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Apr. 19th, 2012 10:39 am
sagesoren: (D:<)
So my copy of Xenoblade Chronicles came on Friday and this morning I put aside time to start it. Aaaaand the Wii wouldn't read the disc. It would read other discs, however, so I called the 800 number. It turns out the Xenoblade disc is a double-layer disc, etc. etc., and so some Wiis have difficulty reading the disc. It usually means the lens needs to be cleaned, or replaced.

But, since my Wii is only failing to read that particular disc, this apparently counts as a problem I can have fixed for free. (However, if the Wii had ceased to read discs altogether, I would've had to pay for repairs/shipping, which totaled around $100CAD. Yikes, close call.)

Anyway, I guess I lucked out? However, this still means I have to ship everything out, and the whole process of shipping and repairs takes around 10 days, so I won't be starting Xenoblade any time soon. What matters, though, is that:

a) I didn't have to pay a bunch of additional money, and
b) I'll have time to finish Tales of Graces first.

I am side-questing to death in said game and it's the best.

I realize my LJ is primarily videogame TL;DR while my Tumblr is for internet nonsense and Homestuck, but I would also like to mention that I got my totally awesome red Converse hightops in the mail yesterday, and my Eclectica Jade costume is henceforth complete. Yaaaaay.

I'm going to commandeer my lovely friend Kamala's photography skills and hopefully get some nice pictures of the cosplay before I go to the con in May. :>

(Said con is Otafest, if anyone on my f-list is from Calgary and might be going. I can't remember, sob. If you're going, PM meeee.)

Holy Snap.

Apr. 12th, 2012 11:47 am
sagesoren: (:))
Awhile ago, I was TL;DRing about this artist who owed me commission work for a bajillion years and was... actively doing other art/commissions. Again, I get that art blocks happen, etc. etc., but I sort of felt I was being ignored or something, and it kind of sucked. Anyway, I messaged her about this, trying to be polite and understanding, and...

...and she powered through the whole picture in one night because she felt bad. Wow. Wow. I'm pretty impressed, actually. Also, she offered me a freebie in addition for waiting for so long. I am appeased.

Additionally, I'm almost always totally broke in Tales of Graces F because, early on, I developed an immense addiction to dualizing items. I've made pretty much everything I can make at this point, too. The only thing stopping me from doing more is the fact that I'm not all the way through the game and haven't gained access to some of the drop items yet. Aaaaah, it's really fun.

I suppose I could use the dualizing addiction to be super rich because of the great selling prices, but I like to have one of everything in case I need it for an inn request. (This has turned out to be a highly prudent strategy.) BUT HEY WHATEVER FLOATS MY BOAT AM I RIGHT

Also, update: all my predictions so far have come true, even the one I was slightly iffy on. Let's see if my ending prediction happens, too, haha. At this point, though, I find that I've become endeared to the characters, so I'm sort of okay with it. Some things about Tales Of predictability have a nice familiarity to them, a little like crystals in Final Fantasy. It's sometimes kind of eye-roll worthy, but at the same time, it's like, you sort of smile as you do it?

I don't know. Some things they could stand to stop doing, for sure, but other things are kind of nice to repeat for nostalgia's sake. (The "withhold very important helpful information for basically no reason" thing definitely fits into the former category, though.)

TL;DR: Tales of Graces F, I love you anyway. The gameplay, content, replayability, item collecting, good localization (= good character dialogue, interaction) etc. balances out the shortcomings of the story.

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