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I’ve been stressing myself out quite a bit lately over my newest costume for the 2015 masquerade. I still need to type up a post on my progress, but for now, suffice it to say, I’m freaking myself out, largely for no reason. I’m sure I’ll get everything done in plenty of time, despite having to work with material I am not familiar with, such as craft foam and resin. And I have to give my wig a haircut… Nevertheless, I think my costume really will turn out pretty good, but my stress seems to be coming out in my sleep, considering the great number of dreams I’ve been having where the masquerade turns disastrous.

The night of 2/11/15, I dreamt I went to the comicon with my parents. I was dressed in my Ghirahim costume, and we walked about this immensely crowded place while looking for something my dad wanted to buy. It eventually occurred to me…I had completely forgotten about prejudging. It felt as if many hours had passed, but it was merely 9:30 in the morning, so I thought I would be okay. And yet, despite the hour, the line was absurd, and I worried I wouldn’t be allowed to enter the contest because they had too many entrants. I waited in line, which looped through all these rooms, and I did get to see the judges after quite some time. View full article »

The Duck Apologizes to Retro Studios

As you may very well be aware of, I have complained a good deal about the fairly recent Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii.  It’s way too hard, I feel silly shaking the controller around (though, I do with all Wii games, so that’s nothing new), and it lacks the feel and the charm of the original Super Nintendo games.  Due to all this unhappiness I felt towards the game, I had my doubts about getting the sequel on the Wii U, Tropical Freeze, but I had some money to spare and decided to give it a chance.  And I am now forced to eat my words.

Now, I don’t really need to get into tons of detail about this game.  It’s a simple concept, as it’s a platformer.  We know what those are.  And many of us have played Donkey Kong.  It’s a platformer involving lots of apes and a monkey (Diddy is the only monkey I know of).  And so I’d just like to focus this post on what this game does so right and why I finally believe Retro Studios has done a commendable job bringing back a series from 20 years ago that I used to adore.  I will always have a special place in my heart for the original games on the SNES and will always feel they are far better, but any gamer that has been playing for more than a few years knows how strong nostalgia can be.  And I accept that I can’t always compare games to those I loved many years ago. View full article »

I have been having a bunch of Slender Man dreams lately. I remember one where I was walking around this abandoned house with this other person, and we were afraid he’d show up, and I told her that I had seen him before. And then, as we were walking about this dark kitchen, we looked back, and there he was, and we immediately looked away (as you can’t look at him for long) and started trying to get the door to the outside open so we could get away as fast as possible, but it was terrifying not being able to see how close he was getting behind us. We then got outside and started running for our lives, hoping he wouldn’t simply teleport in front of us.

Then, the night of 9/28, I believe, I dreamt of him again, but this time I was with my mom, and he appeared outside, and we tried to run from him, but not being able to see him, we may have only been running closer, for all we knew. Then, the evening of 9/29, I was telling my mom about these dreams and saying I wish I would get nice dreams, like with the delightful Eleventh Doctor of “Doctor Who”, rather than creepy dreams about Slender Man. Well, my dream came true, as that very night, I dreamt about this very Doctor and two of his companions, Amy and Rory. View full article »

I had a super weird dream the night of 12/16/14. I remember myself and a friend (not a friend I actually knew, but one just from the dream) at this hotel. It seemed more like an apartment building, really, but I think it was a hotel because we were on vacation in this weird city. His room was several floors above mine, and I remember we had to travel back and forth between the two rooms a lot, and it took a while, and I was able to kind of make it speed up in the dream because it was boring.

We then decided to go to this mall. We thought it would be a lot of fun to walk around it, and so we headed down to the lobby of the hotel. I kind of sped up that part, too, and I also needed to return something to my room that I was holding, so I kind of had it teleport to my room through sheer willpower so I didn’t have to go all the way back up. On the way through the lobby, we had to walk down this hallway, and lining one wall were those weird machines where you try to pick up the stuffed animals with the claw that never grabs on, and the toys were pretty creepy in there. We then walked outside where it was kind of an empty field of dirt and a street, and we started walking to the mall. View full article »

I get stressed very easily. You have no idea how much a tough battle freaks me out or the mere thought that I might be unable to progress through a game, causing me to ponder with unease all the fun I might be missing out on if I’m never able to overcome the challenges set before me. I know these are just games. They are for fun, and thus, there is no pressure to complete them. There are no global consequences as a result of our inability to traverse a series of tricky obstacles or pummel a monster into submission, but that knowledge doesn’t seem to help. And yet, what would seem like quite a contradiction is the fact that I seem to like stressful games.

Or something like that. View full article »

So, What Elsa is New

Well, I just got a new cat, what’s new with you?…

Ahem, yeah, I have a cat again. For the first time in over a year. And I don’t recall getting a cat ever being this difficult before. I went to a bunch of different pet stores on the lookout for the right cat, but many were unfriendly, too hyper, or when I did find one I liked, I’d pet it, and then get hit with a mad case of asthma. There are better ways to die than asphyxiation. I’ll pass. View full article »

Top Songs from Chrono Cross

Another one of my lists of top songs, this time listing my top 10 songs of “Chrono Cross” for the PS1.  While I believe “Chrono Trigger” was a far better game, it can’t compete with the awesome music of “Chrono Cross”.  Enjoy! View full article »

What Makes a Game a Sequel?

I recently played and beat Chrono Cross, and let me tell you, it was quite a struggle.  Due to a leveling up system where you really only level up when you beat a boss or when you fight the first few enemies after a boss, I had lots of frustration trying to defeat enemies that were just too tough for me, which was helped when I got the Mastermune, but still.  I nearly quit the game several times due to this, and while I can now say that I did enjoy it, I still have mixed feelings about it.  I loved the battle system, even though I didn’t like that most battles were pointless due to your stats never going up.  I thought the story was interesting, while at the same time, I just couldn’t get attached to any of the characters.

But, what bugged me most, until I learned to accept it, was the fact that this really didn’t seem like a sequel to Chrono Trigger, and it got me thinking: What does a game have to include in order to be called a sequel? View full article »

I had a really interesting, yet creepy, dream the night of 8/2/14. At first, it was similar to “Slender: The Nine Pages”, but I was in this abandoned schoolhouse. There was this creepy baby crawling along the ground that would follow you, and of course, being a dream, I couldn’t walk as fast as I should have been able to, and it kept catching up to me and grabbing onto my ankle, and whenever this happened, I just couldn’t get it off. Then, when I was finally free of it, I walked into this middle room with no windows and a jumble of chairs and desks, and I was trying to grab these notes before the baby showed up. So I guess it wasn’t too much like “Slender”, after all. Well, maybe just a little.

Then, I went outside, where there were a lot of people wandering about like zombies. Their memories had been stolen by an evil man who was a mix between Slender Man and Randall Flagg from Stephen King’s “The Stand”, and if they touched you, you lost your memories, as well. This one woman was jealous I hadn’t lost my memories yet and tried to touch me, but I got away and climbed up somewhere high where she couldn’t follow. I was lucky they couldn’t climb, so I was safe up there. View full article »

Really Bad Jokes

This is a pretty old post that’s been lying around on my computer for many, many months, so I thought I’d just get it published so I don’t have to look at the ugly thing anymore. It lists a few cruddy jokes I came up with, most of which are several versions of the exact same thing because I’m ridiculous like that. It’s really bad, but here it is…. View full article »

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