Five on Shuffle, #8

Welcome to my new monthly series called “Five on Shuffle” where I attempt to reconnect with my iPod by using it regularly throughout the year and using it only and continuously on “shuffle.” Once a month I’m going to stop at a completely random interval, snap photos of five songs in a row, and then post and write about them here. The writing may be heavy or light, depending on whether or not I’ve anything remotely clever to say about any given song in the moment.

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Truth, Justice, and the Kurain Village Way in Ace Attorney 2

I’ve alluded to the Ace Attorney series here quite a lot recently, but you’ll find something concrete over on Virtual Bastion: my take on the second game in the series: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Justice For All. I this game!

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After what seems like f-o-r-e-v-e-r, I’ve finally completed Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All. Much like with the first game, I find myself in awe of the experience. I know that “awe” probably isn’t a word applied to many visual novel games, but there’s something pretty special about Ace Attorney, and I think it revolves around storytelling and character. As ridiculous as the games’ cases are, and as illogical as the case logic is at points, the game succeeds in crafting elegant stories despite the madness. And the same can be said of the games’ characters. As wacky as they can be, each of them is imbued with plenty of charm and heart, even the bad guys.

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Ac!d Commander: Guess who’s back….back again…in the Powerhouse

This is my new game project: “Ac!d Commander.” It involves Metal Gear Ac!d for the PSP. Rather than being in written form, I decided to do an actual Let’s Play, making videos and everything. I’ll be posting one to three new videos every Friday from today until the game is over. I welcome any comments and discussion. Apologies in advance for any audio hiccups, video malfunctions, or other jackassery, which will surely ensue.

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Feeling better

I’m not sure who posted here last week. I was me…but it was also not me. While I can’t clinically say that I was in a fugue state, it sure felt like part of me had disconnected from my rational self. I think things are better now. Or, at least they feel better. Maybe that’s all that matters.

As strange as it might sound, I’m pretty sure that Fable 2 played a role in my self-therapy.

Huh?

Wait, wait…I realize now that last week I mentioned something about Ace Attorney. Well, as much as I’ve fallen head over heels for the games, I actually don’t have much more to say right now than that. I’ve fallen head over heels for Pheonix Wright. Woo. Not much of a compelling post in that, now is there? But I feel as though I will have tons to gush about once I finish Trials and Tribulations. So…stay tuned?

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Resonance: Secunda

The older I get, the more in-tune with game music I become. For so long I all but ignored the music of most games. A few notables stuck (Super Mario World, Super Metroid), but by and large, up until a few years ago, game soundtracks seemed nearly indistinguishable to me. Now, I’m working to fix that. This post on Virtual Bastion focused on a hauntingly beautiful tune from Skyrim called “Secunda.” This lovely piano melody proves to be the perfect accompaniment to Skyrim’s quieter moments.

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For no terribly good reason, I recently took a new trip through The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I played through the game only once when it was new(ish), and at the time, the experience didn’t leave much of a lasting impact. I couldn’t say what exactly brought on the inkling to pick up the game again a few weeks back, but I’m glad I did. With Skyrim, it’s common to hear from players that they wish they could wipe their memories of it and play it again as if it was new. I started playing through the main story, but then veered off into a long side quest involving the Dark Brotherhood. And I get it. Though familiar with the Skyrim universe, that part of the game was completely new to me, and it was incredibly enjoyable. Now that my Wood Elf has become a full-fledged member of…

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Ac!d Commander will return next week

Yeah, it’s been a rough week. Aside from witnessing the in-progress meltdown of our current commander-in-chief, I’ve been mad busy with all the things. Work, life, time commitments and crunches. In an among all that, I’ve not found time for any video editing. I anticipate that I’ll be back on an even keel next week, and I should have the next video up and ready to go next Friday. …I’m sure the Internet is glad to know.

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Ogling Willem Dafoe…err…um…y’know, motion capture and Beyond: Two Souls…remember that?

Hey, friends. I’m exhausted. Exhausted in about every possible way that a human being can be exhausted. I blame Trump. And I’m not kidding. I used to have a happy-go-lucky, take-it-or-leave-it relationship with the news. But ever since Trump took office, the news has become fucking oppressive. His latest round of asinine comments concerning Charlottesville have only bolstered what we all already know. He is an moronic troll. He may be able to build a bridge, literally, between two roads over a chasm, but he, himself, is the the chasm, and we need to build a bridge over him. Goddamn if it all isn’t enough for me, for anyone, to want to curl up under a rock and hibernate until the people in this government come to their senses. (Which, it seems, may finally be happening! *tenuous ray of sunshine*)

Blergh. I wanted to write a real post today, something about Phoenix Wright, because I’m pretty sure that I’m flat-out addicted to the Ace Attorney games, but I just don’t have the will right now. Instead, I’m posting one of my blasts from the past. Enjoy.

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Is…is that a new Street Fighter EX game?

So it looks like we’ll soon be welcoming to the fighting game ranks a new Street Fighter EX game.

…get hype?

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That’s exactly what I stammered upon seeing this the other day:

It HAS to be, right? Those characters, that music…ahhh…the memories.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to blather on about my history with Street Fighter or the middling relationship I have with Street Fighter EX 3 (the only SF EX game I’ve played), mainly because I’ve been there, done that. (Though, I will shamelessly plug our YouTube channel where you can check out the one Street Fighter EX 3 video that I made before our PS2 died.)

But there are a couple interesting things about this right and ready teaser, which was just shown at EVO 2017. The first is that the “Street Fighter” name is nowhere to be found. And neither is Capcom — the original Street Fighter EX series was collaboration between Capcom and Arika, a company that was formed in the 1990s by former Capcom…

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