Is there a Point to a Pokemon Remake?

On March 14th, the new Pokemon games, Heart Gold and Soul Silver, will be released. Just like Fire Red and Leaf Green games, the upcoming released games are remakes of the Gold and Silver where you try to enter and win the Johto League.

For some reason, The Pokemon Company likes to remake their video games, and I’m not complaining. When they decided to remake the original games, I was skeptical. But when I played it, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

For the most part,  the main draw for me were the graphics. Who doesn’t enjoy a colorful game compared to a monotone look? Then, there was the problem of game system. The originals were made for Gameboy Color whereas the newer ones were for Gameboy Advance.

Heart Gold and Soul Silver has also gotten an upgrade on its graphics, using 3D instead. Aside from that, some mini-games have been included, and you can use the touch-screen to play them. But what I found to be the feature that most grabbed my attention was the Pokewalker.

With this little pedometer device that comes inside every package, players can train their pokemon without even playing! How cool is that?!

The only problem for me is that I don’t currently own a Nintendo DS. Gah. I will though, which leads me to the next dilemma: which DS should I get? The original DS, DS lite, DS i, DS i XL?


Review: Valentine’s Day

So I saw the movie Valentine’s Day during its opening weekend, and I must say that after watching the trailer, I was looking forward to it. This was mainly because I was hoping for a sort of ‘I hate valentine’s’  theme to the movie, which of course didn’t happen.

The movie was basically about several relationships dealing with each other during that oh-so romantic (fake) holiday.

Did I like it? For the most part, no. This movie just had too many stars, both good and bad, to really make viewers believe in each  character. It seems that the draw of the  movie were the actors itself.

I must note that in the theater I was in, there were several Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift fans, including those beside me. And whenever either of the two stars would show up on the screen, even if only the name “Taylor” appeared, there’d be horrific shrieks echoing the walls of  the room. It was insanely annoying. Just like Taylor Swift’s acting.

But back to the movie. Not only did Valentine’s Day have way too many stars, it had way too many story lines, and none were really developed enough for me to fully attach myself to. But I suppose the excuse for this is that the whole movie takes place in one day.

There  were, of course, good parts to the movie. One of them being Anne Hathaway’s accents. Hathaway plays a character who provides phone sex as a side job, so she’d have these different accents while saying random sexual things, which was very comical. Another being Julia Roberts, which I can’t say more about without spoiling her storyline, so mum’s the word. I do have to say that, be sure to watch during the credits for a special Julia Robert’s moment.

I give the movie: 5.5/10

Review: Jennifer’s Body

Okay I know, why am I reviewing a movie that came out months ago? Being a poor college student, I don’t have the luxury of having pocket money to spend on expensive movie tickets to watch movies the day of its release. Instead, I rely on Netflix, meaning I mostly watch my movies via DVD.

Now that we’ve got that covered, I’ve just recently watched Jennifer’s Body, starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried, and I guess I have to agree with the majority of the critics regarding the movie. Although it was written by Diablo Cody, writer of Juno, this movie lacked many essential features.

But I suppose before we get into the actual review, a brief synopsis is in order. Set in the high school of Devil’s Kettle, popular hottie Jennifer is sacrificed to the Devil by a group of Indie Band in hopes by sacrificing her, their band gets instant fame. Unfortunately, for the sacrifice to work properly, the lady must be a virgin, which Jennifer is not. So, Jennifer continues to live, sort of, but to keep her energy and hunger full, she must become a cannibal.

Jennifer’s Body has its good and its bad. There’s definitely some humor in it, which you can expect from Diablo Cody. But as a film that falls into the category of horror, I wasn’t scared at all (and believe you me, I am a wimp when it comes to any supernatural crap). The movie had some blood, I suppose, but nothing too gory. And they don’t even show Jennifer really tearing a human apart, only the silhouette of the scene. Lame.

One scene that instantly comes to mind is when Jennifer just got sacrificed and she appears in Needy’s (the best friend) kitchen.

Looking all bloodied up, she awkwardly heads to the fridge, rummages, starts eating a piece of meat, and then vomiting black liquid goo. Perhaps this was supposed to be a terrifying sight, but I couldn’t help laughing uncontrollably. Yet this might be because hottie Megan Fox was growling at Seyfried and savagely eating a drumstick instead of keeping her picture-perfect pose. Gotta give props to her for doing something so … grotesque.

Storyline-wise, things seemed to jump ahead too fast, but all the same, it seems like nothing major really happened. Jennifer only killed three boys, and over a fair amount of time. It wasn’t as if she went on a rampage and ate half the school, so she wasn’t really threatening. And once she told Needy about her secret, there wasn’t really any conflict, except that Needy needed to kill Jennifer.

This movie is not to be taken seriously. It definitely has its flaws, but if you’re a Megan Fox fan, then you’ll enjoy it. And if you’re not big on horror movies, then watch this.

Oh, and anyone else disappointed by the big fight between Jennifer and Needy?

Unexpected Errors

I think anyone who has ever used a computer has experienced the unexpected errors that causes a program to crash and shut down. There’s two types of programs in this world: one where no “Save” is needed, and one where it is. Although having a no-save-needed program crash is annoying, it isn’t that big of a deal.

However, when a program of the latter circumstances do crash, it touches a nerve, whether you’re typing something in Microsoft Word or drawing something in Photoshop.

What brought me to write this post is that reason exactly. I was just starting to work on my masterpiece creation on Photoshop, sketching out the floor plan for my art piece, when suddenly two minutes into it, the program crashed. Aggravated, I proceeded to open Photoshop once more. I redid my sketch, only to have the program crash once again five minutes later.

I didn’t think to save my piece because 1.) I was still in the preliminary stages and saving seemed unnecessary, 2.) I’ve only opened Photoshop for a few minutes. Plus, Photoshop is usually a steady program that rarely crashes.

I’m lucky that my work was only in the early stages! Remember that one episode of Boy Meets World where Cory’s mom was working on the computer, and as soon as she yelled out “I’m alllmoossttt done!”, the power went out because the mailbox that Shawn blew up included their electricity bill, and she pretty much lost all the work she’s done? Oh, the woe!

One of the perks of WordPress and emails is that they save the drafts every couple of minutes or so, so if your browser crashes or something, all is not lost. After all, nothing can be duplicated exactly like the original… Unless, of course, you copy and paste.

When all else fails, boobs.

To your left are web advertisements. Look at them. What’s the first thing you saw?

What these two companies, IMVU and Evony, are doing in order to market their product is definitely brilliant, but not unheard of. Sex sells, and they’re doing all they can to sell.

The two ads are for games. IMVU is a 3D virtual chat world where you can create an avatar, dress him/her up in provocative outfits, and chat with other people.

In a sense, the ads for IMVU is relevant, seeing that many people who join virtual chats are drawn by the graphics. And since we all know that behind the computer is a jobless, overweight, and hairy thirty-five year old man who still lives in his mom’s basement, the graphics for IMVU is meant to give every avatar the perfected look.

Evony, however, is similar to ‘Civilization’ where you overlook and control a village. This is nowhere near the same type of game as IMVU.

Evony’s ads then becomes very misleading. I’m sure most of their ad clicks are due to people who thinks they’ll be seeing some X-Rated action, only to be disappointed.

One can only question the success of Evony then, because if their game is top-rated, they wouldn’t need to go through such measures to lure people onto their site.

But boobage definitely seems to be working for them seeing as their ads are everywhere!

The tiking and the Toking

If you listen to the radio, you’ve probably heard the song ‘Tik Tok’ by Ke$ha, even if you were unaware of the title of the song or the upcoming artist.

How would you know? If the female singer’s voice annoys you as she sings/talks, if the female singer’s singing seems ordinary, if the singer isn’t even singing, then you know the song I’m talking about.

It seems that Ke$ha (and anyone else annoyed by the dollar sign in her name?) has been trying to make it in the music industry for a while now, and finally got her breakthrough during the early parts of 2009, according to Wikipedia (yeah I know I should try to find more reliable sources but seeing as I don’t care much for this ‘artist’, Wiki is better than nothing).  Her debut song, Tik Tok, has been numero uno on iTunes for weeks now, and is definitely getting playtime on the radio.

What irks me about her after listening to her debut single is that she seems talentless. Her voice is whiny, which anyone who can speak can do, and when she sings, there’s nothing oh-so-spectacular about it. There are tons of talented musicians and singers that deserve that record label instead of her, and yet here she is. Why?!

Okay, perhaps it’s because she has the physical appearance that will make money for the record label. But then, as I start browsing the web for a picture of her that is appealing, all I could find were images similar to this:

Oh yeah, she’s definitely a hottie. Not. Perhaps that’s why in all her photos, half her face is covered behind hair and glitter.

Then, there’s this sense that she’s already famous before she has even debuted her album. Money signs replacing the “S” in her name? Glitter? Can she express her reasons for being in the music industry any further?

If anyone would care to explain the appeal of this Kesha who has a money sign in her name, if not for the looks or the talent, I’m all ears.

Beauty Trends that has GOT TO GO

Long Nails: No, I’m not talking about nails that have grown a few millimeters. I’m talking about nails that have grown inches to the point where they are literally claws. I absolutely do not understand how anyone can find this attractive. For one, the nails start to curl inward, which just looks awkward. Then, because of the length of the nails, isn’t it hard to do things productively? What happens if you try to type? I bet it takes them ages to type a sentence out, since they’re more than likely pressing two keys at a time. Word of advice, ladies (and.. perhaps lads?), cutting back wouldn’t hurt.

Penciled Eyebrows: I’ve known a few girls in my lifetime who would shave off their beautiful eyebrows only to replace them with thin pencil-marked ‘eyebrows’. This just baffles me. Is it because shaving them off and drawing them in takes less work? Is it because the person finds their eyebrows horrific and knows not what to do in order to fix them? However, if their goal to become more attractive in the eyes of others, how does having penciled eyebrows work in their favor? I for one frown upon them and encourage you shavers to find another means in getting nice eyebrows.

Being Overly Tan: For some odd reason, even when being overly tan to the point of being orange is ridiculed by the majority of society, people still do it. They go to in tanning beds and, instead of just giving themselves a little bit of color, they go full out and turn themselves orange. Attractive much? No. Dangerous much? Yes. Superficial much? Definitely. Anytime I see someone who has that artificial shade of skin color, I immediately think of someone who thinks of nothing more than being part of the “In” crowd. Someone I want to hang out with? Of course not.