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In my universe shopping is dangerous )

Anyway, here is a meme from [personal profile] hamimi_fk:

- Comment with "Hit me!"
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people.


The questions [personal profile] hamimi_fk gave me:

1. Zombie apocalypse! What's your weapon of choice?
A Remington 7600 pump action rifle. A year ago I probably would have said automatic shotgun, the standard zombie slayer, but I had a talk with a friend who is a gun-nut about guns that are easy to use, and he said shotguns are simple to shoot but the recoil for most of them is strong enough that rapid-fire shooting is really painful unless you have the arm strength to handle it. Since I am always preparing for the zombie apocalypse, I asked him what gun he would recommend for a) the apocalypse and b) a person whose only gun experience was with the airsoft variety. And he was like, "A rifle."

Also rifles look cool, and you don't have to be up close to a zombie to be effective.

2. If you could write the story for a game, what's a basic idea of what you like to write?
OH GOSH. I don't know. I don't have many original story ideas. Um. I think I would start with a girl protagonist who somehow discovers the ruins of a massive underground civilization and starts exploring it, and then...stuff happens! Maybe I would write in supernatural shenanigans? It might be mysterious and fascinating, or full of horror, I don't know. I just would like to see girl protagonists and old civilizations and underground exploration.

3. Vehicle of choice (aka, favorite kind of vehicle)?
If I could drive anything in the world?

A 1997 Nissan 180SX. Preferably in blue. Was this choice influenced by Impact Blue from Initial D? Hells yes.

If you mean more generally, I really love cars, and driving, and racing people on the street at night

4. Best video game you ever played?
OH NO this is hard. But the first game that came to my mind was Phantasy Star IV. It is pretty much my ideal RPG: tons of things to explore and NPCs to speak to, world-building that is neither too vague nor too detailed, a storyline that is epic in scope but not pretentious or humorless, colorful and unique character designs (and character personalities), and a fun battle system with character-specific skills. I like character specific skills. c:

Also, it had really involved cutscenes that had been hand-drawn then pixel-fied for the Genesis. The game was supposed to be on the Sega CD and have animated cutscenes, but the Sega CD was pretty awful so they moved PSIV to the Genesis, but tried to keep the animated cutscene idea in as much as possible. The stills from PSIV's cutscenes look good even today.

It also had a side quest where you bought cake for a dog. EXCITING!

5. If a rooster lays an egg on the tip of a pointed roof, which side would the egg roll down?
I C WHUT U DID THERE! Roosters don't lay eggs.

But if they did, I bet the egg would just break on the point of the roof, and if it was a hot and sunny day, there would be fried egg for breakfast.
terabient: LĂșcio waving and smiling (L4D: Louis - The Sacrifice)
I've been playing a lot of Dead Rising 2 in the past week, thanks to h00ray4dolphins buying the game for me so he'd have someone to co-op with.

My dark zombie lover secret: I didn't like the first Dead Rising much. I loved the premise, being trapped in a mall for 72 hours and having to use any and every item you could get your hands on to dismember the horde slavering for your delicious living flesh.

But the problem with this is that after, oh, a few hours' playtime in, the novelty of hurling stuffed animals and cds at zombies wears off, and then you realize you have DAYS ahead of you of running around the same boring mall saving stupid, stupid people and fighting crazies that are so overpowered that you have to RESTART THE GAME to mow down more zombies so you're able gain enough levels to overpower them and FUCK IT'S SO DAMN BORING

also, Frank West is a sleazy jackass with a weird nose, and "He's covered wars!" is the worst gaming meme ever. EVER.

whew, that felt good to get off my chest! ^o^

so how does Dead Rising 2 compare?

It's... )
terabient: LĂșcio waving and smiling (celica: sleepy)
it's a little late to be starting this, but anyway: this summer, i have decided to read as much zombie-related fiction as possible.

i haven't been reading nearly as much as i used to. part of this is due to time constraints, but i've also lost a lot of enthusiasm for reading in general. in the past few months, i've picked up five new books - all recommended by various, quality book reviewers/organizations - and i haven't finished any of them; i just can't get into them. i don't know why. objectively, they aren't bad, and the themes they deal with are not exactly pedestrian in nature. but for some reason, i can't seem to concentrate enough to read them for any decent length of time.

anyway, i figured that one way to get back into my old reading habits would be to read as many books as possible about a subject i always find fascinating. i had a few other 'summer reading project' ideas - like reading all those classics i avoided in college, or trying to tackle The Tale of Genji for a third time - but these all felt too weighty for where i'm at mentally right now.

so i decided to read about ZOMBIES!

here is a preliminary list of books:

Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan
The Down-Home Zombie Blues, Linnea Sinclair
Breathers: A zombie's lament, S.G. Browne
Patient Zero, Jonathan Maberry
The Living Dead (Anthology)
Berserk, Tim Lebbon
World War Z, Max Brooks
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith

it's still quite small at the moment, and won't last for the whole summer (assuming i don't lose interest). i will continue to look up books, of course, and suggestions are always welcome.

i'm not sure if i'll do anything more than simply read these books. i'd like to at least come up with a decent recommendation list after i'm done, for anyone else who loves zombies or books or zombie books, like me. i might try my hand at reviewing, too - one thing that's bothered me about a lot of book reviews i've read is that they aren't very good at describing why a book ought to be read. i'm not sure i could do a better job, but i'd like to try, at least. :p

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