Hello everybody! My name is Vince Batten, but on the interwebs I am more commonly known as Bilbo Batten. I’ve been a huge nerd since the day my brain could grasp arts and media. My mission here is to give you some personal insight on some new and old gaming and nerd culture material that interest me, and may interest you as well.
I grew up playing video games since I was about three years old. My first memories were playing Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis, back in the early nineties, with my sister. I soon started playing other games on other consoles as well. If you name the console, chances are I still have it, and I still play it. I fancy myself as a vintage video game collector. I will always enjoy a Nintendo system, and that hasn’t changed as of late. The Wii U is a fantastic system, and I hope that Nintendo really runs with what they have. It is a strange console with lots of features, but it always gives me a fun experience and the hardware is actually good. I won’t gush about that too much yet though. I love all genres from JRPG’s to puzzle games. I will talk a lot about my all time favorites, and also the new games I am looking forward to.
Video Gaming is not my only love, though, I am also a huge cinephile. I’ve always loved going to the movies. The whole experience is just truly amazing. You wouldn’t necessarily believe it right off the bat, but you are in a huge room with people who share similar interests as you, seeing as you all came to see the same movie, getting ready to see a new movie on the biggest screen you can view it on. I love classics and I will always go for those Indie hits. The Independently created movies from small publishers are always great because those film makers and actors are not constrained by what they are told needs to be a part of the movie. It’s true art at it’s finest. I won’t lie, though, I do enjoy a good summer blockbuster as well.
Speaking of summer block busters, the best ones tend to be comic book related ones. This isn’t always true, I’m looking at you Iron Man sequels, but most of the times now a days the directors like to stay true to the comic book material rather than throwing the character into some random story line. The story feels right, and the character doesn’t seem like a fish out of water. I grew up reading comic books a lot, both eastern and western, and it is nice to see mainstream media pick up the subject matter and make descent material with it. Edgar Wright, Joss Wedon, Zac Snyder, and Christopher Nolan you keep doing your thing!
Anime and manga are something I also plan to talk about a great deal. I have always been a fan of eastern media since I first watched Dragon Ball as a kid. Toonami was amazing in the nineties. Once Shonen Jump made it’s way to the states, I immediately jumped at the chance to subscribe. Once I was older, and I saw movies like Akira and Ghost in the Shell I started to segue into more mature content in manga and anime. It is awesome that there is enough older audiences who enjoy animation and want to see mature content in that format. Not everything mature has to be filmed in live action. Japan understands that more than the U.S.
I follow science a lot as well. So I will most likely be talking a fair amount as well. I guess it wouldn’t be a nerd culture blog if I didn’t add actual nerdy content in it. I guess I have always been more of a geek than a nerd, but I do enjoy science so I guess that qualifies me enough, lol. If you haven’t watched the new Cosmos with Seth Macfarlane and Neil Degrasse Tyson then you should definitely do so.
So that is a little bit of info on my interests and what I plan to talk about in this blog. I am a regular host on the Evil Council Podcast as well. We plan to start up a full website soon. Please stay tuned, and give us feedback there as well.