Fighting Game Tropes

Hello fellow fighting game enthusiasts! It’s time for us to take a look at some common tropes within our favorite fighters. Now, let’s battle!

  • SNK Boss: Every fighting game fan has dealt with this trope in some way or another. It deals with the bosses in fighting games that aren’t just difficult to beat, but seem to be programmed to be as cheap as possible. Versions of this include; extremely overpowered offense, infinite super meter, neigh invulnerability, or extreme projectile spamming. The final bosses in the King of Fighters franchise regularly are considered as this. In KOF ’99, the final boss Krizalid, has a disgustingly powerful combo that can take away 90% of your health bar! In Street Fighter 3rd Strike, we have the thong-wearing god of annoyance, Gill. Gill can literally recover his HP to full, and dishes out massive damage with his projectiles. Lastly, we have Yami (The final boss in Okami) as the end boss of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. He has 3 different forms, each of which is more annoying then the last. His first form has him stealing your power meter and firing homing missiles. His second form has amazing range, and his third form is pure hell. His supers are the most damaging, and he spams his attacks like crazy.

krizalid(Krizalid)

 

  • Lethal Joke Character: Another extremely common trope in fighting games. It deals with the presumably pathetic characters in games that have hidden potential. Dan Hibiki of the Street Fighter franchise fits this mold to a T. His projectile is absolutely useless, and he doesn’t have a lot of range. Then, as the games progressed, he became a lot more useable, with highly experienced players using him for mind games. The Super Smash Bros series has the pink balloon Pokemon, Jigglypuff. Her moves are very weak, and she can get KO’ed very easily. There’s one thing however, that makes her dangerously unpredictable. Her move, “rest”, can be one of the most powerful moves in the series, if you manage to connect with it. Lastly, there’s Shingo Yabuki from King of Fighters’ 97. His move set is weaker versions of Kyo’s techniques. Then, you find out that he has the highest chance of scoring a critical hit in the game! This means that his attacks tend to hurt a lot more, albeit, randomly.

jiggly

 

  • (Sorry if this sounds perverted) Jiggle Physics: A rather scandalous, but highly used fighting game trope. This occurs with a body bounces in place or reacts to physical stimuli. This often applies to the breasts of female fighters, making them highly popular among male gamers. King of Fighters has one of the original versions of this with Mai Shiranui’s “orbs”. Mai is a gorgeous kunoichi with a rather large breasts. They’re often seen bouncing in her idle stance. She was modeled after Fumie Hosokawa, the Japanese porn star with the largest breasts. Next, we have the unsettling Rufus from Street Fighter IV. He’s extremely fat, and his body jiggles in a very disturbing manner. Lastly, we have Xianghua from the Soul Caliber series. The physics not only appear on her breasts, but her butt as well!

mai.jpg(The Lovely Mai)

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More Awesome TV Tropes

Hello fellow Media Lovers! It’s time for some more tropes! I hope you guys will enjoy it. Now, let’s begin!

  • The Jinx: A darkly comedic trope that deals with severely unlucky characters. They are perfectly normal, but can inflict brutal unluckiness on others. Some examples include: Archie of Archie Comics (He tends to get himself and others around him into trouble), Douglas Fackler of the Police Academy movies (Upon throwing an apple core, he unknowingly causes a riot), and  this is Black Cat of Spider-Man fames main gimmick.

doug

 

  • Airborne Mook: This trope deals with any character in any form of media that flies, and is usually a pain to deal with. Some examples of this include: Pipis from the classic Megaman series (These mechanical birds drop large eggs on the Blue Bomber that split into many annoying miniature versions), The Lakitu  from Super Mario Bros (These flying freaks stay out of range and drop spinys on the Mario Bros) lastly, we have the Explosive Flies from The Binding of Isaac (These bastards fly around rooms and like to get up in your business. Take care of them from a distance, or face a full heart’s worth of damage) 

pipi

More Awesome Cards From Rise of Shadows Part 2

Hello fellow Tavern Dwellers! It’s time for the second part of my Hearthstone post. All of the cards for Rise of Shadows were released today, so I’m going to give more of my opinions on them. Now, let’s have ourselves a brawl!

  • Safeguard Type: Neutral Minion Tribe: Mech Appearance: A walking safe with huge arms. Mana Cost: 6 Attack: 4 Health: 5 Effect: Taunt: Deathrattle: Summon a 0/5 Vault Safe with Taunt. 

This looks like a very unique minion that could synergize with magnetic creatures. Having a double taunt effect is always a good thing, and the stat line isn’t too bad either. 

safe

 

  • Mad Summoner Type:  Neutral Rare Minion Tribe: Demon Appearance: A two-headed demon with magical powers. Mana Cost: 6 Attack: 4 Health: 4 Effect: Battlecry: Fill each player’s board with 1/1 imps.

This card is absolutely incredible! Being able to fill the board with weak minions can stop your opponent’s plans in their tracks. I will see if I can create a powerful deck that revolves around this mechanic.

mad summoner

My Favorite Cards From Rise of Shadows Part 1

Hello fellow Tavern Dwellers! It’s time for another Hearthstone post! As many of you know, the newest expansion has been announced. Rise of Shadows releases in its entirety on April 9th. It mainly focuses on the baddies of Warcraft, and I can’t wait to try it out. Although we still have 7 days left for its release, I will be going over some of my favorite new cards from the list that we have so far. Now, let’s have ourselves a tavern brawl!

  • Dragon Speaker Type: Paladin Epic Minion Appearance: A epic looking paladin in golden armor. Mana Cost: 5 Attack: 3 Health: 5 Effect: Give all Dragons in your hand +3/+3

This card alone could make Dragon Paladin a viable deck. The huge stat boost to Dragons is absolutely insane, and I could definitely see some new strategies appearing out of this card. Plus, the stats aren’t terrible on a 5-cost minion.

dragon no mai

 

  • Walking Fountain Type: Shaman Neutral Minion Tribe: Elemental Appearance:  A legless elemental with spiky hair and sharp teeth. Mana Cost: 8 Attack: 4 Health: 8 Effect: Lifesteal, Rush, Windfury

This is a very unique minion with some pretty awesome effects. It can attack twice the turn it’s summoned, and recovers 4 health to your hero each time it does so. Also, it has pretty high health, and can’t be taken down easily.

walking fountain

 

  • Arch-Villain Rafaam Type: Warlock Legendary Minion Appearance: The supreme archeologist looking sinister and badass. Mana Cost: 7 Attack: 7 Health: 8 Effect: Taunt: Battlecry: Replace your hand and deck with Legendary minions

Jesus Christ, this minion is fucking awesome! It essentially is the Golden Monkey with better stats and a better effect. Replacing your entire deck with Legendary minions is a ton of fun in its own right, but now that Elise is out of Standard Format, people will be using this card religiously. I absolutely can’t wait to try this amazing card out in the new expansion. Also, the taunt effect is a very nice touch.

arch villian

  • Nozari Type: Paladin Legendary Minion Tribe: Dragon Appearance: The golden female dragon and co-leader of the Keepers of Time. Mana Cost: 10 Attack: 4 Health: 12 Effect: Battlecry: Restore both heroes full health.

Wow, this card is pretty incredible. A beefy dragon that almost restarts the game is a really nice idea, and I could see this being a very trolly mechanic. It has many synergies with many Paladin cards, and the heavy body, makes it hard to take down.

nozai

More Awesome Custom Hearthstone Cards Part 2

Hello fellow Tavern Dwellers! It’s time for another Hearthstone post! I really enjoyed doing the last custom post, so I decided to do part 2. Now, let’s have a brawl!

  • Colossal Infernal by SpazzMaticus Type: Warlock Epic Minion Tribe: Demon Appearance: A gigantic green infernal. Mana Cost: 10 Attack: 10 Health: 10 Effect: Battlecry: Deal 5 damage to all other characters.

The Warlock was always a “high risk-high reward” class, and this card fits that mold to a T! It’s a perfect late game card, and can be used as a board clear. Its massive body can also handle a lot of damage.  Keep watch of your health though, as 5 damage is quite a lot. 

collasal.png

 

  • Book of Light by ShadowDragonType: Priest Epic Spell Appearance: A flashing book of ancient knowledge. Mana cost: 5 Effect: Add 3 random Priest spells to your hand.

What we have here is a Cabalist’s Tome for Priests. The cost is equivalent to the mage version, and the randomness factor really pleases me. You could get some board clear utility, healing, summoning, or spell damage increasing tools. I’d love to see this card in an upcoming expansion.

book of light.png

Carlson Mondays (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means!  Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more trippy art. Now, let’s begin!

  • Tropical Ecstasy by Larry Carlson pigment print on metallic paper 

This is an absolutely gorgeous work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. He once again blends realism and psychedelic art to awesome effect. The bottom of the painting has four palm trees, which are illuminated by an incredible sunset. The vibrant pinks, oranges, and greens that wouldn’t look out of place in an old beach crime show. The sky is the most beautiful part of the work, pleasuring the eyes with an astonishing array of colors and shapes. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

Tropical Ecstasy

 

  • Portal Solar by Larry Carlson pigment print on paper

This is another incredibly awesome work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. It’s an outdoor scene with many fascinating aspects. The sky is a gloomy shade of gray, and has various trees wrapping around it. The portal of the piece is a fiery red spiral that sucks everything around it into the center. There’s also 2 naked girls that blend in at the bottom of the work. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

Portal Solar

 

 

Asher’s Jukebox Part 185

Confronting Myself by Lena Raine from the Celeste OST January 25th, 2018

Celeste is a video game that I will do a review of sometime in the future. I will try to not go into any spoilers in this post, so don’t worry if you haven’t played it. Anyway, this insanely epic piece of music is played during the (Spoiler heavy) part of the game. When I first heard it, I literally got chills, and my mouth lay agape. Also, I find it really cool that the entire soundtrack was written by a Trans person.  The song starts out with an amazing chorus of chanting women, and then it turns very electronic. There’s a fantastic synthesizer in the background that makes up the backing instrument. The high intensity of the track makes the gameplay have dramatic tension. My favorite part of the piece is near the middle, when the vocals get distorted, and this plays a major part in the game. If you haven’t played Celeste already, I highly recommend it. The music is amazing, and the story and gameplay are surprisingly deep. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.