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Derived products, CD albums & anime / Banpresto Anastasia Figure.
« on: June 13, 2015, 05:55:38 am »

While many figures from the popular Winter 2015 anime, The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls have been released since airing, Banpresto finally released images of their up and coming figure of Anastasia. Anastasia is known as a half-Russian, half-Japanese girl in the anime that is known for using Russian phrases in her everyday speech.

Anastasia’s new figure is an “SQ figure,” which stands for “super quality figure” a branch of Banpresto prize figures. These types of figures can be won in Pachinko Parlors and arcades in Japan. She is molded from ABS and PCV materials and features a matte paint job on her hair with detailed eyes. While she has not been put up for preordering, her official release date is for October of this year.

My insatiable want is insatiable. Gimmegimmegimmegimme~.


Something suspicious started happening with Web addresses related to sites seized by the FBI from Megaupload and a number of online gambling sites. Instead of directing browsers to a page with an FBI banner, they started dropping Web surfers onto a malicious feed of Web advertisements—some of them laden with malware.

The hijacking of the Megaupload domains wasn't the result of some sophisticated hack. Based on evidence collected by Ars, it appears someone at the FBI's Cyber Division failed to renew the domain registration for CIRFU.NET, the domain which in turn hosted Web and name servers used to redirect traffic headed to seized domains. As soon as they expired, they were snatched up in a GoDaddy auction by a self-described "black hat SEO marketer," a British ex-pat who calls himself "Earl Grey."

The domain CIRFU.NET—maintained by the FBI's Cyber Initiative and Resources Fusion Unit—was registered through in 2009 through Domains By Proxy—the domain registration privacy service owned by GoDaddy. When the domain was renewed in 2011, the registration's privacy was dropped—and the "whois" data for the domain showed that it was registered to the Cyber Division of the FBI. The domain name was used for a series of name servers and websites operated by the FBI related to site seizures. The DNS records show that CIRFU.NET was on a two-year renewal cycle and set to expire on April 1, 2015 after an April 2, 2013 renewal. However, an April 3 retrieval of the Whois record showed that the domain had expired without renewal, and was on lockdown by GoDaddy awaiting either reactivation by the FBI or sale.

Your lovely tax dollars at work people. :3

General chatter / R.I.P. Sir Christopher Lee (5/27/1922 - 6/7/2015)
« on: June 13, 2015, 12:54:38 am »

After spending well over nine decades, the great man with the golden gun leaves us now. Be at ease, you magnificent individual.

General chatter / Project iM@S Cosplay Thread!
« on: June 05, 2015, 11:12:07 pm »
Much to my own surprise, Project iM@S has yet to have it's own cosplay dump. Let's alleviate things, shall we?

Feel free to post your favourite cosplays from the numerous people who pour their heart and soul to bringing these characters to life. There's no real limit to franchise, so this could pertain to just about anything -- it'll be all the more interesting. Since we lack a spoiler toggle for images, be mindful of your connection.

Please also refrain from questionable things in regards to explicit and shock imagery. Thanks, now for my start!

Benika Bathory as Steins;Gate's Kurisu Makise:

Himeno Shirayuki as Atelier's Cecilia Helmold:

Ookami Noihara as BlazBlue's Tsubaki Yayoi:

ZeRo (VoN) as Idolm@ster's Chihaya Kisaragi:

If you happen to know the connection of these characters, you win an imaginary cookie because it's the thought that counts. :3

Now for your share.

General chatter / ScrewAttack's Death Battle/One Minute Melee!
« on: June 05, 2015, 11:11:50 pm »
Following their recent release of Solid Snake VS Sam Fisher -- which now happens to be an all time favourite -- I felt this could be a discussion thread in itself.

For those unfamiliar, Death Battle is a video series by ScrewAttack featuring two fictional characters from separate sources with similar themes or prowess and who'd not normally meet are placed in a death match. Extensive research is also done with both combatants to best decide the winner. Another series by the same animators is One Minute Melee, which follows the similar crossover battle formula though forgoes said research for blunt results.

A playlist of all previous Death Battles can be found here; One Minute Melee's can be found here. Feel free to discuss current, upcoming and dream matches.

General chatter / Welp, high time for a smartphone.
« on: April 29, 2015, 05:47:51 am »
Greetings. Time and again I find myself surrounded by people -- whether family, friend or otherwise -- glued to a smartphone. I was indifferent for a time, simply amused with the fact they'd rather socialize by phone whilst they're near each other. Conversely? What I have now is a Kyocera -- an old numpad cellular that runs on minutes. Yeah, verily unlike what might as well be the modernized Swiss army knife. Those old man feels. :P

While said people gave me funny looks, it's now I'm finding virtue in that notion myself. That occurred to me after speaking with dad, who recently replaced his smartphone with a Fido Nexus 5. Something changed in me then, like a snap; people got by so well because of the multitude of things to get along their day. Not only that, work can be boring as fuck and it's lenient with activity lulls as is. This alone makes a buying incentive.

Moving on to the brunt, how should I finally invest? I imagine many of you have years upon years of experience with this, so what brands should I familiarize myself with? I know Iphones and Androids are a thing, but not much else. What I'm looking for in particular is a WiFi service that provides Facebook, Youtube and a music player. Anything else is a bonus, but given the plethoric nature of smartphones, it's probably a given.

Another thing to consider is that I'm from Canada, so anything easy on CAD would be nice. To give an idea, my dad pays a monthly bill of $50, which seems like a fair price. Maybe the Fido Nexus 5 is a worthy one? Still, I give very much appreciation in advance, as I'm very new to this concept as a whole. All that aside, feel free to indulge your experiences with smartphones and share if you happen to be in a similar position as I.

General chatter / Microsoft to Off Internet Explorer.
« on: March 18, 2015, 06:26:30 pm »

In tow with Setsuna's advice, I'm now here for service. This additional responsibility will pertain to iM@S2 and OfA requests, both on the PS3. I only ask to have my terms followed.

Request Status as of March 17th, 2015:

As is, I'm currently active. Because my working schedule tends to fluctuate every payday, in addition to other happenings like family visits, requests will be picked up as time allows. Expect upload times to be inconsistent throughout the coming weeks.

Request Guides as of March 17th, 2015:

In layman's terms, the iDOLM@STER console games use a coordinate-based system which defines what a set performance will actually be. It's through this code logic we may carry out request videos without hassle.

To produce these coordinates, please use the compendiums for iDOLM@STER 2 or One for All as directed. They're there for a reason as no other method will be accepted. Furthermore, keep requests organized by game and have only three at once per week.

Once you're ready to paste coordinates, please refer to the iDOLM@STER 2 or One for All requesting threads. Your requests will be picked up from there.

Request Items as of March 17th, 2015:

* For iDOLM@STER 2 *

Songs  - (1 to 39/Complete)
Stages - (St-01 to 37/Complete)

Floral Costumes - (FLO-001 to 004, FLO-008 to 009, FLO-011 to 013, FLO-015 to 030)
Luxury Costumes - (LUX-001 to 005, LUX-009, LUX-012 to 031)
Starry Costumes - (STA-001 to 004, STA-006 to 007, STA-011, STA-013 to 030)
Extend Costumes - (EXT-001 to 014, EXT-016 to 048)

Head Accessories - (Hd-002 to 014, Hd-016 to 019, Hd-021 to 028, Hd-030 to 063)
Body Accessories - (Bd-001 to 010, Bd-012 to 013, Bd-015 to 018, Bd-020 to 058)
Arm Accessories  - (Ar-001 to 003, Ar-005 to 015, Ar-017, Ar-019 to 021, Ar-023 to 028, Ar-030 to 058)
Leg Accessories  - (Lg-002 to 003, Lg-005 to 008, Lg-010, Lg-012 to 028, Lg-030 to 058)

* For One for All *

Songs  - (1 to 21)
Stages - (St-01 to 41)

Floral Costumes - (FLO-01 to 16)
Luxury Costumes - (LUX-01 to 15)
Starry Costumes - (STA-01 to 15)
Extend Costumes - (EXT-01 to 19)

Head Accessories - (Hd-01 to 41)
Body Accessories - (Bd-01 to 41)
Arm Accessories  - (Ar-01 to 41)
Leg Accessories  - (Lg-01 to 41)

Request Specs as of March 17th, 2015:

Recording is done with the Elgato Game Capture HD, supplemented by an upgraded Lenovo G560. Looking to build a custom workstation.

Unless otherwise specified, requested videos will be recorded on Auto-Cam and will have no subtitles, memory appeals nor burst appeals.

Alternatively, performance videos of my personal doing will see no difference other than a change to Long-Cam. I'm fond of choreography.

Request Notices as of March 17th, 2015:

Currently, I do not take requests of the donor nor specialized variety. As well, I'll refrain from producing videos with copyright restrictions as seen here.

I -- along with other contributors -- reserve the right to deny requests that are improper. Please look to fulfilled user request posts as visual reference.

By extension, we've also the right to deny requests or inquiries that are made in misconduct. Please respect that we have feelings and personal time.

If you've need to ask any further questions, send me a Private Message on the forum.

General chatter / Do you believe you'll stay a lifelong gamer?
« on: February 25, 2015, 03:30:03 pm »
This sprung after some contemplation, so how do you feel? As someone twenty-four and going, I wary of the stop one could experience in later life. Moreover, it's not impossible to realize one's taste can become more disconnected -- even jaded -- by the mainstream, along the 'edgy' general consensus surrounding this.

In spite of that, however, one reason I'll keep playing is that I'll someday look to a career as a game developer -- or at least casually -- following my sheer content as a soon-to-be computer technician. As well, I grew up with gaming for the longest time. My passion finds itself either way, gradual shortcomings be damned.

But in fairness, I know full well of the burnout from my initial point -- these trends all just feel samey to me. This also reflects in that daily things as of now take precedence -- like college life -- and I find myself playing games less, let alone buying them until bargain price. Recently I've a bad habit of incompleting games.

Nevertheless, I intend to make as much time as possible in regards to retirement; nostalgia is nice in itself, especially when you've made memories fonder with others.

General chatter / The "Game Titles You Can't Remember" Thread.
« on: February 12, 2015, 05:29:36 am »
On a whim, I was reflecting on all the classic games I used to play, yet there was bound to be stuff muddled in the unknown. I'm sure people were fond of something, but cannot for the life of them remember what it's even called.

Things like this certainly go way back. So for those with such memory fragments, let's make that nostalgia the point of discussion here.

Granted, this concept seems niche in that it deals with mostly obscure stuff, but hell if it isn't nice to reminisce. Bonus points if someone does happen to rekindle the entirety of said memories! Henceforth, I'll start with this old PC game:


You're a futuristic soldier in a FPS. Your operations are clandestine as in one mission you and your squadmates are sortied onto an island forest. Your objective was to weave through said terrain along with the considerable and hostile military presence there -- these guys were often jacked up with armored patrols and sniper towers. Not really something to fuck with often, so whether you did this with or without casualties was all on you.

What's even worse is the presence of extraterrestrials -- these were portrayed as massive, tan-colored arachnids which are very silent, yet very unsettling as they approach you even in broad sight. Had to stay clear of their nests, especially. From what I could tell, they're animalistic as they'd slaughter anyone. Getting through all that, you infiltrated a compound and destroyed the satellite dish supplementing enemy coms. Cue the escape.

What made this game stand out is that not only were the visuals remarkable, but it employed natural elements that engrossed the player. Things like this include a day/night setting, squadmate commands/commentary/remaining-dead-if-killed along with convincing stealth like ghillie suit use. In regards to the aliens? Fucking terrifying to the point you'd dread trying to flank the enemy military even if it's to your favor. Very, very atmospheric.

Two weapons I was particularly fond of was a flaregun -- with which you could lure passive aliens to enemy units -- and laserwire mines, something you'd see out of Duke Nukem 3D. :3

General chatter / #makeithappy
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:08:17 pm »
In recent news, Coca-cola setup a twitter bot named #makeithappy, whose purpose was for people to retweet negative comments online and have them reframed as part of ASCII art -- thus defusing them.

One company had an issue with this; Gawker media.

So? They produced a counter bot to tweet out Mein Kampf to Coca-cola's bot and gleed at said thing retweeting their nationalist propaganda, setting up articles to brag about it in a fashion resembling /b/.

UPDATE: In the wake of its republication of Mein Kampf, Coca-Cola has suspended the "Make It Happy" tweet campaign. All Mein Kampf tweets have been removed and the @CocaCola handle is no longer responding to #MakeItHappy tweets with ASCII art, or at all, really. The company provided AdWeek with the following statement:

"The #MakeItHappy message is simple: The Internet is what we make it, and we hoped to inspire people to make it a more positive place. It's unfortunate that Gawker is trying to turn this campaign into something that it isn't. Building a bot that attempts to spread hate through #MakeItHappy is a perfect example of the pervasive online negativity Coca-Cola wanted to address with this campaign."

While Gawker strenuously disagrees with Coke's own clearly stated desire to "secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children," we are even more disappointed to learn that the corporation does not have the strength of its own white nationalist convictions. Happiness has been destroyed, for now.

Another victory for journalism and completely missing the point. Read more about it, together with Coca-cola's complete statement here.

After years of hemming and hawing, bowing to pressure by telecom companies, the FCC has finally grown a backbone and will seek to classify the internet and related services as a public utility (such as water and power), which would provide very strong protections for net neutrality.

This came out of the blue, indeed -- not even nine months ago the head of the FCC dismissed this legal strategy as too radical, so it's a very welcome change. It won't come without hiccups, given the plethora of potential lawsuits. Should it actually come by, then hell to the yes.

The FCC will vote on the proposal on the 26th.

General chatter / R.I.P. Monty Oum (6/22/1981 -- 2/1/2015)
« on: February 02, 2015, 09:04:16 pm »

Our friend, inspiration and co-worker Monty Oum passed away yesterday afternoon at 4:34 PM surrounded by people who loved him very much. Ten days ago Monty suffered a severe allergic reaction during a simple medical procedure that left him in a coma. Although he fought bravely, his body was not able to recover. During his time in the hospital he was well cared for and never in pain at any time.

Monty is survived by his wife Sheena, his father Mony, his brothers Woody, Sey, Chivy and Neat, and his sisters Thea and Theary, as well as a countless number of fans and friends. We were so proud to be a part of his life and we will miss him greatly.

Your generosity during the hours after the public statement on Friday will help his family deal with the costs of his care and his passing. You made an incredible difference during a difficult time and we cannot thank you enough.

As for honoring Monty, we will do that in our own way. In lieu of flowers or gifts, we ask that you simply do something creative. Use your imagination to make the world a better place in any way that you can. If you know Monty like we do, then you know he would certainly be doing that if he were able to.

Monty was 33 years old.

We love you, Monty.

God fucking damn it, what a way for things to go sour. I enjoyed Dead Fantasy and RWBY for what they were, yet this just guts the fanbase outright. Condolences to all as he'll definitely be missed.

General chatter / The godfather of gaming lives on.
« on: December 08, 2014, 08:43:59 pm »
Alright folks, it is yet again that long age finally took its course; Ralph Baer -- inventor of the world's first home video game device -- passed away this weekend.

Ralph H. Baer, who turned television sets into electronic fantasy lands by inventing and patenting the first home video game system, died on Saturday at his home in Manchester, N.H. He was 92.

His death was confirmed by his family.

Video games have become more than just a ubiquitous pastime and a gigantic market (by some estimates, total worldwide sales of console hardware and software and online, mobile and computer games exceeded $90 billion in 2013). They are also an engine that has driven scientists and engineers to multiply computer speed, memory and visualization to today’s staggering capabilities.

In March 1971, Mr. Baer and his employer, Sanders Associates in Nashua, N.H., filed for the first video game patent, which was granted in April 1973 as Patent No. 3,728,480. It made an extraordinarily large claim to a legal monopoly for any product that included a domestic television with circuits capable of producing and controlling dots on a screen.

Sanders Associates licensed its system to Magnavox, which began selling it as Odyssey in the summer of 1972 as the first home video game console

I feel everyone owes it to themselves to recognize and remember this man -- he came to affect our lives so much more than we know. Rest easy, Mr. Baer.

General chatter / So, Halloween.
« on: October 31, 2014, 01:59:49 pm »
That time already? It sure flies~, so is anyone going out for the occasion? Handing out treats? Trying out for local costume contests following a dance night? Drinking, perhaps? I know I am. Feel free to share your experiences to be had on this day, and if you can be sure to show off your costume because tradition. :3

For my wares, refer to this:

For my costume, it'll pretty much be something unheard of, owing to 'WTF LOL' reactions. In a nutshell, mix this with THIS and you'll have my new identity:

Suave Horse. I'm also looking to have a cane or a pipe to complete said identity. :3

I also have a monocle to complete said identity because swag and not totally because I'm furry or something. :3 Times will be grand, indeed... that being said, Happy Halloween peoples! For a bonus, let's have Stuart Ashens lead things off with obligatory, quarter-assed merchandise.

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