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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: March 31, 2015, 08:59:03 PM
And the benefit of Pokemon is that other kids at school probably play too, so she can talk to them about it.  Somehow, Pokemon turns kids' ADD into a superpower where all the creative monkeys in their heads are actually working together as they strategize, battle, converse with eachother about Pokemon, etc.  (I myself have adult ADD and work in special ed, so I have massively ADD students who hyperfocus when playing games.  Granted, I work with high school students.)

Speaking of, what are some things that hold your daughter's attention better?  I feel like knowing that plus her tastes in things would help me come up with good recommendations.  

...that may be why I enjoy Love Live! School Idol Festival, a rhythm/music game for iOS and Android, so much.  I'm listening, looking, and touching simultaneously and thus I'm multiply stimulated and my ADD works to my advantage.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 31, 2015, 08:35:38 PM
I actually stopped reading novels for years because trade paperbacks have such small fonts.  Then when I got my Kindle and could adjust font sizes at the push of a button, I became the voracious reader I once was as a kid and devoured A Song of Ice and Fire, Mistborn, tons of books.  Plus my Kindle being easier to carry than a big 1000 page tome (especially since large-print books are physically large), I don't think I'll ever go back to " real" books.  I can't adjust the font sizes on those. 

3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 31, 2015, 07:55:14 PM
My other rant everywhere: Why do modern video games, console RPGs in particlar, have to have such small font sizes in their text?  And why are there no options to increase font sizes in games?  Seriously, this has turned me off of many otherwise good games.  I want to preserve what's left of my eyesight and not have to sit close to the screen just to read stuff. 
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 31, 2015, 06:11:57 PM
My current rant everywhere:  The skinny jeans on guys trend needs to end.  Considering the cyclical nature of trends, aren't JNCOs and Kikwear due for a comeback soon?  Sure, I won't wear something that ridiculously baggy (I'm not 17 any more) but it would be nice to go into a clothing store and be able to find a pair of comfortable baggy jeans that don't constrict "the boys." 
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 30, 2015, 08:48:52 PM
The more people I talk to, the more I'm hearing about cancer affecting people and/or their loved ones.  Gives me even more incentive to do the ACS bike-a-thon this summer with my coworker (who's a cancer survivor.)

I have signed up for 2 bike-a-thons already (ACS and Diabetes tour de cure) and am planning to sign up for two more this year. 

My bike-a-thon schedule:

1) Diabetes Tour-de-Cure, June 2015 (in my sig)

2) ACS Philly bike a thon with a coworker (http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/CommunityFundraisingPages/CFPCY15EC?px=39094552&pg=personal&fr_id=68997)

3) There's an autism ride I want to do in September, since my day job is in special education http://clc-ajf.donorpages.com/AJFRide4Autism2015/

4) I did this Parkinsons ride last year and want to do it again. http://www.shakeitoff4pd.org/pd500-rock-n-roll-bike-ride.html
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 30, 2015, 07:55:21 PM
I say "KWISS-tiss"
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 30, 2015, 05:19:17 PM
And this is why Selphie was the best.  Okay and Fujin too.

And since we're going there, here are some more Mooncalf parody fics for the occasion.  (She's a favorite of mine, can't you tell?)

The future of Selphie and Irvine: http://mooncalf.org/library/parody/irvineandselphie.html

Fujin says hi: http://mooncalf.org/library/parody/fujinsayshi.html

Squall and Rinoa doing karaoke: http://mooncalf.org/library/parody/paradise.html

Damn those hot dogs at Balamb Garden: http://mooncalf.org/library/parody/girltalk.html

This one's stupid, but it's the reason why I refer to Rinoa's weapon as a "crossbow boomerang wingy-thingy." http://mooncalf.org/library/parody/perfectgirl.html

EDIT: And how do you pronounce Rinoa?  I always said it "rin-OH-ah" with 3 syllables, until I was introduced to the food quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) so now I wonder if the girl's name is rin-OH-ah or REEN-wah.
8  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: March 30, 2015, 05:04:34 PM
SOTM is the entire album "Blau" by Eir Aoi.  So freaking GOOD!!!  It's totally my kind of J-Pop. 
9  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Unraveled -- looks awesome, needs money (KS) on: March 30, 2015, 11:21:53 AM
I did a preview of it a few weeks back.  I enjoyed my time with it.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 29, 2015, 08:26:22 PM
Battleroads has been a subject of several conversations I've had with people this week, particularly early 20-somethings who are into retro gaming.  This begs the question, why the hell is Battletoads not available on Nintendo's eShop or PSN or something?  That is one gaming franchise that needs to be necro-resurrected. 

When I played Battletoads, I never got past the hoverbike level.
11  Media / The Soundroom / Album cover art thread- is this a dying art? on: March 29, 2015, 02:49:11 PM
Those of us who grew up with LPs and CDs remember the days of really cool album cover art and liner notes.  I particularly liked White Zombie's Astro Creep 2000 liner notes with all of Rob Zombie's artwork.  And those of us who grew up in the 1980s or 1990s will remember the album cover controversies with stuff like Guns 'n Roses' "Appetite for Destruction" or Nirvana's "Nevermind."  With the advent of digital music, I feel like cover art is becoming a dying art.  So, let's talk about our favorite album covers.

My all time favorite album cover is easily that of "Gentlemen" by Afghan Whigs.  The boy's face... wow!  http://theafghanwhigs.com/music/gentlemen/ The album itself is great too.  

Another album cover that just screams cool to me is "The Black Halo" by Kamelot.  I can't put my finger on why I dig it, I just do.  I haven't heard that album yet, save for one song, but I'm sure it's just as good as its cover since Kamelot is a pretty consistent band: http://www.metal-archives.com/images/6/4/7/3/64735.jpg?1534  

And although it's vulgar and disgusting (much like the band's music), the cover art for "Sperm Tsunami" by a local punk band called Sparklefight is really well drawn.  http://sparklefight.bandcamp.com/album/sperm-tsunami

So, yeah, what are/were some of your favorite album covers?  
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 29, 2015, 10:11:00 AM
I still find it amusing that the dog is female (referred to as "she" all the time) yet it has a boy's name "Angelo."  My second and third playthroughs, I changed the dog's name to Angela. 
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Melancholy Republic on: March 28, 2015, 11:09:20 AM
Interesting.  I spent hours exploring big towns/cities like Midgar, Rabanastre, Sumaru City... Heck, one reason I maxed out my game clock in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment was because I loitered around the city. 
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: March 28, 2015, 08:58:04 AM
This one's for glassjawsh, Tomara, and everyone else here who's an avid bicycle rider.  As if I didn't need MORE incentive to want to visit Japan. 

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=923807177630643
15  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FF8 am i the only one who dislikes it so much? on: March 27, 2015, 06:31:56 PM
And I've said this many times before, the Zell-library girl sidequest is my all time favorite sidequest.  It was just too darn cute.  

I also distinctly remember the first time I played FF8, I didn't complete the quest but during a flashback scene when Zell
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promises to forge Rinoa a ring like Squall's, she asks what's up with him and the library girl and when he's taken aback, she's all like "everyone at school's talking about it."
 The third time I played FF8, I tried to recreate my actions to get that piece of dialogue again since no one else seems to have gotten it, but failed.  Too bad, because that was a great scene.  

In FF8, the "school ties" and "teen beat" stuff was wholly more interesting than the Blair Witch hunt.  And disk 1 was great, because it had a tight narrative focus and was more political.  One scene I felt was kinda glossed over was the one where Rinoa mentions that she used to date Seifer and I would have liked to know more about that (because it's not often that RPG heroines have a dating past; they're usually all innocent and virginal to a fault), but then Squall got stuck in his own mind, had a conniption fit, and made the moment all about him.  

And though I thought the endgame sequence felt tacked on and the ending was nothing short of wacky, it looked amazing.  It still has some of the most creative CG art direction I've seen. 
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