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My Thoughts on the "Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time" Announcement

Hello, everyone. This is Arca. This post is my reaction to the first new Crash Bandicoot game in over a decade that was announced via livestream a few weeks ago, titled "It's About Time". It will release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 2, 2020 (the same exact day that a new Star Wars game, Squadrons, will be released). I'm assuming that, even though PC and Nintendo Switch releases haven't been confirmed yet, they'll likely be revealed eventually. This is since there's no reason not to put a multiplatform game on PC, and also since the past few Crash remasters were also released by Activision on the Switch with a bit of a delay (or none at all, in the case of the Switch version of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled). Despite the next-generation of consoles, the PlayStation 5 from Sony and the Xbox Series X from Microsoft, literally releasing a month or two after this game releases, both consoles are confirmed to have backward compatibility with t…

Happy (Belated) Fourth of July! + President Arjay Finale

Hello, everyone. Saturday was the Fourth of July, AKA Independence Day. Happy (late) Fourth of July to all! As you probably know, this is celebrated all across America for it is the day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress. This, of course, led to the birth of the United States, independent from England. Normally, it would be celebrated with fireworks and barbecue parties. It still is... without any precautions by those who aren't practicing keeping themselves and others safe. But with precautions by those who are. Or, just not at all in the places where public fireworks got canceled and no one invited you to a barbecue party so you just have to barbecue some chicken yourself. Or eat a veggie burger if you're vegetarian, I suppose. 
On Saturday, I started out on the Fourth of July by going to a half-capacity beach for the second day in a row. Some people clearly, blatantly didn't care about social distancing and this concerned me, but…

I made my profile picture get Thanos snapped... and you can do it too!

This post was born when I remembered that I, once upon a time, intended to make a series of photo editing "tutorials". The only one I ever made used Google Drawings and may have been semi-impressive considering that at that age we were learning how to use spreadsheets in Computers class, but nowadays seeing as I can be outclassed in literally anything by someone my age out there, that's not very "big brain", if you catch my drift. And what I'm going to be showing you how to do today, seeing as I made it entirely with free browser-based tools available on the web, intentionally isn't. I don't currently have the tools or skills (beyond Adobe Photoshop Elements, which I have already used for this) to really do it in a more complicated manner, or without a small barely-noticeable watermark on the bottom right corner if you want to make it a transparent-background GIF, so you'll have to bear with me. 
Anyone can easily do this! This is especially grea…

President of Nintendo Apologizes for Defective Drifting Joy-Cons- But is that enough?

The president of Nintendo, Shuntaro Furukawa, apologized for the Joy-Con drift issue in a recent meeting with investors. This is what he had to say during a Q&A session, translated from Japanese by Kotaku (https://kotaku.com/nintendo-president-apologizes-for-joy-con-trouble-1844216184) from this source: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2020/qa2006.pdf
"Regarding the Joy-Con, we apologize for any trouble caused to our customers... We are continuing to aim to improve our products, but as the Joy-Con is the subject of a class-action lawsuit in the United States and this is still a pending issue, we would like to refrain from responding about any specific actions."
So basically, this starts out with basically what Nintendo would reply with when asked for comment about the issue by various publications last July when a major sudden public outrage occurred over the topic, which has been prevalent since near the launch of the Switch back in March of 2017. The fact it took this l…

My Summer 2020 Blogging Plan (or lack thereof)

Hello, all. This is obviously a strange summer with quarantine and whatnot. I have no travel guaranteed, nor any in-person summer camp. I have lots of time on my hands, and an innate urge to be productive. So, yes, this is literally a godsend and practically the perfect summer for a blogging renaissance that I've been waiting for all these years. Go figure.
So, any grand plan? Schedule? Detailed agenda? Nope. I will be able to do daily posts all throughout this month, but they will be sort of a Super Mario question mark mystery box. No standard length, nor a topic. I will simply write whatever I feel like writing on a current day. A current event in gaming or another thing that catches my attention, a review of something, or maybe another collab story (Waluigi Tales part 3, anyone?) are all possible things I could do.
I could attempt to get back into posting my art here. Those would be cartoon drawings (anyone remember when I did Angry Birds crossover fanart four years ago? That was…

YOUTUBE VIDEO EDITED MEME: Trumpet Boy/Trompet Oğlan- Domates Biber Patlıcan (Barış Manço)

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Hello guys. This is my first time editing a meme like this, and my first time using Photoshop Elements. I finished making it during spring break, but didn't upload it until now. The song is “Domates Biber Patlıcan” by the Turkish rock legend Barış Manço. I do not own the song. Enjoy :)

The PS4's Share Play Feature is a Quarantine MUST! (It's great... mostly)

I have many close friends that I haven't been able to visit for a couch gaming session for a while. One of which is a pal who lives an almost two-hour-drive away from me and owns a PlayStation 4. Under normal circumstances, I would have maybe visited him once a month or once every two months. We could hang out, play soccer in his backyard, and then eventually get worn out and then go back inside. We would get to play some local multiplayer Gang Beasts (a GIF of which is shown below) or Rocket League, or take turns with the controller playing a single-player game like Marvel's Spider-Man

Our current time, obviously, is not normal, unfortunately. So, how would I celebrate his upcoming birthday with him from a distance? I could play a game online with him... or I could take it a step further with Share Play. Share Play, which was talked-about all the way back since the PS4's initial launch, has existed for a while. But I haven't gotten to try it out until yesterday due t…

Blogger Random Question Challenge #2: Right-Hand Man

Hello, everyone. This is Arca, and this is my second-ever post for a Blogger "random question" challenge. To know what that is, and where I'm getting the questions from, you can read my previous post: http://www.arcabaran.com/2020/06/blogger-random-question-challenge-1.html
Ah, I see. I got a good question that I actually picked to do on my first try clicking the "Save Profile" button. Here it is:
"Try writing your name with your other hand. Where was that person raised?"
I am a lefty, and proud of it. Lots of awesome, creative, and intelligent people (real and fictional) have been left-handed, from The Legend of Zelda'sLink to Da Vinci to Bill Gates to Aristotle to Caesar to Einstein to Marie Curie to Jim Carrey and multiple U.S. Presidents... the list goes on and on. I even visited the world-famous Lefty Store, "Lefty's", on my visit to San Francisco, California five years ago. But, if I were to be born right-handed, like every single…

Blogger Random Question Challenge #1: Fish + Bicycles = Armageddon

Hi, guys. This is Arca. I am very bored and want to make a summer daily post, yet don't want to write something requiring Internet research beforehand. Thankfully, Blogger already has a solution in its  profile customization menu, at the very bottom. It's called a random question, which is simply a fun writing prompt meant for you to answer shortly and display at the bottom of your profile page. It lets you generate new prompts just by clicking a button.I am going to try to find where I can edit my user profile in this brand new UI I'm not yet used to, and then keep generating random questions until I choose one I am satisfied with.
Oh. This one's pretty good. Here it is:
Well, maybe they don't need them, but don't you think that some fish might like a bicycle?
Well, yes, actually. Humans are able to walk, yes? They can also drive cars. And ride bicycles. And do many other things that they are physically capable of doing. What aren't they physically capable of…

The Clone Wars SERIES FINALE Review- "Victory and Death" S7 E12 (Spoiler-Free)

Hello guys, this is Arca, and this post is quite unique. First of all, it is the first post ever that I wrote and published using Blogger's brand new editor interface for 2020, finally done by Google to make it look more like the rest of its current products and not like something out of 1999 (which it technically is, but at least now the visual aesthetic has evolved past 2013). It will take me a bit of getting used to it in order to know the parts of the editing interface by memory, but I do think that it is a good improvement. I might review this update in a separate post, possibly as soon as tomorrow, since I now decided that since school is becoming much more tame and with only 13 school days to go before summer, I might as well start a daily post schedule again and try my best to keep at it for the entirety of my quarantined summer. 
This post is not only the first post of my daily summer 2020 posts, and also the first one I ever made in Blogger's new interface, but also t…

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! + Me Playing John Williams music on the Otamatone! (Happy Star Wars Day 2020!)

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Today is one of the best days of the year, in my opinion. What started out as a joke several decades ago based on clever wordplay of the day May 4th and the iconic phrase "May the Force Be With You" is now still getting fans worldwide to come together to celebrate the galaxy far, far away! Regardless of what aspect of Star Wars you grew up with or love the most, today also has lots of ways to celebrate.

The first, and best way would be to watch the series finale(!) of The Clone Wars, which released today instead of on a Friday as usual. I haven't watched that yet, but will soon.

Another way would be to watch a brand new Disney+ docuseries about the making of The Mandalorian, which also had its first episode released today for while we tide for its Season 2 to be released this October.

Yet another, another way would be to rewatch (or maybe watch for the first time) Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, since it hit Disney+ today. Either to watch it and laugh at …

"Shattered" (EXECUTE ORDER 66.)- Episode Review - Star Wars: The Clone Wars S7 E11 (spoiler-free)

UPDATE: This is Arca on 6/8/2020. I noticed a few days ago that the views for this post on my Blogger dashboard had literally reached 66. This post is reviewing an episode that is literally focused on Order 66. That's a perfect coincidence. I attached a screenshot below, as well, as proof:

Now, onto the original contents of this post...

I was not prepared for this. And neither were you. Or anybody else, really.

Execute Order 66.

Omenous, thrilling music. A deep punch in the gut. And goosebumps even in the moments of relative silence as slowly, bit by bit, the entire galaxy went to hell and we saw it through a pair of eyes that hurt the viewer emotionally much more than I expected.

Hello, this is Arca, and today I will be reviewing the second-to-last episode ever of the entirety of The Clone Wars, which is Season 7 Episode 11, titled "Shattered", which released on May 1st , or yesterday (which was a Friday). Whew, that was a long sentence. By the way, image credit for the i…

Star Wars: The Clone Wars- Season 7 Episode 10 "The Phantom Apprentice" Review (spoiler-free)

Image Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm; via Star Wars News Net

The third-to-last episode of The Clone Wars, ever, released yesterday. I watched it, and today I will be doing a review of it. Titled "The Phantom Apprentice", it is the second part out of four episodes of the final arc about the Siege of Mandalore that actually take place overlapping the events of the film Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

As a recap of the previous episode, which was titled "Old Friends Not Forgotten" (spoilers for the episode that is before the one I'm reviewing, by the way, by the way), Anakin and Obi-Wan had to go run off to save the Emperor---I mean, *cough cough* Chancellor-- from his Sith co-conspirator--- I mean, Separatist captor---Count Dooku. This, as we know, happens during the movie Revenge of the Sith, and that particular moment ends with someone being decapitated and a particular Chosen One getting even closer to falling to the Dark Side. Meanwhile, what were beloved Clone W…

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