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That day has finally come. That day where I can't think of anything to write for this week's caps. I am working on a couple of blogs right now. Some of which were supposed to go up the previous month. Some things never change. Sometimes, you have so many ideas in your head but you can't decide which one to work on first and so you end up not making progress in any of them. I'll try to get at least two of them up this week.
Not much of note happened to me on this day apart from the fact that I still can't get over this ASMR thing I found out about today thanks to that one article Glow published around the time I woke up. To think we filled up several pages of The Bar thread in the forums talking about that. I may not be able to get that sensation some people get out of those videos, but the discussion about the sensation sure struck a nerve with me.
Another thing I do want to mention is wow, so many people have birthdays this month! Dtoid had its birthday. Niero had his birthday. Marche had his birthday. Strider had his birthday. I had my birthday. Scholarly had his birthday. Everyone is celebrating their birthday this month!
March is best month.
* - I'm a sucker for stories about people's gaming experiences. Mistic's enthusiasm for racing games is quite contagious, having a long history with them, and is very much looking forward to the future of the genre.
You guys need to post more photo documentations of your convention trips. Like this one.
Naturally, he didn't bring me along when I told him he could go ahead and do that without my permission if he wants to.
He didn't want to.
For some reason, having "7 best games…" for a title then portioning it off into two parts is really throwing me off.
It's nice to raise awareness of Swedania's "Charity Arcade" project, but I feel like the 30 second commentary track you dubbed over the 40 second video (seen below) explaining what it is could've been left as a simple caption below the video as you share it to others.
I'm slowly running out of Pokémon gifs to use for this section.
- Luna Sy
Sometimes I have weird dreams. Sometimes I post those weird dreams because I have a knack for recalling the really fun ones, plus my subconscious mind has a habit of reading any dream as a video game. This last week sharing my dreams had a cool effect.
It inspired art by Meanderbot.
I had talked about one of my recent dreams in the February recap and while I sat down to have dinner and look at Twitter Wednesday, he sent me a message with the rougher version of that piece and made my day. I also said I was "so using that" after I saw it and so here it is.
This last week I still didn't do much gaming, Even after saying I was going to play Majora's Mask 3D I never really got around to it. I think its just platform fatigue, as my PS Vita is still tied up in repairs thanks to shipping issues. I wanted a side of Resogun with my Majora's Mask and I can't seem to have it right now, so I don't want to play anything, I guess.
So with this onset of video game paralysis I decided to watch some movies instead. I watched Edge of Tomorrow, Maleficent, Big Hero 6, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and also learned Paprika was a thing and watched that. Maleficent and Paprika ended up being the favorites of that bunch. They are also movies where someone may be or briefly becomes a fairy.
I'm gonna talk about Paprika since I started with the dream stuff.
Paprika was basically my dreams in anime form. Household appliances and furniture are on the march, a band of frogs are playing as they parade alongside them down the street and floats full of dolls surround a jovial king as they travel to somewhere. That sort of stuff.
The story centers on a group of doctors and scientists that have developed a device that can record, broadcast or even transmit dreams to the minds of other people for a shared experience. One of the creators, however, failed to implement security measures on a more portable version of the device before it is stolen and used to malicious ends. Basically, prior users of the device can have these recorded subconscious ideas broadcast into their minds in the waking world, causing them to see things that aren't there, leading ot acts of violence, accidents and general chaos. The dialog of the people affected, however, is hilarious series of nonsequiters.
I mean, have you been to the tribunal of the Panda King? It was a wonderous pancake full of glitter and chopsticks that carried me on a brick to the Lady of the Bookmarks who pronounced me "Nia, Queen of the Muffin Brigade!" What's that? The moon is calling for the head of Bilbo Baggins and who am I to refuse tiny kittens their sawdust and lava lamps? Ride, ride to the highest laundry basket in all of the mint chocolate chip mountains!
That's not in the movie, I made that up, but It's that kind of crazy.
One of the lead scientists, Doctor Atsuko Chiba, had already been using the device somewhat illegally to help psychiatric patients with their problems, such as depression to great effect and she does so as her sub-conscious alter-ego, the cheerful Paprika. Paprika seems to adapt to these dreams more capably than other characters in the movie.
One of the problems with the movie is they never get into why Paprika is so different and even seems capable of functioning independantly of Atsuko at times. In many ways, you just have to accept Paprika just can be that way just as you have to accept the rules of Dom Cobb's dream thefts in Inception to understand that movie at all.
Paprika also ends up being more about the visual spectacle than the story. Its not as coherant as I'd like it to be, but much of the dream imagery and surrealism of the spectacle tend to make up for this, even if it is at the cost of character development.
Still, I would have loved to know more about why Paprika is the way she is and I just love her whole style. If I can make that hairdo work, I'm going to steal it. Atsuko's personality is a bit more rough, but you can tell she really cares about other people no matter how harsh or real she might get. Seriously, she could crush your self-esteem in a single strike if she wanted to - she just reads people that well yet her relationship with her own alter-ego is pretty strange. Paprika accepts she and Atsuko are two sides of the same coin, but will also defy Atsuko at times.
There's also this subplot about the internet and dreams having a great deal in common as they are places where the subconscious mind is allowed to be more uninhibited, but its never really explored within the fim. Somehow Paprika and her patients can just waltz online because reasons. Or maybe they're just imagining they're in a bar and projecting their imaginations into it. Either way, the movie doesn't stop to explain it, possibly to just to keep things surreal.
As for my actual dreams this week, I have two I'll recap quickly.
The first I was at the mall doing some shopping when a group of tattooed thugs blocked the way to Macy's. I needed to get past them to see what was on sale and I was rather frustrated that they had cut off each route to the store.
This was when Christine Love and Nicki Minaj showed up and whispered magic words into my years causing a power to grow within me. Somehow as I came to realize that, Nicki was making out with me, then she hopped into an ice cream truck with Christine and took off.
It was then I realized I now had the power to punch tattoos and make them spring to life, so I punched the thugs in their tattoos to turn their own tattoos agaist them. Dragons, skeletons, ladies, barbed wire - whatever the tattoo was it became animated, leapt out of their bodies and attacked the guys that once wore them. It was a very bloody, firey mess, but I finally got into Macy's where all the dresses and shoes were free for fairies.
The other dream was less elaborate, I worked in a warehouse that doubled as a skating rink and Bill Murray was our cranky supervisor. We'd move boxes to all sorts of musical themes and every now and again he would come out of his office and yell at us. He also didn't like my two hour lunch break, but he didn't fire me over it because I was the best ice skating fairy he knew.
Now it is time to recap the things and the stuff!
A - Have you read the beginner's action guide of the Forgotten Bastion? It is a wondrous souffle filled with demons, angels, gun stilettos and strawberry sundaes that fill dark souls with liiiiiiight!
I - NinjaSpped talks of a hedgehog's hard luck. Sonic requires a vacation for Lan Di still does evil and Ryo Hazuki must raise kittens, meet sailors, play Afterburner and meet a young woman named after a tree that leads him a sword of destiny. Nothing happened after this.
T - The Boxed Swine ponders the evils within high heels. Ponder no more for stilettos are situational and it pleases some to be stepped on with them. Especially Joe Biden and his band of merry doughnut holes.
F - The legendary outlaw Rudorlf looks over an adventure to 1885 where the greatest of all Scotts and Clint Eastwood wield manure and hover boards for a fist full of slackers, the heart of Clara and a safe return to the future!
No failures, just endless raspberry jam for the children and bumblebees of Antarctica!
I finally tried playing The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D for the first time, and I gotta say, it's pretty weird to get used to. First of all, I never played any of the N64 Zelda titles, so while everyone is used to it, the feeling that I can't swivel the camera is jarring to me. I'm one of those players who likes to take in the surroundings in atmospheric games, and I keep wanting to glance at the moon overhead or check an area without needing to walk in that direction and "centering" the camera, but it's pretty impossible without either the New 3DS, or the Circle Pad Pro. Also, I'm finding out about a ton of side-quests, but am unsure how to even initiate them: I meet people and they add an entry to my Bomber's Notebook, but I have no idea what it is I should be doing. I should mention that I'm very, very, VERY early in the game, so perhaps I'm not supposed to talk to them yet, but still, I feel so lost (well, not entirely: I'm supposed to head... south, I think, to a dungeon?). I honestly want to hold off playing this title until I get both a Circle Pad Pro and a guide. The game looks great though, though I am disappointed how "empty" it feels: I get that it's an N64 game at its core, but the main town feels like its devoid of people.
Honestly, a bulk of my gaming is through both League of Legends and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. I'll talk about the former first: I'm still playing my role of Jungling with Support on the side, but at Dtoider Xeo's suggestion, I decided to try ARAM for the first time. Now, let me explain real quick what that is: most players play the regular game mode on a map called Summoner's Rift, a kinda big three-laned map. This is where all the tournaments are played on, and involves the most skill in both playing the game, management, and assessing the situation. After all, you need to watch the flow of battle and enemy movements so no one gets flanked, no one loses a turret to carelessness, and most importantly, who the strongest enemy is and how to best engage in a fight. However, ARAM is an acronym for "All Random All Mid", which means that every player is set on a very small and narrow map, and they are given a random champion to play as.
While it takes somewhat less skill to play, it's also a lot more relaxing and fun. See, you can't choose your champions, so you just work with who you got, same as everyone else. There's not much worries in getting flanked because it's literally just a straight line: you're going to see most enemies coming. You still need to escort minions and take out towers, but since everyone should be well within each other, there's an emphasis on team-fights, which is arguably the funnest part of playing League in my opinion. Personally, if anyone is even remotely interested in League, I would say, if you're willing to download the thing and spend some time in the tutorial, that ARAM can be an enjoyable way to get into the game. It also lasts a heck of a lot shorter than a regular match (my ARAM times are typical 25 to 35 minutes).
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is a super fun game. It's basically mostly boss fights, and to me, that is usually the best parts of a videogame to me. What you do in this game is pure gameplay: you more or less hunt monsters to get better gear, so you can hunt bigger monsters and get their gear to fight bigger monsters. There's a slight narrative, but honestly, I just ignore most of it, and that's surprising for someone like me: I find stories in videogames to be absolutely critical, to the point that I rarely play a game criticized for its narrative, but something about Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate just makes me ignore all that and just kill things. There are boring "fetch quests" and the "more-difficult-than-it-should-be" "capture quests" that makes the game drag on, but gearing up and going for a hunt is just so addictive and exciting that I can't help but keep telling myself "just one more hunt and I'm done".
My main problem of the game is that it's really not that accessible to new players. I mean, you don't NEED much to just stab things in the face, but if you aren't willing to use outside information to help (like how to combine materials to make traps an such), then it can make hunts either more difficult than it should be, or outright impossible. Since I'm always on Gamefaqs to discuss videogames, it's pretty simple for me to get the help I need (I haven't asked for help in the Majora's Mask 3D board yet), but I can't help but wonder why a lot of the information isn't in the game itself... unless I'm missing something, but I don't know.
Last time, I talked about how I'm getting intrigued by the story "seeds" The Amazing World of Gumball is planting throughout Season 3: basically, it's hinting at a bigger, dramatic event, and for a show that has most of its episode being standalone and humorous, it got my attention. However, while I will never doubt the comedy of the show, I wonder just how well it can pull off the somber scenes: it attempted to do it before (the episode, "The Hero", had a really nicely executed flashback near the end that feels slightly epic) but only a few times. Honestly, I just hope that it can make a big payout, because it would be disappointing it if doesn't. You're probably wondering why I'm reiterating what I said before...
That's because last week's slew of new episodes of Steven Universe REALLY delivered its payload. While Striderhoang talked about just one of the episodes in his recaps, Steven Universe deliver an amazingly well-done Season Finale that finally takes all the hints at a bigger picture and culminates it with a spectacular showing. I can honestly say that it was one of the cooler episodes I've seen not only on Cartoon Network, but rather, in television in general: it hits a lot of chords just right, and the music during the fight scene is really catchy (it should be noted that the voice actress of that particular character is Estelle, the famous British R&B singer). I don't want to say too much about it since Striderhoang has been a longer fan of the series than I, so I don't know if he wants to blog about it, but I thought the Season Finale was just wonderful.
Normally, I'd think this would be a sufficient enough recap, especially for such a light gathering of Cblogs, but I feel like I should address the current climate of the community. It seems that a lot of people have been feeling less like themselves, and as someone in a similar mindset, I understand. I mean, within 24 hours, we had not one, not two, not three, but FOUR blogs about someone who are feeling like they're stressed out, depressed about their current situation, or much darker turnings, and that's in addition to the OTHER depression blogs that other Dtoiders have been open about in weeks before. In fact, I've been thinking about writing another one myself, but that's another story. I feel for you guys, I really do, and it makes me sad to hear that people aren't in the best of spirits.
However, I'm glad you guys are opening up. I hope everything turns out alright for you, me, and anyone else who's being quiet about their situation. Please, talk to the people willing to listen if it'll help. You know where to find me as well.
* - Retrofaction decides to get a little real with us by catching us up on his life so far. He's not quite feeling 100% after all that has happened, and I wish him the best in his emotional and physical recoveries.
* - If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem: ShadeOfLight is not content with Nintendo's online functionality, and thus proposes his own idea of getting friends together to play by using a dedicated Google Group! See the details and corny advertising spiel here!
P - Cblog Fapcast returns with episode 21: "I'm really [heavy sigh] feeling it!" featuring the voices of Striderhoang, Mike Martin, ShadeOfLight, and special guest Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon as they talk Xenoblade Chronicles ans Smash!
A - Reinhold Hoffmann wonders why so many people have bought and installed a videogame have yet to acquire the easiest and earliest achievements, meaning that they aren't playing the games. Are you one of them? Voice off in this link!
V - LastSeraph presents, in collaboration with 16-Bit, the next episode of Infinite Backlog with a review for the PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886. Are they lychan the title, or does it were (wear) on them?
Well, I'm doing the recaps for Friday the 13th. Are you expecting some sort of blurb here about the movie series? I'm sorry to disappoint you, although I did find someone cosplaying as NES Jason Voorhees at PAX East. Jason Voorhees is probably my favorite slasher movie villain, but I can't say that I've actually sat down and watched many Friday the 13th movies, If I had to pick a favorite, I guess I would go with Freddy vs. Jason, unless you guys say that doesn't count, in which case, I don't know, I guess I like the original. But speaking of Freddy vs. Jason, that soundtrack was heeaaavy, son!
Crap, I guess I wrote a little blurb about Friday the 13th there, didn't I?
I told myself I wasn't going to catch the Amiibo bug, but, here I am, with thrice the amount of Amiibo than I had the last time I did a recap. I'm still not to the point that I want every one of them, but only the figures of my favorite characters. The only problem with that last sentence is that Nintendo makes a lot of my favorite characters. I started with just Little Mac, then I picked up a Bowser because I just liked the look of that particular Amiibo.
I see you, Mario, scissoring me with your eyes...
Then, it happened. It caught me, and before I knew it, I had four additional Amiibo on my shelves. Since then, I snagged Donkey Kong, Kirby, Mega Man, and Toon Link. It has begun, guys, and there's no way to stop it. I'm in too deep. I just got paid, too, so it's only going to get worse. NO! DON'T RISK YOUR OWN SAFETY FOR ME! SAVE YOURSELVES!
I've already checked myself into Amiibos Anonymous.
Anyway, much like Nananananashi, I've been playing quite a bit of Hotline Miami 2. As of right now, gameplay wise, it just seems like more Hotline Miami, which isn't a bad thing. I've played around with some of the new weapons, including dual-wielding the uzis, but so far I haven't really been able to utilize them in any sort of empowering fashion. Or maybe it's just the fact that I play these games very slowly, and dual-wielding seems like it would be better suited to running through the levels on a rampage.
But let me tell you, I just got past a mission where you play as a soldier in the jungle, and it was probably the highlight of the entire series for me thus far. Like the original, the music is completely outstanding, and also like the original, I have no idea what's going on in the story. It's still weird, I can tell you that much.
This Playstation Spring Fever sale is going to drain my bank account. After playing Axiom Verge at PAX, that game will be a day one purchase, and I'll gladly be giving Yacht Club Games more of my money in order to play Shovel Knight again on my PS4. Between those games, and the amazing output that's been on Playstation plus in recent months, I'm pretty much set until summer.
Recap time, suckas!
T - I stopped playing GTAV immediately after I finished the story, and MediOCRITY's less-than-glowing opinion on the newly released online heists doesn't do much to convince me I need to return at the moment.
WerdNerdy, you're new here, so I'll let it slide that you posted two blogs in a row. And I'll also let it slide that you posted two blogs in a row that were nothing but videos and contained no writing. But just because you're new doesn't mean I'm not going to Dikembe Mutumbo your blogs out of anywhere except Failtoid for this week (hopefully my sports reference wasn't lost on everyone).
Everybody have an awesome Saturday. Now go out and do something good for someone else, it'll make you feel good. I promise.
You were promised a brand new episode, so here it is finally! Are you feeling it? Shade was excited to return to the Fapcast and he brings along fellow accented voice Dtoider, Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon! We just mention Xenoblade Chronicles once and it all snowballs from there. I have no idea how we get carried away with it but I decided to bring some flourish to the editing for this episode.
Together with Buster and Shade, after killing a running joke dead in its track, Mike and Strider learn to really feel it. Finally talking Smash, bad hedgehog memes, and really feeling it.
Also check out our previous episode featuring Nanashi!
Unlike the last couple of weeks, I don’t have a coherent story about my life this time. So no Shadeisms explaining why Fairy Tail or Captain Toad is great today. Honestly, this week was about as uneventful as they get. Woke up, went to work, procrastinated like a motherfucker, came back, watched or played some things, saved my game, went to sleep. Repeat seven times.
But because I know you are all hungering for an inside look into the life of the token Dutch guy, I’ll give you a couple of random snippets of my week. So here’s some things I’ve been doing/thinking/experiencing while you all were no doubt going out and kissing ladies on the mouth. Or whatever it is that socially well-adjusted individuals do. Probably the kissing thing, that sounds about right.
1. I now have 100% completion on Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. That’s all hidden gems collected, all challenges done, all par times met, all bonus levels completed, and beaten the blatant kick in the nuts that is Mummy-me Maze Forever. I think it took me about 10 hours to do, so with the 40 bucks I paid that’s about 4 bucks an hour. Seems like a pretty decent value to me. Hell, I’ve also paid 120 bucks for an hour of fun before, so I’m not complaining here.
However, I did hate Mummy-me Maze Forever. Don’t get me wrong Nintendo, I loved 99% of your game. But FUCK Mummy-me Maze Forever. I don’t mind hard levels, in fact I love them, but making something both difficult and tedious is just a low blow. It doesn’t even fit in with the rest of the game either. Plus, Mummy-me Maze Forever doesn’t even have the decency to be easy to type.
- That’s nice of you, but it’s still no excuse.
2. I bought a bunch of new games, most of which I have yet to play. This week Tengami was on sale for the WiiU, and it was later followed by Mighty Switch Force 2. I snatched up both and played a little too. Also, to my surprise it turns out that none other than David Wise did the soundtrack for Tengami! DAVID WISE. The guy hasn’t done a game soundtrack in years, Nintendo makes a big deal of getting him back for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze which he nails in all sorts of new and exciting ways, and then he turns around and does a random indie game? Weird.
Beyond the WiiU, I bought Valkyria Chronicles on sale, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Shantae: Risky’s Revenge. These are still installing as I write this, but I have high hopes.
3. I watched the Xenoblade Chronicles X stream on the battle system, and it looks rad. As for the music though, I’m a little torn. I loved about 50% of what I heard in the stream, but the other 50% seemed a little weird and out of place. Still, this is the guy who did the music for Attack on Titan, so I would trust him with my life.
Other than that, I really liked the sneak peek at extra characters you can get in your party; this woman who I think is called Irena is totally coming with me. Finally, I adored the Monster Hunter-style armors you can get your people to wear, they look super cool.
4. I’ve been doing my best Dreamweaver impression by watching The Amazing World of Gumball. It’s pretty funny, I like it.
5. I hit a sizable filler arc in Fairy Tail. It’s not as bad as filler usually is, but I still feel like I’m working through it. I mean, one minute you’re watching your favorite characters fight the most powerful wizard anybody has ever seen, and the next minute Natsu is being farted on by guys in skintight bodysuits.
At least it gave us this:
6. I’m in talks with an old favorite blogger of mine to revive a Cblog series that has laid dormant for over a year now. I don’t know when yet, but I hope we’ll have something to show you soon. As for what it is…well I’m not going to spoil that. However, I have left a hint somewhere in these Recaps. Can you spot it? Even if you can't, please look forward to the blog.
7. I just realized that I haven’t played video games with Destructoid folks in way too long. Mostly it’s because I don’t trust the wifi at my student home. If I go to my parents’ place over the weekends their wifi is much better, so I’d be able to play some. I was actually thinking of creating a Google Group or something for people on Destructoid to host gaming sessions on the fly. Especially if you’re like me and you do most of your gaming on Nintendo platforms, getting people together can be a pain. I picture a mailing list, private chatbox or something similar. If you’ve got suggestions just let me know, or I might blog about it in the future.
8. Please notice my Shadowgrounds contest, senpais. Shadowgrounds is a good game, I swear. Right now I’ve only got three entries, so if you come up with a funny answer to my question your odds are better than ever.
* - Let's give a shout for the best ninjas in gaming. But quietly, so as not to alert our target.
A - New blogger MasterMarioMX asks whether you prefer physical or digital games. Only what kind of question is that, physical master race all the way!
P - Would you like to hear Phil, Nanashi and ChillyBilly talk? Yeah you do. And it's about skating, so good times for all!
P - Would you like to hear DustinThomas and the Error Machine team talk? Yeah you do. And it's about VIDEOGAMES, so good times for all!
- Or you can stick your party member in a swimsuit. Thank god, I was worried for a second there.
F - Destructoid has something new to do on Friday Night! Let's all watch 80's flicks with our favorite people in the whole wide world. And Phil!
R - A review for Hotline Miami 2, which Joe thinks is better than the first one.
R - For Band of Bloggers, n0signal reviews Hyrule Warriors.
L - A great writer has passed away far too soon. A final salute to Sir Terry Pratchett.
V - You get the benefit of the doubt for now, but only because your topic is interesting and you promised to include more words next time. Just don't let me catch you doing this again.
F - You don't get the benefit of the doubt.
- Pictured: filler.
May you always find water and shade