Maybe it’s just the weather or something, but for some reason this newly-minted Umihara Kawase Portable import hands-on makes me feel terribly melancholy. Not simply because it’s a troubled port of a game that deserves better — although it is! — but because it’s one of those instances where I’ve written at length about something in which I’m genuinely interested, yet it will vanish into the ether of 1UP never to be promoted. Or read, for that matter. Not that I can blame the folks in charge of the front page for burying it! Putting it in an above-the-fold slot would be a waste, since all of maybe a few dozen readers would actually click on a link entitled “Umihara Kawase Portable.”
Still, I feel like there must be some way to make my sincere efforts regarding something like this as valuable as a few thousand rote words about something like Crisis Core. I liked Crisis Core, of course, but my favorite part of writing for 1UP — the reason I became involved there in the first place — is that it offers a forum in which I can expound upon things that interest me, things that I think others would enjoy if they took the time to try. Not that most people are bothered to make the effort, of course; that’s just human nature. Most people simply don’t have an interest in the unfamiliar; if they did, we’d still have a Computer Gaming World. And really, the notion that a skull-bitingly obscure game like this could ever pull in a sizable audience is merely a silly delusion. I’ve drifted into an awfully futile career, eh?