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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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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.