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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: Today at 06:21:49 AM
So, uh...

Apparently my stepdad's father went crazy and tried to kill his wife before killing himself. This was my afternoon today.

Yeah...

My condolences.

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Though let this be a lesson. Plenty of people could have seen this coming but chose not to. I've met the man multiple times and it was super apparent he was losing his marbles. I don't care how close you are to your elders, dementia is not something to be taken lightly. If you see the signs, get them help.

Good advice. Sadly it's often easier said than done. My grandma tried to kill herself several times, usually by hanging. Failed every time. My parents tried to get her help, but she kept convincing everyone else she was fine. Didn't take much, because people hardly worry about old people. You just stick 'em in a home. Now her mind is so far gone, she doesn't recognise her own children anymore. She fills her days with watching television, doesn't want to do anything else. We're sure she still wants to die, but she's terrible it. When she caught that flu and a few months ago, right after recovering from some lung infection, she should have died. Everyone was prepared to let her pass away. But, it just didn't work out that way. Now we joke she's forgotten how to die, because we're terrible people.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Digital VS Physical on: March 22, 2015, 04:22:59 PM
I'm fine with digital if it's something cheap I plan to play soon. My Steam library is basically a collection of things I paid less than €5 for and I've played around 80% of the games in it. I buy 'trinkets' on the 3DS as well.

However, I'd rather buy physical if:
-It's a bigger game, especially if it's on the Xbox 360 (lack of internet) or Vita (memorycards are so expensive!).
-It's a (comic) book. I just can't get used to reading on a screen, I guess. Also, my office/study (it sounds fancier than it is) is filled with books and I love being able to just grab something, flip through it and maybe sit down on the floor and read it (the floor is surprisingly comfortable).

A few weeks ago my best friend finally brought his girlfriend along (she's real and really nice!) and she got really excited when she saw all my manga. So we just kinda browsed the shelves, squeed over our favourite books and recommended manga to eachother. Can't really do that with digital copies. Well, I guess you could compare lists on tablets or something, but that's boring.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 20, 2015, 05:15:06 AM
I bought an exercise bike a few months back and it's great. Sure, I cycle plenty what with not having a grocery store nearby and my bicycle being my only mode of transportation, but it's so nice to be able to take 30 minute breaks from work to move my legs (and watch some anime or something) even when the weather outside is all cold and nasty (aka Dutch weather).

Not for AD(H)D related reasons, though. My circulation is pretty shitty and if I don't move I get really cold (including fingers and lips turning blue - not a very charming look), my legs go all tingly and so on. It's not just for comfort, though. Heart problems run in the family and I'm going to outcycle that shit as long as I can!
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 12, 2015, 03:51:10 AM
In some places having a job is considered winning, isn't it? :(

I hope that coworker is able to find something else soon. That amount of stress is not good for your health.
5  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: March 10, 2015, 03:37:42 AM
So Nepro is not putting all their eggs into one basket? That's good.
6  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Code name S.T.E.A.M. for 3ds on: March 08, 2015, 04:20:38 AM
Confirming once again that Nintendo provides some interesting, probably illegal stuff in their cafeterias: The Codename S.T.E.A.M. Sing-along song
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tri-Ace bought out, to re-focus on mobile games. on: March 08, 2015, 04:13:41 AM
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There's no one to fill the void because the Japanese market is fizzling out. This isn't mere turnover but rather the dilemma of a younger generation having much less interest in what console/handheld makers offer (changing demographics via declining birth rates don't help, but that alone doesn't explain the paradigm shift). With RPGs even more niche outside Japan, I doubt we can turn the tide no matter how many games we buy.

More niche? It's not uncommon for JRPG to sell better outside of Japan. It's just that it took Japanese companies ages to notice that and start treating western releases as more than an aftertought. (NIS has been active since the PlayStation 2 days, Namco Bandai became super eager to promote Tales a couple of years ago and their anime game releases are becoming more elaborate as well.)

The main problem is that consoles have become more and more expensive to develop for, meaning that smaller companies like tri-Ace just can't keep producing their kind of games at their regular high level. It's why we saw that shift towards handhelds last gen. Add to that that the mobile gaming market has become more divided with the introduction of phones and tablets. Some companies are exploring these new territories on their own terms by, for instance, rereleasing older games on phones and tablets. tri-Ace got in trouble before they had a chance to do that, sadly.

People still love JRPGs and they may even love them more than ever, it's just that we're playing them in slightly different ways.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: March 07, 2015, 04:05:04 AM
Looked at the site and:

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Ever thought games might not be for you? Join us. Here, games are for you.

Offworld is a place for curious and playful grown-ups, where we can enjoy the endless possibilities of the 21st century’s greatest art form. We're here to express our love of exploring new worlds, to talk to their creators, to share our discoveries, and imagine new frontiers to play in together.

This will be an unequivocal home for women and minorities, whose voices will form most of the work published here. We're central to the growth and development of this warm, brilliant, expressive medium.

Most of it sounds nice enough, but why the emphasis on women and minorities? If you ask me, if you want to detox the gaming community, you need to make an attempt to be inclusive of everyone, including the people who are so insecure they jump into a defensive position as soon as someone does/likes something different. Make them feel welcome, too, instead of spouting this embarrassing stuff like:

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‘Games culture’ is a petri dish of people who know so little about how human social interaction and professional life works that they can concoct online ‘wars’ about social justice or ‘game journalism ethics, straight-faced, and cause genuine human consequences. Because of video games.’

Gaming culture is so vaguely defined (unless you listen to PepsiCo, in which case gaming = Call of Duty + Dorito's + Mountain Dew, but that would be like a lover of classical music calling MTV their holy bible, so... yeah.), it shouldn't be too hard to find a niche you like. My 'gaming culture' happens to involve amigurumi, indiegames, and tea, I guess. Most of the people I hang out with drink tea (some game journalists, developers, regular gamers and so on). Just because there are assholes on the internet does not mean everyone who plays games is one. The adolescents* going all 'it's actually about ethics in gaming journalism' represent no one but themselves.

*Some might be older, but most of the ones I encountered were fairly young. If I became embarrased everytime a teenager did something stupid... Yeah, let's not go there, it's a silly place. The one thing that does surprise me is that it took them so long to figure out most journalism is pretty shitty.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 06, 2015, 12:54:05 PM
Guys, I need help. Which word sounds more awesome?

Microgolf

or

Magnetron

First one is the Flemmish word for microwave oven, the second is Dutch. Of course, the people from Flanders think they have the better word because it's a literal translation of the English word, but come on, Magnetron sounds like it could be a freakin' Transformer!
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 04, 2015, 02:28:04 PM
Canada is adorable. No, more like moe. You just want to hug it (because it looks so cute in its parka) and tell it not to mind that mean America.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: March 03, 2015, 01:52:42 PM
It might be nothing, but Nintendo Benelux did mention they're shipping out more Shulk amiibo at the start of summer.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 02, 2015, 06:07:04 AM
My cat isn't really welcome at the vet's anymore. Imagine that cat that's trying to hide into the drawer, but the drawer is more like a stupidly full shelving unit and and the cat isn't just trying to hide but also to cause as much destruction as possible. Also, the assistent may have accussed her of attempted murder, because claws.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 28, 2015, 11:43:28 AM
I wanted to say something smart about dealing with teens, but I'm pretty clueless myself right now. How do you deal with a kid that's overenthousiastic? There's this boy who really wants to help with the new site, but he's not particularly good at anything (yet). I don't want to crush his spirit, but... yeah.

Next JRPG I play, all kid characters will be benched by default.

Edit: Gah, stupid kid! We decided to do things certain ways, and now you want to do it your own way? That's now how it works.

This is so annoying. I want to tell the kid he needs to work harder but I'm sure everyone is this | | close to hating me already, because I tend to take work seriously. Blargh.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 27, 2015, 02:24:30 PM
^ But then your eyes are still playing tricks on you. The colors are blue and gold. The illusion is that some people will see blue and black, and others will see white and gold, but it's almost impossible to register it as blue and gold.

Not really, the way the dress appears to me in the picture is light blue + bronze/gold, but I know that due to the lighting the dress is in reality most probably a darker shade of blue and black.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 27, 2015, 12:21:36 PM
I can't imagine seeing it as gold and white. I guess I understand how it works in theory (the brain assumes the lighting is blueish and decides the dress must be white), but I can't help but notice how bright every other part of the photo is, so my brain says: the dress is blue and black, because the colours appear lighter in the photo than they actually are.

But, I make my brain compare like 50 shades of blue under various types of lighting whenever picking colours for a new amigurumi, so maybe I bootcamped my brain into being good at this.
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