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Comments | Posted by Marty | April 13th, 2014


Happy Sunday, everybody. It's a special day today; not only is the Rocket Hideout's update day, but today is also the biggest day on all wrestling fans' calendars- today is WrestleMania. For today's update, I thought it would be interesting, and prevelant, to talk to you about WrestleMania in a new Rocket Vlog. By the way, I'm not alone folks; my buddy, Tom has returned for another appearance to sit on the couch and chat with me about the big event. We run through what's in store for the event, who we think is gonna win, and who we think is going to lose. We didn't think we were going to run as long as it has, and we had other WrestleMania related subjects to talk about, but we found we ran out of space on the SD Card before we could talk about anything else. Tom and I hope we add a little to WrestleMania weekend by voicing our opinions and so on.

Rocket Vlog Discusses - Wrestlemania 30
With that being said, (spoiler) I think I mentioned on the video that I'm not sure whether I was going to watch the event or not. I know Tom's going to watch it, since he's going to be in my neck of the woods, watching the event at a bar. For me, though, I've decided I'm not going to watch it. I'm kind of heartbroken about that, because this year's WrestleMania is the thirtieth edition, but I'm so luke warm on WWE now that I really don't feel like forking out 17.95 (what's with such a specific price, by the way?) to watch it. Besides, I'm in training for the Dorridge Fun Run in June, and Monday is my long run day, where I run the whole 8 miles. I don't feel like staying up until 5am, oversleep and ruin my training routine, just to see wrestlers I don't like. It doesn't make much sense.

As I say that, though, I know millions of people around the world are really excited for the night's big event. I hope you have a great time watching it. I remember when I would stay up late at night when I was a kid, watching WrestleMania live on Sky Sports- those nights were some of the greatest times of my life. In fact, if I had the money, and the chance to go and see a WrestleMania live in the United States, I would do it. I would go just because it's WrestleMania, and to say I've been there. Many people watch WrestleMania because it's WrestleMania, and I can't blame you. WrestleMania is such a big deal; so big that it's been mentioned in many mediums- I remember The Super Mario Bros. movie, and TMNT II: The Secret of The Ooze both mention it.

For something that started life as an over-glorified "house event" (house events are usually non-televised shows) on closed circuit television in New York City at Madison Square Garden, Vince McMahon's concept has come such a long way that huge cities in North America campaign to host the show, like many cities in the States do for the Superbowl. To quote "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, that's the bottom line- WrestleMania is wrestling's Superbowl. It's as big as the Superbowl. People who don't watch the NFL will tune it to watch the Superbowl, just to see it, and the same can be said for WrestleMania. If you've never watched a WrestleMania, I certainly encourage you to. Even if you're not a wrestling fan, that's the one event that's always worth a watch. For those who do watch it, let us know your thoughts on it- if you liked it or not, and why. We'd love to hear from you!

I'll be back next week to present to you a very special update. Be sure to come back for it!

Comments | Posted by Marty | March 6th, 2014

A Tale of Adventure

Happy Sunday, everybody. Today marks the day that the clocks go forward an hour in the UK. If you're an Englishman or woman reading this, have you remembered to set your clock forward yet? If not, maybe you should do it after you've read today's article, which is all about Sonic Adventure!

The Road to Sonic Adventure
Well, to be more specific, it's all about the events leading up to Sonic Adventure's creation. Sonic Adventure is such a brilliant game, but it turns out that the story of its creation is just as good as the video game itself. There were a lot of twists and turns when it came to getting this game made, and the article details all of them. It has to be said though that this article couldn't have been written without the help of the a great book titled "The History of Sonic the Hedgehog."

The History of Sonic the Hedgehog book
This book covers the entire history of Sonic the Hedgehog, but also acts a pseudo history on Sega, too. The beginning of the book explains Sega's rise as an arcade company, to the Alex Kidd days, to the run up of creating Sonic the Hedgehog, and all the games that came along after the Hedgehog's awesome debut on the Sega Mega Drive. I suppose that it makes sense that Sega's history is covered here too; after all, Sega and Sonic go together hand in hand, considering Sonic is Sega's poster child. This book is filled with gigatons of information on all the games and all the characters. It also has lots of concept art, box art and even interviews with some of the most influential people to work on the Sonic the Hedgehog titles. My only regret is that I wish I had this book to hand when I wrote my "A Tribute to The World's Fastest, Bluest Rodent" article, because it would have been beefed up a lot more if I had this book. Seriously, this book seems to have so much more information on Sonic and his games than the internet does, from my experience. I suppose that only makes sense, considering this thing is an officially licensed book. If Sega are going to divulge everything about Sonic the Hedgehog, it'll be in this book.

These kind of books have become big business over the last few years. I bought Bel a similar book that covers everything about The Legend of Zelda, and I think there's a book in the same vein coming out covering the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Obviously, if you're a big fan of these franchises that get this kind of coffee table book treatment, don't think about it- just buy it. You might need to save up your pennies a little bit to get it, since the prices for these things can be jacked up, especially in nerd/comic book stores, but they're so worth it.

Comments | Posted by Marty March 30th, 2014

Prime's Time

Welcome back to the Rocket Blog. For today's update, I thought it would be interesting to put one of the most iconic characters in 80's fiction under the spotlight. We're talking about the one, and the only, Optimus Prime.

Optimus Prime's Greatest Hits and Misses
Optimus Prime can be quite a polarizing character, surprisingly. Many people love him, as he is a standing example of goodness and righteousness, while others despise him. They find him boring, because he's so perfect... but is he really so perfect? The reason I say that is because today's article is all about putting Optimus Prime's actions and decisions under the microscope to see if he's really as perfect as people say he is. I don't give an outright "perfect" or "stupid" grade one way or the other- that's for you to decide. I just sat down, looked at some shining examples of Prime's triumphs and trip ups and told it like it is, to help you make an educated decision on the matter.

So, what do you think? Is Optimus Prime the most awesome character ever to be made up? Is he perfect, and perhaps too perfect to be interesting? Or, do you think he's as good and complex of any of the other Transformers characters? Maybe you're just tired of him either way! Whatever your opinion on the matter is, let us know in the comments section of the article. We'd love to hear from you!

April's on the way, which mean Spring is almost here. What is also almost here is the first Sunday in April. We've got something awesome lined up for April 6th- yes, even more awesome than WrestleMania 30! What is it? Psh, you'll have to come back on the 6th to see what it is. 

Comments | Posted by Marty | March 23rd, 2014

Turtle Wars

We've been pretty video heavy at the Rocket Hideout recently, and this week is no different! Today marks the fourth consecutive week for a Rocket Vlog, and today it's all about the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles!

Rocket Vlog Compares - TMHT Tournament Fighters
For those who might not know, those heroes in the half shell had their own 16-bit (and 8-bit) Street Fighter-esque beat 'em up back in the day... but if you're a Rocket Hideout fan, you'll have known that already from reading the article I did about it, way back in 2012! I own both the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive versions, and I thought it would be interesting to review and compare them both in a video to find out which game is superior. I hope you have a good time watching the video, because I've got to say that I had a real great time filming this one! Comments - good and bad - are always welcomed. If there's something with these videos you think I could improve on, I wouldn't mind knowing.

We should be back to the regular written articles next week, provided that I don't suddenly have another idea for another Rocket Vlog and do another video. Bel wouldn't thank me for that, since they're very time consuming to edit into the end product that you find. Still, if you people want more videos, again just let us know!

Comments | Posted by Marty | March 16th, 2014

Amnesia Fortnight 2014

Happy Sunday!  As always, I'll start off with today's update: Part 2 of Marty and Tom's recap of the Robocop movies.  Now, this was a LONG video which I was forced to pretty much cut in half.  Hopefully I've left the good bits in.  Enjoy.

Rocket Vlog Reboot - The Robocop Theory Pt 2
Moving on, some of you crazy kids may have heard about this little company called Double Fine.  If so, you may have also heard of another little something named Amnesia Fortnight.  Well, I had the pleasure of joining in with this year's festivities, and let me tell you, it's pretty quite the interesting experience.

Ever since Humble Bundle came into my life, my bank account has been considerably emptier, but when I first heard about this event, I was a bit "meh" about it.  I wasn't sure if I'd be interested in watching the streams of developers creating their games...  Don't get me wrong; I find game making really cool.  I just wasn't sure if I wanted to pay money for it.  Needless to say, Pendleton Ward's participation definitely swayed my money hand...  And I'm glad it did.  

The streams and documentaries have been really enlightening and fun to watch.  The people behind Double Fine are a really lovely bunch of men and women, and it was fascinating watching the process of the simple pitches becoming full blown game prototypes.  Speaking of prototypes, that was the second thing that swayed me.  I'd never played a prototype before and it seemed so cool to be able to have a say in which of these pitches became playable prototypes.  Now, some of them didn't turn out as good as we had hoped, while others surpassed all expectations.  I mean, I hated the idea of Dear Leader at first, but that is a good prototype right there.  It's pretty much a completed game, in my opinion.

Little Pink Best Buds (the game pitched by Pen Ward) disappointed a lot of people, but to be honest, I find it hard to hate anything that's come out of that guy's noggin.  To be fair, it was actually a lot better than the final day's gameplay stream made it look.  The ending was so shocking - SO SO shocking.  I actually sat back in my chair and covered my mouth in awe as I watched it unfold.  It was so disturbing, and that was before I even realized there was MORE to it that I still needed to get to.  

I've gotta say I had very high expectations for Steed, and I found it lacking in actual gameplay to try out.  Running around in control of the horse was fun for the most part; it had a rather slow and heavy feel to it, but that might have been my computer struggling to process it.  As for Mnenomic, it was good - better than I thought at least.  I didn't have much of an opinion of it throughout the process because it was the only game other than Dear Leader that I didn't vote for...  If it was a full game, I'd definitely buy it though.  Hell, I'd buy all of them in a heartbeat.

Overall, Amnesia Fortnight 2014 was a really fun experience, and I really hope they do another one in 2015.  I'm hoping to buy the blu-ray if I can get enough funds together after I buy something else more Hideout-related this month...  (Stay tuned.)  If you'd like to try the prototypes or get access to the documentaries and extra footage, there's still time, so get clicking on the picture above and donate, damn you!

Comments | Posted by Bel | March 9th, 2014

Dead or Alive, You're Coming With Me!

It's time to update the Rocket Hideout again, and this time, we're covering something fairly relevant at this moment- Robocop!

Rocket Vlog Reboot - The Robocop Theory Pt 1
I'll elaborate. Last Wednesday, I got invited by my friend, Tom, to go and see the new Robocop movie that came out in early February. Initially, I was apprehensive; afterall, the Robocop movie from the 1980's is a movie that I hold quite dear to my heart, and always have since my youth. Despite that, though, I agreed to go along since Tom was nice enough to swing it so that I could get in for free, and I'm not one to turn down a free movie. When I went to watch Robocop, I decided to sit down and watch the movie with an open mind, and toss the classic Robocop movie aside. At the same time, I told Tom that I wanted a favour in return. You see, he has never seen the original Robocop movie before, so I told him, after I went to see Robocop 2014 with him with an open mind, he had to come to my place the next night and watch the 1980's Robocop with an open mind, too.

What we have for you this week is a series of videos that I've titled "The Robocop Theory". See, I've heard about the new movie taking quite the pasting from people who have seen it, mostly because they're outraged of how different it is to the original. With Tom seeing the 2014 movie first, I was curious to see which of the two Robocop movies he would prefer. Over the course of the week, you're going to find out which movie he prefers, and ultimately, which one I prefer too. If you're a Robocop fan, these are some videos that you'll enjoy watching. Be sure to watch them all the way through, though- there are few surprises in store for you!

Now, go and watch The Robocop Theory, or there will be... trouble.

Comments | Posted by Marty | March 2nd, 2014

Transformers: The IDW Treatment (A Rant)

Before the ranting begins, here's the obligatory plug of this Sunday's article, which just so happens to be a video!  Today, I review the Transformers Construct-Bots Optimus Prime.

Rocket Vlog Reviews - Construct-Bots Optimus
And now, my rant on the current state of the IDW Transformers comics...

(Warning: Thar Be Spoilers Ahead)

Comments | Posted by Marty | February 23rd, 2014