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Long Time no See! — March 17, 2017

Long Time no See!

Hey, how’s it going? It’s been a decent while since I’ve last posted here, and that’s just due to the nature of college. Last two weeks have been pretty heavy on schoolwork, especially due to mid terms, and it probably doesn’t help that the little free time I have had I’ve been spending on Animal Crossing: New Leaf: an absolute life-eater, for sure. That said, I’m working on a bunch of new, quality content for CyberphileTV (the YouTube channel), starting with my coverage of PAX East, which I uploaded a little earlier than usual today. I’m going to be working on a video review of Samurai Champloo as well as talking a bit about one of my favorite bands and the story behind their music: The Protomen. Make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel for all that juicy content. Without further ado: Here’s Cyberphile at PAX East 2017!

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What’cha Playin’? 7/12/16 – Pokemon Blue — July 12, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/12/16 – Pokemon Blue

With Pokemon GO out, I have a renewed interest in Pokemon, so I fired up the GameCube Game Boy Player, and popped in my Pokemon Blue Version. It’s time to get back on the Pokemon horse, so to speak, and with GO revitalizing the Pokemon scene (not that it ever really need revitalizing) it makes me want to go back to basics. So I started with my Bulbasaur (like always) and got myself to Viridian Forest. Current party is Weedle, Caterpie, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur. Also played some Super Monkey Ball with the girlfriend, and of course, I pop into my Animal Crossing town daily to see what’s up. I was unlucky enough to have all of my weeds for the day spawn into the same acre, so I need to start my 15-day perfect streak from start. Either that, or I missed a weed or two yesterday… Whoops!

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What’cha Playin’? 7/7/16 — July 7, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/7/16

The last two day in Animal Crossing were spend perfecting the tree situation in my town to ensure it stays at “Perfect Town” status. I even made note to a few “problem acres” in my town to make sure that I plant a new tree before the old sapling gets dug up, so I don’t dip below where I need to be, at least, until one of these finicky trees grow, anyway. I’m also at 100,000 bells left on my debt of the largest house, so with any luck (or more importantly, time) I’ll have that all paid off by the end of the day.

In Custom Robo, I’ve been steadily completing Grand Battle tournaments when I can. I’m coming up on the last few tournaments, I think!

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Animal Crossing Review – GameCube — July 6, 2016

Animal Crossing Review – GameCube

My Animal Crossing review is now live. You can read the full review from the Review page, or by clicking here.

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Here’s the bottom line if you don’t have time to read the full review:

The Bottom Line

Pros

  • Fun, relaxing gameplay and music.
  • Easy to get attached to.
  • Tons to do and collect.
  • Make your own goals.

Cons

  • The time between the closed shop.
  • Takes a decently large time commitment.
  • Slow paced.
  • Make your own goals.

Final Score: 9.5/10

Depending on who you ask, Animal Crossing is either an amazing game or an incredibly boring one. Some people don’t like making their own goals and the idea of not being able to sit down and “power through” a game sometimes turns some people away. That said, I’m in the first camp; I think Animal Crossing is amazing, fun, and relaxing, and everyone should try it at least once.

What’cha Playin’? 7/5/16 — July 5, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/5/16

I’ve been working a lot, and have also been busy outside of work, so I haven’t had too much time for myself, unfortunately. I do manage to play a bit of Animal Crossing though, last night was the Fireworks Show, so I got to watch fireworks and buy hand-fans from Crazy Redd at his booth by the pond. My house is a big as it gets (though I’m still paying it off) and my Nook’s is also at its largest with Nookingtons. I’m also at Perfect Town status, so I just have to keep it that way for 15 days to get the Golden Axe.

When I’m not playing Animal Crossing, I’m squeezing in Custom Robo, usually during the time that the shops are closed in Animal Crossing. I’m working my way through the Grand Battle mode, the 2nd part of the 2-part story mode; I want to eventually get all gold trophies in all of the cups, but it may prove difficult.

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What’cha Playin’? 7/1/16 – Custom Robo — July 1, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/1/16 – Custom Robo

Happy July! Yesterday was another pretty useless day in the world of Animal Crossing. Nook closes his shop down to do a raffle (which I didn’t win, by the way) so I ended up with a full inventory pretty quickly. Luckily Crazy Redd came to my town his rare albeit overpriced goods, so at least I got a NES with Clu Clu Land in it. Probably one of my favorite features of Animal Crossing was the ability to collect some NES games.

So, I typically work evenings, so by the time I come home, I can only do a little bit in Animal Crossing, as townsfolk go to bed and stores close. So I usually try to find something else to play. I’m on a bit of a GameCube kick right now, so I popped Custom Robo in last night. Man, I almost forgot how GREAT of a game that is. I might have to add it to a certain list of Best Games ever… So I’ll spare you a review/preview of that… For now!

Lastly, I heard a remastered Bioshock Collection is coming out on next gen systems September 13th. I’m VERY excited for that. Check it out!

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What’cha Playin’? 6/30/16 – Animal Crossing — June 30, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/30/16 – Animal Crossing

Yesterday was a pretty busy day for me, so I only really had enough time to do my daily BS in Animal Crossing. That said, I’ve successfully caught any bugs or fish that will be disappearing tomorrow as the month changes over, the last one being the Large Char. I also scored a Game Boy Player and the appropriate startup disk for my GameCube, and that came in the mail yesterday as well. Now my GameCube looks like a double decker bus! That’s pretty much all I have to say for today.

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What’cha Playin’? 6/29/16 – Harvest Moon 64 — June 29, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/29/16 – Harvest Moon 64

I’ve kind of been all over the place with games lately, but last night I started playing Harvest Moon 64, which many revere as “the best Harvest Moon”. It’s definitely going to take some getting used to though, as I’m more familiar with Friends of Mineral Town, which, interestingly enough, is technically a remake of 64. All of the characters are the same, but they all have different jobs/roles (actually, their jobs/roles make far more sense in 64) and some actually have different family members altogether. So for starters, that’s a little strange for me. Next, you have the fact that the clock is only on the pause screen. This is only a minor inconvenience due to quick loading times, but I really do prefer to have the time available to me at a glance. Lastly, days seem to ZOOM by WAY quicker than any other Harvest Moon game I’ve played. That said, it seems like a proper Harvest Moon, and I’m looking forward to playing some more once Animal Crossing becomes more-or-less useless for the day (when Nook closes shop).

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What’cha Playin’? 6/28/16 – Maken X — June 28, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/28/16 – Maken X

As you know if you’ve been keeping up with Cyberphile, I’ve been replaying the GameCube Animal Crossing. As you progress in Animal Crossing, the main shop in town where you do all of your buying and selling eventually upgrades to carry more items. Unfortunately, to do so, it has to close down for the day, rendering most of the day useless as a player, as your inventory will fill up, and you have nowhere to unload it. So, on a whim yesterday, I tried out Maken X for the Dreamcast.

Maken X, published by Atlus and released in 2000 is a first person, sword-fighting, supernatural, action game. The art is done by the same people who worked on the early Persona games as well as Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. It also retains the atmosphere of the early Shin Megami Tensei and Persona games. The story is about a pharmaceutical company who is creating an artificial intelligence that will be able to cure disease, but one day the facility is attacked, and the main character’s father who heads the project is kidnapped. 16 year old Kay awakens the artificial intelligence and wields it as a sword. The AI, called Maken, (technically, you play as this AI, not the character) essentially uses the soul (called psi) to fuse with people and control them, in a process called brainjacking. Kay/Maken begin their quest to find and rescue her father.

The gameplay is first person, and really fun. You can dodge, block, and even jump over enemies to disorient them. After you complete the first stage, you leave Kay behind and brainjack an enemy, giving you stronger attacks, and new special abilities and stats. Each character has their own set of stats and skills, and no two players are the same. In fact, you often need to brainjack weaker characters just to get information or abilities out of them. Blademasters will help you in your quest to defeat baddies by offering up their bodies to Maken. You will need certain characters to progress certain ways, and there are a number of split paths, hidden areas and characters to find. As you kill enemies, you rank up, which I can only assume increase your power slightly.

I still need more time with Maken X, but I must say that I’m really enjoying it. The enemy designs are really cool and unique, and it has great level design, and, most importantly, it’s very fun to play. Check it out sometime!

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What’cha Playin’? 6/24/26 – Animal Crossing — June 24, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 6/24/26 – Animal Crossing

Been getting back into Animal Crossing pretty heavily. I know when I’m getting into a phase of something, and I can definitely feel one kicking in right now. All I do is think about whether or not I could be playing Animal Crossing at any given moment. I kind of want to pick up Dobutsu no Mori, which is the Japanese version that came out for N64. It’s in Japanese, but I’ve always been interested in learning Japanese and I think it would be a really good way to learn it, to an extent, anyway. I tried out a rom, and there are very few Kanji (those are the more complex characters borrowed from the Chinese), it’s mostly Katakana and Hiragana, both symbols that that I know from studying in the past. It would give me an excuse to both have fun and practice at the same time. At any rate, I hope Nook is selling a Fishing Rod today; I still need one.

For the uninitiated, Animal Crossing is like a day-to-day life style game that is relaxing, and open to pretty much whatever you want to do. You move out on your own to a small town in a forest populated by anthropomorphic animals who can talk. Upon arriving, you get set up with a house and realize you didn’t bring enough money… So you’re now in debt (just like real life!). After a short tutorial involving you working part time in the only store in town, you’re cut loose to pay off your debt however you can, usually by selling things you find or get that you don’t want. And that’s pretty much your only concrete goal; the rest is there to do as you see fit. You can fish, catch bugs, dig up fossils, plant trees, decorate your home… or just socialize and run errands for your neighbors. There are a ton of things to do, and what makes Animal Crossing so unique is the fact that the game runs on your internal clock, meaning 8:08am in real life is 8:08am in Animal Crossing. The villagers have their own sleep cycles, shops will open and close, and people will come and go… All in real time. There are events on certain days, and fish and bugs are seasonal. It’s really fun and relaxing to do just… Whatever. If you’ve never played Animal Crossing before, you’re doing yourself a great disservice.

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