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5 WWE Alternatives You Should Be Watching

March 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

As wrestling fans, we’ve all complained about the WWE product from time to time. And right now, the RAW brand really has some of us quite disappointed as we head into WrestleMania with a rather lackluster card featuring part-timers dominating the top matches. In times like this, where RAW feels like a marathon and you almost never actually sit through all three hours, you may find yourself wishing for an alternative to WWE that isn’t NXT. Well they’re out there, and while the quality of production may not be up to WWE’s standard, there are still promotions easily [...]

The Man Who Was Rude Before There Was Attitude

March 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

EDITOR’s NOTE: Today WWE announced that the legendary Rick Rude would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 31st. This is a long overdue induction. What follows is a column I wrote, the 88th edition of “A View from the Rafters,” back in 2009 around the 10th anniversary of Rick Rude’s passing. Rick Rude was long a favorite of mine, along with his good Mr. Perfect. I could not be happier to see him finally get the recognition he deserves with this Hall of Fame induction. Again, this piece was written in April 2009 and is being published here for the first time. [...]

Destiny 2 Class & Crucible Balance Wishlist

March 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Destiny’s full sequel, unofficially dubbed Destiny 2, releases this Fall, likely September but possibly November (hopefully not). We don’t know anything about the sequel yet other than our guardians class and appearance will carry over, so long as the character has reached level 20 and beaten the Black Garden story mission, but our power and possessions will not transfer to Destiny 2. That means for all intents and purposes, Destiny 2 is a clean slate for Bungie and that is a great thing for the players of Destiny. We don’t know what sort of changes are coming to how [...]

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 [...]

The Periodic Table: Breaking Bad Anniversary Edition

September 28, 2014 // 3 Comments

Welcome to the debut edition of the TVE Periodic Table. What is the Periodic Table you ask? Well for one it is a (hopefully not too lame) pun to do a spinoff column on one of my favorite chemistry related TV shows, but it will also be a (again, hopefully) recurring collaborative effort here at TVE where we will periodically (hence, the name) table together some of our own best writers as well as writer’s from other blogs and just do an easy going group discussion of various issues, either movie related, video game related, or as is the case tonight, television related. One year ago [...]

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 [...]