My Top Three Yu-Gi-Oh! Decks

October 14, 2016 2 comments Posted in Uncategorized

 

Introduction

Yu-Gi-Oh!, as you probably know, is a fairly big thing. Released in 1996, the monster-battling Japanese TCG essentially took the world by storm upon its release, and has been ranked by the Guinness World Book of Records as the world’s biggest-selling card game. The manga off which it is based is written isn’t too bad. There’s also an anime, which I won’t be getting into, because I’m in a pretty good state of mind right now and I don’t want to ruin it.

I myself have been playing the card game since I was around six, and I like to think I’m not too unskilled at it, having played both casually and competitively (online, of course, because, while I love this game, it can be expensive as hell) for a fairly long time.

Anyways, getting to the point – my favourite decks. Yu-Gi-Oh! has an absolutely massive amount of cards available at the moment, and so, the amount of themes and variants with which one can build a deck is enormous. In this post, however, I’m only really looking at archetypes – that is, cards which share a name or directly involve each other with regards to their effects, working together to achieve victory a certain way.

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My Beef With Fairy Tail

October 3, 2016 one comment Posted in Animation & Anime, Film

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-12-36-44My beef with the Anime Fairy Tail runs deeps. I want to love this series. More than you know. If you take a look at my favourite anime 7/10 of them are Shonen action. So it’s not like I was predisposed to hate the series and I don’t actually hate the series. I’m almost 100 episodes in and I’m still going. I just dislike it. I get why people like it but whenever I here someone recommend it I just feel the need to watch something better. The main reason I dislike it so much is the characters. With the exception of maybe Erza all the characters are just boring or over used tropes. They each only have a few stand out moments, the rest of the time they feel like these characters are in the wrong setting. At the start of most arcs my hope for the series is revitalised with the hope that it’ll finally get good, because Fairy Tail does have some great stories and ideas but it doesn’t properly execute on most of them and I feel there’s not better place to start than with the main character himself, Natsu.

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SiIvaGunner: A Gay Old Time

October 1, 2016 no comments Posted in Music, Video Games

If you like video game music there’s a good chance you’re familiar with GilvaSunner, a man from The Netherlands whose YouTube channel nearly six and a half thousand high quality uploads of various pieces of video game music (mostly Nintendo). Some time between the release of Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros for Nintendo Wii U, he received two copyright strikes and was forced to stop ripping music until they expired, or lose all of his videos. Following this, he did not upload a video for a year and a half. In his absence, on January 9th, 2016, a channel under the name GiIvaSunner (with a capital I in place of the L) was created by a group of Soundcloud shitposters to post fake video game rips under the guise of the aforementioned Mr. Sunner. The first of these parody rips was one of Battle!(Wild Pokemon) from Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire with the main melody of The Flintstones’ theme, a fun little joke that sounds pretty good. Things soon got out of hand.

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-Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne- Review

September 25, 2016 one comment Posted in Playstation & Sony, Video Games

-Demi Fiend’s Bizarre Shine Megan Tense Game FEATURING DANTE FROM THE DEVIL MAY CRY SERIES –

So lately I’ve been playing JRPGs made by Atlus, probably more than a Leaving Cert student should. I originally wanted to talk about Persona 4, then I played Persona 3, then Persona Q and it got to the point where I couldn’t let myself put together a good enough review on Persona 4 or 3 because they were no longer the thing I had the most recent memories with. Hence this review is on the last Atlus RPG I have currently played; Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. (more…)

The wonders of Counter-Strike:Global Offensive

September 12, 2016 2 comments Posted in PC, Video Games

We found this new podcast called Organised Nonsense— so I’ll link it down in the footer if you guys want to check it out. We were on the youtube channel today and my comment got like 69 upvotes or something like that, so it was a pretty small reception, but it was like the coolest feeling ever. I ended up following them on Twitter and stuff, and they all hit me up and they’re talking to me about potentially being friends.

 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or CS:GO is a tactical multiplayer shooter created by Valve with the Source engine. It is the successor to Counter-Strike: Source. It is team work oriented, like TF2 or overwatch, but the similarities to those games end there.

CS:GO is a lot more precise, with higher stakes compared to other team based shooters. When you die, you’re dead for the entire round. 5-6 shots with any weapon will kill anyone. Headshots are a death sentence unless you’ve paid extra for a helmet, and then it’s not exactly a slap on the wrist either, it will permit you an extra shot before dying. Kinda like a first offender’s program or something. Running and Gunning is less viable because when you get hit, it slows down your movement speed very significantly.

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The Hedge Knight Review

September 9, 2016 no comments Posted in Books & Comics

 

The Hedge Knight

Written By George R.R. Martin

 

If you watch TV, are a fan of the fantasy genre, or thinking about it, have read this blog, you’re probably familiar with HBO’s frankly enormous show Game of Thrones. And as you’re also probably aware, Thrones is based off of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, a series boasting such a terrifyingly gargantuan page-count that it makes The Lord of the Rings look like a light-hearted one-man comedy script. Following the first book, A Game of Thrones (1996), four more titanic volumes were released – A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. Two more are on the way, and the vast fanbase that the series has spawned awaits the remaining volumes with all the eagerness and devotion of a rabid dog, slavering over a piece of meat.

In 1998, two years after GRRM graced us all with his debut novel, he published The Hedge Knight in the fantasy anthology Legends. So began the Tales of Dunk and Egg, a series of novellas set around a century before the main series that chronicle the adventures of the wandering knight Ser Duncan ‘Dunk’ The Tall and his squire Egg. Two more novellas, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight, were released subsequently in 2003 and 2010, and in 2015, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms was released, compiling the three novellas into one beautifully-illustrated edition. However, I’ll only be reviewing The Hedge Knight here.

So, before I get the ball rolling with this review, I just want to warn you all – FULL SPOILERS FOLLOW. As such, I’d highly recommend reading this story before this review, and as I’ll make abundantly clear, I’d just highly recommend reading this story.

Anyways, without further preamble, here’s my thoughts.

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My Top 5: MCU Movies

August 22, 2016 no comments Posted in Film, Movies

Hello! The Marvel Cinematic Universe now number 12 movies, verging from great to the passable. While Captain America: Civil War has met with almost universal critical acclaim, I think it’s useful to look at the other movies in the MCU that deserve praise – so without further ado, here’s my top 5 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Batman: The Telltale Series Episode 1 Review: New Bat, Old Tricks

August 15, 2016 no comments Posted in Video Games

Batman is a character who means means a great deal of things to a great deal of people. To me, he represents a beautiful versatility. I love Batman stories on every level of the tonal spectrum, from the campy lunacy of the 1966 film, to the grim and gritty crime story of Year One, to Grant Morrison’s surrealist epic, to the bombastic parody of The Lego Movie, I will probably like most versions of Batman. And so now, where does Telltale’s version fit in?

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