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Welcome to the Chamber. This page is sort of like a mini blog. Yes, I know I already own a proper blog, but this place is for small updates that don't belong there.
Despite claiming to not like watching anime anymore, I've recently been watching a lot of it. Well, not really that much, but a lot more than usual. I decided to watch Black Butler. Years ago I bought and read the first volume, watched two episodes, then completely forgot about it. Feeling guilty that I never went any further with it, I started watching the anime. The setting, characters, opening and voice acting are all really good, but I do have one slight problem with it. One minute it wants to be super dark (which I love), then suddenly it just turns into comedy. I have this problem with a lot of stuff. Having a bit of comedy isn't bad, but sometimes it kills the mood during the more serious stuff.
Apparently people will pay real money to get certain villagers in Animal Crossing. It just so happens that I have Marshal on my island as well as Audie (she's in the campsite but she won't move in because I lost one stupid card game!), so does that technically mean I'm sitting on a pile of money? I love Marshal too much to sell him, and besides, I don't even have a Switch Online membership... This random website also says that Zucker is worth money too! I also have him in my village, and he's absolutely adorable. I actually don't know why people would pay to get villagers, to be quite honest. They're just a bunch of pixels you could easily watch on YouTube if you wanted to see them that badly. It sort of feels a bit strange buying and selling them like cattle. I know they're not real but it still feels weird. Yes, it is slightly annoying that the villagers on your island are randomised, but I sort of think it makes it slightly more fun, because when someone new moves it's nice to be surprised by who it is.
When I was very young, there was this anime I really loved. I saved loads of pictures of it onto my computer and knew a lot of the names of the characters. The weirdest thing about it was that I never watched any episodes, none at all. I just liked the art. The series was called Mermaid Melody. At a later date I watched a few of the episodes and then forgot about it. All I really remember about it is that every episode would start with "watashi wa nanami luchia!" and that the love interest's name was Kaito. The theme tune was quite catchy too. The only reason I'm suddenly writing about this is because I just went through the backup of my old computer and found all these pictures of the characters I saved. I tried to track down the manga on eBay, but all I found were body pillows of the characters (who I'm pretty sure are all underage girls!) and random merchandise.
I watched this random film on Netflix called "365 DNI". It certainly was... something. The ending was rubbish and there wasn't much substance to it, but I think it was just designed to be some women's fantasy so I can forgive the weird plot. It sort of reminded me of Kissed by the Baddest Bidder in places. Speaking of films, I also watched Frozen 2 a few days ago, and it also had a rubbish plot. The first film's story I never liked much either. At least the music and animation quality was good...
I just purchased a Switch Lite off of Amazon. Even though I've wanted one for ages, I was a bit scared before and after making the purchase. Maybe I'm just a cheapskate, but spending lots of money at once feels extremely scary. It's really a bit pathetic. The game I got was Animal Crossing, I've never played it but it looks fun. Let's hope that the console doesn't get damaged during shipping!
Yesterday I was reminded of a very awkward childhood crush. I used to like Meowth from the Pokemon anime. Don't ask me why. I'm not even a furry or anything.
I almost bought a Switch Lite today, but the colour (pink) and game (Animal Crossing) I wanted were both out of stock. Then I sat and thought about it, and realised that if I really wanted another console, I could just buy a 3DS and a lot of games and have just as much fun. The only thing I'd be missing out on is new otome games. I missed out on the 3DS because I bought a DSi XL the December before it came out and had no idea that there was a new one right around the corner.
I hate it when I find a cool song I really really like, but it's from some random video game I've never played, so I feel guilty listening to it when I don't know the game so in the end I just try and forget about it.
Everybody's been doing cool hobbies inside during this quarantine, but I've just been doing my regular stay at home routine that really sucks when I think about it. I wake up, pet my cats, then spend the whole day watching TV, internet browsing, music listening, DDR (that's my exercise), occasional eating, language textbooks, writing, and video games. I suppose I did volunteer to do one thing outside my house, which is OK. I try to think of other hobbies to do, but I can never come up with anything. If I try to think of something new to do, when it's time to actually do it I'm just too exhausted. At least today I spent a long time rearranging stuff in my room. Everything I do sees to involve immersing myself in another world somehow. In the past I used to do way more interesting things, but for a few years I've just been following the same routine of boredom. Even when I do go outside I just go to the same places because I don't really like where I live right now.
I was watching YouTube fine and then it started to act all funny and things wouldn't load properly and it would say silly things like "The playlist does not exist". The video I was watching might have cursed it... I think other people are having problems too. Now I'm sad because I was having fun watching random stuff and now I dunno what else to do...
I had an idea for this site the other day, but then I completely forgot to actually follow through with it. I should really work on this site more. In this website's early days, I was completely obsessed with it, but now I don't care so much. It's like that with everything, I'll get really into it but I won't stick with it for a long time.
When I was a very small child, I used to spend a lot of my time imagining myself as a popstar and dating the various celebrities I had crushes on. Everytime I'd find a song that I liked, I used to pretend that my fictional celebrity self had sung it. I did that for a very long time, until I stopped thinking about real people and just inserted myself into fictional worlds instead. But recently, I started the fictional pop star thing back up again, even picking songs that I had "sung". I started imagining live performances and interviews, and even made myself date this other celebrity. (I'm not naming names, of course) It's super embarrassing imagining myself being romantically involved with a real life person, because imagine how they'd feel if they knew! They go through their own lives and struggles and I'm just here imagining myself kissing them. What is really weird is that last night, I binged watched a lot of videos involving this certain celebrity, and then I had a dream that I was married to them! I was my exact fictional pop star self in the dream, which is great because usually my dreams make things weird and never go how I'd want them. (Once I had a lucid dream, but sometimes I doubt that it was actually real) Normally I have the same dreams about visiting my childhood home or being on a plane and waking up before it crashes, but this one was very pleasant. I have no idea why I'm writing this here. Actually, I've always wanted to write about my dreams somewhere so I don't forget them.
Chatting to people online is so terrifying...
I attempted to use this Japanese version of Omegle to practice my language skills, I paired with some random person and they said "hello" (in Japanese of course), I had no idea how to reply (despite knowing how to carry more than a basic conversation) so I panicked and left the chat. Talking online is supposed to be a lot easier than talking IRL, but to me it's just as scary and difficult! I then started another conversation with "hello" and the person replied the same and then said that they were a woman (I simply replied "me too") and they sent more messages like "there are lots of people online" but I didn't really know what to say to them so I just chickened out again. Another person I was actually ready to chat to, they asked what I was doing today and I replied "using the computer", but they never replied, probably because I forgot to conjugate the verb in the polite form.... The last person I chatted to I started the conversation by asking where they were from, they replied with some random place in Japan and I said "I live in England", as soon as they read that they left the chat!
Last time I used this Japanese Omegle-like site over a year ago with much worse skills, I remember starting a conversation and then realising I was chatting to a fellow foreigner, and then we just began speaking in English anyway. Maybe I'll start this thing again and try to begin an actual conversation instead of retreating like a coward. The website is chatpad.jp if any of you want to try it yourselves.
You would've thought that with all this free time I've been having lately, I'd actually update this site a bit, right? Well no. I've completely forgotten about this place. It's not that I don't enjoy updating it, it's just I have no ideas left. Also, I've been doing plenty of other things, like binge watching two whole seasons of a certain anime before my Crunchyroll free trial ran out, and just playing video games. Very important tasks indeed. I should probably update the look of this place a bit, but I've been feeling too tired to do much lately. Please don't write this place off as some dead website yet!!
For some reason, I really like listening to Japanese versions of K-Pop songs. I know the original Korean versions sound way better, but I seem to listen to these ones better. Sometimes the Japanese sounds a bit awkward, but I can memorise the words better since I sort of understand a bit of Japanese, and they seem to add a lot more English words into the translated lyrics. Whenever the Korean versions come on, I just end up singing along in Japanese.
I just think it's cool that K-Pop artists release stuff in multiple languages. Unfortunately, nobody else online seems to care about these Japanese versions as much as I do. Oh well.
They're going to make another Hakuouki musical and this time they're going to adapt Souma's route. I'm super excited because that means my favourite character, Miki (who literally only really appears in this route and a bit in the common route, he's super underrated too which sucks) is going to be in it! I've only watched the musical adaptation of Okita's route and it was actually quite decent. Perhaps I should give the other ones a try, I might as well since I have an infinite amount of free time due to this virus.
I did it! I made a mini fansite for BarbieGirls.com. Click here
to visit it.
Does anybody remember an online game called BarbieGirls.com? I used to use it from around 2009 until it shut in 2011. Every year I seem to remember that the site exists and get sad that it's gone. There were a few "Bring Back BarbieGirls" sites floating around the web, but they're all dead now. I was thinking that maybe I should make one to preserve its legacy. It's a shame that all the site assets are pretty much gone so nobody can make one of those private servers for it. All of the games from it are gone too. If you try to play them on the WayBack Machine, this big screen pops up saying "THIS IS A PROPERTY OF MATTEL INC.". One of the better games was called Dazzling Designs, it was so fun and I can't find it anywhere. :(
I think this site needs more glitter.
If anybody is wondering why I do not update this site very often anymore, it's not because I'm bored or I've lost interest or anything. I just can't really find any more ideas inside my brain for this place. I feel like I've made this site the best I can, so there's nothing much more that needs to be added. A lot of websites don't really update their content for ages, so I don't really feel bad about doing this.
I also feel like sharing a "life hack" today. If you use the mobile version of Spotify and one of those annoying audio advertisements pops up in the middle of your playlist, just close the app, then reopen it. The advert is then gone and you can get back to partying or whatever people do when they listen to music. (Please note: I only tested this on iOS, I don't know about Android) It's a bit of an inconvenient trick, but at least you don't have to wait through a minute of boring adverts. Oops, I feel like someone from Spotify's going to read this and remove this feature. Maybe I shouldn't have said anything at all.
With my Microsoft Rewards points, I managed to get this voucher for the Xbox Store, a very small one not worth much money. Normally I just spend it on some indie puzzle game before it expires, but I found one of the Sword Art Online games on sale for an absolute steal of a price, so I thought "why not?" and bought it. I used to be a massive fan of the light novels until I gave up after the ninth book. To be honest, the whole thing is one big teenage boy fantasy with all these big breasted anime girls and stuff, but I still sort of liked it. This was years ago, however. Apparently the game has romance in, but there's loads of female love interest and like two male ones...
I've never really played a JRPG that isn't Pokemon, so I'm not sure what to expect. Hopefully I won't give up on it after a while. At least it was basically free, so I can't really complain. I did have to pay two more pounds on top of the voucher, however. I'm usually quite tight but someone told me to just buy it anyway. I still feel a bit bad that I spent real money, but I should stop being such a cheap skate.
All I've got to do now is wait for the thing to download. It's 25 gigabytes large! I do have a lot of space on my Xbox, but that's going to really strain my WiFi connection...
...You know how in the last post I said I had an urge to play some Dance Dance Revolution? Well I did just that. I turned my Xbox on after many months, and opened the game. I started playing a random song I clicked by accident, failed the song, and then my Xbox froze.
I thought that I was going to get the Red Ring Of Death. I restarted my Xbox, and funnily enough, that's exactly what I've got. I looked the issue up, and the problem with my poor Xbox is hardware failure. Tomorrow I'm going to turn it on again and see if it works, but I don't have very high hopes.
Considering I got this console for free from someone, it's had a good run. I'm just sad because DDR isn't backwards compatible with my Xbox One, and I don't really want to buy a new 360 right now. All I've been using it to play for the past few months is DDR. All it had was one job, and not even a very taxing job. I suppose the console was ten years old, and one of the fat white models that is prone to failure. I might be able to fix it somehow, but I don't trust myself to poke around inside the case. It sucks because I only got the dance mat last year!!
If I want to play DDR now, I'll just have to find some gameplay footage on YouTube and get the mat out and follow the steps. The mat does have USB but it's actually just a really flat Xbox controller, so it requires Xbox controller drivers to work on a PC. I did try using it with my old laptop but it didn't work. Maybe if I buy DDR for the Wii and use that mat there it may work.
R.I.P Xbox. You had a good run. I'm surprised you didn't die earlier, to be honest, because you always got really hot and used the fans quite a lot.
Oh dear. I realised that I had forgotten to visit Moshi Monsters before it closed. Oops.
I have a strong urge to play DDR right now. During the holidays I went to three different arcades and managed to play it a bit. One arcade had an old cabinet with a dying CRT monitor and pads that wouldn't work, but it was quite fun. Nobody else in the was really interested in playing it for some reason. The other two arcades had Pump It Up cabinets. I'd never heard of that game before, but it was fun, even if the music library was mainly just K-pop.
Luckily I have a copy of DDR on my Xbox, but I don't like it as much as the arcade versions because the songs aren't as good, and the pads are soft and the dance mat moves while I'm playing. I'm not actually that good at the game yet because I don't really play it that much. When I do play it, it's super loud because my feet stomp really loudly.
Moshi Monsters is closing in December!!!!! I was wondering if it was going to die. This announcement is so soon though! I'm planning to play and record it for YouTube so that the gameplay is forever archived. I wish I could be on it until its last moment, but it closes at midday for some reason, not midnight like 90% of virtual worlds.
I still have most of my Moshi Merchandise in one of my parent's houses. It was such a big part of my life at one point, and it never really left me. I still think about it quite often. I'll make a Moshi nostalgia blog post eventually. I had six accounts and there are so many messages from old friends who I've long since moved away from. I never watched the film at all but I still had loads of Moshling figures, books, magazines and I had the membership for quite a long time. I really don't expect a fan to make a new server for it because it's simply not as popular as stuff like Club Penguin.
The closure email says that you can still have Moshi fun on their new apps, but they're just aimed at little kids. I suppose the main site is aimed at kids too though.
I'm not in tears because of this news however, because all good things must come to an end eventually. At least it lasted longer than other people's childhood sites, like Club Penguin and that. This is the third one of my old virtual worlds that has shut, along with Barbiegirls and Build A Bearville. I just hope that Stardoll doesn't go anytime soon. I have so many rare items on there. I also have a lot of rare Moshi items too.
Moshi Monsters gave me a lot of fond memories. At school my friends and I used to trade Moshling figures, and we even had a Moshi club. When I think about the site, it just reminds me of spending time at my dad's house on my netbook, 4Music on in the background. It's so strange, because a few years ago Moshi Monsters was EVERYWHERE. I ate Moshi pasta, Moshi sweets, Moshi cupcakes (from a recipe magazine) and even Moshi chocolate. It was in the music charts, at school, in the cinema, on your DS and literally everywhere in my local Tesco. I don't know if it was very popular out of the UK, but I did see some of the toys for sale abroad.
RIP Moshi Monsters. You will be missed, and I'll probably never forget about you. It's very hard to when I was once absolutely obsessed with it. It's funny, it was only the other day that I went back to it to play the ice cream game. Maybe I cursed it somehow.
Yesterday I tried to play archived games from the old site Barbiegirls.com, but they wouldn't work. I wish that Barbiegirls.com had been archived somehow, because it was such a well made site with some great games on it.
Frozen 2 is out soon and I sort of want to see it. I liked the first film when I first watched it in 2013, a pirated copy on my friend's CRT monitor. Still, I always felt that something was missing from it. I think that the plot was just a bit empty. Like Elsa just runs away and sings Let it Go and hides in her castle, but then you don't really see her do much at all after that, you don't really see her struggle that much or anything. She doesn't really have that much interaction with Anna either. I love the songs and the animation in Frozen, but I just feel that the plot's really rubbish. Hopefully the second film will be much better.
I used to really love Double Lollies and Love Hearts as a child, but today I came to the conclusion that Drumsticks are the best Halloween sweet. It's funny, because I used to think that they were really sickly.
I don't usually watch anime, but recently I've been watching Dance With Devils, simply because I wanted to play the otome version of it. Although a couple of the musical numbers are a bit cheesy, I've had so much fun with this series. It's just really enjoyable to watch. Maybe I'll even write a review of it when I'm done.
Meanwhile, I'm neglecting all of my mobile otome games. I'm so close to finishing Arthur's route in Ikemen Vampire, but I really just can't be bothered to get my iPod Touch out and play it right now.
Today I re-played Code: Realize, but I just skipped through most of the common route and went onto Saint-Germain's route. When I played it before, I turned the voice acting off, because I had accidentally created character voices in my head and it felt weird hearing them speaking differently. This time I turned the sound on, and I am very glad I did. All of the voice actors did such a wonderful job with this game.
I am also about to create a Windows Vista virtual machine. Why? Because I actually have a lot of nostalgia for it, and I just feel like messing around with something.
I seem to spend more time on the Internet reading video game discussions than actually playing them. Right now I don't actually have anything to play, but even when I did, I still spent more time on my PC instead.
I have been grinding for Swagbucks lately, it's sort of become and obsession/hobby. I want to be able to buy a whole otome game with them, although it's going to take an awfully long time. Yes, I could just spend actual money, but I'm cheap. At first I thought that I'd never be able to earn anything from this site, but it's actually really easy. The other day I typed in "I NEED MONEY" into the Swagbucks search and it randomly gave me four SBs. There's a massive wishlist of games I want to buy, but they're mainly Japanese-only ones. That means that they're sometimes super difficult to understand, but I still have fun with them anyway!
I keep seeing all these pretty otome themed sites with such lovely themes and banner images. It makes me want to revamp my own site again, except this time it'll have cute pastel colours and GIFs instead of the dark glitter bomb that it currently is. I'm itching to go on Photoshop and create some web graphics right now, except my laptop is at home, so I can't. :(
Since this "Chamber" page has a different theme to the rest of the site, it makes things a bit inconsistent, but who really cares?