Shuffle The Music Tag

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Thank you Lise for nominating me. When I first started to post on this blog, she read almost everything, although they were not always good. Like her, I am interested in many things and my other favorite pastime is reading.

So today, I will share some of my favorite songs/music I like to listen to  in no particular order. I rather not do 15, but 5 just to keep it short and simple.

The Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
2. Shuffle your entire music library and talk about the songs that come up
3. Mention the songs  as well as the artists
4. Tag 7 people or more to do this tag and let them know

My first Five Songs that Come to Mind

  1. Gorillaz

I never get tired listening to this song. Now that I think about it, most of my favorite bands are from England.

2. Shiina Ringo

To be honest, I was never fascinated with Japanese lolita fashion. I admire sexy confident woman like Shiina Ringo, but I know I will never be like that. Hehe

3. The Strokes

Regina Spektor and Julian Casablancas make a great duet.  Modern girls are actually digital girls.

4.  Dot Alison

I think Dot Alison is one of my favorite artists and have the biggest influence on me. Like her, I have a soft spoken voice. The only problem with having a soft voice is that  many people mistaken me for being shy.  The truth is,  I am just reserved.

5. Tak Matsumoto

This is one of my favorite tune to listen to.  Kenshiro is manly and humble which are traits I find quite attractive.

Well that’s all 5! Now it’s time to nominate.   I was looking at the people I followed and realized most of them just quit posting.  Ah, what the heck! I will just name a few. Forgive me if I don’t mention you. I know some blogs are strictly about games and reviews.

StrangeGirlGaming

Omnislacrima

Log1932

LaterLevel

Hundstrasse

Astro Adam

LightningEllen

 

P.S

Currently, I’m playing Evil Within 2. Actually it’s scary playing alone and it reminds me of Silent Hill.  I will post twice a month (weekend).   I think I can manage that.

 

 

Rambling About Games Aimlessly

I have not mentioned one horror video game on this blog last month. Well, why should I? I play horror video games all year round. Now let me tell you one fact about me: I think horror movies are scarier than horror games. Why?  When I am playing video games generally, I am fixated on winning.  You give me a shotgun–I blast those monsters away. You make me run and hide like in Clower Tower series–I giggle. But horror movies take that control away from me, so I have no choice but to cover my eyes.  Now I am thinking, it might be an interesting concept to develop a game about shutting your eyes as your weapon of defense and relying on sound to survive in the game. I think Siren is sort of like that.  Anyway, so that is why I don’t watch horror movies.  I can’t remember the last time I watched one. It might be about 7 years ago.  I haven’t had any nightmares ever since, and I like it to remain that way.

But this post is not about horror video games. Today, I’m just rambling about games aimlessly because that is what’s on my mind at the moment.  I know that I don’t write anything negatively or say anything negatively on this blog. So you might think that I just play anything and be satisfied. That’s not true. Behind the screen, I want to poke my eyeballs out when I play a crappy game, but I refrain.  Okay, I am just exaggerating!  But seriously,  I try to remain open minded. Some games may not appeal to me aesthetically but it doesn’t mean it’s a bad game. After all, what you like is a reflection of your heart.

Lately, I  have been playing 999 (PS4 version). This game too, was actually recommended by my brother.  So far, I enjoy the soundtrack very much and the story is quite interesting.  I have two more endings to go.  Brother told me that this game was on par with Nier Gestalt during the year 2009-2010.  I can see why.  It is well executed.

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DS Coverart version from Wiki

Once I am done with the game entirely, my next game is Drakengard.  Hopefully by the time I finish the game, I won’t go crazy. I was warned that the gameplay is terrible. But that is okay, I am more interested in the thought process behind the game design rather than playing for achievements as of late. It’s more enjoyable.

P.S

I stumbled on Miyazaki picture browsing Twitter. As you know I am a fan of Dark Souls. I find this picture side by side summarizing my whole experience with Dark Souls–it’s inviting but brutal.

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Happy (Belated) Halloween

First off, thank  you to those who have liked and commented on my previous post.  It has helped me tremendously to continue with songwriting and have a bit more confidence with my craft.

Back to the main point, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween or belated Halloween since I am posting this so late.  I present to you folks a picture of me and my co-workers. As mentioned before, we were dressing up as Tim Burton characters.  In case you are wondering, I am the one with the black hat.

 

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Happy Halloween!

A Song~ Dream

I feel well-rested. Vacation was good. I  recorded one of my songs on the phone.  So I will share it with you guys even though it’s not perfect.  I thought it is okay for now.  The next two weeks, I am preparing for Halloween. So I don’t know when my next post will be.   At my workplace we are big on Halloween. The girls and I are determined to have the coolest theme in our department. We are going as Tim Burton characters. Wondering who I am going as? Lydia from Beetlejuice.

Anyway,  here is the song. I called it Dream.  I got my inspiration from watching Amored Core: Last Raven intro.  Hope you enjoy.

 

 

 

Making Some Changes

It’s October. Weather is pleasantly cool, and I”m starting vacation next week, although I am not going anywhere special. I’m taking the time off to recharge mentally and focus on polishing up my songs. 

Awhile ago, I was working with a musician friend, but we don’t talk anymore.   I think he gave up on me because we were not on the same wavelength. I am an introvert. He is an extrovert. I’m calm.  He is chaotic.  I am a morning person.  He is a night person.  But mainly because he told me video game is a waste of time and he was trying to turn me into someone that I am not. I don’t like that feeling.  

I guess artists have different ways at looking at the world.  One, you create art because you want the glamour that comes with it, or you create art because you feel inclined to imitate your universe so that you can see your creation from a third-person perspective. In the end, you make sense of yourself and your reality.  But of course, this is just my observation. Hmm…to be honest, I don’t even know if I am making any sense writing this.  

Let’s just say, I have been doing things alone creatively and have been obsessively playing the same song that has so many different versions over and over.  Do I think it’s good? I have no idea. All I know it’s from my heart and I am giving birth to it.   So this is part of the reason why I have not been active on this blog. So I am afraid this blog might shift from games and more towards creative works in the upcoming future. I don’t want to surprise anyone.  That doesn’t mean I have given up on games. I still play them when I can.  In fact, I will be playing Nonary Games next week. I am excited. Well, I think it’s time to sleep.

Thanks for reading.

        Signing off~ 

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Mystery Blogger Award! Wow!

This is a gratitude post. The girls (Lise and Rei) like to nominate me for awards. Thanks girls!  They both nominated me for this award and there are 5 questions each from them, which is a total of 10.  I hope you guys enjoy this random post.

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  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself and answer the questions you were given.
  • Share a link to your best post(s)
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma and it was created for the purpose of bringing bloggers together and allowing them to communicate which I think is really fun and a great idea.

Three things about me:

  • I love cloudy sky and the smell of pine trees
  • I never read Harry Potter. The girls from work like to give me a hard time about it
  • I walk faster than most people

My best post :Trying Not to be a Game-a-holic

This post has the most views and I think the most personal too. Thanks to everyone who has taken time to read and comment.  I’m doing a lot better.

Moving forward!

Questions from Lise: 

What would be the title of your autobiography?

I have no idea. Never thought about it.

Is there an album you feel like totally represents you?

No that is why I am writing songs but it might take me years at this rate

Is there a movie franchise (or just a single movie) you would love to be in?

No. I rather make the movie than be in the movie. Unless I can dance.  I like dancing.

If you had the chance to see yourself from someone else’s perspective, would you do it?

No way!

Have you ever thought about owning an exotic pet?

No. I’m more into plants.

 

Questions from Rei: 

Do you always smile for pictures?

The answer is no.

How many languages can you speak?  

Two

 

What is your Song of the week?

Do you eat fries with a fork?

With a napkin

Tea or coffee?

Both

Done! Now it’s my turn to ask!

My questions:

  1.  What is the scariest movie?
  2. If you were an animal what would you be?
  3.  If you can live in a video game, which game would it be?
  4.  What is your least favorite video game genre?
  5.  Do you like rice?

Since Lise and Rei already nominated me, it’s awkward to nominate them. I would like to hear their answers and I nominate anyone reading this.  Feel free to comment below. I’d like to hear them.

My Notes on Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon

I highly recommend playing the game before reading this post.   My intention is to share my interpretation of the game which may differ from yours.

I bought this game seven years ago and I finally beat it. The content of this game is quite mature but with light gameplay, which is both suitable for adults and children.  Perhaps, I am a child at heart but I really prefer the simplistic gameplay approach, especially when the story is the focal point.  Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon is about a boy’s journey towards finding warmth in the post-apocalyptic world. It has a typical story but it took advantage of the video game medium to produce a unique experience.

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What I enjoyed about the game is that beautiful and atmospheric.  I found some of the enemies quite interesting and eerie, although this game is not a horror game.  I might do a separate post about this topic for in depth analysis.  Gameplay wise,  I personally think it’s a child version of Dark Souls.  In fact the bonfire and some enemies do have a strong resemblance to the Souls series. I don’t know much about the background for the development of making this game, but perhaps Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon  had some influences on the making of Dark Souls. Again, I will leave that for a different post after I gather some actual facts.

For now, I’d like to discuss Seto’s (the protagonist) journey. Throughout the game, Seto is accompanied by caring loving companions who are not humans. About midway,  Seto comes across an interesting character named Crow, who appears to be a big tea drinker like myself based on his clothes. This section, which may seem like a side track, is my favorite part of the game.

Crow

I enjoyed chasing and  hunting down Crow because it reminded me of  playing  hide and a seek and playing tag. For a moment, I didn’t mind taking a break from trying to find the silver hair girl. This section of the game illustrated an important point made by one of the characters, Chiyo : “It’s the sunbeams, the wind rolling over grass and the idle chit chat with friends [are] the gems of life.” That moment where Seto chased Crow to get his locket back is special. We must not forget during our journey to enjoy the moment we are in. That is called living.

However, the game also wanted to make an another important point:  Crow is a robot. Even if  we find happiness in the substitution of artificial life,  including digital ones–it does not replace the real life human interaction.  Thus, it’s the silver hair girl  that can offer Seto the real authentic relationship even if it involves conflict and misunderstanding between both people. And Sai, one of the main supporting characters, helped me understand that words may not always be the best form of expression, but it’s not entirely useless. Words fill in part where visual cue fails to communicate simple things such as  Seto wants Ren, the silver hair girl, to be his girlfriend. He is tired of being alone.

A little of topic here,  but I think everyone is alone because someone once told me that feelings are personal. We are so focused on our feelings most of the time that we forget other people have feelings too. There is a tendency to lack empathy for others and most of the time it’s unintentional. This lead to much hurt and destruction in the human society. The game really wanted to point out that the lack of empathy causes pain.

Overall,  the game provided a philosophical explanation for the continuation of existence, despite the dark side of humanity.  If you haven’t play this game already, check it out. And if you have played it,  let me know what you think. I’d love to hear them.

P.S

My next post most likely will be about Root Letter. I feel inspired by The Otaku Judge to get all the endings. Then I will play  Zero Escape: Nonary Games probably towards the end of this year.  

Thanks for reading! Until next time, take care guys.