Jeez, I can hardly believe that. It has indeed been two months since I last posted anything at all here.
Ever since I took on another 6 hours a week at work; I’ve just really been lacking in any and all motivation to do any Detarame by the time I get home. Now, I’m sure that doesn’t sound alot to some of you, but in practice those are the hours I usually spent typing and tagging stuff to put up online in the past; further reduced by the fact that you end up needing more relaxation time. Add to this the fact that I spend my Saturdays pretty much entirely on plotting for and then GM’ing Pen and Paper RPGs. Multiply this by the factor that I’ve finally had enough money of late to purchase myself a new graphics card to play all those new games on PC that have been inaccesible (due to hardware) to me over the past couple of years, and well…
Still, none of this really justifies the lack of commitment, I guess.
Though its a late and poor showing, I’m going to attempt to redeem myself in the upcoming weeks. Possibly just in time, or something, because there is another anime season coming up, so that gives as good a justification as any to slap myself into action. I’ve started preparing my usual summary, which should be available before Xmas; and there may also be some further posts about some of the games I’ve been wasting my time with.
In the meantime, I’m going to clog up your bandwidth as usual with artwork and wallpapers. 😛
As always, click them to see them at full size
Julia from Rune Factory II:
Mai Waifu of choice in the First Generation of the game; though I did also have a soft spot for Yue (and a little for Rosalind) as well. I guess a couple of things turned the tables for Julia, though. Those expressions…
And I suppose the cincher was the whole ‘Get your mind out of the gutter!’ misinterpretation scene, which I thought to be comedy gold. With the finale of the Messhelite quest, it felt like a real satisfying romance, rather than just a string of fetch quests (which, to be fair, I guess it was, but then nearly all of the girls had this to some degree, its just hers was less noticeable).
I have to say, Rune Factory II is probably my favourite of the series due to it breaking new ground; some of which appears to have been forgotten in RF III (though I’m not judging it yet since I’ve not bought number III as of yet). RF Frontier on the Wii does have its charms in a different way, though, since the farming and crafting side is more fun and well thought out, whereas the later DS titles feel (to me) to be more about the character development.
In general, though, I’ve always felt RF was a good direction for the Harvest Moon franchise to take… I don’t think that there has been a really quality HM game since Friends of Mineral Town on the GB Advance… probably because they’ve become a little stagnant. In my opinion, generations of gameplay, good characterisation of townsfolk (esp. bachelorettes~ I’m not motivated to marry a girl that only has 30 stock phrases that change depending on her heart level!), better plotlines, and staggering huge dungeons should be focused on. Make it a real RPG!!
Anyway, onto the walls…
Some crazy Alice from PandoraHearts.
This series was quite a while ago now; but it was one I enjoyed a bit; with all its Lewis Carrol references. And a girl that transforms into a twenty foot rabbit wielding a halberd always a has a way of putting a smile on your face, eh?
And a Triela from Gunslinger Girl.
Again, a pretty old series. I guess I’ve been backtracking and being nostalgic with my recent walls, eh? If you ignore the strange second series, Gunslinger Girl was a rather poigniant dose of bittersweet, and an analysis of morals was tucked in there somewhere, I think.
Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for you all today. Once more, I apologise wholeheartedly for the delay, I hope you’ll continue to watch this space.