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万年筆を買いました。さよと高いです。

Yeah, I bought a fountain pen. Pretty expensive.

Apr 6
After a bit of decision making I’ve decided to learn Java networking and give multiplayer RPGs a go. This is roughly 1 weeks worth of work, (~40 hours). I’m sitting by the counter in the empty weapon shop looking at my friend Quirq.
The game is called Retroblade, very buggy at the moment and is by no means ready to play. It will have an emphasis on ‘customization’, retaining its retrostyle old-school look and feel.
A lot of things need to be polished, fixed and implemented, but this is the general idea. I’ve got a video up somewhere on my YouTube channel, if you’re willing to have a look at that.
I do NOT own the graphics, it is done by an amazing artist called DragonDePlatino and is available to use for free at opengameart.org. I did however, make the font and the GUI (explains the terribleness).
More progress updates to follow, I am excited to work on it and play it. You should see a few tweets about it here and there. I do not plan on turning it into a MMO, but simply a MORPG. Can’t exactly give dates either, since it really depends on how much time I have :P

After a bit of decision making I’ve decided to learn Java networking and give multiplayer RPGs a go. This is roughly 1 weeks worth of work, (~40 hours). I’m sitting by the counter in the empty weapon shop looking at my friend Quirq.

The game is called Retroblade, very buggy at the moment and is by no means ready to play. It will have an emphasis on ‘customization’, retaining its retrostyle old-school look and feel.

A lot of things need to be polished, fixed and implemented, but this is the general idea. I’ve got a video up somewhere on my YouTube channel, if you’re willing to have a look at that.

I do NOT own the graphics, it is done by an amazing artist called DragonDePlatino and is available to use for free at opengameart.org. I did however, make the font and the GUI (explains the terribleness).

More progress updates to follow, I am excited to work on it and play it. You should see a few tweets about it here and there. I do not plan on turning it into a MMO, but simply a MORPG. Can’t exactly give dates either, since it really depends on how much time I have :P

Apr 5

My thoughts on Games

Now come to think about it, the new games we like and enjoy (in other words, our taste for games) are heavily influenced by what we are exposed to in our past. When I was very young, about 3 - 4, the first game I laid my eyes on when I looked at the first computer in my family was The Legend of Mir 2. It was a big MMORPG in asian countries back in 2002 - 2004. I remembered watching my uncle and dad play it almost every day. 

Eventually I moved over to NZ when I was 8, with no good computers to play games on I played a few old 90’s games on my mum’s old Acer laptop. They were called Exile 2: Crystal Souls and Exile 3: Ruined World. I initially hated those games as they have poor graphics and confusing game mechanics. However, with nothing else to play, I just stuck with it. What do you know? A few years later I’ve grown to love them, it taught me a lot of new english words, a good way to lay down a story and most importantly, told me the fact that graphics does not mean everything in a game. Although it is the ‘thing’ that decides if someone wants to try your game or not.

Right now, I have a desire to play more retro-style 8-bit games. Never was I a big fan of 3D games, minecraft was ‘alright’, but FPS games is a big NO. There’s something attractive about low-res games, there really is. Currently I’ve been looking for some retro-style games to play, but to my disappointment, there are hardly any. RotMG was alright, it sucked that you lose everything when you die and now the new owners are ruining the game. I came across a game called the Chipped Dagger last year and the developer died (well, afk’d for a long time) 2 years ago.

I’m sure I’m not the only person out there who still finds 8-bit or 16-bit games attractive right? Perhaps this is the opportunity for me to do something about it… Hmm.

Almost forgot about this bad boy, 710+ mechanical keyboard. I see it as a long lasting typing keyboard rather than a gaming one, pretty handy g-key features and nice key press feedback, I like it :D

Almost forgot about this bad boy, 710+ mechanical keyboard. I see it as a long lasting typing keyboard rather than a gaming one, pretty handy g-key features and nice key press feedback, I like it :D

Black Cat - GUMI

Speaking about vocaloids, GUMI is my favourite. Her voice is so soft, touching and nice. This song is my favourite vocaloid piece at the moment, of course, Kagamine Len and Rin are also pretty decent.

If you’re wondering what the lyrics are, here is the english translation:

Will I not notice it as it is?
While I vowed that I would not even care about that,
I am starting to run
When that voice and smell
Are getting closer.

A story in the same words.
About when I was looking at the same stars,
It was just that to be next to it—
I had a feeling that I could be
A kitten who yawned in love.

Do not pass by me, I beg you.
I am right here.
To meet you, I was born for the sake of that.
In the cosmos (SKY) where flowed a wishing star
Is the shadow of you who is growing distant.
I run and chase after you.
So as to get through, I cry in the limits of my voice.
Please, I want you to turn around,
To this miracle.

Me of that day was watching,
Within the forest, many times, many times.
The backside that swayed in lamentation.
Time passing, I totally forgot everything about you.
The world where I was or something is beyond my memory—
Though even I was wishing so—

Do not pass by me, I beg you.
I am right here.
To meet you, I was born for the sake of that.
In the cosmos (SKY) where flowed a wishing star—

Saying it’s fine if I use up all of my strength,
My legs that ran and chased after you
And got tangled. I cried without any tears or the like,
In the miracle that only a shadow
That could break knew.

The last 3 lines in the paragraph is a bit shaky in terms of translation and might sound really confusing. The way I understood it is that when the singer’s foot got caught on something, he cried for help and all this is resolved since the miracle a shadow … KNEW (that’s the big keyword here). So it’s basically saying that the figure whom the singer cried for knew that the singer got stuck,  suggesting that the figure did not just pass by him and instead, noticed him. So a happy ending I guess :D