Salt Lake Comic-Con VS San Diego Comic-Con International

So, this is still going on?  San Diego Comicon actually went to the length to attempt to issue a gag order on Salt Lake Comic-con? Really? Seriously? Why is SDCC so butt hurt over this? Money? Popularity? I don’t get it.  I used to live in San Diego, went to SDCC quite a number of times as an Attendee and as a Volunteer and at that time Tickets were about Forty Dollars for the 4 day Event which is reasonable for late 80’s early 90’s and there were not VIP or Gold passes it was either you were a Dealer or an Attendee. Now I get it, revenue building opportunities I get it. Both sides offer some pretty cool deals for the what you get  but the best times to get the deals is went the events are closed and prepping for next year’s event which is usually 2 months or so after said events end.

 

I’ve been researching as well on this a little byte ( 😀 ) and I can’t believe this but from what I have seen and such, it seems SDCC is really about being butthurt because a Comic-con other than San Diego is getting more exposure, coverage and positive PR press and due to the lawsuit SDCC files because of it are now being mocked.

“It is appropriate, however, to impose greater restrictions on the free speech rights of trial participants (such as parties and their attorneys) than on the rights of nonparticipants. Levine, 764 F.2d at 595. As the Ninth Circuit noted when considering a district court’s order restricting statements of trial participants, “several other courts have considered similar restraining orders. The overwhelming majority of those courts have upheld the restraining orders.” Id. at 596 (citing numerous cases in which restraining order on trial participants were upheld).”

 

Well, all I can say is you asked for it. You threw a pissy whiny hissy fit because *again* it was not the center of attention in the “media” circle of the fandoms and related ilk. I will also stand with my statement and belief that if San Diego Comic-con is not going to stand down walk away and lick it’s wounds and try to become a better event again  but currently with this whole gag order stunt.

 

Accordingly, the district court’s order may be upheld only if the government establishes that:

  1. the activity restrained poses either a clear and present danger or a serious and imminent threat to a protected competing interest
  2. the order is narrowly drawn
  3. less restrictive alternatives are not available

 

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Could also sanction their legal team for a frivolous, meritless case, let alone what if New York Comic-con decided to throw their hat in the ring? Because New York Comic-con started it in 1964 if we’re going to do dates and such.  With that being said it’s my opinion that the other global or otherwise known as “international” Comic-cons or other wise. But you know what? Go to http://saltlakecomiccon.com/san-diego-comic-con-intl-v-salt-lake-comic-con/  and check up on it yourselves, form your own opinions, post up if you’d like as well. Would love to read your opinions, good bad or otherwise.

 

 

 

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I am ashamed of my species.

Ok, so I was on Facebook yesterday and I saw a post from one of my fellow Otaku and part of the staff at Anime Banzai and was like what!? It dealt with one the European gaming Expos. One the Journalists that was there covering the event who writes for http://indiehaven.com as well as other various online gaming publications, which wasn’t the problem.

The problem was that some British comedian dehumanized, humiliated and socially scarred this person all because she was transgendered. Well even though the people/event staff apologized to her, they refused to present the comedian that caused the whole stinking mess in the first place. Microsoft Public Relations European offices really screwed the pooch raw on this. The whole event was a shambles and Microsoft should MAKE the person they hired for this event not only publicly apologize to her but hand writes a written apology as well. We’re supposed to be a kind humble species, but when I see this type of shit, and yes shit, crapfest, shitstorm happening?

I’m ashamed to even be connected to the human race as a species. It should not matter, whether you’re Chinese, Korean, British, Scandinavian, Russian, American, black, white, yellow, blue, green or freaking purple, Gay, transgendered or transsexual or A-sexual! You should treat everyone -e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e with respect, even if you don’t agree with them, show the courtesy of respect. I heard the Kotaku was going to run an article on it and that the journalist requested that they not run the article well that didn’t happen.

From what I do see they have ran it and also went back and edited out her twitter account as to not encourage more wastes of humanity to post hate tweets on her twitter Thanks Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/xbox-one-presenter-humiliated-me-on-stage-says-transge-1421596988

*Ultimate facepalm*

Damn the human race is in a sorry state.
No wonder The Doctor turns his back on us from time to time.

EDIT: I have read that there may have a miscommunication btw the two people involved on this. Here is the URL with the explination http://www.frasermillward.com/apps/blog still doesn’t condone how the person handled the matter when inviting Ms. Dale to the stage. I standby by my belief on how people should be treated regardless of race, disability, gender, or species. Facts remain however that during the incident and up to before that “Joint” decision/blog entry on Mr. Willward’s blog that Ms. Dale did get threatening, demeaning and just plain mean tweets from people she has no clue of. Oh and to note, I never gave name of who the MS Microsoft hired either. The whole debaacle seems to have gone to a dull roar, but this doesn’t change how this poster feels when situations like this “do” happen, it’s wrong, it’s not justified, and it’s definitely not the way a decent human would act.

A Legend among The Video WarGods has passed beyond the pale curtain.

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Mr. Hiroshi Yamauchi, a man who transformed his great-grandfather’s playing-card company, Nintendo, and marched it into one of the global video game powerhouses has died on Today in Kyoto, Japan. He was 85. This was due to complications caused by a case of pneumonia.

Mr. Yamauchi, who took Nintendo and from 1949 to 2002, was Japan’s most reluctant high-tech success story, Assuming the position of president of the family business at an age of 22, he warp sped Nintendo through board games to light-emitting toy guns ventures that lacked that special something that he later attributed to a “lack of imagination” but then the age of arcade games came about.

The Nintendo Entertainment System aka The NES was a console that was first released in Japan in 1983 entitled the “Famicom,” which made the leaders in the video game industry on their heads standing on their hair, sold over 60 million units all to shrewd advertising and marketing as well product quality and a game lineup on a set of characters that soon became video game legends.

The Original Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong became overnight successes which also gave rise to Nintendo’s wildly successful home console business.
The Man who brought you the plumber that rescues the princess, the dog that helps you in duck hunting the robot that helped out with your eye and hand coordination, Mr. Yamauchi, who professed not to understand video games, went on and dominated the business. When the super famicom was released seven years later, people took up camp outside of The Warehouse, Tower Records, Sears, Woolworth and other stores that had an electronics department for days waiting; and when it hit?

The NES/Famicom sold just about 50 million units. Stage 2 was the Nintendo 64 then Nintendo Game Cube, as well then the handhelds Game Boy and Game Boy Advance, the DS and 3DS. Mr. Yamauchi is someone we looked up to being that Generation X and Generation Y who grew up with the Wii and DS next gen consoles now to our own grandkids for some of us who will be Generation Z. The Man that got us hooked on Mario and His brother Lugi, a lovable Ape and his ability to bowl barrels down ramps, a small elf like guy named Link looking for his Maiden Fair Zelda, yes we will remember these names and characters but let’s not forget that person who managed to start that barrel of success rolling and still hasn’t stopped yet. Our wishes and Condolences to his wife Michiko Inaba and their three children.  A funeral is scheduled for Sunday at Nintendo, following a wake on Saturday.

RIP
Hiroshi Yamauchi
Nov 7, 1927 to Sep 19, 2013

Interview with Triple Slash Studios and Their new game Magnetic by Nature Awaking. Cybernauts Ep. 33

Well finally able to post up our interview with Triple Slash Studios and their new game on The X-Box Indie Store Magnetic by Nature Awaking. Sorry it took so long but there were a number of issues this month. But with that aside, I have to say it was very interesting overall hearing the different faucets and hats that the triple slash team had. But have to say I’m surprised on it due to keeping things not complicated, busy but not complicated and also it seemed to be an excellent lesson and adjustment and points of view, with just a dash of extra responsibility as well. They premiered the release of their title at the first SaltFest Gaming Expo at The University of Utah’s Union Hall. Where it did receive a well deserved welcome and test driven over the period of the convention. You can download it from here at the XBox Microsoft Store.

Mr. Hurst was also kind enough to allow us to listen to some of the music from this very cool and educational side scrolling Indie Game. (You’ll get a taste of that at the end of the podcast. There were 10 people on this team and for me that’s a lot of peep-power. Definitely wanted to hear from some of the others on the team, but due to constraints time wise were unable to attend but we did get to talk to three of the team’s busy crew Kyle, Dave, and Andrew, very talented people in our opinion. We hope to follow up on this team in the next few months and have a chance to bring on some more of the talented team that is comprised of triple slash studios. Also big thanks go to Paige Ashlynn for informing us of about this and helping give us an opportunity to be able to interview the team he works with and we will have him on the follow up interview soon.

(Episode 32 had some issues on playback Sorry)

Defiance The SyFy TV Show and Game By Trion Worlds Review Ep#29.

Both I and one of our other podcasters Bruce decided to review Defiance on Syfy and The Game from Trion Worlds. It also gave us a chance to discuss the game both from the PC view as well as an X-Box edition and there are some debatable subjects that do come to the table as we discussed the nuances that bothered both us with our experiences with the game.

Definitely had some opinions on the show as well, as we went into comparisons and what was done quite well and what fell short of what’s been worked on over the last four years in preparation for this venture melding of TV with Game. Anyways, here it is, and as usual please feel free to leave comments and opinions.

Ok peeps Anime Banzai has opened registration up !

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And a 1 and a 2 and 3 and Dance!

We’re look at 30 Dollars till the end of April 2013 for registering for the best price for one the COOLEST Anime Conventions in utah and on The Rocky Mountain Circuit. Hit The website at http://animebanzai.org and goto the regsitration and register thru the site dashboard. This promises to be an excellent year as usual. Can’t wait to bring you the highlights and all from the convention this year. Great Cosplay, Awesome events, Fantastic guests and the always popular always courtous staff that has been there to bring life to The Otaku Community! So what are you waiting for ? Go register now! 😉 See there peeps!

Ok, Disney What the hell are you doing?

First we have this Disney closes Junction Point Studios And now We get this off the news mill. Disney, who acquired Lucas film and Lucas Arts, last year in a $4.05 billion deal, has slammed the doors closed on the legendary Lucas Arts Gaming division. Roughly 150 LucasArts Employees now join The Lines of the Unemployeed, GEE THANKS DISNEY, for ruining an awesome franchise, you really have alienated not only gamers but overall fans of the star wars universe.

“After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift Lucas Arts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games,” Disney informed Game Informer in a statement. “As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles.”

Here is some news footage from our friends at The Escapist in regards to this heinous issue.

Although a Star Wars Gaming Entertainment Studio in recent years, the publisher will be remembered for its work defining the adventure gaming genre from the ’90s, and the first decade of the 21st century on such titles as Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle. The souls of those games and time moved forward with Lucas arts after Ron Gilbert and Double Fine’s Tim Schafer had left.

The last Lucas Arts game under development was Star Wars 1313, there were around for months on the action-adventure’s development which had been stopped with no future news as of yet. In addition, fate of Star Wars: First Assault, a MMOS, has been just as clear as far as news goes, clear as mud. It’s beyond this blogger’s mind why Disney would kill off LucasArts? Did they think that the Cash Cow was out of milk, and it was time to grind it to ground round after Acquiring said Franshise? I mean why stop development on what is sure to be a hit to the Jedi and Sith Communities and Fan Circles? Disney, just what is going on in the head of yours? Walt Disney would have never done something like that.

ASL – Anime Salt Lake here we come !

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Well, it’s less than 24 hrs. away and I’m already prepping and getting ready to invade ANIME SALT LAKE! It’s snowed this morning so we’re all hoping this is just a pass over it will be gone by this afternoon and we won’t have to worry about it tomorrow, especially for some of the cosplayers that will be attending this ASL. I will of course be Tomodachi from 20th Century Boys, The Manga, and Live Movie adaptation by Naoki Urasawa. I love that guy as much as a bad guy he was portrayed as I think personally he was just misunderstood and that is why he walked the path and took a wrong turn and only at the end his journey did he and the others realized that he had found the path back, but a little late at that point.

Some of the fun that was had Last Year at ASL 2012.

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But we’ll be on the lookout for Chris Rager Voice Actor Extraordinare, Mr. Satan, Hercules, King Yama from The DragonBall Z Franchise from FUNimation. As well my new Video Character Mr. Torque of Borderlands 2 – By Gearbox and as Arlong Lord of The Auquadic Kingdom in the mainstream anime of One Piece . Also a rare opportunity to meet up with fellow podcast team Hello Sweetie, which will be at ASL Saturday evening March 23rd with Ms. Danielle Britton Crafterian of Jewelry Lovecraft Style and an Artist of some talent as well. 😉 SO, be ready and if by chance you see us on the floor at ASL? Don’t hesitate to say hi to us.


Here is Chris Ekstrom on and His Live Action Anime Panel 101

Anime Voice Actress Ms. Chieko Honda’s Battle with Cancer ends

Aoni Production Talent agency sadly announced this morning that renowned voice actress Ms. Chieko Honda passed away due to multiple forms of cancer on this last monday. Ms. Honda was in the process of cancer treatment but this battle was lost and we have lost yet another great Voice Actress.

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I loved this song from her career myself personally. Ms. Honda has had qute a number of voice acting roles including Kurumi Kasuga in Kimagure Orange Road, Rika Nakamura in 1+2= Paradise, in After War Gundam X she was Ennil El, Mary Fastia in AM Driver, Azusa in Dr. Rin ni Kiitemite!, Omon in Edokko Boy: Gatten Taro, Tsubomi in First Loves, the title character in Flower Witch Mary Bell, Meroko Yui in Full Moon O Sagashite, she was also Amy in the Gall Force OVAs, Tenshi in Grenadier, Amu Fannellia in Heavy Metal L-Gaim, Sayaka in Heisei Inu Monogatari Bow, Miya Igarashi in Here is Greenwood, Chisato Miura in Hoshikuzu Paradise, Sara Russell in Lady Lady!! She will truly be missed; we send our regards to Ms. Honda’s Family, may she rest peacefully.

Disney rumored to close Junction Point Studios confirmed

There were rumors that Disney had closed or was in the process of closing Junction Point Studios, its Texas based developer founded by Mr. Spector that produced Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey 2. Disney did confirm these rumors with the following statement the other day:

It was with much sadness that we informed our teams today of changes to our Games organization, which include the closure of Junction Point Studios. These changes are part of our ongoing effort to address the fast-evolving gaming platforms and marketplace and to align resources against our key priorities. We’re extremely grateful to Warren Spector and the Junction Point team for their creative contributions to Disney with Disney Epic Mickey and Disney Epic Mickey 2.

This is sad news but reports did reflect that Epic Mickey 2 did only sell 270,000 copies. Disney seems to be at this time however aiming towards the upcoming new interactive toys line, Disney Infinity.