Yeah I think any other year they'd cost around $40. It kind of cuts down the cost to not have food... It's a small prom anyway, being at a private school (so I think I'd pass on that guide). Wherever they're having it must've been relatively cheap. Next year's prom actually seems interesting though, as the principle was thinking about having us do ballroom dancing or something (even though dancing is unholy).
I absolutely loved the premise of a pokemon srpg. I watched a playthrough of it, and it seemed to go a bit below my expectations. I would've liked something akin to FFT with multiple skills. My hopes were a bit high, sure. Simple isn't bad. There are skills in the form of self-buffs. The game also seemed easy. Who knows, the person I watched play it might've missed a lot due to it being Japanese. He also didn't play the postgame (it may have actually been the second half of the game). He still said it was fun, and I'll probably still buy it.
1) Super Mario Sunshine- I still dislike some parts of it but I've gotten a newfound appreciation for the game. It doesn't hold your hand like galaxy.
2) Etrian Odyssey- A dungeon crawler, so one should expect difficulty. Hard to even traverse the second floor, without a party member dying (reviving isn't cheap). I really like the dangerous exploration sense, and the mechanics. Skill points allow for some customization, and you can have many guild members despite only having 5 in a party. The store's available equipment being expanded when you sell items (which are drops that make sense like hide and insect eyes) is a nice touch imo. Looking forward to actually making progress.
3) Tales of Symphonia- Anime as a game could possibly be. Interpret that as you wish. Starting out kinda slow I suppose. Bosses seem rather difficult compared to the cannon fodder. I'm not entirely used to the battle system yet. The game reminds me a bit of kingdom hearts, only with relavent skills and party members that are actually useful. Systems for creating equipment are always something I appreciate, and the skill system is at least interesting. I'll try to give it a shot. (I'd kind of like to play the undub if only to hear voices in the "skits")
For the first time in three years I went to a movie theaters. What else to see but the Hunger Games! Anyway, it was a neat movie but came across as a bit lacking here and there. Had I read the book I'm sure these things would be resolved. Length could be why some stuff missed detail. So... I guess I'll be borrowing the book from someone.
In unrelated news, only a week left to tell people I'm not going to the prom thing.
The connection? Internet. This site happens to be on the internet, along with ponies. I'm sure the show has likable qualities. Certainly there would be adults and males who like it without the internet, but I'm also sure that the internet was a factor in the rapid growth of a fandom. I'm not sure if it's a fad, as much as the sonic fandom is a fad. Last I checked though, the sonic fandom was looked down upon for their fan characters and such.
Originally posted by Neutron
There's no connection between SMWC and anime either, and yet a lot of people here enjoy anime. In fact, i remember when anime girl striped layouts were the fad.
Apples and oranges. You're talking a single cartoon versus a medium containing hundreds of series of differing genre and art.
The art is something I don't really get. It's not like I use ZUN's art because I like touhou. I use actually decent art. I've yet to understand how people think the simple bright-colored cartoon ponies look good and worth plastering everywhere. I have seen some good pony art before, but most pony fan content I've seen (not actually following the fandom or anything) is straight from the show or equally as simple. Simple isn't bad but come on.
Originally posted by SNN
There's a reason why so many people loathe what that place has done to the Internet and humanity in general.
You mean like creating bronies?
It seems to me like autist is another term like retard or gay. Mental retardation is real problem. Let's not pin all the blame on 4chan, the internet in general is a very bad place, and humans will always be corrupt.
How about we get a single thread for some of the equally or more "deep" shows there are out there first? Come now, certainly we can be deep about more than ponies?
Regarding what people find fun, I've never really cared, just leave me out of it. I often just wonder why. You say, however, when they don't hurt anybody, but certain bronies can be pretty annoying. It's not exactly hurting but there's plenty of fandoms that have a large quantity of annoying members that plague the internet with their fan characters, fan fiction, rule 34, and the like. People turn it into a charitable thing? That's good, although any popular thing could takes its place as the theme of the event. Really I'm just reiterating that the great amount of "bad" fans are what make me want to stay away from it, similarly to the sonic fandom of which I nearly became a part of. Who knows, I may watch mlp some day (not likely but perhaps just to see what the fuss is about), but regardless I don't want to be a member of the fandom.
Depends on the definition of "otaku" I guess. I've always seen it as a negative thing, despite people treating it otherwise (isn't it actually somewhat of an insult in japan?). I wouldn't consider myself one, although I'm not sure if I can say I'm casual about it either. Either way, I have one friend who casually watches some anime when he gets recommended it. My other friend I haven't spoke to much lately has watched some but I know his sister probably watches it (she's a stereotypical kingdom hearts fan). Another girl I know has recently discovered anime and is going through that otaku phase (though she doesn't sound obsessive to me).
I don't know of any bronies in real life. If I were myself someone who watches mlp, I would likely not want brony friends. It's kind of the same thing with anime. I don't actively try to find people that like it because people who are overly open about it and parade it around are the type who are obsessive and usually pretty weird to me (cosplayers, weeaboos, japanophiles).
Originally posted by Neutron
Wait what? They like something i don't.
HOW DARE THEY! Those bastards shall only share my and ONLY MY personal taste!!!
Same goes the other way around (maybe not as much though). I've seen some particular people who treat the show almost as a religion and try to convert people to it.
Regarding what chikane said if I felt my friend had an obsession with something I would try to get him to calm down about it, at least if I was starting to get annoyed by it (not assuming his friends are obsessive about it).
Originally posted by Vinnyboiler
So what your saying is that bronies aren't nice people? Because if that is what you are implying then that has actually struck a nerve with me.
It's like saying "I don't agree with him there but we're good friends otherwise." I would think if you didn't like what someone else did that you would have a lower opinion of the person without knowing them.
Wait, they've removed experience from a Paper Mario game?
Alright Blumiere, I agree with you now. Let's go get drinks.
After all, doing things a new way never works, always build it around the old way. Experience may be in a ton of RPGs but what purpose does it serve other than keeping you on par with the increasingly tougher enemies. I like the prospect of helping people aiding your progression, since it actually gives quests in an RPG some actual reward. It also could mean immediate progression, instead of the usual RPG "You don't get any progress until you've fought the exact 12th enemy in order to level up." In many RPGs your skills rely solely on experience, meaning the only purpose of experience other than keeping you on par with enemies was unlocking things. Considering battles give you the money to help you get better stickers, seems like a similar concept to me. Done right, I think the system will be good. I think people need to be thankful that it even is an RPG after SPM, which changed a
Originally posted by SNN
formula that has a) worked for two games, and b) basically wrecks the nostalgia factor that most of the older users here have with these games
I'm personally quite interested in the new mechanic, moreso than I would be disappointed that they changed the method of progression. On the topic of partners, I would be disappointed if there weren't any in any form, but we don't know anything yet. They could even take the form or stickers for you to utilize in battle. One thing I'm a little curious about is if some stickers will be used in the same sense as badges.
What is this "nostalgia factor", and how the heck does it apply to a new game? o_O
Main elements, which were universally praised and made the game unique, of the previous game(s) being reused to deliver a similar experience.
Experience is something common of the genre and most certainly not anything unique to paper mario. Partners, however, are an element that made it stand out, yet we still don't know that they won't be there. Besides if you want to talk about getting rid of elements of the series, look at how spm not only got rid of the stage battles (something I felt was very unique) but also how partners were the typical mooks from the mario world (again something that made the series unique). If you're so caught up in nostalgia that you don't want anything new in a series then go play the original games, like people here say they do quite often. I for one like the idea of when an rpg chooses to focus more on items/equipment/skill than simply leveling up.
@riolu: I really doubt having enough stickers will ever be an issue. You find them for free around the world, you profit from battles not only with coins but you also receive stickers. They might even give you better stickers, such as the koopa shell that hits multiple enemies, effectively saving you multiple jump stickers. If you're skillful enough with timed hits, you'll end up using less. You also saw that he got double the flowers that he planted in that really quite simple task. You also have at least two pages (he also confirmed you could get more pages by completing those tasks) of stickers with which to fight bosses with. I kind of doubt they would make sticker management an issue at any time.
Zelda games have three heart runs, so you can't pick any up after defeating bosses or get four heart pieces. It's actually kind of cool Nintendo made them optional to collect in the games, and can make ones like Wind Waker more difficult. There are also bottle restrictions too (i.e. no fairies, healing potions).
Too bad you can't do 3 hearts in LttP since collecting the heart container is what triggers the pendent/crystal to appear.
As for challenges I've heard of, there's low % runs for metroid, as well as reverse boss order. For megaman there's buster only challenges. For rpgs with classes, there's single-class runs where you never change a character's class, or randomized class runs. Some games it's entirely possible to solo everything for a challenge. Also for rpgs there's low-level challenges.
As for me, I just got my report card today. I made honor roll and got 7 more credits to my existing 11.5, giving me a total of 18.5. I'm quite happy because I brought my scores in chemistry and in math up exponentially, going from a D to a B in chemistry and a C to an A in math.
If I recall correctly, at my school you need at least 21 credits to have graduated school, and 17 to be eligible to be considered a senior, so I guess I'm doing fairly well.
Eh, I'm not sure how my school's credit system works, but I know my state has a dumb rule that you have to have a math credit for every year, ignoring the fact that I otherwise have the required number already. I do know that my senior year will probably only have 3 required classes, plus a couple electives (contrast that to the 8 classes I'm taking junior year :/). As for honor roll, I've been in (my school's version of) it for the last two years (you have to have a 3.5 or higher GPA for it, and I supposedly got a 4.0). I'm already a student now at a local college since I'll be taking general psychology this fall. The plan is to finish my first year of college while I'm in high school, although we'll see how easily that is accomplished.
My mom has told me that she is giving me a tablet (not the drawing type) for my birthday, and is letting me partake in choosing one. Before I even try, does anyone have any suggestions for one under $250? (she would much prefer spending less than that) Honestly I don't think I need a tablet for what little use I'd get out of it (although there is emulators isn't there...), and I could always get a smartphone, but I suppose my mom is thinking of when I go to college and potentially get ebooks that it would be easier to read on. My grandparents didn't take kindly to my criticism so I guess I'm getting one anyway.
Turning 17 soon and while it's still summer my grandfather thinks I should go get my learner's permit. I don't really have anywhere to go and I doubt I'm getting a new car anytime soon, but I guess we're working out some way for me to drive myself to college to take classes. I'm not sure, originally I was just going to get the permit and keep that for awhile so I don't cost us money for insurance while I go absolutely nowhere.
Edit: I think the one my mom was looking at was the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7" wifi)
Japan has a lot of things to like, a large industry for games and animation as well as an interesting heritage, culture, and mythology. Now, a lot of countries have the latter, but the former is what really makes it stand out. From such a small country you have this huge concentration of animation and games (both official, fan, and indie). This large amount of fan content really makes their web culture interesting. I also like their music (even J-pop). This is definitely not to say everything from Japan is automatically good, there's good and bad of everything. There's just such a large amount of quantity that you're bound to find a lot of quality somewhere in there. Regarding the language, I wish they had a language that wasn't complicated bastardized Chinese. I've learned the kana and picked up on some grammar. I may go and learn the rest of the grammar but I don't really intend to pour time into learning kanji. If I need, I'll use a kanji dictionary. All in all I guess I'm a japanophile but I don't act obsessive.
I browse /a/ and /v/, and have a thread or two I watch on /vg/. I've visited /c/ and /jp/ a couple times too (I wouldn't recommend the latter). Overall it's an experience. I can't say it's good or bad, maybe a mix. There's some charm in the way threads are so short-lived, and in its anonymous nature where your text is all there is, no name or reputation (unless you use tripcodes, don't do that). It's also pretty good for coming across images, and there are threads that put out original content that's pretty nice. Not the biggest fan of how the pages are set up but there's a 4chan catalog of different boards that will show you all of them at once. Really how good it is can be really different based on time. Sometimes all people do is argue, sometimes people actually discuss stuff. It's a way to kill time when I'm bored with nothing else to do.
Uh... how about some IRL stuff. I have accomplished absolutely nothing this summer and have gone out with friends only once. I finally got a reply from the one girl I messaged but when I texted her again the next day still no reply. My mom just got broken up with again and is crying, asking me if she's an idiot for even trying anymore.
It's also unbearably hot.
Good ol' summer.
I would think if this were actually happening right now the internet would've already caused an uproar over it. I didn't even receive any email from the dumb activist group that I gave my email to once. I know I haven't been penalized for the roms I've downloaded or any of the stuff I've torrented since. If you're certain the plan was to be initiated on that date, how about some citation? All I've found in news regarding CISPA was this article posted today, about a proposed revision of it.