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Saturday, July 30, 2011

New Soundwave 090: Resident Evil HD, Double Dragon II (sort of) and More!

This week's New Soundwave is up at TFradio.net! we talk about a ton of things I've never seen or played- but like any good geek on the internet I manage to have an opinion about most of them nonetheless, and John Peter and ExVee have got you covered for actual knowledge. Sadly I'm swirly again... I may be buying RAM for my aged laptop if I can't work this crap out...

Tomorrow: RPG Maker Showcase! But, brace yourselves for some fail...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Dragon Quest VI/6 - Day 17 (some times in life you've got to starve a hillbilly.)

So we're back for the end of the week DQ flail, and we're about eight or so levels higher than we were the previous night. You might be asking how I managed that, and the answer is quite simply that my eyeballs have dried out to the point of being tiny raisins. That being said, let's go back to Castle What's Its Frammis to fight Who's His Face, and see if we can't win. I'm hoping that level thirty is good enough.

Oh, come ON. You're saying we're not even worth the light show now? That's just insulting!
Well the first good or possibly bad sign is that we no longer walk directly into a funky hippie party the moment we walk through the door, which I think means we won't be fighting the thing's first form again, which is also good... probably? Let's see how this goes, shall we?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dragon Quest VI/6 - Day 16 (In which everything is out to rape me.)

It's tomorrow, gang! Though I suppose it's actually today to you, but you're all really strange, so I don't listen too much to what you have to say.

So anyway, it's back into what I'm going to bet is the same castle from before!... Didn't we need a dragon to get into it, last time? How did we do that? Oh! We started out by throwing an ocarina into the air, right?

Does everybody else remember how this ride ended?
Yes, yes, and then the big, blurry dragon appeared, right?

Because I don't know about you but I think I'd be wantin' off about now.
And then, he crashed us into the side of the castle!

No? Oh well, at least the hero is the last one to explode.
And then we died! Well, not entirely, there was some wandering, and then we walked into that Boss' room, and he made us explode. It should be much easier this time around, though, hehe...

So, we all died.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dragon Quest VI/6 - Day 15 (Here we are all over again, for the first time.)

First let me say I'm sorry for the few dark images at first, but I was trying to work out a few video/audio bugs, and tried using another system for a bit. Needless to say, I won't be using that system any damn more.

Now, as you'll recall we left off yesterday on a mother freaking boat, which is the edited for television version. I guess that we talk to the person that looks like a walking carpet store dumpster, and see what we do next:

I think this boat is some kind of... sacred thingy? Vague memories... -Ed.
Well, first off it looks like we let the weird little guy join the party as our new escort-able person... wee. I guess we're supposed to take him to see something, somewhere? Probably whatever this boat is supposed to take us to, do lead on wacky man!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dragon Quest VI/6 - Day 14 (The Prince of Pudding.)

And once again we return to our Dragon Quest VI/6 review, since it happens to be a weekday, and that's what we do on days of the week. We managed to fight our way back through the underground castle, losing many friends along the way, but in the end proving victorious!...

Actually no, right after we ended last week's session, I managed to find that Elf has a spell that teleports you outside, because I was trying to heal the party at the time, and highlighted the wrong spell. The sad bit about that is that I'm not even sure what I used, though I'll try to find it again next time.

Oh yes, and I think that Casper might be a girl, because they have long flowing hair... I just noticed that a few minutes ago:

Yup: Girl.
And now I feel kind of dumb. Oh well, live and learn.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Dragon Quest VI/6 - Day 13 (Holy Bearded Lizard, Batman!)

And we're back for another Monday update. Sorry it's a bit late, but a friend was having computer problems, and as far as I can tell those problems are mostly that computers hate him, and would rather kill themselves than have much to do with him. I could tell stories, but that's not why we're here. We're here so you can watch me have a minor conniption fit while playing a game, and that's cool.

So, when we last left off the kingdom had just let me leave with the person that may have been impersonating their king, and I don't know why anyone would let me do that. Thankfully, I'm pretty sure that I know where I'm going, since from here there's a gate to the south, and it's the only place I haven't been, yet.

San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Commentary!

Almost forgot to mention: I was part of TF Radio Network's live Comic-Con coverage this year! We discuss Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, whether or not somebody at Capcom has beef with Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune,  Transformers, Marvel toys and TV shows, the big DC Comics reboot and plenty more! Three and a half hours of dedicated nerdery on all Comic-Con-related subjects we can think to talk about:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Flail it Yourself: Ho, That's Who

A couple weeks ago we talked about the dysfunctional H/F family of kana and their use in pronouncing foreign (in this case English) loanwords. Today we've got one last example of this weirdness: today's post is brought to you by the letter Ho.

For some inexplicable reason, certain words that begin with the Wh sound are prefaced with Ho- I presume because of the atrocious accents of whoever first brought English to Japan. Probably the British, who really cannot be trusted to pronounce their own language. (Or anybody else's: listen to a British person say "samurai" sometime if you really need a laugh.) This is why, for example, you'll occasionally see Transformers inventor Wheeljack listed as "Hoiljack." "Hoiru" is the preferred Japanese spelling for Wheel.

And since we were speaking of Gundam yesterday, that's also why the White Base's name is spelled "Howaito Besu" in Japanese. But like most bits of bizarre Japanese syntax, it's not universal: Family Guy fans may be disappointed to learn that this rule would not extend to the pronunciation of Cool Whip; generally "whip" is begun with a U sound since there's no Wi-kana, so the result is usually "uippu."

Tomorrow, we'll be back with more Dragon Quest VI! Or possibly even 6!