Planescape Torment 2007 Retrospective

Posted December 21, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: PC Games

http://www.rpgwatch.com/files/Files/00-0208/Torment_Vision_Statement_1997.pdf

[Huge spoilers, so skip the pdf if you plan on playing PST. Read my summary instead.]

This vision document is hilarious.

http://colinmccomb.com/?p=157

Lead in Torment: Tides of Numenera

http://www.rpgwatch.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2332

Part 1

http://www.rpgwatch.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2355

Part 2

So after checking out the various articles there, I got to say this. Annah was, amazingly, CRPG’s first tsundere. It’s a Japanese conception in creating attractive and personable female characters. It combines tsun with dere, meaning thundering hostility and scorn with lovable and attractive behavior. Fall from Grace would be, I would assess, a coodere, someone that is cool to the main male lead but gets warmer later on. It’s amazing that the developer vision for Planescape Torment had all the ideas and mechanics of it in the construction, but never marketed it or even mentioned it. Perhaps it would seem sexist in the 21st century to speak of stroking the main male player’s ego concerning a “harem” of girls and loyal followers… but as various HBO and cable movies have proven, sex is attractive in the free market. What are romance novels for then if not?

I imagine that a lot of the reasons why players found Planescape Torment’s characters “memorable” was because of the male-female attraction factor, detailed in the vision document itself even. But in the American culture, it seems crude and rude to speak of it directly. Americans are becoming more puritanical and restricted as time goes on, not less. Certainly when compared to Japan it is so. Things like Gamersgate, Bioware’s reaction to their customers at the end of Mass Effect 3, and various infiltration and conquering of Western institutions by corrupt and rotten fanatics, are merely signs of what had started a long time ago.

Meanwhile the long sought after and imagined successor is finally working towards the Golden Finish line. It wasn’t done through corporate sponsorship or advertisement or petitioning some Powers that Be. It was done through the masses, through the crowds yearning for what the elites told them wasn’t profitable. Through belief and passion, the fan(atic)s of PST continued living through life, accumulating wealth, until they had an opportunity to spend it on what they wanted but did not know how to create.

For those that like “romances” in games, they should check Fate Stay/Night, Utawarerumono, Eien no Aselia, and various other PC games that are classified as Japanese visual novels or Story RPGs.

Morte, another character in PST, reminded me of various male friends (of the main lead) in VNs like Clannad. Dakkon reminded me of the Japanese’s priority on having the worthy lead, followed by valuable and skilled retainers (in the feudal sense).

There was also a sound clip file I linked long ago concerning Planescape’s companion dialogue and bantering. They were and still are, very fun to listen to.

New military science fiction novel out

Posted December 19, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: Books

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_sl_pd_tf_sb_27?tag=neo0b-20&link_code=wsw&_encoding=UTF-8&search-alias=aps&field-keywords=Riding+the+REd+HOrse&Submit.x=0&Submit.y=0&Submit=Go

Don’t forget to buy from Neo’s portal if you know her.

I was reminded by that search result I happened to glance upon, that I know of at least 3 of those authors while hearing mentions of another. That’s quite a combo. Their reputations are all very interesting.

The various topics also seem very familiar in this current century.

The Youtube Generation

Posted November 29, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: Beauty, Humour

Thanksgiving sales

Posted November 27, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: violence

The Japanese often talk about giving thanks, orei, or saying arigatou. Humans are emotional people and emotions easily spread, that applies to negative as well as positive emotions.

http://www.targetfocustraining.com/sale/2014.php?inf_contact_key=56ba92ef93e869671a96b4e25764bfe9fba1bd1eab538906d9f2df9addedcf01#FoundationOrder

http://www.targetfocustraining.com/uscca/tft.html

It is often times difficult to control one’s emotions without certain resources or command of the situation.

The SS is waiting for you

Posted October 30, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: Humour

The SS has been paying visits to American serfs since at least a few months after 2009.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/29/secret-service-agents-pay-a-visit-to-anti-obama-artist-sabo-and-the-entire-exchange-is-captured-on-video/

Pretty hilarious Nugent interview, although CBS’ hypocrisy is astounding given the number of interviews they had for those who threatened Bush II. See BS, make stuff up with AWOL stories.

Changing people’s religion

Posted October 29, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: Psychology, Spirituality

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/391277/whats-bad-america-good-democrats-dennis-prager

A few paradigm changes in belief.

http://www.bookwormroom.com/2014/10/28/some-blacks-are-figuring-out-that-theyre-not-thriving-with-democrat-party-governance/

It’s not a change via logic or debate, but a change in a person’s faith based beliefs. That is far more difficult to change, especially when people like to cover it up and call their religion their ‘Politics’. There have been various rebellions of this sort in black communities, although they are often ignored or crushed into disappearance.

After all, with the IRS on Tea Parties, it’s not as if Republicans or Democrats have not used the national force to get rid of competition before.

Sword Stories

Posted October 15, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: Swords

http://musashiswords.com/shop/home.php?cat=28

A resource link to where people can look at or buy swords.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/01/johns_hopkins_student_from_nj_1.html

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2009-09-16/news/0909150076_1_samurai-sword-samurai-weapon-pontolillo

Same story in two links above.

Old news, but recently I heard of others using melee type implements so I’ll do a search. If it is as common as SWAT no knock raids with fatalities at wrong address, it should easily come up.

Nope, seems that incident is rare in the results. So we’ll go with non lethal outcomes.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/01/fencing-coach-stops-robbery-using-sword/

“The first thing that went through my head is somebody should do something, and that’s when I got really upset and disappointed with myself, because I realized I had the opportunity to do something. And I didn’t want to be a hypocrite who just tweeted about it,” Scaramuzza told the station. 

http://www.bing.com/search?q=man%20with%20sword%20stops%20crime&qs=n&form=QBRE&pq=man%20with%20sword%20stops%20crime&sc=0-0&sp=-1&sk=&cvid=4f54097fd15a45fbb29c83d44903590d

Using that search function brings up more. However, it still didn’t get the two stories I heard from instapundit, a person with a “spear” capturing a criminal/arsonist in his home or the person with a sword stopping two ninjas from attacking a house where his girlfriend was.


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