I am far too busy.

Dear Life, please extend days to to 48 hours a day.
I do not have time to write a research essay on cultural shifts in anime, AND play through Final Fantasy/Prinny in one life time.

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A short list of things I am doing!

Hello friends.
I figured that my current pile of things which never gets smaller might be of some sort of interest. It's certainly diverse enough.

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The above contains vidja games!
Beautiful Katamari: This game is good, and all kinds of crazy, but...the controls are kinda too loose. I can't manage shit, and I find myself strafing FAR too much.
Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations: This game is just the fucking best. I'm up to case 3 now. The Pastry Chef makes me feel awkward, but it's all good. If you haven't played this, feel bad at missing some of the best writing and comtamporary adventure gaming in recent years.
Persona 3: Fes: Good game, what else needs to be said about it? Going for a perfect social link run in Newgame+
Final Fantasy 12: This is okay, in a weird way. Not sure how I feel about the combat. It's either balls easy, or megaman hard. Spiking difficulty curve makes me play one week on, one week off
Shadow Of The Colossus: Same story as FF12. Great, expansive, you've heard it all before. Really enjoy it, but it's a bit tricky. Add to the fact that upscaling on my TV doesn't do it any favours :P

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The above contains movies/TV.
Metropolis: The original is one of the best Sci-Fi films I've ever seen. I'm sure the anime remake will also rock.
Casshern: This film was stunning the first time I saw it. Stunning visuals, incredible score, and the entire film is green screen :-S
Ponyo- Latest Studio Ghibli film. Borrowed it from a friend who imported it. Exciting to see if it's as good as Howls :)
GITS: Stand Alone Complex Season 1: Loved the original Ghost in the Shell movies, really ahead of their time in the way that Akira was, and paved the way for films like the Matrix.
Kung Fu season 1: It's Kung fu. What else is there?
Mushishi (Live Action): It's the live action Mushishi. Great manga, superb anime. I can only hope the film is as good. If you care, it focuses on chapters 
2, 7, 9, and 15.

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The above contains books!
Hound of the Baskervilles: Sherlock Holmes books are good. I hope this is as good as the rest.
Mushishi volume 2: It's Mushishi. It has some great stories in this volume
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence: The counterpart to the second movie. If you know what GITS is, you probably know what kind of thing the light novel will be. Batous side of the story as far as I know :)
Across the Nightingale Floor: Fiction about Feudal Japan I think. My friend who moved to uni left me a box full of books, this is one I picked at random
Thanks for reading! :D

A guide to the Yandere.

 Yandere 101:

When obsession wins over love and you've got yourself an immensely affectionate stalker instead of a girlfriend, you have a yandere on your hands. These are the kind of girls that break into your house while you’re away, hide under your bed while you’re at home, schlick directly under you while you sleep, come out when you’re gone again, schlick again in your bed while licking and humping your pillows, and then proceed to check your messages to see if you’re involved with another girl. They usually don't have any kind of higher ideal or ethical policy; they sometimes don't even view themselves as people so much as an entity made out of the impulse or desire to be with their man. A yandere is awesome because it’s outwardly impossible to tell that the girl is completely insane; she has just enough presence of mind left over to maintain a convincing façade, and God help everyone around her if she decides to drop it. If you don’t react well, things could get messy, so in the off chance you don’t want to enjoy the fruits of your yandere‘s darker exploits, here’s several things you need to take into account.
 1. Remember your objectives:
-Her mental integrity should be kept at a reasonable level and maintained.
-She should still love you unconditionally.

2. Be sure to remind her how much you love her and basically compliment her as you would any women. Be careful about criticism, though, because she’ll probably go a little over the top in attempting to fix this problem, and if she can‘t, she‘ll try to fix your perceptions of this problem instead. When prompted, re-affirm your hatred of those other skanky, dirty whores. Putting down other people is fun anyway, right?

3. When she starts talking nonsense, she is being put under stress. This stress is based on the belief that you are being unfaithful or planning on leaving her. Pacify her with constant, unadulterated attention and sex. Remember that one of the best things about yandere is that they’re completely devoted to you, so why shouldn’t you return at least some of the favor? This entire fiasco can be summed up in a single line: “It’d be great if he was nice and looked only at me. Yes, only at me… He can’t look at any other girls. I’d look only at him, so he should look only at me. It‘s only fair, right?”
 4. Contact with the opposite sex in public should be kept to a bare minimum -- the assumption should be that she IS watching. When she’s with you and you talk to other women, she’ll either flaunt you in front of them or discourage prolonged conversation. In either situation you should play along, expressing your undying love for your yandere all the way. In the latter one you should cut off contact as soon as she gives a prompt to do so. Occasionally she’ll become openly hostile to women she finds you speaking with, so diffuse that bomb before it explodes. Female relatives may or may not be accepted by the yandere, though for the sake of her façade she‘ll usually ignore them.

5. The yandere likes to do things for you, so keep her busy doing chores that make her feel she is strengthening the relationship. This is one of the best parts about the yandere since she’ll spoon feed you if you ask her to and she won’t even see it as strange.
 Now that you’ve won the affections of one of these very, very insane women, you surely want to know how this benefits you, right? Well…

LOYAL: She will never --- NEVER --- betray you. Even when you're dead.

LOVING: She knows the meaning of true love like no other girl, or even you, will ever know. Some of the love is for your own good.

CARING: She takes her entire budget of caring and places it all on you. Other people are... irrelevant.

PROTECTIVE: No bad fortune, villian, or evil conniving cheap slut will be allowed to have their ways with you for long.

HATRED: For other girls as pure as the darkness between the stars.

DETERMINED: She will never --- NEVER --- give up. Even if you end up hating her for it. She’ll never let you down, either.

OBSESSIVE: There is pretty much no limit to how far she'll go just to get your attention. Once you go yandere, you can’t go back.

BRUTAL: Why should she go easy on those who threaten to steal you away from her?

PROACTIVE: Friends? Family? Better get rid of them before they start taking up precious time you could be spending with her.

DETESTING: Everyone that isn't you.
 Besides a very, very affectionate partner, there are plenty of ways to have fun using her unique features. For example, pick some girl you know likes you, give her your phone number and ask her to call you. Put yourself in a position in which you are with your yandere and open to being approached by this girl. Then confide in your yandere how this girl won't leave you alone. Count the days until this girl disappears or stops communicating with you entirely. If the yandere decides to kill her “rival” right in front of you, marry her as soon as rationally possible.

One of the few potential cons that I can see is that intellectual conversations are nearly impossible with your yandere. She can't comprehend anything outside of the context of your relationship with her. War in Iraq? You are saying you think she's too clingy and so therefore some cheap slut is poisoning your mind against her. The nature of the universe? You are trying to break up with her so therefore some cheap slut is poisoning your mind against her. It's okay to participate in activities that don't involve her, by all means, please do, but it's very, very difficult to get your yandere involved in anything that doesn't directly have to do with her loving you. It's not impossible, but I prefer to keep mine in the kitchen baking or knitting and would rather not provoke her.
 The problem with continuing this practice is that you can't out yan the yandere. It would only drive her to a higher state of mental instability. Think about it - you're stalking her everyday. She realizes it's YOU who's the third person walking by her to the grocer's, or getting her car fixed, or chatting with the neighbors as people jog by. She starts wondering, "does he think me unfaithful? But... but that's impossible. It's just him I care for - only him!"

Then the attempts to reassure herself begin. More painful, scarring sex play, just to let you know "this body is only for you." No matter how violent or messy, she does it with a broken smile. The meals become dull as she starts going out less and ordering in more. Minor things she can pick up from faceless stores to show you that she doesn't NEED other people, so long as she has you. The artwork of herself she leaves in your desk at work (should you bother to show, as you're so busy being full of her and dumping bodies of the ones who'd dare even glance...). The jagged crying night sessions - tears spilling down her face as she smiles delightfully, her voice full of laughter as she takes on any abuse, just for you.

The moment of broken screaming when she realizes despite all this devotion, you STILL don't trust her.
 And then you walk in one day and find that she's jammed the biggest kitchen knife she could find into her sexual organs. That tearful, joy-filled face saying, “you know, darling, you were right, my thoughts were impure and clouded by other faces, so I punished myself, but now it's fine. I’ve punished those involved, too, those evil people that caught me in my moment of weakness…”

The police will be over in the evening to arrest you both on the collection of bodies in the basement unless you had already prepared an escape route for different but similar reasons. So yeah, you need a cut-off point for being yandere to your yandere.


Ahem. Excuse me.

Point is, give them too much love and they'll begin feeling unworthy of you; it won't matter how many times you reassure them that they're perfect, they'll constantly feel not up to your love. Eventually they'll take for granted that you're betraying them because every other woman is better than them, and shit will degenerate rather quickly. Still, if you treat them badly they will still consider that a gesture of affection, so it's the same shit. Getting them pregnant may possibly be the correct answer. They'll focus their attention on your love's "fruit" and that will wash away many of their insecurities as long as you spend enough time with both them and your child. You'd have to make sure she's not seeing your son as you though, or things may get really hot, if you know what I mean.
 Ah, yes, the question of children, a problem with no easy answer. In general, yandere would make poor mothers, and the child would be at constant risk of being targeted by the yandere's psychotic episodes. The yandere may very well reject the child and see it as competition. It's not impossible, however, with enough care from her man. Some yandere object to the idea of children because they see themselves as beings which must not bear new life, but other yandere may be quite open to it, or even feel they would want it as irrefutable proof of your love. Regardless, they will bow to the wishes of their loved one, so it's something that would take some struggling at first, but will probably work out in the end.

Some extra thoughts regarding the psyche of the yandere:
1. Yandere are not opposed to safe sex, but they are opposed to mechanical means of birth control. It's not because they enjoy sex physically more than any other girl, it's because they view sex more as a spiritual ritual in which they become closest to combining with their loved one; she will always demand sex to be as raw as possible. If birth control is desired, they will generally have no problem taking the pill and consider condoms to be a barrier to achieving oneness with you.

2. A yandere will never, ever share you, nor will she accept any kind of rival; to her, other girls are nothing but enemies. Yandere don't feel the kind of isolation some normal girls might, and so will never believe themselves to be different or special to other girls. To a yandere, other girls have the same filthy desires and conniving thoughts as she does, which is why she loathes other girls so much; she firmly believes other girls are out to steal her loved one. If two yandere met over the same guy, they would launch a war that wouldn't end until one of them was dead. No mercy, no surrender.
 3. The yandere will almost never rape her loved one if they are still outside of a relationship. The yandere will attempt to attract you using conventional means, as the yandere believes from her own upbringing and education that this is the correct method for getting her man. If she knew she could get you by raping you at gun-point, she would do so immediately.

4. I think that sometimes the attraction to yandere is based on the childish, idealized belief that your love can cure her. PFFT. This is DANGEROUSLY NAIVE. "Cure" her? Why would you want that? Her being an obsessive, potentially-dangerous psychotic is the whole POINT. To say someone finds such a person attractive out of some misguided belief they can "fix" them is like saying a "chubby chaser" finds big women attractive out of some belief that he can get them in shape, when really he just really likes the fatties. In all likelihood the stress of a relationship would make her psychosis even worse. Yandere are crazy and there's no way to make them feel at ease, and if you think you can then you'll end up with either you or her dead, possibly both.
 The end. Enjoy reading this useless shit.       

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Fun for all the family!

This was a blog I just wrote.
I'm too lazy to reformat all the images for GB, so go and read it on there


Chef Sombre leaves (Or how I learned to love the Mind blast Bomb)

When I first started playing WoW on the beta, I didn't like it.
The concepts were too far from the MMO's I played beforehand, the combat was different, it was fully 3-D, and I was forced to play with others to make ends meet. After getting to level 30 on a Tauren Shaman, I stopped playing because it was stupid.
After a while I played a human rogue, 5 months after, and really liked it. From there I got to Molten Core>Blackwing lair>AQ>Naxx 40.
Then I quit again.
Then I came back again to play with a pal, and I made an undead priest. I loved the playstyle and couldn't get enough of it. When I was done with healing, I could go shadow and do hefty damage. This went on to Karazhan>SSC>TK>MH and finally onto BT where we conquered Illidan. I played through with my friend will Wrath came out, and had a blast. It was like playing a new character again. Having fun with some friends and just blasting through content.
Inevitably, I got to level 80, and started doing "Endgame" again. But imagine by dissapointment to find I was doing Naxxramas again. Not only was the fact that I had to do it all over again, after many runs for original tier 3, but the audacity of some people. Because I hadn't done it before on THAT CHARACTER, or didn't have the most optimised gear, I was refused access by people who were clearly first timing it.
After sometime, I got bored of doing the level 80 raids, and took a short break. After the Ulduar patch, I thought I'd give one last hoorah and see how things were. How confused and upset I was.
I figured to get myself back into it, I'd look for an Ulduar group. It was new, fresh, my gear was top notch and I was eager to go.
"Hi there friend. I have just come back and I would love to join your Ulduar run. My gear is good and I'm willing to heal"
"Excuse me?"
"You need to show epic achievement or u cant come"
"Why not?"
"FFS, fucking noob, l2p, get epic gear"
And then he ignored me. The next 2 weeks were a continous slur of this. It didn't take long for me to realise that the game I once held in high regard for the need to be skilled, aware, and able to co-ordinate in a group has been simplified to nothing more than "You need a piece of text that says all your items are X degrees of skill".
Frankly, I was shocked. I spoke to some old friends who were still pottering around, and they told me it wasn't just me. Everyone has turned into this seemingly inept "ACHIEVEMENTS MEAN SKILL" frame of mind. This happened everywhere. I couldn't do a HEROIC NEXUS run because people demanded I had the "Epic" achievement on full. Bear in mind that when I played actively, Naxx 25 was the only place to drop the correct iLevel items, and I frankly didn't have the patience or willing to Naxxrammas another 500 times when I'd done it in 40 man in the original World of Warcraft.
So I cancelled my account earlier, shouted in trade that "The first person to answer the riddle of steel will be given anything I own thats worth money", got an answer which was spot on, gave them about 17,000 golds worth of items and money, and logged off in the gear I loved the most.
Goodnight, sweet prince.

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Note to self

Write a design doc for a "Wizard MMO"
Do not forget!
If anyone happens to read this, please remind me tomorrow.


This was a great dream.

Let me set the scene:

With the weather being hotter than hell these past few weeks in the UK, my mind has inevitabley taken a turn for the worse. I was in bed the other day, and I thought my PC was playing the space harrier theme even when it was turned off. Regardless, I was awake last ...night/morning. It was 8am, and I was getting ready to go to bed. I had just discovered Secret of Monkey Island, a number of years late admittedly. After playing for a short time (Made the meat with condiment), I figured it was time for me to go to bed.

What followed can only be described as one of the weirdest fucking dreams I have ever had.

From what I can remember, I was seeing the world through the eyes of Guy, when the dream suddenly became third person, and I was watching a fight between myself, LeChuck, and a vaguely androgynous porcelain doll manwoman. We all stabbed each other with swords, when LeChuck started to strangle me. For the rest of the dream, I saw it through his eyes however. My head suddenly started to shrivel and turn into a skull when my neck suddenly turned to rubber and my face turned into Monkey D Luffy from the comic "One Piece", and then I wrapped my rubber neck around LeChuck and strangled him to death.

It was at this point I woke up and I quote my brother : "You were talking to yourself in your sleep again, saying 'Oh god dont hurt me' and flailing your arms around like bees were attacking your face. Stop playing games at 6 in the morning"

Discuss your bizarre video game dreams!


Battle Royale: The movie-The game-The mmo. (Title in progress)

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It's a 32 player online multiplayer FPS. 32 players join a lobby and after a brief cutscene showing their characters arriving on the island and potentially the short tutorial video (like the movie) on how the island works. Next, all players are sent out of the school one by one with their randomly generated backpacks and are set free to wander around the island and get on with the buisness of killing eachother

Game ideas:
Randomly generated vehicles:
Some small vehicles are available like motorbikes or quadbikes. Players will have to scavenge items in order to repair them however. In the interest of balance, players will sacrafice stealth for transportation

Custom characters:
Not exactly revolutionary, but seeing the opening cutscene in the school with your person in between a class of 31 others would be pretty cool

'Exchange students':
Like in the film, the exchange students are present. These could either be computer controlled which is less fun, or two random players can take control of them. Exchange students can have a few perks like more ammo, faster running etc

Customizable timeframe:
The real Battle Royale takes place over 3 days. Players can set how this timescale works at the start of a match. It can range from anything like 3 real life days (tournament mode) to 15 minutes:6 hours or even 5 mins:6 hours for quick games

Strategy will heavily rely on what weapon you start with. You got a gun? Do you camp outside the school and mow down as many students as you can before your ammo runs out? You got a frying pan? I guess you can cook breakfast (health). Maybe the other students won't want to kill you so much

Realistic wounds:
Take a shot to the leg? Movement is slowed. Took a shot to the arm? Can't use weapons anymore

Spectator mode:
When a player dies, offer them the oppurtunity to watch the rest of the game unfold in a TV-like spectator mode. Afterall, BR is a tv show

Any other ideas? I think this could actually be good if done right. Also, I like the idea of cooking breakfast in an FPS.