Mystic Messenger EP2

By Shamus Posted Friday Sep 16, 2016

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Not-so-fun fact: One of my migraines began during this segment. It hadn’t started to hurt for real yet, but I was getting the strange tingly vision and mystery painIf you ask me if I’m in pain, I’ll say yes, but if you ask me where it hurts I won’t be able to tell you aside from “somewhere in the vicinity of my head”. I can’t describe it. that serves as a warm-up for the Big Show. I was getting stressed and cranky and not thinking clearly. The smart thing to do would have been to bow out and leave the show to the rest of the team, but like I said in the previous sentence: I wasn’t thinking clearly. As a result, I didn’t have much to say about the game and I don’t remember much of this now. And I think I turned mean at the end of it. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

Anyway, this was all very silly and makes me feel like I’m a thousand years old.



[1] If you ask me if I’m in pain, I’ll say yes, but if you ask me where it hurts I won’t be able to tell you aside from “somewhere in the vicinity of my head”. I can’t describe it.

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40 thoughts on “Mystic Messenger EP2

  1. Da Mage says:

    As someone who has had a migraine for the past two years, I know exactly what you mean by “It hurts but you can’t point to where it hurts”.

    1. I’m guessing the usually-shorter “where does it NOT hurt” would require being able to point in a fourth spatial dimension?

    2. Raygereio says:

      I always describe it as Schrà¶dinger-pain. I know it hurts somewhere. But as soon as I try to focus on it, it starts to hurt elsewhere.

    3. Pete_Volmen says:

      Ditto. Fortunately, My vision messes up before the main attraction starts. As long as I watch out (which… yeah, the whole thinking clearly thing) I can take aspirin in time to at least lower the blow.
      Now, aspirin doesn’t solve the problem, but it’s the only thing I’ve found that at least helps a little. From paracetamol and ibuprofen up to opiates.

      Shamus, it’s at least partially hereditary. Hope your kids aren’t affected.
      I got it through my mom. When she gets it, she loses words. Tricky during meetings.

      1. Da Mage says:

        Yep, I was put onto aspirin by my neurologist and it’s the only painkiller that’s made a difference when I have a migraine. I was told that it helps with relieving blood pressure in your head, which can be part of a migraine.

    4. Daemian Lucifer says:

      Could it be that migraine overloads your pain receptors and you dont really have any localized pain?

      1. Decius says:

        I’ve heard it described as overwhelming the kinesthetic sense which allows one to identify where a sensation is.

        As in, it takes out your sense of “where this pain is”.

  2. MichaelGC says:

    So this has been a rough ol’ span, nogginwise, what with the migraines and the caffeine withdrawal. Not entirely sure how you plough on through, to be honest: my wuss-out threshold is evidently much much lower. Well, here’s hoping that you’re past the worst and that you can enjoy your day of rest tomorrow.

  3. Nessus says:

    I’m just gonna go ahead and assume that Fallout connection is canon, because that would be hilarious. You guys should totally cut this in at some point. Have it just pop up when Reginald checks his pip boy at some point. Buuuut even if you don’t, I’ll be picturing it anyway.

    And just like Reginald/Regina, none of the boys are really who they say they are either. Yoosung is actually a supermutant. Seven is a synth. Zen is Deacon….

    1. Thanks a lot. Next Fallout game, there’s going to be a wasteland-themed dating sim for your Pip-Boy. I hope you can live with having Bethesda write one of those.

  4. Warclam says:

    So, V is not permitted, Han and 7 are off the table for the free version, so we’ve got: noted fuckboi Zen, or Rutskarn. Or sis-mance with Kang which is cool but seems to kinda be missing the point of the game.

    Yeah, it’s gotta be Rutskarn, right?

    1. Majere says:

      I hope they go for Other-Rutskarn.

      1. Sleeping Dragon says:

        This is doing wonders for my Josh-Skarn ship.

  5. Grampy_Bone says:

    Are you certain your headaches are not simply caffeine withdrawal?

    1. Shamus says:

      I’ve been getting them since I was 10, so probably not.

      1. pdk1359 says:

        Huh, I had a similar problem; it’s better lately since I started drinking more water (like more than 8 glasses a day, usually ~12) and I keep my hair short, like shaving it down to nearly nothing every six weeks. It feels like my brain is baking and I tense up and everything is hated.

        Breathing exercises also helped me, breathing evenly through both nostrils, with clear sinuses, but yeah, as if that’s guaranteed.

        Lately (last couple years) I only get the headaches/migraines when I let my hair get too long or if I eat wrong or I get a head cold or the air-born pollen hates me, so like 1/month or three. Still sucks though

  6. John says:

    If Shamus is 1,000 years old, then I am 998, because Shamus is only two years older than I am and I don’t get this game either. It’s a shame that you can’t romance Jumin Han in the freeware version, because of all the boys he is by far the least annoying. The others are all–how to put this?–much too excitable. And easily distracted. And maybe kind of stupid. (Yoosung and Zen, I’m looking at you here.) Forgive an old man for asking a silly question, but is that supposed to be part of the appeal? If it were up to me, I’d romance Assistant Kang because she seems sane. I like that in a romantic prospect.

    1. Confanity says:

      “the boys… are all”“how to put this?”“much too excitable. And easily distracted. And maybe kind of stupid. ”

      Having been a teenage boy myself, I suspect that this is pretty close to reality. I guess you’ve just got to find and focus on their good qualities, and choose on that basis?

      1. John says:

        Are they teenagers? The hacker says he’s 22. Although he was suspiciously quick to bring that up for no reason at all . . .

        You’re right. They’re probably teenagers.

        1. Sleeping Dragon says:

          I assume it’s one of those romance game things. There is the stated age which is a… convenient one but it isn’t really of much consequence and not that much thought is put into it* and the actual characters are grabbed from a pool of romance game archetypes**.

          *That “organizing event every 2 years” thing that the cast mentioned, unless I’m not giving the game enoough credit and this is somehow adressed or lampshaded.

          **Which I’m not saying is a bad thing, depens on the execution I suppose.

    2. MichaelGC says:

      Yep – 996 here, and OMG idk WTF.

      We’ve only seen the very start, though, I think? So far it’s just been the intro bit, and it sounded like the chat window we’ve focused on ’til now is only one of many, several, or fewer different systems that you interact with in some fashion with or perhaps without a view to attaining some goal or goals or not.

      Anyway, it will probably be clear that I can’t help with your question … I can’t even assess whether or not it’s a silly one! Seemed reasonable enough to me! *adjusts tartan blanket more closely around knees*

    3. Daemian Lucifer says:

      You say that you dont get the game,but then you go and say stuff like:

      It's a shame that you can't romance Jumin Han in the freeware version, because of all the boys he is by far the least annoying.

      You totally get this game.

      1. John says:

        Hm. It’s not that I like what’s-his-face, you understand, it’s that I dislike him the least. Does that still qualify as “getting” the game?

        1. Daemian Lucifer says:

          You are rating cute boys on their dateability,and thats what it takes to get it.It doesnt matter if your choice is based on the best or the least worst.

    4. Benjamin Hilton says:

      You know it’s interesting. I’m one of those people who has a really hard time getting into a lot of Asian produced games because so many of the story conventions just get on my nerves. That being said, I have a hardcore guilty pleasure soft spot for overly cutsie romance anime like Oran High Host Club or Fruits Basket. I can’t put my finger on why, but I just find them hilariously entertaining. Point being, this game seems to have a lot more in common with those anime than it does with the majority of other Asian games I see.

      So looks like I’m going to have to find a way to play a game on my phone without my friends questioning why I’m always texting cute boys……….Thanks Mumbles………

      1. Christopher says:

        You like them because they’re great! There’s lots of of reverse harem or romance shows for girls out there, but I never bother watching most of those past episode 1 because it’s so dull if you have no interest in the hunks. Ouran and Fruits Basket are actually funny and good entertainment anyway, and I agree that so far Mystic Messenger is closer to that than to a show like B-PROJECT.

        1. Benjamin Hilton says:

          Yeah I think it’s just something about the kind of humor that tends to be used with the reverse haram shows that I find hilarious.

    5. Christopher says:

      Are you telling me a middle aged man doesn’t get the appeal of flirting with twenty-something boys? Get out of here!

      I’d go for Kang because she’s a hot girl, but in this scenario I’d prefer Han too. He seems to have his shit figured out. Yoosung seems kinda dumb and Zen really insecure. I can’t get a coherent picture of a devout catholic car collecting hacker genius, but it does scream issues to me.

  7. Daemian Lucifer says:

    But…as a hacker,dont you have to covet that which isnt yours?Isnt that a sin?

    1. MichaelGC says:

      Interesting question! I reckon I could have a good go at a ‘no’, but not without breaking ALL the rules right out the gate. Ah well.

  8. Daemian Lucifer says:

    I support the motion to rename Rutskarn into Other Yoosung.

  9. Ninety-Three says:

    I think this is a bad game for Spoiler Warning, or at the very least it turns the show into something substantially different from what it normally is.

    When you’re playing Fallout or Arkham Asylum or the like, I’ll generally put the video up on one monitor, open Civilization on the other, and treat Spoiler Warning sort of like a podcast, with video that I half-pay attention to. That is completely impossible for this game: between the pace of the text conversation and listening to the Spoiler Warning crew, I’m struggling to keep pace even when I give the video my undivided attention (and it’s not like I can just ignore the video, because unlike a rambly Fallout conversation, the crew is pretty much just reacting to the text of the game).

    I hope this only a one week diversion.

  10. Christopher says:

    Is V not romancable because he’s:
    a) A villain who murdered Rika
    b) Heartbroken over Rika
    c) Busy being Unknown
    d) The true gay man in the chatroom, the romance was a lie
    e) Secretly 40 years old, which is less Mystic Messenger and more Bioware
    f) Rika is alive and couldn’t actually stand the parties, so he’s busy being in a relationship with her on a beach in Hawaii

    1. Droid says:

      g) all of the above.

    2. Ninety-Three says:

      e) Secretly 40 years old, which is less Mystic Messenger and more Bioware

      Maybe I’m missing something having skipped the last two Dragon Ages, but how is that Bioware?

      1. Christopher says:

        Wishing not to offend any of the fictional romancable characters in Dragon Age Inquisition, I’m pretty sure the only one younger than 30 is the lesbian option, Sera the rogue. Some of that is probably hereditary, it’s at least a decade since Dragon Age Origins. The returning characters are naturally older and you want the new characters to have some history in the world too. Bioware also aims for a different, older market. So not only the romance options, but the entire cast is at least ten years older on average than Mystic Messenger. Iron Bull and Blackwall alone have got to be past 40.

        Edit: Having looked it up, Sera is around 20. The second youngest one, Josephine, is around 27-29. Cullen is 29. Dorian is 30. Iron Bull is 35. Cassandra is 37. Blackwall and Solas are mid-forties at least(though Solas is an elf, so not actually 40 in actual number of years).
        So yeah. Bioware has got your back if you want to romance old-ass characters. But Bethesda one-ups them with Hancock!

        1. Corsair says:

          Considering Solas is actually older than the Church of Andraste I’d say he beats out Hancock.

          1. Christopher says:

            I admit defeat, Bioware definitely has the oldest romance options.

  11. Cuthalion says:

    I’m really enjoying this. I think I’m ok with that. (But man, the pace is so fast. I have to pause now and then just to keep track of what’s going on along with what the hosts are saying, and I’m not even doing anything else on the other screen!)

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