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Asch echoes the sentiments of everyone who's ever played Abyss with me. 
23rd-Oct-2006 05:19 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
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!

this is me hard at work. HAHAHAHA.

the day this ps2 got broken in. explained here.

Actually I don't think I could've made it so far on the first playthrough without harajukufuuri. Man, there were so many things I didn't know about the game. And it really is amazing how much easier it becomes when it's in English. Absolutely no contest when it comes to playability. Although I'm not sure how much of it comes with familiarity - you just do not want to see how many tries I took to burn down that damned tree in Cheegle Forest the first time round, whereas the second I can do it on the first go. (I said I was slow. I wasn't joking) And Engave was a breeze, this time, because I knew what they were talking about. Translations only go so far, really.

OI little_ribbon, did you know you could have Tear run around onscreen as soon as Cheegle Forest? I know neither of us thought to try it the first time I played this game, but now I'm not staggered by incomprehension, I'll try a lot of new things. XD You could even have Jade! See:

Innuendo-factor right where it is, as for the Japanese version!

Sometimes, Guy wished Luke would stay innocent forever.

But that was hard. Luke was growing up so fast, and learning so much in such a short time.

One day he'd learn to tell when Guy was lying to him, and then where would they all be?

But for now Guy was happy to just watch as Luke grew up, and maybe teach him a little while he was at it, too.

Man, in one of the skits Luke complains that without Van, all he'd do would be hang around with Guy all day. ... Y'know, Luke, why are you complaining about that?

Hey, Lin! This is just like the field we took that photograph in!

And in this photograph Luke speaks for everyone who's never touched a PS2 before this game. No, really. I reacted just like this. Oh, wait. I was even worse when the PS2 console vibrated for the first time. "IT CAN DO THAT?!" I yelled.

Luke empathy up 100%.

I would totally go for Ion and Luke.

Sometimes, Tear thought, if she just pretended he wasn't there, he would go away.

But then he probably wasn't smart enough to do that.

It was really irritating when everyone mistook them for being a couple when they weren't.

That lady at Engave, the Fon Master Guardian, even Commander Jade himself...
What were they seeing that Tear simply wasn't getting?
Luke was immensely rich, and had an ego commensurate with the size of his inheritance.
Not to mention the stupidity, which outstripped them both.

Mieu is a sadomasochistic cheegle. That is really all I have to say on that point.

What kind of creature would stay with someone who abused them so much?! I swear, if I were Mieu, Luke would get bitten every single time he dared to kick me. Don't bite the hand that feeds you! Bite the foot that kicks you!

Now this is a woman after my own heart:

And I don't normally go for redheads. I've just always thought it was an especially AA (attract-attention, local slang for attention-getting, and in a bad way) hair colour, and usually if your protagonists are red-haired, it takes me a lot to like them. I don't go for green eyes, either: (Wolfram being notable exception #1).

But I think I'll make an exception for you:

After all, sometimes, rules, like brains, were meant to be broken.

chibimazoku is writing Abyss fanfiction faster than I can link it. And I am having so much fun reading it. Here.
23rd-Oct-2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
omg you're still awake ?? hmm think i might just get the game when i get back *grins*
looking for stuff to do with my time ^_^

haha as for the talking to someone while playing... don't think I'm that good at multi-tasking XD but wow you sure have doubled you game stamina ^_^ hmm would it be 8 hours at the next level up ??
23rd-Oct-2006 06:16 pm (UTC)
YES. XD I think it's time to do homework now. ; ) *grin* Or I would, if I didn't have to get up tomorrow. XD

XD SERIOUSLY, you can come and play with the game I've got. I know it's quite an investment decision, but I've waited ages for this game. ; )

I know we'll have lots to do with your time. *griiin*

XDDDD Actually, my talking is really talking to myself. (... which, come to think of it, has a double meaning when it comes to Abyss.)


The scary thing is, I knew I could go on for longer if I didn't have to sleep. XD Man, if I were in London I'd have kept right on playing, but then again in London, I didn't have a television. XD
23rd-Oct-2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
*giggles helplessly* Sweetie, remember how we couldn't even find Cheegle Woods at first? ;) I'll be the only one playing the ZOMG RIDICULOUSLY EASY MODE with you! xD ... and it will still be too difficult! *g*

^^; I was actually on GameFAQs at the same time as you! *beams* But I was being more of an idiot, I mistook ト for イwhile translating your doujin. O.o Took me ages to figure out it was Lorelai and not Rourerato or some other dreck like that. xD (at least I think it's Lorelai, lol)

Oh sobs, why is it dreck and not...rubbish, or something else that could be cute-ish? O.o *kicks Namco* *gets bitten by Mieu?* xD

Hee, I'm so amused by this post. xD Your desk looks so you, even your pencase looks you-ish. Your pictures are the best I've seen so far (good TV? *g*) and of course they will not load for me unless I refresh the page a million times. *beams* Feels very much like you, kuzu. *smiles*

23rd-Oct-2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
.. you've got cheegle. :)
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23rd-Oct-2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
Why is the quality of your TV so much betterrrr. *WEEPS*

... THE COACH SCENE IS STILL AWESOME. You should've put up the Tear!Stare ones XDD ♥ ♥

I would totally go for Ion and Luke.
... I can't see the screenshot for that one~ ;__;
24th-Oct-2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
here it is! Thanks for the pointer, image fixed now! I wasn't aware it wasn't working! *grin*

XDDDD Hee, you did a great job on the Tear!Stare! *beams* I remember the screenshots I've seen before so I don't make them again. *grin* The funny thing is, on the second play-round of Abyss, the screenshots I make are different. But then again, the first time I played it, I didn't have the presence of mind to make screencaps. xD

!I've actually seen better quality us-made screencaps somewhere else. xD But it's all good, really! It's the moments we capture that matter!
23rd-Oct-2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
Haha I would totally go for Ion and Luke as well. Either that or start a Luke fanclub with him. Whichever.

"Sometimes, Tear thought, if she just pretended he wasn't there, he would go away.
But then he probably wasn't smart enough to do that. "

YOU ARE THE TEAR IN MY BRAIN♥ Her expression fits that description TOO PERFECTLY....kay I'm going to go play yet more Abyss now.
24th-Oct-2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
It's alll good! *beams* Can you imagine being in a fanclub with Ion? He'd be so sweet-looking and so UTTERLY DEVIOUS all at the same time. ; ) He'd be able to get Asch into the fanclub. WILLINGLY.

*beams* Glad to hear I'm not the only one of the opinion! ; ) Tear's got to do the thinking for the two of them, 'cause Luke can't manage it on his own!

24th-Oct-2006 01:17 am (UTC)
Ohoho, you finally got it! Glad to see you're enjoying it. ♥

Poor Luke, you're cuter whe you're less innocent. Or am I the only one who thinks that? :)

Ahahah, poor Tear. She'll realize later~ ♥

"Man, in one of the skits Luke complains that without Van, all he'd do would be hang around with Guy all day. ... Y'know, Luke, why are you complaining about that?"
THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT! I'd be ABSOLUTELY FINE hanging out with Guy all day. 8DD; ♥
Though, leave it to Luke to be a Van-sensei fanboy again.
24th-Oct-2006 08:50 pm (UTC) - Van likes younger boys, that he does.
*beams* Thank you so much! *grin* I feel like the last person on earth to get Abyss. *laughing*

*griiiiin* Luke is cute when he's innocent and when he's not innocent. ; ) Don't worry, it's just that Guy hasn't yet realised how advantageous un-innocent!Luke can be. ; )

That she will ♥ The funny thing is, I cannot place a single moment which is definitively Luke/Tear - I know the DAISUKI moment is one big one, but I really can't place a moment. Their love is slow and gradual, like Luke's higher thinking processes.

We'd all be fine hanging out with Guy all day! Oh, Luke. You do not know the joy of what you have.

LUKE LOVES VAN SO MUCH. No wonder there isn't space in his heart (or mind) for much else!
24th-Oct-2006 03:02 am (UTC)
LOL!!! I would also appreciate the "ARE YOU STUPID OR WHAT" level in any video game!! ^_________~
24th-Oct-2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
*BEAMS* YOU TOO! *BEAMS* XDDDD We can play it together!! XDDDD

HEHEHEHEH. You're welcome to come over anytime to try this game. ; )
24th-Oct-2006 04:04 am (UTC)
Navigating in this game gets so much worse when you get to control the Tartarus. I spent a good twenty minutes cruising around the Qlippoth looking for Yulia City like an idiot. Needless to say, I had two pairs of Playstation controllers thrown at my head that day. Thankfully there were only two people in the room during my search for Sheridan (which never actually produced any results) and they substituted pillows! *beams*

RAPPIG. I knew I wasn't the only one making the "o_O" face when I read that in Engave. OHOHO. When PEONY says it, it's unbearable. I have to stop playing for my laughter to subside. *she herself stills refers to the buusagi as buusagis* And...as for the whole dreck issue (again, I will always refer to Luke as a replikuzu) I think this pretty much explains it.

Love to the person who named her PS2 Mieu.

And translations really are difficult, aren't they?

Everyone's taking screencaps. *wide grin* I keep thinking I should join in the fun and take pictures of really, really, really inappropriate things so I can make amusing and witty commentary. Or what I like to think is witty. It's actually just the fact that I'm a complete retard when it comes to Abyss. D: And really, I wouldn't mind spending seven years "just hanging around" with Guy either. Honestly.

Luke's expressions are WONDROUS. I am never too amazed by the many ways his muscles can shape themselves. I really love how Tear just slides around that coach like a little doll while Luke is practically bouncing in his seat.

Oh. Yes. The fanfiction. I can't talk about that here or else I will NEVER SHUT UP. I do not lie on this subject matter.
24th-Oct-2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
I AGREE! I cannot control the Tartarus at all! (This comes from playing friends' games) I am apt to forget the controls and find the Tartarus sinking in water or attempting to blast through land, and usually my piloting attempts come accompanied with a lot of cursing.

D: People who throw controllers at you due to failure to find Yuria City should try to find Yuria City themselves! But pillows are nice.

YES. You are definitely not the only one! I was told pigbbit would have been a better translation. I AGREE. It has the cuteness factor of buusagi. I call 'em buusagi still. ; )

XD Good link on dreck. It's very fitting, really - but I can't shake the connotation of American slang. I half expect Asch to slouch in with jeans, sunglasses, and a James Dean attitude.

*grin* I called the PS2 Mieu because I figured he was gonna have to take a LOT of abuse. ; )

Translations are evil when separated from my computer! I wish Abyss was dual-language and I could turn on voices and translation as and when I wished.

*beams* I'd look forward to your screencaps! *beams* And we're all complete retards when it comes to Abyss, so you'll be in good company ♥

Oh, Guy ♥ Seven years is never too long to hang around with you. ; )

I'm surprised that Luke's expressions never get old with me. But it seems every time I turn around he has a new one - or a new way of holding his head, a new way of slanting the way he stands - hilarious.

Heh. Tear is this perfect composed person next to Luke's OMG!! WHAT?! WHYYY?! LISTEN TO ME YOU IDIOTS D<. xD

PLEASE DO NOT SHUT UP ABOUT THE FANFICTION. ♥ I love talking about Abyss fanfiction. *beams*
24th-Oct-2006 06:41 am (UTC)
One day he'd learn to tell when Guy was lying to him, and then where would they all be?

With a very, very upset Luke on their hands. GUUUUY, MASTER VAAAAAN, DON'T U LUV MEEEEE?

Also, yes, that's Tear's mental process exactly. "He's too stupid to survive..."
24th-Oct-2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
*GRIIN* "GUY :((( MASTER VAN :((( You love each other more than you love me! :((( "

Guy: ^^;;; Luke! That's not so at all! I -

Van: I know how best to resolve this! Threesome? ♥

I'm quite sure that it's also part of the reason Tear stays with him. "Because if I wasn't around, no one would think for him. It's not as if he can think for himself."

24th-Oct-2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
There is a Asch look-alike at my home...but he is white... ^^;;;
24th-Oct-2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hee! So is Asch! ; ) So your Asch-lookalike is absolutely perfect! *beams*

I hope he is a really nice person. ♥

Hi, dear! ♥ Good to see you! *beams* I hope evil school isn't keeping you too busy? ; )

I wish there were Asch-lookalikes at my home! :D I just have an Asch-act-a-like, and that's my brother. *laughing*
24th-Oct-2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
eeeeeee <3 but the best parts came only today. GUY <3
24th-Oct-2006 08:32 pm (UTC)

BUT OF COURSE ♥ Getting out of Cheegle Forest was so worth the headbanging. That place should come with BURN THIS arrows just for me.

GUY ♥ and LUKE ♥

I am so glad you like Guy so much! *griiin*
27th-Oct-2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
I played 4 hours straight when I first set my hands on it. XD truthfully at first I was like ARGHGHGHses because Luke was a little pukehead but then I fell in love with him. XD but, then there's Guy. Oh god, Guy. *_*

I found my way here through the Guy lj cumm, saw some official art that you scanned (of his menu art). Is there anwhere you've plopped those, or..? XD
27th-Oct-2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
.. *comm LOL
29th-Oct-2006 06:31 am (UTC)
welcome to gaming! Hahahaha!
BTW, I do know a game which actually has a mode beyond even easy... I think it was Kingdom Hearts II? O_oa;

after you finish Tales of the Abyss, I demand you play Final Fantasy XII. :O Princess Ashe and Basch the bodyguard... o_o;
29th-Oct-2006 06:32 am (UTC)
whoops. its sy, but I'm lazy to log out.
1st-Nov-2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
aieee sorry about the comment i deleted, it was really quite selfish of me; i just really needed to talk to someone at that time..
2nd-Nov-2006 01:48 am (UTC) - *hugs you so tightly*
Not at all, Kaasan, and I always want to talk to you. *hugs tight* I'll call you as soon as you're free? Today, after class or before? I have driving til 420pm (early-morning London time, but let me know when you're free?) *hugs tight*

I hope you're feeling better soon, dear. *hugs tight* Talk to you soon *snugs*
6th-Nov-2006 03:38 am (UTC) - heh
I was kinda happy Luke didn't know anything, that way they gave it an excuse to explain things to you. Personally I truly felt like luke up until about 20 hours. I had no idea what the hell anyone was talking about. Even when they explained it, i'm still like "wha-?" thankfully luke was also like that. Ack, all these pictures remind me of what a jerk he was -_-; I love Luke so much.
Mieu annoys me sometimes (no offense) so i laugh when Luke abused it at the beginning. It was cruel, but kinda funny
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