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This week I…

…finished Persona 3. Started playing “The Answer,” the follow-up in the FES version which I have. I also recently got Persona 4, which I will play at some point after finishing “The Answer.” I really like Persona 3. The social game aspect seems like it could be a game on its own if done well. Of course there are Japanese dating sims but most don’t reach the US and I doubt there are very many which are any good. They seem1 to follow the same patterns, with a slew of potential female partners, one each for seemingly the same categories in every one. I guess there are some that aren’t like this but I think with Persona 3/4 it’s really cool that the sim encompasses more types of relationships than just dating. I’d like to create a game with this aspect some day (I mentioned it here before, it’s called This Celestial Life).

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  1. I say this without having actually played any except one or two short web games of this style on Newgrounds.

Capital Expenditures

I got a DS on Friday (making me the last one in the house to get one), and two games, Rune Factory and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates. Haven’t started Ring of Fates yet, but I’m having fun with Rune Factory. I’ve slowed down a little bit on playing My Life as a King, but I still think it’s a lot of fun. Also picked up Boom Blox, which hasn’t yet been unpackaged. On the list for this week are also Wii Fit and On the Rainslick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 1. And on top of that, I picked up Age of Gods and Colossal Arena on Sunday because the best board game shop I’ve found in the area was closing that location (while keeping another location which isn’t nearly as nice) and had everything 30% off.

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To developers: please delay the release of your awesome game.

Well, after reading this, Call of Duty 4 has now been added to my Christmas list as well. There are so many good games coming out, it’s a little daunting and worrisome. When will I have the time to enjoy them all?

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status report

Party A on FFXII (Ashe, Vaan, and Fran) are level 40 and Party B (Basch, Balthier, and Penelo) are 38. They all have every augment on the license board and everybody has all three Quickenings. Two characters have one Esper each (Vaan and Penelo), and I know the locations of two other Espers, though each handed me my ass (and I wasn’t even aware I’d dropped it).

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