reileen: (gaming - Bomberman) could skew this into proportions of questionable nature.

From Yahoo!News: Mario creator gagged by Nintendo brass

When he isn't designing groundbreaking video games, Shigeru Miyamoto partakes in a variety of interesting hobbies. And Nintendo doesn't want you to know what they are.

Nintendo's got their thongs in a patch because Miyamoto has a track record of turning his hobbies into multi-million dollar profits - i.e., the Pikmin franchise grew out of his love for gardening*. So, obviously, they want to keep any potential fruits of his labor (or his hobbies) to themselves, and thus they issued the gag order to choke off the source of the ideas at their roots. How utterly brilliant!

Except not, because telling Miyamoto to STFU about his hobbies in order to prevent lucrative ideas from cross-pollinating other companies is like trying to get rid of poison ivy by burning it. You might be able to stamp out most of the offending material, but then you'll have another annoyance to deal with (for the former, it's sending out the Thought Police to make sure Miyamoto doesn't violate the gag order; for the latter, the fumes from the burning poison ivy are going to itch up your eyes and lungs like damn).

Ideas are the result of cross-referencing an external stimulus with personal associations. Having just the external stimulus isn't going to get you anywhere, because it's the personal associations that prune that stimulus in a way that it blooms into an Idea. So what if you happen to know that Miyamoto likes to garden? You're not going to get a game out of that alone, unless your game pitch is to have the player play as Miyamoto tending to his bonsai trees. Nintendo's logic just seems like it's one thorn short of a rose, if'n ya knows what I mean.

All in all, while it's not a disastrous move by any means, it is a pretty pointless and stupid one.


While I'm not entirely finished maxing out the iconspace on this account (all 15 iconspaces, woo...), I do have a couple of new things up, so check them out here if you'd like.

so this is how it feels to breathe in the summer air

*Puns away!
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As I was playing through a practice mode match on Soul Calibur III as Tira versus Siegfried, I was suddenly struck with a case of the lulz at the possible Freudian implications of the fight.

TIRA: Tiny, frail, cute girl, who fights with a big serrated ring.
SIEGFRIED: Big, armored girly man, who fights with a big semi-serrated sword.

Use your imaginations and get back to me in the morning.


One way to get destructive, depressing thoughts out of your head: heavy reading that will kill your brain cells ded. ("Heavy" is, of course, relative to each person.)

I've got them in my garden now and you're not welcome here
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Yahoo!TV: Ramiele Malubay is axed from American Idol.

Well, it was nice while it lasted, but it looks like Malubay wasn't able to get her act together to wow the crowd. C'est la vie...

In more amusing news: Super Smash Brothers Brawl, in the style of the Hellsing manga. OH MY GODS, THAT KIRBY WILL HAUNT MY DREAMS FOREVER and that Pikachu is lolariously manly

Finished major work on "Between the Lines." I know this because even despite my usual aikido-style wrist-stretching exercises that I do nearly every day that have allowed me to bend my wrists and fingers in slightly oddtastic ways, I have still ended up with sore wrists. REST TIEMZ NAO. On the other hand, both [ profile] vyctori and [ profile] dantaron have given the song favorable reviews, so the sore wrists are totally worth it. And hey, I composed a song in less than two weeks. Not bad for someone with my lack of experience in songwriting.

Additionally, I fixed the middle transition part of "Triskaidekaphobia" so that it sounds marginally more interesting.

why am I walking barefoot upon this road with no one around
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It's a pretty amazing feat to be able to make toilet paper and shitpiles look so damn cute.

Also, when did Wikipedia become so cute?


Finally played Brawl today with my friends Lauren and Melissa (a.k.a. Ren and Rei) after lunch and shopping at the local mall. Holy shit, why hadn't I picked this up before?!* I played as Peach, Solid Snake, and Toon Link. Peach is one of my strongest characters, so that was just as a warm-up. Snake was interesting - it took me a while to get the hang of him, but his Final Smash move is, liek, Teh Best Thing evar. Sniping down your opponents from the front of the screen? Hell yes! I was less-than-impressed with Toon Link, though. Oh, well.

falling on my knees only for you

*Rhetorical question. Despite the sizable number of games in my possession that I have not yet played (Final Fantasies 7 through 9, Xenosaga, God of War to name a few), I haven't felt much of an inclination to do any gaming lately. I'm not sure why. Part of it may have to do with the fact that the Wii is in my brother's bedroom, and I am too lazy to actually get up and go over there...even though his room is literally right next to mine. And there's a lot of games I'd like to replay as well - Twilight Princess, Tales of the Abyss, Paper Mario. Lawds, never enough hours in a day, or days in a week, or weeks in a year, or years in a mortal's life...
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News from Clairvoyant Wank! Over in Stargate Atlantis fandom, [ profile] nightspring is well-hated well-known for posting a lot of short SGA fics or short updates to an on-going fic rather frequently in [ profile] mckay_sheppard. And by short, I mean less than 100 word.

The people voice their dissatisfaction! So [ profile] nightspring agrees to stop posting...posting updates to that one fic, that is. Everything else is still fair game!

But the most brilliant part of the story - and the reason why I'm posting about this - is the series of parody fics that have popped up in response to this wankery. The fics and the subsequent feedback threads mock everything about fic posting from author's notes that are longer than the story to common squee responses to overblown lit crit on the part of the author and the reviewers. I'm not anywhere near Stargate fandom, but I lol'd more than once reading through these parodies. Might not have you roffling, but it'll get you sniggling, that's for sure.


A slightly older entry that I just found in I Wank: OP discusses a wedding in which she wants to stage a mock duel between the bride's party and the groom's party, inspired by Firefly, Asian culture, and love of weird tech. Not technically wanking on the part of the OP, which is what the I Wank community is for, but I got distracted by the sheer awesomeness of the wedding plans. To hell with traditional weddings! If I ever were to get married (big "if"), I would totally do something like this, except mine would be riddled with video game references up the wazoo.

So let's see here. I could wear Peach's SSBM dress, and my groom could wear a tuxedo in red and blue with a matching cap; we'd have at it with the Master Sword on the groom's part and Zelda's Twilight Princess Sword on my part; the bride and groom figure on top of the six-tiered wedding cake would be surrounded by a minefield of tiny little sugar bombs instead of the pink sugar roses. The ceremony itself would be held in Sol Sanctum, and the reception would be held in Grand Chokmah.



EDIT: Also, insert obligatory lulz about Intarwebs Court: Anonymous Vs. Scientology.

if you kiss me mister you must think I'm pretty
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Okay, call me typical Wapanese Fangirl(tm), but seriously, I want something (...or a couple of somethings) from Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers fashion line. I've been eyeing bags and shirts here and there on eBay, but...I don't know guys, I don't usually do designer beyond stuff at Hot Topic and Sanrio. THIS IS NEW AND FRIGHTENING TO ME.

In other news, it appears that Hudson is working on a Bomberman game that is actually - le gasp! - an action/adventure game instead of the (wussy but admittedly still cute) Bomberman Land games that they've been releasing lately! Though if by "action/adventure" they mean "the disaster that struck Bomberman Generation and Bomberman Jetters", that would be disconcerting to me. It's either supposed to be out in Japan by this spring, or Hudson's little hamsters are supposed to be starting work on the game this spring. I'd prefer the former, obviously, but judging from the fact that this game doesn't even have a title beyond "Bomberman For the Wii!", it's most likely the latter.

this shit is bananas
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The best answer I've heard yet to the "Is Sheik a guy or a girl?" wanking debate:

I tend to think that Link knows [that Zelda can turn into a guy] and just doesn't care, personally. What better way to have both a boyfriend and a girlfriend while still remaining monogamous? Go Link! -puipui on JournalFen

I think I actually read a Mario/Zelda crossover fic aaaaages ago in the Pit of Voles in which Link was romantically involved with Zelda, both with Zelda being female and then turning into male Sheik. It was a pretty interesting dynamic.

*insert usual Ranma 1/2 jokes here, with a side of Sailor Moon reference*

EDIT: The original JournalFen post can be found here, because there have been far too many responses made of win for me to quote them all in this entry. :D

sugar and spice and everything nice wasn't meant for only girls
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From fandom_lounge on JournalFen: For the Zelda junkies who like to abuse the "name your character" function a little more creatively than "poopyhead"!

The post is specifically about the Zelda games, but it really applies to any game you can name your character in. The way it works is that you name Link or your character "I say" so that everyone else sounds like Foghorn Leghorn, or "Sup" so that everyone sounds like frat or surfer boys, or (from the comments) "Bitch" so that everyone else is your pimp.

I can predict that I'm going to be having much fun with this once I get back to playing video games.

he said, go where you have to, for I belong to you
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Alternatively known as "The Legend of Zelda: The Leading Cause of Carpal Tunnel For the Next 2 Years."

Here there be game musings - possible spoilers up to the Isle of Frost )

Now should I go to sleep now, or continue playing...?

who drew the line that cuts to the skin
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Instead of stand-up comedians, are there any "sit-down" comedians? You know, comedians who are just so funny that you have to sit down when you listen to them?


I start school in two days. I need my textbooks and I have no money and I'm almost over my credit limit and my damn student loan hasn't come in yet and my paycheck from Gamestop won't be posted to my account until Friday and I need my school job back.


Tales of the Abyss is so amazing it's not even funny. Actually, yes, it is, because Colonel Jade Curtiss is the most badass comic relief I've ever seen. (He's also quite sexy, but a big part of his sexiness comes from the 'tude. The 'tude, yo.)

we don't need no thought control
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I might!

After going around a few weeks ago and turning in job applications, I got a call from the manager of Gamestop asking me to come in the next day (that is, today) to interrogate me. Today, I got myself interrogated and was told to come back next week (Tuesday afternoon or so) so that the district manager could have a chance at me. From the looks of it, I'd only really be required to work one shift a week for three or four hours, depending on scheduling needs turn out.

In other words, Reileen might have herself a summer job~

This is in addition to opening up commissions soon. I still have to get my room cleaned, because if I don't do that it's going to drive me insane, and I'm trying to figure out procedures and pricing (because one of my friends wants to request art from me and yet is begging me to raise my prices).


I also beat Super Paper Mario. Short verdict: adorable and enjoyable, as can be expected of this series but it feels unsatisfactory after having also played its predecessors, Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Still, it's a good way to pass the time, and I'd recommend it to any Mario fans out there. You gain a whole new appreciation for Bowser - I am now a Bowser fan (though not quite a fangirl). I'm thinking of doing a re-play of Thousand-Year Door, although I have to beat my first replay still. :') I originally played through 99% of the game during senior year in high school, but that damn Shadow Queen kept on pwning my fucking ass, so I gave up and forgot about it for a while. But [ profile] dantaron just picked it up and is fanboying over it awesomeness (for it is made of much awesome), and it's made me want to play through it again.

But I also have so many other games to play through once I can get my PS2 hooked up to a TV. Tales of the Abyss is high on my radar for that, as is Final Fantasy 8 and Final Fantasy 9 but only 'cause two of my good friends sent those to me and have threatened to murder me violently if I don't at least give them a try. I'm also dying to get my paws on the Phoenix Wright games for DS, since [ profile] vyctori has sufficiently convinced me of their lolariousness.

workin' nine to five, what a way to make a livin'
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The thing about coming up with original characters for original worlds is that I have a really hard time building up who they might be in my head. At least if I came up with original characters in a pre-conceived world, I would have that pre-conceived world to help dictate even a little of who the character would be. But when someone as talentless as me in the way of creating original characters doesn't have a world to fall back on, it creates a little bit of an artistic dilemma.

Lately I've been mulling over various aspects of an original story currently called Scar, whose main namesake is a 20-something-year-old redheaded woman whose birth name is Scarletta Rhyder. (If you call her that, and you're not her companion Hunter, her grandmother, or a family member she still likes, she'll rip your head off.) Now, I think I could get to like Scar enough to have her tell a story. Her ghostly, smirking apparition in my head promises an intriguing journey. But I have absolutely no idea what kind of story she could tell. I see sarcasm and a carefree attitude to life, I think, but that's about it. She also runs uncomfortably close to another original character in my head who happens to be redheaded and sarcastic as well, although this character's worldview is decidedly darker than Scar's (and for good reason). I probably just need to spend a little time getting to know her, but it's almost like I'm afraid of what I'm going to find out. The opening line to Scar recently came up in my head as: "If there was one thing Scar hated the most in life, it was..." And then nothing. I have to fill in the blank, like a Mad Lib. If I can just figure out how to best complete that sentence, I'd have a good part of Scar's character nailed down.


From the Tiny Toons NES game, we have the most appropriate inappropriate caption evar!

ETA: Also, I am quite possibly the world's laziest overachiever. I should get a Darwin Award Guinness World Record for that.

you know you wouldn't want it any other way
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Midway Games of Mortal Kombat fame was a homely little industrial building smack-dab in the middle of an industrial plain smack-dab in the middle of the North Side of Chicago. Well, okay, I don't know if it was actually in the middle of the North Side, but it was in the middle of something (like that ComEd plant). I took the Red Line to Addison, then got on the westbound #152 for a ten-minute bus ride to Addison and California, after which I hopped off and hiked one long, cold, and dreary block to the building.

Inside, we were greeted by a man named Stephan, who I think is the current director of game stuff at Midway. My ANI220 professor mentioned in class that he was French, and let me tell you, this Stephan guy had the "Frenchman director" look down to a T, with jeans, a turtleneck knit sweater, and even the freakin' beret. (Although to be fair, he lacked the curly black mustache. If he had sported one, I think I might've been a tiny bit scared.) Stephan was a knowledgeable, articulate speaker, and he led us through a tour of the hall of concept art for a game they're working on called Stranglehold, based on a John Woo movie. It was really fascinating to me to get a look at what's behind the inspiration for different parts of a production, whether it be a video game, an animation, or a movie. But here are two really important things that I learned that I'd like to share with the world:

1) Destroying things in games = very, very good. The more you can destoy, the better it is. Maximize destruction in as many ways as possible.
2) Chicago has no train yards. For that matter, neither do any of the other 49 states. Train yards are a nonentity in the U.S. of A. When trains die, that's it - they go bye-bye. There is no train afterlife. The atheist trains were right all along.

Overall, it was a really cool experience, and I've become convinced that this is a possible (and practical...relatively speaking) career path for me. I've always said that I'm more Greek than Roman, because I love playing around with ideas but throw hissy fits and sulk if I actually have to do anything with them. If I work as a concept artist, I can throw as much shit as I want out there and then have everyone else deal with the consequences! Or so it seems.


The final results for my first assignment in ANI105 )

freedom is being alone
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As of this day, the 10th of January, I hath discovered that Midway Games holds this truth to be self-evident: that all games are to be created with maximum destruction in mind.

Well, these are the creators of Mortal Kombat. What did ye expect?

Slightly meatier commentary to come when I get the chance, since I've got my ART106 class in a couple of minutes.


Guys, there is absolutely no point in wearing pants that come up only to the bottom of your crotch. Seriously. Just stop it. I don't know if you purposely wear oversized pants so girls can get into them, but whatever the reason, stop it plz. You look like a reject from Happy Feet.

do the Mario


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April 2010



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