global issues, media, psychology

National Symptoms, Invisible Causes

Suppose you have an nagging person in your life. They bug you, they irritate you, but they never hit you. Now and then they mock you. If you respond to them in anger, it may start a greater argument, and you might end up being the one criticized by others even though all you wanted to do was defend yourself. Still, if you do nothing, the problem within you only gets worse until you become very angry.

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global issues, media, movies

Lego Batman and the Social Band-aids

Likely to be Part 1: The Family

I had originally written some huge articles but decided to synthesize my points and spare you the long rambling. You can thank me later. However, it does perhaps lose some eloquence… or congruity, so if you’re wondering why this article is so brief and seemingly disconnected, you at least now have a reason.

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media, visual novels

Clannad – The Past Path – Review

Last time I reviewed a visual novel, it was Narcissu / Narcissus by Stage Nana. Having been done professionally, it had the benefit of a good team working behind it for custom art and contributions by talented musicians. It was very kind of the company to allow the English translation to be produced and released free to the public. To date, it’s the only professionally-done visual novel for English speakers (at least, it’s the only one I know of).

Those of us working solo don’t necessarily have the luxuries of a professional team or talented artists, but that doesn’t mean something can’t be cobbled together and still provide a quality experience.

This review focuses on a visual novel created by Scope Games, which is for the most part, a single individual. After scrounging the internet for images, image templates, and songs, they pieced together this entertaining this work free for you to enjoy. Download here.

Table of Contents

  • Story – I briefly outline what we’re looking at.
  • Gameplay – What kind of game experience to expect
  • Non-spoiler Review – Basic idea of the content
  • Guide to Gameplay – How to get what you want in the game (without really spoiling it for you)
  • (Ambiguous) Spoiler Review – For if you really want to know what’s wrong with the content
  • Remarks on Realism
  • Rating – The overall quality rating, including content you might want to be aware of (ambiguous spoilers)
  • Credits

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anime and games, art, books, freeware, media, software, stories, tech news and opinions, tv

Nightmare and Serenity: Brief Analysis of Touhou

Since I am so adamantly against this game and yet frequently returning to its subculture, I thought I ought to address it. First, to be sure I wasn’t completely blabbering nonsense, I did some research on the Touhou Project at wikia (UPDATE: use this source instead: the Touhou wiki). This post is divided into two large sections:

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