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Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009, 01:14 am
Post enitrely about video games so it is easier to scroll past all at once

Alright. I guess I'll talk about video games again here.

I used some money I got from Christmas to get Little Big Planet for the PSP. It's not by Media Molecule directly, but it's still pretty good. I'm honestly more interested in original content than little adaptations of big things, as it were, but that's sadly the way the markets work, especially for the poor PSP. I also did some looking into the matter, and there are two Persona titles for the PSP, one of them is a port/remake of the first Persona, and it gets really mixed reviews. I'm thinking I'll be able to get it on the cheap used at some point, maybe, I don't know. The other is -- hold your breath! -- a port of the third Persona with some content differences. Goddamn it. I got second-hand news of both titles kinda mixed together (SECOND HAND OKAY, not completely my fault), so I thought there was a unique installation in the Persona series on the PSP. If that was the case, the lack of talk about it would be really weird, but now it makes sense.

I've been playing Okami again recently. It's the only PS2 game I own, and there's a PS2 here. It's still great. Something that's totally weird about that in my memory is confirmed to still be totally weird: the animal feeding. It breaks into these long, sweet pastoral cut scenes that has Amaterasu dotingly looming over the animal that she's feeding as it cutely eats, as the camera slowly revolves around them. It's optional for the most part, but the animals emit hearts forever after when you come near and it gives you a little pseudo-EXP so of course you do it at every opportunity. Taken as an experience, though, it's really rather surreal and just slightly disruptive. On top of that, whenever she's feeding a rabbit or something, it's nearly worrying. Here's this cosmically powerful wolf proudly sitting there, watching this little seemingly unphased bunny dig into a pile of greens. I can't stop myself from adding some mental dialogue to it, too, which always makes it worse. Ammy's got this feminine Voice of the Legion in my head, |||Yeah. You like that? You like those greens, little bunny?||| and the rabbit has a voice like the little girl from Azumanga, "Mm-hmm! ^__^"

...Before you ask, no, the doctors don't know what's wrong with me. /:]

So I've been poking at the computer gaming thing because I have some access to a Windows machine that I've got kind of behaving itself now, and that's about to receive a couple of upgrades, at the least more RAM. No Internet (as far as online gaming is concerned), but still, I can't help but linger now when I didn't before. It looks like the big thing to look for at this point in time is whether your graphics card is Direct X 8 or 9 doing-capable-whatever. Good to know. It really looks like you don't have to drop hundreds of dollars to play off-the-shelf stuff anymore, which was the way I remember it back at the turn of the last decade. I mean, you can put down for a great machine like the one I've got sitting next to me purring like a particularly quiet kitten that's running Fedora and doesn't have Internet access at all so let's not dwell on that but that only gets you a smoother and better-looking experience. Maybe. I don't know, that's just what I can tell from the outside. Although it should be said that Darwinia runs great on the machine upstairs, as addled as it is.

Holy crap, look, I just go on and on and on.

Hey, help me out here: what should I draw? I've got a dozen crappy WIP that out to be buried that way, and I think I need to listen to somebody else now to get out of this rut. C'mon, you'll be helping me out here. Anything. Email it to me or whatever if it's kinky/awesome. Seriously.

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
alfador_fox

I tend to skip those scenes most of the time if I want to jump back into the action, but sometimes I take the opportunity to relax a bit, let the tension unwind.

Also, so seldom do I have the perfect icon for a comment. XD

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
masstreble

Oh gods yeah I mash start like it would get me demon fangs. However, the scene stays there in your mind. It's never that far away from consciousness. Especially that few notes right at the start, which are unavoidable. Dhun-Dun...(reverb)

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
alfador_fox

Rule of thumb: If I'm sleepy enough that watching the entire scene seems like a good idea, I'm sleepy enough to find a save mirror and go to bed.

Speaking of mashing buttons to get demon fangs, the Wii version's loading screens don't have the minigames. Some asinine legal issue prevented them from putting it in, so I have to slice up imps and grind money to get the pee technique in order to get more fangs.

Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 08:23 am (UTC)
masstreble

From all the things I've read, the Wii version is all kinds of bizarre. Well, at least in terms of those kinds of details.

Flourishing finishes. That's the way to go. Especially on higher "level" enemies. It can be hard to figure out sometimes, and usually it takes a bit a thought as to what would be the biggest insult to the enemy in question, but if you can find a way to remember them when you do figure it out, you'll have all you need. The hardest ones are the wheel enemies, because they're all so alike, and they get model-shifts which are different, and *grumble grumble wheels grumble*. Here's a tip, though, if they don't like an element, then the element is all that matters, regardless of which brush technique you use to produce it.

I wish I could turn yellow rage off. I prefer to bark adorably right before the veil vanishes, as if she's dispelling it that way.

Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
alfador_fox

Stupid wheels. Also when I finish, I prefer to be double jumping, as if the burst of energy from spin jumping is what's doing it. (It's been a while since I've gotten that far, but I believe there's a technique that adds damage to your double jump--making it a Screw Attack to go with the pee and poop attacks.)

Sat, Jan. 2nd, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
masstreble

You can get it at the same time that you get the ability to damage with your dodge and the plot-necessary double jump. I dodge a lot, and use the reflectors almost exclusively, so getting those few extra hits in really helps with the godhood levels. I'll bet people who use only the glaives and swords have problems with never having godhood levels. Maybe they put in beads a secondary so they can shotgun them at opportune moments... That would fix the problem, I guess, and would be kind of fun for the variety.