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By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 24 Feb, 2014 At 06:52 PM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, Reviews, ROG Fashion, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarI stumbled upon a little documentary while I roamed around Youtube and while it’s far from perfect I think it gives a balanced overview of otakus. It’s so well made in fact I think it’s the one documentary to show any questioning parents so they have a good understanding of our little subculture.

The piece True Otaku: The Documentary is an amateur documentary that explains the otaku fandom by going straight to the source, questioning regular fans and industry professionals in Otakon and Anime USA about many different topics related to the subject.

Looks like our old banner!

Looks like our old banner!

It explains the anime boom that occurred in the US and how it led to the surge in anime fans that created such large conventions, lolita fashion, fan groups, and cosplay. Granted, they focused too much on cosplay and not enough on anime and manga, nor popular otaku video games such as visual novels and the unbelievably popular shooter Touhou nor fighting games like Persona 4, and not even on collectors of anime merchandise, but it’s a good introductory film to any questioning individual and I believe if  everyone saw it they’d have more respect for the otaku community.

You can see the film for free on Youtube where it’s split into 3 parts: You can watch the first part here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdv0n5DUb4E and see the rest at leisure. Happy watching!

By Amy McGarey On 27 Jan, 2014 At 09:37 PM | Categorized As PC Games, Previews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarHave you ever wanted to go back and play Morrowind, only to think, “I can’t play this after beating Skyrim. The graphics are too outdated.” Well, now there’s a team of Elder Scrolls fans who want to give you that old Morrowind experience back, but this time with current generation graphics. This new Morrowind mod for Skyrim is called Skywind.

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Currently, there is no known date for when the game will be finished. You can download an early version of Skywind, but so far it’s only landscape and some static meshes. Still in development are quests, monsters, weapons, armor, NPCs, and everything else to truly bring Morrowind alive. The mod requires a retail PC version of Morrowind with the expansions and Skyrim. Pirated copies will not work. This isn’t just importing Morrowind meshes into the Skyrim engine. Morrowind is practically being made from scratch.

Because the Skyrim engine is still being used, expect to see the Skyrim UI, skill tree, fast travel, and quest markers. If you want a more traditional Morrowind experience, there will be mods that will turn those features off. If you want to revisit a whole new Morrowind sooner, you can actually volunteer to work on this project. Just visit http://morroblivion.com/ for more details. There are a range of different tasks that need completed for all different skill levels. I can’t wait for Skywind to be finished that I might just volunteer myself!

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No GravatarBronies hate them or love them do have quite a lot of talented individuals among them. Their latest creation? A visual novel based off of fan art.

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Before you completely dismiss the idea as ridiculous I should tell you of another visual novel called Katawa Shoujo. It was a visual novel sparked by a picture based off posts on 4chan. The link I will post tells the story better than I can. But back to the My Little Pony based game.

The resulting game is Starswirl Academy, where the protagonist is able to attend the prestigious institution his senior year because of his friend Twilight Sparkle. Also the protagonist is a rock named Tom in the original TV show. Before I delve into the plot and what I believe the game’s goal will be based on all the information the demo gives so far I’ll look at the work that went into the visual novel.

Lineup of 6 MCs

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Visually, the game’s backgrounds are as beautiful as that of any visual novel that comes out of top notch companies and the background music is nice and simple. The main problem with the game for some might be in the character designs. I like how they don’t make Pinkie’s hair as big and ridiculous as it is in the show, while some might dislike it tremendously. For me it’s Rarity’s hair that looks ridiculous, and I feel if they had drawn it some other way it might have looked much better.

What makes this game truly special is the touches they put here and there. For example the images of the characters always go through appropriate changes in facial expression, the cutie mark icons at the end of finished dialogue for each characters, and the way they zoom in on Pinkie when she’s too close to you.

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The demo of the game also tells a lot not only about the quality of the work but pretty much told me what the entire game will probably be about. One of their questions on their FAQ page is about why they chose Tom to be the main character, this is their response: “Because he’s a named show character that doesn’t have much fan work associated with him. He provides a good blank slate in terms of personality, but comes off as a very solid character when you get to know him. It also makes us laugh every time we get to make a geology pun.” This “blank slate” is a very important part of the game. The beginning of the demo talks about Tom’s dilemma of not really knowing who he is and letting people make choices for him. He’s not really sure why he wants to attend Starswirl Academy but is hoping to find the answer to that there. The game adds in something extra to make sure the game is not only about Tom’s growth as a person but his interaction with the other characters. The school has a long held tradition of having students give each other pins they call “flair” that represent either their personality or hobby. The flair is usually given by the upperclassman who’s gotten to know a person best, and they are usually very personal. I get a feeling the game will be extremely based on having Tom develop a very close relationship (more than likely romantic) with one of the girls who will give him his flair (although he doesn’t know it) and aid him reach self actualization.

In the midst of unavoidable moe.

In the midst of unavoidable moe.

This has a lot of storytelling potential and can make for a very touching story to some. This game was made in hopes to create something special to both fans and non-fans of the series and I think it can deliver on that promise. I will see if my predictions are correct once the full game comes out. In the meantime you too can play the demo.

You’ve made it this far, so have some Derpy.

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Shoot Derpy we’re treading on copyrights here.

This game will be released for free by Zap Apple Project. The game is made possible by the volunteer artists, musicians, and many other talented individuals lending their time and effort towards making a game everyone can enjoy.

By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 7 Jun, 2013 At 10:34 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Featured, Otaku Events | With 0 Comments
The Hero Hype Con

No GravatarA new convention is coming to Florida tomorrow, and it’s Hero Hype Con, a promising newcomer to Florida’s convention scene. It’ll be taking place in the Ramada Hotel in Hialeah. The convention covers all areas of the geek fandom from video games to comics.

The Hero Hype Con

 

If you want a deal it is a cosplayer loving con, because all who attend in costume can get $5 off admission. Hero Hype also treats parents because all kids 10 and under are free with a paid adult admission.

A costume contest accepting only hand made entries shall be taking place. There will also a screening of a fan made movie called Batman and Spiderman: The Chaos Continues with a free copy of the movie if seen in its entirety.

So Hero Hype con will be taking place tomorrow, so drop by if you want to do something fun this weekend!