Impressions & Commentary: Euphoria Intro

TW: All of them. All of the triggers. Specifically, rape, torture, death, emotional abuse, kidnapping, blackmail, and gaslighting; but really it’s more of an “all of them” kind of deal.

Earthbound | Absolute Terror

I’m sure most of you can tell that these words are not from Euphoria, but I really do not think any quote sums up my first impressions of this game quite as effectively. The battle against Giygas in Earthbound is commonly seen as one of the most emotionally draining and frightening sequences in gaming, but compared to what I saw in the first hour and a half of Euphoria, well… it looks like the battle against Giygas from Earthbound, which is a lot less terrifying than Euphoria.

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Standard Review: Poof Vs the Cursed Kitty (PC)

Poof VS the Cursed Kitty | title screen

I think this is the second to last game review written for Oprainfall that I need to link. Anyway I really don’t think much of this particular game.

http://operationrainfall.com/2014/11/06/review-poof-vs-cursed-kitty/

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Site Progress and Personal Update: September 2017

Guardian Acorn | Logo

TW: References to suicide, rape, animal abuse, pedophillia and violence… yep, I talk about Starless and Shoujo Tsubaki again in this article. Also towards the end it starts to get sad as I talk about death and grief.

I can’t decide whether or not it felt like this month went by quickly or slowly, but all I can say is that my mind has been bouncing all over the place. I will go from happily enjoying myself in the day to having an emotional breakdown in the middle of the night on more than one occasion. This is more than likely because of HRT as it has been known for making people a lot more emotional. The funny thing is that even though I often look at the news around me and break down because it feels like the world is going to end, the fact that I can feel these strong emotions makes me feel…alive. It feels like HRT has unlocked all these pent up emotions in me and I am now able to feel so much more than I did before. I have often said that I was emotional even prior too HRT, but this is a whole other level. Anyway, here is the recap of last month.

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Oprainfall VGM of the Week Directory

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So, since I was too busy to put together an Amazing VGM article this week, I figure the next best thing is to put together a directory of all the installments of its predecessor, VGM of the Week, that I wrote for Oprainfall back in 2015. I feel it would be cheep to post them individually since they are shorter pieces, so here is a link to each one.

Radiant Historia – The Red Locus

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows – Morishige’s Theme of Love

Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode 4 – Tycho

Shadow of the Colossus – Demise of the Ritual

Luigi’s Mansion – King Boo’s Theme

Sonic Adventure – Azure Blue World

Wonder Boy 3: Monster Lair – The Ice World

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Steam Greenlight Landfill: Vickinachi

Vickinachi | Title Screen

I got Vickinachi through a trade with someone on Indiegala for a spare code I had for a game I had no interest in playing. Going into this game, I knew it was going to be bad based on the Steam reviews, and I decided to go with it due to morbid curiosity and because it can usually be fun to tear into terrible games in reviews. I did not expect it to be THIS bad though. Steam Greenlight Landfill is a bit of a misnomer when applied to Vickinachi as the more accurate descriptor would be Steam Greenlight Septic Tank, along with the likes of The Interview, The Graveyard, Tokyo Hosto, and Pregnancy (and also technically because it was released in 2017, but Steam Direct Landfill just doesn’t sound the same).

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Yooka-Laylee: Rareware is Back (Detailed Review)

Yooka-Laylee, by all means, should have been well received. It is a game that seeks to return to a bygone era that most gamers grew up in and fell in love with gaming in the first place during, and was created by a team made up of former employees of Rare working on a spiritual successor to Banjo Tooie that doesn’t involve car building or the god damned Kinect. Yooka-Laylee is what Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts should have been and more. I was very glad I got the chance to play this game and already feel that I am profoundly lucky to have gotten this and NieR Automata in the first half of 2017, and maybe if things keep up this way, it will make up for being stuck living under the rule of a Napoleonic cheetoh with a nebula sized ego and atom sized hands.

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Amazing VGM: Go Go Go! (Lunar: Silver Star Harmony)

If this hasn’t been made clear already, I LOVE the Lunar series. There is such an undeniable charm to the series that is lacking in so many games, even though they are as standard as JRPGs get story wise. It does seem unfortunate that Game Arts has not created anything that successful since the Grandia series (one that I still need to get to myself), and also that it is entirely likely that we only fell in love with the Lunar series because of Working Designs’ alterations to the script (hence why the scripts for the fan translation of Walking School and Dragon Song were bland in comparison, and why the series has fallen out of popularity in Japan). Anyway, this week’s VGM is the final boss theme of the first Lunar, “Go Go Go!”

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Steam Greenlight Landfill: Bleed

Bleed | logo

I seriously do not see how Bleed received any positive reception; this game is borderline unplayable. I went into this game because I like 2D run and gun shooters, and the game had a female protagonist, which is always a plus. Unfortunately, this game is killed by its horrendous control scheme. This is going t be a short and brief review because there is not much detail I can go into when the game was killed by one fatal flaw.

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Looking Back: Did GamerGate Really Play A Role In the Rise of Trump?

Vivian James MAGA

TW: Mentions of misogyny, transphobia, misandry, and a brief facetiouss usage of the F-slur and R-slur as part of a reference to a meme

Vivian James MAGA

Back in late 2014 and early 2015, I was an avid GamerGate supporter, anti-feminist and anti-SJW. I decided to quit being an active supporter early on in 2015 when I had my first girlfriend and realized that there are more important things than being offended over video games. This was back before I realized I was trans and when I just so happened to be suffering from severe depression. I will say that a lot of my anti-feminist beliefs likely stemmed from unrecognized gender dysphoria. It is a lot easier to convince someone that it’s “ackshually men that are the oppressed gender” when one doesn’t identify with the label to begin with.

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Amazing VGM: Boss Battle 3 (The Legend of Dragoon)

The Legend of Dragoon | Virage

Aha gotcha, mentioning The Legend of Dragoon at the end of my last Amazing VGM wasn’t a coincidence, I’ll bet you didn’t see that one coming did you? Yeah I still need to write my review on this game cause I’m almost 3/4s of a year overdue on that, but the review is lowest on my priority list. Anyway, this week’s VGM is what I consider to be this game’s best battle theme… which isn’t saying much cause I’m not too into the other ones (aside from the Forbidden land battle theme, that one is badass). They aren’t bad by any means, but they just sound so standard. Granted, i would say that fits since The Legend of Dragoon is a very standard JRPG, but it is so in a way that reminds one of why they liked JRPGs in the first place.

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