Apologies, Reflection, & Changes – Editor in Chief Message for January 2019

Besides welcoming you into the new year of 2019, I honestly don’t know how to begin this Editor in Chief message. It’s been awhile since I’ve written on of these and it was tough to keep in track of these and other articles because of laziness, lack of push, among the usual “life” duties (Family/Friends, School, Other Jobs). In short, all I’m trying to tell you is that I’ve failed you and I’m sorry. If you’re reading this and you’ve been following us since the very beginning of the company, the start of the website, the day we’ve turned into Twitch Affiliate, or the five-year anniversary of Teh Lunchbox Publications, thank you for your continuous love and support.

During my absence from writing articles, I studied and took a step back to reflect upon the company. I asked myself one question, “What makes us Teh Lunchbox Publications?”. After some thought and breaking down what creates this company, I came up with three words: “Informative. Variety. Entertaining.” The first word, Informative, means we provide you the latest information and news on video games, movies, television, comic books, manga, and other types of pop culture. We want to be the first website you visit, bookmark, subscribe, and follow to keep you in the know. The second word, Variety, is self-explained as this company currently has a variety of staff that covers the different types of entertainment and pop culture media. Don’t get me started on our Twitch channel, as it’s filled with variety as some of the staff and I play and host different types of games. The final word is Entertaining. The company is filled with unique personalities and views showing them in various content we provide for you all.

With the company five years in, a lot of changes and improvements are in the works right now. Stay tuned for surprises and announcements from us in the days to come. Thank you all for reading, enjoy this month of articles and content from Teh Lunchbox Publications!

Atari Me.jpeg– Greg “TehR3M1X” M.

Founder/CEO/Editor-in-Chief

The Pros and Cons of 2018

With the year winding down and just a few weeks left (still plenty of time for more surprises to be fair) let’s look at some of the notable events that occurred this year.


Gaming

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Pros:

Red Dead Redemption 2: A world that not only meets the status quo of Rockstar, but exceeds it with the amount of detail, depth of story, and seemingly endless hours of game play (with online still on the way).

Synchronizing online play: Despite some disputes on how it will all work, there has been a rise in cross-platform online play. While Fortnite is currently the only game to work across all platforms, Rocket League, Minecraft, and Hover are examples of games that play with more than the platform you may own them on.

With Microsoft supporting purchases across PC and Xbox with their play anywhere initiative, it looks to be a positive future regardless of your platform of choice.

SSBU: Possibly the final entry in the series (at least with Masahiro Sakari at the helm), this game delivers every single good thing you’ve experienced in a Smash Bros game and then some.  Touting an epic proportioned story mode and the largest cast of fighters yet, this is a must grab for any Switch owner out there.

Spider-Man: Although this is only for the PS4, when a Spider-man game is good, it’s great! Everything you could hope for in a sandbox superhero game and a bit more.

Cons:

Tell Tale: The company hit it big years ago with their Walking Dead series and came out with some promising titles after including their takes on Minecraft, Batman, and Game of Thrones. However, their lack of game play variation and poor management saw a very ugly end to the company.

Fall Out 76: This game was either going to be a hit or a miss.  Unfortunately, the launch was a huge miss.  Between the messy BETA, the amount of glitches, and the over reliance of multiplayer to compensate for the lack of story and NPC’s, the launch has been messy to say the least. It’s now lead many players to wait until Bethesda can provide more incentive to dive into their new Fall Out experiment.


Music

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Pros:

Honestly, this has been a great year for music in this writer’s opinion.  With releases like Kid Cudi’s Kids See Ghost,Anderson Paak’s Oxnard, Pusha T’s Daytona, Idles Joy as an Act of Resistance, Portal’s Ion, Sophie’s Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, Kanye’s Ye, and Brockhampton’s Iridescence to name a few album titles there was really at least two albums in most genres this year that were great to amazing to listen to.

Cons:

The cons aren’t long in length, aside from some inflated drama with celebrities, the biggest hits came in those who passed in 2018.  One of the most tragic losses being that of Mac Miller who passed away due to an accidental overdose. Mac Miller’s untimely passing was felt by many, and his positive influence on the world will be missed even by those who never got the chance to meet him.


Cinema and Showtime

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Pros:

Marvel, hands down the current king on the super hero genre and Infinity War was a true epic to everything that had come before, with more to come this next year.  Worth catching in the theaters and a fresh take on the whole Avengers formula.

Broly is coming, again.  With the mixed success of Dragon Ball Super, a new movie is on its way and while it has yet to hit, the impact of the trailers alone is palpable and is promising an anime movie release to rival that of the Pokémon franchise.

Whether it’s via broadcast or streaming service, television shows may be at its peak right now.  The only real problem is there may be too much worthwhile content.  It’s hard to keep up with things on Netflix, Hulu, and network shows from Fox, NBC, Showtime and so on.

With a controversial split between Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy’s director James Gunn, Warner Bros. wasted no time in penning Gunn as the new director of the sequel to Suicide Squad. One of the silver linings of the fall out is the sequel to one of DC’s bigger disappointments is getting a promising upgrade in direction.

Cons:

Marvel is also on the con side of things.  The whole franchise is huge and has plans to keep growing, but the burn out can be felt by some casual movie goers and fans alike.

To bookend the Marvel expansion issue, is the seeming end of the Netflix Marvel universe with the end of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil, all announced this year.  It’s not too surprising considering Disney is now going forward with their own streaming service, but is still a blow to those that enjoyed what some of these series offered on the service.

YouTube may not be considered a television or movie source (at least not legally), but it is becoming harder for new content creators to be interested in coming to the site. YouTube’s ability to pay its creators has been coming under repeated scrutiny over the past few years it does not seem to be heading for a positive resolution, especially with the EU’s Article 13 (see more here). There is some worry about any appeal to this platform’s future.


Conclusion

All in all it has been an eventful year yet again in all types of ways. We had so much to be thankful for with new groud breaking in all areas of pop culture. The bad always comes with the good and it can only be taken in stride as we continue to see and enjoy the  innovation in what we as consumers enjoy so much. We can only hope for more of the good (without more of the bad) as 2019 quickly approaches. So lets say a so long to 2018 and embrace the new year with open arms.

Embrace the New Year and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for the latest news @tehlunchboxpub!

New Pokémon Confirmed: Meltan!

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Nintendo was proud to announce a new mythical Pokémon by the name of Meltan. According to what they have released so far, it is a Steel-type, Hex-Nut Pokémon with the height of eight inches and weight of 17.6 pounds.

“Most of Meltan’s body is made from liquid metal, and its shape is very fluid. It can use its liquid arms and legs to corrode metal and absorb it into its own body.

Meltan generates electricity using the metal it absorbs from outside sources. It uses this electricity as an energy source and also as an attack that can be fired from its eye.

Clearly a curious Pokémon, Meltan is very expressive and shows an interest in all kinds of things.”

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! | Meltan

I’m excited to see what else Pokémon has in store for us! If you liked what you read, feel free to follow us on @TehLunchboxPub!

Pokémon Go’s Strange New Visitor

I’ve got to admit, I haven’t been playing Pokémon Go as much as a Pokémon fanatic should considering the pending Pokémon Let’s Go: Eevee!/Pikachu! to be released in November 16, 2018, but imagine my surprise when I open up the app to be greeted by these nut-shaped creatures.

At first I thought this Pokémon was a Unown, but after a few minutes of squinting and inquiring my friend about this critter, we came to the conclusion that this was possibly a new Pokémon? Perhaps Nintendo is laying breadcrumbs for their fans to follow. Even Global Marketing Lead for Pokémon Go, Kento Suga, posted a picture of the new creature with the caption “???”

Hopefully this mysterious Pokémon will be explained soon. If you liked what you read, feel free to follow us on @TehLunchboxPub!

Vengeance Realized

God of War picks up right were the last one left off; there is no time to breathe as you ride upon the shoulders of Gaia and her titian army while marching towards the base of Olympus. Zeus and his brothers are in disarray, not fully understanding the depth of the danger they are in, or the magnitude of the monster Zeus had created.   “The hands of Death could not defeat him, the sisters of Fate could not hold him, he will have his revenge!”

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“Gotta catch ’em all!” Happy 20th Anniversary Pokèmon!

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In 1996, a studio known as Game Freak released a brand new gaming franchise in Japan. Known as Pocket Monsters, players were given a task to travel around the Kanto Region, catch all 150 species of monsters, and become a master. Since the release, it’s become a worldwide phenomenon by bringing in countless games, an anime series, trading card game, and many more.

By celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary, Teh Lunchbox will provide personal articles, videos, and art on how they were introduced to the series. Keep it here as this article will update this week!

Click on their chibi to see their personal article, video, or art!

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Pika Pika? My Pokèmon Story & Celebrating 20 Years Of Pokèmon

Around when I was seven and when a famous magazine was still being published called Nintendo Power, I was receiving three promotional VHS tapes of upcoming games soon to be released. One of them was Banjo & Kazooie and the other was Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo 64, but then a third tape arrived labeled *pause for dramatic effect*…Pokèmon.

I remember watching the video with my two sisters, as we see B-grade actors and actresses talk about how they’re related to Ash Ketchum (the main protagonist in the Pokèmon Anime series) and how the video games are coming to the United States. On my eighth Birthday, the only thing my age could ask for was some NERF Guns, Power Ranger action figures, and a couple of other video games. For me, I only wanted one game in general. Surprisingly, my cousins bought me my first copy of Pokèmon Red Version.

Immediately I was hooked with the opening scene of a Ninorino fighting a Gengar. Countless hours of not sleeping till 12, wasting four double A batteries, and staying away from my Nintendo 64. I faced through countless Geodudes and Zubats, took money from Youngster trainers, picked between either throwing a rock or some bait to catch a Pokèmon, and finally got the chance to play against the Elite Four.

The Pokèmon craze was everywhere I go. At school, friends and classmates were either talking about what there progress in the game is or talking about how having a link cable can help you evolve some certain Pokèmon. Not to also forget a certain glitch to gain you an infinite number of Rare Candies and Master Balls.

I am happy to say that I’m still a fan of the series to this day. Either I pick up my Game Boy Color and scrimmage to find my Red Version down in my basement or I simply wait until all three versions of the game come to the virtual console for my new Nintendo 3DS XL. Whatever decision I make, I will relive my childhood by catching them all, one pokèball at a time.

Happy 20th Anniversary Pokèmon!

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Grayson M. with an Ancient Mew Card

A Merc With A Mouth + Zombies + Ninjas = Love! – Editor in Chief Message for February 2016

Love is what makes someone happy to be noticed and cared for by others. It can also be given in a form of imagination.

When someone creates something, whether it’s a video game, film, television show, comic, manga, a story, or a simple piece of art, that person is creating something for someone to admire it. To have that ability and share that passion to the entire world without the consent of selfishness is going to be shown this entire month, especially with these releases.

For gaming, unleash your inner shinobi in Naruto Shippûden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, take part in the Wyoming wilderness as you solve a mystery in Firewatch, relive the adventures of Kat and find her memories in Gravity Rush: Remastered, solve puzzles as you get to the other side in Unravel, face the dangers of the stone age in Far Cry Primal, and choose your side in Fire Emblem Fate or Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2!

Television has us glued to the seats with returning shows such as Vikings and Better Call Saul. This month has premieres such as American Crime Story, Animals, and 11.22.63.

See some movies this month such as the pancake loving, foul mouthed, anti-hero Deadpool, watch how being chivalry can turn you into a zombie killer in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, follow the mess a fixer must clean up with the help of some fellow actors and actresses in Hail, Ceasar!, and see how a model can save the world again in Zoolander 2.

Me and entire staff are not only excited for this month of entertainment but were are also preparing for second convention coverage at Katsucon 2016! Hope we all see you there!

From me and staff here at Teh Lunchbox Publications, please enjoy another lovely and exciting month and to always keep it here for all your news and information on the entertainment world!

Cheers!

Me Chibi!

-Grayson M.

Editor in Chief

New Year, Fresh Start – Editor in Chief Message of January 2016

It feels as if 2015 was yesterday.

2015 was filled with amazing entertainment in gaming, television, movies, music, anime, and cartoons. Each and every one of us here in the company have enjoyed 2015, so stay tuned for our top ten and what we expect to see this year for 2016.

It’s going to be a slow start for gaming, but we do have highly anticipated remakes such as Amplitude, Resident Evil Zero HD, and A Boy and his Blob. We also save the world again, although in LEGO form in Lego Marvel’s The Avengers and two worlds collide for one fun adventure in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

Star Wars-ed out yet? Not to worry. In movies, we have third installment of the Kung Fu Panda series with Kung Fu Panda 3, strap in for a story of revenge in The Revenant, and see how six survive an attack in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi.

Mid-season premieres start off with DC’s Arrow and DC’s The Flash this month. With the return of those two shows, expect the premiere of Legends of Tomorrow! We also have the return of Marvel’s Agent Carter and the most anticipated return of Fox’s highly praised show, The X-Files.

We are already preparing ourselves our first press coverage event on Katsucon 2016 next month at National Harbor and we are improving our website. We appreciate your patience and thank you for your support.

Be sure to keep up with us by bookmarking our website, tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com and LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch!

Cheers to you, your family, and your friends here as we bring in the new year.

Me Chibi!– Grayson M.

Editor in Chief

Bumps, Scares, Spooks…and Midterms? – Editor In Chief Message for October 2015

October. The month where the cold starts kicking in, the middle of the semester where two to three paged papers are due on the same night, scares are kicking in for Halloween…and the usual pumpkin flavored everything hitting store shelves and restaurants.

This month is getting me and everyone ready here at Teh Lunchbox Publications and do we have a LOT to cover.

October’s gaming releases have us ready for HUGE titles. Rock on with yourself or your family and friends in Rock Band 4, relive the adventure before the final and forth installment in Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, a series from Japan hits the states in Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below, play in front of a huge crowd in Guitar Hero Live, wake up the working class in Victorian London in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and hunt down the best of Spartans in Halo 5: Guardians.

Movies have thrillers, dramas, and scares such as The Martian, Goosebumps, Crimson Peak, Bridge of Spies, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Jem and the Holograms, The Last Witch Hunter, and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

Television has us tuning in with the return of The Flash, Arrow, Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow, Fargo, and The Walking Dead. New premieres such as American Horror Story: Hotel, Supergirl, and Ash vs. The Evil Dead hit this month if you want something new to enjoy.

For all you anime watchers out there, we already complied a list together of this month’s anime here.

We’ll be having a special Halloween Stream this month on the 24th, as we all come together to play Little Big Planet 3, Hatoful Boyfriend, Life Is Strange, and Until Dawn on our official Twitch channel, so be sure to follow and watch us laugh with some added scares.

Stay bundled up and safe this coming Halloween and remember to keep it here on tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com and LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch!Me Chibi!

– Grayson M.

  Editor in Chief