Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

The Local Halloween Scene

October 31st, 2013

halloween-scaryThere’s not a lot that goes on around here on Halloween, it’s become so sanitized that most people just don’t bother.  Kids get to trick-or-treat down Main Street between 3-5pm, receiving safe pre-packaged and pre-inspected candy from shopkeepers who have been properly vetted by the police.  Hardly anyone really goes door-to-door anymore and therefore, most people don’t really decorate for Halloween.  There was a time when people really got into it and built Haunted Houses in their front yards with the goal of scaring the hell out of anyone who went through.  Today, people have to have permits and insurance and can’t actually be too scary or they might get sued by overprotective parents.  It used to be fun.  Now it’s not.

Building a Better World Part 7: Gotta Get Back In Time

October 30th, 2013

time_travelI hate time travel in science fiction stories, I really do, but apparently, lots of people like it.  I initially started off having no time travel available at all, but people started suggesting the Star Trek method, slingshotting around the sun and all that nonsense.  I resisted, saying it doesn’t work that way, but over time, especially after I introduced fold drive, I could no longer deny people going back in time.

Therefore, that’s what I’ll look at in this edition of Building a Better World Part 7.

Support the Genre!

October 26th, 2013

board-gamesThis is a concept that I come across from time to time, it seems to be wide-spread and common, yet it is one that I disagree with for a lot of reasons.  For instance, recently I saw someone on a MMORPG forum saying that people ought to pay money for the MMOs that they play because they have to “support the genre”.  In another case, someone suggested that people should fund as many Kickstarter boardgame projects as they can in order to “support the genre”.  I’ve talked about Kickstarter and my problems with it before. However, as I said, I have a major issue with this concept and this issue goes back many, many years.  We should not be supporting a genre, just to support a genre, we should be supporting quality products.

Review: Gatchaman Crowds (2013)

October 25th, 2013

Gatchaman CrowdsWhen I first heard about Gatchaman Crowds, I had no idea what to expect.  Certainly, the word “Gatchaman” evokes thoughts of the classic 1972 Tatsunoko series Space Ninja Team Gatchaman, brought to the U.S. variously as Battle of the Planets and G-Force, but from the earliest reports I heard, it had nothing to do with that.  It was only 12 episodes so I figured I’d give it a shot and I must say, the earliest reports were wrong.

Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.