Rundown (10/27-11/02) The Road to 2020

Wherein I discuss a magical fetus coming to a Windows near you, a dark corporate alliance of perplexing origins, a potential reprise of the Reaper War, a magical journey lost to time, and the blizzard trying to withstand the heat of controversy.
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Rundown (3/31-4/06) Natalie Got Her Gacha Fix!

Ever since I stopped playing Fire Emblem Heroes a year ago, I’ve been craving a game with some sort of gacha mechanics, as I love the sensations that come with getting rare and powerful characters accompanied with light flavor text and unique artwork.  It is a desire that I have been looking to satiate in a somewhat healthy manner, and wouldn’t you know it, the Student Transfer dev team provided just that with their latest April Fools goof.  A standard no-frills card collector gacha title where the player can earn 160 unique cards with flavor text that were enough to drive me to achieve a 100% completion rate, and then proceed to happily read through the descriptions, taking delight in the information, background, and general absurdity they provided.
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Rundown (3/10-3/16) Crack the Mind into the Bowl!

This past week I’ve been wrapping up my review of Student Transfer V4.1, and in doing so I noticed just how much of this update deals with mental alterations and the chaotic events such changes can lead to.  This in turn caused me to realize that, despite never really seeking this sort of thing out, I am actually somewhat fascinated by the concept of information being added, removed, or replaced in one’s mind, and seeing the ensuing results.  While I have seen a fair share of media depicting identity death or mind breaks, a lot of ST’s more mental focused content has a tinge of uniqueness to it that honestly gets my creative juices flowing, and is something that I hope to eventually work into some of my future novels… which I really ought to get back to working on.  Oh life, why do you insist on keeping me so gosh danged busy?
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Rundown (2/17-2/23) Tax Time Makes You Go Crazy!

So this past week I began another engagement with a CPA, wherein I aid him in various tax related activities while juggling my office job, grad school, personal time, and time spent making content for this quaint little site.  It is a side job that pays well, and is rather pertinent to my interests as an accounting major, but it also represents yet another activity that impedes my ability to go through games or work on my own projects. It’s not ideal, and this week is a particularly hectic, since I am going into my part-time job today, on a Sunday, when the office is closed, because somebody thought it would be a nice treat if I went home early on Monday.  I swear, I was mentally referencing last week’s header image for the past 5 days, stewing over how much I wish I had done everything sooner rather than later.  Garf!
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Rundown (12/02-12/08) Transformation In Process!

As some of you may have noticed, over this past week I have been changing bits and pieces of this site around in an attempt to clean up the residual rubbish that pops up when running a website for… over 6 years.  Now, this is really just a change in title, the removal of old (bad) content, and little else, as I am still going to be updating this site with reviews, rundowns, and the occasional novel. If anything, this is a change made to facilitate this site’s future, as after spending the better half of a decade fumbling through this wackadoo writing experiment devised by 17-year-old me, there are some things that I really should revise.  I would also want to change the theme, but a lot of the alternative offerings are lacking in what I want, so I’m going to just stick with the theme I copied from Divine Intervention.  For now anyways.
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Rundown (11/25-12/01) Corporate Woes

Currently my school-based workload is diminishing, my mother is doing a lot better, and my mental state is in a more stable position, so reviews will resume on Wednesday, and a more structured format will hopefully be established in the following weeks.  But in the meantime, the small assortments of stories I found noteworthy this past week all followed a corporate theme of sorts and, while ultimately positive, are difficult for me to not view in a cynical light. My reasoning from this universally stems from how much corporations get away with in these modern times, and how, well, following just about anything for years upon years causes people to become jaded.
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Rundown (8/12-8/18) P-S & ST Forever!

So, I have been looking at some of my site’s analytics, and it turns out that a whole lot of traffic is generated by my reviews of Student Transfer and Press-Switch, as they are both super niche projects that aside from their own forums, one person’s youtube channel, and 4Chan, have little presence on the internet.  While I do not really gain anything by generating views, and what I do generate is measly in the grand scheme of things, I really enjoy talking about these two games, and due to how the reception to them is positive as far as I can tell, I intend on continuing to review each new release of both titles.  This also includes the latest 0.5b build, which I will have a review of this Wednesday.  Anyways, I just wanted to get that out into the open.  Onto video game news. Continue reading

Rundown (7/01-7/07) Natalie is Nuts

So, I recently did a log of all of the stories I wanted to write, coming up with the basic concepts, and telling myself that I should be able to put one out a year.  Or in other words, the thing I did back in 2015 before I had a change of plans, yet I am trying it again now, a mere 3 years later, and after I spent two years on a single novel.  It is because of this that I am utterly nuts, and to prove just how nuts I am, I made a simple little schedule of what I am going to try and write and when. It’ll only take me a decade or so to get through it…
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Rundown (6/03-6/09) PRE3 2018: Darkness Rising

Ah yes, the fabled time of bliss and joy amongst the greater western video gaming community is finally here.  While the event has been made obsolete to a certain degree thanks to the digital age and preeminent announcements, E3 is always a time of great powerhouse excitement for those who follow the gaming industry, with a plethora of announcements and various bits of news to be taken in.  
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Rundown (5/13-5/19) No Nep-Nep for Me

I recently purchased Cyberdimension Neptunia: Four Goddesses Online, because while I am rather critical of the Neptunia series, I genuinely like them, and cannot justify skipping out on a title.  I managed to squeeze a spot for it into my schedule, but as I went to start it up on Friday night, I quickly ran into issues where the game simply did not work.  The Steam forums were not enough to help me with my endeavors, as all methods I could find proved to be ineffective. The game runs, barely, but I can neither play nor refund it, so I guess I’ll need to wait until I get a new PC in order to try again, because Idea Factory is certainly not going to patch this game…
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Rundown (4/08-4/14) To Be a Master!

So, you know how I’m an accounting major and how I previously mentioned that I am going to be done with school this August?  Well, funny thing about that. In order to become a Certified Public Accountant, which is a goal of mine, one does not simply need a Bachelor’s degree as I thought.  Instead, they at least 150 credit hours, which are best met by obtaining a Master’s degree. So, in short, I am going to start taking graduate classes this fall and should be done around December 2019, before then taking the CPA exam.  And here I was looking forward to being done with school once and for all.
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Rundown (5/28-6/03) Natalie Avoided Wasting a Bunch of Time!

So, I did not talk about this last week, but I played a bit of Fallout 4 recently thanks to a free to play weekend deal.  I was very critical of the game leading up to launch, objecting to a number of additions of changes made to the title, and after spending 4 hours with it, I feel that I was completely right to think that.  The protagonist is severely limited by the inclusion of voice acting and a baked in backstory, the dialogue options are very poor at conveying the protagonist’s actual response, and the story begins with such a rapid and dramatic set-up that it all rings hollow.  Then there are the overburdened crafting and town building elements that I know I would have invested 100 hours into if I actually purchased this title. Continue reading

Rundown (2/05-2/11) Time Travel Is Always a Mistake

tired-link-by-brellom…The Hero is Defeated timeline in the Legend of Zelda annoys me.  I understand the need for a timeline where Ganondorf ran free only to eventually be sealed by the seven sages without the help of Link, but there is an easier way to reach that conclusion.  They could follow the rule of time travel that, whenever something foreign enters a new timeline, it causes that timeline to split off and allows for a new timeline to be created.  So when Link travels to the future, he could end up splitting the timeline just by arriving there.  So in A Link to the Past, the hero could have just never arrived. Continue reading

Rundown (10/09-10/15) Natalie’s Present

present-for-natalie-by-onartartHey, check out this rad sketch eccentric artist ONATART made for me as a thank you for helping with his Patreon page, which you should consider supporting if you like weird eccentric art and don’t mind some NSFW-ness.  Or you could check out their DeviantArt page, which is full of years worth of drawn delights.  Anyways, on with the recapping of the video games. Continue reading

Rundown (5/29-6/04) I Made A Friend

KLK Happy Success Victory PraiseI’m not going to disclose details on this, but after a lengthy period of loneliness, I finally made a friend with someone on the internets.  All because they sent me an email asking about transwoman stuff.  And my goodness does it feel wonderful to have someone I can talk to about the minute details of my life, and someone who is comfortable enough with me to do the same.   Continue reading

Rundown (12/27-1/02) Life Can Always Be Worse

0 Watamote sttiny smell bathroom nothing more nothing less... fuckI went over to my grandmother’s house when I was a little kid, where I learned how to read, write, do math, and played with a group of kids she cared for.  On New Year’s, I learned that one of them, named Amber, who is about 18 or 19 now, had a baby with a black man even though her family is terribly racist and dysfunctional as can be.  She’s now living with the baby, who she abandoned for about a year, her mother, who is a suicidal alcoholic, and her grandmother, who is a sociopath who does not understand how money works.  I also made out with this girl a lot when I was four, and last saw her when she was fourteen, where she looked like a well formed and very promiscuous girl…  I just felt like sharing that.  It certainly made my life look awesome in comparison. Continue reading

Rundown (10/11-10/17) Feces Makes the Heart Go Yonder

Press Switch you are a poopy face doo doo head dumb dumb steamy boily feces shit fuck you suckSo, the Trans-Pacific Publishing trade agreement is a big thing this week, and it may affect all media in Japan, Australia, the United States, Canada, and more.  It will increase the already overpowered corporations’ power, is vaguely written, and will exacerbate the problems with copyright laws, laws that have been mangled and mutilated over the past few decades.  You could be deemed a criminal for having the audacity to leak information that the public ought to know about, even if it’s something as simple as a game being technically broken upon release.  Tampering with software files would be illegal, from removing DRM, to fixing games, and potentially even mods, which would be viewed as hacking.  Piracy could be met with the destruction of your hardware and neigh unlimited fines, and this whole thing was written by corporations for it, so why in the fuck would any true human being support that shit?  Seriously, the fact this democratic government would so much as consider this sort of putrid pulsating piece of poo for a second is disgusting. Continue reading

Rundown (7/19-7/25) *Insert Vaguely Threatening and Concerning Line Here*

0 Boy Meets Girl, Girl Meets Boy huh what awkward why the fuck not they are both touching their cocksWhen it comes to writing, for whatever reason my brain feels like an old piece of toast on this faithful day, and I never prepare an introductory bit for Nigmabox Rundowns… So I’ll just get on with it and post the page and a half I’ve been gradually building over the course of the past week. Continue reading

Rundown (5/31-6/06) The Japanese Localization Building-School

0 PGOS Racial Localization Friendship of JapanIn my dumb brain, companies like Idea Factory International, NIS America, Atlus, Aksys, XSEED, Sekai Project, MangaGamer, JAST USA, Carpe Fulgar, and anybody I’m forgetting all work in the same building located somewhere in California.  The building is based off of the one blueprint that was used to build every high school in Japan circa 1950, and it is a complete mess.  With random unlocalized games everywhere, old bootleg VHS tapes of “the hottest Japanimation”, a locker full of PSPs, this one incredibly disturbing classroom filled with full scale figures and body pillows, and dirty laundry that piles up every week until Jimmy clean up their blankets and graphic tees over the weekend.  Then there’s Nana, who is just sad after spending three thousand hours a year playing everything this company produces, and is flat out disgusted by the tropes at this point. Continue reading

Portal 2 Review

portal2-1I actually tried writing a review of the original Portal back when I first started this blog, and had starry eyed ambitions of garnering something of a following.  Yet I ran into issues when it came to elaborating the review beyond three paragraphs, as there is not a lot to say about the game unless you get into full blown analysis, in which case you could write a novella about how well designed that game is.  It’s the sort of title I like to revisit every year or two, and walk away impressed every single time.  But after giving it a whirl, this time on PC, I decided to reach into my surprisingly shallow backlog and give Portal 2 another go.  Well, make that goes, as I went through it once regularly, and once with the developer commentary. Continue reading

Rundown (4/26-5/02) Cut Off My Balls, I Don’t Need Them

0 Mayonaka no X Giten cut off your balls because that would be a fun trans girl man woman thing to do masturbateI was going to make a post on NeoGaf about how I spent about 1.5k on games over the past two years, but ended up getting nearly 300 games in the end.  However, I chickened out and could not bare to put my thoughts on a message board, because that is a great way to get murdered.  I also bought a Chromebook so I could type things instead of sleeping while on the train, and am looking into buying some hormones because I should start HRT sooner than later.  It won’t be a full gender transition or anything like that, as I think I’d be the most comfortable being Genderqueer. Continue reading

Rundown (3/01-3/07) …Yeah, I’m a Bad Person

0 Mari entire life was pointless about jerking off cum times orgasm fun worthless die in a fire you fuckerOkay, GDC week, and it was pretty full of goodies, but I want to first highlight a Kickstarter that I cannot believe exists, and it is for an anime series by the name of Devil’s Legacy, and it looks like a complete and utter scam if you mixed it with a genuine and promising series.  The amounts of ADHD that is poured into this mess of ideas and art that generally doesn’t look good, but was made by 20+ year veterans of the anime industry is staggering, but with a 149,000 Euro goal, I doubt that anybody would get the… what is it?  A 8-10 minute short?  Which are you promoting with some artwork that looks like it was done in 8-10 minutes, though I suppose that if you have “100 main characters” you should expect the quality to be spread thin. Continue reading

Rundown (2/22-2/28) My Output Has Been Murdered; Prepare the Bullets of Justice

DR2 Feel the DesPair You Little CuntI am aware that my output for reviews has lessened, but Neptunia was a massive time investment, and I just shelved World End Economica after a few hours, as I found the game to be more irritating than it was interesting.  The main character is something of an entitled brat who does not respect humanity’s past, makes his money by playing the stock market, wears a scarf and shorts, and is a blatant misogynist, and I quite frankly was sick of both him and the side characters.  The visual novel is also pretty irritatingly written, with most of its script coming off as awkward or as if it was not read through prior to the game’s publishing.  So there will not be a review of it despite my tweets bad mouthing the game, as I’d rather play… Um… I’ll pick something. Continue reading

Rundown (11/02-11/08) No Despair Is Allowed in the Butthole!

Despair

So, I’ve got some news to share about my upcoming Novella, as opposed to a novel that is three novellas sticked together.  It is a little story of mine I dub The Vile Doohickey, which involves a group of teenage friends who find a body swapping remote.  The story will come out this year, as I almost done with the final chapter, but need to edit afterwards.  I am also looking into making a visual novel, but don’t plan to get started until Winter Break… where I am still working, and am going to need to type up a handbook so Santa can bring me an Nvidia GTX 970.  Regardless, I have at least one more Novella I plan on doing after that, in the form of a tribute very obscure to a Z-tier Manhwa mixed with my favorite character of 2014… Yeah! Continue reading

Rundown (10/12-10/18) I’m a NEET, but Not Really…

0Press Switch Take your friendship and shove it up someone else's ass you fucker I don't need any social interactions or anything like that NEET 4 ev RTake an article about visual novels from a company named Overdrive, had the header mention sex, and my mind will instantly go to a track from the mashup album Katamari Da-Emcee that is a mix of WANDA WANDA and a song by the name of “Ass Everywhere”, creatively titled “butts everywhere”.  While that is happening, I have a tab open containing a body swap story, paused my massive Danganronpa screenshot renaming project, am listening to an episode of The Comedy Button, which I paid for, and am debating if I should write about Arkham City, play Contrast, or work on A Vile Doohickey some more.  Damn it feels good to be a Nigma, whatever the hell that means! Continue reading

Rundown (5/18-5/24) P4G Is The “Objective” Form of Evil

P4G Portal to the meat dimension what is this madness and insanity fuck it in its bug buttholeI realize that these intros have become Persona 4 Golden playthrough summaries as of late, but that’s what I’ve been spending more time on than most people spend working a full time job.  It is a colossal behemoth of a game that I love and loathe in ways I hope to convey properly with what will hopefully be my blog’s second year anniversary post… oh, wait, I guess this is actually it… Why did I think it was the twenty-seventh?  Oh, that’s when I poorly reviewed Kid Icarus Uprising, my first published review exclusively for my second blog.  Guess it will just need to be the honor of being the 135th game I reviewed for this site… That’s actually quite a lot for two years if you really think about it.  Oh well, pre-E3 pickings time!

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Rundown (2/23-3/01) I Am Replaying Pokemon FireRed with Nuzlocke Rules

The Proper Pokemon NumberingI have a secret past time that I may have only ever told one person about, and I just spent about ten hours making it easier on me, because I lost something tied to it.  What this secret thing is, however, should be pretty obvious if you look in between the lines I laid out and if you steal my computer… although the punishment I would deal on you for that would be on par if you deleted my Pokemon X file after I finally got all 713 obtainable Pokemon… obtainable for me at least.  Now I’m six hours into Pokemon Firered, this time with Nuzlocke rules. Continue reading