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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: October 24, 2016, 03:43:10 PM
This was an actual dating site ad that a friend of mine stumbled across:

Talk about unrealistic standards of beauty.
2  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 22, 2016, 11:46:01 PM
It's not really clear to me whether the Switch has touch or not.  I don't think Nintendo has actually said.  At the very least, though, it won't be used for anything essential in Switch games.  After all the whole point is to 'switch' seamlessly from handheld to console, and you can't exactly use it in console mode.

That doesn't mean it's not there, though.  I guess it could be present for navigation and non-gaming tablet-like features on the go.
3  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 22, 2016, 07:02:05 PM
Actually, emulating a 3DS should be relatively easy.  In addition to just being a lot slower than a Wii U there's also the fact that both the 3DS and Switch are ARM-based so you don't need process-level emulation in the first place.

But there are obviously more practical, UI issues like how are you going to play a 3DS game with one screen and no touch...
4  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: October 21, 2016, 01:16:01 PM
We have sleazy "pay by the hour" motels in the west, which is the exact same thing, just named differently. The stigma is mostly there from the userbase; young couples who live with parents aren't the average love hotel customers; people soliciting prostitutes or salarymen having affairs are. Love hotels are key to the enablement and facilitation of a society-wide problem. Deffo complicit in misogyny culture!

I'm certainly not going to claim that prostiton and affairs don't happen, but to claim that they're the 'average' customers is beyond ridiculous.

From Wikipedia:
It is estimated that more than 500 million visits to Japan's 37,000[24] love hotels take place each year, which is the equivalent of around 1.4 million couples,[24] or 2% of Japan's population, visiting a love hotel each day.[6]

Think about that for a second.  2% of Japan's entire population will spend some time at a love hotel on any given day.  That would be an awful lot of affairs and prostituion...

I am not going to there isn't any stigma about love hotels, but it's very different from those sleazy 'pay-by-the-hour' hotels you can describe (for one thing love hotels can actually be very high-end...).  They are quite mainstream.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: October 21, 2016, 08:33:11 AM
I kind of think it's all how you present it on some level. Like I don't know how Nintendo has this family friendly image all the time when they once we're making like love hotels as part of their business model...

Love hotels are just...hotels, you know.  In a society like Japan where it's normal for people to continue to live with their parents even as adults they kind of serve a necessary function. 

I don't know, I kind of feel like most westerners really overreact to them.  Or don't even understant what they are (I recall talking to one person who thought 'love hotel' was a kind of brothel...).
6  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 20, 2016, 10:55:25 PM
...actually, I really am concerned about B/C. I saw a lot of ports, or at least what looks like ports, so I'd love to think I could bring over my Wii U downloads, if not full disc games, but the switch to a cartridge format isn't exactly leaving me hopeful...

I wouldn't hold your breathe for backwards compatibility.  It's not just the media issue either.  The Switch is ARM while the Wii U is based around a version of IBM's POWER architecture.  They're very different.

Of course it could be possible with emulation, but architecture-level emulation is very slow and I'm not convinced this thing will have the horsepower to pull that off.  It's not enough to just be faster than the old system, it has to be many times faster.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 19, 2016, 06:16:48 PM
I remember once having a conversation in which we concluded that if LoGH ever got remade Shaft should do it to keep the sheer amount of dialogue interesting.

Now picture Reinhard doing a Shaft head tilt.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 19, 2016, 02:31:42 AM
Here's an interesting tidbit about LoGH: Did you know that even though the episodes are all standard TV episode length it did not have a TV broadcast (well, at least originally...it's possibly it broadcast sometime later, I don't really know).  Obviously since they made all the episodes the right length to fit into a TV schedule they were thinking about a TV broadcast, but they weren't actually able to get one.  Instead the episodes were released straight to video.  About an episode a month...for like ten years.

That's some serious dedication, especially considering how they were operating on a shoestring budget the whole time.  The LoGH anime is totally a labor of love.  Frankly it's kind of amazing that they were even able to complete it.

There are actually quite a few war/politic-heavy Japanese novels out there.  Some of them even get anime adaptions...but 99% of the time it's an anime adaption that's only like 13 eps long, incredibly rushed, and ends right as the story is getting good anyway.  They're advertisements for the novels, not stand-alone.  Case in point (though it's fantasy rather than sci-fi but otherwise everything fits): Alderamin on the Sky from just last season.  I actually enjoyed that anime more than I thought I would, but holy crap did it not really resolve anything.  And I doubt there will ever be another season.

The thing that makes the LoGH anime so special is that it even exists.  It's a massive, epic tale that actually follows the story from beginning to end.  And that is really rare...
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 17, 2016, 07:45:52 PM
This article restored just a little bit of my faith in humanity.

It's a bit long but very interesting.  I do recommend reading the whole thing.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 13, 2016, 06:34:05 PM
An important distinction:

- Anime and Online Anime Culture attract large numbers of males and some females.

- Anime Conventions attract HUGE numbers of females, and some males.

So, looking at an anime convention crowd is NOT an accurately representative cross-section of gender population in anime culture.

I've been thinking about this comment and I really only see two possible interpretations:

1.  Women who are not 'real' anime fans still go to conventions.  Ugh, I don't even want to go there...

2.  Among people who are anime fans, for some reason men are statistically less likely to attend a convention.  I suppose that's possible, but I really haven't seen any evidence that makes me believe it.

But seriously, outside of those possibilities I don't see how your claim is even mathematically feasible.

There is a third possibility as well, of course.  That female anime fans aren't as rare as you have convinced yourself that they are.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 12, 2016, 11:32:28 PM
We're talking only recent stuff right?

Meh, mecha's not really my thing...

#1 recommendation

Wait a minute, P.A. Works?!  They did a mecha show?!

12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 12, 2016, 10:52:56 PM
While you're probably right, that ratio would be kind of surprising. Looking at the anime conventions I know, it'd be 50/50.

Yeah, it's the same here.  I kind of people who hold onto the whole "there are no female otaku" stereotype have clearly never been to an anime convention...

That said I would have serious reservations about dating them because the vast majority of the female otaku I have met are fucking nuts.  Maybe that's hypocritical, but it's how I feel.  There are some good ones out there but damn are they rare.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 09, 2016, 10:52:01 PM
Welp, that debate makes the first one look positively civil by comparison...
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 09, 2016, 03:17:13 PM
I think the thing that surprises me most about the Trump recording is the reaction to it.

His remarks, while certainly horrible, were 100% in character for Donald Trump.  They were completely in line with other things he has said and his general attitude towards women.  There was no revelation here.  Yet suddenly we have all these high-profile Republicans saying they can't support Donald Trump anymore.

Just who did they think they were supporting up until now?!
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 05, 2016, 11:08:52 PM
Starmongoose to weigh in regarding kilts -

I've never worn one.

Come on, even I've worn a kilt and I'm not even Scottish.

(OK it was when I was in a production of the musical Brigadoon.  But still...it counts.)
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