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Just because I am the Psychotaku, doesn't mean games are all I think about. Here are the things I find interesting, check it out

Tuesday
Jun012010

Game Center CX

As you know, I am a fan of Japanese Import Games. And last year, I took it upon myself to become a reviewer of such media. At the time, I searched around and couldn’t find any other import reviewers. But after I stated production on the Psychotaku, a few started popping up. Including fellow import reviewer Jew Wario. I am a big fan of his reviews, as he isn’t constantly angry. Funny thing, being the Psychotaku and all. Anyway, he brought to my attention one Retro Game Challenge. Being the same kind of gamer as he is, I knew I had to pick this one up. And I wasn’t disappointed. I soon learned that the game was based on the Japanese show, Game Center CX.


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This guy is awesome. Basically, the premise is that they got a middle aged man, who isn’t a gamer, to play all of these classic retro games. I also like all of the extra segments where he goes and finds retro arcades and games stores. Super Awesome.

The ironic thing is that if I would have seen Game Center CX first, the Psychotaku may have never even come to be. Well, if not that then the Psychotaku may have been very different. I mean the reason I created the Psychotaku was because there wasn’t any import reviewer out there. Well, there may have been import reviewers out there but there weren’t any good ones. (Remember this was pre-”You Can Play This”.)

I wanted to share all of the cool games that I grew up on. Sure I played Super Mario Bros. 3, the Megaman series, Castlevania and the rest. But there was no representation for the Japanese games. Classics such as Umihara Kawase Shun, Tobal 2, the Parodius series, and every Anime game that never made it to the U.S.

Tuesday
Jun012010

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Now, I’m not your biggest Harry Potter Fan. I’ve never read any of the books and, in fact, I thought the second movie was kind of ridiculous. By the time the “Half Blood Prince” came out, however, I was hooked. Like any geek, I love fantasy. Witches and Warlocks, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic and Mystery …are part of their history. So, when I heard they were making a theme park in Universal Studios Orlando, I was at the website lickity split!

I love when fantasy meets reality. Whether it’s live action Anime, a 1/1 scale Gundam in Odaiba or a whole theme park dedicated to a fantasy novel series.

I think it just took me several movies to get into the series. My girlfriend says you’re supposed to pick up the first book as a child and the novels grow up with you. Which I understand, but I saw the first movie when I was in my 20s and it didn’t help that “The Fellowship of the Ring” came out a few months later. But years after the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy had finished I was still getting my fantasy fix from the “Harry Potter” franchise.

And now there is a theme park. Well, a section of Universal Studios Orlando anyways. But how cool is that? I can’t wait to pick out my own wand or check out the cool candy store, not to mention explore Hogwarts! Awesome! Spring 2010 here I come! (Or maybe a little later after crowds die down a bit.)

Now, if they only made Star Wars based theme park. Oh well… I guess I’ll have to live through Star Tours.

Tuesday
Jun012010

Fine British Programming

So yesterday, I was checking out Netflix and one title caught my eye. The I.T. Crowd. My girlfriend had brought it to my attention in the airplane on my trip to England. I immediately fell in love with the series only to find out they only made 3 seasons of around 6 episodes per season. Here, check it out for yourself:

The I.T. Crowd is awesome. It reminds me of a British Big Bang Theory. The intellectual jargon tossed about along with the need to be accepted in the normal world. The characters are great. From Jen, the plucky redhead who doesn’t know the difference between ram and memory (they’re the same thing!), Roy whose geekiness always gets in the way of him getting a girlfriend and Moss… oh Moss, so awkward and ignorant about the real world but you can’t help but love him because he grabs it by the neck and owns it so well.

When I was younger I used to hate British comedies. But recently I’ve been finding a taste for them. The relaunch of Doctor Who is brilliant, The Vicar of Dibley is hilarious and Simon Pegg’s Spaced is a geeks wetdream. I guess it’s true what they say, your taste buds change as you age. I don’t think they meant it in my particular circumstance but it works nonetheless.

So go check it out! Either online, or if you’re lucky enough to have Netflix, stream it for free!

Tuesday
Jun012010

King Of Fighters Live Action Trailer

Um… uh… yeah… it’s… just watch the damn trailer…

Okay, so what was that pile of garbage? Terry doesn’t even have his stinking hat! What is this Garou Mark of the Wolves Terry? No because he still has a red vest and no long hair so what the f*ck! And I thought “Balls of Fury” was the low point in Maggie Q’s career. What are you doing Ray Park? I guess actors gotta eat too…

Alright so obviously you can tell that I’m going to hate on this movie without even seeing it. So let’s take a look at what looks good. Okay… hmm… ah… huh… oh! Mature and Vice look good! And… hmmm… yeah, this movie’s gonna suck. It’s bad when you look worse than the live action Tekken movie. Ugh, and you know I gotta watch both, because I’m a glutton for punishment.

Terry doesn’t even have his stinkin’ hat!!!

Tuesday
Jun012010

The Sega Zone

Every so often, a product comes along that just totally knocks my socks off. And today is that day. May I present to you my friends, The Sega Zone:

WTF. We all know that Sega had a good run with video game consoles. The Dreamcast kicked so much ass! (Except for that controller.) And a few people may argue that the Genesis was better than the Super Nintendo. (And they would be wrong.) But this is just ridiculous. The Sega Zone? It has a frickin’ wiimote! Granted, this is a 3rd party licensing the games and the title, but come on! Really? Have a little imagination already!

There are 50 games including 20 Sega classics and… haah… 16 games support motion control. And it is available in the UK for about $60. A part of me wants to check this thing out. And then another part of me wants to slap the person who thought of this in the face.

FACESLAP!!

 

 

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