So… This Dota thing…

I can see why it’s so brutally famous around here.

Recently tried Dota 2. It’s Free to Play on Steam, and playable on my (apparently) aged Windows XP.

Cannot resist. Just. One. More. Match.

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I won’t lie…

This game is weird, and the epitome of the word abstract. I won’t lie, I really, really like it. Days after I’ve experienced it, and it still haunts my mind.

And I didn’t even play it myself.

The game is called OFF. Which is an excellent indie more-adventure-than-RPG RPG, originally in French and translated to English. You should really try it out.

Alternatively. ManlyBadassHero has a very nice Let’s Play of it. He’s quiet when he plays (unlike, hello, Pewdiepie), and let you soak in the atmosphere yourself.

Pffttt… What is this thing?

StygimolochClick image for full view[Here’s the original, uncolored version.]

Snrk. What? I dunno, man. I drew that, but I’m not sure where I was going there. It must be the monocle. I was drawing serious and stuffs, put a monocle there, and bam. I regret not being able to give it a coat, and a pole, and a larger top hat.

It’s a Stygimoloch spinifer, a relation of Pachycephalosaurus, but with the wrong kind of mouth. Pachycephalosaurus, is that how it’s spelled? I used to really liked dinosaurs when I was young. And no, it has very little to do with Jurassic Park (“Deinonychus are badass. Eh, velociraptor? What’s that?”).

Anyway. I’m using this for my picture in Twitter. @PseudoStygian. Because I can.

So I have a Twitter

@PseudoStygian

Yeah, I know the username is odd, but you won’t believe how difficult it is to come up with a sane name. I tried PseudoMon first, of course, but it’s already taken

Then I use a lot of other variations of Pseudo, Mon, nym, anon, etc. Nothing makes sense yet. So I started looking around for translations and gratuitoua latin for some of my motifs. Dragonfly, lightning, dragons. Thru latin, english, japanese, german.

I almost settled for PseudoDracorex, and then I was reminded of that incredibly cool species name I learned from XKCD. Stygimoloch Spinifer.

The result is incredibly weird. But hey, maybe I’ll find some justification and meaning for the name.

What.

So, I’ve been reading an essay by George Orwell, on the English language, Which I did because of something involving a school project, the 20th century, and a lot of Pot Holes. Long story. Anyway, then I decided to look up a word from the dictionary.

Egregious, from the Oxford Dictionaries.

egregious

Pronunciation: /ɪˈgriːdʒəs/

adjective

  • 1 outstandingly bad; shocking: (example: egregious abuses of copyright)

2 archaic remarkably good.

So, umm. Egregious means outstandingly bad. It used to mean remarkably good.

… I don’t get this English thing anymore.

So, About Visual Novels

Let me tell you about visual novels. They’re a weird sort. Like a bastard child of a novel and a video game. Or maybe a comic. Its gene might contribute to. But the point is, that visual novel looks like a mistake. All the cumbersome size of a video game with none of the interactivity, as much artwork necessary for a comic with none of its fluid movement, and all the narrative power (and text) of novel with none of its literary requirement or pleasure. What is this visual novel thing?

Strange as it is, it’s actually a narrative platform that stands on its own. It’s like a game, but not interactive enough for a game. It’s not a comic. With sounds and images, it’s not even bloated enough with text to be a proper novel. But a good visual novel doesn’t need to be compared. Can’t even be compared. It stand on its own. Best if it tells a story that would be difficult to convey otherwise.

This is a ramble, mind the loss of sense.

In any case, despite its uncomfortable connotation with dating simulations and erotica, there do exist good visual novels that tells great deep stories like any other perfectly good form of art. Those in English, maybe not as common. But for those Japanese gems, there are always those happy fan translators who do a good job on their own.

Now, I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with this ramble, but I’m sure it’s going to end in True Remembrance. A wonderful little visual novel that will take you on a journey unlike anything you’ve taken before. But at its core, it’s a simple story, with honest feelings.

I might make a ramble-free review/preview of it later. It’s not a game, you don’t do anything other than pressing the continue button, but it touches me in a way that no other novel or game has done. If you have some freetime though, I would definitely recommend that you give it a look. It’s free, it’s in English, it’s wonderful, and what else do you want?