Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Starting the survey program.

I just want to have some talk about Deltarune. More in the line of what I see of the game not in terms of fun but more in terms of how people are reacting to it and how I see Toby Fox is dealing with the whole thing. Yes, I will also refer to his tweet longer post as well (http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sqn3p9).

As for story speculations I leave it to the rest of the internet to debate this to hell and back. Personally I am not that keen on that aspect. The game is not completed, the demo could change etc

Definitely going to have a bit of spoiler in this though mostly not intentional. The game is free, go play it.

A quick summary of how the game fare to me.

Going through the opening of the game already I feel emotional and nostalgic. By mid game, you have already grown quite attached to the characters and their quirks. After reaching the castle, you hope this is not the end.

Did I talk about the music? Oh man the music. You have to hear it yourself. (Fields of Hopes and Dreams has this Seiken Densetsu vibe. Has some Touhou tune in it as well)

The animations and battle section of the game is more polished than Undertale.

Now onto the main topic here

I will talk about the thing that has been hanging over in my head. Toby's tweet longer post. Coming from the success of Undertale has really made it difficult for him. He believes that he will be unable to fulfill hype for his next game and have accepted that fact.

This is interesting for me as a lot of the other developers seems to believe their game can do a lot better than their previous success. Though I believe Toby's acceptance that he cannot fulfill the coming expectations of his next game is going to least help evaluate the pressure of making new games in the future.

He is having difficulties making Deltarune as the game is much bigger and more complex than Undertale. Just the demo itself took a few years to complete. He also stated that he has no experience working with a team to develop games.

In regards to that, this is easy to understand. Undertale was mostly done by Toby himself. Undertale as you can see playing it is almost fully Toby's vision and his own storytelling method. With a team, not only does Toby needs to think about making the game, he needs to supervise other people on the game as well. It is nearly impossible for the game to be fully his vision when done with a team. I am not sure if Toby himself is ready to accept that fact.

Talking about the game development came another point, the game will only have 1 ending. This seemed to have brought some debate between people not wanting to play the game because it only has 1 ending. For me, I don't see any issue. Some of the best JRPGS around are single ending. Single ending or not, I am more interested in the story Toby wants to tell.

Which leads me to the Toby wanting to tell this story for a long time. His initial drafts of Deltarune dated somewhere in 2012. I am not sure if it is the same feeling as I have when I needed to write about Tokyo Dark (ahem read it here https://t.co/TW3De3PnEM). The feeling of need to get it out of your head before it drives you insane not doing so.

Now that I have gotten this off my chest. I can go back to wasting my free time by napping.

End of survey.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

My misadventures with learning how to cook.

A few years ago I decided to learn to cook. Well, more of learning to make more than instant noodles.

I figure the easiest way to learn is to start learning how to make some of the food I eat out like Japanese Ramen, curry etc.

So now in 2018. I learned how to make food scambled eggs, poached eggs, some simple pan meats, some soups etc.

Honestly what I learn is nothing great. My mum probably beats me hands down in the same stuff. I do feel a lot happier now I can make some food without resorting to instant noodles. (Though I still love instant noodles)

I also learned that it is alright to use like pre-done stuff for cooking. Like chicken stock for, powdered dashi instead boiling bonito flakes, using curry mix again instead of making your own.

That lesson was taught by my Mum (Thanks Mum) and well she did say there is not a lot of reason to make everything from scratch unless you have some secret recipe for certain ingredients or simply wanted a dish to have a different taste.

 As for the whole experience of learning how to cook. Well, it is nothing really new to anyone learning how to cook, lots of under-cooked / over-cooked stuff. Burnt more eggs than I dare to admit. Not to mention my knife skills so poor, the slices of meat looked more like something that came out of a 5-year-old trying to cut meat with a pair of scissors.

So I will appeal to more people to learn how to cook. You may not be the winner for the next MasterChef but you gain some satisfaction that you can take care of yourself better.

P.S. My knife skills are still bad.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The noob trap that is Dragon Ball Fighterz

Yes literally. It is not even day 2 (I think it is going to be day 3) and I already see people leaving bad reviews of Dragon Ball Fighterz. Oh yes and the bloodbath of day 1 Dragon Ball Fighterz streams.

This is going be mostly what I feel are unpopular opinions and what people do not want to hear.

Why Dragon Ball Fighterz or any fighting games are not for you.

1. Fighting games are hard and you are going to lose almost 99% of the time before you could figuratively start thinking of getting some wins in.

2. In line with fighting games being hard, you need to actually put in work to get better. If you just want to be entertained. Please look elsewhere. If you want to know the story mode of DBFZ, go to youtube and watch the cutscenes or something. You save your 60 bucks.

3. Now comes the question, what does putting in work mean? I mean everyone seen those great matches at Evo or big fighting game tournaments? What you don't see is people spending a lot of time reading, researching and even going to gyms to get themselves ready. I actually spend time in training mode back when I was very active in meltyblood as well training to figure out how to beat certain tricks and strategies. Those hours spent are never seen by people.

4. Playing fighting games is also a stressful affair. Again this is similar to the point 2. If you are in for the entertainment. Go for other genres (Well maybe not Tetris Grandmaster).

5. If you cannot take losing well, Fighting Games are also not ideal for you. Look I am also often salty (salty here meaning not taking the loss well) when I lose. Get salty, rage, cry whatever but I still come back to the game.

6. Fighting games are also based on the idea of mastery. The mastery of anything means the devotion of time and effort. Something I will actually say is counter to what modern video games are.

To summarise, if you wonder why people in the Fighting Game community enjoy playing it so much. It is basically a form of mastery of yourself, overcoming your opponent and seeing the fruit of efforts.This is not replicated in other games especially team-based PVP games. Win or lose it is all you. No one can take it away or steal it.

Thank you for reading.

P.S. This piece here again comes with me needing to get it out of my system.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Its done! More thoughts that I feel couldn't fit in properly to the main piece

Yes it is finally done. The main piece which is published on Medium.

Here I just want to say a few more things.

Honestly I don't hate Tokyo Dark that much but I needed to get it out of my system. Also I have nothing against the Developers of the game. I always believe that being a game dev is much harder than me writing an article about why something isn't good. (maybe I can learn how to actually make a game someday)

I remember doing a short poll about giving Tokyo Dark more leniency as it is a Kickstarter game but people seem to want me to be more fair regardless of how it was developed.

Several points during the game I was talking to the screen saying "Please give me a god d*mn reason to care about the characters". Obviously that never happened.

One point I didn't talk about in the main piece was how much the game wants you to take the whole scenario seriously. It was especially jarring when the god characters try to convince you that you need to be the mask bearer then have them at the end of the game asking if you did the right thing. So which is it honestly? Again subtly is all lost from there.

I didn't get all the endings. I got 2 endings and the second play through got me the true ending. I watched the other endings on YouTube I just balked at how much more it wants you take it seriously.

This is really the first time I run into a Visual Novel with bad writing and it really drive home the sin of bad writing since a Visual Novel is still a "novel" after all.

I wanted to try for a long time and now I finally did. Medium's online editor is a bit lacking in editor functions. I mean like blogger has more tools I can use. Blogger even has a spellcheck tool built in. I guess the only upside is medium has a place where you can make money from your articles. Oh well,  sell congratulatory with the fact I finally completed this article and gotten Tokyo Dark out of my system.

Now onto the next thing!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Tokyo Dark?

I am sorta working on writing my thoughts for Tokyo Dark. It is a Point and Click meet visual novel game according to what the developer says.

The reason the game prompt me to want to write about it is how the game is somewhat not held together properly. I do not mean in the sense the game is broken and does not work. More in the vein of parts of the game do not seem to go together properly.

Like I play JRPGs and they are often not great in like story. For Tokyo Dark, which is (sigh) and Point and click meet visual novel game, I expected more. It seems as I get older it becomes more apparent when story bits do not join well.

Anyways I also want to make clear certain things before I publish the piece once I am done.

One, I am not exactly the most avid Visual novel, Point and click adventure games kind of person. There are a few titles I played which I least understand how they should work. So holding me to be the veteran standard of review the game is not going to work.

Second, this is not a review per say. Well least from what I think it is. I did not get all the endings myself I just went online and watch some of them. Dear god some of them are really.....

Lastly I am not sure if I want to include video footage of the game I mean you can get footage online already. So likely it is a written piece. I am not a yotuber etc so I probably will skip on video footage. Oh and do not watch the trailer if you are even remotely interested in the game. My thoughts will spoil the game as well but I will put a non-spoiler portion part at the top if you are really interested.

If you want a TLDR of the thing without reading immediately about buying it, I will only recommend it if you have no more point and click / visual novel games to play which I think is kind of impossible now considering there are tons out there on steam now. Good ones even.

If not, do not go into this game.

Monday, June 19, 2017

My very first political post

First I like to do some explanation about this page or blog. I blog purely on the basis if something is of interest to me or something that is worthwhile sharing. I don't exactly like the idea of just sharing all about my trips and photos etc. This creates a highlight reel of my life which distorts people's view of my life. I mention before I hardly head out and I am pretty content sitting at home and watching some videos online.

Second, I do not like to talk about political stuff online or in blogs. I prefer doing those in person. The biggest reason for that preference is in written media, tone is lost. It is very difficult to translate tone into written media which is why movies or video games are better at translating that tone to something that can be easily perceived.

Lastly, this topic I will be talking about is short and more of what I see of this issue than what the issue itself is about.

The Famlee Saga

So there is a house and 2 sides. Before even people start actually reading what the whole thing is about, there is already a stance that people must take sides.

Those for me is not the most important crux. I see some strange things being done on both sides. Neither side is truly free of fault. Again I am not going to point out what as I am sure if you somehow found my blog. you already figured out  all the strange things.

The biggest thing for me is people saying "this is a family affair, do not air your laundry out here. It is bad for Singapore". I would actually say talking about this in public is the right thing to do. Singapore can start stepping up and dealing with questionable things done. Not hush hush because the government cannot stand the scrutiny.

This is a good time for people to start paying attention. (When I say people here, I meant Singaporeans) It is a good time to really see if our government is able to stand the scrutiny from this issue. Is Singapore as transparent and open about issues that involve our Leaders.

I do not think it is good for Singapore if we keep avoiding topics and keep doing things at the back and hoping no one paid attention to the mistake made. Worse just admit making a mistake and not even looking what we can learn from it.

No country, leader or system is perfect. We change, adapt and improve as we go along. If truly this breaks our government/system, then we really need to look hard at how the whole thing failed. The failure make it obivous that the system we have is obivously not working as intended.

If we do not look to change, improve and adapt, we can expect one thing that will certainty happen in the future. We can expect Singapore no longer exist and people taking lesson from the failure of Singapore and Singaporeans not willing looking to look at issues. Like a frog in a pot of water and the water in the pot slowly heated to boiling hot.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Small things

I have a lot of small things or topics in my mind. I thought I just put them all together since twitter is too short for them and they are too short for 1 full blog piece themselves.

1. Finished rewatching the whole mythbuster series. I finally remembered what it is like to watch good TV.

2. Netflix is tempting because Casltevania anime is coming out but I prefer binge watching a series.

3. Went to Tsuta ramen (which technically is Soba). It is good for its own merits. It feels like eating some local fishball noodles with good soup. Though as Ramen I prefer something which is heavier in taste.

4. Walking in Japan almost killed my knees, ankles and sole of feet for my last trip. I really wonder how long I can do this. Also went to Bit summit. That was fun.

5. In terms of playing videos games, I went back to playing games mostly from JP developers. I don't really enjoy a lot of western triple A develop games. I still enjoy playing western indie games.

6. Hitting 37 this year. I am almost always the oldest person in a new group.

7. Also I am notice my memories are slipping. I really need to excerise my mental facility. There might be a need to go back to playing fighting games. Funny that has became a need rather than something of leisure.

8. To be honest I have given myself some thoughts about moving to Japan but I do not have a Bachelor Degree so I do not how that is going to work. Not to mention I don't speak Japanese and I am nearly 40.

9. I notice I am perfectly content staying home all day. This is probably why my social life is failing.

10. I'm also the last few people in groups to still be single. Can't say I am not bothered by it though I am more happy to be by myself. I like the space.

11. Not many people will know that my music collection is 95% Video game OST. Also I did not attend any of the video game concerts this year. Yes I skipped Distance worlds and the upcoming Zelda one. I mean I got a happy and signature from Nobuo Uematsu (https://twitter.com/kilvear/status/695612732175831041), I am pretty satisfied with it.

12. I have some thoughts of developing games but I am so undisciplined I don't think anything will come out of it.

13. The current state of the world isn't in a good place. Some people lack purpose. Some people's purpose is centered around greed. I believe hunmanity will eventually come around. Humanity is not as weak and feeble as most people think.

14. Did I mention Lunar New Year gatherings is starting to really grate on me?

15. I don't usually talk about my work life but there will be a lot happening for me at work. I worry I might stress myself work. Also get sick from over working.

This is getting long and I still have stuff but I will leave it to next time.