Pipiru piru piru pipiru pi

Something rather old, lying for a while in the anime pile, that I never got around to watching while I was paired with a little devil girl that loved this “Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan” show. What can I say about this… well, Dokuro-Chan started as short comics strips series so the general story in the anime is not fleshed out much. We have this normal schoolboy with an angel harem following him around kind of story. The main aspects of the show are very violent and bloody slapsticks (usually involving the death and immediate resurrection of our protagonist by the sweet Dokuro-Chan) and innuendo jokes. That’s why (in my opinion) the show ran only for 12 short episodes. Well, if you are into comedy animes and ridiculous amounts of gore I think you will find it as refreshing as I did. Really helps you unwind. Also it is a fair representation of how we run things here in the “Clubs” office 😉

Halt! Cyber Time!

What’s with this girl playing indie games and that guy reading books? Surely, there is something wrong with them! So yeah, I read a book and it was a good book. In “Halting State” Charles Stross introduces us to a very likely tomorrow where the Internet is constantly inside your back pocket or should I say in your reality enhancing goggle phones. The story revolves around a major mmo-game robbery which has the developers and the police stumped when suddenly all matter of shady characters and secret agencies start popping around and the life threatening dangers move from the virtual to the real world. While there is a bit of technological / financial mumbo-jumbo, everything is understandable and I really enjoyed the first-person view in which each chapter is delivered through the eyes of one of the three major “players” – an ordinary police officer, a dedicated investigating accountant and a recently fired programmer named Jack 😛 I should visit the lair of my shadow broker to try nicking something else written by Stross while I wait for the “Halting State” sequel with the codename “Rule 34” hopefully arriving in the early 2011.

An Extract from “Halting State”

Yet another indie game

Today is Friday so we finished testing Trine, or at least some of us did. But lets start from the beginning. So, me and my friend are Apple geeks and we volunteered for this task three days ago. I wasn’t going to do that at first, because I really don’t have time enough to get my beauty sleep this days, but then I found out it’s not just any game, it’s Trine. I wanted to play it ever since I watched the review on Zero punctuation, but I didn’t want to bother playing it on Windows. What a perfect opportunity this was, to play it for free, on Mac and above all – to be useful somehow. It sounds great, but I wasn’t that useful, because I was tired in the evenings and I sucked at playing it. I hope only that they will let me finished it, regardless of how slow I am and the fact that I was supposed to test it until today. On the other hand I couldn’t find a lot of bugs, so I guess the developers did their job pretty well.

Anyway, the game is great. I don’t care about the story, because the gameplay is much more intriguing. You have three characters: a Mage, a Thief and a Knight. Their souls are bound in one and you can switch between them in order to get through the levels. Yes, they have different powers, you know, it’s easier to fight with the Knight, while moving objects with the Mage and do.. actually everything with the Thief. It sounds boring, but it’s cool. The set is gorgeous, but like every indie game, you shouldn’t expect something awesome.

The game is available for Windows (and for Mac in November, I hope) on Steam. You can go and check it out!

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, pretty Jill, happy birthday to you!

I guess it is my turn to wish you everything righteous, awesome and cute in the world. I trust you will find the inner strength to continue balancing between your studies, new job and transforming you new crib into a peaceful heaven.

And when you gather all your friends to party, don’t be afraid to drink a little too much 😛

Mathmatical

So, it seems we took our sweet time. Again. Well, actually Jill is a busy working bee now and I might have to continue usurping the scene here more often than not. We had this little concept… meh, whatever it is best to run things here on the go, anyway!

A while ago I was hanging back seaside with some bros, drinking beers and watching obnoxious stuff on the Internet when Trillian decided to show us some “Ugly Americans”. Although impressed I didn’t get around to introducing it here until now. I don’t know why really. But it seems as good a time as any as we are getting new episodes aired now. What we have as a main protagonist is Mark Lilly – a social worker that reminds me all too much to that cool guy from “The Office” show. Lilly is living in modern days New York that is stuffed with all manner of magical, religious, mystic, horror and fantasy creatures desperately trying to get accepted as equal American citizens. The show is a wicked satire. Each episode is sick. Beside the obnoxious art style that tries to gross you out half the time it seems nothing is sacred and immune to getting ridiculed. Each episode is twenty minutes of punch lines. “Comedy Central” are being pretty cool guys as usual.

Year long…

I sat at the desk, my head resting in the cupped palm of my right hand, when I heard her approaching the office’s door. The click and clack of her heels is hard to mistake. It has been almost a year after her first visit. Since then I worked on her bizarre case for a little while, not yielding any consistent results. Somehow she showed rather profound interest in becoming a private eye. At least most of the time… She turned out to have the knack for it as we consider each other partners now although our partnership extends mainly to sharing the rent for the office and she is kind enough to let me continue using it as living quarters as well. It is not that bad actually. She rarely stays inside for long. In the beginning she would come asking me for an advice on where to look for a contact or some information but she is rather self-sufficient now. She even got a firearm license last month and is not worried of accepting assignments with “possible” life hazard. I leaned back into the chair and tried to rub my left arm somewhere between the metal plates. The augmentations tended to get rather cold in the winter. She was already at the door…

–          Hi, Jill.

–          Oh, Jack, you are here…? – Only a slight trace of sarcasm. – Good, I might require your assistance with a small assignment.

–          Oh, really?

Social networks

Hi, everybody, it’s been awhile. But it’s not entirely my fault this time, it’s just hard to find a job, a place to live and at the same time try to stay sane. As a matter of fact the last thing is the hardest but at least for now I fail only at the second. I don’t have any interesting indie game for you (because if I had, you would remember me as “the girl with the games that look like Mario”). So let’s see what exactly do I have because last week was more than dull and empty on the side of interesting free time stuff.

Yeah, nothing. You know, when it happens to me not to have time for almost anything I remember the good times when I didn’t know what to do with all my free time. I had a bunch of it for example when I quit facebook. So that’s my question for you: Why don’t you quit with it? Not only to find out how much free time you’ll get from that wise decision.

As for me, I find it easy to be an attention whore anywhere else I go, so I don’t need to do it online or to see how everybody else does it. I also don’t suffer from the “too much information” syndrome anymore, because without facebook I don’t need to see what my stupid so-called friends are thinking aaaall daaay loong. Without facebook I don’t have to lie to people that I’ll call them. When I want to do it, I just do it. I never played any of the farmville-like games, but still the time I wasted in facebook will never come back to me.

That’s not just random hate, I assure you. I’m not gonna say that twitter or last.fm are the elite and facebook is for village people, or anything dumb as that. I was just wandering why would somebody still want to be a part of any social network. You know they suck. So why use them?

P.S. And don’t say things like “because everybody else is in it”. That doesn’t count as an answer.

The Ducas

A while back I mentioned I had trouble reading the big heavy tomes of fantasy on which Rothfuss managed to hook me But Parker on the other hand almost made me call quits. “Devices and Desires” (first of the Engineer Trilogy)* and I led a strange relationship. It might be the book that took me longest to finish because I read it with brakes several months in between in the course of a year. The first half almost lost me due to long expositions and treatises on hunting, fencing or engineering. Later everything starts unfolding at rapid pace. I even came to enjoy some of hunting and fencing parts though the engineering ones were a bit obscure maybe because of the terminology. But all in all the book is an amazing start to a trilogy I want to finish as much as the Kingslayer one and I see there was not a faster way for the plot to thicken and I am proud to have managed to get to the delicious nut behind the thick shell.

*Click that extraordinary long link to check the free extracts and check the resumes if you wonder about the story. Gosh, ain’t I a stinker!

Mindless

Whoa, me, my bro and Kylie have pretty much settled in the new house. It was another hectic week and good thing Jill popped up to show you something neat for I was too tired to contribute with anything. This brings me to my current predicament. I expected a nice chill-out day in the new crib with some music and gamin’ but instead my wOw broke and I need to leave it reinstalling for the whole day, also my mobile provider still has issues and I can’t fix my phone. So I am rather sour and I decided to tell you what I am listening to right now – Mindless Self Indulgence. I can’t say much about their style except that they are rather obscene, loud and hard hitting. Perfect for my mood at the moment. Also they work awesome for AMVs.

Braid

We have a situation here. First I was missing but you have to excuse me, it was summer and I realized what a great season it is only four years ago. Second, I promised not to write about games and then I did it again and now I’ll do it one more time. Not only because I’m obsessed with indie games, but more because this one got my attention pretty quickly and I thought it would be a shame if I don’t say anything about it.

That’s Braid. It may looks like Mario meets Prince of Persia including the story of the personal life of the creators (ex-girlfriend that runs away, parents that you will want to run away from) but most of all it is a puzzle game at its best… and there’s more. It costs only 9 euro at Steam. Just watch the trailer.

And what else? See you soon 🙂