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Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

Against the Paw
Diane Kelly
Progress: 194/352 pages
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Abigail Revasch, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Tara Sands, Listening Library
Progress: 67/473 minutes
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 448/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
50 Girls 50 and Other Stories
Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Gary Groth
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

Game: Neko Atsume

This post has nothing to do with books, or even stories, because this game doesn't have a story. It's literally just about putting out food and toys in the hope of attracting stray cats, which you can then take pictures of. When they leave, they give you gifts of either silver or gold fish, which you can then use to buy more stuff to attract more cats.

 

I love this game. I've only been playing it for a few days, but so far it has gotten me through multiple tornado sirens and other stressful stuff. The game is entirely in Japanese, a language I can't read, but that doesn't matter. The cats are adorable. One of these days, when I have collected photos of them all, I will look up romanizations and translations of their names and translations of their descriptions (or whatever those chunks of text are).

 

It's a nice, low stress game for people who like adorable cats, even if they're just pixel cats. If you don't have time to take a break and put out food every few hours, it's no big deal - the cats won't die or anything, they just won't stop by until you've put out more food.

 

I know that I have more than a few cat fans among my followers. If you have a tablet or a smartphone, I recommend giving this game a try. It doesn't cost anything (unless you can't stand the pace at which the cats bring you fish and decide to buy some), although I've heard it has some geo-restrictions.

 

Here's another post about it, plus screenshots (I want those house expansions so bad, look at all those kitties): http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-adorable-japanese-cat-game-is-everywhere-and-we-tried-to-figure-it-out