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Attack On Gaming: Five Guys, Burgers And Fries Controversy

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This is probably one of the biggest controversies in gaming media to date, and it’s actively being ignored, or worse, swept under the carpet by some of the largest gaming (news) content providers out there. The “Five Guys, Burgers and Fries” controversy is a story that involves massive corruption in the gaming journalism scene involving an independent game developer and the gaming journalists that she has supposedly slept with and gained positive coverage from over the course of the last year. The first thing that we want to ask ourselves is this: is this true? The answer to that is honestly: we can’t be 100% sure it’s true; however, there is massive evidence to suggest that this is worth at … Continue reading

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Toshihiro Kawamoto Panel – SMASH! 2014

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This year at SMASH!, Toshihiro Kawamoto took to the stage in a panel for his fans. Attendees will know Toshihiro best for his work on Cowboy Bebop, although, other fans will recognize Toshihiro’s work from franchises such as: Gundam, Fullmetal Alchemist and Cowboy Bebop. He is also the co-founder of Studio Bones. At SMASH!, Kawamoto Toshihiro hosted a Q&A session on the Art Stage, as well as a small drawing session for fans to watch. The Q&A session was host to a plethora of questions and his answers were often insightful. The questions ranged from his inspirations in animation and drawing, as well as things like his views on where the industry is headed. One question that really stuck out … Continue reading

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Kotono Mitsuishi Panel – SMASH! 2014

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Early Saturday morning at the Sydney Manga and Anime Show!, SMASH!, held in Rose Hill Gardens in Sydneys west, Kotono Mitsuishi took to the stage in a crowded panel for a Questions and Answers segment. In this panel she talked about her career, herself and also participated in a few segments of live-dubbing. These questions came from the anchor of the show, but at the end, the field was also open to questions from members of the audience. The questions asked by the anchor started out fairly general in nature, such as asking if it was Kotono’s first time being in Australia before. She answered that it was, and that even though she wanted to visit Uluru, that she was … Continue reading

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SMASH! 2014 – Day 2 Of Fun!

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As we have previously written, we’ve been attending the Sydney Manga and Anime SHow!, or SMASH!, convention this weekend which was held at Rosehill Gardens. The convention itself is dedicated to the culture of Anime, Manga and other things Japanese, as well as the people that partake in that culture within Australia. This year is the first year that the show has been held across two days, and so it had a slightly more prolonged feel to it. Yesterday, The Consultant was in attendance at the event, today, was I! Anime Ninja! Kwacha! One of the first things we did at the show was check out all of the panels that we wanted to cover at the show. Fortunately for … Continue reading

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Madman Panel – SMASH! 2014

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This year at SMASH! Madman had a huge presence with a massive booth almost right near the entrance of the vendor hall, as well as hosting their Anime Lab video room for Anime screenings all weekend. As a part of their presence, Sly from Madman hosted a pretty cool panel on Madman’s current, and future lineup, as well as showcasing their new Anime Lab streaming service. There was also a Question and Answers segment, as well as a massive game of Janken, or Scissors-Paper-Rock as it is known here. Madman easily has a massive lineup of titles coming out in the coming months, such as Kill La Kill, Attack On Titan and many more sweet and interesting looking titles. Interestingly, … Continue reading

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Cosplay Props, Armour & 3D Printing – SMASH! 2014

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Earlier today at the SMASH! convention in Sydney was a Cosplay Props, Armour & 3D Printing panel where a group of cosplayers and prop designers– Jarrah Brouwer, Chris Wolfe, Newton Thaiposri and Kayla Erin– sat down and talked about making replica and prop armour and weapons and some of the techniques used to do so. The talk was incredibly interesting and the guys brought along a fair few of their creations to share around with the audience to showcase various materials and quality that they could achieve by using different methods. The panels itself was very interesting and it was cool hearing about the different ways in which armour and weapons could be made. For example, there was a big … Continue reading

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Introduction to Cosplay Panel – SMASH! 2014

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Earlier today at the SMASH! convention was the panel for guiding people getting into cosplay called: ‘Introduction To Cosplay’, which was hosted by the cosplayer, Aly Sael. The panel itself saw the host, Aly, giving tips on cosplaying. These tips ranged from actually making costumes, down to the kind of attitude and expectations that they could bring into a con and into their own cosplays as well. After Alys presentation, she opened the floor to some questions for a Question and Answer segment, which was cool. Some of the key points that Aly seemed to be getting at was that cosplaying is really for yourself first and foremost, and as such, it is best to cosplay characters that you want … Continue reading

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