0 comments // in Articles Games Video // August 12, 2013 // Posted by Alexander Smolinski

Christmas comes four and a half months early this year in the form of three brand new Pokemon evolutions. Mega Ampharos, Mega Absol and Mega Mawile will be available in Pokemon X and Y, scheduled to come out worldwide October 12th!

I can’t wait for this game :) . I love that it is being released worldwide right out of the gate.. the future is now!

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The Mega Evolution of Pokemon X & Y – Is This Mewthree?

0 comments // in Articles Games Photos Video // August 8, 2013 // Posted by muten

The Pokemon community is buzzing and with good reason! Over the last month or so, we’ve heard many new announcements concerning the new Pokemon X and Pokemon Y releases on Nintendo 3DS. This will be the first exclusive release for the 3DS system, so you’d be right to expect great things from Game Freak.

First of all, the release date of both games is October 19, 2013. International Pokemon Masters (Japan, UK, Australia), don’t worry – you can expect a timely release in October 2013 as well.

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Mega Pokemon Evolutions

The craziest news to hit the streets is about Mega Evolutions. These new Pokemon are all referred to as “Mega” and evolve through a process called “Mega Evolution”. Of course, you accomplish this most likely with the “Mega Stone”. Yes, sounds a little cheesy, but just wait until you see the new forms.

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Really Cool Attack on Titan Tributes, Swag and Games

0 comments // in Articles Asian Culture Games Photos Video // August 7, 2013 // Posted by muten

So, I think it’s safe to say that this past year in anime has been ridiculously exciting. Attack on Titan has proved to be this year’s most epic release to date. It’s had the most cosplayers, and introduced more new anime watchers than anything else I’m aware of. It gives us indie anime producers a peak into what it might be like to have an anime series blockbuster.

Amidst dominating the past two seasons of anime, there have been some cool tributes, swag, and multiple games announced:

Tributes – A Sandy Armored Titan
. This beautiful piece of sand art was created by Toshihiko Hosaka, a sculptor with some SICK work, and obviously a patron of new anime.


Swag – Interactive Titan T-shirt
I normally turn my t-shirts inside out to make myself look like a ninja (and then proceed to Tee-Pee my enemies). This t-shirt flips that idea on its head, by actually printing graphics on the inside of the tee! If you put this tee over your head, you too will become a Titan (like a certain person we know from the series). My favorite part of this merch is the perfect imitation of tendons and muscles that show up when you put the t-shirt over your face. Honestly, genius.


Swag – Interactive Coffee Mug
Okay, not entirely interactive. But if you place your head closer to the table, then the titan will actually hide from you! Word to “field of vision”. Still a really innovative idea. Attack on Titan’s marketing and merch team is really turning the game inside out (pun intended)!


AoTTG Demo (Web Game)
Built on the Unity engine, some really clever guys over at Fenglee created a flash game that is sure to trigger some nostalgia from the series. It hit me just the other day; I realized the concept for killing titans is actually perfect for a new video game approach. It’s Spiderman + Naked Giants (huge plus, right?) + what kind of feels like NES Zelda. I don’t know, give it a try and let me know if you like it.

Play the game here (and try not to get eaten).


Attack on Titan Second Life Mod
Remember Second Life? Some genius gamers modded and recreated everything they could from the series and you can actually play the demo. There’s a free demo available at Kohime’s store, so all you have to do is download Second Life, sign up for a free account, and do a search for “Edelweiss”.

I’ve attached a video and a link for you to check it out. Check out more on Kotaku.

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Official 3DS Video Game Announced
This is what I am truly excited about. An official release of Attack on Titan on the consoles, and it looks like 3DS is up first. After going to Anime Expo this year, it’s obvious the anime demographic heavily favors the Nintendo 3DS 10:1 (stat pulled out of my butt) to every other mobile device, iPhone included. Dare I say this will be the first anime game I’d be willing to purchase since Ninja Storm 3? It might rabbit, it might. Sources have confirmed that Spike Chunsoft is now working on releasing the new game to Japan this year. We’ll keep tabs on the news for you, so keep coming back for more updates!

Attack on Titan 3DS


Super Mario Bros. Crossover pt. 3

0 comments // in Articles Games Video // August 3, 2013 // Posted by muten

This is the first time I’m hearing about this video series, so forgive me. But how cool is it to see all of these 8-bit and 16-bit characters sharing the most classic side-scrolling level known to gaming?

Really f*cking cool:
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Asura’s Wrath Perfect Artworks DVD Now Available

0 comments // in Games Photos // July 30, 2013 // Posted by muten

Asura’s Wrath Perfect Artworks is a very serious collection of production art and design from last year’s hit video game, Asura’s Wrath.

Personally, I was extremely inspired by the art direction of Asura’s Wrath. They really created some of the most staggering environments and CG cutscenes that I’d ever seen in console gaming before.

The DVD totes 3,300+ pages of material and comes at a price tag worthy of such: ¥ 5000 or $815.33. If you’re a baller, here’s a link to the product on Amazon Japan.

It comes with the following :

  1. “E-GA-” (all 252 pages) – Workflow illustrations and Tokitsu
  2. “蒐-SHU-” (all 689 pages) – Stage configuration documentation
  3. “Play-GEKI-” (all 2388 pages) – All recorded storyboards, including the unpublished scene was cut
  4. “Solution-KAI-” (all 48 pages) – Highlight commentary

I don’t know if I’ll be buying it, but I’m certainly going to post as many images from it as I can!


Smooth McGroove is back! Ken SF2 Acapella Theme

0 comments // in Audio Games Video // // Posted by muten

That’s right, he’s back. Smooth McGroove sure knows how to please the video game nerd. I wonder if he plays and personally loves all of the games he covers.

I’m just saying he kind of looks like he loves his job too much. Don’t shrug at me with that sarcastic grin, you glass bastard.

At least make it look hard for those of us that wish we could harmonize with ourselves like you… :(

Smoothe McGroove Puts Out Acapella Cover of Aquatic Ambience From Donkey Kong Country

0 comments // in Games Video // July 25, 2013 // Posted by Alexander Smolinski

This guy is such a beast.. If you watch one, you’re going to watch all 43.

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Super Mario Bros. 3 for NES Reimagined in 3D

1 comment // in Articles Games Video // February 25, 2013 // Posted by Alexander Smolinski

This is a really awesome and creative video.. World 8 from Super Mario Bros. 3 for the original Nintendo reimagined as a 3D first person shooter!

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I hope he does Mega Man next..

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