Saturday, November 20, 2010

Was that it?

She said she's not going to talk to me the way she used to talk to be before. I guess this is the closest we'll get to breaking up. No matter how much I think about it, I can't see the point. Why did she suddenly decide this? What cryptic thought processes did she follow to arrive at this mind-boggling conclusion.

A few days ago, she said we've grown to close, to the point that she's feeling guilty for her boyfriend everytime we're together. Especially when we're together. But that's a good thing, right? What's so bad about enjoying someone's company? People should do things because they want to, not because they think other people think it's wrong.

I don't know what's worse: "losing" her friendship or being categorized as "badwrongfun".

I guess this plot twist in my ongoing saga will let me focus on the other big change happening, but did it have to hurt this much? But yeah, I suppose you could tell me "I told you so." I knew it was a train wreck waiting to happen right from the start, when I boarded the proverbial train...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

I recently got Season 2 of this wonderful anime series, based on the light novel series of the same name. Season 2 adds 14 more episodes mixed in with those of Season 1. Season 2's episodes are supposed to be viewed interspersed with Season 1's episodes.

In fact, the first seven episodes aired for Season 2 were the 6-part The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya followed by The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya. Episode 8 is the first actual Season 2 episode, Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody. Then the next three episodes are once again taken from Season 1: Mysterique Sign and Remote Island Syndrome Part 1 and 2. After that is the massive 8-part Endless Eight story, followed by the 5-part The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, which rounds up the new episodes added this season. The rest of the Season 1 episodes are then aired after: The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00, Live Alive, The Day of Sagittarius, and finally, Someday in the Rain.

As far as book adaptations go, this series is fairly well-done, with little to no changes made. Our point-of-view character is still the otherwise-unnamed Kyon who also narrates the novels in first person. Kyon's dry wit is an effective anchor against the craziness and chaos that Haruhi generates. In fact, there were some episodes in Season 2 that I could swear I've already seen before which is impossible, although explainable by the fact that I've already read the novels that have been localized so far.

I had a Haruhi Suzumiya marathon today, covering all six parts of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Already, I am reminded just how fun reading and watching this story has been. Hopefully, I'll find more time tonight or maybe tomorrow to view the rest of the series.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

My Current State of Gaming

Haven't made a post in quite a while. But that's just normal for this blog, I guess. Anyway, my main desktop PC broke down a week or so ago, and I just managed to fix it last Monday. In addition, my backup laptop's HD crashed! Having had no computer nor internet access for a week is maddening; only dying would be worse. Nothing like being deprived to get a lazy writer to finally write a blog post. And nothing like a post about gaming, my one and only true love.

Most of my gaming these days is done on the Nintendo DS Lite (I'd love to get a DSi XL when I get enough funds, but let's not hold our breaths for that).

Roguelike Gaming + Pokémon = FUN FUN FUN
My free time in the past few days have been consumed logging in hours to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky. This game allows you to enjoy the best features of the roguelike genre without the over-sadomasochism present in most of the noncommercial games. It's also the only Pokémon game I can play for long: the original monster-taming games bore me before the first Gym leader.

My main character is a ChimChar which I named Bong, after every RPG's favorite hero name (all the RPGs I've played before that allowed naming the hero have had the same name, for some strange reason, and since it coincides with my own nickname, I'm not complaining). The game gives you another pokémon as a partner and I picked a Pikachu, mainly because it's the only one I really recognize. Together, Bong and Pikachu form Team Punks, the latest apprentices of Wigglytuff's exploration guild. Along with up to two others, they delve into "mystery dungeons" (the series name for roguelike dungeons). Hi-jinks ensue.

Currently, the plots been kicking in and the guild's now preparing to hunt down the thief who's been stealing the Time Gears, artifacts that make time in the pokémon world flow freely. Team Punks is ready to kick some Grovyle ass!

The Best RPG Ever (On The DS)
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies fulfills this role quite effectively, boasting a sandbox world that can do both solo play and adhoc wifi multiplayer. Downloadable content, in the form of new quests and items, add to its already impressive list of features.

Unlike Dragon Quest VIII though, this installment harkens back to the good ol' days, when you create whole parties from scratch rather than assemble them from all-too-often-cliched characters. With 6 different character classes plus 6 more advanced ones that you can freely change into any time after getting access to All-Trades Abbey, not to mention different skill paths, there are plenty of options to keep even the most jaded RPGer playing for more than 50 hours.

And the game looks great too. Gear you wear, both weapons and armor, can be seen on your avatar and those of your party mates. The battle system is based on DQ VIII's visual style, where you can finally see your party members moving around while attacking, unlike previous Dragon Quests where you just get the traditional turn-based menu-driven combat that only offers a view of the monsters you're facing. At least one of my gaming friends, who likes playing RPGs, got turned off by DQ IV because of that.

All in all, a solid role-playing game experience, and one I look forward to spending more time with once my present addiction to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon wanes.

Other DS Games
I'm currently playing too many DS games to mention here, as my gaming ADHD kicks in every now and then. But sometimes, I do manage to finish one or two. Recently, I've finished Squishy Tank--a quirky puzzle game--and Alice in Wonderland--a quirky platform game from Disney Interactive that breaks the mold of film-to-video-game adaptations (i.e. it does not suck) and is actually quite a charming adventure.

That's All, Folks! (For Now, At Least)
Like all good things, we've come to the end of this post. I've run out of steam, and until the posting bug bites me again, I'll be gaming. I sincerely hope you will be too. Game on, everyone!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games - Episode 1: City of the Daleks

Doctor Who!

I'm a relative new comer to the Who-niverse, having just recently picked up the series with Season 5, which incidentally is also the start of the 11th Doctor's adventures (though I did later watch The End of Time two-part special that ended the 10th Doctor's life).

I regret being late to party for this one and hopefully still get to enjoy the previous Doctors' adventures.

City of the Daleks
Along with the new season, BBC has also released episodic adventure games, starting with City of the Daleks and continued with Blood of the Cybermen,which went live for download just a few hours ago. There'll be four episodes total before they're through.

Tonight, I finally got to install my copy of the first episode, City of the Daleks. The game checks over the Internet to verify your location and will not allow you to install if you're located outside the UK. If, like me, that excludes you, you'll be happy to know that a good anonymous proxy server is your friend.

City of the Daleks is quite short, and I actually finished it in one sitting (about an hour, maybe two of gaming). Locations you'll explore include a shattered London Square and London Underground as well as Kaalaan, the planet of the Daleks. You'll be controlling the Doctor most of the time, with Amy Pond tagging right behind you. There's one sequence near the end where you'll switch to Amy. The whole experience was fun, and felt just like an actual TV episode of DW, from the prologue to the opening and ending credits.

If you're a Doctor Who fan who'd like to find out what it would be like to be the Doctor, you can't go wrong with this one. If you're not a Doctor Who fan, well, it's about time you come to the party.

I can't wait to play Blood of the Cybermen, but the proxy server I used to dupe the first episode's installer doesn't seem to be of much use over an extended period of time (the kind of extended period that a 330MB file download would require) so I'll wait a few days for a non-UK-only download link to become available.

Friday, June 4, 2010

My Ultimate Roleplaying Purity Score

Ultimate Roleplaying Purity Score
CategoryYour ScoreAverage
Will kill for XP
Sensitive Roleplaying81.01%
Occasionally remembers to name their PC
GM Experience43.48%
Puts the players through the wringer
Systems Knowledge68.36%
Local rules guru
Livin' La Vida Dorka65.52%
Goes nuts on the weekends
You are 59.35% pure
Average Score: 68.8%