It's been a whirlwind week with grad nights ebbing and rising over here in California. Once again, I'll be unable to properly recap Wednesday given I'll working until 2:45am and working another shift at 1:30pm. I've said it before but the people in my scheduling department either have very little resources to work with or they really don't mind handing out barely legal 9 hour turnarounds to us grunts. Most of my free time has been spent on catching up on anime I should have watched from the beginning but held a wait and see attitude on.
For example, I started watching No Game No Life, a quirky action/suspense anime which I'd succinctly describe as Yu-Gi-Oh if they played other games besides the TCG Duel Monsters. It stars two NEETs (shut ins) who whittle the days away playing games and being unbeatable at them. They're so good, a mysterious figure on the Internet challenges them to a game of chess. When the duo beat him, they're suddenly transported to another world built on an entirely different set of principles. In this world, ruled by the last surviving god known as Tet, god of games, violence is forbidden and in the place of using force, the 10 pledges stand in tandem with an attitude of playing games to get what you want. The 10 pledges amount to basic rules that physically enforce the act of betting things and to the victor go the spoils. In this world, you can challenge someone to something as simple as rock, paper, scissors or as complex as a video game and bet anything from the clothes on your back to your basic rights as a sentient being.
The pair of NEETs are dropped in the ruinous kingdom of Imanity, a thinly veiled alternate word for humans. Due to humans being the vanilla of fantasy worlds, they're dead last in terms of combat strength and magical affinity, lagging behind the likes of elves, beast people, and angelic demigods. With the duo's unbroken win streak from their old boring world, they decide to set out on a new adventure sure to be filled with challenge: put Imanity at the top of the world by defeating the the 15 other fantasy races in front of the rankings.
Speaking of rankings, as guess its as good a time as ever to post this again?
Nah, I'm kidding. Partially anyways. Microsoft didn't fuck up. Sony was ok. Maybe boring? EA and Ubisoft were emberassing, so I guess its the third-parties who really fell off the proverbial Mario Party peak. And Nintendo? You know, they don't really need to do anything. They can just prey off of our base fandom natures and be pretty successful or at least have positive buzz to work with.
As I write these isms into Tuesday morning, I have everything to gain from Nintendo's reveals while Sony and Microsoft have to work harder. Halo? That's cool, yeah. Sunset Overdrive? I don't think I'll buy an Xbox One quite yet but sure. Farcry 4? Well that's just cross-generational so alright. But release a bunch of figurines of my favorite Nintendo characters? That just triggers primal section of my brain that is usually reserved for red meat, violence, and sex. A part of my brain that goes back to the primal, neanderthal man of past who would kill things, procreate liberally with cave women, and play Metroid on the NES back in his cave.