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~ TCJ (The Comics Journal)

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~ myO member

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~ Allamorph

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~ TimeChaser

Quick Notes

- I spent a good hour reading through old blog posts. Man, what fun times. I miss them. Some great chat logs too. Can you believe that once, long ago, I got an authentic compliment from Sangome? And from Ace as well. I don't even remember the context but I'll take it.

- Have any of you seen Attack on Titan? I saw the first two episodes and it has promise. The giants are a fascinating enemy. The manga sponsored our site briefly!

- 2013 hasn't been the happiest of years. All our ads have been "junk" ads. Last year we had great support from FUNi and Anime Studio. This year...*cue crickets*, but the industry isn't what it used to be, so it's not unexpected. Losing traffic because of Google's Image Search change didn't help either. We've operated at a loss for the last bunch of months, but it's no big deal to cover.

- I want to schedule a special chat window or day. It won't be a celebrity chat, but it'll be a "reunion chat" where tons of old members drop by and say hi. Who's game?

A Wild Allamorph/Kimmeh Appeared

Last week I met two senior citizen theO members when they visited NYC: Kimmeh (aka KimmeHameHa) and Allamorph (aka Morpheus).

Both of them are doing well. Kimmeh has become a famous figure in the K-Pop world and (unrelated) can travel anywhere she likes for free. Morpheus is tall, not a literal black cat and is protecting our country from harm. Kimmeh likes Chai lattes. Morpheus likes Fire Emblem. Kimmeh doesn't like NYC's humidity/soup dumplings. Morpheus doesn't like Texas military bases/people knowing his real name.

Somehow I forgot to take a photo with them.

Game of Thrones

(!!!)

I guess I have to double-down on the dragon lady now.

Quick FF7 Thought

I don't understand why the English translation in FF7 is so bad.

According to Wikipedia, it was "the most expensive video game of its time."

FF7 was Square's flagship PS1 game. The first game they made outside a Nintendo console. They had a lot to prove.

Square had the experience--Chrono Trigger came out not long before and that translation was pretty good. FF4 and FF6 weren't bad either.

What happened?

FF7 was also a big game for Sony. Did no one there notice the bad translation ahead of time? Did someone notice but was too scared to point it out?

How could an average fan subber do a better job than the translator(s) behind the flagship game for two major companies?

I'd love to hear that story!

(FF7 is still great so far BTW.)

Turning 30 Post + FF7

James wrote a great post about turning 30. We happen to share the same birthday and birthyear! (April 30, 1983.)

Milestones are important not because of the # attached to them but because they give you a reason to stop and question where you are (and have been) in life. Maybe I'll have a post on the same subject?

I built a PC last week and am playing Final Fantasy VII for the *first time* on it (legally!). I watched my brother play the game on-and-off when it first came out but this is the first time I'm playing it from start to finish.

So far it's GREAT. Some aspects didn't age well but it has FAR more charm and soul than the majority of new games. I can "see" the creator's soul floating in the background. Compare to FFXIII, which is corporate and soulless, kind of like a Japanese Call of Duty game...