Sunday, June 29, 2008

Dragonball Z MMO? Why no .hack MMO?

There have been rumors and now video of a new MMO in the works based on the popular anime series Dragonball Z.

For those of you who don't know, let me sum it up for you.
Guys do martial arts, shout, yell, scream and become stronger. Throw energy blasts at each other. Humans, aliens, robots, and other wierd creatures. People die, but sometimes come back. Stuff and planets blow-up. Some times they get these ball shaped jewels that summon a dragon that grants wishes.

If you need anymore info, do an internet search.

Now according to what I've read, they're either currently doing beta testing or its coming out some time this year.

How successful could this be? Among the 8 to 15-year-old market, probably really successful. All others, I'm not so sure. Mostly because I haven't found anything on the mechanics of the game, at least nothing that makes it clear what kind of game this will or may be. Also, converting the world of DBZ into typical MMO fashion seems impossible to me.

Personally, I don't understand why the creators of the .hack series try to make at least something close to the MMO game they set their series in. Especially considering all the hard work they put into creating the game and the game world this series is set against, it just doesn't seem right that it sits in relative obscurity or as the backdrop for what to me seems less than popular series.

I mean I don't know much about the .hack games, manga, or any of the animated series, but I think I know enough to say that the game itself would make for a cool game. The classes and the races are familiar but unique enough to make it appealing to all kinds of gamers.

If this isn't already being considered or worked on, I'm pretty certain it will be. I believe this game will be available sooner or later.

To the creators of the .hack series I implore you, if you aren't already working on it then please give serious consideration to making a .hack MMO that at least resembles The World that the creators spent so much time creating.

That's all for me, now what do you think.

Stewie vs. Brian

I am really not doing a good job with this am I?
But for some it might be worth the wait.

Here's a picture I doctored for a recent article. The article wasn't about Stewie vs. Brian, but I had this idea, made a picture, and thought it would be funny.

I know my buddy Quinton is gonna love it.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Monsterpocalypse has begun

Out of the way Heroclix, and while we're at it screw you D&D Miniatures, because there's a new miniature game out there that's caught even my interest, and I gave up on these kinds of games years ago.

Battle with giant monsters, giant robots (my personal favorite), and other giant creatures set in miniature form with (bum bum bum bum bum):

Check it out at

For the record I didn't do any of the art, I'm not an employee of whoever owns Monsterpocalypse, each and everything is the property of the original owner and not for profit blah blah blah.

Better late than never.

I'm really not getting off to a good start with this blogging thing am I? It's been over a week since my last post. I'm a baaaaaad blogger :(

Well better something than nothing, right?

I guess first things first. I've had my second article published on GotGame, which is great and makes me VERY happy. I even got kudos for it from some of the higher ups.

Saw the Hulk last weekend. I don't care what others say, it wasn't that bad. It was better than the first Spider-Man and it left room for a sequel with one of my favorite Hulk villains. I just hope we see some Hulkbusters in the sequel.

I've also been working on some ideas for a comic strip with some of the other writers in the internship program w/GotGame. We've got a lot of great ideas going and everybody seems to like what I've contributed and come up with, I just wish we'd pick an idea and run with it. But true greatness takes time, so it might be a while before it's done.

In the meantime, I figured I'd just fool around with some pictures I found from Metal Gear Solid 4 (MGS4) on Megaton news ( Thanks to them for putting these up. Have a look and tell me what you think?

Well that's all folks. Until next time.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Game Predicter #1

Now I'm not clairvoyant, psychic, or able to see into the future, but what I have been thinking about lately is possibilities in the videogame industry. Specifically titles and franchises that may produce games in the near future. So without further ado, here is the first of what I'm calling The Game Predicter.

Lego games have been a very popular idea lately with games like Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, and the upcoming Lego Batman. Chances are that any franchise popular enough to be done in Lego will find its way to a game.

Harry Potter has been lego-ized in the past and has a Lego Creator game for the PC, so its no stretch of the imagination that a Lego Harry Potter (based on the movies) may coincide with the release of the next or a future Harry Potter film.

Lego Spiderman sounds like a potentially fun game, but even with talks of another film the chances still feel slim.

Guitar Hero is one of my favorite games, and the sequels have been just as good continuing to providing the experience of playing some of my favorite songs. Aerosmith even has their own Guitar Hero game. I'm also a big fan of Adult Swim's Metalocaplypse and the music of the band Dethklok. Considering their song Thunderhorse was playable on Guitar Hero 2, and that Adult Swim has already produced a game based on Harvey Birdman, I'd love to play a Guitar Hero Metalocalypse game.

Finally, like so many other gamers I played the first Pokemon games when they came out. While it was somewhat innovative then, the basic gameplay hasn't changed. The fact that each Pokemon can learn only 4 abilities is something that I still find a little annoying. Since Pokemon shows no signs of going away any time soon, the best way I think to take the game to the next level would be a way of increasing the number of abilities that you can raise your Pokemon to do. Given the memory that this would probably require, the best solution would probably be some kind of Pokemon MMO. In addition, a special pokeball shaped controller that you can connect to your PC would be a good addition to the experience. However, this is something that might only find success in Japan and not here in the US.
That's all for now. I'll try and make this a weekly post.

The Mystical Lazer has been launched

So this is blogging. Weird.

I guess I'll start with why I chose the name Mystical Lazer. I think I was watching an episode of Digimon or Yu-Gi-Oh! and I heard them calling out attack names and I just tried to think of one I'd use. Somehow I came up with mystical lazer, I liked the way the two words kind of clashed (lazers being a product of science and not magic) and it just stuck with me.

Well I don't know what you guys will be expecting, but I'll try to keep it interesting.

Through this blog we'll explore anything and everything that makes life just a little bit more interesting.

I'll be talking about things like cartoons, videogames, anime, technology, the paranormal, and any and all things that I think are just cool.

Also, if you happen upon my blog and you're a parent with a question about something your kids might be into that's related to what's above and want some help understanding it, send me a question and I'll see what I can do. I can't tell you how many parents and grandparents have asked me for help in picking videogames and other stuff for their kids or grandkids, and I've been really glad to help them out.