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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion

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This is the RPG I settled on for my PSP. The opening sequences were far too linear, but now that I am clear of those the game is starting to show its depth. The graphics are sharp, but decidedly "old school".

As a fan of the old Final Fantasy games I am enjoying this as my first "interactive paperback," as I've been calling it.

It also has the distinct advantage of being something I can play in bed without bothering Eva... which makes it better than either playing WoW in the other room or actually reading in the bed! Also, provided I don't want to switch games (and don't drop the machine or anything), I can save anytime and then I can use the instant on (and off) feature to play in very short bursts. I hope to get in more gaming this way than I have been able to with WoW, which competes for time with work and research.

Unfortunately, for my research into games and social constructivism, it's not massively multiplayer. :)

Still, I hope to post more reflections on it (and WoW) in the future.


At 6:57 AM, Blogger Mr.Ball said...

Does Eva play video games? My wife hates it when I'm playing even though that's where my research is. I enjoy it don't get me wrong but boy oh boy do I have to pick my time to play.

At 7:30 AM, Blogger David Brussin said...

Mark - I ended up with X-Men Legends II as my PSP rpg, and though its in the xmen universe rather than a traditional dungeon crawler, its a great game and a great rpg.

It is internet multiplayer, but not massively (only 4 players at a time). I'm looking forward to the first MMORPG for PSP, whenever that happens.


At 9:23 PM, Blogger Mark Wagner said...


I'm catching up on comments this evening... and I'm happy to report that yes, Eva does play video games, and she plays with me. It started with a great "rendition" of Final Fantasy IX (prompted by my brother James, who is an actor) we read the parts in character... through the entire game! Later we played parts of FF X and X-2, but we didn't finish a game together again until the recent Lord of the Rings Releases. We finished the Return of the King game together, which was a step out of the RPG genre into a more "twitch speed" game for us. Later we finished the FF-like LOTR: The Third Age game.

Even so, she is certainly not a "gamer" (and neither am I truth be told) and on top of the time I spend on work and my phd, she is very critical of time I spend playing (without her). Consequently, I don't get to spend much time actually playing World of Warcraft, though I have tried to get Eva to play with me... I think she would love it, but she hasn't been up for it yet.

I actually tried bringing a laptop with Everquest to bed once upon a time and that was uncomfortable. But the PSP is no more cumbersome or intrusive than a book, and to boot it can be played in the dark!

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Mark Wagner said...


What I can't wait for is finally playing with you (and any of our old role playing buddies), despite the fact that we live in so many different cities now. I look forward to the day that we can recapture some of the table-top experience (sans tedious rules) over the internet, whether its massively multiplayer or not. In fact, that's my personal motivation for researching all this. :)

In fact, if the X-Men Legends would work with me in California and you in Pennsylvania, then I'll run out and by it. Let me know if you're up for trying...

I also picked up GTA: Liberty City for the PSP from a friend. Ironically, I think it might be more relevant to my educational research than the traditional RPG format... and surprisingly, I've never played through a GTA title.


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