Friday, April 26, 2013

Music Video of the Week: Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar - How Many Drinks Remix

This song is actually growing on me.  K-Dot and R&B's "last, best hope" team up for a pretty smooth track with an even more smooth video.  Usually team-ups like this are underwhelming (two people that can be grouped into similar categories, in this case critical darlings of two different genres) but this turned out pretty well.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Battle Rap Wednesdays: Goodz vs. X-Factor

Okay, so it turned out that this battle was decent enough to post.  Usually I only put one up if I consider both battlers to be good, or if I think one destroyed the other.  Guess which one this is?  Actually, eff that.  Goodz got this three zip. For real tho, listening to X-Factor wrap about Blue Cross is really not the business.  Also, every time I see X-Factor he taking L's.  It's weird.  How can you be "top tier" when you have no wins. Him versus AyeVerb can arguably be a win but even that's arguable, with a lot of people going 2-1 in either direction.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Music Video of the Week: Kool and the Gang - Fresh

Lately I've been listening to the classic radio station, which is a refreshing change.  When "Fresh" by Kool and the Gang came on, I knew I had to put it up here.  Enjoy your brief flashback.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Battle Rap Wednesdays: Real Deal vs. B Magic

Saw this a few weeks ago.  Real Deal is not to be fucked with.  It's not a bodybag, but it is a 3-0 because Real Deal definitely edged all 3 rounds.   According to B Magic the reason the guy hasn't been on more Smack cards is because basically everybody else is afraid of him.

...I can believe that.  A lot of battlers (from any league really) would get murdered up against this guy. 

If you're wondering why I haven't posted any newer battles, its because the year's been slow as shit, and aside from the King Juice battles that have notoriously shitty audio, there haven't been any battles I think are worth posting.

Yet.  Battles to look forward to, along with maybe a bit more commentary because you can find these battles anywhere if you know what you're doing:

JC vs. Caustic
Charlie Clips vs Hollahan
Real Deal vs. Tony D
JC vs. O-Red
AyeVerb vs. Arsonal
Hollow Da Don vs.  ...Whoever he facing, that shit should be hilarious

None of these have actually happened yet, they're just supposed to happen over the next 3-4 months so they're all something to look forward to.  They're all definitely going to be on this site unless both parties phone in a performance instead of bringing the heat.  Also, potentially, Goodz vs. X-Factor if I'm impressed by it--it kinda depends. 

But until most of these go down, expect a lot of older battles from 2007-2011 to get posted.  This is the most consistent column I got on JiH, so I try not to fuck it up (too often).

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Battle Rap Wednesdays: Dumbfoundead vs. Illusion Z

Short battle featuring Korean Jesus versus "a kid from Ecuador".

Pretty short.  Incredibly funny.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Injustice Full Roster: Final Thoughts

So, courtesy of a Warner Bros. employee Twitter page (and some quick image saving since the guy seems to have deleted it), we now have a picture of the full roster of Injustice: Gods Among Us. 

Personally, I wonder just how much influence DC/Warner Bros. had on the roster of this, as of the 24 characters offered, only two of them are remotely obscure.  The rest have appeared in multiple television series from the past few decades, some even in movies or currently in live-action series, and thus are pretty big name characters.  Overall, I'm okay with the selection, but definitely not the number.

Now there are a lot of fighting game hardcore fans that are obsessed with the idea of balance, and I agree with least until the concept starts to interfere with the game's options.   There don't seem to be too many concerns or problems with breaking the balance when it comes to games like Dragon Ball Z fighters or the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series; by my count the last Ultimate Ninja Storm game had nearly 70 characters.   Now I'm not saying Injustice needs that many (because frankly I don't see how you could get to that number without including stuff like the Legion of Super-Heroes), but why they couldn't seem to make it to 40 or 50 is beyond me.  For instance:

Heroes: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Hawkgirl, Black Canary, Captain Marvel, Green Arrow, Nightwing, Cyborg, Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Power Girl, Black Canary, Booster Gold, Dr. Fate, Orion, Mister Miracle, Big Barda.

Villains: Joker, Lex Luthor, Cheetah, Sinestro, Professor Zoom, Harley Quinn, Black Manta, Solomon Grundy, Lady Shiva, Black Adam, Deathstroke, Dr. Light, Trigon, Ares, Killer Frost, Doomsday, Steppenwolf, Sportsmaster, Bane, Wotan, Count Vertigo, Lobo.

That's a roster of roughly 46 characters, 23 heroes and 23 villains.  Many of which are actually still not all that obscure, but expands the available characters and lore that you're using out to about twice as large as it was. And I didn't even delve all that heavily into things like the Legion of Super-Heroes or the Justice Society or the Suicide Squad.  (There should be a sequel, after all.)

Still, all is not lost.  We are at 24 characters presently, and Nether Realms usually hides a couple characters from the roster you have at the beginning of the game.  Plus there's another 4 characters to be added through DLC, and its entirely possible the first four characters won't be all there is.  For now though, I guess we have to just wait and see, and let them know that we would like to see more characters join the cast.

Calendar of Cool: Fuse

Okay, so this game looks a little different than it did back in June of 2011 when Insomniac announced it as OverStrike, but so what?   I'm a little sad that it lost its sense of humor but otherwise it seems similar enough to be a solid co-operative third-person shooter.  And with a list of FPS games a mile long I have no interest in playing, I can only view a game like Fuse as a good thing.

The main thing that seems to differentiate OverStrike from Fuse is that while OverStrike seemed to focus on the quirky foursome you get to play as, Fuse seems to place a much larger emphasis on the battle over a strange alien compound capable of a number of applications (including powering the imaginary tech your protagonists use) known as, you guessed it "Fuse".

The game play so far looks solid, with each character having a completely different style from the others.  Check it out if you haven't, below:

Fuse comes out on PS3 and XBox 360 May 28th.  (Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to pay for it....)

The Pointe Crew Episode 11: Comics!

We're working on the audio issues.   We're figuring things out as we go along.

I'm hard on DC, but I swear its Tough Love.  DC's my favorite publisher and I want them to do better. 

Also, sadly Andy Diggle seems to have been going in the direction I wanted them to go for Superman.   It seems like DC thought it would be more interesting, I don't even know what they want to do with that guy. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Battle Rap Wednesdays: Jaz the Rapper vs. QB Black Diamond

A battle between two females was booked for the URL event in December that had some silly-ass end of the world name.   Honestly it was probably the best battle of the night, aside from maybe Con vs. Ill and that really depends on how well you can tolerate gun bars.  (After awhile you sound like a cartoon to me, especially when they're delivered in a boring way.)  I mostly posted this because of Jaz, who's flow and lyrics are on a different plane from most URL rappers.

Also.  "I love her home fries, I love I love her home fries."   Dead.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Gaming Woes 1: Retro Fever Dreams

So welcome to Jumping in Headfirst's newest column, Gaming Woes.  Here I'll talk both about the problems I have with current generation gaming, and things I hope to avoid with the next gen.   Now, for the first of these I just want to talk about the new "neo-retro" craze.

If you're a gamer you've seen at least a few signs of this.  Every indie developer out there seems to be releasing a game that's retro influenced, with graphics from the 16- or 8-bit days.  Even major companies are getting into the act, with games like Mega Man 9 (...and 10) and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game.  It's something that started out pretty cute; nice little reminders of the olden days from which gamers in their mid-20's or older came from.

...But the longer it goes on, the more I personally feel like it gets out of hand.  It seems like every other month, there's a new game that resembles something people used to put on cartridges.  It gets especially irritating as a fan of roleplaying games, where the announcements once read: J-RPG (which all tend to look similar these days), PC only, J-RPG, PC only, repeat ad infinitum with the occasional interesting console RPG,  to have a new category added: neo-retro RPGs.  They might not be as frequent, but they can still be just as maddening.

I try to let it go, mostly.  In truth its the lack of options elsewhere that's created my current distaste for neo-retro games, but I do understand its appeal.  For many of us, gaming is an escape; a way to get away from the troubles and the humdrum in our everyday lives.  But as gaming started to reach a larger audience, and with advent of the internet showing us "how the sausage is made", for some of us modern gaming can seem corrupt.  Full of games that are too expensive for too few hours of entertainment, superb cut-scenes but substandard gameplay, and tales of bloated design teams who seem bent on adding multi-player and DLC to every game we care to pay for.   So some of us start to long for the halcyon days of our childhood, where gaming was simpler, cheaper, and you got your money's worth when you paid for something.

But I do worry that this is merely an excuse not to come up with more innovative designs, a way to hide behind the past while we avoid the fact that so few interesting IPs have been created over the last generation (and arguably the one before that).  Speaking of IPs...well, that's a topic for next week.  For now, I'll just say I think some retro games can be cool (I loved Scott Pilgrim), but I'm seeing them far too often the longer I follow gaming news and it just became something I had to comment on.  If you disagree, try not to get too upset about it.  Just kick back, grab a Crystal Pepsi, and spend a couple hours playing Duck Tales.