Final Post

•September 21, 2010 • 1 Comment

This is going to be the last post of the Masters of Unlocking.

The blog has been dying down since earlier this year, as other than Desh and Vaik who posted every now and then, I was the one person who was constantly posting here.  Tijuana and Ra were long gone.  After an incident involving Vaik that got him kicked out of MOU last week, I thought it was time to break off from MOU.

With me gone, the MOU blog is now dead.  It was fun while it lasted.

You can check my blog at:

Tales of a Wandering Mind

Rar is now running a blog at:

Midnight Hearts

See you on the other side.

-WanderingMind

Class Reunion

•September 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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RPG-a-thon

•August 25, 2010 • 2 Comments

It’s been a while since my last post.  I’m now back home and just have two days to pack up before I go back to school.  I haven’t had the motivation to post anything for a while, but now I’m back.

What have I been doing lately?  Well, for one thing, I joined rpgamer606’s RPG-a-thon, where I will take all the unfinished RPGs in my collection and beat them.  Maybe I’ll complete some games along the way.  I originally was going to add games to the marathon as I purchased them, but I put a cap on how many games I put in the marathon because I knew I’d never finish it at that rate.

I’ve been participating in the marathon since the beginning of June.  I was limited to my DS and PSP when I first joined because I was still in Japan and didn’t have any of my consoles with me.   and I have beaten 7 games so far:

Progress is going to be slow since I’m going back to school, but I really hope I can get some of these games out of the way.  The last thing I need right now is to buy more games, since I was doing that already on summer break.

I copied the page notes from my Backloggery page below:

rpgamer606’s RPG-a-thon
Progress – 7/33 games finished
(Updated 8/21/2010)

Wander’s Rules for the Marathon:

1) Any RPG bought during the marathon will be added to the list.
2) I have the right to drop or ragequit any game for one reason or another.
3) At least 2 RPGs should be beaten a month.
4) The deadline for this marathon is August 2011.

Tales of Vesperia (360)
Grandia II (DC)
Final Fantasy V Advance (GBA)
-> Fire Emblem (GBA)
-> Izuna 2 (DS)
-> Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (DS)
-> Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 (PS1)
Chrono Cross (PS1)
Eternal Eyes (PS1)
Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
Final Fantasy VIII (PS1)
Final Fantasy IX (PS1)
Dark Cloud 2 (PS2)
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (PS2)
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2)
Final Fantasy X (PS2)
Final Fantasy X-2 (PS2)
Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
-> Kingdom Hearts (PS2)
-> Kingdom Hearts II (PS2)
Okage: Phantom King (PS2)
Sakura Wars ~So Long, My Love~ (PS2)
Shadow Hearts (PS2)
Shadow Hearts: Covenant (PS2)
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (PS2)
Tales of the Abyss (PS2)
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (PS3)
Valkyria Chronicles (PS3)
-> Lunar: Silver Star Harmony (PSP)
Persona 3 Portable (PSP)
Suikoden (PSN) ( when started)
-> Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days (PSP)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Repbublic (Xbox)

Ah-nee-may Ramblings part 3,It Still Is (Not) Enough.

•August 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Breaking news! I’m maintaining my promise to deliver an overview on the current anime season therefore you are all getting the (oh so dubious) privilege of enjoying my random ravings about what I’m currently watching.Partial scores included,considering that the majority of this season’s shows have reached the 7th-8th episode and that’s enough for me to form some half-assed opinion about them.Overall,i’m quite satisfied with this summer anime season:no real masterpieces around,but a variety of decent-good shows for everyone’s tastes is fine too.

The same can probably be said about the incoming Fall season,but that’s material for another post.Maybe.Just maybe.

But enough talking,have at you!

  • Amagami SS

I’m a sucker for some romance every now and then so i couldn’t pass this one. Meet Tachibana Junichi,your average guy who got his heart broken by some girl two years ago right on Christmas Eve,meet a number of gorgeous girl who will fall in love with him for the silliest reasons out there.The interesting thing is that the anime is arranged in omnibus format,which means that every girl shall get her own version of the story.That’s right,no more main heroine getting the spotlight and everyone else watching from the sidelines! Is it awesome? It kinda is and it would certainly be more,if it wasn’t for the fact that each girl’s arc only lasts four episodes and makes you feel like you are watching a very abridged version of a relationship instead of the real thing.

Overall score: 7/10,moderately fun and very droppable once your favourite girl’s arc has passed.

  • Highschool of the Dead

The one show EVERYONE is watching.The amount of rage surrounding this is ridiculous but 1) whoever decided to watch this expecting something DEEP deserves to be shot anyway 2) haters gotta hate.Do i need to explain the plot? Very well: ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE,and a bunch of high schoolers must survive. If you want mindless zombies and even more mindless fanservice,this is the show for you.

Overall score: 8.5/10,genuinely entertaining,technically well done and a faithful adaptation of the manga.

  • Shiki

AKA Higurashi 2: when the cicadas cry more.”During a fiercely hot summer in Sotoba, a peaceful and quiet village with a population of 1300 people, a series of bizarre deaths begin to occur.” Gee,i wonder where i heard something similar before…ah well,first few episodes were pretty awesome with one twist that managed to create a nice atmosphere of “what the hell?”,the following episodes were kind of boring and introduced some plain weird characters with FABULOUS designs.Thankfully,the general atmosphere stays heavy (the body count gets higher with each passing episode) but I’m not sure where this anime is heading,honestly:anyone with half a brain has already figured out why people are dying now so here’s hoping for lots of twists in the future.

Overall score: 7.5/10,not bad but not terribly interesting either.Given the general lack of horror anime is well worth a watch though.

  • Seitokai Yakuindomo

Student council president Shino Amakusa,investigating the mysteries of this world.

Sex jokes,sex jokes everywhere:this is what SYD is about,and it works well.One faithful day,Takatoshi Tsuda decides to join Ōsai Academy,an all-girls school which has started accepting male students.He is then asked to join the student council as male representative:little does he know that from now on his life will be filled with girls having perverted thoughts about EVERYTHING.

That’s the gist of it,and there’s not much more to add…the plot is nonexistent,the jokes are mostly hit or miss but each episode never fails to make me laugh in some way,if only for the absurd things that pop out of nowhere:Moe vibrators? Check.Bondaged teddy bear? CHECK.

Overall score: 8.5/10,surprise of this season.

Another Bughunt

•July 26, 2010 • 1 Comment

Chances are, if you play PC games consistently, you’ve heard of Steam. If you’ve heard of Steam, you may have heard of a recent game that came out: Alien Swarm. Released for free mid-July, the game is a Source engine version of an Unreal Tournament 2004 mod revolving around killing aliens known as the “Swarm” who have infested a colony. The Source engine is also used for all contemporary Valve games, and has been around for more than half a decade, showcasing its versatility (other games running on Source include Half-Life 2, Portal, Team Fortress 2, and the Left 4 Dead games, to name a few). The real interesting thing about Alien Swarm isn’t any of this, however.

It’s free.

Alien Swarm was released completely free with dedicated servers, matchmaking, the works, all courtesy of Valve. Reasoning abounds for this, but the main idea is to promote brand loyalty, draw in more Steam users, and to promote mod content for multiple Source games, as the Source SDK is available to anyone who purchases a Source game. So anyone can get Steam, download the game for free, and play with anybody else who has it! It’s a remarkably effective tactic, and the game is highly enjoyable.

As previously stated, the goal is to wipe out the Swarm. The game is a top-down shooter, perhaps reminiscent of some isometric shooters such as Killzone: Liberation. Controls are fairly simple: WASD moves one’s character, albeit not in FPS fashion (W is always to move up, no matter what direction you’re facing, and so forth), mouse aims your cursor and reticule. That’s about it. There are four playable classes, with eight different characters, two per class. Each class has their own equipment and role: Officers deal massive specialized damage, Special Weapons handle hordes, Techs provide supporting fire and hack, and Medics also offer supporting fire while healing the group.

General gameplay consists of moving quickly through levels, as Swarm enemies will constantly be spawning throughout the level at a set pace (those interested in console commands should note the AI Director from Left 4 Dead, which adjusts spawns based on difficulty the group is having, is capable of being enabled). Sometimes the objective is merely to get to the end of the level alive. Almost always there are secondary objectives, such as hacking terminals to obtain flight data, reactivating consoles, outlasting Swarm hordes, and escaping in a timed trial.

The one downside to Alien Swarm is the replayability, and lack thereof at the same time. The game has one campaign, Jacob’s Rest, which is composed of seven relatively short missions (there are achievements for time trials, which have you completing the game in under a half hour if you’re capable of performing them all in one run, but they are very difficult). There are four difficulty levels to enjoy as well, and the different classes make it fun to replay and see what you prefer. The problem is that there’s only one campaign, and by the time one puts a handful of hours into the game and unlocked most everything, Jacob’s Rest seems not enough.

This is where the modding community is to come in and release custom content. Campaigns are being developed already; I’m even writing a friend’s campaign and I don’t really possess any mod skill whatsoever. The replayability problem is exacerbated by lack of true bot support. If someone drops out midmatch, a bot takes their place, but most of the time they are braindead and unable to play properly. There is also no single player mode; offline practice consists of the first level, which does not go to the mission complete screen upon reaching the exit, and an online game requires a minimum of two players.

Despite this, the game is overwhelmingly fun and easily worth the price of admission, seeing as there is none. If you have a PC capable of running the Source engine, you should definitely download Alien Swarm and give it a try. What’s the harm? It doesn’t cost a thing but a few minutes of download time.

Ah-nee-may Ramblings part 2,This Is (Not) Enough.

•June 26, 2010 • 3 Comments

Whooo,a new post from someone who is not Wandering.Surprised you are,i bet.Well i assure you that MOU is alive and kicking:we are just 1) busy with RL things 2) playing games all day 3) overly lazy,and sometimes all this at once.
That is my case for example:university is almost over so there’s quite a number of things i have to take care of and the amount of awkward has recently risen again…yet at the same time i can push everything aside,clock a hefty 7 consecutive hours on Red Dead Redemption and do absolutely nothing worthy of praise for the remaining 17.Oh well,i can only hope this kind of life will last for some time because I’m digging it.

So enough with RL boredom and let’s continue with something that is even MORE boring,because it’s time to deliver my half-assed opinion about a few shows that ended this week and some other stuff I’ve been watching.

  • Durarara!!

Ahh,my favourite show from the past season.I’m honestly glad it ended because the first half was way better,despite the majority of Shizuo’s awesomeness being concentrated in the second half.I’ve got nothing towards lengthy explanations in my animu,but DRR! just isn’t that kind of show and the amount of redundant and pretentious dialogue in a few episodes make me yawn more than once,especially when said dialogue is explaining things that were obvious to the viewer at first glance.
Still,this one is a must watch:production values are pretty high,it’s genuinely entertaining and last but not least,it contains one of the greatest fictional trolls ever conceived.Forget about Light Yagami,Orihara Izaya brings it to a whole new level.

Overall score: 9/10,would (and probably will) watch again.

  • B Gata H Kei.

This is about a virgin girl named Yamada  who embarks on an epic quest:get 100 fuckbuddies.Yes,you read it right.Hell,the whole anime can be summed up with the following pic.

Of course,things won’t go just as planned and she’ll end up falling in love with fellow virgin and nerd Kosuda.
Again,this is something that was better in the first half:after the usual confession said girl becomes your standard tsundere # 28237387 and the interest drops,but it still delivers some fun every now and then.It also deserves praise for presenting the usual ecchi situations without resorting to show 40 panty shots in 5 minutes,a thing that i have always hated in my animu.

Overall score:  7/10,it can get pretty funny at times.

  • Angel Beats!


THIS SHOW THIS SHOW THIS SHOW.

Is it good? No,not really.The pacing is very awkward,it doesn’t have a coherent plot 80% of the time,it feels like a 26 episodes anime that was forcefully crammed into 13 and there’s occasional QUALITY.Yet i still love it and it’s probably my greatest guilty anime pleasure ever.
The good things about it? The comedy ( first half of episode 5 almost made me fell off from my chair),the supporting characters and most of all,the OST.Apart from a stellar OP and a good ED,there is a boatload of different songs and the majority of them are pretty good.

Overall score:

  • Evangelion:2.22 You Can (Not) Advance

Boy,this was awesome.Really,really awesome and this is coming from a very mild Evangelion fan who totally forgot about the series existing for years.
While the first movie was mainly a good retelling of what happened in the first third or so of the TV series,the second kicks the old canon to the curb and makes everything better.They even made Shinji  badass,and that alone deserves worlds of praise given his character.
Bad things about it? Next to none unless you want to be -extremely- picky and point out that Ritsuko’s character is pretty much ignored but that’s it.

Overall score: 10/10,going to buy it so much.

  • Martian Successor Nadesico.

Part of an oldschool animu crusade i have started,it’s about space and fights and love triangles,all drenched in a healthy mix of comedy and drama.In the year 2196,Earth is being attacked by some aliens called Jovian Lizards and the battleship Nadesico sets sail to find a way to defeat them.Not exactly my cake,but it’s undeniably good.My only complain so far is that the transition between serious moments and 100% slapstick comedy is something you have to get used to.

Overall score: 8/10 so far.

Well,that pretty much sums it up.The incoming summer season doesn’t have a whole lot in store for me,but Highschool of the Dead and Shiki have potential so i’m pretty sure i’ll end up watching those.And who knows,maybe you’ll get a new animu review then.Stay classy,folks.

I Turn 21

•May 19, 2010 • 4 Comments

Today, I turn 21.  I haven’t been too big on birthday parties since I was 13 years old.  That was when I had my last big birthday party.  From there, it has been all downhill.  Usually, my birthdays have been pretty downbeat.  I relax, I hang out, I don’t get any work done, I chill.  What I often do to celebrate my birthday is to go out to a restaurant with some family and friends.  I’m perfectly happy with that.

The one exception to this was my 18th birthday.  That was the day I graduated from high school.  It was an awesome day and loved how the two went together.

I made an effort this past weekend and Monday and Tuesday to get as much homework done as possible.  It was pretty tough, considering that I’m just past the halfway point of this semester.  I had quizzes and papers coming up, and I had to rework my entire schedule to get everything done before Wednesday.  That meant not being able to go out on Saturday and Sunday and having to stay up Tuesday night to get a paper done that is due on Friday.

I slept in today until 10:00.  I loaded some music on my PSP, took the bus to the train station, boarded the train, got off, and walked to the student center.  The only thing I had to do that day was study for a Japanese quiz on Thursday, but that was pretty easy.  Since it was around noon by that point, I went down to get something to eat and was going to go see a movie in the theaters.  However, I realized that there was nothing out that I wanted to see and I wasn’t too happy with the times.  Iron Man 2 isn’t going to be out in Japan for another month or so.  So I spent some time in the arcades.  Spent a lot of time with the Taiko Drum Master game.  This time, I managed not to get any blisters from playing too much.

I walked back to the student center and here I am, hanging out right now on my computer until around 6:00.  I’m going to go to a baseball game with some friends.  Going to get some beer and have a good time.  I would make a bigger deal about drinking if I was back in the States, but hey, it’s my birthday.

I’m waiting for Final Fantasy VII to finish downloading on my PSP.  I hope to start that sometime later tonight.  That and possibly start watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

I’m staying chill.

 
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