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901  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How do you like your book chapters? (Thin, Thick, ect.) on: July 17, 2012, 08:32:58 PM
Depends on what kind of book (academic vs. leisure) and it's vocabulary (scholarly vs. laymen).

Leisure reading (Laymen): 20-40 pages. Example: Brave story has a mix of some beefy chapters (believe one chapter is 33 pages long) and chump change (3-6 pages).

Leisure reading (Scholarly): 5-10 pages. I don't have a problem with writers who wish to practice their ever-increasing vocabulary arsenal , but I will have a dictionary--or my laptop--next to me reading your book, which will slow me down incredibly.

Academic reading (Scholarly) : 15-20 pages. Get in, say what you need to say, and get out. As fascinating and unique a scholar's research is to their project, I don't need--or really want--to know every detail they have researched in the actual essay. Put your supplementary readings/sources in the footnotes or the notes section at the end of the chapter/book. I promise you, scholars, I will read it. (No really, I will, because I am skeptical with a lot of your essays and would like to see the books/articles you used when you start those interpretative juices going.)

Academic (Laymen): 30-50: If you are able to present you research in such a way that even the laymen can understand it, I will grant you the honors of reading it even twice in one sit-in. These chapters/articles are rare, but when I do fine them...GOLDEN.
902  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN in two weeks!!! on: July 17, 2012, 06:26:05 PM
I'm not saying it's 'bad' art; I'm saying the female half of the cast has pretty much been painted with the blunt end of the fan-service brush and left battered on the cutting room floor. XP I can stand a reasonable number of fanservice characters (or more if the fanservice is toned down per character). But when you have the entire female cast done up with pretty much every fanservice technique under the sun; there's some serious problems.

Just to list; almost every female character (in the gallery) has at least half of the following:

-Inappropriate, over-sized blush
-H-face (basically O-face without quite going into O-face territory)
-Over-sized breasts
-Exposed thighs
-Glistening skin (it's a particular effect that I used to think was H-game character only as that's where it predominately crops up)
-Chainmail bikini syndrome
-Nipple eye-catch ornaments
-Crotch exposure (minorly so; but still present)
-Overt cleavage exposure
-Demure, un-assertive, if not outright submissive posing

Again, fine for a character or three, fine if only a fraction of this list is spread out over the entire cast; not really good advertising for your game if every female pretty much has all of these.

These aren't characters; they are models for the next line of blow-up doll. XP

(I know; technically I'm just 'ranting' about a minor part of the game. It just seems like it wouldn't be too much to ask the creators to treat their creations with a little respect you know?)

It could be more absurd, you could have this instead. I mean, check out the glisten on these. But ya get who you hire for the job. I'd prefer Mr. Zippers man.
903  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time hits PSP / PSN in two weeks!!! on: July 16, 2012, 03:14:11 PM
Never played a Growlanser,  they any good?

Yes, yes they are. Granted I only speak in defense of Growlanser II and III (From the US Grownalser Generations release). The battles and music were very enjoyable...

Other reasons why I love these games: see above.

Because this is coming out for handheld, I will become consumed with this game the week of its release.
904  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Sexual Deviancy and RPGFan on: July 13, 2012, 10:12:55 AM
This is you, Michael. Seriously, needs to stop.

... Now I recognize where Thoren's avatar came from.

Another mystery solved!

I was wondering where that avatar came from...
905  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Sexual Deviancy and RPGFan on: July 12, 2012, 10:29:37 AM
... To be honest I was thinking it was satire.

It was. ;)
906  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Sexual Deviancy and RPGFan on: July 12, 2012, 01:10:34 AM
When you say non-erotic that often it sets off alarm bells.

Ah, yeah I see what you mean. Fixed it. Thanks for the heads up Eusis. ;)
907  Media / General Games / Re: Your biggest gaming addiction on: July 11, 2012, 06:28:48 PM
Well, now I'm obsessed with the Suikoden Story line. Going to order Suikoden tactics so I can get a fuller story line of IV. [/cantbackslash my obsession]
908  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Re: Sexual Deviancy and RPGFan on: July 11, 2012, 02:41:08 PM
Dying. xD
Wtf is with MLP these days???  I don't get it.

It is a branch of philosophy dealing with the true meaning of friendship, the Philia, in which two bronies, or more, come into deep bonding with one another in a passionately intimacy that is only survivable through faith, trust, and love that is the basis of true friendship. it is in this, where the second portion of the title, "Friendship is Magic" exist, that presents viewers of all ages to receive the true meaning of friendship and its magical splendor that exist out of Love's closeness between two bronies.

EDIT: See below.
909  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 10, 2012, 11:53:48 PM
I need this sign at my job, ASAP.
910  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy VII announced for PC, SE Store exclusive with new online features on: July 05, 2012, 12:20:44 AM

Oh Square Enix
911  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: July 01, 2012, 11:12:53 PM
If you're looking for something of interest to read, read on origin stories from different cultures (origin of both creation and traditions/taboos). There's an Inuit story of the most sacred area of a [polar] bear's body; its asshole.

There's a book of Inuit stories you'll probably appreciate (and laugh incredibly) at some of the stories this author has compiled...

A Kayak Full of Ghosts

Also, for my contribution to this thread...

A nod of approval ;)

Not sure if I pulled the last image from here or not, but it's still worth noting how [ridiculously] awesome this image is. ;)
912  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Symphonic Fantasies Tokyo -- awesome liner notes on: June 30, 2012, 03:52:04 PM
A re-recording, eh? Which would you recommend purchasing for my listening pleasures? I'll be sure to look into your review/thoughts on the album(s). ;)
913  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Confess your deepest and darkest secrets on: June 28, 2012, 12:59:14 AM
Darkest secrets? I wouldn't call them darkest, but...

I have an obsession with Time and [mechanical] clocks.
I like talking to everyone because I enjoy hearing about everyone and their lives.
I become obsessive when reading on a certain topic, almost diving into a monomania of that one thing.
I am afraid to start some of my books, because once I do...I know that it will end.
I restart video games often so I never beat a game, but enjoy the fun times of trying new paths and such.
Once I complete a game, that's it, it's over.
If some of you guys remember...I'm still working on that RPG maker game. I want to turn it into something more though...

I spend too much time online... (but that counts for a great deal of others as well ;))
914  Media / General Games / Re: Your biggest gaming addiction on: June 27, 2012, 02:14:26 PM
Rune Factory series...may very well buy a 3ds for the 4th one (as I already own the rest).
915  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Education Today on: June 24, 2012, 07:20:10 PM
While we are talking about education...I think I'll just inject some manners/testimony stuff in here.

When it comes to children and how to behave in a retail store, I take the role as [manner] educator, as to teach them on what not to do in a store--as well what they can do (some people always forget that part). Usually the actual disciplinary action I take when a child has done wrong is not even with the child, but with the parents who allow their child to act in any way they choose (I feel ya there Lucca on parents too scared to teach there kinds life lessons, as I have to go to the parents to explain to them why their kids can't run in aisle 1 while the parents are in Aisle 13, as well deal with the child right there and then beforeso).

Frequently I become frightened when a child is disciplined by a parent for the wrong reasons when in my pressence. Many a times they discipline the child because the parents become embarrassed or ashamed that their child has done wrong, and rather than use verbal reasoning to tell a child what they did wrong--yes, it's possible to talk your kid and tell them the reason--they either scream or use physical contact on the child to 'explain the wrong'. Yes, because instead of talking with the child, hitting them cause them to see the errors of their way, bringing early enlightenment to the child in the way of manners and good behavior [/sarcasm]

I know this is a fast topic change, but I think it's relevant... VVV

I remember my parents using physical contact to raise me as a child, but they told me what I did wrong and why it was wrong, as well the results if I were to pursue that error. Did I do it anyways? You better believe it! But the fear of knowing the outcome of what was to come help limit the amount of times I would cause that error. Does fear work on raising all children? Probably not, but I know for me and my other siblings, it helped limit the amount of times we purposely made it in our hearts to do a selfish deed (while much of the error I made initially was out ignorance of knowing what to do, the rest--which was a lot--was because I wanted to do it for my own sake).

Did the physical contact they used act as a form to turn internal frustration into external, physical exhaust, or was it out of love because they wanted me to grow up knowing right and wrong and live with fear that if I did what was wrong I would be reproached by it? When I was younger, I believed the former with all my being; now that I'm 24, It became evident in my discussions with my parents now that they truly did love me.

I don't know, maybe I feel that because we aren't instilling both [loving] fear and enforced discipline on a child, they will do as they see fit without concern of negative reactions from both their parents and outside world.

There are plenty of people and/of cultures that disagree wholly with what I think, of course, but that kind of discipline is how I was raised that help me to where I am today. Was it a success? You'll have to tell me, I'm still maturing and learning, 'till death does me apart from this world. ;)


**If something I wrote above doesn't make sense, I'll explain it more in detail--as I understand I am not the most understandable writer (a working process I promise)--so don't blow your casket or grow veins on your neck in preparatory retort. ;)

[EDIT]: Had to get rid of a repeated word.
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