Stuff that doesn't seem to fit anywhere else.
Below this block are more subjects not long enough for their own page (yet).
At last, an overlap between "old internet" and "hobbyist pixel art"! Okay, so it's not a specific type of pixel art I do very often, but it's still worth bringing up.
"Dollz" were apparently a HUGE thing when I was a bab... y'know, when I vehemently rejected anything "girly". (AHEM) So, I think I caught the tail end of all that when I was a newly-depressed young teen.
And then The Doll Palace went down. (panic)
And then the Doll Maker Script that most of the dollz websites used went down. (PANIC)
But it's fine! We still have some old-school websites around, along with some sweet pixelling skills, right?
- Dollz Revival is hosted on Neocities, and has some spiffy new dollmakers to look at + a seemingly growing collection of links to other Dollz websites that are either still online or made by other nostalgic People On The Web!
- As I was writing this little segment, I found dollz.neocities.org which also has a spiffy new dollmaker - though it seems to be inactive
is still online, and for the most part the dollmakers still sort of function! Woah seems to be offline as of September (2021?), time to panic
- Blossom.nu's dollmakers still work, and seem to be the only part of the site not displaced with another personal site.
- Style Dollz is online, though their dollmakers ran on the now-MIA Doll Maker Script (+ seems like multiple pages of props are randomly missing). If manually copy-pasting props into a graphics program doesn't sound like your cup of tea, try an archived version of the site (where the aforementioned script works).
- Archived versions of The Doll Palace's dollmakers sort of half-work. The ones marked as "Easy" makers on the front page don't load - the others that do load may have images missing, and the "Save" button doesn't work properly. It's worth linking anyway though, just for nostalgia's sake
Since finding Catz 5 at a T.K. Maxx, tiny child me (like, 7-8 years old, no joke) was super ultra into the pre-Ubisoft Petz games - where cats and dogs were rendered in balls and lines, able to run on even low end PCs in 1998. I didn't know how to make anything
impressive and my "website" was never actually uploaded, but I sure did love those digital kitties - even after the disaster early on where a massive chunk of 50+ cats ran away, and even my favorite cat was left shaken up (or, you know, I just legitimately didn't know how to play a game for children). I'm not sure when I eventually got Catz 4 (and Dogz 4), but it's been lingering on my computers since.
But... I was never really an active member of the community, and my scattered attempts to get back into the game (and the community) eventually deflated and crashed every. single. time. I eventually learned to hex edit pet files to a fairly decent degree, but is it really... you know... enough?
Despite these consistent difficulties and my current inactivity with the games, they're just too important to little me to ignore forever; I'll have to make a page on Petz at some point, whatever purpose it may serve. Until then, I'll leave some important (to me) links related to the game and its community - and maybe you can try it yourself, who knows!
- Litterz Factory has been around for ages and still does (reliably up-to-date) Petz adoptions to this day! It also has a very comprehensive link section to other Petz websites, old and new, if you want more Petzy stuff
- Yabiko contains useful utilities for the Petz games (and maybe a full game download), and a lot of super technical info
UTAU? (feat. my social anxiety/paranoia)
UTAU is the very old freeware* Vocaloid-alike users make their own voicebanks for. It... does the job, especially if you don't have access to anything fancier. I have yet to successfully complete a song using a UTAU voice, but maybe this'll change since OpenUTAU is actually usable compared to the original software. I don't like dealing with people though, so I've tried to find voicebanks that (to the best of my understanding) specifically don't require prior permission for use in songs sold online, distributed through services that would make them available on music streaming platforms, miraculously appearing on CD compilations, etc (I don't know the where line between "doujin use" and "commercial use" is, and I'd rather not find out the hard way).
I sort of threw this list together for myself on a whim and don't really have any flourish to present it with, whoops
- Namine Ritsu【波音リツ】, practically zero usage restrictions* for both character and voice (can't speak for non-UTAU banks)
- Karine Nanami【雁音七海】 - ditto??? need to confirm
- Number Bronze, character namedrop required but otherwise OK for personal/commercial use
- Nerika/Marianne/Leo, ditto
- Hanataba Sasagu【花束ササグ】/Hanataba Sasage【花束ササゲ】/Ikarine Oko【碇音オコ】/more!, ditto×2
- Akane Inari【朱音イナリ】/Otogiri Ryu【音霧リュウ】, ditto×3
- Trei Ables/Po Lovits/Kuota Akita/more!, ditto×4
- Nerimo Nono【練桃ノノ】/Akima Shun【空間シュン】/Adam Eve【徒夢イブ】/more!, ditto×5
- NEEDLE【ニードル】/Okada-kun【岡田くん】, ditto×6(?)
- Musubine Hikaru【掬音ヒカル】/ Musubine Mio【掬音ミオ】/ Spade【スペード】 - to the best of my understanding, messaging the creator before distributing paid songs with these three is not required but greatly appreciated
- Amene Wamea【飴音わめあ】/Hayane Kiru【速音キル】, ditto(?)
- Hibiki Amane【枇々木アマネ】/ Narukami Kyou【鳴上キョウ】/ Oka Rina【尾加リナ】/ Muneni Kanade【夢音似カナデ】 - ditto + character namedrops required
- Oshiro Tabi【嗚代タビ】/Nagakura Miji【詠冥ミジ】 - paid distribution of songs using their voices is specifically listed as OK on the rules page (and separately from other instances of "commercial use" www)
- Ameuta Nito【飴唄ニト】/Ameuta Nipo【飴唄にぽ】/Ameuta Nimu【飴唄ニム】/more!, ditto + character namedrops required
- Hitsune Kumi【筆音クミ】, free for personal/commercial use; IDK if a character namedrop is required or not
- Sonata/Allegra/Nocturne, ditto
- Isada Yuuna【伊佐田優奈】/Isada Yuushi【伊佐田優志】(+ others?), ditto×2
- Alchemist ZETHIEL【錬金師ゼシエル】, ditto×3
- Yuutsukoe Karasu【湯鬱声からす】 - based on readme txts in his "rebellion-again-" bank, commercial use seems to be OK
- Shifuku Otori【至福オトリ】 - the only thing expressly prohibited in the rules is commercial usage of specifically the original logo, so I'm going to assume monetized music with this voice is OK
- JYOZE? Character (and author?) namedrop required, the rules are a bit long to read but within the scope of making music should be OK, monetized or otherwise (doesn't include the "Cafe Series" hosted on the same site)
This list made possible after many days of digging through UTAU Visual Archive (Japanese) and UTAU Wiki (English)