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As I’ve been saying, I have been busy catching up on a bunch of old games I was told were the duck’s quack, and one game I beat rather recently was “Chrono Trigger”, a game made by the same developers as “Final Fantasy”. The story involves our heroes traveling through time in their efforts to prevent the monster Lavos from bursting forth from the surface of the planet and causing the apocalypse.  While I would have liked to have had a better main villain than a monster, I definitely see why people have so many good things to say about it.

What I think I loved most about this game, aside from the absence of random battles, was the fact that your actions had an impact on what happened.  That’s what I always thought RPG’s were supposed to do, but more often than not, you really get no more say in the direction of the plot than what your character’s name is and what sword they tote around.  But, this game actually gives you many optional sidequests you can complete that will change the future and the game’s ending, as well. View full article »

I had this really weird dream the night of 10/12/14 (I’ve been having a lot of weird dreams lately, come to think of it). I remember there was something to do with this woman in this bedroom, and there was this weird light up by the ceiling, near the corner of the room.  She was previously bedridden, but then, she could never be in that light, so she had to live under the bed.  It was a small and depressing space, but she couldn’t leave it, though one person did go in and visit her under the bed, so it wasn’t as dull.  The weird light was bad, but I think other people could go in the room as long as they didn’t stay in the light for too long and tried to not look at it.  She was just the only person that could never go into the light. View full article »

A Farewell to a Fabulous Fish

It seems I have been writing a lot of these lately. Well, you know my popeyed goldfish Peepers? You know what, let me start from the beginning. Though, there’s not much to tell. Basically, I got home from work the afternoon of 10/7/14. I didn’t bother opening the blinds in the morning, so I thought I’d open them now to give Peepers more light, and I’d run over and give her a great big “how do?” before doing some hardcore gaming. It was at that moment that I found her.

Well, she’s buried in the backyard now, but I’ll get to that. View full article »

Top Songs from FFIX

I’m really losing inspiration for how to begin posts on top songs. Not that I’ve ever been good at it, really. Ahem, well, anyway, today’s post is on the top 10 songs from “Final Fantasy IX”, a game I judged before I even got to know it. But, once I got into it, I realized it was quite a good game indeed, and I found that it had a good number of beautiful and emotional songs, as well. And so, without subjecting you to anymore rambling than necessary, my list, from the least best to the most best… View full article »

Why I Shouldn’t Have Judged FFIX

As I work my way through the old Squaresoft games, the next one I tried was “Final Fantasy IX”. When I first started this game, my initial impressions were not great, and I think a lot of it had to do with the game straying from what I expected it to be. You see, most “Final Fantasy” games tend to be more on the serious side, while this one was rather goofy. Plus, many of the games kind of have a mix of fantasy and sci-fi, while this one was more strictly fantasy, another thing that rather disappointed me. And I was unsure about the style of graphics. So I was being pretty judgmental about this game, I think.

Because there really is nothing wrong with this game. It was a lot of fun. I really liked some of the characters. (Freya was awesome. Vivi was awesome. And Eiko was just plain adorable.) I also liked that the characters had unique abilities, so there was some actual strategy in who you chose for your party, when in most games, the characters really aren’t distinguishable from each other in anything more than appearance. It had a good story, as well, even if I never understand the plots in these games. And Kuja was a pretty interesting villain, even if I really wish he didn’t wear what appears to be a thong. I really don’t understand that decision. Not by him. Not by the company. Not by anything in existence in the universe. View full article »

I had a really bizarre dream the night of 8/4/14. I was at a comicon, but I remember the building was kind of dark and creepy.  I was dressed as Kefka, and I was having more success with the wig than I am in real life.  (The stupid thing just won’t stay on!)  I remember a short part of the dream where I was with a friend I used to know, and she was looking for a bakery in the area, and I told her that the closest things to bakeries in a relatively simple drive were Starbucks and Barnes and Noble.  Which is true.  And then I was with my mom, and I wanted to get a soda, but we had to get to the prejudging.

The prejudging was really strange.  I remember walking into this crowded room (I don’t know why there was an audience for this), and they were all seated facing this aisle we were walking down.  All the people who wanted to enter the masquerade then lined up in a row, and there was this roulette type thing on this long screen in front of us, and it would pick someone who would be eliminated, and we were upset and hoping this was at least based on the quality of our costumes and not random, and I worried I wouldn’t make it to the masquerade.  After the first guy was picked to leave, this cartoon played that involved him on this island, and he was really strong and could lift heavy stuff, and I wondered how in the world they created an entire cartoon on such short notice. View full article »

I had a rather short dream the night of 8/7/14, but I wanted to write about it anyway because it related to one of my favorite games of all time, “Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy”. In this dream, the game apparently had a scene with Gol and Maia, the main villains, that got cut from the game, and I remember I was playing the game and exploring this place that was supposed to be Gol and Maia’s citadel, but it was more like a Medieval castle.  I remember being in this hallway, and there were these platforms that would only appear in the wall for a limited time, and you had to climb up them to get through this doorway.  I tried multiple times to climb up them as quickly as I could, and I eventually made it through the doorway, which ended up leading outside View full article »

One night, we had a delightful rainstorm, which included thunder and lightning, a fun time if there ever was one, as long as it doesn’t strike me, or my house, or anything near me or my house, for that matter. But, seeing as I didn’t become a yummy, crispy ducky, this was a fun rainstorm indeed, and with a new phone that can record videos, I thought I’d try and record some of the lightning. To cherish for always. Well, apparently my phone is useless in bad lighting, and all I got was pitch black and a sad, little flash or two. Nevertheless, I still had a grand time just turning off the lights and enjoying the storm, but I think this also inspired a rather odd dream I had that same night, as well. View full article »

Kitten Rentals

I have a really stupid idea for a business. It’s one I wish existed, but it’s still…really stupid. The idea is, well, you see…kitten rentals. That’s right, kitten rentals. Have you ever thought to yourself, I really want to snuggle with a great, big pile of kittens, without the commitment of purchasing copious amounts of the cottony felines? Well, I have. I have thought about this a lot, about as much as I obsess over my next visit to the bakery, which is also a lot, and there are times I have this overwhelming urge to just scoop up a zillion, large-headed, mewing kittens and snuggle with them. But, I see no practical way of doing this, aside from befriending someone in possession of a large number of kittens, whom you can use for a time for their kitteny goodness, and then fake your death once the kittens grow up and you have no need of their services anymore. View full article »

I have a lot of dreams about the Renaissance Faire.  You see…I love Ren. Faires (it’s such a long word to write!).  Love them.  And I am most fortunate that I live near a good one, as it is actually pretty hard to find a decent one that consists of actual buildings and not simply tents.  Because tents make me sad.  They make me think of camping, a pastime I am not fond of, even if I’ve never tried it.  (There are apparently many wild beasts in the woods.  Such as lions.  Tigers.  Bears.  Oh, my, and let’s not forget sharks!)  Ahem, anyway, since I love these most delightful faires (my computer claims I’m spelling that wrong, but I’m really not…I think), it’s no wonder they manage to work their way into my subconscious quite often.

There are several themes to these dreams, too (that was a lovely poem I did just there).  Many times, I realize I have forgotten to wear my costume, but being a dream, I somehow manage to make it appear on me with mere thought alone, which is very convenient, considering getting here is an hour long drive.  I also dream that I go with my parents, as we all love this most enjoyable event, but we get split up, and I end up spending the rest of my time wandering about alone, looking at various snacks to eat and things to buy, with either the quandary of lacking funds with which to purchase these goodies or with too many sweets that look appealing and a body that doesn’t exactly want to be subjected to such an extreme level of sugar. View full article »

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