The Unwatched Pot

Truth be told, I’m on vacation right now, so I’m not exactly in the best environment to be writing right now. Hell, it would take something really important to get me to do anything related to either blog at this moment in time.

Something huge.

Yep, apparently all those positive vibes I’ve been sending towards XSEED and/or Falcom have apparently finally paid off and half of my current white whale is finally within grasp. Sure, there was that unknown XSEED listing on Steam that ended up being a PC port of Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star and that interview with Toshihiro Kondo acknowledged that he wanted to localize the missing “Crossbell” duology of the Legend of Heroes series, but neither event really seemed to necessitate a new blog post just yet, though I was playing to use them if I needed to extrapolate even further. But by this point, it’s pretty much unnecessary.  While I think it’s a safe bet that we’ll be seeing Memories of Celceta joining Seven on Steam, I’m also not quite fully willing to consider it a sure thing just yet, certainly not by this year. Regardless, Seven’s the next game I need to play in the series (considering I’ve been trying to tackle them in the order they were originally released), so I’ll be more than happy to add it to my Steam collection whenever it drops — all we know is that it’s due out “this Summer”. But don’t worry, I’m not just writing this post strictly for the sake of gloating …mainly because I’m not sure who I should be gloating at. I mean, at least if it were Celceta, I’d have Vita evangelicals who would be miffed at losing yet another Vita-exclusive niche JRPG to PC. PSP games aren’t a zero-sum game for them: Vita owners only get riled up when they aren’t localized as digital-only trinkets for them to play with via PSN, they don’t seem to care as much if other people get them, as long as they do too in some way, shape or form.

However, perhaps the most important thing is the timing of this announcement. See, this massive announcement was revealed during one of XSEED’s Friday Night XStreams — themed around fellow Falcom release Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection. I wanted to watch the stream in question, but alas, I spent all of Friday on the road. I managed to find out about this news through a Facebook post and commented that it had better not be a joke on my part. When the truth was fully revealed, I was ecstatic. But there were other emotions involved: obviously I was sad that I didn’t get to see the reveal live, but even later, there was a bout with confusion. You know the old saying, about how a watched pot never boils? It seemed to apply at this moment now more than any other — XSEED had chosen the perfect moment when I wasn’t around to spring the best news I could’ve ever hoped to hear since MegaMan Legacy Collection 2 was confirmed last month. Now, I’m not paranoid enough to believe that XSEED did this intentionally — far from it — it just struck me as ironic that I’d been waiting for an announcement for so long and they decided to spring it right when I was unable to enjoy it first-hand. Was my presence what had delayed the inevitable? Not consciously of course, I mean in some weirdly ironic/cosmic sense.

I discussed this with SNES Master KI, a common contributor to the Retronaissance site, and he connected it to a habit all his own. You see, whenever KI gets excited for any big reveal — particularly those related to Nintendo — he will often go out of his way to miss live reveals. I can honestly kind of relate, I tend to go out of my way to watching the Cubs, Bulls or Blackhawks when they play, because I feel like I’m a jinx, especially during the playoffs. Though, for quite some time, he swore that the quality of the announcements often correlated to his presence. For example, he slept through Nintendo’s E3 conferences in 2006, 2009 and 2010 and all of them ended up being among his favorites of all time. Meanwhile, he watched 2007 and 2008 live and ended up horribly disappointed. In fact, he claims that of the Nintendo E3 conferences he watched live, he only considered 2014 and this year’s to be any good, and he felt that 2014 was nowhere near the quality of the ones he slept through. That is to say, of all the E3 conferences he watched live, only 2017’s was worth it in his opinion. And KI is the most die-hard Nintendo fan I’ve ever known.

So I am left to wonder, did my absence have something to do with this? Should I just skip out on any future event related to companies I love, just to stack the deck in favor of the announcements I crave? I’m not sure if I’m willing to go quite that far, though that will probably mean that from now until it’s announced, I’ll be wondering if XSEED is holding off on revealing that Memories of Celceta PC port on another stream until I’m safely unable to view it once more. Of course, I didn’t typically watch them in the first place, only when they teased a “big announcement” or focused on a game I was interested in in the first place.

In the end, I’d have to say that my presence probably doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Loads of stuff were set to happen this weekend regardless, and the only thing that really knocked my socks off was that Ys Seven PC port reveal. Capcom would’ve disappointed with its nostalgia costumes and dancing around the fact that Abigail is the next SFV character with or without me, SNK cancelled their panel at EVO well before I left on my trip and ARIKA revealed they’d be showing off their new game there way back. In the end, I guess it’s all just patience.

Either way, still hoping to hear about a Memories of Celceta PC port not too far from now. Although, considering that infamous tweet from what feels like ages ago, they may just hold it back to make us fans squirm, after our admittedly rude reception.


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