Welcome to the last Seriously Geeky Sunday of the year! I know it’s technically Monday now, but we’re all stuck in that confusing time between Christmas and New Year where no one really knows what day it is anyway…
This week is all about the highlights of 2020 in Fandoms, so I’ll be taking a look back at some of the most standout points of my year. I’ve got review posts lined up for the next few days, so it’s going to be pretty hectic over here as we say “good riddance” to 2020.
Which fandom was the highlight of your year?
Due to all live concerts being cancelled this year, After the Rain announced their first ever online live and streamed it worldwide in November… which meant I got a ticket! It’s unlikely this would’ve ever happened if the pandemic didn’t exist, so I’m incredibly thankful I got the opportunity to watch my favourite band perform live from Japan (even if it was only on screen)! Hopefully I’ll get the chance to watch them live in person someday, but I’m quite satisfied for now. Mafumafu uploaded a couple of songs from the live to YouTube, which I will link here:
Music releases in general have kept me sane this year, with a bunch of new albums being released over the past 6 months and utaite covers being uploaded weekly, I’ve had plenty to keep me occupied whilst spending a lot of time working from home.
Which one surprised you the most?
I haven’t played many new games this year, so instead, here’s a story that I personally found to be very surprising. Going back to January for this one. I remember walking into my local GAME store on release day for Tokyo Mirage Sessions (Switch) expecting to go home with a shiny new… cartridge?… (okay, maybe not shiny… foul tasting? – I’ll come back to this topic next year sometime). Despite posters being displayed in store and the game being listed on their website, the staff in the shop didn’t even know what I was talking about. I was then told they hadn’t received a single copy. Over the next few days, I watched the price increase multiple times on their website and tried again in store, only to leave empty handed again. In the end, I did what I normally wouldn’t do and ordered a new copy from eBay, but I was pretty shocked that GAME were promoting something they didn’t even stock.
Did you revisit an old fandom?
Back in April, I played Little Big Adventure (1994) after many years of wanting to revisit the series. I have vivid memories of the second game (Little Big Adventure 2 / Twinsen’s Odyssey) from my childhood when I was around 4 or 5 years old with my dad, and I haven’t seen the series since. Although it wasn’t the exact same game I’d played previously, I still got nostalgia hits. It hasn’t aged all that well though.
What was the best new release of this year for you?
Aksys’ Otome Switch Localisations have been my favourite: Code:Realize, Collar X Malice and Piofiore (I haven’t got round to Café Enchanté yet). I’ve enjoyed every one of these releases so far this year even though there’s been some mixed feelings within the community due to some of these releases being in a rushed state… Saying that, I’m pleased to see these have been addressed since, all thanks to the persistence of the otome community. I love otome visual novels and I’m thrilled to see more being released in the west – even more so now PQube are taking on Bustafellows for next year!
What fandom was the biggest let down?
I was really excited when Persona 4 was suddenly announced for Steam. This was then ruined by the fact that it uses Denuvo… Why games are made to run using 2 DRMs (Steam and Denuvo) is beyond me, but I’d rather not play a game that runs poorly or worms my PC, thank you. Epic Games exclusivity has also ruined PC gaming as a whole, and as I absolutely refuse to give even a penny to a company like Epic Games, I know there’s a bunch of games I’m going to miss out on, including the new Abe’s Odyssey game.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Denuvo, please watch this informative video with side by side performance comparisons.
Who were your favourite characters of 2020?
Without going into major detail, these are the most memorable characters from games I played during 2020. They’re all very different from each other but I couldn’t imagine these games without them.
- Yang (Piofiore)
- Takeru Sasazuka (Collar X Malice)
- Goro Majima (Yakuza)
- Elizabeth Comstock (Bioshock Infinite)
- Elenora Yumizuru (Tokyo Mirage Sessions)
Thanks once again to Heather for these prompts and thank you all for reading!