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.

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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.

Nintendo Spoiled Us With Online Play

Since the formal announcement of Nintendo Switch Online, critics lampooned Nintendo for daring to charge customers for online multiplayer while it has been free to play online for a year and a half. It wasn’t that Nintendo shouldn’t have charged for online play at all but they should have done it sooner.

When the Nintendo Switch was first released there wasn’t too much to offer for multiplayer, so it made sense to not launch an online service. But when the solid multiplayer such as ARMS and Splatoon 2 started emerging later in the year, it would have been a good time to launch an online subscription service.

Some people nitpicked Nintendo Switch Online’s other feature to death despite these issues mirror that of Xbox Live and/or PlayStation Plus.

The NES games available through Switch Online is not worth it? Well, some people value NES games way more than the free games found on Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus. And the library will grow.

You can lose you cloud saves if you cancel you Switch Online subscription? That is similar to what happens to cloud saves when you cancel PS Plus for six months.

The service is too pricey? I understand that not everyone can afford a subscription fee, but Switch Online’s yearly subscription is a roughly a third of the price than what Sony and Microsoft are offering.

It is understandable that not every Nintendo Switch user will but signing up for the online service. But let’s not pretend this is Nintendo’s worst foot forward. Besides, we got a free year and a half of free online play, which is a lot for a home console.

Mega Man 11 Demo

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I have tried out the Demo for Mega Man 11 on the Switch. I must say that it has taken me longer than it should have to beat Block Man.

My first Mega Man experience was with the X series. Wall jumps and dashes have spoiled me. LOL It’s hard to get the timing on the trickier jumps but I managed for the most part.

The Double Gear system is quite interesting. As it stands now, Speed is by far the stronger gear. You can use it to escape most death traps as well as put multiple Mega Buster shots. It’t pretty much makes the Power Gear obsolete. I guess we will see if the full game makes better use.

Looking forward to play the full version of Mega Man 11!