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1576  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 03, 2011, 10:42:07 AM
Gathered walnuts and hazelnuts together with my sister, mum, my cousin and her two kids. Well, one of them anyway. The youngest one can't walk yet. The oldest one (3) wasn't much help either. In the end he threw the basket over because he doesn't like walnuts. We were all like 'that's not very nice!' and he ran away and started crying in a corner. Poor kid was obviously very tired.

Then my bicycle had a little accident. It fell over onto the soft, soft grass. Now the gears are all wonky. I managed to cycle most of the way home while it shifted gears at random, but in the end there was no resistance at all and I had to walk the last kilometer. I tried fixing it, but I didn't have the tools needed. I hope my dad can help, because I really don't feel like paying for repairs again...

On the other hand, it's a three kilometer walk to my parents, the bicycleshop is just around the corner...
1577  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Weekly podcast: "Your RPG Playin' Ass" on: October 02, 2011, 11:35:59 AM
Whatever. Maybe someone from Gust walked down a street in Utrecht or Amsterdam, saw a workshop/store with the name Atelier Lieselot or Atelier Annie or whatever and thought 'hey, that sounds interesting and foreign, maybe it'd make a good title for a game!'
1578  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Weekly podcast: "Your RPG Playin' Ass" on: October 01, 2011, 04:15:41 PM
Rorona defines the workshop. It's not Rorona's workshop without Rorona. So, Atelier Rorona.

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I guess it doesn't sound as natural in English as in a bunch of other languages... In Dutch you can replace 'atelier' with another kind of business and it still sounds fine. Fietsenhandel Fluit -> bicycleshop Fluit. Buurtsuper Van Der Mondt -> grocery store Van Der Mondt. Fluit and Van Der Mondt being names, of course. Is doesn't work that way in English, does it?
1579  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade on: October 01, 2011, 02:53:52 PM
Oh, yeah, it's a tax. 20% is the rate for most luxery goods and services.

More info: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/Taxes/BeginnersGuideToTax/VAT/DG_190918
1580  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 01, 2011, 02:27:52 PM
Went to the Netherlands' first manga library today. Drank tea, ate mochi, talked about comics and played New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Also found a lot of the books I donated on the shelves. It feels good to know I contributed to their collection and that those books will be read by many more than just me.

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What's creepy about that story is that for the dog to pass quietly, it must be moving verrry slowly and carefully to not ring the bell.

It's a ghost dog that moves like a shadow, so I imagine it will just kind of glides past.

For some reason this little town seems to have a lot of tales involving dogs. There's another one about a black guard dog that would never move from its spot. It disappeared for a short while after a priester went to investigate, but they couldn't get rid of it. In the end they broke down the house and rebuilt it elsewhere.
1581  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Weekly podcast: "Your RPG Playin' Ass" on: October 01, 2011, 01:59:28 PM
Is this word really that special? It's used a lot in Dutch. Saw one today actually, also an Atelier [insert name here]. I joked that it the world be much more interesting place if these ateliers where selling alchemy products instead of paintings and clothes.

As for the word being derived from the Latin word for 'wood' or 'board', ever noticed that ateliers usually have a sign to let the world know they're ateliers and what they specialize in? So, I mean... yeah.
1582  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 30, 2011, 01:53:45 PM
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Yes! Getting packages is fun! And if we weren't in the digital age, I would definitely be a letter-writing sort. It sounds exciting, this whole business of sending and receiving a personal letter.

Well, why not start now anyway? It's not as if stamps cost a fortune.

Which reminds me, my parents also exchanged letters before they started living together. People thought that was insane, why not simply use the telephone?
1583  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 30, 2011, 06:06:13 AM
Been reading folktales from this region. Most are about Witte Wieven, but my favourite thus far is a bit more unusual. Between my town and the next, you may come across a dog with a bell around its neck. Move aside and it'll pass quietly. If you don't, it'll ring its bell and you'd better run like hell, or it will send you there personally.

Now I can't stop thinking about how that would make a great encounter in a RPG...
1584  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: September 30, 2011, 02:44:37 AM
When birds watch anime...
1585  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGs as Therapy on: September 27, 2011, 04:11:42 PM
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I think that's why I objected to the thesis of this feature. What's been presented thus far has largely been anecdotal evidence. But I do think we'll see gaming applied as therapy in the future a lot.

To be fair, succesfull therapies (the kind that doesn't revolve around medication, I mean) often start out as ideas from individuals trying to cope with a particular problem. If it works for them, they'll recommend it to fellow patients and/or their doctor. The idea grows and years later some expert may put it to the test and develop what you would call a therapy. The end result doesn't have to be vastly different from what the patient originally came up with.
1586  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 27, 2011, 03:09:52 PM
I can't believe I'm having this much fun with Mana Khemia 2, just gathering items, synthing stuff and beating up monsters to acquire credits... I'm near the end of Raze's scenario and I think I want to complete this game 100%. Maybe I'll change my mind later on (Ulrika looks so annoying!), but we'll see.
1587  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGs as Therapy on: September 27, 2011, 03:05:47 PM
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Fact is, practically EVERY game I've heard of in the news that is used for rehabilitation or gets overall good will, is dead fuck boring. Their either digital versions of pen and paper games (sodoku, brain age, etc) or Wii Sports, or something of that nature. I've never heard of RPGs being used, or action adventure, or platformers.

Isn't that mostly because it's fairly new to use digital games as (a part of) therapy? I very much doubt the possibilities have been fully explored. The easy to learn, pick up and play games are the type of games are seen as the most accessible, so it's no wonder these games are the ones currently being used. I wouldn't be surprised if other types of games are also used/developed for therapy in the future. For instance, the goal of physical therapy is basically to get stronger and (re)learn skills, why not translate real life achievements to gaining levels and skills in a RPG-style game with an epic storyline?


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RPGs haven't been my form of therapy, at least not in a sense of the individual. Up until high school, it was mostly there as a way of bonding with my brothers and sister. There's a big age gap and it was nice for all five of us to be able to sit around a screen watching my eldest brother shoot zombies or something similar. Probably would not be as close to my little sis if it hadn't been for the FF games. Now that I'm older, it's definitely a way for me to retreat from my other focuses and just have fun.

I also played a lot of games together with my brother and sister. It wasn't something we did frequently, it just happened whenever I got a game that drew their attention. Playing Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door for hours straight, switching saves and basically going through the game thrice, those were the days...
1588  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGs as Therapy on: September 27, 2011, 02:38:50 AM
Or how about Wiis? I've seen several in the hospital my uncle was in after he was paralyzed by a motorcycle accident. They weren't part of physical therapy, but they did encourage patients to play with them for fun.

1589  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: bad gaming memory on: September 24, 2011, 03:23:32 PM
I think I can name 90% of all the games I've ever played. Most of the ones I can't recall very well are from the Commodore 64 days. I was only 4, maybe 5, when I played those.
1590  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGs as Therapy on: September 24, 2011, 01:37:03 PM
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