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Osmium last won the day on April 4 2016

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    Sonic, Mario, platformers, Science, History, thinking, Drawing and writing, Disney theme parks, animals, biology, Geology, elements, rocks & minerals, Earth, atoms, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Stars, Galaxies, Planets, other celestial objects, Nuclear Fusion, Nuclear Fission, Nuclear Reactors, cartoons, drawings, weather, climate, locomotives, cars, planes, boats, model trains, other junk

    Mainly being extensively anal-retentive about everything I like
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    Spread in the Inner Planet's crusts, in stellar atmospheres, being synthesized in P-process, S-process, and R-process (depending on isotope) in neutron star collisions as we speak.

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  1. Osmium

    What if Sonic pulled an Infinity War?

    There is no point to this idea at all. There is no advantage to having a bunch of characters die for the sake of dying in this sort of series at all.
  2. Sometimes I think back at the tactless and silly things I would say on here (and still do) and the resulting skids. 

    I don't know if I would feel true regret for these actions as they are most likely results of my adolescence and struggling maturity, and are a part of the learning curve, but I know which paths and buttons should not be pushed with others better then before. 

    I think everyone has that one place really tied to their angsty shithead phase and this is mine. 

    1. Kiah

      Kiah

      The fact that you acknowledge these things is a strong indication of maturity actually. Just because it is possibly expected at a certain stage in our lives doesn’t mean that we can’t feel true regret about it. I know I felt and still feel regret about the stupid things I’ve done like 15 and even 20 years ago. 

      In the end what matters most is learning, adjusting and moving on from that phase seeing that you are aware it isn’t the wisest of courses. I see plenty of adults that failed to get the memo and I don’t see you as one of them. 

  3. H - Hydrogen

    B - Boron

    C- Carbon

    N - Nitrogen

    O - Oxygen 

    F - Florine

    P - Phosphorous

    S - Sulphur

    K - Potassium

    V - Vanadium

    Y - Yttrium

    I - Iodine

    W - Tungsten

    U - Uranium

    In order of Z

    1. TailsTellsTales

      TailsTellsTales

      That was hardcore if you did not cheat and I know you not because you are that good at knowing your elements of course.

    2. Osmium

      Osmium

      I remembered 13 of them quickly and then recalled Potassium last after a minute or so. 

  4. They used to say there were presently 10-14 million species on the planet. A more recent estimate (2016) says there may be 1 trillion species which sounds more plausible to me. Thinking about how many organisms fill niches in the rainforest alone, and then considering all the phyla of bacteria and archea known, 10-14 million always seemed quite low to me. 

    1. Forte-Metallix

      Forte-Metallix

      And apparently we've only discovered a tiny fraction of all life in the oceans alone! Just think of all the amazing creatures that've been hiding under our noses for the past hundreds of thousands of years.

    2. Osmium

      Osmium

      We have only explored around 1% of the ocean's true volume or so. So yes there are probably dozens to hundreds of millions of species at the least in the oceans ranging from bacteria adapted to anything you can think to very advanced animals that may have relatively high intelligence. 

      The collective ocean is an extremely diverse place, the geography of the continental shelves, slopes, the ocean floor, and areas where the plates interact is just as varied as dry land if not more, and the midwater extends for hundreds of metres above that in all directions with its own gradients of temperatures, pressures, currents, and amounts of constituents of the water itself. Yeah now that I think of it there's at least probably several billion species down there. 

    3. SupahBerry

      SupahBerry

      And that all together is 1% of the total Earth species ever. The other 99% we know of fukin' died.

    4. Osmium

      Osmium

      Correct 

  5. I'll echo what was said yesterday and say that Sonic has never had a good story post-1998. They're either needlessly complicated or grossly simple for the sake of being simple, and they always, always, have absolutely horrible integration into how the games are paced and how they progress. 

    1. Marcello

      Marcello

      Black Knight was great.

    2. Ivo the Coldsteel

      Ivo the Coldsteel

      I think the Storybook games and Unleashed were pretty decent, story-wise. But beyond that, yeah, I think they're mostly awful.

    3. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      It is true that no single game in that time period has been able to be simple and charming while also epic and engaging like the classics, but I'll argue that Unleashed almost pulled it off. Sure the middle of the story is beyond sparse , but the beginning and back end of the story showed a great deal of promise with engaging characterization and a plot that never tried to be more than Sonic vs. Eggman and his interactions with those involved. And to me at least the game was very charming, from the characters to the aesthetics to the music. I still think it's a shame that only half of the gameplay style carried forward and none of the characterizations, storytelling style, or aesthetics. All that said though, as much as I can argue for Unleashed I can't argue against bad integration into game pacing and progression (medals anyone?).

  6. I still don't understand the people that say they want Pluto as a planet 

    1. Forte-Metallix

      Forte-Metallix

      I know, right? He's clearly a dog! How blind are these people?!

    2. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      look, my second grade teacher made us memorize that shit and we were tested on it. now you're trying to say that one of them wasn't even needed?!?!?!

      fuck outta here

    3. SupahBerry

      SupahBerry

      But planets don't exist! We live on a flat Earth that floats in the center of the universe with only clouds and stars in the sky!

    4. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      It's so Sailor Moon can make sense astronomically.

    5. PaulyBFromDa303

      PaulyBFromDa303

      Anybody want some lunch? I found a wonderful laundromat the other day and their Tide Pods are to die for

    6. Kiah

      Kiah

      @PaulyBFromDa303 My oblivion to your intentions aside I’m going to ask you to refrain from making jokes about eating Tide Pods. It’s a foolish trend that has ended tragically with some losing their lives so it really shouldn’t be anything to joke about. 

  7. At this point I honestly don't care very much for Sonic's future or what Sonic Team is doing or what. Maybe it's time for me to just concede that the first four games are among the best games ever made and Mania was cool and maybe we'll never get anything akin to their quality again in either 2D or 3D and that's just how it is. 

    1. TCB

      TCB

      Yup. Nearly on point with this mindset for a while now. 

    2. Waveshocker Sigma

      Waveshocker Sigma

      2 and 3K are good. 1 and CD are garbage, though. Always were.

    3. Osmium
    4. SupahBerry

      SupahBerry

      I don't know whether or not I should call the original 3'n'K only good by happy accident. It certainly seems so when all the care and effort put into them had completly dissappeared as time went on.

      Nevertheless, I find Sonic's early years to be a shining example of begginers luck. Mania Team and the comics crew are the only people I can trust anymore to deliver anything remotly acceptable for sonic.

    5. Kiah

      Kiah

      I still care a lot about Sonic’s future as this is my favorite franchise without a doubt and has been so for 27 years strong. That causes me to care about what Sonic Team is doing by default. 

      That said, while I’m not very optimistic with Sonic Team’s recent (because some of the games put out after the first 4 classics are some of my favorites) track record I can only hope that they get it together not only in a clear direction without the convolution with Sonic but with dedication and passion that’s clearly evident in its products.

    6. DanJ86

      DanJ86

      What an utter defeatist attitude. I can't agree with that. At some point, I lost the ability to look forward to things like new games. It deeply saddens me. Why would anyone choose to feel the same?

      It's like giving up on hope. We need hope for the future.

    7. Thigolf

      Thigolf

      I just want a consistently good franchise.

      That's literally the point where I'm at. I'm not even asking for some amazing quality that blows my mind every time, just give me a solid game. That's all I ask. Yet somehow, some-fucking-how, they can't even achieve that.

      I'm truly, truly baffled how basically every single other Sega franchise is handled so, so well, with one criticial hit after the other, yet Sonic, their flagship franchise, gets dropped over and over again. It's fascinating, really - like, how those this even happen? I just don't get it, man. 

    8. TCB

      TCB

      @Thigolf gets it; in fact that's why I find it hard to ever see something on the level of Mania in a 3D space from this kind of Sonic Team. My hardcore attention for this series isn't what it used to be.  Outside of the characters and world it's almost a causal liking I still have for it. Othrr series i gotten into in recent years got my attention and interests far more.

    9. Monkey Destruction Switch

      Monkey Destruction Switch

      @DanJ86 I mean, it's bad to give up hope about everything, but giving up hope for a specific media franchise isn't necessarily a bad idea, if you just honestly think its future entries are unlikely to have anything to offer to you.

    10. DanJ86

      DanJ86

      @Monkey Destruction Switch Oh yeah. Things can't stay the same indefinitely, so if it takes a new direction that you dislike, you'd be better off investing your time into something else.

      I saw the words "giving up" and reacted to them as a more general term, rather than encased in the topic. XD

    11. Strickerx5

      Strickerx5

      It’s really hard for me to give up when it comes to things like this honestly. Like, at the end of the day this is far from a serious matter. The only entertainment property that I can even consider as me “giving up” on are the transformers movies and even then that new one has me interested.

      Hell, sometimes dips in quality are apart of the ride. While I really wish this series could have a consistent amount of effort put into it, not knowing what’s going to happen in between releases is sort of engaging. It can sometimes make for a good laugh when all is said and done.

    12. TheOcelot

      TheOcelot

      SEGA have made a lot of bad & underwhelming decisions over the years which has lead to some pretty mediocre games. However, they've also made some good decisions which has lead to some excellent games, just look at Mania/Mania Plus where SEGA worked with fans-turned professional developers.

      The potential of making good content is always possible. I mean SEGA have been releasing well-received games from their other IPs over the last few years. So they really should be able to do this with Sonic.

      #KeepTheFaith

    13. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Admittedly I can understand having no faith in Iizuka and the three ring circus he performs with, but giving up on Sonic's future I personally can't do. There is nothing in this world that makes me happier than this franchise (says something about me doesn't it?) so I can't help but hold out hope. Right now the IDW comics are doing a descent job of holding me, even if I worry about some problems I have with these early issues, so at least one aspect of the franchise is still giving me a little hope. From there even if SEGA can't seem to figure out what they are doing with Sonic there are still those fans who put together things from time to time that are just pure magic and remind me of why I love this franchise so much. Sure most of them will never get the recognition like Whitehead and Thomley, but they still help keep the dream alive for me.

    14. Wraith

      Wraith

      why do people make such a big deal about hope and giving up like they won't buy the next sonic game that looks good

      just relax and see how it goes. you don't need to make yourselves miserable talking about this over and over again in the meantime

    15. PaddyFancy

      PaddyFancy

      All of Sega's developers make consistently decent games.

      Just not Sonic Team

    16. Osmium

      Osmium

      @Josh I haven't bought a Sonic game in years (besides Mania)

      Also I think you people are getting the wrong impression from this. I'm not sitting here going "SANIC TEAM HAS RUINED MY HOPES AND DREAMS FOR THE LAST TIME NEVER AGAIN!!", I simply just don't think we're ever going to get anything that screams quality at that level for me from Sonic Team ever again. 

      This is not a serious matter for me at bloody all, I have the classic games and those are so fucking good for me that that's all I really need from Sonic. That's basically all I'm saying here. 

    17. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      I'd say that that is a shame but considering what has come out since Generations I won't argue against your decision. I will though recommend Mania Plus when it comes out at least as a rental if you can since I feel it stands reasonably well beside 1, CD,2,3, and K and it will be the definitive version of the game. With the future looking so bleak for you it could kind of be a swan song for you with the games as you look back at the vision, passion, and dedication that made those original games special enough to still hold up today.

    18. SupahBerry

      SupahBerry

      I'd be more okay with the "they'll get it right next time" mentality if weren't for the fact they have screwed up for so many times in so many ways now. It makes me think of this part at the end of MM9, but Wily's failures replaced with SEGAs:

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      You could almost hear it:

      And then that time!

      And then that time!

      And then that time!

      And then that time!

      Now, I understand that there are several good things to find in these "screw-ups" that make it stand out; the Adventures duo, Unleashed, Colors. But whenever they are brought up, it's only half the time that they bring up a good moment from them. If their's a line of dialouge people find memorable in Sonic, it's for every reason but that it's a well written line. Belive it or not, the real well written lines can't compare to them.

    19. Osmium

      Osmium

      I've talked about it under a number of different guises and specificites for different contexts, but I respect the first Sonic games so much, they have absolutely perfect controls and perfect settings for these controls to function how they do, they're such masterpieces for me that like I've said, if the entire series was just those games, I think I would be exactly the same I am today in reguards to this series. 

      They reach such a specific place of absolute human achievement that I don't know if we will ever get anything like them again, which is why I said I'm not in much anticipation for the future.

      They're almost like steam locomotives, such intricate and successful pieces of craft work that may possibly  just be a dead end in the practical long run, but I'll admire them as much as I possibly can. 

    20. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      It's kind of those reasons that you'll see me argue for giving Whitehead, Thomley, and company the chance to make a full on original game in the classic vein. They know what makes it magical and have demonstrated the ability to replicate it with their original levels in Mania. Now with Mania Plus they also have the chance to demonstrate that they can make new characters that work in that classic system as well which gives me hope for one of my biggest hopes for anything born out of Mania. The only downside with putting any hope into anything being born of Mania is that good ol' Takashi Iizuka has already said after Plus they're done with Mania. I really do feel like sometimes that SEGA needs to clean house and rebuild Sonic Team with significantly less corporate meddling and someone who actually has some kind of cohesive vision.

    21. King Koopone

      King Koopone

      It's not just Sonic... Lots of series that I liked or even loved are either no more (a metric ton) or changed to form causing me to give up (Need for Speed, Gran Turismo). There's only Mario in terms of current series where I can sort of trust getting a game and enjoying them.

      As for Sonic though, my interest certainly has dropped. Not completely disappeared though. Sometimes though it has returned, if Generations didn't exist then probably wouldn't even be here. Have no hype for Team Sonic Racing (worried more about Sumo Digital/behind the scenes than the actual game) and future games are only if they interest me. For me Sonic is case by case and has been since the first wave of "bad" games. Mania Plus, will get eventually. Next Sonic Sonic Team game, very unlikely.

      For the early games, Sega was on the ball even if they were inconsistent in general and Sonic wasn't the only series that had bad games ranging everything from Shinobi to Out Run. I mean 27 years ago, all the complaints about Sonic now could have been easily made for Out Run (poor port of Turbo OutRun, Chase HQ clone Battle Out Run as in chasing the trend and Out Run Europa). They had the money, the fame, the talent. Now though they don't have as much of that with only the Yakuza series ever close to their glory days as well as whatever M2 does. I think the only reason why Yakuza is consistent is because the programmer of Daytona is involved with the series. One of the last of the old guard...

  8. Just why. What the fuck and why. 

  9. James has kinda lost his touch over the years. Not nearly the same amount of emotion that he used to have. 

    1. Osmium

      Osmium

      I'm wondering if he even really wants to make these anymore, he seems like he's getting quite tired of it. 

      The thing is is that if he really wanted to stop, he seems like the kinda person who would make a video saying it's the end and would thank everyone and things. 

      Also still, none of this takes away from the fact that the Earthbound video was fantastic. 

    2. Depression Kong

      Depression Kong

      When you've been doing more or less the same thing for 10+ years, there's only so much you can crank out of it.

    3. Osmium

      Osmium

      I'm not even blaming him for it, he probably doesn't feel nearly as invested into this character as he used to, but millions of people spur him on. 

    4. Tara

      Tara

      I think there was a Q&A where he did go into the quality of recent AVGN videos and he said that it's more so that his style and tastes in humor and plot delivery have changed since the early days.  If that's the case, then I'm okay with him making whatever videos that make him happy.  But yeah, I think in recent years, the best AVGN videos have been where the source material itself was obviously bad, and thus not relying on the nerd's commentary to carry the crux of the joke. 

  10. I'm home. 

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

       

    2. TheOcelot

      TheOcelot

       

    3. Kiah

      Kiah

      Welcome back! How was your vacation? 🙂

    4. Osmium

      Osmium

      Very tiring but thought-provoking and good. 

    5. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      I'm late as always, but welcome back. Glad you enjoyed your vacation.

  11. People seem to be taking what the length of a Sonic game should be too quantitatively.  

    1. E-122-Psi

      E-122-Psi

      There are times when I think the length of the game can seriously affect playability (eg. Sonic Chaos' short as hell levels, R's five tracks, or SA1 having both problems with the side character campaigns). I get in many cases time constraints played into those and it was better just focusing on what they already had laid out, but those are cases I think, yeah, a little more would have made all the difference.

      Of course you can make a game tediously long as well. It's about a balance that keeps the audience's investment in playing it.

    2. SupahBerry

      SupahBerry

      Do people really think that simple by-the-numbers kart racing and other unnecessary minigames being included in one game puts it over one that doesn't include such things???

    3. E-122-Psi

      E-122-Psi

      @SupahBerry I'm split down the middle in that regard, since while I do love when games add extras like multiplayer modes and addictive mini games for some function of variety and replay-ability, I do agree that focusing on making the main game should be the first priority. I would rather have had a couple extra levels for Knuckles and Gamma in SA1 over half a dozen mini games for Sonic and Tails for example, especially since so many kinda broke the flow of their campaigns a little.

  12. You know, basing this question off the mega drive games at least, it's really a player-dependent thing. None of the original Sonic games, even 3K are really that long in general. Each stage pretty much takes as much time as you give into it. That's part of the arcade-y nature of Sonic that I admire. Basically it should be a few hours on average but it depends on how you take everything, since everything should be fluid and variable since that's the Sonic way.
  13. Last full day of this trip. It was fun and thought provoking but very tiring and I'll be glad to go home and get back to my studies and drawings and things. 

    1. Kiah

      Kiah

      Glad you enjoyed yourself. Vacations can be a ton of fun but can be tiring at the same time and you get to the point where you are simply ready to go back home lol. 

      Have a safe trip back 🙂

    2. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Savor the last day to its fullest!

    3. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Good to hear it was a good vacation. As @Kiah said, vacations can be a ton fun but they can definitely leave you more winded then when you started. Hope you have enough time to recover after trip and that the vacation has restored your appreciation of the everyday.

  14. I'm on day 10 of my 15 day trip. I can't even remember what my home looks like.

    1. Kiah

      Kiah

      That’s a nice long vacation! Went on one about 2 weeks 13 years ago and it was the same for me among other things. 

      Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

    2. Osmium

      Osmium

      Thanks! I'm not used to either traveling or change in general so I've been quite anxious but it's been quite fun.

    3. Sonic Fan J

      Sonic Fan J

      Glad to see you're enjoying your vacation, just don't burn yourself out on it.

  15. Osmium

    How do you perceive Sonic (the character)?

    I've shared this bit of exposition from time to time and I'll do it again. I wasn't really a Sonic fan as a kid, being on the Mario/Nintendo side. I only really knew Sonic the character as edgier and more aggressive compared to Mario and so I always thought he was meant to be a complete twat, the opposite of presumably nice Mario. The first times I was really introduced to Sonic was through Sonic The Comic where my suspicions of him being a twat were not only justified but encouraged. That's how I knew Sonic and even though I've mellowed some on jerkarse Sonic, that's still what comes to mind to me when I think of Sonic the character. OVA Sonic is probably as good as it ever got for Sonic's personalities really but I've said enough about that.
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