So I've been at MSU for about a month now, and things are going pretty well. I've made a lot of new friends, I've eaten more ramen than I thought humanly possible, and I've overcome having my clothes smell like onions. My cIasses are mostly all right, too, though I absolutely despise my Humanities cIass. Who knew that the study of the human condition could be so boring? Or would include Greek architecture? I've heard more about the seven parts of a Corinthian column than anyone should have to hear. And, if that wasn't bad enough, I have to keep an architecture journal which, as the professor states, "requires one to snap photographs of various architectural elements when one is out of doors." I also have toendure an opera. :|
After much procrastination, I finally broke down and bought two tickets to see "The Mikado" at the Detroit Opera House in a few weeks. The lovely Courtney817 will be joining me for an exciting evening in the 'hood. I'm dreading the opera... I'm not even certain what "The Mikado" is about, nor do I really care. At this point, I'm just looking forward to spending an evening with Courtney. :lol: For the record, I did give Aidan the chance to come, but he flat-out refused--not that I blame him. So no, I'm not stealing his girl.
In gaming news, I recently wrapped up Metroid: Other M. Aside from the detective hunting in first-person mode, and the cumbersome transition to-and-from first-person, it was a pretty good game. It didn't come close to matching Metroid Prime in it's awesomeness, but it was nonetheless a game worth playing. While I liked the story, I felt Samus was a little too emo at times (such as the moments before the Ridley fight, or any other time she was talking about the baby), and while I totally understand the need to limit when Samus gained access to her powers, it made Adam seem kind of lame at times--how long was Samus running around in the scorching heat before Adam gave her access to the Varia suit? Heartless bastard, Adam. :lol: Anyway, in honor of Other M, I got Aidan to make me a pretty cool Metroid signature. Thanks, Aids!
I've also been working my way towards the end of Final Fantasy XIII (though "end" is highly tentative considering the amount of post-game content). After wandering around the Archylte Steppe for about ten hours, I have finally made my way into Taejin's Tower. I have to admit, while I liked the game from the start, I didn't truly begin to love it until the world opened up in Chapter 11. All of this newfound freedom makes the game feel a lot more like Final Fantasy. Plus, I really like the music in the Archylte Steppe. I'm looking forward to the day when I can roam the area without fear of getting clobbered by a Behemoth or Megistotherian.
The 3DS is looking pretty awesome. I'll probably have to pick one up on day one. :lol: The amount of quality games for the system appears to be staggering--Ocarina of Time, Star Fox, Mario Kart, Paper Mario, Kingdom Hearts, Kid Icarus, unnamed Final Fantasy project... and what is this about Tales of the Abyss 3D? :shock: I just saw it while looking at Wikipedia. Of course, being Wikipedia, one should take that with a grain of salt, but Abyss is one of my favorite games, and if there is another Abyss game coming, or a remake, or even a crappy port of the original, I am stoked. 8)
Holy crap! I just did a little more investigating, and discovered that Tales of the Abyss 3DS is actually going to happen. And not only that, the excellent Abyss anime is being localized! :shock: Calm down, Alex! Calm down. :lol: Of course, given Namco-Bandai's recent anti-Tales stance here in the US, I doubt Abyss will even make it's way over here from Japan, but still... I'm excited.
If there are any Abyss fans out there... who's your favorite character? What's your favorite moment in the game? How much did you hate navigating those dungeons that took place on the world map? :lol: As for me, Jade and Peony are two of my favorite characters. Whenever those two are in the same room, hilarity is bound to ensue. This is one of the best scenes in the game. :lol:
Lastly, I'm trying something new with my hair. I think it looks okay, though it's a little messy right there.