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 on: Today at 08:38:08 PM 
Started by Klyde Chroma - Last post by Klyde Chroma
Gaming is a sacred element of my agenda. Our gaming environments and whatnot has been something we've touched upon briefly in this community before but I'm curious to explore the topic further.

From your habitat, to your preferential time to play, to any individualized rituals or habits you incorporate I'd love to hear how everyone else "games".

I think this is interesting nowadays because there are so many options and avenues. Between platforms, portability options and hardware I imagine one individuals time spent gaming could be vastly different than the next's.

Naturally, I'll start.

ENVIRONMENT- I prefer it dark, with my television backlit and ash tray comfortably accessible (I chain smoke like a loser) sitting far closer to a large screen than any optometrist would recommend.

TIMING - I am NOT a morning dude. When I wake I will occasionally get a brief session in because I can't animate for the day ahead yet but I prefer to game late after the days work has ended. I am very active individual who travels on foot anywhere from 6-15 miles a day on top other laughable ways I abuse my physical self and NOTHING feels better to me then finally sitting after that with a controller in my hands.

COUCH CO-OP or CO-OP in general is not for me -- Never been a fan, tried some online multiplayer over the course of the last year or two and ultimately know, with certainty, I'm a single player Ninja through and through. Friends/acquaintances who game have been offended by this.

INEBRIATION -- This might be a weird one, but I never liked gaming under the influence of anything even 10 years ago when I was highly addicted and drug-addled. Anything that compromises my ability to recall my game-time pisses me off. This point can go on to include that I turn off my phone when I game and lock my doors to minimize distraction. ANECDOTE I think this point seriously was an important element in me giving up chemicals many moons ago. I filled my time with gaming I wanted to catch up on and it quickly became a part of my adult life that, dare I say, replaced drugs for me.

REFRESHMENTS -- No food or beverage while I game. It is another distracting element to me. I do however chew the hell out of nicotine gum while I chain smoke and find it vastly increases my ability to focus.

NO HANDHELDS-- Always hated em. Obviously their intended use doesn't jive with some of the aforementioned points I've made about my preferences. Nuf' said.

PERIPHERALS, HEADSETS and BELLS AND WHISTLES -- Good sound is a must for me, however I get it (headsets or speakers). My preferential controller for all things is the Dual Shock 4, which makes the best PC gaming pad I've ever used (love that I can use the touch pad as a my mouse). I can't stand motion controls or really anything extra that a standard controller.

Think that about cover it. Looking forward to get some insight into how others enjoy their game-time. :)

 on: Today at 08:21:45 PM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Agent D.
^ I don't think you CAN find that outfit.  The shirt's just a slight variation on one of the "Tee" models, but that skirt with stockings... I don't think you can get that as a separate piece of gear.
Where do you even see her in the game? Never seen that NPC before.

 on: Today at 08:17:27 PM 
Started by Azrael - Last post by Artimicia
Whoever gave the go-ahead for this should get fired:

(Might no.9)

I don't get it.. seemed fine?

 on: Today at 07:35:13 PM 
Started by Azrael - Last post by Annubis
Whoever gave the go-ahead for this should get fired:

(Might no.9)

 on: Today at 07:29:18 PM 
Started by Annubis - Last post by Annubis
Not gaming per se, but


 on: Today at 07:29:04 PM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Klyde Chroma

Also, what from SoM are you tattooing onto your hide (or are you saving the reveal for when you post the results in the Random and Amazing Pictures thread)?

Actually I'm not tattooing on my own hide, although I'd love a Mana-tattoo. Funny thing is, I actually designed the piece about six years ago to cover-up a terrible mess on my upper arm. It is essentially a bastardized-shade conceptualized from some of the more contemporary concept art of the elemental (children of mana got something right at least!).

The reason Shade worked as a cover-up was his tonal contrasts and complexity, with which I can cover just about anything with enough labor.

Well, the gentlemen I completed my Mega Man X sleeve on came to me for mission impossible... fix his entirely messed-up chest piece from his teen years. Ironically he wanted Mana. Thus ^^^ the answer was clear.

Don't expect the reveal til winter as the piece will likely take anywhere from 8-12 sessions. It is (necessarily) MASSIVE and the whole thing need be started with layering of preliminary tonality to drown things out in key spots so I can create subtle contrasts on top of his pre-existing field of black.

This will turn into somewhat of a passion project/charity piece as I adore this particular client and there is no way in hell anyone would (in their right mind) finance the time it will take. The good news? I GET TO WORK ON MANA ARTWORK FOR A LONG TIME (even if I do take a pay cut for it, the enjoyment more then compensates)!!! LoL

 on: Today at 06:18:32 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Yggdrasil
Lost Odyssey was wasted on the 360. The core audience of the Xbox has never really had any real interest in RPGs from Japan, the game at times making impressions like the ones FFVII and X did on that platform was like throwing the funniest joke to the most clueless guy in the room.

 on: Today at 06:00:17 PM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by Dincrest
I still struggle with body dysmorphia, but whatever.  I gotta get stronger, gotta get leaner, gotta get endurance-ier.

For what it's worth, I think you're amazing. I've only seen pictures, but you've changed to much the past decade.

The same goes for Agent D., by the way. Whenever he mentions the weights he's lifted, I try to imagine how much that is. Like, three mes. Or one of those ponies I used to ride when I was little. I can't help but be impressed.

Appreciate the kind words, sister. 

I'm also one of those weirdos who, when I dislike what I see in the mirror, I use that to fire me up to improve.  Most people let that drag them down.  I like to think of myself as the guy who's always trying to work a disadvantage to his favor.  

 on: Today at 04:23:19 PM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by Arvis

I couldn't read all of that, but it was pretty fascinating.  I wouldn't mind them hiring Mistwalker to work on an FF spinoff and see what they can do.

Didn't they already do that (save for the 'call it an FF game' part; and by 'it' I mean Lost Odyssey)?

DOA on 360, though, which is why we've never seen another

 on: Today at 04:19:00 PM 
Started by Jimmy - Last post by Jimmy
I guess I should mention that I'm reading The Last Mortal Bond, by Brian Staveley. I started last week after I finished up Wheel of Time. I haven't gotten very far though because I'm only reading during down time at work. All my usual reading time is spent playing FE Fates: Birthright. So far Last Mortal Bond is boring. But the previous book in the series was pretty explosive, so hopefully this will be the same.

After that I have several options to read: Ready Player One, Abaddon's Gate (Expanse #3), or Neverwhere.

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