New name? Leaving Instagram? Fluent in Korean? – checking in with you all.

What’s up, everyone?!

It’s been awhile. What is my excuse? I was honestly just really Going Through It all of last month and wasn’t feeling motivated to do anything, so the blog just kind of sat here and collected dust for a bit. However, now, I am back! For real! 

I went back and read my last post and figured I would do the same type of thing and just keep this post as a sort of update post on what’s going on with me, what I’ve been doing, and what I have planned! So, here we go!

The first thing you may notice is that the domain name for the blog has changed. When I first made this site, my whole thing was writing about something for roughly 500 words every day. This then turned into more of, well I want to really sit down and write out proper posts and not rush through things just to hit a 500 word count. It’s quite something to look back even a couple of months ago, and see how much of a different headspace you were in as opposed to the present. I link back to this post where I talked about getting back into writing and how much Final Fantasy VII Remake/Aerith Gainsborough really inspired me. That won’t ever change, as it did have a huge impact on motivating me to get creative again. However, for the type of content I want to create here… I feel like having the name of Aerith’s Garden just didn’t quite… fit? 

Solitary Bells from the Demento/Haunting Ground soundtrack.

So, how does Solitary Bells fit? The name is inspired by and taken from a song off the video game soundtrack for Demento/Haunting Ground, a horror game from Capcom that came out back in 2005. It remains one of my favorite horror games of all time, and I figure it’s probably a bit safer to not have a character’s name as your website URL when the site isn’t really about them. With that being said, I’m currently going to be redoing the site a bit and have a better theme, so if things look weird if you visit, I apologise! It will all be worked out soon!

Now, onto my Korean studies. I have had 7 lessons over the last month and it’s been a really fun and rewarding process. My teacher is really incredible and so helpful in every single way. She gives me so much time to speak and get through sentences, and the homework she gives is also very helpful as well! It’s amazing how a month ago I could barely read the Korean alphabet and now I’m reading, speaking, writing and putting together sentences??? Who would have thought! My Korean lessons are definitely a main highlight of 2020 and will continue into 2021.

What’s that about Instagram? Ever since their update (if you’re on there, you know exactly what I’m talking about), I just haven’t really felt like posting. I still like taking screenshots, editing, and so on… but honestly? I think I may have a post here once a week showing some edits I have made. Also, it’s just too much to keep up with right now. Maybe in a few months I’ll get back to it (especially if Facebook really sells it), but until then, my focus is going to be over here. I could say more about this but I think it’s fairly obvious. Also I felt a bit hypocritical remaining on Instagram after watching The Social Dilemma

After all of that, what’s next?

Do you remember my post about the new K-POP group, ENHYPEN

ENHYPEN promotional photo via BE:LIFT.

Since then, they have debuted!! Their debut day was November 30th! There was a lot to unpack about their concept and believe me, I’m still thinking about it. I have a lot of stuff to talk about in regards to these guys so this may turn into a sort of ENHYPEN oasis for a bit, especially once my albums arrive. 

I also have something I’d like to do about BTS and going through their entire discography/videography and discussing it here properly! I’ve always wanted to do that as a huge project, especially being a media major, so it’s going to happen. It will take time, believe me, but I’d like to get it started by the end of the year/start of 2021! 

And of course, the games. I’ll be talking about video games still, don’t worry. I’d like to talk about more obscure games, maybe some retro horror games… stuff like that. Doing deep dives into games and taking them apart and putting them back together again. 

There will also be the occasional random/fun post as well! I’m not limiting myself with what to talk about, but honestly? Writing about ENHYPEN, BTS, and horror games? It’s all I ever wanted.

The frequency of how often I post here is my final thought for this post, as I have rambled on long enough. I’d like to post at least 1-2 times a week. It may possibly even be 3 times a week if I don’t get lazy and actually post some edits on here!

Until next time! And I promise I won’t disappear for a month again! Thank you to everyone who has followed, liked, and commented on my blog so far. It really means a lot to me! 💜

3 Games I’m Excited For!

I figured since I’ve been slowly diving back into horror games lately, I would start this off with 3 horror/mystery-esque games that I am most excited for that are coming out in the next couple of months.

Death Come True promotional image from Nintendo

The first one is Death Come True, which is actually out already on Steam and Nintendo Switch. However, it will be coming to PS4 on October 15th so I am waiting for it. This is another FMV style/live action game that seems to be becoming more popular. I’ve seen many of these games over the past couple of years and they all intrigue me. This one stars Kanata Hongo, who I absolutely love, and Kuriyama Chiaki, who I also absolutely love. Coupled with the fact that the writer and director of this is also the creator of Danganronpa, I am very interested in playing this. The basic premise is that Hongo’s character wakes up in a hotel with no memories and discovers he is a serial killer. Or is he? We’ll have to wait and find out in October unless I cave before then and get it on Steam.

Remothered: Broken Porcelain promotional image from PushSquare

The second is Remothered: Broken Porcelain. This is coming out on October 20th, just in time for Halloween. It’s a sequel to Remothered: Tormented Fathers, which I thought was brilliant. Despite some of its issues, it was a very creepy and interesting horror experience that I highly recommend to everyone who is a fan of the genre. I have been trying to avoid most of the new stuff about Broken Porcelain so I don’t have a lot to go on other than Rosemary, from the first game, is back and continuing her investigation, and we are introduced to new characters, one who is named Jennifer. The way everything tied together in Tormented Fathers was well done, so I have no doubt that the new characters and story elements will also tie in nicely together to form a great horror story. I’m very excited to play this.

Little Hope promotional image from IGN

The third is The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope which is coming out right at Halloween, on October 30th! This is from the creators of Until Dawn and Man of Medan, both of which I loved. Though, I think I liked Until Dawn a little more? I need to play through Man of Medan a few more times because I only played it once when it came out. Anyway, like the previous games, Little Hope seems to be another character and story driven experience. This time, we have witchcraft as a subject, so I’m curious to see how it goes. I also heard that this game took some inspiration from The Blair Witch Project (or maybe just the lore). Actually, take a look at the above image I posted and look inside the O of the word HOPE. Look familiar? And yes, that is Will Poulter in the image as well and I’m excited to see how he does in a game like this. One thing I really like about these games is how the timeline completely alters and shatters depending on your actions. You can have a perfect ending where everyone lives, or the worst possible outcome of everyone dying. 

All I can say is that October is going to be a very creepy month for gaming. I will be writing more about these games as they release and I play them and possibly starting to upload game play videos on YouTube but we will see! If I have time, I will also try to cover some FMV/live action style games, Remothered: Tormented Fathers and possibly both Until Dawn and Man of Medan all before their respective sequels release.