Kill your double in Nintendo’s Urban Champion

This was the last article I wrote for Examiner.com.  Three more were planned and/or drafted, but were never posted at Examiner.com.  At some point in the future, I will finish them and post them here. Originally published at Examiner.com on February 18, 2014. There’s a terrible stigma that comes with a thing being called “classic”. Continue reading “Kill your double in Nintendo’s Urban Champion”

Fiction vs. Reality: Farmville vs. SimCity

This article was meant to be the start of a series I’d have called “Fiction vs. Reality”, where I would take a hyper-realistic game and compare it to a game with a similar theme but rife with fantasy elements.  Of course, that never came into being–but maybe I’ll resurrect the idea here, on this blog.Continue reading “Fiction vs. Reality: Farmville vs. SimCity”

Poképrotagonists: A Bunch of Twerps

The definition of twerp is “a silly or annoying person” and I’ve been, and possibly still am and someday will again be, a twerp. I’m therefore highly qualified to recognize and judge other twerps and that’s why we’re here today, and in this case the twerps are every single default male protagonist in the mainlineContinue reading “Poképrotagonists: A Bunch of Twerps”

A Smash of Brothers: Ranking the DLC Characters of Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

Super Smash Brothers has had a long and storied history, with each game introducing at least one character that made most of its fans fairly confused. In Super Smash Brothers, Ness filled that role. Melee saw not only the Ice Climbers but also Doctor Mario and Mister Game & Watch. Brawl introduced characters from otherContinue reading “A Smash of Brothers: Ranking the DLC Characters of Super Smash Brothers Ultimate”

Drac Attack: Universal’s Contribution to the Legend of the Vampire Lord

Dracula, as you well know, is considered one of the major monsters of the modern world, his rule over the vampires nigh-indisputable and influence over the others strong enough for him to gather about him a coterie of the mightiest monsters to defend castles for him. The question, then, is when did Dracula become suchContinue reading “Drac Attack: Universal’s Contribution to the Legend of the Vampire Lord”

Steve from Minecraft: History’s Greatest Monster?

Steve from Minecraft was announced as a character in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate earlier today and since I am on record as being against his inclusion I felt it only fitting that I say a few words about my feelings on the matter. In short, were 2020 not an atypically horrible span of time whichContinue reading “Steve from Minecraft: History’s Greatest Monster?”

Kongtoberfest: An encore! (The Fictocast #006/007)

Kongtoberfest has come to an end, and we thank you all for your readership and kind words of encouragement! As Kongtoberfest comes to a close, we at The Fictosphere would like to leave you–our kind readers–with a Kong-sized special multi-media post finale. Comprised of podcast audio clips, videos, text (obviously), and pictures, this post isContinue reading “Kongtoberfest: An encore! (The Fictocast #006/007)”

The remake we didn’t need: King Kong (2005)

Throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, Universal Pictures made several attempts–both half-hearted and full-blown–to remake RKO’s 1933 classic King Kong. After years in production hell, they finally released their version in 2005…for better or worse. It’s taken me a little while to write this entry, and after a bit of soul-searching, I’ve discovered that it’sContinue reading “The remake we didn’t need: King Kong (2005)”

The remake we deserved: King King (1996)

With Paramount having taken their crack at the 8th Wonder of the World with King Kong (1976) and King Kong Lives (1986), the ball was back in Universal’s court to make their own version of the Skull Island epic. It had been ten years since Paramount released its follow-up to the 1976 King Kong remakeContinue reading “The remake we deserved: King King (1996)”

Mediocre obscurity: Musing over King Kong Lives (1986)

With the relative success of Paramount’s 1976 King Kong remake, a sequel was sure to follow. What no one expected was the sequel that ultimately became King Kong Lives. For anyone who may have not noticed over the course of my writings & the subjects contained therein (or is just now dropping in), I’m somethingContinue reading “Mediocre obscurity: Musing over King Kong Lives (1986)”