Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

Bit NSFW. Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from crazy Japanese cult movies. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think I would find one that topped Tokyo Gore Police. Silly me. Leave it to the minds that created Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police to team up and create this over the […]

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A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not. […]

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A real Hello Kitty +

If you are reading this website right now, I would find it very hard for you to not know what Hello Kitty is. One could argue that it is one of the most well known Japanese brands right up there with Honda and Sony. This video has nothing to do with Hello Kitty other than […]

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Kids vs Zombies +

So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American. You may be wondering what zombies have to do […]

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Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

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Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

They say that the way food or drinks look plays a major influence on how well we like it. I would have to agree. These are some awesome fruit juice packaging from Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Looking at the strawberry box, it looks as if the packaging may even feel like the specific fruit it […]

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Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

Gilco is one of Japan’s oldest candy companies, and is home to the popular Glico caramel candy as well as the legendary Pocky. For about 80 years now, inside the Glico caramel candy boxes there is a small toy called “Omake of Glico” (Small gift of Glico). It started off as little toys kids would […]

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Space Invaders Bank +

Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your nostalgia reflex. Personally I remember the game, but I’m too young to remember the actual table. We did have a functioning Atari when I was a child though. Ah. Memories.

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Neopets Review: Tips, Tricks, and Cheats +

Neopets: xorsyst’s NeopetDo you remember back in the 90s when the tamagotchi toys were popular? Around that same time, a new product surfaced called Neopets. I remember growing up seeing both of those toys everywhere. In 1998, they launched an online version of Neopets that has been popular ever since. As of May 2006, Neopets has registered more than 100 million accounts worldwide, and hundreds of games to play along with your Neopets. So after a little coaxing by a few people, I decided to write a Neopets review. I’m a big fan of online games, and while I may have not given Neopets a second look yesterday, I was surprised by what I found. If you came here looking for tips, tricks, and cheats, scroll down to the bottom. Now onto the review!

Gameplay

Neopets Character Creation ScreenAs with any online game, the gameplay focuses around gaining currency called Neopoints. With Neopoints, you can buy weapons for your pet to fight other pets and players in the battledome. If PVP isn’t your thing, you can also spend Neopoints on changing the color of your pet, and purchasing a NeoHome. Gaining Neopoints is very easy, as many of the games you will be playing offer Neopoints as a reward. You can also gain Neopoints by selling items in your own virtual store. There has been a lot of criticism directed at Neopets about the user store feature. Many members complain that users with fast computers and internet connections have an advantage at the stores. What a “fast user” will do is buy as many items from the Neopets store as he can buys (which sells out rapidly, and restocks every 15 minutes) and then sells those items in his or her own shop at a high markup.

Neopets Review: My CharacterYou may think that Neopets is a kids game, but it was initially marketed towards 18+ college students as a place to hang out when not in classes. The Neopets community is the reason why this game has survived for so long. The developers are known for listening to members, and asking for their recommendations and advice. Also, unlike many online games that get sparse updates, the Neopet developers are always adding new content, stories, and events.

Graphics

Neopets was set up so that it can be played on almost any computer. The graphics are flashed based, and will run on any current browser. They are very colorful, and fit into the whole Neopets theme of fun, friendly, and really eye-catching. Everywhere you look, colorful images fill the page. Its a bit overwhelming at first, but for the younger generation (who seems to be their biggest users, I’m sure they love it). One thing that I like about the Neopet characters is that they look unique. You can tell its not just color difference, but actual unique characters. When you go to create your new character, you are presented with 42 different character designs to choose from. From there you can change the color, gender, stats (Strength, Defense, Movement).

Re-playability

Neopets GamesOne positive thing to say about Neopets is that it is very hard to be bored on their website. With over 100 different games to choose from, you should find something to do to pass the time. You don’t have to be a member in order play the games, but your stats wont be saved. A few of the popular games, and easy on the computer load, are Kass Basher, Fashion Fever, Meerca Chase II, and Trouble at the National Neopian. When you first click the games area, you are presented with 48 different games in 16 different categories. Its easy to be overwhelmed, but just click around and try out a few. You also have 16 different Neopet lands to discover. Each land looks uniquely different and has different areas to discover. With the option of fighting in the Battledome, members with a thirst of winning against real people will always have something, and someone to beat!

Verdict

If cute, colorful games are your thing, Neopets is definitely for you. Hundreds of games, a lively user community, and very addictive are only a few reasons to give Neopets a try. While it wont replace your World of Warcraft addiction, if you’re in class and need something to do during a boring professor’s lecture, Neopets is your game. Check out the testimonials from the Press, Parents, Teachers, and members over at the Neopets press kit site.

-Louis Ponder

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