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“From Hyrule to Haiyan” – Whoa Guy Gaming Charity Event for the Philippines!

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My friends and I at Whoa Guy Gaming, a charity gaming group, are stepping up to help the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan! After the success of our charity events for Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornadoes, we knew the moment that Haiyan made landfall that we needed to gear up to do what we could.

We can’t do it alone, however; we need you guys! If you’ve never participated in a gaming charity event before, it’s simple: we play video games and entertain you, and you watch, donate, and help spread the word!

This event’s game series is The Legend of Zelda! We hope that you will join us on Sunday, November 24th, 2013, and donate so we can get relief to the people that need it the most!

Here’s some more information on the event and how you can help:

Details on the Games:

We have planned for the original “The Legend of Zelda”, followed by “The Adventure of Link”, “A Link to the Past”, and “Link’s Awakening DX”. More games may be put on the list if time (and player energy) permits.

How to Watch & Donate:

Starting at 10am Eastern time on Sunday, November 24, 2013, we will be streaming our play on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/whoaguygaming . We encourage you to watch, as that is the primary attraction for our fundraiser- funny people playing great games for a good cause. During the broadcast, we encourage you to make a donation and then challenge us to do something in or out of the game!

To donate with PayPal, visit http://gogetfunding.com/project/from-hyrule-to-haiyan-a-zelda-charity-fundraiser , click the green “Donate” button and follow the instructions there.

If you wish to donate Bitcoin, use the address:
1LUxum19NyE5cjHEkvG5PfZqGDDt2EaXNJ
or the QR code here: http://i.imgur.com/80xAGxi.png

Please also visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/WhoaGuyGaming and join our public Facebook event.

Distribution of Donations:

100% of all donations will be forwarded to the International Red Cross and will go directly to aid victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Remember, even the smallest donations help! If you can’t donate, then please spread the word by sharing this blog post, sharing any of the links above, or visiting our Official Website to get more information and to stay updated on any future charity events. Any little thing that you can do can help us do our part to bring relief efforts to the people of the Philippines during this tragic time. We CAN make a difference, so let’s get together and do what we can!

Also, feel free to drop me an e-mail or reply to this post any questions you may have. Game on!

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Why Am I Buying Final Fantasy 7 For The Third Time?

As you may or may not have heard, today Final Fantasy VII was finally released on Steam, after many months of knowledge that info for the classic Squaresoft RPG has been hidden deep in Steam’s files. I immediately grabbed for my wallet to purchase it, hopping around in my chair like a little Mog. I stopped, however, when I realized that I also own this game for the original Playstation and on my PSP.

This got me thinking: why am I buying this game for the third time?

Well, as you may guess, the answer is a rather personal one. I’ve played video game all my life, starting with begging my parents to let me play on their NES, running immediately to my grandmother’s basement during visits to play her Intellivision II, and sharing my Genesis with my little brother while he shared his SNES with me. Still, I was so young at that point that I didn’t really think of video gaming as the incredible creative medium that I now recognize it as.

For me, gaming wasn’t serious as a child. I stopped playing video games and began to play outside in the backyard and with my other toys, so my mother gave my Genesis to my cousin, and I never missed it once until adulthood. Aside from the rare round of Mortal Kombat with the kid down the street, I never thought about or touched video games when my age got into the double digits.

Then, my family moved. The first person I made friends with at my new school happened to be a gamer. She invited me over to her house one day after school and insisted that she show me this amazing new RPG she’s playing. My first question was ‘what’s an RPG?’.

Oh, what a silly little thing I was.

She simply smiled and turned on Final Fantasy VII. I remember seeing commercials for it and being rather confused. Where were the other 6? (As well all know now, the answer to that question is not an easy one). I had never heard of this game series before until they had put ads on TV, and I had certainly never seen the game in action before.

She spent hours showing me the game, explaining how turn-based combat worked, how equipping items worked, how leveling up worked. I was in absolute awe. I felt adrenaline running through my body. I was completely transfixed. I was experiencing something that was going to change my life.

A few months later, my 13th birthday rolled around. I asked my friends for money as a gift, and then had my mother take me to the local Toys ‘R Us and picked up a Playstation, the biggest memory card I could find, and FFVII, along with its strategy guide.. I spent years playing this game with that friend. We’d hang out with our strategy guides and write notes in it for certain parts to help each other out (my copy of the guide now has no cover and has so many things written in it and highlighted that it’s almost sad). We’d breed chocobos and compare them. We’d find new armor and items that we didn’t know existed and would share our findings. We’d come to each other crying in frustration over boss battles, and would help each other beat them.

Not only that, but my brother eventually got into it, too. He would grab the controller and run around as Cloud whenever I had to step away, and was perfectly content to just explore whatever town or area of the world map I was in. He would play with his toys in my room just so he could watch me play as well. Sometimes, he would even get up and pretend he was Cloud when I was in a battle, slashing and dodging at an invisible enemy, and loving every moment of it.

It wasn’t just a game, it was a bonding experience.

Finally, one day, alone in my room, my mother called me down for dinner. I came to the stairs in tears, and my mother instantly got worried. “What’s wrong?”, she’d asked me. I simply sobbed harder. “I just beat Final Fantasy VII. It’s over, Mom!”

Of course, she told me to stop being so over-dramatic and to wash up for dinner, but she didn’t understand the experience I had just gone through. She didn’t understand how invested I had become in the story, in the characters, in the entire process of playing through my first RPG, one that, whether you like it or not, changed the RPG genre forever. It may not be as great as everyone with their nostalgia goggles on claims it to be, but it was and still is a damn good game. It was my first RPG, and first foray into my life as a serious gamer.

So, yes, Final Fantasy VII is more to me than just an old-school RPG that many think is overhyped (it is, in my opinion, but that doesn’t make the game any less great!). To me, it is a definitive mark in my life as a gamer. It was the beginning of what I know will be a lifelong passion of mine.

And that, my friends, is why I am not hesitating to open my wallet again.

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Gaming Charity Event!

Hey, guys! Been a while!

My friend and I at Whoa Guy Gaming are hosting a charity event to benefit the Oklahoma tornado victims. We’d love it if you guys would join us and watch, or simply donate, or even just spread the word. Hope to see you there!

I unfortunately cannot make it physically, but I will be watching some of it, and of course, donating. You all should do the same! Thank you for your support!

Here’s the info:

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2013 starting at 11:00 AM EDT

Games: We will start with the Genesis Sonic games: Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3+Knuckles, and possibly Sonic 3D Blast. Then the Dreamcast-era games Sonic Adventure 1 and 2. More games, such as Sonic Generations, may be put on the list if time (and player energy) permits.

How to Watch & Donate: We will be streaming our play on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/whoaguygaming . We encourage you to watch, as that is the primary attraction for our fundraiser- funny people playing great games for a good cause. During the broadcast, we encourage you to make a donation and then challenge us to do something in or out of the game!

Donations can be made through our page at GoGetFunding, which is here: http://gogetfunding.com/project/tornado-relief-zone

If you wish to donate Bitcoin, use the address:
1LUxum19NyE5cjHEkvG5PfZqGDDt2EaXNJ
or the QR code here: http://i.imgur.com/80xAGxi.png

Distribution of Donations: 25% of all money raised will be sent to the Central Oklahoma Red Cross to provide medical aid, 25% to the Oklahoma Humane Society, which has been working to give medical care to pets lost or injured in the disaster, and 50% to a to-be-determined fund that will directly help those who lost their homes or were displaced because of damage.

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City of Heroes Going Free-To-Play

Yes, you read that right!

After 7 strong years on the market, NCSoft announced that, alongside the Issue 21 update for City of Heroes being released later this year, we will also be getting City of Heroes: Freedom, a free-to-play version of the superhero-themed MMO.

Free-to-play members will receive 2 character slots to use, as well as 45 game zones, 8 character types, and 105 power sets. Members who continue to subscribe, now known as VIP Members, will accrue Paragon Points, which they can use to purchase more content from the game’s store. Free-to-play members will be able to buy any content that isn’t included in the free-to-play version with cold, hard cash, or by using Paragon Points. There will also be special rewards only available through Paragon Points, and some of these rewards will be VIP Member exclusives. Basically, Paragon Points is a better version of the Veteran Rewards system, which has been a part of the game for years. Another restriction is that free-to-play members will only be able to reach level 50 with their heroes and villains.

NCSoft is even taking care of former players that wish to return. Any former subscribers that return to City of Heroes using the free-to-play version will have access to “nearly everything” that they earned during their subscription including character slots, boosters, and game expansions, as well as their Vetern Rewards points, which can be used in the Paragon Points store.

This is something that I have been waiting for! I played diligantly through the free 7-day trial of this game and went through some hardcore withdrawal when it was over. I swore to myself that I would drop the money to buy the game if it ever went free-to-play, and I intend to start saving up now to keep that promise! I think it’s incredible to finally see this happening, and seeing how other free-to-play MMO games, including the fellow superhero-themed Champions Online, respond to this should be interesting as well.

There’s no word on when Issue 21 will be released, but I will certainly update this post as more news develops.

Are you going to start playing City of Heroes now? Did you play previously and are you open to considering coming back via the free-to-play mode? Are you subscribed and excited for the new bonuses coming to subscribers? Are you going to drop your subscription to use the free-to-play model? Do you not give a crap? Leave a comment either way!

As a last point, if you’re interested in picking up City of Heroes now or when Issue 21 is released, you can purchase City of Heroes Going Rogue Complete Collection here (using this link will help support Chu★Blog at no extra cost to you!), or you can purchase it via Steam here.

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Nintendo Is Growing Up: What Does It Mean?

There were plenty of surprises from Nintendo this year at E3, the biggest one of all being the unveiling of Project Café, now named the Wii U. What shocked me even more than this new system, however, was the library of games for it. 

Of course, it was peppered with the usual Nintendo fair; Zelda, Mario, and all of our favorite first-party franchises were there and looking better than ever. However, titles such as Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Online and Ninja Gaiden 3 were also announced for the Wii U. While some of the previous entries in the Wii’s library weren’t totally family-friendly, this marks the first time that we’ve ever seen really hardcore, adult-themed games on a modern Nintendo console, and both the media and gamers alike have taken notice.

This got me thinking. Why would Nintendo make this decision, and what does it say about the company and the direction it’s headed in? The short answer: They’re finally moving forward.

A big complaint that gamers have been voicing in the past few years is that Nintendo seems to be gearing itself more towards young children and casual gamers than anything else. This left a lot of hardcore gamers in the dust, feeling as if Nintendo had just about forgotten them. Many also argued that alienating adult gamers was a sure-fire way to tank the company, especially in these fragile economic times. However, Nintendo used E3 this year to prove that they haven’t forgotten us, and that both they and their systems are growing up.

The obvious benefit to this move for Nintendo is that they can open themselves to a larger audience, who are both older and most likely have more money to spend. The downside, of course, is that they could possibly garner criticism from parents and the media about putting adult content on a line of systems that has largely been known as something that is safe for the whole family. Nintendo will, of course, follow all laws and regulations to make it obvious which of their titles have mature content, but that won’t stop people from complaining (it never does). Regardless, any cries of negativity will probably be deadened by the piles of money Nintendo will be swimming in thanks to the Wii U.

This also poses another question: How did this family friendly system attract mature titles? That answer seems apparent to me: it’s the technology. There are a ton of new gaming possibilities that the Wii U and its touch-screen sporting controller present, and it is to be expected that any gaming company would want to explore what they could do with it. If Nintendo is willing to allow a little blood and violence on their console, why not use it to reach more consumers? Nintendo seems finally open to exploring new ways to reach gamers, and in my opinion, it’s going to pay off, big time.

Now, don’t misunderstand me when I say ‘finally ready to explore’. Nintendo has changed gaming with their technology more than once, and has more than proven that they are always experimenting with how to step up their products. However, I always found their game libraries to be a bit stagnant and repetitive. In contrast to that, it looks like the Wii U will be a breath of fresh air in this regard, and I for one am excited to see where it leads.

So yes, my personal opinion on all of this is that Nintendo is growing, as is their fanbase. The direction their heading in is an exciting one, and only time will tell how successful it is.

What do you guys think of the Wii U and the direction Nintendo is taking with their game library? Blog about it yourself and share, or leave a comment!

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Otaku: Cook Up – The Ginachu Cocktail

Yes, it’s finally time for my (extremely late) entry into Otaku: Cook Up, where we otaku prove that we can cook, too!

While I am a big fan of cooking, I’m not big on alcohol. Funnily enough, my fellow anibloggers on Twitter demanded one day that there be a Ginachu cocktail, and that it should be ‘electric’, and involve gin. Get it? Gin? Ginachu? Yeah.

Anyway, it just so happens that my friend Leigh Goody is a certified mixologist, and when she heard the idea, she decided to run with it. I told her what flavors and sensations I wanted to go into the drink, and she delivered big time!

First of all, it was requested that the drink be ‘electric’ (since my nickname is modeled after that Pokemon that everyone knows and loves so dearly). Whenever a drink is ‘electric’, it is because Blue Curacao, an orange liquor with a bright blue color, is added to it. Slightly sweet and sour flavors also came into mind when we thought of the word ‘electric’. Using the idea of fruit, we continued to build around those flavors until Leigh came up with this grand design.

Here’s the recipe for you all to try out!

The Ginachu Cocktail
Note: The following recipe makes an 8 ounce batch and should be good for two rocks glasses with ice in them, or for several shots.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 ounces of Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin
  • 1 ounce of Blue Curacao
  • The juice of 1/4th of a good-sized grapefruit
  • Sprite (or any lemon-lime soda of your choice)
  • A lemon wedge or juice for the rim of the glass
  • Sugar for the rim of the glass

Here’s how to put it together:

  • Take your drinking vessel of choice and dip the rim in the lemon juice. Quickly dip the rim in the sugar, coating the entire rim. The sugar will help balance out the other flavors of the drink, but can be left out if you really want.
  • Put the gin, curacao, and grapefruit juice inside your glass
  • Fill the rest of the cup up with Sprite and stir gently
  • At this point the drink is done, however if bubbles aren’t your thing, you can mix the drink together in a seperate glass and then take another glass and pour it back and fourth between both glasses, which will eventually get rid of the carbonation. You can then add it to your drinking glass.

It’s as simple as that! I along with Leigh and my good friends Maureen (@FreyaMau) and Jon (@JanaiBlog) tried the drink out, and it was quite the success!

I hope you all enjoy it! Drop me a line if you decide to try it and let me know what you think!

Now get out there and cook up, otakus!

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My Dicey Obsession

It was in college that I was first introduced to the world of table-top roleplaying. I quickly fell in love with it, but what really took me by surprise was how serious people took it, to the point where they collected all different colors and shapes of dice just to play these games.

However, I quickly fell into that obsession as well. Dice can be some of the most artfully crafted and gorgeous little pieces of creativity you can ever happen upon. To feed this obsession of mine, the wonderful folks over at Chessex keep coming to conventions over on the east coast, and I have never once been able to walk past their tables without buying at least one of these trinkets.

My collection is small and modest, but I plan on growing it quite a bit, and I have a rather eclectic collection of some dice you may not have even knew existed. It’s tough for me to get more because any dice that are any color other than the normal black and white can get quite pricey.

So, let’s take a look, shall we?


This is my dice bag. Yes, that is the Sunagakure symbol from Naruto. Yes, I got this bag in a special edition Naruto boxset. Don’t judge me, the first few seasons were actually GOOD!


OMG TWO BAGS? Yes, this bag I got from Chessex but it’s starting to overflow so I keep that bag in the Suna bag.


Here it is, my whole collection! Again, small and modest. Let’s take a closer look, shall we? (Warning: these shots are very artistic because, well, when I have my camera in my hand I can’t stop myself)


These are my official Vampire: The Masquerade dice. As you can see they are 10-sided and the 1 is represented by an ankh. These were officially released by White Wolf who make the Vampire roleplaying system to go with the game.


This is full 7-dice set that you would normally use for games such as Dungeons and Dragons. It contains a d4, a d6, a d8, a d10 that goes from 0 and then 2-9, a d10 that goes from 00 and then 20-90, a d12, and finally a d20. It covers just about any dice you’d need for a d20 roleplaying system like D&D.


These are two of my more unusual dice. On the left is my d30 (they even go as high as making d1000s people!!) and the one on the right is a d10 that goes from 0 and then 2-9, with another dice of the same type inside of it. It’s like rolling two dice at the same time!


Here is where my dice start getting really odd. On the left is a weighted cheat dice that leans towards 6’s, in the middle is a round dice that uses a small weight to settle on a definite number, and on the right is a d7. Yes, a 7-sided dice!


This is a pair of my favorite dice, they are orange (my favorite color) with sparkles inside. I probably use these the most.


Here are two pairs of some simple d6. One pair is red with gold swirls and the other is green with blue and gold swirls.


Here are some fun dice! On the left is a dice where the number 1 is represented by the rat of the Chinese zodiac, in the middle is a dice where the number 1 is represented by a message reading ‘Don’t Touch My Dice!, and the one on the right has the 1 represented by a Jolly Roger (skull and crossbones).


More fun dice! On the left is a dice where the number 1 is represented by a message saying ‘Aaagh!’, the middle has the number 1 represented by a picture of a screw with [‘d] next to it (get it? Screwed!), and the one on the right has the 1 represented by a message that says ‘Son of a Bitch!’. These are great for games where you DON’T want to roll a 1!

Here are some more shots of my dice from my DeviantART page. Check out the rest of my photography there! =D

(Note: These are supposed to be embedding codes but for some reason WordPress doesn’t feel like cooperating. I strongly encourage you to click on the links and see the shots, I am very proud of them and they are really fun pictures! Thanks!)

Devil’s Luck Above by *DaHaloChick on deviantART

One Of These Things… by *DaHaloChick on deviantART

Game Time by *DaHaloChick on deviantART

Game Time II by *DaHaloChick on deviantART

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