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Quickblog- Crystal Bears is f*cking weird. Also, Batman art show


I'm playing FFCC: The Crystal Bearers right now for review, and I really don't know what to think of it.

If any of you are thinking about picking it up, you should know that it's not an really an action game, but that it does involve combat. I've been playing videogames for a long time, and it's been years since I've been this initially confounded by a game's combat system. Basically, all you do is pick up enemies and items in the area, and smash them together. Get attacked by a skeleton? Just grab some manure and toss it at it's face a few times. It will be dead before you know it. Want to get really weird? Hit the skelton with poop, then rip off it's head, which will make the local dogs love you (for unexplained reasons), and attack the skeleton on your behalf.

How does that sound? In practice, it's way too easy and sort of disconnecting on one hand, but funny and surprising on the other. It feels a little like Square-Enix was trying to re-invent the wheel here, and has come up with a cookie. It's round, it's tasty, but I'm not so sure it's doing it's job right.

Terrible metaphor, I know, but I'm saving the good stuff for the review.

It's hard to say who this game is for. I'm enjoying it, but at the same time, it's definitely missing something. Going to try and get it finished this weekend and have the review up for Monday. Maybe it will all make more sense to me after I'm done with it, but so far, I'd be more likely to recommend the game to a fan of the Sims than a fan of traditional Final Fantasy or 3D action/adventure games.

The other thing I wanted to tell you is that a Batman/Superman comic book I made about eight years ago will be on display at Hub Comics in Somerville MA starting a 5pm tonight. It's part of a greater exhibition of Batman themed artwork. Hopefully people wont hate it.

In the comic, Batman is a fat jerk who treats Superman like crap. It's semi-autobiographical.

Also, that image is unrelated. I don't have any scans of the comic, so I used an image of a fat batman from Second Life instead.
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About Jonathan Holmesone of us since 4:12 PM on 12.04.2007

"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1

"The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1

"I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes

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