still in cage

not even sure where to start with this one:

-after being thrown while it says FINISH HIM, the opponent has a small window where they can still do certain attacks. this includes mostly normal attacks, special moves don’t seem to work

-it also includes the Dead Pool stage fatality, because presumably it counts as a normal attack, it’s just an uppercut, and also because this is a rare occasion where the losing character has control during the fatality timer, so the game just goes “yeah fatalities are supposed to work” regardless of who’s doing it

-doing this while reptile is invisible leaves a sprite of him stuck on the screen despite him being tossed into a vat of acid

-johnny cage still loses the round

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“Throughout all of these turns, Ali exhibits so much talent, resourcefulness and dashing, mega-watt charisma that it’s something of an embarrassment that no one in Hollywood has made him a matinee idol yet. He has triumphed as a supporting actor this year not by resigning himself to second-fiddle status or self-servingly stealing the show, but by fostering deep-rooted connections with the actors in his company and making every single moment pulse with resonance, no matter the size or stakes. That is what real support looks like. That is the Mahershala Ali way.”

2016 belonged to Mahershala Ali. Matthew Eng explains why.

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Ay look at me reading to far into a book again. Either @vaveyard is a genius putting little hopeful messages into her books first two words or she’s still a genius and I’m reading too far into this at 1am. Anyway the point of this post: these are the first pages of Red Queen, Glass Sword, and King’s Cage respectively. The first two words of RQ are “I hate”, and a powerful message through tall these books is the prejudice and privilege of the Silvers over Reds, who hate each other. Sound familiar?
The next is the first two words of GS “I flinch”, as in fear. There is fear on both sides of this book, Reds of how the Silvers may oppress or hurt them, the Silvers on how the Reds may fight back and change tradition that gives them severe advantages. Again, sound familiar? These are all too similar to modern times, and well…everything that is going on, from police brutality to “alternative facts” which all add to issues like racism, sexism, anti Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, islamophobia, etc., and Ms. Aveyard has done a great job showing these same issues in a totally different world, and the fear and hate that create and add to them. Which is why I probably read too much into this and the beginning of KC.
Because the first two words of KC are “I rise”, which is what we all need to do now. Whether through speaking up and calling local politicians, or going to the woman’s March, pride marches, BLM marches, the science March, anything that shows we won’t give in and that we will continue to fight and have our voices heard. So if this was intentional, I applaud you Ms. Aveyard, and if it wasn’t I don’t care, because this was a message I needed for myself right now, and I’m sure many others do to. So listen to this, random tumblr, and instead of giving in to fear and hate, rise up. Rise up! You don’t need to be the Scarlet Guard or Mare Barrow, every rebellion and cause needs Kilorns and supporters who are not always spotlighted. You are important to these causes too. You are what drives them forward and makes them noticeable. Keep fighting!

Darling age of 20, 
you are honey sweet
and dangerously tender.
You are not a kid anymore, 
you are bold enough to
wear high heels,
you are adventurous
enough to let God in
your heart.
And your past wakes up
at night and watches
you sleep and it forgives you.
You have good hands
and less friends.
You bathe in oils
and clean the house.
You are about to
get married
and you keep your phone
conversations long while
you keep
the towel wrapped around
your head.
Your poetry is not just poetry
but statements ,
marriage vows,
legacies.
Darling age of 20,
you haven’t always
been modest,
you haven’t always been
thoughtful with him.
You are still a cage of tigers.
And when he loves
you good,
really good,
you are a mermaid
with beautiful long legs. 
You have an alluring 
voice and it consumes him. 
It makes him want to marry you.
You are not a scandal anymore
in this town, 
and you’d have
given all your ages,
all your youth to feel like you feel now.
Darling age of 20,
you are still exquisite 17,
and romantic 18,
and curious 19
but you are his 20 now.
You are a decade older.
You are a revolutionary era.
You are the queen
coming to
the throne. 
And if they
don’t adore you anymore,
you will close your empire on them. 
Dear darling of 20, 
you’ve never been more 
in love than you are now.
—  Dear Darling Age Of 20 by Royla Asghar 
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YA/Teen Fiction - Feb. 7, 2017

i just finished iron fist and i……. i have to say, all the critics were right. it wasn’t good. i found myself only wanting to get through it because i had to in order to watch the defenders. and like, not only was in just a bad show in general, it didn’t stand up to the standard the other three set. the other three shows had substance, and each of them tackled an issue in our society. daredevil dealt with gentrification, jessica jones dealt with female oppression (albeit, white female oppression but it’s a step in the right direction), luke cage dealt with blackness in modern day america. basically, all of those shows had something to say, and they got their messages across in very eloquent ways.

i really felt that iron fist didn’t have anything to say. it had no ideology backing it. i think they tried to tackle corporate greed, but danny wasn’t actively fighting it. in a lot of ways, he gave into it - and the comments speaking against corporations were so few and far between, and then nothing got done to “resolve” that issue in any way, shape, or form.

so, besides just being a bad show, i disliked it because it really let me down in that respect. iron fist is supposed to be a defender, and yet he doesn’t have anything to defend.