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8:02 AM on 07.26.2013

A proposal to Nintendo and region-locked gamers

[Image from T3] Nintendo's been in the headlines for a bunch of weird reasons lately. Most of them seem to be due to a perceived disconnect between what they see as the demands of their customers and the reality of said dem...   read

11:03 AM on 07.04.2013

Three easy* steps to end Nintendo region locking

This is an issue I have a long history with, as you may be aware. Region locking is in the news again and the people who think it's a bad thing have topped themselves once again in their quest to make themselves look selfis...   read

7:41 PM on 10.13.2012

How to fix Capcom (Updated 10/13/2012)

Note: This post was originally written on August 16, 2012 in response to the announcement of Rockman Xover. It was updated on October 13 with a slightly more general tone to reflect new developments since then. It is still ...   read

7:04 PM on 08.19.2011

East vs. West: Leave Nintendo Alone! Why Operation Rainfall must not succeed

The past few months have seen a PR fiasco unlike any other. A throng of fans banding under the name Operation Rainfall have decided that they want a select three games because Nintendo has not delivered on their word to bri...   read

10:04 AM on 09.19.2010

TGS 2010: La-Mulana Ustream

La-Mulana is one of the few upcoming games I'm looking forward to. Fortunately, I discovered just in time that the developers were holding a Ustream of their panel at the Tokyo Game Show, which I was able to capture and put ...   read

4:34 PM on 01.14.2010

Update on my Dreamcast predicament

Some people actually asked me if I ever got my copies of Sakura Wars 1-4 to run. After discussing it with a professional, we concluded that my Dreamcast had somehow lost the ability to execute signed code, meaning I had to...   read

5:14 AM on 01.04.2010

[Short] I bought Sakura Wars stuff at MAGFest, but...

I have no idea what to do with any of this. Playing them is certainly out of the question and I don't have any safe place to store them. No clue what the lanyard is for, by the way. Dreamcast is retro, right?   read

11:05 AM on 12.29.2009

Card Sagas Wars: How to use support characters

I wanted to just post this in the forum, but since I've posted a blog about Card Sagas Wars preview videos in the past, I figured I should follow with another. This video shows that more of the cards in the frankly impress...   read

2:22 PM on 12.06.2009

Left 4 Dead Sound Mod: Shizuka Itou -> Witch (WIP)

I put this up on Japanator, but maybe some of you will find this interesting as well. I actually learned of the Mousou Voice line readings a month or so before the posting [at Japanator], but I always had a Left 4 Dead mod ...   read

1:16 PM on 08.26.2009

EGM Returning 1 December

According to the latest update on @EGMNOW (spotted by, the stage has been set for the return of Electronic Gaming Monthly on 1 December. Details are currently scant, but I know how the lot of you really liked EGM i...   read

7:49 PM on 07.05.2009

New Card Sagas Wars Video

Before I start, no release date or further details have yet been announced. This is just another preview. I really shouldn't be posting this here, because this will only bring more attention to a project at high risk of sha...   read

8:56 AM on 05.29.2009

Trauma Team Announced; The-Excel's Heart Stops

Continuing the tradition of completely ignoring press release traditions, Atlus sent me an email early this morning announcing the next title in the Trauma Center series foretold in blurry magazine scans posted here courtesy...   read

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