I was hoping to be able to talk about Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright today, as today marked the long awaited European release date of this game that can't possibly be anything other than pure brilliance. As luck would have it though, my preorder didn't actually arrive today and is now scheduled for tomorrow at the latest. And since I'm not going to be home tomorrow, in all likelihood I won't get to solve puzzles, present evidence and point fingers until Sunday night or even Monday.
That makes me a sad Phoenix.
(by the way, you wouldn't believe how many pics Google has of sad Ace Attorney characters)
Still, once I do get it I plan to tell you guys all about it, and I'm even thinking of writing a review in the Cblogs. I know reviews aren't usually the most popular of posts, but this one seems fair game to me. At the very least expect some impressions and silliness from me somewhere down the line.
In the mean time I, shall we say, "acquired" a fan translation of Ace Attorney Investigations 2, but I haven't had much time to play it yet. So honestly that's pretty much a dead end for now as well.
What to talk about, then? Actually, I'm going to keep it short today. I'm supposed to be studying for an oral exam on information and IT law (which involves mostly freedom of speech vs. privacy) and I've been procrastinating for far too long already. So even though I could talk about how I've been watching a frankly insane amount of Doctor Who, finally beat the Elite Four of Pokémon X, getting near the end of Kingdoms of Amalur, "acquired" The Hobbit 2, and I'm starting to think about which games to ask my parents for my birthday in two weeks, instead I'll just do what I usually do when I got nuthin'.
No matter what the experience was or which game or genre left that strong first impression, such experiences have the potential to open our eyes to the rich history of a series or genre. With any luck, we might find even more to love or something better. A great first experience with RPGs could lead to an undying love affair.
Sometimes a first kiss can be so impactful that the game gets placed on a pedestal and enshrined as a gold standard, which has its own pros and cons. I mean, it is nice to have a basis for comparison, but some folks take it too far. There are people who loved Half-Life, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, or Final Fantasy VII so much that nothing after them really got a fair shake.
So first impressions matter -- they can shape and inform our gaming habits. I grew up on arcades, Nintendo, handhelds, and eventually into RPGs, so much of what I play will be influenced by how I acquired my tastes. I probably like Overwatch a ton because it has a passion for RPG roles, but contextualizes them closer to older shooters focused on objectives more than gear builds and grinding out perks for better killstreaks.
So for this month's Bloggers Wanted, we'd like you head over to the community blogs write about your first kiss, the games that positively influenced you or maybe biased you a little too much for a time. What turned you on to a series or genre? Was it love at first sight? Did it set any expectations in stone or possibly lead you to something better?
Whatever the case might be, remember to use the title "First kiss" and place "Bloggers Wanted" in the tags!
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