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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 Sep, 2016 At 03:22 PM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBandai Namco has released a new trailer to announce Digimon World: Next Order is coming to PS4. It was mistakenly reported by some that the game is also coming to Vita in the west but it will in fact be a PS4 exclusive outside Japan. You can see the trailer below.

 

 

By calanagear On 28 Jun, 2011 At 02:42 AM | Categorized As Featured, Interviews, Tales of Real Otaku | With 2 Comments

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There are many girl gamers in the world, but none are like the one and only AngelEena. A bibliophile, polymath, and major geek, she is a regular gem over at Destructoid, where she blogs on gaming and life.
I have had the privilege to call AngelEena my friend, ever since she found my games list on Amazon. Since then, she visited us in South Korea, along with her wonderful husband Jonathan. I pride myself on being a dork and mock techie, but in reality she surpasses me in every respect.

I decided to hit her up for an interview, as she has much to say about the gaming world.

 

CA: OK so when did you begin gaming, and what consoles/games were you into?

A: First game system I ever played was an Atari 2600 when I was 4. I have only vague memories of grabbing the joystick and making my own sound effects. When I was right about 5 my family got a Super NES for Christmas that came with The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past. My life changed forever. I would spend hours watching my brothers play. Memorizing dungeon puzzles. Playing it when they were asleep and getting them rupees. I had notebooks full of pictures of special items. Notes on where to find them.  I made my own interpretations of the 7 maidens. Ideas on why Ganon wanted a dark world.
On the weekends when I visited my cousin I got my first real exposures to Role Playing Games. Secret of Mana, Breath of Fire, Earthbound, Final Fantasy 3. He had them all. (Or rather his friend from up the road did lol) Hours of stories at my fingertips. New art styles. Wholly different worlds from what I was familiar with. It was astounding. Later on I went through another phase of PSone RPGs by myself where I really grew as a gamer. I’ve never looked back!

CA: You said in one interview on Destructoid how gaming provided you with so much during hard times, alternate worlds that were vivid and adventures that lifted you up. Can you expound on this?

A: Well. When you grow up like I did. It was really easy to lose hope. I was terribly poor. I was hungry. My body hurt all the time. My siblings were all older enough and could get away from the house. My parents had substance abuse problems and we lived in a very rural area. I had no one to talk to once my siblings got old enough. It got to the point that I could never see a future. When you’re a child and you have no hope. You believe that nothing gets better. Sometimes you even hope the sun doesn’t come up.

But when you can play a game where there’s a world in which fantastic things happen. And even children can go on adventures. They can help someone. You can save that world. Well, you don’t want to give up. Just on the off chance you could save someone else. Help another world. Help another person lost and stuck like yourself. Just the idea that you could be someone’s hero can make you want the sun to come up.

CA: Yes I agree completely. Now you are a designer. How has gaming affected your work?

A: Of course! Gaming pushes me to do better. To try the fantastic! To branch and grow. It’s not really that gaming effects my designs, but really my entire outlook. Gaming should inspire you. Like any adventure.

CA: so what games specifically inspire you?
A:  Well everyone has favorites. I would say Secret of Mana. Silent Hill. Final Fantasy 3/6. Suikoden 2. Mother 3. Definitely on the top.
Final Fantasy 8 has a special inspiration in my marriage. And the more current inspirations would be Enslaved and Nier.

CA: Why the love of survival horror? I think some gamers don’t understand the beauty of Silent Hill and Silent Hill games. What do you find inspiring about them?
A:  What isn’t? It’s about the human spirit distilled to its genuine core.  It’s about surviving. It’s what we’re all made to do, but never have to. It’s an amazing concept. It pulls you to your knees and makes you fight again. With Silent Hill the art direction, sound direction, and isolation increases that strong sense of loss.  Make you fight back harder even though the world seems bleaker.

CA: What are your favorite Soundtracks?
A: Hmmmmm. Final Fantasy 8. Legend of Mana. Silent Hill 3. Mother 3. Nier. Final Fantasy 7. Bioshock. I could go on and ON and ON.

CA: Moving on to other forms of geek… what are your favorite movies?

A: Oh. I like a ton. Camp to Serious and So on. Let’s see. Dr. Phibes Rises Again. Moon. Blackbeard’s Ghost. Super (2010), Event Horizon. The Descent. Yeah, I like a lot.

CA: I didn’t know you like horror movies Angel, you keep giving me more reasons to abduct you…
A:  No I love horror. I used to write a lot of reviews on 70s horror. From the super gory to the camp to the odd supernatural. 80’s horror and I disagree sometimes, but there’s some GREAT campy gems in there.

 

CA: Tell me about what music gets you off
A: Like music I love or music that literally gets me off?
CA:  both
A: Hah. Some of my favorite groups include David Bowie, Seawolf, Crystal Castles, Garbage, Daft Punk, Andrew Bird, The Beatsteaks. She Wants Revenge, Moby, The Postal Service, La Roux, Chromeo. I could go on and on once again.
As far as the latter is concerned, I put some bands in there that do.

CA: Talk Star Trek to me.
A: What do you want to know? I love it. I’m a blue shirt. Deep Space 9 is my favorite series. The Borg are my favorite bad guys. Andorians are my favorite race.
CA: I still haven’t seen any of them. I want to badly.

A:Well they’re big. The original series is fine if you go into it knowing it’s campy. Next Generation is where I would start if you haven’t seen it. Deep Space 9 is all about characters. It’s not for everyone, but it is by far my favorite. Voyager’s lost out in space against horrible odds. And has some awesomely campy characters. It’s my 2nd favorite.
People hate on Enterprise but I like it. It’s nice and essentially a modern update of the original. And there’s Andorians and Jeffrey Combs is one of them and that makes it all worth it.

 

CA: where would you like to be in ten years, and doing what?
A: In ten years. Hmmm I’ll be 33. And but of course. I’d really like to be working on my own ideas. I’d love to be publishing my own comics. And working on my own latex designs. See I”m a body painter at heart. But body paint doesn’t last. But with latex. I can take that second skin that latex makes. Applique my designs onto it and have a painting last forever.

Check out AngelEena’s blog to get to know her better, or follow her on twitter.

 

 

By otakuman5000 On 22 Feb, 2011 At 08:37 AM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, Tales of Real Otaku | With 2 Comments

No GravatarThis is the story of a young man with a passion…A passion for being an Otaku. A boy and his slime.

Video games have literally been a part of my entire life. Every significant event/moment in my life has had a video game associated with it, whether directly or indirectly. Although my interest in games is subject to periods of waxing and waning, there is no doubt that for me, video gaming has been the defining entertainment medium of my life.

Even when I was a kid growing up in Arizona in the 1980’s, I grew up in a gamer household. The first video games I ever played were Donkey Kong and Pac-Man. I would stare entranced at the colorful animated characters for as long as I was allowed. While video gaming is taken for granted these days, being available on a plethora of consoles, PCs, handhelds, and even cell phones, back then it was indescribably awesome to be able to manipulate images on a TV screen. It was with my mother that I shared an early love of computer/video gaming. At home, we had a TRS-80 computer and then an Atari XE computer. With arcade games ported from the under-appreciated 5200 as well as tailor-made games, the XE was my main gaming appliance, and I’d head for it every day after homework was done.

At the age of 10, my best friend at the time got a Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas, with Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt, Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda, which came on a bright golden cartridge packed with colorful manuals and maps. We played Zelda with a fierce obsession. Every day after school I’d head for his house and we’d play. We even had an ongoing Zelda pen and paper RPG. One day, during an art lesson, I drew a picture of a scene from Zelda and handed it in. Instead of being annoyed, my fourth-grade teacher told me that she and her husband were playing through Zelda and had gotten stuck. Since I was further along than they were, would I mind making them up some maps and giving them clues on how to find the game’s treasures? I happily obliged. I was proud that I was teaching my teacher, for a change.

It was on the NES that I played the first examples of what has become my favorite genre of game, the RPG. Dragon Warrior introduced me to the world of Japanese RPGs, while Ultima: Exodus introduced me to American-made RPGs, albeit with a Japanese face-lift. I was enthralled with these imaginary worlds, and eagerly sought out more such experiences on consoles and on the PC. However, it would not be until several years later that I would find myself fully immersed in RPG culture. It was also through the NES and through RPGs that I was introduced to Japanese animation, in the form of the little-known Dragon Warrior anime that ran for about 10 episodes in the US before contractual disputes between Akira Toriyama and the anime’s US licensee canceled it. The anime characters looked very much like Link and Zelda, which made me an instant fan. Since then, I have always associated video games with anime, and vice versa.  My favorite anime are Ranma 1/2, Project A-Ko, Spirited Away, and Ah! My Goddess.

My favorite T-shirt

For Christmas of 1989, I was the proud owner of Nintendo’s revolutionary new handheld Game Boy. I thought the Game Boy, with its monochrome-green screen, was the greatest toy in the world, because I could now play Super Mario Land and Tetris anywhere I wanted to, as long as I had batteries. For my birthday two weeks later, my mother got me a rechargeable battery pack, which probably paid for itself in less than a week.  I still have my original Game Boy.

After my friend and I had a falling-out, I stopped playing console games for several years. My only source of home gaming was my Game Boy, and I turned to the arcade scene for my gaming fix. Konami’s licensed beat-em-ups were my passion at first, as they allowed me to play two of my favorite TV shows, TMNT and The Simpsons. Then one day, I saw Street Fighter II and was entranced with the eight selectable fighters, including the green beastman, Blanka and Chun-Li, the first widely popular feminine video game character.  Mortal Kombat proved even more entertaining, and for two years, any spare change I could get would quickly get plugged into a MK machine. Ultimately, the difficulty of being able to play arcade fighting games on demand got the best of me. I petitioned my parents for a 16-bit console for Christmas, and was rewarded with a SNES. Even better than MK, the SNES came bundled with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I don’t have to tell you I was hooked from the word go. Christmas 1994 was one of the happiest ever.

I was back in the thick of the console gaming world. I eagerly watched the launches of the Sega Saturn and the PlayStation. My 1996 Christmas gift was a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, an absolute marvel of technology. But something was missing.

And I found that missing something in the fall of 1997: Final Fantasy VII.

Final Fantasy VII was an obsession even before I finally played it. My life was going pretty rough at the time, and I was running on neutral, to say the least. I made money doing odd jobs, but lacked any kind of ambition. Final Fantasy VII’s fantastic visuals and epic story entranced me. Indeed, I credit FFVII with being the game that changed my life. I bought the game first, with nothing to play it on. That was my motivation. I got out, got my first 9-5 job at Wendy’s, and motivated myself during those first couple of weeks by promising myself that the first thing I would buy with my first real paycheck was a PlayStation to play FFVII on.

This self-imposed incentive worked wonderfully, to the relief of myself and my folks. While I cherished the game systems I got as gifts,  my PlayStation was a gift I earned for myself, and I was proud. For the next year, I bought a game every paycheck – Resident Evil, FF Tactics, Parasite Eve, Lunar, and countless others. I still own these cherished classics today.

When my nephew came to live with us, I babysat him a lot and we’d watch the Pokemon cartoon. By the time he was 3 he could clearly identify favorite Pokemon. Today, his love of gaming is as strong as mine. He still loves Pokemon, but I’ve also introduced him to classics like the Final Fantasy series and Lunar. When I see him immersing himself in the games I enjoyed in my youth, it’s almost like playing them again for the first time.

It was Final Fantasy VIII that saw me into college, and given the game’s “school” theme, quite fitting. During a rough patch in my life following college, I drowned my sorrows in Tales of Symphonia.

It was with Dragon Quest VIII that I bonded with my future wife and my stepdaughter. We played that game together for several months. I hadn’t had that much fun with a game in a long time. I also played Resident Evil 4 with my stepdaughter. Every time she heard a chainsaw she’d shriek! When Pokemon Diamond/Pearl came out, I bought my wife a DS and Pearl, while I had Diamond. We both enjoyed this immensely.

Video games have always been an important part of my life, and always will be. I am grateful to be surrounded by a gaming family with which I can appreciate this wonderful medium called video games. Even my 71-year-old father is in on it. He bought himself a PS3 and is currently playing Resident Evil 5.  He says he’s catching up on what he missed.

Portrait of a hardcore gamer for life

My name is Andrew, and I am a Real Otaku Gamer from a Real Otaku Gaming Family.