Thursday, October 30, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1. In Labyrinth of Lies, there is a segment where Nancy is chained up by her leg. I wanted to name the video of that part "Nancy Bound", like the ancient Greek play, Prometheus Bound. I decided against that, because it would confuse people.

2. I had vague ideas of doing a book giveaway contest with this week's livestream. I ended up not doing that, because I did a book giveaway in August. None of the winners got back to me. I am officially cutting them off, now. I think three months is long enough to wait, before saying they forfeited their prizes.

3. It's official: I am no longer eating nachos. They taste good, but the quality is WILDLY INCONSISTENT, from location to location. I never know what I'm going to get when I order nachos, and I can't handle it anymore. Especially since many places charge over ten dollars for paltry nachos. I can tell when your recipe is "put them in the microwave for ten seconds", restaurants!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


The schedule for my Youtube channel:

  • This week = various Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies videos (deaths video, Easter egg video, etc.)
  • This weekend = My officla Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies walkthrough
  • ??? = Phoenix Wright 5 (I have recorded two hours so far. The finale case is long!)
  • ??? = Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies speedrun
  • ??? = Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device speedrun

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


The other day, I looked into the Catholic Rite of Marriage (which had a new edition come out this year). I thought some of the things were interesting.

For example, Catholics don't believe in the superstition that the bride and groom can't see each other before the wedding. (Catholicism is against all superstition, as a general rule.) As a result, it is recommended that the bride and groom stand outside the church before the wedding, so they can welcome everyone as they arrive. I think that sounds like a good idea.

The typical American wedding starts with the priest and groom at the altar. Then they play "Here Comes the Bride", as the bride goes down the aisle. At the end, the bride's father gives her away to the groom.

None of that happens in a Catholic wedding. Instead, Catholic weddings follow the normal procession rules, which means the bride and groom go together, not separately. Also, the father does not give his father away, which is fine by me, because that is sort of a sexist tradition to begin with.

Of course, the rules and guidelines can be adapted for pastoral reasons, and I'm sure many Catholics have American-style weddings, not Catholic-style weddings. I know which one I'd rather go with! (Hint: the one where I do things, not the one where I hide in the background while everyone goes gaga over fancy dresses.)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hardy Boys

I guess the scene from Ghost of Thornton Hall that I found yesterday was a deleted scene.

I found two Hardy Boys conversations from Labyrinth of Lies. I don't remember hearing them in the game. Are these also outtakes?

(I'm not sure what to do with these random audio clips I've found. I'm leaning towards deleting them, rather than making them videos for public consumption.)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bess - Ghost of Thornton Hall

I was going through the audio files for Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall, and I found these files of Bess on the phone.

Maybe my memory is failing me, but I don't remember this being part of the game. It sounds like Nancy calls Bess, but for whatever reason, Bess is unable to hear her. Does anyone remember when this happens?

(I'll take the video down once this clip gets identified.)

Saturday, October 25, 2014


I'm doing a livestream of Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies today! Watch it here!

Friday, October 24, 2014

News - SCU Health Care

My old college, Santa Clara University, has been having big debates over health care. You see, Santa Clara is a Catholic school, run by Jesuits. Last year, the Jesuits announced that they were getting a new health care plan. The new plan more closely follows Catholic teaching, and unlike the previous plan, it doesn't cover optional abortions.

My Facebook feed got messy when the plan was announced. Half of my friends shouted that women have a right to have abortions, no matter what. The other half shouted that abortion is murder, and it should never be allowed, no matter what. No compromise was reached.

The health care plan goes into effect next year. But this week, California Governor Jerry Brown stepped in and declared that all health care plans in California must cover abortions. No exceptions. So that makes the debate at my college null and void, more or less.

I wonder if the university will re-hire the staff members who quit their jobs in protest. Or if different staff members will now quit.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


My cooking experiment this week was Idaho Nachos. I got those at a Mexican restaurant two years ago. Basically, it's nachos, except they have potatoes where the chips usually go.

It's like that, except you use liquid cheese and taco meat instead of bacon.

Sadly, the so-called "easy recipes" on the Internet are hard. They say that you back the potatoes in the oven, which is easy. Then you cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the insides. This is the hard part. There must be a trick to scooping out potatoes, because a third of my potatoes fell apart, right at the start.

(Katie had an alternate recipe that cuts the potatoes into quarters. Sounds even MORE difficult.)

Next, you coat the potatoes with butter and oil. With, erm, a paintbrush. Is it normal to use paintbrushes while cooking? I just used my fingers.

Next, you broil the potatoes in the oven for two minutes. Flip them over, then broil them for another two minutes. This was the first time I used the "broil" setting on the oven. As it turns out, "broil" means "set off the fire alarm", because that's what happened each time. Another third of my potatoes were burned. That is, the skin became black and looked nasty. Despite this, Katie assured me that the meal was undercooked, because the potato skins weren't crispy enough.

In the end, the meal was okay. I kind of messed up on the cheese, because I have no idea how liquid cheese works. Maybe I'll make them again, when I feel like it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy finished its storyline with Little Orphan Annie. It turns out that Dick and Annie weren't really in the 1940's. They were on an island, where an evil man named Axel brainwashed everyone into thinking it was the 1940's. Basically, it was like Professor Layton 3, where the villain convinced scientists that they travelled through time, in order to force them to build a giant killer robot.

In this case, Axel was forcing a farmer-scientist to build a giant bomb. Still, I have to ask, "WHY BOTHER PRETENDING YOU TIME-TRAVELLED?!". If your goal is to force a scientist to build a bomb, hold him at gunpoint or kidnap his wife or something. Better yet, Axel, brainwash him. You've already proven you can brainwash people into believing anything you want. Why don't you brainwash the scientist into working for you? That should be much easier than brainwashing him into thinking it's the 40's.

Axel brainwashed everyone using a radio show. The story was pretty unclear on how this worked, but this makes me further question Axel's plans for world domination. Dude, you can brainwash anyone, by playing something on the radio! Why do you need a bomb to take over the world? Simply brainwash everyone into making you the leader of the planet! Again, that should be much easier than brainwashing people into thinking it's the 40's.

Oh well. The story is over now, and Annie can rest in peace. Dick Tracy appears to be going forward with a cowboy story. Yeehaw?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Deadly Device Speedrun

A couple months ago, I submitted a speedrun for Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device to Speed Demos Archive, the main speedrunning website. After a lot of processing, my run is officially up for public verification. Yay!

Basically, this means anyone can watch the run, comment on it, and recommend whether to accept or reject the run. After two weeks of this, the website's official person goes over what everyone said, then makes a final decision. If it's accepted, great! I'll do commentary and post it on Youtube. If it's not accepted, fine! I'll still do commentary and post it on Youtube!

"Public verification" is a bit of a false name, as you have to have an account with Speed Demos Archive before you can review it.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Haunted Halls 4

For Halloween this year, I'm playing Haunted Halls 4! Last year, I played Game One, Game Two and Game Three. Enjoy my spooky Halloween voice!

I wouldn't mind doing something else for Halloween, but I'm going to be playing Nancy Drew instead. Today will be my first attempt at beating the new game on Master Sleuth mode. Uh oh!

If Halloween isn't your style, maybe you would like the Indiana Jones Christmas game.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Game Development

Beta testing is finished for my Sherlock Holmes game. My next step is to submit it to Hosted Games and hope they pick it up. If they don't, I'll share the unpublished version with everyone.

On the other game front, the demo for Pride and Prejudice is done. The game is only about 25% done, but Diana and I are waiting to see how people like it before committing to writing out another 50+ pages.

Secret Project #1 is going well--the last thing I need to do is finish the artwork. Then when I see the game in action, I'll decide I hate the artwork and throw it out. Just like Secret Project #2, where I wrote the entire thing and later decided it is a horrible story.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


In the news this week, Apple and Facebook implemented programs, which allow their female employees to freeze their eggs. The idea is that the women will be able to focus on their careers, then have children later in life.

My cynical side is thinking that Apple and Facebook are just looking for a way to get out of paying for maternity leave. I would also point out what many people have already discovered: having children later in life is a good idea in theory, but in reality, it doesn't work so well. Once a woman is 35 or older, the odds of her having a healthy pregnancy dramatically decrease every year. But hopefully medical practices will improve on that front.

In other news, people made a fuss over the document the Catholic Church released. The final version of the document is set to be released today. I wonder what changes they're going to make, and what Pope Francis will do. I know he likes to throw out prepared scripts and make things up on the fly, but I hope he doesn't do that in this particular instance. The Bishops might be offended. (But not too offended, because he is their boss.)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Three Things Friday

1. I hear you readers loud and clear. I will make a Master Sleuth walkthrough for Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies! I want to play the game a few times before recording, so my walkthrough will be crisp and professional. (I also want to try a speedrun because, oh my gosh, this game is fun.)

2. I'm done with programming my Sherlock Holmes game! This means I need beta testers to play through the game and let me know if any errors come up. I'm not sure how to find them. Maybe I should just post the link on Twitter and ask if anyone wants to test it out. But can they send me valuable feedback with a character limit?

The game is made up of four cases, so it'd be nice if I could get four people. I'd give one case to each person.

3. Last year, I played Haunted Halls 1-3 for Halloween. They released a fourth game, so I want to post a walkthrough of it for this year's Halloween. The walkthrough is already done; I'm just wondering when to post it. Before or after my walkthrough for Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies? I don't want to miss the Halloween deadline, so it might be safer to post it before.