Every year at the end of April in Japan, there’s a week so spectacular, so scintillating, so utterly stunning that it’s called Golden Week. Multiple national holidays converge with two sets of weekends to form an extended window of respite which not only rejuvenates the hearts and minds of a weary nation, but spreads joy and happiness from the northern most tip of Hokkaido to the southern most islands of Okinawa and everywhere in-between. Well, everywhere, that is, except at SQEX headquarters where it was business as usual getting the game ready for the next phase of the beta test.
But if we’re so busy, what then, am I doing writing this post?
Good question! There’s a reason I’ve been MIA on the Lore Forums and the beta servers, and why it takes several moments for my littlest voidsent to recognize me when I finally make it home after a long day buried under all 20 hardback volumes of the OED. And that reason will become evident very soon when you all get your hands on the massive amount of new content that is coming in the next beta test (phase three). And the amazing thing is…even that amount is only a portion of what will be in the game at release!
Even Yoshi-P was burning the Golden Week oil checking even the most detailed aspects of the game.
Question. What is Yoshi-P doing in this photo?
If you guessed “simultaneously comparing the differences in color and contrast between the PC and PS3 versions on six monitors of various manufacturers,” you get a mythril star!
For those interested, the differences were deemed within an acceptable range and given the Yoshi-P seal of approval. YAY!
What Yoshi-P was truly interested in, however, were the differences in monitors. As you can see in the following photo, there is a noticeable difference between manufacturers:
Needless to say, our fearless director spent the next 30 minutes fiddling with the picture settings on both displays and ended up being late to a meeting with the big wigs on the 20th floor. OOOPS!