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Monday, December 26, 2011


A trend that picked up before I knew it within the otaku community consisted of people asking, "Who is your Husbando or Waifu?"; basically, who would you have as your Husband or Wife if you had the ability to marry an anime, manga, or video game character.

I want to talk about this subject and how it may not be as ridiculous as some people make it out to be.  I want to share how it is that people can have strong emotions towards these fictional characters, so strong that they are willing to hold wedding ceremonies to show their union with their significant other.

I will do my best to explain this "way of life" with you and why it is more than it appears to be to most people.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Freezing is about a future when things called "NOVA" show up through dimensional fissures for unknown reasons while "Pandora"(Genetically enhanced women with "Stigma" capable of different powers) and their partners "Limiters" (A younger male who acts as the partner for a Pandora to activate the "Freezing" effect on Nova) are tasked with defeating the NOVA.

This is going to be my review for the 12 Episodes that are the entirety of the anime at the present time; I'll be saying what I liked and did not like about it, what I thought about the concept, and whether or not I think anyone else should bother checking this series out based on the vibe I had.  You can hit the JUMP below to read the full review for Freezing (フリージング)!


Wednesday, December 07, 2011


Very important in nearly all games is the introductory animation or the "intro".  A montage of images and animation featuring characters, locales, and action that may be related or unrelated to the story.

Immediately someone can become interested or disinterested just from witnessing an intro and can setup initial hype that can span long enough to help games that are slow starting.

I have played a good amount of games, and I want to share with you the Top 5 openings that have stuck to me throughout my gaming history, plus 3 more that are notable mentions that nearly made the list but did not quite make the cut. 


Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Very important in nearly all anime is the introductory animation or the "intro".  A montage of images and animation featuring characters, locales, and action that may be related or unrelated to the story.

Immediately someone can become interested or disinterested just from witnessing an intro and can setup initial hype that can span long enough to help shows that are slow starters.

I have watched a good amount of anime, and I want to share with you the Top 5 openings that have stuck to me throughout my anime watching history, plus 3 more that are notable mentions that nearly made the list but did not quite make the cut. 


Friday, November 25, 2011



Anyone who is a fan of the Street Fighter IV series, Marvel vs Capcom 3 series, game breaking glitches, or just a lover of high execution combo videos has more than likely heard the name "desk".  

Springing from seemingly nowhere with technical ability that was completely unheard of, performing combos consistently that others relied on programmable controllers to achieve and all the while recording his hands as proof.  Even more so than this, he is a talented musician who has a band, "Project Dolphin".

In this interview I ask him a few questions to better discover what drives him and exactly who he is.  
Hit the jump for the full article!


Thursday, November 17, 2011



Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3's announcement came as no surprise from CAPCOM, seeing as how they came out with multiple versions for the Street Fighter IV series.

The original Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds debuted back on February 15th, 2011, we now have the Ultimate version of the game on November 15th of the same year, making exactly 9 months between them.

Adding in new modes, 8 new stages, 12 new characters, and an online spectator mode,  and various balances; it plans to "Take You For a Ride" in all the ways Marvel vs Capcom 3 was suppose to, the only question now is, does it?

Sunday, November 13, 2011


The Bidding Adieu! series is one that focuses on games I own and trade in because I am finished with it or because a newer version of that game is coming out.  Unlike game reviews that are done quickly as a game premieres, this gives an overall look at the game from my perspective during the life time that I have owned the game.

You will read about my experiences in the game, what I liked and did not like, and the reason that this game is no longer something that holds my interest enough to play or hold onto.

So read as I bid a farewell full of memories and experiences centered around this Bidding Adieu!'s Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.

Friday, October 28, 2011






Battlefield 3 is what EA/DICE promises will change the face of shooters forever.  Huge maps and insane vehicular warfare all running on its new "Frostbite 2" engine.

As a result of all the awards it was winning and all the footage showed, I was excited.  I soon played the "beta" on Xbox 360 and hopes diminished quickly, is this all EA has behind it? I was a fool to doubt Modern Warfare 3.

Listening to some friends, and hearing about a HD texture pack, I gambled on it being better than what it showed in the beta and took a leap of faith into a series I have never experienced before.  See if Battlefield 3 sinks or swims.

Saturday, October 22, 2011




Real Steel was a very awesome movie.  I'm not one to see movies much, but the trailers caught my interest.  After watching it I fell in love, especially because I love boxing (the anime "Hajime no Ippo" helped tremendously).  I was hyped as soon as I found out there would be an XBLA game.

Getting in contact with Yukes, I knew I had to get this game for review for you guys.  I'm going to cover what this fighting game is all about, and see if it can deliver the experience from the movie right to the comfort of our own Xbox 360.

Hit the jump below to check out the full article on Real Steel for Xbox Live Arcade.


Friday, October 21, 2011


This is the Gamer Log of RoK the Reaper. Basically, Gamer Logs are going to be weekly postings talking about how my adventures in gaming.  You can kind of think about it as a journal for all of my gaming activities, be it forums, conversations, or playing.

Updated every single Friday, you'll encounter my thoughts and opinions; my love and hate for gaming and everything related to it.

Read, post a commen.  Also, do not forget to share your own experiences during this week and  to share post this on your social networking sites!


Thursday, October 20, 2011


Bejweled is a puzzle sensation that everyone has heard of, with games being able to be played across all platforms as well as practical social networking sites like FaceBook.

Bejeweled 3 is the third installment and plans to take it a step further.  Being relatively new to the series, I am going to be sure to stress every detail about this for any newcomers like myself.

PopCap has chosen to bring this highly demanded game to the Xbox 360 Arcade Marketplace, and I'm here to see if it worth the effort to do so, and if it is worth the time to you, the gamer.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011




Video Digest are select gaming videos I have uploaded during the previous week.  From last Thursday up to today.

They will include the videos I've recorded and uploaded with commentary beneath them explaining detail-by-detail what I was doing in the video.

Be sure to check them all out and comment on the blog as well as on the actual videos and like them.  Subscribe to my YouTube.  Do not forget to tell which one is your favorite video down in the comment section!



Tuesday, October 18, 2011





Looking back, I've noticed something peculiar that seems trending in anime; Women who have a male who would give their lives for them and hold phenomenal power, while they themselves would be unable to retaliate if they actually turned against them, yet still talk to them as if they were lapdogs.

I plan on explaining what I mean by talking about Kokonoe and Iron Tager's relationship from BlazBlue and Sir Integra Fairbrook Windgates Hellsing and Alucard's from Hellsing.  I figure a deeper look at what is going on there will clear up some things I notice about this fad.

Despite its nature, I do find it a bit refreshing to see woman in the commanding position.



Friday, October 14, 2011

This is the Gamer Log of RoK the Reaper. Basically, Gamer Logs are going to be weekly postings talking about how my adventures in gaming.  You can kind of think about it as a journal for all of my gaming activities, be it forums, conversations, or playing.

Updated every single Friday, you'll encounter my thoughts and opinions; my love and hate for gaming and everything related to it.

Read, post a comment, and don't forget to share your own stories and experiences that have happened to you through this time period!  Don't forget to share this on your social networking sites.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Video Digest are select gaming videos I have uploaded during the previous week. Wednesday to Wednesday with new content coming from the following Thursday onward. 

They will include the videos I've uploaded as well as a little bit about what I have to say about each of them.  They may be all of one game or they may be different games, but surely, they will all be entertaining!  Come see how I play!

Be sure to check them all out and comment on the blog as well as on the actual videos and like them.  Subscribe to my YouTube.  Do not forget to tell which one is your favorite video down in the comment section!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Far too many times in gaming have I seen people complain about how their opponent plays.  Not that they are using an insanely overpowered character (Broken), using a mod to exploit the game, or even a known problem the developers missed  and will update to fix (Universally accepted  broken glitches); they choose to complain solely because their opponent chooses to play the game differently than they do.

In this article, I want to explain why people should respect the varying play styles that are present in gaming; be it aggressive, defensive, adaptive, or even nonsensical and non-ethic.  There is only one rule in gaming: Win.  So be a Pro, not a Scrub.


Friday, October 07, 2011

With the final iteration of Gears of War (at least within the main series) Gears 3 wanted to help new players to the series not feel overwhelmed by the wall-bouncing Gnasher shotgun experts that have honed their skills in the last two games.  However, did Epic go too far?

In this article, I want to tell you why I believe that Epic made this move and why this gun is really over powered.   I also want to say what I believe this game will evolve into if this is not dealt with.  That is, ruin the online multi-player experience in Epic's most polished Gears of War game and actually make it the laughing stock of the community, if it has not done so already.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


Gone for a long, long time, I'm finally back and I'm better than ever!  I want everyone to know that I plan on posting a lot more regularly here on my gaming blog. 

That means more anime, manga, and gaming reviews; including editorials.  I also plan on discussing videos I upload and what was going on at particular moments, and even a gaming log!

I plan on converting the details of what's going on in more detail inside.  So why don't you go ahead and hit the JUMP and find out what's in store for all of you?


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

When it was first announced that we would have Street Fighter X TEKKEN, and TEKKEN X Street Fighter, I was a bit skeptical on how things would play out.  CAPCOM and NAMCO are both respectable companies, and both reign over their own fighting-game environment.  But how exactly would a 2D and 3D game clash on a 2D playing field?  This is your answer.

We got a taste of what SF X TKN had to offer with the demo game-play of Ryu and Chun-Li vs Kazuya Mishima and Nina Williams at Comic-Con 2010, but now we are offered even more than that.  Enough to hush the pessimistic individuals who didn't think CAPCOM could pull this off.

I must tell you, I also had my doubts to a degree, but the only thing I can tell you from the cinematic trailers and what I've seen so far of the game-play, and it's integration of new fighting mechanics and tag system is, "LET THE HYPE BEGIN!".

Friday, April 08, 2011




Mashiro Moritaka and Takagi Akito are hell bent on becoming professional  Manga-ka and not just "gamblers".  Aiming to get a series serialized in Weekly SHŌNEN JUMP and finally, an anime.

Mashiro, is driven by the promise made by his dream girl, Azuki Miho: That once he becomes a successful Manga-ka, and she, a voice actress to play heroine of his anime series; they are to be married.

Through up-and-downs, learning the business, heart breaks, disappointments, and a whole lot of guts; Muto Ashirogi sees if they have what it takes to make it in the world of Manga!  This is my review of the manga
Bakuman バクマン Vol. 3 "Debut and Impatience".



Thursday, April 07, 2011



BlackRock Shooter was an anime I had begun to see everywhere, but had heard very little to nothing about.  Cool statues such as this popped up all over websites, the cute heroine was shown on many wallpapers, but nothing showing off exactly what it was about.

Taking this matter into account, I soon spotted the OVA at AnimeUltima.tv and was surprised that it was nothing more than a single 50 minute episode.  But, nevertheless I did enjoy it.

I'm going to give a quick synopsis of the anime, my impressions on it, and if it really lived up to the awesome factor that made me want to see it in the first place.

Friday, January 28, 2011




Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds is one of my most anticipated games of 2011.  I was really hype with the game after noticing that Dante (My favorite CAPCOM character of my favorite game of all time, Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening) was fighting Dead Pool in a bar on the extended Episode 1 Trailer.

However, when a "leaked" list came out saying that it was a possibility that my second favorite character, Hsien-Ko (Lei Lei) had an opportunity to make it in as well.  The possibility of  her being in made me wait with tingling anticipation but.. that wait is finally over.  The Chinese hopping ghost has officially joined the fray.

 


Thursday, January 27, 2011


When most people think about "Mortal Kombat", they think about gruesome game play that pushed video games to their limits with it's violence, and showed just how much people enjoyed mutilation.  The "Fatality" is easily one of the most memorable moments of gaming history, marked by it's now common initiating phrase, "Finish Him".

Mortal Kombat defined a genre, and Mortal Kombat 3:Ultimate is still considered the Mortal Kombat game by many, hardcore fans; adored throughout the world and is held as one of the milestones in gaming and fighting game history with it's plethora of advanced techniques and strategic (broken) gameplay.

Mortal Kombat 9 (Or "Mortal Kombat" on the game cover) sets to move Mortal Kombat backwards to its roots, and what really made people fall in love with the series.  But so far, from what I've seen; they've attempted to create depth and specific combos, improved graphics, enhanced back story for all characters, and new, inventive systems of combat like the "X-Ray" moves; so much thought went into this game.... but sad to say it looks like like an EPIC FAIL.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Nintendo X Capcom, New Age of E Ratings
(Princess Peach Toadstool and Morrigan Aensland drawn by "Twilit-Arawen" check out his deviantART)
Wanna Brawl? Morrigan Quickie

For years I've been a fan of Nintendo and CAPCOM; they've spawned some of the greatest games that has ever seen the face of this earth.  I've loved titles from both sounds, each one outlining memories that resonate throughout my childhood.  Some of  Nintendo's being: The Legend of Zelda series, Super Mario series, and the Kirby series.  CAPCOM's include: the Devil May Cry series, the Street Fighter series, and the stand alone game, "Chaos Legion".

Supposedly, Yoshinori Ono said that it should be pitched to Nintendo of Japan and Mashiro Sakurai.  If this is the case, then that would mean CAPCOM is serious and that a fighting game could come.  Everyone has always thought about what this would be like.  Mario against Ryu, Link fighting Strider, Princess Zelda matching up with Cammy.  Though, with that possibility now somewhat gleaming and that it could finally be a reality, I have but a single question; would this actually work?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

(Official King of Fighters XIII website here)


The King of Fighters is a fighting game series made by SNK-Playmore, also known “SNKP”, which celebrated its 15 year anniversary with the release of its 12th installment (The King of Fighters XII) in 2009. However, if you were like me and picked up this game out of the anticipation for greatness, you realized shortly after playing that it was made up of complete and utter failure. This was a surprising letdown since I wasn’t too fond of Street Fighter IV at the time, and only got BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger to tide me over until the main course came out… and I sent it back to the chef. Luckily, the King of Fighters XIII sets to remedy this, and is doing well so far.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


(Image provided by the Official Arcade UFO website )


As a gaming advocate, it's funny that I have never actually visited a serious "Fighting Game" arcade with high quality competitors, imported up-to-date games, and Japanese-style buttons coupled with their arcade layout. It's something I had longed for, but had never gotten a chance. In Dallas, I knew nothing of an arcade that carried such things, as Dallas rarely even got large-scale fighting game tournaments (Only one I know of is "Absolute Battle").

However, as of today in Austin, Texas, I finally got that experience at Arcade UFO. The time spent here proved to be enjoyable and I do wish to go back, and had more time to play. Before this experience, the only "Arcades" I had visited was in Southwest Center Mall (Previously known as "Red Bird Mall") here in Dallas when I was a kid, before it moved out and had games such as Super Street Fighter II. And also, the first place that I discovered Marvel vs Capcom 2 (One of my top 5 favorite games of ALL TIME), "Game Works", before it close down in the Summer of 2010.

Going to give my account of what all I seen, the experience there, and what I expected versus what I was given.


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