Katsucon 2014

Katsucon this year was quite fun. Even with all the snow in the area, everybody came out - the registration line took me over an hour! It was well worth it though to see all the people in cosplay, seeing the artist's alley, and of course the dealer room. Attack on Titan's surge in popularity meant seeing people dressed in identical Survey Corps uniforms in groups of 5, 10, 20 and more. I even got a chance to hear Lolita Dark live who sounded quite good even if I didn't always understand what they were saying.

There were only a few downfalls in my opinion. The first was the dealer room where prices for the same item ranged from $45-$80 depending on the dealer. With online shopping and the popularity of video game and Japanese anime it is unreasonable to price gouge on this stuff - c'mon people! Still, I was able to find a lot of good deals. The second thing was the dubbed anime in the theatres... I got a chance to sit in on One Piece : Strong World, which is an anime I have been watching for over 10 years, but so much of the humor is lost in translation that it was really terrible. I actually walked out of the show!

zzyzzyy Prints

Probably the most stunning to me were the prints by zzyzzyy. The action captured in the Portal print really got my attention, and then when we started talking she showed me her original works which were even better. I think the "Tink the Pen" was very imaginative and the detail on "The Year of the Snake" was just out of this world. I highly recommend you check out her deviant art - http://zzyzzyy.deviantart.com/gallery/

Steve Yurko Prints

Steve Yurko had a booth set up mostly featuring his fan art works. These include an electrifying Breaking Bad print and a One Piece print as Washington crossing the Delaware. He also had some comics I picked up... I'm hoping to read those later today! Check him out on his website - http://www.steveyurko.com/

Other Cool Prints

Sadly I can't remember who I got these prints from, I will check my bag in case I got their card. My favorite might be the one from Frozen, but the Luffy one is quite cool too.

Figures

Honestly I was looking for a Kuma or Trafalgar Law figure, but my favorite character has always been Zoro. This figure is quite detailed I think, notice the personality of the swords, scabbards, scars and musculature. Pretty awesome right?

DVDs

I try not to buy DVDs anymore. If you're going to pay money for a movie it might as well be BluRay, and if it's common enough to stream I will do that. However, I found two particular movies that have been in my pirated DVD book for a while. Visitor Q - the heinous and unforgettable cluster fuck of a movie, and one of my favorites which I have seen multiple times Electric Dragon 80,000 Volts

That's all I got loot wise. If anyone can identify those artists above that would be great! Who else went? What were your thoughts?

Killer Instinct / Xbox One First Impressions

So, I finally got my Xbox One (or XBONE) set up. While I have a couple of games, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse, I opted to let Killer Instinct be the first game I really sank my teeth into.

First Impression

First impression on purchasing the game... Why are there so many packs? Am I getting the best value? Did I get everything? I believe selling the game piecemeal like this was a terrible way to go. I would prefer to have a simple multi-player demo that included Jago, and then purchasing the main game for $40 gave me everything else. From there they can sell packs or addons later. This model triggers the "pay-to-win" flag in my head... so I'll be thinking, "Did I buy the OP character? Did he buy the right addons so he's unbeatable now?"

Characters

iphone_5_Orchid_WallpaperWhat the hell? Even Skullgirls had more characters than this. Did I just buy a demo?

Aside from that... the character designs seem to be quite good! Orchid and Thunder underwent some good changes. The paint streaming down Thunder's face and chest makes him look that much more dangerous. Orchid's new design is wearing shorts and reminds me of Lara Croft in a way, much better than the weird and unrealistic thong swimsuit version of the original.

Mechanics

This is only my first impression, but so far the mechanics seem pretty interesting. Combo breakers have been simplified a bit, instead of the motion you only need to hit the right set of buttons during a linker. Failing a combo breaker locks you out of breaking the rest of the combo allowing the other player to maximize damage and get a little flashy. The other elements like combo enders and white health seem good and makes players use the system to maximize damage. I haven't gotten too deep, but Maximilian has covered it inside and out.

Controls

Sad to be playing this on a pad - what a weird feeling. Everything is very responsive, but I can't get used to hitting the triggers and the thumb stick. I will have to report back on this once a couple other games come out and I have a stick.

XBONE

I played online for one match and got bodied. What surprised me though was when the other player said "Xbox, upload clip --- oh my bad, good game man, hehe". My game death is being shared with his friends! Haha, that makes me pretty excited for this next generation.

Final Thoughts

For my first stop on XBONE, this is pretty cool. I am looking forward to playing more of this!

Dead Rising Checklists

dead-rising-2-chuck-servbotDead Rising was free in August with XBox Live, so I decided to give it another play. It's as addicting as I remember... killing zombies never gets old. This time around however, I have been shooting for some of the achievements and made a few easily printable checklists to use while I play. I got all the achievements I was shooting for, so they definitely worked for me.