Cleanup Wrapup

It’s taken about a week and a half of constant work, but the images are now resized. We’ve cut down on storage size considerably and hopefully won’t have any more trouble for years.

Of course, there might be lingering problems. It doesn’t help that WordPress chose to wheel in their new “blocks” system during the upgrade. I took advantage of the timing to convert most posts, but they introduced a handful of problems in the process. I’ve done a pass of the archives and have fixed most of the problems, but there are a lot of pages and it’s possible I missed some.

If you happen to be browsing the archive over the next few days, and see missing images, repeat images, or images that aren’t following the intended left-right-left pattern on desktop, please leave a comment on this post so that I can correct them!

Thanks again for the patience. Back to regular business from here!

Pardon Our Dust

Over the next few days I’m going to start a chore that I’ve been putting off for about two years now. You see, I’m nearly at WordPress’ data storage cap, and it’s past time to do something about it. The problem is images. Here’s the way things used to work: if you uploaded a high-res image and then shrunk it to fit your post, WordPress would provide a link to full-sized image! And so, I uploaded loads of really large images to take advantage of that. Nowadays I have thousands of those full-sized images on this blog, and I’m finally out of space. Unfortunately, not only did WordPress stop automatically providing those “full size” image links years ago, but I just don’t have space for those giant pictures even if they did! Thankfully, nobody ever really used them. I actually got click data whenever someone followed the links to the full-sized images, and it probably counted less than two, three dozen image clicks over this blog’s entire life.

Long story short, it’s time for the big images to go. I’ll be replacing them with images that actually match the size you see on the page, rather than having WordPress scale them down automatically. The images themselves will be identical from the reader’s perspective.

Hopefully, the actual process of switching the images won’t impact your reading experience. Just know that if anything looks screwy while you’re browsing the archives, it’s hopefully going to be temporary. At worst, I might mass-delete an entire game’s images just before uploading the replacements (because WordPress’ image browser is just THAT BAD), but I promise that it won’t stay that way for more than a few hours, and would probably be done at night in the western hemisphere to minimize the impact.

I’m not sure how much work I’m going to get done and when, or in what order. Obviously HD games like Kingdom Hearts and FFIX should be higher priorities (Kingdom Hearts easily takes up most of the storage!), but I also sort of want to keep the image archive chronological… Whatever order I choose, it’s going to be a truly tedious process and I’ll probably spread it out over the course of weeks.

Long story short: Pardon Our Dust, and enjoy your read!

Metapost – Upcoming Compilation of FFVII Lock-Down

With the upcoming launch of the FFVII Remake, all the products under the Compilation of FFVII banner (Crisis Core, FFVII, Advent Children, Dirge of Cerberus, Before Crisis) will be going under “lock-down,” like the Kingdom Hearts games before them. This means their comment sections will be locked, and the posts will not be updated with new developments. If you’ve got anything left to say about them, now’s your last chance to say it!

This will happen at or after the game’s final release date, presently in April.

Marathon Playtimes

ff1marathon-2015-03-08-23h50m36s174Back at the start of the Marathon, playtimes were a big deal. The Mega Man Marathon was, after all, a race against time, and some of its playtimes survive to this very day! You know! A Marathon! After that, however, we let the matter slide, and for the last ten, eleven years, it hasn’t been a very serious concern. Then, all of a sudden while writing the FFIX Journal, I started to wonder how the game’s playtime stood up to its fellows. We had done it in fewer sessions than before (albeit comparable to the Persona 2 games), and that made me wonder if it really was smaller than the others. The only way to find out would be to undo ten years of bad bookkeeping to find our old saves!


Notice – Kingdom Hearts Comments

This post is here to serve as an announcement that, during January 2019, I will be shutting down the comments sections for the Kingdom Hearts Retrospective. Don’t worry, all the old comments will stay up, but you won’t be able to make any new ones. The idea is to have them closed before the release of Kingdom Hearts 3. Since I have to do each page manually, it may take a while, so I’m not setting any exact date, but it will be done before the release date on the 29th.

This is first and foremost an anti-spoiler measure, but I don’t intend to reverse it, since it’s also my way of signalling that I don’t intend to keep polishing up my commentary – in the post or in the comments – every time Nomura does something that expands on said commentary. Once KH3 is out, the Retrospective will be out of date (even more than it already is), and this is my way of acknowledging that. I’ll probably put a boilerplate to that effect in the intro post, too.

One of the luxuries of the Journals over the Retrospectives is that the Journals were never intended to be all-inclusive. A playthrough of FFIV on the Complete Collection was simply that, and the fact that I’ve played FFIV on PC since then doesn’t necessitate an update to the entire Journal. If I ever get back to doing Retrospectives, I should probably make sure it’s for series that are long dead, but no promises, not even to myself. If I break that promise, you can bet that one day, I’ll have to close their comment sections too.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading.

Final Fantasy Returns! And Other Updates

Okay, so for starters: on Friday morning, I’m going to be posting four blog posts as part of A Crystal Compendium, a Final Fantasy collaboration project with several other bloggers.  They’re all on games I’ve already covered, though my perspective is a few years older than the original Journals.  If you’re a Final Fantasy fan, even if you aren’t here for my Final Fantasy posts, consider checking out the collaboration for coverage of other Final Fantasy games by other bloggers!

Second: Final Fantasy updates will be returning, or at least to whatever degree I can manage.  The intent is to post every Thursday once again, starting with a post later today (before the collab posts go up on Friday).  Since the start of the hiatus, Kyle and I have played through FFT and FFVIII, and I have write-ups for both.  Once those run out, I intend to post in-progress Journals about whatever we play next (either FFIX or Persona 2: Innocent Sin), and so on until we yet again run out of content.

I may also consider running coverage of Final Fantasy Unlimited on Sundays, since Kyle and I finished that as well. My reasoning for Sundays is: this is a gaming blog. Covering an OVA or a movie for a few weeks isn’t so bad, but FFU is twenty-three episodes long.  And once I’m posting off-schedule, there’s no need to wait for its original release date.  In for a pound, and all that. On the other hand, it might be nice to save FFU for when we run out of content again.  I haven’t decided yet but will hopefully make up my mind by either this Sunday or the next.  Keep an eye out on the usual channels.

Kingdom Hearts updates are not returning from hiatus at this time.  While Final Fantasy updates can be put out even after a single play session, I’m of the mind that Retrospectives should be thoroughly edited from end-to-end, and they need to be deeper researched and need to include deeper analysis as well.  Furthermore, while I’m still a Kingdom Hearts fan, I’m not an active part of the KH fandom any longer, and so there hasn’t been much drive to work on the project, recent trailers aside.  Meanwhile, writing Final Fantasy Journals isn’t just simpler, but it’s over ten years’ established habit by now.  So that’s where things stand.

So, to repeat: one Final Fantasy Tactics post later today, four posts on previously covered games on Friday (plus links to others by other bloggers), and possibly a Final Fantasy Unlimited post on Sunday.  I hope to see you there!

Metapost: Final Fantasy in order!

Just like I promised, the Final Fantasy posts should now be in series release order (with series in internal chronological order), instead of the spaghetti show I was running before.  Hopefully by doing this in the middle of the night I didn’t trip anyone up, but if you were in the middle of a read, you may want to go to the directory (above) and double-check your place!



If you’re looking for today’s Kingdom Hearts 2 post, it’s here, you didn’t miss it!