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February 17th, 2019


03:48 pm - Recordkeeping: Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix COMPLETE
Uff. I got sick in the middle there and actually burned out on this for a while, but I made an effort to complete it and did.

Last of the spoilers.Collapse )
I'm really glad I beat this again. I -will- go through with Birth By Sleep and Dream Drop Distance at some point in the future, but man I kiiiinda need a break from all things Kingdom Hearts for a while.

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February 12th, 2019


05:54 pm - Recordkeeping: Arcade Spirits COMPLETE
To work at an arcade takes hard work and guts. It takes a steady head for business and the willingness to laugh a little at life's ups and downs. It takes a warm heart and some basic common sense.

You also need luck, strong support from friends and the willingness to throw yourself after your hopes and dreams. You can't get anywhere if you don't follow those.

Arcade Spirits is about following hopes and dreams, working with fast friends at an arcade in the distant future year 20XX. You can date your friends, or you can just go to work and have fun with your friends. The game's not gonna judge you if you're not looking for romance.

I've played enough VNs where the game over condition is "You tried to buddy up to too many people, none of them is your True Soulmate, come back when you're ready to commit." Arcade Spirits doesn't do that.

This also means that it doesn't work on a "route" system, where you lock yourself to someone and see all of their scenes by saying only things they like, then replay to see everyone else's scenes by saying only things they like. You're pretty much free to engage with a situation based on the personality quirks you want to have, and if you go off and befriend someone who isn't your True Love... not a big deal. You all work together anyway, who minds?

It's also a VN that isn't a conduit for lewds. There's some suggestive art (look, there's a freakin' beach episode) but nobody strips off completely.

Oh, and this game is extremely respectful of folks across the LGBT spectrum. (If that's a dealbreaker for you, please get the hell out of my review text.)

The art is pretty great, and the music is ... loungey and relaxed. It doesn't intrude on the experience, I'm glad I bought the soundtrack for background listening.

The writing really takes center stage (it's a visual novel, obvs) and it's got that classic Lucasarts-y feel where for the most part you never have to be afraid to pick a solid joke or reaction, because you can be sure it won't tank your game. It's also funny and poignant and can contain as much HOT BLOODED SPIRIT as a giant robot anime if you choose to propel yourself down that route.

(I for one stepped up as a Passionate Defender of Arcadekind and the game let me roll with it. Srsly the text was like 80% Stirring Friendship Speech. I think I accidentally rolled a Yu-Gi-Oh character.)

That said, prepare for emotions. There are some Strong Feelings here. It can hurt.

If you're an older gamer, you'll go berserk over nods to classics like Buckner and Garcia's albums and existing real-world retro games, or you can go full eSports fan with arcade-action MOBAs and revolutionary dancing. While you're not actually playing these games, it's fun to see them and mull over how the arcade scene could've developed if it hadn't crashed.

Basically... I was waiting eagerly for Arcade Spirits and it lived up to what I wanted and expected. There's good replay value here if you're the type to chase achievements but if you're not, this is a pretty strong one-and-done story too. The demo's worth a try if you're still on the fence, but...

...look, 80-some quarters will get you either a stirring tale of love, dreams and friendship OR it'll get you halfway through Gauntlet.

Haven't you played enough Gauntlet for one lifetime?

[EDIT: I have been informed that original Gauntlet does not have an ending and I was thinking of Gauntlet Legends. I hope this grievous misinformation does not damage my credibility. I promise to fire myself when I am no longer needed for upkeep and maintenance.]

(This review was cross-posted to Steam, so it's a little odd-reading. Written for the masses and all. But look: I fricking loved this game. It got me to consider dating human people. That doesn't happen. This game gave me the same warm feelings about its cast that Star Billions did. So... yeah, real good stuff here. 10/10 rec if you're into VNs at all.)

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February 11th, 2019


05:16 pm - Dream of Last Night: Space Game
Small excerpts from the space game in my head last night:

"Your legs have scored a pair of concert tickets on the black market and they went without you. Abandon them if you like, or go to Glaustobon III to catch them in the act."

"Sorry to tell you this but that's not an interface element. Stop clicking it or you're going to have to get married."

"You need a proper Jump-certified pilot if you want to get out of your local hangouts. You can hire a few options, or if you're strapped, buy a microwave from Space Dollar General. Some of the newer models are Jump-capable. Set it and forget it, right?"

"Throwing rocks out the window does not count as "Mass Driver Technology". Roll that back up, you're in space."

"Now that you've come into some money, consider expanding your ship from three-seat Jump Jockey to multi-family Galaxy Tour Bus. You can zone each ship block for Residential, Ship Functions, or Cargo. Remember to run a monorail between them. No one wants to hike through hard vacuum to get to the food court."

Aspiring game developers, I am available to write all your tutorial text.

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February 9th, 2019


08:20 pm - Life with Woof and Sqrl - Language
WOOF is playing an unholy cocktail of Doom mods, which among other things includes a HIGH POWERED LASER RIFLE.

Rifle: *pewpewpewpewpewpew!*
Demons: *blorf!*

Sqrlmog, watching over shoulder: "That is pretty pewtacular."
Woof, scoffing: "Pewtacular? That's not even a word."
Sqrlmog: "Oh, you want a WORD do you? A word that EXISTS?"
*pause*
Sqrlmog: "That rifle is pretty pubic."
Woof, twitching: "NO. That... that's a word but it's ENTIRELY THE WRONG KIND OF WORD."
Sqrlmog: "Too bad. Enjoy inflicting puberty on the demons."
Woof: "Noooooooo that is so not how anything WORKS."
Sqrlmog, smug: "It is now."

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February 7th, 2019


02:56 pm - GONE TO THE AMERICANS!
So I'm sitting around today and I notice my email box keeps pinging. Some hacker jerk has found my old WoW/Battle Net account and is trying to hack into it or something. They keep sending password change requests and confirmation token things, probably trying to crack into it to get my decades-old WoW account.

I lost access to that account like six years back, when I couldn't remember the password (or possibly the password got changed out from under me) and although I've since changed passwords on my email and all, this one eludes me still.

So I'm watching my email box and it comes to me: This jerk-ass hacker is spamming password change requests.

They have that password.
I don't have that password. I'm locked out.
But they're sending me the means to change that password.
...
RIGHT. TO ACTION.

Click.
Type fast.
Click.
Type fast again.
Add two-factor authorization.
Click.
Verify.

...
Wait for it.
Did that...
...the spamming stopped, I think... yes.

I got it back. I stole it from the thieves. It's not much, just a trial WoW account and my old Diablo 2 keys. I have a second account that's better. Buuuut...

I REVERSE JERK-HACKED HIS ASS. NOW HE IS THE ONE THAT IS GONE TO THE AMERICANS.

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February 1st, 2019


05:44 pm - Recordkeeping: Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix ONGOING
With Kingdom Hearts 1 finished and Chain of Memories ... uhm, glanced at briefly... I naturally felt it was wise to hop on down the line to Kingdom Hearts 2.

Ah, Kingdom Hearts 2 is where everything built up so far cascades off the rails into a glorious mess. I love it so much, but I know there's still people pissed that it turned into a series about whacking dudes in black coats instead of Disney villains.

Let's just drop to the cut.

[EDIT 1: Added a bunch of worlds on Feb 4th.]
[EDIT 2: And more on 2/7]
Total Spoiler WorldCollapse )

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January 31st, 2019


11:12 am - Recordkeeping: Kingdom Hearts re: Chain of Memories INCOMPLETE
Yeah no.
Total time played 40-some minutes. I'll youtube this.

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January 30th, 2019


10:22 pm - Recordkeeping: Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (Cutscene Movies) Complete...?
Does it count as a complete if I watched all the movies on an official compilation disk? The -game- sure gave me credit for it, unlocked a PS4 theme and all, but...

Anyway, spoilerspace.
Down here.Collapse )
... Uff. But... up next is Chain of Memories. Cards, though.

Maybe I'll do Birth By Sleep next, for variety's sake.

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January 28th, 2019


05:57 pm - Recordkeeping: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix COMPLETE
I've been playing Kingdom Hearts Final Mix lately. I've been taking notes on it, too. Eventually I realized I could slap the notes up here as an "ongoing", and when I'm done I can change it to "complete" and have written up the whole game.

So that's what I'm doing. Look, I've played this game before, I've played this game to death, I won't be gentle on spoilers.

[EDIT 1: Atlantica and Halloween Town added]
[EDIT 2: Neverland added]
[EDIT 3: Hollow Bastion!]
[EDIT 4: WE'RE DONE!]
Thus, I'm cutting.Collapse )

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January 27th, 2019


03:28 pm - Recordkeeping: Anthem Demo PRETTY MUCH A TOTAL FLOP
Load into game. Big street market full of scripted conversations.
Wander around looking for my mecha, because I am only here for the mecha.
Fifteen minutes later, find mecha, crawl in.
Set my game to "Private".
Get bitched out for setting my game to private because ANTHEM IS A MULTIPLAYER EXPERIENCE.
Push "go".
Load bar sticks at 95% forever.
Quit demo, restart.
Demo does not load but does spike to 100% system memory, choking my PC out until I force a reboot.

Y'know, I don't think I'm gonna be playing Anthem, or if I am, it's not gonna be on PC.

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