Video games have been around for some time now. During their lifetime, we’ve seen a massive overhaul in terms of capability, story, gameplay, and graphics. They’ve come a long way since the days of Pong (and Pong is awesome). Games have broke the 2D barrier and ventured into 3D territory, while recently actually incorporating 3D effects to make the game pop out from the screen (via the Nintendo 3DS). Without the slow transitioning we’ve been granted over the years, anyone being shown footage from the Playstation 4 after only being exposed to the NES would be in absolute shock. We’re lucky to have such diverse and wonderful possibilities with what games can provide to consumers.
Things change over time.
Yet, it seems that with the more capabilities a console and game can provide, the more areas the developer has control over the consumer. We’re forced down these narrow passages that tell us how to play our games without giving us any real choice in the matter. While a lot of these design choices are falsely advertised as a “technological advancement,” it’s really just a nice way to say “we know better than you.” Really, do you?
I recently started watching the anime Ao No Exorcist (Blue Exorcist) and at least once during each episode, this commercial would crop up:
Needless to say, its cuteness left me completely enraptured, and for the first time in years I found myself not fast forwarding through a commercial.
And, as I can’tspeak Japanese yet, I thought to myself, “aww, how adorable; they must be advertising baby toys.”
Content with my idea of these little toys lining the shelves of Japanese toy stores everywhere, I didn’t give much more thought to what the commercial was actually advertising, thinking that something so cute could only be intended for the blissful masses of Japanese babies who would not doubt have many happy hours playing with them.
My idea that these pillowy rabbit/dog looking caricatures were intended for babies was only reinforced by this commercial, which cropped up after a few more episodes of Ao No Exorcist: Continue reading
While some of you may have heard of the Lolita Goth style that has been a hit in Japan and has swept through the US in recent years, maybe you haven’t heard of its sweeter side, which is referred to as Sweet Lolita.
Reminiscent of the Victorian era mixed with everything from Alice in Wonderland to the current kawaii style of Japan, Sweet Lolita is a real treat—literally, as candy-themed accessories are a big part of the style.
So whether you’re looking to learn a little more about the style, or have been a long-time Sweet Lolita fan, feast your eyes on these handmade accessories that no Sweet Lolita could live without!
It’s All About the Dress