mintywolf: (waterwalk)


Wooo Part 16 is here at last.

We rejoin Yuna spending her honeymoon alone in the Bevelle dungeons, which is probably still preferable to anything that Seymour was planning.


So to continue this I of course picked up the game again for the first time in kind of a while, and was just roaming around the Calm Lands collecting fiends for the batty old monster hunter guy and thinking of what to write for the next installment, and after a while I was like "Why does my face feel weird?" I realized it was because I had been sitting here with a big smile on my face for like the past hour, that's why, like ~ wow, what an amazing concept.~

I play a lot of games, and obviously this one is my favorite, but I don't think I get that kind of sustained happiness from any other game, (or much of anything else, really) even Skyrim, which I can play almost indefinitely. Of course, I'll probably feel differently when I get to Mt. Gagazet and have to fight Seymour again, but I have to say it's pretty nice feeling uncomplicatedly happy about something for once. :)

mintywolf: (summoner minty)



My FFX Let's Play resumes!

I had a really long tangent written about the Phantom of the Opera parallels and then realized that I had gone into wayyyyy too much detail and probably nobody would care so I ended up cutting the entire thing. But deep in my heart, I am still thinking musical theater thoughts about this game.


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(Look at me, posting this on time like some kind of organized person.)

We last left our heroes on the run from the law after Yuna’s little talk with Seymour ended a bit more fatally than either of them was expecting. Now that they’ve become public enemies #1-7, Yuna is worried about the feasibility of completing her pilgrimage, but Auron points out that summoners only need approval from the fayth, not the temples, Yevon be damned. Unfortunately, the fayth happen to be housed in temples of Yevon, so how they are planning to infiltrate Bevelle to get Bahamut is a mystery.
 
Sin, in a rare moment of tranquility from the fayth’s singing (apparently part of the process of becoming a fayth is classical opera training?) helpfully picks up his son and friends and deposits them gently out of harm’s way, in the oasis on Bikanel Island.

Or at least he gently deposits Tidus; the rest of them seem to have just been dropped in the desert for all I can tell.

(Read the rest here.)

mintywolf: (moogle vickie)


In which Seymour's bachelor party goes awry in the worst possible way and I continue to be the most negligent crossposter ever.


Last time we were on our way to rendezvous with Seymour at Old Meme Temple when Tromell showed up to isolate her from her guardians for reasons that were, I am sure, perfectly scrupulous. However, Kidnapping Attempt A was immediately countered by Kidnapping Attempt B from an Al Bhed motorcycle gang. Everybody jumps into the fray like it’s Christmas 1983 and Yuna is the last Cabbage Patch doll.
 
(Incidentally, Cabbage Patch Yuna would be the cutest thing.)

(Read more here)

I've been kind of neglecting my DW journal recently but everything that happens seems to happen on tumblr these days, and I don't really have anything interesting to share about my life. I've been trying to train myself to draw using on my bamboo tablet instead of a physical paper sketch first because I think that will make Guardian a lot easier. It's tricky but less difficult than I thought it would be. Having a blank computer image open is a lot more intimidating than a blank sheet of paper, but I'm starting to get the hang of it I think.

I did this a few days ago and I really like the way it came out:


Night Owl by DippyWerewolf on deviantART

(I'm still super lazy about backgrounds. There was going to be a bookshelf behind her and then I didn't want to draw it. So now there is just a wall.)

I also attempted a completely digital speedpainting for the first time too:


Out There by DippyWerewolf on deviantART

It ended up taking about five hours, which isn't exactly speedy, but that's a lot faster than it usually takes me to finish a piece. The no-lines approach was new for me too and kind of fun.

Anyway! There's a whole crowd of relatives here for Memorial Day and I really should go socialize but I've been stalling. :/
mintywolf: (violet lulu)


I am consistently terrible at remembering to crosspost. Sorry for making you late to the party, anyone reading this from here.

We last left our friends at the Guado ancestral manor where Seymour, with his characteristic lack of romantic finesse, backed Yuna into a corner and proposed marriage. He’s not even pretending to hide his extreme shadiness anymore. (Not that he was making much of an attempt before.)

(Read more here)


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(I am super bad at remembering to crosspost, sorry anyone who's following this from here.)

Last time, Seymour and Yuna’s first date ended in disaster when a space whale slammed into the beach and murdered everyone. (Exactly as he was expecting.)
 
The adults are waiting around outside the temple for the lazy teenagers to get out of bed. If you talk to Lulu, she offers some inspiring commentary on their situation.

(Read more here)
 


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Last time we were on our way to Djose temple when we received an invitation from Yuna’s blue-haired creeper admirer to come . . . watch a catastrophic battle with him. Spirans are kind of bad at dating.

Before I start in this episode to get into the subtle nuances of why Seymour and Yuna’s relationship is so disturbing, I want to pause for a moment and examine Yuna’s character design in greater depth. (Which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now but now is a good time for it.)
 
Let’s have a look at this cutieface.


(Read more here)

mintywolf: (fus ro yuna)
The FFX Let's Play is moving to Blogspot!

It looks a lot more user-friendly now and it can handle all the images! Hooray!

I also revised some of the entries with a few new insights and to include some commentary that came up in the comments (including Doge Waffles).  I'll continue to use my DW journal for DW purposes, though.

mintywolf: (lulubell miffed)
Well fluff. The 10GB of photobucket bandwidth that was supposed to last for an entire month ended up being chewed through by my FFX playthrough in TWO DAYS. I didn't realize I was so popular!

So over the next few days I'm going to be moving the Let's Play to its own site to accommodate the increase in traffic, and hopefully encourage more conversation. I'll still continue to use DW as a personal/art journal, and the old entries will remain here, although you may or may not be able to see the pictures. I will let you know the new address when it's ready!
mintywolf: (violet lulu)
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And we’re back! (Sorry for the delay; I’ve been stupidly busy recently.)

Also I hit my photobucket bandwidth limit again. Since I don’t think anyone is reading this on lj, I’m going to try not crossposting it there anymore and see if that helps. If not I may have to find another file hosting site but I haven’t found one yet that allows multiple uploads as easily as photobucket does.

Last time we got pummeled by everything with a pulse along the Mi’ihen Highroad (and by some things without one) but managed to make it to the Travel Agency in one piece. There’s no rest for the weary, though, since a giant . . . something . . . has just landed on the roof.

Here we go again )


Next time: This will not end well.
mintywolf: (moogle vickie)
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Hello again!

Last time we won the Chappu Memorial Cup blitzball tournament, bringing victory to Besaid for the first time in 23 years, only to have our triumph overshadowed by a pointy-haired attention hoarder and his giant hellbeast. Afterwards we picked up a blade-toting ghost hitchhiker, because apparently creepypasta is not a thing in Spira.

So on we go. )

Next time: a horrible beastie! Will we be able to avoid being pushed off the cliff? (Probably not.)
mintywolf: (summoner minty)
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This thing must be more popular than I thought because I managed to run up against my 10GB bandwidth limit for photobucket. Granted, I have a lot of pictures, but that is a lot of bandwidth to burn up. I also realized it is probably time to move on from photobucket, because really the only reason I was staying was because I’d been using it for like ten years and it was pretty much the only option at the time. Can anyone recommend a good image host?

So last time we made our way to Luca, Blitzball capital of Spira, where Waffles made a fool of himself in front of several cameras, met a blue-haired creeper, misplaced Yuna, found Yuna, and managed not to play any blitzball.

How does he swim in those yellow boots anyway? )



Next time: little talks.
mintywolf: (summoner minty)
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On the way back to the docks I had Tidus attempt to take down a killer bee that had only 1 hp left and be nagged by Lulu when he missed. Then I pressed the wrong key and had her attack it with her mog rather than casting a spell and she missed it too. And nagged herself.

On we go. )

Next time: Sketchy guys! Horrifying monsters! Prodigious badassery! And blitzball.
mintywolf: (waterwalk)
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Hello again! When we last left Waffles and Friends we had said goodbye to Besaid and set off on our way to Luca for the big blitzball tournament. But first we have to swing by Kilika for an aeon, space whale tragedy, and one very pretty cutscene.

Ten minutes into the voyage and Tidus is already bored. )

Next time: Will we finally get to Luca?
mintywolf: (lulu)
Or why I was super suspicious of Lulu at first. With bonus feminist theory analysis.

I mentioned earlier that this needed some extra backstory )

This is not even the first time I have sat down at my computer intending to do something else and ended up writing an essay about Lulu.
mintywolf: (bitty yuna)
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Hello again! When we last left Waffles he had just charged into the cryptic recesses of the Cloister of Trials with all the reserve of a feral chocobo. And this is why we love him.

One brief sphere puzzle later )

Next time: I will try to pick up the pace, haha. We just met a bunch of my favorite characters so I got a little starry-eyed there.
mintywolf: (white mage yuna)
I got some bigger pictures of that wall hanging I was puzzling over. It's a bit more legible now, but its meaning isn't any clearer.

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Trying to read this is like trying to read an eye chart and needing glasses, and unfortunately, as far as I can tell, it doesn't translate into anything. The big letters are A and Z, which show up paired at the top and bottom of things in several places throughout Spira to represent Yevon and Sin, respectively. I thought it might be the Hymn of the Fayth, given the way the characters are spaced like words if you read them vertically, but when translated it just came out as gibberish. :(

I deciphered (to the best of my ability) the top line going horizontally and then a few lines vertically and didn't get much out of it:

A

E M B D O U U H G I
N H N
? ? V
- I ?
H G K
F L
Z - Y

Z

Here's the Yevon alphabet, if anyone else wants to try translating this.

Hopefully we'll get a clearer look at it in the HD version. Until then I'm going to assume it was meant to be a prayer or the Hymn and they developers just didn't bother putting in accurate characters because they didn't count on it actually being read.
mintywolf: (moogle vickie)
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Okay so! I got a message from Livvy on tumblr explaining how to increase the resolution and get better screencaps. Unfortunately, I had already taken about a billion screencaps of Besaid before then. I was able to revert to an earlier save with the new settings, but not all the way to end of the last recap. So for this installment, these are going to be in the native PS2 resolution. I’m sorry!

We're here! )

Next time: Waffles opens the Chamber of Secrets.
mintywolf: (waterwalk)
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I’ve been wanting to replay FFX again, and considered waiting for the HD rerelease, but 1. Nobody knows the release date for that yet and 2. I don’t have a PS3 or much hope for obtaining one in the future so I decided to go ahead. Many thanks to maclaniaspring, Livvy, and Auronlu for helping me get set up!

This is my most favorite game of all time, so I have a lot to say about it. If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you’ve played it, but I'm doing a fairly detailed recap in case it's been awhile. Also, there WILL be spoilers. One of this game's favorite storytelling devices is foreshadowing future bombshells way in advance, and I'll be discussing major plot elements when they're hinted at early, before they're actually revealed, so we can see how long and intricately woven the threads of the plot are. I’ll be providing my own observations, insights, and analysis with a focus on some characters and relationships that I feel are often overlooked. (Specifically Lulu, Lulu and Yuna, Seymour and Yuna, and Kimahri because I don’t know how everyone manages to ignore the big blue lion in the room, but even the game does this most of the time.) That doesn’t mean I’ll be leaving everybody else out though.

I will also be attempting something I’ve been wanting to do for a while but I’m not sure how feasible it is: a sphere grid swap! This basically entails doing a no sphere grid run until I have a bunch of level 1 key spheres. Then everyone breaks into Kimahri’s sphere grid and out into each other’s, resulting in Auron becoming a deft and nimble thief, Tidus wielding black magic, Lulu commanding an army of unstoppable samurai plush, etc. It’s gonna be awesome.

I’m going to be posting to Dreamwidth to allow for any discussion, but that gets crossposted to LJ, and I will be linking to tumblr. I’ll keep comments open so you can reply even if you don’t have an account. And of course feel free to message me in any of these places if you have something to say. :)

Onward to Zanarkand! )


Next time: Waffles makes a bad impression on everyone he meets at Baaj Temple (including a passing seagull).

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