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Gaming / Re: Backlog thread
« on: January 25, 2024, 06:44:51 AM »

Over the past three years, I've beaten over 200 games in an ongoing effort to crush my backlog. This year, I'm gonna try to slow things down considerably in the interest of enjoying other things about life. I'll still be gaming—my soul is currently owned by Street Fighter 6—but I'd expect the number of games I finish in 2024 to be considerably smaller than previous years this decade. Nier Automata, Silent Hill 2, Outer Wilds, Devil May Cry 3, and the rest of the Metal Gear Solid franchise are some things I'm planning on finishing this year. Currently enjoying a playthrough of Super Mario Bros. Wonder.

The Flood / Re: Hang on, wait a second
« on: October 05, 2023, 11:19:57 AM »
i don't suppose it can't be about both

The Flood / Re: Check out my shed
« on: October 05, 2023, 11:09:14 AM »
more than looking good, playing old games on a CRT is especially great because of the reduced input lag, making games like Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! significantly more enjoyable

that being said, you should consider adding an NES to this setup

Serious / Re: What should be done about the rising cost of housing?
« on: August 08, 2023, 06:48:03 PM »
increase supply (build more houses)
decrease demand (stop having kids, normalize living at home)

Gaming / Re: Street Fighter 6
« on: July 24, 2023, 11:33:51 AM »
soooooooo, it turns out that characters cannot be purchased with the in-game currency.
you have to pay real money for them (350 fighter coins = $7 + tax).
pretty fucking outrageous, honestly, and i definitely won't be partaking. i'll wait for them to potentially add other ways of obtaining fighter coins, or just live with having an incomplete roster i guess. which is gonna fucking suck, but oh well. really wish they didn't take this route, very disappointing

Gaming / Re: Street Fighter 6
« on: July 22, 2023, 11:36:25 PM »
yeah, that's fair enough. SFV at least let you buy characters with grindable in-game currency, though, if you didn't want to cough up real money for them. i was able to get everyone up to season 3 without paying an extra dime (though i stopped playing after that season). it's yet to be seen if SF6 will allow you to do the same thing, but we'll know when Rashid comes out on the 24th.

The Flood / Re: Barbie or Oppenheimer
« on: July 22, 2023, 08:38:34 PM »

Saw it coming to be honest
that a barbie movie directed by greta gerwig would contain feminist political commentary?
yeah, only you could've seen that coming

Gaming / Re: Street Fighter 6
« on: July 22, 2023, 08:10:21 PM »
Very nice.  I'll be picking it up in a few years once it's out of early access.
if you think SF6 looks like it's in early access now, you should've seen SF5 at launch

Gaming / Re: Street Fighter 6
« on: July 21, 2023, 04:50:41 PM »
managed to hit Master rank

although i'm still not that good tbh
game is great, though. just waiting for AKI

The Flood / Re: What would you tell your 10 year old self?
« on: June 06, 2023, 01:56:18 PM »
Stop eating shit processed food loaded with sugar, carbs, and oils.
would your 10 year old self listen just because it was you from the future

mine wouldn't

The Flood / Re: Plans for the Summer?
« on: June 04, 2023, 04:25:22 PM »
got a list of classic lit novels i never had to read in high school
gonna buy and try to get through them all

i finished The Road last night—i wanted to like it more than i actually did, but it was decent i guess
reading The Catcher in the Rye right now, which i have read, but it's been a long time
it's just as good as i remember

The Flood / Re: I Have A Question
« on: March 24, 2023, 12:36:42 PM »
lmao, did path1k PM multiple people the same fucking question? what a weirdo

anyway, i think chronic has the right idea here. it's sort of an evolution. if you ask me, the relationship between incels and simps is more comparable to squares and rectangles than "nerds" and "jocks"—that is to say, all incels are simps (because they're both losers pining for sexual attention), but not all simps are incels

what separates incels from simps is their disposition—incels are simps who fail to develop sex lives and become bitter misogynists as a result; simps are similarly desperate for female attention, but they haven't developed the bitterness that characterizes inceldom

most simps are neurotypical and won't become incels—the ones that do become incels only end up this way because they're mentally ill, and since they never get help for it, they dwell on all their failures and perceived inadequacies until they develop inferiority complexes that they don't know how to cope with, and then they project all that self-hatred outwards ("if women just liked me, i wouldn't have to hate myself, so it's their fault," etc)

The Flood / Re: Chainsaw Man good
« on: February 28, 2023, 12:27:22 AM » didn't make the cut for me.
Didn't like this, and didn't like Attack on Titan. 0 for 2. What are you into?

Gaming / Re: King of Fighters XV
« on: February 28, 2023, 12:25:43 AM »
I've played a couple of the older KoF games. I rocked with Heidern, King, and Billy Kane. They're pretty cool games, but having to learn three characters is definitely a barrier. I have a hard enough time learning just one character.

The Flood / Re: The Last of Us is really good
« on: February 05, 2023, 04:35:20 PM »
just caught up on it

- no one who played the game should be all that surprised that the show is pretty good so far. it's a good character-driven story that may as well have been written as a TV show in the first place, so like, no shit it's good
- i appreciate how they've been using the new medium to flesh out characters (like Bill) who got next to no development in the source material
- all the gay shit makes conservatives seethe which makes me very happy
- in general, it's cool to me how non-gamers will get to experience this story without having to play a mid-ass video game
- gamerbros are gonna shit their pants when they adapt part 2 and it gets even better reception than part 1

The Flood / Re: Chainsaw Man good
« on: January 02, 2023, 12:14:54 PM »
my friend keeps telling me to watch it, idk doesnt seem like my kinda thing
probably not, based on what i know you like.
but it also won't kill you to try it + you'll get to shut your friend up if you don't like it

The Flood / Re: Chainsaw Man good
« on: January 02, 2023, 11:48:24 AM »
I prefer the manga for the most part just cause I like the scribbly sketch like style of the adt
first show since devilman crybaby to make me consider reading the source material
still probably won't, since i got some anime-only friends and i don't wanna be in a position where i have to hold my tongue on shit

The Flood / Chainsaw Man good
« on: January 02, 2023, 02:49:48 AM »

Gaming / Re: Backlog thread
« on: January 02, 2023, 01:53:03 AM »

As far as my gamering goes, 2022 was a year of extremes for me—I discovered some of the best games I've ever played, some of the worst games I've ever played, and some of the hardest games I've ever beaten (SO many, actually—I was really testing my limits on that front). I tried to match the number of games I beat last year (75), and I basically succeeded—but I still haven't gotten around to playing even half the stuff I really wanted to dive into. The backlog truly never dies, I guess.

One thing I tried to do in 2022 was beat at least one RPG per month—which wound up being a failure. I only managed to finish seven (or eight, if you count Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which I personally don't). My ongoing playthrough of EarthBound has been on hold for months—I want to love it, but it's honestly just not really grabbing me. Turns out, it's just a genre that burns me out pretty easily. The fact that I was even able to finish the amount that I did is kind of insane.

I'm happy to say I've become invested in several franchises I had never fully dipped my toes in before until last year, including Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Darkstalkers, and Persona (to an extent). Even Banjo-Kazooie wound up surprising me a lot this year—I really expected to loathe that game.

On top of all this, I've finally acquired a PS5, as well, so that should give me a great excuse to catch up on some modern titles, as well—I'm looking at you, Elden Ring.

Oh, and a word on my rating system—I think I've gone over all this before, but just in case anyone was wondering:

1. The number out of 10 itself is simply a reflection of how fun the game is for me to play—but a "bad" video game can still possess some redeeming qualities that transcend the rating I can personally justify giving it as a video game alone. For example, I wouldn't consider either game in the Persona 2 duology to be very fun to play—hence, I gave them a 4/10 and a 3/10, respectively, as games. However, the fact that they have such cool music, such lovable characters, and such an awesome storyline (albeit an extremely over-the-top and anime-esque one), I feel comfortable ranking these games above some other games that I gave higher scores, simply because they happen to excel in areas beyond their capacity to be fun video games. Hopefully that makes sense?

This also works the other way around—where I'll rank a good game that I've given a 7/10, like Rayman, under some games that I've given a 6/10, simply because Rayman, while in many ways a great game, was also one of the most torturously difficult experiences I've ever had in my life. It's a way for me to knock the game down a peg or two without actually giving it a lower rating, because I feel like it's important for me to acknowledge just how miserable the game made me, in spite of how well-made it is. If I just dropped it to a 6/10 because it's a hard game, that would make me feel like a salty bitch—which I am, but I don't necessarily need that to be reflected in my ratings, which I try to make as fair as possible while still expressing my genuine feelings.

2. I choose to rate sufficiently old games for primitive systems, like the NES or Game Boy, on a different scale than I do for games released after 1990, when the Super Nintendo came out (because that's the point where, for my money, the "book" of game design had officially been written). Since these games are so simple, I prefer to rate them out of 5, rather than 10, to reflect the debatable notion that it's fundamentally unfair to rate games made on these platforms against the standards of today—even if I do believe some of them can still hold their own (Castlevania I and III come to mind). To put it another way, it's harder for me to justify giving a game like Kirby's Block Ball a 6/10, 7/10, or 8/10 rating when a 4/5 seems more fitting. It's a small game for a small system, and it knows it. It doesn't try to accomplish much or bite off more than it can chew, because there's a hard limit on what it's able to accomplish in the first place. Therefore, it gets the simpler rating system. I hope that seems fair.

Gaming / Re: Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (Late 2022)
« on: November 27, 2022, 04:38:52 PM »
can't defend the performance issues—they're pretty embarrassing—but i can't help but feel like people are slightly exaggerating how bad they are

i'm having a good time. my personal biggest problem is that the gyms don't scale with your progression, which is extremely stupid in a game that advertises freedom so heavily. i also hate how slow the battle animations are, especially considering that you can't even turn them off (wtf)

but the characters are cool, region is nice enough, OST bangs, and new pokémon designs are pretty awesome overall (Lokix and Toedscruel are my guys). having a good time just going around, filling up my dex, and enjoying the inherently satisfying gameplay loop that comes with that.

Gaming / Re: Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (Late 2022)
« on: November 10, 2022, 09:34:03 PM »
leaks are cringe, will not look

Serious / Re: The Biden Presidency
« on: November 09, 2022, 12:44:46 PM »
wow what a bloodbath!!
no need to be surprised, it was "guaranteed" remember

The Flood / Re: I broke my straight edge lifestyle
« on: November 09, 2022, 09:53:52 AM »
Alcoholism is pathetic.
here we go

mfw verb is about to shit up yet another perfectly good thread

The Flood / Re: I broke my straight edge lifestyle
« on: November 08, 2022, 11:44:14 PM »
It's one thing to turn to alcohol without wanting to

But wanting to and asking for advice about how to get more fucked up is pathetic

Drink water
chill out verb

The Flood / Re: I broke my straight edge lifestyle
« on: November 08, 2022, 08:10:41 PM »
What would one recommend to in terms of a ladder or rung for moving on to some of the harder stuff?
a 6-foot aluminum or fiberglass A-frame stepladder should do about 95% of what you need, assuming you're a 1-story homeowner (i also recommend getting a step stool, as they are very handy)

you want ladders that aren’t too tall or heavy so they're easier to move through the house. werner is a good brand you can pick up at lowe’s or home depot

The Flood / Re: Verbatim has 786 days of logtime on Sep7agon
« on: October 25, 2022, 07:36:46 PM »
idk but don't let that distract you from the fact that you're #3

Gaming / Re: Game collecting
« on: October 24, 2022, 08:58:17 AM »
well, two years later, i finally found Pro Skater 3 out in the wild—along with three other random sports games

that brings me to 80% completion with precisely 60 games to go

has it really been over a year since i've updated this thread? wow
well, i'm down to the last 33 N64 games now. less than 1 percent away from 90% of the library—and yep, i did end up finding banjo-tooie

19 of them are sports/racing
16 of them go for $10-60
5 of them are worth $200+ (so i'll probably never get those)
realistically, 285/296 will end up being my grand total unless i win some kind of lottery

Gaming / Re: Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (Late 2022)
« on: October 12, 2022, 07:27:48 PM »

the new electric-type gym leader is a streamer and social media influencer, and looks just like a hololive vtuber

what a world

The Flood / Re: Does anyone remember Otthild and her baby
« on: October 10, 2022, 05:59:50 PM »
like most of bnet's more well-known and popular posters, i thought she was incredibly obnoxious
that said, she's probably a totally different person now

The Flood / Re: Hello
« on: October 05, 2022, 06:16:19 PM »
Currently dealing with kidney stones so let's just say I'm not doing the greatest.
you've no doubt heard this from your doctor, but you should really drink nothing but water and lemonade for the rest of your days, on top of reducing your sodium intake (assuming it's that kind of stone). you'll never get another
I only drink water. Literally nothing else. Some of it is flavored but it's clear and has zero sugar or sweeteners. The reason I developed stones is actually from my restricted diet which was very high in oxalate. The stones I've passed already were tested and found to be calcium oxalate stones. Needless to say I've cut out the foods responsible.
i see—so it sounds like your current ones have been lying dormant for a while, then? that was my situation as well, although i've only dealt with two

nothing but water is great, but it definitely wouldn't hurt to add some lemonade in there. i know it seems counterintuitive with the sugar, but the citric acid has been shown to help break stones down and prevent more from forming (plus it's delicious)

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