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  1. Outwitter
    20 Hours Ago 9:13 AM
    Outwitter
    There is an Indian news channel, NDTV, is that the main news channel over there or just like in the UK there's BBC and Sky News, NDTV is a 2nd major channel? I tune into it every now and again while surfing but I haven't seen any programmes yet that draw my focus. It's usually a panel of people discussing vaccination.
    Wow! How do you know about NDTV, I wonder? Is it that popular? In my country, it's the only NEWS channel that still has some sort of sanity left, while all the other NEWS channels have gone beyond reason and logic; constantly peddling fake news, propaganda, and hate politics. To make the long story short, Right Wing peoples and those in power hate NDTV in my country!

    I hate panel discussions as well, if fact I have never ever listened to any panel discussions. I just check the headlines twice a day, and that's NEWS to me.

    And how are things at your office lately? I ran out of data, just got some today hence the delay. The Unbound walkthrough is finally done and now available :) took a few months but with everything that the game has to offer, players might find themselves spending extra time with it: https://archive.org/details/pokemon-rom-hack-walkthroughs

    How has your Unbound adventure been going so far?
    Well, office is good, I guess. I have to pretend that I am mentally there as well, along with my physical body, that's the long and short of my office!! xD

    Hey, by the way, congratulations on finally completing the Unbound Walkthrough. As of now, I'm keeping my Unbound playthrough on hiatus, I have heard somewhere that Skeli is about to make a big update to the game. I'll probably commence it again after the update.

    But I'll admit that it's a bit strange that the creator of all Pokemon would be a Normal-type, same thing with Regigigas - I thought it would be a Ground-type or part Ground-type at least. Xerneas is the main reason why I chose to play X instead of Y, because it just looked like a big deal. Cool name too. Someday I will replay Gen 5 and spend some time with Reshiram, Zekrom and Kyurem. Didn't do that in my initial playthrough, even though I enjoyed Gen 5.
    Bingo!! I also thought that the most powerful pokemon must be part Ground type. Normal type doesn't make sense to me. Xerneas has an awesome typing, superb stats, and beautiful design, why won't anyone like it, I wonder. Yeah, the name is cool as well. Did you see the legendaries of gen 8? They don't look like legendaries at all. I think gamefreak is going out of ideas.

    I guess they are just there for those players who simply want to complete their collections or show off that they captured those Pokemon in a particular game.
    My thoughts, exactly. I don't play a game from a collector's POV. I love team building and maximizing the potential of my team. But if the story is over, there is no point in carrying on further, I guess. However, if there are still some challenging side quests left or more dangerous areas to explore, then I'm ready to capture some more pokes and so on.

    I'm thinking maybe the ones which are currently missing from Unbound will have major roles in the next update, I hope so, otherwise it'll be just more Pokemon for people to add to their collections with no story.
    Let's just hope that we get some more interesting side quests in the upcoming updates!!

    I'm not picky when it comes to numbers, but I would have trouble when it comes to evolutions because I don't know the newer Pokemon well enough and also creators might change evolution methods for many Pokemon in their games. 20 to 30 sounds fair, you'll have your key team and maybe a B team as well by the time that Storage Box is full haha.
    Well, I'm your stark opposite in this matter. I'm very picky in my selection. Have no patience in investing my time in trash mons, I'm afraid. The first thing that excites me about any poke is its typing, then the stats, then the design, then the movepool and then finally its abilities. If any poke ticks the first three boxes, then I'll consider it giving a place in my team. Maybe I'm harsh on them, but I usually play a game on 2X speed and don't grind much, so I need the perfect mons to make my playthough easy and smooth.

    And yeah, I would love a have a B team as well, on the condition that I love the game and want to give it another playthrough!! ; )

    So, what's your next project?
  2. Outwitter
    2 Weeks Ago 9:22 AM
    Outwitter
    Usually starts with some chores in the morning, then I work on the walkthrough or my other projects in the afternoon and the evening time is pretty much my down time where I watch series or dive into a book. If it's a production period then we'll be busy helping the old man prepare for his next round of manufacturing products, like right now he has acquired materials so I suspect this coming week or the next one will be the start of production. Nothing fancy haha what about your day?
    Well, to be honest, I am somewhat jealous of your day, seriously! It's really nice to be self-reliant, I guess. As for me, I usually wake up half asleep, go to office, do the work that is assigned for me on that day and gradually wake up with it, and around evening when I find myself fully awake but somewhat tired, I plan for my nighttime like reading non-fiction / fiction books, recreation or some serious studying etc. that's all I guess. (We were born intelligent, but education ruined us, right?) : )

    Just as far as Covid is concerned since the two countries are next door neighbours.
    Good to know that the situation is somewhat under control in Zim! I really hope that it stays that way.

    If you are planning to get Arceus don't sell off those Shards, because that female Scientist at the Shipyard can convert Shards into Creation Plates and you need all the Creation Plates in order to trigger the event which leads to Arceus' location.
    Not at all interested in Arceus, Arceus sucks! Normal typing sucks as well.. : (
    Among all the recent mythicals, I really liked Xerneas and Yveltal and Reshiram, Zekrom and Kyurem as well.

    Who would do the handpicking though?
    The developer, obviously! I don't think cramping 900+ pokemons in a single region hack is justified. Maybe I'm just picky, however, having something from each generation might quench the pokemon thirst of a lot of people in my opinion. But I also agree that some people might get offended if a certain favourite of theirs hasn't made the final cut. As for me, I hardly capture 20 - 30 mons, so I don't really care about the numbers, however, I do care about hard hitting mons. Quality over Quantity, I guess ; )

    Is Soulstones a recent game or it's from some years ago but has been updated over time?
    It's a recent game, developed around 2020, and now the developer is only doing the bugfixes. Here is the link-
    https://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=440329

    No worries, Zeraora is in Unbound from the video playthroughs I've seen. A Gen 7 Mythical, Electric-type. The ADM is needed for players to trigger the event which leads to it. I'll find out what it can do once I catch it, hopefully it knows some cool moves xD.
    Post game legendary hunt is not my cup of tea, seriously. What's the point in capturing it now that the main story is over. Where am I going to use it. We need some serious adversaries as well if we must embark on the journey to capture such legendaries, that might give some motivation to do so, I guess. xD
  3. Outwitter
    3 Weeks Ago 9:20 PM
    Outwitter
    I'm counting good luck for our situation too, my family has gotten through this period just fine. Nobody has lost their cool or panicked unnecessarily and I think that has helped us stay focused on just living each day as it comes until this ends. Boring life is the theme for me too here haha, so you are among friends on that front and no judgement.
    So glad to know that, and I also think that it's the appropriate way to handle this situation! Cheers to our boredom, mate! So, how is your normal day like?

    We're currently in yet another lockdown, it started some weeks ago because of the situation in South Africa. If people have gotten fed up with all this, it's hard to tell. No noise on the streets in the form of protests or out in the neighbourhoods (I'd bet because of fear of the police or military). This has just been a giant test in compliance and sadly many people have failed in spectacular fashion.
    So, if anything happens in South Africa, it echoes in Zim as well, huh? I think that most people are compliant. However, I fear about the day-to-day life of simple people who rely on daily wages and other such people who are involved in small scale businesses. They are going out of business, on the other hand, illegal activities and crimes have increased due to widespread unemployment.

    Do you already have the ADM? Because the treasures scattered around TOB are what players are recommended to sell in order to make enough money to purchase it. Also the big prize at the end of TOB is a Magearna, maybe you're not interested in adding it to your collection haha. I was planning to play the original Altair/Sirius/Vega series but after finding out that their Minus versions do have some key improvements, I've decided to switch to the Minus versions.
    Not yet, but I have earned enough money by smashing rocks obtaining gems and other items and then selling it to special NPCs who give extra money. Magearna has a nice typing, Steel/Fairy, I like this typing. Also, you get a Larvesta egg as well somewhere during this TOB puzzle, right? Beware of the puzzles in Vega Minus series. They are cringeworthy in my opinion. I left my playthrough in between because of them.

    I guess the creative team just wanted to avoid throwing in "non-canon" regional variant Pokemon on top of 7 generations' worth of official Pokemon. I didn't mind that Gen 8 is not in the game, what's already there is more than enough. Not all the Missions had great rewards, I agree, and I wondered why have such unnecessary content? Was it too much to make all the Missions fun and interesting with worthwhile (or at least somewhat clever) rewards?

    I'd forgotten about Discord xD, I had planned to set up an account there earlier this year but then we went offline. After this Unbound walkthrough is done I'll get back to that plan. MOT and Stranded I know of but not Soulstones. Set in a new region? Any key features that help to make it stand out? And is it a completed fan game?
    Well, regarding the number of pokemons in a particular game, I think if we choose 50 handpiked mons from every gen then they add up to 450, and I think it's good enough, however, if you also add 50 regional variants then the total number increases to 500+ and that is a perfect mix for a game, don't you think? Also, I think that the best reward to a mission will always be a rare pokemon, a shiny one or one with perfect IVs. I also don't mind a quest that involves an interesting / tragic story for the sake of variety and experience.

    You are most welcome on discord. Do give me a ping when you join there. Regarding Soulstones, it is a completed fan game similar to Insurgence. It has interesting Regional Variants' roster and the story is pretty fresh with plot twists too, I think you are going to love it.

    The player is still there, somewhere, but I don't know if it still works. It hasn't been used in well over a decade. Just one of the disadvantages of progressive technology, it's also because the products being made are given such short lifespans to force people to keep buying newer and newer stuff. I've also noticed that about new laptops, that's something to worry about because if you have been backing up your stuff on discs...where will you play them?

    Zeraora is one of the new Gen 8 Legendary Pokemon from the DLCs? I immediately thought of Zoroark when I first read your message haha then read it again
    It's called VCP / VCR, right? We used to watch movies on this player as well. Now it's as good as junk you know (no offences plz). Look at nintendo, they keep coming up with a new console after every couple of years and I think their new games are only compatible with the latest consoles, isn't it a kind of rip off?

    Yeah, I guess Zeraora is the new mythical pokemon, no idea from which gen though. I have stopped caring after gen 5.
  4. Outwitter
    3 Weeks Ago 10:45 PM
    Outwitter
    We are definitely living in uncertain times, however we must not let what's going on depress us. How have you been keeping so far, any positive news?
    Well, it depends, you know. A lot of peoples have lost their dear ones, while others were just lucky they somehow survived this ordeal. I am grateful to the Almighty that my family and I are safe and sound! My life is kinda boring to say the least...

    What's the situation in your area, there are police making regular patrols to keep people in compliance? Or things are relatively safe now, no trouble? I'm just grateful to be in a good place, maybe we've just been lucky xD you never know. My hope is the atmosphere remains peaceful right through this Covid situation and we can get back to some form of normality in the end.
    Oh, it's difficult to explain. Police brutality is one thing, but if people are left on their own, they will ruin the whole situation in a couple of days, seriously! Some people are hyper conscious about this pandemic, while others are saying "fcuk corona". How are you going to maintain balance, I wonder! I think that people have got tired now because of distancing and regulations. Do you have similar situations there as well, or are people more disciplined there?

    The Victory Road ice puzzle wasn't as terrifying as I expected it to be though, not as bad as the Tomb of Borrius puzzles (the pixelating room and then the cracked floor room). I made good use of my emulator's save states, that's how I got through the ice puzzle and also to get the hidden items which are scattered around that room. The D-World puzzle...it was interesting to do but not fun to guide through. I'm just glad all the puzzles weren't super cryptic or required players to be versed in Western pop or internet cultures, because for someone like me whose internet situation isn't steady I would probably be stuck most of the time.
    I haven't yet tried TOB puzzles. Now that you have mentioned it, I might skip it altogether. I don't like cryptic puzzles as well, to me, they work just opposite. I left Vega Minus because of those. Likewise, I also agree that explaining how to solve a puzzle might be quite painful. Good luck explaining puzzles, mate!

    Maybe the Mission system is one of the major reasons why it was so linear, but that wasn't a bad thing because of all the stuff to be done in the game. For Adventure Red Chapter I wouldn't have known about a lot of those Bonus Chapters without Lunos' videos and the other videos I found on Youtube during the Exp Pass playthrough. Have you heard any news about when the next release for Adventure could come out? Since it's likely to be a fan-made game and all I haven't kept up with anything related to it since the Exp Pass walkthrough.
    Well, I think that missions helped in cooling off a bit from the main story. However, the reward system for missions was not to my liking. You get Icy Sandshrew (don't find it cool though) and Ninetales through missions, but I am not happy with just them, although you get a TM for Aurora Veil and by changing the ability of A. Ninetales to Snow Warning and by arming it with Blizzard and Nasty Plot, you get a superb knockout machine! Perhaps, the main reason for my disappointment is that there are no regional variants in Unbound, and because of that it lacks the element of mystery! We get tired of playing with the same pokemons over and over again, don't we?

    I also wonder about the current development state of Adventures Red as well. Maybe you have to join its discord server to know about the latest updates. Currently, I am just following Mirage of Tales and Stranded and by the looks of it, MOT indeed appears extremely promising to say the least. Stranded, on the other hand, is a totally different concept and I would love to see how it ends.

    By the way, I am currently playing a new fan game 'Pokemon Soulstones' in office these days, and I find it pretty interesting. The dialogues are long and painful, but if you can bear with that, it's just awesome. Do check it out, I highly recommend it.

    I'll check out those songs after this, thanks for sharing them. I watched Heroes as well but at this point I barely remember it. Definitely that was the last movie I was interested in since it came out during the Gen 3 era I believe? And by then it had been some years since I followed the main anime series, so no interest in the other movies which followed....and that's probably why I am not familiar with many of the Legendary/Mythical Pokemon that have appeared later xD because I never watched the movies centred around them! Anyway I found the VHS and took photos of the cover and back :) I would think it still holds up even now 20 years later haha.
    Hey, thanks for sharing the VHS pics as well. : ) It's a nice memento of your childhood, for sure, and you might be showing it to your kinds later, lol. Time flies, right? Can you still play it, I mean, do you still have the player to play the VHS? We have moved on from VHS long ago, even CDs and DVDs are going towards extinction. These days, they have even removed the in-built DVD player from the laptops, I guess.

    Also, I have recently watched a pokemon movie where they have featured Zeraora, and I somehow liked it. It's not very musical, yet the story was nice; highly recommended!
  5. Outwitter
    4 Weeks Ago 10:05 PM
    Outwitter
    Yes indeed, I was offline again hello hello. We have 25gb of data which is supposed to last the whole month....yeah, let's see how that goes haha. How have you been doing so far? I hope you're well.
    Well, hello there, Allen! ; )
    Missed you a lot, you know, these times are so uncertain, I was slightly worried to tell you the truth! Glad to know that you are fine. I am also doing good, I guess! XD

    That really makes me wonder about how many people here are prepared to do just that, to fight for their rights and freedom if they are threatened and pushed enough. I've done my best to be patient during this Covid period, staying away from trouble and remaining at home unless I really have to step into town. Luckily where we live the neighbourhood is peaceful and you can walk around without worrying about being harassed by police or anyone for not wearing a mask. A little bit of freedom but still worth a lot.
    In my place, people are usually behaving in two ways; there are those who think that corona is nothing, and they are totally carefree, and there are those who are ultra cautious wearing double masks, maintaining a lot of distance and not even properly talking and so on. I find myself somewhere in between, though. I will do what is necessary but not more than that, honestly! So glad to know that your neighbourhood is peaceful and not ultra concerned about SOPs. Some localities in my place have gone beyond heartlessness because of fear, you know!

    2020 was more than enough haha, 2021 is pretty much a unwanted sequel. No trilogy please!
    Haha!! Yeah, totally agreed. : )

    I would rate Unbound very highly: it is one of the most technically sound games that I've played in the world of Romhacks. The features alone are incredible, my favourite being the unlimited capacity Cube/Bag. Being able to Reg. Select 6 items, the Dowsing Machine, the ADM, how Pokemon can use field moves that they don't even know or wouldn't even learn e.g. Dig. Incredible. My biggest worry is that I'm not going to look at other hacks the same way now because they probably won't be as impressive, especially older hacks that I've been interested in playing/replaying for fun or for walkthrough purposes. Adventures Red I'll give it credit for being packed with story-related content but as far as technical features go, Unbound is ahead....until a better hack comes along haha. The Missions system is fine, it really helps when you need to keep track of what to do next and gives people things to do besides the main story. But not all the Missions are cool and fun and interesting, which I really wish was the case after playing through some of the post-game Missions. Ranging from boring (e.g. catching 30 Magikarp) to tedious (hatching 100 Eggs or searching 100 trash cans or healing at the Pokemon Center 300 times or searching for Carbink in the KBT Expressway and so on). And on top of all that there are puzzles, so for those players who not fans of puzzles then this game is not going to be a fun run. The main Mission is the one I like, I'm trying to think of the other Missions but none of them would count as particular favourites. Some were fun, others were really not. What about for you?
    Yeah, Unbound is super cool, I guess most of us would agree on that! Also, it has raised the bar so high in terms of technicalities that old hacks are now going to get obsolete, I guess! Mission logs, Dowsing Machine, Stat Scanner and Reg selecting so many stuffs were my personal favourites as well, especially mission logs. It gave me a feeling that I'm not going to get lost as it is there to guide me on what to do next. Regarding side quests, I agree, some of them were absolutely boring, as you have also mentioned like fighting 1000 battles and so on while some of them were interesting like finding the 5 hooligans and fighting as the boss of Black Emboar gang etc. I enjoyed the puzzles of Unbound very much!, especially the Distortion world puzzle, but unfortunately the victory road Ice puzzle was too much for me and I took online help to solve it, this puzzle definitely churned my brain over and over again!

    Regarding missions, being the boss of Black Emboar Gang and fighting for their cause is the only quest that lingers to my mind as of now. I have noticed that Unbound never ventures outside the line, it plays by the rulebook. The main story is liner yet never boring, it's pretty intense to be honest. However, it still gives the vibes of a traditional pokemon game. On the other hand, Adventures Red is unorthodox in my opinion, and it is certainly not gives the vibes of a traditional pokemon game. Some side chapters are still fresh in my memory, especially the Goodbye Steve Chapter. It gave me chills! For the first time in my life, a Pokémon game gave me the experience similar to watching a horror movie. Stuffs like these makes Adventures Red my personal favourite. However, when it comes to giving my verdict, I will give them both 10 out of 10. They are both great games! Aethestode is a Master Storyteller and Skeli is an Ingenious Romhaker, that's what I think! ; )

    As for the movies my favourite is still Pokemon 2000. It was the very first Pokemon movie I watched, the VHS tape is probably still there in the living room somewhere haha if I find it I'll take a photo and show you. Seeing Johto Pokemon before I saw the anime series which followed Gen 2 was cool, I was young enough to be amazed by those new Pokemon and then Lugia. It is why Lugia is my favourite Legendary and why I have a soft spot for Gen 2 (Silver version specifically) 20 years later. Gen 8 has DLC areas, but Gen 2 had two whole regions in a single game. Beat that :) what about you?
    I also liked the second movie, a lot. It has a nice story. On top of that, the Lugia's song is a fantastic tune and I really loved it. There is a remix of it as well, do check out this link-
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW82Ftg_5iw

    As for my personal favourite, it would be the 5th movie; Pokemon Heroes. The story was good enough, but the most memorable thing about it was the "Search for the girl tune" and its setting, where Ash was giving a chase to the Latias Girl! I still remember this scene pretty vividly. This is certainly one of the most romantic as well as serene tune I have ever heard. Check this out-
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT2EiDnQfIM

    Nowadays, none of the pokemon movies give us tunes like these! Now they are more interested in making money than giving us something memorable and lasting!
  6. Outwitter
    May 15th, 2021 9:57 PM
    Outwitter
    Over here, because internet access has become a necessity people will gladly throw their money at internet service providers, even when the prices are pretty much daylight robbery. Nobody's going to challenge the companies, they would rather just find ways to make enough money and pay those high prices. And because the companies continue to make so much money, why bother having fair prices?
    Well, at least there is still hope left in your country! The emergence of new players whether local or foreign might make the market more competitive and force the companies to lower the prices, this will also lead to better services and promotional offers. Over here, we had enjoyed a very good decade of healthy competition in the telecom sector; prices were nominal, no rentals, superb services, a lot of options to choose and so on. However, with the emergence of this faker, that is in collusion with the current regime, everything has changed in a very short span of time. Most of the telecom companies have perished, and we are left with a couple who are barely able to stand and are incurring heavy losses. Let's just hope that at least one of them survives, magically, otherwise, the telecom sector in my country will turn into a monopoly. When this happens, it's just 1984 in the making, I'm afraid! Maybe I'm thinking too much but with the things that we are currently plagued with and the drama that is unfolding every passing day, who knows...

    So they would rather just do what they're told and hope for the best, but you turn on the TV or look online and see all the protests going on in other countries, people who are willing to fight against all this. You would think that would motivate others to act, but nope :/
    Well, the protesters are keeping the democracy alive, aren't they? Otherwise, what is the difference between a democracy and a dictatorship? If you are not going to fight for your rights and choices, then who will.

    I thought we were all in this together, so we should be helping each other in such a terrible time. There was going to be greed, corruption and so on, because things never change, even with a pandemic going on.
    Agreed! Instead of relying on Governments, Agencies or Institutions, thinking that they are our saviours, we should strive to become self-reliant and bond with each other more in these testing times. However, we are divided over religion, casts, race, tribes and so on and divided people pose no threat whatsoever...

    Okay, that's too much politics, let's talk about pokemon a bit. Here is the million-dollar question, How would you like to rate Pokémon Unbound? Also, how is your unbound walkthrough coming along? As for me, Unbound is my second best, first still being Adventures Red, partly because it's slight unconventional. Side quests galore in unbound, some highly rewarding as well, did you like any in particular?

    Additionally, speaking of movies, have you watched any pokemon movie, if so, which one is your favourite?
  7. Outwitter
    May 10th, 2021 2:15 AM
    Outwitter
    Do you know anyone who has joined the network? If so, any feedback that they've given you about the services? I would put a nice big asterisk next to the word "free" as far as that network is concerned haha because I bet the strings attached are terrible.
    Well, the service is not that great, however, they are giving internet for free, and it's difficult to resist, right? Ordinary folks don't care about their privacy and online rights, I guess, as long as the internet is free, they won't mind selling their online identity... : (

    I'm basically a hermit living under a rock these days so I haven't heard about this Indian variant of corona. The last piece of news I did hear from India was about the oxygen shortage, but that must've been in March. So are you now under another lockdown indefinitely?
    It's not just you, the case is pretty similar with everyone. People are being forced to live like a hermit / house arrested these days. What else could they do? If you question the reality of Corona, you'll be put behind the bars. So, just obey the SOP and psyduck the reason and questioning!!

    Hopefully it won't be the last period of relative peace for us, even though a lot has changed since those days, and of course we're getting older. It's why I'm totally fine with "living" in the past, by watching old movies, shows, any cartoons which still hold up even today and thanks to emulators I can also dive back into older games, many of which I didn't get to play during their time. Music too, I mainly listen to albums from my high school days because the sound hadn't turned crappy to what counts as music these days. What about you?
    Let's just hope that humanity survives along with the human beings post COVID-19 menace! You know what, millions of jobs have been lost because of lockdowns and what's even more tragic is that a handful of companies has doubled or tripled their net worth. Middle players are gradually evaporating while the big fishes are getting fatter and fatter with all the money in the world, what magic is this? Exploiting the COVID situation to their own benefits or may be directly benefitting from COVID; they would be glad that COVID happened, right?

    Regarding 90s times, I too feel the pangs of nostalgia sometimes and go back to old movies, songs, books, cartoons, animes or places that I used to visit in those times etc. to quench the thirst or just to relieve that moment. It's not the same though, as you have rightly said, we are growing older and this process can't be undone. However, "Old is still Gold" in my opinion. XD The future looks bleak atm and I don't think there is anything to look forward to anyway. My language is pessimistic, but I am seriously hurt because of greed of people and more so because of CRONY CAPITALISM!
  8. Outwitter
    May 3rd, 2021 7:56 AM
    Outwitter
    So is there any way that the citizens are standing up to this over there? Because if not, then that company is just going to continue its tactics of giving services for free and killing competition.
    Standing up?? People are actually joining this faker network in hordes!! Other cellular networks are going in serious losses, I wonder how long are they going to keep up?

    At some point people will have to decide when they've finally had enough of this, because how many lockdowns are needed to fix things? Our most recent lockdown ended in March, but there's always a chance of another one coming even with the vaccine roll out going on. Where did that third wave come from?
    It's second wave, actually. Haven't you heard of Indian variant of corona? They are saying that its deadly, may be this time, I'm not sure. We are being fed daily that people are dying in numbers, oxygen shortage, doctors dying, hospitals are over occupied and so on and so forth. Only God knows the truth, I guess.

    My childhood as well, very halcyon times!! Superb music, movies, cartoons, simple lifestyle, people actually trusting each other and so on... : )
  9. Sheep
    May 2nd, 2021 11:52 AM
    Sheep
    How will we be affected years down the road after taking them?
    Yeah I get it. This is my bigger issue too more so than the clots/other side effects. But at the same time, I don't imagine other vaccines were tested for more than a few years before being released to the public. Or I mean...maybe they were, but longterm testing to see how things will go longterm doesn't seem feasible since they want to prevent this stuff asap. I doubt people can wait 15 years for the testing of a vaccine, that's just too long. The flu vaccine formula changes each year too, so I doubt that one has been extensively tested for longterm use. But again I dunno, this is just my assumption @[email protected] And longterm effects of getting COVID vs the vaccine seem way more risky and scary to me so...

    and I may not be able to travel because I need to apply for an exemption. They still have a backlog of Australian citizens who haven't been able to return home for a year+, so of course they've been prioritizing those people. We spoke with a visa lawyer and he said you may need to apply many times before they finally accept, each time adding more and more evidence on why you need to travel. I really wouldn't want to have to go to my doctor for a note that I need to fly to Australia to be with my husband or it will severely impact my mental health, going that far just seems ridiculous. But it's something I'll consider if I need to. I really don't want to come there months later and do the required quarantine on my own, especially since recent news has shown each quarantine facility they have aren't great :x (a family got infected because someone quarantining in a room next to theirs was positive)

    Then comes the lovely main problem of flights. Most flights to Aus are being cancelled at the last minute due to lack of passengers. Business class and above have more luck not getting cancelled on, but those flights cost around $10k USD per passenger.
  10. Outwitter
    April 18th, 2021 9:37 PM
    Outwitter
    That's the big issue right there, not being able to do anything about it because whichever company you turn to is cheating you in one fashion or another, whether by pricing or substandard services or both :/ no company giving things for free here haha, private or government-run, they're all trying to hustle people out of their money and again, nothing can be done about it except completely disconnecting.
    Well, you have to use some company to use the cellular services. However, if one of them is giving it for free, this puts severe pressure on others to lower their prices or even give their services for free as well. This is certainly not a healthy competition, and might kill all other competitors except the one which has some kind of backing.

    Haha I just hope I won't come to regret my decisions and stance as far as all this Covid business goes, I'm just a guy who has grown really tired of it and quite frankly I do not want to spend the rest of my life living like Covid will never really go away. Many people look to have accepted this as their new normal but to me there's nothing normal about any of this, so if I have to go against the "flow" in order to get back some form of normality then I will :)
    We are now suffering from a severe third wave of Covid. Lockdowns are around the corner, and we still have to attend office, despite all this. What a peaceful times 90s were! : )
  11. Sheep
    April 18th, 2021 2:42 AM
    Sheep
    We only drink occasionally so nope! We have some bottles here anyway in case we want to drink, but def nowhere near as big on it as the typical SA person lol

    And yeah it's a smart idea for sure! Kudos to him for putting all that time and effort in. \o/

    I think people are exaggerating when it comes to blood clots, personally. From the statistics it seems like it's an extremely small chance to get clots. Around 30 in 1 million or so I think? Female contraceptive pills have around a 3 in 10,000 risk, and there are pills with an even higher chance than that which are still mostly safe and widely accepted/approved to take. Of course it's absolutely awful if someone gets a clot or other horrible side effect as a result of getting vaccinated, but I really don't want people to think that it's so common that every other person is getting it. x_X Personally I'll take an extremely small chance to get a clot if it means being safer when it comes to COVID. Still super early though yeah, who wouldn't be nervous having to get such a new vaccine orz

    I'm not sure honestly. I watch some Australian YTers and they never wear masks in their videos, nor do other people. But that's in Sydney are and idk how things are elsewhere. Since husband and I are moving to west Australia prolly in September I'm gonna have to apply for a travel exemption and really hope they permit me to go with him haha
  12. Sheep
    April 7th, 2021 12:36 PM
    Sheep
    they didn't have much of a lockdown I don't think, just no more than 50+ people gathered I think? alcohol sales were also permitted after originally being told they couldn't be sold either lol. doesn't seem like people are on the same page @[email protected]

    And no idea! Hopefully the single-dose one. I don't want to come back for two doses and potentially deal with two sets of side effects. I'm a bit worried about getting it cause of that, I know it's the smarter thing to do but I still can't help but be anxious since this is all happening so quickly!

    and yeah! I keep a small bottle of sanitizer with me all the time too, along with sanitizing wipes. It definitely is a relief having those. Interesting that your dad makes it!!

    But things definitely are a bit messy atm yeah. :s I won't even feel safe having the vaccine once I do get it, because this virus mutates and there are different strains, so I hardly will trust the vaccine to protect me from all those. Seems like husband and I are moving to Australia in September though most likely, so at least it's mostly contained over there. Looking forward to not wearing a mask, they break me out :(
  13. Outwitter
    April 4th, 2021 10:14 PM
    Outwitter
    Unfortunately there are no viable alternatives because each mobile service provider has their own plan and prices, so people are screwed every which way, unless of course they completely disconnect and stop using phones (maybe just using them as modern mp3 players or something).
    Here, the pricing and plans are all the same except one company that gives everything for free. I wonder how are they running it or what backing they have but because of this cheat, the competition has become so cut-throat, that small companies have already vanished and a couple of big ones are already on the losses, therefore the prices are high. These monopoly cheats are destroying healthy competition in my country, and sadly we can't do much about it!

    You're the very first and only person I know of who has that opinion about Eevee xD! No worries, I won't typecast you. To me Eevee is fine, if it's presented to me in a game I'll add it to my collection and evolve it at some point. In Adventures I just thought some of those forms were a tad bit ridiculous, but I get it, we have to see a form for every type. As for that tiger Pokemon I know it, it makes me of old school anime haha so maybe Aethestode was just inspired by an old anime for the design. I think I caught it, am no longer sure. No rush for me as far as Unbound goes :) I'll get to it eventually.
    Kindly allow me to justify my statement regarding Evees. Firstly, I prefer badass mons over cuties, the more badass the better, and secondly, I always go for dual type mons, and Evees' monotyping does not help its case either. Also, catching Pokémons is so troublesome and boring, I have hardly caught more than 15 pokes in any games I have played so far, it's such a waste of time. However, Insurgence and Adventures Red are the only games where I made a detour and captured some prospective mons to utilize them in the future. Oh, I remembered that tiger poke, its name was Raitora, I guess. Maybe it really meant something personal to Aethestode as you have mentioned!

    Yet countries like Britain are still going forward with rolling AZ out despite the reports, what's up with that?
    Vaccine politics and A Billion dollar deals, I guess! : )

    I won't keep someone from wearing a mask if they feel that they need one, but what's happening now where even healthy people are being forced into wearing masks and being sprayed wherever they go is what I am against. Carrying my own bottle of home-made sanitiser is just one way that I'm going against the flow :) because it makes zero sense that everywhere you go, you're going to be sprayed by different liquids which might not even be hand sanitiser. Every time. It's funny you mention people in villages and remote areas, because those people here found more natural remedies to counter Covid! So they're questioning the roll out of the Sinopharm vaccine, seeing no point in being vaccinated because they already have a "cure".
    Well, you live in a society and society has its rules, you know, it's complicated. Beware my friend, going against the flow has its own consequences! However, I'm with you on this... : )
  14. Outwitter
    April 3rd, 2021 8:41 AM
    Outwitter
    That issue of data not carrying over is there for mobile data here too, what a rip off huh?
    Yup. Blatant rip off! A daylight robbery. What buggery is this? : )

    Haha yeah, sadly not all the Adventures "original" Pokemon were exactly marvels of design. The multiple Eeveelutions for example. How far have you gone in Unbound so far, what's the story like? The region? Etc
    Well, design-wise, Eeveelutions in Adventures Red were fine with me, however, I've never been a fan of Evees, so never gave them any serious thought, don't like monotypes anyway. Moreover, I also think that Evees are for girls (my opinion, please don't typecast me for thinking like that! :)). Additionally, there was a tiger like pokemon in Adentures Red as well, design-wise it was so ugly, I wonder why Aethestode included it in the pokedex at all. What was he thinking, seriously? Also, regarding Unbound, as I have said in my previous VM, it's a technical marvel. You will know when you start playing. So many refreshing new upgrades over any other hack made till day; its overall feel and the environment is breathtaking. Just dive in, that all I will say for now. I am currently somewhere near 3rd gym as of today.

    That's insane, even now that has been going on over there? Or now that vaccines are available those drug tests are no longer being done? Over here I haven't heard anything about drug tests, it's mainly been news about the Sinopharm vaccine. All you get is people being told to get vaccinated, but no warnings or information like which ingredients or materials were used to manufacture the product, how many tests (human or animal) have been conducted using the vaccine and also if there are any short or long term health and side effects. Nothing. So I wonder how many people are being smart and are looking into the vaccine online before making their decision.
    Now that vaccines have been introduced, there is no need for that anymore, is it? Reports have come out stating that AstraZeneca's vaccine is causing problems in adults like blood clotting, that's why so many countries are banning it. Also, regarding trials, phase I and phase II trials are already finished for Covaxin, our indigenous vaccine, developed by Bharat Biotech, however, I can't say much about the authenticity of the data presented in those reports.

    One major choice is to not comply with all this, even though there's a chance of getting into real trouble with the authorities. I don't enjoy going into town anymore because I won't be allowed entry into shops or other places if I don't have a mask on. At each place you'll find someone present (usually a security guard) who is ready to spray people with what might not even been proper hand sanitising liquid. But it's not like people are going to stop and question that or demand to know why they can't enter without a mask. They've just complied and gone along with this nonsense. So if I have to step into town I carry my own bottle of hand sanitiser, made by my dad. I'm getting to the point where I'm going confront someone about needing a mask for entry because I am sick and tired of people being so stubborn and stupid.
    Well, there is no harm in wearing a mask in public places. I will happily comply, if it helps in any possible way to break the chain of transmission. I must admit, nonetheless, that it sucks, big time. Good thing that you live away from towns. No one in villages and other remote areas gives a damn about corona. Also, glad to know that your father can come up with home-made sanitizers, as we have to purchase masks and sanitizers from stores. I will advise you to not make a scene because of masks and sanitizers as people nowadays easily typecast others into Covidiots and irresponsible persons if they question the ongoing narrative and think otherwise. How dare you question the authority, eh? You are not supposed to think, just go with the flow, seriously!
  15. Sheep
    April 3rd, 2021 2:36 AM
    Sheep
    wow @[email protected] I wasn't aware of that! But here in Cape Town/Claremont (our suburb) things have been relatively ok. hopefully easter doesn't change that much... lol

    yeah, I get it. I was super worried too but at this point it's been months since New Yorkers back home have been getting vaccinated, so I'd have had enough time to read up on how the thousands of them have been reacting and if it's safe enough/worth it. Seems to be the case so far. Most of my mom's co-workers are already vaccinated back in the US.

    working from home is great. I'm the same, right now PC is my self-employment and it's been excellent maintaining that from home - commuting to an office a couple of years back was always hell. Can't imagine doing it now. :s

    and yup! can't enter without a mask and someone at the entrance will either spray your hands with sanitizer or there'll be a machine for you to use yourself. New York didn't have the sanitizer section in stores lol, just needed to wear a mask. I think they expected people to sanitize their hands themselves before going in.

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    I'm a long time Pokemon fan from Zim. Used to watch the anime, then got to play the games & read the manga. But these days I just play the games.
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