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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Genesis of Drones by boredmob.com for the OUYA is a pixelated action game. It is up to Joe and Gem to retake control of humanity as drones increasingly put their stranglehold on cities and industries. A handful of levels will test your ability to suppress evil forces and rescue the various locales. A lot of action of the platform variety await you in this game. Are you ready to take on the robot forces and restore order to this crazy world? I'll let you know what I think of "Game of Drones" with this blog post.





--- Genesis of Drones ---


Genesis of Drones OUYA
^ from: www.ouyactu.com (best I could find) - Genesis of Drones. Can you save the world from the evil drones?

Genesis of Drones is simplistic at its core. It combines elements of action and platforming into its levels. You have only one life for each level. So don't run into an enemy or fall off the map. Luckily, you can give yourself a chance by getting a suitcase. This suitcase is what you use to attack enemies. Another powerful is very important as you're able to fire projectiles for long-range attacks. It doesn't matter if you choose Joe or Gem- whichever one you choose is basically personal preference. Some levels have you commandeering vehicles. You will have only a certain amount of energy in those vehicles. If you fail to complete the level, you must start from the beginning of the level. Any level can be revisited to try to get a higher score.


Genesis of Drones: My Review.

Genesis of Drones is nothing spectacular, but it is a fairly good platform action game. You are not going to find the most engaging and addicting game play with this game, but you will find a fairly challenging title that delivers a good amount of action. It is a free game for the OUYA. This would be the kind of game to entertain you if you're bored.


For More Information...

You can find out more about BoredMob by going to boredmob.com. More on "Genesis of Drones" can be found on OUYA's website at Genesis of Drones (OUYA).


Video Preview.

I wish I could find you something better, but this is all I could come up with. It's this or nothing...


^ "Genesis of drones: many short lifes of joe"

And there you go.





There isn't really too much to this game, so my look at this title is fairly limited. I at least have given you a good bit of information on it. Well I hope you enjoyed this review. Stay with "John's Blog Space" for more of anything and everything that I've been preaching since this blog's first official post. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Fist Puncher by Team2Bit harks to happier times of brawler type games. I played this game on my OUYA and have a bunch of impressions I want to share on it. This nostalgic brawling game has many things going for it to provide an exceptional gaming experience, with up to four players being able to throw down and clean up the streets. How does this game ultimately compare? I will offer my own review of "Fist Puncher" and let you know if you should add this to your collection of games.







--- Fist Puncher ---

If you ask most people about some of the best brawler games of all time, many will tell you about games like Final Fight (my personal favorite), Streets of Rage, Double Dragon, River City Ransom, and games like that. Fist Puncher was designed as a throwback to brawler games of old. While also delivering on this front, it does so with modern flair without losing focus of its old school cool.

NOTE: There's confusion of the name of the city you are in. Some note it as San Cruces, some as Las Cruces, I even seen Los Cruces. The name of the city in my review is based on what I've seen in the game. And in the game, it's San Cruces. With that said...

The story of "Fist Puncher" revolves around a pageant in the [fictional] city of San Cruces, California. The pageant participants were all kidnapped by The Milkman and his various accomplices. Four individuals swear to go after the Milkman in an attempt to rescue the Fist Puncher pageant participants. Those four? Meet them:

• Dr. Karate - A Chuck Norris-like surgeon who is well-balanced in battle.
• Andre "Steroid" Jackson - an overly powerful, hulking former baseball player.
• The Beekeeper - a mysterious woman who harnesses energy from honey and bees.
• Hella Fistgerald - a tomboyish girl able to convert enemies to allies with a kiss.

With this team, their goal is to rescue all of the Fist Puncher pageant participants while also thwarting The Milkman and his assailants. Doing so will require the player to go through waves of enemies. You can go solo or have as many as four players take on all of those thugs. Collect items along the way to keep yourself in the fight for as long as possible. Defeating the various enemies will allow you to level up your fighter and earn perks towards eventually completing "Fist Puncher." Along the way, you will actually unlock more characters with their own strengths and weaknesses. You may even find a character which will greatly suit your style. One thing to take note of, however, is that when you unlock new characters, you will need to try to upgrade their statistics to make them capable. Every new character starts off at Level 1 and with no experience. You are probably best to spar at the Dojo or play some of the first levels to easily give your character some experience.

The various levels of Fist Puncher feature a handful of enemies. Even though there are a lot of levels, you may find yourself having to return to certain levels just to unlock extra bonuses. The majority of these levels are straightforward with not much complexity in their design. And that's just the way a classic brawler usually is.

When battling waves of enemies in each of the levels, it seems like each level has their own unique set of enemies. It never really seems like you're facing the same-looking set of enemies in different levels. It is this unique balance that makes "Fist Puncher" different as a brawler. If you find yourself in a pinch, look to your character's Special moves to bust through. Make sure to have enough Special energy to execute your Special moves. If upgrading your character, one of the first perks I recommend you get is the Heal upgrade, which allows you to exchange your Special energy for healing. Just make sure to evade your enemies prior to doing this and be sure to attack your enemies to try to rebuild your lost Special energy.

The soundtrack is very cool. You aren't playing "Fist Puncher" for the music and sound, but you do have some pretty cool music to listen to.

As a bonus, you get a few fun facts when you pick up loot in this game. Certain bits of loot offer some interesting facts when you learn about them from the Stats page. The splash screen does say "Team2Bit Educational Software" after all! :)


General Thoughts.

Considering the insanity in "Fist Puncher," the game actually does a great job of capturing that kind of old school brawler feel. It is modern while also being retro. The game has its own character apart from classic brawler series like Final Fight and Streets of Rage. It has elements of classic brawlers, but it doesn't try to clone any classic brawler games. "Fist Puncher" doesn't try to be any other past brawler; it is its own game with its own personality and charm.


Now for a full-on review based on what I've played.



--- "Fist Puncher" Review ---

"Fist Puncher" is a brawler game that has a retro feel to it from the action to the art. Its modern feel makes it engaging to play, and its variety of characters and upgrading possibilities will allow you to find a fighter to enjoy bashing in the brains of unruly punks. The game never seems boring or repetitive. It never seems utterly frustrating, also. "Fist Puncher" and its difficulty isn't exactly just right, but there is an even balance that makes it playable for almost any gamer of any level. "Fist Puncher" is a violent game, but it is not overly violent to where this is reserved to a mature set or an adult-only set. "Fist Puncher" establishes itself as a quality brawler while not trying to emulate or pay homage to any brawler series past. It has a character all its own that makes it worth the price to buy the full version. Playing this on my OUYA, it was worth the $9.99 USD to buy to enjoy this game further. I know I have logged at least three hours playing this game.

Team2Bit could have weighed "Fist Puncher" down with lots of nonsense. They could have given this game some wonky voice acting (as in a lot more than what little voice acting this game has). They could have made this game prettier graphics and fancier effects. All Team2Bit was about is making this game as classic as possible and not turning it into some newfangled hot mess. If this game were to be expanded in some way, I wouldn't mind a sort of vs. mode to where you take your upgraded characters and put them into some local multiplayer free-for-all.

Yeah- this one will occupy your time. Guaranteed. It is a waste of time playing this game, but it is a great wasting of your time. I rated it 5 out of 5 on my OUYA. I have few, if any complaints. Only complaint I WOULD have is maybe some of the boss battles and some of the stages being a bit tedious.

Even though this game is available for the OUYA (which is what my review is based on), it is also available for other systems and services such as Steam, Desura, GOG.com, and XBOX.


Video Preview and More Information.

Here is the official trailer to "Fist Puncher" below (WARNING: may not be safe for work!):


^ "Fist Puncher trailer"


For more information on Team2Bit and their games, visit www.team2bit.com.





I hope you enjoyed this blog post and got my perspective on this game. This concludes my review of "Fist Puncher." Now go dole out some justice already. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My personal review of the OUYA gaming console is here on John's Blog Space. I had my chance to finally play and experience the OUYA after previously offering thoughts on this console you either love or loathe. I will be sure to express my review in an unbiased manner. In no way are my thoughts/reviews of the OUYA anything definitive. It will simply be my own thoughts on this little Android-powered gaming console. So with that said, let's begin!





--- OUYA ---

I talked about the OUYA before. If you don't know what it looks like, here is a refresher:

OUYA game console
^ from: www.amazon.com (click to buy or learn more) - The OUYA is an Android-powered gaming console.

"OUYA - a new kind of gaming console"

-slogan for the OUYA

Now for some individual talking points.


OUYA: Love or Loathe It.

If you look around online and read comments from others, reviews of the OUYA gaming console are really a mixed bag. A lot of people love the OUYA. Many others totally loathe the OUYA. Some say it is laden with potential, and many others think it is a failed console. You can look anywhere online and get a pulse for its appeal- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram... everyone has their own take on the OUYA, a lot of it with mixed reviews. It is therefore tough to really offer a definitive view of the OUYA. I wanted to get this out of the way just to prove that the OUYA is really tough to offer a solid review on. My own views will probably add to the confusion.

Let me talk about the OUYA before offering my review. Take a look at these talking points below.


OUYA: The Basics.

The OUYA began life as the result of a Kickstarter back in 2012. The goal was $950K USD, and the OUYA received $8,596,474 USD from supporters. Many people backed the Kickstarter and contributed loads of money for the OUYA to come to life. Through its development, some got their OUYA that they finanically supported, and a lot of others have yet to get their OUYA. Various updates over time have been given to this console to improve many elements of its interface and design. The OUYA's controller is styled a lot like the XBOX controllers only that there is an integrated touchpad included in its design. It connects to the console through Bluetooth. Up to four controllers can be connected to the OUYA. If you don't have extra OUYA controllers, then you can use [your wireless] XBOX 360 or PlayStation 3 controllers instead. I think I read even the PlayStation 4's controller can be connected to the OUYA. The OUYA (at present) runs on Android "Jelly Bean" with its own interface.

It will be tough to try to sell the OUYA to some people- especially the mainstream types. On one hand, the OUYA is a gaming console that brings Android games to your HDTV screen. You can play the same game along with anywhere from one player to four players playing it. Conversely, it is also a console running on outdated hardware- namely its nVidia Tegra 3 processor and with a lineup of games that will not trump any Triple-A developers any time soon. You will only find the OUYA at brick and mortar stores Target or GameStop. Or of course, you can always buy the OUYA online. Here are stats on the OUYA (source: Amazon)

• includes 1 OUYA controller
• powered by nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor; 1GB RAM
• 8GB of internal memory, but can be expanded via a USB Flash Drive; one USB 2.0 port and one Micro USB port
• WiFi connectivity (802.11 b/g/n), Ethernet port and Bluetooth, HDMI output of up to 1080p

An HDMI cable and an AC power supply are also provided with the OUYA package. One thing about the OUYA is that it is friendly towards modification. Your warranty won't be voided if you root (the Android version of "jailbreaking") or modify it with certain pieces of hardware. I am too careful and cautious working with Android devices, so I am going to keep my OUYA as stock as possible.


OUYA: The Killer App and Triple-A Influences.

Many people judge the success of a console on two emphases: a "killer app" and involvement from Triple-A companies. A console is just another console if it lacks either or both characteristics. A lot of games for the OUYA are mostly mobile Android games reworked and refined for the OUYA. The console does feature some exclusive titles for the OUYA including some games with some content made for the OUYA. One of those OUYA exclusives is Amazing Frog, which I was not impressed with to be honest. Two titles from Triple-A type developers include "Sonic the Hedgehog: Episode 4" and "Final Fantasy III Remix."

Honestly, some people talk about the OUYA's game lineup like it is a bunch of no-name titles that can't compare with anything from a Triple-A developer. It is that mindset that every console should be on the exact level (or very close) to big time developers to be worth anything. Almost as if no one wants to take a chance with the OUYA and some title from an independent (indie) developer. Almost all of the games are free to try. If you like a certain game that has a full version that can be purchased, you can buy any games you enjoy. Many of the games start at about $0.99 USD. That's about as much as picking out certain MP3s on iTunes or something. Bigger titles can cost up to $9.99 USD or more. You will need either a debit/credit card or prepaid OUYA credit to purchase games. No charges will be made until you successfully make a purchase.

OUYA has become a viable outlet for running emulators and even towards being a good base for an HTPC (home theater personal computer). Some people even side load certain programs and games to the OUYA. The OUYA is a more dedicated gaming console. So therefore, not much is made of certain other popular non-gaming applications like Facebook, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora, and apps like that. I have popularly heard of the OUYA being used for the very popular Kodi (better known by its former name- XBMC (XBOX Media Controller)).


OUYA: Misunderstood?

I think a big reason why a lot of people dislike the OUYA is because not as many people understand the OUYA. A lot of people probably perceived the OUYA to be a console to overwhelm or challenge the major gaming consoles. Some people even think of the OUYA as being a console to replace their PlayStation, XBOX, Wii, or whatever. The technology and game lineup for the OUYA hasn't overwhelmed anyone for the most part. One thing is for certain- this console is not some super cheap console that is flimsy and has little appeal. Yeah- it may be running on outdated hardware, but it doesn't mean it still lacks the horsepower to play various games.


OUYA: Development.

Perhaps the biggest single element of the OUYA is what you can do in development. Here is one thing you have to love about the OUYA- if you have an XBOX or a PlayStation or a Wii, if you don't like certain games, you don't have to play them. If you don't like certain games for the OUYA, you can make your own rather than waste your time complaining about this game or that game. The OUYA actually ENCOURAGES development of new games for the system. The OUYA and the OUYA team have actual resources for you to make your own games for the system. There is even a specific forum on OUYA's website where you can discuss and share your developed games or check out games in development. Even if there is a game that looks like a school project than a real game made by real developers, at least there is a viable community that not even most mainstream console developers can lay claim to. If you can believe it, one OUYA game called "Astronaut Rescue" was created by a boy who was only eight years old making it. This only adds to the opportunities available to almost anyone- from hobbyist developers to legit developers.


Now that you have an idea on the OUYA, it is time I offer my review. My review is in the next section.



--- My OUYA Review ---

Here is my cumulative review of the OUYA based on the various talking points from the previous section.

• OUYA: General Thoughts
The OUYA is a mixed bag- some love it; others, not so much. I was someone willing to give the OUYA a chance. I'm glad I did. Too many people found as many reasons as possible to dislike the console for what it is. I have a big enough heart to forgive many of the OUYA's shortcomings that many people would consider Cardinal sins. The most common thing I've read and heard is that the OUYA is a console with loads of potential. To some others, that potential has yet to be reached. All I know is that I bought an OUYA thinking the console will last for me and that I could possibly make games for it. The OUYA itself runs quite well with minimal lag often times. Most of this lag was mostly with the user interface (UI). Games play very well with the controller, and while it seems like a huge brick, it still feels very good in the hands with responsive controls.

Speaking of games, if you honestly think that only Triple-A type games and Triple-A game developers matter more than indie games, then (this may hurt) you are not a true gaming fan. A real gaming fan will lovingly play a quality game from an indie developer and enjoy it as much as any similar game from a bigger developer. Just because the OUYA doesn't have much support from Triple-A developers doesn't mean it is a failure. In my personal opinion, the OUYA doesn't NEED Triple-A developer support to be considered successful. Most of all, if you don't like the OUYA's game lineup (I am not saying it is good or bad), you have two options: (a) complain to the high heavens all around the Internet about how bad the OUYA is and its games are, or (b) make your own games for the OUYA. The OUYA and the OUYA team actually encourages you to make your own games and even offers resources for you to make your own games for the system. Join the ranks of people who developed games for the OUYA in addition to other platforms rather than continually hate on the OUYA. Just because the OUYA doesn't have a handful of titles most mainstream people care about doesn't mean it is a lackluster console. If anything, the OUYA is one of the brightest beacons for the indie gaming community. At least a voice is given to indie game developers rather than being drowned out in the seas of PlayStation Network, WiiWare, and XBOX Live. On top of that, you are helping support indie gaming by buying any games that can be bought. It is encouraging when indie gamers make games and make profit from their work. It won't kill you or make you less of a person to buy OUYA games to help support indie developers who offer in-game app purchases. Some of these people probably even rely on purchases of their games to pay bills or live better lives. So do what you can when you play an OUYA game you love.

A lot of people have had lofty expectations for the OUYA or just didn't understand the system to give it more credit than it really should. The OUYA is not the greatest console, but it is certainly far from being the worst. Most people have to abandon the mindset of the OUYA being in the same category as any mainstream console. I treat the OUYA like it is its own console catering to its own market. It is much like how someone has a PlayStation 3 and also has a PlayStation Portable or even a PlayStation Vita. I am not giving up my PS3 in exchange for an OUYA. I don't want the superlative experience- I just enjoy gaming and enjoy playing games. If you care anything about gaming, give the OUYA a chance and have at least a modicum of heart. With over 1K games for the OUYA, one of the joys of playing this console is in finding a game that may pleasantly surprise you.

Since a lot of people say this system is a waste because you can always play certain games on an Android device (since OUYA is based on Android), that takes down the OUYA's appeal to most people. I am gamer, just not much a mobile gamer. So I can appreciate playing Android games with a proper console with a console look and feel rather than play on my mobile devices. This will surely appeal to me as a gamer.


• OUYA: Complaints
I have only two complaints about the OUYA. First off, the UI can sometimes be laggy and it sometimes can be cumbersome to navigate through a lot of features. A bigger complaint about the OUYA is just how fancy pants it is. I bought a PC monitor that I THOUGHT had an HDMI port to it... all to find out it doesn't. So I had to buy an HDMI to DVI converter cable. That worked fine... except I wasn't playing with sound. I then bought an HDMI to VGA cable with audio input that was absolutely horrible. I then bought an HDMI to VGA adapter that had sound to it and works very well. This saved me from having to buy Bluetooth headphones to privately listen to my OUYA gaming experience. Why the OUYA doesn't just have an analog jack for either analog speakers or headphones is beyond me. I know Bluetooth is great and all, but not many people have such access to such items- even including HDMI. I wish it had better and more expansive support for USB- headphones, sound cards, keyboards, mice, wired USB controllers, etc. That's really my biggest complaint about the OUYA besides its UI. Otherwise, I would recommend this console if someone was considering getting one.


If you are still uncertain as to whether or not to buy an OUYA, let me give you my final thoughts to you on the OUYA: give this system a chance and have some heart. You may actually find yourself a bit surprised with what the OUYA has to offer in gaming and in other features. About $100 USD to buy one of these is just enough for you to enjoy a different kind of gaming experience that can be enjoyable by all. One would probably wish there were more outlets to buy this console and any accessories for it, but what you get for the money is just enough for even the most discriminating gaming fan to enjoy. You can always try to make your own games and apps for the OUYA if you want to contribute to its growth or test the waters of game development. If you can forgive most of the shortcomings most mainstream gaming types think of with the OUYA, you'll find the OUYA can be just as incredible as any of the major consoles and any of the major games, even if they lack anything Triple-A level. Also, don't forget to help support games and game developers by buying games that are available for purchase on the OUYA. You can do great service on many fronts with the OUYA and its content. I've even reviewed some OUYA games in my blogs before (more to come!).

Considering buying an OUYA? I say "hestitate no longer- buy one."





--- OUYA: My Current Game Collection (BONUS SECTION!) ---

Because I love my readers/visitors, let me share with you this bonus section. Some of the games I got for the OUYA came for free setting up my OUYA account. You know how people ask what is on someone's device or what someone has. Well, here is a look at what I have on my OUYA. I mention these items because I may review them in the future. Check it out:

NOTE: The following items are games/apps I have on my OUYA as of the time of this initial blog post. Some games have to be bought to be used.

• Diversion
• Pixel Sword
• Thunder Desert GP
• Night Riders
• Highway Rally
• BombSquad
• Tetris Battle Fusion
• Amazing Frog
• Genesis of Drones
• Speeed Rush
• Pizza Boy
• Fist Puncher
• Double Dragon Trilogy
• Retro Racing
• Real Speed: Need for Asphalt
• Big Action Mega Fight!
• XBMC on OUYA « haven't fully configured it yet
• FilePwn

For more games and apps available for the OUYA, visit: OUYA - Games.

That is what is on my OUYA so as of the date of this initial blog post (January 14, 2015). Some of the games here have been reviewed by me previously or will be reviewed in the future.




--- OUYA Resources ---

Here are some OUYA resources for you all in case I persuaded you into buying one or being interested in one:

OUYA
OUYA on Facebook
Follow OUYA on Twitter (@playouya)!
OUYA on YouTube
OUYA on Google+
OUYA on Instagram

...or you can get one yourself online! Use these:


OUYA on Amazon
OUYA on eBay


Happy shopping! :)





This blog post is over, but let me provide some off-topic material. Last year, the more powerful (compared to the OUYA) Mad Catz M.O.J.O. was recently touted for being able to play OUYA-compatible games. The Mad Catz MOJO runs on the nVidia Tegra 4 processor. Imagine having a little extra horsepower to run and play OUYA games. I hope I can review the Mad Catz MOJO if I ever get the opportunity to do so. Check "John's Blog Space" for if I do get to review it.

Until next time, I'd like to thank you for looking at my review of the OUYA gaming console. You've now read both my thoughts on the OUYA and now my review of the OUYA. All of my thoughts are relevant and real. Feel free to agree or disagree at will. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

"John's Corner" this time is about gaming. Since buying an OUYA console, it has been fairly hectic for me to try to envision building my first game. I have limited programming and only so much art experience. What I have been doing is take here-and-there advice to develop material whether for games or media projects. The best news of all is that I never felt more capable and equipped to design something. There are just some times when you feel productive enough to make something that will be amazing. Or at least... what you hope will be something amazing. That, right now, is me and my situation. Allow me to share my thoughts in this blog post.

Happy new year! This is my first released post of 2015 on "John's Blog Space." Welcome to my series of posts where it is just me talking with you all person-to-person. This is...

John's Corner
JOHN'S CORNER (click on the link to see the latest posts in the "John's Corner" label)!


BEFORE I BEGIN...

I plan on making another blog post regarding the OUYA. Now that I have an OUYA and have played around with the OUYA, I will offer a proper review of mine on this gaming console in the future. Please stay with "John's Blog Space" for my own updated OUYA thoughts.





--- John's Corner: My Quest to Make a Game and/or App ---

Some people aspire to design something they feel will really get them noticed. They may create things that they can proudly stand behind and showcase to the world. The creation of these items is of great importance to people because they want to make something that people want to remember and admire. My journey of late has been to create various media projects or even games and apps. Those whom have visited my creative works blog- "John's Creative Space" may know of some of my different works I've showcased. I feel some sort of importance in trying to create something to exhibit my creative spirit.


Game Importance.

Because I do love games, I feel it is best when you can make your own game rather than just play them. As I am trying to learn making games, part of that experience involves being educated in mobile gaming since the OUYA console is Android-based. The unfortunate thing is that I am not a mobile gamer. Someone suggested I try to develop for mobile devices and then port my work to the OUYA. Should I successfully develop something for the OUYA, I want to be sure it is something I can proudly show off.

Among the ideas for an OUYA game of mine are certain brawler and racing titles. To be honest, a lot of different mobile-type games don't interest me all that much. Most notable are a lot of infinite games (such as endless runners) and procedural worlds. The ideas I have are more old-fashioned and classic. I'm sorry if I'm too outdated and out of the loop with certain ideas. I've never made a game before. It's more about learning as I go along until I eventually make something that could eventually be enjoyable. Another idea I had was something where you play with a certain character in a variety of fun and cute moments. Not sure if that would fly on something like the OUYA, but it's another idea of mine.


App Importance.

I know I am at a disadvantage because I only know Android best. So I may be unable to tap into the iOS market if I develop something. I've had a simple app in mind that I hope will be helpful. I want to offer an app that offers positive and motivational material to others. I may even try to make it interesting by offering mini games in addition to the advice offered. Prior to trying to learn Android, I've had a good bit of trying to self-teach Visual Basic (remember THAT?) and here-and-there C++ programming with some games... namely Duke Nukem 3D.

I noted about not being much a mobile gamer, even more I feel I have to properly learn Android and be able to utilize it to make a quality app. The vision and the determination are both there. All I need to do is tap into those things and come up with something great. Most important to me is being able to offer something in today's fancy realm of mobile applications.


No matter what I create, I know I will give my best effort. Everything just has to be something I can proudly proclaim and promote. I can always try to update my content to make it better. In other words, I want my first game or my first app to be as valuable as any of my blog posts or videos. Only time will tell if I can successfully make a game or an app.





I engage in a lot of different activities and different kinds of media. I therefore have a tough time committing to everything I do. So I find myself breaking from certain things- like blogging. I don't give up on anything unless I feel I can't contribute any longer to something. Either that, or if I simply lack the energy to make something for a certain arena or platform. I'm not leaving anything, people. I still need great people like yourself to go along for the ride with me. Subscribe and Follow if you love my work and haven't subscribed for followed yet. More media madness from me to come, but until next time, thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's #WaybackWednesday New Year's Eve edition! Final day of 2014 as I present more goodness for you all to end this year. I figured this will all be songs to keep you upbeat on the upcoming new year. Who wants to start the new year poorly, right? Let me see what music I can find for you all. Welcome to John's Blog Space and another "Wayback Wednesday" post!

A Little Note: YouTube has been twitchy with me. Sometimes, the video player would suffer an error to where trying to function on YouTube ends up in videos stopping loading and then function again after a few seconds. This was a challenge in trying to check if these videos are any good in trying to feature them in posts.

In Case You're Unaware...

I decided to no longer do "Wayback Wednesday" posts either ever or for a while. So this may be the last-ever post I do in this category. The one thing I do try to pose in this series is to respect a lot of the old songs. I did these posts semi-casually to express a general love of music regardless of whatever decade of music is featured. I am thankful and pleased at all who noted my posts and decided to show their love for my work of finding old songs. Unfortunately, this may be the last one I do. It has nothing to do with trying to constantly feature these things- it is more along the lines of just not really feeling trying to almost randomly pick out songs I have in mind. I have certainly enjoyed doing this even before making this "Wayback Wednesday" a part of my blogging.

Once again... to everyone out there who noticed my posts and responded in some sort of way- thank you. I guess you can say if I'm not going to do this again anytime soon, I might as well give a memorable performance. It's your call if this one is a great way of going out with a bang.





--- Wayback Wednesday: How it Works ---

Wayback Wednesday on JBS
Welcome to Wayback Wednesday on John's Blog Space!

Most of what I select for "Wayback Wednesday" primarily consists of music videos. Rather than share with fans, I usually share YouTube videos among friends in my Facebook profile. Most of what I share are selections based on a certain group of songs I want to feature. I want to label it as "Wayback Wednesday" for the sake of hashtag usage. The proper person in me knows it is "Way Back Wednesday" rather than "Wayback Wednesday." The main criteria element is that the material must be at least five years old. So as of this blog post, all Wayback Wednesday features material from 2009 or earlier. Nothing from 2010 or later will be featured. All Wayback Wednesday selections go in chronological order from earliest to oldest. So more recent material is featured before going to least recent material. For example, a song from 2003 will be shown followed by a song either from that same year or before 2003.

Here's the quick rundown:
• material that is at least five years old is featured.
• selected material is from more recent to less recent.
• not every selection is music.

This is a sample post:

Wayback Wednesday: (Month Day, Year)

(song arist - song title, or title) (year)
(description)
(link to video)

I decide to post just a link to the video rather than slow down the performance of my blog with embedded YouTube videos. Links to some videos may or may not be available all the time. You're basically clicking at your own discretion in this sense.


Depending on traffic and other considerations, I may start this as a common feature of my blog. Having said all of this... let's begin!



--- Wayback Wednesday: Selections ---

Here are the songs I've selected for this Wednesday. Click on the links to view the YouTube videos associated with the individual songs. NOTE: Certain restrictions may apply to some of the material I've selected- such as (but not limited to) age restrictions. Be wary of this if you decide to click on any of the provided links to this post.

If you like to comment, feel free to let me know which songs you like from this list I selected.


Wayback Wednesday: December 31, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let me find you some songs surely warranting a good mood. These are all songs that are upbeat and positive in their beats or even in the flow of the songs themselves. It's feel good time, folks! Enjoy this post!


Airbase - Roots (Andy Blueman Remix) (late 2000s)
I figured I would start this post with an uplifting trance remix that is one of the very best I've ever heard. I wouldn't feature this song unless I heard something truly epic. Trust me on this one- this remix is both epic and uplifting. It is MUCH better than the original song. Andy Blueman since moved on to doing other kinds of songs, but his remixes of trance songs were on point and amazing. Don't believe me? Listen to this link I provided and hear for yourself.


David Morales feat. Lea-Lorien - How Would U Feel? (2004)
House music, anyone? This was one of two different songs I really liked in the mid-2000s. The version I found here is the extended mix. Even if you don't have time on your hands, this is still worth a good listen.


DJ Jonathan Peters feat. Sylver - After All This Time (2004 or 2005)
The other of two songs I liked a lot from the mid-2000s is this one. This time, it is DJ Jonathan Peters with Sylver. Unlike the song above, this one is the Radio Edit. This one is one to enjoy on a Saturday night or so. Go ahead- click the link above and enjoy.


Janet Jackson - All For You (2001)
Janet Jackson provides this fun and upbeat song for you all. This one is all for you, and it takes you back to 2001. Go have a listen to this one.


Amber - Above the Clouds (Eric Kupper Classic Mix) (2000)
There is this woman from the Netherlands/Holland named Marie Claire Chalmers, better known as Amber. Though "This is Your Night" is one of her all-time hits, the remix of this song is surely magical in its own right. You are certainly free to enjoy this wonderful remix here. It's the Eric Kupper remix of Amber's "Above the Clouds." This mix dates back to 2000, so welcome to the year 2000!


Daft Punk - One More Time (2000)
One more day of the old year. Why not groove one last time for the old year? This song should be to your enjoyment. So go have a listen to this bit of 2000 goodness.


Jennifer Lopez - Waiting for Tonight (1999)
J-Lo is waiting for tonight in this classic 1999 song. There's nothing like this track that combines Latin-style sounds with some solid beats. You're probably going to love this one if you've never heard it before.


Madonna - Ray of Light (1998)
This light dance song surely has positive vibes to it. Nice instrumentals and beats are complimented by Madonna's singing style. Listen and enjoy.


Faith Evans - Love Like This (1998)
There was a time when Bad Boy Entertainment was one of the hottest labels in the realm of hip-hop. One such part of Bad Boy was... a girl. Her name? Faith Evans. Here is a hot song that I've heard a number of times remixed. Welcome to 1998 and this great song.


Kimara Lovelace - Movin' in Circles (1998)
"Real Racing Roots '99 in... Shooting Hoops!" At least when playing "Ridge Racer Type 4," I ALWAYS select this song to be played on the Shooting Hoops track. The song sets the mood for a race in a festive and memorable environment. If you've never played "Ridge Racer Type 4," the Shooting Hoops event takes place at 11:45 PM on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles, CA, USA. 1999 gives way to 2000 as the race progresses. It's a chance for you to become the last champion of the old year... and the first champion of the new year. It is so cool. Just because this is a video game song doesn't mean it has no place in any of my old music posts. I don't discriminate. Enjoy this classic.


MISIA - Into the Light (1998)
For Japanese pop fans, here is a song that has loads of energy to it. Misaki Ito, better known as MISIA, is one of my personal favorite JPOP artists. I surely felt the energy when I heard this song for the first time. Here is another 1998 song for you all. At least this song dates back to 1998.


David Bowie - Dead Man Walking (1997)
Even though the song's title suggests something dark and evil, just the guitar flow and beats to this rock song are enough for me to say this is fairly upbeat. This is one of my favorite songs from "The Saint" soundtrack. Enjoy David Bowie and this 1997 song.


??? - Flight in the Dark (1997)
My favorite song from my favorite arcade racing game. True to the mood of this blog post, it's another upbeat, feel-good style song. This song is the Beginner-Night theme in SEGA SCUD Race (or SEGA Super GT here in the United States). Staying in 1997 for this song.


Europe - The Final Countdown (1986)
It's the final countdown! This unworldly popular song from the group Europe is a song that has somewhat an upbeat flow to it. Here is a trip back to 1986.


Kool and the Gang - Celebration (1980)
More feel good music coming up! This time, Kool and the Gang supplants the feel good here. Some sports games have this song playing after the home team (assuming the home team won) wins. Celebrate good times! It's Kool and the Gang, and it's 1980.


McFadden and Whitehead - Ain't No Stopping Us Now (1979)
This song is great to groove to. There is a lot positive with this song and its overall flow. Come get your 1979 loving, folks!


Rufus and Chaka Khan - Tell Me Something Good (1974)
Finally, I want to end this post by offering up this song. I'll tell you something good alright- this is one very cool song. Get ready for this fine 1974 song.


Here is a bonus video for you all:

Race of a Thousand Years (2000 - Bonus Video!)
In 2000, we had the Sydney 2000 Olympic Summer Games. Later that year would be a season-ending race in the American Le Mans Series (now United SportsCar Racing along with the former Grand-American Road Racing Series). What was so special was that this race was held on New Year's Eve in 2000 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. This, unlike what many people have thought, is the TRUE new millenium whereas many thought 2000 was the new millenium. If you have about two hours on you, I present you this famous race from the 2000 season of the American Le Mans Series. Enjoy this bonus video, racing fans!


This concludes the final "Wayback Wednesday" post of 2014... and maybe the last one I do ever or for a while. To check out all of the other posts in the "Wayback Wednesday" category, click this link: Wayback Wednesday.





Again, I'd like to thank everyone for your continued support of my work- including my "Wayback Wednesday" posts. I do hope you enjoyed your time here this year and for as long as I've blogged here on Blogger/Blogspot. Have yourselves a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year. Thank you for reading!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's #WaybackWednesday Christmas Edition! That's right. All of these are fairly old Christmas songs. If you're willing to take a musical trip back in time Christmas style, then you've come to the right place and the right blog. What selections did I make for this one? You're about to find out!





--- Wayback Wednesday: How it Works ---

Wayback Wednesday on JBS
Welcome to Wayback Wednesday on John's Blog Space!

Most of what I select for "Wayback Wednesday" primarily consists of music videos. Rather than share with fans, I usually share YouTube videos among friends in my Facebook profile. Most of what I share are selections based on a certain group of songs I want to feature. I want to label it as "Wayback Wednesday" for the sake of hashtag usage. The proper person in me knows it is "Way Back Wednesday" rather than "Wayback Wednesday." The main criteria element is that the material must be at least five years old. So as of this blog post, all Wayback Wednesday features material from 2009 or earlier. Nothing from 2010 or later will be featured. All Wayback Wednesday selections go in chronological order from earliest to oldest. So more recent material is featured before going to least recent material. For example, a song from 2003 will be shown followed by a song either from that same year or before 2003.

Here's the quick rundown:
• material that is at least five years old is featured.
• selected material is from more recent to less recent.
• not every selection is music.

This is a sample post:

Wayback Wednesday: (Month Day, Year)

(song arist - song title, or title) (year)
(description)
(link to video)

I decide to post just a link to the video rather than slow down the performance of my blog with embedded YouTube videos. Links to some videos may or may not be available all the time. You're basically clicking at your own discretion in this sense.


Depending on traffic and other considerations, I may start this as a common feature of my blog. Having said all of this... let's begin!



--- Wayback Wednesday: Selections ---

Here are the songs I've selected for this Wednesday. Click on the links to view the YouTube videos associated with the individual songs. NOTE: Certain restrictions may apply to some of the material I've selected- such as (but not limited to) age restrictions. Be wary of this if you decide to click on any of the provided links to this post.

If you like to comment, feel free to let me know which songs you like from this list I selected.


Wayback Wednesday: December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas! :) I've tried to find the best possible versions for each song.


Amy Barbera - Love at Christmas Time (2009)
First off, I begin with the inspirational singer Amy Barbera. This song is moving with what is being expressed here. Feel free to enjoy this positive and uplifting song from Amy Barbera. Welcome to 2009, everyone!


Charlotte Church feat. Billy Gillman - Dream a Dream (2000)
Charlotte Church's third album featured all Christmas songs. Perhaps the best of these songs was this one, which you can hear by clicking on the above link. It is called "Dream a Dream" and features country singer Billy Gillman. Billy Gillman was a little boy while Charlotte was still a teenager. Anyhow, enjoy this 2000 song to the max.


Vanessa Williams - Do You Hear What I Hear? (1996)
The original song was done by Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker in 1962, but Vanessa Williams did a fabulous rendition of this song. You can hear it now by clicking on the provided link.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Carol of the Bells (1995)
You can't make a Christmas song with a rock music edge. Apparently, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra didn't get the memo. Enjoy the synergy of classical music and rock music in one amazing Christmas package. This song will take you back to 1995. Where were you in 1995?


Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas is You (1994)
This may be one of the most popular non-traditional Christmas songs. All Mariah Carey wants for Christmas is you. How popular is this song? According to YouTube, this song has over 101M hits as of the time of this blog post! You can add to that by clicking on the link above.


Boyz II Men - Let it Snow (1993)
While this 1993 song is not the traditional "Let it Snow," it is a masterpiece of Boyz II Men. Feel free to enjoy the amazing vocals of Boyz II Men with this song.


Wham! - Last Christmas (1984)
Not everything from the '80s sucked. This song is proof of that. "Last Christmas" may be the most popular Christmas song sung in the 1980s. As much as I love Taylor Swift, Wham! did this song MUCH better than Taylor Swift's rendition. Hear this original by clicking the link above. Welcome to 1984!


Elmo and Patsy Trigg Shropshire - Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (1979, 1984 video)
Poor grandma... that's all I can say about this classic Christmas song. :) It's 1979. Enjoy this funny song.


Donny Hathaway - This Christmas (1971)
In our household, it ain't Christmas until this song is sung by Donny Hathaway. A favorite of my mother's, welcome to 1971!


The Temptations - Silent Night (1970)
This song is another one of my mother's favorite Christmas songs. Let The Temptations give you some Christmas loving with this 1970 song.


José Feliciano - Feliz Navidad (1970)
"Feliz Navidad" is "Merry Christmas" in Español. My Portuguese-speaking friends would say "Feliz Natal." Here is some 1970 love for you from Puerto Rico's José Feliciano.


Vince Guaraldi Trio - O Tannenbaum (1962)
In my opinion, you CAN'T have Christmas without songs like this one. So from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," here is one of many classic Christmas songs from this classic cartoon. Welcome to 1962!


Dean Martin - Let it Snow (1959)
Though this song dates back to 1946, Dean Martin's rendition came in 1959 and re-recorded for 1966. Get ready for a trip back to 1959 with Dean Martin and "Let it Snow."


Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock (1957)
Bobby Helms wanted to offer some rock and roll to Jingle Bells. In today's music culture, somebody probably would have come up with some screaming, grungy, gritty, hardcore version of "Jingle Bells" and call that as "Jingle Bell Rock." What you're getting here is a classic Christmas tune. And if you're among the hardcore types, this was hardcore before hardcore was cool. This is 1957, and this is "Jingle Bell Rock." Enjoy!


Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby (1953)
The late Eartha Kitt provides the sultry vocals to this next song. This may be one of the most romantic Christmas songs ever. Romantic, yet tasteful. Somebody today would have given this song a raunchy makeover. Anyhow... welcome to 1953, folks!


Gayla Peevey - I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas (1953)
Let's get one thing straight- this may be one of the funniest Christmas songs ever sung! Funny since this girl wanted a hippopotamus for Christmas. You'd be looked at crazy even in this day and age if you said you wanted a hippo for Christmas considering what everybody else usually wants for Christmas. This song dates back to 1953, and the singer, Gayla Peevey, was only ten years old when she sung this song. Enjoy this funny song and welcome to 1953!


Gene Autry - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949)
What you're getting is the classic song, the original song, done by Mr. Gene Autry. You're going WAY back on this one- like, 1949 way back. The great Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is honored and immortalized in this classic song.


Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer - Baby, It's Cold Outside (1944, 1949)
It may be cold outside, but this song is surely hot. Please enjoy this song and welcome to 1949. Enjoy your stay!


Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song (1946)
Ready for Christmas? Nat King Cole definitely is. You're going to love this one if you've never heard it before (where have YOU been?). Get ready- 1946 about to hit you here! Since this song dates back to 1946, this is a new record for my "Wayback Wednesday" posts for one of the oldest songs I've featured and found online.


This concludes another "Wayback Wednesday" post of mine. To check out the latest posts in the "Wayback Wednesday" category, click this link: Wayback Wednesday.





--- Special Announcement... ---

It's been fun doing these "Wayback Wednesday" posts. Unfortunately, I want to say that next Wednesday will be the last one of my "Wayback Wednesday" posts either for a while or ever. I want to thank everyone who read these posts of mine and don't mind me posting these things either on Facebook or here on "John's Blog Space." Again- the last of my "Wayback Wednesday" posts here on "John's Blog Space" will be next Wednesday.





If you observe Christmas, allow me to wish you and your family and friends a happy and safe and merry Christmas. Thank you for reading!

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Weeks ago, I downloaded Unity3D. I began looking around for games made with Unity3D in hopes of making my own game, and one title I came across was called "Man or Monster." I wanted to blog about this game because it was interesting. I think this is the first-ever Flash-based game I reviewed on John's Blog Space. I will tell you more about this game and what I think about it for your viewing (and perhaps playing) pleasure.

Positively wasting your time since January 2009, welcome to John's Blog Space!





--- Man or Monster ---

"Man or Monster" is a game created in Unity3D by Miniclip. Let me explain this game and its nuances. But first, here's a picture I found:

Man or Monster Miniclip
^ from: (Miniclip on Google+) - Man or Monster. Save the city (man) or destroy the city (monster).


Man or Monster: General Info.

Some of the world's largest cities are under attack by huge monsters! One determined man is ready to combat these massive monsters in an attempt to save the world. Can you save the world's largest cities from absolute destruction? Or can you completely destroy these cities? Obstacles impact you no matter whether you choose to be the Man or the Monster.

No matter whether you play as the Man or the Monster, a lot of resources are available to you to aid you in accomplishing your task. This game features ten cities for which you can either save or destroy. Saving or destroying one city allows you to access the next one. Can you save/destroy all ten cities?

You are able to purchase items to help you out in the task of saving or destroying the cities before the start of each level. This game uses both the keyboard and the mouse. The mouse is used for attacking and selecting items as well as aiming. To help you in getting you ready for this gaming experience, let me tell you about taking on both tasks of being the Man or the Monster.


Man or Monster: Man.

The Man you play is credited with the task of saving the city from the huge monsters. You are equipped with a blaster and a jetpack. You also have a number of different units you can deploy to aid you in taking down monsters. As the man, you have resource units available to you to use against the monsters such as tanks, helicopters, mines, and more. Completing missions allow you to access bigger and better units to use in battle. The man himself can even be upgraded to have more health, a more powerful weapon, and more jetpack power.

You have a limited amount of time to prepare your units in advance of the monster coming into the level. The monster will spawn where you see red smoke off in the distance. It is a good strategy to drop some of your better units near landmarks. You obviously don't want the monster to destroy the entire city, but you certainly know landmarks are usually some of the first structures the monster wants to destroy. Keep a fair distance from the monster and keep attacking both with your gun and with your units. Be careful with some monsters because they have certain abilities and powers that make them temporarily immune to damage. You may find item boxes across the city. Shoot them to receive powerups and other items.

As the monster tears apart the city, civilians will be running around the city. Rescue as many civilians as possible for cash bonuses.


YOU WIN (MAN) IF...
• You defeat the monster using your weapons and units.


YOU LOSE (MAN) IF...
• You are defeated by the monster.
• The entire city is destroyed.


That covers the Man. Now, on to the Monster.


Man or Monster: Monster.

As the monster, your job is to destroy the cities you land in. Despite this task, you will be faced with many different units spread across the city trying to make it difficult for you to destroy each city. Everything from tanks to helicopters and more will make your destruction attempts difficult. Good news is that you won't have to worry about a little man with a blaster gun running around town trying to take you down. As the monster, you can not only pick what special powers you want to use, but you can also select different monsters to use for each level. You can even customize your monster. Take advantage of these special powers to help make your destroying tendencies stronger and more satisfying. You may receive certain items after destroying certain buildings. Collect these items to keep that edge you have in destroying the cities.

Rather than set up everything beforehand, you're dropped right into the city, ready to destroy everything in sight. When the game starts, don't hesitate to immediately wipe out the various buildings in sight. Try to take out the buildings as well as any units that may get nosy. When a building is destroyed, you move that extra step closer to winning the level as a monster. Eating some of the civilians earns you bonus credits. Basic attacks and special attacks are key to try to complete the task of destroying each city.

YOU WIN (MONSTER) IF...
• You destroy every building in the city.


YOU LOSE (MONSTER) IF...
• You are defeated by the various units around the city.



That covers some of the basics. Now on to some general thoughts of mine on this game.



--- Man or Monster: Review ---

I found "Man or Monster" surprisingly addictive. The game is in no way frustrating. Battles can be quite intense. You rely mostly on instinct, but you do have to think about deploying certain units at certain times as the Man and also knowing when to use your special attacks as the Monster. I kind of found it easier to be the Monster rather than being the Man. Then again, how many games are there that seem harder when you're the VILLAIN instead of the HERO? The game has great-looking voxel graphics. Everything from the cities themselves to the destruction is done pretty well. The massive monsters look impressive. The voxels make for a great retro-style experience, and it is an overall great-looking game. There is some pretty cool retro-style music as well. There isn't much to complain about in my view. If you just want a great gaming experience from a browser-based game, check out "Man or Monster." I don't think you'll be disappointed with the action this game provides.


For More Information...

For more information on this game, take a look at the link below and this trailer :


^ Man or Monster: Final Trailer

Play "Man or Monster" now! Click here (you will need the Unity Web Player to play this game): Man or Monster (Miniclip)


To learn more about Miniclip and their games, visit www.miniclip.com.





This is a game I thought was pretty fun. What do you think about this game if you played it? Feel free to share your thoughts here. Have a great day/night. Thank you for reading!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Let's do #WaybackWednesday again! Welcome to this week's installment here on John's Blog Space! Music (and other stuff) at least five years old will be featured here. Wayback Wednesday. It's like Throwback Thursday, only made for Wednesdays. You probably already knew that, but I just wanted to clarify. Anyhow- get ready for another trip back in time! I'll be your YouTube music video jockey here for this post.





--- Wayback Wednesday: How it Works ---

Wayback Wednesday on JBS
Welcome to Wayback Wednesday on John's Blog Space!

Most of what I select for "Wayback Wednesday" primarily consists of music videos. Rather than share with fans, I usually share YouTube videos among friends in my Facebook profile. Most of what I share are selections based on a certain group of songs I want to feature. I want to label it as "Wayback Wednesday" for the sake of hashtag usage. The proper person in me knows it is "Way Back Wednesday" rather than "Wayback Wednesday." The main criteria element is that the material must be at least five years old. So as of this blog post, all Wayback Wednesday features material from 2009 or earlier. Nothing from 2010 or later will be featured. All Wayback Wednesday selections go in chronological order from earliest to oldest. So more recent material is featured before going to least recent material. For example, a song from 2003 will be shown followed by a song either from that same year or before 2003.

Here's the quick rundown:
• material that is at least five years old is featured.
• selected material is from more recent to less recent.
• not every selection is music.

This is a sample post:

Wayback Wednesday: (Month Day, Year)

(song arist - song title, or title) (year)
(description)
(link to video)

I decide to post just a link to the video rather than slow down the performance of my blog with embedded YouTube videos. Links to some videos may or may not be available all the time. You're basically clicking at your own discretion in this sense.


Depending on traffic and other considerations, I may start this as a common feature of my blog. Having said all of this... let's begin!



--- Wayback Wednesday: Selections ---

Here are the songs I've selected for this Wednesday. Click on the links to view the YouTube videos associated with the individual songs. NOTE: Certain restrictions may apply to some of the material I've selected- such as (but not limited to) age restrictions. Be wary of this if you decide to click on any of the provided links to this post.

If you like to comment, feel free to let me know which songs you like from this list I selected. Enjoy this post and my selections.


Wayback Wednesday: December 17, 2014

See anything you like?

DHT - Listen to Your Heart (Hardstyle Mix) (2005)
This week's trip in time begins in 2005 with a very popular song in the realm of electronic dance music. The Hardstyle Remix of "Listen to Your Heart" by DHT was pretty popular. You can say I'm starting this Wayback Wednesday hard. Let's do so!

Bone Crusher, feat. Killer Mike and T.I. - Never Scared (2003)
This would be the hip-hop anthem for someone who doesn't fear anything or anyone. If you ain't never scared, this song is for you. Welcome to 2003!

Eminem - Lose Yourself (2003)
Let's stay in 2003 with this next song. Detroit to the bone, Eminem came up with this song here as part of the soundtrack to "8 Mile." This link goes to the official music video to this song.

Jay Z - Girls, Girls, Girls (2001)
Jay-Z is all about one thing in this song- girls. This song takes you back to my High School graduation year- 2001. Ready to go back this far? By the way- shout out to everyone else who graduated from High School in 2001! :)

Shaggy - It Wasn't Me (2000)
Get ready for some Shaggy here with this song from 2000. I tried to find a version of this song that isn't bombarded with spam or with some ridiculous intro. This was my best effort. This video is just lyrics. It's either this video... or no video.

P!nk - There U Go (2000)
On Wednesdays, we wear pink. On Wayback Wednesdays, we listen to Pink. So enjoy "There U Go" from the music star from Atlanta. Staying in 2000.

Kenny G - Eastside Jam (1996)
Time for some jazz from one of the most recognizable and most respected saxophonists in the business... Mr. Kenny G. From "The Moment" album, I give you "Eastside Jam." Welcome to 1996!

Everything but the Girl - Missing (Todd Terry Remix) (1995)
A good song can be made better with the right touches. While I've heard the original to this song, its remix from Tod Terry is a classic. The original song dates back to 1994, but its remix from Todd Terry dates back to 1995. Here is some 1995 musical loving for you.

Queen Latifah - U.N.I.T.Y. (1993) (WARNING: Bad language!)
Queen Latifah sat atop her throne as queen of hip-hop in the 1990s. This song I provide here is one of her bangers. She's all about that U-N-I-T-Y with this song. Go enjoy you some 1993 loving here. Who you callin' a b****?

Larry Carlton - Sleepwalk (1982)
Here is the most beautiful rendition of "Sleepwalk" I've ever heard. It comes from my favorite jazz guitarist- Larry Carlton. It is romantic and beautiful at the same time. This is probably something to cuddle up to your lover/spouse with. No, really. This joint is deep. Welcome to 1982!

Survivor - Eye of the Tiger (1982)
You've... probably heard this song before on YouTube from somewhere. Maybe you've heard this at sports games. There was probably some kind of way you heard this song before. Well now here in my Wayback Wednesday post, you can enjoy this song in its entirety with this video. This is 1982. Enjoy your stay!

Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe (1974)
Finally, I give you the Maestro of Love from Galveston-born Barry White to conclude this edition of Wayback Wednesday. You're getting TWO songs from Mr. Barry White here. First off is "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe." Welcome to 1974!


Barry White - You Are The First, My Last, My Everything (1974)
Here's the other Barry White Song I selected for your audio enjoyment. Staying in 1974, here is another amazing tune from Barry White. Enjoy!


This concludes another "Wayback Wednesday" post of mine. To check out the latest posts in the "Wayback Wednesday" category, click this link: Wayback Wednesday.





That's all for this Wayback Wednesday. Next week, it's another themed edition of Wayback Wednesday- ALL Christmas songs. Hope you stick around on JBS for me to post on Christmas Eve. Subscribe, Follow, and get social with me in the meanwhile. Thank you for reading!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

(UPDATED: January 20, 2015)

I discovered Pusheen the Cat not too long ago. Pusheen is a very popular tabby cat as part of a webcomic called "Everyday Cute." She has many adventures and misadventures that will not fail to get you to smile or laugh. Pusheen is adorable, cute, and funny. I'll do what I can to discuss this popular webcomic star in my post here on John's Blog Space.


LATEST UPDATE(S)/REVISION(S):

JAN 20 2015 - added extra link





--- Pusheen the Cat ---

Pusheen the Cat. Get to know her.

Pusheen the Cat
^ from: www.readersread.com (best I could find) - Meet Pusheen the Cat- perhaps the cutest kitty you'll ever meet. Meow!


^ "Pusheen - Gwiyomi"

Pusheen the Cat is the name of a cat from a popular webcomic called "Everyday Cute." Created by Andrew Duff and Claire Benton, the gray tabby cat The word "Pusheen" translates to the Irish word "puisin" (Irish for for "kitten"). She was inspired by a real cat from the youth of Claire Belton. Much like Hello Kitty was the standout star of the Sanrio characters, Pusheen is the standout star of "Everyday Cute." Her popularity has garnered merchandise of various kinds, including a book by Claire Benton. Even though "Everyday Cute" still exists, Pusheen has her own blog.

Some of you may know that I am very old-fashioned and usually late to the party (so to speak) when it comes to Internet memes and entertainment trends. So therefore, when I started seeing a familiar-looking big gray cat, I had to find out who this cat was. This was where I learned of Pusheen the Cat and started to see what the buzz was about with this cat. Since seeing Pusheen, I basically became addicted to various pictures and other media regarding this cat.


What Got Me Into Pusheen the Cat.

There are so many cute and funny images featuring Pusheen. She can be so silly and cute.


Why I Became Fond of Pusheen the Cat.

I became fond of Pusheen the Cat because of the various silly pictures of her. I would even say her cuteness is really positive and lighthearted. And as someone who tries to promote and honor positivity, Pusheen really provides this lighthearted and fun experience. This is one cute cat who really does not fail to make you smile or laugh.


If Pusheen the Cat Were Real...

What if this webcomic cat were real? I certainly would love to cuddle and play with Pusheen. She seems to be as playful and as fun as an adorable baby. She would also be fun to pet while sleeping. It would be quite a fun experience.


Time to close this post out. The next section awaits you.



--- Pusheen the Cat: Final Thoughts ---

As a cat lover, Pusheen the Cat is just absolute fun to me. It is her cuteness and her silliness that makes her just enjoyable. A really good job is done to offer Pusheen's cute and silly ways. This is all lighthearted humor and fun only Pusheen can provide. Since I am a male, it is no shame to like something as cute and as fun as Pusheen the Cat. I am only hopeful that my commentary and my featuring of her will have you into Pusheen the Cat too.


For More Information...

Want more on Pusheen the Cat? Take a look at these links for more info:

Pusheen the Cat - Official
Pusheen the Cat Wikia
Pusheen the Cat on Fanpop
Pusheen the Cat on Know Your Meme
Pusheen on Facebook
Pusheen on Twitter
Pusheen on Instagram
Pusheen the Cat collection on Hey Chicadee (shop for Pusheen the Cat stuff!) (ADDED: January 20, 2015)


And in case you're interested in some Pusheen merchandise, take a look at these items:



And for more: Pusheen the Cat on Amazon, and also Pusheen the Cat merchandise on Hey Chickadee.


Cross-Promotion and Other Reading.

Here is the only other post I can offer you in regards to related topics with Pusheen the Cat. That video I shown you in this post? I mentioned Pusheen in this other post here on JBS. Check it out, cat lovers!

"Cats" (John's Blog Space)
^ My reborn post on cats after the previous post garnered so few views over a few years. I mentioned Pusheen the Cat in my "Cats" blog post.


Thanks for visiting "John's Blog Space!"





I'll now let you comment. Sound off!

Are you a fan of Pusheen the Cat? What do you like most about her and her personality?

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I encountered Jessi Malay on LOOKBOOK once, and her style caught on with me. I later got to hear her music. This represents my chance to introduce and discuss Jessi here in my main blog. I'll be sure to let you in on this fine lady and the style she presents across various arenas of media ranging from music to fashion.





--- Jessi Malay ---

NOTE: A lot of the facts are based on various websites I looked up, including her own website.

Jessi Malay is a singing sensation as well as an avid fashion blogger. This Filipino-American was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, USA on July 25, 1986. Jessi Malay has taken on many different musical and acting roles even with big-name companies and personalities. She's a UCLA grad, so you University of Southern California people can be a bit jealous of her. :)


Jessi Malay: Fashion.

While Jessi Malay's greatest trade is music, she is also a fashion blogger. "My White T" is the name of her fashion blog. I would say she enjoys fashion about as much as she enjoys singing. She doesn't compromise much between music and fashion. As I mentioned, I came across Jessi Malay through LOOKBOOK. So this is where I began to appreciate Jessi for her fashion style. I loved her various outfits to where I Fanned her on LOOKBOOK. Jessi's fashion style can range from chic to sexy. She can be classy or casual. She has a lovely face, a sweet smile, and a goddess-like hairstyle. Being captivated by her wonderful looks is a natural occurance.


Jessi Malay: Music.

I found this video to showcase some of her singing. As a singer, Jessi Malay is very much the one capable of delivering a powerful, sexy voice complimented over some very cool pop beats and instrumentals. Her latest EP as of this initial post is called "Give Me Life." I am including this video as a sample of her singing talent. For your musical pleasure, I give you... "The Edge" below:


^ "Jessi Malay - The Edge [Official Music Video]"

What do you think about her singing after I provided this sample?



--- What I Would Tell Jessi Malay ---

If Jessi Malay were to read this blog post, I'd like to say that I appreciate and admire your singing talent. I certainly admire your beauty whether in chic outfits or in sexy photo shoots. I think you are beautiful singing and in looks, but you are even more beautiful in spirit and personality. Keep up the great work with all that you do. Never stop working to improve. I would like to wish you the absolute best in all aspects of life. Take care of yourself and be well. You certainly have my support and adoration. In the future, I do hope you maybe reach superstar status and become as much of a superstar as you aspire to.

On the fashion front, remain as stylish as you want to be. You have amazing style in almost any sort of outfit or styles you showcase yourself in. Your smile and hairstyle are gorgeous.


Would I Want to Meet Jessi Malay (if given a chance)?

I sure would! Jessi Malay is something special.





That concludes my blog post on Jessi Malay. Want more on this lovely lady? Check these links out:

Jessi Malay - Official website
My White T - her fashion blog
Jessi Malay on Facebook
Jessi Malay on Twitter (@jessimalay) and My White T on Twitter (@mywhiteT)
Jessi Malay on YouTube
Jessi Malay on Instagram
Jessi Malay on LOOKBOOK

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