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FACT or FICTION #1 – Wrestling Edition: Royal Rumble, AJ Styles, WrestleMania 33, Impact Wrestling

January 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Once upon a time, when our community was known as HeelZone, we had a little feature called FACT or FICTION. Well it’s a new year, so what better time to revive an old site feature than right now. This is the first edition of TVE’s FACT or FICTION, where each month we’ll assemble a panel to  find out whether or not a statement is fact or fiction. This month we’re focused on professional wrestling with statements covering the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, and Impact Wrestling. Our panel for this debut installment is comprised of myself, The Monkey, Eric W (Q), and William [...]

Weekly Wrestling Feature #1 – The Road to WrestleMania Begins, Weekly Recap

January 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

The first week of 2017 is in the history books and what a week it was. New champions were crowned, two pay-per-views took place, TNA was sold and Dixie Carter is no longer in charge, and Wrestle Kingdom 11 delivered an instant classic that’s a top contender for “best match ever.” This has been the most action packed and news driven first week to a new year in a long time, and if it’s anything to go by, 2017 is shaping up to be a great year for wrestling fans. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s just dive right in with the weekly recap: Monday, January 2nd: [...]

Hey SJW’s, Please Stop Trying to Ruin Super Mario With Your Gender Politics Nonsense

December 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

While browsing the Internet yesterday I came across an article on Recode titled “It’s 2016, so why is Super Mario still rescuing a cake-baking princess?” The terrible article from a deluded Social Justice Warrior claimed that Princess Peach telling Mario she’ll bake a cake was “sexist.” And then followed it up with some nonsense about what women have done in the past 30 years: It has been 30 years since Mario first rescued the princess back in 1985. Since that time, more than 50 women have gone into space, more than two dozen have been elected to the U.S. [...]

6 Things You Should Be Doing Now to Prepare for Rise of Iron in Three Weeks

August 30, 2016 // 1 Comment

Guardians! There are only THREE more weeks until Rise of Iron releases. A lot of us having taking a break during the months after the fantastic April Update, myself and pretty much my whole clan included (if you need a clan on PS4, look up Iron Deathstalkers and send a request and make sure to mention Vortex Effect). But now is the time to jump back into the fray and help push back the Darkness. There’s only three weeks left, and that means your window to prepare is closing fast. And there’s a number of things you should be doing to make the most gains forward on day one. So, fire [...]

Top 5 Countdown: Audrey Hepburn Films

November 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Welcome to the first installment of a new weekly list feature here on Vortex Effect. Each Thursday, we’ll be counting down the top five something from the world of video games, movies, television, or wrestling. For this first installment, I can think of no one better for the “top five” spotlight to shine on than the incomparable Audrey Hepburn. So with that said, ladies and gentlemen, these are the Top 5 Audrey Hepburn Films. This has been a feature idea I’ve been kicking around for a while, and the only constant with it has been the subject for the first one. Audrey [...]

Ranting About Destiny’s Continued Joke of a PVP Event, The Iron Banner

January 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

For one week a month, Bungie trots out the Iron Banner as an “event” in Destiny. It’s currently going on now, and will conclude at the end of tonight. For those who don’t know, Destiny’s standard PVP has level advantages disabled, which puts everyone on equal footing. Weapon attack and armor defense doesn’t matter in the regular Crucible. But in the Iron Banner level advantages are supposedly enabled, with weapon attack and armor defense supposedly mattering. I don’t believe it. Not for a second. I don’t play a lot of Crucible, but when I do [...]

Smith’s Sentiment: Robin Williams’ Top Five Movies

August 13, 2014 // 2 Comments

I was shocked when I found out that legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams had passed away on August 11th at only 63-years-old. The manner of his death, suicide by hanging, was all the more shocking and tragic because it’s ultimately senseless. It’s a shame that he couldn’t get past whatever he was feeling at the moment he decided to end his life, but that doesn’t really matter now. What matter’s now is that movie fans have lost one of the best performers, and most importantly that three individuals lost a father and a wife lost a husband and best friend. [...]

How To Become A Game Reviewer & Get Game Review Copies

November 4, 2013 // 21 Comments

So you want to be a video game reviewer, huh? You want to sit back and get free video games in exchange for writing, or speaking if you’re doing a video review, your opinion about the game? Well you’re in the right place; I can tell you how to do that. In my couple of years as a gaming blogger/reviewer, I’ve received quite a few free games for review. These games range from the full-blown $60 so-called “AAA” blockbuster titles for console or PC, to the small and cheap downloadable indie games for PC, PSN, and XBLM. On the occasions where I’ve scored a review copy of a big release [...]

My Wishlist For WWE ’12 and Beyond

June 1, 2011 // 4 Comments

Yesterday officially marked the beginning of a new era for WWE video games, as WWE ’12 was announced for a November 22, 2011 release. Smackdown vs. RAW, which has ran for six years, is dead and buried. The rebranding of the franchise into WWE ’12 signifies that it is the definitive WWE game released each year, comparable to Madden, NCAA Football, and FIFA. We know that WWE ’12 is going to be “BIGGER, BADDER, BETTER” than the SvR games that proceeded it: Predator Technology is supposed to bring the most dynamic, fluid, authentic, and action packed WWE simulation to date. [...]