ree: (indescribable)
I'm alive, promise. I'm just snowed under because of health (both mine and not-mine).

Most of my gaming is done on vintage consoles, so my sole platinum trophy on PSN is a very recent achievement. Naturally, the game I 100%'d was a remake: Day of the Tentacle Remastered. DotT always comes with bonus Maniac Mansion for the finding and playing. I have yet to win MM but hey, new goal. At least now I've gotten further than the infamous microwave incident. I even managed to explode the house a couple of times! Yay!

My kitchen cabinet has tasted my blood. #fml At least the finger joint it skinned open has gotten less sensitive with time.

How is it three. It was just one, a few minutes ago. Can't be three already. Not allowed.

Better get off computer before the entire afternoon fritters away, wasted.

ohai thar!

2016-06-25 01:16 pm
ree: baby Metroid with pink hearts in its speech bubble (baby Metroid <3)
I still ain't dead, thank you. I've been sleeping rather poorly. At the moment, I feel more alert than I have in days, so I wanted to eke out an update while the eking was good. Or something. (I said I'm more alert, not that I'm totally on the ball. This is as good as my attention gets right now. I don't like it any better than you do.)

I got a bee in my bonnet about wanting to play my vintage games on the living room flatscreen. This nothing new. But this time, I griped enough that my brother wanted to see my much-lamented lag for himself. He came over with a Nintendo 64, all the cords, and a cart of The World Is Not Enough, and went to town.

"I'm not seeing it," he said.

So I tried for myself. All I proved was that I am still pretty bad at TWINE, but nothing about alleged lag.

Super Nintendo. Fired up a save file still on the first island, took the Star Road shortcut to Bowser, and I beat him.

Prior to that day, I would have sworn on a stack of Bibles that the TV in the living room lagged so much that basically everything was unplayable. I was 100% certain.

I don't know if my memory is that malleable (which is terrifying to consider), or the one or more of the TV's relatively few settings got changed by accident, rendering a delightful change (which would be upsetting if it ever got accidentally reverted, with no knowledge of how to restore the desirable state) or if I am currently hallucinating or what. Maybe the internet isn't real. Maybe you're all inside my dream! (That's enough Link's Awakening, Ree, back to Earth now.)

What I do know is this: I can beat Super Mario World on the living room TV. I can very likely beat any of my SNES games on it (except the sims; I don't think SimCity has a win state, and my Civilization best is merely surviving under Stalin's bootheel).

I've been enjoying the GameCube and Game Boy Player lately (finished a run through Dragon Warrior GBC and am well pleased with myself). I am tantalized by the possibility of throwing my entire weekend into a replay of Eternal Darkness. I won't actually let myself do that, but I could if I truly wanted to, and that alone is pleasing.

I currently possess a computer that is neither a slow-ass pile of slag nor a self-freezing failbot. I have gotten a proper IRC client installed. The good folks of the chat helped me figure out how to temporarily disable the touchpad, which allows me to type without wanting to defenestrate the contraption.

My interactions with electronics are really good lately! I hadn't realized just how good until typing it out like this. Yay!

I'm less satisfied with my creativity, which has quite stagnated. Earlier in the week, I had an idea for a tiny scifi story and set myself to getting it written post-haste. It was like trying to weave wet cotton candy. Every strand I grabbed or even reached for just dissolved before I could get put anything together. I have the dregs saved, but it's looking like this was a burst of inspiration that just won't hold up in story format. I might write the basic gist as a sort of Tumblr outline fiction ("so there's this person who discovered this thing, and they use the thing to do this idea....") and see what others think of it. Maybe somebody can write a formal story of it it, even if that somebody isn't me, and may not be anyone I know directly. That's pretty cool too.

My alertness is fading and I need to finish the laundry. Bah. After the laundry's done, if I remember to do it, I think I'll reward myself with some Crazy Taxi; there's a timed mode so I can't completely lose track of time, and sooner or later I'll need a break from the music. I like it okay, just not hours of it at a stretch or it starts to eat my brain.

bai!

Undertale

2016-01-29 08:59 pm
ree: (scared)
I tried playing the demo of Undertale and found myself firmly ambivalent: I appreciate a lot about what the game is trying to do. Also, I sort of want to light it on fire and watch it burn to ash, then scatter the ashes so it can never mess with me again. It is not coincidence that my experience with the demo sent me running for my most cherished of comfort-food games, one exclusive to Nintendo. Last I knew, Nintendo specifically disallowed the type of gimcrackery that Undertale pulled on me. Link's Awakening is comforting, familiar, safe, loved.... and Undertale is really super not, much as I kick myself for not enjoying it "enough", whatever that means.

Spoilers follow. )

I've been gorging on spoilers for the game, struggling to find a way that I could play it that wouldn't allow it to drive me bananas, but there are too many variables for me to keep track of. It's hideous. A game with this much heart and resemblance to EarthBound ought to delight me, but it doesn't, and that discovery leaves me troubled and sulky.

Apparently I can remove the demo from my computer, but not from my thoughts.

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