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    WELP, that didn't last long

    1. bmn

      bmn

      As I understand it, someone from Hardlight got in touch individually (i.e. not on behalf of Hardlight or Sega) about potential issues, and suggested they get in touch with Sega before they (e.g.) do a load of work just to get C&D'd.

      How successful they'll be IMO depends big-time on who they contact - Sega of America's PR probably makes more sense than anyone else, considering how community-friendly and progressive they are compared to Japan and (to a lesser extent) Europe/UK/whatever-they're-called-now.

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  2. A quick question for you SSMB; how do you feel about how multiple playable characters are handled in Metal Slug 2?

    It's only a 2 player game but has four selectable characters who all play identically with the only differences being character appearances and flavor animations. Sure later games added stat differences between characters but I want to know just about Metal Slug 2. Does the lack of gameplay variety bore you or is the gameplay as is exciting enough so that way you don't care and simply pick the character you enjoy looking at most? Me, I'm more of the latter as I can pick my favorite character and enjoy the gameplay that brought me in in the first place.

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      bmn

      If on emulator, there's a hack called MS2 Turbo, which fixes the programming error that makes the slowdown as bad as it is (it's a similar problem to how VSync causes bigger stutters than necessary when slowdown occurs). It doesn't bring MS2 up to the speed of MSX, which got an actual reprogrammed game engine, but it's still the better game anyway.

      Also Fio 4 lyfe don't @ me.

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  3. Did anyone here play Yakuza 0?

    If so, is the Real Estate Royale minigame as hard as it looks?

    1. bmn

      bmn

      Nope. Apart from the boss battles which are a little on the hard side, and some of the challenges (score 5 mil on Outrun, for example) which you're allowed to fail, it's a pretty simple collectathon. As long as you develop your properties whenever you can, your income starts rising very quickly and it's not difficult to afford to more expensive properties.

  4. Never have played Skies of Arcadia. Has anyone here? I've been curious about the game for a long time.

    1. bmn

      bmn

      Good game. Battles are a bit slow, and magic got a really bad deal*, but it has good mechanics, flows well, and has an entertaining story. SoA and Grandia 2 are the two classic Dreamcast JRPGs, and they have similar, but very differently executed, ideas about how to do interesting battle systems.

      The Gamecube version, Legends, is the better version, apart from the slight mangling it does to the sequenced music (DC had a more capable synthesiser, who knew?). It emulates well on Dolphin.

       

      * (it uses up SP, which you have to painfully build up during each battle and generally want to be spending on special moves instead; it also uses your characters' MP which is a pain to recover; and then it turns out you can buy consumable items that cast the magic but don't use SP or MP)

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  5. I've managed to get the Ocarina of Time Randomizer set up. This is way more fun than it has any right to be.

    1. bmn

      bmn

      No way you're doing Fire with 4 hearts then 😛

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  6. I've managed to get the Ocarina of Time Randomizer set up. This is way more fun than it has any right to be.

    1. bmn

      bmn

      Yeah, sounds like a good time to do adult stuff :o Do you have your projectile weapon for Phantom Ganon yet, or banking on finding it in Forest?

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  7. I've managed to get the Ocarina of Time Randomizer set up. This is way more fun than it has any right to be.

    1. bmn

      bmn

      Cool. what settings are you trying out? It gets pretty interesting when you open the storyline locks like Door of Time, and you have no idea where your key items (boomerang, hookshot, light arrows, etc) are going to be.

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  8. Heads up, there’s a fake TSS Twitter account running round, as well as someone impersonating one of the writers to harass folk - 

     

     

    1. bmn

      bmn

      Nah, the TSS Twitter called out this guy over the weekend for plagiarising a tweet about Gamescom, so he's got a chip on his shoulder now. I'm more annoyed he's pretending to be Jason and going after SonicWindBlue than anything else; the rest is honestly pretty funny.

      ...at least, what little I can see now that account's blocked me 👍

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  9. How do you get over anxiety? I've had it ever since I had an emotional break down over 2 weeks ago and it hasn't gone away since. I'm just over it. I'm an emotional mess.

    1. bmn

      bmn

      Anxiety and depression are really personal things, what works for one may not work for another. There's never a bad time to try to improve things though, it's often best to try to nip mental problems in the bud before they get out of hand.

       

      2 weeks is pretty early, so Kiah's advice is probably the best right now. Exercise is absolutely massive for mental health, it can't be overestimated. Doesn't matter what it is, get out and do something ;)

       

      The most successful type of therapy today is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which (in simple terms) is about examining the triggering thoughts in detail, coming up with rebuttals (realistic and truthful ones) to the exaggerated negativity in those thoughts, and employing them whenever your anxiety appears. It's in contrast to the old-style "talking about your past" type of therapy, and also to avoidance strategies like positive thinking and ignoring thoughts. CBT works best for things you can put into words, and which are either overblown or have real-world solutions, but it's a harder time dealing with things like existential anxiety.

      CBT's traditionally a talking therapy (with a lot of homework!), with all the costs/waiting involved with that. In the last few years though, a lot of organisations have diversified in how they offer it. Here in the UK for example, you'll usually be offered a choice between traditional therapy (long waiting list), phone therapy (moderate), group sessions (short) or a pretty comprehensive online self-help system (immediate) with a supervisor you can message. It's worth looking into, and in the meantime there are some free self-help guides, such as these ones.

       

      One of the easiest things you can try is mindfulness meditation, which is along the same lines as CBT and often done at the same time. It's a type of meditation where you open yourself up to your thoughts and senses (or subsets of them), and try to be consciously aware of individual things, without getting caught up in any particular thing. The aim is to become more mentally connected to your body and the world around you, and to more naturally be able to understand and accept negative thoughts rather than be affected by them. At the very least, it's good for getting your thoughts in order and calming yourself down!

      There are a lot of resources for mindfulness (and meditation in general), including apps such as Headspace and 10% Happier. Most of these are freemium and offer a taster, but there's some free stuff out there too, like UCLA's guided meditations, and this very in-depth course that is somewhat like a CBT course.

       

      The other option is, of course, medication. This has improved a lot in recent years for anxiety in particular - there have been new drugs like escitalopram (brand name Lexapro) released which have fewer side effects, a shorter onset period (2 weeks on average IIRC), and particularly-strong efficacy against anxiety. They're used for relatively minor mental illness more often now, since they'll often stop it from getting worse, and it's a lot less painful to taper off from a smaller dose than from a big one. They can be pretty rough during that initial period though.

      Antidepressants are best used for particularly bad anxiety or depression, where brain chemistry is the actual source of the illness, or where therapy isn't effective for whatever reason. If possible, the aim is not to stay on them for an extended period, but to get you over the hump, give you half a year or so to recover (and to make improvements to your life, make progress with therapy etc.), then taper off and eventually discontinue the drug. It's important to understand that they're not about changing the thoughts you have; they're about stopping you from having the despair/panic response that the thoughts trigger, which gives you mental space to get better at handling the thoughts themselves.

       

      Either way, if you're legitimately a mess, definitely talk to your doctor about it. No matter what you decide, do something! Anxiety doesn't need to be part of your life.

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  10. Can I give my opinion on the reactions?

    I think the latest ones unfortunately won't get too much use... for what kind of status I should use them? Eh, I think there's could be better options, like sad, excited, angry...

    Nice Smile is used for more heartwarming purposes, Absolutely is used for "facepalm" moments, Chuckle is for the funnies, Proto Unleashed face for the "wtf" moments and Promotion/Fist Bump is for the things we totally agree with. 😛

    1. bmn

      bmn


      @SupahBerry That is actually how I envisioned people using WPC (and Promotion), for the most part :) With most of the reactions, I've tried to make them a little on the ambiguous side, so it's really the community that ends up deciding the true meaning over time, kinda like how Twitch emotes are.

      @JosepHenry I hope TMR goes a little way towards adding more in the way of emotions ;) As above, it'll be interesting to see how it gets used in the end.

      @OtherPeoples I've got no problem with adding a sympathy reaction at some point. What it'll be, I couldn't say, but will have a think about what'd work best.

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  11. Can I give my opinion on the reactions?

    I think the latest ones unfortunately won't get too much use... for what kind of status I should use them? Eh, I think there's could be better options, like sad, excited, angry...

    Nice Smile is used for more heartwarming purposes, Absolutely is used for "facepalm" moments, Chuckle is for the funnies, Proto Unleashed face for the "wtf" moments and Promotion/Fist Bump is for the things we totally agree with. 😛

    1. bmn

      bmn

      Yeah, Smooth Move doesn't really work like I thought. It's too squashed even when I'm playing around with larger reaction display :(

      That's what experimentation is for, though!

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  12. Will be bringing the forum down for a minute or so in 10 minutes. 1 melodramatic panic = 1 ban 👍

  13. Will be bringing the forum down for a minute or so in 10 minutes. 1 melodramatic panic = 1 ban 👍

  14. I was assigned to write a 200-300 word paper and I wrote a 1000 word paper. Why do I do this to myself...

    1. bmn

      bmn

      If you're at uni/college, an assignment as short as a few hundred words usually means they want something concise and dense in information. You may well find that, if you examine the points you've made, reorganise them and rewrite them, you can get the same information into half as many words, and at the same time be less rambly and thus more easily comprehensible.

      In my experience at uni, different subjects have different priorities when it comes to word/page limit. Art subjects are more likely to assign longer limits, but are much more accepting of rambly, information-sparse submissions. Science subjects on the other hand expect papers to be written well, and often set shorter limits specifically to challenge concise writing skills. Someone that fails at this will either lose marks due to going significantly over (at my uni, 10% over lost you 10 marks, 20% over was a fail*), or because they met the limit but as a result didn't cover everything in enough detail.

      In your case, writing 1000 words might just mean you had a lot more to say than the teacher/professor/whatever had in mind. But at some point, overwriting actually becomes a sign of a lack of ability or effort, rather than too much. It's common (and usually good!) for a first draft to be way over limit, but then the skill is in taking that draft, and making something that's even better and meets the limit. :)

      * meanwhile, my girlfriend in my masters year - and me by extension! - had a hell of a time getting her dissertation down to less than 110% of the 60-page limit. Never again... :(

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  15. At what age do you become too old to see dentist for first time? Also sorry for making another post before the other one drops away.

    1. bmn

      bmn

      You're never too old ? Dentists get loads of people with terrible dental hygiene that haven't had a checkup in years, so it's nothing to worry about if you've never been.

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  16. "My Emmerdoods, Absolutely, and Way Past Cool"...these reactions are getting progressively weirder.

    1. bmn

      bmn

      Chuckle was originally called I Ain't Sonic. People didn't like it :(

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  17. Ok then since that last status worked...

     

    How about a Barry Chuckle and Boxer Hockey Sonic SSMB emote!?

  18. I got Sonic 2 on Android...

    Is it normal to beat Emerald Hill in less than a minute?

    1. bmn

      bmn

      A decent speedrun time for the whole zone is 0:56 (20 and 36), so yeah.

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  19. Just posted this, anything egregiously wrong or that I've missed, guys?

    https://www.sonicstadium.org/2017/08/sonic-mania-buyers-guide/

    1. bmn

      bmn

      @Mysterion I'm pretty sure Aaron's mentioned they're looking at it at some point. Otherwise, what major Sonic game have they not released at least one soundtrack for? :P

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  20. We get a PPPPPPPPPPROMOTION emote 

    but where's the emote for this

    sonicunl038.jpg&key=bc8c650d90a6f8de80dd

     

  21. Woah, check the new "like" system!

  22. We're going to start an update of the forum sometime in the next hour. This is a fairly large update that is expected to break some minor things, so the forum will be locked until it's complete. Don't be alarmed if you see error messages!

    Including the on-demand backup and update process, we expect it to take about 2 hours.

    1. bmn

      bmn

      Starting now. First up is a general software update for the server, then the forum will be locked up.

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  23. We're going to start an update of the forum sometime in the next hour. This is a fairly large update that is expected to break some minor things, so the forum will be locked until it's complete. Don't be alarmed if you see error messages!

    Including the on-demand backup and update process, we expect it to take about 2 hours.

    1. bmn

      bmn

      I can make that happen if you like ;)

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  24. We're going to start an update of the forum sometime in the next hour. This is a fairly large update that is expected to break some minor things, so the forum will be locked until it's complete. Don't be alarmed if you see error messages!

    Including the on-demand backup and update process, we expect it to take about 2 hours.

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