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Got to play a little bit of HKO yesterday and catch a glimpse of the goings-on. New York is a gorgeous map, with lots of snowy scenery and cute-ified skyscrapers! I took screenshots, but I’ll save them for a later post.

The latest Sanrio newsletter included a link to this charming little Flash video.

I thought I’d share it here because the link is easy to miss, and not everyone is on the Sanrio mailing list! So, there is your happy holiday greeting from Kitty & friends.

Merry Christmas everybody! ^o^ Keep on being adorable!

OH JEEZE I GUESS THE WINTER EVENT STARTED.

All updates say this event started on the 15th, but the notice only just appeared in my inbox today. (And I mean my regular e-mail, not the currently under-maintenance SanrioTown e-mail.)

So yeah I guess I’m a week behind everyone else. D:

You may or may not know, but SanrioTown is updating its e-mail service. With no warning whatsoever, all SanrioTown users’ e-mails are totally inaccessible until about a month from now. Yikes! I shudder to think of what some users must be going through, who use their SanrioTown e-mail for school or work purposes. Thankfully mine is only for personal use & Sanrio newsletters.

But that wasn’t what scared me.

For the past three days, I have been completely unable to login to my SanrioTown account. Login attempts, no matter how carefully I typed in my username and password, led me to a “Login Failed” screen.

I feared at first that my account had been jeopardized at some point during the update - but the url for my blog still worked okay, so I knew my identity was still locked in there somewhere. I would have been afraid of hacking if I had any memory of using this password anywhere else, but unless a scammer got a hold of my password with a keylogger, there had been no opportunities for anyone to snag my password.

I did not attempt to login to HKO. I was terrified of finding that I’d been locked out of that, also.

Finally, this morning, after attempting to contact SanrioTown via their Facebook page to no response, I attempted a password retrieval. This nearly led me to an even greater upset, because as I typed in my username and alternate e-mail address, I received the error message: Please type a valid username. That scared the heck out of me. “BunnyWinx” was not a valid username. Neither was “BunnyWinx@mymelody.com”. Once again, fears of my entire account being deleted were surfacing.

And then I thought of something.

I typed my username in all lowercase letters.

It worked.

I don’t know what SanrioTown changed about their service, but they’ve made e-mail addresses and usernames case-sensitive now. And even if you’ve always logged in with capitalized letters, your username will not be accepted until you type it in using lowercase letters now.

Three days of fearing that I’d lost my HKO character and $40 worth of Loyalty Points & Cash Points, all because they changed all usernames to lowercase.

Sorry for this long, drawn-out post, but I wanted to put this information out there. If anyone else is having difficulties accessing their accounts, make sure you’re typing your username in entirely lowercase letters.

Hoping to post again soon about holiday fun.

I reviewed Tamagotchi in August of 2008 (wow!!!!) because I think that the super colorful world and cast of adorable characters is perfectly appealing to Hello Kitty fans. :3

Earlier this year, the newest toy in the Tamagotchi franchise, the Tama-Go, was released and is now available in stores. There is so much to do in this new toy! You can even purchase additional Gotchi Figures, which attach to the top of the Tama-Go and unlock more games, toys, shops, and other activities for your pet to play with (it varies depending on which figure you pick up). I’ve got only the Chamametchi one, but Violetchi and Memetchi are on my Christmas wish list.

Perhaps the main draw of the new Tama-Go is that you can connect your virtual toy with a Flash-based game portal on Tamagotchi.com. The world is so amazingly colorful and cute!

Today I dove into Tamatown with my current pet, the lovely Lovelitchi. Here are my adventures!

Sweet Swirly City is only one of the maps you can explore with your pet. There are shops where you can buy toys and decorations for your house, and lots of Flash minigames that earn you points, experience, and money.

This is a pet store. Lovelitchi loves cute animals!!

The flower park is so pretty! Other people who are playing at the same time as you are will usually strike up a conversation and add you to their list of friends.

This is one of the minigames. So cute! If you enjoy the games in HKO, the Flash games in Tamatown are comparable.

Whoaaa I like this store!! @w@

Additional outfits are available for some characters. Lovelitchi gets a lot of cute ones.

Hiya, folks! HOW ABOUT SOME SLIGHTLY LATE SCREENSHOTS?? You guys like screenshots, don’t you?

Man, I have been putting this off and putting this off, because I have SO MANY SCREENSHOTS. @_@ So here’s a warning for you: Incoming extremely image-heavy post!

The world of SanrioLand is all decorated and stuff! Here’s this handy-dandy quick-jump to London, where the festivities are being held! Bunnyfly took the words right out of my mouth.

Hello what is going on here.

All kinds of NPCs and merchants have gathered around. There are some cool quests to be doing!

The Snowy Wonderland is a new map located near the London festivities. There are some excited partygoing animals here, unique plants, and pretty music.

That… is a big… boxpig.

Sometimes, Mega Partypig gets upset, so everyone gathers around and thwacks him with our happy-sticks.

“Feels good man.” XD

The Snowy Wonderland map looks like this.

Sometimes, you’ll get bundles of stuff. Open them up for even more giftboxes and other goodies.

Here’s a bundle of things from the pretty plants.

Incredible Firework? What’s that?

Oooooh….

Aaaaah…. *o*

Finally spent my Sanrio Cash and went on an Item Mall shopping spreeeeeeee!! With the lovely Rose of Versailles deed, I’m ready to level my farm~

Very important for thwacking monsters to make them happy. Yup. That’s how Birthday Cheer works.

I thought this wand accessory was pretty! And it was on sale, so I seized the opportunity to nab it.

Okay, I have been totally obsessed with the Parisian Ornate outfit for a good, long while. I even made a thread about it, before it was even listed in the Item Mall. AND NOW IT’S MINE!! 8D

Yup, definitely like this Sparkly Pen. Say farewell to the simple white BunnyWinx outfit…

THE TENSION IS KILLING ME

…and HELLO to the fabulously frilly and frivolous Parisian Ornate BunnyWinx!!

YOU’RE WELCOME. 8I

This Cute wand definitely does more damage than the freebie one you get from the quest.

O_O That is… quite a caterpillar. If the Mr. President line is a reference to something, I don’t get it. ;_;

Logging in and seeing my awesome new avatar is pretty exciting.

Time for the main event! It’s the day of Kitty’s birthday and everyone is here to celebrate!

There are sooooo many people here!

Everyone worked together to make the party animals happy! *o* (by hitting them with sticks)

That Mega Partypig wouldn’t be upset for very long! Soooo many people gathered around him to help cheer him up!

OMG! O_O There are even Partypigs in London! How did they get here??

Everyone gathered around the fountain for a group picture to remember the event by forever!

I even changed my settings to remove everyone’s names, so the picture would look prettier.

@_@ SO. MANY. PEOPLE.

It was pretty exciting when none other than GM Abby stopped by!! I think she missed seeing the BoxPigs all over town, though, which would have made her a very happy person. It was so nice to see her again!

We did this many times. @_@ Hopefully the GMs were happy with at least one of these attempts.

Some people got mischievous with their emotes! After this were some GM games. It was good times all around. Happy Birthday Hello Kitty and Mimmy!

Kitty’s birthday event this year has officially been sneak peek’d!!

What a pretty snowy place!

I earnestly hope that I will have time to play this, in between work, providing art for the Facebook game I am working on, and putting together a Web site for a friend of my Mom who is offering to pay me to do it. @_@

Things are getting crazy!

Now is inarguably the best time to purchase Hello Kitty Online Premium Edition. If you’ve missed all the news, the current promotion will net you $30 worth of in-game cash as well as the collector’s item box, game disc, full-color manual, and postcards for only $20. All you have to do is redeem your retail code before October 24.

My GameStop had it in stock. Its baby pink box stood out quite well. I laughed over it along with the guy behind the counter - he commented that his sister would probably enjoy the game.

The box:

The goodies:

I’ve searched around, and I haven’t found anyone else sharing what happens after you insert the game into your computer. Well, let me show you!

You get this nice little tutorial sequence. It’s the same tutorial that was once posted somewhere on the official site. I can’t seem to find it there any more, but I know that I have seen it before!

The installation itself isn’t particularly exciting. I was hoping for pretty pictures to look at. (This soon got uninstalled - I don’t have the space available for two versions of the same game. 6_6)

I wondered what I was supposed to do in order to get my Cash and special pet. It took some surfing, but I went to this page and then followed the Payments link at the bottom. From there, you select ‘Exclusive Retail Code’ and just fill out everything as it asks.

It took some more hunting, but I finally realized that the retail code that they were asking for was printed on the back of the white envelope that the game disc came in. XD

Woo! That’s a lot of Cash Points!

Er, wait, what happened to the 2,400 Cash Points? D:

I fire up the game to see what went through.

The coin shows up in your Item Delivery tab. Then I checked the Item Mall…

Hmm, only 1,200 Cash Points? :/ Now, are the bonus points going to be added at a later date, or should I be worried? I’ll wait a couple days before I contact a GM or anything.

Anyone else encounter this? If you have a Premium Edition success story (shopping spree, anyone?), I’d love to hear that, too!

Have you heard of the Sunday Social phenomenon? Here is my post for the 12th week’s question.

This Week’s Question:

What do you / did you want to do when you grow up and why?
If you are all grown up now, have you managed to make that dream come true?

My answer:

Ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon, I’ve known that I wanted to be an artist. The scribbles on papers that covered the refrigerator and plastered the walls of my bedroom were a testament to this. There was just so much that could be accomplished through drawing - I could create worlds, and people and creatures that resided withing them, and illustrate their fantastic adventures.

Oh, as I grew over time, sometimes I would change my mind about what I wanted to be. Sometimes I wanted to be a teacher, sometimes an author. But I would always come back to ‘artist’ eventually.

Looking back on it now, I can easily recognize what my influences were. I didn’t realize it at the time, but playing video games impacted my life in a major way. It was about when I reached high school that I realized that gaming was more than just an idle hobby. It was a passion. Shortly after, I realized why.

Video games were the culmination of what I had always tried to achieve in art. Wondrous fantasy lands, colorful characters that existed within them, and adventures. Lots and lots of adventures. Stories about small, unlikely heroes overcoming obstacles and conquering their fears and taking down the great evils that threatened their homes.

The bond between myself and my games was further strengthened as they grew up at the same pace I did. I was born in 1988 - the Nintendo Entertainment System had been around for a couple of years. Video games were comprised of lit-up blocks of color on a screen, accompanied with beeps of music and sound. It seemed that with every phase of growing up that I entered - starting school, moving on to middle school and high school, graduating from high school - my games evolved along with me. Nowadays you are hard-pressed to find games that don’t include a musical score consisting of an entire symphony orchestra, or mind-blowing graphics and art work that makes you squint and think Is this really just a game?

Of course it’s not just a game. It’s art.

I hardly think of myself as a grown-up, but I’ve never stopped thinking of myself as an artist. I have a portfolio hosted on my own domain and contacts with a handful of established artists. I’ve been taking the serious steps toward bringing my skills to a professional level for the past year (and, yes, I admit that I waited too long to work on making it all happen).

This morning, in my inbox, was an e-mail from Jonathan Chung, the lead developer behind the upcoming game-building software Stencyl. He wants me to be the lead artist for Stencyl’s first Facebook game.

Earlier today aired the first episode of the brand new My Little Pony television series!! We’ve been teased with trailers and pictures prototype toys, and now the wait is over!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is the new generation of MLP toys. The lead character designer behind their new designs is Lauren Faust, whose work you should recognize from Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.

This is the new cast of characters! Do you like them? Read about each of them ~here~.

I’m so excited about this! The characters and the world they live in is so cute! And Princess Celestia makes me go *o* Ooohhhhh, prettyyyy.

The first episode has been uploaded to Youtube by a kind fan. I can’t guarantee that these videos won’t be taken down, so nab this opportunity to watch them right now!

Fluttershy is just too cute!! When she squeaked her name like that, I lolololololol’d. XD

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