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Marvel Comics is responsible for a complete revitalization of the comic book industry in the 60s, some of the greatest and most beloved characters and superhero stories in history, and helping to convince the mainstream that comic books are a legitimate art form. Their power and greatness cannot be denied.

But, it also cannot be denied that every now and then Marvel has dropped the ball and released terrible comics. This is not a condemnation of Marvel comics or their characters. Instead, it is a condemnation of the bad storytellers, the bad artists, and the bad writers who betrayed the public’s trust by abusing the characters and creations that Marvel fans hold so dear.

In chronological order, here are ten of the all time worst moments in the history of Marvel Comics:

10. Rape of Ms. Marvel (October 1980)

Avengers Vol. 1 #200

By the end of the 70s, Carol Danvers, aka Ms. Marvel, had become one of Marvel’s flagship female characters. And all it took was one issue of The Avengers to ruin both her standing as a strong female character and her reputation. To make a long (and overly complicated) story short, Ms. Marvel became mysteriously pregnant and gave birth to a full term baby three days later. Then, the baby, named Marcus, mysteriously grew up almost instantly, and revealed that he had “seduced” his mother and impregnated her. And by “seduced” I mean “raped.” And what became of Ms. Marvels incestuous rape child? He grew up to be…Marcus! That’s right, he had gone back in time to impregnate his mother with himself. But the worst part of this travesty was that not only was Ms. Marvel, one of Marvel’s leading female characters, raped, she revealed that she enjoyed it and decided to stay with him afterwards. Hooray for feminism!

 9. Clone Saga (October 1994 – December 1996)

Web of Spider-Man #117–129, Sensational Spider-Man #0–11, Amazing Spider-Man #394–418, Spider-Man #51–75, Spectacular Spider-Man #217–240, Spider-Man Unlimited (Vol. 1) #7–14

If you peruse this list, you may be surprised to find that many of the entries are related to the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The first one to make an appearance is the dreadfully convoluted and stupidly executed Clone Saga, a storyline that ran through all of the Spider-Man titles for two years. It all started with a storyline back in the 70s where the villain named the Jackal cloned Peter Parker and his deceased girlfriend Gwen Stacy. Spidey fought his clone, won, and went off none the wiser. Decades later, this storyline was brought back to life when it was revealed that not only had the clone survived his encounter with Spidey, but that the clone, now known as the Scarlet Spider, was the real Peter Parker and that the Peter Parker that the comics had followed for decades was the clone! Needless to say, this angered most, if not all, of Spider-Man’s fans.

So, what was supposed to be a short arc that only lasted a few issues ran for two long, painful years as Marvel tried to backtrack and restore the status quo. Along the way, it was revealed that, surprise-surprise, the Scarlet Spider WAS the clone and Peter Parker WAS the original. Throw in the clumsy resurrection of Aunt May after she had previously died (THAT Aunt May was ALSO another clone); a couple hundred more Spider-Man clones that Jackal just happened to have in his basement; and the revelation that the entire thing had been orchestrated by Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin, who was believed to have died decades ago- and you have one of the most infuriating stories ever told in the entire history of the comic book medium. And the kicker? Afterwards, everybody acted like nothing had happened and the plot line was never mentioned again. Marvel had literally wasted two years of their readers’ lives with nothing to show for it.

 8. Iron Man: The Crossing (September 1995 – February 1996)

Avengers #390-395; Avengers: The Crossing #1; Force Works #16-20; Iron Man #320-325; War Machine #20-23; Avengers: Timeslide #1; Age of Innocence: The Rebirth of Iron Man #1

Retcon (retroactive continuity) is a literary device used to change previously established facts in fiction and is commonly used in comic book series with long histories because “the plurality of writers who contribute stories can often create situations that demand clarification or revision” (wikipedia). As a general rule of thumb, whenever Marvel retcons bad things happen…as in bad comics are released upon unsuspecting fans. So, in the mid-90s when Marvel decided to reveal that Iron Man was a traitor who had worked as a sleeper agent for Kang The Conqueror for years, you can bet that there would be problems. First, he goes on a killing spree, killing the female Yellowjacket, Amanda Chaney, and Marilla, the nanny of Quicksilver’s daughter. The Avengers decide that the best thing to do is recruit a teen-ageTony Stark from another timeline, have him steal the Iron Man suit, and fight the now evil Tony Stark. In the ensuing fight, the real Tony Stark sacrifices himself to stop Kang. For a while, the teenage Tony Stark was the official Iron Man… and what a fiasco THAT was. The new Tony looked ridiculous with an atrocious new set of armor. But what really alienated fans was the idea that Tony Stark, a character that they had come to know and love for decades, was a traitor. In fact, this was a blatant slap in the face to his fans. Thankfully, the entire debacle was completely retconned, replacing Teen Tony with Good Tony. Unfortunately, in order to do so, they had to rely on the event that takes the next spot on this list.

7. Heroes Reborn (1996 – 1997)

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Fantastic Four Vol. 2 #1-12, Avengers Vol. 2 #1-12, Captain America Vol. 2 #1-12, Iron Man Vol. 2 #1-12 

The 90s were a dark, dark time for comic books. Gone were the days of cheerful heroes helping innocent bystanders and fighting giant monsters. In the 90s, everybody was a dark, brooding anti-hero. Comics became grim, dark, and ultraviolent.

It was in the midst of this creative quagmire that Marvel, in the face of bankruptcy, decided to reboot their entire universe in the Heroes Reborn crossover series that ran from 1996 to 1997. Essentially, Marvel trapped four of their most famous properties, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, Captain America, and Iron Man, in a pocket dimension after their apparent deaths at the hands of the psionic entity Onslaught. This allowed their writers to go back and tell brand new stories with these characters that they wouldn’t have been able to within mainstream Marvel continuity.

It was a decent idea. However, they decided to outsource these stories to former employees Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld who turned them into over-the-top, shameless parodies of themselves. The series were beset by bad stories and some of the worst art to ever disgrace the medium. It was so bad that Marvel essentially had to reboot their universe AGAIN just so they could restore everything to the status quo that was enjoyed before Heroes Reborn began. The silver lining to this abomination was that it succeeded in restoring Marvel’s sales and saved the company from a financial meltdown. All it took was a year of pure pain and agony on the part of the fans.

6. Chuck Austen’s X-Men (2002-2004)

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Uncanny X-Men #410-441

Yes, ALL of Chuck Austen’s X-Men run. It is literally impossible to pick just one thing that was wrong with it. Where do we begin? How about the horrific characterizations? How about the blatant misogyny? How about the fact that it followed one of the greatest X-Men runs of all time (Grant Morrison) with stories that were designed to retcon it all? How about when Jubilee and a bunch of other X-Men were CRUCIFIED by a group of radicals who wanted to discredit the Catholic church by making Nightcrawler the Pope and killing people with disintegrating communion wafers? Or, sticking with Nightcrawler, how about the time when it was revealed that he was literally the son of a demon named Azazel who gave birth to him so he could teleport him to earth?

No, I’ve got it! It would have to be the revelation concerning Xorn, a supporting cast member from Morrison’s run who had healing powers fueled by literally having a star in his head. For those who haven’t read Morrison’s run (and you all should), it was revealed that Xorn was none other than Magneto who was trying to infiltrate the school! In the end, Magneto kills Phoenix (for the umpteenth time) and gets his head lopped off by Wolverine. Marvel, horrified at the idea of losing one of their central villains, retconned it all. How? They said that Xorn (who remember, wasn’t real but a disguise used by Magneto) had a twin brother who infiltrated the X-Men DISGUISED as Magneto. So, in summation, we have the twin of a person who never existed in the first place infiltrate the X-Men disguised as Magneto disguised as… his real identity… Make sense? No? Don’t worry. Nobody else can figure it out, either. At least Marvel got Magneto back for several more decades of milking.

5. Sins Past (August 2004 – January 2005)

The Amazing Spider-Man #509-514

Oh, Spider-Man fans… Why must Marvel continue to abuse you? Gwen Stacy, one of Spider-Man’s first girlfriends, was a fan favorite for decades. Her murder at the hands of the Green Goblin is said to have single-handedly ended the Silver Age of Comics. It was a tragic scene that helped define Spider-Man for a new generation. Even after Spidey hooked up with Mary Jane, there was still a massive amount of care and sympathy for Gwen, solidifying her status as one of the most-loved characters in the entire Marvel Universe. So, of course, Marvel decided that the best thing to do was to rewrite her past so that Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin, had slept with her. Oh, but he just didn’t sleep with her…he knocked her up with TWINS that she gave birth to in France. After deciding to come clean with Peter and raise the kids with him, Norman killed her. Why? So he could raise them himself! Because of Norman’s bizarre blood, the kids aged faster than normal so that they were full-grown adults before they reached 10 years old! What does Norman do with them? He makes them attack Spider-Man!

Sins Past single-handedly ruined the character of Gwen Stacy for untold numbers of fans. Her tragic and emotional death was cheapened for pure shock value. But this would not be the only time that Marvel would intentionally ruin or disgrace one of Spidey’s relationships with a loved one. We’ll get to THAT horrible story in a bit. Image from http://www.weeklycrisis.com/

 4. Civil War (June 2006 – January 2007)

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Civil War #1-7

It started as a relatively good idea: a schism occurs in the superhero community when a group of heroes accidentally blow up a large part of Stamford, Connecticut during a fight, killing over 600 civilians, including 60 children. Heroes were faced with a daunting option: register their identities with the government and become federal employees in order to prevent such a calamity from happening again or face prosecution. Half of the community, led by Iron Man, advocated registration, believing it to be the moral and responsible solution. The other half, led by Captain America, believed that forced registration was a violation of their civil liberties and revealing their identities could put their friends and families at risk. It was a difficult and emotional issue for everybody involved.

There was no easy answer or solution to the problem… at least… there wasn’t until Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic created a robotic Thor clone which attacked the anti-registration camp, killing the superhero Goliath in the process. And then, instead of trying to persuade and convince the anti-registration people to register, Iron Man and his followers hunted them down like animals, arrested them, and threw them in an unbreakable prison in another dimension without a fair trial or due process. Not to mention that the pro-registration camp convinced Spider-Man to reveal his identity as Peter Parker publicly, leading to his Aunt May getting shot (which subsequently leads to the next entry on this list). As the icing on the cake, after Captain America heroically surrenders to prevent any more violence or bloodshed, he is shot and killed on the steps of a courthouse.

I can’t emphasize enough how badly Civil War was received and how it almost irrevocably damaged Marvel Comics. To this day, there are people who refuse to forgive Iron Man for his betrayal. What should have been an even-sided, philosophical, and heart-stirring storyline became mean-spirited, dark, and had characters that people had known and loved for decades turn on each other. The Marvel staff completely isolated their fans by taking Iron Man’s pro-registration side during the debate, alienating thousands of readers. For many, Civil War is also considered to be a turning point in Marvel’s history…and not a good one at that.

3. One More Day (November 2007 – January 2008)

Spider Man and Mary Jane Divorce Worst Marvel Comics

The Amazing Spider-Man #544, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24, The Sensational Spider-Man (vol. 2) #41, Amazing Spider- Man #545.

If I ranked this list in order of the most hated, most ill conceived, most badly written, and poorly received moment in Marvel history, One More Day would be on the top. There is NO competition. For those of you who don’t read comics, let me try and break this down for you. Anyone who has seen the Spider-Man movies knows that Spider-Man’s true love was Mary Jane Watson. It’s been that way for almost 4 decades. She was among the most beloved members of the Marvel universe for her personality, spunk, and everlasting devotion to her husband Peter Parker. The two had weathered countless storms together, yet had always come out stronger as a result. Their wedding was one of the biggest Marvel events in history. For years, Peter Parker and Mary Jane were THE comic book couple, probably only rivaled in popularity by Superman and Lois Lane in DC Comics.

One day, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada decided that he didn’t like the idea of Spider-Man being married. He believed that being single was essential to Spider-Man’s character (never mind the fact that he had been married to Mary Jane for almost TWENTY YEARS). So what did he do? He made Spider-Man make a deal with the Devil to trade his marriage to save the life of Aunt May who had been shot in the aftermath of Civil War. Let me say that again in case you didn’t grasp the infuriating implications of that last sentence. Spider-Man, one of the ultimate paragons of personal responsibility and righteousness in ALL of comics, made a deal… with the DEVIL! The deal was to sacrifice his MARRIAGE all so that he could save the life of his ELDERLY Aunt May. (Side Note: He had previously contacted Aunt May in the spirit world who told him to let her go since she was old, had a good life, and wanted Peter to be happy.)

It was almost universally panned by critics. The fan backlash was the stuff of legends. Joe Quesada became one of the most hated people in the industry, even getting booed off the stage at conventions. But one of the worst things about One More Day was that it was a key example of a disturbing trend among comic book companies: editors using their positions to ghostwrite their favorite comics. In fact, many of the entries on this list were the result of editorial mandates. Among them, One More Day reigns supreme. No comic company is perfect. Even their rival company, DC Comics, has their fair share of terrible moments (but that’s a list for another day…). But no matter what they do, they can take comfort in the fact that they didn’t put out One More Day. One More Day is the ultimate bad comic book moment.

 2. Ultimates 3 (2008)

The Ultimates 3 #1-5

The Ultimate Marvel imprint, started in 2000, was intended to be a brand new Marvel Universe free from decades of comic continuity. It was designed as a starting point for new comic book readers who didn’t want to be bogged down or confused with story and character histories. Their main series included Ultimate versions of the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and Spider-Man (easily the most popular and successful title from the Ultimate line). But the Ultimate Universe also had their own version of the Avengers known as the Ultimates. The Ultimates were the subjects of three short stand-alone series, creatively titled The Ultimates, The Ultimates 2, and The Ultimates 3. The first two were wild, run-away successes, reinventing their characters for a new generation and creating some of the most iconic moments of the new millennium (“Does this “A” look like it stands for France?). And then Ultimates 3 came along.

In an incredibly convoluted and confusing plot, the Scarlet Witch was assassinated, the Ultimates squared off with android duplicates of themselves, and Quicksilver was supposedly killed (more on that in the next entry). Oh… and somehow Doctor Doom was the genius behind it all. Sound cool? It isn’t. The entire series is plagued with horrible art, terrible writing, abysmal dialogue, and grotesque characterizations. Many people think of the Ultimates 3 as being the start of the downfall of the Ultimate Universe. But it would take our number one spot to finish the job.

1. Ultimatum (November 2008 – July 2009)

 

This is it, folks. This is widely considered to be THE event that killed the Ultimate Universe line. Think about that for a second…these five comics ended a ten year long comic book line. How? Let’s break it down:

Many of the Ultimates most beloved characters are killed off panel.

  • Half of the characters in the Ultimate Universe were killed, including, but not limited to: Daredevil, Cyclops, Doctor Doom, Doctor Strange, Emma Frost, Hank Pym, Juggernaut, Magneto, Professor X, Thor, Wasp, and Wolverine.
  • Over-the-top and offensive violence: the Wasp was cannibalized by the Blob, Magneto snaps Professor X’s neck, Madrox creates clones which he turns into suicide bombers, Wolverine has the adamantium stripped from his bones.
  • Scientific inaccuracies: Magneto reverses the Earth’s magnetic poles… no wait… the planet’s axis… no wait… the magnetic poles…. no wait… who cares? They’re the same thing, right?

The less you know about this insult of a comic, the better. The only thing you need to know is that Magneto tries to destroy the world in revenge for the deaths of his kids, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. But wait! Quicksilver is revealed to be alive! But the real question is…who cares! Writer Jeph Loeb destroyed almost everything that people loved about the Ultimates Universe. The damage was so massive that they had to RE- LAUNCH the Ultimate Universe. This comic has left fans scratching and banging their heads against the wall, wondering why Marvel would ever print this abominable excuse for a story. Image: http://www.weeklycrisis.com/

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Published on 4/30/2009 under Cool Places – by Gracie Murano –

1.Dry Valleys (Antartica)

Antarctica’s Dry Valleys, with their barren gravel-strewn floors, are said to be the most similar place on Earth to Mars. Its fascinating landscape, located within Victoria Land west of McMurdo Sound, get almost no snowfall, and except for a few steep rocks they are the only continental part of Antarctica devoid of ice. The terrain looks like something not of this Earth; the valley’s floor occasionally contains a perennially frozen lake with ice several meters thick. Under the ice, in the extremely salty water, live mysterious simpleorganisms, a subject of on-going research.

2. Socotra Island (Indian Ocean)

This island simply blows away any notion about what is considered “normal” for a landscape on Earth, you’d be inclined to think you were transported to another planet – or traveled to another era of Earth’s history. Socotra Island, which is part of a group of four islands, has been geographically isolated from mainland Africa for the last 6 or 7 million years. Like the Galapagos Islands, the island is teeming with 700 extremely rare species of flora and fauna, a full 1/3 of which are endemic.

The climate is harsh, hot and dry, and yet – the most amazing plant life thrives there. Situated in the Indian Ocean 250 km from Somalia and 340 km from Yemen, the wide sandy beaches rise to limestone plateaus full of caves (some 7 kilometers in length) and mountains up to 1525 meters high. The trees and plants of this island were preserved thru the long geological isolation, some varieties being 20 million years old.

3. Rio Tinto (Spain)

The giant opencast mines of Rio Tinto create a surreal, almost lunar landscape. Its growth has consumed not only mountains and valleys but even entire villages, whose populations had to be resettled in specially built towns nearby. Named after the river which flows through the region-itself named for the reddish streaks that colour its water-Rio Tinto has become a landscape within a landscape. The river red water is highly acidic (pH 1.7—2.5) and rich in heavy metals.

4. Kliluk, the Spotted Lake (Canada)

In the hot sun of summer, the water of Spotted Lake, located in British Columbia and Washington, evaporates and crystallizes the minerals, forming many white-rimmed circles: shallow pools that reflect the mineral content of the water in shades of blues and greens. It contains one of the worlds highest concentrations of minerals: magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts), calcium and sodium sulphates, plus eight other minerals and traces of four more, including silver and titanium.

The Indians soaked away aches and ailments in the healing mud and waters. One story cites a truce in a battle to allow both warring tribes to tend to their wounded in the Spotted Lake, “Kliluk”.

5. Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)

Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is perhaps one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. A magnificent area with an impressive salt desert (the world’s largest), active volcanoes, tall cacti islands and geyser flats, it exists like an alien mirage, something completely out-of-this-world. Oddee’s crew went there in July 2008, be sure to check it out.

6. Vale da Lua (Brazil)

Vale da Lua (Moon Valley) is a water eroded rock formation with naturalswimming pools, placed on a river in the brazilian cerrado forest. Located atChapada, 38 km from Alto Paraíso de Goiás, it’s rock formations are one of the oldest on the planet, made of quartz with outcrops of crystals. (Photo by:Alex)

7. Blood Pond Hot Spring (Japan)

Blood Pond Hot Spring is one of the “hells” (jigoku) of Beppu, Japan, nine spectacular natural hot springs that are more for viewing rather than bathing. The “blood pond hell” features a pond of hot, red water, colored as such by iron in the waters. It’s allegedly the most photogenic of the nine hells. (Photos: L Plater and phototravel).

8. The Stone Forest (China)

The Shilin (Chinese for stone forest) is an impressive example of karst topography. Its rocks are made of limestone and are formed by water percolating the ground’s surface and eroding away everything but the pillars. It’s known since the Ming Dynasty as the ‘First Wonder of the World.’

9. The Richat Structure (Mauritania)

This spectacular landform in Mauritania in the southwestern part of theSahara desert, called the Richat Structure, is so huge with a diameter of 30 miles that it is visible from space. The formation was originally thought to be caused by a meteorite impact but now geologists believe it is a product of uplift and erosion. The cause of its circular shape is still a mystery.

10. Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves (Austria)

Ice caves are very different from normal caves. They have a strange feeling about them, as though they are not from this planet, and one has just temporarily stepped into their world when spelunking their depths.

There are many ice caves throughout the world, but the Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves in Austria are some of the largest known to man. They are located within the Tennengebirge Mountains near Salzburg and stretch for a remarkable 40 kilometers. Only a portion of the labyrinth is open to tourists but it’s enough to get a taste of what the remaining network is like: a truly mesmerizing palate of Mother Nature’s handicraft.

Top 10 WWE Wrestlers of All Time!

The following list takes everything into account that a pro wrestler had done. This list concerns itself with seeking to understand who truly are the top ten wrestlers of all time.

Their ability to generate revenue as well as appearing on high profile matches was all taken into consideration.

Throughout the years we have seen all types of wrestlers in WWE. There have been different styles as well depending on the creative direction of the company during that particular time.

This list will try to make everything come together in a way in which we can finally reveal the top 10 superstars of all time.

I will admit I thought of Chris Benoit when making this list based on his wrestling talent, but due to his actions I do not feel right in including him.

I do believe that he has a place in wrestling history but I could not include him in my top ten list based on the final moments of his life. Having said that, my sympathies go out to anyone who suffered a loss due to that horrific incident.

10. Trish Stratus

Trish Stratus lit the world of fire during her tenure with WWE. Not only did she become the women’s champion on various occasions, but her feuds with Victoria and Lita are some of the greatest wrestling feuds of all time.

Trish Stratus has proven through her great in-ring work and promo ability that she is one of the top ten of all time.

9. Eddie Guerrero

Eddie Guerrero came from the world of Lucha Libre to establish himself as the top performer in WWE by winning the title from Brock Lesnar.

If ever an underdog has risen, it has to be this man. His work in WCW was amazing in that it showcased the abilities of the cruiserweight division.

His comedic timing and athletic ability took his career to new heights in WWE. It is hard not to love this man as a entertainer.

For opening the door up for Luchadors like Rey Mysterio to winning the world title, Eddie deserves to be on the best wrestlers of all time list.

8. RVD

Easily one of the most athletic superstars of all time. He not only captured two world titles at the same time but he changed the landscape of WWE.

He made it possible for the WWE champion whom at the time was John Cena to have to wrestle in the original ECW Arena.

Further cementing his legendary status, he managed to defeat Cena on RVD’s home turf. It would be impossible to make this list without the inclusion of “Mr Monday Night” RVD!

7. Owen Hart

Enough words cannot be said about this man. He was not only perhaps the most consistent worker in WWE but he helped a lot of people reach their potentials in the wrestling business.

Without Owen, the legend of Stone Cold would not be as big. Lets all face it, when Owen was in a tag team he made that division relevant. Also let’s not forget his classic matches with his brother Bret.

If there is any doubt, pop in an old Owen Hart match and watch the master at work. The wrestling world loves you, brotha!

6.Triple  HHH

This man has won the WWE title nearly as many times as Ric Flair. He was also instrumental in the Monday night wars thanks to his involvement with DX.

The Game also has a tendency to headline WrestleMania. He might be controversial at times, but when it comes down to it, HHH deserves to be on this list.

5. The Rock

The Rock has to be considered one of the greatest workers of all time. His promos could be considered the best.

It’s also important to note that his work rate in the ring has always been very high. Even after long periods of not wrestling, when he has returned, it seems he never loses a step inside the squared circle.

His match at Mania against Hogan had an epic feel to him, and it did feel that the torch was passed. I bet if he had stayed in wrestling, this man would be at the No. 1 list of many wrestling historians.

4. Shawn Michaels

HBK has been one of the top superstars since he started with WWE. He has also been extremely loyal.

Every one of his matches appears to be like a highlight reel and it is hard to tell if he has slowed down at all.

He was in the first Iron Man match against Bret Hart and also in the first Hell in a Cell match with Undertaker.

His latest masterpiece at WrestleMania 25 further cements the fact that HBK is a icon like no other.

3. Ric Flair

Whoooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This man has won the world title more times than wrestling historians can keep track of.

He is a legend whose career has been watched by millions of adoring fans. His work in NWA, WCW, and WWE is nothing short of perfection.

Thinking back to the Four Horsemen and their popularity in the sport, it is not far-fetched to throw this guy into the No. 1 spot of any list.

His WWE retirement match with HBK was amazing and one can only think that this man will never stop wrestling.

2. Bret Hart

His historic story has no limits. He has held just about every championship title in existence. One can only think that with his return to WWE that the legend will only continue.

Either way you look at it, his ability to tell a story in the ring is surpassed by no one. He has proved through his feud with just about every top superstar of yesterday and today that he is ” the best there is was and ever will be.”

If you don’t believe your humble writer, just go check out the iron man match between HBK and him at Wrestlemania XII.

I believe he deserves this top spot due to his ability to start a feud between Canadian and American wrestling fans; this is nothing short of legendary.

1. Hulk Hogan

Hogan is beyond icon in the wrestling world. You ask anyone who he is and they know for the most part.

His ability to sell tickets is unmatched by anyone. His past matches basically have proven that if you work a program with this guy, then you are going to get noticed.

He has never been the best worker and he has the tendency not to put people over, but face facts, fans, there is nobody more charismatic than this man.

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We have had some very controversial lists relating to rock and pop music over the past year and a bit – and today we have one that I think might take the cake. This is a submitted list of the ten greatest rockers (bands or individuals). Almost all of the bands or people here have been featured on other lists but in differing orders or for different reasons. Hopefully there is at least one group here for everyone’s taste!

10. Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. Formed in 1961, the group gained popularity for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a California youth culture of surfing, girls, and cars. Brian Wilson’s growing creative ambitions later transformed them into a more artistically innovative group that earned critical praise and influenced many later musicians. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988

9. Metallica

Metallica is an American heavy metal band that formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Founded when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in a Los Angeles newspaper, Metallica’s original line-up consisted of Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, and bassist Ron McGovney.

Metallica has released eight studio albums, two live albums, two EPs, nine videos, and has finished recording their upcoming ninth studio album, Death Magnetic. The band has become one of the most commercially successful and influential heavy metal acts. With over 95 million records sold worldwide, including 57 million in the United States, the band has won seven Grammy Awards, and has had four albums peak at number one on the Billboard 200

8. Queen

Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bass guitarist John Deacon joining the following year. Queen rose to prominence during the 1970s and are arguably Britain’s most successful band of the past thirty years.

The band is noted for their musical diversity, multi-layered arrangements, vocal harmonies, and incorporation of audience participation into their live performances. Since 1975, eighteen of the band’s albums have reached number one on numerous charts around the world. Since 1973, they have released fifteen studio albums and five live albums.

7. Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are an English rock band who initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. They are known for philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, innovative cover art, and elaborate live shows. One of rock music’s most successful acts, the group have sold over 200 million albums worldwide including 74.5 million albums in the United States alone.

They have released fourteen studio albums, four live albums, seven compilations, twenty-six singles, twenty-six B-sides, fifteen music videos, and six video albums.

6. The Who

The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. The primary lineup consisted of guitarist Pete Townshend, vocalist Roger Daltrey, bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. The band reached international success, became known for their energetic live performances, are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s and ’70s, and recognized as one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.The Who have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and won the first annual Freddie Mercury Lifetime Achievement in Live Music Award in 2006. They received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1988, and from the Grammy Foundation in 2001, for creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. Tommy was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, “My Generation” in 1999 and Who’s Next in 2007.

5. The Rolling  Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English band whose music was initially based on rhythm and blues and rock & roll. Formed in London and having their first success in the UK, they subsequently became popular in the US during the “British Invasion” in the early 1960s.

The band formed in 1962 when original leader Brian Jones and pianist Ian Stewart were joined by singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, whose songwriting partnership later contributed to their taking the leadership role in the group.

The Rolling Stones have released 22 studio albums in the UK (24 in the US), eight concert albums (nine in the US) and numerous compilations; they have had 32 UK & US top-10 singles, 43 UK & US top-10 albums between 1964 and 2008 and have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. 1971′s Sticky Fingers began a string of eight consecutive studio albums at number one in the United States. In 1989 the Rolling Stones were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’ were an English/American rock band famous for the guitar work, original songs, outrageous style and performance of its eponymous frontman Jimi Hendrix on songs such as ‘Hey Joe’, ‘Purple Haze’, ‘Foxy Lady’, ‘Fire’, ‘Little Wing’, ‘Spanish Castle Magic’, ‘All Along the Watchtower’ and ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’. They are also known for their performance at Woodstock. The Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

3. Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band that formed in 1968. Led Zeppelin consisted of Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals), John Paul Jones (bass guitar, keyboards) and John Bonham (drums). With their heavy, guitar-driven sound, Led Zeppelin are regarded as one of the first heavy metal bands. However, the band’s individualistic style draws from many sources and transcends any one genre. Their rock-infused interpretation of the blues and folk genres also incorporated rockabilly, reggae, soul, funk,classical, Celtic, Indian, Arabic, pop, Latin and country.

Close to 30 years after disbanding following Bonham’s death in 1980, Led Zeppelin continues to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements, commercial success and broad influence. The band has sold more than 300 million albums worldwide including 111.5 million sales in the United States and they have had all of their original studio albums reach the U.S. Billboard Top 10.[16] Led Zeppelin are ranked No. 1 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as “the heaviest band of all time” and “the biggest band of the 70s”.

2. Elvis Presley

Elvis was an American singer, musician and actor. He is considered a cultural icon, sometimes referred to as “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, or simply “The King”.

Presley began his career as one of the first performers of rockabilly, an uptempo fusion of country and rhythm and blues with a strong back beat. His novel versions of existing songs, mixing “black” and “white” sounds, made him popular—and controversial—as did his uninhibited stage and television performances. He recorded songs in the rock and roll genre, with tracks like “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock” . Presley had a versatile voice and had unusually wide success encompassing other genres, including gospel, blues, ballads and pop. To date, he has been inducted into four music halls of fame. The King has had 215 top singles worldwide.

1. The Beatles

The Beatles were a pop and rock group from Liverpool, England formed in 1960. Primarily consisting of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals) throughout their career, The Beatles are recognised for leading the mid-1960s musical “British Invasion” into the United States. Although their initial musical style was rooted in 1950s rock and roll and homegrown skiffle, the group explored genres ranging from Tin Pan Alley to psychedelic rock. Their clothes, styles, and statements made them trend-setters, while their growing social awareness saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. After the band broke up in 1970, all four members embarked upon solo careers.

The Beatles are one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands in the history of popular music. The Beatles are the best-selling musical group in history. In the United Kingdom, The Beatles released more than 40 different singles, albums, and EPs that reached number one, earning more number one albums (15) than any other group in UK chart history. This commercial success was repeated in many other countries; their record company, EMI, estimated that by 1985 they had sold over one billion records worldwide. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, The Beatles have sold more albums in the United States than any other band. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, The Beatles’ innovative music and cultural impact helped define the 1960s, and their influence on pop culture is still evident today.

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By Peter Hall (Subscribe to Peter Hall’s posts)

At first glance, one might think that 2010 was a weak year for sci-fi films. Truth is, its handful of good-to-great sci-fi films mark a fairly typical calendar year for the genre. 2010 just happened to be the follow-up to the ’09 blowout roster of ‘Moon,’ ‘District 9,’ ‘Avatar,’ ‘Pandorum,’ ‘Knowing,’ ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Star Trek.’ That’s a tough act to follow, but let’s see how the year’s offerings rank.

10. ‘Tron: Legacy’ — Sci-fi has long been a genre associated with all of the movie magic a filmmaker can afford, and that’s exactly where ‘Tron: Legacy’ delivers. It might stumble in more than a few areas, but when it comes to providing a special effects-coated spectacle that sounds as good as it looks, ‘Tron’ does precisely that.

9. ‘Predators’ — Of all the recent (allegedly) overdue sequels and remakes Hollywood has glommed onto, ‘Predators’ is one of the few that feels in complete harmony with its source material. It would have been nice to see the home world/game preserve of the ‘Predators’ infused with more extra-terrestrial obstacles for the Earthlings to go up against, but that doesn’t hurt Nimrod Antal’s film from being a perfectly worthy successor.

8. ‘Metropia’ — You just don’t see many movies like ‘Metropia,’ a Swedish animated film about an underground society and mind control featuring the voice talents of Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, and Skarsgards Stellan and Alexander. But you should.

7. ‘Splice’ — It’s safe to say that ‘Splice’ is either a love it or hate it kind of movie. There isn’t much middle ground on Vincenzo Natali’s genre-bending creature feature. Its dark humor and unsettling sexuality aren’t for everyone, but around these parts we applaud it.

6. ‘The Book of Eli’ — ‘The Book of Eli’ is the best ‘Fallout’ fan film ever made. It’s not actually based in any way on the ‘Fallout’ game series, but the two share such a kindred sense of post-apocalyptic humor and style that I can’t help but think of ‘Fallout’ while watching it. Beyond that affection however, this is one of (if not the) best-looking post-apoc movies ever made; it’s got a badass cast; an outstanding sound design and a story hook that, though it may induce eye-rolling in some, is unique within the genre.

5. ‘Daybreakers’ — Yes, ‘Daybreakers’ is about vampires and vampires traditionally mean horror movies, but if you view the Spierig Brothers’ film through a sci-fi lens, it really shines. They do a great job of building a plausible, fully functioning futuristic society with its own rules and limitations — and that’s exactly what good sci-fi should do.

 

4. ‘Exam’ — ‘Exam’ is only tangentially a science fiction film, but I’m such a sucker for films that take place entirely within a single room that I can’t help but include it on this list. The ending isn’t quite as invigorating as the first 45-minutes or so, but it’s still a captivating premise that manages to engage even on repeat viewings.

3. ‘Monsters’ — Few filmmakers had as impressive a debut this year as Gareth Edwards did with ‘Monsters,’ his low-budget riff on alien invasion movies. I fear a lot of people soured on the movie since the trailer and title promise a different type of film entirely, but if you go in knowing that this is essentially a road movie about the miraculous-yet-mundane aftermath of an alien invasion, you’ll appreciate it a whole lot more. But even if the story does nothing for you, you’ve got to at least respect what Edwards accomplished with a crew of about three people.

2. ‘Inception’ — Few big screen experiences this year were as roundly satisfying as ‘Inception.’ High concept movies like this — ones that show you things you’ve never seen and take you to places you’ve never been — are why most of us fall in love with films in the first place.

1. ‘Never Let Me Go’ — And here we have the polar opposite of ‘Tron: Legacy,’ a truly elegant sci-fi film where the only special effect is how its intensely human story makes you forget you’re even watching science fiction.

http://blog.moviefone.com/2010/12/28/top-10-sci-fi-movies-of-2010/

 

 

 

Johnny Depp sits on top of the list as the highest-paid actors of 2010, while Tom Cruise still able to sneak into the list, despite having no new movie. From June 2009 to June 2010 period, here’s the top ten actors with highest earning.

Top 10 Highest-Paid Actors 2010

1. Johnny Depp ($75 million)
Johnny Depp
His name has become a guarantee for a successful movie. His newest movie Alice In Wonderland earns $1 billion and Public Enemies earns $214 million.

2. Ben Stiller ($53 million)
Ben Stiller
Some of his movies earned $2 billion in the United States, makes his name always in the list of Hollywood highest-paid actors.

3. Tom Hanks ($45 million)
Tom Hanks
His Angels and Demons earns global income of $485 million. Angels and Demons is the second movie adapted from Dan Brown’s novel. The previous movie The Da Vinci Code earned $780 million globally.

4. Adam Sandler ($40 million)
Adam Sandler
His name is still a magnet for the audience, specially for romantic-comedy movie fans. Some of his movies has a real success in the market.

5. Leonardo Di Caprio ($28 million)
Leonardo Di Caprio
His movie Shutter Island earns $295 million globally, put him fifth in the list of highest-paid actors.

6. Daniel Radcliffe ($25 million)
Daniel Radcliffe
Become one of the highest-paid actors this time because his role in Harry Potter movies. All Harry Potter movies always successful and the total income from all Harry Potter movies has reach $5.4 billion in Box Office.

7. Robert Downey Jr ($22 million)
Robert Downey Jr
His name rockets higher after huge success in Iron Man and Iron Man 2 which earned a total of $1.1 billion.

8. Tom Cruise (22 million)
Tom Cruise
Even though his popularity is decreasing lately and no new movie in a period of June 2009 – June 2010, but Tom Cruise still earns from his old movie played on TV.

9. Brad Pitt ($20 million)
Brad Pitt
His latest movie Inglourious Basterds earns global income o $314 million and his private life with Angelina Jolie always become headline on the media. Brad Pitt’s name has become a strong magnet in the entertainment world.

10. George Clooney ($19 million)
George Clooney
Nominated in Oscar 2010 because of his role in Up In the Air and the movie earns $163 million, despite the production cost is only $25 million.

Always a fun fact to know, here are the biggest earners in baseball today – the ten highest paid players in Major League Baseball for the 2010 season, with surprise surprise, four Yankee players in the top spots, two Cubs, One Astro, One Mets pitcher, one Phillie bomber and one future hall of famer(??) from Detroit.

Number 10 – Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs – 18,875,000 Dollars

The 28 year old Venezuelan isn’t having the best time of his career this year, carrying over from a disappointing 2009, as the Cubs missed the playoffs after two consecutive appearances and Zambrano finished only 9-7, his lowest win total since 2002. He started pretty bad in 2010, going 1-2 with a 6.85 ERA, getting moved to the bullpen 10 days ago for the first time since, again, 2002. He has been quoted on the matter of retirement, saying he’ll leave the game when his contract with the Cubs expires.

Number 9 (tied) – Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies – 19,000,000 Dollars

He did sign a 25 mil per year extension last week, but it’ll start from next season, so he’ll have to settle for only 19 this year. The 2006 NL MVP and the NL leader in RBI’s for three of the last four years is the fastest player in MLB history to reach 100 and 200 career home runs, currently standing at 226, with him going 45+ in each of the last four seasons, including 58 in 2006, one of only 8 men in history to reach that mark or top it.

Number 9 (tied) – Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs – 19,000,000 Dollars

Another disappointing Cub, the 34 year old Dominican. Soriano has been gradually declining since he moved to Chicago (2007) after a monster 40-40 year with the Nationals in 2006. In 2009 he produced the worst offensive numbers of his career. His fielding was bad as usual, but that’s nothing new. He does shine from time to time, but far from a regular basis and shouldn’t be on a lineup of a playoff aspiring team.

Number 9 (tied) – Carlos Lee, Houston Astros – 19,000,000 Dollars

The 33 year old Panama born Left Fielder is off to a horrible start in 2010, 20 games into the season and still no home runs, hitting an awful .177. He will bounce back probably to the numbers he’s used to producing (five consecutive 100+ RBI seasons), but it won’t take the Astros anywhere this season again.

Number 6 – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – 20,000,000 Dollars

Our first player in the 20 mil club, the 27 year old Cabrera is one of the best hitters in the league, leading the AL in RBI’s so far this year with 25. His Slugging percentage and batting average are both 10th among active players and looks to be heading for another great year in the very tough and tight AL Central, hoping to land the Tigers in the post season for the first time since their World Series loss to the Cardinals in 2006.

Number 5 – Johan Santana, New York Mets – 20,144,707 Dollars

The second highest paid pitcher in the league is off to a very good start in April, going 3-1, allowing only one home run in 5 starts. After being troubled by injury in 2009, Santana looks again like one of the most dominating guys out there, with the Mets off to a 13-9 start and in every need of every moment Santana spends on the mound. Santana’s third in career ERA among active players (3.10), 15th in wins (125), and sixth in strikeout with 1761.

Number 4 – Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees – 20,625,000 Dollars

The first of the Yankee quartet in the top 4 is off to his usual slow start, and maybe his worst April ever, with a .139 average, producing only 2 home runs and 9 RBI’s in 21 games. After his fantastic debut Yankees season which resulted in his first World Series win and leading the AL in home runs (39, tied with Carlos Pena) and RBI’s (122), it’ll be very surprising to see him continue his April slump.

Number 3 – Derek Jeter, New York Yankees – 22,600,000 Dollars

Number 3 on the Yankees payroll but the team’s number one guy, Jeter is in the beginning of his 16th season in Baseball, all of them as a New York Yankee. He’s off to, well, his usual start, hitting .311 as the Yankees are 14-7. Jeter won his fifth World Series last season, breaking nine years of championship drought. In the beginning of this season (April 6) Jeter, alongside with Posada and Mariano Rivera, became the first teammates in any of the four major league sports in North America (MLB, NFL, NBA, or NHL) to play in at least 16 seasons on the same team as teammates.

Number 2 – CC Sabathia, New York Yankees – 24,285,714 Dollars

The highest paid pitcher in the history of baseball is off to a better start than last season (which eventually ended rather well for him and his team), going 3-1 in five starts with the Yankees, playing 2 complete games so far, making it 30 in his career, 5th among active players. Sabathia led the AL in wins last year (19-8) and his 139 career total is 10th among active pitchers.

Number 1 – Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees – 33,000,000 Dollars

A-Rod is off to a slow start, hitting .250 with only 2 home runs so far, but when you make 33 mil a year, taking his estimated career earnings from Baseball to over 250 million dollars and you finally have the World Series title you always coveted, who cares about slow starts? The only thing he has left to achieve, probably, is the Home Runs record, tainted or not, and it’ll be interesting to see how much more he has left in him, at the age of 34. Right now, he’s 585, second among active players and 8th all time, 177 short. If he stays healthy (unlike last season and in 2008) for the whole year, he could reach it in 4-5 seasons.

http://sportige.com/mlb-top-10-contracts/

Top 10 Wii Games of 2010

Okay, seriously, the Wii means more than “inferior port plus waggle” this year.By 1UP Staff

While the Wii has had to contend with the “good first-party and a ton of waggle-enabled shovelware” reputation in the past, it looks like 2010 will help shake said reputation. Besides known first-party superstars like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M, we have some solid third-party games like Epic Mickey and No More Heroes 2 slated to hit shelves in 2010 as well. Heck, even the download-centric Wii gamer has something to look forward to. And not on this list, due purely to “wow, we don’t know much about it,” is the fabled “next Zelda game” that Miyamoto hinted at.

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Dev: Nintendo | Pub: Nintendo

Super Mario Galaxy 2

As Nintendo personnel will happily tell you, Mario Galaxy 2 marks the first time in a long time that they have designed two big Mario games for a single hardware generation, so it’s no surprise that they went the direct sequel route to follow-up one of 2007’s best games. We don’t know a lot about the sequel just yet, but it marks the return of Yoshi and seems to be incorporating a lot of variety into the already varied Galaxy formula, so we’re excited.

Epic Mickey
Dev: Junction Point | Pub: Disney Interactive Studios

Epic Mickey

A Mickey Mouse platformer for the Wii that has a “paint the world to save it” premise that sounds a little bit like Okami? That idea alternates between sounding inspired and concerning. Though, one name has gone a long way to ease our skepticism: Warren Spector. He’s been a producer on such games as ThiefSystem ShockUltima Underworld, and Deus Ex. Now, take that experience of working on action-RPGs with freedom-of-choice mechanics, and apply it to a subject he loves — old-school Disney animation — and suddenly, Epic Mickey sounds like something worth paying attention to.

Metroid: Other M
Dev: Team Ninja | Pub: Nintendo

Metroid: Other M

We anticipate seeing more details on Nintendo’s surprising collaboration with Ninja Gaiden developers soon. We anticipate it very much, in fact! Other M promises to move the 3D Metroid games a step back toward the older games, eschewing the first-person perspective of the Prime trilogy in favor of a third-person action style that apparently blends open 3D action with traditional side-scrolling sequences. And lots of exploration, of course. Hopefully Nintendo’s influence will play up Team Ninja’s strengths (hardcore action) while sidestepping its weaknesses (vague and incomprehensible plots).

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
Dev: Grasshopper Manufacture Studio | Pub: Ubisoft

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

NMH 2 was one of the most anticipated Wii games of last year, but it just barely missed 2009. No big deal, because now that we’ve learned more about the game and even played it for ourselves, we’re confident that waiting for the end of January will be worth it. It looks better than the first NMH, trims some of the weaker parts, but is just as insane as before. Rock out with your beam katana out.

Red Steel 2
Dev: Ubisoft | Pub: Ubisoft

Red Steel 2

Although in name, Red Steel 2 looks to be similar to its predecessor, that is hardly the case. With a new protagonist and its Japanese-Western infused setting, this sequel should be a brand-new experience. Match this with Wii MotionPlus support, and we’re eager to see what kind of gun slinging, sword wielding, bad-ass we’ll be. And there’s promise of various mini-games (one we saw at E3: pick a lock by listening to the Wii Remote’s speaker and slowly tilting it until you hear the “click”) that will take advantage of the Wii Remote’s capabilities. The gameplay is sure to be fun as you unlock new abilities along the way as well.

Monster Hunter Tri
Dev: Capcom | Pub: Capcom

Monster Hunter Tri

If you told us that it’s not unusual to see four young women intensely playMonster Hunter Freedom Unite on their PSPs together in ad hoc mode, we would have called you a filthy liar had we not witness this incident ourselves. Yes, Monster Hunter is immensely popular, and after a series of numerous (but incremental rather than evolutionary) expansions, the Wii is getting the true and proper third Monster Hunter. While the “hunt, kill, skin, make, and hunt more” formula remains intact, this installment adds snazzier graphics (recall that the previous games were on PS2 and PSP), motion controls, and even Wii Speak support for online matches. You can actually talk to someone about skinning lizards together across the Internet on your Wii now!

Sin & Punishment 2
Dev: Treasure | Pub: Nintendo

Sin & Punishment 2

While it’s already made a splash in Japan (we even played it on Game Night), Nintendo is still — as of this writing — mum on a final U.S. release date for Sin & Punishment 2. Perhaps it’s waiting for the right time, but honestly, the sooner, the better: This slick sequel to the N64 classic features intuitive pointer controls, awesome looking stages and boss fights, and simple co-op play that can honestly make it fun for even the most adverse gamer you know.

La Mulana
Dev: Nigoro | Pub: Nicalis

La Mulana

When it debuted as a free game, La Mulana was a deep, exploratory platformer with a difficulty in line with the classic games it was inspired by. Prettied up for Wii-ware, it looks like it’ll be keeping all its charm while gaining SNES-style graphics. Of this particular feature, Jeremy Parishnotes, “while the visuals still feature quite a few placeholders, Nigoro has really gone out of its way to create a gorgeous game. Sprites look faithful to the original version of the game, but now they animate fluidly, and the hero boasts more contextual animations: He stands at an angle on sloped surfaces and reacts differently to damage according to how he’s hurt.” The original is still out there if you’re looking for an early peek.

Tatsunoko Vs Capcom Ultimate All-Stars
Dev: Capcom | Pub: Capcom

Tatsunoko Vs Capcom Ultimate All-Stars

When Capcom announced Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, its latest Versus game starring notables from Capcom and Tatsunoko (a Japanese animation studio) franchises, people weren’t sure if Capcom could even release it outside Japan. Acquiring the character license for several Tatsunoko characters was tricky, to say the least. But Capcom managed the impossible. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom will not only be released outside of Japan, but include several new characters, like Frank West (fromDead Rising) and Mega Man X’s Zero. And just like any Versus game, expect crazy aerial combos that seemingly never end, over-the-top special attacks, and a frenetic pacing in every match.

Endless Ocean 2
Dev: Arika | Pub: Nintendo

Endless Ocean 2

Those with an affinity for the mysteries of the deep should keep an eye out for Endless Ocean 2, which seems to greatly improve upon the unique (if flawed) original. Beyond the more detailed graphics, your exploration now covers a variety of real-world locations instead of just one, with a host of new sea life (and sea landmarks) to seek out and learn about. You can also build your own reef, train your dolphin pal, and get some extra use out of the Wii Speak mic when you dive with a friend online.

 

Top 10 Worst Games Of 2010

2010 was an awesome year for games, Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood are to mention a few but lets just stop for a moment and give a thought to a year that we also got plenty of crap. Here are my top 10 worst games of 2010 that I had the displeasure of playing…

Fighters Uncaged

Now I don’t want to pick on Kinect too much, but there have been several under par titles released on the system. Fighter’s Uncaged takes a prize for one of the worst, it was just plain pants. I refused to accept that the game sucked and borrowed a friends copy. The training went great, a fairly responsive system with a variety of moves and combos. Okay so some moves were pretty poor, like throwing a hand down to do a spinning back fist, but I was really beginning to wonder why there was so much bad press on the game. Then I had my first and last fight – what an awkward, frustrating scrap pile. That game got turned off, placed back in its case and the game history deleted from my tag. My brother is still insistent that he wants a go when he comes over next, best he dig deep in the garbage for it.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1

When I was young you were either a Nintendo boy or a SEGA boy, I was the latter so when I heard that Sonic was returning to his 2D roots I was jumping for joy, that is until I bought and played Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1! What had they done? I was confused, it looked like Sonic and the first level had a very similar look and layout to Sonic, but this wasn’t Sonic. Had he put on weight? Because boy does it take him a while to get going and what in the world has happened to the jumping? How can a platforming game make the jumping mechanic feel so awkward? It got worse, you can now jump into any level at any time! What happened to starting at the beginning and work your way through the whole game, no saves just one playthrough. If you are going to rebrand Sonic as returning to his roots at least return him there and not get half way and give up, in the trash you go.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Ok so form an orderly queue with your pitch forks at the ready. I know I may upset a lot of people by having this title in my list but then it is my list and I apologise to all you gamers who hold this franchise very dear to your hearts. I never got into Castlevania as a kid, it was just one of those franchises that I never picked up and so I jumped at the chance when Harmony of Despair appeared on XBLA. I must have missed something? I found it confusing and unresponsive, I just couldn’t understand why it had such a grand cult following. I did love Castlevania Lords of Shadow but this game belongs in the trash.

Crazy Taxi

My last trashy XBLA game is Crazy Taxi. Some things are best left to memory. We all have fond memories of cartoon shows we used to watch, then when we sit down and watch them the realisation kicks in that actually they weren’t as great as we remember, well Crazy Taxi is just like that. I had fond memories rocking out to Offspring as I thrashed my taxi around but now thanks to the XBLA’s remake that memory is forever tarnished. Unresponsive controls, bland graphics and no Offspring, I did not enjoy my reminisce half as much as I expected to. To the trash pile you go!

Skate 3

Whatever happened to the good old days when skating games were fun? Oh that’s right they kept on plugging it with gimmicks and trying to make it too true to life. Seriously it’s a game and that’s where Skate 3 fell down, bridging a skate sim with a Tony Hawks-esque point scoring system. Skate had a fragmented story, awkward controls and bored me half to death, the fun with skate games stopped at Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 and Skate 3 is happily in my trash pile.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior

 

I actually quiet enjoyed the idea behind this game, however I did not enjoy the execution. It was hard enough seeing through the multiple screen tears in the graphics, trying to piece together a very boring and unoriginal story but the final straw was being shot from miles away by AI with Semi automatic rifles while I, complete with full Ghilly suit,  tucked up in a hedge! This was highly frustrating and if this wasn’t enough, you can forget about trying to sneak about levels because stealth is next to impossible. All the elements of stealth and the funky ‘follow the bullet’ mechanic were shot to pieces by an extremely poor AI system, Sniper, try sneaking your way out my trash pile.

Dark Void

Dark Void, a game that showed so much promise. The videos looked great and the developers spoke offering much promise of a unique third person shooter which would flip perspectives on their head, well it certainly flipped something! To start with I thought this was a great little game, okay so the story was pretty lame but the vertical combat was great and really quite an impressive twist to the third person formula. Its just a real shame that the game became samey using the same bag of tricks over and over, not to mention some of the lamest flight combat and controls I have ever experienced. A shame but in the trash you go!

Alpha Protocol

What’s there not to look forward to in a game promising the three JB’s? (James Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer). Well it seems quite a lot is missing! This game is proof of far too many promises and gimmicks which have ended up being mashed together in an awkward game. There are several great stand out features to AP but they are all destroyed by a control system that will have you screaming and a story so confusing that it makes inception sound like a nursery rhyme. I’ve been told the game opens up and can become very in depth and enjoyable but like many before me this game has been slung in the trash with the rest of them.

Crackdown 2

I, like the rest of you bought Crackdown for pretty much one reason, to get my hands on the Halo 3 beta. What I didn’t count on was getting the added bonus of an awesome game, I loved it. There was so much fun to be had leaping around causing destruction and carnage with my mates online, the gameplay was top notch as well with a good story and plenty to do and see. Crackdown 2 comes along with refined multiplayer and zombie like creatures, what’s there not to love? Well everything! I hated this game, everything that I felt was to love about the first had been lost. Crackdown 2 had a crap storyline and the missions were so incredibly repetitive and dull, but deep down I had hoped that the game would spring to life and what I once knew would be hidden in there somewhere, then it ended and I was left empty. If I didn’t have to return this game it would have certainly ended up in the trash.

Aliens vs Predator

What could go wrong? Aliens, Predators and Marines all bundled up inside a computer game. Surely this should be GOTY material, iconic characters that have awesome films and a huge following. Well on paper it sounds ace then Rebellion Games took a hold of it. Not only did AvP push back and possibly can Aliens: Colonial Marines, but it completely trampled all over the hopes of many gamers that this new game would inject a bit of life into the AvP franchise which had been recently damaged by the terrible films. It played awfully, had no pace to it and the only stand out part was a multiplayer which was fun for about a week and a Marine campaign that was over just as soon as it began, very disappointing and like the films, it should all be trashed and incinerated! – What’s your worst game of 2010? Maybe the empty promises of a certain Mr Molyneux disappointed you such that Fable III was your trash, or Halo: Reach just wasn’t the game you expected. Let us know below.

 

http://www.xboxer360.com/features/top-10-worst-games-of-2010/

 

Today’s Top 10 focuses on some of the brilliantly terrible game controllers that shipped for game systems. Many of these were first-party, out-of-the-box concepts, while others were cash-in ideas from engineers that clearly either didn’t have a sense in their noggin, or they simply listened too much to their marketing department. Either way, these controllers are a bad bunch. 

10. 5200 Controller
Though Nintendo didn’t truly innovate with analog control out of the box, at least the company got it right. Atari’s attempt two decades prior was just unbelievably half-assed – the company created an analog joystick that didn’t even center itself when released, and its engineers used material for its buttons that seemed to deteriorate at room temperature. The games were challenging, but not in a good sense…with this thing, trying to get Pitfall Harry to jump over a gap was just as difficult as trying to stop him from running to the right.

 


 

9. Turbo Touch 360
Dear Control Engineers: Please don’t remove the D-pad on a controller in favor of a touch-sensitive surface. You may try to con fighting gamers into thinking it’ll make smooth circular motions easier, but you may not realize they like to rest their thumb on the pad when idle. Thanks. Your Pal, Craig

 


 

8. U-Force
What looks like a laptop when folded and a Death Star access panel when open is one of the most ridiculous third-party controllers ever conceived. Infra-red beams shot out of this unit’s surface and tried to interpret hand motions as controller movements, but did it work? Know anyone who owned this thing? There you go.

 


 

7. Power Glove
One of the stupidest controllers is also considered one of the most classic simply due to brilliant marketing known as “product placement.” The Wizard, starring Fred Savage, was a 90 minute Nintendo commercial for Mattel’s Power Glove and Super Mario Bros. 3, even so far as using both items in the movie trailer. So even if you didn’t pay your six bucks for a movie ticket, you were still assaulted with the branding. Oh, and you won’t look as cool as this kid when you strap it on, so don’t bother.

 


 

6. TI-99 Joystick
Computers in the 80s weren’t meant for the gaming market, but let’s be realistic: that’s all we really used these things for anyway. Texas Instruments’ TI-99, a computer with an optional disk drive twice as massive, jumped on the gaming market early with a bunch of classic games like…um…M*A*S*H…and, um…some Pac-Man clone… Anyway, you had the choice of controlling these games with either A) the keyboard, or B) one of the crappiest, most unresponsive, piece of junk joysticks ever produced. But hey, there were two of them!

 


 

5. Philips CDi Game Controller
Philips certainly had its heart in the right idea. It just didn’t have the brains. The Philips CD-I was a near dead-on-arrival, straight-to-infomercial multimedia system with a huge focus on games. But with a really retarded set of remote controller designs, from the sluggish and wildly inaccurate analog unit shown here to a digital pad that looks more like a crackpipe than a controller, these guys really knew how to woo the gaming public. But at least the system had Zelda!

 


 

4. Intellivision Disk
Look, we understand that many system designers were shooting in the dark during the early days of videogames. I’m sure that a handheld controller that looked like a touch-tone phone appeared “Space Age Technology,” and the design even preceded the Nintendo D-pad by more than a half-decade…even offering more directional points than an 8-way controller could dream of having. But good luck figuring out if you’re pressing left or just slight up and left. And controller overlays? Work of the devil.

 


 

3. Sega Activator
Didn’t the U-Force teach us that invisible infra-red beams are the absolute worst way of controlling your games? This octagon from Sega promised players who stood in the middle a new way of fighting in titles like Eternal Champion. But it just ended up making 8 year olds look like they were having convulsions.

 


 

2. Xbox Fat
I may be able to palm a bowling ball, but even I couldn’t comfortably or effectively wrap my mitts around Microsoft’s original monstrosity. This gargantuan thing was clearly made for the Rock Biter from The Neverending Story. What a shame the Nothing took him away.

 


 

1. Jaguar Controller
Maybe Atari was doomed even before the Jaguar was ever conceived, but their idea of a controller definitely didn’t help. Not only did the company bring back the unnecessary phone keypad-with-overlays theme of the early 80s, Atari also created a three action button device in a world of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, a genre that the company was trying to woo over to its 64-bit system. On top of this, the company utilized a VGA plug for its controller ports, and the controller plugs simply fell out if a mouse farted somewhere in the house.

 

Honorable Mention: Spider-Man Plug ‘n Play
Look at it. Just look at it.