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1 Day Ago 08:43 PMMateoWow, sorry to slack on my reply! I thought for sure I had responded to this, but apparently I didn't. My bad!
Quote:Well, 2007 was 8 years ago now. I was a Junior in high school then.
I was actually considering putting XP on my Vista laptop at the time, but unfortunately, that was around the time Microsoft stopped selling XP, so it never happened. I remember constantly having to save my essays, PowerPoints, etc, in Office 2003 compatibility mode because all of my high school's computers were still running 2000/XP and Office 2003. (Alas, the public school system is always behind the times. They probably just got their first Windows 7 computers last year.)
Hopefully 10 will be better, because I have a sinking feeling that 7 won't be an option anymore by the time I have to get a new laptop.
Quote:Ah, an Android phone. Those aren't bad, and they're a heck of a lot cheaper than iPhones. (And, more of their apps are free, too.)
My iPhone has Siri, but I never use it. I wish I could give it to you.
I love having games on my phone for when I'm out in public and stuck in a waiting room, or whatnot, but the loads and loads of cheap, crappy freemium games are aggravating.
And yeah, I mostly play emulators when I'm bored and have my phone to play with, but I have spent some time on freemium games too while avoiding spending money. Like, I was playing this My Little Pony game on there for a while. Like you said, the freemium aspect gets old after a bit.
Quote:LOL. Ironically, there are a lot of Gen 2 Pokémon that many people think debuted in Gen 3 because they were so much more common/prominent in RSE than they were in GSC (think Marill, Slugma, and Skarmory, for example). GSC had a (unfortunate, if you ask me) habit of giving more spotlight to Gen 1 Pokémon and making the Gen 2 ones either rare, unavailable until the postgame, and/or nonexistent on NPC teams.
Quote:I still have all of the promo cards from the first two movies, although, sadly, they aren't worth that much.
Just recently, I finally removed my TV and (early 00s era) DVD/VHS combo from my room, which wasn't doing anything but taking up space and gathering dust. I think the last time I watched TV on an actual TV set was sometime in 2007-08. Even when I want to watch a DVD, I'm more likely to just pop it into my laptop. TV has become obsolete.
As for the TV, that sounds like what the one in my room is doing. It collects dust and I throw my hats on it. That's about it. I do use other larger TVs though. Like there is one in the living room that I do watch TV or movies on when I want a bigger screen. Or sometimes I hook my laptop up with the HDMI so I can play PC games on a bigger screen. Plus I have an old desktop computer with emulators on it that just uses the TV as a monitor (and other old consoles that I still have hooked up to it). But yeah, most of the time when I watch a TV show or movie these days its streamed to my laptop.
Quote:LOL at that revised theme.
As I've mentioned before, I'm one of the few people who didn't vehemently hate Tracey when he replaced Brock. In fact, I liked him. Brock was great in the early days, but he had started to wear out his welcome by the end of Kanto. His constant drooling over the same Jenny and Joy clones was getting old, and it was obvious that his character was starting to stagnate. Him coming back for Johto was the last thing I wanted to see.
Tracey was a much-needed breath of fresh air, and he also happened to be kind of cute. Plus, I'll take a sweet, sensitive artist any day over, well, this. Pity he wasn't developed more, though.
I will agree though, Brock was extremely predictable in his girl crazed antics lol.
Quote:Tell me about it. The 10 year old PCs worked back in a time when most Pokémon fans were 7-10 years old, but let's face it, those days are long gone. Most fans, nowadays, aren't any younger than 15-16, and a large number are in their 20s. Why should the PCs continue to be preteens when most fans are well past that stage of their life?
There's possible evidence that May/Brendan may have been retconned into teenagers in ORAS, something that I hope happens to all of the pre-Gen 5 PCs.
Quote:Flannery's pretty, yes, but surely, there's more to her than that.
(Of course, I'm a straight woman, so I'm sure you already know how I feel about T&A. )
Also, the "hot" comment was my reasoning for why there was so much R34 of her, and of course a pun based on the fact that she uses fire types, which are hot xP
2 Days Ago 07:00 PMCerberus87Quote:Based your your comments about both Pokémon and Windows, you're obviously the kind of person who always embraces the new, no matter what. I don't think we'll ever see eye-to-eye on that.
W8.1 doesn't make me entirely happy, you know. I'm a PC user, and I get annoyed when I see the instructions and they're like "swipe across the screen" and then under it, between brackets, "if you're using a mouse..." Because most people who are using Windows are doing so with a mouse, and making these people feel like they're an afterthought was wrong on Microsoft's part.
I sometimes embrace the new because it's simply better, simple as that. Like, the mechanics of Pokémon are vastly improved since the original. I'm more casual so I liked the old stat system better, but the new one does have merits. The problem is how EVs work. You can bet that, if they worked like in other RPGs (like, you have an EV pool which is updated after you beat a mon and you can add the EVs in any stat you want), I'd embrace the new system and not look back. The premise really is better, the execution is what's bad.
Other series which I think improved over time are Mario and Sonic. Once you play through SMB3, you won't want to go back to SMB1. And Sonic 3 & Knuckles is the pinnacle of the series on the Genesis, largely surpassing its predecessors. I can't comment on the newer games though because I haven't played them and from what people say I'm not interested in them either. There are other series where I prefer the older games, and so on.
If I'm going to analyze something I can't go into it with the mentality that "it's new and it's not my childhood favorite so it sucks". I prefer original RoboCop to last year's remake, and original The Omen to the 2006 remake. In terms of movies, I'm quite like you, actually. In Pokémon even, I think Conkeldurr and Gigalith can't beat Machamp and Golem, and when 3rd gen came out I was disappointed because quite a few Hoenn Pokémon were too similar to older ones. I used Manectric and Aggron, but what I really wanted were Jolteon and Rhydon. But I feel that some people just don't like new things because they're not the ones they've grown with, and this isn't exactly a good mindset.
3 Days Ago 10:45 PMCerberus87Also, Windows 8.1 isn't THAT bad. It runs faster than 7 and they sorta gave the Metro a Start Screen feel with the app list. The integration with mobile devices benefitted Windows in some areas, like system management. The interface that allows you to boot into safe mode, for example, is much cleaner-looking than the old DOS mockup thing we had up to 7. It had to be, since tablets aren't very command-line friendly. Updating my video drivers on W8.1 is a breeze and requires less manhandling than W7. The Metro interface itself sucks and is buggy, but then, which things from M$ AREN'T buggy? I keep it to a minimum. I've only used Metro to upgrade to W8.1, really.
Though, I won't lie, I use a Classic Start app. Control Panel in two clicks is too good to pass.
My biggest gripes with Windows are things that have been introduced in Vista I think (UAC), so they're not 8.1's fault.
3 Days Ago 10:23 PMCerberus87Are you really sure of what you're saying? Because I'd say it was at least 50/50, leaning towards the mythology thing. N's whole reason to act is his belief that he's the hero Unova needs.
B2W2 weren't so hot and they had less of the mythology thing going on. You only learn about Kyurem after the 6th badge, I think. Even then, it's a great mix of tech and myth. The splicers are an ancient artifact that act very technologically.
The fact the fandom readily embraced Arceus kinda doesn't help your case. If RBY were remade today, you can bet they'd add some mystical background on the birds and expand on the Mewtwo story, and that would be pretty good, although it would no longer be a remake anymore. Since your desire is for them to basically design a new game around Kanto from the ground up, I feel you think at least something from the later games' storytelling could be taken advantage of.
And yeah, sometimes I feel you don't like newer things in Pokémon out of stubbornness, which is something that makes me a bit uneasy because then we'll have to agree to disagree. You sound like a guy on Twitter who's very biased towards DOS games and rejects most new stuff. I don't hate you both for it, but I'd sometimes wish you were a bit more open to certain things. In Pokémon terms, I wouldn't want to go back to 2001, sorry. A Scizor with Bullet Punch is too good to pass.
4th gen is my favorite, but it has some pretty bad flaws, like its speed and, as you agree, the bad distribution in DP. The game has evolved since 2006, though. (I still think you can make a good Pokédex with only 150 Pokémon, because some types don't need that much representation, but there's no free lunch)
Speaking of distribution, Kalos has over 400 Pokémon, but IMO that wasn't necessary, and overshadowed the Pokémon introduced in those games. I always try the new Pokémon, or Pokémon I couldn't use before, because of the novelty.
3 Days Ago 02:18 PMMateoQuote:I don't blame you for being cautious. I remember way back in 2007, I readily ditched my 3 year old XP laptop for a brand new Vista laptop, thinking that Vista was just as good as XP. BIG mistake. Even with Aero turned off, it ran like a dog, and trying to reinstall old programs from my XP laptop (like Sims 1 and my printer) was an utter nightmare. And, since the laptop didn't have enough juice to run the bloated OS, its internal cooling fan started to crap out after less than a year and it eventually got to the point where the laptop was unusable unless it was stacked up on a pile of books with a desk fan jammed underneath it. Just terrible.
When it came time to get a new laptop in 2010, my experience with Vista made me leery of Windows 7, but luckily, that one turned out to be a genuine improvement. Once Windows 8 reared its ugly head a few years later, I had learned my lesson and stayed the hell away from it.
Unfortunately, those who stuck around with good old XP this late have no choice but to upgrade now, as Microsoft ended support for the OS a year ago. Unsurprisingly, most who did upgrade went to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 (much to the chagrin of Microsoft), as Windows 7's share of the market shot up as XP's started to decline. Even now, though, XP still has a larger share of the market than Windows 8, which really shows how much of a flop Windows 8 has been.
(And, of course, most of those of who didn't upgrade to Windows 7, instead "upgraded" to an Apple product or Android tablet, which Microsoft hates even more. Windows 8 basically killed half of their userbase.)
It doesn't surprise me at all that when they forced us to give up XP, we moved to 7 instead of 8. 7 Still feels like Windows. I made the comment before, "If I wanted my desktop to look like that, I'd tape an iPad to my screen and call it a day". They really did shoot themselves in the foot with 8. Hopefully 10 will fix that.
Quote:Yeah, copying Apple has never worked for Microsoft. Nothing will ever get Mac diehards to buy a PC, no matter what, so all they end up doing is alienating their own userbase.
I don't have a hatred for Apple, myself, as I own an iPhone and it has worked well for me. I see it as a separate (and occasionally, backup) computer from my laptop rather than a replacement. What kind of phone do you have? (Don't tell me you still have a dumbphone. )
Haha I do enjoy Siri though. She also makes it fun to troll people too. Like a few times, my friend left his iPhone lying around, and his gf wanted us to prank him, so I took his phone and said "Siri, call me Princess Twilight Sparkle" (he hates MLP). So later we're all at Waffle House and he asks Siri something and she is like "Ok Princess Twilight Sparkle" and he was like WTF WHO DID THAT!?! xD Oh, random college shenanigans. Good times.
Quote:Nuzlockes were kind of fun at first, but they quickly became tedious and rather samey. And, the quality of the fanfiction inspired by them is very hit and miss.
Cool that you have an early game Normal rodent as one of your favorites. While some of these Pokémon do have some battling use in the early game (Rattata gets an 80 BP STAB move as early as L13-14, and Zigzagoon gets a 70 BP STAB move as early as L9, for example), most of the time, people only use them for HM Slave/Pickup duty, if even that. (Bidoof, in particular, seems to have been created specifically for this purpose, as its evolved form, Bibarel, can learn all but two of Sinnoh's crapload of HMs.)
Quote:Yeah, I love Mewtwo, Mew, and Lugia, too, and if pressed, Charizard is probably also my favorite Kanto starter (although, I still dislike a lot of the hype and overpromotion it receives).
I remember Pokémon 2000 (as well as those VHS things, LOL ), and I remember enjoying it, as well as The First Movie. The Entei one was the first one I didn't like (and apparently many others didn't either, as it completely bombed in theaters), and that was the last movie I saw aside from the direct-to-video Mewtwo Returns (which I liked).
Quote:Yeah, I like Jessie/James as a couple, too. As for Misty, though, I think I actually prefer her with Tracey. I don't think Ash is good enough for her, to be honest, and I think she deserves a sweet, mature guy who would treat her well and balance out her attitude. Misty/Tracey have a fair number of fans, but obviously not as many as Misty/Ash.
(And, speaking of another very popular opinion that I hold, yes, Ash completely sucks as a character. He wants to be a Pokémon Master, yet only catches 5 or so Pokémon per region and never wins any Leagues (aside from Orange) and after almost 20 years is still the exact same annoying, immature 10 year old he was when he first left Pallet Town. Even as a kid, I thought he was the worst part of the anime, and he's only gotten worse since then.)
I've never liked the idea of the protagonists being 10, myself, especially since, as you said, none of them even look like 10 year olds (except, perhaps, Lyra and new!May). Plus, having a bunch of 10 year olds roaming around on their own just isn't realistic at all. 15-17 years old makes more sense. (Something that even GF seems to agree with now, as all of the Unova and Kalos protagonists are literally meant to be teenagers.)
Flannery's quite popular, although it's mostly for rather icky reasons. (Seriously, don't do an Image Search for her, just no.)
But yeah, I was glad that they started acknowledging the PCs as being teens finally. I mean, what kind of a world would decide "Oh you're 10 now? Time to go leave home to fend for yourself and make monsters fight for your amusement. Don't forget to change your underwear!" I mean seriously, that premise never made sense. I get that it was to make the player relevant to the intended audience, but still, willing suspension of disbelief only goes so far.
As for Flannery, well, she is pretty hot. *badum tiss* /lame_pun
4 Days Ago 06:23 PMMateoQuote:Be careful, though. These kinds of places tend to be funny about people taking pictures.
Quote:Yeah, Windows 10 seems to be better than 8. In fact, the Windows Star Trek Rule says that it has to be.
(But, on the other hand, wasn't it the 10th Star Trek Movie that broke the Star Trek Rule and bombed when it should've been good? Uh oh...)
Apps belong on an iPhone, not a laptop. I wish Microsoft would stop trying to chase that demo. They're just never going to compete with Apple and Google in the mobile market, no matter what.
As for apps, definitely agree. They have no place on a desktop OS at all IMO. I think what they are doing is trying to copy Apple-- I seem to remember hearing some of my friends say that OSX now supports iOS apps in some way? I don't know, I can't stand Apple so I don't try to keep up with them. Don't own an iPod, iPhone, or have iTunes on my computer and don't want them. But I've thought for a while now that Windows has been trying to copy Apple just looking at their changes, despite the fact that most of us nowadays choose Windows specifically because we don't want a Mac
Like to me, 7 initially looked like a cross between Vista and OSX. 8 looked like a cross between 7 and iOS. 10 looks like 8 with a start menu (but still trying to make the start screen apps happen). Oh well, I guess time will tell.
Quote:I'm kind of hit-and-miss in regards to liking popular stuff in Pokémon fandom. I like Misty and Jessie/James, and they're very popular, but I also like Tracey, and well... a large number of people haven't exactly gotten over him replacing Brock for one season 15-16 years ago.
As for the games, I loooove Lance, and he's fairly popular. But, I hate the most popular version of him, the Adventures one, and like the least popular version of him, the anime one. I also love his less popular RBY and FRLG designs and hate his very popular HGSS look. And, my favorite ship of his is the very unpopular Lance/Lorelei, while my most hated are the very popular Lance/Silver, Lance/Lyra, and Lance/Clair (because, unlike a lot of fans, I actually find statutory rape and incest to be disgusting ).
As for Pokémon, I like Charizard, but I like Dragonite better. I also hate Salamence and Garchomp and wish they would make more unique, non-Dragon Pseudos. But, I love Mewtwo and Mew, and they're extremely popular. Same goes for Lugia, too. Yet, I also prefer Raichu to Pikachu and wished it got more love.
I find the Dragon type, in general, to be very bland (with a few standouts), while I think Poison is underrated, if badly neglected. But, I also love Water, Dark, Ghost, and Psychic, and those are all very popular.
But there are plenty of things I enjoy about the series that are pretty main-stream as well. I've always been a fan of Fire types, which I know at least used to be popular, not sure if they still are or not :p But Charizard has been a favorite from the start and he's still a top tier fan favorite even today. Lugia is another one that I love, ever since Pokémon 2000 (I know people seem to like calling it The Power of One these days, but in theaters it was totally just called "Pokémon: The Movie 2000" and my VHS copy only says "The Power of One" on the back of the case in the same size text as the rest of the description). So hey I guess that's another non-mainstream thing too xD I don't know if it's still mainstream to enjoy that movie or not, but it was certainly one of my favorites of the movies that I saw (I stopped watching the new ones around the time I stopped watching the anime regularly). But yeah. Like you mentioned, I'm also a fan of Mewtwo and Mew which are also very popular, and unlike you, I do prefer Pikachu to Raichu, although I certainly don't like "hate" Raichu or anything, I just think Pikachu is cuter and whatnot.
When it comes to shipping, I don't get into that a whole lot but I do see Jessie and James together, which I think is a pretty common 'ship still. I used to ship Ash and Misty as well. I can't say that I have any ships I really think about regarding the Elite Four and stuff, although at one point I shipped Flannery and Green/Leaf/Whatever-you-want-to-call-her. Not sure where that idea came to me, since they aren't from the same region and canonically wouldn't have even met one another, but it was a thing for a while. That being said, I never imagine the protagonists as being 10 even though in at least the early games they were claimed to be. I always imagine them as around highschool age, and given her attitude and new-leader nature, I assume Flannery to not be a whole lot older, either in her late teens or early twenties, but around college age. Figured I'd clarify since you brought up the whole statutory and incest ships and didn't want to come off as supporting any of that, because I don't.
I feel like that doesn't really cover all of it but I feel like I'm going to end up rambling even more than I probably already am, so I think I'll just go ahead and send this as it is and we can build on these later :p
4 Days Ago 03:07 PMCerberus87But what's the problem? There's been myths in Pokémon since 2nd gen. Johto was based on Shinto which is a part of Japan with many myths.
Quote:That also makes sense. Raikou and Jolteon are both fast, frail Special Attackers with minimal movepools, Entei and Flareon are both slow Physical Attackers with Special-oriented movepools, and Suicune and Vaporeon are both slow, bulky Special-oriented Water types that can learn Ice moves naturally despite not being part Ice. The Hidden Abilities of the Dogs also happen to be the main Abilities of the Eeveelutions (Water Absorb/Volt Absorb/Flash Fire).
Quote:Which is a sign of poor storytelling and really shouldn't be defended. GF really needs to stop trying to worldbuild, because it's obvious that they aren't very good at it.
4 Days Ago 02:16 PMCerberus87It's not religion, it's myth.
Quote:Here's the Ditto theory. It makes a tone of sense, if you ask me.
You could argue that Ditto is more adept at Transforming than Mew, since Ditto can breed with other Pokémon. Mew gave birth to Mewtwo, but how the scientists impregnated it is unknown, considering all Pokémon come from eggs. It's hard to incorporate 1st gen facts into the current lore, since after those games they retconned so many things.
Regarding Mewtwo, it has intelligence beyond humans. This means it could train and develop its own skills. This is how I believe it can learn Psystrike, for example.
5 Days Ago 10:27 AMCerberus87The Original Story explains how the Pokémon world was created. There's little Christian about it. People just see a creator and assume it's Christian. All old religions have myths of creation.
In fact, this story would even be a distant parallel to the Big Bang, although in the scientific event there's no will of its own.
Mewtwo is not a 1:1 clone of Mew. It's significantly enhanced. Presumably, the enhancements focused on the strengthening of certain abilities, which resulted in the loss of others. There's no free lunch in genetics.
Could you provide me with links of the Ditto rumors?
5 Days Ago 09:14 AMCerberus87I'm not religious but I like fantasy.
Lugia and Ho-Oh are stronger than Mew and have own skills that define their mythical status (Aeroblast and Sacred Fire). Also, Mew does learn all the moves that other Pokémon can, but the gameplay limitations mean it can't master techniques exclusive to certain legendary Pokémon. Ho-Oh's Sacred Fire is no longer exclusive, but, since Entei was created from Ho-Oh's power, it makes sense for it to inherit Ho-Oh's exclusive skill.
5 Days Ago 08:49 AMCerberus87Nope. Mew is to Pokémon what the Australopithecus was to humans and apes (a common ancestor), with the exception of mythical Pokémon, which were created by Arceus. Arceus is a divinity. Technically, Arceus created Mew, too.
I'm fine with Pokémon having a myth of creation. Technically, the "retcon", as you put it, was going on since 2nd gen. Lugia and Ho-Oh had own abilities which couldn't possibly have evolved from Mew.
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