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For those sensible souls who are NOT following me on Tumblr...

[ETA: So apparently fanservice still works on me. DAMMIT LULU.]

After I got done ogling old friends, my eyes were drawn to that durned inscription.
I swear the second line starts with "aerith." (See Spiran main alphabet.)

The scary part is that on the one hand I'm simply jumping all over this as a fan, but on the other hand, I've become a virtual freelance video game blogger /critic, so I'm allowed to do this for work.

Yes, I'm a bad fan...critiquing/geeking about my favorite games and making a pittance doing so. Except why is it being a bad fan to do what's accepted in sports reporting, fashion news, and other entertainment blogs and "news" coverage? How can "fan reporting on favorite baseball team in local paper" be a job and "fan blogging about video game online" not be? I ask myself these things.

At this point, I'm very much like those sports reporters with encyclopedic command of statistics and trivia. As soon as those FFX HD screencaps went up, I was able to find the exact to-the-second framegrabs from the original game for comparison and have them posted within fifteen minutes. I do this kind of thing for several fandoms (Tolkien, beginning astronomy/space exploration news, Final Fantasy). I have found that online article writing lets me use those nerd skills instead of just pushing them aside as procrastination/a waste of time.

Yet I am keenly aware that this is frowned on in fandom, which generally justifies fannish activities with "we aren't making a profit, so it's okay." Except for some fanartists. Annnyway.

So, with that understood, I posted old-vs-new comparisons on my article about the FFX Remaster here. (My pittance from that page is generally about 30 cents a month thanks to the header/sidebar ads. Whoopie.)

Back to geeking at FFX. My finger was hovering over the Amazon preorder button two hours ago. But I'm holding off in case they decide to release some fancy version with extras. For most games, I wouldn't succumb to the merch, but for this one? Yeah. I might.

This entry was originally posted at http://auronlu.dreamwidth.org/227083.html, where it has comment count unavailablecomments.


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Mar. 22nd, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
I am . . . not sure how I feel about these character models, to be honest. The textures look really great and I'm glad they kept the vibrant color palette, but everybody looks kind of lifeless. In the old version they looked less lifelike, but more alive, if that makes any sense. They used to look a lot more expressive. I've been noticing this with XIII, too, as I'm playing it. The graphics are really beautiful, but it's standing right on the edge of the uncanny valley.

However, I am still really excited about the remaster, especially all the content that was previously unavailable in North America. Also heck yes I would get the special fancy collector's edition for this.

(Also wow, Lulu. I, um . . .)
Mar. 22nd, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
You know, I noticed the same thing, and I can't put my finger on what's missing except that the eyes look a little less vibrant.

And yes, I definitely had to get past Uncanny Valley with FFXIII. Thank goodness for the voice acting.

Edited at 2013-03-22 09:50 pm (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah the voice acting does make a difference. I have that issue with Skyrim, too. The characters all look just a little bit off despite the amazing graphics and textures, but the voice acting is what really gives them character and makes them loveable. Maybe having all the familiar voices back in the FFX remaster will help.
Mar. 23rd, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
I just died. Is that screenshot from the original game, or is it in high-def? Could just be me being obsessed again, because I finally got my FFX back from a friend after months and months and months, but it looks... smoother somehow.
Mar. 24th, 2013 05:48 am (UTC)
Ahhhhh, you've missed the excitement!

It is new. It is NEW NEW NEW NEW NEW. FFX as you have never seen it before.

Final Fantasy X AND X2 is being remastered in HD for Playstation Vita and Playstation 3.

Left: Original FFX. Right: REMASTERED.

Click on the image above to see MOAR SCREENSHOTS. I have been following every rumor about this possibility for the past two years. As soon as Squeenix released the first screenshots from the remaster, within fifteen minutes, I had hunted down the scenes from the original game and posted comparisons of old-versus-new. They are all here. GO LOOK.

It is not perfect, and I think we will occasionally miss things in the original, but I am still REALLY REALLY EXCITED.

All the bonus material added to X and X-2 in the International Version?
...it's there.

New bonus dungeon?

Edited at 2013-03-24 05:50 am (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2013 07:07 am (UTC)
I think... I just died. AURON, YOU LOOK SO FRIGGIN' SEXY! NOT THAT YOU DIDN'T BEFORE, BUT HOLY CRAP! I don't care what anyone says or how much this thing costs, I am getting it. If there is only one game that I buy at full price this year, this is going to be it. My brain just melted. I'm so happy. I think I'm gonna cry... THANK YOU, SQUEENIX~!!

And thank you for showing me these. They are fabulous. o.o
Mar. 24th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
I feel the same wayI I am STOKED.

Even though, as Aminty noted above, the faces look a bit flat, I still can't wait to see it.

It's actually available for preorder on Amazon right now at a fairly low price -- I think it's like $20 or something instead of the usual PS3 $40-50 -- but I'm waffling about whether to buy it or wait to see if there's a collector's edition.
Mar. 25th, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
I showed my friend your comparisons today, and she freaked out. It was half of what we talked about. We were really glad that Tidus doesn't have duck face anymore. Ugh.

Oh, now I'm hedging. A collector's edition would be fantastic. I have one that I got entirely by accident for my birthday this past year when I decided to buy FFXIII-2 at GameStop. Hmm... Collector's edition, or regular edition. Decisions...
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