Today has been quite inspiring for a number of reasons, but the fun started happening with a really good (albeit 10+ year old) TED Talk by Ken Robinson regarding creativity and education. As you may well know with internet exploration, I was not searching at all for this TED Talk, but happened to stumble upon its mention in an article about techies homeschooling their kids that I was given among my lousy search engine results. Randomness is it’s own form of creativity, and that’s one of the things that makes certain fractals so delightful. But rather than the computer generating all the wild creativity and fun, it can be much more enjoyable to do it yourself.
According to Greek myth, Pandora was given a box by the gods that was full of evil. But Pandora was curious and, in order to satisfy that natural curiosity, opened the box. The literal story may not be a historical event, but it is an analogy for much of human technology. With every new piece of science and technology, we behold at the same time a treasure chest and a Pandora’s box. Both are opened simultaneously. The question we need to ask ourselves is not whether what is inside the treasure chest outweighs the disadvantages of opening the Pandora’s box; the question we need to ask is whether we can bear to live with what is inside that Pandora’s box.
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)
Bill Gates decided it was time to blatantly copy Steve Jobs in every respect now that the competitor CEO is gone. The short of it is this: Windows is now finger friendly. Microsoft is copying Apple in the fact that the GUI has changed from actual windows to GUI buttons, so it’s like you’ll be working on your iPhone instead of your computer. But hey, if touchscreens become the norm in society, why not make the shift. CNet and Ars have more technical details if you want them, including information about the removal of the start menu, one of the most useful features of Windows, in my opinion. I, however, have a different point to make: