Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Standards, Time, and Variety | Final Fantasy XIV

So yeah, I've been heavily invested in Final Fantasy XIV's development. The online Final Fantasies intrigue me for a bunch of admittedly finely tuned personal points, but I'm starting to notice some things about what it means to even play one of these things now.

It's become rather odd that someone like me could loyally stand behind something so contingent on aspects of the gaming community that I deplore, but I do and pragmatically speaking it's one of the few games doing interesting things outside systems and mechanics as well. An MMO (at least in how the genre standard has become set for the past ten years) has become a big melting pot of madness.

Friday, September 6, 2013


Ever since Metal Gear Solid 2, I've had a rather love/hate relationship not with the series, but with people's grasp on it. As many problems as I have had with how Kojima has handled things over the years, they pale in comparison to the weariness I feel for 'defending' the series at this point. This is wrongheaded on two accounts. First is the grasp that I've only recently let go of in the past few years and that's feeling like I am defending or excusing the series for a myriad of things.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Nothing New to Report...

I'm just gonna cross-post a forum entry I made on NeoGAF earlier this year that I kept adding to bit by bit as time passed[1]. I made it to the 100th bullet point this morning---so that's got to count for something, right?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Metal Gear M---er July! | Frenetic Violence & Retrograde Technoactive Progression

Okay, this will probably be the last entry I have focusing on Revengeance. I'm hopping around the Legacy Collection right now and have already found about eight other things that could fill up a moderately sized post so it's time for me to move on.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

FFXIV: ARR | High Contrast Shots of Phase 3

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Metal Gear M---er July! | Nihilism & Destruction

If Sniper Wolf is Mistral's analogue in Revengeance, Psycho Mantis is no doubt Monsoon's. This one seems less intentional however, but it is a strong correlation nonetheless. Again though, in Revengeance the antagonists are painted in a far more black and white manner, so the resolve Monsoon exhibits seems to be more absolute than what Mantis displayed. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

FFXIV Shots | Beta Phase 3

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Metal Gear M---er July! | Beauty & Destruction

"Keep trying boy!"

Well I was gonna just go ahead and post one of the half-finished revisits I haven't bothered looking at for the past few years, but I decided against that as I saw a lovely opportunity to annoy myself this time. With the Legacy collection[1] coming out next week (which is the first 'collection' they've released actually worth a damn), I thought it might be fun to leisurely make my way through the series again.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Big Dopey Elephant

"The point is, Nintendo is----fine. Nintendo can put out two or three more failing consoles and still not be broke. To me, I like to think of Nintendo as not dead---Nintendo's not dead. I like to think of Nintendo as just this big, dopey, happy--frustrating elephant that's walking along at it's own pace and there's nothing we can do about it."
"Come on elephant!"
"No elephant come on! Make a Pokemon console game already!"
"Nope, boppopopppoppoom" [1]

1. The Final Bosman - 'What About Nintendo?' 05/29/2013 [Link]

Monday, May 20, 2013

An Addendum to Black Noise

Where we go from what I described as incessant noise looks to have been bolstered by a very key development in how media content is presented to users in video games, chiefly videos. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine thing to have as an option to supplement content, but recently I've seen the general sentiment that borders on actively willing it to replace the methods we already have to deliver information. Change is a painful and inevitable process, but its not always necessary and innovation is never any guarantee of efficacy or effectiveness.

We've seen a lot of change in this generation of game consoles. A lot. How much of it has been for the better?

Detailing that change would be a waste of my and your time, so I'll cut to the relevance here, videos and what they mean going forward.


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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jetstream vs Lightning Bolt

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Dark Descent | Fear of a Different Sort

Amnesia: The Dark Descent has been sitting in my Steam library for almost two years now. For someone who has a sort of noted preference for survival-horror games, I'm still not entirely sure why I never touched it until two days ago. It could have simply been the backdrop, which while dripping with atmosphere, isn't exactly the most rare setting in a game (I think Penumbra actually edges it out in that regard). It also could just as well have been the almost instinctual impulse of negation towards crowd praise I'm somewhat partial to. This isn't to say that Amnesia is a critical darling above and beyond reproach, just that it was/is consistently lauded for being one of the few games keeping 'survival-horror's essence' alive where most games have simply abandoned it. I always knew I'd have to take that bit of information into consideration when I finally got to it.

Monday, May 6, 2013

"Nice Hat."

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Black Noise & Quality of Commentary

Definition of WHITE NOISE:

a : a heterogeneous mixture of sound waves extending over a wide frequency range — compare pink noise
b : a constant background noise; especially : one that drowns out other sounds
meaningless or distracting commotion, hubbub, or chatter <the white noise of policy and politics in America — Joseph Nocera>[1]

Definition of BLACK NOISE:

Black noise is also called silent noise.
  • Silence
  • Noise with a 1/fβ spectrum, where β > 2. This formula is used to model the frequency of natural disasters.
  • Noise that has a frequency spectrum of predominantly zero power level over all frequencies except for a few narrow bands or spikes. Note: An example of black noise in a facsimile transmission system is the spectrum that might be obtained when scanning a black area in which there are a few random white spots. Thus, in the time domain, a few random pulses occur while scanning.
  • Noise with a spectrum corresponding to the blackbody radiation (thermal noise).[2][3]
Another somewhat amusing post from the guy who has his comments turned off[4]. It’s been in my older drafts for a long time though, and I’ve seen some semi-related commentary bubbling up recently so I thought I’d go ahead and hammer the rest of it out.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nintendo & Me | I've Changed My Relationship to 'It's Complicated'

I trapped myself in my room over the weekend and went about completing Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU, and making some major progress in Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. I've warmed up to my little Wii U, but I'm also kind of iffy on trying to care about Nintendo itself at this point. This seems to be the topic this week, as a string of Nintendo announcements has everybody questioning Nintendo's place and relevance for 'today's gamer'.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Worst Parts of Braid, Portal, and Metroid | Antichamber

I've never seen a game try so hard to be outside of the box...

I suppose I'll preface this brief post by saying no, I did not like Antichamber. In most respects I outright hated the game. However, I have to hope that because my reaction was so potent towards its primary M.O., the designer did what he did intentionally and by extension the game is successful in its aim in many respects.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

'SA-X' & 'Dom'

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Super Smash Bros. Brawl >> Dolphin Emulator Shots

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Friday, April 19, 2013

The Value of the Archivist

As you may or may not know, this week is National Library Week, and---as I may or may not have mentioned here, I work at a library.

I'm given mostly free reign over anything that gets plugged into a power socket here so oftentimes I go out of my way to make games or the culture surrounding them available to people, but it's been weird going these past few years as getting some of it to take has shown progress in certain areas and very little in others.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Gaius van Baelsar | Grahf

1. "Gaius bears a striking resemblance to Grahf from Xenogears." [Link]
2. "Square Enix Development Division 3 - Xenogears (1998) | Threads of Fate (1999) | Chrono Cross (1999) | Final Fantasy XI (2002) | Final Fantasy XI: Rise of the Zilart (2003) Final Fantasy XI: Chains of Promathia (2004) | Final Fantasy XI: Treasures of Aht Urhgan (2006) | Final Fantasy XI: Wings of the Goddess (2007) Final Fantasy XIV (2010) | Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin (2013) | Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (2013)" [Link]

Monday, April 15, 2013

Xenogears | The Elements


1. "Element was a high class within the Solaris Military. Members had very high ether skills and were the only ones capable of using gears with Aerods. In Xenogears, It was shown that some Elements are grouped together into four person teams." [Link]

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

There's Subtlety, Then There's Cowardice | BioShock Infinite

No, you shhhh.
Let down again...

...much less than I became with BioShock admittedly, but still---I can hope that Irrational will now devote their talent towards other venues at this point. I'm personally hoping I never see another System Shock 7 and I've officially resigned myself from wanting any more from a BioShock title. Infinite has given me some closure at least, and I'm thankful for it.

Did I hate Infinite? Of course not. In fact I enjoyed it more than its two predecessors overall. That said, what I walked away with has become too similar to what I felt for the original BioShock, which is a progressively terminal state of apathy. So, let me go ahead and get this out of the way Elizabeth, it must be said.

Monday, March 25, 2013


Edits & Mods: 1920x1080, Dario FF's Unleashed Pipeline Shaders, NoHUD, and brightness edits.

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Heart of the Swarm ~ Primal Queen of Blades

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Edits: HDR toning, vibrancy, custom sharpening, shadow & highlighting tweaks, leveling

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Synthetic Play #2 | Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

The reaction to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has confused me. Raiden has suddenly become cool.

He was supposed to do that in Metal Gear Solid 4, and he was only supposed to do that because of the disgusting reaction gamers gave him in 2001 with his debut in Metal Gear Solid 2. Now Platinum Games has seemingly turned him into---


Fucking Dante.

Yeah, I know I'm kind of biased given the window of play and affinities at work here specifically, but stick with me for this ride, it'll only take a few minutes.