What’s the Haps? — Week of April 14, 2014

What's the Haps

Hot men, open letters, them old-school beats, and other things!

Good day, gentle people, and welcome to another edition of “What’s the Haps?”, my weekly rundown of things I’ve been reading, listening, and watching over the course of the week.

It’s Easter weekend, so I’m busy trying to track down a certain rabbit with a certain basket of certain chocolate goodness (damn it all). While I go traipsing about with a bug net in hand (that’s right! A bug net! That’s how I roll!), you guys can have a look at what I’ve been checking out over the course of my sporadic week!

Light Reading

Interview: HamletMachine on the Starfighter Visual Novel Kickstarter — Have you ever heard of the webcomic Starfighter? I haven’t. Ya think that comics about sci-fi and hot boy-on-boy action would send me screaming their way. Anyhoo, the mastermind behind the series, HamletMachine, chose to make a Visual Novel of her famed work and went to Kickstarter to get the funds need. It was a success (hooray!), and the lovely ApricotSushi had a chat with HamletMachine regarding Starfighter: Eclipse. Be sure to check out the interview!

An open letter to Nintendo of America about Tomodachi Life’s presumed lack of gay, lesbian or bisexual relationships — Everyone seems excited with Nintendo decision to bring over the wacky Tomodachi Life to North America on June 6. However, they don’t include the ability to have your Mii fall in love with, marry, or raise children with a Mii of the same sex. Seems quite odd, as this is supposed to be a “life simulator” starring your Miis (methinks Ninty’s scared of what the über-conservative parents would think/say).

The lovey Bryan over at The Gay Gamer wrote an open letter to Ninty about his concerns, and hopes they’ll consider adding them in the future. Give it a read.

Easy Listening

FGM: Foreground Music: VSOG buddy Dylan Sparrow started his very own podcast! Wooooo!

In the second episode, Dylan has us cruising through some of the awesome chiptunes from the Famicom/NES circa 1986. Some of these really take me back (Gradius? Dragon Warrior? Hell yea!). Dylan also gives us a brief history lesson about the composers behind the tunes.

I can tell ya, having this play in the background whilst I’m typing away is awesome. Be sure to check it out, and give the show a follow (I sure did)!

What’s On This Weekend

NorCal Regionals 2014: Another week, another Fighting Game Major (seriously, there really ARE a lot of ’em, eh?). NorCal Regionals 2014 will be rocking this weekend from April 18th to the 20th in Sacramento, California. We’ll be seeing the best of the best coming down to compete in the following games (list courtesy of Shoryuken):

Main Games

  • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012 ($2000 pot bonus from Capcom)
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • King of Fighters XIII
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • Killer Instinct

Sponsored Game

  • Divekick ($500 pot bonus from Iron Galaxy Studios)

Community Games

  • Street Fighter x Tekken ver. 2013
  • BlazBlue: Chronophantasma
  • Persona 4 Arena
  • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo
  • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
  • Capcom vs. SNK 2
  • Soulcalibur V
  • Soulcalibur II
  • Skullgirls

Because NorCal Regionals is a Premier Event on the Capcom Pro Tour, the first place winner of Super Street Fighter IV AE 2012 will automatically qualify for Capcom Cup taking place in December.

In addition to the tournament, there will be Exhibitions for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, a Final Boss Exhibition where several old-school competitors duke it out in games old and new, and more!

Be sure to check the schedule, and tune into Team Sp00ky, Capcom Fighters, iPlayWinner, Melee It On Me and NYC Furby for all the action!


Welp, that’s about all for this week. Just a reminder that I’m still looking for some of your favourite Easter Eggs in videogames, so be sure to send those along!

Thanks for reading, have a safe and happy Easter weekend, and I’ll see you next time! 🙂