July 31, 2013

Taking a look at the Nvidia Shield

DSC08046Hey all!

I was just browsing around the webs and I came across this IGN article about the Nvidia Shield. As it is, the Shield is more of a prototype for what I hope is the future for gaming. I'd love to one day be able to play my Steam games while sitting on the bus.

That's all for now.

Links: http://au.ign.com/articles/2013/07/31/nvidia-shield-review

[Lyrics] 14 to 1 (Full) - Brothers Conflict ED song

I promised I would translate the full lyrics of 「14 to 1」 when the full song is released and when I got my (fangirl) hands on the lyrics booklet. So here it is!

I still wince at the "Ohayou, Oyasumi, Arigatou" section every time I listen to this song; the lyrics are so silly and out of place - Why are my onii-chan's greeting me Good morning, Good night and Thank you? Also, I think that the key change was unnecessary. They could've just ended the song at the 4:38 mark. But this song does have a pretty funky piano accompaniment.
Edit: OMG I just realised what the "Ohayou, Oyasumi and Arigatou" section mean!! In the chorus they've always been singing/repeating "Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!" (only THREE kisses) and then they sing "Good morning, good night, thank you", giving the THREE reasons for the kisses - a good morning kiss, a good night kiss and a thank you kiss.

What I did enjoy from this CD is the cast comments, each of the 14 males spoke (in character) the first line of the the chorus [My sister めちゃくちゃにアイシテル! やさしいだけの キスならいいのかい?// My sister, I've fallen madly in love with you. Is it alright to give you a gentle kiss?], and then they proceeded to thank you for listening to this CD. Suwabe (Kaname) is cheeky and added a kiss to his message, which he also did for his Jinguuji Ren cast comment for UtaPri. *faints*

Description: Kanji lyrics, Romaji lyrics and English translated lyrics of 14 to 1 (full), the ending song of the Brothers Conflict anime.
Note: Any lines not colour coded means that all the bro's sing. I deciphered the colour code by ear; they never specified who sang which line in the lyrics booklet. The parts in brackets ( ) in the English translation are there to help the meaning flow smoother.

「14 to 1」 (Brothers Conflict ED) single takes rank 19

It's report card day for JMusic and the BroConf ED single 「14 to 1」 takes rank 19 on the Oricon charts on its first day of release. Furthermore, Trignal's (formed by seiyuus: Eguchi Takuya, Kimura Ryohei and Yonaga Tsubasa) second single, Summer Magic, takes rank 20!
You can download Summer Magic here. And you can download 「14 to 1」 here.

Seiyuu appreciation post: Namikawa Daisuke

The Humble Deep Silver Bundle

The Humble Bundle is back! That's right, here's another chance to pay peanuts for a handful of amazing games.

For those that don't know, The Humble Bundle is a sale that comes along once in a while with a bundle of games or books or whatever their selling at the time, and you can pay whatever you want! Donate above the average amount, and you unlock a couple of additional products. You can choose where your money goes, whether it's to various charities, the game developers, or directly to The Humble Bundle, to support future bundles.

This time, the folks over at Humble Bundle HQ are bringing you a collection of six triple A titles
from developer Deep Silver. Included in the pack is Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third, Risen Waters and Sacred 2 Gold. If you choose to pay above the average price, you will also receive Dead Island GOTY edition, and the full Saints Row: The Third DLC package. But wait, there's more! Paying over $25 will also unlock Dead Island Riptide.

What are you waiting for?
Visit The Humble Bundle website now!

July 30, 2013

Brothers Conflict - Episode 5 [v.P]

Hey Bro! It's that time of the week again!
Conflict 5 - Flood/Inundation
In a nutshell:
  1. Timeskip from last ep's December to March. 
  2. Ema, Masaomi, Tsubaki, Azusa, Wataru and Natsume go Cherry blossom viewing. Ema goes off to buy drinks and she bumps into Subaru by coincidence; when Ema and Subaru returns to the group Natsume gets all jealous of Subaru being with Ema. Wataru wanders off to see the ducks in the lake, and then in order to save Wataru, Natsume falls into the lake. Change of scene to back at home, Natsume tries to confront Subaru again about him taking basketball seriously. [End first half]
  3. Ema returns home from school, to find out that Subaru usually does the cleaning of the house. Iori shows up and gives Ema a red tulip, which is a confession of love, and Juli goes spaz. Ukyo and Ema spends some intimate time in the kitchen with Ukyo teaching her how to cook, only to be busted by Hikaru and Juli.
  4. Ema attends Subaru's basketball match. Natsume finds Ema at the match and is surprised (jealous) that she came only because "Subaru asked her to". Subaru wins the match by throwing a buzzer beater (rip off Kuroko no Basuke). Subaru hugs Ema and tells her "It's all because you came to cheer me on" that he was able to win the game. He then confesses to Ema and asks her out, only to be busted by Natsume. 

Rhycen has entered the game!

Hey there, remember me? No? Well I guess that's to be expected. I've been quite "busy" (read lazy), so I haven't posted here in ages. Well, I'm back and ready to rumble!

What will I be posting this time? Well, I'll be posting gaming related stuff that happens to matter to me. I'm not really one to look up gaming updates constantly to get the latest scoop as quickly as possible, but if anything is particularly interesting to me I'll be sure to post it here. Other than that, I'll post my gaming activity; games I've been playing, interesting experiences I have while gaming, and other stuff like that. I'll try to be frequent in my posts, and I hope you read them all. My life is just so incredibly interesting after all!

I'll just briefly bring you all up to speed on my gaming so far:

  • Due to recent sales on Steam, my game library has expanded yet again. I've yet to even start a lot of my games. 
  • I bought Civ V, which I've been enjoying with friends. 
  • I just started playing Final Fantasy 7 on Steam, and I'll be playing that pretty regularly. 
  • Bought FEZ and started playing that. It's such an amazing game and so well made in every aspect. 
  • I recently installed Dark Souls on Steam, and I'm looking forward to getting into that. However I need to work out some controller issues first before I can enjoy it properly.
  • Outside of Steam, I bought into the Cube World alpha, and it's been very enjoyable. For an alpha, it's very well made, and I'm very excited about future improvements and updates.
  • I haven't played League of Legends regularly for a couple of weeks now, due to my over abundance of other games to play, and also because I hate that god-awful game. However I occasionally play with friends if I happen to be in the mood for a game or two.
  • As for my greatest love, Starcraft 2, I have been out of the game since the beginning of the year. I had a 5 month long LoL phase, which left no time for SC2. Also, I have almost no friends that play SC2, and almost all of them play LoL, so that's how I justify my abandoning of my favourite game. I'm always looking for opportunities to get back into the game so hopefully that'll happen some time soon.
  • I'm looking to start playing Tera Online soon, since it's now free to play. For those who don't know, Tera is an MMO with a focus on action oriented combat. It was initially released with a subscription model, but has since become free to play. The combat is quite similar to Monster Hunter, but more fantasy MMO-ish. It's the kind of game I was looking for when I started playing Guild Wars 2, so I'm pretty keen to start playing. That'll be sometime within the next couple of weeks.

Due to my studies, my gaming will become less frequent in the next month or so, so please bear with me.

That's enough from me for now.
May all your games be noob free!

Seiyuu appreciation post: Tetsuya Kakihara

I'm in love with Kakki's voice, especially his appearance in Hakkenden, Makai Ouji and Kamisama Inai Nichiyoubi.

One week in and Ubuntu Edge has made history

edge handsetSince its reveal last Monday afternoon, Canonical’s campaign to raise $32 million to fund a limited run of high-end dual-booting smartphones has caught the attention of the press, users and the wider technology community alike.

In less than 12 hours the Edge campaign raised over $2 million, smashing crowd-funding milestones across the board in the process.

While the early momentum behind the campaign has dissipated a little these last few days the campaign is still looking healthy. It’s currently at over $7 million – a figure that puts the Edge within touching distance of the largest amount ever raised on a crowd-funding site.

With 23 days and just shy of $25 million left to muster, Ubuntu could yet add several more records & achievements to its collection.

This campaign has raised the profile of Ubuntu, demonstrated the innovation and enthusiasm of the people behind it, and rallied its user-base unlike any crowd-funder before it.

[via OMG! Ubuntu!]

New Samsung commercial about the GS4 on a plane

Galaxy S 4—Ready for Take-off - YouTube 34 000641

Samsung never fails to amuse me with their pretty hilarious ads "comparing" their flagship product the Samsung Galaxy S4 with their rival, the iPhone. This time round, we have a bunch of guys on a plane and one guy pulls out an GS4. The short commercial shows the Air Gestures that the GS4 is capable of and all the other cool features it packs.

July 29, 2013

Serah's Toons #1: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Well it's been awhile since I got back into watching cartoons, so what better place to start than DC and Marvel? Ofcourse TJL is strictly a DC creation and is waay to OP in my opinion, though I guess the playing field is evened since everyone is OP.

So Flash, this 80min film obviously about him. Without giving too much away, it has to do with alternate realities and time travel; a good ol' sci-fi traditional. Unfortunately as with many time travel alternate timeline themed books and medias (cue Steins;Gate, MIB 3, Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox) , it kind of plays out the whole "I woke up and it was all a dream" scenario.

This film is pretty good in my opinion; though it does use the tried and true the-odds-are-against-us-everything-is-hopeless-sudden-epiphany/personalsacrifice-of-hero-everything-is-fine-now-lesson-learned theme that seems to occur in every other superhero movie it manages to make up for it by answering some of the what-if questions. What if Bruce Wayne died instead of his parents? What if Superman's time capsule landed in the middle of a thriving metropolis as opposed rural farmland? What if Wonder Woman became a class A cow? Anyhow it was a pretty good film and managed to dive straight into the story line with just barely enough depth for all the important characters. It also may have contained a touching ending scene that may have made me drop a tear or two.

Superhero movies are almost always cliche, and this one is no exception, but of course that's the appeal isn't it? Mankind's quest to overcome our limitations, to be something more than what we are. Even if it's not possible now, these movies keep us hoping that someday we can do the same as our heroes.

When winter gets cold

I bought a Shark (lap) blanket. (/don'tjudgeme/) It's cute okay?
Reasons for buying: 90% because it reminds me of Rin from Free! + 10% because it's cute.

New Gameplay Features in Plants Vs. Zombies 2

Plants Vs. Zombies 2 Developer Diary Reveals New Gameplay Features [VIDEO]
In this quick three-minute developer diary for Plants Vs. Zombies 2, a few of the developers express their passion for the game and describe what they expect it to be. The devs are focusing on familiar gameplay, but also worked on making it feel fresh and new. ”It can’t just be good or great. It has to be perfect” said one of the developers in the video.

The new features are:
  • Plant food - a one-time use special power for your plants.
  • Three worlds - Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas, and Wild West.
  • Free to play - access all content without spending a penny.

July 28, 2013

「Believe My Dice」 Profile Icons and Banner version

Since I'm super happy with my latest fanart (I'm pretty sure I drained a whole month's worth of art juice/inspiration with that piece of work), I decided make profile icons and banners out of my art. Feel free to use them!
Edit: I also made a banner of my Brothers Conflict art.

Chrome Theme: Snow Miku Revamped

Remember that 'Snow Miku' theme a while back? Well I decided to give it a little revamp. This time instead of select default colours from the theme creator, I decided to actually put some thought into the colour scheme and such. As a result, I came up with a nice dark blue theme! It fits all displays under 1920x1080 resolution. Enjoy!

Pumpkin's Palette: Believe My Dice (Makai Ouji)

Stepping out of my comfort zone, testing out Chibi style.
Inspired by the opening song of Makai Ouji, "Believe my dice", I drew the six main characters in Makai Ouji each holding up a number from 1 to 6, for each face of a die.
You can print this out, cut it out and paste the side tabs together to make your own Makai Ouji dice!
Lineart version:

July 27, 2013

Hanafuda Cards + Koi-Koi

I just bought myself a pack of Hanafuda cards from eBay. I am hoping to learn how to play a card game called Koi-Koi! I got the idea of wanting to play the card game featured in an anime movie called Summer Wars. Shipping it going to take up to 30 days so it is going to be a long wait for it to come from Japan.

Google Hangouts gets a minor update with more emoji and butter

Google Hangouts has received a relatively minor update today, bringing the app to version 1.1. Normally, we don't cover every little app update, but this time around the team have added a little bit of project butter to make the app smoother, and folks with older phones are going to be happy with that news. The full change log:
  • Added more emoji!
  • We added some butter to Hangouts to make it run faster and slicker.
  • Fixed a bunch of bugs.

July 26, 2013

Play Store reaches over 50 Billion app downloads

The Google Play Store has reached over 50 Billion app downloads! That is quite a milestone since the beginnings of Android. We hope that the number we continually to increase dramatically as more high quality and popular apps hit the Android platform.

Daily Nyaa: Chibi Azunyan

She's staring at you!

July 25, 2013

No Free! episode next week, anime resumes in 2 weeks

Due to some "special programming", there will not be any Free! next week. The next Free! episode will be aired in one fortnight, on August 7th (Wednesday).
Source: official Free! website

Free! - Episode 4 [v.P]

ginger: So pumpkin, where's your weekly Free! post?
pumpkin: mhnnm, *shuuurp* Nnnn. You said something? Sorry I'm too busy licking my computer screen. 

Thank you KyoAni. Just what I needed.
-spurts noseblood-
This anime is turning out to be another ridiculous comedy. At least they didn't cut short on the muscle fanservice. ;)
Want more finger lickin' muscles? See inside.

Serah's Plays #1: Portal

<warning: sort of plot spoilers>

Welps people, Rhycen finally managed to persuade me to make a steam account about two or three weeks ago and one of my first purchases was the much reknowned Portal. My first impression was that it was an amusing first person adventure-ish puzzle game. The sort-of narration by the GlaDOS system was funny in a morbid sense but quickly got more sinister with the advent of the little killer robots with their creepy cutesy voices.
"In dangerous testing environments the Enrichment center promises to always provide useful advice. For instance, the floor here will kill you - try to avoid it"
Avoid murky looking suspiciously puke-green floor. Got it.
You average gamer has no fear of failure or death, the most that can happen is respawning after forgetting to save which is annoying but certainly not fatal. Unfortunately I have yet to reach that nirvana in which you realize and can actually apply the fact that video games have no bearing whatsover on your personal character or life in general. Therefore the next levels after the escape where stressful to say the least - enter GLaDOS being a creepster constant voice in the background and tense background music = a very stressed out Serah.

"I'm not kidding now, turn back or I will kill you."
Of course once again, to your average gamer these threats are amusingly obsolete. To me I actually felt a sense of threat to my bodily self which was rather silly but present nonetheless. When I finally arrived at the boss chamber I gave in and watched a youtube playthrough. T'was surprisingly easy. But according to Rhycen, I probably completely ruined the game for by looking at all those guides and things. I therefore vow to play Portal 2 without looking at a guide! Unless you know I really get stuck... urmm I can't actually promise that since I've already had a peek at a guide for Portal 2 ummm...I shall endeavor not to look at anymore guides!

Till next time~

The new Nexus 7 is here!

Nexus 7
Google officially unveiled the second-generation Nexus 7 model a few hours ago, so it’s time to check out what’s new compared to the first-generation model.

The 2013 Nexus 7 model brings several important improvements, from screen quality, to size and weight, to processing power and even prices. In every aspect, the Nexus 7 offers better hardware compared to last year’s model – not that we expected anything else from a new device.
android 4.3 new features
The new OS also brings new DRM APIs that will offer hardware-based encryption for videos, a feature that will be already used by the Netflix app for Android.

The company has listed several other Android 4.3 features without specifically stopping to detail them, including:
  • easier text input 
  • faster user-switching
  • Hebrew and Arabic RTL
  • Bluetooth AVRCP
  • background Wi-Fi location
  • dial pad autocomplete
  • Africaans, Amharic, Hindi, Swahili and Zulu support
Android 4.3 will be initially available on the new Nexus 7, but it will be rolled out to existing Nexus devices including Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Nexus devices will only get the OTA update later down the road.