Aug 29, 2018

Dream Daddy #1

Dream Daddy is making the jump from PC gaming phenomenon to the digital pages of a brand new comic coming from Oni Press. The comic does away with the intro from the game where as a player you are presented with all of your potential love interests at once, and instead looks to have the first five or so issues focus on one suitor at a time.

Frankly, this fresh start is perfect for the comic. The eye candy for the first issue is Craig Chan, a bro like no other. The plot revolves around the two men going to their college reunion, and their dread at reconnecting with people they had thought exited their lives. While younger readers might not directly relate to this, anyone who has gotten a facebook message about a high school or college reunion knows the kind of stress these events can bring on. Luckily, the hi-jinks from the game are here too. I won’t spoil it, but both our Dream Daddy’s end up in some rather humorous, and over the top, situations that feel straight out of the game.

One thing I will say that is kind of jarring though, is the protagonist. While I know it is impractical and impossible to capture a player created character once you start committing things to a more linear canon, it does take some of the fun out of narrative. That’s not to say what writer Wendy Xu brings to the table is bad, in fact it is spot-on perfect, it is just there are some expectations players might have envisioned from the game that don’t translate into a rigid and defined medium like comics. The protagonist feels a little one dimensional, but serves as a great template for readers to project themselves onto. I really hope later issues continue to keep the protagonist relate-able without giving him too much personality, as honestly like the game itself, it is all about the Dream Daddies.

Ryan Maniulit delivers great work here too, and knows how to draw an emotional moment that doesn’t look forced or awkward. Aside from a key object being obscured by an oddly placed panel, everything sings, particularly the background work. Heavy use of gradients can sometimes be seen as a cheap trick, but here it absolutely works as a way to convey emotions between two characters in the same panel. It feels very anime, and reminiscent of the game. These backgrounds especially shine when their lighting interacts with characters, giving a surreal feeling to the whole narrative.

While most narrative games that have jumped to comics have failed, so far Dream Daddy has succeeded. It is rare that a visual novel gets translated into a fixed medium such as comics and there is a huge risk in expectations from players and readers alike, as they expect two totally different experiences. Based on one issue, it looks like Dream Daddy has began to lay the groundwork for what is going to be a truly unique experience in comics. Once players stop expecting things they are given with games and start expecting a funny and charming narrative, Dream Daddy is going to win a lot of people over.

Dream Daddy is a digital exclusive. You can find the first issue on ComiXology.

This review originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Aug 25, 2018

Not Enough Resources: Episode 37 - Battle for Azeroth, ROMs, Emulation and Preservation, NALCS Summer Split and Overwatch League All-Stars Weekend

Hold on to your hype it is time for the latest episode of Not Enough Resources! Right now, we are in improvement mode, so we are asking you what you want to hear more of from us? Follow us on Twitter @NERPodcast, and send us your comments and suggestions! You can subscribe to Not Enough Resources on iTunes or Google Play.


Now Playing:
Dylan dives back into World of Warcraft with it’s latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth. Is it a return to glory from a story perspective, or more of the same?

News:
With Nintendo shutting down ROM sites with Cease and Desist letters, Dylan and Ryan weigh in on topic of game preservation and what could be done instead of erasing gaming history forever. Is Nintendo in the right for exercising their rights as the IP holder?

Competitive Corner:
Cloud9 has turned over a new leaf in the NALCS, winning their last 8 matches in a row and earning a bi-week for the Summer Split Playoffs. Also going on this weekend is the first All-Star Weekend for the Overwatch League, which will feature some great show matches like Lucio Ball and Mystery Heroes on Saturday, and the actual All-Star match on Sunday.

Aug 23, 2018

D.Va Shines in the Latest Overwatch Cinematic

The Overwatch Cinematic team delivers again, this time with a short dedicated to esports savant Hana Song aka D.Va.
The cinematic, named Shooting Star, focuses on the disconnect between Korean media and the horror’s of defending the city from hostile omnics. While the media treats Hana like a, ahem, diva, the reality is that she is a dedicated soldier who cares for her mech in her downtime. The weight of losing others in her unit hangs heavy on her shoulders, and she takes defending Busan very seriously. I was getting serious Pacific Rim vibes from the cinematic, thanks to the MEKA Lab residing in the sea as a line of defense for the city. It is interesting to see these incredibly hostile omnics and their desire to destroy Busan, and makes me wonder what makes playable omnics who are considered ‘good guys’ make that choice to not destroy humans.

Shooting Star debuted at Blizzard’s Gamescom panel, and also served as a small teaser to a new control map, Busan. The three smaller maps of Busan will show off different angles of the city, including the MEKA lab featured heavily in the cinematic. An additional surprise? The new map will be on the PTR today for players to try out.

This weekend is the Overwatch League All-Stars Weekend, featuring show matches such as pro players playing Mystery Heroes and Lucio Ball. You can watch all the action at twitch.tv/overwatchleague.

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Aug 17, 2018

First Look: Star Wars Resistance

Following the incredibly satisfying ending to Star Wars: Rebels, and the pending final season of the The Clone Wars, Star Wars has become a mainstay of television. This fall the third Star Wars cartoon will air on The Disney Channel and Disney XD, Star Wars Resistance.


There is a lot going on here! The most notable change from Rebels and Clone Wars is the cel shaded style art. I love it, as it will help separate Resistance from the legacy established by the other shows. It also provides a look at something most of the new Expanded Universe hasn’t really touched on, the 30 year time period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It also looks to be the first show that won’t have a Jedi character, which I hope opens up new lanes of storytelling. Another cool tidbit? Both Oscar Issac and Gwendolyn Christie will reprise their roles from the movies!

Here is the synopsis for the pilot (hehe) episode:

Poe and BB-8 assign newly-appointed spy Kaz to the Colossus, a massive aircraft re-fueling platform on an outer rim water planet, home to colorful new aliens, droids and creatures. While undercover, Kaz works as a mechanic and lives with Poe’s old friend Yeager, a veteran pilot who operates a starship repair shop run by his crew: Tam, Neeku and their old battered astromech droid, Bucket. Kaz soon finds himself in over his head with his new friend BB-8 as he’ll have to compete in dangerous sky races, keep his mission a secret from his newfound family, and avoid the danger of the First Order.

Star Wars: Resistance will premiere on October 7th.

This post originally appeared on RoguesPortal.com.

Aug 11, 2018

Not Enough Resources: Episode 36 - Sexism at Riot Games, Smash Brothers Ultimate, Overwatch League celebrations, EVO 2018

Hold on to your hype it is time for the latest episode of Not Enough Resources! Right now, we are in improvement mode, so we are asking you what you want to hear more of from us? Follow us on Twitter @NERPodcast, and send us your comments and suggestions! You can subscribe to Not Enough Resources on iTunes or Google Play.


Thanks to a hectic few weeks, there isn’t much to talk about in now playing, but that means we jump straight into news.

Earlier this week Kotaku published a incredibly in-depth investigative journalism piece concerning rampant sexism at Riot Games, the creators and publishers of League of Legends. Dylan dives into his disappointment of this new light shown on one of his favorite developers and we discuss how to be a better ally for women in gaming.

On a brighter note, there was a whole bunch announced for the upcoming Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. So much so that Ryan is forced to eat his foot on calling the game a mere port of the Wii U version.

In the competitive corner we break down what Ryan refers to as the Stomping Grounds Clause in the Overwatch League, which is preventing Inaugral Season Champions the London Spitfire, from hosting a player meet n’ greet/celebration in Seoul Korea.

To close, we briefly touch on GSL vs The World and SonicFox’s impressive run at EVO 2018.