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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 04, 2015, 05:16:26 PM
Whoa whoa whoa, hang on a sec. You wore a tunic and WERE NOT cosplaying as Link?

It's not like I wore my green tunic.


62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 04, 2015, 02:28:46 PM
Just out of curiosity, what does "someone who doesn't appear to be into anime/games/whatever" dress like?  Because in my experience you get all kinds at conventions.  I would never really make an assumption like that...

I am an adult woman and wore clothes that have nothing to do with geeky stuff. I wasn't wearing any super casual stuff either, like a hoodie or sneakers. I wore a white turtleneck, a finely knitted purple tunic, jeans, brown boots and an ordinary brown shoulderbag. It stood out.

I mean, about the only thing I can think of would be to actually dress up and wear a suit or something.  Except if you did that I kind of feel that a lot of people would just assume you're cosplaying some character who wears a suit...

That's something I want to do sometime: wear business casual to an animeconvention. When I wear my regular stuff, people are either very welcoming or just kinda ignore me, which let's me get away with things. Now imagine I dressed like someone who could actually be important. (Don't worry, I've never used these powers for anything other harmless crimes such as than tea smuggling.)
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 04, 2015, 11:33:22 AM
Going to an animeconvention dressed like someone who doesn't appear to be into anime/games/whatever is a rather amazing experience. Yesterday all sorts of people were really eager to explain things to me. Did you know that Japanese comics are called manga? Or that something called Attack on Titan is like super popular right now? It has giants that eat people, imagine that!

Now, I could have gone all: "I know. I'm T. v. S., reviewer of games, founder of [doujinshi circle], and deputy editor-in-chief of [anime magazine]!" but pretending to be a spy from the normal world was way more fun.

Also, for some reason the event took place in an old church (that's been renovated to be used for non-church stuff) and the polished floor was so smooth you could just kind of slide to your destination. Or dance. We may have danced.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: December 31, 2014, 02:38:27 PM
Guess who is a filthy liar? I am! :D

1. Disgaea 4
2. The Guided Fate Paradox
3. Puzzle Quest 2
4. Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
5. Ys: Memories of Celceta
6. Danganronpa
7. Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God
8. Atelier Escha & Logy
9. The Starship Damrey
10. Attack of the Friday Monsters!
11. The Witch and the Hundred Knight
12. Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call
13. Lost Odyssey
14. Wakedas
15. Magical Starsign
16. Etrian Odyssey Untold
17. Mugen Souls Z
18. Picross e4
19. Crystal Warriors
20. To the Moon
21. The Banner Saga
22. Game Dev Tycoon
23. Gone Home
24. Bastion
25. Breath of Death VII
26. Cthulhu Saves the World
27. Ys Book I
28. Ys Book II
29. Tappingo
30. Millennium: A New Hope
31. Penny Arcade Episode 3
32. Ys Origin
33. Penny Arcade Episode 4
34. The Night of the Rabbit
35. Tales of Xillia 2
36. Danganronpa 2
37. Ar nosurge
38. Always Sometimes Monsters
39. Fantasy Life
40. Labyrinthine Dreams
41. Costume Quest
42. Ys Seven
43. Tales of Hearts R
44. Shin Megami Tensei IV
45. Tengami
46. Picross e5
47. Hero of the Kingdom
48. Thomas was Alone
49. Eternal Eden
50. Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos
51. Hatoful Boyfriend
52. I have no mouth and I must scream
53. Dust: An Elysian Tail
54. Saturday Morning RPG
55. Knights of Pen and Paper +1


56. Gemini Rue

It's a cyberpunk-ish noir detective 90s style adventure game and it has Cowboy Bebop related easter eggs. Glorious! A little less glorious were minor technical problems like text instantly skipping after using the save menu, but atleast people didn't lose their faces.
65  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: December 29, 2014, 03:09:17 PM
Yep, but instead of just selecting items and bits of text during the trial, you fire bullets at the arguments thrown at you. The trials feature some other (simple) minigames as well. You can adjust the difficulty, so if you're really enjoying the action part you can turn it up a notch. Or just turn everything down to easy if you'd rather just follow the story.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: December 29, 2014, 03:36:12 AM
Also, I am totally in agreement about Dust's art style, or namely character design. Disturbed me too. In fact it was really the only thing about the game I didn't love. It looked and ran beautiful but I have a bit of an aversion to sentient animal deal to begin with.

Yeah, the environments are quite nice, it's mainly the character designs that bothered me. The fact that the artist draws in a style every furry on the internet seems to use made it really hard to not associate it with that. On a more objective level, the art just isn't very good. Flat heads and that kind of stuff.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: December 28, 2014, 04:35:01 PM
I doubt I'll be able to finish anything else this year, so I guess this will be my last update:

1. Disgaea 4
2. The Guided Fate Paradox
3. Puzzle Quest 2
4. Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
5. Ys: Memories of Celceta
6. Danganronpa
7. Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God
8. Atelier Escha & Logy
9. The Starship Damrey
10. Attack of the Friday Monsters!
11. The Witch and the Hundred Knight
12. Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call
13. Lost Odyssey
14. Wakedas
15. Magical Starsign
16. Etrian Odyssey Untold
17. Mugen Souls Z
18. Picross e4
19. Crystal Warriors
20. To the Moon
21. The Banner Saga
22. Game Dev Tycoon
23. Gone Home
24. Bastion
25. Breath of Death VII
26. Cthulhu Saves the World
27. Ys Book I
28. Ys Book II
29. Tappingo
30. Millennium: A New Hope
31. Penny Arcade Episode 3
32. Ys Origin
33. Penny Arcade Episode 4
34. The Night of the Rabbit
35. Tales of Xillia 2
36. Danganronpa 2
37. Ar nosurge
38. Always Sometimes Monsters
39. Fantasy Life
40. Labyrinthine Dreams
41. Costume Quest
42. Ys Seven
43. Tales of Hearts R
44. Shin Megami Tensei IV
45. Tengami
46. Picross e5
47. Hero of the Kingdom


48. Thomas was Alone (Those little blocks made me feel things. Fun platforming too)
49. Eternal Eden (Great level design, really holds up despite being an RPGmaker game from 5 years ago)
50. Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos (Kinda short, just an introduction, really. I must have more.)
51. Hatoful Boyfriend (1080p Pigeons. 10/10 GOTY)
52. I have no mouth and I must scream (Sometimes I forget how fast games evolved as a medium in the 90s. It's a good thing games like this are now widely available again)
53. Dust: An Elysian Tail (The artwork kinda creeped me out (I blame the internet), but other than that this was a very impressive and enjoyable game)
54. Saturday Morning RPG (Fun theme, I liked its episodic nature.)
55. Knights of Pen and Paper +1 (Cool idea but it got really grindy near the end.)

Fun fact: Eternal Eden was the 250th RPG I completed.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 25, 2014, 04:50:19 AM
Hardest part of being a vegetarian is checking everything for meat and meat byproducts. Even if the package claims it contains vegetable soup and shows no images of meat whatsoever, it may still contain 1,5% pork just to spite you. Gelatine is everywhere, everywhere.

Sometimes it's impossible to check and you may eat something you normally wouldn't, unless you say 'sorry, I'm a vegetarian, I'm not sure I can eat that' the whole evening/day. It's a great way to make everyone think you're camouflaging an eating disorder.

Still, for me it was totally worth it dropping meat from my diet. Really helped lessen the IBS symptoms (partly because it left more room for benificial foods). As for ideological reasons, I guess this is my way of reducing my carbon footprint. A lot of resources go into producing meat, resources that could also be put to other uses, helping more people.

I don't think it's wrong to eat meat though. But it'd be great if more people aimed for a balanced diet and only ate what they needed.
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 24, 2014, 04:37:22 AM
I'm going to have to read up on this more before I say anything, but other cultures' views on racial issues is incredibly fascinating.

edit: ok... I just saw a photo of Zwarte Piet.  It looks like a white guy wearing "black face".  Which in America (because of the origins of black face) is something that is incredibly insensitive.  If I showed that to a random American black person they would almost certainly be pissed about it.  But I think in the context of a different culture (with a not quite so unfortunate history of race relations) it could be construed in many ways other than "holy shit that's racist!" (which is what first came to mind when I saw Zwarte Piet).



Yep, when looking at Zwarte Piet outside of context he's a racist caricature, but inside he's a popular holiday character and children kids like him better than Sinterklaas himself (and why wouldn't they? Zwarte Piet runs over rooftops like a ninja, and hands out presents and candy).

It's important to consider that while the Netherlands does have a history of slave trading (the WIC and several other companies transported nearly half a million slaves in the time they were active) there's not much of a history of slave owning (unless you go all the way back to the Middle Ages). Slavery wasn't something that was considered necessary. You either did the work yourself or hired someone (cheap hands were plenty, a slave would have been a massive investment and you would also have to consider problems like language barriers). There was no cotton industry to fuel the racism typical for the southern States.

Now, this doesn't mean we were all super kind to the rest of the world. Both of the large trading companies from the Golden Age (the VOC and WIC) were responsible for incredibly terrible things. It's actually something they don't talk about much in schools. Most curriculums focus on more recent history, mostly the 20th century. I guess it could be justified because time is limited, especially in the lower levels of secundary education, and 20th century history is most relevant to our own lives, but it does result in some skewed views on the world when the rest of the information comes from movies. Like I said, those protesters are essentially importing the American brand of racism against blacks (as seen on tv) to the Netherlands, ignoring all context and getting offended as a result.

Personally, I think it's important to acknowlegde the past, but at the same time you can't forget that times change. There should be a time when you can let the past be the past and focus on the now. The Dutch children growing up in the 21th century see Zwarte Piet as a bit of a hero. They want to dress up like him, just like they want to dress up like Spider-man or Mega Mindy (a Flamish superhero for kids). They know he's not the same as the black children in their class or the black people they see on tv. But now adults (most of them black themselves) are constantly reminding children they should pay more attention to skin colours, teaching them that black people and white people are different, and instilling that awful 'us versus them' mentality. As a result Zwarte Piet did become a derogatory term in some schools... Good job, protesters, good job.

70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 23, 2014, 04:36:57 PM
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So, apparantly it is wrong for black people to have jobs that could be done by white people.

idk if this is true about The Netherlands, but from the Swedes and Norwegians I've talked to, uh... Scandinavians seem to have a /thing/ against people of a particularly melanin-enriched persuasion.

I'm sure that goes for many Dutch people as well, but I wouldn't say it's on American levels. It's more like, many people aren't used to seeing people with a different skin colour and have no idea how to act around them. There are derogatory terms that are for some reason still in common use thanks to old folks who don't know any better and teenagers that want to act tough and edgy. 'Zwartjes' (blackies) is one of them. At the same time there black people still somewhat of a novelty. It's not uncommon for young girls to want a black doll because they look so different from all the white ones. Of course, it's different in large towns with a significant non-white population (I guess people think about race more when they see people who look different from them on a daily basis), but those are like islands compared to the rest of the country where most of the black people they see are American actors on tv.

The whole 'rarely seeing black people in real life' thing is probably part of the reason we didn't get rid of Zwarte Piet 40+ years ago. The people playing the character and contributing to the story of Sinterklaas were not thinking about skin colours. They had this character children loved and they wanted to keep it that way. They gave Zwarte Piet a larger role, invented new Piets and now Zwarte Piet is his own entity. Recent polls showed that over 90% of the Dutch population did not associate Zwarte Piet with slavery or view his portrayal as racist. In a way it's an example of making things better not with a superficial make-over, but by changing the whole spirit of it.
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 23, 2014, 02:52:12 PM
Sadly, most recents years the festivities surrounding Sinterklaas have been dampened by assholes proving racism is something people of all colours can be great at. Basically a group of people decided Zwarte Piet shouldn't be allowed to be black, because it reminded people of slavery. Which may have been true many decades ago, but nowadays de Zwarte Pieten are basically the ones that run the whole holiday. Seriously, there's a Zwarte Piet for every task, from a navigator to presents wrapper. Sinterklaas isn't even the one ordering them around, managing everyone is up to the Hoofdpiet. Sinterklaas' responsibility is the book with names. He's more like a figurehead, really. So, apparantly it is wrong for black people to have jobs that could be done by white people.

But, and that's a big but, many people don't see Zwarte Piet as a black person. In one popular version of the story zwarte Piet has soot to thank for his skin colour. After years of working as a Zwarte Piet and crawling through chimneys night after night they just start looking like that. Who knows what he looks like underneath? He may be black, caucasian, asian - should we even care? (The creepy part of this version is that becoming a Zwarte Piet means giving up most of your identity. You're assigned a job based on your skill and talents, and that job will define who you are for the rest of your life. If we're going to worry about Sinterklaas and zwarte Piet setting a bad example, why not worry about that?)

In an older version Zwarte Piet a is Moor, and the Moors were actually quite into abducting European people to sell into slavery, and kept at it up until mid 19th century. Their slave trade hit a lot closer to home than the one in North America. But, they didn't make nearly as many movies about that, so American's history with slavery is pretty much all the protesters (and rioters) know and care about. They're importing America's flavour of racism to the Netherlands instead of addressing real issues. I think that may very well be the saddest part of this whole mess.
72  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fairy Fencer F And Hyperdimension Neptunia Games Coming To Steam on: December 23, 2014, 10:07:33 AM
It is nice to have more options but I rather play JRPG's on console. I got Last Remnant on steam for 5 bucks but barely played it. JRPG's are console games to me. They are long and my computer chair is not so comfortable as my bed or sofa where I have my consoles.

Laptop + Xbox 360 controller + HDMI cable + TV = console experience ^_^
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 23, 2014, 03:44:44 AM
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Pancakes + maple syrup for supper.

Because why not.

This is totally okay if you're Dutch. Well, I guess the maple syrup would be a bit unusual, but that just makes you look like a rich Dutch person, someone who can afford to put fancy imported stuff on his pancakes.

Did you know that pancakes were such a proper common meal we (well, mostly the region I'm from) have a saying: "He has eaten his last pancakes." ('Hij heeft zijn laatste pannenkoeken gegeten') It means: He's pretty much dead.

Our pancakes are a bit different from the fat American ones, though, and making them may involve ingredients such as beer and slices of ham. Our fluffy pancakes are really tiny and called poffertjes.
74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 19, 2014, 11:00:09 AM
Plot twist: Mesh is his brother.
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 16, 2014, 04:07:25 PM
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Hmm a yellow bike sounds like a not bad choice anyways.  Might match mah brown locks anyways, being more visible sounds like one heck of a bonus.

That too, but I have to admit my main reason for getting a yellow one was that Bumblebee was my favourite Transformer.
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