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    I mean, we may have exchanged some words here and there, but that was about the time I actually started posting and getting responses from people. Still, it wasn't until about 2010 that I really got things moving here.

    It helps that this is really my first serious attempt after my initial playthough, after ten years. It's so much better than replaying the same game over and over. I think my problem with FF stems from the fact that I never gave it enough space to really reach that nostalgia level in my head
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    Still, this is making me so nostalgic!

    Flash back to like, 2007 or something. I start playing Xenogears for the first time and get quite far in. But then I'm having trouble with some deathblows unlocking. So I log on to EoFF to actually write a post instead of lurking constantly and feeling too self-conscious to contribute. So I ask how to unlock those damn final few deathblows of Elly's, and who replies? Why, Wolf Kanno, helping a brother out like a pro
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    The sprites could use some work, tbh, but otherwise this game really looks better than I remember. But that may be because I played it on a PSP the last time and on the Vita this time around.
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    The 3D models are actually really impressive. Just fought the dinosaur and damn, I had to remind myself that this came out around the time FFVII did because that thing still holds up, especially compared to VII's rather featureless models
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    lol double post, sorry
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    I'll get to a detailed reply to your mognet message later today since I'm quite busy at work But just wanted to let you know that the X-Files movie was really cool and while season 6 is notably different, I dig it? I do kind of miss the tension of previous seasons, but the way the episodes focus on Scully and Mulder's budding feelings for each other are actually pretty sweet. I do enjoy character-centric narratives, after all, adn as much as I wish we had an iconic tv series that really did put a platonic man/woman friendship at the forefront, these two really make sense as a couple to me.

    And I did end up starting Xenogears yesterday, woo! At Blackmoon Forest so far, got Elly. I forgot how super fluid the battles look. it's as if they're running and one million frames per second. In general, the game is much prettier than I remember and I am loving it so much
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    Oh, I do agree. Which is why I kind of plan to implement a certain twist that will make the races a bit less conventional.
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    Cool, I'll send you a mognet later. This is all pretty hush hush for now

    It's good to hear that you're doing races, though! A lot of fantasy nowadays goes with just humans
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    ooh, I actually made races for my new world. I can tell you all about them if you want
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    Oh yeah, I did actually end up going neutral in the end. It's just that you can't choose Neutral from the start, your chapter 2 is always one of two paths, not three. So I did end up having most of the cool characters. I still wish I could get Dame Ravness, but alas. Though at first I had reservations about listening to Ronwey at the end of chapter 2, in the end it did seem reasonable (even if Catiua disagreed). Still, choosing between goals and compassion seems to be a thing with Matsuno, and I like how even on the Law path (or really, Delita's entire story) you aren't really treated as evil. It's easily the thing I love the most both in his games and SMT.

    To me, the interesting thing was how they planned what we got to initially be two episodes - I had heard the whole Xenosaga as it is was supposed to be one episode. And yeah, i had no idea they actually planned to reimagine Xenogears - dunno how I would have felt about that, what with it being split into two games, and the fact that the Xenosaga Abel is a completely different concept than the one in Xenogears (and tbh, I find the concept of it being just a human who happened to come into contact with a deity by proxy be the main catalyst for the story far more compelling than him already being an aspect of a deity from the beginning; kind of takes away from the message of the original if you ask me). Too bad we never got those sequel episodes. I wonder if Takahashi will slip the concept they had for that story into one of Xenoblade's sequels. I actually heard that XC2 is the most Xenogearsy game in the series yet. It's honestly hard for me to believe when I look at it, and part of me kind of violently refuses to accept it.

    On another note, as I finish the Witcher books again, I can't help but try to recommend to you again :P Especially now that I know you have a background in history, since Sapkowski really likes to play around with that, making a huge world with a rich history, and kind of defining your expectations in many ways. The narrative is peppered with various flash forwards of historians and people telling fairy tales of the events you've been reading about, and it really casts doubt on what the real events were, if they really happened that way, and if that really matters in the end.

    In general, I actually really like the fact that I have the drive to return to media I've consumed already. No book is the same on the second read, as no game is the same on the second playthrough. I know a lot of people, my wife included, who reads a book/plays a game/watches a show or movie once and is done with it forever. But I believe every story has a whole lot more to offer than just what you get on the first time. Which is why I love to revisit stories that have moved me. Which is why I'll play Xenogears again right after I finish Chrono Trigger (so, probably today or tomorrow).

    ... I just need to remember to write my thing in the meantime
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by Wolf Kanno on 11-08-2017 at 02:25 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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by Wolf Kanno on 06-14-2016 at 09:21 AM
So tonight I finally broke out a Christmas present I received several years ago that I never watched. Partly because for the first time in a long time, I felt ready for it. I acquired a DVD set that featured the entire DiC dub of the first two seasons of Sailor Moon, so basically the original dub, not the new one. Original Western score, Sailor Says, and the whole "Serena and Darien" name changes.


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by Wolf Kanno on 02-23-2016 at 07:49 AM
This was going to have a subtitle, but they all sounded like pretentious academic papers and that kind of goes against the point of all of this.

So recently I began reading a very in-depth article series about two series worked on by one of the more influential game designers/writers in my life, Tetsuya Takahashi. I'll leave it up to Google for you to figure out why. Anyway, it was mostly a really well written and interesting analysis of the works and I actually learn a few things

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Neon Lights, Large soda, and a handful of quarters...

by Wolf Kanno on 08-01-2015 at 10:07 AM
So lately I've been reminded of one of my life goals was that I wanted to one day build my own arcade for myself. Get all the games I grew up on and just have a fun little place devoted to letting me play through the classics and relieve the arcade scene I grew up in. I've been discussing this with friends as we try to create a list of the games we would add to the arcade. Of course there would be the classics like Galaga, Gauntlet, Pac-Man, Paperboy, Frogger, and Dig Dug but I also thought about

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by Wolf Kanno on 11-04-2014 at 10:02 AM
Normally I really hate writing personal posts like this but my strong dislike of EoEO and the fact this topic doesn't feel quite "EoEO material" as well as posting it in the Writing Forum felt weird because it's a bit too personal and I feel that forum should stick to its primary focus.

So recently I came upon some writer's block with a novel I am working on and so I decided to shift gears and work on a different story instead until I recharge and have a chance to step back

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