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.

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!

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.

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!

It’s Ninja’s Decision

 

Over the past few weeks, the Fortnite streamer got some heat for saying that he would not stream with women because of his wife and family. Some say that it’s a harmful decision. I think Ninja is just putting family before streaming and we shouldn’t fault him for that.

Some people are saying Ninja should stream women especially because of today. Well when it comes to Ninja’s stream time, he does not have to steam with anyone. He can choose who he want to have on is stream, or he can choose to stream with nobody at all. His choice not to stream with other women is directly because of the political climate.

It’s Ninja’s choice. Let him have it.