My favorite materials to work with are ink and paper, I realize the question is specific about ‘material’ as in one but i see these two for me linked in a ying yang embrace so I count them as one entity. I like paper that does not necessarily come from an art shop, i appreciate found papers that have foxing or an aged character or old book pages from ruined books (i never damage a book that is in good condition i am a bibliophile and such an action would be anathema to me) I glue these together and make larger sheets to draw on. If art media and materials were an organic beast then i believe ‘ink’ would be its life blood. I could easily spend my entire life learning about the methods and diversity of this amazing liquid. I like it in its rawest form having to dip my implement such as a brush or nib pen into it and using it as thus. The brush loaded with ink offers a sensual rich dripping line while the pen a nervy fragile delicate one. Pure Indian ink and Sumi ink are my favorites.
Okay fuck it I literally cannot cope with how fucking brilliant this final boss fight from a rhythm game I’ve never played is so I’m just gonna have to get it off my chest and subject everyone to it and gush about it and hope you like it as much as I do
Basically the plot is our hero, Don, is a drum who gets sucked into the rpg-esque Soprano Kingdom, where he teams up with a little dragon named Raruko to get back the seven orbs containing Princess Soprano’s voice which have been scattered across the world by Maou, an evil magical clown. Naturally, the seven orbs are held by seven demons you have to beat and such. Basically plot-wise it’s Dragon Quest but goofier and more rhythm based.
Anyway, you get to the final boss fight with the guy and holy shit is his theme song perfect for a rhythm game villain. It’s chaotic, atonal, full of evil laughter and presumably mocking dialogue and has tons of jarring tempo shifts to throw you off, in addition to him blacking out most of the screen and dropping duplicates of his head over the scrollbar while laughing at you like an asshole. You also have to love how the song starts off with just an endless stream of bombs, too.
It just gets even more brilliant from there though, as after getting Princess Soprano’s voice back Maou comes back for round 2 as a giant Andross-esque clown head and hands, and what looks to be at first a face-off against him with the game’s victorious main theme playing becomes a chaotic back and forth battle between good and evil as Maou keeps on disrupting the song to burst in with an even crazier version of his theme song while obscuring large sections of the screen with the BONE ZONE. Eventually shit reaches a fever pitch as both songs start playing over top of each other with increasing rapidity while the princess and clown head start going at it to try and drown out each other’s songs, unfortunately obscuring most of the screen in the process as they slam into each other surrounded by what are presumably magical sound waves.
It’s just SO FUCKING GENIUS for a music-based game to have a bad guy face-off like this and I love everything about it. Shame the 3ds isn’t region free…
Maybe it’s just that I’m really used to how the Rhythm Tengoku games deal with interface screw, but the first stage of that boss fight looks unpleasant to play unless you know the song already. While they do seem to make the portion where he obscures the screen the same pattern each time, I think it needs one or two plays of it without the obscuring so you can learn the rhythm of it (and get the clue that it’s the rhythm of the lyrics the drum track goes by).
Usually the aim of interface manipulation in rhythm games is to force you to go by audio cues alone, but if you’re not really given the chance to learn what the audio cues are, it just feels haphazard.
(It could even have done stuff like have a fully visible pattern of bombs and then the same phrase again in drum beats, but obscured, that would be really good)
I do agree that’s a great way to work a traditional boss fight into a rhythm game, though.
Do you think there’s anyone out there who looks forward to ice levels in platformers. Theres gotta be at least one person who thinks “man i can’t wait to slide into enemies and instant death pits”
I’m playing Kirby Triple Deluxe RN and if you have the Ice power you retain the increased movement speed on icy floor but you turn on a dime and do pretty pirouettes, it’s the dopest.
checked animal crossing for the first time in 2014. my town seems to have been in some sort of stasis because no one moved in or out.
also i found a present from earlgreymartini in my mailbox wishing me a happy 2014. so. uh. thanks man.
Digital time capsules, yo. The new era of video games.
(I need to start playing ACNL again)
This is just half-awake rambling and frustration so these thoughts are a bit jumbled, but:
Stumbling upon the whitewashing of Dragon Age’s Vivienne, Dorian, and Isabella by a few (thankfully as far as I know) certain people brought back some particularly ugly memories of when this has happened before. And then that intersected with coming across some demuscularization of certain female characters again.
Virtua Fighter’s Vanessa Lewis is a particularly sad example of both. When Virtua FIghter 4 came out, it did so accompanied by that top image of the then-new character. When my friends and I first saw that image in stores, we were amazed. We were so glad Sega had branched out and included a seriously badass female fighter that was not only black without any stereotypes attached, but one that really looked like a fighter. And hey, she also proved that you could be muscular and sexy. She seemed like she was designed from the bottom up to challenge some tired and entrenched assumptions in gaming at the time. I was really happy to have that character around. Yeah, some people had racist complaints about her. And some people went on about how “gross” and “mannish” she was. But whatever, they were just loud jerks on the fringe complaining about something that didn’t cater directly to them for once. They had a ton of other characters to choose from, but this one apparently offended their sensibilities.
Then Virtua Fighter 5 came around.
I could never get a solid handle on why it happened. The most common explanation I could find was that it was done to make it more marketable to a male Japanese audience, but damned if I didn’t come across more than a few Western gamers going on about how Sega had “fixed” her.
So basically, if it seems that some people are overly defensive and worried about whitewashing happening to Dragon Age(at least within the fandom as Bioware is standing its ground a hell of a lot more firmly than Sega did), that’s possibly part of the reason: It’s happened before. And it leaves folks feeling like they have to fight to keep the few characters they do get, whether it’s non-white characters or female characters that don’t fall within a narrow standard of beauty.
Probably because they do.
I still love Vanessa but I completely agree. I’m glad I can still give her skin tone and abs back in fs.
Wow that change is really gross. I can’t think of any other fightman games that do this, actually. The likes of Soul Calibur like to change body types a lot, but they don’t go as far as skin whitening, jeez.
I had my first ever play of a Virtua Fighter game today.
It was Virtua Fighter 5.
- Holy FUCK this is the most arcade-looking game I’ve played in years, I love it.
- This game is 110% footsies, especially since the guard button has you dodge attacks rather than block them, so it’s hard to know when you’re whiffing an attack or if it was blocked if you can’t hear the audio cue.
- Brad Burns has joined the ranks of Tekken’s Muguel of Sexy Fighters Who I Would Totes Play But Don’t Match My Style
- The sense of impact is surprisingly weak, everything feel a little floaty/glidy. I wonder if all the VFs are like that…
WHOOPS I forgot to do this~ Questions are from here, send me your asks (I beg of you!)
I:Favorite Online multiplayer game?
The one I’ve spent the most time in is probably League of Legends, but the online experience I’ve had the most fun with would be Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst. Run on a private server long after the official ones wet down, I don’t think I ever found that game boring or grindy, and always had at least one friend by my side when I played it. It’s the game that got me into Multiplayer action RPGs and eventually the Hunting Action genre.
Automatically discounting any Protagonist that you physically customise, Probably Saki Inafune from Sweet Fuse right now. She’s not especially cool or powerful, but she’s super passionate, brave and capable of thinking outside the box. A lot of Visual Novel protagonists are passive or scattered so the player can have plot concepts explained to them naturally; but Saki manages that without coming across as helpless.
Ghirahim from Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Full disclosure, I’ve never beaten Skyward Sword - my copy was stolen, and I never got around to replacing it. But from what I played, I loved Ghirahim’s personality skillset and absolutely his fashion sense. I am SO FUCKING HYPE that he’s playable in Hyrule Warriors, and I’m holding out for an appearance in Smash Bros too. I may try and cosplay him one day, if I ever learn to tailor.
S:Most overrated game?
Bioshock Infinite. Fuck that dumb boring shootygun game that manages to somehow portray an even more racist sentiment than it initially intended.
X:What you’d like to change about your favorite franchise?
My favourite franchise is a dead one, so I guess I’d like the MegaMan Battle Network/Starforce series to be alive again. Or, failing that, a spiritual sequel. C’mon Comcept, go make a Mighty No.1011101 next.
i hate when guys are like “guys can’t wear makeup, if we’re ugly there’s nothing we can do”
like yes you can wear makeup???? literally nobody is stopping you lol
homophobes definitely stop me from wearing makeup as much as i want to, lol
I’m lucky enough to be a tall back guy and people won’t say shit when I decide to wear eyeliner and lipstick.
On the flipside I can’t get away with it at work, and it makes me very much cognizant of the masculine-presenting peeps who want to rock makeup but can’t.
Shout outs to those dudes - you’ll find your own space to be fabulous one day.
Terrible Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Fanfiction
Steely Dan infects Joseph Joestar with his stand and starts masturbating