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Month: July 2013

[Web Series] Video Game High School Season 2…

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The Guild has shown year after year that if you create, finance and stream it the they will watch. Under the Geek & Sundry banner they’ve partnered with Youtube to bring out content that is refreshing to say the least.
There have been other web series as well, Standard Action, Freddie W’s Rocketjump series of shorts that is essentially ten to fifteen minutes worth of an action movie. Halo’s Forward Unto Dawn was a web series on a big budget. And let’s not forget granddaddy Red Vs. Blue.
While The Guild is focused on the massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) Video Game High School embraces console gaming.
The cast of characters is occupied with different genres from first person shooters (FPS) to Racing to Music. Each episode had just enough drama and pixel violence thrown in to keep me occupied during SDCC.
It’s great to see RPGs and cart racing will be covered in Season 2. It be nice to see RTS make an appearance.
The length of the episodes has been expanded upon as well from under ten minutes to thirty so it’s more like a television show.
Season 1 can be found here while Episode 1 of Season 2 just dropped this morning.

[#sdcc] A #browncoat cosplay…

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All the way back at Emerald City Con I decided I was going to cosplay.
Cosplay meaning to dress up as a character. It’s like Halloween without the candy.
This brings up several questions: 1. Who? 2. How much is this going to cost? 3. Exactly how hot are you going to get?
I decided on Captain Malcolm Reynolds played by Nathan Fillion from Firefly/Serenity because of simplicity and because I liked the character.
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[#sdcc] Day Zero

Back when myself and Paulie C were producing Totems we started flying out a day early to the conventions and splurged by shipping our products out instead of stuffing them into our carry ons like this one.

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Affectionately known as Day Zero of SDCC. The day is lost to traveling. So if you’re on the East Coast you’re losing half the day by traveling. The one questions you must ask yourself: you want to roll out of bed at oh dark thirty to get in to SDCC by noon or get in by 6pm.
I chose 6pm. I needed to FedEx out stuff and a decent night’s sleep in the humidity was fun.
The TSA Agents once again gets points for knowing my TARDIS user’s manual t-shirt at the check points.

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Getting a window seat on a good ole Dash 8-300 series with no AC going to Jersey!
The good news was there was no need to switch concourses like in 2011.
After the cramped and uncomfortable seats going out to Seattle I tried to and succeeded to get exit row aisle on the way out to San Diego. And had no one between myself and the window person who remarked it was a surprise to see an empty seat.
It meant making sure to look through this carefully:

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I am Jack’s complete lack of movie references.”
I didn’t pay for Dish Live TV and their horribly designed channel guide.
Instead broke out the iPad with the Logitech Ultrathin KB Cover, stretched out, put on some Girl with the Dragon Tattoo BGM and wrote about ten pages.
Warren Ellis suggested the Logitech and I have to say once your fingers get used to smaller size it’s good to have if you’re not going to take your laptop with you.
Rolled in at six o’clock and the area I’m staying at is two blocks from the convention. So the traffic is heavier than normal as the Course of the Force vans were stationed outside the Defiance Cafe that has become a main stay of the con for a few years once the Eureka Cafe now it’s synonymous with SyFy.
Decided to try out the 207 Bar and Lounge. Had a good chicken cheese quesadilla and people watched since the lounge at 6pm was dead.
Once 9pm came and went the music outside did too. Thank you noise ordinance….at least until someone’s argument at 3am woke me up.
As you can see the advertising is just as it always been.

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[#sdcc] T-Minus 7 Days…

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The lead up to Comic Con begins with the mad rush for tickets. This sounds really easy but it’s become more like getting Red Sox tickets. The hotel reservations is ten times worse and looking at places on VRBO is easier. Then reselling unused tickets which ends with the scheduling being dolled out two weeks before the con.
Over the years the convention website has gotten considerably more detailed and easier to use. They even started allowing pre-ordering of t-shirts so no more lines like the ones I complained about in 2011. The introduction of My Schedule through sched.com is one of the better additions to the con. No more dogeared newspaper pages looking for panels! It’s all at your finger tips on your tablet or smart phone!
Unfortunately, that’s if the SDCC Comic-Con and the SDCC Comic-Con Sched App were updated. In this day and age you live and die by the app. Neither of which have been updated in a dog’s age. Something I hope was just overlooked but with a week to go it’s looking like we won’t be seeing a proper working SDCC App with sched.com integration until 2014.
And then there’s the giant elephant in the room that Emerald City Comic Con is streaming their panels through FlipOn
Stream it and they will pay.
So let’s take a look at things going on after the cut.