Though I've been here for several days now, it occurs to me that I've been lacking in the department of a proper introduction, something I feel must now be readily remedied. Without ado - it is I, Olivier! Wandering lyric, troubadour extraordinaire; ambassador of peace and hearts most faire~.
In terms of self-descriptions, I suppose that should be sufficient, but I have no hesitation in providing a few more personal details.
And... regrettably, I think I'm going to have to break character here so as to describe myself and not Olivier. First off, yes, the above was entirely necessary. But I could only wish to match Olivier, in terms of looks, talents, and setting. In appearance and personality, I'm probably far closer to Mueller. And age-wise, neck-and-neck with Joshua.
But considering that it's probably way too egotistic to compare myself to three characters from Trails in a single paragraph, I'll stop those comparisons.
Anyhow, I'm a fairly new gamer. My parents were of the sort that believed video games were of the devil - you know how that is. They eventually relented and so my first system was the Gameboy Advance, and my first game Super Mario Bros. 3 - which isn't a bad starting place, all things considered. That having been said, my interest in more obscure titles didn't really begin until just a few years ago.
More recently, I've been spectating over the shenanigans centering around three Wii games - I'll assume you know the ones - and when The Last Story was announced for North American release, it surprised me a bit that they'd given it to Xseed. I'd heard of the company before - for Little King's Story and Solotorobo - but I'd never actually played a game that they handled.
So one day this March, I was walking through a local entertainment retailer - Hastings, I don't know how prevalent they are - and I was idly looking in the clearance bin. I saw there many games of the sort you'd expect to find there - movie games, games for characters who have long outlived their usefulness, that sort of deal. But one of these titles caught my eye with its cover art. (Three guesses what it was, and the first two don't count.)
While it is generally not a good idea to judge a book by its cover, something about the game I'd found - The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - just screamed "game that does not belong in this bin". Recognizing the Xseed logo in the bottom-right, I'd decided to give the game a closer inspection... and I walked out of the store with it.
As might go without saying at this point, it quickly became one of my favorite RPGs - no, favorite games - period. While I had my doubts in the beginning, the second I met Olivier I knew I'd found something special - and it took mere moments for him to become one of my favorite characters in anything ever. So there's the name.
Naturally, as I finished the game, I hunted down these forums so that I might get more information on the whereabouts of SC. And... for better or for worse, I got information.
Still, as I browsed, I'd read a lot about another of their upcoming games - Ys Origin. Recognizing the Falcom name, I decided I'd give that franchise a go, too - and likewise, I wasn't disappointed. I ordered Seven the other day, and will probably use that to gauge what system I'm buying Felghana for.
Anyway, while I came here for The Last Story, I stayed for Trails, and discovered Ys. All and all, it's been a good experience and I'll probably be here for some time - no matter how much y'all try to get rid of me. <3
A few more preferences. My favorite genres are generally RPGs and puzzle games, but I find that I can generally get into everything except shooters - kind of figures that it'd be the one thing that isn't in short supply nowadays, but them's the breaks. I tend to view most games positively - criticism doesn't really suit me. (Which is why my reviews are always incredibly dull. "The music is great! And... the graphics are great! And the story's great too! And the characters are memorable!") There's occasionally a bad egg that gets ALL OF MY HATE (complete with decorative flames surrounding me whenever I say their name, natch), but they're pretty uncommon.
And as far as personality goes, I'm usually the sort of collected intellectual-type you'd find on a forum at 4:45 AM HEY LOOK AT THE TIME. I don't tend to be very trusting of most people in real life - thanks to... unexpected character development around middle school I've ended up the sort of person many people around here try to avoid, but fair enough - I turned to the internet and now here I am writing an essay to introduce myself on the Xseed forums as though they offer psychotherapy with their localizations.
...I've gone on for far too long now and I seriously just typed that much about myself so I'm pretty sure that makes me the most narcissistic person alive but in any case it's nearly 5:00, but I don't want to just delete everything I've typed in the last while so against better judgment I'm posting anyhow.
And so I must retire for the morning, fellow forumgoers, but I shall be more than happy to accompany you in the future should time grant me the opportunity. Olivier, signing off.