Friday, April 29, 2011
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Sorry I'm late on this, Jfro fans. It was a crazy month, what with the cold from hell, a trip to Iowa, and having all this training to do for our big e-book roll-out at work. Anime Detour 2011 was a great time, everyone was really nice except that one guy who loudly complained that the Horrors of the Internet panel lacked for disturbing medical mishaps. Our 2nd year of the Manga Reading Lounge was a well-oiled library-promoting machine, people. I got to hang out with KathySRW and introduce her to TV Tropes (try to get any work done now, sucker! Bwahahahaha!) And there is just something so fun about staying in a fancy French hotel chain with a bunch of costumed freaks (yours truly not excepted). J & I finally got to play Feng Shui --I was a drunken kung fu master, he was a ninja, so we pretty much just played ourselves.
The shows seemed better than last year, I found several I'd watch the rest of:
Black Lagoon--Hong-Kong-style modern-day pirate action. Everybody's corrupt--(somewhat) lovable crooks versus unlovable crooks. It would suck in real life, but in a show, it's AWESOME.
Twelve Kingdoms-- when anime characters go to a mysterious, alternative world it's usually just to get a big harem of devoted guys/girls. But if you really were transported to a different world, you'd probably actually be pretty traumatized and people might try to kill you. On the other hand, folks there do turn into animals and reproduce by parthenogenesis, so that's cool.
Eden of the East--A mysterious game, cell phones that send you millions of dollars and tell you to "save the world", a terrorist attack where no one dies. Intriguing!
The Skull Man--Retro 60s style action. Why does the mysterious Skull Man haunt this alternative-history version of 60s Japan, and what does he want? My guess is--REVENGE!
Now playing: Front 242 - Tragedy for You
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Bitch Magazine has been running this series about videogames which has been very eye-opening. Apparently, some people are all in a snit that people are buying casual games on their mobile devices. How is that a horrible thing, Jfro, you ask? Why, don't you know real games are all-immersive, cost $60 bucks, and feature creepy, uncanny-valley semi-real looking people? Because there is no possibility for exciting gameplay without fancy pseudo-3D graphics? Damn those old people, chicks and little kids*, how dare they want to play games! Their money isn't any good, because it will take away from game developers pouring money into the kind of games I like!
I don't remember whining like a little brat when the puzzle-like, old-school arcade-type games I prefer ceased to be the big thing. I just bought $10 shareware games online until I bought an iPod Touch. Somehow, tabletop role-playing has survived the onslaught of World of Warcraft, and I just played a cool new board game called Bananagrams. So, I'm sure hardcore games will still be produced, it just might be harder to get people to pay full price for a mediocre one. So, win-win. Now leave me alone before I show you what a real "traditional" game is and whip your ass at Centipede.
*Not that other people don't play casual games, that's the stereotype these particular hardcore gamers seem to have.