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SNL Takes a Stab at Otaku Culture

As you may or may not have heard, last night’s Saturday Night Live, hosted by the always-funny Anna Faris, featured a skit called “J-Pop America Fun Time Now!”, which basically took a few completely overblown stereotypes about Japanese and Otaku culture and beat them to death.

I personally found the skit hilarious, but if you watch the video via Crunchyroll here and read the comments, this made a lot of anime fans very, very angry.

I can see why people would be angry at it, and I was slightly irked by it myself, but they made it very clear a little ways into the skit that this is clearly not what the culture is really like, and that the people hosting this ‘show’ were being borderline racist. Even so, most people who left comments seemed to have gotten so disgusted that they didn’t even watch that far into the video.

This skit seems to be taking more shots at American fans of anime and Japanese culture than the actual culture itself, and that is the part of it that irritates me. Either way, I don’t feel particularly offended by it.

What is your take on it? Did SNL go too far, or is the anime community overreacting? Share your thoughts, I’m very interested in hearing them!

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City of Heroes: Freedom is Here!!

For those that haven’t heard, City of Heroes: Freedom is live! You can download the game from the official website and start your own superhero experience now!

Remember, if you are a previous subscriber that wants to return, you’ll still have everything you unlocked, and you can still participate in a monthly subscription to get lots of extra goodies if you want (you can see the breakdown of what each type of player gets here). Either way, if you haven’t tried this game, now is the time to do so!

Now if you’ll excuse me, my psychic-powered villainess, The Resulka, has some heads to smash.

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Good Old Games Is Giving Away A Ton of Free Games!

Yes, you read that right!

Good Old Games, an amazing website for classic retro computer games with a few modern titles mixed in, is approaching its 6 millionth game download, and they’re celebrating in a big way!

The person who is responsible for the 6 millionth download will get the entire game library for free. Yes, the entire library!

Don’t think that lucky person will be the only one getting some goods, though. For 48 hours after that 6 millionth download, everybody will be able to download Broken Sword: Shadow of The Templars Director’s Cut for free!

If you haven’t signed up at GOG yet, there’s no reason not to; not only are the games available from them awesome and very well priced, but you get four games for free right off the bat, including Tyrian 2000, which is an incredibly addicting shooter that I played to death as a kid. Also, as of right now, Ultima 4: Quest of the Avatar is still free for download, so you can nab that as well.

Why are you still reading this? Go sign up!

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