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    Speaking of needing to level - I’veststted an open world game that doesn’t require leveling. Breath of the Wild, here I come!
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    I think generation 5 did it best. They added this mechanic that made you gain more exp the higher the enemy Pokemon’s level was in proportion to yours, making getting your weaker guys catch up to the rest of your party pretty easy. And then the levels just scale very fluently (except for that twenty-level jump from the end game to the post game). They also added this mon that gives insane exp while also healing you in battle, so in general, they made leveling easier while still requiring a bit of thought and effort oh your part. Which can’t really be said for the later games in the series, where they dropped all of the mechanics I mentioned in favor of making your entire party gain exp from the battle, so you don’t have to worry about how you level anyone at all
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    As much as I love Pokémon HeartGold, the game has one big flaw carried over from the original Gold and Silver - the leveling curve. Wild Pokémon have much lower levels than the trainers around, and those have them still quite a bit lower than the gym leaders. This isn’t as bad a thing if you play like a kid, I.e. just let your starter beat everything and get forty levels higher than the rest of the party, but if you’re trying to make them pretty evenly leveled, you’re gonna have a bad time. Exp. yield is very low from random encounters and trainers don’t call you frequently enough for rematches. But still, all things considered, it’s a pretty minor blemish on a great game.
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    Just the wife and me, plus the cat and baby in the womb I guess Spent one entire day cooking but now I don’t have to move a finger in the kitchen for the whole break so that’s neat.
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    Happy Ishtar, Wolf Doing anything intersting over the holidays?
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    Omg that’s a lot XD But I know the struggle. I always have a problem after my initial chapter which I start in medias Red because it’s gripping and exciting like that, but after that it’s always exposition while walking. I really need to fix that.
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    I’ve never really done actual revising. I’m really looking forward to that tbh
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    It’s crazy how the gaming industry is sometimes.

    Meanwhile, my minimal gaming diet seems to be working. I play Pokémon HeartGold much more like I used to as a kid (I.e. prioritizing catching them all and just having fun along the journey rather than fine tuning a team from the get go and basically rushing the story) and I’m having way more fun and actually feeling like a kid again. But best of all, I am writing again. It feels very frustrating that all these characters that are so alive and driven in my head come across as very flat on paper, but I try to grin and bear it and force myself to accept that this is draft zero and everything will get refined once I get to revising.
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    Idk, the SNES era is when they made the first two mainline games and in general created the formula the series would later remix. Sure, there were weird things like the SRPG miniseries, but I feel like the experiments in style and tone in the PS1 era are what makes it more of a dork age.

    Never followed those two much, tbh, though I am very aware of Konami’s implosion. The PS2 was a good age for many developers, though. There was definitely an abundance of quality titles
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    I’ve heard nothing but bad things about it. Though that is part of the allure.

    I still kinda find it hilarious how the PS1 era was Atlus’ dork age, considering how huge a following they’d get in the next generation
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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Arc the Lad II

by Wolf Kanno on 03-27-2018 at 10:53 PM
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One of my all time favorite publishers in the 90s for video games was Working Designs. It was a company that actually tried to get a lot of cool JRPGs released in the West long before the actual JRPG boom in the last years of the decade. I've already spoken about their most high profile title they ever worked on, Lunar: The Silver Star Story,

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: Final Fantasy III

by Wolf Kanno on 03-07-2018 at 08:10 PM
Blah blah blah Top 100 blah blah blah too many good games to list. Blah blah blah, games that weren't good enough for my list but still excellent nonetheless.

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Of the Classic series within Final Fantasy, FFIII was the last one for me to play, partly cause I didn't emulate very often and partly because I had hoped SE would come to their senses and re-release this title.

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My Top 100's Lost but Not Forgotten: I am Setsuna

by Wolf Kanno on 02-23-2018 at 06:38 AM
So I did my Top 100 last year, and this year, I'm focusing on a few entries that didn't make the cut for one reason or another. I'll start off by saying that most of the games mentioned in this blog series are all worth playing, they simply just haven't enraptured me enough to place them on my List. I started with Demon's Souls, and i have about 24 more entries to go. I know I said it would be like four or five, but giving myself some time to think about it made me realize how many great games I

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My Top 100's Lost but not Forgotten: Demon's Souls

by Wolf Kanno on 01-22-2018 at 03:23 AM
So as many people know, last year I did my Top 100 Games list, but as usual, there were a lot of games I loved that just didn't make the mark for one reason or another. I didn't really want to make a thread about it though, and figured the Blog would suit it better because there is likely only five or six games I wish to highlight here. I also feel annoyed I never use the Blog feature as much since it feels like a better platform for these types of discussions. In addition to these blogs, I do plan

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by Wolf Kanno on 11-08-2017 at 01:25 AM


A few days ago, I went to a midnight showing of Princess Mononoke at the Esquire Theater downtown. The very same theater I went to watch it the first time back in 1999 during it's initial release in the States. At that time, I was an avid anime fan who would consume whatever I could find as the medium was only in the beginning phases of it's explosive popularity in the 2000s, so the prospect of being able to watch an anime flick in an actual movie

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