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MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
Just four more days until parts of our quarantine rules get lifted. I'm kinda sad and relieved at the same time, but I'm being cautious about it. I don't wanna get my hopes up for the minister to announce another 2 weeks. My funds are beginning to run dry at this point and the relief grant hasn't reached my door yet. We're doing pretty well in keeping this thing maintained. So far only 8 deaths out 116 cases. 5 cases are the only active ones so far and they're all mild; the rest are considered recovered.


I finally finished Uncharted 4 and it's really good. It's a quality game no doubt. It really is the best aspect of every game in one package and then some; the best of the franchise. I can see myself revisiting it someday. A thing about the Uncharted I hated were the collectibles. They're largely useless, don't give much information and stress me out to no end. Uncharted also locks you out from parts of a level when you move on to another scripted event, so too bad for you if you accidentally triggered a story event. It really was a test of how much I can ignore looking for these little shits. Sometimes I'd give in and ended up looking for them anyway, and every time I did it made me enjoy the game less.

Moral of the story: ignore the trinkets.

Now back to Darksiders II.
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
If you haven't already, be sure to check out the first game. I thought it was better than par II which, surprisingly, I beat on Wii U.
Done and done. I'm liking Darksiders II better, as there are some quality-of-life decisions in the game and there's a certain shark-tooth character who's just really amusing for some reason I can't put my finger on, but so far I miss the first game's dungeons. The dungeons I've come across in Darksiders II have been smaller in scale than the ones in the first game.

But man, the 2 of the four horsemen sure are hard-asses. I mean, chill out a bit. They all react to everyone like they're being threatened. Sometimes it's funny and sometimes it's just sad.

Welp, I just got Wonderful 101. I guess Darksiders II would have to wait again.
 
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Done and done. I'm liking Darksiders II better, as there are some quality-of-life decisions in the game and there's a certain shark-tooth character who's just really amusing for some reason I can't put my finger on, but so far I miss the first game's dungeons. The dungeons I've come across in Darksiders II have been smaller in scale than the ones in the first game.

But man, the 2 of the four horsemen sure are hard-asses. I mean, chill out a bit. They all react to everyone like they're being threatened. Sometimes it's funny and sometimes it's just sad.

Welp, I just got Wonderful 101. I guess Darksiders II would have to wait again.
I am waiting not so patiently for my physical copy. Although...Does anyone here want the spare Steam Copy I was sent?
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
So, Quarantine and Social Distancing has been extremely tough on us. I had to disappear for a few weeks from here to mentally and emotionally deal with what had been happening.

Working in Senior Living, I'm considered an "Essential Worker" so I'm at work every day. Thankfully, my community has had no cases, but the same can't be said for other communities here in Sarasota. One of my friends lost 10 of her residents to the Rona.

It's been difficult not being able to spend real time with extended family. Steve2 and I have been doing the shopping for my parents so they could stay home and away from people, since they are both immune-compromised. We'll sit on their lanai and talk to them about 15 feet apart through the screen door. We call it "Porch Parties". My brother had a car accident which caused a brain bleed which forced him to have brain surgery and spend a week in the hospital without family or friends. That was rough on all of us not to be able to be there for him. Thankfully, he's healing well.

On the homefront, it has been a nightmare. As you know, we were in the process of adopting a teenage daughter from the foster care system. It turns out they didn't fill us in on exactly all the issues she had. We had troubles with her from the moment she started school. We got called into school multiple times. Once because she brought a swiss army knife to school and took it out in class. We had issues with her lying... constantly. We had issues with boys and girls that were interested in her romantically. She faked a pregnancy to get a boy back after she broke up with him. We handled things with a firm but loving hand, letting her know that we were here for her, no matter what, but it didn't seem to matter because it was one drama after the next. When the Quarantine hit, and homeschool started, things got worse. Which didn't seem possible.

Steve2 was designated as "Work from Home" by his company, so he was there every day with her. She was purposefully failing at her school work, and that is hard, because they set it up so that the kids are pretty much guaranteed to pass this Spring since everything is so difficult. She began becoming a hypochondriac. She would start drama and attempt to start verbal fights. We didn't fall for it her tricks or manipulation. We hoped that with all the extra love an attention that it will help her, but it seemed to go the opposite way. Her therapists felt at a loss. Her medications were adjusted multiple times. She would call our families and lie to them to try to get sympathy for things she wasn't actually experiencing. We hired a new therapist that specialized in troubled kids from the foster care system. Any time that we felt we had a breakthrough, it lasted 2 days max till things went back to hell. We set up reward systems for appropriate behavior and doing her school work - with a thing that once she did 8 weeks of hitting the goal, we'd buy her a Switch Lite. We never got one week of hitting the goal. We felt at our wits' end. We asked all our parent friends for advice, but kept hearing that we're doing exactly what they would do. The specialists from the foster care program told us the same.

In mid-April, when I went MIA from here, things began getting worse. She was doing what she could to try to drive a wedge between Steve and I. Lying about each other to the other one. Then it all culminated when she cut herself over 100 times all over her body and ran away. Within 20 minutes of running away, police stopped by to let us know that she had been picked up and she was being taken to the hospital for a minimum 72 hour observation. When that happened, our custody of her was terminated. She ended up being hospitalized in a psychiatric facility for over two weeks. We know she's somewhere in the Tri-County area, but nothing definite.

This was a huge blow to us. Even though it had only been 6 months, she was our daughter. And through it all, we hoped to be able to help her. But in the end, she needed more help than we could provide.

We're only now just starting to heal from the loss and the trauma. I've been playing a lot of Animal Crossing, as it is a lovely peaceful escape. Work has been a way to get out. It hasn't been for Steve2, as he is still working from home, and being home reminds him of her. I know we'll get through this and come out strong on the other side, but in the interim, it's rough.
 
So, Quarantine and Social Distancing has been extremely tough on us. I had to disappear for a few weeks from here to mentally and emotionally deal with what had been happening.

Working in Senior Living, I'm considered an "Essential Worker" so I'm at work every day. Thankfully, my community has had no cases, but the same can't be said for other communities here in Sarasota. One of my friends lost 10 of her residents to the Rona.

It's been difficult not being able to spend real time with extended family. Steve2 and I have been doing the shopping for my parents so they could stay home and away from people, since they are both immune-compromised. We'll sit on their lanai and talk to them about 15 feet apart through the screen door. We call it "Porch Parties". My brother had a car accident which caused a brain bleed which forced him to have brain surgery and spend a week in the hospital without family or friends. That was rough on all of us not to be able to be there for him. Thankfully, he's healing well.

On the homefront, it has been a nightmare. As you know, we were in the process of adopting a teenage daughter from the foster care system. It turns out they didn't fill us in on exactly all the issues she had. We had troubles with her from the moment she started school. We got called into school multiple times. Once because she brought a swiss army knife to school and took it out in class. We had issues with her lying... constantly. We had issues with boys and girls that were interested in her romantically. She faked a pregnancy to get a boy back after she broke up with him. We handled things with a firm but loving hand, letting her know that we were here for her, no matter what, but it didn't seem to matter because it was one drama after the next. When the Quarantine hit, and homeschool started, things got worse. Which didn't seem possible.

Steve2 was designated as "Work from Home" by his company, so he was there every day with her. She was purposefully failing at her school work, and that is hard, because they set it up so that the kids are pretty much guaranteed to pass this Spring since everything is so difficult. She began becoming a hypochondriac. She would start drama and attempt to start verbal fights. We didn't fall for it her tricks or manipulation. We hoped that with all the extra love an attention that it will help her, but it seemed to go the opposite way. Her therapists felt at a loss. Her medications were adjusted multiple times. She would call our families and lie to them to try to get sympathy for things she wasn't actually experiencing. We hired a new therapist that specialized in troubled kids from the foster care system. Any time that we felt we had a breakthrough, it lasted 2 days max till things went back to hell. We set up reward systems for appropriate behavior and doing her school work - with a thing that once she did 8 weeks of hitting the goal, we'd buy her a Switch Lite. We never got one week of hitting the goal. We felt at our wits' end. We asked all our parent friends for advice, but kept hearing that we're doing exactly what they would do. The specialists from the foster care program told us the same.

In mid-April, when I went MIA from here, things began getting worse. She was doing what she could to try to drive a wedge between Steve and I. Lying about each other to the other one. Then it all culminated when she cut herself over 100 times all over her body and ran away. Within 20 minutes of running away, police stopped by to let us know that she had been picked up and she was being taken to the hospital for a minimum 72 hour observation. When that happened, our custody of her was terminated. She ended up being hospitalized in a psychiatric facility for over two weeks. We know she's somewhere in the Tri-County area, but nothing definite.

This was a huge blow to us. Even though it had only been 6 months, she was our daughter. And through it all, we hoped to be able to help her. But in the end, she needed more help than we could provide.

We're only now just starting to heal from the loss and the trauma. I've been playing a lot of Animal Crossing, as it is a lovely peaceful escape. Work has been a way to get out. It hasn't been for Steve2, as he is still working from home, and being home reminds him of her. I know we'll get through this and come out strong on the other side, but in the interim, it's rough.
Holy shit dude, I can't imagine. I don't want to pry too much or anything, but why exactly did they terminate your custody? I'm not at all familiar with any foster care programs, so is it because she's too troubled or do they wrongfully blame you? Like, in the future is it still possible for you to try again if that's something you want? I really don't mean to be insensitive here if my wording ain't great.

I'm also sorry to hear about your brother, but glad to see he's doing better.

I can only relate to the feeling of isolation. Living by myself and not being able to see my friends it really tough.

Take care of yourself though. You always have the TNE family here. We'll get through this.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Holy shit dude, I can't imagine. I don't want to pry too much or anything, but why exactly did they terminate your custody? I'm not at all familiar with any foster care programs, so is it because she's too troubled or do they wrongfully blame you? Like, in the future is it still possible for you to try again if that's something you want? I really don't mean to be insensitive here if my wording ain't great.

I'm also sorry to hear about your brother, but glad to see he's doing better.

I can only relate to the feeling of isolation. Living by myself and not being able to see my friends it really tough.

Take care of yourself though. You always have the TNE family here. We'll get through this.
When the children have to be institutionalized, here at least, they again become a ward of the state. She'll live in a group home now till she's 21. Barring any more hospitalizations, that is. The system did not blame us, and they thanked us for the care and love we did provide her. It turns out we are not the first home she had to leave because of doing something like this.

We would still be able to try adopting again in the future, but we're a tad gun-shy at the moment.
And no worries, you wording was totally fine. I appreciate your concern. :)
Thank you very much! I truly appreciate it!

(And if anyone ever needs to visit my island in ACNH, my gates are always open to TNE.)
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
So, Quarantine and Social Distancing has been extremely tough on us. I had to disappear for a few weeks from here to mentally and emotionally deal with what had been happening.

Working in Senior Living, I'm considered an "Essential Worker" so I'm at work every day. Thankfully, my community has had no cases, but the same can't be said for other communities here in Sarasota. One of my friends lost 10 of her residents to the Rona.

It's been difficult not being able to spend real time with extended family. Steve2 and I have been doing the shopping for my parents so they could stay home and away from people, since they are both immune-compromised. We'll sit on their lanai and talk to them about 15 feet apart through the screen door. We call it "Porch Parties". My brother had a car accident which caused a brain bleed which forced him to have brain surgery and spend a week in the hospital without family or friends. That was rough on all of us not to be able to be there for him. Thankfully, he's healing well.

On the homefront, it has been a nightmare. As you know, we were in the process of adopting a teenage daughter from the foster care system. It turns out they didn't fill us in on exactly all the issues she had. We had troubles with her from the moment she started school. We got called into school multiple times. Once because she brought a swiss army knife to school and took it out in class. We had issues with her lying... constantly. We had issues with boys and girls that were interested in her romantically. She faked a pregnancy to get a boy back after she broke up with him. We handled things with a firm but loving hand, letting her know that we were here for her, no matter what, but it didn't seem to matter because it was one drama after the next. When the Quarantine hit, and homeschool started, things got worse. Which didn't seem possible.

Steve2 was designated as "Work from Home" by his company, so he was there every day with her. She was purposefully failing at her school work, and that is hard, because they set it up so that the kids are pretty much guaranteed to pass this Spring since everything is so difficult. She began becoming a hypochondriac. She would start drama and attempt to start verbal fights. We didn't fall for it her tricks or manipulation. We hoped that with all the extra love an attention that it will help her, but it seemed to go the opposite way. Her therapists felt at a loss. Her medications were adjusted multiple times. She would call our families and lie to them to try to get sympathy for things she wasn't actually experiencing. We hired a new therapist that specialized in troubled kids from the foster care system. Any time that we felt we had a breakthrough, it lasted 2 days max till things went back to hell. We set up reward systems for appropriate behavior and doing her school work - with a thing that once she did 8 weeks of hitting the goal, we'd buy her a Switch Lite. We never got one week of hitting the goal. We felt at our wits' end. We asked all our parent friends for advice, but kept hearing that we're doing exactly what they would do. The specialists from the foster care program told us the same.

In mid-April, when I went MIA from here, things began getting worse. She was doing what she could to try to drive a wedge between Steve and I. Lying about each other to the other one. Then it all culminated when she cut herself over 100 times all over her body and ran away. Within 20 minutes of running away, police stopped by to let us know that she had been picked up and she was being taken to the hospital for a minimum 72 hour observation. When that happened, our custody of her was terminated. She ended up being hospitalized in a psychiatric facility for over two weeks. We know she's somewhere in the Tri-County area, but nothing definite.

This was a huge blow to us. Even though it had only been 6 months, she was our daughter. And through it all, we hoped to be able to help her. But in the end, she needed more help than we could provide.

We're only now just starting to heal from the loss and the trauma. I've been playing a lot of Animal Crossing, as it is a lovely peaceful escape. Work has been a way to get out. It hasn't been for Steve2, as he is still working from home, and being home reminds him of her. I know we'll get through this and come out strong on the other side, but in the interim, it's rough.
It’s been some fuk shit for real Sjm, you whole first part I felt in spades. This social distancing and quarantine measures got me as a very social person fuked up!

My wife like you works in the Med industry and her floor at her hospital was chosen for the Covid patients. That’s some weird shit havin to contemplate kinda laying next to a front line soldier. So not only is it stress but that just added a heap to it, and my business crazy enough is just booming.

On the home front damn, it’s very rough then you throw all these circumstances like Covid on top of adoption / being essential / someone always being home. It’s a lot

If you need anyone to talk to I’m always an ear for real I appreciate you guys an Sjm hang in there continually I will be praying for you guys.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
It’s been some fuk shit for real Sjm, you whole first part I felt in spades. This social distancing and quarantine measures got me as a very social person fuked up!

My wife like you works in the Med industry and her floor at her hospital was chosen for the Covid patients. That’s some weird shit havin to contemplate kinda laying next to a front line soldier. So not only is it stress but that just added a heap to it, and my business crazy enough is just booming.

On the home front damn, it’s very rough then you throw all these circumstances like Covid on top of adoption / being essential / someone always being home. It’s a lot

If you need anyone to talk to I’m always an ear for real I appreciate you guys an Sjm hang in there continually I will be praying for you guys.
Thank you @mattavelle1! I truly appreciate that!
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
I hope everyone had a good weekend, and here's to a good new week!

What games are you all playing right now?

I'm doing Animal Crossing and Final Fantasy 14.
My wife has also detached from reality with ACNH. I’ve been playing my usual rotation rocket league/ spla2oon/ MHGX/Tetris 99 (just finished getting that AC skin).
 

Socar

Active Member
I need help on something guys...

Well firstly, I ordered this one...

https://amzn.to/2LFcZ8E

The reason being is that I'm getting inconsistent internet speed and keeps getting disconnected at times due to my distance from router to my room being wi-fi dead zone. Since I heard that wi-fi extenders aren't seamless and slow the internet speed, I opted for the mesh.

The thing is, I bought a 2 pack because I only need it for my room. The TV and my Dad's laptop are at the main hall and since the router is in the room next to the hall, the internet wi-fi works well there mostly with no issues as Netflix on TV and dad's laptop work fine as far as I'm aware.

So the thing I want to get at is will this mesh also extend the range further or will it worsen the traffic if I don't get 3 instead of 2? I'm thinking that if you're going to suggest 3, I could cancel the order and opt for 3 rather than 2.
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
So, Quarantine and Social Distancing has been extremely tough on us. I had to disappear for a few weeks from here to mentally and emotionally deal with what had been happening.

Working in Senior Living, I'm considered an "Essential Worker" so I'm at work every day. Thankfully, my community has had no cases, but the same can't be said for other communities here in Sarasota. One of my friends lost 10 of her residents to the Rona.

It's been difficult not being able to spend real time with extended family. Steve2 and I have been doing the shopping for my parents so they could stay home and away from people, since they are both immune-compromised. We'll sit on their lanai and talk to them about 15 feet apart through the screen door. We call it "Porch Parties". My brother had a car accident which caused a brain bleed which forced him to have brain surgery and spend a week in the hospital without family or friends. That was rough on all of us not to be able to be there for him. Thankfully, he's healing well.

On the homefront, it has been a nightmare. As you know, we were in the process of adopting a teenage daughter from the foster care system. It turns out they didn't fill us in on exactly all the issues she had. We had troubles with her from the moment she started school. We got called into school multiple times. Once because she brought a swiss army knife to school and took it out in class. We had issues with her lying... constantly. We had issues with boys and girls that were interested in her romantically. She faked a pregnancy to get a boy back after she broke up with him. We handled things with a firm but loving hand, letting her know that we were here for her, no matter what, but it didn't seem to matter because it was one drama after the next. When the Quarantine hit, and homeschool started, things got worse. Which didn't seem possible.

Steve2 was designated as "Work from Home" by his company, so he was there every day with her. She was purposefully failing at her school work, and that is hard, because they set it up so that the kids are pretty much guaranteed to pass this Spring since everything is so difficult. She began becoming a hypochondriac. She would start drama and attempt to start verbal fights. We didn't fall for it her tricks or manipulation. We hoped that with all the extra love an attention that it will help her, but it seemed to go the opposite way. Her therapists felt at a loss. Her medications were adjusted multiple times. She would call our families and lie to them to try to get sympathy for things she wasn't actually experiencing. We hired a new therapist that specialized in troubled kids from the foster care system. Any time that we felt we had a breakthrough, it lasted 2 days max till things went back to hell. We set up reward systems for appropriate behavior and doing her school work - with a thing that once she did 8 weeks of hitting the goal, we'd buy her a Switch Lite. We never got one week of hitting the goal. We felt at our wits' end. We asked all our parent friends for advice, but kept hearing that we're doing exactly what they would do. The specialists from the foster care program told us the same.

In mid-April, when I went MIA from here, things began getting worse. She was doing what she could to try to drive a wedge between Steve and I. Lying about each other to the other one. Then it all culminated when she cut herself over 100 times all over her body and ran away. Within 20 minutes of running away, police stopped by to let us know that she had been picked up and she was being taken to the hospital for a minimum 72 hour observation. When that happened, our custody of her was terminated. She ended up being hospitalized in a psychiatric facility for over two weeks. We know she's somewhere in the Tri-County area, but nothing definite.

This was a huge blow to us. Even though it had only been 6 months, she was our daughter. And through it all, we hoped to be able to help her. But in the end, she needed more help than we could provide.

We're only now just starting to heal from the loss and the trauma. I've been playing a lot of Animal Crossing, as it is a lovely peaceful escape. Work has been a way to get out. It hasn't been for Steve2, as he is still working from home, and being home reminds him of her. I know we'll get through this and come out strong on the other side, but in the interim, it's rough.
I'm really sorry to see you've had to deal with something like this right off the bat. That's really unfortunate. This might sound cruel, especially since you've invested so much time in doing the utmost for her, but maybe having her taken off your plate might have been for the best overall especially for the wellbeing of yourselves as well as your family and friends. It's not easy trying to help someone without hands-on knowledge of their past trauma, whatever it may be. Don't let this discourage you from trying again, but anyone would completely understand if you're both not ready to go at it again.
 

Aki

Well-Known Member
@sjmartin79 dude, that's fucking insane. i don't even know what to say to what you posted nor is it really my place to comment. however, i do wanna say that i think you handled the situation amicably. trying to restrain yourself when being provoked by someone who you know you can mess up in 2 sec flat is one of the hardest things to do. just imagine the legal downfall you would be facing right now had slapped her or something. anyway, if you guys do go down this road again, hopefully, you are given a child who is wanting of parents and a stable household.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Good morning Wonderful TNE!

How are you all doing?
Well, it's been an interesting May. I can officially say that I'm healing and feeling so much better.
In addition, we got a dog. That has helped a lot. Steve2 has been wanting a dog for awhile, and the puppy has been good for both of us, and us for him. His name is Remy, named after Gambit from the X-Men. The unconditional love given by a dog is one of the most therapeutic things I've ever experienced.

What games are you guys playing these days? Beside Animal Crossing, I'm also playing Final Fantasy 14. Having a blast with that! I love doing the sidequests and helping out the people of the world. Steve2 is playing it as well, and he's diving headfirst into the dungeons and things. We definitely have different play styles. lol
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
Good morning Wonderful TNE!

How are you all doing?
Well, it's been an interesting May. I can officially say that I'm healing and feeling so much better.
In addition, we got a dog. That has helped a lot. Steve2 has been wanting a dog for awhile, and the puppy has been good for both of us, and us for him. His name is Remy, named after Gambit from the X-Men. The unconditional love given by a dog is one of the most therapeutic things I've ever experienced.

What games are you guys playing these days? Beside Animal Crossing, I'm also playing Final Fantasy 14. Having a blast with that! I love doing the sidequests and helping out the people of the world. Steve2 is playing it as well, and he's diving headfirst into the dungeons and things. We definitely have different play styles. lol
I’ll answer these questions here in a bit. But my wife always ask who you are when you come online on my friends list cause your always playing AC.

She asked for that FC lol
 

Aki

Well-Known Member
man, what's going on in minnesota right now is crazy. it makes me concerned for the future of our country. what people don't realize is that there are deeper racial issues at play. many of the whites and blacks participating in the violence are so far removed from the civil rights era or weren't even around for it that you have to question the motives behind their actions. it's also making me really reconsider staying in new orleans. i love the city and the culture and the people who live here, but it is a predominantly black city where a lot of high ranking officials in city hall are black. however, the majority of the resources and properties are controlled by whites. meaning that if shit hits the fan down here, we know who is going to be targeted. it's fucked up that i have to have thoughts like these because police officers can't keep their shit together.
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
Good morning Wonderful TNE!

How are you all doing?
Well, it's been an interesting May. I can officially say that I'm healing and feeling so much better.
In addition, we got a dog. That has helped a lot. Steve2 has been wanting a dog for awhile, and the puppy has been good for both of us, and us for him. His name is Remy, named after Gambit from the X-Men. The unconditional love given by a dog is one of the most therapeutic things I've ever experienced.

What games are you guys playing these days? Beside Animal Crossing, I'm also playing Final Fantasy 14. Having a blast with that! I love doing the sidequests and helping out the people of the world. Steve2 is playing it as well, and he's diving headfirst into the dungeons and things. We definitely have different play styles. lol
Really I found a handful of games that I love to play and here we are. I’m very much into Tetris99 / splatoon2 / Monster Hunter / rocket league. That keeps me busy and honestly it serves my gamin needs perfect right now.
 

Aki

Well-Known Member
Protests have started in Nola. Peaceful so far. Hopefully, nothing crazy happens. You never really hear of the police force down here messing with people so I'm hopeful. Also, I'm down with the protesters, but against the looters. Police are the no. 1 gang in America who have the privilege of policing themselves. And somehow it seems that they don't do mental health checks or psyche evals when hiring even though they are giving these psycho white supremacists a weapon and allowing them to use it as they see fit. And now those psycho white supremacists in the police force are abusing their power and protecting other psycho white supremacists like that crazy ass bitch in NYC who tried to call the cops on the black man. Acting all hysterical and stuff. She tried to falsely get a man arrested, wasted public resources by faking a cop call, completely pulled the white card all while not obeying park rules and pretty much strangling her dog. She got put on PAID leave. Meanwhile, black man who is trying to pan-handle outside of a gas station gets killed. USA, home of the legally armed psycho white supremacist weirdos .
 
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Aki

Well-Known Member
Good morning Wonderful TNE!

How are you all doing?

Has anyone played Outerworlds or Bioshock? I'm considering them for the Switch. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
I played bioshock back on 360. only the first one. i loved the game. game is heavy on atmosphere and audio logs. gameplay is fps with powerups and advancements.
 

Aki

Well-Known Member
has anyone here played fire emblem three houses?

im thinking of picking the game up and have been reading / watching various stuff on the net. what im wondering is how much of the extra stuff like managing the classroom and those side activities is really necessary to complete? i really just want the core fe experience without any of the extra.
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
Good morning Wonderful TNE!

How are you all doing?

Has anyone played Outerworlds or Bioshock? I'm considering them for the Switch. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
The general consensus surrounding The Outer Worlds is that it's more Fallout with fewer bugs. So if you enjoyed Fallout you'd probably enjoy this game.

Bioshock Trilogy is worth getting for the experience alone. The gameplay isn't all that interesting (currently replaying the first one), but its setting makes up for it. Bioshock 2 possibly has the best utilisation of the game's mechanics and I'd argue it's the most balanced experience of the trilogy. Bioshock 1 is known for a certain plot-trope, but its plot isn't worth talking about, so don't set your expectations too high if you've heard good things about it.

Bioshock Infinite main draws are also its setting, voice-acting, and character interactions. Personally, I didn't enjoy its combat as much as I wanted to at the time because of expectations, as it gets repetitive and feels almost intrusive later on, but I loved the story. And I'm 100% the minority because the internet hates the plot of this game, even though I thought they did a fantastic job with it and that it has the best plot of the series.

If you ever find yourself enjoying Bioshock whenever you decide to play it, or simply likes a good shooter with a great gimmick, I'd like to recommend Singularity. It's heavily inspired by Bioshock and might be on the easy side but its gameplay is actually fun and I'm very bitter it didn't do well enough to get a sequel (even though I question that as the game was at full retail price on Steam for a very long time until recently).
 
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I'll throw my hat into the ring with Bioshock. I love them, some of my favorite games from the 7th gen. Has a lot of my favorite aspects of games, combat, exploration, unique settings and stories, and character building.

1 and 2 are similar, not only in setting but in structure. Each area of Rapture has it's objectives to complete but you can spend a lot of time exploring and being rewarded for doing so. Rapture itself is just amazing either way. The gameplay in 2 is better because you can dual wield guns and plasmids where as in 1 you have to switch, and I think the general gist is the story is better in 1, I still enjoyed 2 quite a bit.

Infinite is also great in my opinion. I think a lot of people didn't like the story, but I loved it. Sure, it can be pretty up it's own ass at points, but it gets so many points for originality, and it's not like it's poorly written or badly acted. If you can accept a city underneath the ocean and whatever else 1 and 2 throws at you, Infinite is fine.

So yeah, I love these games so much. I bought the collection for PS4 and it came with Infinite's DLC called Burial at Sea episode 1 and 2. If you decide to play these, play them after everything else, but just a heads up, the story in episode 2 irked me. 2's DLC Minerva's Den is really good though.
 

Shoulder

Your Resident Beardy Bear
@sjmartin79 i honestly do not have many words for what happened to you earlier. That is truly horrible, and I’m sorry that happened to you, and Steve 2. I am glad to hear you both are doing better, and also have a dog now, which I think like you said, is providing some therapy for the terrible situation the two of you had. I know you, and Steve 2 had talked for years on here about adopting a kid, and I just hope given all that did happen, it hasn't completely ruined your future in becoming parents. I know you'll both be great parents when you adopt again.

in other news, I’d like to add some input for the first BioShock. I only played through this maybe two years ago, so by that point, you had heard a lot about the story, although I typically avoided particulars for the reason that I would eventually get around it. It’s definitely a very story driven story, and I think in some ways, the combat is secondary to the story, although the strategy for defeating enemies with different types of ammo, or simply different weapons is an interesting take on the formula. I did thoroughly enjoy the game, although I wasn't as wowed with it as others. I think it was during that particular time why it made the impact it did for many. Personally, I thought the original Metroid Prime, and Half-Life both provided more of an impactful gameplay experience through the use of atmosphere, and storytelling, but your mileage may vary.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
has anyone here played fire emblem three houses?

im thinking of picking the game up and have been reading / watching various stuff on the net. what im wondering is how much of the extra stuff like managing the classroom and those side activities is really necessary to complete? i really just want the core fe experience without any of the extra.
Steve2 played FE 3 Houses, and he absolutely loved it. He's been on me to play it. From what I understand, the classroom stuff and all the character interaction/relationship building is huge, but it all flows naturally with the way the game was developed.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
Thank you all for the information on Bioshock and Outerworlds!
I truly appreciate it. I will add them both to my wishlist for a purchase down the road.

I think I'm going to transition to Witcher 3 on my Switch.
Still playing a lot of Final Fantasy 14 on the pc. My first-ever MMORPG. I'm having a blast doing all the side quests! It feels like I'm healing the world and making it all just a better place to live. lol

Edit: And @Shoulder - Thank you for your kind words! It means a lot. Everyone here has just been amazing. As TNE always is.
 

Aki

Well-Known Member
Protests are still ongoing in nola. Protestors have started blocking off sections of the interstate which is started to piss off the locals. tear gas was deployed on the protestors last night. Still fairly civil and no destruction of property going on. all i know is if one of those fuckers even attempts to step foot on my property, im shooting to kill. i don't give a fuck if you have a problem with the system. im not the system so stay the fuck away from me and my stuff. i wasn't even born in this country, am a naturalized citizen so i don't need this.
 
Hey TNE. It's been a while, I know. Last time I posted was the 18th of December; I then coincidentally received The Switcher 3 for Christmas. I spent 3 months and over 300 hours doing everything I possibly could in that game (Gwent accounted for almost half the total playtime, lol). By the end of March, when I was finally done with The Witcher, the whole world had gone... a bit weird. I've spent the last 10 weeks living like a hermit. It's not good for the mental health! I got so desperate to get off the sofa and out of the house that I even tried doing a bit of gardening. Gardening! Me! Results were disastrous - 3 previously healthy plants are now dead. So I said 'screw it' and played Breath of the Wild again. This 3rd play through has cemented the game as "probably the best game ever made, in my opinion" I absolutely CAN NOT WAIT for the sequel.

I haven't been completely absent from here; I regularly read through all the new posts, and I just want you all to know, without commenting on anything specific, that I really appreciate being, in my own little way, a part of this community. My wife and I discuss all of your various ups and downs, we are genuinely interested in all of your lives, and we always wish for you all to find the happiness and contentment that you so obviously deserve. I feel your pain when you post about the tough times and my wife and I both really try to send positive thoughts your way and hope for you to endure and come through as stronger and better humans. With all of the absolute insanity going on in the world right now, seeing you lot struggling through with your own issues really helps me struggle through with mine.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
So, Steve2 and I are doing a podcast called "A Lifetime of Happiness on the Suncoast". It was originally intended to be about celebrating all the great things on the Suncoast of FL, but then the pandemic happened, and a lot of businesses were shut down, so we haven't been able to do what we wanted. In the interim, we've been doing "generic" episodes where we focus on things like video games, television, and movies.

https://www.buzzsprout.com/735197/3748019-a-lifetime-of-video-games

https://www.buzzsprout.com/735197/3942485-a-lifetime-of-television

https://www.buzzsprout.com/735197/4044245-a-lifetime-of-movies

Take a listen. We try to keep the episodes around 20-25 minutes. We talk about happy news, what's making us happy right now, the topic of the week, etc.
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
Bought Witcher 3 and Sunset Overdrive on sale last week. I have too much of a backlog right now to even begin to play a lengthy RPG at the moment, but my brother is showing heavy interest in Witcher 3.

The Wonderful 101 is a really frustrating experience during the first hour of the game. I'm glad it finally got ported to a console I own, but I also wished the beginning was re-worked a bit. I can 100% see people giving up on the game before the first big moment. The Switch port also seems to suffer from some minor glitches and notable framerate dips. Since my free time is going to steadily decrease within the next two weeks, I'm focusing on finishing Ori and the Blind Forest, God of War, and W101. Hopefully I'd get the final lineart done for a small animation project I'm torturing myself with, and hopefully I'd get my other pending project over with by the end of the year.
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
Bought Witcher 3 and Sunset Overdrive on sale last week. I have too much of a backlog right now to even begin to play a lengthy RPG at the moment, but my brother is showing heavy interest in Witcher 3.

The Wonderful 101 is a really frustrating experience during the first hour of the game. I'm glad it finally got ported to a console I own, but I also wished the beginning was re-worked a bit. I can 100% see people giving up on the game before the first big moment. The Switch port also seems to suffer from some minor glitches and notable framerate dips. Since my free time is going to steadily decrease within the next two weeks, I'm focusing on finishing Ori and the Blind Forest, God of War, and W101. Hopefully I'd get the final lineart done for a small animation project I'm torturing myself with, and hopefully I'd get my other pending project over with by the end of the year.
It very much sucked the learning curve of W101 is steep imo. So steep I wanted to “get the game” so I played the first mission over and over and over before moving on. I had to grasp the way the gameplay worked. After this tho I had an amazing experience with the rest of the game.
 
I remember when I first played W101 I was talking with Matt about it, and he convinced me to replay the first mission numerous times to get it. Even then it still had moments that wasn't crystal clear. I didn't realize during the first big boss on top of the tower that you could heal the tower itself, I had to rely on checkpoints to get through that one.
 

sjmartin79

White Phoenix of the Crown
It very much sucked the learning curve of W101 is steep imo. So steep I wanted to “get the game” so I played the first mission over and over and over before moving on. I had to grasp the way the gameplay worked. After this tho I had an amazing experience with the rest of the game.
That is exactly what I did! I played the first mission 3 times before moving on.
Definitely had a steep learning curve, and was unlike anything I had played before.
Can't wait to play it again!
 

Socar

Active Member
Depressing time in my mind not because of anything personal but because I'm bullied about my intellect constantly.

I made an argument that SEGA isn't really anything special even with their glory days because their games weren't anywhere revolutionary compared to Nintendo's, Capcom's, Squenix and that the Arcade gaming wasn't really that special either..which was a market that SEGA was consistently focused on.

And I can't seem to win the argument that SEGA isn't what they used to be since these gamefaqs members defend by mocking me and saying that I should do research and whatnot by telling me that SEGA is far more in good shape seeing that its owned many studios who do so little and SEGA doesn't make full use of them.

This one is driving me insane. To be lectured that I'm inferior to the others when I have just about learned the gaming history like everyone else.
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
Moderator
Depressing time in my mind not because of anything personal but because I'm bullied about my intellect constantly.

I made an argument that SEGA isn't really anything special even with their glory days because their games weren't anywhere revolutionary compared to Nintendo's, Capcom's, Squenix and that the Arcade gaming wasn't really that special either..which was a market that SEGA was consistently focused on.

And I can't seem to win the argument that SEGA isn't what they used to be since these gamefaqs members defend by mocking me and saying that I should do research and whatnot by telling me that SEGA is far more in good shape seeing that its owned many studios who do so little and SEGA doesn't make full use of them.

This one is driving me insane. To be lectured that I'm inferior to the others when I have just about learned the gaming history like everyone else.
Well, you are right about Sega and that’s what really matters.
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
For those of you who own The Witcher 3 on consoles, you can get the PC DRM-free version (the complete edition btw) at no cost on GoG when you link your account to the storefront. Even if you already own The Witcher 3 on PC via steam of Epic Store, you can still get a free copy. The offer is up until the 23rd of this month.
 

Aki

Well-Known Member
So the PlayStation classic / mini whatever you wanna call it wasn't a complete waste. The reason I say this is because the PSX replica controllers that they included with the console are USB controllers. And the reason that matters is because I finally got into emulation and let me tell you, playing SNES games with this controller is a godsend. Also, I did not know that emulators were this good. Normally, I'd play my classic or my analogue Super NT console, but in terms of graphical fidelity, I think the emulators take the cake.
 

Aki

Well-Known Member
Emulators are coming on pretty great though. They also seems to be improving at a ridiculously faster pace compared to back then.
I used to mess around with them a lot as a kid when I was first getting into PCs. It’s actually how I got Kirby and some other games. One thing that I’ve really been enjoying is that they allow you to play games at their native resolution on monitors or scale. I was “testing” out Chrono Trigger the other day and next thing you know I’m 7 hours in. Plus, the fact that it’s all right there on my desktop makes it super convenient.
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
anyone play APEX LEGENDS is the gameplay any good
By Battle Royale standards, it's my personal favourite. But it also has one of the worst microtransaction models. Since half of the roster size (and increasing) is currently locked behind a ridiculous amount of grinding or cash, it's a game that requires a lot of investment in the form of time and money, and I'm shocked no one called them out on it yet.
 
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