based on today’s competitive scene, meaning it takes stuff like the current type chart into account. So, with all that said, let’s start off with the very first Pokémon we saw him obtain.
While not Chuggaaconroy’s favourite Pokémon, Bulbapedia is likely one of his most trusted team-mates. As his starter and the Big Good for Pokémon FireRed, Bulbapedia won battles against Brock, Misty, and Lt. Surge SOLO, specializes in Special Attack and Special Defense, and is believed to be very smart, given his namesake. lol Bulbapedia’s final movepool consisted of Razor Leaf, Strength, Sleep Powder, and Frenzy Plant, making him the bane of most Water, Rock, and Ground-type Pokémon. He’s also resistant to Fairy, Grass, Electric, Fighting, and Water-type attacks, but is weak to Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic-attacks. However, as of Pokémon X & Y, the Grass/Poison-type Seed Pokémon has been granted the power of Mega Evolution. As Mega Venusaur, Bulbapedia would gain Thick Fat, lowering his overall weakness to Fire and Ice-type attacks, and giving both his physical and special stats a considerable increase.
The Starter and Big Good of Emile’s playthrough of Pokémon Crystal, Odairu is a pure Water-type with a lot of bite to him. His Ice Punch managed to freeze not one but TWO of the Johto League Champion Lance’s Dragonite before the third one outsped him, he can use Surf to race across rapids, Slash to cut opponents’ health down to size, and Earthquake to deal with those pesky Electric-types. Odairu’s best overall asset is his Attack stat, which he could presumably take further advantage of in later games by learning Aqua Tail, and also possesses a decent physical defense. Overall, he’s a menace to Fire, Rock, and Ground-type Pokémon, and can resist Fire, Water, Steel, and Ice-type attacks. However, he is weak to Electric and Grass-type attacks, and although he can get around those with Ice Punch and Earthquake, his Speed leaves something to be desired, and since many Electric-type Pokémon are much faster than him, it’s best to keep him off the field when they arrive.
The Starter Pokémon and Big Good from Chuggaaconroy’s Pokémon Emerald Let’s Play, Moegami’s namesake is the God of Fire in Ōkami, another game that he’s done an LP of. A Fire/Fighting-type, and the first Fire-type Emile obtained in the LPs that wasn’t of the Arcanine line, Moegami is a mixed attacker, though his Attack is a bit better than his Special Attack. Taking advantage of this, Emile taught him Overheat, which does incredible damage at the cost of decreasing the Special Attack stat with each blow, and focused on the physical stat for the rest of his attacks: Earthquake, Sky Uppercut, and Rock Tomb. Blaziken can be an absolute MONSTER against Normal, Bug, Grass, Steel, Ice, and Dark-type Pokémon, and can resist Bug, Steel, Fire, Ice, Dark, and Grass-type attacks, though he is weak to Flying, Ground, Water, and Psychic-type attacks. His biggest issue, though, is his frailty, as both his Defense and Special Defense are a bit on the low side, and his Speed doesn’t clock in as being that high. To combat this, though, Moegami could conceivably Mega Evolve into Mega Blaziken, which would not only give a small increase to his Speed and massive ones to his offensive stats, but would give him Speed Boost, which further increases his Speed every turn that he remains on the field.
The Big Gal of the Pokémon Colosseum playthrough, Walnut JUST BARELY edged out Methane the Weezing to make it as the physical wall of this team. This is due to her slightly more impressive Defense stat, her immunity to Poison-type attacks, her resistances to Normal, Bug, Grass, Psychic, Steel, Ice, and Fairy-type attacks, and the ability known as Sturdy, which prevents her from being knocked out in a single attack. In addition to all of that, and the moves Explosion and Toxic, which she shares with Methane, Walnut can lay Spikes, harming opponents as they enter the field of battle, and can use Protect, furthering her already impressive defensive capabilities. Her only real weakness is to Fire-type attacks, though her Speed is also absolutely abysmal. Regardless, she was a vital member of Emile’s team in Colosseum, and could easily be one again if called upon.
The Starter Pokémon and The Hero from Emile’s Let’s Play of Pokémon XD, Voltaire is the first and only Electric-type Pokémon that he’s used thus far. Apparently named after a childhood friend, Voltaire’s raw Speed is the highest of any Pokémon Emile has obtained, his Thunder Wave assisted in snagging many Shadow Pokémon, and could further level the playing field with moves such as Bite, Thunderbolt, and “Thunder, Bolt from a God!”. However, as a Jolteon, Voltaire’s physical stats are a bit frail, meaning his Bite lacks a bit of power. Also, he has no other way of protecting himself from Ground-type Pokémon, his biggest adversary. Despite this, he is incredibly effective against Flying and Water-type Pokémon, can resist Steel, and Flying-type attacks, is immune to paralysis, and can absorb electricity with Volt Absorb to recover health.
So, once again, I find myself asking who could fill the final slot on the team. There are, of course, many Pokémon among the remaining 25 used in Emile’s final teams that could fill that spot, such as Vui and Saikou the Espeon, Darmani the Donphan, Tessie the Lapras, Khold the Fearow, Altair the Altaria, and Pandora the Absol. But ultimately, I had to go with the one who best covered the remaining weak-points of the team, and could bring it to the opposition just as hard. And that one Pokémon is…
Sorry, couldn’t resist. 😛 No, it’s actually…
Volvagia is the final member of Chuggaa’s team in Pokémon Crystal, The Chick of said team (due to being the only female present), and the first and only pseudo-Legendary Pokémon used in any of his LPs. Named after the boss of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’s Fire Temple, she is a sheer powerhouse of both the physical and special variety, and isn’t really lacking in either defensive stat, either. As a Dragonite, she has access to a wide and wealthy movepool, but sticks with the moves Extreme Speed, Dragon Breath, Ice Beam, and Thunder Wave. In later games, she also would be revealed to possess Inner Focus, which would prevent her from flinching, and could learn powerful moves to take advantage of her Flying-type, like Hurricane and Aerial Ace. She can resist Grass, Fire, Water, Bug, and Fighting-type attacks, and is completely resistant to Ground-type attacks. However, she is vulnerable to Dragon, Fairy, Rock, and Ice-type attacks. Though not invincible, as Lance might have once told Trainers, Volvagia is nonetheless a powerful Dragon/Flying-type, and one of the all-around mightiest members of Emile’s roster.
Alright, so let’s tally up their stats, using Azurilland’s Team Builder (not counting resistances or immunities granted by Abilities)…
…And yeah, looking good. No more than two Pokémon on his team share a weakness to any single type, all but three types have resistances from various members (and a couple of outright immunities), and at least four of them are battle-hardened Starters that likely have maxed-out EV training. Soooo…yeah, I think this is likely the best team he could hope to create from his previous teams. Of course, this could change in the future, depending on what his Platinum team ends up looking like.
So, that’s my look at Chuggaaconroy’s best possible team of six Pokémon. Think I missed someone? Lemme know in the comments below, and be sure to check out the Platinum Let’s Play as it continues. Ja né!
What’s Wrong With The Nostalgia Critic’s Recent ‘Reviews’?
So, I just got finished watching the most recent episode of the Nostalgia Critic, wherein he talked about Mad Max: Fury Road. For the most part, I really liked it. Sure, I find myself using the term ‘review’ somewhat loosely, but I still liked it. But, when I scrolled down to the comments section, I couldn’t help but see comment after comment talking about how much it sucked strictly because of that fact: That there’s no footage of the movie present, that it’s just Doug Walker and his friends acting out scenes, and that this is now the third time he’s done this instead of his usual style of reviewing movies. It just feels like a lot of people are reacting negatively to these kinds of videos, and want to see more of the kind they originally liked. And, after thinking about it for a bit, I think I know how best to respond to this.
Now, first off, I should admit that me and the people who dislike these videos are probably getting off on the wrong foot right away. Why? Because at least a few complaints I’ve seen about these videos compare them in a negative fashion to another show that Doug did for a while called Demo Reel. The problem is…I really liked Demo Reel. Like, a lot. I was really sad when I found out he was discontinuing the series, and more than a little concerned when I found out he was bringing back the Nostalgia Critic. But, after finding out that Malcolm and Rachel were gonna be sticking around, and after seeing a few episodes of the new Nostalgia Critic, I mellowed out a bit… … …Unfortunately, for the same reasons I calmed down, a lot of people seemingly lost their fucking minds, ranting about how different the show was now with them acting out skits and showing Critic on adventures. Hell, I remember one episode where he made a joke about fan comments and complaints regarding the fact that the wall behind him was a different colour. I don’t know if that was actually a thing or not, but it honest to God would not shock me in the slightest if it was. And as for the skits…do you even remember the pre-To Boldly Flee episodes of the Nostalgia Critic? He did skits all the time back then, too. The only differences are that, aside from Rob and the occasional fellow reviewer or friend he could get into the video, he did them by himself, and they were usually a little bit shorter. So really, the only reason people complain about them is because they’re more apparent to your eye and your mind.
With that said, it occurs to me that likely a big part of the reason people don’t like the episodes talking about Jurassic World, Pixels, and now Fury Road is simply because they’re different from what they’re used to. However, here’s where I think you’re being unfair: After so many years of doing the same thing over and over, where videos can be taken down for the slightest thing, what did you think was going to happen? Of course things changed. They had to in order for the show to survive. Really, think back to the first episode of the show. Not the Transformers one, mind you, since that was more him fangasming over the movie, but his review of Cartoon All-Stars. Imagine him in that room, in those clothes, on that camera, in that level of quality, and the exact tones of voice used for EIGHT YEARS. You’d probably be sick to death of it within four years. And even if you weren’t, there’s one other reason it wouldn’t continue to survive.
Look, let’s just call a spade a spade: YouTube’s copyright claim system is inherently broken and easily exploited, which you can learn more about HERE. This has been a problem practically since day one of the show, and is the reason why it and so many other internet reviewers moved their content to Blip. Unfortunately, Blip shut down this year, and it was something a lot of people knew was coming, so they had to either move to less user-friendly sites or back to YouTube. And even if YouTube’s system wasn’t the problem, let’s again be honest with ourselves: Hollywood, for the most part, does not give a damn about free use. They and others have pulled videos featuring content they created, regardless of if the video was bashing their work or praising it. Hell, it’s a known fact that videos by internet reviewers, even negative ones, have increased the rate in which certain movies, TV shows, video games, comics, and so on have been sought after and viewed/played/read/etc., but that has not been enough to convince some people. That’s why Jurassic World, Pixels, and Fury Road didn’t have any footage from the movies present, and why I wouldn’t be surprised if more of the Nostalgia Critic’s reviews might end up taking on this style.
So, where does that leave us? Well, unfortunately for the people who dislike recent Nostalgia Critic videos, I don’t think you’re gonna like what’s to come. I’m sorry, and I sincerely I wish there was a way to make this easier for you all, because of course many of us tend to react to change negatively. We all want things to stay the same, and oftentimes become nostalgic for how things were before. People can make arguments for how or why that is, but it’s pretty clear that most, if not all, of us tend to behave in such a manner, and nowhere is that more evident than on the internet. At the same time, though, you have to understand why these changes happen, and try to at least give things a chance to turn you around on how it is. And, if you’re not convinced by the end, then maybe it’s time for you to move on and find something else to be passionate about.
And yes, before anyone brings it up, of course I’ve complained about stuff changing before. There’s proof of that right here on my blog in my various rants about comics. However, I like to think that I at least TRY to give change a chance, and a lot of the changes I’ve done angry rants about were in regards to things that conflicted with my views of right and wrong, like the Amazons in Wonder Woman being changed into rapists and child traders. One example of a change I was unwilling to give much of a chance to, though, is the whole Jim Gordon-becoming-Batman scenario. And yeah, you can make the argument that doing so was a bit childish of me, but I at least gave my reasons for why I didn’t like the idea and moved on, rather than sticking with it and ranting about it 24/7. Really, the only time I got angry about the arrangement was when I uncovered a massive plot hole in the story, and found out about some of the stuff Alfred was doing, which FYI has actually gotten WORSE if you can believe it, but I digress. The point is, while this blog is called Jyger’s Rant, I don’t necessarily want to only bitch and complain about stuff I don’t like ALL THE TIME, and I understand that some people actually DO like this storyline. I may not understand how or why, but I don’t necessarily wanna rain on their parade either. So, in the end, all I can ask is that the people going through the same thing with the Nostalgia Critic keep that in mind, that even if you don’t like the recent episodes, others do. Also, for those on the opposite side of the fence, remember that not everybody voicing their negative opinions are necessarily doing it to troll you or anyone else, and try not to get into heated debates and arguments over it. It may be a fine line on the internet between voicing opinions and arguing, but it’s nonetheless a line we can all choose to cross or not cross.
Anyway, those are my thoughts on the matter. Have a counterpoint to all of this, or anything else you’d like to add? Lemme know in the comments below…just, try not to get too aggressive with one another. Ja né!