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March 18
2014

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, Is “Bromance” Enough?

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In the year 2022, video games will advance to the point that several Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games will vie for players’ attentions. Don’t trust those wily devs, though. They will turn their eye-melting immersive experiences into their own personal Murderworlds to carry out vendettas due to unrequited love–or y’know whatevs.

What a strange era to live in which will even allow your male avatar to hold hands with other male avatars and effect a “manly friendship.” Such are the comments of Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment game producer Yosuke Futami. Siliconera reads this as adding a bit of bromance to the story. But is bromance enough?

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March 17
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #146

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Well, now that the Veronica Mars movie is out, I’m done mainlining episodes to cram for it and can get back to some gaming. Unfortunately the game is still Fable III. But I did play a pretty nifty demo on my Vita that may actually inspire a purchase! Make the jump to watch this week’s episode and find out what it is!

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March 14
2014

She is the One Named Sailor Moon and She is Coming

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She will never turn her back on a friend. She is always there to defend. She’s the one on whom you can depend. She is the one named Sailor Moon.

It’s been over twenty years since the original Sailor Moon manga and anime series took the world by storm, birthing an entire anime genre as well as one of the single most recognizable nerd icons of all time: Sailor Moon herself. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone, gamer, otaku, or otherwise, that doesn’t recognize the schoolgirl uniform and the signature blonde pigtails.

The cultural icon is set to make her triumphant return, with her pals the Sailor Scouts in tow, later this year in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal.

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March 14
2014

Comic Review: Deadly Class

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Among thousands of contemporary graphic novels filled with sparkling vampires and plastic Zombies, nowadays it is almost impossible to come across a genuinely edgy story that is deep as it is entertaining. Image Comic’s new drama-thriller series Deadly Class delivers all that and a lot more.

Set in a hyper-real 1987, in an uber gritty San Francisco, Deadly Class revolves around down-on–his-luck, homeless teenager, Marcus Lopez. Through various flashbacks it is revealed that he used to have a happy home life until a freak accident kills both of his parents and leaves him on the streets. With no relatives in America to take care of him Marcus spends his youth at terrible shelters and foster homes until he makes a run for it and ends up alone in the crime-ridden streets of San Francisco.

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March 14
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

After all the excitement of last week, this week was supposed to be quiet and relaxing.

And it was, mostly. I got a guilt-trip letter from my mom that read: “Dear sweet Chris, I don’t want to push you to write or anything. But I did find some cool stationery. Wanna be pen pals? – Mom” And she included a set of sparkly paper. But I didn’t write back. Sorry, Mom. Your guilt won’t work on me!

But then at the end of the week, something amazing happened! Read on to find out what!

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March 12
2014

Game of Throne’s Hodor is a Gaymer, Y’all!

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In a recent interview, Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn revealed he has plenty more occupations beyond acting. For instance, he balances gigs as a DJ with an active presence on World of Warcraft. (When asked to give a hint about how and where to find his avatar, Nairn coyly responded “usually I’m a small green goblin hunter with a spectral pet called Jupiter or Hannibal.” Feel free to investigate and stalk away.) In addition to his work as Hodor on HBO’s Game of Thrones, Nairn has branched out to BBC’s Ripper Street and is also working on Treasure Trapped, a feature documentary that follows the European Live-Action Role-Playing circuit (LARP-ing for short).

Then when inquired about his apparent and “extensive” following in the bear community, something unexpected and “lovely” happened.

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March 12
2014

This SingStore Update Might Make You A Shiny Happy Person

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Well, if you’re an R.E.M. fan who plays SingStar, you’re in luck with this week’s new SingStore Update. Unfortunately, if you’re not, then I hope you’re a Corrs fan, because that’s the only other group in this batch of DLC! The Irish folk/pop stars were apparently very popular after a couple of their other songs were included in a recent update, so now you can get “Radio” as well.

And if you’re a fan of the group fronted by queer artist Michael Stipe, there’s an entire song pack that includes “Bad Day,” “Nightswimming,” “Imitation of Life,” “Shiny Happy People” and “Man on the Moon.” And “Orange Crush” is available singly. Not sure why that didn’t rate placement in the song pack, but there you go.

And for those of you like me, better luck next time. Which now seems to be every three weeks instead of every two, which I’m not crazy about. But at least they’re still updating with new content!