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About asparkofmoonlight

Dreamer | Idealist | Loves Traveling, Reading, Learning New Things, etc. ^_^

Community Feedback Special for “Final Fantasy XV”

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The fandom that I belong to… xD Square-Enix doing things right! This is when the developers and the creative team, or the people behind-the-scenes, working on the game connect with the fans and facilitate discussion and ideas on how to improve their franchise.

I would be happy to provide ideas for the Final Fantasy franchise, because it’s a video game series that I’m most passionate about, and because Square is a company that shows appreciation towards their fans and their ideas, as we can see in the video below. There’s no hidden agenda or ulterior motives behind their efforts.

Furthermore, the discussion between the director and fans reminds me of a focus group. Maybe it is one, since a group of fans are being asked about their perception on the Final Fantasy XV demo. The one thing about all of this that I really like is the transparency. This is what I’ve stressed in the post, A Co-Creation Marketing Strategy in K-Pop? (such a shame what that one company did, though… -_-).

Known to sometimes be thinking far ahead, it’s lovely to see that the company that makes my favorite video game series, is stepping up their game and taking the initiative to be transparent. So, even though this is what I had wanted to see from SME, which they weren’t able to achieve, I guess I got my wish from another company. Who knew that it would have been the one that makes my favorite video games? ^^

All I know is that I feel really happy seeing this open communication, which I had continuously stressed again and again on how companies should be like, especially if they’re using a fan’s idea. I guess I shouldn’t have expected much from SME, though, since they’re known for copyrighting things from other artists as well. If they can get away with that by talking and paying their way through, then getting away with a fans’ idea from a blog post is like piece of cake for them. Having said that, the last thing that they should probably be talking about after engaging in such an act is “morals”. =P However, it’s never too late to learn.

—Moonlight

“You’re Not Alone” by katethegreat19

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Found this song in an old file on my external hard disk and decided to search it up on YouTube. I remembered that it was by katethegreat19, whose videos I’ve watched since 2008. Crazy how time flies! The song is called You’re Not Alone, which is a cover of an instrumental track from Final Fantasy IX (FF9). katethegreat19 wrote the lyrics to it in addition to playing the instruments as a cover. The original video can be found on her YouTube channel.

katethegreat19 has written a couple of lyrics to music from the Final Fantasy series and has done a really good job. The best part about instrumental music is that you can imagine your own lyrics for it. As for katethegreat19, her own music sort of reminds me of music from the Middle/Medieval Ages. The Middle/Medieval Ages was my favorite era in history to study, along with the Golden Age of Islam followed by the Spanish Armada and WWI and WWII. History explains a lot as to why the world is the way it is today.

—Moonlight

Indifference and Neglect

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(Credit: As watermarked)

(Credit: As watermarked)

It depends on the situation. Someone that isn’t willing to communicate with a person that wants to reach out and sort things out can cause a lot of misunderstandings, and can also be seen as an arrogant individual. It’s a lot worse if the person that isn’t willing to communicate is also withholding the truth and living off the lies because it benefits him/her while causing damage to others.

Hence, if a person that’s in search for truth and justice speaks out on the individual that’s withholding the truth, and benefiting from the lies by remaining quiet, then don’t consider it hating. The person that’s withholding the truth and living off the lies by remaining quiet is actually in the wrong in comparison to the individual that’s voicing their dislike of his/her actions.

P.S. The quote is from J.K. Rowling.

—Moonlight

Scenic World at Blue Mountains

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The Three Sisters at Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters at Blue Mountains

Last Saturday, which was May 9th, I went to check out Scenic World at Blue Mountains with friends. It was the second-last day for Sculpture at Scenic World, so I’m glad that I had the opportunity to cover it. Sculpture at Scenic World reminded me so much of Sculptures by the Sea, except the setting was different. Instead of the sea, it was a forest in the mountains. xD

Life has been busy. It has been a while since I’ve given out a presentation and I was told by the team working at one of the companies last week that they were very impressed with my presentation on a topic that they wanted information for. This isn’t the first time that I’ve heard compliments like this about my presentation skills.

I remember the managers across various departments working for a multinational firm in Dubai back in 2011 that really liked my presentation skills and gave me the thumbs up when I, along with my team, were done with it and were on our way out of the meeting room. Presentations are fun to do when you’ve researched the topic well, understand it, and you know what you have to say. Otherwise, they can be nerve-wrecking if you aren’t prepared. Apart from that, Sydney has gotten cold.

—Moonlight

“Shehr-e-Zaat”

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I watched the last three episodes of Shehr-e-Zaat this week. The Pakistani drama is only 19 episodes long, but I took my time to complete it (a little too much time =P)… mainly because I started watching other dramas. If one recalls, I briefly mentioned Shehr-e-Zaat in a post in December 2012 (see here).

In the first episode of Shehr-e-Zaat, Falak is introduced as a care-free girl that gets everything her way

In the first episode of Shehr-e-Zaat, Falak is introduced as a care-free girl having been born into a life of privilege. Never having lost anything, but only gaining what she wants… the story centers around a transition in her life.

Shehr-e-Zaat was very moving, and I’m glad that I finished watching it. Pakistani dramas, in general, can be emotional and really close to reality as well, which makes it all the more meaningful in comparison to many other dramas that I’ve seen produced outside of Pakistan. Interestingly, Shehr-e-Zaat is based off a novel, like a number of other Pakistani dramas, in which the writer did a wonderful job in portraying a profound life lesson that would leave the audience in a philosophical state of mind.

While I was watching the drama, I realized that there were moments in it, which reminded me of the star-fan role, including how fan girls go blind and crazy over a celebrity, see perfection in him, buy presents for him, support his every step, make excuses for his mistakes and shortcomings, and try to find happiness in him only to then later feel emotionally manipulated, “betrayed”, hurt, and angry, and to realize that they wasted their time on a guy that never really cared about them like the way they did nor treated them as an equal, and more importantly, was never ever perfect. Remember when I stated the following?

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3D Printing

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Although I’ve known about 3D printing for a while now, it’s nice to remember it every now and then. 3D printing would probably revolutionize so many things! It’s fascinating! I would love to be able to create my own clothes. ^^

I was also thinking that I will 3D print a K-Pop star that is better than the one SM Entertainment creates. That way, I will not have to deal with their co-creation marketing strategy. =P The creation is my own. Hahahaha! I kid! I kid! =P

P.S. I’ll get back to some of the comments later, IA.

—Moonlight