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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Video of the Week: Tank! x FF Dissidia

Another really well-done MAD video, this time combining the opening to Cowboy Bebop with Final Fantasy Dissidia. Can't wait to get my hands on the game, personally. Watch in High Quality, please. You deserve only the best.



Friday, February 27, 2009

Daily Scribbles: Read Naruto? Then Your Jaw May Still Be On The Floor.

Anyone keeping up with the Naruto manga...If you haven't read the latest chapter, as if the rest of the s**t that went down wasn't crazy enough...

Ya know what? I think that's all I can post on it before I spoil something. Have fun with that.

Monday, February 23, 2009

An Otaku's Interests: Advent Children Complete (Blu-ray)



1080P Blu-Ray only release that comes with a Final Fantasy XIII demo. Oh and this is not just some HD re-render, there's a full 25-30 minutes of NEW footage as seen by the trailer and they redid some of the scenes since they had more time and polished it up nicely. If you import, the Japanese disc has English dubbed voices on it so no worries. Also, it's in our region area A so Wooooo. (demo's still in Japanese as far as I know.)

04/16/2009 in Japan/N.America-TBA

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Video of the Week: Who's on First?

Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?" routine using typography. Great stuff, the video is really well-done, and the actual skit is classic.

Friday, February 20, 2009

POLL POSITION: What's the Best Cosplay Idea?

Excuse the delay. School, and what-not.

Ok, I may be a bit pre-mature with deciding on a Cosplay, but better to decide now than try to come up with one at the last minute (and most likely never finish). I have a couple of ideas that I could use, though if anyone else has an idea, please tell me. You can vote via the poll in the sidebar of the blog. Have at it!

Kevin (Seiken Densetsu 3)



This is my most ambitious idea, considering I have neither the build nor even close to the hair needed to pull it off accurately. I really got interested in the character while playing the game, obviously (he was choice one), and I really like his personallity. The clothing would be excruciating, though, and I'd have to find a wig to match. Also, maybe sock-shoes; I'm not walking around a con bare-foot, you're asking for it otherwise.

Barrett (Final Fantasy VII)



Probably the easiest cosplay I could pull off at this point. Build, hair, even the clothing is a close match to what I have. Thing is...it feels a bit too easy, too generic. You always see Aeris or Cloud, and even other characters from VII, but I don't see Barrett very often. Then again, that may be another reason to go for it. The main thing would be the arm cannon, I think I'd have a bit of fun creating it.

Gannondorf (Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker)



While I have a friend who can pull this off flawlessly, he refuses to do so. Again, similar build (though I'm a bit short, obviously), but the clothing will be a challenge, and his skin complexion doesn't match mine (a bit darker). Also, I don't think I'm bad-ass enough to pull off the character. Get it right, though, and it'd be an ace cosplay for me, I believe.

Mr. Game and Watch (Smash Brothers)



Someone did him last year, pretty much focused around a 2D-like cardboard head. I may be a bit too bulky, but I think I'd enjoy mimicking his actions. Maybe even make props to use, like the hammer and the crab. In before "I pinch."

Monday, February 16, 2009

An Otaku's Interests: Otakon 2009 Announced



If you look back in my archives, back when I had no posting schedule or structure whatsoever (I even had trouble spelling, apparently), you would come across some tidbits about Otakon, the largest anime convention on the East Coast. It's held in the Baltimore Convention Center downtown, so when I found out that the convention actually existed, I jumped on the bandwagon. I've been going every year since...what, 2005? And every year, I have so much fun, especially since just about all of my friends go as well now. I think I was the only person I knew in my old high school who actually went to Otakon that year, and I started telling everyone about how awesome the convention was. Every year afterwards, more of my friends came, and one even did cosplay (and she did it very well).

Well, it looks like Otakon 2009 has been announced. July 17-19, 2009, same place as always. Yeah, a lot of buildup just for a date, eh?

Interesting, because I've never seen the dates set as early as this. That also means, if I'm going to do a cosplay this year (like I keep telling myself I would every year), what should I be? I've come up with a couple of ideas, and I'm going to set up a poll for it on Wednesday. That also means a new website feature, so expect polls to pop up from now on.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Video of the Week: Ventrilo Harassment Edition

EDIT: Yikes, no clue what happened with the videos. Fixed now.

I've come across untapped LOLs. A while ago, a video was put out featuring a user on a Vent server with a Duke Nukem Soundboard going to town on someone who sounded like she was from Brooklyn. WARNING: This is Duke Nukem we're talking about, and the "mother" curses more. NSFW.



Of course, this lit up loads of immitators. Here, we've got "Leather Belt" Spam...



OVER 9000!!!



Explosions galore. I love how he uses a girl sound clip as his calling card before laying down the ear pain.



And lastly, my personal fav, CAPTAIN PLANET!



If you're looking for more, grab 'em yourself. There's way too many for just one post.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Programs for $0.00: Rocketdock



If you've used a Mac in recent years, your probably familiar with the Dock. There sits a customizable program shortcut menu, widget holder, and system taskbar. Windows users didn't have the luxury of such a feature until programs such as the now-outdated Y'z Dock and the pay-for-premium ObjectDock were released. PunkLabs' Rocketdock is the freeware dock program I consider now to be the best of all docks, and for good reason.

Don't get me wrong, I've tried several dock programs before Rocketdock, and while they worked, typically they were unstable or CPU-intensive. There was also a bit of a "Dock War," where people created widgets for docks that only worked for that program, mainly because you had to program them a certain way for each dock. The same was true for the customizable skins for the docks.



Rocketdock doesn't have any active features that are different from other docks. Dock to any side of the screen, Change Icon interface, AutoHide, Running Tasks inside of the dock, Alpha-Blending, Minimize to Dock...When Rocketdock came about, though, it had the capabilities to use just about any skin for any kind of dock, along with their widgets. All the customization from the individual dock camps capable of being put into one pot...it was one of the best conveniences ever. It does what it needs to do and more, its quite stable, and it doesn't hog the CPUs. Plus, it's free. If you want a dock, and don't wanna pay a dime, grab Rocketdock and give it a try. Huh, maybe I should pitch that to them

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Game To Buy: Fallout 3 (PS3)


Apparently, this First-Person RPG built on an improved Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion engine is getting DLC soon. Like I need an excuse to keep playing this game for weeks on end.

For those of you not in the know, Fallout 3 is based in a Post-Nuclear War Washington DC and surroundings. You've been in a vault closed off from the world, when "shit gets real," and you break out to the world. From there on, you're on your own, do what you want, get what you want...yeah, this thing is really open, just like Oblivion.

Graphics look excellent, especially in HD. This was actually the second game I played in HD ever (the first being COD4), and while it only goes up to 720p...it's still freakin' 720p. I miss HD...but I ramble, moving on. The environment, while blown up and decayed, is unique just about everywhere you go. The vast view you can see looks so realistic...I really think this is what DC would look like if the world went Nuclear Winter. The enemies are pretty unique too, considering most of them are just mutated versions of their former selves. Those Deathclaws are nasty...

The people, however, need just a little bit of work. It's really just a part of the Oblivion engine though, but I swear the way they stare at me is just so creepy, and there's just not a lot of emotion in their faces. You can definetly tell that the outfits and actions of some of the NPCs are inspired by Mad Max...that's not a bad thing most of the time, but that should carry us over to gameplay pretty nicely.

If you've played any Wizards of the Coast RPG, an Elder Scrolls game, or an MMO, you know about Stat Distribution. There's also the whole Be Good or Evil thing, but it's really noticable here. You could be a White Knight who can take out hordes with a Missile Launcher, a Murderer capable of destroying cities, or a Jack-of-All-Trades just trying to get high. I think, to get the full experience, you have to play the game more than once, and I've easily clocked 70 hours on just one play-thru.

Actual conbat mixes it up a bit...quite a bit. You've got your live-action shooting, First-Person or Third-Person, with a large variety of weapons you pick up, purchase, or make. Pistols, Machine Guns, Rifles, Shotguns, Lazers, Grenades, Mines, sledgehammers, knives, mini-nukes(!)...The list goes on. The real treat, however, is the V.A.T.S Targeting System, which allows you to select body parts to take out. Melee guy runs out at you? Shoot his legs to slow him down a bit. That Rifleman just a bit too accurate with that gun? Shoot his arm to lower his accuracy...or you could just shoot the weapon itself and disable it. Want to end it quick? You do more HP damage by hitting the head. The strategy is there, just waiting for you to exploit it.

I still haven't even beaten the story yet, and I actually don't want to yet. I'm addicted to this game like my character is addicted to Jet. Don't judge me. I'd give it 6 out of 5 if I could, but I know the pace of the game just isn't for everyone, and there are a couple of bugs and glitches in the game that sometimes stop the session for me. Also, when you beat the main story, the game is simply "done," and there's a level 20 cap. It's still worth it, though. 5 out of 5. Just don't step in the radiation.

Here's hoping if this game changes, it's by adding more to it. Hope you heard that, Bethesda. PS3 DLC DAMMIT.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Still Frame: The Brokers With Hands on Their Faces Blog

In this faultering economy, you have to crack some sort of smile or else become just totally depressed over it all. Laughter's the best medicine. So, why not laugh at the people who are trying so hard to (not) kill the stock market?



Enter "The Brokers With Hands on Their Faces Blog." I think the title pretty much spells out what I'm going for here. Yes, it's a bit mean-spirited, and the site itself is just a tumblr account with pictures, but it's a brilliant idea in its own right.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Video of the Week: Stupid Metroid Tricks

Spotted on Destructoid.

Kinda feels like I'm watching a kid's show, but it's still very funny. Done by CMSPyrowolf. If you haven't played the game, slap yourself, put two and two together on the video, and then grab the game on the VC.

Daily Scribbles: A Temporary Change

If you're visiting the blog directly, you've no doubt noticed the look of the site has changed. This is only temporary, but I was tired of the constricting post width I'd set on the site. That was just a default template, too, so I figured why not expand it up a bit.

I think I made a good choice.

I'll do some updating later, I'm actually at the VT LAN right now. Being owned in Counter-Strike has never been as enjoyable.

An Otaku's Interests: Gurren Lagann



Not since Code Geass have I seen a show that made me flip a chair, screaming at something (DAMNWTFHAXPWNED/sad moments). Both had there specific moments of course but the physical RAPE I witnessed in this show is beyond what I was expecting...beyond the normal limits of reality. GAINAX...I Love You...soooooo much. Key words here...BUY IT/WATCH IT IMMEDIATELY. If the first episode doesn't do it for you just wait...trust me...

However, after reviewing the English dub.......yea......watch this in OG~Jap DUB eng SUB.....business as usual for any well meaning Otaku. And yes, there are Mechs...and yes they fuse like some other mecha we know.

Id say more but it would be really easy to spoil things, sorry.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Still Frame: Orioto and his HD Remakes

Spotted on Destructoid.

You all have to see the game artwork done by artist Orioto. Several of his pieces are remakes of famous game scenes or characters, as if they were redone in 1080p HD, as well as a couple of anime pieces. My jaw is still on the floor.

I'll just give you a quick sample before you check out his deviantART page. You can click the picture to follow it to its page and see it at full res. I've already fav'd the guy, I wouldn't want to miss any new pieces he may put up. If you've ever played Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, you'll know this scene. If you haven't, slap yourself...with my hand.


Monday, February 02, 2009

New Tech: Cigarette Lighter Camera

Spotted on Engadget.



James Bond probably had five of this. It's a full working lighter with a camera and a microphone. The camera is capable of 640 x 480 video at 30 FPS, with a 8GB-max microSD slot, and the unit itself has a 6-hour battery life charged by a USB Port. I think Neo would appreciate one of these on him, guy doesn't smoke but loves his lighter. You can pick one up for a patriotic $150 somewhere around here.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Daily Scribbles: Back on Track

Sorry about the lack of updates that almost happened. Being sick sucks, in case you didn't know. Luckily Neo came through with a good post. Feels good to have some backup.

Anyway, once again I'm trying to redesign the site. Starting to try some new things, but you won't see them until all the updates are done...least if everything works out ok.