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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!

Posted in Manga, Naruto, Toons & Comics, Yu-Gi-Oh, Yu-Gi-Oh Online, Yugioh, Yugioh Online | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

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!

Posted in Anime, Toons & Comics, Yu-Gi-Oh, Yu-Gi-Oh TCG, Yu-Gi-Oh Trends, Yu-Gi-Oh! Picks, Yugioh, Yugioh Online, Yugioh Picks | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

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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Posted in Deck Tips, Deckbuilding Games, Digg Bumps, Duel Strategies, Duel Training, Duelist Journal, FCBC, How to Play Yugioh, Online Gaming, Promotion, Strategic Gaming, Yu-Gi-Oh, Yu-Gi-Oh 101, Yu-Gi-Oh Events, Yu-Gi-Oh Online, Yu-Gi-Oh TCG | 25 Comments »

NEW Yu-Gi-Oh goodness coming your way!

Posted by Yogizilla on March 2, 2007

Hello all! =oD

I’ve been busy working on many projects but fear not: I am still here and back with a vengeance. There was a bit of a black-out period on YGOO due to the free practice lobby and lack of new players, it seems. Now, the new evolution of YGOO really seems to be aiding in our mission to bring Yu-Gi-Oh! to the masses, not just the younger generations.

I am super duper inspired, especially after receiving very nice messages from our customers and some folks I have dueled online. It’s great meeting people from all over the world and, as we expand internationally, we’re going to try to bring you some different goodies. First up, we’re going to restructure this blog so that we can put a focus on some of the major trends/recipes and their respective counters, card spotlights, and other duel tips.

The refreshing thing is that now we are seeing variety in strategies and recipes online. For a while, most people were running the same kinds of decks, which got very boring and predictable. Anyone that duels me knows that I use many different decks and constantly retool them. I like to have fun with the game and do unorthodox things. As such, my approach to duel strategy is to avoid mainstream techniques and catch people off-guard a bit, keep ’em guessing!

In the coming months, I hope to put up some quality content on here that you can all enjoy alongside our excellent customer service and product delivery. As it is, we are one of the few suppliers of duelpasses for Yu-Gi-Oh! online but we also want to focus more on the community by not only building relationships but expanding the community and creating more opportunity for great duels, good times, and long-lasting relationships. Again, thank you all for the kind words. Please remember to leave your mark on our guestbook and comment ’til your heart is content!

COMING SOON: Deck tips, duel strategies, duel request area, and the long-awaited Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Evo review!!!

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What’s New: Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Steps It Up

Posted by Yogizilla on November 17, 2006

Recently, Konami really seems to have ramped up their marketing plans for Yu-Gi-Oh. With other Tradeable Card Games coming into the market, like the new World of Warcraft TCG and the popular Naruto TCG, I think the urgency has become more evident for Konami. Breaking away from the strictly “kiddy roots” seems to be the upward trend now as seasoned Magic players and TCG novices alike come into the world of Yu-Gi-Oh Online (YGOO)!

So what has Konami been doing? Well, they’ve been adding some great booster packs in. There seems to the best variety in terms of decks and available packs now, which will hopefully encourage people to create their own recipes and become more risque duelists, employing unorthodox, unexpected methods. The game’s performance has been tweaked, many bugs have been resolved, and it seems that, overall, it is a more stable, thriving gaming environment. Chat is still being refined but it’s getting there.

The REAL big win for Konami is implementing the free duel lobby. This is a great way to allow people with small budgets to keep their skills sharp. Let’s face it: adults and kids alike run into money problems and pay-to-play games are not at the top of the priority list. I think this will encourage more people to give Yu-Gi-Oh! a real shot. They get all the fun of the game without the nuissances that come with playing the physical TCG game. Online, the playing field is pretty level and it really comes down to who employs the best strategy.. or greatest cheese.

Major kudos to Konami for providing the Free YGOO Duel Lobby. Hopefully, they’ll keep it running for a while, if not forever. It’s already been a good three months and the lobby remains functional so that’s a good sign. I’m excited to see what is in store in the final weeks of this year. I have a feeling we’ll come into the new year with something even more cool. Last time I had this gut feeling, the free lobby was implemented so I am trusting my gut. It my hope that Yu-Gi-Oh! as a whole grows in popularity. MTG has become too expensive and elitist. On YGOO, I’d say the experience is more often VERY pleasant and the environment is quite warm. Heck, people randomly trade me good cards for free. It’s nice!

Come on. You have no excuse. Try YGOO today. You get free duel points to start so what are you waiting for??

Posted in News Flash, Yu-Gi-Oh, Yu-Gi-Oh Online, Yu-Gi-Oh TCG | 9 Comments »