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1456  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hobbies thread. What do folks do other than gaming? on: April 23, 2009, 09:53:11 AM
When I was still in high school, someone from my year bought a rat during lunchbreak and brought it to school. I was surprised the petstore sold it to her like that. I mean, she was walking around with it as if it was some mascot animal from a cartoon or comicbook.

Perhaps that is what people expect, a fluffy sidekick that will only act in ways that are convenient for the owner, right from the start. That's not how it works. If you want a good pet, you have to train it. You have the be strict, but at the same time you need to try to understand why the animal does the things it does.

My rabbits become more and more interesting as I learned more about their behaviour. For instance, Senka wiggles her tail a lot. People often thinks she does that because she is happy, but what she's actually trying to say is "leave me alone, you're annoying." Beppie, my little albino, had the habit of biting everything she was unfamiliar with, including people. This was often seen as aggression, but she was only trying to see what kind of material she was dealing with, she was curious. Chibi used to bite whoever tried to give him food. He was not trying to be mean, he was bored and wanted to challenge the owner. This behaviour disappeared almost as soon as he got more living space, a partner and some toys.
1457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1up: Essential RPGs on: April 23, 2009, 06:26:25 AM
I'd replace Golden Sun with Fire Emblem. Golden Sun was nothing more than an above avarage game to me. The graphics were nice, the battle system was fast enough and most of the dungeons were fun. What annoyed me was that the characters all talked to much. They needed whole minutes to explain even the most basic things. I don't mind huge amounts of text boxes in games like Phoenix Wright, because those characters have something interesting/entertaining to say? But Golden Sun had boring characters that talked about boring things, bah.
1458  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: IGN's History of Sega article on: April 23, 2009, 05:40:07 AM
That was long, but interesting. I had no idea SEGA had been close to deals with all companies that now rule the market.

Hey, is it me, or is there a lot of SEGA talk lately? Is something going to happen or are we all feeling nostalgic?
1459  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hobbies thread. What do folks do other than gaming? on: April 23, 2009, 03:11:51 AM
If you had good reasons and the animals didn't suffer...

What bothers me more is that people buy pets without knowing much about them. Many people think rabbits don't need much space, because the ones in pet stores are so small, but rabbits love running and jumping. Others think rabbits are like living toys and that they'll sit on your lap whenever you want, when in fact most rabbits don't like being held. And then there are many who fail to realize most pets, rabbits included, ask for long term commitment. Little Timmy might be 8 years old now and love his little furball, but the rabbit will still be there when he hits puberty and finds new interests.

I got my first rabbit for my sixth birthday and my second one a few months after that. It was my cousin's, but it was hard for her to take care of it, because it was agressive. The rabbit was lonely, bored and had a strong personality to boot. She calmed down soon after she moved in with my rabbit, but never stopped disliking people, because of bad experiences she had early on. But she did like me and she was very smart. When I opened her cage and then the door to the stairs, she knew I was going upstairs and that she could come. She'd run ahead of me and wait by my door. She died when I was fifteen. She wasn't what most people look for in a rabbit, but she was a great pet and was with me for most of my childhood.
1460  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hobbies thread. What do folks do other than gaming? on: April 22, 2009, 04:48:15 PM
I think that's very likely. Albino's have traits like bad eyesight and the like, I wouldn't be surprised if they were weaker in general. My mixed breeds all lived longer and healthier lifes than my two polish rabbits and the other albino.

When I took the last one to the vet to have an abcess removed, one of the assistants noted they rarely saw albino's anymore, as if they were becoming unpopular. Health problems could be a reason for that.

The dwarf gene probably doesn't do much good either...

But they're still awesome. I love those red eyes.
1461  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hobbies thread. What do folks do other than gaming? on: April 22, 2009, 02:24:29 AM
Oh, my wife would love you.  She also reads, knits, sews (and does other girly/creative things), and loves rabbits.  We had 3, but... the inevitable thing that happens with pets happened to them, one each year for 3 years. :(

If you're interested in knitting sites online, PM me or something - I'll get some links from her to cool stuff and forward them.  If you're looking to sell more stuff, I have one word for you: amigurumi.  Can be very easy to make, and I bet you'd sell a freaking truckload at cons.

I know a bit about amigurumi, but we have a amigurumi-girl and I try not to invade the others' territories. It's best for us and our sales.

And bunnies dying... I know all about it. My little albinos always tried to go in the most tragic way possible. The first white one had an heart attack while I was giving her a bath (she had problems with her digestive system; there was always a lot of diarhee). The second one died of pheumonia just a little while after I had gotten her (cousin didn't want her anymore, so I took care of her). It died in my arms. And the third one... she was always very strong, survived a bunch of shit like years of neglect, myxomatose and other nasty things. She was ancient in rabbit terms. This winter she got thinner and thinner, even though she was still eating insane amounts of food. I went to the vet, but he's an idiot and thought it was a hairball, even though this was a shorthaired rabbit and food went in and out just fine. When I realized what it really was, it was already too late. E. cuniculi is a bitch. :(

The non-white ones died in less tragic ways, but stilll...

I always get new ones, though. I always have two rabbits and if one dies the other would feel lonely. And since I get them from shelters (or relatives who don't want their pet anymore) I always end up with the misfits.

Oddly enough, I love cleaning.  My mum is a bit of a pack rat, and I've expressed myself to be anything but.

I'm a bit of both. I have way too much stuff (mostly books) for my small room, but I like to keep everything organized. Once every month I sort all the books and give the shelves an extra good cleaning.
1462  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xseed Lost Muramasa Publishing Rights on: April 20, 2009, 03:41:25 PM
Square Enix Europe has been picking up other companies' games left and right, they even took Persona 4, though MegaTen games usually go to Koei or Ghostlight. They got Odin Sphere as well. Whatever happens, I wouldn't be surprised if Square Enix got the European license.

US/Canada? Probably Atlus, maybe Square Enix or Nintendo.
1463  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The hobbies thread. What do folks do other than gaming? on: April 20, 2009, 06:40:18 AM
I have a ton of books and even more manga. I read pretty much everything from literature to detective novels. However, I'm very picky when it comes to fantasy. Most of the walls in my bedroom are covered with shelves filled with books. It scares people.

Knitting, sewing and other girly/creative things
I like that. In fact, people even pay for the things I make! Last year I started a kind of club for people who are into this as well and like manga/anime/games. We go to Dutch animeconventions and sell our things there. Last time, my fleece hats with cat ears sold out within the first hour :D

Rabbits are great. My Chibi-sama and Senka are so much fun to watch. I know more about rabbits than your avarage vet.

Okay, I haven't used a bow in a long time, but I wouldn't mind starting again. I was more of a recreational archer and never entered competitions, but I wasn't half bad. I never bought my own bow though. Not that I really needed one. The club had an old Greenhorn recurve bow that was perfect for someone of my level and since nobody else was able to use it, it was practically reserved for me.
1464  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure on: April 17, 2009, 06:22:35 AM
Riviera is about a guy surrounded by four girls who all love him dearly. Total harem setup. And everything looks adorable and it's a fun little RPG, so girls like it too :D

If you want something happy where you can use pastries and other sweetness in battle, the Atelier Iris games are a good choice. Mana Khemia works too. Or, if you want it a bit less sweet (but still cavity inducing), how about half of the Lunar games?
1465  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure on: April 17, 2009, 01:57:33 AM
I loved the PSone version. Gameplay was far from solid with the slow battle system and the badly designed dungeons, but I loved the presentation. The game is at it's best when characters are interacting.

And... Pancake magic???

There is nothing wrong with pancake magic.
1466  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Graphics in RPGs - how important are they to you? on: April 16, 2009, 10:53:36 AM
Graphics are important, because they show what I'm and everything else is doing on the screen. Graphics need to atleast be functional. Look at Tetris for the Gameboy, totally unimpressive, but still very playable. Now look at Vandal Hearts, ugly, but the graphics don't get in the way of the gameplay. There are also games like Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time. That game is unplayable on my TV, because someone thought singleplayer splitscreen was a great idea. I can't read the text and I can barely see what I'm doing. Graphics ruined the gameplay.

Oh and more polygons doesn't equal prettier. Style matters. Style is why I think Kingdom of Loathing looks more appealing than generic next-gen action game #87.
1467  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite plants. on: April 16, 2009, 04:03:33 AM

Strangely, cultivated carrots were originally purple or yellow. Apparently, carrots weren't bred to be orange until the 17th century. From Wikipedia:
The western carrot emerged in the Netherlands in the 17th century,[12] its orange colour making it popular in those countries as an emblem of the House of Orange and the struggle for Dutch independence.
The ones I grew tasted exactly like orange carrots.

I knew about purple carrots predating the orange ones, but I had no idea they became popular because it's connected to our royal family. That's a fun little fact, thanks :)
1468  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New Vandal Hearts as downloadble title only :( on: April 14, 2009, 01:36:52 PM
From GameFAQs:

Vandal Hearts is a Role-Playing game, developed and published by Konami, scheduled to be released in 2010.

Didn't they announce it somewhere in 2004? I very much doubt the game was in development for over five years.

I wouldn't be surprised if Flames of Judgment is what Vandal Hearts DS was supposed to be.
1469  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: New tri-Ace RPG: End of Eternity on: April 14, 2009, 11:43:44 AM
The setting sounds pretty cool. At the very least it's an guarantee this game will actually have a futuristic setting, instead consisting of any backwater planet after another. The plot reminds me of Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter, I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing.
1470  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Favorite plants. on: April 14, 2009, 11:32:22 AM
We used to have sunflowers, but that as years ago... We used to have a lot of flowers. My mom and dad used to have a little rose tree with red roses, a wedding gift. They moved twice and the tree always went with them. For a long time it gave us one rose every year. It withered away a few years ago.

To be honest, our garden is a mess now, because we don't do a whole lot of gardening. My dad sometimes starts a little project (usually strawberry or tomatoplants), but the plants are gone before there's any fruit, because he loses interest >_<

I miss the flowers, but a messy backyard can be nice too. My rabbits have plenty to snack on. Our lawn looks like crap, but the bunnies love the dandelions that grow on it. And though they're weeds, dandelions look nice.
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