Ni no Kuni Should Have Been For Me...

I haven’t played a JRPG for some time, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to. I skipped FFXIII because it just didn’t look like the type of game that I wanted to play at the time. Then, after hearing all the bad about it, I decided to not give it a try. I still haven’t played it and have no plans. So, what happened to my once strong love of JRPGs? I just don’t think most of them live up to the higher standards that modern games achieve now.

Now we have Ni no Kuni. Produced by Level 5 in collaboration with Ghibili Studios. From what I’ve heard this seems to be a good marriage of the two. I love Ghibili Studio films, even though I don’t particularly like anime. Ghibili studio films just seem to add the depth, heart, mystery, and fantasy that Pixar has to traditional animated films - something Disney films never had was the originality in their fantasy and storytelling that Ghibili Studios and Pixar found (in different ways of course, but still they set themselves above Disney in this way).

A Ghibili Studio co-produced game excited me a lot. I almost ran right out to buy it, but instead waited to see the review and the quick look instead. Initial reviews are favorable and the quick look showed a game that I could probably get into.

HOWEVER, I don’t think I can play the game. And, for a very strange reason. During the quick look, at the part where the the little stuffed animal comes to life, I couldn’t get over the damn lantern pierced to its nose... You know that feeling you get when something is floating near your eyes or just in front of your nose? I started to get that uncomfortable sensation, and it wouldn’t go away. No, it actually kept growing stronger as the scene unfolded. It got to the point that I started getting nauseated and kept yelling out, get that thing off your damn face!!!

I tried watching it again a little later, but with the same result. I don’t think I can do it. I don’t think I will be able to play this game. I’m disappointed that I physically won’t be able to play a game that I’ve been looking forward to for such a strange reason. I don’t fault the artists; it seems like a simple enough anime troupe to put a strange piercing in a strange place, but it just ruined the game for me... Oh well, I’ll have to find something else to play until the big games start to come out in March. I still haven’t played Giant Bomb’s game of the year, XCOM yet, maybe I’ll play that instead. Any aliens with strange, overly-large nose piercings in XCOM?

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Posted by Jigenese

I haven’t played a JRPG for some time, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to. I skipped FFXIII because it just didn’t look like the type of game that I wanted to play at the time. Then, after hearing all the bad about it, I decided to not give it a try. I still haven’t played it and have no plans. So, what happened to my once strong love of JRPGs? I just don’t think most of them live up to the higher standards that modern games achieve now.

Now we have Ni no Kuni. Produced by Level 5 in collaboration with Ghibili Studios. From what I’ve heard this seems to be a good marriage of the two. I love Ghibili Studio films, even though I don’t particularly like anime. Ghibili studio films just seem to add the depth, heart, mystery, and fantasy that Pixar has to traditional animated films - something Disney films never had was the originality in their fantasy and storytelling that Ghibili Studios and Pixar found (in different ways of course, but still they set themselves above Disney in this way).

A Ghibili Studio co-produced game excited me a lot. I almost ran right out to buy it, but instead waited to see the review and the quick look instead. Initial reviews are favorable and the quick look showed a game that I could probably get into.

HOWEVER, I don’t think I can play the game. And, for a very strange reason. During the quick look, at the part where the the little stuffed animal comes to life, I couldn’t get over the damn lantern pierced to its nose... You know that feeling you get when something is floating near your eyes or just in front of your nose? I started to get that uncomfortable sensation, and it wouldn’t go away. No, it actually kept growing stronger as the scene unfolded. It got to the point that I started getting nauseated and kept yelling out, get that thing off your damn face!!!

I tried watching it again a little later, but with the same result. I don’t think I can do it. I don’t think I will be able to play this game. I’m disappointed that I physically won’t be able to play a game that I’ve been looking forward to for such a strange reason. I don’t fault the artists; it seems like a simple enough anime troupe to put a strange piercing in a strange place, but it just ruined the game for me... Oh well, I’ll have to find something else to play until the big games start to come out in March. I still haven’t played Giant Bomb’s game of the year, XCOM yet, maybe I’ll play that instead. Any aliens with strange, overly-large nose piercings in XCOM?

Posted by sevenLiter

That's odd, man. Sorry to hear it, though. Are they any other games or movies that give you that feeling?

Posted by Morningstar

That's really odd, yeah. Shame for you, but there are plenty of other games out there. And februart/march will be packed with new games.

Posted by Coafi

This is one of the most strangest reasons for not playing this game.

Posted by notdavid

That's the weirdest god damn reason for not playing a game I ever heard.

Edited by Sackmanjones
Posted by Marz

ok....

Posted by Ghost_Cat

Think back to when you were a child.....

Posted by TobbRobb

I dont get nauseous, but that lantern is really fucking dumb. I can't stand it.

Still gonna play this awesome game though!

Posted by McGhee
You know that feeling you get when something is floating near your eyes or just in front of your nose?

You know they say it's bad to go cold turkey off your meds, right?

Posted by Jigenese

All that commented: Yeah I know this is stupid-strange. When I told my friend, who was going to let me borrow the game, he just looked at me with a blank stare. I don't think he knew how to respond either. It's the strangest thing. McGhee - I gave up my meds a long time ago; I'm clean. I swear... haha. Thanks for the comments. Maybe I'll need to get a little inebriated in order to play this game. Hope you all enjoy it for me though.

Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

That is unfortunate but I see where you are coming from.

Posted by deox

Huh... well, sorry to hear that duder. The game looks awesome. I'd love to play it but unfortunately I just don't have the time to devote to a game of this length right now.

Edited by Jrinswand

I really wasn't expecting the OP to turn out the way it did. Sounds like you need psychiatric help, duder.

Posted by joshthebear
Posted by Jigenese

Joshthebear = perfect reply!

Posted by Hizang

Thats odd, but each to his own I suppose.

Posted by mikey87144

@Jigenese: Maybe try playing it for a while and see how you deal with it. Being in control might help you get past it.

Posted by Catolf

@joshthebear said:

Yup.

Posted by SpunkyHePanda

Pretend it's a clip-on.

Posted by MistaSparkle

If it makes you feel better, if you look at Drippy, he wouldn't be able to see it anyways. His eyes are at such an angle that even if he looked all the way to the left or all the way to the right with one of them he still wouldn't be able to see it. So maybe if you knew that the character wouldn't see it the way you think he's seeing it, you could play the game without fear!

Posted by MarkWahlberg

@Catolf said:

@joshthebear said:

Yup.

Posted by WMWA
@notdavid

That's the weirdest god damn reason for not playing a game I ever heard.

Posted by Joeyoe31

Cover the lantern with your hand everytime it comes on screen. Maybe that will fix it.

Posted by Demoskinos

@MarkWahlberg: Glorious.

Posted by 8Bit_Archer

Yeah that weird but, hey you have your reasons...just cant help but thinking that this is more attention seeking than anything else. Its like you see everyone getting really excited about a game, and found the first thing to pick at just to burst our bubble.

That lantern is pretty stupid.

Posted by AssInAss

I don't think anyone could have figured this would be the reason. Do you get freaked out by piercings in general, or just in this case where it looks weird on a cute character? I mean Studio Ghibli have some weird and nightmare-fuel designs.

Posted by JackSukeru

I...think I know the feeling you're describing but I can't imagine getting it from just seeing something having a thing dangling in front of its face.

Posted by ManU_Fan10ne

@MarkWahlberg said:

@Catolf said:

@joshthebear said:

Yup.

Yup.

Posted by HerbieBug

yeah it bothers me too. at first I was confused about whether it was a piercing or he was just holding it elephant trunk style. then I saw the quicklook and saw that it is, in fact, hooked to a ring pierced through his snout.

i would have preferred elephant trunk holding. that would have been less weird.

Posted by Jigenese

Mark Wahlberg - if that's who you really are, I loved The Fighter;) Great addition. Except, it has to be in front of his eyes. Damn that piercing!

Posted by Sanity

Im also anti lantern piercing, get that thing off!

Not sure if im going to get this myself yet or not, though my reasons are mainly because i already have a bunch of stuff i should be playing.

Posted by ArtisanBreads

I was trying to think of a witty reply... but

@MarkWahlberg said:

@Catolf said:

@joshthebear said:

Yup.

Posted by videogamesarenotart

this reminds me of that scene from Misery

Posted by Meltac

@Jigenese said:

It got to the point that I started getting nauseated and kept yelling out, get that thing off your damn face!!!

Haha, that's too funny!