Tournament of Hotties: Disney Princesses (Round 1, Part 2)

Welcome back. We’ve got 6 more animated beauties to judge, so let’s get right to it. Check out part 1 if you missed it!

The first two women are from movies I haven’t seen since the year they came out, so that was like 2 decades ago, so I don’t remember anything about them, so I will have to judge by the pictures.

Pocahontas VS Mulan

First off is the Native American Pocahontas. She’s got a tall, slender body that looks to be nothing but muscle, in a hot way. Her long, flowing hair does nothing but add to her allure.

And the whole one strap thing on her hide dress? Very sexy.

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See? And we’d all like to get her to make that face. If you picture the background a bedspread instead of a purple sky, this picture becomes 100x more erotic.

Next is Mulan. I think she is a princess of some sorts, but unfortunately not a very attractive one. This might be because she spends much of the movie impersonating a man, so let’s just take a look at her womanly side.

Turns out she’s very beautiful, but in more of a cute kind of way. She’s someone you could see yourself settling down with. Props to Mushu, though, he’s copping a feel with his feet while distracting Mulan by staring longingly into her eyes and tickling her chin. Man…what a pro…

 

Pocahontas is far more sexy, however, which is what this tournament is all about. Now if Mulan had appeared in the movie like this, she might have had a chance.

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Victor- Pocahontas

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Tiana VS Rapunzel

Let’s start by talking about the beauty from New Orleans, Tiana. On top of being exceptionally beautiful, she cooks and cleans like no other, and apparently can make some truly spectacular gumbo. In the Princess and the Frog, she shows off a frog fetish and then is married into royalty. You know, normal stuff. While not good looking as a frog, there is no denying her amazing looks as a human.

Rapunzel is a princess kidnapped as a baby as seen in Tangled. Despite never leaving her tower, she grows up into an extremely hot blond and though her hair is like 30 feet long, it is just as stunning as she is. She is also adorable in her looks, but even more so in her personality. Her adventurous spirit mixed with her kind and innocent personality really make you gush. She is a master of hot and cute, which is always big points. The woman who kidnapped her and posed as her mother, for an older gal, isn’t bad either.

I wouldn’t mind getting in on some of that. The picture on the right really shows off Rapunzel’s radiance…

Anyway, while both of these princesses are gorgeous, it’s Rapunzel’s charming allure that wins the round…and her overcoming hotness of course.

Victor- Rapunzel

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Next up are a couple of red heads!

Merida VS Anna

I will be blunt, Merida, apart from being brave and all that, doesn’t have much going for her…like at all. Though, for some reason the actress who plays her in the TV series Once Upon a Time makes the character sexy, strong and beautiful. The more I watched her, the more I noticed how beautiful she is.

Though since this is not what she looked like in the movie, this is entirely irrelevant.

Anna isn’t all that hot either, though she is just a little bit. And standing up there next to Merida, her looks really shine through. She is definitely attractive, which is more than can be said about Merida.

 

Victor-Anna

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That’s it for part 2! Look for the final part of Round 1 coming soon!

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Tournament Of Hotties: Disney Princesses (Round 1, Part 1)

I’m back with another tournament of gorgeous women, but this time we’re gonna feed our fictional fantasies. These princesses might be popular for being royalty and starring in big movies and the like, but they are also hot, and damn it, we want to know who the hottest of the hot are.

I am going to be going all out and using all sorts of Disney females of royal caliber, even a few I have never heard of before. Note that no matter what we see on these pages, I will be judging them on how they look in their respective movies.

So let’s get to it!!

Snow White VS Cinderella

Our oldest Disney princess is Snow White, but she doesn’t look a day over 20. She also isn’t much in the looks department at all. Her dress is unflattering, she’s kind of a ditz, and honestly, there isn’t anything to gawk at. But according to the Magic Mirror, she is the most beautiful woman in all the lands. Well, if that is true, then I’d hate to see the other women in whatever lands she is from.cinderella_eu_princess_pi_storybook_r_8e1944df

Cinderella, on the other hand, is a hot blond, though she doesn’t wear anything sexy, unless you are into rags.

She is obviously a very beautiful woman with a bangin’ bod. And as a bonus, she cooks, cleans and can talk to animals, so who wouldn’t want that in a woman?

So the winner here is obvious, but I would like to share with you a picture I have located that someone drew that does in fact, make Snow White look quite sexy.

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Too bad you don’t shape up like that in the movie.

Victor-Cinderella

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Next up is a heavy sleeper and an avid swimmer!

Aurora VS Ariel

Aurora is an attractive blond, with her wild hair, petite body and shy nature, she’s enough to make any guy chase after her. The title of her movie even calls her hot…sort of. Heck, in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, one of the characters you play as wants to bang the sleeping broad.

 

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I mean, look at that look. You couldn’t say no to that. She’s a sly fox, she is.

 

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And I’m sure you can figure out something to do with her in this picture.

 

And next we have the gorgeous little mermaid, princess of the seas, Ariel! Sure, she’s half marlin, but that doesn’t mean her human half isn’t one of the hottest sights on the seven seas!

Any woman, half a fish or not, that wears a bra made out of sea shells as their everyday clothing, showing off their perfect body, is a welcome sight to me.

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The waves here are an accurate portrayal of an inevitable explosion that would occur from a dripping wet, near naked woman with her mouth wide open, kneeling down on a rock and looking at you.

And when that long red hair is floating around underwater, phew, it gets pretty bubbly, if you know what I mean.

And with two beautiful women this time around, who to vote for?

Ariel takes the trout. Aurora has a great body no doubt, but she doesn’t flaunt it. Ariel has no shame. She shows us what she’s got, and we like.

Victor-Ariel

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Next up are two more amazingly drawn hotties.

Belle VS Jasmine

Here we have a gorgeous French bookworm facing off against a beautiful Arabian princess.

Belle is not born a princess, but is married into it the role as implied in Beauty and the Beast. Not only does Belle score a 10 out of 10 in both the looks and brains department, but also in personality. She is a kind and gentle, unbelievably caring woman, but also can be fierce and fearless. She must also be one kinky lady, because she wants Beast’s bulge something awful. They could really get into some crazy business behind those big bedroom doors. And we can’t blame Beast either. Belle is one sexy woman.

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While Belle is pretty much perfect, Jasmine will not stand idly by and let her be overrun.

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The Aladdin babe is simply gorgeous. That dark skin, those big brown eyes and big lips,  long, bouncy hair, and that amazing figure make your heart melt and some other things grow.

She has a very tough personality. It’s like she’s a big tease. She exposes most of her upper body to you, but her aggressive attitude will keep you at bay unless you are a poor, heroic, homeless guy.

But she can also be very sexy, and she has such a perfect, seductive voice to go with it. Fortunately, she puts on this unbelievably sexy act multiple times in her series. Just everything about her is hot.

Did I mention how amazing her body is?

Little is left to the imagination on her fine hourglass figure, and really it looks like if her pants were real, they’d be totally see through. If you do manage to break down her defenses and score this perfect catch, you wouldn’t have to work hard in the slightest to undress her. One light tug and those pants and top are coming right off. Heck, if the desert she lives in wasn’t so dry, a gust of wind would probably get her naked, which is something we would all like to see.

So both of these contestants are beautiful, inside and out, and also have a darker, sexy and arousing side to them. So who is the better of such attributes?

Victor-Jasmine

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Look for Part 2 of Round 1 coming soon!

Series Ranked: Eminem Albums/Revival Review

A few weeks ago, Eminem released a brand new album and I’ve got to say, it is sort of shocking. He seemed to mellow out a tad, going with slower, more personal songs, a side we haven’t seen from him in a while.

The style of songs are at first listen, very different and take a bit getting used to, much in the way some of his other albums did, but even more so. It is a little startling, but the more you listen to it, the more you see that Eminem at his core is very much present throughout every song. It turns out to be a very good album once you get used to it.

So how does it stand compared with his other albums? Let’s find out.

I am going to rank all his full length albums from my least favorite to most favorite.

Before I begin, however, I just want to inform you that I think his songs from his Shady XV compilation album and the Southpaw soundtrack are definitely his best ever made, but since they are not full albums with just him, they will not be listed, though I highly recommend checking these two out, for it really shows off his mastery of the English language.

And now, here we go!

#9

Infinite (1996)

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Eminem’s first full length album. It is quite good, but the low quality hurts it and actually prevents it from being higher on the list.

 

 

 

#8

Encore (2004)

Encore_(Eminem_album)_coverartHis fifth album is also his most disappointing, and the artist himself agrees, I believe, blaming his drug addiction on the poor result of this album. It features some very good songs on it, but also a handful of, in my opinion, the only bad songs he’s ever made. The rest are catchy and kind of good, but also very weird, making it easy to believe he was struggling with drugs at the time he was writing the album.

 

#7

The Slim Shady LP (1999)

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The first major label release of Eminem and the album that brought him world renown. It is really quite strange, but amazing nonetheless.

 

 

 

#6

The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

The_Marshall_Mathers_LPHis third album is his best selling and even holds the record for the fast selling album of all time, last I heard anyway. It is a few steps up from his last album, though lyrically it is more like what you would expect to hear from every other rapper in the world, and I like Eminem when he does he own unique style more so than when he raps about drugs and killing people.

 

#5

The Eminem Show (2002)

The_Eminem_ShowHis fourth album is like a hybrid of the two albums preceding this one, making it quite fun to listen to with some of the catchiest songs he’s ever written.

 

 

 

#4

Relapse (2009)

Relapse_(album)His first album to come out after I and many other believed he had retired. It was quite different than his last few albums, sort of reminiscent of the Slim Shady LP, but with better raps. There are a few too many joke songs and not enough of the emotional ones he usually has on each album though.

 

 

#3

Revival (2017)

Revival_by_Eminem_coverAnd here is where his brand new album stands! That’s right, as of right now I find it to be his third best! Some truly unique songs with plenty of accompaniment from other artists make this truly a one of a kind album for him. A downside to the album is there is a bit too much on his political views in his lyrics, and we all know politics need to stay out of music.

 

#2

Recovery (2010)

Recovery_Album_CoverThis album really shows off what the rapper is capable of, propelling him into a completely different league from all of his previous albums. Every song is unique and full of energy. It’s just awesome.

 

 

 

#1

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)

mmlp2This leaves us with his only “sequel” album and by far his best one. This took all the momentum of Recovery and tripled it. Every song was full of twists and turns, leaving you unable to predict what would happen next. The album has a ton of other artists to add their talents to the songs, the beats are awesome, not those typical rap beats, thus making the album hard to believe it is even rap. And every single song is jaw dropping. You can tell he put a ton of effort into this one.

Revival had the unfortunate timing to follow up his number 1 album, which makes me wonder if it hadn’t, would I like it more?

Who knows? But that is all his albums, from worst to best, though I can’t say any of them are anything but good.

Secrets 80% Of Drivers Seemingly Don’t Know

There’s a lot of things everyone sees every day when they are out driving, specifically what other drivers do, or rather what they don’t do. There are some things I personally see so often that I have come to the conclusion that most people just don’t know about these things they can do while driving to improve their own abilities and avoid causing traffic build up. So I am going to be a nice guy and share some tips

Secret #1

Did you know that you can actually press down on the gas pedal when going uphill?

If you never knew this, I suggest trying it out! So many people go up steep hills and just allow themselves to just drop like 20 mph. But if you press down harder on the gas pedal you can avoid this and actually maintain your speed, thus preventing the abysmal traffic so many people have to sit in on every highway that involves hills.

Secret #2

Your car will not flip when going around turns. This is not to say you shouldn’t exercise caution around turns and adjust your speed accordingly depending on what type of vehicle you are driving. But I promise you, unless the turn is EXTREMELY sharp, chances are you will be completely fine.

In other words, you don’t have to drop 10-20 mph for every little curve in the road, you are quite safe, I assure you. A slight dip in speed, like 5 mph tops might be acceptable, but a lot of times, the speed limit will get you through easily. Often faster than the limit is good enough.

It’s all about maintaining your speed. The worst culprits are the idiots who do like 10-15 under most of the time (I have a lot of winding roads) and then when we finally get to a straight away with a passing zone, these guys think they are hot stuff and start doing 10-15 over, but as soon as that passing zone ends 10 seconds later and the slight curves show up again, they are back to being slow idiots.

Now when you combine turns with hills, forget it, people are going to drive 20-25 under the speed limit. Again, in 99% of the cases, you will be fine, either going down or uphill and with or without turns.

Secret #3

Don’t follow too close to the person in front of you, especially on multi-lane highways. I can’t help but laugh at just about everyone tailgating everyone on highways at high speeds, as if they leave more than a car space in front of them, then they are going to be late to wherever they are going.

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This too, is simply not the case. Leaving a safe distance around you will make you no later, I swear it. If anything, it will prevent collision if the person in front of you slams on his brakes. You won’t hit them, and the person behind you won’t rear end you.

And even if a collision doesn’t happen, when the person in front of you hits his brakes, you immediately have to hit yours, and then the person behind you has to hit them harder, and this goes on and on with each person in line having to hit their brakes harder and harder, eventually causing traffic to come to a complete stop.

So you see, traffic and collisions are going to slow you down more than distancing yourself from other cars.

And do try to avoid being one of those idiots who squeeze in to that tiny spot in between to cars when shifting lanes, because again, the person you cut in front of has to hit his brakes and we find ourselves in that same crawling situation. I know I am asking a lot of people to be considerate of those behind them, but I must try anyway.

Secret #4

This one isn’t as much of a common problem, but I still experience it quite often.

Don’t turn on your high beams if you can see someone in front of you! No matter how far ahead of you they are, you’re still blinding them. And make sure you have them off when you are around other cars too! Almost every day some doofus has their brights on, blinding everyone. Pay attention, will you!

 

And that’s all I will generously share today! Please try to follow these secrets now that you have been enlightened!!

 

I Never Thought It Was Possible For Me To Dislike a Star Wars Movie (No Spoilers)

I have been proven wrong. What I watched did not feel like a Star Wars movie. Everything felt off and some of the scenes were so far displaced that had it not been for the fact that I spent money to see it, I would have walked out.

It’s like the whole plot just did whatever it wanted, making sure it did the most contradicting and pointless maneuvers it possibly could, making it barely connected with Episode 7, not to mention the other 6.

I have never felt so dissatisfied with something and this is the only movie I can recall actually getting angry watching.

The whole movie isn’t a sham though. It’s got some pretty awesome parts in it, and they are scattered throughout the movie enough to make it tolerable.

But dear God, there was so much pointless garbage going on, and none of it too interesting.

And suddenly Star Wars has become full of humor. Like that humor you’ve been seeing in Marvel movies. It’s funny…sometimes, but it just doesn’t fit.

I actually regret seeing it. I love the Star Wars franchise so very, very much, but this just puts a huge empty hole in my soul.

I knew Star Wars would be terrible without George Lucas, and they are certainly proving so.

I don’t really want to see Episode 9 anymore, but I am going to force myself to just because hopefully it will give all 3 movies a sense of completion, much like the other final movies did in their own trilogies.

 

Donald Trump Is President…Get Over It Already

I am not a political person. I don’t care about them; they certainly don’t interest me in any way. I don’t care who the president is in the slightest. Seriously, I couldn’t tell you who the Vice President is, or who Obama’s was either. In fact, the only thing I like about presidents is seeing how horribly they have aged in the 4-8 years behind probably the most stressful job ever. I hate everything about politics and I hate that I am writing this, but I have just had enough.

I am of course referring to the fact that almost everyday I see a headline or I accidentally find myself partially reading an article that is slandering our president. The trouble is, these are the most biased and untrue articles I have ever seen. Do these authors really think people are believing what they are writing? And why write them at all!? Why do haters constantly spread false rumors around? Just because they don’t agree with him, or didn’t vote for him, they are going to make sure they can turn as many people to their side of thinking as possible.

But why? What is really the point? How is this doing anything beneficial for the country? These people are just hurting. No one will ever know if Trump is ever doing anything good, because there are so many things, 99% of them made up, talking about all the horrible things he’s done.

Why can’t we just get the facts in an unbiased way so that we can make our own decision of our presidents? The poor guy had so much hate before even being elected. A President should only be judged at the end of their term. You can’t judge someone on their campaign speeches. Sure, that gives you an idea of where they stand and what they might try to do, but when has any politician ever done everything, or even remotely close to everything they promise during campaign speeches? They care only about the votes. That is why Obama pulled the troops out of Iraq right before his reelection, because that made him look good. Reasons like this are why I hate politicians. Their motivations, their life styles, their thinking, is nothing like the people they are payed to represent.

But any-who, I remember not even 3 days went by when Trump was inaugurated, and the whole internet exploded about how he was the worst president of all time etc. Really? How can anyone accomplish anything, good or bad in 3 days?

Everyone swore the country was going to fail with Trump, but here we are. They swore it with Obama and Bush and every other president ever. But guess what? We’re still here, as always, and life has pretty much remained the same throughout all of that. It is this fact that I don’t understand a lot of people. So many people seem to bank their whole life on a president, swearing that their life will be ruined if the person they vote for isn’t elected.

This is not the case. I here people complaining everyday that their lives have gotten terribly worse since Trump has come into office, and it just makes me laugh. These are people I have known for decades and their lives are wholly unchanged from when Obama was in office a year ago. The only constant I have noticed with life is that it sucks, and gets suckier every year. And that is because the world is occupied by human beings, not because of whoever is president at the time. We will always end up paying more money than the year before, greed will always reign supreme, and we will always struggle. That is the life we live. Instead of placing all our unspoken problems in a president who is never going to actually fix any of your problems, we would all have to actually band together and take a stand. Unfortunately this would require the unity of the entire country or government, if not the world. And that is just never going to happen…period.

The President is just there for people to blame their problems on so they can take the blame off themselves and feel a little bit better about themselves before they go to sleep.

For instance, I heard something on the news the other day that Wall Street reached an 18 year high and the economy has been the best its been in years and years…yada…yada. This makes me laugh. All my life, I listened to people blame bad economies on the president. I for one, don’t see how a single man could influence it so greatly, but I digress. But when it raises or improves, I never hear any credit going to the pres, especially when this is Trump we are talking about. So when things are looking up, it has nothing to do with the president, but if someone is laid off or gets a pay cut, F that damn guy in the oval office.

And the whole political party set up is just baffling. Democrats side with democrats, republicans with republicans. There’s nothing like slicing a huge rift in your country. And from what I’ve seen, most of the time, voters don’t choose a side all on their own, they just go with what their parents were, because that is what they were raised to believe. That is why my state will forever be democratic.

But anyway, none of this is news. This is how its always been and always will be. But with social media and the internet and all that junk, so many people are able to voice their opinions across the globe now, and I can’t stand it. Mainly because it seems every celebrity or media site are all democratic or liberal or whatever to an unbelievably obnoxious degree. This is why I really am fed up and am writing this now.

I don’t want to hear about political views when I am trying to read something about Star Wars. When a new song by an artist comes out, I don’t want to hear about how much they hate Trump. I don’t care, and I seriously doubt anyone else does, though Trump haters revel in it, I imagine.

Just seriously, keep your personal politics out of the lime light. That is not why you are famous. I’ve even read a handful of video game reviews with Trump slander going down within it. Why? How do the going on of Donald Trump have anything to do with a video game about some fantasy stuff going down in an imaginary world from 158 B.C.? Shut up with this crap already!

And I’m still hearing about some comment he made about pussy grabbing or something like 2 years ago and how every woman just hates him for saying that. This is truly mind blowing. Women really revealed their naivety and ignorance at this moment.

Here’s a helpful hint so you don’t get so butt hurt. LITERALLY EVERY MALE TALKS LIKE THAT!!! So either live with it or start a separate country for just women, completely void of all wiener.

But the most disappointing thing about all of this is how truly childish and pathetic democrats have shown themselves to be. When Trump won the election, there were riots and all sorts of destruction on innocent cars, buildings, people, etc.

What are you proving? That you have no respect for the country that you apparently are so emotionally invested in that you act like a complete jackass to defend it? That sentence doesn’t really make senses does it? Just like your actions! Like seriously, all of those rioters should be removed from the country. They have no reason to be here. If your life has truly gone so down hill in the past year, then you should have no problem leaving anyway. I don’t want to share a country with such people. They are honestly no better than terrorists as far as I am concerned.

And here is the beauty about politics. As I said before, the political parties are stupid and hardly anyone votes for anyone but the political party they are a “part” of. No one actually pays attention to their campaign crap and all that. And I am going to be a perfect example. The democrats have acted so unbelievably babyish and disgraceful, that I will never vote for a democrat ever again in my life. I do not want to be associated with such people, nor do I want them to have any kind of power, however small political power might actually be. Such violent and rambunctious people should not have power at all.

And that’s what all your nay saying has gotten you people. One less person to vote for your “life saving heroes.” I am sure I am not the only who feels this way, so a few more votes lost there too. And that’s how politics work. We don’t care who is up there at the podium, but the banner they stand in front of.

No president is ever truly wonderful. It is impossible. I don’t agree with everything any of them do, but I assume they are doing the best they can. I don’t care what party they belong to. Honestly, who are we to judge the president unless we were one ourselves. I can’t imagine even remotely all that they know and have to deal with. I just put my faith in my country and hope the people living in it make the world a better place, not just one person sitting in the white house.

 

 

Series Ranked: Star Wars Lightsaber Duels

I would love to do a series ranked on the actual Star Wars movies, but my opinion of which I like better than others always changes each time I watch them all, so it is kind of impossible to do. So instead, I will rank all the lightsabers duels from worst to best, as that is more clear cut.

#13

Luke Skywalker Vs Darth Vader

The Empire Strikes Back

Dagobah

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This isn’t a real fight, but a quick test of Yoda’s that I still don’t understand 25 years later. But I just put it in to be thorough. Their sabers clash twice and it’s over.

#12

Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs Darth Vader

A New Hope

Death Star

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The first duel to ever take place on film between two Jedi. An amazing feat for the 70’s, but it really is rather dull. But given that it is the first, it is excusable. These two have clearly gotten rusty in the past 20 years.

#11

Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs General Grievous

Revenge of the Sith

Utapau

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This is a different type of fight due to Greivous being more droid than man. This actually benefits him as he is able to do nifty things real people can’t. But this proves no match for actual training it seems, as the whole scene is very short and really shows off Obi-Wan’s skills.

#10

Qui-Gon Jinn Vs Darth Maul

The Phantom Menace

Tatooine

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This is the first fight made after the original trilogy and it does not disappoint. It is an intense fight that showcases both duelers superb abilities. The only reason it is this low on the list is because it is sadly, very short.

#9

Luke Skywalker Vs Darth Vader

The Empire Strikes Back

Bespin

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The second saber duel in the original trilogy is a vast improvement over the first. They show off force aided combat for the first time, even if it looks a little silly at times, but it is cool to watch nonetheless. I very much like how Vader is toying with Luke at first, but Luke seems to improve the more he fights, thus Vader had to put some effort in to beat him.

#8

Mace Windu and co. Vs Darth Sidious

Revenge of the Sith

Coruscant

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At long last we get to see what Palpatine and Mace can do. It’s pretty awesome, but probably could have been better. Sidious kills 3 people who don’t even fight back…this could have been choreographed much better. Windu then shows off why he is called the most powerful Jedi with a saber, beating him almost easily. Some nice use of the dark side makes this a very important scene as well.

#7

Luke Skywalker Vs Darth Vader

Return of the Jedi

Death Star

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This is an intense duel between father and son, aided with great music accompaniment. While not that thrilling of a fight, the emotion behind it makes it very good, as well as Luke calling upon the dark side to win, but not giving into it.

#6

Fin/Rey Vs Kylo Ren

The Force Awakens

Starkiller Base

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This is a good fight. It gives us some nice action, though it is not nearly as exciting as the prequel fights. Though since none of the combatants are trained nearly as well as the Jedis of the past, and really, not at all for two of them, it makes sense. Kylo demonstrates his training by easily defeating Fin. Rey demonstrates how ungodly powerful she is by using both light and dark force. A cool use of scenery and lighting really add to the scene too.

#5

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker Followed By Yoda Vs Darth Tyranus

Attack of the Clones

Geonosis

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This is technically two fights, but since they are back to back and against the same Sith Lord, I’m throwing them in as one. When Obi-Wan and Anakin fight him, they get completely destroyed. There’s a cool light trick in the dark that is fun to watch, but otherwise is nothing that spectacular. And then Yoda comes along and fulfills everything I ever dreamed of. He easily overpowers Tyranus’ force powers and then proceeds to do some of the most amazing stunts in history, forcing Tyranus to retreat. Just awesome.

#4

Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker

Vs Darth Tyranus

Revenge of the Sith

Invisible Hand

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This rematch is much more thrilling and shows Anakin favor the dark side considerably.

#3

Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs Darth Maul

The Phantom Menace

Naboo

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This is an amazing fight. Darth Maul, with his double-sided lightsaber pulls off some crazy stunts. The two Jedi do all they can to defend against him and it makes some amazing entertainment. Things really kick up a notch when Obi-Wan takes him alone, showing off what a great Jedi he will eventually become.

#2

Yoda Vs Darth Sidious

Revenge of the Sith

Coruscant

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The most powerful Jedi faces off with the most powerful Sith, another thing I wanted to see my whole life, and it did not disappoint. A great saber battle gives way to a match in force powers with fun use of scenery. Yoda seems to be the stronger of the two, but due to some bad luck the Republic falls and all the Jedi die.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs Darth Vader

Revenge of the Sith

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Damn…just damn. This is by far and away the most amazing duel ever. Great setting, great choreography, great mood, high stakes. It’s all there. The fact that they use the exact same fighting style showing off how much Vader learned from Obi-Wan is so cool. They are essentially equally matched, but Obi-Wan keeps a “cooler” head and comes out victorious.

 

And there you have it! I hope there will be plenty of more saber battles in the future, which is why I desperately wish they move away from the spin offs taking place between 3 and 4 and do something more with Jedi.

Either way, I absolutely love every Star Wars movie and can’t wait for The Last Jedi!

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Dear Developers-Linear Video Games ARE Still Fun

Aside from all the negative attention EA is receiving for their whole Star Wars Battlefront 2 mess, they have also recently been accused of shutting down Visceral Games and moving their Star Wars project to another company because of the linearity of the game. Whether this is true, I seriously doubt it, but they have been recently saying, among other developers, that one, people don’t like linear games as much, and two, consumers want to spend a very, very long time on each game.

I assure you, that I, and many people I know still love linear games. They are just as good as non-linear games, if not better. Admittedly, the world does seem to be so obsessed with “open world” styled games, but I personally don’t understand why. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like them, but to have every game be like that is just ridiculous.

There is something to be said for games that just have you follow a path or two and not have to worry about where to go next or getting lost and all the joys that come with massive games.

To say you don’t like linear games is like saying you don’t like platformers, which is entirely possible if you were born in the last 15 years or so and are one of those people who think because the game doesn’t look and play realistically, it is crap. But should developers really be catering to that audience? Definitely not. They have no idea what a game can be or should be, they are just a bunch of dumb kids and should not be considered gamers.

gow gpThe God of War games are linear and they are some of the best games on their respective consoles. But I bet the new one coming out is going to be open world…oh boy! But this is excusable since it is a reboot, but imagine if God of War 3 was suddenly open world? It would be stupid. Those games are just intense action and it is fun. Many linear games are just as fun. Open world games are much slower moving and you spend an awful lot of time just walking around and looking for stuff. That is why many of them are over 100 hours long.

You could have just as much content in a game with a more condensed world and beat it in 30 hours. So is really adding extra walking time that much better?

Final Fantasy 13 is a game that gets much hate, and I’m pretty sure it is because of the Thundara_FFXIIIlinearity of the game. Big deal. It’s still fun. Just because there is no overworld to explore while constantly getting attacked by enemies trying to find the next town or a cave to explore to look for an item doesn’t make it a bad game. The true core is still there, and that is simply being an RPG set in a fantasy world.

And believe it or not, games don’t need DLC. Put extra effort in development and just pull the plug when it is released. Games typically are better when there is no DLC coming out 3 weeks after the game is released. Some DLC is nice, but most of it is just overpriced garbage that we don’t need. If companies actually did it right and didn’t just use it as a way to make some extra cash, then it would be actually pretty cool. But we live in a greedy, crappy world, so that will never happen.

And a lot of games now focus so much on online play, and how much they can cram into that, leaving single player modes very empty feeling. During the PS2/Xbox/GameCube era, I feel like games had much more girth to them. You got to unlock all sorts of stuff, play through a lengthy campaign that wasn’t obnoxiously long and have a great time doing it.

Now it feels like you get a slimmed down game so the devs can put more effort into the multiplayer, then instead of unlocking things, you have to purchase it later so you can pay the devs to continue to support the online aspects of the game.

Trouble with that is the majority of the gaming world still prefers playing by themselves. People suck. We have to spend all day with people. When we play games, we want to be left alone in a fake world void of other humans.

And really, if you have ever played multiplayer games with people, then you know they are a gathering of the biggest idiots on the planet. 10 year olds fighting with 30 year olds, people swearing in place of using actually grammar… it’s a mess. The gaming community certainly is one of the darker stains on the world, that is for sure. So why continue to go a route that supports such vulgar crap? Give us some solid stuff to play by ourselves. We are the majority of the market after all!

And this, ironically, brings me to the next thing developers have been saying. They claim people want to spend hundreds of hours on a single game. Gone are the days where people play a game and then move on.

This is not the case, I assure. I have a back log of over 300 games, so trust me, I don’t want to spend more than a reasonable amount of time on a game. And I assume that goes for anyone but those “gamers” who do nothing but play online Call of Duty and other online shooters. But I am not saying spending a long time on a game is a bad thing either…for it is not.

But this subject amuses me. Didn’t I just say that I wish they gave us longer single player experiences? Yes, well more valuable experiences, not necessarily longer anyhow.

But anyway, these devs are trying to keep us playing games by constantly coming out with new DLC to play. Trouble is, it’s not free and 99% of it isn’t worth buying. And again, this is really only appealing to people who play nothing but the online aspects.

cod2Speaking of Call of Duty, those games were phenomenal back in the day, when they were nothing but a single player campaign and maybe local multiplayer or whatever. The newer games are still fun, but they don’t come close to what they used to be, because all the effort goes into the online multiplayer.

So why do your original, loyal fans get shafted in favor of these people who like to do nothing but spend countless hours playing against each other? Why can’t they instead make exclusive online shooters, which fortunately seems to be a growing phenomenon, so they don’t in fact screw us single players over.

Another thing devs seem to be so worried about is replay value. How is this an issue if you are not letting us ever stop playing the game!?!?!? So they keep on adding more stuff that we can use on another playthrough and this and that, which is nice, but again, it costs a whole lot more money to do this, especially considering all of this DLC would have been included in the game 12 years ago! This is a big reason linear games are so seemingly unpopular. It is the same thing each play through…

And bottom line is, you really don’t need all this extra fluff in a game to make someone replay it. It could be the most linear game ever, but if the gameplay is fun, I am going to replay it for the sake of just having fun. I don’t need to play it for 200 hours, with new stuff added every 20 of those hours. If the gameplay isn’t all that great, it is going to be a dull, miserable 200 hours. I would much rather play a 5 hour game that is a whole lot of fun 10 times over. And big deal if I don’t replay it immediately. If it is 5 or 10 years down the line, then that means the devs did something right.

Trouble is, they won’t make extra money on it in the months following the games release, which is the whole issue here, so to their company, they did not do something right.

I’m all about trying something new, but don’t let the things from the past that actually worked be forgotten.

 

The Hate for Dragon Ball Super Is Laughable…Nostalgia To Blame?

This is really a continuation off of my last post…Nostalgia Prevents Progression.

I originally was going to make this a quick example, but found I had quite a bit to say about it…so here goes.

 Dragon Ball Super is amazing…to me anyway. It had a bit of a slow start, but has since picked up to be even better than Z.

But I see a lot more hate for the show than love, which is ridiculous. But nostalgia has struck again it seems.

The first thing I noticed about DBS is that it feels just like DBZ, as if the show never stopped. There are some minor differences of course, the way each series was different, but the core is still there- Goku beating the crap out of people. And actually a lot of the humor in the show is reminiscent of Dragon Ball.

But here is where I get a laugh about things. The biggest complaints about Z were inconsistent power levels, slow moving episodes with too much powering up, too much filler and much of the cast being left in the dust due to being unable to keep up with Goku and Vegeta.

In Super, the stories and fights are much more condensed, wrapping things up in a quarter of the time it took for Z. Instead of a villain being the main focus for 3 or more seasons, they keep it down to one. This hurts the story telling a bit, since there is less time to spread it out, but that doesn’t mean the stories are bad. The Black Saga had a great story and was well told.

So in other words, the show moves much faster and it feels like a lot more has happened in it, despite being like half as long as Z. And there are no lengthy power ups that I can recall. Though, really, there weren’t many in Z either if I’m being honest. It’s more building anticipation than anything.

People complain that there is too much talking during fights in Super. My response to this…Have you ever watched any of the other Dragon Ball series. This one is by far the least guilty, except for maybe Dragon Ball. Goku’s fight with Frieza stands out to me the most. I am pretty sure Bulma and King Kai have more air time during the fight than the two fighting.

 

Is this annoying? Usually, but from a production stand point, this is all understandable. It is a lot of time and effort to just make people fight for an entire episode and it could become rather dull and expensive, though it is hard to see how on the former. But most people don’t realize this. And the DB series usually take these moments to explain what’s going on, or else show the effects the battles are having elsewhere. So, to me, this isn’t really all that big of an issue.

Now for filler. Super does have filler, though not nearly as much as Z. And the filler is actually quite good, not to say that some of Z’s wasn’t, though most of it was awful and boring. In Super, the filler usually consists of quite a bit of action and/or comedy.

And really, filler is necessary, because it would be pretty dull to save the world from a villain one episode, and then be threatened by another the next. Super does a great job with the filler, it really does. So this is yet another improvement over Z.

Now on to the cast of characters dwindling relevance. Is this an issue in Super? Of course, but they have taken great strides to include a lot of the cast, even if it is just for a moment. We have gotten to see some of the old Z fighters participate in DBS for the first time since the early DBZ sagas, and it is more than welcome to me. This exclusion of characters is probably the most complained about thing from Z, and now that they actually made efforts to include them…guess what? People hate it, mainly because they complain about power scaling…another thing that was a huge issue in Z.

Yeah, in the Tournament of Power saga, there certainly is a ton of questionable means of powering up, but by now, this is nothing new and fans should be well beyond caring about that.

The power scaling went to crap way back on good old planet Namek. Like…seriously…none of that made sense, and it bothered me at first, but then I realized something very important…

WHO CARES?

The show would be extremely dull if there wasn’t power issues. It would eventually just come to one character killing someone else in one hit, next villain, same thing, next fight, same thing.

Like, I truly can’t wrap my head around how upset people get over this. Like, if everything in every movie and show made sense, they would all be boring and quite terrible for the most part. That is not why we watch shows. We watch them so reality floats away from us for a little bit, not so we can whine and criticize something every time it strays from reality and sense.

And finally, people complain about the show being too focused on Goku, and poorly written.

Seeing as Goku is the main character of the series and has been for like 30 years or whatever, how is anyone surprised by this? His personality is what drives the show. It is how he wins over the hearts of his enemies, and if they are evil enough, his personality drives him to improve constantly no matter the odds. That has been true since the first episode of Dragon Ball, and remains so today.

And the stories have never really been good, or really in depth I should say. It is a show about super powered beings pummeling each other. Someone threatens to destroy the world, and someone stops them. It has been done thousands of times in every show ever. What are they talking about, poor writing?

ITS AN ACTION SHOW!!! WATCH IT FOR THE ACTION!!

Which in my opinion…Super has the best in the series. People spend so much time trying to calculate power levels and judging the way they go about increasing them. What does it really matter, honestly? It is so cool to see these characters just fight it out, and the more transformations, the cooler it gets in my opinion. Dragon Ball is all about absurd transformations and always has been. It is what makes the show interesting.

But anyway, the whole point I am trying to make here is…

NOSTALGIA STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Dragon Ball Z is such a beloved show for anyone who grew up during the time it aired, that a new series continuing after it is nothing but an insult to it’s existence. Many of these people complaining about Super probably haven’t even seen Z in over 10 years and only have that nostalgic feeling…you know that happy, warm memory of their childhood self coming home from school and running to the TV to see what amazing adventure Goku and the others would take them on next, and a very vague memory of the actual show.

Yeah…I have those feelings…I love Z, but that doesn’t stop me from loving Super. They are essentially the same show. Nostalgia doesn’t make me blindly hate something for no reason. And I own every episode and movie of DB, DBZ and GT and watch them all at least every 3 years, so it’s not like I’m speaking from nostalgic memories.

But again, I feel like nostalgia is trying to prevent progress, in this case a series progressing forwards. And negative press will just likely prevent new things from coming out in the future, which is really a tragic shame.

But think what you will, nostalgically influenced or not. I for one am overjoyed that my favorite TV show has been revived into something new.

 

And really, why does it even have to be compared to other series it is related too? Who cares which is better? As long as you enjoy it. But those nostalgic feelings won’t allow any room for anything other than that one original, childhood memory. Even though the show took steps in remedying old fan complaints, it is nothing but trash, for it can never be able to take on the force that is nostalgia!

But okay, I feel like I am going on a rant or something. Nostalgia just really annoys me. I will end it here.

 

 

Nostalgia Prevents Progression

Ahh, nostalgia, how nice you are, yet how unbelievably stupid and annoying!!

Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.

So basically anytime you experienced something blissful for the first time, and more or less your entire childhood falls under this tyrannical word…nostalgia.

Do I have nostalgic feelings? Absolutely! But I have no problem thinking back to the things I am nostalgic about and realizing that maybe things weren’t so great.

But I seem to be in the minority. People hold on to their nostalgia for life. This is a serious problem, for I feel it prevents progression; I mean this in terms of media and life.

If you are always looking back in the past, always reminiscing about better days, then you will never learn to like anything again and will be forever miserable, for you will always be longing to find something that makes you feel the way that first time you felt whatever it was when you were a kid or whatever. Now add years of nostalgia on top of that happy memory and/or feeling, and your brain deludes you into thinking it was greater than it ever actually was. This effect increases over time, for your actual memory of the event or object or what have you fades, thus leaving only the feelings you had for that, resulting in a cozy little nest for nostalgia to settle in to.

This reminds me of heroin…that’s right, I am saying nostalgia is heroin. They say heroin addicts are constantly using, trying to achieve that first high they ever got from the drug, for that it was the greatest thing they have ever experienced and all theey want is to re-experience it. But they never do, and then they end up dead from an overdose.

Nostalgia is exactly the same, is it not? Though do not worry, I’m rather certain you can’t die from an overdose of nostalgia.

I fortunately/unfortunately have a brother who is like the most nostalgic person I know. He hates everything new because he has such strong feelings for all the things we had or experienced as little kids that he thinks everything else is complete and utter trash.

I am referring to media, like movies. He swears all these movies we watched as children are so amazing and wonderful. While some of them are, a lot of them are not. I mean for little kids they are great, but as adults, they are annoying and impossible to sit through.

tmnt 2Now when I watch a movie that I absolutely loved from my childhood and come to find it’s terrible, I admit I feel disappointed that it wasn’t as good as I remember, but then I immediately get over it. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 was one of my favorite movies of all time when I was young. But I watched the movie about 10 years later, when I was an adult, and found it to be borderline terrible.

Now, I just accept this and move on. Big deal. My feelings on movies when I was 5 versus 25 are going to be different. But people like my brother- they just focus so much on their initial feelings from when we first saw the movie that I am not even sure they are actually watching it, but instead are wandering through some nostalgic wonderland, thinking off all the great times they had as kids and what not.

Now, we could just have differing opinions on things, but this happens on just about everything.

Another example is the SNES. We really only had this console growing up. It was an amazing console back in the 90’s and it certainly still is today. I still play mine, but I have no problems moving on to other consoles and games.

My brother, however, is so nostalgic over the SNES and its many fine games on it, that he won’t even entertain the thought of playing other games. Super Mario World, A Link to the Past, and Super Metroid are probably his 3 favorite games, and they are without a doubt three of the best games ever made. But he absolutely refuses to play any Mario, Zelda or Metroid games made afterwards, as if their very existence is an insult to his childhood. Even if he watches a trailer, he will watch the first 10 seconds and turn it off in disgust. If it isn’t a game for SNES, then it is no good, so he thinks.

But this is not entirely true. Another game we played as kids was the WarCraft, Diablo and StarCraft series, so he loves these games too.

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Literally all he plays, 20 years later, is all our old SNES games and the Blizzard games for PC, disgusted by everything else out there, with a few exceptions.

He despises Nintendo now, because they dared to move on from the SNES and evolve, like all companies must do to survive.

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I was talking with my cousin about Mario Odyssey, and my brother was listening in. He sarcastically said, “Yeah, throwing his hat is so cool. Remember when he did that in the old games?”

This just goes to show you how blinding nostalgia is. Really, that comment can be translated to, “How dare they progress and do something different.” I mean seriously, that is an unbelievably stupid thing to say and makes no sense whatsoever.

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Which brings me back to my fear of progression and lack there of. My brother is hardly alone in these blinding, nostalgic feelings. That is why so many companies are trying to force nostalgia into their products, to trick that little kid still living in all of us into purchasing whatever it is. This is not really a bad thing, but again, if we are so focused on the past, we can never truly experience something brand new, fresh and exciting. But most people are afraid of change and would rather feel something familiar when charting new territory, and I understand that, but how long must we be tethered to the past?

And anyway, bringing back old things makes them less special. Now that they are in the here and now, it makes the original lose some of it’s charm. But most people will disagree, because they still have that huge nostalgic feeling clouding their brain. Even if what they are reliving is exactly the same as when they first experienced, it will not be the same to them, swearing it is different, and that is simply because of the nostalgic feelings associated with the original.

And don’t dare try to remake or update anything so sacred. People will immediately hate it, just for being different, whether the product is good or not. Like the new Nintendo games, they are doing nothing but insulting their good memories and childhoods. How often do you hear “the original is the best” or something along those lines. The Halloween remake and Ghostbusters remake comes to mind when thinking about this. And they are just two in a very enormous list.

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A perfect example is the Star Wars movies. The original trilogy came out to unbelievable praise and they are probably the most famous movies in history. Then the Special Editions came out, and for literally no reason that I can fathom, a lot of people hated them. That is because of nostalgia once again. LucasFilm dared to change such sacred movies. And really, all they did was more or less put in bigger explosions and add some more creatures. How is that a negative in anyway? Because it insults peoples nostalgic feelings, that’s how!

And then the prequels came out, and everyone hates them. The special editions were forgivable, because it was really the movies fans knew and loved. But now, they got a dose of something different. Most of the complaints about the prequels are completely ridiculous, and no matter how hard I try, I can’t understand why so many people hate them. Until I realized the cause was most likely nostalgia.

I spent my early childhood watching the crap out of the original trilogy. I loved them then and I still do. I love the prequels just as much, if not more. They gave me everything I wanted that the original three lacked. But I see so many people who hate them because they don’t give them the same feeling they got from when they first saw Star Wars. My brother has only seen the prequels once or twice when they first came out, and he hates them, and it’s all because of his nostalgic feelings for 4-6. He doesn’t even remember the movies anymore, but he hates them real bad. To me, if you can’t remember why you hate something, then you mustn’t actually hate it. But that’s what nostalgia wants you to think.

The prequels were a change in formula for the series, but still very much felt like Star Wars, which to me is perfect for when someone makes something new within an existing universe. As long as you are not left wondering where the heck you are, then I welcome all the new stuff.

But then we get to the more recent Episode 7: The Force Awakens. I remember watching the movie in complete awe from beginning to end. This is because first and foremost, I absolutely love Star Wars and have been wanting another trilogy since I first watched Return of the Jedi, but then secondly, because Disney filled the crap out of this movie with nostalgia. It took about an hour after the movie for my nostalgia to wear off and then I realized what a disappointing movie it is. They took hardly any risks with the movie, if any, and gave us Episode 4.1. And people love every minute of it.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love the movie, but it is by far the worst out of the 7. The point I am trying to make here is that progression failed here, because Disney was too worried about appealing to all the nostalgia ridden people who hated the prequels to actually make something new. And it paid off for them, which is what really scares me for the upcoming episode 8, which seems to be not a far cry off from Empire Strikes Back, but I will reserve judgement until I see the movie, of course.

And for the heck of it, I will throw in one more example of how nostalgia blinds people. I am going to mention that good ol’ rapper, Eminem.

He kind of owned the world back in the very late 90’s and early 00’s. His second major album, the Marshal Mathers LP was when he really took off. It reached diamond and I think it still holds the record for fastest selling album. You couldn’t go anywhere at that time without hearing his songs on the radio, the TV, or just people singing them.

eminemFast forward to today and he’s released a whole lot more albums and I think another should be coming out very soon. In any case, his talents as a rapper have increased rather substantially. He is a far, far better artist than he was 20 years ago. But guess what everyone’s favorite album is, (including my brother’s)? That’s right, the MM LP. Again, I am not saying that that album is nothing less than amazing, but most of his stuff after that has completely destroyed that album. But people hang on to that nostalgia of when they first heard of Eminem and that amazing feeling they got when they heard “My Name Is”and “The Real Slim Shady” for the first time. It doesn’t help matters that Eminem was so controversial and almost taboo that every kid who owned his album was looked up to as some kind of bad ass god. That will certainly swell the nostalgic feelings a bit.

But thank goodness Eminem only focuses on the music and getting better, otherwise, he would hold himself back to please all the nostalgic people who loved his early stuff so much. Thus progression would be thwarted. But this has indeed happened to many artists anyway.

And the best part is…even if someone made something exactly like the thing fans were nostalgic for, even if it was everything good about the original and more…it still would displease them. The creators would be accused of trying to change the original…like a remake, accusing them of being out of ideas. But if they do progress and make something new, better or not, they are lynched for changing and moving on from what has been held so beloved by people.

In other words…nostalgia can not be beat. It has a grip on too many people, and no one can take down something so overwhelmingly powerful.

But I shall conclude my thoughts now. I am not saying nostalgia is a bad thing. It can truly be wonderful. But don’t let that stop you from trying new things and adventuring forth in a world that could have so much more to offer, and who knows, maybe you’ll find something better? You just have to let go of pointless attachments to memories from years and years ago. If you do, they will still be there, but you will see and think more clearly and be more open to just about everything. There is always room to share in that brain of yours, and your heart…