Archive for September, 2009


Hello Middle Tennessee State University Anime Club!

So, after a somewhat busy summer, we the staff at G.O.N.G. would like to welcome all of the new freshmen of the MTSU Anime Club!

First off, I’d like to thank Niko, the previous president of the club, for revamping the club website. It was boring before, but now, it’s pretty to look at.

If you didn’t already know, I’m the President of the club, and because of such, I’m wanting this little e-zine of mine to be the official/unofficial e-zine of the Anime Club.

As such, if you’d so wish it, I want YOU to be a part of the G.O.N.G. staff. That’s right, you. This e-zine doesn’t give two bags of hell as to what you want to write for it.

Wanna draw the most fucked up art ever?

We’ll post it.

Wanna rant about how Naruto and Bleach are killing the anime industry?

We’ll post it.

Want to bash Twilight and post a link to the Riff Tracks?

We’ll post it.

Wanna make a freeware videogame?

We’ll post it.

Wanna write a doujin about how Light, L, Wataru, the cast of Precure 5, G Gundam, and a bag of salt had stupid crazy sex?

We’ll post it.

This is a site for all of us nerds.

And now, on to the first show of the night.


09/09/09 – Sweet Dreams

10 years ago today, one of the greatest gaming consoles ever made its debut. The Sega Dreamcast was a fine system for its time, innovative and comparable to any other system of its generation (PS2, GC, and XB). There are several reasons why the Dreamcast ultimately failed and forced Sega to restructure itself. The most notable causes include the release of the PS2, Sega’s mishandling of the Saturn and the late Genesis add-ons, and the chronic delays of just about every major high profile title that was due to the system (including Resident Evil: Code Veronica, a Star Trek title, and of course, Shenmue I and II). Despite these horrid blots on the system’s past, it has managed to remain dear in the hearts of many gamers – especially Dreamcast owners.

There are few “retro” systems that see regular play nowadays. As awesome as Goldeneye64 was back in the day, the number of people openly raving about how often they still boot it up has dwindled considerably. I personally have not yet met a Dreamcast owner that does NOT at some point hook this gem up and play something. I would if certainly have my own up and running if it could actually run – my disc motor is busted ;(. The Dreamcast had a superb line up of classic games that deserve to be played even now: Soul Calibur, Chu Chu Rocket, Shenmue, Sonic Adventure, NFL 2k1, NBA 2k1, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing, Power Stone 2, Crazy Taxi…

Sure, several of those titles have managed to live on on other consoles. Others have thrived on other consoles. There are even a few that are available online on services like GameTap and XBL. But, it’s just not the same. I want my DC controller in my hands. After all, Microsoft ripped of its XB controller design from the DC – don’t lie to yourself, it’s true, I distinctly remember the designers admitting the inspiration in an issue of EGM. Many things about online gaming we take for granted today, Sega was toying with through the DC – hell, Sega had online gaming on its Genesis. No, if we are to live our lives with no Dreamcast 2, then we at least deserve to get roms through the Wii Virtual Console, XBL, and the PSN Store. We deserve to see DC franchises revived on the current-gen consoles, re-imagined and updated.

Damnit… We deserve Shenmue 3!

Today, fly your flags at half-mast and honor the Dream…


Game Review – Batman: Arkhum Asylum

First, let me say that if you have not yet added this title to your collection, or, at the very least, you have not yet played the game or the demo, SHAME ON YOU!

“Why,” you may ask?

Because this game is really, really fun. Because the story is engaging from beginning to end. Because Joker is amusing every time he gets on the PA system. Because Harley Quinn is quite fine in her new uniform…

Why should you play this game?

Because you get to BE Batman.

I wrote a quickie review last week on A Tokin 4 Your Thoughts; read it for the short, to-the-point assessment of the game. If you want my final thoughts on the overall experience, read on, my friends: Continue reading ‘Game Review – Batman: Arkhum Asylum’