Archive for April, 2009

My Favorite Sega Saturn Games

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I found out today via Kotaku that Marvel and  Capcom are re-releasing Marvel VS Capcom as downloadable games for X Box and Playstation 3.  When I first got ps3 I didn’t really think online content would interest me but the Street Fighter II HD remix quickly proved me wrong.

Not only are they cheap, fun, and a throw back to the games of yore they also have great online components that allow you to flex (or get flexed on) your video game muscle to unknown people all around the world.

No matter how far video game makers push current games gamers are still going to feel the nostalgic pull of some of their old favorites. Marvel Superheroes was one of the few games I played the crap out of on my Sega Saturn and it was the predecessor to M vs C so its natural this news would send me down memory lane.

The memories of these other ones however are just a product of my mind wandering on the go train.

Marvel Superheroes

Having logged a lot of hours player Street Fighter 2 on my Genesis getting into this game was like hoping on a new bike, different, but with a little practice I could still throw down. Wolverine, Ironman and Spiderman were my go to characters because they were fairly easy to play with and some of my favorite Marvel Characters.

The only fault I can put on this game was the fact that any time I played it in the arcades I got destroyed by kids many years younger than me.

Daytona USA

Most people will remember this game from the large multi-chained arcade versions but Sega ported this down for the Sega Saturn. The graphics were not nearly as good as the arcade machines but it was a great way to memorize the tracks and hustle people at Sega City which was cool to do at the time (seriously).

I have a key chain around here somewhere stating that I am a champion from one of my many wins…

Virtua Cop

This game also came with my Sega Saturn and was your classic cop themed shooter game, tt was first person shooter but you could not control the movement, just the gun. If memory servers correctly it’s the first game I remember playing with cut scenes.

I didn’t have the Virtua gun, but head shots and crotchshots are fun no matter what you are using.

Virutal On

I love giant Robots, especially giant robots that shoot often and aim even less. Oddly enough I do not remember this game having techno sound track but I do remember the near seizure inducing graphics. I think this game might be the reason I have to wear glasses today.

This is the only game on the list I can’t recall actually playing all the way through.

Fighting Vipers

Fighting Vipers is a super violent, and in my opinion, under rated fighting game for both the Saturn and Arcades (surprise!). It had quite a few features that set it apart from most of the other fighters of that time.

The arena was 3d which meant you could use the walls to your advantage and for finishes punch people through or on top of the walls.

The damage system was fairly unique in the sense that the more armor you lost the faster your health depleted, you could also see the armor fly of during the match and if your opponent was a girl by the end of the match she would be in her bra and panties.

The final unique feature of this game was the fact that some players carried weapons on their backs, my favorite characters were Raxel and Picky since you could beat your opponents down with a flying v guitar and a skateboard respectively.

I really need to order one of these rca cables from and fire up my Saturn again, any interested parties are welcome to come over and mash buttons. Please no throwing my controllers.

Worldess Wed April 29 2009 – Double Stuffed

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
swine flu
at first I was like, then I  lol'd

Save your arm

Paul Walker can actually drive?

Slaughter House interviews

The Cigar Store Indian

Mike Tyson Documentary Trailer

Fail Cat failed

This is the type of stuff that keeps me out of jail

This is a cruel prank

Top 10 Ways Vancouver and Whistler are better than Toronto

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

10. Better public transit.
The greater Toronto area has far too many independent transit systems, Go Transit, TTC, Vaughn Transit, Brampton Transit, Mississauga Transit, Oakville Transit etc etc.

The Vancouver transit system consists of only four factions The Blue and Translink bus systems, the Skytrain, and the Seabus. The fare is equal for all of these systems and you can transfer between them seamlessly. Additionally a fair shair of the buses in Vancouver and Whistler come equipped with bike racks which the GTA is super far behind implementing.

9. Crepe Shops
Over the course of a few hours encountered 5 different crepe shops. Crepes are fairly un-healthy and yet we didn’t notice to many people suffering from the bulging waist lines that come from over indulging in them.

crepes

8. Climate
Any one who lives in Toronto is painfully aware of the inconsistency that is Toronto weather. that argues that the weather in Toronto is extremely inconsistent. The past two days (April 27th and 26th 2009) are a great example, 24 degrees yesterday 12 today. Awesome.

7. Litter
I didn’t notice as much of a litter problem in Vancouver City as I did Toronto and Whistler had virtually no litter to speak of probably due to the fear of Bears invading.

Perhaps Toronto needs to implement a Bear influenced litter deterent program. People would be quick to not litter if doing so resulted in a vist from the bear cavalry.

6. BC Bud
BC Bud is basically a brand name. No one refers to Toronto Marijuana by name.

bc bud

5. Australians
Australians love to migrate to the Vancouver, more specifically the ski resorts. Australian instantly make anyone more attractive.

Miss Australia

4. Canucks > Leafs

The leafs have not made the playoffs since the lock out in 2005 the Canucks have made it twice in the same amount of time and our currently doing it with our old captain.

3. Mountains
Not only do mountains provide amazing views they are also great for winter sports. The hills of the GTA pale in comparison on both counts.

2. Atmosphere
The atmosphere in Vancouver/Whistler seemed much more positive and youthful than that of Toronto. Not to say that Toronto is old and negative they just felt different. Whistler itself was like a big giant action sports bubble filled with the aforementioned Australians.

1. 2010 Winter Olympics
Vancouver got the Olympic games we wish we had, sure Vancouver didn’t beat us directly but we pretty much gave up trying after not the 2008 games.

Olympic Bunch

Redonkulous

Monday, April 27th, 2009

It’s been a while since I have written about a car trend, or a particular car, I did not like but while on my trip to whistler I noticed a few cars rolling around on reasonable sized rims which got me thinking that those cars look 1000 times better than a Donk Box or Bubble ever could or ever will. Sure Donks have been around for at least two years now, but I didn’t have this virtual soap box to blast off from the first time I saw them.

A Donk by definition is an American sedan (Caddillacs, Malibus, Chevelles, etc) with large aftermarket wheels, elaborate paint and sound systems, and modified suspension. Normally these (and some motor mods) are the ingredients for a decent enough looking whip however with Donks the cook has no idea what he is doing and cooks up something worthy of thisiswhyyourfat.

In an attempt to portray the drivers swagger the front end of a Donk is raised higher than the rear (ie head held high) and since excess = respect/riches/big dick the wheels are often comically large. The end result is something that leaves something that is grossly mis-proportioned and painful to the eyes.

See what I mean?

Looking at the car above the only thing that screams back at me louder than the power steering pump screaming at trying to turn those monster wheels, is impracticality.

I am not sure how one gets in and out of a donk while still maintaining any sort of ’swagger’ and I can’t imagine those big wheels aid in the motors ability to get this car going, or the brakes ability to get it stopped. Meaning once this slow slab gets a rollin look out because its more likely to place it’s front bumper through your rear window than it is to stop on a dime.

However the saddest part about that Donk is that it is on the tamer side of the Donk spectrum. For reasons unbeknown to me and probably to the bane of many a successful food brand Donk owners like to proudly display their love for certain types of foods or brands on their cars.

I like skittles and I think they are deserving of free promotion but you could never catch me doing this:

Skittles Donk

I have never had (or perhaps seen) a bottle of Yoo-hoo

Yoo Hoo Donk

and have sworn off McDonalds.

McDonalds Donk

Call me old fashioned, or just old, but I really do not understand the appeal of these vehicles over doing them up in a more tasteful fashion.

When Donks designed strictly for show started to pop up things got downright messy.

show Donk

show Donk

show Donk

of course not to be out done clear rims were soon popped off as well…

For now I have yet to see a Donk in person, which is a good thing since I really hope this trend just fades into the wind like 70s vans. One can only hope right?

Charlies Angels 70s Van

Gone Snowboardin’

Monday, April 20th, 2009

I’m of to Whistler this week to get my shred on at the Telus Ski and Snowboard festival so this is posting automatically by itself (hopefully). Other than a hastily thrown together Wordless Wed don’t expect to much activity this week. On the plus side your jobs can expect increased productivity.

gone Snowboarding

I have to wake up in about 4 hours. Wow.

Epic BMX photos

Friday, April 17th, 2009

I woke up this morning tired, stiff, and a little sore, but also happy.

These are all the results of a good causal BMX session at my local skate park .

The outdoor BMX season is here and aside Whistler snowboarding stint next week I intend to make the most of it. So what better way to celebrate the upcoming season then a post of some Epic BMX shots.

Randy Taylor Huge Whip

The first time I saw this photo I was blown away, that’s far big of a set to casually whip in shorts. Check out the video here.

Brian Foster Scrub

The Blue Falcon can do no wrong. This is such a rad shot/trick, I bet he was going mach 10 while doing it, move over Bubba.

BOOM

Up

Garrett Blast

Bang, zoom, straight to the moon!

Diego For Murray

Apparently right before blasting this Diogo Canina said this is for Stephen Murray.

Old School hop table

I have been desperately searching for more info on this picture for years. But alas nothing. Still crazy, old school is the best school.

Dipped 360

This is a 360, however I can’t tell which was he is spinning or how he got into that position. 360s have changed.

Jim Bauer is Insane

The Surgeon General warns against shit like this.

pac man bikes

Not BMX at all, but still epic none the less.

pac man bikes

The Condor loves to fly.

Worldess Wednesday – April 15th 2009

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Eminem on the new XXL cover
“stayed up on the music, and obviously I watch TV and saw what was going on. And without naming any name, it just felt like hip-hop was going downhill. And it seemed like kinda fast. You know, in them three years, it was like everybody just cares about the hook and the beat; nobody really cares about substance.”

Eminem  Cover

Clever T Shirt Designs – Toxel

Clever T Shirt Designs
BMW vs Audi
sharpie e46

sharpie e46

sharpie e46

Mos Def – Flowers

K-0S – I wish I knew Natalie Portman

Method Man/Redman/Saukrates/ – Ay – yo

Facck you CAWP

So I think I will pre order this

Working Ice Pool Table

Selfless BMX – April 14th 2009

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Here is a positive update on the selfless project, A-Wire sent me a message regarding the box of parts I sent:

“Been working on some new tricks but my ten ton bike not making it easy.. i am running the front wheel,fork, stem and pegs you sent. and i took my off my old parts and give some of the other riders..my front end is still heavy but its a lot lighter than how it was. thanks again man..

other than that its great, dan seige is coming here this month, we are going to doing a demo at a show here in jamaica.”

It’s cool to see that some other pros are heading out Jamaica to shred, I wonder if it will become another Barcelona. I might have to seriously consider a trip down with my dad and my bike in the winter.

In the mean time I am collecting parts again for the second shipment so if you are interested in contributing email me at thetrailpimpathotmaildotcom with Selfless BMX as the subject line.

Currently I am accepting donations from the GTA area since it is the easiest for me but if you are really want to contribute outside of the GTA let me know and we can work it out.

Here is the latest video of A -wire shredding his backyard ramps:

RandomasRhyme.com

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

I moved the blog over www.randomasrhyme.com the old ur of also still works but update your bookmarks since this url is easier to type out and has sexy librarians!

Sexy Librarian

Hopefully this helps bump me up in search engines also.

Edit: My links are still a little weird I should be able to fix that over the next few days or hours depending.

Things I always Wanted – April 09 2009

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

It has been awhile since I have written about  something I always wanted,  one could say I was going through a drought of neediness. However after being reminded how selfish and greedy I am I thought of a new thing I always wanted and surprise, surprise, it is once again Transformers related.  But hear me out since this one does not exist yet.

As soon as I watched the first Transformers episode I have always wanted to experience being a giant robot that could change into a car and engage in  epic battles with enemy forces while creating millions of dollars worth of property damage and not be held accountable.

However not being a child of Cybertron that was never going to happen without some serious cash and scientific time invested.

Once running around in the backyard making ‘pew-pew’ noises and using my imagination got boring I did what every kid of my generation does when they can’t think of ways to amuse themselves anymore, turn to video games.  I knew what I wanted, a good Generation 1 Transformers video game that would allow me to live out my fantasizes without looking like a odd child.

Problem is that Transformers games seem to have a great track record of being less than satisfactory.

The first, Japan release only, NES version below is somewhat excusable as a lot of NES games were of questionable quality.

One of the biggest issues with this one was the fact that you could only play as Ultra Magnus, who a lot of people don’t even know existed (you have to have seen the original movie) and those of us who did know of his existence simply knew him as the guy who screwed up until Hot Rod took the Matrix and rocked out to You’ve got the touch.

In 1998 Hasbro Interactive put out a follow up effort with the Beast Wars franchise for the PC and PlayStation. This game was also not very good the graphics, controls,and general game play was all sub par. I never really got into it and went back to playing War craft 2 in no time.

There was also a Transformers, Trans Metals which was a fighting game and is not really worth mentioning in my opinion beyond the fact that yest it did exist.

As they years went by I eventually gave up expecting a good, North American*, Generation 1 video game.

I beat the movie game and got the skins that allowed you to play as recolors of original characters and decided that would have to do.

That was until I saw game trailers for some other franchises I really enjoy:

Upcoming Ghostubsters game trailer

Wolverine Origins game footage

Upcoming Batman Arkham Asylum Game footage

With amazing looking Batman, Ghostbusters, and Wolverine games about to drop its about time a game developer stepped up to the plate and made a GREAT Generation 1 Transformers game.

If for no reason other than the fact that its something I always wanted!

*Yes I know about this game and if you are reading this from Japan and have a copy you want to send it to me feel free!