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Are you ready for some serious evil-ex ass-kicking on Nov. 9? Well the long wait for one of  the most underrated movies of 2010 comes to a close with the release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

If you have no idea who Scott Pilgrim is, I’ll quickly fill you in. Scott Pilgrim is 23 years old, he shares an aparment with his super gay roommate Wallace Wells, He’s in a band called Sex Bob-omb (they suck), he’s a career slacker. Scott lives a precious little life. He’s dating a high-schooler and it’s easy. But everything changes when he literally meets the girl of his dreams, the mysterious Ramona Flowers. Scott becomes obsessed and wants to date her but only if he can defeat Ramona’s seven evil-exes. Seven evil-exes, yes.

It’s no surprise, in less than two months, Universal quickly rushed the title to DVD in hopes that it will reach cult classic status like Napoleon Dynamite or Back to the Future. Universal expected Scott Pilgrim to pretty much flop at the box office. But box office sales don’t necessarily reflect the cinematic quality of any movie.

SP didn’t carry much weight in theaters because it doesn’t speak to every audience, the movie is filled with so many inside references that it only connects with the generation of old school vide0-gamers, wannabe rockers, and saturday morning cartoon watchers who are now twenty-something hipsters. You know, “cool people.”

Regardless, this is a great movie with a unique story. Director Edgar Wright brings Bryan O’ Malley‘s original graphic novel to life with fast-paced comic-book action, witty characters and laugh-out loud moments. The best part is now you get to take it home with you. With all these special DVD features including four commentaries, music, featurettes, bloopers, behind the scenes, adult swim cartoons and 17 hrs of extras, Scott Pilgrim is ready to take on the World again!

The end credits roll on the plasma TV screen and a satisfied smirk spreads across my face. I just beat Mass Effect 2 on “Insanity” but I’m also tired.  My thumbs are sore with stiff pain and begging for mercy, but I can’t put down the controller yet. I will have to play it all over again for the 15th time. Just when I thought I saved the world from the inevitable onslaught of robot alien space invaders and insectoid monsters. I have been bombarded with tedious assignments of space exploration and more downloadable content, stacking my gameplay time to a total of 195 hours. Yes, I have no life but it’s not my fault. It’s these damn addicting video games.

Today’s modern games are substantial in depth. They are filled with challenges, compelling storylines and technologically advanced gameplay but the only problem is that nowadays, these new games may surprisingly offer too much content.

Hear me out before you label me with the derogatory term “casual gamer.” I’m hardcore! I sleep, eat, drink and poop video games. I’ve played hundreds of online ranked matches in FIFA, spent hours a day destroying over a thousand geth in ME 2 and helped Scott Pilgrim defeat the league of evil exes to win his beloved Ramona Flowers countless times.

But when you work 9 to 5 six days a week and take 15 credits of online classes, you start to realize you don’t have as much time to plough through  stacks of xbox games.

On top of that these games don’t make it any easier with their repetitive and time consuming sideline missions and near-impossible challenges.

For example, after beating GTA IV and the episodes, there are still some fun missions that include gang wars and street races with nitrous-fueled sports cars but it starts to wear on you after 10 and you start to groan painfully at the fact that you have 90 more to go. On top of that you have to kill 200 hidden pigeons and pull off 50 vehicle stunt jumps scattered all over the map. The challenges are long and excruciatingly difficult.

In the Mass Effect series, apart from the main missions, you get swarmed by people who constantly need your help and want you to take on their missions for them. Some have you space-travel to many planets to complete an enemy clear out then report back, and others  can be as minuscule as traveling to a market to buy ingredients  for your staff chef, who is also the janitor.

According to Rockstar, Red Dead Redemption‘s single campaign player takes a whopping 20 to 25 hours to complete. However,  hours may vary among gamers depending on their skill.  In addition to that, the game challenges you to complete a 100 percent of it by hunting every single animal, taking out gang posts, winning poker stakes and other numerous challenges. With all these side missions, that’s another extra 10 hours of gameplay.

Honestly, that’s just too much to ask for us avid gamers, but it’s not all bad. There is a reason why these games offer us so many of these challenges to take on along with countless hours of gameplay. After completing the main story of a particular game, some gamers will take on the side missions and multiplayer because they offer precious replay value. Gamers who also put in the extra time to take in on harder challenges get rewarded by gaining points, leveling up or unlocking new weapons or armor. For me, There’s no denying the level of pride and joy  when that Xbox gamerscore pops onto your screen to notify an unlocked achievement or winning trophies on the PS3.

As time consuming as the extra content is for today’s video games, they offer huge incentives and that’s why we keep playing. I may not have as much time as I used to with but I’m still torn in between this love-hate relationship with today’s video games and I wouldn’t change a thing about them.

Drake features on the Top 10 for August 2010

Check out some of these cool new tracks I discovered. They are now posted for you to enjoy on the Whatever Blog. The playlist features music from Drake, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and more. Comment to let me know if you enjoyed the music selection or think the playlist can do much better.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Meet Scott Pilgrim- He’s an unemployed 23-year-old slacker. He loves to play video games. He shares an apartment with his gay and stern roommate Wallace Wells. When he’s not busy slouching about, he’s out rocking as a bass player with his amateur Garage band Sex Bob-Omb.

Pilgrim’s lifestyle suddenly kicks up when he falls for the captivating Ramona Flowers with eclectic colored hair. However, he can only be with her under the condition that he defeats her seven evil ex-boyfriends.

With ex-boyfriends such as Lucas, a leather-clad jerk with super-human strength, Todd the egoistical rock star who plays bass with his psychic powers and Matthew who has mystical powers that allow him to summon demon hipster chicks, there’s no doubt Scott Pilgrim has his work cut out for him.

“Scott Pilgrim is a love story and is a romantic comedy, it has this pop-art feel to it, so the movie starts off in this real world then quickly flowers into something fantastical,” Director Edgar Wright said.

Scott Pilgrim is originally based on the six graphic novels by Canadian award-winning artist Bryan Lee O’Malley. They were first released through August 2004 to July 2010. The novels have even gained more popularity and buzz since the first announcement of the movie version in January 2010.

What’s more pleasing is that the Director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz is taking the reigns on this project. If you’re familiar with Wright’s previous works. You can be sure the movie will be insanely intense. The movie is shot with all the comic-book style onomatopoeia and 8-bit heads-up displays that resonates with the classic video-gamer generation.

“The character  is the hero of the movie inside his own head — and this, essentially, is the movie. So it’s kind of a daydream for people who’ve been brought up on Saturday morning cartoons and video games and too many sugary products,” O’Malley said in an MTV interview.

Dedicated fans will be extremely pleased the movie does not completely deviate from the comic book’s presentation and new followers will appreciate the unique style of the film as well.

“Presented in glorious 2 dimensions, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a visual marvel that has depth and texture without relying on the 3D gimmick that dominates the cinema today,” according to David Pinson from News in Film.

I think this a great movie because it has something for everyone to relate to. Those who survived the social pressures of high school and are now going through college. People with daydreams who create  and get lost in their own worlds. Every now and then we like to live in nostalgia. We’ve all had that crush on that one girl or guy we wanted to date but were too afraid to say something because there were other people we thought were better than us.

That’s where Scott Pilgrim comes in and shows that we can overcome our fear and fight for what we really believe in. So be sure to head out on the theaters when it comes out.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World opens on August 13, 2010.