“Offline”

While I have spent the last few days literally offline thanks to feeling rough, I’m not really referring to that at the moment. Rather, I’m talking the not only few games that I’ve streamed from my PS4, but also FFXIV as well. I’m still gaming, for the most part, but it’s been on my shiny SNESClassic. I’ve only put real time into Zelda so far, which I finished about a week ago (adulting means playing only two days a week at the moment, so not bad time at all).

I’m holding off on a lot of the other stuff on purpose, though: I’ve made it extremely clear that I want a capture card for Christmas this year, and when I get that I’ll be playing the other, more significant games on the system on streams. Well, that means I have to fight my way through setting up OBS properly, but Twitch itself looks like it has tutorials for that so instead of muddling through like I tried before I’ll use those to try and get it set right.

Anyway… yeah. I’ll get some more The Wolf Among Us in sooner or later (streaming), and I’ll be back on FFXIV hopefully this weekend since I’m almost at the end of Heavensward (not streaming). FFXV Comrades is coming soon (stream, but also PSN = BrennaCeDria to join me!), and I still have about half of FFXV to replay for my plot-only streams (including the extra chapter 12 content!). I also have, of all things, Hatoful Boyfriend since it was a PS+ game, and I’ll probably play that online, too. So I have plenty to play between now and my birthday. (At which point a hopefully very special game will be out to add to my list. ^_^ Again, PSN = BrennaCeDria to join me.)

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Small #SNESClassic Gripe

I’ve gotten so spoiled–obsessively spoiled–by games allowing me to take screenshots. (I switched to mostly PC gaming for this, then PS4 giving me both caps and streaming has been a dream.) I don’t have any sort of external capture device still, though, so I can’t stream or capture ANYTHING.

So, in the meantime, I’m stuck only typing things up. Or, worse, taking pics of my tv like some sort of retro heathen.

…In light of not having proper access to share my games, here’s a very quick update on Link to the Past: made it to the third dungeon in the Dark World, which I hate. I don’t remember being fond of the fourth one, either. I think I have about four hours in the game (ah, the benefit of having played dozens of times over ~25 years) but with my luck, I’ll double that time to eight by the time these next two dungeons are done. Anyway, this post is pre-work, so I have maybe half an hour or so to work on things before going to adult for the day.

Obligatory #SNESClassic Post

Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition
So! Unlike the NES Classic (which honestly, I wasn’t interested in at all), I’ve been quietly hype for the SNES edition. The Super Nintendo was my childhood, the way the NES was for so many people last year. Then just as much as now, though, my game tastes skewed very heavily to RPGs, so there’s a lot on here I haven’t played.

I was a bit ill last night after work, so while I got to unbox everything during yesterday’s lunch break, I haven’t been able to actually play until this morning. I let the demo screen run a bit, until I saw this:

Final Fantasy 3 SNES

I’ve been nostalgic for “Square Co.” and the old “SquareSoft” logos often over the years, but seeing it again like this almost made me cry this morning. To be fair, I hadn’t had any coffee yet, but still. Nostalgia, and tons of it.

Unfortunately, I do have work this morning, so I don’t have time to start up any of the serious RPGs of my tweens. Instead I started with F-Zero, a game I’m just as bad at as before but that’s still just as fun, and then moved on to Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. This and Chrono Trigger are probably the best-ever SNES games for me (even above the Final Fantasies) and since it’s a lot more forgiving on traditional saves (yes, the system has emulator save states, but for these first few hours they don’t feel right) it was a safe game to start up without getting trapped. I stopped (but still haven’t saved or cut off the game) right as I left the throne room to write this, because I remembered I wasn’t able to last night, but I’ll get back to it and save after I get out of this little mini-dungeon between the castle and the sanctuary.

There is more I want to say about the system, but I want to play it more first. However: if you’re feeling really, painfully nostalgic, set the display to the CRT mode:

SNES Classic CRT mode on Zelda: LttP

This pic doesn’t do it justice, but try it. And then switch the display mode back. It’s just as fuzzy as you remember, though if it gives you any headaches, don’t blame me. (Related: It could be my eyes or my TV, but I can’t see a difference between 4:3 and Pixel Perfect modes on the bits I’ve tried so far. I’m still using Pixel Perfect, though, because it’s there for a reason, right?)

Anyway, here are the rest of my unboxing pics from lunch yesterday.

  • Console: So tiny! (Including original further down for scale!)
  • Controllers: Just like I remember. (Also: cords more than two feet long!)
  • Back: Weird not having the expansion port.
  • “Now You’re Playing with Super Power!”

  • Setting it up.

  • Menu and Zelda

    Anyway, I have about 20 minutes left before I have to get ready for work, so I’m going to get through these few rooms to the sanctuary, then maybe just run around the map a bit. (Much) Later, I’ll decide if I want to jump into Earthbound or Mario RPG (neither of which I’ve finished, we only had them on rentals) or Secret of Mana (the main reason I wanted this in the first place) soon-ish, or if I want to try and get an external capture card and stream any of those instead. I mean, there’s kinda enough for me to play in the meantime, if I do decide to wait.

 

Hurricane

First, Important Stuff™: The Caribbean has been hit by Irma far harder than any of us anywhere in the US will be. If you can, pick one of the charities at the bottom right of this page and throw a buck their way. If they ask, specify that you’d like the donation to go to the Caribbean in general, or any of the specific areas impacted, rather than to a general donation fund. (Also I’d avoid the Red Cross if possible; they’re tied for last on accountability and stuff. I think Direct Relief has the highest rating for percentage of funds actually being distributed to helping, rather than going to administrative costs and stuff.)

Okay, personal stuff: Irma’s way out still and won’t even be touching Florida until… midday tomorrow? …but still she’s already inching away from my area bit by bit and we won’t have any effects here until I’m guessing overnight Sunday-Monday? We were originally down for a direct hit but the track has pushed just west of us that I barely expect a power outage. I mean, we only had one very brief outage with Matthew, and that actually was a hurricane when it came onshore barely north of us.

Of course I say that and now she’ll swing back east at us because I have.

Regardless of what she does or doesn’t do, the entire area is still under a mandatory evacuation starting tomorrow morning. I don’t even consider going anywhere for less than a medium-or-higher category three storm, partially because someone needs to be here to assess the post-storm for work but mostly because I’m massively overconfident when it comes to bad weather of any kind. No joke, most of my life I’ve actively believed I’ll go down from a lightning strike, and that doesn’t really frighten me.

So… either way? I’ll be here. Here at home, here online (again, just like last year). I might spend time streaming; I confirmed last time that the lag in my twitch chat is too much to ask people to crowd-play TWAU with me, but I can still play it in general and anyone who’s stuck home but has a connection can watch that if they want. I’m sure I’ll do at least episode two over the next few days. Or other games, or offline games, idk.

I’ll post if anything changes around here, and if anyone is bored I’ll be around to chat.

The Wolf Among Us: Faith

I finally got off my butt (or on it, in front of the tv?) and restarted TWAU this afternoon. I wasn’t really feeling the best, so I only played through the first episode so far. I remembered most of this one from when I played before, but this is the only chapter I have played previously so future posts for the game will be completely blind playthroughs.

As always a copy of the stream is saved to my channel over on Twitch, if anyone wants the copy with chat included!

Final Fantasy XV New Game+ Silent Streams (Chapter 3)

We finished last time forcing our way through a blockade, after which Cor left us to roam Duscae and make our way to Lestallum. Iris made it there safely, and Talcott has the clue for our next destination.

…Thinking about it all after the fact, I should have taken advantage of the Episode Prompto outfit and given the poor boy something warmer to wear in Greyshire Grotto.

Alternately, the Twitch copies of my vids should always have the chat copies saved if you’d rather those instead!

4 Classic Dissidia Final Fantasy Replays

Full disclosure: The quality on these videos is horrible. That’s kind of a given, considering they were taken using the original PSP game’s replay feature, but nonetheless. One thing I didn’t remember until rewatching them, though, is that the game’s actual interface isn’t included in the replay. It makes for a good, clean (in context if not in resolution) playback I suppose, but this far after the fact I think it would have been better to have the UI to illustrate progress and lack thereof in each fight. At any rate, here are the videos I saved oh-so-long-ago:

Zidane vs Golbez: I originally labeled this one “Shade Impulse ?” and don’t for the life of me remember what that meant. Until rewatching this one, I’d completely forgotten how much I enjoyed Zidane’s style. In most games, even now, female characters are the main ones with quick hits and movements, so in most games I stick to the girls for that reason alone. Zidane was a pleasant exception to tradition.

Cloud vs Sephiroth Manikin: Simple and to the point, though there is some stuttering from the PSP conversion.

Bartz vs Sephiroth Manikin (17 level difference): So Bartz’s little opening line was “This is exciting” and I don’t think anything in Dissidia was ever more true for me, recorded or otherwise. I screwed up with picking the fight, and ended up with a manikin 17 levels higher than Bartz. I expected to die in seconds. I somehow lasted much, much longer than that. I still die, but lasting as long as I did was a miracle.

Destiny Odyssey VII Final Battle (Sephiroth): While FFVII isn’t my ultimate Final Fantasy, Cloud vs Sephiroth has become the ultimate Final Fantasy showdown pretty much fandom-wide and I’m not complaining about that when it results in fights like this one. This vid is the shortest of my four, and, well… my most successful. As in, my only successful one. Losing in the others were more exciting in many cases, but beating Sephiroth with Cloud just feels good.

So… yeah. These are what I have left of my original Dissidia experiences, and I’m looking forward to adding new videos with the beta for NT staring tomorrow. (Unrelated, seeing the videos embedded here make me feel a lot better about their quality. It’s still bad, because they’re so old, but having the smaller frames compared to watching directly on YouTube means less stretching & pixelating.)