CloudAeris.jpgAfter some investigation, I have realized that getting screenshots to illustrate my posts is going to be a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. Getting a TV tuner card so I could hook consoles up to my computer seemed like a good idea, but the logistics of it didn't work—I would have to completely reorganize my home office in order to make it comfortable to play games here, and I like it the way it is. Emulators are good for screenshots, but without getting into the whole host of potential legal and security problems they present, they’re damned inconvenient: you have to download and troubleshoot each one, and then play the games with a control scheme completely alien to the way they were designed. Furthermore, you can’t transfer any of your saves from the console version to the emulator, which isn’t a huge issue for Super Mario Brothers but a bit of a deal breaker when you’re about 80 hours into an RPG.

Given the lack of options, I have decided to either a) Make posts with no screens Or b) Use some other images in order to replace screenshots.

The obvious choice is fan art, since I do game fan art for fun anyway; however, if I go that route, blog entries may become somewhat rare. It’s one thing to write a couple of pages of text, quite another to do 47 illustrations to go along with it. For now, I’m going to try to limit myself to a couple of images per post and see how that works. Hopefully the custom art will help give this blog it’s own unique look and feel, so maybe this is a blessing in disguise—er, I certainly hope so.

Today’s image is an old pic of Cloud and Aeris from Final Fantasy VII, a game that will doubtless receive much coverage on this blog. To tell you the truth though I’ve always felt that he really belongs with Tifa, so I don’t know what must have been going through my head when I did this one many years ago. Next Time: the beginning of a potentially ridiculously huge future, Trapped in the Dungeon.