Happy Presidents’ Day!
Or . . .
Something About Games and Anime!
By: J.R Tafoya –Head Writer
Monday, February 16th –
Hello again Giga-Landers! If you missed me, don’t worry! I’ll always be here to fill the hole in your hearts! Especially the ones made wider by Singles Awareness Day (Valentine’s Day).
Anyway, I’ve been trying to power through Tales of Zestiria, even though it seems like my comrade David has given up on the game almost entirely. But, I honestly don’t blame him. Most of the characters aren’t very engaging and the story is honestly very predictable. Aside from the three ladies – Edna, Lyla, and Rose – the rest of the cast seems like cardboard cutouts of previous genres, most of which have done a better job of fleshing out certain archetypes.
A close friend of mine asked why I was still playing this game. To which I answered, “DUDE! I spent over $100 to import this game! I WILL finish this damn game!”. He pointed out that was a “Sunk Cost Fallacy”: One tends to hold onto an idea (even if it has been falsified) because he/she has invested a lot of time, money and/or emotional energy into the prospect. Knowledge of one’s sunk cost leads one to be overly optimistic about the prospects of one’s success.
While this is incredibly true . . . DAMNIT! It’s the principle of the matter!!! Get off my back! *sob*
NOW ON TO ANIME!
Log Horizon continues to prove me wrong with this new arc. I had initially thought that the whole “Minori & Co.” excursion was just a ruse to waste time for the season. But, as always, I was wrong. We’ve learned a lot not only about the characters themselves, but the People of the Land and how they view reality. It’s crazy to think about how an NPC views the world around them from what the creators of the game have given them. Not only that, we realize that the there are some people who don’t want to be stuck in this world. We are so stuck on Shiroe’s side, even as he ingratiates more people into the game, that we forget that some people actually had lives. I know, crazy right!? Someone who plays an MMO can actually be . . . HUMAN!?
Death Parade continues to be my favorite new anime this season. It’s crazy how many directions this anime comes from to make a cohesive whole. I’ve laughed, gotten chocked up, and even thought more deeply just because of how the anime portrays emotions. It shows a lot of domestic and emotional problems that most people like to pretend don’t exist, and it really helps bring the anime to life. If you haven’t checked it out already, I highly suggest you do so soon.
Anyway, that’s it for me Giga-Friends. I hope you all have a wonderful day off! You all deserve it!