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  • 26Sep

    Special Sale Day: One Punch Man at Otakon 2016!

    Otakon celebrated it’s final year in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor this year, with one of it’s primary focused series being the new, and highly praised, One Punch Man. Series creator, known only by his pseudonym, One, initially launched the series as a web comic in 2009. It has since gone viral, and spawned a fully fledged manga, and now it’s own anime series, which has been officially localized by VIZ Media. Dubbed, “The Savior of Anime” due to it’s parodical take on so many overly used anime tropes, One Punch Man is a refreshing take on the Shonen genre, which many feel have stagnated in recent years. One of Otakon’s featured panels promoting the series included all major voice actors from the English dub of the show–which premiered this year on Toonami on July 16th. Panelists included were Max Mittelman, Zach Aguilar, Robbie Daymond, Ray Chase, and Eric Scott Kimerer who

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  • 27Aug

    Lord of the Rings at ConnectiCon: Still the Pinnacle of Fantasy in Cinema 15 Years Later

    While series like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter have taken center stage these past few years, along with an influx of new fantasy material in film and media, nothing has yet quite achieved the status of the trilogy that paved the very road for the genre to no longer be considered box office poison–The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. At ConnectiCon this July, Peter Jackson’s trilogy still held relevance on the convention scene, with Guests of Honor John Rhys-Davies and Sean Astin [who played Gimli and Sam respectively] hosting a series of Lord of the Rings panels for Tolkein and cinema fans alike. A central topic during one of these events was the use of practical effects so well utilized by Jackson during the filming of the original trilogy. Both actors described their time filming the trilogy as an experience like no other; complete with bonding between the fellowship

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  • 20Jul

    Families playing together with Pokemon Go

    On any given day on my Facebook wall, I’ll see two extremes…people that make fun of Pokemon Go players and people playing Pokemon Go. The new gaming app sensation has definitely made a mark regardless on if you love it or hate it. At a time where personally I had stopped playing games on my phone. I installed Pokemon Go to give it a shot while at the playground with my daughter and it has now taken over our family. Which is my main point… families are playing. In-between the memes and the bad press are wonderful stories of families playing together. Not just playing together, but going on Pokemon Go walks. My friend, Carolyn West (who dons many hats but blogger at ThisTalkAin’ has a great article about how her family started playing Pokemon Go. While she’s not an avid gamer, her daughters play Minecraft and now they are

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  • 01Jun

    E3 2016 by the numbers…

    We won’t be attending E3 2016 because I’m still trying to figure out the new balance of what I want to write about in terms of family gaming and gaming culture. But by all early reports, it seemed like E3 2016 was going to be vacant. But according to a report from the ESA there is a lot of growth. Most of it seems to be in new exhibitors that are specializing in mobile or the VR/AR space. “More than 90 exhibitors are involved heavily in the mobile space”. Which is good news for mobile gamers. I’ve never really caught onto mobile gaming after my Candy Crush stint. 53 exhibitors will be showcasing VR/AR technology. Which could mean games or could mean any combination of peripherals etc. But that is an increase from 27 companies in 2015 and shows where the industry may be looking to go. ESA also states

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  • 06Dec

    Dark Souls III Preview at New York Comic Con 2015

    Ever since Atlus Demon’s Souls, which released in 2009, From Software’s Souls has not only evolved, but continued to gain momentum, elevating its developer to one of the most respected teams in the industry. With Dark Souls III being released in early 2016, the series has it’s largest following yet, with a tremendous amount of hype already accruing for it. I’ve personally been a fan of the series since it’s creation, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to get a hands-on impression at this year’s New York Comic-Con. In terms of lines and wait times, there was no other game on the show floor with as long of a line–fans were eagerly awaiting the chance to take their own shot at the High Wall of Lothric. There were four builds available in this version of the game; Wandering Knight, Northern Warrior, Herald of White and Academy Assassin. I decided

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  • 09Sep

    Being a mom and Beyond Eyes

    Beyond Eyes is a fascinating game. I remember sitting at my desk watching the Xbox E3 conference and the presentation caught my eye.The watercolors were striking and the story concepts compelling. I eagerly downloaded it the first day of its release on XboxOne (it’s now available on PS4), and tried to set aside some time to play. Below, is my experience while playing Beyond Eyes. I’m still not finished (because I haven’t played anything in weeks), but I do hope to get back to it. Game FAQs Beyond Eyes was created by Sherida Halatoe as part of her graduation project. She created the dev studio, Tiger & Squid and in 2014 teamed up with Team17 in order to bring her vision to consoles and computers in 2015. I am currently playing Beyond Eyes on the Xbox One. You can follow @BeyondEyes_ for any updates on the game or studio. Game

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  • 31Jul

    Sailor Moon Sailebration with VIZ at Otakon 2015!

    Sailor Moon has had an enormous year since the release of Sailor Moon Crystal in mid 2014, along with an updated English adaption, with improved visuals, aspect ratios and new voice acting. The quintessential Magical Girl anime and manga took over Otakon [one of the largest anime conventions on the east coast] this past weekend, with an array of Sailor Moon events, guests, panels and convention exclusive items. VIZ Media’s booth had an Otakon special edition t-shirt and canvas tote for fans, limited edition collectable coins, pins, posters and paper tiaras along with special prize packs. As a major fan of the series myself since my early adolescence, I fully embraced my inner Moonie , and with it’s pink shimmery visuals, flowing brightly colored hair and signature Sailor fukus, it would be a challenge for Sailor Moon to not bring out the little girl in most of us. It was

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  • 07Jan

    Play old MS-Dos games

    I remember as a little girl going to computer fairs with my dad. We could “shop” or look at hardware and what was available and we would always leave with a floppy disc with games on it. I used to be amazed at being able to play 8 games from one floppy disc. Now those games I played as a young child are available online for all to play. Oregon Trail is probably the most well known MS-DOS game. But there are also Duke Nukem, Street Fighter, Burger Blaster (one of my favs), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Lion King and Chuck Yeager’s Advanced Flight Trainer and more than 2,393 games listed. In 2013, the Internet Archive kicked off an effort to restore these games to the web. Don’t expect all of them to work, but it is an open project where they are taking bug reports and

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  • 10Dec

    Amateur Hearthstone tournament from Good Gaming

    If you have always wanted to try competitive gaming, Good Gaming has set up an officially licensed Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Amateur Open tournament with Blizzard Entertainment. The tournament will be held on Friday, December 19th with finals on Sunday, December 21st. Just because it’s amateur does not mean there isn’t big money to be had! Winners have a chance to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes. The Tournament consists of Constructed Play Phases where each player in the tournament will be required to bring and declare constructed decks to be used throughout the single elimination. The finals will be broadcasted on Good Gaming’s Twitch channel. Enter at for your chance to win! Follow

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  • 09Dec

    Serenity Leaves on a Wind is #1

    We can’t get enough of the ‘Verse and it shows. Dark Horse’s Serenity Leaves on a Wind has hit number one on the New York Times Bestseller list. It’s always cool when a graphic novel can break through that list. In Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, star writer Zack Whedon (The Terminator) and artist Georges Jeanty (Buffy’s Seasons 8 and 9) conquer the galaxy and continue the Browncoats story. The Serenity: Leaves on the Wind hardcover, collecting the six-issue miniseries and the 2012 Free Comic Book Day story, is available in bookstores everywhere or you can get it on the Darkhorse website. Perfect gift for that Firefly/Serenity fan in your life. Totally reasonable price of $19.99. Follow

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