Youtube comments truly are the one place to look if you want to be convinced that most people are useless shits. The mix of stupidity and aggressive/rude behavior has always been stunning to me. Basically it’s what you get if you take the manners of old school internet trolls and mix them with the dead brains of the mostly “normal” people who flooded the internet. I’m not one of the people who reads them because they enjoy the horror of it, in much the same way I don’t watch gore movies but this is glorious:
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Tags: dramatic old men, One Direction, youtube
Categories : AngryPanda, The Intertubes
Disney has unveiled the first trailer for “Maleficent,”a new take on their 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty” with Angelina Jolie starring as the iconic villainess from that movie.
“Maleficent” is produced by Joe Roth, directed by Robert Stromberg, and written by Linda Woolverton.
Between the grim and gritty fairytale movie like “Snowwhite and the Huntsmen” or “Hensel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” this film looks refreshingly vibrant and surreal. That it does so despite the clearly dark theme is mostly thanks to the orignal costume and the over-the-top cartoonish nighttime looks that look more at home in a cut scene from World of Warcraft than a fantasy movie but if any setting can take that sort of glowing fairytale look and make it work it is a Disney tale.
This teaser already looks good to me and that’s not only because Malificent was criminally underused in “Once Upon a Time”. No, in a world of movies that still underrepresented women in general both as heroes and villains it is flat-out amazing to see Disney go out and star this movie with the self-proclaimed mistress of all evil. Malificent may not only have the best villain name of all time, she also competes in a league of evil overlords usually reserved exclusively to men. And not just any men either. We’re talking the league of Sauron, the Emperor and Satan himself. Plus if you piss her off she turns into a dragon. It’s hard to argue with that.
Mentioning Satan of course opens up the real question. It takes a certain kind of bravery to make a trailer with an evil theme like that and yet stay cartoonish and surreal but it’s entirely another kind to confront oversensitive modern audiences with a villainess who summons “all the powers of hell“
We’ll see if Disney dares to let Malificent go as far as she did 1959 ,in theaters May 30, 2014
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Tags: Angelina Jolie, Disney, Malificent, Movie, Sleeping Beauty, villainess
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This video was produced by the same hacks that created the “Friday” music video for Rebecca black. I’m still not entirely sure if it is a scam to get parents to spend all their savings to support the amazing air-headed vanity of their children or of it is in fact some sort of tool for sadistic parents to humiliate their children for the rest of their lives while they are still naive enough to participate in this. Also there may be some sort of possible conspiracy theory if the next video they make is also for a girl who’s last name is a color.
I could start listing everything that is wrong with this video from the weird subtitles to …everything. But what really gets to me is that pedo bear can also be a panda now and that’s just wrong.
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Tags: Alison Gold, Chinese Food, Friday, music video, Panda, Pedo Bear, Rebecca Black
Categories : AngryPanda, Rants
Because sometimes someone actually tries to do something about shit. Will they make it? Well considering the track record of current MMOs I think their chance of making a good game is bigger than that of any triple A publisher. Thanks again to NiceDino who let me use his Amazon account ’cause Amazon hates my guts and wouldn’t let me pledge. The kickstarter is running for another 8 hours. And any show of support matters here.
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Tags: City if Heroes, City of Titans, Kickstarter, Project Phoenix
Categories : AngryPanda, City of Heroes, Full of awesome, Games, The Intertubes
A year ago the home of our guild/supergroup Next Gen was taken away when NCSoft decided to close down City of Heroes. With Champions as the only available alternative we moved over there. Due to the vastly different look and theme of the game we tried adjusting the group to both accommodate old characters and new ones. Yet despite our efforts it simply did not work out. With no tools to create our own content like we used to have and absolutely no indication of Cryptic planning to implement such ever we were limited to what the game had to offer. And it just isn’t much. With too small team size, level gated content and basic mechanics that turned off over half of our members right from the start we simply never found a way to make it work.
For a year now we tried to keep going. Grim and Summer held out to the last week after week they tried to make our Wednesday event running, usually just with Hidebehind and me around. On good days we had one or two more. Even Grim’s last valiant effort to get a story going that could let us use what tools Champions had didn’t work out. So last night, with the four of us, as usual we decided that keeping this group going under the current conditions is doing it a disservice. Overlaying good memories with failure after failure should not be the legacy of the group so many of us worked so hard. As of now the Next Gen supergroup has been disbanded in Champions Online. The Guildportal site will be reset to a City of Heroes group because Paragon City is our real home. From now on the fate of Next Gen will be tied to that. We fully support the Phoenix Project and their City of Titans that attempts to create a new home for the heroes of Paragon. The chance is not exactly great but if City of Titans launches Next Gen will rise again with it. If it fails we will go out with our City like we should have from the start. These forums will stay open to keep in touch and for those still visiting Champions the Next Gen global channel is still open and available. Grim, Summer and I can still be found there, trying a new concept that is less ambitious and more lighthearted. You can find the site for that behind this link.
There’s no way for me to properly express how sad this is for us. I’ve personally seen Next Gen grow from nothing but an idea to one of the most active concept RP groups on Virtue and over the years have worked with so many amazing people and learned so much. We never let the group go, and Grim most of all tried tirelessly to keep it going but what we’re doing now is not truly closing it but admitting it is over. There are way too many of you out there I should thank for the amazing things we did, Dayrunner who had the original idea, Crash, Goth, War, Eli, Mundaine, Wirra, Grim, Summer, Disco, Shival, Klinge, Flame and so many more. You guys were my friends when I had nothing else to live for and I can only hope you can take some happy memories out of what we did because as with all things that is all we have left now.
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Tags: city of heroes, Next Gen
Categories : AngryPanda, City of Heroes
Remember my Co-Author on this Blog, the Nice Dino? Yeah, neither do I. After all its been a while, which makes even my posting habbits seem disciplined. But like Godzilla some shit is bad enough to aware this dinosaur and so we got this article over last week’s election in Germany.
Germany elected a new government a little while ago. On September the 22nd 2013, to be exact. So, let´s take a look at the outcome, shall we?
Here is the result. Of course that won´t help you much unless you know what the different parties stand for. I´ll try to explain it to the best of my abilities. I´ll go from biggest to smallest.
We are Nazis, but we are clever enough to conceal that fact.
Those are two parties rolled together. Why? The CDU (short for: Christian Democratic Union) runs for office in all of Germany except Bavaria while the CSU (translates: Christian Social Union) runs for office in Bavaria only. Just in case you don´t know; Bavaria is a state of Germany. But it has a long history predating the modern Nation of Germany and still considers itself to be somewhat special. That´s not that surprising, though. Usually many foreigners confuse Bavarian culture for German culture because their stuff is pretty iconic. Like the „Oktoberfest“, for example.
What´s to say about the CDU/CSU? Well, they are actually pretty similar to each other. They are conservative and usually govern this country. The serve the Banks and the big industry and they go all the way with that. Need some tax money because you screwed up? Well, take as much as you like. Don´t worry. We can always milk the common people for more.
Their counterpart from the United States of America would be the Republicans.
Angela Merkel, the leader of the CDU and Chancellor of Germany. This is what we voted for, folks. Why? Because we suck. That´s why.
Once we were a pro laborer and pro worker unions party. Unfortunately we forgot about that along the way.
The SPD (short for: Social democratic Party of Germany) always was the opposing force to the CDU/CSU. Unfortunately the came to power at some point, liked it way to much and decided they now want to be just like them. That is really a shame, though. These guys used to be the alright. More than just alright, actually. The SPD was the only party to vote AGAINST World War I. They also put great effort into restoring the broken relationship to our neighboring countries after World War II had ended. Still, at the moment they are in a crisis. The managed to alienate their base of supporters and most of the respect people had for them is simply lost by now.
We are communists!
The Linke (Left) is partly a heritage from the time when Germany was divided during the era of the Cold War. There is a lot of Eastern Germany/Soviet Union stuff in there. Yeah, real communists. And I am not making this up. I used to be against these guys very much. Communism wasn´t that great of an idea, after all. The results were way to similar to the Third Reich, in fact. But at the moment social injustice is that big in Germany, that we actually might end up needing these guy. As sad as it is.
We hug trees!
The Grüne (Greens) are the youngest party among the major players. They are, in essence, an environmental protection party. Pretty cool, right? Well, they used to be in the beginning but just like the SPD they lost much of their charm and credibility along the way. That´s not their only problem, though. They used to fight for the common man as well. You know, welfare and such. All the good stuff. But they are either not very good at it or just not that interested in it any more.
These are all the parties that will appear in our parliament, the “Bundestag”. Some of them will form the actual government, some will oppose it. Who will be doing what is not clear at this point. But wait? What about the rest? No, I did not forget them. Here, a special law comes into play. The so-called “Fuenf-Prozent-Huerde” (translates to: five-percent-barrier). Parties that fail to get at least five percent of the votes are not allowed to partake in parliament. This is to ensure that the parliament is not flooded with little parties which are unable to find common ground and thus make it impossible to establish a functional government. This was a big problem during the “Weimarer Republik”, the democratic Germany in between World War I and II, which was partially responsible for their downfall and thus made the rise of National-socialism, better known as the NAZIS, possible.
I am still gonna say something about the small fry, because they picture you would be getting would be way to incomplete if I did not.
We are conservatives, yet still somewhat clever/liberal.
Welcome to the losers. The FDP (short for: Free Democratic Party) is new NOT to make the five-percent-barrier. The dropped by almost 10% and are therefore the big losers of this election. The usually made it in, barely sometimes but they managed to do so for as long as I can remember, allied themselves with the CDU/CSU (the biggest one at the beginning of this text) and thus managed to play a major role in german politics over the years. They used to tone the CDU´s conservatives down a bit, but asides from that they turned pretty faceless over the years. Even more so than all the rest of them. While not necessarily against the FDP I still think it was about time they got kicked out. It just seems unjustifiable for a party that small to play a role that important.
We hate the Euro!
The AfD (short for: Alternative for Germany) is the youngest, noteworthy party in Germany. It is, essentially, an Anti-Euro-Movement. These guys want to replace the common currency of the euro zone by national currencies or smaller euro zones including only countries that are economically stable. The founding of this party is a result of the massive financial crisis which occurred over the last couple of years. It reflects the reluctance of the people to use tax money to support bankers who deserve to be fired instead. Sadly, the AfD did not make it in. Too bad. This would have been a real lesson for the conservative CDU/CSU.
We love the internet!
Unfortunately the Piraten (translates to… well… Pirates) did not make it either. The Piraten are pretty new as well. They are a civil rights movement, which wants to keep the internet free. The are a counter movement to the increasing surveillance madness following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. I am proud to say that I am a Pirate. I am a member of this party because, in my opinion, freedom can only be preserved by freedom of information. Besides, being a pirate is just cool. Just ask Once Piece cosplayers. Yeah, we didn´t make it in. Again. But we´ll keep on trying.
We are Nazis and not even smart enough to conceal that fact.
The NPD (short for: National democratic party of Germany) did not make it as well. Can´t say that I am too sad about that. Actually they did not even make it into this graph. That´s how small they are. They are somewhere in the last category labeled “Andere”, which means something like; others or all the rest. The NPD is what is left of the Third Reich. If you ever have the unlikely problem of thinking that there is still hope for humanity, consider this: There are still people in Germany who are officially Nazis as well as people who vote for them.
What is wrong with this picture?
If you are a thoughtful observer you may have figured it out already. Despite the fact that the conservative CDU/CSU got the biggest junk of the votes, the remaining three liberals are stronger, if you add their percentages together. Theoretically they could ally themselves with one another and run the country together. This is exactly what the people want. But this is not going to happen. Why? Because the SPD won´t align themselves with the communists (Linke). They stated that before elections took place. But that is just plain stupid since now there is no way the will of the people can be carried out. Yes, they would ally themselves with the environmentalists (Gruene). They do that all the time. But in this scenario this is not enough.
What is going to happen instead? Exactly what the majority of the Germans do not want to happen. The CDU/CSU will be the government. They can´t ally themselves with the FDP any longer, since this party did not make it in this time. Therefore it has to be one of the others. But which one? The environmentalists (Gruene)? Unlikely. The communists (Linke)? Very unlikely. So, only the SPD remains. This is the most likely outcome of this scenario as well as the reason why the SPD sucks so much nowadays. Instead of resisting them they are willingly joining the conservatives. That is exactly the reason they bleed supporters a trend that will hopefully continue.
So, in essence, Germany voted for a liberal government and gets a conservative one instead. This is Democracy in Germany. Disappointed? But just you wait. There still is more. Remember the five-percent-barrier? Guess what this barrier is holding suppressed? Yes, you are right. Mostly liberals. More “will of the people”. Now, this is what I call depressing. But, to be completely honest with you, that´s also the people´s fault. And this is where I really get angry.
Of course I am a bit disappointed that the Pirates (Piraten) did not make it. That would have been a major pain for the conservatives. But honestly, I wasn´t really surprised by that all that much. I mean, we call ourselves Pirates (Piraten). Of course all the Germans are afraid of that cool of a name. And Freedom of information? Most elderly people don´t even know what the internet is and have no idea of how it works.
So, why I am complaining? Honestly? Because the AfD did not make it in. I have heard people complain about the Euro since it was introduced. I am totally serious. People bitched and moaned about it like forever and this is still going on. Of course there never was such a thing as an Anti-Euro-Party. Till now. Now there is one and it doesn´t make it past the five-percent-barrier. Fuck you, Germans. You are nothing but a bunch of sheep. Grow some balls and get your shit together. Stop being conservative, hypocritical, cowardly dickheads and finally start to vote for what you want. Not what you think others would like you to want, nor try to vote tactically. If you do the later you have lost even before participating in the election process. That´s not the way it works. It´s not about joining the flock. It´s not about voting for the biggest party there is. You have not won if you vote for the actual winner. You can only win by voting for the party you want to run this country. That is the only way.
Now, what conclusion can we draw? Democracy in Germany just doesn´t work. It doesn´t. End of story. And this is not due to the effort of conservative government forces alone. This is a freaking team effort. Conservative Parties and the people of this country hand in hand. United against the very idea of democracy and freedom. This is truly awful. Welcome to Germany.
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Tags: elections, Germany, government
Categories : NiceDino, Politics, Rants
Well this is going to be short. It was everything I expected after the first trailer and talked about HERE. It also neatly ties in with the Marvel movies, going so far as to have the first source of superpowers that shows up in the show be Extremis from Iron Man 3. You can read about that HERE. It’s a bit like Firefly in that it has a huge cast right from the start and gets to use them real quick. The dialogue is snappy, the characters are quirky and the only real question is if Coulson can stay being so sympathetic if he has to lead the team from episode to episode instead of just being background noise in one of the main hero movies. Oh and Mariah Hill shows up in the first episode which already made the whole thing better for me. More of that please.
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Tags: Agent Coulson, Agents of Shield, Extremis, Iron Man, Mariah Hill, Review
Categories : Action Girls, AngryPanda, Avengers, Marvel, TV-Series