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46  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 30, 2015, 02:08:08 AM

I don't know how much of that is personal choice vs how much is just rules.  You're not actually allowed to show up to Comiket in cosplay, believe it or not.  They have changing rooms and you're expected to show up in plain clothes and use them.  I don't know what specifically prompted this rule (I could hazard a guess but that's all it would be), but that's the way it is.

I'm aware of the rule (I think it's there because cosplaying in public is frowned upon and the organisation wants to avoid problems by providing changing rooms), but rules rarely keep all the idiots in check.
47  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: RPG Maker games stutter on: December 29, 2015, 03:25:35 PM
Ah, damnit. I might gave much bigger problems than RPG Maker games running like chunky crap through a rusty strainer... This morning, my laptop could not find the harddisk while booting. Solved it by restoring the BIOS and everything worked fine. However, I just restarted my laptop and the same thing happened. I managed to 'solve' it the same way. This is a new problem and should be separate from the RPG Maker/Steam issues, but damn...

Guess I am looking at a complete system restore regardless.

... And that didn't solve the booting problem. Well, not entirely anyway. Now it just insists on me looking at settings for a second and it boots just fine after exiting those. Despite the laptop thinking its drive is dead, yeah.

... Plot twist: the drive was dead all along.

Maybe its booting priorities are all weird. I should take a second look at that.

Edit: I think the booting problem might be gone now! It looks like it was trying to boot from a non-existent network (why? I have no idea!), hence the not being able to find an OS on the hard disk. The hard disk it was looking for never existed. I think it got its priorities straight again.

RPG Maker games still aren't working all that great, though...
48  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Re: RPG Maker games stutter on: December 29, 2015, 02:50:56 PM
Things I tried/looked at:

-BIOS is up to date
-Steam Overlay is disabled
-problem still there in Offline Mode

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~ You could try uninstalling the Steam client (I don't know if you'd have to re-download games or not), removing all traces of it from the registry, and then reinstalling

I have back-ups of my faves, so it wouldn't be much of a problem if I did have to reinstall them. I'm going to try this if I can't find a faster fix.

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~ Graphics drivers themselves could perhaps be the issue. If there was an update installed within the time frame you mentioned, see if you can go back a version or two. You never know... Might help.

Looks like the last driver update is from June - months before the problem started.

Weird thought: what if it has something to do with the sound instead? The problem seems at it's worst when new music starts playing. In the game 199x I can actually hear parts of the song repeat during the stuttering. Like, it'll get to near the end of the sentence, jump back to the first few, play a little further than before, jump back again, and repeat.

I have tried shutting down sound in the game itself, but that does not have any effect.

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~ Perhaps a hardware component is slowly on its way out? Laptops seem to be built to fail. I've seen so many go to shit well before they should have. When was the last time you ran the Windows Experience Index on that machine? If it was before this started happening, you could run it again now to see if the scores are the same.

I hope not... This one is not that old and despite its quirks (the Xenoblade OST is not an operating system, stop trying to boot from my MP3 player!), I quite like it.

It's been ages since I ran the WEI. It used to be 4.8 (graphics were never its strong suit, most other scores are ~6-7). I'm running it now and it's... 4.8. No noticable changes.
49  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / RPG Maker games stutter on: December 29, 2015, 12:50:23 PM
My laptop recently decided that it hates RPG maker games I play through Steam.

This is what's been happening:
The game will stutter BADLY. It runs kinda slow for a second or two, then stops entirely for several seconds. If I wait long enough, there's a decent chance it will stop for a while and work properly. However, if I'm unlucky, it'll go right back to acting like a spoiled toddler in a supermarket during Christmas season. This happens to nearly all RPG Maker games I bought through Steam. I used to be able to run these games just fine, but at some point in time (and I have no idea when that was, but it was somewhere between late August and last week) things went weird.

This my system (please don't laugh):
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
CPU: i3-2370M 2.40GHz
4GB RAM
Intel Graphics HD 3000

As pathetic as it is, it's severly overqualified for RPG Maker games, so it should not be having trouble, even with the Steam Client (and a browser!) running in the background.

I know that:
-my drivers are up to date (maybe that's the problem?)
-virus and malware scans say my system is clean
-other Steam games run fine (Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star is the only exception, but that one has constant drops throughout the whole game)
-RPG Maker games I did not buy through Steam appear to work fine (haven't tested ALL games I've downloaded)
-it happens in both windowed mode and full screen
-Reduce Screen Flicker is unchecked
50  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 29, 2015, 08:24:53 AM
6am at Comiket:


That... looks kinda nice and fun. Must be a smelly hell on earth during the summer, but this doesn't look so bad.

And those people look a lot more sane than the ones who line up for Tsunacon in the Netherlands. Imagine this: it's January, freezing and still dark out, it will be atleast another hour before the convention opens and some dude dressed as Luffy is not wearing a shirt.


At least an hour, eh?

I did mention I took that picture at 6am, right?  Comiket doesn't open until 10.

Yes, but those people are wearing weather appropriate clothes and seem to possess atleast some common sense. They're not standing around half-naked, risking hypothermia just for the hell of it
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: December 29, 2015, 05:49:10 AM
1. Long Live the Queen
2. A Bird Story
3. Choice of the Deathless
4. Child of Light
5. The Sacred Tears TRUE
6. Reccetear
7. Fairune
8. Black Sigil
9. Summon Night: Twin Age
10. Time Hollow
11. Paper Mario
12. Touch Detective
13. Etrian Odyssey IV: Legend of the Titan
14. Atelier Shallie
15. Evoland
16. Adventure Bar Story
17. Mind Zero
18. Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman
19. Persona Q
20. Bravely Default
21. You Must Build a Boat
22. Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy
23. Choice of Robots
24. Journal
25. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
26. Skyborn
27. Tappingo 2
28. Ys: The Oath in Felghana
29. Analogue: A Hate Story
30. Oreshika
31. Greyfox
32. Last Dream
33. Don't take it personally babe, it just ain't your story
34. Picross e6
35. Mercenaries Saga 2
36. Kami
37. Evoland 2
38. Etrian Mystery Dungeon

39. Tales of Zestiria
Pretty fun and in some ways better than Xillia (2), but very much a result of compromises. Really wish they'd go all-out on a Tales game again.

40. Xenoblade Chronicles X
Kinda weird to having finally played the game I originally bought a Wii U for. (Okay, the actual reason I bought a Wii U nearly two years ago was because someone had to review Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, but Xenoblade X was the game I really wanted to play!) It was everything I imagined and more! I stayed away from spoilers and promotional stuff as much as possible, so when I got that flight unit and actually flew for the first time it was utterly amazing. The view! The freedom! The happy song that perfectly matched the experience! It's one the best moments in games. Ever.

41. Pokémon Picross
Yes, I paid for it. Please don't laugh... I just really like Picross, okay?

42. Pale Echoes
This is a clever little RPG Maker title that was recently released on Steam (and elsewhere, maybe?). You play as the last surviving human and try the cleanse the world of lingering spirits with your fairy friend. The game focuses on exploration and puzzles. Even the fights are very puzzle like. Basically, you get a limited number of moves and turns, and you have to figure out the best order to use them in. There's no penatly for failing and you can try as many times as you like. Really neat little game.

Final 2015 edit:

43. 199x
Remember that guy in Secret of Evermore that yells "We're all characters in a videogame!" and stuff like that? It's kinda like that.
52  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 29, 2015, 05:00:12 AM
My laptop gave me an late, unwanted Christmas present while booting up this morning: harddisk not found. Nearly gave me a heart attack!

I got all my stuff together: external harddisk with a very recent back-up, the Vita to look stuff up on, and a cup of tea.

I ran some diagnostics and found the harddisk. Okay good, weird but good. Still wouldn't boot, though. At this point I was already counting on having to reinstall Windows 7 or something similarly drastic, so I figured I might as well restore the BIOS first, because, who knows, right? Five minutes later, my laptop is running again. What was that all about?

For some reason I feel kind of sad it wasn't a bigger challenge :(
53  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 29, 2015, 04:01:04 AM
6am at Comiket:


That... looks kinda nice and fun. Must be a smelly hell on earth during the summer, but this doesn't look so bad.

And those people look a lot more sane than the ones who line up for Tsunacon in the Netherlands. Imagine this: it's January, freezing and still dark out, it will be atleast another hour before the convention opens and some dude dressed as Luffy is not wearing a shirt.
54  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Summon Night 5 on: December 27, 2015, 02:48:11 AM
I'm going to play this just because I like the idea of playing a newly released PSP game every year. And I'm going to convince a website/magazine we should totally review a PSP game in 2016, just because I can.
55  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 26, 2015, 03:02:39 PM
I kinda like Steam as a service. As far as DRM goes, Steam itself is pretty unintrusive and the games I play on it don't use anything other than that. Having things like guides just a click or two away is pretty handy, and the community aspect can be fun.
56  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 25, 2015, 05:31:34 PM
Ha, yeah, too bad millions and millions did log in because of the sales. I guess we can't have a christmas without some digital store being hacked/going haywire.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 25, 2015, 05:21:27 PM
Not logged in, exactly. You can't actually purchase games or anything through their account, but you can see all sorts of information such as e-mailadresses, names, addresses, last numbers of credit cards...

They took de community server offline now, but it was like that for over an hour. Plenty of time to collect all sorts of data manually.

Fun stuff.

I'm so glad my Steam account is so super sad. One friend, 74 cents in my wallet, a tiny inventory of worthless items, and as little info listed as possible. Credit card? I don't even have a credit card!
58  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 24, 2015, 04:15:08 PM
I want to yell at my parents.

I'm pretty sure I told the PSP story here before (parents got me the system even though they couldn't afford it, causing a lot of stress), but it looks like we'll have a food themed repeat this year. My parents decided they wanted to take all of us out to dinner, including my siter's boyfriend, that makes six people. I just looked up the restaurant online, and it looks like they will have to spend €25-35 per person. With six people, that adds up. They do not have the money for that. To make matters worse, they went out and bought everyone Christmas presents even though they said they wouldn't.

I know they mean well, but damnit!

And you know what's worse? Everytime I point out they might not be making the smartest choices, they end up treating me like some dumb kid with no life experience. I'm not the one in debt. They are. To me. And the only reason I was able to lend them money is because I'm careful of how I spend mine.
59  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: December 23, 2015, 02:56:35 AM
Complaining about Tales games is his joy in life.
60  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: December 22, 2015, 02:35:49 PM
Don't worry, I didn't talk about anything that went beyond the premise of Zestiria. Those posts might spoil Berseria, though XD
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