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Gotta Trade‘em All

The other day the latest issue of Lotek64 was released (LOTEKERONI). For that issue I wrote a huge article about the Pokémon-franchise. One aspect I did not cover at all was the Pokémon TCG. And I didn‘t even notice that I forgot to talk about it. The Pokémon TCG totally vanished from my filterbubble. Why? (read on…)


OK, here is another mindblower for you. Maybe you still remember the two classic cartoon shows The Flintstones and The Jetsons. If not: bad dog! Just a short explaination: The Flintstones was an animated TV-sitcom that first appeared in the late 1950ies and its first installment ran for about 6 years or so. It shows stoneage people that has hardly any technology. Everything is done by using dinosaurs and prehistoric birds and mammals. Basically we see animals that never actually were around together in the same time period. But it is just a cartoon show after all. The society shown in this show is more like the American society from the mids 20th centuary, though. The Jetsons on the other hand are the exact opposite to that. The show takes place in the far future. People are living in cities above the clouds, have flying cars, jetpacks, robots and whatever you can think of. Actually The Jetsons is a nice example of the socalled retro futurism. Because again, the show portrays American society from the mid 20th centuary. (read on…)


WARNING: If you are not or have never been a fan of Pokémon, reading on is futile. If Pokémon was a big part of your childhood, be aware of being MINDFUCKED! Level of mind-blowingness: Brain goes supernova!!!

It all started with a podcast. A special episode of my favorite videogame podcast, Pixelburg (Pixelcastle). The Pixelburg’s a bunch of kids (20 + years old) who are writing, podcasting and making internet shows about videogames. The latest podcast episode deals with the Pokémon franchise. They actually talked for 5 hours about Pokémon!!! Pokémon was an important game for me. It changed the way I consumed videogames. The game forced us kids to connect with each other to trade Pokémon and fight via the link cable. And I really spent a lot of time with reading about the Pokémon universe and being a part of the German fan online-community (which still exists). Of course, in the end of the day, it is just a videogame franchise supported by merchandising, a TV show and big feature movies. But there are some weird things that I already noticed a long time ago. (read on…)

My Little Filly

Actually I wanted to post a gigantic article about My Little Pony. But I mean, everybody has to check out this show by himself. So I won‘t talk about MLP here! Well, I am looking for MLP toys for some time and it is quite hard to get some in my hometown. But you can easily get the German rip-off called Filly! The other day I was in one of the most traditional toy shops in my town and when I asked the clerk about My Little Pony, she was like „What’s that?“ I just grabbed a random Filly thing from the counter and said „Something like this from Hasbro!“ She told me they only had Filly, I hated her, and my pal and me left the shop. I saw Rainbow Dash and Princess Celestia toys the other day but RD had giant butterfly wings and Celestia was way too expensive. So yesterday night when I was in the supermarket I just grabbed into the box of Filly-blindbags. They were only 1.99 and I was curious what was so special about them. The store was quite full, yesterday Germany had their first football match in the European Championship and it was halftime when I was there. So I sneaked around this box. Not because I was afraid that somebody who knew me would see that I was about to buy a girls-toy, I didn‘t want to let anybody see how I buy a Filly.

When I had left the store I looked around me. When I knew I was alone I opened the bag. The first thing I noticed was a terrible smell. The figure smelled awfully like chemicals. I took out the figure and was confused. I couldn‘t find it in the list that was printed on the backside of the bag. Than I noticed that the figure looked somewhat special. And suddenly I realized that I drew the rarest of this figures. Princess Jewel. I checked the description that also was in the blindbag. It said Princess Jewel had a moodstone in her crown. Actually those stones work through the change of temperatures. Anyways, she also had 3 extra Swarovski Elements. You must know Swarovski stones are made of glass that is grinded like diamonds. And the figure still had this awful chemical smell.

I checked the other 20 figures. And even though you can get Filly-products much easier than My Little Pony stuff, they suck so terribly! First of all, every Filly-Pony wears a crown. No matter if they live in the forest or in the village. There are even male Fillies. But in fact they just look like the female ones. They only have male names like Florian, Xander and Adolf Hitler! You see, I don‘t really like Filly.

I hope Hasbro releases more MLP-toys in Germany soon. „When I was a littly filly and the sun was going dooooown… na na na“ huh?

DON‘T follow the little stinking FILLY!!!

DC’s New Over 9000

Yay, comics again. At the moment I am reading the German run of Flashpoint. THE DC event that will truly change everything. I‘ve already heard about this relaunch/reboot last year, when it happened in the US. And I followed the news via DC’s Facebook page ever since, not too careful cause I didn‘t want to spoil myself. Everything I got: DC ended all their ongoing comic books and completly started over with 52 new #1s. Even Earth’s most tradtional comic books „Action Comics“ and „Detective Comics“ started with new #1s. Actually this is really risky but I didn‘t think about it that much in the beginning. (read on…)

Heroes in a Nut Shell

Basically I didn‘t want to write about comics and their movies again. But certain things happened recently so I saw myself being forced to write about this topic again.

I mean, cartoons and comics always were a part of my life! A huge part. I always say that the TV raised me and not my parents (and you have no idea how true that is). Watching cartoons all weekend and some hours after school was normal for me. And just like every other boy in my school I loved the Turtles! And I am not talking about any random raptile (I mean I later had snakes as „pets“) but about the „Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles“. That was their European name, because the term „Ninja“ was thought to be too violent for poor European kids. TMNT was awesome, it was colorful, funny, had cool actions! TMNT was just the right thing for a <10-year old boy. And who did not have a crush on April O‘Neal?!?!?!?!

Well, many years later I saw the early 1990ies live-action movies. As I mentioned in the Muppets article some weeks ago, Jim Henson’s creature shop even did the puppets for this movies. Whatever, as a kid I loved, I adored, I enjoyed, I dunno what else I did with the three Turtles movies. I can still speak certain lines along. Then in 2005 or so, German TV broadcast the new TV show in the kids-block. Unfortunatly we only saw the first 2 of 7 seasons of that. In the meantime I learned that TMNT started as an underground comic in the USA and even read some of them (I now have them all, thanks to the interwebz!). The 2003 TV-show is based upon the comics much more than the original series. In 2007 there even was a new movie in the cinema. Completly computer animated but as awesome as the 2003 TV-show. I actually like the 2003 show better than the old show. I dunno why, maybe I grew up and the darker undertone in the 2003 installment fitted me better than this funny little piece of kids entertainment. Who knows?! I won‘t be talking about the Power-Rangers-like TV show that came up in the late 1990ies, it just sucked.

Well… and short time after I started reading the original comics about 2 weeks ago… I can‘t even talk about this. It hurts. I mean, I heard that somebody was planning to do a new live action movie. I‘m not sure if I already heard who wanted to do it, and if so I seem to have forgotten it for my own good. Well, IDW Publishing relauched the comic franchise with a new #1. They created a new origin story with a lot of ideas I knew from the movies. But I was interested in the original comics. And I found them online. Thanks to the internet you can get everything. I mean, this stuff is more than 25 years old and I didn‘t want to spend tons of money for black/white comics. I was so pleased with the first books and I guess I‘ve read the first 20 books in a row. But when I started dreaming of them I had to do a short break of them.

Anyways, I was looking for the last issue that came out on like March 21th and accidently I found a news about the upcoming movie. I was confused. I thought they had skipped the plans to do a complete movie in favor for the new cartoon series on Nickelodeon (TMNT now belongs to VIACOM). The first word I read was „BAY“ and I was like „OH NOOOOOOO, NOT HIM, PLEASE!!!“ and then I read the news that came up with like a day before: Michael Bay wants to make the Turtles to aliens. And I was like:


There was a keynote or so where he actually tried to promote this idea and the whole internet must have been like I was!

Michael Bay talks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles von stuffwelike

Bay’s statement was „Chill!“ He mentioned we hadn‘t read the script, and it would make perfect sense, he had talked everything through with one of the inventors of the franchise. As Kevin Eastman sold all the rights to the Turtles some years ago, it means that Peter Laird must be OK with the idea. I mean, I will link some interesting comments on this matter I saw on Youtube.

Here’s Blunty3000’s comment on the matter:

When I first heard what Bay wanted to do, I said on Facebook (and I quote myself) „Bay is butt-fucking“ my childhood!“ Blunty’s right when he says that Bay is doing nothing to the stuff we liked in the old times. It is his vision (or the vision of the screenwriter) and maybe some new ideas can even improve an existing universe.

Well, as far as I remember this only worked once: „The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy“ always was changed and adapted to fit the medium it was on. Compare the radio play, the books, the TV show, the textadventure and the Disney movie and you will find many differences, new story lines, new characters, new monsters/aliens whatever. And it worked everytime.

I mean the Turtles franchise never was out of the minds of the kids. The Turtles always were there in the last 25 years. With TV shows, toys, comics! So I guess Laird doesn‘t need to bring them back with a blast, like maybe Akira Toriyama had to do it with Dragonball. This is another example. Toriyama worked really close with the screenwriters and producers and supervised everything. And he actually said something like „You have to see Dragonball Evolution as a different approach or an alternate universe“ I don‘t remember exactly. But as a hardcore fan you want to see what you know from your childhood on the big screen. That is why so many people feel „raped“ by Bay. I mean, I even felt „butt-fucked“.

Here is another statement from Youtube.

He’s got a good point: If you make the Turtles aliens, it can not be the Mutant Ninja Turtles anymore. Everything that is left over are „Teenage Aliens“!! No more Turtles, no more Ninja and, first of it all, no more Mutants! Barely Teenage Aliens! Well, that basically sums it up. It will end in a hell of a shitty movie! Bay also did the Transformers movies. I‘m not too familiar with this franchise. But except for certain aspects he did a quite good job in my opinion. And I am a man, I love it when stuff blows up and when Megan Fox lays on a motorcycle. But I mean, I‘m trying to think myself into the place of Peter Laird. The big producer/director Michael Bay standing in front of him, talking about the story and his ideas for the movie, throwing stuff into the air and shouting „KABOOOOOOOOOOM!“. Would you say „No I want it differently, I want it like the original“? Of course you have to adapt stuff to the „now“. Stuff that worked in the 1990ies may not work today.

But what if the guys at Universal suddenly had made the Hulk pink or so, just because pink is fashionable at the moment???? So the Turtles being MUTANTS is a basic element just like the color of the Hulk, how stupid it may be! I mean, Blunty is fully right in his point, we have to think before we react and just because something new made of stuff from our childhood, how important it may have been for us, can‘t spoil what we‘ve experienced already! But movie makers have to understand, that they take a certain responsibility when they work with a franchise with such a high popcultural meaning like the Turtles.

I‘m really expecting this movie fearfully. I mean, I sort of enjoyed the Dragonball movie too in some way, cause it brought many ideas to live action I always wanted to see on the big screen. But it simply was not what I expected. The transfer from cartoon/comic/game to a movie always means a lot of compromises, especially when it comes to money and special effects. But please, making „Teenage Mutant Ninja/Hero Turtles“ into „Teenage Aliens“ is not a compromise at all.

Follow the little raping BAY!!!

(Not exactly) Oreos

I love Oreos. I LOVE‘EM. One of the best things that ever came from the USA to Germany (besides Britney Spears‘ vagina photos) are Oreos. I can spell it: O R E O S A R E A W E S O M E

Yesterday I went to the supermarket to get some cake, cheese and cereals and when I came to the cookies, I saw this Oreo-like ones. Well, let’s wrap it up a bit: While I am writing this I have only one of 25 cookies left (and I‘m watchin „Live Free Or Die Hard“ for the first time and it ducking rocks). They are called Black5, I dunno why at all. Maybe because they are packed just like Oreos with 5 cookies each in one pack. And basically they taste a bit better than the original Oreos. Well, better is the wrong word. They taste different… How to say… Maybe they fit the German taste a bit better than the original American cookies. I mean, it even says „American recipe“ on the package but I think that they have been adjusted to the German taste a bit.

The most important thing: there are more cookies in the pack, and the Black5s are a bit cheaper than Oreos. They are a great alternative if you are sick of capitalistic American cookies :D

Follow the little black COOKIE!!!

MODPlug & Play

I just love the new version. You must know I only use MODPlug Tracker to rip my modules from XM to WAV. Ever since I installed the new version 1.19 I just love this program. It does so much great stuff, the old version I had (version 1.17) didn‘t do. For example it now has the function to rip modules not only track by track but also instrument by instrument. Awesome. Now I can produce material for remixes much easier!!!

Something I noticed by accident was, that MPT also puts in markers into the ripped wavefiles at each beginning of a pattern. There surely is a point to that… I guess it is good for live-performances when you want to jump around in your arrangement. Modern audio-programs like Ableton Live or so can do such stuff. There’s no further need for me cause I rip the stuff to WAV and load it up the internet.

I don‘t know how MPT works as a tracker, cause I still use MadTracker 2 for tracking. But some years ago I heard that Linde was using MPT. Maybe he also switched to MilkyTracker, I dunno… Anyways, great program at least to rip stuff from any module-format to WAV!!!!

You can find more information on the OpenMPT website MODPLUGERONI!!!

Follow the little red UFO!!!

Comic „throughanother“

Oh man, this week was weird… One morning before school I went to the newspaper shop at the train station. It is on my way to school and because I was busy in the afternoon I wanted to buy some magazines and comics in the morning. You know, in the morning I am a little… how to say it… well, out of this world. Everything I wanted to buy was the current Perry Rhodan and the latest Donald Duck. When I arrived at school I had some time left and wanted to take a short look into the Donald Duck book. I grabbed into my bag and was surprised. I didn‘t buy the latest Donald Duck, I bought the latest Bart Simpson… How could that happen? I mean, the Donald Duck book had a green cover and Bart Simpson doesn‘t look like a duck at all… At least the book had a poster, that now hangs on my apartment wall. (read on…)

Never bring a hammer to a gunfight!!!

I wish this was real!!!

Follow the little red UFO!!!

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