The Chessboard + QCW Radio news

-The newest edition of The Chessboard with your writer, ME, is up now! This week’s issue covers the NHL’s Ilya Kovalchuk saga including my thoughts on the contract rejection. If you’re a hockey fan you’ll enjoy this, check it out HERE!


-It has been confirmed that site founder Emperor Big D will participate in QCW Radio’s “QCW Idol” competition this Monday at 11:30 PM ET! The winner will be determined by YOU the fans, more info will be made available shortly





Classic Gaming Retrospective – Mega Man 1

Ed DiFolco and Big D discussed the classic Mega Man series, primarily the first three entries, in the second episode of Pixels & Bits. Having grown up with an NES, I also played Mega Man as a child, and I remain a fan of the classic series to this day. So I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and give my own retrospective of the series. This will be broken down into several parts. This first part will focus on a bit of background history as well as the first Mega Man game.


Mega Man box art

The classic Mega Man series started as Rockman in Japan. However, it is said that the game was originally supposed to be a licensed Astro Boy game, but the deal fell through and Capcom instead redesigned the game and characters into something original. The story of the Mega Man series is rather simple. Dr. Light and Dr. Wily were associates in the field of robotic science. Dr. Light created a series of robots, including his own lab assistant Rock and housecleaning robot Roll. At some point, Wily grew jealous of Light and turned evil, reprogramming Light’s six construction robots in the process. Light didn’t have any combat robots, so Rock volunteered to be altered so he could fight Wily and the robots. At which point, Mega Man was “born.”

While all other games in the classic series had eight, the first Mega Man only had six master robots. The game had a score system which was never used in any sequel, and never really had a point as it couldn’t save your scores. It’s also the only game to feature score bubble pickups. There isn’t a whole lot to say. This game set the classic formula that the series still uses even in the most recent incarnations.

There was a remake of this game on the PSP called Mega Man: Powered Up, which introduced a chibi art style, two new master robots, voice overs, and a new “Powered Up” mode which features redesigned levels.

Along with the original six master robots (Elec Man, Cut Man, Guts Man, Fire Man, Ice Man, and Bomb Man), Powered Up adds Time Man and the amusingly racist Oil Man, whose Japanese design looks like someone wearing blackface. Capcom did try to dull the cries of racism in the West by changing his skin to dark blue and his over-sized lips to yellow in every region outside of Japan, but it’s still hard to look at him and not see blackface.

I never played Powered Up, as I don’t have a PSP, so I can’t comment on that game directly. But the original Mega Man is still a classic.

Video – Gathering of the Juggalos looks DOPE~!

Okay, let me preface this by saying I don’t like ICP’s music. I don’t HATE every one of their songs, but its no secret that they are bad rappers (they will even admit it). I don’t want them to die or anything, and they actually DO make me laugh with their antics (usually how dumb they are), but I am NOT a juggalo.


That being said, I can’t think of a better, more fun place to go than the Gathering of the Juggalos. What other fucking carnival/convention/concert event is as packed as this one. Look at all of the shit that is going on this year:


– BLOODYMANIA 4 WITH TERRY FUNK, BRYAN DANIELSON, BOB ORTON AND SHIT!
– Carnival Rides
– Warren G
– Naughty by Nature
– SPICE 1!!!!
– HELICOPTER Rides
– FUCKING SLICK RICK!
– Method Man
– Tom Green
– Gallagher
– FUCKIN RON JEREMY!!!!
– FLASHLIGHT WRESTLING AT 4 AM!
– REDMAN
– FREE FOOD!


I WANNA FUCKING GO!!!!!



Don’t believe me, watch this:

Tuesday Morning News Update: QCW, Namco vs. Capcom, Benoit, Summerslam + MORE



– The latest episode of QCW Wrestling Radio recapping the TNA Invasion, the first WWE Money in the Bank PPV, Raw + Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is up right now here. In addition, chessarmy, FK, and Dennin discuss their own Top 10 TNA Rankings. If you aren’t there each and every Monday Night LIVE – you fail. Listen NOW!



– I’m not certain if this is an answer to the mystery of Mega Man Universe, but Kotaku.com is reporting on a rumor started by Game Informer of not just ONE title, but TWO games coming out called “Namco vs. Capcom” and “Capcom vs. Namco” featuring the superstars from both Capcom AND Namco (duh) in a fighting game. According to Kotaku, Capcom would be developing Capcom vs Namco, built on the Street Fighter IV engine, while Namco will develop Namco vs Capcom, which will run on the Tekken 6 engine to ensure that the games don’t have any sort of misleverage (see the SNK vs. Capcom series). This is VERY exciting news for fight fans and add this to MvC III and it looks like Capcom will be quite solid for the next 3 years. Read the Kotaku article here.



– For those who missed Raw, Randy Orton vs. Sheamus for the WWE Championship was announced after Orton won a #1 contenders. In addition, the co-main event will feature John Cena & Bret Hart & Chris Jericho & Edge & R-Truth & John Morrison & Great Khali vs. Nexus in a 7 on 7 Tag Match. This was not announced officially by WWE as of yet. The other rumored match was set to be Kane defending the World Title against Jack Swagger, but this will all depend on whether or not Undertaker is healthy in time for the show.



– TNA’s ECW invaders will now be known as the “Riot Makers”. Horrible name, but I guess that’s better than saying “ECW” and getting a letter in the mail from an angry Jerry McDevitt. Also, TNA wants Sabu and Sandman in for the show. No word yet as to whether or not they’ve agreed.



– For those wondering about Chris Benoit and his place in the WWE DVD world, we’ve learned that Benoit IS indeed in the WWE Elimination Chamber DVD, so WWE did not break their word about the DVD having EVERY MATCH despite the tragedy. What’s most interesting is the editing of the audio that was made to the set. Read the VERY interesting article here.



– Absolutely AWESOME Thor pictures from the set here




DVD of The Day: Stalag 17 (1953)




Stalag 17


There are two people in this barracks who know I didn’t do it. Me and the guy that did do it.


The Stats


The Director:  Billy Wilder

The Cast:  William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck
The Release Date: 1953
The Runtime: 120 Minutes


The Plot


Stuck in a Nazi prison camp, a band of American prisoners of war are constantly trying to escape.  Somehow, their escape attempts are always discovered, leading everyone to believe there’s an informer in their barracks.


The Lowdown


So far in the DVD of the Day, I’ve provided you with some pretty sweet action movies.  Well, this is not an action movie… or at least not until the last few minutes, anyway.


Let’s face facts.  We’re all men here, right?  Well, as men, it’s genetically encoded in our DNA to love movies about World War II.  And while this film isn’t about the actual fighting of the war, it’s still a pretty bad ass movie.


You’ve got a group of American prisoners, captured and being held by evil Nazi scumbags.  They’re POW’s and they’re always trying to escape.  Except after some of their boys get killed in an escape attempt, it leads the remaining soldiers to question if they’ve got an informer in their midst.  Cue:  William Holden (who some of you may remember from ass-kicking The Wild Bunch.)  Holden’s character, Sefton, is a dude that’s constantly trading prison currency (cigarettes, etc.) to become the prison equivalent of Donald Trump.  Sefton is always looking out for himself, even if it means bribing a Nazi guard or two to get his way.


Naturally, the others don’t like Sefton, and finger him as the snitch.  But is he?  The whole movie is based on Sefton’s fellow inmates trying to kick his ass, all the while Sefton is trying to find the true undercover man.


This whole film is suspenseful, and hell, it’s funny too.  I’d almost consider it a great comedy, if it wasn’t also a great prison escape movie.  If you like movies like The Shawshank Redemption and The Great Escape, you gotta watch Stalag 17.  The performances, the suspense and the comedy make it a must-see movie.

QCW Wrestling Radio: LIVE Tonight 11:30 PM ET



QCW Radio is LIVE tonight at 11:30 PM ET, join us in the chat room at www.superfriendsuniverse.com/chat as we discuss the following.

-WWE RAW
-WWE Money in The Bank PPV
-TNA iMPACT! along with ECW Invasion thoughts
-Wrestle Break: Star Wars Episode II Attack Of The Clones review
-Main Event Topic: We create our own version of the TNA Top 10 rankings!

Join hosts chessarmy, Foolkiller, and Dennin TONIGHT after RAW at 11:30 PM ET

QCW Radio: Wrestling talk at it’s finest.

Video – AWESOME New Machete Theatrical Trailer

This is the SECOND (though technically third if you count the Grindhouse one) trailer for Robert Rodriguez’ manly ass movie – Machete, coming this September, starring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Steven Seagal and much more! I’m excited for this one and am certainly going opening night.