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4606  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Boards / Re: i'm kinda curious... on: February 20, 2010, 07:58:28 PM
So can anyone explain to me how to get the Ignore function to work? The damn thing never seems to work for me, or is there some people I just simply can't ignore?
4607  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 12 y/o Jailed for Drawing on Desk on: February 20, 2010, 07:39:22 PM
I really hate the people that argue that homeschooled kids are always so messed up and have crazy values and they are introverts and all that. People like that exist in ANY school.  There is no correlation between that and homeschooling.  In fact, from what I can see, if you have a fully dedicated and committed parent, homeschooling will ALWAYS be better.  You can structure the lessons and classes specifically to the needs of the child who may work better at a slower pace or less structure.  I hate to make broad generalizations, but just from my experience, the social aspect of public schooling was complete garbage.  There was absolutely nothing for me that promoted sociability.  In fact, in my public schools I was probably one of those
"weird quiet kids" that people assume home schooled kids are.  Hell I know a few people being home schooled, and who have been much of their lives, and they are anything but socially inept.  In the end there is nothing that gets in the way of how good either system is aside from the work the parent puts into it.

I also personally think that where I live the topics covered in our schools are atrocious and are handled in all the wrong ways.

Bah...I'm just going to end this stupid rant. 


The topic speaks for itself, so let me indulge a pessimistic angle here.

The teacher probably had it out for the child.  At work, if you suddenly notice yourself getting talked to about seemingly insignificant flubs, you are on the way to getting fired.  You can't quantify laziness, but if your register is off by a dime, there is a record of it.  They don't need to care about a dime, but they do care about your general work ethic.  Crimes require hard evidence... perhaps this child finally did *something* that could be used against her.  It was something insignificant, but still something.

Otherwise it's too stupid.  Funny how my rose colored glasses would prefer a 12 year old be a bad child just so that the world makes sense.

I can believe that, though I'm thinking its probably the principal who's out to get the child since I doubt that the teacher has the power to actually get a child arrested.
4608  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 12 y/o Jailed for Drawing on Desk on: February 20, 2010, 04:52:10 AM
Neither.  Based on academic research I helped peers do while in grad school.  I did a lot of research article reading, peers did interviews and stuff.  So my opinion is a carefully formed one, even if it lacks firsthand experience.  Of course, I can't have firsthand experience in everything.  Like if I'm helping a friend cope with a divorce, do I need to have gone through one myself?  I don't think so.  And I sure as hell do NOT want to go through one. 

Art imitates life for me in that episodes of The Simpsons or South Park are the easiest way to reflect my opinions on various heady subjects. 

Remember some of these?

A lot of those studies were based on academic research too. It can be pretty easy to cherry pick data that supports one's claim and to disregard any evidence of the contrary.

Can you tell me, how many of those interviews were with people who were actually homeschooling their children and not just watched South Park or whatever, or how many articles did your peers read while doing this research, or what were your peers' mindset when they conducted this study?

To say that there are people who abuse Homeschooling for biased reasons is one thing. To say that homeschooling is nothing more than an unjustifiably ridiculous parody with no redeeming qualities whatsoever is something completely different.
4609  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 12 y/o Jailed for Drawing on Desk on: February 20, 2010, 01:40:49 AM
Homeschooling. Most of the homeschoolers I know are completely fucking insane religious fundamentalists who let their children play with axes and no I'm not fucking making that up. They scare the fuck out of me. It's like some fucked up Branch Davidian vibes coming from them.

Funny, I've encountered the exact opposite. Generally the homeschoolers I've met are pretty solid, well-rounded individuals who have a lot more responsibility in their system than their peers.

Homeschooling quality depends on the parents since they pretty much have to take the lead in teaching their kids.  For the most part the homeschooled kids fare better than their peers academically (especially the brighter kids because they don't have to be slowed down by the rest of the class) but socially they tend to be more introverted for obvious reasons.  I remember colleges wanting to reach out to homeschooled kids back when I did my undergrad because those students will tend to excel in the university system.

For the most part Hidoshi's experiences mirror my own regardless of how much religion is infused in the homeschooling.

It should be noted that those who are homeschooled for legitimate reasons were probably introverted to begin with, or at least are now thanks to their time in the public school system.

Btw, RPGFan's Ignore Feature SUUUUUUUUUUUUCKS!!!

Re: Homeschooling.  My opinion on it can be (surprise, surprise) found in an episode of South Park.

I take it then that you're speaking from personal experience and not just making blind assumptions or wild speculations. Amirite?
4610  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: February 20, 2010, 12:57:11 AM
Sadly enough, the plot up until Arbiter's Ground just got thrown out the window, including anything that had to do with the drug trip.

Drug trip..?

Right after beating the Water Temple you get this dream sequence cut-scene where Link and that girl from Link's village who loses her memory and weird shit goes down and basically warns to not rely on the power of the fused shadows that you've been collecting up until that point, then you're dumped back into the real world where Zant promptly perma-wolf's Link and gives Minda one hell of a sunburn. Then that is followed up by a quick trip to the tower to have Zelda apply some lotion on Minda but instead opts to fusion-ha! with her instead. Then its off to find the Master Sword then head towards the desert.

Also Farore's Wind only brings you back to the start of the room that you cast it in.

Also you have to grapple the reappearing block (or just shoot it) and then make the jump which is incredibly annoying due to all of the timing involved.

The block never reappeared for me, actually. Also I managed to jump up the hole on the first try somehow.

Not actually sure what the spring ball would be useful for anyway. I thought it was cool just getting to it thought.

Also I think the guy was talking about something in TP.

Anyway, as I said, went back to Oracle of Seasons after all. Up to the fourth dungeon. Stuff's actually getting interesting now that I have three seasons in the rod. J'ai besoind de ещ figure out some stuff with the object trading quest. Giving the Lon Lon egg to maple wasn't exactly intuitive because the entire game up to that point you're trying to AVOID her.

Also in TP I got the heart piece from the bird minigame, which is a minigame I was actually cool with because it's just a really simple math puzzle and doesn't actually involve much in the way of memorizing patterns and things.

I may have misremembered a few details of that room (wasn't sure if it was a grapple block or a shootable block?), but its still annoying unless you have SM's wall kicking down right. That said, the Spring Ball just saves you the time of having to bomb jump into something. The most use it sees is in a room that requires you to sink down into quicksand to get into and is full of narrow corridors, but even then bomb humping will make short work of that too. Really though its just a convenience that was made a bit more practical thanks to it getting merged with the Hi-Jump Boots.

As for Maple, the idea is to not avoid her since she carries phat loot on her ranging from rupees and seeds, to potions and rings, and to a piece of heart even. And whatever you do lose from her is usually insignificant anyways and can be gotten back easily enough.

That said, made some headway into Yggra Union as I cleared Mission 9. Reached Not Japan in DQIII. And I have pilfered the pockets of everyone on the first continent in SO2 and now I'm ready to bulldoze the rest of the planet.
4611  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Help needed - difficult RPGs? on: February 19, 2010, 02:59:12 AM
Sword of Hope. Where your first encounter can easily end with your first gameover, even if you know what you are doing. Where, at best, at appropriate levels you are not getting one shotted by random mobs. Where mobs come in groups of three or four and outside of expensive magic you wont have the means to deal with more than one at a time until the final dungeon. Where the final dungeon is loving huge, filled to the brim with deadly traps, and even the weakest of mobs will kill you at the drop of the hat even with end game levels and that aforementioned group damaging weapon. Where the final boss gets two rounds per your one and can easily two shot you, and most of the battle is spent spamming heal spells in the hope that you can get in an attack before running out of MP.
4612  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 12 y/o Jailed for Drawing on Desk on: February 18, 2010, 09:42:31 PM
Homeschooling folks. Learn it, Live it, Love it.
4613  The Rest / General Discussions / Because we haven't had enough dick threads around here lately... on: February 18, 2010, 03:37:25 AM

Here you go RPGFan.
4614  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: February 18, 2010, 03:14:19 AM
TP - Beat Arbiter's Ground. Need to find a plot summary somewhere since I completely forgot what I was doing since I uh... finished whatever the last dungeon before that was.

Super Metroid - Spring ball. That was... really, really hard to get. Because I suck dicks at wall jumping.

Some other fucking thing. Seriously I was going to say something but totally forgot what.

Sadly enough, the plot up until Arbiter's Ground just got thrown out the window, including anything that had to do with the drug trip.

Spring Ball is one of those items that's possible to sequence break to get, but more often than not its just not worth getting even with the Space Jump. I'm just glad they built that function into the Hi-Jump Boots of later games.

Is that the part with all those weird looking creatures hopping up the side of the wall? I remember trying to do that for hours. Pain the butt!

No. That's in Brinstar. The Spring Ball requires you to wall jump up a one block wide hole in the ceiling from a floor of quicksand. Also you have to grapple the reappearing block (or just shoot it) and then make the jump which is incredibly annoying due to all of the timing involved.

Anyway I was playing Oracle of Seasons while letting my Harddrive defrag. I jumped into some subrosan portal and immediately had my roc's feather taken away, and the only way to get it back is some awkward, repetitive stealth segment. Yeah. I don't think I'm gonna be playing this anymore.

You have to do it a second time if you want to get an item needed for the Upgraded Shield. Fortunately, its not that hard at all since they always do the same routine. That said, the Oracle games were really big on minigames.

I've been switching to Etrian Odyssey II myself every so often from my Lost Odyssey playing. I think it's making me realize the problems with JRPGs transitioning to the current generation; this might just be seen as rephrasing the problem but it seems to me that it's less of the games being outdated as that the technology of modern consoles can be far more than they really need. Something like EOII goes by nice and fast because of how minimalist it is, whereas the same actions in LO's engine would take something like 5 times longer at a minimum due to all the animations.

Of course, the developers could just suck too! Mistwalker's two debut games have arguably shown just why FFs have dropped their party member count over the years.

FINALLY!!! Somebody else gets it!

I've been playing through FFTA2. Honestly I've never gotten into any tactical RPG. Ever. Other than playing Shining Force II on an emulator for like 10 hours before accidentally deleting my save and then never playing it again. Despite that's my only experience with this genre, this is the most addicted I've been to any game in quite some time.

I'm kinda confused by the abilities system to the extent that it's making me feel kind of stupid that I don't understand it by now. So basically, items you equip have abilities tied to them, which can be mastered at which point your character permanently gains the ability? I've been playing for a decent chunk of time now, and I haven't gotten much new equipment that I'm capable of equipping (other than a few new bows for Jydn). Should I be changing jobs more often just so I can master new abilities? Whatever, I'm sure I'll figure it out in time. I'm loving the quest-based storyline, which I have a soft spot for in JRPGs for some reason.

You should change your classes whenever you run out of abilities for a class to learn at the given time since if you're not gaining AP after every battle, you're wasting AP that could be better spent learning another of the 120+ abilities that could be learned for only the low low AP price of about 300 AP average (give or take depending on the race or story importance). Also don't expect too much in the way of ability variation since there's like ten or more different abilities that hit the four squares around you for damage with very minor variations between them (if at all).

That all said, currently on mission 4 on H5 hard more in FE:DS.

Also, I've beaten Kandar for a second time in DQIII.

Also also, I've picked SO2 back up and started from the beginning again only to get right back to where I was in only two hours, i.e. looting the rubes of planet Expel (instead of the eight that I took to get there the first time).
4615  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 4 International coming to the PS3 on Feb. 2010 on: February 18, 2010, 02:02:39 AM
I wonder too if it's because the JRPG is getting older.

More like the medium itself has grown to the point where you can fit more than a typical generic animu's worth of storytelling but developers haven't figured this out yet or are too lazy to bother with anything else.
4616  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top Ten Final Fantasy Favorite Order? on: February 18, 2010, 01:52:47 AM
5.FFXII-hours and hours of fun plus some truely epic hunts the king behemoth really tested my mental muscle. besides without this game there wouldnt of been awesome Ashe hentai =P

Pics or it didn't happen.

Directions to pics would also be acceptable.
4617  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSN needs more RPGS. on: February 18, 2010, 01:42:47 AM
Where would I go to find what games the PSN has available so I can stop asking these stupid questions?

On that same note, is SaGa frontier II on there?  That's one I really enjoyed.

How about the PSN?
4618  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: PSN needs more RPGS. on: February 16, 2010, 07:56:58 PM
Suikoden II (although I don't care as much anymore due to the fact that I can now play it at my discretion).

Also Growlanser but only if they don't localize the PSP port.

Also also the complete (thus far) Megaman Legends series.
4619  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: February 16, 2010, 04:48:08 AM
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) -

A low rent fantasy adventure with bland casting, uninspired direction, humor that falls flat, a lack of fun, and no "magic" to speak of. I haven't read the novel, but I think this would have been an insult if I had. My friend that read the novel was disappointed. I was hoping for an exciting adventure from director Chris Columbus, who did a solid if unremarkable job on the first two Harry Potter films before they got taken to the next level by more inspiring directors. I now know that the reason the first two HP films were at least enjoyable was because of the incredible crew they had surrounding Columbus. He just doesn't do anything here in Percy Jackson that I really thought stood out. The special effects are decent and kids might enjoy it, but anyone older than 12 or so probably won't get a kick out of this kiddie adventure/Harry Potter wannabe.

Nope. The novel is just as uninspired as the rest of the pop-fantasies like Eragon.
4620  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenosaga Episode II - Why does everyone hate it so much? on: February 16, 2010, 04:39:47 AM
The reason why I hate this game so much is because of the bandwagon mentality. I haven't even touched this game once and I'm still willing to condemn it for all the reasons everyone else stated. I might be able to find a few merits with the game, but that wouldn't be going along with everyone else now would it.
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