State of the Blog Address

So you may have noticed that the posting’s slowed down here a bit at Lost to the Aether.  While I would love nothing more than to provide you with my unique brand of content all day every day, sometimes life gets in the way.  You know, life, that thing that happens in between times in which video games are going on.  Anyways, I’ve been having to focused on keeping myself continually employed so I can keep buying the nice shampoos and conditioners that make my hair so unfathomably beautiful, and that’s cutting into my blog time.  I may have this job stuff over with in two weeks, and thus be able to start making posts at least once a week.  On the other hand, I may not have things settled at all by then, and we’ll be stuck with me posting just whenever I can manage.  We’ll have to see.

In the meantime, I’m focusing all my free blogging time on the next Saints Row Retrospective.  Judging by my stats, there’s about a 240% chance that you found this blog through one of the earlier posts, so hopefully that’ll be something that excites you.  That’s definitely going to be the next post up.  If it’s not, I’m fully expecting you guys to call me out on it.  I’ve also decided on the next game series I’ll be running a retrospective on, as it will be a good long while before I’m able to do Saints Row IV justice.  I’m really excited for the next series.  It’ll be another one of my favorites.

In minor news, I’m afraid I’m going to have to can the Recettear Let’s Play.  I had started the next post a long while ago, found that having a businessman talk about a business game nowhere near as interesting as I thought it would be, and I just can’t bear to go forward now.  If you want the short version, it’s just “I sold some stuff.  Then I sold some more stuff.  Then I went to the dungeon again and got some more stuff.  Then I sold it.”  Repeat that for 30 some days.  However, I am going to be doing some more Dark Souls.  That last post was pretty fun to write.  I’m putting it off until I’m done with then next Saints Row Retrospective, but it’s coming.  I’ve also got another game for the old Visual Novel Theatre ready, but that’s going to be a while yet.

LIS-TEN-TO-ME! Aether Plays Recettear, Part 2

After a first day of business in which we were wildly successful at realizing just how unprepared we were and the only thing we sold was the one thing I had in this world to make me happy, Recette attempted to salve my pain by telling me a story. Normally, I like my stories to involve at least four or five explosions, some well-writtne drama, or to mention how good I look several times. This isn’t that type of story, but it’s important nonetheless. This is the tale of how Recette started her business. Now, people start businesses for a lot of reasons. Some do it seeking great fortunes. Others do it out of a drive to gain more control over their lives and lifestyles. Still others start businesses in order to attempt to create something of greater impact and permanence within their communities. Recette doesn’t have any of those reasons. Instead, hers is a cause of desperation.

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Capitalism, Ho! Aether Plays Recettear, Part 1


I’d like you to join me a bit, as we think back and reflect. Remember the first traditional video game RPG you played. Final Fantasy? Dragon Quest? Maybe something like Ultima or Wizardry if you’re truly old school. Or it could be something like Skyrim if you were born sometime since the future happened. Doesn’t matter, we take all types here. Now, think back to that game, and remember what you experienced your first time through. Remember the grand vistas, the challenges conquered, the people you saved. Now, assuming your head’s on straight, the noble shop owner should be popping up in your minds eye. Yeah, that guy! Wasn’t he the greatest, always taking your money and giving you weapons and knick knacks in return. Wasn’t he the most interesting character of all the cast? Didn’t you always wish you were playing as him instead of those lame heroes you were forced to be? Well, this is the game for you.

Recettear is a quirky Japanese game from developer EasyGameStation and localizer Carpe Fulgur and about the glory of enterprise, about the freedom of business, about running a classical RPG item shop. In this game we follow Recette Lemongrass and her partner/loan shark Tear as experience the joys of capitalism by running a shop in a fantasy town catering to a wide variety of adventurer needs. Is it a good game? I don’t know, I’ve played a bit of the game, but I’m going into this mostly blind. But that just means we can learn about this game together, right?  It’ll be you and me, reader and writer, bonding as we experience the rises and falls of business and embark on countless fun little misadventures!  As you may have guessed from the title, I’m going to Let’s Play this sucker, but I’ve got a bit of a twist here. See, in real life, one of my primary tasks at work is running an economic development program centered around helping people start up and operate microenterprises. Essentially, I’m a small business management consultant. Will my real world business skills lead Recette to massive financial success? Probably. Video games and business are two of the many things I am very good at. In fact, I’d put good money on my discovering glorious success in this game. Of course, just talking about it is no fun for any of you, so let’s find out!

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