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MSNBC on Otaku... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Friday, 12 September 2008 07:13
Anime Expo 2008

This article was posted yesterday.  Finally looked through it today.  Eh, whatever.  Expected.  Typical fare.  Let me just paste a couple of quotes (hyperlinks not present in original text)...

Otaku is a Japanese word that has evolved from meaning "techno-geek"

But sexually-suggestive and


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explicit anime like "Gurren Lagann" and "Legend of the Overfiend,"

Because some of the edgier elements such as “Lolicon” (or Lolicom, a combination of “Lolita” and “comic”)

“When you see a kid sitting in Borders reading a manga, he’s not just reading a comic book,” Macias said. “There is something really powerful going on there.”

Obviously, since I'm pointing these out, I mean to say that these are wrong.  The first three points, those are pretty straightforward in their wrongness, yeah.  But what about the last point?  I'd say this Patrick Macias guy's quote (Patrick himself strikes me as a pretty cool guy) isn't quite right either.

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The AI List is No Surprise PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Tuesday, 09 September 2008 00:00
Arcade Infinity

So the other night I went to Arcade Infinity.  I enjoy the place enough.  If it wasn't a :30 to 1:30 drive east on the (often disgustingly clogged) 60 freeway, I'd probably go there more often.

And then I caught myself saying: "Maybe if it had more games..."

But this is Arcade Infinity!  I thought this thing was mecca when I first discovered it years and years ago, when I thought the reason to have a car was to get out of the black hole of gaming that is South Los Angeles, and God was indeed kind and loving for allowing me another chance to play Samurai Shodown: Warrior's Rage.

Despite all the awesome games that it has (including a decently hacked together Street Fighter IV setup with two Toshiba Regza LCD screens), I found myself wishing there was more there.

So I decided to prove to myself that I was being a dumbass.  I went around and listed every single game inside of Arcade Infinity.

List after the jump...

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Belief in Games PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 00:00
360 Controller

Tim Rogers is a genuinely interesting person. He is witty, full of knowledge, and generally good at what he does, which is: communicating the joys and pains of video games to the thousands upon thousands of crazy hardcore and wannabe hardcore video gamers out there. He is also vegetarian, but that’s not why I can’t stand him, and yes: I do find him absolutely insufferable. How can I not when being around him and reading his articles makes me feel that he is incredibly and utterly wrong...

Or maybe that's me who's wrong...

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Otacracy Lives PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 15:18

Anime Expo 2008I have this habit of collecting domain names.

Some of the lesser ones I've grabbed include tranceanddental.com, almostparadigm.com, and instinctgratification.com. Some of the better ones? Forcedfeedback.com, personalhijinks.com, and my absolute favorite: ApocalypseWow.com. I doubt that I'll be able to top that last one.

Otacracy.com (along with otakracy.com) was a very recent addition to the collection. While the other domain names were born out of pun or humor value (I know, limited as it is), otacracy became its own thing. The name itself got me thinking about the types of web sites, blogs, writings, and journalistic endeavors out there on the web. Especially the stuff from the generation that recently discovered Japanese culture (through anime, games, manga, and music).

And how one becomes a fan. Or: an otaku.

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