Feb. 9th, 2017 08:16 pm
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Guys, this game is really cute. Oneshot is the story of a little kitty person named Niko. She is really well written as an actual child. She finds herself in a strange world, bearing their 'Sun,' which is actually a lightbulb. She is prophesied to save this world - or, is she? In the end it isn't a story about saving the world. It's about all of the individuals Niko meets and how she interacts with them.

I drew some fanart for the game and then a few days later, my little sister made me fanart for my birthday!

This is my sister's art. It's of Niko riding a Roomba!

Niko on a Roomba

This is my fanart. It's of Niko and a plant-girl named Maize

Not Afraid Anymore


Sep. 25th, 2016 10:10 am
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My personal blog on Imzy is cumuluscastle. I have invites.

If this pushes fandom out of Tumblr I would actually celebrate. I could raise a drink to it, really.

Honestly, I am just liking the amount of gaming blogs I am seeing started there - not a lot of activity yet, though. Nice variety too - board game, tabletop RPG, and video game. Like, there is a point-and-click game community on Imzy.

I am really so tired of the way 'video games' becomes such a small subset of what actually exists in lots of fan circles. Honestly, I am sort of over Dragon Age at this point.

I'd love to discuss smaller games I have played recently like VA-11 HALL-A, Transistor, Read Only Memories, Broken Age, etc. But somehow most of the fan discussion wants to revolve around the same characters and the same experiences, over and over. Oh well.
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Have people seen this Chrono Trigger inspired Squeenix offering? I am pretty sure I won't ever play FFXV, but I might be interested in I am Setsuna.
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The Longest Journey by cirruscastle on DeviantArt

The Longest Journey by Funcom

"This is the first step of the longest journey of your life"

The story takes place in two worlds that exist side-by-side, Stark, dominated by technology and Arcadia, a haven for magic.

April Ryan, an art student from Stark, finds herself 'dreaming' of Arcadia, but the dreams are all too real. When her visions of the magical world begin to bleed into her ordinary life in Stark she finds herself recruited to save both worlds by restoring the Balance.

Game Style
It's a point and click adventure, so if you hate those with a passion it might be hard for you to get into. I have a lot of nostalgia for them, as I played some as a kid, but I also recognize their shortcomings. This one has several 'puzzles' that I found really difficult and ultimately cheated to complete. If you are really stuck, let me highly recommend this guide, by Alan Stock, which issues you hints and tips without a lot of spoilers.

The art style is actually pretty nice and dreamy for a fantasy game. I like the Arcadia landscapes best. It is an old game, however, so expect the people to look kind of horrific. In particular, their noodly arms never fail to weird me out.

April Ryan
April has been voted one of the best female protagonists in a video game of all time. Honestly, this is part of what drew me to the game in the first place. She doesn't disappoint, either. She is tough and ready for adventure. She has a witty tongue and a clever mind. She also has a compassionate heart (um, when she isn't pulling nasty tricks on people for the sake of the point and click plot mechanic, at least).

The rest of my commentary is behind the cut, due to spoilers.Read more... )

In all, the game has really fun world-building and some amusing puzzles, with a great main character. There are also sequels, Dreamfall and Dreamfall Chapters. I have them on my wishlist, but I haven't played them yet.
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So, I am going to try this out. I can't make any promises about completing it the way I've thought of it, but my plan is to do a series of posts exploring the female characters in speculative fiction that catch my attention or stick with me. By fiction, I mean to include video games, books, and anime - maybe an occasional movie. I also plan to add to this with a series of paintings/drawings, since lately my interest has been with this type of fan art.

Each entry will start with a pretty spoiler-free section and then I'll discuss spoilers behind a cut.

Heartbreaker by cirruscastle on DeviantArt

Let's get started.

Transistor by Supergiant Games

Red is a famed lounge singer, who lives in the futuristic city, Cloudbank. At the beginning of the game she has lost her voice. She was attacked following a performance, and her unnamed male companion intercepted an attack from a strange looking sword. At the beginning of the game, Red pulls the sword, called The Transistor, from the body of her friend. The sword speaks with the voice of Red's male companion and is capable of downloading Functions, which allow it to perform different types of defensive and attacking actions.

As the two begin to traverse the city, they are attacked by The Process, a collection of robot-like enemies in palettes of white, black and red, who attack on sight. Although they look like robots, all of the language discussing them is framed as if they are computer programs.

A mysterious group called the Camerata seem to be behind both the attacks on Red and her unnamed male friend and The Process itself.

Game Style
The game is beautiful. It is clearly inspired by the "Golden Phase" of Gustave Klimt, with its gold leaf, and rhythmic patterns.

The music is beautiful. The vocal tracks are instrumental to understanding Red's motivations and thoughts, since she cannot speak in the game. With her brilliant red hair, I wonder if there's any link to Ariel and Disney's Little Mermaid.

Red is such an amazing character. To me she is not just a cliché. Red is a lounge singer, and a celebrity in Cloudbank. It would seem that it is unconventional for citizens of Cloudbank to undertake creative endeavors. The songs she sings throughout the game also show that she has a revolutionary bent even before the beginning of the game.

She is beautiful and practical. She traverses the game in the costume she was wearing to perform the night was was attacked, with the gold mermaid skirt torn short so she can move around more freely and her male companion's black jacket on her back. She is feminine and tough. She pursues her goals relentlessly. She is defiant even though the city is crumbling around her.

I hope this sparks your interest in the game!

Behind the cut, there will be spoilers Read more... ) I love plots that are not afraid to leave some ambiguity intact. It leaves me food for thought. I've been mulling the game over since I finished playing it last night and I enjoyed considering it while I went for a run this morning and listened to the glorious soundtrack. But I know some people hate an ambiguous story. If you're one of those people, then the game may not be for you.

P.S. The game is on sale on Steam right now for $5.49 CAD and the soundtrack for $2.74 CAD.

The Transistor Wiki was a huge help to me in writing this little piece.

Her Story

Dec. 24th, 2015 08:19 am
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I highly recommend Her Story if you love mysteries. It's an extremely cool game that starts you with an old school, computer desktop and a program to search through video clips from several days of police questioning to help you contruct a story for yourself. It's twisted and strange. It all fits together in the end marvellously. The acting, all by Viva Seifert, is superb.
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The interview response about why FFXV will be an all-male cast is so enlightening. Ugh.

"Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable for players. Even the presence of one female in the group will change their behaviour, so that they'll act differently. So to give the most natural feeling, to make them feel sincere and honest, having them all the same gender made sense in that way. . ."

". . . the journey will have the cast adopting what he dubs a "boys will be boys" type demeanor."

"The world might be ready to see the curtain lifted on what boys do when girls aren't around, when they come out of the tent all prim and proper. That's kind of the idea behind it… we think, male or female player, that everyone will feel a certain connection and bond with the four characters."

UGH. I feel like someone should prevent them from ever doing interviews at all.
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Have a mentioned a charming little game called Dragonsphere? I think so. It is free to download from GOG.

Here is a little (poorly photographed) sketch of a character from the game who I am a little obsessed with. Her name is Llanie de Summers.

I think she's a great character - very plucky and sassy. I also love her very 90s style fantasy garb.

Llanie de Summers by cirruscastle on DeviantArt

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