Halloween Withdrawl? Check this Mega Ran & Richie Branson “The Ghouls ‘N Ghosts” EP

Are you still hankering for some residuals of some Halloween goodness, love video games and music based on said past-time of gaming?  Well then good sir/ma’am, Phoenix-based rapper Random (a.k.a. Mega Ran) and Richie Branson released the Halloween-themed The Ghouls ‘n Ghosts EP. Essentially  it’s a collection of song collaborations from various other albums,in addition of a couple of new tracks, including the titular “Ghouls ‘n Ghosts” that, of course, is inspired by the infuriatingly difficult classic game from the so-called “Mega Man Haters” (as declared by numerous angry gamers online), Capcom.  Continue reading “Halloween Withdrawl? Check this Mega Ran & Richie Branson “The Ghouls ‘N Ghosts” EP”

Leaning Colosseums, “Wall-E” Builds, Shocking Gaming & WWF Cartoonage – WIRed #7

This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD (the 2nd version) discusses a leaning architectural work that NOT a tower in Pisa (the Roman Colosseum), robots printing 3D structures out of soil and sand (the Stone Spray project), electroshock “therapy” via a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (Furrtek’s “Gene-Zap” project), and Hulk Hogan cartoon from the eighties (Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling). …also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! ARCHITECTURE … Continue reading Leaning Colosseums, “Wall-E” Builds, Shocking Gaming & WWF Cartoonage – WIRed #7

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Administer Electrical Shocks: Another Thing Genesis Does What Nintendon’t!

Remember all those Sega commercials from the late-1980’s to early-1990’s that declared “Genesis Does was Nintendon’t (man, I’m old)?  That was Sega’s marketing campaign comparing their new Genesis/Mega Drive console to the aging Nintendo Entertainment System hardware, and alluding to how advanced Sega’s system was over Nintendo’s.  Dyak and Furrtek, for reasons unknown to anyone but themselves, have modded a Sega Genesis (or in their case, Mega Drive) console with some parts from a shock collar meant for training and disciplining dogs. Their project has been dubbed “The Genezap”, which delivers an electric charge of a modifiable intensity whenever the player takes damage in Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Bomberman, or any other game.   Continue reading “Administer Electrical Shocks: Another Thing Genesis Does What Nintendon’t!”

OMG! OMG! “The History of Sonic the Hedgehog” Available for Pre-order on Amazon! OMG!

Can you just imagine how excited I was when I first heard of this piece of news (Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C, & Exhibit D). Via the SEGA Blog, SEGA recently announced that a forthcoming 300-page book, entitled The History of Sonic the Hedgehog, chronicling their popular mascot’s history in extreme detail (totally), including “every 2D and 3D Sonic game” and “every spin-off game, every crossover, and even rare … Continue reading OMG! OMG! “The History of Sonic the Hedgehog” Available for Pre-order on Amazon! OMG!

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The Kamppi Chapel of Silence, or if Noah’s Ark Became a Church…

According to the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament in the Holy Bible, Noah was tasked by God to assemble a pair of every animal on Earth and bring them aboard a giant Ark, which Noah would have to build and be equipped to survive a flood sent by God to wipe the Earth clean.  At the very height of the flood, the ark rested on mountaintops, and the waters began to recede as dry land reappeared, leaving Noah, his family, and the animals leave the ark to repopulate the Earth.  Now, I know you’re asking what this has to do with architecture, but if you take just ONE look at the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, built by K2S Architects in Finland, the building’s design just screams of the vessel of Noah’s fantastic voyage.  Continue reading “The Kamppi Chapel of Silence, or if Noah’s Ark Became a Church…”

Happy 20th Birthday, Sonic the Hedgehog!!!

GO SONIC, IT’S YA BURFF-DAY!!!  GO SON……………….uh………….yeah….anyway…

It was 20 years ago today (June 23rd, 1991) that the original “Sonic the Hedgehog” game was released by Sega for the Genesis (or Mega Drive; depending on what country you live in) console in the United States, Europe, and Japan.  Sega is already celebrating by releasing the Sonic 20th Anniversary Bundle for download for the PlayStation 3, along with the 20-day-only temporary download of the demo for the new game, Sonic Generations.