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    I settles for Interactive Design which is basically web design. I don't enjoy it though so I dropped out of the field fairly quickly though. On the bright side, my student loan debt isn't as bad as some of my peers and few of my friends in the field are also dropping out of it, so I don't feel quite as bad about giving up on it. My minor was History with a specialization on English Colonialism and imperialism.
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    Initially, but I changed it partway since I realized I didn't have the aptitude for computer science.
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    Yeah, I used pre-made assets. The game was more about learning how to program the logic of these assets, so beginner course about the basics of making movable models.

    I had a lot of fun in that class, sadly my more advanced programming classes were a bit more boring and practical so it was harder to retain stuff. I spent half the semester thinking I was failing and had to see my professor after every class to get help with the homework.
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    That's cool, and I bet it can be fun. I remember doing an entry level programming class where we played with a program called Alice to learn fundamental logic principles. Long story short, we had to do a project where we built a static city using the object models and I got carried away and actually made a really crappy redo of the opening of FFVII with Aerith walking down the street and the camera zooming out to see the whole city. It was super fun trying to recreate the scene perfectly even if the in-engine object models were mostly as far from VII's aesthetics as possible.
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    Oh man, that's awesome. I love the reference to DDS as well with the opening dialogue.
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    That's pretty much the point. I honestly enjoyed doing the write-ups, though I probably should have done them in Word and dealt with formatting it to the forum post, rather than just write them in one go as a post. Would have cut down on a lot of my grammatical errors. Lol
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    I had a lot of fun doing my Top List, and I delayed for awhile because I was replaying a few classics to see how my opinion had changed overtime. Really the best part is just exposing people to new games for them. I got my best satisfaction when people would tell me during my list that they checked out a few titles on it. So yeah, go for it. It doesn't need to be long, I mean Fynn and Punpkin did excellent lists and neither did a hundred, so keep it within the confines of how you want to do it.
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    I like VII more than I let on, but I'm also not exactly the biggest fan of it either. I think I mentioned it awhile back, but I honestly don't have any real nostalgia for it like a lot of fans do, and I was already neatly invested with the RPG genre before it came out so it was hardly my first RPG either. If I ever get further down the road with my Retrospectives, I'm sure the one I give for VII might be interesting for a few folks around here.
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    I've been bouncing back and forth between FFVII, FFV, Pokemon Ruby, and Soul Hackers. I've also been meaning to jump back into Trials of Mana since I never finished my playthrough. VII is almost done, I was at the end anyway and just needed to clean up the extra stuff like Master Materia and WEAPONS. I actually took both down last night with little problem. I really need to jump back into FFV for both the Let's Play and the retrospective article I started.

    I now realize the reason I missed Legend of Heroes series is because the franchise has a knack for always being on systems I don't play on very much. Didin't realize it started as a PSP title with the original remake. I know its all on Steam, but I have such a bad track record with playing games on my PC, especially if they can't be beaten in one session.

    What have you been playing?
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    Yeah, it really is odd how it has taken the genre so long to catch up with difficulty curves. It feels like only Action-RPGs in the past really bothered. Then again, the genre use to be pretty challenging back in the day as well, so years of just trying to make it accessible has pretty much destroyed that old reputation.

    As for whittling Elizabeth down, unfortunately that doesn't work. Yes she only heals once, but once her health dips below 9999hp a second time, she just switches to Pixie and spams her overpowered Megidoloan spell until you're dead, so you really cannot let her heal even once.

    As for Masakado's Shadow, yeah this fight is pretty brutal, but like most of the fights the difficult part is really just making the right team to beat him, and as I mentioned, acquiring them is a challenge because all of them are optional DLC bosses with their own bulltrout requirement. Sanat and Ancient of Days are the optional Law and Chaos superbosses and both of them have their own BS issues like the fact that they have specific counters for exploiting their weaknesses that make doing so impossible to beat them. The only thing that really saves you with any of these bosses is the fact SMTIV drops the defense stat entirely, so it really comes down to shaving off all of their health quickly before they start spamming their BS moves.
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Interesting Routes: Aqua

by Karifean on 11-30-2017 at 10:21 PM
There's something truly magical about Himawari that I didn't really realize back when I first read it but have come to appreciate about it more and more.

Himawari has an enforced reading order, something you don't see a lot in galge without a strong plot focus. However, like other visual novels such as Fate/Stay Night can use it to drive the plot and themes forward in parallel tales, so too does Himawari use it to give us ample

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Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru is now on Steam

by Karifean on 11-18-2017 at 02:57 AM
Well, at last, it happened. It's been a long time coming, Umineko Chiru is finally available for purchase on Steam, and alternatively MangaGamer's own website.

Umineko Chiru - Steam Store Page

This is the second half of Umineko of course, so if you haven't read the first half yet, you can get it here.

I've stated how much Umineko means to me many a time before,

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Little Busters! English Edition is now available!

by Karifean on 11-01-2017 at 05:36 PM
As of today, Little Busters! English Edition is available for purchase on Steam!

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The game is 20% off during its launch week, putting it at a respectable price of around half that of CLANNAD's, even though the two are quite similar in terms of sheer content value (though Little Busters contains

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Dies Irae Review

by Karifean on 08-03-2017 at 01:32 AM
Dies irae ~Amantes amentes~ is a visual novel created by Light. It was one of the most renowned JP-only VNs before finally getting a localization in June of this year.

Come, gather and bear witness to my opera, now in the making.

Its script is the height of clichť, I am forced to admit. And yet...

Its actors are of the finest fold; beyond exquisite.

Thus, I believe you will find it enthralling.

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Umineko: Episode 4 Tea Party

by Karifean on 07-09-2017 at 09:57 PM
You talk too much. All you have to do is honestly say 'I'll kill you'.

For those that don't know, the climaxes of Episodes 4, 5 and 6 are my 3 favorite moments in Umineko (which also makes them my 3 favorite moments in fiction overall), all for their own individual reasons. I've been dying to talk about them for a while. I figured I'd start with the Episode 4 Tea Party, quite possibly the greatest example of Ryukishi's writing skill of them all.

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