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24 Oct 16:47

tinycartridge: Tiny Impressions: Fantasy Life is going to ruin...

by villeashell
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I expect that Russian Sledges will let you all know when I'm found starved to death and they have to pry this game from my hands



tinycartridge:

Tiny Impressions: Fantasy Life is going to ruin my life ⊟

[Tiny Cartridge contributor Francesco Dagostino dipped into Level-5’s Fantasy Life before its release and found himself well and truly hooked. Here, he offers his impressions, explaining the ways Level-5 dropped him into a two-day Fantasy Life fugue state. Ahab screen via Pillolife.]

I’ve played Fantasy Life for 18 hours in less than two days. When something like this happens, 

my body sort of flexes and a strange force takes control of it and makes me write long articles, hoping people will read them and buy the game and experience the same level of amazement I am experiencing.

I like sharing good things.

So what is Fantasy Life?

Let’s start with a little bit of history.

Fantasy Life is a life simulation RPG for 3DS developed by Level-5. The game launched in Japan in 2012 and was very successful, to the point that it was followed by a meaty expansion called Fantasy Life Link!, available both as DLC and as a retail “version 1.5”.

Link! added new areas, quests, monsters, items and features, including a friendship system for recruitable party members, the option to play the game online with friends and a chat system similar to the one used in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Since it was developed by Level-5, yes, it has a circus and clowns in it.

Some might say Fantasy Life inherited the spirit and some ideas included in the first, unreleased action-y version of Dragon Quest IX, others think that its roots burrow deeper in the history of Level-5, going all the way back to the canceled Xbox MMO True Fantasy Live Onlineimage

What we know is that Fantasy Life was initially conceived as a stunningly beautiful pixel-art DS RPG, co-developed with Brownie Brown. That prototype seems to have mutated into London Life, the extra mode included in Professor Layton and the Last Spectre, but was otherwise abandoned.

This is not to say that the “new” Fantasy Life doesn’t look good. Sure, the pixel art was dropped for 3D graphics, but if you’ve played any recent Layton games (or Inazuma Eleven GO!, if you live in Europe), you already know Level-5 is a little wizard when it comes to pushing and squeezing the 3DS’ potential. The game looks great, and the art direction is excellent.

Imagine a Dragon Quest world populated by those weird, quirky Layton characters. It’s quite the mix! 

Oh, and let me just drop a couple of names included in the development just to make things interesting: Nobuo Uematsu (the soundtrack is just wonderful) and Yoshitaka Amano.

So what’s in the western release?

The western release of Fantasy Life includes the communication mode added in Link, so you can chat and play online with friends! But not the additional areas, monsters, pets, etc. 

Those will need to be purchased separately via a DLC called “Origin Island”. 

A word of warning, though: apparently, after the DLC is purchased, you will only be able to play with friends who have purchased the DLC as well.

Enough dillydallying, tell us what the game is about!

Before playing, I imagined Fantasy Life as the spawn of Dragon Quest and Animal Crossing. This is actually not true: the game does share a lot with Dragon Quest IX, but not as much with Animal Crossing. Yes, you can create and customize your own character with a huge variety of clothes, and you can buy a house and fill it with a lot of furniture that you buy or craft, but that’s about it. This game focuses on a completely different kind of gameplay and interaction with other players and the game world in general. 

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In short, it’s not about managing a town and making friends with its denizens. Fantasy Life is more similar to Rune Factory, Radiata Stories and, to a degree, modern RPGs such as Xenoblade Chronicles. It’s about exploring a huge world, battling monsters, collecting items and mastering one or all of the 12 available Jobs, called “Lives” in this game.

The first town you get to explore, Castele, is huge and incredibly realistic: every store and building is in the right place and, thanks to the presence of 12 guilds, one for each Life, you can interact with different characters with believable professions and professional relationships. 

The inhabitants of the world are all well characterized, and by listening to their requests, solving quests and advancing ranks in your guild of choice, you’ll be able to get to know them better and sometimes even recruit them for your party. Castele is also surrounded by a variety of environments that range from forests to plains to lava caves to mountains and lakes.

imageIt will take you a loooong time to explore everything. Since the game’s focus is not just fighting, but also mining, crafting, cooking and so on, every location offers a lot of interaction and different things you can do. The richness in content is what brings the world of Fantasy Life to…life.It’s a vibrant, believable and fully functional world where characters are not just flat NPCs, and every interaction with the game is meaningful. It’s easy to lose yourself in a world like this!

Like most RPGs, Fantasy Life follows a fixed Story, divided in a number of chapters. There’s a twist, though: depending on what Life you choose, you also get to experience subchapters entirely dedicated to its guild. You can also switch Lives anytime in the game, which means that the amount of story (and gameplay) you want to subject yourself to is entirely customizable.

One reason I spent almost 20 hours playing the game and I’m not even done with chapter two is because I wanted to try as many Lives as possible.

The story itself is not particularly amazing, but Fantasy Life is not a game that takes itself too seriously, and its light-hearted tone contributes to a lovely atmosphere. Who needs a heavy fantasy story when you can just have unpretentious fun? 

A lot of RPGS have Jobs. Why is Fantasy Life special?

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Fantasy Life is not a very hard game, but it’s a very deep one. The 12 Lives are divided into three categories:

  • Fighters who specialize in combat and gain special moves and abilities to protect party members and, in general fend off monsters more effectively
  • Crafters who create a variety of items, from healing potions to stat boosting food to furniture, weapons and armor, and finally 
  • Looters, who gather and refine materials used by the Crafters.

Each Category depends on the other two, and all three are very different from each other. Each of the four Jobs included in each category shares a lot of basic mechanics, with different purposes: a Cook and a Carpenter, for instance, both craft items, but different ones. 

From combat to crafting, all the basic actions in the game are performed in simple ways. Imagine Zelda’s battles, add some simple crafting minigames similar to the ones seen in Weapon Shop de Omasse. At a superficial glance, the game might in fact seem too simplistic, but I think it’s actually very well thought-out. It’s accessible, immediate, and fun, and there’s an astounding variety possible with these simple actions.

It also encourages people to play with friends, though it’s also entirely possible to stick to one lonely Life and, say, adventure as a brave Cook, if you want. Or you can slowly master all the Jobs by yourself, which can be really fun, though a little repetitive — but I didn’t mind playing around with the 8 I tried at all, honestly. 

How did you end up playing this game for 18 hours straight?

I think what impressed me the most about Fantasy Life is its scope. I’ve never played something so fulfilling, especially not a portable system. You’re constantly achieving something, you’re constantly rewarded with significant results. 

And some of the 12 Lives, the way the work and the purposes they serve, are so different from your usual RPG classes that the game feels addictive, original and refreshing. I can’t wait to play it with my husband and friends!

I can see people treating this game as an Animal Crossing clone or as a regular RPG and sort of belittling how it deals with some specific aspects (building your house or combat), but I think that’s completely missing the point. I’m not even kidding when I say this is one of the best portable games I’ve ever played. So good that I spent 18 hours playing Fantasy Life with Smash out.

buy Fantasy Life, upcoming games
24 Oct 14:00

“A arrogância do espaço”: A distribuição desigual do espaço público em relação aos pedestres, ciclistas e automóveis

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via rnas

A distribuição desigual do espaço público, em relação aos pedestres, ciclistas e condutores de automóveis, é um assunto que o especialista em mobilidade urbana, Mikael Colville-Andersen, qualifica como “a arrogância do espaço”.

Do ponto de vista desse planejador urbano e fundador do Copenhagenize, este termo pode ser aplicado às ruas que são dominadas pela engenharia de trânsito do século passado, isto é, aquelas que estão planejadas prioritariamente para os automóveis.

Para exemplificar seu posicionamento, Mikael analisou a quantidade de espaço que possui cada um desses grupos, além do espaço “morto” e dos edifícios, em algumas ruas de Calgary, Paris e Tóquio através da comparação de cada setor com diferentes cores.

Confira as imagens a seguir.

Paris

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© Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr

Ao ver do alto o cruzamento entre as ruas Quai Branly e Pont d’Iéna, em Paris, é possível ver o espaço destinado aos pedestres, ciclistas e condutores de automóveis. Ele está classificado por cores, utilizando o vermelho para os automóveis, azul para os pedestres, amarelo para os edifícios e roxo para os ciclistas, observa-se que os automobilistas são aqueles que possuem mais metros quadrados do espaço públicos.

Além disso, na cor cinza está demarcado o espaço “morto”, que poderia facilmente ser destinado aos ciclistas e pedestres.

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© Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr
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© Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr

Utilizando a imagem do mesmo cruzamento de Paris, como exemplo, o urbanista fez uma rápida contagem dos cidadãos que estão em cada setor do espaço público classificado segundo seu uso.

Embora esclareça que este não é um levantamento exato, porque a fotografia não foi feita em um horário representativo do movimento que existe nesse cruzamento, Mikael assegura que esta ferramenta permite ter uma ideia que o uso do espaço não está de acordo com sua demanda.

Isso porque os pedestres que estão esperando no cruzamento, representados em azul escuro (e descartando aqueles que estão nas calçadas), superam em quantidade os condutores de automóvel (representados em vermelho).

Calgary

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© Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr

No caso dessa cidade canadense, o fundador da Copenhagenize assegura que, embora a imagem tenha sido feita especificamente em um estacionamento de automóveis, o ideal seria ver os cidadãos em movimento, algo que acontece nas cidades que são, em certa medida, caminháveis.

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© Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr
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© Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr
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© Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr

Tóquio

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© Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr

No cruzamento mais movimentado do mundo, em Shibuya, Tóquio, convivem pedestres e ciclistas. A presença destes se explica pela existência de vários bicicletários nos arredores da estação de ônibus e trens de Shibuya.

Diferentemente do que se observa nas imagens anteriores, nas de Tóquio nota-se uma distribuição do espaço um pouco mais equitativa e que ao apresentar faixas de pedestres na diagonal, lhes confere maior visibilidade em relação aos automóveis que chegam até ali vindos de diferentes direções.

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© Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr
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© Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr
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© Mikael Colville-Andersen, via Flickr

Via Plataforma Urbana. Tradução Camilla Ghisleni, ArchDaily Brasil.

16 Oct 21:59

castielsteenwolf: pr1nceshawn: The evolution of Halloween...

by villeashell




















castielsteenwolf:

pr1nceshawn:

The evolution of Halloween costumes for girls…

this is really important

20 Oct 14:12

spudd64: characterwednesday: Title: SLAP! (Louise Belcher) 8...

by villeashell


spudd64:

characterwednesday:

Title: SLAP! (Louise Belcher)

8 inches by 10 inches

acrylic paint on watercolor paper

October 19, 2014

My painting of Louise Belcher, from the TV show Bob’s Burgers, for the Character Wednesday group art tumblr I am a part of.

17 Oct 23:08

tinycartridge: Junji Ito x Pokemon ⊟ Pokemon’s about to get...

by villeashell


tinycartridge:

Junji Ito x Pokemon ⊟

Pokemon’s about to get real, real creepy, y’all— creepier than even Creepy Black. The Pokemon Company has collaborated with horror manga artist Junji Ito, who you may know from That One Comic About People Obsessed with People-Shaped Holes in a Mountain and every other unsettling Japanese comic you’ve seen online. The collaboration is called “Kowapoke,” or “Scarypoke.”

The Pokemon Company released one preview image in the form of a phone wallpaper, above, featuring the world’s most menacing Banette. They’re also giving t-shirts out in Japan featuring the image, for people who need more personal space, I guess.

Game Freak told us they were freaky.

PREORDER Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire, upcoming games
17 Oct 16:26

dailyotter: Otters Wrestle for the Pool Floaty Thanks,...

by villeashell


dailyotter:

Otters Wrestle for the Pool Floaty

Thanks, Jonathan!

[Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle]

16 Oct 14:45

dailyotter: Up Otterscope! Thanks, Chris! [Massachusetts, USA]

by villeashell


dailyotter:

Up Otterscope!

Thanks, Chris!

[Massachusetts, USA]

16 Oct 20:07

mattbors: Infographic from 1890.

by villeashell


mattbors:

Infographic from 1890.

15 Oct 02:01

What is burnout syndrome? - PubMed Health - National Library of Medicine - PubMed Health

by villeashell
What is burnout syndrome? - PubMed Health - National Library of Medicine - PubMed Health:
Having a “burnout” seems to have become a mass phenomenon receiving constant media attention. More and more people are missing work due to “burnout syndrome.” But is this set of symptoms a clearly-defined disease? How is burnout different from depression? There are many questions that remain unanswered.
11 Oct 04:21

Resources for LGBTQ and Mental Health

by villeashell
Resources for LGBTQ and Mental Health :

depressioncomix:

I’m currently compiling a resource list for those who are LGBTQ (especially Trans) and need someone to talk to.

Seven Cups of Tea has an LGBTQ category for listeners. Pomegarnett has some additional advice for those wishing to use this service. This site is not trained in suicide prevention…

10 Oct 13:54

Kala - M.I.A. (2007)

by villeashell
Kala - M.I.A. (2007):

allmyalbums:

Kala

It hasn’t been that long since this album came out, but it’s weird how Of A Time this sounds now. Maybe because Paper Planes was everywhere in 2007? It’ll be a great ironic song to play in a movie trailer 20 years from now in a farce about the Bush years.

god every once in a while I…

09 Oct 20:55

Photo

by villeashell


09 Oct 14:46

houghtonlib: Initials excised from a gradual or...

by villeashell
otters

love the top one





houghtonlib:

Initials excised from a gradual or antiphonary : manuscript, [ca. 1400].

MS Typ 983

Houghton Library, Harvard University

07 Oct 15:49

spudd64: characterwednesday: Title: Birt / Berd (apologies to...

by villeashell
otters

berd



spudd64:

characterwednesday:

Title: Birt / Berd (apologies to r.s. rudy)

10 inches by 8 inches

acrylic paint on illustration board

October 6, 2014

artist: Matt Kish

My painting of Bert, from Sesame Street, for the Character Wednesday group art tumblr I am a part of.

07 Oct 14:45

houghtonlib: Liceti, Fortunio, 1577-1657. De monstrism,...

by villeashell




houghtonlib:

Liceti, Fortunio, 1577-1657. De monstrism, 1665.

*IC6 L6168 616dc

Houghton Library, Harvard University

06 Oct 15:52

In Utero - Nirvana (1993)

by villeashell
In Utero - Nirvana (1993):

allmyalbums:

In Utero
Nirvana is the first band I was ever obsessed with. I was always a sad kid - my first bout with major depression was at age six - and my teenage years hit me pretty hard. I went from general melancholy to a sort of screaming in my mind, a private psychosis and a genuine wish to…
01 Oct 20:29

Franco American Library

by villeashell
otters

My People

Franco American Library:
A catalog of resources dedicated to the study of Franco American history, literature, and life.
01 Oct 18:19

I made Blixa Bargeld laugh

by villeashell
otters

Blixa <3

I made Blixa Bargeld laugh:

ballard435:

So, I made Blixa Bargeld laugh.

The venue was tiny and I was sitting nearly directly in front of him, front row. Introducing the song Axolotl, he asked the audience if they knew what the axolotl was. I said yes, at which point he asked me what it was. Instead of saying a word,…

Blixa

01 Oct 16:15

Cataloging a world of languages | LITA Blog

by villeashell
otters

ok, but what if you have to catalog a cassette tape and the audio is in a language you can't recognize and the accompanying material is all in English and doesn't specify which Indic language is being sung

just wondering

01 Oct 15:45

BATTLE CHEF BRIGADE

by villeashell
otters

this game looks fantastic! BACKED

BATTLE CHEF BRIGADE:
Play as a magical chef! Hunt monsters and cook them into exquisite dishes to wow the judges and crush your opponents!
26 Sep 15:34

spinkickbros: tween girl crushes http://tinyurl.com/ox4vwo7 

by villeashell
25 Sep 13:37

Cookie Monster Best Lines

by villeashell
otters

attn: multitasksuicide



Cookie Monster Best Lines

26 Sep 23:37

depressioncomix: 204

by villeashell
25 Sep 13:46

F.B.I. Confirms a Sharp Rise in Mass Shootings Since 2000

by villeashell
otters

"well gosh maybe more early colleges is the answer" -- Leon "Lex Luthor" Bostein
http://www.nytimes.com/1999/05/17/opinion/let-teen-agers-try-adulthood.html

24 Sep 16:32

mutantmagic: So Depressed Please enjoy this, possibly the...

by villeashell


mutantmagic:

So Depressed

Please enjoy this, possibly the darkest SMMA comic I have ever made. lol 

24 Sep 14:18

In the Library with the Lead Pipe » Locating Information Literacy within Institutional Oppression

by villeashell
otters

overheard from administration at the rare books library yesterday: "so how much longer do we need to do [cataloging] anyway?"

23 Sep 18:51

Photo

by villeashell


21 Sep 22:37

unpopular opinion time

by villeashell

It may be a derivative committee-written toy commercial, but I still enjoy Ojamajo Doremi more than Sailor Moon

18 Sep 02:01

Questionable Content: New comics every Monday through Friday

by villeashell
19 Sep 18:55

Making Microscopic Stained Glass, From Algae - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com

by villeashell