Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky (Guest Review)

A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky is a pretty standard jRPG that starts strong, meanders for a while, then ends with a whimper. It contains some interesting ideas, but it can't fit them together into a coherent whole. Much like The Reconstruction, it's less than the sum of its parts.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 45 (Delta Episode)

Delta time!

I have Lucki check out her room, where I find she still has only two adventure rules in her journal and all that. I head downstairs.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Quick Review: Supergirl Trailers

So, as many of you (most? All?) probably already know, there's an upcoming Supergirl TV show produced by Greg Berlanti, the same guy behind Arrow and Flash. Two trailers have already been released for it; you can find the first one here and the second, here. The first is over 6 minutes long, but the second clocks at just a bit over 2 minutes. You guys can go watch both if you haven't already; I'll wait.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 44

Last time, I beat Steven and there were cutscenes and end credits and Brendan challenged me to a battle but it was super late so I closed the 3DS instead.

Anyway, let's jump back in time a minute:

Welcome back, Lucki. I just, uh, you know... We set out on this journey together, right? So maybe we should finish it together, too. D-don't go trying to read anything into it, though! Now, come on! We're going home! Back to Littleroot Town!

to compare that to May's dialogue:

Welcome back, Name. I just thought, you know, that since we were both here and all...that I'd wait for you. We set out on this journey together, right? So maybe we should finish it together, too. Hee hee... So...come on! Let's go back home! Back to Littleroot Town!

I think it's simply that waiting for someone is submissive and therefore it's super embarrassing for Brendan to find himself doing it, while for May it's the glorious culmination of all her feminine dreams.

I do see what was intended here, but it's just screwed up by how awful Brendan is and has been. I felt a lot more invested in Wally but the game wanted him to be the big surprise so he's not around for most of it. Give Brendan's stuff to Wally and I'd probably have liked the whole thing a lot more.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 43

So, when last we left off, it was time to charge back into the fray. Things went really well from the very start, with Saurius picking up two swaggers and proceeding to sweep the whole battle. Knowing what to expect, I keep Silver around to icebeam the flygons, and make it to Steven. My other pokemon do a little, and then, it's Groudon time. One earthquake finishes the armaldo off. Steven sends out his L57 aggron. It endures my lava plume, however, and manages to strike back with an earthquake that halves Groudon's HP. He then heals his aggeron and it's brough back to 1 HP by the next earthquake, and his next turn he swaps for a L57 claydol. Lava plume halves its HP while it blows the turn on reflect, and a second lava plume removes it for good. He sends out the nearly dead aggron again. Mercilessly, I order another lava plume.

Metagross. L59.

Steven has a mega stickpin apparently, and the metagross mega evolves. A split second later, lava plume hits and it faints.

So I, the champion, fall in defeat...

It sure was anticlimactic, wasn't it.

Know what's more anticlimactic?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

WTH Moments: Avengers: Age of Ultron

This won't be a review of the movie itself. Suffice to say I enjoyed myself immensely when I watched it, even though, from an objective viewpoint, it is a weak movie. Two characters were needlessly thrown away (at least, as of this movie; maybe they'll be brought back in some way in later ones) and there were a few scenes where Whedon's penchant for "witty" dialogue harmed the mood of the scene, but overall, it's like a Snickers bar - not a proper meal by any stretch of the imagination, but it does satisfy your hunger somewhat, and damned if it doesn't taste delicious!

I'd like to talk about a specific WTH moment in the film. It is entirely possible I'm being too uncharitable with it; I'll leave it for you guys to judge. Oh, and there will be spoilers regarding an unexpected romantic relationship between two important characters, by the way, so don't read this if you'd prefer to see the movie first.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dandelion Update

I told you to eat dandelions a while back, and dandelion time is once again upon us.

I tried out cutting off the bottoms of the blossoms, and indeed, it was much faster and the bits of green that remained didn't harm the taste. So try that out!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Fate/ Stay Night - Heaven's Feel - February 6 [Part 2]

Been busy, my loves. Bought a house. NHL playoffs are going on. That kind of busy. Also locked myself out of my car twice. Good times.

Also also, for those of you in Canada or the States, tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 42

So. My only surviving pokemon are Flare with twenty HP and Irin with one, but I've made it to the elitest of the elite!

Now to turn around and go buy some herbs, because we're still doing the thing where the best healing items in the games are relegated to some random corner of the map and not the place next to your ultimate fight.

I think I'll play through with my intended team, then if I lose I'll pull out Groudon in a rage. I sacrifice my sceptile for this...and come to think of it, I think I've always been pretty unimpressed with my starters this region. I wrecked my swampert sticking HMs all over it, and I raised up my blaziken to evolution and then forgot it while evolving other pokemon. My sceptile actually seems pretty cool, so I'd take it, but, perfect Lucki team! Plus unless I kick off Saurius I'll have two grass types.

L48 Silver
L41 Raiden
L44 Saurius
L46 Irin
L41 Flare

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 41

It is said that through meditation, Medicham heightens energy inside its body and sharpens its sixth sense. This Pokemon hides its presence by merging itself with fields and mountains.

Well, you didn't do so great given hidden pokemon are actually more noticeable than regular ones. Hm. Hidden really is a bad term in general, isn't it? It's more like "distracted pokemon".


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 39

Last time, I captured Groudon with a masterball and all of you forgot that I still have the QR code exploit so I can just get more if I really need to. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Never updating, Nintendo! Never updating ever!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fate/ Stay Night - Heaven's Feel - February 6 [Part 1]

Today was a weird day. Like, "disembodied attack penises and Shirou bonding over a bowl of soup with Kirei" weird. You have been warned.

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.