Sony sells all of their shares in Square Enix....wait what?!

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Source: http://playeressence.com/sony-has-sold-all-of-its-shares-in-square-enix/#more-57466

Big news guys. It turns out that Sony just sold all 9,520,000 of their shares in Square Enix. Even though I knew of Sony's financial troubles and how they are on the verge of bankruptcy, I would never have thought that Sony would do something like this. Seeing how Sony has had a solid relationship with SE since the release of Final Fantasy VII in 1997, I would have imagined that this would have been the last thing that Sony would do before they file for bankruptcy. But I am really shocked to hear this, since all those shares that Sony had of SE was the main reason why most of Square's games were exclusive to PlayStation platforms. This could also be viewed as a good thing for Nintendo, since we could be seeing more of their games on the 3DS as Wii U. Also, this a turning point in this industry, seeing as how 3rd party publishers like Square Enix were being paid by Sony & Microsoft to make games for their consoles, it turns out Square Enix may not have that luxury of being paid to put games on consoles much longer. They're going to have to come up with better business decisions, like maybe dropping mobile support since that is one of the reasons why 3rd parties are having major financial problems. And speaking of seeing more of SE's games on 3DS and Wii U, could it be that the rumor that Kingdom Hearts III may be coming to Wii U is true? Well, we shall see. We'll never really know yet. But this is big news, since SE and Sony have been major partners since 1997, and it looks like that era may be coming to an end soon.

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I really want to go to more Anime conventions. Anyone have any recommendations on which ones to visit?

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Hey everyone, this time I'm looking for some anime convention recommendations and I'm wondering if anyone's got a good one for me to visit. Since I went to Youmacon in Detroit this past November, I suddenly got interested in visiting more anime conventions across the country, but since I'm still living at home and still in college at the moment, and while I don't have that much money on me since I'm too addicted to video game and anime collecting, I'm looking for conventions that aren't too far out of reach for me. I don't mind having to go out of state for a convention, but since I live in Michigan, near Detroit, I am looking for good conventions that are in these following states: Michigan (yes, I'm including my home state in this), Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky (I suppose), Missouri (I suppose), New York (I guess), Pennsylvania, and Iowa. Maybe Minnesota, I'm not so sure yet. I am planning to go to Anime Midwest in Chicago this summer, but I wouldn't mind if anyone else has any recommendations as to where else I should head out to. So please do leave any recommendations in the comment section if you have any for me. I would really appreciate it.

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Great, now I have two of the same blogs put up. Thanks a lot, Glitchspot! Where the hell did the delete blog button go?

I really want to go to more Anime conventions. Anyone have any recommendations on which ones to visit?

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Hey everyone, this time I'm looking for some anime convention recommendations and I'm wondering if anyone's got a good one for me to visit. Since I went to Youmacon in Detroit this past November, I suddenly got interested in visiting more anime conventions across the country, but since I'm still living at home and still in college at the moment, and while I don't have that much money on me since I'm too addicted to video game and anime collecting, I'm looking for conventions that aren't too far out of reach for me. I don't mind having to go out of state for a convention, but since I live in Michigan, near Detroit, I am looking for good conventions that are in these following states: Michigan (yes, I'm including my home state in this), Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky (I suppose), Missouri (I suppose), New York (I guess), Pennsylvania, and Iowa. Maybe Minnesota, I'm not so sure yet. I am planning to go to Anime Midwest in Chicago this summer, but I wouldn't mind if anyone else has any recommendations as to where else I should head out to. So please do leave any recommendations in the comment section if you have any for me. I would really appreciate it.

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Something Nintendo should consider: Bring Dreamcast games to Wii U Virtual Console

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Over a week since my last blog? Sorry that I've been torturing you all for this long. Anyway, I'm sure you've heard that Nintendo has brought Game Boy Advance and DS games to the Wii U Virtual Console. And there also have been rumors flying around that GameCube games will eventually be brought over to the Wii U VC around E3 2014. Even though it is a wonderful thing that Nintendo is expanding the Virtual Console library by giving you more classic games from more classic systems, there is one console that I think should be added to the Virtual Console lineup:

The Sega Dreamcast.

I really think Nintendo should convince Sega someway or another to bring Dreamcast games over to the Virtual Console, since there are so many great games on that console that are worth adding to VC. It would also be another way to persuade consumers to buy a Wii U and help boost it's sales a little bit. Games like Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Resident Evil CODE: Veronica, Sonic Adventure 1 & 2, Power Stone 1 & 2, Shenmue 1 & 2, Dead or Alive 2, Virtua Fighter 3tb, Crazy Taxi, Skies of Arcadia, SoulCalibur, are more than enough reasons why the Dreamcast should be added to the Virtual Console lineup. Even though there are many Nintendo fans out there that want the GameCube to be added to VC more than any other console, I'm actually picking the Dreamcast over my first game console, surprisingly. Sega has brought over the Genesis to Virtual Console on Wii, hopefully they can bring back the Genesis and add the Dreamcast to Wii U Virtual Console. I may not have a Wii U just yet, but I will get one once I feel the time is right, and the addition of more consoles to the VC library is one of the reasons I will buy a Wii U in the near future, along with Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2 (It's not going anywhere. Just buy a Wii U for it instead of crying about it.), and Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. So hopefully Sega goes through with it, at some point before Gen 8 ends. It would put a really big smile on my face.

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Have your NCAA March Madness brackets been "busted" yet?

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Hey everyone, and for the first time ever, I'm going to be doing a blog about sports, college basketball in particular. As you all may know, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament has just begun, which is also known as March Madness, where 68 teams fight their way to the Final Four and attempt to win a national championship. The tournament format is single-elimination, where if team A beats team B, team A moves on to the next round, and team B is eliminated from the tournament and sent home. There are a total of 7 rounds in the tournament, and 68 teams total participate in the tournament, and that number gets smaller the more teams get eliminated, and it goes down to 1 team which is crowned national champion. The first round is the newly added "First Four", where 8 teams play each other to get to the actual 1st round of the tournament, which is now called the 2nd round, and into the field of 64 teams. The teams that win the 2nd round, go on to the 3rd round, and then there is the Sweet 16, where 16 teams are left in the tournament still. After that comes the Elite Eight, where there are only 8 teams remaining, and the teams that come out successful in the Elite Eight move on to the Final Four, where the remaining 4 teams play to move on to the championship round, and these days, the Final Four takes place in a major city, in a large, domed stadium which is meant for NFL football. The current location of the Final Four this year is in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium, where the NFL's Dallas Cowboys play, and it is the largest stadium in the NFL, seating up to 100,000, and this year's Final Four will attract over 100,000 spectators due to the added extra capacity for basketball compared to football. And the remaining two teams play for the national championship, and then the team that wins is crowned the champion. That's how the tournament works if anyone wants to know.

Anyway, this one is to any of my followers who pay attention not just to college basketball, but sports in general, and if any one of you guys are doing brackets this year, please do let me know how they are holding up. Here's this year's tournament as it stands right now, we are currently in the Sweet 16 portion of the tourney and the games continue on Thursday: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/tournament/bracket . How is your bracket holding up? Is it still looking great, or has it been "busted"? Let me know, K? The teams remaining in the tournament are: Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona, Stanford, Dayton, UCLA, Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa State, Connecticut, Florida, San Diego State, Wisconsin, Baylor and Tennessee. Have I done a bracket this year? Nope. Have I made a prediction on who is going to win it all this year? Nope. But am I rooting for a certain team to win it all this year? I sure am. Well, GSJones, who might you be rooting for, huh? Come on, PLEASE tell me!!! Well, I'm pulling for my Michigan Wolverines to win it all this year. Why you may ask? I'm a big Michigan fan, my team hasn't won a national title since 1989, and I really hope they win it all this year, since 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Michigan's 1989 title win. I hope they do it this year, I really do. Anyway, please let me know if you're doing any brackets this year and let me know who you are rooting for to win it all this year.

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And GO BLUE!!!

Are you f**king serious, Kojima??!!!

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Source(s): http://playeressence.com/hideo-kojima-wont-put-metal-gear-on-wii-u-but-wants-snake-in-smash-bros-for-wii-u/#more-52701 , http://playeressence.com/really-kojima-really-butterworthy/#more-52893 , http://playeressence.com/kojima-wants-snake-in-smash-bros-u-but-wont-put-mgs-v-on-wii-u-my-take/#more-52911

Okay, since I heard about this load of bulls#!t a few days ago, I just lost so much faith in this damn industry, I swear to god. What gives Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima any f**king right to say that to Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai? NOTHING!!!!! If he's not going to put in an effort on Wii U, than he has no right to say that s#!t. Okay, I think I'll calm down for a second, but you won't believe how pissed off I am at this. You all know that Solid Snake was in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and most of us were expecting his return in the next entry in the series, but after hearing this come out of Kojima's fanboy mouth, I really hope Sakurai turns Kojima down....OH not just turn him down, but give him the finger and turn him down in style!!! (Ok, maybe that won't happen, but I would actually pay to see that!) Well, all of us know that Kojima is not planning to bring Metal Gear Solid V over to Wii U as well, because he "doesn't know what to do with the Wii U gamepad, and can't think of any ideas." Then, after that, he requests that Snake be in the next Smash Bros. game, even though he's not going to do anything on Wii U. That right there is what pisses me off. And you know what else? Kojima said that there would be tablet integration for MGSV as well........He snubbed Nintendo fans of a game that would fit perfectly on Wii U. He said he couldn't come up with any ideas for the Wii U gamepad, yet he announces that there will be tablet integration for MGSV. I have already lost a ton of respect for Kojima, and since I heard about this, I pretty much lost all respect for the dude. I already am starting to hate Kojima, and not just because he won't release his games on my preferred brand of consoles. And for anyone who brings up the damn sales argument as to why he won't put MGSV on Wii U, listen very carefully here. The Wii U has sold about 6 million units worldwide, about the same amount of the PS4, and 2.5 million more than the Xbox One. Also, if sales had anything to do with a console not getting a lot of 3rd party support, why did the Sega Saturn get more 3rd party support than the N64 (and the Saturn was the hardest console to develop for of the 5th gen, and it totally bombed (9 million units sold worldwide!!))? Why did the Dreamcast get more 3rd party support than the GameCube? Why does the Dreamcast have a bigger library than the GameCube? So the sales argument has been totally disproven here. Anyway, back on topic. Kojima has a lot of nerve saying that. IMO, Snake does not deserve & shouldn't even be in the next Smash Bros (and I don't think Sakurai would even listen to him), UNLESS Kojima takes the time and actually puts MGSV or some more of his games on Wii U. Him and Konami could have worked something out with Nintendo, like cross-promoting Snake in the next Smash Bros. and Metal Gear Solid V (if it were coming to Wii U), but instead, Konami and Kojima already decided that they were never going to work on Wii U before the console even hit store shelves. All I have to say is that Kojima can go f**k himself. He's had a massive Sony bias for over 15 years now, and I hope Sakurai turns that Sony fanboy down (hopefully in style!!!). He has barely done anything with Nintendo consoles, besides release a remake (Twin Snakes), and a 3DS port (Snake Eater 3D). His terrible treatment of the Nintendo fanbase and his gigantic Sony bias are some of the many reasons people despise Kojima, and I don't blame them one bit. Snake does not deserve to be in the next Smash Bros, unless Kojima actually gives Nintendo fans some of his games. Sorry, but that's not how things work. Having Snake in Brawl was a deal of f**king honor, and what does Kojima give us Nintendo fans back? A 3DS port of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. THAT'S IT!! You know what they say, "Don't ask for things unless you can return the favor; you work to earn." IMO Snake does not deserve to be in the next Smash, and I can think of quite a few 3rd party characters that are way more worthy of being in the next Smash Bros., like a Resident Evil character or two, Leon S. Kennedy first comes to mind, since Resident Evil 2 (a game Leon starred in) hit the Nintendo 64 in 1999 and was the first RE game to appear on a Nintendo system, plus he was also in the timed GameCube exclusive Resident Evil 4, so if a RE character were to appear in Smash, it would most likely be Leon S. Kennedy. Plus, Resident Evil has had a massive history on Nintendo systems, and almost every single game in the series are on Nintendo platforms, with 2 games (Resident Evil Remake and Resident Evil 0) still being NINTENDO EXCLUSIVE!!! Sora from Kingdom Hearts is also another strong contender as well, since more than half of the series has been released on Nintendo platforms. Cecil Harvey from Final Fantasy IV is also another contender IMO too, since FFIV was on Super Nintendo, and it's the most ported FF game ever, as it has been rereleased on GBA and it got a 3D remake on DS too, so why not give good 'ol Cecil a chance, eh? Heck, even Travis Touchdown from No More Heroes is an excellent contender as well, since both NMH games are Wii exclusive, and I think he has a moveset that would work well in Smash Bros. And you know who else could be a possible contender? Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia. Tales of Symphonia is the best selling Tales series game and is Nintendo exclusive (except for Japan), also almost half the series has been released on Nintendo consoles (Phantasia, Symphonia, Hearts, Innocence, Graces, Abyss, ToS: Dawn of the New World (also featuring Lloyd)), you get the point. But then my fellow GS user SloganYams would come over and disagree with me, saying that Pac-Man would be way more worthy. Well, I actually disagree on that statement, since Pac-Man isn't really as popular as he used to be, as he was massively overshadowed by other mascots like Mario and Sonic over the past 2-3 decades. Well, those are my picks, let me know if you have any. Snake does not deserve to be in the next Smash after Kojima's recent ramblings. After hearing that, Kojima just showed to me as a gamer and a longtime Nintendo fan that he does not like, nor care for Nintendo at all, and I really hope Sakurai and Nintendo never ever gives him anything that he desires ever again, because he is just like 95% of those 3rd party developers who treat Nintendo and their fans like second-class citizens. Mark my words, Kojima & Konami are going to regret ignoring Nintendo and the Wii U. It's going to come back and bite them in the ass.

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Here's some interesting stuff...why not check 'em out?

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# Hey everyone, today's kind of a slow day today, but I found some cool stuff while searching YouTube and Playeressence.com. I thought that I would share them with you all if you're interested in any of these certain topics. Well, here are the links:

1. http://playeressence.com/gamecube-proves-anti-nintendo-bias-mizzah-tee/#more-51963 - GameCube PROVES Anti-Nintendo Bias - Mizzah Tee - PLAYERESSENCE

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY20NPp1yjQ - Downfall of Gaming Journalism #5: A Lie Agreed Upon - The Rageaholic

3. http://playeressence.com/game-informer-was-indeed-speaking-of-wii-u-in-their-slanderous-feature/#more-46206 - Game Informer was INDEED Speaking of Wii U's Online Features Including Friend Codes - PLAYERESSENCE

4. http://playeressence.com/gamespots-reasoning-for-murdered-soul-suspect-not-coming-to-wii-u-is-a-bit-off/#more-50653 - GameSpot's Reasoning for Murdered Soul Suspect Not Coming to Wii U is a bit off - PLAYERESSENCE

Here they are, I think you'll all be very interested in these, I thought these articles/videos brought up some very interesting and factual points that I think are worth sharing, check 'em out if you want.

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Now Playing - Front Mission

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Front Mission

Platform(s): Super Nintendo

Released: 1995

Hey everyone, just before my winter break ended today, yesterday I was able to pick up a game that I have been kicking myself over to play time and time again, and this time I got a repro cart of the original Front Mission. After seeing so many gameplay videos of it on YouTube and since Mark from Classic Game Room highly recommends this game, I decided to pick it up at last yesterday, and as of now, I'm only a few missions in, but I must say that this game is not as hard as I thought it would be. After putting in over 40 hours into Front Mission 3 on PS1, and since that game is pretty damn hard, I kind of expected this game to kick my ass as well, but it's not too bad actually, since I don't have to worry about the stupid expensive part upgrades from the 3rd game, and I'm not limited to 4 wanzers. While playing, I have managed to get Frederick and Yang to join the party, but I couldn't get Paul to join in since I failed to rescue him in the Grey Rock mission. Now I'm currently at the part where Yang meets up with her informant Hans, and I'm hoping that I didn't reach Mobile Squadron 64 (aka Hell's Wall) yet! But anyway, I'm enjoying the game so far, the story is pretty depressing but gripping and good, the characters are so much better than the ones in the 3rd game, and it's pretty straightforward and simple compared to FM3.

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My Video Game and Anime purchases from the Past 2 Months

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Hey everyone, and I'm back with a new blog for the first time in over a week. Yeah, I've been buried in homework and I haven't really been able to put up new blogs very much. But I have managed to find some really awesome stuff recently and since I can't really think of anything interesting to write about, I thought that I might as well show you what I got over the past 2 months or so. So here they are, and enjoy!

Summer Wars (Blu-Ray & DVD combo pack) - $27 (new). This movie is pretty damn good, I highly recommend that you guys check this out if you haven't already. I thought about checking this out for a while and looks like I made the right choice.

Bravely Default Collectors Edition - $57 (new). Ah yeah, I'm pretty sure that some of you expected me to pick this up, and I heard this was the best new game from Square Enix in a while. I've only just started playing this game, It's pretty good, and it reminds me a little bit of Final Fantasy V and it's job system. I'll put some more hours into it once I have the time to do so.

Marmalade Boy Ultimate Scrapbook: Volume Two - $23 (new). After hearing that Volumes 3 and 4 go for insane amounts of money, I panicked and I quickly ordered Volume Two of Marmalade Boy off Amazon just in case if it goes up in price sooner or later. I would like to say that Volume 2 is better than the first one, I enjoyed it a lot more and it gets better with each episode. And I know that I'm going to have to wait a while to buy 3 & 4 since they are very expensive, but the series just turned 20 years old this year...maybe Funimation will release a 20th Anniversary boxset? who knows.

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time - $8 (used). I was thinking about trying out the Star Ocean franchise for a long time, so a friend of mine who runs a game store just got a copy of the 3rd game in the series, Till the End of Time, and it was just $8, so I picked it up. And so far I am pleased with it so far. I'm over 40 hours in and I really enjoy the gameplay, the story, the setting and the atmosphere of this game. I recommend that you check this out if you haven't already. You'll be glad you did.

Darker Than Black: The Complete First Season - $40 (new). Since my sister insisted that I check this series out, I decided to pick up Season One, and I got hooked immediately. The characters are awesome, it has some really funny moments, the story is great even though it gets depressing at times, and it has such a great intro song that makes me want to do 90 on the freeway! :) Check this out please!

Tales of the Abyss (3DS version) - $30 (new). Okay. I've heard from multiple sources and diehard fans that this is the best Tales series game. I plan to check this out once I'm on my mid-winter break next week.

Vampire Knight: The Complete Series - $31 (used). Since my sister is a big fan of Vampire Knight, I decided to check the series out for myself, and after seeing it, I must say that I understand why she likes this series. It's funny, the story is great, the characters are great despite being very over the top at times, and since I've watched all the episodes, I can now check out Vampire Knight: Guilty!

Rosario + Vampire Seasons 1 & 2 - $96 (altogether, new). Since this was another series my sister insisted that I check out, I decided to get these off Amazon after seeing some episodes on YouTube. And I must say that this is the most bizarre anime I have ever watched. This show has fan service out the ass, and the characters are over sexualized at times, but it's still a very good show in it's own right. It's still well-written, the characters are funny and excellent, and I recommend that you check this show out if you haven't already because once you start watching Rosario + Vampire, you won't be able to let that series go. Ever.

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Now Playing - Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

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Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

Platform(s): PlayStation 2

Released: 2004

Hey everyone, since my Christmas break I became so addicted to a certain game that I didn't think I would become addicted to. I have always been thinking about trying out the Star Ocean franchise since seeing gameplay footage of the first Star Ocean on Super Nintendo (and I would REALLY like a Star Ocean repro cart), and so while I was on my break one day my local retro game store picked up Star Ocean: Till the End of Time for the PlayStation 2, and so I went and I got it. And hey, it was surprisingly cheap too, as I only got it for just $8! When I first started playing it, I didn't think I would be too interested in it since the intro starts out kinda weak and is very cheesy. But once I went to the first planet in the game, Vanguard III, the game just got so much better and it pulled me right in. I'm making very good progress through the game right now, despite that I'm not using the game's invention feature very much, and I'm already over 40 hours into it already! Should you check this out? Yes, I highly recommend that you do. This game is amazing in almost every way. The controls are great, music is top notch, the gameplay is excellent, the story is very solid and gripping, and has a surprise twist once you get 40 hours into it. But the downsides are that the characters are too anime-cliched, it can be very difficult at times and the invention feature can be a bit of a challenge. But anyway, I'm making good progress and I really enjoy this game. If you haven't tried this game out yet, please do, it deserves your time and can be found for just a few bucks.

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