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YGOO is the main reason we are here. Yu-Gi-Oh! Online is growing at a rapid rate and we’re here to help bolster the growth. MTG, move aside!!

Discussion: What Is YOUR Favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! Online TCG?

Posted by Yogizilla on May 16, 2011

Let’s shift gears and come back to the heart of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Pass Online (DPO) blog: Yu-Gi-Oh!

First and foremost, I want to share an awesome deal for anyone looking for cheap Yu-Gi-Oh! Online DP (Duel Passes). Thanks to our new partnership with DuelPasses.com, we now offer 5% off on anything. Just use the Duel Pass promo code “dponline” to get 5% on your Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Duel Pass order. All codes are delivered via e-mail, for your convenience. You must have PayPal to complete orders, which is standard for e-commerce sites these days. DuelPasses.com is the #1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Pass supplier, with the best customer service and the most Facebook fans, if you ask this Yu-Gi-Oh! geek.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Version 2 - Duel Evolution - Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Generation

Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Version 2 – Duel Evolution – Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Generation

Yu-Gi-Oh! Online (YGOO) for the PC is still one of the biggest and most active communities for hardcore and casual Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG duelists alike. If you’re serious about improving your Yu-Gi-Oh! skills, YGOO is the way to go. As you can see here on DPO, some have a love-hate relationship with Konami’s flagship Yu-Gi-Oh! Game but, love it or hate it, there are few other ways to duel on a global scale. I miss taking part in the Yu-Gi-Oh! events myself so, if you play, let me know. I’m hoping to take a break from project work and catch up with fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, online gamers, and duelists alike. w00t! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Economy of Gaming: Why Paying To Play Is A GOOD Thing

Posted by Yogizilla on May 8, 2011

Hello Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, video game geeks, and strategy buffs!

Today’s article will be a bit of a break from the very Yu-Gi-Oh! and Japanese-centric stuff we tend to have here on DPO (I think Rin should keep every geek out there very happy). I want to discuss an issue that affects all of us, yet very few of us truly grasp: the economy of gaming.

A while ago I read a very moving article about how used games hurt the gaming industry. Thing is, used games only represent only one facet of what is really a much greater issue. That issue is that games are becoming more expensive to make as games are made with high production value (i.e. nice eye candy) in mind. With the cost of publishing, distributing, marketing, and all sorts of overhead on top of it all, it’s not just about developing a good video game: you need a massive budget or at least a really good plan to have significant market penetration. The costs of putting out a game can sneak up on developers, especially the small and indie shops, which means that the cost needs to be passed on to the consumer or off-set somehow. Developers have mouths to feed too, you know!

Sadly, there are gamers that do not understand basic economic rules such as supply-and-demand and marketing overhead. They want games to be cheap and, sometimes, free. Surely, we all like free stuff so I ain’t knocking you bargain hunters out there. As a gamer, I love when I can find a great game that I can involve my gaming group, The Nipples of Fate (NoF), in without having to pay a single red cent. It makes easier for everyone to jump on-board or at least try it out.

The issue here is that, as games become more expensive, many online gaming experiences are becoming more exclusive. Video games are reaching more of a luxury status as next-gen systems become over-priced and, at times, scarce. If you’re old like me, the price points we’ve grown accustomed to have gone from $39.99-49,99 to $59.99-69.99 and, when you’re on a tight budget, that extra $20 can be better spent on gas, public transportation, or lunch money, depending on your needs. Of course, you have to factor in inflation, which really makes video games costs about the same for the past three decades.

Used games form the PS2-XBox-Gamecube generation, thanks to GayGamer.net

Apparently, used games were not enough to keep Circuit City afloat. (Courtesy of GayGamer.net)

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Full Metal Alchemist, Gears of War 3 First Impressions, Shonen Jump, and Other Assorted Birthday Fun

Posted by Yogizilla on April 21, 2011

Hello DPO fans!

Everyone’s been pretty quiet and I suppose I’m not helping. This week, aside from battling hordes of Locusts and Cogs in the Gears of War 3 beta, I’ve been resting up trying to fight this nasty bug that’s got me sneezing and coughing up my lungs (I suppose cigarettes do not help either). It sucks cause there are so many projects and video games I have to catch up on, along with all the awesome Anime and Manga on Netflix and Shonen Jump!

Luckily, I’ve managed to be somewhat productive, helping my partner re-launch the Mundane Chatter web site. We recorded two episodes so we’re ahead on that. Don’t worry: we’ll be making episodes shorter for the sake of impatient and easily-distracted geeks like us out there! We’ve been discussing TV shows, Anime, and video games old and new so check us out and let me know whatcha think!

I re-experienced the original Full Metal Alchemist series. It’s nothing short of epic. Next up is the movie, which I’ll get in the mail next week, courtesy of, you guessed it: NETFLIX! I actually thought Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood was a new series but it turns out it’s more of a reboot more closely matching the Manga’s storyline. With Slayers, Rin, and other Anime on the radar, they’ll be plenty of distractions for this geek!

My current video games are a mix of old and new games including Call of Duty: Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2, GTA IV, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels, Homefront, Crysis 2, and Starcraft 2. I’ll be getting Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, and Brink most likely very soon. Currently, I’m trying to beat Bulletstorm and, let me tell you: this game is beautiful (I’d say it’s up there with Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Gears of War 3, and Crysis 2, which I think are good-looking games, IMHO)! The scripting is pretty hilarious too.

I just got the latest Shonen Jump in the mail and I love the current focus on Bleach, Naruto, and Yu-Gi-Oh! though I’m not too keen on One Piece. The June/July 2011 Shonen Jump has a huge Naruto section including the latest official English translations of Shippuden AND classic Naruto! w00t!

Time for some quick Shonen Jump spoilers. Naruto finally gains control over the nine-tails demon fox. He is officially a beast now with the ability to control his chakra and use sage mode efficiently. He also gains his father’s powers.. Yellow flash teleportation FTW! Alas, he still lacks discipline and finesse – got to love Naruto and his blind charisma!

In Bleach there’s not too much action right now. The Soul Society has restructured with new promotions and such. I can’t wait to see what happens next.. I’m really behind on Bleach!

Yusei gets his butt kicked by Jack, the supposed “duel king”. Apparently, Jack’s “sense” is too much for him and he gets punked. Still, Yusei is like a modern-day Yami Yugi so I’m rooting for him! Jack had a vicious finishing combo, including some moves that prevented synchro summons and controlled monster positions – OUCH! It’s always brutal when your opponent has full control.

Now, let me talk about the Gears of War 3 beta. I haven’t been a huge fan of the series even though I love the Unreal Engine (Unreal and Unreal Tournament were two of my favorite shooters of all time without a doubt). Co-op is always fun on GoW but online play just didn’t do it for me. Gears of War 3 seems a lot more polished and fast-paced so I may very well get down with this installment.

The Gears of War 3 multiplayer beta plays a bit like Halo but with more realistic damage, which is great in my book. I love the contextual quick-action controls and, as always, executions are tons of fun (even better than tea-bagging fallen opponents). Folks that are tired of excessive camping brought about by the killstreak mechanic in other popular shooters will be pleased to know that this is an FPS where you have to keep moving, hold down choke points, and work as a team. SCORE!

My one complaint about Gears of War 3 online versus play would have to be that the “power weapons” can be a bit broken. One-shot Gnasher kills can get old quick. As such, the team that defends key points and power-ups tends to win. That said, the action is frentic, fast, and fun. It’s a nice change of pace for a genre with so many entries, especially this year.

So far, I’m only a lowly Level 3 “conscript”. I’ve enjoyed Team Deathmatch. Each team has limited lives which keeps rounds moving quickly. Matchmaking works seamlessly. You can hop into a game in progress in mere minutes. There are some issues with host divergence which brings back the old argument that PC online play is still better, thanks to dedicated servers and player-created content.

With Brink on the horizon, I wonder how well-received Gears of War 3 will be for the masses. I’m all about online play so the story doesn’t do much for me (sadly, I lose interest in campaign/singleplayer modes too easily for any game). To that end, I feel that Gears of War 3 delivers and could very well be a Halo killer, so to speak. More importantly, it keeps the old Unreal Tournament vibe going with gory kills, bot opponents, and lightning-fast action.

All and all, it’s a game worth checking out. If you want early beta access, you’ll need to own Bulletstorm or pre-order Gears of War 3. The beta opens to the public on May 24, I believe. Come find me and my crazy NoF fellows on XBox LIVE. Just add Yogizilla and NoF Roster to meet some cool people and GAME ON!

Phew.. That was a lot to cover in one post.. What are you all playing out there? Any good Anime recommendations? Let me know. I love chatting with my fellow social gaming and Anime/Manga geeks!

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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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2008 Address – New Year, New Fun!

Posted by Yogizilla on January 1, 2008

Hello all!

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the continued support and love! We love getting the cool content, links, and other ideas from you guys. Going into 2008, we all seem to have the same ideas and concerns about the direction of Yu-Gi-Oh! Online. Believe me: I am with you guys and gals – something needs to change! While we still have our shop open and love the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! universe (especially the unique community), I know that my Yu-Gi-Oh! dueling has declined in recent months. Hopefully 2008 will be different…

Adam, David, Moko, Yali, Taiyo, Lola_Girl, KiNgDeeM, and all our returning visitors… This one is dedicated to you! ^_^

( BTW,  why is it that some people say they duel only for money yet they won’t pay to duel online?  Seems like they may not be all that good if they’re not willing to put any money on the line.  Everyone knows that the most competitive tournaments are all in pay leagues with high stakes! =oP )

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NDS Goodness: Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007, Pokemon Diamond & Pearl

Posted by Yogizilla on May 13, 2007

Well, I couldn’t keep it up any longer. My Nintendo DS beckoned and I heeded it’s call. If you read my last blog entry, you know that I purchased a few awesome games after trying really hard not to budge. I simply must to discuss two in particular: Pokemon Pearl/Diamond and Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship 2007. Before I say anything, I want to let you guys know that these games are both good entries for new players so don’t be shy. If you like strategic gaming, role-playing games, TCGs, or anything of the sort, give these games a try. Hey – that rhymes!

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007

From the start, even the most casual Yu-Gi-Oh! fans may notice that this game is totally about the new wave of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards – the GX Series! While this is very much true, the beauty of this game is that, with over 1600 cards to collect, it is the most complete Yu-Gi-Oh! game to date, hence why it is the platform of choice for the World Championship coming up in June 2007! Duelists of all types can find something that appeals to them in this installment. I admit that there have been some lousy, lackluster installments in the series but this game returns to the grass roots of portable/handheld system Yu-Gi-Oh!: a focus on dueling, strategizing, and deck building. No worrying about exploring vast areas, going through many drawn-out cinematics, and having countless “gimme” battles – Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007 is a challenge from start to finish, packed with lots of dueling action!

Now, before I proceed, I will let you in on a little secret: I am a very picky gamer. As a game designer and writer, I tend to analyze games and judge them on a different scale. For me, a great game has to have high replay value, fluid gameplay, variety, and, wherever possible, a strong human element (even good AI gets boring and predictable after a while). Both the latest Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! games for the Nintendo DS meet this criteria.

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Assorted Flavors: Our Web Site Move, Paying By Check, and More!

Posted by Yogizilla on April 5, 2007

Hello all! I have a few assorted updates so get ready…

First and foremost, I have to say that I like the crazy programming Cartoon Network has been doing lately. They followed up Miyazaki’s Spirited Away with a marathon of Perfect Hair Forever, one of the most pointless yet strangely entertaining shows EVER! For our older viewers out there, it features lots of adult inuendo to keep even the biggest deviants happy. LOL… Anywho, what’s up with the new Tom on Toonami? I see lots of people out there searching for information about the recent changes. I can’t say I am a fan personally but it’s cool that he has a whole crew now; I mean, life in outer space would be lonely otherwise!

In other news, we are moving our web site to new servers so there may be some interruption and delay in product delivery. Those that ordered anything this week should be more affected than those that placed orders in previous weeks. We’re working around the clock to get things fixed up so be patient, folks! If you can’t reach us via e-mail, I check our blog much more often now so feel free to use this.

Illiteracy spreads throughout America!

So it seems illiteracy is spreading like wildfire, as the above cartoon depicts. We have received a few checks that are not made out to the right people and, as such, we cannot do anything with them. Please read instructions carefully as it’ll save you time in the long run. If you pay by check or money order, please be sure to make it out to:

Yomar Lopez
P.O. Box 994
New York, NY 10018

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Duel School: How To Play Yu-Gi-Oh!

Posted by Yogizilla on March 15, 2007

It took a little while longer than I had hoped but I finally completed the Duel School page, which will be a great resource for new (yes, learn how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! on this new page) and casual duelists alike. Heck, this approach to dueling may give even old school Yu-Gi-Oh! players a fresh, new perspective. I personally hope it helps debunk some of the myths of the game while showing people that the game is easy to learn, fun to play, and good for anyone that likes TCG’s or strategic games in general. I always say this: Yu-Gi-Oh! is a game that can be easily learned yet offers enough complexity for even the most advanced gaming strategists.

I enjoyed putting together this information though, I must admit, WordPress was being very naughty. I almost lost all my work somehow and then the formatting was stripped out of everything. I will be polishing up the page a bit and hopefully citing more external resources to help you with your homework. Speaking of homework, I will also be finding ways to tie in the Duel Challenges page to give all of you out there a fresh new way to learn and re-learn the game. I think everyone could stand to learn more by returning to the basics, really!

As part of the launch of this major new section, I am asking folks in the gaming community to guest blog for us, help us collect Yu-Gi-Oh! resources, and share any feedback you may have. Promoting our efforts definitely goes a long way! Perhaps if we all work a little bit here and there, on a consistent basis, we can hit the 25K mark by the end of this month and set a more aggressive goal for next month. At this rate, I think we can very well do it.

All I know is that all this fun stuff has caught my partner-in-crime’s eye so hopefully Ugocean will grace us with his presence. He’s been terribly busy with back-end stuff and some other projects we have going on. We’ve pretty much decided that anything that is PR, customer service, or content-related is my department. He’s enjoying his time with servers, analytics, PHP, and a guy named Jobi. We love you Ugocean!

Thanks to all of you that have sent me e-mail messages and comments here on WordPress, MySpace, and other places. Some of you have requested training so I hope our duel school gives you a good place to start. If you want to set up an online meetup, your best bet is e-mailing me or using our challenges area. Don’t be shy: I love receiving and responding to messages, so long as they are nice and not mere spam! I am looking forward to your response on this initiative and the other goodies we are working on. Good times, good times… =o)

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The 25K Campaign: Now You Can Make Yu-Gi-Oh! More Popular

Posted by Yogizilla on March 14, 2007

The other day I decided it had been a while since I ran some extensive web analytics and I must say that I am pleased to see that sites I maintain, contribute to, and support all dominate the top of the search results.  Looking at the numbers and seeing the interest in the game grow right before my eyes (the truth is in the pudding, after all) really inspired me. Aside from making me want to duel more, it makes me want to continue my work as a sort of Yu-Gi-Oh! Online evangelist. Spread the good news of Yu-Gi-Oh, my brothers and sisters – spread it far and wide!

I know this sounds like a journal entry and, for the most part it is, but it is also a call to duty. Your call to duty is this: spread the word about this blog to everyone you know and everyone they know. Our blog does not have ads and is completely pure (the way a blog should be, IMHO). The only profit we stand to make is just making the Yu-Gi-Oh! community that much stronger. Sure, it’ll help if people click through to partner sites but sales conversions over blogs is hardly a viable strategy. I can sincerely say that we are campaigning for the good of Yu-Gi-Oh! here, not mere personal profit; the more traffic we get, the more exposure the game gets.  A major portion of our traffic comes from keyword searches that aren’t even specific to Yu-Gi-Oh! sometimes.  As a result, I am adding more tags here as we speak!

It’s funny but, when we first started this blog, it was meant to be a sales support channel for DPO then, when YDP and DPO merged, it evolved naturally. People started to give us great response about our unique perspective on the game and they liked our friendly approach to things. If you go to sites like TCGplayer.com, they have more of the typical elitist writers. If you aren’t winning well-known tournaments, you can’t even be their friends (good luck getting an e-mail response from them too). We’re trying to keep the snobbery out of the game and making the Yu-Gi-Oh! community more inviting because, to the non-dueling world, we are mostly disgruntled, anti-social nerds yet it is VERY much about the social interaction, the gathering, to us at YDP-DPO and many people we know!

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WARNING: Yu-Gi-Oh! Scams, Myths, and Free Duels

Posted by Yogizilla on March 8, 2007

We recently received several messages at YDP regarding people promising free duelpasses and free duels. Some folks have also asked me where to buy Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Duelpasses. The response to Konami’s free duel lobby initiative has been tremendous as well. I have tackled a lot of the issues thereof but, just to revisit the core issues here, I’d like to issue a general scam warning and myth debunker.

First and foremost, Yu-Gi-Oh! Online no longer features a free duel lobby at the current point in time. This was a promotion and was meant to be temporary. We do not know if they have plans to bring it back as a seasonal feature or something available to new or low-level players only but, when we do get confirmation on this, we’ll let you all know. For now, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Duelpass system has been made much more accessible and affordable so we hope it encourages more new players!

Some sites have promised free duelpasses or unrealistically-good discounts. I have scoured the Net myself both as a customer (before I became a Yu-Gi-Oh! reseller) and a business owner. I have yet to find huge price drops and steady supplies from a reliable business. All the sites promise freebies have been scams aimed at stealing passwords, installing spyware, or doing other malicious things to the systems of their visitors. Be wary of any promises of free duelpasses and the like – those are all SCAMS!

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