Time and Time Again : the game we made at Puerto Rico Gamejam

I don't have a lot of time to break down the wonderful experience it was to participate in my first ever Game Jam.  But I can start showing you the work Frank Delgado and  Frankie Pagan of Coffee Bean Studios, Fabian Ramirez,  myself and 2 other guys whose names escape me (I'm bad at names, I'll update when I finally get them.)
From left to right Franky Pagan working the music, Frank Delgado working graphics, Yours Truly staring vacantly at the distance, and... uh... Steve?
My Brother Fabian, who designed a lot of vehicles for the game which where eventually where worked in as  Background elements.

But in the meantime, and I meant to upload the game to Itch.io today, but I left it at home, here's some screens to tide you over.

Seen here, Aliens, Dinosaurs and UFOS in Mars. You can't prove there wont be dinosaurs in Mars someday!

The game is about a UFO riding little dude who is traveling through time, blasting aliens. Due to time crunch and not being able to figure out  GMK's joystick features in time, we left a loooot of stuff on the cutting room floor, including a second playable character and coop.

That's right, we left out the female character. Mary Sue probably thinks it's a sign that the industry is misogynist.

Scolding Review: Run, Wonder Princess AKA Korean Bootleg Wonder Woman Part 2

DC replied to my challenge last time, sending me this link as well as a bag of dicks for me to eat. Well played.
In our last episode of Run Wonder Princess, the Bootleg adaptation of Wonder Woman where she's a Princess from  Space rather than an immortal amazon, Princess Wonder Woman fought Nick Fury, who was a zombie robot created by Dr Willy to capture Steve Trevor, but she was sadly defeated by a Dragonzord. I'm mostly not making that up.

Wonder Princess  recieved a vision or memory or something from what I'm guessing is her father, King Hyppolita.  If he's not telling her to never give up, then I'm a monkey's uncle.

Remember the scent of mother...ther...ther...

But they're already gone by the time she awakes. They are being held by Willy in his cave fortress, which she knows not the location of. How will they get out of this one? Well, as they are being escorted, Steve flat out punches a motherfucker in the mouth, and runs away. He Hijacks  a Hot Dog ship as their full assault comences..
However, Wondy is ready with her UFO, and she joins the battle. It's actually as sweet as when we first saw it in the intro, except on no longer IN SPAAAAACE.
Steve, who was flying in formation with the bad guys, starts team killing them.

With the evil army destroyed, it's time to take on the final shell shock. They infiltrate Willy's base, and isn't too long before they run into the two remaining zombie robots. One of them is armed with two laser shooting swords, and the other armed with a prehensile mace flails and gun shield. It's a SHIELD that SHOOTS MANY GUNS. Like, Fuck FInal Fantasy and it's gunblades. THIS is the real combo, right here.

So it's a pretty good fight, with some good moments. I mean, this is a bootleg, it doesn't look as good as anything from DBZ or Naruto, but this is Wonder Woman being caught by a flail in mid air, getting pulled down on the ground, then being shot by a shield as she falls, with her blocking the shots with her bracelets, and then kicking the guy. It's not Lion and the King, either.

To finally finish it all, He throws the gun shield at Wondy, Captain America style, except it keeps going after her and it's filled with spikes. She uses her lasso (SHE HAS IT!) to redirect it right into the  robot guy, killing him. The other guy shoots swords(SHOOTS MOTHER FUCKING SWORDS) at her, but she blocks it with the shield. He then runs away, but she throws the shield at him as he runs and kills him.

Meanwhile Steven "Universe" Trevor runs into a horde of robots. They're a head  away from being that robot from "The Flying House". It's a japanese show about time traveling christian children. Uh...anyway, Wonder Woman then throws her tiara at them, killing most of them. You see, this is a show about people who did like Wonder Woman and knew about the stuff she did.The rest she melts with the laser that comes out of her tiara. Uh...well, that's...not very Wonder Womany as far as I know, but it's...cool.
Heavy is the head that wears the lazors.

Steve tries to strike out on his own and rescue grampa, but he's not strong enough and Lady Wonder has to do it. Come on, movie, haven't we emasculated this guy enough? He's trying to save his whatever, give him at least THAT.

Willy and Sun ride the Dragonzord in the last battle scene. It's a pretty amazing scene. There's fire everywhere.  Wonder Woman hangs on to the dragon's mouth, but  Willy shoots her in the belt, knocking her, AND the belt down. She tries to reach it, but he gets it first. Then when he tries to leave with it , Steve struggles with him and takes away the belt, throwing it back to her. She, finishes off the dragon with a toss of her tiara, and it explodes and sends Willy flying off into an area sorrounded by fire.
Hi guys, I know I was dead a few minutes ago, but I´m going to look at this for a bit, okay?
I'm pretty sure the following conversation goes on:

Grampa: Good. That asshole's gonna be nice and roasty.
Wondy: No! I have to save his asshole. It's what a real hero would do.

She goes on to I guess try to save him, but he's an adamant villainous jerk, till the end, so he burns to death. And for the record, Wondy, you could have flown right over the fire and picked him up against his will. Come on. You flew earlier. Come on. From the dialogue's tone, I'm going to guess he's maybe related to her somehow? Like maybe a niece or something?  I don't know. Maybe I'm thinking about this a little too much. I don't know Korean.
Anyway, immediately we see Wonder Woman's Saucer leave Earth, as her theme  plays us out.

Goodbye, Wikus. I'll come back in 10 years!

So, what do you think I'm gonna say? "Wonder Woman's not an ALIEN, how stewpeed!"
No, here's what's REALLY Stupid. Wonder Woman has 3 movies to her as of 2015. The pretty awesome 2011 animated movie, the pretty piss poor TV movie, and this, and THIS is the second best one. For comparison, by 2015,  Batman has  SEVEN, Superman has 6, Captain America has Four, Spider-Man has Five, and the Fantastic Four have...Four. Of course, I generously discounted all animated films because...I'm nice like that.

And yet we constantly heard for years from the owners of the source material that this was way hard and that they're really for reals trying to get it right, even as they prepare to launch 2 Batman movies. There is hunger enough for the material that even foreign bootleggers know that she talks to animals, what the fuck where you dawddling for?  Just about everyone has a a good version of this except for Warner, it seems.

This movie's probably not "good" in the traditional understanding. And while it plays it fast and loose with the source, it's recognizable as a Wonder Woman story, and that's gonna be a bit scarce until Gal Gadot finally stops  playing referee to Superman and Batman's grit wrestling match. See you then!

Not Marvel Baby! 5 Marvel fighting games Capcom didn't work on

If you ask people their favorite fighting games, usually they'll name a Capcom one. They've owned the genre since 1991. They've made several series, but none more superheroey than The Marvel vs Capcom series. A 7 game spanning series (I'm being charitable letting Marvel vs Street fighter, but fuck UMVC3 being a whole entry.) IT is considered among the finest superhero fighting games, and overall king amongst brawlers.

Unsurprisingly, the Marvel License goes around, so others did tried their hand at making the residents of the house of ideas fight. Let's see the results.

Marvel Comic´s Avengers in Galactic Storm

 For a time, there, Data East, of Double Dragon fame, had the Marvel License. They where mostly smart and kept to their area of expertise by making Double Dragon knock offs.

But at some point they got it into themselves to make a 1 on 1 fighting game. And so they made Marvel Comic's Avengers in Galactic Storm, based on the current storyline at the time where the Avengers got into a fight with the Kree.

Now, I'm all about taking up obscure and unused characters in this type of situations, but this game's biggest mistake might have been it's cast. For kids weaned on a series that had Wolverine and Spider-Man, big cartoon stars at the time, Thor substitute Thunderstrike fighting Dr Minerva while Iron-Man occasionally did a drive by was not exactly setting the roof on fire.

Also, the graphics were...prerendered cg. All the bad of mid 90s 3d graphics, crammed into all the bad of mid 90s sprite work.

Marvel Nemesis

During the time between Marvel vs Capcom 2 and Marvel vs Capcom 3, EA got the license for a while. And they got an ambitious idea: to launch a new set of heroes on the back of a Marvel crossover, on a fully realized free movement Powerstone style fighting game.

But it's not how far your goals are, but how good you are at getting there. Sadly, EA failed at making the game fullfill the lofty promises of it's premise. Maybe it's because it's new characters where...not that great. Or maybe it was the gameplay, which failed to have that "Superbattle between heroes" feeling they where going for.

Whatever it was, EA just couldn't cut it.

Unnamed Marvel fighting game from EA.

 But why do we fall? So we can stagger for a bit and then fall again! EA tried again to raise a game from the bones of Marvel Nemesis, this time ditching it's original characters. Early footage looked pretty good, but the game got canned, so what are we gonna do.

On the games, the game was gonna correct the horrendous snobbing of Hulk in Marvel Nemesis.

Activision's Mutant Academy series

 Activision had the rights to X-Men in the late 90s. And having learned it's lesson from the Capcom games, it opened the doors to X-Men: Mutant Academy shortly after 2000's X-Men movie. It even had costumes from it!

Over time they released a sequel, a Game Boy Advance iteration, and a third game called X-Men: The Next Dimension. I've only played that last one, as a way to cure my X-Men Fever after X2. It...was not so great. It's got interesting ideas and characters, but they're done in such a halfhearted manner, that all the Playable-For-The-First-Time Lady Deathstrikes in the world couldn't save it.

There was also this.

And every possible assumption you could have about it is true.

                     The M.U.G.E.N. stuff

Over time, several fans with more sprite editing expertise than knowledge of copyright laws have edited existing characters into new-ish characters for the M.U.G.E.N. fighting engine. So one day the Heroes/Char Thieves at M.U.G.E.N. Eternity picked many of these efforts along with some work of their own and cobbled them together into a package they called Super Marvel vs Capcom: Eternity of Heroes.

It's probably at it's best if you're largely unaware of M.U.G.E.N. I've played it and I just can't look past the fact. When you've been in there, you can feel the sprites haunt you. You can totally look at Symbiote Onslaught and go "Fuck, that's just Onslaught with a little dressing. And look, that's the Silver Surfer some guy started but never finished"

And while it's nice that you can play as Arthur and Captain Mar-Vell simultaneusly against Balrog and Centaur Man, it always feels like this characters came from completely different games, in part because they totally did do that.


There's other Marvel M.U.G.E.N. projects bouncing around, including Scruffy Dragon's Decade + effort to make a Marvel vs DC game. That one I followed for a long time, with the hopes I'd be able to make a rocking Black Manta and Mary Marvel for it. He. Didn't quite pan out.


Overall, while there have been sincere efforts to bring Marvel to fighting games, overall Capcom is still the reigning champ. But that's not to say we can't take another stab at it. I heard the Unreal Engine is free, now. 

And Capcom, meanwhile, well...that's another story...

Johnny Fuckin' Test is fuckin' 10 years old.

Ten LESS years! Ten less years!

"Who's got a head of firey hair and a turbo charged backpack and has now lasted a decade?" Why, it's that shitty cartoon that lasted more than all the good cartoons, Johnny Test.

Now, there are shows out there that you could argue are bad and don't deserve to exist anymore. Many people think  for example, that The Simpsons ran it's course  back when Clinton was President, and everythign since then just hasn't been worth it.

This isn't that. This show has never, ever EVER been good enough to deserve even a second season. If it got cancelled right now NO ONE would demand for it to be brought back. We're not offended that it had a few good years and is now desperately trying to stretch those out. It's bad, and it always has been. It's been jumping sharks for longer that my nephew has been alive, and even he somehow got funnier after a couple of years.

Johnny Test is what it looks like when you get rewarded for putting the least amount of effort into something and then get rewarded with money.  Johnny Test is what happens when the strenght of men fails, and where power triumphs over love. Johnny Test is your enemy, and also the enemy of your enemy. Johnny Test is that kid from school who never cared about the work he put in, if he won the lottery. Johnny Test is so bad, I won't even give it the benefit of the doubt and watch it's newest episodes.  Johnny Test killed my baby! Johnny Test...was cancelled last year? Huh....

So, my working question for this post is: what's your favorite episode of Johnny Test, and what's your least favorite episode?

Trigger Warning: There is a new Strip Fighter game out

Ok, now you´re just fuckin´with me.

It was a few years ago, that I decided to create a month solely dedicated to the women that make our fighting games great. While the celebrations have not been as expansive as I'd hope, they HAD yielded some interesting results. 

For example, my write up on Super Strip Fighter IV is one of my most succesful posts, and I can't really figure out why. I mean, I guess nobody else ever went in-depth with  the game and maybe that's the reason? I know I reviewed it in part because of that. If I'd ran into at least 10 people who had written about the game, about the mechanics of it and such, it'd have been one thing. But I couldn't even get a move list, and it was already years old by that point.

And now, a few months ago, a new version of the game saw release. Ultra Strip Fighter IV Omeco Edition is a game that exists.

Boasting an expanded cast that includes cameos from other  StudioS(STILL UNGOOGLABLE, DUDES!) products, and expanded upon bad touch options, this might just be the best Strip Fighter game yet. Or uh...the worst, if you take fictional rape really seriously. I don't know. I'm not telling you what to like.

Or it might suck. The fact is, I'm not using MY computer nowadays, and the person who does own it may not be cool to run into a game with THIS kind of bullshit in it. I'll let it to your imagination whether such a person is a hot girlfriend, or my grammy.

Point is, I'm not making any promises, but if things pick up, or if I dare try, come next July we'll see if all our Yuki Ice Dick  dreams are about to come true. I will also try to give you a review of the OVA for Variable Geo, the cutey pattootie fighting game that ocassionally  also ends  with rape.

Sigh. The things I do for love.

Frequently Stupid Question: Why must my comment be moderated?

Yes, good question. I, personally, am not afraid of people straight up challenging my authority or expertise on any number of subjects. Shit, if you wanted to say I'm being a poopiehead jerk, then I'd let you write that.  Shit one time, these guys really wanted their picture of  a (redacted) doing (redacted) taken down. I don't care. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong.

But those weren't the comments I was getting. I was getting comments like this.

I want your comments. Your REAL comments. Not some fucking plugs to virus sites.

Oh. OK.

Equipo Drawnder wants YOU (to join him in PRGamejam)

El Sabor de una nueva generacion!

Now, I've peripherally, telescopically participated in a handful of  Gamejams already.  I'm no stranger to danger. But on September 10, on my own island, ON MY OWN HOMETOWN, there's a Gamejam. And I already signed in, because I know that feeling of kicking yourself for not participating on an event clearly built for you.

The PR Gamejam  takes place in Bayamon Puerto Rico, and I already got MY ticket, my Yoyo Gamemaker "Demo" and some backup ideas. Now all I need is you.  You don't HAVE to know code or anything. If you're a creative person who thinks they can come up with something, I want you on my team. If you can somehow produce music, maybe in FL Studio, I want you on my team. If you can create art and animation, I want you on my team. And fuck it, if you can do code or use Yoyo Game Maker, I want you on the team. Why wouldn't I want you on the team?

So if you're in Puerto Rico(or are some kind of Gamejam game chaser who would travel to an island currently facing a drought just to show us up at videogames) I want you on Team Drawnder.

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