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Otome Games

15 Oct

I’m not sure whether this may come as a surprise to you all or not, but I play otome games. An otome game is simply a visual novel that has a female protagonist, and is made for a female audience – usually a dating simulation game although there are a few titles that do not involve romance developing between you and the other characters. I play them on my iphone because it’s easiest for me but I think I’ll end up buying a few on amazon when I purchase a nintendo 3ds at the end of the year.¬†They’re really fun and if you’re a fangirl like me, you’ll end up smiling and getting caught up in the story that you’re weaving yourself into.

There are a few companies that create otome games for IOS in english like Libre, Voltage and Ntt Solmare. My favourite games are all made by Ntt Solmare because they offer the best prices and the stories are instant. What I mean by that is that whilst there are English otome games that are free, they come with a price – your time. They work by giving you a limited amount of energy each day and they can take about a month to complete the whole volumes. The most popular distributor for these games is probably Voltage who label them as “For Gree” which is a japanese social networking site. There are quite a few of them ranging from situations such as bodyguards to celebrities and knights. Then you’ve got the other free ones – the ones from Voltage that offer you the games free to download which usually just provides you with the prologue. You’ve got to purchase each guy separately and each guy costs approximately $4.50 in the Aus Apple Store. The storylines that Voltage have are really interesting and the art is also gorgeous (as with most of the otome games I’ve seen for iphone) but they will probably clean out your apple accounts.

Libre has one game for offer which is called 2/2 Lover – Angels and Demons. This one is free and it is probably the most beautiful I’ve played. Everyday you get one pink heart for the character you tap the most the previous day and they will build up to lead you into the next stage of your relationship. The two characters show up depending on the time of the day but you can switch their times around. Hinata (the angel) will offer you a fortune reading each day but that’s in japanese. The best thing about this app is that the characters are animated and speak. Yes, they have japanese voices (but you can read the words in english) and they also provide incentive for you to log on every day as you get rewards as alarms. The first reward I received was an alarm with Hinata’s voice. The second which I’m currently going for is Setsuna’s voice. The additional purchases made for this app is for the last stage and to limit the amount of blue hearts that you can accumulate (which pushes your progress backwards) and they cost $5.50 each.

Ntt Solmare have three free games and six paid games under the ‘Shall we date’ banner. Their three free games are the ones which involve a social component : Destiny Ninja, Ninja Love for Gree and My Sweet Prince+. Their paid games are: Heian Love, Ninja Love, My Sweet prince, Actor to be, Konkatsu for Marriage and a newly released one with actual human models, In Love: Memories can’t wait. I am currently playing Destiny Ninja and Ninja Love but I’m up to the final character and my next one will probably be My Sweet Prince. I’ve finished Konkatsu For Marriage (which I LOVED) and I’ve got Heian Love but the art wasn’t as great so I stopped playing for awhile however Heian Love is the one with the best bang for your buck as it provided me with 5 characters when I purchased it. I probably won’t bother with Actor to be and In Love as the art isn’t as nice as I’d like.

I think I’ll create walkthroughs for The Ninja in Love game and maybe the others if I can be bothered. I know there are a few walkthroughs available on the net but they didn’t include the walkthrough for the side stories. So if you’re interested, watch this space.

In the meantime, otome games are great fun even if you’re dating someone and you’ll surely fall in love as I did.



Happiness in the little moments.

13 Jun

The first thing that entered my eyes when I woke up was the sunlight streaming through the slits in your blinds. I had to blink several times before my eyes got used to the soft glow that was illuminating your room. Yawning and rubbing my eyes, I couldn’t help but pause and smile when I saw the photo of you as a child on the wall. Standing next to your brother, you looked so adorable with your hands behind your back and smiling mischievously. Who knew you would grow up to be such a serious man?

My smile became wider as I turned and saw you sleeping peacefully right next to me, with your arm next to mine. We fell asleep holding hands, as we usually did. Sleeping and waking up next to you has always been what made me happiest in the world.

Looking at the time on the clock next to the bed, I realised I had woken up too early. I couldn’t get out of bed either and risk waking you up from your peaceful slumber – not that I wanted to either. I wanted to just lay there and bask in the beauty of that moment – with the sunlight warming our skin and the sounds of your slow, yet steady breaths. There isn’t much that is more wonderful than this happiness.

You murmured something under your breath and I laughed. It didn’t sound like you were having a nightmare but I still wanted to hold you in my arms – to feel your soft skin against mine. Whether or not I was the big spoon or the little spoon, I just loved the feel of you around me. There was nothing that could compare, not even satin. As good as it felt on the skin, you felt a hundred times better. You are a hundred times better than anything I’ve ever known.

Closing my eyes, I couldn’t help but remember the night before.

I was already in bed by the time you turned off the lights and slid in with me. I wasn’t feeling as tired as I should be, or more like I didn’t want to waste time sleeping when I could be awake with you. You slid your arm under my neck as I lay my head against your strong chest. I could listen to your heartbeat which has always been one of my favourite sounds. When I sighed, you asked what was wrong. I told you nothing but you probably didn’t believe me. Honestly, I was just content. I felt like we were in our own little world and I never wanted that to end.

In the darkness of the room, we discussed anything that came to mind but all I wanted to do was listen to your voice. Soft, gentle, silvery are all words I could use to describe it but none of them could describe how beautiful your voice was; I just wanted to listen to it forever. In my opinion, there is not a more wonderful sound than your dulcet tones.

Somehow, the conversation had slowly stopped and you told me to go to sleep. I didn’t want to sleep though, I just wanted to bask in the moment but before long, I was drifting off and sleep had claimed me as his captive. Sometimes, I was scared of falling asleep because I often had nightmares but when I was next to you, I never had them. Sleeping next to you always provided the best sleep I would ever have.

The last thing I felt before falling sleep, was your fingers tightening around mine and the warm glow of happiness that filled my heart.

Happily Ever After

20 Apr

Doesn’t exist.

Oh, did I burst your little harlequin romance bubble? (The Ugly Truth).

I don’t think you even need to be a rocket scientist to even figure that out these days. You can just look at the divorce rate – 50% of marriages end in divorce. I don’t know about you, but a 50% chance of my marriage being the one that survives… well that’s just scary. I feel like I should stop chasing it, and I’m only 18.

I know at 18 I shouldn’t really be worrying about this. I should be having the time of my life, enjoying the uni life to the fullest etc etc. But I don’t find it appealing at all. There’s nothing appealing about ruining my health by drinking excessively or catching an sti from someone after hooking up with them whilst drunk. There’s nothing appealing about having relationships that don’t end up anywhere. They just feel like a waste of time, effort and money. Which they are really… why invest your time in something that you know won’t last?

Some might argue that they like the company, affection or knowing that they have somebody there which I have to admit, is pretty awesome but then again, the price attached to that is pretty high. You’ll need to spend money on this person (especially if you’re a guy), you’ve got to make time for this person, give up some stuff for this person and you’ll probably end up loving them. But in the end, you both know that you’ll break up anyways. So why bother?

But really… at only 18, I’m sick of it all. I’m sick of the games. I’m sick of chasing it. I really am. It could be my depression talking but I feel jaded. I’m sick of meeting the wrong guys. I’m sick of dates going nowhere or ending badly. I’m sick of waiting for guys making the first move, yet they never do and only reveal that they were interested after much circling and me making the first move. I’m sick of getting rejected. I’m sick of the worrying about it all. I’m sick of it all. I’ve just gone on too many dates and deleted too many numbers off of my phone. I just wish for this impossible happily ever after.

I know that its impossible to be always happy in a relationship so the happily ever after doesn’t really ‘exist’. What I mean is the happily ever after where i really like or even love the other person and we spend a lot of our time together, doing just the simple things like enjoying a cuddle on the couch; cooking a meal together; taking a walk together; laughing together; having long debates that take us from topic to topic and just enjoying the time together. But it all really seems like a fantasy that isn’t bound to happen because it just feels like I’ve gone through so much, yet I still haven’t managed to have a person in my life that I could do all those things with.

I feel like half of a romantic just thinking about all these things. I feel jaded about dating but I still can’t help but wish for a man who smells like heaven and gives me a bouquet of flowers on our first date. A man whom I would really click with and am able to be myself with. A man who can make me laugh and smile all the time – and never faking it either. I want a man who I would enjoy everything life has to offer with and whom I would have great chemistry with. I want a man who I would heat up the sheets with and never get bored. I want Mr. Impossible.

But he doesn’t exist. Happy ever after doesn’t exist…. but its something that I’m wishing will be proved wrong…