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Everything posted by alpacaman

  1. More Santa Hats for your Avatars

    Hat! Hat! Hat! (I don't care which one)
  2. VN with villain protagonist.

    And here I was thinking about starting a thread asking people if they think he's a bad guy after reading something arguing that it's all just a matter of perspective because one of the game's main themes is how perception shapes one's morals. But yeah, he does some things that put him in the irredeemably evil camp for me, so Saya no uta x3.
  3. grisaia visual novels review no spoilers

    You just spared me years of psychoanalysis trying to figure out my deep sitting issues when the answer was this simple. Thank you so much!
  4. grisaia visual novels review no spoilers

    I guess it depends on if you like the protagonist. If you do, you're going to have the time of your life. If you can't stand him (like I do) the comedy will probably fall flat (which makes up the first ~40 hours [does this count as a spoiler?]) and the rest will feel ridiculously over the top. But almost everyone in this forum seems to like him, so it would be best not to listen to me.
  5. Disappointed....

    Analysing the psychology of nukige protagonists should become a whole thing.
  6. Game with sexy mutual flirting other than sex?

    It's a lesbian kink game, but Ladykiller in a Bind's dialogue consists almost exclusively of flirting and teasing.
  7. What are some strange things you’ve ever done?

    In a very edgy move I decided to spend some of my very first pay on something completely pointless. Since then I am the owner of a squirrel mask I can neither properly see nor breathe in.
  8. Exactly. Key is really good at creating characters and writing good comedy around them but really hit and miss when it comes to properly developing them (more miss imo). After Story is one of the few instances in Key VNs where every major character involved gets a good arc. I picked Akio btw.
  9. Microwave ovens emit microwaves at a frequency that makes water molecules rotate, adding kinetic energy and heating the water in the food, which in turn heats the rest of the dish (because thermal energy is basically kinetic energy on a microscopic scale). If the plate gets hot it's because it got microscopic scratches which small amounts of water can flow into. Ceramic itself is practically transparent to the microwaves, meaning it doesn't absorb any energy from the microwaves and doesn't get heated directly. The food itself not heating up properly has to do with the microwaves not reaching far beyond the surface of the dish so most of the heat gets distributed around the edges.
  10. Why Visual Novels?

    VNs actually offer a lot in terms of what the creators can do that isn't really possible in other media. They can use the similar literary devices as in plays while having the possibility for a first person narrator, passages in prose and a branching narrative, while keeping full control over the visuals, soundtrack and acting choices and without having the same time restrictions which offers more options when it comes to story structure and pacing.
  11. Mein Waifu is the Führer

    Yeah, that's also possible. Then again German doesn't really have fixed rules when it comes to the grammatical gender of foreign words. Speaking about the title, what is "the definitely unauthorized parody" supposed to mean? Who could have authorized this game? Is Hitler still alive somewhere in South America ?
  12. Unlimited Chat Works - Random Talk

    Talking about heresy, a while ago ago I saw someone on the street who tugged his sweatpants into the white tennis socks he wore with sandals.
  13. Mein Waifu is the Führer

    The way the titlecard is formatted I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be a pun on "Mein Kampf". As for the game itself, this could go either way. The best satires about the Third Reich expose how pathetic its leaders actually are once you take away the aura surrounding them. I can see an angle where turning Hitler into a yandere or whatever could deliver on that front. Then again this game could turn out to be one big edgelord "hahaha genocide" joke, which is really something nobody needs (at least I don't).
  14. What are you listening to right now?

    My venture into 80s Japanese pop led me into a different direction, namely to Jun Togawa, probably most famous for her song Suki Suki Daisuki, which became kind of a meme a few years ago. The subtitles in the thumbnail might give you hint as to why. The rest of her output isn't any less weird. To give a few examples: I love everything about this music video, be it the silent 30 second intro, her stage costume and especially the awkward scene filmed from the view of the insect man. And speaking of Japanese artists attempting English lyrics:
  15. Unlimited Chat Works - Random Talk

    To make a tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes you need certain types of tomatoes like San Marzano (and they should be of good quality). If you're not able to get them even the Italian recipe books I own recommend passata/canned tomatoes. Also the most important lesson I learned from Italian cuisine it's that everything tastes great if you mix it with enough olive oil and garlic. I thought the saying goes "comparing tomatoes and cucumbers". There is no point to it. Anyways, I prefer both when they've been processed in some way. Cucumbers should be pickled, and there are even varieties you can make stew out of (which tastes surprisingly good).
  16. What are you listening to right now?

    There was a big Babymetal hype in the hipster music community when their second album came out, with it reaching No. 15 in the UK charts and even the serious magazines like Der Spiegel writing reviews.
  17. What are you playing?

    So far I haven't read from anyone on this forum that they didn't like 428. I'd definitely recommend it.
  18. Abhorrent might be a bit of an overstatement I mean, there is stuff like Schwarzesmarken where I had to read the synopsis to figure out what the title was even supposed to mean although it's apparently in my native language. To add something to the original topic, the premise sounds like one of those "entrapped group of people" stories with supernatural overtones that have the potential to be anything from outright amazing to total trainwrecks.
  19. The common use of "Dei Gratia" is as an ablative case, meaning "by God's grace" and was added to the royal title of kings to specify that they weren't subject to earthly jurisdiction. The nominative is identical to the ablative case so technically you could translate the phrase the way you did. Then again, in Latin in this sentence you would use the genitive case so it would turn into "Dei Gratiae". This is probably just me being too much of a Latin nerd, but the ones choosing the title for the OP seemed to be aware of the problem as well, as they translated the title as "Dei Gratia in the 5th Day". That doesn't make much more sense than the title I'm complaining about, but at least it avoids the problem of having to connect the "Compass" with "Dei Gratia" in a way that makes grammatic sense.
  20. Ok, then I take that part back. The Japanese title is equally bad. Still, the "of Dei Gratia" part mixes English and Latin grammar in a really weird way.
  21. This is one of the rare cases where altering the title for the English release to accomodate a term from a foreign language actually made everything worse, at least unless Dei Gratia is the name of an ingame proper noun.
  22. Best (free) mysteries?

    You can't force anyone to like anything (and I don't think "you just don't get it" is the most helpful line of attack), so let's just agree that there are people who love Umineko and people who are wrong
  23. Best (free) mysteries?

    *Nuke* As for mystery VNs, I'd recommend: Zero Escape trilogy, no real detective. Danganronpa trilogy, protagonists act as detectives. 428 Shibuya Scramble. Lucid9, a free EVN. Root Double, protagonists act as detectives. Chaos;Child, protagonist acts as detective. Unlike Umineko, C;C actually is pretty terrible. It's never boring though.
  24. What are you listening to right now?

    80s Japanese music is even more amazing than I expected before looking it up
  25. Fuwanovel Confessions

    Or else you can always search rateyourmusic.com (basically vndb for music) by making custom charts. Here is one I made listing the best rated (non classical, non soundtrack) 80s albums by artists from Japan. Elvis Costello seems to be living in Japan right now, so his albums are in there as well, but there are still more than enough interesting artists. Right now I'm listening to this, which sounds like Scary Monsters David Bowie made an album together with Kraftwerk while on a very bad trip: