ultranos: girl in gekkougan uniform with monsterous shadow (casting shadows)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 came out at the end of last month, and although I got it on Day One, I've been playing it sporadically since. Not because it's a bad game! No, it's very much like DS1, which I adored, with some new things so far. So, just like a sequel should be. It's...probably not the same continuity, since one of the hallmarks of the SMT series is multiple endings. Anyway, it's a lot of fun, although I do miss being able to destroy my enemies with the POWER OF DANCE. I'm just not high-enough level yet.

(No, seriously. Elements have a "[Foo] Dance" spell that does random damage against a random number of enemies a number of times. This might sound terrible, but with MAG as a god-stat, with some points in AGL, you can pretty reliably do 300 damage per turn. Did I mention this is a low-HP game? And with a half-SP skill, and things just die all around you. DO NOT MOCK THE POWER OF DANCE.)

On an entirely different topic, I have no idea what to post about anymore. So, is there anything you'd like to see me talk about? I feel like I owe people posts and I don't remember what about.
ultranos: ashley from Trace Memory (white-haired girl) sleeping (head down go to sleep)
-I blame friends of mine for getting me utterly addicted to Longform.org. What is Longform?

"Longform.org posts new and classic non-fiction articles, curated from across the web, that are too long and too interesting to be read on a web browser.

We recommend enjoying them using read later services like Instapaper and Read It Later and feature buttons to save articles with one click."


You know, like Jack Kerourac on Fiction, or a profile of Buster Keaton, or Wikipedia and the Death of the Expert.

That sound you heard rushing by? My free time. I knew I should have only stuck with Ars Technica.

-Speaking of Longform.org, it and Metafilter pretty much destroyed my lunch hour with the harrowing and rage-inducing article on Vanity Fair: Sex Trafficking of Americans: The Girls Next Door. It's well-written, and hearing the stories of women and girls in this hell broke my heart.

-Why You Hate Comic Sans, because at some point I apparently started caring about typography, and this is an accessible explanation on what drives typography geeks nuts about Comic Sans.

-Persona 2: Innocent Sin is coming to North America, 12 years after it came out in Japan. It's a port of the PSP remake, but it's the only Persona game that's not come to NA officially until now. Between that, Catherine (much to my embarrassment), and Devil Survivor 2 (seriously, some of the art coming out for that is great), Atlus has perfected the art of separating me from my money.
ultranos: ashley from Trace Memory asking why do you make my life difficult? (life on hard mode)
I feel slightly guilty that my interest in the Stargate WiPs I've got languishing on my harddrive is continuing to wane. There are spikes of interest here and there, but nothing's lit a fire under me about it for awhile. I'm sure I'll find it again eventually.

On the other hand, in danger of stating the goddamn obvious (TM :) ), I've been running into Persona and Shin Megami Tensei full-tilt. Guys, I have an apocafic percolating in my head, and it is Epic and Glorious. Mythology! Angst! Drama! Duty! Psychology! The End of the World! *rolls around happily*

(There is also the crossover kidfic that I swear I'm not writing. [livejournal.com profile] holdouttrout knows how much I'm swearing this.

...

I am so doomed, aren't I?)

Also, to my great surprise, some original fic characters from years ago popped up in my brain again, bringing with them a new, better, and utterly fascinating origin story. And character redesign, of course. But I'm considering writing this story, if I can find the plot. Well, beyond one character's homecoming for her denied birthright. (Fantasy world! Spooky powers! Assassins! Assassins as a team with PTSD!) There also might be research required, oh no. (Kiyo's been albino and Tam's been blind since they were both created. Serj, I haven't figured out what his deal is yet.)
ultranos: naoto in glasses looking a bit skeptical (wait what?)
One day, I feel like I should write the Big Damn Shin Megami Tensei/Persona Post about why I love this series and spin-off series so much, about the characters and plots and mechanics and gameplay and philosophy and everything else. Because it's at the point where I'm contemplating the prices on the Persona 1 PSP remake, because that's about the only way I can still throw money at Atlus (other than buying SMT: Strange Journey).

I have also realized that I have bought P3 3 times, in 3 different forms. I don't actually regret this at all.

I guess it's because where lots of other people pick up TV shows to sink time into and find glee in, I do it with games. And if I've seemed a bit distant lately, it's because I don't know how to talk to people on my flist about this. I can post about it, but it's not...I don't know. I want to make people understand, because yes, I love them, but I also think other people would too. I dunno. I guess I can't see much difference in time commitment to spending 60 hours on a game and watching 60 hours worth of TV. :/

Maybe my brain's wired strangely.

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Memoranda from the Usual Suspects

Media List:

Currently Watching:
-- Supergirl(hiatus)
--Pitch (hiatus)


Currently Playing:
--[null] (PS3)
--[null] (PS2)
--Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
--[null] (PSP)
--[null] (XBox360)
--Endless Legend (PC)
--Fallout: New Vegas (PC)


Currently Reading:

Manga
-[null]

Fiction
-The Rook, Daniel O'Malley
-Fortune's Rising, Sara King

Nonfiction
-Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy, David Daley


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"So she's good cop, he's bad cop, you're morally-questionable cop, and I'm set-things-on-fire cop."

"Sounds about right."

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"WARNING: When attempting to be clever, make sure you not actually just being stupid."

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"Did you remember to sacrifice the goat before burning the ISO to the DVD-R?"

"Crap! Um, I've got a charred piece of meat here."

"That's called a steak. That's dinner. What about the sacrifices?"

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"I escape through quantum-tunneling. What do I need to roll for that?"

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"Why is it called a 'Monkeylord'?"

"Because it looks like a spider."

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"I have a moral objection to this problem. It implies microwaving a steak."

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"Did you eat the crazy cookies this morning?"

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"The GPU goes 4 by 4, hurrah, hurrah."

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