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By Jessica Brister On 13 Mar, 2016 At 07:52 PM | Categorized As Featured, ROG Humor | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIt’s amazing to me how many gamers act completely obnoxious when playing.  I do think a lot of it is just plain trolling, but sometimes, I think that some people are just oblivious to proper etiquette.  While I don’t think that this article will change much in the matter of obnoxious gamers, maybe I can reach a couple of people.  And maybe the rest of you will find some humor in this.

Here are some things to consider:

Console/Computer Etiquette

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Do: Enjoy food and beverages while gaming.  No one wants you to get dehydrated and pass out.

Do Not: Leave food debris all over the controller/keyboard for the next person.  (I MAY have been guilty of this before, but I’m trying to get it together.)  Also, do not drink too many adult beverages while gaming.  It will not end well for you.  *See below on leaving during online play.

Do: Find time to game.  It’s an escape from the stresses of life and a great way to unwind after a long day.

Do Not: Ignore your children because you want to play a video game.  I’m sorry, but I have heard way too many little children and babies crying in the background of online games, while the parent just yells at them to be quiet.  Be an adult and take care of your kids.  Also, be an adult and tell your children, “No.”  Toddlers should NOT be playing Call of Duty.

Do: Find time to charge the controller/headset if multiple people use a console in your household (Playstation).  Or, make sure there are plenty of AA batteries (Xbox).

Do Not: Drain all of the controller battery so that the next person can’t play.  Or, if you don’t like that, get your own console, so you don’t have to worry about it.

Headset Etiquette

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Do: Use your headset for talking ONLY.

Do Not: Use voice-changers, play music over your headset, have screaming children in the background or barking dogs.  No one wants to listen to your music or your little brother or sister (or even your child) in the background.

Do: Speak coherently when you have a headset on.

Do Not: Use language that is either not understandable, uses too much slang, or too much cussing.  It just gets you made fun of and eventually muted.  Then you’ll just be talking to yourself, and that’s a bit creepy.

Do: Use the mute button occasionally.

Do Not: Take a telephone call while you are still gaming with the headset on or hold a conversation with someone in the room who is not playing.  No one wants to hear your mom yelling at you to clean up your room.  No one needs to hear you talk to your best friend on the phone.

 Online Gameplay Etiquette

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Do: Take breaks at appropriate times.  No one wants you to pee yourself or get dehydrated (well, MOST people, anyhow; there are  A LOT of trolls out there).

Don’t:  Walk away from a game that is still going on.  It’s annoying to your team, and it’ll make your score look bad.  Wait for a good time, and if you HAVE to leave in the middle of a game and it’s co-op, tell your team.  Well, unless it’s an emergency, like say your house is on fire.  Then, please, get up and leave.

Do: Take your game seriously.

Do Not: Take your game too seriously.  No one likes a sore loser, but no one also likes a sore winner either.  People who act arrogant when they win or who get too bent out of shape over a game put people off.  This is why I stopped playing all of the Call of Duty games and moved to a more co-op game like Borderlands 2.  Games are supposed to be FUN.  If you aren’t having fun, then you might want to check yourself.
Do: Use your gaming talents to win.
Do Not: Go noob tubing, excessively snipe or “camp” (unless it’s Borderlands 2 and your sniping with a rocket launcher, which is freaking awesome), or cheat.  It’s obnoxious.

By SarahTheRebel On 2 Aug, 2013 At 09:03 PM | Categorized As Featured, Interviews, Tales of Real Otaku | With 0 Comments

No GravatarFirst appeared on www.NerdyButFlirty.com.

I recently interviewed Deja, better known as Jade Aurora. Jade is an artist, model, and cosplayer from Detroit, MI.

Me as Bellatrix Lestrange, Youmacon 2012

Me as Bellatrix Lestrange, Youmacon 2012.

1.) When did you first start cosplaying? What inspired you to start?

I started cosplaying in 2011. What inspired me to start cosplaying was in 2010 when my best friends convinced me to attend Youmacon with them. This was the first anime convention I ever went to. Seeing all those people dressed up in these amazing, kickass costumes is what inspired me to join the cosplay club, lol.

2.) What are your favorite video games?

My favorite video games are Super Smash Bros., Mortal Kombat, and Dead or Alive. I don’t know if this counts, but I am a huge Sims addict!

3.) What’s your favorite anime?

I have quite a few favorite animes, but my absolute favorites are Sailor Moon and Soul Eater. Death the Kid can take my soul any day.

4.) What’s your favorite cosplay memory?

I would have to say that my favorite memory was during Youmacon 2011. I was cosplaying as Princess Tiana, and my friends and I were on our way to a panel, when a little girl and her mother stopped us. The little girl thought I was really Tiana, and wanted a picture of me. It was very heartwarming.

Jade Aurora, Cosplay, Tiana, Youmecan 2011, black, female, cosplayer

Jade as Princess Tiana, Youmacon 2011.

5.) What advice do you have for other girls interested in cosplaying and modeling?

Do what you feel. Cosplay is about having fun. Don’t let race, gender, or size stop you from indulging in your fandom. To those who want to take the path to modeling: be prepared, because it is not easy. The modeling industry can be very cutthroat and catty, and you will hear a lot of nos before you hear yes. And do your homework and always take precautions, because there are people who take advantage of women and prey on their dreams to become models. But modeling can be very fulfilling. You will gain confidence in yourself, and will begin to embrace YOU, flaws and all.

Great advice! You can find Jade Aurora on her Facebook page.

By Charles On 28 Jun, 2013 At 06:34 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Editorials, Featured, Otaku Events | With 0 Comments

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Always bring a banana to a party.

Always bring a banana to a party.

Well, well, well- look who’s back. It’s been a while since I’ve made an appearance on here, and with good reason: since the beginning of May, I’ve been on a whirlwind of convention travels- all the way from Charlotte, NC for KiraKiraCon, to Sandusky, OH for Colossalcon, and most recently, Portland, ME for Portcon. In between I’ve dropped by VA for AMA, Boston for AB and a splendid little event in Pittsfield, MA called BAMcon (currently my favorite event of the year). And one of the constants I’ve had all 6 of those weekends is new congoers, from those who have always wanted to attend, to curious friends dragged along for the ride, to the confused parents wondering what their children have been jabbering on about incessantly since last summer.

For those of you who have never been to a con, there really is no time like the present to start attending. Explosive community growth, huge influxes of new fans and fandoms, cosplay galore- this is a great time to start hitting up your local con scene, or even traveling someplace new and exciting for a weekend unlike any other.

Wow, that sounds like a sales pitch.

For those of you who have never attended, or find the entire process intimidating, allow me then to provide you with some tips for selecting and navigating your first convention. You don’t need to heed my advice, because everyone’s experiences at the con are different- that’s what makes them so enticing- but at the same time, there are always common pitfalls that have the potential to derail a previously fantastic weekend.

Author’s note: these tips are not the standard sort of “drink plenty of water,” or “sleep and shower once a day” type- the basic precepts of health and hygiene are common sense, and we all are aware of them. And if we are not, the con staff will definitely make sure you observe them. Rather, these tips will (hopefully) allow you to have an enjoyable weekend, free of drama, hassles, and unplanned roadblocks.

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Dressing like this might get you dinner…or arrested.

Rule 1: Friends make the difference. This might sound obvious, but nobody wants to be attending their first con alone. From the overstimulation of the crowd’s emotions, to the often hectic environment itself, to the huge platter of events and programming, it is extremely easy to get lost in the mix. Flying solo at a con can be one of the scariest, and overwhelming experiences any fan can encounter- so much so that even veterans often dislike attempting it.

Thankfully, the solution is simple: go with your friends. Make new ones at the con. Build a ‘network’ of people you enjoy spending time with, and coordinate schedules so everyone has fun over the weekend. It’s easier than it sounds, because at the con, everyone is a prospective new friend, and many are actively seeking new people, new experiences and new comrades to share them with. Try it out next time, you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.

Rule 2: Budget, please. Everyone has a con story that proceeds something like this: “I brought $200 with me to cover my weekend, and blew it all within fifteen minutes of hitting the Dealer’s Room. Now I can’t afford to eat.” If this sounds like something that happened to a friend (or even yourself), you are not alone. All congoers fall into this trap at some point- I once spent $400 at a single con on commissions in the Artist Alley, and lived off the charity of my friends for the last day and a half. This often is accompanied by guilt, fear and the knowledge that you just spent a large amount of money in a short period of time, sometimes with little to really show for it.

Budgeting is your friend, throughout the weekend. It’s extremely easy to survive on the cheap at most big cons (especially ones in urban areas, with easy access to fast food), but when the temptation to blow your hard-earned cash on figures and DVDs arises, rely on those friends you went to the con with to keep you in check. Make sure you never take all your money with you anywhere, or give it to a friend who you know budgets well and have them reign you in. Your first con will fill you with impulses you might never have felt before, which invariably leads to impulse buying, and “shoppers remorse.” If you have your friend with you, keeping you from throwing cash left and right, you will make it through the weekend unscathed.

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The freaks might not come out at night, but the yokai certainly do.

Rule 3:Don’t try to experience everything. Simply put, you can’t. It’s not possible to do everything at the con over one weekend, especially if your first con is on the scale of Otakon (which is a popular choice for East Coast congoers), Anime Boston or *shudder* Anime Expo. Often events on that scale are massive, with dozens of panels and programs running concurrently all across the convention space. Trying to “keep up” will drive any neophyte congoer insane.

The best strategy is to find a few things you really want to see, and then allow the weekend to progress organically. What do I mean by organically? Well, even the best-laid plans can run awry. Sometimes friends have different plans, or there could be a completely spontaneous decision to do something other than what you planned to do. Looking at the programming schedule beforehand helps you whittle down what you have time for, but it can never forewarn you about random photoshoots, dinner plans, or bumping into that friend you know online who wants to catch up outside of the internet.

Progressing organically, then, is to just ‘go with the flow.’ Enjoy yourself, enjoy your friends, and decide what’s really important when the moment arises. You might wander into a random panel and find yourself interested in the subject. You might discover that a certain cosplay event isn’t what you expected it to be. Or you might just latch onto a cluster of new people and follow them. This is usually one of the best ways to approach congoing, especially now, so just enjoy yourself, and see where everything takes you. Becoming preoccupied with pre-planned events is a surefire way to ruin your weekend. The real appeal of the con is just being at the con.

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Navigating the halls sometimes requires skills with a lightsaber

Rule 4: Utilize discretion.  On par with common sense, just because you are at a con, doesn’t mean you should run around like a blithering idiot, get wasted, hit on anything with two legs, and consume things you would never touch in your daily life. Discretion, common sense, a bit of skepticism- these will allow you to circumvent any number of unexpected shocks and potentially toxic situations.

Now this might SOUND like a given, but bear in mind- the energy exchange from cons is powerful, and has the potential to itself become intoxicating. And people who start to fall to intoxication lower their inhibitions and act in ways that might be completely unexpected, even to THEM. I’ve witnessed young adult males doing questionale things for a girl’s attention, seen teenagers drink themselves silly because they can, and witnessed all sorts of…unsavory behavior, simply because one person wasn’t paying proper attention at the time.

Now do not take this to mean that cons are dangerous. They’re incredibly safe. But at the same time, even the safest places are not immune to stupidity and bad decisions. Be aware of yourself, and utilize discretion in your interactions. It will save you more than your fair share of drama.

 

When meeting your favorite voice actors, please remember they are people too.

When meeting your favorite voice actors, please remember they are people too.

Rule 5: Don’t feed the trolls. Just like on the internet, trolls exist, and prowl around cons. They can be the guys with the cameras taking candid photos without permission. They can be ‘that guy’ in the back of the panel room who never stops commenting on how ‘wrong’ the panelist is. It could be the kid in the mask throwing water at people. They are present, and sometimes highly visible at the con weekend, and can contribute a huge chunk of unwelcome drama. More than a few new congoers have been driven off by their antics, or reduced to tears in the hallways.

Remember, trolls are a part of the fandom experience. You will eventually encounter one, that’s a given. The real tip here is not just not let them bother you. They are actively trying to provoke a reaction, often for no reason other than their own boredom. They thrive on conflict, and making you feel terrible. If you give in, they win. If you shrug them off, they find someone else.

Look all the way back at rule 1 for the best way of dealing with them- your friends. The words of some anonymous congoer might sting, but remember that your friends are there for YOU, and will help you deal with any trolls you might encounter. Rely on them, and your weekend will be a success.

Note: Also, do not confuse trolls with the grey-skinned denizens of the popular webcomic Homestuck. Those are also trolls, but not of the same variety.

So, first time congoer, go forth and enjoy yourself.

For more information, check out some of my earlier blogs on the subject:

Con-Ventional Wisdom

Con Advice

By SarahTheRebel On 5 Jun, 2012 At 06:46 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Editorials, Featured, Otaku Events, Previews | With 2 Comments

No GravatarHello ROGers!

My E3 started off with a bang at Polygon on the Verge from Snapdragon by Qualcomm. Whew it was a mouthful. I had a great time, mostly because the drinks came with flashing cubes. I’m a simple girl. They also had huge screens with indie games going on, a DJ and great people! Oh and the brownies were awesome.

My drink was glowing with the fires of Mordor

The next day, I was fortunate enough to attend the Sony Press Conference.

After waiting in line for a few hours, we were finally ushered into the press conference. If you have never attended E3 before, one tip is to scour the web for any opportunities or contests to win E3 passes or access to press conferences. Sony offered 200 random people the opportunity to access the press conference in just this way.

Three of my line mates decided to have a picnic

Once inside, there were food trucks galore! Trucks included Fishlips sushi, Tato Tots, Mac Cheezy’s and more. All food and drink  were free, so I stuffed myself with eggrolls, sushi and tater tots. I didn’t actually drink, because I did want to mingle. That’s another tip: if you can’t still be a wonderful social butterfly while drinking then resist the evil temptation that is an open-bar.

One of the delish foodtrucks, Fishlips

It was around this time that I realized I was sunburned, as was my dear friend Brit, whom I met in line. Despite my glowing skin I still really liked that the first part of the  event was outdoors. What I disliked about it was the lack of organization. My companion had to use the restroom and had to hold it for over and hour because they would not let her in until she went through a strange and unexplained process. Many times throughout the event, I and my fellow 200 Sony fans were confused about what was going on and what we were supposed to do. On the other hand, Sony proved to be quite generous, hooking us all up with a sweet E3 deal, throwing out t-shirts, and giving everyone a year’s access to PlayStation Plus.

As the outside event ended, we all ran to get our seats inside the huge auditorium. With all the glowing lights and shadowy figures it made for an impressive sight, and I began to feel the adrenaline pumping. When the show actually started, I was not dissapointed. The sound engineer(s) and the light engineer(s) were amazing. Each sword thrust through a skull or face slam into a table had the crack and boom of a realistic event. I felt a tinge of dread watching Beyond, disgust and shock watching The Last of Us and pure fangirl joy watching the Assassins roll in sea storm.

A few of my favorite moments:

  • Learning that PlayStation Allstars Battle Royale would basically include the Vita as a seperate controller. This is a great idea… why has no one else thought of the Vita U?
  • The newest assassin is both the first female assassin as well as, if my eyes could be trusted, a beautiful black woman!! I was so excited I almost cried. I drew about seven hearts in my notebook.
  • The other big game announcement also included a female protagonist (Beyond) so it is interesting to see that female main characters are gaining in popularity.
  • The idea of an interactive book. I am a total bookworm and became quite dreamy-eyed when the announcer mentioned the possibilities of exploring the universe or walking with dinosaurs.
  • The realistic ocean combat of the next Assassin’s Creed.
  • The announcement that LBP2 DLC featuring cross console-controller DLC.
  • The announcement that PlayStation Plus was going to get a power up.
  • My new line friend seriously threatening his friend’s life if he did not come and take his picture with Hideo Kojima.
  • The screens and presentation was perfect. I was energized and excited almost the entire time!

Another of my favorite moments, meeting Britt!

Things that were not quite my favorite:

  • Why would someone want the assassins to fight on the high seas? Just seems like a strange mix.
  • The book sounded amazing, but the demonstration left me a little dissapointed. However, I’m sure JK Rowling fans will disagree!
  • My sunburn.
  • Kratos is now Assassin’s Drake?
  • Why was there a ladder in that hotel? And who sets people on fire in front of a pre-teen?

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Interesting Trends:

The press conference left me with the impression that Sony is implementing the “if you can’t beat em, join em!” attitude. They mentioned that PlayStation Suite would get a name change to PlayStation Mobile, that they have a parntership with HTC and they are focusing on the cross-compatability of their portable system.

Overall I now want to buy the upcoming Vita/Assassins Creed: Liberation bundle pack, renew my PlayStation Plus subscription and I am eagerly awaiting the availability of Cool Boarders 2 on PSN.

I also need to take a moment to shout-out the folks at Sony. This is my second industry event with them at a large conference and I must say they know how to treat their fans. I was just as impressed with the way we were treated and I would recommend their conference to anyone.

Also, unless I was seriously trippin’, I saw Ono and Harada and managed to speak some gibberish to them.

Back to the expo! I shall have more updates as the adventures pour in.

The stage was beautiful