I really should be talking about my Japan trip. But it’s E3 this week and I’ve been horrible, and I mean just horrible, with my work ethics lately. So I think it’s best, probably, that I wait until all the conferences are over and I can concentrate again. (Kind of ironic that making myself write the things I’m suppose to write, that I planned to write, i.e. the trip, would kind of counteract the whole procrastination thing because I actually didn’t put off what I was supposed to do, but, alas, what can you do?) So, yes, tomorrow (hopefully!) I will recount the trip. At least the Kyoto portion. Yeesh.
But today I probably will be working a little (should be a lot but, ugh, again, I suck at this working thing) but there’re two conferences that I like to watch so….we’ll see how much actually gets done. The Sony one, especially. And hopefully tomorrow we get to find out a few more thing about Nintendo (no way I’m getting up at 8 am just to watch a Treehouse presentation, though) and I finally can get my hand on that Ever Oasis demo. God knows that game needs a demo for me to decide if I want to buy it on day one or not. It looks so charming and Fantasy Life-like, but is it? People are griping about the tutorial length already (I for one, don’t mind lengthy tutorials if they’re cute and charming, which it looks like it is.). I’m just glad Nintendo is still doing the demo thing at all.
Managed to snag tickets for me and my s.o. for Pax West again this year. AND the closest hotel to the venue. All thanks to a very loud leafblower waking me up around 9 am this morning (I went to bed at 3 am, okay?…yeah I know my sleep schedule sucks and I need help well I’m trying!). The tickets went on sale around noon and as soon as my Twitter notification popped I immediately got on the web and voila, tickets are mine!
It seems the ticket and hotel buying queue is much smoother this year than before. The past few times I always manage to get in queue the minute (or second) the Twitter feed pop but this time I only waited about 10 min before getting through, while before it was easily 15-20. And I got the hotels too instead of being in queue like before (the one I booked pretty much sold out immediately after my transaction closed.) So very smooth sailing, to my surprise. And as of this moment there are still Monday tickets available – maybe they got more tickets this year? Or they actually successfully fought off scalpers to a larger degree? Either case, such smooth ticket buying process. I hope it continues next year.
I think this year will be the last year for me to go to PAX for a while. Next year I hopefully will have a baby by then; regardless I won’t be going. And if I do have a kid then it’ll be quite a few years before I can go anywhere for days at a time. So I’m going to make this year count. It’s great and fun, and eventually, when my children grow up (hopefully to little gamers, too) we can all try to get tickets as a family. It’ll be an entirely difference experience then.
Now I’m just looking forward to E3. First conference starts Saturday with EA. Can’t wait for the rest of the weekend!
Watched the Pokemon Direct today on Nintendo. So excited for more things to come to the 3DS! I’m definitely going to buy the Gold version on VC, but I’m not 100% sure yet if I want to buy the UltraSun or UltraMoon version. I mean if it’s like a sequel then I’d have to get the Moon version, but if it’s an improved DLC thing (or alternate storyline, I don’t know what that means. :/) I’d go for the UltraSun. Either way it looks like my year’s Pokemon budget will be bust. I know Pokken Tournament’s coming to the Switch, but since I have yet to see a Switch in my area (curse you big cities!), and I have no interest in Pokemon things that’s not a main game (no Rumble, no Dungeon, no Shuffle, not even Pokemon Go since, well, that require walking and walking in Los Angeles will most likely get you run over). So at least I don’t have to “buy all the things!” when it comes one of the biggest franchise in the world.
Not that my gaming budge isn’t crazy, per se. I’m still waiting to see what the heck is Ever Oasis before taking the plunge of buying that. Argh, so many games to play. I really need to make a detailed list of what to tackle first because backlog is getting slightly crazy. You think Steam sales are bad, hoo boy, the dread I have to look at what’s sitting on my shelf unopened. First world problems, I know, but it’s still a problem.
I finally figured out (and am beginning to enjoy) the game Fallen London.
I’ve tried to play this game a while ago, probably at least six months ago. It was a browser game made by the same team that made Sunless Sea (this is also on my Steam Wishlist but I still haven’t gotten around to buying it yet), and they made an ios app about a year or so ago. It sounded awesome, so I downloaded it and played – and promptly got super confused and just kind of gave up, eventually uninstalled it. It’s a shame because it’s a story game with gothic/Victorian/steampunk vibe – JUST up my alley, actually. They probably could use a much better tutorial because if you just started a lot of unfamiliar text is dumped on you at once. And it was never made clear that a huge part of your progression through the story is with the chance cards you draw, which was what I was stuck on. So I moved on.
Well, today I decided, hey, let’s give this another try. It seemed that they made things a little bit clearer now, and I progressed, and now I’m properly hooked. (Like I should be since, like I said, everything about it appealed to me once I figured out how to actually “play.”) I’ve decided to pick the Shadowy trait to level first – mostly pickpocketing. It’s working out very well for me! Now of course since it’s a free-to-play mobile game there’s a lot of waiting for energy to recharge – but I don’t mind. In fact, since there’s so many reading going on, you’d need a good break between playing sessions. You’re essentially reading a huge choose-your-own-adventure story gated with leveling. Sure, definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but for a writer who adores the genre and doesn’t mind grinding at all in games (hello JRPGs!), this game is turning out to be pretty damn awesome.
Now if only I can figure out how to add “friends”. There’s a reddit list of active players that I’d like to add myself to, but don’t know if that’ll have to come later in the story or not. Right now my character is just starting out. At least she’s bought herself a crappy gray dress and a single happy gold fish.
Things I’m going to do today that I’ve basically been putting off the past week:
- Do laundry. Holy crap, the amount of stuff I have to go through is insane now. It’s not even hard, just, no motivation. Do it!
- Work solidly for two playlists. Yes, I have to resort to the mentality of “there’s no limit, it doesn’t matter if you write pure gibberish, you’re just listening to this awesome youtube mix for an hour at a time, and writing an afterthought. Do this twice and your’e done.” That is what’s keeping me going these days, with limited success, but hey, at least I got an hour of something out instead of zero.
- Play Stardew Valley for realsies haha. I’ve spent like 8 hrs total on it already and kept on wanting to start over because of the different layouts for the farm. One day I’m like “ooh the forest one is so tranquil but I have no space” and the next I’m like “ooh all these space in the standard to customize my farm but it’s so boring looking!” etc. etc. Yeah… Good game still, though.
- Finish that RP app. I’ll talk about this later. Not today. It’s too nerdy and dumb, but I promise I’ll talk about it because, why not?
And that’s it. Small goals. Mainly, do that one chore you’ve been putting of and work 2 hours. How hard can this be? Really?
I’m so excited about the Nintendo Switch announcement tonight.
I know I sound like a teenager (or younger?) but omg as a gamer who’s been playing Nintendo stuff since SNES I’m so so excited for a new dedicated gaming console from them! Wii and Wii U are fun but I miss the good old platforming controller where it’s your cramping fingers against the world kind of games haha. Well, I assume it won’t give me cramping fingers, technology advance and all, but the point stands.
I’m not even that big a Zelda fan (although I, uh, have played basically every Zelda game aside from Windwaker and the new ones after Skyward Sword, since I don’t own a Wii or Wii U), but when the Breath of the Wild Switch bundle (unconfirmed officially but I’m sure there will be one) drops I’ll have to pre-order it right away. I was talking to my s.o. about whether to try to pre-order a Switch by itself tonight, and he said ‘Not until they release games we both want to play’ which I thought was a sensible and valid response (opposite of my HYPE MUST GET NOW!!!! one, obviously). But who knows what’ll be announced and if I’m quick enough to get it? Nintendo’s not great on the supply side, especially when it comes to hardware in America, so I guess we’ll see. Twitchy fingers don’t fail me now!
I hope it’s not like $500 or something.
Well, this is a new one for me. I pre-ordered FF15 a while ago because I’m dying for a good old fashioned Square-Enix jrpg to play on my PS4. (Yes, I know there’s I Am Setsuna but I already played that one and I’m a graphics whore so FF15 scratches both itches you know?) I played FF13 and thought it was fine and had fun despite what everyone else said (couldn’t get into FF13-2, though, didn’t even bother with the third one). And I LOVE FF14! So you know, day-one purchase of the next major installment, makes sense for someone like me, right?
Then I saw this “Clueless Gamer” segment on it from the Conan O’brien show:
Canceled my pre-order immediately after watching. I’ve watched most, if not all, of Conan’s “Clueless Gamer” segments and this one just makes the game look BAD. Like, his job is to make fun of games and not “get” them, but as someone who’s a pretty big gamer I can usually tell which aspects he made fun of is just funny and which ones are actually kind of problematic. Well, this one is just…not good. Seriously, the game starts off by making you push a car across the desert?? What?? And the inane bits about the wedding dress and crazy 72-hour boss and – you know, yes, it’s a 60+ hour RPG and Conan probably played like 2 hours of it, but I’ve played multiple 100+ hour RPGs and the good ones give you a pretty big purpose usually within that timeframe. FF15 just looks like a drawn-out trek of aimless meandering.
So, am I not going to buy this game ever? No. I will buy this game eventually, at a severe discount, much, much later. Certainly not worth 60 bucks off the bat. I’m thinking the price’ll drop fairly soon and maybe on one of the holiday sales sometime I can snag it for 30-40 bucks. I can wait – my backlog of games is through the roof. Plus, Pokemon Moon comes out this Friday. I’m sure that’ll keep me occupied for the rest of this year.