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"Working title," Square Enix claims. Well, it sure ain’t working for me. Surely it’s no surprise that Project Octopath Traveler is being developed by the same team that developed Bravely Default — and, perhaps more tellingly, Bravely Second End Layer. Square Enix really, badly needs to fire its naming associates.
Title comedy aside, Project Octopath Traveler was one of the most intriguing games shown at the Switch unveiling, and, aside from that brief reveal trailer, absolutely nothing was known about it until just recently, when Square Enix released a short, playable demo featuring two of the game’s eight heroes: the knight Olberic and the dancer Primrose. Let’s dive into the demo and see what’s what!
Level-5’s famous time-traveling, puzzle-solving, tea-sipping professor of archaeology hasn’t made an appearance since 2014’s Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, and the new Layton’s Mystery Journey does nothing to change that — the professor himself is not to be seen, his traditional white male self having been politically-corrected into a spunky young girl called Katrielle Layton. I’m sorry, did I say "spunky young girl?" I meant "independent and capable single woman," as the game consistently reminds us. Yes, it’s one of those games, loaded down with preternaturally intelligent, competent, wise, and good female characters who somehow have to tolerate living in a world full of boorish, pigheaded, stupid, and shifty male characters. It’s as though all the excesses of 90s sitcoms never left us!
Still and all, there’s more to a video game than its prostrations before far-left false idols — at least, one should hope so. Does Layton’s Mystery Journey manage to redeem itself?
Adol Christin really needs to stay away from ships. Adol is, of course, the protagonist in Nihon Falcom’s long-running Ys series, disproportionately many of which games involve a shipwreck at one point or another. This is one of those games; scarcely has the play time begun before Adol and the passenger ship Lombardia find themselves under attack by a mysterious sea creature. The ship is lost, and Adol finds himself washed up on the shores of the strange and foreboding Isle of Seiren, which does not help him get to Altago one little bit.
Those of you who’ve played Ys Seven may be wondering why Adol is trying to get to Altago. The answer is that Ys is notorious for following no sensible chronology; not, perhaps, to a Legend of Zelda degree, but nonsensible all the same. Indeed, Lacrimosa of Dana is not set after Ys Seven at all, but rather follows immediately after Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand, released on the Super Famicom in 1995 and never in English in any way, shape, or form. Since the overarching plot of the Ys series is not really that significant to any given game, this isn’t really a problem, but it’s slightly disorienting at first, as the player attempts to recall when on Earth Adol spent time in Xandria.
Join me and Nicholas Sarwark for an interesting conversation about how he got involved in the liberty movement, some top issues in the LP today, messaging, and more besides. Nick explains why he thinks that it is important for the Libertarian Party to weigh in on issues that aren’t necessarily central to libertarian principles. I try to explain my point of view of how it causes wasted effort and alienation for little benefit. We have a really nice back and forth while having a discussion about these very important topics. Comments on this podcast will be read at the end of the next podcast.
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Join me and Nicholas Veser for a great conversation about how he got into the movement and why he decided to start making the great Daily Headline videos we see on the Facebook. We also get into libertarian branding and how to get people into the movement. Don’t miss this great episode.
Join me, Tony Rockamora, and Drake Lundstrom for a fun and interesting look at Libertarian Stances. We all know the memes now hear what some hardcore libertarian anarchists have to say about various “stance” questions.
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Dr. Michael Edelstein joins me for a nice talk about the psychology behind libertarian burnout. He gives sound advice on taking control of your emotions by limiting “absolutist thinking.” Don’t miss this great episode or his website:
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The great Dr. Walter Block joins me to discuss the article we coauthored for the Italian Law Journal, Is Libertarianism Thick or Thin? Thin! We also discuss libertarian strategy, evictionism, Adam Kokesh NOT for President and other issues besides.
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The leaders of the Albion Online Alliance I’m a member of join me for a talk about the alliance and some random tangents. Feel free to comment.
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