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what a day



Posted by Lucina , in Video Games Sep 29 2013 · 136 views

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Samus took down her rival Link in the final round, with a total count of 7-5 votes. Samus is undoubtedly the undisputed champion of this tournament, having easily overcome her previous opponents The Kid, The Pyro, GlaDOS, and Sonic the Hedgehog with ease.
Stay tuned; perhaps we'll do this again sometime soon.   B-)  



Posted by Lucina , in Video Games Sep 28 2013 · 132 views

Here we are! So sorry for the delay. All you get this time is the picture bracket - I found a rather nifty piece of fan art that depicted our final two combatants (even on the right sides of the picture for the bracket!) and decided to use it.  :) That said... (click for bigger):
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It's Samus, placed #3, and Link, placed #12, in a Nintendo-dominated final round! Samus emerged victorious over Sonic with ease, while Link admittedly struggled a little to beat Mega Man. But here we are - now, vote!



Posted by Lucina , in Smash Files Sep 26 2013 · 830 views


Ladies and gentleman, my favourite character to use from Brawl has returned.
Toon Link Profile
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Species: Hylian
Series: The Legend of Zelda
First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN, 2002)
Party: 1st

Favourite Appearance: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS, 2007)

Known For: Being amazing, being a musician, being the Hero of Wind, owning a pirate ship, owning a train, did I mention being amazing?

Excitement Factor: 10/10 - Toon Link was my favourite fighter in Brawl, no questions asked. I became so good with him that whenever I played with anybody, it became a rule that I was not allowed to play as Toon Link the entire time, because I'd just win with him. Words cannot express how excited I am to see him coming back.

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It's time to orchestrate the many victories I will once again achieve with this little guy.



Posted by Lucina , in Video Games Sep 24 2013 · 53 views

We're down to the final round! Another picture bracket, another text bracket.
Click the picture for a bigger version, as always.
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#3 Samus Aran (Metroid) vs. #6 Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog)
#12 Link (The Legend of Zelda) vs. #13 Mega Man (Mega Man) 
Sonic dominated over Count Bleck to advance, and Link did the same to Mario. Mega Man managed to advance after beating Master Chief by a fair margin, and Samus overtook GlaDOS at the last second to push into the penultimate round. Vote for one character in each matchup - who will make it to the final round?



Posted by Lucina , in Video Games Sep 23 2013 · 145 views

Round 3 begins! As per usual, both a visual bracket (click for larger!) and a text bracket.
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Both GlaDOS and Master Chief emerged victorious from Round 2 with last minute tiebreakers, eliminating Wheatley and Gordon Freeman from the running. Link took every single vote in his bracket, dominating Ghirahim, and Samus received double the votes of the Pyro to move on. 
#2 GlaDOS (Portal) vs. #3 Samus Aran (Metroid)
#6 Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog) vs. #8 Count Bleck (Paper Mario)
#9 Mario (Super Mario) vs. #12 Link (The Legend of Zelda)
#13 Mega Man (Mega Man) vs. #18 John-117/Master Chief (Halo)
We're down to the final eight! Pick one character from each selection to vote for the winner!


Let's Talk

Posted by Lucina , in Life Sep 21 2013 · 126 views

I am sitting down right now in front of my computer screen, not yet entirely sure what I'm going to write about. I know I'm going to write something, and I'm almost 60% certain that whatever I do end up writing, nobody but me is really going to care. Not because life sucks or anything, just because I will ramble as is my tendency, and rambling becomes difficult to follow after a certain length of time. People should just get to the point.
Or maybe I won't even publish this. It'll just sit as a draft entry on my blog forever, tarnishing the lovely blue/grey/white colours with that faint pink and that blaring red that assigns it to the ugly and small "draft" pile. Perhaps I shall delete it all together. 
I digress. Although it could be asked if I can truly be digressing when I do not know yet what I am digressing from.
Perhaps I discuss life. Or talk about love (because I definitely know what true love is like...). 
Maybe I'll write about attitude. I like talking about attitude, if you can define talking as debating with yourself the various pros and cons on a subject that would infuriate every single person around you were they to know what you were thinking about. 
For me, attitude has an inherently bad sound to it, although I know that it shouldn't. I mean, the word is just used as a broad term for your outlook on life, or maybe sometimes your feelings. But then, so often you hear "stop it with that attitude!" or "give up the attitude!", and eventually, lines like that drill a new meaning into your brain. It's like "hashtag" (for me, not for all of you). At first it was meaningless to me, because I don't really care about Twitter. Then it became some overused meme. Then I got into just tacking it onto the beginning of verbal sentences: "hashtag awesome" is one of my favourite things to say, and it almost always leads into a string of hashtagged words ending in "hashtag hashtag". 
I digress again. I did not mean to talk about hashtags, it just sort of happened. That's me. (colon p)
Yes, that was on purpose.
Anyway, attitude. Going at it from an "outlook on life" sort of perspective, I realize more and more that I am all for the moment. As the moment passes, if I deem it worthy, I hold onto it to enjoy another day while I enjoy the next moment. If something is not remotely fun, I will forget all about it. Needless to say, school is... taxing. My greatest memories are from when I combined work and play. This past summer I counselled - I haven't spoken about it much to anyone except the people I worked with, because it's hard to explain. It's unfortunately ironic, but as an aspiring writer I find there are things I simply cannot describe. I could give you every detail about my summer and you would ask me "why was that worth telling?" and I would tell you "because some of the greatest moments of my life occurred, and some of my greatest failures and defeats as well." 
I view life as a slide - there are a lot of other people crowding you on it, and sometimes you'll get stuck, or shocked by the static cling, and there are multiple different paths you can go down, but each one has a tight bend at the beginning that doesn't let you see very far at all. Go with the flow. Sometimes you need to stick your arm or your leg out, jam life up, and force it to let you go someplace else; but most of the time, you really should just relax and flow with it. 
When I'm angry I gain a totally different viewpoint, but that's not important.   :lookaround:
What is important is that there are so many things I should be stressed about right now. Am I? Probably, somewhere deep down, yes. Stress is unavoidable. However, when my friends and classmates are stressing out about homework and tests and the like, I quite literally do not care. Stressing is pointless; I was stressed for a long time a few years back, to the point where I will probably never fully recover mentally or physically from the experience. What I learned is to just let things go. It's a long process, but I have made significant progress. People are always surprised at how laidback I am, or the things I do. I'll run into them at the mall and we'll hang out, and it'll be "Voltex, you are really different". And it's because at places like school, I feel like a prisoner. And if there's one thing worse than being bored out of my mind, it's not being allowed any freedom. School drains me like nothing else, particularly the program that I am in. At school, I literally cannot bring myself to care about anything. At home, afterwards, I must force myself to do what's necessary to pass. As soon as I leave the restrictions I become a totally different person.
Many people in real life believe me to be quiet, reserved, respectful, shy, and unblemished by anything in the world. This is because I just don't feel enough emotional investment towards them to actually care about it, or them. But then they meet me (the real me not the prisoner me), and while yes, I'm respectful, and I'm shy as heck, I'm also not afraid to just go out there and do something. Anything. I will draw attention to myself when I want the attention drawn, I'll make people laugh when I want them to smile, and I will revolt and rebel to my heart's content, and sometimes more, because it's what I feel like doing. And to me, those are the memories worth making. People always tell me I should think long term. What they don't understand is that I do - I think more long term than them, at any rate. I recently saw an old Calvin & Hobbes strip that summed up my thoughts on the matter. In it, Calvin discusses with Hobbes the subject of homework. He mentions to Hobbes that his thought process involves the knowledge that in the short term, skipping his homework and going off on an adventure is more fun. Calvin then acknowledges that in the long term, doing his homework would help him to rise up in life. But then, Calvin notes that in the very long term, going on the adventure and having fun will give him better memories.
That's my thought process. I'll do the homework, and the tests, of course. But my main priority is not doing well in school; it's doing well in memories. When I look back in 20, 40, 60 years, I want to say that I had a great time, not a great work. 
That's my rambles on life at 1230 am for today. Tomorrow, I discuss how I should probably be sleeping more.



Posted by Lucina , in Video Games Sep 21 2013 · 139 views

And so Round 2 begins! Less matchups, more firepower! First off, another bracket for you all to enjoy (you can once again click it for a larger version):
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And now the matchups in text:
#1 Wheatley (Portal) vs. #2 GlaDOS (Portal)
#3 Samus Aran (Metroid) vs. #4 The Pyro (Team Fortress 2)
#6 Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog) vs. #28 Geo Stelar (Mega Man Star Force)
#7 Riku (Kingdom Hearts) vs. #8 Count Bleck (Paper Mario)
#9 Mario (Super Mario) vs. #10 Pit (Kid Icarus)
#12 Link (The Legend of Zelda) vs. #22 Ghirahim (The Legend of Zelda)
#13 Mega Man (Mega Man) vs. #14 Mewtwo (Pokemon)
#17 Gordon Freeman (Half-Life) vs. #18 John-117/Master Chief (Halo)
Geo Stelar and Ghirahim both won their Round 1 matchups at the last second; Master Chief came back from behind to win his Round 1 matchup; and Wheatley, GlaDOS, Samus and Mega Man blasted through Round 1 with ease. You can again vote for one character from each matchup to determine the winner!



Posted by Lucina , in Video Games Sep 19 2013 · 123 views

Round 1 begins! First, I made a Round 1 bracket for you all to enjoy: (CLICK FOR BIGGER PICTURE)
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And, for you all to read, here are the ROUND 1 MATCHUPS!!
#1 Wheatley (Portal) vs. #32 Bartz Kaluser (Final Fantasy)
#2 GlaDOS (Portal) vs. #31 Tim (Braid)
#3 Samus Aran (Metroid) vs. #30 The Kid (Bastion)
#4 The Pyro (Team Fortress 2) vs. #29 Midna (The Legend of Zelda)
#5 The Sniper (Team Fortress 2) vs. #28 Geo Stelar (Mega Man Star Force)
#6 Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog) vs. #27 Isaac Clarke (Dead Space)
#7 Riku (Kingdom Hearts) vs. #26 Error (The Legend of Zelda)
#8 Count Bleck (Paper Mario) vs. #25 Dimentio (Paper Mario)
#9 Mario (Super Mario) vs. #24 Fawful (Mario & Luigi)
#10 Pit (Kid Icarus) vs. #23 Meat Boy (Super Meat Boy)
#11 Neku Sakuraba (The World Ends With You) vs. #22 Ghirahim (The Legend of Zelda)
#12 Link (The Legend of Zelda) vs. #21 The Guide (Terraria)
#13 Mega Man (Mega Man) vs. #20 Fox McCloud (Star Fox)
#14 Mewtwo (Pokemon) vs. #19 The Medic (Team Fortress 2)
#15 Rayman (Rayman) vs. #18 John-117/Master Chief (Halo)
#16 Proto Man (Mega Man) vs. #17 Gordon Freeman (Half-Life)
You can vote for one character in each matchup to determine the winner - let's give this until Saturday morning (for reference, it is currently Thursday evening when I post this, so about 1.5 days). Which sixteen will advance to the second round??


THE BEST EVER - Preliminary Voting

Posted by Lucina , in Video Games Sep 19 2013 · 55 views

Alright folks, so here's the deal: we have the following ten characters confirmed in so far:
  • Wheatley (Portal)
  • GlaDOS (Portal)
  • Samus Aran (Metroid)
  • The Pyro (Team Fortress 2)
  • The Sniper (Team Fortress 2)
  • Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Riku (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Count Bleck (Paper Mario)
  • Mario (Super Mario)
  • Neku Sakuraba (The World Ends With You)
  • Pit (Kid Icarus)
So in short, eleven out of thirty-two confirmed and placed accordingly. That means we still have 21 characters out of the remaining 26 that need to be added into the remaining slots. So with this post, place your votes for up to 8 CHARACTERS (one vote per character per person) from the following list: the five with the least votes will be eliminated from the running alongside Thomas.
  • Fawful (Mario & Luigi)
  • Fox McCloud (Star Fox)
  • Gordon Freeman (Half-Life)
  • John Marston (Red Dead Redemption)
  • Link (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Mewtwo (Pokemon)
  • Mega Man (Mega Man)
  • Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Assassin's Creed)
  • John-117/Master Chief (Halo)
  • Isaac Clarke (Dead Space)
  • The Kid (Bastion)
  • Meat Boy (Super Meat Boy)
  • Tim (Braid)
  • Dr. Nefarious (Ratchet & Clank)
  • Guru-Guru (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Error (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Dimentio (Paper Mario)
  • The Medic (Team Fortress 2)
  • The Guide (Terraria)
  • Midna (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Gruntilda (Banjo-Kazooie)
  • Ghirahim (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Geo Stelar (Mega Man Star Force)
  • Bartz Klauser (Final Fantasy)
  • Rayman (Rayman)
  • Proto Man (Mega Man)
Make your votes in the comments starting... NOW.



Posted by Lucina , in Video Games Sep 16 2013 · 139 views

So here's the deal: Burnmad and I have decided that we're curious to find out who you all would select as the best video game character of all time, but with some style. Here's the deal:
We have 32 slots open. In the comments, post your favourite characters (we'll allow you up to four). If someone has already put in a character that you would normally pick, that's perfectly fine - just let us know that you're adding a vote to that character. If we receive more than 32 submissions, then we'll start ranking the characters with regards to the number of votes they received. Hopefully we can fill the slots and begin the real voting within the next two days.
With that said, begin! Any questions, just ask away.
EDIT: Also, please when you say a character, give us the game or series they belong to as well.
EDIT 2: Alright, I'll leave this entry open for one more day and then we'll start cutting some characters away. As it stands right now, any character with at least two votes will be guaranteed a position in the slots, while those with only one vote will have to beat each other to the death to get in. 

just for fun

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