ohheyraye asked:

Hi Ceecee! I'm a huge harvest moon fan and I'm really interested into getting your line of work. How would I start to search/get a job like yours?

Tougher question than you might imagine!  There’s no one way to get into being a social media coordinator or a community manager.  I was a journalist that made connections with a lot of PR agencies and from there I was recommended for a position (my first CM job).  

First, know that there’s more CMs than there are jobs; you’re entering a competitive field.  When a company is going south, it’s one of the first jobs cut.  Some companies still think it’s a waste of time and resources, or the job is taken up (or foisted onto) someone already within the company

Second, job requirements wildly vary; some require a degree (and won’t consider experience as an alternative), others require experience (and won’t consider a degree as an alternative), but most will require a balance of both.  
Social Media Marketing degrees (such a misnomer) have the shelf life of about two minutes, but it’s a degree and will give you the basics.  Otherwise, degrees in marketing or PR, writing courses (not English), sociology and/or psychology can all be useful.  

Three, bear in mind you may not get a job at your first, second, third, fourth, or fifth choice.  Sometimes you need to go where the jobs are!  That being said, look around at companies you might want to work for and see if they have past or current openings you can look at to get an idea of what sort of applicants they’re looking for.  You’ll start to pick out similarities between them.

Lastly, practice practice practice now.  If you want to be a part of the games industry, you’ll want some evidence that you’re in tune with it.  Start a blog, or potentially even better run a Facebook page/have a tumblr.  Double whammy of showing you know how to run a social media channel and that you can approach the industry with a critical mind.  Doesn’t need to have a huge following, it’s a proof of concept.

Perhaps less relevant but similar topics I touched upon in the past:
http://ceecee-natsume.tumblr.com/post/77774294608/so-did-you-decide-to-do-marketing-because-im
http://ceecee-natsume.tumblr.com/post/75641132346/do-you-have-any-advice-for-someone-who-aspires-to-work
http://ceecee-natsume.tumblr.com/post/75056746928/winter-q-a-part-1-staff-woes

frustratedrobotnoises asked:

Hi there! I've been wondering for a while why Brutus speaks as if he's only just learning English, while both his sons (one of whom is for some reason noticeably paler than his father and brother) are quite fluent in the language? He may be a man of few words but even so, if his children have been speaking it long enough to be fluent, then he should be too.

Not necessarily.  Brutus speaks exactly like my best friend’s dad; he escaped to Canada from the former Czech Republic as a teenager.  His kids were all born and raised in Canada and all speak English as a first language (only one ever learned Czech).  Give or take 50 years later, he still is someone who may sound like he’s speaking “broken”  English, but is truly just a man of few words.

You’ll want to make good friends with Sam, the new villager revealed in this week’s Meeting the Villagers of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley! 
Because the Lost Valley is not a traditional farm, you’ll be relying on merchants like Sam to buy your goods instead of tossing everything into a shipping bin. He’ll frequently pop through the Lost Valley, though, so you won’t have to wait long for his regular visits!
"Sam’s my name, buyin’ and sellin’ is my game!"
Sam isn’t as innocent as he may appear to be. A bit of a trickster, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your wallet. Despite that, his prices are fair, and his stock can’t be beat. Occasionally, he’ll stock some interesting items – do you trust him enough to buy what he’s offering and at the price he wants?
"Heh heh heh! Youse nevah woulda guessed I has a daughta, yeah?"
Sam may seem fishy at first, but underneath his rough exterior, he’s got a more tender heart than you might imagine. He’s his family’s sole provider, always thinking about how to make his wife and daughter happy. After you get to know him deeper, you’ll eventually find out that a special medicine is needed to help his wife, which can only be made by a certain…magical someone. More information on that person will be revealed later!
Sam is one of our most interesting characters.  We went back and forth about how he might speak, and eventually settled on an old-school mafia “gansta” style accent.  Sam’s definitely a type of character where first impressions are quite deceiving — in more ways than one!

You’ll want to make good friends with Sam, the new villager revealed in this week’s Meeting the Villagers of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley

Because the Lost Valley is not a traditional farm, you’ll be relying on merchants like Sam to buy your goods instead of tossing everything into a shipping bin. He’ll frequently pop through the Lost Valley, though, so you won’t have to wait long for his regular visits!

"Sam’s my name, buyin’ and sellin’ is my game!"

Sam isn’t as innocent as he may appear to be. A bit of a trickster, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your wallet. Despite that, his prices are fair, and his stock can’t be beat. Occasionally, he’ll stock some interesting items – do you trust him enough to buy what he’s offering and at the price he wants?

"Heh heh heh! Youse nevah woulda guessed I has a daughta, yeah?"

Sam may seem fishy at first, but underneath his rough exterior, he’s got a more tender heart than you might imagine. He’s his family’s sole provider, always thinking about how to make his wife and daughter happy. After you get to know him deeper, you’ll eventually find out that a special medicine is needed to help his wife, which can only be made by a certain…magical someone. More information on that person will be revealed later!

Sam is one of our most interesting characters.  We went back and forth about how he might speak, and eventually settled on an old-school mafia “gansta” style accent.  Sam’s definitely a type of character where first impressions are quite deceiving — in more ways than one!

Pre-Ordering Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley

As pre-orders become available, we’ll be adding them on our forums. Below is a list of stores currently accepting pre-orders The Lost Valley; we’re pleased to announce EBGames will have a pre-order bonus for our Canadian fans!

Please note that ANY RELEASE DATE NOTED IS A FILLER RELEASE DATE AND MAY NOT BE ACCURATE.  We’ll be confirming a release date at some point in the future.

Also note that ONLY PRE-ORDERS MARKED WITH A BONUS will receive a pre-order plushie. If you’re not sure, please don’t presume!

GameStop [Dog pre-order bonus]
http://www.gamestop.com/nintendo-3ds…-valley/115701
-or-
Pre-order in-store

EBGames [Dog pre-order bonus]
http://www.ebgames.ca/3ds/games/harv…e-bonus/319911
-or-
Pre-order in-store

Amazon.com
Coming Soon!

Walmart.com (online ordering/shipping only)
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Harvest-Mo…o-3DS/38203212

We know some fans have expressed some concerns regarding the rhyming of Gilbert, but rest assured while we maintained it whenever possible, some of the rhymes aren’t /quite/ rhymes — we love the idea but weren’t going to strictly enforce it in situations it didn’t make sense to.  So on occasion you may find Gilbert playing a little loose and fast with his rhymes! ;)

We know some fans have expressed some concerns regarding the rhyming of Gilbert, but rest assured while we maintained it whenever possible, some of the rhymes aren’t /quite/ rhymes — we love the idea but weren’t going to strictly enforce it in situations it didn’t make sense to.  So on occasion you may find Gilbert playing a little loose and fast with his rhymes! ;)

Gilbert is the second BACHELOR we’re revealing for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley.  A travelling bard, Gilbert has a unique speech pattern among the residents this time – this eligible gentleman speaks in rhyme! 
“I am called Gilbert, my friend. Farewell until we meet again.”
Gilbert’s knowledge is deep and wide; his knowledge of history and lore will be an asset by your side.  Humble and gentle to a fault, yet Gilbert’s heart is locked inside the tightest of vaults.  He’ll teach you the art of fishing when he arrives; it’s a necessary skill for long winters you must survive! His knowledge of the Harvest Goddess is important to your task, and his wit is as sharp as your favorite axe.
“I’ve been seeking somewhere to plant seeds, the perfect spot for their growing needs.”
Gilbert is a wanderer at heart, traveling from place to place. However, it seems there is a specific reason he has come to visit the Lost Valley. Do you have what it takes to get Gilbert to open up to you about why he really came here, and also convince him to plant his roots firmly in the Lost Valley?  Gilbert is a marriage candidate.

Gilbert is the second BACHELOR we’re revealing for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley.  A travelling bard, Gilbert has a unique speech pattern among the residents this time – this eligible gentleman speaks in rhyme! 

“I am called Gilbert, my friend. Farewell until we meet again.”

Gilbert’s knowledge is deep and wide; his knowledge of history and lore will be an asset by your side.  Humble and gentle to a fault, yet Gilbert’s heart is locked inside the tightest of vaults.  He’ll teach you the art of fishing when he arrives; it’s a necessary skill for long winters you must survive! His knowledge of the Harvest Goddess is important to your task, and his wit is as sharp as your favorite axe.

“I’ve been seeking somewhere to plant seeds, the perfect spot for their growing needs.”

Gilbert is a wanderer at heart, traveling from place to place. However, it seems there is a specific reason he has come to visit the Lost Valley. Do you have what it takes to get Gilbert to open up to you about why he really came here, and also convince him to plant his roots firmly in the Lost Valley?  Gilbert is a marriage candidate.