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Getting a new game always meant a huge deal when I was small. Saving up for one usually took a full year; I scavenged every loose penny and nickel I saw to purchase that $80 Super Nintendo game I wanted oh so very much. It's a powerful feeling to finally hold that freshly bought shrink wrapped game box in your hands as you exit the store. It wasn't just the relief of finally having the game you longed for, but the feeling of possession; it was yours alone, your own to do with as you pleased. Upon carefully opening the box, and pulling out its contents, there was always a distinct smell, the smell of "fresh game." Savoring the moment, I'd hold the manual or game up to my nose and take a strong whiff. That smell is one of those things I'll always carry with me to remind me of those times of childish happiness. I'm not sure how many people can relate to this experience but I was surprised and happy to learn that both Bear and an old high school friend of mine can. =) So those of you out there who did and possibly still do this, you're not alone! =D
We recently finished watching the anime Sword Art Online! As I said in a recent post, it has a bunch of cringing anime character trope moments, but I found myself caring about its characters and being drawn into its story (and it's also oh so beautifully animated! >.< ). One aspect about the series that I really like and want to address is the idea that virtual/online experiences change you. Many people who play MMOs and join forums do dishonorable things online they wouldn't do in real life because of their anonymity, with the excuse that it's a "virtual experience" or that "it's only a game," but what does this tell us about our true selves. Though the technology and situation may present a virtual experience, we are still dealing with real people; love, friendships, and rivalries can blossom, grow, and flourish just as strong as or even stronger than in real life.
For those who like Skullgirls, heads up because though the development team was let go a while back, they still want to continue work on their creation and have been given permission by their previous publishers to do so. They've been running a crowd funding project for the past week so they can develop new free downloadable content including new characters, storylines, stages, etc.! =D It's such a great feeling seeing a team wanting to grow and continue their project and to actively do so even though the franchise doesn't seem totally in their control publishing-wise. They've already reached their minimum goal, but so many more awesome things get added the more funds they gain! Please go visit their crowd funding page if you haven't already! =D It's some really exciting stuff! XD
I expected Pie to cover this, but since she didn't I'll make it as concise as possible. Yes we bought the 3DS and Fire Emblem recently and we are thoroughly impressed with both so far. I have to say, playing the store demo of the regular 3DS with PilotWings Resort really did not do the system justice. It was nice, of course, but it could not prepare me for the experience of playing the XL with the masterfully crafted game that is Fire Emblem.
We also picked up Crimson Shroud from a compelling argument catering to our specific tastes. Considering it's the team that pretty much made FF Tactics and has the added bonus of being developed by Level 5, it was pretty much a slam dunk must buy. Between these games, Etrian Odyssey 4 and Shin Megami Tensei 4, I would have to say it's an exciting time to own a 3DS if you are an RPG fan.