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23 June 2003 @ 12:52 am
I've had this persistent yearning for chocolate lately ...  
I need to find a better place to work while at home. I have a half-finished piece of work for Otakon sitting on my floor in my room ... its presence there entails all the craziness a makeshift workstation calls for. Rugs have been pushed aside, I've covered my carpet with a plastic Valentine's Day tablecloth, my paint tray is a sherbert lid (remarkably handy things, those), and the inevitable spread of my art stuff probably doesn't help the preexisting mess in my room. Though I work on the floor a lot (or on the same level with my work ... at school I was prone to climbing on the tables with it) ... I'm feeling kind of cramped. But I shall carry on!

The weekend flew by in a mush of sleeping and Harry Potter, and now I return to filling out job applications like ... well, like a broke gal filling out job applications. But I think I'm going to sleep later than I should tomorrow ... when I wake up naturally, I am quicker to rise to the normal pace of action than I am when forced into consciousness thanks to the murder that is my alarm clock.

Those who have spoken to me have probably noticed that I've been quibbling over words lately. I've also had some bemused commentary by folks on the way I speak in real life (often, not that much different from the way I write). I like using words that are fun to say, sound quirky, or not often heard ... but the increased number of syllables does not necessarily mean a diluted message value.


Andy loaned me Xenogears right before he left school, and I finally got around to playing it (I'm noticing a lot of "finally"s in my writing lately) today. Despite the fact that it has (of course) been out for awhile, very little of the plot has already been spoiled for me (so don't go ruining that, ya'll).

Mag - you like Citan, correct? I agree with you (at least thus far): Citan rocks my socks.

I am interested by how we are forced into constantly revising our thoughts on the situation in the game. I am somewhat less supportive of the reaction of Fei, the main character, to the woes of Lahan (his village). This is basically due to the fact that I just don't understand how he can blame himself in such an extreme angsting manner for the total destruction of Lahan when 1.) it was burning when he got to it, and 2.) most of the population of the village (albeit a crucial three) were alive and well when he came to after the events surrounding his oh-shizzam losing awareness of himself experience.

Ah well, it'll come to me in due time.

Oh yeah - regardless of the cool music, I have come to despise the Blackmoon Forest. Damned hopping. I never thought I'd come to dislike jumping on rocks and trees so much, and I also question how Elly and Fei got "lost" in this forest when the damned thing has directions and signs posted for them.

Random thought, Xenogears = Gears being used to wage a war of fear/because of fear/something like that? Hmm. Please don't hand over a response to that if it involves a major spoiler, instead just assure me that I'll see the meaning sooner or later. : P
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
Current Music: Delerium - Myth
Katenyxdae on June 22nd, 2003 11:56 pm (UTC)
I need to hear that game some time. The composer for it also was the one who did chrono trigger, I think. It was xeno something...
HEADCLEANER: God Loves His Childrenantitype on June 23rd, 2003 09:41 am (UTC)
Yasunori Mitsuda.. He did most of the music for Chrono Trigger as well as Chrono Cross, and he did both the Xenogears and Xenosaga soundtracks. He's worked on a few other things, too.. I've forgotten his website's URL, though.
a_for_anonymous on June 23rd, 2003 09:45 am (UTC)
xenogears shiznit
*chuckles* If you like Citan now, just you wait until later. Citan and a few other characters are to Xenogears what Laguna and co are to FFVIII, or what Sirius and co are to Harry Potter. Except in this RPG, you PLAY as one of the '17 years ago, this happened... oh noooooo' characters. :p
Fei's reactions become more excusable and apparent later on, too - I have to admit I wanted to slap him in the face first time through. And I don't mean they become 'excusable and apparent' in a 'SHINJI REFUSED TO PILOT THE EVA BECAUSE HE IS SO TRAUMATISED' sense, this time it actually makes sense and seems justified. :p
Oh, and you're going to LOVE Bart. Hang in there for the next few game hours. It all gets better after that. Same goes for the 'slow period' at the beginning of Disc 2.
And about your definition of Xenogears, that's pretty much correct when I think about the story. Just bear one thing in mind as you play - Xenogears is a singular thing, not a collective of things. *evil spoiler grin*
One Who Wanders: ::cry cry::abiona on June 24th, 2003 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: xenogears shiznit
If Bart marries Margie, I'm going to fall over and die. I don't CARE if he's royalty and she's the Queen Mother of Nisan and thus inbreeding is inevitable, it's just ... wrong. >.>

Some Queen Mother of Nisan she is. >.>; Her heal is pathetic. More often than not poor Bart would be gasping for life and she'd heal him with a "Good luck Bart!" and ... dun dun dun, 0 HP. Or, if lucky, 20. Max 40. Miang healed Ramsus for 100 and could do a status restore, where's the fairness? T_T
HEADCLEANER: Kokoroantitype on June 23rd, 2003 09:47 am (UTC)
Citan is too cool. Just wait... :x

Fei reacts the way he does because while the village was already burning, he did something in Weltall that pretty annihilated what was left of it. I'd guess about half or more of the villagers were killed. But you're right, it'll come in due time. Saying any more would be telling. :d

Haha. X) Why does everyone seem to have trouble with hopping?

Glad to see that you're FINALLY playing it, though. ^^
One Who Wanders: confusedabiona on June 24th, 2003 05:29 pm (UTC)
But you are able to meet everyone present in the village, and the numbers that we see in the aftermath are actually greater than what I remember being able to talk to (sure, ok, a few bearcows were missing). ?_?

I really dislike Elly's Gear. It's got a cool name, but the pinkness and the totally useless "ponytail attachment" just bug me. Oh yeah, and she killed me in that laugable-looking thing too, so that sucks. ;_;
reekashininreekashinin on June 23rd, 2003 10:31 am (UTC)
*smiles* xenogears is probably one of my all time favorite RPG's, I just have the greatest memorys of that game rocking my world every bit of the way.

As everyone else has already said, just stick with it, everything will make sense in time^^
HEADCLEANER: Deity [prism]antitype on June 23rd, 2003 01:55 pm (UTC)
P.S. - New Delerium comes out next month. :O

P.S.S. - If you finish the game and need some things clarified, I have a log of an old conversation I had with someone in which several things are explained pretty thoroughly. ^^ I'm sure you're smart enough to figure the majority of it out, but I think everyone who plays it needs SOME things clarified... It's pretty fucking complex. :B
aethene on June 25th, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see you still listen to the stuff I sent you. XP

Xenogears = way sweet.