‘[Value and quantity]’ / ‘[The Lab.Room 19’s characters]’ / 200 Video Games completed post-post special!

IMG_2244[1]Well,that was fast!I was honestly expecting to reach this number around the next upcoming year,but the recent pile up on NES titles really changed that point of expectation.Then again,as far as the games within’ the vault go,most of them tend to be on the easy side of difficulty,at least in my point of view.I’ve seen people struggling with titles that I consider easy and breezing through those that I had hard time with.Well,people are different,as well as their skill cap regarding various types of games.If I have to consider myself as good at a certain type,I would say that I do pretty well when it comes to platformers,simply due to my long-time experience with the genre.On the other hand,I tend to avoid RPGs, simply due to the fact that they take a lot of time and I usually get bored of them pretty quickly.[I lack the patience for grinding and dungeon crawing..]It’s weird how my all time favourite game “Neverwinter Nights” is within’ that categoty though… [Maybe I like it due to the less grindy’ nature and that fact that it’s more action  and story based.I also love reading a lot.]

I do prefer finishing games with greater value,rather than just pile up on one-breathers.There are times however,when I feel tired and just not in a mood and those are usually the times when I tend to end up playing utter,no-brainer crap.

I guess it’s fine,given the fact that my goal is to beat as much video games as I can.Maybe as the time goes on,the vault will become more impressive bit-by-bit.Rushing things up would just make things harder for myself.

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Around one year ago, I was really happy about turning this place into an actual something-something,rather than making it my new shithole.The idea of searching through time and space for new and old videogames for me to play and write about was exciting!So exciting, I decided to come up with characters [Mascots] for Lab. Room 19 and turn the whole thing into an actual project.That’s what lead me to come up with the main figure for the LR19, “Hji”.The name actually comes from a random input during the save of an early concept art for him.The design for the character itself came from a hentai game that I played,which I am probably not going to reveal,simply due to the fact that it doesn’t really matter whatsoever.[The game lets you build and customize characters and Hji’s design is based on a build that I used in the game.] Once I was done, I came up with the story of him being from a long-extinct race that used to travel through dimensions.The race sets up a laboratory located within’ a border between certain dimensions, but due to various reasons,they abandon it along with a child Hji’s inside.From that point on,he thrives by himself,while dealing with various situations and characters,mainly revolving around video games.[Mainly!]{The actual LR19 takes after his teenage period.}The main appeal that I picked for him was that of having similar appeal to the Japanese folklore creature “Tanuki”.Hji is able to take the appearance of characters from video games that he managed to finish.[In other words,the ones that I managed to.] He doesn’t consume actual food,but rather,the essence of the leafs that he puts on his head.[Mainly within’ his headphones.] As for the outfits,he usually wears a lab. coat with a red undershirt, but I tried coming up with other alternatives as well, like the rubber-skeleton-costume that appeared at the first LR19 Halloween event.

Along the way,I made other characters,so Hji won’t feel lonely.Tea#band is a ghastly creature who protects the Lab’s vault.He also has a tomato on his head.[;aumh is a cyclops, goo-boy that resembles a mutated egg due to an accident in the Lab.He is really fond of terrible video games.Kin[A]-TR1751 – Hji’s rival in terms of board games [And other stuff.] – She is an android with an uncertain past.An/n” is a girl that Hji brought from an old video game into the real world.Her existence is unstable and she tends to phase out of it and back again quite often,usually erasing the memories of her that people had.Each character’s persona is based on a certain aspect that I possess.Hji is unmotivated,lazy and pretty emotionless.Tea#band tends to be a big jerk and usually yells at others and insult them regarding their value.He deeply cares about lots of things overall.[;aumh is cheerful,positive and highly ironic towards most things. Kin[A]-TR1751 has trouble being open and expressing her feelings.She gets angry easily and tends to get jealous of others.An/n” is clingy,kind hearted and overprotective.She gets creepy and horrific due to her unstable existence or if she gets upset.

Overall, the design and actual lore is pretty rough, since I haven’t given it much of a tought really.Maybe in the not-so-distant future I’ll expand this further and make something out of it.Until then,feel free to ask anything about it or if you feel like it,contribute in some way.EVERYONE’S AN ARTIST!EVERYONE CAN MAKE GREAT!

Also,thanks to that one person who drew a concept art for [;aumh . While it doesn’t fit with my view on his actual appearance,I enjoyed the result:

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another early concept

This is one way to share a crappy OC with people!

Being harsh on myself for no reason won’t add to the appeal!

Words are being written on this post!

Duo Princess – Beat ’em up? More like, cast and watch!

duo princess

…and somehow,a pumpkin is involved.I DON’T KNOW!I haven’t played the original game “Threads of Fate”,also known as “Threads of Fate”,”Dewprism” and also as “Threads of Fate”.I don’t know much about the characters and the original story,but hey! – That is something to look forward to in the future I guess…

So “Duo Princess” is a pretty old Doujin game based on “Threads of Fate”.You play as Mint or Maya and you get to beat various mobs and bosses throughout few stages.Each character has her own style of playing,with Mint being more tanky and direct approaching,while Maya relies on ranged attacks and…

Well,regarding the spells that the game will grant you through the whole playthrough via scrolls,their effectiveness goes something like that – The First scroll grants you a good spell for both characters,if not “A-must-have” for Maya to be able to deal with the mobs and bosses in the later stages.Every other spell that you get after that is pretty much useless,due to its cast time,range or damage input.Except maybe for the fire-based-whole-screen-barrage spell for Mint,which is pretty much as effective and important as Maya’s first additional spell that I just mentioned.Then you get the last scroll,which grants the exact same spell for both characters that pretty much destroys everything on the screen,turning the endgame into a “Run and cast” situation.

For a title from 2003, the graphics in the game are quite alright.The CGs in the game are pretty neat as well.The music is fine too I guess… Although,the desert stage is a master of sending the player to Dream Land.Both the music and the layout… Then again,I don’t really remember ever playing a game with a desert stage that would do otherwise.Deserts… they are not too fruitful and exciting in terms of information that would keep out attention and conscious ticking for too long…

Duo Princess DONE!

The variety of enemies and bosses is quite decent,but it tends to quickly lean towards the “recoloring sprites” formula.There is also a boss rush towards the end game,but it feels really pointless,given the fact that the game gives you the scroll of “Let’s make sure you won’t have trouble finishing this game…”

There is also a 2 Player co-op mode!Grab a friend and have some fun!This is a good pick for those who seek some co-op videogame action,when “Goof Troop” can’t cut it anymore!Steal all the scrolls for yourself and watch your friend struggle against the masses of generic mobs!This is probably the jerkiest thing you can do in this game.That and maybe stop in your tracks when your friend is trying to jump over a pit,so the screen can freeze,making his/her character fall to her doom.I have no idea why I’m giving advices like that…

BE NICE TO EACH OTHER,JUST LIKE HOW MINT AND MAYA ARE!

P.S. I learned what the pumpkin is all about…

NEVERMIND,go back to playing “Goof Troop”…

My score for this game is a solid 6.4 out of 10.It’s pretty looking,fun and simple to play,but it lacks a good replay value and it’s on the easy side of difficulty.

…and I like Maya more than Mint.That’s related to how good the game is somehow…