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6586  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do you hate your life? on: September 02, 2009, 05:19:56 AM
I have a 3.81 GPA. I'm well on course to graduate next year with a BA in Russian and Computer Science. I mean, a double major in 4 years, with a 3.81 GPA? pretty damn good. Doubly damn good as I got a full tuition scholarship, so no student loans, and I have a job back home lined up for me in the summer. It gets me about 3k a year. I need to take my GREs and do some applications, but I could easily get into grad school, and I'm sort of eyeing going into a PhD program in computational linguistics sooner rather than later. I'm not overweight. I'm pretty happy with how I look (except my beard's sort of retarded right now).

I feel really unhappy at times though. I don't like this town much now, or not as much as I used to. I didn't really like my home town that much. Both BG and Lima are pretty much going to hell in a handbasket, moreso every year. The county fair back home was wrong somehow. In an uncanny valley so much as a fair could be. Home is where I want to be, but I guess I'm already there (but I don't recognize it and the faces are all wrong).

I don't think I get out enough. I'm happier when I take long walks. I like looking at other peoples gardens and houses. I like huge, open fields. I like stepping on dried leaves and wet leaves and grass, and tactile things that make your feet feel vibrations like you can't feel in a car.

I stay up late -- obviously -- because I end up with late classes. At night, I don't really have any mental censors. I can't shut up all the thoughts about mortality. All the horrible things. So I come up with names for them, to personify them and make them understandable, or... just to name them. I think about stuff like consciousness and the nature of meaning and all that nebulous un-understandable stuff and sometimes it's like I don't even know WHAT'S real anymore.

This summer was weird. There was a lot of death. I mean on a pop culture front, Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett died on the same day, then Billy Mays a few days later, and that football player and... I dunno, it just keeps going on, with Ted Kennedy now? Then, personally, like, I went to Florida the same week that the Jackson/Fawcett/Mays stuff was going on, and that trip got cut short when one of my uncle's on my mom's side died unexpectedly, and then a few weeks later the woman that lived behind us died of cancer, and I knew her kids. I guess someone from my university died in a car crash over the summer, though I never knew them.

Then my mind sort of went funny at work, because working in your old junior high can make you nostalgic in a violent way.

And I graduate next semester, so undergrad college is almost over, and that's another chapter in my life coming to a close and I don't really know how I feel about it.

It's watching things falls apart.

I don't know what kind of job I want. I don't think I'm the kind of person that seeks fulfillment through a career. I don't even know what my hobbies are because they keep changing. I mostly just want to move somewhere where, every morning, I wake up excited to be able to explore my surroundings.

In August I tried to watch the Perseids and only caught a few meteors before pulling a muscle in my neck and going a little woozy. I don't like looking at the stars at night. They freak me out. I much prefer a waxing moon, late in the afternoon on a blue, cloudless sky above a foreground of pines.

But I've got an araucaria and a pillow and candied hibiscus flowers, and a room of my own and fresh air and time. Everything's alright.
6587  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 01, 2009, 11:36:14 PM
kyuu, that's daisoujou. You want him on your team.

Anyway. Messing around in Quake 2. Enemies keep getting more and more f'd up. And the levels keep getting bigger and more... oddly ominous? I dunno. They're STILL sort of military bases but... not quite. I'm in some torture chamber now.

I WOULD be playing Unreal except suddenly that's not working so I'm playing system shock instead. Apparently the research level has no healing unit on it. Well, it does, only it's broken. I also can't find a way to turn off the borgification unit. I think I'll try to knock security offline since I KNOW where that is.

Anyway. I need to write projectile code for my game.
6588  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Metroid Prime Trilogy on: September 01, 2009, 10:13:08 PM
Other M looks like some sort of bizarre contra clone.
6589  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Metroid Prime Trilogy on: September 01, 2009, 09:01:00 PM
Fun thing:

Play Metroid Prime. Then go play Half-Life up until you hit any segment that involves jumping.

Metroid Prime basically did something like combining Riven with a FPS, and was maybe the first FPS since Unreal to put that amount of ambient details into the world. In this sense the visor was also an absolutely awesome touch (and I wonder why so few other games have done this. Like, literally. Terra Nova and Wrath of Earth and that's it AFAIK, and they didn't do it nearly as well. And neither emulate particularly well in DOSBox despite being AWESOME [fuck it]).

So, add in the already mentioned solid, console-tailored controls, and I thought the entire thing just stood out really well.

It's funny. I was thinking Fusion would be the TRUE successor to metroid, since I was like, young and in some MAN SCREW 3D GRR phase. And then Fusion came out and I thought it was too handholdy and destroyed THE FEELING.

And then I played Exile and stopped liking 2D metroid games. The End.
6590  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Characters with unknown genders on: September 01, 2009, 08:27:27 PM
Popoi. And the male character from Legend of Mana. also a Sprite.
6591  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Characters with unknown genders on: September 01, 2009, 05:57:27 PM
Yeah but
vivi's a robbit
isn't he?
6592  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: I made a game: Rescue at Grisly Gulch on: September 01, 2009, 05:42:54 PM
Syntax is actually really similar, except FreeBASIC doesn't REQUIRE suffixes on variable names and you can't do implicit declaration.

I was under the impression that QBasic didn't support user-defined types or pointers as robustly as FreeBASIC does.


FreeBASIC still doesn't seem to support dynamic memory allocation, I think, which makes doing projectiles slightly trickier. Although it SHOULD have dynamically sized arrays? I think it's just a matter of ReDim'ing them. I don't think doing this constantly counts as good programming practice.

I guess I COULD do something like allocate more memory in groups of maybe eight spaces in an array and then deallocate it as necessary, although I'm not sure I can get the size of an array via function or built in command, and I'm not sure storing the size somewhere as either a global or static variable counts as good practice (the former being sloppy, the latter being sort of an awkward kludge).

It's also not really necessary given the scope of the program but declaring a 1024 entry array of projectile objects is just stupid.

Or I could take the easy way out and just make everything hitscan~~~~~~
6593  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Characters with unknown genders on: September 01, 2009, 05:38:54 PM
How else could he have born Aerith's children.

Um... isn't it obvious?

Aerith's a dude.

Anyway it's also implied that Quina's a girl in a SENSE
given that marriage scene in the Dwarf Town
, and she definitely looks more feminine than masculine, although...

Isn't Vivi asexual, in a sense?
although that'd be a known... LACK of gender, I guess.

Also, does Sera count?
6594  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How to make really random titles for video games... and get away with it. on: September 01, 2009, 11:24:56 AM
Given the recent review of it, Flower, Sun, and rain seems to take place pretty much nowhere else EXCEPT the hotel. Meaning that the name's pretty damn appropriate.
6595  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top Ten Worthless RPG Characters on: September 01, 2009, 11:23:22 AM
I also recall his dice limit being pretty good.

It could be.

Okay. Someone mentioned that Game Over Limit. Doesn't that kill your entire party too, ala that thing Setzer had in FFVII?

also, I took Khimari down rikku's path somehow. Khimari's quality is ENTIRELY on how you build him and I guess it's easy to f dat shit ^up^.

Nobody mentions Edward beccause he's too useless to remember existing. Although I recall a lot of characters in FFIV being sort of useless in their own ways.
6596  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Great news on: September 01, 2009, 11:19:31 AM
Okay I still have no idea who the fuck we're talking about. 'splain.
6597  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Characters with unknown genders on: September 01, 2009, 01:11:17 AM
That'd still be visible. Red XIII's a chick.
6598  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Characters with unknown genders on: September 01, 2009, 01:10:07 AM
Red XIII. The game calls him a he but man look at the model I don't see any dangly parts. Where are the dangly parts robotnik you said there'd be dangly parts!!!!!!
6599  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Top Ten Worthless RPG Characters on: September 01, 2009, 01:07:31 AM
Mojo is a straw doll, and chi'tzu? It's Shih tzu (unless chi'tzu's some sort of stupid designer crossbreed). Fuck. LEARN WHAT WORDS ARE.
6600  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: What RPG world would you like to live the rest of your life in? on: August 31, 2009, 10:03:04 PM
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