Detention: An Indie Horror Game

After feeling disappointed with Evil Within 2, I decided to look for a new horror game to forget that horrid game.   I found Detention, watching a Youtube video clip, and so I gave it a shot.  I am not going to lie: survival horror/horror is my favorite video game genre and there is a good reason why.  But let’s not talk about that–leave it for another time. Let’s talk about the game.

This game is indeed creepy without the flashy stuff we see in AAA games.  You play a female protagonist, a teenage girl  who is undergoing personal hardship.  Like the protagonist,  I can recall experiencing that familiar overwhelming sadness when I was a teenager. I think it was so bad that the counselor and the school nurse had to check my wrists to see if I cut myself. Looking back, I think it was a typical thing for a teenage girl to go through (damn you hormones!).  So yeah,  it’s kind of nice to play a character that I can relate to and one that is realistically feminine.  A lot of games I’ve enjoyed  in the past were largely male-based.  I have my reasons–that too, I will tell you readers at a later time. 

I won’t say much more about this game because I encourage you to check it out for yourself. Oh, and one last thing I do want to point out  about the game: the storytelling is ambiguous but not overly complex. The game has enough suspense and plenty of symbolic meanings, which I like very much.  There are 4 chapters and it didn’t take long to beat (around 2-5 hours). I think there are mutiple endings, so replay value is good.  

Overall, I’d like to say great job RedCandleGames for crafting a pleasant horror game and for keeping me entertained during these winter evenings.  

 

The Mystery Blogger Award Tag

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Thank you Rei and Lise for nominating me for this award again. It’s a nice way to get people to talk about themselves and connect with the blogging community. Although, I must admit, I am a bit anti-social here on the internet. But that’s okay. Hehe

MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD according to the beautiful Okoto Enigma ; An award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do with so much love and passion.

The Rules

  1. Include the award logo on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

Three things about me:

  1. I am quite selective with games. I don’t buy unless I know I will play it.
  2.   I’m not all that crazy about stuffed animals, but people like to give it to me as gifts so I cherish them.
  3. I suffered from severe shyness as a kid to the point I wore my jacket the whole year inside the classroom.  Luckily, I was teacher’s pet so teacher never asked me to take it off.

Questions from Rei:

Do you have any pets ? 

No, but I do like animals. It might be hard for me to own a pet because I move quite frequently.

What word would you use to define your sense of fashion ?

Brother said this character, Accord from Drakengard 3, looks like me. So I guess this is the best description of my fashion sense, although I don’t like twintails.

 

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 What’s your guilty pleasure ? 

Watching people wash their face on Youtube.  There are so many methods. I’m amazed.

 Android or iOS ?

Android because I secretly want to be an android.

What are you insecure about regarding yourself ?

In  most Asian culture, being an oddball is not a cool thing. Western society is more accepting of this behavior.

Questions from Lise:

What is on your bucket list this year?

Travel.

Have you ever went out with someone you didn’t really want to but ended up         

hitting it off anyways?

No.  I never experienced that.

 Where do you see yourself in five years?

As long as I get to write my songs I am happy.

Do you see yourself as dependable?

Strange question. It sounds as if I am being interviewed,  but yeah.

If the world ended tomorrow, what would be your proudest achievement before we all went?

The greatest achievement is being told that my laughter is contagious and that I can make people smile during stressful times.

   OKAY DONE! Now it’s my turn to nominate. 

I nominate anyone reading this using Rei’s and Lise’s questions.  I will definitely read it. Just provide me the link to your blog.

Thanks for reading guys!

The Evil Within 2: Not My Cup of Tea

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 I deleted my old post because I got so upset, and then restored and revised it since I do have something to say about the game.  The game had a lot of potential, but unfortunately it wasn’t what I was hoping for. 

Call me picky when it comes to survival horror games, but I believe concepts do play a major role in horrifying audience.  Take for example, Silent Hill 2 will always be my favorite survival horror game because the developers know exactly how to define horror and  create a game which still haunts me till this day.  I learned to love the fog in winter because I experienced the chillness in Silent Hill. But this post is not going to be about the survival horror genre or Silent Hill games.  This is about The Evil Within 2 and my thoughts on it. Please keep in my mind, I am speaking from an artist perspective and from someone who dislike movie-like games. 

With any artistic medium ( I think some video games are a form of art), it’s wise not to imitate even if you are under the spell of nostalgia. I am not a fan of imitation.  You can  admire a successful game that haunts people–but reinventing the same thing doesn’t frightened people (at least for me) because we already walked that path before. The Evil Within 2 feels like a confused horror amusement park.  It cannot decide whether it wants to be an action or horror game. Hey, some people might like this game for the way it is and good for them. Personally, I don’t like games that feel generic.

What disappointed me about the game is its strong opening. The game introduction was atmospherically scary. Yes, there was a little chase here and there. Fun for a bit, but then it got sloppy  as soon as all the suspense is dispersed and the climax is reached. From there on, I found myself playing a cheap thrill. If gameplay is lacking then I expect a decent story, but this game has neither of them. The game design feels unpolished.  Why recycle boss enemies once it has been defeated? Why do I need to level up my skill trees in order to make the game a bit more fluid? There is some obvious technical issues with the game, especially in combat.  The cheesy dialogues amplify the  cliche plot.  I started asking myself, “Why I am playing this game?” I forced myself to complete the game anyway because I hate not completing games. I would have enjoyed the game more playing as Juli Kidman because she is an interesting character. 

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I enjoyed the first game even though it was not perfect. So I was hoping The Evil Within 2 is more of a refined version of the first. Sadly no. The only thing that Evil Within 2 has is a simplified story.  You  play as a detective who is given the chance to save his daughter.   In my honest opinion, the game failed to horrify and tell a good story because its attention was focused on trying to be a movie.

So no, I do not recommend this game if you have particular taste for horror games like me. I prefer the earlier Resident Evil games over The Evil Within series now that I have finished the game. This game is designed intentionally for the mass market (movie watchers), and there is nothing wrong with that. This game is just not my cup of tea.

 

Rambling About Games Aimlessly

I have not mentioned one horror video game on this blog last month. Well, why should I? I play horror video games all year round. Now let me tell you one fact about me: I think horror movies are scarier than horror games. Why?  When I am playing video games generally, I am fixated on winning.  You give me a shotgun–I blast those monsters away. You make me run and hide like in Clower Tower series–I giggle. But horror movies take that control away from me, so I have no choice but to cover my eyes.  Now I am thinking, it might be an interesting concept to develop a game about shutting your eyes as your weapon of defense and relying on sound to survive in the game. I think Siren is sort of like that.  Anyway, so that is why I don’t watch horror movies.  I can’t remember the last time I watched one. It might be about 7 years ago.  I haven’t had any nightmares ever since, and I like it to remain that way.

But this post is not about horror video games. Today, I’m just rambling about games aimlessly because that is what’s on my mind at the moment.  I know that I don’t write anything negatively or say anything negatively on this blog. So you might think that I just play anything and be satisfied. That’s not true. Behind the screen, I want to poke my eyeballs out when I play a crappy game, but I refrain.  Okay, I am just exaggerating!  But seriously,  I try to remain open minded. Some games may not appeal to me aesthetically but it doesn’t mean it’s a bad game. After all, what you like is a reflection of your heart.

Lately, I  have been playing 999 (PS4 version). This game too, was actually recommended by my brother.  So far, I enjoy the soundtrack very much and the story is quite interesting.  I have two more endings to go.  Brother told me that this game was on par with Nier Gestalt during the year 2009-2010.  I can see why.  It is well executed.

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DS Coverart version from Wiki

Once I am done with the game entirely, my next game is Drakengard.  Hopefully by the time I finish the game, I won’t go crazy. I was warned that the gameplay is terrible. But that is okay, I am more interested in the thought process behind the game design rather than playing for achievements as of late. It’s more enjoyable.

P.S

I stumbled on Miyazaki picture browsing Twitter. As you know I am a fan of Dark Souls. I find this picture side by side summarizing my whole experience with Dark Souls–it’s inviting but brutal.

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Making Some Changes

It’s October. Weather is pleasantly cool, and I”m starting vacation next week, although I am not going anywhere special. I’m taking the time off to recharge mentally and focus on polishing up my songs. 

Awhile ago, I was working with a musician friend, but we don’t talk anymore.   I think he gave up on me because we were not on the same wavelength. I am an introvert. He is an extrovert. I’m calm.  He is chaotic.  I am a morning person.  He is a night person.  But mainly because he told me video game is a waste of time and he was trying to turn me into someone that I am not. I don’t like that feeling.  

I guess artists have different ways at looking at the world.  One, you create art because you want the glamour that comes with it, or you create art because you feel inclined to imitate your universe so that you can see your creation from a third-person perspective. In the end, you make sense of yourself and your reality.  But of course, this is just my observation. Hmm…to be honest, I don’t even know if I am making any sense writing this.  

Let’s just say, I have been doing things alone creatively and have been obsessively playing the same song that has so many different versions over and over.  Do I think it’s good? I have no idea. All I know it’s from my heart and I am giving birth to it.   So this is part of the reason why I have not been active on this blog. So I am afraid this blog might shift from games and more towards creative works in the upcoming future. I don’t want to surprise anyone.  That doesn’t mean I have given up on games. I still play them when I can.  In fact, I will be playing Nonary Games next week. I am excited. Well, I think it’s time to sleep.

Thanks for reading.

        Signing off~ 

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Mystery Blogger Award! Wow!

This is a gratitude post. The girls (Lise and Rei) like to nominate me for awards. Thanks girls!  They both nominated me for this award and there are 5 questions each from them, which is a total of 10.  I hope you guys enjoy this random post.

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  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself and answer the questions you were given.
  • Share a link to your best post(s)
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma and it was created for the purpose of bringing bloggers together and allowing them to communicate which I think is really fun and a great idea.

Three things about me:

  • I love cloudy sky and the smell of pine trees
  • I never read Harry Potter. The girls from work like to give me a hard time about it
  • I walk faster than most people

My best post :Trying Not to be a Game-a-holic

This post has the most views and I think the most personal too. Thanks to everyone who has taken time to read and comment.  I’m doing a lot better.

Moving forward!

Questions from Lise: 

What would be the title of your autobiography?

I have no idea. Never thought about it.

Is there an album you feel like totally represents you?

No that is why I am writing songs but it might take me years at this rate

Is there a movie franchise (or just a single movie) you would love to be in?

No. I rather make the movie than be in the movie. Unless I can dance.  I like dancing.

If you had the chance to see yourself from someone else’s perspective, would you do it?

No way!

Have you ever thought about owning an exotic pet?

No. I’m more into plants.

 

Questions from Rei: 

Do you always smile for pictures?

The answer is no.

How many languages can you speak?  

Two

 

What is your Song of the week?

Do you eat fries with a fork?

With a napkin

Tea or coffee?

Both

Done! Now it’s my turn to ask!

My questions:

  1.  What is the scariest movie?
  2. If you were an animal what would you be?
  3.  If you can live in a video game, which game would it be?
  4.  What is your least favorite video game genre?
  5.  Do you like rice?

Since Lise and Rei already nominated me, it’s awkward to nominate them. I would like to hear their answers and I nominate anyone reading this.  Feel free to comment below. I’d like to hear them.