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FreeSuper sits quietly in the dark

11/7/2012 12:27 pm - FreeSuper1 comments
  A couple days ago I went to see a movie that clearly markets itself to me. It's called Wreck-It-Ralph. While it wasn't my favorite recent Disney movie, I found it to be a perfectly adequate movie that has videogames at the center. Extra thoughts about the film:

Wreck-it-Ralph felt like it ran out of videogame jokes about a third of the way through the movie and switched over to food jokes for the rest. I wonder if parts of the movie were recycled from a script for a film about the board game Candy Land? Speaking of jokes, early on in the film there was a violent gag involving Kano that made the parents in the audience wince. Considering how the rest of the movie goes, it really seemed out of place in context. However, it does hold the distinction of being the only evisceration joke I've seen in a Disney cartoon.

Between Wreck-It Ralph, Up, Shrek, and Monsters Inc. it seems a lot of animated films are about lumpy old guys who complain about their day jobs....

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Iron Chef 2nd Generation

10/29/2012 12:17 pm - FreeSuper comments
Wow! It has been a long time since I have posted here on the old CoCo Blog. With midterms coming and going along with a deluge of reports coming in on the next front, I barely enough time to even formulate a good thought to keyboard. Since I have not been playing many new fighting games lately, I will share some of what I have been doing lately.
I have recently just watched the new Iron Chef series and man, I don't know, it's alright? It starts off on a bit of a sad note. This may be a spoiler, but this series starts out in a graveyard with flashbacks of chairman Kaga. Afterwards, you see the new chairman praying in front of a tombstone before the show begins. This only means one thing! He killed off chairman Kaga! I have not been this sad since the death of Optimus Prime and the passing of The Matrix.
Upon watching more though, the reason the producers killed off Kaga is clear after the first episode concludes. Basically, t...

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The True Cost of Divekick

7/16/2012 11:26 am - FreeSuper comments
In this thread, Mike Z lays out how much Divekick should cost.

Now, I wish Keits and his team the best, but they must've totally got the wrong advice from the wrong people! The current XNA-based (prototype) game might need a lot of tuning up and refining under the hood, but there's no reason they couldn't use Monogame to port it to pretty much every platform they're interested in delivering their game to. Personally, I don't think there's much of a demand for Divekick to approach the interest of even Skullgirls! Most of the people who've played it at various tourneys were satisfied with the "clumsy" prototype as it currently exists, and thought from how the Kickstarter was worded originally that they would be funding the polishing & release of that version. Instead, they wrote their Kickstarter proposal deceptively, and when they did reveal that they actually intended to build the game all over again from scratch we...

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Twiddling my Thumbs 2. Evo Thoughts

7/9/2012 12:17 pm - FreeSuper comments
Small thoughts regarding this weekend's Evolution 2012 event.

This year gave us a very dominant performance by Infiltration and by the rest of "Team Korea" in general for all the other games. I am sure we will see way more Koreans next year for KOF and SFIV (and perhaps Tekken Tag 2). I know that SFxT will be dumped due to it not being popular (or a good game) unless a major balance patch is released or they do something drastic like allow gem combinations.

SFIV finals almost seemed to go by too fast, like the players just wanted to get it overwith since it started so late on Sunday. They really need to try to get some tighter scheduling. SFIV top8 being only 2 out of 3 sets for such high level players almost felt like a disservice. The TTT2 and Injustice demos probably added an hour to the schedule.  Let us forget how much time and notable matches the Sony Smash Bros. demo ate up.

UMvC3 was fantas...

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Twiddling my Thumbs 1. Office Edition

7/5/2012 2:09 pm - FreeSuper comments
I've been playing Dracula X Chronicles and Castlevania Chronicles on my PSP while in the office. Lately, I've been wondering, when Konami'll release a proper Castlevania and not yet another metrovania? Even though Symphony is prolly the best castlevania, I still prefer the older games more than the subsequent sequels released on the GBA and DS.

Harmony of Despair is fun for a while, but I still miss those games with precise jumps and avoiding projectiles with a precise whip all while handling a Belmont tank. Order of Ecclesia came close to giving me what I want, but it chickened out about halfway through. At least that one is fairly "anti-grind", just gotta master dodging everything. Still, what I enjoy most about Iga's run are the constant links and references to past games in the series. For example, that one moment in SotN where Maria asks Alucard if he knows about the Belmonts and he pictures Trevor's NES sprite in his head. Little moments like that are what r...

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Holy Bible: Umehara Testament

3/12/2012 12:01 am - FreeSuper1 comments
http://www.shogakukan.co.jp/books/detail/_isbn_9784098251322

When this was initially brought up at our weeklies, I thought this was some sort of joke. But hell, you guys were not lying! This man is actually putting out a book!

Titled "The Power to keep on Winning" 256 pages Release date April 2 Book Description: This book covers everything about Daigo Umehara as the world's top professional gamer and his philosophy on life rather more than just videogames. This books is for anyone that wants to know about Daigo's way of thinking, like...  "I always think about how to level myself up"
"You can't get better without changing"
"I pick games with the most rivals on purpose" . I don't know about you guys, but these quotes read like the kind of generic phrases that can be applied to everything in life when you need to ''step up, bro". I cannot wait for the guys who will take this as their bible and do nothing prescribed inside its pages, yet conti...

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Tender Moments

3/8/2012 6:33 pm - FreeSuper comments
I know it'll come as a surprise to kotaku, etc., but most of us who play fighting games actually aren't huge pieces of shit. After that touching moment (in the video posted), there was a fundraiser for ShinBlanka. He and a lot of other people were real deeply moved by the compassion that was demonstrated this and other times. Those include when Chris Hu's house Burning Down fundraiser, the japanese tsunami relief, and several other I don't recall.

Even when stupid stunts like Cross Assault occur, I wouldn't trade this community for anything. The intimate and personal nature of the scene produces far more good than it does ill. There's a lot of room for audacity, but there's also a lot of room to earn respect that you just wouldn't get in the gloryhole nature of Internet-based multiplayer. You get so many opportunities to really connect with people from alll sorts of different backgrounds. I've met so many great goddamn people in this scene that I never would have otherw...

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Final Round: Underappreciated Greatness

3/5/2012 11:11 pm - FreeSuper1 comments
Kusoru! I was not familiar with what this man had done in the past in this scene, but when a man has the tenacity to travel from Japan all the way to Atlanta, GA to play videogames. I can't help but cheer for the man! It also helped that his name translates to "Sh*t Sol". This is a man who instantly called for my attention!

A friend told me that his usual moniker is Ahegao Joe and despite a strong showing here, he's the weakest of the 5 kusoge gods. It's like Fist of the North Star except instead of using different ways of killing dudes, they have different styles of elegantly trolling people at fighting games. This is a group of players, I can love! However, one of the most unappreciated moments in the recent FINAL ROUND tournament was this set from an oft-heard of, but not played game (in the US) called Gulty Gear. In what is one of the most hilarious sets I have had the pleasure in watching is starring Kusoru's Sol. Living up to his moniker this man performed the most ...

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The Future of Fighting

3/1/2012 11:50 pm - FreeSuper comments
I have done my best to not be informed of what's going on and I have failed. I'm sorry.

This is a bit of a response to this article on Kotaku. It primarily details the fallout of what happened on Cross Assault and shuffling blame around.

While Aris has admittedly gone way over the line (and should have been reigned in WAY more by the people producing the show, who all should have seen this behavior coming from MILES away. Anyone in the community could and most of us have never even met the man).  I can't help but be aggravated towards the people outside the community screaming that assimilating into the Greater E-Sports Prosperity Sphere is the only way to sanitize and legitimize the scene.

No, it is not!

Sexism, racism, and homophobia are not, and should not ever be a part of the fighting community at large, no matter what Aris says. However, at the same time, that should not mean that the only way to purge those elements from the scen...

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The Crass Assault Show

2/28/2012 6:54 pm - FreeSuper1 comments
Giant Bomb has a pretty good summary of the debacle that is happening in regards to this Cross Assault reality show that is supposed to showcase both Capcom's new fighting game and the spirit of the community surrounding it.

It's a total quagmire.

It's also really disturbing how much Capcom waited to act upon learning of the happenings of the reality show they are sponsoring.
For those that want to see some of the highlights regarding what led up to the incident there is a link to a video at the end of this article. Keep in mind that the video only highlights Day One.

When I was in community college, we got a talk from an assistant director on a bunch of reality shows regarding the production of them and how they manage everything. One of the least mentioned facts about their production is that they have a veritable army of behind the scenes people for contestant welfare. Reality shows can really screw with peoples' minds. Tempers flare and ...

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