We're not generally big fighting game fans, but this was Saiyuki. And! it was just like in Bus Gamer! I'm convinced that they wouldn't have been allowed to make it without including Chin Yisou. But sadly, unlike the Bus Gamer version, it looks like Rikudo's not in it. Unless he's hidden away and we haven't unlocked him yet. It was also the year Athena was like, "I need to improve my gaming skills! I need a fighting game!" Plus, what could be more therapeutic than beating Hazel to a bloody pulp?
Thanks to a tip from chibidrunksanzo, we were able to find a copy of the game on eBay for a lot cheaper than other places were selling it, and we obtained ourselves a copy. But then our Mom got engaged and we knew we'd be kicked out on our own soon and have to start paying rent. Add to that the fact that we were catching up with Japan on all the titles we were translating for TokyoPop (and therefore not sure how long our income would be incoming), and we decided it would be a bad idea to spend hundreds of dollars on a Japanese gaming console (even though they had an adorable sakura pink one that we really, really wanted, and it was a limited edition). And so our copy of the Saiyuki Reload Gunlock fighting game went unplayed, until Friday night.
Finally, finally, after two and a half years, we got to play the Saiyuki fighting game. And it's awesome. We have it set up right now so that Goku is the announcer for everything. I love that you can do that! The scenes before each of the fights in story mode are awesome, too. So far, we've only played through as Hakkai and Goku (we still haven't beaten Atelier Marie+Elie, and that one has to come first), but it's funny how even in Goku's story mode, Hakkai can't seem to be the bad guy. I can't wait to unlock all the pictures in the gallery!
It was kind of weird when Athena played through as Hakkai, because he sounded a little different than Hakkai. Still Akira Ishida, of course, but different. Maybe it's because it was a video game. Goku sounded exactly the same; I wonder if it's because Hoshi-san has more experience doing fighting games (he's Ryu in Pocket Fighter and Super Puzzle Fighter II: Turbo (which isn't a fighting game, but talks like one)).
And now another dream has been fulfilled. Except that we haven't unlocked Hazel, so we haven't gotten to beat the crud out of him yet.
And on that lovely note, I change the subject to church. We had ward conference today, and I guess since we're all single, the stake leaders decided to do the same stuff they did with the youth in the family wards. And this time, they're teaching all the youth to give good talks. They told us that every good talk has to have a Truth (a scripture), a Tale, and a Testimony (the three T's of good talks), and then they called on people to speak extemporaneously for two minutes. Since I actually did come up with something to speak on, but I wasn't called on, I figure I'd better say something about it, or, as the Fruits Basket subtitles say, "I'll catch it." So here it is!
I actually didn't look up any scriptures, because since I was right in one of the stake leaders' lines of vision I figured that might give him the idea to call on me, but there are plenty of scriptures that tell us to be thankful for all the Lord has blessed us with.
(Athena was kind enough just now to look up one of her favorites, Mosiah 2:20-21 (pointing out, of course, that it's better in context):
20 I say unto you, my brethren, that if you should render all the thanks and praise which your whole soul has power to possess, to that God who has created you, and has kept and preserved you, and has caused that ye should rejoice, and has granted that ye should live in peace one with another—
21 I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another—I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.)
(I'm sure some of the people on our friends list have heard this story before) Back when we still lived in Glendale, Mom told us about a Relief Society teacher in our ward who said that people were always asking her why she was so happy all the time. And she told them that it was because she keeps a gratitude journal, and every day, she writes down five new things that she is thankful for.
Over a year ago, I was constantly feeling irritated for no good reason, and I just couldn't shake it. That story came to mind, so I decided to try it out (as all you people on LJ have surely noticed). And it really works! I think what it is, is that constantly counting my blessings helps reinforce my testimony of all the things Heavenly Father does for me, and I think that, in turn, helps strengthen my testimony that everything is going to be okay. And I think that has a lot to do with why, back in Christmas of 2005, when we hadn't turned in any translations, and we knew we wouldn't be getting any money until February, and we had no money for rent, things were really, really scary, but we were also able to be happy about life. It was an odd feeling, really.
(I keep saying, "I think, I think," but that's not to say I'm unsure of myself, so much as to say that it was a very, very subtle thing, and we didn't see it happening at the time, but looking back on it, it does seem to be the case.)
So I just want to say that being grateful, and counting your blessings, is in itself a blessing, and it's a lot easier to enjoy the things you have when you're not focusing on what you don't have. Of course, we still have the occasional, "But I want to buy See-Dee-eeeeees!" but I think it's easier to deal with it now, because eventually, we do get to buy CDs, and we're grateful for that, too.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Man, I hate giving talks. (Not to say I didn't mean any of that; just that I feel awkward saying it.)
Today I'm thankful for not having to give a talk today, being treated to cinnamon rolls, not being as terrible at playing as Goku as I thought I might be, the option of having your favorite Saiyuki character be the announcer, and still having dreams to work toward.