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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 23, 2016, 01:15:05 PM
Oh. It looks like my grandmother is dying. Family members are talking on WhatsApp, which is terrible but practical, I guess? Not that I have any strong feelings right now. Grandma's really old and her mind hasn't been the same for 5+ years. She barely recognises her own children, let alone one of her many grandchildren. I mostly just feel bad for my mother...
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 22, 2016, 09:41:35 AM

Actual haps... I passed my physical examination this week with the doctor, so I've been approved to begin my Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) two full weekend training for my scuba diving certificate starting tomorrow. Dreading the damage, I'll be putting on my credit card the next few months to buy and acquire all the new and used equipment so I can join other social, local dives. I'm looking forward to forging new friendships and a social circle over a shared passion of the incredible, beautiful, and lure that is the underwater world of the ocean.

That sounds awesome.

My hobby is considerably less awesome, but I am glad I did pick up a bow again. I really missed it and it helps me connect to the other people, gives me a good reason to leave the house and so on.

Unrelated haps: I often have some music on at home, either something on Youtube or something while I'm working or whatever is coming from the television when I'm playing a game. My pet rabbits hear pretty much all of it and I've noticed that not all music is the same to them. For instance, Bun hates the opening song of Tales of Graces f, but the instrumental version is fine.

Anyway, today Youtube suggested I listen to this Relaxation music for rabbits. Sen seems to like it well enough. Her ears are halfway up and twitch sometimes. She's obviously listening. However, that's also how she reacts to the average Kalafina song. Meanwhile, Bun is trying to destroy the hay thingie. I think he doesn't give a crap about music like that and prefers more energetic. He likes running around the room like an idiot to the tune of, well, any Iron-blooded Orphans OP. (Sen just ignores it and I've seen her nod off during Rage of Dust to the point were she accidently rolled over.)

3  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 22, 2016, 08:53:41 AM
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch: I love the aesthetics, the battle system, the world that's been built and almost everything studio Ghilbli has even done.  But during a game, there has to be some sort of hook that ultimately makes me care about the characters or the story in order that I can ultimately bothered to finish.  Right now I'm 9 hours in (entering the Temple of Trials) and I haven't, outside of one very important bit, cared about what;s going on.  I get what they're trying to do, and in many ways the story is an incredibly heartfelt survey on how people deal with grief, but I've seen enough of Ghibli's work to know exactly what's going to happen and nothing that's shown up so far seems compelling enough to keep me interested for what's probably going to be a 50+ hour journey down a road I've been down before.

Will probably sell the game to be completely honest.

The joke was on you, Ni No Kuni is strictly a Level 5 affair with only the aesthetics provided by Ghilbi. And if you've ever played a Level 5 game, you should've known what to expect (grinding, grinding and even more tedious grinding with writing, characters and a setting aimed squarely at Japanese Boys Ages 6 through 10).

I like to think Jade Cocoon is the actual Ghibli RPG, despite it technically not having anything to do with the studio itself (it's just one of studio's key animators and character designers that did some work on it), it did feel very Ghibli-like what with the setting and all (bit of Princess Mononoke here, some Nausicaš there...).

4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 21, 2016, 02:22:19 PM
Ah, so that why buienradar.nl wasn't working.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 21, 2016, 12:44:29 PM
Every time I start to feel miserable about myself, I try to think about other people and how I can help them.  Every time I'm sad, someone is sadder than I am.

In my head, that just turns into:

"I have no right to be miserable. If I do happen to feel that way, I'm a horrible and selfish person who does not deserve happiness. However, it's terrible if other people feel like that, so I should do what I can to help them and not be human garbage."

... Yeah... I usually try not to think about it and distract myself with something useful instead. Like cleaning. Or work.

I can honestly say I'm not depressed and never really have been. I just have very low self-esteem that makes it difficult to befriend other people, because I have a hard time imagining anyone would want to hang out with me. And while I understand this way of thinking is bullshit, years of bad experiences have made it an defence mechanism my mind perceives as valuable.
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 21, 2016, 10:15:42 AM

tl;dr: What little self-worth I've cultivated over the last 15 years just went straight out the window.

TBF, it seems there must WAY MORE people around you that don't/haven't mocked you nor even thought about doing so, since this is the first you're hearing about it in 15 years.  Try to think about them.

Easier said than done, though... When self-doubt creeps in and takes control, it's very hard to think like that. In my case, you'd probably have to repeat over and over again that I deserve better, that most people aren't assholes. It might start to sink in after several dozen times. But, that's just my personal experience. It might be different for Klutz (and I hope it is), but, Klutz, if you want some reassurance, I'd be happy to tell you that you are a good person, that it's okay to have flaws and that your boss is a piece of shit with the mindset of a 8-year-old bully. Or just a bully in general, because climbing up by kicking others down really is bullying 101.

7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: October 20, 2016, 12:53:28 PM
1. Trails in the Sky SC
2. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
3. Legend of Legacy
4. Stella Glow
5. Nights of Azure.
6. We Know the Devil
7. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
8. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest
9. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation
10. Stranger of Sword City
11. Atelier Sophie
12. Zelda Picross
13. 10000000
14. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
15. Quell Reflect
16. Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden
17. Beyond Eyes
18a-d. Space Pilgrim Episode I-IV
19. I am Setsuna
20. An Octave Higher
21. Ben There, Dan That!
22. Please don't touch anything
23. Legend of Mysteria
24. Over the Hills and Far Away
25. Postmortum: One Must Die
26. This Starry Midnight We Make
27. Sins of the Demon
28. Cubicle Quest
29. Machina of the Planet Tree -Planet Ruler-
30. Her Story
31. Time Gentemen, Please!
32. The Cat lady
33. Phantasy Star IV
34. Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness
35. A New Beginning
36. Millennium 2: Take Me Higher
37. Suits: A Business RPG
38. Princess Maker 2 Refine

39. Paper Mario: Color Splash
That was very... paint-by-numbers. The visuals and level designs were pretty creative, but the core is very much a basic Mario-game. Worse, while the game has a lot of neat ideas, it doesn't fully consider how the player will experience them. That battle system is so tedious and some non-battle segments were equally slow-paced.


And there's just way too many identical mushroom folks. What happened to all the unique and fun NPC's of the earlier installments?
8  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 20, 2016, 11:19:42 AM
Not crazy about the name either, but that doesn't matter at all (we all got used to "Vita", didn't we?)

Yep, and atleast 'Switch' won't automatically turn into a joke several years down the line.

Anyway, that looks like a versatile piece (collection?) of hardware and I already know exactly how I'm going to use it: like a handheld system that never leaves the house.
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 19, 2016, 06:00:31 PM
Fortunately, more and more (light) novel series are translated to English. They started releasing Legend of the Galactic Heroes earlier this year.

They did?! I spent an hoursearching Sentai's website trying to find news about it back in August...

Yep. Volume 3 comes out next month.

I haven't read it (yet), but the reviewer I handed it to became an instant fan.
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 19, 2016, 05:37:07 PM
So, I was checking my digital electric bill (don't worry, it's nothing bad or even unexpected) and I noticed that I can actually tell in what months I reviewed what types of games. My handhelds barely use anything, but there are these small peaks whenever I use the PS4 and television a lot. Wii U use is visable too and you can tell if I used the TV or just the gamepad. For instance, there's this peak in July, when I was playing Tokyo Mirage Sessions. I can actually tell on which days I played the most. Neat.

Anyway, actual haps: there was this friendly competition at the guild so I didn't get much archery practice in. Instead me and another girl made ourselves comfortable at the bar and spend half an hour talking about fan fiction, slash, crack pairings and so on. I swear we are well-adjusted human beings.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: October 19, 2016, 11:47:20 AM
1. Persona 2: Innocent Sin
2. Final Fantasy III
3. Half-Minute Hero
4. Zero Escape: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
5. Strikers 1945 (at the arcade bar with a friend)
6. Star Ocean: First Departure
7. Shining Force III
8. The Last Story

I could actually take down 15 games this year.  At this pace I might be able finish my backlog by the time I'm 40...

10. Brandish The Dark Revenant

Josh from June was a poor naive fool. Finishing 15 games a year remains an impossible pipe dream.

I could recommend you some 2-5 hour games. Those are great if you want your list to seem more impressive than it actually is :D
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: October 19, 2016, 03:24:55 AM
Fortunately, more and more (light) novel series are translated to English. They started releasing Legend of the Galactic Heroes earlier this year.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 18, 2016, 04:11:33 PM
while she's good at making clothes, she's terrible at wearing them.

Burn of the Month, maybe?

Hey, she jokes about it herself, too.

Just to be clear: it's not that the clothes she makes don't look good on her. They do. (And I'm jealous of her model-worthy legs that just go on and on.) However:
1. She has trouble getting up in the mornings, which sometimes affect her ability of getting dressed.
2. She's a lively person and that can be a bad when you add short skirts.

I used to crash at her place before and after a certain convention and despite technically being the guest, I usually ended up making tea and breakfast for her so she'd have enough time to wake up and put on her cosplay properly.

14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 18, 2016, 03:34:04 PM
I thought it was pretty cool. Okay, I did nearly fall asleep the first time I tried to watch it, but the second attempt went a lot better. It's definitely a 'don't think, go with the flow' kind of series.

I actually watched it because a friend recommended it to me (and every other person ever). She enjoyed it so much, she made three different Ryuko cosplays (school uniform, sports uniform, pajamas). She wisely decided to never make the battle uniform, because while she's good at making clothes, she's terrible at wearing them.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 17, 2016, 06:59:24 AM
I want to try fresh dates sometime. Only ever see dried around here, and while I do really like dried dates, after trying fresh figs and really experiencing just *how* different those are from dried ones, I'm really curious.

I've seen them over here, but they're super expensive while the dried ones are affordable snacks. Oh, have you tried dried dates with something like Dutch-style rye bread (similar to pumpernickel)? It's good.

Ya so I decided to get some frozen (vegetarian!) egg mcsandwich for lunch because, uh... I hate eggs and microwaved sandwiches are usually gross. This was at like 3? or something. Anyway, ate that, went to sleep until five, woke up, and just kind of wandered out to some park in a haze of, uh, sleep inertia and dehydration. Anyway think the eggs made me sick? Maybe they were bad. Maybe it's because I don't usually eat eggs so I've got some intolerance to just eating them straight.

Everything from like 9? AM to 5PM is... What was I doing? Why would I eat eggs? I do not like eggs. I am very confused. And possibly have lowgrade food poisoning.

That sounds... scary.
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