VGC Day 13: What is your favorite hidden gem?

VGC Day 13: What is your favorite hidden gem?

Picture a world with limited internet access, no game magazine subscriptions, just a ride to GameStop every month or so with your birthday money, and friends who didn’t mind lending/trading their games with you. This was my life as a middle school gamer and what ended up being some of the best years of gaming with my friends.

My childhood best friend was into gaming just as much as I was. He had a weird collection of games that later on in life I would realize were precious gems that you can’t find anymore. They were one of a kind, and we had played them together. One of those games became a rare gem for me in my adult life.

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Rule of Rose became a bit of an obsession because I couldn’t find it again after playing it all those years ago. It was a game out of its time. It was weird. It was rare. If it didn’t have a cult following, it should have. I never got to finish it because my childhood best friend’s mom read about Rule of Rose in a magazine. According to the magazine it was a “deranged game about lesbians” so back to GameStop it went. And out of my reach.

I thought about it years later, yearning to know just what the hell it was about and how the ending would come about. I searched for it on amazon and found a copy for $500. There was no way in hell I’d pay for that. Within a month I saw Rule of Rose again like a twist of fate, but this time it was in a local used game store. Sitting in the case with a $400 price tag, I asked the guy working the counter how much he’d be willing to negotiate. He said not at all. So I left empty handed.

Thanks to a simulator which I won’t get detailed about as it’s not something I do often personally, I was able to play Rule of Rose without spending $100s. It was exactly as I had remembered it: a hidden gem.

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VGC Day 12: What is your gaming system of choice?

VGC Day 12: What is your gaming system of choice?

This one is really easy to answer. You’ll know from Day 1 my first system was a PlayStation 1. Eventually, as a family gift for Christmas one year, we got a PlayStation 2. I don’t know my parents’ reasons for going with PlayStation, but when the PS3 was out I knew I had a decision to make between it and the Xbox.

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The deciding factor was a video game. That video game was God of War III. I had played GoW and GoW II on the family PS2. Then the stars aligned and I was given a PSP for Christmas (Notice the pattern? Video games = Christmas!). GoW: Chains of Olympus was one of the first games I played on it.

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When GoW III was set to be released only on PS3, my decision was made. Using my own money from my job at a gas station, I bought a PS3. I’ve always been pretty late to the party on getting new gaming systems. Two Christmases ago I treated myself to a new PS4.

It’s always been PlayStation. Unless something dramatically changes, it will always be PlayStation.

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VGC Day 11: If you could only play one single-player game for the rest of your life, which game would it be?

VGC Day 11: If you could only play one single-player game for the rest of your life, which game would it be?

It’s hard enough to pick one game to play for the rest of life but then I have to narrow it down to single-player. Good thing I prefer single player games.

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There’s a few games left in my arsenal that I haven’t completed yet. One of them being Fantasy Life which already has a Saturday Suggestion post. Fantasy Life basically stole my heart and made my purchase of a Nintendo 3DS a “good” decision in my mind (because previously it was bought for the pure enjoyment of Animal Crossing New Leaf).

I won’t harp on Fantasy Life too much as I think my review still does it justice. I’ll just list a few of the major points of why I love this game and why I feel that it would be the one single-player game I play for the rest of my life:

  • There is so much to do.
  • Cute characters with extremely diverse personalities.
  • Complete customization of your very own character with tons of color options.
  • Questing. So much questing.
  • Choose a Life, choose a different Life, go back to original Life (there’s a ton of them).
  • The main story line is refreshing and original.
  • 100+ hours of game play.
  • There’s even an expansion.

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VGC Day 10: What game destroyed you emotionally?

VGC Day 10: What game destroyed you emotionally?

So many games can fit here: Heavy Rain, Beyond: 2 Souls, Life is Strange, Kingdom Hearts, etc. Several games have made me cry openly, either with sadness or happiness. I knew there was only one that really fit the bill for this question though.

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I want to take this one back a bit to my first visual novel: Katawa Shoujo. The game itself is free and totally NSFW (it contains sexual content). It’s so beautifully done that I couldn’t believe it was free to download and play. It’s about five high school aged girls and one guy (who you play as) all living with different disabilities in a high school that cares for students with disabilities.

You are Hisao Nakai. Hisao suffers a heart attack caused by long dormant cardiac arrhythmia. After a lengthy hospital stay, he transfers to a new school with specialized education and care. Here he meets five different girls and has the choice to come to terms with his own disability.

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Through a series of choices by the player, you’ll end up with one of the five girls (or another, different ending). You are able to play through her “story” and all of your choices have an effect throughout her story line. During my first play through, I got Emi.

Emi has prosthetic legs and is a track runner. She’s extremely extroverted, funny, stubborn, and just really upbeat. Hisao ends up being her running partner as a way for her to instill some exercise into his routine and keep tabs on him for the school nurse. Emi also finds it hard to get close to people which I identify with completely. Needless to say, I immediately fell hard for Emi’s character.

I played KS like I play any choice game: the first way through is how I want to play it, then I go back and try to get things “right” or get a different outcome from what I has before.

Never have a I cried so much over making the “wrong” choice in a game. It felt like my heart had broke in two. I knew I couldn’t go back yet to make a different choice, so I finished the game with tears streaming down my face. Once I was done sobbing, I tried again, shooting for Emi’s good ending. I had to. I was so emotionally invested in this girl.

The emotional investment didn’t end with Emi though. Just about every girl in the game had me in tears at one point or another. I can’t recall the last game that made me cry like that…. and that’s why KS is the game that destroyed me emotionally.

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VGC Day 9: What game series will you never play?

VGC Day 9: What game series will you never play?

This may come as a surprise after all my talk yesterday of how much I love horror games. What game series will I never play? It’s not hard to answer… I will never play Resident Evil.

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I can hear you gasping loudly from behind your screens. “But, why? RE has this amazing plot and these bad ass characters!” “What about the successful movies? The remakes? It’s an iconic game!” “RE has set the stage for so many great game mechanics! Many games incorporate them now!” These may all be true. In fact, I really enjoyed some of the movies. And I have given a couple of titles in the RE series a try (Code Veronica, RE4) so my opinion is not without basis, though I’ll happily tell you I’m sure some (if not 90%) of my information is probably wrong.

I simply will never play Resident Evil because I don’t like it.

I don’t enjoy shooters. I don’t enjoy the story (the universe has gotten pretty complex). It’s really not scary. It’s full of gore. I don’t enjoy most aspects about this game series that make it what it is.

Not enjoying shooters is definitely just my personality and opinion. There’s plenty of people who absolutely love them and even prefer them. My husband enjoys shooters and has tried to ease me in with the Fallout series. It worked somewhat but I don’t have to constantly shoot shit in Fallout which is nice. I just run from it or let my companion do the work. VATS also helps with my horrible aiming.

Want to get into the story that is Resident Evil? Good luck. That virus mutates so many times it’s not funny anymore. And then there’s some new virus (or something?) in the other games! How can I enjoy this series when I can’t keep up with its complicated and twisted universe? It gives me a headache just trying to figure it out. Is there an ELI5 (Explain Like I’m 5) for the RE universe?

And I thought horror games were supposed to be scary. The occasional jump scare does not do it for me. Gross looking enemies do not scare me. Heads being blow off do not scare me. Running from zombies/mutants/whatever does not scare me. Give me some of that good psychological, keep-you-up-at-night, horror!

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What game series will you never play? Let me know in the comments!