Illusion of Gaia Playthrough: III

I don’t know anymore. I can’t seem to enjoy anything. At this point I am progressing through the game, enjoying it at parts, but more and more I just don’t have fun. I don’t want that to be a criticism of the game, that would be unfair, more of a criticism of myself. Anyway.

There is a city that exists strictly on rafts. It is kind of fun.
I don’t know if some of my problems come from wanting to know more or not. Earlier I mention that I liked how the game let the player fill in some of the blanks, but as the game progresses, there are a lot of blanks. At some point it is not letting the player fill in the blanks, but the player writing their own story in their mind – I mean, neat and all, but is a video game supposed to be an imagination prompt?
Probably my favourite character in the game. Sombrero? In Asia?
I noticed this, but I don’t know if it is correct or not. I looked it up here & here, but as a filthy Canuck that uses a bastardization between American and British spelling and grammar, I have no fucking clue. If I were doing the translation or whatever, I would have used “the herb” or “herbs” to avoid the whole thing. Whatever. This, somehow, was the only screenshot I took at the Great Wall of China, which I consider a scathing review – not even worth a push of a button.
There is a subplot reason to go to the Wall, and it involves what is mentioned here…
I really wonder what the original text was – are the Japanese so critical of Chinese medicine?
There is sombrero. He is about to die, we were playing a Russian Roulette-like game and he knew the next move would be fatal, but decides to carry it out. Hardcore. I can truly appreciate someone that dies for their perception of dignity and belief in their trade or profession. In general, the game is fairly heavy-handed with its lessons and while it tries to show that not everything is black and white, it sometimes gives a weird message like this one above. Again, I played this as a youth and the game is designed for a younger audience, but as an adult, some of the ideas are a little questionable. Again, art should be free, and I believe that any message should at least be evaluated, but I wonder what kind of rating this game would merit nowadays.

I will press on.

Author: lardqueen

...the room is dark, lit only by a lone torch burning in a wall sconce. The smokiness from the torch mixes with a pungent odour of mildew and rot. You can hear the movement of rodents and insects around you, but none of that is nearly as disturbing as the occasional shake of the ground and rumbles that you hear from far below...