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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 13, 2015, 10:44:52 PM
Is there a 9/11 video game yet?  I feel like those events are pretty much perfect for CoD style NeoCon retconning.

Is it still too soon?

Oh no, there was a 9/11 game. It was tasteless and I don't think you can easily find it anymore, but it happened...

I'm pretty sure there's Columbine Massacre game, too...not that I would want to play it...
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 13, 2015, 09:20:54 AM
To be fair, they've been getting better steadily, but yeah, it's not a great introduction to an otherwise enjoyable series. IIRC, it gets good before episode 10, so I'll keep chugging along...
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Project X Zone 2: Electric Bugaloo on: April 12, 2015, 08:53:11 PM
Yup. Didn't the first game have a fairly quick confirmation as well? (EDIT: No, not really, there was about a 3-month-long gap, so add "people begging for it too much" to the list of reasons the first did well) Though to be fair, the first one's reportedly high sales might've been from the combination of "wow, this is actually coming over?! I guess I'll give it a shot!" and a lot of RPGs hitting the 3DS all at ounce after a good-sized drought getting people more than a little excitable.

But satill, I'll keep an eye on this. I quite enjoyed Namco X Capcom...and I'm sure I'll play my copy of the first Project X Zone someday...
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 12, 2015, 08:45:06 PM
But how did apes evolve into humans?  Did aliens mate with apes to create the hybrids that we are?  Were apes exposed to Lavos (as they say in Chrono Cross) that triggered evolution?  42? 

I don't deny that apes are a part of our ancestry.  We share, what, ninety-something percent of our DNA with chimps?  But then again, don't we also share seventy-something percent of our DNA with dogs?  And we're probably related to rats too- after all, rats' nutritional needs are practically the same as humans which is why they thrive in man-made environments (e.g. cities) eating our garbage whereas other species died off. 

If you look at anthropological journals in college research libraries, you can find tons of research studies from both perspective theories.  Some anthropologists believe we evolved from apes alone and others believe that there is a "missing link." 

I'm not willing to bet my life savings on any one theory being the ultimate truth, you know? 

I'm big on crazy theories, but very often I find it doesn't make sense to believe them when the other, more common theory provides sensible solutions. Rats and Dogs evolved with us. Rats ate our garbage for millenia, thus those who thrived lived on to our leftovers and survived had easy meals, while the rest likely struggled if not completely died off, which combined with the rats' naturally high reproductive cycle meant that their genes would spread and dominate the species relatively quickly and effectively.

Dogs were breed by humans, and beforehand likely scavenged our leftovers much like the rats, especially since dog food is only a recent invention. They evolved and were carefully breed to be more like us, more so than any other domesticated animal. They had to be intelligent and perform specific tasks, and had to do so while being friendly and loyal. People evolved the same way, and much of it comes from the fact that both of us evolved to be social, group-based animals.

I should also mention that all mammals seem to share a common root ancestor, so it's not unthinkable that there'd be a lot of latent genes that are similar. We have lots of genes that simply don't activate, IIRC, or at least activate in certain orders so even though they're similar, the order somehow dictates what they do.

As for the "missing link", I could've sworn they put that idea to bed back in the mid-00's or something with the discovery of "Lucy" and "Salem", though I guess I don't know the details. I remember reading that much of the genes that separate us from other Apes say that they're "in our thumb", and that it's not unthinkable for a rapid change to bring about rapid adaptions. Our ancestors are thought to have evolved in Northern Africa and Mesopotamia, which evidence seems to show was once largely a lush grassland, and before that, a tropical rainforest. It is believed that the formation of the Himalayas greatly effected the climate of the region. As the rainforest receeded, formerly tree-dwelling apes had to adapt to living on the ground, or else risk being easy prey for the predators in the tall grass.

So, it's possible that some mutant chimps with the capacity to stand on their hind legs developed, and since they were able to see over the tall grass, they were able to protect their group from predators while other groups died out, thus allowing their genes to proliforate, perhaps at a much higher pace than predators were able to adapt to.

Because of the change in posture, this allowed or perhaps even forced a change in head design, which allowed for a larger brain to develop. It's possible that the only gene change necessary was a gene related to our jaw muscles, a mutation which drastically weaked those muscles, but allowed for the brain to grow beyond prior limits (so it may have been that the higher brain functions existed in other species, but due to their head size and shape, simply did not allow for them to develop). These higher brain functions allowed for higher reasoning skills and the use of tools, among other things. Once a proto-hominid (or however you want to/should call it) figured out how to sharpen a rock, he had access to meat - perhaps it didn't even think to kill something, it simply scavenged a carcase and decided to use the rock to get to some marrow - and suddenly the species had a great source for protiens and amino acids, allowing for even higher brain functions, access to more tools, and eventually a move towards hunter-gatherers, until we figured out how to domesticate and farm, etc etc, until we became the humans we know today.

To tie it back to what you were saying earlier about slouching, because it's possible that we evolved to stand upright before our brains developed, and that it may have evolved duringthe transition period ("Salem's" bone structure reportedly was equally adapted to tree life as it was standing upright) there may have been little need for our spine to adapt past that stage. So long as we survived with what we had, it's good enough for evolution.

Buuuut I'm no expert on genetics, so feel free to poke holes in that long-winded post if you find any. I'm mostly going off memory from High school biology and loads of Discovery Channel and National Geographics + Popular Science magazines for a lot of that stuff, too. ^_^;; I do greatly enjoy discussing this kind of stuff.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 12, 2015, 01:41:03 PM
Space Dandy is pretty dandy, now that I got past the first few episodes.

Also rewatching G-Gundam. The first 5 episodes of this show is pretty bad so far. And I was only planning to watch 5 episodes...this is going to be difficult...
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 12, 2015, 01:06:00 PM
If you subscribe to the ancient aliens theory, it is said that our hypothetical alien ancestors likely came from a planet with lower gravity because, let's face it, it takes effort to sit/stand up straight and maintain good posture.  We almost naturally slouch.  Meaning that the human spine is not quite designed right. 

...or maybe it's because our ancestors were monkeys, where slouching is more or less their natural posture. :P
22  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: April 11, 2015, 10:36:18 PM
Found a random iOS game called Tiny Dangerous Dungeon, and got through about 75% of it in one sitting. It's a Game Boy-inspired Metroidvania-ish game where you explore one big dungeon. It's pretty simple, which ironically is why it actually works where most 2D platformers fail on touch-screen devices...

Only problem is it's pretty tough. Most of it was "difficult-but-fair", but there's no check point in the last 20% of the game where you go to get the final key. Meaning you have to progress through what is likely the hardest part of the game, and come back one one life. Thankfully the final Health power up (which restores your life as well as giving you and extra heart) is in that section, too, but it's difficult to get to, so really, it's just unfair. It's way too long a stretch to go without a save point in between. Hopefully the developer realizes this and adds one in at some point, but I'm not gonna bank on it. I'll try again tomorrow.

I also played Dark Void Zero on Easy and almost got halfway through that only to lose all my lives and game over, and the game has no save system...
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: April 11, 2015, 12:18:09 PM
^Definitely gonna keep that in mind. In fact, that was probably what I had in mind this whole time, I just couldn't think of it clearly enough. :(

...Gamestop in the next town has The Wii U double-pack for a decent price, actually...might pick it up Tuesday. Thanks. :)
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 10, 2015, 10:47:12 PM
i've heard that the reason for samus' characterization in other M was that it was based on a metroid manga where she acts the same way with reguard to ridley.

Pretty certain it's actually what Yoshio Sakamoto (the series' co-creator and writer of Super Metroid, Fusion, and Zero Mission, as well as director and writer of Other M) fully intended...at least according to the interiews I'm still lucid enough to remember...crap, I need sleep...
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: April 10, 2015, 10:20:13 PM
^Just a follow-up: So...it turns out what I wanted to play all along was a decent mini-game collection, of which I only know 2 or 3 decent ones in existance. I ended up playing Wii Sports Resort for well over an hour. It was very refreshing. I should probably play some more tomorrow, then move on to something more in-depth. I might have another question later about that, but it won't be nearly as vague.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FINAL FANTASY XV, This is a fantasy based on reality. on: April 10, 2015, 07:28:30 PM
I'd be happy if they just made the main characters not look like a j-pop boys band.

I thought this WAS about the adventures of a j-pop boys band.

I'm not gonna lie, I would actually love a boy band RPG. Maybe have it something like Macross 7 or AKB0048, or evolve the song magic system from Ar Tonelico/Ar NoSurge, where music helps you save the world. Or maybe have some big music competition in a semi-fantasy world, where you and your bandmates go on a grand world tour/road trip to prove your band is the best. Maybe you'll go around, meet people, gain fans, maybe even customize your equipment and what music you play, and at times make pivotal choices about the band. Perhaps they could even get actual Japanese musicians to guest star. I would kill to have GACKT or T.M. Revolution, or similar acts in a video game. Especially with their costume designs at points...

...I am getting way too into this. -_-; I do, however, want instrument themed weapons and a rhythm minigame at some point (Even if it was DLC).
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on: April 10, 2015, 05:46:00 PM
The story premise sounds pretty cliche and kinda rediculous, but I suppose it has a chance to surprise me. Yet so long as the gameplay remains fun, I'll play it either way.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: April 08, 2015, 08:46:59 PM
Platinum would kick me in the balls. I don't think I'm in the mood for a kick in the ball right now...

Shovel Knight might not be a bad choice. I was actually gonna have a seperate list for platformers, though...so you preemptively answered my next question. Yay!

EDIT: To explain more, I just want a fast-paced and somewhat simple game with easy controls and short levels, so I can play in short bursts while still feeling like my time with the game is well spent. I do, however, want to avoid quarter-crunchers and notorious ball-kickers, but I also need a game that isn't, a slow-paced and highly repetitive chore, like Bejeweled or Real Big Fishing...which is unfortunately why I'm having trouble finding a game like this, because most people tend to talk about this type of game when it's on one end of the extreme. The large middle ground seems to go largely ignored.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 08, 2015, 07:28:19 PM
^Is it weird that I actually feel better having read that?
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: April 08, 2015, 06:59:03 PM
Played Etrian Mystery Dungeon for 30 minutes. It was worth the wait, but...now I'm not feeling it. -_-;

I'm thinking I need to kickstart my gaming mojo with some pick-up-and-play, arcade-style games, but it's surprisingly hard to find decent games in the genre that aren't rediculously hard....I just need a game that actually makes me feel like I'm progressing, but I don't want to have to feel like it's a big time investment...I have surprisingly few games of that type, at least as far as I can find (I really NEED to update my Backloggery, I can't keep track of what I have just in my head anymore, especially with all these digital games...).

Anybody have any suggestions?
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