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By otakuman5000 On 1 Aug, 2013 At 09:53 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Tales of Real Otaku | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThere is a terrible rising trend in the gaming/nerd community; unwarranted sexually charged comments, passes, and at the worst end of the spectrum, actual assault and rape attempts against the women of our community. I have no doubt for every problem at a convention that has been dealt with, many more undocumented ones spring up to replace them, like a monstrous Hydra. But when you read about what is occurring to strangers, several thousand miles away, you begin to become desensitized to the occurrences. You think,” There’s tons of security. There will be thousands of people. I’m surrounded by my friends. I can fight. I’ll be safe.”

Until it happens to you.

The following events did not happen at a convention, and perhaps that’s one of the most worrying things of all, that didn’t happen with thousands of like-minded people in their midst. This could happen to almost any woman, at almost any time. It started off simple enough. I found myself on the island of Putin Bay, Ohio, located square on beautiful Lake Erie, for their annual Christmas in July celebration, with friends and significant other. I was in the company of many new people, but it was a very Spring Break-esque holiday. Most of them probably did not have the same “nerdy” interests I did, and I was fine with this; nerdiness doesn’t define my personality, just enhances it.

On Friday, I was pleased to meet someone who also had similar interests as I did, and we had a lengthy discussion about things like Star Wars, Mario Kart and the Dreamcast, but I stood by my significant other and made it clear that I was not interested multiple times. I was not attracted to this person, named Jim, in the slightest and there was no flirtatiousness from my end at all. Jim was beyond smitten with me – even going so far as to call me by a different name (Angelica – apparently I’m “heavenly”.) I corrected him multiple times as my name is nowhere near Angelica, but he kept calling me Angelica. I thought that was harmless or perhaps due to intoxication, even up to the point in which we were far from the group and he initiated and captured me into a hug. I hugged back… and then I realized he wasn’t letting go. At that moment I pushed away and he rammed his mouth into my head and kissed me on the mouth.

But this wasn’t enough. Not nearly enough.

I immediately telling my significant other and we had decided that in the interest of hospitality, not to break his jaw. We decided to retire in another cabin shortly after. It was fairly cold, but we didn’t want to trouble anyone for a blanket, so we both fell asleep shivering.  Jim had followed us to the other cabin and I was woken up by Jim sitting on the floor, at the foot of the couch, caressing my legs.  He then extended an invitation to come and “get a blanket in his room.” I flat-out refused, and asked him if I could have a blanket anyway. He then said I could only get a blanket if I came with him. At one point he grabbed my hand, and it was at that point that I threatened to break all of his fingers.

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If I wasn’t sickened to my stomach before, now I felt absolutely violated, and I was scared. I was stunned to the point where I couldn’t speak; I could only try to wake up my significant other as fast and as subtly as possible. Thankfully, we left shortly after. The next day my significant other had interacted with him alone, and he tried to flirt with HER! But he was massively unsuccessful. He still referred to me as Angelica. I have no doubt that his behavior is something more than mere social ineptness, but that is certainly not an excuse.

But through the entire weekend, I couldn’t stop replaying the events in my head, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that this was somehow, in some strange twisted way, that this was my entire fault. Did he misconstrue my passion for playing as Princess Peach in Mario Kart as some strange declaration of love? I’ve been passionate about video games and other nerd things since I was very young, so young that I was made fun of for having those interests. I still don’t understand “mainstream geek culture.”

And at the end of it all, I honestly don’t care to understand. I don’t have these interests for the benefit of anyone else but myself, and to have those interests used as a simple leverage board for creepy sociopath behavior absolutely floored me. It’s heartbreaking to have the interests that I have loved so dearly, for so many years, used as cheap tactics in order to entice me into a bed.  But what I do understand about geek culture is that as it marches its’ banner to the front of the page, that this behavior is absolutely unacceptable.

One of the other things to remember is this hasn’t “all of a sudden become unacceptable;” it was also unacceptable when geek culture was a fringe interest. Having the same interests, nerdy in nature or not, is not a justification for unwanted sexual advances, ever. The basic tenants of respecting others have not changed simply because geek culture has suddenly become popular in mainstream media. We just happen to hear about it more often now. We are women, and women are not mythical unicorns. There have been women in geek culture since it’s’ inception, and we deserve to feel like we aren’t going to be accosted or even worse, raped by our peers. And as more men and women join the ranks of geek culture, and we shape entire future generations of geeks to come, we need to nip this deplorable habit in the bud, before it blooms into a poisonous flower.

I’d like to revisit the example of the Lernaean Hydra in Greek  Mythology – a fearsome creature that had multiple heads – as you’d cut one off, two more would spring up in its’ place. It was originally up to Hercules was originally given the task to slay this creature, but now it is up to us. Our Hydra heads are the marks of sexual violence against the women of the geek community. And like Hercules, we must burn the heads of the Hydra clear off so that no other heads can grow back.

By SarahTheRebel On 8 Jul, 2013 At 02:15 AM | Categorized As News | With 0 Comments

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This week marks the end of Operation Supply Drop’s month-long donation drive of building video game-filled packages for injured veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The AbleGamers Charity announced the charitable donation of multiple customized controllers powered by Evil Controllers.
“As a service disabled veteran myself, I’m always thrilled when AbleGamers is presented with an opportunity to support our troops,” said Mark Barlet, President and Founder of the AbleGamers Charity. “These controllers are some of the best custom hardware available for gamers who need assistance using an Xbox. I’m honored we were able to participate in the day’s festivities and grateful to Operation Supply Drop for the chance to get disabled veteran gamers back into the game.”
“We’re big fans of the AbleGamers Charity,” said Stephen Machuga, Founder of Operation Supply Drop. “As Operation Supply Drop is transitioning from a wartime to a peacetime mission, working with injured soldiers recovering in military hospitals, teaming up with AbleGamers Charity makes a lot of sense in keeping smiles on soldiers’ faces through video gaming.”
“Gamers with disabilities are an important part of our community,” said Adam Coe, Founder of Evil Controllers. “We spend as much time as we can researching and developing new accessible controllers in conjunction with AbleGamers. Evil Controllers is proud to support our troops and the disability community at large.”

About AbleGamers

The AbleGamers Charity is a 501(c)(3) public charity foundation that runs AbleGamers.com, which provides news and reviews on the accessibility of mainstream video game titles, as well as consultation on assistive technology. As an alternative to Serious Gaming, mainstream video games supply many disabled individuals and veterans with rehabilitation as well as social stimulation in situations where they may be otherwise shut out of society’s idea of normal, everyday life.

About Operation Drop

Founded in 2010 by Captain Stephen Machuga, Operation Supply Drop is a 501(c)(3) public charity designed to send video game-filled care packages to soldiers both deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals. OSD has already raised $300,000 in donations from the gaming community and has provided support to approximately 1500 soldiers.

About Evil Controllers

Evil Controllers is a controller modification company based out of Tempe, Arizona. Evil Controllers is one of the first companies to offer professional Rapid Fire and Fast Reload controller mods. Their controller mods are created to support the most popular franchises in the industry, covering a variety of genres. Evil Controllers is also popular for their cooperation with The AbleGamers Foundation. They create custom controllers for disabled gamers with button modification and relocation customization. Evil Controllers works hard to ensure that every gamer can have fun doing what they love, playing games

By otakuman5000 On 26 Apr, 2013 At 01:16 AM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, News, NINTENDO, Portable/Mobile Gaming, Uncategorized | With 1 Comment

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Don't be so Mainstream

Don’t be so Mainstream

Nintendo has been a household name for almost thirty years now. It is one of the most powerful brands in the world according to Forbes. They are KNOWN as one of the most innovative companies to date. They have been responsible for some of the most well known characters that children and adults recognize globally. These are all the reasons why the industry looks to Nintendo to bring back those qualities.

Today however, we have too many re-makes and not enough new ideas coming from Nintendo. When Nintendo produces it’s often a Golden Egg, but they need far more than a few 3DS titles to stay competitive.

Nintendo held the torch when it came to ushering in the casual & young market of gamers. People who haven’t picked up a video game since the original Pac-Man were comfortable buying the Nintendo Wii. It was a child friendly system that called for active movement. Games like Ghost Squad and House of the Dead brought back those “Arcade” memories, and titles like “Just Dance” got everyone moving with ease. Millions of people were excited for video games once again. Now six years later the flame has died down. The Wii-U is out, it’s selling at a decent pace and it needs time to grow, but will it be enough to leave the footprint that the Nintendo Wii did? Will they be able to convince the casual market to choose them over PlayStation, Xbox and the ever consistently growing mobile industry?

Even as an Old School Gamer, you need new content

Even as an Old School Gamer, you need new content

The success of the Wii was because of the casual market’s support and Nintendo has done a poor job marketing their latest system to that market. The Wii-U launch on a financial basis isn’t doing a bad job. However the hardcore audience, (the very audience they wanted to sell this console to) is disappointed and starved for the new and innovative content they are known for. Re-imagining games for nostalgic appeal is a great sell in today’s industry. Older players love the feeling of familiar levels re-visited, and the old mechanics help usher in some younger gamers.
No-one is more guilty of reanimating their best franchises like Nintendo, and that is not necessarily a bad thing; they do it very well and always seem to breathe new life into the classics, but where are the truly “New” concepts? Now the competition has changed, the reason people play has changed, when and where people play has changed. The mobile games industry takes more and more attention from the Nintendo DS. Although Nintendo doesn’t have to fear tablet and phone gaming….yet; they are in a position to dominate once again. Nintendo needs new games and gamers want a damn good reason to play them.

We have already heard the griping about the launch line-up for the Wii-U, and the lack of games available for the console right now. Even with ports of titles like Assassins Creed III and Batman Arkham City that play in a unique way, gamers don’t care; they want the “Nintendo Experience”. They have to make people understand why they need a Wii-U after they have burned out their Wii. Nintendo has to convince the gamers that after they have spent their money that this is where they should be spending their time. Nintendo needs to take the gloves off and show everyone why their software can last for decades. Nintendo needs to convince that casual crowd that they can still entertain and provide a safe haven for the younger gamers. This next year Nintendo has to prove why they belong in your life.

  1. This next generation, people will be asking themselves one thing: “What kind of experience can I get here and nowhere else”. Nintendo’s campaign should be focused on one phrase: “Only on Nintendo”
By OtakuDante On 21 Jun, 2010 At 12:12 AM | Categorized As Tales of Real Otaku | With 1 Comment

No GravatarHi! My name is OtakuDante, and I’m going to share with you the story of how I became an Otaku, why I consider myself one, and my gaming/anime interests …

As a child of five years old I enjoyed my first gaming system, the Atari 2600. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I spent hours playing ‘Yars Revenge’, which was basically a space shooter made up of tiny dots. I think back now about how pitiful it really looked … Anyways, What really got me interested in the video game world was the ‘NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), which I got in 1985. I remember playing ‘Super Mario Bros.’ for the first time. My mind couldn’t grasp the concept of getting Mario over the first ditch. In fact I think I fell in that ditch over 1oo times before I made it to the next area, lol. It was kind of like walking on the moon, I guess … a sort of gravity issue? Once I conquered the controls of Super Mario Bros. I was in Nintendo Heaven!!

I couldn’t stop getting games. In time I amassed over 100 NES games, all of which I beat all by myself! In short, from that moment forward I was always seeking the next videogame, and video game system. I fell in love, so-to-speak, with some of the popular video game corporations/creators that are still around today including Konami, Capcom, Square Enix.  Some of the gaming franchise I have enjoyed are ‘The Legend of Zelda’, ‘Castlevania’, ‘Final Fantasy’, ‘Street Fighter’, ‘Tekken’, and ‘Soul Calibur’ … Over the 25 years I’ve been enjoying the video game world I’ve owned, and played about every gaming console, minus two … The Sega Dreamcast, and NEO GEO Gold. I even frequented the local arcades when I was younger, often playing fighting games. Today I own a 250GB PS3 Slim, which I give a great amount of attention. If you’re ever online, and playing ‘CoD: Modern Warfare 2’ you are likely to find me there. I also play ‘Super Street Fighter IV’, ‘TEKKEN 6’, and ‘BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger’ on occasions. I’m an all around video game addict, I just can’t have enough!! My favorite genres include RPGs,  Fighting Games, and First Person Shooters. I also enjoy the occassional action/adventure genre as well. I’ve even had the pleasure to play some Japanese import games!

When It comes to the anime side of my origin story, I started off watching the Transformers cartoon, and collecting the Transformer action figures. As I grew up I started collecting comic books, and one day a the local comic book shop I purchased my first manga issue … I believe it was ‘RANMA 1/2’. That relly got my interest peaked, that and the anime specials on the SciFi Channel. The first anime I really recall is ‘Robot Carnival’, which was a collection of anime stories told with music, and different art styles. I also watched ‘Vampire Hunter D’, and ‘Lensman’ which are two classics some of you might know. From there  on I sought out all the anime I could get, and all the anime related merchandise as well. I’ve collected Dragon Ball figures, anime capsule figures, Manga, and Anime. Some of my favorite Anime series include ‘Hellsing’, ‘Claymore’, ‘The Devil Lady’, ‘Battle Angel Alita’, ‘Hell Girl’, ‘Trinity Blood’, ‘Golden Boy’ … I could actually keep on listing titles for a good while, lol!!  I’ve come to learn of  the various anime genres over the years, a well as the categories. I absolutely love comedy anime, and horror anime. I also enjoy the samurai oriented anime as well. Anime has shaped my view in the entertainment industry. As an artist I appreciate the hard work that goes into making an anime series come to life, how the creator makes the characters so relatable to us.

Now here’s the prequel, what you’ve been waiting to hear … How am I an Otaku? …

I consider myself an Otaku because of my absolute love/desire of all things anime, my vast knowledge of anime, and the Japanese entertainment culture which includes the video games/systems we have all come to know and cherish today. It’s as simple as that, and still so complex at the same time. As A reviewer of RealOtakuGamer.com I hope to share with you the knowledge you need to know, about the things in anime, and gaming that mean the most to you. Keep watching that anime, and playing those games!!