Cyberphile

the love of all things electronic.

What’cha Doin’? – 1/9/17 — January 9, 2017

What’cha Doin’? – 1/9/17

If you haven’t yet seen it, check out my You Should be Playing Rocket League video on Cyberphile’s YouTube channel. I’m pretty happy with the final product.

I’ve been playing some more Majora’s Mask 3D and have done everything I feel like doing before entering the Great Bay temple. Now I just gotta wait for my friend to catch up. Hopefully we can bang it out in the next few nights before I go back up to college for work and school.

Moving right along, I’ve gotta get some recording done for my next video, so I’m throwing around a few ideas and may end up with some Let’s Play videos. My current ideas are either a classic DOOM You Should be Playing video, or doing a Let’s Play series of Gravity Rush Remastered, as Gravity Rush 2’s release date is rapidly approaching. I have a few other ideas too, but I don’t want to make any promises.

Make sure you keep up with Cyberphile’s Twitch and Twitter to see when streaming happens, as whatever I stream tends to be what the next video is on. Stay tuned!

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What’cha Doin’? 10/18/16 — October 18, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 10/18/16

Yesterday I didn’t really play anything, but I’ve been working on putting together a tabletop game for me and my friends to play, set in a futuristic, post-apocalypse, cyberpunk world. I’m using a Heroscape board for the combat system, and taking a lot of cues from Final Fantasy Tactics. Should be pretty fun, but I’ve got a LOT of work to do on it. Hopefully this one comes to fruition, as I’ve made bits and pieces of many table top style games in the past.

I did watch the Cowboy Bebop movie (Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door) yesterday, though. It was good. If you want more Cowboy Bebop(and really, who doesn’t?) watch it. It’s like an extra long episode. The animation is really good too, especially Spike’s hand to hand fight scenes. Watch it sometime after the whole gang gets together, but before Hard Luck Woman. It really just feels like an extra long episode. Check it out.

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What’cha Doin’? 10/12/16 — October 12, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 10/12/16

Haven’t had a whole lot of time for games lately due to school and rollerblading, which I’ve been getting into. I rollerbladed for a while yesterday while listening to Jet Set Radio music, of course. I’m balanced enough to not fall, but not balanced enough to look slick, especially while slowing or stopping. Ah well. In due time. I actually had to rotate my wheels yesterday. Plus it’s good exercise; I’m pretty sore right now.

I’m 19 or 20 episodes into Cowboy Bebop, and it’s really good. I only have a few more episodes to go, so I’m sure things will really start ramping up soon. The thing with Cowboy Bebop though is that the characters are all really well done. They’re all really believable, fleshed out, and avoid many anime tropes (perhaps due to being an older anime). I’m a big fan of every character, for sure.

Finally, I also started watching Steampunk’d on Netflix. I think I just hit the halfway point. It’s pretty cool. A bunch of Steampunk makers come together in a game show style of show, where they are split into teams and are tasked with building a specific room in the SteamPunk’d manor, using the Steampunk style. This typically includes a weapon of some sort, a gadget that operates something in the room, a costume, story, and character. The interactions with the people are the show are entertaining, but the real fun is seeing what kind of awe-inspiring things the makers make next. I love the Steampunk style and setting, so I’m really happy with how this show is going.

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What’cha Doin’? 9/30/16 — September 30, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 9/30/16

I actually have a good bit of stuff to say about what I’ve been up to, as I’ve been dabbling a little bit in a couple of things.

Firstly, I beat BioShock Infinite’s main story last night. It was a really good. I’d argue that it was better than BioShock 2, but not quite as good as BioShock 1, but pretty close. I think the villians in BioShock 1 were better than those in Infinite, but the two protagonists of Infinite are fantastic. There were a couple of scenes near the end that I thought were phenomenal, and one of the last few areas where things get super creepy (or maybe just unsettling) was probably my favorite area in the whole game. At any rate, I’m playing the Burial at Sea add-on content, and I’ll write up a proper review for Infinite once I finish that.

Secondly, I finally got around to downloading Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, also known as Higurashi When They Cry, also known as When They Cry. When They Cry is one of my favorite anime, so I wanted to play the original visual novel that it came from. I’m still really early in the game, but if you’re unfamiliar with When They Cry, it’s a sort of horror/thriller visual novel about a boy from the city who moves into the very small and close-knit town of Hinamizawa, deep in the countryside. Everything seems fine until our hero Keiichi Maebara discovers that every year on a certain day, one person dies, and another disappears. Keiichi then tries to figure out what’s going on in Hinamizawa.

Finally, I’ve been plugging through Cowboy Bebop at a decent rate, I’m at episode 5 or 6 or so. I’ve been enjoying it so far, even more so than the last time I watched, as I think I’m paying just a little more attention this time, so I’m picking up on things I missed last time. I’m interested in seeing where it goes from here.

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What’cha Doin’? 6/21/16 — June 21, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 6/21/16

Not too much to say today. I played a bunch of Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator – with a friend last night, with the two of us getting some trophies that we probably wouldn’t have bothered to get on our own otherwise. I also tried out the M.O.M. mode with is kind of dulled down (and slightly more difficult) than SIGN’s M.O.M. mode. For the uninitiated, Medal of Millionaire mode enables you to collect items and medals from defeated enemies enabling you to purchase more items and level up your character’s stats, which are mostly for prerequisites for equipping said items. Items can then be used in battle and range from simple bombs and healing potions to other character’s special moves, such as Sol’s Gunflame, for instance. It’s and interesting mode. I need to play a bit more online to give Revelator a fair assessment though.

Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune’s (the main guy behind Mega Man) new Kickstarter-backed project releases today, so I’m sure I’ll be checking it out, seeing as I helped back the project over 3 years ago. In fact, it’s downloading now, so I’ll get back to you on it tomorrow, I’m sure.

Lastly, I started listening to Caravan Palace, an electro-swing band, which combines old swing style sounds with the electronic style you hear today. It’s pretty interesting and fun. If it sounds interesting to you, I’d recommend checking them out on YouTube or something. Suzy seems to be one of their more popular songs.

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What’cha Doin’? 6/16/16 — June 16, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 6/16/16

Well, I’ve actually been watching and playing a lot of new things lately. Over the weekend I finally started watching an anime on my backlist, Kill la Kill. It’s fun, crazy, and over the top and I love it for that. I’m a little over halfway through the series now. I also watched a couple of Toshiaki Toyoda’s films, 9 Souls and Blue Spring (Aoi Haru). 9 Souls tells the story of 9 escaped convicts, mostly murderers, who are on a search for a large number of counterfeit bills that a 10th, non-escaping convict told them he hid. It’s a great film, part drama, part comedy, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind reading subtitles. Blue Spring is a delinquent coming of age film, based on the manga of the same name, and personally, I didn’t care for it that much. The cinematography, setting, and acting was great, but the plot seemed kind of empty and really didn’t make me care much for the characters. I understand that the manga is told in a vignette style, so maybe not enough detail was given to each character the way it was in the manga, as things must surely be cut out.

In the realm of games, I finished my Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst review, and probably won’t go back to it for a while. I started Guilty Gear: Xrd – Revelator, and I’m loving it just as much as I loved SIGN. I won’t be able to do a review or anything with it for a while though, as I have a lot of game left to play.

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What’cha Doin’? – 6/6/16 — June 6, 2016

What’cha Doin’? – 6/6/16

Episode 9 of Kiznaiver was a pretty intense episode with a lot of emotion, and some pretty cool shots and animation. Things are coming to a head, and it’ll be interesting to see how the Kiznaivers deal with the stress they’re all in. We also got the definite yes to the obvious plot point between Katsuhira and Nori, so it’ll also be interesting to see where that goes. There’s only 3 more episodes, which is not nearly enough in my opinion, but here’s hoping they make the best of it.

In other anime-related news, I also started watching Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto. There’s an interesting story behind this though… Years ago, while I was at a Japanese shopping area, I saw a poster of Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto on the window of the book store. It showed Sakamoto tossing a straw into his friend’s juice box from across the classroom. I thought it was hilarious, but I’m not that well versed in Japanese, so I just snapped a picture, sent it to a few friends, and subsequently forgot about it. Fast forward to a few months ago at that same bookstore which has opened up an English manga section (which is cheaper than other bookstores, by the way) and I recognized the art right away. In fact, the artwork from that poster was on the back cover of volume 2! I immediate bought both volumes on a whim, started reading, and loved it. The anime has been practically the same as the manga, which is great.

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto is a comedy about a boy named Sakamoto who is handsome, cool, and all the girls squeal and swoon over him. He’s also kind of eccentric, but quiet, and can’t stand by and watch as people get hurt. He generally tries to solve problems in his Sakamoto way, remaining his cool air the whole time. We never get any internal monologue from Sakamoto; he is as much of an enigma to us as he is to the rest of the characters. All we know is that whatever Sakamoto does, he does it as stylish as possible. The episodes are shot in a vignette style, with each scene being a separate story, most episodes with 2 or more per episode. So far there hasn’t been any main plot or conflict, just Sakamoto and his silly antics. If you’re looking for a ridiculous and funny anime, I’d definitely check this one out.

In the realm of video games, I’ve been working on playing the PSX Total Conversion of DOOM here and there. You see, there was a port of DOOM to PlayStation 1, which changes up some sound effects, music, lighting effects, and even some entire levels. They later released Final DOOM for the PlayStation 1 that included pretty much everything up to that point with the changes intact. So Final DOOM for PS1 includes Ultimate DOOM, DOOM II and the corresponding Master Levels, as well as bits and pieces of TNT: Evilution and the Plutonia Experiment. Anyway, someone faithfully ported the PSX DOOM experience to PC, and that’s what I’ve been playing.

PSX DOOM is a must play for anyone who liked DOOM 64, or anyone who likes DOOM in general. It came out before DOOM 64, but the atmosphere, sounds, and music were taken and put right into DOOM 64. It’s dark and has a creepy atmosphere, putting a whole new twist on the DOOM levels you know and love. Some things are changed however, because the team behind it weren’t sure they could do the original DOOM justice. Some stages are completely different or removed altogether, while some only have minor changes. Some PlayStation exclusive levels were created too. Archviles (and I think Spider Masterminds) are removed from the game, but they have added in a new monster: the Nightmare Spectre. They look almost identical to a Spectre, but their colors are inverted, giving them that sickly blue/green color. They are also slightly stronger. Anyway, definitely play the PSX DOOM if you haven’t yet.

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What’cha Doin’? – 6/3/16 DOOM II Master Levels — June 3, 2016

What’cha Doin’? – 6/3/16 DOOM II Master Levels

Hope you’re not sick of hearing about DOOM, because I’m not sick of playing it. Actually, I’m looking into a new sort of series, with DOOM at the forefront of it… So stay tuned for that. So far the Master Levels for DOOM II have been hit or miss… Either REALLY good, or pretty meh.

I also watched the documentary Hungry for Change, a pretty interesting documentary on food, health, why diets don’t work, and why Americans are awfully fat. If any of those topics interest you, check it out; as of right now, it’s on Netflix.

I’ve been waiting all week for the next episode of Kiznaiver, so I guess I’ll see you on the other side of that!

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What’cha Doin’? 5/30/16 — May 30, 2016

What’cha Doin’? 5/30/16

It’s been a fairly uneventful weekend for my gaming and watching habits. I played a ton of Overwatch, a bit of Castlevania, (the original on the NES, check out its best game ever review here, if you haven’t.) and a little Metal Slug and Andro Dunos on my Neo Geo MVS cabinet. I’m thinking maybe I’ll do a bit of a video for my collection soon; it’s not that big, but it’s not that small either. I like collecting things, after all.

I also watched the 8th episode of Kiznaiver, which seems like they’re setting up for a heart-wrenching episode 9.

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