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Dragon Age Origins, developed by BioWare in 2009, is the first game in the latest franchise from the high profile American game developer of computer roleplaying games. Though best known for the Baldur’s Gate and Knights of the Old Republic videogames they developed, Dragon Age is also among their most highly regarded titles. In this review The RPG Fanatic explores why.

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So I was having lunch with O.G., head editor of Original-Gamer.com and we started talking about this upcoming MMORPG. I went on a long rant about why I wasn't looking forward to it and O.G convinced me to turn this into a video.

So here we go: why SW: TOR won't kill WoW!

O.G. http://original-gamer.com/

Tumblr http://www.rpgvideoreviews.com/

Twitter http://twitter.com/therpgfanatic

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New places you can find me!

I am now on tumblr http://therpgfanatic.tumblr.com/

Also, want to buy virtual shares in me? Check out my profile on Empire Avenue and now you can! Earn virtual currency as my valuation increases! http://www.empireavenue.com/careymartell

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In this vblog Carey Martell ( The RPG Fanatic ) talks about the recent announcement that Diablo 3 will require the player to have internet access in order to play even in solo mode and that the game will support players to sell in-game items for real life currency. A lot of people have expressed outrage over these revelations and he shares his opinion.

Links:

Diablo III Auction House Overview
http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/events/diablo3-announcement/#auction:auc...

No real life currency auction houses on hardcore mode
http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/714985/diablo-3-auction-house-faq-and-i...

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Website: http://www.rpgfanatic.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRPGFanatic

Twitter: http://twitter.com/therpgfanatic

Original Gamer: http://original-gamer.com/
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I attended San Japan again this year and scored two great interviews to add to my "Investigating Anime" series!

The first is with Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson, a famous flash animator who is also a fellow Youtube Partner.



The second is with Shinichi Watanabe, more popularly known by his pen-name "Nabeshin". Nabeshin is the director of such great anime as Excel Saga, The Wallflower and Nerima Daikon Brothers. I'm actually a big fan of his work, so it was a huge honor for me to be able to interview him.


Unfortunately I had limited file space on my cameras for conducting interviews this time around (my cursed laptop broke!) so I didn't interview all the guests, but there is always next year!
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It's been about three months since this all started and while I've tried to explain some things on my blog, a lot of people still PM me misunderstanding. So here, one last video to explain what this has all been about and why it's important.

Roo's post where he acknowledged his rant was directed at me
http://www.clanofthegraywolf.com/16-bit-gems/22#comment-6390

My blog posts about the trolls (screenshot intensive)
http://cmartell.blogspot.com/search/label/trolls

What faggot really means and why it's offensive
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-55wC5dEnc&feature=player_detailpage#t=298s
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These guys just don't get it.

One of Asalieri's fanboys, Templar Gamer (who posts on Youtube as havocy91) recently went on a podcast over at Blistered Thumbs. In their enlightenment they decided to give him 20 minutes to rant about me (it's at the 50 minute mark).

Already some brand spankin' new trolling has started pouring into my Youtube inbox and channel comment box. Thanks Blistered Thumbs, I appreciate that you gave a cyber stalker the opportunity to organize more people to come harass me.

The following screenshots are from the Asalieri2's channel comment box, a somewhat well known internet troll associated with the website Busy Street. Hallmarks of Busy Street's trolling career include accusing TGWTG of making fraudulent charities.

I'm not alone in my opinion he's nobody to be taken seriously.

Havocy91, for whatever reason, decided he wanted to get in on the action and for the past three months has participated in an organized campaign of harassment against my channel, which I've written about before. Yes, it is still ongoing, primarily because I haven't been nearly as proactive as I perhaps should be in reporting them.

But that's about to change.

Anyway, the following screenshots prove without a doubt that Havocy91 made his videos about me as a result of the call to action Asalieri threw out. I mean, just look for yourself. Like the others, he has been outright obsessed with me and has been trying to get a response out of me since posting his videos.

Despite blocking him from Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, he just hasn't taken the hint. Finally giving him that response on the BT forums seemed to just fuel his ego.

Well, you want my attention? Fine, here is is.














By the way, if you were still wondering, Havocy91 is one of the fanboys who supported Asalieri's slanderous accusations against TGWTG about hanging someone upside down in a crucifix. The following few screenshots concern that topic.



The above screenshot shows him asking Asalieri for "evidence" so he can make an anti-TGWTG video.






Take a good strong look at the comment Havocy91 made in this one. This is why I've been reporting the videos; they are trying to make the top Google and Youtube results for my channel be their videos, not mine. They are using these video sites as a way to troll people.




















BTW- TGWTG and Blistered Thumbs ought to thank me for challenging these trolls, since as their accounts get terminated so do a large volume of anti-TGWTG and BT videos; in some cases, uploades of entire episodes stolen from your websites.

And even during my podcast "debate" with Asalieri I called him out on his lies concerning TGWTG.

Why you've decided to give a soapbox to one his lackies is quite perplexing to me, but whatever. Next time you think about giving someone 20 minutes to rant about me on the front page, do some research.

PS: It is pretty sad that I have to document their campaign in order to refute their accusations. Some people are way too trusting of the things strangers over the internet say.
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About a year ago when I first started making my show, I was interviewed on The Retro League podcast.

I thought some people might find it interesting how relevant the interview now is to the recent events, especially with my goals for the show. This was also done prior to my Youtube Partnership and before I did the MMORPG reviews, which I said I intended to do.
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A computer game design major's blog

Like many Youtube Partners do, I routinely check my Insight data to see where the traffic to my videos comes from, as I'm curious where my videos are getting seen at. Sometimes this results me in discovering new websites of interest.

Vladimir Sanchez's blog (posting as Vladmirsan) is one such example.

http://vladimirsan.com/

Of particular interest to me are the posts he's made about his computer RPG project.

http://vladimirsan.com/category/rpg-system/

There are a variety of different methods that game designers use to design their games and Mr. Sanchez is showing off how he is doing it. His musings and thoughts during the design are interesting, especially since he is trying to recreate a very familiar game...

I encourage others to check out his blog and give him encouragement. Making a computer RPG is no small task-- they are one of the most complex types of games to create-- and anyone who blogs about his design process deserves support!
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There are many videos about how this bill is going to ruin the internet for gamers. My video is different.

The bill has nothing to do with fair use. It makes no changes to the sections of copyright law that involve fair use. It is only aimed at updating the terminology to make copyright laws relevant. Even the number of times a work is publicly performed is identical to the number of copies of phonorecords one must make to be convicted.

Again, this bill is not making anything illegal that wasn't already illegal.  All it is doing is making the law clearly say that streaming someone else's copyrighted work is illegal.

The difference is this;

Currently: Uploader must make 10 physical copies of someone else's copyrighted work to be convicted and/or distribute one electronic copy. It doesn't matter if they only make one DVD of a video and show it 1 time or 1 billion times, they must make 10 copies of the DVD to be convicted AND those copies must have a total retail value of more than $2,500.

After bill passes: In addition to the number of copies they make and/or upload to the internet, the number of VIEWS any video or combination of videos receive can ALSO be used to convict if the a total retail value of those views is more than $2,500.

And this is the way the law should work. Think about it. Let's say someone makes an illegal recording of a movie being shown in theatres and then plays that video in their theatre, charging admission. Since they have only one copy they can't be charged, even if they show that copy to a ton of people and make money. But now they can be charged with a felony because it's not just how many copies they made but also how many times they showed that copy without permission.  It is much easier to prove the amount of loss revenue when you look at how many times the video was watched rather than the number of copies that were made.

This is the same concept with websites; it shouldn't be how many copies you made, but how many times the infringing video was watched.

This is a GOOD law.
Links mentioned in the video are below

Read the bill here
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s112-978

US Code Showing that copyright infringement is CURRENTLY a criminal offense resulting in jail time
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode18/usc_sec_18_00002319----000-.html

The No Electronic Theft (NET) Act
http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime/17-18red.htm

What is a phonorecord?
http://www.quizlaw.com/copyrights/what_is_a_phonorecord.php

A Fair(y) Use Tale: Crash Course in Copyright law
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJn_jC4FNDo

Update:
http://screwattack.com/blogs/RPG-Fanatic-Blog/Bill-S978-Misrepresentations-Doomsaying-and-Real-Facts

This video has been "G1 Spotlighted" on ScrewAttack, where you can find a copy of my blog.
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Two months ago I made a video that argued the term JRPG is often used in a racist way to discriminate against computer RPGs made by the Japanese. A lot of people misunderstood what I was saying. This new video should better explain what my position on the matter is.

The short version: JRPG is not a genre term. It should only be used to describe the Japanese computer RPG industry, which is composed of many different types of computer rpgs (rogue-likes, action rpgs, strategy rpgs, MMORPGs, etc). But the label "WRPG" is absolutely stupid and meaningless, and really shouldn't be used at all. "The West" is not a country.

Links mentioned in this video:

U.N. International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cerd.htm

List of non-linear Japanese computer roleplaying games
http://www.rpgfanatic.net/game-wish-list/non-linear-jrpgs

Proposal for new genre definitions
http://cmartell.blogspot.com/2011/04/proposal-for-new-genre-classifications.html

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This is my commentary on the first few minutes of the remastered Final Fantasy 4 release for the PSP. This is not a review of the game; the review for the Complete Collection will be coming soon!
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Review for the PSP game 'The 3rd Birthday', developed by HexaDrive and published by Square-Enix.

This videogame is the third game in the Parasite Eve franchise. It is a third-person tactical shooter computer roleplaying game. The game takes place in Manhattan, in New York City. The player takes on the role of Aya Brea, and must fight against mysterious "Twisted" creatures threatening the city.
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I recently confronted Asalieri on the Original-Gamer podcast about his harassment toward me. There is a version of this podcast that Asalieri leaked a few days ago where he purposely garbled my audio to obscure my arguments, but you can listen to the real version on the Original-Gamer podcast.

Some people have questioned why I keep standing up to Asalieri and co. as they try to bully me.

The first reason is that Asalieri claimed if I did the debate he would stop harassing me and encourage his fans to stop as well. Though I did not believe him, I gave it a try.

The second reason is this: because standing up to a bully is the best way to deal with one.

Bullies are all about control and power. When they get confronted it usurps their sense of power and spoils their fun. Bullies like Asalieri prefer "soft" targets who don't stand up to them, such as the autistic man in his RAR #9 video or (yes) The Irate Gamer who turned to disabling all comments on his videos to deal with the flood of trolling; much of which I don't believe he deserved (just because someone makes errors doesn't give you the right to make death threats against them or hound them for years).

I want it to be clear this isn't about people disagreeing with me: When you put yourself out on the internet or create a show such as The RPG Fanatic, it is expected that you are going to get people who will disagree with your opinions and viewpoints. That's fine and I am quite willing to debate with people who disagree with me, as I try to converse with people who leave comments on my videos so that I'm not just another voice on the TV who you can't interact with. I also consider the ability for people to give instant feedback on your videos a great asset for film-makers, and I believe I've made quite a lot of effort to improve the structure of my videos based on some of the feedback I've received.

The intent of someone who is giving constructive criticism is not the same as someone who makes a video distorting someone's statements, uploading footage of themselves calling someone a faggot, or following someone around the internet to harass them because they were blocked from their Youtube channel. The latter individuals are acting out of malice.

If this were a situation occurring in person, Asalieri and his fanboys would not keep it up. These guys are cowards who can only hide behind their computers and make videos to mock people. They are in love with the sound of their own voice, lecturing their victims about things like the freedom of speech while trying to deny those rights to their victims; for example, Asalieri started his attack by threatening to harass me until I removed one of my videos. He claims to be against censorship but demands I remove my videos. He accuses me of being morally corrupt for making money off my videos but then runs ads on his own videos once he obtains a blip.tv account. These kind of hypocritical statements are common to bullies.

These bullies also engage in common misinformation tactics, like misrepresenting facts surrounding a person, or taking the statements a person has made out of context (as an example, many of the videos Asalieri has uploaded cut my audio portion mid-sentence, altering the intended context of what I said). They also have a habit of repeating themselves like a broken record even when what they are saying has been proven to be false or already addressed.

And when these tactics fail they turn to throwing out slurs like "faggot".

Unfortunately the internet allows a person to do this kind of harassing behavior without having to risk meeting the person they are tormenting in real life, and it is more difficult for law enforcement to get involved as well. However, when the harassment it done through third party websites like Youtube or blip.tv, there are resources at hand to deal with the harassment.

I am using these resources to confront the bullies and as evident by their current comments, they are not liking it at all. Each flag prevents them from uploading more videos and hurts any dreams of becoming a Youtube Partner; which many of them have. Their narcissism is making them feel victimized and it's no longer fun for them to keep it up. This is evident by how their complaints are now primarily about how unfair it is that their accounts are flagged, videos removed and even some of their accounts terminated.

Having looked at the channels of the people who are assisting Asalieri, many of them are much like him; they spend extraordinary amounts of time harassing other Youtubers for their own amusement. It seems clear to me that if I just ignored them, once they are through with me they are just going to move on to someone else; someone who might not have the thick skin I have or the ability to challenge them as well as I can. Youtube is somewhat difficult to navigate and finding the proper tools to report people for harassment can be difficult for some people to locate. As a Youtube Partner I'm pretty knowledgeable about the website and how to use it, and I have other resources at my disposal unique to Youtube Partners.

There is also the matter of their false flagging campaign; a number of my game reviews were flagged by them for child abuse. I had to explain to Youtube there was an organized campaign of harassment against me from these guys who were false flagging my videos.

I figure that if I can frustrate their efforts to troll me they will be less likely to do this kind of thing to others in the future, as all they are achieving is the loss of their own accounts. Besides, if what they have done to others is any indication they will never let it go on their own. The only way they are going to stop is when they realize it's not fun for them anymore because they are just getting themselves banned and wasting their time making videos that get removed shortly after being uploaded.

If you are reading this because Asalieri is now harassing you, or you have someone else trolling you on Youtube, I encourage you to not give in to the bullies. Stand up to them and let them know their behavior is not going to be tolerated and will only serve to make their user experience as unenjoyable as they are trying to make others' experiences.

Directly beneath this blog post is a link marked "Labels: trolls". By clicking on that link you can find previous posts I've made with screenshots of some of the statements Asalieri and his fanboys have been making that prove they are not victims of anything except their own stupidity.

Lastly, the curious can find screenshots of Asalieri2's channel comment box here that prove how insanely obsessed they have been with harassing me. These screenshots record what they have been saying and plotting for the past month.

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This is an unscripted commentary on my experience playing the closed beta for the MMORPG Eden Eternal, which in some regions is called 'Finding Neverland Online'. The game is developed by X-legend and published by Aeria Games.

The game is now in open beta. Some aspects may have changed.
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So, officially my partnership with GotGame.com will begin tomorrow but my newest video is already live on their site. Go ahead and check it out!

The RPG Fanatic: Ragnarok Online Renewal Update Review

We also have a RPG Fanatic video site for your mobile phone!   

Also remember that my Ragnarok Online Renewal FAQ and Solo Leveling Guide is uploaded, so look no further if you'd like to play the game and need some tips starting out.


The backlog of RPG Fanatic episodes has also been added to GotGame.com, so if for some reason you prefer Blip.tv over Youtube, you can watch the videos there now.

Don't worry folks, I will still continue to post videos to my Youtube Partner channel. New episodes of The RPG Fanatic will post to my Youtube account about a week after appearing on GotGame.com or Original-Gamer.com; whichever has the exclusive for that video. And I intend to keep my Side-Quests vblogs and other misc. videos on my Youtube channel.

The revised "JRPG Debate" video will be one of the first videos recorded at my new home / studio, so expect it in a few weeks. I've got quite a lot going behind the scenes but after I've settled in, expect to see a larger volume of videos released every month with (ideally) better production values!
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This is what Asalieri spends his day doing. Organizing his fans to harass people by encouraging them to knowingly commit copyright infringement and re-upload the videos that got his account shut down, so they can join him in eventually having their computers perma-blocked from Youtube.






 Do you want to know why my fans aren't uploading tons of videos defending me or commenting on every harassing video your troll army uploads?

1) Because I don't ask them to.

2) Because as sane and well adjusted members of society they have better things to do with their day, and they wouldn't join in a campaign to harass people even if I did ask them to do it.




(By the way, those are some rather appalling comments about people with disabilities made by the so-called "Game Anthropologist", "Righteous" Brian Lee.

Edit: The "Game Anthropologist", who posts on Youtube as "blee427", tried to make the following comment on this blog,
Click to see full size image

I've added this to the blog to demonstrate what kind of person he is. )




























What a boring life you must all live if this is how you spend your hours, harassing people over the internet who have nothing to do with you. But then again, we're talking about people who champion a guy who sunk low enough to make a video harassing a clearly mentally challenged man (Asalieri's 9th Reviewing a Reviewer video). I might do sketch comedy that parodies subcultures or post up a video where one of my pranks went horribly (and unintentionally) wrong, but at least I don't intentionally mock people for the way they were born.

I know it takes anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour to re-upload each of those videos. It takes me less than 30 seconds to flag them and I only search for them once a day.

The only reason I'm making these blog posts is so inquiring minds can understand the real story, not the warped version of events you dispense trying to paint me as some bad guy.

Newsflash!

I'm not the one uploading a bunch of videos designed to slander and harass someone.

I'm not the one knowingly taking someone's else's video and simply re-uploading it in its entirety and largely unaltered condition for the sole purpose of harassing.

I made one video that had absolutely nothing to do with Asalieri that disagreed with Roo of 16 Bit Gems on a matter that is important for the future of videogame journalism. Asalieri is supposedly the best friend in the world with Roo, so Asalieri decided to not just make five videos intended to slander and harass me, but encouraged his subscribers to do so as well.

For a month!

Asalieri then lost his account when, after ignoring my warnings to stop, he lost his account due to multiple DMCA and community guideline violations.

I didn't take your account Asa. Youtube took your account because they looked at the reports and agreed you were breaking the site's user agreement.

You believed you could say and do whatever you liked and nothing would happen. You were wrong. At this point, that's really what it's about, isn't it?

You can't handle being wrong. You have to blame me, Youtube, TGWTG and anyone else who tells you that you can't say and do whatever you like without any negative consequences.

You broke the rules of the websites you joined. That is on you and nobody else.

You picked a fight you couldn't win. That is what is actually ticking you off.



The curious can find screenshots of Asalieri2's channel comment box here that prove how insanely obsessed they have been with harassing me.

Click here to see all posts I've made on this topic.
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