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The “cover all” for Club Diamond Lounge & Arcade (and any future addition to the Club Diamond series).

Club Diamond is a series for frivolous video game and movie chatter, and related discussion.

Rick Grimes’ Number Is Up…


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Date: September 19, 2018

01) The Walking Dead cast shares thoughts on Andrew Lincoln’s departure


“Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, and Gale Anne Hurd tell EW’s Dalton Ross what they’re going to miss about Andrew Lincoln.”


What Andrew Lincoln’s Departure Means For The Walking Dead:

“If there’s one thing The Walking Dead has proven over its run, it’s that no one is safe. From Lori’s disturbing demise to the gruesome fates of Abraham and Glenn, the AMC series has made it pretty clear that in Robert Kirkman’s zombie apocalypse, the stakes are high. One character that has felt untouchable through all of it has been Rick Grimes. From the day he woke up in that Georgia hospital, Rick has beaten the odds quite a bit. On the heels of Carl’s passing, though, it looks like the show on the verge of an overhaul, and now it’s been reported that after season 9, Andrew Lincoln will leave the series that made him a household name. So, how might the end of the Ricktatorship impact the show moving forward? Here’s what Lincoln’s departure probably means for The Walking Dead…”

I’ve still got several episodes of season eight left to watch…but I have to say…I’m really welcoming a new direction, and the show being in new hands.

Season eight is worth watching, if you really are a deep fan of the show…but it is not an effortless watch…

Things which were senseless, lazy decisions every here and there [starting a few seasons back], have grown into lack of creativity, terrible lazy editing…and beating things to death [no…not zombies!], well beyond the point where they’ve worn out their welcome.

They destroyed the first two episodes of the season [and wasted a lot of time], by almost endlessly showing nothing but loud, disorienting gun battles…to the point of being obnoxious…I had to turn the volume up, to hear the calm, talking scenes that divided up the battles…then turn the volume down, when the guns started blaring…up down, up down, up down…

If they’d have shown two battles and represented the rest of it with a montage, it would have worked beautifully…I think.

Consequentially…the first two episodes are a virtual wasteland of loud gun fire…with very little story development going on…I can’t even imagine, why anyone thought this was a good idea.

Thus far…there’s not much character/relationship development in this season…let alone, story development…and what does happen, feels shallow and weird…

Carl’s death…after all these years building up his character as kind of weird, and not just a tad psychopathic [IE: the kid he murdered in season four]…he suddenly gets a [not overly interesting] “redemption” angle, from a sense of “social responsibility” that just cropped up out of nowhere…and he dies for his egalitarianism…Nothing you’d explicitly anticipate, given his past…but, it quickly morphs him into a hero, and drags his decline and death out, over about three episodes…

…If you can take something like the death of Carl Grimes [and I’m talking about the singular “death” episode, itself]…and you can drag it out so bad, and in such a way as you manage to annoy the hell out of the audience…you are doing something very, very, very wrong.

The death of this character was handled badly…To many factors were at play here [IE: Chandler isn’t that strong of an actor], which should have clued them in…it’s a mistake to drag this on, and on, and on…and freaking on…

And some of these cuts from one scene to another…it’s as if they entirely forgot how to mark that one scene is concluded, and a different one has begun…It’s crazy, how some different scenes blur into each other…Again, it’s disorienting…

I’ve still got disk four to watch…maybe there are episodes on disk five, I don’t know…but this has been a really weak season…which is a total shame, given everything that’s been covered this season…It should have been way better…

Even Rick and Daryl, given their long history, have somehow been saddled with a schizophrenic relationship…one that abruptly erupts into a fist fight, and a fallout…which is isolated, and never referenced afterwards…[thus far]…

So…this show needs to do some serious house cleaning, where it comes to people setting the direction, and overseeing things…

…I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do, with a soft reboot of sorts…At this point, it needs to happen.

If we still had the strong cast of established characters which we had in season six…I think it wouldn’t be quite the quandary, to replace Rick…But, they’ve not established a strong character for a while, now…They’ve just been killing off established characters…Most of the new characters in season eight, are meaningless to the audience.

Just reminiscing a bit…

Season two was always my favorite…It was the strongest the show ever offered, in my opinion…and the show was never quite so consistently good, afterwards. I know they eventually had to pull the show into an “action” direction…but the true heart and quality of The Walking Dead, always rested with the strong character stories and development…As the show kept distancing from this…it kept going down hill…slowly, but consistently.

Again…it needs to be in fresh hands…The people making decisions for season eight, did not know what they were doing…and it’s damaged the series.

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“Reinvention” of The Predator [2018]…


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Date: September 03, 2018

01) The Predator – Final Trailer [HD] – 20th Century FOX


“From the outer reaches of space to the backwoods of southern Georgia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before. And only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent the end of the human race.

In Theaters September 14, 2018”

Looks great!…I’m instantly stoked!…

…until that second, where they drop us into all the cliché, modern day movie tropes…

I fully agree…the original Predator movie had low level cheese in it…

…It was still unique, and had a formula that worked…It built it’s own core fan base, off of what it had to offer.

Core fan bases usually hate these types of tinkering we see in so many old film franchises, because it perverts what they’ve come to expect out of [and love about] that long established franchise…

…It’s like a bait and switch…

The film makers want the massive name recognition of the franchise, to help guarantee the film’s success…

…The core fan base goes in expecting one thing…but gets served up with something…that isn’t what they were expecting…

And the thing is…they can still make their movie…and maybe it works beautifully as a film…as it’s own thing…

…But, no…they want a “holy grail” of a franchise, to release this new spin…”re-imagination”…”reboot”[?] under…

The trailer looks really cool…but something feels really, really off…and lame…and lazy…about what I’m seeing in the story…

…A series like this does not need cliché comedy bits, you can find in every other modern movie on the market.

It’s just a trailer…Who knows what the movie is going to be like?…

…This trailer suddenly makes me want to see the movie…and then quickly snatches that desire away.

They can make movies as they like…and no fan base has a right, to tell them they cant…

…But I do understand, why core fan bases hate when people do this.

Hopefully…the trailer is misleading…and the movie is better than it’s representation.

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Star Trek Discovery gets CBS sued over Plagiarism, and #StarTrekToo…


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Date: August 27, 2018

01) Star Trek Discovery gets CBS sued over Plagiarism, and #StarTrekToo


“Paramount has lost their access to Chinese capital, and are forced to find alternative funding for their upcoming projects, like Star Trek 4. Paramount’s track record, plus the track record of the recent Star Trek movies themselves will make investors wary, and very sensitive towards negative press – such as both Chris Hemsworth, and worse yet, Captain Kirk himself, Chris Pine, dropping out of Star Trek 4.

The last thing license holder Paramount needs right now, is more bad press associated with Star Trek, as that may cause more investors to pull out, threatening future projects.

Alas, more bad press is what they got.

In this video, we will first explore just why negative press is particularly bad for Paramount and Star Trek 4, before going over the most recent negative press, namely CBS being sued for plagiarism over Star Trek Discovery; and the most recent #MeToo scandal – which involves a Star Trek actor.

The Rise and Fall of Star Trek’s Kelvin Timeline:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOys0IusW2U

The Controversies behind Star Trek Discovery and the Picard spin-off:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLl17YXrAZY

Overlord DVD’s interview with Anas Abdin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByduvAexiKI

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Nintendo Cracks Down on ROM Sites – #CUPodcast…


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Date: August 18, 2018

01) Nintendo Cracks Down on ROM Sites – #CUPodcast


“Nintendo is coming after a couple of ROM sites with a lawsuit.

Citation:
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/07/nintendo-to-rom-sites-forget-cease-and-desist-now-were-suing/


Nintendo Goes After Rom Sites/HUGE Lawsuit Threat:

I agree with this…

…Nintendo needs to recognize there is an existing, enthusiastic market for ROMs, and open up it’s own ROM website, to sell it’s old games…It’s not as if they couldn’t create their own console emulator.

…So, why don’t they get in on this?…It would remove the excuse, that the games aren’t available any other way.

Heck…there would be no physical product…so, they could offer their library of old games cheap.

If they sold their ROMs for $1 to $5 a piece…I’ll bet they’d make some pretty good money…Of course, they’d probably price games from the previous console or two higher…maybe, $10 to $15 a piece…if they were the huge titles, anyway…

…But, still…they should look into getting into this…There is a serious market there.

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LIVE: ROM, Emulator and BIOS. Is it legal to give life to your old video games?…


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Date: July 16, 2018

01) LIVE: ROM, Emulator and BIOS. Is it legal to give life to your old video games?


“LIVE: ROM, Emulator and BIOS. Is it legal to give life to your old video games?

Today, let’s talk about a subject I was asked about many times. The legality of Emulators, like MAME, and ROMs. Is the development of emulators legal? Can you reverse engineer or copy BIOS for inclusion into an emulator? Can you download ROMs legally? Are ROMs fair use? Let’s talk”

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Fire Pro Wrestling World – Overview Trailer – PS4…


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Date: July 03, 2018

01) Fire Pro Wrestling World – Overview Trailer – PS4


“Get ready for the match of the century with this Fire Pro Wrestling World Overview Trailer!

Fire Pro Wrestling world hits the PlayStation®4 system for North America on August 28! The first-print run will include a New Japan Pro Wrestling Bonus Almanac. Supplies are limited, so pre-order today!

Official site:
http://spike-chunsoft.com/FPWW/

©Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. ©New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co.,Ltd. All rights reserved. Fire Pro Wrestling World is a trademark of Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd. Licensed to and Published by Spike Chunsoft, Inc.”

This looks like it’s going to be a great expansion…I knew a big update was on the near horizon…It will be interesting to see what we get…I just hope it’s not an expensive DLC…

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Fire Pro Wrestling World…


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Date: June 19, 2018

01) Fire Pro Wrestling World Info & Discussion – #CUPodcast


“Fire Pro Wrestling World is coming to PS4 and Early Access on Steam – Pat & Ian discuss why they’re excited.”


Fire Pro Wrestling World Review (PC) + A Brief History of Fire Pro – Kim Justice:


Why buy Fire Pro Wrestling World on Steam?:

So…there I was, about six months back…wondering to myself, if they ever made a Zoo Tycoon 3…or if I could at least get a functional version of Zoo Tycoon 2, on Steam…

I have the complete version of the first game [never purchased the second], which I’ve had a hankering to play…but it’s “obsolete” on modern computers…So, I thought maybe I could pick up Zoo Tycoon 2 […3…4…whatever modern version might possibly exist] on the cheap…

As it turns out…this is now a game genre, in it’s own right…and a lot of knock offs have come into being…including online games…

Since this happened about six months back…and I should have written this while I was fresh, in the excitement phase…I forget exactly what I decided to also look for…but, I was kind of dissuaded by the prospect of having to wade through a bunch of cheap knock offs, to figure out what’s good…But, I decided to start snooping around at what was available in Tycoon games, instead…

For some reason, I typed in “Tycoon World”…

…and this peculiarly familiar graphic popped up, in the recommendation list…not directly related to the search, mind you…but I saw it recommended, when looking at games under the search term “world”…

Much to my shock…looking closer at the screen…I saw the words “Fire Pro Wrestling World”…

“Fire Pro Wrestling” is a very old series, which has it’s roots in the pro wrestling title for the original Nintendo Entertainment System…It’s continued on with 2D sprites, and really became a legendary series during the early to mid 90’s…

With only one exception…they never quit using 2D sprites [until now, where they’ve implemented something more 3D in nature]…which may sound insane…until you realize, what all this allowed them to jam pack into a game for actual pro wrestling fans, who love pro wrestling simulation video games…

This series has a bit of a learning curve…but once you get it…you come to realize, there has never been a better pro wrestling video game on the market…ever.

Of course…Fire Pro Wrestling has had a few “false deaths”…Notably with Fire Pro Wrestling Z [the intended finally], back in 2005 or so…followed up by Fire Pro Wrestling R [aka “Returns”…the intended comeback] in 2007…The latter would be the only game in the series, to get a proper North America release, with menus and text in English…and it didn’t manage to recapture the fan base excitement of previous installments [probably because it didn’t add an enormous amount of new content, and still more they’d planned on adding, did not make it in]…A few years later, the main creator behind the series died…and everybody thought Fire Pro Wrestling was totally over, for good…

This is a Japanese series…only released in Japan…With the first three installments that I purchased [G, D and Z], I had to download and print out a books worth of translations put together by the very dedicated North American fan base…

…So…this is a game community, with a level of dedication and love…that you just don’t encounter, with most games…

I’m aware of the Fire Pro Wrestling R release, on the PlayStation 3 network, three or four years back…to gage interest in the game…I didn’t bother purchasing it, because I couldn’t gather that anything of substance had been changed from the original…and I didn’t want to start from scratch, in recreating my own roster of private characters…just to play in the exact same game…

…But then…when I’d spent years believing that we’d never see another game in this series…and after the community enduring false stories about a new FPW game in development, created and spread by a member of the community…after I’d written this series off as totally done…I’d found out, that a new installment had been created and released, entirely without my knowledge…And there it was, on Steam…for something like $30…

After spending an hour or two verifying that it wasn’t a simple rehash of R…this became an instantaneous, “no more questions asked” purchase for me.

I guess they still have to work out some bugs [I’ve not encountered myself, yet]…but, this is an amazing game!

…And it’s also the first time an FPW game exists…which can have easy expansions added, from the developer…It’s even being unofficially modded, by some players…Because it’s finally made it [or returned, technically] to the PC platform…when it was almost entirely a game for game consoles…

…So…this is, potentially, a “living” game…which can evolve…maybe get new game modes…

It can already create a limitless sized roster…with limitless number of groups and stables…limitless number of rings, with graphics you can import into the game…And it’s all tied into the Steam Workshop…so, the amount of downloadable content is staggering…and the ease of sharing your own content…Well…Let’s just say, I intend on sharing a project or two of my own, when I get them completed…Which isn’t something I typically do with the games I play…because my video game creations [IE: Mods] aren’t usually all that great.

I just wish I could openly talk about those projects here, without getting too reckless with my security…But, I’m afraid they’ll be very unique and somewhat obscure…

I’m not really doing this game justice, without describing it…but, I think these videos do a good job of that…And the basis of this post has been stagnating for six months, as I keep putting off writing something for it…even while I want to release the post…

At times…I’ve described FPW as “the world of pro wrestling, on a game disk”…It has a massive amount of moves and holds…an artificial intelligence editor, which is insane in depth…Every style of pro wrestling [power, technical, giant, Mexican, heel, Japan, and a number of others] and fighting [including MMA and kick boxing] is represented in this game…And the game mimics pro wrestling, as a simulator…It’s not some brainless, arcade like game, with the shallow aim of hitting your opponent till they run out of energy…There’s deep strategy behind this game.

I’m leaving it there…

…I don’t normally talk about this type of thing, because…well…it’s the world of “pro wrestling”…which is largely in an embarrassing state, these days…

…And it’s always been really dorky, at any rate…But I was once a tween, who fell in love with it…and stuck with it, into my twenties…

…I adore the Fire Pro Wrestling series…It’s the pinnacle of what is possible, with this type of game genre.

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