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Jul. 15th, 2014

Canon and the Ambiguously-gendered Protagonist

Hi, not dead. But thinking about something based on the news about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game. My brother, a big SSB fan, told me that Fire Emblem characters were announced and I IDd them. When we watched the video, I saw that Robin/the Tactician was one of the characters and immediately said 'I hope they let you play female Robin' (they showed the male Robin first). Thankfully, once they got over the fanfare (Lucina! Captain Falcon, who is not a Fire Emblem character but still exciting!), they did say Robin would be playable as both male and female versions (presumably with the same moves, just like in the game).

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Feb. 13th, 2014

The perils of children...

Cut for spoilers for Fire Emblem: Awakening. )

Feb. 12th, 2014


In the game Fire Emblem: Awakening, they let you name and customize* the tactician character, with the possible intent of creating a character you can empathize with. I think it's working, since last night's dream involved Fire Emblem with me taking on the tactician's role and trying to decide whether to recruit a (totally made up by my subconscious) mage whose rival was up to No Good and he was more interested in leaving the bad guys in a fit of pique and challenging/undermining said rival than in helping us.

I'm really enjoying the game, but maybe I need to take a step back and play something else.

(Given my normal play-through philosophy, of course I wanted to recruit him. I have most of the default cast available**.)

* Within limits. You can choose name, gender, hair color and style, birthday, best and worst stats, and have a choice of 3 voice actors, but, say, the Avatar's skin color is fixed.
** I missed Donnel the villager, and still haven't gotten Olivia's kid because both she and Gaius (the only single man left) are under-leveled and die in any battle I put them in. I suppose I can just haul them off in the corner and have Olivia just dance every turn, then recruit the kid with Chrom... especially given how ridiculously over leveled I am and that I'm playing on Casual Mode (which means any defeats of my units on the battlefield are presented as severe wounds and retreats, not deaths, so I can lose units in fights without losing them for good).

Apr. 5th, 2013

Storytime: Stareyes vs. the Computer

I haven't been sleeping so well, so I stayed home from work to try to fix that. I'm hoping that a weekend will have me back on my feet on Monday. Instead, I decided to find a new source of stress in my life, which is messing with my computer. )

Dec. 16th, 2012

Pokémon Conquest

So I beat the main storyline for Pokémon Conquest, a turn based strategy game that is a fusion of Pokémon and Nobunaga's Ambition (a strategy game series set during the Sengoku period* of Japan). So you have figures (rather loosely) based on famous Japanese people using Pokémon battles to conquer the various kingdom of Ransei. The main character is your typical Pokémon protagonist, in that sie is young and generally meant to be the player. Sie is the Warlord of the normal-type** kingdom of Aurora, and hir first day involves fending off an invasion from the fire-type kingdom of Ignis, with the help of a strange Warrior, Oichi. She tells you two things during the first half of the main storyline: that there's a legend that whoever unites Ransei under one banner will meet the legendary Pokémon who created the world, and that Nobunaga, a Warlord in the east, is trying it and Oichi is afraid he'll do something rash (read: stupid) once he does.

It is Pokemon; of course there's seventeen regions and each one has a theme around a Pokemon type. A bit like playing Gold/Silver, where you had 16 Gyms in total, so all but one type got a gym (and that type at least had an Elite Four member). Pokémon Conquest has a bit more of a logical reason for type specialization, though. Many Warriors can only use certain types of Pokémon, or can reach higher levels with their favorite type. Also the terrain in each kingdom tends to suit a certain type well -- for instance, Ignis's battlefield has lots of lava that Fire Pokémon can wade in (and flying or hovering Pokémon can glide over), but other kinds of Pokémon have to go around.

I like the terrain aspects and the ability to have to plan strategically (in addition to Pokémon types, some Pokémon are melee attackers and some are ranged). I do wish the Pokémon got more than one move (or even a choice of which move to learn), letting you play more with dual-types. I mean, since I just beat Fire Emblem, the analogy comes with that -- many of the promoted classes could use multiple types of weapons, and nearly all weapons had a version that had a different range (or were specialized to take down certain kinds of enemies). So usually, for instance, I had Caeda, a Pegasus Knight, carrying a javelin to go with her Wing Spear, since it let her work as a short-ranged fighter and not just in melee (good, since Pegasus Knights are pretty fragile).

So I'll probably play all the new missions I unlocked as well. And complete my Pokédex/Warrior-dex. Especially since the main storyline only took me 12-14 hours.

* I'm trying to think of an analogous period in US history that gets as much media retellings as the Sengoku seems to in Japan... maybe WWII or the Civil War? WWII retellings don't seem to focus on the famous people, though, but more on the 'let's defeat the Nazis!' The Civil War might be a better analogy.

Dec. 9th, 2012


I'll post something substancial later, but for my crafty friends -- figure out some use for the dozen Nintendo DS boxes I have lying around. They're like DVD cases, but smaller/different proportions. I already store the games in smaller cases because the games themselves are only slightly larger than a postage stamp. (Seriously, Nintendo, I'd rather you go back to the cardboard box that comes with a tiny hard plastic game case and an instruction book -- the original Game Boy/Game Boy Color method. Even if the DS boxes include storage space for a Game Boy Advance game as well.)

May. 31st, 2012

Sketches 2/2

Finished up the meme.

Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist for [info]yuuo
Jeff Andonuts from Earthbound for [livejournal.com profile] eiviiaru
Mirrim from Dragonriders of Pern for [livejournal.com profile] allicapri
Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek for [livejournal.com profile] padparadscha

Apr. 21st, 2012

Letter Meme

1. Leave a comment to this post, specifically saying that you would like a letter.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

I ramble a lot here. Be warned.

[livejournal.com profile] stormsdotter gave me Z.

Z is for Zelda, Zelda, Zelda, Zelda and, of course, Zelda )

I also got T from [personal profile] dqbunny

T is for Toph, and that's good enough for me! )

Feb. 12th, 2012


So friends (you know who you are) tell me I should play Mass Effect. Problem is, as a Mac user who doesn't own an XBox of any sort*, I... don't actually have the means to do so.

So, my options seem to be:

• Shell out $200 for Windows 7 so I can dual boot my Mac. Entirely for games, since I've yet to really come across a (non-game) program I want that's Windows-only where I can't find a similar Mac-only program*. On the plus side, my monitor is nicer than my TV.

• Shell out $140 for a used XBox 360, based entirely on 'playing Bioware's games' (and maybe FFXIII). Which... well, I'm getting a Wii to play Zelda (and possibly DDR/fitness things).

Mostly it depends on if having Windows 7 is worth $60 dollars (plus more if I want to be able to run Windows without dual booting... plus possibly $30 if I need to upgrade my Mac OS to support that.)

I'm putting it off until I beat my Christmas games, so at that rate... well, it might end up being a graduation present to myself.

* Can I just say this is amazing? Seriously, thanks to my father, I grew up in a Mac-only household (except my senior year of high school), and in the late 1990s, there was a blanket assumption by me that half of all programs would never get a Mac version, especially freeware.

Aug. 4th, 2011

Video Games

In my attempts to change my time-wasting habits, I have switched from Facebook games to offline games*. And, because Starcraft was cheap at Target and a classic**, I figured what the hell?

Now, here's where I confess two things:

1. I love strategy resource-management games. Either turn-based or real-time.
2. I am terrible at them, at least when they involve attacking the computer/other players.

Seriously, my last strategy game was Civilization (2 I think?).  )

Apr. 24th, 2011

Pokémon Breeding for Fun and Favors

So, I have Pokémon White. And it occurred to me, that, even without a Ditto, I could still breed Pokémon for people. The following are Pokémon I have females of and can find a male Pokémon to use for breeding:

Pidove, Darumaka, Dwebble, Siglyph, Yamask, Trubbish, Ducklett, Deerling, Archen

Aside from my Fossil, none of those are particularly exciting, sorry. My elemental monkey and starter were both male, my Petilil is female but I don't have any male plant Pokémon to breed her with, and my Solosis is male.

Also, I have a list of Pokémon I want, which I'm happy to supply to others. (Mostly things like 'Black-specific Pokémon' and 'Things that only come one per game'.)

Apr. 12th, 2011

So, the interview meme. [livejournal.com profile] padparadscha asked me questions, I gave answers, and I can try to ask you questions too, if you like.

A lot of astronomical rambling goes here )

Jan. 12th, 2011

Continuing Playing Lufia

Plot Rant )

That being said, I like the puzzles. A lot better than 'walk here, kill monsters, walk back' mentality of, say, Final Fantasy. And I can jump. ^_^ And we got a Team Rocket-esque pair of thieves, which are my favorite kind of villains: mostly useless, but damn, they have style.


* And somehow brought fewer potions than me, who is still in the Golden Sun mindset of 'use Cure/Ply and then walk around until your Psyenergy comes back**' And her day job is running an item shop in your hometown. Granted, she has lower attack, but she also has better range than I do, with her boxing-glove-on-a-spring-suitcase.

** Golden Sun is a great game if you like to be able to spellcast whenever you want. I think the final couple of bosses and a boss that specifically liked to drain my Psyenergy Points were the only times I was running low. And the main character can heal. So, potions are really only useful in the early game or when the final boss debuffs you and you can't get at your 'heal everyone lots' spells and are taking twice the damage.

Jan. 10th, 2011

Video Game Reviews!

Because I like ranting and raving! I got two games over Christmas, and one for the plane trip, plus I (finally) finished Ace Attorney Investigations (now, to finish the rest of the Phoenix Wright games). So, some video games...

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Oct. 13th, 2010

30DoS.25: A pairing that was/would-be adorable, but could never work out? Zelda/Midna

Day 25 - A pairing that was/would-be adorable, but could never work out? Zelda/Midna

What can I say? I liked their interactions in Twilight Princess -- Zelda was the cooly reserved ruler of Hyrule and Midna as the hot-headed Twilight Princess. )

Oct. 12th, 2010

30DoS.24: A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out badly? Cecil/Rosa/Kain

Day 24 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out badly? Cecil/Rosa/Kain

Cecil, Rosa and Kain were childhood friends. Cecil liked Rosa and Rosa liked Cecil, so they became an item.  )

Sep. 24th, 2010

30DoS.15: What is your favorite video game pairing? Link/Zelda

Day 15 - What is your favorite real life pairing? N/a -- let's go with other media
What is your favorite video game pairing? Link/Zelda, the Legend of Zelda

I'm not a big real-life shipper. I mean, I could give the same answer I did for Day 10 (:: waves to all her friends in relationships::) but I don't feel like repeating myself. So... topic change!

There are plenty of media besides 'television' and 'books', even if I start grouping anime/cartoons in with TV and graphic novels with books. Even if I fold movies into TV, I still get video games.

Ocarina of Time was the fist video game I owned.  )