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New Berserk Anime Confirmed!

The jacket for the newest issue of the Berserk manga confirms that there is a new animation project in the works for Berserk.  This is awesome, as the original anime remains one of the finest examples of fantasy in anime.  The manga itself is perhaps one of the greatest examples of dark fantasy to ever be told in any format.  The manga started in the middle of the series and eventually did a large flashback arc to explain how things became so hellish in the current Berserk world as well as Gattsu’s backstory.  This flashback arc is what the anime covered which was fine, but it ended with such a massive cliffhanger that it left anyone who hadn’t known about the manga stunned.  Perhaps with this new project we’ll get to see more of what happens after and maybe it will encourage the author Kentaro Miura to keep working on his manga seeing as how he’s been taking a number of breaks lately.

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Plants Vs Zombies in WoW Cataclysm

It seems Blizzard has deemed fit to add another massive time sink into their time sink.  This will be a series of low level quests around 20, but it gives a lot of xp and so should remain profitable for a long time.

Disgaea 4 Announced

Luckily, in spite of Nippon-Ichi Software’s poor fiscal year, we will be getting another Disgaea game.  It looks to have more of what we have grown to love from the massive strategy rpg titan.  I’m loving the new characters for this installment, but that’s to be expected from the series.  It looks like we’ll get to see more zany stacking tactics and a possibility of turning characters into weapons? I think I saw a Prinny getting turned into a type of bow at one point.  Looks like another great time sink for fans of the SRPG genre.

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A Review of the Video Games Geeks and Gamer Girls : Guest Post

September 17, 2010 3 comments

Songwriters and producers Max Martin and Dr. Luke have cashed in hard off of one beat this year. The songwriters, responsible for chart smashes from Ace of Base’s “Beautiful Life” to the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” delivered two key hits this year, Ke$ha’s single “Tik Tok” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” two songs written essentially in the same key, with the same structure, and strikingly similar melodies. Both hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and on a number of international charts, and as a consequence, they’re ripe for parodies like “Geek and Gamer Girls.”

The song takes Perry’s “California Gurls” and makes it, pretty unsubtly, about what this video’s creators assume geek culture is. This is done, like most things, through namedrops and floating images of products to obscure the singer’s breasts, as well as cameos by Seth Green, who replaces Snoop Dogg’s guest verse on the original, as well as by Stan Lee and Battlestar Galactica cast member Katee Sackoff.

However, its initial consumers seem to believe that they’re being lied to. Video host Break’s comments section rapidly degenerated into anger from both men and women who found the thing unrepresentative, sexist, or just every bit as irritating as “California Gurls” and its drunk cousins. One Break reader called the song “nine full bales of fake and lame.” Another simply said “Bad video. Terrible song,” but added “Totally saved by a rapping Seth Green and a Stan Lee cameo,” as if the guest appearances salvaged the material. Holly Green, a video games writer, wrote “We don’t need this sexist garbage. This is the kind of stuff that gets me (a video games writer) attacked viciously … for identifying my gender. It’s because many geek girls and gamer girls like to do this … using their so called hobby as another means to get men to line up and tell them how pretty they are. It’s kind of pathetic.”

Later comments are more forgiving, talking about how they enjoyed particular shout outs and how attractive the girls are. However, the discussion centers pretty clearly around the objectification of women, the fact that girls as portrayed here don’t actually look like people who play video games, and the perpetual, insufferable misogyny that defines large congregations of people who feel the need to post comments on sites like Break. If nothing else is interesting about “Geek and Gamer Girls,” it’s the fact that it and both the Katy Perry and Ke$ha songs that preceded it have elicited almost the exact same criticism and conversation.

Andrew Hall is a guest writer.

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It Came From Tokyo Game Show!

As always, Tokyo Game Show hits fast and hard with fantastic trailers and news.  Here are some of the highlights thus far.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Some repeat footage from older trailers, but it’s just so fantastic looking that it’s always worth watching again.  Hopefully the game will live up to even half the hype the trailer provides.

Excitement level: 6 because it’s hard to imagine anything surpassing the original Deus Ex.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Here we have the first mega-trailer that reveals much about the plot and story behind the game.  We also see a lot more of the world here, and you can see how it didn’t get the Castlevania title until much later in the production.  Though many of the elements that make a Castlevania game are missing, you can see the inspiration through the entirety of the game as well as in the power ups you’ll be gaining as the game progresses.  While the initial God Of War feel is still present, I think it’ll be overshadowed (by some Lords maybe? heh) by the setting and story being weaved.

Excitement level: 8

The Last Guardian

Team Ico brings us another stunning delight in the new trailer for The Last Guardian.  This will be the final game in the Ico trilogy and we really don’t know anything about where this will take place in the story/world developed by Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.  The game is already deceptively whimsical and heartwarming.  This is a bad sign simply because of what we know from prior incarnations of the games.  We can already tell there is a group out to either destroy the monster or the boy.  Judging by the arrows sticking out of the creature’s body, we can imagine that he’s going to suffer through a lot as the game progresses.  I know this game will bring me to tears by the end of it.  I’m already predicting that you’ll have to kill the creature yourself by the end of the game even as he doesn’t fight back because he loves you too much.

Excitement Level: 10 for BAWWWWWW T.T

Ico & Shadow of the Colossus (HD Relaunch)

After lots of hinting and promises, we finally have the first trailer for the HD PS3 re-launches of Ico & Shadow of the Colossus.  Along with the graphics overhaul, there will be added Trophies you can earn and we should see a whole new generation finally getting to play Ico because it was super rare when it first came out.

Excitement Level: 10 (Even though I have both games)

Shadows of the Damned

Wow. This came out of left field.  The style of Suda 51 (No More Heroes), the presentation of Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil 4), and the sound of Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill).  I already have to purchase this game on these names alone.  It’s like the Expendables of the Japanese video game world.  The game itself looks to be a hyper stylized 3rd person action horror that seems to conjure up the feeling of From Dusk Till Dawn and other grindhouse style movies.

Excitement Level: 10 (Seriously! Suda51, Shinji Mikami, and Akira Yamaoka!)

DMC (Devil May Cry 5)

Here we have a prequel-prequel or a reboot of the Devil May Cry franchise. Now we have Dante as a london-punk style teenager doing what he’s always done.  It’s kind of funny though.  In the other games his attitude and style worked so well and made him into this badass.  But now that he’s a teenager he comes across as a snot-nosed punk with no respect.  Maybe I’m age-ist?

Excitement Level: 2 (Maybe I’ll be wrong and the game’ll be awesome, but man he just seems annoying now)

Alice: Madness Returns

We’re finally seeing the sequel to American McGee’s Alice that came out back in 2000.  The original game was creative and one of the first of the real dark re-imagining genre.  I loved the original game and I was never a huge fan of the Alice story to begin with.  While I don’t know if this sequel is necessary, It will be nice to see what ideas they come up with.

Excitement Level: 6 (Snicker-snack)

Other big news:

-Panzer Dragoon: Project Draco announced for Kinect

-Radiant Silvergun coming to XBox360

-Rise of Nightmares announced for Kinect – dark horror rail-shooter

-X-23 and Tronn Bonne announced as playable characters for Marvel Vs Capcom 3: FTW

-New Dead Rising Add-on case that focuses on continuing the story of Frank West.  Fantastic!

Categories: Gaming, Japan, Playstation 3

Did You Know? – Technology Video

After you’ve picked your jaws up off the floor, let’s consider the ramifications of some of this knowledge.  Perhaps the greatest element of danger is the speed at which the world is changing these days.  The future is fantastic, surely.  But the rate at which we are hurtling toward it is mind boggling.  I, for one, already feel myself overwhelmed by knowledge each day and I regret constantly that I don’t have the time to absorb the amount of knowledge and info that’s available.  It’s hard, but we almost have to accept the fact that no matter what we do we will never be able to catch up.  That doesn’t mean we should give up or stop, however, because we as a species are consumed by our hunger for knowledge.

I think the most unsettling thing is the idea of computers that surpass the computational skills of humanity.  I think I’d like to see a sway towards improving humanity’s capabilities first.  Cybernetics Yes! Building better robot overlords no!

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