Yearly Archives: 2003

Some Gaming Links

Today’s random links:


Insert Credit

– a nice website about gaming. I think the contributors all live in Japan, as they always seem to talk about prices in Yen. They’ve got some neat stuff, I wish I’d found their website before. Also, they keep talking about something called the GP32, and some of the things they say make me curious about it. It’s some sort of gaming platform, apparently, but I’m too lazy to go through google and find out more details.


Lost Levels

– covers games that were never made available to the general (well, American at least) public. They have this neat feature about the games that would have been Final Fantasy IV and Seiken Densetsu, but got cancelled; another nice feature is that they’ve uncovered a preliminary script for what would have been the NES release of the Japanese Final Fantasy 2…neat!

Quote:


I have just three things to teach:

Simplicity, patience, compassion.

These three are your greatest treasures.

Simple in actions and in thoughts,

You return to the source of being.

Patient with both friends and enemies,

You accord with the way things are.

Compassionate toward yourself,

You reconcile all beings in the world.



– Lao Tzu

Knights of the Old Republic

I got it same time as FFX-2. However, I can’t get it to run…when I choose “Game” from the launcher, I just get the little spinning disc cursor for a while, then nothing. I’ve tried most of the stuff found in the accompanying troubleshooting doc, and I’ve sent Lucasarts a plea for help, but no response so far. Any help?

Actually I had the same problem with Neverwinter Nights when I first got it, and I was able to work that out by downloading the most recent patch. I’m guessing I’ll need to wait for a KOTOR patch before I can play it. Oh well, it’s not like I’m running out of things to play…

Final Fantasy X-2: First Impressions

I”m about two or three hours into it. I like it. But then again, I like anything with a job system and learnable abilities. I find myself excited at the prospect of learning abilities with weird names such as “Cheap Shot”, “Initiative”, “Flametongue” and “Silent Samba”!

The game itself has a very “happy” feel…the battles are fast-paced and the general mood is upbeat. If you came in looking for a Final Fantasy game, you’re gonna be disappointed. The Final Fantasy victory music isn’t even there; Yuna jumps across chasms and climbs up ledges at the touch of a button.

The battles can be somewhat confusing, given how fast the ATB goes. And between the third and fourth missions (Besaid and Zanarkand), the difficulty seemed to jump up quite a bit. (I actually ran out of MP in Zanarkand and had to skip back to the save point for a refill.). Hopefully it means the rest of the game won’t be a walk in the park like some other Final Fantasy games **coughcoughFF8coughcough**

It was nice seeing Wakka and Lulu, but I was really glad to see the Besaid Aurochs again.! 😛 I remember people complaining about the skimpy clothing and how Rikku is portrayed as a sex object. I don’t get that feeling, in fact I don’t particularly like the Rikku look, but Yuna looks pretty good.

About the jumping and climbing part…it’s kinda weird seeing it in a Final Fantasy game, but I hope they find some clever gameplay uses for it (none so far) The garment grid/dresssphere thing seemed kind of lame, and I’m not particularly fond of the Sailormoon-type costume changing thing, but it’s okay, I suppose. I’d turn off the long animations in the options, but I suppose I have to see each change once…

And for those who were worried about Yuna being a pop star…she’s not. ^_^

Windows XP: Luna

Since I got Windows XP a little less than a year ago, I’ve tried looking around for cheap (read: free) ways to customize the interface. I did eventually find some solutions, but after trying a nice chrome theme for a while, I eventually went back to the default XP look. Why? I realize now, I like the Luna interface. It’s neat. It’s one of the best things to come out of Microsoft in eight years.

Stompy

I’m alive, I think.


Last Saturday, I helped an old man cross a very dangerous street! This may seem a weird thing to report, but it felt unusual enough to be helping a complete stranger. I’m not saying I don’t normally help complete strangers, but I rarely see people helping old people cross the street!


I’m thinking of getting a domain name and paid webhosting…there’s 
this host that’s cheap and local
…. The main reason is I want to learn a web-based scripting language, maybe PHP. This is actually a no-brainer, as it’s the cheapest of the things I’m thinking of getting…(new TV, new PC, DSL, new cellphone…), but not yet, maybe by January…


Internet Timeline. 2001 – “Cats becomes sole proprietor of all your base. Every Zig moved.”


Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic PC version out on Wednesday! FFX-2 out tomorrow!


All that is gold does not glitter

Not all those who wander are lost

The old that is strong does not wither

Deep roots are not touched by the frost

From the shadows a light shall be woken

From the ashes a fire shall spring

Renewed shall be blade that was broken

The crownless again shall be king

— Strider, Lord of the Rings

Revolutions

So I saw Matrix: Revolutions last Friday. Nice movie, entertaining to watch, but it’s not as deep as you’d expect, and the Matrix trilogy really ends not with a bang but with a whisper. I like

this review

, it analyzes things very well.


I feel like quitting Warcraft III for a while — maybe a couple of weeks. I’m not really getting any better at it, and I’m a bit bored with it now. Maybe the patch will help things. Or maybe I’m just being moddy again. I really want to play more games, but there’s never enought ime.


Square has

a flash-based FXX-2 site up.

I like the voice samples they have available. I think I’ll like this game.


I don’t know why I bothered, but I signed up for

nanowrimo

again. I have like half a novel’s worth of plot running around in my head. Whether I find the time to commit it to something printable is another matter entirely.