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61  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 21, 2016, 10:28:26 AM
Plus, how many games actually put Canada in their game?

Etrian Odyssey Untold's Raquna Sheldon is from fantasy!Ontario. She likes maple-flavored ice cream and says 'eh'.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 21, 2016, 04:05:06 AM
I had a big day yesterday. I was invited to some sort of a focus group thing organised by a museum in preparation for a new exhibition. We weren't there just to say what we liked and didn't like - they treated us as experts within our own fields, which felt... well, amazing, really. We even got a short tour of the Japan and Korea hall after the museum closed.

I also felt dumb for being impressed by random nonsense. Like, I saw a seagull up close while walking to the museum and hadn't realised how big they were compared to the gulls you see in my region. I was like: "OMG, a SEAGULL!"

Not so great:
-I spend a total of 7 hours traveling that day.
-Apparently my crafts friend and I accidently impersonated eachother again. The focus group was full of familiar people, and one asked if I was working on this amigurumi he asked for at Abunai. I felt insanely guilty, because I didn't remember talking to him there, especially not on Sunday. I did talk to his wife on Saturday, but that was more of a quick 'hi' because I had to rush off to one of my workshops. Turns out he spoke to my friend. I'm not even mad, because this happens all the time. Feeling guilty still sucks, though. And worse, my memory happens to be something I'm proud, so if it had really failed, it would have felt like a huge personal failure.

I was a mess the day of (yesterday), I didn't really wanna talk to anyone, because what's there to say?.
I tried going to work today, but when I saw my dad still kinda tearing up about it and then everyone asks how you're holding up, you start to think about it and get emotional all over.
I'm happy it hasn't soured me at all on pets, with time I'd love to give another pet a home.

Sorry for talking a lot here, haha, but thanks much Tomara. :)

I know that feeling, and hey, I talk a lot more when I my rabbit is nearly dying again and I'm on my way to a panic attack...

63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 20, 2016, 02:22:11 AM
She looks like a sweetheart :( You okay, Dice?
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 19, 2016, 03:50:26 AM
Reminds me of the bathrooms under this Italian restaurant a friend and I stumbled upon in Bonn. It looked cozy and you could look into the kitchen from the street, which felt reassuring. The food was affordable and good, service friendly. Then my friend needed to use the bathroom.

"It's like Half-Life down there."

He didn't want to go back the year after (not that we were entirely sure where the place was anyway) and ate in freshly renovated Italian restaurant with natural light and everything instead.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 18, 2016, 10:47:13 AM
I never know what to think about the Eurovision Songfestival. There's always so much going on. Nepotism between countries, countries trying to out-crazy eachother in hopes of standing out, the large role the English language plays and what this means for countries where this is not the main language... But there are a couple of cool songs every year and it's always neat to see a surprise winner.

I'm merely curious as to what a Manga library is... and how you have one sitting around.. sounds neat!


It sort of feels like a living room. You buy a stamp card to read (it's like, ~20 cents to read one manga), tea is free and there's some basic snacks for sale. It's a nice plays and important to the community.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 18, 2016, 06:21:55 AM
I've started to notice something annoying about myself: when I'm within the small world of the Dutch anime fandom, I kind of expect people to recognise me. To be fair, a lot of people do (and I always feel bed when I can't recall their faces). On top of that, I've become used to having some privileges.

For instance, most people over at the manga library let me in early, even after I insisted I was fine waiting outside until they were officially open for the day. Yesterday I was a bit early, but the place looked very much open, so I went in. I took off my shoes, grabbed some slippers and started to walk to the couch. One of the volunteers stopped me, saying they weren't open yet. I asked if I should put my shoes back on and wait outside for a bit. They said I didn't have to but that they weren't open yet. I didn't quite know how to respond, so I joked [the founders] would feel bad I were to wait outside like a matchstick girl anyway. I don't think they got it. It was hard to say who was more awkward: me or them.

The whole thing bothered me, because:
1) It was arrogant of me to expect them to give me the same priveliges other volunteers had given me in the past.
2) If they didn't want me to come in yet, they chould have said so before I took my shoes off. I was easy enough to notice. Why wait?
3) Why the hell was a grown man wearing bright purple pants? Like, you know, those stupidly wide cargo pants popular with the alternative crowd in the early 00s? But purple? I know I wasn't looking too impressive as I had purposely dressed college-age for the day (people tend not to bother you if you don't look old enough to vote/sign up for anything), but I have a hard time taking people who dress like that seriously.
4) Then I felt bad for judging him for wearing something like that. How other people dress is none of my business. (Unless you're a 40-something overweight woman practically waving your asscrack in my face because you believe you can and should dress like a Japanese school girl, in which case I have every right to hate your overstuffed guts.)
5. I guess I could have introduced myself properly (Hi, I'm T***** M**** v** S**********, editor-in-chief of A*****, founder of T*********, and I totally helped crochet your bosses' kid's baby blanket), but 'pulling rank' to get what I want feels wrong.

STUPID KLYDED FACT -- I can't fall asleep without two or three hot cups of black coffee directly before shutting my eyes. I sometimes like to chew nicotine gum while I drink them cause stimulating the nicotinic receptors in this fashion elicits primo-dream environs in my grey matter.

I drink tea before bed. I think it's mostly the relaxing act of slowing drinking a warm drink that helps me sleep. I do stay away from black teas, which is probably for the best.
67  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 16, 2016, 03:14:44 PM
Orange? Do I get a mecha?

(I love that one of the available colours is teal. That's so not primary!)
68  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 16, 2016, 02:41:16 PM
Phantasy Star IV - Final report

I did it! I defeated my first Phantasy Star :D

It's weird, having grown up with Nintendo and Sony systems, Sega games always felt out of reach. It makes having finished Phantasy Star IV feel like a Very Important Thing. As dated as the game felt, it was also sort of neat. I liked the vehicles, the cutscenes and some of the boss designs. In the end, the game was not too difficult. I did keep some of the frustration/outdated game design in check using save states, as some of the dungeons were frustratingly long and blad (screw you, Air Castle!).

I paid: 0,62
I played: 15 hours
Worth the wait?: I was afraid it'd be a case of: "A classic is something everyone wants to have played, but nobody wants to play." It would have made more of an impact if I had played it back when it was still new, but I'm thankful for modern conveniences like save states (and the abuse thereof). Above all, I'm just glad I played through this classic.
69  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 15, 2016, 12:14:41 PM
Other RPGs from that era guilty of getting characters Stoned: Breath of Fire, Dragon Quest, Fire Emblem, and Illusion of Gaia to keep it to ones where the affliction is plot based.

I accidently read that word slightly differently.

And yeah, PS4 is from that era where localizations were done by one guy in a week on a good day. Here's the guide I used to figure out spell names among other things back in the day.

Hah, wow, it's been a while since I've visited one of those shrines!

Phantasy Star 4 - Report 3
I think I (nearly) finished the first act. I kicked a pretty boy's ass and I'm about to head into space, yay! The game still feels clunky, but I'm fairly confident I'll be able to get through it (and enjoy it!).

BTW switching to the simple version of the emulator, instead of using the badly programmed hub, solved the sound issue. Probably should have mentioned that last update.

70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 15, 2016, 02:37:20 AM
Had a horrible day today.

Got out of work thinking it was over.

Was very, very wrong.

I know I say it a lot but HOLY HELL am I tired of life.


I wish I could give you a hug or something, but hey, if you ever need to talk, we're here for you. And if you just want to vent, that's fine too. Or just not think about it at all and just talk about videogames for a while.
71  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 14, 2016, 03:58:25 PM
Phantasy Star IV - Report 2
The emulator gets worse: after struggling with the 'full' version, I switched to the quick launch version, which is a lot more CPU/RAM-friendly and lets you get to your game quicker. However, I had to reconfigure my controller for some reason. It was dumb. Homebrew emulators from the 00s have more functions than this thing.

I'm now on my way to deliver the cure to those people who were turned to stone (a popular ailment in the 90s, it seems*). In game, I set everything to max speed and while the game still feels a bit clunky, it's definitely playable. I like the little 'cutscenes'. However, that's about the only thing that feels special right now. It's not bad, but... I hope I get to see some of the game's more innovative features soon. I've played plenty of other JRPGs from the early 90s and I'm curious where it fits in that context.

As for techs, I'm starting to remember some. Like Foi = fire (it both starts with an f), Wat = ice (frozen water) and Res = heal (restore). I'm having trouble with stuff like Doran, Gelun, Saner and other techs that affects stats. Maybe I should look up the Japanse names. I figure that atleast some of these weird ones are a result of shaky translation + limited characters.

BTW I do have some experience with Phantasy Star: I got about half way through the first one (on GBA) until deciding first person dungeons without proper maps are a terrible way to spend my time. Some names sound vaguely familiar, but... that's it.

*Various Final Fantasies, Tales of Phantasia and Destiny, Lunar, Grandia, Terranigma, Star Ocean - all the cool kids has either an important character or an entire town turned to stone (well, okay, or crystal, in the case of Terranigma). I do understand why it's was popular: it's like death, but you can fix it (well, usually anyway). It's the perfect level of drama for games aimed at young players.
72  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 14, 2016, 04:16:39 AM
The moment you've all been waiting for (it seems):

(Sega, why do you still use weird American boxart that does not reflect the style of the game?)

First of all, that took some time to download and install! The game itself is 50MB or so, but the emulator that comes with it is like 1GB. Good lord... Remember Gone Home? Well, it looks like a room from that, but maybe a little shittier. There are some minor options to adjust the looks and feel of the game, but nothing special. No increased game speed, sadly.

In any case, I've just defeated the first boss. Things I learned thusfar:
- The sound quality is like a cat assaulting a blackboard. Logic dictates that it's music - there's definitely various tones being played in a pattern - but it does not sound like it. I wonder if it's supposed to be like this (and I've been just been spoiled by awesome sound chips in Nintendo systems/cartridges) or if the emulator is really, really bad.

-Yikes, this game feels old. I think it's the menu's fault. Not that menus have to be jewel box levels of fancy, but this is just kind of sad.

-I really need to make a list of spells, because I have no idea what anything actually does. "Is this the healing spell? I really hope this is the healing spell..."

-Haha, that academy that's supposed to be the biggest on the planet? It makes academies in your average fantasy JRPGs look high tech.

73  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 13, 2016, 04:43:17 PM
I'll know soon enough how I feel about Phantasy Star 4, because...

The Cat Lady - Final report
I'm an idiot and kept playing. Closure does make it a little better, but it was... intense. This is not just a horror game. It's about depression, fighting it, not choosing the easy way out. It's especially obvious in chapter 3, in which you're trying to get through your evening without breaking down, but every little thing can go wrong and sometimes it's just too much.

However, the horror element is certainly there. What makes the game extra scary is that the borders between reality and dreams/hallucinations are vague at best, and the games leaves it up to the player to explain it to themselves. These are the scariest parts of the game and not, say, a cannibal with a cleaver. In a way, the atmosphere was much like what I'm used to from Japanese horror. There's no solid how or why, things just are and you can't always overcome it.

I paid: 2,69
I played: 8 hours
Worth the wait?: Shit. I should have waited a little longer! Unless I find some lighthearted distraction, I'm going to have trouble sleeping tonight...
74  Media / Game Journals / Re: Help me defeat my (super weird) Steam backlog! on: September 13, 2016, 03:17:24 PM
Okay, I think I might be looking forward to Phantasy Star 4 now, because... Guess who played what before bed?

The Cat Lady - report 2

It's a little after 9PM, it's dark outside and The Cat Lady just scared the shit out of me. Most of the game is pure psychological horror, but some moments... like the one in chapter 6... It wasn't a jumpscare. It was so obvious something was going to happen and I thought I was prepared, but... Yeah, totally going to sleep with the lights on tonight. The primitive graphics and grainy sound just make it worse, you know? I knew something was going to happen... I should have turned the sound off.

I really wonder if I should just keep going and get it over with. Maybe some closure will make it better.
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 13, 2016, 01:46:54 PM
My theory is that the craziest of fans were more or less raised by the internet, which is why a similar level of weirdness can be found on a global scale. If these fans had spend more time with people who didn't validate or even encourage their anime-inspired behaviour, they wouldn't glomp and whatever. Common sense would have told them is that it's cute when my little cousins charge at me, because I can just catch them and spin them around. Common sense would have also told them you shouldn't jump on people's backs without warning, especially when they're 20kg lighter than you and wearing heels...

I mean, she meant well, and fortunately I'm a bit stronger than I look and wasn't hurt, but yeah, that could have been bad.

That said, I'm running into them less and less as I mostly hang out with the 25+ crowd. Mostly guests, vendors, staff and so on. Sure, there are still some weirdoes (and I won't claim my reputation is squeeky clean - I'm known as someone who can be rather blunt and well, difficult, at times*), but it's mostly people with enough common sense and life experience.

*In my defence, that's mostly because of a really low tolerance for events that treat their volunteers like crap. For instance, there was this one convention invited my friend Lea to run her Cosplay Repair Point, and then expected her to pay for her own ticket to get into the convention she wouldn't be seeing much of because she'd be working. She went anyway because she's a total sweetheart, but that just made me angrier at them. Like, good job expoiting the kindness of our healer princess, you cliche of a RPG villain.
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