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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.
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?