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Animal Crossing QR Code Geekery, Part 2

While I cast about for the time to work on some more of my own designs, I thought I’d share a few of the outfits I’ve been enjoying from other ACNL creators.

You can click on each image to be sent to the source page for the full set of QR codes and more of the artist’s work. Which you should do, by the way.

Utena Tenjou and Anthy Himemiya’s outfits from Revolutionary Girl Utena
(found via Anne Lee)


Rapunzel from Tangled


Shingeki no Kyojin uniforms HECK YEAH


*Mute’s hanbok and *Hyun-ae’s school uniform from Analogue: A Hate Story
(found via Christine Love)



School uniforms from Persona 3 and Persona 4



Various traditional East Asian attire (mostly kimono and hanbok) and riffs thereon

by Hiyoko (found via Anne Lee):


by merongcrossing:



by yaenomuteki (warning: some designs on the blog might be considered a bit risque):


found via newleaf-fashion:


(attribution needed)

from cocoa82551:


Other outfits and costumes






For all your grimdark roleplaying needs



Animal Crossing QR Code Geekery, Part 1

Quick post, and the first of several, I hope. If you’ve been reading me on Twitter you know that I am a teensy bit obsessed with Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I’ve been happily designing little outfits for my mayor since I discovered the option to do so, and now that I’ve unlocked the QR Printer at Able Sisters, well!

So, in honor of Tron Day, have a bit of Tron Couture, plus a Sailor Moon fuku and a (completely unisex!) TNG Starfleet miniskirt.

“Tron Couture”

Sailor Moon serafuku

Unisex Starfleet Miniskirt (Command, TNG)

Also, if you’re looking for more ACNL QR designs, I highly recommend the stuff Anne Lee has been curating! I’m currently wearing one of the summer yukata featured here.

Happy International Cosplay Day, Jason

Return of Jason: Jason Harder

After the rather traumatic near miss with an SUV the night before, Jason came back the afternoon of the 14th and she has been living comfortably with me since. I’ve posted signs and a Craigslist ad, neither of which having turned up much of anything except prospective muggers and rapists because this is Los Angeles, so the next step will be taking her to the vet on my next day off.

If the vet finds a tracking chip on Jason, she’ll be reunited with a loving owner very soon. Otherwise, she’s got one right here. Yes; probably not the wisest decision to keep a pet despite the terms of a lease, but adoption and rehoming rates for black cats being as abysmal as they are, and those eyes being so criminally huge and needy, my hands are tied here. Quite tied. See how tied they are?

Again, a great deal of thanks is due to her devoted fanbase on Twitter for all the advice and feedback as I fell into the role of newfound single kitten-parenthood. Her very own hashtag is also doing quite well.

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Press X to Jason

I had a little visitor show up today. Quite appropriately dressed for the “holiday.”

I’ve taken to calling her Jason, because there is no more appropriate name for a black cat which shows up on Friday the 13th, even if she is a girl. I would place her at maybe 3-5 months old. She is loud, tiny, dirty, needy, and very clearly a recent adoptee who has lost her owner. She also has a tendency to hiss at the slightest thing that startles her– and then goes right back to mewling, purring, and rolling on the (even dirtier) ground asking for belly rubs like a puppy.

In short, I’m in love. Confound these kitties!

If she decides to stick around (she’s sleeping on my slippers right now; below) then I’ll get to posting up some signs. Sadly, even if no one comes forward to claim her, she can’t stay: landlord’s been very adamant about no pets. But keeping her around till she gets fixed and inoculated seems a far sight better than dropping her off at the nearest shelter.

In the event I can’t track down her owner, any takers? Must love horror films and absurd levels of adorable.

ETA: Sad times. I went out to grab Jason some more tuna and milk, and she followed me to the grocery store. (That’s not the sad part. That’s the cute part. The sad part is coming.) However, she’s still very skittish, and a loud car sent her bolting across the street. Luckily it avoided her, but she then hid under a neighbor’s truck and even after we coaxed her out with a bit of food she fled again.

I’ve left out a plate of food and a bowl of water in case she comes back. If not, thanks for brightening up my Friday the 13th, Jason.

Introducing Jennifer Roy

I’m pleased to announce that Critical Distance will have not one but two representatives on the floor of E3 this year. Joining me next Tues-Thurs is friend and colleague Jennifer Roy, Southern California resident and photographer of awesome things. Three guesses what her job will be and the first two don’t count.

Below the cut, some more examples of Jenny’s work. See you all at the expo!

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Look on my works, ye mighty

and despair.

Chocorooms 2: The Mutation

So, you may remember this post from last year where I discovered a bit of an… awkward candy in the Meiji production line.

Well, Meiji (makers of Pocky, YamYam, etc) seem to have discontinued Chocorooms, but apparently they still had plenty of the product backlogged, because now another distributor seems to be hocking them in dollar stores.

I’m not sure what’s weirder. The encouragement that we should have fun eating our fun little Chocoboy friend, or that said friend still looks like someone who can help get you high.

Let Michael Lee Rhodes Go (whoever that is)!

So, no roundup again tonight, because after spending 10 hours polishing off a paper for Henry Jenkins’s Transmedia class, I’m still faced with drawing up the bulk of a tabletop campaign for William Huber’s Game Studies course. Can’t let the little undergrads down (even if they’re showing me about as much enthusiasm as an actor in the Star Wars prequels right now).

Anyway, I was in Santa Clarita on Sunday and at a stoplight I spotted this:

Text reads: "Please let Michael Lee Rhodes free from being held hostage in the mountain." Or "mountains." Not sure.

Maybe it’s just the result of being in Henry’s class all semester, but my brain keeps going “ARG ARG ARG ARG ARG ARG.” Googling doesn’t turn up much material (just blog posts like this). On the other hand, this was spotted along Magic Mountain Parkway. Hmmm.

Anyway, to whatever horrible human beings/ancient alien conspirators/Six Flags executives behind Michael Lee Rhodes’s kidnapping, let him go already! The suspense is killing me.

ETA: Oh, Susan Fujiki has more! I’d love to keep digging into this tonight, but those encounter charts aren’t going to write themselves.

Drink up, comrade!

As a game critic with particular emphasis on class issues and the military-entertainment-industrial complex, this and the bitter tears of fanboys are the only things I drink.