Gaming challenge day 8 – Best soundtrack

Wait. What is this? Could it be? Is it really? ANOTHER THING THAT I’M NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO WHEN GAMING – THE SOUNDTRACK.

This is the best self-publicity I can get: Hey, guys, don’t you wanna read my blog to see my opinion about this game and that anime? Oh, don’t worry, I totally care about every single detail. Except for, you know, romance, graphics, soundtrack. But trust me, my opinion is very important.

Yes, I know. The music plays an important role in the overall atmosphere of the game. And, yes, while I’m playing something, I sometimes do pay attention to the noise in the background. especially when we’re talking sound effects and especially in horror games.

But I rarely remember these details long after I have finished playing. As such, my pick for today’s challenge is only here by chance,

Machinarium

I’ve played this game a while back. A very while back. It’s a little charming indie game, made by the same guys who made the more popular Samorost. You’re a cute lil robot who has to save his robot girlfriend. You get to click on the map and solve nice, clever puzzles.

Why am I saying I picked it only by chance?

’cause there’s this (no longer) new guy at work and I was talking to him and he was saying that he only played a couple of games, that he’s not really into gaming and such aaand…he mentioned Machinarium. At that point, I almost forgotten I’ve played it. And why does he mention it? For the soundtrack (the dude is into music making and artsy stuff like that).

And I found it kinda intriguing for someone to remember one particular game only for the music in the background so I got home and listened to it and…yeah, I gotta admit – it is, indeed, pretty nice and relaxing.

But, once again, I’m not the one to have a strong opinion about today’s topic.

Which got me thinking, maybe I’m missing out.

If so, please do let me know what do you think it’s the game with the best soundtrack. Help me get cultured. Open my eyes.

 

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Short rant on The King’s Avatar

Master of Skill _ The King's Avatar _ Quan Zhi Gao Shou

If you know me, you know how much I like my anime to be close to reality. No, no, I’m okay with fantasy shit as well, but still…keep some things real.

This might be the main reason for which I’m not into MMORPG-inspired series. I find them dull and lacking humor, the story is always the same (defeat the big boss) and I’m not really attracted to prolonged fighting scenes (unless they’re super awesome such as, let’s say, Dragon Ball ones)

Anywhore, I think it was January’s Loot Anime crate that came with Log Horizon novel, I gave it a try, it was not horrible and, as such, I decided it was time for me to hop on to this trend as well. With King’s Avatar.

“In the multiplayer online game Glory, Ye Xiu, is well known as the Textbook level expert and a top-tier player. Due to a series of circumstances, he was forcefully expelled out of his professional team. After leaving the pro gaming scene, he resides at an Internet Café employed as one of the managers. When Glory launches the tenth server, he throws himself into the game once more, equipped with ten years of gaming experience, memories of the past and an incomplete self-made weapon. His journey back to the top begins. After plotting and scheming, who took away my glory? Under the influence of the storm, my hopes will never be shattered. In its magnificence, the path will not be lost, for I, will return!”

Source: MU

So what did I expect? A more normal approach to a gamer’s life. A slice of life packed with some action scenes? What did I get? Frustration, mostly.

1 Who the fuck fires their best player?

It looks like Xiu Ye is the best Glory player in the world if 468431 guilds were unable to kill him together. So why would his team fire him? What’s the logic behind this? Oooh, 0006068a_736800it’s because his team did not have enough records. Oh, no shit. So they take him down instead of looking at the big nose guy. That makes sense.

But wait, they say it’s because he’s old. Are you fucking kidding me? Is he a model or something? An athlete? HE’S NOT EVEN 30 FOR FUCK’S SAKE.

But hey, I guess they needed a reason to unfold the story line and that was the best excuse they could think of.

2 What kind of game is Glory?

MMORPG, sure. I’m not so much into that, but I’ve played some WoW in my youth. But how advanced is it really? How many combos can that game support? How does that 21ba6f05a54c2e611840e6004e7cf9e597dca1b7_hqgame allow the players to do WHATEVER THE FUCK THEY WANT with their character?

Ok, I understand that’s possible in Log fucking Horizon where they were inside the game, but really? Is this how they imagine a real game acts like? Just…enter this game and do whatever, my friend. I don’t fucking care that there are no controls for what you want to do and that you can’t possibly program a character in such a way. But you do you. Just spam that fucking caps lock until you get what you want. You deserve it. You are God Ye.

3 Gringy 3D scenes

Why, for fuck’s sake? The animation is great. The battle scenes are so smooth and nicely flowing. Why would you pack your background with disgusting 3D characters that look like absolute shit?

I get very very mad whenever I see bad 3D in anime. I honestly think they are better off with a static, plain background rather than DESTROYING my eyes with that buttfuckery.

4 This system way too unrealistic

Let’s put the game aside for one minute. Are these people aware of how competitive gaming works? Why would they make Ye claim that he has retired instead of saying he was fired? Why did he not receive more media coverage if that was so important and he was so popular? Why did he not receive other offers from teams that were lower than Existential Era or whatever that team was called? I am just so pissed.

5 WHY DO THEY LOOK THE SAME?

I’ve watched 12 episodes of this game. 13, if you count the fact that I had to re-watch the first one to see why the fuck did they fire Ye. I still can’t tell the difference between male characters irl. There’s the dark haired guys (Ye and the rest, fuck knows their name) and the blonde guys AND THEY ALL LOOK THE SAME TO ME.

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I know what follows – you’re gonna tell me not to take this so literally, that it’s just an anime, that I did not pay enough attention, that I should just enjoy it as it is.

I’m not saying that it’s a bad series and it’s not worth watching. It is entertaining even tho’ there’s hardly any development (the whole series is made to prove that Xiu Ye is a very good player and he doesn’t accomplish much aside from some event records), it is beautifully animated and, overall, not bad.

But that doesn’t stop me, Ruki, to complain about the fact that this is so unrealistic it makes me not want to watch another MMORPG-inspired series ever again.

And to think I even got past the Chinese thing.

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Gaming challenge day 7 – Favorite game couple

Yo, guys. I think we have an issue.

I…I never paid attention to couples in video games. Unless it plays an extremely important role such as, let’s say, it’s my goal to make that relationship happen, I don’t really care about it.  ._____.

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I have never cared about Mario and Princess Peach until now, when I’m melting my brains to try and find an answer to today’s challenge. I was always more concerned with getting Bowser off of that fucking bridge.

Thinking about the couples that crossed my mind at first, ’cause they were the only ones who might’ve caught my attention at some point, they’re really not bright enough as to say they’re OMG OTP.

Ezio and Sofia (Assassin’s Creed) were so unimportant that I don’t even know why I’m thinking about them.

Zoe and Reza (Dreamfall) were an awful couple and I probably remembered them for THAT fight.

Rufus and Goal (Deponia) were less of a couple and more of a joke.

That’s it. That’s my boring answer. I don’t have a favourite game couple. I don’t care about romance if there are more heroic things I have to do.

If this challenge doesn’t want romantic couples, that’s a different story and it might have just gave me an idea for a future blog post.. But let’s focus on this for a moment here: romance in video games can be easily overlooked.

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That Dragon, Cancer – why did I get a refund

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That Dragon, Cancer is a indie walking simulator about the short life and way too sudden departure of Joel, who died at only 5. It’s a heartbreaking, tough to digest story as you hear every detail from 2 doomed parents. Their child was dying. Their child is dead.

First and foremost, That Dragon, Cancer is not a game. It’s an experience. And, yes, I know this is the most cliché thing I could ever say about this game or any other, but, to be honest, it is also the truth. There’s nothing ‘gamey’ about it. You will only be required to click that mouse button a couple of times. And to listen carefully.

This might be too real. This is not Joel’s perspective, but his parents’. And you get to feel 2016-01-12_00032-1200x675the dread because you’re dealing with mature feelings and thoughts. You’re dealing with depression, worrying, despair, lack of power and control. What would you do if your child was dying and you couldn’t do anything to help him? I hope none of you reading this will ever find out. However, should you be curious about it, buy this game. Take a look. Die a bit inside. Play this and then wonder how Amy and Ryan, the creators of the game and also Joel’s parents, have managed to make it through without losing all their sanity.

In almost 2 hours of ‘gameplay’ you will be presented not only with the parents’ perspective, but you will also get to read and listen to other people’s similar experiences: cancer survivors, those who have lost their dear ones to the illness and those who lost the battle.

So what’s settled until now: That Dragon, Cancer is not a game. So don’t be like me and expect a playable experience because you are going to be disappointed. It’s not a lesson not_goodeither. You don’t really get to learn, you only get to observe. What’s there to learn? Maybe, should I go around the corner, this is the lesson: that you can never learn how to deal with death. Maybe you will accept it, in the end, or maybe it will drive you crazy. But there’s nothing that can teach you a ‘good’ approach. Because we’re human and we have feelings which are, most of the times, more powerful that our reason.

But how can I explain why did I request a refund for this game without sounding like a heartless bitch? Was I not touched by the story? Was I not moved by Ryan’s letters of despair? Did I not approve of Amy’s faith and hope?

Of course I was. I have a soft spot for tragedies, but that was not enough for me to want to keep the game in my library. Was it entertaining? No, of course not, but was it supposed to be entertaining? God, I hope not. Did I have fun ‘playing’ it? No. And, again, I’m pretty sure it was not intended to be so. Did it make me feel? Yes. But did it make me cry? No.

hand_printsThis felt incredibly wrong since the very beginning. It makes you feel like an intruder, as if you’re spying on someone’s life and I have never been so uncomfortable. And mostly because you this feeling, I did not find it to be an interesting experience.

I feel very selfish and soulless to say this, but it’s the truth. For me, this was not an interesting game. It is sad and cruel, but it did not make me cry or weep or be depressed. I said it will stay with you, and it will, but at a certain distance. It will be ‘those 2 parents who lost their son to cancer’.

That Dragon, Cancer is not something I will want to replay, nor is it something that I feel like I need in my Steam library. I gave it a try and it was enough for me. I don’t want to deal with their pain anymore.

 

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Gaming challenge day 6 – Most annoying character

Almost every game has an annoying character, that’s for sure. And some are purposefully put there to be annoying. But, instead of going for an endless hunt for secondary characters (yet again), I have managed to find the most annoying main character that I have ever played.

Désiré from Désiré

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This character is so annoying that he makes the entire game an annoyance. I’m not sure if that was intended or not, but man, this game sucks ass.

Described as

“A poetic point-and-click adventure game in black and white. […]The game is, at its core, a critique of the modern world and of the perverting nature of a consumer, profit-obsessed society.”

http://desire.seccia.com/

This is just shit. It’s a wannabe deep look on the issues of the modern society, a criticism for superficiality and the human nature, feelings and religion.

Instead, it’s just bullshit thrown over a bowl of dicks. There’s nothing deep about this game. It just makes you sit through endless pretentious dialogue about politics, deviant sexuality, self loathing and what they think would be a journey for self discovery but it’s just uninteresting boredom.

Désiré is color-blind since childhood – this is the core of the game. He is constantly looking for things that would make him see colors. And they’re trying to include here love and self accomplishment and straining himself in a god-forgotten land, religion and other bullshit such as being kind to those around you.

But they’re trying so hard the game just becomes painfully boring and cliché, with absolutely nothing to actually catch your attention.

And Désiré – Désiré is just the most obnoxious main character I’ve played so far. He’s stupid and mean and a cry baby. He only thinks of himself and has no real feelings (no matter how hard the producers want to point out otherwise, it just doesn’t work). There is literally nothing pleasant about him, nothing that makes you feel for him. You can’t empathize with him, you can just hate him more and more with each chapter: from annoying kid to annoying young man and annoying adult. He doesn’t stand for himself and, when he does, it’s a disgrace.

Just play the game for yourself so you can see what I mean. But don’t tell me I didn’t warn you: it’s not worth the €5 price tag.

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Gaming challenge day 5: Game character you are most like (or wish you were)

Okay, fuckers. Let’s get one thing straight: a character you are most similar to and a character you wish you were similar to are two completely different things and you can’t just pair them up like so.  What the fuck is wrong with you and your thinking process?

Anyway, a game character I’m most similar to. Am I the only one that had issues with this question? Judging this from a realistic point of view, I would have to go through a long list of secondary characters to see which one was the most unhelpful.

But then I remembered. There’s a main character that doesn’t do any special shit. And she’s also a pretty unlikable one of you play her well. And that is

Alex from Oxenfree

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I absolutely loved the game and I think it’s one of the most enjoyable things I’ve played lately. Because it’s a choice and consequence game, you somehow get to choose how you want Alex to be (and you even get achievements based on this) while also influencing the ending. I got a good one, probably the best ending, but that doesn’t mean Alex is worth much, in my opinion. She’s like the average of average, doesn’t have any special skill and is also mildly annoying – just like me.

(I swear to god, Rayz, if you’re here to comment on how annoying I am, I’m gonna fly up there and kick your ass)

Basically, she doesn’t want to do much, is pretty salty and throws shade at people, but she’s trying her best when the situation gets serious and takes responsibility when needed.


Still not that impressive.

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Summer 2017 want to watch

So what if I’m not done with Spring 2016?

So what if I mostly never actually watch what I initially said I would watch for the season?

So what if I’m just a piece of garbage?

THIS WILL NOT STOP ME FROM MAKING FURTHER LISTS AND PLANS THAT I’LL NEVER GO THROUGH WITH.

Without further ado, here’s my Summer 2017 watching list. As usual, alphabetically.

Clione no Akari

Clione no Akari

Sick bullied orphan – this might be really good

School friends go to check up on here – might be going downhill

Summer festival in a nearby town – ok, this might end up being shit

Although it has a huge potential of being just another generic high school wannabe drama, it got my attention enough as to at least give it a try and see where things are going further. Maybe it’s not gonna be shit. Maybe it’s gonna be fine.

Gamers!

Gamers!

I no longer have hope of finding an anime series about gamers to also be tailored to my taste. (I will probably write a post about how The King’s Avatar deceived me and let me down). Nonetheless, if it has gamer characters, I’m in for a ride. Expectations not that high, tho’. I’m protecting myself from disappointment.

Hajimete no Gal

Hajimete no Gal

Yes, I know. This sounds like what I hate the most. High-school setting, high-school characters, high-school drama. But I’m a mere human and I find amusement in the idea of seeing how the relationship between a nerd and queen B might turn out. And please don’t tell me he’s gonna end up with a secret childhood friend who has always been in love with him.

Hitorijime My Hero

Hitorijime My Hero

Ruki’s second attempt at yaoi. The first one was a disastrous failure with Super Lovers. Although, a relationship between a teacher and a student? Do I smell some mild Boku no Pico?

Jigoku Shoujo Yoi no Togi

Jigoku Shoujo 2

No synopsis yet my ass. It’s the second season of Jigoku Shoujo. Although I wasn’t that impressed with the first season (I was all into Inuyasha and Yu Yu Hakusho 10 years ago), it was not an unpleasant watch. No reason for me not to pick up the sequel.

Netsuzou Trap

Netsuzou Trap

Ruki’s first attempt at yuri. I somehow associate this series with Scum’s Wish although I’m at least 87.3% sure they’re gonna be way too different. Hell, why wouldn’t I give it a try, tho’? It looks like I’m gonna have a lot of free time anyway.

New Game! 2

New Game 2

Yes, yes. I am aware of how much I complained about this series and how I said it’s a joke of a show. But I finished it, alright? And that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it one bit. It might not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but it was entertaining here and there. Entertaining enough as to make me try and watch the second season. And, with a little bit of luck, maybe Nenecchi will go die in a fire or something.


What about you, guys? What do you think about the upcoming season and what are you most excited for?

 

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