The World Is Just Awesome


KK Cruisin'
Ben Briggs and Ectogemia

I’ve never played Animal Crossing, but this is just lovely.

Not even close.

Dahlia doesn’t hate Mia’s twins. Nor does Dahlia envy Mia’s jugs.

As they always say, it isn’t the size/shape of the boobs that matter, it’s the person they’re attached to.

Think about that for a second.

Superman’s got Kryptonite


And Iron Man has kittens. We all have to have our weaknesses.

May 4

Papers, Please (Beta 5.13 Demo) - A Game Like Phoenix Wright, But Only the Best Bit

Hello, long time no see everyone. I’m gonna take some time out of my rat race-y lifestyle to tell you about a game that’s different and awesome.


"Papers, Please" is a game where you play an customs officer at a border’s checkpoint in an eastern-bloc country in 1982 just after a war. People from the world over are just starting to file back into the country. Your job is to check people’s passports, entry permits, work passes and other important documents and what have you. Sounds boring? I assure you it is not. It’s wonderfully engaging.

For one thing there’ll be people who show up at the checkpoint with invalid documents, however they have a sob story to tell and you can decide whether or not your poor, cold and starving family is worth letting this poor, cold and starving chap through. (You get a pay cut if you mess up.)

It’s extremely challenging but not too much, rules are added one at a time per level so as to not overwhelm you with the game’s unique mechanics.

The Phoenix Wright bit comes in when you can start pointing out discrepancies when invalid documents come up. You can then do a body scan, fingerprint identification, interrogation etc. OR you could just deny them entry without saying anything. What they don’t know won’t hurt them right? After all you’ve got a family to feed and you’re only paid per person so as long as you’ve clocked them in before 6pm when the workday is over.

There are going to be stories in the final release of the game as well of which I believe you will be able to influence their outcomes (the headlines of the newspapers you read before each level change each day depending on who you did or didn’t let through.)

The grey morality aspect, the contradiction finding gameplay, the silly and serious characters, the dark atmosphere. 

I’m sold. Are you? < Beta 5.13 here!


Jan 1

Truth Revealed - Spec Ops The Line OST

I re-read this post while the music played. Iloved the pacing the music sets for it. Depending on whether or not you think she’s lying, it’s either tragic or hilariously out of place.

If you haven’t played Spec Ops: The Line yet then I highly recommend it. Game of the year for 2012! The first FPS to be highly engaging and not just mindless shooting of human bloodsacks. 

An extremely realistic look into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder through the eyes of a soldier. A game that talks to YOU. Directly to YOU and not just the player character.

Bravo Yager and 2K Games. Green lighting this game takes balls and I cannot express my glee at the thought of game companies no longer playing it ‘safe’. They went all out to make a game that was different and it Blew. My. Mind.

The Sizlacks - Demo 2
The Sizlacks

Demo 2 - The Sizlacks


Merry Christmas and a Happy End of the World New Year to whoever it was who wanted me back up and running Ask Dahlia Hawthorne. We’re now Open for Business. Just expect less frequent updates.

I’ve decided I’m not changing anything about the way I played Dahlia. So that’s good news for those of you who loved and still love my old style.

I’ve jazzed up the theme though, so no more complaints about how the previous blog’s theme wasn’t Dahlia-esque enough. 

Well alright then, my Christmas week off has gotten me some time to think about this and to arrange up time to make another Dahlia ask blog. 

Take that as my Christmas present to you folks. I’ll see to setting up the new blog when I finish up my assignments and required studying for assessments when I return to class.

Good day. 

There’s also the question of whether or not the Dahlia I’m playing is going to be the exact same one I played before or a different interpretation this time. Just to keep things fresh and to distinguish myself from the currently existing askdahlia.

On the other hand, some people have suggested I be Morgan this next time around since my characterization of Dahlia would make Morgan a more interesting character to interrogate.

People who think I’m witty/funny have asked me to make an “Ask Snarksworth” using Bratworth’s sprites. That or be Calisto Yew/Shih-Na

My love of using noir quotes as responses also had some people asking me to be Tyrell Badd or Diego/Godot.

It’s interesting to note also that I’ve been told I act a lot like the female judge from AAI 2 when I’m serious anyway.