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@  Fire Blazer : (18 March 2020 - 03:18 AM) hope everyone is managing ok...
@  kirant : (03 March 2020 - 05:41 AM) New challenger approaching!
@  xcrash1998 : (26 February 2020 - 09:55 AM) Not anymore
@  Mage Girl : (17 February 2020 - 02:33 AM) I can safely say I'm so far the only person to post to this shoutbox in 2020...
@  Fire Blazer : (24 December 2019 - 03:17 AM) naw, it's when the bots make collaborated efforts to crawl places, lol
@  kirant : (23 December 2019 - 05:20 AM) What do we do on Index Day? Give each other bots?
@  Fire Blazer : (16 December 2019 - 01:39 AM) LOL
@  xcrash1998 : (30 November 2019 - 11:07 PM) New fictional holiday "Index Day"
@  Fire Blazer : (28 November 2019 - 08:52 PM) yeah just guest bots and stuff I think :( we really were active once upon a time though...
@  kirant : (26 November 2019 - 03:48 PM) No invasion. I imagine a lot of guest bots visiting for indexing purposes.
@  xcrash1998 : (26 November 2019 - 02:15 PM) How is most people online at 959 for the 8th of October of this year? Is that right? Did I miss something or was there somekind of spambot invasion?
@  xcrash1998 : (26 November 2019 - 02:06 PM) I know what you mean, it gets awkard to post something unrelated to the current conversation, and even if somebody picks up on it, it would just become a huge mess in the c hatbox if a multitude of groups talk about different topics.
@  Fire Blazer : (10 November 2019 - 11:45 PM) especially better imo if you want to update on a topic but like only occasionally (e.g. a project you're working on or a let's play of a game)
@  Fire Blazer : (10 November 2019 - 11:44 PM) it's hard for me to explain precisely why but forums just like work better for meaningful discussion over a longer period of time ig
@  Fire Blazer : (10 November 2019 - 11:44 PM) but that's def just not hte same ig, idk
@  Fire Blazer : (10 November 2019 - 11:44 PM) yeah, you can also kind of respond at your own pace on forums. Discord conversations are often like... it's awkward to respond to something that happened a while ago, especially if the server is active, but even just in general. since you sort of need to keep track of multiple conversations at once at times, and it's not like it has a good reply/quote system ala forums, closest thing really is to copy/paste or screenshot the text you're responding to and then type a response below
@  Elwood : (09 November 2019 - 11:29 AM) Adding on to what's been said, I just enjoy the order and structure of the forums. You can look through the threads and know exactly what people are talking about. Conversation get lost and buried on discord which is why I'm not a big fan of it.
@  kirant : (06 November 2019 - 05:31 AM) I enjoy that part of forums too. They become niche communities where you can have very specialized conversations as opposed to the cluttered mess in Discord.
@  Ezra : (31 October 2019 - 01:17 AM) Yeah, part of me wishes I could go back to the times forums were more prevalent. I really enjoyed how even several different forums based off the same franchise could feel so different. It's not like what we now is bad though, I just feel nostalgic for old times.
@  Fire Blazer : (30 October 2019 - 06:39 AM) also forums in general are just not as prevalent, there are so many other ways to interact these days, like Twitter, FB, Tumblr, etc., where you can just throw your thoughts into the void. I think that's the real issue and that the only people rly interested in forums these days are either super dedicated to whatever they're about, have a specific reason/need to (e.g. support forums), or grew up with them and are thus attached to the idea enough to continue to try and use them (this was kinda me for a while lol but things happen, I couldn't keep it up forever)


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#126717 FE-inspired XCOM 2 Mod

Posted by kirant on 11 April 2016 - 02:54 AM

Yeah.  I saw that already.


I have added it to XCOM 2 already...now only if I'd actually play/beat the game...

#126567 Voting for the February spriting contest

Posted by kirant on 30 March 2016 - 12:51 AM

can't believe I didn't vote for the reddish-head *shot*

I know.  Typically red headed character is an instant vote for me.


*shoots self*

#126543 Mashed Potato

Posted by kirant on 25 March 2016 - 09:37 AM

well the question I'd ask myself is... would mashed potatoes keep me up? aren't those like... carbs?


a quick google suggests no

Not in the sense that I imagine you're thinking.  Potatoes contain fairly complex carbohydrates.  The type you'd find in typically unrefined "carbs".  Those burn much slower as they take time for your body to break up.  As such, it doesn't give you the instant kick of energy you imagine sugar gives.


Further past that, refined sugar doesn't have that effect either.  It's actually extremely difficult to create the sugar high you are thinking of.  The best I've heard is that this association is psychological after recalling all the high energy children at parties who "crash" after. 

#126530 FE Fates Random Comment Topic

Posted by kirant on 24 March 2016 - 08:37 AM

Having had the chance to read a few of the supports now (thank god for YouTube I guess), goddamn.  They are clunky as hell.  I can't tell if they just can't info dump properly or are completely ignoring "show don't tell"...but it's just a train wreck at times.  Some of them come out alright but it's just downright ugly at other points. 

#126481 People are so sensitive and easily butthurt

Posted by kirant on 09 March 2016 - 05:21 AM

However, this is really only because it has become easier to find the acceptable "escape route", there have always been people that don't want to listen to others, whether as a group or as an individual.


Absolutely.  It's much easier to deflect than to analyze and critique.  A simple out, even if it's an ad hominem fallacy or constructs a straw man to make it easier to support their own case (points the internet is amazingly bad at actually using...I'd be rich if I got money for each improper use), becomes simpler than seeing if their own opinion is wrong.


In any situation where someone is doing X, like the people who do X, there's no reason for them to not be part of group of people who do X as far as no other conditions are necessary. That said, personal attacks are less useful when it comes to re-reading stuff I say to see if I can find insight in my own words, and it's rare that I ever have a problem with a certain person's action but not another who does the same thing, so there's usually little purpose in directing it towards a particular individual.

Going to go out on a limb here and suggest that a single post makes it difficult to discern if someone is sensitive or butthurt on an issue unless they specifically state it.  I would posit that sensitivity is characteristically shown through repetition or fixation.  That is, if Blazer continually came here to post how "butthurt" people are over ScrewAttack/???/??? (honestly, I don't know enough of these videos to even provide more examples) slamming an aspect of their game OR if Blazer came here to continually express how much he hates the sensitive people group downvoting the video and how he loathes them for getting riled up about it (while refusing to let go of the point because he hates that group of individuals that much), then it could be a case.  A single and isolated rant is uncharacteristic of the individual but could easily stand as an outlier and wouldn't be enough to go on to suggest a pattern.


 Why is someone revered for offering mercy to sinners?

This is a question that I had to review several times in my life, because I personally never wanted who I found disgusting to have anything nice in their lives.
For all the judgment we pass, heightening or lowering people for the quality of their morality, for some reason, humans have come to a conclusion where the one that does not ostracize another when they believe it is warranted is above them.
At first I had thought that this was primarily related to the notion that just because you don't bother to take action against something, you are better for it, "bigger", "mature." Consider how many stories there are out there that denounce going through with one's revenge. Even if whatever they are seeking revenge for remains entirely legitimate, they will still be looked down on as people who are engulfed in their feelings, and others will elevate themselves for not engaging in such petty matters, yet again, with justification.

I think you may be conflating two different issues here.  One is the notion of revenge, the cathartic experience.  The other, the choices made when in power.


The wording of your original statement directly uses "mercy".  This implies that the victim is helpless.  That you've got everything in your hands and can choose to do whatever you want.  This is different that what you state below...the quest of seeking revenge.  In many senses, and this comes off a bit cliche, the journey and the destination are far different.


I love my sports examples, so we can always consider that.  Let's say you're on magical sports team X.  Pick a sport where there's only one champion/winning team.  Let's say you lose to generic rival Y last year.  So you can choose to train hard to beat Y this year.  That's the act of pursuing revenge.  Now let's say that you know you've won and have some time left with Y (ex - the last 10 minutes of a team sports game where you're running away with the score).  You can see in their eyes they know they've lost.  How you act in that situation is much more relevant to the question you pose whereas what you put down after is related to the former.  The question you pose regards whether you rub it in their face and mock them for their weakness or if you keep playing and shake hands at the end of the game (in a sport where handshakes at the end are tradition...ex - tennis).


In other words, the one who exercises their authority by virtue of their age is on nothing but a power trip that blinds them to the one they perceive as being below them. They do not try or want to respect children, and yet demand respect in return. They do not understand that children are persons as they are themselves, to the point of which it seems as if they do not even remember when they were in the same position.

I think it's also important here to separate the exact desire of the authority and the nature of the relationship.  It is important in some cases to consider this as study does indicate that children do not have the same thought process as adults and we can't approach them as simply smaller adults.  So if I tell you something and some rule system, you and other adults are likely not going to have the same interpretation as a child.  I'm not acutely aware enough about exactly what the best approach is to children (and nor do most people given how much people bicker about whether or not another person is raising their child properly)...but suffice to say that the guiding principles will be slightly different than the way we treat adult-adult situations.


One of the biggest issues, and one of the most often fictionalized, is the struggle to determine when exactly children develop specific mental tools for functioning as adult.  This, at least from my understanding, is a field of great exploration and why we have psychologists specifically researching the field.  The old realm of thought was very close to Taoism...that we let people mature by walking, stumbling, making their own mistakes...and hopefully coming back smarter and wiser.  A newer realm is emerging...the one associated with "helicopter parenting" or keeping too close to the child.  That is, we act as if we know better than the child and that, one day, they'll hopefully understand us.  And many try to mix the two...how they should is another question...but they try.


Absolutely in the case of two mature people, however.  Exploiting authority by saying "I'm the expert in this field.  I've put 30 goddamn years into this company and I'm not going to listen to some snot nosed kid out of college tell me what to do" is nothing but denial and a power trip.  Of course, it actually IS entirely possible that the older individual is right...but that's the wrong approach to the situation.


Once someone tells another to grow up, they have reduced that person into what they perceive to be a child. A status that means little but "I am better than you. Get on my level before you think you're worth anything."

I have to admit, I read this part in the voice of Naoto Shirogane.


I agree though.  It's a statement used for belittlement and often encases no hard facts other than "I'm right because I'm older"...a case which really doesn't hold much water.  I can kind of understand why it's used (mostly by fatigued adults who feel that, from their experience, would represent a situation much less important in hindsight than it is currently made out)...but it's still a poor argument and one wrought with fallacies.


I don't want to be an adult, so obviously, I hate maturity, the value that they most often demand out of others and use to elevate their positions, typically used as whatever definition would suit them depending on the situation.

The issue is that maturity are loosely associated notions.  It's literally just the idea that you've reached advanced emotional and mental development.  There are few principles which define this and makes it shaky as all hell to discuss.  I mean, I personally define maturity as the ability to stow away the current set of emotions and discuss the topic in a professional manner (something which I don't feel I'm capable of in all circumstances as of yet...there are situations where I will roll my eyes or walk off so I don't explode).  But that doesn't match everybody's.


Personally, becoming an adult in my mind is simply understanding and defining exactly what you are as an individual.  Knowing your strengths and weaknesses and going forward with them while acknowledging whatever society you happen to be in at the moment (ex - If you work in a private industries environment, outward appearance is heavily valued...right or wrong, and that you'll need to wear what they deem as professional clothing to work there).  If you don't like that society, you're free to move to one which better matches you and gives you the ability to succeed in the way you wish to.  In other words, simply understand that hand you've been dealt.  Where you go with that hand is your choice

#126421 People are so sensitive and easily butthurt

Posted by kirant on 03 March 2016 - 06:59 AM

Thank god one YouTube user actually gave a time stamp for when then hell I was supposed to care.  I would haven ever listened to the whole thing.  The first time in a long time YouTube comments have made me do more than want to throw myself off a cliff.


Apparently the video title changed?  The original one, according to the same comment section, read "Fire Emblem's story is anime trash". 


Either way, I really actually don't mind the commentary...the two minutes of it I could stand.  They are right.  FE: Fates, if it's even remotely close to Awakening, has a jarring disconnect between how the characters act outside battle and how they are inside.  I've certainly heard it takes weird and crazy shifts in tone and there is pretty much no doubt in my mind that it probably deserves this type of criticism on both sides to the ocean.  The whole design of the light-hearted supports against the darker world that they wrote just...doesn't mesh.  If was bad in Awakening and I can only imagine it got worse due to the translation choice.


The only interesting term they use is "anime garbage".  It's probably a bit of a generalization...one I can understand given the typical names of anime bandied around with it...but still a generalization.  Particularly jarring is what looks like Attack on Titan pieces in the background as, while I can't get into the series myself, it typically shows that anime series are quite capable of exactly what they want.  I think the better way to look at it is that anime's traits and animation provide space for creating unique stories (something you'll hear from a lot of older anime fans as these series typically target the seinen audience), but the more common threads typically come of the "high school semi-comedy, semi-action, fan service heavy" builds.  You know, A-1 stuff...it sells for the largest anime crowd.  The same way we could argue video games are blood and gore simulators full of online opponents who ALL seem to have had sex with my mother: the biggest sellers are still multiplayer FPS games.  Their comment doesn't bug me as much as interests me as it reflects what I've thought about anime's public perception for a long time and how nothing like that has changed despite the ardent plea from fans of bigger "serious" series like Attack on Titan.


You're right though...I think we're entering a new era of intolerance and refusal of middle ground.  If you listen to the recent Canadian election and the ongoing American one, you'll notice the politics are becoming more and more polarized.  People can't take the nuanced stance of "well, that person has a point...but they also don't in this other case because...".  And this absolutely kills me as I like to sit back and analyze the facts then figure out where to go by making decisions with your head, long after the heart has had time to settle.  Yet the world is shifting more to "you're either with me or you're a hater/troll/radical/reactionary/SJW/MRA/etc who is obviously wrong. No questions asked"...a stance I hate.  We see more and more that reasonable points get lost in this.  Both major sides of (and I guess it's clear I've got friends who yell and scream both sides of this to me) the third wave feminism debate are capable of very good points.  Yet they never acknowledge it nor admit fault when they end up on the wrong side of research.


(Even worse as I suspect, for salary reasons (I'd apparently earn 15-25% more per year in the US due to the power of private practice), I'll probably end up an American...and I already hate your news media without having to listen to it more than monthly)

#126274 Awakening's Plot... Stuffz

Posted by kirant on 18 February 2016 - 04:33 AM

There are works with tight, coherent plots.


Awakening isn't one of them.

#126221 Fates' Seemingly Poor Localization

Posted by kirant on 13 February 2016 - 03:02 AM

You know, this makes me miss the days when problems with Fire Emblem localization were just on the same level as Nergal saying "Quintessence?" instead of "Aenir?".

That reminds me of when the FE fans freaked when Mamkutes became Manakete. 

#126063 Completed Games List 2016

Posted by kirant on 24 January 2016 - 02:26 AM

are these all games you already have? XD

Yes.  It's amazing how much you can get for 50 dollars on Steam sales.


And yet, if I were to have a list of how many hours I've spent on Pokemon Showdown, I'd probably cackle like a maniac or die trying, because I play about an hour or three everyday there. HM, I'm gonna try and calculate that, actually. Alright, so, during high school I played Pokemon Online and Showdown inherently, not paying attention in classes at all. That means, between hours 7:30 to 14:30, I played PS/PO. I went to school 190 days a year, that was over the course of three years.

Okay.  Now you have my curiosity.  What generation was that in and what playstyle did you mainly use?

#125434 February Spriting Contest?

Posted by kirant on 20 January 2016 - 09:11 AM


Blazer need I remind you I won the last contest with this monstrosity.


Phone number for this lovely lady.  Now.

#125433 > What Anime Are You Watching Right Now?

Posted by kirant on 20 January 2016 - 03:54 AM

Texhnolyze.  After 1 episode, the protagonist is missing an arm and leg, the secondary lead is a mad oracle, and nobody seems to care about anything.


If my prediction is right, this will be a happy, feel good show the whole family can enjoy.

#125399 February Spriting Contest?

Posted by kirant on 17 January 2016 - 04:51 AM

no because I'm too lazy/busy/untalented to sprite




RIP the golden days of spriting

I have to learn how to/gain talent/mind control someone to sprite.


RIP the days of me doing purely theorycraft.

#125385 Pokemon events

Posted by kirant on 15 January 2016 - 09:45 PM

I don't actually have a legit Mew (somehow a level 8 hacked mew from Diamond made it through pokebank's hack checks) so I will definitely get it.

I think I have 1 legal Mew from the 10 year anniversary (HG/SS release).


Man I feel old.

#125265 Yo Guys

Posted by kirant on 11 January 2016 - 11:49 PM

RIsette? Boo...


Just kidding.  Welcome. 

#125238 by the way

Posted by kirant on 11 January 2016 - 07:21 AM

Man, I feel for you.  I'm on the 2912nd day of waiting for Advance Wars to gets a continuation.  Tough waiting for a sequel for a solid game...Advance Wars is in much the same state (the three games I checked on Metacritic are one of the top rated games of each of their years).  Granted, I guess sometimes the alternative is worse...everybody wanted Masters of Orion III but what that became was such a bloated mess that I think players would have accepted two amazing 4x games and some wishful thinking.