Sep 212014
 

You kids and your newfangled…

SAO Season 2 poster

As animation grows and innovates, what happens to the series we love today? Where will they be long after their airing? The Inverseman discusses tonight!

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Sep 072014
 

All aboard…

Smash Bros Wii U logo

With the clock ticking down to one of the most anticipated games of the year, Masahiro Sakurai gave some very interesting insights into his designs for Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U, and they’re not what one would usually expect from your average fighting gave designer. What’s his rationale? And what does the Inverseman think? Find out!

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Jul 132014
 

Fox only…. balance scales

Balance is an interesting thing in video games. “This game needs more balance,” “that’s over powered,” “this needs a nerf,” and so on are all things we’ve heard since the beginning of time. What goes into balance? And how do we figure it out? Let’s dive in. Continue reading »

Jun 202014
 

There’s a big trend going around about women in film — whether they are written too weak, too strong, too much like men, too much like stereotypical women. I personally think this is a great conversation to have, as the state of women in film (as well as other “minority” groups) in cinema demands this kind of attention.

Women in science fiction has always been an important part of the conversation, as it’s where we often see some of the most progressive (and regressive) portrayals of women. So when I saw the first two trailers of Guardians of the Galaxy, what struck me the most was the speaking. Every character gets a line but female Guardian Gamora – even Groot, who can literally only say three words. It wasn’t until the 2nd UK trailer was released this week that we heard her speak at all.

This raises the question, what can we expect from Gamora in this movie? A sexy badass like all the others, or is Marvel keeping it a secret?

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy...Milano..Ph: Film Frame..?Marvel 2014

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Jun 062014
 

Monster movies, the really successful ones, don’t stick around for decades after just because of their special effects and enthralling (or hilarious) narratives, but because they represent a very specific fear. The Thing would not have been as horrifying had it not come off the heels of the AIDS epidemic, the figure of the vampire survived so long by preying on the traditional Victorian values of sexuality and morality. Godzilla is no exception as this monster has stayed in the mainstream consciousness for over half a century.

But despite the size of this massive creature’s reputation, have we, as a global audience, outgrown this reptilian nightmare?

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Apr 142014
 

Now if only we could have a week-long 24/7 Dragonball marathon

Shingeki no Kyojin cover promo

With so much hype among, well, everyone, Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) is slated to premiere on US airways on May 3rd at 11:30PM EST. It’s been a while since Toonami returned and now there’s a more recent killer hit. What are the prospects of the show and the block as a whole? The Inverseman investigates.

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