Last Chance for Get Yourself Speedrunning 2015 and MT6

Hey guys, a small heads up here for an event that’s currently going on, called Get Yourself Speedrunning! Some of you may know that I’m a fan of speedruns, and SpeedRunsLive decided to hold an event right after Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 (which is an awesome speedrunning marathon hosted for charity), so that people interested in speedrunning have a chance to participate in such a race themselves. Of course, I’m already somewhat familiar with speedrunning since I used to join in blind races where you try to finish the game as fast as possible with no knowledge of the game whatsoever. And I’ve also done some Pokemon runs. And something called the Mystery Tournament, but I’ll talk more about that further ahead in my update.

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Chrouya

Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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Happy Holidays!

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[I don’t have many screenshots when it comes to games, so I’m posting BGM music instead.]
This is just a quick notice that I’m taking a small break from blogging until the end of the winter break. Although I say quick, in the heat of my writing I just had to write my thoughts about a peculiar Visual Novelist. See below.

I had my finals of the first semester the past two weeks, so I did not really have the time to blog (let alone working on translations!). And as I only have a mini laptop right now, I’m unable to watch anything 720p or higher or to play any interesting games. In other words, I’m really bored at the moment, although I still have some things to take care of in the holidays: my university thought it was a good idea to place deadlines and resits in the midst of the holidays.

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Chrouya

Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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[Game Review] Fez

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Images borrowed from GameFront's playthrough.

Last weekend marked the release of the award-winning indie game, Fez. Created by Phil Fish, known for his harsh comment on the Japanese gaming industry:

“at tonight’s IGTM Q&A some Japanese guy asked us what we thought of modern Japanese games, and said I thought they sucked […] so I guess I’m some kind of big racist now […] I’m sorry Japanese guy! I was a bit rough, but your country’s games are f***ing terrible nowadays.”

While he’s not far off, I just have to warn him it’s Japan he’s talking about. As a Japanologist, I am obviously aware that the current Japan still wants to keep its own authentic culture; games (in terms on target audience) included. I bet Phil has never heard of visual novels before. Alas, I think it’s widely known that typical “Japanese games” just don’t attract the Western audience any more as they did before. They don’t seem to be caring that much, however. The 3DS, for example, is still on the lead in the Japanese market sales. Maybe we’re in for a surprise in the future.

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Chrouya

Dutch student Japanologist, and founder of Mandoran. Likes everything about Modern Japan, including anime, manga, visual novels, bowling and gaming. Frequently found as translator or translation checker of fansub groups. His portfolio can be found on his dropbox website. Follow his actions on Twitter or send him a message at chrouya@gmail.com .

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