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@Kita

Responding over here to be nice to Delta's site. :-)

Friend request has been sent. I do still have to beat Mario Galaxy too, but Odyssey is just so shiny. I've "beat" it, but there is still a heck of a lot to do in it, same with BoTW actually.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 18 Nov 2017 01:20
edisnooMedisnooM 18 Nov 2017 01:20
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@Hawk

I kind of liked Deadpool, not the sort of movie I'd want to watch all the time but pretty close to the source material all things considered. I also liked Kinsgman1, I thought it was a decent enough action / spy flick, perhaps a bit more violent than my preferences, but Colin Firth as an action star? Pretty awesome.

BvS, haven't seen it and really no desire. WW, heard it was good but haven't gotten to it yet. The Prestige is indeed good. Haven't seen the other ones mentioned.

I also fear an Empire retread, but rumours of Hamill returning in full Jedi glory also fill me with such childlike glee. Hope springs eternal. :-)

The fact that Rian Johnson is kicking off a separate trilogy does speak to the confidence they have in his skills though. I'm hoping for something in The Old Republic days myself.

Also Thor Ragnarok is a pretty fantastic film, and I can strongly recommend it. Definitely a more comedic take than the previous Thor outings, but still dealing with some pretty heavy material. It's probably one of the funnier superhero movies I've seen and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 18 Nov 2017 01:20

@FM5K

Very fancy looking site you have there, convincingly professional. :-)

As far as Twitter, I've really felt any desire to get on there.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 18 Nov 2017 01:07

The thought had crossed my mind - I could sell my soul and any principles I ever claimed, and just jump into the Twitter shit show. Start slamming big name culture warriors with stuff like: "Socialism is Ass Cancer", "Amerikkka: Home of the Knave", "Thigh Gap vs Wage Gap", or "Your God is a Rapist". You know… really just throw every offensive thing I could at the wall, see which side got angry at me first, and then parlay that into e-infamy and book sales.

Then I remembered that I had self respect, and that if I did that, I'd probably have to go suck-start a handgun from the sheer shame.

Tl;dr - I agree with your thoughts on Twitter "debate".

by Fapmaster5000Fapmaster5000, 09 Nov 2017 12:37

Yeah, I think it would be weird to make fan art page without any content. If you have any artistically inclined friends or relatives, maybe you can solicit some work to seed it.

My point about Twitter is that it's not even good for selling stuff1. So few people are on it at any given time, and the feed is so transient that you have to tweet all day to get any engagement and build a following. To the extent that you're selling anything, it's not your book. You're selling yourself.

Just having a Twitter won't cause any harm2, and will give fans another way of reaching out3 besides email. I'm just saying don't think of it as something that's going to be particularly useful for marketing purposes. You'll be better off with Facebook for that.

by HawkingtonHawkington, 08 Nov 2017 22:55

@Delta

Glad I have successfully created a brand!

… And I totally get the Amazon thing. I have a similar standing with Apple.

@Hawk

I'll be implementing the suggested points after work. As for Twitter, I always said I had no reason to have it, because it was full of people will shit to sell, and people looking to be sold to. I am, sadly, now in the former camp, and require the trappings of a bourgeois professional.

Unrelated, I want a fan art section to support that kind of thing, but feel it may be presumptuous too build such an alcove without content.

by Fapmaster5000Fapmaster5000, 08 Nov 2017 18:51

Since I'm logged in already, and it's been pretty quiet, here are some very brief hot takes about movies I've watched lately:

Deadpool is the worst comic book movie I've ever watched, and I watched Batman vs. Superman.

The Kingsman is also bad, in similar ways, but not as bad.

Batman vs. Superman is really dumb, but I didn't hate it.

Wonder Woman was pretty good.

Chappie is actually good, and anyone who told you otherwise is a liar.

Insomnia is fine.

The Prestige is Christopher Nolan's best film.

Hacksaw Ridge is an extremely Mel Gibson movie, and suffers for it.

Hidden Figures should've been a documentary.

I'm worried that The Last Jedi is going to be a The Empire Strikes Back clone.

by HawkingtonHawkington, 08 Nov 2017 07:45

Some thoughts:

1) The "store" link at the bottom just goes to the home page. It probably ought to go to your Amazon page.

2) You should have a page about the book itself, and I would seriously consider posting some or all of that first chapter, to give people a taste of the story and your style.

3) Twitter is a garbage website that exists only to waste time and make people mad at each other, and doesn't even drive engagement from what I've heard. If you feel compelled to do a social media thing, your best bet might sadly be Facebook. Which, despite being even more evil than Twitter, at least has some utility.

@Delta

Kindle is cool and good and Amazon is great as long as you're not an employee.

by HawkingtonHawkington, 08 Nov 2017 07:34

​Phone: Please don't.

That is, somehow, You In A Nutshell.

(Also yay you have a non-Kindle1 version! Bought.

by Delta VDelta V, 08 Nov 2017 03:00
by Fapmaster5000Fapmaster5000, 08 Nov 2017 02:52

@The Mani Mani

PLAY IT. It is so much fun. There's a surprising amount of suggestive/toilet humor. A lot of the puns and jokes make me wonder how they were translated into Japanese, since this game was made in English first. Also, the chances of hitting are greatly simplified from XCOM. You have either a 100% to hit an uncovered target, a 50% chance to hit a target behind low cover, or a 0% chance to hit a target hidden fully behind cover.

I have Odyssey, but I've never finished Super Mario 64 or the Galaxy games before, so I've decided to do those first and then delve into Odyssey. People are saying great things about Odyssey, so I'm excited to get into it.

I also still have yet to finish Breath of the Wild on Wii U… yikes.

Also, welcome to the Switch Pantheon. Add me. 4087-8238-2024

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 04 Nov 2017 06:46

@Kita

I'd seen some things about the Mario / Rabid mashup that a) seemed pretty neat, and b) had a certain XCOM flair to it. I'll have to give that a try.


I have also just got Odyssey and am in the very early stages of it. So far it is indeed a pretty fantastic experience, although the implications that arise from Mario taking over the bodies of his enemies (and even some innocent bystanders on occasion) is slighty terrifying. On the other hand You can become a T-Rex!

It is also slightly disconcerting seeing Mario next to normal-ish looking humans.

Though if I'm playing Odyssey that must mean: I bought a Nintendo Switch.

I haven't played it a great deal yet, but so far I am pretty impressed. The different control styles all of which seem pretty decent, the seemless docking / undocking combined with the quality of play while undocked make this a pretty cool system all round.

One example, last night while playing Odyssey I got a low battery notification for the controller, so I snapped the nunchuks onto the side of the fully charged Switch, undocked it, and continued playing unimpeded. Pretty nifty. I know I kind of scoffed at Nintendo's whole taking your console with you thing, but honestly I can see it living up to the hype.


I haven't played any of the Fatal Frame series, but I've always thought the premise seemed like an interesting one. Horror games aren't my usual forte but I may have to add it to the board.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 02 Nov 2017 00:06

i was just waiting for all the Trump talk to stop. Then everyone stopped talking altogether1. So I did too.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a super fun experience. A great soundtrack, wonderful visuals and a straightforward turn-based strategy battle system without the burden of XCOM's endless and tedious micromanagement. Deserves to be played and loved by many. The first game this year I 100%'d just because I wanted to.

Super Mario Odyssey is a fantastic new addition to the 3D Mario series2. Yet another great soundtrack, tight platforming controls, and a system that almost seems to go out of its way to reward you for your exploration. So, so good.

零~月蝕の仮面~ is a Japanese-only Wii game, known in the west as Fatal Frame 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse. The constant dread and creepiness of prevous entries in the series is alive and well, particularly because the camera no longer has fixed positions as in previous entries. Instead, you are treated to an over the shoulder view through the entire game. While this served the purpose of making flashlight movement feel more natural when you move the Wii remote, it also reminds you just how vulnerable your characters are.

The story revolves around recovering memories, and that old Fatal Frame standard, a failed ritual. It seems that ten years before the game began, five young girls were kidnapped and made to participate in said ritual. They were rescued in the ritual's wake, but had lost all of their memories. After two of the girls are found dead, the remaining three return to the island in an attempt to regain their memories, finding more than the ghosts of their past.

Ultimately, you'll be going through the same areas over and over again as more of the locale of the game are opened to you. Also, getting attacked in hallways presents the same problems it always has in Fatal Frame games - since your enemies are ghosts, they can walk through walls and objects without a problem. And since the game mostly takes place indoors, that can get pretty annoying.

The last boss is pretty disappointing, as the difficulty comes not from her strength, or requiring all your skills to defeat, but that she'll keep returning to kill you if you keep getting the game's final puzzle wrong.

Also, playing it in English requires soft-modding your Wii. It's a bit of a complicated process, but it can be done, and no changes to the Wii itself are made. Just put the proper files on a SD card and the installation will handle the rest. While the main translation is done really well despite needing a lot of tightening up, much of the side content is buggy, awkward, and in some cases just plain sloppy.

Still, I enjoyed it all for what it was. If you've got a Wii and some time to spare for installing the translation, I'd say go for it.

So yeah. There you go.

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 29 Oct 2017 16:27
edisnooMedisnooM 26 Oct 2017 00:32
in discussion Hidden / Per page discussions » De Facto Movie Stuff

So new Star Wars trailer. Woo!

I'm still very excited, but part of me does worry what with the Walkers attacking a "hidden rebel base" that this may end up being a remake of Empire. I mean I'll watch it any way but I was hoping after TFA that they might change things up a bit.


Oh and a bit late but I watched Blade Runner 2049. On the whole I did enjoy it, acting was decent, visuals suitably impressive. The setting is still a pretty interesting one and it does posit some interesting questions. Some spoilery stuff to follow.

The film also ends in a slightly ambiguous way1 where I could see them making more sequels or just letting it hibernate again. If they leave it too long of course Ford probably won't be returning, and despite his more minor role this time he still seems to be a rather important piece to the story.

At any rate I enjoyed it, I think it was probably more enjoyable than the first one, of course that could also be because it's more contemporary.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 26 Oct 2017 00:32

Late to the party but I am also pretty terrible at web design. I can make things work1, but making them pretty is generally beyond me. Some webhosts do provide different tools like Wordpress and the like which can open different options for templates, functionality etc.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 26 Oct 2017 00:31

Yeah, sorry for my own lack of contribution lately, work has been suitably insane of late and free time has generally been spent ceasing higher brain function :-)

@Seijin

Bit disappointing to hear about D:OS2, I'd actually just started playing the first one recently after having had it in my queue for a while and while it so far seems pretty decent there are some odd quirks here and there that one might hope would be cleared in a sequel, but from the sound of it not so much.

And heaven help me I gave in and bought ME:A when it was on for very cheap a while back1. So, I may have some thoughts on that at some point here.


Oh and Deus Ex: MD is 75% off right now on Steam for those interested.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 26 Oct 2017 00:31

Seeing as nobody has posted anything in a while…

/engagebabblemode

So, Divinity Original Sin 2 was an overhyped waste of time. All the same issues as the original game, just prettier graphics. I will give some props for the voice over work, but that's it. It is a Baldur's Gate 2 retread with a cool elemental system and that's it.

Stellaris continues to be a very cool half-finished game. The mid- to end-game remains oddly unsatisfying and feels like it is a huge wind-up towards something… that never materializes. The end-game crises are not well scaled to a game-in-progress and whatever metric is used for them occassionally misses the mark by a fuckin light-year. "Here, have an unforeseeable random event that crushingly ends a twenty hour game with no recourse. Fun!"

Elder Scroll Legends shows how free-to-play can be done right. Yes, you can sink cash into it for some early advantages, but there is no need. Basic (free) gameplay has everything you would need to excel at the game. I worry that they aren't making enough money.

by Seijin8Seijin8, 17 Oct 2017 18:22

@FM

I'm fairly shit at graphic design. Or rather, I'm good at tweaking and editing what's there (though I find it fiddly), but shit at actually starting from scratch. Everything I've done is based on lots of lines and colors and fonts and a command-line aesthetic precisely because I'm shit at graphic design.

Code I'm good at, but also stupidcrazybusy doing it for work, so you'd be waiting far longer than I think you'd like. (As are the designers I work with, or I'd ask one of them.)

by Delta VDelta V, 29 Sep 2017 02:40

Depending on how you define "professional looking," you should consider Weebly or Squarespace, which will allow you to make good looking (if a bit formulaic) websites quite easily. Weebly at least, is free1 until you move it to your own domain and remove their "created by weebly" banner, so you can try making a mock one to see if you like it, for no cost.

by HawkingtonHawkington, 27 Sep 2017 01:59

Semi-random question:

Anyone know someone decent at web design who might be available? I'm thinking I should get a page setup, but I don't know ass from elephants with this.

EDIT: The Graphics Design element is more the concern than the code. I can sling some Geocities-tier bullshit, but I want to look like I'm trying to be professional.

by Fapmaster5000Fapmaster5000, 26 Sep 2017 01:04
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