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Kickstarter Young Guns Soundtrack, awesome nostalgia!! October 20, 2017

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Today I was listening to my Vinyl Young Guns Original Motion Picture soundtrack from Rusted Wave, not that Bon Jovi second movie album and I resized I need to share this awesomeness with the entire world, so I did just that and made a youtube video reviewing this top notch Kickstarter item. Please watch the video and let mw know what you think of the epic film that is Young Guns!

 

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Shawn Michaels Vs Jake “The Snake” Roberts, in good ole Mid-South Wrestling! May 14, 2017

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Hey everyone, here is my quick review of a classic match that most folks never got a chance to see. HBK Shawn Michaels takes on Jake “The Snake” Roberts in a great Mid-South battle in Louisiana. Jim Ross shows up along with Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Ted Dibiase and Dr Death Steve Williams plus many more! Enjoy…

 

 

 

Who likes Robocop?! (1987) August 12, 2016

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You have seen the movie, you witnessed first hand the horrific murder of Alex Murphy at the tyrannical hand of Clarence Boddicker, You saw for yourself the resurrection and redemption of Murphy through Robocop.

 

Now Keyhole to the Multiverse wants to show you a whole new side to the movie you love, join Josh for the latest show as he peers into the keyhole into the universe of Robocop, he discusses guns, hero’s and villains strengths and weaknesses and much much more. Visit our website keyholetothemultiverse.com.

and yes there is a whole lot of Clarence Boddicker Talk!!!!

 

 

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Top 5 events that changed Wrestling forever! April 26, 2013

Today’s top 5 list will be about those special moments in Wrestling history that forever sculpted the WWF/WWE. These are the moments us wrestling fans live for! Some of these are specific moments in time and some are time periods but you will all have to admit, these are why we watch, and if you notice we haven’t had a groundbreaking moment like any of these in recent memory, and that’s why the WWE product is so poor, Vince needs to remember what made the product so good to begin with! So here we go:

#5- The Sweet Chin Music Heard Round the World

We all love HBK, and one thing that made him so awesome was he had an awesome finishing move, Sweet Chin Music was just cool. It was devastating, it was show stopping, it could come from no where and that’s exactly where it came from during an episode of the Barber Shop on December 2nd 1991. Brutus Beefcake was trying to get the Rockers to come together as one, and it looked like it was working, Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty gave each other a hug and just when it appeared the Rockers were going to go back into the Tag Team ranks HBK was born when he gave Jannetty one hell of a Sweet Chin Music, and then proceeded to toss Jannetty through the glass window of the Barber Shop! The reason this moment was so important was that The Rockers were a perineal crowd favorite and this tugged at the heart strings, it also gave rise to one of the biggest stars the WWF/WWE would ever have in Shawn Michaels, as this freed him up to work with Sherry Martel and enter into his notorious singles career. This clip also has one of the best commentary moments of all time after Jannetty gets face planted through the glass window Bobby Heenan says “Jannetty tried to dive through the window to escape, what an act of cowardism!” That’s brilliant!
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#4- Birth of the Attitude Era/Monday Night Wars

November 9th 1997 at the Survivor Series the WWE/WWF coined the term attitude era, but it had been coming for almost a year. The Monday Night wars were in full swing and the WCW was winning. The WWF hired a man named Vince Russo and though many wrestling fans hate Russo, he saved the WWF. With creative writing and a new take on what wrestling should look like Russo and McMahon brought forth some of the most notable characters in history, including Mankind/Foley, The Rock and of Course Stone Cold Steve Austin. This new era focused on an older crowd, ushered  in buckets of blood, and saw matches the likes of which have never seen before nor since. This era really kicked off with the rebirth of the Iron Man Match in 1996 when Bret Hart lost to Shawn Michaels in a match that lasted over one hour, we then saw a new type of Dead Man in the Undertaker. This era brought back the celebrity influence, when Mike Tyson began to appear in the ring. We also saw an influx of real fighter from the then brutal UFC such as Ken Shamrock and Steve Blackmon. Then of course we saw the amazing tandem of superstars in Rock/Austin/Mankind which gave us amazing, brutal, and unforgettable matches, that we will never have again in this PG era we are in. To bad too, because the epic Mankind Vs Taker Hell in a Cell was a spectacle that just cannot be recreated under todays family friendly landscape.

#3- Hogan Goes Heel

The idea was let’s do something that has never been done before, and the WCW did it, when Hulk Hogan the ultimate good guy turned his back on Macho Man on July 7th 1996, to embraced the Outsiders. First off, I just want to say this speaks volumes about The Macho Man as he is probably the only guys that could have given Hogan the bad guy push, if Hogan had turned on anybody else it probably would have turned them heel, but the Leg Drop hit Randy Savage and the crowd saw the writing on the wall. Hogan then gave his Billionaire Ted Speech and pledged his allegiance to the Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, with that, a new era of wrestling was ushered in. The Monday Night Wars was as much responsible for this turn as anything, because Eric Bishof new he had to do something to gain ratings, and the birth of Hollywood was the answer! Wrestling was forever changed, non wrestling fans begin to tune in to see what all the fuss was about, rating soared and a New World Order took over the Wrestling World. Unfortunately the WCW had the inmates running the asylum and things crumbled within a few years, however that day in 1996 without a doubt rocked wrestling to its core!

#2- McMahon Takes Over the World

It all started when Vince Jr purchased the then WWWF from his father in 1979, he renamed it the WWF and then in 1980 founded Titan Sports, He began recruiting talent from all the regional leagues and then acuired his centerpiece Hulk Hogan from the AWA. Wrestling at this point was a small time business, most wrestlers held other jobs and gathered in small halls for small shows, Vince had other ideas, he wanted to take the sport global, using television he took wrestling out of the Sportatorium and into Madison Square Garden. The visionary that is McMahon Jr. soon had accumulated all the talent from the regional groups and was set to deliver the final blow. He sold his time slot on television to Jim Crocket Promotions for one million dollars and with that money he set up the first Wrestlemania, a huge gamble that paid off. All of a sudden the once laughable WWF had become the place to be, the limelight, the real show.

#1- Hogan Beats the Shiek

Vince had the dream, he had the idea, but he needed a catalyst, and that was going to be Hulk Hogan. Freshly acquired from the AWA, Hogan saved crowd favorite Bob Backlund showing he was a babyface, and within three weeks he faced the Iron Shiek on January 23rd in Madison Square Garden. Hogan had appeared in the 1982 film Rocky 3. and had some level of stardom, but what was to follow nobody could have foresaw, except for McMahon. The match is not the greatest by any means, in fact it is pretty poor, but the spark was ignited and Hogan needed the Shiek to put him over as the fan favorite, his personality lifted his character and Hogan became a household name, everything Vince had wanted was coming to fruition. I do love the Shiek, he is classic and at a time that saw the Iranians as an axis of evil, it was the All American that brought him to his knees!

 

Hogans sex tape! “I feel like a pig” April 15, 2013

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For those of you who have not seen this yet, please watch… not to graphic but absolutely hilarious. Hulk Hogan nails Bubba the Love Sponges wife while Bubba waits in the other room, according to courtroom testimony (Hogan is suing over this) Bubba was shopping for Auto parts online! LOL The clip is full of gems including Hogan hoping to nail his sons girlfriends sister and that ringtone on his phone is Brooke, his daughter, a real family guy! But the best part is how not once but twice Hogan comments that he just ate and feels like a pig! TOO FUNNY!

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Top 5 hardest bosses in NES history April 3, 2013

Back in the late 80’s there was no such thing as a casual gamer and there were no fluffy little titles that gave forgiveness at every turn to entice people who occasional play games. Even the fluffy looking titles like Mario and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were as hardcore as the titles with demons and machine guns!! But a the heart of any challenge is the epic boss battles we all encountered at the end of each level. Here is my list of the top 5 I had the most trouble with.

#5 Mr Big at the end of Narc

The game was awesome, as a narcotics patrol officer you had to blast your way with machine guns and rocket launchers through hordes of junkies protecting their suppliers. The levels included a Marijuana grow house, a LSD production lab and the bad guys aside from shooting you would stab you with their dirty needles! There was a sweet car level on the bridge and you had to take down helicopters along the way. But even using the two player cheat, where you would start the game with player 1 and when you lost all of his lives, jump in with player two for a fresh set, the end was near impossible. Mr Big as he was known would first appear in a wheel chair, so your thinking, dude in a wheelchair, no problem, but it was a big problem as his normally innocent device for mobility was fully equipped with machine guns, rocket launchers and a jet pack system of sorts that propelled him all around the damn screen! Once you destroyed his wheel chair form, he revealed his true self, A giant floating head, that hovered on a device that resembled Krang from TMNT! All the while he was puking huge projectiles larger than you! Needless to say this boss battle was an epic end to a highly enjoyable game!

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#4 The Final Room Double Dragon

This entire game was tough, you had to try to accumulate those points as fast as possible to gain your special moves or else you were in trouble. the game had some tough platforming nonsense, but when you finally reached the red carpet room at the end the real trouble began. Basically you had to fight the entire regime of bad guys one last time, including your brother as the final battle. Also if you accidentally moved your character to close to the bottom of the screen, it was an instant death in the spikes! Many who got here never succeeded in surviving, a tough battle to say the least!

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#3 Mother Brain from Metroid

The entire game was epic, one of the first games I had to pull out pen and paper and map out, but nothing compared to the final room of the game. Mother brain was first protected by five or so barriers that had to be destroyed by rockets, the whole room was filled with canons and those damn ring throwing sum bitches! You had better have rockets stock piled because you were going to need them, once you blasted through the protective barriers you had then destroy the Brain herself. Avoiding not just all the projectiles but you had to be very mindful of the lava and one wrong jump landed you in the pit in front of the brain which was a certain death! After countless missiles into the brain the level then began a count down timer and made you traverse a very challenging platforming section to survive to see t he final credits, which now remains one of the greatest and rewarding moments in gaming history- Seamus is a chick!

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#2 Top Gun Landing the damn plane!

OK so its technically not a boss battle, but you had to land the jet at the end of each level, which for my money qualifies it as a boss. Nothing was more frustrating than flying a perfect mission and then being forced into the landing sequence, which almost assured ones death was imminent. Speed down, left left, right right, speed up, left left, speed up, up and then the little animation of your jet right into the damn drink! This part of each mission almost always claimed one of you three lives, I recall barely even playing past level two and it was mainly the landings fault! F U landing sequence! Then to top it all off they reprised the same scheme to refuel in later levels, that just crushed my spirit completely!

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#1 Mike Tyson, from Punch Out

I loved the game, loved the graphics, the characters, and of course love the challenge. Before internet and before the code to go right to Tyson was made available to me, no game ending eluded me more than Mike Tysons Punch Out. First came lightning upper cuts, one hit knockdown wonders! Then came his blinking hooks, which were devastating, the sheer speed at which Tyson moved was ridiculous, add to that the knowledge that if I lose I am going to have to go back and face Super Macho Man again! He was relentless and if you got hit once recover was almost impossible. Timing was everything and like every other character in this game, Tyson was a puzzle that had to be cracked, but unlike all the other characters, one false move and you were done! UUGGHH! I had more trouble with this guy than any boss ever on the NES.

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Top 5 games you never played April 2, 2013

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Today we are going back in time to review some games that may have slipped by you in the past. These titles are worth a revisit if you have played them and if you missed them as many did you should go back and give them a go.

#5 Spy Vs Spy

Originally released on the Apple II and the Commodore 64 the version I played the most was the NES cartridge. The game was based on the Mad Magazines popular long running spy battle of the White spy vs the Black spy, and this game really captured the essence of the comic strip. The game was made for multiplayer and used a split screen to do so. Each spy had to explore a building and the players could adjust just how big the playing location was, through exploration the spys had to uncover different items that would help them ultimately escape the facility. The games highlight of course came in the traps that one spy could set for the other, hand to hand combat was also involved but never as satisfying as setting a bucket of paint on top of a door, or placing a large spring behind a picture on the wall that when set off in Classic Spy Vs Spy style would launch the opposing colored spy across the room to their untimely death and thus allowing free exploration for a period of time. In the end only one spy could find the briefcase that allowed them to exit the level and thus win the round! Extremely fun and a game that gave me some early video game adrenaline rushes!

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#4 Secret of Evermore

I am always surprised that few people recall this game, it was fantastic! Released in October of 1995 for the SNES this was an action RPG that had a great combat system, interesting storyline and great mechanics such as changing equipment and useful leveling. Perhaps even more interesting was the currency system, as new worlds were found, new currency must also be uncovered, just as the US wouldn’t accept a peso, the worlds within Evermore wouldn’t accept foreign currency! The game also contained a playable sidekick in the main characters dog, that when not being played had very good AI. The highlight however came in the form of the Alchemy system, new spells had to be discovered throughout the game, then ingredients had to be uncovered in order to cast said spells, with each new worlds spells becoming harder to cast and the spell system itself had a great leveling device in that the more a spell is cast the more proficient it becomes. Add to all the above some great graphics and you have a title that is worthy of playing but often overlooked!

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#3 North & South

released in 1990 on the NES this game is a mixed bag of action and strategy that really was a ton of fun! You begin by choosing a side in the civil war, obviously Confederates, or Yankees, then the player gets to choose what year they are going to begin the action in. The game then opens on a board game style map of the US with strategic locations marked out, tho gaol is to overwhelm the opposition by controlling important ports, railway yards and cities. Armies are built and when two collide the game goes into an action screen where the battle is fought. Cannons blast, calvaries charge and soldiers march, this gave the game a great sense of diversity as now you were watching the units you had built on the aforementioned map actually battle it out, and you had control! Then there was an almost spy type level that had an individual assaulting train stations, and with the use of knives and punches the soldier must battle through the level in order to capture key outposts. The game had weather elements and was rather detailed for an 8bit title, I highly recommend giving this game a go!

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#2 Bloody Wolf

The Turbo Graphics 16 had a short but wonderful lifespan in my opinion. It unfortunately never had the backing of the Nintendo or Genesis systems by developers however there were some amazing games that came out exclusive to this console that many people missed simply because they never owned one. Great titles include the original Bonk and splatterhouse, but for my money Bloody Wolf was the systems shining moment. This two player gem had some of the best graphics of the day and in similar fashion to Ikari Warriors you had to battle (hopefully side by side) through countless waves of enemies, a variety of weapons could be uncovered and many of them resembled weapons we have come to love through Contra like the ever so useful spread gun and if a baddy got to close the ever useful knife to the neck would suffice. The bosses were epic and controls were sharp, and with secrets galore and a great storyline, just lost to a dead system, Bloody Wolf is a must play!

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#1 Covert Action

Still one of my favorite games of all time, from the genius Sid Meier the PC only game from Microprose that I still play religiously today. Covert Action had it all, elements of action, spy thriller, strategy, puzzle, car chases, moles, grenade/gun battles and a story that involves some of the major players and locations that still today threaten national security. As Maximillian Remington or Maxine, your choice you are briefed by the head of the CIA that some heinous crime is about to go down, it is your job to uncover who the players are and what they are up to. Could it be the KGB is involved with Mafia, or perhaps the Haitian Junta is in bed with the Marxist regime in Cairo! The beauty of the game lies in its open endedness. You can approach cases in any manner you see fit, perhaps you want to be low-key, well you can go to a building that may have had some suspicious activity and place a wire tap, then either follow or bug cars leaving the building to see if they lead anywhere, often times they are just dead ends, or you could go guns blazing into a suspects hideout, and with your spy camera hope to find some incriminating evidence, but beware because every action takes time off the clock and the bad guys are always in motion, and if you show your hand to early the baddies will simply go into hiding knowing that you are hot on their trail thus ruin any chance you had to capture them. Each case you solve leads you one step closer to the mastermind, which is basically the boss of one of the organizations you are after and each succesful bust will get you promoted a few ranks higher in the CIA. At the end of each case you will get a step by step breakdown of what the bad guys were doing at the same time you made your moves, it really is quite interesting to see their reactions to your actions and visa versa. The game provides so much depth and has so much replayablity its a shame that this game is lost to the masses. Please do yourself a favor and track down a copy of this title today!

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