arise: (avengers ♥  thunder god)
I haven't really gotten into playing games much in awhile, but yesterday I decided to jump back on the horse, so to speak. Husband and I started playing Heavy Rain last night... finished it today after being basically unable to put it down. Seriously, we played it until midnight, finally put it down to sleep, and then woke up first thing to play it again. And talked about it while going to sleep. And after it was finished sat talking about it for another hour. The ending we got, for any interested parties. )

I was really, really skeptical of the whole concept of interactive movie games. I repeatedly expressed incredulity that my husband could find Asura's Wrath at all interesting. I'm, to be frank, not very good at getting invested in media to begin with. I can get caught up in the emotion of a scene, but it rarely stays with me for long, and I have difficulty holding interest for very long at all. I find it very difficult to even follow TV shows because I can't focus on just watching the screen for a full hour. By extension, I doubted the ability of video games to inspire in me anything more than the same detached interest and admiration I feel while watching good movies or reading good books - the interactivity of the experience was a relevant factor in theory, but I couldn't imagine that translating into honest-to-god immersion. But now, finally, years after much of the rest of the world, I get it. And I want more.

We also have LA Noire, as of yet unplayed, but I want to wait a little while. Either it won't be anywhere near as good as Heavy Rain and the contrast will be unfair, or it'll be as good/better than Heavy Rain. Either way, I want it to last. So I'm back to playing Mafia II for a little while; I'm sure I'll finish it eventually. Husband is playing Mass Effect (now up to 3) with an ultra-Paragon Infiltrator m!Shep. He liased with Miranda in 2, but now apparently has designs on Ashley. I'm trying to steer him towards Cortez, but I don't seem to be selling it very well. Am curious to see the extended cut endings in an actual game as opposed to on YT, but all I can really muster now is a dull frustration.
arise: (fire emblem ♥ beach holiday mia)
Getting a chance to update is pretty hard. Not even because we're super busy, but I keep thinking of it only as I'm going to sleep or whatever. Thanks for everyone's well wishes :) Baby is just over two weeks old now. Her name's Alexandra, and she was born big and healthy. (Almost 4.2kg and 53cm, or in confusing-measurement terms, 9.2 pounds and 20.8 inches.) Labour was not too bad but it is not an experience I would recommend. Anasthesia is not nearly as reliable as I had been led to believe by others. We're settling in nicely now. Husband is on uni holidays and I can't go back to work yet, so we're spending most of our time nesting in the lounge. We have been marathoning The West Wing to the extent that leaving the theme music playing acts as a fairly reliable lullaby. Also playing a lot of Civilization, which is more or less what kept me sane in the hospital. (I did not so much sleep during my stay there as fall unconscious between turns.)

Honestly I think I'm becoming really really boring. Have a bit of random insomnia right now, but it's actually kinda nice being up alone; husband and baby sleeping in next room, so it's not like I'm missing anything. Fuck, I'm domestic.

Haven't played the ME3 extended cut yet, and will probably just yt the endings at some point. I don't have enough points on my multiplayer to get the good endings, and the reports about whether the multi prereqs have been changed are really contradictory, so I'm not getting my hopes up too high. I've been pretty disillusioned with the ending since I realised that 2/3 choices begin with the thesis "so Saren/TIM actually had a pretty good idea...". Also still bitter about Jacob and other mances getting so thoroughly shafted; didn't notice it on the first playthrough because I'd Liaramanced. I still like Liaramance best, but it sucks no-one else got what they wanted.

But hey, BioWare endings, never that good. One of my favourite things about finishing any BioWare game is watching husband rage over the ending even though he didn't play the game in question. I think he was more pissed about the ME3 ending than I was.

uhhh long entry is long so I'll just finish it with; watched him play Lollipop Chainsaw. Somewhat conflicted about it on a gender studies level, but it didn't look like that enjoyable a game, so I guess that's that. Gotta give Suda51 props for style, though. Next game I'm looking out for is Sleeping Dogs because idk I must have all sandbox crime games, even if it takes me forever to play them. (Still going on Mafia II ffs.)
arise: (dragon age ♥ thoughtful fenris)
Now that I'm getting over the disappointment, here's a proper post about Mass Effect 3. I actually did enjoy it, all up! )

I made a Kaidan playlist to deal with the ~disappointment~ about the ending, so once I get around to making cover art I guess I'll post it. I have a whole bunch of mixes that I've made but never posted because I'm so shitty with cover art. DX (Even though I 'manced Liara, Kaidan's actually my favourite. Just valued my broseph relationship with him. Next playthrough!) Ummm going to play Xenoblade Chronicles next, I've decided. It looks good. Hopefully it will have a better ending!
arise: (final fantasy ♥ D:)

That was a really, really bad ending.
arise: (persona ♥ marin fucking karin)
Husband is playing the multiplayer at the moment, and he seems to be enjoying it. I'd play, but my reflexes aren't good enough, it'd just be really stressful. :( So here are some more thoughts on the single player. ) Must be getting near to the end of the game. It's been fun, though! Still can't wait to see this terrible ending. I'm tossing up what to play next - currently between The Last Story and Disgaea 4.
arise: (dogma ♥ buddy christ)
I've gotten a fair way into Mass Effect 3 now, I think. I'm enjoying it so far, with some reservations. I feel like a lot of the controls and interface are a step backwards; little things like the weapon descriptions no longer listing what types of shielding they're good against, and the cover mechanics being so damn twitchy. No matter how many times you try to convince me that rolling is a good idea, I'm not going to buy it! Here are some more spoiler-laden thoughts. )

Watching husband play Asura's Wrath. I use the word 'play' in the loosest possible sense, as most of it seems to be watching cutscenes and occasional quick-time events. It looks incredibly dull to me, but idk he likes it. *shrug* I get bored and fidgety with a game if there's nothing to do for more than five minutes.
arise: (star trek ♥ i reject your captaincy)
I finally started Mass Effect 3! I don't have many spoilery thoughts about him, so I'm going to say that while I'm actually enjoying the game, there are three things about it that are really shitting me. In ascending levels of frivolity:

1. WHY IS THE LIGHTING ON THE NORMANDY SO BAD OH MY GOD, THIS IS SUCH A OSHA HAZARD SO MUCH HATRED. It's such a minor thing but it bothers me so much. For, like, everyone on my flist, the 'lighting' on the bridge consists of the red emergency lights on the ground and the glow from the computer monitors. No overhead lights, despite the fact that I KNOW THEY ARE THERE. How the fuck can anyone even see? I have such a new appreciation for the decent lighting in 2. Ironically this is the thing on the list that bothers me most.

2. Don't really like the new scanning system. While RUN AWAY is pretty funny, it lacks the relaxing grind. On a related note, I hate that I keep getting quests for worlds I can't visit yet. I spent so long looking for these two worlds, only to give up and get husband to Wiki it - turns out they just weren't unlocked yet. Argh. It's a little design thing, but annoying as hell.

3. My Shep ended up with both a facelift and a racelift. D: Well, racelift is probably a bit too strong, but she's got the darkest available skin-tone in 3 and it's still lighter than her old tone. idk I'm going to give the game the benefit of the doubt and say that it might be a weird contrast/brightness issue with my TV. What definitely isn't is randomly looking ten years younger. :/ SIGH.

Those gripes aside, I am actually enjoying the game. ♥ Liara, etc.. I don't want to describe the scene b/c cbf making a spoiler cut, but "stay away from my girl" was like the best thing ever and totes shipping Shep/Liara all the way. And the game in general is fun and I'm actually getting kinda interested in the main story which is an improvement from last time! Still can't wait to see the terrible ending.
arise: (haruhi suzumiya ♥ open-minded)
Given that the movie of it is apparently A Big Deal, I went out today and tried to buy the first book of The Hunger Games, because I like to be up on what all the hip young kids are into and so forth. In what was genuinely a pretty cool twist, the bookstore I went to at the local mall was sold out of it, which was actually really nice to see. It's a pleasant thought that best-selling books can still be sold out in this day and age; it offsets the whole 'bookstores closing everywhere' doom and gloom. /cool story bro

It's been somewhat of an effort thanks to EA servers being crappy, but I've finally managed to set up Mass Effect 3. It's annoying, since it takes about two to three minutes just to load up the damn start screen, and I haven't actually gotten a chance to play yet. Sat down at about 1pm thinking "oh yay, everyone's out, time for a few hours with Shepard!". Turned out to be a few hours trying to load the Collector's Edition DLC and wrangling the constantly timing out EA servers. Bleh. Maybe tomorrow?

Practically no-one on my friends list is actually in Melbourne, but if you are or happen to be in the next couple of weeks, you should check this out. The person who runs it is actually my father-in-law, and it's a really fun show!

big baby!

Mar. 29th, 2012 10:08 pm
arise: (code geass ♥ divided by zero)
Had an appointment at the hospital today! Didn't learn much, except that apparently baby is a bit bigger than average, so yay for that. (It explains my beachball tummy, at least!) And then went baby-shopping with husband/mum/bf, so yeah today was a day of babies. I'm feeling pretty positive about it all, though it's hard to believe it's only ten weeks away. I'm going pretty heavily into nesting mode, characterised chiefly by buying a whole bunch of furniture at Ikea and nagging husband to assemble it. 8D

Have just started playing RD for no-resets run - on Normal mode, as you recommended [personal profile] amielleon. Only just started the first level, so no trends to report yet. For PoR, we made it to endgame with only a couple more losses - Rhys and Rolf in 28, and then Marcia and Stefan in endgame. Had a surprisingly successful time using Largo as a pinch-hit in Endgame!

Still haven't started Mass Effect 3, but may do so tonight if I feel up to it. Every time I try, it won't let me connect to the Origin servers :/ I'm playing on 360, but I need to dl all the stuff I got with the Collector's Edition. Once I do get it working, I'm planning to play pretty solidly.
arise: (haruhi suzumiya ♥ cool edition)
I deferred from my uni course today. In some ways, it was a snap decision, but I've been worried about my ability to continue for awhile. Besides, now I can wait for the results from my first degree to come through, and look at a few different Masters programs. Or even take some extra time and do post-grad for my BA. Either way, it's nice not to feel like I'm working to such a deadline. I feel kinda bad, like I've given up, but it's really the most sensible option right now.

I'm honestly a bit worried about my physical state, though. idk, I feel so drained all the time, I keep getting random hot flushes and dizziness, blurred/black spots in vision, weird symptoms like that. I've got a hospital appointment on Thursday, so I guess I'll get it checked out then.

In FE playthrough news, sadly lost Mia in Chapter 24, and Boyd just now in Chapter 26, both to freak criticals. Such is life, I suppose. We're almost there! Our Rhys is seriously fantastic - I've never had much luck with him before, but this Rhys turned out pretty amazing.

Going to start on Mass Effect 3 soon, given that I don't have much else to do with my time. Should be fun! :D
arise: (fire emblem ♥ bright heart)
Going okayish on earlier-mentioned bullshit assignment. Higher education is such a pain sometimes. The whole process is weirdly cathartic, actually - we have to analyse a life transition, and I'm doing the early stages of my pregnancy.

My pregnancy which is coming to an end worryingly soon. It's hard to believe that the baby's due in ten weeks. I've gotten so used to being pregnant that the idea of not being pregnant, let alone having a baby to look after, is bizarre. It feels like so much more time has passed, but really, we've only known about the baby proper for about five months. Ah well.

Inspired by [personal profile] amielleon, husband and I have started a tag team no resets Hard runthrough of FE9/10. Well, almost no-resets - it's only his second time playing, so in order to convince him that this was not AN IMPOSSIBLE CHALLENGE, we agreed to each pick a champion (I picked Soren, he picked Gatrie) and to reset each chapter if they die, and also if Ike dies/we hit a lose condition. Fortunately we've only had one such incident so far, and that was neither of us being aware that Naesala's ravens can and will claim the sieze point on the ship level where you get Astrid. We've lost three units so far - husband lost Shinon way back in chapter 7 and Titania in chapter 9, and I stupidly lost Mist in Chapter 12 when I messed up the raven blockade formation. It's been a lot of fun so far! He's playing through Chapter 16 as we speak.

Have banned self from Mass Effect 3 until this assignment is done. Must. Finish. Assignment. At this pont, it's just become a matter of determination to know what all the drama is about!
arise: (fire emblem ☆ beach holiday mia)
Just finished Mass Effect 2, and about to move on to 3! I'll catch up with the rest of the internet yet!

I thought it would be a LOT longer, honestly. )

On to Mass Effect 3 tomorrow! If it's of a similar length, hopefully I'll be able to burn through it in a couple of weeks. :)
arise: (dragon age ♥ thoughtful fenris)
First off, thanks for all the congratulations re the wedding ♥ It was a great day, will upload some pics once we've gotten them off sister-in-law who was the photographer.

Been a bit sick over the last few days, which is unfortunate, but better now than during the wedding! (Well, it was coming on during then, but eh.) Unfortunately it's meant that I've missed a bunch of classes, which is really annoying as I was already behind. But eh, it's the kind of can-barely-even-stand sickness, so it's not like it could've been any other way. Last night was insanely bad, so I'm hoping that at least that was the fever breaking and I'm on the mend today.

Unfortunately have been too sick to play Mass Effect 2, let alone start on 3, which is a huge shame because all of the hype backlash re the ending has made me REALLY CURIOUS. Is it a case of ridiculously entitled fanbase, or an amazingly crappy ending? I MUST KNOW. (I'm thinking ridiculously entitled fanbase, though. BioWare are by no means perfect, but their base is so absurdly broken.)

The one good thing about being sick is that I've missed the annual Melbourne Grand Prix debate. idek.
arise: (romeo x juliet ♥ he's batman)
totes a game behind, but here's some Mass Effect 2 talk!

The amazing adventures of Jack Bauer IN SPACE. )

oh yeah by the way I'm getting married this weekend so I'll probably talk about that a bit more at some point. CLEARLY MASS EFFECT COMES FIRST IN MY MIND.
arise: (avatar ♥ pimp of the west)
Enjoying Mass Effect 2 so far. Hope there is an option to date all the party members simultaneously because omg cannot choose. I couldn't choose when it was just Jacob and Miranda ffs.

Also yeah ME3 is out like tomorrow BUT if my progress on this game is anything like New Vegas, I should actually be able to play it within a couple of weeks, so wooo.
arise: (haruhi suzumiya ♥ open-minded)
I know it's not something that anyone else on my flist is into, but I'm super-excited about the V20 Companion Deluxe Edition. Not even so much for the thing itself -not actually a huge Vampire fan-, but for the hope that White Wolf and other game companies might seriously start looking at Kickstarter and the like as a payment and distribution model. Everyone and their mother knows about the Order of the Stick and DoubleFine successes, so I really hope it's something that can extend to the tabletop RPG market too.

Uni has started, and it's been pretty good so far. I've met the other members of my group (lots of groupwork) and they all seem nice. The work is okay for the most part too - kinda boring first year stuff, but nothing too challenging, thankfully. I'm cautiously optimistic about the semester!

ummmm not much else to say. I'm pretty much obsessed with Fallout: New Vegas and Battlestar Galactica right now, though I'm almost finished the former. Planning to move on to Mass Effect 2 afterwards, as I preordered 3 in the end. Anyone else into ME? I played the first one and didn't like it that much, but I've been told the gameplay gets a lot better in 2, and I enjoyed the demo of 3 a lot.
arise: (persona ♥ marin fucking karin)
My paid account on LJ expired a few days ago. I am less distressed than I thought I would be about the loss of icons, so I suppose that's something. I only really go there to comment on communities and read journals that haven't moved to DW, so I guess that's it.

Uni starts next week. The university have been really pathetic about getting the timetables up - everyone is allocated into different groups, and you derive your timetable from that. The groups were only released a couple of days ago. This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't also the case for people who have clinicals - ie, people only found out a couple of days ago where they were going to be working for the next few months. It doesn't affect me, but I feel sorry for them.

I've been kinda out of it for the last few days and have just been blobbing out on the couch. Mostly been playing Fallout: New Vegas. I forgot how good this game is - maybe I was just playing it wrong the first time, but it's way more fun now. Spent most of yesterday running around doing odd jobs for the NCR, then capped it off by wiping out everyone in one of the casinos. Good times.

Also been watching a bit of anime. Specifically, the Persona 4 anime, Tiger & Bunny, and No 6. Enjoying all of them - P4 a bit less so, but I haven't seen much of it so I'm hoping it'll kick into gear later on. It's good for novelty, at least.

Decided to pre-order Mass Effect 3, just in case I do get really into it and end up kicking myself for not doing so earlier. Besides, the collector's edition DLC looks pretty solid. Hopefully I actually like it.
arise: (haruhi suzumiya ♥ open-minded)
Just tried out the demo of Mass Effect 3. My hopes for it weren't especially high, given that I played the first few hours of the first game and found it way too clunky to be enjoyable, but I actually really liked what I playe of 3's demo! So much that I stopped playing after the first section, actually, as I don't want to be spoiled. Not sure if I'll pre-order and pick it up at launch or wait a bit. Might wait, as I'd like to at least try ME2 first.

I've also restarted a new game on Fallout: New Vegas and I'm enjoying it heaps. A lot more the second time than the first time, actually! I stopped playing it because I found Caesar's Legion to be unbearably stupid bad guys in terms of sheer puppy-raping. I'm just arsing around, so I'm only up to Novac, but it's fun so far. I don't actually talk about it much for whatever reason, but Fallout 3 is probably one of my favourite video games ever, so originally I was down on NV for the crime of not being 3. I'm now enjoying it on its own merits.

I think I mentioned this earlier, but I've been watching Battlestar Galactica. I'm more of the way through the second season, and omg it's great fun. I love all the characters so much even when they're being total shits to each other (which is like all the time wtf) and argh I wish I'd checked it out years ago. It's one of those shows where I hype backlashed against it really strongly and took a set against it for no good reason. Like Sherlock. Fuck, I hope this doesn't mean I should watch Sherlock.

Fiance has discovered that he can hook World of Warcraft up to our TV on his new laptop (formerly my Pro). I am in a sad place because I do not currently have a computer that will run World of Warcraft. goddammit those herbs aren't gonna farm themselves! Maybe I'm just bitter because he's playing in glorious 50-inch HD... in Hellfire Peninsula. DX

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