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.... but testimony was perfectly good evidence before. I'm confused, did they have to go and create a ton of problems in their insane legal system just to make Phoenix a hobo? Also, Apollo is still a moron and I can prove it with evidence. Just like I could prove the entire case with evidence before he'd let me.

I really don't like case 4-3. It's nowhere near as tightly plotted as the other cases in the series and even ignores some of the precedents set in earlier cases--just so the legal system can be well and truly screwed up--I remember, vaguely, one of the Phoenix Wright games having a bit of dialogue that went something like "I may not have all the evidence needed to prove this but there's still one thing left. Testimony." Now, testimony is not enough, even if we have evidence that substantiates it because the witness might be lying. Ignoring that the prosecution often bases their cases off of witness testimony, ignoring the fact that I(or the defense attorney, if you'd rather) has proven plenty of things not only possible but that they had to have happened based on the actual evidence why is testimony now considered useless? What's the point in even having testimony if it can't be used as the basis for forming a case?

lkjndfnj;lsdflnk. I really hope 4-4 is better than the previous two cases. Because if not I'm going to have to go find the writers and smack them with well constructed mysteries until they can write something that is not so full of obvious contradictions.
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Yes, so spoilers for GS4 ahead. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Apollo is a moron. He makes Phoenix I-showed-vital-evidence-to-the-person-I-knew-was-the-murderer-on-more-than-one-occasion-because-I-am-oblivious-to-the-world-around-me-and-it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-th-time Wright seem like some sort of genius. Things that should be obvious escape this guy. Things that are really, really obvious. Fortunately with the aide of his magic bracelet he can figure out that someone is lying so he knows that he should be presenting evidence.

On some of these occasions there are no "obvious" contradictions, but in most cases you already have the evidence necessary to point out the blatant contradiction. Apollo just lacks the ability to think things through: "Hey, the office was a shambles, there was this broken lamp with red lipstick that I have in evidence, a bullet lodged in the wall of the safe which I also happen to have here, and you were the only person other than the victim at the scene of the crime--hey I think I can prove that you're lying when you say that 'all you did was talk.'" I'm annoyed when the game makes me play stupid because it's one thing if I'm an idiot that can't figure out what to present where but if I can find a way to prove what happened based on the knowledge that the character I'm directing has I should be able to do it without waiting for an intervention of some sort. I was annoyed back in 1-2 when you had to wait for deus-ex-Mia to tell you to turn over the receipt, and I'm more annoyed now that the main character is forced to rely on finger twitches and not the evidence in the court record to figure out when someone is being less than truthful.

I know that they're trying to liven up game-play. But give me back the character portraits to present to people and give me back a lawyer who only has his head in the clouds half the time over the perceive system any day. It’s a poor substitute for the psychelocks considering it only comes up during cross-examinations and not during investigations and the contradictions are apparent to anyone that’s not Apollo anyway. Heck, even the prosecutor works to walk him through the problems with the witness’s testimony, the prosecutor that has a personal vendetta against our hero, even if he doesn’t really act like it. I really hope Apollo grows a brain sometime between now and the end of the game, because I love this series, it's full of awesome, and I don't want to be one of those fans that are all whiny 'cause they screwed with the cast.

Other side notes: I need to replay the intro to 4-3 to make sure that I'm remembering things in the right order, because if I really did pick up a certain object before the person that dropped said object entered the room I'll be really annoyed that I couldn't object to that--just because I'm good at doing things in the opposite order that I'm supposed to doesn't mean that it was impossible, and if I’m remembering things in the right order that should have been a really easy contradiction and we could have skipped three bits of testimony.

The games are still full of gay lawyers. Though there hasn’t yet been anything quite as bad as “I became a Defense Attorney for you” and “Thanks to you I’ve been saddled with unnecessary . . . feelings.” aka all the subtext between Phoenix and Edgeworth.

Did Gumshoe have some sort of rights to the Blue Badger? Because if so, I don't think he's living on the all instant noodle diet anymore and might even have more money than GodEdgeworth.

Someone should buy the Judge a hearing aide and see if that helps him figure out what’s going on.

I'd like to nominate Daryan Crescend for worst hair in an Ace Attorney game. Those of you who have played the series know that this is quite an accomplishment.
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I've just started Apollo Justice (thank you Erin for keeping Kyle from gnawing it open) and I must say I really prefer Phoenix as the Defense Attorney/ main character. Perhaps it's because my inner monologue and his a eerily similar at times, perhaps it's because Apollo is a little naïve and really, incredibly thick and perhaps it's because the writers decided to ::spoiler alert for the people who care and don't already have some knowledge of 4-1. Oh and spoilers for the first three games like woah:: decided to steal Phoenix's sense of fun with his badge. Hobo-Phoenix is a brilliant, manipulative bastard, who certainly likes toying with people and seems to have more of an idea of what the devil is going on, but he's lost that happy-go-lucky doormat, willing to push through anything no matter how insane (your honor I'm going to cross exam the parrot) to find the truth attitude that was so characteristic of him in the first three games.

I know we'll be getting back story as to how and why he lost his badge but I don't see him taking seven years to get to the bottom of it and fighting back. Because for him, the truth was always what came first no matter how much it sucked getting there, and how much pain it would cause to the people involved. (Look at the last case in the second game where he has to make the choice between the truth and convicting his client and Maya, granted you can pick either choice, and Franziska will still come save you at the end with the evidence Detective Scruffy collected but it's fairly obvious what choice goes best with the games' "finding the truth" theme. Not to mention the final case of 3-5 where he presses on until he proves Godot is the real murdered, even though his assistant was trying to protect the prosecutor.) I also can't see Phoenix forging evidence even to get to the truth, even after he lost his badge. It just doesn't fit with what we know of his character. Sure a lot can happen in seven years but . . . Phoenix Wright would have fought the wrongful charges of knowingly presenting forged evidence (since we already know from 1-5 that they don't care if you present forged evidence if it wasn't your fault and you thought it was real) he would have gotten his badge back (or not taken away at all) and then we wouldn't be in this particular mess seven years later. They'd better give some damn good reasons why he didn't do that.::End Spoilers::

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney just feels a lot more serious than the first three. Maybe it's the music which seems to be lacking in the happy upbeat racks (we wouldn't be seeing the Steel Samurai theme here) and focus on the more sombre, serious tracks. Theres less of a "oh crap I'm so completely screwed if I mess this up" feel to the piece of that plays when you're directed to point out contradictions in evidence and more of a relaxed "la de da we'll get there eventually" thing. Remember the 'Cornered' themes from the last three games, and how the music would take a definite upswing whenever you were getting close to breaking the witness the truth? Seems to be gone, at least in the first case. And the rest of the court suite music is all laid-back and doesn't seem to fit the series. Yeah, the games still have the trademark whacked-outedness what with Apollo's Chords of Steel, the rule that anyone Phoenix spends more than five minutes in a room with has to be completely nuts still holds true, and the Judge is still the Judge, but Apollo feels a lot more straight-laced than Phoenix ever was and a lot less capable of coping with insanity.

It's still fun, but I miss the old cast. I miss the old sound track. I hope the insanity increases, Apollo becomes less of a complete dork, and Phoenix finally has something go right for him. Because even if his life didn't suck on the same epic level that Edegeworth's did the man needs to go at least a decade without being charged with something he didn't do, have someone he cares about disappear, get accused of murder, die, or make him think they committed suicide. I swear the writers delight on fucking with the characters so much that you just want to scream, wait, let something good happen to them for a change, I thought Phoenix Wright supposedly had extraordinarily good luck!

Now, excuse me while I spend the next week with the DS propped up in front of my face, narrowly avoiding running into lampposts, walking past my house at night, complaining and generally enjoying the heck out of myself.
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This sounds absoultely amazing.

If only school wasn't about to start; I might be able to find time to play the dang thing. And my poor Wii would get dusted off for the first time since Super Paper Mario. Yeah, I'm a bad, broke gamer who has been giving too much love to her DS. As it is I'm going to have to check to see if the numbers in my shiny things budget allow for this and GS4.
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. . . and so do you. Someone has taken the time, trouble and effort to compile all the music from the Phoenix Wright games here. Including the fancy jazz and orchestra versions. Is anyone else disturbed that the title of Gant's theme is Swimming, anyone?? Maybe it's just because I find that character so disturbing. He's all . . . orange.

Off to go take my anthropology final! Hooray for teachers who don't want to be on campus at 7:30 in the morning to administer a test and so stick it online. (Wish me luck on the wonderful multiple guess test!)
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The high-schoolers are wailing. What the . . .?

In other, slightly less disturbing, news I've been giving my DS the attention it deserves recently. Erin was kind enough to loan me the second Phoenix Wright game and I just have to say: I feel very sorry for Phoenix. His life sucks on an epic scale. Everyone close to him is a complete fruit bat and they suck him into their insanity. Being privy to his internal dialogue and having it echo my internal dialogue is kinda creepy, but also amusing.

So if you enjoy snark, point and click adventure type games, logic, and people who have it worse off then you go find a copy of this game. Now!

I also went out and bout Children of Mana for the DS. I haven't popped it in yet but I'll let you know how I like it. But since it's a Square-Enix game even if it "sucks for them" it will still be playable and better than a great portion of the games out there.
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Mike has decided that I'm not working nearly hard enough on the D&D campaign he wanted me to create to satiate his craving for dice rolling and roleplaying and is so going to make one himself. Anyone want to join in? I will still work on mine, now that I've figured out how to make my initial scenario idea actually work and be beatable by the players if they don't do too much stupid crap. I'm excited about it. Not nearly as excited as I am about the IOU campaign though, Erin made that sound really fun. Ah, summer, so much gaming, so much time.

I'm still doing the summer program. It's delightfully sucky. The students keep trying to come into the lab during unscheduled hours, talking in non-indoor voices, and now they've decided to start stealing my doodles. Yes, my doodles. I was bored I scribbled something on a piece of paper, moved it to the desk behind me and when I was going to go back and finish it up someone had gone and taken my doodle! What the heck!? High School students are weird.

Erin wants me to post a collection of my webcomic links somewhere where she can have ready and easy access to them. I think I'll do that tonight--give me a good reason to sort out the links section "something I read, something I read, something I decided to check out when I had more time and didn't, something that I read and that I find awesome, something that stopped updating and wasn't worth reading anyway, something on hiatus . . ." you get the idea. It's been a long time since I've gone through my collection of links and sorted them by category. I'll also have to type little blurbs about all the webcomics again since I can't find the e-mails I've sent out to spread the webcomic love. At least it gives me something to do besides play Sudoku.
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Erin is planning on running an IOU campaign. I apparently made a "good" character suggestion for myself by jokingly saying "and yeah I could initiate a transformation sequence by saying Mars Star Librarian Makeup" I was kidding! But since it has points in amusing GM I guess I will be playing a magical girl.

Now I need to come up with silly attack names and a random costume thingy. I wonder if I still get to buy the special skill "summon bit of information." Hmmm, I wonder what element/attack type my magical girl will specialize.

Gah! I've been watching far too much sailor moon lately.

*random* Erin walked in and explained more about the IOU universe. She used Terry McGinnis showing up in the Batsuit as an example of what might happen . . . I demonstrated what would happen if he did manage to infiltrate the campus. "Oh, Batman! Yay! Sign my boxset, please! Oh, and watch what your doing; people do attack from behind.


Apr. 24th, 2007 05:46 pm
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Only 24 more pages to write until the end of the semester! I am so insanely happy about this. Everything else is multiple guess tests, stupid yet easy group discussion and extra credit. Wheee, it’s almost over!

My game systems and I shall soon be reunited!
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You Are A:

True Neutral Elf Bard

True Neutral characters are very rare. They believe that balance is the most important thing, and will not side with any other force. They will do whatever is necessary to preserve that balance, even if it means switching allegiances suddenly.

Elves are the eldest of all races, although they are generally a bit smaller than humans. They are generally well-cultured, artistic, easy-going, and because of their long lives, unconcerned with day-to-day activities that other races frequently concern themselves with. Elves are, effectively, immortal, although they can be killed. After a thousand years or so, they simply pass on to the next plane of existence.

Primary Class:
Bards are the entertainers. They sing, dance, and play instruments to make other people happy, and, frequently, make money. They also tend to dabble in magic a bit.

Secondary Class:

Detailed Results:

Law and Chaos:
Law ----- X (1)
Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Chaos --- XXXXXXX (7)

Good and Evil:
Good ---- XX (2)
Neutral - XXXXXXXX (8)
Evil ---- (-1)

Human ---- XXXXXXX (7)
Gnome ---- XXXX (4)
Halfling - XXX (3)
Dwarf ---- (-2)
Half-Orc - XXXX (4)

Fighter -- X (1)
Barbarian -XXX (3)
Ranger --- XXXXXXXXX (9)
Monk ----- XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
Paladin -- XXXXX (5)
Cleric --- XXXX (4)
Mage ----- XXXXXX (6)
Druid ---- XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
Thief ----XX (2)

This was a most amusing test. I guess I should stop playing rouges, but it's just so much fun to come up to something and unleash the power of my sneak attack. When Mike's DMing he doesn't usually let me use it though. I have to keep reminding him that I can use it after flanking an enemy because they are denied the DEX bonus to AC and are considered "flatfooted." I think he's jut mad that with sneak attack and magical weaponry my rouge is just as powerful as his monk.

I do like playing bards too. Their versatility is awesome. But I do not entirely like all the performing stuff. I have no musical ability. It's hard for me to play someone that does. I suppose I could play a bard with character weakness: tone deaf. She could invent karaoke! The world would never be the same.

Of the next two choices I think I'd play a druid. It'd be interesting and there are magical power type things involved. Sadly, nothing that can really compare with delight of wearing gear that protects you against fire and setting off a fire ball in a tiny room, I didn't mean to sizzle the other party members . . . honest.

Now I should really write my study questions for Shakespeare. There only needs to be five so it shouldn't take me very long.

Oh, and if you're interested in taking the quiz it can be found here:

And you don't have to be familiar with D20s or the rules of D&D to take it. So, what D&D character are you?


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