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I am Obsessed with Mystic Messenger and I Don’t Wanna Stop

Let’s talk about something that “real” gamers hate.

Otome games (female oriented games usually focusing on romance) and mobile games.

If you’ve ever been on Facebook for any amount of time on your phone, you’ve probably seen advertisements for dating games featuring pictures of half-dressed anime guys. They usually look quite cheesy and I love reading the comments on them to see what people say. However, one of the comments pointed to a game called Mystic Messenger by Cheritz. Several people were praising it in the comments one day so I decided to check it out.

The premise of the game is simple…starting out. The player character is bored one day and downloads an app from the app store to kill time. All of a sudden a mysterious person, Unknown, messages them and asks them to do a favor. Claiming to have found a lost phone with no information but an address on it, the person asks if you will go to the address and see if the person who owns the phone is there. Of course, you say yes because it’s not much of a game if you don’t, and of course there is no one at the apartment. Fortunately Unknown has the pass-code to enter the apartment and always up for a little breaking and entering, you agree to go in and leave a note for the person.

Thus kicks of a whirlwind adventure of fundraising and hot guys. The apartment is associated with a fundraising organization that used to host parties full of influential people. Due to circumstances and such, the parties have been put on hold. But with you there, well, why not try to hold one again?

All of this takes place through the messenger app during conversations that take place throughout the day in real time, phone calls (voice acted in Korean, subbed in English), text messages, and emails. Everything happens at a set time. People are available for conversations during certain times of the day and if you miss them, they post what they were going to say with no input from you. When you are present for the conversations, much like most of these games, you’re given two or three choices to respond with. If you pick the right one, you can earn hearts passed on who likes the answer. The game itself last Eleven Days during which you flirt with the guys, field emails from potential party guests (you have to answer their questions correctly to woo them into attending), and uncover the mystery of just why you were led to the apartment and to the organization.

The characters are super lovable and interesting making in impossible to choose who you want to pursue. Choosing the right choices will open up more of the story, allowing you to find out more about the person, opening up their personality. It’s exciting to go through and learn more about the characters. Currently, I’m on the tenth day and I’m already planning on replaying it several more times to open up the other paths. I love all the characters and want to find out even more about them.

There’s Jumin, a wealthy business man who’s one of the oldest in the group. He’s the heir to large company and probably a robot despite what he says. He’s seemingly unfeeling, treats his assistant like a slave, and is maybe a little too obsessed with his cat.

Jaehee, Jumin’s assistant who may also be a robot. Practically a slave to her boss she’s the less willing to trust you and hates cats.

Zen, a musical actor who’s starting to gain more and more fame. He’s egotistical, vain, and loves posting pictures of himself.

707, or Seven, who is the hacker of the group. The one who set up the messenger and an unrepentant prankster with an apparent love of cross dressing (I dig it). He’s self-referential and will occasionally break the Fourth Wall. He’s also a cat harasser. Plus his glasses are sexy.

And of course Yoosung, the youngest of the group. Naive yet impossibly sweet he’s addicted to gaming and a bit of a slacker. He is also a precious cinnamon roll who needs to be protected and if anything happens to him so help me god…

Ahem.

The last of the main group is V, a mysterious photographer who hasn’t been around much and seems to be both loved and hated with fervor depending on who you talk to.

Through conversations with them you learn that something darker might be at play and also fall in love (with every single one of them!).

I cannot stop playing it. The game is a free game though there are in app purchases. None of them are needed to enjoy the story and though I found myself wanting to learn all of the story at once, I actually don’t mind having to wait for conversations to unlock at certain times of the day. It was pure genius on the parts of the devs to use something so familiar (instant messaging) to tell their story. There’s also a very catchy video at the beginning that I definitely recommend watching before playing; it really gets you hyped for the game.

Cheritz also has at least two other games on steam that I’m planning on looking into soon as well because of how much fun I’m having with Mystic Messenger. I cannot recommend this game enough. Go, play it. And just know you’re wrong if you’re not crazy about 707.

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Getting Over My Fear of Voice Chat

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a fear of microphones when it came to games. I’ve never been a big phone person and that translated into never wanting to speak online during games. Add to the fact that I’m a girl and we all know how people online can treat those presenting as female, well, it wasn’t anything I was particularly eager to do. I mean, some of the messages I’ve gotten online just because I’ve mentioned I was a girl were disgusting but at least I just didn’t have to read them. When you’re on mic, you have to at least listen for a few seconds before muting the person so it just seems that much more personal.

But I finally did it!

I used my mic and even though I was the only girl in a group of guys, everyone was super nice. And quite a few of the guys were much younger, still high school age. And we all know how high school boys can be. But they’re were nice and probably more mature than many guys my own age who I’ve dealt with while gaming.

So, gaming isn’t always a negative experience. And this is a reason why I like it. It can push you to do things you normally wouldn’t, with positive results!

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The Day the Internet Died

It’s happened.

The internet is dead everyone.

Grab your veils and throw on your mourning best because we’ve got a funeral to attend.

Oh? You’d like to know why the internet is dead?

Why because some Youtuber people have decided to moderate or remove comments on their videos. It has killed the internet. And free speech of course. We should all take a moment of silence for the death of the internet and free speech.

Okay, seriously? I don’t understand the reaction that people have when someone decides to moderate their comment sections or their sites. It’s not violating your free speech. It’s not affecting you in any way other than maybe stopping you from being a huge fucking asshole for no reason. Most places have some form of moderation. Life itself is moderated whether you want to believe it or not. You can’t go up to your teacher and tell them that they should kill themselves. You’d get in a lot of trouble for that.

In real life the stuff that people say in these comment sections would be enough to get the cops called on them. And it’s not violating their free speech to do so. I wish these free speech whiners would remove their dicks from their hands long enough to do some self-reflection and realize they’re spending too much time focused on being a negative person.

But anyway.

Dearly beloved. We gather here today…

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Finding the Best Daddy

Dream DaddyA Dad Dating Simulator.

Not a game I was ever planning on playing. Not a game that I ever really wanted anything to do with, even with the tenuous connection to the Game Grumps (I am a semi-fan of theirs). I’m not a big fan of the visual novel/dating simulator genres. I find them really boring and usually the writing on them (perhaps due to a lot of them being translations) is really, really awful. I can’t stand awful writing.

But I caught a video of a Youtuber playing the first bit of the game. And I did genuinely laugh at the dialogue and choices the character can make. So I decided to give it a try. After all, if it was shit, I’d know before two hours was up and I could just refund the game. Ten hours later and I have romanced all of the dads (Knife Dad is best daddy).

For a game that everyone is saying is a satire of the dating sim/VN genre, it actually has a lot of fucking heart. The dialogue is at times super cringe-y (it does match well with the Game Grumps style of humor) and awkward but it’s also really funny most of the time. Things that aren’t dramatic are made dramatic, the characters all talk like that quirky weird kid in college who wears fox tails, but there’s also clearly love that’s put into them. The relationships you can form with the characters are surprisingly meaningful. The situations they face, between the dads and their children, are easily recognizable in real life.

The relationship between the player character and their daughter is amazingly well crafted. You can choose to support your daughter and have a good relationship with her, or you can ignore her and dismiss her feelings and have a terrible relationship (which I never did because come on). Then you have the other dads and the issues they’re facing. Robert with the wall of booze and fake stories that he puts up. Matt with his love and fear of music. Craig just being…Craig. They’re all interesting characters and fairly in depth.

Of course, there are issues. For a game that ostensibly supposed to be about gay/bi-sexual men dating other men, there’s a weird lack of gay content. If I remember correctly, there’s not a single panel that actually shows a gay kiss. Which, I’ll give the game, would be harder to do with a player customized character but I wouldn’t have minded them limiting the options so that we could have that. It seems like such a weird thing to be missing from a game like that.

Also, some of the relationships with the characters aren’t that deep. Joseph is supposed to be a religious individual but we never really get that from him. There’s no questioning of his religion, no worries about what he’s doing. He’s in a very grey position for most of the game being the only dad that’s still married, but there’s never really any talk about that. And Brian’s relationship is funny but still kind of weird. You don’t really have much free choice in it. You have to compete with him, no matter what.

Plus the mini-games are terrible. I genuinely didn’t like a single one of them. They were shallow and felt completely out of place.

All in all though,  it’s a super satisfying game that I don’t regret getting.  And it’s not a bad catch for $15.

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Why Are Gamers So Toxic?

SJW: Social Justice Warrior

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, be grateful. Spawned in some dark basement at Dorito-encrusted keyboard with the stench of a crusty neckbeard hanging thick in the air, this term is nothing but trash. Anyone who uses it anyway but ironic can take those letters and shove them so far up their ass they puke them up.

If you haven’t gathered, I cannot stand this trend of calling anything remotely progressive as being SJW bullshit. It makes being a gamer a miserable experience and it makes people embarrassed to proclaim that they enjoy gaming. Or at least, it makes anyone with any common sense embarrassed to claim it. There are few communities that can be as toxic as gamers and it’s something I just don’t understand. They’re games. They’re supposed to be fun and entertaining. Sure, like most forms of entertainment there can be politics behind it. That’s not remotely surprising. But what is with this sudden trend of calling any little thing tying to be more inclusive as being a bad thing?

Why is it so wrong is a game wants to include a player character that’s female? How is that a bad thing? These toxic little boys need to get their panties out of their ass and realize that it’s a good thing if these companies want to court women as well as men. So many companies underestimate the purchasing power of women. It’s the same sort of thing that led people to say books about female characters wouldn’t do as well because boys wouldn’t read them (The Hunger Games), or that action/comic book movies with female leads wouldn’t do as well (Wonderwoman). It’s been proven patently false. Women have disposable income as well and they are more than willing to support things that include them, and they will support it an insane amount considering so few things come out to appeal to them.

And that’s a good thing. If a game is inclusive and appeals widely to both men and women, it will make more money. If it makes more money there’s going to be more support for the game and the publisher will be able to make more good games. And the cycle will continue and it will be a great thing.

Plus, what’s so wrong with having to play as a female character? I end up having to play as a male character in most of the games I play. And I genuinely don’t have a problem with it but you best believe the moment a game comes out where I can play as a female character or make my own female character, I will support it much more than those patently male games.

But apparently that makes me a bad person trying to kill gaming with the magical game killing power of my vagina or something.

SJW’s aren’t killing off gaming. Whiny men are killing the community.

 

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Eugenics in Mass Effect and the Question it Poses

After some personal issues, I’m back with another meandering pointless post about video games!

Today I want to discuss Mass Effect: Andromeda. Again. Because despite the massive amount of shit the games getting, I still really like it and I enjoyed it a lot. Plus Jaal is probably one of the best Bioware boyfriends (after Dorian of course).

But there’s something I find myself thinking about when I play the Mass Effect games. Eugenics. Namely the Krogan problem as I like to call it. It’s a pretty interesting concept for a video game to include, mostly because it’s such a heavy subject. Eugenics is widely considered to be a terrible thing amongst most people (rightfully so). The idea is something supported by Nazis and other crazies who believe that there is a superior race (usually one they’re part of). It goes against everything that we as a society are supposed to believe in, at least for ourselves. We breed animals, dogs, cats, horses, to make them desirable. But as people we’re supposed to be above it. Not to mention the whole can of worms it opens about breeding out undesirable traits (race, sexuality, etc).

Which is why the way Mass Effect handles the Krogan is so interesting. Some of my favorite characters come from the new Mass Effect game and they’re Krogan. Drack is hilarious. He shows the love that the Krogan can possess for their family and I legit teared up a bit towards the end of his story arc with Kesh, who I also love. With characters like the, who you can’t help but love, it’s hard to justify the Genophage. These are characters you get to know during the course of the game and they become part of your character’s family. Seeing Kesh talk about trying to breed out the Genophage so that their children can survive.

However, in the second game Mordin makes a seemingly reasonable point about the Krogan. They did grow too much and destroy their homeworld. They were posed to destroy other worlds. Almost all the Krogans you meet are violent. They enjoy battling and they war against each other. They’re a bloodthirsty species so perhaps it was only appropriate for other species to step in and keep the peace.

But then again, Kesh doesn’t come across as remotely similar to the other Krogan. She’s actually a fairly apt politician. And for all his posturing, Drack is a kind, loving individual.

It’s interesting to ponder and there’s probably no right answer in the context of the games. But it’s something that should be thought about.

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I May Be An Adult But…

…damn if I don’t love sweet little simple kid’s games sometimes.

Not too long ago I invested in a 3DS. I saved up some money and then had to search all over town to get it since everywhere decided to be sold out of it when I wanted it. But eventually I found it, bought a couple of games, and I love it. It’s great for my lunch break when I don’t feel like watching anything or really doing much of anything. It’s also good for when I’m in a waiting room or something.

And even beyond that, some of the games are just great for relaxing at night after work. I’ve just bought Animal Crossing. It’s my first time ever playing the game and it’s just positively delightful. It’s colorful and sweet. There’s not too much to worry about doing, not too much to focus on.

It seems like so many people just like focusing on the challenge of games. If it’s not Dark Souls they don’t give a shit about it. I think there’s something to be said though for fun little games that don’t require much effort but calm you. We spend so much time just going, going, going that it’s nice to kick your feet up and chill.