The Motivational Music of Sonic the Hedgehog

The Motivational Music of Sonic the Hedgehog

For several generations of gamers, the words ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ conjure both fond nostalgic memories…and recent frustrations. A player’s age can be quickly identified by exactly which Sonic games they consider to be cornerstones of their childhood. Gamers in their late twenties and early thirties point to the classic, side-scrolling Sega Genesis games. The generation that immediately followed (including myself) admonishes a different era: the Sonic Adventure duology and the various 3D titles that followed. After a strange misstep on the Sega Saturn with Sonic 3D Blast, the Blue Blur burst onto the Dreamcast (and…

All I Need to Know, I Learned from Gurren Lagann

All I Need to Know, I Learned from Gurren Lagann

It’s high time for post about the spectacularly exhilarating masterpiece of the mecha anime genre, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. If you haven’t noticed from past posts or the Facebook page, I’m a huge fan. The very name of this blog is a reference to the anime series that defined my life’s philosophy as an adult. I have a recreation of Kamina’s tattoos on my left arm, to always remind me of the lessons it taught me and the emotions it made me feel. If you haven’t watched the show, I implore…

The Avengers Ideal (No Civil War Spoilers)

The Avengers Ideal (No Civil War Spoilers)

It goes without saying that Captain America: Civil War hype has reached a fever pitch. Television spots play at every commercial break. The #CivilWar hashtag buzzes across Twitter. The advance reviews are in, and like a complete reversal of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it boasts near-universal acclaim (98% as of this writing). Box office records are predicted to be broken. Hell, the trailer alone boasted a record 100 million views within 24 hours of uploading. So far ee have enjoyed two team up films, but now the Avengers are…

5 Bits of Batman’s Timeless Wisdom

5 Bits of Batman’s Timeless Wisdom

After an examination of lessons to be learned from Superman, it’s only fair during this time of Batman v. Superman hype to spend some time with the Dark Knight of Gotham. Interpretations of Batman seem to varying much more wildly than Superman. After all, this is a character that has both the endearing camp of the Adam West series, pioneer of the grimdark era of comics The Dark Knight Returns, and the fourth wall breaking lunacy of Batman: The Brave and the Bold as equally recognizable and significant eras of the franchise….

Icons of Motivation: Superman

Icons of Motivation: Superman

“Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul I swear… until my dream of a world where dignity, honor and justice becomes the reality we all share… I’ll never stop fighting. Ever.”—Superman, What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way? These days, it seems to be the “cool” thing to hate on Superman. Whether it be his Lawful Good, Boy Scout morality, powers far exceeding other heroes, or a seeming impossibility to relate to him, he receives more than his fair share…

Icons of Motivation: Daredevil (No Season 2 spoilers)

Icons of Motivation: Daredevil (No Season 2 spoilers)

Author’s Note: Out of respect for those who have not had the chance to finish yet, this piece will not discuss any plot points or story from Daredevil Season 2. “I’m not seeking penance for what I’ve done, Father. I’m asking for forgiveness… for what I’m about to do.” The Daredevil hype train can’t be stopped. Season 1 received rave reviews, was watched by millions in just its first week, and was renewed for a second season just eleven days after its premiere. Season 2 accelerated the train with the additions…

Icons of Motivation: Mozu (Fire Emblem Fates)

Icons of Motivation: Mozu (Fire Emblem Fates)

The Fire Emblem Fates clickbait train has probably left the station by now, but I wasn’t going to make a post about it until I had actually played a fair chunk of it (3/4 through Birthright, Conquest and Revelation remain untouched). Most of the gaming press has focused on controversial localization (to put it mildly), odd implications of marriage possibilities, or Camilla’s…tomes. Much character analysis has been dedicated to Corrin and his/her royal siblings/adopted siblings, but today, we’re going to focus on a minor character who isn’t of noble blood,…

Icons of Motivation: Ash Ketchum

Icons of Motivation: Ash Ketchum

It’s a grand week. Saturday the 27th marks twenty colorful years with the Pokémon franchise. Of course, you probably already knew that. Nintendo and Game Freak have made plenty of noise to celebrate this milestone, including a Super Bowl spot, re-releases of the Generation I games on 3DS virtual console, the mobile augmented reality adventure Pokémon Go, and a mysterious announcement planned for Friday. Millions of dollars were spent for airtime for an advertisement that announced nothing. For the first Icons of Motivation, I’ve chosen the human face of the…