arabian magic

Disney Heroine Aesthetics // Jasmine

Tell me, princess, now when did you last let your heart decide?

Pocahontas | Esmeralda | Mulan | Megara | Merida | Rapunzel | Kida | Aurora |  

Lilo | Alice | Tinker Bell | Snow White | Ariel | Tiana | Cinderella | Jane | Elsa | 

Belle | Anna

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If you’re a big fan of 1,001 Arabian Nights and video games, then the past forty years hasn’t really been that great of a time. Games based on the ancient folklore tales are few and far in-between. While some great titles like Prince of Persia and Magic of Scheherezade have an Arabian feel, they don’t actually follow the stories. And while Aladdin was an excellent platformer, it was about as authentic as you would expect from a Disney animated movie.

In 1992, Taito and Sega, hoping to capitalize on the popularity of Disney’s Aladdin movie, threw their turbans into the ring with Arabian Magic and Arabian Fight, respectively. Having not actually read the complete Arabian Nights saga, I can’t say for sure which, if either, is more accurate to the source material, but Arabian Magic, although the technical lesser of the two, feels slightly more “epic story” to me. The basic plot involves up to two players choosing from four characters (including Sinbad) with a quest to retrieve seven jewels required to restore the King, who has been turned into a monkey.

Arabian Magic isn’t afraid to get crazy with its atmosphere. Magic and the supernatural abound, from the many genies you’ll encounter to flying carpets, underwater hand-to-hand combat against the undead, and even a level which consists of being shrunk to ever smaller sizes and fighting inside a series of magic pots. This is probably the main advantage it has over Arabian Fight, which often comes across more as a straight beat-em-up wearing Arabian-flavored skins. The smaller sprites are less detailed, but this actually works well to make the combat easy to follow. Although it’s easy to get surrounded by enemies, the combat is actually more fair than usual for this genre.

Of course, discussion of which is the better game is a moot point now, since the likelihood of finding a cabinet for either of these is amazingly small, and if you’re going to emulate, it’s just as easy to pick up both ROM sets at the same time. 

“Features: Altered Art”

It uh, it sure does.

A wonderful high end Legacy/Vintage card, savaged by humanity’s best friend. Not even if it was NM, would I ever pay a price like that.

You think that’s still sleeve playable?

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anonymous asked:

Hiya Laura! I notice you're a reader. I've been taking some steps back into the world of YA fiction but I find myself consistently disappointed with the character-writing and the over abundance of insta-romances. Do you have any recommendations for a book or book series featuring a slower-burn romance? It doesn't have to be Hakyona level slow burn, but I'd like something that has some decent build-up. It doesn't have to be YA either, I'm open to adult fiction too.

Hello!

Aaahhh yes… the instalove curse… I feel thy plight, Anon. I’m going to drop a few of the YA novels I’ve recently read with a slow-burn romance that I really enjoyed here:

  • The Wrath and The Dawn duology, by Renee Ahdieh. This is a very cool take on the 1001 night stories. I didn’t enjoy the second book as much as the first, but the first one has such a deliciously angsty romance!
  • Uprooted, by Naomi Novik. Fantasy world of wizards and witches and magical creatures with a genuinely intriguing conflict as its backdrop. The romance isn’t the focus of the story, but the main couple is extremely shippable. I screamed a lot.
  • The Winner’s Trilogy, by Marie Rutkoski. You can read my general comment on the trilogy here. This is another angsty enemies-lovers romance. The books are beautifully written, and I remember staying up until 4am reading them.
  • The Chaos Walking Trilogy, by Patrick Ness. This isn’t actually a book I read recently, but oh hell, I’m so desperate to get people to read this trilogy… It’s a sci-fi with an illiterate protagonist in a world where you can hear people’s thoughts. The focus isn’t on the romane, but main couple is adorable and the trilogy is B R I L L I A N T. Read iiiiiiiiiit.
  • The Assassin’s Curse duology, by Cassandra Rose Clarke. Though the main character doesn’t take too log to develop feelings for the main guy, the romance takes quite a while to quick off. Plus magical Arabian setting!! With lesbian princesses!!
  • Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor (duology). This book technically falls in the instalove category and the second book isn’t out yet, BUT I CANNOT STRESS HOW GOOD IT IS ASDFGHJKL

If you’re looking for something a bit more adult-orientated: 

  • Hidden Sea Tales (trilogy), by A.M. Dellamonica. A wonderful other-world fantasy adventure with a clever 24 year old protagonist and a slow-burn romance! Again, the focus isn’t as much on the romance as it is on the adventure, but it still has a very satisfying conclusion. I reviewed the first book here.

If you don’t mind gay romances a little bit more orientated at older readers, I also really recommend:

  • The Captive Prince Trilogy, by C.S. Pacat. Read iiiiit~~ (you can also find my review here)
  • The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller. You’ll suffer, you’ll cry, but you’ll enjoy every moment of it.

Aaaaaand if what you really want is a story purely focused on the romance and you’re up for some regency chick lit that’s actually worth your time, you should totally check out:

  • Not Quite a Husband, by Sherry Thomas
  • Tempting the Bride, by Sherry Thomas
  • Proof by Seduction, by Courtney Milan

I know chick lit tends to be meeh and the titles are awkwardly embarrassing, even worse than those cheesy romance shojo titles, but trust me these were really good. I wouldn’t say you’ll remember them for the rest of your days, but they’re the sort of novel you can binge-read and be incredibly satisfied with. They’re a liiitle bit on the instalove side of the scale, but they’re pretty well written.

Hope that helps!!

If anybody else has any other recommendations add a comment, because I want some too :D