Please stand by – AFK Detox



Well people it looks like El Nino has introduced the plague a upon the world this year because everyone is pretty sick  – including us. *cough cough*


Don’t worry we’re getting better but no one’s ready for prime time for this week so there won’t be many posts. While we’re taking this week off we’ll still be working, for next week goodness like Let’s Playthroughs and even a Let’s Review of a certain awesome post nuclear wasteland game. Yeah I’m sick, but I’m not dead, I will be playing Fallout 4. Anywho sorry all but see you next week, and if you’re sick yourself: Coldeez‘s and Halls Defense = Boss Bronze’s cure for all that ales you.*



*= not really, please see a doctor if super sick or dying.





AFK – brb



Well people, thanks to the craziness of Thanksgiving, the coming of Black Friday, and both True Backlash & Blu going on vacation (without me no less *sniff*) I’m going to take this week off. Now I know you think it’s really because of Dragon Age Inquisition, but your wrong, its because of Dragon Age Inquisition AND Super Smash Bros for Wii U! Sorry people I’m weak in that way. Don’t worry though; next week I’ll make up for it in spades. Till then: Have a great Thanksgiving people!




& a happy new year



Ladies and Gentlemen we did it once again; we made it through another year. With all the awesomeness that comes with it. It has been a good year for games but nothing that I would say earth shattering. No, if I was to say what really got my attention this year it was definitely the rise of internet entertainment. From the well-known to the break out hits the net was ‘the it’ place this year; while TV try to reclaim its audience (some are succeeding) most people have given it up for P.C. Power. It is because of this trend this year that the Video Game Armada has really gain steam and a bit of a following, and for that we all say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We promise to continue to provide all of our readers with the same awesome content and news about video games, entertainment & other in the next year (and a few new things as well). For now we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year; see you in 2013.


– B






(AFK Article) Mini Game Review – Angry Birds Halloween

I know you do it, don’t worry, I do it too.

There is something so appealing about taking a multi colored bird, putting them on a slingshot, and firing them on unsuspecting green piggies with chaotic results.

And just when you think you nailed every pig up to the boss hog, scored three stars on every stage, and captured all the elusive golden eggs, Rovio releases the latest chapter in the on going struggle of pork v poultry – Angry Birds Halloween.

Now granted I don’t know if this is an official sequel but really I don’t care – it a new Angry Birds game!

All the gang is back but now in a spooky, cartoony, Halloween-like setting.

The birds maybe angry but smart… Well, they got fooled by a pig in a blanket (seriously – he was dressed as a ghost) and made off with their eggs again. Once they realized they’ve been had it doesn’t take them long to set up the sling and let loose the birds of war!

Everything from the first game makes a return in this game: from the birds with their own special abilities such and multiplication and self-detonation to those greedy pigs with their quasi cleaver defenses next to TNT crates and very steep ledges. However this time around the pigs employed pumpkins, bell towers, and costumes to keep the eggs all to themselves. While these new tricks will put players to the test, they also give them new opportunities for high scores. Each pumpkin destroyed offer a plethora of points (depending on the size of the pumpkins themselves), the bell towers too plus they themselves are very good crushing implements. Timing, distance, and luck applies to this game as it did the first; so expect even more of your time destroyed, family shunned, and arthritis acting up.

Well Rovio’s done it again! 45 bone quaking levels, more secret golden eggs to collect, even more comical chaos with the colorful cast (birds & pigs), and all under a buck yet again. This hot property is definitely going places: first the original, then Halloween, and since turkey month almost over (a missed opportunity) the next on should be ‘Christmas Ham’ Angry Birds, then ‘Birds in Space’, heck I can totally see a Bird, Pig, team up against the true threat – The EASTER BUNNY (he takes eggs and makes you eat ham)!!! Ok, maybe not; but still I said it once and I’ll say it again: if you want a simple and addicting game for your idevice, for a dollar, Angry Birds (Halloween) is your only choice.


(AFK Article) Product Placement – Blood & Zombie Blood energy potion

Alrighty people what bile thing I’m I going to try for this post Halloween product placement.

Blood and Zombie Blood by Harcos Laboratories … Ok, right. Well I survived downing all three favors of rancid Mountain Dew during their Dewmocracy campaign (can’t believe White Out won) so I fear no pain – let’s do this!


The Look:

Blood: Well how to put this… It looks and is shaped like a medical Blood Bag for Blood transfusions. On it says ‘Blood energy potion – for Drinking, B ah Positive’; also found is various red finger prints around the edges on the bag. Numerous factoids are on the pouch as well such as:

‘Similar nutrients to real blood’

‘Succulent source of electrolytes’

& of course ‘Garlic free’

The most eye catching thing about this however is the crimson red liquid inside, I swear if I didn’t know any better I would say it was the real bloody thing – which is the point I suppose.

Zombie Blood: Same with this except for some extra, zombie based, information such as:

‘Lifeless Lime Flavor’


‘Taste the sweet nectar of the Undead’

Also the ZB liquid is actually green instead of red, but zombie blood in the movies or games was always a gritty dark brown color or dust depending on outside factors. I’m not going to dispute it however, I’m not a zombie expert, I only shoot them on TV (via gaming console).


The Taste:

Blood: Once I opened it the smell almost knocked me backwards – it wasn’t bad, but it was strong. It went down the hatch quickly, so quick in fact I missed the favors the first time so I did it again. It does have a fruity taste – like berries, citruses of some sort, and then gone again. The one thing that does linger for a moment is the strange aftertaste – metallic, almost like blood… Ok… Makes my throat a little dry too.

Zombie Blood: Now this one doesn’t have much of a smell, which is a little surprising since normal blood was a big ol’ punch in the nostrils. Anyway, I drank some and it went down just as quickly, same metallicy blood-like taste, made my throat dry as well (though quicker than Blood); but it doesn’t have a lingering after taste like Blood and it does taste little more limey (non-UK) – if that lime was genetically fused with mall restroom soap.


The Aftereffect:

Blood: Well I’m pretty wired up, but not so much that I’m bouncing off the wall. Laughed pretty good at TV shows that weren’t so funny so this stuff may make you laugh, but that’s about it. I’m still thinking about how this tastes like blood (at the end) actually; is it weird that I want to start biting necks?

Zombie Blood: Brains…. Brainnnnnss…… BRAINNNNSSSS!!!  Other than that it’s the same as Blood.


The Verdict:

Halloween’s come and gone so these products won’t find much demand with anyone right now (accept the staunch Twilight and Walking Dead fans). However next year if you looking for refreshments for your stone cold ice box or something to freak out your uptight neighbor or loved one you couldn’t do better than Blood and Zombie Blood by Harcos Labs. They’re not bad tasting, give you some quick energy, convenient and easy to store, has a very good shelf life (trust me), and are not going kill you if you ingest more than two on the same day (supplement facts are pretty good). All & all above average products and H Labs doesn’t stop there; their website is chock full of nerd based consumables for your purchase. So you know what that means; future product placements will involve more multi-colored, highly suspicious, ill-advised substances I will eat and/or drink sooner or later. Peace.

AFK Address – The week and a half Armada forgot

Ladies and gentleman, I’m sorry (Wow, having a total Tony Hayward moment here)… We’re missed so much good stuff to report on since my last post, it’s almost heartbreaking.

However between the parties, Halloween, the democratic elections (or should I say republican election, ugh), the perfect storm of Kirby Epic Yarn, Fallout New Vegas, Fable III, and drags of World of WarCraft leveling grinds for the upcoming Cataclysm expansion I was completely transfixed.

But guess what?

I’m back, and I’m geared up for war – but first things first.

I still need to take care of the articles I had prepared for those weeks I, uh, missed; plus the somewhat not so current events during that time as well. As such articles with the ‘AFK Articles’ titles on them are dated entries we had prepared; as for the other news I’ll put it on the bottom here (plus my own added comments). Chances are you already know this stuff already, but then again you may not. Stay tuned people; we’re only just getting started.


PlayStation Phone– I don’t think adding a phone will help the PSP (or whatever) much.

Red shirt kid pOwns WoW panel at BlizzCon – The Red Shirt Guy a.k.a. Insane Guy of DOOM a.k.a. Time-Lost Proto Nerd (a special title granted by the Scrolls of Lore fan site) attended the quests and lore panel at BlizzCon this year only to bring the house down with his epic, l33t, gold bordered mastery of Wildhammer lore. This made The Soup people, so you know it’s good.

Supreme Court on video game violence – Seriously state & national government, seriously… Give it a rest please…

“It’s on like Donkey Kong!” trademarked by Nintendo – Legal licensing and product promotion (in this case Donkey Kong Country Returns) go hand in hand. I always buy games based on 1990’s sayings.

Nintendo gets an Ave in Spain, Boardwalk close at hand – You expect this stuff from Japan, but Spain? Well done.

National grow a Moustache month – This says it all, grow a Moustache today!

AFK Articles – TBL’s 10 Best and 10 Worst Halloween Treats

Ohhh…that was the best Halloween haul I’ve ever had, now to do the lists. Huh…November sev…oh fuuuno nonononononono, I’m so dead, which would have also been appropriate for Halloween. Oh I know, if I do the lists and pretend that I did it on Halloween, then no one will realize I messed up. Yeessssss…excellent.

Heh heh heh…**ahem** Hi there, I’m True BackLash and this is my list of the10 Best and 10 Worst treats for Halloween.

Ahh treats is there any other reason why we celebrate Halloween? Well except for dressing in costumes, and egging peoples houses and well, getting treats is very important. Getting the right treats can make or break a night of pounding the pavement in the middle of the cold dead of night. How does each treat stack up, well let’s stop with the banter and get to it.

Honorable Mention Worst: Candy Corn
Candy Corn
You see, I’ve never not liked Candy Corn, wasn’t a favorite of mine, but I don’t have anything against it personally. No most other people will tell you it’s worse than death and I’ve never understood why. So as a courtesy to all who hate Candy Corn, here ya’ go.

Honorable Mention Best: Chips
Potato Chips
They’re salty, greasy and can get stuck in your teeth, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that they were very tasty. They got noting on the sweet stuff on Halloween, but yeah, chips, along with nachos and cheese puffs are satisfying enough.

10 Worst – Hard and Stale Gum
I love gum, and despite its great taste you can’t digest it. That’s a cruel enough blow on a holiday of eating primarily sugary sweets, they to give trick or treaters (especially little kids) your leftover gum or giant gumballs only to have them spit it out once the flavor runs out is unforgivable.

10 Best – Fruit Candies
Whether they are gummies, Skittles, Jolly Ranchers or Starbursts, Fruit Candies gives you a juicy taste of fruit in candy form. It’s a delicious fusion of flavors unlike just fruit (I’ll get back to that in a minute).

9 Worst – Sticky Candies
Salt Water Taffy
By this I mean stuff like Sugar Daddys and Taffy. Does anyone even want to put the effort into eating stuff that will slow down the process of eating the rest of your treats? Besides, for older trick or treaters that crap is murder on your teeth.

9 Best – Mint Candies









Tasty, sometimes chocolate-coated, low-fat and it freshens your breath. Yep no downside from where I see.

8 Worst – Bland Popcorn
I ain’t talking about Orville Redenbacher here folks. No, this is saltless, butterless, fake cheeseless and overall flavorless Popcorn. The only things that this Popcorn shares with the good stuff is you can expect to get a kernel stuck in your teeth, or worse, under your tongue. And no making it a Popcorn ball doesn’t help.

8 Best – Sugar Candies
Pixie Stix
Pixie Stix, Nerds and Smarties aka raw sugar with colors and flavors. The guiltiest of the guilty pleasures these treats are quick to eat and addictive (it’s mainly sugar after all).

7 Worst – Coupons and Gift Cards
Gift Card
It’s a nice thought, but honestly if it can’t be used that night (most stores are near closed during trick or treating), it defeats the purpose of giving a treat on Halloween.

7 Best – Little Hugs
Little Hugs
Little juice with tamper-proof wrapping, perfect to drink during trick or treating, let alone after.

6 Worst – Educational Literature
Future 5
Why? Why give anyone comic with a PSA in it? Why give some kind of pamphlet or statistic? This is Halloween, school can wait for a bit Even if it makes treaters informed, the Ed. Lit. will probably be in the nearest trash bin soon enough.

6 Best – Rice Crispies Treats
Rice Krispies Treat
Rice Crispies Treats are Marshmellowey, gooey and crunchy. But they are also tasty with the added benefit that it doesn’t get stuck in your teeth. Turing cereal into a delicious treat is better use than getting your daily vitamins IMHO.

5 Worst – Dental Products
Dental Products
Again, while it’s admirable, giving Toothbrushes, Floss or Mouthwash on Halloween is just wrong. Not only would they be the antithesis to everything on my best list, but just to give out fun size Toothpaste and Mouthwash that’s only good for half a week shows how much the person giving out said products really cares about your oral hygiene (fyi not much).

5 Best – Chocolate Bars
Hershey's Bar
MMMMMMmmmmm, Choclate….. (drools), They come in all shapes and sizes filled with nuts, nougat, caramel etc. they are all unique, but the ones with just chocolate are classic.

4 Worst – Fruit
A Candy Apple is pushing it, but an Apple? Fruit just feels out of place on Halloween. It’s more unpopular than Candy Corn. They also whack out your tastebuds after you eat candy.

4 Best – Tootsie Rolls
Tootsie Rolls
They’re little, but don’t get it twisted. Tootsie Rolls are so versatile. They are choclate, vanilla, fruit flavored, tall short, wrapped in wrappers, embedded in suckers I can go on and on. Whatever your fix, Tootsie Roll can satisfy it.

3 Worst – Black Licorice
Blech Licorice
Probably the nastiest garbage, I’ve ever tasted. I almost got nauseous from eating it. Makes a good paperweight or doorstop though.

3 Best – Hard Carmel Candies
Hard Carmel Candies
Smooth, creamy flavor Carmel Candies feel like they are wrapped with love. It’s not too sweet or too big or small, it’s just right.

2 Worst – Pennies
Honestly, what can you get with a Penny nowadays. You can’t even get Penny Candy with a frikkin Penny. There’s only one injustice that’s worse than this, but first…

2 Best – M & M’s











It’s an American classic; M & M’s are often duplicated but never perfected by countless ripoffs. Like Tootsie Rolls, these hard shell candies are very versatile. Pick you pleasure, peanuts, peanut butter, pretzels, and almonds? you crave it. M & M’s will likely have it. Classic.

1 Worst – Nothing
Not much to say here other than, at least with the other worst examples, there was some effort put into it. Heck even by giving a Penny, money was spent.

1 Best – Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut Butter Cups
IMHO, the tastiest treat ever on Halloween. Right size, right shape, filled with peanut butter and covered in chocolate. It’s the perfect treat (unless your allergic to peanuts, then sorry). To get a handful of those made my night when I was a kid and I know I’m not alone.



Well there you have it folks, enough treats to last till Thanksgiving. Now excuse me **nom** I’ve got to get back to **mmmmm** my precioussssss **ahem** til’ next time…ummm this is TrueBackLash and this is MY CANDY!