Thursday, 12 April 2018

Thoughts about senses

Quite often, I wonder about how other people perceive the world, on a really fundamental level. Like, some people are colourblind and some people can see extra colours most people can't. Some people don't seem to have working tastebuds, and other people have the burden of being supertasters. And some people don't care about flavour so much as they enjoy texture. Notably either Ben or Jerry - one of the two ice cream guys, decided to put chunks of things in because texture was far more important to him than flavour. And then there are such things as synaesthesia, which actually seems kind of like a super power if you're a musician. So what if all senses are like that and we just haven't noticed yet or invented language to describe it? And someone could live their whole life sensing things a little differently to everyone around them and they wouldn't know because it didn't come up in conversation, and people tend to assume everyone else is the same and usually have a general fear for not being normal. What if all these differences are actually fairly commonplace? Like, [A] can't distinguish red/green and [B] can't smell the difference between basil and coriander. And [C] can't taste the difference between sugar, aspartame and stevia. I don't know what I'm getting at other than - it's not useful to assume your perception of the world is 100% the same as another person's.

Friday, 24 November 2017

This year's Steam Awards nominations

This is how I voted. If it were possible, I would have voted POLYBIUS on PS4 for the "Mom's Spaghetti" award, because it's the only game this year to really fit the description of having a really intense subconscious physical reaction to a game. But, these are Steam awards. So I nominated Scoregasm since, well, that's a physical reaction too, right? Hahaha.


The “The World Is Grim Enough Let's Just All Get Along” Award
 - Zaccaria Pinball

The “Choices Matter” Award
 - West Of Loathing

The “Haunts My Dreams” Award
 - Chime Sharp

The “Mom’s Spaghetti” Award
 - Scoregasm

The “No Apologies” Award
 - Space Giraffe

The “Cry Havoc And Let Slip The Dogs Of War” Award
 - Saints Row : The Third

The “Suspension of Disbelief” Award
 - Roundabout

The “Soul Of Vitruvius” Award
 - Bayonetta

The “Defies Description” Award
 - Mu cartographer

The “Labor of Love” Award
 - Pizza Express

The “Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0” Award
 - Mibibli's Quest

The “Even Better Than I Expected” Award
 - Enter The Gungeon

The “Nicest developer” Award
 - HEIANKYO ALIEN / 平安京エイリアン

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Neverland Chronicles, June 2100 edition

Some fan material I wrote, in response to the Obsidian Times newspaper which is given away free at performances of Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell The Musical. I think mostly I wrote it because I felt that the Obsidian Times contained information which didn't seem true to me (as a fan of the show) and wasn't funny enough, or contain enough references for fans.

I picture this incarnation of the Neverland Chronicles to be left-leaning, vaguely tolerant but distrusting of Falco, an underground publication that's at times gossip rag, other times vaguely high-brow, and never really taken seriously enough to get into real trouble.

Neverland Chronicles, June 2100 (PDF)

Monday, 20 March 2017

Let The Revels Begin...

Obsessed with Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell Musical and can't think about anything else.

It's time for a sequel to the Perl Poetry Competition 2000 Best Of Show.

To celebrate the new lyrics to All Revved Up With No Place To Go, some ES6 / nodejs poetry. :)

let revels;
let cages;
let flags;
let endOfWorld = false;

flags.furled = !flags.furl();

var strat = {  
  eyes : "blue",
  hair : "blonde",
  heart : "black",
  gender : "boy"


Saturday, 4 March 2017

Yuusha Raideen spotted in X-Men comic

X-Men, issue #107 (1977):

Yuusha Raideen (1975):

That is totally just a drawing of Raideen sitting in this old X-Men comic. I guess the artist - Dave Cockrum - was a fan. :)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The most terrifying games of my childhood

Here are some games I found terrifying, when I played them as a child.

Warning! Scary C64 games in this post! Don't click through if you don't want to see what I found scary when I was in primary school!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Japanese video game English localisation news - 123



Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Japanese video game English localisation news - 122

Wow, a whole month passed, and I didn't make an update. I feel so out-of-the-loop now.



Other news:

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Japanese video game English localisation news - 121


  • Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey (PC)
  • Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC)
  • Nights Of Azure (PC)
  • Tales of Berseria™ (PC)
  • Angels of Death (PC)
  • Moékuri: Adorable + Tactical SRPG (PC)
  • Flowers -Le volume sur été- (PC)
Out Now:
  • Himawari - The Sunflower - (PC)
  • Ninja Smasher! (PC)
  • Kokurase - episode 3 (PC)
  • Red Spider2: Exiled (PC)

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

My Steam Awards nominations

Writing this as a blog post to someone because it won't fit in a comment (over 1000 chars)

The “Test of Time” Award : Sid Meier's Pirates!
Yep, I'm ooooooold. :) The first version I played of this was the C64 version. But this game is good!

The “I'm Not Crying, There's Something In My Eye” Award : Actual Sunlight
DO NOT PLAY THIS WHEN DEPRESSED. PLEASE. It's not like a normal tearjerker thing, it's a full-on depression thing, but it has real emotional impact, enough that I wanted to nominate it beyond anything else I played (even though I actually played it on PS Vita rather than PC/Steam).

The “Just 5 More Minutes” Award : Chime Sharp
I was going to award this to Stardew Valley as I have accidentally played that one to sunrise without noticing before. Chime Sharp only makes me mysteriously lose around 4 hours every time I play it.

The “Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!” Award : Circa Infinity
You might have seen my little review earlier.

The “Villain Most In Need Of A Hug” Award : Steins;Gate
So much would have been different if only [certain persons] had more hugs!

The “Game Within A Game” Award : Stardew Valley
Great minds think alike. :) I really like the mini-games in Stardew Valley.

The “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” Award : Black Closet
It might be the game I did more early recommending to other people than any other.

The “Best Use Of A Farm Animal” Award : Space Giraffe
The bonus rounds are full of seriously good mooing.

The “Best Yuri Game” Award : Kindred Spirits On The Roof.
The curator of the "Hella Yuri" steam group - who is Hanako of Hanako Games - made a call to all members to use the free vote on "Best Yuri Game" in an attempt to make Valve-sempai notice the yuri community, so I thought I'd pitch in. :)