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6361  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do you hate your life? on: September 29, 2009, 01:43:56 AM
Last Friday, this girl from my hometown died in a car crash. I didn't know her, although I met her once when we were dropping off a cookie bouquet for her at the ALDI where she worked after she got accepted into college. She was a soccer player going to Urbana University, and used to be on one of my mom's coworker's (my mom's a teacher, and the coworker's a coach) soccer team. As I said I didn't know here very well. I don't even know how old she was, though she was a freshmen so probably 18 or 19. My parents and the coworker in question knew her better. The coworker was really close to her I guess.

You can read about it here: http://www.urbana.edu/index.php/news_and_events/item/1556/

My mom was telling me that there were reader comments in the Columbus Dispatch saying stuff like she must've been drunk or texting when she crashed. Probably not the case, and my parents were mad about people making those comments.

I get why they do it though. If she WAS drunk or texting, it was her fault. And, you know, if you believe that someone gets killed in a car crash and it's their fault, then it's not a matter of bad shit happening randomly to someone undeserving. If it's their fault, there's some sort of karma or cosmic order. If it's their fault... well, "Hey, I never drive drunk or text while driving. This sort of thing would NEVER happen to me."

I'd like to think it's their own way of coping, although I'm not sure anyone copes. They just fall apart in their own unique ways. I'm not sure whether or not the douchebag approach is better or worse than just saying nichevo and letting your heart go numb to everything. I'm not sure whether or not I'm really in a position to judge.

In terms of bullshit, unfair, random deaths this year, this isn't the first. There was my uncle back in June, and one of our neighbors a few weeks later. And on one hand it kind of makes me feel despondent, coupled with just how FAST college has flown by and the prospects of not really knowing what I want to do with my life and a seeming inability to live in the moment.

And then I think about people I actually knew from school, like Chris, who was killed in Baghdad back in 2007 when he was 19. Or what's really weird is a bunch of highschoolers that died in car crashes -- Drew when I was a freshmen, and Dylan when I was a junior. I try to think about them every day -- and they were older than me then, but it's like, my god, I turn 22 in a few weeks and I'm older now than they ever were.

I think when I started typing this I had some sort of conclusion in mind but now I don't.

Unrelated, but I'm still getting nostalgic for things that... I'm not sure ever happened.
6362  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Scary! on: September 29, 2009, 12:12:25 AM
Speaking of Ohio...

6363  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: something thats been bugging me for a while. on: September 28, 2009, 04:59:08 PM
Men want to have sex with boats and cars? I FEEL SOME MATH COMING ON.

1. Men refer to cars as if they were female.
2. Men want to have sex with females.
1. If men refer to cars as female, they consider them female.
2. If men consider cars as female, then they want to have sex with them.

1. All men want to have sex with cars.
2. God is male.
1. God wants to have sex with cars.

1. God wants to have sex with cars.
2. Dragons want to have sex with cars.
1. God is a dragon.
6364  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 28, 2009, 02:31:18 PM
KillerAmore got me wanting to play DQ7 so I did for a little. I'm, uh, in Probina. Everyone in my party is currently level 19. Yes.
6365  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 28, 2009, 04:08:11 AM
kyuusei, me being me, you might want to take this with a grain of caveat emptor, but Persona 1 was my favorite Persona game (in spite of some issues, such as the dungeon designs... um... not... not being particularly great). By and large I liked 1 and 3 more than 2, as 2 didn't feel, to me, like it had the same clarity of vision that P1 or P3 had.
6366  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 28, 2009, 02:07:47 AM
Wizardry 8's a bajillion times better on easy mode.
6367  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Scary! on: September 28, 2009, 12:15:54 AM
Is there not enough food, shelter, and sex to go around?

Quick, donate blowjobs to the homeless shelter!

Black president = white government workers are prey = charles manson's helter skelter

In all seriousness this stuff does... bother me. As I mentioned in the My Life Sucks thread, my coworkers were all... rather insane neocons, who think Acorn's a secret police organization, that Obama's an outright socialist, and various other stupid shit I thankfully seem to have finally forgotten.

See, there's always going to be those quasi-militant survivalists out there, who like to collect guns and put on uniforms and pretend they're the real Americans defending America from whatever the hell. And occasionally shit like Ruby Ridge goes down. But I do tend to believe that the average... whatever you'd call these folks... is too fatassed and lazy to do anything.

I've gotten a lot more sympathetic to Bush since this stuff's been going on. People gave him a lot of shit and now I don't know if he really deserved it. I mean, I've heard people say that Bush needed to die. But I mean... no, that's horrible, don't think that shit. Sure, he fucked up in a lot of ways and maybe did deserve a lot of what he got, but when it's to the point that you're saying you want him dead or you're attributing all sorts of crazy shit and conspiracy theories to him... That's not any better than what people are doing now.

I just don't remember stuff being like this during the Clinton years. I was too young, I guess, but...
6368  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: something thats been bugging me for a while. on: September 27, 2009, 11:58:37 PM
Why are you Bob Ross!!
6369  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: something thats been bugging me for a while. on: September 27, 2009, 07:01:45 PM
Let's apply math!

1. There is a God.
2. Ancient people worshiped this god.
3. Ancient people characterized this god as male.
4. Males have penises.
1. Based on the assumption that God is male and that males have penises, and that both of these assumptions are tautologically sound, then it follows that God has a penis.
2. Based on the assumption that ancient people thought about god's gender, we can also assume that they thought about what this entailed -- that is, that god has a penis.
3. Based on points 1 and 2, we can assume that ancient people thought about God's penis.
4. Based on assumption 3, we can assume that rule 34 is older than dirt.

6370  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 27, 2009, 05:00:47 PM
Dharma's pretty easy once you get the heal stone.
6371  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I can make games? Journal on: September 27, 2009, 01:25:35 AM

Not a game but tiles for a sidescroller I should make to learn XNA or game maker or something.
6372  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ninokuni: The Another World (DS RPG) on: September 26, 2009, 03:25:41 PM
I don't know this doesn't sound that interesting. It sounds like it's just a fairly bog standard RPG with Studio Gihbli anim... Gibhli? Whatever. Animations. I'm not particularly big on either of those.
6373  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: September 26, 2009, 03:18:07 PM
http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/ps2/image/582958.html?gs=9 <- Little bar in baqttle saying qwhat stuff does.

Nocturne DIDN'T have skill descriptions on the skill learning menu IRIC.
6374  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 26, 2009, 02:48:20 PM
Yeah I mean, they could've taken the REALLY lazy route and just completely axed the party talk.

But I mean seriously who would EVER do something like that?

Wizardry 8 is still annoying even with a mod to like, speed up enemy movement. Combat STILL lasts forever because attack animations are slow and you whiff constantly and there's like a half second pause between enemies switching turns. It's not very involving or fun. Putting it in continuous combat mode works a bit, but... I'll try novice mode. If that doesn't make things smoother, I'm getting rid of this.

Also, Wizardry 7 had similar problems. First, it's very, very hard starting from level one. honestly, I probably spent five hours in that game and never actually got to the first town. Partially because enemies level with you. See, early on, you either need to get LUCKY to get past fights, or uh... you have to level up. Which isn't really hard to do since there's a little sidequest dungeon you can do (which still requires some levelling and luck to get through). Except the enemy leveling curve, compared to yours, is more or less linear. In most games with leveling enemies, you either A) enter a situation where their gains v. yours is more logarithmic. B) If not you DO gain more strategic options to deal with things (This does sort of work out for Wizardry 8).

* As an aside about that. In Saga Frontier it's possible to grind in such a way that enemies end up stronger than you if you're like, fighting enemies that don't give good stat advances although this isn't particularly problematic unless you're grinding too much. RS1-3 were a lot worse about this. Also apparently you can fail missions too much/waste too many turns in Unlimited Saga to get enemies to, uh, level past you, but I've never actually witnessed this and you pretty much have to be intentionally failing missions for it to happen. Also heard RS: Minstrel Song can do this but I've never seen enemies level up in that at all. I think Quest rank is just determining what quests you get.

In FFV8 I know it's pretty logarithmic since you gain stats from GFs whereas enemies just straight level up. You end up strong than them anyway (or should). I'm not sure how that bizarre thing Lunar did where bosses leveled with you worked.
6375  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 26, 2009, 12:46:43 PM
It's not unintelligible. It's just the only game I've ever played that had comma ellipses.

(Admittedly I didn't really like anything else about the game once I got further into it and realized how absolutely broken it was, so maybe it gets better later on but uh, I think I got up to the point when you get Spar. That's pretty far in the game).

I think I'll give Wizardry 8 another shot on easy mode. I mean I don't like playing stuff on anything but normal, generally, but any regular combat is lasting like 20 minutes and completely decimating my party. Maybe I broke the game with some mod. I don't know. Also the enemies level with you.
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