1031 Twenty One.

Well, I don’t know about you, but the previous page’s blog “discussion” left a sour taste in my mouth. Let us never speak of it again. >:|

There is a downloadable demo for the new Fire Emblem game on the 3DS. After playing it I almost wish I hadn’t, because now I must wait with the knowledge that this fantastic thing is coming and I can’t have it yet. My patience is almost completely spent on every other aspect of my life. So, when it comes to entertainment, when I can have a thing now I get it now. With games I often have to wait for years before I get a price drop, but with Nintendo, especially now, I know it’s never coming, so I don’t bother waiting. I just suck it up. The downside of this is that it only encourages Nintendo’s heinous business practices, but their games are like crack to me. Pokemon, Advance Wars & Fire Emblem, particularly on the handhelds, fit my prefered gaiming style perfectly. They are made to play in the times between. Plus they are sort of video game equivalents of playing with action figures or a board game. Moving little things around, pitting them agains one another… Awesome.

Tactical RPG games also give me this feeling, which is why I loved Final Fantast Tactics Grimoire Of The Rift while others experienced it dissmissively. War Of The Lions is generally considered the pinacle of the game type, and every version since seems to be looked down upon by the gaming elite. But whatever, I love those games too and have come to love the setting they take place in, after dragging my feet at the start of Final Fantasy 12. But I digress.

The Gamecube version of Fire Emblem is a fine game. I enjoyed playing it. In fact, that experience is chronicled in these blog posts, assuming they aren’t some of the lost entries from the server upgrade. I made a “perfect save” to take into the Wii game. Unfortunately that game is frustratingly hard. It’s brutality is well documented. Even with the extra power of an imported save you will be hard pressed to get to the end of the game without losing party members. Some say it cannot be done. I wouldn’t know. for whatever reason I couldn’t be bothered to play the same battle over and over again that time. Not when even simple battles take hours and one mistake leaves your party in ruins. Someday I will take it on again. Perhaps I will find a way to armstrong it. For me, however, the actual difficulty was not the problem. The problem was that it was for a console. I would tolerate that kind of punishment and repetetive play in a handheld game. In sure there must be a limit, but having the game on a portable device allows me to multitask. I can watch television while I play. Thus doubling my recreation fun.

So now I wait. You guys, they made your game avatar customizable, you guys. You didn’t even see yourself properly in the other game where you had one.


I’m probably tired. Actually, I know I’m tired. Soul-crushingly exhausted.

So keep that in mind when I say this: Jess, you are annoying me. Smug confidence? Ugh.

Were I you Ed, I’d take that as a challenge! Yes, it would be very petty. But break free of the hold she has on you! Prove yourself one unpredictable maddirfakir!

Rant done.

Without being absolutely clear about Jo’s sexual orientation I’d dare to say she’d fantasize about having sex with the both of them at the same time. Then again I could say the same about Nina.

And now with that picture in my head I’m taking a break and getting more coffee.

Another image plastered into my mind, and my “drafter’s brain” (which allows vivid, voice-acted [I give Thomas a deep voice for no real reason]miniature films to play out in my head) makes it oh so fun.

I’ve been shipping Jo with Ed, John, Nina, and Jen for quite sometime now. I don’t think even she knows what path she wants to take, and even if she did, who’s to say she wants to take just one? You’ve got to be careful of the quiet ones, they’re often the most adventurous.

Smart people that screw themselves over by wasting money on college and not bothering to apply themselves, or take something they’re interested in, are, to quote Will Smith, the dumbest smart people I’ve ever met.

I wish the arguments and rivalries for the last 21 years between me and MY brother were this civil. Their exchanges are downright chummy compared to our weekly blowouts….

I love 12 and all the Tactics games.I wish there was a game that would let the player explore Ivalice in depth, especially since I’m pretty sure the original tactics is actually canonical with the rest (I theorize it’s a distant future after some catastrophe destroyed the other civilized races).

I’m re-reading the comic again and just noticed for the first time that at this point in the comic 2 years has apparently passed. I’m not sure when or how; but way back at the beginning, on Ed’s first day, he was 19. At the very least that’s what Thomas said about Jess.

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