E3 2017: What tickled my pickle

I’m gonna start off with 2 important statements:

  • I only game on PC.

I don’t own a PlayStation, Xbox or any other type of gaming console. Although I wouldn’t mind getting a PS4 in the near future for various reasons (The Last of Us and Red Dead Redemption – I’m looking at you), for now, all my gaming is done on PC. Which is why this list will not include anything that’s console exclusive and it’s also why I don’t give a crap about the new Xbox.

  • I’m not a huge fan of AAA games.

When it comes to video games, I like mine more on the indie side. While I’m not saying I have something against big companies, I always get the feeling that smaller studios put more passion and care in their work. Maybe they’re not that good looking and maybe they don’t have that many fancy presentations and that much money shoved in marketing and PR, but they sure are more appealing to me that the big names.

Why did I mention this? Because I could have been more excited about E3 if things were different.

With this out of the way, here we go.

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1 Life is Strange: Before the Storm

A 3 episode prequel to the several awards winning Life is Strange, developed by DONTNOD Entertainment. It appears that, fortunately, this game ditches nosy and irrelevant Max for her annoying bestie, the somewhat annoying Chloe. No matter how nerve wrecking both of them have been at times in the original game, they can make quite the character and Before the Storm tells just that – the story of Chloe and Rachel, before her disappearance and before chaos hit. Really excited for this one.

Also, you can get the first episode of Life is Strange for free on Steam if you want a taste before spending your money. But let me tell you, it’s worth it.

A Way Out

Guys, if you didn’t play Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, you’re seriously missing out. If you want something beautiful, story rich, that will leave you in tears and will shatter your heart, just go for it.

A Way Out is brought to us by the creators of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and, as it appears, it has the same twist: it’s a story driven game playable in co-op. Split screen – one player on the left, one on the right and there’s not much you can do without the other. However, if this is even remotely as good as ToTS, I’m going to be a very happy person. Also, for the plot: you escape a prison.

3 Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

It’s a shame not many people talk about this game because it sounds so. fucking. nice. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find lots of details about it, except for a (very nice looking) 2015 trailer which really put me in the mood. According to developer Dim Bulb Games:

“Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is a narrative game, uniquely structured as an anthology of short stories. Rather than relying on a single central narrative, each story contributes a piece to the game’s theme […] Every character has a unique background, personality, and tale to share with the player that pulls from their writer’s own individual style.”

16 characters – 16 writers. Color me fucking interested.

4 A Plague Tale: Innocence

It’s exactly what it sounds to be: the Middle Age. In France. With 2 stranded children and  A FUCKING SHIT TON OF RATS. But, wait, there’s more! The Middle Ages were not all rats and spice and everything nice. There’s the inquisition – they’re your second enemy in this quest of finding your mother. Nevertheless, just take a look at what’s gonna be called here, from now on, The Game with the Rats. Enjoy your nightmares.

5 Vampyr

We’re going from plague-ridden France to a Spanish fever-infected London at the beginning of 1900s. You’re a doctor, but also a vampire. Eh, pretty tricky. ’cause you need to cure your people, but it’s also in your nature to kill ’em for you are an unholy monster. From what it looks like, it’s very much a matter of choice because you can kill everyone.  Also developed by DONTNOD Entertainment, so I’m pretty hyped for it.


Also worthy of mentioning:

Middle Earth – Shadow of War

While I did enjoy Shadow of Mordor a lot, I can’t say it’s gotten on my list of favourite games. I wouldn’t mind playing Show of War either, but I probably won’t buy it full price and, if I had to choose between this and any of the games previously mentioned, I would’t pick it first.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Come on. It’s a South Park game. There’s really no other reason for me to pick this.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Over the years, I’ve grown quite bored with AC games. It’s basically the same thing over and over again, different names and different locations. I stopped at Black Flag. As for Origins, I heard they dropped the tower thingie, which was one of my favourite features in the game so, meh. It looks good, tho’ and, given the opportunity, I wouldn’t say no to playing it. But it’s not a priority.

The Last Night

Although it looks very good and, the story behind it did not intrigue me that much.  It’s also tagged as a platformer and the only tag that puts me off more than platformer is FPS. However, I wouldn’t mind giving it a try. I don’t want to pass anything I might regret missing later.

Ashen

Action RPG about “forging relationships”. Whatever twist they’re trying to implement, it’s still an action RPG. IT’s kinda pretty, tho’.


Drop off a comment and let me know what games tickled your pickle

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I’m on youtube

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So this just happened. 😀

In case somebody was wondering where did I disappear, I got a youtube channel and I’ve been focusing on recording stuff.

Remember how I was complaining I don’t feel like I can properly write about video games?

Well, it kinda pissed me off because I LOVE GAMING SO MUCH. I spend more time gaming than watching anime and I really wanted to create content focused on video games more. So, I figured, why not just play instead of write?

And here I am.

It’s not much, but I’m actually having fun recording and playing and all that and I’ll do my best to be as active as possible. And I got lucky ’cause Bushu is doing the editing. XD

That’s it. That’s what I wanted to say for now.

No big plans for this blog right now. I will probably get back to writing now and then ’cause I still watch anime, but I’m tired of saying I will definitely write and then fuck it up, like I usually do.

So here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjsoDMAWF1VVHwdUGWgklCg

It will definitely start to look better, I promise. But bear with me.

Come say hi, subscribe, share and all that youtuber stuff. You know the drill. XD

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MURDER THEM ALL – the most annoying characters in anime

It’s extremely rare for me to like all the characters in an anime. There has to be at least one that gets on my nerves every fucking time. However, most of them have their own charm and add to the story.

But do you ever find yourself literally hating a character so much that you want to punch through the screen and kill them with your own bare hands? Hating every pixel they are made out of? I do.

Ayame Kajou – Shimoneta

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Let alone the fact that the entire show seemed to me a bad joke, irritating and not entertaining in the slightest, this bitch right here made everything even worse. How many times can you say obnoxious, stupid and overly annoying? Ayame Kajou has it all. Lame ass jokes, the bad kind of vulgar and an aura of please just let me fucking kill myself. I hated her with my entire being

Tarou Takanashi – Shirobako

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I talked about him before here and I don’t even feel bad for doing it again. Tarou Takanashi is that one mate nobody in the office can stand. I puked a bit in my mouth whenever he would appear on screen. He’s that kind of lazy bastard with no motivation whatsoever, full of himself who does NOTHING at work, but expect everyone to praise him for that. I hate people who make your job harder just because of their incompetence and Tarou is that person. Fuck off, dude. You deserve to be unemployed.

Nene Sakura – New Game!

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Another show that was meant to be silly and not taken seriously. However, this character managed to step up her game. There is a long list of things I hate, but people out of high school who act like people in middle school are really up there. Not only does she act completely immature with her friends, in their day to day life, but she manages to be a pain in the ass even when she gets a job. Okay, gurl, you’re a game tester, you don’t do much, but get your shit together and start being responsible and less. fucking. annoying. I really think she would pair well with above mentioned Tarou. They deserve each other.

Mari Tsutsui – Nijiiro Days

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First of all, that is a stupid name. Second, I really thought her precious friend Anna was annoying, but nothing compares to this abomination of a human. Is she fucking addicted to her plain, not interesting bestie? Everything she does is annoying as fuck. AND HER GOD DAMN VOICE WHY I WANT TO KILL MYSELF. I could spend my life trying to find something positive about this character, but I would die in vain. I hope she gets to that point in life where she wants to have sex, but nobody would agree to that just because she’s so annoying and stupid.

Aoi Oribe – Myself; Yourself

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I don’t know what this show is about. I vaguely remembered a couple of scenes when I read the plot. I watched it some many years ago and it wasn’t interesting at all. However. If you wake me up in the middle of night and say “annoying character” I will definitely say her name. I killed myself during the first half of the first episode because of this bitch. Not even kidding. I got back to life driven by the hope that she would suffer a tragic death. I suppose she did not, or I would’ve remembered and be happy. She is as clingy as Mari, as stupid as Nene and her voice comes from fucking hell. I’m at least 87.3% sure that this is what hell sounds like. She could’ve simply been drawn as talking boobs because this is all I could see anyway.

Please. Someone make a spin off where she is murdered by the people from Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni.


If you could erase one anime character from existence, who would it be?

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Engaged to the Unidentified – TL;DR version

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    • COMEDY
    • FANTASY
    • ROMANCE
    • SEINEN
    • ARRANGED MARRIAGE ✔
    • BASED ON A MANGA ✔
    • SCHOOL LIFE ✔

Featuring:

  • Kobeni The Death of Feminism Yonomori
  • Benio The Bitch Worse Than Kirino Yonomori
  • Hakuya Emo Keanu Reeves Mitsumine
  • Mashiro Fuck you, Spawn of Satan Mitsumine

TL;DR plot:

Dead grandpa wants The Death of Feminism married to Emo Keanu Reeves. He starts living with The Death of Feminism and The Bitch Worse Than KirinoHis sister, Fuck you, Spawn of Satangoes along as well. The Bitch Worse Than Kirino sucks ass.

TL;DR opinion:

“It’s shit.” – Ruki, 2017

 

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What anime characters you relate to the most?

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Today’s post is written courtesy to sweet Lita, who suggested this topic as I’m literally running out of ideas regarding what to post.

So go check out her blog, follow her on twitter and also subscribe on youtube and you’re gonna have a great time.

So the big question is up: what anime character can I relate to the most? In case someone’s been wondering how I make my lists, I simply choose a criteria and then scroll through my entire anime list to see what fits where. And so I looked for the most regular, plain and boring characters that I could find because I’m actually a regular, plan and sort of boring person.

I would choose a bit of Tanaka-kun (Tanaka-kun is always listless) because of the laziness tanakawithin. I said a bit. I may be lazy, but I don’t have someone who has to carry me to work simply because I don’t have the will to fucking walk. That doesn’t mean I will do the dishes if it’s not life threatening.

6407-hataraki_manAnd then I would choose a bit of Hiroko Matsukata (Hataraki Man) because I tend to focus a lot on my work at times to the point where there is nothing else I talk about and it gets annoying and it makes people not talk to me anymore which, in turn, takes me even closer to her because she doesn’t have any sort of social life. Welcome to the sad club, you sad woman who’s not getting any.

I wanted to include Konata-chan (Lucky Star) on this list as well because, come on, she’s clayz_izumi_konata03
me. She’s the Ruki-amount of lazy and nerd, but also the Ruki-
amount of a social person. However, I feel that I mention her in here way too often, up to the point where I feel obnoxious and bad. Aaand she was my answer to anime character that you are most similar to. So it would be pretty boring.

 

Sooo…the character I can relate to the most right now is Makoto Kousaka from Genshiken.

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 Surprised, aren’t you. Ahahaha, he’s the male version of Konata. Besically, the only differences between them are the hair and the thing in their pantsu.

Actually, you know what? Just show me a character that’s a bit of a nerd, loves video games and anime, has about 3 friends and leans on the lazy side and that would be me. I don’t even feel bad to admit I’m an average human with nerdy hobbies and no friends.

:     >) <– I want to kill myself face


WHICH ANIME CHARACTER DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST, I WANNA KNOW.

Please make it good. I want to see at least one Saitama from One Punch Man.

 

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Otaku characters in anime

If you know me, you know my favourite characters in anime are the otaku ones. I’m not sure it’s because I can relate to them or just because I like the idea of watching anime peeps watching anime. Animeception.

Recently, Crispy has written a blogpost about Kirino Kousaka aka That-bitch-from-OreImo. You can go ahead and read the article here.

I got triggered because, unlike Crispy, I don’t see Kirino as a real life otaku. That’s because I never met a straight A student, very much into fashion and all that jizz, very preoccupied about their social image – to actually be an otaku. It takes too much time to do both. The fact that she is spending all her money on really weird anime and eroge games doesn’t help it either. This is not what happens in real life. And, come on, we all know the thing with the brother. (<- this is me trying to avoid spoilers)

Even though we most often get the extremes when it comes to anime, here’s a short example of what I find to be realistic otaku characters.

The best case scenario

Konata from Lucky Star

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Say what you may, but I think she is the perfect image of the ordinary otaku. She likes anime, manga and video games, she has her group of friends, she’s partly lazy, doesn’t care about much, but she’s well aware there are some things she needs to do. She’s very into her hobby and everybody knows that. Doesn’t feel the need to hide it just to preserve an image that she clearly doesn’t want to project. Like most otakus, she also invests in her otakuness, but doesn’t hide it in a secret drawer. How can you not relate to her?

The bad case scenario

Madarame from Genshiken

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I wouldn’t say that Madarame is more of an otaku than Konata or the opposite. They both are equally as nerdy. What he has and Konata doesn’t, however, is a high dose of social anxiety. It might be because Genshiken takes a more mature approach on the otaku life than Lucky Star does, but Madarame is actually interested in the outside world. While Konata doesn’t give too much of a shit about what’s going on around her, as Genshiken progresses, the characters start having grown up issues: the reality of finding a job, not having enough free time and being as foolish as to fall in love with the wrong girl (<- me trying to avoid spoilers again). The approach is rather natural in Genshiken, however. While some of the characters make it work, I think Madarame has it the worst as being a skinny ass nerd with a weird personality and not the most attractive physique, obsessed with anime and video games. But he plays it cool. 

The worst case scenario

Tatsuhiro from Welcome to the NHK!

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Let’s just leave the whole plot aside for one minute and focus on what kind of human Tatsuhiro Sato is: the worst. I’m not saying that from a moral perspective specifically, but from a social one. He’s a college dropout. He doesn’t have a job. He’s living off of his parents’ money. Doesn’t have any friends, doesn’t speak to anyone, has no human interaction. The only things he does is play video games and be obsessed with his conspiracy theory.

Tastuhiro is extremely depressed and suffers from a severe form of anxiety. The one that doesn’t allow you to leave the house. Sadly, there are way too many people who end up like this. What society needs to understand is that this issue is not caused by playing too many games or fucking watching anime, but because of a disorder. Is that easy to live with? Doesn’t seem like it.

Some people might pick Tomoko from Watamote as the worst case scenario. After all, Tatsuhiro can speak to other people. I tend to disagree. Tomoko is not that much of a realistic character either. She’s designed so that she’s so cringy it becomes funny.


I know there were several other things I wanted to mention when I started typing this post, but I’m way too tired to remember them and I also want to keep my articles fairly short – I am aware of my attention span and, if there are more people like me, I don’t wanna get you bored. If I remember what I wanted to stay, I’ll make a part 2.

In the meantime, though, I want to know what’s your perspective regarding this issue and who do you think is the best otaku character out there.

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Winter 2017 want to watch

New year, new anime. I hate puns, please kill me.

Compared to the fall of 2016, this season looks waaay better and more promising. Alphabetically, these are the shows that caught my attention:

Chaos;Child

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Had me at murder mystery, lost me at high school and sci-fi.

Action is set in a post-earthquake Shibuya, where a high school boy investigates some serial killings for his high school newspaper.

Honestly, I’m lukewarm about this. Out of all the titles in this list, I’m looking forward to it the least. I like mystery anime, especially if it involves criminals, but I’m really really sick of high school settings and high school characters. Willing to give this one a try hoping that it’s not going to be as childish as it looks and it will take a more mature approach on things. We’ll see how it turns out.

Fuuka

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Young guy moves into a new town where he meets a weird girl that doesn’t have a cell phone. Asocial bitch. He will probably fall in love with her. They got ecchi in the tags, so we’re probably get some panty shots.

I imagine Fuuka a lot like Hikari from Amanchu. Sadly, I didn’t like that character so much.

I’m mostly hyped because of the work life tag, so maybe we’re in for a more of a grown up story.

Gabriel Dropout

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Did somebody say Umaru-chan? Well, you’re not far from it, both series were produced by the same studio.

Anyhow, Gabriel is a nice smart angel that was sent to Earth to make people happy. Instead, she discovers how amazeballs video games and anime are and she becomes a lazy otaku.

You know what? Colour me fucking interested. I’m going to stop pretending I’m not amused by this kind of shows. I enjoyed Umaru-chan and I’m probably going to like this one too. Clearly one of my most hyped anime this season.

Can’t hear the haters.

Little Witch Academia TV

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Some say Harry Potter.I say The Worst Witch. Believe me, it’s The Worst Witch. Akko is the animated version of Mildred. I really hope that the series lives up to the movies so that we’re in for some high quality, fun, magical school life of a clumsy witch and her friends who will end up saving the day through the power of friendship and a weird sparkly ass wand. Yes.

Masamune-kun’s Revenge

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This show has barely started and it’s already getting a worrying amount of hate. But that’s not going to stop Ruki from watching it, oh no.

An overweight little boy gets bullied by this very mean, beautiful girl. He loses weight like a true stuck-up bitch and is determined to make her fall in love with him so he can break her heart. Fascinating.

She will prolly fall for him. And then he falls for her. But then there’s the harem. And they will end up together. Where did I see this before? In every teenage movie ever, you say? It’s okay. A little bit of mischievous romance never hurt anyone. I hope she gets pregnant and then decapitates him and goes on a cruise with his severed head. Oh, wait. Wrong series.

Scum’s Wish

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Please be good. Please be good.

They say that there’s this perfect couple. And they’re perfectly in love. But they have a perfect secret that must be perfectly kept away from everybody else.

WHAT IS THEIR SECRET I NEED TO KNOW

I’m hoping for a deranged, weird romance with a bit of mystery. And I also hope they’re not siblings who murdered their parents. I hope the’re realistic teenagers and not weeabo weirdos. As you can see, I have a lot of hope.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu 2

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Second season of this beauty and I can’t wait for it. Please let it be at least as good as the first season or else I’m gonna get depressed and start playing Teemo jungle.

That’s all I’m willing to say about this.

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