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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 08, 2014, 05:04:14 AM
I wouldn't be so upset, but this happens waay too often where it's like "Hey, draw me this, you must have the time!!! RIGHT????"

Oh, let me guess, they also said "I can't pay you, but it will look good in your portfolio!" Not only do they think you should do it for free, they also think you should be happy they asked you to do it for free. You're the chosen one! Now draw, slave!

At animeconventions we're placed next to talented amateur artists all the time (they generally make great neighbours, so we're happy with such arrangements) and it's sad to see many don't make enough to cover the cost of their hotelrooms.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 08, 2014, 02:36:05 AM
Looked like an ugle bathing suit to me...

My Milla wore her alt outfit combined with her Spirit hair and the sidekick mask. Threw on those horns eventually because I could. Thought she looked pretty epic and out of this world.

As for everyone else:
Ludger - Borrowed Alvin's cap and dyed it black. He walked around with that for a while. Sorta reminded me off a young, skinny George R. R. Martin. Of course, the writer of Game of Thrones is small fry compared to a dude who kills off whole worlds for a living.
Jude - Gave him some glasses (him nog wearing glasses is a huge design flaw!) and put the therapy cat on his head. He looks adorkable.
Alvin - Jacket off, cap on (anyone read the description of the cap? this game is totally shipping Alvin and Leia)
Leia - Jacket off, took her hat off, put the frog on her head instead and made it a little bigger. It's cosplay.
Elise - Gave her Elle's beret. Now they match.
Rowen - Only person who could ever pull of a top hat, so he's wearing a top hat. Like a sir.
Gaius - Love his new looks, so I didn't do anything more drastic than have him walk around with his final boss haircut for a while.
Muzet - Experimented with colours for a bit, but she looks fine the way she is.
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 07, 2014, 03:03:35 AM
I think part of it is normal. People change and what was once important no longer has a place in their lives. I think nostalgia is a way for our brain to make that bearable. Because even if things weren't that great, we need to remember the good parts for our own sanity. No one wants to consider the possibility of time wasted, because that act of wasting our time is no different from wasting out lives, our identity. So we remember the things that weren't so bad extra fondly, and small bits of happiness become reasons to be.

But... it must be difficult when life is so often divided by sudden changes, clear befores and afters. Gradual change is much easier to live with.

19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 07, 2014, 02:49:11 AM
Tomara: The problem comes with the constant blacklists and smear campaigns. When people are being shouted down for speaking about their sexual harassment, blacklisted for being competition, or harassed because they are an easy target, it is a huge problem.

And I think that goes back to the noticable part of the gaming world being rather childish. Those people want drama. There are gamers out there who feel everyone who's doing something different and taking steps to promoting diversity in games is trying to take whatever they like away. People like Sarkeesian aren't exactly helping, because their method of bringin injustice to light is basically listing a whole bunch of negative things and when you read between the lines you see 'you're a bad person for liking this game this thing happens in'. Should these gamers answer this 'attack' with harassment? Absolutely not, of course. But they did and part of the industry latched onto that, because they see this enemy and love the idea of fighting it. Some of these people used the absolutely worst ammo possible aside from actual live ammo. I'm sure people on both sides loved the idea of fighting a war so much, they lost sight of their goal and methods.

This makes it harder for the more reasonable side of the press to deal with. The moment you write about something related to this clusterfuck you'll be seen as choosing sides and having an agenda. (That last bit is strange, by the way. Practically all newsoutlets have some sort of 'agenda'. Liberal, conservative, feminist - articles are written from a certain view the people working for the publication share. Complete objectivity is a noble but unobtainable goal.)

It's a shame, because if these people had been more mature, we could have had proper discussions on:
- The definition of 'game' and the role of titles like Gone Home and Depression Quest within the medium.
- Diversity and equality in games and how to get more of it.
- Journalism in an industry with often vague internal boundaries.

I guess the best they can do right now is condemn the actions of both (all?) sides fighting. Remind everyone that people fucking up (or fucking in general) aren't necessariyl symptoms of a disease the industry is facing. Move away from the mudslinging and open up room for actual discussion. It's all easier said than done, though.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2014, 12:09:02 PM
tomara - this is what I've always imagined biking is like in holland....


fucking glorious

out here people looked at me funny for riding to work when I lived 10 minutes away...

We've also got people who think like that, but (obviously) you're not going to see them on a bike. They'll be in their car on a different lane, getting stuck in traffic and gaining weight. Okay, I guess being able to travel by car is nice when it's rainy, but still, as many parents and teachers say "you're not made out of sugar". And when you're a working adult, you can be one of those trendy people who cares about his health and/or the environment. Maybe your boss will buy you a bike so you can be like that. Several of my friends got a fancy one that way. And if you have children, you could invest in a modern freight bicyle. If it's good enough for the fruits of the loins of Amsterdam's nouveau riche, it's good enough for your brats :D
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 06, 2014, 11:13:05 AM
About the distance between journalists and indie developers (or lack thereof): it can be hard to not become friends with the other side. At that level, the world is rather small. I know several critics who have experience with game development themselves or even run a small studio right now. It's not because their morals are messed up, but because they love games so damn much. Their main goal in life is to do what they love: work with games one way or another.

From my experience most of them handle this well. It's because they love games that they aren't afraid to offer solid critique even when discussion games made by people they know personally. If anything these are some of the nicest people out there, because they understand that there are actual people with actual human feelings working on the other side. At the same time they know their limits. Look at me, for instance. I used to help out a group of amateur cartoon artists at events a few times a year. One of them went pro and started dating the head programmer of Ronimo Games (De Blob, Awesomenauts). Now it's not unusual for me and an ex-gamejournalist to share a breakfast table with them whenever we're staying at the same hotel during an event. Some other people from the industry might join us and we'll have fun discussions about games (the last one was actually about women in gaming). Would I ever review a Ronimo game in a professional capacity? No, I think that would be wrong. But I would certainly recommend their titles to friends, family and other gamers if I thought they would enjoy it. It's not because I'm getting something out of it (I'm not, not even a free cup of tea), but because I'm a gamer and I love sharing the enjoyment I get from games with others.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2014, 10:25:51 AM
I did totally race back home after school to watch anime and play videogames...

(On a Gazelle model 'Free' by the way, so it was like two sports anime references in one.)

Being a geek sure was a great way to stay in shape.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2014, 10:15:36 AM
Even on a citybike it'd always go for a brisk pace. Back when I was in school no one wanted to take 45+ minutes to get there or home, so if the weather was kind enough we'd push our bikes all the way 30 km/h. And you bet some of us rode some of the shittiest bikes you've ever seen. Basically heaps of rust held together with duct tape and a prayer. They would paint them all sorts of weird colours to make them easy to find in the bicycle sea behind the school and less likely to be stolen. Of course we all had these big bags attached to the carrier, because only idiots rode that distance with a heavy bookbag on their back.

I was lucky, my parents gave me a new bike to ride to school on. That didn't make me one of the cool kids, though. If you wanted bicycle cred, you'd better ride something your uncle found half destroyed in a ditch somewhere back in the seventies and stored in his shed 'just in case'. A dutch word for bicycle is 'stalen ros', meaning 'steel horse'. Having a shitty bike was like riding a war horse that had seen battle and kicked the enemy general in the dick. By comparison, my bike was a fancy little pony even a hobbit would look silly on.

So, uh, anyway, Dutch tweens will laugh at you if you have a nice bike and can't keep a good pace, and if you are a healthy adult with two working legs, you should definitely feel bad about that :D

24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: September 06, 2014, 04:05:27 AM
My guess is that they're aiming for the late summer of 2015. Not too much competition in that period. Plus, from what I gathered Baba already has plans to visit some of the bigger European conventions again. He promoted Xillia and Xillia 2 that way, wouldn't be surprised if he did the same for Zesty.

But... that's just speculation on my part. Please don't take me too seriously (but feel free to workship me als your one and only prophet if I'm right :D )
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 06, 2014, 03:38:14 AM
Did she know it was going to be a workout bike ride vs. a date bike ride?

Is the difference that big? I mean, on certain times of bicycles you go certain speeds. Cannondale makes mostly road and mountain bikes, right? Can't imagine keeping a granny pace on that :)

Last time a bike ride tired me out was back when I was 11. 45km is pretty far on a very basic children's citybike. I think it took our group a little over three hours, not including the fifteen minute break.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 05, 2014, 01:31:58 PM
Congratulations! Proper beds are nice, but from my experience improv beds can be just as comfortable if not more so. As a kid I didn't have a normal bedroom for several years, just some space behind a large wardrobe that was big enough for a bed and a nightstand. My bed was a stack of matrasses and a bunch of blankets and pillows. It was awesome.

I also managed to sleep quite well in bean bag chairs, on several types of couches, a sunny spot on the floor...

Ultimately I ending feeling responsible to some extent for everything that goes wrong around me no matter how illogical it may seem because I've got screws loose.

Can't say mine are all in place either. Sometimes I need someone to tell me not to worry about it. That it's okay to blame others once in a while (especially when it's their damn fault). Else it's just going round and round my head.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 05, 2014, 01:10:10 PM
So, they're going back to their roots? I really hope it works out. Go Squeenix, you can do it! :D
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 05, 2014, 03:18:58 AM
The more I read the tweets, the more I wonder if this is more of an American problem than anything else. I checked some of the Dutch forums I have an account for and most don't seem to give a shit about the Anita/Zoe drama and, as a result, have not been pulled into the whole discussion about game journalism. Worst stuff there... Well, got stuck in this heated debate about if it's unethical to move a series to a different system (my answer: no, it's not, system choice should depend on what's good for the game and its developer, please keep an open mind when it comes to gaming systems.). My biggest crime there is that I don't deal with fans of console manufacturers very well. I just don't understand their mindset.

Other than that it's mostly discussion on new games and pictures of pets. Lots of cats. One of the female writers has this amazing pointed ragdoll. (If you liked Rollo, you'll love Celesse and Sure, there are gaming news threads, but they're about TGS and stuff.

I guess it's because we're a small country. It's easy to get in contact with game journalists, because a good portion of us hangs out on forums (using our real name or penname). Makes it harder for others to paint us as corporate shills. Also, I think we are fairly honest about what goes on behind the screens. I have more than a few (funny) stories about the amount of effort my colleagues and I put into reviews and I happily share those whenever I'm speaking to a group of gamers.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: September 04, 2014, 03:28:54 PM
I've seen swatting threats flying around and since swatting is actually a thing that can happen, yeah, I wouldn't be surprised either if someone gets hurt.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: September 04, 2014, 12:34:59 PM
Saga Frontier and Romancing Saga are divided into half a dozen stories each, so you could play one or two beginner friendly scenario's, play something else and then go back to your Saga game of choice again. I think that's what I would do.

If you're going with Saga Frontier first, whatever you do, do not play Lute's scenario first. If I recall correctly, Amelia's and Red's stories are goed places to start.
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