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    A Kombatant Returns to the Arena

    All right, I’m going to explode unless I get this out first. What was wrong with High Punch and Low Punch? Why did they get replaced with Front Punch and Back Punch? What was so wrong about the way you had it? You want to be technically accurate or something? In Mortal Kombat, of all things? So I bought Mortal Kombat (2011) (a.k.a. Mortal Kombat 9, a.k.a. Mortal Kombat: The Komplete Edition, a.k.a the reboot cause our continuity makes as much sense as a plate of spaghetti). And it’s always a crapshoot whether A) the game will work on PC and B) if the game will work with my hoggled…

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    Why Video Game Movies Keep Failing

    Why do video game movies keep failing? Look at this list: Not one cracks through the “fresh” barrier. Not one above 50%. Not one broke $400 million. Yet, they keep on coming. “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” is the highest grossing of them all and it had fuck all to do with the video game. Not to mention white-washing several characters. It was the John Carter of its time (which was actually at about the same time, directed by Jerry Bruckheimer, he of “The Lone Ranger” and “G-Force”, the movie about spy hamsters). “Resident Evil” movies have had some success, but they’re full of tedious action and zero…

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    Featured Fan Fiction: The Complete Set

    Well, I’ve finished my Featured Fan Fiction series, so here’s the complete set. If you need more to whet your appetite, try looking at the authors and stories I’ve favorited on FanFiction.net. There’s more there than what I’ve featured, and it’s all worth a look. The Intro Mortal Kombat: “The Coming of Winter” Final Fantasy VIII: “Sowing the SeeDs” Final Fantasy VII: “Sunshine in Winter” Neon Genesis Evangelion: “EVA-R” Final Fantasy VII: “Devotion” Final Fantasy VIII: “Crimson Lies” Trigun: “When Dreams Change” Final Fantasy VIII: “Balamb Garden’s Yuletide Vacation” Final Fantasy VII: “Deus Ex Jenova” Neon Genesis Evangelion: “The One I Love Is…” Final Fantasy VIII: “Castles in the Sky”…

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    Featured Fan Fiction: Ashes of the Phoenix (Mortal Kombat / Tekken)

    I saved the best for last. This is not just my favorite fan fiction, this is one of my favorite stories of all time. I love it so much that I dedicated a portion of my free time in college compiling, typesetting, and forming a print version of it for my own personal bookshelf. And this wasn’t just doing a straight print command from the browser. I wanted a nicely formatted and professional looking edition (for a three-ring binder). This was not easy. I was using Microsoft Word 95 for Christ’s sake. And I didn’t know a thing about macros then. Think about that, for those of you who used…

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    Featured Fan Fiction: The Coming of Winter (Mortal Kombat)

    The first on our list is “The Coming of Winter” by Victar. I don’t even know the dude’s real name (assuming he is a dude), but he is, and so far still is, my favorite fan fiction author. He wrote my all time favorite, “Ashes of the Phoenix” which you’ll hear more about soon. I encountered Victar’s work during my Mortal Kombat phase, and was just getting into the World Wide Web. This was when web WebCrawler, AltaVista, and Yahoo were the top searching sites, and Google was just a gleam in someone’s eye. I found MK fan sites, and with them, MK fan fiction. There wasn’t much, so it…

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    Video Game Memories #10: Mortal Kombat II

    So now we graduate from the elementary years to middle school and early high school (1993-1999). They say the “golden age” for science fiction is 13. This means that people who are interested in science fiction for life, got interested at the age of 13. I’m going to go one step further and say that ANYTHING you were interested in, from thirteen to oh, say, sixteen or so, is what you’re interested in for life. I still listen to Garbage, The Wallflowers, and Metallica with same love I did back then. I read the same books. And whenever I play one of these video games, the sense of nostalgia is…