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Weird Video Wednesday: I’m Han Solo, Solo

Celebrate the release of the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, by reliving classic Star Wars moments with Kinect Star Wars! Set phasers to “sizzle” for this strut down memory lane! Bring your best moves and test them against the might of the Empire in a Galactic Dance-Off!

I’m morbidly fascinated by this. The same goes for the other pop song conversions used in Kinect Star Wars: Princess in a Battle (Christina Aguilera’s Genie in a Bottle), Empire Today (Village People’s YMCA), Hologram Girl (Gwen Stefani’s Holla Back Girl), Kashyyyk (Jamiroquai’s Canned Heat). But I’m Han Solo, aka Ridin’ Solo by Jason Derulo, takes the awkward-funny prize.

That’s all I have to say. This stands alone. Kinect Star Wars, along with Angry Birds Star Wars, was one of the final Star Wars licenced games released by LucasArts before the Disney buyout. And if those two titles don’t signal the demise or something or other, I don’t know what does.

For this Wednesday’s Weird Video, all credit goes to Lewis Packwood (aka Lucius P. Merriweather) over at A Most Agreeable Pastime. His article on Kotaku which ranks almost every Star Wars game ever released on PC or console was most impressive, not to mention informative. I don’t know how I was able to avoid knowledge of Kinect Star Wars for so long, since the internet went nuts about it back when it came out, but somehow it passed me by. And if it passed me by, there must be others out there who have been kept in the dark for too long!!

Now if you’ll excuse me… I’m so happy the carbonite is gone / I’m movin’ on /I’m so happy that it’s over now / The pain is gone…

Looking Forward, 2016: Sony Always Wins

On this blog (and in life) I’ve resisted gaming on modern consoles. Until now the Wii has been my limit, my only concession to contemporary gaming. But I’ve noticed that I’m slowly running out of games on the previous-generation platforms I own. Those wells aren’t completely dry yet, of course! (I’m currently writing another post detailing just some of the many unplayed games in my backlog.) Still, it is increasingly rare for me to purchase a PS2 or Wii game in a shop, as I now own the majority of games that appeal to me!

Honestly, writing this all out paints a rather tragic picture, but really nothing could be further from the truth. Once I’d settled on “upgrading” to more recent hardware, the situation became less “Disaster: Day of Crisis”, and more “Endless Ocean”. After all, there’s nothing a nerd like myself enjoys more than fussing at length over the tiniest, stupidest, least significant details. Continue reading

Weird Video Wednesday: Chad Warden in da house

He goes by many names: Big Papi, C Wizzy, Chadbaby…

But most know him simply as Chad Warden. ‘Sup bitches. It’s easy to see why Chad Warden was a viral hit back in the early days of the Wii/360/PS3 generation. Hindsight is everything, but at the time I genuinely believed C Wizzy was legit. There was so much hysteria on the internet around the then-new consoles, especially the Wii, that his views didn’t seem so outlandish. His video caused an utter firestorm of hate online, drawing response video after response video shouting Warden down. It wasn’t the racism, the misogyny or the homophobia that caused the outrage, but his views on the new generation of consoles. Over time however, the fact that Warden was a joke became increasingly apparent – especially once decidedly un-gangsta video footage surfaced of C Wizzy sitting and laughing with friends in a sushi restaurant. It took some time, but people were finally able to truly appreciate the genius of Warden’s trolling.

Best of all is that there are still parodies of Chad Warden’s original vids being made to this day, with people still getting fresh mileage out of this young comic genius (who in reality appears to be a mild-mannered, well adjusted young man). There are too many hilarious vids to post them all here, but please, do check out these links to CW on Chatroulette, CW sings/raps “Sony Always Wins”, CW reviews Shovel Knight, CW responds to Super Saiyan kid, CW in Full Metal Jacket, a full twenty minute episode of In the House starring none other than CW… it goes on and on and on. And, somehow, Chad Warden’s concepts of ABAP (As Baller As Possible), PS Triple, and his deconstruction of the Xbox 360 – “we ain’t trying to do geometry, we trying to play some games” – and its popular titles like “Gaylo” and “Tears of War”, remain some of the best and most memorable gaming criticism to date.

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