shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Wadanohara :: Yay!)
A decent and honest review of Wadanohara and the Deep Blue Sea.

I want to print what this guy says about Mogeko's writing and characterization and paste it on my door. THANK GOD ME AND ZAR AREN'T THE ONLY ONES WHO FOUND IT MEDIOCRE. Every other review I read (aside from one bitchy one that screeches how everyone who plays the game are problematic monsters who should burn in hell) gushes over its OMG AMAZING STORY/CHARACTERS/ETC. and I'm sitting here thinking, "Uh... no?" Plus this guy brings up some good points that I hadn't mentioned in my own review, like Wadanohara's passiveness (and how it makes her boring as the main protagonist, despite her cute design) or how the main villain just didn't work for me as a villain.

Frankly, I’m also amazed at how many people either adore [Wadanohara] or want to bang her. Anyone who doesn’t find her lovable or at least cute is most definitely a villain, and I don’t think her familiars have any life goals outside of her at all. Is that what being a familiar is about? I mean, Chlomaki’s lobster familiar is more developed than them by virtue of wanting her father to be safe and having a life outside of her master. Considering they’re there for almost all of the story, that’s… kinda sad.

I knew there was a reason I liked Lobco and not just her design; she's got more personality than Wadda's three familiars combined. Three whole characters who are supposed to be important side characters.

OH OH AND THIS:

Quick spoilers for the big twist! tw: rape & sexual assault )

It’s a cut above average RPG Maker games, but that’s not saying much. To me, it’s the equivalent of bad (as in mediocrely bad, not bad bad or hilariously bad) fanfiction in RPG Maker form. It’s junk food for people who like cute romances, cute characters, good graphics, & surprise creepiness. That’s not a bad thing to like though - sometimes, you just need something cute. And, you know, there’s nothing wrong with that either.

Which is the best way to describe the game, imo. WHY MUST THE ART BE SO GOOD *sob* Also, this guy recs Dreaming Mary in place of Wadda, just like I did! I wonder if we're secretly cousins.
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Madotsuki :: Blood on Her Hands)
I don't know when I'm loading the Realmscon photos, since I don't have a cable for my phone yet. So instead, let's talk about Undertale.

I did both peace and genocide runs. I'm going to go indeph in spoilers into this, and Undertale is the kind of game you should NOT be spoiled for. So... play it first, okay? Then come back and hear me cry.

Inside the labyrinth walls, there lies a tiny child who sleeps alone )

And this child I will destroy if you try to set her free )

I recommend playing the peace run, then if you're wondering THAT much about the genocide route, you can play it up to a point... THEN FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP AND RESET BEFORE YOU FACE ASGORE. That way, you'll get all the extra dialogue about what you've done that round for the next playthrough, but still have a chance to redeem yourself. You can always watch the genocide ending on Youtube. Listen to people when they say personally beating the genocide run will ruin the best ending forever. Not just in a metaphorical/psychological sense. It literally WILL.
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Madotsuki :: Blood on Her Hands)
Well, That Escalated Quickly

Someone at the Mary-Sue posted an article about the idea that Samus might be trans. It went just about as well as expected.

Something that's been bothering me regarding transphobia. ALL CAPS at the end, with a mini-rant about biphobia. )

*panting* I think I need to look at a pile of potatoes.
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Spooky :: My Little Specimen)
One of my favorite things about good writing is that no matter how much you read, there's still an awesome twist out there that'll totally rock your world. I love being wrong in my predictions and being totally surprised. :D

Mermaid Swamp was like that. Goddamn. I won't look at "mermaids" the same way again. Fun Fact: I got the absolute worst endings first, and that was me playing normally. Whoops. But looking back, getting the bad endings first is how I recommend playing this game. It gives you much more food for thought by the time you get the True Ending. Quick spoiler for the 'Secrets' Ending )

I've forgotten how unnerved I get by bloated things floating in the water. Probably due to my family looking after sick goldfish in my childhood. The nasty gurgling sounds you hear when you enter Yuka's room... ugh.

I like that Rin is a loud-mouth, haha. XD I'm used to having a silent protagonist or someone like Yuka as the main character in RPG Horror games, so Rin's a nice change of pace. While I've seen shippy art of her and Seitaro together, I prefer them as Vitriolic Best Buds. Seems more fun that way.

I've been so pleased with Uri's games! I liked Paranoic, and I liked The Crooked Man even more. Dat storytelling, man. All I've got left to play is The Sandman, which I'll check out next time I'm disappointed with a game. :D
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Madotsuki :: Falling)
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.


~He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven~
~William Butler Yeats~


Happy 10th Anniversary, Yume Nikki. You've changed my life forever and made me the Indie Horror nerd I am today. You've changed the gaming world forever and influenced new masterpieces such as Ib and Dreaming Mary. I will always and forever be in your debt.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd while typing this, my computer freaked out and randomly reset while screaming at me like Uboa. How fitting.
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Spooky :: Tunes)
You ever get that show/game/etc. you think you don't care about that much, but a certain character and/or ship latches onto you in spite of yourself?

It's happening with Samekichi and SameWada from Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea. HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP

P.S. Spooky's House of Jumpscares ftw.
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Charlotte :: Let Me Eat You)
Assuming the Five Nights at Freddy's movie is ever made, my ultimate dream actor for the Purple Guy would be Jack Nicholson.
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Lyn/Florina :: Utena-Style)
Zar played a game called Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea, and she wondered if I played it yet. So I told her I'd review it, nom. I've been dying of boredom since my cough, and I was getting burnt out on Story of Seasons. TIME FOR SOME OLD FASHIONED INDIE HORROR. I downloaded a program that let me open .zips, and so far so good, my computer's cooperative. So I zoomed through Wadanohara! Yay!

I thought I'd enjoy it more, tbh. I mean, it's an okay game, there's a lot to like about it, and I came in without much expectations (and I was warned for gratuitous sexual assault, which I'll discuss in a bit). But by the time I finished it, I thought it would have much more than what I got. :o It had potential and a lot of cool concepts, but they never really got expanded upon and it makes the game feel incomplete. It didn't leave me mad in a "Uggggh, how could you waste such a good idea" kind of way like some Pokemon movies did, just... empty and kind of hanging.

SPOILER ALERT! Also a rant regarding rape and sexual assault. )

I spent way too much time talking about this game. There's probably some points I've forgotten, but eh. I'm not in a rush to play Mogeko's other games any time soon.
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Utena :: Roses)
Freddie went to the groomer a couple days ago! He looks like a calander Bichon now, he's so precious! I took pictures with my new phone, so I'll upload them later when I learn how to transfer them to my computer. :P

I want new icons, specifically Kirby icons of pretty Japanese fanart, but nobody but a few friends makes icons anymore. *sob* I miss Photoshop and I have to get it back along with all my old brushes and textures from my old dead computer. Though maybe it'd be easier if I just started over from scratch. /first-world problems. I went browsing through my icon journal to look at my old icons. O THE OVERSATURATION. O THE OVERSHARPENING (AND LACK OF IT). O THE TEXTURE ABUSE. O THE OVERABUNDANCE OF BRUSHES. O THE AWKWARDLY PLACED (AND FONTED) TEXT. O THE SMUDGES I DIDN'T CLEAN. I like to think that I've gotten better now that I've seen my mistakes, at least. :P

I'm close to beating Rune Factory 4! I finished the third quest and now I'm tackling the Sharance Maze. I just want to marry Arthur and then my life will be complete. ;;
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Juri/Miki :: Smile)
I've been fangirling Teddy/Loid on Twitter~ Mwoiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing~! ♥ Here's a copypasta from my Twitter as I look up some dude's Let's Play of Tomato's translation of Mother 1 to collect quotes and compare with Earthbound Zero. :D

Puri babbles about glasses-wearing nerds and gangsters with Elvis hair and surprisingly non-shippy stuff too. SPOILERS AHOY )

That'll be enough for now. Whew, I'm tired.
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Juri/Miki :: Smile)
One Night at Flumpty's

CoryxKenshin wasn't kidding when he said this was the best FNAF spinoff. This is a hundred times superior to Five Nights at Wario's as far as I'm concerned. Plus the animation is so clean and it reminds me of Adventure Time. :D
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Utena :: Chillaxin')
Want Chrono Trigger Miis on your Tomodachi Life island? Now's your chance!

Oh yeah, I've also got an Indie Horror Grab Bag! :D

Gabriel's Inferno progress: After being blocked at the beginning, I've been getting into the hang of things again, so the sporking is going quite smoothly. :D Me and my MST gang are currently riffing the make-out scene in Gabriel's office, which thankfully we can skip large chunks of due to most of it being purple prose. I can't wait to finish this. ♥

I'm at Wisconsin right now, hanging out with my uncle. :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he'll stay healthy. I gave him my notebook with old stories about him in it (namely him being the butt of slapstick shenanigans, which he considers an honor), and I recorded his reaction with my 3DS. Mom gave him a huge chunk of The Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes books too. I've also been petting my aunt's cat Striker, and she loves it when I rub her cheeks. :3
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Mami/Charlotte :: Sleepytime)
Taking three English courses in one semester is really, really, really draining. I had a great time at Realmscon earlier this month, and I uploaded photos and... haven't had the energy to post them, whoops. Anyway, cosplaying a Shaymin gajinka was a success! I bought a gajillion new goodies, like plushies, buttons, and even a couple art commissions. :D Panels overall weren't that impressive, but I really liked the Furry 101 one. Everyone was so kind! There was this Derp E. Wolf dude who was like this little mascot kid straight out of a cartoon. He'd so mild pranks like shifting chairs and he's always so enthusiastic about everything. There was also a shy cheetah fursuiter who purred when I hugged him. :D shh i'm learning to embrace my inner furry okay

Femslash EX just put their archive up. I'm praying like hell my fic isn't a total bomb. I got a nice gift though, where Sayaka and Kyouko are badass normals. :D

I'm not joining Yuletide this year, unfortunately. I've got way too many writing assignments on my plate. :( Good to see Clock Tower nominated though! Ib got a little more attention than last year, and there's a couple interesting Chrono Trigger requests. It doesn't surprise me that Five Nights at Freddy's will be the main horror attraction this year. :D There's even a SatAM request buried in the letters! It's too bad I don't remember enough of the series to do some serious worldbuilding fic for the requester though. Balls. The Thief and the Cobbler (Recobbled Cut) got nominated this year by someone, so I'm crossing my fingers someone's got a treatable request for me. <.<;;;

I've been playing Smash Bros. 3DS constantly. Villager is one of my new mains. ♥ Go figure, I made a ton of Mii Fighters, including several characters from my novel, Mami Tomoe (MaMii? *rimshot*) and Homura Akemi, and Utena Tenjou. :D
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Kyouko :: Mighty Warrior)
Pumpkin Online Aims to Include Everyone, Everywhere

Pumpkin Online is a farming sim MMORPG, currently being developed as the debut project of Pumpkin Interactive. It’s being developed using the Hero Engine, and the basic plot bears strong resemblance to other farming sims like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing, both of which the developer cites as inspirations. You create a character, select a profession, build your farm (and customize it, both inside and out), craft items, complete quests, and develop friendships and romances with NPCs. The game takes the farming/romance sim and the sword and sorcery MMO, mixes them up, and creates something huge and exciting.

What’s different about Pumpkin Online is the extreme freedom it provides. Monique Blaize, the team leader at Pumpkin Interactive, explains that as an African-American woman, “I’m a double minority in the game industry and I’m hoping to get involved in it.” Being aware of and sensitive to the need for minority representation in media, she has made every effort to make Pumpkin Online as inclusive as it can be.

The cast of NPCs is exceptionally diverse, meaning that there are several minorities among the characters. When creating your character, gender options include non-binary possibilities, and the choice of gender will not restrict any body features or clothing choices. Same-sex relationships are as present as opposite-sex relationships. The bottom line is, Pumpkin Interactive wants everyone to have the chance to play a character that represents themselves – something that the game industry does not always make possible.


I don't usually play MMORPGs, but I'd totally play this one. :D

+

Hullabaloo Steampunk animated film

James Lopez, a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman), is currently trying to raise money for his traditionally animated project Hullabaloo. Hullabaloo is a steampunk short film which Lopez is hoping will help save the cause of 2D animation, and possibly lead to a TV series or film. So, if you’re interested in badass steampunk ladies or traditional animation, may I recommend you give a dollar or two.

Saving 2D animation with steampunk and badass ladies? YES PLZ.
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Homura :: Bottomless Pit)
What happens when you have a game inspired by Yume Nikki, Ib, Eversion, and Madoka? (And NPCs inspired by Animal Crossing) You get something Puri loves! :D

Dreaming Mary

Mary is a girl who loves to dream. In fact, she loves to dream so much she can spend an entire day dreaming. One day, when she falls asleep, she finds herself in a nostalgic place very different from her other dreams. Everyone there knows her and treats her like an old friend, and they invite her to play with them or help them. When she finishes all of their tasks, she is invited deeper into the dream.

Will you lead her to fall into her dreams? Or will you bring her back to the waking world?

As the player, you have the choice in the final decision of Mary's final dream.

This game is not intended for children or those of a nervous disposition and may contain triggering content. Please play with headphones or high audio in a quiet room. There are four endings and bonus content is available after all four have been achieved in one game file. For hints and information, please see the game's homepage at the bottom of the description.


Non-spoilery walkthrough here. There's also this one which is much more specific if you're still stuck, but use as a last resort since it's got spoilers.

It's a gorgeous game, and it scared the bejeezus out of me too. Especially one of the variants of the ??? ending. *hedgehog hiss forever* I was actually kind of afraid to get all the endings, considering I got the Good ending and didn't figure out how to save the ??? ending. (I was supposed to press the "down" arrow key to get through the credits. Whoops) I can't wait for Blue Dreams to come out. :)
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Serena/Calem :: Supporting You)
I'm getting ready to go on vacation in Wisconsin! I dropped Ryu off with Jimmy and we spent the night together, and I got to meet Eric & Nicole's adorable new kitten! I'm charging my lappie atm, and before I go, I want to share you photos I took of Jeff & Tony in Tomodachi Life. :3

Tony's a girl, so he can get married to Jeff~ )

Will post to tumblr later. See you in Wisconsin, everyone!
shamanicshaymin: Quote from Napstablook from Undertale (Nate/Yancy :: Boy Meets Girl)
Today, we've got Puella Magi Madoka Magica and the main cast of Ib!

Being Mii is Suffering )

When the rose ???s, so too will you ??? away )

Once again, feel free to change names, personalities, etc. Mwoiiiiiiiing~!

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