Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 15

So I continue along and hit Brendan yet again, presumably to still fail to fight me. The image is included because it's hilarious how this is taking place with all those other guys in view totally not caring.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 14

Last time, a lower-case professor was professornapped. As fandom has explained, the upper case is necessary for anyone to view those involved as people, so he must not be a people. Who cares what happens to him in that case?

I try talking to Not-Cozmo woman to see if she has anything to say and it's just "go find the lowercase thing". You're not the boss of me, I'm going to go talk to everybody!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 13

Okay, Flare's knocked out but I don't want to go all the way back down, so let's see if I can sneak my way through aaaaaaaaaaaaand it's Brendan. You gonna heal my pokemon, Brendan? God, for the days when seeing a rival meant I needed to slink away in terror before they dragged my half-dead team into a fight. Also, how the hell did you get up here, you ran the other way.

Next Time On

Hey, all!

Somehow, Fate has entered its final act (heh), and it's time to look ahead! Farla has kindly provided us with a sidebar poll of the major VN requests that have accumulated, so vote away.

Although when Fate does end it's going to be really weird. Like, I don't even know what I'm going to do with myself.

As for the Fate EU, I think it's still on the table. Someone suggested doing a Let's Watch of F/Zero, which could be fun, and after a little breather seeing how other writers have handled the Fate universe would certainly be interesting and, from what I've seen, annoying.

We'll see!

edit: Just going to throw this out there because I'm shocked at how the votes are going: I feel like I would really enjoy Katawa Shoujo, but that might not make for a very good LP.

Also, my current game plan is to attempt a Let's Read-style finishing up of Higurashi as a test run for how well Umineko would work. I wouldn't give up on it until that happens.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 12

One more thing: QR code to get the shiny charm through mystery gift! Unlike the pokemon ones, this may hypothetically cause issues if you ever manage to collect every single pokemon and Birch attempts to give you it. If you aren't going to do that, it's really not an issue.

While I get the idea of unlockables for completing the pokedex, having unlockables that have to do with grinding your way through pokemon be walled behind grinding your way through pokemon really doesn't make sense to me. They should just give you a damn mew already.

Anyway, I explore Verdanturf today.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pokemon Omega Ruby Day 11

When last we left off...well, when last we left off I had made a Silver for everyone and was gushing about how all pokemon could be ours now. But before that, I'd just finished hatching eevees and picked future Flare.

Fiction and Personal Growth, Part 2

Onwards to part 2! Now, the text after the cut continues directly from the end of part 1, so I'd recommend re-reading it first.

Oh, and in addition to the previous spoiler warnings, I'm adding another one concerning an important character in Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables, Inspector Javert.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


For anyone who doesn't know:

1) Turn on your game.
2) Go to the PC.
3) Go to Box 1 and make sure there's no pokemon in the first space.
4) Exit the PC.
5) Hit the HOME button.
6) Hit the left and right shoulder buttons to go to Camera.
7) Hit the QR button. It's the fuzzy square button on the left side.
8) Read a QR code. I suggest the one above.
9) View the link.
10) Wait for the browser to crash.
11) Go back to game.
12) Open up the box again.
13) Now you has a Silver.

For anything else you want, check out Reddit or make your own and plug it in. QR Silver is legal enough for wondertrade, though it took a bit of fussing to get her that far.

I plan to now continue the game normally without using any of this and come back to it later. Nintendo will probably patch it but I'll deal with that through my usual refusal to update. That said, if you haven't updated in a long while this won't work, so go do that fast.

Agatha Christie's Poirot Novels

This has been sitting in my drafts forever as just a series of notes. Here it is, finally, as a series of slightly more-fleshed-out notes.

Before you enter, I highly recommend reading both Murder of Roger Ackroyd and After the Funeral. Though not quite as incredibly good, I would also definitely rec Murder on the Orient Express. There will be spoilers everywhere in here, and they're finish-one-a-night kind of books, so really, read them.

FYI, I read these in chronological order, and that's the order they're in here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Magnus, Robot Fighter #0

So I tried taking the gameboy with me and instead of getting anything done I just forgot it, so that'll have to be delayed further. Magnus today. Remember all those good times we had, not hearing about this comic? They end now.

When last we left off, Whitey picked up another ethnic sidekick, this time one willing to die for him. He backhands the evil progressive woman and runs off with the proper lady who understands his dick means he should totally be in charge. It's about to get still worse!

Luckily we don't need to deal with that today, because in fine comics tradition, it's time for a #0 issue. If you aren't familiar with the general disregard comics has for people trying to read a series, you might think I should have started with this one, but the zero just means it's set in the past. According to the note, this is set between #2 and #3, but the internet tells me it came out after #3 and also I think you need to get as far as Evil Ice Queen Bitch pointing out how objectively she is totally right and all hail our non-prejudiced robot overlords before reading this.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fault in Our Stars, Chapter 19

"Breast cancer is a made of suck disease that attacks one of my very favorite organs of ladies." - John Green

This man is a disgusting misogynist and I despise him. More on how women are just boob holders and dying people are undignified losers in this exciting rendition of FiOS: Chapter 19!

Also, I know I'm behind in replying to comments. I've been super tired, but as soon as I'm up to it I'll get it done. I haven't forgotten about you.

Fiction and Personal Growth, Part 1

Can people change, for better or worse? Can a person truly let go of a part of their personality, their self, especially if it's to fill the void with something else? I'm not talking about the changes we are (hopefully) forced to go through as we grow older (for instance, children have no concept of boundaries, but one expects adults to have already learned those at their age), nor about the little things such as likes and dislikes ("Yeah, I used to love that show, but nowadays I can't get past how campy it is"); rather, I'm talking about the big things (or possibly a whole bunch of little things that all add up) on the scale of "Can a murderer truly repent for what he did - not because he was punished, but because he came to acknowledge that the act of murder itself is wrong?".

Well, to be even more precise, what I'm really going to talk about is how fiction tends to deal with that kind of thing. Then again, the best stories always reflect something of real life, even if only an idealized version of it, so I'd be very surprised if nothing we discuss here can be applied to our own world.

Warning: there will be HEAVY spoilers for Kieron Gillen's run on Journey Into Mystery, Al Ewing's current run on Loki: Agent of Asgard, and Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga Rurouni Kenshin. You have been warned!

Monday, February 16, 2015

HOME (Guest Review)

HOME is a fangame of OFF, an RPG Maker game Farla has already reviewed. According to the description, it's a fix fic where you play as the Judge and prevent the Batter from destroying the zones. It also claims to improve the gameplay, which was an infamously weak area of OFF. It fails utterly on both fronts.

(Spoilers, by the way, for both OFF and this game.)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Rune Factory Master Post

I'm as shocked and happy some of you are into this series as you seem to be in the comments that I am, so let us congregate!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ghost Trick

Happy Valentine's Day, those of you in the States! I still can't eat anything from my Mysterious Illness, so go have fancy meals for me.

Anyway, first of all, if you have any interest in this game and haven't played it yet, you should do that before reading this, as a lot of the game's impact is lost when you know what happens and there are ending spoilers in here. If you like puzzles, point-and-clicks, and innovative gameplay, it's a really great game for all those things.

That said, the ending was incredibly bizarre and left me feeling kind of weird about the game overall, whereas 10 minutes before the ending I would have recommended it wholeheartedly.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fate/ Stay Night - UBW - Final Thoughts

Sorry about the delay on this. I've been very, very sick, because apparently there's some kind of cosmic law that prevents me from being in good health for more than two weeks at a time. To make it up to you, I published it unedited early and named all my livestock monsters in Rune Factory 2 after you. You're welcome.

Anyway, I complained in the last two posts that Shirou doesn't seem to have a character arc in this route, in that he ends up more or less where he started, and normally you'd expect a main character to change over the course of the story.

But I think there's a very good reason for this, and I think it's that he's not the protagonist.