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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hero Nation Event


November 30, 2009 at A-Venue, Makati Ave., Makati City

Let’s unite and join forces and enjoy this event!

Featuring these exciting and fun activities!

1. The Way of the Cosplay
2. Hero A.C.T.S. (A cosplay true scene – photo contest)
3. Hero In Tune! (Battle of the Bands)
4. Hero Com (Hero Original Comics Competition)
5. On-the-Spot Draw A Hero Contest

o The Ultimate Hero Category
o The League of Heroes Category

6. Dub It Out: The Director’s Cut (dubbing competition)
7. Street Dance Battle
8. i Animate Showcase (Animation Showcase)
9. Might of the Online Warriors

o Run-Up Online
o ABS Interactive Online Tournament

Support Activities

1. Chess Master Competition
2. Arcade & Console Gaming Area
3. ABS Interactive Online Gaming
4. Wall Climbing
5. Hero’s Creative Wall

….and much much more!

See you there!

Hero TV Forums

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Event Aftermath: Komikon 2009

Last October 18, 2009 held the 5th Komikon (Filipino Komiks Convention) at the Megatrade Hall 1 in SM Megamall.

Komikon is the gathering of Filipino comic book artist from the past up to the present which featured art galleries of old Pinoy Komiks and booths of upcoming Komiks from the new generation.

Originally the Komikon was set at the UP (University of the Philippines) Bahay ng Alumni at UP Diliman, but for the first time, they venued at the SM Megamall

Komikon also held their wnd Komikon Awards were they give recognition to the talent comic book artist in the local industry, here are the winners:
source: komikon.org

Best Graphic Novel / Anthology: Martial Law Babies by Arnold Arre
Best Comic Series: Cast by Jamie Bautista, Nautilus
Best Comic Magazine: Mangaholix by Groundbreakers, Inc.
Best Comic Strip Compilation: Pugad baboy by Pol Medina Jr.
Best Webcomic: Kubori Strips for the Soul by Michael David (www.kuborikikiam.com)
Best Cover: Cast issue 11 by Arnold Arre
Best Comic Creator/s: Arnold Arre
Best Cartoonist: Hazel Manzano, Callwork
Best Komiks Character: Michiko of Ninja Girl Ko!, Mangaholix
Best Comic Scene: Ces’ Poem from Will, Cast issue 10 by Jamie Bautista & Arnold Arre
Grassroot Award:
1st place: Life as Viciously Impossible by Daphne Martinez (Lambchild)
2nd place: Nurse Macho Origins by Mangaholix
3rd place: Kalayaan by Gio Paredes, GMP Comics

Comic Aid Award: Elbert Or and Japan Foundation Manila

Here are some pics from the recent Komikon 2009

Until next year for Komikon 2010

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What Happened?: The Experience on Cinemanila Machinima Festival

Last October 20, 2009. Cinemanila hosted a Festival for Machinima shorts and music videos at Fully Booked Bookstore, Taguig City. It hosted some of the Machinimas from foreign and also local machinima artists, and at the same night they awarded the best machinimas in the festival. The following are the categories and winners of the Machinima Festival:
(By the way, congratulations to the winners of the festival, let's give them a big pat on their backs for their great effort in making really great machinima shorts)
source: http://cinemanilamachinima.org/main/



Shelf Life Episode 1 by Pixel Eyes Productions


Inside Your Head by Erica Cruz

(based on the votes accumulated from October 12 - 16, 2009)


Shrink Wrapped by Russell Boyd


Worship the Will by Ian-Dean Loreńos



Now you would be wondering why the Best E-Games Machinima is left with a ?
Well it's because something really weird happened. E-Games never showed up in the said Film Festival, but they are one of the major sponsors of the festival. and there is also an E-Games entry on the Machinima Festival, and yet they never showed up and didn't even gave any award for the category. So I try to check the official Cinemanila Machinima site just to make sure and the E-Games category is indeed included on the Rules and Mechanics section

Pic below:

and also I checked their official website and found this:

Pic below:
*note: by the way, this isn't edited, these pics are taken from the websites.
source: http://popgoespj.blogspot.com/2009/10/postscript-to-postscript-story-in.html

So why the E-games category wasn't awarded?

So this lead to the big question...

What happened?

Did something happened with their agreement that might gone sour? Did they have amnesia or something? or is it one of their magic tricks?

To my discovery, I've heard news that E-Games "dropped the sponsorship in the middle on the contest" which is a really bad move if you tell me.
For more info, you can visit PJ Punla's blog about the recent Machinima Festival

Up to now, there is still no word from E-Games on their recent disappearing act.

Okay back to the film festival results...

Well it was unfortunate that Darrick's video didn't win any awards, but I still congratulate him for being able to showcase his creation on the Machinima film festival, which is still a great privilege to become a part of the festival.

Also Darrick made a blog about this, you should also check it out

Congratulations to Cinemanila for a successful Film Fest and more festivals to come in the future and also to the winners and participants for their great effort.

*update: MMOtaku also posted about the Machinima Festival:

Well it seems that this almost answered the big question, so the next question that will bug us in the future is...

Will E-Games do the Disappearing Act again?

Well, we'll stay tuned for that...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

GE Machinima going more Fantazzztic

Remember the video that features a Nobody parody with the use of Granado Espada characters?

Well it turns out that Darrick is now participating on the First Cinemanila Machinima Film Festival, this is the first time a major Machinima contest is held in the Philippines. Machinima are videos that uses footage from video games, console or PC, online or offline.

Profile Page on the Cinemanila Site

So far, Darrick's video is the most viewed entry. You can help support his video by registering on the cinemanila site and vote for his video
Deadline of the voting will be on Oct. 16, so just keep on voting dudes and dudettes

Some blogs are already mentioning his great creation
which includes Ninemoons, MMOTAKU, MMOSite, and even the Playground Magazine Facebook group page as well as the GE official forum

Good luck to Darrick and hopes that he grab the top award.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Create your own Granado Espada

Okay I know I've already stopped blogging about Granado Espada, but this time, it's more on the PSP game called Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny. The reason why I mentioned GE is that one of my fellow GE bloggers, Mena, managed to create Characters based on the popular MMO with the use of the character creator engine in Soul Calibur.

The character creation feature in Soul Calibur was one of it's biggest trump card, aside from it's great gameplay. With it's massive option of customizing your own warrior, you can bring some of your other favorite gaming characters to life

Mena managed to create more than a dozen characters, but I'll be showcasing half of his best creations (in terms of accuracy to the original characters) so here are the 8 characters with pictures of the original characters and gameplay video of Soul Calibur :

Lisa Lynway

The design is very similar that of the original, although the fighting stance is a bit very ninja-ish, aside from that, everything is quite accurate.

Romina (alternate costume)

The design is quite the same, the fighting style matches well to the original. The costume is based on the Crusader coat that is not yet available in the english servers (both SEA and US), it's hard to find a picture of the new costume so i decided to upload the other costume instead which also looked similar.

Edward Jameson

Ahh, the White Baron, good thing Soul Calibur has rapiers, the bad part here is that his fighting style makes him of a vampirish swashbuckler, but aside from that, the creation is good (well since make a character with white color as it's main desing is pretty to create).


From the face plate to the tofas, but this time, the tonfas are more realistic (smaller). The design is quite faithful to the Zeian warrior.

Rescue Knight

There are no horns on the original Rescue Knight, but from the armor designs to the weapons, all are seemed to be good. Now remove the helmet and you now have Romina in her Rescue Knight version.

Idge Imbrulia

The design looks to be a combination of the original Idge and with her battlesmith version, just take out the striped long sleeves and you have Idge, the sword matches well with her in Soul Calibur.


If Gracielo had a weapon, the nunchucks will be the best choice. The fighting style matches pretty well with Bookof Wind stance of Gracielo, now if the shoulder pads can only be removed...

Fighter (in Camisa de Soldado costume)

Now if Granado Espada can allow the the fighter to wield a javelin and a sword at the same time, it wouldjust awesome. The design matches well to the original.

Kudos to Mena for his effort in bringing the Granado Espada characters into life into Soul Calibur. To check more on Mena's other creations, you can visit his youtube channel:

Now if have your own creations of GE characters, how about sharing it with us =P
Who knows, your creation might be posted in the blog.

Till next time...

Friday, October 9, 2009

Komikon 2009

October 18, 2009
Sunday, 10am – 9pm
Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Level Bldg. B, SM Megamall
Entrance Fee: P80.00

Source: komikon.deviantart.com

Saturday, October 3, 2009

When Rock Goes Lounge

We commonly see rock music turned into acoustic music, or sometimes remixed into a techno music. But how about turning it into lounge music. That's right folks, lounge music, music that made Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett famous.

But turning rock music into lounge music doesn't seem right, well one band made it sound good

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine is a cover band and comedy act based in Los Angeles, California. Lounge singer Richard Cheese performs popular rock, rap, heavy metal, and pop songs in a swanky lounge music swing band style reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett. The band's name Lounge Against The Machine is a parody of the band name Rage Against the Machine.

The band specializes in playing lounge-style covers of recent popular rock, metal, rap and hip hop songs, sung in a croony traditional pop vocal style, contrasting an elegant jazz treatment of the music with often profane and ribald lyrics to create a humorous dissonance.

Richard Cheese (Mark Jonathan Davis): vocals
Bobby Ricotta (Noel Melanio): piano and keyboards
Frank Feta (Brian Fishler): drums and percussion

Here's a sample of one of the rock music they turned into lounge music.
some of the tone of Richard Cheese's version may be different from the original songs, but if you know the lyrics, you'll easily recognize the songs.

Note: I posted the original versions with Rockband/Guitar Hero gameplay vids as some of the original videos have disabled embeded codes, and it's hard to post it on my blog)

Guerrilla Radio (original by Rage Against The Machines)

Guerrila Radio (Richard Cheese version)

What's My Age Again? (original by Blink 182)

What's My Age Again (Richard Cheese version)

Down With The Sickness (original by Disturbed)

Down With The Sickness (Richard Cheese version)

Chop Suey (original by System of The Down)

Chop Suey (Richard Cheese version)

Smells Like Teen Spirit (original by Nirvana)

Smells Like Teen Spirit (Richard Cheese version)

But they are not just only using rock music, they also include pop and rap from famous artist like Britney Spears, Cypress Hill, Michael Jackson and many more.

Recently, Richard Cheese just released their latest album: Viva La Vodka

You can visit his website at richardcheese.com
Also, you can even post a comment on their facebook account facebook.com/richardcheese

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Cheese

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Video Game Movies you wished were Real (well..almost)

We always dreamed that some of our favorite video games will one day become full-length feature movie in the silver screen. Some never came true, while some did came true but not all were that great. We can't blame Hollywood if they can't meet the fan's satisfaction.

Fans pray and hope...until one day, out of boredom, they finally made their own movie trailer (or sometimes a real movie) to show the world that their favorite video game is indeed awesome when it's turned into a movie. Some prevail to convince us, yet some fail...but at least they managed to give us one hell of a laughing trip.

So here are some of the Fan-made movie trailers that gave us a really good ROFL moments



Jim Henson's Resident Evil 5



Mario Kart

Duck Hunt


Dig Dug

Of course, there are those that gave us a big wow on our mouths, fooling us to think that it's real. Here are some of the cool fan-made trailers that almost made us think it's the official movie.

The Halo Movie Trailer

The Legend of Zelda April Fools Teaser

*Note Although the next two trailers are not based on video games (one comic book, one classic cartoon), they still gave us a big surpirse

Green Lantern


And finally, the only fan-made full feature length movie that was ever created.
It was recently released last September 27, 2009 by Hive Division
The movie was just incredible, you would never thought it was just a fan made movie, but they were able to produce one that of a big budget movie.
You can visit their site to download the full version of the movie

Metal Gear Solid Philantropy

These trailers and movies were just meant for fun or just their way to show their love in gaming. Kudos to their effort and dedication in giving us great entertainment and hopes that someday, we will see these games in cinemas very soon...