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1. government by otaku; a form of government in which supreme power is vested in ardent enthusiasts of video games, music, anime, photography, food, cars, sports radio, printing, plush toys, judo, kites, and Roland AX-7 keytars.
2. the personal blog of Vincent Diamante.

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Not Playing Games Lately... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Monday, 20 October 2008 11:43

Thank you, 360voice.com, for allowing my Xbox 360 to berate me for not playing it ten days in a row.

Thank you for making me feel horrible by coercing me into seeing my system as a living thing with wants and needs.

Thanks.

Really.

 
Review: The Pentax K20D PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Monday, 20 October 2008 00:00
Pentax K20DMy current camera system...Pentax K20D

I owned the Pentax K20D for five months in the middle of 2008 and there's no doubt in my mind: The Pentax K20D is a brilliant camera. 

Damn shame that I had to sell it... just had to be done...

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The Japanese Can Test Cameras PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Friday, 17 October 2008 13:54

Earlier this week, I got a new camera.  It doesn't have a super awesome sensor like the Nikon D700, and it doesn't have a huge catalog of lenses that can work with it, like the Pentax K20D, but it is: pretty awesome.  Mostly because it gets me to do things slightly differently.  The Olympus user interface is actually quite good and fast, but it's also VERY different from the Minoltas that I grew up with or the Sonys and Pentaxes that I've used recently.  The 4:3 aspect ratio has me thinking about framing a little differently than I used to.  The articulating screen has me thinking about how I move the camera around me differently as I search for the shot.

Despite how much cameras have evolved over the years and how each camera maker has sought to make their own photographic ways unique and cooler and better than the competition... you gotta hand it to the Japanese.  They know what really matters when it comes to cameras.

Eventually I'll get around to reviewing the cameras that I've loved (and sold!) over the years.  No hot Japanese bikini models to help me with that endeavor... ah well...

 
My Japanese Coach is Buggy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Friday, 17 October 2008 07:36

Maybe you guys are into video games or manga or anime, and maybe you've probably entertained the notion of learning Japanese once in your life.  Maybe you've taken a class or three while at college, or maybe you tried out one of those audio courses.  And maybe you've thought to yourself: "Learning Japanese through a video game would make so much sense..."

So now we've got Ubisoft's My Japanese Coach for Nintendo DS.  It's not bad.  Barely.

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Mr. Pizza Factory's Website is Hilarious PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 09:09

Mr. Pizza Factory is a fine pizza place in Los Angeles's Koreatown.  The sweet potato mousse and the scone crusts and only slightly ridiculous toppings... yum!

Also: Mr. Pizza Factory's website is: HILARIOUS.

 
Live Action Rayearth CMs are Fun, Cool PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Sunday, 12 October 2008 09:01

While at dinner last night, Magic Knight Rayearth cosplay came up, and so I just HAD to show people this fine example of video game marketing from the mid-90s...

And then there's the similarly styled Game Gear Rayearth commercial, which I was surprised could not be found on Youtube... so off I went trawling my hard drives and now it's here for all to see...

Yeah, I think live action Rayearth would be crazy (awesome).

Yeah, I really liked Rayearth when I was a kid...

 
LFL: Lingerie Football League?!? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Wednesday, 08 October 2008 12:49

Most people are surprised to hear that I'm one heluva sports enthusiast.  Actually, I'm a huge sports journalism enthusiast, having grown up in Washington, DC reading Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon and listening to guys like Doc Walker and John Thompson on WTEM 570 (now 980).  In fact, over the last few years, I'm confident I've spent more time listening to sports radio than playing games; this despite being known primarily as a games enthusiast, game music composer, and game design teacher.  (Admittedly, the Los Angeles traffic situation contributes to this...)

Thanks to my insatiable hunger for sports news, I've been busy telling my gaming friends about something I heard on the radio today that is: absolutely ridiculous.

The Lingerie Football League.

It's real.

It's coming.

The players wear a helmet, shoulder pads, and lingerie.  And oh yeah: they play full-contact football.

The league is currently shopping itself out to the cable channels for the Fall 2009 season.  I will be surprised if they don't have a deal wrapped up well before then.  Say... the end of the week.

I likely won't be watching it.  Me, I like the sight of beautiful girls as much as anyone... but I LOVE the game of football.  Somehow, I doubt that these girls will be lofting accurate passes to the far corner of the end zone or pushing definsive tackles five yards off the line of scrimmage to create a running lane.  Not to say that girls can't play football... but if it's anything like the original Lingerie Bowl (or the picture that heads this post), consisting of models rather than athletes (and assisted by Hollywood special effects, even), I'm wondering less about their ability to check down receivers and make open field tackles and more about whether any of the players will be able to consistently hike the ball...

Of course, I wasn't a big baseball fan when I moved out to Los Angeles, and now I find myself following the Dodgers on a daily basis, so who knows...!

 
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