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Thoughts on Fates: Conquest

Posted by Akano , in Video Games Mar 21 2016 · 116 views

So much more enjoyable. I'm on Chapter 10 of Conquest (decided to switch it up), and already I feel much more positive. The characters have fun quirks and interactions, the plot is interesting, and I'm invested in finding out what happens next.

Glad that this version is my physical copy.

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Thoughts on Fates: Birthright

Posted by Akano , in Video Games Mar 18 2016 · 141 views
Fire Emblem, Fates, Birthright and 2 more...
I've been playing Fire Emblem Fates for the last couple weeks on Hard, Classic mode. I'm currently on Chapter 15: Wolfskin of Birthright (got the Conquest cartridge, bought the other two as DLC). My thoughts so far:
  • Story: Eh. It should be good; it has all the prerequisites to be good. You make a choice between two warring families (which puts tension on everything and everyone), the history between Nohr and Hoshido seems complex and long-standing, the circumstances of your upbringing are frustrating/unfair, but all in all the story just seems to happen. It has so many things ready to set itself in motion, but instead is very stilted and lacks flow.
  • Characters: Hit and miss for me. Some characters are phenomenal (like Kaden, he's fantastic. Also, Jakob is so wonderfully British. I mean, Nohrian.), while others are just sorta meh. Also, Azura's A support with the female Avatar is the least satisfying support ever. They could have made it a lot more interesting/developing. This and the previous category have made me think to myself, "Man, I just want to play Awakening/Blazing Sword," which doesn't reflect well on this game. :confused:
  • Classes: Interesting/why? There are some new Hoshido classes that I think are cool (Kinshi knight!) and others that I prefer the classic classes to (Diviner << Mage; I really don't like Orochi and her horoscope nonsense. Mages at least learn their magic from study, not dubious astrology pseudoscience...). I think I'll enjoy playing Conquest a bit more for this reason, among others.
Also, I lost it when Garon says "Do it!" in the Opera House chapter. He looks a bit like Palpatine anyway, but it reminded me of the Game Grumps "Do it!" impressions from their Mario Party playthrough.

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Posted by Akano , in Video Games Feb 04 2016 · 164 views

When I first played Golden Sun, I had no idea that this was actually a mythical place that some supposed existed in the real world. I also had no idea that lemurs were named with a common etymology.

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Golden Sun

Posted by Akano , in Video Games Jan 25 2016 · 187 views
Golden Sun, Isaac, Mia and 2 more...
Just finished replaying the first game in the series, and it's still awesome. The world, the music, the characters, the story – all are so wonderful and charming. The soundtrack has to be some of the best music in video game history.

After the long, gruelling process that is inputting a Gold level password from my Clear Data (I don't have a GBA link cable with me), I'm now starting The Lost Age. I will miss Isaac and Co. for now.

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Portal 2

Posted by Akano , in Video Games Jan 19 2016 · 169 views
GLaDOS, ATLAS, P-body and 2 more...
Just started playing this with my roommate (Friend: Toa of Friendship). I love it so much. The single-player campaign was awesome, and now we're doing the extra "future" co-op levels.

I love ATLAS' design. I wish he and P-body had opposite eye color.

Also, the free DLC is called Peer Review. This speaks to me as a scientist.

Cave Johnson is the best. I could listen to him talk forever about ignoring human rights in the name of advancing science.

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Halloween approacheth

Posted by Akano , in Video Games, Life Oct 28 2015 · 242 views
Halloween, Autumn, Fall, Mario and 1 more...
'Sup, BZPeoples?

I've been away a while attending friends' weddings, visiting various peeps, rereading Harry Potter (still as magical as always), and working on research. If all goes well, this Friday will see me submitting a paper to the Journal of Chemical Physics. :) All in all, it's been a good few months. But now is the season of autumnal haunts, and I have grown very happy with the drop in temperature and the swap of palette.

Over my fall break, I visited KK in the land of cheese, Wisconsin, and he introduced me to the joys of Punch Out!! for Wii and Super Mario Maker. I now own both, and have been having loads of fun playing others' levels and designing levels of my own (mostly goofing off). When I've finalized a level I'll post it for you all to play if you like. ^_^ In particular I've been working on a Ghost House.

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It's been super fun. Also, RubberRoss' levels are utterly evil.

EDIT: Untimely Haunt v2: CD1D-0000-00C8-8D19

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I don't have a problem

Posted by Akano , in Video Games Jul 18 2015 · 225 views
Consoles, b/w, Zelda
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I don't know what you're talking about.

(P.S. Stable 3D is the best thing ever. Totally worth the upgrade.)

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I've met with a terrible fate...

Posted by Akano , in Life, Video Games Nov 06 2014 · 288 views
MM3D, Zelda, blech
KK got me sick. Jerk.


I'm pretty psyched about this development and am throwing my money at the screen to make it be mine now. It's not working.

Now, please excuse me while I hack up my left lung.

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My latest video gaming conquests

Posted by Akano , in Life, Video Games Sep 15 2014 · 294 views
Mega Man X, FireEmblemAwakening and 2 more...
I have been up to lots of stuffs recently. Mostly of the electronic gaming variety.

First off, I played Mega Man X for the first time courtesy of the Wii U Virtual Console (prompted by a fantastic video by Egoraptor). Fantastic game; the more I play SNES games, the more I regret not owning a SNES in childhood.

After playing Fire Emblem (Rekka no Ken) and Sacred Stones, I finally caved into my roommate's demands that I play Awakening; OMG SO MUCH AWESOME! Probably one of my favorite games of all time, and definitely looking forward to playing it again.

Right after completing Awakening, I received Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney in the mail. Another fantastic game; Layton puzzles and story combined with Phoenix Wright courtroom shenanigans made for an awesome crossover. I just wish Maya hadn't been given a valley girl accent. :/

And, finally, my roommate got some 3DS Smash Bros codes, one of which he shared with me. I'm loving Mega Man so far; will definitely be playing as him once the Wii U version comes out (not getting the 3DS version; I'd like to spare my buttons of a painful death). I really wish the demo included Robin as a playable character, though; of the new roster, I'm looking forward to playing as him the most.

On a more academic note, this Thursday is my Ph.D. preliminary exam oral defense, so that'll be fun. I've already worked through the problems that I will be asked about, and I think I've solved all of them. Hopefully all will go well. ^_^

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Together, We Ride

Posted by Akano , in Video Games Mar 21 2014 · 255 views
Fire Emblem
So, my roommate finally coaxed me into playing the first Fire Emblem (actually the seventh, but the first one released in the US) for GBA, and I'm loving it. After finishing it, I'm definitely looking forward to playing Fire Emblem: Awakening, because I've heard nothing but good things about it.

The music is great in that awesome nostalgic way, the characters are fun and memorable, the magic wielders are freakin' awesome, and the gameplay is fantastic – in order to keep all your troops alive, obtain everything worth getting in each level, recruiting all new troops, and beating the levels is a fun challenge.

Other things I've done in the past week or so include:
  • Finishing MetalBeard's Sea Cow (Awesome!)
  • Learning how to derive the formula for the volume of an n-dimensional sphere (really clever trick!)
  • Drinking lots of tea.
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About Me

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Name: Akano
Real Name: Forever Shrouded in Mystery :P
Age: 27
Gender: Male
Likes: Science, Math, LEGO, Bionicle, Ponies, Comics, Yellow, Voice Acting
Notable Facts: One of the few Comic Veterans still around
Has been a LEGO fan since ~1996
Bionicle fan from the beginning
Misses the 90's. A lot.
Twitter: @akanotoe

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