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  1. "And now, by popular request..."

  2. Just went through and cleaned up the last page of this topic. I don't particularly care what your opinions on the matter are -- any comments of wishing harm on another individual, regardless of severity, are to be taken seriously. This is the only warning. Seek professional help if you truly believe that those thoughts are normal.
  3. It's that time again! Due to recent departures, we have been looking for a few new moderators to add to our team. Please join me in welcoming @Blacklightning, @Pawn and @Strickerx5!
  4. From this point onward, this RP is to cease on the SSMB. To list a few of the immediate reasons that went into this decision: This RP is drowning out the entirety of the Showcase forum. In an attempt to have “the largest topic” it would seem that posts are timed in such a way to maximize uptime on the newest post counter. This became painfully evident last week when a post was made with a single word, followed by editing the content in later. This topic has become a method of circumventing the expectations of the like system, forcing us to further limit the daily allowance. The merging of RP and Showcase forums was intended for less frequent, meatier posts than these. Several warnings were given about this over the last year. This RP has been previously shut down due to the post quality being below expectations. Post quality did not see an improvement. Several short sentences and an image – basically the same as a Discord RP channel or Twitter RP. Individuals involved in the topic have been regularly – and aggressively – attacking other members causing them significant stress. These users have approached administration about the issues. Individuals involved in the topic have become known for their attacks on members of staff due to their actions. Several attempts to deal with the attacks required the intervention of other staff members to stop. To be perfectly clear: the members involved in the above have been given many more passes than what our guidelines permit. Going forward, this will not be the case. Future expectations of any RPs here will involve posts of the same quality and length as each of Mightyray's chapters - what the RP forum used to be.
  5. As there is no toggle for this function, I cannot change it. IB made this change during a previous update for reasons that I'm not privy of.
  6. The usage of the awards system has slowed significantly as of late by my request. There are several concerns that I have with its use - most of which will be addressed in the guideline revisions I've been preparing for staff review. Rather than make it a messy transition with events sitting*, I've been asking the staff to slow down on the use of extra functions such as this module until after we've reviewed the changes. Tentatively, these changes include minimum event size estimations, award quantity, participation requirements and forum restrictions. As for your Kirby* awards, I'd suggest that you take that up with the event coordinator. I'm being told that we haven't received the list of members for the awards.
  7. This one is on me. I said months ago that an update to the guidelines would be coming and simply wasn't able to follow through in the timeframe that I'd wanted to. One of my main goals with a new set of rules is to withstand the test of time better than the existing ones have and that takes careful thought. Some rules will be removed and replaced with new ones that encompass issues we have run into over the years that simply need to be addressed - but the number of rules should hopefully not increase. This will include a full refocus of the ruleset to better fit the forums going forward. While it is on my to-do list, I feel like the releases this year and the polarization of the fanbase has caused enough discord that it was brought into the limelight. Sonic Mania and Forces could not possibly be more different if they'd tried and it really does show based on the activity here. I cannot have new guidelines up right away but I will do my best. Sonic Forces releases tomorrow and the staff are working harder than I've seen in half a decade to keep up. This is causing some kinks that we're still working out, such as the worries recently about being warned for reports. This will not happen under any circumstance. While reports are not anonymous to us, we will never penalize a member for attempting to assist with moderation in such a way (provided it is following proper etiquette, as expected). Please bare with us and I apologize for any issues you might encounter. It is necessary to pay heed to previous universal warnings during this release window, such as the one I had made in the Shadow DLC topic regarding attitudes and member treatment. The vast majority of the reports we are getting are relating to disagreements and we are trying to focus on the overall atmosphere regarding the game criticism. There are a lot of members - some of which who already have been warned - attempting to shift entire discussions with rude talking points and being just plain obnoxious. Just because you do not like Forces or Mania doesn't mean that you need to be incredibly rude to those who do. Discuss your points, don't force it down their throats. Your feedback is heard and will be taken into account. Thank you for the time you've put into this.
  8. The Potara shown in the preview are green and appear to be the same ones worn by the Kaioshin of Universe 6 earlier in the series. I think they are actually the real thing from the stands and not a conjured item by the remaining Namekians. Also, the Mafuba functions to redirect a foe without the jar. Potara are in a similar category as senzu beans, where the item does the heavy lifting and no ability interaction are required on the part of the user. They're not really comparable. That said, Universe 2 also employed an item to transfer power so they seem allowed on a case by case basis. It's also likely that they're simply focusing on items to extend combat, whereas fusion does not create additional energy or stamina.
  9. I can't be any more clear, to be honest. I've stated the fact several times: the "Sonic Cycle" is mostly referenced surrounding arguments about game quality with people who are legitimately excited for the game. It's happened every single time we have an impending release. It isn't funny, it's not constructive and it doesn't have a place here. Your post prompted mine but I wasn't going to take action on any that happened today. It only recently was bumped to an enforceable action because of the sheer amount of vitriol surrounding Mania and Forces related 'discussions'. What it comes down to is this, essentially: if you can't post here without being a total asshole, don't bother posting at all.
  10. Just want to make it perfectly clear here: posting of the Sonic cycle - in any way, shape or form - will get you a swift suspension. You might think you're being funny, but you're being an asshole. This is also mentioned in my previous posts regarding Forces and in the pinned rules topic in this forum. In addition, I'd like to thank those of you who are sending in reports. This is a very busy time for us and the help is appreciated. We're hoping to keep the atmosphere under control despite the varied reception of Forces so far among the fanbase.
  11. I'd like to point out the two largest flaws that I've seen mentioned regarding Denuvo: It requires the servers to run - which won't be up forever. The servers will last for years and the game will likely be patched at that point to not require it; It is required to be connected to the internet when you boot the software. This isn't an issue if you're playing at home on a PC, but causes issues travelling. Most of the Denuvo issues won't actually affect you during regular play, so just buy the game and enjoy it. If you simply can't, buy it on another device. As for SEGA, they're doing the same thing that other companies do through other means. Games through UPlay, EA's system, Battle.net - most require you to be online in some form. Denuvo sucks but in reality it won't cause issues for most players in typical play.
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    1. Pelvic WOO! engine
    2. blueblur98



      you can't just post an image of SERIOUS PLOT DETAILS in forces without putting it in a spoiler!

    3. Pelvic WOO! engine

      Pelvic WOO! engine

      Wait what?? What does donkey Kong have to do with forces??

    4. blueblur98


      that was a joke.

    5. Pelvic WOO! engine

      Pelvic WOO! engine

      Little did you know, my comment was a joke as well. :P

  13. The URL is incredibly easy to find with a moment of Google (it took me ~1 minute to find). Sadly, it can't be shared here and posts regarding such will be deleted. You'll be free to share streams after the street date.
  14. These bugs just keep getting weirder. Next we're going to see posts about not being able to open your profile on the third Tuesday of the month at precisely 4:39AM. Noted, though.
  15. As per the countless reports we've gotten regarding Forces as of late, I'd like to remind participants that this discussion is to remain civil. It's incredibly annoying to see the sheer amount of negativity surrounding Forces be directed towards the members of the forum who are genuinely excited for this game. Respect that others actually have hope for this title. Keep the "Sonic Cycle" and other various forms of trolling out. Discuss your opinions of the game properly without shutting down other people. This goes for all discussions, obviously - but it's most prominent when Forces is brought up.
  16. They're also not core characters to any progression (Demon World is a side story that was mentioned in passing in Z; Supreme Kai of Time wasn't mentioned at all). The numbered creations of Gero are a significantly developed part of the canon - as such, Toriyama isn't likely to create another character with the same number. At the current pace of progression, this saga (and post filler) will likely end near enough to the game release that her inclusion would line up. Each Dragon Ball series has had an Android or Red Ribbon related saga thus far.
  17. The largest takeaway from Android #21 is that she is Toriyama designed. She will remain canon in some form or another and will not be replaced later with a different #21. It's probably likely that she will get some air time in DBS around or just after the game release.
  18. They can't all be Universe 9. We're moving forward in Namek time so it'll be quite a few episodes.
  19. Objective evidence. Do you have any information on games in the past that have included DRM specifically to prevent modding? For the record, adding DRM actually makes hackers more inclined to dig deeper.
  20. This is a common occurrence with just about any software or game that makes it to PC. DRM doesn't combat this (or at least, not with enough accuracy to ever consider DRM for this purpose).
  21. I admit that this delay initially had me fairly upset. The first Sonic game in years that I'm absolutely stoked for, delayed on the system I was going to purchase it on. It's a bummer to be sure. In the long run though, I do agree that this delay won't impact the perceptions of the game post launch, and I'd rather it ran well. These guys have been fans of the series for years - do you really think that they'd want a game to go out broken and require hefty bugfixes to the community that they've been a part of? No. This delay is likely as frustrating to them as it is to us, if not more. The whole debate about DRM is a non-starter. It won't have any intrusive DRM as most SEGA games do not. Best to move forward, accept the delay and wait it out or buy it on another console if you haven't.
  22. I'm aware what you were referring to but I'm comparing the existing UI scaling to that of the older games. 2.8HD was included in my statement of Square's 1080p+ offerings all sharing the UI scaling issue.
  23. Using recently linked images in this topic in an overlay, you can spot the size differences of the bottom left and right elements. The text is much smaller for abilities and the health/mana/status is nearly half the size - this isn't even accounting for the party health which is relocated and nearly a quarter of relative size to the older games. http://i.imgur.com/cOilbWk.jpg
  24. It's never been this small, that's the point I'm making. It used to take up a much larger portion of the screen in their pre-HD offerings.
  25. While I'm impressed at the level of quality in the game, I'm still dumbfounded by one aspect of Square's idiotic design choices: who is this UI intended for? There are two aspects of this that I'm not fond of, and it seems to be a consistent issue with their 1080p+ offerings: If I have to take my attention off of the focal point (the action) to check my heath, attacks or status - it's bad. If I have to squint to read it - even on a 55" television - it's bad. I can't be the only one? FF15's was torture and KH3 seems to have the same UI failures going on. This issue wouldn't be that bad if options were provided to increase the size. Unfortunately, they usually aren't.
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