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I’ll take the Power of God, thanks

I asked the Grand Master Payal Jan Bug Dhar for a blog post idea and this is what she hath given me:

This was a bit of tossup but I decided to settle on Max from Life is Strange. She was the third choice. Second choice was Chloe from the same game but, uh, to put it mildly, she has bad luck.


First, I look good in a bun. Although I guess the point of this exercise is that I would look like the character…so forget that first point.

Second, she can play guitar. As a struggling Rocksmith god I find this admirable.

Finally, and most importantly, she can rewind time. That is also frightening because playing with time is dangerous, and can apparently cause a nosebleed. And yet, oh how tempting it would be to say what you really feel, and if it completely backfires, just push rewind and try again.

You can ask out that hot guy or gal (*cough*Chloe*cough*), you can tell your boss to shove it, you can flip off that road rage enabling fool, you can try to cry your way out of a traffic ticket, etc. You could probably also do something good, I suppose. But playing with life and death is tricky. What if you save some old man and it turns out he’s a serial killer, and thanks to you, can now go on and kill a few more little girls?

Ultimately, although I feel playing god can only lead to tragedy, I am human for the most part and tempted just the same. Also, I would get to stare at Chloe, so, that evens out.


I Have Conquered The Sims

Finally. After three iterations. I have, for once, bred a Sim family to ten generations. I have done…a legacy.

The downside is that my goal is actually an Alphabet Legacy. That’s 26 generations instead of the normal 10. Because I hate myself.

The other downside is the Sims 4 is boring and after pushing through all that love matching and baby making, I feel little desire to play the game for longer than ten minutes at a time. But I’m a true Sim addict and will probably be buying the next Game Pack/Stuff Pack/Expansion Pack/WasteofMoney Pack.

But who cares! Here is the family so far:


Hello, Sims 4

So. Finally. I decided to try out the Sims 4 via Origin Game Time™. 48 hours of free Sims 4 playing? Yay. 😐 Thoughts I have had this past weekend about my old favorite pastime:

At least they are happy. Thanks to cheats.
  • I started the game with a house filled with six adults. After five hours I regretted my decision and was seriously thinking about going back to Sims 1 style aging and playing. I don’t know if it was their personalities, or the fact that sims in #4 seem to have ADD, but it was exhausting keeping track of these dang Damodreds.
  • I have a Sims 2 save with Mom, Dad and six kids and that household felt more calm and in control then the one with nary a child or significant other in sight. Maybe that is the real reason EA took out toddlers: adult sims are basically five-year-olds.
  • Having said that, they seriously need to bring back toddlers. And add in preteens while they are at it, because why not.
  • I hate the camera. Even changing it to Sims 3 style didn’t really help.
  • Build and Buy modes being one mode is actually a bit annoying, but not as annoying as the damn camera.
  • Ironically, although I was one of those who protested against the Sims 3 going open world and having story progression…now I miss it. The open world I can get used to being gone, since I like a game that loads in less than a minute, but story progression was mighty nice. I miss kicking sims out and them going on to live a full sim life without me intervening.
  • I bought the game anyway because it was on sale and I’m an addict and don’t want to bother reinstalling Sims 3.
  • In ten years I have yet to finish a legacy challenge. But I keep trying! 😀

Dag dag.  ?


Gaming Backlog: Yakuza 4

Yakuza is a series that piqued my interest some years ago, but my want to start things off from the beginning kept me at bay. This want is why I’m still plodding along in the first Assassin’s Creed. However, thanks to PlayStation Plus I received Yakuza 4 for “free” and thus finally dipped into the abyss.

I cannot tell you how many hours I’ve sunk into this game, but what I can say is I’ve lost the plot somewhere along the way. Here’s what I can gather:

Akiyama is a Robin Hood-esque loan shark. A mysterious woman who needs a lot of money for mysterious reasons comes into his life. Drama ensues.

Tanimura is a cop with bad habits who uses his ill-gotten funds to help immigrants. Another Robin Hood, if you will. He also wants to find his dad’s murderer. Eventually crosses paths with Akiyama’s mystery woman. More drama.

Saejima is a yakuza on death row, who then escapes to find answers or whatever, and well, his storyline is a big “wha….”. But he ropes in the last protagonist.

Kiryu is what ties all the games together and I’m assuming all the plotlines in this specific game. Former yakuza. Head of very tiny orphanage. Does not seem disturbed at Saejima checking out middle schooler under his care. Also kind of hot.

There is an overarching plot involving stolen money, backstabbing, mass murder and love. But who cares! I’ve spent most of my time in the hostess clubs and beating up gang members. Occasionally I help someone out with their curry recipe.

The actual game mechanics are a bit stiff, specifically with the fighting combos and moving around in general, and the map/mini-map leaves much to be desired. Actually, I really hate the map; it’s borderline useless. A lot of the fighting feels like placeholders until the next overly long, overly dramatic cutscene. And I’m okay with that.

Yakuza 4 is a soap opera with all the convoluted mess that entails, but is also fun for the most part. It only becomes tedious if you want to achieve 100% trophy completion. Thankfully I don’t.

I have no interest in replaying this game, but I may check out Yakuza 5.