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Are you as excited as I am? We are TWO days away from launch! Final Fantasy X is my favorite of the Final Fantasy franchise, with VII and IX after that! So, don’t chew my head off for not picking 7 as my favorite. 😛

Since this was my favorite installation, I decided to make sure I’d get the Collector’s Edition! At $80, it seems very well worth it, especially if you’re an avid fan and love the soundtrack (amongst many other wonderful things in this set)! Here is the unboxing courtesy of Square Enix North America (NA):

Pretty darn cool right? Exactly! It’s such an amazing deal too!

Now, here’s the NA Launch Trailer!:

Final Fantasy X was a game I enjoyed as a kid and spent endless hours playing and replaying.  I hold it very near and dear to my heart so you can only imagine the beginnings of my excitement for this HD Remaster.

What are your thoughts so far with this HD Remaster of X and X-2? Would you like to see this treatment for another game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

By otakuman5000 On 11 Jan, 2014 At 11:25 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, Interviews, ROG News, Tales of Real Otaku | With 0 Comments

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560059_545217922223147_21166582_nI had the wonderful pleasure of being able to interview Leon Chiro, a respected cosplayer throughout the nerd community who has won several awards for cosplays like Dante from the Devil May Cry series, Tidus from Final Fantasy X and Dissidia, Caius from Final Fantasy XIII-2, and the list goes on and on. Today we get a sneak peak into the life of a competitive cosplayer from his humble beginnings, his current works in progress, and everything in between.

ROG: The classic question; we all started somewhere in our cosplay careers. Tell me a bit about that – how old you were, what inspired you, your cosplay inspirations, and what convention you did your first debut.

LC: Ok, so it was 2010…

ROG: Oh, so you’ve only been doing this for a little while!

LC: Yeah. I only started to cosplay seriously when I realized what cosplay was. But my first convention was in 2010. I’m coming from the modeling world, and I was asking myself, “Ok, I love doing pictures, but what if I try to take a character I love a lot and I model with them?” So, I was thinking of doing Tidus because he’s my favorite character ever, and I was thinking, “what if I contacted somebody to see how much this costume would cost?” And they said, “Oh, that’s simple!” And I was like, “… what?” “Cosplay.” “Ok, what is cosplay?” So he explained it and I was like, “Oh. Hm. Sounds like a carnival thing.” He said, “No, it’s more than that…” So he explained it to me. I could never imagine what the cosplay world was. So, I took my Tidus cosplay, I went to the convention alone, and I was a nobody. I didn’t know anyone and no one knew me. That was fine because I was like, “Woah.. where the [expletive] am I?” (Laughter) Someone came up to me and said, “you should enter the cosplay contest [with the Tidus cosplay] because you are very, very good.”

ROG: Yeah, you did a really great job on that. I’m shocked that was your first cosplay.

Leon Chiro's cosplay as Tidus from FFX

Leon Chiro’s cosplay as Tidus from FFX

LC: Yeah, I did Tidus’ first and second version. So yeah, this guy said I should do the cosplay contest. Ok, what is the cosplay contest? Well, it’s like a masquerade. You have to do an exhibition and interpret your character, and I said “oh, sounds cool!” I discovered that I made it to the finals without knowing it. I wasn’t expecting that. A lot of people were surprised because I was anonymous and I came from nowhere, and I arrived in a place that other people have been trying to get to for years. I don’t know what I did… I did it with my heart. That’s the thing – I did my character with my heart.

I have to say that a lot of people started to go against me – “Oh, he’s nobody,” “He only has one cosplay,” “He has too much success” – just people talking bad about me. So I said, “Ok, it’s time for me to do a second cosplay.” I did Dante, and I tried to do the cosplay contest, but I didn’t arrive in time and I had some problems. People still continued to talk bad about me because they were like, “Oh, he’s just doing it for the body” or “He’s just doing it because of the abs.” By then it was 2011, and I wanted to stop because I was like “What the [expletive] is this world?” I’m coming from the modeling world where a lot of people respect me.

ROG: Cosplay is supposed to be fun, and unfortunately there’s a lot of hate.

LC: First of all, it was just supposed to be fun. Secondly, in the gaming and comic world, if I’m winning a lot in a short amount of time, they should be happy for me, and that wasn’t the case. I wanted to stop, so I stopped for two months and I thought about it, and I said, “Ok, there are a lot of haters, but I met a lot of special people and I wanted to do an achievement exhibition for them.” So I entered the cosplay contest, and the winner won a trip to Lucca. I won first place with Dante, and a lot of people were against me because I was doing good. It’s not easy in the beginning and you’re alone and you don’t have recommendations, but I started like everyone else – a nobody. Everything I did, I did by myself.

Leon Chiro as Dante from DMC3

Leon Chiro as Dante from DMC3

I started to get more motivated, and I was like “Ok, you hate me because I’m doing good? Ok.” And I did Tidus from Dissidia, and I started to face more haters, and I was winning every contest I entered. People started to look at me with more respect. I went to Lucca with my Kung Lao cosplay because he’s my favorite character from Mortal Kombat and I won the Best Interpretation Award, which is the hardest award to get. When you win in Lucca, you can say that you’re a professional cosplayer. Winning that award made me really proud of myself, so after I won, that’s when I made my facebook cosplay page towards the end of 2011. So yeah… that’s my story. After my first convention, I won something like 14 in a row, including Lucca. The most important thing was that people were starting to know who I was and that I did good work. That was the main victory. It wasn’t about being popular – it was about being respected. I got a lot of respect for my Caius cosplay because it was very hard. Do you know of Kamui Cosplay (another respected cosplayer in the community)?

ROG: Yes, I recently liked her page on facebook because I saw it on your page. So I watched some of her tutorials on YouTube – they’re really helpful.

LC: To me, she’s the best cosplayer in the world. I had the honor of her complimenting me, and that was really satisfying… someone that big complimented me. I’m also talking to Rick Boer from Ubisoft, who’s the official Edward Kenway cosplayer (from Assassin’s Creed IV), and it feels great to have his respect because he’s such a humble guy. He’s my Assassin’s Creed idol. (Laughter) So that was a long reply for just one question!

ROG: (Laughter) It’s not a problem! How a cosplayer started out is usually a long one. All right, so an editor from ROG and I were talking and we were discussing that cosplaying seems to be mostly female dominated. What do you think about that and how to do you feel taking part in something that’s so female based?

1531739_565873086824297_1431166684_oLC: It depends, because people usually focus on half-naked girls. But for me, they’re appreciating cosplay – they’re appreciating modeling. It’s not the same thing. I’m not looking for likes (on facebook) – I want to earn them. I try to mix the two because I come from the modeling world and I’m doing cosplay from my heart. It’s female dominated because it’s easy to be popular when you’re barely wearing anything. It makes me laugh because girls will be like “Oh, you’re judging me because of my half-naked pictures?” They barely know what they’re talking about, and after you see their page, you’ll see them in bras and barely wearing anything. Girls will get angry and nitpick other girls’ cosplays, but they’re the ones doing sexier versions of a particular character. A lot of girls will judge girls that they can’t be as good as.

ROG: As a girl, I understand that totally. All right, so have you ever been an invited guest to a big name convention? And if not, what would be your dream convention to be invited to?

LC: I’ve been invited to a lot of European conventions, but I still haven’t been to America, for example. It’s unfortunately really expensive to go there.

ROG: Yeah, which is a shame. But, in the same way, I haven’t been to Italy because it’s really expensive. A friend of mine just left for Rome a few days ago and I was mentally cursing her (laughter).

LC: I mean, for me, a lot of people that go to America are really lucky. But even if I was invited to an American convention, I don’t think I’d be able to accept it anyway. I’d love to. I hope one day someone sees my cosplay and invites me over, I don’t know. This year, I was invited to three conventions. I’m taking things step by step. If you reach an achievement, it’s because you deserve it. That’s what we learn growing up. For me, it’s hard to keep up the good work because people love my cosplay, and they have a lot of high expectations. I always have to do my best.

ROG: Sure, it can be a lot of pressure.

LC: No, it’s not pressure. It’s kind of motivation for me. If cosplay was a pressure for me, I wouldn’t be doing it and I wouldn’t be doing this interview with you (laughter).

ROG: (Laughter) Trust me, we all appreciate your work. So, you’re from Italy, which I already said I’m totally jealous of, and you’re jealous of the fact that I live in New York. What would you say the biggest difference between American and European convention scenes are?

LC: I wish I could know about the American convention scene, but I’ve never been there.

ROG: I wasn’t sure if you just meant you haven’t been to New York in particular.

LC: I can say about Italy and other European conventions that there is a lot less competition. There are two European championships, and they’re the EuroCosplay, and ECG, European Cosplay Gathering. In every main convention in Europe, they choose 2 representatives and put them against the representatives from all the other countries.
I’m really proud to say that I’m competing in the world championship for Italy. It makes things harder because the competition gets more and more intense. Sometimes, competition isn’t healthy here because a lot of people are doing all they can to destroy the other cosplayers, with flames, with fights.

ROG: So it’s not good sportsmanship.

LC: Yeah, there was this guy who used to be my friend, and we’re not friends anymore. He always used to come into my job and wanted the basics to cosplays, and he’s good now, but he’s so arrogant. At the first opportunity, after I helped him meet a lot of contacts, he turned his back on me and left, and spoke bad about me. For example, we had a TV show to do and they were going to choose two cosplayers – one male and one female. They called me instead of him and a lot of other cosplayers, and I was happy about that. He wrote to the director of the show and said, “how can you choose that shitty Dragonball cosplay instead of mine, just to make me look bad. I didn’t believe he wrote and the director said, “yes, he did. Do you want to read?” So I read it and I was shocked. I was like “what the [expletive]? I don’t know what I did to him. Maybe he just ate something bad (laughter).” So I began to understand that reputation in Italy isn’t always good because a lot of them aren’t able to be humble and honest to someone else. Cosplay is a hobby, not work.

ROG: Yeah, I was actually talking to the rest of my team a few minutes ago that I truly appreciate you taking the time out. It says a lot about the cosplay community – you being good at what you do and so respected, but you’ll still take the time out for others. I’ve known and met a lot of cosplayers who thought they were better than everyone else and slammed other people. We’re all nerds, we all play videogames, read comics, watch anime – whatever. We’re supposed to be a family, but instead we just shut other people down because someone can’t sew and craft as good as someone else.

LC: There should be a middle ground between those who share the same passion. It’s not everyday that you find someone who understands you. You can’t always talk to others about video games. For example, when I was doing my Tidus cosplay, I had my hair blonde. I wasn’t wearing a wig and I had to face university with blonde hair. People would call me names like fleshlight (laughter).

ROG: That’s awful! I thought it looked great. Who cares?

LC: Yeah, who cares? I can kick your ass whenever I want, so…

ROG: (Laughter) I’d hate to get on your bad side…

LC: (shakes head) Nu-uh. Ok, so I go to school for motor science… what I would like to do with that degree – that future degree. University is a

Chiro's cosplay of Kung Lao won him first place in Lucca.

Chiro’s cosplay of Kung Lao won him first place in Lucca.

cruel world. Not everyone can pay to go to university here in Italy. It’s very selective. They’ll choose the best 200 out of thousands of applicants. Luckily for me, they were extending applications to former athletes. I was a former national champion in athletics.

ROG: What sport were you in?

LC: 100 meters. I was a runner. I’m doing parkour right now because it gives me freedom of expression. I would take my degree, get a passport, and come to the USA. I’m doing this major for personal satisfaction. I want to create my own future and do the things I love. If I can do something with it, that’d be great.

ROG: That’s a great point. Most parents in America – when I tell my parents, “hey, I want to go to school for video game design.” The first question out of their mouth is going to be “what are you going to do with that degree?” There’s no such thing as going to college for something that makes me happy; it’s all about how to make money out of it. Good for you that you go to school for something that makes you happy.

LC: You pay for your time to study. You can’t live anymore because you have to constantly study. School should make you motivated, not miserable. A good teacher isn’t someone who knows everything. A good teacher is someone who can give you those few things during your time at university and motivate you. It’s not a competition of knowledge. Sometimes it could be a former student going through their own frustrations and they pass down to you what they’ve learned in life.

ROG: Great point. So, we’ve all had that one costume that was a lot of fun, and others that were extremely challenging. What costume did you have the most fun making, and which one was the most frustrating?

LC: Caius was the one that gave me the most satisfaction. It’s full of armor parts, and it was great winning because it didn’t show off my body [like how Dante and Tidus did], but I spent a lot of money on Caius. Especially making this (shows Caius’ weapon).

ROG: Wow… how did you make that?

LC: (Laughter) I don’t even know. It’s a bit damaged now. You can say that it looks good, but since I created it, I can say that it’s definitely damaged.

ROG: How long did it take you to make Caius’ cosplay?

LC: Ahhhh… a month. One month, every single day for five to six hours. If you look on my page, I have a work in progress album that you can see. I started with a piece of wood, and then cut the shape, added more layers of wood, and just added things piece by piece. I was covered in sawdust. I had so much sawdust on me that when I went outside, all the dogs kept trying to pee on my leg because they thought I was a tree!

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Caius was the most uncomfortable to wear. It’s a lot to put on. I went to a convention and I took three redbulls with me… I have no idea why I did that. When you’re anxious and nervous about getting on stage, I had to have a redbull. But then I was like, “Oh my God, I have to pee. What the [expletive] am I going to do?” I had to remove all the pieces of the cosplay. It took a half hour to put it on and fix it. Thankfully, the Dante cosplay from DMC was the easiest. I just had the coat, didn’t have a wig, and if I got hot, I could take the coat off. It’s hard with the Caius cosplay because he does a lot of movement, and it’s hard to move in his cosplay. I need to improve some things before I compete with it again for the debut of Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns.

ROG: What do you enjoy doing the most – the outfit, the props, or the makeup and wigs?

LC: I hate the wig part. I have to make them in a way that it wont fall apart. When you’re on stage, you can’t have something like that go wrong. I mean, you’ve seen my Vegeta cosplay. It’s really heavy. I love doing makeup, but I love making my accessories. I’m well known for my props. I can get help with my tailoring and sewing stuff. If I have to do something with a coat, I’ll buy a coat and alter it. Come, on, let’s talk about it. I think it’s stupid. If you need orange pants, buy a pair and dye it. There’s no need to make one. I mean, sure, it can be satisfying, but really. Just buy a pair of pants and do what you need. With the accessories, you make it from scratch. I go to the woodshop, get the wood, and I get to work. Or you can use regular household items, like tubes from toilet paper, paper towels, or wrapping paper. Even plastic water bottles.

ROG: Obviously it takes a lot of work to keep your body in such great shape. What’s a typical workout routine for you? I know you’re all about ‘eating clean and training dirty.’

LC: I avoid fast food and processed food. I train 6 days a week. You have a choice between choosing an elevator or the stairs. Just take the stairs. Exercise is making changes in habits like that. People always complain because they don’t get the results they like because they’re not working hard enough. Or they reach their result and people think they can take a break. No, it doesn’t work like that. You have to maintain it. It’s not just your metabolism – it’s about habits. Everyone can be in shape if they wanted to. We have two legs, two arms, and a brain, and we can do whatever we want. I work out a bit less in the winter – one to two hours a day, a few times a week. During the summer, I’m training three to four hours, six days a week. I’m a trainer too, so I have to make sure I stay in shape. I don’t do the gym… I’m usually in the playground. You should see the face of the kids. They’re like “daddy! This guy is stealing our playground!” Well, you’re gunna have to fight for it. Round one… FIGHT!

ROG: (Laughter) Your cosplays are absolutely incredible. I see that your cosplays are all video game-based. Do you plan on doing any anime or movie characters?

LC: I do video game cosplays because video games, in my opinion, are the best ways to release emotion. Video games give you the power to choose, and to be that character. I believe in the power of books, but that’s the power of imagination. It’s still good, but they have limited potential. You can have great images from a movie, but not control. Video games combine the two – the freedom of movement and the wonderful visuals.
I did do a non-video game cosplay. Well, it wasn’t really a cosplay. It was a tribute to Spartacus. I did it for a new amusement park that was opening in Rome. They were doing different eras – Roman, Greek, futuristic… They wanted to do some entertainment with gladiators and they asked me, “do you have a Spartacus cosplay?” I said no, and that I’ll call them once I was done making one. I have a recycle box with material – if I don’t like a piece of armor, I’ll put it in there because I don’t want to waste materials. So I took out the box, and I made that cosplay in 4 hours with just the recycled stuff.

ROG: Care to share what character we should expect from you next?

LC: Sure, why not. I’m planning on doing Lloyd from Legend of Dragoon. I usually like to do characters that are newer, but I want to do some nostalgic cosplays too. So, Lloyd from Legend of Dragoon will be my next cosplay. Next, I’m going to work on Gladiolus from Final Fantasy XV. He is such a badass. I don’t think this cosplay is a secret anymore (laughter). I want to learn more about him before cosplaying him. Adam Jensen, from Deus Ex, is a dream cosplay of mine. I really wanted to do Nathan Drake. I could cut my hair, but I don’t want to cut it just for him. I want to keep my hair longer for some cosplays in progress and future projects.

ROG: I can say for myself that you’re a true inspiration for cosplayers around the world – whether just starting out, or an expert. To those just starting, what would you consider to be the best piece of advice you can give them?

LC: Like I said before, do everything with your heart. If you really love a character, do it from your heart, and don’t care about the critics. Don’t do it because you like it – do it because you love it.

So, there you have it – backstage access to the world of cosplay through the eyes of a professional. I was fortunate to be told some exciting news and future cosplays (I was sworn to secrecy!). Thank you again to Leon Chiro for graciously allowing me his time and contribution, 

You can find Leon Chiro on Facebook at Leon Chiro Cosplay Art and look through the rest of his work. You can also find him on Instagram at Leonchiro, and on YouTube at LeonChiroCosplayArt.

No GravatarYuna and TidusFor those that are fans of Final Fantasy X and X-2 from the PS2 and awaiting the Final Fantasy X | X-2 Remaster edition for the PS3, there’s apparently some exciting information awaiting us in the interview section of the Ultimania book included in the collection.  The remastered edition has already been released in Japan.

Siliconera translated the interview in Japanese to English. Kazushige Nojima, the Final Fantasy scenario writer, stated that “If there’s enough demand, then we may possibly see new developments” and “I would personally like to see a sequel like X-3.”

As worried as I would be at the quality of a FFX-3, I can’t say that I wouldn’t be excited to play it.  FFX is my favorite game in the Final Fantasy franchise and I enjoyed FFX-2 as cheesy as it was.  I would love to see a return of my favorite characters in some form or fashion within reason of course.

Final Fantasy X | X-2 Remaster will be available in North America on March 18th and in Europe on March 21st.

Siliconera’s translation post can be found here.

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By otakuman5000 On 16 Feb, 2011 At 10:40 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured | With 2 Comments

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Role-playing games, or RPGs, are games that have us, the players, take on a particular part of a story and it’s events. Most of the time, many of us want to become the hero that saves a world from it’s dark possible future. And yet, at the same time, there are some of us who would guise ourselves into a form who’s goal is to see a world’s destruction. No matter the type of persona we take, the RPG allows us to immerse ourselves within a fictional world that can change from the consequences of our own actions. The way RPGs are played and experienced however, is something that is constantly changing within the field of video games.

Phantasy Star 2

In the 8-bit days, RPGs were games that tried to give players a griping enough story to keep them coming back for many hours. While not advanced as more current RPGs, the places and characters within the game had to be dynamic enough for players to either related to or take some interest in what events unfolded. This is the main foundation with any RPG, to have the player immersed within a place that has enough places and characters to interact with, giving the illusion of being within another world outside of our own. Without this total immersion, a player can not take on a role within the world the game sets up, and thus the entire experience is a failure. More recently, developers of RPGs have adopted different methods of finding ways to enhance the way players become immersed within their games. This would include aspects of visuals, music, character relationships, and player relationships to help build upon the aspect of being a part of another world.

Mass Effect 1 Gameplay

The importance of visuals in an RPG are as simple as one might believe. If a person can’t clearly accept what they see in front of them as part of some aspect of a reality, fictional or otherwise, how can they be truly immersed within that reality? If a player is suppose to be looking at an apple, how can they accept that it is an apple if what they are looking at does not actually look like an apple? Or a weapon? Or a person or creature? What players, and ultimately all people, notice first is what they see on screen at any given moment. More current games have adopted the use of three dimensional space and modeling to give more life-like appearances to objects within a game’s realm. The more closer something is made to look as if it is actually real, the more a player can accept that is part of the world around them and can be intrigued to explore other aspects of that world.

Final Fantasy X

The second characteristic that a player will notice is sound. Companies like Square Enix and Atlus Games, makers of both Final Fantasy and Persona, are known for creating musical scores that help enhance the emotions of what is happening to characters during their games. Usually, a main score will be composed, followed by other scores for different times and events, so that a recurring and recognizable theme can be heard throughout the RPG. This can help set up the mood or emotions to be felt about a particular place or person that is presented to players, allowing them to associate that place or person with the world they come from and accept their existence. Now these days, more and more RPGs are turning to musical pieces to give them their own individualities. This can let the music show how unique an RPG world is, and what sets it apart from other places a player might know of from past experiences.

Persona 3

Story is what really separates RPGs apart from other genres in video games. The relationships characters have with one another and the actions they take are what players really pay attention to when playing an RPG. This is mainly because in an RPG, a player can affect other characters, themselves, and even the world with the actions they take during the course of the game. Fable, Mass Effect, and Fallout are all contemporary games that are prime examples of the amount of consequences a player’s actions may have on the world around them. However, not many earlier RPGs allowed a player a large amount of customization of the world they were in, this was mostly due to the hardware limitations of earlier times. The ability to have the option of changing something about the world a player is within only further expands upon the immersion factor. This can help a player feel that they are in control of how a story plays out, and not necessarily tied down to a linear chain of events that transpire as they play. The benefits of this can come in the form of alternate endings, different series of events leading to an ending, or even an entirely new beginning.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of Stary Skies

Yet, does the immersion of an RPG really need to stop when a player turns off the game? Can the world of an RPG possibly extend beyond the forth wall and keep players tied to the alternate world of a game? More and more these days, RPGs are trying to bring their worlds closer to the players by allowing various multiplayer features that add to the fun factor of being immersed within their worlds. For an RPG, why does a game have to stop when you finish the main story, or when you get stuck at a very hard spot that requires hours of grinding? Why not bring in a friend to help you out? Or maybe two, or three even to join in on the action? This helps make players feel that they are not alone in experiencing the world an RPG has to offer, that there are other players out there willing to share in being part of the experience. Although a huge part of MMOs, traditional RPGs are fairly new to having more then one player as part of the experience they have to offer. Games like  Dragon Quest IX and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles allow players to get the full single player experience, and get even more out of the game playing with friends, before and after they have gone through the game solo. Whether it’s completing a side quest or continuing the main story, everything is always better when hanging out with a few buddies in a strange world.

The Role Playing Game genre is something that has come a long way throughout the years in gaming. We as players, and as people, are always looking for new ways to experience a story and feel what it is like to be part of a new place we‘ve never heard of. An RPG can satisfy our need to want to escape from our current reality and explore places and characters we have never come into contact with before. New features, modes, and stories that are developed and implemented will help players enjoy the experience of playing an RPG style of game. And with time, RPGs will evolve more and more sophisticated to fully immerse us within the stories of the worlds they tell.

By otakuman5000 On 24 Oct, 2010 At 02:01 AM | Categorized As Featured, Tales of Real Otaku | With 2 Comments

No GravatarMy name is Pamela, and this is my real otaku tale. I’ve been playing games since I was old enough to use a mouse and keyboard. My dad has a masters degree in computer science so there were always computers around. As you can guess my first gaming experiences were on the pc. I used to play Bubble Bobble, Lemmings, the typing adventures, and Ghostbusters 2 the most. I was lucky, and did not have to share any game time with siblings, as I am an only child. My dad really enjoyed me playing on his computer because I got so frustrated when I couldn’t win. I’m told I was really funny when I threw a fit because i couldn’t figure something out. I have been curious about programming since I was little, and will be attending school for video game development next year when I move to Florida.

My first console was the Super Nintendo system. I was never allowed to get the original NES system because I would play it at my friends house all the time. When I finally got  my own system, I was thrilled. I loved all the games I had for it, Street Fighter, Super Mario World, Bubsby, and many others. My favorite game was Earthbound. Even when I was young, this game stood out to me as genius. I have played through Earthbound around 20 times. I still have a copy, and will pop it in every once in awhile.

The next system my parents bought me was a PlayStation. I loved that system however, my mother did not. I loved playing games that were a little dark, and sometimes really gory (in ps1 standards). This would get me in trouble often. i remember my mom let me rent Silent Hill. I knew it was rated M, and I talked my way into renting it anyways. Once home I put it in, the first screen warns of violent and disturbing images. Unfortunately for me, my mom saw this and made me play it in the living room where she could keep an eye on it. I also got in trouble for blaring the tv when I gamed. As we all know early video game music is very repetitive and would drive my mom and dad crazy.

Some of my favorite games on the ps1 were Dino Crisis, Parasite Eve, Silent Hill, Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 8, and Metal Gear Solid. Then came the PlayStation 2. I amassed so many games, my mom got me a special shelf for them all. I started working at Gamestop, Game Crazy, and Movie Gallery’s video game side. My mom thought it was a good way for me to get a job as well as hang out with others who liked gaming. Most of my friends at the time were into dance. I danced for a dancing company for 8 years. We would preform at Orchestra Hall in St. Paul. I was really glad to go to work and talk about things other than dance; until they made me dress up in a huge inflatable Sonic suit to promote Gamestop’s opening in Rodgers, MN. It was horribly hot and really hard to walk in. I am not a tall or big girl and that suit was about 6 feet tall and really hard to walk in. While I was out standing by traffic in the suit, I saw a huge spider on the outside of my Sonic suit. I never ran so fast in my life. When I got back into the store they had to help me out of it really fast. I hate spiders more than anything. After I got out of the suit, one of the 16 year old boys got into it. He went out to stand by the road.While out there he was harassed by 2 old ladies in a mini van. Those 2 old ladies were my mom and aunt. The poor kid got harassed because they thought it was me. I felt so bad for the kid!

On the ps2, my favorite game was Final Fantasy X. I put 100+ hours into the game, I loved it so much. I also have a tattoo that I recently got in Las Vegas this last March of Tidus’ pendant. The tattoo artist I had played WOW and a few other games. Needless to say we got along well. I’m planning on going back to Vegas and getting a wolverine tattoo from the same artist.

Some of the other games on the ps2 that really stuck with me are the Fatal Frame games, Devil May Cry, and Persona 3. I adore Atlus games, they are always so innovative and immersive. I also got a gamecube around the same time from my future husband as well as a gameboy advanced. I loved Resident Evil 4, and the Harvest Moon games ( I can’t play horror games all the time!). I love the pokemon series, very nerdy but very good. It was a while before i got my Xbox, as I couldn’t afford one until later. When I did get an Xbox, I loved Halo, Jade Empire, and Fable.

As for me and anime, we go way back. I started watching and loving Sailor Moon before elementary school. My dad hated it. I also watched the old X-men cartoon, and a little bit of Transformers. Sailor Moon is still one of my favorite animes because of the mix of humor and silly story lines. I wanted to grow up to be a sailor scout for a long time. When I was older I started getting into serious series. Some of my favorite animes are: Elfen Lied, Serial Experiments: Lain, Boogiepop Phantom, Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Haibanei Renmei, and many many others. None of my friends in High School really played games or watched anime. The only time I got to talk about the things I liked was either online, or at work.

My favorite anime of all time has to be Bleach. I started watching it when it started on Adult Swim. I didn’t expect to like it, but I just got so wrapped up in the storyline that I couldn’t stop watching. I have seen the first 11 seasons, and am still watching it. I love the characters, and the lore that they have built in. Although, I do admit they use the Yu-Gi-Oh formula of one upping each other every 5 minutes. I still love it. Sure there are a handful of episodes that I didn’t love, but overall it has kept my interest throughout the seasons I have watched.

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