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Chatterbox Review: WWE Wrestlefest for ipad, iphone, and ipod touch.

Hey there! It’s your friendly neighborhood Chatterbox here with a review of THQ’s WWE Wrestlefest app for ipad, iphone, and ipod touch!

To provide a little backstory on this, I used to play WWF Wrestlefest back in the early 90’s on the arcade consoles. It was one of the greatest arcade games I had ever played. Granted, I was probably 6 or 7 at the time, but still. In the original it was complete chaos in the ring. You had stars such as Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect, Sgt. Slaughter, Road Warriors (LOD), and “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase. Each character had their own specific signature moves and there was a singles Royal Rumble match or Saturday Night’s Main Event Tag Team Tournament (The only way to play against the Road Warriors in the final showdown).

WWE Slamfest offers pretty much the same style concept as the original version did back in the 90s. This time though, they’ve added a Gauntlet Match and Road to Wrestlemania modes where you work your way up through the various titles within the WWE. The cast of characters is pretty deep as well. It gives you 8 characters to start out with (Randy Orton, John Cena, Undertaker, Rey Mysterio, Macho Man, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts) and you are able to purchase an additional pack of characters (CM Punk, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Sheamus, and Big Bossman along with the classic Survivor Series ring).

The gameplay is just as I had anticipated it to be which was fun and a great addition to my travel games. I find it is much easier to navigate on the ipad rather than the ipod touch due to the fact that it’s bigger… but that was minor.

***Potential Game Spoiler***

I was a tad disappointed with the Road to Wrestlemania mode only in that it felt anti-climatic to get to the WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania only to walk out to the ring with the generic “house-show” looking backdrop (No special Wrestlemania Entrance) to do battle with… Jake “The Snake” Roberts. A pretty decent-sized facepalm for me on this one. I had in the back of my head it would be a special encounter with an opponent that I hadn’t beaten 4 times throughout the RTWM challenge. Throwing in a big bout with Andre the Giant, Big Show, Chris Jericho, or even The Ultimate Warrior would have made it a 10 of 10 for me. I love surprises! Even after you win the main event at Wrestlemania, it simply plays the credits. No fireworks, no special title winning image, no glimpse of the belt on your character, nothing! So in that, I was a little disappointed but still had fun playing. I did like that they make you actually compete in and WIN the Royal Rumble match to advance to the next event. It made perfect sense to me.

 

Are you serious, bro? Also on twitter, @WWEGames posted a photo to Zack Ryder’s attention showcasing a future game add-on of his very own playable character which only makes since, seeing how he is one of the more popular faces on today’s programming. Since they will be doing more add-ons to this, I would love to see Andre the Giant, Big Show, Chris Jericho, Ultimate Warrior, Road Warriors, Kane, and maybe another classic like Dusty Rhodes, Yokozuna, or even Goldust (what can I say, I love the gimmick characters). I know that for $.99 to download the packs of wrestlers, I’ll be sure to keep my roster up to date with the latest releases and I hope that there are many.

I’m also hoping that THQ reads this and updates the Road To Wrestlemania game mode where you have a special “Boss Match” against an opponent that maybe you have to pin or submit to unlock in the game (Andre, Big Show, Mark Henry, or Yokozuna). I’m not sure how things like that work in the app development world, but it’s just a thought.

All in all, this has been the absolute BEST app game I have downloaded to date! I give it 9 out of 10! Keep up the good work THQ!

Be sure to follow me on twitter @Chatterbox4REAL and go to my youtube channel page (youtube.com/ChatterboxBrad) and subscribe. The videos will be coming shortly! Until next time…

 

Video Editing…

Just a quick little post to see if any of my readers know this one…

Where can I get an easy, FREE video editing software download? I’ve been searching the net and even some for sale are getting terrible reviews. Basically, I’m looking to create videos on my youtube account as a hobby and don’t want to break the bank in software fees. I have a Flip Video Ultra HD 8GB and am looking for something to edit videos quickly and that also look esthetically pleasing (we’re not talking Avatar imagery, here).

So anyway, if you have any advice I’d love to hear it. Be sure to click subscribe and also follow me on twitter @Chatterbox4REAL

Twitter Wars!

First and foremost, I would like to point out that I have just recently gotten back into watching wrestling since roughly around last year when it was announced that The Rock was back for 2011’s Wrestlemania event. I had been checking in to see what he was doing on the shows and have been tuning in pretty much since.

The Grammy awards took place this year, awarding Chris Brown one as well as showcasing him in two performances throughout the night. At this point (and ever since), Twitter was all the rage to voice your opinions against or for the Chris Brown love fest that took place. Celebs from Miranda Lambert, Michelle Branch, and Wil Wheaton were among the many who openly questioned the lovefest that was going on. Chris Brown then responded by saying something to the effect of “Hate all you want because I have a Grammy now. The Ultimate F off!” which was deleted quickly.  Soon after, the trend tag #RIPChrisBrown started going and yadda yadda yadda. Things kind of fizzled out with it until WWE Champion, CM Punk Retweeted “Last Word of the subject: on a blog last night “Think Chris Brown would be at Grammys if he’d beaten the S out of Taylor Swift?” #hmmmm” and then tweeted “I would like @ChrisBrown fight somebody that can defend themselves. Me curbstomping that turd would be a #wrestlemania moment.” to which Chris Brown tweeted back about CM Punk being all steroided out and so on. CM Punk posted a video response to Chris addressing the steroid accusation as well as a fight challenge below…

For now, I think this ends the little twitter war, but on to my thinking about this…

Why is it that CM Punk is really the only person who has called him out on it? Even after 3 years or so, people were clapping and cheering him on at the Grammy awards like nothing ever happened. The common defense for Brown is that “he made a mistake and it happened 3 years ago”. Uh? A mistake? Losing your temper and hitting Rihanna maybe once could possibly be played off as a mistake, but repeatedly punching her in the face, arms, legs, biting her, and trying to choke her unconscious is hardly a mistake. The length of time that has passed since the incident is irrelevant, period! So people think that 3 years is enough time for savagely beating a female to just go away? The picture is still online of Rihanna’s face that looked like she went 5 rounds with a UFC champion. And so what if Rihanna has reconciled with Chris Brown. The fact of the matter is that women get beaten like this all over the world! Not just Rihanna. Some don’t even live to have the opportunity to decide wether they want to forgive and forget the incident.

In closing, I have found a greater respect for CM Punk as well as the WWE for not squashing this twitter war. Somebody of some kind of notoriety needed to openly call out Chris Brown on his actions and I’m glad that it has taken place. Great video reply by CM Punk. His thing on WWE television is that he is the Voice of the Voiceless and this proves it!

NOTE: This is most likely the only time I will write about CHRIS BROWN on The Chatterbox Blog… unless he decides to man up for a CM Punk fight!

Time for 2012!

Happy 2012 everybody! It’s good to be back after a decent sized layoff from Chatterbox Blogging. I look to be getting back into the full swing of things in the near future, but I want to share my joy from the end of 2011 and my big plans for 2012!

Christmas was amazing (as expected). My daughter had such a big day and unwrapped so many new toys for Daddy to play with. My family added to my A Christmas Story village, and I got the most precious ornament ever (I’ll update with a video soon). It’s a plastic Christmas Tree ornament and when I pushed the little button on the back, there was a little voice that plays and it says “Merry Christmas, Daddy!”… it was my girl’s little voice. How precious! Remember how I said the Ninja Turtles Dueling Dudes was my best Christmas gift ever? Yeah, it’s been replaced.  Best… Christmas… Ever!

In closing, 2011 brought many new things my way. I got in a full first year at my new job with Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, I replaced my DSLR camera that was stolen this past summer, Zoe is finally 100% accident free potty trained, and we bought Family Season Passes to the Columbus Zoo which turned out to be a GREAT investment.

2012 looks to be gearing up for big time excitement as well! We’ve already been to Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream and had a blast and look to do some more special things this season. As far as resolutions go, I don’t really have one. I like to make daily resolutions and set goals for the year. Here goes…

1) Create a new Toy Review website 

This has already been completed. Kikzengiggles.com is up and running, but I am still making many adjustments to the site as I go. Look for many changes and hopefully some contests soon! Be sure to ‘follow’ on twitter @Kikzengiggles and ‘like’ us at facebook.com/Kikzengiggles

2) Take Zoe to see the Giraffes 

We have gone many times to the Columbus Zoo and each time, Zoe has been dying to see a Giraffe. There are no Giraffes at the Columbus Zoo. This year, we’re planning on taking her to either Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, or the Wilds so she can have an encounter with some Giraffes (her favorite animal). That is the first goal of the year.

3) Making wiser decisions when it comes to food & drink

In 2011, I ate waaaayyyy too much fast food and had waaaayyyy too many sugary sodas to drink. This year so far, I’ve had none and plan to keep it that way. This is not a resolution that I want to lose weight and fit into size 30 jeans. This is simply a goal for living a healthier life and getting some good old-fashioned energy back! Exercising may be in the future, but I’ve been feeling pretty great with changing some eating habits. So again, I’m not making this a resolution to “lose weight”, but more of a goal to live a healthier life.

4) Yoga

“May the force be with you!” Oh wait! Thats YODA. Yoga has been something that has interested me for the longest time. Not so much for the tight sweatpants and tiny mats, but from my understanding, Yoga helps with every day aches and pains. At 27 years of age, I have more of an irritating back ache, my ankle gets sore from time to time (depending on the weather), and every so often I get headaches from a soreness in my neck. I don’t believe this is how a 27 year old should feel, so I’m looking to change that this year as well. If anybody knows any good DVDs to get started with, please share!

5) A Puppy!

The deal in the house was that as soon as Zoe was accident free with her potty training and no longer needed pull ups, then we would get her a puppy. Naturally within a couple of weeks, she was accident free and transformed into a big girl… who wants her puppy! We’re currently seeking out the right batch of puppies! 😀

and lastly…

6) Disneyland!

I feel it is time to take little miss Zoe to Disneyland. We’re planning and saving for this trip so that we can go in October this year. If it was a simple trip to say we went, it would be no problem, but my goal is to save up enough for a loaded trip full of character visits, overloading on merchandise, and going and seeing some nice things in the area. This will take some time to save for, but we’re super excited and the anticipation is already building for Mommy and I.

So that pretty much wraps up our plans for 2012! If this year turns out to be our last year on the planet, then we’re going out with a party! Please leave a comment below. I’m excited to hear your plans for the year! Be sure to follow me on twitter @Chatterbox4REAL and @Kikzengiggles and check out Kikzengiggles.com!

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)

The Chatterbox Review: The Lion King in 3D

Good morning and welcome back to The Chatterbox blog. Over the weekend, my wife and I took our baby girl to check out The Lion King in 3D! I just thought I’d share a quick story.

The first time I saw The Lion King was in theatres back in 1994. I was about 10 years old and getting ready to go into the 5th grade. The movie was great, as I saw it through the eyes of the young cub, Simba. More of the humor related to me at that point in my life and it was also very saddening when Mufasa died (if you watched this as a kid and it didn’t make you sad, then you’ve probably grown up to be a rotten person).

Today I am 27 years old, married, with 1 small child. I was sitting there with Zoe on my lap (she’s too small to not be eated by the theatre chair lol) and relating more to Mufasa’s side of things rather than Simba’s. It was still sad for me to see Mufasa die, but I think it felt more emotional when Mufasa is talking to Simba after the Elephant Graveyard scene.

“I am only brave when I need to be. Being brave doesn’t mean that you go looking for trouble.”

The thing with Disney movies for me is that the stories are timeless. It doesn’t matter what characters are plugged into the scenarios, the stories are what keep you coming back. Toy Story would not have been “Toy Story” if it had been a story JUST about Toys. The main focus of the story is the relationship and/or bond between a child and a toy… the imagination used.

Too many animated features are focused soley on making money NOW. I highly doubt that 10 years from now, Shrek will be as popular or have the capabilities to bring in money as it does now. The same applies for alot of these movies that are generic remakes. Why do you think Toy Story just celebrated it’s 3rd successful movie, while nobody seems to remember Small Soldiers? My point exactly.

In closing, The Lion King will always be a part of my family. We will be bringing home the Blu Ray on October 4th and enjoy it again and again. Stay tuned for a review! Until next time…

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)

Chatterbox Review: Gears of War 3

Marcus and the COGs are back in hopes to end the war…

Happy Friday everybody! Chatterbox here with a review on the latest and (possibly) last installment in the war between the humans and locust.

*NOTE: I have included no campaign spoilers, so you’re safe.*


A cool little feature that was added to the game (Beta Testers have already seen this) is that you can now customize your weapon skin for multiplayer play. These can be won through certain tasks in game or purchased on xbox live. As if it isn’t bad enough to be blasted by a Kantus hiding around a corner, he now has a pink or flowery gun to delivery the blow. Ouch!

Also with this addition to the Gears of War series, there are now Avatar Awards that you can win with these items. If you complete the campaign on any difficulty, you can earn a Marcus Fenix bandana. If you complete the first few waves of Beast Mode, you earn a Locust Drone Mask (perfect to dress your Avatar up for Halloween). Finally, if you complete the first 10 waves of Horde 2.0, you earn a shirt (guy or girl) with the Locust symbol and “For The Horde” written on it. Pretty cool considering most shirts average around 200 MS points. Onto the game play…

Versus Mode

Some small changes have been made and it all works out pretty well for this release. Annex and King of the Hill have been merged into 1 (nobody voted for King of the Hill in Gears 2 so why bother). If you’re looking to rack up some serious kills, then this is the gametype for you. They have also added Team Deathmatch (Thank you, Epic!!!) to where your team is allocated a certain number of lives and then a final spawn after your team’s number has been eliminated. This gives the gamer a better chance at redemption (or more opportunities to go out and die again) if they’ve been spawn killed or “sponged” to death. The only real change to Capture the Leader is that instead of Hoffman and Skorge, you’re trying to capture Prescott or Myrrah and you don’t have to drag them back to a designated ring in order to start the countdown timer.

Horde 2.0

The popular game mode is back and revamped for action! In Gears 2, you wouldn’t see Boomers or Bloodmounts until Wave 9 or 10, but they come into play alot sooner than expected. Wave 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 are Boss rounds which still have the rest of the Locusts, but add in a Corpser, Brumak, or Berzerker-double to the mix. To put it simply… that shit is BANANAS (B-A-N-A-N-A-S)! Also in this mode, you have to earn money (points) by racking up kills in order to buy weapons and barriers. This is great for me because I’ve joined a couple rounds where some jerkoff runs and grabs all the frag grenades, boomshot, and torque bow and then camps out by them once he runs out of ammo. Terrible. This way, you have to atleast participate in order to buy the weapons. Great job, Epic! (Note: Horde Waves do include somewhat of a storyline/character spoiler if you haven’t played through the campaign)

Beast Mode

When I heard about Beast Mode, I thought I was going to need a lawyer to make sure I was compensated for a mode themed around my day to day life, but this was a reversed role Horde mode (wocka wocka wocka). You start out being able to choose from Wretches, Tickers, and a Drone. From there, you can earn points to unlock different Locust like Maulers, Kantus, Boomers, and Berzerkers (what I like to call RAMPAGE mode). The Locust start out having to kill the stranded in the first wave with maybe a COG soldier here and there and as each wave progresses, there are more and more COG Heroes added to the mix. Each COG has a different weapon as did the Locust in Horde Mode. Cole carries the Boomshot. Baird carries the Torque Bow, and so on. The final wave isn’t to difficult as its Prescott with a ton of generic COG soldiers. Good times… good times.

Campaign/Story Mode

Pretty self explanitory. This picks up a little later than the end of Gears 2. You will now have the option to play 2 player co-op or build the team to 4 player co-op for a killer time with friends. Epic does a nice job of wrapping up several storylines in the game and we even get to find out the results of the “Save Carmine”/”Carmine Must Die” charity vote that took place in the beginning of the year. It was very cool to watch it all unfold and I’ll be going back through this a few more times for sure!

At the end of the day, this was the best release yet! It gets my stamp of approval! In closing, I can see only ONE possible storyline to continue the Gears of War story (won’t mention because it’s a possible spoiler), but I think there could be a fourth and FINAL LEVEL. If not that, then I’d maybe like to see a prequel “Pendulum Wars” edition that’s either a full campaign or multiplayer only game. I also think that this story would (if done right) translate well to the big screen. If this does happen, then I want to play the part of one of the Carmines LOL!

I’d love to hear your feedback and comments. In the meantime, be sure to follow me on twitter @_The_Chatterbox. Until next time…

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)

Mike Albert and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute

Welcome back, Chatterheads. I’m here again to give my opinion (that you value SO much) on our recent outing to see Mike Albert and The Ultimate Elvis Tribute.

To provide a back story in the matter, Mrs. Chatterbox and myself are pretty decent Elvis fanatics (our media room is decked out in plenty of ‘The King’s’ merchandise and movies). We’ve been following Mike Albert since before we were married, so it’s now 6+ years. I can honestly say that I have not seen the same show twice. Elvis has so many hits and worldwide recognizable songs, that they could have made a weekend of it, but condensed to a couple of hours for the Bellville Street Fair.

As always, the show was incredible. Mike Albert is the real deal when it comes to Elvis Presley. His show is as close as you would ever get to an authentic Elvis Presley show. He sang anything from “Hound Dog” to “Burning Love” and it was all songs that Elvis had performed.

To close the show, Mike addressed last weekend’s 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks and then mentioned that if Elvis had been around then, he would have done something incredible. He was so generous with his time and money that he knew for sure Elvis would have done something incredible to help people in need after the attacks… and he most certainly would sing “American Trilogy”. “American Trilogy” happens to be one of my favorite songs ever performed by Elvis. Mike sang it very well (as always) and had the entire crowd standing as he paid tribute to Elvis Presley and paid tribute to 9/11.

Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton
Good times there are not forgotten
Look away, look away, look away Dixieland.

Oh I wish I was in Dixie, away, away.
In Dixieland I take my stand to live and die in Dixie.
For Dixieland, where I was born
Early Lord one frosty morn
Look away, look away Dixieland.

Glory glory, Hallelujah
Glory glory, Hallelujah
Glory glory, Hallelujah
HIS truth is marching on.

So hush little baby, don’t you cry.
You know your daddy is bound to die
But all my trials, Lord will soon be over.

Glory glory, Hallelujah
HIS truth is marching on.
HIS truth is marching on.

Thanks for viewing and I hope to have you back here soon! For more information on Mike Albert and The Ultimate Elvis Tribute, check out www.mikealbertsings.com and be sure to tell them The Chatterbox sent you. Until next time…

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)

Advice from a “Responsible Adult”!

Good afternoon and welcome back to The Chatterbox Blog. Today, I will be writing about being a responsible adult because apparently, I am one. Who would have thought it, eh?

The reason I say that I am a responsible adult is because I’ve been asked advice by a couple of my younger peers through facebook and twitter. I’m not sure my answer was what they are looking for… my response was that the best advice I can give when it comes to graphic design and digital media is to not ask for advice.

As an artist, you are commiting professional suicide if you are trying to emulate somebody else’s style or somebody else’s work. Sure, everybody loves a good parody artist and it’s fine to do that, but eventually you start to become lost in the sea of faces. You need to be original and do what feels great for you. Try and fail. Try again and fail again. Each time you do something that doesn’t work out is a learning experience. Learn from mistakes and move on to a bigger, better YOU! Be the one who people want to imitate! Maybe that’s a little bit of advice, but I think they got my point lol. Personally, I have yet to find the success that I believe I’m capable of, but I’m still working at it.

I understand that as an adult, I can no longer do things on impulse and blame it on being immature. I can’t expect my kid to eat a plate full of spinnach, brocolli, etc. if I’m eating a bowl of M&Ms. Aside from that, I’m an avid believer in having fun with your kids and family. So if you see me out at a local Walmart playing tickle monster with my kid and we’re being too noisy, just be glad I’m having fun and not yelling at my kids and letting them destroy things in the store. You… are… welcome. I don’t know when people became so uptight and snobby, but people will not change who I am to my family. I’d love to read some comments, so hook it up. Until next time…

Save Room 4 Love,

Brad (The Chatterbox)

Chatterbox Review: BouncyBug Game App

 

Mega Juicy, Bouncy Fun!

Bouncy Bug is an action game that features flexible liquid environments, and awesome trampoline style action like nothing you have played before.

Press the jello walls to bounce Clyde around the levels while trying to collect all the fruit. Press the floor and walls to bounce our hero into every twisty, bouncy corner. Swipe the jelly to create waves in the jello. Carefully time your bounces to get more height and speed with each bounce.

Features:
*Unique control method – touch walls to bounce.
*Loads of tricky levels and cool powers
*Game Center & stacks of achievements
*Dynamically generated graphics
*Universal: iPhone & iPad cross compatible
*Great for all ages, easy to learn
*Very addictive, exciting game play
*Full community on Facebook and Twitter
*Play your own music in the background while you play

All in all I thought it was a pretty decent time waster game. You know, if the system goes down at the office, you can easily pass time while IT eats lunch instead of working on your computer. It was a little addicting. I used 2 battery charges in a night and my wife did as well. Very simple, but entertaining game! Be sure to follow Bouncy Bug on twitter @BouncyBugGame as well as @appinthebox as well as @_The_Chatterbox. For $.99, this one gets my approval. Special thanks to Appinthebox.com.au for sending over the download.

Want YOUR product featured on the Chatterbox Blog?!? Send all inquiries to brad.mcquillen@yahoo.com.

Until next time…

Graphically Yours,

The Chatterbox

 

Remembering 9/11

Good morning and welcome to The Chatterbox Blog. Today I am writing a special edition to pay tribute to the attacks on the World Trade Center 10 years ago today.

I’m not sure what we’re really supposed to do on a day like today. Are we supposed to celebrate it, commermorate it with t-shirts and hats, or are we just supposed to reflect on things that happened? I am choosing to recount what happened in MY world that day and reflect…

10 Years ago today, it was my senior year of high school and I was sitting in 2nd period History class (of all places) and my 11th grade history teacher came in and turned on the news. By this time, one of the towers had been struck and smoke was pouring out of it. The news reporters were somewhat reporting like it was an accidental hit when we saw the 2nd plane hit live. From what I remember, everybody was quiet for about 10 to 20 minutes as we’re watching it unfold. After that, my 11th grade History teach talked a little bit about what was going on and I’ll never forget him saying “events like these are the beginning of a war”. My band practice for the evening had been cancelled due to the event and I remember leaving school that day with many parents embracing their kids (who were perfectly fine) as if to just be thankful that they were safe. The rest of the day, I remember being super-glued to the TV (as I’m sure most families were). There were definately alot of images from 09/11/01 that I will never forget!

Reflecting on this event, I would really enjoy seeing America get back to the way it was on September 12th, 2001. Everybody seemed to be living in a common “America” rather than a narrow minded political party. People seemed a little more human towards each other and supported the idea of “Ask not what your Country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your Country” whether it be serving in the Military, helping people in need, or donating.

In closing, I’d like to challenge everybody to write something about their experiences from 9/11/01. For one, its great to get your feelings out there and it’s also a good way to get creative again. Start your own blog! WordPress hosts them for free and you can use it as your own sounding board for ideas and thoughts that you have. If you are writing a topic on 9/11, then please share in my comments and I promis that I will subscribe anf comment on every one of them. If there is one thing to take away from my post today is to take a little time and enjoy your life, enjoy your family, and enjoy your freedom. There are many young men and women serving our country in a place thousands of miles away from their families so that we can enjoy these things.

Save Room 4 Love and GOD Bless the U.S.A.,

Brad (The Chatterbox)