I just spent the last hour or so playing the first episode of "Life Is Strange", a new Square Enix game kind of like the Telltale games, where it's story and dialogue driven, but there's less quicktime events and also you can rewind time, so you can change your actions and do other cool stuff. It's really a nice game, about a time travelling teenaged girl photographer named Max. I really like it more than I thought. It makes me feel like I'm a teenager again, and I got pretty lost in it until nature called. I really like story-driven games, and while some people feel they're too much like films, I personally prefer them to movies, as I find the storytelling more intimate and exciting. Plus, you make your own story depending on what you want to do. It's nice.
I just visited what is left of 1up. Honestly, I don't mourn it like I once did. Like the loss of my friend Qin, I have slowly moved on, and while the pain still remains unresolved, my relationship to it has changed. That is the past now; we are in the present. And I'm concerned with the future.
I'm beginning to have my doubts about my ability to quit PC gaming just like that. Maybe it would be better for my computer if I did... but instead I might find a work around. For one thing, I don't really want to start a new game of Dragon Age: Inquisition on PS4. I really like the Inquisitor I have been playing, and I've gotten emotionally attached to him as an avatar for myself. I've put twenty hours into the game and don't want to dump it. Maybe instead I can play the game on low settings and get away with it without burning out my computer. Maybe the issue with my computer isn't even hardware, but a driver issue. I don't know. But I also haven't finished playing "Never Alone" (a game about an Eskimo girl) which I really like, and I just downloaded "Life Is Strange" which I pre-ordered two weeks ago on sale. Dammit! I can't quit this shit!
Mothman posted a blog the other day with some of his concerns about Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U. Well, I guess we'll see what happens with it. I have a feeling it's taken more of inspiration from some MMO's rather than an MMO itself. IGN has an article I've linked below that describes the map size as being 5 times the size of the original Xenoblade, and there is also a new trailer for "Exploration" in the game. The game's producer says it will take 300 hours to do all the quests in the game. I guess we'll see. One thing though, instead of having a premade character this time out, you create your own, specifying gender, hair color, etc etc. Peter had some concerns about it being open world, and it seems like it is open world, but apparently so is the new Zelda. I guess none of us will know what happens until it comes out, but I'm still optimistic about this game, as it will at least be something different on the Wii U other than Mario.
So I've been playing Pier Solar again -- this time on the Wii U gamepad, which I enjoy much more than on the TV screen with the PS3. I know I bought it twice, but I wanted to support these guys. I forgot how much I enjoyed the game, and it's much better on a handheld. I'm playing it in 16 bit mode, the original mode, with the Sega Genesis FM music. It's a real trip. I really enjoy it. Since I haven't been playing PC games lately, I've been playing a lot of handheld stuff, with Tactics Ogre and FFIX on the Vita, and now Pier Solar on the Wii U gamepad. It's nice, but I am kind of missing a high def experience. I've pretty much decided to go ahead and buy a PS4, which I'm going to do soon once I decide on the best package. I think I just might buy Amazon's which comes with a digital download of Last of Us, which I've never played.
I have decided, in an attempt to prolong the life of my crashing laptop, to quit playing intensive 3D PC games, in case doing so is hastening the machine's demise. Now, this computer came with two video cards in SLI (which means they work together), one of which where the CD drive normally would have been. IT plays games great, it really does. But I'm afraid the cooling of the computer was an afterthought -- the laptop gets insanely hot, and not even on the highest settings.
I've been playing untold amounts of Tactics Ogre on my Vita. I got stuck in Final Fantasy IX, and then decided to go back to my old saved game in Tactics Ogre, and now the past two days have been a blur. I've killed many enemies, used many healing leafs, and assigned many a skill. I've never beaten the game (though from what I hear, beating it is just the start), but perhaps I will soon. If you have a PSP or Vita, and you like strategy RPG's, you really can't go wrong with Tactics Ogre. IT's probably one of my favorite games of all time, and though I haven't won it, I've probably put hundred of hours into it. There's two main paths in the game, and I've about played them both now, but never beat either. It's a huge fucking game.
In Dragon Age: Inquistion, I've been trying to get with the sexy aristocratic diplomat girl, Josephine I think her name is. The more I find out about her though, the more I'm like damn, this is the same kind of girl I go after in real life and I feel kind of stupid. I always liked dainty dark-complexioned girls with impeccable breeding and a privileged upbringing. Don't know why. I can't quit that shit.
That's right, Pixlbitches, in a little more than a week, BaD starts, and I'm here to separate the cowards from the Testes-carriers. Because after all, there's nothing more macho than blogging, right? Um... right? Anyway, I wanted to shoot out a blog officially announcing 2015 BaD, a yearly tradition created like other yearly traditions -- by people we can't remember now, and whom no longer practice it! But dammit, their contribution to civilization lives on in our annual "Blog a Day" event, where we do our best to put up a blog every day. We choose to do this of course during the shortest month, and you don't even have to do weekends! So it's easy! And dammit, when it's like that blogs write themselves! So let's do this!
Today's my birthday, and instead of being depressed like every other fresh 38-year-old, I've decided to spend it listening to the Funk. Parliament Funkadelic to be specific. That's right. P-Funk. Uncut funk. Da bomb.