Spoony Bard Podcast: Episode 63: The Calender was a Lie

So this is a little late due to various and stupid real life things, but none the less the game of the year podcast with Stark and I is up and ready for a good solid listening too!  What we end up selecting for a favorite game is not something that either of us really expected to be talking about, but when you have a conversation and want to come to some kind of agreement then I guess the one game both of us played for an insane amount of time is the winner. We also have a ton of other game based talk, but we mainly try to stay within the confines of the GoTY award.

We ended up having some weird audio problems, but it was kind of sorted out by the end of the pod. Hope you all enjoy.


Mass Effect Anime Coming In Fall 2012

Mass Effect continues to bring goodies to otaku fans of the game series, as it was announced that Funimation is doing a anime film based on the games called “Mass Effect: Paragon Lost”.  The film is going to focus on the back story of James Vega, a character from the third game in the series.  The events in the film will take place before Mass Effect 3.

Funimation is working with Bioware and EA to write the story, and is teaming up with anime studio Production I.G. and the character designer from Eureka Seven for the visual elements of the film.  Production I.G. has been the studio behind anime films such as The Ghost In The Shell TV series, The Evangelion movies (Death And Rebirth, End Of Evangelion), Eden Of The East, and Guilty Crown.  Funimation is estimating the film will be released this fall.

Source:  Joystiq

EA Tries To Sell Mass Effect 3 To The Japanese With Manga, Wrex Accused Of Molestation

An 8 page manga about EA’s upcoming game Mass Effect 3 can now be found on the Japanese gaming website Dengeki, featuring adorable versions of all your favorite Mass Effect Characters!  Liara and Tali are walking home from “Citadel High School”, until they are pursued by a raging Wrex.  Once Wrex is able to convince the poor girls he is not there to make this manga into a hentai doujin, he proceeds to turn the middle of the street into a marketing ploy for Mass Effect 3, even going so far as to bribe the girls with cake.

The real funny thing about this form of advertising is that I wonder if it can actually hurt sales of the game in Japan.  Mass Effect games are very western games that would never appeal to an otaku obsessed with all things moe.  It would be like a television ad for Disgaea done in live action, featuring muscle-bound demons hacking the limbs off of monsters on a battlefield with blood spraying everywhere, and heavy-metal-rock blaring in the soundtrack.

Source:  Crunchyroll.com