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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2016, 06:55:09 AM

But yeah like I totally didn't know about those super different night/day cycles, I've basically never been out of the dark at 7-10 PM light at 6-7 AM sort of deal for pretty much my entire life. I think that would just freak me out lol!

Japanese guests at conventions make the same comment all the time! In the Tokyo are, the sun typically sets before 19:00, even in summer (they do have very early mornings, though), meaning most people don't see much sunshine after a regular workday. When they come here, they get another 3 hours of sunlight, and I've heard several mention how awesome it is to enjoy the evening sunshine with a nice glass of beer. It's like daytime drinking without the guilt.

On the other hand, it can seriously screw up your sleep schedule if you get short nights on top of a jetleg. I feel kinda bad for the Japanese guests who attend Scandinavian conventions...

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I'm also sort of imagining chocolate factories littered about just for no other reason than to show off but I think that's part fancy and wild imagination.

The Netherlands aren't known for their chocolate. I'm not even sure if we are known for any kind of food... Liquorice, maybe, but we share that with several other countries.

Japanese guests at conventions do often like our fast food (which is like a big 'screw you' to culinary/cultural borders) and traditional foods (rich and comfortfood-like). I guess those things hit the sweet spot between 'familiar' and 'exotic', and well, they go well with beer.

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Oh! Exercise yes that thing with the um *cough* running and jumping yes well as you can I um er I uh-

Yeah, I'm actually trying to get more active in recent times, hopefully sooner rather than later.

A long walk in nice weather works well if you feel you don't have the energy for 'proper' exercise. Just being outside and moving around is often enough to feel better.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 09, 2016, 02:30:18 AM
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I'm intrigued to read your comments on the Netherlands Tomara, being from America much of the world is just kind of a big question mark, aside from what I read in books or wikipedia or something of course.

Thanks. If you have questions about or manga or game industry, just ask. I love taking about that stuff (as if that wasn't obvious yet) :)
48  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: April 07, 2016, 12:53:36 PM
I used to tutor kids and maths lessons were always in demand. A lot of kids did okay in primary school, but started to fall behind in secondary education when they were required to use everything they'd learnt thusfar, plus a bunch of new, more complicated stuff. The thing with maths is: once your foundation starts to crumble, it becomes next to impossible to catch up again. I spent a lot of time going over all the basics again, and that always paid off.

Why am I saying this? Because if what I've seen of common core, American kids are screwed (and tutors are gonna be rich!).

Teaching kids different methods to calculate something is fine and all, but common core uses very vague language (what was wrong with 'add' and 'substract'?!), which won't help the kids who are already struggling. On top of that, common core saddles more advanced students with a lot of busy work that'll most likely bore them to tears/make them hate maths.
49  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles X on: April 07, 2016, 03:06:23 AM
Phog and his social anxiety issues are adorable. Other than that, I guess I hung out with H.B. a lot, but that was mostly because his over the top Shonen Jump-rival personality made me laugh. Oh, and okay, he wasn't too bad to look at. It's such a shame Lao turned out to be a lost cause...

Aside from farming affinity, my team was kind of a girls club...
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 06, 2016, 08:58:36 AM
Awesome. Some European anime publisher is trying to get control over our magazine again by claiming we don't have the right to print screenshots along with our articles. The Dutch auteurswet (which is much stricter than American fair use, by the way) disagrees with them, but hey, what does our own law designed to both support authors and protect freedom of press know?

I remember the last time this happened. We ended up boycotting all Shueisha properties, because half the local anime/manga industry was basically being blackmailed. ("Write about this without our approval, and this publisher will have a lot of trouble licensing any of our series in the future.") Since a good chunck of the series available in Dutch were from Shueisha, our silence certainly didn't help the already struggling industry. Manga in Dutch was an experiment that lasted less than ten years, mostly because Shueisha did an amazing job killing all test subjects (including but not limited to Naruto, Bleach and One Piece).
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 06, 2016, 04:21:35 AM
I noticed the people who organise yearly cosplay camping trips chose a site friends and I used before, like 15 years ago. However, I never noticed how not safe the place sounds. For instance, the name of the site is (translated) Wolf's Pit, and it's located in (translated) Fighting Valley. Who named these places? Someone who had plans to brutally murder oblivious teenage campers?
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 02, 2016, 09:57:32 AM
My cousin has the most depressing pet I've ever seen. It's a hamster, 4 years old (yeah, it should have been dead twice over) and it just kinda hobbles around, occasionally falling over. It still eats and drinks and even climbs. Well, it tries to, anyway. It uses its front legs and teeth to get up, dangles for a bit and drops down again. How the hell is that things still alive?
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 01, 2016, 05:03:55 PM
Have I ever complained about artists? I don't think I have, so here's a first: Artists can be so difficult... Every year, we make a day planner for students (age 11-18) and there's an illustration for every month. One of the artists gave up after we said naked girl butts are not the most appropriate for planners young teens use in public. Even if the user doesn't mind a little nudity, he/she could still get a lot of crap for using a planner with illustrations like that.

Apparently the artist is angry because they couldn't make a statement by... drawing an Escher Girl?

I don't get that. 99% of the time, nudity in pop culture is commercialism at it's finest, because sex sells. There's a reason many artists in artist alleys are willing to draw porn and that reason is money. You're not making a statement or fighting the establisment by drawing a boobs-'n-butt pose. If anything, you're conforming to the norm.

What bothers me most, though, is that the concept for the illustration was pretty cool. If the artist had fixed the anatomy, the butt wouldn't be shoving itself into the camera and the whole problem would have solved itself. I don't like bad anatomy. If you're going to draw nudity, do it right. The female body can be very sensual if you know how to draw it right. Just putting as many 'interesting' parts as possible front and center feels really cheap.
54  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2016 on: April 01, 2016, 05:24:19 AM
1. Trails in the Sky SC
2. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold
3. Legend of Legacy
4. Stella Glow

5. Nights of Azure. Aw, that was sweet. I like how the game treated the couple as a regular boy-girl videogame couple instead of going yuri fanservice to the max. It was fun to play as well. The fighting mechanics aren't exactly complex and there number of enemy types of very limited, but it plays very smoothly. The only thing I didn't like was the quality of the translation. Characters sometimes speak in rather unnatural/disconnected ways, and Koei Tecmo didn't even bother to put subtitles where the characters are speaking but there are no text boxes. On th eplus side, you don't miss because these untranslated bits are just generic final boss speak and such.
55  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys VIII on: April 01, 2016, 03:24:08 AM
Dogi's gonna get all the girls this game.

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EDIT: ACTUALLY. Gotta give Dogi the benefit of the doubt?  Game of Throne's "The Mountain" was 26 too. :O

I'm willing to believe that. If my brother (27) grew a beard, he'd look a lot like that.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 30, 2016, 11:11:00 AM
Edison will only be playable during the bonus stage in which you electrocute an elephant. It's like the car from Street Fighter, but much more shocking.

... Yeah, I wouldn't mind him as a final boss.
57  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: March 29, 2016, 03:20:20 PM
Ah, good. Now that's we've gotten to the point that other developers are going 'inspired by Valkyrie Profile!', it'd be a shame if we didn't get more of the real thing.
58  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: March 29, 2016, 12:47:19 PM
So, eh, how does this affect anything? This is the kind of change you wouldn't even notice unless you're the type of person that goes out of his/her way to look at character's underwear, which seems like a strange thing to do in Star Ocean 5, because Checkers is right there. Let Miki keep her dignity. Her life is tough enough with a face like that.

Well, the people who think that those 1980s' huge white panties are sexier are definitively happier.

I need to post this now.



Context.
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The tri-Ace General Discussion (& Star Ocean 5) Thread on: March 29, 2016, 09:34:10 AM
So, eh, how does this affect anything? This is the kind of change you wouldn't even notice unless you're the type of person that goes out of his/her way to look at character's underwear, which seems like a strange thing to do in Star Ocean 5, because Checkers is right there. Let Miki keep her dignity. Her life is tough enough with a face like that.
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 26, 2016, 03:47:16 PM
I'm impressed by the fact that you were on the toilet so long your legs fell asleep.
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