Sunday, March 8, 2015

Let's Take Our Hunter Exams!

Now here's something that comes as a surprise.

Before I switch my tumblr accounts, there had been a lot of hype for Hunter x Hunter. Over the past six months or so, I saw a lot of people talking about it (and Fairy Tail, actually). HxH was something that I had heard about here and there over the years, so I knew the name "Gon" but nothing else. Seeing the characters on my dash without context was always amusing and slowly gained my interested, but I never took the bait. It was always on that "Okay, I'll put it on my list" list, but I never thought I would actually fall into it.

That is until my roommate decided to take the plunge, and I'm so glad I jumped in as well. Oh, my dear sweet boys. Because I started, I won't be reviewing this like I did Daily Lives of High School Boys. Consider this review more of a stream of consciousness if anything.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Free for All? Unreal!

So have you heard the rumour? Okay, actually this one isn't a rumour at all. If you're a game developer or if you've been interested in the engine and its capabilities, you have a chance to get it for free. No lie. Whether you're learning it or using it for commercial products, Unreal Engine 4 is all yours for free.

The only catch is that Epic Games gets 5% royalty of what you make – which actually sounds pretty fair. Sure, 5% can really stack up if you're aiming to play the numbers game, but really, it's a small price to pay for something as cool as this. You will have to sign up to download the programme, but that's not a big deal, right?

Epic Games is planning on having a keynote speech March 4th at 9:30AM PST. If you want to know more about the speech or Unreal Engine 4 itself, you can check it out on the main home page. I'm actually really excited about this – enough to try it out myself!

Six Steps to 7th Heaven: Million Year Mud

It's been a while since we talked about these, hasn't it? The last one was the Moroccan Clay mask, which was painfully good (and smelled awesome). This one, though, I used sparingly because so many other things took precedence over a thirty-five minute face routine. Regardless, it was eventually finished, and now that everything is right in my small world again, we can finally talk about this.

Pictured above is the Million Year Mud mask. I don't believe I indicated the last mask's purpose, but with the Million Year Mud mask, it's a revitalising face mask. It works with all skin types, and it definitely gives your skin that extra boost.

It's two main ingredients are rhassoul mud and juniper. The colour has a grey-blue presentation. When I took a sniff, I realised that this was... really clinical. When applying just under my nose, it definitely lingered with me. The smell wasn't outright repulsive, but much like the Moroccan Clay, it was very powerful. Unfortunately, it was intense and reminded me of a clinic room. Well, at least it's clean.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Smooth Criminals: Persona 5

Oh, hey. Long time no shouting about video games. I'm sure that you all have heard the hype about Persona 5. And you guessed it: I'm going to bring it here as well. This isn't really a review, and it's partly a first impression.

Okay, let me address something really quickly. I'm sure that I hardly have to really say anything about it, but "You are a slave. Want emancipation?" I, uhm. Hm? Hm... Okay.

Moving on.

There are a lot of theories going on about the game so far. One of the things that I'm excited to see how these main characters are more like anti-heroes instead of the more virtuous sort we've gotten used to. The Phantom - the main character - hinges between cool and collected (of couse) and manic. I'm so excited to see how this develops. There is a lot of blond going on between the two companions, rumoured to be named, Anzu and Ryuji. It's hard to judge how they might be, but I have a few "please don't be like this" things on my mind. Morgana is a shapeshifting cat who basically turns into a bobblehead. Are you ready for this, because let me tell you something: I so am.

There are a couple of things that have led me to have my own personal theories. One of them being the "co-op" feature on the menu. I'm not necessarily thinking if this is a local team option between you and your friends (though that would be interesting). I'm wondering if this shows your relationships with your social links and how they could affect your heists/Dark Hour adventures.

Another thing that has me curious is less supported. I wonder how the seven deadly sins (specficially Luxuria) can come into play throughout the game or in different characters -- or even the Shadows themselves. While I am big on speculation, I want to see where this can go, and I'm looking forward to more trailers.

The promotion so far has gotten a lot of us pumped for this game. I'm expecting some good things out of it. The characters have an actual devil may care attitude that's really got my interest. How about you? Persona isn't everybody's series, but I think there's something to love in this installment. I'm on the lookout for more. If you're riding the Persona hype wagon or if you're just watching it glide by, I'd love o know what you're thinking.