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Revolutionary Girl Utena Ultra Edition Revolutionary Girl Utena Ultra Edition

Under normal circumstances I generally don’t lean towards the uber edition releases of games or movies because it’s generally been my experience that they usually aren’t worth the extra dough. For nearly double the cover price you usually only get a fancy cardboard box, some postcards and maybe a 20-page booklet that…

Developer Diary Day Fourteen Developer Diary Day Fourteen

I’m getting closer and closer to finishing the first act and I’ve been replaying a bit of other Visual Novels just to get some more inspiration to keep going with my project, as well as see how other novels present themselves and see if they have any features I want to use as well.

Developer Diary Day Thirteen Developer Diary Day Thirteen

Setback with the tablet. Turns out I downloaded the wrong driver for my tablet. I have an Intuos 4 and I downloaded the one for the Intuos 3. I spent a good hour installing and reinstalling the driver before figuring out what was wrong. On top of that, even though it was the wrong driver it kept crashing for reasons I…

Developer Diary Day Twelve Developer Diary Day Twelve

The first act is trucking along. I still have two more decision trees to write to make it through, but I’m starting to pay more attention to assets as well. As I was making my list I was also smart to collect reference materials for drawing and painting all my backgrounds. The other day I downloaded a new version of…

SnackTAYku Review: Pina Colada, Peanut
Butter Pie and Pistachio Oreos. SnackTAYku Review: Pina Colada, Peanut Butter Pie and Pistachio Oreos.

Over the weekend Safeway (a grocery store chain) had a fantastic sale on Oreo brand cookies for a dollar a packet, so it was a perfect opportunity to try some of the new specialty flavors they recently developed. Over the past few years Oreos have become our version of Japan’s Kitkats, with new and interesting limited…

Developer Journal Day Eleven Developer Journal Day Eleven

Still feel like death, so this one’s gonna be short.

Developer Journal Day Ten Developer Journal Day Ten

I haven’t been feeling well so I haven’t been up to working on the script. I’ve been bouncing around between fine tuning character designs, considering graphics possibilities for the UI and playing around with Kaiju Crush’s official logo.

Gamer Diary Developer Journal: Day Nine Gamer Diary Developer Journal: Day Nine

The first act is almost half-way finished. I’m at a major decision tree introducing one of the main characters. Once that’s finished it will only be a few more scenes until the final major character is introduced and the first act will be done. I mean, that’s still a lot of work and at least several more days of…

Developer Journal: Day Eight Developer Journal: Day Eight

Still splitting work between character designs and writing the first act, and both are going fairly well at the moment. Character design is always an interesting challenge because some ideas just work instantly, while others I struggle with.

Gamer Diary, Developer Journal: Day
Seven Gamer Diary, Developer Journal: Day Seven

The break yesterday was a good idea. It let me clear my head and sort out some plot issues and now the first act is back on track. As I’m working on the first act, I’m finally starting to play around with the character designs, and now I can finally tell everyone what my visual novel is about.

Gamer Diary, Developer Journal: Day Five Gamer Diary, Developer Journal: Day Five

Last night I talked with my BF and looked up a few RenPy tutorials as to achieve the effect I wanted. It looks like it wouldn’t be as difficult as I first thought. I just need to define some variables, and then write a condition where paths aren’t unlocked if the conditions aren’t meant, or will lead to specific…

The Geek Empress Reviews: Rampage
(2018) The Geek Empress Reviews: Rampage (2018)

I needed a break from working on the game, so today I’m going to talk about a movie that I went to see a couple of weeks ago.

Gamer Diary, Developer Journal: Day Six Gamer Diary, Developer Journal: Day Six

Barring the effects for the assets, the prologue is completely coded! It does exactly what it’s supposed to, when it’s supposed to. And I’m really proud of myself. It’s really exciting to have an idea in your head about what you want the game to do, and then it does it exactly as you imagine it.

Gamer Diary, Developer Journal: Day
Four Gamer Diary, Developer Journal: Day Four

I’ve gotten as far as I could with coding for the moment. All the parts that I could do on my own are working now, and I need to do some research to make the game do what I want it to do. There are a few different ways to plan a visual novel’s branching paths, some are like choose your own adventure books that as you…

Gamer Diary, Developer Journal: Day
Three Gamer Diary, Developer Journal: Day Three

The prologue is completely finished in terms of writing, but I’m running into a few issues with planning out the first act. This is the part of the story that will determined which branch the story will go to, and I need to figure out a way that gives players an opportunity to access all four paths. It might just be…

Gamer Diary, Developer Journal: Day Two Gamer Diary, Developer Journal: Day Two

I’ve done comics for years, which technically, is a lot more work than a visual novel tends to be—at least in terms of drawing. The average comic page has six panels, and that means six times you have to draw characters, backgrounds, dialog, color (or screentone, if it’s a black and white manga, that itself is its own…

Gamer Diary, The Developer Journals,
Day 1 Gamer Diary, The Developer Journals, Day 1

For quite a while now I’ve been posting Gamer Diaries, free-form entries about the thoughts, feelings and observations I’ve had while playing the games I own as a motivation to get through my backlog. They’ve proven pretty effective as the feedback I get from people as they shared their own feelings and opinions about…

Gamer Diary: Detective Pikachu Gamer Diary: Detective Pikachu

When Great Detective Pikachu came out in Japan a couple of years ago, it was the kind of thing memes were built for. It was a mystery game starring a talking Pikachu that sounded like a chain-smoking 40 year old. There was speculation on who should play the titular Pokemon when the game got localized, but alas, the…

Gamer Diary: Bravely Default, Bravely Second Gamer Diary: Bravely Default, Bravely Second

Normally I do only one game at a time for my Gamer Diaries, but I never did one for Bravely Default when I first started playing it. And now that I’ve been playing the sequel, it’s made me want to talk about both games and compare and contrast them. The original Bravely Default came out quite a few years ago now and I…

Eulogy for Toys R’ Us Eulogy for Toys R’ Us

Toys R Us closed last week. On Thursday March 22nd, 2018 the company closed all of its stores in the US, Canada and the UK. The stores you see now are zombies, taken over by liquidation companies that will whittle away at the price of their stock until every last toy, shelf and light bulb are gone. This includes the…

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