Sunday, August 26, 2012

Some Thoughts on Momiji and Binbougami Ga! Episode 8

I'm not an episodic blogger (episodic blogging is suffering), but I found Binbougami Ga! episode 8 had some interesting topics in it, and it has been far too long since my last anime post, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Quick Fall Updates

I'll cut to the chase. I go back to school tomorrow. This means (if I can trust what happened last semester) that my post frequency will go down. It probably won't be too bad early on, but sooner or later my academic obligations are going to keep me quite busy. I plan to avoid not blogging at all for months like last semester, but chances are there will be some slow spells, especially in November/December. I'm sure I'll find some way to get posts out, but I mostly just wanted to let you know that if they slow down and you're wondering why, school is probably the reason.

Thanks for reading the blog, and I hope to see you here in the coming months as well!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

It's The Little Things! - John Sato on the Good (and Bad) in Gaming

My game blogging superior and comrade Somewhat Mystia made this wonderful post (which I totally stole the title from) about the little things that can serve to make a gaming experience better. At the end of it was this:

"Anyway, I’m going to save my final ‘little thing’ (customizeability of graphics, the UI, etc) for some other time. Mostly because I feel like John [talking about me] could do it better than me (or at least be able to dedicate more than a little blurb about it). . ."

     Well, how can I not respond to that? While I personally question the "do it better than me" part, the very least I could do is make a post on it and see how it goes. Thus, I've decided to discuss game customization, user interface, and intros/cutscenes in my own post (this one). Also, I'm gonna look at examples of how these things can be both good and bad, because I'm too lazy to make separate posts because often these things can be double-edged swords.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Borderlands Review

Borderlands is a First Person Shooter with RPG elements that was made in 2009 by Gearbox Software. In it, the player controls one of four "Vault Hunters," treasure seekers in search of "The Vault," a rumored cache of alien technology. I know I've already covered the style and roleplaying elements of the game in an earlier post, but I wanted to make a full review of it too, so here goes. This is for the PC version, by the way, though that really doesn't change anything.

[Note: For whatever reason, I still can't take screencaps of the game with my computer. Thus, I merely took some from IGN's image pool (rather obviously). These images are from the Xbox version and are on slightly higher graphic settings, but everything looks about 99% identical, so...]

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Diary of an Anime Lived: Hyouka and Not Being Special

A little while ago, one of my lovely commenters brought up the topic of the viewer's "emotional relation to a show." Now, I've never actually put much value into the idea of "relatability." I've lived a remarkably sheltered life (much like a mountain hermit), so the fact is I simply can't relate with a lot of events in anime. Since I'm still able to enjoy the medium immensely in spite of this, I don't think relatability matters too much. A few weeks ago, though, there was a case of me really "getting" an anime episode due to relatability, and it tied in with a post I've wanted to make for a while, but have never been able to. I was originally going to call it "Relatability Talks" in honor of my commenter, but then I realized that it's literally the exactly same thing as very similar to Digibro's Diary of an Anime Lived project, so I figured, why the heck not?

[Note: This post contains not a ton of Hyouka and a rather large amount of a personal account told with cringe-worthy detail, so consider yourself forewarned]

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Blogrolls: Economy or Dating?

Blogrolls have always been an interesting thing to me. Even though they're just a bunch of links, they can mean so much. That's what I want to talk about with this post; the meaning of blogrolls. A lot of people seem to think of blogrolls are part of the blogging "economy," in which they promote traffic to each others' mutual benefit. In fact, I believe that was their first intended use. But there's a different way of seeing blogrolls. Some see them as an endorsement of sorts, publicly recommending the blogs listed on them as ones to be read. A list of blogs the author respects, if you will.

A pretty decent representation of both views side by side.