Saturday, October 31, 2015

INTERVIEW: A Conversation on 'Horror Towns' with the Creator of Hitokui

Well, it's that time of the year again. Y'know, Halloween! The second-most commercialized holiday of the year where all we do is waste money! In case you haven't noticed, quite frankly, I don't care for it. HOWEVER! If there's one thing i do apreciate, it's the fine art of creating a so-called 'horror town' in Animal Crossing.
For those who don't know, a 'horror town' is a village that can be best-described as the equivalent of a haunted house. However, what makes them so interesting is their intentional ambiguity and how they allow you to form your own story around them, let alone the fact that they made something scary out of a simple game like Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Thus, I decided to try something new. I decided to find the creator of one of these 'horror towns' and interview them to get a better picture, and here we are.
Hitokui, lovingly referred to as "the cannibal town", is one of the best-known horror towns, going head-to-head with the first one created, Aika. (Which, by the way, was deemed less scary than Hitokui in a survey, winning with the simple assertion that "Hitokui got blood!!! D:") Instead of presenting you with completely disconnected links, it gives you all that you need to know but in a way that isn't straight-to-the-point. What starts as a simple restaurant ends with a testing facility in the back or a dungeon in the basement. Bizarre signs are spread throughout; broken gutters, glaring red eyes, bloodied handprints, and the gory outline of a body in a bed.
So.... what's this place all about? Well, let's hop right into it.
NOTE: This interview is a little different in that it is the first, and probably not the last, foreign-language interview I've done. Thus, I have provided the original Japanese as well, so if you can read it, it'll probably say something a little different. (If there are any glaring mistakes, email me!) Also, it's a little on the short side, but I still appreciate it!
So, for those who don't know, who are you?
I am the person who created Hitokui Village. [I work for] middle management.
私はひとくい村を作った者です。職業は中間管理職かな。
What are your favorite and least favorite video games?
I have so many favorite games! Fatal Frame, Splatterhouse... and I of course like Animal Crossing!
Since it is difficult to hate a game, [though,] no comment!
好きなゲームはたくさんあるよ!零、スプラッターハウス...もちろんどうぶつの森も好きだよ!嫌いなゲームを決めるのは難しいからノーコメント!
When did you start playing Animal Crossing? Why?
I've played it since I was a child, [and I thought it was interesting] because I saw it was something the whole family could enjoy.
子供の頃からゲームが好きだった。家族がやっているのを見て楽しそうだと思ったから。
Why do you think that Animal Crossing as a series has been so successful?
Various [reasons]. I think because the game is [simply] enjoyable [and both] an adult and a child can play [it].
いろいろな楽しみ方が出来るゲームだからだと思う。大人も子供も遊べる。

Monday, October 26, 2015

October Update

Yikes, I haven't posted in over a month. Looks like it's about time I should fix that.
First of all, high school is in full throttle, so it's become a lot harder to push out some form of content of a decent quality. I think that it's at least better to create something that is entertaining and well-written rather than, y'know, this. Just.... just don't click on that. It's awful.
Secondly, I HIT 6000 VIEWS! I honestly don't know why people look at this stuff; it blows my mind that I get to work with some awesome people almost every month and that I'm noticed by even a handful of people. I mean, to most people it sounds like jack-diddly-squat (sorry), but I'm just some kid in North Carolina sitting in his room writing stuff, and people around the world have noticed it.
Thirdly, I assure you that STUFF IS COMING. I am currently working on a new interview that I can assure you has never been done before. Like seriously, I'm trying to break new ice. It will hopefully be out by Halloween, but because time zones in Japan are a tricky beast, that's really only a hope. (Plus, I have to work through what Google Translate pushes out, some garbled English, and make it understandable.)
If all works out, I hope to have an interesting line-up for the rest of the year as well, and will hopefully tag on an artist and another musician by the year's end, so fingers are crossed.
I also recently found an interview from a couple of months ago that I forgot to publish, so if it's a slow month, I'll definitely try to put that one forward.
Lastly, if you want updates on my work, bad jokes, and disses on South Carolina, follow me on El Twittero and send me a Tweet on how bad my faux-Spanish is.