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The Storyteller



Posted by Stark , in Film / Shows, BZPower Feb 01 2014 · 423 views

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The Nominees:
Best Film 
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
12 Years a Slave
Star Trek Into Darkness
American Hustle
Pacific Rim

Best Animated Film
Despicable Me 2

Best Short Film 
The Blue Umbrella
Get a Horse!

Best Actor 
Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
Idris Elba (Pacific Rim)
Morgan Freeman (Now You See Me)

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Kristin Bell (Frozen)
Amy Acker (Much Ado About Nothing)
Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim)

Best Supporting Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
Nathan Fillion (Much Ado About Nothing)

Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Idina Menzel (Frozen)
Natalie Portman (Thor: The Dark World)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Best Director
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park 3D)
Guillermo Del Toro (Pacific Rim)
Michael Bay (Pain & Gain)

Best Soundtrack/Score
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Pacific Rim

Best Original Song
“Let it Go” (Frozen)
“Gravity” (Gravity)

Best Writing 
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Ender’s Game
American Hustle
Pacific Rim
Rules: You can vote for one nominee in each category! Go!


I TOLD YOU SO (Smash Files 27)

Posted by Stark , in Smash Files Jan 31 2014 · 475 views

Lucario Profile
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Species: Lucario (Pokemon)
Series: Pokemon
First Appearance: Pokemon Diamond & Pearl (DS, 2007)

Party: 1st

Favourite Appearance:
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl (DS, 2007)

Known For: Going Mega, Solving the Mystery of Mew, being cool, replacing Mewtwo

Excitement Factor: 8/10 - Another one of my main fighters from Brawl is returning! Plus, you all said Lucario wouldn't show up again, so I've proved you wrong. >=D

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RWBY Volume 2

Posted by Stark , in Life Jan 30 2014 · 297 views

Announced today; it'll premiere at RTX 2014 and then on the web shortly after. Sounds like they'll be fixing some of the issues Volume 1 had with episode length; we'll be getting 12 chapters this time around, each around 12 minutes long, and they won't be divided into two parts each like Volume 1 was. 
I'm optimistic. :D


DS on the Wii U

Posted by Stark , in Video Games Jan 30 2014 · 264 views

So DS games are coming to the Wii U virtual console. I will admit that I am very interested, since I missed so many great games for the system. That said, there's STILL no word on Gamecube titles or N64 titles being added. All I want is to have Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door on my Wii U. That's all I want. ;__;


Bravely Default

Posted by Stark , in Video Games Jan 29 2014 · 277 views

It cannot come soon enough
I am sorry Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing but you will have to wait because I am needing this game first.


MOST WANTED (Smash Files 26)

Posted by Stark , in Smash Files Jan 29 2014 · 509 views

I was looking over my "most wanted" lists from last June and decided I'd change my choices a little for each. This time I'm limiting myself to 5 characters for each list (veterans, 1st party newcomers, 3rd party newcomers), and there are some newer choices in there.
Due to the overload of Mario (and Mario related) characters there are - 5 already announced, 6 if you include DK, and if Wario, Yoshi and Diddy are announced we'll have 9 - I have refrained from including any characters of that series in my lists. I would love for Paper Mario to be a character, but at this point the series is stealing valuable spots from other franchises.
Most Wanted Veterans
  • Captain Falcon (F-Zero)
  • Lucario (Pokemon)
  • Wolf O'Donnell (Star Fox)
  • Roy (Fire Emblem)
  • Ness (Earthbound)
Removed: Toon Link, Olimar, Marth, King Dedede, Sonic (all announced); Metaknight (Choice 6), Snake, Diddy Kong
Added: Lucario, Roy, Ness
Most Wanted 3rd Party Newcomers
  • Rayman (Rayman)
  • Agnes Oblige (Bravely Default)
  • Shantae (Shantae)
  • Professor Layton (Professor Layton)
  • Tiz Arrior (Bravely Default)
Removed: Travis Touchdown, Commander Video, Simon Belmont, Viewtiful Joe, Max, Maxwell, Pheonix Wright (Choice 6)
Added: Agnes Oblige, Tiz Arrior
Most Wanted 1st Party Newcomers
  • Yuga (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Eggplant Wizard (Kid Icarus)
  • Mike Jones (StarTropics)
  • Little Mac (Punch-Out!!)
  • Shulk (Xenoblade Chronicles)
Removed: Paper Mario, Isaac, Dimention, Midna, Vaati, Chrom, Magolor (Choice 6)
Added: Little Mac
Who are your most wanted for the new games?


And here... we... go.

Posted by Stark , in BZPower Jan 27 2014 · 318 views

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More Costumes! (Smash Files 25)

Posted by Stark , in Smash Files Jan 26 2014 · 545 views

Back on June 16, I kicked this series into high gear with a lengthy post about alternate costumes and colors in the Super Smash Bros. seroes. While in that entry went over the many possibilities of alternate costumes, and how they are necessary to keep the franchise up-to-date, I decided that, since we're 1/4 of the way to 100 entries in this series, I'd revisit it to discuss some of the alternate costumes I believe must be incorporated. For the sake of simplicity, let's assume that all costumes from Brawl are kept.
1. Power Ups (Mario Characters)
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The Super Mario characters have a wealth of possible alternate costumes at their disposal, none more evident than the power ups. We got the beginnings of this in Brawl (Fire Mario, Fire Luigi), but with Peach, Rosalina and Bowser also on the roster, so much more can be done. The first thing to do is give Peach and Rosalina matching "fire" alternate costumes. Give Bowser a costume based on Meowser from Super Mario 3D World; costumes based on the hammer/boomerang suits, ice flower, and copter suit are also all possible and just a fraction of what could be utilized here. 
2. Alter Egos & Other Things (Mario Characters)
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Another for the Super Mario franchise, as well as Donkey Kong. While it would mean no Funky Kong character, a costume based on him could work for DK. For Bowser, you have many options - Dry Bowser, Dark Bowser, Dreamy Bowser, Bowletta, the blue ox from Super Mario Bros., or Wedding Bowser? On that note, I'd like to see both Mario and Luigi receive alternate costumes depicting them as Dr. Mario and Dr. Luigi respectively - Luigi could also use a costume based on Mr. L. Peach could receive a costume based on her appearance as the Shadow Queen in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
3. Yarned Up? (Kirby, Yoshi)
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While I can't help but think it'd be cooler to have Yarn Kirby or Prince Fluff as a full-blown character (preferably the latter), if it isn't happening I'd like to see some of our fighters going yarn in alternate costumes. Yoshi, Kirby, Metaknight and King Dedede have already been seen in yarn format, so maybe it could happen. 
4. Misc. Outfits 
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Why not have costumes for both Link and Toon Link in their various pre-adventure outfits? Wind WakerTwilight Princess and Skyward Sword come to mind immediately, although this one might be less possible due to the appearance of train-garbed Link from Spirit Tracks in a stage already. The same could be said for Zelda, as well as Ness and Lucas in various outfits. Fox, Falco and Wolf could all have outfits from previous games in their franchise available as costumes. For characters like Samus, where the different suits offer minor variations on the aesthetics of the armor, those minor modifications could be added instead of making them a simple recolor. 
5. Shiny Forms (Pokemon)
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Of course, this entry would be lacking if I did not discuss Pokemon. Honestly, I'm not sure why this hasn't been implemented at all yet - why are we being given Pokemon who wear hats instead of, y'know, actual recolors? Shiny forms are a must, but the colors for Charizard in Project M (which is a whole other entry unto itself) prove that you can get very creative with every color costume for Pokemon. If Mega Evolution forms are not implemented as the aftereffects of a final smash, this is also the perfect place for them to come into play (assuming that the mega evolution is not how that particular Pokemon is represented). And, as the image of Mewtwo above shows, there are many other options for Pokemon as well.
Several images in this entry (Mewtwo, Mr. L, Toon Link) are from Project M, a fan created moderator for Brawl. I suggest you check it out if you prefer Melee to Brawl, want something new to tide you over until the new game comes out, or if you're just curious. I'll be discussing Project M and what it could mean for the future of the series in another file at a later date - for now, feel free to argue in the comments with me regarding my opinions on alternate costumes.


PALUTENA? (Smash Files 24)

Posted by Stark , in Smash Files Jan 24 2014 · 554 views

This has been circulating the net for a few days now:
Please link to images larger than 500 kB. -B6
Alongside another that has Palutena and Mario standing next to each like best pals. It's difficult to tell whether this is a hoax or a legitimate leak, since as far as I've seen no official word has come from Nintendo on this. 
It's not official (obviously) and it's a pretty bad picture. While Palutena does appear to have a black outline around her like all of the playable characters in the 3DS version do, that's a job easily done by a skilled or patient photoshop artist. Personally, I'm of the opinion that it's either a hoax or she's an Assist Trophy - I'd much rather play as the Eggplant Wizard.
Share your thoughts in the comments below - you probably know more than I do.


Celebratory Eggnog

Posted by Stark , in Life, BZPower Jan 22 2014 · 585 views

For the end of a grand trilogy
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watch, listen, remember

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just for fun

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