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  1. REMINDER: 6 days now remain to get requests in for Sonic Musical Spectacular 4! Use your requests to get a SSMB badge, and a place in this year's celebration video!

  2. While I'm playing through the Master Chief Collection, I want something else to play while taking breaks between campaigns, what game should it be?

    -Days Gone

    -Devil May Cry

    -God of War 3

    -Shenmue 1/2

    -Shadow of the Colossus (2018) 

    1. Menace2Society


      God of War 3 is the only game you listed out of the 5 (6?) that I’ve actually played, so I’m just gonna have to go with that by default.

    2. KHCast


      Definitely not Days Gone. That things boring af imo

    3. PublicEnemy1


      Shadow of the Colossus is a masterpiece.

    4. Crow the BOOLET
  3. Starting Halo for the first time.

    1. Polkadi~☆


      Only now? I’ll be.

      To be fair, you’re a Playstation guy, and so am I. Still, like most people, I had an Xbox 360 and played Halo.

    2. Ryannumber1gamer


      I've finished 5, at least. I got it as a Christmas present along with the Xbox One a few years back. That said, it was pretty meh IMO. I've heard the original games are better at least.

    3. Menace2Society


      The Bungie Halo games are the best ones, especially 3 and Reach. Definitely play those as soon as you can.

  4. *Insert game here* now including new "Funky" Mode.

    1. KHCast


      Sounds funky

    2. Mad Convoy

      Mad Convoy

      An additional mode in Jet Set Radio where you actually get to look at the funk?

      Color me ecstatic.

    3. Perkilator
  5. Am I the only one kind of surprised we got a meh Super Monkey Ball wii game remastered onto modern consoles before Unleashed or Generations?

    Keep in mind - I wanted to see a properly new SMB game too, but it's weird as hell that it was a remastered wii game, and not a new title.

    1. Menace2Society


      I’m pretty sure most people are surprised by it, considering there was no demand for it at all.

      I honestly don’t expect Generations to get a remaster, though because from what I heard, Sega straight up lost the source code for it. How embarrassing, lol.

    2. Strickerx5


      ...please don’t fucking remind me...

    3. Thigolf


      SEGA is covering the Sonic market with actual new releases, while giving their smaller IPs remasters and small scale games to cater to different, more niche audiences too and get money from there, instead of allocating their funds all to Sonic and covering only that audience.


    4. Celestia


      An Unleashed port would require them to un-disown the game, which...yeah, I'd like to see it but that seems unlikely. Even with a good chunk of fans asking for it.

      I am a little surprised Colours and Gens haven't gotten ports though.

    5. Strickerx5


      @Celestia The weird thing is they pretty much already have. They went through the whole ordeal of getting it backwards compatible with the one and even sent out codes for that release.

      They own it when they want to basically.

  6. Went from 3rd to 7th and stuck there because I got crushed by literally nothing at a random point of the map. 

    Is it any fucking wonder why I hate CTR's online?

  7. I had two matches where in the first match, I got six warp balls placed on me at once, literally glitching out the targeting icon. Then it happened again with four of them on me at once.
  8. Surprise Mechanics

    1. Dejimon11


      It’s been almost a month and I’m still in suspension of disbelief that they said that. They are so screwed. 

  9. Megamind is one of Dreamworks' best movies. 

    "WARMING UP?! The sun needs to warm up?!" 

    1. KHCast


      Is it the Frozen of Dreamworks?

    2. Polkadi~☆


      “What does the ‘T’ stand for?”


      “‘Tighten’? What’s that supposed to mean?”

      “It was the only name I could trademark.”

    3. Ryannumber1gamer


      “And this one is for Space Step-Mom! You LIED to her!”

    4. SupahBerry


      Could give it another look.


      When I first saw the trailers, the biggest thought is how Megamind looked "lazily" similar to the villian from Monsters Vs Aliens.


      But the similarities end there, I soon came to realize. Even their films are like night and day.

    5. Menace2Society


      Damn, I haven’t seen that film in years. Should see it again at some point.

    6. Dr. Detective Mike

      Dr. Detective Mike

      Megamind is fantastic. Definitely Top 3 for me as far as Dreamworks goes. Not sure where in the Top 3 but it's definitely in that range.

      That PRESENTATION scene will always be the light that shines through the darkness for me. 

    7. Ryannumber1gamer


      The failure Megamind suffered in the box office is a travesty tbh. 

    8. Dr. Detective Mike

      Dr. Detective Mike

      It released the same year as the first Despicable Me and they were only a few months apart, with Despicable Me coming out first and having a similar sounding premise despite being a wholly inferior movie. 

      I mean it's such a shame. It didn't bomb or anything but Megamind certainly deserved better than what it got. 

    9. Menace2Society


      I’m just grateful a TV Show isn’t on Dreamwork’s radar, lol.

  10. Personally, I'm just happy that they understood Dick Grayson never had a interest in Barbara Gordon whatsoever and instead he always had a fling with Harley Quinn. Because that's always been a thing and wasn't needlessly added for no reason whatsoever. ------------------------------ So, on another note - and I want to contextualise this by fully admitting - I'm biased as all hell here. The original Zombie Island is legitimately one of the few films I can remember watching a lot as a child, along with Tim Burton's Batman, Raimi's Spider-Man, Cyber Chase, and among others, but I used to watch Zombie Island non-stop as a kid. That's why I rewatched it tonight for the first time in what must be at least five years at this point, because the last time I saw it was during a SSMB animation stream years ago. But if you would indulge me, I would like to explain why I feel like Zombie Island was such a unique film. I think the important thing to understand with the original Zombie Island is that not only was it a series definer, but it was a gamble as well. Scooby Doo, by the point this film released was dead for six years, and his popularity had long since worn out. After so many years of running the same plotline and formula over and over again, and trying publicity stunts to revitalise the series, it was dead. That was until Zombie Island was pitched. The interesting history of Zombie Island is it started life as a SWAT Kats episode concept, which is why there's so many cat elements in the movie, as well as having a lot more violence than your standard Scooby story, but when the plans fell threw, the story was remade into the pre-existing Zombie Island. Instead of changing the SWAT Kats aspects, they seemed to run with it fully, allowing it to make way to a new story for the movie. There's so many aspects that tie into what makes this movie into such a unique one. The atmosphere this time around is legitimately dark, and tense, with a sense of unease. The animation is much slicker, having been handed out to a Japanese studio this time around, the shading, lighting, and all-around art style underwent a massive twist, having much more detail and consideration placed into it, and this causes two huge advantages in two areas - it allows the atmosphere to be set incredibly well, and it allows for the expressions to get really detailed, like seeing the eye-colour of Shaggy and Scooby on several closeups, including when they're absolutely terrified. The story has tons of twists and actually feels like a properly mystery for once, why are the zombies arising? What is up with this island? Why does Moonscar's ship pieces appear as parts of the house, etc. I love how it hides hints to the actual happenings of the mystery behind cliched Scooby jokes. The best example - a zombie handing Shaggy a rope to save Scooby from quicksand. On first watch, it's a good gag, it's a classic Scooby gag, the monsters doing something friendly, which causes Shaggy and Scooby to run off terrified when they realise who did it for them. But here, it's a critical clue towards the true nature of the zombies. It's the same for things like the villains' hatred of Scooby - on the first glance, it appears to be a general dislike against dogs, on second watch, it's a massive hint towards the fact that Lena and Semone are apart of the cat-cult that's been draining the life-force of people for centuries. Even the villains have so much more effort put into them this time. It's not a simple situation of scaring the kids off for some greedy purpose, it is filled completely with grey mortality and drawing the lines between good and bad. Morgan Moonscar is a villain, he killed tons of innocent people for no reason as he looted and pillaged as much as he pleased, but he and his crew also spent 200 years as undead, restless zombies who dedicate themselves to trying to warn others, as if to earn redemption for their past crimes. Lena and Semone appear to be sympathetic because they were once innocent and peaceful people, until they were forced to watch the murder of their own townspeople at the hands of Morgan Moonscar, which drove them into a fury of revenge until they became cursed to do the exact same thing that Moonscar did before - hunting down innocent people and killing them for their own selfish purposes. The villains this time around feel not only threatening, but hard to completely call total evil as well. It's hard to call the villains completely evil, it's hard to call the victims completely innocent, it's a very interesting change of pace. There's also just the general story stuff, I just love how much it subverts, plays around with and twists so many Scooby cliches, and previous series. The gang are older, and have gotten bored of the same formula of a bad guy in a mask, reflecting the staleness that had been gathering around the franchise for the better part of a decade or two by that stage, the gang was split up for years, reflecting the long hiatus, and now in this movie, they're in a movie that's far darker than the usual Scooby affair, with actual danger, death, and consequences for what they do. It isn't just a simple mystery to solve, we see death on screen, and pretty brutal death at that, given we see the zombies, and cat creatures literally melt into dust. The movie starts out with Velma and Daphne nearly getting thrown off a cliff edge, and Fred receiving a brutal swipe to his back from a monster, and hell - as I said earlier - we literally see Shaggy and Scooby hunted down by one of the cat creatures later in the film for little purpose than trying to kill the both of them. The movie seriously gets dark at points, especially in the climax where we get lovely images of the gang nearly being melted alive due to their voodoo dolls being thrown next to a torch - or Scooby and Shaggy literally getting the life drained out of them barely being saved in time. But all that said, I think the best aspect is how well it balances all the tones out. Call it a bit random, but I think I would most compare it to the Samurai Jack revival more than anything else. Obviously Zombie Island didn't get to that level of adult tones, with suicide, blood, and what have you, but both weren't afraid to allow the characters to grow up and tackle more tense subjects. It doesn't use the chance of darker material to just go full-blown with it, but rather uses it to it's full advantage to keep what made the original series so beloved, but evolve it into something smarter. Zombie Island keeps a lot of the gags from the original series, you've got Scooby's running gag of not realising he is in fact a dog, you've got the food gags, the chase scenes, etc, but there's all a dry wit to it this time around. It always feels like there's a winking nudge that points out some of the ridiculous aspects of the series. You've got the monster in the beginning of the movie not playing along with the usual door-chase that's present in Scooby material, you've got a lot of jokes pointing out how corny Fred is, you've got some more sarcastic humour, a ton of good visual humour, as well as just some really funny slapstick at points as well. That's the key thing I really like about this film, it holds what worked well with the original series, evolves the series into something a bit more serious, and darker, breaks up the formula, all while keeping the spirit of the show in-tact. There's a reason the original Zombie Island basically resurrected Scooby Doo into the still-going media giant that he is to date. It's also a big reason why this film is almost definitely going to suck if the trailer is any indication. It feels like the complete opposite of what the original stood for. The original film stood for a breaking of the formula, an evolution of everything that came before it, keeping the spirit alive while deciding to take the darker themes up a notch and to aim for an all-around audience. The original Zombie Island represents a massive risk that revamped everything to revitalise the series for a new generation, this sequel so far seems to represent just taking everything Zombie Island did and revert it back to your standard boring Scooby affair. The darker animation and atmosphere is gone, the tense setting is gone, the relatable villains seem to be gone, and the sense of actual danger seems to be gone. One film had the gang being chased through a dangerous swamp, running for their lives against an actual dangerous threat, while this one has Fred turning the mystery machine into a monster truck and driving up a massive ramp over a house. I think that says it all really.
  11. A reminder of how much good the OST in these movies were for a few years.

    1. Tara
    2. Ryannumber1gamer


      ~...Earth, wind, fire and air...~

    3. Tara


      The Hex Girls were honestly amazing and everything about them was a stroke of genius.

    4. Ryannumber1gamer


      The Hex Girls were my favourite recurring characters in the series, and it's a bit of a shame they haven't been seen since Mystery Inc.

      Although nothing ever matched their animation in Witches' Ghost. I saw their Legend of the Vampire animation for the first time in years tonight and I was kind of shocked how off they looked. 

  12. Adding onto this, this seems to be Warner's new plan for movies, taking older Scooby properties, making a half-hearted sequel to them, and banking on nostalgia. The last movie did the exact same thing (Curse of the 13th Ghost), which was meant to be the long awaited conclusion to one of the few Scooby shows with a legit story arc over the whole show (The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo). Not only did the 13 Ghosts also have a small bank on the "real ghosts" idea before Zombie Island did it, but it's also notorious for ruining the premise of the series. Basically, where the original show was based on Scooby and co tracking down 13 of the strongest and most real ghosts ever, the conclusion movie literally chocked it up to the usual guy in a mask trying to get something or other as the 13th Ghost. This is further screwed by Velma claiming that the other 12 ghosts were hallucinations, and basically invalidating the show premise. That's a big reason a lot of people have concerns over this as well. They're half-expecting them to fart out some kind of insane explanation that somehow reverts the real zombies, the were-cats, or even the cat-god from the original movie into being your typical Scooby affair where the bad guys were guys in a mask this whole time.

    6 days are now remaining until request submissions close for Sonic Musical Spectacular 4. Be sure to get them in for the SMS4 SSMB award and a place in this year's celebration video!

  14. Honestly, Return to Zombie Island looks awful, but I really hope it might mean we'll get the original Zombie Island remastered to HD.

    1. Boomer


      I saw someone point out that the zombies in the spa had human eyes whilst the other zombies had the same glowing eyes as in the original. Which gives me hope.

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