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1456  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Famitsu announces a new Lufia (Estpolis) game on: January 11, 2010, 03:40:25 AM
Dekar is probably the only guy manly enough to make pink hair masculine.

Actually, pink used to be an masculine colour, because it was seen as a lighter form of red. It was a popular colour for boys. Blue was the colour for girls, because it was associated with the Virgin Mary. The change started after WWI, when blue became a common colour for men's uniforms. In the forties, they started pushing pink as the colour for girls.

That said, I wish they'd release some artwork of Dekar's new look. I really want to use it for a preview I'm writing :/
1457  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your Top 10 RPGs of the last decade? on: January 01, 2010, 03:24:17 PM
In no particular order:

-Disgaea
-Lunar 2: Eternal Blue (does that count? If not: Etrian Odyssey)
-Valkyrie Profile
-Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
-Odin Sphere
-Persona 4
-Fire Emblem
-Tales of the Abyss
-Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter
-Wild Arms XF

Not all the best of the best, just games that stood out. For instance, I played Tales of the Abyss during summer break. 5-8 hours a day, almost two weeks in a row, during a heatwave, in a room without airco or even an electric fan. I remember having to take bathroom breaks every hour, because I drank lots of water to stay hydrated. Definitely one of the most hardcore things I ever did.

Valkyrie Profile was a game I showed to some of my friends when we were on vacation together. They quickly nicknamed it "the overkill game". Good times.

Disgaea is the game we (=the friend I just mentioned and I) would have made together if we ever made a game. It's as Nippon Ichi read or minds. They even used the penguins!
1458  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Xmas swag thread. It's an RPGFan Xmas tradition! on: December 27, 2009, 09:43:45 AM
Oh man, you guys won't believe this!
So the mystery has been solved in regards to the two DS games missing. I caught my son trying to throw them out!
Apparently he took the DS to Kindercare/school without telling us, which is strictly forbidden. In so doing he proceeded to LOSE said DS. Either it fell out, or some punk stole out of his book bag. Either way, it's gone. He swiped the games(which we're from Santa, so we wouldn't know about them... Right?) from under the tree in order to keep from having to own up on the missing DS. Crazy shit.
Wow. I didn't think my "good" kid had it in him.
Well, he's in big trouble now, and will be buying a new DS for his mom and dad(in time), is banned from the Wii for a month, and has to do whatever the hell I tell him to do, WHEN I tell him to do it. Plus, Kirby goes back. Scribble we keep.
*sighs*


Look at it this way. From now on, you can bring this up at every family gathering to embarass the shit out of him.

My 5-year-old cousin had a weird reaction to one of the Christmas presents as well. Her big present was a little kitchen. But that wasn't what she wanted! She wanted a real kitchen! She can't cook dinner for her dolls if she doesn't have a real kitchen! There was a lot of screaming. She's totally gonna beat daddy to a pulp. That, and mommy now has to hold a garage sale, so they can get money for her real kitchen. Oh, and I have to sell my bed, because I have to contribute as well.

If she keeps this up, she has a bright Youtube future ahead of her.
1459  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Xmas swag thread. It's an RPGFan Xmas tradition! on: December 25, 2009, 01:30:32 PM
-Craftsuplies, including a bamboo crochet hook.
-A €20 giftcard for the local craftsstore
-Dragon Quests Swords (which I already owned, unfortunately)
-Criminal Minds season 3 boxset
-A bunch of lottery tickets (I didn't win anything :( )
-Three boxes of Toffifee/Toffifay
-Socks with a Delft blue print
-A Spongebob sandwich maker (I thought someone accidently switched gifts, but it really was meant for me)

Aside from the game and the lottery tickets (and the Toffifee which I love but shouldn't be eating), it was a very good year ^_^ Everyone else got great gifts as well :) Well, my brother didn't get the game he wanted because it didn't fit into anyones budget, but I hope he'll enjoy the game I got him (Mass Effect).
1460  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tell me about buying a pet on: December 23, 2009, 03:06:33 AM
With rabbits I always take the one that rushes forward and tries to bite my fingers off, but that may not be a such good idea with cats and dogs. With cats, the more intelligent ones usually do their own thing, instead of rushing forward to try and get your attention. The nice ones will approach you later on or let you approach them. The ones that keep glaring at you can still be nice, but their friendship just isn't cheap. They are very independent, usually more for watching than cuddling.

Always ask the people at the shelter what they know about an animals behaviour, temperament and special needs. Also, always ask about their health. Young animals can be surprisingly weak. If it has been living in bad conditions from the day it was born till the day it was rescued, health problems are not uncommon. It may have a weak immume system. With puppies, it can be difficult to determine what their temperament will be like later on. Whith adult dogs it's more "what you see is what you get".

Dogs at a shelter can be very stressed, so their level of activity probably isn't the same as it would be at home. Dogs at shelters also bark often. If you walk past one and it barks, try to figure out why it does so. Does it want you to go away or does it want your attention? If it barks a lot, it will probably continue this behaviour at home, keep that in mind. The shelter we got our former dog from let us take him on a 30-minute walk to get to know him better and to help him relax. If that's possible at your local shelter, I highly recommend it. In any case, you want some time alone with the dog to see how he reacts in a more normal situation. A room in which you can play with him is fine too.

When you're alone with the dogs, see what he finds most interesting, you or his surroundings. The playful ones will want a lot of your attention. Not a very good choice if it has to stay home alone a lot. If it's more interested in its surroundings, the dog it more independant. See how it is on a leash, even a little trip around the room and down the hallway can tell a lot. Some dogs are very enthousiastic and want you to drag you over to whatever they find interesting. This may be a problem if the dog large, but if you don't mind the pulling you don't have to worry about it. If the dog is scared of something in its environment (for instance a moving bicycle, a newspaper or an umbrella being opened) and doesn't show any curiosity towards it, it may be trouble.

Even if you don't plan on getting any other pets, ask how the dog is with other dogs.

For both cats and dogs, eyes can tell you a lot. You can let both of them know things are okay by looking them into the eye and slowly blinking. If a cat does this to you, you're very lucky, because it accepts you and feels comfortable around you. A dog's eyes can tell a lot as well. A dog that casts its eyes downward and doesn't look scared acknowledges you as the leader, which is very important for a familydog. A dog that looks you right in the eye is challenging you and will take a lot of time to accept you as the alpha. While these can be great dogs, they are not dogs for beginners.

1461  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tell me about buying a pet on: December 22, 2009, 04:13:27 PM
You know, this is the first time I heard about declawing. But then again, apparantly it's illegal in the Netherlands. It's hard to imagine a cat without claws. The cats I know look happy when they sink their claws into a scratching pole or tree.

As for spaying/neuturing, I'm all for. It's nice when animals can go outside unsupervised without having to worry about unwanted kittens. It's a small price to pay for freedom, if you ask me. My rabbit seems perfectly happy without his balls. Now he can enjoy the company of lovely lady rabbit without worrying about being kicked out of the house because of baby bunnies. He makes happy jumps every morning <3

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Um, I never said that.  I claimed it as something to -note-, not as the only reason to ever do it.  As I've already pointed out, my dogs would likely be dead, most of my family seriously injured, most of our furniture in pieces, and one of the cats probably would have killed the other(Even with only their back claws, one has managed to seriously harm the other on her face, and they spend a lot more time fighting with their front legs then with their back).  All of that was prevented by doing a simple procedure that my folks decided was necessary.

If the animals don't get along, isn't it better to separate them/find another home for one or several animals? Cats and dogs that get along don't fight until the other bleeds, atleast the cats and dogs I know don't.

1462  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tell me about buying a pet on: December 20, 2009, 03:48:18 AM
Claws or not, pets are still going to make a mess. Unless you get a declawed naked cat or something.



Ew.

It could be worse, though:



Lets hope he doesn't have social anxieties that make it difficult for him to use a strange litterbox.
1463  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: December 19, 2009, 02:16:59 PM
Bump of Chicken - Dandelion

I think I'll beg my friend in Japan to buy me some Bump of Chicken CDs..
1464  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tell me about buying a pet on: December 19, 2009, 02:45:15 AM
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As for going for an older pet like Tomara suggested, I don't know if I could resist the urge to get a puppy/kitten.  I know they can be a terror, but I'm hoping the good will outweigh the bad in that case.

They're cute and cuddly for a couple of months at most, then they start wreaking havoc and if it's your first pet and difficult to train... This applies more to dogs than to cats, though. Cats wreak havoc and don't give a shit about what you think :P

But, if you have the patience and know what you're doing, it is very rewarding :)
1465  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tell me about buying a pet on: December 18, 2009, 03:16:25 AM
We got one of our dogs from the shelter. He was such a sweet dog, everyone loved him. Unfortunatelly, he was also deadly afraid of dark-haired women and newspapers. He'd crawl into a corner everytime he saw one. That wasn't really a problem though. The people at the shelter had informed us about it and he slowly grew over it. He was partly heidewachtel and easy to train.

The dog we have now is a chihuahua from a breeder. The thing is more or less untrainable, because people always insist on spoiling her. She's also incredibly stupid. You know the trick where you pretend to throw the ball? She falls for it every single time.

My bunnies are all from a shelter. The people there were always able to tell me a lot about their behaviour, personality and special needs. The ones I got from there are all very weird though. I don't remember how I ended up with a masochistic albino with a runny nose and the tenacity of a cockroach, but she was a charming pet in her own right.

Anyway, for your first pet I recommend an older animal from a shelter, one that has already been trained. Kittens and puppies are cute, but training them isn't always easy, especially when it's your first time. If you're going to adopt a cat, learn about their behaviour beforehand and use that knowledge to pick one that suits you. As for dogs, I'd recommend a larger breed, because the smaller ones are often either yappy, whiny or scared shitless of everything that moves. Get one that's easy to work with, one that doesn't have a huge personal manual.

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I dunno what it is about that fur pattern, but every cat I've seen like that makes an abnormally skilled and efficient hunter, to which, they will love to bring dead whatever-they-murdered to you. Then they will expect cuddles for hours. In this order.

Ours has a lot less white, but is more or less like that. Except for the cuddles-part. She hates that. She also dislikes treats and other luxuries. And she doesn't always kill the things she gives us. On several occasions, she released a live mouse into our house. I gues her thought-process was "If I release it here, I can play with it again later." Actually pretty smart, weren't it for the fact that I'm a pretty good mouse catcher myself.
1466  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Covenant of the Plume, opinions? on: December 17, 2009, 03:09:03 PM
I like how gameplay and story are connected through the plume. Very often there is a big barbwire fence between the two, so it's always nice when developers find a good way to link the two together. The plume in itself is a very interesting concept, because you're almost always forced to chose between two evils. In most games you play the good side because it has the most benefits or the bad side because it's awesome/more entertaining. In Covenant of the Plume you're an evil asshole no matter how you look at it and there are still choices to make.

I enjoyed it. Not as much as I enjoyed the original, but it's nowhere near a bad game. It just isn't a game for everyone, but that can (sadly) be said about many good games.
1467  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Fuck Dell on: December 16, 2009, 01:18:43 PM
I thought it was some kind of Plants vs Zombie Ducks thing.
1468  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Your Dragon Quest Hero Name on: December 16, 2009, 10:31:21 AM
Omar or Hiro. The one time I got to play as a female character, I named her Tacey. I have a weird sense of humour.
1469  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Sega Saturn and Apple bracelets on: December 09, 2009, 11:13:22 AM
I have been looking into that, actually. People have been asking us (= our craftsclub thingy) to make things like socks for iPods and other stuff related to electronics. I have yet to find a product I could actually buy and use, though.
1470  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Sega Saturn and Apple bracelets on: December 09, 2009, 08:38:54 AM
I made this as a Christmas present for my cousin's son. It was less work than I expected.

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