I Must Contest The Term “Metroidvania”

Metroidvania, for those who don’t know, refers to any video game that resembles the basic formula/ set up of your basic old school Metroid or Castlevania title. More specifically, any non-linear platformer that has an emphasis on item collecting, traversing with the use of a map if needed, exploring, unlocking secrets with your new items to open new paths or find more items…etc. That’s basically the gist of a Metroidvania game.

My issue with this term comes from this…Castlevania basically ripped this formula from Metroid. So wouldn’t it just be considered a Metroid-like game?

Now I haven’t played many of the older Castlevania titles. I played 1-4, and then Symphony of the Night only like a year ago (as far as the older ones go). That is when I realized why people had been saying “Metroidvania” for so long. The game was set up just like Super Metroid, except you use a sword. So the only reason I can see “vania” being tagged on is for games that use close ranged weapons rather than a gun.

I don’t know, it’s really not relevant in the slightest, but hey, I thought I’d just point it out. It’s almost like Castlevania is riding on the coat tails of Metroid’s more successful type of platforming, not that Castlevania needed any help I guess…

Okay…College Might Be the Biggest Scam Ever

A little while ago, I made a post about how insurance and the current system we use for it is like the biggest scam ever, but now I think college just might be instead.

For starters, how in the world is college so freakin’ expensive!?!? Like think about it. If a school has 3000 students, who pay $30,000 a year, that college is getting 90 million dollars a year. And what they heck are you paying for? Sure dormitories and meal plans can be expensive, a little too expensive, but even if you commuted to a school, it’s the classes that are truly ridiculous.

The average cost per credit is $594 dollars, which for an average 3 credit course, is $1782 per class. For WHAT!?!? What do they do with all this money? Who does it go to? Not the people teaching you, that’s for sure! Is knowledge that you will ultimately forget worth that? Especially when half the crap they force you to take is stuff you’ve already learned multiple times throughout your life and/or is entirely useless!!

And don’t forget books! The books are more expensive than a brand spanking new PS4! WTF!?!? And every class requires them, and yet half the classes won’t have you use them very often, and I’ve had classes that said, “we won’t use them this semester.” Even buying them used will cost you around $200 for one measly battered old book.

So you spend all this money going to school for far too long a time, when really, for the most part, you can learn everything you need to know about a job in like 2 months with on the job training that someone should be paying YOU for. But no, all these people go to school so that they come out ready to start their lives, only to realize there are no jobs in their field, or the market is so damn competitive that getting your desired job is like winning the lottery. I can count the number of people who I know who have successfully used their degrees and got into a field they desired on one hand.

So all these people get out of college is some very expensive knowledge, most that they will forget within a year, that of which they haven’t forgotten already, and a very copious loan they will struggle to pay off for the next 15 years.

And this is how colleges really have you by the scrotum. Desperate, these folks decide to GO BACK TO SCHOOL to make themselves more marketable! That’s right, the Bachelor’s Degree nowadays is the equivalent of a High School diploma 15 years ago. It’s all about the post grad certifications! So these foolish people spend even more money, go into even more debt, just to have another useless piece of paper and still can’t find a job. All the while they are working nights at a McDonald’s or QuickChek, getting payed minimum wage, trying to afford rent, their girlfriends begging them for a ring. They end up stuck their for 5 years before being promoted to manager where they make 11 bucks an hour now and before they know it, they’ve made a career out of it, while their fancy diplomas shrivel in a closet somewhere.

And what really solidifies how much college is a scam is the fact that half the jobs out there ask that you have a four year degree, but don’t give a rat’s arse what it’s in. They just want to see that you went to school. What kind of sense does that make? Going to college doesn’t prepare anybody more than someone who doesn’t for these jobs that ask this. To me, these jobs are saying, “Hey you with the huge loan! I bet you’re desperate for a job that isn’t crazy manual labor! Want to put that degree to use? We’ll under pay the hell out of you, because we will take advantage of that desperation. But hey, at least your degree isn’t wasted, huh?”

And what about Associate’s Degrees? Yeah, remember those? Why do they even exist, they are like a GED. They might even be more worthless. People with these might even be smarter than those with higher degrees though, for they are only in half the debt.

Realistically, people who didn’t go to college should be prime picking for jobs. While young adults go waste their money partying like idiots for four years, these uneducated folk are out in the real world, experiencing life, learning how to make a living, thus they are vastly more mature and experienced than any college student could ever hope to be when they graduate. But these poor folk, just because they decided not to go to school, will never make more than 18 bucks an hour.

And I thought we live in a country that’s all about trying not to discriminate? Equal opportunity!

But seriously, think about this….

PEOPLE SHOULD STOP GOING TO COLLEGE ENTIRELY!!

If no one went to college, they would all close. The government is most definitely behind the ever-growing expenses of colleges. They force us to think we need these degrees, thus we pay for college, and the economy benefits greatly. That’s the real goal of college.

But if we didn’t go, we’d be sticking it to those greedy a-holes, and at the same time, any job would be open to anyone. If degrees didn’t exist, you would no longer see such unrealistic job requirements. Seriously, half the jobs out there say

4 year degree required

5 years experience in field

knowledge in these 5 different areas.

Jobs don’t want to train people, because it costs them money, so they look for people who simply do not exist. So instead of all humans being completely desperate and miserable our whole lives as we do our best to struggle against impossible odds to survive, I ask, what if we made the jobs desperate for us?

Once they realize no one meets their impossible criteria, wouldn’t it get easier to get a good job. Granted, they would just lower wages beyond belief, and even more people would apply, but maybe not if people just refused these wages and no one took any crap from employers.

 

It’s just so sad. If an entire country united, we could change it so life wasn’t complete hell. This, unfortunately, is the definition of impossible.

But seriously. F college. Fight it. Oppress it, instead of them oppressing us.

My Top 10 PlayStation Games

I’m not going to lie. PlayStation is my least favorite console of all time. Probably because when I was a kid, all the games I had were terrible. We somehow lost all of those games when my family moved, so I guess it wasn’t a total loss. Since then, I have grown my collection with new games, and I’m still not overly impressed. I now have 31 games for the console, and have played 22 of them so far. So of those, here are my top 10.

 

UPDATE 2/22/19: After playing Mega Man Legends, that was added to the list, knocking Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix off.

#10

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Mega Man Legends

Capcom

1998

 

 

This game isn’t all that good. That just goes to show you how little I like this console. It has just as many flaws as redeemable qualities, which is okay, because the game is actually really fun once you get used to all the annoying things about it. The RPG elements deliver an exciting new take on a very old franchise that makes for some cool customizable upgrades to your buster, which is why I think I like it so much.

#9

ChronocrossboxChrono Cross

SquareSoft/ Square EA

2000

 

 

This a pretty good game with a unique combat system that I didn’t really understand, but the story was good and the characters were fun and different. A pretty solid JRPG in any case. The light nods to Chrono Trigger are cool too.

#8

ff7Final Fantasy VII

SquareSoft/ SCEA

1997

 

 

This has a great story, awesome characters and decent enough gameplay. I never beat it though. Commitment issues…

#7

mega-man-8-anniversary-edition-playstation-front-coverMega Man 8

Capcom

1997

 

 

This is actually probably the worst Mega Man game, but it is still quite a lot of fun. I just wish they did away with the annoying high pitched voice of our hero.

 

#6

ff9boxFinal Fantasy IX

SquareSoft/ Square EA

2000

 

 

This is probably my favorite Final Fantasy of all time. It has a great story, interesting characters and the overall game isn’t overly complicated at all.

#5

x5boxMega Man X5

Capcom

2001

 

 

It’s Mega Man X. They are great games. Though this one doesn’t really compare to other games in the series, it’s still highly enjoyable.

#4

x6boxMega Man X6

Capcom

2001

 

While this is a huge improvement over 5, it is still lacking compared to other titles in the series, but again, it’s still a MMX game, and they are hard to screw up.

#3

rayman-2-the-great-escape-playstation-front-coverRayman 2: The Great Escape

Ubisoft

2000

 

 

I don’t even know why this game is so good…it just is. Fun and varied gameplay, great level design and powerups make this a pretty great adventure.

#2

Castlevania_SOTN_PALCastlevania: Symphony of the Night

Konami

1997

 

 

This game blew away any expectations I had, easily destroying all previous games in the series up to that point. It felt like playing a Metroid game more than anything, and when you can say that, you know you are in good shape.

#1

mmx4Mega Man X4

Capcom

1997

 

 

Yep, my favorite PlayStation game also happens to be my favorite Mega Man X game of all time! This game still had the simplicity of the original 3, but improved upon them greatly. The armor expansions probably give you the coolest abilities up to this point and the gameplay is so refined by now. The series constantly tried to top this and that’s when things turned into over-complicated messes.

Solo Is Fantastic!!! (No Spoilers)

As the title says, it is amazing, though if you have not seen the Clone Wars and Rebels shows, there are going to be some very confusing moments and you’ll miss some cool shout outs and nods to the shows.

But the movie gives you almost everything one would want to see in a movie about Han Solo and it is an intense, wild ride. Probably my third favorite Star Wars movie.

Nintendo Is About To Do To The Fighting Genre, What It Did To The Online Shooter

Back in May 2015, Nintendo released a game for the Wii U by the name of Splatoon. This is primarily a 4v4 online shooter, but instead of the main goal being to just kill as many people as possible, your objective is to paint, or “ink” rather, as much of the map as possible with the use of paint buckets, guns, paint brushes and rollers. There are a ton of weapons as well as gear, which boosts your abilities.

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The most unique part is your character can turn into a squid and move quickly through the cover of your own ink. Sounds pretty original, right? Well that’s because it is absolutely one of a kind. And it is easily the most fun online game I have ever played. I hate online shooters, I really do, but the moment I saw this, I couldn’t wait to play it, and I still play it all the time, two years later. It’s unique take on the genre, colorful art style and superb gameplay has really revolutionized the genre in a way.

Now here we are in 2017, the Switch has been released, and on June 16th, we are getting a brand new ip from Nintendo once again. Again it is for a genre I am not very fond of…fighting.

But Nintendo has given this genre their own bit of flair and have produced something that looks to be quite extraordinary, colorful, unique, content packed and extremely addicting. I of course am talking about Arms, the game where a bunch of unique and interesting characters with extendable arms beat the crap out of each other with a wide variety of…boxing glovish things called arms.

Needless to say, nothing has ever been done remotely close to this game, and it looks absolutely amazing. Again, a game in a genre I show little to no interest in has me barely able to contain my excitement! I am sure this is going to be the best fighting game ever, (in my opinion) just as Splatoon is my favorite shooter.

Nintendo just keep proving that they can take any genre, especially ones they really have never dabbled in before and produce something unexpected, unique, and most important of all, fun.

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But don’t take my word for it, especially since the game is not even out yet and I am really just making an awful lot of assumptions. But check out this Nintendo Direct. It will show you practically everything you need to know.

As a bonus, this summer Splatoon 2 is coming out, and that looks to do nothing but take the perfection of the first game and make it better. Be sure to check that out as well!

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Captain America: Civil War Quick Review (No spoilers)

Oh my lord, this movie is one of the best movies, if not the best movie ever made. I can’t wait to go see it again.

The action scenes are the greatest in any movie without a doubt. The story is fantastic as well.

Go see it, please. You will love it.

This picture alone makes me want to go see it…again…