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|Friday, March 7th, 2014|
|Pokemon Y - I Want A Visor
Well... I don't do this often, but this is one of the two times of the year I DO do it, so...
If you've enjoyed reading these blog posts, and wish to push a mark of favor my way, please be advised that on the 8th it is my birthday. I will be 32, and because my life is kind of depressing I mostly turn to the internet for gifts anymore.
I have one wish list that contains nothing but games. Do you really like my game posts? Please consider adding a log to the roaring bonfire that is my backlog. That list is here.
I have a second wish list that contains nothing but things that AREN'T games. Would you prefer I slack off and stop playing video games for a while? Send that message with something from the list here.
Or don't buy anything. I understand.
Last time we left off, Pokemon-wise, Warrior Cat Xao had just gotten her fifth badge from the Lumiose City gym. Accordingly our next stop is Route 14, off to the north of the city. ( Let's go!Collapse )
Another day, another badge. That makes six badges! We're like 99% done! Yay!This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/388839.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Thursday, March 6th, 2014|
|Pokemon Y - A Day of Altruism
Today I mostly lolled about and gave away pokemon. Well... traded away, more likely. Semi-rare pokemon, like last generation's fire pig starter (Tepig) and the fairly rare event-giveaway dark fox (Zoroark) went into the daycare, eggs came out. I hatched them and put them on Wonder Trade, which matches you with a random partner and swaps your pokemon with one of theirs.
I didn't get any thanks or any follow-up trade requests or anything, but that's okay. I feel like I did something helpful, maybe. I kind of hope those weird, hard-to-get pokemon went to people who actually WANTED them, who felt joy in getting them as opposed to jaded hardcore fans who just went "pfft this doesn't have perfect stats" and tossed 'em.
So that was pretty much what I did gamewise today. Aside from that, there was some reading and such.
Not every day is "storm a gym, get a badge".This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/388500.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Wednesday, March 5th, 2014|
|Pokemon Y - In Which I Am Trolled By GameFreak
Last time, I almost had an epiphany about the nature of power and the abuse of strength. Also, Charizard got to mega-evolve into a totally glorious and incredibly awesome flying fire-breathing monster that made me sprout little hearts like you see in cartoons. It was a great day for everyone, except the guy who owned that gym we set on fire. Now we have to leave the city really fast.( Let's do that now.Collapse )
Be that as it may, I've got five badges now and I'm tired. I'll spend TOMORROW with my pokemon, nevermind today. *yawn*This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/388237.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Tuesday, March 4th, 2014|
|Pokemon Y - Shine On You Crazy Parrot
I sit down, open my notepad++ file for Pokemon Y, settle in with the 3DS and -- the fire alarm goes off in the apartment building. No visible fire, so presumably someone upstairs misfried an egg or somesuch. So we went out, got dinner, and NOW I return to settle in and do some typing and playing and typing about playing.
Last time on Pokemon Y, LUCARIO. Also, we now have three badges! Out of eight! That's almost thirty three percent, or written another way, 45% of the game finished! Isn't this going smoothly? Also-also, our pokedex is up to 151 Pokemon. Sadly, it is not THAT 151 pokemon. Oh well.
This time, we're about to leave Shalour City and see what lies beyond. ( And as ever, we drop to spoiler space...Collapse )
Four badges now! That's about 75% done with the game! Yay!
I have NO IDEA how numbers work!This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/387880.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Sunday, March 2nd, 2014|
|Pokemon Y - Super Mega Super Time
Having created a super-powerful Espeon to be my party's psychic fist and gotten him all leveled up and caught up, it's time to resume the adventure. When we last left our heroes, they were just barely inside Shalour City...
Actually before we drop to spoiler cut can I just say I find this hilarious? There's a guy in the Pokemon Center all "I found this really sweet game where you play as a cool little dude and hit things to the beat of some music!" and it took me a second to realize the guy is straight-up shilling for HarmoKnight
, available on the 3DS E-Shop now!
Let it never be said that GameFreak cannot cross-sell merchandise like whoa.( And we drop to spoiler-cut again.Collapse )
With a new badge and a new power, I stop short of actually leaving the city because my batteries are low. We'll pick this up again later.This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/387684.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Pokemon Y - Clinical Trials Ongoing
A good portion of tonight was spent doing absolutely nothing productive gamewise, to prevent burnout. Like, flopping around watching music videos and reading books and such. That's because most of this morning was spent with a newborn Eevee, putting them through an intense Super Training regimen.
I kind of wanted to find out how long and harrowing it is to fully Super Train a pokemon, so I settled in with some tea and got started tapping. Took... about three, four hours of shooter minigames. Super Training involves riding around on a flying soccer goal, shooting balls at giant inflatable balloons. You may ask, "Why?" and this is a question I genuinely cannot answer. Perhaps what Super Training really involves is copious enhancement drugs and the flying soccer goal is an elaborate hallucination.
I'm going to evolve this Eevee into an Espeon, which requires that I level him up in the daylight hours with plenty of affection points. Most of my team are big and strong and tanklike. Espeon is the opposite: An incredibly fast attack-cannon designed to get in, destroy everything, and get out without taking a hit. To this end, I've put basically all of his Super Training in enhanced Speed and Special Attack stats.
Born of Lucrecia, Sephiroth the Espeon will be the first experimental subject from the SOLDIER First Class program. I have no reason to suspect this will end badly.This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/387377.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Friday, February 28th, 2014|
|Pokemon Y - A Cave To Reflect Upon
It has been a lazy, low-key day here, punctuated by OMG GIRL SCOUT COOKIES and stuff. I spent most of today lounging around being conversational on IMs, and occasionally playing with Pokemon-Amie.
(When Kain the Absol is happy you see tiny tiny fangs. It is the cutest damn thing. Also, you can pet Aerodactyl on the tongue to make it happier. TONGUEPETTING.)
I also experimented some with the "Dousing Rod", yet another dingus you're just ... HANDED by a random NPC. (There are a LOT of those!) It points the way to hidden treasures, which basically mean I'm saving tons of money on consumable items that I -could- be spending on more clothing. Bless you, dousing rod. Bless you indeed.
Plus, back in the Zubat Caves there were a couple of blocks to shove around with Strength. With those pushed, Xao can get around a LOT easier, without long walks through tall grass full of pokemon.
Eventually I picked up the game to play properly. ( Let's follow that!Collapse )
It's a very, very ragged party that stumbles into Shalour City and saves for the night.
Hmm. I really am thinking about replacing Star Marmot with one of the Eevee evolutions. I'm just not sure which one. Espeon, Jolteon and Glaceon are all valid choices, strong Special Attack pokemon. I'm just not sure which to pick...This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/387128.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Thursday, February 27th, 2014|
|Listening In with Woof and Sqrl
Today we went out and got some food at a semilocal chinese place. There was a large family there, and one of the daughters was both quite loud and quite ambitious...
Mother?: "Well, are you going to get married?"
Mother?: "What kind of husband?"
Daughter: "HE'S GONNA BE PRETTY AND RICH."
Uncle?: "Well are you gonna be an attentive wife?"
Daughter: "WHAT'S THAT."
Father?: "Means you take care of your husband, do what he says..."
Daughter: "NO I'M GONNA MARRY A RICH GUY."
Mother: "Well, but that doesn--"
Daughter: "AND THEN I'M GONNA THROW HIM IN AN OVEN."
[laughing abruptly stops]
Daughter: "AND I'M GONNA BURN HIS HOUSE DOWN, TAKE ALL HIS MONEY AND LEAVE."
Mother?: "...okay, but... ... No
Sqrl, at next table: O.O
Woof: "Isn't it great to know exactly what you want out of life?"
Sqrl: *inch away*This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/386790.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Pokemon Y - A Day Is Skipped
Yesterday I had a doctor's appointment, which means I didn't actually sleep the night before. Happily, I'm doing pretty well. Blood pressure's coming down and all. I came home from that and went straight to sleep like a brick. Hell, I still feel kind of out of it, but I got a long rest at least.
So what did I do yesterday with regards to Pokemon? NOT A GODDAMN THING okay that's actually a lie because I -did- do some Super Training and Pokemon-Amie (remind me to write a thing on those later, because they're REALLY COOL and I want to explain why) and I did sign up to the Global Link, a website that as far as I can tell has little purpose.
You can play a balloon-popping minigame (which is basically gambling, since every individual balloon has a point value but you aren't told what until the end) and you can look at your medals (Achievements? NINTENDO! REALLY?!) and you can get a coupon for half off any transaction at a clothing store. I will be holding on to THAT until they let me in that one store in Lumiose City that's all "Y'ALL AIN'T FANCY-PANTS ENOUGH FOR US". That's right. I'll buy your clothes ON DISCOUNT. Who's snorting derisively now?
All of that stuff was done with Xao still poised to enter Ambrette Town! So... let's go in.( Cut, because that's as far as we go without spoilers.Collapse )
See you next time as I leave Gym 2 behind. Onward!This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/386554.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Tuesday, February 25th, 2014|
|Monday, February 24th, 2014|
|Sunday, February 23rd, 2014|
|Pokemon Y - Day 1 Results.
So! I have been taking small notes and stuff. That's about it. That's... really all you're going to get I guess. This is gonna be boring if you folk hate pokemon or don't know what's going on. I'm really sorry. I hope I can make it kinda fun anyway.( Loose notes. Scattered.Collapse )
End of day one as my 3DS runs near-out of batteries. Ack, I'm gonna need to plug in out here sometime. But... mmh, this is progressing nicely. One gym badge already. Maybe this won't take a whole month to finish! This is certainly a much more polite, time-valuing generation.This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/385505.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Pokemon Y - First Steps.
Ah, Pokemon. You're probably expecting a long speech about how I got into it as a kid or somesuch, but I really never did. I had a copy of Pokemon Gold, and I played it on long trips ... but really I never got much of anywhere with it. I didn't succeed in finishing a Pokemon game until 2010, and of course I blogged about it
That said, I HAVE fallen in love with the series since. A grand adventure, one hero and their companions against the world. It's about the journey more than the destination, and it took me a month to beat the less-complex Fire Red. Accordingly I'm not going to post very often unless you folk demand it. If you don't ask for detail, I mean. I'll try to keep what I did in a little journal but I don't want to spam and make you all lose interest.
That said, I need a character to play through as, and I think I've got one handy. Back when I was playing FFXIV
, Xao Xizee was my character for that. A ninja catgirl who ended up fighting things with an axe. Later she took up dabbling in other roles, like Arcanist. Arcanist was a pet class that gave you a cute little otherworldly creature to take care of.
I trust you see where this is going. ( Under this cut is where this is going.Collapse )
It is at this point I discover there's no way to post/record screenshots from Pokemon Y. Dangit. Anyway, Xao is OFF on her Pokemon journey! I'll check back in when something cool happens or if you all demand more detail. Right now she's gonna stock up on Pokeballs and catch the HELL out of some early-game 'mons.
See y'all soon!This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/385089.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Saturday, February 22nd, 2014|
|Remember Me: COMPLETE.
We will conclude Remember Me with a VERY SPOILER FILLED conversation I had with a friend. SPOILERS. Seriously. Huge ones. REALLY HUGE ONES. ( Did I mention spoilers? Like, I talk about the last boss fight up-front.Collapse )
Let's see what I draw next -- Oh. The France CONTINUES TO FLOW with--
No box art, all the ones I found were too big.
Y'all ain't controlling me over Twitch though. Screw a big ol' bunch of that.
[EDIT]: One thing I AM thinking, though... I know some of y'all have Pokemon Y and sometimes even other pokemons. If you want: Hit up the day care and breed an egg or two. I may do a team where I lean on hatched pokemon from my friends, like a "Mystery Egg" run.
Remember you next time!This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/384941.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Friday, February 21st, 2014|
|Remember Me: Memory Overview.
Remember Me from 50% of the way (or about that) through the game is pretty damn good so far. It is about the cyberpunkiest thing I've played in a long time, and I'm not just using that as shorthand for "futuristic". By "cyberpunk" I mean that the main character is a member of an underground resistance fighting to overthrow a global megacorporation in a dystopian world of hypertech and robots.
Spoilers below. ( This really isn't the game the trailer made me think it was.Collapse )
So... there's that, sure. What "Remember Me" REALLY is though is a delivery system for VISUAL DESIGN. This game is AMAZING looking. I've been keeping a running screenshot gallery myself. This ALSO contains spoilers, but it's a big collection of shots I've taken as I play. Mostly looking at the cityscale, to be honest.You can find that album here.
I'm not the only one who thinks this game is gorgeous, though. For really REALLY high-end visual-marvel screens, head to Dead End Thrills and check out their Remember Me gallery
. They have the advantage of development tools and super-high-res textures I don't.
So! That's Remember Me so far, as of Chapter 4. ... Oh and there's combat. You make combos and do them over and over. Don't care really. Not what I'm playing for.This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/384645.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Thursday, February 20th, 2014|
|Saturday, February 15th, 2014|
|The trick is to BANG THE ROCKS TOGETHER, guys.
Okay so real talk, FF13-3 Lightning Returns. I played some of it. I really enjoy it. It's like Valkyrie Profile: Lightning Edition. (Hrist is gonna be PIIIIISSED.) But.
Professional reviewers. You may wonder why nobody takes you seriously. Let's review. A common theme among reviews I'm seeing is this: "This game is timed! I am always very very tight on time! Fights take forever, even though they stop time. There is an ability to stop time outside fights, but I don't really use it because the meter for it is very limited! Also, you can just skip all the boring random encounters because they don't GIVE you anything. Kinda bullshit that they expect you to run past so many of them."
The "very limited meter" to stop time is recharged by fighting the random encounters, guys.
You can basically keep time stopped and add an extra 8-12 hours onto a day if you just keep fighting things to build meter and then stopping time with said meter.
The difficult random encounters give you MORE meter. And new abilities, which you can combine and fuse and power-up to make fights not take long at all.
I'm having that feeling like I did when I got Romancing SaGa of "holy valkyrie jesus is EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD playing this game wrong but me?" (Warning: Asking this question inevitably leads to the answer "No, YOU'RE playing it wrong and that's the only reason you can pretend to have any fun.")
At some point, if y'all don't mind not having screenshots, I really SHOULD plow through the entire Final Fantasy 13 trilogy. After all, it's okay to admit that it a pretty decent game
...That said, I am leaning REALLY HARD towards popping Final Fantasy 9 in an emulator and finally finishing that off. It was gonna be FF8, but look I'm gonna be honest, me blogging FF8 here would make it sound like fucking Yu-Gi-Oh.
"Squall, you've got to--"
"Shut up. Cards now."
"But Squall, there's a--"
(Also some of you have told me you've never played FF7 or FF6. Or any of these. ... Increasingly I feel like a squirrel Ambassador to Gaming for the nice people who associate with me for unfathomable reasons while I dribble out references to stuff you don't care about.)This entry was originally posted at http://xyzzysqrl.dreamwidth.org/384075.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
|Wednesday, February 12th, 2014|