Games: Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Super Smash Brothers Brawl! The pinnacle of wii games! One of the top ever! The BEST!

Spirituality: Huh? This is a fighting game. The story mode in Subspace Emissary is pretty much the only thing that could contain spiritual content, but it doesn’t. 😛

Sex: Quite complicatedly, this game is only as sexualized as you make it. What I mean by that is there’s a in-game camera that lets you survey the battlefield and scope out everything from every angle while the game is paused.  The obvious downside to this is that you can see characters from every angle, like the camera intended. But as long as it isn’t used incorrectly, your great power will carry its responsibility well. There is one curvy character boasting a skintight suit, but you can simply choose not to play as that character, and she won’t appear in battles.

Language: No language here! I don’t think there’s even any euphemisms….

Drugs/Drinking: None of that! I think there might be a few food items you can quaff and munch during fights, but they only consist of things like grapes, ice cream, root beer and…stuff like that! (honestly, there’s dozens of food items, but you can’t really see them unless you use the camera…)

Violence:
Kapow! Fwoosh! Fwip! Flames fly, punches land, and swords clash! This game is all about fighting, and loves it! I thoroughly enjoy it because the violence is realistic enough to not be ridiculous, and non-realistic enough for it to be appropriate for my 6-year-old brother. It’s actually very difficult to explain, so I’ll just post a video. Suffice to say, there’s exploding and punching and slashing smacking, but no character actually physically shows damage. They get knocked over, flash a few times, then get up again. Here’s the official trailer for the game, so everything you see here will be included in the game.

Misc. other harmful elements:
Mild crude humor elements are involved, although they aren’t necessary. It mostly involves the character Wario, resulting in gassy expulsions of….gas. -_____- Yeah. Parents might not like the fact that you can play online, but believe me, it’s much much safer with nintendo than any other system. The only contact the player will have with other players if they choose to play online with them is seeing which character they choose. All the matching of opponents online is done randomly, however, and unless you’ve exchanged your in-game 12 digit friend code with another Brawler, then there’s no way you can be sure of fighting them again. If you exchange friend codes with another person, then you can see their online names and their custom taunts they can make out of text. But otherwise, no real contact. If you can get their friend code, it’s probably okay to brawl them. If you need any more reassurance or have questions about Wi-Fi play, go ahead and ask me! I won’t mind!

Good elements:
There isn’t any speaking in the Subspace Emissary (the story backbone of the game) but such elements like heroism, sacrifice, and AWESOME are displayed. Here’s some awesome:

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Rating:
5/5
Clean fun? Yes please. Multiplayer? Yes please. Tons of unlockables that last nearly two years? On one disc? How much IS this game!? Well, when it first came out, it was $50. Now the prices have dropped to a reasonable price for how consistently it works to around $25 to $40. The game is incredible, and a blast to pick up and play. I’ve been playing it since 2008, so I’ve been brawling for 5 years…O_O but anyhoo, it’s for any type of gamer, young or old. Dad and Mom, sister and brother, there’s a little bit in it for everyone. I highly recommend you buy it for any kid looking for a good game 8 years and up.

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Movies: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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IT’S HERE! I’ve waited nearly 4 years for this film, and I have high expectations. I’m a die-hard LotR fan, so I know quite a bit about what there is to know. This review should be pretty exciting….I hope. Thanks for reading, Michelle. And all other readers! Leave a comment if you want!

Spirituality:
The movie doesn’t really have any overbearing spiritual elements or tones, excepting the mention of the Necromancer, which I will mention later.

Sex:
This is Tolkien, people! Not even a trace from this Catholic-inspired work.

Language:
Crude jokes aside, there really aren’t any obscenities offensive to american audiences. Bifur mentions that croquet is a good game…with which he makes a crude joke. XP And Ori boasts, using crude british slang for backside to explain how he’ll beat Smaug the dragon.

Drugs/Drinking:
Drinking! And tons of it! This is a world where ale is a man’s best friend. The Dwarves guzzle numerous tankards of all sorts of wine, beer and ale at Bilbo’s house, but once they leave, simple provisions are all they get. Saruman does mention Radagast’s mind being addled by mushrooms, but any fool can see he means literal mushrooms

Violence:
Wow. Tons…orc heads are decapitated, people are slashed, smashed, banged and bruised. One particularly nasty scene involves an orc decapitating a dwarf (off camera), then holding up his head and tossing it. Then Thorin lops off his arm, squirting blood. We see him later with a spiked prosthetic through his stumped arm. Gandalf slices the Great Goblin’s stomach. (OUCH) And Thorin is smashed in the face with a mallet/hammer/mace. I would rate the violence up there with LotR, and some of the facial makeup is actually way better…scrapes, cuts, bruises…Definitely not for under 13…

Misc. other harmful elements:
The Necromancer. I won’t go extensively into this, but there are things that are not biblically correct. Strictly speaking, they used a taboo word. Namely, Radagast says WITCHCRAFT. That kinda freaked me out a little bit when he said it, because never before had I heard that in a LotR movie. Dispute it or not, I happen to think magic doesn’t exist in the books…I’m not quite sure about the movies, but they seem to be sticking to the same basic principles. I will eventually post something on my extensive views on magic, but for right now, just know that Radagast uses elvish which has power in itself in Middle Earth to draw some sort of dark power out of a hedgehog and heal it. Gandalf’s staff and such has magical seeming raiments and abilities, and there are a few enchanted blades.

Decent elements:So many decent elements! Heroism is displayed everywhere! Each dwarf, wizard, or hobbit eventually stands up courageously to defend themselves and their friends or even be willing to sacrifice their lives in order to help their friends. I love all of them. They’re awesome. So many valuable lessons are spoken, I can’t even list them all. But the themes contained include mercy, courage, fellowship, and loyalty.

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Rating: 5/5
This is one of the best films I’ve ever watched. I don’t say that just because I’m a big fan, (just) but also because I was sincerely wowed by the awesomeness of the film. Definitely 13 and up, though, as the violence is not for the kiddos. Laters!