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17 May 2008

I'm reading The Once and Future King by T. H. White; the classic Arthurian tale written in the beginning of the 20th century. I've just now finished the first part; The Sword in the Stone. Though it's a pleasant tale, full of pheasants and peasants, for some reason I tire of it quite swiftly. There's something about the way it's written that makes it, well, an anti-page turner. After two chapters I've usually had my fill of it and I put it down. I don't know why, but there you have it.

Some bad news about my sword fighting future: it's not at this time starting just yet. I've come to the conclusion that rolling into the school in Nijmegen would be a bad idea. Don't get me wrong; I loved the one time I went there and followed a class. And I'm still anxious to learn proper swordplay. But the timing is just unfortunate. Their only class is on Sunday afternoon, and I've had more than enough evidence in the last few weeks that on most Sundays (and weekends, for that matter) I'm busy visiting friends, staying over or doing other fun stuff. Sunday afternoon is just a super-debilitating time to plan anything, because you'd have to sacrifice your entire weekend (if most of your weekend-stuff occupies its full two days as mine usually does) just for two hours of class. And that's not a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

If it were held on Saturday morning, before the weekend proper starts, I'd have given it a shot, but now it's doomed from the start. If I can only follow one class on average per month, it's not worth it. So, what now? Maybe I'll go look for some other fighting sport here in Arnhem, that's held in the evenings or during week days. I'll probably have to resort to oriental stuff, which isn't bad, but the fact that I had found something European just made me really enthusiastic. But I'll have to look into it some more. Haven't made up my mind yet.

I'm busy playing Apollo Justice (even GTA IV had to take a backseat to it!) and it's great stuff, as expected. The jokes are superb, the atmosphere pleasant and the animations more hilarious than ever. It seems most of the characters you meet have some alternate, undisguised version and you're often laughing out loud when they reveal themselves in some idiotic fashion. Good grief! I'm not entirely sure about the new 'magical power' though. Phoenix used to have the ability to see Psyche-locks, which was an excellent way to put some excitement in the otherwise facile investigation chapters. Apollo has the ability to zoom into people and perceive their nervous habits, giving away their lies. In theory an interesting new way to catch the bad guys, but the implementation is flawed. For one; it happens during testimonies which are already a game of cat-and-mouse. But the biggest grief is that it takes the place of confronting the witness with evidence. So, instead of making a logical deduction and then finding proof, you just look closely for the tic and the game will magically progress without any real explanation. It's like you're playing a game of chess and suddenly the opponent decides that he takes your queen, just because. It undercuts the wonderful logic of the cases and the pride you feel in solving a mystery! I needn't explain why that is a bad thing, methinks.

So, it may not be as good a game as the first one, or the pinnacle of the series, Trials & Tribulations, but it's still a beautiful Ace Attorney game, worthy of attention. Speaking of the T&T, it would appear Capcom has strangely decided to either postpone or cancel in its entirety its release in Europe. Despite importing always having been the more expedient and cheaper choice, this is still a big shame. Their reasons I believe are the coinciding with the release of Apollo Justice and T&T being arguably the most mature of the series, with some pretty dramatic stuff happening (and therefore not getting too high an age rating). Still, those aren't good reasons to skip the title entirely and European fans can only hope the title reaches our shores some day. C'mon people, how else can I expect everyone here to properly appreciate my Mr. Godot cosplay?!

Roderick.