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SBox180

Male, 22 years old, lives in United States

SBox180 wrote
SBox180

I have neglected Anook for 28 days now. I am truly sorry for my wide absence, but I'm back for now!

SBox180
SBR Christmas: Christmas Who? (SponegBob)

Let’s start off with my favorite Christmas episode to a show, and my favorite Christmas special of all-time. SpongeBob is a show I hold near and dear to me to begin with. Adults reading this may not sympathize with such a statement, but that’s okay. Just about anyone old enough to see and know cartoons in either the late 90’s or early 2000’s knows what I’m talking about. Today I have disowned the show for being a stupid, gross-out humored, unfunny shell of what it used to be, but back in 1999-2004 the show was awesome. I still stand by the fact that SpongeBob should have ended after the movie. I digress though.

SpongeBob has been around for 14 years and has had 2 Christmas specials; one in 2000 and the other in 2012. There are also 2 other winter themed episodes, “The Snowball Effect” and “Survival of the Idiots”, but I’m not counting them. I have already made a review of the 2012 “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas” special. In it I said it is the best SpongeBob episode in years, but as a stand-alone installment comes nowhere close to the quality the 2000 special did. Well, I finally get to show you what I was talking about. I gave the 2012 version a 6, but I think this is a clear 10. Too bad I’m not scoring these.

The SpongeBob Christmas Special starts with the usual SpongeBob theme song, but with a Christmas twist to it. It sets a good mood to the episode from the get-go. To what I understand, this is the only SpongeBob episode to have an altered theme song minus the TV movies. Then like all SpongeBob specials plays a Patchy the Pirate segment. The Patchy segment is highly memorable and absolutely funny when I look back 13 years later. Finally our main event begins with the title card of “Christmas Who?”. The story is that SpongeBob sees Sandy lighting up a Christmas tree in her treedome. SpongeBob mistakes this as Sandy’s house being on fire and goes to save her. She explains it is a Christmas tree, and it is revealed that he had never heard of such a thing. Sandy explains Christmas to SpongeBob who immediately informs the entire town of the holiday. He is especially intrigued by the concept of Santa Clause and tells all of the residents of Bikini Bottom to write a letter to Santa so he can bring gifts to them. Everyone complies and the entire town gets in the Christmas spirit- except for Squidward. Squidward detests the ideology of Santa and condemns the entire town for buying into the concept. And the rest I have decided not to share.

There’s a lot to like about the episode that I both want to and don’t want to go into much detail. Then again I know people my age already know what happens and find my restraint unnecessary, and those older than I will probably not waste time with the episode no matter how I try. Still, I find the episode so precious to me that I don’t want to take the chance and ruin anything.

What makes the episode work has a lot to do with the era of SpongeBob at the time. Disregard what went on behind the scenes for a second. Regardless of that, the episode is a lot better, funnier, and more well-thought out than most of the other episodes in the series- new or old. Those who watched this as a kid and haven’t seen it in a long time should try to catch this episode this holiday season just to see how much funnier the jokes are than you remember it. The parental bonus is phenomenal in this episode. They go as far as paying homage to cartoons such as the original Looney Tunes. Watch the episode and you’ll see the one joke I’m referring to. Aside from those, there is humor that can be appealing to both kids and adults alike. The episode also captures the Christmas vibe so well that it rivals the likes of Rankin & Bass.

However, don’t think that this is trying to be like those unmatchable programs. It’s still a SpongeBob episode, and it never forgets that. One problem I found with the 2012 special was that it seemed to be more of a parody of those classics than a SpongeBob episode. It both helped and didn't help at the same time. “Christmas Who?” feels like a SpongeBob episode because… it IS a SpongeBob episode. The same formulas apply here like they did in episodes before it. Notice how basic the story is that I showed you, and that part I left out is also a very basic twist. SpongeBob as always kept a certain style that the main character sets the tone for the entire episode. Even today, while I don’t particularly care for the direction they went, they still kept the style of the show very close to the attitude of the protagonist: SpongeBob. That’s why I no longer enjoy the show; because they changed the character- and the show- into an annoying, idiotic, obnoxious experience. This episode keeps the attitude of the SpongeBob given, which is a happy-go-lucky, naive, optimistic child at heart.

Other than the story and the atmosphere, one other aspect I should touch on is the music. Mind you that the original seasons of SpongeBob had 5 special episodes, and there are 3 things they keep constant in each more or less: they run for a half-hour instead of two 11-minute increments, they have Patchy the Pirate segments in the beginning and end, and they usually have at least 1 musical number (except for “Shanghaied”). This episode indeed does have a musical number in it minus the altered theme song. In the very middle of the episode plays “(This Christmas Fells Like) The Very First Christmas to Me”. This is a song performed by multiple members of the cast and is fully animated. The song sticks with me to this day and its jolly Christmas beat is fitting for the episode. However, I wouldn't’ listen to the song without the assistance of the animated sequence. This isn't a song I’d put on my iPod but for merely watching the episode, it’s a catchy enough beat with some good jokes put in it as well.

Overall it is a great episode of SpongeBob that I always look forward to revisiting every year at Christmas. It could be just my nostalgia reflex talking, but I find myself shocked that even as I grow older, this special ages swimmingly. If you watched SpongeBob as a kid and haven’t watched it in years, or you just missed this episode, try catching it when it comes on. If you’re older and have about 20 minutes to spare, give this episode a shot. Who knows, you just might enjoy it.

SBox180
SBox Recommends Christmas Marathon Intro

Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah everybody! I would like to apologize for the astronomical league of absence I've had on both Anook and TheGamersBox. There are too many reasons for my absence as of late, but rest assured that despite my inabilities to keep a constant presence on the Internet, I've been thinking of you all as I have been preparing something in the works for quite a bit of time. I would like to announce my comeback to a semi-frequent content on my blog and forum life.

Since September of this year I have been working on several micro-reviews made specifically for my favorite holiday of the year: Christmas. Christmas has always been a delightful holiday for me and my family and I would like to share one of my favorite traditions with you all as I also tend to the SBox Recommends segment. I present the SBox Recommends Christmas Marathon!

During the SBox Recommends Christmas Marathon there will be a SBox Recommends micro-review every week or so, each covering one of my favorite Christmas specials of TV shows I enjoy. You see, each year I always look forward to catching some of these specials and episodes on TV or DVD. I thought it would be fun of me to share what makes these annual goodies so enjoyable to me. These will cover cartoons like SpongeBob, The Simpsons and South Park, but it will also cover live-action shows like Supernatural, Big Bang Theory and Friends. I'm not afraid to go into some lesser-known shows for the marathon and I implore you all to give certain ones of these specials a chance as well. These specials are in no particular order; this isn't a Top 10 list after all. These will be in just random order.

Depending on how time will work out, I will have either more of these specials out of less. Either way they will be spread out between tomorrow (November 29, 2013) until Chrsitmas Eve (December 24, 2013). I have a couple already done, so don't think I will just disappear again. I'm determined and refuse to screw this up. No real-life issues, school issues or distractions will get in my way (hopefully).

The first review will be uploaded first on Anook, TGB and Blogger (yes that's new) tomorrow. From then on I will be posting first to Anook and then to TGB as always. To the TGB audience, I offer you something unique to you which I've been trying to put together for a while. Word on that will be announced when the time comes.

Keep in mind that this will not be the only thing I will be doing in the next month. I also intend to make a review of Thor 2 and a Ranting SBox post on Crash Bandicoot seeing how it has been making headlines lately. If all goes well, I will be back to the schedule I should have.

I hope you enjoy what I'll have to offer. I thank all of you for your patience and understanding. This has been SBox180 and I hope you enjoyed this post!

SBox180 wrote
SBox180

Sony is giving 3 PS1 games for free in PlayStation Home! Head over to The Main Hub and you'll see a virtual booth for PS4. Then embark on the "Quest for Greatness". Easy.

 

Look for anything shiny on the quest and you'll have yourself the games. They are Warhawk, Destruction Derby, and Twisted Metal.

GamerAssassin
Possible Fallout 4 news

WAZZUP Wastelanders? It is I! The all powerful GamerAssassin. I usually don't do rumors, but I'm making a exception and giving you a dose of a new segment called: The buzz. So what's the buzz on the interwebs you might ask? Well, I'm glad you did.

"War. . .war never changes"

It's the quote that haunts the Fallout series like the Grim Reapers shadow haunts a graveyard. It's the line the sends people into fangasims and sends chills up the spines of those who've never heard it. It is possible one of the most infamous lines in gaming, right up there with the classic "Rise and shine, Mr. Freeman. . .rise. . .and shine." And it may be uttered by Ron Pearlman sooner then we think.

http://thesurvivor2299.com

The websight above is a link to "The Survivor 2299." Which appeared mysteriously several days ago. Several days ago it was nothing more then a black screen with a timer counting down to December 11th. But now things have changed, as the symbol seen under the timer appeared only a few days ago. Every fan of the series knows. . .that is the symbol of the vault.

Now normally this wouldn't be damn near enough to make a post about, but I did a LOT of investigating. I searched this bad boy like a drug-dog searches a car at the border. I've collected bits of news as well. For one: The sight is registered to both Bethesda and Zenimax. Not enough? Because soon after the sight went up, Bethesda trademarked "Fallout 4." STILL not enough? People spotted the word "Fallout" in the code, but shortly after it was removed. MORE!? Hints are being dropped like birds into a jet airliner's engine that points to this being Fallout. And another thing...

Go to the link above, Right click anywhere on the sight and you should see a button that says "View page info." click it, at the top left hand side of your screen you should see "Media", click it as well. Below is "Address." and you should see two codes in the address box. One to the image, and another to a audio file that is speaking morse code. I'm going to try and find out what it's saying. Odd? For sure. Even strange is the audio file is marked "Radio Bridgeport." What does that mean? My guess is it's talking about Bridgeport Michigan, a town in the state that the new game is rumored to take place in.

Now I am not at all saying you should believe me. Infact stay skeptical until it's officially announced at the VGA's or where ever. But I'm telling you. . .something's up.

War, War Never Changes- Fallout 3 Introduction
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Intro to Fallout 3 Thanks for 100k views! It means a lot.
GamerAssassin
  • Nov 20, 2013, 2:10:54 AM
GamerAssassin

As do I! It shows so much promise to be one, I really hope it is. Been waiting a long time for it, and next gen just rolled out, so it's perfect timing.

Chocy
  • Nov 20, 2013, 12:03:27 PM
Chocy

Super interesting!

GamerAssassin
  • Nov 20, 2013, 7:59:57 PM
GamerAssassin

I agree, It really is!

SBox180 wrote
SBox180

Sorry for the absence lately. Life is getting in the way of my Internet abilities, but I should be back to normal on Monday.

SBox180
The Ranting SBox #2: The Wii Memorial Service

On November 19th, 2006, the launch of a new era of gaming was unveiled to the audiences of the North American region. A new age of gaming was introduced to people of all ages, genders, and interests. A new way of gaming had begun to make it's mark on gaming which still affects the industry today. A new method of gaming was created to change the way we all play video games. A new console of gaming was manufactured by the juggernaut of the industry known as Nintendo.

The Wii was first introduced to North America and would introduce an entire motion gaming craze upon gamers of the time. The Wii was not the first system or peripheral to include motion controls, but it was the first one to get the formula, technology and timing right. Experiments like the "PlayStation Eye" and Nintendo's very own "Power Glove" most definitely pale in execution when stacked against the Wii-mote. The system proved to be a massive success of its time and still continues to be one 7 years later. The Wii's name remains popular and its legacy shown in many ways. The Wii still remains in the households of millions upon millions of both loyal hardcore and new-brought casual gamers worldwide from Asia to Europe and from Australia to North America. Furthermore, the success of the device has inspired even Nintendo's competition to eventually join in on their marketplace with devices like the "Xbox Kinect" and "PlayStation Move".

On October 20th, 2013, the story of the little engine that could and did and came and saw has ended. The Wii was officially reported by Nintendo to be discontinued as of yesterday after 7 long years in the spotlight as mass production of the consoles has ceased. This marks the end of our time with the small white box; or at least the near end. Wii supporters. lovers, and owners rest assured that there are still a couple of games left in the coming months for the system such as Angry Birds Star Wars and the probable release of Mighty Number 9.

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I'll try to keep my observation of the situation and final thoughts on the Nintendo Wii to a bit of a minimum seeing how I've went on for long enough already.

The first time I played the Nintendo Wii was in late 2006 at a friend's house. I had nary any knowledge of what the Wii was by a long shot. This was when I was 9 years old as well. This was well before I knew anything about the Wii, or Nintendo, or motion gaming, or anything that pertained to the system. I fell in love the first time me and him played Wii Sports. I'm sure everyone has their own story of the first time they ever played the Wii. As a very late 10th birthday present.in the August of 2007, I recieved in the mail the Nintendo Wii system in the mail from my dad. I also remember this was the day our family recieved our new entertainment system and first plasma screen TV (both of which I still own). This as you may tell was one of the best days of my young life. This was also, little did I know, my first Nintendo console. For years and years from that point on I was one of Nintendo's few cheerleaders in my grade school and on the Internet. Many detested the system but I always stood by its side through thick and thin. One of the most devastating moments of my gaming life was when I turned on my Wii in early 2011 to realize that it was no longer working. I'll tell you, though, that the Wii took a good bevy of damage. I replaced the Wii a few weeks later thanks to my mom, and still have both in my possession to this day.

And with all of the fondness of the Wii I have experienced over time matched with the knowledge I would come to know soon after I started using the Internet often, I believe the Wii will be remembered for decades to come with a lot of that fondness kept in-tact. Whether you think the Wii was one of gaming's greatest game systems, or you think it is an overrated piece of plastic, gloss and circuits, no one can take away the effect the system left and continues to leave on the video game industry. It brought an onslaught of new gamers who wouldn't have previously thought of buying a video game console to the industry we know today. It was the first real step in what many imagined 30+ years prior to be the "future of gaming". Many will remember the massive amounts of shuffleware for the system. Some may recall how the Wii was setting Nintendo at a loss of billions of dollars around 2010 which still continues. And people will still consider it the underdog because of its lack of horsepower compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. However, many others will think back to the Wii and remembering with pride how a game console was the "Tickle Me Elmo" of every Christmas for years. Many will also remember that for every shuffleware game there was also a great game to back it up. For every Game Party there was a Super Mario Galaxy, for every Ninja-Bread Man there was a Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and for every Anubis the Second there was a Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

As Nintendo continues there hardware journey with the Nintendo Wii U, the Wii will hopefully live on just as well in gamers' minds and hearts as it continues to impact the industry. Rest in peace Nintendo Wii, and thank you for all the fun and excitement you've offered this growing gamer. You will be missed.

November 16th, 2006 - October 20th, 2013

SBox180
  • Oct 24, 2013, 3:46:00 AM
SBox180

Update! Nintendo of America has stated that the Wii is not entirely dead in the United States, Australia and Europe. The cease in production only applies to Japan. The Wii lives on!

SBox180

So I have a question I hope you all can answer to an ignorant outsider on the series.

 

So I have not played that much of Pokemon in my life. I have only played 1 Pokemon game to try and get into it and that was the original Red. It wasn't bad at all, I just haven't played it much. Anyway, these new X and Y games look really freaking cool and I am thinking of getting in on the action (that is when I finally get a 3DS). So is X and Y a good place to start if you haven't really played that much of Pokemon before but want to give it a try? And which version should I get?

CKAJGaming
  • Oct 16, 2013, 1:17:52 AM
CKAJGaming

The answer is yes, its fine to come back into the series with X and Y. Yes, you have missed about 500 Pokemon in-game, and stats and stuff work a little different nowadays, but honestly, they tutorialize enough in-game that you'll learn any new stuff easily. And I personally have to say that X and Y are currently my second favorite generation, just because of their nostalgic feel with old pokemon, and the graphics. Go for it man.

HXFrogger
  • Oct 17, 2013, 3:02:34 PM
HXFrogger

i just like the legendary pokemon of Y better thats why i bought Y

SBox180 wrote
SBox180

Ah Anook, why have I abandoned ye?

J.Hyde
  • Oct 10, 2013, 5:40:53 AM
J.Hyde

good question

SBox180
  • Oct 11, 2013, 3:08:57 AM
SBox180

Well I'm back now. School wasn't really cooperating with me in terms of time, but now I'll try to post more often

J.Hyde
  • Oct 11, 2013, 3:15:39 AM
J.Hyde

cool

SBox180 is now following HoloPoptarts.
SBox180 wrote
SBox180

So many nooks for games, and yet I still wait in high levels of anticipation for a Crash Bandicoot nook or game page to be added to Anook. I'd be all over it!

SBox180
The Ranting SBox #1: Nintendo 2DS & PlayStation Vita TV

I will echo what I have been saying several times before and apologize for my lateness in providing content for the blog part of The Ranting SBox. I've been busy in my real life with a bunch of personal events and school related things getting in my way. However, I am going to make my first official blog post on this blog. I do have a spare draft I've been working on concerning the next generation which I am still working on. Keep an eye out for that because it is almost done.

All of that out of the way, I want to quickly talk about the newly announced versions of the 2 major handheld consoles in the 8th gen. The first one of these was announced by Nintendo a couple of weeks back in the Nintendo 3DS line: the Nintendo 2DS. The other was announced just today by Sony at the Tokyo Game Show for the PlayStation Vita line: the Sony PlayStation Vita TV. Both of these iterations of the new handhelds are coming in the coming months to store shelves (however, PS Vita TV isn't confirmed to be coming outside Japan as of this date), and are also extremely mixed in reception currently. Allow me to explain my stance on these 2 new versions of the 3DS and Vita. I'm not going to be comparing the 2 machines to each other until a further date, but I want to explain my stance on both separately.

Exhibit A is the Nintendo 2DS. The 2DS is basically a Nintendo 3DS with 2 main features removed. This version of the 3DS plays all DS and 3DS titles currently and eventually released, contains the same Wi-Fi components, hardware performance specs, Street Pass functions, eShop functionalities and most other things the regular model can do. All it's missing is the 3D capability and dual screen console fold. This model is made to fix parents' concerns with the 3D not being suitable for most children from age 7 and younger, while also pleasing the people above the age of 7 who have difficulties seeing 3D. Of course Nintendo wasn't openly aiming for the latter to be possibly attracted to the product, but that demographic is there. The system releases in October and will cost $129.99.

My thoughts on the 2DS is actually a bit positive. There's a design issue to take note of for me, but I think it's still a good idea. I do not own a 3DS as of yet, but have the desire to do so in the future. I am also a 16 year old person, which puts me outside the intended audience the 2DS is aiming for. However, I am actually considering this product as a possible purchase. The sole reason I am for the idea is the reduced price tag. I do not have a job, and money for video games are hard to come by for me, which makes this a cheaper alternative for me and people on a budget to at long last join in on the fun the 3DS has to offer. $129.99 is a terrific price for me.

But there are 2 draw backs to the system which I have to take note of and possibly compromise on. One is the stripping of 3D. This isn't a big deal for me, but seeing that I am completely able to see 3D, I'd like to have the option, especially since there are games that really shine in 3D. The second one is the design. I know it's for kids and it is awesome for them so that they have less of a chance of breaking it, but the system is much more of an eye-soar without the folding ability. I'm not going to look cool playing this things at school, or anywhere for that matter. Again, probably a compromise for the price. I don't recommend this for the older crowd unless you have a budget and absolutely have to have a 3DS, but if you;re a parent or older sibling of a young gamer younger than 8 years old I say it's perfect for them.

Exhibit B is the Sony PlayStation Vita TV. The PS Vita TV is basically a Vita that isn't portable. It is a micro game console the size of a deck of cards. It plays most PS Vita games, has access to PSN, uses the standard PS3 DualShock 3 controllers, and is capable of remote play with the upcoming PlayStation 4. The system releases on November (currently only in Japan) and will cost roughly $99.

Given that it is only announced for Japan as of this date (subject to change) I probably shouldn't be giving my opinion on this, but I might as well. The PS Vita TV for me is kind an ingenious ploy by Sony to boost the sales of the Vita game library and the standard Vita console itself. It's a great way to get the Vita games out to a wider range of people. But while I think it's a good idea, I am currently unsure of whether I will invest in the Vita TV. I'm not exactly for the limitation of Vita games that will be playable on the Vita TV. Basically any game is playable on the Vita as long as it doesn't require heavy use of the rear touchscreen seeing that it will be unavailable. This puts games like Uncharted Golden Abyss as one of those games you need a standard Vita to play.

Grant it like the 2DS you get what you pay for. When you consider that you are spending $99 to play most Vita games in sacrifice of the portability, universality, and other select features, it sounds like it makes sense. Plus this makes the PlayStation Vita TV one of the cheapest systems on the market today. It is $30 cheaper than the 2DS and puts itself in competition with the likes of Apple and Nividia, both of which have offerings that are also $99 (the Apple TV and Ouya). I say this is a worthy investment for all of you who don't have a PlayStation Vita yet such as I. However, I would say this is worth it as a system to have before you purchase a standard PlayStation Vita handheld. Perhaps if you are waiting for the Vita to drop to a price you find happy but still want to play some of their games in the meantime, this is a good investment for you.

And that is my take on these 2 upcoming versions of the 3DS and Vita. What are your thoughts on he Vita TV and 3DS? Let me know what you think, because I'm interested on everyone else's take on these cheaper alternatives to handhelds. Thank you all for reading and keep an eye out for other content on this blog! I'm SBox180 and I hope you enjoyed.