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Video Games Discussion / What games have you been playing recently?
« on: June 07, 2019, 09:04:35 pm »
In the vein of the thread in the Multimedia Discussion board, what games have you been playing recently? Feel free to post your opinions on whatever games you've been playing through recently -- maybe we can all help each other enjoy some new titles.

I haven't played much as of late -- just been doing stuff with Smash Bros. while I wait for some games to come out this summer. The next game I'll probably play through will be the next Wolfenstein game on the Switch. I played through The New Colossus this past summer and really enjoyed it -- really like the concept of the whole Wolfenstein game in general. Alternative realities are super fascinating to me as a "what if" scenario plus shooting Nazis is hella fun lmao
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Debate Wars / Political Viewpoints
« on: June 07, 2019, 08:42:12 pm »
Title. This is a question that I've been curious about for a while. My personal thoughts on this topic are below.

I tend to be all over the map in terms of my political viewpoints, but there are a few things for me that are pretty consistent. Listed out below...
  • Individual liberties should be protected. Protection of liberties is of the utmost importance.
  • People should be able to live their lives without their race, gender, sexual orientation, etc, hindering them or benefiting them in any way.
  • Though the government has financial problems, these need to be solved with smarter spending of our own money, rather than more taxes.
  • The environment should be one of the highest priorities for a governmental administration.
  • Assault weapons should be banned. Weapons in general should be controlled in a more meaningful manner.
  • Privacy should be protected.
  • Education should be affordable for all.
  • Countries should focus on issues at home before turning their attentions abroad.
I could go on about my viewpoints, but those are the main ones that I can think of right now. Typically, my viewpoints tend to line up with that of a libertarian, to an extent. However, I've never voted for a libertarian candidate, as I don't trust any of them to win an election, and I'd rather not throw my vote away. I tend to vote democrat because I trust that they'll protect individual civil liberties more, but I wouldn't say I fully align myself with their viewpoints. I'm actually fairly dissatisfied with their management of the economy and their lack of regard for privacy. I would fault them on corruption, but corruption seems to be an issue of both main political parties, rather than just them.

This can be a heated topic at times especially in our current political climate, too. I don't think any of us on this site are at risk of getting into extremely heated arguments with one another, but, before we discuss, I'll make you all aware of the description of this board, that states that "some issues may be sensitive".

Would love to see what the political makeup of this site looks like. I included as many options as I could think of, but there may be some that I missed.

As a side note... I'm actually really surprised this topic has never been posted in this forum before! I would have thought it would have came up at SOME point.
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Pokémon Discussion / Pokémon Sword and Shield Discussion
« on: February 26, 2019, 09:02:16 pm »
Looks like there'll be a Pokemon Direct tomorrow at 6 AM PST. If you haven't been following the official Pokemon Twitter account as of late, they've been tweeting out a "tourism" tweet for every region over the past seven days leading up to Pokemon Day (tomorrow).

We'll know more tomorrow, but, until that happens, feel free to use this thread to speculate on what might be revealed tomorrow. My thought is that Generation 8 will be revealed, along with the starters, region, and box legendaries. We'll also definitely get the game titles.

My pipe dream is that we'll be able to travel to every region in that game, as the Switch is much more powerful console than any of the consoles that have housed mainline games in the past. It would definitely be possible... but whether or not it'll actually happen is another thing, though. I definitely think there's a chance, though, given the Pokemon account's past tweets over the last week.
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The Dumpster Out Back / MOVED: Making my own video game
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:54:03 pm »
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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).
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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!

https://discord.gg/3dBVxJq
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Pokémon Discussion / New Pokemon Revealed
« on: September 26, 2018, 09:18:57 pm »
The first Gen 8 Pokemon was recently revealed through a YouTube video. According to the information, "Meltan", the Hex Nut Pokemon, is a Mythical Pokemon that originates from ancient times. This Pokemon was originally found through Pokemon Go, where wild Meltan started popping up in the field. When a Meltan was got, it would transform into a Ditto.

What do you think of this new Pokemon? I think the design is really bizarre and the name is... weird. The reveal is a lot different, too, than previous reveals of new Pokemon (usually through CoroCoro leaks or something similar).

I linked the reveal video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvLDA70ZvbU
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General Discussion / Minecraft Server
« on: June 21, 2018, 10:29:20 pm »
This week I rebuilt my PaperSpigot-based Minecraft server from the ground up. Featuring 11 different worlds, MCMMO, an economy, creative building contests, and much, much more.

If you're interested, join the Discord. http://discord.gg/WV9tc9E
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Over the past week-and-a-half, the Pokemon Company and Game Freak have been undergoing processes that hint at what the next Pokemon game will be. Over the past week, Nintendo has trademarked naes for both "Pokemon Let's Go! Pikachu" and "Pokemon Let's Go! Eevee", registered domain names for each game, and updated their own website with a Pikachu and Eevee-based template. Logos have also been found for each game, featuring an Eevee and a Pikachu tail, respectively.

This, in addition to a number of cryptic tweets featuring Pikachu and Eevee from Masuda, seem to indicate that the next main-line Pokemon game, for the Nintendo Switch, will be known as "Pokemon Let's Go! Pikachu" and "Pokemon Let's Go! Eevee".

An early report from Emily Rogers outlines the new game's features, and they seem to be fairly different than past games.

According to the report, the games will feature...
  • Following Pokemon
  • Pokeride from Alola
  • Pokemon Go integration
  • Catching that works like Pokemon Go
  • An accessory to link Go and Let's Go
  • A new story, based in Kanto, possibly set after the events of R/B/Y
  • An online hub for trainers

A screenshot of the new game was also leaked (attached below), though it's unclear how real this screenshot is. It's important to note the presence of visible wild Pokemon in the overworld -- perhaps this is the "Pokemon Go-style catching" that the leak mentioned? It's hard to say at this point.

What are your guys' thoughts on this? Personally, I'd be hype to go back to Kanto for a new adventure, though I do have some reservations. I'm not a fan of involving Pokemon Go in a huge way, and if they fail to add any new Pokemon, I'll likely be disappointed. However, a new Pokemon game is something that I'm always going to be excited about, no matter what.

Discuss.
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Pokémon Discussion / Pokemon Direct - June 6th, 2017
« on: June 06, 2017, 12:00:36 am »
Will update this thread as the direct progresses.

10:58 PM PST, 6/5: In case you didn't hear from earlier today, a Pokemon Direct was announced earlier today, detailing an upcoming 8-minute Pokemon-centric Nintendo Direct. This direct will be live-broadcasted on Nintendo's Twitch and YouTube channels at 7 AM PST/10 AM EST. Speculation includes everything from a Diamond/Pearl remake, to Sun/Moon sequels, to a Gold/Silver Virtual Console release, to a dual release of Pokemon "7th Gen, third edition" on Nintendo Switch, and 3DS. It's important to note, that, the last time we got a direct of around this length, Sun and Moon were announced. The timing of this direct is curious, as the direct comes the week before E3 -- surely Nintendo wouldn't announce a game of this magnitude right before E3?

06:57 AM, 6/6: It's time.

07:00 AM, 6/6: Starting now.

07:01 AM, 6/6: Japanese Pokken port for the Switch? Wonder if this will come to the US too.

07:02 AM, 6/6: It will!

07:04, 6/6: OH s**t POKEMON ULTRA SUN AND ULTRA MOON. WAS THAT NECROZMA FORMS I SAW?????

07:05, 6/6: Pokken DX has some new characters, including some Pokemon from Gen 7. Looks pretty cool.

07:06, 6/6: Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have Pokemon that didn't appear in the original versions, offers "alternate storyline". Sounds like a Platinum/Emerald type of deal. November release.

07:07, 6/6: Gold and Silver coming to the Virtual Console! Compatible with Pokemon Bank!

07:08, 6/6: It's over. I'm definitely hype for Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon -- I just hope there are a few more changes than what they alluded to in the trailer. Hopefully we'll have more info to come at E3 and beyond!

More to come...
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Calendar Events / Christmas/Holiday Season
« on: December 24, 2016, 09:43:03 pm »
As we quickly approach midnight for most of the United States and other parts of the world...

Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Happy Kwanzaa - whatever you celebrate, I hope this holiday season treats you all well and that your days are filled with joy.
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Tried this out myself when I heard it - using the Z-Powered versions of Memento and Parting Shot will crash your game. Pokemon that have these moves in their moveset have been banned from online play as a result while Game Freak works on a fix.

Definitely something to look out for! Game Freak is usually pretty good with patches (they patched the Lumiose City save bug in X and Y just a week after the games came out) so I don't think this should be relevant for very much longer.
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Pokémon Discussion / Competitive Tournament Format
« on: November 15, 2016, 02:43:59 pm »
Has anyone here ever entered a competitive Pokemon tournament before who can detail me on the ruleset? I'm setting up a Pokemon tournament on my college campus and am generally unfamiliar with the ruleset.

Our tournament will probably be an OU format - do we run sets? Best of 3, Best of 5? How long should we expect it to run for?
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Video Games Discussion / Nintendo Switch Discussion Thread
« on: October 21, 2016, 04:42:18 pm »
With the reveal of Nintendo's new home/portable console Hybrid, the Switch (reveal trailer can be seen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5uik5fgIaI, a new era in gaming will certainly be ushered in in only a few short months.

For me, the console poses two major questions -

We already know that the console will be the successor to the Wii U, but what about the 3DS? As a home/portable console, I'd have to imagine that Nintendo is planning that the Switch will be the successor to both consoles - why would any developer bother making a game for a strictly portable console (the 3DS), when they can put the same resources into making a game on the Switch, where the same game can be played both on-the-go and at home, on a TV.

What will the backwards compatibility function like? We already know that Wii U games and Wii games will not be compatible with the Switch, but I'd have to imagine Nintendo would include some way (i.e. Virtual Console) to transfer some Wii U treasures over to the Switch. What about Wii U and Wii accessories, like the Pro Controller, Gamepad, and Wiimote? Will those be compatible with the Switch or not? We could be looking at Nintendo entirely throwing out the "innovations" they've made over the past few years with the Wii and Wii U and going back to basics with the Switch - something I think is entirely needed.

Anyway, Switch discussion thread. Prepare your hype accordingly.
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