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  1. Negrek
    Yesterday 06:00 AM
    Thanks for the birthday wishes! I was in Hong Kong at the time; visited Japan a couple weeks later.

    I did get to do something cool! I wanted to be in Hong Kong for my birthday, because Chinese New Year fell two days before it, and the celebrations go on for several weeks. So I got a parade as a pre-birthday thing (and stood around for three hours to make sure I had a good spot on the route, haha) and then on my actual birthday I went to a well-wishing festival, the centerpiece of which is writing a wish on a piece of paper tied to an orange and throwing it into a tree. If your wish catches on a branch, it'll come true!

    These days they use plastic oranges instead of real ones, and you're not allowed to throw them at the actual wishing tree, because so many people attend these days that the tree would get damaged. They set up a fake tree for people to use:

    It turns out it's prett hard to throw a hollow plastic orange up into a tree, but I did eventually get mine to stick! Aside from the tree there was a market, lots of stalls with new year's decorations, good luck charms, that kind of thing, and best of all traditional new year's food! Most of it considered to be lucky one way or another. I got to try souffle pancakes for the first time (admittedly not a traditional food) which are basically the best thing ever and I'm sad now that you can't get them around here. I also bought some yellow rice treats thinking they were mango flavored, and they turned out to be durian flavored instead, which was a surprise! Aside from food and gifts there was a shrine where people could pay their respects and wish for good luck, lion dancers going through the crowds periodically, and performances from some of the groups that had participated in the parade. Some of the parade floats were parked there, too. I spent the whole day there and had a fantastic time!

    What's up with you? I saw in the mafia thread that you got a new job. Congrats! How's that going?
  2. Butterfree
    02-19-2018 11:13 PM
    Thank you! :D
  3. Negrek
    02-07-2018 01:30 PM
    Great! Amazon pulled a bit of a fake-out on me, since originally it said the mat would come with the figures and the markers would be by themselves, and I just tried to picture you getting the markers, only the markers, first and going "wtf is this." Glad you got some nice minis and they were decent quality, since that does seem to be a problem with prepainted miniatures. Was kind of tempted to throw in one of those giant lots of horrible knock-off pokémon figurines that could also serve as enemies in a campaign, but if you didn't want to do that then you'd just have this giant box of horrible ugly pokémon knock-offs and nothing to do with them. :P
  4. Negrek
    01-31-2018 02:47 AM
    Ahh, damn, I was afraid of that. Hope you get some use out of it, anyway, and happy birthday again!
  5. Negrek
    01-30-2018 06:37 AM
    If you want the one you want the other in this case, trust me. :P
  6. Cynder
    01-29-2018 05:15 PM
    Happy Birthday!
  7. Sandstone-Shadow
    01-29-2018 12:25 PM
    Happy birthday Kratos! :D Hope you have a great day!
  8. Negrek
    01-29-2018 09:08 AM
    Happy birthday! I hope you have an awesome day (once you wake up in the morning presumably, heh). Amazon says your presents should be arriving in the next couple days, so keep an eye out! It also split things up into two shipments, one of which contains only one item that makes no sense without the context of the other stuff, so hopefully that arrives... second.

    Again, happy birthday and I hope you have a great year!
  9. Negrek
    01-15-2018 05:55 PM
    My one true goal as a writer or something-approaching-a-game-developer is to be able to pull off all sorts of wonderful little pointless flourishes like that.

    Yeah!!! Something that's always gotten me about the Ace Attorney series, and Ghost Trick as well, is that they're just delightful games. I think there's a real difference between games that are good and enjoyable and those that are actually delightful, and somehow Ace Attorney keeps delivering on the delight. It's all the little details that make you smile, I think--little call-backs, bits of humor, and things like that that are technically superfluous but add an extra layer of fun. It shows so much careful attention, and it's such a lovely feeling when you think, "You know, it would be cool if they..." and they totally do, or when they completely surprise you, but the surprise feels perfectly right for the characters and setting and you almost can't imagine you didn't see it coming.

    ...anyway basically that's something I've actually thought about a lot and would love to emulate in my own work, too, definitely. Even if I don't work in particularly lighthearted genres, usually. :P

    Ah, okay. I generally don't follow Nintendo news that closely. And yeah, at least they clearly still have interest in the franchise and think there's a market for that sort of game... Of course, I continue to be super-apprehensive that a sequel would just screw up everything that made the first game great anyway, but pine for a sequel anyway...

    It's going to be even more interesting because they have to have battle work in both two-screen mode when the console's hooked up to the TV and one-screen when you have just the game pad. I suppose you could still do the split-screen interface with it hooked up to the TV, except now the TV is the "top screen" and you're mostly working with the game pad? Would be weird to be sitting at the TV but mostly staring at the little screen in your hands, though. At least they have a working one-screen version from when they did that iPad release.

    I'm totally going to visit Shibuya and take all the fagirl photos when I'm in Japan next month. :P
  10. Negrek
    01-12-2018 02:19 AM
    Oh yeah, I must have skipped that post! Or at least I have absolutely no recollection of it. Which given that it was posted over two years ago oh God I put off finishing that game way too long is also entirely possible.

    Overall, I enjoyed the game, although I really wasn't feeling either Case 2 or Case 3, which is why it took me so long to get through. In general those two felt super egregiously long to me? Case 3 in particular, lord I thought that one was never going to end. I also wasn't as big of a fan of most of the new characters introduced there in the middle. I really, really disliked Ray, and although kid!Ray was pretty innocuous I also didn't find him terribly interesting. Likewise Edgeworth's dad; he's a nice enough guy, serious but with some quirks, but I didn't find him tremendously, like, compelling to work with.

    Case 4 was definitely a great payoff, though. I felt proud of myself for noticing (SPOILER) the bit about the kids in Case 3 and figuring that they were Simon/Knightley and that the father who up and fucking ditched his kid was going to be significant. Buuuut I had kind of misled myself based on what I knew about Butterfree liking in the game; I thought with Simon/Knightley we were looking at a case of epic bros and not (SPOILER) tragically one-sided epic bros, even though in retrospect I should have been expecting that. :P I also latched onto the whole thing with body doubles going on and thought (SPOILER) something must have been up with Knightley--that he wasn't actually dead, especially because Simon kept going on about how Knightley would never have murdered someone just to gain power. And there was that one security camera shot of him visiting Simon with that big covered cage, and I thought some kind of switch could have happened there. I guess wrt the first point the punchline was that Knightley was actually kind of a Bad Dude, but to me it felt like there was some stuff left unexplored there. Or maybe I'm just gettin' mad at red herrings. But in general I would have loved to see more done with Knightley. Not all that possible given that he spent most of the game(SPOILER) , you know, dead, but still.

    So yeah. I found the middle part of the game a bit of a slog, but everything really came together in the last case. As it always does in Ace Attorney, but. Especially so here.

    Also, I did love the Knightley objection-neigh, but I think my favorite little detail was (SPOILER) Simon's villain pose where he casually reclined on a column of trained animals.

    It is? Awesome! I guess I didn't hear about it because they learned their lesson after the iPad rerelease and didn't make a huge deal out of it this time. I'm definitely in favor of a rerelease so new players can experience the game and maybe there will be a slightly-less-tiny audience for my PMD/TWEWY crossover, but come on, Squeenix. SEQUEL SEQUEL SEQUEL SEQUEL

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