Monday, September 1, 2014

Kumoricon 2014: The Good (Is In Part 2), The Bad, and the Ableist

Fans were great. Lower-level staff was great. I got to spend the entire weekend rooming with one of my best friends. I took tons of pictures. I played tons of games. I had an amazing time.

Most of the higher-level staff involved in planning needs to be fired.

Don't get me wrong; I have mostly great things to say about Kcon this year and I had a great time, but some things need vented first. Behold my tale of disorganization, common sense fail, and even a little downright ableism.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The "Phantom Ninja" Incident

If you didn't know, I'm autistic. I have Asperger's Syndrome, to be specific. If you've ever been friends with an autistic nerd, you know there are things the person is a fan of, and then there is the thing. The Thing. That one thing that an autistic person is currently obsessed with and latches onto like Velcro. In my case, there are those works of fiction I like and then there's The work of fiction that I can't wait for the next installment of and have pull myself away from spending too much money on merchandise of every time I go to Wal-Mart. Ninjago was, and is still at time of writing, that Thing.
While waiting impatiently for the release of The LEGO Movie in the United States, to give you a rough idea just how long this stupid mess has been going on, I got hooked on another LEGO themed series: Ninjago: The Masters of Spinjitzu. The show is currently airing its third season, which is only eight episodes long. This means the story is really tightly written, but it also means that somebody at either LEGO or Cartoon Network got the bright idea of stretching out their investment by airing two episodes every three months.
If you've ever seen a fandom during a long hiatus, especially one mid-season where every episode ends with a cliffhanger, it's not pretty. Weird fan art starts popping up. Horrible puns flood discussions. People start foaming at the mouth. Okay, maybe not the last one, but I'm pretty certain their brains start foaming at the proverbial mouth. And few nerds start showing symptoms of "Where the heck is the new episode of my show?" faster than college students like me who have nothing else to look forward to on the weekend. But even at the corner of "They haven't even given an airdate" and "We had to wait 2 years for this season to even start" there is hope in the growing realm of tie-in comics. Ninjago has a line of graphic novels, also released every few months, with pretty good stories that seem to be getting better every issue. Volume 9 was great, and news came that Volume 10: "The Phantom Ninja", would be released early May, smack dab in the middle of the break between two sets of episodes. I ask my comic book store to add the Ninjago graphic novels to my pull-list and mark my calendar.
Except my calendar turns out to be wrong. "The Phantom Ninja" is pushed back to the end of the month.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Follow Up: E3 According to Everything But E3

Well, color me very pleasantly surprised. :D

Monday, June 10, 2013

E3 According to Everything But E3

There are two kinds of gamers on the internet: Those who pay close attention to every E3 update in real time, and those who make no effort to pay attention to anything but get all the same news within an hour of each event because it’s all over their Tumblr dashboard. I've been up for 19 hours and forgot E3 even started today, so it's no surprise I'm in the later group.

But I may shift gears and watched archived press conferences over the next few days, because it sounds like this is the biggest train wreck of an E3 ever, and it's still Day 0. The "Big Brother Is Watching You" XBOX ONE just got announced to the tune of 500$, no apologies or explanations for the privacy invasion given. Meanwhile, Microsoft is releasing an XBOX 360 game called Watch Dogs about trying to take down a corrupt system.

I'm not kidding.

Seeing how this blew analysis guesses to the tune of 350-450$ out of the water, who knows how much Sony thinks they're getting for the PS4 in a horrible economy. I won't be surprised if they're so out of touch with reality that they have an even higher asking price than Microsoft.

What really gets me thought is how Nintendo seems to be winning by not doing anything. In fact, this has been 2013 so far - Sony and Microsoft keep digging deeper holes while Nintendo keeps selling more copies of Luigi's Mansion and Animal Crossing while they bring down the price on the Wii U to something a bit more reasonable. It is the most backwards thing I have ever seen - a console war is being won by the company who is being the least proactive. That's just not how technology works. The spoilers always go to whoever announces all the newest, highest quality toys with the most bells as whistles at the latest date. But Sony and Microsoft are both madly in love with ending the used game market in the middle of a recession that they are totally blind to how much trouble they're about to be in.

So my prediction?  Once we see the sales on the XBOX ONE and the PS4, the Wii U is suddenly going to look really successful in comparison. Analysts have said the console is doing poorly, but we haven't really had a control for how many consoles sell in hard economic times on average. If the Wii U doesn't come out on top, I may lose some of my faith in humanity because really? Consumers are really going to let Sony get away with killing used games and let Microsoft get away with a laundry list of privacy exploits that are downright scary?

Yeah, no. I want to believe the gaming community is smarter than that. At least the members of the community who buy their own stuff, at least. Personally, I'm not shelling out 60 hours of ghostwriting to pay for either of these bricks.

I'm going to bed. Wake me up if they announce Half-Life 3. (Read: Don't wake me up.)

Awesome Link of the Day: What Are the Craziest Gaming Accessories?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Birthday Schenanigans

My 22nd birthday is a bittersweet one for me - This could have been the year I'd finished college if I hadn't been a depression-laden mess who failed a bunch of classes and had to take an indefinite hiatus. Then again, this was also the first year that I felt like I might finally be 10% of an adult.

Why? Because when I got birthday money from my parents, my first thought was "Yay, school payment!" rather than anything related to DVDs or video games. Still, I promised myself I'd spend a little on something fun, so I bought a new bag to replace my old backpack that fell apart. It's pink and has a smaller bag inside, so I have one bag that can carry anything from just my wallet and chap-stick to my laptop and a bunch of books without feeling awkward. It's one of the most girly things I own and I'm okay with that, darnit.

I also got the traditional "gift of awesome random things Blackjack finds around the year and hides till me birthday." I'd go into detail with pictures and everything but I'm really tired after running around all day in some of the hottest weather we've had this year. The short version is Pansage plush, tea, Cars stuff, and other awesome things.

By the end of a day filled with wishes, cake, and free birthday tea at the cafe, I feel a lot more at peace. Not because of the stuff, but because I was reminded of a lot of people who don't think I'm a walking disaster.

Awesome Link of the Day: What are the Greatest Disney Cosplays?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Brave, Pixar, and a Wider Lens

Not to brag, but I seem to have a talent for predicting how well a movie is going to go over. Don't ask me how. I knew WALL-E was going to be the most amazing thing I've ever seen, even going as far as to buy memorabilia before I stepped foot in the theater. I knew Cars 2 was going to be 'completely ridiculous... but it looks really fun,' and maybe part of the reason I enjoyed the film so much is I didn't have to deal with the shell shock many others got about it not being... Pixar-ish enough. With this strange ability, I've managed to never regret seeing a film in theaters.

No, really. Not to brag. Not. To. Brag. Because not every feeling I have is positive. Sometimes, I look at a film I really want to like and something just doesn't connect. Something feels off, but I don't want to be right. If you follow my Tumblr, you saw me struggle with this a few days ago: