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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