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I love Sue and her Meruru cosplay. I also love the artwork of the Atelier games, since two artists I had followed beforehand ended up doing official art for them.

I’ve always enjoyed both of Kishida Mel and Hidari‘s work. (They’re danbooru links, so.. NSFW.) It also feels weird having seen their really early stuff before they got involved with my favorite past time of video games. It’s like it doesn’t even feel special. Almost more of a strange “Yeah, that’s right. You guys finally hired good artists. Good job.” Not saying that professional artists I haven’t heard of aren’t good. But, yeah. I’m pretty much saying “I knew them before they got popular”. However, with the age of the internet, that’s pretty much anyone. My only source is danbooru. Which pretty much means that I still barely knew them, since they mostly collect published-on-internet images. They were probably professionals before I even started noticing their art around 6-8 years ago. All this, and I still haven’t bought any of the PS3 Atelier games yet.

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about games. Actually, I haven’t talked about video games in forever.

If I were to mention one game right now, it’s Final Fantasy XIV. It’s one pretty game, and I remember when I first played the initial version before A Realm Reborn. It ran like shit. At first, I blamed it on my video card — a Radeon HD 4850 — which at the time was aging too fast for modern games. It became evident that FFXIV 1.0 was an inefficient power hog. I wanted to play it despite these drawbacks. I saw potential in the game. A simple a change of aesthetics compared to the western palate is also nice. It just suits me. ARR now plays and runs a helluva lot better than 1.0, yet has enough familiarity to FFXI that led me to play that game for nearly 6 years.

Kishida is also a crazy man. You will bow down to his cosplay.

I’ve linked Hidari’s stuff before as well. It was a top image for one podcast episode where we were talking about Fractalé. If I remember correctly, it was his work that drew me towards Vocaloid. Seeing art that good about these “characters” that were voicebanks intrigued me. And as fate would have it, I’m now an owner of the English Hatsune Miku voicebank.

I don’t really have anything to say about Genshiken. If you’re watching it, you’re watching it. I could try to convince you, but I’ve already derailed this much, that I’d need another post for that typical “Watch this show! It’s good!” post.

I’m pretty much forcing Miku to sing butt rock songs, and the occasional 80s ballad. Nothing a virtual diva can’t handle.

For those wondering what kind of computer you need to play FFXIV, the recommended system is rather beefy, and building a PC to play it might end up being more expensive than getting a PS4.

-maserbeam

Miku & Gumi again.

Yes, they’re back, and I believe my last post on Miku involved these two. But besides that, I don’t write very often for the music section of this site. Let’s rectify that.

I stumbled upon a Miku & Gumi song called Matryoshka. It employs a favorite song structure technique that I tend to use myself. It shifts it’s key upwards towards the minor third from the first root heard. My wording is probably off; I never properly studied music theory so I can only do so much. Just imagine the standard guitar minor scale being shifted to the right on the neckboard (on a right handed guitar) three frets.

Anyways, there’s that. Back to playing the Final Fantasy XIV Open Beta.

-maserbeam

Reactions! E3.

Yay E3. My opinions in particular can be rather baseless, but they’re opinions and I’m not trying to persuade otherwise. This E3 was a joke. The only person who seemed comfortable with themselves on the stage was Cliff Bleszinski. Oh, and I almost forgot Mr. ‘Kevin Butler’, but he’s just silly. (In a good way.)

First off, I’m already miffed at Nintendo flaunting how much crap they’ve sold. You can watch the Nintendo conference anywhere – just google it or go ahead and visit your favorite site for gaming media. They’ve sold more? Good for them. I couldn’t care less if they sold 15 million more units than the PS3. But aside from that, the Nintendo conference had Reggie and his fellow corporate buddies speaking to me like I was an idiot. Sure – they have to speak to an audience with a wide range of journalists and just.. people. The way they spoke and delivered their wares seemed that there had to be some applause after everything they said. I felt annoyed after watching the Nintendo conference, uninterested with Microsoft, and angry at Sony. And the 3DS announcement was underwhelming; please get an English speaking person next time, Nintendo. Even then, I don’t think that would have improved it, so I’ll count my blessings for now.

The only thing that made me happy from the Sony conference was Portal 2, and Gabe’s few opening statements were pretty funny. And as much as I may be excited to see another Dead Space 2, I was hoping for a different game. It wasn’t in the conference, but I’m also on the lookout for FFXIV, since I’ve played FFXI and actually stuck with it for a while to realize it’s probably the best Final Fantasy game I’ve ever played.

And meh to Microsoft. Please enjoy the picture of Sakuya watching Ryuu getting his arse kicked.

-maserbeam