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@_ReElise #IndieGame @Kickstarter Project Blends #Anime, #HipHop, #Christianity & Hope – SUPER DOPE!

Posted by Yogizilla on August 25, 2016

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you may have caught some of the buzz about one of the most ambitious Kickstarter indie game projects this year: ReElise (pronounced “release”).  This game is nothing short of SUPER DOPE.  But don’t take our word for it..  Peep our gameplay video and YouTube exclusive SNEAK PEEK:

This game is high-concept yet super fun to play.  It combines…

  • Moving hip-hop beats and original OST
  • Old-school/retro turn-based JRPG game mechanics
  • Deep combat system and phat loot
  • Emotional story with tons of feels
  • Dynamic characters that aren’t made out of cardboard
  • Christian themes and practical life advice, hope, and inspiration

On the latter note, some folks may be turned off by the Christian aspect.  The knee-jerk reaction may be that it’s going to be preachy or that a hidden agenda will take priority over good gameplay.  None of those things are true.

If you worry about religious themes, most of anime and video games won’t even exist!  Just look at Neon Genesis Evangelion, arguably one of the greatest anime series of all time.  It’s been redone, revisited, and talked about for over a decade yet the entire mythos is rooted in Christian themes.  Most are oblivious to this, even with the out-right references to angels and resurrection, yet the story still has a massive impact.

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That’s exactly the sort of legacy Justin Fox wishes to create with ReElise.  If we help him succeed, he’ll be the first Christian-developed video game that doesn’t hide the fact that there are Christian themes.  This is crazy considering that games like Citizens Of Earth and Five Nights At Freddy’s are developed by Christians yet you’d never know it.  Justin has made bold decisions and is truly making a game that he himself wants to play.  If you ask us, these are the sorts of indie projects we need to support wholeheartedly.

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The ReElise story revolves around a girl named Elise and her struggles with inner demons.  For over 7 years she was the victim of human trafficking and now she is on a war path.  This powerful premise is but one aspect of what makes this game so compelling.

ReElise is positioned to discuss the truths and topics that others are too scared to tap into.  We not only have a strong female protagonist but also a minority game developer.  In an industry where diversity and innovation are often swept under the rug for the sake of pandering and profit, this is a breath of fresh air.  Let’s rally to support this, friends!

Ready to be part of the movement driving ReElise?  Support ReElise on Kickstarter and share with friends.

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Learn more about our awesome community of geeks and creatives on the latest GeekyAntics Community Round-Up!  Even if you can’t support the ReElise indie game project, please comment, share, and tell your friends!

 

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NSFW: Horseplay Podcast EP 1 – Crazy Indie Games & LoL Ranked Preseason 4 Favorites

Posted by Yogizilla on December 13, 2013

Sexy Katarina - League of Legends

WARNING:  NSFW!

After a crazy pilot episode, we really get into our groove with the Horseplay Gaming Podcast EPISODE 1.  Since we do not follow specific themes or scripts, we talk about everything in the 2 1/2 hours we stream live here but we focus heavily on indie games, the ho-hum next-gen consoles, and, of course, League of Legends.

As we will likely do every week, we discuss the most-played LoL champions.  No real shockers here.  ADCs dominate the rankings as usual, making it clear that most just want to kill things and teamwork is often an afterthought.  Lee Sin is moving up the ranks while staples such as Yi, Caitlyn, Ezreal, and Vayne stay amongst the Top 20 in ranked play.

Personally, I’m surprised Katarina is not higher on the list..  She still pwnz in 5v5..  Unless maybe you play at Diamond or higher tiers.  BTW, we also discuss the top skins on League of Legends.  Most skins suck but I think these picks are solid.

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Preseason 4 has been super exciting and we are stoked to see what Patch 3.15 and beyond will bring.  The new champion, Yasou, seems to be a flexible champion who can jungle, top, or support.  It also seems that he will be an excellent counter for annoying pokemasters like Caitlyn and Nidalee.

In other news, we discuss the stupidity of big gaming companies shutting down content and enforcing stupid contract clauses.  Amongst the moments in derpdom are the LCS debacle and YouTube’s move to shut down video game playthrough videos.  WTF?!

I discuss games I am revisiting or planning to revisit..  Plus games I am finally getting around to playing in the Dust Off.  Amongst these games is the strangest title I have played in a long time: Insectipede.  With all these ballsy indie games and spiritual successors, I am hoping someone remakes Seventh Cross Evolution, previously on the Dreamcast, the greatest console of all time.

Tired of corporate greed and lack of customer appreciation in the gaming industry?  We are too.  In fact, that is one of our biggest rants in this episode.  Come give us a listen!

http://www.twitch.tv/yogizilla/c/3389583

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Rage of Bahamut: Holy Wars XII, Craptastic Features, and Freemium BS

Posted by Yogizilla on April 16, 2013

I am back with a vengeance!

After wasting a good year with a startup called Social Prize and some bean-counting, vision-less partners, I have decided to return to my roots: gaming, writing, game design/development, and a little dose of cartooning.  So much catching up to do!  As of late, League of Legends has taken a backseat to Rage of Bahamut, where I have finally fully established the Nipples of Fate (N-o-F or “nawph”, for those new to this site).  Now, I will say this straight-up: League of Legends is by far the better game but I go where my clanmates are and, well, all my LoL friends are slackers!  LOL

Rage of Bahamut - Pseudo TCG - For Android and Crapple iOS Devices

Rage of Bahamut – The Mobile Game You Will Love And Hate!

I’ve been meaning to write a series of R.O.B. related posts with full reviews and wishlists in the mix (I’m a slacker too, apparently) but here is the skinny for now: Rage of Bahamut is a pseudo TCG where you buy or, if you’re lucky, obtain virtual cards to build powerful decks and battle other players or raid bosses.  The game isn’t much to look at, is rather buggy, and can be frustrating for newbies but, once you get past all that, it is very satisfying.

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Bad Apple Videos And More – I’m Turning Japanese (I Really Think So)

Posted by Yogizilla on July 19, 2011

Internet memes and trends disappear as fast as they hit critical mass…  But some linger around, usually due to very avid fanfare or what some may call micro-niche marketing.  Regardless, most of these fads do not catch my attention until the popularity already fizzled out, if at all.  Once in a while, something DOES catch my attention and I get to say I am one of the few in my social circle that knows about it.

Bad Apple is one such Internet meme.

Lost yet?  I suspect so, unless you’re more fluent in Japanese than I am.  When I first stumbled upon this, I asked around to see what all the commotion was about.  Most people on YouTube gave me very generic replies so I figured I’d rely on my good buddy, Google, which took me in soooo many different directions…

Along the way, I learned how to dance.

So, you may still be asking yourself, “WTF?”

What does this have to do with anything?

Well, like most Internet memes, it’s mainly just for fun and arguably pointless, but my research turned up a whole slew of neat fan (and dance) videos.  Here’s another one.  I recommend you watch the guy on the left in the mask and baggy pants.  He’s pretty BEASTLY.

To appreciate the “Bad Apple Movement”, you have to know a bit about Japanese culture.  It turns out that “Bad Apple” is a song made using the vocal synthesizer software called Hatsune Miku, affectionately called Vocaloid.  Wow..  Just how far does this rabbit hole go??  I mean, now I’m uncovering all these cool cosplay images.

 

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Rin: Daughters Of Mnemosyne – The Lore, The Story, And Why It’s SEXY

Posted by Yogizilla on May 7, 2011

Lately, I’ve been on a real Anime kick while trying to catch up on Pokemon Black (DS) and Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG online play. Of course, this is rather difficult in between all the work that I have to do. Heck, I finally just got to reply to hundreds, if not thousands, of comments, which was a big project on it’s own. Apparently, people are still belly-aching about Yu-Gi-Oh! Online and the broken Duel Pass system.

Anywho, I’ve really enjoyed Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne A LOT. Like most, what initially lured me in was the fact that it was about a scantily-clad immortal detective. It didn’t hurt that she was a sexy geek in glasses. There is much more that makes Rin seksy, as you’ll find. Rin is available for instant viewing on Netflix but be forewarned: this is NSFW (Not Safe For Work) nor is it for kids.

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne is rated TV-MA so, in the usual Anime fashion, you can expect lots of nudity and sex scenes. That’s not what makes Rin special, though. The story is very well-done and the characters are intriguing. Not to mention Rin and Mimi, the main characters in this Anime, kick butt and look DARN GOOD doing it!

Rin And Mimi Kick Butt And Look DARN GOOD Doing It!

Rin And Mimi Kick Butt And Look DARN GOOD Doing It!

The story starts off with Rin, a beautiful immortal detective, investigating and solving strange cases. As the show progresses, more supernatural elements arise. I suppose that is to be expected when you’re dealing with Rin and her immortal assistant, Mimi.

Things get a lot more interesting when the references to Apos and Yggdrasil become more pervasive. The concept of Yggdrasil has appeared throughout Anime, especially in Final Fantasy, but where is this concept rooted? Quite literally, the roots of the Yggdrasil tree goes back to Norse mythology and the fabled World Tree. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free Comic Book Day – May 7th 2011 – First Saturday

Posted by Yogizilla on May 2, 2011

Don’t forget that this coming Saturday, May 7th 2011n is Free Comic Book Day. Naturally, you can’t get your favorite Manga since only select comics will be free but the official web site can give you all the details about local shops and comics supporting this yearly event. If you’re like me and you’re out of touch with comic books and graphic novels, this may be your chance to catch up and meet fellow Anime and comic/Manga geeks. It’s also a great opportunity to support small shops near YOU!

FCBD, Every 1st Saturday in May

FCBD, Every 1st Saturday in May

Since 2002, millions, if not billions, if comics have been given away. Who doesn’t like free stuff? This is a great way for lesser-known geek content to be discovered so who knows what you’ll find. If you support this awesome event, please leave a comment and share your favorite comics with us!

The Tick Supports Free Comic Book Day

The Tick Supports Free Comic Book Day

Don’t forget to blog this and share with friends (we wouldn’t mind some backlinks, likes, and blogroll adds, either)!

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Cleaning Up Shop – Not Interested In Bumburbia – Relevant Comments FTW!

Posted by Yogizilla on April 14, 2011

I’ve noticed a lot of comments that are either copy-and-paste self-promoting junk or full of foul language. Let’s keep things relevant. Post about Anime, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and/or video games. If I didn’t approve your comments, it’s probably cause it seemed spammy or inappropriate.

That said, I appreciate all the cool comments and I’m trying hard to reply to everyone. Just a heads-up: I don’t do Skype or webcam duels. If you want to duel, challenge me via Yu-Gi-Oh! Online (PC) or Yu-Gi-Oh! Decade Duels (XBox 360). I’m always up for a friendly duel if work is not keeping me busy or I’m not distracted by XBox LIVE or the massive Netflix Anime Instant Play Collection.

I’ve said it before but I promise to expand the Card Showcase and do a HUGE Yu-Gi-Oh! Box Buster so be patient. I’m a very busy bear-lizard. Please leave a good comment and maybe you’ll win some Yu-Gi-Oh! Or Pokemon goodies.

Speaking of which, I still got some Pokemon goodies for interested parties. It’s pretty rare stuff so these won’t be freebies. Tweet me if interested. Add Yogizilla and NipplesOfFate, my gaming clan, on Twitter then message me to qualify! Be sure to share DPO with friends and like/link your favorite content on here! 8)

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Netflix Ramps Up Anime Streaming and the Endless Distractions Continue

Posted by Yogizilla on April 14, 2011

Well, some of you have been wondering what I’ve been up to and, really, it’s the usual being inundated with work and getting distracted. As usual, XBox LIVE is a great escape from work. Been getting back into CoD Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops (surprisingly, Black Ops has grown onto me though I still prefer Infinity Ward’s approach, in spite of tons of customization and gameplay options in the Treyarch product) with new and old clanmates from NoF, my gaming clan. Crysis 2 has been fun but BOY is that game frustrating!

Possibly the biggest distraction is the massive Netflix Anime expansion. About two or three months back, Anime was only available on DVD or Blu-Ray mailings. Not so now. Netflix has tons of streaming Anime options including Trigun, Berserk, Rin, Blood+, Bleach, Naruto, and Full Metal Alchemist, to name a “few”.

Rin is particularly interesting. The release date shows as 2008 but the subject matter seems dated, especially if you consider the computer references (128MB RAM 300MB HDD is no longer top of the line, folks). Regardless, it is a fun Anime. It’s a little graphic so, kids, go back to Dragon Ball Z, please.

Rin is about two immortal girls that run a private investigation company. They take on strange cases, battle supernatural beings, and make lots of friends along the way. If nudity is your bag, Rin has that too but the plot is substantial, I promise. The Anime series is beautifully drawn too.

If you need more reasons to procrastinate, check out the new, ever-growing Netflix Anime Instant Play collection. Netflix has stepped things up due to the competition from Amazon, Hulu, and others. If Anime is not your thing, add me on XBox LIVE. Yogizilla is my name there though I’m considering changing to YogizillaNoF to fully rep my clan.

The Anime catch-up has definitely been a time killer for me but, fear not: I am still very much excited to bring you my very first online Yu-Gi-Oh! Box Buster. I got tons of cards I have yet to reveal for myself and you, my AWESOME loyal readers. I’ve been focusing on my Y3B blog but I’ll be switching content back and forth, as well as cross-promoting.

There’s still tons of stuff in the pipelines including new Mundane Chatter v2.0 Podcast Episodes, XBox 360 Hardware Mini-Reviews (just got a Turtle Beach X31 and I LOVE it.. looking to get a Razer Onza TE but they’re hard to come by), and MORE! Leave a comment and let me know what games, Anime, and other fun has been consuming your life – maybe we can join forces and veg together!

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Berserk: A Hidden Gem For Anime And Video Games Alike

Posted by Yogizilla on March 23, 2011

After a long work day, few things are as rewarding as winding down to some video games and movies (at least if you ask *this* geek).  I’m enjoying a more “recent” Anime classic that some of you may know but most probably never even heard of..  It’s called “Berserk” and it is A-MAZING!!

The history here is quite extensive…  According to Wikipedia, Berserk dates back to as early as 1988 but I first really fell in love with the series when I enjoyed a good ‘ol hack-and-slash called Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage on the Sega Dreamcast circa 2001 (the Dreamcast is one of my favorite gaming systems of all time, BTW).  At the time, Berserk wasn’t really known in the United States, in spite the long track record of the series as a Manga and Anime alike.  In fact, most people I know that have heard of the Anime watched it in more recent years (say, back in 2007 or 2008), which is why I say it is a more recent Anime classic.  Berserk is one of those hidden gems that is a shame to miss out on!

Now, some of the content snobs out there may say that the Anime, Manga, and video game alike are shallow but I beg to differ.  Berserk is the story of Guts, a man who has missed out on a lot of his life because all he has ever known is the way of the sword and survival.  He’s a bit of a drifter and a loner but, as he meets people in his journies, he learns more about himself and life.  I like his character quite a bit and, well, he simply kicks some major A-double-dollar-sign!!

Sure, at face value, Guts can be seen as any other Japanese hero.  Swords tend to be over-glorified and over-done these days..  But Guts has something special to him.  He is a character whose greatest conflict lies within himself.  He seeks a sense of purpose and I think that’s something people can relate to at any time.  Some of the Japanese cliches still apply (i.e. huge swords, exagerrated actions, and one-dimensional names) but there is depth here, I promise. As such, Berserk earns a place up there with Anime classics like Fist of the North Star and Vampire Hunter D.

In any case, that’s my quick update for now…  I’m thinking I’ll be revisiting this post to share some photos and links.  Berserk FTW!  Anime FTW!!  (Excuse my excessive excitement here but, well, all this action-packed goodness has me hyped up just a smidge.)

Guts From "Berserk" Getting SERIOUS!!

RAWR!!!!!

UPDATE: Just minutes after posting this quick blurb on Berserk, I had felt compelled to check out some of the deals for the complete Anime collection. I found a great deal on Amazon for Berserk Complete under $50. w00t! I can’t wait to re-experience the series. Supposedly, this collection claims to be re-mastered but does not deliver on such promises. You have to remember that the Anime spanned decades with several breaks in between so, as the characters evolved, so did the artistic presentation.

…And now for something a little different…

In that video, we see Berserk slaughtering his foes. You could take this at face value and say, “Wow, he really knows how to wield a sword!” There is more to it, though…

While there are lots of back stories and themes throughout the series, it’s really all about Guts trying to figure life out. Why does he fight? What is the point? This is something few stories really tackle because some writers feel that they may steel their protagonist’s thunder, I suppose. Guts doesn’t have super powers nor is he infallible. I think Kentaro Miura did an excellent job of creating a character that fans could relate to and still admire and perhaps even idolize.

With so much crap out there in the entertainment industry, it’d be nice to see this franchise continued. A new video game would certainly rock, for starters. Really, the Dreamcast game, Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage, developed by Eidos Interactive / ASCII was ahead of it’s time. They fell short on a few things but it’s still a great game, even today. Not to mention it fills the gap between the actual Anime without providing excessive filler content (like, say, DBZ).

Sword of the Berserk: Gut's Rage (Sega Dreamcast, US 2000)

A game that any self-respecting gamer should at least try out once in their lives!

While Berserk has received many awards and recognition as a Manga, I’m still amazed that the collective works rarely come up in geek conversations. A recent discussion on Shonen Jump (via Twitter) had fans mentioning the usual staples (Fist of the North Star, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, etc.) and even I forgot for a second about Berserk. Unacceptable. Let’s show some love, people!

Interestingly enough, my Facebook broadcast caught a bit of attention. My buddy KiNgDeeM got his hands on the full collection as well. My buddy, Shizlanski, revealed that Berserk is one of his favorite geek indulgences of all time. I guess it’s one of those things where there is an underground following but not enough open discussions. If you like Berserk or are interested, leave a comment – let’s bring Guts back into the forefront!

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DPO Comes To Augusta, Georgia!

Posted by Yogizilla on May 19, 2010

In the past three years, DPO has shifted from a shop to a sort of consortium for gamers that enjoy thinking and social games alike.  Our TCG of choice, of course, is Yu-Gi-Oh!  Originally based out of Canada and New York, we moved to San Diego and now Georgia, where we plan to set up a permanent POP (Point of Presence) by setting up local tournaments both online and at shops like the Book Exchange.  If you know anyone that is looking to get the duel on, please comment and let us know you are out there!

That being said, I’d still love to hear from our readers about your favorite combos and strategies.  We’ve gotten tons of personal messages but not many public comments.  Don’t be shy now! I’ve seen some pretty unique combos and deck builds out there – share them with the world!  Of course, you don’t want to share all your strategies but a little preview never hurts anyone.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! universe has changed so much in the past three years.  With the introduction of synchro and tuner monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! has become much more complex.  Personally, I was never a fan of fusion monsters but new support cards and combos make them useful, especially with the new take on fusions: synchro summons.  Yu-Gi-Oh! GX played up union monsters and more practical fusions but 5D’s is more about synchro summons and loading up the frontlines with powerful monsters.  Gemini monsters are also awesome for those that love effect monsters but want flexibility and protection against effect counters.  Thes newest mechanics bring YGO back to it’s roots, making beatdown configurations very feasible and effective against various deck types.

For our purposes, we refer to general deck builds as one or a combination of the following:

  • Beatdown: Nothing like a good ‘ol beatdown deck.  I enjoy using a wide array of effect monsters personally but heavy-hitting normal monsters can be quite effective, especially when you use cards like Heart of the Underdog and Ancient Rules.  A significant portion of today’s decks still revolve around beatdown strategies to some degree so you can always count on some good hard-nose battles.
  • Magic: Decks that primarily use spell/magic cards are, of course, magic decks.  These are probably the hardest to win with but you do have the benefit of avoiding Jinzo and similar counters.  Ideally, you want cards that give you bonuses for using magic.  You’ll also want cards that are timed for counters and allow you to recoup other key cards.  Continuous effects are always helpful as well so long as you remember to protect them and keep some tricks up your sleeves.
  • Trap: Trap cards are fun as they allow you to counter opponent moves; however, trap cards have to be covered with some form of insurance since they can be countered easily themselves.  Like with magic decks, continuous effects are a great way to inconvenience your opponent and hopefully throw them off.  Most decks aim at demolishing your defenses so countering blitzkrieg attack strategies is a good starting point for a good trap-deck core.
  • Mill/Stall: With cards like Pot of Avarice, Pharaoh’s Treasure, and Morphing Jar 1/2, it’s easy to make a deck that’s aimed at stalling or just making your opponent run out of cards.  An effective mill/stall deck maximizes draw opportunities and offers deck and hand destruction options.  Ideally, you may want some spell and trap counters, as well as some cards with search functions.
  • Burn: Some refer to mill/stall decks as burn decks but I consider a true burn deck to be one that maximizes your ability to direct attack using various unconventional methods.  Interestingly enough, fire-based decks tend to be pretty effective for this strategy but just about all attributes support burn strategies.

Of course, some gaming snobs dismiss Yu-Gi-Oh! as a gaming lacking depth.  Clearly, this is not the case.  I’m excited to see how much more Yu-Gi-Oh! can evolve while preserving the delicate balance of old-school versus new-school tactics.  It’s particularly interesting to see how new cards mix with old staples and cards from all seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! competition.

Well, kids, I’m off for now.  Here’s a random Yu-Gi-Oh! pic.. and a pretty spiffy link… =o]

Hmmm..  If this doesn't work, check out Hidden Anime and Zone Anime.

I heard Yusei means "chick magnet" in Japanese... NOICE!

Stay tuned for local Yu-Gi-Oh! competition in Augusta, Georgia!

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