In which I try to decipher why Altered Beast is so damn compelling:
Today was a really fantastic day.
A while back I had the thought, “I wish I could buy all my friends a 3DS and a copy of Animal Crossing.” The more I thought about it, the more I believed it wasn’t something out of my reach. I did a little bit of saving up and made enough to make it happen.
Tea, desserts, and Animal Crossing with four of my favorite people in the world. I had a really good day.
Now this is really something <3 You are a darling. I am glad you could make it happen!
This is amazing, wow
Shining Force manual scans
When Twilight first came out, and I first read it (yes, I bit that bullet) one of my main complaints about it was that it was the death of the “scary” vampire in literature. However sexy, sultry or attractive you find Edward, I think we can all agree that he is less than frightening.
And I thought that this is where the glittery, gaudy, NOT-scary vampire started. Until I read this:
The Vampire Lestat, the follow-up to Interview with a Vampire, was originally published in 1985. This is the first Anne Rice book that I’ve read, so I’m not sure if the rest of them are this intolerable.
There are many things that are “typical” vampire about Lestat. He can’t go out during the daylight, for example. He hunts human victims and drinks blood. This otherness of being an immortal being SHOULD be terrifying and different. It’s not.
Lestat is telling the story of being a newly made vampire. He is coming to grips with his newfound immortality and the horror of new way of survival. This SHOULD be intriguing, moving, compelling. It’s not.
What it IS: over 500 pages of whining, spoiled child ranting about how he is no longer human and doesn’t have any friends. Throw in some pseudo-intellectual philosophizing about what it means to love and be human for good measure. Basically, a lot of talk and no action.
What it IS: Not very good.
There is basically nothing remotely likable about Lestat, or any of the other vampires featured in the story. All of them do a lot of talking and a lot of complaining, but not much else.
I do have to give Rice credit for approaching the idea of a homosexual relationship (while somehow managing to not ever mention it outright) at a time when it was less than socially acceptable. However, the tension between the characters amounts to less than a romance novel, especially when Lestat falls in love with pretty much everyone he talks to.
There are plenty of better vampire stories to read than this. Even The Historian presented a better vampire, although the novel he was set in was abysmally boring. I wanted to leave a note in my copy saying, “Skip this, read I Am Legend.”
Scans from Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac Job System’s manual and bonus booklet
I want a localized HD version of this sooooo baaaad
Super Mario Bros. 2 ad.
A few thoughts after playing about four hours of the PC (Steam) version of Final Fantasy VII:
-polygonal models look better than ever, but the prerendered backgrounds look awful up close
-the cutscenes are still weirdly impressive to me
-the lower-quality music doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would
-achievements for stuff like beating the Weapons and getting Knights of the Round are cool for Steam bragging rights
-the way the characters emote is just as charming as in the 16-bit games
-the translation is VASTLY improved from the PS1 version, but there are still some errors (it’s/its) and a few bits of awkwardness
I bought a Steam code for the game with some Amazon credit as a curio, but I’ve found myself getting pretty into it, and may find myself finishing it again for the first time since it was originally released in 1997…
Issue 3 of Nintendo Fun Factor, which is where my game-writing has been going lately, is finally done! The cover story focuses on hardcore/niche Wii games and there is also a little feature on the Final Fight series, and a bunch more! There are two covers to choose from, so download whichever you prefer (or both :-O)! As always, the issue (PDF download) is FREE and available over at our blog. Hope you check it out and let us know what you think! :-D