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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 21, 2016, 12:02:27 PM
I always kinda figured if someone's going to judge you on something as inconsequential as a disability or a tic, then you're not really losing out on anything by not getting to know them.

Everybody sees their own flaws and foibles, and lots of us tend to view others as perfect and lacking flaws and full of confidence.  But aren't we all really just faking it as best we can?

I think the people who really never doubt themselves are sociopathic or something.

Every time I start to feel miserable about myself, I try to think about other people and how I can help them.  Every time I'm sad, someone is sadder than I am.

Doesn't always work.

Not a cure-all.

But it works for me, mostly.

Contentment is a tricky thing.

As awful as this sounds, I have at least one friend who fills this role for me. There was even a time he told me he envied that I was born with more smarts and was more popular than he was, which gives me bitter laughs since I often feel that way about other people.
2  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: October 20, 2016, 10:47:09 AM
Don't have a Wii U, but I'll likely get the Switch. This info makes it sound like there'll be no backwards compatibility, but I'll have my fingers crossed. :P
3  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016) on: October 20, 2016, 10:17:48 AM
The first and second forms for Litten looked good for me. I don't even really mind its final evolution in and of itself, it's just tiring to see another fighter-themed fire starter. Maybe I'll like it better when I see it in motion.

That aside, I like the dex overall. I really like how "exotic" a lot of the designs this gen are, to go with the island theme. The UBs add to the weirdness. The UBs seem like they are basically subbing in for legendaries this time, so I hope that means a post-game legendary hunt, something I didn't bother to do in XY since they just reused gen 1 legendaries.
4  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: MMORPGs are dead on: October 20, 2016, 09:47:53 AM
I did play GW2 for a couple hours during one of their free trials, but it didn't really grab me. Maybe I just wasn't looking in the right places but the Dynamic Event things as I experienced them basically boiled down to being isolated areas with 2 settings, a lot of which weren't even really important hubs or anything so there's no incentive to keeping them a certain way. It actually made the world feel less organic for me. Maybe I'll give a shot again sometime.
5  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: MMORPGs are dead on: October 18, 2016, 10:48:21 AM
What the hell happened to Lineage II...the game takes forever to get anywhere

Sounds accurate for Lineage II and every other MMO that came out of that era!

Personally, I still like MMOs, but none of them really draw me in anymore. That's even if I ignore the dozens of second-rate WoW clones which have little to no thought put into their setting.

For me, a big problem nowadays is that a lot of MMOs have shifted too far into focusing on the gameplay. I know that sounds silly since...well, they're video games and all, but I haven't had an MMO really draw me in with its setting for a long time. The rigid WoW-style quest hub structure over something more free roaming certainly doesn't help things. Maybe I'm just getting older, though?
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 18, 2016, 10:42:35 AM
Great article Kev. If anybody wants to read a similar story there was actually already another story like Derek Black's floating around- Robert Byrd, a Democratic senator who was a former KKK member turned civil rights advocate. Like with every other piece of half-truth Donald Trump peddles, he used an old photo of him kissing Hillary Clinton to attempt to force a stupid tu quoque when he was slammed for being endorsed by David Duke.
7  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016) on: October 18, 2016, 07:01:35 AM
With the demo out, people have mined a ton of the information from the game's files. Avoid the internets if you don't want spoilers.

Really disappointed at the final Pokemon count if the mined data is accurate (which it probably is). They revealed practically all of the Pokedex pre-launch just like they did with Gen 6.

The three leaked started final forms are accurate, so I guess I'm skipping on Litten. Not a big fan of its third form. I'll probably get Popplio.
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 16, 2016, 07:08:59 AM
As far as I know, Bernie's been pretty stubborn about his beliefs his whole life so I'm sure he's still frustrated he didn't win- he did get a lot of influence on the platform this year though, which I think is a big win for him (Unless Hillary is actually a demon, wake up sheeple). It'd be nice for the country to have some drift leftward for a change since it's been going to the other direction since before most of us were born. Maybe I only say this because I'm from America's pinko Soviet commie central (CA).

Speaking of local ballots, I think the best one for California has to be Proposition 60, which if passed will require condoms in porn, and polls suggest it'll pass. Are you guys willing to sacrifice your porno for greater safety? I DIDN'T THINK SO

I remember this.  Humanity is disgusting.

I just remember the first time I saw that scene I actually flinched in real life when he did it. I don't think I've ever done that with any other movie.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 16, 2016, 06:49:05 AM
Like I said, haven't seen Iron-Blooded Orphans yet, so I don't know what people are really referring to. =P Maybe I should get around to watching it since I've heard it's pretty good.
Having watched plenty of Gundam though, if the shirtless guys was what was being implied, I can only guess that the people I talked to are either new to Gundam or are those fans who watch nothing but UC, since pretty guys with lots of nohomo subtext has been in like every other major Gundam show since Wing.
10  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: October 16, 2016, 06:10:44 AM
Surprised there's no buzz in this thread about the new expansion yet. I skipped on Heavensward but I might resub to play Stormblood. Wonder if they'll put Heavensward on sale or something, otherwise I'll need to shell out for two expansions. My biggest problem is that from what I've gathered, they have no real plans on changing their established formula still- so same vertical armor grinding every few months for their content. Chances are, that would lead to me just resubbing to experience the story and pretty much skip on raiding and the like.

The hint dropped at fanfest heavily implied one of the new jobs is Red Mage. I'm going to guess that it's going to be a magic damage/support job in melee range.

So what's your guys' wishlist for it?
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 13, 2016, 10:26:15 PM
I think a lot of people still have this mental image that racism is limited to the violent variety, i.e. the type where Edward Norton curbstomps a guy's teeth into the back of his head, and they hate being classified the same through seemingly benign actions by the "PC police". This year we also have a demagogue to prey on people's fears and frustrations so there's that. The historian in me is fascinated in how this election will be analyzed in retrospect, especially with whatever will happen in the next 4 years.

If nothing else now I have something else to make being an old man something to look forward to. Maybe I'll get to be a crazy grandpa who rants about how history books were whitewashed and Trump was the hero America needed, or annoy other peoples' crazy grandpas in a resting home.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 13, 2016, 10:08:05 PM
Possible its similar to the whole "half of video game players are women" thing, where men and women are just looking at different products. Anecdotally the women I know watch totally different shows than I do with some occasional crossover. I remember in high school a lot of girls liked watching Fruits Basket and Ranma and I didn't care for either of those. More recently, I've heard the most recent Gundam show drew a lot more female viewers than usual precisely because of some things that their base audience don't care much for (It's only something I've heard, haven't gotten around to watching it yet myself).
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pokemon Sun & Moon (11/18/2016) on: October 13, 2016, 09:41:29 PM
Maybe it's just my imagination, but I feel like this time around they're taking advantage of the existing Pokemon universe a lot more, something that also made me like Black/White a lot, but this time they're going further by drawing on existing setting instead of focusing just on the region-specific one. One of the things that bothered me about XY in particular is that most of the game felt a lot like just a virtual tour of France with some Pokemon flavor to it. The XYZ Legendaries were barely relevant in the story.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 13, 2016, 04:14:54 AM
this election is totally rigged against people who don't understand domestic policy, foreign policy, social issues or common courtesy

when will this great injustice be corrected

Somewhat related, here's a quote from good ol' Rush Limbaugh (yeah I know) on this whole "Trump is a rapist thing" that's been making the rounds.

You know what the magic word, the only thing that matters in American sexual mores today is? One thing. You can do anything, the left will promote and understand and tolerate anything, as long as there is one element. Do you know what it is? Consent. If there is consent on both or all three or all four, however many are involved in the sex act, itís perfectly fine. Whatever it is. But if the left ever senses and smells that thereís no consent in part of the equation then here come the rape police. But consent is the magic key to the left.


Good news everyone! We might not have to suffer any of this anymore, because we might be on the cusp of Cold War 2: Electric Boogaloo.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: October 12, 2016, 11:52:11 AM
I mean...kinda? Depends on what you mean. We elect officials based on their platform, but sometimes they'll do things we don't like due to circumstance or they have access to expertise/information that we don't (or because they're dicks). The big promises they'll generally try to keep, if only because going against them can hurt your party's future efforts (See: Read my lips).

The goal of quoting her is to imply that she's only holds certain positions to get elected...which like you said, describes the majority of politicians (and especially laughable to be cited as a negative by the populist Trump). But I guess it's consistent with the whole "she's not genuine" to contrast with people like Trump and Sanders ("he's a no-nonsense racist straight talker and he'll defeat the PC SJW cabal" for the former and "he's been a leftest his whole life" for the latter).

Here's the source. Don't poke around Wikileaks too much though, like I said, Assange is a douche and Wikileaks barely vets their information anymore so I wouldn't be surprised if a bunch of the files had malware attached to them still.

I mean, I think the context makes what she said pretty benign, but we're in the age where quote mining is journalism and truthiness is the new truth.
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