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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 21, 2015, 05:23:28 PM
No ones done anything to incite my wrath, don't worry bout it.

I just think there are better ways to go about it - it has potential for good discussion, but when we start dishing out attacks on peoples character for just having a different opinion to us, then we aren't doing ourselves justice or putting up arguments worth discussing.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 21, 2015, 04:09:15 PM
And therein lies a subtopic- either not liking something, or "closet liking" something because of an insufferable fanbase.  There are plenty of things I like but am hesitant to admit to liking because I don't want to be labeled as "Oh, you're one of them."  That's not fair.  

I'm sure I've recycled that topic several times over the years.  

We all know you play those boobie games, Neal. Everyone knows, it's okay - we love you anyway.
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 21, 2015, 11:48:27 AM
It's not worth taking a hardline stance on it right now, but I'm keeping my eye on this thread.

Let's all remember having an unpopular opinion doesn't give you the right to call people who share the popular opinion dumb/childish etc.

I mean, a little bit of my soul dies every time you guys call FFIX bad, but I don't get salty about it.

I just hover my mouse over the "Ban this user" button for a few seconds until the feeling passes.

49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Unpopular Opinions on Popular Games on: August 21, 2015, 08:04:51 AM
This is a little too negative for my tastes, so I'm not gonna join in on my opinions of games that are popular for reasons I don't understand. I just had a little thought while scrolling through Aeolus's comment and felt like sharing it.

Regarding the enemy variety in FFX, I agree you see the same enemy repeatedly, but I think it's an interesting subject regarding game design and clarity through design choices.

Most RPGs do it to some extent, if the enemy is red they usually absorb fire and are weak to water/ice (Does not apply to SMT), but almost every enemy in FFX has a clear weakness and you can understand that weakness just through looking at it and taking the appropriate action. If it's a bee or a small bird, let Wakka throw a ball at it, if it's a flan or an elemental let Lulu throw magic at it, if it's scaly or has a shell, let Auron hit it. If it's fucking huge let Yuna summon an Aeon. You get that rundown at Besaid at the start of the game and it remains true for the entire thing, and it's kinda cool in my opinion. How many enemies in FF7,8,9 etc actually felt like they HAD weaknesses at all? Most random encounters took roughly the same damage from all sources apart from some exceptions.

Not important, just thought I would share a little thought - continue. :P
50  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 21, 2015, 07:26:17 AM
As detailed in my Let's Play thread I'm a little lost for what to do. In the meantime I've decided to replay FFX2 since that game is pretty much sheer fun.

I like to spice up the games I replay though, so I've decided to randomly allocate dresspheres to the characters to give battles a bit more stratagy.

There are 16 jobs and 3 characters, so there was 1 job leftover. The last job picked got given to them all.


Lady Luck
Gun Mage
Floral Fallel

Dark Knight
Black Mage
White Mage
Machina Maw

Full Throttle

Yuna got shafted a lil bit - she's gonna be a Songstress for a looong time.

51  Media / Game Journals / Re: Starmongoose - Let's Play Fire Emblem Path of Radiance! on: August 21, 2015, 07:16:50 AM
If anyone is wondering where the hell the next episode is, my boyfriend is having to use his computer a lot for his own personal projects right now and I don't wanna take it away from him til he is done.

How would people feel about a short retro RPG that I can run from my laptop for a couple of weeks until he is done and then can return to Fire Emblem? Or would we just rather wait it out.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 20, 2015, 09:04:59 AM
My boyfriend grew up in Munich and told me amazing tales of all the stuff available to kids while he was growing up. They even had a mini-town for a week that was run by the kids and they were given the opportunity to set up their own business and trade using fake currency.

Absolutely nothing like that in available for kids in the UK - no events, no nothing.
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 20, 2015, 04:25:58 AM
Yeah, not drinking away your calories is a really good easy option to lose weight. Starbucks stuff, while I've never been a coffee person, some of their stuff takes up more than half my entire days calories.

I only drink water, or water with squash in it (apparently not popular in america but its basically a concentrate that you add a tiny drop of water too and it changes it into low calorie fruit juice).

Also, Ironmage, while I'm not super into anime, but I do share your habit of watching something while doing cardio. I watch Let's Plays and basically tell my legs to go on auto pilot. I get about 10 hours of cardio in a week this way.
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: We need more JRPG streamers! on: August 19, 2015, 07:47:02 PM
Well, there is a reason non-moderators can't delete their own posts these days. It was all thanks to one dude.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: We need more JRPG streamers! on: August 19, 2015, 07:37:31 PM
She was threatening to spam our forums with porn or something if I remember correctly during one of her hissy fits. :P

It has been a while.

Oh, I also edited out his stream URL. I feel like he still wins in the end if he gets to keep it around.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 19, 2015, 04:24:33 PM
@Neal : I know that feel about the loose skin, especially when I'm laying on my side or bending over. I probably have way more than you, but at least I can hide it with clothes.

I dunno if i crave healthier food, I love food of all kinds and always have - I love every kind of food from brussel sprouts, pickled fish etc to deep fried chicken and hot dogs. Going to the gym though makes me eat healthier just so i get better results and also so I make every session "worth it" in some way.

@Annubis: I mean that's great, but you probably don't actually eat more than most people - at least not with people who struggle with their weight. There simply is no magical way people can eat more calories than their body needs and not gain weight.

You are pretty tall, us tall people naturally burn more calories just being alive, so by eating more than most people you probably just eat more than shorter people and that works out good for you cause you are tall.

Some people are just naturally capable of feeling when their body is had enough, they feel full when their body has gotten what they need. You're probably just one of those people. I however could eat and eat and eat and eat and eat. There's also psychological issues going on with that though, of course (eating your feelings and all that jazz).

@glassjawsh: Thanks! It was work, but worth every second of it. Also you are right, you can never out gym a bad diet.

57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 19, 2015, 03:41:30 PM
So my boyfriend and I tried the keto diet. It's basically a diet where you eat lots of fat and next to no carbs. Like the atkins diet I guess.

Ultimately we decided it wasn't for us, mainly because we both got hit by the "keto flu" and feel like we got hit by a truck. I have the sweats, shakes and an unbearable sore throat. This is only supposed to last a day or two, so it's totally normal and not a "bad thing" - it's just your body changing the way it works. It goes from a glucose burning machine to a fat burning machine.

We decided it wasn't for us. Yeah we're pussies cause we can't handle the sugar withdrawal symptoms, but it's also an expensive lifestyle since our diet was mostly meat, cheese and heavy cream.

It wasn't a "serious" diet, but I had read good things and wanted to try it out.

Here are my takeaways from this though:

1) This diet will work if you stick to it. I'm 6'3 and now around 220 pounds (I used to be 400+ pounds, but I didn't lose that through keto, just calorie counting and an hour and a half at the gym EVERY DAY YES EVERY DAY) and I can never say I've understood how people can be full half-way through a meal. I've been stuffed to the point I can't stay upright, but on a daily basis I've never felt that sensation that causes people to say "Yeah, I actually don't need another bite of this" - but on keto, I found myself shifting away from meals all together. I adopted a more grazing lifestyle, which sounds like it would lead to overeating, but on this diet it ended up working out at about a 500 calorie deficit for my body (That deficit would make me lose 1 pound a week). Whenever I was hungry I would go to the fridge and get some cold meats and cheese, or make a tuna and mayo lettuce wrap and eat that and my hunger would just...go away.

2) Fat is more filling than carbs or even proteins, this I can now confirm is true and I was skeptical. I didn't miss pasta, rice or even chocolate, that much the cravings eventually die down but I did miss the freedom I had when making meals, and I love to cook a variety of things - so this wasn't for me in the end.

3) I never knew how much carbohydrates (sugars) were in foods. I'm a master calorie counter, you tell me a food and I'll tell you how many calories are in it per 100g, but carbs I never thought about - calories were the bottom line to me. They still are the bottom line to me, but knowing what I know now, in the long run fat is more filling and leads to less overeating, I'm going to be cutting down on my carby foods and adding more fat to my diet. I was starting to enjoy my lunches of baby bel and cured ham (not even high calorie really but way more satisfying than any sandwich or wrap).

4) Sugar is an addiction. I'm not a hippy dippy type who is buying chia seeds *hides bag of chia seeds* (Don't judge me, it was an experiment, ok?) but I am experiencing actual WITHDRAWAL right now, just like a drug. My boyfriend is too, but to a lesser extent than me - probably because I went to the gym today like an idiot when I woke up feeling like crap and decided to go anyway. I'm not sure how I'm going to deal with this going forward, I love sugar. I think I'm okay though, due to my calorie counting I very rarely eat that much sugar in a day as I like to feel as full as I can for what I have to work with calorie-wise and chocolate and ice cream and even bread just make that a bit of an impossibility. But it's opened my eyes up a lot.

So those are my thoughts on the Keto diet. Overall I'm very positive about it, and I think it's a great thing to do if you want to lose weight, but only if you've either been an unsuccessful calorie counter in the past or feel like your addiction to sugar is ruining you (one piece of chocolate turns into a whole bar...which turns into two bars). Keto can be a way of getting you off that train cold turkey and eventually make it so you don't even WANT sugar. I lost half my bodyweight by calorie counting, exercise and also dealing with my inner psychological demons. It's been this way for a little over a year now and it's what I KNOW. I'm comfortable with calorie counting. People who don't calorie count roll their eyes at me when I check out the labels of everything I eat (if I don't know) or when I look for healthier, lower calorie substitutes for the foods I enjoy, but it doesn't bother me. Having this definite number to aim towards gives me structure in my diet, where my diet used to be chaos and nonsense.

Keto is a diet where I feel like you could eat more "naturally", aka listening to your body and eating accordingly. If your trying to lose weight though, you will need to keep an eye on your calories at least so you don't go over your limit and put weight on. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what you're eating, if it is calories over what you have burned that day it get stored in the body as fat, you could turn a carrot into fat if it is over your daily limit.

Anyway, enough ranting from me. Just though I'd share my little dip into an alternative lifestyle.
58  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 16, 2015, 04:47:19 PM


I might like Muppy.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 16, 2015, 07:33:26 AM
That peanut brittle looks legit. I'm kind of a peanut butter addict. Or peanut addict in general.
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Great RPGfan Cook Off! on: August 15, 2015, 02:28:37 PM
You guys are making me want to make a dessert! Those doughnuts looks nom. (So what DO you do with the holes! :P)
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