October 23rd, 2006

Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA

Asch echoes the sentiments of everyone who's ever played Abyss with me.

You know, they should make games with a whole new level for people like me. Hard and Normal mode are for people like everyone else, and just for me ♥, there should be this mode, called ARE YOU STUPID OR WHAT. And ideally, another mode called I'M JUST HERE FOR THE CUT SCENES. And in that mode, there won't be maps. Just arrows pointing everywhere. GO HERE, they would say, DO THIS, and TAKE THAT, and GO DO YOUR ESSAY. FINALLY got out of Cheegle Woods (... I did say there should be a new level for people like me), or at least, the Idiot's Guide to Game FAQs.

On the flipside, it turns out that turning Abyss into a language I'm actually familiar with more than doubles my game stamina. When Abyss was in Japanese only, the maximum I could play that game was two hours - and that includes running to the PC to check out the translation, banging my head against GAMEFAQs, etc. First English playthrough for me ends at four and a half hours of alternately wanting to spank Luke, and then wanting to hug him and tousle his hair. Does no one else get giddy when they look at Mieu for long periods of time? English version exceeds expectations all the way, man, and this despite me having the occasional gripe about how the new word for buusagi - rappig - makes me think unneccessarily of the Sexual Offences Act, and about how kuzu apparently got translated to dreck - that makes Asch an all-American boy, then.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's played Abyss over the telephone to people. Or I hope I'm not. And there's no way I'm the only person who talks to either themselves or the characters when playing. Like this. "Oh, not the accursed Cheegle Woods again... OH, OW, OW - hey, that was good!, SAVE ME! QUICK!; oh, Luke, you're such an idiot, Oh curse it, I'm lost..." Then again you must understand that my game-playing is at the level where I wander around Cheegle Woods thrice before finding the raiga lair.

So, as you can tell, somebody finally got their hands on the game today. Couldn't wait for classes at university to end - by the end of the last lecture I was spinning around on the swivel chair until I'd made myself quite dizzy, and it seemed as if the bus could never bring me there fast enough. And of course when I got hold of the game, I ran off to share the love with as many people as possible, which means about three people on the flist got me full-force, and I called harajukufuuri and - this, my friends, is the benefit of having the closest Abyss-KH2-KKM fan living ten minutes away from you - she came over to my place and we broke the game in. ♥ Which is absolutely excellent, because if you can't already tell, I usually do best when playing this game with people who actually have brains. I've never played a localised game before, and so I don't see what other people notice. Halfway into the game, when I was trying to do something with the character stats, harajukufuuri noticed that I was using the console as if I was playing the Japanese game. And there I was wondering why the buttons didn't do what they normally did.

cheegles behind cut!
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chibimazoku is writing Abyss fanfiction faster than I can link it. And I am having so much fun reading it. Here.