Apr. 1st, 2015

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Oh man, the Nintendo direct that has been rumored for WEEKS has finally been announced! It airs 7am tomorrow morning in Japan, and I think I'm gonna wake up early to watch it live. I'm so excited! I'm sure it will mostly be info about games we already know about, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for one surprise. Perhaps the next new Nintendo 3DS exclusive game? Xenoblade 3D is upon us, so I think it's about time they talk about the next one. I'm so excited!

Anyway, on to the meme!

Prompts and my week 1 answers can be found here.

6: A game that's changed you the most?
Xenoblade, which is extremely appropriate since the 3DS port is coming out tomorrow. It's the game that got be back into games. I still played them here and there, but from ages 18 to 25ish I wasn't super into them. I never beat any of the games I did play, giving up by about the halfway point. I still liked the idea of playing them but I felt like my golden age with the hobby had passed, and that I was left behind. I felt games were getting too big and too complicated and that many modern RPGs were too overwhelming for me. But then I played Xenoblade, and it filled me a sense of wonder and amazement that I hadn't felt in a ten years, since I played Skies of Arcadia on the Dreamcast as a teen. It was a game that reminded me of the way games used to make me feel in the old days, while also holding my hand and showing me that new games didn't have to be so overwhelming after all. The game means a lot to me, and will always hold a very special place in my fanboyish heart.

7: A game you'll never forget?
This is hard to get a grasp on, as honestly I'll never forget ANY of my favorites. If we are talking about a story and/or ending that really hit somewhere deep in my emotional center, then perhaps Nier or Mother 3. But really there are a lot of games that made me feel things at the time I played them. I dunno.

8: Best soundtrack?
I am a BIG fan of the FFVI soundtrack, and I have been since I first played it. Terra's Theme still gives me chills sometimes. It's always been my favorite FF soundtrack by a longshot, unchallenged until I played X last year. I still like VI a bit better, but X's soundtrack is also supurb.

The Nier soundtrack also hits like a ton of bricks, and now I'm not sure if I like FFVI's soundtrack or this one better. All the tracks are good, but as a sample: here's Kaine's theme. I think I like Emil's a bit more, but I feel like I've posted multiple versions of it here already.

9: A game you turn your volume off every time you play it?
I used to always turn off the music when I played Phantasy Star Online on the Gamecube. Not because it was bad, but because I mostly played in the same area, which always had the same track running on loop and it got kind of old. I used to always listen to The Flaming Lips and The Shins on the stereo instead. Listening to Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots these days still makes me think of that game.

10: A game you've completely given up on?
Oh god, I dunno. Nothing comes to mind except my recent failure with Legend of Legacy. I wanted to enjoy it much more, but in the end I couldn't. I don't like it when games are too punishing (as such, I stay FAR AWAY from games like Dark Souls. Do not think that series is for me).

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