Someone asked something, I can’t respond to it because Tumblr doesn’t really allow that.
I have thought about expanding beyond just western areas, but there is of course a language barrier. I have a lot of people world wide who follow me, Japan, Germanic countries, Russian countries, France, UK and more. But the problem is that those that do already know some English, those that don’t really don’t follow me, and I know very little of their languages.
So even though I’m studying Japanese, even with all that I know right now it’s not enough to carry a conversation with a native speaker. It’s enough to compose very basic sentences and that’s it. I have an adoration for mythology, history, world culture and languages, y’know. I want to know more than one, maybe more than three languages in my life. Until then I can really only talk in English.
One of the problems with US and this sort of includes Canada and to a minor extend the UK, is that sexuality is seen as dirty, when you see it on TV it’s supposed to be dirty where as violence is commonplace and natural. I know from talking to others, and my own experience watching foreign TV shows that the reverse is usually true in other European/Asian countries. Sexuality, sex, nudity are less of an issue but violence is.
I’m more open to games in other languages but I depend on translators, and I don’t like not having the ability to pay them to do it. I also like having more of a first hand experience with the process since often translations can shift the meaning of a story a lot and I’d rather have the translation be different but preserve the meaning behind it.
So for me it’s about forming connections and friendships with people who can and would be willing to do so and try to pay them for doing it.
There was this cool idea which was essentially an audio book with pictures, but it’d involve a lot of voice actors, much more new musics and all of that. Stuff that really isn’t affordable right now for a side project like Toko. Since most of my money goes to cover Dizzy Hearts.
But something like that might be cool, still thinking on it~
art by Momongei no Fuutsufu
This will probably be a bit rant-y as I get some negative energy off my chest.
I’m going to be candid in this blog post, this is pretty much my personal space really, to talk about anything. This is to talk about Toko. Now lately the sales of the game have gone to the point where I feel that I can pay the team that worked on it for their work. Not for the amount of time we worked on it, but to give people who aren’t well off enough money to say they got some money in. That’s how it’s always been for me at least. For me it’s always been about “I just got money in, I can eat today”. That’s what it’s like being a starving artist I guess, not trying to romance this title or anything. In most cases in my life, I would often ignore sleeping or eating in favor of drawing, not intentionally but ignorantly I would just draw until I collapsed.
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Hey instead I’m gonna talk about taosym's new game The Reject Demo Toko because it's cute.
Demons who aren’t born with emotions gain them by ferrying human souls to the afterlife and use that energy to do rock and roll sex magic fighting. It doesn’t matter how much sense that makes or how much internal consistency the world has or it wouldn’t make an offhand joke in prologue about a lawsuit halting demonic invasion. The game is interested it having Cool Music and being a vehicle to literalize romance and emotions in Demonic Rock n Roll Magic. Also horns look cute. That’s literally the full story and a world can exist for only those reason. You don’t need years of backstory or history or lore unless they happen to be really important. This is a world designed to be funny and emotional and it’s so simple to do that with dialogue and aesthetic and sound rather than books you find on the ground that contain a wikipedia entry about a place you don’t care about. You are writing a story okay. You are not making a wiki.
The most common mistake made with worldbuilding is treating storytelling like making a wiki.