Anime, MMORPGs, and PvP (Psychopaths very Present!)

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In my recent efforts to spend more time watching anime, I've been watching two series - the currently-running Log Horizon and 2012's popular series Sword Art Online - with themes that, at first glance, seem quite similar: the idea of MMORPG players being drawn into the world of the game and then mysteriously trapped there. Think along the lines of the entire World of Warcraft player base getting stuck in Azeroth the next time they log in, and you kinda get the idea. At closer inspection, the … [Read more...]

In-Console-able: Review of Aoi Sekai no Chuushin De (aka the Console War anime)

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Loyal readers may remember that, about a year ago, I wrote an article about my top 5 pick for weirdest anime concepts ever. Number two on the list was Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de, a medieval fantasy anime based around, of all things, the classic console wars between Nintendo and Sega during the ‘90s. All the characters were loose parodies or personifications of the various franchises both companies were known for, made into magical heroes locked in a deadly faction struggle. Well, with the Xbox … [Read more...]

Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Crossover Goodness

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For someone who did not play much with Legos growing up (I'm an Earthling, I swear) I am surprisingly fond of the Lego games.  There's not much Lego nostalgia in it for me; they're just... cute.  And satisfying; they somehow manage to scratch that "break all the things" itch without being particularly violent.  Also, since most of the console games I enjoy tend to be primarily one-player affairs, I like that Lego, to me, is much better in co-op mode.  And, of course, I enjoy the movies that are … [Read more...]

PAX Prime Panel: Fantasia: Music Evolved

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I've attended PAX East for the past few years, but this year I had the opportunity to attend the mother-con, PAX Prime.  Though there are dozens of panels to choose from, there was one caught my attention immediately: a panel about a collaboration between Harmonix and Disney's Fantasia.  Though I obviously knew about the other big Disney game of the year, I hadn't heard about this at all (I suppose my attention was diverted during E3).  But as a woman who loves Disney, loves Harmonix, loves … [Read more...]

To Disney Infinity and Beyond!

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So, I need distractions like I need a hole in the head, but we got a new game this week that’s intensely distracting. Disney’s much anticipated Disney Infinity is finally here. If you’re not aware of this game, it uses much the same technology as the popular Skylanders game. The game comes with a special base unit, and, when you place real figurines on the base, they translate into the game, allowing you to play that particular monster or character. In this case, however, the figurines are of … [Read more...]

Video Game: The Ultra-Super-Special Edition

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I recall a time, in the distant past, wherein it was a big deal to purchase a video game console and games.  Most of us mere mortals were content with that experience alone, but as with most technology, it quickly grew more diverse, more personal.  More expensive. For example, I didn't just have a Sega Game Gear - I had a cool carrying case for the device and the games, as well as the AC adaptor that tethered me to the wall whilst freeing me from mounds of spent batteries.  Soon, you could … [Read more...]

No One Likes a Water Level

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The other day, I came to a realization: in World of Warcraft, I enjoy "visiting" old zones from time to time.  The music (yes, I'm one of the few who listen to the actual music) takes me back to wherever I was in my life when I first spent a lot of time there.  Since I've been playing the game, off and on, for well over five years, I'm not just looking back to last week.  I enjoy a bit of nostalgia now and then. ...Except when it comes to Vashj'ir.  I can't stand going back there.  In fact, I … [Read more...]

Pet Accessories: Geeking Out With Your Best Friend

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I'll level with you: it's been a long time since I've owned a pet.  "My cat" actually lives with my mother, and has since I went off to college; after that I didn't have the heart to uproot her.  Still, I'd feel weird getting another animal while "my cat" is still out there. All this to say, when I last dealt in animal accessories, I felt extra special that my cat had a purple collar instead of a standard red or blue one.  Well, times, they have a-changed.  Just as it's now way easier to find … [Read more...]

FPS: Failures per Second

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I remember it like it was yesterday: my first attempt at playing Duck Hunt.   I didn't own any of my own consoles at that point, but I'd had early training in video games with my family's ColecoVision (Donkey Kong Jr. and Smurfs were my games of choice).  I'd done fairly well with my first attempts at Bubble Bobble and Mario.  But Duck Hunt - Duck Hunt seemed extra cool.  It wasn't just pushing buttons. You can probably guess how that went - I don't know anyone who was actually good at that … [Read more...]

I Am A Gamer: My First Game Jam, and How You Can Survive Yours

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If you are a gamer, particularly one interested in indie gaming, you've probably heard of game jams, events where game developers of varying discipline and experience are challenged to produce a game with a particular theme within a 48 hour period. The idea is to get the creative juices flowing and produce something that is, if not exactly polished, a fun, unique, and hopefully original take on the theme. One such jam, the iamagamer.ca jam for strong female protagonists, took place in … [Read more...]