Sunday, June 29, 2014

Genshiken ITB : 2005 ~ 2014

Say, we named ourself  'Genshiken Story' not for a void reason.

Aside from our primary task to deliver the best out from Genshiken ITB's story department, it's somewhat our 'responsibility' as well to pass on the stories behind this very unit to the masses. And yes - we've been aware of it from the very beginning. The time for this will come soon enough, indeed.

We ourselves doesn't really have many words on our mind right now - let the video above speak by itself. We'd leave you instead with the video's semi-official description (read : propaganda) that we've been using around on our mission to spread the video throughout our internal forum and the social medias :

'Inilah video yang menggambarkan perjalanan UKM Genshiken ITB, yang tersusun atas dokumentasi-dokumentasi pilihan yang tersedia sejak masa primordial Genshiken ITB hingga dokumentasi terkini yang diracik khusus dalam rangka Dies Natalis ke-9 Genshiken. Tanpa perlu banyak berkata-kata, rekoleksi foto dan video yang terangkum dalam suatu kolase konektif ini akan banyak bercerita mengenai pengembaraan sembilan tahun Genshiken ITB yang diwarnai beragam hal-hal atraktif.

Tak mudah memang merangkum kenangan yang terjalin selama sembilan tahun dalam sembilan menit nan singkat, ya. Saya memang tidak terlibat langsung dalam awal berdirinya kelompok studi ini, namun selama dan setelah melakukan proses penyuntingan secara tak langsung saya merasa terkoneksi - merasakan semangat dan aura positif para pendiri unit ini, para pendahulu, para pengurus yang kini bertugas, dan para penerus.

May this video confers you all with positive vibes.'

Happy watching. An exclusive, unreleased-before poetry has been planned for our release in the near-distant future, though.

- Nivalyx

Friday, June 20, 2014

Review : Dusk's Secret

Apologize for our recent inactivity! Well, real life stuffs kept on coming every here and there, which amounts negatively to our free time. Worry not, though! As our 'token of apology', we'd like to deliver something that we haven't done for a while - a peek at a visual novel project!

...speaking of which, we haven't wrote anything about an external visual novel, have we? Well, it's about time - yes. Please welcome Litto & Tobi - Dusk's Secret, which is the very first digital work of a newcomer independent game developer entity named Littobi Visual. Beforehand, we'd like to inform that this very post on our blog is made possible thanks to Elma Nandira // rikukiko, which (somehow) serves as a connection between us and them. Established a year ago, this newborn circle had produced contents not only limited to games - some interesting short stories are also available to read on their Facebook page.

And, uh, yeah - much less, that's the background behind the working team. Onwards to the main point, how was the game, then?

Comedic atmosphere is laden in this blitz-quick visual novel, which somehow works well with the heartwarming string melodies that accompanies the main scenes. At the main menu there were no hint at all that the take on this visual novel would be a comedic one, though - it's a pleasant experience discovering the somehow clandestine connection between one funny dialogue and another. Take this one (which is one of our favorite punchline), for example:

Some of them were even frustrated and did extreme thing : jumping from a 200-floor building. Oh My God.
However, they amazingly survived...

It makes you wonder 'What will happen next/how could it be possible', doesn't it? Well, just seconds later, a twist of fate happened.

...because they were just jumping in place.

Not an entirely new joke, we know - but in the gameplay, it's perfectly timed. It's more than enough to make us elicit a smile, in the end. There are more comedic punchlines later in the game though, but it's best for us not to spoil things out too early and let everyone out there interested to seek out and explore this surreal, out-of-the-box dimension by him/herself.

The biggest surprise, after all, though - is the ending. This game effectively applies the 'less is more' principle by using a 'magical' three-letter word as their ending statement. It's majestically hilarious, really.

Still, there's still a lot of spots for improvement that this game can fulfill. One of the most noticeable 'downfall' of this game is - undoubtedly - the lack of the main menu theme song. We personally visualize that an happy ambient loop music (a Newgrounds song perhaps?) would do best in providing an enrichment to the current cheery, pastel-color-templated main menu screen. Some more proofread may be proven worthy for this game, as there are still some minor grammatical and punctuation error(s) but overall we're satisfied with the choice of words used. Not to mention that the illustration and (mainly) the background images can still be greatly improved, though.

What should we say as our final words toward this short game, then? It's simple, relaxing, entertaining, mind-bending... Well, as their primordial game project, it's not that groundbreakingly exceptional but still it's pleasing enough to play/read. People who are interested in trying out the game can assess the download link through their official Facebook page, to whom it may concern. And yes - there are various interesting trivial facts about the world of visual novel on their page as well, which is also worth checking.

- Nivalyx

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Poetry : HYPE

Tak terasa, semilir angin khas bulan Juni telah menyua kita semua. Menjelang berakhirnya paruh pertama tahun 2014 ini, saatnya kami memayungi karya-karya baru dalam gemerlap cahaya!

Puisi di bawah ini lahir dari sesuatu yang sudah sangat tidak asing di kalangan anggota-anggota Genshiken ITB - randomness. Ya, sang kreator - Karina R. // Riesling - mendapat ilham akan penciptaan puisi ini dari hasil mencoret-coret secarik kertas tanpa tujuan dalam kendaraan travel yang ditumpanginya tempo hari. Bukti konkrit bahwa inspirasi bisa hinggap di mana dan kapan saja!

HYPE - itulah judul puisi hasil curahan imajinasi Riesling kali ini. Sebuah kata empat huruf, yang didefisikan oleh Concise Oxford English Dictionary (11th Edition) sebagai 'extravagant or intensive publicity or promotion'. Atau 'a deception or hoax', sebuah definisi alternatif yang tak secerah makna utamanya. Kami di sini tak mendalami etimologi kata, namun menarik menelisik fakta bahwa suatu kata dapat berarti jamak yang saling kontras satu sama lain.

Belakangan diketahui bahwa Riesling sendiri berencana menggubah lagu bersama dengan B. Akhfiya berdasarkan puisi di bawah ini. Ya - sebuah alunan melodi. Time to get hyped! ...anyway, berikut adalah detail teknis terkait puisi yang akan kami persembahkan:

  • Judul : HYPE
  • Pengarang : Karina R. // Riesling

As always - selamat membaca, dan selamat larut dalam alunan kata-kata indah berikut!


Hype is what I feel when I think of you
Heartbeat ran faster
Breathing became shorter
And joy from who-knows-where overflowed my chest

I should tell you about this complication
but fear wins over my determination
What if I chase you away with this emotion?
Will there ever be an answer for that one question?

Dear God, I can hear his voice everywhere
But never once it said the words I long to hear
Oh Lord, it hurts, my voice will never reach him there
But I can't get rid of this hype whenever he is near

Hype is what I feel when I think of you
Adrenaline rushes
I'd begin to feel restless
It kind of hurt a little wishing you were here

Dear God, I can hear his voice everywhere
But never once it said the words I long to hear
Oh Lord, it hurts, my voice will never reach him there
But I can't get rid of this hype whenever he is near

And I can't get rid of this hype even though you're far away
'Cause near or far, you're in my heart anyway