You may have heard of an indie PC game inspired by EarthBound called Undertale. The game’s praise, along with its relation to a SNES game I absolutely love, made it a must-play. Though, I must admit that I am typically quite reluctant to download PC games because, well, my computer is weird sometimes. When I found the game had recently been released on the PS4, the time for excuses was over. I set out to play Undertale…a thought that, even now, fills me with determination.
Mother Duck often asks why video games are filled with so much fighting. That is not to say she believes video games are violent things that are destroying our world’s youth like the media would have us believe. In fact, she beat up plenty of 16-bit baddies during the SNES era, so she is no stranger to video game, ahem, “violence”. Even so, it is a valid question. Continue reading A Game About Mercy: Undertale
G’day, folks. I have a short update for you all. The Duck of Indeed’s Youtube channel…has recently become deceased. Due to some harassing and inappropriate comments, I have decided to remove all of my Youtube videos, along with any corresponding blog posts, or any other blog posts that mention my personal life or give away my appearance. The Internet can be a rather…odd place, as we all know, so perhaps it was unwise to reveal as much about myself as I did. Other than that, this blog, and my gaming endeavors on Virtual Bastion, will continue as usual. Onward and tally ho! Continue reading The Duck’s Youtube Channel…Goes the Way of the Dodo
I started my second playthrough of Final Fantasy XII in early December 2016. Nearly a year later, I have finally completed it (it took so long because I took a lot of breaks, particularly to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild). I am proud to say that I got far closer to 100% completion than last time, though there are still two things that remain incomplete, the Yiazmat hunt and the Bestiary, the former of which was brutal and just not worth my time. As far as the latter task goes…once I couldn’t defeat Yiazmat, I lost the motivation to bother with the Bestiary.
Nevertheless, I have plenty of accomplishments I can cite. I defeated every Esper, including Ultima and Zodiark. I defeated Marks 1-44. I even leveled up Vaan to level 99, Balthier to very nearly that high, and everyone else to about 90, making the final boss absurdly easy. One goal I had made when starting out was to complete this game using strategies more complex than my old “brute force method”, and I more or less did. At the very least, I used the Gambit system far more, and I used some basic strategies, one of which I will detail below. Continue reading Final Fantasy XII Has Finally Come to a Close
Over the past however many months, I have been posting the occasional updates on my progress through Final Fantasy XII and my quest to improve my general RPG-skills. Well, at this point, I have seriously been playing this game for probably a good year now. Maybe more. Probably more. I’ve lost track. All I know is that I’m around 186 hours at this point. 186! Frankly, it’s scary how much of one’s time RPG’s are able to eat up. Scary…yeah…
Well, seeing as I’ve made massive amounts of progress in this game since my last post on the subject, I thought I’d give you guys a quick update. While I am STILL not done, I am super close. It’s just that, at the moment, I’m locked in eternal combat with Yiazmat, so I don’t know when I’ll be getting around to the final stretch of the game. But I get ahead of myself. Like I said, I am super close to completing the story, though at this point, I have no idea what the game’s even about anymore. I see Bahamut on my world map. I’m supposed to go there…I think. I know nothing else. Continue reading Yes, I Am Still Playing FFXII
It was many years ago, when the Duck was just the Duckling of Indeed, that I was, in fact, more akin to a mole than a humble waterfowl. There was one winter in particular where the snow was absolutely ideal for a rather fun winter activity. Rather than build snowducks, which seemed to be beyond my artistic abilities at the time, or engage in the act of sledding, a hobby that involves far more trudging up hills than actually zipping down icy slopes, the Duck enjoyed the wintery pastime of excavation. Continue reading Tunnels in the Snow
Over the years, I have had an increasingly strong belief that gaming was not quite what it used to be. I was convinced that the “glory days” of the mid-90’s to early 2000’s had come to an end, for one reason or another. I missed old-school platformers like Banjo-Kazooie. I bemoaned the fact that many of my favorite series had either died off entirely or been reduced to husks of their former selves.
Fortunately, in recent months, I have come to shed these pessimistic sentiments, realizing in the process that such thoughts were, well, ridiculous. Modern gaming is no better, and no worse, than it’s ever been. It’s just different. And that’s actually…a really good thing. I mean, if Yooka-Laylee, a game released earlier this year, has taught me anything, it’s that resurrecting an old style of game that we all used to love is not the way to go. That was then. This is now. Go ahead and enjoy the games of the past (I certainly do), but as far as the future of gaming is concerned, I need to stop focusing on what games USED to be like and instead set my sights on what they ARE today. Continue reading Little Nightmares is More Like a Dream Come True
During the recent trip Mother Duck and I took to Disneyland, we ate a variety of delicious things. Our favorite meal was at the Blue Bayou, though it was not our main entrees that we remember the most fondly. Rather, it was the gumbo that came prior that was the most scrumptious savory thing we had that fine weekend. With our next visit to the “happiest place on Earth” sometime in the future, we had no choice but to see if we could make our own Disneyland gumbo at home. Continue reading The Secret of Disneyland Gumbo
With our newfound skills at caramel-making, Mother Duck and I have been seeking out new and exciting ways to use caramel. After our experiments with caramel-covered popcorn balls, the next thing we decided to try was our own homemade Tigger tails. You may remember this particular treat being mentioned in my post discussing the various desserts we had at Disneyland during Spring Dapper Day of 2017. Tigger tails are marshmallow, covered in caramel, covered in sugar, with stripes of chocolate. They are very tasty and very sweet. And they seemed easy enough to replicate. Continue reading Replicating Disneyland’s Tigger Tail
As you may recall, I recently joined Deviant Art. My first order of business was following a few of my favorite artists (it’s called “watching”, actually, which sounds a little creepy), one of them being Zarla. She’s drawn a huge amount of Undertale comics, including an entire series called Handplates, which was pretty darn awesome. If there are any Undertale fans reading this right now, and you’re interested in Sans, Papyrus, and Gaster, then I’d definitely recommend checking it out. Continue reading The Duck’s Computer Has a Ghost