NRL – Why Referees deserve more respect

Hello all. Majoritively, I am very negative of the NRL, and the way they handle dramas too severely, aka Storm’s Trophy Heist. I have overreacted a fair bit this year. However I believe that the way NRL clubs, fans and board members are reacting to NRL Referees this year, action needs to be taken. THAT truly is the definition of overreacting. The backlash on referees this year is an absolute farce. Every game that has been determined by less than 6 points has pointed the loss at the referee and the NRL. It is garbage. Teams such as the Dragons, Souths, Eels, Tigers, and the Cowboys have blatantly attacked officials in post match conferences and in the newspapers weekly. Enough is enough. Continue reading “NRL – Why Referees deserve more respect”

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My Top 10 Banjo Kazooie Stage Songs

Hello hello hello. I love myself some Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie. The soundtracks for these games were second to none and will remain one of the top greatest OSTs ever made. I have downloaded a lot of these tunes onto my MP3 and listen to them daily on my way to work. I want to talk about my ten favorites and give out some nostalgia for all Banjo fans out there. I will the pick the ten in no particular order. It is unfair to rate them and I appreciate the fact most people will agree. Here we go!! Continue reading “My Top 10 Banjo Kazooie Stage Songs”

How I Would Have Ended Final Fantasy X

Why hello y’all. Now as a huge Final Fantasy fan (no surprise to regulars), there are a few things I wished I could have changed about the series. Apart from telling the guy “no” whom thought online MMO’s were a good idea, I have always been bothered by the ending of Final Fantasy X. See, Final Fantasy X was an awesome game, with a great story and solid characters. It goes full circle in the end and Tidus forgives his father and Seymour is banished to the Farplane. However there was something gravely wrong with this ending. Continue reading “How I Would Have Ended Final Fantasy X”

Retro Corner – Wrestling is Scripted, Not Fake

Howdy folks. I am going retro. Back in 2011, I started my online columns via a website that is currently obsolete. I happened however to dig through my archives and found one of my first articles. With some adjustments, the article has been updated to meet current standards. Here is one of my most successful, and favorite articles I have written.

This article will be dedicated to all wrestling fans like myself who have all been told the same thing… Wrestling is Fake. No it is not. It is scripted and that is a big difference.

Any person who hates WWE, NJPW, ROH or any wrestling promotion for that matter, will always will say “It’s just fake anyway”. These buzz killers are annoying. We all know that wrestlers follow a script, kayfabe is dead as Vince McMahon always stouts. We love it all the same. Wrestling universes are fantasies that we are absorbed into, with the over the top characters, unbelievable events and fun entertainment. Some people watch “soap” dramas, some people watch “reality” T.V. My world is wrestling. I enjoy knowing that I may be watching an epic battle between superstars, legends or rookies every week; and I love it.

The wrestlers of today and the past are so different in variety and entertainment. In the past, big hulking men battled in an unrealistic, unbelievable contest that it is looked back to being cheesy, and somewhat nostalgic. Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior battled in a most famous contest where wrestling holds were non-existent at Wrestlemania 6, yet their charisma and crowd interaction won them over. Today, wrestlers are world class athletes, entertainers, and perfectionists. All professional wrestlers are masters of the ring, and anything less would be frowned upon and exploited. This brings up my next point, and that is they are real human beings.

Wrestlers sweat, bleed and give their soul in that ring. They take real bumps, feel real emotions, and get hurt. When wrestlers follow script and everything goes fine, there is not a problem, the show goes on. When something goes wrong, we feel pain for the individual, whether they be Heel or Face. You cannot fake gravity, you cannot fake emotions, and you cannot fake real world tragedies. When a wrestler wins the gold after so many years, those tears are real; believe me.

This next part is a little bit closer to me. The real world, aka mainstream media, never shows it cares for pro wrestling and ignores it. That is until there is a tragedy to exploit. If a wrestler dies, or is caught up in legal matters, it is not fine to exploit this for your own media benefits. You have no right to get a story out of tragedy in a world you don’t know. A few years ago, we lost a legend in the Macho Man. In the wrestling world, we mourned and remembered the man as an icon and a great person. In the real world on the news, it was “drugs caused this” and “all wrestlers are dying early” all over… Bull Sh*t.

The wrestling community is not stupid. Yes, drugs were are huge part in wrestling’s past, but I believe WWE and many other companies have done the right thing cutting it out and implementing good health to routine. I applaud a drug free wrestling world and I hope one day that it comes true. Every time a wrestler dies we all feel it. Every time a wrestler gets hurt, we feel it. The men and women in wrestling are real humans and have families that love them more than what we do.

Wrestlers are told what to do, who is going to win or lose, and how to perceive this to the crowd. Just remember, these superstars travel long days, work unbelievable hours, and must be fatigued heavily every week. They grin and bear it for us and I don’t know how they do it. They are incredible. We come to love older stars like Sting, Undertaker, Bret Hart, Goldberg, Edge and Stone Cold for who they are. We also come to hate others like John Cena and Roman Reigns for their push. Yet we respect them and relate to them as real people. The point I have tried to make is that no matter how much smoke and mirrors you use, you cannot fake humanity and respect.

Thank you for reading.

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What the Justice League Movie Needs

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Hey y’all. With news of the Avengers 2, Batman Vs. Superman, and the eventual Justice League movie, I thought it would be an idea to analyze the Justice League movie set for 2017. Now speculation is rampant about what will happen in Avengers 2 and Batman/Superman, however I feel that if anything, it’ll be the Justice League that needs to be the movie that saves DC from international embarrassment via the silver screen. Marvel has far exceeded expectations, after releasing the Avengers to critical acclaim. So how can DC combat this? I have got some suggestions to help aid DC Comics.

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Do Not Focus Solely On Batman and Superman

The Avengers did a great job of giving every single character their own story and amount of time on-screen. In a parallel universe, Marvel easily could have put Iron Man on the screen the entire movie and bashed his colleagues. Instead, they went for story and character building around Iron Man. DC needs to do this. Superman and Batman have their chance to grow in their movie. This movie needs greater focus on Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Arrow and/or Martian Manhunter/Aquaman/Hawk Girl. I wouldn’t complain about having any or all of these guys, as long as we don’t get a whole new story about Superman’s past or Batman’s history. We have heard that all before too many times. I want to hear about Wonder Woman, Aquaman etc. Anyone can throw Batman on the screen and make a movie watchable. It is being able to put Batman into the same row as others that will define this tale.

Let DC TV effect the course of the story

I watch Arrow. It is one of the best TV shows I have watched in a long, long time. I am a big fan of the ability DC has to turn an “average” superhero into an absolute star on par with Batman. “Average” villains are also getting the same treatment. Deadshot is a great example, with his epic rivalry with John Diggle. The thing is, the TV show has proven it can tell a story successfully. Arrow has only just introduced the Flash. This mind you is a spin-off for Barry Allen’s own TV show himself. My theory is while Batman and Superman are writing their own tale, let Arrow and Flash build the Justice League via episodic TV. It is cheap and effective. They can save the main “alien” characters for the movie, but there is no reason we cannot get an appearance from Green Lantern on Arrow, or even Lex Luthor. Then there is Deathstroke…

A villain that can captivate and build the JL

Continuing on from last paragraph, the Justice League needs a good villain. Now the Avengers had Loki. Loki is Thor’s brother and not necessarily the biggest nor baddest villain in the Marvel Universe. However it set up for Ultron in Avengers 2 whom is bigger and badder. You must go epic the further and further you go on. That said, who does DC go with? I would rule out The Joker and Lex Luthor by default. That is necessary for a later date against their respective foes. Eventually, JL will come across the ultimate bad guy Brainiac. Until then, I suggest we pick lesser renown villains that still have some big history with team members, such as a Starro, Solomon Grundy, Yellow Lantern Sinestro, Metallo,  Nekron, Ares, or even Ra’s Al Ghul. I have no issue dealing with an enemy that is not a Superman/Batman direct rival. Seeing how this pans out, then JL can go nuts and fight the ultimate baddies who can easily one up our heroes.

Be faithful to the DC comics for a change

In my honest opinion, DC Comics within their TV Anime shows and graphic novels are superior to Marvel (It’s an opinion of mine, we all have them). DC has really struggled to ever portray comic canon on-screen. Superman is always trying to be cutting edge albeit stale on-screen, Batman keeps evolving to be darker and darker, and the other characters have just plain sucked on-screen in general. How can DC counter this? Go with what brought you to the dance. Stay faithful to your rich history that everyone loves. Let Superman be a patriot and a hero, let Batman be socially awkward yet funny at times, let Wonder Woman kick ass and lasso baddies, let Flash be a sarcastic fool, and let Green Arrow… Well let Stephen Amell play him (don’t touch his character at all actually). The point I am making is don’t try so frickin’ hard with these guys. That is why people are annoyed when they watch a movie and are disappointed. Too much change sometimes isn’t for the best. And lastly…

Don’t let Superman destroy another city and kill for no reason. Ever. Again.

Just saying.

Thank you for reading my thoughts on the Justice League movie. I really hope for all of our sakes that DC comics gets this right. Make sure to like, subscribe, and favorite all our stuff, and check out all things DC and Marvel comics here at Pastime Viewpoints.Regards.

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