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  1. Setsuna
    May 28th, 2021 2:24 PM
    It is a little poorly described. I thought it was just a hard difficulty at first before I watched a video on the new features of Definitive Edition. I likely would've been one of those people if I didn't go out of my way to check it out.
    That's really funny to me, because you actually just described exactly what a gacha game is. You pull from a large pool of different characters or items or whatever it may be, and whatever you get is completely luck-based. A lot of the idol games I tend to play are like that, with a bunch of different characters and side stories and costumes and everything for all of them.

    I guess they never do tell you his name is Quote, haha. It's revealed in Curly Mode, since there's one point where she says his name. In Curly Mode, her role is replaced by Quote, so the two of them just swap places.
    Game localization is really tough. As an example, we just got a fairly recent announcement that a game from 2015 I've been waiting on will finally be released in the west in... 2021. Here's hoping for Dragon Quest 10 to be localized then, sometimes it can be a long wait but don't throw in the towel.

    That's a neat photo, have fun!
    When I got tested I was just in the car for it, I'm surprised I didn't just get vaccinated in the car as well and had to go into a separate building for it. If anything, that would gather a lot of people together in one place, wouldn't it..?

    That's the thing, I think 7 is very quickly judged. But keep in mind you can start with any of the stages. If you don't like one or have trouble you can just try a different one.
    A pretty major mechanic of 7 is using different weapons in different stages to achieve different results. Cloud has the rain that makes the platforms in some sections invisible (and it may also push you back? I may be thinking of another stage in another game though.) so instead of using your buster to shoot the rain enemies, you can pull out the Freeze Cracker and hit them to make it snow, which will make all the platforms in those sections visible and allow you to see any hidden pathways better. I think 7 is the game where it can be really challenging on your first playthrough when you don't know how everything works, but once you do it becomes really easy and there's a lot of things (such as boss fights especially) that can be done pretty easily. A lot of bosses in 7 have this problem people like to call "Spark Mandrill syndrome" (named after a boss from Mega Man X) where if you hit them with their weakness, they'll stop whatever they're doing, and do the same attack no matter what. Then the boss becomes super easy as you dodge that same attack over and over and keep hitting them.
    The Robot Museum is pretty cool, and it's neat the music is a medley of older music from the series. And Dr. Wily stealing Guts Man again is just really funny to see.
    I'd probably describe gamefeel as like, when people say "the controls are tight" when playing a game. Like, is there a bunch of input lag, does the game feel slow, things like that. Mega Man X is a great example because you can do things like dash, and dashing constantly makes the game feel super fast and really fun to play. I think if you were gifted the X series, it wouldn't hurt to play the first X game just to see if you like it. There's quite a few changes from the classic series but if you enjoy the core gameplay of 2D Mega Man you'll enjoy most of what the X series has to offer.

    That's the super interesting thing about Okami for me, since it's got a lot of Japanese folklore and mythology I believe. Learning about that kind of thing from a video game sounds awesome and it's super interesting visually because of that.
    That seems kind of ironic, haha, thinking you'd be kicked from inactivity when in reality everyone else went inactive. I get what you mean about games like that sorta being hard to get back into, when I picked SIFAS back up I hadn't played for a few months and it felt like I was so behind and there was so much I missed when I was away.

    I'd actually never heard about the whole gargle thing until I arrived there and they asked me how I wanted to be tested. It was kinda weird.
    Hopefully signing up for the class has been going well? You don't need to think of anything big for goals of course, even things like just getting out of bed can be that.
    My sleep schedule's actually pretty inconsistent, but I'm confident in my ability to wake up early if need be. I wake up at 7:30am for work on the mornings I have it, and try to sleep in the mornings I don't, but I've been starting to enjoy the mornings more just because I've had to be out during them. May as well enjoy what you got, right?
    I totally get what you mean with just killing the hours in the morning with sleep. Most days if I wake up earlier and don't have work, I'll just be in bed for several hours, probably on my phone, just cause I don't really wanna do anything. Not in a depression sort of way, but just that I'm being comfy and I don't feel the need to get up.

    Pixel's made a few other games like Ikachan, and apparently a recent game of his, Kero Blaster, made it onto PS4 and Switch. I don't know if it's a Japan-only release, and I don't know anything about any other game he's made, but if you're interested in checking it out, you can probably look for Studio Pixel and see what you get.
    Prime is 3D and it doesn't differ too much in terms of structure honestly, but a really cool feature is getting different visors so you can see the world in different ways. In one of the games you get what's basically heat-vision, so you can see in the dark and it lights up things like enemies that give off a heat signature so you can make your way around. I think once you get used to the game being in first person, you realize "Oh, this is just another Metroid game, and it's damn good" and it feels natural to play from that point on. Some of the powers you get in it are pretty cool, like the different weapons and visors.
    I've never played Link to the Past, but I've played Link Between Worlds and from what I understand the two are pretty similar. I've considered picking up Link to the Past at some point, but it's never been high enough on my priorities to where I've wanted to over something else.
  2. Setsuna
    May 26th, 2021 7:25 PM
    That's super interesting, with things like cashing in EXP like that. That reminds me of how the Expert mode in XC Definitive works, where you just have an EXP bank you can pull EXP from whenever you want and change your levels. I think that's a neat thing more RPGs should try and pick up on because it feels like a step in the right direction, making everything more accessible.
    Curly Mode is just a side mode where you play the game as Curly. There's really nothing much different about it, she talks a little bit here and there during dialogue but the other characters don't have any different dialogue or anything besides just referring to Curly instead of Quote. I think it's just the fact that they jammed all this bonus stuff into Cave Story+, so I guess that could be seen as the definitive version of the game. As a fun fact, I'm pretty sure Curly Mode was originally a fanmade mod, because the original freeware version of Cave Story had a lot of mods made for it.
    The presentation sounds super exciting! I've been there for a few of the anniversary livestreams for idol stuff a couple months or so ago, and it's cool to express what you're into to find more people who are interested in it, so even if I'm not currently a fan of it it's cool to hear more about it.

    Oh that sounds like a really cool week, congrats to your sibling, and hope the mountains are fun! I usually don't spend too much time up in mine, but I've always enjoyed when I've been up there.
    That's so strange to me that there wasn't a line for yours, because mine had a line that went pretty much around the block and continued inside the building. It went pretty fast so I wasn't waiting too terribly long, but that's pretty different.

    7 and 8 are quite different graphically. The way I'd describe it is that 7 tries to go for a different look, while 8 feels like an advancement and looks a lot more polished. A good example is that Mega Man looks a lot thinner and taller in 8 compared to how he looks in 7. I say it all the time but the sprites in 7 just feel way too big, while in 8 I feel like the game looks very comfortable. I don't know if you're familiar with Mega Man and Bass (or Rockman and Forte) at all, but if you are, 8 looks the exact same as that.
    I think 7's difficulty mainly comes from the fact that you have to get used to how different it is. It's like it controls and feels different, I guess? "Gamefeel" is a very vague term, I know, but it's how I'd best describe what 7 is like. The gamefeel is different. Something about playing it just feels different. In my opinion 8 feels way more natural to play, but it's also definitely different from 1-6. For example, a great feature in 8 is being able to have a special weapon equipped and use a different button to fire your buster.
    Yeah, it took me about 2 months overall but I've played through the whole X series, 1-8. The X Legacy Collection is like that too, where it's split into 2 parts, the first is 1-4 and the second is 5-8 and it's... very strange. I guess maybe it lets people be more selective about which games they wanna buy but it just seems like an inconvenience for everyone involved, the devs included. 11 being its own thing makes sense for the classic series since it was released afterwards, at least.

    That does seem sorta similar to Zelda then, yeah. I imagine there's some more similarities I could draw between the two then, I'm curious.
    That sorta does remind me of SIFAS leaderboards yeah, especially the burnout part but there's not much interactions between players in SIFAS typically, so you kinda just tier by yourself and trading isn't really a thing just cause of the nature of the game. That's really interesting though! Reminds me I should be loading up the game to do some more dailies.~

    I actually chose not to get swabbed. The thing I had to do was take this fluid and gargle it in my mouth for a while before spitting it into a tube I gave them. Kinda weird...
    It was alright though, and I kinda just did it real quick and then forgot about it until I got my test results.
    Really small goals can help a lot! They can be something super quick or super small, and they'll still help you feel more productive or better about yourself. Good luck with the license though, I've never done anything about getting a license so I don't think I can offer any words or anything, but I imagine it'd be cool?

    Absolutely, I'm just glad you enjoyed it. Honestly my first thoughts for you if you enjoyed Cave Story would be trying one of the Metroid games (my personal recommendations would be Fusion, then Super or Prime, I just think Fusion is a fantastic starting game, then you can play Super since it's a fan favourite or get into the Prime trilogy seeing as there's a lot of connection between Super and Prime in terms of structure) or you could finish up the Mega Man classic series and move onto the X games, since they're pretty much a natural progression from the classic series, if you'd just wanna play more Mega Man. If you have interest in those, or especially enjoy the structure of Metroid, I'd easily recommend any of the GBA/DS Castlevania games as well, since they're obscure personal favourites of mine.
  3. Setsuna
    May 25th, 2021 8:21 PM
    Ah, Xenoblade 2, the game I've owned for a long time but never really played past the first hour. I guess I was just super into the first game and was too caught up on that to enjoy the second. I always keep telling myself I need to go back, but the first game was about 100 hours the first time through. Glad to hear you've been enjoying it and playing Torna as well!
    I'll be honest, I'd never heard until this hard mode until just now. I guess it's just some add-on feature Nicalis threw in, like the Boss Rush and Curly Mode? That's something I've never tried.

    I did, but it's sort of strange to explain. I like the thought that I don't stand out and no one is looking at me. Being in a line like that, there's a lot of open space and people are behind you looking directly at you, so it's not like you're hidden or anything.
    Oh, happy early birthday! I haven't hit 20 yet but I'm pretty much right behind. Nice photo too! I could definitely see how that could happen, haha.

    The NES look is definitely the most iconic for the series, and easily the best. While I personally love the look 8 has, 7 has always looked really strange and awkward for me, like the sprites are just too big for the screen, if that makes sense? You get used to it after a while if you play 7, but it can always be strange to start playing after any of the other games, or going back to the other games after playing it.
    If you'd like the password for all 8 bosses at the start, it's 1755 8187 6486 2322, but if memory serves, any password the game gives you afterwards will be invalid until you beat the first 4 (that's Freezer, Burst, Cloud and Junk) but also... the Legacy Collection just gives you an actual save feature so... just use that and you'll be fine. Though yeah, after 8 it stops being a thing and goes back to how it is. The shop is something you'll have for the rest of the series though, it'll just function differently in 8. It'll be the same in every other game.

    ...Oh jeez, Okami is another of those games I've owned for so long but never finished. If I remember correctly I got maybe 2 or 3 hours into it before I started having controller issues (because I always seem to with Wii games) and considered buying Okami HD for the Switch and never did. It really feels like its own thing to me, especially visually, and I think it's really neat.

    My job's been going alright for the most part, thanks. There was a recent scare with someone picking up the virus at the store, but I believe it's all okay now, he's been recovering and everyone else has tested negative, myself included. Congrats on both clearing the challenge and getting things cleaned up! I think cleaning up everything I had was that big motivation for me to pull myself out of my depression and I've been feeling better ever since cause of it, it's good to see you feeling better from it.
  4. Setsuna
    May 25th, 2021 3:14 PM
    Hey, it's been a while, wanted to catch up! Let me just get back where we left off.

    So the difference between difficulties in Cave Story mainly just depends how you play it. There's not a hard mode or anything, but the game could get harder if you have to carry the Polar Star through the game instead of the Machine Gun for example, and the Bloodstained Sanctuary at the end of the game if you go for the best ending is where the game gets really tough. No healing, back to back boss fights, lots of enemies, all that good stuff. It's just like having a super hard challenge area at the end.

    Good to hear, and hope you've been doing well with the vaccines and everything in general. I just got my first shot a few days ago and didn't have any problems besides a sore arm. Anxiety definitely was there when I had to go, since there was a massive line-up out the door and I was just feeling really self-conscious about so many people being able to see me, but the shot itself was no problem. The thing about assuming you were under 16 is pretty funny though, if I remember correctly we're about the same age? People usually think I'm older than I actually am...

    7 is definitely different, I hope you enjoyed/have been enjoying it! The change in art style and jump to SNES definitely throws a lot of people off but it seems like the people who do love it defend it really strongly, and even go as far as to say it's the best in the series. (I never really agreed with that, but hey)
    It feels like 7 and 8 definitely try to take the plot more seriously with the inclusion of new characters and some plot twists, but they kinda fail to deliver in my opinion either because of the awkward localization (in 7's case) or the strange voice acting and cutscenes (with 8) and I think I preferred when the games just didn't take themselves seriously. 6 is a great example because the game tries to deliver this whole "Mr. X" villain when really we all know it's Wily and we don't complain about it, haha.
    The idea of there being 4 stages to start was kinda interesting, but I think most people I know just played 7 with a password that lets you skip the intro stage and pick from any of the 8 robot masters at once. I think the idea is that you're supposed to be well-equipped to handle the "harder" set of 4 bosses, but there's really only one point in 8 where they seem to want to follow that. Other than that, it seems like 2 sets of 4 robot masters with different weakness orders. It's kinda strange.
    I think Mega Man as a series is very much like that for me. They're great games with a few moments each that aren't the best, but I still enjoy them a lot and easily recommend them and talk about how I enjoy them a bunch.

    Enjoy the playthrough of Super Paper Mario! I won't say much for the sake of spoilers but just that I absolutely loved it when I played it and still consider it a favourite of mine.
    I like the thought of how the old Gen I Pokemon craze was, it's interesting to think about and hear stories from older people about it. I know it's super common for people to have played Gen I and then completely stop, before they came back to play a newer gen like VI. I didn't really think of the whole infancy thing you mentioned though, that's a cool thing to think about too.

    I hope you've been doing well otherwise! I've had a lot going on but the whole time I was away I was hoping I wasn't taking way too long to respond and that we could continue talking. How's it been going?
  5. Sheep
    May 24th, 2021 12:55 PM
    oops sorry, yeah I meant new leaf! it had fruits like lemon, durian, lychee, mango, banana... look at all the stuff we're missing. T_T I dunno why they couldn't add it, sure maybe they didn't have the biggest purpose individually but it was still diverse!

    ahhh hugs!! I have weird stuff I do when anxious too, like swallowing. Hate it. I totally know the feel. it can be so annoying and I feel you. What I wouldn't do to just be normal sometimes, even medication can't really completely change an anxious person x_x I hope it got at least a bit better once your mom got home...!

    and yeah you might just suddenly start wanting to eat certain things. I hated avocados and brussel sprouts but then suddenly started liking them in my early 20s? Just happened all of a sudden, I guess it's possible for us to just have a change in taste like that.

    and honestly.. I don't think our forum software lets us report accounts. It's really annoying, one of the many reasons I'm excited for when we move over to more modern software. You can leave a random visitor message on the bot's profile and just report that, probably the quickest way right now. thank you so much for helping <3
  6. Sheep
    May 22nd, 2021 11:21 AM
    i didnt see that I got a message whoopss

    New Leaf too!! it was so good. NH is so pretty but it's missing a lot of content and not the same. I'm kind of bummed they're doing these updates that are basically just adding back features the original game had since launch :( More shops and upgrades are something we definitely need, same with more furniture, villager dialogue so it's not so repetitive, missing fruit that existed in new leaf etc....

    and omg I know the feel. I hope that stupid fluid isn't giving you too many issues. I have persistent ear problems too and have had like three diagnoses lol, one was fluid, another was inflammation, and a third was allergies. Geez which is it?! Probably going to try getting an allergy test sometime so I can at least see if that's the actual issue. ugh

    and no worries about the staff thing, we all post around and check people's profiles, rarely is it cause someone is in trouble ahah. you're all good :D

    and yeah veggies are good! I really like baby corn, onions, and cauliflower. They can taste better when baked or lightly fried too (as long as you're using better oils of course), plus with some spices added to them (we like paprika and mixed herbs here), but at least you're eating fruit. I feel so horrible for people who really only eat junk food and snacks throughout the day and not a single fruit or vegetable. T_T

    omggg I'd be so scared if that happened to me LOL
  7. Ivysaur
    May 20th, 2021 11:32 AM
    I'm just glad you had a good experience! It's one of my favourite games ever so I'm happy to see people enjoying themselves with it.
  8. Ivysaur
    May 18th, 2021 2:10 PM
    Well, fantastic, then the start of Chapter 10 will be A Thing :D

    Indeed! he does. Nia and him are my faves overall.
  9. Ivysaur
    May 18th, 2021 11:30 AM
    Pretty much. Chapter 10 is 90% plot. The remaining 10% is BUILD YOUR CHAIN ATTACKS OR ELSE.
    If you haven't... may I recommend playing Xenoblade 1 as well if you want to fully understand it.
  10. Sheep
    May 15th, 2021 1:30 PM
    Ohh I have an acct on Bell Tree! made it around New Leaf times I think, in 2012 ish? man it's been ages though, I was never too active there D:

    and yeah for sure. I think it's the smart thing to do, side effects and long term effects from possibly getting COVID are far worse than any headache or sore arm etc. hopefully I'll get mine very soon after returning to the US! and pfft most people here would not tell you to go away, lots of cool people worth messaging honestly... :D but a lot of good staff too! wishing you all the best and sending hugs!! you're a good friend to me and I wouldn't want you to feel sad. T_T I hope it's better now.

    and yeah, food provides you with energy! apples are good if you're looking for more of it, bananas too but it's okay if you don't like them. fruit are always good. and you probably got used to eating more, so your mind is adjusted to that and starts craving if it doesn't get the usual amount? But that's more of a thing you have to train your brain away from, it doesn't mean you're actually hungry or anything, just the mind making you feel like it aha. I get it sometimes too. I don't eat giant portions or anything, but it's hard to resist when food is so good nowadays. I remember when I used to be obsessed with hot pockets... but now it's been like, I want to say 3 years since I had them?

    Rhinos are awesome, we did see some!! But not many. Mostly other things. They're really cool but goodness I'd be too scared to see one up close enough. I got freaked out enough when elephants were walking towards us, started telling husband to drive away because I thought they'd flip the car over or something. But they just calmly wanted to keep walking past us x'D
  11. Ivysaur
    May 13th, 2021 11:44 PM
    It's only a fetch quest. If you send 90k, you can unlock a new quest that will have you visiting every titan and talking to someone in each! There's some exp and cash at the end waiting for you, not a bonus ending.
  12. Sheep
    May 12th, 2021 12:59 AM
    thank you!!! \o/ and awww omg I need to log in and reply, that's so nice T_T it's been ages since I was active there but I miss it sometimes..

    and ahh hope it's gotten better since. Those seem like common side effects. My mom got her second on Sunday and slept most of Monday since it made her so tired. I'm thinking of getting J&J since it's single-dose, because I see it's being given out again in the US now. Getting two shots AKA two chances of uncomfy side effects make me a bit unsure. But I know J&J has slightly weaker efficiency of protection so I'll see what I decide on in the end hmm. And yeah, I agree with being open with people you trust, even if it's embarrassing... it can be such a relief to get it out.

    oh fries are very unhealthy. They're deep-fried which is dunking them into oil so they're fully covered, and foods like that usually tend to be very salty and unhealthy. Deep fried stuff is hardly ever good, especially french fries since people add so much salt to them. Definitely eat that in moderation. @[email protected] and it depends on the food re: what's unhealthy, you'll learn over time as you read up some of it online (I recommend researching it a bit, but not so much that you never have fries again or something, occasionally won't hurt), but things like french fries, burgers, and pizza are almost always unhealthy/bad to eat frequently unless you buy better ingredients and make your own at home. Butter is fine and I like it too, as long as it's not margarine which is pretty much awful since it has unhealthy trans fats, which are proven to cause heart problems. I tend to avoid bad foods most of the time since I know how bad they are too, yeah, but not always. In moderation is usually okay. :D

    it was fun!! Lots of lions, we even saw a lion pride (bunch of lionesses and one lion) eating right near the truck. though that was a bit....bloody lol. it's cool how it's safe enough to ride cars openly through these parks, since animals consider them part of the environment and don't care about them. means sometimes it's possible to get pretty close to them! n gosh I wish I could see a woolly mammoth, it's crazy they went extinct like 10,000 years ago!!
  13. Ivysaur
    May 11th, 2021 12:10 PM
    (I'm going to add that I have way too many colourful admin stories- it's admirable how better and tamer PC got ever since I left while throwing a hand granade at the staff forums)
  14. Ivysaur
    May 11th, 2021 12:08 PM
    You're getting close to The Fun, then. Now it's when the adventure picks up and, frankly, sucks you up in a big rush. I suggest you start doing any sidequests you want by late chapter 6 - as soon as it's doable in chapter 7.
  15. Astromancer
    May 9th, 2021 7:36 AM
    nope, being admin is super boring and nothing ever happens ;)

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