Amateur Endurance Run: Dragon Quest VIII

Update 3/5: The Amateur Endurance Run has concluded! I had a lot of fun playing through Dragon Quest VIII, it has personality and charm in spades. And there were plenty of memorable moments: Jessica in a bunny costume, Yangus riding a sabrecat, and of course, who can forget the puff-puff club. Thanks to every who watched/will watch, and a big shoutout to Twitch chat for the continued support. It made playing and streaming this game for 66+ hours a lot more fun.

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@epicsteve has made some wonderful videos under the "Amateur Encyclopedia Bombastica/Quick Look" name. After watching his recent look at Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout, I was inspired to follow suit. So starting today, this blog will catalog my Amateur Endurance Run of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.

When I think of Endurance Runs, I think of lengthy games and daily content (among other things obviously). Well, Dragon Quest VIII is pretty damn long, and the plan is to update this blog every weekday with new content. I'll also be streaming my entire playthrough, because as Bill O'Reilly says, we'll do it live! This means I'll interact with chat – if someone wonders who I'm talking to while watching the archived videos, there's your answer. In general, watching the videos later will be a different experience because of that interaction, but hey, I need something to keep me interested for the 70+ hours. Think of it as an amlabella/chat duo, just as we had Jeff/Vinny, Brad/Ryan, and Patrick/Ryan.

As for the whole "new content every weekday" thing, that doesn't mean I'll be streaming every day... let's just say life gets in the way of things. But I do have the added benefit of weekends, unlike the GB staff when they did Endurance Runs. So if I stream on Saturday and Sunday, those videos will be archived here on Monday and Tuesday. This gives me a little bit of wiggle room, and lets live viewers get an early look at each new part of the Endurance Run. It's not an ideal setup, but such is life.

As I mention in the first part of the Endurance Run, I did play Dragon Quest VIII back in 2005 but failed to finish the game. The 2005 release date coupled with my often-terrible memory allows me to go into the game relatively fresh.

I hope you guys enjoy the Endurance Run, and I always welcome any feedback. Thanks duders!

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Posted by Morningstar

Great pick. Love that game =)

Posted by Fredchuckdave

Ragazzo! It's a Let's Play on any other site except longplays.org 2005/2006 were a great couple of fuckin JRPG years.

Posted by Blu3V3nom07

Lendurance Run, yay!!

Posted by Marcsman

Is this the last great game that Squenix made? ( I think so )

Posted by amlabella

@marcsman: Well Level 5 developed DQVIII, unless you're just talking about games that Square Enix published. In either case, I'd throw Final Fantasy XII out there as a counterexample. Seems like a divisive entry in the series, but I liked it quite a bit.

Edited by Petiew

Dragon Quest 8 is one of my favourite games of all time. The game has so much charm and work put into it, though maybe a bit too much grinding for many people to see it through to the end.

Looking forward to seeing you play it!

Posted by Torrim

The last great RPG I played. Though, that has more to do with the fact that I was working 3rd shift that summer and had nothing better to do before I went back to college. But when I was done with the game, it made it's way to the top of my favorite gaming experiences.

Edited by LochNessie82

I'm so looking forward to watching this! If I end up playing this game for a 4th time, it will be all your fault amlabella! Long live the Lendurance Run :D

Edited by amlabella

Part 2 has now been added to the first post. The YouTube upload isn't cooperating right now, but hopefully I can get that fixed by this afternoon.

Don't let Geyzer's speech impediment fool you, he packs quite a punch. I probably should have leveled up a bit more before this boss fight, but Endurance Run luck was on my side. Though escaping the dungeon added a whole other layer of tension...

Edited by amlabella

Part 3 has now been added. OBS crashed in the middle of the stream, but we all know nothing stops the (Amateur) Endurance Run! Anyway, that's why episode 3 is split into two parts.

Edited by VeggiesBro

Will have to check this out. LOVED this game way back when it came out.

Posted by LochNessie82

Beware of the bad-ass that is Buffalo Bill!

Posted by hermes

Good luck with the ER...

I would like to see how you balance the gameplay, because my memories of it are full of entire sessions of nothing but grinding.

Edited by amlabella

@hermes: Yeah, there's already been a decent amount of grinding. That's usually the best time to indulge in some off-topic conversations with chat, heh.

Part 4 has now been added.

Edited by amlabella

Part 5 has been added. Take that Buffalo Bill!

Posted by Blu3V3nom07

Its a furry chicken wing thing..

Posted by LochNessie82

Mullet Mallet was a wimp compared to Buffalo Bill. You keep showing those named champions who's the boss!

Posted by Hippie_Genocide

I need to check this out. DQVIII sits perched atop my pile of shame like a gleaming Hope Diamond.

Edited by Fattony12000

I'm going to watch this this weekend.

Posted by amlabella

Part 7 is up, though we had technical issues again. The stream died while using the Elgato software (hence the two parts again), and the mic audio is very choppy in the second part. Fingers crossed that I can get these issues fixed soon.

Posted by amlabella

Part 8 has been added, and with no technical difficulties!

Posted by Blu3V3nom07

I just love Yangus's coldest guv stare. With the hard brow, and the clown circle nose. :D

Posted by amlabella

Twitch link for Part 9 has been added; I'll have a YouTube link later when the Twitch export option actually works.

Edited by benspyda

I really enjoyed Dragon Quest VIII, perfect example of how good JRPGs used to be in the PS2 era.

Edited by TobbRobb

And the white whale rears it's ugly head again.... One day it shall be finished.

I wonder how well this game emulates, I don't wanna go find my PS2 again. :/

Posted by amlabella

Part 10 is now up.

Edited by amlabella

Part 11 has been added.

Posted by Blu3V3nom07

Lad Mibs makes the world go round, you know?? :)

Edited by Wrighteous86

I know you want more views on your vids, but I don't think you need to bump this every weekday when you put up a new video. Maybe limit it to once a week or something.

Posted by amlabella

@wrighteous86: Fair point, just wanted to reinforce that this was an everyday thing (not particularly concerned with view counts). Otherwise I could post, say, parts 12-15 all on one day and cheat. COLLUSION!

But yeah, every few days or something would be better. Thanks for the feedback.

Posted by amlabella

This week's episodes (parts 23-27) have been added.

Posted by Blu3V3nom07

ALWAYS MOAR HUSTLE!

I wish I had a Yangus-Running loading animation for muh compy..

Posted by Video_Game_King
Edited by amlabella

Update 3/5: The Amateur Endurance Run has concluded! I had a lot of fun playing through Dragon Quest VIII, it has personality and charm in spades. And there were plenty of memorable moments: Jessica in a bunny costume, Yangus riding a sabrecat, and of course, who can forget the puff-puff club. Thanks to every who watched/will watch, and a big shoutout to Twitch chat for the continued support. It made playing and streaming this game for 66+ hours a lot more fun.