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Say Cheese!!

Like being scared? Try this game: Fatal Frame. So far I’ve only played the third “Fatal Frame: The Tormented” (Zero: Shisei no Koe) but I’m scrounging out the first and second to see how scary it is.

 

The lead in “Fatal Frame: The Tormented” is Rei Kurosawa (23) is a photographer who’s just lost her boyfriend, Yuu, in a car accident that was her fault. After a photography session in an apparently “haunted” location, Rei started getting recurrent dreams of the mansion she had just been in: “Manor of Sleep”.

 

Legends tell that the Manor of Sleep was a Shrine for people to offer up their pain which involves a ritual where Shrine Maidens impailed their priestess to the ground. The Manor also appear to be the home of trapped ghosts or souls of people who have lost someone dearly and feeling guilty for their death. Of course, there is more to this plot but you’ll have to figure that out for yourself.

 

On the… second (?)… night (Hour I), which sort of serves as the tutorial, Rei wakes up(?) inside the Manor. She stumbles upon a few ghosts and one of them hands her a battered old camera called a “Camera Obscura” which can supposedly capture ghosts on film. This camera will serve as her weapon as the only way to get rid of violent ghosts is to capture them in film and possibly give them full blast of the camera’s power, a Fatal Frame. After her first fight right after receiving the camera as if the game is trying to test if it really works, and a cutscene involving a lady repeatedly saying it wasn’t her fault that she survived and a tatooed floating lady who’ll chase Rei through the hallway, she wakes up in her own bed feeling pain as a shadow of a tatoo appears on her shoulder.

 

And so the restless nights begin.

 

After a few more Chapters or Hours, you’ll also get to control Miku Hinasaki, Rei’s assistant and hero of the first Fatal Frame; and Kei Amakura, the uncle of Mio and Mayu Amakura, the leads in the second Fatal Frame: “Crimson Butterfly”. Each character you get to control has different abilities (Miku can slow down ghosts with her camera and Kei can… hide.)

 

I, having absolutely no experience in this kind of game before, did not know what to do when I started it. I knew I needed to get them ghosts in film but on my first few tries I got stuck on the third hour and ended up going around and around the Manor not knowing what to do and made myself dizzy. So, I figured I needed a walkthrough if I wanted to finish the game. Apparently, my mistake was that I did not know that in order to trigger certain events, I needed to take pictures of certain places and objects too, not just the ghosts. But with the walkthrough I got through it fine.

 

Having the walkthrough, though, does not lessen the creepiness of the game. The walkthrough is not the one controlling Rei or Miku or Kei, it’s you and you are the one who’ll have to make them take those damn pictures as the ghosts swipe at you. It’s like playing a part in a movie and you’re controlling the lead; you know what’ll happen, except when it does your reaction isn’t quite as calm as you expected it to be.

 

The fun in my playing is that I have Grr to watch me as I play which meant there was always someone screaming along with me when a ghost suddenly materialize out of nowhere. And somehow we always got to play it at night.

 

Need more description to imagine the game? Watch Himitsu no Arashi-chan episode 23. You know the part when Sho and Aiba were trying to open that damn lock and there was a barrage of ghosts crawling on the floor towards them, like that; only you’re controlling them leads.

 

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I’m bored but it’s already 2 so I can’t travel to my favorite net cafe in town (it’s thirteen kms away) so I’m contenting myself with the fastest net here in my subdivision… still, I can’t download anything, and my mouse is kind of– moody.

So, since nothing is happening with Arashi-aside from Nino’s new dorama, which I probably won’t be able to watch, I’m looking for ghost stories. I don’t know why, I just had the urge to look up ghost stories yesterday when I got the internet working in the office. So, here’s one that I found interesting: the Story of Barton’s Mansion, the most haunted mansion in California.

The mansion was made by Dr. Ben Barton in 1859 using clay dug up from an Indian Cemetery as bricks for the walls. The people advised him against it but he did it anyway. So, after moving into the mansion, Dr. Barton’s two daughters died of mysterious circumstances. Because of this Dr. Barton turned to Satanism to relieve his grief. Paranormal activity were noted after Dr. Barton’s death. The house was abandoned and police found a number of dead bodies in the house.

–Then came the video…

In 2001 a group of teenagers went to Barton Mansion to investigate if it really was haunted. The first time they went they didn’t find anything but a fresh pound of meat in the basement surrounded by rocks and a strange heightening of temperature in the second floor. The next time they went they brought a camera and continued their search in the second floor from where they stopped– here’s the footage: (note: note the last part, it would be very fast because they ran.)

Fake? Maybe, but it’s creepy nevertheless.

The mansion had been turned into an office building and strange stuff still happens according to the workers.

(Information on Barton’s Mansion grabbed from  ScaryForKids; and MySpace: Bartons’ Mansion)

I’ll look for more…

Himitsu no Arashi-Chan episode 23: they go ghost hunting in a haunted inn (?) or at least they said it was haunted. I read the translation on aatash’s page and it looks fun~ nearly an hour of seeing Arashi being scared out of their wits, hah! I am so going to download this episode, i don’t care if it’s not subtitled, I just wanna hear them scream.

… do i sound like a serial killer?

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Finally, I got the internet connection here in the office working. Well, it has a connection as fast as a turtle but a slow internet connection is better than no internet connection at all. Anyway, today I’m ranting out my grievances in the main reason why I haven’t seen any Arashi in the past month: my car. So I suggest that you move on to the next blog before you get annoyed. This post is only for me.

My dad can’t drive but I can; so he makes me drive him to and from work making the reason that we work in the same compound the reason why this should work. The problem is I can’t stand speaking with him because he’s annoying. I don’t appreciate him telling me how I should drive when he can’t. I also don’t like how he’s putting stupid music in my car. I know this is mainly because there’s only an ancient cassette player (who the hell buys cassette tapes anymore?) in the stupid car and all my proper music are in cd form so there’s really no point in listening to new music but it’s just annoying when he starts playing America, and Billy Joel, and all those other old people music in the car when I’m driving. And then he points and points and points at stuff at the road when I’m trying to concentrate on not hitting anything moving in front of me and then he scolds me when I almost hit stuff and then lectures me on how I should drive when he himself don’t even drive. The most annoying thing is that he knows that it annoys me but he does it anyway. It’s like he’s doing it on purpose.

Then there’s Grrr who always wants to be fetched from school so she would save transport fee. This would be fine if when I get to her school she’ll already be there waiting, even though the road to her school resembles a obstacle course and it’s just a pain to go there, but I get there at about 5:30 and her school ends at 6. I hate waiting, especially if I have to wait with my dad. I don’t get why people expect me to speak with them when waiting. I don’t even like listening to people I don’t like, much more speak with them. This is the curse of having an Anti-Social Behavior mixed with ADD.

I didn’t get before why drivers are saying they hate jeepney drivers but now that I’m also out there battling with the road, I kind of agree. Jeepney drivers, tricycle drivers, and a lot of bicycle drivers in the highway, they’re all the same. Jeepney drivers suddenly screeches to a halt in the most impossible places; tricycle drivers are sooooo sloooow; and most bicycle drivers feel like their bikes are like cars so they should cycle in the middle of the right lane along with the slow cars. My driving sensei says I should honk when I pass a bike but unbelievably, when I honk, instead of slowing down to let me pass, they actually try to go faster. Even more annoying are the bikers with children with them. Don’t they know that’s dangerous? And if some car side-sweeps them, they blame it on the car owner when they shouldn’t be there in the first place. Who let them in the highway anyway?

God, I miss my car-less days…

P.S. Saturday tomorrow, finally, i can get online with a decent connection speed.

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I really have to get myself internet connection at home. I can’t believe I have to travel 15kms to get to the nearest faster internet connection where the people sitting next to you constantly peeks at what you’re doing– sorry, i’m kind of pissed.

I’ve been wanting to go back to the net-cafe for the longest time and when I get here, turns out, I can’t download the files I want. No Arashi for me this month. Ot probably the next until I get my own connection.

So, while I wait, instead of watching Maou (last I watched was ep6) I’m watching a Korean Movie “Hansel and Gretel” where this dude gets stuck in a house with three seemingly homicidal children with superpowers who won’t let him out of the forest. There are four parts in crunchyroll and its subtitled. I’m halfway the second part and I’ve still to wait twenty minutes for the first part of the Odoroki SP 4 to finish. For some reason too, the seventh part of the partII of the Odoroki SP 4 won’t download. So I’ll only get to watch the first part.

             ~wait.. oooohhhh, cool attic in this movie. I need that in our house.

Why is it I feel like whenever I post something here, it’s always about waiting? Maou ended yesterday and I have a lot to catch up with. (sigh) i dont have anything more to say… hmm~ next time?

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I went out of the office telling Dude I’ll be gone for thirty minutes so this must be quick… I’m only waiting for my game downloads to finish.

I miss the internet soooo much and I haven’t really read everything I want to. Explanations on why I was gone will come later but now I only have to ask, how many Maou episodes are there till the end? The last one I watched was Episode 6  and I heard before that it ends on 10? So, by now, is it over? I’m kind of afraid to read other blogs right now because it hurts to see how much I’ve missed and I don’t really want to know what happens in the next episodes. Hopefully I can escape from home tomorrow or on sunday to download new Arashi Shukudai etc…

aaaargh! Downloads over, bye!

Hi! Icecola!

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