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Attack On: Fire Emblem Gender-politicking

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The past couple of days have been a strange time to be a Fire Emblem fan. The latest game in the series, Fire Emblem Fates, was applauded by the games press for including homosexual characters without them looking too closely at whatever else is in the game. However, that applause was soon silenced when it was revealed in some way that a lesbian character would be drugged into finding the male protagonist attractive enough to marry. Only, of course, this is a gross exaggeration by the gaming press. As you can tell, the gaming press’ bias towards gender politics and not towards coherent storytelling is at play here when at roughly the same time, multiple outlets cover what looks like … Continue reading

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Supanova Pop Culture Expo Sydney – Worth The Money?

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  Supanova Pop Culture Expo, or just Supanova for short, arguably Australia’s biggest and most well known convention, returned this year to another showing at The Dome in Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush Bay. The show itself has been in operation since 2002, making it the longest running Pop Culture specific convention in the country, at least to our knowledge. However, it has to be said that after many years of operation, the show has been showing its age, and disconnect, with the fandoms that have helped it to thrive over the years. For this years event, we’ll be giving the accounts of our writers that attended the show. Note: These may sound harsh, but we honestly want the show … Continue reading

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Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Bluray Review

The final installment of the live action Rurouni Kenshin trilogy is finally available on Bluray and I couldn’t be more excited. I have considered Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends as my favourite of the three despite all three being excellent movies. However, I believe The Legend Ends stands taller above the other two due to the action sequences pushing the envelope, the character development and relationships shown throughout and the plot of the movie itself. It is one heck of an experience to enjoy, especially from the living room couch. Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends starts off where Kyoto Inferno, the previous installment of the trilogy, ended. Himura Kenshin is lying on the beach after escaping Makoto Shishio’s battleship, which … Continue reading

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Horizon Shift Review

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Horizon Shift is the arcade shooter developed by Flump Studios, and published by Kiss Ltd. In Horizon Shift, players control what looks like a rocket as they protect the horizon from being bombarded by space junk and enemy units. The game itself sports a rather interesting art style that really reinforces the arcade feel, while it also has this amazing soundtrack that looks like it’s designed to keep you entranced within the game. If this was released into arcades today, I’d probably drop hundreds of dollars into that arcade machine. I’m not too sure what the storyline in Horizon Shift is, assuming there is one, but it looks like it’s up to the player to protect their horizon from being … Continue reading

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Dirty Bomb Open Beta Preview

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Dirty Bomb is the latest team-based FPS from Splash Damage and published by Nexon. The game has two teams of players controlling a group of mercenaries as they compete against each other in a post-nuclear Britain. The game itself recently went into Open Beta, and our people that we know forwarded us a starter kit, so we thought that we’d take a look at the game and see what it is all about. On your first launch of the game, you’ll be expected to watch a video on how to play to Dirty Bomb. Pay extra-super-special-awesome-attention to this video as I’ve run across too many players that still have no idea how to play the game that are sufficiently leveled … Continue reading

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Reddit Becomes The Censorship Zone

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While we were playing Star Wars The Old Republic sleeping last night, something rather bizarre happened over on the Reddits. Reddit is known as one of the biggest free-speech zones on the internet and is seen as more respectable than its anonymous counterparts, 4Chan and 8chan. This bizarre thing happens to involve the free-speech zone of Reddit in that the site is now removing subreddits that it deems harassment zones, certainly curtailing free-speech and censoring the discussions of many legitimate users. The first officially announced subreddit to be removed was the subreddit /r/fatpeoplehate, which certainly sounds like a harassing forum. However, the team had also removed five other subreddits without actually mentioning which subreddits that they were.  Even more concerning … Continue reading

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Higurashi When They Cry Chapter 1 Onkakushi Review

Higurashi When They Cry is a game described by 07th Expansion, the developers of the game, as a “sound novel.” Where a visual novel relies on the visual aspects, such as character design and background art, the sound novel relies on music and background noise to set the atmosphere and the tone of the story. The series dates back to 2002, when the first chapter, Onikakushi, was released in Japan, with an English release back in 2009 by MangaGamer themselves. Since then, another seven chapters have been created, with various spin offs and fan created chapters developed for various platforms such as PC, Playstation 3 and even the Playstation Vita. The series also has a PSP fighting game. In this … Continue reading

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