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Purple Phantom

The test subject in question was a girl of about 15. Due to an incident involving some bioweapons rather recently, she'd lost the ability to walk. She'd been taken into the underground facility and put into lockdown, in case any other symptoms arose. Charlie glanced at her colleague.

"Are you sure about this?" she asked him. He smiled that daring smile of his, brushing his nearly white hair back with his fingers.

"I'm sure," he replied charismatically, "This girl will no-longer be wheelchair-bound once this kicks in."

Charlie sighed, hoping he was right. She watched as he strode into the room and talked to the girl, then injected her with the syringe of liquid. Nothing happened...

...Minutes passed...

...And then, the girl stood up.

Purple Phantom

So, I wrote something and would like some critique! I'll warn you now, there is violence.


Backstory for this: Our MC, here, is trying to show the world how truly evil his father and his father's company is. In this scene, he gets caught in the act by his father, who proves that even his own child is not too precious to feel pain.


If you are uncomfortable reading about violence and the like, I suggest you exit, now. If not, let me know what you think. How could I improve this scene? How could I better achieve what I wish to portray, here? What are some areas in which I could be stronger?




Julius dug around in the files, silently begging the one he needed to be in the pile. He grimaced, hearing the pages of one flutter loudly as it tumbled to the floor. He scrambled to pick it up, sort the pages back into some semblance of straightness and order and return it within its folder. As he stood up, he felt an arm wrap around him. Suddenly, he felt pressure in the back of his hand. He tried to lift it off the desk, but to no avail. His hand tingled intensely. He tried, again. A burning heat exploded from the point of pressure. He looked at his hand, flinching and realized, with horror, that there was a knife going through it. The hand holding the knife in wiggled it and ripped it free. Julius stared in shock at his hand. Before he could catch up with the present moment, he was thrust against the wall. Looking at his attacker, he realized with fright that his father was grinning down at him. Julius’ eyes widened in terror, thoughts of his brutal murder filling his mind. Gilbert stabbed Julius’ hand into the wall.

“So,†he said in that calm, dangerous tone of voice, “You’re plotting against me.†Julius shook in silent terror. How did he find out? He’d kept everything secret. He hadn’t told anyone. Everything had been hidden. He’d looped the security camera feed. He’d kept out of sight. His mind blanked as Gilbert twisted the knife. Julius held back a shriek of pain. He wouldn’t give him the satisfaction. He couldn’t back down. Not now.

“Yes,†he winced. No more would he lie about this. He’d been caught red handed.

“But Julius,†Gilbert replied, twisting the knife again, “Surely you know the cost of this action. Surely you know what happens when you cross me. You’ve seen it, before. You’ve been through it.â€

“I’m done being a coward,†Julius replied, “I’m done being your property.†He winced as the blade twisted, again. “I’m done being a Peterson.â€



Purple Phantom

So, uhm... I write poetry, sometimes. If you wanna, you can read it. Please read it with an open mind, however. Not all of it can viewed at a single depth. Some of it has multiple meanings. Also, none of these are directed towards anyone and the only one actually about me is Natural Makeup. (Yes, I know about some grammatical errors and poor word usage, but I was trying to rhyme. Sorry about that.)


Natural Makeup

Beneath my eyes are dark rings

Caused by stress and not sleeping

“Emo Circles†are their name

Perhaps you may have the same?


I admire how they make me look

Obvious! Every fictional life I’ve took...

After a while, I look straight up psycho

But I know I’m sane-ish, whatever... So?


I am no-one to be feared

You could even hold me dear

I am so far from unfriendly

But perhaps just slightly lonely?


My musical tastes may scare some

But I know I’m not the only one

The written word, the inked line

That is where I bide my time


Pixels, ink, letters, pencils, paper

My mind’s unleashing – quite the endeavour

I may not know quite what to say

But I phrase my writing so elegantly


So don’t you judge based off of looks

I am far from being a dangerous crook

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Betray me, there’s no going back



I’m tired

I crave the sweet release of sleep

But I need to stay awake

Daydreaming – how I get my fix

One more time, though, I may not miss

My head may hit the pillow

And then there will be no more turning back


I’m tired

But people need me awake

I have things to do today

I cannot sleep

So I daydream


All to get my fix


I’m tired

I cannot stay awake

My eyes flood with sleepy tears

Streaming down my face

But I need to stay awake

I cannot sleep

Not today




A powerful thing

Killing, bringing to life

Making hearts sing


Happiness, heartbreak

Pure joy, heartache

"Je t’aime!" "Ya lyublyu tyebya!"

"Te amo, mi amor!"


Is it truth? Is it lies?

I love you! Do you despise?

I’d prefer to think our ending happy

But painful truth over happy lie


Are you the key for whom I have been searching?

Or are you another ill fit match?

Perhaps, for once, I am not wrong

So I will listen to my heart’s song

Purple Phantom

My Game Dev Playlist

Purple Phantom’s Game Dev Playlist (put on shuffle for best results)

WARNING: Not all songs are kid friendly! Some of them have swearing!


Novocaine – Fall Out Boy

Irresistible – Fall Out Boy

Centuries – Fall Out Boy

The Phoenix – Fall out Boy

My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark – Fall Out Boy

Teenagers – My Chemical Romance

Welcome to the Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

The Anthem – Good Charlotte

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous – Good Charlotte

Girls Don’t Like Boys – Good Charlotte

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Heart-Shaped Box – Nirvana

Lithium – Nirvana

Come As You Are – Nirvana

Welcome to the Jungle – Guns n’ Roses

Paradise City – Guns n’ Roses

Hell’s Bells – AC/DC

Back in Black – AC/DC

Highway to Hell – AC/DC

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – AC/DC

Thunderstruck – AC/DC

Shoot to Thrill – AC/DC

Cherry Bomb – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Bad Reputation – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

I Hate Myself For Loving You – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

I Love Rock n’ Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Everyday People – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Spooky Scary Skeletons – Andrew Gold

This Is Halloween – Panic! At The Disco

Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Ura-omote Lovers – Hatsune Miku

World’s End Dancehall – Hatsune Miku and Megurine Luka (I also listen to several covers because they sound cool)

Remote Control – Kagamine Rin and Len

Black No. 1 – Type O Negative

Nymphetamine – Cradle of Filth

Everyday Is Halloween – Ministry

Sarcasm – Get Scared

One For The Money – Escape The Fate

Zombie Dance – Escape The Fate

Resonance – T.M.Revolution

PAPERMOON – Tommy heavenly6


Bakusou Yume Uta – Diggy MO’

Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Have A Nice Dream – Lotus Juice


If you have any song suggestions, let me know. :)

Purple Phantom

Boss Battles

From gigantic demons and deadly duos to vengeful skeletons and mutated zombie freaks, boss battles have been one of the staples in games with combat. We've all seen them - the amazing boss battle that you can't wait to fight. But what makes us want to fight that boss? When we fight that boss, what makes the fight fun and the victory rewarding?


Answer me this, as both a developer and a gamer: What makes the boss battle worth it? What makes us look forward to the boss battle? What does that fight do to help the game?


Dev question: How do you go about making this boss battle one of the best, from the buildup to the post-fight?


Gamer question: What makes you look forward to the boss battle, from the buildup to the post-fight?

Purple Phantom

Spooky Themes

In my games, I have a lot of rather spooky themes. In Otherworld, it's basially everything to do with the Nox-class... Well... Anything. In Aftermath: Gears of Hope, you have the Hidden Underground and Abandoned Ruins to fully spooky you, once you've been unsettled by that fact that you're living in a post-apocalyptic, war-torn, post-distopic society. In Nightwatch Nightmares, you have the pizzeria, Jonas and, in the third game, the nightmare world.


It really makes you wonder just what it is that makes things spooky. Is it the dark, foreboding music or soundscape? What about the odd silence? Is it the skeletons and/or corpses? What about the mysterious lack of people, dead or otherwise? Maybe it's the story behind it. The implications behind it all, perhaps?


What do you think? What makes a setting spooky?

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