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Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009, 01:14 am
Post enitrely about video games so it is easier to scroll past all at once

Alright. I guess I'll talk about video games again here.

I used some money I got from Christmas to get Little Big Planet for the PSP. It's not by Media Molecule directly, but it's still pretty good. I'm honestly more interested in original content than little adaptations of big things, as it were, but that's sadly the way the markets work, especially for the poor PSP. I also did some looking into the matter, and there are two Persona titles for the PSP, one of them is a port/remake of the first Persona, and it gets really mixed reviews. I'm thinking I'll be able to get it on the cheap used at some point, maybe, I don't know. The other is -- hold your breath! -- a port of the third Persona with some content differences. Goddamn it. I got second-hand news of both titles kinda mixed together (SECOND HAND OKAY, not completely my fault), so I thought there was a unique installation in the Persona series on the PSP. If that was the case, the lack of talk about it would be really weird, but now it makes sense.

I've been playing Okami again recently. It's the only PS2 game I own, and there's a PS2 here. It's still great. Something that's totally weird about that in my memory is confirmed to still be totally weird: the animal feeding. It breaks into these long, sweet pastoral cut scenes that has Amaterasu dotingly looming over the animal that she's feeding as it cutely eats, as the camera slowly revolves around them. It's optional for the most part, but the animals emit hearts forever after when you come near and it gives you a little pseudo-EXP so of course you do it at every opportunity. Taken as an experience, though, it's really rather surreal and just slightly disruptive. On top of that, whenever she's feeding a rabbit or something, it's nearly worrying. Here's this cosmically powerful wolf proudly sitting there, watching this little seemingly unphased bunny dig into a pile of greens. I can't stop myself from adding some mental dialogue to it, too, which always makes it worse. Ammy's got this feminine Voice of the Legion in my head, |||Yeah. You like that? You like those greens, little bunny?||| and the rabbit has a voice like the little girl from Azumanga, "Mm-hmm! ^__^"

...Before you ask, no, the doctors don't know what's wrong with me. /:]

So I've been poking at the computer gaming thing because I have some access to a Windows machine that I've got kind of behaving itself now, and that's about to receive a couple of upgrades, at the least more RAM. No Internet (as far as online gaming is concerned), but still, I can't help but linger now when I didn't before. It looks like the big thing to look for at this point in time is whether your graphics card is Direct X 8 or 9 doing-capable-whatever. Good to know. It really looks like you don't have to drop hundreds of dollars to play off-the-shelf stuff anymore, which was the way I remember it back at the turn of the last decade. I mean, you can put down for a great machine like the one I've got sitting next to me purring like a particularly quiet kitten that's running Fedora and doesn't have Internet access at all so let's not dwell on that but that only gets you a smoother and better-looking experience. Maybe. I don't know, that's just what I can tell from the outside. Although it should be said that Darwinia runs great on the machine upstairs, as addled as it is.

Holy crap, look, I just go on and on and on.

Hey, help me out here: what should I draw? I've got a dozen crappy WIP that out to be buried that way, and I think I need to listen to somebody else now to get out of this rut. C'mon, you'll be helping me out here. Anything. Email it to me or whatever if it's kinky/awesome. Seriously.

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)

Ammy's got this feminine Voice of the Legion in my head, |||Yeah. You like that? You like those greens, little bunny?||| and the rabbit has a voice like the little girl from Azumanga, "Mm-hmm! ^__^"

Is hilarious. :D And a lovely game.

Hey, help me out here: what should I draw?

- Mooncat(s)!
- Looks like bulk of industrial structure, but it's a monster
- Deal of glittering drugs, furtive amid squalid glamour
- Woven by the music, fluttering ones dance over a slowmover behemoth
- Lewd penthouse/backalley grind of a jewelled masked one
- Hand of the power conduit, angled into a spell

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)

- Looks like bulk of industrial structure, but it's a monster

You know, I was trying to run this game of D&D and there was something I wanted the group to encounter that pretty much fits this description. It had a ton of siblings, in fact I think they ended up being the Thing that everybody involved is going to remember about it the most.

And it looks like I'm going to be digging up some resources on Mooncats, naturally. Seems that you're coming up with events more than themes or exact subject matter, which is pretty cool! I mean, anything is good, but it looks like you invested a little something into each of these.

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)

Mooncat research going quite badly. It doesn't help that there's a woman that goes by that name, aaaaand a couple of others, which she has since moved onto but the Global Matrixone forgets little. Also, a certain little person that goes by Aldsomethingoranother just so happened to have this thing a few years back where he had a species named that. Sure enough, those images are everywhere in my search. They're not even cats, and they're not from the moon, and they're neat, but I'm certain that's not what we're up to here. Ach.

Gray serpent needs help badly!

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)

Existence of mooncats is highly classified! Maybe the only pictures you can find are including:

Here (w-i-p)
Two of these icons, that I've lost the originals for ;_;

Also radiofreecatgrl is much the same! We had similar ideas about mooncats. :)

Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)

Very sleek, beautiful in that way. Where I come from, most life just isn't built like that, so it's exotic and fascinating.


What's the approximate mass, nude? How sexually dimorphic are they, and how so?

Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)

Ahhh, but compared to certain other places, mooncats do not have a baffling divergence of actions that endlessly begs research but defies complete documentation. 'Mooncat culture' is complete and stable, an invisible monolith! With the sure advantages of this, nevertheless most interest is gained in studying our blue neighbour and in gripping the task of improving it.

Mooncats approximate nude mass of a 200cm finished one is ~75kg. Physiology of a mooncat is dense, without gas involved due to living not in an atmosphere. Bones are more numerous, flexible, and cartilaginous, not unlike fish from earth oceans; muscular tissue is more tough and fibrous. They are not as comfortable as humans to lie against. Without modification and training, on the earth's surface physically they are at a disadvantage.

Sexual dimorphism is minimal indeed, just a redistribution of slight curves in the expectable places! It is vestigial and redundant due to fabrication's replacement of organic reproduction, but most individuals retain it in the interest of sex itself; the now long-stable standard for mooncat mental workings still supports (semantic, emotional..) compatibility with such an outdated dimorphism, and this is taken advantage of as a framework for pleasure, same as the many other retained systems of arousal such as nervous excitement of deep systems from patterned lights and sound, and philosophical excitement of upper systems from encountering of a non-integrated way of ideas or similar.

Hopefully this is helpful to you.

Sat, Jan. 2nd, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)

Yes, it certainly is. We might be able to put together a first contact guide for terrestrial ophidians. We'll submit a draft when we're warm enough to do so.

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)

Oh, I told a lie. I didn't lost them. Here they are!

and here

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)

I tend to skip those scenes most of the time if I want to jump back into the action, but sometimes I take the opportunity to relax a bit, let the tension unwind.

Also, so seldom do I have the perfect icon for a comment. XD

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)

Oh gods yeah I mash start like it would get me demon fangs. However, the scene stays there in your mind. It's never that far away from consciousness. Especially that few notes right at the start, which are unavoidable. Dhun-Dun...(reverb)

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)

Rule of thumb: If I'm sleepy enough that watching the entire scene seems like a good idea, I'm sleepy enough to find a save mirror and go to bed.

Speaking of mashing buttons to get demon fangs, the Wii version's loading screens don't have the minigames. Some asinine legal issue prevented them from putting it in, so I have to slice up imps and grind money to get the pee technique in order to get more fangs.

Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)

From all the things I've read, the Wii version is all kinds of bizarre. Well, at least in terms of those kinds of details.

Flourishing finishes. That's the way to go. Especially on higher "level" enemies. It can be hard to figure out sometimes, and usually it takes a bit a thought as to what would be the biggest insult to the enemy in question, but if you can find a way to remember them when you do figure it out, you'll have all you need. The hardest ones are the wheel enemies, because they're all so alike, and they get model-shifts which are different, and *grumble grumble wheels grumble*. Here's a tip, though, if they don't like an element, then the element is all that matters, regardless of which brush technique you use to produce it.

I wish I could turn yellow rage off. I prefer to bark adorably right before the veil vanishes, as if she's dispelling it that way.

Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)

Stupid wheels. Also when I finish, I prefer to be double jumping, as if the burst of energy from spin jumping is what's doing it. (It's been a while since I've gotten that far, but I believe there's a technique that adds damage to your double jump--making it a Screw Attack to go with the pee and poop attacks.)

Sat, Jan. 2nd, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)

You can get it at the same time that you get the ability to damage with your dodge and the plot-necessary double jump. I dodge a lot, and use the reflectors almost exclusively, so getting those few extra hits in really helps with the godhood levels. I'll bet people who use only the glaives and swords have problems with never having godhood levels. Maybe they put in beads a secondary so they can shotgun them at opportune moments... That would fix the problem, I guess, and would be kind of fun for the variety.
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Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)

Uh, actually, um, I've been doing pretty much all of the above. I've only started digital sketchbooking -- that means uh saving stuff I draw digitally instead of just closing the image and opening a new one ^^() -- pretty recently, but I've done little studies of pretty much everyone I spend a lot of time with, purely from what I can remember, and if they have avatars, that too. There's a reason I can draw Raichu ears. X-x TWO MUSCLES. It's also why I'm perplexed as to why I can't draw wolves at all, and since Z. moved into the picture, I've come to terms with how I also don't handle feline features without looking at source material every fifteen seconds like a deranged parakeet with OCD.

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)

Also, hey, I don't see you around much online, or at least where I've been haunting. How you bean?
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Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)

Yeah, privacy and computers and limited access and all that, I'm familiar with that. Squeaks here has been a godsend, because at least I can chillax on the super-slow net alone in my room where family members and strangers won't be looking over my shoulder and going "Who is that?", "Is that a comic you're reading there?", "What's all that stuff about?" and the dreaded "Oh my god in that picture what is she doing with that guy!!!!?!" through all of which I'm going "Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. I'll get to it later bye; Interneting right now. :|"

Wed, Dec. 30th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)

Aaah draw my D&D character! O_O Christ I forgot his name, though. So much fun to play, though. o/' I think everyone should give a kitsune a whirl at one time in their life. <3

I can think of other things but they will come sloooowly.

Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)

Well, I drew a bunch of all the stuff related to that campaign at that time, characters included. I also did a lot of experimenting with what I thought the races should appear like. Unfortunately, um.

Those sketchbooks are kinda um.

Well, they were the mixed ones. The ones that I don't hold back in. No self-censorship. Good for a the spirit, yeah? Well, I also consider them, uh, toxic in a way?

And in the process of moving, eh heh...

I kind of deliberately destroyed them...?

In South Carolina?

As in, all of them?

As in about 400+ pages worth? Most of it was totally crap anyhow, so it's not like we lost THAT much, I mean, some of it was from, like, right after high school. I think there was a scrapbook thing that was mostly high school stuff, and that thing needed to be outright incinerated. Going up through the years, it gets a little more mixed, though.


I realize now that, uh. It was really stupid. It didn't seem that way at the time. I couldn't leave them... unattended, and couldn't risk attempting to transport it all.


Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)


I'm just sad I never got to see any of them. I was rather fond of that game. xD

But that won't stop me from constantly prodding you to draw my foxy. *poke. poke.*

Sat, Jan. 2nd, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)

At least somebody was. A little while after, I felt really bittersweet about it. I think I learned a lot, and could run an actually pretty good game now if the conditions were right, but at the time I thought I kind of let everyone down. What makes it worse is that it didn't get any sort of ending like I had at least wanted. I sort of compromised it into oblivion. Eh well.