Recommended No. 3

Hermitcraft 6: Episode 31-POULTRY MAN RETURNS: A great intro created by Grian which teases a return of the Poultry Man character. Followed by more building and shenanigans.

Flawsome by @SerendipityD: An interesting story told from the perspective of someone suffering from a mental illness. The reader gets an inside look at how someone with mental illness can feel and think.

Sypro Reignited Trilogy: From what I’ve seen of the Blitzwinger walkthrough, the game looks like a fun and not too challenging game. It seems to be an ideal game for causal gamers or those who played the original Sypro games and wish to play again.

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Mega Review

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I recently started watching Mega Man: Fully Charged thanks to Cartoon Network’s on-demand service. I’ve been impatiently waiting for the release. I’m a big fan of Mega Man. It was the first action video game I played–up till then it was Mario Bros. And I enjoyed all the comics and TV shows of the Blue Bomber (who can resist name gags like Rock and his sister Roll).

But, after watching the first few minutes of the first episode, I could see how old fans could be turned off by it. First, Rock is now Aki and his sister is now a human named Suna. Second, the Mega-Mini that “lives” inside Aki’s head was kind of disturbing and off-putting at first. Then there was the fact that for awhile they kept putting “Mega” in front of everything.

However, as the episode continued, I found the series to be quite interesting. img_2674They hint at some previous dark and troubling war, and it was nice to see someone other than Wily be the main villain. I also enjoyed how Mega Man has to stay in range when he’s copying robot powers. In the first episode (second part), he also copies a piece of Fire Man’s personality and has to learn to control his anger in order to finish the fight. It was also interesting how the robots weren’t reprogrammed by Wily (at this point–they might change this at some point); the robots were choosing to attack; it added a bit more personality to the characters.

I also enjoy the short episodes. It makes it great to watch during breaks or just before bed or work. And the moments when the characters switch to 8-bit game characters for flashbacks or moments of extreme emotion add a nice twist to an anime-like formula.

For now, I find the show to be enjoyable and hope it continues. That opinion might change as the series continues; but now, I find it fun and funny–4.5/5.

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Infinity War Review

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In the new Avengers movie Infinity War, most of the Marvel heroes we’ve encountered (I noticed a surprising lack of Hawkeye and Ant-Man) join together to take on the big, bad rock collector himself, Thanos.

This movie definitely changed from its earlier counterparts. The movie was much darker with less joking (there still was plenty of jokes, such as Spider-Man and Star-Lord arguing over pop culture references and Dr. Strange’s “fake name”) and more torture…and screaming. Not to mention a lot of death…and I mean A LOT of death.

I liked that we got to see more of Gamora’s past, namely how Thanos came to adopt her. And I enjoyed that they didn’t paint Thanos as a complete evil jerk who only wants to destroy the universe because he’s got a crush on Death. You actually see that he has somewhat of a heart. Go figure.img_2674

One of my main questions was why did Thor need to get another hammer (axe this time)? I thought he learned in the last Thor movie that the power was inside him all along (cue image of rainbow and sweet music). But he doesn’t use his lightning until after getting the axe. I understand that an axe does more damage than a fist and that you would need something sharp to defeat Thanos for good. But it just seemed like Thor had reverted back to his hammer dependence.

I am really glad that they added the four mechanical spider arms (or waldoes, yes that is a thing–look it up) to Spider-Man’s Iron Spider suit. And Iron Man’s nanotech suit was pretty awesome too. I liked how they made the suit look streamline, like it formed to Tony instead of being a clunky piece of armor. I also liked the addition that it could create all sorts of weapons and seal openings.

The costumes of Captain America and the other outlaw heroes looked just as you’d imagine for a group who’d been on the run for two years. Thanos’ outfit made him look a lot like the comic book version. There were some movie style tweaks to it; but overall, it looked like he’d come right off the page.

Finally, Thor’s costume during the final battle was pretty epic (and say what you will, but I kind of like short hair Thor better). But I have to say Dr. Strange’s cloak is still the best, especially when it started mocking Tony as he lectured Spider-Man.

I did have a problem with Thanos and his use of the Infinity Stones. He didn’t seem to use them much, other than the power and space ones. I expected him to do more like he did on Nowhere where he turned Drax to stone and Mantis to ribbons or at the very least teleport around the battlefield like Goku. I guess he wanted to fight the heroes in order to test them because whenever one got a good hit in or did something unexpected, Thanos would say something close to, “I like you.” And he did adopt Gamora because she was a fighter.

And, of course, there was the trope of Dr. Strange using the time stone to check out all the possible outcomes of their battle with Thanos, which he says he checked like 14,000 or so and only one ended in victory. I groaned and rolled my eyes at that point. Just once I’d like them to say, “Oh no, there was like five ways we could win.”

But, I have to say my favorite part of the movie was not in the movie but in the theater. It was almost more fun listening to the audience cheer when Thor made his entrance at the final battle or their gasps when Thanos stabs Iron Man than watching the actual movie.

So to wrap things up, I have to give Infinity Wars a 4.8 out of 5, mainly because it was a two part movie and now I have to wait about a year to find out what happened.  I mean, come ON MARVEL!! GAH!!

One last note, I do have to give the movie crew credit for being able to do a movie where there are multiple setting shifts (one minute you’re on Titan with Iron Man and his team then next you’re with Thor and Rocket and then back on Earth with Captain America and the rest). Normally, I can’t stand this kind of flopping about, making it seem like there are too many characters and plots going on to keep track of, but the Infinity Wars crew did an excellent job of timing the shifts and not overwhelming people with new information. The shifts seemed seamless. GG everyone, GG.

PS (okay so one more thing): I like teen Groot better than baby Groot. Disinterested, mouthy Groot is so funny. Plus, he’s a gamer–bonus points, Groot.

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