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Archive for the month “May, 2020”

Audible Review: The Death of WCW

I grew up watching professional wrestling in the 1990s, during the famous Monday Night War between Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It was an exciting time to be a fan, as I’d switch back and forth on Monday nights between WWF Monday Night Raw and WCW Monday Nitro to see what both promotions were serving up that week. Both WWF and WCW eventually created secondary prime-time shows, over-saturating the market with their content. And WCW suffered so greatly that it was bought up by Vince McMahon for far less than it was worth just a few years prior.

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Shudder June Highlights

As crazy as it may seem, June is almost upon us! With a new month comes a slew of new content on Shudder. During these times when many of us are social distancing, it’s good to see that Shudder is keeping the horror fans among us entertained with top-tier content. Scream Queen, a documentary I reviewed back in January, is coming to Shudder, among a phantasmagoria of titillating offerings. Below is the full press release from Shudder with all of the information.

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Tales Of Tamriel, Book I: The Land

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to read and watch my reviews of The Skyrim Library: Volume I, Volume II, and Volume III. Titan Books, the same publisher that brought us The Skyrim Library, has two additional books celebrating the lore of The Elder Scrolls. The first one — Tales of Tamriel, Book I: The Land — builds on the excellence of the original trilogy by collecting lore books from The Elder Scrolls Online, and it’s a phenomenal way to ensconce yourself in the rich history and culture of this celebrated video game franchise. Watch my video review below for all of the details and to get a glimpse of what’s inside.

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Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons Of The Eighties

As someone born in the 1980s, my childhood was filled with hours spent playing Nintendo and watching cartoons. Some of those cartoons included He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Inspector Gadget. These cartoons, among others, captured my imagination and conjure up great memories. Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons of the Eighties, a beautiful hardback book from Insight Editions, celebrates all of these cartoons, and more, with exceptional behind-the-scenes insights from the people who brought these shows to life. It is all lovingly presented with vivid imagery and delightful inserts that will bring a gleam to your eye and a smile to your face. Watch my video review below for more information and to see what it looks like inside. Cowabunga, dude!

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Nintendo Switch Review: What The Golf?

Do you hate golf? Great! Then you’re going to love What The Golf? for Nintendo Switch. Made by Triband, I first played What The Golf? as part of my Apple Arcade free trial in 2019, and it was easily one of my favorite games among the available offerings. The quirky music, charming art style, and one-of-a-kind premise is something to behold. This game will make you smile, laugh, and say, “Just one more round!” It’s addictive, casual gaming at its finest, and I’m thrilled that it has come to Nintendo Switch.

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WWE: Kicking Down Doors

WWE: Kicking Down Doors, a new book from DK, highlights the female superstars who are at the forefront of WWE’s Women’s Evolution. Relive the very first all-women pay-per-view event, discover how legends such as Wendi Richter, Chyna, and Lita proved their dominance in the ring and chart their progression from glamorous sidekicks to fierce and fabulous Divas to the powerful superstars of today. Celebrate the likes of “The Man” Becky Lynch, “The Queen” Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Nia Jax, and Ronda Rousey as they set a new gold standard in WWE.

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The Skyrim Library, Volume III: The Arcane

This is the third and final book in The Skyrim Library trilogy. Make sure to check out my reviews for Volume I and Volume II. Just like the first two books, this one is excellent! This entry focuses on magica, religion, and more. Watch my video review below for all of the details on The Skyrim Library, Volume III: The Arcane.

The Skyrim Library, Volume II: Man, Mer & Beast

I recently reviewed The Skyrim Library, Volume I: The Histories. Volume II in this trilogy of books is entitled Man, Mer & Beast. As you’ll see in my video review below, this entry in the series focuses on races, creatures and beasts, warfare, and factions in Skyrim. If you’re a fan of Skyrim or the Elder Scrolls, this book — The Skyrim Library, Volume II: Man, Mer & Beast — is another excellent compilation of lore books from one of the best selling RPGs of all time. Watch my video review for my full thoughts on this book, and enjoy!

 

KISSFAQ Podcast: Episode 304

Last night, I took part in yet another episode of the KISSFAQ podcast. This time around we talked about the upcoming KISS fan-film from Andrew Sgambati entitled One Last Time. Airing May 15 on YouTube and Vimeo, One Last Time is an excellent documentary focused on Andrew’s KISS fandom and the band’s End Of The Road World Tour. As always, it was a blast being part of the KISSFAQ podcast. I hope you enjoy it!

Audible Review: The Hardcore Truth by Bob Holly

I grew up watching professional wrestling in the early 1990s, and I still watch it today. Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, Bob Holly was a fixture in the WWE. His character changed from race-car-driver “Sparky Plugg,” to Hardcore Holly — a no-nonsense wrestler during the “Attitude Era,” when wrestling was more popular than ever. The Hardcore Truth is Bob Holly’s autobiography, and the audiobook version is an Audible Original. The narrator does an excellent job of delivering the content in a direct and impactful way. What I found most interesting about The Hardcore Truth is that Bob spills the beans on anyone and everyone. He dishes dirt on everyone from Triple H to Diamond Dallas Page, with no reservations. I went into this audiobook respecting Bob Holly’s work, and I left it feeling like I knew the man behind the wrestler. He’s been called a bully and tough to work with, and I can see why people might think that. Nevertheless, if you’re a fan of the WWE from the 1990s and 2000s, there’s a lot to enjoy in The Hardcore Truth. It’s a tell-all book from someone who was there for Owen Hart’s death, the Chris Benoit double-murder-suicide, and other fascinating, and sometimes grim, milestones in wrestling. It’s one of the best pro wrestling audiobooks available, and I highly recommend checking it out.

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