Of course Disney crossovers are canon

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in News

The internet has been coming up with creative new ways to tie Frozen into the rest of the Disney universe. The most poignant theory being that Anna and Elsa's parents died whilst sailing to attend the wedding of Flynn and Rapunzel from Tangled and that the wreckage of their ship is the very on that Ariel explores in The Little Mermaid. An alternate theory has the ship wash up on an island where the parents die - but not before having baby Tarzan!

Others have found more tangential ways of linking Brave, Frozen, Tangled and The Incredibles together while stepping sideways over to Pixar there's this masterful post linking all of Pixar's work together.

But the thing is that Disney have been creating canon crossovers of their films for ages. In the Hercules TV series, they spent a full half hour having Jafar and Hades team up to take on each others nemesis, Aladdin and Hercules. The actual conflict is average, but it is fun watching the two villains compare and critique their approaches to evil.

Not Boring; Just Bored

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in Features

'I like games because I don't need to think,' he said openly.

She nods and doesn't break eye contact with him. It's a moment of surprising honesty; one you don't expect to take place in the middle of a waiting room at CentreLink.

'When I play games, it's just type, type, type. I can switch off and just chat to people the whole day. I like that.'

Part of me feels guilty about listening in on a private conversation, even if it's being spoken aloud in a public space. But the rest of me is just fascinated with this scene. So far all I know about this person is that they don't have a job and that they are collecting CentreLink payments.

She asks him, 'what would be your dream job?' A silence follows, before he asks, 'what do you mean?'

'Like if someone said I'll pay you money to do anything you want, what would it be?' Still no answer, so she persists. 'You like games? Would you like to work in games?'

Room Party: The Game

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in Features

Room parties and playing games with friends and strangers are two of the best things you can do at a convention. Recognising this, a group of geeks got together to create their own card game that’s all about the best (and worst) things that happen at convention room parties. Playing a card might summon a neck-beard wearing cardboardinium armour to your party or maybe a D-list celebrity carrying some suspicious looking drinks will show up at the door – it’s all part of Room Party: The Game.

This project came out of a successful Kickstarter campaign and the game has only just started appearing in the hands of Kickstarter backers and at a few select conventions that the game creators have been attending. At Confurgence* in Melbourne, the artist duo known as Blotch were showing off this game and we were lucky enough to try it out a couple times. It’s a competitive game, where it’s every party for themselves. Your goal is to maximise your own awesome score, while also damaging the awesome score of other parties by stealing their best people, turning their tricks against them or throwing unpleasant cards their way.

Peter Parker As The Bystander

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in Features

There’s one story in particular that I tell more often than any other – especially to people I’ve only just met. It’s a story about a highly influential murder. Violent murders are an odd topic to bring up with strangers you barely know, but it’s an important story and one that a young Peter Parker would have been well served by.

*Trigger warning: This story involves rape and murder.*

Back in the 1960s in New York, a woman was out for a stroll through her local park when she was attacked by man wielding a knife. She cried out for help – but no one came to her aid and she was raped and murdered. Where things get even more sinister though, is that the place where she was killed was surrounded by apartment building overlooking the park. When police canvased the area for witnesses, they found a total of 38 witnesses. While not all of them saw the crime take place – or even realised what was going on, not a single one called the police.

Manifest convention closes after 14 years

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in News

Next year is set to be another packed year, with over 200 geeky events across Australia and New Zealand. But one event that you will no longer find in the event guide is Manifest. After 14 years of being Melbourne’s premiere anime convention, it’s all over.

The exact reason for the closure isn’t explicitly stated in the official announcement on the Manifest website, but they talk about an arms race of conventions trying to one-up another. “It became a competition,” wrote Cari-An who is the current (and last) president of Manifest. “Who could have the largest crowds, the newest games, the coolest guests? It was only a matter of time until people chose to save their money for the biggest conventions.” No events are explicitly named, so they may be referring to interstate anime events – but more likely they’re referring to competition from the big pop culture events like Supanova and Armageddon. Although the ideal would be to have enough space and interest for all of these events, it seems this doesn’t always work out as fans would like.

Manifest was a fan run event that grew out the Melbourne and Swinburne university clubs into something enormous with several thousand attendees. These kind of events require people to put aside their free time and essentially work on it like an unpaid second job. Maybe they just ran out of steam – but a 14 year run is nothing to be ashamed of.

The overnight gaming event Mani-Midnight will continue to run as an independent event. For those willing to travel to get their anime community fix, there are several other anime events across Australia. Just use the ‘anime’ type filter on the events guide or see the list below:


Out Of Body Gaming

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in News

November 20th is Trans Day of Remembrance - a memorial day that I only just learned about, but one that deserves commemoration. If you want to learn more about the history, this article gives a good background and explains the obvious truth that trans people should be respectfully treated as, y'know, people?

Ever since Papers, Please, I've become increasingly enamored with small indie games ability to tell emotionally resonate stories using stylishly simple graphics and in a short span of time. And few games are as short as Dys4ia - an autobiographical game about the personal and medical challenges of one trans person. Whether or not it fits your definition of a 'game' is beside the point. Whatever you call it, it's a sympathetic experience. Plus it's five minutes, dawg.

At the time of writing, the Newgrounds host of the game is sadly offline, but you can watch the video of the game below until it's back online.

You can play Dys4ia for free here or watch the video of someone else playing the game below.