Thursday, 25 December 2008

Merry Christmas 2008


Just a quick Merry Christmas pic for everyone. Just in case you didn't know what I'm wearing is Bruce Lee's jumpsuit from Game of Death! (just like in Kill Bill) 

Friday, 12 December 2008

PSP Mobile Suit Gundam Gundam vs. Gundam

PSP Mobile Suit Gundam Gundam vs. Gundam
Video sent by strikesp

Fans of Gundam need to get this game! I know I'm getting it (but I can't tell you how!)!


Update - 31/1/09

I finally got the game, and it certanly is as cool as I thought it would be!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

My Money! My Monneeeeyyy!!!

My original plan of living off the savings I'd aquired after quiting my job is not working out the way I had hoped. You don't realise how much money you use month after month until you stop having money coming in! The recent credit crunch and increasing unemployment in the UK isn't making me feel any better either!

At some point, I know that I will have to do something about the situation. As great as it has been to relax and not have to worry about work hassles and office politics, but I won't be able to do this forever. I need to get the remaining of my plans (going to Japan) out of the way before I focus on the unpleasentness of work!

Time is running out! >_<

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

VGL08-08-Metroid.avi

It's music from the legendary Metroid series! Makes me shinespark just thinking about it!

Monday, 27 October 2008

Rocks so hard, it hurts!

Here’s my latest blog update (as Solid Snake would say “kept you waiting, huh?”), and interestingly this time I have some interesting stuff to talk about, instead of just more doom and gloom!


Last Friday was a day of firsts for me. I went to my first live musical event, my first visit to the Royal Albert Hall, my first experience of which I would now consider the legendary Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, and most importantly my first experience of Video Games Live, the only concert on the planet that plays famous soundtracks from video games with a live orchestra!


The first time I heard about VGL was when I watched some videos of it on YouTube. Even though they were just videos, I got a shiver down my spine just listening to all my favourite video game tunes! I knew from that point on that I would go to see it the next time it was in London!


I don’t want to go into too much detail about how I got to the Royal Albert Hall right now, but sufficed to say it was one of the most enjoyable experiences in my life so far. The feeling of awe I felt to be in a room full of likeminded individuals cheering and hollering to old classics and new favourites was truly memorable!


Just as a lot of others were doing, I decided to get some video footage as evidence of the evening. I bought a new digital camcorder in order to do so, and (with varying degrees of success) I was able to record some of the best bits, which I will be uploading in the very near future!


Even though things didn’t quite go 100% on the day, I will certainly consider going to Video Games Live in the future! It rocks so hard, it hurts!

Monday, 4 August 2008

Work Update

It's been a bit of a while since the last update, so let me just fill you in a bit about my current situation:

I'm still at my current job, only this time it's part time. I get 2 extra days a week to myself, which means I have more time to sort my life out (or in this case, lounge aroound at home watching Anime and playing Video Games!)

I had hoped that this new arangement would mean I'd be a lot less stressed out about work, because I have someone else filling in for me while I'm away (not the girl with the pink hair, she left a while ago). Unfortunately, that's just not the way it's turning out.

My line manager still has a habit of calling me on my days off to bother me about work-related crap I don't care about, which makes me all stressed again by the time I get back to work later on in the week. When I AM there, everyone acts like I'm still full time and piles in the work onto me. This wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the fact that I have LESS TIME to do everything, plus I can't use my machine because the other person is sitting at my desk!

Don't get me wrong, I kinda like that everyone still needs me, but I was hoping that the new guy would take the brunt of the work, leaaving me free to pursue my own interests. I suppose it's only been a month so far, so I guess I should just give it more time to sink in. In the mean time, I need to focus more on my own situation, and try and find a new job somewhere...

Saturday, 2 August 2008

London Motor Show 2008










I haven't been to any anime conventions this year, so to make up for that, I decided to head over to the London Motor show at the Excel Centre this year. I had been thinking about going since I heard about it earlier this month, and it was the second to last day of the event, so I though "what the heck?"

I'm glad I went! I tell you, nothing beats seeing all those cool cars face to face! It was awesome to see all my favorite cars "in the flesh" so to speak. The highlight of the day was seeing the Legendary Nissan GT-R!
Without a shadow of a doubt, if I'd been able to see stuff like this as a kid, I'm sure the rest of my life would've been devoted to pursuing a career in cars!
I've uploaded some videos I took on my camera phone of the event as proof that I went there!




Online Videos by Veoh.com

Here's a direct link:
http://www.veoh.com/channels/LondonMotors08

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

The fates that mock us

You 've gotta love the irony sometimes. My life seems to be full of "almosts but not quites", as I struggle to reach atainable goals and follow my dreams. Wondering what the heck I'm talking about? Let me fill you in a little bit.

In a previous entry, I mentioned about a girl that I was training up to be my replacement at work, because I believed everything was set for me to leave at the end of June. To save her blushes if she ever reads this, I will refer to her only as "H". She is a rare breed indeed. As it turned out as I got to know her better, she was into Japan just like me. She watched Anime and read Manga and was trying to learn how to draw her own characters in the "Japanime" style, just like me. Heck, she even went so far as to dye her hair pink!

I never thought I would be so fortunate to meet someone like her in my lifetime. Despite her recluse-like personality, she was friendly, intelligent, cute, and good company to be around. I thoughroughly enjoyed her company, and I had hoped at the very least that we would become friends. And then fate reared it's ugly head and spoiled everything.

She had mentioned that she had just broken up with her ex-boyfriend, and had also had trouble with strange guys in the past, but I thought that just meant she was used to guys who didn't respect her and just wanted to be single for a while, with no intention of jumping into another relationship any time soon. Little did I realise, these guys had hurt her a lot more than she had let on.

First, she dropped the bombshell that she didn't want to take over from me when I left. In hindsight, this was totally understandable considering how poorly situations like this are dealt with. I don't think she had been fully informed of what she was letting herself in for in doing my job, plus her desire to become an animator meant it wouldn't be too useful to take up a profession in Desktop Publishing.

Then she dropped another bombshell on me later: She had finished her course and was leaving on the very day I came back from my time off, leaving me no time to prepare. I had planned to buy her a present as a kind of thank you for the time she did spend training with me, and also because I wanted to give her something to remember me by. I had comitted to spend as much time left as I could with her before she left, but she seemed somehow different, more standoffish.

I had asked her to see me at the end of the day before she left, but I don't think she wanted to. I'm certain now that if she didn't need to have a closing interview with one of our staff members, she would've just walked out, and I never would've seen her again.

I tried to talk to her, thank her for helping me, and asked if I could stay in touch via email or mobile. She told me she didn't want to give me her details, because she had found in the past hanging out with guys started out okay to begin with, but ended up turning weird and uncomfortable. The ironic thing is, had I been a female, there would've been no problem! Right now, a part of me wishes I was a girl, just so I could stay in touch with her!

My head was quite messed up trying to figure out what went wrong. I've literally had to write everything that happened down to help clarify my thoughts. I'm the kind of guy that'll replay situations in my head, figuring out different things I could've said or done to change the outcome.

I just find the irony so delicious that I would find a girl that's into the kinds of things I'm into, and with whom I really felt a connection with, only to find out that previous relationships have rendered her unable to completely open up to any other guy. It feels so stupid because I, more than anyone can understand what it is to be afraid of opening up to others!

More than anything right now, I wanna complain about how fucked up the situation is, how I may never see this girl again. I feel a great sense of sadness and frustration at this realisation. More than anything, I just wish things could've been different!

I wanna know what she's doing right now. Did she ever get round to writing those reviews on those Manga? How is her character drawings coming along? Did she get a new job? Does she still think about me? From the bottom of my heart, I wish her all the hapiness in the world, I just wish I could be alongside her to share in that happiness.

And so life goes on, and all I can do is carry on as if nothing happened. Another irony is that this whole thing is the direct result of my desire to want to leave my job. Sometimes it feels like you push so hard to get what you want in life, sometimes life will push right back, with unexpected results. I may have to give up trying to predict how other people will act or behave in certain circumstances, because more often than not, I just seem to get it totally wrong.

Friday, 27 June 2008

Clean Shaven Roy!





Just in case you've ever wondered what I look like, I took these new pictures recently with the camera on my phone. I'd been keeping my moustach for quite a while, citing that I looked wierd without it, but recently I've been trying out a look without it. At first it was strange to look at myself in the mirror every morning and see my upper lip staring at me, but you eventually get used to it

I think you'll all agree I don't look half bad in these pics! (aside from my weird-shaped head, of course!)

I don't know how long I'll keep this look up (probably until I get bored of it), but at least I know it won't be the end of the world if I decide to shave it off again in future!

The Pain of Acceptance!

It's amazing the way thinks never seem to work out the way you think they will, isn't it?
Just to fill everyone in on what's been happening recently (and to help clarify my thoughts), I'm not quitting my job (yet).

The plan HAD been that I would quit my job at the end of June (giving my boss a month’s notice, and plenty of time to find another hapless chump to fill my shoes!). I didn’t really have anything planned beforehand, I was just looking forward to the time off to pursue my own interests.

Eventually, my boss found a new person. My job up until the end of my tour of duty, was to train her in all of the day to day activities I do for the company. She was good. Very good. I was very confident that she would be able to do my job to an acceptable level, while I slowly phased myself out as complete.

Then she turned round and said she didn’t want to do it any more. I was stunned. After she told the boss, he called me into his office to ask me to postpone my leaving until he could find someone else. Words can’t describe how I felt. It was a mixture of confusion, disappointment, anger and hopelessness.

It took me about two days to get over the shock of just how badly the situation had been dealt with. I felt as if my needs had once again taken second place to the needs of the company. My Line Manager told me I should be grateful that I was still needed so badly at the company, but all I could think of was: Does my opinion count for nothing?

Granted, I didn’t have anything solid planed before leaving, but I had given a WHOLE MONTHS notice that I wanted to quit. You would think they would take greater care in choosing someone that honestly WANTED the job, not strong-arm somebody that had no realisation of what they were getting into.

In hindsight, I should’ve seen it coming (this kind of thing happens all the time at this company), but my mind was already thinking about what I was going to do after I quit. I don’t blame the girl for not wanting to do the job, she was probably not completely informed of what the whole thing would entail (She’s a lot smarter than I was when I first joined the company!).

Anyway, after a considerable amount of thought, I agreed to stay on part-time. It may not be what my heart wanted, but it was the most logical decision to make to at least keep everyone happy. Sometimes you’ve just got to realise that the bigger decisions you make in life don’t just affect you, but others around you as well. At least now I have some more free time on my hands… >_>

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Hideo Kojima at Oxford Circus!

I was giving it some considerable thought, but in the end I decided against going to meet the legendary Hideo Kojima at the Oxford Circus branch of HMV yesterday. I would've loved to have gone, but seeing as June is my last month at my job, and the fact that I wouldn't be paid for it. There was also the issue of having to spend the entire day just to get one autograph from him and Yoji Shinkawa. Here's hoping this is not the only opportunity to meet the legend I get in my lifetime!

And just to rub salt in the wound, some friends of my work collegue went to meet him, and brought back the signed game sleeve for me to look at! Bastards! >_<

For more info, click on the link below:

http://kotaku.com/5012428/meeting-kojima-only-signing-sleeves-no-pics-allowed

Monday, 19 May 2008

Gundam 00 - Exia 1/100 scale






These are some pics of the Gundam model kit I bought off Ebay before last Christmas. It's the lead Gundam in the series "Mobile Suit Gundam 00", a Bandai model kit at 1/100 scale (anything less than that is pointless!).

I've been meaning up upload these pics for some time but I've been busy, blah blah blah. Putting this baby together took a lot more effort than I've ever had to spend on a model kit! To make matters worse, I lost one side of the face plate during it's construction! I still haven't found it, so quite frankly, I deserve to be called a "Noob-type".

I also bought a 1/100 scale of Unit 3, Gundam Kyrios. This one is particularly special, because it can transfrom into a "flight mode", similar to Gundam Wing's "Bird Mode"!

When I find time, I'll upload pictures of that one too, so stay tuned!

To be honest, I'm just trying to occupy my time while I wait for the second season of Gundam 00 to start showing in Japan in October. I can't wait! (and neither can my brother!)

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Happy Birthday me! -_-,

It's my birthday today, but to be honest, I just don't care. Life has never been going that smoothly for me. I don't have much money, or many friends. To cap it off, the fact that I've gotten 1 year older just makes me realise just how little time I have left to achieive all that I want to do in life.

You'd be surprised how many people have told me to just throw caution to the wind and embrace my dreams. They say that for others to want to help you, you have to help yourself. Unfortunately, every time I've tried has pretty much failed miserably. I feel like I'm trapped in an invisible box, and no one is willing to tell me how to find the exit.

Sorry to sound so negative. It just feels like I'm much happier with my internet persona than I am with my real self. Tell me if you haven't heard that before! -_-,

Anyway, have a nice day, I know I probably won't!

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

500 Posts!

They said it could never be done. They said my stories were stupid and pointless. They said I was buchering a classic series (which in a way, I kinda was!). Well none of that matters now, because the "Streets of Rage: Love Triangle" topic I created on Gfaqs over a year ago has just reached 500 hits! My first ever! Here's a shoutout list to all those who helped this small project become a legacy!

dragonmaster_90
megakiller121
LegendX1
Evil Ryu919
TheKoolAidShoto
x4str0m3ch
Xegethra
Thugstar
anyone else I may have forgotten to mention ~_^


For those of you who want to see it for themeslves, here's the link:
http://boards.gamefaqs.com/gfaqs/genmessage.php?board=586496&topic=29219786

It was a long hard slog, but I'd like to think that in some way, I've made a difference! (or I could just be talking outta my ass, making a big deal out of something trivial and pointless!)

Monday, 7 April 2008

April Snow!





Yesterday, Me and my bro woke up to what seemed like a Christmas morning. In April. As you can see from the pictures and the poor quality video, you'd think it was in the middle of winter or something! WTF?! o.0,
Somehow, even when you see the whether forecasts on the news, you can never really tell if they're joking or not until you see it for yourself. As the famous saying goes, "The truth can be stranger than fiction".
I'm just thinking how lucky we were that the snow didn't fall during the week. That would've been just dang inconvenient, wouldn't it?





video

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Streets of Rage: Love Triangle series - Ep10 Part 8

Streets of Rage: Love Triangle series - Episode 10 Part 8

The day had been a long and gruelling one for everyone involved. What had originally been a master plan had descended into chaos. There had been twists and turns all over the place, and many had suffered as a result.

The time had come to bring this chaotic chapter to an end.

Blaze was still with Raiken in the warehouse. It had become very apparent that there was no way for Raiken to remove her lodged hand from the side of the vat without killing herself in the process…

Raiken: Why are you still here? You’ve already won, why don’t you just kill me and be done with it!

Blaze: Will you shut up?! I’m trying to think!

Raiken: What about?

Blaze: How I’m gonna save your life!

Raiken: Why?

Blaze: Because someone like you deserves a second chance! I’m willing to take full responsibility!

Raiken: …I…I…don’t understand why you feel you have to help me. Someone who tried to kill you and your friend a few moments ago!

Blaze: Didn’t you say you don’t like harming others?

Raiken: You believed me? You really are an idiot, you know that?

Blaze: Regardless. After I’m done, you can do whatever you want.

Raiken: Even if I choose to kill you?

Blaze: …so be it. You might want to cover your eyes.

Raiken: What for?

Blaze raised her hand up above her head, as bluish lightning energy flashed outwards from it.

Blaze: I’m afraid you’re gonna lose the use of your right hand!

Raiken looked at Blaze with utter horror in her face.

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From out of the rubble and fallen debris, Becky pulled herself upwards, followed by Max and Axel. The Crusher robot was harassing a few stray thugs in the corner that hadn’t managed to already escape the harbour.

Becky: Y-you know what? I don’t think I wanna join your team any more!

Axel: What are you talking about? Aren’t you having fun yet?

Becky: Too much fun! After today, I’m quitting!

Max: And miss out on our retirement and dental plan?

Becky: Ha ha. Seriously though, I had no idea your jobs were so dangerous!

Axel: It may be dangerous, but if we don’t do it, who will?

Max: We are the last line of defence for this city. It’s a badge of honour I wear gladly.

Axel: And so does Blaze. If you knew Blaze as well as you think you do, you’d already know that!

Becky: ……sorry. I didn’t mean to…

Axel: It’s all right Becky, there’s now way you could’ve known how hard it is.

Max: Enough sappyness! Shall we finish what we started?

Becky: Yeah!! This one’s for Blaze! On the count of three!

Max: One!

Axel: Two!

Becky: Three!!

The three comrades charged towards the robot and ran right under its legs. The Crusher noticed them running towards the warehouse, and started giving chase.

The three managed to dive through the door before another laser beam sliced them in half! As they stumbled to his feet, Axel and Max saw what had become of the inside of the warehouse. There were boxes and crates strewn all over the place, fallen shelves and broken lights.

The team were alerted to the unconscious bodies of the female thugs that had ambushed Blaze and Becky earlier. Sufficed to say, they were in no mood to fight, and all fled the scene through the back exit. Axel then noticed a large red haired person with a missing right hand, draped over a smaller person dressed in red heading towards them.

Becky: Glad to see you’re still alive, Blaze!

Blaze: Nothing to it. Glad to see you guys made it to!

Axel: Well you know us! Who’s that on your shoulder?

Raiken: None of your damn business.

Blaze: An ally, hopefully. She’s been through a lot, and I said I’d look after her until she recovers.

Raiken: Lucky me.

Becky: You can’t be serious! She tried to kill us!

At that instant, a red laser beam began cutting through the wall of the warehouse behind them!

Blaze: I don’t know what that is, but it looks very, very dangerous!

Max: You don’t know the half of it!

Axel: We can save the discussions for later! Everybody, move it!

As the team headed towards the rear exit, the wall behind them was ripped asunder by the Crusher robot. Stumbling through the debris, it continued to chase the group through the warehouse!

As they moved past the vat of acid, Raiken pulled herself away from the shoulders of Blaze and Max.

Blaze: What are you doing? Are you trying to get yourself killed?

Raiken: Just go on without me! I’ll take care of that metal monster!

Blaze: Don’t be an idiot! You won’t last against it in your condition!

Raiken: Ha! You don’t think I’d lose to a piece of scrap like that?! Just watch and learn!

As Blaze and the others looked on, Raiken leaned against the vat, knelt down and began to lift up the side. With inhuman strength and only one hand, she lifted up the vat so that the acid inside would flow towards the Crusher!

As the acid flowed underneath the robot, it looked down at its feet to try and figure out want it was. Believing that it was in on danger, it continued onwards towards the team.

Becky: I-it didn’t work!

Raiken: You…can’t be serious!

Suddenly, the robot slipped on the acid and fell forwards! As it fell, the acid splashed into the exposed circuitry. As the acid began to burn into its internal circuits, a number of fires began to break out all over its body. Even though its outer shell was resistant to nearly everything, the same couldn’t be said about its inner workings!

As the robot was being destroyed from the inside out, it desperately tried to reach out to the team with its hand.

Becky: You did it! You destroyed it!

Raiken: Heh, nothing to it…

Blaze ran over to Raiken to catch her before she fell to the floor.

Blaze: Easy now! You’ve been through a lot.

Raiken: It’s all right. My…debt is repaid. Just get out of here…

Blaze: Max! Help me get her out of here!

Max: Damn! She’s as big as me!

Axel: I don’t mean to rush you guys, but we gotta move, NOW!!

As a last ditch attempt to kill the team, the robot opened its mouth to unleash another laser blast!

Everyone pilled through the rear exit, as bits of the ceiling came crashing down near them! As the team got outside, they could see that they would have to mover far away from the warehouse, as laser beams were still coming out through the walls!

By this time, the acid had managed to eat its way into the power core of the robot. The core became unstable as the acid damaged its inner workings, and caused it to overheat. The resulting heat consumed the rest of the inside of the robot, as it exploded outwards, destroying everything in its path!

The explosion spread outwards to engulf everything that had been inside the warehouse. The flames ignited the remaining pool of acid to create an even more violent explosion! The entire warehouse exploded, sending debris flying everywhere! The force of the explosion sent everyone flying towards the ground!

After a moment, everyone got up to see if they were okay.

Becky: ……Is……everyone okay?

Max: I’m still in one piece……I think.

Axel: What the hell was that?

Becky: The robot must’ve blew up! Just look at what’s left of the warehouse!

Everyone turned to see what was left of the warehouse. The entire roof had fallen in on itself, and the flames had pretty much consumed everything inside. Only parts of the wire structure was still standing.

Just then, sirens could be heard behind the team. Everyone turned round to see several Fire engines Police cars and Ambulances arrive at the scene. One Police car pulls up in front of the other vehicles, and a couple of guys get out.

????: Wow! You guys really made a mess here!

Becky: Adam!

Axel: Glad to see you’re alright! Where’s Skate?

Skate: Right here! You all didn’t think I’d go out that easy, did you?

Adam: Hey! Take it easy bro! You’re still injured, remember?

Skate: Yeah, yeah! I know!

Axel: Right, now that is all settled, I have a bone to pick with you little missy!

Becky: Huh? Are you talking to me?

Axel: Didn’t I tell you it was dangerous to live with Blaze?!

Becky: Oh, don’t start this crap again!

Axel: Well what do you think your Mom is gonna say when she finds out what happened because of you!

Becky: You’re blaming me? If I hadn’t been me, it would’ve been someone else, so shut up!

Axel: Why you little punk…

Adam: You know, she does have a point. They kidnapped me the last time, remember?

Axel: Will you shut up? You’re not helping!

Adam: Well EXCUSE me. Let’s go Ed!

Skate: Why are you calling me by my real name all of a sudden?

Adam: You’re my brother, and I love you. If I wanna call you by your real name, I think I have the right!

Skate: Auuhh geez! Lets just go home man.

Adam: You’re going straight to the hospital to get checked out. And that’s an order!

Skate: Auuuhhh maaaaaan!

*Back to Axel & Becky*

Axel: You know what? You’re moving in with me! No excuses!

Becky: Wha? Ewww! No way! I’m not moving in with you!

Axel: I mean it! I’m not letting you outta my sight!

Becky: You only want me to move in so you can see me naked in the shower!

Axel: What the heck are you talking about?! You’re my niece! It would be for your own safety, damn it!

Becky: Well Blaze doesn’t want me to move out, right Blaze? …Blaze?

Axel: Looks like you’re on your own here!

Becky: B-but she was here a second ago! Blaze? Where did you go? Max?

Max: I saw her go off with that wrestler chick. She looked concerned.

Becky: Wha? Why the heck is she helping that monster?!

Blaze was with Raiken as she was being put into the back of an Ambulance.

Raiken: I feel like crap.

Blaze: Thank you.

Raiken: Pfft. I didn’t do it for you!

Blaze: Well who did you do it for?

Raiken: Look, you saved me, I saved you. Let that be the end of it. Leave me alone.

Blaze: You’re gonna need help, now that you don’t have a right hand. Where do you live?

Raiken: Are you deaf? I said get lost!!

Blaze: What are you afraid of?

Raiken: I’m not afraid of anything!

Blaze: Have you already forgotten? I saw the fear in your eyes when your hand was stuck! You may claim that you’re nothing but a monster, but I can tell there is still a person inside there!

Raiken: ……

Blaze: Look, probably want to be alone more than anything right now. I can understand that. I just want you to know that if you ever need someone to talk to, I’m here.

Raiken looked into Blaze’s eyes. For the first time in a long time, she didn’t see fear or contempt, only compassion and understanding.

Blaze: It’s your choice. I’m not gonna force you to do anything. See you later.

Raiken: I’m still gonna kill you, you know that? As soon as I’m well again, I’m going to finish what we started today. You can count on it!

Blaze turned round to face Raiken as she was about to be taken to the Hospital.

Blaze: I look forward to it!

The two rivals smiled at each other, knowing that maybe, this would be the beginning of a strong friendship!

The End!

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Finish what you start...

It has come to my attention that I have a number of projects that have fallen by the wayside as a result of work, games and other interests. Now seem like no better time to go back and look over stuff I had created, but never finished (shame on me! >.<).

At the very least, if I can finish off some stuff, it will make it easier for me to fucus on new stuff. I'll also have the peace of mind to know that should anything happen to me (which I sure hope doesn't happen yet), I'll know that the people I leave behind will know just how creative I was.

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Countdown

This is an animated Flash countdown towards the worldwide simultaneous release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

I have been anticipating this game for a VERY long time (as has a everyone else, and Sony). I've pretty much said in the past that I'll get a Playstation 3 when this game comes out. Whether I actually will or not remains to be seen, but as you can see by the clock, I've got a lot of time to think about it...


Monty Oum - CG Martial Arts Master!

Monty Oum is a one-man CG video martial arts master. His work is, without a doubt the most awesome work I've ever seen.

The kind of stories I write and the artwork I draw are only an indication of the kind of action I like to portray, and his videos are so far the best representation of that ideal.

As an avid fan of martial arts and CG movies (I loved Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children!), Monty Oum's work stands out because, despite his "low tech" approach to the creation of his movies, there is an undeniably powerful vision within each one. In other words, If I were to make a movie, it would be a lot like his work!

He is by no means an expert (he even says so himself), but the choreography in his vids more than make up for the visual quality. I am not exaggerating when I say You will be blown away by how awesome his stuff is! I challenge you not to want to watch each one again after you've already seen it once!

These links are to his current series "Dead Fantasy", which is a kind of fanboy dream match between the girls of Dead or Alive vs the girls of Final Fantasy.

(Part 1) http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/115884.html

(Part 2) http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/193489.html?playlist=featured

Let me know what you think, I hope you enjoy them as mush as I did the first time I saw them! ^_^

Streets of Rage: Love Triangle series - Ep10 Part 7

Streets of Rage: Love Triangle series - Episode 10 Part 7

Time is a truly fickle thing. There are times when Time can seem to go on forever, especially when we don’t want it to. On the other times when Time seems more than happy to abandon us when we need it the most. Today was one of those days for Blaze.

With barely an ounce of strength left in her body, and a monstrous, cruel woman on the brink of killing Becky, Blaze had pretty much run out of options. Except one.

Raiken: You may have busted up one of my legs, but I still have more than enough speed to get to her before you do! And if I get to her first, it’ll be all over but the crying!

Blaze: WAIT!! J-Just hold on a second!

Raiken: What? You wanna talk just so you can buy more time for your friend? You MUST be desperate!

Blaze: You said it was an accident!

Raiken paused for a moment, the twisted smile faded.

Raiken: What are you trying to pull?

Blaze: Tell me why you think the death of your opponent was an accident!

Raiken: It WAS an accident! There was no way I would’ve killed him on purpose!

Blaze: You mean the “Masked Typhoon”? They say you and him were…close.

Raiken: ……Everyone else saw me as a monster. That was what my character was supposed to be. The crowd would boo, and I would love it……well……at least for a while. Over time, you get tired of playing the bad guy every night.

Blaze: You wanted a change?

Raiken: I wanted the chance to get cheers from the fans instead of boos, but the execs wouldn’t have it. They said it would ruin their image to have someone like me as a champion.

Blaze: You must’ve been frustrated.

Raiken: You damn right I was frustrated!! They didn’t even give it any consideration! All they cared about was their ratings and profit margins! I lashed out in the only way I knew best.
Blaze: You mean hurting your opponents?

Raiken: Heh! I was gonna make ‘em pay for ignoring me by working my way through the locker room roster! They’d end up with no one left to perform in the ring each night. No one was gonna stand in my way! No one……except him.

Blaze: Masked Typhoon?

Raiken: He was different. Where everyone else would just cower in my presence, he stood up to me. I’m not afraid to say it, he was magnificent! When I was around him, my inner fire didn’t burn from rage, but from passion! Where everyone else saw a crazed beast, he saw a proud and noble warrior. To him, I was his equal! He had a nice ass too!

Blaze: Wow! You…must’ve really liked him.

Raiken: With him, I could be more like myself. I may not look it, but I don’t really like hurting others that much. I’m just good at what I do, maybe too good. Time passed, and before I knew it, I had a match against him. I told him I didn’t wanna hurt him, but he said:

Let’s give everyone a match that they’ll never forget! We can show the whole world the beauty of pure combat!

Blaze: How could you refuse?

Raiken: I wish I had. Our match truly was one of the greatest of all time. The crowd were really cheering us both on. I can honestly say that was the happiest day of my life……and the saddest.

Blaze: The accident.

Raiken: I was delivering a German Suplex to him when I slipped. I got up to see if he was alright, and looked on in horror as I realised I had snapped his neck. Right then, at that very moment my professional career, and my life was over.

Blaze: That’s terrible!

Raiken: They always said I was likely to kill someone with my unrefined technique. I was always getting complaints from other wrestlers about my sloppy skills. I just never thought I’d end up killing the man I loved because of it. After that, the only people that would allow me to fight for money were the underground fight clubs. The only place I could take out my frustration at my own stupidity was by hurting others. I was resigned to my fate, but my only regret was that I’ve never had as good a match as I did when I fought him.

Raiken turned to look directly at Blaze.

Raiken: Until now!

While Raiken had been talking about herself, Blaze had slowly moved herself so that she was standing directly between her and Becky. Becky had managed to get to her feet, but was still dazed and was leaning against the vat of acid.

Raiken: I hope you enjoyed my life story, because now I’m gonna end yours!

Blaze: Well you don’t have to do that, do you? You just said you don’t like hurting people!

Raiken: If you were listening, you would’ve also heard me say I use hurting others as a way to make me feel better about myself. Right now, I ain’t feeling to good!

Blaze: ……have you ever thought of going to a therapist?

Raiken: Yes. I killed every one.

Blaze: Ahh. I guess you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to be told “It’s your fault”.

Raiken: Pretty much!

Raiken shrugged her shoulders and raised her hands in a “that’s the way it is” kind of way, then immediately charged at Blaze!

Blaze leapt backwards as fast as she could. All she could see in front of her was Raiken’s large frame edging closer and closer to her as she dashed backwards. The next move Blaze would be the most crucial.

As Becky tried to recover, she could see two blurry objects travelling towards her VERY quickly. She tried to move out of the way, but her legs felt like jelly. She sensed that something very bad was about to happen, but was powerless to do anything about it!

Raiken was quickly closing in on Blaze and Becky. She could taste victory! As soon as Blaze could feel Becky behind her, she shoved her out of the way. She barely dodged out of the way herself as Raiken’s fist passed barely a centimetre from her face! As the whole situation seemed to play out in slow motion, Blaze watched Raiken’s arm pass her and plow right through the side of the huge vat of acid behind them!

Raiken: Wh…What the?! How did you dodge my…ow…OWW…AHHHHH!!!

Becky: Oh god! Her arm! It must be the acid!

Blaze: Raiken! Are you alright?!

Raiken was overcome with the searing pain shooting through her body as the acid started to eat away at her hand!

Raiken: I…I can’t MOVE! I can’t get my arm free!

Blaze: Don’t move! You’ll only make it worse!

Raiken: How can I make it any WORSE?! AHHHH!! What the hell were those idiots thinking?!

Becky: Blaze! Now’s our chance! Let’s get out of here!

Blaze looked at Becky, then turned to see the mighty Raiken cowering in pain and desperately trying to remove her arm. Tears were running down her face, and there was a genuine look of fear in her eyes.

Blaze: Becky. I want you to go and help the others.

Becky: What about you?

Blaze: I’m staying here.

Becky: Why?! Have you forgotten this crazy B**** tried to kill us?!

Blaze: Becky! Don’t argue with me! Do as I tell you and get away from here!

Becky: B-But Blaze!

Blaze: Just GO!!

Becky hesitated for a moment, looking at Blaze and Raiken, then turned to run for the exit.

Becky: Don’t worry Blaze! I’ll go and get the others!

Blaze: Just get the hell outta here!

Becky: Don’t you DARE die on me Blaze! I won’t forgive you if you do!

Raiken: So is that how it is now, eh?

Blaze: What are you talking about?

Raiken: Am I so pathetic that you feel like you have to help me?

Blaze: You’re not pathetic! Now shut up while I think of something!

Raiken: ……

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Outside, things had taken a turn for the worse. During the fight between Shiva, Axel and Max, Bowman had been inspecting the remains of his creation, the giant robot “Grand Crusher”. His plan had been to extract the data module from the machine’s chest, but his fiddling caused the monster to unexpectedly spring to life! Small bolts of electricity sparked across it’s damaged body.

Bowman: What the? I thought they had deactivated you, but it seems you’re much tougher than that, aren’t you my beauty?

Grand Crusher: *turns to look at Bowman*……

Bowman: Huh? What’s wrong? Don’t you recognise me?

G.C: ……*eyes glow red*

Bowman: …? Why are you looking at me like that? I’m your master, damn it! You will obey me!!

With that outburst, the giant mech slowly stumbled towards Bowman. Bowman quickly realised that something was wrong, and reached into his jacket pocket to pull out a remote controller. He was about to aim it at the Crusher to try to deactivate it when the controller was knocked out of his hand by a swipe of the robot’s giant arm. The Crusher then knocked Bowman to the floor and placed it’s foot on him, pinning him in place!

Bowman: Ahhhh! Let me go! I made you, damn it! Please! I beg you! You don’t know what you’re doing! SHIVA!! HELP ME!!

The Crusher looked down at it’s creator with an almost human distain. With one final act, the mechanical monster crushed Bowman underfoot, leaving a bloody mess in its wake!

Just as Axel, Max and Shiva had finished up their fight, the Crusher opened its mouth to reveal a particle laser cannon. Seeing what it perceives to be enemies, it chooses to attack. It’s mouth draws in small red particles into it’s mouth, then spits them out in a focussed laser beam that incinerates everything it touches!

Becky arrives to see the chaos that has developed in her absence. The thugs that had recovered from the previous fight were running round manically, trying not to get killed. She then saw Axel, Max and Shiva desperately trying to subdue the cybernetic monster.

Becky: Max! What’s happening?

Max: Becky?! Oh thank goodness you’re safe! Where’s Blaze?

Becky: She’s tied up with someone we met inside. I think she might need a little help!

Max: Join the club! We managed to beat this thing before, but now it’s come back, and is crazier than before! Look out!

Max quickly moved him and Becky out of the way of another laser attack, while Axel and Shiva battled onward.

Becky: Where’s Skate and Adam?

Max: Skate got injured when we stopped the robot before with electricity.

Becky: Can’t you do it again?

Max: I don’t think so. Right now, we’re completely out of ideas!

Becky paused for a moment.

Becky: What about acid?

Max: Huh?

Becky: Have an Idea! We need to get Axel’s attention!

Max: That could be a bit tricky. He has his hands full right now.

Becky: Right! Okay then, just follow my lead!

Becky and Max then ran right by Axel and Shiva towards a nearby stack of boxes. Axel saw what was happening, and followed, leaving Shiva to fend for himself!

Axel: Becky! Am I glad to see you!

Becky: Yeah, me too. Well have to save our reunion for later though, I have a plan to bust up that robot over there!

Axel: You do? Well that’s more than what I got. Spill it.

Becky: Inside the warehouse is a giant vat of acid.

Max: Where the heck did that come from?

Becky: It was probably part of their master plan. Anyway, all we need to do is lure that thing into ramming the vat with its body. That should be enough to melt it down into scrap in no time!

Axel: Okay, do it. We’d better be careful though, that is fast for its size.

Becky: Right! On three! One, two…

Before the team could count to three, a stray laser beam passed over the boxes they had been hiding behind. There was an almighty explosion, leaving debris crashing down all over the place. It seemed that the Streets of Rage team had not been quick enough to act before they had been obliterated by the killer robot. All their efforts had been in vain…

GAME OVER


……Continue?

Streets of Rage: Love Triangle series – Ep10 part 6

Streets of Rage: Love Triangle series - Episode 10 Part 6

As she locked grips with her opponent, never in her life had Blaze felt so exhausted. As unusual as the situation had began, the arrival of the female wrestler known as Thunder Thighs Raiken had only made things 10 times worse. Blaze would’ve had trouble fighting this monster had she been at full strength, to say nothing of how badly she was doing now.

The only thing keeping her going was that if she gave up now, Becky would most certainly die at the hands of this maniac.

Raiken: You know now that I think of it, you’re not at your very best right now, are you?

Blaze: Y-you could say that!

Raiken: Want me to tie my hands behind my back?

Blaze: Yeah, that sounds good! While you’re at it, how’s about you handcuff your legs together and wear a blindfold!

Blaze knew she couldn’t match Raiken for strength, so she decided to use her opponent’s strength against her. She feint weakness for a moment, making Raiken lean towards her, then delivered a head-butt right to her nose, sending her reeling backwards!

Raiken slid backwards on the toes, then regained her composure. She paused for a second when she realised her nose was bleeding. This made a sinister smile creep across her face!

Raiken: Ha! Who’d have thought? Do you know how long it’s been since anyone has made me bleed my OWN blood?

Even though she was wavering, Blaze stood ready for the next assault.

Raiken: You ARE the real deal! You’re the genuine article! No doubt! I’m so excited!

Blaze: I’m so happy for you!

Raiken: You should be! It means I don’t have to hold back anymore!

Blaze: Wait, What?! You’re joking, right? You mean to tell me you were holding bac…

Blaze didn’t even see the attack until it was too late. In the blink of an eye, Raiken had charged at Blaze and knocked her skyward with a killer clothesline move. As Blaze dropped to the ground, she couldn’t even defend herself from Raiken’s next attack, a diving elbow to her abdomen. This attack knocked the breath right out of Blaze, and made her see stars!

Raiken: Now this is what I’m talking about! A proper fight! Finally a chance to unleash my A-game! You should feel privileged to be able to witness what most of my opponents couldn’t even survive long enough to see!

Raiken dragged Blaze to her feet by her hair, shoved her into a reverse headlock, then lifted Blaze’s body over her head, holding her perfectly vertical in the air!

Raiken: Prepare to experience my ultimate finishing move, the “Jackhammer Slam!!”. Do you think your body can take it?!

Blaze was certain that this would be her last fight. For the first time since she was a little girl, Blaze was scared of monsters. She was certain the last sound she would hear would be the sound of every bone in her body shattering at the same time…

The next sound she heard however, was the howl of the monster as she stumbled to the floor, dropping Blaze gently to the ground as she did so. Blaze turned round to see Becky laying on the floor behind them, a trail of smoke coming from her outreached hand.

It seemed that while Raiken was distracted, Becky had crawled up behind her and fired a concentrated fireball at her leg. The invincible monster was not as invincible as it first seemed!

Blaze: B-Becky…thank…god…

Becky: T-think…nothing…of it. There…was no way…I was gonna…let that **** kill you…right before my eyes!

Raiken: Ahhh!!! My leg!! I’ll make you pay, both you!! I’ll MAKE YOU PAY!!

Raiken turned round to see the two girls huddled close together, with Blaze standing in front of Becky. Both with weary, but determined looks on their faces.

Raiken: I don’t get this! I kick the crap out of one of you, and the other one steps in to protect them! You should both be finished by now! Why aren’t both of you giving up?!

Becky: It’s because…we care about each other…you stupid brute!

Blaze: You should listen to her! Each one of us gets our strength from protecting the ones we care about most! I guess that’s something you’d know nothing about!

Raiken: That’s a bunch of bull-crap!!

Blaze: Is it? Why do you think we’re still standing, while you appear to be losing your edge?

As Raiken looked at the two friends, see could see that there might’ve been some truth to their claims.

Raiken: B-But how? All my life I thought true strength came from anger…but…the two of you…

This fact seemed to enrage her even further, as a demon-like fury crept across her face!

Raiken: Y-You! YOU!! I’ve had enough of both of you!! I’ll tear you both to shreds and feed on your remains!

The wounded Raiken started to lash out wildly at the pair, hoping to land a hit. Blaze was able to dodge out of the way, but Becky was caught by a stray backhand by Raiken, which sent her flying across the warehouse. She hit the ground sliding, until her body hit the acid vat and came to a stop.

Raiken: Looks like I got lucky! What do you think the chances are that I reach her before you do?!

Blaze could feel that she had nothing left to give. Her best efforts had proved futile up to this point, and if she couldn’t muster enough remaining strength to stop Raiken, it would be too late!

There was no sight of Axel or the others. She would have to think of something else, fast!

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Axel and Max prepared themselves to face off against one of their most dangerous foes. Neither of them was in the best shape, and to make matters worse, Shiva was looking better than ever!

Shiva: So, are the two of you ready?

Axel: As ready as we’ll ever be! Let’s just do this!
Max: Alright! The coast is clear, let’s rumble!

Shiva: If you INSIST!!

Before either of them could think, Shiva was on them like a hawk! He hit them both at the same time, sending them flying in either direction! As they both hit the ground, Shiva effortlessly landed in a crouching position, straightened up and brushed himself off as if nothing had happened.

Max: Damn it! What the hell was that?!

Axel: Auuugh crap, crap, crap, CRAP!! Can’t you go a little easier on us?

Shiva: Complaining doesn’t become you Axel. I know you can do better than that, so hurry up and do it, before all that you care about most dear disappears before your very eyes!

Axel and Max picked themselves up from the ground, dusted themselves off, then readied themselves again.

Axel: When you put it that way…GO!!

Axel and Max dashed towards Shiva, and hit him with everything they had! Shiva blocked their attacks and pushed them away with what felt like a powerful wind, causing them to slide back on their toes. Axel immediately charged again, launching a flurry of punches and kicks. Shiva matched Axel move for move, until he was grabbed from behind by Max!

Axel saw this opportunity to launch a flying kick at Shiva. Max though he had a firm grip on Shiva around his chest, but at the last second Shiva used an ingenious technique to escape. He expanded his chest by breathing in as much air in his lungs as possible, then as Axel’s kick approached, expelled the air in his lungs quickly. This allowed him to slip out of Max’s grip and avoid the kick, which ended up hitting Max instead!

By the time Axel had realised what had happened, Shiva was already on him again. His speed and ferocity was such that all Axel could do was use his arms to protect himself as best he could! Shiva delivered body blow after body blow to Axel’s ribcage, then hit him in the face with a punch that looked like it was a miniature tornado!

This hit sent Axel reeling backwards, unable to tell where he was! Shiva then grabbed him from behind in a full nelson hold, cutting the circulation of blood to Axel’s brain. If this hold were to be applied for a long time, the opponent would eventually black-out.

Shiva: Well, what can I say? You tried your best, but apparently it wasn’t enough! You should do yourself and all your friends a favour and just go to sleep!

Axel: I…can’t…do…that just…yet!

Max: AXEL!!

Axel: I…I know! I can’t quit yet!

Max: No you jackass! You kicked me!!

Axel: Are… you…kidding me?!
Shiva: Do take a seat Max! I’ll be with you in just a moment!

Axel: Don’t…count… on…IT!!

With all his strength, Axel used the back of his head to head butt Shiva right on his nose!

As Shiva released his grip, Axel turned to face him. Small sparks quickly erupted into a monstrous flaming maelstrom as Axel unleashed a flaming fist of fury!

Axel: RASAPAW!!

Shiva body flew through the air with a trail of flames spiralling around him. At the last second, Shiva flipped himself round so that he would land on his feet, but before he could land he was intercepted by Max. Max leapt up and delivered a two-footed drop kick to Shiva’s chest, sending him hurtling into a pile of metal boxes!

Axel: Do you think we got him?

Max: I don’t know. I sure hope so, coz I sure as hell don’t wanna face him again!

Axel: ……man that felt good!

Max: Let’s get going! We still have to go rescue Blaze and Becky!

As the two of them turned round and headed towards the warehouse, the sound of rumbling metal boxes stopped them in their tracks. As one of the boxes flew over their heads and hit the wall of the warehouse, their worst fears were confirmed.

Shiva: You both thought something like that would be enough to stop me? The most you’ve done is ruin my clothes!

Axel: I guess it was too good to be true, wasn’t it?

Max: Yeah. Life seems to just keep throwing us curve balls these days.

Shiva: Shall we resume?

Just as things seemed like they couldn’t get any worse, the air was shattered by the noise of grinding metal! Axel, Max and Shiva all turned to see the previously deactivated Grand Crusher robot spring back to life. It was acting very erratically, and it’s glowing red eyes were flickering.

Max: I thought we busted that thing up?

Axel: We did…well I thought we did.

The next thing they knew, the Grand Crusher opened it’s mouth and a red laser beam shot out of it! The beam strafed across the ground, narrowly missing Axel, Max and Shiva, who had to dodge out of the way as the beam ignited everything in its path!

Axel: That tin can’s gone berserk!

Max: We’ve gotta stop that thing!

Axel: And how do you suppose we do that?!

Max: Your guess is as good as mine!

The two looked on as the mechanical monster continued to rampage the surrounding area. As Max had mentioned earlier, life continued to throw curve balls at the team. There appeared to be no end in sight…

To be continued.

Streets of Rage: Love Triangle series – Ep10 part 5

Streets of Rage: Love Triangle Series – Episode 10 - Part 5

Blaze was facing a stalemate. Just as she thought that she had tied up all the loose ends with Mr X’s former henchwomen, a new threat had just risen to challenge her. Something that was more powerful, and more dangerous than she had ever faced before!

This individual appeared to be female, however it was not easy to come to that conclusion because she was quite tall for a female, and very muscular. She had long and crazy flame orange hair, a blue bra and pants with a thunder logo running across it, padded gloves and blue wrestling boots which also had the thunder logo. Her face covered with an Ultimate Warrior style face paint.

Blaze: I don’t know how you are, but if you don’t let my friend go right now, you’re gonna regret it!

????: Really? Do you promise? I’m so looking forward to being punished by the legendary Blaze Fielding!

Blaze: ……Have I…met you somewhere before?

????: What? You’ve forgotten me already? That hurts! Don’t you remember that I smothered you into unconsciousness when the others grabbed your girlfriend here!

Blaze: Okay fine! Let her go, and we can talk further.

????: You know, it would be really easy for me to snap her little neck right in front of you!

Blaze: Let her GO!!

Blaze charged towards the wrestler. With an effortless toss, the female wrestler threw Becky into the air. Despite her size, she was quick enough to launch a boot right in Blaze’s face, knocking her on her back. The wrestler then caught Becky’s body in one hand, then proceeded to plant her foot on Blaze’s chest, pinning her to the ground.

????: You know I just don’t get it. Everyone I’ve met say you’re the best female fighter they’ve ever seen, that you’re some kind of legend! From what I’ve seen, you’re nothing more than a joke!

Blaze: ……

????: Seeing as you’re not gonna last much longer, I might as well tell you who I am. I’m the former female World Heavyweight Champion, Thunder Thighs Raiken!

Blaze: …R-R-Raiken? Weren’t you fired from wrestling because you killed a opponent?

That statement seemed to hit a sore point with Raiken. She applied more pressure on Blaze’s chest!

Raiken: It was an ACCIDENT!!

Just then, Raiken was knocked off her balance by Becky, who had recovered enough to kick Raiken in the side of her head. Blaze used this opportunity to move out of the way and launch a kick behind Raiken’s knee. Becky tried to use her body weight to make Raiken lean backwards, while Blaze’s kick was used to throw the wrestler’s centre of gravity.

Raiken: I must say, I’m impressed by your little team work effort just now, but I’m afraid you’re both gonna need a lot more to defeat the likes of ME!!

With inhuman strength, the wrestler recovered her stance, then slammed Becky’s body down on top of Blaze. She then picked them both up and threw them through a bunch of wooden crates!

After a while of rummaging, Blaze managed to get out of the smashed wreckage. She then turned to look for Becky.

Blaze: Becky? Are you alright?

Becky: Over here!

Blaze turned round to see Becky also pull herself out from the broken boxes.

Becky: Ow, ow, OW!! This sucks! This day just seems to be getting worse and worse!

Blaze: It certainly seems like it! I’ve never faced a monster like that before!

Becky: ……Is this it for us? Is this how we’re gonna die!

Blaze: Please Becky! Don’t lose hope! I’m sure if we stick it out, we can beat her!

Becky: But we already tried to work together! It didn’t work!

Just then, the pile of boxes behind them was pushed aside, revealing the crazed monster that was looking for them!

Raiken: What have you girls been chatting about? Can I join in?

Blaze: Sure! I was just telling my protégée here that I haven’t had a good fight in ages. I’d forgotten what it was like to get my ass kicked!

Raiken: Well, I’m more than happy to hand out as many ass kickings as you want! Let me help you up!

Raiken grabbed Blaze on her shoulder and tossed her behind her. Enraged by such a vicious act, Becky leapt up and threw a punch right in Raiken’s face! At first, Becky thought that she had surprised the wrestler, but her face turned to fear as Raiken smiled, grabbed her arm, and did a belly to belly suplex on her that knocked Becky out cold!

Blaze recovered to see Raiken standing over Becky’s unconscious body.

Raiken: Looks like your protégée needs a little more toughness training!

Blaze: Damn you!! She’s just a kid! Don’t you have any compassion?!

Raiken: I did, but after you’ve been through what I’ve been through, you find there isn’t much room for compassion when people think you’re a killer!

Blaze: You came here to fight me? Fine! You have my undivided attention! Just leave Becky alone!

Raiken: If you give me your very best game, then there’ll be no problems!

Blaze: Fine, just let me get…READY!!

Blaze charged at Raiken with all the speed she can muster. A build up of bluish energy flowed from Blaze’s hand as she unleashed a deadly blast at her opponent.
Raiken fell to the floor from the impact of the blast, a huge trail of smoke flowing from her body.

After taking a moment to catch her breath, Blaze turned to tend to Becky, not even bothering to see if she had defeated Raiken. Her only concern was to get herself and Becky out of there as soon as possible.

Suddenly she heard what sounded like someone chuckling in the background. The chuckling turned to laughing, then to an outright belly laugh. Blaze turned to see the smoking body of the just downed Raiken get up to her feet.

Blaze wondered just what it would take to survive this seemingly invincible behemoth!

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The guys had just managed to stop the rampaging giant robot, by tricking it into attacking a nearby circuit box. Unfortunately, the cost of victory was a very big one.

Adam was trying to resuscitate his younger brother, who had saved his life by taking a lightning blast to the back.

Adam: Oh god, oh god! PLEASE! You’ve got to wake up!

Max: C’mon Skate! You can do it! We still need you!

Axel: ……

After a few more minutes of trying, Adam couldn’t go on. All he could do was hold his little brother’s lifeless body to his chest and wept……

There was utter silence for what seemed like an eternity…


Then the silence was broken by a sharp breath, followed by a lot of coughing.

Adam quickly checked to see the face of his brother. Skate was alive!

Adam: Oh thank god!! Eddie! Are you alright?!

Skate: J-Just *cough* g-g-give me a *cough* sec! *Cough*

Axel: Geez kid! You all gave us a hell of a scare just now!

Max: Ha! Don’t count him out yet! This kid is tougher than he looks!

Adam: Just take your time. There’s no rush.

Skate: Well, that’s not *cough* true now *cough* is it?

Adam: What are you talking about?

Skate: We still need to *cough* go and rescue the girls, don’t we?

Adam: I guess you’re right.

Axel: Don’t you worry kid. Me and Max will take care of the girls. Adam, you take your bro out of here and get him some treatment.

Adam: Are you sure?

Axel: I don’t want to see any more of my friends get hurt today. This crap ends right now!

????: A truly noble sentiment to be sure, Mr Stone! It’s just a shame life never works out that way, does it?

The team turned round to see who had interrupted them.

Two men slowly were walking towards them. The one of them was trailing behind the other, and looked like a geeky scientist type. The man in front was a familiar face. A muscular man with dark skin, long black hair and a red headband. He was wearing a martial arts jumpsuit, which was white in colour instead of his usual black.

It was Shiva.

Axel: You son of a BITCH!! It was you, wasn’t it?! All this crap is because of YOU!!

Shiva: Very perceptive, Mr Stone! I can certainly see why people consider you to be the BRAINS of your outfit!

Adam: Shut the hell up!! My brother nearly died because of you!

Shiva: Actually, you can blame my little friend here, Isn’t that right Mr Bowman?

Bowman: I-I can’t believe they were able to defeat my greatest creation!! I must get the data back to my lab, so I can fix the imperfections…

Max: Hey Poindexter! Your “Greatest Creation” tried to kill us! Are you okay with that?

Bowman: Y-Your lives are of no consequence to me! All that matters is that I was finally able to test the capabilities of the “Grand Crusher”!

Axel: Where the heck did you dig this noob out from? He looks like he’s never been out in daylight for 3 years or something!

Bowman, uninterested in what was happening around him headed straight to his damaged Grand Crusher. He pulled out a small laptop computer from the satchel bag hanging round his shoulder, and plugged a cable from it into a compartment in the robot’s leg.

Shiva: It’s more like 2 years, 4 months actually. He’s a former assistant of Dr Dahn. From what he tells me, Dahn was not as great as he made himself out to be. He took all of Bowman’s creations and claimed he invented them instead. A great genius, stuck in the shadow of a fake…

Axel: What makes you think we care about this crap?!

Shiva: I find it’s always nice to know who your opponent is in battle. The very fact that we know so much about all of you is the reason why we were able to put this whole plan together.

Max: Axel, we can’t waste any more time on this guy! The girls…

Shiva: I wouldn’t worry about those two, if I were you. Chances are they’re both already dead!

Axel: Now I KNOW you’re talking outta your ass! If we were able to smash your little toy over there *points to Grand Crusher*, then I’m sure Blaze’ll have no trouble with whatever you’ve thrown at her!

Shiva: Ha! That’s rich! You nearly lost one of your team out here! What makes you think Miss Fielding and your cousin are still alive?

Max: Axel, we should just finish this guy off as quickly as possible.

Axel: Fair enough. Shiva? I don’t know why the hell you chose to wear white today, coz by the time we’re done with you, your clothes are gonna end up covered in your own blood!

Shiva: Quite the bold statement! I look forward to it!

Axel: Adam! Get going!

Adam: Right!

Skate: Hang in there guys! Don’t let that *cough* jackass beat you!

Axel: You got it kid!

Adam picked Skate up in his arms and carried him away from the area.

Axel and Max prepared themselves to showdown with Shiva, the lives of Blaze and Becky hanging in the balance. The clock was ticking…

To be continued…


Streets of Rage: Love Triangle series – Ep10 part 4

This story is going from strength. My plan is to focus on the plot and character development in equal measure (hopefully). I've already gotten most of the story written up, and I've been uploading them on Gamefaqs before I post them here.

I've gained quite a small following of fans of my stories over there, which I'm proud of (it must mean I'm doing something right!). It feels good to know that I'm bringing a little happiness to other people's lives, and helping myself at the same time. If it weren't for their encouragement, I probably wouldn't have gotten any of my ideas off the ground.

I think after this story is completed, I'm gonna giva a shout out to my boys who have been checking in every week, and screaming at me to make more stories!

Keep an eye out for the "dramatic closer" in this installment! One thing you've got to know about me is, I love a good plot twist! ^_^

Streets of Rage: Love Triangle Series – Episode 10 - Part 4

The situation had grim for Blaze, as the shear ferocity of attacks from the female thugs had pushed her beyond her limits. Fortunately, a self-released Becky looked to turn the tide of battle in their favour.

The training that Becky had taken under Blaze’s tutelage had paid off as the two girls synchronised their moves with each other. Where one of them was vulnerable to attack, the other stepped in to protect her, and vice versa. Their teamwork even put the twin’s techniques to shame. It was quickly evident that the female thugs had just lost their advantage!

Suzy: Damn it! Why can’t we hit ‘em?!

Lisa: I think we may have underestimated the little punk a bit.

Becky: You damn right you estimated me! I’ve been trained by the very best, and you’re all gonna get a taste of hell!

Blaze: That certainly sounds fair! Do you want to lead?

Becky: I thought you would never ask! Let’s do it!!

Becky charged at Suzy first, with Blaze following behind her. Sensing imminent danger, all Suzy could do was use her arms to shield herself.

Mona and Lisa charged in to try and save Suzy, but were counterattacked by Becky and Blaze mid run. The ploy had worked, tricking the others into thinking they were going after Suzy, when in fact they planned to attack them after all!

This tactic left the thugs floundering, unable to attack or defend themselves quickly enough. Each one fell one by one, first Suzy, then Lisa, and then Mona, leaving only Elektra. With little options left, she tried to use her electrified whip to defend herself by spinning it around in front of her.Elektra: Crap! It can’t end like this! Not yet! I won’t let it!

Becky: Like you have a choice, Bimbo Brains!

Elektra: B-B-Bimbo Brains?! H-How DARE you, you little ****! I’ll kill you!

Elektra launched her whip at Becky with all her might, but Becky dodged to the side. Blaze caught the tip and held it tightly, so Elektra couldn’t pull it back. Elektra was about to send an electric charge through her whip, but before she could Becky was already in front of her. Becky raised her hand far behind her, and appeared to charge up a small blue ball of energy in her hand. She launched it right in Electra’s face, flooring her with so much force that a small cloud of dust escaped from under Elektra’s body!

Blaze: Wow, I must say I’m impressed! I didn’t think you would pick up that skill so quickly!

Becky: Yeah, pretty good huh! I just wish it could’ve been a lot bigger…

Blaze: No, that was just fine. I wanted to talk to her anyway.

Becky: What for?

Blaze: To get some information.

Blaze walked up to the still smouldering Elektra, who was looking quite shocked but was still conscious. Blaze knelt down until she was right next to Elektra.

Blaze: Okay, now here’s how it’s gonna go down. I’m gonna ask you some questions, and you’re gonna tell me everything. Is that clear?

Elektra: Get……bent!

Blaze: Good, good. I’m glad we understand each other. Now tell me, who put you up to this little scheme of yours?

Elektra: I don’t know what you’re……talking about!

Blaze: You and I know you girls aren’t smart enough to come up with a plan as intricate as this by yourselves, so who’s your puppet master?

Elektra: If I were you, I’d be less worried about me, and more worried about your little friend over there!

Blaze: What are you…?!

Blaze turned round to see a huge figure standing behind Becky! Before she could react, the giant grabbed Becky around the neck, choking her.

Blaze: BECKY!!

????: Concentrate on the opponent standing in front of you, Fielding! If you don’t, your friend won’t last another minute!

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Outside the warehouse, things were looking equally hopeless. From out of nowhere, a giant robot carrying a huge sword stood in the team’s path.

Max: Sooo…what do we do now?

Axel: What do we do? We smash him up, that’s what we do!

Axel charges forward and unleashed a flaming energy wave that travels across the ground towards the robot.

The wave hit the robot’s legs and travels up it’s body, quickly dissipating into nothing as it goes.

Max: Wow. That was……something.

Axel: Shut up!

Skate: Maybe if we get closer?

Axel: Right!

Axel ran right up to the robot to try again, but was instantly swatted into the air by the robot. Axel quickly recovered in mid air and slid across the ground as he landed.

Axel: Okay then, that didn’t work so well. Anyone else got a good idea?

Adam: Tag team?

Skate: Yeah, hit it from two sides!

Axel: Right. Skate? We go on three!

After the count of three, Axel and Skate charged towards the robot in a criss-cross fashion. The robot was not quick enough to keep up with both of them at the same time, and while it was distracted by Skate, Axel leapt up and launched a flaming punch right into its armour.

The attack did nothing. Again.

The robot grabbed Axel by the leg and slammed him into the ground, then leapt up into the air with its sword and slammed it down on the ground. The shockwave travelled across the ground from the tip of the sword and followed Skate, tripping him up and knocking him to the floor.

Adam rushed to his aid.

Adam: Bro!! You alright?!

Skate: Yeah, just a little…LOOK OUT!!

The brothers narrowly escaped being crushed by the robot by rolling out of the way!

Max ran over to see if Axel was okay.

Max: Axel?! You alright man?

Axel: T-This tin can is REALLY beginning to piss me off!!

Max: I agree, but right now we need to MOVE!!

Axel: W-What are you…?

Max grabbed Axel and dashed out of the way as the robot almost landed on top of them!

The team regrouped as the robot turned round to face them, its eyes glowing red with a look that would make you feel like it was staring into your very soul.

Adam: I’m not afraid to say right now: I am scared as hell!

Max: Me too. I’ve never faced anything this big or this fast in my life.

Axel: What! Are you forgetting that if we don’t get past that thing, Blaze and Becky could be goners?

Adam: Now WHOSE being pessimistic?

Skate: Guys! Look over there!

Everyone looked to where Skate was pointing to see what looked like a electrical circuit box.

Axel: Adam? Did I ever tell you……your little brother is a genius?

Adam: Nope, but you’re right, he IS a genius!

Skate: Don’t get your hopes up too much. We don’t know anything about what that robot can or can’t survive. It might not work.

Max: Maybe, but its better than nothing. Let’s do it!

Adam: It is a machine, and I’m sure machines don’t like too much electricity.

Axel: I guess we’re about to find out! HEADS UP!!

The team split up as the robot charged at them with its sword. They moved around in as unpredictable a pattern as possible, to avoid being singled out by the robot, who was swinging its sword wildly around itself. Maintaining eye contact as much as possible, the team moved closer and closer to the circuit box.

After a while of moving around and trying not to get hit, Adam stood in front of the circuit box in the hope that the robot would aim for him.

Skate: Don’t do it! You’re not fast enough!

Adam: What are you talking abou…

It all happened in just under a second. The robot’s blade was already above Adam's head when Skate leapt towards him to push him out of the way. The sword came down on the circuit box, crushing it and unleashing a maelstrom of electrical energy that threw the Hunter brothers hurling through the air.

The electricity rippled up the sword into the robot’s body, causing sparks to fly all over the place. As the team had hoped, the electricity seemed to fry the robots circuits. Its body jiggled all over the place, and clouds of smoke plumed out of all its joints. After a few moments, the sparks stopped, the robot slumped to the side, and bits of its armour started to drop off. Its glowing red eyes faded to black.

Max: Yeah! We did it!

Axel: About damn time!

Adam: Man! That was a bit close, wasn’t it bro?

Skate: ……

Adam: Heh…you alright bro?

Skate: ………

Adam: Ed…c’mon man. Let me know you’re alright!

Max: Adam! Look at his back!

Adam shuffled out from under his younger brother to see what looked like a big smoking scar on Skate’s back.

Adam: Oh god no. Eddie! What have I done! EDDIE!! WAKE UP!!

Axel and Max rushed towards the brothers, as Adam rolled his brother onto his back and started doing CPR. Seconds passed like minutes, but Skate didn’t seem to be responding.

Adam: C’mon Ed, breath!!

Axel: Adam! It’s not your fault!

Adam: How can you say it’s not my fault?! He got injured trying to protect me!

Tears began to build up in his eyes.

Adam: I’m his older brother! I’m supposed to be the one protecting him, damn it!

Max: ……

Adam: C’MON DAMN IT! Don’t you DARE DIE ON ME!!

To be continued?!

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Streets of Rage: Love Triangle series – Episode 10 part 3

Continuation of Episode 10. I'm not sure how long this will take, but this should make everything all the more epic! (I wish!)



Streets of Rage: Love Triangle Series – Episode 10 - Part 3



Blaze was in a tough spot. In her objective to rescue Axel’s niece Becky, she knowingly walked into a trap unsure of what she would be facing.

Blaze: It’s seems like I’m gonna find out sooner or later, so why don’t you just reveal yourself!

????: You must admit, the suspense has been killing you hasn’t it?

Blaze: More like my desire to kill you has been the most powerful motivator I’ve ever had in my life!

And with that, Blaze flicked a nearby steel rod up into the air with her foot, caught it in mid air, and threw it at the spotlight, smashing it.

????: That was a very clever move, Miss Fielding, but utterly fruitless non the less. Suzy! Go ahead and switch the lights on!

Suzy: Right Elektra!

As the light came on, Blaze could finally assess the situation. All the supposed “ninjas” were standing in a line across the centre of the warehouse. Behind them was a what looked like a giant vat, with what appeared to be some sort of steaming substance inside. Suspended above the vat was a person, chained up around the mid-section and blindfolded.

It was Becky.

Blaze: Well-well-well! I never thought you idiots would grow a pair and try to get revenge on little old me! I’m flattered!

Elektra: *pulls off mask* You’ve had this coming for a long time!

Suzy: *pulls off mask* We’re calling in your tab, and we’re sure you won’t be able to pay it all!

Lisa: *pulls off mask* We couldn’t pass up on this opportunity to settle the score!

Mona: *pulls off mask* The game is over for you. No more continues!

Blaze: You all came up with those lines yourselves? I’m impressed! No wait! Wait a minute! No I’m not!

Lisa: Shut the hell up!

Mona: Easy sis! Don’t let her get to you!

Blaze: Look, normally I’d love to waste time and tustle with you guys, but right now I’m more concerned about my friend over there. Could you all, be a dear and let her down from there?

Elektra: You can gloat all you want, but we know too well that you’re just trash talking to cover your fear! One push of the button, and your friend will drop in to that huge vat of acid behind us!

Blaze: Why you..!!!

Blaze was about to advance towards them, when another ninja in the level above them pushed the button on the controller, lowering Becky slightly closer towards the vat. Thinking better of making the situation worse, Blaze stopped herself just in time. The crane stopped, leaving Becky spinning round above the steaming vat of acid.

Elektra: So Miss Fielding, how do you want to play this situation now?

Blaze: I swear, if anything happens to her, you’re all gonna pay a million times over!!

Suzy: Why don’t we all have some fun for a bit?

Lisa: Good idea!

Suzy and Lisa charged at Blaze, ready to attack!

Blaze parried their blows and counter attacked with a few moves of her own, pushing them both back. The two looked at each other with a confused look on their faces, then charged again, attacking with more intensity. Blaze blocked and dodged their blows with ease, then grabbed the leg of Suzy and threw her at Lisa, knocking them both to the floor. As they looked up from the embarrassing heap they were in, they saw that Blaze was unshaken, her fighting stance was as intense as ever.

Lisa: God damn it! Why can’t you just take a beating like you’re supposed to?!

Blaze: I’m through with playing games. The way I see it, if I beat you all, then I’m free to rescue my friend as I see fit. Hurry up and send your next group of losers.

Mona: Her cockyness is beginning to piss me off! Let’s try three on one!

Suzy: Why don’t we just all go? If we waste too much time, her friends might come and ruin everything!

Elektra: She has a point. At this rate, our carefully thought out plan will all be for nothing!!

Blaze braced herself as they all charged her at the same time! She was managing to hold her own for a while, but no matter how good she was, the simple fact was she was out numbered!

Their tenacity was slowly wearing her down. For every three blows she dodged or blocked, at least one or two was getting through. The worst thing was Elektra’s whip, which was ripping her skin and shocking her body at the same time.

Blaze was being picked apart. She figured that her old adversaries had trained for quite a while beforehand, figuring out the best strategies to beat her. Blaze was more than a match for any of them one-on-one, but attacking all at once, in a prolonged conflict was proving to be the trump card. All it would take was one lucky shot, and it would be all over!!

And that lucky shot was about to be landed! Blaze was so busy blocking an attack from Mona and Lisa, she didn’t see Elektra launching a whip strike at her from behind! Blaze had knocked the twins away from her, and sensed that something was coming at her, but she couldn’t react quickly enough!

Suddenly, there was a clanging noise, and Elektra’s whip fell to the floor, inches away from Blaze! Wondering what had happened, she turned round to see a familiar figure standing behind her.

It was Becky!

Originally, Becky had appeared to be unconscious for most of the time when they had brought her into the warehouse. What her captors didn’t know was that Becky had been “playing dead”. She was completely aware of what was happening, waiting for the right moment to help Blaze.

As Elektra and the others had their hands full with Blaze, Becky pulled out a hair clip she had stolen from an unsuspecting female thug. She used it to unlock the chains that were holding her in place above the giant vat of acid. She almost slipped as she freed herself from the chains, but luckily managed to stop herself from falling into the vat, then used the chains to swing herself to the edge.

When she finally dropped safely to the upper platform, she disabled the female thug that had been operating the crane that was going to drop her into the vat, and was too busy watching the brawl. The only thing left to do was to leap in at the last second to save Blaze from a finishing blow from Elektra’s whip!

Blaze: B-B-Becky?

Becky: Glad to see me?

Blaze: H-How did you…

Becky: Let’s not worry about that now! We still have to deal with these chumps, right?

Blaze: I couldn’t have put it better myself!

The girls stood up back to back, ready to face all comers!

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Meanwhile, the guys outside were still fighting the thugs that had ambushed them before they could go and help Blaze. Unfortunately, months of inaction had left them a little rusty, leaving them spending more time then they would’ve liked.

Axel: I tell you, once this is over, I’m going back to training full time!

Skate: I might have to join you on that! These guys used to be easy before!

Goldie: Don’t give yourselves so much credit! We’ve all been training for a month beforehand, just so we’d be ready for you chumps!

Max: Is that so?

Max grabbed Goldie from behind, and suplexed him into the ground behind him!

Max: You are good, but you got sloppy!

Garcia: Remember what Shiva said! Don’t get split up! Stick to your teams!

Adam: Shiva? I should’ve known you guys wouldn’t be smart enough to come up with this by yourself! Where is that jackass anyway?

Big Ben: Wouldn’t you like to know?

Axel leapt in front of Big Ben and unleashed a flaming uppercut, launching him into the air!

Axel: Nope, not really!

Axel was then knocked to the floor by Abadede!

Abadede: Long time, no see, pipsqueak!

Axel: Oh great! Like I haven’t got enough of you to deal with!

Abadede: I’ve waited a long time to get you back for…

He was cut short by a spinning roundhouse by Adam! He then held his hand out to help Axel back to his feet.

Adam: You know if you die here, I’ll be free to date Blaze, right?

Axel: Thanks for the assist, but don’t kid yourself!


Adam: Maybe we should try a similar tactic to our opponents here!

Axel: You mean a team up? If it means we can get to Blaze and Becky sooner, sure!

Adam: Let’s remind them why they shouldn’t mess with us!

With renewed vigor, the team started to tag-team their opponents, despatching of them one at a time, until there was only a few left.

Donovan: What da hell? Where’s Shiva? He should be here to take some of this pressure off u……

Donovan was interrupted as Skate jumped on him, and pounded on his head with rapid blows. He finished up by throwing Donovan towards Max.

Skate: Hey Max! Catch!!

Max: Thanks!

Max leaps up and catches Donovan in mid air, and pile-drives his body into the concrete below, leaving a small crater!

Max: Looks like that was the last of them!

Axel: I damn well hope so! My back is sore from all the German Suplexs!

Adam: I never thought they would go this far just to get to us. I’m impressed.

Skate: Get it together guys! We still need to go help Blaze and Becky!

The team start to head towards the warehouse, but were stopped in their tracks by what looked like a giant suit of armour, which dropped out of the sky and landed in front of them, knocking them off their feet!

Axel: What the hell……IS that?!

What appeared to be a pair of evil red eyes opened up on the armour.

Skate: Whatever it is, it looks pissed!

The armour pulled out a giant blade from behind it’s back, and slammed it into the ground, causing a shockwave to push the team backwards a couple of inches!

Adam: I’m…getting…too…old…for…this…****!!!

To be continued!!