Category Archives: Things I Like

The List: Top 10 Reasons Why Blizzard Should Turn Overwatch Into A Multimedia Franchise

Hey guys, JR here and, yes, I know we've had a list already this week, but I wanted to do another one that isn't based on a poll.

So, Overwatch. In case you weren't aware, this is a video game. A team based, multiplayer first person shooter, to be precise, where the players choose a "hero" with unique movement, attributes and skills, from four defined classes (Offence, Defence, Tank and Support). It's become quite popular. The lowest professional critical score it has been given is an 8/10 by Polygon and commercially the game had 7 million players within a week of launch and is currently sitting at somewhere around 20 million players as of this week. So it's good. Well, I mean I freaking the love the thing. But I can't help feeling as though Blizzard (the game studio who developed and published the game) are missing out on something by just keeping the franchise in the realm of video games. So, I'm gonna list the 10 reasons I think Blizzard should make Overwatch a multimedia franchise. And by multimedia, I obviously mean media outside of video games, so TV, Movies, Comics, Books etc. etc. etc.

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JReviews: Sonic Boom: Fire And Ice

Time for a less-spotted blog post now, where I shall take a look at a video game and say whether or not it's good, because I can. And the game is a Sonic game, specifically the new Sonic Boom: Fire And Ice

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Kaldath’s Anime Talk Corner?: Youtube Anime Reviewer(s) Showcase


Well if the title of this post didn't confuse you congratulation for those who did let me explain! As you all or at least most of you are aware I write two different types of posts here on Heromachine. That first would be Anime Talk where I discuss all things Anime related, the second being Kaldath's Corner where I write about things I personally find particularly interesting. Well This post is going to be a bit of a combination of the two!

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Kaldath’s Corner: Cosplay Of Doom!!

Here is a cool video I found on my Twitter feed from marvel and is posted on Marvel's youtube page:


Album Review: Sabaton- The Last Stand

Hey everyone, Melmo44 here. I’d been debating what to do, subject-wise, for my first post, when a surprise showed up in the mail on Monday.


And, that pretty much made my decision for me. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the band, even going so far as to use them as inspiration here on Hero Machine more than once. For anyone not familiar, Sabaton is a Swedish power-metal band whose lyrical content is based on military history. They tend to gravitate toward the two world wars, but also dedicated an entire album to the Swedish Empire (Carolus Rex) and another to songs reflecting the ideas of Sun Tzu (The Art of War). As the title implies, The Last Stand is an album detailing various last stands and last ditch efforts throughout the history of war. So with that, let’s see what we have. Do bear in mind during this review that I don’t really have knowledge about the technical aspects of music so I’m looking at this from an aesthetic perspective; how it sounds and how it makes you feel when you listen to it. Continue reading

Kaldath’s Corner: Babymetal X Rob Halford

Welcome to the next edition of Kaldath's Corner where I showcase things that I like and want to share with you all! Now what I am about to share with you happened a couple weeks ago as the APWAS award show but I was feeling under the weather back then as you all know but I saw this video again last night and wanted to share it!. So I present to you all Babymetal on stage with and performing with Rob Halford of Judas Priest fame!

Now we have 3 songs on this video. It starts with Just Babymetal preforming their song Karate, then after a bit of a video package plays Rob Joins sue on stage to preform Judas Priest classic Painkiller, then Yui and Moa enter the fray for a bit of "Breaking the Law".

Now I have to confess even though I was born in the 70's and was a kid of the 80's and 90's I have never listened to Judas Priest before however after seeing this I went back to youtube and found their videos and am now a fan! Which just proves that Babymetal can indeed be your foot in the door to the "True metal" scene! ( though I consider them true metal on there own!!!)

Kaldath’s Corner: Review – SCANDAL “Take Me Out”

EDIT - I replaced the video with a version that has english subtitles

Hello Folks, It's me Kaldath with my first true post here in what seems forever. I am still not 100% and will not be returning full time for some time yet however I am feeling reasonably well today, at least while under the effects of my pain killers so I figured since my favorite band "SCANDAL"  just dropped a new video for their latest single  "Take Me Out" that i'd do a quick review.

First let me share the video. The only place I could find it at the moment was on the SCANDAL Heaven Facebook page which you can watch below:

Well now for the review.  At first I didn't think I was going to like this song because it starts out feeling way to "popish" for my tastes, but it quickly grew on me especially at around the 1 minute mark when the pace and sound transform to a more standard SCANDAL rock sound. I haven't yet seen an english translation for the song and my own poor japanese is no where near ready to try and translate it especially with my most recent medical issues disrupting my study so I have no idea what they are saying and don't know what the girl performing martial arts in the middle of a bust tokyo street has to do with the song but I have to say the visuals are very nice indeed! Speaking of visuals I have to take a moment to say that I think Mami's hair ( the lead guitar player ) looks fantastic in this video with her current dye job but I kind of question the rest of her fashion sense as I think she does not look all that flattering in the ultra baggy clothes she is wearing.

Back to the Song. While I enjoy Haruna's voice and her singing is superb I find myself disappointed that they are continuing to follow the trend from their last album "Yellow" of focusing on her as the only "lead" singer instead of the more typical format of sharing the singing with Tomomi and occasionally Mami. All four ladies in the band are excellent singers and though like I said I enjoy Haruna's singing I would like to hear more from the others, Especially Tomomi ( I just adore Tomo's voice ) . In the end I have to give "Take Me Out" a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is an enjoyable song with a nice video but not quite up to their old music in my book!

Kaldath’s Corner: The Hamster himself on becoming the Joker!

Greetings Fellow Machiners!

Welcome to another addition of Kaldath's Corner. This week I stumbled across a bit of video on youtube I thought I'd share with you all for your entertainment. Now this isn't new as it was originally posted something like 4 or 5 years ago and many of you may have seen it already like I already had, but I felt it worth another watch. With that being said I present to you a little history on Mark Hamill obtaining the roll to voice the Joker on Batman: TAS as present by the Hamster himself!

Kaldath’s Corner: Voltron Remake on Netflix

When I was a kid one of my all time forvorite TV shows was Voltron Defender Of the Universe, Well I saw this trailer today on Youtube today and it has gotten me fairly intrigued!!

I must say that on June 10th I will likely be finding myself binge watching some Voltron Legendary Defender!

JReviews: Yo Kai Watch

Hey guys, JR here. Ok, now I know this game has been out in Japan for years (3 to be precise) and out in America since November, but it was only released in the UK last month and I've just finished the main storyline, so I'm going to do a quick review of the game, because I can. There may be some minor spoilers ahead.

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