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User Info: ifritsparda

ifritsparda
5 years ago#21
I have now gone mad with power.

Discuss.
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User Info: Arch_Evil

Arch_Evil
5 years ago#22
Lol.

That is all.
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User Info: NeutralDrow

NeutralDrow
5 years ago#23
Game update!

Been getting back into Team Fortress 2. Ever since forcing myself to play a complete round with the Soldier, I've since warmed to them, and now I can genuinely say I play every class...though naturally, I favor Medic and Spy.

The job and the need for more sleep than when I was in college still conspire to limit my visual novel playing time. As such, I'm probably going to finish The Sagara Family before returning to either Family Project or Snow Sakura, both of which require more time commitment.

I have since learned that, while it was a good idea to remember that I have the Kana OST in mp3 form and put it on my mp3 player, it's not a good idea to listen to it at work. I usually listen to music (or downloaded TGWTG reviews) to make data entry go faster. By the time I hit "She Was Weeping Sadly," I was instead relying on the data entry to distract me. And I had to skip "For You" entirely.

...

You know, it was kind of a bizarre revelation, realizing that even though I objectively liked Tsukihime or Yume Miru Kusuri or the like better...Kana is the game that's still stuck with me the most. I mean, I knew its reputation going in, but I wasn't really expecting that reputation to be understated.

Also, thanks again Darkling. I think I thanked you before for making those wallpapers, but I figured I'd do it again.
"Oh man, we're in trouble!"
"Come now. The worst that can happen is we all die."

User Info: Darkling183

Darkling183
5 years ago#24
I think KLS has stuck with me as well because it was such an intense emotional experience for me. So, while I enjoyed games like Ever 17 and Crescendo on an intellectual level, they didn't resonate with me in quite the same way, meaning that they ended up not leaving as big an impression on me. The music in KLS is a big part of that for me - I've become kind of like Pavlov's dog. For a long time I couldn't listen to 'The White Season' without tears coming to my eyes.

Oh, and I'm glad someone is enjoying and/or using the wallpapers, Drow. =)

User Info: NeutralDrow

NeutralDrow
5 years ago#25
I dunno if I can claim the same. The thing that really got me into visual novels was that surprising capacity for emotional appeal, starting with Tsukihime. While it was intellectually fascinating and exciting, I'd also never really cried at a game before, or gotten so attached to characters (Colette from Tales of Symphonia being the odd exception). Kanon just about kicked my ass on the tearjerking forefront, it influenced my tastes in ways I'm still sorting out, and its soundtrack has a couple of pieces that can make me break down. Yume Miru Kusuri is still completely unmatched for sheer breadth of emotion it inspired; it was the first time I'd ever encountered a fictional character I think I genuinely fell in love with, the first character who I honestly believe I would have tried to kill if they existed in real life, and basically everything in between. Symphonic Rain had another character I fell in love with (and another I wanted to kill), and one route in particular hurt badly in a spoiler-filled but astonishingly real way I'd never before encountered.

They all endure for me, and hell, they all have soundtracks that conditioned those responses ("On the Moonlit Rooftop" and "Plain of Frozen Soil," from YMK and Kanon, are major examples).

That's why I find it so bizarre that Kana, out of all of them, stands so dominant in my mind.

I think, ultimately, I probably have to attribute it to Kana herself. I mean, you want to know a Kana music piece that makes my throat catch?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2gdSiYAxpE

It's just a domestic piece. It's not scene-attributable, like "She Was Weeping Sadly" or "For You (Music Box version)," or emotionally specific like "Sacrifice." And yet, it works. Because it reminds me of her, and her rare times at home.

...I'm probably gonna regret writing this in the morning, so I'll cut off my sleepy rant here.
"Oh man, we're in trouble!"
"Come now. The worst that can happen is we all die."

User Info: Darkling183

Darkling183
5 years ago#26
Hmm, that track reminds me of Kana's grave, or a scene at the hospital with Cana after Kana has passed away, or Taka reading Kana's diary (though I can't state conclusively that it was used in any of those scenes, because I'm not sure). I associate it with the melancholy of Taka losing Kana and having to move on.

Could the reason that the game has stuck with you be that the game is all about Kana? There isn't a huge cast of characters, and the only other love interest is Yumi. Kana gets a lot of character development throughout the game.

User Info: NeutralDrow

NeutralDrow
5 years ago#27
The scene that pops immediately to my mind, oddly, is when Taka's carrying Kana back to her bed after the summer festival.

And that undoubtedly is the reason. I mean...I really didn't like Yumi all that much (though I was certainly grateful to her a couple of times), and she, Kana, and Taka are the three most important and spotlighted characters in the game. Taka was all right, though half of my like for him was being a vehicle for me.

Did I ever mention I reviewed this game soon after I played it? I must have, I think I only started talking to you guys after I'd written it, but...

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/326.206764-Neutral-Drow-reviews-Kana-Little-Sister

...actually, on rereading, she really is the reason. I wonder if another aspect of that is simply how much time I spent with her, metaphorically. Unlike a lot of VN heroines, she's really the focus of the entire game, and has more than one route devoted to her. I have noticed that the characters I tend to like the most are the ones who are around most often. Akiha, Kohaku, Nayuki (especially Nayuki)...


Oh, except Miyu in Crescendo. You really only "know" her for a couple of hours at most, and yet I'd gotten more attached to her than any other character in the game (maybe barring Yuka).
"Oh man, we're in trouble!"
"Come now. The worst that can happen is we all die."

User Info: Darkling183

Darkling183
5 years ago#28
I think it's also partly the fact that we see Kana grow up (and feel partly responsible for her development, because of the choices we get to make regarding her 'upbringing'). I know that seeing her as a child and witnessing either her gradual acceptance or blissful (?) ignorance of her impending death really made her feel like a real person to me.

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Arch_Evil
5 years ago#29
Coming this fall, November 1st: Unemployment - once again! Great...
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User Info: Darkling183

Darkling183
5 years ago#30
Sorry to hear it, Arch. Unemployment sucks!
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