Posts tagged PS2
In December of 2009, I took the time to send an email to the organizers of BotCon 2010 about the possibility of bringing “DARE! The Transformers Panel Ultimate” to their convention. For those of you that are not as entrenched in the fan convention scene: my pal Joey Snackpants and I have been hosting a Transformers Panel for fan conventions since 2003. The panel/show has appeared a number of times (under various names) at Anime Express, Anime Festival Orlando, DreamCon, Fitcon, Florida Supercon, the FX Show, Yasumicon, and others. In all, we’ve hosted it (literally) dozens of times and have featured the following fun:
- Transformers Time Trials (how fast could you convert a Transformer correctly… complete with prizes!)
- Transformers G1 game demonstration on the PS2 (never released in the US, by the way!)
- Transforming sound effect contest (with prizes!)
- Japanese Transformers theme songs you wish you never heard.
- TF: Revenge of the Fallen Toy Giveaways sponsored by Hasbro (before the movie even came out!)
- Guest Host: Gregg Berger (the voice of Grimlock)
- Guest Host: Stan Bush (he had The Touch!)
We even elevated our geek status last year as Transformers Super Fans by singing backup for Stan Bush in concert during the song “Dare!”
So back to the story… we contacted BotCon, the Official Transformers Convention, back in December of last year. I have followed up each month with a polite “are we in” email asking about whether our unique brand of Transformers fun would be welcome. I would get a polite response back, but it was always a “no decision has been made.”
Having not heard anything for another month, I emailed them again yesterday because (in case you haven’t noticed) the convention is less than one month away.
I mean, this is an officially licensed event – so they must have all their ducks in a row. At least more so that the other local fan conventions in and around Florida… right?
This has been quite an eye opener for me because the answer is a resounding no. For those keeping track, BotCon tickets went on sale just eight days ago. As of this post, less than thirty days out, there is no information under “Seminars & Panels” and “Special Events” on BotCon’s official site.
Maybe I’m just jaded from going to so many amateur conventions that announce things more than six weeks out… who knows.
Either way, we got the email yesterday that states
…at this time I don’t think we have a slot for you.
In short: No Transformers Panel from the locals. I’ll still most likely attend BotCon, but it’s just disappointing to be reminded that the professionally run national conventions don’t seem to be any more organized than your local “mom and pop” anime con.
C’est la vie.
When blogging first became popular on the Internet in the early 2000s the world wide web was still a bit rough around the edges. Options for building a blog were limited and in fandom circles (especially anime and cosplay) LiveJournal was THE place to start posting your thoughts, opinions and general nonsense.
There are hundreds of thousands (millions, even?) more people using the Internet then there were just five years ago. The world is full of users going gaga over Facebook right now and many of them (and by them, I mean “you”) are going through the growing curve that some of us already lived through seven or more years ago. For example:
- Facebook users now deal with who is and isn’t listed as a Friend. (This episode of South Park serves as proof. You should watch it if you haven’t yet.) Well, back in the before time, the actions of users was a source of constant drama on LJ (which is how we all referred to LiveJournal.) Wars were fought and words were typed in harsh half-assed grammar when someone took you off their Friends List or when you removed someone from yours. Seriously. You folks on Facebook have NO idea. You’d think the world was ending with how melodramatic it got at times. Think Degrassi Junior High but with fanboys acting like the overly emotional teenage girls… but with more drama. It was bad and yet oh, so fun.
- In the past year, Facebook added the ability to set the level of protection of who could and could not read your posts and updates. LiveJournal already had that. Custom lists were a great way to make Friends Only posts for groups of friends: locals, fan clubs, family, etc. So you see, the “new” technology is really kind of old.
- We posted the same “look at what I found on the Internet” crap on LiveJournal that everyone does today on Facebook: goofy pictures, photos from trips, etc. The main difference was we had to actually write code to get some of the things to show up in our posts. The other difference was that we (thankfully) didn’t have “Farmville.”
I started blogging in March of 2003 because my friends were asking me to and the posting of life updates was becoming the de facto form of quick communication. Smart phones weren’t a major thing yet, so the main way to “socially network” was to post something on your LJ and wait for responses (that you’d get email notifications of) throughout the day. My posts were regularly public and when I got on my soap box about something… damn. My friends and I quickly became amazed at how many people seemed to give a shit about my opinion.
Fast forward to a couple of years ago: I jumped from LiveJournal over to Blogger (aka Blogspot) for a while after I bought the domain TomCroom.com. It was different than I was used to after the years on LJ. I had no list of readers that I could see in the form of a friends list; just an RSS feed that I hoped folks were reading.
After some advances in technology, I made the switch to WordPress about a year or so ago. I began by importing my Blogger posts and then going on as if nothing happened. A couple of months back, though, I realized that it made sense to have all of my silly Internet blogging history in one place. I discovered that WordPress could, in fact, import from LiveJournal.
SO – I have imported my entire LiveJournal which, for the record, took a LONG time. Since many of the posts were “friends only” and not for public consumption, I have password protected them. I am, though, going back to the beginning and will (from time to time) read a month’s worth of entries to tag and unlock them. It’s not going to happen overnight, but I’m sure there’s some funny stuff hiding out there worth a chuckle including the oft sought “Buffy the Vampire Slayer took its plot from Knight Rider” post.
Nothing that exciting yet, but here are the March 2003 posts:
- Wow… I feel so “part of the crowd” now!
(NOTE: I’ll add fun notes as I go to some of these posts. This is my very first blog post and it’s extremely unspectacular to the point of bordering on embarrassing. It’s fun to notice, though, that out of the four replies, two of the LJs are deleted and the other two haven’t been updated in over a year.)
- Entry Number Two…
(NOTE: I mention adding pictures. Since bandwidth was still expensive back then, you were limited to three small avatar pictures to represent you on posts and replies. Today, I use Gravatar when I universally post on the Internet.)
- .hack: INFECTION
(NOTE: These early ones are fun! I make mention of my PS2 and Xbox. For the record, the “rule” still applies to my PS3 and Xbox 360 even though I just use Gamefly. LOL)
For those of you who haven’t heard yet, they’re looking for Beta Testers for the American release of FFXI on PS2 & Windows PC.
Preparation underway for the North American release of FINAL FANTASY XI
Square Enix USA is now accepting applications for the public beta test program for FINAL FANTASY® XI, the latest installment in the world-renowned FINAL FANTASY series and first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for the series. Preparation is underway for the North American release of the title, which will be available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and for the PC. FINAL FANTASY XI is the world’s first major cross-platform MMORPG, allowing players to connect to and communicate in the same exact world regardless of their gaming platform.
For the first time ever, players from around the globe will unite in the world of “Vana’diel” where they can personalize their characters, play at their own pace, form parties and alliances with other players, and embark on multiple adventures through vast environments. Players will also become immersed in an expansive, original storyline that includes quests and boss battles. They can participate in missions either alone or with other party members and acquire skills such as alchemy, leatherworking, jewel crafting, fishing and many more. Various communications tools have been incorporated into FINAL FANTASY XI to assist communication between players, including easy-to-use chat and messaging systems.
Requirements for the beta test program are:
NOTE: You may apply to only one version of the Public Beta test. An undisclosed number of players will be selected and notified of their acceptance. Please review the requirements below for the PlayStation 2 and Windows® platforms before selecting the appropriate application form. Applying to both versions of the Public Beta may completely disqualify you from participating.
Requirements for PlayOnline Public Beta version for PlayStation 2
- PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system
- Network Adaptor (for PlayStation 2)
- Internet connection (56k or greater)
Requirements for PlayOnline Public Beta version for Windows®
- Pentium® III 800Mhz
- Windows® 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP
- DirectX® 8.1 (included)
- 32MB Direct3D compatible AGP video card
- 128MB RAM
- CD-ROM drive
- 5GB of free hard drive space
- Internet connection (56k or greater)
Players who would like to be one of the first to explore the world of FINAL FANTASY XI can apply for the public beta test program on the Square Enix USA website http://www.infoyouaskedfor.com/r.cgi?=m3619_960245
FINAL FANTASY XI will incorporate new features as well as retain familiar ones from the FINAL FANTASY series. Fans of the series will be pleased to find that both versions of FINAL FANTASY XI will contain the same award-winning visual style and deep, progressive storyline that has made FINAL FANTASY one of the top-selling and most popular video game series in the world.
And here are all the other obligatory updates:
1. SCHOOL… I have a term paper due today. It’s half done. I’m skipping work to get it done. I damn well better get an “A” on it.
2. WORK… is doing okay. We survived the war and the cutbacks. If I keep skipping work like this, though, I might get cut back! I did get another offer in town, though, that seems appealing. I just like the laziness factor I have with my current Dell Computers job. Easy. Nice chair. Play online games. Tough life.
3. GAMES… Finished .hack//INFECTION. Still have to finish Kingdom Hearts, Vice City, and now Xenosaga (see last entry.)
4. GIRLFRIEND… Yep. She’s still there. Still a hottie. Still can’t cook, though.
5. PETS… Turtle (Elwood) is fine. Bird (Delaney) is hyper. Hamster (Spongebob… though I call him “Jabba”) is sleeping. Gerbals (Jay & Silent Bob) are strange. Fish (Fish) is swimming at the bottom of the bowl. I think Shannon fed him too much this morning.
6. HOME… is clean! Laundry and all! Whoohoo!
7. FAMILY… sister still in the army up in Georgia. Nephew still with my mom in South Florida. Mom is… older. (She had a birthday.) Dad haven’t heard from in a while. He becomes a hermit during tax time in the year.
’nuff of that!
Ken was right. This fucking game is nothing but one long movie so far…
Everyone keeps raving about how good it is, but the bad English dubbing is starting to grate on my nerves. Granted I’m only about 45 minutes into it (with about 10 of that being ACTUAL GAME PLAY,) but it’s still kind of annoying.
I’m sure it’ll get better. It does look pretty though.
Special thanks to Shannon’s parents and sister for getting me the game for Easter.
Today was spent off from work. It was clear outside, but breezy… hence I opted to skip the “read & nap at the beach” idea.
Instead (just as Shannon WasabiGirl predicted) I wasted my day away playing hack//INFECTION. I am now a happy level 22 Twin Blade after approx 20 hours of gameplay. I am noticing and seeing things from the series as I go along.
Kevin Cobheran noted on another post that I should watch all of SIGN before playing the game. ACTUALLY… in the interview with the creators on the OVA DVD that comes with the game, they said that the FIRST thing you should do is play the game since it helps you understand the series… not vice versa.
Anyway… it’s now after 7:00 PM. The laundry’s not done. The kitchen still needs straightening. My office is a wreck. There’s a stack of Wasabi Anime data to input. E-mails to right back to. And a paper to write for my Sociology paper.
What’s one more hour on the PS2
Okay… this should accomplish two things. FIRST, I get to say that I’ve broken one of my own rules and bought a new PS2 game.
(The rule, for the record, is to not buy a new game until the previous one/ones are all solved. I still have to complete Vice City & Kingdom Hearts on PS2… same rule applies for XBox.)
Shannon and I bought
Watched the trippy 45 minute OVA that came with it. I already have part 2 of it downloaded… will watch it later. We’re still watching the first series (SIGN), too. Up to episode 9. It all seems pretty in depth, but I’m getting the feeling that the writers are try TOO hard to make point and “stylize” everything. We shall see.
SECOND, I learned how to insert pictures on this thing. Go me.