June 27, 2016

KARAKARA Now Available on Steam

Posted on June 27, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Sekai Project, in partnership with calme, has today announced that the heartwarming visual novel, KARAKARA is now available on Steam for Windows PC. This one is one that I have been looking forward to for some time. Bishi VN’s are fairly rare. As they tend to be marketed to the much smaller gay male, and female fan bases. So this one is a pretty great find to have coming to Steam.

Developed by calme, KARAKARA is a Bishoujo visual novel set in an alternate, dystopian world where the comfortable and quaint life of Leon and Lucia, two hardworking diner owners, takes an interesting turn of fate when they discover an unconscious young woman passed out on the side of the highway. Together, the three will take a courageous step forward to forge a new life in a world reborn.

Sekai decribes KARAKARA as:
“KARAKARA. It is the sound of aridity. It is the sound of dry asphalt and sandy winds. It is the sound of relentless sunshine, as well as the sound of a withering race.”
The VN gakes place in the  “Age of Dusk.” It is a time of senescence for the human species, during which hybrids known as the “Others”—those who are human, yet not—exist in great numbers.

On the windswept barrens of a land without moisture, a small gathering of people make their living in a world they no longer know. Down a stretch of highway and far from the heart of the town are two such people who run a small diner. To them, the circumstances that reshaped their world is of far less concern than the number of lunch boxes they can load into their delivery vehicle. After all, leaving customers hungry is not good for business, and business keeps them fed. Day after day, they occupy themselves with the endless work of their diner. However, the comfortable monotony of their daily lives is turned on its head when they discover a large suitcase by the roadside on their way home from deliveries. Lying on the suitcase, unmoving, is a young girl with pink hair…

Though parched, they keep each other company, and while once hollow, they fill each other’s voids. So shall they live on this land so arid.

Sounds pretty intresting! KARAKARA is now available on Steam for $9.99 with a 20% off discount for the first week. A demo for KARAKARA is also available on Steam.


Riders of Icarus gets a new Trailer

Posted on June 27, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Nexon releases new video today for Riders of Icarus . The MMORPG fantasy is currently in closed beta and will begin its open beta as of 6 July 2016.

In the meantime, players can now purchase their Founder’s Pack here for a limited time. The servers in the closed beta will remain open until 29 June. 

In Riders of Icarus, players roam picturesque regions in order to save humanity from an ancient evil that resurfaces: their combat skills evolve as they explore the world and collect and tame mystical beasts that they turn into bold frames, and thus powerful weapons. Besides these aerial and terrestrial wanderings Riders heroes of Icarus also benefits from a combo system. Once you are in close use devastating combo moves to defeat the numerous enemies and deadly bosses of in the air or on land.

Personally I think this game looks amazing, Ill be at least taking a farther in depth look at it for sure later one.


Dolphin Version 5 Released, Improves Compatibility With Hundreds of Games

Posted on June 27, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Dolphin Emulator

The fifth version of the Dolphin Wii / Gamecube emulator was released just prior to this weekend and it packs a number of enhancements that will surely have the emulation community ecstatic for the foreseeable future. Version 5 is the first major release in sometime, Dolphin 4.0 was finalized all the way back in September 2013.

A bump up in version number isn’t superfluous, the developers behind have used the last 24+ months to increase the emulation of hundreds of titles – improving everything from shadow accuracy, texture loading to how audio is handled by both the emulated system and physically connected Wiimotes!

Alongside the release of Dolphin 5.0 the developers have also released a YouTube video documenting and visually demonstrating the positive impact all of these enhancements will have for users.

Here is a small list of some of the major improvements:

  • Increased Shadow Accuracy
  • Texture Loading Fixes
  • Texture Environment Fixes
  • Depth Emulation Fixes
  • Progressive Scan Functions Properly In All Games
  • Proper System Menu Emulation (Wii)
  • Audio / Video Timing Issues Fixed
  • Wiimote Plus Can Now Connect On Windows 8
  • Compatibility with hundreds of games improved due to Zfreeze implementations
  • Supports controllers, wavebirds, third party controllers and bongos without the need for button configuration.





Game of Thrones comes to an exciting end

Posted on June 27, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Well kids, that was a hell of a ride, if you havent seen Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 10, stop reading now.

You have been warned: SPOILERS AHEAD.

So what a season we have just had. Jon is back alive, back in the north, with Sansa, and the Lords of the North. Down South Cersei has killed well everyone? Basically and Danny is on her way to Kings Landing with an army of Dothraki screamers, and Iron Born reavers. Woah thats a lot of process oh yah, and also Arya is murdering her way through her list finally!

So lets break this down. First of all, this has got to have been one of the bloodiest episodes since the Red Wedding. The opening was masterfully done, Loras Tyrell’s confession and profession of his faith to the council of septum, followed up with the lack of Cersei Lanisters presence. It was all just so dam good. The attempted last minute flight of Margaery Tyrell  from the sept, only to be stopped by the faith militant, hemmed in to her death. I loved how her façade of piety shattered and she tried to save them all.

Of course her attempts ended up being for nothing, the sept exploded, everyone inside died, and Cersei gained control of kings landing and presumably what ever is left of the seven kingdoms in one swoop. I loved the scene where Tommen bereft of anyone to comfort him, or help him, just walked out a window. It was masterfully done. I dont think Cersei planned that one.

So we ended up left with a kings landing on fire, and a mad queen who’s crowning ceremony may have been the darkest part of the show to date. The lighting was fantastic in this episode, and those shoulder pads! Cersei now has the wardrobe to go with her evil smile.

Meanwhile up in the North a 12 year old is shaming all of the great northern lords. At this point you have to love the tiny queen of Bear Island, shes just such an amazing character. John Snow (who we have confirmed to be a Targaryan)  is now King in the North. Hopefully things go better for John then they went for the last King in the North. Perhaps he should avoid getting married?

Arya is back, this time in angry stabby mode, having already killed the Waif in Bravos, she is now back in  and has made fast work  of the Freys, killing the two sons, and putting them in a pie, and just slitting the old ones throat. I personally loved seeing Arya get her revenge, but cant help but wonder where shes headed now that (mostly) everyone she hates is dead.

I have no doubt left out quite a bit, as a scant 500 word summary of the most action packed 90 minutes of this year is really quite a task to complete. But, I think I hit on most of the big points, I loved the scene of Cirie being crowed while a horrified Jamie looked on. I cant help but wonder what the future holds for them, as Jamie has seemingly grown farther and farther away from his one time sister-lover. Does Jamie know his last child is dead? Will that effect his relationship with Circie since she essentially killed Tommen?

The final shot of the season is a masterfull one. We see ships, oh so many ships, With sails painted with the Red Dragon of the old house Targaryan, the rose of house Tyrell, and the red sun of Dorn all headed for an already beaten up kings landing. Since Cersei also presumably blew up most of the Tyrell hose guards and host, all thats left to defend kings landing is a skeleton force of no doubt very tired foot soldiers of Casterly Rock. Not much trouble for three dragons and the combined host of the Tyrells, Dronish, and Dothraki.

I personally love this new murdery Cersei but I see the echos of the mad king in her, the burning everyone, the lack of caring about family, and the fact that Jamie is no doubt going to be close by her side, and that he already killed one mad ruler, can not be ignored.

With only two confirmed to be shorter seasons left, and with the fate of a promised movie now in question, I cant help but wonder where all of this is going.

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