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  1. BettyNewbie
    April 23rd, 2015 08:01 PM
    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.
    That was Microsoft's intention with Windows 8. They saw how Apple and Google were making big bucks off of the mobile market, and they wanted a piece of that, too. Problem is that, even by mobile standards, Windows 8 is awful compared to iOS and Android, so mobile users continued to shun Microsoft, and all Microsoft ended up doing was alienating their biggest userbase, desktop/laptop users. Windows 8 was such a colossal flop that they had no choice but to go back to the traditional Windows layout with Windows 10 (but with the caveat that their damn apps be stuffed into the Start menu).

    I have an iPhone, and it works quite well for me, but it's not and never will be a replacement for my laptop.

    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.
    There's still Natures to worry about, though. Even if you could neatly add EVs into all of the appropriate stats with ease, if a Pokémon has the "wrong" Nature (and its statistically more likely to than not), then it's still no good.

    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.
    Movie remakes are rarely any good, alas. They're usually made for the sole purpose of cashing in on nostalgia, so quality of scriptwriting is rarely a top priority. The mid 2000s were particularly bad for this.

    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.
    I don't entirely hate the new. What I hate are blatant, continuity-breaking retcons. I grew up knowing that Mew was the "Ancestor of All Pokémon," so, no, I really don't appreciate being told years down the road that what I had seen and read over and over again was wrong and that the title belonged to this Deformed Llama, instead. Either you get continuity right, or you don't bother with the storytelling at all. Otherwise, you're insulting the people who actually care about these things.
  2. BettyNewbie
    April 23rd, 2015 10:25 AM
    Now, you're just being arrogant. (Sorry!) You can't make somebody accept and like something if they don't want to, that's just a cold, hard fact.

    There are things from the later games that I do like, but if pressed, I will happily and gladly take 2001 Pokémon over 2015 Pokémon any day:

    - Smogon didn't exist
    - Competitive battling was a tiny, easy-to-ignore niche, at the most
    - Natures and the modern IV/EV system didn't exist
    - Annoying, mukty Abilities like Poison Point and Static didn't exist
    - Psychic and Ice types weren't completely worthless
    - Dragon types weren't broken and overpowered
    - There weren't any Dragon Legendaries
    - Salamence, Garchomp, and Haxorus didn't exist
    - The games weren't locked into a repetitive formula
    - Kanto and Johto were still the center of attention instead of completely forgotten
    - The stories, while extremely barebones, were still realistic, relatable and let others fill in the blanks instead of haphazardly attempting mythology and worldbuilding
    - The Deformed Llama didn't exist
    - Cynthia didn't exist
    - Steven didn't exist
    - Kris still existed
    - Red still had black hair, and Blue still had brown hair
    - Sabrina and Clair still looked like strong, powerful women and not fanservicey bimbos
    - Lance still looked like a vibrant, sexy young man and not a tired, crusty 50 year old
    - People still knew who Lorelei and Agatha were
    - Giovanni's redemption at the end of RBY hadn't been insultingly retconned (and he wasn't wearing a damn fedora)
    - Jessie and James still existed in the games

    ...Which is why ROM hacks are awesome. I can have all of the good things about the later games without any of the bad stuff. Perfect!

    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.
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  4. BettyNewbie
    April 21st, 2015 07:19 PM
    Well, many consider BW to have a good story, and unlike DPP and XY, those games had a more realistic, character-driven story that wasn't centered around mythology and worldbuilding.

    And, while the stories of the first two Gens were extremely barebones and barely existent, what was there was fairly realistic and had real life parallels. Players were left to fill in the blanks themselves, which isn't a bad thing at all.
  5. BettyNewbie
    April 21st, 2015 05:18 PM
    Because, Mew forbid (Ha!) fans draw their own conclusions from the text and try to make sense of an otherwise sloppy, inconsistent, and poorly-written canon. We must blindly follow Word of God and accept bad writing, no matter what.
  6. BettyNewbie
    April 21st, 2015 02:57 PM
    Mythology is a part of religion, not science.

    That's all just a bunch of coincidences. It's like saying the Pokémon that were reborn into Raikou, Entei and Suicune were Eevees because their types match the types of the original eeveelutions.
    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).

    It's hard to incorporate 1st gen facts into the current lore, since after those games they retconned so many things.
    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.
  7. BettyNewbie
    April 21st, 2015 11:50 AM
    I'm not clicking that link. I completely hate the idea of god Pokémon and religion being shoved into these games, and no amount of persuasion will convince me otherwise. Psyduck the Deformed Llama. I don't have to acknowledge it if I don't want to, because I refuse to accept bad storytelling.

    One reason why BW's story was good was because it was a smaller-scale, character driven plot that had real world parallels. It didn't haphazardly attempt worldbuilding and mythology like DPP and XY. (And, to a lesser extent, RSE.)

    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.
    Which is why the idea of stronger Pokémon evolving from Mew isn't too farfetched.

    (Speaking of rumors, there's another going around that suggests that Mewtwo was created by splicing Mew's DNA with that of an Alakazam. Like Alakazam, Mewtwo excels in Sp. Attack and Speed while having weaker Defenses, and it's also extremely intelligent and upright-standing. Mewtwo also has a noticeably shallower movepool than Mew.)

    Here's the Ditto theory. It makes a tone of sense, if you ask me.
  8. BettyNewbie
    April 21st, 2015 09:49 AM
    I'm not religious but I like fantasy.
    Well, I don't, at least, not the epic, myth-heavy variety. Again, the introduction of god Pokémon was a colossal mistake.

    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.
    Mewtwo is also stronger than Mew, and it's its clone.

    Mew can use the signature moves of Legendaries via Transform and Metronome, and it happens to be the only Pokémon who can learn both naturally. (Plus, there's also the Sketch glitch from Gen 2.) Sure, this is also (sort of) true for other Pokémon like Ditto and Clefairy, but, well, Ditto is widely believed to be a failed clone of Mew (remember that Mewtwo was only the first successful clone, not the first ever), and Clefairy, itself, evolved from Mew.
  9. BettyNewbie
    April 21st, 2015 08:59 AM
    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.
    You're fine with it because Gen 4 is your favorite Gen ever and think it is superior to all that became before or after.

    (You might also be religious in RL, although I can't prove anything.)

    Explain about Lugia and Ho-Oh.
  10. BettyNewbie
    April 21st, 2015 08:08 AM
    Which, basically means the same thing. All Pokémon evolved from Mew, so ergo, no Pokémon would exist without it.
  11. BettyNewbie
    April 20th, 2015 01:10 PM
    Psyduck the Deformed Llama. It's a flagrant example of poor storytelling. Why spend so much time emphasizing one Pokémon as "the creator," only to pull a retcon out of your ass 10 years later and give that role to another Pokémon? Especially when the previous Pokémon actually had science behind it, while the new one is 100% religion?

    I can really see why DPP almost made Mateo (and probably several others) quit Pokémon. GF made a grave mistake in trying to introduce religion into the games.
  12. BettyNewbie
    April 19th, 2015 03:47 PM
    I don't believe in God. Or, that Deformed Llama.
  13. BettyNewbie
    April 19th, 2015 12:18 PM
    That's because our government is at the mercy of an extreme right GOP that's still fighting the Cold War and refuses to compromise on anything. (Especially, if it's with the Kenyan Muslim Socialist Radical, aka. the black guy in the White House.) I seriously hope to Mew that they don't win the Presidency in 2016. Things could get really ugly.
  14. BettyNewbie
    April 16th, 2015 04:06 PM
    I meant personality-wise. When you play as Lyra, Ethan is the airheaded one.
    That's because the NPC role was written that way for whatever reason. That being said, having the two PCs play the exact same airhead role is far better than what we got in RSE, where Brendan was a sexist douche if you played as May.

    Well, I like Cordelia from Fire Emblem and she's popular. But I'm indifferent towards Cynthia despite her being mega popular. Actually what helps with Cordelia is that, at the biggest FE fansite in English, she's not that popular, but then again most of those people are hipsters who hate Awakening because it catered to mainstream and they liked the older games.
    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.

    I watch lots of sports, so I need cable TV. However, there's a cord-cutting movement in the US. I really hope it becomes a success, spreads elsewhere and makes cable TV companies implode or reinvent themselves. Ideally, each channel would offer their own service for us to subscribe to. Here in Brazil, to be able to access ESPN and HBO streaming you need to contract cable TV and pay for these channels. In the ideal world you'd only need to subscribe directly to ESPN (WatchESPN) and HBO (HBO-GO), without a middleman.
    Yeah, with TV shows so widely accessible online now (both legally and less-than-legally), a lot of people have no need for cable or even a TV set anymore. Old Media's days are numbered, even if they're doing everything in their power to stop progress, be it copyright crackdowns or bandwidth caps.

    Really? With all this current push for #Diversity, you'd think today is a better time.
    The past 10-15 years have been better for some groups than others. The representation of LGBT people on TV, while still not great, has increased considerably since the 90s, while the representation of women and people of color has stalled and even regressed in many places. Of course, you could argue that LGBT people were moving up from a lower point than women and POC, as non-stereotypical, respectful LGBT representation was almost non-existent before the 2000s.

    A lot of it is also genre-based, too. Even nowadays, you'll still find plenty of female representation in sitcoms and primetime dramas, but good luck if sci-fi, fantasy, or action is your thing. The token sidekick or love interest in a male-dominated ensemble is usually the best you'll get.

    It's arguably even worse for POC. They get sitcoms on a designated "minority" channel like BET, a few trashy reality shows, and nothing else. Otherwise, they have to hope that the token sidekick or best friend in the white-dominated ensemble is decently-written and non-stereotypical.

    The biggest problem, IMO, is that the vast majority of writers and producers are still straight white men, so narratives about straight white men and straight white male audiences are still being prioritized over others. We won't see true diversity on the screen until we have more diversity behind it.

    Bad times are ahead of us. The left-wing president, for which I voted, promised the world during her campaign. After the new year, she built her staff around austerity instead. Our economy will have estimated negative growth.
    Well, THAT sounds familiar.

    Okay, to be fair to Obama, he has fulfilled a few things. And, he's had to constantly butt heads with an extremist, far-right Republican Party that hates his guts and thinks he's some evil Kenyan Muslim Socialist Radical who wants to institute Sharia Law and send old people to death camps. And, he basically had to spend most of his first term cleaning up the gigantic mess the Cowboy Idiot made in the previous eight years. (Which will probably take several Presidencies to clean up, provided no Republican Presidents are elected for the next 20-30 years.)

    But, still, it wasn't exactly the Hope and Change he promised back in 2008.

    I sometimes forget your education isn't state-funded. I did my law degree for free. Well, in theory, because you still needed to pay for books.
    Lucky you. Up here, tuition costs have soared so much that even the middle class can barely afford to go to college anymore, and even fewer are able to pay back the gigantic loans they need to attend in the first place. Very sad situation.
  15. BettyNewbie
    April 16th, 2015 07:50 AM
    If they did that, there wouldn't be a Lyra. Kris would be the airheaded cheerleader. I'm not sure, but I think Ethan and Lyra as NPCs are mirror matches of each other with just a few differences. So Ethan looks a bit ridiculous since he isn't this cutesy character like Lyra.
    Nonsense. They could've created a new role for the unselected PC while leaving Lyra as a separate airhead NPC.

    As for Gold/Ethan, he resembles Kris more, especially with his original design. Same Red/Yellow/Black color scheme, and his bangs also have a similar angular shape as Kris' pigtails.

    Lyra, on the other hand, is more of a mirror match to a certain Italian plumber.

    When my internet goes down, usually the TV goes down too. My only options are books and the cellphone, and I use the cellphone until there are no updates, then I go read. But I seldom read when I have internet. I didn't know it was a documented sickness.
    I rarely watch TV or read books anymore, because I can do all of that online. Terrible, I know.

    I think the 90s were my best time. Everything went to **** afterwards.
    The 90s were the best for everything. Up here in the US, they were pretty much the last time we had a booming economy and weren't at war. Our biggest concern was where the President was putting his dick, not whether or not he was lying about WMDs.

    They were also a better time to be a woman, IMO. Reproductive rights weren't constantly under attack, there was a boom of strong women in music (be it Riot Grrrl or Lilith Fair; heck, even the Spice Girls were pushing "Girl Power"), and TV was filled with all sorts of female-dominated shows, from action shows like Buffy, Xena, and Charmed to sitcoms like Sabrina and cartoons like the Powerpuff Girls and Sailor Moon.

    It's funny, I should've had better jobs according to my grades, but the problem is that I never really enjoyed work. What motivated me to get better grades at school/uni was the competition and the challenge. I also seem to have an annoying tendency to want everything to fall in my hands without actually working for it.
    Not sure that the situation in Brazil is, but up here, underemployment is a huge problem. In high school, most of us were told that if we got good grades and went to college we'd get better jobs and make more money. Instead, what has happened is that college grads have found themselves flipping burgers or bagging groceries for a living because there are no other jobs out there. To make matters worse, fast food places and the like have started to deliberately pass over applicants with college degrees out of fear that they'll demand higher wages, so you have a lot of college grads who are hopelessly unemployed and broke. And, with $250,000 in student debt that can't be discharged in bankruptcy, of course.

    This has very serious and long-term ramifications for the US, too. With so many people in permanent debt and buying fewer things, the odds of the economy ever fully recovering are very slim. This has also prevented a lot of people from settling down and starting families, which has the potential to cause a population collapse down the road. The US will also continue to fall further and further behind the rest of the world in education, and China will almost certainly overtake it as the world's next superpower.

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    Basically someone who started playing Pokémon in 1999 and never grew out of it. My first version was Blue, which I still have somewhere but I'm pretty sure my GBC doesn't work anymore anyway.

    I have severe OCD, so when I play I make up some "conditions" for my teams. Usually, my Pokémon's names must all start with different letters (used to mean that the Pokémon's *actual* names should start with different letters, so no Houndoom and Heracross together, but since I nickname I've made this condition more flexible), there must be no repeated types, and their general sizes can't be too different (a somewhat flexible condition). Yes, I'm weird like that. My ID also can't contain numbers I hate, so I restart the game until I have desired ID.

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