FGC: Creepers Need Not Apply

With this year’s Evo tournament in the books people are still talking about that weekend. But sadly the talks of people getting roofied and/or taken advantage of sexually seem to be getting more attention than the actual tournament. And its not just a few random pot monsters being accused of sexual assault; we are talking well-known personalities in Fighting Game Community who are alleged to these assaults. Continue reading

Why I Play Fantasy Strike

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Fantasy Strike is the hot new fighting game that is very easy to pick up and has a following that increases everyday. While any new player will find appeal with the “fresh faces” in the new title, my history with those same character comes years before Fantasy Strike became a video game.

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For those that don’t know, I immersed myself in the Fantasy Strike world by playing the fighting card game Yomi. I have placed high in a few Yomi tournaments and even won a few of them. The “mains,” or the fighters I use primarily for competition are Grave, Jaina, Midori, and Menelker (not in the video game right now), but my favorite would be Valerie Rose because I think her character ability is the most appealing of the game and makes for the most creative combos out of the entire cast.

Now fast-forward into current day. The Yomi characters finally became video game characters via Fantasy Strike. The Characters I grew fond of in Yomi are the fighters I move towards to. Plus, the game’s controls are simple you you can focus on strategy rather than execution.

I am glad I can now play Fantasy Strike and I am looking to all the memories this game brings.

What’s up with Kotaku?!

I’m happy when I see my friends get noticed for their work. My friend found out that an article on Kotaku covered one of the events she hosts. But that coverage seemed to be the secondary topic while the primary topic was to bash the IP my friend’s event was based on.

This weekend my friend Jennifer Perez (aka Just Jen Cosplay) shared an article that was a couple of year old article that covered the writer’s experience at Jen’s Dragon Maid-themed maid cafe. The writer did cover a few things about the event, but it read more rant about the anime Dragon Maid itself.

I can understand if one doesn’t like particular that’s fine but don’t use what supposed to be coverage for my friend’s maid cafe to show off bash a show that’s not PC to your liking. Just mash the show in its own post and review the experience of the cafe!

I don’t get this site a lot of the time. Kotaku had a chance to give good coverage of a hardworking event planner but decided to throw a yet another fit about a un-PC show and people liking it.

MAGFest 2019 Recap

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So I went to MAGFest this year. Me being a veteran (I think I only missed 1 or 2 MAG’s between MAGFest X and now), I have seen it grow from an event that would share the venue with jewelry conventions to a crazy convention (or festival if you insist) that covers every single corner of the venue.

Now with that praise out the way, I will go though my experience throughout that awesome weekend.

Staffing

This is my third year as a staff member at MAGFest and my fourth working at the con overall. I usually work in the Game On Film festival but they didn’t have it this year so I took shifts in crowd control.

I mainly worked in front of the panel rooms where I do badge check. It’s quite a humbling experience. I didn’t have to deal with long lines, but I was asked for directions. Since I know most of the Gaylord National, I was able to give good directions. The hours can be lengthy but I’m glad I was able to do it this year and help a bunch of people.

Games

My time in the arcade was limited and my time in the console section and Pokemon League was non-existent. But I did get to play some Windjammers and a few other classics.

When it comes to tournaments, I played in two tournaments…at the same time.

Here’s how I did it. On Friday, I found out that Hearthstone starts at the same times as Windjammers in two different sections of the venue. Luckily I was able to play my Hearthstone matches through Battlefy while waiting for my Windjammers matches. It was interesting experience.

Music

Well sadly I didn’t get to catch all the acts I wanted to catch. I did catch to see some of MC Frontalot live. I also discovered a new performer called D*Jadeabella who did her set in a Bayonetta/Fox McCloud cosplay. She had killer Star Wolf track that get me hearing it for the next two weeks. I became an instant fan.

Celebs!

Well I got to meet Freddie Wong from Video Game High School, which was great!

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Not only did I get to meet Xavier Woods, I saw his panel and saw him again in Windjammers.

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Ironically I saw both Freddie and Xavier in opposing teams MAGFest Versus. Hilarity ensued.

Well that’s it for my MAGFest blog!

RIP Stan Lee

Stan Lee Signs Copies Of His New Book "Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir"

I’m not always overwhelmed by celebrity deaths. But when I found out that Stan Lee passed away, I was stunned. Frozen. I took quite a while to process.

Stan did a lot not just for comic books but for the entire field entertainment. We have the Marvel movies, the video games, the card games, the tabletop games. A lot of stuff. And we can’t forget about his cameos. My favorite is the one in Captain America Civil War.

My feeds has shown tons of support for Stan Lee and it was powerful. His legacy have touched a whole lot of people.

He will be missed.

SoulCalibur Progress

A few weeks into SoulCalibur and I must say that I do love this game. Competitive-wise, I have trouble closing matches. I drop rounds that wind up costing me matches. It’s quite nerve-wrecking.

When it comes to online, I have yet to sign up for PlayStation Plus. Some may say that I am missing out on a bunch of “experience”. For starters, I’m not that much of a fan of online for fighting games, I don’t want to get conditioned to the lag when playing in live tournaments. And I’m not home enough to really make use of it.

Well, I will continue to improve and hopefully win a tournament.

Not the Anime Fest We Need in New York

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Earlier this year I have decided not to go to New York Comic Con. However, when I found out my friends’ panel will be at NYCC’s Anime Fest. I went there on Sunday. While Anime Fest was less crowded than what NYCC is known to be lacking in (I can account for the other days), even if you consider it “anime only” it was still lacking.

For starters, there were no booths for the big guns of anime such as Funimation and Viz, which would have made a statement that ReedPop was serious about anime convention in NY. Also, moving the Dragon Ball Super Broly to Pier 94 instead of Madison Square Garden would have shown the New York Otakus that they meant business. Have that panel thirty blocks away from Anime Fest is not a good play.

And when it comes to merchant section, it just seemed to be some spots who couldn’t get spots at NYCC. I read that those merchants didn’t sell much. Merchant goers are willing to spend an extra $25 just to see more sellers.

If Reed Pop wanted to bring back Anime Fest, they should make it its own event, not a phoned-in extension of a convention that is already maxed-out.