AT4W: Big Bang Presents #3: Protoplasman

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87 Comments on "AT4W: Big Bang Presents #3: Protoplasman"

RockmanX3
Guest

Wow, that clip of the AVGN punching you brings back memories of the first year Brawl… Good times.

I hope your video game review is Comix Zone for the Sega Genesis!

coredumperror
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Oh man, I loved that game! And there’s a version of it available from PSN for the PS3. I’d forgotten how hard that game was, and got my ass kicked a LOT. It is very much a game designed with quarter-spamming in mind, though it IS beatable, once you’ve pretty much memorized the entire thing.

Talvrae
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He pretty much showed the game he will review with a big poster
it’s PC 2004 cult game vampire the Mascarade Bloodline. Excellent game even if it was released unfinished, and never really was finished because the developper closed doors. But fan have been patching up and modding it up for the past 10 years

SkyExplosion
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I think you mean Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines the third and final game in the series.
Mmm Jeanette

Mascarade is a board game

Talvrae
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I did say vampire the mascarade bloodline, and Mascarade is a tabletop rpg, not a board game

Drahauk
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Masquerade is the tabletop RPG

Mascarade is the board game

If you’ve played the RPG you should know how it’s spelled.

SpeedyEric
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1:00- Probably because no one has ask to do a crossover review with you on Legends of the Super Heroes. You should do that with either Film Brain, Nash, or both. It’s a good thing that the characters of Big Bang comics are an homage to the golden and silver age superheroes and not a direct rip off like a lot of Rob Liefeld’s abominations. When I picture someone called “The Human Water Balloon,” I imagine a really fat guy that’s been drinking too much water. At least Protoplasman isn’t called “The Human Centipede,” thank Christ. 6:50- Also, the missile… Read more »
EpicJason
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so, you are willing to review a lesser known comic, but doing a Killer Instinct comic book review is too much? you know Linkara, I’m willing to do an extensive amount of research and send you videos, music, sound effects, even the comic books themselves as long as you A) agree to do the review and B) give me the credit for doing all of the work. I’m willing to track down all of the comics books from the Acclaim release and send them to you along with any videos and/or music you may need as well as detailed information… Read more »
Grinch
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Do the review yourself. Be a man!

EpicJason
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doing a review has nothing to do with my manhood, Grinch. besides, why should I do what everybody else has done? we don’t need any more “new” reviewers since A) this site already has far too many and B) there would be nothing new or original to bring to the table without some internet jerk saying that I’m ripping off someone else. it’s not worth it. instead of trying to be like everyone else, I’m willing to do the extra work just so he can review it. it’s more than any of his fans can offer, and all I’m asking… Read more »
steely111
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Very, very few people, percentage-wise, actually produce content on the internet. The vast majority consumes. I don’t think less of anyone for not producing content, but to say that you’re somehow going against the grain for not producing content is kinda, well, disingenuous. Also, the pure variety of different critics is a good thing. Do you like the deadpan sarcasm of Cinema Snob? The over-the-top rants of Nostalgia Critic? Kinda wish we still had someone like JesuOtaku, who would calmly explain the series with discretion on the use of comedy. More critics, artists, etc… leads to more choices. And that’s… Read more »
ThatOtherZ
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I’m surprised DC didn’t sue image for using a character uncomfortably similar to Plastic Man. Maybe he was parody of Plas & couldn’t get sued.

Dethhollow
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But he’s not Plastic, he’s PROTOPLASM! You know, that totally real substance that was in no way, shape, or form, made up as a cheap excuse to have a Plastic Man made of something that is not what Plastic Man is probably made out of.

cdrood
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I’m going with parody. Really, what the character is made of is irrelevant. The goggles and overall look have Plastic Man written all over them.

happymel
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At first glance, I thought this was a comic book about the show Big Bang Theory. Haha. Well, Linkara some people don’t know that the term “Oriental” is racist. Also, is it just my computer or was a sentence in the second story skipped?

Ikrani
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Holy crap, man, this comic’s letting you use ALL the memes!

Next week you need to find a way to work in M. Bison’s “Instead you found a god” line.

The MegaNerd
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Linkara knows Hellsing!?!?!?!?
The Increible Melting Man was remade, it was called The Fly.
Are…are the siamese twin sisters a reference to Daisy and Violet Hilton? What with one of them being married?
That’s…an odd little reference.
(hears episode theme) Another Weird Al polka? Dear God man you use a lot of those!

All in all solid episode Linkara and I can’t wait to see what the upcoming weeks hold.

DangerousLoki
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I am surprised that you didn’t mention the name change between stories He introduces himself as Jake Castle. But it becomes Jake Knight in the second story.

Dethhollow
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Something tells me Protoplasman isn’t exactly mentally sane after gaining his powers… Also, Protoplasman sounds like a missing Megaman Robot Master that would be weak to the generic water weapon of the game he’s in.

JBONE30
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It’s not racist. He wasn’t describing a person but a symbol. It’s like saying an Oriental rug or an Oriental lithograph.

Falconfly
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Still, it’s kind of iffy. Eastern asian cultures aren’t an interchangeable monolith; tibetans don’t usually use taijitus, for example.

Daichek
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Seems like a lot of fun to read. And I agree with Dethhollow it does sound like a Megaman boss.
Is “Oriental” really racist? Or is it the way it was used?
Because in France it’s definitely not racist, I mean there is Oriental restaurant, Oriental convenient store, etc..
But there is a quite racist way to call an Oriental person here, but that is not it.
Also Yin and Yang are oriental? They look Asian to me.
But perhaps, I am racist by saying that? I don’t know….
Still good review.

Falconfly
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It’s racist, albeit in the subtle, unintentional kind of way. It implies all asian cultures are the same, which is obviously not the case. Case in point, the taijitu is a Taoist symbol, while tibetans are predominantly Buddhist. Goes further and implies that both are the same, since they’re resorting to generic asian mysticism.

Duker
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…wouldn’t calling something “asian” be just as bad then? Heck, ANY word that could refer to more than one country would be by that logic. Oh why stop there? Let’s make every word that doesn’t apply equally to every single person racist as well!
*facepalm*

Falconfly
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I love how you’re forced to resort to false equivalencies. “Asian” is a vrnacular descriptor that is accurate (Asia is a continent), while “orient” A) is a loaded word, and B) isn’t even accurate (there is no objective “orient” on a round world).

But by all means keep that arrogant attitude. Sells well he idea that anti-sjws are willingly ignorant morons.

Daichek
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I’m sorry if i offended you or even peoples, i don’t think i was being arrogant and if i was I’m sorry again.
I just think we are now past the all racist thing here.
Some are Hardcore racist but for most of us we really don’t care.
We are different sure, we call each other names that more or less works with either the ethnicity or the roots but we don’t care, we are with each other and that’s all.
So again, I’m sorry.

DinkleBerg
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“Sells well the idea that anti-sjws are willingly ignorant morons”. That embodies racism , let’s just change a word in there . Sells well the idea that black people are willingly ignorant morons . You can’t put down any group of people because of anything because in those groups are individuals . That’s what racism is not words it’s the emotions behind the words . We are all earthlings and we should be on each others side not splitting into teams and basically yelling Cowboys suck .

Lariosaurus
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As I see it “oriental” is offensive in the same way calling a black person “negro” or “colored” is. It’s not so much that the word it’s self is inherently racist (negro just means black and “person of color” is politically correct) but that it was the common word used in an older more racist time. So it is now associated in peoples minds with racism. Saying oriental feels racist because it makes us think of that old racist man who keeps yelling “’bout dem orientals”. (feel free to correct me on any of this.) I don’t think that makes… Read more »
TragicGuineaPig
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Hey Linkara! Thanks 1,000,000 for that Blip link. I’m one of those types who sometimes has trouble watching the new player. It worked fine just now, though, so maybe it’s improving, but still.

polterghost
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Huh, I didnt knew that phrase “siamese twins” is not used anymore since everybody still uses it.

lobsterzoidberg
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I love seeing stuff like this pop up here.

MountCDOSgamer
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I just had a look at a blog on the Big Bang Comics website about the original Youngblood, and Rob Liefeld’s artwork is kinda passable. The shading lines are less chaotic, the muscles are huge but not too huge, not everybody is gritting or brooding, and there’s not a pouch in site. Mind you, there is still signs of Liefeldism, such as women having ridiculously long limbs and costume designs that are rip-offs of better character, and one character called “Berz” does have some of Liefeld’s tropes absent on the other characters.

sunnyl
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Why was he eating a book?

mask-and-mirror
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People probably request obscure things because they are hoping to find something you wouldn’t already be reviewing, making their vote more important.

Talvrae
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Vampire the Mascarade Bloodline is AWESOME!!!

Talvrae
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Trought reply to myself because no edit

Linkara don,t forget to install the fan patch, otherwise the game is unplayable

silja
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How is it racist to say “oriental”?? O_o… I don’t get it…
Is it wrong to point out that something is from the East now?
Damn that political correctness.

Falconfly
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I love ignoramuses who don’t bother to research as to why it’s considered offensive. Almost like bigots are willingly ignorant or something.

Undertaker91
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then how about you explain it instead of flaming them for being ignorant?

Falconfly
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If you can’t be bothered to research something utterly universal, you deserve to be mocked for it.

Big Orange
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Wow, haven’t you got a chip on your shoulder. While I can concede that the general depiction of the conjoined E Asian twins is a bit uncomfortable, perhaps a piss take of the more racist undertones of pulp comics before the 1970s, and the term “Siamese Twin” is a legitimate slur, however the term “Oriental” just seems more anachronistic rather than offensive in of itself (even if it often applied to places as close and arguably European as Turkey). And I’m well aware about the many different cultures in East Asia, but should I be gravely offended by the term… Read more »
Falconfly
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There is such a thing as a false equivalency, you know. “The Orient” has been an historical concept used to dehumanise other people, while even xenophobic asian cultures don’t consider the west to be an exotic “other”.

You could argue that it was a period piece sort of thing, if not for the extremely-in-poor-taste “oriental bell” thing.

Moviemantweeter1999
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Went to blip and watched it instead. Good review,haven’t watched your show since the ROM retrospective part one(I’ll go back and watched the ones I missed another time). I really loved the voice impression of Dr.count and hope you do another one of these comics. But why did they cut him off is he dead or something.

But please can you not do a video game review it was a disaster when the old nostalgia critic did it let’s hope the same thing doesn’t happen to you.

ThunderDave
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Nice review. Also why does the Janitor’s have a utility belt? The kind Batman would wear.

TheXell
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Wait. Since when is “Oriental” is racist?

Falconfly
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Since forever. “Oriental” is a loaded term meant to lump all asian cultures into an exotic “other”.

Big Orange
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Well there is always an “other”, that is how cultures and human social groupings work, FFS! Even if “Oriental” was banded about in more paranoid, ignorant times. Should I be worried if English-Welsh me gets lumped in with French, Spanish, and German by a non-European?!

Falconfly
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Two wrongs don’t make a right, you know. And no, tolerance and respect for other people are learned qualities, not “how cultures and social groupins work”.

Falconfly
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*as in, the concept of an “other” is not inherent.

Big Orange
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“Oriental” is not deemed disrespectful as such in the context of the UK language (unlike in North America) and just a more old fashioned, more specific way to differ East Asians from South Asians. Context and association is key (Oriental in the context of North America is more connected to objects and more offensive if connected to people).

“Retard” in of itself just means to “hold back”, but deemed more inappropriate and offensive nowadays.

BriCord90
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I know Linkara was talking about the old SciFi movie The Incredible Melting Man, but when he said it, I couldn’t help but think of Action League Now, Meltman with the power to…….melt!

SkyExplosion
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I’m confused why they made him Jack The Ripper, Jack The Rippers crimes don’t seem very vampirey.

ladydiskette
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Exactly, given the description of how he murdered the prostitutes, I would no sooner say that it would be more akin to a werewolf being Jack The Ripper than a vampire.

Warp
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I honestly can’t understand what’s wrong with the word “oriental”.

Falconfly
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It’s a term meant to lump all asian cultures into an exotic “other”.

painocus
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Not any more than “eastern” or “Asian”. You (and I assume Linkara) are confusing it with the trend of Orientalism, but doing so is like saying that using the word “race” means that one supports racism. On it’s own the word Oriental is just an anarchic way of referring to a (vaguely defined, but usually synonymous with the Asian continent) easternmost part of the Eurasian landmass.

Also some Buddhist do use the Taijitu (mainly in Chinese folk-Buddhism) because religion and culture are not sterile, separate boxes with no overlap, but rather organically changing entities that influence each-other.

RozMosis
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OMG! A Discworld reference in a Linkara vid! I’m so happy! I love seeing that Terry Pratchett’s work lives on.

Big Orange
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Yes, I thought that was an appropriate tribute to recently deceased Sir Terry Pratchett.

Loki Duck
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So the good news is you didn’t mispronounce Taijitu incorrectly 8D Bad news you mispronounced Yang XD as the A is prounced with a Ahhhh sound. But otherwise you were fine. Despite the use of Oriental, This comic didn’t do that bad of a job actually. I mean the actually meaning they used of the Taijitu while vague and very basic was a A LOT more accurate than what others thing it is. I mean I once saw a commercial say “Be the Yang (pronounced incorrectly) to his Yin”… Which Yin is supposed to be the feminine side while Yang… Read more »
animedude1287
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Does anyone else think Protoplasman looks like Conan O’brien?

Moviemantweeter1999
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Um I can see a bit of Conan in him but he looks more like a character I know from a show with uncle in the title.

Undertaker91
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dont tell me, Uncle Grandpa?

Moviemantweeter1999
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Of course

FunkyM
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Good stuff. Here’s to good days and great (if slightly problematic) comics! 🙂

Unknown256
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Lord Vyce is watching you. We are watching you.

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