Monthly Archives: July 2012

Masters of the Universe Classics: Spikor Review

Spikor carded

A popular vintage figure that never got a 200X update as either a toy or a staction, Spikor was overdue for the Classics treatment. Now the Evil Master of Volleyball Untouchable Master of Evil Combat is back with the usual update in detail and articulation of MOTUC.

Read the rest of this entry

The Mod Squad

It is once again time for the Steam Summer Sale.  That magical time of year when His Majesty, the Honorable Gabe Newell, opens his coffers and spreads the wealth in the form of heavily discounted games.

In the spirit of the sale, and with Fallout 3 having gone on major discount, I figured I’d go over a list of my favorite mods and tweaks that help make a great game just a little better.  I’ve cut it down to the top ten utilities and mods that I feel increase the game’s play-ability without being overly world-breaking.


Read the rest of this entry

Masters of the Universe Classics: Snake Man-at-Arms Review

Snake Man-at-Arms carded

Snake Man-at-Arms was another figure that didn’t go over well when first revealed. It’s a variant based on a single episode of the 200X/MYP cartoon series. (Man-at-Arms, Teela, Mekaneck and village full of cat people were transformed into snake men. Only a toy of Snake Teela was made for the 200X line, and I wasn’t particularly impressed with that.) The prototype was just the same old Man-at-Arms body with a new head, a slightly different paint job and fewer accessories. They fixed it up a little bit since then, and it turns out this version of the character was a little bit more important than originally thought.

Read the rest of this entry

Today’s Occurrence: Twitter May Lockdown Third-Party Apps

Earlier today, The Verge reported that Twitter may begin implementing stricter API guidelines on third-party Twitter apps. In March of 2011, Twitter announced that they would no longer allow services that “mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience.” So, needless to say, the notion of Twitter enforcing stricter guidelines on third-party developers shouldn’t come as a surprise.

However, with so much time that has passed since Twitter’s original discussion (and with little to no action) of shutting down services that mimic the “mainstream Twitter consumer experience,” it certain begs the question, “why now?” Twitter offers their own official apps for each big mobile OS, as well as OS X; but, it’s safe to say that a decent percentage of Twitter users opt for one of the many third-party Twitter apps, such as Tweetbot, Twittelator Neue, TweetDeck, Seesmic, Hootsuite and MetroTwit. Read the rest of this entry

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: Grindhouse Ax Fu Classic or Meaningless Bargain Bin Distraction?

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is exactly what it says on the tin. That’s easy. What’s harder to answer is whether or not this movie is successful at being an entirely unique and enjoyable experience. How better to answer that question than by comparing it to four distinctly different movies? Let’s cut the ear off this one.

Read the rest of this entry

Lollipop Chainsaw: Seriously Just Go Buy It

Lollipop Chainsaw is the newest title from Suda51’s Grasshopper Manufacture, following up such offbeat titles as Shadows of the Damned, No More Heroes, and Killer 7.  Unlike most of those games, which languished in relative obscurity only to be enjoyed by a niche audience, Lollipop Chainsaw rode an incredible wave of Internet hype prior to its release, due in no small part to the not-really-a-scandal involving cosplayer Jessica Nigri at this year’s PAX East.  Whatever the reason, this game was making the news well before it hit shelves, a rarity these days for anything not safely nestled within a Triple-A franchise.  So how’s the game?  Can it survive beyond the hype?  Does it stand out in a market in which zombie games are nearly as numerous as the zombies themselves would be in a worldwide pandemic?  The short answer is “absolutely”.  For the longer answer, you’ll just have to keep reading.

Read the rest of this entry

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: A film class analysis

What follows here is a genre-based analysis of the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, written for my American Cinema class.  Like my previous piece on Terminator 2, this assignment required 2-3 citations from our textbook, and had a fairly strict cap on length.  As such it is necessarily incomplete from the standpoint of either a review or a proper analysis, but I still thought it might be interesting to our readers here at A Nerd Occurrence.  Please enjoy, but as always if you’re in a film class yourself, please don’t steal from me.  Watch the movie, do the work.  It’s a lot more fun that way.  All citations are taken from the textbook American Cinema, American Culture, by John Belton.  It’s a good read if you’re serious about film history and context, I recommend picking it up.  Finally, I should warn you that if you’re concerned about spoilers for a 43-year-old movie, this article definitely has some of those.

Read the rest of this entry

Happy Captain America’s Favorite Holiday!

All of us at A Nerd Occurrence would like to wish you a very happy and safe independence day.

Masters of the Universe Classics: Horde Prime Review

Horde Prime on card

Another character that has never had a toy representation before, Horde Prime was a Filmation creation that didn’t need to exist. Hordak was already the next bigger, badder thing after Skeletor. Yet almost immediately he went from being the Ruthless Leader of the Evil Horde to the subservient little brother of the leader of the Horde. Okay, but how is the figure?

Read the rest of this entry

Today’s Occurrence: Don’t Mess With Felicia Day

Social media is such a enigma. You never know what will become big news, or won’t, but something big is always around the corner. So, imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to find out that some Twitter user bashed Felicia Day, and the Twitterverse was all up in a tizzy about the event. The Twitter user in question is Ryan Perez, who at the time of the offending tweets worked for gaming website Destructoid (Perez and Destructoid parted ways shortly after the incident). Read the rest of this entry