sadness“I don’t feel so good Mr. Stark,” Those words from a dying child looking towards his mentor for… comfort? A sliver of hope perhaps? They come to me as we approach the midterm election this coming Tuesday.

Two years ago, in 2016 when Donald Trump defied the polls and won The Presidency of The United States of America, many of us went numb with this realization that things might never be okay again. Well… I’m getting a miniature feeling of that going into Tuesday.

There is no such thing as ‘better angels,’ and The Republicans are going to win most of everything I fear. We will be a nation that 55% of the 2016 Voters just… don’t want to be in anymore… and just… feel trapped. 1969screen

Let’s face it… Canada wont take us in… Meanwhile, the caravans coming to our borders? I’m at the point where I wish we had a wall… just to protect them from us.

I hate feeling like this. I feel like this is the point where I’m supposed to say something encouraging… but, I have nothing.

I don’t want to live in this world anymore… but I know that I have to because… because. How much longer can we all #Resist? I don’t know… I don’t know.

Here’s a My Little Pony fan video from 2013 with a cover from Hocus Pocus…. I’m sorry.

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Our shows lived on…

ghostbusters_ver10Lately, the trend has been bring back this or that show or movie that was popular, but do this or that to it. 1980’s Ghostbusters got an all female group, 1990’s Power Rangers had their casts become even more diverse and extreme, and the  2000’s Teen Titans became chibi’s and extremely dumbed down. Each one of those, probably should not have happened.

When the Ghostbusters reboot was not doing well, and they blamed men for trolling on the internet, and not on the fact that the movie was mediocre and missed recapturing how the original movies felt, Paul Feig went on record saying that he would never re-boot another classic property.

Ranger meme2When Jason David Frank of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers talked about how the new movie did not do well, he said that they should have made a movie with the original cast, because that was the only time people were really cheering in the audience.

But then there was Teen Titans Go, which has a movie out now, and despite not hitting the tone of the original show… has fans? I don’t get it, but Cartoon Network sure does show it enough… so I guess someone is watching?

In the next wave of reboot nostalgia bait, we have: Thundercats, She-Ra, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Each has set off their original fans, as they complain about it while others are arguing how stupid they are for it. ThunderCats? Don’t call it Cal-arts cause lots of other people use it who didn’t go! She-Ra? You man babies are mad cause she doesn’t have big breasts! Buffy??? Well… now that one is where a lot of people are actually just going ‘Umm… No? Please!?’

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buffyseason12The problem with Rebooting Buffy The Vampire Slayer… is the fact that that show was very progressive for a 90’s/00’s show… and well… it lived on through it’s comics to this very day. Black Slayer? Kindra, who was awesome. Lesbians? Two… but one fell into the bury our gays trope. Gay guy? Andrew was fabulous! Sexy men? Every darn season. wait… that doesn’t count as progressive? Huh.

Buffy has never left the public’s eye really since the cancellation of it’s sister show Angel in 2004. Sarah Michelle Gellar, visually, is Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Buffy_The_Vampire_Slayer_MovieCertain shows can be softly rebooted, such as Star Wars where they can include old cast members in the original’s world… where they just… well… keep dying every movie. Buffy is one of those given the mythos.

Heck, I’d even allow an entire ret-con of Buffy’s entire show, and have this new slayer be after the 1992’s original Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie! That’s right… they are rebooting a reboot!

Just have her be a new slayer that just shows up because the last couple of slayers have passed away…

Thundercats_the_return_4bGetting back onto the major subject at hand is… ThunderCats continued on past the original show just like Buffy did. There were comics… a lot of them. Lion-O even fought Superman… but who hasn’t? Seriously… he’s sort of a bad person.

There was a soft re-boot of the show in 2011 which failed to get a second season due to poor toy sales.

Voltron similarly had a CGI continuation of the original show, than a bad reboot, but then AN AMAZING REBOOT on Netflix!

Gargoyles had a bad 3rd season thus was canceled, but came back as a short lived comic and now Jordan Peel wants to reboot it, which makes Disney uneasy.

reboot 1Reboot was… soft rebooted? It was just terrible though, and is more of a Code Lyoko reboot under the guise of being a reboot of the original 90’s show, as it threw just way too much of it out, and what was left in was just neutered and did not answer any of the questions that the cliff hanger at the end of the show asked.

deadpoolWhile not a reboot but an adaptation all the same, Deadpool did extremely well considering that it was not in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When asked why that was, Kevin Feige said this:

We’ve always said if there’s any ‘secret’ it’s respect the source material, understand the source material and then, any adaptation you make from the source material should be done only to enhance whatever the original pure spirit of the source material was.

Power Rangers has an amazing comic book out right now, and it is not really a re-telling of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but an alternate universe of it. When Kyle Higgins and his fellow writers were interviewed recently at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 by IGN, Kyle said:

… my approach was to not write Power Rangers as it existed, or as I remember it existing, but to write it as I remember it making me feel.

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So what lessons can we learn from Paul Feig, Jason David Frank, Kevin Feige, and Kyle Higgins?

Adapting a classic property is hard to do, and may not be worth doing. People want what made them excited for the original property, as that magic is what will capture a new audience as well. No matter what, you have to respect what was, even if you are going to change it.

 

Losing the Battle

Ronnie “Oni” Edwards Lost his battle with depression and feel victim to suicide. He was an important and impactful editor in the early days of of Game Theory. Below, the theorist Matt Patt talks about the loss of his friend.

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SoulCalibur has sexy ladies?

Ivy Soulcal6Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio interviewed the creators of SoulCalibur 6, and had the very important question: Why dem titties? Their response? We like titties. Titties sell. We HAVE to make money with this game. I mean… we didn’t mean to make them that hot?

Seriously though… in a world where we are getting stories like how Dead or Alive is toning down the sex appeal to make their games be known for being cool instead, I get where Cecilia D’Anastasio is coming from. Besides… these costumes are impractical for the world and genre that they reside in… as proven by Rooster Teeth in 2010.

When I watch a fighting game youtuber live react to SoulCalibur reveals, they have one thing on their mind… Will they nerf Ivy’s outfit? Will they tone down her body? The breast physics? Will they have Nightmare and Siegfried? Okay… there are other questions as well… but Ivy was the top one that I kept seeing.

Remember one of the largest fears that male gamers had during the whole #GamerGate kerfuffle? The supposed SJW’s are commin fer my sexy lady games! Well, some people behind the scenes argued that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 wouldn’t come out to North America do to views on how women are depicted in video games. When Wii U’s Fatal Frame: Maiden of the Black Water came to the west, they replaced swimsuits with Samus’s Zero Suit from Metroid instead, and people cried censorship.

Keeping Ivy the same prevents those geeks from raging and boycotting the game. You don’t want those people feeling justified in their fears that liberal politically correct people took their anime video game boobies from them… unless you know, that is what you are trying to do.

Here’s what I have to say. I want my games to be as close to the original version as possible… unless you are legitimately adding in something instead of taking something out other than bugs. If the choices are: Leave the game the same, Don’t bring it to the west, or modify out whatever was obscene…. most of the time, I’m picking Leave the game the same.

UNLESS, of course, the game can not come out without changes. For example… and this is an extreme one in a different genre, the book IT has the kids beat IT by no longer being kids with a sex scene, or something. The movie, changed a bit, and lost that.

Ivy militarySo if SoulCalibur receives an AO rating, for example, because of Ivy’s outfit and breast physics? Change Ivy. It sucks, but at least we got the game. Mai Shiranui’s outfit being censored in the western SNES version of Fatal Fury where her boobs also do not bounce at all? Wow that was terrible. Please, do not do that to Ivy.

I feel like the answer for future SoulCalibur games is to just have more conservative costumes as well as introduce diverse characters who are dressed more… ready for a sword fight.

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Kaylyn speaks about deceased YouTuber JewWario, the terribleness associated with finding out the truth about him, and how Channel Awesome screwed up everything.

You can never truly know someone. I have an aunt who hired a hit man to kill his entire family for the insurance money. It’s in a book about the police officer who got him called The Cop Who Wouldn’t quit. I stand by the statement ‘You never truly know someone, not even the people you should know the most.”

And that sucks.