Archive for February, 2009

27
Feb
09

Best Laid Plans

Bar the occasional Podcast posting I’ve not really been using this place as intened.  This is about to change.  I’m currently working on a feature for Street Fighter IV, consider it a look at the franchise through the eyes of a novice, while it seems like an interesting concept in my head it may not turn out like that on paper… I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

If you haven’t heard already; Dave and I are part of the Otascotia Radio Network, we have our own show on Saturday nights from around 8pm (this is a tentative time, we may begin early depending on alcohol/energy drink intake).  Check us out at www.otascotia.co.uk as well as being part of the forum (click here).  Infact, the case for fridays is that we normally get together and try and plan what we’re going to talk about but once again my co-host doesn’t seem to be awake yet, so looks like I could be planning this one on my own.

Outside the internet I recently recieved what I’m guessing was meant to be an ‘olive branch’ by someone who, for whatever reasons, no longer wishes to acknowlege my existence and while I’m sure it was meant with best intentions it came off as rather insulting.  But hey, I don’t judge, I just get on with it.

Other than that I am working my way through the ranks of Tai Kwon Do… well by ‘working my way through’ I mean that Grand Master Loh has stopped reffering to me as “beginner” and now reffers to me as “white-belt”.  Sure people may not think that is an achievement but I should point out that I dont even have a uniform yet.  It seems to be doing wonders for my self-esteem too, while it is painfull (putting it mildly) I keep pushing myself and every week I want to learn more and improve, even if it’s just being able to kick that little bit higher.

Kamsamida

Mark

(P.S Keep an eye out for my feature I should have it up fairly soon)

26
Feb
09

Cali-Otaku SS: 24/02/09

After leaving the inmates in-charge of the Asylum, Mark returns to the podcast. This week we discuss; Dragonball Evolution, Watchmen, Street Fighter 4 and why Columbo is so damn awesome.

Length 1:13:49 (33.7MB)
Direct Download
i-Tunes (should be up soon)

Questions? Comments? Send them to us at:
cali-otakuss@live.co.uk

20
Feb
09

Cali-Otaku: SS 17/02/09

Cali-Otaku: SS 17/02/09
With Mark out sick Dave and Ally are left to run things at SS. Uh-oh! This week we’re joined by Scotty and “hobo” John (aka Scorpio from GlasgowAnime) where we discuss; Cowboy Bebop, GTA4 and much, much more.

Length: 1:03:31 (29.0 MB)
Direct Download
i-Tunes (Should be up soon)

Mark

11
Feb
09

Cali-Otaku: SS 10/02/09

Cali-Otaku: SS 10/02/09

Better late than never the Cali-Otaku crew are joined by Sephi to talk about Otascotia and despair at giving Mark and Dave a free slot.  We also discuss Funimation, Kurt Cobain, “Sheaths” and even have a dramatic reading or two.  Welcome to the most random edition of SS yet.

Length: 1:12:25 (33.1MB)

Direct Download

i-tunes (should be up soon)

05
Feb
09

E3 Returns

After several years of being downsized it was announced recently that E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, will return to the LA convention centre on June 2nd of this year. This means the return of massive multimillion dollar booths, loud music and (the most missed aspect of E3) Booth Babes. Details are still sketchy on what are likely to be press days and what days may be open to the public but the ESA has released a list of attendees that have signed up so far:

A
Activision Meeting Room #510
Activision Booth #5322
Atari, Inc. Booth #501
Atlus U.S.A. Booth #4023
Azuradisc, Inc. Booth #2836
B
Basco Distribution Booth #2940
BDA Booth #5167
Bethesda Softworks Booth #4455
Brady Games Booth #4773
C
Capcom USA Booth #4956
Capcom USA Meeting Room #501A
Capcom USA Meeting Room #507
CH Products Booth #506
Conny Booth #247
Creative Mind Interactive Inc. Booth #2953
CTA Digital, Inc. Booth #4967
D
D-BOX Technologies, Inc. Booth #2817
DDR Game Booth #2838
Digiwinner Limited Booth #2902
Disney Interactive Studios Booth #1001
dreamGEAR Booth #4500
E
egameforless Booth #2801
Eidos Interactive Booth #2446
Electronic Arts Meeting Room #407
Electronic Arts Meeting Room #406A
Electronic Arts Booth #1501
Electronic Arts Meeting Room #406B
Epic Games Meeting Room #302
EZ Games Distribution, Inc. Booth #2928
G
Game Center Distribution Inc. Booth #2906
Game Outlet Europe Booth #2830
Game Source, Inc. Booth #2846
Gamepark Holdings Co. Ltd. Booth #500
GAMETECH Booth #246
GelaSkins Booth #2934
Graffiti Entertainment, Inc. Booth #502
H
Hori (U.S.A.), Inc. Booth #4872
I
iBeta Quality Assurance Booth #547
IGN.com Meeting Room #501B
IGN.com Booth #2841
Innex, Inc. Booth #2947
Iron Will Creations Inc. Booth #2915
J
J.F.J. Disc Repair Booth #504
K
K2 Network Booth #2811
Kaltman Creations Booth #447
KOEI Corporation Booth #535
Konami Digital Entertainment Booth #2401
L
Logic3 Booth #4673
M
Majesco Entertainment Meeting Room #514
Majesco Entertainment Booth #4972
Matcom Distribution Booth #3147
Mayflash Limited Booth #401
Microsoft Corporation Meeting Room #404A
Microsoft Corporation Meeting Room #404B
Microsoft Corporation Booth #1523
Midway Booth #1
Midway Meeting Room #401
MTV Games Booth #2023
MTV Games Meeting Room #303B
N
Namco Bandai Games America Booth #822
Nintendo of America Booth #4923
NYKO Technologies Booth #4512
P
Penguin United Booth #3029
Performance Designed Products Booth #2822
Prima Games/Random House, Inc Booth #5073
R
Rampid Interactive Booth #2837
Rebellion Booth #4873
RTI Disc Repair Booth #2930
S
Scanavo North America LTD Booth #404
SEGA of America, Inc. Booth #2001
SEGA of America, Inc. Meeting Room #307
Sony Computer Entertainment Meeting Room #505
Sony Computer Entertainment Meeting Room #506
Sony Computer Entertainment Meeting Room #504
Sony Computer Entertainment Booth #4622
Sony DADC Booth #4973
Sony Online Entertainment Booth #4600
Square Enix, Inc Meeting Room #306B
Square Enix, Inc Booth #1546
T
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Meeting Room #403B
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Booth #2
Techart Entertainment Limited Booth #3031
THQ Meeting Room #515A
THQ Meeting Room #512
THQ Booth #407
Turtle Beach Booth #2805
U
U.S. Games Distribution, Inc. Booth #2860
Ubisoft Entertainment Meeting Room #403A
Ubisoft Entertainment Booth #1022
USERJOY Technology Co., Ltd Booth #3034
V
Video Game Advantage Booth #2803
W
Warner Bros. Interactive Booth #2047
Warner Bros. Interactive Meeting Room #306A
Z
Z-Best Audio & Video Inc. Booth #546
ZeroPlus Technology Co., Ltd Booth #3028

While it’s heartening to see that E3 is returning to the flashy media event that it was formally it’s odd that now is the time that they’ve chosen to do it. The recession has hit many companies hard; EA, Microsoft, Sony and just about everyone else has announced some form of downsizing or layoffs, so where are these firms likely to get the money to take part? The same can be said of the enthusiast press, with most of the gaming magazines gone, sites laying off writers on what seems a weekly basis, who is actually going to cover the event. Indeed IGN is the only media company currently signed up, notice the lack of a prominent gamespot booth?

So while ths is  exciting news there are probably alot of aprehensive people worried at how the whole thing is going to turn out.

Mark

02
Feb
09

Cali-Otaku: SS 01/02/09

Cali-Otaku: SS 01/02/09

2 Podcasts in two weeks? That’s what you call regular, baby! This week; Dave, Ally and Mark return to talk news, Batman, Final-Fantasy and Resident Evil 5. We also induce the most aqward silence ever and Ally makes a new podcasting low. Garbage Day!!

Direct Download Link (right click and “Save target as”)
i-tunes

Length: 1:24:36 (38.7MB)

Mark




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I'm Mark Gibson & this is another one of my blogs where you're likely to find musings of daily life, gaming & just plain rambling.

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