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1726  The Rest / General Discussions / I failed to think of a sex reference with the word stump.... on: March 27, 2008, 03:07:09 AM
It sounds a lot like the Dutch mis(s)-verkiezingen, a pageant for young women with a disability. That's a popular show and everyone is enthousiastic about it nowadays.
1727  The Rest / General Discussions / Tell me something... on: March 24, 2008, 02:21:43 PM
I'm officialy a college drop-out now. Again.

I just entered the exciting world of videogame journalism. I get paid to play games and state my opinion :D
1728  The Rest / General Discussions / Gamestop? Mo' liek, Gamegestapo! Or, "The Game Stops He on: March 17, 2008, 03:25:57 AM
Could be worse. Every chain store in the Netherlands takes every game out of the case and displays every case, because you totally need encounter 14 copies of Fifa 2008 when browsing through their games. Yes, I counted them.

But it could be worse. I once tried to buy Romance of the Three Kingdoms VII at the Free Record Shop (the name of the store is a LIE). After a few minutes of rummaging around behind the counter the employee had some great news.
Employee: Sorry, we lost the disc
Me: Sorry, you just lost a paying customer

A week later or so I was in the FRS again and saw the RotKVII case again. I took it to the counter and the employee didhis thing. After a few minutes,"Sorry, we lost the disc."

1729  The Rest / General Discussions / Naruto Kills on: March 15, 2008, 02:21:35 PM
Maybe it's a cultural thing. Blame a 'bad' influence to avoid being blamed yourself. I see that a lot in news articles about Americans doing stupid things <_<
1730  The Rest / General Discussions / Tell me something... on: February 09, 2008, 04:49:12 AM
I have Asperger Syndrome. No, not the kind of "Hey, look at me, I'm special! " kind of Asperger syndrome people use as an excuse to be assholes on the internet. I have an actual diagnosis and all that.

Social situations can be very awkward and unpleasant for me. It is difficult for me to engage in a conversation with more than one person at a time. Body language is something I do not understand, unless I pay special attention to it.

I'm not very good at recognising emotions either. It does not mean I'm insensitive, the way people show emotions to me is just confusing. The worst mistake I've ever made was mistaking crying for laughter. I couldn't place the sound the girl made. Had I looked at the big picture, I would have known she was crying, because her friend has just fainted and she had told that reminded her of something that had happened to her grandmother. But I'm not very good at grasping the bigger picture, I see details and connections between the details. And when I'm stressed, it becomes hard to even see the connections.

Because I focus on the details and not the big picture, some sorts of school assignments are rather difficult for me. Large assignments are problematic, because they require a lot of planning and you're allowed to focus on details, since that would ruin the assignment as a whole.

Noise is also a problem for me. Usually people have a filter that helps them block irrelevant sounds so they can concentrate on, for instance, a conversation. I don't have that filter, atleast not a filter that is really helpful. It is almost everything or nothing for me. When following a conversation I also hear the bird chirping outside, the music the neighbours are listening too, my sister throwing a candy wrapper into the trashbin etc. It is that or being obvlious to the sounds around me, which is actually rather dangerous when you're supposed to pay attention to the other people on the road... It is one of the reason why I don't want to drive a car.

Though I don't think I'm special, the attention I get does make me feel special sometimes. For instance, 17,000 students attend the same university as me, yet the university magazine wants to interview me and a few others, just because we attend university. Oh, and have an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In the Netherlands ASDs are considered a handicap. I don't feel disabled or handicapped or whatever is the political correct word these days. It is true that there are many jobs I can't do and it seems unlikely I will ever be able to have a fulltime job, but... No, I feel like a normal person with some problems and my problems just happen to get in the way of things that are considered normal...
1731  The Rest / General Discussions / Majesco gets the Steambot spinoff, behold the results on: February 05, 2008, 04:02:32 AM
The game sounds like fun and I want to play it, but I'll have to make sure nobody ever sees that cover. I thought we had left that kind of crap in the nineties.
1732  The Rest / General Discussions / So what do you do offline? on: January 27, 2008, 04:28:16 AM
Quote from: "superflat"

My super-ideal-dream job would be in video games journalism, but I lack initiative (which is one of the reasons for my gamer ADD) and I procrastinate like a motherfucker, so I doubt that'll happen. But in general, I would certainly rather have an enjoyable job that pays less than a boring job that pays a lot. That might change once I'm living on my own though. We shall see.

I have an actual disorder and I'm getting there, so don't use your so-called gamer ADD as an excuse :P If you really want to get a job in games journalism, start working! There are always websites looking for new writers and writing for a website is a good way to get experience. It may also earn you some handy connections  to the industry.
1733  The Rest / General Discussions / Build quality of current-gen consoles on: January 25, 2008, 08:17:06 AM
Not with my consoles, no, but my PSP suddenly decided reading UMDs was beneath him and mere weeks outside of the warrantee too. Sony had agreed to replace it for free though, so I guess I'm lucky.
1734  The Rest / General Discussions / So what do you do offline? on: January 25, 2008, 08:14:09 AM
My name is Tamara and I'm a first year student of English. I have to travel 3+ hours by train everyday to attend classes, but I don't mind; I like trains. I fill my train-time with reading newspapers and playing games on handhelds. Though my headphones and I are inseparable, I'm not a huge fan of music. I need music to block out the noise, that is all.

My manga collection has netted me some bragging rights, I believe it's currently the third largest in the Netherlands. I also own plenty of games, but my collection is quite humble in comparison to some other collections I have seen/heard about on this forum...

Tutoring and babysitting earn me some pocket money. It's not much, but it's enough and it's fun work. My other job is a bit more spectacular, I'm a beginning writer for a Dutch gaming magazine.
1735  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP RPG Reccomendation on: January 24, 2008, 04:29:04 AM
85% is a good score, I think. I saw OPM UK give it a 5/10.

Gently hypnotic stuff, but fight a dozen super-intelligent skeletons and you'll soon be yearning for the simple pleasures of "Lumines." [Mar 2007, p.111]

The skeletons are not super-intelligent, you just suck at Puzzle Quest OPM reviewer <_<

Though the AI is usually just as lucky as the player, it does not cheat and it is not too intelligent. I have seen a lot of people complain about the difficulty, but the AI is fairly easy to beat. Start with a knight or warrior and the difficulty level will be just right. Druids and mages are for more experienced players.
1736  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP RPG Reccomendation on: January 23, 2008, 01:23:30 PM
Quote from: "Wolfrider"
Quote from: "Lard"
There's a bug in the PSP version apparantly.

Eusis - cut him some slack, he just joined.

That's right, I get to be stupid for at least another month! :P

As for Puzzle Quest, how much of an RPG is it? Are there towns, dungeons etc you can visit and the puzzles just take the place of turn-based battles, or is it basically just a puzzle game with a cute RPG finish?

Towns: Yes there are, but they don't have many options. I guess you could compare them to the towns in Vandal Hearts or Fire Emblem. Using the menu you can shop, talk to people in the tavern, forge items etc.

Dungeons: No, just battles on the map. There are story battles and random battles. The whole game is quest-based, but it does have a rather linear storyline.

Stats & Skills: They are certainly there and they are important as well. Stats effect the effects of matching gems. You're stats improve when you level up and you learn skills that way once in a while too. You can also learn skills from captured enemies. Oh en at the beginning of the quest you get to pick a class for your character: Wizard, Warrior, Knight or Druid.

Story: The story-mode is actually pretty long, even if you skip all the text it should take you atleast 15 hours to finish it. The story is pretty generic RPG fare, but it is fun enough.
1737  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP RPG Reccomendation on: January 23, 2008, 05:37:03 AM
It does, but companions don't really do that much. They can give a mana-bonus at the start of battle or let you do extra damage against certain kinds of enemies. The game is perfectly playable and enjoyable without it. And IIRC the DS version has some bugs as well.
1738  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP RPG Reccomendation on: January 23, 2008, 05:07:44 AM
You don't get companion bonuses, but that doesn't really affect the gameplay.
1739  Media / Single-Player RPGs / PSP RPG Reccomendation on: January 23, 2008, 03:06:03 AM
It's not exactly your typical turn-based JRPG, but have you tried Puzzle Quest? It combines bejeweled with RPG-elements and it is one of the most addictive games I've ever played.
1740  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst Hero & Villain on: January 16, 2008, 11:20:54 AM
Jude wasn't that bad, I've met more annoying 13-year-olds. Arnaud wasn't that bad either, I actually liked that he tried to be a bad-ass and failed, it's a realistic flaw, right? Raquel was, of course, pure awesome. She's not perfect, she had flaws (like any round character should have) and she was a very admirable character. Who was the fourth character? Little healer/mage girl called Yulie? She was cute, but also very unoriginal.

BTW Is is me or does Jude look like Junior (Xenosaga?). When I was playing WA4, my brother asked me if a new Xenosaga had come out. After he mentioned it, I did see some similarities.
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