A Fun Saturday Night!

FF7

 

As I finished the anime post yesterday, I added a paragraph the novel, but a nudge pulled me to my Steam library to play one of the classic JRPGs, Final Fantasy VII. I started playing it months ago when bought, during last year’s Summer Sale, but with all the game pad shorts that I’ve had, wanted to get a backup before trying to play it more. It can’t be said how good it was to play on PC, & guess you can classify this as a comparison post between the old PS version and the PC port.

(PSOne Version)

Before going further, it needs saying that JRPGS never interest in the slightest before, but I asked my mom to get FFVII for either my birthday or Christmas and for it’s day, the game blew my mind! Sure, the graphics tied with CG cut scenes stung me, but the story and game play drew me in as well. The original PS had its drawbacks, there was no denying that, but compared to the 16 BIT era, man! πŸ™‚

The biggest con for me, (& I know others will say something different), but the biggest issue for me were the cds getting damaged, though I took good care of them, having me go rebuy the game. It got annoying as hell, which I’m sure made my mom annoyed to no end!

(PC Steam Version)

I had the Windows 95/98 disc version of the game, but it ran like garbage, even though our computer specs were in that minimum column to run the game. I will not count that version, so yeah.

You could say I wanted to get FF7 on Steam because I wanted to see how it’d run on my computer & the nostalgia. Well, yes and yes! πŸ™‚ Right off the bat, the game brought back the memories, having me back in the 90s, but not sure if I don’t remember or if things were added to this version, but the characters seem to be more flushed out. Up close they have a better mouth, where as the PS I don’t think had that.

Graphics are much better, which is a given and the game runs better, from what I see, certainly better than the old windows 95/98 crappy port.

If you own either the original game or the Steam version, what do you prefer, notice between the two?

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The Perfect Anime Question To End The Week!

This anime question has always nudged at me to be asked and I think now that I have followers who blog about anime and the community, this could be a good time to search for an answer. Sure I’ve mentioned it that I pretty much have seizures if I watch dubbed anime, (bad dubs really make me sick), but at the moment, my ability to buy anime on dvd/Blu-ray is limited.

Before going to my first convention in the 90s, dubbed anime was on TV and watched without questioning much. After my first trip to Anime Central however, I became accustomed to watching subbed anime & love it to this very day. When watching/listening to the Japanese voice actors, they sound closer to to the character’s ages than their American counterparts.

If you’ve watched dubbed stuff growing up, ever notice how the voice actor’s voice cracked, sounding older than the character they portray? Or the actor doesn’t match up with the age of said character in general? I can give examples, but one β€œfairly recent” series sticks out, Fairy Tail.

 

Erza_in_OVA_8

As stated, I PREFER the Japanese subbed versions of anime, but right now I’m stuck. Though against my better judgment, the dubbed version of the above anime was tried on You Tube and dropped after hearing how bad a character’s American voice was. Before trying to sit through it, research was done and this might be trivial, but I knew going in, Erza Scarlet’s 19 years. In the series, the voice actor makes her sound like 25-29ish?

Am I wrong in saying that the companies that get the rights to series here just do a half assed job with hiring the right people? I’d like to get your though, or tell me I’m nuts!

New Character Reveals & Plot Discussion?

Mako, Satsumi and the characters herein aren’t based on anyone living or dead, (or undead). I retain all rights to the characters and work. Any recreation without consent is PROHIBITED!


For the second post today, I want to reveal two characters who are brother and sister and will be in the story that I now am figuring out, Also wanna share some ideas I had for the story, hence the reason for posting part of my disclaimer.

The characters have been on my mind for awhile now so some scenarios to put the two were created in my head to see how they might do. A piece of the story was talked through, (which might sound odd to some, but) & I think they fit, plus the story plot might hold up. At the end of this, please let me know if you like it or not. πŸ™‚

 

Mako

Let us start with characters! Mako, who you see above is a twenty one year old college student living in Japan who just drifts aimlessly through life, not knowing what the heck he wants out of it, so he tries to ignore people who try to guide him, his sister included. This goes on until a crystal shaped as a pendent appears, giving him immortality, (which Mako treats as a joke), but the appearance of a mysterious young woman dressed in a monk’s robe shows up, whipping him into shape.

 

Satsumi

 

Now Satsumi is the complete polar opposite of her brother. She is well ordered, good in her classes and she even developed her own fighting style, but if this idea gets off the ground like I envision, you’ll see that she wasn’t always so ordered. After the visit from the mysterious woman, Satsumi & Mako fix their bonds, grow as siblings and go on adventures where a crystal pendent appears to her.

Some plot ideas I’m tossing around.. It was mentioned in a post before that I wasn’t copying Highlander, (one of my favorite movies/series), not trying to get sued here. I’m going with either Alchemy created the crystals or demons are trapped in them & the person who has a pendent needs to draw on the demon’s power to battle.

What do you think, can this all come together? I’m open to alterations etc.

Thoughts On The Crypto Currency Fad!!!

Since missing a post Wednesday, due to having something on my brain, two posts are going up today! Monday, in my post about console gamers thinking gaming on PC is hard, it was hinted that building a new computer costs more than it use to be due to a issue I’m bringing up today.

Let’s talk about fads and get rich quick schemes. I’m sure some who read this lil corner of the net heard about Crypto currency and/or crypto mining. It’s digital currency made or mined by using graphic cards and its the latest craze for the last few years, but here’s how it hurts the PC gamer. Say someone buys every Nvidia card for their mining servers/computers, that jacks up prices for said card! Not long ago, I was curious about saving up for upgrades, but soon as I saw graphics card prices, my jaw dropped!

In my mind, these people who buy these cards in bulk just to mine this fad need their heads examined. β€œOh, I’ll drive up the prices so I can get rich fast!” But as soon as the crypto market dives, they bail! I’ll admit, I don’t care to follow or learn about this craze, I’m a guy who just games, that’s it!

Not sure if this can be done, but someone needs to step in, whether the card makers or retailers and limit or stop people from buying the cards in bulk! I know some of my readers play on PC so I’m interested in what you have to say! πŸ™‚

Why I Don’t Fish Anymore

Before moving to the city sometime in the mid 80s, I grew up on a farm in the country. It wasn’t a big one, but you couldn’t beat the open land we had with a corn field, a large field to fly kites in, the whole nine! ^_^ We also had a pond with Bass, Sunfish & Bluegil that we use to fish every chance we had. I use to love fishing, next to kite flying, that was my favorite thing.

Might catch backlash from family if they read this on Facebook, but ah well. Something happen to me that traumatized me to the point that makes me flip if someone even hangs a fish in my face, having me dislike fishing. Before continuing, I want it known that I loved my parents when they were living and miss em now, & I’m not trying to speak ill of them in death.

My mom took me down to the pond one day after she got a lil tipsy, locked my brakes on my manual chair and put a fishing pole in my hand. Now, it needs to be said the brakes were shit, they were very loose and I told her that, but she insisted that I was fine, just fish. Well, next thing I knew was heading in the water with her coming after me. Some weeks later, dad did the same, this time though I fell in with a lawn chair.

After those two accidents, fishing was odd for me? Some in my family may laugh at me for my reason, but can anyone blame me?

Why Do Console Gamers Think Gaming On PC Is Hard? A Logical View, & Counterpoint!

Today I’d like to kick off the week of daily posts with this computer topic and ask why most console gamers seem to shun or hate the PC & the community. Now, keep in mind what I stated in Friday’s/Saturday morning’s post, when I announced these topics, I’ll try to speak logically, invite discussion and yes, I may have a sarcastic tone to some of the post, but it is to bring a point home

 

Gaming PC 1

As a lot of you readers who followed me for years know, I’m an ex console gamer who has returned to his PC gaming roots due to various reasons, one being the games are more adaptable to me being one handed, unlike on consoles. I get less stressed when playing computer games, mostly because I try staying out of drama on the Steam forums, if a person adds me on my friends list just to say I suck, they’re deleted without a word. Even if a friend who’s on it already spams stuff to win, I don’t ask why, they are just deleted.

What I typed above may sound like a side track, but not really?

Before this computer was built a lil over two-three years ago, the choice to come back to PC to game was weighed, watching pro/con debates, among other things and what I found did, but didn’t throw me. I’m not gonna go on a limb here and all console gamers live in a candy coated world, though a good half do, thinking PCs are hard to get up, maintain etc. Building one today might be, thanks to the issue I’ll cover later in the week, but moving on.

Two weeks ago, I decided to fire a old game up, (Devil May Cry 4) and play it. While watching the cutscenes, the graphics were glitching, even on game play, they were choppy. I thought my graphics card was crapping, but other games seemed fine. So after sleeping on it, google was consulted and found out the new version of my graphics card software had a bug with the old DX 9 games. Now the game’s played in DX 10 mode, fixed and good.

Now, let me sound like a critical bone head here! If a console fanboy saw this glitch, it’d be, β€œOh, see gaming on PC sucks!” They wouldn’t even try to see if there was a fix or ask around. No, they’d act lazy and not research shit, β€œOh, let’s not be smart and attempt to fix this, consoles are better.”

To add to that, there is this myth that PC gamers must upgrade hardware yearly to play the latest games. Honestly, where does the console fanboy get that from? I wanna know really! I’ve had same FX6300 setup for years and all I upgraded was my old Radeon 7770 card to the RX480 & I can play all the games in my library no problem. Again, let us not use our heads.

What is your take on this topic, let yourself be heard! πŸ™‚

A Look Ahead…

Just a heads up, (might even call it a schedule for the week ahead), but anyway. Starting Monday, I’m going to try doing some daily, or at the least, bi daily posts. Some topics came up that I feel like talking about and discuss with you readers, (if you want). What are this weeks topics going to be about?

Well, I don’t want to give too much away, but there are some topics I feel passionate about. One personal, a few anime related, one writing related and the others are computer related. Keep in mind and please understand that the topics will be random and I’m going to try to speak logically, attempting not to upset readers.

See ya all Monday. πŸ™‚