Orphanage Nightmares

«Mary had a lamb
His eyes black as coals
If we play very quiet, my lamb
Mary never has to know…»

– Evanescence «Lose Control»

It’s the early 1930s England, a few years before the Second World War broke out. A teenage girl named Jennifer is forced to work for the Red Crayon Aristocrat Club: an unruly, cruel society formed by the children of the Rose Garden Orphanage. Children are creepy. Very creepy indeed.

Rule of Rose is a survival horror game for PlayStation 2 published in 2006.
It uses psychological horror elements throughout its distorted storyline and timeline, and uses, as in Haunting Ground, a canine companion for the main character.
Guys, the enemies. They’re just… plain WEIRD. At some point, you are actually fighting an Imp Chicken. What’s not to love here?

The trailer released for E3 is simply stunning.
I know it’s a little bit long at 6 and a half minutes, but I promise you, it’s really good.

Rule of Rose raised controversy in Poland, where the Ministry of Education raised questions concerning its appropriateness for minors (the game was rated 16+) because of the themes of child violence and sexuality. In the US it was said to involve “erotic undertones involving a cast of female minors”.
Due to this controversy, it was not released in the UK, only in Japan, US and Europe.

I hope they will re-release it one day (preferably on Xbox 360, heh…) where they will have more time and a bigger budget to work on the combat-system that was left a little rough, and much criticized.

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> What do YOU think about survival-horror games?

Sources:
Rule of Rose wiki
Wikipedia, Rule of Rose

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Anti-christ Pokémon

Did you know that Abra, Kadabra and Alakazam was targeted by conservative Christian groups as representing anti-Christian aspects of the franchise?

Oh yeah. A pastor from Palm Beach, Florida refered to the symbols on their head as “a pentagram” and claimed the symbol on their chests were representing Nazi Germany’s SS-symbol.  (And while we’re at it, I noticed something weird researching this case. Check out the Kiss logo.)
Also, an Israeli “psychic”-magician, Uri Gellar, who claimed to bend spoons with his mind, sued Nintendo saying Kadabra’s Japanese name was an “unauthorized appropriation of his identity”.
Geller sued for 100 million dollars, but lost.
Sucks for him, I guess.

The madness doesn’t stop here, people.
The Pokémon Jynx was claimed to be a negative racial stereotype of African-Americans.
Jynx design was then changed from being originally black, to purple. They also had to recolor Jynx as dark gray rather than black in the manga.
But racism is not all, several animal groups have tried to ban Pokémon, saying it resembles cockfights, and is promoting animal cruelty. *sigh*
In Saudi Arabia in 2001, they banned the Pokémon franchise, claiming it encouraged gambling and promoted Zionism. Some other outspoken, fundamentalist Muslims claimed that Pokémon was a Jewish conspiracy that was intended to brainwash Muslim children to make them renounce their faith. These same groups claimed that the word «Pokémon» is a phrase that means «I am Jewish«.
And of course, the “Evolution vs. Creationism” conflict was also commonly brought up.


> What’s your view on this? Do you agree with any of the statements?

Sources:
Bulbapedia
Wikipedia, Pokémon, Video game controversies

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Controversy, oh, how you never cease to fascinate me.
For as long as I can remember, controversial “stuff” have always caught my attention.
It can be anything really, but as long as it says “Explicit content, not for the faint of heart” I’m pretty much sold.
So why do I like these kind of things?
I think it’s because I’m always looking for something new that can awake emotions within me. Recently I watched a Serbian film called… well, “A Serbian Film (Srpski film)”, and my oh my was I shocked.

It’s the first feature film directed by Srđan Spasojević (quite a bold move, If you ask me) and the film was released to great controversy in terms of its graphic and often sexually explicit violence. It is also said it had to suffered nearly 4 minutes of cuts to gain an 18 certificate. We are looking forward to the uncut version…
Tim Anderson of the horror review site «Bloody Disgusting» likened the movie to “having his soul raped” and dissuaded anyone reading his review from ever seeing it, writing: “If what I have written here is enough to turn your feelings of wonder into a burning desire to watch this monstrosity, then perhaps I haven’t been clear enough. You don’t want to see Serbian Film. You just think you do.
Srđan Spasojević responded to the controversy with: “This is a diary of our own molestation by the Serbian government… It’s about the monolithic power of leaders who hypnotize you to do things you don’t want to do. You have to feel the violence to know what it’s about.

It’s been a long time since a movie made me gasp in disbelief, but this one sure did the job.
(I actually had to watch some brain-dead MTV-show afterwards to clear up my mind before sleeping, and trust me, I’M NOT EASILY STARTLED.)
Now you’re probably thinking I despised this movie. Wrong, I loved it.
As soon as it comes out, I’m going to buy it (and make some poor souls watch it with me again, heheh…)
Oh, and the theme-song is awesome.

If it was up to me, I would show you tons of clips from my collection of sickness, but since I can’t tell who will read this blog, I won’t. I can imagine it wouldn’t be received well with my teachers, with this being a school-blog and all.
For all I know you may be a 13 year old boy looking for something illegal to watch. I don’t want your mom finding out and giving me a hard time, you know…

(I’ll still show you the trailer, though. Shh, don’t tell her.)

THE TRAILER BELOW CONTAINS EXPLICIT CONTENT AND SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED IF YOU ARE EASELY OFFENDED BLABLABLA AND ALL THAT JAZZ.
There, you’ve been warned.

> What is the sickest movie YOU ever saw?
> What is your view on these kinds of film?

Sources:
A Serbian Film IMDB
Wikipedia, A Serbian Film