I decided to pay for another year. In fact, did their auto-renewal thing to save the $5 difference they charge.
Oh well. Now I have more icon spaces to fill. 6 more to go.
Hmmm... as little as I actually post here anymore, something tells me it's not worth renewing my paid account. Got to look into what I would lose.
Well, I think I know what I'm doing for Christmas this year... building two new PCs. >.>
They just released a benchmark program for FFXIV. I just ran it. Grand total score: 227. Under 1500 is bad, and the scale goes over 8,000 (heck, probably over 9,000). They haven't officially announced minimum or recommended specs yet, but unless putting a new video card in here is magically going to be enough, this is probably going to hurt to play.
I'm going to try again after a reboot, see if it's any better on a fresh system. Not holding my breath though.
I also just realized I've had this journal for over 7 years now. Wow.
Another ACen. Not sure how much I'm looking forward to it right now... I mean, I'm not even officially cosplaying today, although I am most likely going to put my camo tail on. I'm going to be one of the Hot Topic Warriors in my big big big pants... but I had to vacuum the dust off of them this morning. @.@
The dealers room will most likely be another disappointment, but I figure there's a 10% chance of finding way too much to pick up. Only time will tell.
I think we're definitely planning on Animazement next year instead... their guest lists have just been so consistently amazing that it's probably a sure bet they'll have at least three seiyuu of interest.
Ok, so I've beaten the main boss (somehow got 5 stars on it my first time through, no less, with base weapons), and have played a total of 70 hours... and I can't believe how much there still is to do. I've only 5-starred about 2/3 of the missions, and like 4 of the remaining ones require fighting the same enemy which I simply can not manage to kill in a reasonable enough amount of time (most of them have resulted in 0 or 1 star victories, and I managed a 3 star on one somehow).
And then there are the huge things all around that I can barely scratch all across the main map... and the fact that I still have yet to get any of the items that let me upgrade weapons to the final stage.
Speaking of upgrading weapons, I really want to know who came up with the method of upgrading equipment for this, so they can be suggested to Jamie from Mythbusters' "sand paper room".
Ooooh, two posts this month. Go me! >.>
I've made it up to chapter 11 in FF13, and some of the monsters wandering the plains are OMGWTF. I can't wait until my party actually gets to fight them. So far, I've been using the strategy guide's "recommended" strategy of continuing to use Lightning, Hope, and Fang as my party... but I'm going to need to switch things up at some point. I just wish Hope and Vanille weren't the only two really proficient healers. Relying on Lightning as a healer just seems wrong somehow.
But between FF13, Star Ocean The Last Hope, and Dragon Age: Awakenings, I'm good on video game entertainment until mid-summer at least.
Loving the game so far. Up to chapter 5. The battle system is daunting at first, but the AI that is actually intelligent is surprisingly reassuring.
$1200 for the car. 25% of that for parts, 70% for labor. Gotta love dealers. But it felt better coming home, since it was due for the fuel system cleaning anyway.
Thank the Maker I only decided I wanted to go to Thai Sookdee up in Evanston for a birthday dinner. We got back to the car in the parking garage after dinner and all of a sudden car wouldn't start. And it's most likely not a battery issue, because lights and everything work, and the garage attendant trying to use a battery charger did not help.
Thankfully, Roadside Assistance is great. Had a tow truck there in well under 10 minutes. Car is now sitting at Grossinger up in Lincolnwood, and they're open at 7am tomorrow morning. Now the waiting is going to suck.
And it's probably going to wind up being the most expensive birthday I've ever had... ;_;