So Prof. Mark Reidl of Georgia Tech is the best kind of geek, and used some cool scripting to extract all the things on Wikipedia with plot summaries: movies, books, tv episodes, video games, etc. That’s a lot of plot summaries: 112,936, to be exact.
With a dataset this large, a neural network can achieve impressive results. Sure enough, when I trained this open-source neural network framework on just the titles alone, it consistently came up with titles that were both varied and (usually) plausible.
Below are some of my favorites, arranged roughly by apparent genre:
Titanic Buffalo Pirates: A Fight Dance Story The Bad Legend Conan the Pirate O Bullets Home Transformers Shurk Hat Dies! An Enemy of Bob (Homicide: Life on the Street) Cannibal Spy II American Hero: Fire of Crusty Lego Man Hunt Nancy Drew: The Last Day (film) Surf Crisis Legend of the Experience of Scarlet Freedom Damageboo American Midnight: Swear Dragon Problem
Under the Daleks Batman and Flancles: The Fun Tree The Legends of World Planet Bomberman’s Love The Enchanted Feed The Star Wars: The Santa Contact The Long Ninja Dove in the Air (film) The History of the Galaxy Bunny Lada City of the Stupid (film) Shy Castle Hamburger (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Swords and Batman: Summer Party ?
The Boordeeple (2011 film) A Dog’s Toy Friends Boop (Adventure Time) A Dinosaur Quest Colonel Corn (video game) Scooby-Drum New Bear Borky the Pig (film) Excellent Very Broken Christmas The Great Bother Cat (film) Happy Cat in the Yaku Wonder Fireman and Halloween Rules Big Can Flower Home The Green Yaurglar Pig Scooby-Doo'Wagon Traps (video game) Book Dog (film)
Terror Dog Tree Screaming Zombies of Florence The Trunkelling A Vampire Time for Monster Murder’s Eagle Frozen Bat (film) Haunted Place The Sheep of Evil Barney’s The Devil’s Treachery Merry Scroobers: Crown of Evil The Steel-Pounted Murder King The Shadow of Life of Very Worgy (film) The Mystical Booged of California
Market that Knave Spork at Bliss The White Soup An Indiana Office The Last Fish Show The Fish of Education
Restricted section (there were quite a few more of these)
Absilloved Lovers 2: Black Bearfly Dawn Horse Man Academy 5-R: Cowboy Sheeper Wydex Breed Bot 3: The Journey Kitchen Wild Bad Party 109 Pink Moon Indiscreet Maidman
And finally, a list of the most quintessential story titles, obtained by setting the creativity to near zero on a highly-trained network:
The Story of the Stranger (1994 film) The Last Day of the Story The Lost Princess (film) The Stranger (1994 film) The Last Star (1994 film) The Secret of the Story of the Stranger (1996 film) The Stranger (2014 film) The Story of the Stars The Story of the Stranger (1999 film) The Last Day of the Sun The Story of the Star Trek: The Secret of the Story of the Star Wars
I love the commentary posts that Toby has been doing, so i wanted to follow suit and give some backstory to the episode! It goes without saying that there will be spoilers, so mute #OK KO SPOILERS if you wanna keep your eyes and ears unspoilt!
This was the first episode that Haewon and I got that addressed substantial main story points! It was a very intimidating episode to tackle, but it ended up being immensely fun and satisfying to work on! Since it’s about getting trapped in a video game, i decided to lean hard into my nerdy videogamey roots and paid a lot of homage to games that left a huge impact on me!
The Face Of Fear arcade machine:
The arcade machine was in Haewon’s part of the episode, but i couldn’t help making designs for it… and not only did she use it, she made it even better!! She designed the SUPER EXTRA HARD DIFFICULTY version that the machine turns into after Gar bites off more than he can chew!
Dendy’s explanation of how the game works:
I made a little video game overworld map segment to accompany dendy’s explanation of how the Face of Fear game works! This was a blend of three of my all time favorite games: I referenced MAGICAL DROP 3 for the general UI of the map because I love its aesthetics, I referenced the TURBO TUNNEL stage from the original BATTLETOADS N.E.S. game because that was one of the most terrifying and nightmarish stages i have ever played through as a child (a perfect fit for a game that is basically a nightmare given form imo), and i referenced EXOR from SUPER MARIO RPG, because that boss battle had such a huge impact on me when i first played it! Exor still looks really cool and badass to me, to this very day.
This is probably the most obvious reference, if you’ve ever played Chrono Trigger! It’s based on the climactic Magus fight, about a quarter of the way into the game! chrono trigger has been such a huge influence and helped me shape what my definitions of dramatic storytelling were, so i just HAD to give it a nod, even if its application wasn’t half as dramatic as the source material, hehe.
I can’t remember for the life of me if it was me or haewon that thought of having rad’s fear set in a room that was just a bunch of rad faces laughing and posturing (pretty sure it was haewon), but i DID draw this diagram of the room’s layout!
I promise this is a 99.99% KS content blog, but I want to take a moment to gush about my favorites in the psychological/horror genre (some which might be even more fucked up than KS even).
1. DEAD TUBE (ongoing) This is one of my all-time favorite ongoing manga. It. Is. BLOODY. There’s gore everywhere and there’s always someone losing some limbs or dying. There’s this site called… you guessed it: Dead Tube. It’s like Youtube or Vine but about a million times ‘WTF’. The aim is to create videos that will shock as many people as possible. People will murder, torture, do sexual acts, take unsolicited videos of other people, and pretty much do every single fucked up thing imaginable on the list. Once you’re trapped in the game you can’t get out. If your videos don’t get many views, you get killed. Every single character in the manga is batshit crazy. There’s extreme violence, gore, and nudity every chapter. KS is probably ten times tamer, so if it’s your limit, I suggest you at least tread lightly at first. (NSFW pictures under cut).
I adored what you had to say on how some adjustments in meaning really change how Kokichi comes across in the English version of V3. REALLY important question: Kokichi hates murder. So what was his motivation for the events of the chapter four trial? What are the circumstances of his decisions? He clearly established himself as someone who walks the line, but is there a difference for him between having a line and killing, going against one of his core values? Was he testing the game? What's up?
So many Chapter 4 questions, so little time. Thankfully, it’s
one of my favorite chapters in any DR game so I don’t mind talking about it at
I hope it’s okay if I answer all of these in one big post! I
get a lot of questions about Chapter 4 specifically (as you can see) and I
thought it’d be best if I try to address all the points in common that these
questions have. I’ll try to hit the main points, which are: “Why did Ouma get
two people killed if he’s morally against murder?”, “Why didn’t Ouma let
everyone vote wrong in the trial and get them all killed to put them out of
their misery?”, and “Was Ouma’s reaction just before Gonta’s execution genuine or not?”
I’ve written quite a few pieces of meta with regards to
Chapter 4 in the past, the most recent of which might help clear up the first
of these points (and a little bit of the second)! The post is here, if anyone’s
In any case, I’ll try to make this my big “what went down in
Chapter 4” post, but I will be discussing spoilers for Chapters 5 and 6 as
well, so anyone who hasn’t reached the second half of the game should only read
if they’re okay with that.
When Keith leaves the team for his mission with the Blade he leaves behind a few things he won’t need… like his leather jacket.
Coincidentally Lance has misplaced his own jacket.
Hey Peaches! I will be updating All Aboard as soon as I can - this was just a fun little fic I did with a friend.
PS: my sister who had never seen Voltron binged it with me and her favorite character is Shiro - so I need to draw more of him. (She digs the show and finds Zarkon to be obsessive - and totes agrees that Shiro needs a vacation)
Please enjoy this little angsty romance fic I co-wrote with my bestie.
The thing about Quan Zhi Gao Shou is, it’s a story that really seems to get what playing an action-based mmorpg/moba is like. Sword Art Online is neat in concept but mechanically weak, getting weaker every iteration; Log Horizon is pretty generic and economy-based rather than combat-based; and as much as I love the original .hack// series, it explains zero on the gaming side of things, veering more on the side of eerie philosophy.
On top of that, those three I just mentioned are all under the conceit of ‘trapped in a video game, so the game is reality now, so no limitations on experience’ - which is great and all, but those kind of high stakes really lose the ‘game’ aspect of the story.
So, even though I’m just a casual gamer, I really appreciate how QZGS manages to capture and convey how playing a really good game feels to a player. I can even backtrack, mentally re-translating everything in-game on the show into what actual game visuals might look like and how it might feel to see that as a player. That’s neat, and I’m loving it.
Also, it’s an engaging character-driven story, and I can appreciate that. I like how the protagonist is an adult and how the story has humorous moments without going over-the-top with comedy, like ½ Prince does. Though, that’s not fair - they may both be mmorpg settings, but they’re targeting different demographics.
What I’m really appreciating is the absence of fanservice though. A game anime without fanservice but with skilled female gamers. Well-appreciated, I hope it keeps it up.