The Doc Speaks: AVGC 2016 Retrospective/Review/Thing

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For those who don’t live in the Tri-State area or, more specifically, the Northern/Central New Jersey area, AVGC (or “A Video Game Convention”) is a smaller sized video games themed expo in the Parsippany area. Created and organized by Paul Solo, the convention has entered its second year.

After starting last September, it picked up a fair amount of buzz and attention pretty quickly.  In both 2015 and 2016, it was held at the Parsippany Police Athletic League center.  However, there has been discussion on if the convention must relocate much like other favorite expos in the past.  Last year, it had an incredible attendance and had an unprecedented crowd to boot!  Guests like “King of Kong”, Billy Mitchell, were live at the scene.  Arcade machines lined up a whole gymnasium room.  A live orchestra among various bands jammed in the day, while a burlesque show took stage at night.  Panelists from all corners of the web took to the main hall and the conference room by the gym.  It was vintage gaming bliss.   At the time, the then-new expo had already found a proper niche and audience.  This year, AVGC returned; back and better than ever!  Jump ahead to continue.

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Ramblings: All you need is love

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While I typically don’t make big statements outside of pop culture ramblings, I figure this warrants a special post.  Simply put, I’m proud to see this advancement for LGBT community, civil rights, and beyond.  So, I wanted to cross-post something I put on my Tumblog earlier in the night.

It’s amazing the world we live in.  Despite living in a world filled with so much tragedy, terror, and frustration, we also have so much good in the world as well.  Today/yesterday (depending on where you live) was truly a milestone in history for the United States and other countries following suite.  While we weren’t the first, we were far from the last.  While there is still much injustice in the world, seeing marriage equality is a step in the right direction.  I’m often very critical about the U.S., but it has always been a weird experiment that is always trying to better itself.  It’s flawed, like us.  It’s filled with so many opinions butting heads that cause change to move slowly.  However, when things come together to aid others, there’s tons of potential for great things.  To me, the national recognition of same-sex marriage is an example of great things.  I’m excited to see what the future holds for the rights and liberties of others.  I’m not here to make a rally or become some spokesperson, but merely say that I’m glad we’re getting closer towards goals of equality.  In fact, we’ll see how this affects and helps other movements for equality in the future.  More or less, those are my thoughts, as jumbled and incoherent as they might seem.
EDIT: Rewrote this a bit, since this was originally written by a horribly tired and drunken mind… hence why it was a bit of a well intended mess.  To be fair, the post is STILL jumbled.  None the less, I’m proud this event in history happened to begin with.

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Ramblings: E3 Quick Thoughts Part 2

Yesterday, I rambled a little about the companies that presented yesterday and the day before.  In a sense, E3 is almost like a holiday to me at this point.  While I’ve been falling out of loop with the gaming world, tons of great titles and genuinely fascinating events have been pulling me back into it.  That said, two platforms for gaming have been constants for me, even after I faded in and out of the fandom and community.  Today, it’s all about PC gaming and Nintendo!  Brace yourselves, this one’s quite a bit longer than the last one!!!  More after the jump.

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Ramblings: E3 Quick Thoughts Part 1

As everything gets back to “normal”, I’m beyond psyched for everything E3 has presented so far and what has yet to be seen.  So far, this seems to be a pretty successful expo so far.  It has been a mix of safe presentations and some pleasing surprises.  In terms of conferences, I’ve viewed Bethesda, Ubisoft and Sony.  In no particular order, here’s pretty much some blurbs.  More after the jump.

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It’s astounding, time is fleeting!

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When my work was originally a tumblr blog, I typically posted updates at the end of every week.  However, I had found it more comfortable to post in the middle of the week instead.  And thus, Tuesdays/Wednesdays were the typical mark for my posting times.  However, as my personal projects collide with all sorts of issues in real life, I’m starting to think that returning to the weekend is for the best.

There’s another thing I want to mention.  After job hunting and some decent enough seasonal jobs, I might finally have something a little more steady.  As such, my schedule might be rocky until I can fully adjust.  So, with my schedule up in the air, we’ll see how this works and if I need to change things up.  As always, I aim to keep a consistent schedule, rather than an unorganized and turbulent one.  But no matter, I’ll see everyone in a couple days.

TV Review: Doctor Who – Deep Breath

Please pardon the lateness, I’ve been really excited to do a review of the Doctor Who season premiere, hence why things are posted a bit later than usual.

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Back around Christmas 2013, we saw Matt Smith’s incarnation of the Doctor leave as tides of change returned once more. And with it, we saw a new face. At the end of the episode, we got a taste of the “12th Doctor” played by Peter Capaldi. While his “Attack Eyebrows” made a cameo in the special from a month prior to that, we didn’t know much about him. We’ve seen many trailers of the premier as well as teasers for his new wardrobe. (3 + 9 = 12!) But, it wasn’t as satisfying as finally sitting down and watching the count down to the new episode; a new adventure for a new doctor!
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Thoughts about AnimeNext ’14

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As promised, I figure I’d do a write-up on the convention itself! I’ve had quite the history with AnimeNext. While not as long as my sis, whose a veteran from the earlier days in Secaucus Convention Center, I have at least a good 6 – 7 years under my belt. Now, some conventions have been better than others. But, the last couple of years have hit an unfortunate slope of disappointment from a mix of overpopulation and lack of organization on a grander scale. Now, I know how much planning goes into making a huge event. The Q&A panels at the end of each convention give at least a little bit of insight for the common con-attendee, but experience behind the scenes certainly helps. That said, this convention has improved since 1 – 3 years ago, when it was probably around its lowest point. But, enough summaries, let’s dig a little deeper. As always, more after the jump…
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