Weird, I got enough sleep last night but it didn't immediately solve all of my problems. Maybe it's because I needed to stay at an inn. Or maybe there's a plot event today
Important news for people who have Apple TVs: the Aerial screensaver will now tell you what you're looking at if you tap the touchpad. AND you can swipe the touchpad to get a new screensaver
This is like the #2 feature of the new spate of Apple OSes for me, only trailing better performance in iOS 12
I have some of a blog post written about how the length of a video game affects its narrative more dramatically than is usually acknowledged, and since it talks about Dragon Quest XI a bunch the filename is "dragon big.txt"
I accidentally went 26 hours between meals, DAMA (don't ask me anything)
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A friend was in an accident and got a concussion, and it seems so much more terrifying than what I thought I knew from seeing it in professional sports. She spent a while unable to do much of anything; two weeks later she can finally stand to play games on her phone but is still out of work
Holy shit! Even if these aren’t the new games this seems like a good sign…! https://gematsu.com/2018/10/the-legend-of-heroes-trails-of-cold-steel-i-and-ii-for-ps4-coming-west-in-early-2019 cc @darius
me: Yeah I think I’m just not that into this Dragalia Lost thing
iOS 12’s new Screen Time feature: Really? Because it looks like—
The fact that these games are apparently "Soulcalibur" and not "Soul Calibur" is some real Berenstain Bears shit for me
I had to be on a stage for a couple of minutes tonight (reading category nominees and then announcing the winner at an awards show) and it made me grateful that I was on the debate team in high school.
I'm not sure I got better at 'debating'—at least not outside of the very specific constraints of that activity—and I'm not even sure I got better at public speaking. I did get _less scared_ of public speaking, though! That's been more useful in life than some entire high school classes, honestly
One thing I do appreciate though: the music is on point. Weirdly poppy given the rest of the game's aesthetic, but it leans into it really hard and it works for me somehow
I don’t especially enjoy playing Dragalia Lost, but I am enjoying its futile attempts to explain how the hell everything works.
Some tutorial quests I’ve had so far: Level up your characters. Level up your characters’ skills/abilities. Level up your weapons. Level up your dragon friends. Level up your other, larger dragon friend. Level up your “wyrmprints” (they’re equippable buffs, I think?). Level up your castle. Level up the buildings in your castle town. Level up your friend summons.
here's something I never expected to type: there's a shoutout to my tumblr on the latest episode of roderick on the line
as of tonight I have a 1001-day streak of writing daily journal entries. take that, scheherazade
Later, Trails of Cold Steel did a kind of neat thing: the battle theme "Severe Blow" is a sort of neutered version of "Fateful Confrontation." It has the same general structure and a similar arrangement, but without…the melody. There is some resonance with the plot that makes this thematically appropriate, even https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VjA3y87qMg
Anyway, that's it. Just a little dump of video game music nonsense to keep you on your toes
"Maybe it was fated" has its own evolutionary branch. There's a vocal version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miUoHyToOrY
And there's also this jazzy acoustic arrangement. To recap, this is the acoustic version of the vocal version of the alternate version of a boss battle theme, which theme had already appeared at least twice earlier in the game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWswLE-64co
That one is essentially a pre-boss battle windup for "Fateful Confrontation," which is sort of the canonical version of this theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ok9bzDzaS0
This is where things get interesting, since Falcom likes alt versions so much.
Here's a chill remix of "Fateful Confrontation": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L35xvwFANFc
Here's an 8-bit one from Ao no Kiseki: Still https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPZmonj2TDk
Here's the alternate version "Maybe it was fated": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THNBt6z0q0g
All right let's do this
Following are some different versions of the Enforcer theme—at least that's what I imagine it ought to be called, based on how it's used—from the Trails series
I think the first statement of this theme (in terms of when you encounter it as a player) is in this piece, "Flying Battleship 'Glorious,'" from Trails in the Sky SC. It starts at around 0:33: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXr3DA_1FnA
You then hear it here in "The Enforcers": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z07WdBYBEe0
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If you're curious, this thing did eventually work! I had to upload my Twitter archive a bunch of times and hit delete a bunch of times but it finally took. (It also missed like 100 tweets in the middle for no reason I can discern, but I just did those by hand)
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