Monday, 1 September 2014

Review for Clannad visual novel.

Review for Clannad visual novel

The Clannad anime series is a much-loved anime series and people talk about it's heartfelt story,humor and drama elements that many people can relate to.The Clannad visual novel was actually released before the Clannad anime,the Clannad visual novel was released in 2004 for PC and has been ported to many consoles/portables and this review is for the PS3 version.
As you probably guessed,the Clannad visual novel has many of the same story elements that the Clannad anime has,but being like most other visual novels,it allows you to to make story decisions and Clannad has many story arcs and they can take the story in some very different directions and you can make the main character who's a male named Tomoya end a story arc as the boyfriend of at least 5 different girls.After you complete each story arc,you can do the after story which shows the lives of the characters up to 10 years after they graduate highschool.Even though the Clannad visual novel has many different story arcs for it's main story and after story,it has a true story arc to follow(which if you complete is rewarded with a gold trophy that says you've completed the true story arc)and the true story arc is very similar to the Clannad anime,but it does have some big differences which I won't spoil.

Part of the reason you'll want to try to activate different story arcs is because you'll want to find all the light orbs because it does something important for the story.You can make decisions that will allow Tomoya to play pranks or you can make decisions that will effect baseball results or that will allow somebody to perform a long combo attack on another character and there's other types of outcomes that can happen from the decisions you make.

However,making the right decisions to activate certain story arcs isn't as easy as it sounds because you'll often have to make the right decision nearly everytime from a choice from at least 3 decisions(sometimes even more)to stay on that story arc.It's possible to go off all the story arcs to get a bad ending.

For people who don't know,Clannad's story setting begins in highschool and the main character named 'Tomoya' is a teenage male who's had a rough upbringing at home and has experienced personal tragedy and he doesn't care about his school grades,he doesn't listen to his teachers etc.He can't even play baseball anymore(which he loves)because his right arm is permanently damaged.Tomoya meets a girl named 'Nagisa' who's constantly sick with a type of illness that makes her immune system weak and it causes her to miss a lot of school and

MINOR SPOILER
she had to repeat her final year of highschool.
END OF SPOILER

She isn't very confident in social situations and she enjoys drama but she was disappointed the drama club got disbanded.Tomoya and Nagisa become friends and they support eachother through tough situations and they meet other friends who want to help start another drama club and Tomoya's and Nagisa's relationship has the potential to blossom into something more than just friendship.The story has other characters with enjoyable and diverse personalities/hobbies/backgrounds.The story can be very spiritual at times too.

The story then moves into the after story phase which occurs after highschool and lasts up to 10 years after the characters have graduated highschool and some of them are married and have children.It shows the relationship of certain characters with their children and it's very heartwarming.But the after story has some potentially heart breaking moments too.I like how the characters develop/evolve as people and seeing how the lives for the characters are when they're in highschool and in adulthood.It's heartwarming seeing some of the characters sharing a special moment with their children and husband/wife.

The artstyle for the game is still beautiful after all these years and breath taking,with stunning views of things such as sunsets or a nice use of rainfall effects or you'll see a lot of things going on in the school,in dorms,you'll see nice urban areas in Japan and beautiful cherry blossom trees and the game will even take you to nice tropical locations and the romantic scenes and scenes of characters playing with their kids or scenes of characters with their spouse and children and beautifully done.The artstyle does look a bit dated(keep in mind,this game was released in 2004)but it looks beautiful nonetheless.Some scenes look very spiritual and the art effects for those scenes is wonderfully done and use beautiful light effects and it's hard to explain it without spoiling it for you.

The music is beautiful and relaxing/peaceful and it helps you feel the emotion of the story more.The music also suits the funny moments or the spiritual moments.

Overall,I loved experiencing this game from start to end and after I finished it I didn't want it to end because the characters grew on me so much and I felt as if I was a part of their lives.This game is one of the most captivating visual novel/anime series I've ever experienced.Unfortunately,the PS3 version of this game is only available in Japanese language.If you want to play a translated version of this game,you'll need to have the PC version of this game and download the fan-made translation patch. 
If I score this game as a visual novel and not an actual video game I'll give a score of 9.75 out of 10.The only reasons I don't give this game a score of 10 is it's visuals look a bit dated despite still being very beautiful from an artistic perspective and the game was insanely expensive to buy(cost me over 90 AUD).

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Photos of my time in Thailand for 2013 and early 2014.

I thought I had saved my photos of when I was in Chiang Rai and Burma and fancy malls in Bangkok in my email but I guess I didn't.I have some photos of Thailand to show though.





This is with my friend Gammy and her boyfriend and some mall in Bang Na,I forgot it's name.We were eating Cold Stone Ice cream,it was very yummy,even better than Swensen but I prefer Hog n Daaz more.

Outside the same mall they did parades with clowns and marching bands.





This is the girl I lived with for 1 year,the one I talked about whom I went to Samet with and then we spent a whole year living together.




Here are some of my favorite Thai foods that I took photos of right before I ate them.



Ka Pow kai which in English means basil and chicken stir fry.I bought it for 45 Thai baht which is a little bit over 1 Australian/American dollar.



On the left is larb na which is a soup with vegetables and noodles and pork.You can have it with seafood or have it not so soupy and have the soup be more like a marinade.The Chinese version is called chow mein.And on the right it's ka pow kai again.Larb na cost only 45 baht.

Below is barbecue duck.The Thai name is ped yang which means duck that's barbecued.Ped means duck in Thai,kai is chicken,ka pow means basil.The pickled ginger with the ped yang adds more flavor,tastes kinda like the Korean kinmhi.Ped yang in this style cost only 50 baht.



Pad Thai is very popular with farang,below is pad thai goong(goong means prawn) and it cost only 50 baht.



Last but not least below is kaw mon kai,which means rice with garlic and chicken but it's really a chicken flavored rice.It's one of the most common Thai foods and is found in every street area and every mall and theme park.This kaw mon kai costed 37 baht but sometimes it's 40 baht or 50 baht depending which store you buy it from.Touristy areas tend to have more expensive food.



I wish I could have showed the photos when I was in chaing rai because there's beautiful scenery in those photos and burma has some interesting photos too(some of the photos I had of when I was in burma and chaing rai are in earlier blogs but I edited myself and the girl I was with out of those photos but now I want to show myself in them but i cannot.

I also had some photos of lovely Thai shopping malls with Japanese style decorations but I lost those photos.

Towards the end of 2013 and early 2014 the protests in Thailand esculated and I took some photos of protests outside of the apartment I was staying in.

This was right at the time when the protesters started arriving.



This was when many of them started walking past.



This was when they walked past in bigger numbers.





Some of the protesters were on the back of trucks with speaker phones shouting out why they wanted the Yingluck government overthrown.







Friday, 29 August 2014

What I've been doing in the past year and a half.

I haven't done a proper blog about what I've been doing in the past year and a half.Anyways,the last time I blogged about my life was about events in early 2013,and I was dealing with a break up,since then I got into a relationship with another girl from the Philippines(me and her actually met back in April 2012 in Thailand but at that time we decided not to start a relationship because of various reasons)and we decided to give a relationship a go from early in 2013 and I actually went to the Philippines for a month and then she came to Thailand to spend new years eve with me but we broke up eventually because of complex stuff I don't want to go into.Here's photos of me and her together at safari world in Bangkok Thailand from April 2012.



When I was in the Philippines I spent time in Manila(me and her travelled there together because there's more to do there)and I went to her home town of Iloilo which is further South and more rural with a bit of a tropical,swampy climate.

I have photos of when I was in the Philippines,here's some of them.









Below was when me and her were lining up for J Co which make gorment style donuts which we had to wait 1 hour in line for(this was in Manila).She is the person on the bottom right corner holding the Samsung phone(yes she colored her hair red)



I finally got to try Jolibee which is a popular Filipino fast food chain and it's actually quite yummy,the Champ burgers have very creamy mayonaise and the fried chicken and gravy is very yummy.



Later this year I went back to Thailand,and traveled to Northern Thailand for a few days(I like going to Northern Thailand to see the little quaint towns) and spent an afternoon in Laos(I wanted to stay longer but couldn't for a certain reason)so all the photos I have of Laos are at a temple.











But no place beats Bangkok and here is some photos from the apartment I was staying in.



I love the skytrain in Bangkok,it takes you so many places so quickly and the trains come every few minutes,unlike the shitty train system in Australia.




Earlier I mentioned Northern Thailand,here is some delicious northern Thai food,yai yang which is northern thai style grilled chicken and som tum(which is a papaya salad).



It costed only 150 baht too which is much cheaper than what I'd pay in Australia and tastes better than the versions of it sold in Thai restaurants in Australia too.

Game review awards and game blog awards I've won on Gamespot and recognition I've received from Gameinformer.





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Blog Herding: Community Edition 07/17/14 – News – Www.gameinformer.com

With a week to go before the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, beat the heat by staying indoors, playing video game and reading Blog Herding of course. It was another productive week featuring a number of new faces as well as a few posts from the regulars. Enjoy. Blog Herding Stats: Period Reviewed: July 07 July 13, 2014 Number of User Blogs: 55 Number of User Bloggers: 35 Number of User Blogs Herded: 10 Community Blogs: To The Moon Review TidusandYuna1983 awards To The Moon a near perfect score, calling it “one of the most emotional and beautiful stories” he’s ever experienced from any kind of media. That’s a pretty powerful response. Don’t forget to send your feedback, recommendations, and community events in to my personal Game Informer account located here to ensure this feature continues to provide the content you’re eager to read. Happy Blogging! Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (07/07/14 07/13/14): Adventuring Alberto; Alto1st; Anthony D’Elia; Arano; Bluubeetle; boxcar182; Brian Tisdale; Cpu Xl; Doctor Apozem; Enuo (3); Epic Professor; Gaming Warthog; General M ills44; harry jones; Irwin529; IzzyOtaku (4); KillerRabbitsFTW; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; lordmorales; Los Pollos Bros; Matastig; MightyMagikarp; Mr. Carson Pumpkins (2); Psykologic; pwnmaster109; RovertNoteek; Shady Missionary; StonedMagician; The Destroyer (7); thegodofwine7 (2); Thomas Stensland (2); TidusandYuna1983; vxFiddlerxv; Wombat3875 and yours truly…Saint.
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Blog Herding: Community Edition 07/17/14

We're midway through summer and the next big event is right around the corner. With a week to go before the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, beat the heat by staying indoors, playing video game and reading Blog Herding of course. It was another productive week featuring a number of new faces as well as a few posts from the regulars. Enjoy.
Blog Herding Stats:
Period Reviewed: July 07 – July 13, 2014
Number of User Blogs: 55
Number of User Bloggers: 35
Number of User Blogs Herded: 10
Community Blogs:
My Top 10 Xbox 360 GamesGame Informer's list of the Top 25 Xbox 360 games inspired a number of bloggers, including Shady Missionary, to post their own thoughts on the subject. See anything you like on this list?
Fall 2014: New Generation Console Not NeededLetMeGetToACheckpoint summarizes a handful of recent and upcoming releases available on what is now the last generation of consoles while wondering if we even need a new generation of consoles.
Why I Love The Runaway GuysThe Let's Play movement is a popular feature among gamers who enjoy sharing their videos on websites like YouTube. The Destroyer praises a few of his favorite broadcasters and explains why he likes them.
The Real Best Xbox 360 GamesAnother blogger responding to Game Informer's list of the Top 25 Xbox 360, Doctor Apozem personalizes the list to include a bunch of his favorites that didn't make the official cut.
A Short Ramble On Valiant HeartsA brief commentary from vxFidd'lerxv about Valiant Hearts – a puzzle adventure game developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and inspired by letters written during the Great War.
GIO Member Herding: Part 66 Of XXThe latest installment of Member Herding proves to be another exceptional episode courtesy of thegodofwine7. Who was featured this week? Well, you will have to click the link to find out.
Faces Of Fighting: Examining Poster Boys In Fighting GamesThomas Stensland explores the many different faces often associated with some of the more popular fighting games while wondering if their stardom (or lack of) influences reception of the game.
Why Comic-Based Games Are Hard To Pull OffA lengthy but insightful look at IzzyOtaku's perspective regarding the challenges often associated with creating a successful video game from a pre-existing comic book character or series.
Bungie Day: Remembering Halo 3In order to commemorate Bungie Day, Irwin529 reflects on Halo 3 – typically not the favorite game in the series, but a chapter he is particularly fond of. He even shares the story of how and why. 
Ten Gamecube Games I'd Like To See On The Wii U Virtual ConsoleThe Virtual Console is a feature that allows Wii and Wii U owners to purchase and play games, including a number of the classics. Gaming Warthog lists ten GameCube games he'd like to see added to the store.
Community Reviews:
Wolfenstein: The New Order Review (PS4)The Wolfenstein series has a decorated history of distinguished service in the shooter genre. Boxcar182 evaluates how well The New Order lives up to the series' reputation.
To The Moon ReviewTidusandYuna1983 awards To The Moon a near perfect score, calling it "one of the most emotional and beautiful stories" he's ever experienced from any kind of media. That's a pretty powerful response.
Don't forget to send your feedback, recommendations, and community events in to my personal Game Informer account located here to ensure this feature continues to provide the content you're eager to read.
Happy Blogging!
Your friendly neighborhood blogging community (07/07/14 – 07/13/14):Adventuring Alberto; Alto1st; Anthony D'Elia; Arano; Bluubeetle; boxcar182; Brian Tisdale; Cpu Xl; Doctor Apozem; Enuo (3); Epic Professor; Gaming Warthog; General M ills44; harry jones; Irwin529; IzzyOtaku (4); KillerRabbitsFTW; LetMeGetToACheckpoint; lordmorales; Los Pollos Bros; Matastig; MightyMagikarp; Mr. Carson Pumpkins (2); Psykologic; pwnmaster109; RovertNoteek; Shady Missionary; StonedMagician; The Destroyer (7); thegodofwine7 (2); Thomas Stensland (2); TidusandYuna1983; vxFiddlerxv; Wombat3875 and yours truly...Saint.
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