slimequest: (I'm innocent nya)
I've started a Japanese blog here, to keep up my practicing now that I'm out of school. I guess you guys can comment if you can talk the talk, but my Japanese teacher may end up reading it occasionally, so don't be QUITE as promiscuously wacky as you usually are. Save that for this journal <3

Of course, I'd welcome any corrections and stuff like that, it's the whole point. I'd consider doing a Spanish one too, but I probably have enough people around to practice that with already!

In less productive news, my DS Lite which mysteriously half-died earlier this year has now risen to life again inexplicably. I'm not really complaining, but it's just kind of weird. I'm still going to use my DSi for almost everything else, but now I can finally get back into Knights in the Nightmare, since I want to recruit Pamela using the GBA connectivity bonus.

P.S. Snow, you were such a pussy yesterday. 5 inches!? I think I know the kind of disappointment only a woman could understand now.

P.P.S. I played Parasite Eve randomly yesterday/today. I know it's impractical but dammit Aya get back in that dress and heels for the rest of the game.
slimequest: (*adjusts ARGH*)
Okay I'm done with the bibliography on my Aztec essay. Damn, there's NO making bibliographies fun, even if there's ritualized human sacrifice involved.

Anyway, the end of the semester is coming soon enough, so that'll be a relief.

THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED:

- Managed to hear my Japanese teacher say "oppai" when she was pulling up the shirt of a girl in my class, and explaining how to say it, first in the more polite form and then the "what everyone REALLY says" way. Knowing porn terms and trying to act like you don't: awkwardness.

- Got Crisis Core for PSP for... $9. Amazon LIGHTNING DEAL. So I heard it's pretty good or whatever, Zack is......... someone, I forget, and Aeris looks kinda cute in this game. So yeah. I'll get around to playing it this summer.

- Made a diorama of an aforementioned Aztec human sacrifice ritual for class... out of Legos. Here's what I didn't know: girls love Legos. They were crowding around me like I had a box full of chocolate-covered yaoi kitten shoes. Anyway, hopefully I score creativity points at least. Maybe I should take a picture of it before I dismantle it.

Now I'm going to go home and sleep or something. Oh and P.S. the HUGE GIANT NAKED RAGUNA PORTRAIT in Rune Factory: Frontier seriously scared me but I couldn't not look, okay. It takes effort to be all toned and have your nipples sanded off, gotta give respect.
slimequest: (Leadin' ain't easy)
I don't know if I should feel ashamed that I'm excited over my 1 TB external hard drive that came in the mail yesterday. I'm practically treating it as a toy, even though all I'm using it for is to... back stuff up. Actually, no, this must be completely normal behavior. A thousand gigabytes has to translate into fun at some point, statistically speaking.

Anyway, school starts again next week, I'm hoping it's my last semester. I've been trying to keep up with both languages so I'm not terribly rusty... on my final I actually forgot how to write the katakana "テ" for SOME GODAWFUL REASON, it was so completely random. Yeah, sure, I can discuss Hiroshima memorial sites no problem but write "Television" in Japanese? NOPE :D (I managed to write about something else so it was no big deal, but still...)

Gaming-wise, I finished my "perfect enough" save file on P3 FES: The Journey, and I'm making short work of The Answer as well. I'll be playing P4 before too long! Maybe.

I'm actually thinking of writing up a self-help "how to finish your gaming backlog" guide, because I've been doing a pretty good job of it lately, plus I know many people out there with this shameful problem.

Well, tonight's date night, I suppose I should get around to that eventually... *sigh* the life of an ace gamer such as myself is a hard one, but someone's got to do it. *wears sunglasses at night*
slimequest: (Obvious puns ahoy!)
The 3rd of this month marks six years that [livejournal.com profile] krile and I have known each other.

Of course we decided to celebrate a little, and get each other gifts!

What did we give each other, you ask? I thought everyone knew that the 6th anniversary was the Megaman Anniversary!

Yes, we bought copies of Megaman Star Force for each other. I got Dragon version (because, you know, RAAR DRAGINS) and she got Pegasus (pretty wings!!1)

Nobody likes the Leo version, because... I mean, just think about it. Doesn't it automatically sound like the lamest version?

But anyway, yes, we decided on a whim to do this for who knows what reason. We kept talking about how there's ANOTHER Megaman series coming out? Forget THAT. And yet... here we are. We're such whores for Megaman games. Perhaps once we get a chance to play it more I'll post some wackyness about it.

It might sound like the most anti-romantic thing ever, but hey... we play the game together and help each other out! I'm reminded of how lucky I am because I was talking to some guy at school and he was complaining about how his girlfriend made fun of him for playing video games and has no interest in them, and yet mine encourages it and plays along with me! I guess it's easy to forget that there are girls like that when you happen to hang around a lot of gamer girls.

Speaking of which, school started for me finally on the 4th. I'm sooo rusty in my Japanese verbs T_T Most of what I learned and studied over the summer was vocab, so... but at least my Spanish is in top form 8-) Having no A/C in the modern languages building (oh ALL my classes happen to be there? Yay!) doesn't help matters, either. I'll start babbling in languages I don't even know if my brain melts~
slimequest: (YOU FAIL)
Textbooks

A QUE SI! -WORKBOOK
Quantity: 1
Total Price: $51.85
Option Chosen: Used

A QUE SI!
Quantity: 1
Total Price: $87.15
Option Chosen: Used

APROXIMACIONES AL ESTUDIO DE LA LITERATURA HISPANICA
Quantity: 1
Total Price: $78.15
Option Chosen: Used

Total : $217.15

;_;

Dammit people, that's my video game money. At least I get to re-use my Japanese textbook from last semester. We'll probably open that workbook 3 times the whole class, too.

Still, I can't wait to get back to school, sadly enough. What can I say, when you're at the point in time when you can take the classes you're actually interested in, school takes on a whole new meaning.

.. then again, if I could just play Persona 3 and go to school in the game instead, that'd be pretty cool too.
slimequest: (I HATE THE FACT THAT EVERYONE LOVES ME)
I'm discovering a new past time - replaying video games I have memorized beginning to end over again, in Japanese (ROMs, naturally), partially as an excuse to play them yet again but also to help brush up on the ol' Nihongo during the summer.

I've actually learned quite a bit of vocabulary this way, although the usefulness of RPG vocabulary is perhaps questionable. In particular I've been playing Makai Toushi SaGa, better known here as The Final Fantasy Legend, a classic RPG and one of the first, if not THE first portable RPG. Anyway, I played this game over and over when I was younger so I could play it with my eyes closed - or in Japanese, which sometimes feels like the same thing (but it's improving!)

The great part about it is that there's zero Kanji... okay, I lied, the title screen has Kanji. But besides that it's all delicious Hiragana and Katakana which is perfect for my novice tastes.

Screenshots and commentary under the cut )

ANYWAY this is a fun nostalgic game for me so playing it in Japanese is pretty interesting. I know that the original Red/Green Pokémon games were all in Hiragana or something, but does anyone else know of any other 8-bit or 16-bit era games that would be easy to play in Japanese?

In other news: I beat .hack//GU Vol 2 (thus Haseo icon) and Odin Sphere is freaking beautiful, that is all.
slimequest: (Too cool for the afterlife)
And it was freezing and it ended up snowing! At least I made it home in one piece. I keep forgetting to wear my scarf though, dammit.

So now we're finally getting into Katakana in Japanese this semester. Which is good because now I can actually write my name, among other things. Plus a lot of video game character names are in Katakana so it helps me when I search Japanese sites.

No completely annoying Otaku in my class, so far as I can tell. They're mostly weeded out the first semester when they realize the class doesn't involve discussing Naruto episodes. BELIEVE IT.

(It's not that I have any problem with someone choosing to pursue an education in something because of a hobby, in fact I think it's great that a person would be motivated to better themselves from something like that. Heck, I'm studying it partly because of my love of Japanese video games, plus I like some animes and Japanese music. But when the walking talking stereotype of an Otaku girl sits down in your class and immediately confesses that they're studying Japanese because they think Inuyasha is cool, it makes me want to distance myself from that kind of person. Literally, because they don't shower. How can you love kawaii neko anime bishies but not deodorant? Do you think magical girls don't use deodorant? Is there not any room in your Naruto bag for makeup? You and the guy with a ponytail who sits behind you look almost identical, and he is not the one at fault here. Oh god, I will not miss you at all, Inuyasha girl.)

My Spanish class is pretty cool too because I have a lot of the same classmates as last semester, but OH GOD IT'S SO LONG. From 5:15 to 8 PM. We get a 15 minute break, but still. I'm sure I'll get used to it as the semester goes on. I learned a new word today, at least. Apparently babysitters are called canguros (kangaroos) in some Spanish-speaking countries. Get it, the pouch? I found that interesting.

[livejournal.com profile] charmwitch, do you call buses guagua down there? My teacher mentioned Puerto Rico was one area that does. I know in some other countries guagua = baby, and we read this little comic where some guys were confused as to why they would wait at a bus stop for a baby xD
slimequest: (Dragons are over-rated)
I can't decide whether the fact that studying for my Japanese final consisted of me flipping through the book 15 minutes before the test began, and yet I most likely totally aced it, is awesome or just plain reckless. Kind of both, I guess.

But I didn't want to study, having to go and take a test on my birthday of all days kind of sucks ass to begin with, but at least it was easy enough. There were actually parts where we were supposed to answer in English but I forgot and wrote it in Japanese anyway. It actually seemed easier to me to do it that way, because I was in the Japanese frame of mind at the time.

We celebrated my birthday yesterday because of the test and various other reason, and it was pretty darn awesome. Of course, having a girlfriend ([livejournal.com profile] krile) who makes herself extra gorgeous for you AND knows just what games to give you on your special day pretty much guarantees this. She may or may not end up finishing her shounen-ai fanfics on the same day, too, but... that's a.. bonus? If she didn't do such a good job distracting me with awesomeness I might have given it a second thought.

I'll probably dump some of the things I got into my Christmas post or something, but for most of the day I was playing Rocket Slime. This game is... I'm tearing up, here. It's orgasmic. Let me put it to you this way: I was laughing for a good five minutes over the fact that one of the enemy tanks, which is a giant tree, is named Chrono Twigger. The Square-Enix merger was done for this exact moment, I'm sure of it.

I also got Castlevaina: Portrait of Ruin which seems to continue the 2D-Symphony-of-the-Night-clone tradition of being great, while having some interesting new gameplay. Our protagonists enter a strange castle where they have to jump into paintings and... collect all the stars... defeat Bowser... the princess bakes you a cake? Wait...

Speaking of cake, because the DS's clock read it as my birthday, the shop in the game can sell you a birthday cake. For 3000 dollars. Was it baked with melted-down PS3s instead of chocolate?

It's also interesting to note that the startup noise for the DS is different on your birthday, and if you enter Pictochat it tells everyone that it's your birthday. Pretty neat stuff.

The other games I got that I've actually played are We ♥ Katamari, which is of course fun and only slightly gay, and Okami, which is one of the most beautiful games I've ever seen, and it's got good gameplay, too! I can't help but wonder why this game was developed for the PS2 since the DS or Wii would probably make better use of the "drawing" thing, but it doesn't detract from the game, it's just a thought.

I think I will go play some of those games now, and enjoy the fact that school is finally over for me for the time being :D
slimequest: (Wore myself out~)
On Tuesday, for my oral final in Japanese ([livejournal.com profile] krile always giggles whenever I mention oral quizzes, by the way), I get to talk with my teacher for 10 minutes straight. Answering questions, all in Japanese. Needless to say, I'm planning on studying quite a bit for it from now until then. Well, besides writing this post, and various other things, but you get my point. I'm not too nervous about it but I just want to make sure I can do it in my sleep before I go in there on Tuesday.

Earlier this week we went in to get our phones upgraded (because we were due for one, I had my previous phone for about 2 years), and now I have a RAZR instead of.. the random other phone I had before. I'm not a huge cell phone person, I don't really care to have a fancy one with lots of capabilities, but at least this phone looks pretty cool. Plus it's very light and thin, so when I slip it into my pocket it's not bulky or in the way.

Unfortunately, Verizon has seen fit to disable one of the primary reason why I would choose that phone, namely being able to transfer files over via Bluetooth. You know, so I can actually put wallpapers and ringtones on there that I would like as opposed to the ones they have for sale via their own little service. My options are basically to either research trying to hax into this phone myself or going back to the Verizon store and making them enable that feature.

Anyway, I just thought I would put the word out about that in case anyone with Verizon might be interested in a RAZR. It's only Verizon themselves doing it, none of the other providers disable the Bluetooth file transfer. I want my free obscure video game backgrounds and ringtones, dammit.

Additionally, I've been playing quite a bit of .hack.//G.U. now that Valkyrie Profile 2 has been beaten. I didn't play any of the previous .hack games, and from what I understand, GU is not much different from them, which caused some people to rate it low. Of course, that doesn't affect me, so I'm free to enjoy it on its own.

And it is pretty darn enjoyable. I would take this kind of game over a real MMORPG anyday. (Wow! It didn't take me a whole hour and a half to gain one level! No monthly fee! No assholish players to deal with! No lag! NO LEVEL DOWN!!!) ... as you can tell I'm not a huge fan of them.

Haseo is an amusing main character, or rather, Haseo being tortured by every single other character he meets is amusing to no end. The battle system is fun and the various sidequests aren't completely annoying like a lot of them have been in RPGs lately.

There's also something weird and amusing about "browsing internet forums" and "checking your email" in a game. And sending overly kawaii/happy greeting cards that Haseo would never in a million years send to other characters.

I've still only seen one episode of the anime, although I'll probably watch it all since I'm playing the game.

Now, I must study. So very, very much.
slimequest: (AARGH GET OUT)
Well, I beat Xenosaga Episode III. I won't post any spoilers or anything. Let's just say that it left me satisfied, which is a very good thing. Especially considering the series was trimmed down to just three games and all. Still, I would love to see more, if that ever would be possible.

The ending was bittersweet, but.. good, in a strange kind of way. I liked it.

Anyway, other than that I suppose now I'll have to beat Disgaea 2, seeing as how [livejournal.com profile] krile has already done so and on her second playthrough she's almost further along than I am on my first *shakes fist*.

I'm also enjoying Japanese class immensley. It's fun to slowly read Hiragana of words you already know from being Wapanese (Ne.... Ko? Oh, like Neko. Yes :3). I had to hold back laughing when we learned Ra Ri Ru Re Ro (HLEP PATRIOTS), and I've actually begun to spot references in games I've played involving Japanese. Like, in SaGa Frontier there's this guy named Uncle Taco who is an octopus. Well, Ta Ko is octopus in Japanese, so I was like... OH! I get it now. I thought maybe he was just some Mexican octopus who builds robots.

Maybe I'll finally be able to go back to playing Radiata Stories, although going back and playing HaKox in Xenosaga III is very tempting. It is the most hilarious thing ever. Jin being squished into a purple mess by brightly colored blocks and Albedo launching into the abyss while screaming MY EXISTENCE.. IS INFINITE!!!!11 will haunt me forever.
slimequest: (NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME)
Interests Collage )


In other news I had my first classes today. Spanish seems pretty easy, and Japanese was very amusing. Of course there were a bunch of people taking the class only cuz they like anime (I'm not too much better, but anyway~) and we learned about desudesudesudesudesudesudesu. It was fun.

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