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Sticker Con MNL 2019 — Calm Before the Shitstorm

Sticker Con MNL 2019

It was a tiring day as I was supposed to work a (non-MWF) wrestling event on the same day, organized by someone who had no business promoting a wrestling event in the first place. It was the same man who was imploring me to skip out on Retro Gaming Con the previous month to attend one of his “meetings”. However, not even something like that was going to keep me from attending Sticker Con this year. (more…)

Retro Gaming Expo 2019 — Missed a Meeting for This

Retro Gaming Expo 2019

It has been well over a week since I was at the Retro Gaming Expo in Fisher Mall and then uploaded the vlog, so I got to think over everything I saw and experienced over 4 hours of being there while getting myself hopped up on caffeine and other legal stimulants. You should be able to sense the weird mix of enthusiasm and dejection from the vlog as I alternated between having fun looking at retro gaming stuff and getting pissed at something else. (more…)

No One is an Exception

Zhang Jiale: Taho Thrower

The last two weeks have been rather weird for me. I came out with that vlog for Retro Gaming Expo on the Facebook page and got a good number of positive reactions to it, which is gratifying. However, my desire to record more AVDRshows was hampered by indecision and anxiety as I planned to have one on current events (from three weeks ago). Unfortunately, I sat on it for too long and it’s no longer relevant, so I now salvage what I had by putting it all here. (more…)

On the Perplexing Inability to Not Be a Turbo Fanatic

Neckbeard

Spending time in the martial arts space is kind of like being in a school playground. Imagine you’re at the swings, and everyone brags about their own way of pushing the swings to make it swing higher. But who really gives a shit about that playground stuff? Nothing about it matters in the grand scheme of things. However, it’s this perplexing seriousness and tendency to care about what doesn’t really matter that I’d like to talk about here. (more…)

AVDRshow #12 — I Was a Part of a Failed Esports Event

AVDRshow #12 on PPSL

The renewed interest in the music festival mishap that was Fyre Festival due to the recent release of the Fyre Festival documentaries in Netflix and Hulu, as well as my invigorated efforts to create regular content on the Facebook page, culminated in me making this video retelling my 2011 experience of being a part of a failed esports event. (more…)

Vidyagamgams #3: Epic Business Takeovers

Activision Blizzard CFO Dennis Durkin

In March 2018, I attempted to do a video game show, but was not able to follow it up. Having a regular show cuts into other content creation efforts when you’re doing everything alone, not to mention daily life itself. Therefore, whatever I do come up with to fill that void, it can’t strictly be a news show. But for now, I’m just fishing topics from online media sources and message boards as I try to figure out what I can do with this. (more…)

AVDRshow #9 — Depression, Stings, and Broken Bones

AVDRshow #9: Wasps

In this edition of the AVDRshow, I talk about selling kidneys, depression, dangerous stinging insects, and broken bones. I should do more of these regular shows more, and I’ve been coming up with more ideas for new shows lately. I’m not really trying to be Philip DeFranco, but becoming efficient with making talking head videos means I’ll be able to make content in between big projects. (more…)

Abandon Ship, Overwatch is Sinking

Overwatch: Ellie and the Gay Soldier 76

Overwatch is a sinking ship. I start this blog post with that statement as I’ve seen this before with another Blizzard game I used to be obsessed with. StarCraft II peaked in 2012, then floundered in the following years due to numerous issues. I’m seeing the same patterns now with Overwatch, but there’s a lot more going on with this one due to what is both its biggest strength and weakness—its expanding lore. (more…)

Holyland Review — Existential Gang Violence

Fighting anime and manga have played a big part in supplementing my fascination in martial arts over the years. While most shonen has some element of physical combat, I gravitate to realistic fighting with detailed explanations of techniques and tactics like in Hajime no Ippo, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Baki the Grappler, All-Rounder Meguru, and so on. This one in particular is no different, and it hits the spot for me with its level of detail. (more…)

Fighting in the Age of Loneliness — Martial Melancholy

Fighting in the Age of Loneliness on SB Nation

I’ve been binge-watching videos on the SB Nation YouTube channel and related channels, specifically ones produced by SB Nation Labs creative director Jon Bois. There’s also the Deep Rewind series, which is also fascinating, even if it involved sports I don’t give two shits about. Recently, he came out with a five-part documentary series called “Fighting in the Age of Loneliness.” I watched it as it came out and am pretty depressed now because of it. (more…)

The State of Overwatch in Late 2018

Overwatch: Gremlin D.Va

Overwatch was my 2016 Game of the Year due to its engaging team gameplay and how it helped me bond with friends. Two and a half years since its release, while it’s still fun to play with others, the gameplay itself has become what many describe as both stale and frustrating (at least from what I’m seeing). This is from the perspective of players who take their competitive rank with some degree of seriousness. (more…)

Well-Meaning Idiots Have Something in Common

John Allen Chau, Christian pastor who attempted to preach to the Sentinelese and was killed by them

Perhaps you’ve seen the recent viral news on an American missionary travelling to the infamous North Sentinel Island to spread the Gospel to the primitive residents there, only to be killed by their arrows. There have been other victims before him, but he is of significant interest due to his purpose for being there. I wish to take this opportunity to talk about well-meaning idiots, who seem to be everywhere in this world. (more…)