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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 12, 2015, 02:48:57 AM
She won't let you eat bacon? That's mean :( I mean, being vegan is her choice, not yours, right? (I'm a vegetarian and I don't think it's right to force others to follow my lifestyle.)

When I met her I was eating baloney and cheese sandwiches and instant ramen 5 days a week. So she put me on a diet.  It was much easier for her to police my eating habits when they mirrored her own.  I haven't gained any weight in 2 years (I didn't need to lose any to begin with, so staying the same has been ideal) so I'd say our little arrangement has worked.

Alright, as long as you're okay with it. :)

(But don't forget to take your supplements or you'll have a bad time D: )

Anyway, I'm making vegetarian lasagna today. It was originally meant to impress my best friend's new girlfriend, but she can't come today after all and it will just be the two of us. Which makes me kinda worried, because not all girlfriends like it when their boyfriends have female friends, especially ones they almost dated. So... yeah. Oh well, lasagna's always good.
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 11, 2015, 01:33:20 PM
She won't let you eat bacon? That's mean :( I mean, being vegan is her choice, not yours, right? (I'm a vegetarian and I don't think it's right to force others to follow my lifestyle.)
63  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 09, 2015, 08:11:00 AM
Kaito Kid, Kaito Kid! :D

(Look, if Suikoden III can pull off a Detective Conan reference, so can Persona 5. Your move, Atlus.)
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 07, 2015, 07:06:17 AM
Didn't that nutcase admit he's some sort of troll (who has some serious mental health issues nontheless)? Yep, still an asshole scalper, but his reasons are a little less insane then originally stated.

Well, hope his profits go towards getting some professional help. Dude needs it.
65  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: February 05, 2015, 09:53:58 AM

Are... are we playing costumed superheroes this time?

More like gentleman thieves (and I'm totally okay with that). It looks there may be some light stealth mechanics involved.
66  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: February 05, 2015, 03:54:57 AM
I actually ordered my first Amiibos yesterday: Marth and Ike. They were sitting there, Ike in stock, Marth expected within 3-5 days, both for MSRP, so... yeah. Go Europe?

On the other hand, despite most Amiibo being in stock in phsyical stores people are going nuts online. They're trying to sell the 'rare' ones (as in: rare in the US) for insane prices on our equivalents of Amazon. Some online gameshops doubled or even tripled the price of certain Amiibos to make them seem scarce. And the idiots who only follow American gaming news are falling for it...

*Two toy stores I visited last week had nearly all figures from the first two waves in stock, only one I didn't see at all was Marth. The reason they don't have the newer wave yet is because the first two didn't sell fast enough.
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Crazy Good Club Nintendo final hurrah deals on: February 05, 2015, 03:34:58 AM
Yay, I'm useful! I'm glad you got some points out of those since they were all DS games ^_^

Club Nintendo is kind of mean, though. Tell your friends? As in "I got a bag and you can't have it cuz Club Nintendo is dead, dead, dead~!" :D

The booklets you get with games come with a Club Nintendo slip of paper (it's usually red and white).  There's a PIN on there you can redeem at the Club Nintendo website (https://club.nintendo.com/) and build up coins to redeem for actual gift prizes or DLC codes for games!
If you didn't know what they were, you probably have a shit load of them you can redeem and you didn't even know it!

Yep! Some extra info: For DS and Wii games they're mostly in Nintendo published games and some random big titles. The older ones may have expired. But you also get them with every 3DS and Wii U game. I think you get like 30-50 coins from one code, so half a dozen games are enough to get one of the cheaper rewards.

Oh, and if it's anything like the European system, you also get a ton of coins with the systems.

I actually did a sweep of my shelves for European codes and ended up with 1500 stars (which is ~250 American coins, since we get 200-250 for every game) and those are just from the past six months.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 03, 2015, 03:29:39 PM
Be warned, I'm going to complain about work again.

So, the last of 'my' magazines will end, meaning I will have even less work. I already lost one magazine in the shittiest way possible last year (I'll get to that later) and now there's just isn't much left anymore. Magazines are dead, websites pay peanuts (like, a quarter of the rate you'd need to make a living), life sucks for game reviewers who don't have popular Youtube channels.

What also sucks about the death of this magazine is that it actually had a pretty strong community, one similar to this one though a tad younger. They'll have to look for a new place now. I hope they figure something out.

Meanwhile, I'm not entirely sure what I want to do. Writing for websites is okayish. I can't exactly make living that way, but atleast it's some income. Besides, there's more room to talk about weird indie stuff online, which is nice. Mags rarely had room for that. And it's not like I want to stop writing, but... internet commenters are assholes. Really sucks the fun out of it, because I don't have the confidence to not read their comments.

And you know who are also assholes? The people who run the mag I 'lost' last year. It's a long story, but I'm going to tell it anyway. Two magazines - let's call them Magazine C and Magazine P - once belonged to the same publisher. Sadly, they didn't have any faith in P anymore and dropped it. I was writing for C at the time, but P had always been the magazine I liked best. I was in luck. Former editor-in-chief Youri L. swooped in, found a new home for P with another publisher and saved the day. Our hero! I applied and got my first job within a few days.

There was one problem, though. The former publisher did not want 'their' people writing for a different magazine. Which I thought was silly, because I was already writing for two other gaming magazines that weren't theirs when I got my first assignment there. Also, they were like one step away from paying their writers with Monopoly money and it was not like any of us had a contract. Keeping my long term goal in mind (becoming big enough to be able to earn a decent living as a game journalist), I decided to keep writing under my own name instead of using a penname. Big mistake. The way I was let go was kinda... Yeah. The editor-in-chief of C simply stopped responding to my e-mails. It hurt, because we got along and even had some non-work discussions about comics and stuff. Basically, mommy and daddy (the publishers) got into a fight and the kids (us writers) faced the consequences. Awesome...

I guess I'll try to find a job in retail now, or something. Can't be much more soul draining than this anyway.

69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: February 03, 2015, 12:49:46 PM
I was in a similar mood last month and these were things I played then:

Gemini Rue (PC) - A science fictiony-ish noir 90s style adventure game. Fairly short (took me 5 hours to beat it) but with a neat twist.

Choice of the Deathless (PC, Kindle) - A digital choose-your-own-adventure book in which you play a lawyer in a world filled with sorcery, demons and all sorts of dark paranormal fun. In one playthrough I punched a god in the face, became a skeleton and started dating my tsundere rival.

Hatoful Boyfriend (PC) - Silly pidgeon dating sim game thing kept me on the edge of my seat.

Some adventure games I like:

The Night of the Rabbit - It's got cute talking animals, magic and it'll just about charm your socks off.

I have no mouth and I must scream - A dark and twisted adventure game from the 90s with five f'd up storylines involving mostly afwul people, because an insane super robot killed off pretty much every other human. It's definitely something different. And though it's in some ways dated (there's some trial and error involved to the point where you may have to replay an entire storyline or two to get a 'good' ending) it's a fascinating game.

And I second everyone who said Danganronpa / Another Code / Ghost Trick.
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Crazy Good Club Nintendo final hurrah deals on: February 03, 2015, 05:39:06 AM
Thanks, I found some. Going to send them to Dice. They may be expired, but it's worth a shot.

If I find any more (I've only checked the Nintendo published DS games - are they included with others as well?), I'll share them.
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Crazy Good Club Nintendo final hurrah deals on: February 03, 2015, 03:11:33 AM
How does one get coins anyway? Are they codes on vouchers, like in Europe? If so, I should probably check if some of my American DS games have one. I can't use them, but some of you guys could...
72  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Crazy Good Club Nintendo final hurrah deals on: February 02, 2015, 04:09:00 PM
Same for the European. Digital stuff plus a few rare good collectibles. Got that Super Nintendo-style classic controller, that was nice. Oh, and I have this DS Lite sock I use for my 3DS. I've had that for years now, so I guess that was a good purchase.

The European Club store is a really sad place right now, but they did promise to add some extra stuff in the upcoming months. I'm hoping for something on the level of a Super Nintendo-style classic controller or at the very least some simple merchandise that will make my little cousin happy. I got him those decorative foam figures for his birthday last year and he told me he liked my present best :D (Kid is seriously easy to please, though. For months one of his favourite toys was a plastic bag with some Mario figures printed on it.)
73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: February 02, 2015, 03:30:37 AM
Thanks, you two! I think I'll go with Summon Night: Twin Age. It's 15-20 hours long according to Howlongtobeat.com and that's good enough for me. If I'm still in the mood for handheld gaming, I'll probably play Z.H.P. after that. Had an urge to start that instead of Black Sigil anyway.

74  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The unofficial "recommend me a game" thread. on: February 01, 2015, 03:44:14 PM
I just finished up Black Sigil and it kinda left a bad taste in my mouth. I tried playing some Professor Layton to wash it away, but it turns out I'm in the mood for another handheld RPG. Preferable something (relatively) short and easy this time.

This is what's on my 'to play' shelf:
Blade Dancer (PSP)
Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman (PSP)
Glory of Heracles (DS)
Summon Night: Twin Age (DS)
Lost Magic (DS)
Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 (GBA)
DemiKids: Light Version (GBA, already played Dark so kinda know what to expect)

So, what's fun? I want something that doesn't make me want to force the developer to spend quality time with my half-feral cat.
75  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2015 on: February 01, 2015, 09:47:30 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
I don't get it. This game has so much potential, but it's nearly ruined by that stupidly high encounter rate. I really don't get it. This is obviously a labour of love, why get something so basic as this wrong? Sure, I get that the game is trying very hard to win the hearts of retro lovers and some older SNES games such as Breath of Fire had similar high encounter rates, but those games didn't feature puzzle dungeons. Besides, those encounter rates were never a good thing. At best they were something we put up with because there weren't that many other RPGs out there. High encounter rate are what we erase from a memories to make room for warm fuzzy nostalgic feelings. Some of the shoddy programming I can forgive (I got two copies of a legendary unique item and the game accidently skipped the first part of the final boss fight), but the developers clearly skipped Gamedesign 101 and now they need to pay by brushing their teeth and drink a whole glass of orange juice right after.
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