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.
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.
(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 Caliberseries. The physics not only appear on her breasts, but her butt as well!
Hello fellow Comic Book Fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating characters. Now, let’s begin!
Parasite Real Name: Joshua Michael Allen Status: Villain Creator: DC First Appeared: Action Comics #340 (August 1966) Ht and Wt: Variable Green Eyes No Hair Powers/Abilities: Life-energy absorption, size alteration, temporary access to meta human powers through absorption
Joshua was an extremely rude bike messenger that often took people’s packages for his own. One day, he ran into a strange green blob, and his life changed forever. No noticing the downed power line, Josh stuck it and lost consciousness. He woke up in a hospital, where he was diagnosed with alien flu. He was then brought to S.T.A.R. Labs for further research, when tragedy struck! The machines the scientists were using triggered a mutation in the virus, imbuing Josh with exceptional absorption abilities. Originally horrified and depressed, Josh sought to end his life, only to be stopped by the Man of Steel. This encounter changed the mutated creature, and started his obsession with absorbing powerful Meta Humans. He still remains a highly dangerous foe, continuously waiting for the perfect time to attack Superman.
Shaggy Man Real Name: Shaggy Man Status: Genetic Experiment (Villain) Ht: 8’2” Wt: 550 lbs Eye Color: Red Hair Color: Brown First Appeared: Justice League of America #45 (June 1st, 1966) Creator: DC Powers/Abilities: Insane superhuman strength, Superhuman endurance, Regeneration, Neigh invulnerability, Limited intellect
Shaggy Man was the horrible genetic experiment of the villainous Professor Ivo. He was created from the artificial synthesis of tissue and fur. Ivo sent the exceedingly strong behemoth to battle the Justice League, where it nearly took down the entire team. However, Hawkman discovered the monstrosity’s weakness was his thick hair, and with the combined effort of Katana, the two heroes took down this horrible abomination.
Hello fellow Tavern Dwellers! It’s time for another Hearthstone post! It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the card game, and I love the creativity that goes into making each card. Custom Hearthstone is both a subreddit and website that lets people from around the world design cards. This post will be covering some of my absolute favorite cards made on the site. I will be posting their usernames as well, so that you can check them out at your leisure. Now, let’s begin!
Senegos Created by: TheGronne Tribe: Dragon Mana Cost: 8 Type: Legendary Mage Minion Attack: 4 Health: 12 Appearance: A really cool azure dragon with light wings. Effect: Counter the first spell your opponent casts each turn.
This card is absolutely incredible! The stats are extremely fair for an 8 cost minion, and the effect is very unique. You essentially get a “counter spell” minion that activates every turn. If this ever makes it into the real game, Secret Mage decks would become meta defining.
Pirate Invasion! by Braydentheco Type: Warrior Epic Spell Mana Cost: 4 Appearance: A group of people being raided by pirates. Effect: Shuffle 10 copies of random Pirates into your deck. They cost (1) less.
This is another ultra inventive card that could make Pirate Warrior work. It seems like an “Academic Espionage” for the Warrior class, and probably has insane synergies with other pirates. Patches can be summoned for free, and you can easily fill the field with strong minions. Tell me what you think of this card in the comments’ section below.
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.
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.
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.
Hello fellow Tavern Dwellers! It’s time for another awesome Hearthstone post! This week’s post will be covering some of the stranger cards in the game. Now, let’s have ourselves a brawl!
Fel Reaver Type: Epic Neutral Minion Tribe: Mech Attack: 8 Health: 8 Mana Expansion Released: Goblins vs Gnomes Cost: 5 Effect: Whenever your opponent plays a card, remove the top 3 cards of your deck. Appearance: A giant machine powered by chaotic energy.
This card is completely hot garbage! Its stats are exceptional for a 5-cost minion, but its effect makes in nearly impossible to use. Removing cards is different from milling them, and can cause a deck to fall flat in a couple of turns. If you manage to silence it before your opponent’s turn, it could be kind of useful, but the chances of making that happen are quite slim.
Mayor Noggenfogger Type: Legendary Neutral Minion Attack: 5 Health: 4 Mana Cost: 9 Appearance: A goblin mayor with a tall black hat. Expansion: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Effect: All targets are chosen randomly.
This is one of the wackiest cards ever created. While the mana cost is quite high, its effect literally turns the game’s rules on its head! Stealthed minions can now be targeted normally, weapons who can’t target heroes now can, minions can bypass taunt, characters can attack themselves, and spells target random characters. The only thing Noggenfogger doesn’t change is permitting spells to target elusive or immune minions.
Hello fellow Tavern Dwellers! It’s time for another Hearthstone post! I started listing some of my favorite spells in the game last Wednesday. This is part 2 of the topic, and I hope you enjoy it. Now, let’s have ourselves a friendly brawl!
Deck of Wonders Type: Epic Mage Spell Mana Cost: 5 Appearance: A deck of cards with a shiny yellow aura. Effect: Shuffle 5 scrolls into your deck. When drawn, cast a random spell.
Random card effects, my absolute favorite thing in Hearthstone! This crazy card had ridiculous synergy with Yogg-Saron, and is just a grab bag of awesomeness. If you can manage to recycle this card again and again, it’s non stop spell randomness that can make or break the game. Keep in mind though, that the scrolls aren’t actually cards, so you can get fatigued by it if you use it too much.
Brawl Type: Warrior Epic Spell Mana Cost: 5 Appearance: A literal brawl between a large amount of characters. Effect: Destroy all minions except one. (chosen randomly)
Are you ready to rumble?!!!! This Classic Warrior card is one of the first instances of board clear in the game. It even shows an awesome animation of all the minions getting into a cartoony big ball of punishment. People play this card to piss off their opponent, and to possible get an upper hand in the match. This can backfire, however, so be careful when deciding to throw down.