Vita, Video Games, Venice, and Vipertek

  Remember how I was debating about getting a PS4, Wii U, or the 3DS? Yeah, I didn’t decide on any of those.

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Instead I did some research and decided that getting a PS Vita would be best. (1) It is portable which is great because I’m rarely home except for the weekends, and (2) I can play a shitload of PS One classics without having to deal with my PS2 giving up mid-gameplay. So, needless to say, I’m excited! I got this combo pack with a free Borderlands 2 download and 8 GB memory card for $200. Good deal. And when I do eventually get a PS4 I can link the systems to do more nifty things. I’m looking forward to that. ^___^

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Getting this game was a must. I’m 100% here for Final Fantasy X, especially since I lost my master file on the PS2 years back. It was… frustrating. I was so proud of that file because Yuna was the strongest melee fighter in my party and it was fucking hilarious at times. Anyhoo, restarting again doesn’t bother me. It’s high time that I did another FFX replay. As for FFX-2 I’ll might replay it for the battle system, but I’m not making any promises.

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From top to bottom: FFX HD (with a FFX-2 that I didn’t install yet), Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy VI, Bust-A-Move 4, and Xenogears. I’m not going to bother installing Borderlands 2 since I already have it on the 360. And it’s huge in terms of memory usage. Of course there are some Final Fantasy games missing from this collection but I’m trying not to overwhelm myself anymore than I already have. I didn’t think I would be overwhelmed until I played Xenogears for an hour turned it off to play Chrono Cross up to Arni Village, turned that off to start on FFIX, turned that off to play Chrono Cross again, turned that off to play FFX, and… yeah… I think each time I complete a Final Fantasy then I’m going to move on to another. FFVII will be last because I just did a replay last year. So, I’ll tackle IX or VI, then download VIII since I never finished my Steam playthrough, and keep repeating that pattern until I have everything from I to X. As for other PS games I’m just going to take it easy for a little while. It’s one thing to get games like Bust-A-Move that are fun ways to shoot the shit, but RPGs take a lot of focus. At least for me. *sigh* This is all sounds like first world problems, doesn’t it. LOL. Yeah, I’m going to stop and just say–overwhelming or not–I am over the moon about having these games around to play again. Except for Xenogears. This is my first time playing Xenogears (so ashamed ;_;), so I can’t say “again”. But I can say it is extremely awesome and I already adore Citan. Please don’t disappoint me. >_<

 

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I couldn’t walk away from this sketchbook because, well, it’s obviously aesthetically pleasing, but I also kept hearing “Tour of Venice” and “Dream of Venice” when I looked at it. After I told Mark about that he advised me to draw Ezio leaping across one of the buildings in the background. Yes! I’m going to do it. LOL. Anyway, we had a long discussion afterwards about the fact that we have never been overseas together, and while it seems like the obvious choice would be Japan I am leaning more towards Italy. I want to do a sort of tour, going from Rome to Venice to Florence. I mean, we did meet in Latin class after all. It would not be a meaningless trip when we put into consideration all the aspects of Italian history that we both love and can thank for bringing us together. So, that’s it. I want to go to Italy. Even if I can just go to one city then I will go to one city. Half of me is screaming “Rome!” while the other is like “Dude, Venice has boat rides and the Carnival of Venice!” I think if I remind Mark that he can wear his beloved plague doctor mask for hours at a time then he will be up for Venice too. Okay, Venice it is. I’m going to start saving and planning for it. I also need to consider putting aside my other language lessons in order to start working on Italian. I’ve taken a swing at Italian in the past, and all of those years of Latin makes it a tad easier to understand than say Japanese or German. I’m excited. I only hope it works out better than other plans I’ve made. LOL

 

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Last but not least my first taser, Vipertek. I feel so much better now that I have this. Four days a week I have to drop Mark off at work at three in the morning, and that is not the most comforting time to be outside on your own–even if it’s only a 10-second run from the parking lot to your apartment. It is slightly terrifying to own though. I’m always worried that I’ll accidentally turn it on somehow and electrocute myself. LOL. I don’t even have to do something moronic like testing it on myself to know that it will hurt. We armed it yesterday to see how it would look, and it was LOUD. Sparkly but loud. I can only compare the sound to the crack of a whip. I shrieked but Mark thought it was cool. Then again, this is the same guy who spent his birthday money and giftcards on knives, so he would. -_-

Well, I’m off. Later in the day I want to pick up some Italian language books, but before that I have to look into getting another bookshelf, doing some serious spring cleaning, getting groceries in the house, and just being semi-productive this weekend. In between I will squeeze in some gaming time. Since I want to play so many games I will have to dedicate 30-60 minutes on each game. A little Xenogears there, a little FFIX there, a little Bioshock Infinite after that, a little Assassin’s Creed 2 too. Oh! Gold members get a free AC: Black Flag and Army of Two on the 16th. DUUUUUUUDDDEEE. All Mark and I ever talk about these days are those fucking naval battle clips we see in Black Flag. I can’t wait. ; u ;

Really, it’s nice that I am getting back into video games like. It’s not like I ever stopped playing between the age of five and… now, but recent years have been kind of “eh”, you know? I’m so into it now that I am returning to that point where I will draw fanart and stuff like that again. It feels good. I love getting so passionate about something that it inspires me in other departments of my life. Yes, time is scarce these days, especially with this whole project of ours to make our apartment not look borderline condemned anymore (LMAO), but… I’m hopeful. Things are getting better in every way imaginable. I’m happy. No, more than that, I’m pumped!

LET’S ACCOMPLISH SOME SHIT . >:o

082: Não Chora Menina

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“Close my shark , human.”

★彡 I beat Dragon Age 2 a few days ago. I was a warrior the first time around, so I am going to replay as a mage. That should make the plot a lot more interesting. Not that replaying really matters. Anders is still going to ruin my life again…with his anger-induced possessions and love of cats and unshaven pony-tailed face. Ugh, fuck off, Anders.

☆彡 *slowly teaches Mark to stop asking my permission for everything* (LOL)

Seriously, nothing gives me joy like Mark buying things and going places without seeking my approval first. Yes, I understand that his heart is in the right place, but…he’s 28 years old. It’s kind of depressing for a 28 year old to have to get permission from a 26 year old to do shit, you know? I don’t even let 60 year olds tell me what to do better yet people younger than me. Then again, I am the type of person who hates being ordered around (unless I’m getting paid to or I have immense respect for the person giving orders), so I value independence and personal space a lot. I never want to be in a position where I am forced to strip someone of independence and space every human being deserves. Oh well. He will learn. He is learning. That’s good enough for now.

★彡 Glad to see that Rey Mysterio is back. Sadly, that’s pretty much all I care about in WWE right now.

☆彡 I don’t know why I wait until December to hang up lights. I’m just going to string them around my bedroom and leave them there all year. Also, I have yet to own a tree that wasn’t green, so I’m going to get a blue or white tree this year.

★彡 Man, the ASOIAF fans who haven’t read the books yet are in for several headfucks next season. The purple wedding alone is going to be *in Zack Ryder’s voice* siiiiiiiick (…wait….what am I doing? I hate Zack Ryder). Anyway, just a few more months, ASOIAF fandom. Almost there.

☆彡 My blowdryer decided to explode on me and then make a Silent Hill-esque siren noise afterwards. That wasn’t terrifying at all. Luckily, there was no fire. It was just loud and smoky. 

★彡 I plan to get A Link Between Worlds very soon. I haven’t gotten around to it because I have a pile of books on my desk, and I’ve been going through them at breakneck speed. Finally. I should be all caught up within the next week or so…book-wise anyway. My gaming pile is still pretty pathetic.

☆彡 The worst feeling in the world is when you catch yourself doing something despicable and suddenly you question everything about yourself. I am by no means a goody-two shoes. My need to constantly explore new things is to blame for most of that. But there are definitely some lines I never cross, particularly lines that involve hurting others. I can live with hurting myself but not others. The truth is that I am a completely different person when I am in the middle of a panic attack. While I am in that mode, self-preservation is my only priority. Everything and everyone else stops mattering. That doesn’t change the fact that selfish is selfish. I don’t believe for a second that this part of me is impossible change. I just…need to put myself in panic-inducing situations until I learn to have complete control of myself during them. Until then, I am a dumb loser during 50% of my life. Whomp-whomp.

★彡 The things I am hearing about the XBox One are…tragic. The XBox 360 has been so pleasant for me that I hoped that the XBox One would be a worthy upgrade of it. Meh. I guess it is high time I got back to Sony anyway. The last time I owned a Sony console was back in 2004 or so when my PS2 broke. I have nothing against Sony. XBox just had a better selection of games these past few years, and games that were once Sony exclusives became multiplatform. This time around there are important-ass exclusives like Drakengard 3, Final Fantasy XV, and Kingdom Hearts 3 that I have to look out for. Also, there are some old Sony exclusive titles like Chrono Cross and a few Final Fantasy titles that I would love to download. So, a Playstation 4 is a definite for me. It’s just a matter of when I save up $400.

☆彡 The thing I hate most about my stories is that my characters have so much potential, yet they always end up the same one-dimensional carbon copy of the last character. I don’t spend enough time really fleshing them out. It’s easy to say: “this one is laid-back” or “this one is energetic”, but actually putting details into a character like pet peeves, addictions, allergies, fruitless dreams, poignant memories–that takes real effort. Effort I seldom give. For now, I am going to stop working on plots and drawings, and start working on those little things. I also need to work on more characters outside the main characters. Supporting characters don’t get enough credit for the life they give to stories. They are just that: support. I need to remember this! Well, I’m not going to worry too much about NaNoWriMo at this point. It is damn near impossible to meet the word count goal so late in the game, and my head isn’t really into it this year. I just want to crack open my Mythos binder and contribute more to it than fancy costumes. LOL

★彡 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia gives me life. I have never laughed so hard in my life.

☆彡 I am currently working on a way to modify my bo staff. I’m in the sketching and tossing crumpled paper across the room phase right now. Not fun…but turning my bo staff into a Final Fantasy like weapon is going to be sweeeet. I thought about turning it into a lance, but as often as that thing topples over I don’t think it’s a good idea to add a blade to the end of it. LOL. I’m just going to stick with a basic staff. Right now I am set on something between Yuna’s starting staff and her Nirvana staff. I want to name my staff “Phantasmagoria”…because it’s my favorite word. Yes, I know I’m a colossal loser. Leave me alone. 😐

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★彡 I’m glad that Nier is finally getting the respect it deserves. Thanks Game Informer for pointing out what a masterpiece it is.

Also, fuck what the Nier haters said.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and please be careful if you participate in Black Friday.

Entries, I Make That.

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I’m back~

And, no, your eyes aren’t foolin’ you. It is still May. I told you I’m a failure. *flips hair sassily*

I have (semi) good reasons though. One, we switched IPs and the internet is 100 times faster. So…I had to try it out. HOW COULD I NOT. Before this challenge, it took me a good 10 minutes to download one song. Yes, it was that terrible. But now it takes less than a minute. That’s just…crazy awesome. Two, I just found out like…yesterday…that we were going to have a three-day weekend. So, it’s better to tackle this TL;DR entry now while I have plenty of time than to wait until the first of the month when I’ve have at least one million errands to run. At least. Also, I have a strong feeling they’re going to make me work that Saturday.

Okay, excuses aside, I’ll provide some quick updates on what I’ve been doing for the last…er, 25 days…I think. Prepare for a fuckload of pictures. If your internet is as sad as mine was…I’m sorry, son.

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Iron Man 3 was great! Outside of my butthurting about the route they took with The Mandarin and lack of Fin Fang Foom, I enjoyed it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Robert Downey Jr. was born to play Tony Stark. Like…if anyone played him I’d probably lose interest in the movies. I can’t wait to see him in the second Avengers movie (He is coming back, right?). I especially loved the end of the credits with Tony and Bruce. Gotta love the science bros!

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It’s always a pleasure to see my bb Benedict Cumberbatch (or Benadryl Cabbagepatch as Mark called him). I still think choosing him as Khan was a poor casting choice, but that is not a comment on his acting skills or general magnificence at all. And that voice. *melts* I’m probably a Cumberbitch as this point but only because he really is a great actor who should definitely consider voice acting too. I’m still thinking about that voice right now. Wow. Back to the movie. I enjoyed it. It was fun…which I guess was the point of it.

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Ignore the obnoxious time stamps for now. I don’t really know how to remove them from Mark’s digital camera and I’m too lazy to research it or crop it out.  Back on point~ made my first Gundam model. I tried some before but Mark helped me with it. So, it didn’t really “count” to me. This model, on the other hand, I did entirely on my own. It. Is. The. Greatest. Shit. Ever. I want to move on to the super huge ones that can actually fit a pilot figure inside AND requires painting. *rolls up sleeve* Aw yes~

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Save for the plushie (I got that for Christmas from my big sis) and the cross-leg posing Sailor Moon (got that like…yeesh…3-4 years ago?), I went a little Sailor Moon crazy when I got my model kit. It was RIGHT there in the same store. I couldn’t say no. I was so close to buying the Sailor Moon tote…but I behaved myself. The first two pictures belongs to the same folder–the first is the front, the second the back. When I’m going to someone’s house or work, I like to slide a few blank papers in there so I have something to draw/write on when I’m bored. As for the keychain, it came with the lanyard, circular keychain thing (what is that shit called?), and an ID badge. I praise that ID badge everyday because I always leave my work badge behind or I rummage through my wallet and purse constantly to find it. Massive pain in the ass, but not anymore of course.

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Speaking of work, I managed to get my hours changed. So, no more 9-5 for me. I now work 11-8…which is awesome because I get an extra hour of work a week that I didn’t get before. Now I can stay up all night and even shop late at Wal-Mart without 90% of Atlanta in my way. Yay!

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Nail polish has always been one of those “pretty to look at but I’ll never wear that shit” type of things until recently when I found some galaxy nail polish. It looks very familiar to the type in this picture. It’s not bad at all. I might actually stop trimming my nails now and let them grow so I can put more starry polish on it. >_>

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I ran across Kelly Osborne’s issue of Self, and she looks amazing! Look at her rocking that purple hair. GURL. Okay, I’m sorry. LOL. Anyway, I’m not writing to state the obvious to anyone. I’m writing because she talked about Hoopnotica in her magazine, I decided to try it out, and I’m hooked. I can’t put into words how much I hate exercising, but any exercise that is fun and takes my mind off of counting time is considered a plus in my book. Try it out if you haven’t already. It’s more fun than running on a trendmill for 45 minutes. I promise! Speaking of exercise:

I dance to this song at least three times a day. It is FUN. I am not kidding when I say I have this entire routine memorized from dancing to it so often. Just Dance, in general, is extremely enjoyable and I can’t wait to get the kinect version. For now, I’m using the Wii version. It is no joke. Wii Mote or Kinect, you can work up a sweat with this game. No complaint there. I got some work to do. *pats gut*

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And since I’m on the topic of weight loss, I discovered A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss and I’ve been going there religiously. She is amazing! More than amazing, she is sensible, intelligent, and brilliant. The best thing about her site, aside from her insightful view on black culture–something most WL sites never discuss–is the fact that she is completely against fat shaming. While I’m all for a good get-your-shit-together pep talk every now and then, it’s annoying having to hear constantly that I’m supposed to hate myself because I’m fat. How about no. My belief on fitness coordinates with Erika’s: it should be about rewarding yourself with a body that runs efficiently and keeps you strong, not punishing or shaming yourself. I am glad to find someone who motivates everyone to find their own positive motivation rather than excuse the prejudiced actions and words of fat-phobic individuals. It’s rare, unfortunately, but to find such a rare source of assistance is fantastic. So, gotta share that! 😀

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I took up a short assignment with Millstone Coffee to make some extra cash (GETTIN DAT CHEEDUH) and they gave me unlimited coffee to drink while I was helping them and, wow, that shit is amazing. I am hooked on their coffee now. I am never going back to any other brand again…except for those 3-in-1 Vietnamese coffees at H-Mart and Assi. I live for those, son.

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I tried agave nectar once and…yeah…my bag of sugar went in the trash after that. LOL. The next thing for me to try is Stevia. I hear amazing things about it but I haven’t tried it yet. Still killin’ that agave nectar.

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The in-laws gave Mark and me a Ninja blender a while ago, and it’s been in storage the entire time…until this month. I decided to put it together a few weeks ago. Boy, am I putting it to work! I love making smoothies. In the mornings, especially, I am hungry, in the mood for something sweet, and not in the mood for anything hot thanks to this weather. So, I just toss some spinach, apples, strawberries, banana, and whatnot in the Ninja. It keeps me full and energetic until lunch. Speaking of lunch…I have a problem.

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FUCKING FETA CHEESE. I’ll probably eat dirt if you sprinkle some feta cheese with it at this point. LOL. This addiction has actually worked to my advantage. I am more motivated to eat things like spinach and salads with a little bit of feta sprinkled into it. I’ve yet to make sandwiches out of it (I hear it’s amazing), but I’m planning to this weekend. I got my boneless chicken, my wheat bread, my spinach…gonna make me a ghetto panini. Just gonna grill that shit on a frying pan. 😄

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I’ve been drawing a lot. Some I scanned, but most are still in my sketchbook. Whatever I scanned is on my deviant art right now…and I’m too lazy to upload them all here. Sorry. I am really getting back into the swing of drawing. It feels natural again. That’s the only way that I can put it. I’ve been putting more emphasis on noses and lips when it comes to my drawings, and I don’t mind that at all. I love anime eyes so I really have no intention of changing that. Nose and mouth, on the other hand, I’d like to be more detailed. I’ll probably upload some drawings over the weekend. I’ll probably also start on an art-only blog at some point too.

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I am so obsessed with my color pens. My goodness.  You can probably see some of that in the above artwork. Luckily, you can’t see it in my diary and doodles. It’s pretty bad. I’ll probably wear them out before long. I should probably stock up on them in bundles!

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I weep for my drawing tablet. Look it. It was broken for so long that we started using it as a coaster. Now it’s working again post-duct taping and the cup stain won’t come off. LMAO. Mark is right. I really need to invest in a new drawing tablet at this point. So, that Note fund has turned into a Wacom fund now. It makes sense. I am an artist before I am a techie, and an artist without decent tools is like a mechanic without decent tools — still skillful but frustrated as hell from doing everything the hard way. Anyway, I’m saving up for that and Paint Tool Sai. My trial ran out so it’s time for the real thing. I don’t mind GIMP but it isn’t PTS. D:

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…Do I really need to say anything? I mean:

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He’s also shy IRL. And he also plays World of Warcraft. *melts* I feel like Mako-chan at this point because every other second I’m ogling at some random celebrity or fictional character and going: “He’s so dreamy~”. Sometimes, I’ll even say: “He kind of looks like Mark~” the way she thinks everyone looks like her ex-boyfriend. LMAO. Yeah…that’s gold.

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I can’t finish DX:HR because I don’t want to hurt Yelena. My mute goddess. *embraces creepily* Also, I’m pathetic when it comes to espionage games so…yeah. My tactic to sneaking in is to go wherever the fuck I have to go and shoot anyone who sees me…which is pretty much Yelena’s tactic too. HIGH FIVE.

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My phone situation was very Cloud Strife before (rarely answer calls or texts, just listen to voicemails/read messages) but now it’s very Vincent Valentine (phone is always missing or broken). So, I’m pretty much done with the phone situation. I gave my phone to Mark to use as mini-tablet thing and my number is gone. So, it’s not even Vincent anymore. It’s very Red XIII, I guess. Or possibly Sephiroth because you have to do some odd summoning ritual to get in contact with me at this point.

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WHO MADE UPDATES WHILE I WAS GONE.

That was my exact reaction to finding updates on this game a few days ago. It’s going to be amazing. Also, yes, I have heard about the whole XBox One fiasco and I’m not amused. I don’t know what the hell Microsoft is thinking but, then again, Windows 8 should be a fine indicator that someone isn’t thinking at all. If you’re in a business and you don’t listen to your consumers then you might as well kiss them goodbye…which seems to be happening. I can’t say anything much about the PS4 or even the Wii U because I have very little hands-on experience with either. The PS4 for obvious reasons, the Wii U because I just haven’t gotten around to it. If I do buy another console within the next year it will more than likely be a PS4 tbh. One, Drakengard 3. Two, The Witcher 3. Three, Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Four, download PSX games. We’ll just have to see how things play out in terms of gaming news but, once more, not amused with the XBox One. Sorry.

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 Finally sat down and watched every single NGE episode and movie in existence. Yeah, it’s awesome. Of all the disturbing scenes, though, I am still creeped out by Shinji masturbating to Asuka while she was in the hospital. Seriously, Shinji, what the fuck?

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After doing some serious cleaning, I found PS1 and PS2 memory cards that are completely empty. So, I’m replaying the fuck out of everything! The gif of Nikki rocking the fuck out is completely relevant because Chrono Cross is on that list of replays. I abandoned a replay I made maybe a year ago, so I’m working on that again. I’m also working on some Gamecube games. I lost the memory card for the GC, but I found that too while doing some said serious cleaning. METROID PRIME ALL FUCKING DAY.

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Literally me (LOL), but buying Wii Fit Plus was a great choice. Of course, it made my original copy of Wii Fit obsolete but no matter. I really enjoy the new activities. Yoga, as always, is super helpful and the strength training routines do exactly what they’re supposed to do. I can feel dem abs beneath my gut. I’m probably going to lose weight and looked ripped as fucked. Wow, that will be awesome. Sorry. Off topic. I love this game. The one feature I’m thankful for is the comparing food to calories burned feature. It’s both sucky and eye-opening to learn that almost 30 minutes of slaving through an obstacle course burned one chocolate bar. ONE. That alone made me toss out like half the shit in my cabinet, so Wii Fit Plus is doing its job. 😄

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This movie…wow. That’s a good wow, but also a that’s-pretty-fucked-up wow. The lesson I took from this movie is that you should always be yourself, regardless of the characters who will attack you and everyone around you for your decisions. Some might argue that Mima’s “real self” is who she was during her pop idol days, but I have to disagree there. Our society tends to exalt the “pure” aspects of individuals while simultaneously punishing them for their “dirty” aspects. But humans are both perfect and imperfect in many ways. Mima can play an innocent pop idol, but she can also play sexually-charged roles as an actress. The immoral individuals in this movie, as far as I am concerned, were the ones who focused too much on keeping her “pure” (Rumi, Uchida/Me-Mania) or making her “dirty” (Murano). It’s always empowering to see a character go through half a movie screaming and crying, and then make a complete 180 to become confident in the end. Overall, Satoshi Kon’s genius showed itself in this movie, as it does all of his works. He is still missed immensely.

Man…I don’t know what else. Lately, it’s just been a lot of IRL responsibilities, Gaki no Tsukai marathons, replays, drawing, working on stories, a bunch of health-related progress, movie and dinner nights, anime and dinner nights, book collecting, wishlist making, and stuff. That’s about it. I’ll probably touch on those and whatever else I forgot in my typical shooting star entries.

That’s about it! Now to get back in the swing of things…

‘Til next time.

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