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Manic Maverick avatar 2:00 PM on 09.03.2010  (server time)
It's Friday: Pacefalm

It's Friday, and that is not a video. Just in case you were wondering. I solved the sound problem, but it was only until after I finished recording this morning that I realized my mic was muted. The second take was shitty. And, due to technical difficulties with the new recording programme I've been using, the file ended up being somewhere around 9 GB. This made it literally impossible to edit. What's a guy to do? Record for a third time, which would end up being shittier than the second time?

So, "Fuck it", I said. No video this week. But no, you haven't gotten off that easy. Here's what I've been doing this week:


Chakan: the Forever Man: I used to play this game a lot when I was younger, on the Sega Genesis. You play Chakan, a warrior cursed to walk the planet forever after defeating Death himself. In order to break this curse, you're forced to destroy daemons. It's only until all of the daemons are slayed that you can rest in peace.

It's a beautiful game, in that the scenery is very dark and gloomy. It reminds me of the Legacy of Kain games. In fact, a sequel was being developed for the Sega Dreamcast, but the work they put into that was instead transferred to Blood Omen 2. I would love to see a modern-day adaptation of Chakan, however. It's a great game, and Chakan himself is one badass motherfucker.

Depict1: I'm sure a lot of you have played this already. You're some guy (or girl) going about levels. You learn what to do via this disembodied voice. However, you soon discover that everything this voice says is complete balls and you instead go about things your own way. I won't give away much, but I really love the way they twisted the idea of a "trustworthy in-game voice" into something resembling Portal's "GLaDOS". Also, the sprites and environments are beautiful.

Fathom: Ever wonder where the music used to advertise Once Upon a Pixel at the end of some of the HAWP episodes came from? Well, this. Fathom is a game about robots. And dying. And fish. I don't think I was playing it correctly, but hopefully you will. It reminds me a lot of the Sacred Grounds level of Cave Story because of the general fast-paced gameplay and style of sprites.

Catherine: This is an action-adventure horror game coming from Atlus, the makers of the Persona games. This hasn't come out yet, but I am immensely stoked. You play Vincent, a salaryman (binkan, binkan~) who meets a 22 year old hot chick. She's young, vibrant, and sexy, while Vincent is in his 30s and in that awkward age where you know the young and vibrant days of your life are completely over.

He starts having disturbing nightmares where he is forced to climb staircases and run from monsters and such. This is where the action of the gameplay comes in, while the adventure comes during the real-world gameplay where you go about the city. Apparently there are connections between the real world and the dream world, because at some point they say something about "When you have a dream that you're falling, you wake up dead". Which could be supernatural or not.

There's also a heavy sexual undertone to the game, stemming from Catherine's overactive sexuality to Vincent's complete sexual deprivation. I really hope that we get to see this manifested in Vincent's dreams in the form of disturbing visuals and such, like they did in Silent Hill 2.

I'm unsure when this will be released elsewhere, but it will be in Japan sometime late this year.


Anime: I've been on a Satoshi Kon binge lately. It all started with his death. It hit me really hard, since the mere thought of his death seemed impossible. There are people in this world that seem too epic and indestructible to pass away, you know? Satoshi Kon and Hayao Miyazaki have been two of my artistic idols, so having one die has left a void. So, when I was finished punching babies after hearing about Kon's passing, I pulled out the kleenex, cranked up the Susumu Hirasawa (He did a lot of music for Satoshi Kon) and began watching all of the Kon movies I haven't seen yet.

I watched three of his movies this week: Paprika, Perfect Blue, and Millennium Actress. Those are in order of preference. I love all three of them, but I preferred Paprika overall because it was beautiful, creepy, and a complete mind-fuck. Perfect Blue came in second because, while it was creepy and a complete mind-fuck, it was lacking the overwhelming beauty of Paprika. Millennium Actress was amazing as well. It was beautiful and I loved the movie-in-movie-in-movie style. But I need my creepy horror fix, so I put the other two before it.

I watched these on Anime-Movie-Site, which is probably the most original name for a website ever. It is a great site though, because it's filled with every anime movie...ever. It's like entering a room filled with pretty ladies covered in bacon. Heaven. I'm all caught up with K-ON!!, so once I finish my Satoshi Kon binge, I'll probably start watching a bunch of other movies I haven't seen yet. That should be fun.

Septembeard: Today I am clean-shaven. On my face, I mean. Septembeard (like Novembeard) is when you go an entire month without shaving and then compare your epic Beard Progress with others who did the same thing. I doubt my beard will compare, however, because it tends to grow back in quickly but takes a while to get any longer. It'll be fun, though, and I get to look like a bum.


Today, like last Friday, I am tired as hell. And quite grumpy due to this video messing up. I really hope you guys don't mind reading a wall of text--Oh, what am I saying? You guys read walls of text on a daily basis.

I think I'll take a nice, long nap today. Then I'll wake up, work on an entry for the Summer Arcade Contest, and then start up some anime movies. If anyone has any recommendations, especially something in the realm of creepy, disturbing, horror (that isn't Kara no Kyoukai because I've been watching that on-and-off already), I will give you sex. Lots and lots of sex.

That's it for this week. Hopefully next week's post will be a lot less bumpy and grumpy. Let me know what you're doing this weekend. It's Friday.

(Keeping with a short tradition, this week's chiptune is "Cosmic Giggle" by sidslimed)

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