Character Spotlight: Sam Fisher (Splinter Cell)

Samuel “Sam” Fisher is the main protagonist of the Splinter Cell series of video games developed by Ubisoft and endorsed byTom Clancy. His full name was first seen in Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, the first game of the series, when he was using the computer in the V-22 Osprey to encrypt his call home. Fisher was a field operative of the “Splinter Cell” program for Third Echelon, a top-secret sub-branch within the National Security Agency (NSA).

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THEY’RE BACK! Cheetahmen II: "PLAY OR DIE"

For those of you who aren’t aware, Cheetahmen II is a horrid but beloved sequel to the original found on ACTION 52 for the NES. The sequel was never completed or officially released. But in 1996 roughly 1,500 cartridges were found in a warehouse (in Orlando, FL) and then released on the secondary market. The retro gaming community was never the same since…

ACTION 52 was an unlicensed Nintendo cartridge containing, said 52 games. 51 which were horrendous but out of the fire arose Cheetamen. Aries, Apollo and Hercules are the 3 half-Cheetah, half-Human characters that make up the TMNT inspired, Cheetahmen and are hell bent on stopping the evil Geneticist Dr. Morbis. Compared to the other 51 lack-luster games, Cheetahmen was quite enjoyable… but Cheetahmen II is a whole other story.

Cheetahmen II is legendary for all the wrong reasons, the game controls are stiff and virtually unplayable in every possible way. The game is absurdly difficult but keep in mind it was never fully finished but something tells me if it was… it probably wouldn’t be that much better than it is now. And the game had countless glitches, some so severe that it wouldn’t allow you to progress any further leaving you unable to beat the game.

Cheetahmen is respectfully the Troll 2 of NES games, complete with a cult following of millions world wide. You can find YouTube videos of the games theme song being remixed (I remember texting the lyrics to a Cheetahmen inspired rap song I wrote to Alex Gothelf a few years ago, it had a heavy Lil’ Wayne feel to it. I named it “Cheetahmeng“), bad ass fan art, and the AVGN has even ripped the Cheetahmen games an entertaining new asshole.

But it looks like the Cheetahmen are far from done. Greg Pabich the owner of the sole prototype of the ACTION 52 cart has gotten busy tracking down the original programmer (Mario Conzalez), locking down the trademarks and copyrights necessary and forming a team aptly named the “CULT OF CHEETAHMEN” in an attempt to finish and bring this infamous unreleased game to market… as an actual NES cartridge!

So to help him out with this endeavor, Greg has turned to crowd funding to help finish the project, which I assume will be very expensive; and has reached out to famous internet gaming personalities to help spread the word to “non believers” and fans alike as stated on their page. So if you’re a die-hard retro gamer or just a fan of games in general. Get your ass on over to their Kickstarter Page and get involved in making GAME HISTORY!

The idea of buying a newly released game cartridge for my dusty-ass NES is awesome! Ohhh yeeeaahhh!!!  🙂

-Eric Chacón
Follow me on Twitter @CaptxCrunch

Fan Film Corner: "Max Payne: Bloodbath"

Corridor Digital has done it again…the great visual minds from youtube have unveiled their latest video short “Max Payne: Bloodbath” and its our latest selection of Fan Film Corner.

LOWDOWN:
Max Payne floats through the air like a fish through the ether, firing away on his double berettas.


REVIEW:
The music, the setting, the dark tone of the short made it all too perfect. I felt I truly was watching a cinematic sequence of the epic series. The gun battle was also done to perfection with great effects and intense action. The only problem to me with this short film was that it was….a short film only 3 minutes. But still worth a watch.

OVERALL:
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5 templar crosses out of 5
Pretty Amazing Effects, only Max Payne can shoot people underwater, Corridor Digital Does It Again!! WORTH WATCHING!!


FILM:

MAKING OF:


CREDITS:
Max Payne – Zach Sale (http://www.twitter.com/ZachSale)
Awesome lighting – Jan Michael-Losada
Coloring – Paolo Cellammare (http://www.facebook.com/PaoloCellammare)
Lead goon – Alex Barbatsis (http://youtube.com/bbats1)
Underwater help – Arthur To, Ian Spohr (http://youtube.com/paperisdelicious)
Pool provider – Andy Mogren (http://youtube.com/andymogren)
Costumes to the max – Amanda Manklang

-Brian Lansangan
Follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

*NEW "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Trailer

New Line Cinema and MGM has released the latest trailer for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”.

The Hobbit is an upcoming three-part epic fantasyadventure film series directed, co-written and produced by Peter Jackson and based on J. R. R. Tolkien‘s fantasy novel of the same name. The films will act as a prequel to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins,

The first film in the trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will be released December 14, 2012, with the second film releasing on December 13, 2013, and the third film slated for summer 2014. All three films will be released in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX.

-Brian Lansangan
Follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

The AVGN: Movie & How I Almost Got Involved

Back in March, I finished up my portfolio website (TemplarDigital.com) and sent it out everywhere I could. From local production companies to big ol’ production companies in Los Angeles.

As I was emailing and applying everywhere I remembered that the Angry Video Game Nerd (aka James Rolfe) had posted a video on his website (Cinemassacre.com) giving out contact info for anyone interested in helping out with the production of his first feature length movie, the AVGN: Movie.

I nervously sent out a quick cover letter of sorts and a link to my portfolio site and got a response the following day from Reed Johns in the Art Department. Much to my chagrin it was an unpaid gig to help the art department set up the miniature models and special effects, both durring principle photography and post but I was still very excited to get the opportunity to help out with one of my favorite internet personalities as well as a hero of mine, James being an independent filmmaker and all.

I was warned that it was going to be a solid month (April 1- May 4) of long work days and no pay but plenty of experience. So, I accepted it. Like many of us I’ve been painfully unemployed for the last year, so I had to do some serious number crunching and get all my ducks in a row in order to go out to L.A. on the cheap.

I called a fellow filmmaker/long term friend of mine (Billy D. Mann) who’s been living out there in L.A. since 2006 or so and explained to him my situation. He agreed to let me stay out there for a month free of charge which made everything easier to plan. It turns out that my unemployment check came in late the same week I was suppose to leave for California… needless to say it was a serious wrench thrown into my plans and I was unable to make my way out west for the film shoot.

I was in a slight depression as I was looking forward to it but sometimes these things aren’t meant to be. Maybe I’ll still have an opportunity to help out Cinemassacre in some capacity in the future.

I, like many of The Nerd’s fans, am eagerly awaiting to see the AVGN: Movie. I wish James the best of luck and hope that his first full-length feature is a complete success as well as the beginning of many full-length films directed by him.

Since then I got a interview for an Assistant Video Editor job at EA (Electronic Arts) Tiburon but didn’t land the job. And 2 weeks ago I got a response from a big new-media production company in New York. We’ll see what happens with that.

Here’s his last AVGN: Movie update, enjoy!

-Eric Chacón
Follow me on Twitter @CaptxCrunch

Tickle Your Pickle: "The Lion King Rises"

For This week’s selection of Tickle Your Pickle Fridays, we show you one of the best Hands Down mash up trailers ever made: “The Lion King Rises”.

This trailer is freaking MIND BLOWING it was Edited by Brad Hansen (CraveOnline.com), aka MovieMaestroTen even “The Dark Knight Rises” Director Christopher Nolan loved it he thought it was “pretty epic” in an Entertainment Weekly article: LINK to Article

so enough talk..check out the video below

Footage property of Disney Studios. Audio property of Warner Bros. Pictures. Use under parody.

-Brian Lansangan
Follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84

GhostBusters 3 Will Be Bill Murray-less

Who you gonna call? Well not Bill Murray that’s for sure. Afer months of patiently waiting and wondering if yes or no. Dan Aykroyd has finally confirmed that production will move forward on the long awaited Ghostbusters third sequel without everyone’s favorite ghost busting actor Bill Murray as Peter Venkman.

When the news hit that a new writer Etan Cohen had been hired to work on the script for Ghostbusters 3, fans got their hopes up that Bill Murray would reprise his role as Peter Venkman. The actor did recently tease that there was a slight possibility of his return, but it seems we can forget about that happening.

When asked if Bill Murray was finally on board, Aykroyd replied..

“No, I can tell you he won’t be involved. It’s sad but we’re passing it on to a new generation. Ghostbusters 3 can be a successful movie without Bill. My preference would be to have him involved but at this point he doesn’t seem to be coming and we have to move on. It’s time to make the third one.”

Disappointing for fans of Murray’s character Peter Venkman no doubt, but at least we know. But the real question is will they recast the role or kill the character off? We’ll find out soon enough for sure. 

 Source: Comicbookmovie.com, IMDB

-Alexander Gothelf
Follow me on Twitter @Gothelf_Designs

DVD Review: Battle Royale

This week’s selection of  ╬D  Recommendation is the epic Japanese Thriller “Battle Royale”, and this is worth a watch…this completely puts “The Hunger Games” to shame.

LOWDOWN:

“Battle Royale” is a 2000 Japanese thriller film, adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, was written to screenplay by his son Kenta Fukasaku, and stars Takeshi Kitano.

The film tells the story of Shuya Nanahara, a high-school student struggling with the death of his father who is forced by the government to compete in a deadly game, where the students must kill each other in order to win. The film aroused both domestic and international controversy, and was either banned outright or deliberately excluded from distribution in several countries

REVIEW:
The cast in this film is chock full of Japanese Stars. Kitano Takeshi (Kitano) plays the teacher that basically plays the ringleader. If you have watched spike TV, you have seen him before. This is the actor that plays as “Vic Ramono” on MXC. The rest of the cast is comprised of Japanese teen pop idols. Most notably, the gorgeous Chiaki Kuriyama (Chigusa). You probably know her too. She was Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill Vol 1. Ando Masanobu (Kiriyama) plays the most menacing villain I have ever seen.

Asside from the classic Japanese blood sprays and the amount of ammo some of the guns put out, there is great attention to detail in this film. From what I have read, since the author (Kinji Fukasaku) of the original book directed the film, everything is kept true to the book as close as possible. Every time a student dies, their names appear on the screen in the order they died. Inside the main building, there is huge system of screens that show who is dead and what not. Anyway, that screen is exact on the names as well as the ‘danger zone’ map. I had to look twice to realize that. That is damn good editing right there.

Battle Royale is a film that has affected many, many people. There are rabid fans of Battle Royale and there are even more people that hate it. Let me tell you why. Battle Royale is a film that exercises its right to explore an idea. Many films have great ideas but most are poorly realized. Battle Royale is simply an awesome movie about one of the most hypothetically traumatic things that could ever happen to teenagers. For those that don’t know, the film focuses on what happens when a group of high school students are sent to an abandoned island to kill each other. What brings such a bizarre idea to fruition includes civil unrest, teenage anxiety, and a nation literally terrorized by their youth. It’s set in Japan and though it is just a movie it still hit pretty close to reality due to current problems with Japanese youth. In fact, the film was poorly received by the government who feared that the release of the film would incite riots and other such acts of mayhem by the same youth which it focused on. The problem is the same the world around. Young people are much more volatile than they ever were say 20-30 years ago and Battle Royale captures the essence of the horror that today’s youth would face going into such a circumstance. Friends kill other friends and bullies all to survive. At the same time they get to live out those videogames that they loved to play at home.

The problem is that there can be only one survivor of this island massacre, this only adds extra pressure to the already unprepared children who have to fight for their lives. What is truly shocking is that the actors and actresses who have been selected to portray these teens are around the same ages of their characters. They aren’t the aging 20-30 somethings that just happen to look young; they are literally teenagers. This flick has some serious bite! It’s such a great comment on how we are living in the 21st century in a time when frequently the fear for a country comes from within rather than outside forces.

There are no easy or mindless deaths in Battle Royale. The violent scenes make the point that violence and death are not cool or funny. This is not Kill Bill; every character in Battle Royale has value as a living, breathing human being. It may sound corny to say that the movie is an emotional roller-coaster ride, but it truly is – having dared to give us three dimensional people who bleed when they are cut, the Director sometimes further dares to cruelly follow scenes of tragedy with jarring moments of biting, dark and sarcastic wit.

If this was an American movie, the class would be played by people in their twenties and thirties. Two or three of the students would be given a lot of screen time and the rest would be faceless cannon fodder. Five seconds after the opening titles, you would know who was going to survive. Despite its odd premise, Battle Royale seems closer to reality because its teenagers really are teenagers and it allows no comforting certainties about who lives or dies.

The true genius of Battle Royale lies in the talented playing of the entire cast. Although young, not one of them strikes a dud note and the script gives almost all of the students a chance to shine at some point. The fight scenes are not staged in the style of ‘Enter The Dragon’ – the kids are not weapons experts or Karate champions. We see them kill each other but we are not invited to hate them – they are, after all, children and they are scared and desperate. Even a student who takes to killing with apparent relish deserves our sympathy.

OVERALL:
“Battle Royale” is one of the most controversial and challenging movies ever made.The film is very gory and violent,but it’s also witty,satirical and thought provoking.The concept of “Battle Royale” is pretty simple.The act of Battle Royale decrees that once a year a class of 9th graders is chosen at random,stranded on a small island,and armed with random weapons.The kids are also outfitted with strange necklaces that monitor their locations and life functions,and explode if more than one student is alive at the end of 72 hours.The kids are forced to become savage killers,and the movie provides them with interesting personalities and human reactions to the horrible situation in which they find themselves.The acting is brilliant and the violence is horrific and merciless.The film is very exciting and well-photographed.A masterpiece that needs to be seen by every true movie fan everywhere.

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5 templar crosses out of 5
MUST WATCH…like right now…WATCH IT

TRAILER:


TEMPLAR NOTE:

Criticized by Japanese politicians when it was first released in 2000, the movie became a huge hit at home and in much of Asia, spawning a popular manga series, inspiring a sequel and generating memorabilia from costumes to card games and action figures.

The film was a mainstream domestic blockbuster, becoming one of the ten highest grossing films in Japan and was released in 22 countries worldwide. It received global audience and critical acclaim and is often regarded as one of Japan’s most famous films, as well as one of Fukasaku’s best films.

Character Spotlight: Solid Snake

Hideo Kojima’s legendary character Solid Snake is this week’s selection for our Character Spotlight. Solid Snake is a fictional character and the protagonist of Konami‘s Metal Gear series.

Created by Hideo Kojima, Snake is introduced in the first game of the series, Metal Gear from 1987. Snake has appeared in the majority of subsequent games and spin-offs.

LOWDOWN:

Introduced in Metal Gear, Solid Snake is a combination of spy, special operations soldier, and mercenary commando of FOXHOUND – a black operations and espionage unit. He is tasked with disarming and destroying the latest incarnation of Metal Gear, a bipedal nuclear weapon-armedmecha. Controlled by the player, Solid Snake must act alone, supported via radio by commanding officers and specialists. While during his first two appearances Snake’s designs were references to Hollywood films, by Metal Gear Solid he was given a consistent design by artist Yoji Shinkawaalongside an established personality.

The character of Solid Snake has been well received by critics to the point he appeared in several lists of best characters in gaming history. His development in the series has been praised although his accelerated aging in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots resulted in mixed reactions.

REAL NAME: David
OCCUPATION: Soldier, Spy, and Mercenary
AFFILIATIONS: USSF, FOXHOUND, CIA
EYE COLOR: Blue Gray
HAIR COLOR: Gray
HEIGHT: 182 cm
WEIGHT: 63.5 kg
AGE: 42


EDUCATION: Possessing an IQ of 180 and fluent in six languages, including English and French, he was known as “the man who makes the impossible possible” and his exploits made him into a living legend among the military black ops. Initially a Green Beret, Snake was later inducted into High-Tech Special Forces Unit FOXHOUND in the mid-1990s while it was under the leadership of Big Boss.

KNOWN RELATIVES: Liquid Snake (brother) Solidus Snake (brother) Big Boss (father) EVA (surrogate mother) Biological mother(mitochondrial DNA donor)

FIRST APPEARANCE: Metal Gear

BIOGRAPHY:
David was born in 1972, along with his twin brother, Liquid Snake, as a result of “Les Enfants Terribles,” a secret government project designed to create the perfect soldier, using the genes of the “Greatest Warrior of the 20th Century,” Big Boss.

Using the process of somatic cell nuclear transfer, eight clone embryos were created by inserting Big Boss’s DNA into enucleated egg cells, donated by a healthy Japanese woman. By utilizing the Super Baby Method, the embryos were then implanted into the womb of a surrogate mother, with six of the babies eventually being aborted to promote growth in the remaining two.

The two clones were also modified on the genetic level, with one clone expressing Big Boss’s dominant genetic traits, and the other, his recessive traits. Nine months later, the twins were born, who would later receive the codenames of Solid Snake and Liquid Snake. A third clone was also later created, known as Solidus Snake, who inherited an identical genetic code to Big Boss. Liquid was later led to believe that he was the result of Big Boss’s “inferior” recessive traits, and would inform an unknowing Solid Snake as such.

PERSONALITY/TRAITS:

Solid Snake, a hardened career soldier, often displayed a calm and collected demeanor, rarely showing any signs of fear in extreme circumstances. He also demonstrated compassion towards his fallen enemies, allowing Psycho Mantis and Sniper Wolf to speak their final words to him, even after both had tried to kill Meryl Silverburgh. During the Zanzibar Land Disturbance, Snake claimed to be different from Big Boss, and that he loved life

Solid Snake was often perceived as holding a degree of enjoyment towards warfare by his own allies as well as his enemies, although he himself was not as open about such behavior in comparison to his clone brothers. He was accused of being in self-denial by Liquid Snake, claiming that he also enjoys the killing, and was remarked upon by Psycho Mantis as being “worse” than his clone brother. In addition, he also holds a particular dislike towards politicians, although not to the same degree as Liquid Snake or his father, Big Boss, as evidenced by his cold remark about the U.S. President‘s desire for START III to be passed so it could go down in the history books. Snake also displayed little emotion towards people he did not know personally, as with the deaths of SEAL Team 10 on board the Big Shell. In regards to his anti-Metal Gear sabotage efforts, Snake did not consider himself a terrorist, though he admitted that Philanthropy’s actions could be perceived as more like terrorism than grassroots activism. Snake was also willing to use unwitting allies to further his own goals, if it allowed him to infiltrate an enemy complex more easily, as evidenced by his “betrayal” of Raiden on board the Big Shell.

Snake was fluent in six languages, including French. Although he was unfamiliar with Czech during the Zanzibar Land Disturbance, he was able to recognize the term “Matka Pluku,” when Raiden told him of Big Mama’s alias during Liquid Ocelot’s Insurrection.

Snake and Otacon appear to have their own handshake, as shown by the two after the latter’s stepsister died from her wounds.

During the events of Liquid Ocelot’s Insurrection, Solid Snake calmly accepted the inevitability of his impending death. Because of this, he was also more willing to risk his life, as demonstrated during the Missouri debriefing. However, he would often become annoyed upon being reminded of his accelerated age, once telling Otacon to “cut the senior citizen crap” and his Psyche dropping at occasional moments when called “Old Snake”.

Just as Gray Fox did for him during Outer Heaven, Snake “showed the ropes” to Raiden, acting as a de facto mentor to the “rookie” and teaching him about his supplies and how to become a better soldier. During Liquid Ocelot’s Insurrection of 2014, he showed sincere concern for his comrade in South America (after his first fight with Vamp) and on Shadow Moses (after Outer Haven crushed him). Later on a mission to destroy GW, Raiden offered to head to the microwave-protected server room on Outer Haven, when Snake refused, saying that Raiden shouldn’t “waste [his] youth”, and admits apologetically that the Sons of Big Boss “tore the world apart and made [Raiden’s] life a living hell.” In addition, during Liquid Ocelot’s Insurrection, he was apprehensive about getting nanomachine injections, because of the time Naomi Hunter injected him with FOXDIE via this method, as evidenced by his hesitance to let Drebin 893 to inject him with a shot to give him an update on his nanomachines when in the Middle East.

Solid Snake was a heavy cigarette smoker. During Operations Intrude N313 and F014, he smoked an unfiltered version of “Lucky Strikes.” During the Shadow Moses Incident, he smoked “Moslems,”designed to reduce second-hand smoke. During Liquid Ocelot’s Insurrection, he smoked a brand called “The Boss,” which were unfiltered hand-rolled cigarettes, each containing 16mg of tar. During the same time, he often ignored the no-smoking policy on board the Nomad, often resulting in Sunny telling him off when she finds out or caught him in the act.

Solid Snake disliked wearing hats, preferring his bandana, despite “Master Miller” warning him that 70% of body heat dissipates from the head.

Snake did not possess any qualms for doing what is normally unacceptable social behavior like going into women’s restrooms if it meant completing his mission, once even encouraging Raiden to do the same when the latter was searching for Peter Stillman. Likewise, he also held some sexual emotions for various females, sometimes reading pornographic magazines during the Big Shell Incident and Liquid Ocelot’s Insurrection. During the early stages of the Shadow Moses Incident, when Naomi Hunter promised that she’d let Snake “do a strip search on her,” Snake remarked that he’s “holding her to that statement.” Once, when he learned about Mei Ling’s promotion to commanding officer of the USS Missouri and her earlier liking older men, Snake expressed regret for retiring from official military service as early as he did, although he remained resolute in his having learned everything he could when Otacon asked whether that meant he would want to train to become a sailor.

Snake’s knowledge of computer programs and computer-related terms was somewhat limited, often insisting that Otacon “get to the point” during conversations on the subject. While Emma Emmerich was accessing GW’s defensive capabilities in the Shell 1 Core computer room, onboard the Big Shell, Snake could only describe to Raiden that she was “doing something.”

Despite his emotionless appearance, he has showed a soft, emotional side as he expressed extreme concern for Raiden when he got run over by a boat, and sadness at the deaths of his parents Big Boss and EVA.

When Snake gave Raiden the H.F. blade from Olga Gurlukovich, while inside Arsenal Gear, he revealed that he was “not a big fan of blades.” However, he did show Raiden that he knew how to use it. During Liquid Ocelot’s Insurrection, Snake adopted the use of a stun knife, once he had begun to use CQC again.

Snake also seems not to believe in the supernatural; when Otacon explained the equipment to attach to walls, he asked if Vamp could have used it during the Big Shell Incident. Otacon said it was possible, but Snake assured Otacon that he is not supernatural and despite the visual evidence, believed that Vamp was not actually immortal.

During the events of Liquid Ocelot’s Insurrection, Snake primarily used the Magpul dynamic gun combat style, invented by Chris Costas, as his combat style.

Snake also displayed great levels of endurance and heightened reflexes:

  • He survived passing over an electrified floor;
  • He survived being set on fire after destroying Metal Gear D;
  • He successfully evaded cannon fire from an M1 Abrams tank;
  • He withstood extensive electrical torture by Revolver Ocelot;
  • Despite having little warning beforehand, he evaded gunshots from a sniper rifle, a revolver and a ballistic knife, the latter of which also had Olga implying that Snake was the first to evade it;
  • Though his forearm was badly cut by Vamp, causing him significant blood loss, he recuperated within a short period of time;
  • He survived passing through a corridor installed with microwave emitters, despite having recently undergone advanced aging, and went on to defeat Liquid Ocelot in hand-to-hand combat; according to Naomi Hunter, it was only Snake’s sheer will power that allowed him to do   this.



-Brian Lansangan
Follow me on Twitter @MrSnugglenutz84