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Sometimes when I get bored I open up Photoshop. This is usually a mistake.

I can’t get any work done but I can do this.



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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.

I’m not saying this is my GOTY but…


In other news, if you haven’t purchased Brendan Keogh’s book-length critique of Spec Ops: The Line, Killing is Harmless, I’d recommend getting on that rather soon, boss.

What is this I don’t even

A while ago, I promised Christine Love Rule 34 fanart of her games. Well, it’s not very saucy, but I did add a lens flare to give it some extra class.

So there you go, John Rook (don’t take it personally babe) and [winter]moot (Digital: A Love Story), in a love only the virtual could bring together. Add another notch to “things I never thought I would draw.”

I’m sorry, but…

…every time I watch The X-Files, I see this.

Roundup of Unusual Size: I’ve lost control of my life.

…I blame Christine Love, again.

Short list tonight. But don’t worry! My latest roundup for Critical Distance is now live as well, so be sure to pay us a visit!


Critical Missive has a lengthy design analysis of Deus Ex: Human Revolution that is worthy of your time.


Birth control may improve your memory.

Roundup of Unusual Size: May contain truffles.

I am pleased to announce that I’ve been upgraded to the level of editor for Critical Distance, thus creating a two-way power struggle with David Carlton if Ben Abraham should ever find himself stranded in England permanently. Not that I have men on the ground to arrange any such thing, of course…

(No, seriously, I’m very excited. Flattered, gleeful, not murderous.)

On with the links, good sirs and ladies!


Two great member blogs from Gamasutra tonight, the first from Douglas Lynn on violence and the other from Mike Langlois on lore and psychotherapy. And a new opinion piece from Cort Stratton asks if we’re making games re-approachable enough.

I for one welcome our Civilization-playing computer overlords.

This has been promoted a lot today but it can always bear repeating: lovely post-mortem on Amnesia: The Dark Descent up at The Escapst.

And via Futurismic, this Ars Technica piece on EVE Online and vanity items is worth a look-see.

Over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Lewie Procter catches up with PlayDead for an interview about 2010 summer indie smash (now on its way to PSN and Steam) Limbo.

Christina Norman came all the way to Los Angeles to visit me! Or… well, to take a new position at Riot Games, but yay, local. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.


The first trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows features less bromance but much more crossdressing.


Your daily moment of d’awwwwesome: Fans across the web unite to restore a girl’s hand-made TARDIS.


Brad Galloway interviews @DeadEndFiction, a horror micro-writer.


Jenn at my old stomping ground of Hathor Legacy has a lovely takedown on a particularly entitled dude’s ignorance.

And in a similar vein of feminism, a teen feminist calls the Westboro Baptist Church with a simple question and amusing results.

Roundup of Unusual Size: Gus Mastrapa’s inner teenager.

Tomorrow being my birthday and everything I hope you all won’t mind if I take a bit of an extended holiday. You know, mourning my misspent youth and all that. Enjoy tonight’s links and have a wonderful holiday weekend, Canadians and Americans alike!


More reactions about the SCOTUS ruling keep pouring in. Geekosystem warns it’s at best a lukewarm gesture. Joystick Division provides theirs as well, and as usual, you can always tell a Gus Mastrapa article by the headline.

This article from split/screen is by far one of the most impassioned and interesting takes on simulated and actual war I’ve seen in some time. An excellent read.

Kate Cox’s Gamer Gaze series continues tonight with Part 3.

Fantastic article from my colleague Nick Dinicola over at PopMatters Moving Pixels on the genre-bending nature of NieR.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has a lengthy preview of XCOM, definitely an FPS-with-a-note-of-difference that we should all be paying attention to in coming months.

And while we usually start on Gamasutra instead of capping off with them, this opinion piece from Emmeline Dobson complete with “meaningful design work” graph is well worth a glance as we head off the night.


Thanks to io9, we all now know a little more about gray matter flatulence.

Peer pressure affects your memories. Seems common sense, but it’s frightening all the same.

And Scientific American asks: is some stuff just too hard for even 10,000 hours of science?

Don’t Scan Me Bro!


With apologies to hiimdaisy

If I die on the operating table tomorrow, remember me as the person who got really awesome bruises.