Friday, April 24, 2015

Vote for Next Walkthroughs

Only two weeks to go, before the new Nancy Drew game! I figured it would be fun, to let you blog readers vote on what games I'll play before then. Here are all the walkthroughs I have completed at this point in time...
  • Grim Façade: Sinister Obsession
  • Bravely Default: Where the Fairy Flies (I only play the demo)
  • Samantha Swift 2
  • Samantha Swift 3
  • Midnight Mysteries: Ghostwriting
  • Mystery Case Files: Fate's Carnival
And since we have two weeks before new Nancy Drew, I'll post two of these six walkthroughs. Sounds good? Vote over the weekend, and I'll post the winner on Monday.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Francy Droo and the Mystery of the Missing Mother-in-Law

At long last, my new videogame is available for purchase! It's called Francy Droo and the Mystery of the Missing Mother-in-Law! It only cost a dollar and a half!


A marriage in turmoil! On the day of the wedding, the overbearing mother-in-law has been kidnapped! It's up to sassy teenage detective Francy Droo to solve the mystery!

I wrote and illustrated the game. It has six different endings, and I hope my mom won't be too mad when she sees it. (She'll probably get stuck on the first puzzle.) If she asks, tell her that the crazy mother-in-law at the wedding is based on my fiancée's mom, okay?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fanfiction

After a lot of work, I've finished my fanfiction page! That is, every single story I have is completed, for the first time in years.

I have no plans to start any new stories, except maybe a DragonBall Z story called "Groundhog Day". The story is that Gohan is stuck on the first day of the school, and he has to relive the day over and over and over again.

I got this idea, after reading four "Gohan goes to high school" stories in a row. I have no idea why there are so many fanfics about Gohan's first day of high school, considering that the show dedicated 1-2 episodes to that day. I mean, I know people like the high school Gohan storyline, because it's one of the few comedy/romance parts of the show, but still. He went to high school for years. No need to focus on one particular day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Nancy Drew Convention

I'm still trying to figure out what I'll do this summer. I'm sort of like a horse with blinders on, right now; it's hard to focus on anything besides the wedding and honeymoon.

But here's something fun! The Nancy Drew Games people will be attending the Nancy Drew conference in Iowa City! It's from next Thursday to Sunday, and wow, that's pretty soon! I have a (possible) hockey game to attend on that Sunday, but it's still fun to dream of attending.

Maybe next year.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ridiculous Plan

I noticed I have about 75 games on my "games to play" list. At my current schedule of "play one game per week", I won't finish anytime this year. I feel bad about that, and I feel bad about passing up on walkthroughs for new games, just 'cause I've got so many old games to burn through.

So here's a ridiculous plan. What if I did something crazy like a 20-day marathon? Every day, I play a full game, from start to finish. Most likely, it'd be me playing these games for the first (and only) time.

I would record the marathon now, and post the videos during the weeks of my marriage / honeymoon week. After all, there's no chance I'll be able to record videos, during those weeks.

Question: How long of a break I should have after the "20 games in 20 days" marathon, just to give people time to catch up?


(Random side note: I don't know how Your Gibs managed a "buy me games" link thing on his YouTube, but that'd be a nice feature for me to enable. So viewers could, like, pick which games I play. But mainly it's nice because I could get free games, sweet, yes, I like that.)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Walkthrough Work

I've recently been doing walkthroughs for GameFAQs. Specifically, I've been doing walkthroughs for the Shall We Date? series. The series is up to 25+ games at this point; I think they've released a new one every 3-4 months for the past few years. I've played three of their games: Guilty Alice, Lost Island and Wizardess Heart.
Sadly, GameFAQs doesn't have an up-to-date list. It only has eight of the games listed. Of course, the only three games I've played aren't included on the list.
Still, writing walkthroughs for this series is super easy. Basically, all I have to do is copy/paste the list of correct responses, from one of the dating sim walkthrough sites. I can have a new walkthrough finished and ready to go, in under fifteen minutes.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

My Wedding and Seven Rings

My Wedding and Seven Rings is one of the newest iPhone dating sims. I thought I would check it out, because I'm getting married.

The premise of the game is that you are some random woman, working at a Japanese company. The company's CEO died yesterday, and before he died, he hand-picked six men to serve as the company's new "special corporate executives". He also picked you to win "Secretary of the Week", or something like that.

The new CEO says that you need to sign a contract, in order to get your award. You sign it, and surprise! It's a trick! Now you have to marry one of the six special corporate executives.

It turns out that the dead CEO was secretly your grandfather. Instead of grooming you to be his successor, like a normal person would, he decided you're too stupid to run a company by yourself. So he set up this elaborate scheme, to trick you into marrying someone who won't destroy the business. Grandpa claims that he did it, because he loves you and wants to see you happy, but that's obviously a lie.

The various men you can date include characters who were copy/pasted from another game, a pervert who gropes you and a man who says you are the ugliest woman he's ever seen. At this point in time, the only available pathway is for the jerk who thinks you're ugly. He continues acting like a jerk, and he constantly insults you. The game says he wants you to marry him, but that's not the message I'm getting from his behavior. Maybe he's trying to use reverse psychology?

Anyway, it costs $4 to unlock the rest of his story, with an extra $2 for his epilogue or his side story. He's clearly not worth it, so I decided to delete the app.

Friday, April 17, 2015

San Jose Sharks

Every year, I check out the National Hockey League, to see how the San Jose Sharks are doing. They're my favorite team, and they usually make the playoffs. That is, they've made the playoffs for twelve years straight now. Pretty good, right?

Too bad they never win the playoffs. In fact, they've never made it to the final round of the playoffs, ever. And last year, they had a record-breaking playoff elimination. Maybe this year, they'll turn things around?

No. They, um...didn't make the playoffs this year, for the first time since 2003.

It seems that the team completely fell apart, at the end of the season this year. In the final three months, they lost 19 times, and they won 13 times. That's a 40% win ratio. When you lose more than you win, it's hard to make the playoffs.

The sad thing is that they finished the season, exactly five wins away from making the playoffs. So close, yet so far!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Reviews

1. What YouTube category do book reviews go in? All my videos go into the "gaming" category by default, but that's not accurate for the book reviews.

2. I'm going to review the Girl Detective books, all the way to #29. Then I'm switching over to the 2007 Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys Supermystery series. Then I'm reviewing a set of Baby-Sitters Club books. Then I'll finish the Girl Detective series.

3. I need to update my Nancy Drew / Hardy Boys Supermystery reviews. Book 7's review needs to be updated, because I was wrong about the author's identity. Book 35's review needs to be updated, because it is super-long. As in, 27 minutes long. It's one of the four super-long reviews I did, when I started reviewing books. I halfway want to replace them all with new, shorter reviews, but that'd be a lot of work...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Annoying Finale Chapters

A lot of Nancy Drew books have annoying finale chapters, which take place a week later. Is there a TV Trope category for this? Because there should be.

Here's the pattern. In the penultimate chapter, Nancy has a big showdown with the culprit. She "defeats" the culprit, whether that means running away, stalling until the police arrive, or physically attacking the culprit. The finale chapter takes place a week later, when the mystery is over and done with. Nancy is usually talking to her friends, and she casually ties up one or two loose plot ends. The end.

The "finale chapter which takes place a week after" annoys me, because, by its very nature, it's totally removed from the main story. By skipping ahead a week, you just skipped over anything and everything that could be of interest to the reader.

Say the mystery was about a sports competition. In the finale chapter, we're told what the result of the competition was. No, we don't get to see the competition ourselves. We get told about it, second-hand. Even if the competition was important enough to be the focus of the entire book, it wasn't important enough to actually be IN the book.

I think all of the Nancy Drew games do this; Nancy stops the culprit, and you get told what happened a week later. The games usually handle this pretty well, but I could totally understand if, for example, some players were upset that they never got to see the play in Labyrinth of Lies.

I mention this, because I just finished reading Gold Medal Murder, which is Nancy Drew Hardy Boys Supermystery 4. The finale chapter was awful. It was as short as possible, almost like the author wrote it, only because they had to. It skipped over the big event--the victims winning the Olympics--and it didn't even try to explain any the loose plot ends. These loose plot ends include the culprit's motive, in multiple instances. It really made me upset.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fire Emblem Gaiden

My walkthrough this week is Fire Emblem Gaiden! This game is my favorite in the series; it does unique things that others games don't, such as repeatable battles, weapons that never wear out, and a magic system that's based on HP, not magic points.



A few big Fire Emblem fans have started watching the videos, and they've been making comments like "a healing space boosts evasion by 60%". I kind of wish there was a database, which explained all these things. I've checked Serenes Forest, but, um...I don't understand all the terminology they use. For example, they say the experience you get from killing an enemy is "min ({Enemy’s Class EXP x (Enemy’s Level + 9)/10)}, 255) x Class strength x Level Factor/100 [ignore fractions]". I...I have no idea what that means.

The translation I have is garbage, so I've been forced to make up the story, as I go along. Now the game is about the great American / Canadian War of 1997!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Animorphs

Did I mention I love the Animorphs books? They're pretty awesome. I would do YouTube reviews for them, but someone else is already doing that.

Animorphs is a series where our heroes can turn into any animal they want. Also, they need to stop aliens from taking over the world. The premise is interesting, the books are funny and entertaining, and it was basically the 1990's equivalent of The Hunger Games.

The series was rock solid, until about Book 30. Then the ghostwriters took over, and things got a little weird. We got books with premises like "Cassie visits Australia!", "Let's learn about human biology by going inside Marco's body!" and "Jake had a fight at a donut shop, so now he's in an alternate future!". There's also the "one ghostwriter was hired twice, so they wrote a direct sequel to their first book", which occasionally happens with the Nancy Drew series.

The ghostwriters basically wrote the series into the ground. The original author resumed control, and she decided to officially end the series with a ten-book story arc. It was super dramatic, and it was also written by ghostwriters. I only read the finale arc once, and I remember it being okay. Not as good as the opening arc to the series.

I mention the ghostwriter stuff, because I didn't learn about it until adulthood. It totally explains why I lost interest in the series, at that point in time. So, overall, I'd say I love the series, except for the half that was done by ghostwriters.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Schedule

Summer is coming up, and I'm not sure what to do with my YouTube channel. Maybe I'll do a Zelda game in between other walkthroughs, like I've done in previous years.

The question is what will happen with Mary. We can put her in half-day daycare, full-day daycare, or no daycare whatsoever. The amount of time I have to spend watching Mary directly affects how many videos I can make, and I'm getting married, so...a decision about the summer schedule will have to be made soon.

I had an easier time picking what games to play! I just ran the list of games I own, into the the list randomizer. Does this look good to everyone? I'll probably start these games in June, and I'll probably change the list a few times.

Samantha Swift 2
Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death
Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride
Layton Brothers: Mystery Room
Tiger Eye 1
Tiger Eye 2
Nancy Drew DS
Mystery of the Ancients 1
Mystery of the Ancients 2
Dark Parables: Ballad of Rapunzel
Beauty Lawyer Victoria 2
Spirit Walkers
Nancy Drew: Phantom of Venice - German
Spy Fox: Some Assembly Required
Azada: In Libro
Midnight Mysteries 6: Ghost Writer
Professor Garfield
Sable Maze: Forbidden Garden
Pepper's Adventures in Time
Dracula: Love Kills
Awakening: The Sunhook Spire

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mystery Case Files

This week (and last week), I played Mystery Case Files games! First was Dire Grove.



Then was Dire Grove, Sacred Grove, the sequel.



Previously, I've played Shadow Lake, which was my favorite out of the three. I also have Fate's Carnival and 13th Skull, which I should play eventually. Maybe if these walkthroughs are popular. Dire Grove, Sacred Grove was the most recent entry in the series.