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Eastward
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FINAL FANTASY XIV Online: FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers
Helping new players and tuning up my airship and submersible until Endwalker arrives

Updated about 2 weeks ago    |    Online Info Andelain Louviere @ Lamia

Maxed DoW/DoH/DoL | Eureka/BA Completed | Ishgard Restoration Top 50 | All EX | All job, role and side quests | Max rank GCs | Max rank Custom Deliveries | All Beast Tribes Max Rank | All Vistas | All Relic Quests | All Skytool Quests | Max Rank Shared FATEs
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Dragon Quest X Online: Dragon Quest X: Nemureru Yūsha to Michibiki no Meiyū (Dragon Quest X: The Sleeping Hero and the Guided Allies)
The plot only gets better and better | Lv. 80 ITM - 2.2 | Ahkmon/Clarity

Updated about 4 weeks ago

★★★★★

Strawfire's Status

(U) Unfinished ?No significant accomplishments.     (B) Beaten ?The main objective has been accomplished. Usually marked by the defeat of a final boss and/or viewing of credits.     (C) Completed ?For games which are 100% done. All extras and modes have been unlocked and finished. All significant items have been collected.
614 (U)
  73 Unplayed  
11.9% of Unfinished
6.8% of Total
56.8%
225 (B)
20.8%
242 (C)
22.4%
Wishlist  8 ?         Top-Rated  94 ?????         Master Runs  9 (M)
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Android 9 (U) 1 (B) 2 (C) 46 Total
Arcade 4 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
Neo Geo BEAT 2 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Neo Geo CD 1 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
PC 270 (U) 141 (B) 167 (C) 738 Total
Mac 10 (U) 0 (B) 2 (C) 12 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 7 (U) 0 (B) 3 (C) 10 Total
NES 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
SNES 9 (U) 5 (B) 1 (C) 15 Total
Nintendo 64 4 (U) 2 (B) 0 (C) 6 Total
GameCube 11 (U) 2 (B) 0 (C) 13 Total
Wii 29 (U) 4 (B) 11 (C) 44 Total
Wii U 2 (U) 2 (B) 5 (C) 10 Total
PlayStation 68 (U) 21 (B) 8 (C) 98 Total
PlayStation 2 49 (U) 12 (B) 6 (C) 68 Total
PlayStation 3 9 (U) 2 (B) 3 (C) 15 Total
PlayStation 4 15 (U) 4 (B) 0 (C) 20 Total
Game Gear BEAT 2 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Game Boy 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Game Boy Advance 26 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 26 Total
Nintendo DS 31 (U) 11 (B) 13 (C) 55 Total
Nintendo 3DS 14 (U) 2 (B) 5 (C) 22 Total
Nintendo Switch 30 (U) 9 (B) 14 (C) 59 Total
PlayStation Portable 5 (U) 0 (B) 1 (C) 6 Total
PlayStation Vita 3 (U) 1 (B) 1 (C) 5 Total
Xbox 360 5 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 6 Total
All Games 1290 Total
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about 2 days ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
I haven't played Do Not Feed the Monkeys, but when I looked it up Steam informed me that I own it??? So that's next on my list after Mind Scanners! Probably something I grabbed in a bundle with no idea what it was.

Mind Scanners is on sale right now with an update, so grab it!

Oh, and I forgot to mention, thanks for your kind words. ⌊ REAL LIFE ⌉ can definitely be a challenge, and I hope your own playthrough of it is going well, too.
about 4 weeks ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Yes! I am enjoying it.

I grew up with DS and the game does mean a lot to me. I never owned it myself (besides renting it a few times) but my friends had the game. In middle school we'd play it before class would start. At first it was only 4 of us then other nerds joined us and that became my entire friend group up to my senior year in high school.

I never owned the game but when I found a complete copy I had to have it. And now replaying it has been very fun. It is a lot harder than i remember but that might just be me having trouble adjusting to DS after playing 8.

PS I love the background although I don't know which DQ that is though.
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Sleep: Not playing anything
Ah, I lived in North Carolina briefly, in a little town called Winterville, in Pitt County. It's in the eastern part of the state, I really wish I were living in the western portion, where you see lots of green and mountains, even the climate is better. I remember going through there on my way out, and wow, beautiful place. Utah is quite cool too, I think that the Monument Valley, on the border with Arizona, has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, such a unique look! Also, the Valley of the Gods, which is nearby. I've been through Salt Lake City a couple of times on my Greyhound journeys across America, but sadly it didn't get to see the those valleys, but I did see the Bonneville Salt Flats!

Anyway, you're right, those are for the regular Game Boy Advance, not the SP. I researched a little and from what I gather they don't even use the same speaker. And I heard some people saying that there's no upgrade for the SP, but I couldn't confirm it 100%. I'll keep my eye on it. There was a guy saying that he fitted one of those upgrades on the SP, but the link to the tutorial and pics was dead, so I couldn't see it for sure.
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Sleep: Not playing anything
Yes, that's correct, that would be a relative and yes, the concept of family is very different depending where you're from. From what I gathered, Brazil is more akin to Italy or other Mediterranean countries when it comes to that. Well, you do have a lot of Italian descendants there anyway, along with Portuguese, obviously, so it's no surprise. Utah, huh? Interesting. Not an usual place that people immigrate to. I've been through there a few times, and knew some people from there, as I lived in Nevada in two separate occasions.

I'm not sure if you know but the GBA is indeed an amazinf handheld, but it's not famous for its sound quality. I am aware of that mainly from watching Game Sack whenever he covers the device, as he's a picky audiophile. He still loves the device though, as many do. But the sound is tinny and compressed, even on other hardware or emulation, as far as I know. However, yes, a crappy speaker doesn't help, definitely.

I think you are looking for this, not just the speaker but an amplifier as well:
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This seller does not ship to South America, but if you cannot find this anywhere, I would send it to you on a padded envelope, if there are no customs to pay there. Usually, most countries, in fact all countries I ever mailed or bought stuff from, have no charges on gifts, only purchases. But your country, I have no idea, because it's so different on that regard. Can you check if you pay customs on gifts in your country, maybe call the local postal service?
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Sleep: Not playing anything
Ah, that's good to hear and good for you too, that the city is modernizing and improving. Yeah, customs and import charges are something I deal with a lot here, because the European PAL consoles and games run slower and have lots of problems, something that we in the States and you in Brazil didn't have to deal with (again Brazil's PAL-M system has little to do with the PAL everybody thinks of), so I import consoles and some select games from back home or Japan, so that they are in NTSC as they were meant to be.

However, Brazil is on a whole different level of not wanting to do business with the rest of the world, because your country's import duty and taxes are beyond draconian. Even Nintendo left a couple of years ago, but came back recently. The only way around this is to make hardware in the Zona Franca de Manaus to avoid the whole thing, but that's a considerable financial investment with lots of risks in a world where a lot of companies don't even want to make physical games anymore, which is also annoying. Do you have a parent that lives in the US? If so, where? Also, by parent, you mean your mom or dad, or do you mean a relative? I ask because some Portuguese speakers (and learners) mix "parent" with "parente", which means "relative" in your language. I know I have!

Well, if you ever need anything in particular, let me know and I will take a look around. Maybe look at European eBays rather than the US/Canada ones, because they're more open to send stuff overseas than North America. Also, Japanese sellers on eBay tend to ship things overseas more than all others combined. What are the GBA speakers you are looking for? Send me a link and I'll take a look around. And yes, on original hardware, RGB is the pinnacle of video signal and it's like putting glasses on for the first time after being myopic your whole life. Some consoles have it natively, some need mods.
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Sleep: Not playing anything
Yes, it never ends! I still would like to have a high TVL count PVM, that is the one jewel missing from my collection. If I had it, that's what I would use for gaming all the time.

Yeah, I lived in Sao Paulo as well, the city. I have relatives there, they live in the Moema neighborhood, near the Shopping Ibirapuera, a mall. I remember going to a place called Black Moon Café, it was pretty cool. It's a cool city, lots of stuff everywhere. I was surprised to find "western stores" where they sold American cowboy gear, two in that neighborhood at the time, one being at the aforementioned mall. Last time I was in your country was 2005, so that was 16 years ago, lots may have changed.

I don't know how hard it is to get games in your country, but I would strongly suggest Everdrive flashcarts, if you already don't have them, unless you just collect or just like playing with original carts. I think that if it wasn't for flashcarts, I would have gotten into real hardware at all. ODEs would be the equivalent for disc consoles. Anyway, how about eBay? Although some of them do not ship to certain countries (I have seen Brazil and Russia being excluded before), most of the sellers do ship worldwide. Except for flashcarts, I get everything from eBay. What kind of stuff are you specifically interested in buying? There's a store for everything and yeah, I would definitely send you in the right direction.

I can't remember, but do your Brazilian consumer CRTs have RGB SCART connections, like in Europe? I know that your old TV system is PAL-M, which is actually more similar to NTSC, but I can't remember when I was there if it did have it or not. We didn't have it in the States, but they do here.
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Sleep: Not playing anything
Oh yeah, I always change the banner and color theme to match whatever main game I'm playing, religiously. Never skipped one until now, so yeah, you'll see a few. I usually change the avatar at the same time, so if you see a different avatar on my comments, that means I changed the banner as well. Sometimes I spend more time making the banner than what it takes for me to beat the game, that was the case with Castlevania II Belmont's Revenge.

Yes, I love CRTs! I'm up to 15. One HD, two EDTV, seven standard and five VGA. Eight in the house and in regular use (except for one that is having problems, unfortunately it being my favorite), the rest in the shed stored. My car is off the road, otherwise I would pick up more that I have seen.

Hey, I have a GBA SP modded with the backlit AGS-101 screen, it's definitely worth it. I bought mine before I got into doing mods myself, so it was pre-modded. But I will be doing it myself this year, because I want a backlit regular GBA, because although bigger, you're right, it's much more ergonomical. I did the regular Game Boy DMG backlit screen mod (not replacement) and wow, that was very tough, specifically the peeling of the laminate, horrendous work. Screen replacements are pretty straight forward, so I would strongly suggest you get into it! I'm playing a lot of Game Boy right now, but on the GameCube and yes, on a CRT!

Are you Brazilian then? If so, from where? I lived there a long time ago. I was a bull rider at the time, and competed at some of the rodeos (festa de peao, sorry, I don't have diacritics on this keyboard) there. Ended up living there for years, in Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais and Goias, the last one being my favorite place there. I've been to Rio briefly once, a bit crazy. I speak Portuguese quite well, although not as good as it used to be. Do you live there? Because yes, I can recommend some shops, but it depends of which country you currently live in. I'm from the US, but live in the UK myself these days.
about 1 month ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Sleep: Not playing anything
Thank you for the add, Rafael! And thank you for your hard work translating games for others, muito obrigado!
about 2 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
I've been getting caught up on a lot of beloved classics lately—Day of the Tentacle, Myst, Twilight Princess, Trails in the Sky—and it's always interesting to approach these games without any nostalgia filter.

I feel like a monster when I review games on GOG, where everyone else is like "5/5 this game was my childhood" and I'm like "1/5 your childhood was trash".

I'm finding more and more that if I hear about a game when it's new and popular but don't bother playing or wishlisting it until years later, I'm probably not going to rate it higher than 3/5. There's usually a reason why the game didn't grab my attention before. Part of me still feels like it's important to get informed on the "classics" I missed, for the sake of having that cultural literacy...but another part of me is finding it more and more appealing to watch other people review or play through those games so I don't have to.
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
I've now finished Day of the Tentacle. I'm fine with the setting, but the intro cutscene starts the game off entirely wrong, with not enough context to know why we should care about anyone, and a conflict so profoundly stupid and avoidable that it makes me want to root AGAINST the protagonists. And the cutscene makes even less sense if you've played Maniac Mansion! At least they hang a lantern on the apparent discontinuities later on.

The humor is completely random—not really punny or highbrow or referential, therefore accessible to everyone—and basically every puzzle in the game is solvable (or at least able to be started) pretty much immediately. I can see these things being appealing to some people, but for me, they give the whole game a very disorganized feeling, especially when combined with the atrocious story (and getting random news flashes every so often just makes this worse).
about 3 months ago (edited)

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Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Good day to you too.
If you have a PS+ membership, Concrete Genie was a free game some months ago, so you could've grabbed it then. Alternatively, if you didn't do it yet, you can always watch some gameplay videos on Youtube to help decide if you want the game or not.

As for my opinion on the game, it depends on what you want or expect from it. The story is very basic and simple. The game itself is also quite short and can be cleared in under 10 hours even if you go for all achievements. 2/3rd of the game is a collectibles hunt with a bit of stealth elements in it. The last part changes into a very simple action game.
As for the drawing element, you have about 60 item templates to use, which you first need to find in order to use. There are also about 20-30 interactions NPCs can have with your drawings for some variety. After clearing the game and finding all templates, you can use free paint mode to peacefully decorate things in the 4 available levels. That's about it.
All in all, it depends on what you expect from the game. It is ok, but not great at being a stealth, action or collectibles game. It is short and doesn't have a memorable story. The platinum trophy is mostly easy, but can be a bit buggy, if you're after collecting trophies. If you want to get it to paint...Well, it somewhat works, but you might still be better off drawing yourself, rather than getting a game for it.
Hope it helps to make a decision.
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
I'm glad Eiyuden Chronicle showed up at E3, because I had completely forgotten about it. I think the last time I saw it was an announcement on Twitter. Glad it showed up again and reminded me, it looks fantastic.
about 3 months ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
I'm so happy to see Eiyuden Chronicle on E3! Sure wasn't expecting it to make an appearance.
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
I see, I see

I've enjoyed a fair bit of the Dread X Collections, and personally bought the original back when. I typically just watch ManlyBadassHero on YouTube play the newer ones though.
about 3 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
> An Airport for Aliens Currently Run by Dogs (PC)

u wot
about 4 months ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
<3
about 4 months ago (edited)

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
I take it you couldn't wait for Offline to come in 2022? Hahaha.

Are you using that really cool live translation hook for DQX that just came outta the wordworks? Or are you kind of winging it or know some Japanese? Either way, I'm jealous...

EDIT: Oh, I'm dumb, says right there you're using Ahkmon. Good stuff.
about 5 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Chulip!! I'm very curious about that one, how are you liking it?

Did you know? Onion Games has actually expressed interest in rereleasing Chulip and Rule of Rose. Hopefully that happens because I'm running out of kidneys to sell.
about 5 months ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
If you're playing Replicant on Steam, you can fix the controller issue by disabling Steam Input. For the fps/vsync issues, you can always force those in your GPU's control panel.

Not sure of any other issues, but those fixes worked for me and my friends so /shrug
about 5 months ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Balan is the first game in a while I've seen nothing but endless hate for. I haven't seen something like that since Mighty Number 9 came out.

I just finished Episode 3 and the game is a little slow paced but i've been enjoying it! Hopefully episode 4 won't be too much of a chore
I won't rest until I've inspected every suspicious-looking nook and cranny.