(Not So) Random Song of the Day – ERB Edition – Part Three

For an idea as to what we’re doing here, refer back to the introduction for more details.

Yep, we’re doing this even on Christmas, suck it. We’re almost at the point where we’re done with the “bad” ones and getting into the “meh” ones, but we have two more to go before we get there:

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Looking Back on… Run Like Hell (Sony Playstation 2)

Run Like Hell
System: Playstation 2
Genre: Action/Survival Horror
Publisher: Interplay
Release Date: 9/30/02 (Back to 411Games posts we go for a bit, as I wrote a small handful of reviews for the site before interest waned and availability became something of a lost cause. I’m not really sure what I expected from the 411 endeavor, if I’m being honest, but IPGames nee DHGF was more my speed in terms of feedback and interaction with the staff; with 411 I always felt disconnected from the process and my coworkers, and it never really clicked for me. These days the site fucking sucks out loud, though, so I’m not sad that I’m not a part of it anymore.) Continue reading

(Not So) Random Song of the Day – ERB Edition – Introduction

Brief background: Epic Rap Battles of History (henceforth referred to as ERB) is a Youtube series that pits two (or more) semi-historical persons or groups against one another in, as the title implies, rap battles to see who is the best. More accurately, it’s a chance for the creators to have fun and create diss tracks between various persons or groups from history, fictional or factual, and incorporate actual facts about these entities in the process. It’s generally super nerdy, and for the most part I love the idea of this thing. That said, it’s become incredibly popular, and with the combination of the popularity, the money that presumably goes with it, and the pressure to get things going faster to appease the audience, ERB has had something of a variable quality over the years. I’m not really interested in shitting on free entertainment, of course, but I do think it would be interesting to review how well each battle rap compares to its brethren on a season-by-season basis to see what the best (and worst) executed battle raps of each season are.

To clarify: this is essentially going to be a three or four week long series ranking the battle raps from ERB on a season-by-season basis. Each season will be treated as its own unique entity, as comparing battle raps from different seasons doesn’t really work as well as you’d think, because somewhere around the second season, ERB ended up expanding their funding a bit and it’s hard to really compare the slick videos of later seasons with the fun-but-less-technically-apt raps from earlier seasons. Two videos per day will be posted, and each season will be ranked from worst to best, meaning that, yes, the worst battle raps will be posted early in the posting cycle, while the best will be posted later in the cycle. So tomorrow’s post will be the two worst videos from the season, but they’re still worth watching, even if they’re… not great.

Yes, I did say “tomorrow’s.” Today will be spent highlighting the main players in the ERB process for those coming in new.

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Looking Back on: Great Wrestling Conspiracies, Cover-Ups, and Controversies

Great wrestling conspiracies, cover-ups, and controversies.

Hey all, and welcome to the second edition of the Wrestling Oratory. I’m your host, Rantmaster Mark, (STOP FUCKING LAUGHING.) here to write random BS about the world of wrestling in general, as is my wont to do from time to time… specifically, every Sunday. (Yeah that lasted like a month.) Technically, this one was supposed to be done LAST WEEK, but who’s counting, right? Besides, I just HAD to get that out of my system. But anyway, today I’m going to be delving into the world of wrestling controversies; things that happened in the world of wrestling that are spoken of sporadically that those of you out there may not have heard of, or may have heard of, but don’t know the specifics behind. Today, folks, I shed light on five of the better known cover-ups in the wrestling world to date, as well as offer up my opinion of them, as only I can do. Let’s go, shall we? (I’d imagine you could put the whole CM Punk deal in here as well these days, though Punk laid out the majority of it so mostly it’d be linking a Youtube video and moving on.)

Oh, and to cover it before we begin, “shoot” means it was for real, “work” means it was planned, and “worked shoot” means it was meant to LOOK real, but was planned. “Smart” means you know what’s going on backstage, and “mark” means you are a general fan with no backstage info. Yes, ha ha, my name’s Mark, I’m a mark, how original, fuck you. (At this point I feel like I’m at least somewhat “smart,” entirely because I’ve made friends with actual wrestlers in my life, so at that point you usually have a general idea of what’s going on behind the scenes. Not EVERYTHING, clearly, but enough.)

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Random Song of the Day – 12/19/14

Today we wrap up the week with Smooth McGroove:

Nerdcore is, generally speaking, a genre I never really got into; while I’m okay with MC Frontalot, I couldn’t get into most acts, partly because they play to genres of nerdiness I don’t get, and partly because the music is often not great. Smooth McGroove, on the other hand, is one of those rare people who takes music that is awesome in its own existence, then turns it into something special with his talent, rather than trying to use his talent to turn out awesome music, and it’s far more successful for it. Recording acapella versions of video game tunes is an amazing idea, and I’m simply in awe every time I see something he’s done, because hell, *I* could never do that, or even come close.