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Last Starfighter (C. wanted it...)
Dangerous Beauty (I haven't seen it since that night I was stuck in the hotel at DFW on the way back from Bangkok and literally stayed up all night due to jet lag, but even if it's not as interesting as I remember it being, it's still cool that they made a movie based on an academic nonfiction book about a Venetian courtesan!)
The Cat Returns (Borders' ridiculous half-off sale)
Top Secret
The Producers
Grosse Pointe Blank (finally!)
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Extra Frills Edition)
(a mix of used and new)

Also games, mostly old but one new version of an old game: Disgaea DS, Phantom Brave, Steambot Chronicles, and Chocobo Tales.

Lest you think I've gone insane, pretty much everything was $3-$9, except Disgaea, which was C.'s dating-anniversary present and was full price. And I don't expect we'll buy any more movies or games for a while!

Target also had several movies for $4.75, but I didn't buy anything. I did teach my Japanese friend the meaning of the phrase "silver lining," though. (As in "Every recession has a...")

I'm as surprised as anyone, though.
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I've embarked on my career as the world's most mediocre drummer.

Not to worry, Zildjian already sponsored me to the tune of $500. Golly. I got my rock moves.

My hands are faintly sore already from those wooden sticks, oy. I think I need to, like, tape the ends or something. For serious. Jeez, video games are rough these days.

Why am I playing the fiendishly difficult drums (stop laughing) you ask? Because [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor feels they are impossible and thus is insisting on the guitar (which is definitely a lot easier, I have to admit).

I made a little character. She has a frilly gothic outfit and two-toned purple and chestnut hair, and is totally the kind of drummer you'd expect to see on such hits as "Band on the Run" and "Beat It" (not to mention "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"). I hear the characters are less customizable on the Wii than on other platforms, but there are enough options to keep me occupied for hours (and to bore [livejournal.com profile] toratigris to tears). And dammit, that's not a teal bow on her ankle, it's a green rose (and those are awesome velvet 20s-looking shoes, but you can't see 'em. I would so wear them in person; they have a cool spiral pattern.) You can even choose the movements that you do when you're introduced, successfully complete a song, and fail a song.

Photos of my TV screen (and my character)! Aren't you excited? )

Whee!

There may be some way to download the characters. I'll figure it out later. There's no GH:WT Wii FAQ on GameFAQs.com yet.

Yes, I'll do some thesis work today. I promise.

I mean, if my audience doesn't demand too many encores. (These guys must be aural masochists, but I don't know, the way they're animated, they look pretty much like zombies, or possibly cultists, so who knows.)

I haven't tried the vocal mode to see if it's as full of fail as I suspect it will be, due to having a cough.
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on Cyber Monday (tomorrow, December 1st--I guess starting at midnight Pacific/3 AM eastern), Amazon will be selling the Pink Ribbon Nintendo DS Lite for $99, and that really IS $30 cheaper than list price for a DS Lite. (And should you find this among the less aesthetically pleasing breast cancer awareness designs you've ever seen, keep in mind you'll likely be putting this in a play-through case of some kind anyway. At least, ours is. Check out the Stitch-paw one [livejournal.com profile] tikistitch found!)
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Let's Tap for Wii looks kind of cool! I don't know why they're featuring the least visually interesting of the games, but whatever. There's a video at the link--give it a look. I do think the Wi can open up new ways of gaming. Gimmick, schmimmick. And gamers who are turned off by the fact that a game console and some of its games are advertised occasionally with children can pretty much bite me. Games don't have to be dark and edgy to be fun.

Ahem. Sorry, where'd that soapbox come from?

([livejournal.com profile] wiifanboy is a good account to friend on LJ or add to your RSS reader if you want news on Wii games and stuff.)


Mint.com is out of beta and will now track your investments, 401(k)s, IRAs, etc. It'll even chart your investments against the S&P 500.

I almost wish there were a social aspect to Mint so you could see what your friends are doing. I know this is a HUGE taboo in American culture--god forbid you know about the state of your friends' finances--but I can't help but think that's part of why we tend to make such bad decisions. We don't have real people-like-us financial models other than our parents, who are obviously at different life stages and started working/investing in a different economy. So they're not even very good models, but they're often the only ones we have.


Stéphane Dion's accent is a little hard for me to understand, but I know the whole French-English thing is a complex sociolinguistic issue in Canada, so I'm not even going to speculate about whether it's a problem. But I hear that Harper kind of sucks, so ... good luck, Canada! I'd try to make more sense of it but I'm having enough trouble making sense of California's politics at the moment--there's a nation-worth of doublespeak right there.


Speaking of France, for those of you who went there recently, you can refresh your memory with Google Street View for France now.


Donations to No on Proposition 8 are being matched if you donate today--double your money!

Ni no Kuni

Oct. 9th, 2008 02:08 pm
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Footage of the Ghibli-Level 5 RPG, "Ni no Kuni/The Another World."

Apparently it'll come with a book that has gestural spells and mini-stories with information you'll need during the game.
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I wonder if Sega will be giving refunds for Samba de Amigo for Wii. I pushed the playing area back to about 8-9 feet away from the Wii receiver, and it still won't register a lot of movements (and that's with using 2 controllers). I'm pretty unhappy--this is the first Sega game I've ever bought myself, actually, and I can't see myself ever buying another one unless they do something to fix this.

A lot of the game reviews online show similar problems, so I really wonder how they let this thing get published with so many problems.

(It's possible that the problem isn't the calibration, etc., but the lack of instructions on how to actually hold/point the damned remotes. So maybe when there's a FAQ on GameFAQs it'll become playable, but still--come on, Sega.)
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http://www.dsfanboy.com/2008/10/02/nintendo-announces-nintendo-dsi/

Wow, that was fast!

Well, I'll be saving up for one of these. :) (The DS Lite that we have is [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor's, technically.)

I don't know when they'll be released in the US (OK, looks like 2009 sometime). The price is about 2100 yen more than the DS Lite in Japan, so if they keep it proportional, it should cost about $159 here. If they just convert the price, it'll be about $179.

Lots more info:
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/151781/hands_on_with_nintendos_dsi.html
http://blog.wired.com/games/2008/10/new-nintendo-ds.html

The thing I want to make sure of is whether they're going to stay region-free...in that case, anyone who wants one before 2009 can just buy a Japanese one when those are released. Sure, you'd have to deal with Japanese setup screens, but I bet there will be online English guides to those almost right away.

Argh!

Sep. 25th, 2008 10:23 pm
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I pre-ordered Samba de Amigo from Gamestop, and then spaced on the fact that it comes out tomorrow, when we're driving down to Pasadena. I reeeally don't want to leave another half hour later, but I'm pretty sure they have a limit on how long they'll hold it before they charge you or somesuch. And we're not coming back till Monday. >_< I hope if I call them from the road, they'll be nice about it ...

Aaaah!!!!

Sep. 24th, 2008 09:07 am
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Ghibli and Studio 5 team up for video game!

YEAHHH!

And from the people who brought you "Dark Cloud," one of the most unusual RPG/adventure games ever, and "Professor Layton," which I haven't played but looks pretty and I've heard very good things about.

It'll be for DS and, in a different version, some other console (DARE I HOPE WII? probably PS3 though).

OK then!

Aug. 19th, 2008 09:31 pm
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C. is playing mp3s on the DS Lite. Cool.

(The R4DS cartridge arrived today from Hong Kong.)
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If you have Wii Fit and are hoping to buy future games that use the board, you should check out Balance Board Blog. They don't have many comments so I wonder if they're getting much traffic, but anyway, it's a good way to read relevant posts if you don't want to deal with all the posts over at nintendowiifanboy.com.
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Automaton!

http://img.jeuxvideo.fr/photo/01335458.jpg

DO WANT.

(I don't know if the direct link will work; you might have to copy and paste.)

I used to be really good at the arcade versions, believe it or not.

WELCOME ... TO THE STAGE OF HISTORY!

Heh.

SO silly.
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(I lost two hours this morning because the apartment repair guy came over to look at our door and concluded he had to replace the lock, so I really couldn't go anywhere. Now I need to decide on where to get the car smogged, though--test only, bah.)

At my friend's housewarming this weekend, [livejournal.com profile] toratigris, [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor, and I all played Rock Band for the first time. I'd tried Guitar Hero once before and totally failed, but between the tips I'd heard since last time and what not, it was a lot easier to play Rock Band. And fun! Of course, somehow [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor and [livejournal.com profile] toratigris just blew everything away (OK, easy mode, but still, it was their first times! [livejournal.com profile] toratigris is a drumming maniac!). So we've put Rock Band for either PS2 or Wii on our wishlists (I know about RB's restrictions on Wii, but we have zero interest in buying a PS3 or 360, so whatever).

And we need to buy Cranium someday.

And I have reconfirmed that I absolutely cannot play Mario Kart.

And I had a slight breakdown yesterday evening and then bought "My Life as a King." It is cute and stupidly addictive. It's kind of Dark Cloud + Final Fantasy + Heroes of Might and Magic + Sims Lite. Or something.

Food update:

I'm seriously considering just forgetting entirely about fat content for our dinners and just concentrating on getting enough vegetables in there. Trying to take into account too many nutritional restrictions is just paralyzing. I mean, it's not like I'm going to start cooking with lard or anything...

Now I need to do a few other things at home during the lunch hour and then venture out for car stuff. @whee.
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Given how many gamers are men and how many men have colorblindness, it's impressive that it's taken so long for bubble-popping games to have a colorblind option. Well, I guess Snood was fine from the get-go, and a couple of others were too, but most of these games depended on color differences. Anyway, cool.
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I am in a pretty foul mood.

However, a cheering thing is the availability of many, many Japanese RPG MP3s at bluelaguna.net, and even moreso, the totally awesome track names. Some sound like they came from my anime title & tagline generator, and others are just made of pure awesome. Some were written in peculiar English originally, some were probably badly translated by some English-speaking fan, and some were translated just fine and actually sound just as weird in the original Japanese.

Creativity or Crack?
Relessed (Relaxed & Stressed)
Pyroxene of the Heart
Three-Man Talk With A Hidden Soul
Perpetual Unsteadiness
Comical Dungeon
Chat Hut
The DoReMi Elves
Awesome But Invisible One
Penal Colony of the Soul
On the Day the Shovel was Named Invincible








I'm Not Sure I Want To Know
Maybe I'll Even Buy a Sheep
Wriggling Premonition
Not Even a Dog Would Eat This
Roar of the Iron Clump
The Edging Away
The Posture You Do Not Despise
A Huge Eliminator
Seize the Artifact for Tallness
A Muzzle Dancing in Hatred
Happy Mushrooming
People Inside a Fence
Fun with idol!
It can waver and fight
Passing Through the Sewer, You'll Find...
BIKINI LINE

That's Actually Fairly Poetic
Song For Counting the Memories
Miraculous Little Universe
The Garden Of Violent Clouds
Questionable Century
Dream of the Shore Bordering Another World (this is one of my favorite pieces of music ever)
The City is Quietly Exhausted
The Mediocrity Sought Out By Everyone
A Flicker Which Divides Light and Darkness
Only Because It's Important, Does It Easily Break
The Flower Blooms In The Heart As Much As It Can







This Sounds Like Work
Small Workshop
Welcome To The Workshop!
Your Status
Boot Camp
Study Time
Business Prosperity
Tominaga Chiropractic
Boring Days
The Sales Start At Three O'Clock
Popo's Pleasant Money Lecture
Terrible Technology
Biotechnology Public Corporation
Working Today, Too
A Research Scholar
Why Am I Here






Just Plain Awesome
A Pumpkin Humming
Dumb Request at an Embarassing Time
No No I don't die Noooo!
Flying Warship Death Ark
The Lazy Detective Agency
What the Hell Happened
Making Mochi With the Archery God
NONONO
The Big Admirable Mysterious Sleight-of-hand Group
Will the Airplane Fall and Crash On the Ground











Bonus: Exclamation Points Make Things! More! Awesome!!
Go By Ship!
Burn! Bobonga!
Get the Fish!
I Caught a Big One!
Fish on!!
JOLLYLIFE!
Oh, Sparkling Sea! Oh, Sky! Once Again
The Average Cat Is Amazing!
Attack With Conviction!!
Fish Race!!
Yes! That's Far Enough!
Good Meal!!
I am the No. 1!
Give Me a Break You Guys!
Launch!! Space Time Train Ixion
Hey! Was That Just Real!
It's a show time!!
Yes! We Broke Through One More Barrier!
Rage! Rage! Rage!
A Hot Crash!!
BILLBOARD ATTACK!
Mecha-Robo Corps Charge!
The Land Shark is Coming!


Okay, so the important question is which of these is most awesome? Eh?

Other sections I could have made but didn't include Cultural Misappropriation and/or Blasphemy (A Time to Raise the Cross, Marduk, etc.), I Don't Think Tolkien's Estate Licensed That (Traces of the Sindar Civilization, etc.) and Oh Is It THAT Kind of Game Then? (Iris & Her Pleasant Company, Exploration at the Beach, Are They Really Twins, etc.).

If you haven't played many Japanese RPGs, you might be surprised by the number of track titles listed that are about shopping, fishing, airships, eating, gambling, labs/research facilities/libraries/observatories, sky fortresses and abandoned factories...but these are largely good things, I think. :p (See, this is why I love playing Japanese RPGs.)

Please note that if you search for any of these titles on Blue Laguna, you need to click on the game/album name and then scroll down to the song, rather than clicking on the apparent direct download from the search results. Also, they have streaming preview, so that's nice.
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Actually, the GameStop folks were a lot nicer than that, but I'm still not going to get one in time for my birthday. :(
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This post is for you, but dear other readers, there is a note for you at the end.

Here are some blogs that might help you get back into videogames or at least catch up on what people are talking about lately:

Grumpy Gamer, by one of the people behind the fabulous Monkey Island games, who pretty much thinks the current gaming industry is Doing It Wrong. A bit similar is fantasy author/RPG-designer Greg Costikyan's Games * Design * Art * Culture blog. Check out his projects Manifesto Games and Play This Thing--the latter includes links to free demos and such of mostly indie/smaller gaming studios, which may also be more open to entry-level applicants.

Surreal Game Design is new to me, but the inclusion of a blogger who's just getting back into video games may make it a good choice for reading.

http://www.dsfanboy.com --mostly because they post lots of video trailers and stuff from Japan, which puts you ahead of the curve a bit, and they're not obsessed with shooters or fighting games.

Shamus Young's blog--he's the guy who did the very funny webcomic "DM of the Rings." Current videogame-related posts include a link to a free, legit version of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time".

Kotaku is pretty much The Name in gaming news, I guess, but I find it irrelevant to me most of the time. Still, it is where the rumors and such tend to hit first or be spread (for example, a link to an article about the idea of Google making a Second Life that *doesn't* suck is kind of intriguing). Joystiq is similar.

Gamasutra is more aimed at professionals, and includes job listings. Check out Features for interviews with artists, etc.

Also, don't forget GameFAQs, which makes gaming ever so much less frustrating than it used to be.



Dear everybody else,

If you have something to recommend, please do. Mr. la Puerta (10 points to whoever gets the reference) is a talented 3-D modeler type with a bachelor's in physics and a shiny new bachelor's in ... er, he never did tell me exactly what, I think--digital art or something. Videogames are NOT his first choice of industry, which we all kind of thought would be an advantage, but as it turns out there just aren't that many educational media or whatever jobs listed. So either suggestions on how best to deal with all these "Must be a gaming fanatic!" job postings* or suggestions on where to find the other kinds of jobs would be appreciated.

*Running out and buying a Wii or whatever is probably not an option, as Mr. la Puerta has a shoestring budget. On the other hand, I am seriously considering dragging him up here from San Diego for a weekend of "HERE ARE A BUNCH OF GAMES THAT ARE ACTUALLY FUN AND REALLY DON'T SUCK WE SWEAR!" gaming madness.

Now I've got to go to work.

WHEE!

Sep. 18th, 2007 06:21 pm
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I fumbled my way through 45 minutes of "NANA Live Staff Daiboshuu! Shoshinsha Kangei" on DS. Oh, how I hope someone will write a FAQ, walkthrough, rough guide, translation, or anything for this. Its lack of furigana means I have no idea what's going on 99% of the time. I thought my character had a job, but if she does, I have no idea when I'm supposed to go there! hahaha.

I did win a game of cards against Junko-san, Nobu-san, and ... one of the other guys. But other than that, I'm so very very lost.

EDIT: Here's a review.
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I have shamelessly stolen these links from [livejournal.com profile] thesaucernews:
The Best (WORST) Fantasy & Science Fiction Book Covers. Although I think that a) some of these aren't that bad, and b) there are far, far worse covers on the $1 paperback rack at Half-Price Books.

Then we have 2005's worst romance novel covers and 2006's. Yikes.

Punk Rock Penguin presents more bad covers. If you click on the first one, you can look at them one at a time in a good size, which is an improvement over the other sites' tiny images. Hey, I want to revel in the awfulness, not squint at it! (At least one image not particularly safe for work.)


Speaking of books, I have another story idea. But I can't choose between the two main characters: which one should be the protagonist? I can think of lots of books where the PoV is split between multiple characters, but what about one where TWO characters are both the protagonists, and are mostly in the same place at the same time? Is this just stupid? Can you think of a book that does this? (Preferably recent, and genre.)


HOW DID I NOT GO TO NAMJATOWN WHILE I WAS IN JAPAN?!
Thanks a lot, [livejournal.com profile] hildy. NOW I'M ALL BITTER.
I mean, I think I even walked past it on the way from Ikebukuro station to Sunshine City, or maybe that was one of the Sega buildings. Either way, it blows the Sakura Taisen cafe out of the water. Not that I regret going there, because it was fun despite the draconic no-photos rule.

But yeah. You need to click on that link. Then you need to buy me a plane ticket back to Japan.


Speaking of random Japanese stuff, I bought "NANA: Live Staff Daiboshuu! Shoshinsha Kangei" for DS, half-off. Yes, in Japanese. I hope my friend will help me play it, because there's no FAQ at GameFAQs.com (which actually has a lot of Japanese-only games, but I guess this one is too girly or something).


This is part of a job listing I got in my e-mail today. Watch out, world!

Disney Publishing Worldwide has recently developed a new Disney English Language Learning (ELL) division to build upon Disney's 30-year history of providing kids' English Language Learning products infused with our timeless stories and characters. This division has created a common ELL brand that will be deployed across the entire Walt Disney Company and serve as the catalyst for all future worldwide development including print, gaming, video, and audio. The foundation for these efforts will be the introduction of Disney ELL centers where children will be inspired, motivated and delighted by an engaging and highly communicative educational experience that leverages state-of-the-art technology, compelling animation and video content, and award-winning music all offered in a truly unique Disney environment.

Ummmmmm.


*Now you know almost as much Kagoshima dialect as I do. (Wasse = very.)

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