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Pokémon Discussion / Re: What is your favourite Pokémon game?
« on: January 29, 2019, 10:03:28 pm »
Ooh dang. This is a hard question.

LeafGreen was my first Pokemon game, and has a special place in my heart because of it. Emerald was the game I played the most as a kid, and I have a lot of great memories of that game. Gen 4 didn't really wow me outside of HeartGold/SoulSilver, but I don't think I like any of those games more than LeafGreen or Emerald. Gen 5 was the same way for me -- even though the games are universally liked, they don't have the same allure to me as Emerald or LeafGreen does.

That's why my favorite game in the series is Omega Ruby. Competitive battling / team development is easy and reformed, while the story and region itself brings me back to the Pokemon Emerald days that I remember. I love how many legendaries there are, how easy it is to traverse the region, and the Delta Episode.
Video Games / Re: Making my own video game
« on: January 21, 2019, 06:28:23 pm »
Why not doing it on an actual 16-bit console? GBA seems to be pretty nice to start on.

A GBA-style would be great, I agree! I'm definitely looking at GBA games for graphical inspiration. My plan is, eventually, to release my game on the Switch, hopefully by the end of the year. A license to publish Gamemaker games on the Switch doesn't cost an exorbitant amount, and if I can make something quality enough to sell, then hey, why not?
The Dumpster Out Back / MOVED: Making my own video game
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:54:03 pm »
Video Games / Making my own video game
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:53:18 pm »
So, yeah, uh, I decided to make my own video game recently. Thought why not, I have the time and a bit of programming experience, so why not dive in and see what I can do?

I started work on January 3rd using the Gamemaker 8.1 Pro Engine; I'm planning to convert over to Gamemaker Studio (or maybe Unity, not sure) once I've finished a beta version and all the elements work properly. The game is basically a top-down adventure-puzzler, where your character will traverse through many dungeons with traps, enemies, and other hazards that could kill him. I'm using a "16-bit" graphic style for this project (it's not really 16-bit, but will definitely look that way once the project is finished).

So yeah. I'll go ahead and post updates here I guess?

After a few weeks of work, I've finished the movement of the main character, gotten 7 different interactable tiles coded, finished the death sequence, and made a test level. Now I'm just adding elements to the game (currently adding projectile hazards, such as an arrow and bullet).
Introductions / Re: Ain't Dead Yet
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:46:19 pm »
Hell yeah, this is awesome. I still remember looking at all your sprite work back in the day (and also throwing a few requests in of my own)! Always nice to see old faces come back around.

Welcome back!
Introductions / Re: Hello new trainer here !!
« on: January 10, 2019, 01:59:40 pm »
Glad to have you here!
General Discussion / Re: The Glitchy Thread of Topiclessness (#3)
« on: January 02, 2019, 08:32:23 pm »
On the other side of the country until the middle of next month or so without a computer. (I realized I forgot my charger when I got here, but kind of instantly registered that I didn't have much use for it for this trip that my phone or 3DS couldn't fulfill.) Not getting dunked on too badly thus far, to my surprise, but won't be able to be as active. Still nervous, but, well...let's just say this next experiment looks very, very interesting.
What are you traveling for? Anything particularly interesting?
Website Advertisement / Minecraft Server
« on: December 27, 2018, 03:25:36 am »
This winter break, I revive my Minecraft server and bring it back from the dead.
If any of you are interested or into Minecraft at all, I highly encourage you to join our Discord server and become a member! We run off of Spigot with multiple worlds and multiple plugins while still keeping the core Minecraft experience intact.

I've thrown a Discord link below. See you there!
Calendar Events / Re: Happy Christmas 2018
« on: December 25, 2018, 12:57:44 am »
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Video Games Discussion / Re: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
« on: December 16, 2018, 02:00:29 am »
Today I attended my first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate major (Don't Park on the Grass in Seattle, Washington). I made it out of pools losers side and play tomorrow in losers Top 96! First time ever in my life I make it out of pools, so that's hype. Played four characters today in bracket, too (K Rool, ROB, Ike, Wolf).

I'm Gyromight in the bracket here.
General Discussion / Re: The Glitchy Thread of Topiclessness (#3)
« on: December 14, 2018, 04:10:53 pm »
That reminds me of the time I found my first shiny in Diamond and Pearl. It was a Graveler. It used Self-Destruct first turn. :(
General Discussion / Re: The Glitchy Thread of Topiclessness (#3)
« on: December 12, 2018, 07:03:38 pm »
I haven't been here in a few weeks, but a lot has happened in that timeframe.

I'm gonna talk about one specific thing that happened to me on Thanksgiving this year that undoubtedly has changed my life forever.

I'm a member of my University's marching band, and, every other year, we take a trip over to the eastern side of the state to play at a football game between my school and our school's rivals. The trip, in my director's words, is a "hardship" -- making a 6 hour roadtrip on Thanksgiving day instead of visiting with your family and eating turkey is never easy. Add in the fact that we have to split a hotel room bed, and, well, let's just say things aren't always peachy.

This year was exponentially worse, however. On our way to the eastern side of the state, my bus came to a stop at the side of the road (we took a caravan of 7 buses over; it's a big band). I thought this was a little weird at first as we had just stopped at a rest stop about a half hour beforehand, so I took off my headphones to see what was going on. A few minutes passed, and then one of the bus drivers walked onto our bus, clearly a bit panicked, asking that anyone who was "able bodied and strong" to get off the bus and help. I put my jacket on and walked outside -- I definitely wasn't prepared to see what I saw that night.

One of the buses in our caravan had flipped completely over onto its side, with instruments and bodies scattered everywhere. As I walked outside, there were people in various states of shock and injury; some were sobbing but relatively uninjured, some were completely silent, bloody, and in shock, some were bleeding heavily on the ground, and others were laying completely motionless on the side of the road. It was one of the most traumatic things I've ever experienced -- at least initially, when I walked out there, I wasn't sure if people laying on the side of the road were alive or dead. That's a scary enough thought as is, but considering the fact that I'm friends with many of the people on the flipped bus, well, that just made it even scarier.

Those who were injured were airlifted or taken via ambulance to local hospitals. The rest of us who were uninjured took shelter at an elementary school nearby. I don't think it was the accident itself that changed me, but what happened afterwards that has given me an entirely new perspective on life.

Despite all the tragedy that had occurred in the past few hours for myself and the rest of my bandmates, we rallied and made the absolute best of the situation that we could. Even though 56 of us were injured in a bus crash just a few hours earlier, those who were healthy refused to hang their heads. While we were all worried about our fellow bandmates, some of us played basketball with each other, trying to pass the time. Others read books to their sections, trying to provide a moment of calm among a bad situation. Even the locals of the town we were staying in brought us Thanksgiving leftovers, food, blankets, and a dog to make sure that we were taken care of during our darkest hour. Over the course of the three hours we were there, we probably had well over 100 people stop in to bring us food and to make sure we were okay. It goes without saying that I think that'll be the greatest showcase of the human spirit I'll ever experience until the day I die.

We decided to not continue on with our trip in respect to those who were injured, and instead chose to stay in a local town nearby until the roads cleared and we could go home. Rather than attend the game in person, we'd watch it on TV and cheer from afar. The number of warm wishes we got during this time was nothing short of incredible, either. Other marching bands from across the country reached out to us with warm wishes and videos hoping for a speedy recovery. Our football team discussed before the game about playing for us (the marching band). Even our rival school's marching band played our school's fight song during pregame in order to honor us. They also kept our seats open and reserved for us, as a signal that, while we weren't able to be there, our presence was still felt. Even after the game, the coach of the football team said that they played this game for us, and presented us with a game ball.

As for the band itself, well, we didn't let our spirits get dampened one bit, and that was probably the most amazing thing to me. Despite all that had just happened, and the fact that, rather than at the game, in the stands, amongst the fans, we were instead in the lobby of a Holiday Inn cheering on our football team, our spirits never wavered. Though we couldn't play our instruments, we "sang" our music, danced through our choreography, cheered our team on, and went through our typical gameday traditions just like any other day. In our darkest moment, we continued to shine and be resilient, showing that, yes, you may be able to break our bus, but our spirit will always remain unbroken. I was absolutely overjoyed and incredibly proud of all of my friends in band for showing the spirit and resilience that they did. I'll never forget it.

Before this entire event, I never really thought about how much I have to be thankful for. It's a really weird feeling -- almost indescribable -- when you see a bunch of your friends go through a traumatic experience like this. Even though none of them were permanently injured (people are still recovering, but everyone is expected to make a full recovery), it's really weird to think that that could have very easily been me in their same position. It's also very weird to think about that it could have been much, much worse than it ended up being (how many times do you hear about bus crashes where multiple fatalities are involved?).

I have a newfound appreciation for the human spirit. I have a newfound appreciation for small towns. I have a newfound appreciation for my friends (you guys included). I have a newfound appreciation for easy driving conditions. I have a newfound appreciation for the band I'm in. And I have a newfound appreciation for life in general. Life can be over so fast; it's important to live it as best as you can until then. You never know when a day could be your last.

This is going in the topiclessness thread because I really didn't know where else to put it. I just wanted to put some thoughts out there that have been on my mind recently.

I've thrown some articles below. Take a look and thanks for reading this!
Introductions / Re: You might not remember me but I used to be a regular
« on: December 12, 2018, 06:32:19 pm »
Eyyyy, welcome back! I very vaguely remember you from my first few years on GCL as Jolteon. Glad to have you back; I always enjoy reconnecting with older members! Makes me feel like I've been on this site forever lol.
Video Games Discussion / Re: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
« on: December 12, 2018, 06:28:11 pm »
I've played about 36 hours over the past four days. I don't have anything to say other than the fact that this game is really good and I'm gonna play it for a long time.

World of Light is really hard though.
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