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  1. Aisaka
    14 Hours Ago 4:58 PM
    Yeah, a screenshot would be cool, I know pretty much nothing about it.
    The way I see it, the whole game is already available for free through the freeware version, so when you're buying Cave Story+ what you're really paying for is the new additional content. Personally I don't think that content itself is worth the price of the game since it's a lot of challenge modes and I think the game can be tough enough at points. I can be satisfied just playing the freeware version and not buying the extra content.

    Yeah, it was kind of tough getting 100% in Planet Robobot because of that game's True Arena. The rest of the game is really enjoyable. I think if you wanna play a modern Kirby game, Triple Deluxe or Planet Robobot are really great picks.
    Panel de Pon is one of the SNES games in Japanese on the Switch, but there's a couple games so I'm not sure if we're thinking of the same game. If you're curious, here's the finals match of a tournament from a couple years ago, though I think you only really need to watch the first minute to understand how the game works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU9U3CJZ2zk
    I think Link's Awakening had a lot of cool cameos, like from what I remember there were some 2D platforming sections with goombas or other enemies? I think that makes it really memorable, since I've never played the game past the first dungeon but I remember that about it.

    The levels I usually start with are Charge or Star, but that's because I have Charge's memorized to where I could probably go through the whole thing without taking damage up until the boss, or I wanna do Star first so I don't have to worry about tricky spike jumps. If you're getting overwhelmed by the chicken enemies, you can clear out all the other enemies first, and then shoot the eggs they spawn to get more powerups. When I first started playing 5 I'd always start with Charge so I could farm them for extra lives. There's a couple good farming spots inside the train if you wanna do that. In terms of the easiest boss to fight... maybe Star or Gravity? I think Gravity has pretty easy movement to dodge, and he's not like some bosses where I think you have it way easier by having their weaknesses or need a specific technique to fight them easily. There's a trick to killing Napalm easily, but you need to get in a good rhythm and it takes a bit of practice.
    I've been kinda interested in playing the first X game at a few points, so I might if I get the chance. As for the others, maybe X5 just because I like the music in it from what I remember, and I think it has a really unique idea for a game.

    My first time through I didn't spend much time at all with Colony 6, I think I only reconstructed everything to Level 1, but as I'm playing through the game again I'm trying to keep everything as high level as I can. I think I've got some parts of it at level 2 and some at level 3, and I'm waiting to progress to a higher area to get the materials I need. I think I got an Exp Up gem from the rewards so it's been surprisingly helpful. I've been trying to fill in the collectopedia but I'll usually only end up collecting most of the items before I start thinking "I wanna make more progress", then when I come back I'll end up filling in the rest. I actually took a break from playing one time because I was stressed about how much trouble I was having finding a certain item for Colony 6. I looked it up and I think the rate for it was like 7%?
    Danganronpa's basically a series of games about high school students being trapped in a school where they have to kill someone and get away with it if they wanna escape. The gameplay gets compared to the Phoenix Wright games often, if you've ever played them. Throughout the games, there will be murders where you have to investigate what happened and who killed the victim. Usually they'll have side modes where you can spend time with the characters and go on dates with them so every character gets a lot of content even if they ended up dying early in the game.
    Among Us was one of those games where I realized when it came out that I could still enjoy the "trendy" games my friends were playing because I kinda had trouble admitting that to myself when I was younger. There was another game I felt like that about too but I can't remember what it might have been. It might have been Genshin Impact, because it and Phasmophobia are two recently popular games I've been able to play with friends.
    I'm not sure if my subscription's been better than Crunchyroll since I've only used the free trial from there for a little bit a while ago. Funimation's had a lot of shows I've been interested in watching though and I've been surprised seeing some I've been able to add to my list. I know what you mean, my Switch Online subscription is actually a friend's, since they were already paying for theirs and offered to group me in for free.

    Depending on what game I'm playing, I can be like that too, muting people immediately. Playing anything competitive with random people I get nervous thinking they'd say something about me playing poorly, since I'm already not too confident in my skills with those kinds of games.

    Sometimes I definitely feel like nothing has happened but I'll still feel pretty bad. I actually went back and found messages I sent to a friend of mine a week ago, how I told him nothing really happened but I started being really harsh to myself. Every so often it hits and I'll think stuff like "I'm really annoying" or y'know, just things like that. So it's definitely something I experience from time to time.
    Thanks, and I'm glad I can share and hope I can help.
    I get that feeling that something is just so good the next won't compare, and usually that's when I'll start getting really into something, like I have for Love Live.
    Character theming is something I've always loved doing and used to do on an old site. Things like flairs is kinda why I've started to like using this site a bunch, the old forum I was on didn't allow for any of this and it's a lot of fun customizing things.

    I've often felt a couple years late joining some fandoms cause I wasn't into them on day 1, but I think that's an experience everyone has and it can be cool joining into something late and hearing about stuff they missed from older fans.
    I'm definitely not an artist myself, but I love seeing fanart of things I'm into. I might check out that part of the forums sometime, thanks!
  2. Roni
    23 Hours Ago 8:03 AM
    yeah ok i understand that. i forget how taxing teaching is as a profession, especially because all my teachers do so well in hiding how tired they are. still though, it was a pretty ridiculous thing for that one teacher you mentioned to say, regardless. especially towards kids who don't know any better. good hearted teachers have every ounce of my respect. the one who went to prison though, oh dear that's surely an interesting story right there.

    jeez, i mean i get making fun of simps but being outright hateful? it's just a couple of lonely guys who have too much money on their hands... now that i typed that out, why do i get the feeling people are just envious of simps' monetary wealth? ooh i know all too well about pokimane yeah. people donating you hundreds of dollars just for existing must be fun. i finished the mcu too! great stuff, wouldn't watch again ofc bcs replay value on all those films is just meh. to each their own with dunkey, i remember that big thing where one streamer was bashing him for giving death stranding a bad review. dude got so much hate as a result from rabid dunkey fans lmao. it was whatevs for me though, people are allowed to dislike things.

    ooh yeah it died for a bit but resurrected somehow thanks to dank memes back in 2018. also the song is just a bop tbh. it's grown on me through the years.
  3. Aisaka
    1 Day Ago 12:42 PM
    Let me know if Cave Story runs alright! I'm kinda curious, I've never touched Linux or anything like that, so that's kinda interesting to me. I think it's way better to just see if you can load the freeware version and see if you like it, and then consider buying it on Steam if you ever want that additional content. In my opinion it's not that worth it, but I'd also rather not pay that much for the game in the first place.

    I love Kirby Super Star so much, the DS remake is the first game I ever owned so it's sort of special to me. Kirby's Adventure is great too, it's one of those games where I wish I had more of it memorized, like where the secret switches are in some of the levels. I remember having some trouble with the later levels but I figured it was maybe just cause it was one of my first Kirby games. I think the common opinion on modern Kirby games is that the main games aren't very hard, but the side modes can be brutal in difficulty. Boss Rushes where you have to fight 5 of the hardest bosses in the game without any healing or breaks is... unfortunately kinda common. I'm a big fan of Planet Robobot and did get 100% in it, but it meant I had to suffer through that and... that was a stressful day, haha.
    Panel de Pon is the Japanese version of Tetris Attack, if you've heard of it? It's totally not a traditional Tetris game and that's why, it was meant to be a completely different puzzle game, but when it was brought to the west they thought it wouldn't do well with the fairy characters it had, so it was given Yoshi characters and the name Tetris Attack. It's probably my favourite puzzle game, though I can't say I'm great at it. It's more about reflexes and recognizing matches quickly than thinking through your moves. Competitive matches of it look pretty insane.

    Now you can see why 5 used to be my favourite! I think out of the NES games, they definitely knew what they were doing and felt comfortable with 5 and 6, they both feel pretty much the same to play (which is perfect, they feel wonderful) and the bosses have such cool or interesting designs. I could never learn the patterns for the falling rocks, so I'd always just use Star Crash to get past them.
    This is the one with the train level, Charge has probably my favourite stage and music out of the NES games, it's so cool.
    Happy to share what I do know, there's a bunch I've picked up from being a fan of the series for so long.

    100k seemed like a lot to me since it'd been a while since I last played, but I honestly don't think it lasted past Colony 6. I have this thing I do where even if a game gives me extras, I'll try to just keep them instead of using them, so I wanted to keep having over 100k gold before realizing "No, I should just spend it". A good example is one of the Danganronpa games, where if you play the demo it gives you a nail polish item you can use to view a special scene. I refused to go watch the scene until I earned a second nail polish item that I could use instead of the first one the game gave me.
    To my knowledge, there's only one ice slide you're required to go through and the others are optional exploration, but I know what you mean. When I'd been playing recently I ended up taking a lot of fall damage and I think I died once. I didn't even remember taking fall damage after sliding on ice so I was pretty confused.

    Oh I'm totally the kind of person to just restart. I think I mentioned a while ago trying to replay Super Mario RPG, I had an old save file where I made it to the Sunken Ship pretty late into the game, but I just restarted instead of picking up that save file. I kind of don't remember why, but I think it just felt so weird to pick up an RPG after years of not playing it.
    I remember everyone thinking Among Us was a game from 2020 since it only got big last year and I was shocked to find out it came out in 2018. I'm kinda curious how stuff like that happens, like who found Among Us and made it well known? I've played a few games of it and I'm terrible at it, I'm an awful liar.
    I've never heard of YouTube TV until now but... yikes. That's way too much per month. I got a few months of YouTube premium free with my most recent phone and that was wonderful, but it's not big enough to where I'd be upset to go without it. The only streaming service I've subscribed to is Funimation which is what I watch anime off of, and that's $7 as well which... is way more comfortable than $65.

    No worries! Glad I could help. That seems like a really neat tool for trying to improve your games. Even if it's just temporary, go for it and enjoy it!

    No worries on that too. I actually wanted to say it in a way I hoped would be relatable. Dwelling on things like that is something I've faced a ton, and even did last night. I think being able to relate to something helps an issue a lot because both people know they're not alone when dealing with it. Even if you can't express it, I'm used to the feeling myself so I like to think I understand. Thanks though, I'm pretty proud of how well I'm getting through it honestly. If possible, try to focus less on hoping it'll pass and focus more on if you can actively do something about it right now. Waiting it out is fine, but if you can do something about it in the moment, that can take a lot of the pressure off you and help you deal with the wait better.
    This is a pretty well-timed question because the most recent anime for Love Live just ended about a month ago and I keep thinking "man I hope it gets another season I can't wait". I've been dipping a lot into the fanmade content people make, things like art of the characters and even memes people make. Talking about it with other people helps to kind of continue that enjoyment, if that makes sense? If I talk to someone about Setsuna I can continue to get enjoyment out of the things I like about Setsuna which can continue to make me happy. Love Live is a massive series that's definitely nowhere near over though so I'll use another example.
    There's another anime I got really into a couple years ago, I watched the entire show in 3 days but when I was finished I found myself crying (both because the ending was really good and I got so invested, and because I was out of it and couldn't watch anymore). I set my profile picture on a few accounts online of my favourite character and I'd rewatch a few of the scenes I liked or think about them during class. Over time I kinda just found other anime I got interested in watching and got invested in those too.

    Basically, I've always surrounded myself in whatever I've enjoyed until I found something new to enjoy just as much. The more I can get invested in Love Live and talk about it with people, the longer I'll enjoy it, and the more new things I find to enjoy the more varied my interests become and the more I can talk to people about different things. One of the groups for Love Live actually disbanded in 2016, but when I got into the show in 2019 I'd talk to people who were still fans of the group and I could tell they still really liked them after they were gone, and people were still making art or other content of them to show support.
  4. Sheep
    2 Days Ago 3:51 AM
    They patrol places like the beach apparently... and then proceed to get their cars stuck in the sand since they're using vehicles not meant for that lmao. We have a curfew right now so everyone has to be home by 9pm, and alcohol and cigarettes are both banned from being sold/purchased. but yeah... americans like their 'freedom' and I don't imagine a lot of them would take things well. though iirc, NYC (where I'm from) had curfews before? geez my memory is bad

    Sadly some of our family is anti-vax and it's really upsetting. She posted the happy news about receiving the vaccine and they started giving her a hard time.
    god that sucks. I wish people would keep that to themselves. It makes me even madder when they don't vaccinate their kids... please keep your kids out of it, they need this for themselves and to prevent others at school from getting infected by them >_>

    I never enjoy the first day when everybody is unfamiliar. gives me a knot in my stomach.
    OMG same. I dreaded the first day like you have no idea, mostly because I knew 50% of the time the prof would be like 'we're gonna go around the room so everyone can introduce themselves' and it absolutely makes my anxiety explode
  5. Roni
    2 Days Ago 6:11 PM
    a teacher saying that there students won't amount to anything just because they're sleepy? wow what an interesting human being they are... also, imagine using garbage collectors' jobs as an insult. i'd like to see him try to do what they do on a regular basis, if he can ever handle that. sorry if i went off a bit there, but it just irks me when people belittle other people's careers.

    i didn't know about that about Idubbbz. how is he getting hated on for simping tho? or is it solely just because of how he reacted to it? good to hear he's rebounded. i don't watch him personally, but watch a couple guys who're good friends of his e.g. jacksfilms, Internet Comment Etiquette (i think they're friends?). i also love that leafy's still using the exact same avatar lmao branding i suppose. i can't fathom not being able to sit through a Dunkey video tbh. it's also super hard to describe his style of humor, all i can say is that it works so well and is often timeless. not even close baybeee. Charlie was hilarious back in the day for me, but yeah he's more of a solid speaker now than a comedian to me anymore. his jokes (i.e. throbbing, rock-hard, etc.) tend to get repetitive now and then.

    are there memes that've stood the test of time? i'd like to do some research on that.
  6. Sheep
    3 Days Ago 1:37 AM
    it's not great :X cases are rising here and we're in lockdown again atm, curfew and everything. beaches are force closed too and parks should be, but people don't seem to be enforcing that lol. I got a notification to my phone from the COVID app here that said I was in close contact with someone that tested positive on December 30th, but we assume it's probably someone who passed by outside while we were indoors having dinner. bf didn't get the same message and he was the one who signed us into the restaurant with his contact info for contact tracing, so it couldn't have been that. we felt fine too

    and ooh, hope she got her vaccine!! has she felt any side effects from it?

    yeah we usually stay up to midnight anyway so it was the same this year, but went to bed not too long after lol. did you ever get to Korra :O
  7. Roni
    3 Days Ago 9:50 PM
    how the heck did the teacher not see you? lol it's difficult to do that in our campus bcs a lot of professors have hawk eyes and call our attention immediately.

    well Idubbbz can at least take hits on top of being able to dish them out as well. that i can respect. i usually don't condone bullying at all, but i'll make an exception to this one. it seems Idubbbz's response to the hairline video is still up, so i'mma put that on my watch later list hehe. i don't know what leafy's smaller channel's name is tho, but i'm sure i'll find it eventually.

    yeah if the streamer is huge and gets a bunch of donos on the regular, it's best not to donate for the read-outs, they tend to ignore them every now and then with how many they get. might be best to discover some good small streamers since, for sure, they're gonna show their appreciation a lot more. yea i guess AVGN just ain't for me in terms of content style haha. i lean more towards dry/deadpan humor. i've only ever seen Nakey Jakey from Dunkey videos in the past, i'll give him a watch later for sure. do you watch Dunkey btw?

    there's still some interesting versions of the Lamar roast coming up every now and then, but i do agree that the meme is on the verge of dying. once again, thanks to being overdone lol. such is the life cycle for these things. i'm interested to see what the next one will be.
  8. Aisaka
    4 Days Ago 6:45 PM
    Maybe I was thinking about there being only 4 avengers movies? But given the little I know about the topic I'm not even sure, haha.

    The large lack of games along with not adding several popular games was what quickly turned me away from it. I was really happy to see some of my favourite SNES games being added (Kirby Super Star, Super Metroid, and Panel de Pon) but the selection's seemed really lacking ever since they introduced the service.
    I've considered doing nuzlockes and tried them before, but never really stayed committed to them. I think I have one on an emulated Japanese copy of Platinum but I don't even have a single gym badge in it. The only Nuzlocke I ever remember finishing was one of X where I just lost in the first gym.

    My best guess for an alternate strategy for fighting Wily would be aiming the Pharaoh Shot upwards? I'm not sure he'd take damage from Rain Flush but maybe that could help somewhat? Obviously well-timed Drill Bomb explosions would still be the most optimal way of doing it.
    I think Ring Man's attack pattern is just tough to dodge because of the way the rings return to him. There's probably a strategy of how to get around him, but from my memory he moves pretty fast and is a pain. However, I do know that Bright has a fun trick to him: He'll only ever use the Flash Stopper at certain amounts of health. I think it's something like 16, 8, and 4 health, so if you damage him in a way where he'll never be at that amount, he can never freeze you. The problem is Rain Flush will always do 4 damage, meaning he's guaranteed to be at those amounts if you fight him with only Rain Flush.
    The hidden pathways are optional, one stage has that leads to an item that can grant you a new weapon and another has one that leads to an Energy Tank.
    The new Rush Jet is the standard from this point forwards, unfortunately you won't be getting Rush Jet the way it works in 3 in any other game.

    I found myself having a lot of trouble with money until about the point where I got to Eryth Sea. Definitive Edition giving you 100k extra gold for playing Xenoblade 2 was pretty cool, and it felt like I had a lot of money in Colony 9, but I realized after that point that 100k felt like nothing. Once I reached the Fallen Arm I decided to do a pretty big break for quests and everything, and was satisfied with my equipment so I started getting a lot more money.
    Yeah, the Colony 9 attack. I just didn't wanna say the character who was killed (in case other people see these messages) and couldn't think of a better way to describe what happens. I can only really think of 3 or 4 major deaths in the game, but I feel like tragic deaths is kind of an overall theme for the game.

    Usually if I get really invested in a series, it's really easy for me to keep focus on it and finish it, but otherwise I'll easily get distracted or stop for an extended period. I was so into the recent new season of Love Live that I refused to watch any other show until it was over, but I have games and anime I enjoy that I still haven't finished after years.
    With how big Undertale was, I'd imagine there'd be so much pressure to make Deltarune really good. Especially if you're like a developer of a popular game, where once you tell people you're going to make a sequel, it's like a thing you have to follow through or feel like you owe your fans or whatever. I feel like game devs in general have things incredibly rough.
    Flash going down was something I thought about every so often before it happened, because I'll eventually have points where I'll be really interested in flash games, but I didn't feel worried or sad about it since it seems like everyone's aware of it, so there's been a lot of awareness about it. I remember a few projects people had about trying to keep old flash games accessible for people and while I haven't really checked if that's still around, it did make me really happy hearing.
    I very vaguely remember hearing about Epic Battle Fantasy when I was younger, I never had much interest in it but I remember seeing one of the games on Steam a couple years ago and I felt really happy that flash games could be big enough to move to Steam like that.

    Oh yeah, the amount a lot of people have for doing something professional is really impressive. 8 hours seems incredibly long though, I can't imagine sitting through that.
    I remember hearing that Megas and Z-Moves gave the game a big power creep but I've never paid much attention to competitive battling to really be aware of it myself. But the fact Mega Rayquaza was allowed to exist with base 180 in both attack stats and it doesn't even need a Mega Stone? I'm surprised they thought that would be a good idea.

    Haha, I once accidentally deleted a whole message when I was almost done, and nearly panicked before I tried to see if I could undo it or save it somehow. Thank god it was fine.
    That question's a little hard to answer because I've always kinda thought everyone has their own thing that helps a lot. Personally my interest in things like Love Live have helped a ton recently. I'll end up opening one of the games on my phone every so often through the day, and talking about it with people or making posts on social media about it. I often try to give myself some kind of goal to work towards so I can put even some focus into doing that. For example, right now I'm trying to grind for a lot of in-game currency in one of the games for a pretty Ayumu card I know is coming out soon.
    Pushing myself to do something through a low mood is something that can be REALLY tough to do, but often REALLY helps, so if I have something I'm in the middle of it helps a lot. It probably sounds like this is such a small meaningless thing, but if I can do something from my bed instead of having to get up and turn on my computer then it's way easier for me to do it. It's really accessible for me to just turn on my phone and open an app to continue my grind instead of do something big.
    Usually that works if it's just depression putting me in a low mood, sometimes if I'm down because I'm overthinking something that happened or something someone said, I'll either have videos I'm interested in watching to distract me, or a collection of motivational photos I have in my phone gallery. Anything that really makes me happy or cheer me up, but sometimes I'll have past messages from myself I've given to friends about how things will turn out fine and it'll be okay.
    My honest advice is just to prepare things ahead of time for you to fall back on. Try something like this if you'd like or try different things to see what helps the most. Any way you can get yourself to rationalize your thoughts can be super helpful. If I'm able to get myself to think "this is just something I feel when I'm depressed, and it'll pass" it's way easier to deal with.
    Hope it helps, take care out there.~
  9. Aisaka
    5 Days Ago 8:04 PM
    I didn't realize there were so many movies. I've known pretty much nothing about them my whole life, but I didn't think there'd be over 20 of them.

    Link to the Past is one of those games I keep reminding myself I have to play at some point. I loved A Link Between Worlds and I believe the two of them are very similar.
    Yeah, I think that knowing a lot of what's in Platinum definitely diminishes the difficulty. Often if you see people talk during speedruns or challenge runs or whatever there might be parts where they'll say "There's this hard part coming up, so we have to do this to prepare for it", or something like that. A great example is how I used a Bronzong with Toxic to beat the elite four in Platinum while being something like 10 levels lower than them. That's the kind of thing I can just do sometimes because I know the game so well, but it definitely makes it easier.

    Honestly I forgot blowing up the Drill Bomb was something you could even do. I believe 5 is the last game to not tell you how a weapon works when you obtain it, but as far as I can remember the weapons are a lot simpler and you'll pretty much understand how they work right when you use them, or when you see the boss themselves use it on you. There's a couple cool things to know about once you get into 5. The first isn't ever stated in-game, but it's said that after Mega Man 4, Dr. Cossack apologized for his actions by upgrading the Mega Buster (the shots are taller now and deal more damage so it's easier to hit things and deal more damage) and creating something new you'll see in 5 that I won't spoil. The second is that a couple of the robot master stages have hidden pathways, keep an eye out for that.

    In the second half of the game, you're given new weapons that allow you to damage Mechon without Enchant but they'll do less damage than the weapons you already have when you reach Sword Valley. And from that point forwards, it's just more anti-Mechon weapons. It feels like you get weaker and the weapons aren't very worthwhile, so it feels like you have to pick your poison of either doing less damage but not needing Enchant, or doing more but requiring Enchant for basically every fight from that point on.
    I honestly don't remember Xord doing a lot of damage, but it was really frustrating how you were forced to topple him to do any damage, and you could only topple him in a chain attack. It felt like you'd just spend 5 minutes doing 1 damage until you could finally use a chain attack, and then the fight progressed like normal. Going through the Ether Mine I actually forgot how harsh Otharon was, and I didn't really enjoy seeing him be so harsh.

    Sometimes I've been in an off mood like that. There was a period before XY came out where I was just thinking "Wow, I've lost interest in Pokemon" and while that wasn't actually correct, I was just paying a lot less attention to it and just didn't feel like playing one of the games for a while. Sometimes you just feel like other things. I've pretty much played all of the metroidvania games, and I know a decent amount about big plot events in Symphony of the Night, but I just want to keep things like what the gameplay is like or any plot details I don't know about secret. Basically it's only SotN where I'll worry about spoilers.
    It's incredibly frustrating playing a plot-heavy game and finding spoilers for it online, like I've seen videos where they have the final boss in the thumbnail, things like that. I remember a trailer for Xenoblade when the 3DS version came out that just included the first death of the game. God that frustrated me.

    I'm glad I haven't been confusing with it. Take as much time as you need to go through it as long as you're still interested, and if you stop, there's nothing wrong with that. I played the first chapter of Deltarune the day after I finished Undertale because I actually didn't know it wasn't complete, I just knew it had released a while before I played it. Honestly at this point, I've kinda just forgotten about the entire rest of the game and I'm like "Oh yeah, that was something I played when it was out. I guess it's not done yet is it?"

    In a situation like that, I'd personally prefer to be taught by someone who isn't very competitive, and if Magnus is considered the greatest in history, that's a really high standard. Being the best in the world or holding any kind of title like that would come with a huge amount of pressure, I'd imagine.
    I'm sure the game is really different now from how it was back then. Pokemon TCG at this point just seems to be "how can we make these new cards bigger and better" to the point where nothing that isn't from the past year can be considered a good card anymore. The power creep is... kinda disgusting, honestly.
  10. Aisaka
    6 Days Ago 10:31 PM
    Staying up late and watching movies like that sounds nice.~

    That's really surprising, not knowing about the sail. Doesn't the game not let you leave Windfall Island before you get the sail? Wind Waker being more accessible would be wonderful, I'd love the opportunity to play it again.
    I don't remember actively using the Goron ability, it's a shield that gives you damage immunity for two attacks I believe? It really just never mattered because you have to lock onto something to use it, and you'll just automatically pull out your shield when you do that.
    For a while, pretty much right before I joined this forum, I considered learning to speedrun Pokemon Platinum because it's a game I know really well and wouldn't mind playing it over and over. I often hear speedrunners during GDQ runs say that they end up playing the games for hours a day every day to practice so I thought that was something I'd need to consider. I decided against it because I don't want to learn how to manipulate the game's randomness, I think it'd make the game less enjoyable if I just knew how to manipulate it like that.

    I'm glad Dr. Cossack isn't the final boss of the game with how simple his fight is, and it's nice that they extend the length for the game by giving you another castle to go through.
    Oh, I meant placement of traps, as in where the fire traps are placed throughout the stage, it makes them awkward or difficult to get past. I remember a lot of them being placed in spots next to pits so you could just get knocked back into the pits and die.
    I wouldn't say 8 is very similar to 7, they've got a few similarities in design but I'd say that 8 is the most experimental and possibly the most different from the rest of the series, so it'll be interesting to play when you're used to the rest of the series.

    That's a lot of times, but that might be around the amount of times I've finished Platinum, which I consider my favourite game.
    I consider the halfway point Sword Valley since it's the transition between the Bionis and the Mechonis, and I'd probably say I like the first half. There's way more variety in enemies than just lots of Mechon, and the game feels like it's still introducing all of its new areas or interesting plot points to you throughout it. There's a lot more questions being asked in the first half, because the second half spends time answering those questions.

    The online runs really well surprisingly, I can't remember any times I've had lag issues now that you mention it. I've only ever played battle mode with friends, which isn't too often, but I remember liking Bob-omb Blast and Shine Thief a lot.
    The New Pokemon Snap looks gorgeous. I can't say I have much interest in playing it but man is it pretty, I'd love to see them continue in that kind of direction for the main-series games but I'm not sure it'll happen.
    I'm pretty broad with spoilers so I pretty much consider everything spoilers since I like to experience it all myself (unless it's something negative, like if someone's like "there's a glitch here, avoid doing this"), good question though.

    It completely slipped my mind how good of a comparison the whole books vs movies thing is to how people see manga and anime.
    There are definitely a lot of well-known mainstream anime. If you mention things like Dragon Ball or Naruto people are very likely to have heard of it. Then there are a lot of shows that people who watch anime will recognize by name, things like One Piece, and then seasonal anime that people who watch a lot of anime recently will likely have heard of.
    I'm glad it can be interesting, I'm just not sure how easy it is to understand this kind of thing when I talk about them. Glad it doesn't seem to be too confusing though.

    Talking about blunders and putting your opponent in check reminds me of what it was like playing the Pokemon TCG a lot. A lot of winning games was knowing how to be a step ahead of your opponent and knowing what they'd do next so it relied on thinking ahead often which I was never very good. But misplaying and making blunders is part of the experience and how you get better. The game taught me to consider the order in which I do things a lot more for example.
    It's still really cool to feel fond of it while you talk about it and know openers like that, I know a couple people who have played puzzle games and study openers and can teach people, it's really cool.

    Don't have to apologize for it, I just hope you're doing alright, since I think I can relate to those kinds of feelings often.
  11. Aisaka
    1 Week Ago 12:41 AM
    Sorry about being late getting back to you, had a few hiccups (nothing major, yesterday just wasn't the greatest day) so I hope the short wait's been alright. I'll get this in before going to bed, trying to keep an early bedtime and gonna see how long that lasts.

    The normal sail was the standard speed everyone was used to, and the faster sail was only in the Wii U version, so I remember people saying it was this huge thing that made the game way better when it's really just a little quality of life change. It's a little surprising to me to hear that it was such a big thing that stood out to people.
    Being pushed to encounter Zora first is something I've heard a couple people say, and while I could be like "Nah I did it on purpose, I love Mipha and the power you get is really helpful" it totally was just by game design that I found it first, probably. The speedruns are super fascinating, I love watching people launch off whatever they can find with the Stasis power, there was a while where I kept watching videos of people trying to skip through shrines using bombs or stasis, and that's just really neat to me. I don't think I ever got the Hylian Shield, but if it just breaks from durability, that kinda gives me no reason to go after it besides like... looking nice?

    To be fair I don't think the Leaf Shield was that great because you couldn't move with it around you, it'd just fly off as soon as you pressed a button. There were some screens in the... second Wily castle stage I believe where I used it, because you'd be going along the moving platform with respawning enemies, so I'd just let them touch the Leaf Shield and die instead of trying to aim a metal blade. Air Man is weak to Leaf Shield, so it's a common strategy to try and get behind him and just keep firing the shield next to him until he can die, but I don't even think you can do it in one go, you still have to dodge quite a bit of tornados.
    I definitely won't talk negatively about 7, but it definitely takes a bit to get used to, I think both 7 and 8 are like that. I'll say I don't dislike any of the games outright, but 1 is probably the toughest for me to go back to, yeah. Playing it kinda always reminds me that it seems like they weren't quite certain of the formula, with things like the boss rush at the end being structured different, and a lot of placement of traps, especially like in Fire Man's stage. Feeling a little bit slippery doesn't help there. There's just a lot of small things that seem so strange to me when I go back and play it. Fun fact, the Ice Slasher does no damage to anything except for Fire Man. Just freezes them.

    If you go for a 3 heart challenge, best of luck. I'd definitely say start with the game you know the best since it'll feel the most comfortable and you're less likely to get frustrated if that's the kind of thing that happens to you. I never really found wallmasters annoying, since they're pretty easily dealt with, once you hear the sound of them swooping down you just move out of the way of the shadow and hit them when they come down. I remember being scared of floormasters in Wind Waker when I was really little though, haha. I definitely think Master Quest should've been unlocked from the start with Ocarina of Time 3D, because the game was basically released as a nostalgia trip for people. It'd give old players a new reason to come back to it since I'm sure there are tons of people who have played the original but not Master Quest.
    I'm about a third of the way through the Central Factory right now, so I'm coming up to Agniratha. You remembered correctly, it's the city at the top of the Mechonis and it's one of the last areas you visit on Mechonis I believe.

    It's so nice to have online multiplayer because it's given me a lot of opportunities to play something like Mario Kart 8 with friends. If it weren't for that I'd probably have played it way less. I have a friend who said they wanted to play Mario Kart with me for a while and we just couldn't make scheduling work, but we got to play it one night and we've played a few more times since then, I'm thankful for him getting me to sit down and play with friends.
    Gates to Infinity is more or less the same, just with a couple small changes as far as I remember. I believe Super Mystery Dungeon has both move levelling and Team Attacks? Those are the first things I think of, but there's this one mechanic where every new day in-game, a certain type will get boosts like... I think some of them are like, they do more damage or don't lose PP as fast? Something like that. I don't remember the specific buffs but I think you get what I mean.
    The vania games from that era are all 2d action platformers with exploration, that's pretty much what you get. I wouldn't call the maps giant, but they are a pretty good size. Some of them will have several different maps you warp between, and some of them (like Symphony of the Night) have a single large map with different areas. I hope you enjoy it! I've yet to play it for very long so I'll be avoiding spoilers on it, but I hope you have a good time with it. Symphony of the Night is probably THE Castlevania game people think about when the name is mentioned. If they don't think of Super Castlevania IV.

    I don't remember much of Death Note but I can definitely say it's one of those classic anime a lot of people will know about. From my memory (I haven't seen much, and even when I did it was maybe 10 years ago) it is pretty edgy, since the whole concept is, well, about a book you can kill people with by writing their name. I think you'll always hear people say reading the manga is better because there are just people like that. I'll prefer anime over manga because I like seeing everything visualized and my mind can have a harder time going between pictures rather than seeing everything happen. Manga is a little quirky because in Japanese it's typical to read from the right to the left, instead of here where it's left to right. If you've read Pokemon Adventures you'll probably know that if you open the book from the wrong side, there's that page that tells you you're reading the wrong way and to read it from right to left. You basically start from the back and work your way backwards. Gets a little confusing going back and forth between manga and traditional books in English. I would know, I did that a lot in elementary school. Besides that, it's just like reading a graphic novel.
    Japan being an island means tsunamis and earthquakes and storms and oh god I would not wanna live there. I hear a lot of people who are interested in anime and manga like I am talk about wanting to live in Japan, but as someone who's barely experienced an earthquake and nothing more, having to deal with storms and such regularly sounds pretty scary. Every so often I'll hear about a large storm or something that messes up a city or an area of the country and it makes me want to live there even less. I'd still gladly enjoy going, but my boyfriend says he'd want to live in Japan and I'm definitely uncertain.

    As someone who doesn't really take time to think things through playing games, blitz chess kinda sounds fun, but I definitely think I'd be bad at it. Being better against bots seems like it'd make sense, maybe a person under your ranking is really good and just new to the site, or something like that?
    It's good to know what you can and I'm happy if my answers to those questions can help you out. But as someone who's gone through years of it, saying it's not a big deal and it just happens fills me with concern.
  12. Roni
    1 Week Ago 12:32 AM
    ah yeah my college environment was sort of like that before senior year. during down times it was one of the chillest places in the world, people would literally just open a classroom to sleep somewhere lmao. sucks about the closing of the campus, but hey what're you gonna do :(

    just finished the video too. jeez iDubzz tore Leafy a new one in 2016. no doubt in my mind Leafy was ultra insecure about his chin, and for iDubbz to dedicate entire segments just to roast it was beautiful. perfect example of karma. and that part where he was literally so awkward during the irl meetup, makes me feel comfortable knowing that his bullying prowess ends online, on a platform where he doesn't ever have to meet anyone face to face. and again, super glad he's gone.

    i sort of peek into his streams every now and then when i catch him online. it's pretty much just video games or card openings mixed with his humor, which is aight but i'm sorta growing out of it slowly. i visit twitch once or twice a week if i have time. i've donated a bit to some of my fave streamers just to have them read some random dono messages i got for them, and that's about it lol.

    now that sounds like quite the fun game to play with friends! Angry Videogame Nerd is basically Cinemassacre right? i think i've watched a few videos of him yeaars ago (he's like a Youtube dinosaur right?? guy's been uploading stuff since I was 8 years old lol) but i never got too into his style; sorta corny for me altogether lol. did he make a review about this?

    yooo that collab with the real voice actors is dopeee. ofc they can't truly replicate the nuances that made the deliveries of the original so great, but hey it's immortalized now as a piece of history. well, for the meantime while this meme lasts lmao.
  13. Aisaka
    1 Week Ago 7:54 PM
    I think the reason people said sailing was bad was because it felt like there was nothing to do or the boat travelled too slow? I'm not sure if there are exploration limits, but that's something to be curious about next time I play. Like if you go the opposite direction of where you're supposed to when you first get the boat. I went with Zora, Gerudo, Rito, and then Goron. I kinda just ended up stumbling across the Zora dungeon quests and everything first and ended up doing those. I thought the moving dungeons were interesting the first time, but after that it kind of felt like "Why do I have to do this", like the puzzle for all the dungeons ended up just being the same thing. The Master Sword definitely feels the most awkward in Breath of the Wild. Like you have to earn it and once you get it, the only big reason to use it is that it doesn't really break on you.

    Thankfully barrier weapons are pretty much a series staple but only limited to one per games, things like the Leaf Shield count for that. I definitely know what you mean by the satisfaction of seeing a boss door, haha. It's probably the lack of familiarity for me, but 7 has always kinda just felt awkward to play for me. Something about the shift from NES to SNES makes it feel somewhat different to play, it's a little hard to really understand, myself.
    There's been some pretty massive gaps in release dates so people have thought mega man as a series has been dead so many times, haha. 12 years between 8 and 9, and then 8 years between 10 and 11, I believe. I remember Mega Man being announced for Smash 3DS/Wii U being a big deal because everyone thought Mega Man was completely dead after 10. Personally I prefer the NES style, since it's what's always felt the most comfortable for me to play, and I'm used to it being like that, especially with 9 being a favourite and playing the NES games a lot, but I doubt it's likely for them to go back to that again.

    I do remember having difficulty with it, a lot of deaths were taken to the part at the end with the boat (I believe?) where you have to fight a bunch of Stalfos back to back. I spent a while on that part alone trying to work out a strategy for fighting them without dying, since I believe they hit pretty hard. I'm pretty sure blue potions are the super excessive ones that heal your health and magic fully, I remember using them during the late-game in Master Quest. The traps the dungeon had weren't too big of a pain for me, because I think I either took things slow with the Lens of Truth, or had the Hover Boots at that point. I think there was one room with fans that gave me trouble though? The analogy totally makes sense, I can see what you mean.
    Jade Face is the boss of Mechonis Field, which is right before Central Factory. If memory serves, you go through the Central Factory to Agniratha, and then confront Egil after Agniratha. But that may not be correct. Alvis was always the most interesting character to me ever since he first appears, so I was always really excited to see more of him when I played.

    Couch multiplayer is something I've always thought seemed really fun, but I've honestly never really had the friends or people to experience it with, haha. I did have a friend who I got to play Mario Party 7 with sometimes though, and even if it was just the two of us it was pretty enjoyable. That actually sounds really interesting, the school thing was a pretty interesting way to start. Personally I'm a huge fan of Gates for the gameplay, even though I think Explorers has a way better story, the one I'd say is the best in the series.
    An idle game with an ending is interesting, that's cool. A week is still a while, I turn my computer off every night so it still seems strange to me, but it might just be a me thing.

    The "Metroidvania" era Castlevania games are basically like that. Like in Metroid you explore a large map and find different abilities to help you progress. Things like being able to double jump to reach higher places. One of the abilities in one of the games is a spell that lets you turn into a toad so you can hop through small passages. Symphony of the Night will be like this.
    The horror side scrolling platformer description sounds like classic Castlevania. This is the kind of games the first Castlevania, and games like Super Castlevania IV and Rondo of Blood will be like. The series has gone through some changes so the older games and the newer games are completely different genres. They're just tied together by the name Castlevania and sometimes some characters appear in multiple games.

    I was actually told by someone while I was watching that the places in the show are real places, and did some research after that. Later I recognized a couple spots in one episode and thought "Hey, maybe this is a real place too?" and looked it up. I'm not sure about anime, but there was a really great story on Siliconera about a shrine in Japan that inspired a location in Ghost of Tsushima. The gate of the shrine was destroyed by a typhoon and people helped fund to repair it, including a lot of Ghost of Tsushima fans. It's the kind of thing I love to see and is super interesting to me. https://www.siliconera.com/tsushimas-watatsumi-shrine-crowdfunding-ended-at-over-500

    I get what you mean about chess being mentally exhausting, when I play a lot of games I don't like to have to think things through a lot and will usually just do what feels right or natural. If I have to stop and think for a while it makes it feel like I can't keep playing and have to sit there for a while, sometimes while other people have to wait for me. It's really not fun.
    Take care of yourself, the lack of finding things interesting or sleep being an easy answer sounds like how my depression would affect me.
  14. Aisaka
    1 Week Ago 1:58 AM
    Oh wow, usually I hear the opposite from people, that the sailing is the worst part about Wind Waker. But honestly I loved going around and salvaging treasure with the grappling hook. I thought the idea of getting charts and hauling them up from the ocean was a super cool idea.
    Honestly, as someone who was gifted it and went through all of it (I think?) I really don't remember much about it besides the motorbike. That was just my favourite part.

    13 hours sounds great. I wanna sleep that long.~
    Usually I'll just start to use boss weapons if I can just run through something buster only, but some situations I got in just kinda got me used to thinking "I can probably use the barrier to block this thing". I think Mega Man 9 got me to do that a bunch.
    Nah, Dr. Cossack is the guy who invented the robots you fight in 4, I think it gets explained in the intro, haha. That's why there has been a different logo for things like the boss doors.
    A lot of people seem to agree that 7 has the hardest final boss in the series, and I'd probably agree with that. Mega Man 9 came out 12 years after 8 did, so they decided to go back to the NES style for 9 and 10 because it was what the series was known for, and I think it was a great change. A big thing they did with Mega Man 9 was try to get you to feel like you were playing Mega Man 2 again, they tapped into the nostalgia pretty hard, but thankfully I don't think they went overkill on it to the point where it feels like you're playing an old game, or just playing it for the nostalgia.

    It definitely isn't something you'd wanna skip in a 3 heart run. I think Biggoron's does double damage to either some or all enemies, and I pretty often learned to either take out enemies from a distance if I could, or how to dodge attacks. (Stalfos were always a big pain, but Biggoron's meant I was fighting them for half the time I would with the Master Sword.)
    A lot of it did end up being about bottling fairies, but you could definitely keep yourself from bottling too many. And even with 4 fairies, you'll have way less health with 3 hearts than you would with the normal amount. A funny thing is that you never end up using something like blue potions, because even red potions heal more than double of what you have. I thought the Shadow Temple was pretty unsettling, but it didn't stand out too much to me because of the Bottom of the Well before it. I think if anyone talks about something scary in a kids game, it's the well from Ocarina of Time.
    You're thinking of the right boss, that's Jade Face. I guess his name doesn't come up too often, since he's referred to as another name through the game, and only as Jade Face during his boss fight. A lot of the Mechonis is "activate this lift to go up a floor to proceed" so I'm not sure exactly what area you're thinking of, but it might be Central Factory? That's the one I kinda think of when I think of a long Mechonis area.

    I didn't even think of immersion honestly. If I'm playing a story heavy game for the first time, I'd probably just want to experience it myself, that's a good point. I wanted to wait to get Mystery Dungeon DX because I kinda... didn't wanna pay the full price of it myself for it. I figured if I was given a gift card, that'd cover part of it and I could spend the rest of it.
    I played Super Mystery Dungeon before I lost my old N3DS, and there was just something really... offputting about it. Like I had to force myself to play more of it and I was never enjoying it. I felt like I wasn't interested in the story at all and didn't agree with the heavy amount of new mechanics, which is surprising because I loved Gates to Infinity. I remember playing it for what felt like several hours and talking to a friend about it, and he responded "You're still in the tutorial". It really lost my interest.

    That sounds like a really awkward problem for an idle game to have. Like, you wouldn't be able to pick it back up if you turn your computer off for the night or something.
    Love Live was an anime first, then the mobile games came out later. There's another similar game I've spent time on named BanG Dream, and I'm pretty sure that was a mobile game before it was an anime. It probably doesn't happen very often, that's the only instance I can think of where it happens.

    Go for it, start from Season 1 and feel free to ask if you have any questions at all.~
    If you find Rondo of Blood, it's the main game where you play as Richter. Symphony of the Night and Portrait of Ruin have him as an unlockable character after beating the game, and Harmony of Despair is a spinoff game that has him as a playable character. Just so you know what you're lookin for.

    They're very heavily inspired, pretty much like being just like the real thing, here's a good example of an inn that appears in Love Live Sunshine, compared to its real life counterpart. https://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire1/640af6603af29809747ef4f5c82936db1472851939_full.png
    Don't worry about the length of the messages, it's good to still get to talk to you. The length of these usually fluctuates anyways, I'm cool with that.
  15. Aisaka
    1 Week Ago 8:31 PM
    Hahaha, I forgot what the first Cossack stage was like. You can get by the skeletons while they're down if you don't like charging the buster to take them out, they're like dry bones in Mario. Skull Barrier usually keeps you safe from the pit enemies I believe?

    It was definitely amusing, haha. Do your best out there.~

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