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October 27, 2012

Your chance to test Steam on Linux

What to test Steam on Linux? Now's your chance!

Valve today launched a 'Steam for Linux Survey' which is a short questionnaire potential users fill out to inform Valve of their hardware, software and OS set-ups.

They say:
"We're looking for Linux gamers to install and test our new Steam for Linux client."
A thousand or so respondents to the survey will be chosen, all of whom will get the chance to put Steam for Linux Beta through its paces ahead of a wider non-limited release that’s expected before the year is out.

The ‘limited beta client’ itself has yet to be released – though Valve say to expect it ‘shortly’.

Yesterday we revealed that Valve may have something up their sleeve for next weeks Ubuntu Developer Summit.

The survey is short and to the point. You’ll need a Steam account to login and complete it.


Know Your Meme: Cicada Block (蝉ドン- Semi Don)

Alibaba and Mor from Magi.
From Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!

Lately, there has been an spam influx of (fan)artworks on the net of similar nature to the pictures displayed above. The style of the pictures consists of a person trapped in the corner of two walls by another who pushes against the walls using all their limbs.

Crunchyroll gives an explanation of this meme:

Cicada Block, known as “Semi-Don” (Japanese: 蝉ドン, lit. Cicada Bam) in Japan, is the physical act of trapping someone in a corner by pressing one’s hands and feet against the adjacent walls to form a one-man barricade, mimicking a perched cicada insect.

The block was first introduced on Twitter and later spread to the Japanese artist community pixiv and Tumblr, where it spawned a series of crossover fanart featuring other well-known video game and anime characters.
Origin

“Semi-Don” is originally a mere joke for a typical moe situation like these images below, which are mostly shown in Japanese comics for girls. And around September 2012, this situation became to be called as “Kabe-Don” (壁ドン, lit. Wall Bam) on the Japanese web, which is a connected word of Kabe, a wall, and Don (Bam), the sound of wildly putting hands or feet on it.

The first appearance of the phrase “Semi-don” was a 4 paned picture in a tweet posted by a Japanese user named Naruse, Hatoh (成瀬ハトゥ) in October 13th, 2012.

Transcript:
1. Standard Kabe-Don
2. Kinda Wild Kabe-Don
3. Tender Kabe-Don
4. Semi-Don
A friend of mine said he/she liked 4.

This funny maneuver wasn’t her original invention because the same pose was appeared in an other online gag comic in 2008.[2] However, this tweet had scored 24000+ retweets and 8500+ favorites within its first week due to her very catchy naming to this pose “Semi-Don”.

A quick Google search will give you many results of this style of meme for your favourite anime/manga characters. Alternatively, feel free to explore picture gallery sites such as Pixiv or Zerochan for more pictures.

Anime Review: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

You may think this might just be another lovey-dovey dramatic romance anime, but actually, it is just more than your standard love triangle and cliched love. Rather, Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate is all about unrealized love, elections, and chocolate.

Koi to Senkyo to ChocolateSynopsis:

In Japan, participation in extra-curricular activities is as fundamental a part of an education as chalk and gym shorts. However, not all students are overachievers, and for those like Yuki Ojima, groups like the Food Research Club are welcome havens in which to slack-off. But what's a slacker to do when the radical new candidate for Student Council president announces her intent to get rid of clubs like the FRC? Well, getting the help of the current Student Council president is a good start, but HIS suggestion is so counter-intuitive that it's crazy: Yuki should run for the Student Council himself? And yet, it's SO crazy that it just might work! Especially when Chisato, the chocolate-adverse president of the FRC (and Yuki's best childhood friend,) and members of other targeted school clubs start to join the swelling FRC army. But can this army of goofs and goof-offs coast all the way to political victory? Or will someone have to step up to the plate and take one for the term?

Review:

What is this anime ACTUALLY about? Well for one, it is definitely not your average romantic anime. Rather, the anime is just about one guy saving is club from being disbanded by running to be elected the next president of the academy. With him on his mission are his club members (which are mostly girls) and the students of the academy. Of course, not every goes to plan and different factions of the Student Council are out against him. The story gets quite intense and interesting as the story also features a major plot mystery that only resolves itself at the end of the series. Not only that, Yuki has to deal with is own personal problems and the problems of Chisato which he has yet to realize her feelings towards him. In no way would I call this anime boring.

The animation was great in this anime. It was fluent, well colored  well drawn and it didn't have any noticeable errors. The backgrounds were appealing as well, and the opening and ending both had amazing visuals. The character design was also quite nice. Not one complaint in the art section for me.

I enjoyed listening to the soundtracks in this anime, I thought they really matched the anime and I just love the soundtracks themselves. The sound effects could have been better, but they were still quite nice. The voice acting was great throughout almost the entire anime, but the voice acting did have some dull moments, which didn't really impact the overall experience greatly. The sound was generally quite nice though.

Yuki is definitely your standard, down-to-earth guy that his friendly, approachable but somewhat naive to the situation around him. Of course though, that is the type of character you would want as the main protagonist. Chisato is your lively heroine that shares her moments throughout the anime. I found her to be slightly annoying as she is constantly obsessed with Yuki both emotionally and physically. You may find her slightly annoying at first, but as you continue to watch you will come to understand why her personality is what is it. Why does she not like chocolate? You have to watch to find out why.

Overall, I found the story to be really entertaining and engaging because it is not just all slice of life romantic comedy. It has some light action, suspense, emotional outbursts, mysterious characters, and a chocolate plot device. It was well compiled and was fantastically presented. Of course though, the story is quite fictional and is no way intended to be strictly real-life, so enjoy the fantasies of anime high school life in this anime.

STORY: 8

ART: 9

SOUND: 8

CHARACTER: 8

ENJOYMENT: 9

OVERALL: 8

Xbox SmartGlass for Android available for download in Google Play

Microsoft has released it's Xbox SmartGlass app on the Android platform. If you own a box 360 console, you can download the SmartGlass app on your Android phone. The app only supports devices that run Ice Cream Sandwich and above, so you will need a relatively new phone to download the app.

Once installed on the device, the app wil let users interact with their Xbox 360 console straight from the phone, with Microsoft expected to add more and more features to this app.

Check out what Xbox SmartGlass can help you do:
  • Navigate your Xbox 360 with swipe and tap
  • Use your phone’s keyboard to type to your Xbox 360
  • Browse the Internet on your Xbox 360 with full keyboard and zooming
  • Play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and stop videos and music on your Xbox 360
  • Search the full Xbox catalog of music, video, and games
  • Enjoy rich, interactive experiences from select game and entertainment content creators
  • Track and compare your achievements with your Xbox friends
  • Change up your 3D avatar
  • Message your Xbox friends
  • Edit your Xbox profile