Monsters in the Closet – Have we left them there?

Luke: For many of us, some of our earliest experiences with anime involved the popular ‘monster taming’ genre. Series such as Pokemon, Digimon and even Monster Rancher captured our imagination all those years ago. While many monster taming series have come and gone, there has always been two mainstays in the genre – Pokemon and Digimon. Today we (Frank Inglese, Kane Bugeja and I)...

Has Pokemon Jumped the Sharpedo?

K: Ever since Professor Oak welcomed us to the wonderful world of Pokemon and asked us our name, and his grandson’s name, fans have been enthralled by a number of cute little creatures. As time passed there came to be more than the original 151. Some people didn’t take this too well. Since Chikorita poked its little leafy head into the fray as number 152, some “fans” of the...

“Just Get In The Damn Robot!” – Reluctant Protagonists, Do We Really Need Them?

F: I guarantee that whilst reading the title most of you had a character in mind, a character that you kind of hate, just a little bit, despite how much you love the anime or manga they’re in. The first person to come to my mind is Tsunayoshi “Tsuna” Sawada from the Shonen Jumps series Reborn! who, although bad-ass (yeah, I’ll admit it, he’s a bad-ass), if flippinR...

How Michael Jackson Mastered the Art of Chiptune in Sonic 3

I’m throwing caution into the wind – Michael Jackson did Sonic 3 and that’s that. In case you didn’t know, much ink has been spilled over whether or not MJ actually wrote the soundtrack to the greatest game on one of our favourite consoles. It’s certainly no secret he enjoyed playing them. Debating about it any longer is futile – how could you argue with this ma...

Suisei no Gargantia – A Cosmic Triumph Brought Down to Earth

The spectacle of the first two episodes of Gen Urobuchi’s take on the sci-fi mecha genre stayed with me for days. The opening half of the first episode throws the viewer right in the middle of a Gunbuster-esque space opera. Bio-organisms surviving the vacuum of space and infesting a hive, a “hot Jupiter” planet against the backdrop of an angry sun. A galactic society with establi...

Attack On Titan – Breaking the Walls of my Mind

The first episode of the Attack On Titan anime series came out two weeks ago which means there has only been two episodes released which means for two Sundays in a row I’ve just kind of sat there filling with these things called emotions, they’re kind of weird and make you feel stuff and anime usually doesn’t make me feel stuff, not like Attack on Titan does. Truthfully. Now, I n...

EA: “We Can Do Better. We Will Do Better”

UPDATE: It happened again…EA has been named the “Worst Company in America” by Consumerist for the second year in a row. They “beat” Bank of America with 78% of the vote to claim the title… *sigh*. Last year, EA was voted the winner (loser?) of The Consumerist‘s “Worst Company in America” web poll-based tournament. Now, in 2013, they may be poised to retain...

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive

Going by the original Japanese launch date of October 1988, the Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis) turns 25 in 2013. It’s an occasion worth celebrating, and what’s pleasing is that the Mega Drive is a name that is still well known and relevant in the modern gaming scene. It certainly didn’t suffer the same fate as consoles like the 3DO, Jaguar, and TurboGrafix, where modern gamers ha...

Talking Crap – The Age of the Vocal Game Developer

Welcome to Talking Crap, a show were a bunch of game journos talk about crap. In this episode we discuss the age of the vocal game developer, Cliffy B’s bro mentality getting out of control, the responsibility that comes with using the social media platforms such as Twitter and whether or not you should ever meet your hero. You can check out this episode of Talking Crap in the video below. W...

The Blame Game – Episode One (Naughty Ratings)

Introduction We here at Capsule Computers are no strangers to internal debate, being a group of persons with similar tastes, but not one minded.  It stands to reason then that every once in a while a debate may spring up during general conversation, related or deriving from news on any given day. Recently, it came out that Telltale’s The Walking Dead game (full article) had finally received ...

Video Games May Improve Reading Skills

According to work in a new study, scientists have said that playing action games may actually help to boost reading skills in Dyslexic children. The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Padua in Italy, and was funded by grants from the CARIPARO Foundation and the University. The study found that twelve hours of gaming achieved more than a year of reading development and was ...

CC Top 10: Top 10 foods in gaming

Hey folks. It’s time for another CC top 10 list! With cooking shows all the rage in the modern media in both Australia and the US, I thought, why not make these often droll and over-dramatised shows a bit more interesting? Make some interestingly unique foods! Like the ones in video ga- … wait a minute… So as you’ve probably guessed, this top 10 list is all about the culina...

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