Code: Realize

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I have a friend who plays a lot of otome games. Recently, a game called Code: Realize was released for the PS Vita in North America and she recommended I buy it. I’ve honestly always been somewhat interested and I love the opportunity to make use of my Vita, so I picked up a copy last Friday. I don’t know how else to say this, but… The addiction is real. There was probably a good 40 hours of gameplay. I finished it in about 3 days, and I work full time and study 2 hours a day.

There are five routes in total: Arsène Lupin, Impey Barbicane, Saint-Germain (San~), Victor Frankenstein (Fran~) and Abraham Van Helsing (Van~). Lupin’s route remains hidden until you clear the other four, and his route is also the only one that fully resolves the story. There are eight chapters in the common route and somewhere between 1-4 choices you have to make in every chapter. Each choice will give you favor with one of the male protagonists. At the beginning of chapter eight, your character will automatically choose to “follow” one of the guys, and that is the route you are on from chapter 9 through chapter 13. Every route also has two potential endings: a normal (bad) ending and the true (happy) ending.

I’m told this is very uncommon, but only Lupin’s route requires you to watch the normal (bad) ending to get a special CG that you won’t see in the true (happy) route. The rest of the pretty pictures can be unlocked just by progressing through the true ending, so if you don’t want to, you don’t have to see any of the bad endings (except for one) and you can still get all of the pretty pictures and trophies. There’s a bonus CG for unlocking all the other CGs, so it’s worth it to unlock that last one.

 

Spoilers incoming!

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The Lantern Fest

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If you’ve never been to The Lantern Fest. I highly recommend it! We went this weekend and it was just amazing and breathtaking. I saw a notification in August from Facebook that the Lantern Fest was coming to Reno for the first time and bought tickets ASAP. Since Branden’s dad’s birthday was coming up, we also bought him a pair of tickets for the event. Out if excitement, I bought three extra lanterns, so between the four of us, we would have 7 lanterns. It was probably a bit overkill.

On the day of, we had lunch with Branden’s parents, and then we split up to run some errands. Even though the event provided a kit with supplies for 4 s’mores, we bought some extra s’more supplies, just in case. We bought some chocolate, raspberry and dark chocolate, which made some delicious sweets. I also made onigiri the night before, but we didn’t end12079998_10200968495650484_1801903054926330051_o up packing any real food and we didn’t buy any food at the event either. I was worried that I made too many, but we ended up eating all of them. They also had food trucks at the e
vent, so we would have been fine even if we didn’t pack anything.

We reached the Fernley Speedway at around 4pm and found parking relatively easily. We sat around and chatted, ate, made s’mores, walked around, decorated our lanterns, played with our cameras and basically did a lot of goofy things for about three hours. Around 6:30pm, it was pitch black. Around 7pm, the wind had died down and we were able to light our lanterns. For the first lantern we lit, we held onto it until it was practically pulling itself out of our hands. As we let go, it sped away from us and I looked up for the first time. The sight 12109999_1002735323101030_1027224786497079290_owas dazzling. It was a be
autifully dark night sky, lit with thousands of orange stars of varying sizes and it took my breath away. After spending a few minutes just staring in awe, we manned our cameras and set to launching the rest of the lanterns. They probably continued to fly for at least half an hour to forty five minutes. I was amazed by how many lanterns there were. Towards the end, the wind picked up and lanterns started going rogue. There were some lanterns that were sticking too close to the ground and, more than once, people had to dodge lanterns that didn’t take off like they were supposed to, which brought out more than a few giggles.

Overall, it was captivating and I can’t wait to do it again next year!