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1471  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 07, 2012, 05:49:01 AM
It's snowing! So much snow (by Dutch standards)! People are already shoveling, but they're doing it all wrong. The sidewalks are now extra slippery and they're dumping all the snow on the road...
1472  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 06, 2012, 04:11:58 PM
Managed to buy some nice leather gloves today for a true bargain price, because a large chain store is getting rid of all S sized gloves. The last bit kinda sucks, because it isn't the first (nor last) chain store that stopped carrying small sizes. I guess I'll have to start shopping in kids sections more and more...
1473  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: December 02, 2012, 11:38:42 AM
edit: please ignore, browser went funny and I accidently clicked on the wrong thread.
1474  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Who's coming with me to Cat Heaven Island? on: November 29, 2012, 03:58:30 AM
cats are nice, but I think I prefer Ōkunoshima/Usagishima - Rabbit Island!




1475  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Remorse for things you did or failed to do in games on: November 26, 2012, 03:19:00 PM
Golden Sun is the serie with the most backtracking I've ever seen.
It's like there's this designer somewhere getting sexual satisfaction out of making you walk back to every town you've been to after every single dungeon.

And if it isn't the endless backtracking, it's the endless walls of text which also have a severe tendency to endlessly backtrack upon itself.



1476  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Videogames and depression on: November 26, 2012, 12:15:25 PM
It may be not all that helpful or revelant, but the first thing that came to my mind was: Today I Die. It's a very short but moving game.

The second thing that came to mind: Ben X

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This would be a terrible idea as NO ONE in the game industry has the knowledge needed as a medical professional. There are people specialized in those kinds of care and those are the people that should address mental illnesses. There's a good reason your car mechanic isn't doing brain surgery.

I don't think we're talking treatment here. What about developers who experienced depression or another mental illness? Couldn't their personal story be worth sharing using games as a medium? A personal story in the shape of a game, it could raise awareness and give support to other patients. Knowing that there are people out there who went through the same, who understand... It's important.
1477  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: November 26, 2012, 11:18:53 AM
Restarted Final Fantasy VI again and I plan on actually finishing it this time. Beginning went by really fast, but I had forgotten how obnoxious this game could be. Way too many random encounters! The world map doesn't work well with Mode 7, especially when on a chocobo. And when you play this right after Ogre Battle, those real time strategy segments look (and play) pathetic.
1478  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs / Visual Novels / etc. on Nintendo DS? on: November 25, 2012, 12:36:39 PM
The DS (Lite) can play Game Boy Advance games, so if that's the type of DS you got, you could also try The Minish Cap or better yet, A Link to the Past. That last one is the 2D Zelda game that pretty much everyone loves. Or just pick the game with the 'gimmick' that you find the most appealing. Spirit Tracks has a train, A Link to the Past has you travel between two worlds, The Minish Cap lets you shrink to a tiny size, and Phantom Hourglass has a boat and seacharts that unlock new areas.
1479  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs / Visual Novels / etc. on Nintendo DS? on: November 22, 2012, 04:45:02 AM
Ugh, just seeing you guys mention that title makes me want to replay it...
1480  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs / Visual Novels / etc. on Nintendo DS? on: November 21, 2012, 05:50:13 AM
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Since this is both my first handheld and first Nintendo product, are there any handheld exclusives that you feel one should experience? Something that I have not been able to experience on any other platform?

The DS has a lot of exclusive games. Staying within your prefered genres, Trace Memory and Ghost Trick should be obvious choices. Both make very good use of the touch screen. As for RPGs, The World Ends With You is available for iPad/iPhone, but most agree the original DS version is the best. That game is certainly unique. Contact counts too, but that's an aquired taste. Read a few reviews first.

Also, play a Zelda game. Phantom Hourglass is kind of a follow-up to Wind Waker, but story's not all that important, so don't let that hold you back. There's Spirit Tracks too. Also a good game. Like the title suggests it has a neat little train. Many oldtime fans don't like it, saying trains don't fit in with the rest of the Zelda universe, but don't let that bother you.
1481  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 16, 2012, 09:50:32 AM
She's been at a conference on teaching students with autism for the past two days. I'm... wondering if she got a tip there that you should make it clear when you're expressing an opinion around autistic individuals, or something. And was addressing me like that because she thinks I have Asperger's.

Or she was just drunk, whatever.

Ugh, I hate it when they start acting like that. Most don't see the disorder as a spectrum. They'll stick to the worse case scenario's and end up severely underestimating many clients/patients/students as a result. Either that or they're stuck in tv land. The last psychologist I saw was expecting Spencer Reid, instead he had to deal with me. That must have been a big disappointment...

From my experience, the exceptions are researchers, possibly because they're the ones debunking all those Rainman myths.
1482  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: They're discontinuing Buckyballs! on: November 05, 2012, 10:28:12 AM
Oh, that stuff looks awesome! I don't think it's available in the Netherlands, but I kind of wish it were. We do have Geomag, which I guess is a safer (but equally cool)  type of magnet toy.
1483  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 05, 2012, 04:00:48 AM
Ever since playing Ghost Trick and Tokyo Jungle, I kind of want a pomeranian. Fortunately, it always takes just a few seconds to remember they're stupid yappy dogs in real life.

Today I mentioned I have Suikoden I and II in my collection. Some kid thought this was the most amazing thing ever and asked how I got them, since they're so expensive on Ebay. I told him I bought them in stores when they were still available and affordable. He could not wrap his head around this little fact.
1484  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 29, 2012, 03:09:26 PM
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My favorite Dios story is his science project story, which is completely tame by RPGFan standards, but highlighted a broken education system.

I think I missed that one. I read the Oil of Clove and the army stories half a dozen time each, but science project? Nope, doesn't ring a bell.
1485  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 25, 2012, 04:37:19 PM
After several months of begging for point cards, I finally got enough Nintendo points to order this:



Isn't it glorious?
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