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    So I spent half the day worldbuilding for a totally new writing project... Even though I'm not even halfway done with draft zero of my book... Just great -_-;
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    Honestly it was the original Super Mario Bros. games, I use to design stages for them with friends in art period in the second grade. I also loved when GamePro would give me guides to level designs for the Sonic titles. I don't think I began to really take it seriously though until Chrono Trigger because it was a game that I simply kept discovering stuff for long after I thought I had mastered it. It gets some flak for some of it's quirky logic but it's kind of staggering how well integrated your choices are.

    For me, I've always been the type who likes to take things apart and see how it works, so I've been kind of doing that with games since I was little. I would probably say that it's the craftsmanship of a title that is often the most important element to me.
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    No I missed that train I'm afraid. I didn't get a PC for myself until the late 90s and by then I was pretty much a console junkie. I've only recently returned to PC games in the last few years and even then, it's still my least favorite mode of gaming.
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    Oh, you know, nothing special. We ended up not having time for anything because not only was it a normal work day, we had to prepare our kitchen space to be fitted soon after.
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    I understand that feeling. I know I have some quirky taste which always makes recommending stuff hard for other people.
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    If the premise is interesting enough, I can suffer through a slow pace but the payoff has to match up. 358/2 and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are good examples of stories what have incredibly slow and dry pacing but had such a great climax that I can forgive it. On the other hand, FFX is a game that felt like it dragged on because the plot was a bit too predictable for me.
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    lol accidentally spying on your convo with WK and let me tell you, the number of people I've seen online frustrated with the pace of the later parts of the Witcher (lots of POV shifts, involving development of characters that were either minor at that point or just not in thebstory yet at all) is pretty staggering. I actuallyloved it and thought it was pretty fresh and original, though part of me was kinda like "just get to Geralt or Ciri already"
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    It depends, though one of the factors that can change things for me is knowing what type of story it is. Most of the time I prefer a good hook early, but there are enough stories I've loved where the hook doesn't pop up until much later. Lovecraft for instance had a bad habit of not establishing a real strong hook until halfway through some of his short stories for me.
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    But Karifi. I need to buy an oven. Not games, silly.
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    Oh yeah, regarding the translations - I heard that the English versions kind of miss all the nice stylings of the original version. Sapkowski uses an interesting blend of archaisms and modern terms (including stuff like genetics) that imo really makes the world of the Witcher unique. And apparently, judging by some German-speaking reddit users, this is retained in the German version to great effect. By contrast, the English version is much more straightforward and "to the point", so to speak.

    I mean, it kind of make sense. Since Germany borders on Poland, there's a higher probability for there to be more people with an in-depth knowledge of Polish rather than the US/UK, where knowing a second language is rare in general, let alone a language as niche as Polish.
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Interesting Routes: Aqua

by Karifean on 11-30-2017 at 09:21 PM
There's something truly magical about Himawari that I didn't really realize back when I first read it but have come to appreciate about it more and more.

Himawari has an enforced reading order, something you don't see a lot in galge without a strong plot focus. However, like other visual novels such as Fate/Stay Night can use it to drive the plot and themes forward in parallel tales, so too does Himawari use it to give us ample

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru is now on Steam

by Karifean on 11-18-2017 at 01:57 AM
Well, at last, it happened. It's been a long time coming, Umineko Chiru is finally available for purchase on Steam, and alternatively MangaGamer's own website.

Umineko Chiru - Steam Store Page

This is the second half of Umineko of course, so if you haven't read the first half yet, you can get it here.

I've stated how much Umineko means to me many a time before,

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Little Busters! English Edition is now available!

by Karifean on 11-01-2017 at 04:36 PM
As of today, Little Busters! English Edition is available for purchase on Steam!

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The game is 20% off during its launch week, putting it at a respectable price of around half that of CLANNAD's, even though the two are quite similar in terms of sheer content value (though Little Busters contains

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Dies Irae Review

by Karifean on 08-03-2017 at 12:32 AM
Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~ is a visual novel created by Light. It was one of the most renowned JP-only VNs before finally getting a localization in June of this year.

Come, gather and bear witness to my opera, now in the making.

Its script is the height of clichť, I am forced to admit. And yet...

Its actors are of the finest fold; beyond exquisite.

Thus, I believe you will find it enthralling.

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Updated 08-03-2017 at 01:58 PM by Karifean

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Umineko: Episode 4 Tea Party

by Karifean on 07-09-2017 at 08:57 PM
You talk too much. All you have to do is honestly say 'I'll kill you'.

For those that don't know, the climaxes of Episodes 4, 5 and 6 are my 3 favorite moments in Umineko (which also makes them my 3 favorite moments in fiction overall), all for their own individual reasons. I've been dying to talk about them for a while. I figured I'd start with the Episode 4 Tea Party, quite possibly the greatest example of Ryukishi's writing skill of them all.

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Updated 07-09-2017 at 09:08 PM by Karifean

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