2014/11/21 23:00

My foot’s cold

Wow, I’m going to be that guy and complain about losing weight. But I am finding myself feeling significantly colder this year than years past. And I am right now sitting at many less kilograms of total weight than I was a year ago. Actually, it has been a while since I was on the scale and I am slightly worried that I am heading in the weight-gain direction, but it’s far too cold to strip down and get on the scale.

Science is preventing me from knowing.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding how I lost the weight – and I don’t really know! I haven’t been exercising, nor making any particular changes to my diet. I kind of eat bread and rice less. So that is a thing, I suppose.

So cold, though. So cold.

2014/11/20 23:00

This music is goThis music is good

Most of my time with Final Fantasy Record Keeper has been, unsurprisingly, with the sound muted. It happens with smartphone games. I know this, and yet I still went through the trouble to ensure mine had awesome music implemented well. FFRK does the first part (It’s Final Fucking Fantasy, after all.) but manages to fail on the second.

I had my headphones in already when I decided to spend some time grinding out some Magic Stones so I can unlock White Mage Lenna. After about ten seconds of the totally awesome battle theme from FF5 it looped. And by “looped” I mean it started over. And then played a bit. And then I finished the battle. And then the victory fanfare played. For a few seconds. Then it started over again. Then the music stopped playing for a bit.

So something is not right. Which is a shame and yet not something I think they’ll fix any time soon since I have to imagine there are other bugs and issues much higher in the “To Fix” list. Just today all players got 1 free Mythril because the Jump command was not working properly and they just fixed it.

(If you selected a specific target for the attack it would still attack any target like an unspecified attack would. This is a fairly neat idea for the game. You can just select attack and it will pick the target for you. Or you can tap on the target before selecting attack or an ability and then it will be used on that target. Except for Jump. Well, until today.)

2014/11/19 12:00

Nintendo VC Releases for 2014.11.19

Aha! Here we go. A big blast and a nice one at that.

ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE (Famicom): ¥514 (¥1100 cart-only, ¥2300 complete on Suruga-ya)
You know I’m going to mention the Let’s Playing we did of this. As a quite older game I’m not entirely surprised its price is fairly high, although I’m not sure if it is worth it these days. Definitely fun to mess around with, though.

Bomber Man ’94 (PC Engine): ¥671 (¥610 card-only, ¥990 complete on Suruga-ya)
This was released in 1993, mind you. The “year plus one” thing always weirded me out, especially when I had a puzzle magazine I was subscribed to and found myself receiving the December issue in early September. ’94 is considered the best Bomber Man, isn’t it? Although it was for the intense amount of multi-play that was possible, and I’m just realizing that I have no idea how multi-player works on VC if even at all.

DK: King of Swing (GBA): ¥702 (¥240 cart-only on Suruga-ya)
This game. This game. If you have not played this game, play this game. Donkey Kong must swing around and collect bananas. Sure. Doesn’t sound crazy. Except the L/R button controls used to hold on feel so beautiful and perfect. Hold the button to have that hand hold on to a block. Thing. Whatever. Hold to hold. It’s so simple and so much fun. Whenever it was dead at Toys ‘R Us when this was in the GBA demo unit, you bet your sweet cheeks that I was playing it, an eye out for my boss not catching me doing such. My work was done anyway. Trust me.

Nuts and Milk (Famicom): ¥514 (¥260 cart-only on Suruga-ya)
One day a high school student downloaded some ROMs and opened up one called Nuts & Milk. A pixel penis ran around trying to save some pixel breasts. It was weird. It was a ROM-Hack. I don’t know who this high school student is, I don’t even know what a ROM is. But I’m sure that this student would be pleased to know that the actual game is not that much different, only with a lot less genitalia.

2014/11/18 23:00

Disk speed

I’m going to finally finish Xenogears. I just completed Sora no Kiseki SC so why not ride the long RPG train until the end of time? This save file is more than five years old, and I am just now getting past the point that I stopped playing when I got my NA copy so many years back: the tournament. Which I’m thinking was not very far.

But damn, even on the Vita (or especially on the Vita?) it’s so slow. Every time I access the memory card it is a good few seconds before the game even response to button presses again. Every transition is a decent wait. And the camera likes to twist itself right behind walls and overpasses and all sorts of things. This is rough. Which feels weird since I’ve played a lot of 16-bit games over the past year and they don’t feel nearly as rough. Which makes sense, but still feels bizarre.

2014/11/17 23:00


Welcome to Movies I Should Have Watched Long Ago When I Had More Time, a segment where I watch a film that I have heard so much about and nearly everyone else in the world has seen, but I haven’t. Then I finally do. And write about it.

This week I chose Blade Runner because of the beautiful glassware that they talked about on Roderick on the Line. Getting me one would only cost $96 if you’re feeling generous. Just saying. It was that and the Japanese edition of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? sitting unread on my Kindle. So like a high school student, I rented the movie.

I went into it knowing about the “controversy” over the handling of the film. The added voice over and its later removal. The Director’s Cut that wasn’t exactly that. I knew the whole “Is Deckard a replicant?” bit. I didn’t know what a “replicant” was, but the beauty of the whole thing is that I was able to suss out the basic . And to the movie’s credit that spoiler meant so little in terms of “spoiling” the movie. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The music was grand, the story riveting. It’s a film I’d like to add to my collection.

What endeared it to me was how contained the whole plot was. No grand, world-wide issue. There was a problem, it was solved, but everything didn’t go as planned. And there was some food for thought. Plus all the little things. Old views of the future are always a curiosity, and it’s fun to think about details like how Deckard was often seen reading a newspaper. And while the newspaper has been heavily replaced, I’d never use my iPad as a makeshift umbrella. It’s more likely that I’d be the umbrella.

As the credits rolled, a Facebook notification popped up on my screen. My grandfather, who had been struggling with pneumonia after a hip replacement, had just passed away. We knew things weren’t good. We knew it was going to happen. There was a time limit – well, there always is but now it was visible. We knew it. But knowing didn’t make it any easier.

2014/11/16 23:00

What I Played Last Week – 2014.11.16

Trails in the Sky: SC

This final chapter feels like the video game equivalent of a crunch time. When I thought the final chapter might be nearing its end I found myself just hitting the final dungeon. Which was huge.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper

Time flies that I didn’t even realize I missed finishing the Lethe River event. And I was at the last part! I did unlock Tina, though. New event gets Celes and I don’t think I can miss her.

Smash Bros. for 3DS

I want this on my iPhone. Well, no. I want this to be playable in my life as much as I can squeeze in iPhone playing.

Rogue Legacy

I think I shouldn’t be allowed to play this. It just tickles my brain in the best worst way. Or worst best way. It’s good, but it will take me so long to beat. I am considerably bad at it.

2014/11/14 23:00


The Final Fantasy Explorers demo is up and… It’s fun! While the gut instinct says it is Monster Hunter like, it is definitely a bit more to the Phantasy Star Online camp. But I completely feel the MoHan vibes probably just because I have played one of those more recently than a PSO. It was definitely more fun playing online with Skype running, but if the single player mode is meaty enough – even though it seems it will be easier than multiplayer – I think I can have a real good amount of fun with this.

We’ll see. It’s on my “Christmas gifts to buy self” now. I’m pleasantly surprised.

2014/11/12 12:00

Nintendo VC Releases for 2014.11.12

Two is greater than one. That slow buildup that Nintendo is known for continues.

Wii U VC

Mega Man Battle Network 2 (GBA): ¥702 (¥1650 cart-only, ¥1990 complete on Suruga-ya)
As this series slowly releases on the Virtual Console, I wonder if I want to delve into it again. I tried! The first one was interesting if not weird. It went super Pokémon later in its series, though, so sticking to the “honest” one-version-only games seems like a healthy, but daunting task.

Crash ‘n’ the Boys: Street Challenge (Famicom): ¥514 (¥2000 in box on Suruga-ya)
Gaze ye upon the the North American cover of this game. Gaze upon it and feel the horror. A friend in college had this, and we played it. And it was fun. Definitely the multiplayer being a big seller on this one, though.

2014/11/11 23:00

Unicorns and Sheep

Having heard the mess that was the various editions of Blade Runner, I’m actually not that surprised that it did end up this way after watching Final Cut. I think that is me praising the film, although I’m not too sure. I think I’m going to have to watch it a few more times. And spend some time on Wikipedia. And probably get around to reading that copy of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, although mine is in Japanese because, well, things happen.