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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 02:47:16 PM
And now the million dollar question is this: Will the British government actually follow through with the will of the people?  Or will they simply do what the American government does: look at popular opinion, say "awww, isn't that cuuuute?" then do whatever the lobbyists who pay them want?  
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: Today at 02:21:58 PM
Who here has played the Bean Boozled game by the Jelly Belly jellybean company?  For those who don't know, it's game where you spin the spinner and whatever color it lands on, you have to eat that color jelly bean, and there's either a yummy flavor or a gross flavor.  For example, if you spin green, the green one will either taste like juicy pear or boogers. 

It's an evil game, as evidenced by this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbSGFzquCF0

Jelly Belly does NOT mess around with the yucky flavors. 
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: Today at 02:03:48 PM
No I haven't.  I haven't watched anime in a long time.  I don't get much time to watch TV and its variants.  5pb is behind the game, right?  They've become a super strong player in the VN game.  And isn't NISA localizing it?  The quality of that company's localizations has been up and down throughout its existence. 
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: Today at 08:30:06 AM
IIRC Phantom of Inferno is a Nitro+ title, and those guys are thriving since Steins;Gate took off! Nice to see them move away from H.

Blargh! You're right.  Indeed, PrincessSoft originally published Phantom of Inferno in Japan.  Hourglass of Summer is still all PrincessSoft, though.

And it seems we share a brain today, Tomara.  In looking at your paragraph about Nintendo being the big company least content to rest on its laurels and keep experimenting and my +1 of it, that's also why I used to like Sega a lot back in the day.  They were not content to rest on their laurels and were about bold experimenting, innovating, etc both with hardware and software/game design.  Unfortunately, a cavalcade of poor business decisions that even an elementary school student with a lemonade stand would avoid ultimately did Sega in.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite game companies? on: Today at 07:48:04 AM
Before they went bankrupt, I loved KID (Kindle Imagine Develop).  They were the masterminds behind the Memories Off and Infinity (you know, The series Ever17 was part of) VN series.  Those were some of the best VNs ever and I also loved some of the games they published, like Suigetsu for Dreamcast.  

I remember when KID and PrincessSoft were the Coke and Pepsi of VNs.  KID was my favorite (Ever17 is my favorite video game of all time), though PrincessSoft had Hourglass of Summer (my all time favorite love adventure) and the excellent Phantom of Inferno.  


EDIT: and I have to +1 Tomara's paragraph about Nintendo doing things their way, status quo be damned.  My inner punk respects that attitude, even if I don't always like the product.

EDIT 2:  And I have to give props to Red Company.  Their games had the best art direction, especially Tengai Makyou.  They also masterminded the Sakura Taisen series, which is a cult classic for good reason.  Spike McFang for SNES and Thousand Arms for PSX were Red Company too.  Okay, they've attached their name to some stinkers (e.g. they had a partial hand in Nostalgia for DS and the Agarest War games) and seem to have lost their lustre lately, but when they were on point, they were on point!
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Starting a business on: June 23, 2016, 05:44:04 PM
The lion's share of my VO is through ACX/Audible (whose parent company is Amazon), so come tax season they sent me a 1099 thinger.  So I did have to fill one out this year.  The whole liability shield is a big reason why I want to LLC myself. 
7  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: June 23, 2016, 05:35:41 PM
The school year just ended for me (for those who don't know, I'm high school special ed assistant teacher) so song of the moment is "Summer Song" by Joe Satriani.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibqn-tS01pE

I also pick this one, because graduation almost didn't happen outside due to the possibility of a thunderstorm, but the sun parted the dark clouds and it was a pretty nice day.  I was supporting one of my special needs students as he played "Pomp & Circumstance" with the school band.  This was his first year being in a concert band and this was his final gig of the year, so I was stoked that he got to play, though it was doubtful at first. 
8  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 21, 2016, 05:21:32 PM
And you DEFINITELY want a green plate for the final boss. 
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Starting a business on: June 20, 2016, 06:14:24 PM
Have you registered this as an LLC yet?  Is the name still available, like on the LLC registry?  Did you create a second bank account for your LLC?  That's my summer project, turning my voiceovers into an LLC since I make some money with it, so everything is kosher come tax time.  Because with this you will have to fill out a 1066 form come tax time.  So definitely do the "legalzoom" LLC stuff.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 19, 2016, 06:59:46 PM
Aurian- you said your new doggie is a whippet mix, right?  From what I understand, sight hounds like greyhounds, Italian greyhounds, whippets, Afghan hounds, salukis generally have more catlike temperaments than most other dogs.  That's why they're often categorized low in doggie intelligence scales because they're not as trainable to learn and obey commands.  

One of the guys in the band I played in has an Italian greyhound and she definitely had some catlike tendencies.  She likes to leap up to the top of the couch, sunbathe, hates getting wet, not the most obedient because she thinks she knows better than you...
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: The "what was your first anime?" Thread on: June 19, 2016, 03:29:51 PM
1st one that I can actually  remember was Dragon Quest: Legend of the Hero Abel.

I used to get up super early to watch it at 6am during the whole "Saturday Morning Cartoons" era.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 19, 2016, 08:53:51 AM
"Whine whine whine! Whine whine whine! Whine whine whine all the fucking time!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qzLUsR2T8g

Anyway, haps is that a friend of mine's 9 year-old daughter got a really cool short summer haircut- like a faux hawk with red highlights.  Yet one of her neighbors made an offhand comment about the daughter looking like a "bull dyke" or somesuch.  Really?!?!?!  

I still never understood why, in America, society often labels you "fag" or "dyke" or whatever over the most arbitrary non-issues.  Maybe this lack of comprehension comes from the fact that I was born in Europe (specifically The Netherlands), spent about the first decade of my life living there, and thus my deep-rooted tastes and attitudes are more European.  

Bicycling and futbol (ya know, soccer aka REAL football) are two of my favorite sports.  Big in Europe, but in the US they're considered "sissy-gay" sports.  When it comes to my taste in clothing, I gravitate towards menswear with vivid colors, including pink.  I rock a pink shirt like a boss!  Again, vivid colors on guys is totally cool in Europe, but in America... yeah.  

Eh, whatever.  I'll continue to ride my bicycle wearing a pink jersey (hey, in the Giro d'Italia race the leader jersey is pink) and anyone who thinks I'm a flaming friend of Dorothy for that is not worth my time anyway.  

EDIT: I still remember first moving to the US (around age 9 or 10)... where I was bullied the first days of school for having long hair. I loved my long hair when I was living in Europe, but I got picked on and emasculated so badly my first days in the US that I almost felt forced to cut it short just so people would leave me alone.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Too many cut scenes @_@ on: June 19, 2016, 08:32:35 AM
I think another thing that bothered people about the "chair sequence" in Xenogears was that whole, "WTF, that is a total rip-off of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime!" (You know, with the final episode being Shinji sitting in a chair.) 

And I agree that the text speed in Xenogears being painfully slow with no way to adjust it made everything seem far more dragged out than it needed to be.  The point of text speed is relevant to this topic. 
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Too many cut scenes @_@ on: June 18, 2016, 07:34:24 PM
But if I want that, I'll just watch anime.  A game, by its definition, has to have some "play" element.  Don't get me wrong, I do love me some meaty cutscenes, but I need interaction time too.  It's like those visual novels akin to Higurashi or Planetarian which had no decisions.  I need some Choose Your Own Adventure type play in my visual novels, otherwise I may as well just read a manga or a novel. 
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 18, 2016, 04:25:20 PM
And not just on the Internet, we're seeing that whole "angry Internet culture" seep into real life.  Like in American politics right now.  It's an absolute circus and Donald Trump is a total troll feeding on all of that.  Trolls on the Internet are one thing, but in real life they can be pretty darn dangerous at this magnitude.  I can't wait till gubernatorial elections in New Jersey in 2017 so we can get Chris Christie out of office.  I'm not an angry or violent person, but Chris Christie and Donald Trump are two people I absolutely want to punch in the face.  

...the fact that I'm succumbing to this "lowest common denominator" way of thinking scares the crap out of me, because I'm better than that.    
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