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August 25th, 2016

02:09 pm - Style Savvy: Fashion Forward - Episode 005: Panic Panic Panic
Last time on SS:FF, basically this happened except to Callie. I still haven't seen Callie since that point. I'll let you all know if she pops up again because that's a bit concerning.
But we have other things to do.Collapse )

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August 24th, 2016

12:10 pm - Style Savvy: Fashion Forward - Episode 004: What We Do, Deja Vu, and a Colourful View
Last time on SS:FF, basically this happened but in clothing form. Also there were roses and peppermint tea and a dude who stepped straight off the cover of a 1997 edutainment CD-ROM. I'm explictly not here to make fun of anything or anyone, but Tarquin tested that resolve sorely.

I also want to talk for a moment about structure. I'm pretty sure this game does have an ending/credits. I'm not sure how to trigger them. I know there are future unlockable careers (we have like, one of five unlocked) but I'm not sure how to trigger those. I know there are lots of events, but... you get the picture.

There may be in future posts a lot of skimming, or I may just at some point go "Okay, y'know what? This is thirty bucks on Amazon, do y'all have a 3DS?" and wave my hands and drop out of blogging it. Not from disinterest, god no, but because I'm kinda microdocumenting everything JUST IN CASE it's important and I kinda want to just lay around and BINGE the game nonstop. Kinda wish this had multiple save slots.

Consider this the extended-trial narrative demo version. We'll see if we make it to the credits, I -want- to make it to the credits, but I wish to explictly make no promises.

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August 23rd, 2016

08:36 am - Style Savvy: Fashion Forward - Episode 003: Furnishings, Friends, and Peppermint Tea
Last time on SS:FF, basically this happened and also we experimented with a perfectly normal dollhouse.
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So... I guess that's... that's our goal for next time.
This game ain't never gonna get normal, is it?

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August 22nd, 2016

06:42 am - Style Savvy: Fashion Forward - Episode 002: Shopwork, Mystery, and An Introduction to Branding!
I promised a part two "later today", huh. I guess I didn't meet that deadline, for a number of reasons. On the other hand, I can report that Goldeneye Source is pretty good even if it is multiplayer-only. With that said...

Last time on SS:FF, basically this happened. (You have no idea how hard I looked for a version with video. Sigh.) Then we went home and chilled out for a while. Let's get back to actually doin' stuff, huh?
Things get weirder.Collapse )

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August 21st, 2016

01:55 am - Style Savvy: Fashion Forward - Episode 001: My Hopes And My Dreams and My Passion Breakin' Through
So I ran into a slight problem with the opening of Style Savvy: Fashion Forward -- It doesn't give you your camera right away. This means I can't get any screenshots of the opening of the game and boy howdy did I want to get screenshots of the opening because this game starts off kind of insane. Once I was finished flopping around in panic mode and decided not to call off the gameblog because of this, I looked for some solutions.

Instead of screenshotting a Youtube video, I've decided to just link one right here in case you want a visual version of what I'm typing, or if you can't believe what I'm saying is real and require actual video proof. It doesn't cover everything we're doing here today but it is enough to give you the gist. (it's ALSO not my video. I am not NintenDaan but I respect his good work.)

The MOMENT the camera becomes available in-game I will be using it extensively. Until then, please bear with me(RAAAAARRR BEAR WITH ME) in this time of heavy text.

Are you ready?
Excellent. Let's embrace magic.
Clicky.Collapse )
See you later today for part two!

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August 20th, 2016

03:11 am - Recordkeeping: Grandia II COMPLETE
God what a fantastic game.

I had other stuff I wanted to say. The localization being not QUITE Working Designs, but firmly in that spirit. The way the game is absolutely on-point, on-theme and on-message with every single character conveying their element of the overarching theme of the game. The light, charming Game Arts characters and plot suddenly taking an extreme dip into super-dark, and then back up and out the other side via the power of anime.

In the end though it boils down to: What a fantastic game. I don't know where I got the impression I was burned completely out on JRPGs. I needed this in my life.

Style Savvy posts will start shortly, I hope. Please look forward to it.

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August 9th, 2016

10:33 am - Recordkeeping: Assassin's Creed Syndicate COMPLETE.
I started playing this back in... June, I believe? And slowly picked at it all the way until now. 93% complete is really good for one of these, far more than I usually get. Actual progress on the metaplot makes me delighted, even if I am deeply worried about where it's going.

Still kind of in love with this series, even if I get tired now and then. Now I just have the side-story games to catch up on, Chronicles and whatnot.

In Style Savvy news, y'all seem pretty excited and that delights me. I can't wait until the 19th, when the game's out and I can start playing that. Now I just need to work through some short games, I've got about ten days to kill...

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August 6th, 2016

11:10 pm - Style Savvy: Fashion Forward - Episode 000: Let's Try A Demo!
The world today seems absolutely crackers
with nuclear bombs to blow us all sky-high
there's fools and idiots sitting on the triggers
It's depressing, and it's senseless...
- Eric Idle.

The song wanders off from there, but it's been on my mind of late. It has been really hard to maintain any kind of cheerful optimism nowadays. I haven't wanted to do any game streaming (although would anyone really care if I gave that up?), I've barely wanted to talk to people or engage in any kind of emotional attachment to things.

The world does have some good things in it though. Let's embrace the comforting warmth of video games to get through these trying times. I'm going to turn to one of the things I love most: Games targeted towards teenage girls. No, that doesn't mean it's time for Nancy Drew. It's time for Style Savvy: Fashion Forward.

No, I'm serious. Trust me here. Something brightly colored and cheerful will at least help ME feel better, and we'll see if it helps out any of y'all too. I've got the game itself preordered, but I'm gonna play through the demo here and now. Let's see what we think, yeah?
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So... What did you all think? I've got the game on pre-order, but... d'you think a running diary, Animal Crossing style, will hold anyone's attention?

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July 28th, 2016

04:23 am - Series Watched: VOLTRON: Legendary Defender (Maybe MINOR spoilers?)
Okay well I don't know if I have it in me to write anything too long so let me hit the highlights.

Voltron: Legendary Defender. 11 episodes on Netflix right now, more coming by the end of the year. And they'll need a season 2 because it just kind of stops. Like that's not a spoiler, they run 11 episodes and then there's kind of a big climax episode and just when you're like "Oh, geez, this episode feels like a big deal" it's over and cliffhanger. Except it doesn't even cliffhanger, it just STOPS. Like there was supposed to be one more capstone scene but they didn't animate it and oops oh well just run it as it is.

Not a fan of the ending of season 1, s'what I'm saying.

Aside from that and one other complaint which I'll get to towards the end, this is great stuff though. It feels like a strange mutant made from every other previous Voltron attempt, even stretching back to scoop big chunks of raw DNA from GoLion. (Instead of doomed comic relief Sven, we get war-vet Shiro, an ex-slave who escaped in much the same way as the original Golioners did.) The action scenes are well-animated, the writing is pretty on-point although it has the usual American cartoon problem of nobody ever shutting up for five seconds, and the characters... manage to be CHARACTERS instead of interchangable cut-outs in colored armor. Yay for that.

It's a strange show, anime by way of the US by way of anime again, and blending so many previous efforts into one means I have no idea what Kids Today will make of it. From the original Voltron I remember hours, painful hours, spent with the cutesy mice when I just wanted to get back to robots beating ass. The mice here? Cute, cool, and out of the way before they become a plot strain. Weird druid space magic? Accounted for and just as mystifying to the Voltron Paladins as it was to the Golion crew. It's just a strange blend, but the writing is breezy enough that it goes down smooth.

They also didn't forget to make it a SUPER ROBOT show, which I was concerned about. Voltron picks up new powers as the plot demands them and is, like all good super robots, powered by yelling and emotional sync with its pilots. The lions themselves are kind of the stars of the various action sequences they're in...

...which is good because here comes that other complaint: For a show called "Voltron" there ain't much Voltron in it. Our heroes need time to learn to use their combiner to the fullest, and while we're not talking Dancougar-esqe "It takes 17 episodes before they figure out how to combine" levels, the uncombined lions still take up most of the runtime, with Voltron itself only clicking together a handful of times over the 11 episode run.

Still, for a Voltron show that put most of its emphasis on the pilots and robots that form Voltron instead of on Voltron itself? Pretty good stuff. I'm left eager to see Season 2, AKA "The Second Half of Season 1" AKA "What the Hell Was That Ending, Guys?"

Y'all left the previous Voltron series unfinished, after all. Don't play cocky with this one.

...also the music kept giving me Mass Effect flashbacks. What the heck was up with that?

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July 16th, 2016

04:02 pm - We Can Explain
Today we went out and bought new bedsheets for our poofy mattresses (if anyone's interested in a NEW MATTRESS REVIEW let me know because ... otherwise, I'm not), a bottle-brush because the woof has been wanting one for easier drinking-glass cleaning, and a copy of Zootopia on Blu-Ray.

Long slender fluffy brush.

The cashier was giving us some SERIOUS side-eye. I had to fight down the urge to explain that no we ARE totally furries but this is all BENIGN I swear...

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