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Article 30 Incredible Calvin and Hobbes Mashups

By Chloe Cole / January 6, 2014
30 Amazing Calvin and Hobbes Mashups

Article Pretty Much Every Version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "Ruined" the Franchise

By Andrew Bridgman / April 1, 2014

  Pretty Much Every Version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ruined the Franchise

If you've been on the internet lately, odds are a few people were complaining about the latest incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - now brought to you by professional childhood-ruiner Michael Bay. It's your typical fare for a Michael Bay movie (note that he's only producing it) - lots of destruction, military presence, Megan Fox, the words "Michael Bay" appearing on screen sending a shudder down your spine, etc. It looks pretty dumb - but here's the catch: TMNT has ALWAYS been dumb. And dumb in a way that's meant to appeal to whatever generation of kids it's aiming for. This new version isn't ruining your childhood any more than pretty much every single previous version of TMNT. Let's take a look back...

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

After a long absence from the world of animation, TMNT returned in 2003. It was an attempt to bridge the gap between the original animated series and the comics that started it all - there were less terrible puns, more attempts at character development, and less goofy slapstick music.

Every Version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ruined Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Why It "Ruined" TMNT: After a few seasons, the show was completely retooled multiple times - one involving the turtles training to learn a bunch of mystical abilities in order to defeat some alternate version of Shredder, another that sent them 100 years into the future, and another that sent them back to the present day to battle a cybernetic version of Shredder. By the end, it was a mess of unintelligible abandoned plotlines and directionless virtual reality action. Also, the opening song was REALLY bad.



Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (1997)

Finally - a TMNT show that uses the creepy actors-covered-in-rubber aesthetic of the original films! This was a dream come true for kids everywhere who rushed home after school because organized sports was a terrifying prospect.

Why It "Ruined" TMNT: The big hook for The Next Mutation was the addition of a new turtle character - a sister for the core group, named Venus de Milo. Really, the group could totally stand to have another female voice beyond yellow-jumpsuit wearing reporters. Unfortunately, Venus de Milo looked like this:

  Every Version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ruined Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Yep. They straight up added turtle boobs, which is extremely creepy-looking. You know what the difference between male turtles and female turtles is? Hint: it's not human-esque shell-breasts (it has to do more with the position of the cloaca and the concavity of the shell). Venus was so poorly received that Peter Laird (co-creator of TMNT) will not allow her to ever be mentioned in TMNT again.

However, in the world of erotic fan art, Peter Laird has no power, and GOOD LUCK searching for TMNT stuff in Google Images without running into some seriously upsetting Venus de Milo pictures.

Article The Dorklyst: The 10 Greatest Hero & Villain Team-Ups In Videogame History

By Alexander Z. Rogers / July 10, 2013
The Dorklyst: The 10 Greatest Hero Villain TeamUps In Videogame History

Many classic videogames still boil down to a very basic formula: Good Guys + Bad Guys +/- a few princess = Conflict. In some games the actual reasons for the conflict (princess-related or otherwise) don't actually matter much – the most important relationship and interactions in the game are between our player and his or her antithesis. That's probably why, no matter how long the feud seems to drag on or how implausible it is that the villain survived his last defeat, game designers keep bringing back the devils we know – it just wouldn't feel like the same series without them. Now what happens when these naturally opposing forces find themselves on the same side in a fight against an even greater foe? Here are the 10 greatest hero and villain team-ups in videogame history…

(WARNING: Some spoilers about villains and heroes teaming up to follow)



10. Master Chief & The Arbiter (Halo 2 & 3)

The Dorklyst: The 10 Greatest Hero Villain TeamUps In Videogame History

Unlike many of the foes on this list, Master Chief never actually entered into combat directly with the Elite (or Sangheili, as they like to be called these days) that would become known as "The Arbiter". That's probably a good thing, as otherwise the prophets would have had to find another Arbiter. Other than a different pair of hands and the ability to cloak without a power-up, the Arbiter didn't play much differently from his former nemesis (both were also very good at killing Covenant and at getting human marines slaughtered just by their presence in combat). However, in the storyline, it would be the Elite Fleet (sounds way better than Sangheili fleet to me) that would prove the decisive factor in ending the war with a human victory. Just think how different it could have gone had the Prophet of Truth just decided to put off the Civil War until after humanity had been wiped out. Actually, Master Chief probably would still have just killed everybody, but he would have been able to kill a lot of Elites too, and they're a lot more fun to fight than Brutes. That's probably why he started doing that again in Halo 4.

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Article Satoru Iwata Explains the Nintendo 2DS

By Andrew Bridgman / August 30, 2013

Filed Under   nintendo   3ds   satoru iwata   2ds

Article 6 EPIC Celebrity Videogame Cosplays

By Andrew Bridgman / October 24, 2013

6 EPIC Celebrity Videogame Cosplays

 

Kate Upton as Selfie Girl (Grand Theft Auto V)

10 EPIC Videogame Cosplays

The Three Stooges co-star Kate Upton pulled off this epic cosplay of the selfie girl (featured in much of GTA V's advertising) in a spread for Sports Illustrated - and she did it months before the official art came out! She got all the details right, even down to her facial features! Only problem - messed up the bikini color and mistook a shell for a cell phone. Other than that - she "stole" the show!

Grade: B-

Filed Under   cosplay   celebrities   epic

Article The Most Incredible Fan Art from Twitch Plays Pokemon

By Chloe Cole / March 2, 2014

In the early hours of March 1st, 2014, Twitch Plays Pokemon came to an end. The thousands upon thousands of players had - over the course of nearly 400 hours - completed a single game of Pokemon. In the process, memes and religions and lore were birthed - and from that, fan art. So much fan art. So much incredible, brilliant fan art, all based around one of the weirdest and most compelling pieces of internet phenomena in recent memory (click here for a complete guide to the Generation 1 Twitch Plays Pokemon)

And we would like to remember the brilliant fan art created by sharing some of the best examples with you now. Enjoy!

 

The Most Beautiful Fan Art from Twitch Plays Pokemon

via TsaoShin

 

The Most Beautiful, Bewitching Twitchplays Pokemon Fan Art

via wolframclaws

 

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Article 4 Shows You Can Marathon To Fill the Breaking Bad-Sized Hole In Your Heart

By Andrew Bridgman / January 3, 2014

  4 Shows You Can Marathon To Fill the Breaking BadSized Hole In Your Heart

With no Breaking Bad to look forward to in 2014 (although the Better Call Saul spinoff might count), people are looking for another show to give them the same adrenaline rush that only the tragic tale of Walter White could provide. Luckily, we have some recommendations for shows you can watch that can almost fill the Breaking Bad-sized hole in your heart. 

 

1. The Shield

  4 Shows You Can Marathon To Fill the Breaking BadSized Hole In Your Heart

Similarities:

  • Morally-complex anti-hero protagonist with a shaved head who is a destructive force in the lives of everyone close to him

  • Good mix between nail-biting, tension-filled drama and comedy

  • SO MANY GREAT TWISTS

  • Also: DRUGS DRUGS DRUGS

  • Just the closest thing out there to Breaking Bad.

 

Differences:

  • Has a better ending. THAT'S RIGHT, THE ENDING IS BETTER.

  • Main character pretty much starts off in Evil-Walt mode instead of gradually moving there

  • Somehow gets darker than Breaking Bad ever got (and Breaking Bad had child-poisoning) - cats are strangled for no reason, there are brutal sexual assaults, and...the ending. Oh man, the ending.

Filed Under   TV   breaking bad   the shield   the sopranos

Article Toplist Results: The 15 Greatest Generation I Pokemon

By Andrew Bridgman / October 29, 2013

  Toplist Results: The 15 Greatest Generation I Pokemon

Internet, you did it - after over 2 million votes (and some passionate commenting), you ranked all 151 of the original generation 1 Pokemon. Some of the results were surprising, some were not - apparently no one likes poor Weedle or Kakuna, Moltres is the least popular legendary, and Magikarp is way more popular than Victreebell. But most importantly, your votes helped us whittle the original Pokedex down to the greatest 15. Here they are...

 

15. Snorlax

  Toplist Results: The 15 Greatest Generation I Pokemon

The Pokemon with the least healthy Body Mass Index is also one of your favorites, just barely edging out Venusaur to make this list. Was it his ability to block the normal flow of traffic? The fact that he would have literally slept forever if you didn't wake him up with a flute? Basically, Snorlax is what we all aspire for: sleep and eat all the time, and getting to take naps in the middle of busy intersections without suffering any consequence (except being captured by an overenthusiastic child).

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Article 10 Pokemon Who Have MUCH Cooler Names in Other Countries

By Jake Young / January 21, 2014
10 Pokemon Who Have MUCH Cooler Names in Other Countries

Filed Under   pokemon   german   geography   french

Article 7 Lines That Would Have Ended The Avengers Real Fast

By Andrew Bridgman / August 7, 2013



Filed Under   marvel   the avengers