I spent last weekend at Otakon 2017, which moved to Washington DC this year after it outgrew the convention center in Baltimore. Below are the pictures I took of some neat cosplay and some other cool things I saw and did there. Continue reading
For the last few months I’ve been watching a ton of Mobile Suit Gundam anime, and I think I’ve reached a point where I can at least put down a small collection of tips for anyone else thinking about getting into it or just taking a glance at it.
Mainly I’ve been watching different parts of the “Universal Century” Gundam shows, which if you don’t know form the main timeline around which the franchise was originally started. There are other shows taking place in their own continuities. I think this guide from Anime News Network is a good glance at the entire franchise, but it’s slightly outdated since a few more UC properties have come out since it was published, and I want to go over those a little bit. Continue reading
In another installment of “things I like or don’t like compared to what everybody else seems to like,” I think it’s time I talked about the pivot to video everybody seems to be making. I think a lot of websites, organizations, and other groups or individuals are rushing to video and abandoning text too quickly, or without really thinking about it. I’ll admit there’s some bias here: text is my whole skill set. I also however still prefer reading to text when consuming media, and there is both sound reasoning and data behind that preference. It’s not even that simple though, there are a few video-oriented publications I like, but only a few.
Everywhere I look people seem to be saying video is the future. All the major publications, including gaming-oriented ones, want more people who are skilled with video (they still want more writers too). I think VICE just let a lot of people go in a presumed pivot to video. Video-as-the-future is obviously a trend, but I think some of the trend is just hype. Continue reading
Has anyone reading this ever gotten the feeling they’re becoming disconnected from the main conversations about video games online? I mean that in terms of the kinds of video games being talked about and how they’re being talked about on all kinds of gaming websites. Maybe it’s just that everyone writing about games is headed in one general direction that doesn’t exactly represent how everyone is playing games, maybe it’s just that I’m currently enjoying games in an unusual way.
The most talked-about games right now include hits like Overwatch, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, MOBAs, Rocket League, or Rainbow Six Siege, none of which I play. I’m not saying that to be smug, I’m just pointing out that most of the time what I’m playing is something no one is currently talking about. I see two main things happening when I look at the games everyone is tweeting or writing feature articles about: a move towards multiplayer games, and a move towards human interest stories. Both are completely understandable… just not something I’m extremely interested in. Continue reading
After several months of uncertainty, SEGA and Archie Comics finally confirmed they’re cancelling the Sonic the Hedgehog comics. I don’t know about you, but for me this is the end of an era.
I’m not gonna try to argue about how good the comics actually were for the 24 years Archie did them, but I am going to try to impart a sense of how and why they meant so much to me as well as other readers. In most news stories about Archie’s Sonic comics you’ll probably hear that the mainline Sonic the Hedgehog series was the longest-running comic based on a video game, but for readers it was really a story in itself, one that in many ways went above and beyond everything that happened with the games. Continue reading
I let Arma 3 back into my life despite knowing how much time it would suck away from other games like Zelda Breath of the Wild. I figured I’d almost never get the chance to go back to it if I always put newer games in front of it. Bohemia Interactive also just added a new map — “Malden 2035” that’s apparently a remake of a map from the original Operation Flashpoint. Then you’ve got that new free game Argo that’s based on the systems of Arma.
My current favorite mod, “Dynamic Recon Ops,” from modder Mark “mbrdmn” Boardman has been getting significant updates in the months since I took a break from it, and I guess it’s time to talk a little bit about them. Continue reading
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