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Subject:At least it wasn't Piglet in the City..?
Time:07:59 am
Last night's dream was the trailer for the upcoming realistic CGI Winnie the Pooh movie Disney was apparently working on (a la Jungle Book, Lion King, etc.) I've never been a huge Winnie the Pooh fan, but I mean I've never been a huge Jungle Book fan either and I loved the new movie, so sure I'll bite.

We start in a farm setting where a certain baby runt pig is being nursed back to health after being caught in a rainstorm or something. The other major characters are introduced as he recovers. The bee non-aggressively snuggles up to him, and given the stylistic choice to go for total realism, no anthropomorphism, yet still scale the bee's size (and, uh, waspiness) up to match, it pretty much looked like a baby pig spooning a Japanese giant hornet. A bit "uh" but I mean if Charlotte's Web can make spiders endearing, sure I'll give it a chance I guess. 8| Then the pig looks up at a certain bear cub over by the fireplace and "you know these two are going to be best friends forever and form the entire plot of this movie" music starts playing. Etc.

It was very Piglet-centric for a movie ostensibly about and named after Winnie the Pooh, but I guess it works out because stylistically this was literally Babe. Christopher Robin was nowhere to be seen, unless he grew up and became Arthur Hoggett, so I guess the whole "child's imagination and adventures with his stuffed animals" framework is gone and everyone is just real now.

It built up to the big triumphant fanservicey shot of an entire barnful of miscellaneous animals singing... uh... the well-known fanservice song from Winnie the Pooh. Is there one? I'm sure there is and someone in the comments is going to be like "HOW DARE YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS NOT USE (song) HERE" but I DON'T KNOW, I WASN'T REALLY EVER INTO WINNIE THE POOH OKAY. I think it just pulled some other famous Disney number (possibly "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes"?) and in dream logic context I just sort of knew what they meant and had that "aaa it's the Winnie the Pooh song" reaction.

My ex from two relationships ago was squeeing with excitement proudly showing off this trailer because she somehow landed a voice-acting role and was in this movie, as a gamer(!?) named Snorch. Your guess is as good as mine how gamers get worked into the plot of a Winnie the Pooh movie, since Snorch wasn't actually in the trailer (but the "and (other ex) as Snorch" byline was) but I was told it was kind of a one-scene cameo type deal. Still, that's impressive! Congratulations and good job and etc.

I woke up about an hour before my alarm was going to go off, so I kind of rolled over and went over what I'd just witnessed, trying to commit it to waking memory so I could write this out later, then drifted back to sleep and--

Wait.

Wait just a goddamn minute.

Winnie the Pooh doesn't have a fucking bee in its main cast.

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Subject:Oh, you know, just Istaria things
Time:11:07 pm
Logged into Istaria with my dragon alt.

Showed up right in the middle of a (totally in-character, RP'd out with guildmates /em posing at each other) mini-crisis wherein we were struggling to get through to a wild dragon hatchling. The hatchling was deaf and mute and mostly unable to read or right, and was upset to the point of lashing out over something but the communication barrier made it impossible to tell what. Attempts to deescalate the situation failed, the wild hatchling attacked, was magically bound for a bit, then broke free and ran away. One of the others left some food on a nearby hill as a peace offering just in case they came back later.

With that crisis averted for now, the remaining guildmates sat around at just talked for a while. I ended up confessing through several layers of RP server obfuscation about "souls connected somehow" and "guiding forces" and whatnot to spell out the relationship between us and our characters (Syrahlia [F] and Ahrashace [M] are alts, Celine [MtF] and Sara [F] are a plural system, Celine controls both of them, Sara doesn't really play Istaria but watches) and ended up befriending another plural system OOC. We added each other on Discord and I'm looking forward to talking to them more.

Then wild hatchling came back literally right as I was signing off, so that whole saga is going to continue for everyone else. I just kind of left them to it because we had to get to bed.

And that was my Istaria session. Didn't do a single thing that made any sort of progression toward anything. Doesn't matter. Istaria: What Even Is This Game. (TM)

You know, I used to make fun of the fact that the only people who would play Istaria in the year of our Lord Current Year are the people treating it as Dragon Second Life. Turns out Dragon Second Life is pretty awesome actually.

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Subject:General life update stuff
Time:06:37 pm
I had a bunch of doctor's appointments and exams today, mostly because I only wanted to use one day's worth of PTO to get as many of them crossed off as possible because I'm stingy.

It was... not bad news, really, but not good, and now I'm just okay-but-kind-of-deflated.

Endocrinology and Mental Health:
Hormone levels look fine. The doctor suggested that I could try maybe taking my spironolactone every other day instead of every day if I wanted to boost sexual drive and function a little, but warned that various feminizing processes could regress as a side effect. If they do, I could just go back to every day. Basically their overall point was "you're in control of your meds, you're allowed to see if some adjusting makes you happy and go back if it doesn't." So, that part is all well and good, no problems here.

Because these visits kind of double as general doctor PCP checkups for me (the line in this clinic is kind of fuzzy) we also went over some mental well-being stuff and touched on some issues I've been having recently with my temper.

To be clear, I don't think I have it particularly bad right now. Like, I'm not a short-fused wrathful explosion machine or anything. Any anger or frustration I feel at daily inconveniences is probably within the normal parameters of what everyone goes through. I've even had friends I've explained this issue to react with genuine surprise and an inability to imagine me ever being hostile. Anger issues? Me? Pfff.

However, I used to be that bad. I have matured and calmed down since then, and I'm a sweetie now (or I try to be most of the time, anyway.) And even though I'm better now... I guess the problem is that I never really learned to adjust to the healthy normal person scale? Like, you don't go from being an alcoholic to drinking responsibly after rehab. I'm left with the worrying dread that what if every time I ever get irked at anything is a relapse. That dread itself tends to make outbursts worse, as now there's a sort of one-two punch wherein I first get mad at something and then get crushingly guilty and remorseful as soon as I cool down.

(Look, I have Sara in my head, okay? Even if I do everything right as far as counting to ten and not yelling at people and venting out loud, she gets to see and feel my rage and it's pretty hard to feel good about subjecting her to that.)

So I guess I need... guidance? On how normal people have a mood without turning it into a thing, and I now have an appointment with their behavioral therapist in a few weeks. This would be the same one who single-handedly cured my panic attacks, so at least I'm in good hands.

Speaking of Sara, there's a decent chance she she'll come up at that point. I mean, if even my PCP/endocrinologist knows about (and fully approves of) her, a therapy type environment is more germane to the topic, surely?

Or maybe it isn't? She and I did talk on the way to the bus after getting out of this appointment about how she's my daughter (/sister/girlfriend/however you define our relationship,) not my conscience. She's not a filter, or cog in the Celine machine, or whatever metaphor you want to use to convey it being her job to regulate my systems. She does do that, mind you. She helps me immeasurably in everything from general favors to urging me to get to bed on time to just being there for me as a companion and source of cuddling and comfort. But that's all stuff your partner does for you out of love in a healthy and mutually supporting relationship. She's not meant to be an automatic mental purifying organ like my liver is for the physical end.

The goal here is still to get to the point where I am okay with my mental state, not "my mental state is a mess but Sara cleans up after it and therefore we as a system are fine." Ideally, neither of us should be there because we need each other. We should be technically fine if we had to stand alone, but still together anyway just because we want to be, because we love each other.

So we'll see how this visit goes, I suppose. It's just hard to feel good about the notion that I'm officially entering some sort of Anger Management Treatment spectrum, even if it's, you know, treatment, to fix a problem, and is ultimately a good thing. It's like how getting a hearing aid/glasses is a positive and helpful improvement to your life but the idea of needing them feels bad.

Speaking of....

Audiology:
Oh, my hearing loss is getting worse. I guess that explains why I was making [personal profile] everestdragon repeat himself every second or third sentence. I thought it was a combination of already knowing my hearing is mildly bad anyway + his Australian accent, but it's actually more just because my hearing is moderately bad.

Going to hang onto my audiology test results and maybe think about bringing them into the hearing aid center I usually go to for equipment cleanings and such... in a few months? Maybe? At this point they may need to slightly recalibrate/reprogram the strength on my right aid, and I might have to consider getting a left. I was thinking of looking into if they have newer, fancier models than this old thing I've had for years anyway, but buying a new hearing aid (let alone two) is money, and January is usually not a good month for that. I should be fine by March, and I'll maybe think about scheduling an appointment with them then. And, I mean, it will be nice to get stronger correction if I actually need it, but... sigh.

Vision:
Vision is mildly slipping as well! I'm at about 20/30 now, enough that I can get by just fine, but the doctor wrote me an eyeglasses prescription should I happen to feel like filling it at some point.

I haven't needed glasses since... well, before I had LASIK. I knew that wasn't a permanent rest-of-my-life fix and this day would be coming again, but it's still sad that here we are. I mean, I have no regrets; I got some good years of being 20/20 or even 20/15, and it was worth it for those. But... mmf.

Like the hearing aid prescription, I will probably hang onto this for now and fill it later, when I have more money. I don't expect to wear the glasses regularly, but I could see them being a special-occasions sort of thing if I'm watching a movie or couch console gaming or something. The hearing aid I probably should be better about actually using since I already have it, and even moreso once I get it reprogrammed/possibly upgraded. I guess we'll see.

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Subject:Almost....
Time:03:55 pm


[personal profile] everestdragon happens to be visiting me for a couple days. Among the other things we've been up to, he took an interest in my ongoing Interlight saga and tried to help out with the emulation issues. Thanks entirely to him, we have made a huge breakthrough, and are closer than we've ever been to cracking this case... though agonizingly not quite there yet.

What you see above is test footage from our attempts to run The Story of Jonah. First off, it runs, which is a hell of a lot farther than we got before Evvy started helping! He found us a working emulator, which was able to read the image I dumped, and this is as far as we got from that.

The issue now is input. Once it gets to the title screen, all action stops. The game is entirely mouse-driven, but we find ourselves unable to move the mouse or click on anything, no matter how many options and settings we've messed with and what we've tried to do. It's agonizing to be this close yet this far... look! Lost Sheep is right there! Literally all we have to do is scroll over and click on it! ... But that is the point we're currently at.

Still, this was at least major progress, and we did learn a few things even from what we've been able to see so far. First off, wow that is some 90s edutainment aesthetic already. Those company and title screens are FONTASTIC. Like, Graphic Design Is Interlight's Passion.

Also, the splash screen goes back to crediting themselves as Interlight Productions, Inc. This even though the game's box (and LinkedIn profiles from ex-employees I found) credit Interlight International, Inc. David and Goliath (which experiences similar issues of working right up until you need to input something) also uses "International" even in its splash screen, making Jonah's splash screen... unique? I'll have to rip the others and see how many International versus Productions screens we have, but that's a project I'm saving until we get the input issue resolved.

Which has us completely stumped and we're stuck again.

But nnngh so close.

(Also, I just realized how much of a perfect creepypasta setup I've accidentally made this whole saga sound like so far. A completely forgotten game no one on the modern Internet has any record of at all, acquired from a mysterious old man at a yard sale eBay, with a series of slowly yet increasingly detailed blog entries delving into the history and backstory of this fictional game and company, complete with glitches and errors when attempting to play the game, and content we're desperately seeking but haven't been able to access yet this early in the tale. The question is, when we finally do get into Lost Sheep, was the CD-i capable of rendering HYPERREALISTIC BLOOD?)

Edit: I told Evvy that same creepypasta comment as above and then the very next thing we went to run another test with some Lemmings ROM and



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Subject:[Microblogging] Istarian Dragon Secrets REVEALED
Time:11:43 am
The main lands of Istaria provide a very guarded view of dragons, especially when approached by other, more bipedal races. We know they are typically very serious, and that there is a major faction-defining schism over whether to be openly speciesist or just politely speciesist.

In this daring exposé, I will roll a dragon go deep undercover to capture the hidden dragon secrets that they don't want the naka-duskael to know.





THIS JUST IN: Dragon hatchlings are giant puppies. Breath of Fire II was right all along.

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Subject:2018 in review: Friends and families
Time:08:01 pm
The year is drawing to a close, and we can all only hope that it takes the bizarre time vortex we've all been caught in with it. Much like [personal profile] xyzzysqrl pointed out, it really does feel like the beginning of this year was at least three years ago. Yet, at the same time, I found myself caught off guard by just about every advance event--my annual vacation, my birthday and Christmas, writing this post as well as the awards posts--in the "wait, that's tomorrow?" sense.

So. 2018. Whewf.

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Subject:[Microblogging] How do you say "restraining order" in Spanish
Time:08:23 am


"Do you know Hector? Like, is he with you? He just kind of showed up in the office and he won't stop flexing. I am deeply concerned."

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Subject:Frustrations and setbacks
Time:07:43 am
I regrettably do not have any major discoveries or breakthroughs to announce this time, but I didn't want to leave the Interlight saga hanging with radio silence and no update.

At this point, the current status of the project is that I think I have successfully ripped and dumped The Story of Jonah. IsoBuster can see the contents of the disc just fine, and I extracted .iso and .cue files.

Testing and playing it is the trick, because it turns out that the current state of CD-i emulation is a dire mess. We have tried just about every CD-i emulator on the market, and they all either completely fail to read images (even an actual CD-i ROM I downloaded just to have a known good ROM to test as a control variable) or setting them up is such an arcane advanced degree-requiring nightmare that we haven't even been able to get far enough to read the images. It might just be easier to get an actual CD-i and a capture card at this point, but three problems:

1) CD-is are like $300
2) According to [personal profile] swordianmaster, at least some CD-i units have faulty batteries that tend to brick the system when they die, meaning the console itself is on that whole "better enjoy this while you can before that 30-year-old internal battery finally gives out" doomsday clock that is usually reserved for old console games with battery saves. This makes it harder to justify spending that much money on a CD-i.
3) Even if I capture-carded this, some YouTube videos of me playing Lost Sheep aren't really the same thing as getting dumps published. I mean, ideally anyone who's actually interested after reading all this should be able to check the Interlight games out for themselves, too.

At this point, we're at a loss. Tremendous thank yous to all my friends and loved ones who helped me get the project this far: [personal profile] xyzzysqrl, [personal profile] swordianmaster, all the Video Game Giveaways Telegram group mods but especially Jão, and of course Sara <3 But the next step might just involve expanding our support network out even further. At this point, we have what I think is a good dump of The Story of Jonah (I can dump all the other ones too if that one works, but may as well make sure we're on the right track first) and can provide the files to anyone who asks, but what in the name of all that's fluffy do you do with them? I can't... I'm sorry, I'm not smart enough to hack through the current CD-i emulation scene. If anyone reading this is, or can help spread the word to someone who is (https://kjorteo.dreamwidth.org/tag/interlight if you need a handy link to bring them up to speed on what we're trying to do here and what we have so far,) or knows something I missed, or.... Basically, what I need is someone to either poke around with the files on their end or hold my hand through how to do that on mine.

If you can do this, you will have my eternal undying gratitude. If I'm right about not seeing any of these already dumped anywhere, and Sword is right about even the physical consoles themselves having a shelf life... well. Losable gaming history is at stake.

(Actually, it might be anyway. CDs are more stable than old floppy disks but they are not a permanent safe and secure forever medium. It may take decades, such that these CD-i games from 1991 are still perfectly fine for now, but bit rot can eventually claim them if physical scratches don't first.)

Finally, I need to issue a correction for this part of the log from last entry:

Celine Kalante, [05.12.18 16:13]
Again, it's... mostly just because this is all going so easy so far. Jonah was like $40 on Amazon. All I needed was the full (corrected, thanks MobyGames) company name from the box and I found two ex-Interlight employees on LinkedIn with a simple two-minute DuckDuckGo search. I'm used to how epic that American Sailor Moon article made The Search feel, and this is all just... this is not hard. Why am I the only person who ever thought to do this.


Oh, because CD-i emulation is an unfathomable hellscape and anyone else who tried this probably hit the same hurdles I just did. I see.

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Subject:[Microblogging] Friendsplosion
Time:08:54 pm
Holy hell. I tried to scroll down from my most recent Interlight post to my second-most recent (which was a mere two days ago, mind) and it's two entire pages back. I had to click the Previous Entries button twice.

I, uh. Am a little unused to this.

I think I may need to stop subscribing to [community profile] addme in a way that displays all its posts on my reading page (I'll still remain a member and maybe still peek in and browse sometimes) because between that and the people I've added already since my post there went up, I am now somehow overflowing with Friends and Content.

And to think I used to worry about whether Dreamwidth was dead because everyone was on Tumblr.

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Subject:And then there were six more
Time:07:07 pm


They're heeeerrrrreeeeeee

I don't really have the time tonight to get higher-resolution scans of the front and back of the remaining five boxes, like I did for The Story of Jonah. Actually, time is going to be an issue for the foreseeable future. The winners post for the gameblogging awards will involve some writing, as will the year-in-review thing I usually do. We will be visiting family sometime over the Christmas break. Smash Bros. Ultimate arrives tomorrow aaaaaaaa and of course we at least have to peek at that a little, I mean come on. I'd ideally like to acquire and play Detective Pikachu before the movie comes out. All this on top of usual chores, day job, electrolysis sessions when I can squeeze them in, etc.

That said, the good news is I at least have all the Interlight games now, and they're here, safe and sound. The current state of dumping them is that IsoBuster can read the contents of each disc just fine, and extract them to PC as well, but either I'm clueless or it seems to be unable to extract them in the form of a single image file like a .bin or .iso or something. Instead, I get a whole uncompressed actual folder full of the individual asset files. (Things I've learned today: Apparently 90% of a CD-i's content is stored in .rtf files, even things like the video and audio clips. These are of course complete unicode explosion gibberish if you attempt to treat them like actual .rtf files and, you know, read them.) To play these on PC, I will need two things:

1) A CD-i emulator
2) A way of either converting/compressing the raw folder or extracting the actual disc image into a form that the CD-i emulator can read

And that's... more than likely doable, but enough of a fuss that I don't really have time to fight with it tonight.

I don't want to leave this update without any discoveries, though, especially since this marks the update where I have received and now physically have the entire lot of Interlight games in my possession. Much like with Jonah before (though without the time to scan them for now--I promise I'll do that later) I at least went over the boxes, and found some interesting tidbits.

All of them follow the format of primarily being an animated main story, with minigames and bonus features on the side. The usual assortment is the Playroom (which has a coloring book, connect-the-dots, slider puzzles, and singalong songs), browsable Bible passages and "Tell Me More" info about Bibical setting details, a glossary of difficult words (I mean you're trying to market Scripture to young children after all,) etc. plus one big side game. For The Story of Jonah, it's Lost Sheep. David and Goliath has something called Goliath's Challenge, Moses: The Exodus has Pyramid Pursuit, Moses: Bound for the Promised Land has Desert Quest, Noah's Ark has Rainbow Walk, and The Story of Samson has Riddler's Race. So I was right to suspect the other games might have a Lost Sheep equivalent. How good/noteworthy/interesting the others actually are remains to be seen, but this is promising.

Every game in this lot had the dust sleeve and case, and the disc. None of them had that registration card or catalog that came with the other copy of The Story of Jonah I received from Amazon. I now feel infinitely better about having made both purchases just in case; yes I have two copies of Jonah now, but I wouldn't have had access to that catalog at all if I hadn't done that.

So hey, now we're all set for whenever the dumping/emulation issues are worked out, and whenever I can find the time.

On a more somber yet heartfelt note, I'd like to thank everyone who's been following and taking an interest in this series so far. I got... uh... kind of down and discouraged about this entire project the other day, after the last update. Not because anything happened, but just... a kind of wave of... mood crash hit me, and left me feeling all existential-crisis-y about what I was even doing here. I talked about it with a couple clanmates ([personal profile] swordianmaster and Sara, thank you both <3) and they were able to cheer me up. Beyond that, though, every comment I get from you people here about "this is so cool and fascinating and I'm really excited to see what you found" just... keeps me going, let's put it that way.

Log if you want a fuller explanation of what specifically was bothering me about this and the wisdom that pulled me back out. It's kind of long.Collapse )

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Subject:Unboxing The Story of Jonah
Time:06:46 pm
Hello! Tumblr kind of caught on fire and exploded, Dreamwidth welcomed all refugees and got a kjghpillion replies, and I decided to poke around [community profile] addme to see if any of the newcomers might be interested in some inane woodrat gameblogging. If you're new here, hi! Dreamwidth is nice. Us woodrats will do our best to be nice as well.

So, if you are new here, you kind of caught me in the... not even middle, but like two or three posts into the beginning of my Interlight odyssey. I'm keeping a tag here, but super-condensed version: No we're not religious, but we're into old cheesy games and retro collecting, I bought a bunch of CD-i children's Bible games by a company called Interlight that might be literally undiscovered to the modern Internet, and I'm hype to do some gaming archaeology.

Today, I got a package in the mail! Not the lot of six, but... uh... I kind of bought a separate copy of The Story of Jonah from a third-party seller on Amazon, because I wasn't sure if the eBay auction was going to pan out. Best case, everything comes in as promised and I'll end up with two copies of that particular one. For a rare-ish game (you see copies floating around eBay/Amazon occasionally, but usually not for cheap, and good luck finding anyone who ever dumped or recorded or otherwise digitally preserved them in any way) that is not a bad problem to have. Worst case? If nothing else, I at least have this one now.

I can't play it and show you what's on it yet, because the next step in the process is to figure out how to read and rip/dump the disc contents to PC, and the step after that is to look into CD-i emulation once I have a disc image to emulate. But since I now have a physical Jonah box in my hands, let's at least go over that and see what we can learn, shall we?


(Click through for larger versions)

Right away, this is a lot of validating information, and arguably already an important discovery or two. First off, Lost Sheep is the name of that sheep game I've been blathering about that got me started on this whole mess. I had completely forgotten that it lets you pick your starting location, but now that I see that screen there, I instantly recognize it. Oh, yeah. That was part of it too. Anyway, yep, that's the sheep game all right. I mean, I knew it was there of course, but it's nice just to see it and have actual evidence of it in some form I can show off. I feel validated already. (And just you wait until we get the emulating set up so I can show it in action....)

Second, compared to the MobyGames database entry for this game, they have... well, they don't have anything at all in the way of box art. Secondly, there is a slight mistake in their listed company name: MobyGames credits this and all the Bible games to Interlight Productions, Inc. If you look at the back more closely, the full company name according to what's on the box is Interlight International, Inc. Significant?

Well, according to a quick Internet search, yes. Searching for Interlight or even Interlight Productions brought up a zillion companies by that name and almost no usable leads or info for any of them. Searching for Interlight International, I found what I believe to be their company credit report (with a dissolution filed 8/25/1995) and a name and mailing address that may or may not be current, and at least two LinkedIn profiles of former Interlight employees. If I ever felt the need to track someone down for an interview or something, I have leads now, thanks to this one small name correction.

Of course, there are two big obstacles to that: 1) I need a LinkedIn account to DM people and eeehhhhhhh, and 2) what would I ask them, anyway?

At the very least, that's... premature for now. Let's revisit this option after I've played and dissected all six games. That way, we can get any potential "this raises so many questions" moments out of the way first, and then get a chance to ask them whatever was raised. :3

Still, it's an exciting development!



I was hoping to strike even more paydirt in the form of liner notes, but it turns out CD-i games (or at least this particular CD-i game) didn't really do those. The only things inside the box are the disc, a registration card, and yes I know that thing on the left looks like a giant manual or liner note set or something, and I was excited too, but....



It's a product catalogue for more exciting Philips CD-i games and accessories. I'm sure you can totally still use these numbers and contact info and order all this stuff up and this operation won't have shut down two decades ago or anything.

Given the way this catalogue is bound with those center staples, I can't scan it on a flatbed scanner without severely damaging if not outright destroying or disassembling it. That... is another option I'm keeping in my back pocket for now. If the lot of six games comes, and they all have this exact catalogue and thus I have like seven of them total, and it's something the Internet has never seen before, then it absolutely would be worth sacrificing one of them to digitally preserve this wonder. If this is the only one I end up getting, and/or if it's already scanned and viewable somewhere else I could just link to, that would make me a lot more hesitant to take such a drastic action.

For now, I just propped it open to the center page with the dust jacket (or whatever you call the outer part of the box) holding it open on one side so I could get the photo.

You know, that roller controller was what my grandparents had with their CD-i, and what I always played this and all their other CD-i games on. I thought that was the CD-i controller for the longest time. The first time adult me did an image search and found the "normal" CD-i controllers, I was... surprised, to say the least.

A lot of the games in here are a nice lead just to have the titles and the fact that they apparently existed. We're dealing with a console where seemingly a lot of titles not bearing the words "Zelda" or "Mario" somewhere in the name are completely lost to Internet history. Recall that the first major plot twist in this whole journey was when I hit up eBay looking for the Story of Jonah and found that entire Interlight Bible set, unaware that Interlight even had other games besides that one. Is there anything else mentioned in this catalogue that's similarly obscure now? If so, will at least knowing its name prove a valuable clue in tracking it down later?

One CD-i archaeology project at a time, of course. I mean, I haven't even looked at the contents of the Story of Jonah disc yet (I can't until we figure out how to rip and dump,) nor have I even received the rest of the lot in the mail. If I give each title this much attention (this entire entry was just for Jonah's box!) then we're looking at, uh, months, easily. At least. Possibly all year. So, it's safe to say that I will not be ready to even start taking on the task of hunting down these other games for a long time.

But I now have the means to, someday, should I get around to it! And that's pretty exciting.

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Subject:Exit night, Interlight, take my hand, we're off to game collecting Hell
Time:07:03 pm
My pile of CD-i Bible games has apparently shipped, according to eBay. I haven't received it yet but it's in the mail and I have a tracking number, which means we've at least cleared the "what if the seller is running a scam and will now disappear forever" hurdle.

I am still unreasonably excited about this. Or is it that unreasonable? This may or may not be an actual big deal.

I've been doing some basic Internet searching while my mind is on the subject, and God help me I'm not ready to become an investigative journalist but here we are somehow. Learn from my mistakes, kids: Never be a game collector.

So, before we examine these games, we must first ask: just who was Interlight Productions, Inc.?

... No, really, that was not a rhetorical question. Who the fuck was Interlight Productions, Inc.?

MobyGames has almost nothing on them except the company name and the six games I just bought. These days, there seem to be about a billion Interlights per major industry, including at least one video game developer, making a search for this Interlight something like finding a needle in a needle stack.

Who were these people? Are any of them still around? Would attempting to track them down lead to an American Sailor Moon Odyssey?

I might learn more once the games arrive, if they have anything in the liner notes. However many decades later, I kind of forget if liner notes are a thing that CD-i games did. I guess we'll find out.

Also, making a tag for this now, just in case.

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Subject:A gaming update of Biblical proportions
Time:07:50 pm
Both Sara and I are, by necessity, spiritual, but neither of us is formally religious. However, we are retro kusoge enthusiasts, so of course I own the Wisdom Tree collection on Steam.

But that's... people know about that one. I mean, it's on Steam. It's right there. What if we want to go deeper for our Biblical edutainment?

Musings on The Story of Jonah and its sheep game; longCollapse )

That leads me to what has been a big source of frustration for a very long time: This game has to be seen to be believed, but you can't see it. It's so obscure that the Internet just does not have it, at all. Maybe I'm bad at searching, but I've found nothing on YouTube, it was missing from all the sketchy ROM sites... even the Internet Archive doesn't have it. Until now, I've been reduced to peeking around eBay and Amazon third-party sellers, looking for someone who can sell me a physical for what would undoubtedly be a fortune (protip: never be a rare game collector) with the eventual goal of ripping and dumping it myself.

All because I want you guys to know what I'm talking about when I talk about the damn sheep game that badly.

Well, this morning, something happened.



This set was on eBay. It's mine now. Kinkshame me if you must, but yes, I just bought the entire CD-i I Can't Believe It's Not Wisdom Tree bundle.

You might have noticed this whole entry up to this point was about the Story of Jonah, specifically its sheep game. "You mean Interlight made more of these," you ask? Yeah, news to me too, and I'm the one who was interested in collecting one of them.

I'm excited. We'll see what happens--the next step is to wait for them to arrive, and to make sure they can be ripped and emulated. But... if this works? Not only will I be able to show off the sheep game, but like... who even knows what these other discs hold? What if the Story of Samson has some kind of, I don't know, goat game or something that's every bit as amazing, and we never knew?

Not to mention I very well might be onto something new here in the world of digital preservation. I collect games, but I've never had an impressive collection before. I have a couple things that shot up in value a bit, like Earthbound and Mega Man X3, and those are cool and all. However, I've never been the kind of high-level collector you see in "GROUNDBREAKING DISCOVERY: This collector just found a completely undiscovered Mother prototype no one has ever seen before" videos. Those guys have always made me feel inadequate about what's on my game shelf.

But... no, this is something. This is big, potentially. the Internet doesn't have these. (Well, okay, AVGN featured one of them to predictably shit all over it and I'm kind of grouchy about that. Still, I'm told that even he mentioned there being three Interlight Bible games in all, and I just bought six. Either he misspoke, or I will soon have three that even he didn't know about.) If this works, I'll be that Pokemon scientist resurrecting Aerodactyl from fossils. We're talking possibly, like, an actual discovery here!

We'll see. I mean, I just won the auction this morning and haven't received anything yet, so let's try not to get too worked up before we know this will work out.

It's hard not to be excited, though. I mean, eeeee.

In the absolute least impressive case, this is similar to DavidN bringing Masterspy to the Internet's attention, only with an entire series of games. In the best case..? Well... maybe, just maybe, I'll get one of those discovery headlines after all.

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Subject:Team Hatoful's closing thoughts on Finding Paradise: A Message from Elijah
Time:06:31 pm


A special message from Elijah.

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Subject:Team Hatoful Can't Read Finding Paradise: Bloopers and Outtakes
Time:05:28 pm


A choice selection of the best takes that didn't quite make it into the main series.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 3.05 FINALE: Wish My Life Away
Time:01:17 pm


With that whole resolved, it's just a straight shot... well, *a shot* to the ending.

This concludes the main game, but stay tuned for a bloopers and outtakes reel and a little something Elijah put together. Possibly minisodes later, if those are made/released? You know we'll play anything with the Freebird logo on it, because we enjoy hurting ourselves.

Thank you, Freebird.

Thank you, anyone who's watching this. Thank you for sharing our journey.

Thank you.

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Subject:[Microblogging] Hashtag Peak Millennial
Time:08:21 am
You know you're living in 2018 when you RSVP to attend a short-notice flash political protest after work today because it's the right thing to do, but also because "Ooh, this will help me get those eight new PokeStops I've never visited before" as a side bonus.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 3.04: The vortex of all this
Time:12:27 pm


ow

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 3.03: Bad things
Time:05:25 pm


Is there no other way...?

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 3.02: Unfinished interface
Time:07:46 pm


Things get a bit heated and also a bit personal.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 3.01: A tricky evening
Time:10:41 am


THIS IS FINE.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 2: Lemon juice
Time:04:32 pm


Nothing suspicious or alarming going on here!

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.14: JELLYFISH
Time:10:05 pm


Beginnings and endings.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.13: Whacky gal
Time:03:16 pm


Reading is fundamental.

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Subject:All Sergals Are Problematic: The Furpocalypse 2018 Recap (with bonus coming out about plurality)
Time:07:29 pm
Disclaimer: The post title is a joke taken from some late-night banter with friends in our room. Someone blurted that out in response to some comment or another, I noted how that without context would make a great slogan or bumper sticker or something, and then added, "Watch, I'll probably make it the title of my recap post." We actually did not encounter or observe any sergals this con, problematic or otherwise.

What we did encounter, though, was friendship and camaraderie, a sense of welcoming and belonging and "being home," beauty, wonder, and a whirlwind vacation that was quite literally magical.

Wait, 'we'?Collapse )


Whew. That was a thing. So, how did the con trip go, then?Collapse )

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.12: Family owned
Time:04:13 pm


It's worth a try, right?

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.11: Late night conversations
Time:12:26 pm


Why not?

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.10: The kid I was yesterday
Time:12:43 pm


Familiar setting, wrong room.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.09: Scales
Time:07:44 pm


You just need the right accompaniment.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.08: About a girl
Time:08:39 am


Salesmanship is a skill.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.07: That lettuce
Time:09:53 pm


A rough landing and weird terrain.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.06: Rudog
Time:09:51 pm


A long time ago, but still too soon.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.05: Overlord of the ducks
Time:06:59 pm


But not the ones with the duck face.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.04: A fulfilling life
Time:09:04 pm


Sigmund's best people are on the case.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.03: Unstable copy
Time:09:54 pm


Now with a new feature!

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.02: Code 32
Time:05:34 pm


A little tour couldn't hurt.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Act 1.01: Down to business
Time:02:58 pm


Setting up and splitting up.

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Subject:Team Hatoful reads Finding Paradise, Prologue: Like a cucumber
Time:12:24 pm


The scene-setting prologue. Freebird Games' work continues to be gorgeous.

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Subject:[Microblogging] A Hotdog in Time
Time:08:44 am


Just like with Mew, it took a special spawn event ex machina to bail me out of one of the final challenges, and even then I'm still coming in about a month or two behind a lot of friends I know. At least I finally got it, though?

This Celebi isn't particularly great stat or moveset wise, but let's be honest; Celebi is kind of a bragging rights reward anyway. Even a perfect one isn't exactly powerful, you know? Besides, what am I going to do, get another one?

Nah, the point of this quest is to say yay I got Celebi :3 and then stuff it in the back of your box somewhere.



If you want to talk about acquisitions I might actually use in battle, the practical grand prize today was another Charged TM, which (along with the one I'd been saving because it took two rolls to get this right) finally let me fix the moveset of this absolute unit of an Entei here. And now that he's near-perfect, I went ahead and pulled the trigger on him inheriting the 34 or so Rare Candy I'd been quietly stockpiling while trying to decide who gets it all. Still more growing to do, of course, but I guess I'll need to do more raids to feed him the rest of the way.

Walking is reserved for the next long while because I caught a perfect 15/15/15 IV Magikarp, you see. 8|

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Subject:[Microblogging] Of Mews and Milestones
Time:08:48 pm


This has been a fruitful week!

Man, fuck that Magikarp quest forever, though. I live in a desert, you know.

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Subject:[Microblogging] 200 candy to go....
Time:08:44 pm
WOOOAAAAAAH,



WOOAAAH-OHH,



I'll make it through this Mew quest, I swear.

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Subject:[Microblogging] Raikou Roundup
Time:08:15 am



All in all, it's been a productive month.

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Subject:[Microblogging] This would be a lot easier if you would LET ME
Time:02:45 pm




I cannot wait until this accursed festival ends.

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Subject:Adventures in workday woodrats
Time:12:44 pm
My office is across the street from a mall, which has a GameStop. Nintendo is doing one of those "get a card with a code on it from your local GameStop" Mystery Gift giveaways until Firday, where you can get Groudons and Kyogres in Pokemon S/M/US/UM. I figured I could use my lunch break to head over there, get those, and get some to-go food from Panera Bread (also in the mall) on my way back Because I am a responsible adult and I can arbitrarily decide to spend my lunch break on Pokemon.

The GameStop had an entire stack of NES Classics in the back behind the counter, which surprised me. I knew they were bringing those back, but I guess people aren't making a run on them anymore this time? Huh. News to me!

The clerk and I had a short friendly conversation about that very subject, which mostly boiled down to "Man, fuck those scalpers, though." He was cool. I ended up buying one. (The price dropped since the last run, too!) I already have one from the last time they made them, but this will make an awesome birthday/Christmas present someday.

Panera was an interesting experience. They have delicious tortelloni alfredo pasta that's like one of my favorite things, but I really have to be careful with them. Today marks the second time in a row I've ordered it and received the chicken tortelloni alfredo instead, which is the same thing but with chicken. Sorry, guys. I'm veegtarian. :( I ended up having to stay later than expected because they had to remake the order.

The manager offered me a free pastry of my choosing as their way of apologizing. I wasn't expecting that, and I honestly didn't consider the mixup a big enough deal to cause a fuss or anything, but... if they're offering free pastries, sure why not? The manager then handed me off to one of the clerks, instructing them to "take care of this young man." Sigh.

The clerk was amazing, though, and was the whole reason why I'm bothering to blog about my lunch break errands. The clerk immediately noticed (and gave me really nice compliments about <3) my shirt, probably saw the purse too, and said, "I'm guessing your preferred pronouns are 'she'?" We then had a really great conversation about that. They apologized even harder for the manager having called me a guy, and I was like... eh, no worries, it happens. I know I don't pass yet; I can dress the part but I still need a kjhgpillion more electrolysis sessions to convince anyone. I'm kind of used to it, you know? They related, saying they were gender-neutral but everyone called them "she" and it's like... yeah. It happens. Alas. But at least they got it, and were super friendly, and you know, we kind of had a moment there. :)

Plus I got a free cinnamon roll.

All in all, not a bad little excursion! I was late back to work, blew my diet hard, and will undoubtedly have gained five pounds by tomorrow morning, but I got a (spare) NESC, some free pastries and Pokemon, and a little reminder that there are some awesome people out there.

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Subject:[Microblogging] Like a raccoon
Time:09:13 am
"So, Celine, what are you playing these days?"

"Oh, you know.





Normal games for respectable people."

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Subject:[Microblogging] Another Tadpole Treble run
Time:10:13 am


No, I'm not going to do these for every stage in the game, but this was a good run.

The key to Piranha Jungle is understanding that it looks more difficult than it is, and that makes it exactly as difficult as it looks. 98% of the failed runs I tried filming before this one ended because I panicked, over-corrected, and either overshot or steered directly into something when I should have either held still or made minimal movements. Keep calm!

Now, getting F-rank in this one (which I didn't film and I'm not going to,) that was an ordeal. Look at how many notes this stage has! You can eat a hit to reset your streak, but it's right back to 30 again within seconds. And you need to hit at least enough of those cymbal jump/fruit combos to appease the swarm in the end, and those are all multipliers. I did it, but man. Possibly one of the most difficult stages in the game to keep your score down.

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Subject:Celine's Game Quality Scale
Time:07:07 pm
Clan chat earlier this morning turned to the subject of kusoge, and video game quality overall, and what is a game and what are we judging and similar "this is getting philosophical for a nerdy chatroom about video games at 9 in the morning" nonsense. [personal profile] swordianmaster took his thoughts and ruminated on them here. I like this. The second paragraph, about (morally) bad games versus kusoge, is highly quotable and true words of wisdom I will probably keep with me for a long time. Sword then took that and turned it into an entire system for defining kusoge. It is a good system.

I don't know if this is my approach, though. My take is a little more subjective and personal. Whereas Sword attempted some measure of objective quantifying with the "here are all the categories, your game is officially kusoge if it is bad in at least four (4) of them" metric, I simplified the game itself into good or bad, and then came up with a scale of reactions for what kind of good or bad we're talking here. After some refining and adjusting, I realized I could turn it into a sort of five-star rating system.

Allow me to present Celine's Game Quality Scale:

Five stars: This is a great game, and generally well regarded as such. There is no "so bad it's good" ironic appeal, and no (or at least very few) "I love it despite..." rough patches. If you were to tell me that other people generally regard this as a bad game, I either wouldn't believe you, react with the kind of "my world is shattered" BSOD like I just found out I'm adopted*, and/or defiantly declare that those people are wrong.
Examples: Ori and the Blind Forest, Super Metroid, Shovel Knight

* I'm not kidding about this reaction, by the way. Ask my clanmates; I thought the NES Double Dragons were considered well-rated classics and I was kind of not okay for a while when I found out they're apparently not.

Four stars: This is a good game. It has some rough patches, maybe even a lot of rough patches. It is flawed. It is still great overall, and I still feel comfortable saying it's great and that I like it without any trace of irony, but I will admit that it's great despite some things. I might have to think more carefully before recommending it to others, but I am 100% comfortable openly loving it on my end. If you were to tell me that other people generally regard this as a bad game, I could maybe intellectually see the parts that bother them and admit that those parts have issues, but I would still reject that opinion and defend the overall product. This game is still good, shush.
Examples: Breath of Fire III, Star Ocean 2, Dragon Warrior

Three stars: This is a game that I either know is generally not well regarded, or that I at least suspect is the sort of thing people would dump on, probably. This is still not an ironic level of appreciation; I still genuinely enjoy three-star games and I still feel like they are legitimately good, or at least better than the reputation suggests. Just... you know. This is around the tier where I would maybe (depending, case by case) call a game kusoge, but I would quickly add that I still like this one and that I'm not shitposting when I say that. If you were to tell me that other people generally regard this as a bad game, I would probably say, "Yeah, I know. :(" with a sad sigh and a guilty blush.
Examples: Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, Lagoon, JCSoft's "Can You Escape" series, Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest

Two stars: This is the "I enjoy eating raw garbage like a raccoon" tier. Two-star games are definitely kusoge, but they're the fun kind with the so-bad-it's-good charm. If you were to tell me that other people generally regard this as a bad game, I would say, "Well, yeah, it is," and then I'd take whatever list of grievances they had and add at least two or three more items they forgot. And then I'd get back to playing said game anyway because I have no taste.
Examples: NES Barbie, 8 Eyes, Family Dog, Toys: Let the Toy Wars Begin!

One star: This is where games either fall through the "so bad it's good" floor and are just bad, or they're from some genre I don't care about and don't bother with. Every level above this is for various levels of how comfortable or ironic I'm being when I enjoy it, but one-star games are ones I actually don't enjoy. If you were to tell me that other people generally regard this as a bad game, I would shrug and maybe take some satisfaction in knowing that it's not just me.
Examples: Chrono Cross, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, MANOS: The Hands of Fate, almost anything I ever marked "Not Interested" on my Steam Discovery Queue

Zero stars: These are the openly repugnant games from openly repugnant people that I detest on principle. Even one-star games I can handwave away with "everything is someone's thing (but this one isn't mine)" but zero-star games are the ones that do not deserve to exist. If you own any of them, I'm judging you. If you were to tell me that other people generally regard this as a bad game, I would feel immense relief and a brief if tiny rekindling of my faith in humanity.
Examples: Feminazi: The Triggering, Super Seducer


And there you have it. If you've known me long enough and/or closely enough to have any mutual games you're curious about, and if you've read this far and you actually care, feel free to toss titles at me and ask where they fall on this and why. I like prompts. :v

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Subject:[Microblogging] Tadpole Treble is back, apparently
Time:09:13 am

EPILEPSY WARNING: BRIGHT FLASHING LIGHTS

"I decided I was done after getting every S-rank and challenge fly," I said.

This is exactly what happened when I tried not to XS everything in Trauma Center.

Please send help.

(This game is so great you guys)

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Subject:Can I at least go ONE DAY without drawing blood, that's all I ask anymore
Time:11:01 pm
The year is 2019. The world is a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and the last survivors of humanity gather in shabby run-down towns that dot the irradiated landscape. The crowds are rough, the terrain rougher. Many wasteland warriors spend their time in the dingy bars and seedy watering holes, but none is more instantly recognizable at a glance than Celine, the Shredded One.

Marred from head to toe, her body carrying more scar tissue than untouched flesh, each of the hundreds if not thousands of lines etched painfully into her frame tells a story of battles and bloodshed from long ago.

"This one," she says, after catching you stare, "is from the time I caught my leg on a coffee table. And this one is from the time I tried to open an envelope and cut myself. And this one is from the time I tried to open a pack of folders and cut myself. And this one is from the time I tried to open an orange and cut myself. And this one is from the time I tried to walk through a doorway and missed. And this one is from the time I tripped over a rock. And this one

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Subject:[Microblogging] Happy Cool Squirtle Day!
Time:06:27 pm




It took a Fast TM to not have Bite on the poor thing, and I'm not looking forward to how much Stardust and Candy it's going to take to bring her up to speed. And I'm told that Blastoise isn't exactly the best anyway, so I might just save the dust for something with higher CP.

But still, this is so far my only perfect 15/15/15 IV mon, and with (after the TM) a great Community Day-augmented moveset, too. Come on, that has to count for something.

Also I got Cool Shades Squirtle while I was out there too but he's just for decoration. I didn't get any shinies, though. Alas.

Anyway, happy Community Day, everyone!

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