Thoughts on E3, Day One.

So, I'll just go all out and steal the format from Ajay. But do it with pizzaz. :D 'Cause I'm bored. 

  • The man talking about COD: Black Ops made me giggle. Out loud. Way corny. Game looked alright. Rough, but alright. I dig flying the hind and blowing stuff up.
  • Halo Reach blew my mind. Expansive areas and space combat? Count me iiiiiiiin. Times a million.
  • Gears 3 looked sweet. It's nice that they're going all-out for the co-op stuff. Swapping weapons with each other, levels built for 4 players, etc etc. Fight through the pain!
  • Kinect looks dumb. I sat there watching the whole thing with my girlfriend and we both had the same disappointed look. I think it's retarded but her words explain it better. "There's so much potential they're just not using. Petting animals and rafting. What about acting out your character in an RPG or interacting with NPCs in other games?" she says.
  • I don't care about sports, but the ESPN stuff was the best part of the show. Those two guys were funny.
  • My BFF Oscar.
  • No big exclusives. Seriously. They showed 3 exclusives, two of which were trailers and the rest of the exclusive were the dumb Kinect games. 
  • The new 360 looks like a crapped up Alienware PC. Terrible. I might just get it. Built-in Wi-Fi and 250GB HDD? Fuck. Hard to miss out. Also, whisper quiet.
  • Overall, pretty disappointing. They had a terrific showing last year. I don't know what happened but this year was boring, uneventful and watching an hour of people acting having fun was depressing. Hopefully better stuff comes out of the show later this week for them.

  • Start the conference with a new Need For Speed and it's a Hot Pursuit game? FUCK. YES. I literally screamed "OH SHIT" at my TV. Criterion developed and looking like a true successor to one of the best racing games ever made. I can't wait.
  • Dead Space 2 looks like Dead Space, only a sequel. The church stuff looked... rough. But I loved the expansive city and the helicopter sequence. See tomorrow what the end of the demo is! 
  • Medal of Honor looks awesome. I love Bad Company 2 but man... I miss MW2. It's great to see that MOH looks like MW2 done right.
  • The EA Sports stuff was whatever. Madden looks neat, I just have no interest with any of it. The training stuff bored me.
  • Bulletstorm looked insane. The dialogue was so retarded but the game looked way fun. I miss ridiculous shooters.
  • Star Wars. Gross.

  • I missed the first part of the conference. Was playing Red Dead Redemption. I sincerely hope Child of Eden comes out on PS3. I'd kill myself if the sequel to my favorite game comes out for the one peripheral I'll never actually play on. 
  • Missed this stuff.
  • When I tuned in, Shaun White was on stage being the loser he is. Then they showed his game. HE WAS GRINDING ON CAPPED BENCHES, LEDGES AND RAILS. Go fuck yourself Shaun and Ubi. You don't make a skateboarding game and then ignore any kind of real world physics. Not that the game is going for a realistic touch or anything. The actual skateboarding stuff looked super robotic/automated and the level stuff was 100% Okami/DeBlob. Wonderful.
  • I forgot.
  • Breathing simulator.
  • Laser tag. The audience looked like they wanted to kill themselves.
  • The host man wasn't funny.
  • Let's exercise.
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier looks INSANE. I was wishing for a RB6 game but that'll do just fine. Wow. So good.
  • Rayman looked super cool.
  • I closed the browser as soon as they announced Michael Jackson. Time for the world to get past that shit. Seriously.
  • Oh crap, that's right! Driver! Ha! Ha ha! Fuck you, Ubisoft. A coma? Just... fuck you. In the ass. With a pitchfork. A rusty one. With a broken shaft that will break off as I stab the fork up your collective asses.
So yeah! Day one, pretty neat. Some great stuff, some pretty awful stuff. Has me excited to see what's in store for tomorrow! Props to AjayRaz for being retarded on Twitter alongside myself, haha.

New art! You should check this one out, srsly.

I wanted to Photoshop something, but didn't know what. So I picked the first thing that caught my interest on my desktop, which was this picture I saved from the nets. *COUGH*XEIPHYER'SSCREENEDPROFILEPICTURE*COUGH* Thought I'd make my best efforts to change one person into something entirely different. You know, one of them people photoshoops. Celebrities do it all the time, right?

Sort of based on one of my characters. 
Think I did well enough. It's not a huge leap over the original but different enough to be another person. At least, I think so. It's honestly kind of freaky. I feel like I've just played God or something. What d'you guys think?

Also, fuck Twilight. Ashley Greene is kind of hot but yo, fuck Twilight.     
Comparison with original
Animated comparison
Edit: Attached to the Off-Topic forum 'cause I suck and Giant Bomb suggested I did. 
Edit 2: Fixed links.

New art

Sort of. Far from done, but working on it. 

 Guess what they're playing? Here's a hint: Starts with an 'H' and ends with 'alo: Reach' >>

LANDMARK IDEA, Need the help of Giant Bomb's community!

And by that, I mean I'll be drawing  pictures to go along with the funny stuff. Like an animation, only not. Because I can't animate.   
... yet. 
So I need help! Seeing as how I don't have... uh... over 10 days of listening time's worth, if anyone has any favorite lines and knows which episode I can find it in, please, post it here!   
Also, probably worth noting this won't be done anytime soon. Really just a side project that I'll work on when I want to kill time :D But I swear, I will complete it! And it will be awesome.


Secret new release!

So, not much that's really important came out this week besides like, After Burner Climax.  Or am I lying? I am. 
In a few stores, Atlus finally released the game I've been working on for a looooong time. Go out and grab a copy! :D 

 I got my copy!

New art! Juri Wallpaper :)

Worked on it for a while. Got my new parts to fix my tablet so yay!  

 Black Version
White Version 


Click on the links in the image captions to get the full, 1920x1080 wallpapers. :) I might not actually end up buying SSFIV, but Juri sure as hell is one of the best character designs I've ever seen. Art-wise, I've wanted to do this style of wallpaper for a while now. The last one I did was for FFXII! o: Enjoy! 
Edit. Links didn't work. 
Black Version 
White Version 
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Things I Love That I Wish to Share <Part 1>

So, I already wrote this once only to have it deleted. Here's hoping that this time, it won't disappear. Perhaps I'll save it in Word before I post. >> I've come to accept throughout the years that I'm exposed to a lot of things others aren't be it good or bad. I've spent a lot of my time showing whatever I deem neat to friends and it's made my group of friends expand into different territories of awesome!  
So with that, I introduce you to 10 things that I especially love. I'll try to partition them in different categories (one music group, one show, one film, one game, etc.) to avoid repetitiveness, but whatever. Also worth noting, these are things that I love. I'm not saying you'll positively love them but I've seemed to strike a chord with almost everyone I've shown this to before. Your experience may vary, but if you didn't want to see new things, why would you be reading this! So, without further ado, here's the start of it, in no particular order. Sorta. 

Nº 1 - Nerima Daikon Brothers

 In 2004, I was introduced to Bleach. Believe it or not, this was the very first anime I watched. In retrospect, it's kind of a terrible place to start. ...Though that is another discussion altogether. ... Point being, I'm "new" to anime in some way. My first wasn't shows like DBZ or Ghost in the Shell like it was to others. From '04 to today, I've been exposed to anime and it's culture almost every day through friends and the internet. This has slowly grown a deep-seeded hatred for the medium. I can't stand watching anime now because it's a gigantic clusterfuck of clichés and struggling attempts to either be more like a Square Enix-like action shonen brawl-fest or a Lucky Star-like romp of "It's funny 'cause nothing is actually happening". If you want a more detailed overlook at why I think modern-day anime is garbage, you can check out this awesome blog post by Symphony. I should move on with my point. 
Albeit airing in 2006, Nerima Daikon Brothers was introduced to me in summer of last year by a friend and it remains one of two animes (the other one being Darker than BLACK) that I've actually been able to stand within the past 2 or 3 years. There's a bunch of neurotic comedy animes that have aired throughout the years though none of them have made me laugh quite as hard as Nerima Daikon Brothers has. Essentially, take the Blues Brothers and put the entire production team on crack and you'll get what I'm trying to sell you on here. Sounds retarded, and that's exactly what it is. It's fuckin' stupid and for that, it's brilliant. The simpleton story of two brothers and their cousin wanting to quit their Daikon (A form of radish) farming, steal money from undeserving crazies and outwit an equally stupid police detective to build a Rock n' Roll dome where they'll be able to sing all day long is one of absolute ridiculousness. The entire series is played as a musical that, in each episode, introduces a bad person upon which they group feels they should steal that person's profit only to have them resort to a loan from a loan shark that refuses to loan money only to have their whole plan fail.  
There's a panda with radish leaves on it's head, there's blatant homosexuality jokes, slow humor, neurotic humor, pokes at poor localization and so much more that makes it incomprehensibly amazing. Now, reading it for the first time, me trying to suggest a musical comedy anime to you sounds like a for-sure death trap. For whatever reason, every casting agency in North America has got to be run by monkeys or something of a similar IQ. I'm baffled at how, year after year, voice actors in english-localized anime continues to be shit awful. Either hiring the same actor that has no range or hiring a bunch of absolutely terrible nobodies, voice acting in english anime has always been, and will most likely continue to be, awful. That's why Nerima Daikon Brothers is so entertaining. I don't know how and I don't know why but the VO in NDB is stellar. It's over-the-top like you'd want it to be but it's still totally high-production value voice acting. It's never annoying, they fit every character and the localized dialogue (while slightly different from the japanese writing) is legitimately laugh-out-loud hilarious.  
There's so much I could write about it, but what's above sums it up pretty good. I'm not sure what scene to pick from the series, so I'll go at random. Just know that it's absolutely worth watching if you like to laugh and want to watch a short (12 episodes) series that doesn't blow. It's available on Amazon for 27$ US.
Oh, and did I mention it's made by Shinichi Watanabe

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Nº 2 - The Oblongs 

This might vary. I'm basing this off of my experience with my friends since none of them knew what this show is. The Oblongs is a cartoon that aired in 2001 for, unfortunately, 13 episodes. Since I'm shit at explaining, I'll let Wikipedia do it for me: 
 The show focuses on the antics of a family who live in a poor valley community and as a result of pollution and radiation exposure are all disabled or deformed. The pollution is the direct result of the lavish lifestyle of the rich community known as "The Hills", whose residents exploit and harm the valley residents with absolutely no regard for their safety or well-being.  
The cast of characters, from the ADHD^2 antics of Milo to the hilariously depressing quips from goth/pyromaniac Susie, is absolutely charming in their own creepy way and the show has some great writing that isn't all that serious. It's just fun writing. It's by no means the end-all-be-all, Arrested Development of cartoons, but it's most certainly one you should watch. It's only 13 episodes, anyways. I got it the boxset at Future Shop for 15$, should be similarly priced elsewhere. There's really not much else I can write about this one. It's just really funny, witty, incredibly well-animated with terrific art and entertaining for every second it goes by. It also features Will Ferrell as the voice of Milo's dad, which is one of his rare castings as a legitimately funny character.  
< Continued in Part 2 >