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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I ai Anime Event

I ai Anime
July 10-11, 2010
Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall

Horror Booth
Jail Booth
Wish Tree
Hell Booth (Jigoku Shoujo Booth)
Karaoke Contest
plus many more..

Happy Birthday Diablo 2!!

After 10 years of hacking and slashing through millions of demonic hordes, and yet with all the years of purging evil, the most ever loved hack and slash RPG Diablo 2 is still going strong and is still played by millions of players from all over the world.

Yes it was already 10 years and still players continue to purge the evil demon over and over. And probably another year to enjoy until Diablo 3 comes out for a brand new adventure.

Happy birthday Diablo 2!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Event Aftermath: ToyCon 2010

Last June 19-20, Toycon held its 9th convention at the Megatrade hall 2-3 at SM Megamall. And of course, it's all about toys and collectibles with a hint of anime and gaming goodness.

But what makes this year's Toycon different is that they also celebrated the 75th anniversary of DC Comics with popular comics of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and the Justice League, so Toycon had some activities that are all about DC Comics, and cosplayers even showed off with DC Comics themed outfits to join the celebration.

Aside from the activities and contests, the toy exhibits are one of the main attractions of the convention. Galleries that ranges from life-sized statues of famous comic book characters, toy collection of classic to the current toylines and even customized figures and dioramas. There's also a gaming gallery by GameOps that showcased old consoles like the NES up to the latests like the PlayStation 3.

Another thing are the selling booths, famous collectible shops put up booths in the event to sell all of their best selling collectibles at a very cheap price, and this is the chance toy enthusiasts get to complete their collection in an affordable way.

There are also some group that are showcasing their new merchandise, and all of them were sold out on day 1, like the Plants vs. Zombies plushies (I forgot the store's name) and mini figurines designed by Mon Ontoy and distributed by The Sculpeyman. Aside from figurines, there are also cool T-shirts that can make any geeks envy, some ranges from classic shows, sci-fi's and gaming, some examples from Toonsquad and Electromagnetic Tentacle.

Band performance and Cosplay competitions were also present at Toycon. Every year Toycon never fails to let us down, whether you're a gamer, otaku, hobbyist or a toy collector, attending this event is always a must. Looking forward for another great time on the next Toycon...

'till next time...

You check out more pics from Toycon's official site

Saturday, June 19, 2010

OMG...It's a Real Metal Gear!!

No I'm not kidding, there was a real Metal Gear, well during the 60's that is...
The US military designed a giant robot called "Beetle"

The Beetle robot was created by Jered Industries in Detroit for General Electric's Nuclear Materials and Propulsion Operation division and was designed for the Air Force Special Weapons Centre, it's main purpose is to maintain and repair aircraft engines, it was created on 1959 and then completed on 1961.

Unlike the Metal Gear "Shagohod" (featured in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater) which was unmanned (it run by AI) and it's sole purpose is to launch nuclear weapons and wreck havoc to the world, the Beetle was piloted by a person and it only do repairs, but both were created during the Cold War.

The Beetle was 19 feet long, 12 feet wide, 11 feet high and weighed 77 tons, it is also powered by a 500hp engine which can run at a maximum of 8 miles per hour, although the machine moves pretty slow, it packs a powerful punch, it can tear through thick concrete walls from bunkers.

As of today, it is still unknown on what became of the mecha or it could be tucked into the Air Force Base and now gathering dust.


And since we are all in the hype from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, let's check out for more similar robots from the popular franchise.

And looks like there are:

The Defense Advanced Research Project Authority (DARPA) (sounds familiar eh?) was designing a four legged machine called "BigDog" where it can walk on different terrains, you can check the video to learn how BigDog can move.

technovelgy.com article 1
technovelgy.com article 2

And finally from Japan, robotics manufacturer Sakakibara-Kikai just released the very first bi pedal exoskeleton called the Land Walker which was 3.4 meters tall, weigh 1500 kg and has a speed of 1.5kph. And this mech has more resemblance to the Battletech/Mechwarrior series than to the Metal Gear series.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Gameplay Videos

Capcom finally revealed some gameplay footage of their upcoming sequel to their hit fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom in Youtube and also in the E3 event.

From the looks of the videos, it seems that the game is still in beta phase and there could be some changes in the future, and also few characters are selectable in the demo

New Full Trailer

Gameplay videos

Thursday, June 17, 2010

More E3 Updates

Okay here are some more video trailers from the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3, this time for the PlayStation Portable.
There are some cool games scheduled to be release this year, but for now, let's take a look on some games that was revealed at E3

The 3rd Birthday

God of War: Ghost of Sparta

Patapon 3

Here's a video from the Sony Press Conference of some of the upcoming PSP games coming out this year:

Tune in for more E3 video updates...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

E3 2010 Trailer Galore

Yes E3 is finally here, and it's time to check out what surprises the game developers and publishers are in their sleeves. So for now here are the first batch of trailers of upcoming games this year

Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (PS3, Xbox 360)

Dark Millenium Online (PC)

Fable III (Xbox 360)

Child of Eden (PSN, Xbox Live)

Metal Gear Solid: Rising (PS3, Xbox 360)

Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)

More videos will be posted in the coming days so stay tuned

Saturday, June 12, 2010

New Updates in Marvel vs. Capcom 3

There's a new video for the much awaited fighting game Marvel vs. Capcom 3, although there's no in-game footage, just more teaser stuffs, they finally revealed a new pair of characters that will be included in the upcoming game, and they are Deadpool and Dante

And the guys at Mega64 created a spoof of the game 10 years earlier, you should also check this out for the humor

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Toycon 2010

The 9th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2010
SM Megatrade Hall 2 and 3, Megamall, Mandaluyong City
June 19 & 20, 2010
10:00 AM to 9:00 PM


Sunday, June 6, 2010

8-Bit Music Goodness

If you were born in the 80's heck even in the early 90's, you probably got the chance to play a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) or also called the Family Computer (Famicom), you would recognized the classic tunes that 8-bit gaming would created, which we now called 8-bit music.

Some people still creates 8-bit musics either as an original score or sometimes, remixes of popular songs with a use of a home made synthesizers or sometimes from program softwares in computers.

Now combine this with your favorite Anime songs and it'll feel like a classic game being immortalize, so let's hear some notable and popular Anime songs turned into 8-bit music.

Naruto - Haruka Kanata

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - Sorairo Days

Original version

Neon Genesis Evangelion - Cruel Angels Thesis

Original version

Full Metal Alchemist - Ready Steady Go

Original version

The Melancholy of Harumi Suzumiya - Hare Hare Yukai

Original version

K-On! - Fuwa Fuwa Time

Original version

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Google logo gamer style

If you remember on Google's tribute for Pac-Man's 30th anniversary, you might wonder if they'll also make a google logo based from other games.

Well the folks at Kotaku made a contest on making a Google logo based on some popular games, and here are some of logo submitted by the readers and made it on Kotaku's honor list (and not to mention my personal faves)