Believable people catch me. It’s so much safer (but much weirder) to fall in love with the idea of someone. It is also incredibly easy. One of my guilty secret pleasures comes in the form of dating sim games. Oh yes. I thrive in that kingdom of imagination.
As much as it might surprise some people I enjoy not living in the present. (It is something I am working on). My imagination runs wild and it blooms in vivid arrays. I much rather enjoy having relationships in my mind mostly because even if things go wrong, “we” work things out in the end. Sometimes our relationship changes and sometimes those changes really affect how we see each other the next time. And I am going to pull the plug before I get into the nitty gritty details.
The point is, dating sim games. Man. Give me a picture of an attractive person (drawn preferred – fleshing people out in reality is fun for me) and I’ll sing for a day. Give me a personality behind that picture and I will sing forever. Kind of like in real life: eye candy is eye candy but never anything more unless you can enjoy their personality (flaws and quirks in all). I’ve been playing between three this past week on my phone and do I surge with emotion. But they are evil. They are little apps that can destroy your wallet if you’re not careful. Yeah… I may have dished up some money on actually being able to read the stories. Oh it makes me feel terrible on the inside. Well, sort of. But those checkpoints! With the cruel items and lack of in-game currency earning options really add fuel to the fire of my impatience. Even if the writing is terrible and they mix things up. And it bugs a part of you. But the characters….!
Perhaps… I should invest in possibly obtaining a romantic companion…?
Three more days…
I didn’t write anything last night which broke my forming a habit. I wasn’t very near a trustworthy source (nor was I of completely sound mind).
It’s finals week. It’s finally started and I’ve come to noticed I have slacked on my duties. A bit. Today, as of this moment, I am preparing myself mentally for a Friday night at a local restaurant that’s taken me in. I’ve been working there for six months. Interestingly enough the only part that unnerves me about my assignment here is the tedious amounts of work. I am chatting with my bunk mate who is play the new DMC – I wonder if there are game to make the sequels on the next generation of consoles. This so far has been my only solace. That and the newly acquainted liquors and beers that have been poured into my soul.
This past Wednesday I went to the pub with a friend that I had been putting of seeing for quite some time. I felt awkward and embarrassed because this was the friend my other friend was trying to hook me up with. I mentioned it, laughed a little which might have come off as quite akin to a bitch (but really, I was laughing at something else) and told him it would not work out – he wasn’t my type. Which he very well isn’t. He was flustered, as expected. Asked me why that was so and if he wasn’t good enough for me in a slight joking tone. Maybe that was to take a bit of the sting out. I only repeated, you’re not my type. I can’t remember if I said the words, “I don’t like you like that”. I hope so. I had drank enough to have slight lapses in memory – not that that is hard for me. But he did call me a lightweight – after a nice full glass of wine at home, a glass of Woodchuck, an Irish Pancake, a White Russian and a glass of Smithwicks. I paced myself well and was feeling delightful and accepted friend’s offer to return to his bunking with his roommates and chill for he had just gotten notice that it was one of their birthdays. We stopped at a gas station, bought more beer and I let him drink the rest as we watched a movie with his roommates. I guess he had gotten over the hurt because I was there until four in the morning. I insisted I walk myself back, I felt more apt to enjoy my own company.
Then on Thursday, or last night for me, I went to a photo reception for what ended up being several friends – including a girl in the sorority who was intent on celebrating her graduation (all her finals were finished) and to make up for the fact she had been hired at an awesome job. We were going to eat at the Lucky’s 13 Pub, which I was totally down for, and return to her hotel room to chill in the hot tub, which sounded lovely but I was tired. I hadn’t planned on staying but I gave into peer pressure and after one Dos Equis, two shots of Morgan we were headed out the door with my roommate on call to pick up more alcohol (none of us were minors – no worries) and I had a nice cup full of Kracken. And that was almost the last drink of the night. One more was had, an Angry Orchard at two or so in the morning. Then we ventured out into the pool/hot tub area and I was in heaven. I jumped into the pool after I noticed the Kraken had just started to hit me. But the pool… At a quarter to nine it was so lovely. I missed the water so! I swam until it was time to go and into a Midnight Breakfast at school. Very misleading title. But I was feeling so good and didn’t care I was going in my bathing suit or the fact I had lost my contacts in the pool. It was so great!
But then I came home and realized dear me, the party was not quite over. Hence I was very game to enjoy myself more. I played some games. And had my last drink and went to bed, out of my mind tired. And when I woke up at 7:34 in the morning having to pee really bad and so thirsty… I slept on and on. Well I tried.
This game still has not gone down in price!
You play poor Vincent who’s in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend named Katherine who starts pressing the idea that maybe… they should get out of their comfort zone. It sort of freaks him out. Suddenly he starts having nightmares. Odd ones. Every night you must spend your nightmares climbing a tower of blocks, a puzzle. One night while visiting his favorite bar, The Stray Sheep, he gets massively drunk. And meets this blonde hottie who’s totally throwing the moves on him. Next morning, voila! Cheater. The game is basically you deciding Vincent’s fate.
Now that the synopsis is over. I actually really enjoyed this game! It’s been a long time since I have been able to get all riled up from a game, enjoying the mind-bending puzzles (I totally played on easy too!). I’m totally going to give it another go to shoot for another ending (hell yeah replay value) as well as challenge myself on a higher difficulty.
If you have enough spare funds (it’s still running for approximately $40) or you have a friend with it, maybe you’d like to give a try.
Sole reason I got a 3DS – no lie.
Since the announcement of another North American release (which, if I remember correctly, was rather questionable at a certain stage) of a Fire Emblem game, I waited. And I waited anxiously. My friend Adam and I couldn’t recall a time we were so flipping excited for a game since we had cried through FE: Radiant Dawn (and not the good crying – the soul crushing punishment sort that cripples all joy and life). Here are some of my favorite features!
I. Support Conversations
They actually exist! They’re not some sad excuse for a garbage exchange of words that are too general to be considered special. (Like in Radiant Dawn). People have intriguing, entertaining conversations and should you reach that special A or, gasp!, S class support, you hear those gooshy heart warming things people might actually say to each other through the thick and thin of war. Then there’s proposals (which I love hearing how certain characters accept and give their words of love, confessions). The point is, there is dimension to your army of badassery.
II. The Avatar Character
Brought back, tada! You get to create and mold yourself into the story! As a tactical genius with your own class and awesomeness you play an integral role in the story. Isn’t that great? Who doesn’t love to be kick ass and important? This is absolute gold for a girl like me who enjoys role-playing very very much.
III. The Battle System
Fire Emblem runs on a turn-based system in which units are set on a giant chessboard with specific stats. There’s something wonderful about adding in all the factors to accomplish whatever your goal is (which is normally routing the enemy). Like all Fire Emblem games you start off with a small band of characters and through the game’s chapters you have the option of recruiting other fine assets to your army. In this game there is also an infinite re-classing and leveling up process so you can build beef cakes granted you have the money. You also have the option of using any five skills.
Awakening also makes use of a Pair Up system that lets two units occupy a single space and assist each other more actively in combat as well as add stat bonuses to the lead character’s build (temporarily of course). I’ve used this many times to dominate the field.
There’s very little I can say without spoiling it, but this story is awesome. Like, holy hell this is awesome.
And there’s more, like the art but that’s enough to leave you with and I encourage those of you who enjoy strategic RPGs will pick this under appreciated gem up and give it a whirl!