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Hello Kitty Bukanlah Kucing. Apa?!

Siapa yang tidak mengenal Hello Kitty?

Ikon lucu dan menggemaskan ini memulai popularitasnya sebagai karakter pada dompet di Jepang, 1974. Hello Kitty yang didesain oleh Yuko Yamaguchi diproduksi oleh Sanrio.Bagaimanapun juga, apakah Hello Kitty seekor kucing? BUKAN.Bersiaplah untuk dikejutkan.

Christine R. Yano, seorang antropologis dari University of Hawaii mengatakan bahwa ia mendeskripsikan Hello Kitty sebagai seekor kucing dalam pameran di Japan American National Museum. Yano pun dikoreksi oleh Sanrio setelah mereka membaca teksnya untuk pameran.

“Hello Kitty bukanlah seekor kucing. Dia adalah karakter kartun. Dia adalah gadis kecil. Dia adalah seorang teman. Namun ia bukan seekor kucing. Ia tidak pernah berpijak dengan keempat kaki. Ia berjalan dan duduk seperti makhluk berkaki dua. Ia memiliki binatang peliharaannya sendiri, bagaimanapun juga, dan ia dipanggil Charmmy Kitty.”

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Kejutan lainnya dari Hello Kitty?

Hello Kitty memiliki cerita yang cukup panjang yang mungkin bisa jadi menarik untuk diketahui.Kitty White, atau yang lebih familiar sebagai karakter bernama Hello Kitty, sebenarnya berkewarganegaraan Inggris dan berzodiak Scorpio. Ia memiliki saudari kembar bernama Mimmy White. Mereka tinggal di London bersama dengan ibunya, Mary White, dan ayahnya, George White. Kitty memiliki kucing peliharaan bernama Charmmy Kitty dan hamster bernama Sugar. Charmmy Kitty merupakan hadiah dari ayahnya dan Sugar diberikan oleh teman masa kecilnya, Dear Daniel.

Jika dipikirkan lebih lagi, Hello Kitty berjalan dengan dua kaki seperti gadis kecil, dan dia tidak berbunyi “meong” seperti kucing-kucing lainnya. Jadi, apakah Hello Kitty benar-benar BUKAN seekor kucing? Hmmm…

Seberapa besar artikel ini mempengaruhi imajinasi masa kecilmu?

Sumber: The Verge, LA Times, Sanrio Town, BuzzFeed.

Baca versi Bahasa Inggris di sini.

Hello Kitty is Not a Cat. Wait, What?!

Who doesn’t know Hello Kitty?

The adorable cultural force that started its popularity as a character on a purse in Japan, 1974. Hello Kitty, officially designed by Yuko Yamaguchi, was produced by Sanrio.

However, is Hello Kitty a cat? NO.

Prepare your mind to be blown. Christine R. Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii,says she described Hello Kitty as a cat in an exhibit at Japanese American National Museum. Thus, Yano was corrected by Sanrio after the company proofread her texts for the exhibit.”Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”

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More surprises from Hello Kitty?

Hello Kitty has a quite long back story that might be interesting for you to know.Kitty White, or the character we are all more familiar with Hello Kitty, is actually British and a Scorpio. She has a twin sister named Mimmy White. They lived in London with her mother, Mary White, and her father, George White. Kitty has a pet cat named Charmmy Kitty and a hamster named Sugar. Charmmy Kitty was a present from her father, while Sugar was given by a childhood friend, Dear Daniel.

The more you think about it, Hello Kitty walks on two feet like a little girl, and she doesn’t “mew” like how cats do. So is Hello Kitty really NOT a cat? Hmmm…

Well, how much has this article affected your childhood imagination?

Source: The Verge, LA Times, Sanrio Town, BuzzFeed.

Read the Indonesian version here.

Ten Ten’s Rocket – Level 1: Press Start to Play (Part-2)

Been waiting for more pages of Ten Ten’s Rocket? THE WAIT IS OVER! Enjoy the second part of the first chapter and look forward for the new chapter next month!

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In case you haven’t read the first part, read it here: Ten Ten’s Rocket – Level 1 (Part 1)

See you on the next chapter next month!

Project Brilliant Girl – Behind The Scene Documentary Trailer

Ladies and Gentleman,

We present to you..

World Premier the teaser trailer for The making of “Brilliant Girl”

As you guys might follow,

last week we announced the launch of Project Brilliant Girl

And we have planned to do a documentary of (Behind the scene) The making of Project “Brilliant Girl”

And this is our Teaser video..

 

We hope you would enjoy the presentation.

Thank you!

Anton Soeharyo

Manga about Game Developer Titled: Ten Ten’s Rocket – Level 1 Press Start To Play (Part 1)

We hope you will enjoy this Manga/Comic that we dedicate to the gaming industry.
Special Thanks to Ronald Widjaja our Game producer for the Story, and Sarah Johana our Community Manager for the graphics.
Disclaimer: This story is fiction, however we strive to provide education and fun humor to lighten up the industry, hence some situation and lesson learnt, however exaggerated, might be inspired by true events.
Last but not least, ENJOY Part 1! 

SEE You on the next Series!!

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I hope you are excited! And Can’t wait for our next series!
We need your encouragement! Comment below, or Shout to us on Twitter or Facebook!
Let’s make the continuation possible!!

Project “Brilliant Girl” Officially announced

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Some of you might be wondering what are we up to nowadays, apart from playing games and fooling around in the office..

We are SUPER EXCITED to announce our new upcoming 3D endless platformer Shooter  Code named: Project “Brilliant Girl”.

The game setting takes place in the futuristic city Nekomipolis, where “Yura Anders” (Short for You are Under Arrest) our main protagonist, will strive to battle crime and bring peace to the city.

Here are some cool sneak peak of the Boss Enemy:

Here are the early concept of Yura’s Combat Armor:

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And we are also SUPER EXCITED for Weapons and Vehicle that you play around with!

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Here is the Weapon in 3D:
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Here is Yura’s AWESOME Ride!
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I Hope you are as EXCITED as us! We will post more updates when we have more to show.

Thank you my friends!

Touchten Akuisisi OOS (Omar Online Shop)

 

Jakarta, 1 April 2014.
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Tertanggal 1 April 2014, Touchten mengakuisisi jasa penjualan game console dan merchandise online Omar Online Shop (OOS).

Pengakuisisian yang cukup mendadak ini dilakukan secara spontan ketika CEO Touchten Anton Soeharyo bertemu dengan saudagar dari Malaysia, Bpk Omar bin Semarang ketika sedang jam makan siang di warteg sekitar Thamrin City pada siang hari ini.

Entah karena MSG dari makanan di warteg tersebut atau dukun milik Bpk Omar yang cukup sakti, pembicaraan serius antara Anton Soeharyo dengan Omar Bin Semarang berbuah akuisisi pada hari yang sama dimana CEO bapak Anton Soeharyo langsung mengajak Bapak Omar bin Semarang ke kantor Touchten untuk menandatangani MOU kerjasama pada hari itu juga.

Dibawah todongan senjata dari bodyguard bapak Omar, seluruh staff di Touchten merasa “welcome” dengan kehadiran OOS di kantor. Hal ini bisa terlihat dari para staffs di Touchten yang langsung menggunakan jasa OOS di kantor Touchten.

Berikut kutipan dari bapak Anton Soeharyo, “Saya percaya dengan Touchten mengakuisisi OOS, saya tidak perlu berkerja lagi dan sehabis ini rencana saya adalah membeli tiket satu arah ke Caribbean. Terima kasih, OOS!”

Jasa online shopping memang lagi marak di Indonesia dan Touchten tampaknya tidak mau ketinggalan trend ini. “Pilihan Touchten untuk mengakuisisi jasa online shopping untuk penjualan merchandise game ini sangatlah tepat sasaran!” menurut pakar ekonomi, Professor Spike Tomerry dari kota Nekomipolis.

Professor Spike Tomerry menutup dengan kutipan berikut. “Saya rasa tinggal tunggu waktu saja apakah kerja sama ini akan berbuah sesuatu yang manis atau pahit tapi yang pasti saya optimis bahwa ini semua adalah pertanda baik bagi Touchten untuk mengawali April ini.”

 

Ditulis oleh Yura Anders.

 

Yura Anders;
Dikala tidak menulis artikel, Yura bekerja sebagai polisi di kota Nekomipolis. Komik kesukaan Yura disini adalah “Cat Gone Wild”. Contact Yura ketika ia sedang menganggur dan tidak sedang lagi mengejar Cammy Iyuka.

Mini Tutorial Pixel Art

Hello! My name is Bayu and I like playing ping-pong.. NOT! I am here to share with you how to draw pixel art. According to my friend, I am very good at it. In fact, she wrote this and the previous sentence.

tool used : adobe photoshop

1. Lets start with rough sketch, but first things first, use pencil tool to draw and eraser > pencil for erasing

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Just start with a simple sketch, don’t worry about details first.

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 You can use double windows to view the real size easier

(Window>Arrange>New Window for…(your file).

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2.  Make the lines cleaner with eraser. Make sure your lines are clear and clean and not jagged.

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^ here is the final outline. Now, it’s time for coloring!

3. Put base colors first, you can either use paint bucket tool or lasso tool to do this. Make sure you check off anti-alias  setting in both tools before you use it.

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After base color is filled, now is the time for shading. Specify the direction of the light first.

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Then, color the outlines to make it better.

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Almost finished! Just add small effects to make it more polished.

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You also can add simple animation! (for the animation we will discuss it on next mini tutorial)

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Tadaaa…  Hope this will help you

note : this is Cupid from Amazing Cupid, you can download the game at

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Amazing Cupid – The Story Behind the Game Development

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[Essentially, its "Let's make this annoying game (Flappy Bird) more annoying by having an annoying character saying annoying stuff to annoy people"]  - Summarized by Karin

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Dear Lovely Humans,

This is an official statement regarding our release of Amazing Cupid. Some of you may have already heard or played it, some of you even might have read the whole debacle regarding the game being a “shameless clone” or “a bad reputation for the country”. We are perfectly fine with these statements as it is someone’s honest opinion. (So this was what Mr. Nguyen was facing all by himself huh? Poor lad) However, before you judge us further, may we please humbly request you to read our following statements with an open mind? We feel like we owe our players an explanation regarding this matter, and we have a few explanations why we can release the game with a clear conscience.

Anyway, our first point. We have actually seek permission to “copy” Flappy Bird from its owner, for which he said “You’re welcome, Mate!” Whatever his reason is, be it just because he is a big-hearted man or that he realizes that his game isn’t the most original version, we are not one to judge. We admit fully of being inspired by Flappy Bird to create the game.

So the question at hand is did we CLONE the game? That, my friends, will bring us to point number two. If we were to answer according to YOUR standard of cloning which we assume: “if it feels the same and it’s currently or used to be popular, or I knew that game from somewhere” Then YES, we did. However, allow us to give a brief definition of a clone that the industry experts are supposed to use as is written by law (in our own words so it’ll be easier to understand. Law wordings are super annoying):

                A clone is something that copied the stuff that can be copyrighted exactly. This can be sued. For example: art assets, original songs we used, the source code. These items can be copyrighted and if we stole and copied them, o ow we’re in trouble.

                A gameplay or game experience however, cannot be copyrighted. Have you heard of the term GENRE? Games with same or similar gameplay are considered to be in the same genre, not necessarily a clone or copy-cat of each other. Take Street Fighter and King of Fighter for example, they are almost similar (according to my colleague because I don’t play them) yet none of them gets into trouble of being sued. Why? Because they know gameplay is sort of a public domain which everyone can jump at.

Have you played Amazing Cupid yet? No? Then this might be the right time for you to get it ;p. If you have, you will notice that the art is completely different, it has a lot of added features (secret messages, crazy rants of a cynical cupid, and three difficulty levels). So given these facts, we are leaving the rest to you to have your opinion. All we humbly request is, for people to get the facts before defaming others.

Our third and last point (I’m tired of typing) is that we actually did it merely for fun! A few things sparked the birth of Amazing Cupid. First, we wanted to have a side project for Valentine’s Day. Second, we had this new feature to test but no game to test it with. Third, our resident programmer was too free and cloned Flappy Bird in two days during his spare time just for practice. Fourth, our CEO decided that this short gameplay will be perfect to try out the new feature. So our artist jumped in and we had a friend who agreed to help with the valentine theme. We meant no harm in the making of this game, and most importantly, we didn’t mean to knock Flappy Bird from its throne.

In conclusion, we would like to apologize if we offend anyone by releasing this. Again, in our point of view, we just wanted to have fun and share them to others for Valentine Day and beyond. We didn’t mean any harm to any single individuals and we certainly didn’t mean to harm the reputation of Indonesia’s gaming industry. We humbly accept all critiques anyone shoot at us, but we must stand firm to our clear conscience.

Finally, thank you so much for your time. Should you need more clarification, we are more than happy to hold a discussion as we know we can learn something from an outside perspective too.

Okay this has gone too long. Thank you for all your criticism and concern, and most of all, your time. Also we want to shout a BIG THANK YOU for our supporters and those who enjoy our game. Let us close this official statement with a promise that we are only trying to improve the industry and really, spreading happiness and love to others.

 

Cheers,

 

Touchten Team

[PIKAPLAY] Flappy Bird – Fly and Bang, Fly and Bang, FLY AND BANG!

“#@#$#%$^&%@%@^!#^#&*(($^$*@$!$#^$!@#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” – Pikarin

 

fly and be awesome!

fly and be awesome!

 

The annoying game is basically a very short and casual game where you need to tap your screen to make the bird fly while dodging the obstacles which is a pipe mushrooming all over your world. The objective of the game is to pass through as many pipes as possible. It seems easy, but believe me, it is hard as hell. I can’t describe what makes it hard. I have tried to hypnotize myself by telling myself “the bird is small and the obstacles are static, it really is easy” but my score proves otherwise.

Did you see the quote by me at the beginning of the post? That was the feeling I get when I play this friggin’ big-mouthed bird. The first five minutes, I can’t get pass 8 pipes! Luckily, I love my phone too much to throw it at my friends’ face as they laugh at my frustration. Well, I suppose everyone knows too well what game is flappy bird. For those who lives in caves and haven’t got a clue, here is a video trailer by some random and noisy dude:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMQSLT7e9Q8

Anyway, this game hit the top rank in iOS purely based on virality. That is how good the game is. So, don’t let me hold you for too long, hit the store and download the game! Share your high score on your social media page and get praises (or shame).

 

I shall not post my score because it’s embarrassing.

 

Googe Play Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotgears.flappybird&hl=en

iTunes Store Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flappy-bird/id642099621?mt=8

 

 

[Ratings:    This Is Garbage -> 1  2 – 3  4  5 -> Sweet, Mother of God!]

 

Graphic = 4 – the simple yet effective pixel art is quite polished and the colors used are easy on the eye.

Story = 1 – Well, it’s because there isn’t any story at all!

Gameplay = 4 – The sheer frustration it gave me was enough to make me like it. Irony.