LJN Defender a.k.a. Matt Ezero Interview

BMi: What is the hardest game you have ever played? What caused you so much stress with it?

ME: Again, that’s a really tough (no pun intended) question. There are a lot of games that I haven’t beaten yet that I want to someday (Ninja Gaiden, Batman, Castlevania, etc.) From the videos I’ve made so far, Sunday Funday/Menace Beach & Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are worthy contenders for hardest game, as well as A Nightmare on Elm Street, all of which I have beaten. However, the one that I’m going to go with is Dragon Power for the NES a.k.a. Dragon Ball: Shen Long No Nazo for the Famicom. That game is frustrating with a capital F. In spite of how it may seem in my review, I do like the game for what it is, especially since it’s the closest thing to a Dragon Ball game that we got on the NES. However, I fully admit that it has a number of problems. The game is SO hard, and it’s made even more difficult by the constantly decreasing health meter. I’ve yet to make it past the Yamcha stage, which is pretty early in the game, so that shows you how hard it is.

BMi: Who is your favorite wrestler of all time? Why?

ME: Ultimate Warrior, no contest. He may not have been the best wrestler, but his presence and energy made up for any deficiencies in his technique. He was a force of nature that will never be rivaled, and watching him sprint down to the ring and pound on the ropes made a huge impression on me. I had an Ultimate Warrior Wrestling Buddy, shirt, pillow…SO much Warrior merchandise. I never really got into another wrestler like I did with Warrior (R.I.P.), and I haven’t kept up with wrestling since the early 2000s. Funny enough, though, I’ve really gotten into wrestling podcasts recently. I really enjoy the Steve Austin Show, the Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana, and especially¬†Talk is Jericho.

BMi: Why do you choose to defend Batman and Robin (1997)? Why did you make me watch The Wicker Man (2006)?

ME: Ha! I do like that movie for what it is, but it’s definitely the worst Batman film to date. I suppose it comes down to nostalgia. I was really into Batman Returns and especially Batman Forever when they came out. In fact, the Batman Forever soundtrack was one of the first CDs I ever owned. Hearing Kiss From a Rose instantly takes me back to the Summer of ’95. Anyway, I think that nostalgia must have rubbed off on me for Batman & Robin. As for the film itself, Clooney did okay in the role, but yeah…that movie is really cheesy.

As for The Wicker Man remake, I think that should be required viewing for everyone. Nick Cage’s performance in that is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. From what I remember of what you told me, you saw the theatrical cut, so you didn’t get the full Cage experience. You didn’t get the bees scene in its full glory. I would recommend the movie to everyone for that scene alone, not to mention “how did it get burned?!” and Cage in a bear suit punching women. The movie is a disaster of a train wreck..yet I can’t take my eyes away from it.

ME Interview SoRBMi: What would you like to say to anyone who may be on the fence of giving your channel a try? Anything coming up that would like to promote?

ME: If you like retro gaming reviews with a twist, then you should enjoy my videos. I give a fair, thorough review to all the games that I cover, but I also make sure to keep it entertaining by peppering in my quirky sense of humor. If it gives you any idea, my buddy BeneVolentDIck NES calls me the Jesus of gaming, in that I’m forgiving of things that most people would call out as terrible. I genuinely enjoy these games, and if you’re tired of all the negativity in reviews, then check out my channel for the brighter side of retro gaming on YouTube.

As for my upcoming videos, 2015 is going to be a really good year for me. I’m finally going to stick with a consistent upload schedule starting January. I’ll be putting out a new video every other Friday, starting on¬†January 9th. The first video will be an LJN Defender episode, but the 23rd will see the return of Cygnus Destroyer’s Retro Reviews on a game that I’m really excited to talk about. As you can see, there will be more videos than ever from me next year. Plenty of LJN Defenders, Innocent Until Proven Guilty episodes, and Cygnus Destroyer’s Retro Reviews, which I’m especially excited about. I’ve never felt this positive about the future, and I’m giddy with excitement for what the new year holds.