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31 Oct 13:54

James Recommends - World War I Games - Learn History While Playing Games

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29 Oct 13:55

Extra Credits - Horror That Lingers - How the Uncanny Instills Fear

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27 Oct 20:25

George R.R. Martin Reveals The Worst Fate That Could Befall Westeros

by Charlie Jane Anders

George R.R. Martin Reveals The Worst Fate That Could Befall Westeros

Since pretty much page one of A Game of Thrones, a terrible threat has been hanging over the land of Westeros — the Others, those supernatural butchers who raise the dead. And now at last, in his new book The World of Ice & Fire, George R.R. Martin gives us details about what would happen if the Others win. Spoilers ahead...

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25 Oct 13:00

That Firefly Card game is now an actual Card Game

by James Whitbrook on Toybox, shared by Robbie Gonzalez to io9

That Firefly Card game is now an actual Card Game

The internet's desperate bid to ensure every part of Firefly makes its way into real life (I'm sure there's a Browncoat somewhere out there building their own Firefly-class in their shed) continues with a new card game based on the weird Space-fruit-poker the crew of the Serenity play on the show. Tall Card, anyone?

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25 Oct 14:07

Extra History - World War I: The Seminal Tragedy - Lies

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24 Oct 14:00

James Recommends - The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - Want a Creepy Halloween Game?

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24 Oct 17:58

Mewtwo is Back, Baby! Thoughts from a Mewtwo Fan

by sdshamshel
Alainmendez

That is some fast turn around on this article. INTENSE FEELS!

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Back in 2008 when Super Smash Bros. Brawl was released, it was a bittersweet victory. While the new game was huge, and it had a ton of amazing new characters (King Dedede! Captain Olimar!), it came at the expense of one of my favorite Pokemon of all time and my favorite character to play in the previous game Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mewtwo. How cool was it that Mewtwo didn’t hold items with his hands but with his mind? How great was it that Mewtwo was voiced by Ichimura Masachika, his actor from the original movie and also the original Japanese Phantom of the Opera? I wasn’t depressed about his exclusion or anything, but I’d hoped he would be back next time.

Fast forward a few years to the impending release of a new Smash Bros. Not only did they announce another long time wishlist character of mine in Mega Man, but 2013 was a different time for Mewtwo. While it hadn’t really gotten anything new back when its position was essentially supplanted by Lucario, Mewtwo had developed further within its own games. It received the devastating Psystrike as its signature technique. It was upgraded to have two Mega Evolutions. It even appeared in a new Pokemon movie (albeit that Mewtwo was different from the first one). Surely Mewtwo had a chance now, right?

After another year, after closely following all Smash Bros. updates looking for any hints and being taken for a ride (the Greninja trailer not only makes it look like Mewtwo at first, but also conspicuously does not feature Mewtwo as part of the background Pokemon), the 3DS game was released and the final roster revealed. The bad news: no Mewtwo. I said to myself, “It’s not so bad, I at least got Mega Man, which in a way I’d hoped for even more.” And I’ve been having a ton of fun using Mega Man, getting used to all of his odd quirks. I also began using Palutena, who is sort of like Mewtwo. I was content.

Then came Thursday and the 50-Fact Extravaganza (not really 50). Mewtwo as DLC.

I freaked. Inside, that is. I’m not the type who loses all control of himself even in emotionally exciting times. The dream is real, Mewtwo strikes back, and he has a fancy new 3D model to boot. I have my most desired dual mains. The only thing left for me to do is buy a Wii U.

Now, given Mewtwo’s inclusion in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U, one question still remains in my mind: how will the game implement Psystrike? Will it be a Final Smash, or will that be reserved for one (or both?) of its Mega Evolutions? If it’s a special move, how would they translate the particular properties of Psystrike, if at all?

Here’s my idea. In the Pokemon games, there are different forms of offense, Physical Attacks, which are resisted by Physical Defense, and Special Attacks, which are resisted by Special Defense. Mewtwo in those games has long been famous for having an absurdly high Special Attack stat, and so the best way to combat it would be to use Pokemon with high Special Defense. However, Psystrike flips that relationship on its head. Instead, if calculates Special Attack against the opponent’s Physical Defense, allowing Mewtwo to more effectively attack opponents that it might have trouble with otherwise. While Super Smash Bros. doesn’t have Physical and Special stats, what it does have is horizontal survivability and vertical survivability. Mewtwo’s Smash rendition of Psystrike could play off of this distinction by having it be a vertical KO move but calculate its launching power based on the opponent’s horizontal survivability (or vice versa).

The easiest way to understand horizontal vs. vertical survivability is to look at some examples. Take Bowser vs. Dedede, for instance, where Bowser is generally the heaviest character in the Smash series without modifications and is thus the most difficult to KO off the left and right sides of the screen. Dedede, while also very heavy, isn’t quite as robust in this regard. However, try to take them out by launching them off the top of the screen, and Dedede lives longer. There are even more extreme casse: Samus is very difficult to KO horizontally but quite easy to dispatch vertically, while Fox and Falco are the opposite. Thus, assuming that Psystrike KOs vertically based on the opponent’s horizontal survivability, it would mean that the move is relatively ineffective against Samus but great for taking out team Star Fox.

I also decided to try and express these thoughts in audio, just as a fun test. Tell me what you think!

So in short, Mewtwo hype all around. See you on the Battlefield.


24 Oct 15:30

"Fate/stay night" Rin and "KanColle" Akagi Join Foot-Tall Real Action Hero Figure Line

by Scott Green
Alainmendez

All the Rin.

Two hot heroines du jour are set to join Medicom Toy's 30cm Real Action Heroes premium figure line. Fate/stay night's tsundere star Rin Tohsaka and KanColle's hungry aircraft carrier Akagi are both scheduled for July 2015 release, with the two selling for 25,488 yen each.

 

[Set Contents]
-Main figure
-Expression parts x3 types
-Glasses
-Zelretch
-Azoth sword
-Clothes (casual, school uniform)
-Optional hand parts
-Articulated figure stand

 

Sculptor: HIDE & PERFECT-STUDIO
Clothes production: Mieko Akimoto

-PVC head part comes in variation of 3 expressions!
-Glasses part is included in the set and it can be worn by Rin!
-Set includes "Zelretch" and "Azoth Sword".
-Magic crest is printed on left forearm and Reiju crest is printed on the right hand. Other optional hand parts are included in the set.
-Set includes casual clothes and school uniform!
-RAH FEMALE Body has been used.
-Articulated figure stand is included in the set.

 [Set Contents]
-Main figure
-Expression parts x3 types
-Bow
-Arrow x2 types
-Shufuku bucket
-Optional hand parts
-Articulated figure stand

 

Sculptor: HIDE & PERFECT-STUDIO
Clothes production: Mieko Akimoto

-PVC head part comes in variation of 3 expressions!
-Shoulder decks, bow and antennas are made of ABS!
-Set includes various optional parts such as bows and arrows!
-Hand part comes in normal style and archery guard worn version.
-RAH FEMALE Body has been used!
-Articulated figure stand included in the set!

 

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

24 Oct 06:17

This Teddie Outfit Would Be Perfect For Halloween

by Spencer

Atlus is turning Teddie's bear costume into an outfit you can wear. That's right, you can dress up like Persona 4's beary powerful hero!

Read This Teddie Outfit Would Be Perfect For Halloween on Siliconera!

24 Oct 08:00

Fate's Rin Tohsaka gets an RAH figure

by Tianxiao Ma

I'm not the biggest fan of the Fate franchise, but Rin has a nice enough design where I've generally liked the figures that get made of her. Medicom Toy is jumping on that bandwagon with this RAH version, which should be a treat for Rin fans.

She'll have a selection of expressions from a neutral smile, a combat expression, and an embarrassed one. She'll also come with her weapons and two outfits! I'll have to say, she looks rather Harry Potter-esque in her uniform and glasses. If you prefer a more casual look, her usual red sweater and skirt are available - along with the ever-important zettai ryouiki of course.

So if this sounds good to you, you can put in a pre-order for ¥23,600. She'll be out in July 2015.

[ Pre-order at AmiAmi | J-List | ToysLogic | Big in Japan ]

Fate's Rin Tohsaka gets an RAH figure screenshot

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24 Oct 11:51

VIDEO: "Learning English through JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures!" Release Promo

by Scott Green

Japanese TV show host and former Megadeth heavy metal guitarist Marty Friedman has lent his language expertise to a Jojo's Bizarre Adventure themed conversational English instruction guide, set to be released in Japan October 24th.

 

JOJO no Kimyou na Bouken de Eigo wo Manabu!!'s (Learning English through JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures!) non-textbook approach will help fans pick up on how to speak in the manner of the series' flamboyant characters with a guide to their most quoted lines and exclamations from the first four parts of the series.

 

Check out the promo...

 

 

 

via Natalie

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

24 Oct 03:00

メディコム・トイ『Fate/stay night』リアルアクションヒーローズ「遠坂凛」予約開始!メガネをかけた照れ顔の凛が可愛いぞ!

by めれむ
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23 Oct 22:37

Mewtwo Is Coming To Super Smash Bros. Spring 2015

by Ishaan
Alainmendez

I know Shad jumped for joy like a little girl getting a pony and I'm sure Carl did the same thing.

Mewtwo will be available as a free piece of downloadable content to owners of both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions.

Read Mewtwo Is Coming To Super Smash Bros. Spring 2015 on Siliconera!

23 Oct 23:03

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Will Support These Controllers

by Ishaan

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will allow for a number of controller options.

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23 Oct 17:50

Don't Forget, This Saturday Is A Frightful Free Comic Book Day

by Rob Bricken

Don't Forget, This Saturday Is A Frightful Free Comic Book Day

Want to get into the Halloween spirit? Looking to score some great free comics? Then make sure you hit your local comic book store this Saturday, October 25th, for Halloween Comicfest, where you can score a horrifyingly good assortment of free comic books.

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22 Oct 22:55

Five Fallacies | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

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23 Oct 11:30

Evil Artist Builds Nightmare Typewriter In Comic Sans

by Katharine Trendacosta

Evil Artist Builds Nightmare Typewriter In Comic Sans

Only a monster would build something that forced you to type in comic sans. I have nightmares of this. They usually end with me being run of the Internet with pitchforks.

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22 Oct 15:00

D&D 'Loading Screens' for the DM who needs a break

by James Whitbrook on Toybox, shared by Katharine Trendacosta to io9

D&D 'Loading Screens' for the DM who needs a break

Even the best laid Dungeon Master plans can go awry, leaving you to trawl through books and scribbled notes in a panic to find something for your players to do while they blankly stare at your DM Screen - so why not take a hint from video games and throw up a quick Loading Screen to distract them?

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22 Oct 13:56

Extra Credits - Plan, Practice, Improvise - Understanding the Three Types of Play in Games

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22 Oct 06:00

"Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer" Gets Blu-ray Release in January 2015

by Mikikazu Komatsu

Toho has announced the long-awaited Blu-ray disc of Mamoru Oshii's 1984 anime film Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer will be finally released in Japan on January 21, 2015. The news was once announced for a March 2009 release in the end of 2008, but it was mysteriously cancelled (not postponed) due to "various reasons." The hardcore Oshii fans are hoping that it will not happen again.

 

Beautiful Dreamer, written/directed by Oshii, was released in Japan on February 11, 1984, as the second anime feature film based on Rumiko Takahashi's best-selling comedy manga series. It was Oshii's third film following the original feature edition of The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (co-directed with Masami Annou in 1982, but never had a theatrical release) and Urusei Yatsura: Only You in 1983.

 

While making a decent box office success, the film was highly critically acclaimed by many critics who

had not been interested in anime films before, as well as Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the

Wind released in the same year. On the other hand, the original manga creator Rumiko Takahashi, who

loved the first film, received Beautiful Dreamer negatively, because it was too different from her original

world and Oshii added his own philosophical taste too much. Still, it is considered as one of Oshii's best

anime films.

 

 

Blu-ray package

 

via: AV Watch

 

© Rumiko Takahashi/Shogakukan


* the thumbnail image is the EP record jacket of the theme song "Ai wa Boomerang" sung by Yuko Matsutani.

 

21 Oct 15:24

Hyrule Warriors To Be Compatible With Link Amiibo Figurine

by Ishaan
Alainmendez

I has started. Incoming Shad rant. ;)

Hyrule Warriors is going to be compatible with Nintendo’s NFC-enabled Amiibo figurines, Nintendo of America have announced.

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20 Oct 15:27

Nintendo To Livestream Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Event This Thursday

by Ishaan

The livestream will focus on "50 new things" in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Read Nintendo To Livestream Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Event This Thursday on Siliconera!

19 Oct 13:40

New "Macross" Anime Series Given Working Title

by Scott Green

The three pillars of the Macross franchise are transforming war jets, a love triangle and singing idols. Looking to fill that final element for the next Macross anime, being provisionally called  Macross Δ, a diva audition is launching in December. Plans to open the process starting December 1st were announced following yesterday's Fire Bomber 2014 Live concert celebrating Macross 7's 20th anniversary.

 

A similar "Victor Vocal & Voice Audition" selected Megumi Nakajima to play Macross F's Ranka Lee.

 

The new Macross series was announced in March following the end of the latest Japanese TV rebroadcast of 2008's Macross Frontier. In July, co-creator, mecha designer and later director Shoji Kawamori said that the series was in its planning stages.

 

 

via Famitsu

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

19 Oct 16:17

"Yuri Kuma Arashi" Anime Site Updated With Latest Visual

by Scott Green

If you thought that the bare skin and bear paws visual for Kunihiko Ikuhara's (Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguindrum) Yuri Kuma Arashi winter TV anime was a bit ecchi, wait until you see the latest!

 

 

明日は、「ユリ熊嵐」公式サイトを更新!ʕ ◔ᴥ◔ ʔ!  #yurikuma

— TVアニメ「ユリ熊嵐」公式 (@yurikuma_anime) October 19, 2014

 

Cast features Miho Arakawa as Ginko Yurishiro, Yoshiko Ikuta as Ruru Yurigazaki and Nozomi Yamane as Kureha Tsubaki. The TV anime will be helmed by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguindrum), with animator Etsuko Sumimoto adapting manga tie-in author Akiko Morishima's original character designs on the Silver Link production.

 

Previously

 

Check out Ikuhara's comments about the series here.

 

via @Yuyucow

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

19 Oct 21:12

Kodansha Plans "Parasyte" Manga Reprint

by Scott Green

With an anime adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki's sci-fi horror Parasyte running this season, Kodansha has confirmed plans to reprint the manga in North America.

 

More details will go up in the next few weeks. The 1988-1995 series has a long history in North America dating back to Tokyopop precusor Mixx in 1997 before being republished by Del Rey and ultimately Kodansha Comics.

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

17 Oct 17:30

New Nintendo 3DS Faceplates Sold 19,000 Units At Launch

by Ishaan
Alainmendez

Why would they ever want the XL to have faceplates?

Due to the release of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate last week, the two Monster Hunter faceplates were particularly popular.

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17 Oct 11:13

VIDEO: Ufotable Opening Previewed in Latest "Fate/hollow ataraxia" PS Vita Port Promo

by Scott Green
Alainmendez

So when are we going to get that Ufotable Fate Hollow anime? ;)

Fate/hollow ataraxia, the visual novel sequel set half a year after Fate/stay night, is set for release on PS Vita in a port featuring touch-screen support, full voice acting, a new ufotable opening, theme by Aimer and mini-games including the new tower defense Capsule Servant and a return to Illya's Castle. A new preview offers a look at that opening set to "holLow wORlD" by Aimer.

 

The game is set to be released in Japan November 27th.

 

 

PSvita「フェイト/ホロウ アタラクシア」PV 第三弾 が公開されました!弊社より二本のOP映像をお届け致します:) https://t.co/qbuf0KcHGx

— ufotable (@ufotable) October 17, 2014

"第五次聖杯戦争終結から半年― これは「Fate/stay night」の続編にして裏面にあたる物語―。" 弊社各店舗でもご予約お受けしております。宜しければ、お手に取り下さい。http://t.co/ynymdQyyFu pic.twitter.com/8n0UO4fj9K

— ufotable (@ufotable) October 17, 2014

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

17 Oct 14:00

James Recommends - GoD Factory Wingmen - Want to Play a Multiplayer TIE Fighter?

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17 Oct 09:00

figma blog shows off Cardcaptor Sakura prototype

by Martin Siggers

As I've noted several times before, I'm a huge Cardcaptor Sakura fan and the series's recent return to the front lines of the anime toy world has filled me with unmitigated glee. We've known for a while now that Max Factory would be producing a figma version of heroine Sakura Kinomoto, but a new post on the official company blog gives us a first chance to get a good look at her.

Still in unpainted prototype form, Sakura is nonetheless already looking extremely sharp. Like her Nendoroid and trading figure counterparts, she's portrayed in probably the most iconic of her many outfits, an ultra frilly pink number from the first opening. It's pretty challenging to reproduce in small scale, but Max Factory look to have done a fine job, and they promise an innovative new bit of design will make sure she retains maximum posability despite all those ruffles. There's also a glimpse of the included accessories, which seem to pretty much match the Nendoroid. We get miniature Kero and Sakura's sealing wand in both regular and 'Fly' broomstick-style forms.

I can't lie, I'm very excited. I swore off of figmas quite a while ago, but I doubt I'll be able to resist this one. Here's hoping we get more details, and some coloured shots, very soon.

[via Max Factory's blog

figma blog shows off Cardcaptor Sakura prototype screenshot

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16 Oct 16:40

Artist Paints Nic Cage As Various Pokémon—It's As Weird As You'd Expect

by Lauren Davis

Artist Paints Nic Cage As Various Pokémon—It's As Weird As You'd Expect

Really, with the wide variety of roles Nicolas Cage has had over the years, who is to say he wouldn't play a Bulbasaur?

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