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 Nintendo I am a multi-console gamer, with that being said I have personally had numerous conversations and debates with other gamers from other platforms. What I hear from gamers from such platforms like the Xbox brand and the Sony brands and the consensus is that you are missing key features that are current in today’s console market. These features are Technologies like in-game chat and cross-game chat, I am Not sure if your system is setup in such a way that you can add something like in game or cross game chat into the Wii U infrastructure but, these are very important in today’s social gaming scene.

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 It behooves me that with such the foresight to create a social gaming network like the miiverse you did not have the insight to add something like in-game chat. In-game chat has been around since the original Xbox, something that has proven to be a valuable additive in the gaming scene. Since then the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 continued on that idea that online social gaming is the next logical evolution of local multiplayer. It is understood that the local multiplayer experience is one of the pillars of gaming even today. In-game chat helps family and friends who are no longer available to physically sit down with friends and play games with in-game chat we can join online with our families and friends to stay connected. The inclusion of cross-game chat helps us play the same multiplayer games that we enjoyed playing while sitting on our families and our friends couches.

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 It is known that PlayStation 3 infrastructure was not set up for the addition to cross game chat though it did have a fairly decent in-game chat system to later with the Playstation 4 add cross-game chat. I know that the Wii U for the new Nintendo network is set up to be updated via the web framework design. I am not sure how this could be applied to this feature though, I hope it is possible that you could add some features like in-game and cross-game chat into the Wii U if not both. There is a couple of my friends on PlayStation 4 that actually got rid of their Wii U’s simply because there was no in-game or cross-game chat.

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 Here are the experiences that draw today’s gamer with in-game and cross-game chat. Today’s gamer loves to play online multiplayer and that is a fact games like first person shooters, sports titles such as NBA, NFL, FIFA and any other genre that local multiplayer could be used. We totally enjoy poking fun with our friends or helping them get through a certain level of a game. The Miiverse does fill in that gap but, this method while highly viable is not a constant stream of interactivity that is sometimes wanted or needed as far as social gaming is concerned. Nintendo, you of all people know how fun it is to sit and have fun with your loved ones in your living room or wherever you have your console. The inclusion of in-game and cross-game chat will help to dramatically raise interest in the Wii U along with helping developers see the light that the struggling platform is much more than something that only Nintendo loyalists flock too. The Nintendo Wii U has provided a safe haven for independent developers and I believe with the addition of current features like in-game and cross-game chat the major AAA developers will give your console a second look. I love the Wii U and at this point from my experiences with my playstation 4 you can actually compete with the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 but, you first have to catch up with the times and add in-game chat/cross-game chat though, you should focus on inputting cross-game chat because thats where it truly matters and much more simpler. Please help promote Real Otaku Gamers initiative on all your favorite social networks along with the #WiiUvenate Thanks and game on!

PAX East

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PAX East

Who’s Going?

This year it will be me and fellow editor Sean Jacobs aka NoirZillaGamer that will be at PAX East.

Where to Find Me

We’ll be all over the place, especially the show floor as that’s where all the gems are at! We’ll also be at a few of the parties. You can find me and say hello at these parties:

Thursday, April 10th : Pokecrawl (registration for this closed)

Friday, April 11th : 8-Bit Boston, Indies Need Booze party (registration for this is sold out)

Saturday, April 12th : Bethesda party, the ASUS/PC Gamer party

Keep in mind this is a tentative list as my plans may change when I’m actually at PAX East.

To get live updates follow me on Twitter at LadyLoveMonster.

By Brandon Boatman On 8 Apr, 2014 At 03:07 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, Nintendo Wii/Wii U, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Remember that time you went out for the midnight release of that highly anticipated Wii/Wii U game? Oh you don’t? Well that’s okay because neither do I. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a game and thought man I can’t wait to play this on my Wii U…that I don’t own.

Like most gamers I love Nintendo, or at least I think I do. I bought a 3DS XL last Christmas, does that count? Having been brought up alongside the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo I feel wrong saying anything otherwise.nintendo-nes-box

That’s the problem though. Whenever I think of Nintendo it’s never of their latest console or future plans; it’s purely of Super Mario Bros., Super Metroid or The Legend of Zelda whose gold cartridge captivated me.

So we’re going to try and help our good friends at Nintendo out with some things the staff here at ROG thinks they need to do to #WiiUvenate. My contribution to this effort is ads.

Since the Wii U was released back in November of 2012- yeah it’s been that long- I haven’t seen a single ad. For games or for the console. That’s not to say they don’t have any though. At the end of last year Kotaku actually wrote an article about their ads…and how they ignored the biggest selling point which is their off-TV play.

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That’s kind of a problem. The Wii U’s best feature isn’t showcased. Another problem is how I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head what games for the Wii U are coming out or when.

So Nintendo that’s where I think you should start. Take a page from Sony and run an ad about a single little feature. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t see the Playstation 4′s “sharing is caring” commercial.

Simply put, at least use ads so you become relevant again. It’s kind of sad that you’re still developing great games yet gamers can’t tell you their title, aside from Super Mario Kart (arbitrary number here). You may have never been big on advertising games or your console but times change. I want to be 23 and experience this again.

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Video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) won’t threepeat “Worst company in America” this year by Consumerist. They were beat out by Time Warner Cable in the first round.

EA may have won this reader-based competition two years in a row, but did they ever really deserve it? They’re continually put up against companies that actually cheat people in some way, shape, or form and while you may argue that not making a game you wanted available offline or your continued troubles with Origin as having “harmed” you I’d ask you to be honest with yourself for at least one second.

They’ve never really deserved to be called “Worst Company in America” a fact shared by Peter Moore in his letter last year after they won. I loved it. He called out every major wrongdoing by other companies because those things really matter. Next to Ethan Albright’s letter to John Madden, it’s one of the most beautiful rants I’ve ever read.

Maybe that’s why they didn’t win this year. Maybe the internet for once thought about how they’re just a video game publishing company before they voted in this asinine competition. One can only hope that the internet actually put some rational thought into this one, but then again it doesn’t matter. If it did, maybe we wouldn’t see the same faces every year committing atrocities literally affecting the world.

Not Enough Space

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They’re coming. Wave upon wave of next-gen games and do you know what the best part about that is? Actually being able to play whatever game(s) you just came home with and one thing that may prevent you from doing so is not having enough space on your not-so-big 500GB hard drive.

Now I know that seems like a lot of space and on past consoles you’d be completely correct, however, with every game on each console requiring a full download you’ll see that space quickly disappear.

The problem is that the games are bigger. Like a lot bigger. 20GB big and that combined will all of your captures, shares and whosits and whatnots is a lot of space taken up. It doesn’t help either that people forget that a good amount of your hard drive will be taken up with firmware data so you’re not actually getting all 500 gigs. You’re getting 408GB on the PS4 and 362GB on the Xbox One.

Now, with the Xbox one you have two legal options. You can periodically check your remaining space or you can devote an external drive or USB to your games/saves to help out. Managing your data isn’t that big of a task either due to the helpful little graphic that displays your remaining space and percentage of space used and you can easily delete and item or see how much space it uses by pressing the menu button (formerly Start).

If neither of these choices for whatever reason don’t appeal to you and you’d just like to have more space that’s an option too. An illegal option.

Like the PS4 you can upgrade your hard drive to a new bigger Solid State drive, hybrid or just another hard drive, but doing so voids your warranty. For those of you interested, youtuber Brian Williams uploaded a video showing you exactly what you need to do. I’ll also talk more about replacing your drive later.

The kind people at Sony on the other hand give you the same options, but putting in a new drive is actually supported. They even allow you to update your firmware/software on the console. If the graphics don’t help there is also this video by CNET which should get you through it. If you would just like to manually manage your data to avoid the tech side of things it’s easy as well. Just go to “System Storage Management” on your console and it’ll display all the information you need.

Here’s the thing about replacing your hard drives, nobody is just giving you  a brand new shiny HDD or SSD for free. They cost. You can get a 1TB HDD for about $60-$80, but that’s on top of the expensive system you just bought and without any of the gains an SSD would bring and if you’re thinking about going the 1TB SSD route know that you’ll essentially be buying two consoles. They’re very expensive, but do offer faster load times on the consoles. Even if not by a lot the gains are still there.

Here’s the other option. There’s always another option. You could just wait. Developers are still learning the new consoles and the games that truly push their potential won’t be out until later this year or next. So wait just wait. I’m assuming there will at least be another variation of the consoles released with bigger drives so if the space is really bumming you out hold off until you get what you want. No sense in settling.

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The light novel series better known by its anime, Sword Art Online, has already spawned a console game and it looks like its second console game is getting a great treatment. The first game has only been available on the Japanese market to the chagrin of many fans. The second game has been announced for release in Taiwan with a great perk. The game will be released in traditional Chinese and English. Which means the fanbase of English speaking countries around the world may cheer to this Asian release.

I can’t play them because of DRM you say? No worries! The game will be released on the PS Vita, a completely region free console (thank you Sony). So pre-order a copy at your local importer today, today is a great day for English speaking anime fans everywhere.

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Set in an alternate storyline this game will probably surprise and please you in ways the anime couldn’t.

This new game will be released April 24 of this year.

By Tiffany Marshall On 24 Mar, 2014 At 02:02 AM | Categorized As International News, Previews, ROG Fashion, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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Lately, I’ve been really getting into geek fashion and, man, has my wallet been crying tears of sadness, while I cry tears of joy! I have been obsessing over Black Milk Clothing, but through other people, I’ve discovered another great company that focuses on geek fashion – Mitmunk!

mitmunk-bionicredMitmunk describes themselves with the following:

MITMUNK is a Vancouver-based design studio run by Wayne Elliott and Heather Joan Tam, specializing in printed apparel and accessories.

Wayne is an artist with a background in video games. As founder of and designer for MITMUNK, he brings his love for striking, experimental street fashion into his artwork for Mitmunk’s printed clothing.

Heather is an interdisciplinary artist and Curator Emeritus of a community museum.

We love vintage illustrations, etchings, lithographs, serigraphs; the way ink sits on paper; blacks and grays and whites. You’ll find these elements in our designs, which are inspired by and use images from historic, public domain printed matter.

Mitmunk is a bit pricey, but a little more affordable than Black Milk Clothing ($72.35 vs. $80-90 – just leggings comparison).  The benefit to Mitmunk over other geek fashion that I’ve seen so far is they offer bigger sizes. Other lines like Black Milk stop at XL, but Mitmunk goes all the way up to 3XL.

I think that their clothing looks great and I can’t wait for my first piece to come in!

To check out their line of leggings, you can go here.

Source: Mitmunk Website, Mitmunk Facebook Page, Mitmunk Etsy Shop

AoT everyone

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AoT everyone

FUNimation has been releasing clips from the Attack on Titan English dub to get people excited about the release of the first half of the season in June and for Anime Boston, which is going on right now.

Here is the latest clip:

With each and every clip, I get more and more excited for when I can get my hands on Attack on Titan – Part 1 with the English dubbing. Whether I get the Collector’s Edition, Limited Edition, or Standard Edition is still up in the air.

Attack on Titan will be releasing Part 1 of the series through FUNimation on June 3, 2014.  The Collector’s Edition will run at $96.74, Limited Edition will run at $67.49, and the Standard Edition will run at $37.49.

What did you think of this latest clip? Let us know in the comments!

Source: FUNimation Twitter

By Tiffany Marshall On 20 Mar, 2014 At 05:50 PM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, International News, News, News, Previews, ROG News, Videos | With 0 Comments
Mikasa in Action

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FUNimation released another clip today for the Attack on Titan English dub! This time we get a glimpse at Mikasa, one of the main characters.  Here it is:

I absolutely love it! I think it sounds very much like I’d imagine Mikasa to sound.  What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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 ”Watches are good at telling time but, imagine having useful, actionable information there precisely where you need it automatically,Today we are announcing that Android is extending to wearables”

-David Singleton Director of engineering, Android

Watch out Samsung, we know that your original Galaxy Gear didn’t fair so well in the market and at this moment Galaxy Gear 2 cleaned up some missteps but, Google has decided to show you a seemingly better way in doing things. Don’t get me wrong, you rock in making phones and tablets and it sure is odd that good ole google sure isn’t even shaking your tree a little bit but, check this thing out…

Crisp UI, Sleek bezel & band designs.

Crisp UI, Sleek bezel & band designs.

If first looks could kill I’m sure the death recipient would have a smile on its face. Google’s Android Wear will be hitting our stores ”later this year” infused with Big G’s very own Operating System. Android Wear will be buddying up with partners such as; Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Samsung… HOLD ON, Samsung? Oh Google, you sly dog you. Now the upcoming wearable technologies coming from the search engine/E-mail client giant will really be interesting.

“To bring this vision to life we are working with consumer electronics manufactures, chip makers and fashion brands who are committed to fostering an ecosystem of watches in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes “

-David Singleton Director of engineering, Android

I would really like to now know whom is the company that created the device(s) announced by Google? Like these bezel designs of these Android Wear watches.

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With Google App integration throughout these badboys should fly off the stores shelves.

Alex Faaborg Designer, Android elaborated on the newly designed custom UI that all the Android wearable devices will have embedded in them stating…

“(The UI) is based around voice and contextual information that’s reactive to your surroundings… it has to be incredibly fast, incredibly glanceable. There is only two components: Information that is most relevant to you and the ability to speak to it and do a quick command.”

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Recently Announced Motorola’s Moto 360

Weather, calendar information, important meetings, integrated GPS locating where you are, how far you are from a scheduled meeting and how long it will takes you to arrive there will be incorporated in these devices. Things that are most important to you will roam around with you all over the place like checking your favorite sports teams scores on games you cannot view at that time. You can also respond naturally to messages received simply by speaking to Google Now  ”Reply” and say whatever that needs to be relayed to your contact and then it automatically send out your message. GPS services also can be initialized on the fly by asking google to search nearby locations for you like ” OK, Google find nearby movie theatres” and swiftly and accurately the device will find them just like that.

LG's recently announced "G-Watch"

LG’s recently announced “G-Watch”

It was not mentioned if the wearables will be tethered to your smartphones like Samsungs Galaxy Gear series time will only tell as more information trickles out closer to the launching of these devices. I can say for sure if these Android wearables can be independant of the smart phones i definitely would love to have one of these pretty puppies. Even still what Google officially announced yesterday is still a great advancement in wearable technologies and thats always a great thing. Stay tuned for updated information on Android Wear & other geekery here at RealOtakuGamer.com

 

 

 

 

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