Friday, April 17, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 38

Groudon is said to be the personification of the land itself. Legends tell of its many clashes against Kyogre, as each sought to gain the power of nature.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Let's Talk About SexMyths

Since I was a kid, I've been fascinated by mythology. At first, it was because of the usual reasons - you know, "Wow, Hercules just strangled to death a lion with invulnerable skin! Cool!", or "Wow, Odin and his brothers just built the world out of a giant's corpse! Cool!". As I grew up and learned more about other mythologies, especially once I got into college, I also learned to appreciate not only the intrinsic entertainment value of those stories, but also their deeper meanings  - even if, speaking from a purely personal viewpoint (as opposed to an academic one), I didn't agree with or accept those meanings.

However, fascinating as the subject would be, I'm not going to talk about the myths themselves; rather, I'd like to talk about their reception and discuss how those ancient stories are reinterpreted and reimagined in modern times, especially in popular culture.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 37

Right. So - Sootopolis! It's lovely looking.

Lucki! says Steven. He's standing next to who osmosis tells me is Wallace. In fanfic, they are boyfriends more often than not. So you did come...

...why would that surprise you?

I have been waiting for you. ... What terrible heat...

I'm a little unimpressed, actually. I mean, having it vaporize water attacks is all well and good, but I thought I remembered that first set of games, they actually had the water recede a little and I haven't noticed that here.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 35

Right then, into the cave! The cave that turns out to defy physics, as exiting from one of the rooms of impossibly twisty currents midway in somehow puts you in front of the entrance to the cave and makes you walk back to try again.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 34

Time to set off! By the way, I really love the mangrove sort of trees the designers put in the shallow water areas. The water routes of Hoenn were way too huge and frustrating to fully comb through, but they've always been gorgeous.

Okay, diving time!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 33

So, I beat Magma with only two of my team fainted. Time to chase them! That's my god monster, after all.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Fate/ Stay Night - Heaven's Feel - February 5

So I've been on a big CLAMP kick lately (I'm in love with Tsubasa, it's such great fun action-fantasy; also xxxHolic ahh and Clover was really neat), and I went back and looked at Wish, one I'd read when I was like 10, and realized the two main non-human characters are named Kohaku and Hisui. I feel like this can't be a coincidence. Tsukihime was released in 2000, and Wish ran from 1995 to 1998.

I guess I never pegged Nasu for a CLAMP fan, but it does help explain his prevalence of female characters.

Midly related: Boyfriend has asked me to petition you for sci-fi comic recs! (American comics, that is.)

Also also, Happy Easter and Passover!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 30

I go through the next layer of the trick house, which is just a lot of rock smashing. The people inside indicate confusion and fatigue, but it's so tiny... Raiden gets poisoned early on, so that whittles him down. With him in the red, I decide to go collect berries, and that reminds me that the berry area is next to another area where there's some new water pokemon, but I couldn't get there before, so I fly to Mt. Pyre and head down.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 29

Okay, I decide to go get some pokemon from the Safari Zone I passed. You can fight the pokemon inside! I keep accidentally fainting them. Whatever.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Children of the Dragon, Ch1

I decided to get on with the final book of the first Exalted trilogy!

The cover is depicting the climatic battle of Yuyu vs Ratcatcher, where for some reason both of them have apparently thrown away their soulsteel and orichalcum swords (after all the trouble of getting the +1 sword!) and either picked up mortal weapons or maybe white jadesteel ones.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 28

Why is he so particular about it? Once you die, everything will be gone...

Whoa lady I'm just talking to NPCs because it's what you do, I don't have any answers for whatever creepy depressing thing is happening.

You know what, let's talk claydol and baltoy for a bit instead.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Digital: A Love Story

Love is really driving the whole ~computer interface~ gimmick into the ground, eh? I kind of wonder if maybe she's good at writing monologues but just doesn't know how to write an actual narrative and has become reliant on it as a quick way to skip writing scene transitions and time passages.

This game has basically none of the plusses of Analogue and all of the flaws, including thinking very highly of itself for being ~subversie~. Ohmygod, a person in love with a computer????  What could this mean??? No one has done this before!!!!

It manages to come across as both very proud of itself and very empty at the same time. Though I'll give it this, it definitely made me feel like a 1337 h4x0r by the end.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 26

Well, I fight the damnable milotic and indeed, glorious difficulty is had! It slaughters my pokemon and I end up stalling it with my cacnea - ingrain + potions or soda each turn, needle arm when I get the chance. I think it's out of recover (do opponent pokemon even run out of moves, though? Last game I tried that they just kept going.) and try attacking rather than healing yet again, and it knocks out my cacnea and I send in my revived Irin who manages to critical hit it back down to a sliver of health when it recovers yet again, then takes it out. Good job, Irin.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015