Well Folks, this cosplayer actually shared a little about herself. She’s from Rio de Janeiro in Brasil, and yes, you guessed it: She’s got a Patreon. (There’s a lot of Chads and Stewarts out there paying for all of these Patreon and Onlyfans accounts!)
Ladies and Gentlemen, All Cool Things’s™ Cosplay at a Glance presents Lu Felixya.
Name: Lu Felixya
Other Known Aliases: None
Where We Found Her: Facebook
What Stood Out: ‘The way she handles herself and that promise of passion behind the eyes that all Brasilian women possess.
These two Fire Emblem lords fight similarly to Marth and Lucina. Roy, much like Marth, was introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, from Smash 4 and Ultimate, Roy’s fighting style deviated more from Marth’s and became its own identity. Likewise, Chrom became an offshoot of Roy in which, like Lucina, his sword damage is based evenly around his blade.
In the competitive meta, Roy and Chrom both garner dominant results in tournaments. HyperKirby and Kola (formerly known as SaltOne) were two of the pioneers of the Roy meta in Georgia. Meanwhile, Rivers, from New Jersey, is considered the premiere Chrom in the U.S.
Long story short, from my experiences and from viewing various tier lists, Chrom and Roy are commonly viewed as high tier characters. I’ve also seen tier lists that arrange them into the top tier.
How Roy and Chrom Fit Into my Gameplan.
Full disclosure: While I love using both, I feel Roy fits me slightly better. His extra damage on sweetspot and better recovery really win it for me. On the flipside, my girlfriend enjoys watching me play and especially prefers Chrom. That being said, I can’t let her down.
Since they both play fundamentally similar, it’s good practice to learn both characters. As an Ike main, however, I feel like my character struggles heavily against the likes of Roy and ROB. In terms of matchups, I would also say he loses to Palutena, Fox, Zero Suit Samus, Pac-Man, and Mega Man. They’re all winnable matchups but they must be played with great respect to the opponent’s character due to some competitive advantages such as zoning or advantage state.
I learned my lesson from Smash 4 not to solo-main a character that isn’t top tier. While I will never not main Ike, I’ve learned to cover my bases with characters that can take on his weaker matchups. As such, I’ve proven my case: counterpicking wins sets.
Now, let’s say I need a counter against Mega Man, Palutena, or Pac-Man. Roy and Chrom are considerably even or winning in these matchups. I can use their superior mobility and KO power to my advantage to turn the tides using tools that Ike is lacking. Why fight an uphill battle when you can learn to use new tools? Plus, if I’m being honest, Roy and Chrom are just fun as hell to play.
Fun Trivia About Roy
Believe it or not, Roy was always considered poor in the earlier games he was in. He was a low-tier in Melee, a low tier in Smash 4, and both of these performances stemmed from his home game, Fire Emblem: Binding Blade. In Binding Blade, Roy was seen as one of the worst Lords in the series, in terms of stats, and only became viable near the end of the game. Once he promoted and could wield the Binding Blade, he was fairly viable, but not before spending 20 chapters being carried by stronger units like Lilina.
Fire Emblem Heroes gave Roy promise, however, in the form of several units. Among these include both a Brave and Legendary variant which made him a considerably tough Sword unit. Meanwhile, as mentioned previously, Roy maintains strong results in tournaments thanks to several talented players. As a Roy fan myself, I’m finally glad to see him doing well in both Smash and Fire Emblem.
Is it Time to Use a New Secondary?
Since I will always main Ike, there’s no debating on whether I would drop him. Not only that, but he’s one of the few characters who does well against the infamous duo, Pikachu and Pichu, with the latter being argued as the best fighter in the game.
I’ve been moving among secondaries. With the graphic I posted above, there’s no way I wouldn’t use these characters. I’ve been warned about “spreading myself thin” and I’m aware that some people still prefer to solo-main. However, I don’t think I would enjoy the game if I could only play one character.
Despite my grievances with Terry, such as botching my inputs, SDing, and landing from his godawful disadvantage state, there’s no way I can stop using him. He’s too fun not to use and has won me big matches in the past.
Sorting My Secondary Fighters
With that said, Cloud, Incineroar, and Lucina are more or less my hobby characters. I don’t plan to bring them out in tournaments save for the few times I’ve done so in the past. I’ve also been using Mario less online since I’m not sure if I want to keep using him for competitive play.
Therefore, that leaves me with Roy/Chrom, Bowser, and Wolf. I’ve been told Wolf does well against Palutena and, if I’m fighting a Roy, I have Bowser at the ready to take them on as well. Counterpicking is a viable strategy that can save sets and win matches.
Does that mean I will use Chrom and Roy as my official secondaries? Right now, I’m not sure. I enjoy playing as them online and I’m definitely learning new things each time I play. But as of this moment, I can’t say for sure if this means I will bring them out in a bracket set. If had to pick 3 characters to use, and two of them were Ike and Terry, their chances of being 3rd would be on par with Wolf and Bowser right now.
As much as I would love to save some clips and post them here, I’ve been having problems with my Switch. It will not read my MicroSD for recording matches and hasn’t been able to do so in months. However, if I do happen to get replays uploaded again, I’ll happily post them here.
I’ll be following up with another Smash Column next week. Be sure to follow our social media links below. Stay well and see you next time!
It was a pleasure featuring Queen B Cosplay for this Up and Coming Cosplayers. I would have thought that cosplayers would be more open to being featured for all of the home-bound masses of a COVID-19 world, but strangely enough we have been hurting for cooperative and participating cosplayers (hence our new series “Cosplay at a Glance).
If you haven’t read our interview with Queen B Cosplay, I suggest you do, as it will lend portent into our choice of photos for her pictorial, as well as give you more of a appreciation for them.
One thing that we will tell you that we did not get to touch upon in her interview, is that Queen B Cosplay is a graphic designer and editor. In fact, you can see some of her work in her pictorial, as well as the other pictures in her Cosplayer Score Card and Interview.
Without further ado, please enjoy the pictorial for Queen B Cosplay: The Fighting Queen!
With COVID-19 still in full effect, I’ve had a dry spell of cosplay goodness for my Up and Coming Cosplayer series, and so I had to find another way to share great lesser known cosplayer with you all. Fortunately for me, this fighting queen answered my call without fear, and we’ve gotten some great articles and content from working with her.
She’s #CosFit as a fitness enthusiast and a martial artist of several disciplines. She’s a gamer that loves her fighting games, and lives her life like her cosplay characters: in charge and independently.
All Cool Things™ is proud to present 2021’s first Up and Coming Cosplayer: Queen B Cosplay!
I think I always ask this question, but it’s too big to put as a form question in my “Cosplayer Score Card.” How did you get into cosplay? Is there a person that helped indoctrinate you?
I saw a Facebook event suggestion for Anime Pasadena back in 2019. Then one day I looked at concept art for C. Viper and I was like: “I could totally pull it off!”
It took me like a month and a half to pull together store bought clothes that looked similar, and a whole bunch of YouTube videos on how to do the wig.
What were some of the things that you really fell in love with, about cosplay? What made you realise that you had found a community for you?
I loved that not only do I share some martial arts skills as some of my favorite characters, but now I can look like them!
I am always in love with the transformation and give me an excuse to dress up. My makeup game has improved because of cosplaying.
POC Cosplayers on Facebook has been overwhelmingly supportive and inspired me to take cosplaying more seriously.
Like many cosplayers, you have passions beyond that you draw inspiration from. One of them is martial arts. How did you get into martial arts? What disciplines do you know?
My very first introduction to martial arts was Karate at the age of 16. I was consistent for about a year and a half, then took to studying and preparing for college. During college I’ve dabbled in Krav Maga, Gumdo, and Kung Fu San Soo.
I really got serious with my training when I took up Juj Jitsu for the purpose of MMA. Through that, I’ve also taken boxing and Muay Thai classes. During COVID, I plan to take Gumdo back up because I can still practice social distance, but I plan to get back into Muay Thai and Jui Jitsu after COVID is under control.
I can tell by your cosplays that you are also a fan of fighting games. Which did you like first: martial arts or fighting games? Did one get you into the other?
I was exposed to fighting games first, but shortly after I took up Karate which boosted my confidence a little. It wasn’t until I saw Tekken 5 for the first time, and I was so pumped up, I signed up for Kung Fu the next week.
‘Been my obsession ever since.
I grew up a SEGA man, for various reasons. To me, SEGA systems always made the best SNKports, and tried their best to be arcade accurate with every port they ever got, rather than other systems that took liberties depending on their strengths and weaknesses. What was/is your console manufacturer of choice?
What is it about fighting game characters that inspires you to cosplay? Do any of those qualities translate to the other characters you have cosplayed, like Sephiroth?
Being a martial artist, it’s such a nice feeling when I pull off a move during a round and I’m like “I can totally do that in real life!” Walking around as my favorite fighting character at cons knowing that I can mimic their fighting moves is icing on the cake for me.
Also, a lot of game characters have such unique fashion sense. King of Fighters has great fashion in my opinion.
I LOVE weapons, so much so that I collect antique blades. So a character donned in black leather, long gorgeous hair, and a katana… Why didn’t I cosplay him sooner!?
Between the cosplay, working out, and martial arts, would you say that romantic interests find you intimidating? Do you find time for it? Would you say that you have to find time for love outside of these interests, or does it help to find someone within them?
I spent much of my adult life on my own, getting my work and home in balance. I have been told once that I was intimidating: A woman who can defend herself, makes her own money, and has a place of her own? I suppose it’s kind of a rarity. I think those who have the right mindset, or one similar to me, wouldn’t be intimidating. I do love that the intimidating factor does weed out the not-so-eligible suitors, LOL.
The only problem I find when looking for love is that I am extremely picky: I look for a man who shares the same core values, is just as loyal as I am, and physical activity is a must, (martial arts is a huge bonus for me) and is a nerd like me.
I’m sure you can imagine the search for a partner takes quite a while, but I have taught myself to love my own company so I never settle or rush into anything, and I am content when I am single. I rarely consider anyone outside of shared interests. What would there be to talk about? I prefer quality connections, not to collect bodies.
You are a relatively new cosplayer, so there is still so much to learn. What aspects of cosplay and crafting would you like to explore next? Is there an aspect that you are working on, now?
I would LOOOOOOOVE to learn EVA foam armor. I am planning on getting a 3D printer soon. Being a 3D Artist, it only makes sense to incorporate it into my cosplay. I figured I could learn 3D armor printing first
Have any cosplayers taken you under their wing to help give tips on the craft? Are there any cosplayers that you like to collaborate with?
I am the type of person to figure things out for myself, LOL. Sometime I do post a question or 2 on Facebook cosplay groups, but I tend to be pretty independent.
Some would say that now is one of the worst times to get into cosplay because of COVID-19, and how it has caused so many conventions to be put on hold. How do you keep your fledgling flame alive without so much interaction with the community?
I feel I do get the interaction of the community…but without being crammed in a hall next to potentially hygiene-compromised fans… and all of the other downsides to con-going. I’ve taken part in
a few online contests, live chats, and I’ve even won some prizes here and there. I use this at-home time to be my own subject for learning photography, and improving my photo compositing and 3D photo integration. I am excited for when cons come back. I have so many new costumes to show!
Were there any conventions in particular that you missed because of COVID-19 that you definitely would have attended?
I’ve never been to Fanime, but the idea of a 24/7-ish con is amazing. I was about to go earlier last year, but COVID happened. I definitely want to go one day.
Is there anything that you particularly enjoy about conventions? Before cosplay, had you ever experienced “con life?”
I’ve always been to tech/game conventions like SIGGRAPH, and even a few E3’s.
When COVID-19 becomes moot, do you think you would like to start travelling to conventions out of state or region?
100%, I plan to first go to GACUCon, which is a gaming/anime convention via Royal Caribbean, then I want to go to Thailand for some Muay Thai camps, and beach fun/cosplay shoots, and
of course, Japan, LOL. I actually have a whole list of travel ideas…
As a newcomer to cosplay, do you have a message to would-be cosplayers sitting on the fence?
Cosplay really is for everyone! It adds an extra dimension to your favorite show or video game when you can cosplay as your favorite character. You don’t have to start big, in fact you could even just do closet cosplay, or even casual versions of your favorite character. It is a very good outlet to expressing oneself.
Earlier this week, news came to Nintendo Switch owners that an M-rated visual novel title would debut on the system. The marketing of large-chested anime-inspired designs inspired outrage from viewers on social media.
Despite the title having been released on Steam, the upcoming release for Switch has also caused social media users to attack Nintendo as well for releasing the game on their system. While the Switch is no stranger to Japanese otome games, the outrage perhaps stems from people’s views of Nintendo maintaining a family-friendly image.
This is just unbelievable- what is WRONG with you Nintendo???
The summary of outrage stems from a Facebook post by Shogun Get-chan. Here, it showcases the Twitter backlash towards the publisher and developer. The last post shows the publisher responding to the backlash and refusing to kowtow to the critics.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING CALLS DEMANDING CENSORSHIP OF SENSE – 不祥的预感: A CYBERPUNK GHOST STORY
Our commitment to our audience and to developers is we will never infringe on creative freedom or expression. pic.twitter.com/VV5IcGbJ7P
Top Hat Studios followed up with a post summing up many of the hateful, critical messages sent to them.
We originally did not want to make this post, as to not accidentally incite a search for these posters and cause further fights. However, as there are now industry-adjacent people slandering/gaslighting us as liars, we've compiled a sampling from twitter, FB, and email. (1/5) pic.twitter.com/TJlNS4tWTd
Likewise, developers who have had their games published by Top Hat Studios also chimed in with their response.
1) We had originally planned to stay out of this fight, but it seems that the attacks against our publisher have only increased rather than blown over, so I'm going to give my two cents on it. https://t.co/FY1wzAxPGF
Titled Sense – A Cyberpunk Ghost Story, this visual novel showcases a narrative surrounding a supernatural mystery. The player will solve puzzles while exploring in 2D, not unlike Atlus and Vanillaware’s 2020 hit, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim.
Censorship in Recent Games
This past decade was no stranger to censorship. Sony, in particular, has been in the hot seat for their policies regarding western releases of Japanese games. Titles, such as Senran Kagura 7EVEN, would not receive a western release on PS4. Moreover, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 did not receive an overseas release despite the previous two titles being localized. Additionally, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet was also censored even in Asian countries. Furthermore, Mortal Kombat developers were accused of kowtowing to the censorship crowd due to designing the female characters to dress more conservatively than in their past incarnations.
You can also date some of the censorship issues back to the mid-2010s with the release of certain titles for Nintendo systems. The 3DS featured Fire Emblem Fates and a heavily localized script that deviated from the original release. Furthermore, Fatal Frame: The Maiden of Black Water on Wii U lost several costumes in the localized release.
What This Means
The shift in politics goes hand-in-hand with the growing culture of social media. Game developers do their best to cater to fans and avoid getting canceled and being labeled as bigots. However, Japanese game and anime developers continuously show that they will do their own thing whether or not western consumers complain about their moves.
Likewise, people promoting censorship and politically correct culture have called out developers. People like Katsuhiro Harada, the developer of Tekken, have expressed their own views on western politics. People seeking clout on Twitter have, as such, chosen to start their own campaign.
Well.. well… well… Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN), Tekken Director, is CONFIRMED A RACIST, SEXIST, AND HOMOPHOBIC ALT-RIGHT PIECE OF SHIT! I urge everyone to cut their support of this crappy game if you're for PEACE, LOVE AND RESPECT OF INDIVIDUALS. https://t.co/USvaAz8ArJ
However, just as the culture mounted into attacking game publishers and developers for their right to express their art in their works, perhaps Top Hat Studios’ stance will take one step against the overly-sensitive political culture within the gaming industry. The outrage has, in turn, drawn the attention of potential fans who may have never heard of Sense otherwise.
Sense: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is currently available for PC. It will release for Nintendo Switch on January 7th, 2021. You can download the title from the Nintendo eShop. Keep up with us as we keep you up on AllCoolThings’ latest and greatest gaming content. Be sure to follow our links on social media below!
Welcome to the new year! Now that we finally left 2020 behind, we’re looking forward to a much brighter and better year! With that being said, welcome to the Game Corner!
What is the Game Corner?
Named after the Pokemon series’ casino, the Game Corner is a column where I cover my gaming backlog. I’ll also include activities in the games I regularly play, such as Fire Emblem Heroes and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. If you’re fond of JRPGs, Nintendo series, PlayStation hits, and a hint of fighting games, you came to the right place!
We encourage you to share your backlogs with us in the replies as well. Hopefully, this column will give you some ideas on what to add to your backlog. If you’re looking for new games to play, you might find something you like!
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Yep, I did it. I cleared Super Mario 64 with 120 Stars. I’m no stranger to this game and I got into it when it came out on the Nintendo 64 back in 1996! I’ve cleared through this game many times to include on the DS with 150 Stars! Despite being many years since I’ve last played through this game, though, it’s a blast to play no matter how many times I replay it.
Surprisingly, as well as it’s held up, it’s become easier to identify some of the design flaws in the game. Perhaps it’s because Super Mario Galaxy spoiled us. But when it comes to finding 100 coins, redoing a long mission because of a death and no checkpoint, or clearing Tick-Tock Clock, some of the missions were actually frustrating! It’s one thing for Mario to be challenging but when you have to go all the way back through the Hazy-Maze Elevator because you feel once, it admittedly becomes tedious.
Still, I gotta say it was hard to put down even today. As long as my backlog is, I’m honestly surprised I decided to stick with 64 till the end and clear it over the last week. Believe it or not, going over some of the 3D platformers I’ve played in my life, I can’t say I’ve played one better from a series that wasn’t Mario. 64 isn’t just revolutionary but a polished monument to some of the best and most enjoyable gaming experiences imaginable.
Ah, good old Yakuza. The franchise that received a huge boom in the mid-late 2010s thanks to Yakuza 0, Sega’s been a master at marketing this title. The Yakuza series is known for its hilarious, serious, and clever writing, combining strong storytelling with over-the-top humor. Any fan of shonen anime and Japanese culture will fall in love with Yakuza. It’s got those Fist of the North Star and Jojo vibes in combat with just a hint of pro wrestling.
The beat ’em up gameplay in Judgment is just as smooth and fluid as the Yakuza series could possibly deliver. This spin-off, however, also features a murder mystery. You’ll be solving puzzles, searching for clues, and even defending people in court just like in Ace Attorney. I also like the streamlined sub-quests which are now featured on corkboards for you to pick at.
Yagami’s truly a likable protagonist and Kaito’s an amazing side-kick, you could say! They differ from the series’ protagonist, Kiryu Kazuma, in many ways with Yagami being a little more coolheaded and Kaito being a little more cocky. Now that I’m on Chapter 9 I feel like I’m just a bit over halfway through the game at 30 hours.
Having beaten Yakuza 0, Kiwami, Kiwami 2, and Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, I look forward to continuing my journey once I clear Judgment. I’ll play through Yakuza Remastered Collection, Yakuza 6, and finally, get to try Like a Dragon once I’m through.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Believe it or not, I’m still on the grind here. Still playing competitively, I find it hard to put Smash down. Even in an era without offline tournaments, I cannot put down my favorite game. I just gotta keep practicing for that time the tournaments return.
I’m still learning new things with Terry, Mario, Cloud, Chrom, Roy, and others. I honestly just love learning multiple characters. Even though in all practicality, you’re supposed to keep a small character pool in tournaments, it’s incredibly hard not to want to play more than a small handful of 78 characters. I even dabbled a bit with Sephiroth when he came out. Unfortunately, his zoning playstyle really isn’t for me and I just found Cloud to be more enjoyable personally.
I found a new YouTube channel, called 1437 Ultimate, with some sick plays by other top players. I’m already getting some inspiration from Zenyou’s Mario. If I find any more goodies, I’ll be sure to include them in my next column!
Fire Emblem Heroes
As always, I’m logging into my only gacha game regularly. I love Fire Emblem Heroes too much not to play it and care too little about other gacha to play anything else. I don’t even follow the meta anymore. I just look up guides on Gamepress, build my characters optimally, and send them out into Abyssal Maps. Don’t get me started on Aether Raids either.
Been running Fallen Ike, Brave Dimitri, Peony, and Brave Camilla lately. Unfortunately, I ran into a roadblock trying to conquer Abyssal Duma. Yet one switch from Camilla to Brave Claude and, within two tries, I clobbered that map like it was nothing. You gotta adapt to your changes and when you see a map full of fliers it’s time to get the bow out.
The new year banner is coming so I’m looking forward to that. Much as I would love a summer banner of the Ljosalfheim faeries, this gracious New Year banner gives them beautiful kimonos to wear and fly around in. However, I can’t say I’m ready to commit to the New Year’s banner when I could still possibly get Winter Sothis and Winter Fae. Just maybe!
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
That’s right. I’m back to playing an old favorite Zelda title. Having beaten it on Wii (2006) and the GameCube years later, I had to pick up the HD remaster. One thing that drove me to this release was the addition of a harder difficulty.
Barring A Link Between Worlds, I’ve never been a fan of the Hero Mode difficulty in Wind Waker HD or this one either. However, with the use of the Ganondorf amiibo, I could boost enemy damage x2 and still collect hearts in the field. Unfortunately, I have to use my amiibo every time I load up the game.
I’m at the Lakebed Temple now which is the Water Temple of the game but on steroids. For those unaware, the Water Temple in Ocarina of Time was infamously difficult the first time we played through. Lakebed Temple is that but even bigger and more intimidating. That being said, I’m looking forward to getting this one over with.
Despite how much I enjoy this game, I always thought it fell short of the N64 classics, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. A large part of that reason was due to how easy combat was. Enemies dealt 1/4 heart of damage and you could get by them without even trying.
While the HD version’s difficulty gives me the incentive to beat the game, I have little doubt that Nintendo will release this game for Switch as part of this year’s celebration, Maybe we’ll see Twilight Princess and Wind Waker as part of Zelda 35th Anniversary. In the meantime, I’ll see if I can use the Wolf Link amiibo to help me with the DLC in Breath of the Wild.
Well, here’s hoping I can clear Judgment before the next Game Corner. It’s probably around 60 hours and I’m doing side-cases like mad. Eventually, I do want to finally start my copies of Nioh 2 and Ghost of Tsushima, both of which I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about. But I’m also trying to be good and not scatter off to too many games at once. I say this as I haven’t touched my half-finished copies of Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy VII Remake in weeks.
Share with us what you’re playing in the replies below. Stay tuned with us for next time’s Game Corner. And finally, be sure to follow us on our social media links below. Happy New Year, everyone!
This is the first of, what I hope becomes, a new series of articles in which I introduce cosplayers that I come across online, on social media, and any other place in which I do not actually meet her/him.
I have always tried contacting and interviewing cosplayers in order to promote and cultivate relationships with them, but that has become increasingly unrealistic in order to bring you great new talent.
Please enjoy our first featured cosplayer: Cinderella Cosplay.
This is just a small taste of what we hope the series to be. Please let us know how you like it.
I think Madookie Cospoop might be the only cosplayer featured because I saw a sponsored link on Facebook. In a lot of ways, she is typical for a cosplayer in 2020. She’s looking for a following, and she’s not afraid to outright work for it. However, she’s also quite friendly and approachable to her admirers and fans; this means cosplay gold.
Please enjoy her pictorial, and as always, if you really like this article, please comment, share, and do the same for Madookie Cospoop