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    Though on the subject of plot twists, I do find it a cool experience to have your expectations toyed with, so while I can still appreciate them on a "the author did something really cool there" level it does feel like something is irreversibly lost. At least with twists that actually have business being one.
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    Ended up watching the two videos you posted in Fynn's VMs. Pretty damn motivating =P
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    Oh, cool! Give me the gist of it! Or link it. or both, what the hell

    Meanwhile, I just watched more of the video essays on Michael Bay's Transformers. And the episode on the human women was very surprising, tbh.
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    I mean, it's hard to blame them if that's what sells. I still believe at least part of them will stick to that identity because it really makes them stand out and is the reason I love them so much.
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    I'm not really complaining, it's just amusing how people miss the point in these things. Then again, I go Internet searching with the assumption that everyone is around my age but the truth is, especially in places like reddit, that I am an old man compared to these people. Teenagers run the Internet. And that's scary because I was just a teenager a moment ago??

    I'll keep that in mind! Hope the choice feels as natural as it did in Innocent Sin. Again, I really find this whole concept interesting especially since P4 kind of does a 180 on it and in the end the people there NEED their friends to overcome their shadows. it's weird how over the years I like P4 less and less. I still think it's a great game, but I can see more and more flaws in it with its sometimes blind idealism. SMT IV also dealt with friendship but even it showed that while it's important to have people who support you, sometimes it just doesn't work out and things are rarely so simple.

    Though now that I think about it, MegaTen in general may be the odd one out among Japanese media. The power of friendship seems superior in pretty much everything, and themes of individualism and self-reliance are pretty rare, and they pretty much form the backbone of SMT which, while it usually admits the importance of friendship, is more honest about how it won't cure cancer or something
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    Just got Durga and I am so happy to have finally reached the Caracol. Mt. Katatsumuri is way too long and winded for its own good. Or maybe that's my fault for always prefering the longer and sneakier route rather than charging in, guns blazing. It's interesting how you pretty much have to do the opposite of what you do with the rest of your characters for Yukino to get her upgrade. It shows that, while it's important to let people really deal with their issues on their own with no hand holding, there are times when the person really needs someone to step in. I really like this, tbh, as much as I think the hand-out personas are kind of a game breaking concept. I saw a lot of complaining online, with people going "oh, so because I'm a kind person who helped a friend I won't be getting an upgrade?" which just seems weird to me. As someone who's been through both individual and group psychotherapy, the choices all felt pretty obvious.
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    That's an interesting read. There's also something to be said that the closest thing to a satisfying conclusion in MGSV requires every player online to disarm their respective bases, running counter to the power fantasy the game advertises. People who play MGSV want to be Big Boss, the leader of a nuclear armed micro-nation, but they won't feel any sense of satisfaction or closure unless they reject his methods.
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    I heard that EP is more challenging. Looking forward to it!
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    So I'm at Mt. Katatsumuri and the low difficulty level is really starting to feel tedious. This is the one gripe I have with this game - if the Personas you're handed for free throughout the story are enough to carry you throughout the entire game, what's the point of the contact system? I mean, I know I could make it mroe interesting by ignoring them - I am still actively trying to make some Personas - but it's still kinda lame how that's there. I love how it ties into the story, I just wish the game necessitated actually thinking about your party set up and forced you to have more variety at times. I'm pretty much breezing through the dungeons on auto-battle, and the battles tend to take longer than in P1, since the skip option doesn't really save as much time. It's really the one thing holding Innocent Sin back because the rest is really excellent.
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    Most definitely, lol. Read the MGS2 VR Theory as a College Freshmen (probably should've been doing my assigned reading, but whatever, I was hooked). I read the MGS4 article almost immediately after. During my Junior year, I learned about Bertolt Brecht, and my nerdy mind made the connection to the MGS series.

    I gotta say, regardless of how people feel about Venom Snake in MGSV, the reveal completely changed the way I viewed Kojima's approach to writing his protagonists. Kojima finally gives the player a character they can imprint on, and he's a near-silent character with very little in the way of personality, backstory or motive.
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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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