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Broken Items in Video Games that you Wouldn't Expect to Broken

I suppose a good example of this would be X Accuracy in Generation 1 and 2 Pokemon. You'd think this item would merely raise your hit rate, but in actuality it allows your Pokemon to simply bypass accuracy checks which means moves like Fissure, Horn Drill, and Guillotine go from being 30% accurate to instantly being able to destroy entire teams of Pokemon in Generation 1 or 2 if you meet the requirements for the move to hit at all.

Pet Updates



Well my parents are having Rosette put down tomorrow. To be fair, I'm not sure I can call what she has at the moment a life worth living. In her old age she's gone blind, deaf, and has basically lost her sense of smell. You basically have to shove her face into her food bowl in order to get her to eat at this point. And outside of eating she basically spends her time either wandering aimlessly in circles or sleeping in her own bodily waste.

In brighter news my brother got himself a new puppy named Freya.




Freya is a pure-blooded German Shepherd that set him back $1,500. Though, I'm not exactly sure how old she is since my mom said she was six weeks old at one point and another point in the same conversation claimed she was seven weeks old.

I'll admit she was pretty whiny when I saw her yesterday. She really wanted to play with my mom's bunny rabbit.



Oddly enough Roselyn must have some serious rocks since she would basically come up to the edge of her cage in order to sniff Freya and sometimes would just stand there in utter defiance as Freya tried to touch her with her paws. Though, I suppose Roselyn is pretty used to getting her way with dogs since she would jump up to and onto Lacey without a care in the world.

Saturday Sucked

Last Saturday was pretty shitty for me. I got up and went to work on time and then got to learn that one of the managers had passed away Saturday morning and only recently learned she died of a blood clot in her leg. And she was only 27 or 28 at the time.

And it's definitely going to be weird never seeing her there again. We've been working together for several years now and she's suddenly just gone in a flash. It's even weirder for me since I worked with her on Friday and she seemed perfectly fine. Though, I suppose maybe weird is a poor choice of words. Maybe it's more like a hole where something used to be. An absence that has made the store and everyone else's lives more empty.

Suffice to say this has really shaken up her family who've taken at least the next week off. And while I understand and respect their decision it's going to be a bit of a shit show at work this week since her family makes up about 1/6th of the staff at the moment. Thankfully were going to be getting some help from the other stores owned and operated by the same owner. So we'll hopefully get to struggle through their time of mourning with roughly the same number of people we usually have lately.

The Word Filter on Neopets is Crazy

Sadly the site has mostly only go downhill since Viacom bought it. Though oddly enough the site is now owned by JumpStart Games whose owned by NetDragon, a Chinese Company.

The Word Filter on Neopets is Crazy

The weirder part for me is that I'm guessing most of the people that still hang out on Neopets are probably 30+. Since were the only kind of people that would have strong enough nostalgia for the site to put up with all the staffs failings.

There are multiple features that have been broken or in beta for over five years now.

The Word Filter on Neopets is Crazy

I've been spending a lot more time on Neopets lately since the Altador Cup is currently on and I like to add All-Star trophies to my account, but got hit with multiple warnings about trying to make an inappropriate post since I referred to the objects were kicking into goals as balls. And according to Neopets the term balls is inherently sexual even when it is used in reference to a game about virtual soccer/football.

Sadly, the term balls isn't the only odd word to be banned on the site. You also can't refer to your abilities with a game as skills since it contains the word kill in it.

You also can't post all of the answers for the cliffhanger game on your pet page since one of the answers is "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword" which the site considers inappropriate because it considers pen is as a way to get around the filter for a word for male genitalia.

Jeez, I wouldn't be surprised if they've effectively banned hello at this point because it contains the word hell in it.

Recently Watched Movies

Well, I sat down and watched another series of movies for Bargain Bin Saturdays. So I figured I'd add another post discussing my opinions on what I watched.

Dragons II: The Metal Ages

Oddly enough this movie based on a mostly forgotten toy line by Mega Bloks is rather average. While the animation and overall visuals have aged poorly over the year. They weren't that surprising for a low budget movie based on a toy line at the time. I'd even say the movies overall visuals are pretty on par with the Bionicle movies being put out by Lego at the time.

And while Dragons II: The Metal Ages borrows a lot of plot elements from the previous film in the series Dragons: Fire & Ice with a bunch of royal teens working together to bring peace to the land. The movie manages to execute this predictable plot well enough to be watchable. Though, I'll admit I'd advice watching "How to Train Your Dragon" over this any day of the week.

In all honesty, the most interesting thing to happen to me involving this movie is when I stumbled over this gem of a review on IMDB while trying to get a feel on how other people felt about this movie.

plus pairing the two minority characters together, asian and arab, so you don't have the white guy with a minority, smacks of the racism in the early 2000s, it happens alot more often than you'd think

Admittedly this is the second half of their review, but this section is the only part I really find amazing to behold. The other half is mostly a rant about the movie introducing new creatures and magical plot devices that weren't brought up in the previous film.

The GadgetGang in Outer Space

To be brutally honest this film is most likely aimed at a younger audience considering most of the humor is derived from slapstick and bodily functions like passing gas. Outside of that the film also has a few jokes about the Invas, little green men, being really dumb and tries to spice things up for parents by adding in references to other movies and video games.

As such, this one can only really be recommended to those still in touch with their inner child or love to go through movies in order to comb through them for references. Though, I'm still not sure how money the studio got out of making the Invas spaceship run on Coca-Cola and Mentos.

All and all the movie is pretty predictable with some of the slapstick jokes being so obvious you'll see them coming in terms of light-years.

Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos

A short animated sequel to the first "Puss in Boots" movie that manages to be funny, charming, and slightly actioned packed in a meager eleven minutes. And while I feel this does heavily limit Puss' ability to properly bond with the three diablos. They do manage to use the limited time they have to make the sudden shift from the diablos being evil to the princess new royal guards somewhat believable.

Though I still wouldn't recommend paying more then a few bucks for this movie considering it's length.

Recently Watched Movies

Well, I watched some more movies on Monday in order to get material for episodes 277 - 279 of Bargain Bin Saturdays. Though, I'll admit the first option was probably not a good idea.

The Carebears Movie

Yeah, this was definitely not the best pick for a movie for me to discuss. After all, it's really hard to be super critical about a movie aimed at toddlers. Though, I did spend the episode discussing some of the movies many errors like Braveheart Lion's tummy symbol appearing during one of the scenes where he's fighting the evil spirit that possesses the tree or how Friendship Bear gets replaced in a few shots with Tenderheart Bear. Though my favorite is probably when they managed to misspell magician as magicinan in a few shots.

I suppose I could have discussed how some critics have accused the movie of being sexist considering Kim's dream is to be a nurse while Jason wants to be a pilot, but I figure that's a discussion that is best avoided on youtube for the most part. Though, I'll admit the decision was rather creatively lazy.

Caroline and the Magic Potion

This movie is usually accused of being a "Coraline" rip off because of the title and similar box art, but I feel that assessment is unfair considering the movies original name is "Meigallos" which is Galician for witchcraft. Which makes sense considering the main character brews a potion that can be used to make objects fly when combined with a simple spell. As for why the English version of the title is the way it is. I'm going to assume the people that bought the rights to distribute the movie in the United States and United Kingdom figured the movie would do better if people thought it was a knock off of "Coraline". Even if the movie was released over five years after "Coraline" was.

If anything I'd say the change in name and box art is another shining example of how dishonest companies can be when it comes to distributing low budget foreign films. And while I can hope the company behind this will eventually be successfully sued for trying to piggyback of the success of others like Phase 4 Film was. It definitely won't come at the hands of a lawsuit over "Caroline and the Magic Potion".

With all that being said the English dub of this movie is awful. It runs the entire gambit of issues you would expect when it comes to a low budget movie like god awful CGI that runs at a low frame rate in an attempt to mimic the look of stop motion to atrocious dialogue. Thankfully this movie is just the right kind of awful for me to enjoy it for all the wrong reasons. Even so I really don't recommend this movie since you'll either love it for being absolute pig slop or will utterly despise it for the same reason.

And I still haven't figured out why the villain went with spinning Caroline's granny while she's strapped to a table and being pumped full of truth serum in order to get her secrets when she has access to mind controlling technology. Why bother with a lengthy and cruel interrogation when you can easily slap a mind controlling device on one of her ears and ask for the recipe.

Lionelville: Destination Adventure!

"Lionelville: Destination Adventure!" serves as Lionel's first and only family feature. And while I really won't begrudge Lionel for making a 62 minute long movie to help hawk their products. I will begrudge them for making this the first movie in a multi-part series that was never finished. As such this movie sets up a bunch of plot threads that will never be resolved since the other movies were never made.

And to make matters worse I find part of the basic premise of the movie rather questionable. Since the only way to enter Lionelville is to make use of a special circuit board that can somehow manipulate matter on the quantum level in order to generate "unlimited power" for Emperor Palpatine. As you can imagine the idea a circuit board can generate electricity is pretty dumb and the notion it can rip a whole in the space time continuum when hit with a crowbar is even worse.

That being said the movie does do a decent job setting up some potentially interesting ideas when it's not trying to distract the audience with in-movie advertising about various Lionel trains and accessories. Even so I really don't recommend looking for this movie considering the overall story was never finished.

Recently Watched Movies

Well, I used my Monday to watch some more movies for my Bargain Bin Saturdays series. Albeit the episodes the following movies will produce won't be publically available until July at the moment.

Alice in Paris

I'm pretty sure this film is better known by other titles like "Alice of Wonderland in Paris" or "Alice in a New Wonderland" and is a 1966 Czech-American animated film that was produced using extreme limited animation. As a result the movie isn't all that impressive in the visual department and would leave those that love sakuga begging to watch something else. After all, the best animation in the film is tied into the Alice portions of the movie, but those are meant to serve as connectors between the short stories. And to help create those connectors they brought in Francois, a business mouse willing to take Alice to Paris in order to find out where her favorite cheese is. Sadly this was probably a poor decision on Francois part since Alice's favorite cheese is initially cheeseburgers and later changed to cottage cheese and jelly which is a crime against humanity in the eyes of a cheese connoisseur.

As for the short stories cover we get really brief adaptations of the following stories. (Note: These are listed in order of appearance.)

Eve Titus' Anatole
Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline and the Bad Hat
Crockett Johnson's The Frowning Prince
James Thurber's Many Moons
Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline and the Gypsies

And I mean brief since the entire movie clocks in at around 52 minutes. As a result this movie was actually billed with another short film when it was released in theaters. As for the shorts themselves I'd say their alright, but I imagine some people would be annoyed at the lack of a real over arching connection between some of the shorts and the movie. Especially the shorts told by Alice whose shorts either tie into Francois' declaration he'll never smile against after Alice's declaration that her favorite cheese is cottage cheese and jelly as a lead into The Frowning Prince. And the lead into James Thurber's Many Moons is even weaker with Alice telling Francois about a dream she had once while she takes a break from test tasting various types of cheese.

All and all I'd say it's probably decent entertainment for small kids, but I can't imagine this being a particularly memorable experience for anyone else.

The Wind in the Willows

I also watched Burbank Animation Studios adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows". For the curious this was released back in December of 1988 and showcases a lot of the usual cost saving tricks I've come to expect from Burbank with them reusing animation to shave costs at times. This is especially stands out during a driving sequence involving Mr. Toad as we repeatedly see the same trees appearing on the right and left sides of the screen several times in a row.

Sadly, my copy is really crappy since Digiview Productions messed up the sound balancing when they did the transfer so there are multiple points in the film where the background music and sounds become so loud that you can't hear the character's speaking.

And I know this is the fault of Digiview Productions since you can find illegal uploads of the movie on youtube that don't have those issues. Outside of my problems with Digiview Productions messing up the sound in this movie. It does appear to be a pretty solid if condensed retelling of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. And I'd go so far as to say this is probably among the best animated movies I've seen from Burbank Animation Studios catalogue.

Panda and the Magic Serpent

I'll admit I'm probably not the best person to offer an opinion on this film. After all, this film carries a lot of cultural and historical significance since it was the first feature length color anime, was the first attempt by Toei Animation to become the so called 'Disney of the East' and was the second feature length anime to be dubbed into English and was released just a little over two weeks after "Magic Boy". The film is also based on "The Legend of the White Serpent" which is considered among the four greatest folktales to come out of China. And the film basically pushed animation technology to the limit at the time, but that may not sound as impressive as it should when you realize this film came out in Japan in October of 1958.

Sadly, all of this significance doesn't change my opinion that the English version of this film is really iffy. And that iffy nature comes from multiple issues. For starters the studio that did the U.S. release for this film got a damaged copy of the film so there are a lot of instances of scratches appearing on the screen for extended periods of time as green lines as well as times when you'll see black and yellow splotches pop up as well. To make matters worse the voice acting ranges from okay to almost painfully bad.

As for the plot it revolves around Xu-Xiang, a local boy, and Bai-Niang, a magical white serpent and the spirit of the storm, falling in love. And of course to add in some drama the story contains a magic wielding monk named Fa Hai that tries to destroy their relationship on his misguided belief that the magic serpent is an evil spirit, but to be fair to him animal/nature spirits in most folktales are pretty malicious in my experience and this definitely holds true when it comes to snakes. Of course the loves eventually manage to convince Fa Hai that their love is genuine and they sail off at the end of the movie to live happily ever after.

As for why the movie is called "Panda and the Magic Serpent", I'm going to assume it was attempt by the studio that dubbed the movie to draw in kids with a cute animal mascot since Xu-Xiang keeps a red panda named Mimi and a panda named Panda as pets. And we spend a decent chunk of the movie following their adventures as they search for Xu-Xiang after Fa Hai gets him sent to a forced labor camp in a bid to separate him and Bai-Niang. This ultimately culminates in Panda taking over a street gang after he pulls a Spongebob/Homer Simpson by defeating his enemies by allowing them to tire themselves out. We even see the Panda get up after getting literally hammered into the ground like a nail. And while that's a pretty violent scene I feel I also need to point out that the fight is entirely devoid of blood/visible injuries. So the fight really doesn't feel as violent as it probably should.

And yeah, the side kick characters have the worst vocal performances in the movie with Panda being really monotone throughout the movie and Mimi having a really high-pitched voice that can potentially grate on the ears.

All and all I'd say this adaptation is still worth a look because of it's historical significance, but I'll admit that may not be enough of a draw for most people.

Recently Watched Movies

The one from 1954.


Ah the classic one. I really need to try and watch some of those, but I tend to pick up cheap movies from Dollartree or get used movies from Goodwill and you never know what's going to pop up there.
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Well, I did devote sometime on Monday to watching some additional movies for my Bargain Bin Saturdays series.

Andy the Talking Hedgehog

A low budget movie starring Dean Cain and Tara Reid. Sadly this low budget effort is really boring and filled with conversations so unnatural that it makes watching the movie hurt. So much so, that I had to take multiple breaks and still only managed to get through about 50 minutes or so of this 76 minute movie before I gave up on it.

And, I'm still pissed at the box for lying to me since it implies there's a scene where we get to see an African Pygmy Hedgehog riding a horse and this never happens.

Though there are multiple scenes that showcase just how small the budget for this movie was considering they didn't redo shots where you can clearly see the guy operating the boom mic. There's also multiple scenes where they hold on still images while the title character talks over them as well as multiple scenes where they switch over to what appears to be stock footage of European Hedgehogs drinking milk.

And I'll admit that I really don't appreciate the director's attempt at dodging some of the criticism by arguing this movie was meant for 4 - 7 year olds.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

I'm not sure I'd call this animated film by Burbank Animation Studios a classic, but it is one of their better efforts. Though, I'll admit I'm not sure how much of the comedy is lifted from the source material. After all, it's been over 20 years since I last read "Tom Sawyer" for school and I have no plans to change that. Regardless the comedy is what helps keep this film afloat since the cheap nature of Burbank films mean the animation tends to be rather basic/limited in order to save on money.

Eggy

Honestly this film is probably better known under the title "Pet Pals in Windland". And I really don't know why they decided to release the movie under both titles in the United States. I can only assume they were either trying to put distance between this film and first movie simply titled "Pet Pals". Or were trying to cash in on Easter by making the movie seem like it focuses a lot more heavily on Eggy, a chick that communicates with magic placards.

Outside of my questions on the title this film is definitely aimed at a younger demographic since it contains multiple scenes that clearly take inspiration from "Dora the Explorer" by having the heroes and villains act like they can see and hear the audience. The heroes even ask the audience for help on a few occasions as well. A decision that will either endear you to the movie for it breaking the 4th wall or greatly annoy you for the same reason.

And if your curious the movie itself is about the Pet Pals trying to make sure the Crow Witch doesn't destroy the town of Puff. Which she plans on taking out with a bunch of infernal machines that need to be empowered by a magical McGuffin being guarded by a magic wielding turtle.

Though I'd say the movie's biggest problem is the movie sometimes has scenes that don't make a lot of sense. A good example of this is during the fight between Eggy and the Crow Witch. There's a scene where Eggy manages to sneak behind the Crow Witch to go for hatch only for the Crow Witch to emerge from the hatch when Eggy opens it. It's scene like where the apparent natural flow of events are disrupted that make following this movie at times a bit difficult, but my best educated guess is that scenes like that were meant to be a bit of a nod to classic cartoon shorts. After all, the break in expected flow can be seen as comedic if done right.

And I'd say the second biggest problem is the lackluster villain song where the Crow Witch just sings her name a couple of times while we watch robots build her various infernal machines on assembly lines.