The Mystery of the Corned Beef Can 

hisui_icon_4040 I have been feeling down the last few days and then IT appeared as a new item in my RSS feed in the Old Reader. Kate shared a most unexpected article that picked me right up. It seems there is actually Galaxy Angel news! As a huge fan of the series I was both a little shocked and tremendously overjoyed that they were doing anything with the series. Continue reading


Hisui Dream Diary #4

I don’t regularly remember my dreams or keep any sort of dream journal but I have learned the trick to remembering your dreams is to repeat what happens in the dream to yourself out loud as soon as you wake up. It commits the dream to a longer term part of memory. And so I do not know how often I will be able to write posts like this but I consider this part one of an irregularly updated ongoing series. It is all dependent on when I remember dreams that are worth talking about on the blog.

It has been awhile since I have done one of these but I think the warm weather distinctly facilitates them. I’m a bit more likely to be kicked out of REM sleep and then stay awake when it is hot. I tend to stay in bed when it is cold letting me forget any dreams. Hopefully we will get one or two more of these before the end of the summer. In the end only time will tell.

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Character Building Exercises

I would like to proudly announce that recently I finished off two video games in one day. Although I started them on different days  coincidence made it so I finished Galaxy Angel and Radiant Historia at the same time. Finishing both games back to back made me realize one thing. I would easily recommend both games so the next statement comes from someone who was thoroughly satisfied with his gaming experience (although if the last mission of Galaxy Angel were not an escort mission I would be happier.) Both games are sort of thin when it comes to their characters. They were enjoyable but in realized that had these character been from an anime or manga I would have considered them much weaker.  We simply accept a smaller amount of characterization in video games than we do from any other medium of entertainment.

We all know that video games have changed and evolved quite a bit over the years, but its been in many different directions. Even excluding the change in graphics capability and the potential length of games, plenty of growth in how people perceive games and how the creators make them has happened. They are a new and special type of storytelling, they are art to some and entertainment to many, and by any standard they have become integrated into the fabric of people’s lives on some level. But let’s go back to the storytelling element, certainly there have always been goals and structures for games, but we’ve seen epic stories come to life, too. And things just seem to grow more complex, with bigger ideas, and greater casts. But how characters develop in the story and through the player is still another idea all together.

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