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  1. 4 hours ago, efaardvark said:

    That’s another thing I’m looking for.  My old laptop is one of the 2013(ish?) MacBook airs.  It was old and slow and I was looking to replace it even before COVID.  System76s “pangolin” model looks nice.. or would if it were ever in stock.

    Oh man that's a sexy laptop. I've been thinking about getting a new one in the near future, probably once I pass my board exams. I'm still running on a 2015 Macbook as my main computer, but the thing has been surprisingly resilient. Nonetheless its age is beginning to show. Might have to watch this line.

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  2. I'll recommend my favourite that I read over the New Year. It's called The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, V.E. Schwab. It's fiction, with small tidbits of history, but largely supernatural in theme. I found it just the right amounts clever and dark, and respectably bittersweet.

    It's about a young woman in 1690s France who, rather than being forced to wed, calls out to an Old God for salvation in a moment of desperation.

    Don't want to say too much as it was an excellent book to dive blindly into. 🙂

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  3. How anyone chooses to characterise an anime is both inconsequential to my life and unimportant in the grand scheme of things. If you're someone who is very passionate about anime I just can't imagine a circumstance in which such a phase would at all change how you think, considering that particular sequence of words most likely came from someone who is only trying to bait a certain reaction from you.

    What better way to respond than to roll your shoulders in a shrug and smile?

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  4. 10 hours ago, StunnaBoy said:

    You may be right because I'm no longer getting that error nor text saying I need to be approved by a mod to reply.

    After initial registration, your first two posts have to be approved by a human before you can post freely. This was an anti-spam measure put in place to help reduce the amount of bad faith actors and, well, spammers that tend to gravitate to forums. Since you're no longer queued, you should have no problem sending messages. 🙂 Welcome!

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  5. 13 hours ago, Mikeyboy636 said:

    I'm interested by your comments on the way in which these games are played and I assume that unless you play an mmo on release date realistically the story is the second priority as people are trying to make their way through it to get to the end to play with the serious players.


    I think it just comes down to what people want in the gameplay, and the reality is that most people who play multiplayer games are not interested in the bells and whistles. They're not interested in who the boss is, or why they're fighting them, they want to hit it until it dies so they can brag to their friends that they did the most damage to it. That's not to say everyone is going to rush off to endgame content, but when the diving board and floaties are at the deep end and the kiddie pool is in your way, it doesn't matter how pretty you paint the bottom or how much you hope someone will notice it. The only ones who are going to notice it are the ones who aren't in any rush to go sit in the big pink donut. And when you add in things that are designed to promote player competition- such as Server Firsts, Regional Firsts, and World Firsts- then you have a game that seemingly rewards those players who want to nap on the way to their destination, regardless of whether the game is shiny new.

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  6. 9 minutes ago, Newgroundsmoment said:

    I watched JJBA(Big fan of the show im on part 6!), One Piece, Attack on titan And Berserk 1997 one of the best amines of all time!

    I take it you like heavily action, then? A couple of mature titles you might like are Goblin Slayer and Castlevenia. Samurai Champloo might also be your kind of thing. FMA Brotherhood has a magic-lean but there's tons of great content. @Ohayotaku is better at this recommendation thing than I am. 😆

  7. Ah, good ol MMO games. I would like to share my experience with the few I've played without writing a whole novel about it but egad was it a huge part of my life.

    I think what you should consider first when starting an MMO is the most important bit: do you have the time for it? It doesn't make any difference how many mechanisms the developers put in place to make it feel like less of a grind or a chore. If you intend to commit to an MMO, you're going to be sinking potentially hundreds if not thousands of hours of your life into it. Especially if you intend to play with others, which is arguably the key selling point of the genre. If you join a raiding group for example, that comes with social expectations as well as new time commitments (logging on for raid during set schedules in the week, and set aside time to prep your character for them in between said times.)This is genuinely a full-time job for some players who like to challenge high-level content.

    Secondary is whether you can afford it. If it's a free-to-play game, can you resist temptation to buy cosmetic services? Free-to-play is deceptively more expensive for certain personality types. A subscription-based model might cost you, say, 12-15 a month whereas that's the price of a cool mount or maybe a neat outfit for your character.

    Thirdly, if it's story or lore you're interested in, be mindful that there is a huge disconnect between enjoying the game for the first time and doing so with other players. Most people who play an MMO are trying to rush through the content to reach the end game. Endgame content is ironically where a ton of the actual serious gameplay occurs. They will take the shortest path through the dungeon, skip all the cutscenes, and kill the boss as quickly as they can while exchanging no words with their party. They click through quest text and follow the map markers, often having no idea why they're doing things, understanding only that it nets XP. It's simply the reality of it and it doesn't seem to resemble the naïve representation of MMO games in anime.

    The overall community of each game is also different depending which it is. A well-noted example of this is WoW and FF14. WoW is characterised by the 'rushed' gameplay noted above, and really the only way you're going to enjoy the story (and yes, there is in fact a very intricate one,) is if you go at it solo. Contrasting that, FF14 is known to be very story-focused, in fact, you have to complete the main quest line (which is loooooooooooooooong,) to even get to the endgame. The community however is much friendlier and might even talk to you during a Duty (a dungeon). 😆 It's not without its flaws and is also known to be incredibly grinde-y.

    I understand Genshin Impact is the new up and rising MMO on the market, but I haven't played it and cannot give you a fair analysis about whether or not the experience is more pleasant compared to others. The jury is out for that one but from footage I've seen, it does appear to have a function in which you can switch between a multiplayer and single player layer to your liking.

    Anyway, in the interest of this not being an obnoxiously long post, I would personally stick to single player games if you don't have the time and want to actually enjoy the story while playing it rather than reading it from a wiki page in your downtime.

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  8. Welcome to AF! Your struggle is all too familiar to me. 🤣 I live in a scarcely populated, small-minded, and rural town in the middle of nowhere that's covered in snow half the time. Seriously we don't even have a Starbucks anywhere closer than maybe a couple hours away. There is nothing here but places to drink, a few churches of varying denominations, and sometimes we do rodeo and play hockey.

    Despite all that, my husband and I managed to identify a handful of other weebs. I suppose the key item here is being able to ask it up front if they like X or Y. As long as you have a little circle of people you're comfortable being around (safely, of course, minding the pandemic,) then that's all you really need. If cons are more your thing, I suppose it'll just have to join the queue (Coachella, Olympics, Sturgis, TED, etc.)

    All said, covid hasn't been making it easier, especially for us rural folks. Social functions have been largely trampled on in just about every way and Japan has already appointed a Lonliness Minister to address this very problem. Maybe more of us could use such a reach out. 😅

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  9. 4 minutes ago, RepentantSky said:

    As a bi person, I fully feel that. Took me 10 years to come out after I was sure because it got so bad sometimes, and just online but in real life.

    I'm bi as well and find it especially frustrating that a bisexual who just happens to be in a relationship with the opposite sex is no longer 'accepted' within the LGBT community itself. If that's not gatekeeping I don't know what is. My experience was similar to yours in that I internalised the idea that the assessment of my own identity was wrong, and it only caused more confusion and self-destructive habits until I was able to reassure myself that it was just bad actors gaslighting me.

    Not trying to derail here, just wanted to add that.

    I made my points above. Gatekeeping is silly and just don't.

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  10. I feel like people who engage in gatekeeping of any sort are insecure in some way and feel threatened by invalidation occurring when larger volumes of people identify in the way they do. I guess the suggestion here is that if you like "mainstream" or popular things then you're not putting in the work to dig through titles and find the lesser known gems. There are so many different ways to gatekeep, but I think that's the core of it, really. And the more something gains in popularity, the more of it you see, because inevitably you will find individuals who aren't content being categorised with the larger picture of said fandom as it grows and evolves.

    If you ask me, I think most cases of gatekeeping can simply be ignored. It's not productive in any way, and at the end of the day who cares? It's just anime. Or music. Or games. Or whatever. If you happen to like One Piece or MHA and consider yourself an anime fan, then who are you hurting except someone on Twitter with backwards priorities and unaddressed insecurities?

    That all said, I have seen more nasty gatekeeping toward social issues I consider to be more harmful than gatekeeping a fandom. Bi erasure, breastmilk purists, certain mental health communities, to name some. These can often put toxic and even misleading ideas in a particularly vulnerable person's head that somehow what they're doing is wrong.



    1 hour ago, RepentantSky said:

    I'm a little tired of subbed anime since so many lines are stereotypes in anime, and because VA work in Japan often has similar voices, hearing those same lines said the same way, by the same sounding voice in the hundreds of anime I've watched over the years, has caused me to feel like all those elements combined cause a character to lose a sense of identity.

    1000% agreed.

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  11. I'm going to be perfectly real with you guys, I think I only watched one anime this year and that was Fruits Basket season 2. (and maybe the odd anime movie mixed in sometimes, but I'm not sure those count exactly.)

    It's just been too wild of a year for me. At least I can say the one I was able to watch faithfully was a gosh darn good one. I hope next year I will have a little more time for R&R. Maybe I can even catch up on some 2020 titles I've missed.

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  12. On 11/20/2020 at 9:04 PM, Beocat said:

    The Dragon Prince really is very well animated (reminds me of anime) and has a great story too. I actually enjoy The Dragon Prince far more than Avatar.

    The animation style took some getting used to on my part, but it certainly grew on me. That whole series is just delightful and the fact it's totally PG and still manages to be inclusive is super refreshing. 

    Going to have to agree, I like it far better than Avatar.

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