Toylanta 2019

HBO Presents Game of Thrones Season Four Premiere Party

This was actually really cool.  I got invited to a Game of Thrones premiere party to be one of the first people to watch the opening episode for the Game of Thrones fourth season.

There were various performers on site such as a belly dancer, a cellist, actors, and puppeteers.

Food was top notch, including a suckling pig, seafood, and alcohol.

Many fans and industry professionals were also there.

A good time was had by all.

MegaCon Tampa 2018

Trivia Night (Terminator Genisys) at Battle & Brew 2016

Cosplay Night (Cartoons) at Battle & Brew 2016

Cosplay at a Glance: Lady Sorrow, Saiyan Queen

Today’s Cosplay at a Glance feature is a proud wife and mother, and takes #Cosfit into a whole ‘nother level.

She doesn’t have a Patreon or Onlyfans, but she does have an Etsy and Ko-fi.

Cosplay at a Glance presents Lady Sorrow, Saiyan Queen.

 

Name:  Lady Sorrow, Saiyan Queen

Other Known Aliases:  Lady Sorrow, Saiyan Queen, LadySorrow, and LadySorrow68

Where We Found Her:  Facebook

What Stood Out:  her massive physique

Guilty Gear Strive: A Look at the Open-Beta and What to Expect from the Full Release.

Guilty Gear Strive is a 2D fighting game being developed by Arc Systems Works for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. The latest entry in the series will follow Guilty Gear Xrd. Among the most defining elements of this title includes the addition of rollback netcode. For those looking to try a prime fighting game online experience, longtime fans and newcomers can expect to try the game later this year.

I tried the Strive beta this past month. As a fan who played Guilty Gear XX back in the day for PS2, I can’t say I’ve followed this or BlazBlue closely by any means. While I always liked the music and aesthetics, Arc Systems Works’ games have always pushed me away due to being too complicated for me. I always preferred Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and other traditional fighters. However, my time spent with Dragon Ball FighterZ has given me an avenue to try an ArcSys game that doesn’t feel intimidating.

Feeling a little more warmed up to it, and thanks to all the hype, I went ahead and tried Strive’s open beta. Just before it ended, I got to get a few online matches in and play around in Training Mode. As a casual fighting game fan, though, this one might begin to capture my interest. Not only does the rollback netcode seriously entice me, but I daresay it looks much more user-friendly than any game ArcSys has put out before. If I can play a Guilty Gear title and not feel overwhelmed by all the menus and options, I feel I could definitely add this into my lineup.

What to Expect

When I played the beta, I was given the tutorial, training modes, and online lobby. Now, since this was a beta, I could forgive the fact that I was taking more disconnections than I was actual matches. Despite that, when I did play matches, it felt incredibly smooth like I was playing offline.

The fast-paced fighting action that Guilty Gear is known for will not disappoint veteran fans. Furthermore, newcomers who may have played other fighting games will surely feel welcomed in the tutorial mode. You can also learn about techniques, such as Roman Cancel and Psych Burst, on the official website.

Strive seems to switch around several mechanics and gives them to you without a lengthy and intimidating tutorial. As someone who didn’t play ArcSys games often before, I feel geared up to try this one. Strive might be the fighting game that defines the next generation. However, since I downloaded the beta late, I only played it for a day before it disappeared.

Unless they release a second beta, your best bet to learn some of the game mechanics will come from videos such as this one.

Despite Guilty Gear Strive being delayed, discussions run rampant about a second open beta before the game’s release. Be sure to stay tuned with us for that announcement should it happen!

Final Thoughts

I love fighting games. I primarily keep up with Smash Bros. but have always wanted to jump back into traditional fighters as well. I’ve been eyeing my “secondary” tournament fighter to play and have bounced around a number of titles. Right now, Dragon Ball FighterZ has my attention. But even then, people will tell you the netcode is outright bad.

Guilty Gear not only excels in its music and fast-paced gameplay but will come out with rollback netcode as well. For those wondering, rollback netcode is becoming the standard in online fighting games especially during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Developed by the same studio, Arc Systems Works’ next game might be the best fighter they’ve ever released. I feel many of the FighterZ fanbase would jump ship to Guilty Gear Strive just to get an optimal online title to play. With that said, I may well do the same.

Even though I’ve spent years avoiding most of ArcSys’ games due to them being comparatively complicated, I feel this one is warmer towards your casual fighting game fan. The user-friendly introduction and tutorial certainly help and I am willing to give this one a try. Plus Sol Badguy’s one of my favorite characters so it goes without saying I already have a character I can jump right to using.

With that said, look for Guilty Gear Strive to come out on PS4, PS5, and PC on June 11, 2021. Keep up with All Cool Things by following our social media links. We’ll keep you up to date with Guilty Gear Strive news as it becomes available.

Until next time!

Cosplay at a Glance: Vanity Insanity Cosplay

This week’s Cosplay at a Glance cosplayer is all the way from South Africa.  She’s got a Patreon and an Onlyfans, but she also goes to fun convention like the Sexpo in Australia. (Which actually leads me to believe that she is in charge of her sexuality, as well as her attractiveness.)

Take a gander at Vanity Insanity Cosplay.

 

Name:  Vanity Insanity Cosplay

Other Known Aliases:  Cat Vanity Insanity Cosplay, Cat Insanity, and Catherine

Where We Found Her:  Facebook

What Stood Out:  Vanity Insanity Cosplay comments on other cosplayers’ profiles very positively.

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2015