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Daily Inkling:Broken Memories
This is something a little different, but today marks the first time that I have written a Daily Inkling! The theme here is Broken Memories, and as someone who likes being a little different, I'm going to put my own theme here. Enjoy this creative monologue.
All this, I've been trying to remember who I was. But I've also been questioning my feelings. If I'm truly alone, then who do I go to? It's like I'm a figure with no head.
And that it! I wrote this based on the feeling of Roxas at the start of Kingdom Hearts II, and the song Donut Hole by HACHI.
That being said, thanks for reading, and I will catch you guys later.
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Hey all! It's time for another deep dive! Sorry it's been a while since the last one, but ideas for these were running low, and I wanted to commit to one properly. But this one should be interesting, as we look at the meaning of "creativity"! Well, at least in my eyes.
Unlike most of my deep dives, this was spurred by nothing in particular, just the fact that I really wanted to look at what I think this word means. First, I want to go into the official meaning of creativity:
Creativity: noun, The use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.
I can mostly support this definition, as it is the basis for most pieces of art, games and music. But what about when something takes inspiration from something else? What about things like fan art and fan games?
I guess you could say that it does count for a few reasons; fan art bulids on ideas that are set within the universe the characters are in, and based upon that, they can be placed in different situations. It can also be used to tell the artists interpretation of that story. A good example of this is shipping. While ships are a very controversial thing, it really depends on the way a person views the story. For example, I personally ship Sora and Kairi from Kingdom Hearts. Some people will ship Sora and Riku, but I see Riku as a lone wolf who wants to be there for his friends.
Stories can have many different interpretations depending on what the player is feeling and experiencing at that time. One of my general RE teachers, who is very interested in the study of Philosophy(it comes under the same course at my school), told us about his life experiences, and always talks about how he relates his study of Philosophy to his life, which got me thinking: Don't we relate games and other creative mediums to our own lives? Can't we relate to certain characters experiences, even though the circumstances may be very different? We all want to fall in love, have close friends, go on adventures. I know I'm going off topic here, but think about it. We play games to experience these experiences.
And then some of us want to create these experiences for others. These can be experiences of our own lives, of a trama that we don't people to live through, or experiences of an entirely new world, where you fight a demon overlord in order to save the world. The problem for many creators of these experences comes in the word "Originality". What is the meaning of this word?
And that is where I believe every creator gets stuck. What I have learned is that no idea is completely original, there is always a basis for something that has been done before, and no idea is going to be more or less original that the other in my eyes. This is why I do not believe that creativity is the use of just original ideas and imaginations to create, but it can also be buliding upon what has already established, and putting your own personal spin on it. YOUR idea. YOUR viewpoint. How YOU see a certain world or character.
For people with OC, it becomes even greater. It's about how you can fit your chatrater in certain sitculations. Can your fight with your friend? Can you save everyone? How do you interact with others? It's about taking the rules that are given to you and breaking them, but still making it believable.
For example, look at the image above. This was texture mod of an already existing Kairi model, that I coloured the hair and eyes to fit more with my friend PrincessRose. I have a lot of ideas on how she would fit into the world of Kingdom Hearts.
Another example is this interaction between Lightning Farron and Sarah from Terra Wars, using the Final Fantasy XV model for Sarah. I thought about how the 2 would be like to each other if they interacted.
I don't think there should be any limits to creativity(besides obscene things such as chlid rape), because that lets ideas shine, and can give us some amazing stories to tell. One of the reasons that I love Japanese media so much is because they are able to take the stupidest ideas and make them into moving stories(such as Kamen Rider Gaim) or just make it funny and charming(such as Aho Girl). And I hope going into the next decade, Japanese creators and other creators do not lose sight of this limitless creativity.
Thanks to everyone that read this! On the week this goes up, I am going to do the last 5 hours of my 15 hour exam(it's graphics, don't worry, it's normal), so I don't think there will be a blog post next week.
But for now, thanks for reading, and I will catch you guys next time.
Written By Nana Marfo
All Images used are made by Nana Marfo, character models and certain environments were taken from DeviantArt
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In Review:April 2019
The last month of full freedom before exams start. When this goes up, I have just finished 10 hours of my 15 hour exam and my body is crushed. Anyways, lets get into it.
Writing in review
This month was fun month in terms of writing, with Kill la Kill and Space being some of the subject themes, along with my first mobile game review.
Blog Posts this Month
Kill La Kill:First Impressions
Solbot: Energy Rush:Review
Later Levels Question of the Month: April 2019
Game Savvy posts this Month
Steam isn't respecting indie developers
Favorite art piece this month
Awesome things I saw/did/read
-Gigaboots and KZXcellent did a really funny stream of Castlevania:Lords of Shadow. And I'll just direct you to the supercut because it's the game is really bad.
-LightningEllen went on a Rant! And she ranted about why Canadian health care is complete crap!
-Cece(now going by the name PrincessUsagiXO) is pushing for Twitch Partner status! Go follow and sub to her!
-Eve made a new song "This world to You", and it's a really good song. Go check it out, the video is also amazing!
-Speaking of, I haven't watched Kamen Rider Zi-O in a while(not that show is bad, school just got hard), but I really like the theme for Rider Time: Kamen Rider Ryuki's theme, Alive a Life Neo. It's also sung by Rica Matsumoto, or Japanese Ash from Pokemon.
Games that I have been playing
So despite school ramping up, I manage to play a good chunk of games. I'm still on episode 4 of Life is Strange, and sorry to spoil this little tidbit, but it's sad to see that Chloe in her current state, and to see that either way she suffers a horrible fate. I can really commend the writer for making this story really moving and relatable with the dialog.
I also played Hyperdimention Neptunia: Re:Birth 1 for a bit! I don't think I will touch for a while because my exams are on the horizon, but I love it so far, but somehow, I'M STILL NOT FINISHED WITH CHAPTER 1.
I've also been playing Final Fantasy XIII! Shocker? No? Didn't think so. After Exams I do want to start a new play-through, just to experience the game again, but for I'm going for 100% Steam Achievements.
Been to busy and too broke to buy any new merch lately.
General and Final Thoughts
April was a crazy month, lots of bad things happened to me, and I honestly scared because... I think my parents won't take a gap year if I fail my exams. I know clearing is a thing, but we have no idea how it works(I'm the first going to uni in England in my family), and it's just a scary thing for me in general. Plus I don't really think anyone in my family really truly believes in me, and that's... heart-breaking.
May will probably only consist of a Question of The Month post(+one other thing), because exams are about to start and I want that to be my main focus.
Either way, thanks for reading, and I will see you guys next time.
Written by Nana Marfo
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