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Gaming Center / Heroes of Ruin
« on: July 11, 2012, 03:33:26 PM »
So. . . yeah Heroes of Diablo Ruin. . . I picked it up today. . .

BLANTANT DIABLO CLONE. . . I mean this is so damn blantant, bar some minor tweak here and there the game plays and looks almost identical to Blizzard's latest offering, hell for the most part I think the bloody classes are near the same too (though too be fair these same class archtypes are prevelent in most RPG's of this kind) but the best part was I chose the gunslinger class (I tend to play long range types in games like this) then proceeded in awe to create aethetically the EXACT SAME CHARACTER I USE IN DIABLO. He has a hood and all, I looked at in and I had to put the 3DS down temporarily because I was laughing too hard.

However I must admit from what I've played thus far it isn't too bad, I'm questioning some of the button inputs (the button you use to select options doubles as a mana wasting special attack, which I have triggered by accident a few times since I always assume the affirmative option would also be the default attack) I haven't given the multiplayer a whirl yet since no-one I know has the game yet and I'm not too sure how global online will go. . .

If you had fun with Diablo. . . Heroes of Ruin might be able to give you your fix while you're in transit and such. . . Now excuse me while I go back to laughing.

Recreational Center / Re: Chat Thread
« on: July 04, 2012, 03:56:56 PM »
sooo I started playing Shadow of the Colosus (the hd remake) the other day, and I cant quite get why people constantly name this one the best greatest games ever, like im not feeling it so far, dont get me wrong the game is pretty cool but it's not amazing amazing like people have made it out to be

I bolded the problem for you. . . The fact is compared to what video games are capable of now Shadow of the Colossus does look quite dated, even if it has been upscaled to supposed HD levels for the PS3.

Back when this game was released on the PS2 there was a real sense of awe in what the Developers were able to accomplish with the limited PS2 hardware (which at the time was considerably less powerful than both it's competitors)

To truely understand why SotC was so great requires more than simply playing a remastered edition, truth be told I think the remastered versions of God of War 1 and 2 that I'm playing through atm look horrid, however at the same time I can understand why people would be impressed by them back when it was released on it's original hardware.

Agent Lounge / Re: My Little Pony
« on: June 24, 2012, 06:48:50 PM »
  Well responded Mr. Sercril, I was worried my assumption would fall on deaf ears. I assume that since the assumption for which my argument is based upon, the notion that 'brony' is a term with a negative connotation, obviously would not sit well with some people. Before I even posted my response I knew there would be a wide variety of people who would disagree with what I'm saying, I expected this much in the same way I was bracing myself to be called a chauvinist because I questioned the need for a female equivalent term.

So I guess I'll respond to your major points.

Ok so as for necessity, I really just think of "brony" as being shorthand for fans to identify themselves to other fans. The term itself can be traced back to when the show first aired and posters on /b/ who were posting about ponies were banned for their posts. They used it as a term to separate themselves from other posters.

As for the term"brony" being an insult, I must ask, who have you been talking to? Of course it's no secret that "brony" has had somewhat of a negative connotation on the internet since the first posts on /b/ but nothing about the term itself is intrinsically insulting.

And who, may I ask, are "the vast majority of individuals"? Because if we are talking about the general populace then I should remind you that the very act of being at all interested in anime is considered childish and humiliating by "the vast majority of individuals".

You answered your first question in the first paragraph. I myself am no stranger to /b/ and I was there when the show first came into prominence and thus the board was flooded with a torrent of Pony fans. I will not lie to you; my first experience with the "brony" came from those experiences on /b/. What you neglect to mention in your first paragraph is why the "bronies" were banned from /b/ in the early days, while my memory is cloudy from back then I do vaguely remember the fandom effectively spammed the /b/ forum to hell my endlessly posting numerous pony threads, hijacking other unrelated threads and generally acted like annoying obnoxious twits, which eventually led to them getting banned en masse.

Now you might think it is unfair for me to judge a fandom by the actions of a singular group of fans, and you'd be right if it wasn't for one simple thing you mentioned above. The term "brony" was created by these aforementioned fans, and was eventually adopted later by the broader community at large. As for the last question, I myself know a few fans of MLP: FIM, and I have watched the series to some extent myself, one reoccurring theme I have noted amongst all of the people I know who do are fans of the series is they always refer to themselves as fans, they never refer to themselves as Brony's because they do not wish to be associated with that fandom.

Personally, I think making the connection between "otaku" and "brony" is just plain wrong in the fact that there really is none. I consider myself a brony. I have watched every episode of the show twice, own 3 Fluttershy figures (2 were gifts), and carry my laptop in a messenger bag with Derpy Hooves on it (derpy delivers mail in the show, I thought it was appropriate). Does this make me crazy? Fans who call themselves "bronies" are just that, FANS. Not crazy otaku's or NEETs who shut themselves off from society and devote their lives to the fandom, just simple people who like the show. Obviously, there are crazy elements of the fandom, but I challenge you to find me a large fandom without at least one crazy fan.

I, and all the level-headed bronies I've met, don't consider the term to be negative at all. It's just an identifier. If you think the term is negative, then that's your prerogative, but I urge you to use the term based on what it was when it was created and how members of the fandom use it. Not the way trolls on the internet use it.

Maybe the connection I made between Brony and Otaku may have been too extreme... however as you yourself noted there are always obsessive fans within a fandom, the problem here is there is no differential between fans of MLP: FIM, both the average fans and the more obsessive fans are lumped together under the same banner, "brony". When it comes to anime fandom, one can either associate themselves as a fan of a particular series, franchise, genre, studio, or just a fan of the medium in general. "Otaku" is the term used for a person who has a serious compulsive obsession with one of those above options, and it considered one of the most undesired personal quality for people in Japan. (Various polls of Japanese women found online, asking about personality traits they dislike/wish to avoid in a potential partner, usually have traits associated with the Otaku subculture up the top of the list by a wide margin)

So what does this have to do with me liking Bronys to Otaku. Even from the paraphernalia that you have from the franchise does not necessarily mean you are an obsessive fan, my issue is the fact that you are adopting a term for yourself as a fan of that series without really understanding the legacy behind that term, very much like the misguided westerners that went around joyously referring to themselves as otaku without really understanding what the term meant. While the latter can be chalked to a culture difference, the former can be put down to the ambiguity of how the term "brony" came to be.

As I mentioned above we both believe the term originated on /b/, the problem here is my recollection was the term was used as a derogative term to insult the fans of the series while they went about trying to flood the board and generally acting like morons, while at the same time the very same individuals started using the term to refer to one another as if it was some sort of badge of honour, but regardless of how that started the fact remains the very first instance that I was introduced to the "brony" fandom was during this period, and as they say, first impressions are everything.

I guess in finishing I have one question, I can tell by your response these examples I have given are not a fair indication of you and your fellow "level-headed bronies". My question is why do you need a term to identify yourself as a fan? Why can't you just refer to yourself as a fan of the series, or a fan of the franchise. By making up words to indicate your level of fandom people are going to start expecting the worst, especially when that term's origin isn't exactly good. You can be a fan of the series and not be a Brony, the problem is many people are assuming that is not the case, that doubled with the terms troublesome origins and you get why I've assumed the term "brony" was derogative.   

Gaming Center / Re: old games
« on: June 24, 2012, 06:38:39 AM »
I don't even have an N64. . . Hell my first Nintendo home console was the Gamecube. . .

So in a way I started playing Nintendo console just before it was the cool thing to do (ala Wii)

Briefings / Re: Spam Bots Be Gone!
« on: June 24, 2012, 06:37:23 AM »
this place was somewhat active intially, like around the time I rejoined. . . But as expected as time went on, people's interest in it waned and now it feels like a ghost town. . .

Hopefully with you commenting on a few of the topics, when people do come back to have their monthly once over on the forum they might find things to respond to.

Briefings / Re: Spam Bots Be Gone!
« on: June 23, 2012, 06:38:46 AM »
I'm starting to believe that forums in general are a lost cause going forward and soon you'll find only the really successful ones (like Something Awful and *shudder* Gaia) or ones connected to a business or company (Blizzard and Valve) will survive while the rest fall off and die.

Facebook, for all it's issues generally seems to be where the majority of people tend to conjugate nowadays. Most companies of products have a page there where the community and it's fans can communicate with each other, rather than an official forum that they host themselves.

This forums still might have a chance of surviving if Drake is able to persuade some of the individuals over from facebook who like AS onto these forums. Just for the record there is over 580 people who like his AS facebook page, but this forum has only 26 members. . . 

Gaming Center / Re: Diablo 3 anyone?
« on: June 22, 2012, 07:30:01 PM »
I think this game is intelligent, and that terrifies me. . .

I think this because the game knows I am a glass cannon, it knows that I can't take more than a few hits by really strong enemies and it knows I have a snowflakes chance in hell of surviving if I get swarmed by a group of enemies.

The game knows this fact, so it has made about 80% of Blue and Yellow enemies (and their minions) I have encountered in Nightmare so far fast enemies and equipted them with abilities like Jail and Freeze, or Fire Chain to make the ganging raep even more painful when they inevitably catch me. . .

I fear this game is intelligent, which terrifies me because it also hates me. . . 

Gaming Center / Nintendo 3DS XL
« on: June 22, 2012, 06:35:37 PM »
Really. . . can someone please explain to me why Nintendo decided it would be a good idea to announce this on a Nintendo Direct broadcast and not two weeks ago at E3 when. . . you know. . .


Seriously, I watched this with a friend of mine who is a massive Nintendo fanboy and he said that this 30 minute presentation was so much better than the 90 odd minute presentation at E3. . . hell I'm not the biggest Nintendo fan and I found things in this presentation that made me want to pre-order in anticipation, which is more than i can say about their E3 conference.

But, that's against the point, and probably a topic for another. . . topic. Nintendo 3DS XL, what does everyone think. . . I'm going to hold out until I get to see it in person, if the screen is actually better quality than the normal 3DS I might just buy one. . .

Recreational Center / Re: Chat Thread
« on: June 22, 2012, 06:29:30 PM »
urgh. . .


Agent Lounge / Re: My Little Pony
« on: June 19, 2012, 11:43:02 AM »
Okay. . . I want to bring something up that has been bugging me for a while now, and since the topic. . . not to mention this board seems to be a bit dead, my issue might be controversial enough to get an actual discussion going.

My problem is with the first post in this topic, I'll bold the word.

Anyone of you a brony or pegasister? Just asking if you guys are because I am!!! <3

I've thought much about this, but every time I fail to understand the necessity of a term like this. Because for all intents and purposes myself and I know the vast majority of individuals who don't watch or have watched but don't understand the appeal of MLP: FIM would most likely consider the term 'brony' to be a derogative term, an insult. Personally I consider the word 'brony' in the same way I consider the word 'otaku', a term that people (mostly foreigners) might wear as a badge of honor, but is a massively derogative term to the Japanese, almost I would assume of par with 'NEET'. When I think of a 'brony' I think of an individual who has passed the point of merely being a fan, into the more crazed fanatical elements of the fandom, almost putting them on par with furries (I think you can understand what I mean). All I'm saying is to an average person the term "brony' isn't something one would wish to be associated with/called.

Why then, is there a need for a female equivilent of the term? Is the term 'Brony' sexist or exclusionary because of it's implication towards males (bro-ny - bro = brother) That I understand, but that doesn't change the fact that it is in my mind a degoratry term, something that should not need an equivilent term for females. It would be akin in my mind to me saying I don't like the term 'bitch' because it's sexist against males, I want a similarly derogative term meaning the same thing based off a male animal. . .

I just don't understand the need for there to be an equivilent title for a derogative term. . .

Technology Center / Re: Before posting with Computer issues.
« on: June 16, 2012, 08:57:53 AM »
On the technology board of another site I go to, every time I ask a question regarding computers the response is always the same: Install Gentoo.

What is Gentoo and how do I go about installing it, since everyone there firmly believes that it is the answer to all my problems?

Gaming Center / Re: Diablo 3 anyone?
« on: June 13, 2012, 02:37:54 PM »
Well I've been making decent progress through Nightmare. . . I haven't had any real difficulty on most enemies up to this point (recently killed Maghda) the only ones that have managed to kill me have been the blue and yellow enemies that have abailites like jail or teleport which can catch me then proceed to gang me. . . since at this point I am effectively a glass cannon. I do a decent amount of damage but they do a decent amount pack. . . good thing at this point however I literally have a boatload of health potions.

I am dreading fighting Belial though, hoping I'll be able to find some decent armour in the next few bit's that be able to make my defence not so pitiful without jeopardising too many other elements. . .

Gaming Center / Re: Diablo 3 anyone?
« on: June 09, 2012, 10:05:25 AM »
Done and Done. . .

I actually managed to find the plans from Izual on the very next attempt after making that last post, so I think it took me 4 tries in total.

Cavern of Frost was an absolute pain in the ass though, that took me about 3 and a half hours. . . luckily though, because I had to run through the same battlefield area over and over again, I made up the 150k in gold I needed to craft the staff in that area alone.

luckily though you only have to upgrade the staff in latter difficulties, so I never have to go through this process again. . .

Whimsyshire was. . . something. I was surprised that the enemies in it were harder than I thought, however I'm fairly certain you'd understand the fact that there was no way I was going to let myself die to a twinkleroot. . .

Gaming Center / Re: Diablo 3 anyone?
« on: June 08, 2012, 07:29:37 AM »
Oh, haha Whimsyshire. If you are on NA server, i can open it for you unless your planning on making the staff (very tedious T_T).

I think I am on the NA server. . . However I'm well into the process of making the staff, the only item I need now is the plans. . . and that for all intents and purposes looks to be an absolute pain in the ass. At this point however I'm not sure if it's going to be able to trump the last item I needed to find, a drop from an enemy that might appear in a dungeon that might appear in a battlefield practically littered with enemies. . . it took me over 3 hours to find the damn item. . .

Gaming Center / Re: Diablo 3 anyone?
« on: June 07, 2012, 07:47:50 AM »
Oh don't worry, I intend to. . . but I need to access the 'secret area' in normal mode first. . .

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