This just in (Or not) – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012


Alright people, say what you will about the 80’s they have the ability to come back at ya. It might not be hairstyles, clothes or music; but sooner to later you’ll see it in games or cartoons. And what cartoon (something that could be the face of the 80’s itself) is coming back in a few months this year? The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of course. The same, yet always different from each incarnation, TMNT is about four teenage mutant ninja turtles who live in the sewers of New York City; fighting against renegade ninja, savage mutates, and alien invaders from dimension X. Corny to intense the turtles were never boring and now its Nickelodeon’s turn at bat. Now people are already crying fowl that they won’t stay true to turtle power, but don’t sell them short yet, they did come out with the Last Airbender and their new show Kung Fu Panda is awesome (don’t pretend you don’t watch it) so nick can very well pull it off. We won’t know anything until the end of March.




Tales from the Net – Grandma Still Drives


You know I love my job, sure sometimes the editing is a pain but with the internet there always something new and interesting to enjoy. Most times I have to hunt it down, but on rare occasions you Armadaires sent it something that brings a smile to my face and at the same time makes my job all that easier – this is one such post. Now I’m not sure if this is real or a story someone came up with but whatever it is: it’s funny and entitled ‘Grandma Still Drives’. Enjoy!





Grandma is eighty-eight years old and still drives her own car. She writes:



Dear Grand-daughter,


The other day I went up to our local Christian book store and saw a ‘Honk if you love Jesus’ bumper sticker.


I was feeling particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting..


So, I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper.


Boy, am I glad I did; what an uplifting experience that followed.


I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good he is, and I didn’t notice that the light had changed.


It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn’t honked, I’d never have noticed. I found that lots of people love Jesus!


While I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like crazy, and then he leaned out of his window and screamed,



‘For the love of God!’


‘Go! Go! Go!’


‘Jesus Christ, GO!’



What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus!


Everyone started honking!


I just leaned out my window and started waving and smiling at all those loving people.


I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love! There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a sunny beach..


I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air.


I asked my young teenage grandson in the back seat what that meant.


He said it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something.


Well, I have never met anyone from Hawaii, so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign right back.


My grandson burst out laughing.


Why even he was enjoying this religious experience!!


A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me.


I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but this is when I noticed the light had changed.


So, grinning, I waved at all my brothers and sisters, and drove on through the intersection.


I noticed that I was the only car that got through the intersection before the light changed again and felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared.


So I slowed the car down, leaned out the window and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away. Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks!!




Will write again soon,


Love, Grandma





What Santa brought me (Mini Game Review) – Kirby: Mass Attack


Now don’t worry people, this isn’t some half-massed cross over event that features everyone’s favorite puffball (Kirby) and Commander Shepard taking down reapers. No, Kirby: Mass Attack is titled such because Kirby has been dissected into ten clone Kirby’s by the dark magic of Necrodeus, leader of the skull gang (trust me; it’s less disturbing than it sounds). So the bad news is that like this Kirby can’t eat and copy the powers of his enemies (and that’s pretty bad); but to the good with his new man power he can gang up and overpower his foes with sheer force alone. Sounds simple right? Well you should know by now nothing ever that simple with Kirby. The sum of his parts can be easily dispatched in this game because there are so many hazards and things that want to kill you. Also you don’t control one Kirby bit at a time, you control all of them in a pile. As such players direct the pink armada through the use of the stylist; you can tap a space and they’ll go to it, hold down in a direction and they’ll keep moving constantly and so on. Players can also flick Kirby’s’ at something to take it down or grab it. They can even still fly if you hold down on the Kirby mass and ‘draw’ them a path like Kirby: Canvas Curse.


And that’s it pretty much; you must navigate between lands, fighting enemies as unique as ever, and all the while trying to micro manage the Kirby entourage into an elite fighting force. It’s just now I realize that Kirby is one of the few gaming icons that has evolved over the years. Sure they go back to the cash cow formula every couple of games, but every so often they try something different to shake up the status quo – I applaud this. I miss the copy powers it this game, but for all intended purposes this is the perfect definition of a video game: imaginative, innovative, can be enjoyed by little kids but offer challenges for adults, heck as a DS game you can play it anytime you want, anywhere you want. So yeah, I liked Kirby: Mass Attack for the reasons I stated above; come on with that face like a puppy and a new borne baby it could’ve have been bad and I still would have passed it – fortunately I didn’t have to sell out today (just a joke people, a joke – put those torches and pitchforks down).







Games & Gear of 2012 – XCOM (12/31/2012)



This game is another one of those cases where the original game was on the PC back in the day; and it developed a small but dedicated fan base. However it faded from prominence until recently it was announced X-COM was coming back for the new generation.  Not as a top down strategy experience but rather a FPS strategy experience (though the even more recently announced ‘XCOM: Enemy Unknown’ will have similar gameplay to the original games) for all major non-Wii consoles. Taking place in the 60’s the world is secretly being invaded by techno-organo-energy… aliens; players must build a team of elite specialists to uncover and drive not the alien threat. The neat thing about this is that you’re part of XCOM division that, like any other department or organization, must be well funded a have the necessary resources in order to truly succeed. I’m not quite sure how the money’s being made, but the resources, the players can acquire those on the field. Any alien tech you find you can choose to use right away or take back to HQ to improve your own technology. A deep, story based game, that focuses on forming quick (and shaky) alliances as well as deciding on the opportunity cost on either using B.A. tech on the field to save lives or researching it for the greater good in nice, refreshing, change of pace in the shooter market. But heck, how can anyone get tired of blowing alien grays into gray matter with impressive hardware, not me – and there’s plenty of that in the game too.