Daily Archives: October 28, 2010
“Darkness reigns at the foot of the lighthouse.” — Japanese proverb
There’s something deeply mysterious about lighthouses. Part of it is the setting. They’re generally located in areas remote from town centers: up atop rocky cliffs, down windy roads, and on desolate islands — some occupied by prisoners. Their very nature recalls darkness, chilliness, and desolation. It’s no wonder that there are more than a few people who are convinced that more than a few of them are haunted.
Today’s webcomic review deals with a girl who must keep the fires burning at her lighthouse … only it’s not only the encroaching darkness she must keep at bay. In The Watcher of Yaathagggu by Robyn Seale, there are horrors that live beyond the fading edges of the lighthouse beacon lights.
Earlier, reader “David” mentioned on my original Blade Kitten post, “You do realize that this title KILLED the studio don’t you? Closed down and already forgotten.” I went to check the Krome Studios wiki entry, and he was right: Krome Studios, Australia’s largest video game developer, ended operations last week, with Blade Kitten (based on the webcomic) being one of the last two titles. (The last title was the video game adaptation of Legend of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga’Hoole. It probably wasn’t a good idea to latch your fortunes onto that underperforming movie, either.)
So did Blade Kitten kill Krome? So far, there hasn’t been a mass outrage over it, though there’s at least one person who seems to think so. The lesson, I suppose, is that if you’re going to be making video games out of webcomics, maybe pick up a property people might have heard of beforehand.