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SSB’s Destiny Digest #1 – A New Loot Cave?!

As we all know, Bungie’s hotfix 1.0.1.5 closed off the “Loot Cave”, a hot area for farming drops.  Leave it to the boffins at IGN to discover a new farming area.  But does it work?

Yes…and no.  Yes in the the fact that the loot cave does spawn enemies at a pretty crazy rate.  No..because you’ve gotta get it set up just right.  Here’s a breakdown.

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As pictured above, the loot cave is located in the Rocketyard, in Old Russia.  It’s tucked away in a corner, away from everything.  Moreover, the distance away from the spawn point is quite far.    On top of the spawn point’s position, there are numerous other spawn points near this optimal vantage point and they have to be cleared before the loot cave can spawn monsters.  It’s advantageous to go as a group, so one person can camp the point, and other people can clear the mobs in the Rocketyard.  And there are quite a few of them.

Also, Xur’s location this weekend is in the Tower Hangar, in the back of the bar.  Sounds like where I’m gonna be tonight.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with another Destiny Digest.  See you soon!

-Francis

PSN ID: “lulz1″

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So….how does this work again?

Romeo, that water was cold.

How’s everyone doing?  Between comic con, working with new writers, a promotion at my work, a knee injury, and my new addiction to Manna BBQ, we’ve been busy.  Let me apologize for the lack of updates on SSB, believe me, we’ve all wanted to sit down and write, but we’ve been planning some new things, on top of all the stuff I mentioned earlier.

A new artist

We’ve been working with Jimmy Pham, an artist that doesn’t have his head jammed up his own ass.   He’s got a style that’s quite malleable, and doesn’t make people change their script to fit his art, especially after it’s been drawn.  He’s not socially awkward, not a tool, and he’s pretty swoll.  Seriously.  Swolltaku no michi, for sure.

Videos

Brian, Justin, and myself have been kicking around the idea of videos.  Why the hell not?  I’m always down for something new.  One of our new videos is at the top of the page.

Collaborations

We’ll probably be working with a lot more people to bring more lulz and creativity to your computer screen.  Because reasons.

More of the same, pokey geekery that you know and love

While we are gonna be dropping some new shit, we’re not forgetting what makes SSB…SSB.  A love for all things truly geek.  Anime reviews, Game reviews, MMA stuff, me explaining my love for Ar Tonelico to the Dirty Gentlemen, Justin combing his sweet-ass pompadour, Ericka repurposing the internet for her own purposes, Brian getting us into shenanigans, Jared putting people back together, Abe talkin’ about soccer, Jonathan talkin’ about wrassling….IT’S GONNA BE FUCKIN’ TIGHT.

So buckle up, because we’re gonna bring the noise.  And here’s a preview of what you can expect over the coming weeks.

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SSB vs. Yakuza 4

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Men who stare at goat simulators?

It’s been a good, long while since I’ve been throughly addicted to a game.  I first caught a glimpse of Yakuza 4 during a youtube browsing session, when I stumbled onto the madness of the Two Best Friends, and they were starting a playthrough of Yakuza 4.  I started the first episode and before I knew it I ran through the entire playthrough.  I was so impressed with the game that I later sought it out and bought it.  For 12 bucks at the GameStop by my house.

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The Ryu Ga Gotoku series (Yakuza’s original name) is a best-seller in Japan, and it’s not difficult to see why.  The game takes pride in its presentation and storytelling.  The series revolves around sometimes-Yakuza patriarch, sometimes-orphanage caretaker, sometimes-host, sometimes-taxi driver Kazuma Kiryu and his wacky adventures with his friends and foster daughter through the red light district of Kamuro-cho, Tokyo.  Kamurocho is based on the real life district of Kabuki-cho, which from all accounts is pretty damn seedy.  For longevity’s sake I’m not gonna run down the entire series lore, you can go to Wikipedia for it.

You kick people in the head.

You kick people in the head.

In Yakuza 4, you control Kiryu, loan shark Shun Akiyama, death row inmate Taiga Saejima, and dirty cop Masayoshi Tanimura.  The story is told through their perspectives at different times, and it all comes together in an explosive finale that’ll leave you breathless.  Each character has their own fighting style and is an expression of the character’s personality.  Kiryu’s fighting style is a mix of karate and street fighting, so he’s good at most situations (and since he’s the series protagonist, he starts pretty damn strong from the get-go). Akiyama’s fighting style is reminiscent of taekwondo, so he relies on good footwork and speed to string together attack combos.  Saejima’s got strength for days, so he relies on a lot of grappling and throws to do damage.  Tanimura uses a lot of parrying and counters to get the job done.  The game’s combat seems to be a homage to Shenmue and Streets of Rage, and many people consider it to be the spiritual successor of the former.

What the game truly excels in is the presentation.  When you play the game, you’re sucked into Kamurocho, and there’s no end to the things you can do.  You can:

  • eat ramen
  • play pachinko
  • play arcade games
  • eat ice cream
  • go on dates with hostesses
  • get a massage
  • fight in tournaments for money
  • shoot pool
  • throw darts
  • sing Karaoke
  • …..and lots lots more.

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The game somehow blends this all together into a single, cohesive experience that just seems totally immersive.  Everything you do has a purpose, and doesn’t seem like a waste of time, though you could seriously just ditch the main plot and just dick around all day with the side quests (JUST LIKE SHENMUE).

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Tanimura with some kids.

The story, which is told through a mix of in-game cutscenes and FMV’s, is chock full of twists and turns that it’ll keep you guessing to the bitter end.  And like I said, the finale is explosive.  Almost reminds me of Sleeping Dogs, but for some reason, I really like Yakuza 4 a helluva lot more.  Sleeping dogs did let you do stuff….just not to the extent that Yakuza 4 did.  The presentation’s better.

Soooo, is it worth the buy?  HELL YES.  The game’s pretty old now though, so you’ll probably have to get it used.  And as if to rub salt in the wound, Yakuza 5′s been out in Japan already, and there’s no sign of a localized release ever.

Maybe it’s for the best.

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otakuFIGHTER : GLORY 17!

Okay, first off….HOLY SHIT GLORY 17 WAS AWESOME.  We got to see CroCop in action, Artem Levin won the GLORY Middleweight Championship, and Ericka made wings.

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IRL Zangief.

 

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And the Canadian dude that rocked Yodkhumpon Sitmonchai.

And the Canadian dude that rocked Yodkhumpon Sitmonchai.  Gabriel Varga.  Fernando would like him.

Not to leave too much out, I’ve also included some awesome moments from the night.  Remember that one scene from Kickboxer where JCVD is dancing?  I’m sure you’ve seen that, it’s one of the most used internet memes out there.

Yep. That just happened.

Duran Duran. The ultimate in badassery.

Again, congrats to Artem “The Lion” Levin for winning the Glory Middleweight championship title, Joseph “Bazooka” Valtellini for winning the Welterweight title, and Rico Verhoeven for retaining his heavyweight title in a really boring fight. Seriously. Ericka fell asleep. You’re probably wondering why I’m proud of the guy.

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Artem’s fam.

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OtakuFIGHTER: The Meaning

A loooong time ago, back when I was a college student trying to figure out his path in life, I met someone that changed my life.  Her name was Mae.  She urged me to not go down the path of full geekery and forsake a normal social existence in pursuit of the otaku life.  For the most part, I did.  I mean, why should there be one or another?  Just because I’m a huge anime/manga/videogame nerd doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy combat sports.

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I did adopt this mask. I wasn’t born into it. That would be weird.

On the contrary, those two seem to go hand in hand.  Combat Sports and the Otaku Life both require huge time commitments.  During training sessions, I usually go for about 3 hours, with a mix of drills, bagwork, cardio workouts, weights, and being kicked in the legs by Coach Caine.  I’ve got the bruises to prove it.  I miss the days of me vegging out and watching anime for hours on end, and then following it up with some Dynasty Warriors gameplay.  (BTW, Dynasty Warriors 8 is pretty hype.)

There are times when I feel that my otaku-soul is fading away from me.  For example, a couple weeks ago, I literally went 2-3 weeks without playing any videogames.  Seriously.  My PS4 lay dormant.  Work and training had left me without the energy to pick up my controller and play.  Didn’t even have the energy to download some anime.  (I’m behind on Mahouka Kokou No Rettousei.)

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Of course you want a slightly yandere imouto that can freeze people.

I can only hope that by writing on our website that I can maintain some semblance of my otaku self.  Just in case you’re wondering, I’m about to put my body through some crazy shit.  This fall, I’m going to be fighting in our gym’s next “Fight Night” event, in an exhibition kickboxing fight.  3 rounds, 3 minutes of kickboxing action.  Of course they’re exhibition rules, but it’s still full contact.  I’ve also got some more runs lined up for later in the year as well.

So to that end, I’ve begun a brutal training regimen at The Boxing Club.  Generally my sessions begin at 4:00 PM, where I do a Power Boxing/Kickboxing class for bagwork and cardio exercises.  The stuff that follows afterward varies, and this is what goes on.

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He’s trained many a fighter. And a few skaters too.

Monday: 3-4 mile circuit run in La Jolla.  I run outside the gym, down Nobel St., down to La Jolla Village Drive, and back to the gym.  With an elevation mask.
Tuesday: 1 hour Spin Class. With an elevation mask.
Wednesday: Muay Thai
Thursday: Spin or Muay Thai
Friday: Muay Thai or Personal Training with Coach Caine (Sparring, Padwork, technique drills)

I’m also taking steps to include classic boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu into my training regimen.  Plus cutting out booze and trying to eat clean is part of it too.  Trying, anyway.  Lord knows that Convoy Street is a cruel, tasty mistress.

You’re probably wondering “WHY THE HELL ARE YOU DOING THIS TO YOURSELF!?”.  The answer’s simple.  I’m having fun.  When I run down La Jolla Village drive with my training mask on, I’m having fun in my own weird way.  Even with the weird looks.  When it’s all said and done, I want to be the guy that can say, “Yeah, I fought in a ring.  It was pretty cool.”

Maybe then I can put that in my comic.

-Francis

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OtakuFighter: Twitch X Training Mask

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I did adopt this mask. I wasn’t born into it. That would be weird.

After seeing the ads at numerous UFC events, and eyeing the stand conveniently placed by OTM Fight Shop’s cash register, I decided to get myself a Training Mask.  Why?  Last week, I wasn’t able to train for most of the week, and I felt bad.  I figured that I had to throw myself back into the swing of things, and this was the best way to do it.  By simulating training at altitude.

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I’ll let the training mask description do the job of explaining what it is.  I’m actually pretty winded.

Training Mask will make your workout so efficient, you can actually cut the amount of time spent in training by as much as two-thirds. Simply strap it on and begin your normal work out. Within days, you’ll see the difference!

It’s really simple science. By conditioning your lungs and creating pulmonary resistance, your diaphragm is strengthened, thereby making your lungs work harder. When lungs work harder, the surface area and elasticity in the alveoli is increased, thus increasing your stamina and ability to go harder at your sport – or simply have increased energy for daily living.

Our multi-level resistance system uses our patented (PAT.8.590.533 B2) “Resistance Training Device” flux valve system, forcing you to inhale fuller, deep breaths. While your body adapts, your lungs will be trained to take deeper breaths and use the available oxygen more efficiently. Increasing your alveoli’s surface area will transport more oxygen via your red blood cells and carry it to the extremities.

I’ve been using it since yesterday, and I can say that training with it is pretty damn tough.  The training mask makes you take really deep breaths when you train, and anything less than that doesn’t go through.  So if you have a habit of hyperventilating when you train, this might be the cure for it.  Or it’ll kill you.

In my next entry, I’ll do a follow-up on this training mask, with a more indepth look at the individual components that make it up, and how it can simulate breathing at 18,000 feet.  Not that you would.  Or maybe.

 

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OtakuFIGHTER: Fight Night Spring 2014!! (Part 1)

Yesterday marked the first Fight Night event at The Boxing Club, and naturally, I was on hand to take pictures.  And that I did.

Mind you, I’m still getting used to this whole camera thing, so my pictures didn’t turn out so well.  Oh well, practice is practice.  I’m going to put a few of my fave pictures here, and at the end, there’s gonna be a dropbox link for the entire picture dump, so you can post the pics wherever you want, just as long as you keep the SSB logo intact.  Don’t be a dick and crop it out.

And in a few more days, Brian’s gonna have his pics from the event up, and they’re better than mine. :P

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The entire dump can be found here MAKE WITH THE CLICKING FOR GREAT JUSTICE!  DO IT NOW!! 

Big ups to TBC for putting together an awesome show, and even bigger ups to the people that participated.  I’ll be joining you guys soon enough.

 

-Francis

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SDSU final four = Shave my head!

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Yes, you have read the title correctly if my beloved SDSU Aztecs reach the final four I will shave my head. Let me preference this by I effing love my hair by going to Moga Salon and using only Shisiedo hairwax. You must be wondering “why would you do such a thing if you love your hair that much?”. I am doing it because I love SDSU that much more and have been saying this for 9 years now. I remember in 2005 when i was a wee freshmen and SDSU was no where near as good as it is now in sports, I would say it as a joke to my friends knowing it would never happen ever. Also it might be quite selfish of me to do so because I miss that wonderful time of being a college kid where I had really no real responsibilities and I was with my frat (what up Alpha Phi Omega!), my nursing family and girls who would break my heart.  So I would do anything to relive those days even if it is for a moment and at the cost of my hair. Well here we are now and this might be the team SDSU fielded so I say get that damn final four berth and let me shave my head! And yes there will be videos of me cheering/crying if this ever comes to pass. I hope there is pizza and beer at least…..