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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How deep is your backlog? on: February 05, 2016, 04:21:14 PM

I plan on getting through about half my Steam backlog, which is sitting at 19 games, right now. No, wait, make that 20. I just bought an actual murder simulator (made in RPG Maker) for 11 cents. Fortunately, many of these games are only a few hours long.

Saw a Let's Play of that one a few months back, it looked like a neat idea that would probably only last me a few quick playthroughs before it got kind of boring.

For this kind of money, as long as it last longer than a gumball, it's a good investment.

(I probably shouldn't mention there are over a dozen free RPG Maker games I still want to play.)
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: How deep is your backlog? on: February 05, 2016, 02:03:15 PM
I rarely start games I don't plan on playing through right away, which helps me keep my backlog in check. I think... I hope?

I plan on getting through about half my Steam backlog, which is sitting at 19 games, right now. No, wait, make that 20. I just bought an actual murder simulator (made in RPG Maker) for 11 cents. Fortunately, many of these games are only a few hours long.

Consoles are a different matter. I have games I bought 5+ years ago that I haven't even played yet. I will get to those eventually, it's just that I have to be in the right mood. Like, tomorrow, I might wake up and think 'yes, I need to play some Onimusha Tactics now' and then I will play it. This is a thing that happens.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 05, 2016, 01:32:45 PM
Holy turd, cauliflower was expensive even before the prices went up! Those whole sale prices are at time higher than what you pay in Dutch supermarkets...

BTW purple cauliflower looks weird, like a colour swap gone horribly wrong.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 05, 2016, 12:34:23 PM
I might be the only person I know who likes real black licorice instead of the nonsense fake cherry flavored twizzlers sugar foodstuff

Black liquorice is the only real liquorice! :( Well, I guess it's fine for some of the more traditional stuff to be a little brownish, as long as it tastes right. Also, bonus points if it smells like cleaning product.

Combining liquorice with other flavours, that's something I can get behind, though. Especially if it's something like peppermint. Fruit is okay too, if the fruit part is nice and fruity. I miss my skulls...
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: February 05, 2016, 04:39:06 AM
Still kinda weird, but I'm fine with this. Atleast it's short.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 05, 2016, 04:25:58 AM
I wish I had a comic book shop nearby, especially one so amazing looking as that piece of building regulations violations. (Maybe it's the lighting, but the roof seems to be sagging.) ... That, eh, was not sarcasm. And hey, it would be an upgrade from some of the buildings here, even without the contents! For instance, nearly a hundred years ago, there was a fire in the local windmill. All that was left was the stone 'tower'. That tower is still there today and or some reason it's a monument. That's the most exciting thing we have over here. No, wait, that and the boarded up pub that is said to be haunted.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 02, 2016, 01:44:01 PM
I usually watch anime. Got halfway through Moyashimon last time. Okay, that was just one day, but not being able to ligt your head without vomiting counts as sick, right?
8  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: February 02, 2016, 03:06:43 AM
I'll need some time to get used to that name. Back in high school the average class had two or more Annes (with an occasional Anna or Annelies thrown in), and most of them were kinda boring.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: January 31, 2016, 01:44:55 PM
I was looking for a 'something dumb to watch while I crochet stuff' show and, well, Sekko Boys is a work of art! Quite literally! I love it! o_o
10  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New 3DS Fire Emblem Fates on: January 27, 2016, 06:50:52 AM
http://kotaku.com/the-english-version-of-fire-emblem-fates-wont-have-the-1755121353

You can't pet your waifu/husbando's in overseas Fire Emblem Fates.
(Yet nothing of value has been lost)

Fire Emblem fans: Whatever, that was stupid anyway.
Random angry folks on the internet: It's horrible, horrible censorship! The SJWs are ruining everything! Will someone please think of the Gamers?!
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 25, 2016, 01:25:56 PM
There's this song that's on the radio a lot nowadays. I don't listen much radio myself, but it's always on at my parents. I dropped by before going grocery shopping, Treur niet started playing, and I dunno, it was really hard to not cry. The subject (death) always hits hard around this time of year...
12  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Star Ocean 5 on: January 19, 2016, 03:20:41 AM
My then boyfriend got SO3 for me. He was traveling the United States to beat people at Super Smash Bros. Melee and bought Katamari Damacy and Star Ocean 3 for me along the way.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: January 18, 2016, 02:54:09 AM


Dogs!


Aren't those some type of catfish?
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 17, 2016, 03:53:14 AM
But most importantly, did your cousin have a good time?  I'm betting with her having to grow up so quickly and have people depend on her, taking time out for herself to simply have fun must not have been easy.  And with her personality being more withdrawn, I'm guessing she isn't super expressive/demonstrative that she had a great time. 

She did. When we got home, she told me she had a great time (and then ran off to grab her tablet and watch let's plays on Youtube), but I still feel a bit bad about the boring parts of the day. I had a bit of work to do at the end, and for several reasons, that didn't work out like it should have. Fortunately she had her 3DS with her, and the street pass hits were nearly constant. That the event was held in an old church didn't help either. Since it was cold outside, some parts of the building were also pretty cold. We kept our coats on for most of the day.

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My 11 year old niece, whom I met for the first time last year, I discovered is nuts about video games, anime, comics, etc.  Once I showed her photos from E3 and stuff I do for the site, she became a fan of uncle Neal and keeps telling her mom (my cousin) that she wants to go to any anime/video game/comic book convention with me.  They live out in Colorado, and I definitely want to visit them, because cycling culture is huge there. 

My nephews are probably going to start asking if they can come to a convention with me, but I'm probably going to wait until they're 11. At that age they're independent enough to do some things on their own, and old enough to get something out of the convention aside from playing videogames and maybe participating in a crafts workshop. Plus, I still get to save money on travel expensives (bus and train tickets for children age 4-11 are really cheap in the Netherlands).
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 16, 2016, 03:48:25 PM
I took my 11-year-old cousin to an animeconvention thingie, her first ever. It was also the first time she traveled by bus and train. She's mature for her age (father had a really bad accident when she was really young and that kinda stuff changes a kid), and pretty self-reliant (she's a better cook than most college students I met), but she doesn't get out much. Plus, her two other sisters struggle with anxiety and one of their big fears is public transportation (and travel in general to a lesser extend), and it looked like it was starting to rub off on her.

So, eh, this was actually kinda scary. The fact that she's the kind of kid that stays quiet unless it's an emergency did not help. All the time, I was like 'you sure you don't want something to drink?' and 'please tell me if you start to get hungry!' On the other hand, I did kinda push her to do the public transportation thing properly, including walking home from the bus stop in the dark and cold. (Her parents had offered to pick her up from the bus stop, but it's just a short walk, so it made more sense for me to walk her home.) Was that wrong?

In the end she did eat and drink enough, and when we got home her mother was surprised, because she usually doesn't eat at all on day trips. I guess I did something right.

Having so many responsiblities is still scary, though ;_; I mean, it's not like I have no experience babysitting, but staying at home is vastly different from a an outing like this.

One thing was really funny, though: everyone assumed she was the big gamer (well, she is) and that I was a clueless elder sister (or mother!) tagging along. Which makes some sense, I wear clothes that would normal on any 20-something woman (but I totally have Bleach keychains and other nerdy crap dangling from my wallet, keys and more!). Most (young) women there either cosplayed or wore gaming related shirts/hoodies. At one point, we were playing some hectic platforming game*, and the developer asked me if I played games too sometimes. The look on his face when I introduced myself as a game journalist was pretty funny. Okay, that sounds kinda mean. I wasn't mean. Neither did I want to be. He was really nice, helped us get into the game by making sure we moved on to the next level but without taking all the points for himself, and he answered all my questions.

*This one: Tic-Tic-Tower. The premise is that you've got 10 seconds to reach the next level and there are over 200 levels overall. We played a local co-op/competitive multiplayer mode. I'm not sure the singleplayer mode will keep you playing, as the controls are a little slippery, but if you're into hectic party-games, it's a lot of fun.
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