30 Day Video Game Challenge: Day 4

Day 1

<–Day 3                                                                                                                    Day 5–>

Day 5: Your guilty pleasure game.

I generally don’t feel guilty about enjoying any video game, but I will make an admission: I actually kind of liked playing E.T. the Extraterrestrial.

Yes, this monstrosity

Or at the very least I didn’t hate it.  It was just one game of many that I popped into my console and would play for a bit before I got bored and moved onto something else.

I guess I could feel guilty about spending actual money on Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, but I don’t feel bad about that either.

Okay, so I googled “guilty pleasures video games” and the lists I found are utter crap.  I wouldn’t feel bad about playing any of them.  Freaking Rock Band and Guitar Hero are on there.  What the actual hell?  I’d break out Guitar Hero right now, and if I had people willing to play, I’d totally jam to Rock Band.  I used to always be the singer.  Apparently, it’s because these games aren’t “cool” anymore (and the site in question doubts if they ever were).  I guess I look at it like this: if you enjoy playing it, play it.  There’s no need or reason to feel guilty.

To be honest, I’d feel more guilty playing a game like Grand Theft Auto, since your character can literally kill innocent people with no repercussions, or I’d feel guilty playing an asshole character.  Like if I played a renegade Shepherd in the Mass Effects, I wouldn’t feel right, because that’s not me.  I used to feel bad having Cloud be mean to either Tifa or Aeris in Final Fantasy VII even though Cloud is kind of a dick (or at least he comes off as one due to spoilerific reasons).  I feel more guilty about how I play games rather than what games I play.

Any guilty pleasures out there in the blogosphere?  Do you agree with my sentiment on it or are there some games you feel the need to hide to enjoy?

<–Day 3                                                                                                                    Day 5–>



The Lily in the Lake

It’s been too long since I’ve posted a macro so I decided to revive Macro Mondays on a biweekly basis thanks to a conversation I had with Pokeninja who runs the blog Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.  Sometimes doing things weekly is way too much to handle, but biweekly (hopefully) works out well.

I’m also going to try to organize the information on my macros in a better way.  In prior entries I would include the links to the original picture and quotes a bit haphazardly, but I’m going to attempt to take a cue from my State of the Reader posts and put all the information in a nice neat list afterwards.  I’m also going to make sure I caption whatever the quote is below, though my hope is it’s clear on the image.

“Now folds the lily all her sweetness up, And slips into the bosom of the lake.”

I recalled my desire to make this macro while editing Chapter 8 of The Broken Rose. A piece sung by Laura Wright is where this poem is featured.  I  found the quote in the song then discovered by a quick google search that the original verse is by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

The quote above struck me is strangely reminiscent of Aeris almost to the point of being eerily accurate, and there’s a line before it that creepily aligns with FFVII as well:

“Now slides the silent meteor on,
And leaves a shining furrow…”

Needless to say I’m working on a macro for the above, too, featuring exactly whom you’d think I would 😉

It was impossible to pass up this opportunity for a macro seeing how well the words aligned with the fated flower girl’s plight.  Lilies are not only the blooms she peddled, but arguably stand in as her symbol, as well, considering they’re associated with death.  Aeris is literally folded up and “slipped into the bosom of the lake,” so Tennyson, with absolutely no rational means to have this knowledge still managed to have his poetry reach through the ages and touch this poignancy.

Original Picture Source
Original Quote Source

Disclaimer: Neither the image nor the quote used are mine.  They belong to their respective creators.


Final Fantasy Friday: Final Fantasy Tarot – XV The Devil

<–XIV Temperance                                                                            XVI The Tower–>

This is my current Final Fantasy Friday post where I’ll be discussing which characters I think exemplify each card of the Major Arcana.  If this is your first time here, please head over to my Final Fantasy Tarot page for explanation.  Now onto the next card!

XV The Devil


I realize this is the third week in a row I’ve used someone (or something) from Final Fantasy VII, but I won’t apologize for that.  I will promise that next week will not be from that game…at least not the main answer.

The Devil is a being who only has the power you give him, and Jenova is a parasitic, alien, eldritch abomination horror the Cetra sealed away and humans unearthed to utilize for their own greedy purposes.  They used it to make more powerful soldiers/weapons, spreading its cells, virus, and influence into both those willing, unwilling and even unable to consent (pretty difficult to say yea or nay when you’re in utero).  People augmented with its cells could hear its “voice,” a literal devil whispering in your ear, binding you to its cause like the two people chained in the Marjor Arcana.

I’ve said a great deal about Jenova here, here, and here, so I won’t bother repeating.  It is the most terrifying enemy in the Final Fantasy repertoire.  An entity that that can invade your very thoughts and emotions to influence you until you don’t know where you end and it begins.  The indoctrination of the Reapers from Mass Effect puts me into the same mind, and the planet devouring brethren moons from Dead Space inspire a similar horror.

The Devil is supposed to be the utter antithesis of God, and Jenova is symbolically the “mother” of the antichrist in Sephiroth.  Now he also oscillates in the role of Lucifer/Satan, as well, but Jenova is the Bigger Bad of FFVII, because without Jenova, there is no Sephiroth, no conflict, and therefore no story.

Alternates: Zemus/Zeromus (IV), Kefka (VI), Ultimecia (VIII), Necron (IX)

Zemus or rather Zeromus was a really close second.  He or it only had power through peoples’ jealous/envy and other bad/exploitable traits.

The Kefka Devil connection isn’t out there, but as implied above, the devil usually works through an agent, and FFVI was very straightforward and uncomplicated with who its big bad was.

The futuristic sorceress Ultimecia of FFVIII was a consideration or even Adel, the sorceress from the past since they both used agents in the present (and past) to accomplish their goals.  I’m going to really have to sit down and figure out FFVIII’s wibley, wobbly, timey wimey shenanigans when I get to its replay.

A lot of my reasoning pushed me towards IX’s Necron, but Necron really pissed me off lol.  While all of the above (save Kefka) could be considered a diabolus ex nihilo, Necron also serves as a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere.  There was absolutely no precedence for it in the story.  It was just the eternal nothingness you had to fight because Kuja wasn’t that powerful of a final boss, and it lent more credence to *spoiler* his redemption (by death) at the end.  *end spoiler*

LightningEllen wins again with her guess of Jenova!

Next week’s card is The Tower, and not only is it definitely not from FFVII, it’s also a place rather than a person.  The Final Fantasy series is riddled with ominous towers.  You just need to guess which tower I picked as the paragon of the Major Arcana card!

<–XIV Temperance                                                                            XVI The Tower–>





Chapter 7 – A Calm and Private Place

<–Chapter 6                                                                                                    Chapter 8–>

Disclaimer: Final Fantasy VII, its characters, and settings are all property of Square Enix so I can take no credit nor claim any ownership of that. I do take some credit for the story’s plot.
Artwork Disclaimer: The featured picture is a desktop background found here. I did not make this image, and all rights to it belong to the creator. If you are the creator and are fine with me using it, please give me your information, and I will gladly update this site and all others where it is utilized. If you are the creator and do not wish to have your work featured in this manner, please let me know, and I will immediately remove it from this site and all others where it is used.
Author’s Note: Perhaps you could take this as a musical recommendation as was  done in Chapter 4, but really I just wanted to share the piece that was in my ears as I wrote and edited this chapter: the score from the Pixar short La Luna found if you just click the link.  Perfect for gazing at the stars.  Stella nobis non concessit…
“There is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars.”
-John Green “The Fault in Our Stars”

Chapter 7 - A Calm and Private Place

No nightmares could find her, not where she was, as cool air tickled her face. She was still curled up, but what was beneath was not leather above hard muscle. Under her head was no epaulet for it gave way with a shush for her cheek. Something warm covered her, but it smelled nowhere as sweet as silken, silver hair. Aeris yawned and knuckled the sleep from her eyes as night air filled her lungs. She lifted her head releasing the pillow to slip down the chair where she lay. It was a big, luxurious, red affair, more comfortable than most beds. Bemused but not frightened, the Cetra peered forward and out the window before her eyes. The central panels were open, explaining the breeze that brought the smell of smoke and damp stone. Lamps winked yellow near the ground below as she remembered from Midgar, but above stars swelled in light resplendent and tinged the sudden tears on her cheeks.

“Ah, you’re awake now.” A low voice called, and Aeris tilted her face back and up. His shadow fell over and she parted her lips, but her words had been stolen by awe. “You’re quite a heavy sleeper,” Sephiroth said, smiling slightly for her expression.

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