KICKSTART THIS SHIZZ: HOTLINE MIAMI 1/6 SCALE ARTICULATED JACKET FIGURE

Our longtime amigo Erick Scarecrow has teamed up with Dennaton Games and Devolver Digital for what could be his biggest release to date - a figure based on Jacket, the protagonist in the video game cult sensation Hotline Miami.

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Capcom Holds Big Sale on Xbox Live
Here’s your chance to score some Capcom titles for dirt cheap via Xbox Live. Check the list below for some steep discounts on your favorite or soon-to-be favorite Capcom games.
Asura’s Wrath - $39.99 | $9.99
Bionic Commando: Rearmed - $9.99 | $4.99 
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara - $14.99 | $5.10 
Darkstalkers Resurrection - $14.99 | $4.95 
Dead Rising - $19.99 | $6.80 
Dead Rising 2 - $29.99 | $7.49
 Dead Rising 2: Off the Record - $19.99 | $6.80
 Dead Rising 2: Case West - $9.99 | $4.99 
Dead Rising 2: Case Zero - $4.99 | $2.49 
Devil May Cry HD Collection - $29.99 | $9.90
 DmC Devil May Cry - $29.99 | $14.99 
DmC Devil May Cry - Vergil’s Downfall - $8.99 | $4.50
 DustForce - $9.99 | $4.99 
Final Fight Double Impact - $9.99 | $3.99
 Lost Planet 2 - $19.99 | $4.99 
Lost Planet 3 - $39.99 | $13.60 
Mega Man 9 - $9.99 | $4.99 
Mega Man 10 - $9.99 | $4.99
 Remember Me - $39.99 | $9.99 
Resident Evil 4 HD - $19.99 | $6.59 
Resident Evil 5 - $19.99 | $6.60 
Resident Evil 5 Untold Stories Bundle - $11.99 | $3.96 
Resident Evil 6 Additional 3-Mode Pack - $8.99 | $4.49 
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X HD - $19.99 | $6.59
 Resident Evil Revelations - $39.99 | $13.60 
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City - $39.99 | $11.59 
Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online Edition - $14.99 | $3.75 
Street Fighter X Tekken Additional Characters Pack - $19.99 | $4.99 
Super Puzzle Fighter - $9.99 | $4.99
 Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD - $14.99 | $5.10
CHECK IT: More Capcom on Albotas
BUY: Devil May Cry HD Collection 360 | PS3

Capcom Holds Big Sale on Xbox Live

Here’s your chance to score some Capcom titles for dirt cheap via Xbox Live. Check the list below for some steep discounts on your favorite or soon-to-be favorite Capcom games.

  • Asura’s Wrath - $39.99 | $9.99
  • Bionic Commando: Rearmed - $9.99 | $4.99 
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara - $14.99 | $5.10 
  • Darkstalkers Resurrection - $14.99 | $4.95 
  • Dead Rising - $19.99 | $6.80 
  • Dead Rising 2 - $29.99 | $7.49
  • Dead Rising 2: Off the Record - $19.99 | $6.80
  • Dead Rising 2: Case West - $9.99 | $4.99 
  • Dead Rising 2: Case Zero - $4.99 | $2.49 
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection - $29.99 | $9.90
  • DmC Devil May Cry - $29.99 | $14.99 
  • DmC Devil May Cry - Vergil’s Downfall - $8.99 | $4.50
  • DustForce - $9.99 | $4.99 
  • Final Fight Double Impact - $9.99 | $3.99
  • Lost Planet 2 - $19.99 | $4.99 
  • Lost Planet 3 - $39.99 | $13.60 
  • Mega Man 9 - $9.99 | $4.99 
  • Mega Man 10 - $9.99 | $4.99
  • Remember Me - $39.99 | $9.99 
  • Resident Evil 4 HD - $19.99 | $6.59 
  • Resident Evil 5 - $19.99 | $6.60 
  • Resident Evil 5 Untold Stories Bundle - $11.99 | $3.96 
  • Resident Evil 6 Additional 3-Mode Pack - $8.99 | $4.49 
  • Resident Evil Code: Veronica X HD - $19.99 | $6.59
  • Resident Evil Revelations - $39.99 | $13.60 
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City - $39.99 | $11.59 
  • Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online Edition - $14.99 | $3.75 
  • Street Fighter X Tekken Additional Characters Pack - $19.99 | $4.99 
  • Super Puzzle Fighter - $9.99 | $4.99
  • Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD - $14.99 | $5.10
CHECK IT: More Capcom on Albotas

BUY: Devil May Cry HD Collection 360 | PS3

Pokemon Center Online Store Opens Up

The official Pokemon Center online store has finally opened up. The traffic on the website has been pretty hectic, but if you manage to make it through, you can purchase a Pokemon plush, keychain, t-shirt, and a bunch of other gifts over at the webstore. That includes the limited edition Special Delivery Pikachu plush seen up top.

To also celebrate the grand opening of the store, Pokemon Y/X users can receive a special level 12 Vivillon that is designed to look like a Pokeball. The Pokemon is available as “mystery gift" from now through Aug. 12. Check the Vivillion up top.

CHECK IT: More Pokemon on Albotas

BUY: Pokemon X | Pokemon Y

Mario Kart 8 Mercedes-Benz DLC Revealed

Here’s the Japanese trailer for Mario Kart 8 Mercedes-Benz DLC releasing for free on August 27. No word if this is coming to the West right now, but the event in Japan will kick off a four week-long online competition called the Mercedes Cup after this free DLC is released.

CHECK IT: More Mario Kart on Albotas

BUY: Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U

Zelda Monopoly Is Now A Tangible Object

GameStop is soon to be officially selling a Monopoly set themed with The Legend of Zelda. The board game is $40 and will release September 15 with exclusive items to the GameStop edition. The game will include a bonus Ocarina of Time game token, as well as 6 ‘power play’ cards that include Goddess Harp, Wind Walker, Minish Cap, Spirit Flute, Phantom Hourglass, and Ocarina of Time, that promises to add a new twist to gameplay. 

CHECK IT: More of The Legend of Zelda on Albotas

BUY: Nintendo themed Monopoly

Metal Gear Solid V Graffiti Poster

This is pretty sick. Here’s a graffiti poster of Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes by French artist, OSKUNK.

CHECK IT: More OSKUNK on Albotas

BUY: Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes PS4 | Xbox One
THE SINGLE GREATEST THING TO COME OUT OF SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2014
SDCC is under way and fans are getting their fill of the latest movie trailers, TV pilots, celebrity appearances, newest collectibles, and the thing that I’ve enjoyed the most so far has been this picture of a dude punching a bear in the face from the Magic: The Gathering panel earlier today.
I’m a huge MTG nerd and the wait for the next block, Khans of Tarkir, has been killing me. This picture should hold me over until it drops this September.
And now for speculation: what do you think this card even does? I’m hoping for something flavorful like “Whenever this creature enters the battlefield it deals 2 damage to target creature or player.” Take that, bears!

THE SINGLE GREATEST THING TO COME OUT OF SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2014

SDCC is under way and fans are getting their fill of the latest movie trailers, TV pilots, celebrity appearances, newest collectibles, and the thing that I’ve enjoyed the most so far has been this picture of a dude punching a bear in the face from the Magic: The Gathering panel earlier today.

I’m a huge MTG nerd and the wait for the next block, Khans of Tarkir, has been killing me. This picture should hold me over until it drops this September.

And now for speculation: what do you think this card even does? I’m hoping for something flavorful like “Whenever this creature enters the battlefield it deals 2 damage to target creature or player.” Take that, bears!

GOOD SMILE COMPANY TEASES SOLID SNAKE FIGMA AND NENDOROID
No word on pricing or release date yet, just this pic from the Good Smile Company Facebook page to get us pumped. The Figma is badass but OHMIGOD that Nendorid of tiny Snake with a little baby cigarette!
CHECK IT: $900 Lego Metal Gear RexBUY: Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection

GOOD SMILE COMPANY TEASES SOLID SNAKE FIGMA AND NENDOROID

No word on pricing or release date yet, just this pic from the Good Smile Company Facebook page to get us pumped. The Figma is badass but OHMIGOD that Nendorid of tiny Snake with a little baby cigarette!

CHECK IT: $900 Lego Metal Gear Rex
BUY: Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection
DAILY GRAFFITI: SREET FIGHTER X MEGA MAN EDITION
8-bit street art featuring Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter in the style of Street Fighter X Mega Man. There’s even a Proto Man hiding in there!
CHECK IT: 25 Pieces of Downright Fierce Street Fighter GraffitiBUY: SF25: The Art of Street Fighter

DAILY GRAFFITI: SREET FIGHTER X MEGA MAN EDITION

8-bit street art featuring Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter in the style of Street Fighter X Mega Man. There’s even a Proto Man hiding in there!

CHECK IT: 25 Pieces of Downright Fierce Street Fighter Graffiti
BUY: SF25: The Art of Street Fighter

JAPAN HAS A PIKACHU CAFE AND THE FOOD LOOKS FREAKING INCREDIBLE

A limited-time Pikachu Cafe opens in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo this weekend along with a Pikachu the Movie XY Exhibit. I can’t stop staring at the mango pudding parfait and those little hot dog things make me wish EVERY hot dog came with Pokémon printed on them.

(Kotaku via Inside games)

CHECK IT: Pokémon Panties
PRE-ORDER: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Omega Ruby

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 5TH EDITION STARTER SET AVAILABLE NOW

For those of you geeky/awesome enough to care, the much-hyped latest edition of D&D is officially out. Click here to download the basic rules for free to get started. If there aren’t any retailers near you carrying it, snag it from Amazon who are selling it mad cheap at the moment ($12.65 instead of $19.99).

Hit the jump for the official unboxing video.

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POKEMON OMEGA RUBY/APLPHA SAPPHIRE BRINGS BACK SUPER-SECRET BASES

Super-Secret bases bring an Animal Crossing quality to the Pokemon world with hidden hide-outs that you can decorate with all sorts of items and furniture. No room for a Snorlax beanbag chair in your dorm or apartment? Get one for your secret base!

Build and Customize a Super-Secret Base and Share It with the World!
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire players will be able to create their very own Secret Base, a customizable area that will allow them to show off their individuality by setting up mazes or traps for visitors to encounter, and even creating Pokémon battle rules, transforming their Secret Base into their own Pokémon Gym!

Players will be able to share their Secret Base with other Trainers around the world using StreetPass functionality, or they can create a QR Code for their unique Secret Base, enabling friends to visit it with ease. When visiting other Secret Bases, players can meet other Trainers in the same base and invite them back to their own Secret Base as Secret Pals. Players can interact and battle with Secret Pals, who have special skills that can support players in their adventures, such as sharing new Decorations, making a Pokémon Egg hatch faster, or raising the level of a select Pokémon by one. The more Secret Pals players have in their Secret Base, the more special skills will be available to help them in their adventures.  

Players can also capture flags while visiting other players’ Secret Bases. Flags are located beside the Secret PC in each Secret Base. The more flags a player collects, the higher the rank earned, which brings rewards like improving the skills of a player’s Secret Pals.

Question: How pumped would you be if Nintendo actually decided to make an Animal Crossing x Pokemon crossover game?

CHECK IT: More Pokemon stuff
PRE-ORDER: Alpha Sapphire, Omega Ruby
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN GEEKDOM IS STUPID.
[UPDATE: I received several passionate emails and messages from people on both sides of the fence on this issue. Made some edits to clarify some points that a few people misenterprited, but I think the overall takeaway is this: it really bums me out that people feel that every race and gender needs their own version of something just so that they can relate to it. Maybe I’m just a weirdo hippy for not seeing people as black, white, male, female, or whatever. I see people as people. No color, no gender, no sexual identity, just people. So whenever I hear someone diss on a company for only having white dudes on stage at their conference, or rag on a movie for having an all-male cast, it just seems very petty and offensive in its own right. I’m all for diversity and embrace it openly, but that doesn’t make it right for people to blast companies with hateful messages and put them down just because they don’t feel represented. Walls separate people, José.]
This is something that’s been bothering me a lot lately. Every time a cool new video game, movie, comic book, or whatever else is released, there’s an army of haters complaining that it doesn’t cater to them. It’s come to the point where companies are specifically creating new properties FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE of political correctness/diversity/whatever instead of creating new properties for the purpose of being awesome.
Even during this year’s E3 my Twitter feed was so full of people bitching about most of the presenters being white males. Who cares!? You want to talk about minorities? I’m a non-spanish-speaking Puerto Rican born in the south and raised in Amish country so I pretty much don’t fit in ANYWHERE! Do you think I whine every time a movie is released with a white cast or every time a video game company doesn’t put more non-spanish-speaking dudes with beer guts and piercings on stage during their conferences? If you’re busy keeping tally of all the races and genders instead of focusing on the games being shown, maybe you should take a deep breath and count to 10 or something.
Why can’t creators just make nice things for the sake of making nice things? Why does there have to a be a checklist? “Okay, this story is amazing, but it needs more girls and toss in a black guy or two.” Is it that hard for people to relate to characters that are different races and genders?
Want more strong females in your comics? Make your own!
Want a story with a minority as the lead character? Make your own!
And if you don’t have a creative bone in your body to make your own suff, the worst thing you can do is send angry Tweets and emails to studios demanding that they cater to your self-absorbed needs. If you feel like you ABSOLUTELY NEED to get your dire message across to them, at least be a polite human being about it. But really, turning non-issues into huge protests about feminism/minority/sexual identity representation in works of fiction isn’t the sort of thing you should really be getting worked up over, and if you do, maybe you should find some new hobbies? Maybe take a writing/drawing/video game programming class to make your own damn race/gender-specific stories.
Every time someone complains about a lack of (insert race/gender/sexual orientation here) representation in media, what they’re really saying is “Hey, can we build more walls to keep this separate group satisfied?” And if Vonage commercials have taught me anything, it’s that "Walls separate people, José." For real. I’m a brown dude and can relate to any character in fiction whether it’s boy, girl, black, white, human, alien, Hobbit, or whatever. All that matters for me is a good story with good characters.
Back in the day I got made fun of for watching Sailor Moon because “it was a girl show.” Walls separate people, José! Don’t look at it as girl shows and guy shows and white shows and black shows. There’s good shows and bad shows (and some okay shows). THAT’S IT. Every time I hear people complain about lack of representation, it feels like they’re asking for their own water fountains and bathrooms to be built so they don’t have to share with people different than them. It’s like there’s there’s this weird anti-white male stigma in the air. And it smells.
I grew up drawing my own comics and creating my own characters and stories and guess what? Most of my lead characters were white!!! Want to know why? Because my curly-ass hispanic hair was hard for me to draw at the time and because I just didn’t care about race because PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. I also came up with a buttload of strong female characters. Not because I felt that they were under-represented in fiction or because that’s what the focus group wanted, but because I was 13 and that’s just what I felt like creating. No thinking, just creating. Creativity needs freedom to breathe, not boundaries. People are people, not demographics.
Why can’t people just be people? Why’s everyone need to get all worked up about dumb stuff? Can’t we go back to when being a geek just meant having fun and indulging in our passions without being so jaded and cynical about everything? Instead of ripping apart the stuff you hate, just look for new stuff. There’s plenty of creators doing some AMAZING work just because they want to, not because they feel like they need to appeal to a certain race or gender. (Check out the comics Lumberjanes, Rat Queens,and Saga for strong female roles and racially diverse casts. Seriously, they’re awesome.)
Next time you come down on any form of art or entertainment just because it doesn’t represent a broader diversity of people, remember this: YOU ARE ENTITLED TO NOTHING. Artists create for themselves. They don’t owe you shit.
And besides, at the end of the day, it’s all just make believe. Stop taking it so seriously and just go back to having fun.
(top pic via C-Section Comics)

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN GEEKDOM IS STUPID.

[UPDATE: I received several passionate emails and messages from people on both sides of the fence on this issue. Made some edits to clarify some points that a few people misenterprited, but I think the overall takeaway is this: it really bums me out that people feel that every race and gender needs their own version of something just so that they can relate to it. Maybe I’m just a weirdo hippy for not seeing people as black, white, male, female, or whatever. I see people as people. No color, no gender, no sexual identity, just people. So whenever I hear someone diss on a company for only having white dudes on stage at their conference, or rag on a movie for having an all-male cast, it just seems very petty and offensive in its own right. I’m all for diversity and embrace it openly, but that doesn’t make it right for people to blast companies with hateful messages and put them down just because they don’t feel represented. Walls separate people, José.]

This is something that’s been bothering me a lot lately. Every time a cool new video game, movie, comic book, or whatever else is released, there’s an army of haters complaining that it doesn’t cater to them. It’s come to the point where companies are specifically creating new properties FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE of political correctness/diversity/whatever instead of creating new properties for the purpose of being awesome.

Even during this year’s E3 my Twitter feed was so full of people bitching about most of the presenters being white males. Who cares!? You want to talk about minorities? I’m a non-spanish-speaking Puerto Rican born in the south and raised in Amish country so I pretty much don’t fit in ANYWHERE! Do you think I whine every time a movie is released with a white cast or every time a video game company doesn’t put more non-spanish-speaking dudes with beer guts and piercings on stage during their conferences? If you’re busy keeping tally of all the races and genders instead of focusing on the games being shown, maybe you should take a deep breath and count to 10 or something.

Why can’t creators just make nice things for the sake of making nice things? Why does there have to a be a checklist? “Okay, this story is amazing, but it needs more girls and toss in a black guy or two.” Is it that hard for people to relate to characters that are different races and genders?

Want more strong females in your comics? Make your own!

Want a story with a minority as the lead character? Make your own!

And if you don’t have a creative bone in your body to make your own suff, the worst thing you can do is send angry Tweets and emails to studios demanding that they cater to your self-absorbed needs. If you feel like you ABSOLUTELY NEED to get your dire message across to them, at least be a polite human being about it. But really, turning non-issues into huge protests about feminism/minority/sexual identity representation in works of fiction isn’t the sort of thing you should really be getting worked up over, and if you do, maybe you should find some new hobbies? Maybe take a writing/drawing/video game programming class to make your own damn race/gender-specific stories.

Every time someone complains about a lack of (insert race/gender/sexual orientation here) representation in media, what they’re really saying is “Hey, can we build more walls to keep this separate group satisfied?” And if Vonage commercials have taught me anything, it’s that "Walls separate people, José." For real. I’m a brown dude and can relate to any character in fiction whether it’s boy, girl, black, white, human, alien, Hobbit, or whatever. All that matters for me is a good story with good characters.

Back in the day I got made fun of for watching Sailor Moon because “it was a girl show.” Walls separate people, José! Don’t look at it as girl shows and guy shows and white shows and black shows. There’s good shows and bad shows (and some okay shows). THAT’S IT. Every time I hear people complain about lack of representation, it feels like they’re asking for their own water fountains and bathrooms to be built so they don’t have to share with people different than them. It’s like there’s there’s this weird anti-white male stigma in the air. And it smells.

I grew up drawing my own comics and creating my own characters and stories and guess what? Most of my lead characters were white!!! Want to know why? Because my curly-ass hispanic hair was hard for me to draw at the time and because I just didn’t care about race because PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. I also came up with a buttload of strong female characters. Not because I felt that they were under-represented in fiction or because that’s what the focus group wanted, but because I was 13 and that’s just what I felt like creating. No thinking, just creating. Creativity needs freedom to breathe, not boundaries. People are people, not demographics.

Why can’t people just be people? Why’s everyone need to get all worked up about dumb stuff? Can’t we go back to when being a geek just meant having fun and indulging in our passions without being so jaded and cynical about everything? Instead of ripping apart the stuff you hate, just look for new stuff. There’s plenty of creators doing some AMAZING work just because they want to, not because they feel like they need to appeal to a certain race or gender. (Check out the comics Lumberjanes, Rat Queens,and Saga for strong female roles and racially diverse casts. Seriously, they’re awesome.)

Next time you come down on any form of art or entertainment just because it doesn’t represent a broader diversity of people, remember this: YOU ARE ENTITLED TO NOTHING. Artists create for themselves. They don’t owe you shit.

And besides, at the end of the day, it’s all just make believe. Stop taking it so seriously and just go back to having fun.

(top pic via C-Section Comics)

DAILY GRAFFITI: ‘SUPER MARIO BROS. 3’ EDITION
Cool SMB3 street art mural spotted by always_exploring.
I feel like I’m the only one who thought the cape from Super Mario World was way cooler than the Tanooki suit. I mean, sure, the Tanooki is clearly more stylish, but the cape was just functionally more awesome. That thing could keep you up in the air for freaking EVER! Basically, I’d much rather have Nintendo make every Mario game more like Super Mario World than the weird hybrid of SMB and SMB3 they’ve been doing for the past few years.
CHECK IT: More Geeky Graffiti, The Geek Graffiti Flickr GroupPRE-ORDER: Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. FiguArts Super Mario Figure

DAILY GRAFFITI: ‘SUPER MARIO BROS. 3’ EDITION

Cool SMB3 street art mural spotted by always_exploring.

I feel like I’m the only one who thought the cape from Super Mario World was way cooler than the Tanooki suit. I mean, sure, the Tanooki is clearly more stylish, but the cape was just functionally more awesome. That thing could keep you up in the air for freaking EVER! Basically, I’d much rather have Nintendo make every Mario game more like Super Mario World than the weird hybrid of SMB and SMB3 they’ve been doing for the past few years.

CHECK IT: More Geeky Graffiti, The Geek Graffiti Flickr Group
PRE-ORDER: Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. FiguArts Super Mario Figure

WIZARD WORLD PHILLY 2014 COSPLAY GALLERY

Wizard World Comic Con took place at the Philadelphia Convention Center this past weekend and it was packed with a plethora of passionate cosplayers proudly posing for photos. Hit the jump for over fifty pictures of some of the coolest, sexiest, and downright awesome cosplay from the con.

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