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1  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 27, 2016, 03:02:39 PM
Just barely scratching the surface of Stardew Valley.  Bad laptop controls are a discouragement, but I have a wireless USB mouse being shipped to me that's been a long time coming.

Even so, SV is charming as heck and has that "play one more day" quality, where it's constantly feeding you little addictive bits of progress.

Meanwhile, in Story of Seasons I'm about 2/3 of the way through summer and the game is STILL offering new content at barely a snail's pace. Seriously makes me feel like I'm playing the game wrong.

I know, that's about the point when I looked up a wiki to see what I was doing wrong, but...no, no matter what you do, there's not really much to unlock in the first year. You're apparently supposed to spending the first year getting to know everybody, so a lot of the content is spaced out so you have a ton of free time...so basically, it's like freshman year of college.* And just like college, things really ramp up thereafter, and you'll really have to prioritize your time if you want keep pursuing relationships and upgrades without falling behind on your harvest. And also much like college, earning money in your first year is extremely difficult, so I hope your farmer really, REALLY likes turnips and potatoes...

* ...and once again, I found myself quitting during the first semester...
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 27, 2016, 09:55:55 AM
^I think annubis brought that up at one point, and it's...honestly the only reason that show had my interest, though I didn't expect it to take 13 episodes to get to that point...
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 27, 2016, 09:44:01 AM
Heck, even common brands are slightly different, such as Nutella (the German version is slightly darker and sweeter than the Nutella sold in Dutch stores).

That's a big thing between Canada and the US.
We share like tons of brands and foods and they all taste slightly differently on each side.

One thing that's pretty constant is that everything in Canada has more salt than everyone else. Seems we like salt.

I know where I'm going for my next vacation...

...in 6 years...

(I have a long post for Tomara later, but I'm not writing it my iPad, especially with only 14% battery left)
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 26, 2016, 08:42:00 PM
@Tomara - I greatly appreciate the information. I'll be sure to look more into it, since I'm still confused, admittedly more with the whole borders thing, that just sounds so horribly planned that I cajn only assume whoever thought of it figured everyone would just drop all pretenses and form a united western Europe, like some kind of bloodless revolution. Because otherwise it and the the trade agreement don't sound like they'd bemefit European countries that much? That's kind of where I need to look for more details. Your summary definitely puts most of the current events in perspective, which is...a ton more difficult than reading up on stuff after the fact...

Partly because I'm terrible at reading through the lines and sorting through the bullcrap to find the grain of truth in every tale...
5  Media / General Games / Re: Games so good you got sad when it was over on: June 26, 2016, 03:29:54 PM
I know this happened once. I don't remember which specific game it was, though. I know there are quite a few other games that I was sad was over...only to find out it wasn't actually over. And after a point, I began to wish it had actually ended a while back...
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 25, 2016, 01:13:48 AM
You know, there's "being out of the loop" and then there's "walking out of the cave for the first time in 7 years"

I apparently just did the latter. I don't understand this Brexit stuff. I also apparently didn't understand what the European Union was. I figured it was more of an economic agreement, but that meant I never questioned why they didn't use the Euro instead of the GBP. So now I don't understand anything involved with the Euro, why immigration is suddenly a big deal to europeans, and I also just learned that they aren't officially called "Britain" anymore.

...I'm going back in my cave...
7  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 23, 2016, 01:32:07 PM
You know, you guys reminded me that I have a PS2 just sitting there.

Now excuse me while I turn on my PS3 to play some Genesis games, while I contemplate hooking up my Sega Saturn to play some 2D games...
8  Media / General Games / Re: VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action on: June 23, 2016, 01:28:09 PM
And now the Summer Sale has killed the Servers.

Vita's servers don't get killed by summer sales. :T
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: June 22, 2016, 08:23:45 PM
This is me every time I see someone post about Gurumin, and then I realize they're not talking about Gundam.
10  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: June 22, 2016, 08:14:37 PM
Dynamic Weather To Affect Combat In JRPG Edge Of Eternity

Woo hoo! I hope this game can become my next Xenoblade. ^_^

Oh hey, so that's what Tri-Aces has been up to lately, it actually looks pretty sweet.

...wait, that's an Indie? A Kickstarter indie game? From a small group in France?! You're kidding! This looks too good! O_O

That said, at least now I won't have to worry about understanding the story until the last 5 minutes of the game. It's supposed to be Final Fantasy-inspired, after all.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 22, 2016, 04:14:00 AM
Speaking of staying up late, I've only been back for, what, 8 days? And I'm already finding myself describing gaming experiences with poetic relationship analogues....and considering the fact that I've never had a girlfriend in my life, I'm sure someone is to blame. <_<
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 21, 2016, 03:35:39 PM
Ugh...I really need to stop getting so distracted all the time...I left my brunch (lunchfast? Early Lunch, essentially...) on the table to cool for so long that it is now officially my linner...
13  Media / General Games / Re: Do You Take the Path? on: June 20, 2016, 08:27:38 PM
I look specifically for a path. Then I go every else until I am satisfied. But I only take the path until I am in a new area, and then I repeat the previous steps until there is nowhere left to explore.

Oh, you mean for games...well, second verse, same as the first. Except with boss fights tacked on here and there...
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: June 20, 2016, 08:19:32 PM
At least I'll praise Re:Monster in the sense that girls don't revolve around the MC wanting his dick, they all get the D ... no beating around the bush there (man, so much innuendo in so few words)

Whether they like it or not.

Yeah, that series still fills my belly with rage. I need to dowse it with more watermelon juice...maybe read something from an author that isn't psychologically damaged while I'm at it...maybe Shadow Star, that looks adorable. =D
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 20, 2016, 03:06:42 AM
Honestly, the only thing keeping me from jumping on that sale is the fact that I want Zesty on my shelf. That's still a good deal, though.

Anyways, I'm still playing more Shantae and the Pirate's Curse on my 3DS. At this point I'm marathoning it the way I did with the other two. I'm already on the 5th island (so...70% done, I guess), and I can already confirm that this is my favorite in the series. They dialed up the humor and charm to 11, and I like that it works on a hub system rather than forcing a ton of backtracking all the time. It never really felt metroidvania-ish so much as they were just looking for ways to pad out the games. The pacing here is much nicer, and still plenty to explore, just where it's appropriate. Now the only padding is stuff that is...actually relevent to the main story, and I usually wind up finding whatever fetch-quest Item before they even ask for it because I keep combing every island every time I get a new item, Zelda/Metroid-style...in other words: it's the best kind of filler. Especially considering the humor involved.

Heck, the only bad thing to mention so far are the occasional one-time shifts in mechanics - things like the Rottytops Run and the obligatory Stealth section. At the very least, they aren't as bad as the could be, for the most part (the stealth section is very simple. The worst part is just being sent all the way to the beginning if you get caught, but I only ever got caught trying to figure out this one room where I could all of a sudden hide in plain sight in certain portions of the room, because apparently it was darker than other areas). But they still weren't that fun, especially the Rottytops Run, which was hard as balls with no real reward...never again, Wayforward...
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