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Sheik, Darunia, and Princess Ruto

Ocarina of Times timeline said step it up to the other time lines because three characters are coming to play. I did call Darunia and Princess Ruto in my Hyrule Warriors predictions and Sheik is someone I always considered if they were open to other time lines Zeldas appearing. It’s really cool to see some of the other Zelda races playable and it’s also really cool to see Sheik playable in a none smash game. Darunia is the first male character to be added on the good side since Link. Maybe stupid men can shut up now because the female character are just more important in Zelda (in most cases). Also this raises the count of female characters to 8 if you count Fi. This also puts the roster to 10 characters with breaks the 9 character slots that were in the demo for anyone who honestly believed they would reveal the amount of characters in a demo of a game. Id like to see them pull from a few more Zelda games and I don’t think this is the end of it. For now it seems like were getting new characters every two weeks. If the pattern continues then Famitsu will reveal one more set of characters before the August 14th release. This doesn’t mean that’s all the characters since Nintendo doesn’t have a vested interest in giving the magazine all the information. We will likely see some secret characters at least I hope so. It’s possible that Famitsu could also reveal the villain mode or the fact villains will be playable. Anyway in about 3 days we should get some HQ stuff from the webs so until then that’s it for this Hyrule Warriors update.

(Source: famitsu.com)

Marvel, gimmicks, comics, and false fronts.

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This is a response to a discussion i’m having with my good friend hallopino he is a great writer and cool artist. His response to my response is liked as the source but I figured my writing format works better when it’s not cluttered as a reblog. He has a few really entertaining web comics going on that are really worth your time. Anyway onto the Marvel rant or what ever. 

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I totally agree it’s a good thing to make a female version of a notable character in the sense it brings diversity to comics that people will indeed read. However, I take issue for several reasons with these choices. No lasting effects, No real change in creators, and the gimmick effect. I also have a few specific issues with how things are being handled with these particular new changes. 

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With the lasting effect these things happen every year in comics. Somebody is dead, someone takes somebodies mantel, somebody loses their powers. These things always come undone and these things always last a period of 1 to 2 years. Human Torch dead one year, cap dead 2 years, Super spider-man two years(?), these changes don’t last. Sure Dan Slott can act like now that peter is back everything is going to be changed forever, maybe it will be but the fact Ock was in his body didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of the character. Jonny being dead sure that effect the character for a year but now he is busy having no powers. Since comic book characters are avatars eventually the original person gains back the mantel of these big roles. We do have exceptions but they are exceptions. They for sure didn’t have million’s of dollars in movies coming out about them. Something like Ms. Marvel I love (also it’s the best super hero comic being published easily) and I think it could be a lasting character. Carol deserves the title of captain and I think she will be keeping it. Kamala can use the title of Ms. Marvel and maybe eventually evolve beyond it. We aren’t going to see Falcon be cap forever, were not going to see this new thor forever, infact thor is still around jumping about in comics. 

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A lot of these examples I gave and these things feel like gimmicks to push comics not really to push a narrative forward. Here’s what I see as a gimmick, it has no lasting effects on the characters, characters have to be tweaked around making a comic series “work”, or simply exists to push the brand. For example in Superior Spider-man we have every character around better minus Dan Slotts fancy new characters totally out of character. Mary Jane knows better better then almost any character in the Marvel Universe and has had to deal with many clones of peter. However, she wasn’t able to go like “Ok your possessed, or mind controlled, or a clone or a kill bot or something.” Right away to a person who has had to deal with these things should come up as like a this person is so out of character it’s not even funny thing. The series really existed to push forward the new edgy spider-man and get some shots of a “badass” spider-man. Nothing really changes for a gimmick like the new 52, we could talk about how it ruins so much but at the end of the day not to much really gets mixed up. It just a thing with some really bad writing that lets people get excited when a character is back into existence. We don’t get a black Bruce Wayne or a female Clack Kent. Really nothing is changing it just makes retelling and mixing up more possible. 

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Here is the thing that really matters to me and the thing that proves to me that a change isn’t to be more progressive. Recently I wrote about the lack of female creators in the industry. So on this female Thor book we have Jason Aaron still writing the comic. Why in a company that only hires about 10% of all their creative teams mostly consisting of assistant editors can’t they put women on this book. There is no lack of female talent in the industry both currently published and unpublished.  Some may they that the female talent isn’t as good. However, because people like Marvel won’t hire females they don’t have work and can’t build resumes. Creators like the wonderful creator of Ms. Marvel prove that given a chance female writers can turn out some of the best stuff. Saga would not be the amazing comic it is if not for the wonderful Fiona Staples art. I go to the artist ally at an anime convention and it’s like 90% women out there. Women want to get chances to be a part of the creative process of these things but Marvel doesn’t want to change that. They want to use women to produce sales without really providing change.  If the female Thor came from this place of wanting to better represent women then why not hire a female to write it, or draw it? Why can’t the writer of the new Captain America comic be black? Want to know why? It’s because it’s a gimmick, these won’t last and they don’t really care about diversity. They still only have one type or person they are trying to appeal to and that’s straight white men who apparently resist change. If they were really interested in change or in diversity they would prove it with their wallets. Instead this exists to sell issue one of these revamps. They don’t expect these things to really boost sales but it gets people in the door they buy the comic and they sit on the rest of the series. Marvel makes most of it’s money from movies and merch and they know that. Comics exist to further source material to be pulled from things in Disney’s eyes.  It’s not like Marvel is a one man team that couldn’t afford to hire talent of color, different sexuality or sex. They just don’t want to change things up for real. Even the small bit of female creators in the company hardly have any say not being at the creative summits and what not. 

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Last thing about the female Thor that bothers me is in the design it’s self. She isn’t wielding thor’s hammer according to The View and she has this really stupid costume design. I love the new Batgirl design but this, this is ehh. I just imagine in the deign room they most have been like “We got a new female Thor I designed some sensible armor for her” then a higher up said “hey we aren’t paying for a female thor so we can’t show off a hot female body. Sex sells kids give her some iron boobies.”  It just doesn’t look like it makes sense. Really just, ehh bad design. Why the thing under  the breast plate, why the breast plate that perfectly wraps around the breasts? If Thor had armor that looked like boobs Id be like “Tradition keep alive” but Thors armor does not make him appear to have double D breasts.  My thoughts were all over the place but hopefully I got my point across. I just wrote what was on my mind and hopefully it’s not horrible.  Thanks for reading anyone who reads and have a nice day. 

(Source: hallopino)

Smash question

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With the comic con smash tourny happening friday and the news were getting some sort of news there I was wondering with of my drafts I’m working on I should publish this week. I don’t want to overload smash stuff but all of them could become irrelevant with the upcoming news so id like to post one before friday. I have download play in smash, a roster update, my favorite new comers and 3rd party characters that could be iconic enough to stand with pacman. With do you think I should finish up before friday?

Margaret will be another DLC character in P4U

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According to this image Margaret will indeed be a playable character in P4U. Long gone is the day where a character like Marie or Margaret are unlockable secrets we are amazed by when playing the game instead she is likely DLC like Marie. Now were really only missing Theo, Fukka, and of course Minato (and our lady version who isn’t cannon if you are to be so bold). I don’t think they would put Minato as DLC, at least I hope they wouldn’t since that would be a massive dick move. I originally thought with the way P4A was originally going they would be able to get him back in this game but now I really doubt it since we are showing off DLC. I’m upset that they think it’s cool to charge for these DLC characters that are so obviously made while the game was in development. God bless Sega for injecting Atlus with that #makebigmoneyallday spirit,  this could be arc system to be fair this isn’t out of their wheel house, and it could just be Atlus getting more popular going a bit Capcom. These are the beginnings of the dark times. Here’s to hopping they don’t fuck up Persona 5.

(Source: eventhubs.com)

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution demo impressions

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So Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution had it’s demo release on the PSN not to long ago so I figured id give it a download and do that writing thing I do. The demo is pretty simple and only has four playable characters. The new way of handling how teams works actually works pretty well in my little time with the game. I like having the choice of how to break the game and beyond that it lets playstyles become more defined in the game. However, not much really changes outside of that. Robo Naruto is wacky and i’m sure he will be fun to see in action but at the end of the day the games still the game. 

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The game feels a bit better then previous games in the series in this small sample but I can’t really judge when what will really matter is how it sells all the new features, characters, and little details that makes these games great for fans. I don’t see this game being a remotely competitive game as the creator claimed he wanted it to be. Still this is a game that’s on my buy list even if it is a low priority. 

Hyrule Warriors Roster predictions

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So after the latest batch of news I figure I have a good handle on what seems to be what will happen with this game. I’m going to open up with the  things i’m pretty sure will happen and follow them up with things that would be cool but aren’t as likely. 

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The twilight princess DLC was confirmed to have a triforce of Power set as well that wasn’t revealed. This set of costumes not only says that Ganondorf is in the game but also that villains will indeed be playable. This also says the easiest thing to predict with is that Twilight Princess Ganondorf and Demise will be outfits for Ganondorf. I could be wrong since the power set is only two DLC costumes as opposed to the three wisdom and courage have. Demise may just not exist or just be a separate character. I won’t be mentioning forms of ganon in the list because we can assume they are in the game. With twilight princess getting two characters and a villain I think the same will happen with skyward sword and at least one more game. 

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Skyward Sword: Groose is the most likely second character given Agitha’s appearance. He will likely use a loftwing somewhere in his moveset and some funny stuff. Ghirahim is the confirmed villain. 

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Ocarina of Time: So this is for sure one of the most popular games in the series so I doubt we won’t see this game have characters brought in. We do have the boss reference but I doubt that is where it ends. Nabooru seems like a perfect fit given the amazing amount female characters in the game. She is a sage and she has a lot going for her as a character. The next character is a lot harder for me to pick, it could be Malon having a fun farm based move set, could be Darunia or Princess Ruto to display other races, or maybe it’s someone random. Twinrova feels like the most likely villain to join the fray given the amount of references these ladies get. Unlike a lot of other Zelda games Ganondorf is the villain you are eyeing the whole time so it makes it a harder choice. 

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Classic Zeldas: Classic Zelda really only had a few characters that don’t already exist in the game. Still I doubt they won’t try to reference these games in some way, shape or form. Agahnim from link to the past could show up as a villain but you got me other wise.

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Majora’s Mask: Skull kid, done, best post ever. Ok in all seriousness Skull kid is pretty likely but with how much fun they are having with characters id say so is the Happy Mask Salesmen. We already have some reference to the game with the moon and the great fairy design seems similar to that game.  I find it very hard to believe Tingle won’t be in this game in some how. Id guess he is a playable character who focuses on floating around in the air with balloons. I don’t think a lot of other characters really fit but Fierce Deity should be in the game in game. 

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The Wind Waker: I have a hard time seeing a way to bring Wind Waker into this. However, the game is loaded with fun characters. The games also hurt by Zelda using the Wind Waker as an alt weapon. Medli really would be a crazy fun character to fly around as. Tetra is my most wanted character and id LOVE to see her kick some ass in this game. I think the main problem for this game is it doesn’t have a villain out of Ganondorf. Maybe the giant ass bird.

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A link between Worlds:  I don’t know how likely this game is to be referenced just because they may have not know much of this game when developing it. This game does have a none Ganon villain in the form of Yuga who could have an amazing paint based move set. The game also have the fun Hilda character and charming Irene who both would fit the game rather well (Other then maybe looking odd as kids). Ravio could also work using items that maybe aren’t in the game but are in a Link Between Worlds but I don’t seem him as likely as the two ladies I just mentioned. 

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Spin Offy Zeldas: I’m lumping them all together not because they don’t have a lot of cool characters, because they do have a ton, but because their likelyhood feels a lot smaller then the rest. These games are considered some of the lower tier Zelda games but I will mention them in the same way as the previous games, just know I don’t find any likely. 

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Spirit Tracks: Alfonzo should be stepping in for Link, it’s only natural. Byrne has a cool look that could translate into a cool character. Chancellor Cole would make a very interesting villain to play as although a moveset isn’t super clear to me from the start. 

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Phantom Hourglass: Tetra again, my second vote for Tetra. Bellum actually really works as a baddie with lots of possible moves. Bellum could use the Bellumbeck form then use the tentacles from his normal form. Linebeck could also work maybe idk, I quit. 

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Capcom: Capcom made a few Zelda titles for Nintendo and out of the stuff they made Vaati stands out the most. Out side of forms of Ganon Vaati is the most reused villain in fact the only one really used from one game to the other. Outside of that we have plenty of characters that could be fun to see but none that feel very likely. 

Club Nintendo Elite Rewards

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This years Elite rewards have been shown and Nintendo is really letting down. The amount of money to get into platinum is insane. However, the amount of digital reward is not. I understood the cheaper stuff last year because hey it was physical. However, now every other console in existence for 60 dollars a year gives you 2 solid games a month plus more. Nintendo on the other hand for what I assume is beyond 500 dollars of spending on games  well hook us up with at the very most a 30 dollar title. I really don’t think i’m asking for too much when I say we should get 60 dollars worth of games. You know, a full game or maybe I can pick 3 games or something for spending the insane amount of money I do on Nintendo. Beyond that most of these games aren’t even really past what you can normally get in club Nintendo  in fact kid icarus is this months club NIntendo reward. Sure the platinum games are like 10-30 dollar games but what is a 10 dollar game? What is a 30 dollar games? It’s a digital gift, it costs them zero dollars to give us anything. Nitnendo in Japan has the digital deluxe 3ds program that’s giving people games that aren’t even out yet but in america “Ehh fuck it give them mini’s on the move.” In EU they get cross game buy on an indie game and in america “Ehh fuck it.” Really it seems like Nintendo of America just doesn’t give a fuck about rewarded the loyal fans. While I love Nintendo I can’t help but feel shat on when I know my friends with ps4’s are swinging in free games. Between me and my brothers we own almost every first party Wii U and 3ds game. I actually own between me and my brothers almost every Wii U game that isn’t some quick cash grab. I’m super loyal to Nintendo as a consumer because they don’t charge for online. They also are doing some great games and great things for women in games. Still Nintendo could throw us fans a bone all i’m asking for is 1, just one actual triple A game. A ton of little virtual console games or what ever works too. They can do this, this would cost them nothing, they won’t lose sales for having a thing you need to spend ass loads of cash giving 60 dollars worth of digital content. It costs them nothing but PR, it would just give them good PR. Nintendo of America Step it up. If you even slightly agree with me I urge you to find a way to contact Nintendo and let them know your upset. Nintendo has took steps before to fix things consumers complained about like a while back with Super Metorid. 

Away at San Japan

I’m not going to be able to write new posts this weekend due to being at San Japan (A local anime convention). However, I already have posts written out to publish for each day of the con. I should be able to get back to writing on Sunday but it won’t be until later in the day. If I miss any news or wrote anything that contradicts new news, my bad. I’ll check news in the morning and at night, maybe i’ll get to sneak in something if I see something super important. Even if I do make something the quality will be a bit lower then usual. Anyway I think I got solid posts ready for the three days so I hope you all enjoy what i’ll be posting. 

Fatal Frame the Black haired Shrine Maiden (Wii U exclusive)

Now i’m a wimp and I can’t handle horror for shit. However, it’s undeniable that the horror market for games really has increased since the advent of the youtube scream a lot people. It’s also undeniable that a really solid audience exists for horror including my own girlfriend. So it’s really exciting to see this new Fatal Frame game. This game in classic Fatal Frame style has you playing as a women with a camera. Yuri (the protagonists name) is on a quest to find someone for a person so she set off to this ghostly area. The Wii U game pad acts as the camera and let’s you see things you couldn’t see without the gamepad. The camera will also apparently sort of work like a weapon. This seems like a perfect use for the gamepad and while I fear this game with all my wimpy heart I can’t wait to cower watching my girlfriend play it. The games being released September 27 in Japan so I hope we can get it by early 2015 in the west. 

(Source: youtube.com)

Marie is a DLC character in P4 Ultimax

Kaguya will be Marie’s persona when she jumps into P4AU as a DLC character. Shit ain’t even out yet and this character is already announced. Not a big surprise given Arc System Works track record with DLC in their games. If their previous records hold true this DLC will cost 8 bucks to US consumers. So Atlus once again brings in the DLC, they really are doing everything in their power to lose my favor but this just means I’ll wait even longer to buy this game. Maybe to some people Marie will be worth the extra money but really I find it hard to believe that Adachi and Marie both couldn’t have been added into the core game. Who knows, she might be free in the west, I guess only time will tell. Anyway, so that’s the shitty news tied to a persona game for the day feel free to jump on me about how poor Atlus is as if they are your spouse. 

(Source: siliconera.com)

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