I’ve been wanting to learn Japanese for years, and never actually got myself to do it. Now after spending seven months at the Defense Language Institute, I’ve finally gained the confidence to realize that learning a language isn’t really all that hard. (Assuming they’re not trying to make you dead fluent in Arabic in 18 months time.)
Hello, villagers and guests alike. For years the submission of material for our homepage and global announcements (those which reach everyone in the community) has been an exclusive feature for our administration and few dedicated writers. However, the veil has dropped and we are proud to officially announce that we will be accepting guest article submissions!
Did you like 5 Centimeters Per Second? Well then The Garden of Words is right up your alley. In fact, it was directed by the same person.
Now, I actually didn’t like 5cm/s, yet I found this movie to be enjoyable and rather endearing. Story-wise the two have some fundamental similarities, but this movie is easier to swallow than 5cm/s; it’s the difference between having a little sugar with your tea, and having a little tea with your sugar.
So even if you didn’t like 5cm/s, you’ll still probably like this!
Watch it when you have 46mins to kill. It’s good stuff.
Heard about this horror game through the grapevine, and downloaded the demo. You play as a detective who received a mysterious letter shortly before being invited to a party, the letter leading you to attempt to solve the mystery of the Kingsport mansion before bad stuff happens. It’s definitely in early alpha, but definitely worth a look.
The game is procedurally-generated in multiple ways; levels, clues, dialogue, names, and eventually plot as well. Random to the core. The idea being that horror isn’t replayable by nature; if you know what monster is lurking around the corner, it’s not scary anymore. If you know what monsters to expect, it’s not [as] fun anymore. Think back to your first time playing Minecraft: If you’re like most people, the first time it got dark out and saw a creeper, you dug yourself into a hole and pissed yourself all night. The goal with this game is to try to keep that experience going through multiple playthroughs, something I can definitely dig.
The demo itself is pretty bare bones at the moment; NPCs are ugly 3D placeholders, paths that aren’t generated are just walled off, windows show you all of the currently existing areas of level, the story isn’t entirely procedural yet, etc. It’s alpha though, and very early alpha at that. I still had a ton of fun, and I’ll be following it fo sho. Be sure to at least check out their kickstarter; the idea itself is pretty ballin’, and for a game this early in development, it’s definitely worth a download and an upvote on Greenlight.
Little Witch Academia is a standalone 26min OVA produced by Trigger, a relatively new anime studio which is basically an amalgamation of creative workers (mostly former Gainax employees) who have participated in the production/direction of shows like FLCL, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Black Rock Shooter, and Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Lil B? Who is he? Oh, you don’t know? He’s The Basedgod and you all should pay your respects to him. Now if ya’ll heard of The Basedgod and are thinking in your head “Wow, he’s the corniest artist out there!” or “His music is straight up garbage” then you clearly don’t get the message. Let me drop some history on you before I drop some of his beats.